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Cincinnati History Library and Archives

1301 Western Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45203
Monday through Friday, Noon to 5 p.m.
Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
(513) 287-7030 or


University of Chicago Library

Chicago National Archives

Directions and hours
Monday-Friday 8 am - 4:15 pm

Chicago Public Library

Chicago History Museum

Places to look for mentions of Arthur H. Simms

Cook County Recorder

See email from Beryl Satter on June 3 about property research.

Cook County Recorder of Deeds
118 N. Clark Street
Room 120
Chicago, Illinois 60602

Office Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. M-F
Phone: (312) 603-5050
Fax: (312) 603-5063

Good resources:


For more work on Cirode Family:


Transylvania University

Kentucky Department for Library and Archives

Located in Frankfort, KY
Information about visiting
Monday-Friday 9:00 am - 4:00pm ET

  • Trace Kirkwood, head of Local Records Program,; Walter Bowman, Reading Room

Zeb Ward Lawsuits

These cases involving Zebulon Ward (usually written in this source as Zeb Ward) were listed in the Woodford County Circuit Court Index (Microfilm 7036112 at KDLA); the second numbers after the page appear to be some kind of box number:

  • ZW vs. A. W. Macklin (no page or case number, but Order Book Z)
  • ZW vs. A. W. Macklin (Order Book AA, p. 368, 536-37)
  • ZW vs. James Young (Order Book BB, p. 15, 404)
  • ZW vs. W. L. Whittington (Order Book CC, p. 130, 443)
  • ZW vs. Joshua Ferguson (Order Book CC, p. 129, 443)
  • ZW vs. Herman C. [Grash?] (Order Book AA, p. 525, 401)
  • ZW vs. John and Thompson Young (Order Book BB, p. 433, 434)
  • ZW vs. C. A. Worstell (Order Book CC, p. 450, 458)
  • ZW vs. Harry Rogers (Order Book CC, p. 552, 459)
  • ZW vs. W. P. Harts (Order Book DD, p. 90, 470)
  • ZW vs. R. C. Graves (Order Book DD, p. 250, 475)
  • ZW vs. H. H. Craig (Order Book CC, p. 161, 447)
  • ZW vs. Wm. P. Hart (Order Book CC, p. 215, 447)
  • ZW vs. Thos. S. Edwards (Order Book CC, p. 167, 447)
  • ZW vs. W. T. Martin (Order Book CC, p. 168, 448)
  • ZW vs. Caleb Miller (Order Book CC, p. 167, 448)
  • ZW vs. Andrew J. Miller (Order Book CC, p. 167, 448)
  • ZW vs. Edward Lewis (Order Book CC, p. 285, 449)
  • ZW vs. Campbell and Still (Order Book CC, p. 585, 460)
  • ZW vs. Woodford Agri. &c. Association (Order Book DD, p. 146, 470)
  • ZW vs. Chairman & Board of Trustees, Versailles Township (Order Book DD, p. 146, 470)
  • ZW vs. T. W. George &c. (Order Book DD, p. 544, 485)
  • ZW vs. M. S. Collins (Order Book DD, p. 469, 485)
  • ZW vs. Worley (Order Book No. 1, p. 322, CP Box Number 620)

There are also some cases involving Ward and Robb vs. various parties.

William Pullum/Pulliam Lawsuits

Found in Fayette County Circuit Court Plaintiffs Index (Reel No. 987604), dates in parentheses:

  • WP vs. John W. Russells, Adm., Box 983 (1840)
  • WP and McCann vs. Richard G. Wharton, Box 1162 (1849)
  • WP vs. Johnson and Morgan, Box 1310 (1856)
  • WP vs. J. W. Clawson, Box 1310 (1856)

Kentucky Historical Society

Located in Frankfort, KY
Schmidt Research Library
Wednesday-Saturday 10 am - 5 pm, Thursday 10 am - 8 pm
(502) 564-1792 (call to verify hours)

University of Kentucky Special Collections

Special Collections homepage
Breckinridge Research Room
Phone: (859) 257-8611
Monday-Friday 9:30am to 5:00pm

Woodford County Historical Society

Small genealogical library, curated by Marti Martin

Filson Historical Society

Collections and Resources
1310 S. Third Street, Louisville, KY 40208
Monday-Friday, 9am to 4:30 pm

Items of interest (based on Jim Holberg email from September 27, 2015):

Boone County Public Library

1786 Burlington Pike
Burlington, KY 41005
Fax: 859-689-0435

Mon - Fri: 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Sat: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sun: 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.


Louisville Free Public Library

301 York Street
Louisville, KY 40203
(502) 574-1611

Mon. - Thurs. 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Fri., Sat. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday 1 - 5 p.m.

list of newspapers


Based on phone conversation today (May 13, 2015) with Mimi Miller at the Historic Natchez Foundation, it sounds like the foundation holds some family papers connected to Gerard Brandon, though they mostly pertain to descendants. These include papers donated by Dunbar Merrill Flinn and her son Forrest Flinn, but only some have been inventoried and many concern the Stantons, who intermarried with the Merrills and later with Brandon’s son. She mentioned four area houses in Natchez connected to Brandon family (Selma, Brandon Hall (which was donated to HNF and later sold), and two others). She advised me to contact her when planning to come (preferably not in second half of June) because of small staff.


New Orleans Public Library

Hours: 10am-8pm Monday-Thursday
219 Loyola Ave, New Orleans, LA 70112
Guide to Special Collections
Contact: Christina Bryant

  • Orleans Parish Commercial Court records
  • New Orleans newspapers, including the Price-Current
  • Genealogical Materials
  • Orleans Parish. Conveyance Records, 1827-1887; Index, 1827-1900. Microfilm made by the Genealogical Society of Utah of the original conveyances housed in the Orleans Parish Conveyance Office. (VW420)
  • St. Patrick’s Catholic church marriage records, 1833-1962 (mf 929.3 S149m)

New Orleans Notarial Archives

Hours: 8:30am to 5pm Monday-Friday
1340 Poydras Street, Suite 360

Historic New Orleans Collection

Hours: 9:30am-4:30pm Tuesday through Saturday
410 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70130
Contact: Jennifer Navarre

  • Extensive newspaper collection, with 800-page finding aid binder on site

LSU Hill Memorial Library

Nicholls State University


Huntington Library

Information provided on 11/09/12 by archivist Olga Tsapina:





Info on visiting

Briscoe Finding Aids

  • Natchez Trace Supplement which may have the steamboat papers cited in gudmestad2011
  • Diary of William Pitt Ballinger, cited in massey1964
  • Papers of William Pitt Ballinger (have only looked at 2A187 and 2B31)
  • Reminiscences of John H. Chrisman, cited in massey1964
  • John R. Heartsill Diaries on Southern Pacific Railroad
  • Nathan Thomas Papers, includes some bills of sale for slaves and agreements with former slaves who grew cotton for Thomas after the war
  • Railroads in Texas Collection
  • John Holcomb Letters
  • John Adriance Papers
  • Looked at a few folders from Natchez Trace Small Manuscript Collection, confirming that only the transcript of the Gerard Brandon is present. The Williamson letter and list of slaves (2E995) was not relevant, nor (at least for now) was the Adams County Sharecropping and Leasing Agreement folder in 2E1004.1
  • Confederate States of America Records, especially the N. A. Birge boxes (2C490, 2.116/OD1275, 2.325/V3)
    • The Birge ledgers in box 2C490 appears to contain a list of planters who hired out slaves, or who had slaves that were impressed by Birge as teamsters and laborers for the Cotton Bureau in Jefferson in the fall of 1863 and winter of 1864. Took pictures of index at beginning of one of the books; the other contains articles hired (such as wagons and mules) and first names of numerous enslaved men, together with owners, length of service, rates of hire, jobs, and remarks such as when the enslaved laborer died, was discharged, or ran away.
    • The oversized box (2.325/V3) also contains some lists like the above made by Birge.
  • Slavery and Abolition Papers
  • Barnes Lathrop Papers

Texas State Library and Archives

General info and directions
Guidelines for Researchers

Note: The Murrah and Hamilton collections at TSLAC were reorganized in 2014, and all boxes and folders were renumbered. Any notes I took in 2013 referring to box numbers like 301-XX refer to the old finding aids for Murrah and Hamilton. The numbering system on the new finding aids have boxes beginning 2014/022-X, along with folder-level descriptions of the contents.

Heritage Society and HMRC

Baylor University Special Collections

  • Goode-Thompson Family Papers (Waco mayor during the Civil War)

Galveston and Texas History Center, Rosenberg Library

General info and Hours


Virginia Historical Society

  • An account book kept in 1862 by Alfred C. Weeks after moving to Texas is included in the Hunter Papers


At Rice

David Weeks and Family Papers, originals at LSU

Date Frame Reached
10/22/12 Reel 18:114
10/26/12 Reel 18:320
06/05/13 Reel 18:381
11/18/13 Reel 18:608
11/21/13 Reel 18:end
11/22/13 Reek 19:168

TODO: Continue with Weeks Family Reels, and also look at postbellum material (looked at Reel 1 through Frame 473 on November 21, 2013)

Pugh-Williams-Mayes Family Papers, originals at LSU

  • LSU Finding Aid mentions receipts for Confederate military requisitions sent to Richard L. Pugh “at the Natchez Salt Works or in Texas”
  • Mostly postbellum material on microfilm from UPA, Reel 7
  • On October 18, 2012, looked through correspondence (frames 0004-0164); on November 18, 2013, finished looking through these papers, but only quickly skimmed the post-1865 material.


  • Rice C. Ballard Papers, 1822-1888, slave trader connected both to Louisville, Kentucky (his home after 1840) and to Natchez (where he administered plantations with Samuel S. Boyd)

  • Sarah Johnston Estes Diary, at UNC

  • County Records on Microfilm
    • Reels from Texas A&M Commerce have to be requested directly through, according to conversation with archivist Andrea Weddle on October 23, 2012
    • Harris County tax rolls for 1860-1864 are apparently missing and not filmed.
    • TODO: Request Smith, Marion, and Wharton County records on microfilm
    • TODO: Upload Washington County tax rolls to Omeka; already scanned
    • Civil War-era Tax Rolls from Rusk, Freestone, Anderson, Van Zandt, and Cherokee Counties uploaded to Omeka collection
    • Hopkins Tax Rolls (Reel 111201) examined and scanned
    • Rusk County Commissioners Court Minutes examined
    • Hopkins County Commissioners Court Minutes, Vol. 2, 1859-1867 (Reel 1298853B) examined on 11/06/12
    • Harrison County District Court Civil Case Papers (Reel 1437483) examined 11/06/12
  • Avery Family Papers, at UNC, also on Records of Ante-Bellum Southern Plantations. I have looked at the RASP reels, but Series 1.8-1.9 and Series 3 are not on the microfilm and will have to be examined in Chapel Hill.

  • Lexington Kentucky Statesman (examined April-June 1853, September 1853, June 1854 on March 3, 2017) - some ads and articles but no mention of Wood v. Ward


  • TODO: Go through Fold3 digitization of Confederate Citizens File

  1. Agreements are from 1870s and include names like Lowenburg, Hill, Baines, Ullman, Laub, Middleton, Collier, McCaney, Rowan Plantation, Montjoy, John Edwards, Edmund Laupman, Gilbert Curtis, Abraham Turner, Beekman, Meyer, Robert Noah, Cliff Plantation, Wilkins Shanks, Alfred Smith, Sam Williams, Aaron Allen, John Turner, Oakland, William Newton Mercer.