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Typescript of "Our Campbell Legacy," by Kathleen Boston Fox, together with family letters and personal accounts of Luther R. Johnson

 Collection
Call Number: RH MS 493

Overview

The papers of Kathleen Boston Fox contain her 272-page typescript titled "Our Campbell Legacy" (a history of her Campbell and Johnson family ancestors), as well as letters and personal accounts of her great great uncle, Luther R. Johnson, which describe Campbell and Johnson family history in Missouri and in the early settlement of Ellsworth County, Kansas.

Dates

  • 1862 - 1908

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

No access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Spencer Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials.

Biography of Kathleen Boston Fox, 1947-

Kathleen Boston Fox was born in Salina, Kansas in 1947. Her great great grandparents were Perry and Serenia (Johnson)Campbell, who married in Missouri and who moved in 1866 to the Thompson Creek area of Ellsworth County, Kansas. Sirenia's brother Luther served in the Civil War as a private in Company G of the Illinois Infantry's 58th Regiment. He and Serenia's parents, Elijah and Delila Johnson, later also moved to Ellsworth County from their family home in Novelty, Missouri. Elijah Johnson was the first postmaster of Ellsworth County's Delila Post Office, established January 21, 1875. When the post office was renamed the Trivoli Post Office on April 28, 1875, Luther Johnson was named its first postmaster.

Extent

1 Linear Feet (2 boxes)

Scope and Contents

The papers of Kathleen Boston Fox include her 272-page family history titled "Our Campbell Legacy," which chronicles the history of her Campbell and Stewart family ancestors from 18th century Scotland to their emigration to America and their westward migration to Knox County, Missouri and Ellsworth County, Kansas.

Accompanying the typescript are twenty-seven letters to Fox's great great uncle, Luther R. Johnson, and an 1866 letter from Johnson to his parents. Most of the letters to Johnson are dated 1865 or 1866, during his service in Company G of the Illinois Infantry's 58th Regiment. The letters are chiefly from his parents and his sister Sirenia, and contain news and sentiments of his family members. Included are seventeen envelopes(most of which are postmarked and addressed to Luther Johnson). Letter arrangement is chronological, interfiled with respective envelopes where relationship is identifiable.

Following the letters are handwritten personal accounts by Luther Johnson of his Johnson family history in Missouri and in the Thompson Creek area of Ellsworth County, Kansas; printed Ellsworth County lists of electoral candidates in the 1880s; an 1885 receipt for a watch purchased by Alonzo Douglas Boston; and an unsigned 1863-1865 record of hired work performed.

The Johnson surname appears variantly as "Johnson" and as "Jonson" in Fox's typescript and in the accompanying letters. "Delila" Johnson also appears variantly as "Delilah."

Physical Location

RH MS 493

Physical Location

RH MS 493

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Kathleen Boston Fox, 1987.

Title
Guide to the Kathleen Boston Fox Collection
Subtitle
Typescript of "Our Campbell Legacy," by Kathleen Boston Fox, together with family letters and personal accounts of Luther R. Johnson
Author
Finding aid prepared by mh, 2002; Finding aid encoded by mh, 2004; revised by skt, 2010
Date
2004
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Finding aid written in <language encodinganalog="language">English.</language>
Finding aid permalink
http://hdl.handle.net/10407/3549488076
Preferred citation
Kathleen Boston Fox Collection, Kansas Collection, RH MS 493, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas Libraries

Repository Details

Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

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