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Collection Number: 01854

Collection Title: Shaker Records, 1769-1893 (bulk 1809-1843).

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held in the Wilson Library at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in our reading room, and not digitally available through the World Wide Web. See the section for more information.


This collection was rehoused and a summary created with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities; this finding aid was created with support from NC ECHO.

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Size approximately 300 items on two reels of microfilm
Abstract The United Society of Believers, also known as the Shakers, of South Union, Logan County, Ky., was established by missionaries from Ohio and Upper Kentucky who arrived in the Gaspar River area in 1807. They expanded in Logan County with the acquisition of lands and the early establishment of saw and grist mills, silk worm raising, and a brick kiln. Early members include John McComb, the Reverend John Rankin, Absolom Chisholm, and Samuel G. Whyte. This collection contains the records of trustees of the Shakers at South Union, Logan County, Ky. The papers are chiefly legal and financial documents regarding the handling of property in common, and include grants, deeds, surveys, and other items related to land titles; receipts for purchases of land, horses, and other property; tax receipts; power of attorney; joiners' agreements; and a memorandum book dated 15 May-20 October 1811. Please note, the entire collection is available only on microfilm.
Creator Shakers--Kentucky--History.



Shakers--Kentucky--South Union.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Restrictions to Use
No usage restrictions.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Shaker Records, #1854, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Lent for microfilming by Mrs. Bland Arnold of Lewisburg, Ky., 1951.
Additional Descriptive Resources
A copy of the original finding aid for this collection is filed in folder 1.
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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The United Society of Believers, also known as the Shakers, of South Union, Logan County, Ky., was established by missionaries from Ohio and Upper Kentucky who arrived in the Gaspar River area in 1807. They expanded in Logan County with the acquisition of lands and the early establishment of saw and grist mills, silk worm raising, and a brick kiln. Early members include John McComb, the Reverend John Rankin, Absolom Chisholm, and Samuel G. Whyte.

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This collection contains the records of trustees of the United Society of Believers, also known as the Shakers, at South Union, Logan County, Ky. The papers are chiefly legal and financial documents regarding the handling of property in common, and include grants, deeds, surveys, and other items related to land titles; receipts for purchases of land, horses, and other property; tax receipts; power of attorney; joiners' agreements; and a memorandum book dated 15 May-20 October 1811. Please note, the entire collection is available only on microfilm.

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Processing Information

Processed by: SHC Staff

Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007

Updated by: Adam Fielding, Kate Stratton, and Jodi Berkowitz, February 2011

This collection was rehoused and a summary created with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

This finding aid was created with support from NC ECHO.

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