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Carson Family Papers, 1810-1950

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Identifier: A0244

Title: Carson Family Papers, 1810-1950


Christopher "Kit" Carson was the son of Lindsey Carson of North Carolina, who came west in the Benjamin Cooper party that arrived in Boonslick in 1810. Lindsey was killed in 1818; his brother William Carson came to the district a little later and became a Santa Fe trader (1820s), which he continued until his death in 1853. His nephew Kit Carson joined a Santa Fe caravan in 1826 when he was 16 years old, having run away from his harness-making job. He remained in the western country to become one of its greatest heroes.

Correspondence relating to Christopher "Kit" Carson; personal letters from members of the Carson family including bills of sale of slaves and correspondence regarding family slaves, land papers, writings on religion, genealogical data; bills, notes, receipts, and memoranda concerning the Santa Fe trade of William Carson (Howard County, Missouri) and the grocery business continued by his son Thomas Carson; account books kept by members of the Carson family including James Thomas, George H. and Frank Carson. Entries concern merchandise accounts, livestock and produce records, slave records, religious writings and personal observations, 1839-1882. Collection also includes personal, farm, and business account books of Thomas Carson and James Thomas Carson in Fayette and Rocheport, Missouri; personal and farm expenses, labor and grocery accounts, bank accounts, and cattle registries of Thomas Carson in Fayette and Rocheport, 1856-1889; general merchandise ledgers and daybooks for general store in Fayette, 1872-1874; daybooks of general store in Rocheport, 1881-1882; and personal, farm, and business accounts of James Thomas Carson in Rocheport, 1881-1910.

2 boxes; 10 volumes

Cite as: Carson Family Papers, Missouri History Museum Archives, St. Louis.

Rights: UND


Dates: 1810-1950

Type(s): Documentary Artifacts


Subjects: Slaveholders
General stores
Trade routes


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