Bluegrass craftsman : being the reminiscences of Ebenezer Hiram Stedman papermaker 1808-1885 /

Ebenezer Hiram Stedman, whose lively reminiscences of antebellum Kentucky were written as a series of letters to his daughter, was one of the pioneer papermakers of the state. Stedman paints a vivid picture of the life of the numerous and thriving middle class who sought opportunity in the expanding...

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Other Authors / Creators:Bull, Jacqueline P., editor.
Dugan, Frances L. S. 1903-1977, editor.
Format: eBook Electronic
Imprint: [Lexington, Kentucky] : University of Kentucky Press, 1959.
Online Access:Click here for full text at JSTOR
Table of Contents:
  • Cover; Title; Copyright; Contents; Introduction: In which the editors relate something of Ebenezer Hiram Stedman, papermaking in Kentucky, and the nature of the manuscripts herein published; 1: Being an account of my childhood in Massachusetts until the year 1815, including something about pirates, sea captains, and Napoleon; 2: Wherein my father goes to Kentucky and we, with great difficulty, follow him; 3: Here I describe my father, the factory, and our fine new home in Lexington in 1816; some remarks also about our friends and our pastimes.
  • 14: More about life in the little powder mill and ""Tow Harvest"" and Sam's pranks15: In which I become a potter-temporarily-and ring the bell for church services, and learn to know the Steffee family better; 16: Which contains an account of my life in Lexington and how a ten-year-old girl deceived her father; 17: Being more about Lexington and its people, including John Bradford; also a description of Shin Bone Hotel and its inhabitants and their pranks; 18: News about the death of two great men and an account of their funeral honors in Georgetown, for which I buy my first new coat.
  • 19: More papermaking, and at last my first journeyman work a boardinghouse called ""Cold Comfort, "" and the beginning of love; 20: Relating such matters as coffin handbills, railroads, a blind old mare, and a little more about love; 21: At last I have my own business, though beginning on the bottom floor of poverty; 22: Herein I begin my life as a bandbox peddler with the aid of a hipshot old mare and a striped ancient wagon; 23: Being remarks about the character and actions of John Storms Stedman; also a description of a militia muster.
  • 4: Kentucky's prosperity as a manufacturing state in 1815-1817 the failure of the Prentiss mill and its effect on my father's character; 5: We and our papermaking friends move to Georgetown and take over historic Craig mill; more boyhood adventures, including school; 6: How I earned a hat; some remarks about cruelty to beast and man, also about a jail break; 7: Some words about squirrel migrations, but much more about my life as a lay boy and the manner in which paper was made by hand in 1822; 8: In which I go with my father to paper mills in Ohio.
  • A harrowing account of a battle of the war of 1812 and its effect9: I move to Mr. Couglar's house and undergo persecution from a girl; I attend my first camp meeting; 10: The story of our journey back to Georgetown and our visit with a celebrated hunter; 11: Home again and thoughts about family affection; 12: We make bank paper for the Commonwealth; Georgetown welcomes Andrew Jackson and James Monroe; we take over an old powder mill; 13: Herein I describe the visit of the illustrious General Lafayette, and particularly the victory of Mary Steffee.