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Title Papers
Creator Witten, Tempie Jane (Bell)
Description The Tempie Jane (Bell) Witten Collection consists of 6 boxes, 57 folders, and 1,518 items. It has two major focuses: the genealogy of Mrs. Witten's family, the Bells of Grayson County, as well as collateral families in that area and Grayson County history, particularly that of the county's Baptist churches and schools. Most of the older items in the collection are actually photocopies, not original documents. Box one contains correspondence chiefly with family members or to those who shared Witten's interest in genealogy. Of particular interest are four letters from Joyce Ann Hutchins describing Japan in 1947-1948. Researchers will also find in this box a lengthy genealogical related and friendly correspondence between Witten and John H. & Cora B. McCrady of Piggott, Arkansas. This couple was related to Mrs. Witten through her paternal grandmother, Malinda Jane McCrady.

Boxes three and four contain the genealogical research collected by Witten. The chief families include: Bell, McCrady, Skaggs, Salsman and Witten. Any family with more than five pieces of information was assigned an individual folder. Other family group sheets were placed in folder one and two of box three and arranged alphabetically by the surname.

Box five consists chiefly of grade books, attendance registers and other miscellaneous materials related to Witten's teaching career. This box also contains news clippings that have been divided into the following subjects: Grayson County schools, biographies and obituaries of Grayson County residents, Grayson County history and places, and the Grayson County Historical Society.

Box six consists of information about Grayson County churches, particularly Clarkson Baptist Church, and data about Grayson County schools. The folders in this box include some drafts of articles and/or reminiscences by Witten about Grayson County schools and churches. Folder nine in this box contains an interesting sermon by LaVerne Butler of Ninth & O Baptist Church in Louisville on the topic of the desegregation and busing of students in the schools of that city and Jefferson County.
Collection Manuscripts
Object Name Correspondence
Date 1794
Year Range From 1794
Year Range To 1987
Other Number MSS 261
Subjects Autographs
Historical societies
People Boyd, Jewell
Breathitt, Edward Thompson "Ned," 1924-2003
Brooks, James Maurice, 1943-1973
Brooks, Ranie Lee (Bell), 1904-1966
Butler, LaVerne
Canon, Zoe
Carver, Gayle Raymond, 1913-2005
Cook, Marlow Webster, b. 1926
Cooper, John Sherman, 1901-1991
Crockett, Thelma
Dunn, Pauline Wilson (Bell), b. 1912
Ford, Gerald Rudolph Jr., 1913-2006
Fowler, Edna N.
Fulbright, James William, 1905-1995
Getzwiller, Rissa
Gurether, Virginia
Harrell, Betty May (Salsman), b. 1895
Harris, Leon
Higdon, Bertha Eleanor (Bell), b. 1916
Hobbs, Herschel Harold, 1907-1995
Hornback, Hallie
Huddleston, Walter Darlington "Dee," b. 1926
Hunt, Mamie (Witten) Askin
Hutchins, Joyce Ann
Leyerle, Melanie Renee, b. 1964
Leyerle, Sharon Kay (Higdon), b. 1941
McClure, Paul
McCutchan, Verna Mae (Witten)
McGrady, Cora
McGrady, Flora
McGrady, John H.
McGrady, Thelma
Monroe, E. G., 1917-1999
Natcher, William Huston, 1909-1994
Nevinger, Ruby Cull (Whayne)
Nixon, Richard Milhous, 1913-1994
Quiggins, Shelby Jean (Bell), b. 1938
Rainey, Willie
Salsman, Elinor Lynne (Dunn)
Siebel, Beulah Joan (Witten)
Skaggs, James D.
Sloane, Harvey I., b. 1936
Spencer, Frances
Whitebread, Murrell
Williams, Mabel
Witten, Ernest T., 1899-1983
Witten, Tempie Jane (Bell), 1901-1985
Search Terms Account books
Autograph album
Bell family
Bruner family
Cleaver family
Downs family
Fulkerson family
Grayson County Historical Society
Grayson County, KY
Grayson Manor (Leitchfield, KY)
Henderson family
Horne family
Jefferson County, KY
Kentucky Building (WKU)
Kirby family
Layman family
Leitchfield, KY
Line family
Little Flock Baptist Church (Grayson County, KY)
Louisville, KY
McGrady family
Millerstown, KY
Paris family
Richardson family
Salsman family
Skaggs family
Watkins family
Witten family
Catalog Number 2009.21.1
Dates of Creation 1794-1987
Caption Tempie Witten
Extent 6 boxes. 57 folders. 1,518 items. Originals and photocopies.
Number of Images 1