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Col. David Meade Papers,1804-1806

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Col. David Meade Papers




Kentucky Historical Society. Special Collections & Archives. Frankfort, Kentucky 40601-1931

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Access at KHS only. Use microfilm, transcriptions or images when available.

For microfilmed copies see Clift number(s): 0653 (A)

Preferred Citation Note

[Identification of item], Col. David Meade Papers, 1804-1806, 91SC45,Library Special Collections and Archives, Kentucky Historical Society, Frankfort.


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David Meade was born in Virginia in 1744 to a wealthy planter of the same name. He went abroad for schooling at Harrow in England. At age seventeen he returned to Virginia to become a young gentleman planter. He married Sarah Waters of Williamsburg in 1768. The following year he was elected to the Virginia House of Burgesses.

Meade was an ardent supporter of the American Revolution. He suffered, however, significant financial losses in the war. This eventually prompted him to send his son, David Meade III, to look for land in Kentucky. The Meade family purchased 300 acres in [what is now Jessamine County and moved there in 1796. There Meade built his famous home, La Chaumiere du Prairie [translated as the thatched cottage of the meadow. Meade's home was known for its imported furnishings from Europe, New York, and New Orleans, and for its noted guests.

Scope and Content

This collection contains materials relating to a legal dispute between Meade and a former business partner, Joseph Coppinger.

The collection includes information on a failed business venture contracted by Meade and Coppinger. The two entered a partnership to open and operate a brewery and malt house on Meade's Jessamine County property. Present are two letters from Coppinger, outlining the articles of the agreement and related details. These letters concern the failure to get the operations running. There is also a court document filed with Jessamine Circuit Court by Meade initiating a suit against Coppinger.

Another document, dated 1806, apparently resolved the litigation. This agreement was made and signed by Meade and Coppinger's representative, the Rev. Stephen Theodore Badin. The agreement bound Meade and Coppinger to drop their claims and lawsuits against each other. Badin, a Frenchman, was one of the first Roman Catholic priests sent to Kentucky. He was also the first Roman Catholic priest ordained in the United States. The collection also contains a photograph of this document.

Arrangement: Chronological

County: Fayette; Jessamine

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