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JIM responds to comment concerning Col. Trabue journal story

JIM cites earlier publication of Col. Trabue's autobiography which preceded "Westward Into Kentucky, to refute assertion that first publication did not come until 1981 with Dr. Raymond Young's book.
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A response to a comment made at Tine Reynolds: Additional notes Daniel Trabue concerning the publication of Col. Trabue's journal, to-wit:

"Trabue himself wrote his autobiography at the time but evidently the first publication was not until 1981 as 'Westward into KY.'"

The above statement fails muster on the most cursory of research.


As stated - correctly - in the brief introduction to the transcribed Judge Baker piece 100 Years Ago - Judge Baker writes of Col. Daniel Trabue, the Daniel Trabue sketch appeared in the February 13, 1918 (nineteen-eighteen) edition of the Adair County News.

As noted both in the original newspaper article in 1918 and in the transcription as it appeared on Columbia magazine on Friday, December 9, 2016, Judge Baker wrote this about Col. Trabue's journal and its publication prior to the publication of his sketch (the added emphasis is mine):

"In addition he [Col. Trabue] he left a journal of his life as pioneer to Kentucky, the original now in the possession of the Wisconsin State Historical Society. This journal comprising about one hundred fifty pages of printed matter is given in full in 'Colonial Men and Times' edited by Lillie DuPuy Vanculin Harper, of Philadelphia, Penn., one of his [Trabue's] descendants."

Also as noted -- correctly -- in the above-mentioned introduction, the volume Colonial Men and Times is available online (pdf; link below). Col. Trabue's journal begins on page 3 of the hard copy volume.

In the Foreword (p 1) to this 1,000+ page tome, the editor (and Col. Trabue's kinswoman) wrote, in part (the added emphasis is mine):

"My first intention was to have this journal re-printed as it is in its original form. It was written by my maternal Great-Great Uncle, Colonel Trabue...

"It was loaned by a grandson of Colonel Trabue to Mr. L. Draper. At the time of Mr. Draper's death the manuscript went with his papers, which were willed to the Wisconsin State Historical Society.

"I would acknowledge their kindness, in giving me permission, through their secretary, Mr. Reuben G. Thwartes, to publish this journal..."

The editor goes to state she made changes in spelling and punctuation which in her estimation "greatly enhance[d]" the "value and interest" of the journal. The Foreword appears above the name Lillie Du Puy Van Culin Harper and bears the date January 1, 1915, Philadelphia PA.

In a matter of no small interest, Dr. Chester Young himself cited the 1916 publication of Col. Trabue's journal. In the Introduction to Westward into Kentucky, The Narrative of Daniel Trabue (2004 paperback edition, The University Press of Kentucky, page 4), Dr. Young wrote:

"A substantial edition of the narrative did not appear until 1916, when Lillie DuPuy VanCulin Harper, a great-grandniece of Daniel Trabue, published it in Philadelphia as the opening portion of a work entitled Colonial Men and Times..."

(Dr. Young chided this 1916 printing, both for the above-noted grammatical and spelling corrections and the fact that Ms. Harper bowdlerized nearly 380 lines of the original text for publication.)

For those who may want to view these documents for themselves, the link to Judge Baker's sketch of Col. Trabue may be viewed in its original newspaper format (pdf) at SKETCHES OF ADAIR COUNTY/Historical an d Biographical that Will be of Interest to all Readers of the News. By Judge H.C. Baker. No. 4. The cited text appears in the opening paragraph of the sketch.

An original copy of Colonial Men and Times, copyrighted 1915 (nineteen fifteen) and published (as previously noted -- correctly) by Innes & Sons, 129 North 12th St., Philadephia PA, 1916 (nineteen sixteen) may be viewed in pdf format at Coloniel Men and Times. Containing The Journal of Col. Daniel Trabue . . . .

In closing: errors sometimes creep into my research and published work. When other bring my attention to those mistakes (or I belatedly them), I own the errors and make corrections to the extent possible. However, random blind-eye potshots taken at my research will meet vigorous rebuttal from Princeton to Prince Edward Island to Prince Georges County to anywhere else.


This story was posted on 2016-12-11 05:11:23
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