Oldham County Historical Society
Weller Collection Background
The David Weller Collection
was donated to the Oldham County Historical Society by the J. C. Barnett
Estate. Mr. Barnett was a well-known antiques collector and dealer and
an avid supporter of the History Center.
The collection includes several boxes of letters, pictures, clothing,
and souvenir items accumulated by members of the David F. C. Weller family,
who lived in Louisville, Kentucky. The items date from 1858 through 1941
and provide a glimpse into daily lives of five generations of Wellers
and some of their relatives and friends. The letters, in particular, describe
the manner in which these individuals lived; reflect their interests,
attitudes, and beliefs; and discuss their involvement in significant historical
The majority of the letters were written to David F.C. Weller or his wife
Mary Emma (Molly) Fowler. Throughout their adult lives, both David and
Molly were active in exchanging letters with their friends and relatives.
After their marriage, they also kept in close touch with each other whenever
David traveled on business or Molly visited out of town friends and relatives.
As their children grew, they also began to participate in the correspondence.
Fortunately, many of the letters were saved, ultimately providing an extensive
In spring of 2005, a History Center volunteer, Nina Brehm, started a project
to study and document the Weller Collection. These efforts are still in
progress. Part of this endeavor includes performing genealogical research
to determine the family’s ancestry and to understand the relationships
between the David F.C. Weller Family and the relatives with whom they
corresponded. Additional research is being performed to relate information
found in the letters to historical events and circumstances that might
have had an impact on the writer (e.g., wars, political atmospheres, economic
situations, epidemics, major community events, etc.). Because of the sizable
work effort, this project is being completed in phases. As each phase
is completed, information will be added to the web site. So please check
back often to see the story unfold.
Click here to see the list
of items from the Weller Collection currently on the website. Table