[MS 2] John Allen Gano

SUMMARY:  A rich picture of life during the Civil War in the country around Georgetown in north central Kentucky.  Graphically presented through the day-to-day details of a lawyer-preacher-farmer's journal.  All the joys and frustrations of preaching and farming, before and during the Reconstruction Period.

Leon Henthorn, Transcriber
August 10, 1991

Box 1 -- John Allen Gano Correspondence, 1851-1901

  • Consists largely of family correspondence to Richard M. Gano from his family and from his father, John Allen Gano.  The letters tell of war experiences, notes and interest due, family and friends ill or dying, business trips and opportunities, school experiences, and church business and activities.  Items of particular interest include a letter from Jesse L. Sewell asking Richard to hold a gospel meeting in Lebanon, TN, and a letter from Louis Loos of Bethany College.

Box 1A

Box 2 -- Autobiography of John Allen Gano, Sr.

  • This includes 420 handwritten pages of what must have been a longer work -- ours ends abruptly in the middle of a sentence.  It begins with his birth and carries on up through 1860, highlighting his family and religious life.  On page two he states that should anyone read this work, he prays "that it may prove a blessing to them by leading them to the Rock of Salvation."

Box 3 -- Diary of John Allen Gano, Sr.

  • January 1866 - August 1866
  • January 1865 - October 1865
  • October 1865 - January 1866
  • Record of Marriages Performed: January 1858 - March 1883

Box 4 -- Diary of John Allen Gano, Sr.

  • August 1866 - April 1869

Box 5 -- Diary of John Allen Gano, Sr.

  • April 29, 1869 - December 26, 1877

Box 5A

  • Photocopies of the journals spanning January 1870 - December 1874.

Box 5B

  • Photocopies of the journals spanning January 1875 - December 1877.
  • Microfiche prints of John Allen Gano's Biographical Notebook: 1827-1861.

Box 6 -- Diary of John Allen Gano, Sr.

  • July 26, 1878 - August 25, 1887

Box 7 -- Journal of Richard M. Gano

  • The Journal of Richard M. Gano - a record of baptisms and restorations which accompanied his preaching from 1866-1908; the funerals he conducted from 1867-1908; the weddings he performed from 1867-1908; and a record of the churches he preached to from 1867-1883.
  • 35 page typed summary of the above journal.

Box 8

  • Military Records and Correspondence of Brigadier-General Richard M. Gano. - vol. 1
Volumes I & II (Boxes 8 & 9) are bound volumes of photocopies of transcriptions (about 900 pages) typed by John Gano (generation?) in the mid-1970s.  The materials within these volumes are from a wide variety of sources including books, periodicals, Official Records of the War of the Rebellion; U.S. War Department, and "Personal War Record of...Gano, unpublished."  To aid in future research, a bibliography is being compiled as well as a listing of dates/events that correspond to the "Personal Records."  This bibliography will be posted online here as soon as it is compiled.
- This volume covers the period in the Tennessee Army from June 1, 1861 - July 2, 1863.

Box 9

  • Military Records and Correspondence of Brigadier-General Richard M. Gano. - vol. 2
- This volume covers the period in the Trans-Mississippi Army from July 3, 1863 - May 2, 1865.

Box 10

  • PICTURES - These 37 photographs are of the Gano family, their homes, and their burial plots.  The home photos are those of John Allen Gano, Sr. near Centerville, KY, and Richard M. Gano in Dallas, TX.  The individual photos are of John Allen Gano and his family and of his son, Richard M. Gano, and his family.

Box 11 -- Periodicals, 1819-1870

  • The Christian Messenger. vol. 1, nos. 7-11 (1827)
  • The Christian Messenger. vol. 2, nos. 3, 8, 10-12 (1828)
  • The Christian Messenger. vol. 3, nos. 2-3, 7-8, 10-12 (1829)
  • The Christian Messenger. vol. 4, no. 6 (1830)
  • The Christian Messenger. vol. 5, nos. 2, 4, 6-8, 10 (1831)
  • The Christian Messenger. vol. 7, no. 11 (1833)
  • The Christian Messenger. vol. 8, no. 4 (1834)
  • The Christian Messenger. vol. 9, nos. 5-8, 10 (1835)
  • The Christian Messenger. vol. 11, nos. 1-4, 6-12 (1840-41)
  • The Christian Messenger. vol. 12, nos. 1-3, 6-11 (1842)
  • The Christian Messenger. vol. 13, nos. 5, 8 (1843)

Box 12 -- Periodicals, 1819-1870

  • The Christian Examiner. vol. 1, nos. 1, 3-5, 7, 9-12 (1829-30)
  • The Christian Examiner. vol. 2, nos. 4, 8, 9 (1831)
  • The Evangelist. vol. 6, nos. 1-12 (1838)

Box 13 -- Periodicals, 1819-1870

  • The Christian Teacher. vol. 2, nos. 6-8 (1843-44)
  • The Christian Teacher. vol. 3, nos, 1-5 (1844)
  • The Christian Teacher. vol. 4, nos. 1, 4-5 (1845)
  • The Christian Teacher. vol. 5, nos. 1-2, 4-6 (1846)
  • The Christian Teacher. vol. 6, nos. 1, 3, 5, 7-12 (1846-47)
  • The Heretic Detector. vol. 6, no. 12 (1837)
  • The Heretic Detector. vol. 6, nos. 2, 6-9 (1838)
  • The Heretic Detector. vol. 6, nos. 1-2, 5-7 (1839)
  • The Heretic Detector. vol. 6, nos. 1-3, 10 (1840)
  • The Heretic Detector. vol. 6, nos. 6-8 (1841)

Box 14 -- Periodicals, 1819-1870

  • The Gospel Advocate. vol. 1, nos. 1-2, 5, 7 (1835)
  • The Gospel Advocate. vol. 2, nos, 5-6 (1836)
  • The Christian Review. vol. 3, nos. 5-11 (1846)
  • The Christian Review. vol. 4, nos. 1-4, 6-9 (1847)
  • The Christian Messenger and Bible Advocate. vol. 5, nos. 1 (January 1847)
  • The Orthodox Preacher. vol. 1, no. 5 (May 1843)

Box 15 -- Periodicals, 1819-1870

  • The Budget and Clerical Index. vol. 1, no. 1
  • The Christian Family Magazine. vol. 1, nos, 4-5 (1845)
  • The Christian Preacher. vol. 1, nos. 6-7 (1836)
  • The Christian Preacher. vol. 5, no. 9 (1840)
  • The Ecclesiastic Reformer. vol. 4, no. 13 (July, 1851)
  • The Western Review and Miscellaneous Magazine. vol. 1, no. 2 (September 1819)
  • The Christian Evangelist. vol. 9, nos. 11 (1858)

Box 16 -- Periodicals, 1819-1870

  • Lard's Quarterly. vol. 1, no. 1, 2-4 (1863-64)
  • Lard's Quarterly. vol. 2, nos, 1-4 (1864-65)

Box 17 -- Periodicals, 1819-1870

  • Lard's Quarterly. vol. 3, no. 1-4 (1865-66)

Box 18 -- Periodicals, 1819-1870

  • Millennial Harbinger. Series 3, vol. 4, no. 10 (1847)
  • Millennial Harbinger. Series 4, vol. 1, no. 1 (1851)
  • Millennial Harbinger. Series 4, vol. 1, nos. 1, 5-7, 9, 12 (1857)
  • Millennial Harbinger. Series 5, vol. 1, no. 1 (1858)
  • Millennial Harbinger. Series 5, vol. 3, no. 1-10, 12 (1860)
  • Millennial Harbinger. Series 5, vol. 4, 1-11 (1861)

Box 19 -- Periodicals, 1819-1870

  • Millennial Harbinger. Series 5, vol. 5, nos. 5-6, 9-11 (1862)
  • Millennial Harbinger. vol. 36, nos. 3, 6, 9-12 (1865)
  • Millennial Harbinger. vol. 37, nos. 1-4, 6 (1866)
  • Millennial Harbinger. vol. 38, no. 1-2, 4-8, 10-12 (1867)

Box 20 -- Periodicals, 1819-1870

  • Millennial Harbinger. vol. 39, nos. 1-3, 5-8, 10 (1868)
  • Millennial Harbinger. vol. 40, nos. 2-9, 11-12 (1869)
  • Millennial Harbinger. vol. 41, nos. 1-5, 7-11 (1870)

Box 21 -- Periodicals, 1819-1870

  • The Old Guard. vol. 5, nos. 5, 7-8, 10-12 (1867)
  • The Old Guard. vol. 6, nos. 2-4, 6-10, 12 (1868)

Box 22 -- Miscellaneous Papers

  • Poem - "A Hobby Stew!"
  • Page from Time magazine, 09.05.1932, on George Washington's baptism.
  • Page of column written by R.M. Gano in the Standard on 04.24.1897; accompanying column by S.F. Gano on the immersion of Washington.
  • Photocopies of scrapbook pages: page from the Herald Leader, Lexington, KY, 11.21.1972, of Gano family home; page from Dallas Morning News reflecting the town 56 years earlier, concerning Richard Gano; letter from John Allen Gano to Richard, dated 11.16.1848; cover of a remembrance book of John Allen Gano; one page of a brief biographical sketch of Richard Gano; other miscellaneous newspaper clipping concerning the Ganos.
  • Nine pages from Memorial and Biographical History of Dallas County reflecting the Gano family.
  • Seven pages from the John Allen Gano Bible, pointing out the family record.
  • Seven pages from the Richard Gano Bible, pointing out the family record.
  • Two original and two copied pages from an appendix to John Allen Gano's diary written by Richard Gano.
  • Copy of article on General Richard M. Gano from the Dallas Times Herald.
  • Copy of cover from John Allen Gano's Biographical Notebook, no. 2, dated December 1831.
  • Copy of the cover from the Bulletin of William Jewell College, series no. 24, September 15, 1926, titled "The John Gano Evidence of George Washington's Religion," by L.C. Barnes.
  • Copy of drawing depicting John Gano baptizing George Washington.
  • Copies of two letters: one from Alexander Campbell about the new academy at Bethany; the other incomplete and from John Allen Gano to Barton W. Stone.
  • Copy of "John Allen Gano," by M.C. Tiers, from Christian Portrait Gallery Consisting of Historical and Biographical Sketches and Photographic Portraits of Christian Preachers and Others.  Cincinnati, OH: stereotyped at the Franklin Type Foundry, 1864.
  • Gano bibliography.