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Kane (Family : Kane, Thomas L. (Thomas Leiper), 1822-1883)

 Family

Dates

  • Existence: 1853-

Biographical History

The Thomas L. Kane (1822-1883) and Elizabeth Kane (1836-1909) family was a prominent family from Pennsylvania, and friends of members to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the 19th Century.

The Kane family was a prominent family of politicians, lawyers, and doctors in Pennsylvania. Thomas L. Kane (1822-1883) was born in Philadelphia to John K. Kane (1795-1858), judge and politician in the city. In 1853, Thomas married Elizabeth Dennistown Wood (1836-1909), and they had four children: Harriet, Elisha, Evan, and William, who later changed his name to Thomas after the death of his father. Thomas L. Kane was a friend of Brigham Young and the Mormons and helped facilitate their migration to Utah, and forged a compromise that kept the Utah War of 1857-58 from escalating to bloodshed. Elizabeth Kane wrote a book on her visit to Utah and interaction with the Mormons during the winter of 1872-73, titled "Twelve Mormon Homes." Following the Civil War, the Kane family moved to western Pennsylvania to found the town of Kane, Pennsylvania.

Citation

UPB files, Oct. 24, 2016 (The Kane family was a prominent family of politicians, lawyers, and doctors in Pennsylvania. Thomas L. Kane (1822-1883) was born in Philadelphia to John K. Kane (1795-1858), judge and politician in the city. In 1853 he married Elizabeth Dennistown Wood (1836-1909), and they had four children: Harriet, Elisha, Evan, and William, who later changed his name to Thomas after the death of his father. Thomas L. Kane was a friend of Brigham Young and the Mormons and helped facilitate their migration to Utah, and forged a compromise that kept the Utah War of 1857-58 from escalating to bloodshed. Elizabeth Kane wrote a book on her visit to Utah and interaction with the Mormons during the winter of 1872-73, title "Twelve Mormon Homes." Following the Civil War, the Kane family moved to western Pennsylvania to found the town of Kane, Pennsylvania)

Kane family photographs and albums, circa 1830-1920

Wikipedia, via WWW, Apr. 17, 2013 (Thomas L. Kane (1822-1883); b. in Philadelphia, Pa.; son of John K. Kane; m. 1853 to Elizabeth Dennistown Wood (1836-1909), four children; est. Kane, Pa. after Civil War)

Found in 11 Collections and/or Records:

Elizabeth Wood Kane papers, 1830-1921

 Series
Identifier: Vault MSS 792 Series 6
Scope and Contents Contains Kane's manuscripts, including her fourteen diaries, beginning in 1853 and ending in 1909, although there are numerous gaps in their coverage. The first nine date before her husband's death, and include accounts of his life. Also includes the papers of her father, William Wood, as well as Kane's mostly unpublished work.
Dates: Majority of material found within 1830-1921

Elizabeth Wood Kane writings, 1856-1921

 Sub-Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: Vault MSS 792 Series 6 Sub-Series 4
Scope and Contents Contains autobiographical and literary writings by Elizabeth Wood Kane. Most of the documents, including travel accounts, focus on her life and experiences. She writes about her husband Thomas L. Kane serving in the Civil War, her experiences with the Mormons in the West, and Also includes family history projects, getting to meet President Ulysses S. Grant, and other family affairs. Materials also include family history writings like the autobiography of her father. Dated 1856-1921.
Dates: Majority of material found within 1856-1921

Elizabeth Wood Kane writings about trip to Mexico, 1896-1897

 Sub-Series — Box: 34, Folder: 2
Identifier: Vault MSS 792 Series 6 Sub-Series 4 Sub-Series 6
Scope and Contents Contains a manuscript relating Kane's experiences while travelling with her son Evan O'Neill Kane to the State Medical Societies to the Pan-American Congress in 1896. Includes copies of correspondence and published articles. Materials date from between 1896 and 1897.
Dates: 1896-1897

Elizabeth Wood Kane writings about Ulysses S. Grant visit, 1869 August 13-1869 August 15

 Sub-Series — Box: 32, Folder: 4
Identifier: Vault MSS 792 Series 6 Sub-Series 4 Sub-Series 3
Scope and Contents Materials include a manuscript written by Elizabeth Wood Kane describing Ulysses S. Grant's visit with the Kane family; there are details about their activities, discussions, and her impressions of the presidential party. Many of their conversations were about politics, religion, and race relations. Dated 1869.
Dates: 1869 August 13-1869 August 15

Elizabeth Wood Kane writings on settlement and development of Kane, Pennsylvania, approximately 1866-1896

 Sub-Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: Vault MSS 792 Series 6 Sub-Series 4 Sub-Series 2
Scope and Contents Contains manuscripts, drafts, and source materials related to Kane's history of Kane, Pennsylvania. Includes information on the Kane family's role in settlement and autobiographical writings. Materials date from between approximately 1866 and 1896.
Dates: Majority of material found within approximately 1866-1896

Kane family manuscripts and pamphlets, 1898

 Sub-Series — Box: 40
Identifier: Vault MSS 792 Series 7 Sub-Series 13
Scope and Contents Contains pamphlets and manuscripts relating to the Kane family, including information on the Van Rensselaer family and Thomas L. Kane's service during the Civil War. Materials date from around 1898.
Dates: Majority of material found in 1898

Thomas L. Kane correspondence, manuscripts, and other material on Mexico and Alaska, 1868-1930

 Sub-Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: Vault MSS 792 Series 4 Sub-Series 2
Scope and Contents Contains correspondence, notes, speeches, and other materials related to Kane's interest in exploration and colonization in Mexico and Alaska. Materials date from between 1868 and 1930.
Dates: 1868-1930

Thomas L. Kane journals, manuscripts, and other material, 1839-1886

 Sub-Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: Vault MSS 792 Series 2 Sub-Series 6
Scope and Contents Contains journals and notebooks belonging to Kane, as well as manuscripts, letters, passports, and other materials. Items include lists of Kane's everyday dealings, his poetic and philosophical writings, his last will and testament, and his obituary. Materials date between 1839 and 1884.
Dates: Majority of material found within 1839-1886

Thomas L. Kane papers on the American West and politics, 1845-1930

 Series
Identifier: Vault MSS 792 Series 4
Scope and Contents Contains material relating to Kane's related activities connected with the development of the American West. Includes information on his lobbying for appointment to territorial governorships, his interests in Alaska and Mexico, Western railroad development, and his correspondence with a variety of state and national politicians.
Dates: Majority of material found within 1845-1930

Thomas L. Kane personal papers, 1835-1886

 Series
Identifier: Vault MSS 792 Series 2
Scope and Contents Contains the more personal papers of Kane. It includes papers relating to his youth, a large collection of letters he sent home from England and France, his early correspondence with Elizabeth Wood, and their correspondence following their marriage. It also includes his correspondence with Elizabeth's father, William Wood, as well as with other Kane family members. Materials date between 1835 to 1886.
Dates: Majority of material found within 1835-1886