It is beyond the scope of this work to include a bio of the Shipmans other than their connection with the property. That I will leave up to the Shipman Mansion contingent of the Red Dragon. I was curious, tho, as to who the the heirs that we bought from were, and trying to get a better fix on the date the house was built, but other than finding one of the women had the same last name as Alice (Davidson) and finding a picture of her grave online, I came up empty, but I did pick up a few interesting things about the Shipmans.

Paul R Shipman born 9 Oct 1826 in Niagara Falls NY, died 20 March, 1917 and Alice B. Davidson born 17 Feb 1840 Carmi, Ill, who died 4 April, 1917 were married in 1868. He began his career with the Louisville Journal in 1852


Behind Enemy lines

The Owensboro Monitor (Owensboro, Kentucky) 23 Nov 1864, Wed Page 2


Back to the Journal

The Tennessean (Nashville, Tennessee) 9 Oct 1866, Tue Page 3

The Louisville Journal of yesterday announces the return of Paul R. Shipman to his old position on the Journal, the associate of Mr. Prentice in its editorial conduct. In the language of his worthy senior, as a terse, vigorous and classic writer of our language, Mr. Shipman has few if any superiors. With the genius and wit of Prentice, the statesmanship and sagacity of the accomplished Shipman, and the industry and experience of Gay, the old Journal conld have no stronger team, and we bid it good speed under the flag of the Constitution which has floated ever gracefully from its foremast. Long may it wave



Edited By Geo. D. Prentice And Paul. R. Shipman; and published by The Louisville Journal Company, Louisville, Ky.

The Journal's political _character and standing are known everywhere and to all intelligent and well informed persons. It is universally recognized as one of the institutions of Louisville, Kentucky, and of the United States. Acknowledged as one of the great controlling powers of the State and Union for nearly forty years, 1t has during all that time, steadily, bent its energies and exerted its inf1uence to advance what it honestly conceived to be the best interests of the whole people.

The Constitution of our fathers, unperverted and undistorted by selfish politicians and and pestilent demagogues, has been the star to which it has looked as that of the nation's destiny, and by its calm, majestic and sacred light shall continue to be through all the calms and storms that may be before us.

The Weekly Journal is the largest paper published in this section of country, is is issued on Mondays to meet the large number of mails radiating from this point. Besides the Editorials, esteemed by all amongst the foremost in the land; it has telegraphic reports from all points of the world, and communicationsand selections from writers of eminence in every departgment of science, literature, mechanics and agriculture, unsurpassed by any paper in the West.

J. D. Osborne, President

W.h. Perria, Seccretary


Passport Application

State of Pennsylvania

County of Armstrong

Paul R. Shipman being duly sworn, says that he is 43 years of age; that he was born in Niagara County State of New york, that he is a citizen of the United States of America and about to travel abroad with his wife

Paul R Shipman Sworn and subscribing before me on this 6th day of June A.D. 1869.

(unreadable signature)

County of Armstrong: S. K. Campbell being duly sworn says he is a citizen of the United States of America; that he is personally acquainted with Paul R Shipman whose name is subscribing to the foregoing affidavit and that the declarations there made are true to the best of deponent's knowledge & belief.

S.K. Campbell passport
(It is interesting that only one passport was needed for each family including servants)
The Tennessean Nashville, Tennessee 06 Aug 1869, Fri • Page 1

Paul R. Shipman, formerly of the Louisville Journal, will sail for Europe next Saturday. The epistles of Paul will be read in The Courier-Journal during his absence.

Apparently they left on August 14, 1869, and he was writing for the Tennessean at the time.
dragon Census
(Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) · 16 Feb 1918, Sat · Page 3

They obviously had settled in as residents to be counted in the census

A New Paper

The Charleston Daily News (Charleston, South Carolina) • 14 Jan 1871, Sat • Page 2

There is to be a new Democratic paper in Louisvllle, Ky. It is to be called the Ledger, and to be Issued daily and weekly. It is to be owned by a joint stock company, and based upon a capital of $50,000. The first number is to be issued February 1 proximo, under the business management of L. G. Mathews, formerly of the New Albany Ledger. Its editors are to be John Forsyth, present editor of the Mobile Register; Paul R. Shipman, formerly of the Louisville Journal, and Richard Stanton, of Maysville, KY.

It seems a bit strange, first that they were counted in the English census, and second that this article about the new paper was issued on Jan 14, which was almost certainly before the census, yet here he is arranging to edit a new paper while still in England. I wonder how they communicated?


The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) · 16 Feb 1918, Sat · Page 3
It was nice of him to wait until they both had been dead for a year