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Sluyter-Dibra family oversize collection

 Collection — Folder: OB079
Identifier: OB079

Scope and Contents

This oversize folder contains a small broadside of escape artist "Might Oaks" signed by him on April 7, 1917; page 5 of the January 4, 1919 edition of the Des Moines Evening Tribune with article about Cameron Bennett; and the "Six Generations of Women in White County" family tree of the Sluyter-Dibra family (undated).


  • circa 1839-2007

Biographical Note

The Sluyter and Dibra (or Debra) families were early pioneers of White County, Indiana. Jonathan W. Sluyter (1797-1874) married Elizabeth Hall (1804-1882) and they had 3 sons: James (1823-1843), Hiram (1829-1900), and Abram Sneathan (1842-1913). Originally from New York, the Sluyters came to Indiana in 1836. Jacob Dibra (1806-1867) and his wife Sarah Coates Dibra (1811-1912) moved to White County from Ohio in 1840. They had three children: Samuel (1835-1882), Elizabeth Jane (1838-1901), and David (1844-1862).

Hiram Sluyter married Elizabeth Jane Dibra in 1850 and they had three sons: Alfred (1852-1855), Francis Marion (1854-1943), and Samuel Debra (1857-1932). Samuel married Sarah Ross (1858-1880) in 1878 and they had one child, Margaret "Maggie" (1879-1910). He married his second wife, Geneva Wooley (1860-1906), in 1882 and they had three children: Gertrude "Gertie" (1883-1972); Samuel Clayton (1888-1973), and Ray (1895-1956). Maggie married Louis Moessinger (or Messinger) (1869-1956) and they had a daughter, Virginia (1897-1986). Virginia married Alexander Cameron Bennett and they had four children: Gloria Jean (1923-2000), Cameron (1926-1999), Patricia Ann (1929-2010), and Richard Keith (1932-2003). Patricia Ann married Robert Creque and their daughter, Paula Ann Creque Bongen, researched and donated this collection.


Information found within collection and


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 oversize folder)

Related Archival Material

Materials relating to this collection may be found in the following collections in Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN:

L554: Sluyter-Dibra family family collection, 1839-2007

Sluyter-Dibra family oversize collection
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.