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Ketcham family history

 Collection — Folder: S026
Identifier: S0026

Scope and Contents

This collection includes a photocopy of a typewritten manuscript written by Ralph L. Anderson in April of 1954 regarding Ketcham family history.


  • 1954


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Biographical Note

The Ketcham family came to the United States in 1629, when Ed Ketcham sailed to Long Island, New York from Cambridgeshire, England. His great-grandson Daniel Ketcham, who was born in 1753, for the colonists during the American Revolutionary War. He had nine children, including John (1782-1865), father of Ralph L. Anderson's great grandmother, Nancy Ketcham, and Absolam (1796-1846), father of Ralph's grandmother, Mary Ketcham.

Family members moved all over the country, eventually ending up in Indiana by the 1830s, residing in both the Indianapolis and Bloomington areas.

Ralph Lewis Anderson was born October 15, 1885 or 1887 in Bloomington, Indiana to Absolem Lorenzie and Russia Elizabeth (Tristler) Anderson. He married Murrel [Muriel] Startz in Marion County, Indiana on July 12, 1905, and they had one daughter, Dorene. He worked at a silk mill, as an office worker. Ralph died in February, 1970 in Indianapolis, Indiana.


Items in the collection. "Anderson, Ralph ." Indiana, Marriage Collection, 1800-1941. Retrieved 2015/07/29. "Anderson, Ralph ." U.S., Social Security Death Index, 1935-2014. Retrieved 2015/07/29. "Anderson, Ralph L." 1930 United States Federal Census. Retrieved 2015/07/29. "Anderson, Ralph Lewis." U.S., Sons of the American Revolution Membership Applications, 1889-1970. Retrieved 2015/07/29.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Ralph L. Anderson on 1966/10/25.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2005/02 by Jennifer Duplaga. EAD finding aid created 2015/07/29 by Edythe Huffman
Ketcham family history
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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