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Jeremiah Hershey papers

Identifier: L068

Scope and Contents

This collection includes 47 autographed, signed diaries from Jere Hershey in Vincennes, Indiana ranging from 1873 to 1922 regarding business and personal matters.


  • 1873-1922


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

Jeremiah (also known as Jere/Jerre/Jerry) Hershey was born October 15, 1839 in Franklin County, Pennsylvania to Joseph M. and Catherine (Laird) Hershey. He was the oldest of six children and was raised in Wabash County, Illinois. Hershey enlisted in Company E, Illinois 63rd Infantry Regiment on April 10, 1862 and was mustered out on September 29, 1862. He married Martha Jane Jackman Grass (usually known as Jane) on September 23, 1863 in Lawrence County, Illinois. Hershey taught in schools in Illinois and Indiana, moving to Vincennes, Indiana in 1865. They had four children, two of whom died before the age of two, the third as a young man. Their son, Joseph V. (B. in some sources, V. in his father's diary), lived to adulthood and is often mentioned in his father's diary. Hershey was the city engineer for Vincennes for many years, beginniing in 1871 to circa 1903, then working as a surveyor and contractor in Knox County and retiring after 1909. He died April 23, 1925 and is buried in Greenlawn Cemetery, Vincennes, Indiana.


Information found within the collection. "Jeremiah Hershey." 1860 United States Federal Census. Accessed March 11, 2015. "Jeremiah Hershey." 1870 United States Federal Census. Accessed March 11, 2015. "Jeremiah Hershey." 1880 United States Federal Census. Accessed March 11, 2015. "Jeremiah Hershey." U.S., Civil War Soldier Records and Profiles, 1861-1865. Retrieved 2015/03/11. "Jeremiah Hershey." U.S., Headstone Applications for Military Veterans, 1925-1963. Accessed March 11, 2015.

"Hershey, Jere." In History of Knox and Daviess County, Indiana, 351-352. Chicago, IL: Goodspeed Publishing Company, 1886.

Hodge, J.P. "Hershey, Jere." (1902). In Vincennes in Picture and Story, 150. Vincennes, IN: Antiquarian Society, 1902. "Jeremiah Hershey." Find a Grave Memorial. Accessed March 11, 2015. "Martha Jane Grass Hershey." Find a Grave Memorial. Accessed March 11, 2015.


0.6 Cubic Feet (2 manuscript boxes)

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This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a purchase from Chester McClure on 1933/08/02.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2015/03/16 by Edythe Huffman. EAD finding aid created 2015/03/16 by Edythe Huffman.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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