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Nathaniel Bolton papers

 Collection — Folder: S138
Identifier: S0138

Scope and Contents

This collection includes a photostat of a document from James N. Johnston in Jefferson County, Indiana on 1832/01/16 regarding affirmation of a marriage between Nathaniel Bolton and Sarah T. Barrett.


  • 1832/01/16

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

Nathaniel Bolton was born July 25, 1803 in Chillicothe, Ohio. He came to Indianapolis in 1822 and was the coeditor of Indianapolis' first newspaper, The Gazette, with his stepfather, George Smith. The paper was renamed the Indiana State Gazette and later, in 1830 when Bolton sold his share to Alexander Morrison, to the Indiana Democrat and State Gazette.

He married Sarah Barrett, who was born on December 18, 1814 and died on August 4, 1893. Sarah and Nathaniel had two children, Sarah and James. The couple operated a tavern on land once owned by his stepfather in Jefferson County, Indiana during 1831. They sold their property in 1845 to the State of Indiana, which used it for the Central Hospital for the Insane.

Nathaniel was elected State Librarian in 1851. He was also employed during this time as a reporter of the legislative proceedings for the Sentinel and edited that paper until it was sold in 1855. President Franklin Pierce appointed him consul to Geneva, Switzerland in 1855. He returned to Indiana in 1857 due to ill health, died on November 26, 1858, and is buried in Crown Hill Cemetery.

"Bolton, Nathaniel." 1850 United States Federal Census. Retrieved 2013/08/13.

"Bolton, Nathaniel". Indiana State Library Genealogy Database: Marriages through 1850. Retrieved 2013/08/13.

"Bolton, Nathaniel." Indiana Biography Series, v7. pp. 51-2.

Boomhower, Ray. (1994). "Bolton, Nathaniel". In The Encyclopedia of Indianapolis. (pp. 334-5). Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press. ISLI 977.201 M341Ien

Gerard, Nancy. (1994). "Bolton, Sarah T.". In The Encyclopedia of Indianapolis. (p. 335). Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press. ISLI 977.201 M341Ien


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Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2014/03/17 by Edythe Huffman. EAD finding aid created 2014/03/17 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.