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William Bruce papers

 Collection — Folder: S184
Identifier: S0184

Scope and Contents

This collection includes typed documents from William Bruce in Indiana ranging from 1851 to 1853 and undated regarding family and historical matters.


  • 1851-1853

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

William A. Bruce was born to William and Polly (Lucas) Percifull Bruce, on August 6, 1776, near Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania. He had four siblings. They moved to Kentucky in 1784. He married Sally Polk on October 23, 1798, and they and their four children moved to Vincennes, Indiana in 1805. They built a cabin on what is now Bruceville in the fall of 1805. He led some militia in the Battle of Tippecanoe on November 7, 1811 and became known as Major Bruce. Sally died in 1818, after giving birth to their fifteenth child. He married Hetty Holmes in 1819, with whom he had ten children. He died April 12, 1854 and is buried in Knox County, Indiana.

Information found within the collection.

"Bruce, William". U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900. Retrieved 2014/05/05.

"Bruce, William A.". Find a Grave Memorial. Retrieved 2014/05/05.

"Bruce, William A.". Web: Indiana, Find a Grave Index, 1800-2012. Retrieved 2014/05/05. Retrieved 2014/05/05.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from R. L. McClure on 1935/08/05.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2014/05/05 by Edythe Huffman. EAD finding aid created 2014/05/05 by Edythe Huffman.
William Bruce papers
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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