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Thomas Carr papers

 Collection — Folder: S228
Identifier: S0228

Scope and Contents

This collection includes an autographed workbook from an unnamed private tutor in Kentucky in 1798 regarding arithmetic and legal documents regarding land sale and plat for land in Indiana in 1805 and 1814.


  • 1798-1814

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

Thomas Carr was born on December 12, 1777 in Chester County, PA. His family moved to Frederick County, VA when he was young. His father died in 1784, and he was raised by his uncle, Samuel Ewing and family until he was 21, by which time they lived in Perryville, Mercer County, KY. He married Peggy [Margaret] Buchanan on March 21, 1804 in Mercer County, and they moved to Clark County, IN later that year, purchasing land in Indiana from Samuel Ewing in 1805. In 1813, he moved to Valonia, where he had command of the blockhouse, moving to "Pea Ridge Farm" in 1816.

He and Peggy had several children, including a set of twins and George Whitfield and John Flavel Carr, who were both involved with the Constitutional Convention of 1851 and both served in the General Assembly. She died on June 25, 1820 in Jackson County, IN. He married Mary "Polly" Cavender Boas on June 30, 1823 (who died in 1883), and they had several children. He fathered at least seven children. He died March 10, 1847 in IN.

Information found within the collection.

"Boas, Mary". Retrieved 2015/09/30.

"Buchanon, Margaret". Retrieved 2015/09/30.

"Carr, George Whitfield". (1980) A biographical directory of the Indiana General Assembly. (v.1, p. 55). Indianapolis, IN: Indiana Historical Bureau. Print. ISLI 920 B15G

"Carr, John Flavel". (1980) A biographical directory of the Indiana General Assembly. (v.1, pp. 55-56). Indianapolis, IN: Indiana Historical Bureau. Print. ISLI 920 B15G

"Carr, Thomas". Retrieved 2015/09/30.

"Carr. Thomas". Kentucky Marriages, 1802-1850. Retrieved 2014/06/23.

"Carr, Thomas". Indiana Biography Series, v. 14, pg. 58

"Carr, Thomas". (1919). Dunn, Jacob Piatt. In Indiana and Indianans. (v.1, p.298). Chicago, IL: American Historical Society. Print. ISLI 977.2 D923in

"Carr, Thomas". (n.d.). Haffner, Gerald O. In An informal history of Clark County, Indiana. (p. 36). Evansville, IN: Whipporwill Publications. Print. ISLIR 977.201 C592ha


0.02 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 Samuel Carr on 1934/10.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2014/06/23 by Edythe Huffman. EAD finding aid created 2014/06/23 by Edythe Huffman. EAD finding aid revised 2015/09/30 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.