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Moody Chamberlain papers

 Collection — Folder: S246
Identifier: S0246

Scope and Contents

This collection includes a carbon copy of a typed document from Ira Hill in St. Albans, New Hampshire in 1813 regarding a teaching license and an autographed, signed document from Joseph Luttrell in Lost Creek Township, Vigo County, Indiana on 1837/08/10 regarding working out taxes.


  • 1813-1837


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

Moody Chamberlain was born in New Hampshire, November 3, 1791, and was licensed to teach English in 1813. He and his wife Betsey Johnson Dole, also a native of New Hampshire and also a certified teacher, had 8 children. In 1820, the Chamberlains migrated to Lost Creek Township near Terre Haute where they first lived in a log cabin. He was a qualified carpenter, who had helped build the Middlesex and other canals in New England. In Vigo County, he served as Associate Judge of the Circuit Court for two terms (1825, 1832), he was appointed paymaster of the 30th Regiment Indiana Militia (1831), and eventually formed a partnership with A. L. Chase in a sawmill business near Mill Run Creek. His brother August moved to Vigo County and partnered with him in construction. Moody died on Sept. 28, 1862 and is buried in the Chamberlain Cemetery in Vigo County, IN.

Information found within the collection.

"Chamberlain, Moody". 1850 United States Federal Census. Retrieved 2014/09/15.

"Chamberlain, Moody". U.A., Find a Grave Index, 1600s-Current.. Retrieved 2014/09/15.

"Chamberlain, Moody". Vigo County Public Library Archives. Retrieved 2014/09/15.


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, one item received from Florence Crawford on 1934/12/19.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2014/09/17 by Edythe Huffman. EAD finding aid created 2014/09/17 by Edythe Huffman.


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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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