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Henry Charles letters

 Collection — Folder: S0251
Identifier: S0251

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of fourteen letters from Charles to Sarah and Tamar Thorn in Selma, Ohio. Charles writes about his life and family, abolitionism, and his Quaker faith.


  • 1848-1858


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

Henry Charles was born about 1822 in Indiana. He married Olive Ann Jackson on February 17, 1850, in Randolph County, Indiana. After Olive’s death, he married Michale [last name unknown]. Charles had at least 11 children with his first wife, and at least two children with his second wife. Throughout his life, he worked as a teacher and a doctor. Charles died between 1880 and 1900.


Information found within collection

“Indiana Marriage Collection, 1800-1941.” Ancestry. Accessed June 19, 2013.

“Indiana Marriages to 1850.” Ancestry. Accessed June 19, 2013.

National Archives and Records Administration. “1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 U.S. Census.” Ancestry. Accessed June 19, 2013.

“U.S. Civil War Draft Registrations Records, 1863-1865.” Ancestry. Accessed June 19, 2013.


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 Nell C. Terrill.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing and finding aid completed by Jamie Dunn during June 2013. EAD finding aid completed by Bethany Fiechter on 2018/05/11.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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