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William F. Jones papers

Identifier: L086

Scope and Contents

This collection contains personal and business papers and correspondence of William F. Jones ranging from 1827 to 1890. The correspondence regards Jones’s land and business interest in Blackford and Delaware County and his work on the Fort Wayne and Southern Railroad. There is also information regarding state and national politics, receipts, and a girl’s diary.

Correspondents include Jones’s family in Ohio, his daughter and son-in-law, Thomas Dowling, William H. English, Andrew J. Harlan, Austin W. Morris, William Rockhill, Oliver H. Smith, and Samuel Taggart.


  • 1827-1890


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 F. Jones was born March 20, 1813 in Dutchess County, New York He married Sarah A. Steele in 1835 and they had eight children. He moved to Indiana in 1842 and settled in Delaware County in 1852. Jones worked as a carpenter’s apprentice, sailor, farmer, merchant, contractor and was director of the Fort Wayne and Southern Railroad where he aided in the establishment of the Lafayette, Muncie and Bloomington Railroad.

Jones served in the Indiana House of Representatives during 1846-1847. He was also the Hartford City, Blackford County school commissioner and the Delaware County school trustee (1854-1864). Jones was the secretary of the Muncie town board in 1855, a Muncie city council member in 1873, and mayor of Muncie (1877-1879). He was a member of the Delaware County Agricultural Society, Washingtonian (temperance) Society, and directory of the Muncie city library. William F. Jones died October 27, 1890 in Muncie, Indiana.


Rebecca A. Shepherd et al., eds. A Biographical Directory of the Indiana General Assembly, vol. 1. Indianapolis: Select Committee on the Centennial History of the Indiana.


0.3 Cubic Feet (1 manuscript box)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged chronologically by format.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Mr. and Mrs. E. S. Wierbach during 1942.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing and finding aid completed by Barbara Hilderbrand during March 2007. Finding aid revised by Brittany Kropf on 2015/11/06.
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Repository Details

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