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Peter Cornstalk papers

 Collection — Folder: S299
Identifier: S0299

Scope and Contents

This collection includes an autographed, signed document regarding Chief Peter Cornstalk of Roachdale, Indiana.


  • 1936

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Literary rights, including copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their legal heirs and assigns. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts. The publisher must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.

Biographical Note

Peter Cornstalk was a Miami Indiana chief, whose people moved from Virginia in 1774 to Ohio, then settled near Roachdale, Indiana around 1790. He may have been the grandson or nephew of Peter Cornstalk, a famous chief who was killed in Ohio in 1777. His village of Snakefish (Eel River) Miami Indiana was located along Cornstalk Creek on the current location of Harshbarger Cemetery. By 1836, they had left Indiana, moving west. A town, Cornstalk [Constalkville], and covered bridge in Indiana were also named for him. His date of death and location are unverified.

Information found within the collection.

"Chief Cornstalk's Village". Historical Marker Database (Indiana Historical Bureau Erected by Montgomery County Historical Society, 1982; ID# : 54.1981.1). Retrieved 2014/09/24.

"Cornstalk Covered Bridge". Indiana County History Preservation Society. Retrieved 2014/09/25.

"Cornstalk Village". Montgomery...Your county magazine. Oct, 1981, unpaged. Print.


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 from Livy Miller Ashby on 1937/03.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2014/09/25 by Edythe Huffman. EAD finding aid created 2014/09/25 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.