Skip to main content

George Washington Cross collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: S0324

Scope and Contents

The majority of the items in this collection are small pieces of paper regarding receipts and other financial matters from 1831 to 1857. There are also two small account books of a laundress from 1851 to 1860. The oldest document is a survey of land belonging to Addison Cross in Ross County, Ohio, in 1821. Two documents relate to business matters of a man named Sharon Case.


  • 1821-1868

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

George Washington Cross was a businessman and a clerk in Montezuma, Parke County, Indiana. He was born in Ohio in 1816, and married Eliza Jane Haydon on July 25, 1838. They had seven children: Mary Ann (b. 1842), John A. (b. 1843 or 1844; d. 1853), Martha J. (b. 1846), Joseph (1847-1910), James W. (1849-1853), Elizabeth Ann (b. 1850), and Emmeline (b. 1852).

Also in the collection are items referring to two other men. The relationship of Addison Cross to George is not explained. Addison married Sarah Conaway on November 6, 1836 in Parke County. The other man is Sharon Case, who married Martha J. Crass on May 16, 1866, in Parke County. Mr. Case of Greencastle paid $25 for the title to an improved clothes dryer patented by Robert M. Morrill, and also bought a saw mill, wagon, and blacksmith shop in Putnam County on July 20, 1865.


Information Found within Collection and from accessed on 8/29/2013.


0.02 Cubic Feet (2 folders )

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from the Indiana State Museum on 1961/09/01.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing and finding aid completed by Nikki Stoddard Schofield during August 2012. EAD finding aid completed by Bethany Fiechter on 2018/05/11.
George Washington Cross collection
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Code for undetermined script

Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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