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Joseph Draper collection

 Collection — Folder: S0378
Identifier: S0378

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of 26 hand-written deeds, land indentures, and bonds with the names of probable relatives with the last name Draper: Ephraim, Oliver, Jesse and Sarah, John, Joshua, Martha, Huldah, Josiah and Jemima, and Thomas. Three people named Bennett, J.M., William and Emaline are also on the documents. Some of the other names are: Jonathan and Anna Pearson; Josiah Small; William and Isabel Hawkins; Thomas and Hannah Symons; Nathan and Martha Pressnall; William and Jonathan K. Bond; Seth Stafford; Henry Bailey; Sarah Harvey; George, Samuel, and Hariet Brown; and Simon Young.


  • 1826-1880

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

Joseph Draper married Biddy Jackson on February 5, 1819, in Wayne County, Indiana. Both Joseph and Biddy were born in North Carolina. They had at least three sons: Joseph Jr., born August 2, 1822, in Wayne County, died July 26, 1905, in Henry County; Thomas I., born about 1831; and Oliver, born about 1832. In 1850, the federal census listed the family in Greensboro, Henry County, Indiana, with Joseph, 54; Biddy, 52; Thomas, 19, and Oliver, 18. Ten years later, only Thomas, age 29, was living with his parents. Joseph was a farmer. Biddy could not write her name and made a mark on the documents which required her signature. She died on September 5, 1866. Joseph died February 13, 1885.

Source: Accessed on April 17, 2014.


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.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2014/04 by Nikki Stoddard Schofield. EAD finding aid created 2014/04 by Nikki Stoddard Schofield.
Joseph Draper collection
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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