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Toussaint Dubois papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: S0385

Scope and Contents

This collection includes original, hand-written documents from 1778 through 1824. There is an accounting of the sale of articles in the estate of Toussaint Dubois in Lawrence County, Illinois; surveys of property; court documents from Indiana District; indentures; notice of sale; and a Clark County, Illinois court document. There is also a land grant dated August 15, 1803 (OB081).


  • 1778-1824

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

Toussaint Dubois moved from lower Canada to Indiana Territory, as a fur trader with various Native American people. He had three brothers, John B., Francis, and Joseph. General William Henry Harrison appointed him captain of the guides and spies before the Battle of Tippecanoe. Dubois was a prominent citizen of Knox County, was trustee of Vincennes University, and was honored by having Dubois County named after him. President Thomas Jefferson issued the first land in Knox County to him on February 16, 1809. Dubois and his first wife, Jeanne Bonneau, had five children: Sussanne (married 1st William Jones and 2nd Robert Smyth); Toussaint, Jr.; Henry; Charles; and Emanuel. Jeanne died on November 15, 1800, at the age of 28. Dubois then married Jane Baird, who had three sons: Thomas, James, and Jesse Kilgour.


0.06 Cubic Feet (1 folder, 1 medium oversize 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 Mrs. H. J. Rossbacker on 1928/04/30.


No further additions are expected.

Related Materials

Materials relating to this collection may be found in the following collections in Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN:

OB081: Toussaint Dubois land grant

Processing Information

Collection processing and finding aid completed 2014/05/08 by Nikki Stoddard Schofield. EAD finding aid revised 2021/09/30 by Lauren Patton; 2022/03/30 by Brittany Kropf.
Toussaint Dubois papers
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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