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Noble and Davidson family papers

 Collection
Identifier: L107

Scope and Contents

This collection includes receipts and financial papers of Noah Noble, correspondence of Catherine Noble Davidson and Alexander H. Davidson, an autograph album of Catherine Noble Davidson and autograph books signed by the members of the U.S. House of Representatives. Also, included are Noble family land and legal documents from Virginia and Kentucky and newspaper clippings on politics and the Civil War. Correspondents include John J. Crittenden, William Henry Harrison, John James Hayden, Michael C. Kerr, Robert Dale Owen, Caleb B. Smith, Oliver H. Smith and Richard W. Thompson.

Dates

  • 1785-1868

Creator

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

Noah Noble was born January 15, 1794 in Berryville, Clarke County, Virginia. He married Catharine Stull Van Swearingen in 1819 and they had three children. He moved to Indianapolis in 1825 where he worked as a lawyer, farmer, and merchant. He also operated a fulling mill, ran the Brookville hotel, served as director of the Brookville branch of the State Bank of Indiana and was an agent for the Hartford Fire Insurance Company. He served as Franklin County sheriff 1820-1824. He was Governor of Indiana 1831-1837 and ran unsuccessfully for U.S. Senate in 1836 and 1838. He died February 8, 1844 in Indianapolis.

Alexander H. Davidson was an Indianapolis schoolteacher and businessman; he was also a member of the executive committee of the Indiana Constitutional Union Party in 1860. He was married to Catherine Noble.

Source:

Rebecca A. Shepherd ... [et al.], eds. A Biographical directory of the Indiana General Assembly v. 1. Indianapolis: Select Committee on the Centennial History of the Indiana.

Extent

0.3 Cubic Feet (1 manuscript box)

Arrangement

This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from the Washington family and Valette Miller.

Accruals

No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing and finding aid completed by Barbara Hilderbrand during January 2007. Finding aid updated by Laura Eliason on 2015/11/12.

Creator

Title
Noble and Davidson family papers
Status
Completed
Description rules
dacs

Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

Contact:
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