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James W. Thompson papers

 Collection — Folder: S0571
Identifier: S0571

Scope and Contents

This collection contains photocopies of James W. Thompson's papers ranging from 1863 to 1874 regarding property he developed at New Elizabeth (now Lizton), Indiana. The copies include the warranty deed of his purchase of 309 acres around New Elizabeth; a plat and description of Thompson's second addition to the town; and two receipts.


  • 1863-1874

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

James W. Thompson was born in 1827 in Kentucky and settled in Hendricks County, Indiana in 1842. He married Elizabeth Jane Hale (1827-1866) on December 10, 1845 and they had 8 children. On January 10, 1893, Thompson purchased 309 acres of land surrounding New Elizabeth (now Lizton), Indiana and later enlarged the town by developing three additions. He lived in Lizton until his death on September 13, 1900.


Information found within collection.

Cline and McHaffie. The People's Guide: A Business Political and Religious Directory of Hendricks Co., Ind.. Indianapolis, IN: Indianapolis Printing and Publishing House, 1874. "James W. Thompson." Find a Grave Index. Accessed October 31, 2016.

McDowell, John R., ed. The History of Hendricks County, 1914-1976: A Compilation of Historical Material and Biographical Profiles. Danville, IN: Hendricks County Historical Society, 1976.


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 Ruth Hall on 1970/08.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2016/10/31 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2016/10/31 by Laura Eliason.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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