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Amos Hatheway papers

 Collection — Folder: S609
Identifier: S0609

Scope and Contents

This collection includes a copy of the specifications for the building of the Gibson County Courthouse in Princeton,Indiana in 1841, a letter asking for clarification for specifications and suggestions for painting the courthouse signed by Barlow & Ames, a listing for the full cost to build the courthouse, a bill from E.W. Wilkerson regarding masonry work, and bills for plastering, bricks, painting, sundries, rough rock, and glazing for the courthouse.


  • 1841


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.

Historical Note

Gibson County, Indiana has had three court houses since being organized in 1813. The first courthouse was built and first occupied in 1815. The building of the county's second courthouse was started in 1841 and completed in 1843. Final plans were furnished by Edward Coleman and the building contract was awarded to Alfred Poland. It cost around $9,000 to complete and it was in use until 1883. The third courthouse was completed in 1885 for a cost of $118,661 and is still in use today.


Counts, I. Wilmer, and Jon Dilts. "Gibson/Princeton." In The Magnificent 92 Indiana Courthouses, rev. ed, 58-59. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University, 1999.

Stormont, Gil R. "County Government." In History of Gibson County, Indiana, 81-83. Indianapolis: B.F. Bowen and Company, 1914.

Biographical Note

Amos Hatheway was born on August 3, 1793. He lived in Poquonock, Town of Winsor, Hartford County, Connecticut. According to his great granddaughter, Beatrice Metcalfe Wendell (1888-1984), Amos Hatheway was a financial backer of those involved in bidding to build the Gibson County Court House in Princeton, Indiana. He passed away on September 3, 1854.

Sources: "Hatheway, Amos." Connecticut, Hale Cemetery Inscriptions and Newspaper Notices, 1629-1934. Accessed July 16, 2015. “Hatheway, Amos.” Find a Grave Index. Accessed July 16, 2015. "Wendell, Beatrice Metcalfe." Find a Grave Index. Accessed July 16, 2015.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Beatice Metcalfe Wendell on 1973/01/19.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2015/07/16 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2015/07/16 by Laura Eliason.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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