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Claude J. Haymond manuscript

 Collection — Folder: S0617
Identifier: S0617

Scope and Contents

This collection contains a 16-page manuscript written by Claude J. Haymond regarding Shelby County's role in the 1851 Indiana constitutional convention. The manuscript gives a brief background of Indiana's first constitution of 1816 and the reasons why it was deemed necessary to create a new one. Haymond describes Shelbyville and Shelby County in 1850 and also quotes the description of Indianapolis written by Edward Eggleston at the time of the convention. Haymond's manuscript offers biographical sketches of the Shelby County delegates to the convention: Thomas A. Hendricks, future Indiana governor (1873-1877) and Vice President of the United States (1885), James Vanbenthusen, and James Elliot who was appointed to replace Vanbenthusen upon his death only weeks into the convention. Also included is a brief biography of John M. Robinson, an Indiana pioneer and school master who taught Thomas Hendricks. A few handwritten notes regarding personal interviews and a bibliography are included at the end of the manuscript.


  • circa 1920s


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

Claude J. Haymond was born March 9, 1877 to John and Jane (Creed) Haymond in Rush County, Indiana. He married Glee Ola Neidigh on April 27, 1913 and they had three children, Lewis Nelson (1917-1919), Robert Keith (1921-2009), and Miriam Haymond Chavers (1916-1958). He was a veteran of the Spanish-American War and served in the hospital corps in the Philippines. He worked as an accountant, bookkeeper, and contractor. He was a regular contributor to the newpaper column, "Rough Sketches" in the Shelbyville Democrat and was considered an authority on Shelby County history. He died on September 6, 1930.

Sources: "Haymond, Claude J." 1910 United States Federal Census. Accessed August 14, 2015. "Haymond, Claude." 1920 United States Federal Census. Accessed August 14, 2015. "Haymond, Claude J." 1930 United States Federal Census. Accessed August 14, 2015.

"Claude Haymond Died at Dayton." Shelbyville Democrat, September, 1930, 1. "Haymond, Claude John." Find A Grave Index. Accessed August 14, 2015.

"Shelby Historian Native of County." Rushville Republican September 9, 1930, 1.

Historical Note

The first white settlers arrived in Shelby County, Indiana in 1818, but the county was not officially formed until 1821. The county was name after Isaac Shelby, Kentucky's first governor of Kentucky and a famous "Indian Wars" soldier under whom many of the early county pioneers served.


Shelby County Chamber of Commerce. "History of Shelby County: Shelby County, Indiana." 1997. Accessed August 17, 2015.


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 2015/08/17 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2015/08/17 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.