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Heineken family papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: S0626

Scope and Contents

This collection includes several letters from members of the Heineken family, particularly to or from Christian, Samuel and Thomas Heineken, in Ohio, Indiana, and Great Britain ranging from 1810 to 1888 regarding settlement in Indiana and Ohio, family life, travel, weather, cholera epidemics, national politics, and farming. There is also a U.S. Civil War diary kept by Samuel Heineken during 1862-1863 and an 1888 roster of the 3rd Indiana Cavalry.


  • 1810-1888


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

Samuel Percy Heineken was born to Samuel and Jannet (Donaldson) Heienken in Sidmouth, Devon, England on July 2, 1802. He had several siblings including Jesse (b. 1799), Ann (b. 1800), William, Christian W., and Thomas (b. 1804). They lived in Clifton, Gloucestershire, England. At the age of 14, Samuel travelled to the United States with his brother Christian along with some of their Donaldson cousins and eventually settled in Ohio, although Samuel eventually returned to England in 1825.

Samuel P. Heineken later married Caroline Williams (1820-1889), daughter of timber merchant William and Winifred Williams, in Clifton, Gloucestershire, England on December 17, 1839. They had several children including Frances Caroline (b. 1840), Jessie Mary Ann (1842-1919), Emily Winifred (b. 1843), Christian William (b. 1845), Samuel Travers (b. 1846), Mary Margareta (b. 1848), and Henry Jones (b. 1849). Heineken worked in iron and coal mining in Wales, living in Swansea, Llanelly, and Glamorganshire.

Samuel and Thomas Heineken kept in touch with their cousins and siblings living in Ohio. Samuel Heineken returned to the United States in 1852, this time with his family in tow. The family settled in Edinburgh, Johnson County, Indiana by 1860 where they owned a saloon and millinery store. In 1861, they moved to Franklin, Indiana. Samuel Heineken enlisted as a private in Company G of the 3rd Indiana Cavalry Regiment on August 25, 1862 during the U.S. Civil War and rose to the rank of quartermaster sergeant. He was taken prisoner during the battle of Stone River in 1863 and held in Libby Prison in Richmond, Virginia. He died on April 21, 1883 in Franklin County, Indiana, while his wife Caroline followed on March 31, 1889.

Samuel P. Heineken's sister Ann Heineken, born December 16, 1800, married Thomas Arnold Marten of Fern Hill, Glamorganshire, Wales on October 20, 1837 and they had four children: Mary Worsley, Robert Humphry, Henry Heineken and Jessie Maria.


Items in the collection. "Ann Marten." 1861 Wales Census. Accessed September 12, 2015. "Carolline Hinckin." 1851 Wales Census. Accessed September 12, 2015. "Caroline Heineken." Index to Death Records Johnson County, Indiana, 1882-1920. Indiana: 1939-1940. Accessed September 12, 2015. England and Wales, Non-Conformist and Non-Parochial Registers, 1567-1970. Accessed September 12, 2015. England, Select Births and Christenings, 1538-1975. Accessed September 12, 2015. "Samuel Heineken." 1860 United States Federal Census. Accessed September 12, 2015. "Samuel Heineken." England and Wales Marriages, 1538-1940. Accessed September 11, 2015. "Samuel P. Heineken." Indiana Deaths, 1882-1920. Accessed September 12, 2015. U.S., Civil War Pension Index: General Index to Pension Files, 1861-1934. Accessed September 11, 2015.

National Park Service. "Heineken, Samuel." The Civil War: Soldiers and Sailors Database. Accessed September 11, 2015.

Nicholas, Thomas. Annals and Antiquities of the Counties and County Families of Wales. London, England: Longmans, Green, Reader, 1872.


0.06 Cubic Feet (1 folder, 1 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 Emma Byfield in 1931 and 1938.


No further additions are expected.

Existence and Location of Copies

Digital reproductions of the Heineken family papers are available electronically in Indiana Memory:

Related Materials

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

OB072: Heineken family oversize letter

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2015/09/11 by Brittany Kropf. EAD finding aid created 2015/09/12 by Brittany Kropf. EAD finding aid revised 2021/09/29 by Lauren Patton.
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