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Richard D. Heller collection

 Collection — Folder: S629
Identifier: S0629

Scope and Contents

This collection contains photocopies of William Miesse's papers dating from 1842 to 1850 and includes letters written to Miesse, bills and receipts, and handwritten directions on a "cure for ague". There is also a sheriff's sale notification with regard to the case of Sarah Bell v. Benjamin Blossom from July of 1870. Also included are photocopies of Judge Vaughan's pocket ledger with entries dating from 1850 to 1856.


  • 1842-1870


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

William Miesse was born in Fairfield County, Ohio on March 10, 1812 to Joseph and Catherine Miesse. He married Elizabeth Beery (1816-1897) on May 18, 1834 and they had six children. Vaughn ran a hotel in Decatur, Indiana and died on January 24, 1851.

Judge Vaughan was born in New York on May 24, 1824. He married Lorinda Burr (1828-1896) on December 18, 1845 and they had four children. He was a farmer in Allen County, Indiana and he died on March 6, 1863.

Sources: "Judge Vaughan." Indiana Marriage Collection, 1800-1941. Accessed September 8, 2015. "Judge Vaughn." 1860 United States Federal Census. Accessed September 8, 2015. "William Miesse." 1850 United States Federal Census. Accessed September 8, 2015. "Judge Vaughan." Find a Grave Index. Accessed September 8, 2015. "William John Miesse." Find a Grave Index. Accessed September 8, 2015.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from R.D. Heller Jr. on 1967/06/12.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2015/09/08 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2015/09/08 by Laura Eliason.
Richard D. Heller collection
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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