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Enoch Honeywell diary

 Collection — Folder: S0678
Identifier: S0678

Scope and Contents

This collection contains a 112-page typed transcription of Enoch Honeywell's diary relating his experiences traveling from New York to Ohio and Indiana from 1815 to 1820 to trade goods. He included prices of land and items available for purchase from the different areas he passed through. The diary also relates Honeywell's 70-day boat trip from Lawrenceburg, Indiana to New Orleans, Louisiana, his observations about the southern city, and his travel by ship back to New York in 1817.


  • 1816-1820


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

Enoch Honeywell was born September 23, 1788 in Bedford, New York to William and Elizabeth (Crawford) Honeywell. As a young man, he traveled extensively to trade goods in Indiana and Ohio. He owned 160 acres of land in the area of what is now Terre Haute, Indiana where farmed and shipped pork to New York via New Orleans until illness required him to return to New York. He married Eliza Dye (1795-1868) on September 30, 1820 and they had three children: Alba (1821-1916), Gilbert (1824-1905), and Emma (1831-1896). The family first settled in Cayuga County, New York and then moved to Schuyler County, New York in 1836. Besides his trading activity, Honeywell engaged in chair making and spent much of his life farming and creating pamphlets and articles for newspapers concerning his anti-slavery and prohibitionist ideals. Enoch Honeywell died on January 13, 1887.

Sources: "Enoch Honeywell." U.S. Sons of the American Revolution Membership Applications, 1889-1970. Accessed October 14, 2015.

Chapman Brothers. Portrait and Biographical Album of Vermilion and Edgar Counties, Illinois: Containing Full Page Portraits and Biographical Sketches of Prominent and Representative Citizens of the Counties, Together with Portraits and Biographies of All the Governors of the State, and of the Presidents of the United States, vol. 2. Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1889. Accessed October 14, 2015.

Chapman Publishing Company. Portrait and Biographical Record of Seneca and Schuyler Counties, New York: Containing Portraits and Biographical Sketches of Prominent and Representative Citizens of the Counties. Together with Biographies and Portraits of All the Presidents of the United States. New York and Chicago: Chapman Publishing Company, 1895. Accessed October 14, 2015. "Alba Honeywell." Find a Grave Memorial. Accessed October 14, 2015. "Emeline Thankful "Emma" Honeywell Fenno." Find a Grave Memorial. Accessed October 14, 2015. "Gilbert Honeywell." Find a Grave Memorial. Accessed October 14, 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 Fairbanks Memorial Library on 1936/12/23.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2015/10/15 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2015/10/15 by Laura Eliason.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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