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Hook family papers

 Collection — Folder: S0680
Identifier: S0680

Scope and Contents

This collection contains letters written by John M. Hook to his brother, Matthias, from 1861 to 1863 while serving in G Company, 6th Indiana Infantry Regiment during the Civil War. The collection also includes a letter written in 1863 to Matthias Hook from Banner Davis, a man serving in the same unit as John.

Other items in the collection are a letter written by Margaret Hook from Des Moines, Iowa in 1851; Bartholomew County, Indiana tax receipts paid by Mathias Hook (1853, 1864-65): tax receipts from Madison County, Indiana for Salathiel Whiteman (1887), J.A. Griffin (1887-89), Jonathan Bundy (1888,89,91), Perry Whiteman (1888), and Jesse B. Hook (1893); Democratic and Republican ballots for 1884 Indiana election; Jesse B. Hook's Insurance assessment from 1907; by-laws of Mashingomisha Haymakers' Association (1912); an Urmston Grain & Seed Company receipt from 1930; Jesse B. Hook's 1936 membership dues payment receipt and 1937 notice for dues owed for the Kights of Pythias organization.


  • 1851-1937


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

John M. Hook was born February 18, 1841 in Bartholomew County, Indiana to Thomas and Sarah Hook. He fought in the Civil War, mustering into G Company, 6th Indiana Infantry Regiment on September 20, 1861. He was killed in battle at Mission Ridge, Tennessee on November 25, 1863. His is buried at Chattanooga National Cemetery.

Matthias Hook, John M. Hook's brother, was born on November 22, 1829 in Bartholomew County, Indiana. He married Orilla J. May (1833-1882) on November 13, 1851 and they had eight children. After the death or Orilla, Mattias married Sarah Kemp McClintic (1843-1891) and they had one child. He died on February 21, 1897.

Jesse B. Hook was born on May 18, 1863 in Bartholomew County, Indiana to Matthias and Orilla Hook. He married Addie Tetrick on December 20, 1886 and they had five children. He died on May 7, 1950.

Sources: "John M. Hook." U.S. Civil War Soldier Records and Profiles, 1861-1865. Accessed October 26, 2015. "Jno M. Hook." U.S. Registers of Deaths of Volunteers, 1861-1865. Accessed October 26, 2015. "Matthias Hook." 1870 United States Federal Census.. Accessed October 26, 2015. "Jesse Banner Hook."Find a Grave Index. Accessed October 26, 2015. "Matthias Hook."Find a Grave Index. Accessed October 26, 2015.

Terrell, William H.H. 1866.Report of the Adjutant General of the State of Indiana. Vol. IV, 1861-1865 Containing Rosters of Enlisted Men of Indiana Regiments Numbered from the Sixth to the Twenty-Ninth Inclusive. Indianapolis: Samuel M. Douglass, State Printer. Accessed October 26, 2015.


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This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Mrs. E Hook on 1969/06/24.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2015/10/27 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2015/10/27 by Laura Eliason.


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