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Horan family papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: S0682

Scope and Contents

This collection includes family letters from Ireland (1825-1840); letters of introduction for Horan written by Irish businessmen to acquaintances in the the United States (1836); tax receipts, merchant licenses, a will, naturalization papers, and other papers of Michael and Mary Horan from Kosciusko County, Indiana (1837-1858); Civil War veterans' papers and pension papers of Hiram F. Berst (1863-1888); Berst's certificates from the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Patriarchal Circle and the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR), Post No. 114 (1882-1886); and a handwritten Potawatomi Indian vocabulary list (ca. 1840).

There are also oversize certificates and an indenture ranging from 1826 to 1886 (OBE003).


  • 1825-1888


Language of Materials

Materials in English, with one item in French.

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

Michael E. Horan was born in Leinster Province, Ireland on September 29, 1805. He married his wife, Mary, on March 24, 1826 and they had nine children. He and his family immigrated to United States in 1836, settling first in Goshen, Indiana and then moving to Leesburg, Kosciusko County, Indiana. He died on January 31, 1844.

Hiram Berst was born on January 21, 1831 in Pennsylvania. He married Mariah T. Horan (1836-1914), Michael E. Horan's daughter, on March 9, 1857 and they had two children. Hiram was a 2nd Lieutenant in Company K, Sixth Regiment Iowa Volunteer Cavalry during the Civil War. He died on May 4, 1887 in Warsaw, Indiana.

Sources: Information found within collection. "Hiram Berst." 1860 United States Federal Census. Accessed November 2, 2015. "Mariah T. Horan." Indiana Marriage Index, 1800-1941. Accessed November 2, 2015.

"Death of Mrs. Horan." The Warsaw Daily Times (IN), November 4, 1887. "Liet. Hiram Berst." Find a Grave Index. Accessed November 2, 2015.

"Hiram F. Berst Died in Warsaw." The Goshen Democrat (IN), May 11, 1887.


0.17 Cubic Feet (2 folders, 1 extra-large oversize folder)


This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Henry L. Stinger on 1961/06/14.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2015/11/04 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2015/11/04 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid revised 2021/11/22 by Lauren Patton; 2022/11/04 by Brittany Kropf.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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