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Jeremiah Johnson papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: S0723

Scope and Contents

This collection includes autographed, signed documents from Jeremiah Johnson and others in Indiana ranging from 1813 to 1851 and undated regarding receipts, promissory notes, contracts, land documents, and business and personal correspondence. There is also an oversize folder of materials ranging from 1822 to 1849 (OB218).


  • 1813-1851, undated


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

Jeremiah Johnson was born August 23, 1792 in Killingly, Connecticut. He served in the Connecticut militia during the War of 1812. Johnson moved to Indianapolis, Indiana in 1820 and married Susan Johnson in Marion County, Indiana on October 19, 1823. They had nine children and moved to Hendricks County, Indiana in 1855 or 1856. Johnson served in the Indiana House of Representatives from 1834 to 1835, representing Marion County. He was a farmer, teacher, sailor, brickmaker, storekeeper, speculator and tavern keeper. He built a hotel, steam mill and store at Bridgeport, in Marion County. He was a tax collector and jailor in Marion County, then a constable in Hendricks County in 1863. Johnson died on March 20, 1976 and was buried in the Clayton East Cemetery, Clayton, Indiana.

Sources: "Jeremiah Johnson." Indiana, Marriage Collection, 1800-1941. Accessed Feburary 16, 2015. "Jeremiah Johnson." Find A Grave Memorial. Accessed Feburary 16, 2015. "Susannah Johnson." Find A Grave Memorial. Accessed Feburary 16, 2015.

"Johnson, Jeremiah." In A Biographical Directory of the Indiana General Assembly, vol. 1, 207-208. Indianapolis: Indiana Historical Bureau, 1980.


0.08 Cubic Feet (2 folders, 1 medium oversize folder)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Arthur Johnson before 1913.


No further additions are expected.

Related Materials

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

OB218: Jeremiah Johnson oversize papers

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2015/02/16 by Edythe Huffman. EAD finding aid created 2015/02/16 by Edythe Huffman. EAD finding aid revised 2021/09/14 by Lauren Patton
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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