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Hamet N. Helms papers

Identifier: L132

Scope and Contents

This collection includes correspondence from Hamet N. Helms and Mary A. Helms and others in Haddon, Indiana; Carlisle, Pennsylvania; Baltimore, Maryland; and Lansing, Iowa; as well as reminiscences and account books ranging from 1823 to 1890, regarding family and professional business.


  • 1823-1890


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

Hamet N. Helms was born near Geneva, New York on October 3, 1814 to Jacob and Anna (Dixon) Helms, who had eight children. The family moved to Carlisle, Indiana when he was young. After his mother died when he was ten, he lived with Dr. John Davis, studying medicine under him and at Lexington, Kentucky in 1837-1838. He was a physician in Haddon, Sullivan County, Indiana, in various partnerships and a farmer. He retired from the profession in 1878.

He married Mary A. Davis in Sullivan County on December 1, 1839. They had three children: Benjamin Rush, Margaret D., and Ann R. Mary A. died on August 26, 1851. He then married Mrs. Amanda (Gray) Sallee on July 8 (or 11), 1854, with whom he had three children: Samuel D., Albert G., and Daniel W. V.

Hamet died in 1892 and is buried in Haddon Cemetery, Carlisle, Indiana. Amanda, who died in 1904, is buried next to him.


Information found within the collection. "Amanda Helms." 1900 United States Federal Census. Accessed February 3, 2016. "[Hannah] N. Helms." 1850 United States Federal Census.Accessed February 3, 2016. "[Hamal] N. Helms." 1870 United States Federal Census. Accessed February 3, 2016. "H. N. Helms." 1880 United States Federal Census. Accessed February 3, 2016. "Hamet N. Helms." Indiana, Marriage Index, 1800-1941. Accessed February 3, 2016. "Helms, Amanda." Find a Grave Index. Accessed February 3, 2016. "Helms, Hamet N." Find a Grave Index. Accessed February 3, 2016. "W. N. Helms." 1860 United States Federal Census. Accessed February 3, 2016.

History of Greene and Sullivan Counties, State of Indiana: From Earliest Times to the Present, pp. 750-751. (Chicago, IL: Goodspeed Bros and Co., 1884..


0.6 Cubic Feet (2 manuscript boxes)

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Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Faye Boone on 1950/12/27.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2015/02/03 by Edythe Huffman. EAD finding aid created 2015/02/03 by Edythe Huffman.
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