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Lakin family correspondence

 Collection — Folder: S0798
Identifier: S0798

Scope and Contents

This collection contains correspondence between members of the Lakin family of Plainfield, Indiana ranging from 1861 to 1863. The collection includes a letter written by M. Calvert (Mary Lakin Calvert) from Plainfield to "Dear Brother" with L.S. Lakin written at the bottom (January 1, 1861); a letter written on the back of Mary's letter from J.W. Lakin (Joseph W.) to "Dear Father" and sent from Camp McCauley, Paducah, Kentucky (January 12, 1862); a letter from Plainfield from J. W. (John Wesley) to "Dear Brother" (April 11, 1862); a letter from Plainfield from W.H. Lakin and Lucinda Lakin to L.S. Lakin (June 2, 1862); and a letter sent from Camp, Varners Battalion, Algiers, LA. to "Dear Brother & Sister" from J.W. (Joseph W.) Lakin (March 8, 1863). Several items of note are the mention of an E.B. Hamlett being "berried in the honers of ware" after being killed in the Winchester fight in John Wesley's letter; Joseph's account of military movements and Bowling Green in his letter from Paducah; and Joseph's discussion of the organization of men from the 11th, 24th, 34th, 46th, 47th Indiana and the 56th Ohio regiments under Lieutenant Colonel Varner and being assigned to the defense of New Orleans under the command of Gen. Renalds (Reynolds?) while with Varner's Battalion.


  • 1861-1863


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

William H. (1814-1901) and Lucinda (1816-1898) Lakin were the parents of ten children: John Wesley (1835-1912), Leonard S. (1837-1930), Joseph W.(1839-1877), Mary (1842-1912), William N. (1845-1934), Sarah (1847-1897), Francis "Frank" (1850-1904), Elmina "Allie"(1852 - ?), Clara (1854-?), and Etna (1858-1940). William H. was a blacksmith by trade and moved the family to Boone County, Indiana in 1846. In 1859 the family moved to Plainfield in Hendricks County. Their son, Joseph, served as a private in Company A, 11th Indiana Volunteer Infantry and the 2nd Indiana battery, Indiana light artillery during the Civil War.

Sources: "William H. Laken." 1850 United States Federal Census. Accessed February 22, 2017. "William Lakins." 1870 United States Federal Census. Accessed February 22, 2017.

Hadley, John V. History of Hendricks County, Indiana: Her People, Industries and Institutions. Indianapolis, IN: B.F. Bowen & Co., 1914. "Joseph W. Lakin." Soldiers and Sailors Database. Accessed February 22, 2017.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)


This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed in 1998 by Philip N. Williams and reprocessed 2017/02/23 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2017/02/23 by Laura Eliason.


Lakin family correspondence
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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