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Wisman family collection

 Collection — Folder: S0816
Identifier: S0816

Scope and Contents

This collection contains photocopies of documents from Peter and Margaret Wisman, Isaac Wisman, Absalom and Mary Wisman, and Walter Wisman ranging from 1848-1957. The documents include indentures, tax receipts, insurance policies, and correspondence. The collection also includes photocopies of partial articles from the Anderson Herald (Indiana): "Absolom Lee Dies at Elwood" and "Thurston Asks Help to Farms" (August 22, 1939) and "Man About Town: Old Bibles Also Treasured Pennsylvania Dutch Items" by Gene Bock (October 2, 1970).


  • 1848-1970

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

Peter Wisman was born in Shenandoah County, Virginia on December 24, 1812 to John and Nancy Wisman. He and his family were living in Wayne County, Indiana by 1840. Peter was first married to Mary Jane Miller (1823-1853). After her death, he married Margaret Hoover (1817-1876) on October 7, 1854. Their son, Absolom, was born on July 10, 1855 and their son, Isaac, was born in 1857. Absolom married Mary E. Umphries (1855-1927) on September 20, 1874 and they had two sons, William (1875-1919) and Walter (1879-1959). Absolom passed away on December 13, 1933.

Sources: "Absolom Wisman." Indiana Death Certificates, 1899-2011. Accessed March 24, 2017. "John Wisman." 1840 United States Federal Census. Accessed March 24, 2017. "Mary Elizabeth Wisman." Indiana Death Certificates, 1899-2011. Accessed March 24, 2017. "Mary E. Umphries." Indiana Marriage Index, 1800-1941. Accessed March 24, 2017. "Peter Wisman." 1860 United States Federal Census . Accessed March 24, 2017. "Peter Wisman." Indiana Marriages, 1810-2001 . Accessed March 24, 2017. "Isaac Wisman." Find a Grave Index. Accessed March 24, 2017. Peter Wisman." Find a Grave Index. Accessed March 24, 2017. Walter Wisman." Find a Grave Index. Accessed March 24, 2017.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Arthetta R. Lee on 1974/06/19.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2017/03/24 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2017/03/24 by Laura Eliason.
Wisman family collection
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.