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Eggleston and Gaunt family papers

 Collection — Folder: S0853
Identifier: S0853

Scope and Contents

This collection contains photocopies of family correspondence of the Eggleston and Gaunt families of Greensburg, Indiana ranging from 1829 to 1888. Correspondence sent to Eliphalet and Amy Eglestone (Eggleston) includes three letters sent by Amy's brother Asa Eddy (August 20 & August 30, 1829 and September 20, 1834) and a letter from Calvin and Amy Whitmarsh (March 18, 1830). James and Hannah Gaunt received letters from Richard and Ann Stivers from Mount Sterling (May 31, 1850); from John J. Gaunt, their nephew from Carrollton, Kentucky, who mentions the War and the sentiments of the people in his community (circa 1861-1864); John M. Gaunt from Minerva, Marshall County, Iowa (March 3, 1865); and from Emma E. Gaunt, wife of their son Orin (August 1, 1875). Also included in the collection are copies of Eliphalet's will, condicil and probate record (1823-1832); a letter sent by Green B. Roszell from Bridgeport, Alabama during the Civil War (June 15, 1864); and a letter written by Mrs. R.H. Watson from Greensburg (February 25, 1888).


  • 1823-1888


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

The Egglestons were a pioneering family of Decatur County, Indiana. Eliphalet Eggleston (also spelled Eglestone) was born on March 23, 1774 in New York. He married Amy Eddy (1779-1852) on August 18, 1796 and they had several children including daughters Amy (1800-1894) and Hannah (1807-1879). Amy (1800-1894) married Calvin Whitmarsh after the death of his first wife, Amelia. By 1820, the Egglestons were living in Dearborn County, Indiana and shortly thereafter, Eliphalet bought land in Decatur County and owned 160 acres at the time of his death on December 9, 1831.

James S. Gaunt was born in Virginia on April 27, 1795 to Reuben and Sarah Gaunt. One of seven children, he moved with his family to Port William, Kentucky which is now Carrollton, Kentucky. He had six children with his first wife Margaret F. Vanpelt (1800-1830), including daughters Elizabeth V. (1820-1880) and Ann (1822-1862). Elizabeth was the second wife of Green B. Roszell (1812-1890) and Ann married Richard Stiver. Green's brother Thomas was the father of Green B. Roszell (1846-1934) who served in the Union Army during the Civil War.

After the death of his first wife, James Gaunt married Hannah Eggleston on January 20, 1832 and they had eleven children, including sons John M. (1832-1873) and James B. (1843-1924). James married Elizabeth Martin (1845-1917) on February 11, 1869 and they had three children. Their son Jasper Eddie (1873-1908) married Mary Clemons and they had one daughter, Vida ( 1902-1990), and she married Charles E. Loucks (1896-1968).

Sources: "G.B. Roszell." Indiana Marriages, 1810-2001. Accessed June 7, 2017. "Green B. Roszell." 1850 United States Federal Census. Accessed June 7, 2017. "Green B. Roszell." Find a Grave Index. Accessed June 7, 2017. "Vida Gaunt Loucks." Find a Grave Index. Accessed June 7, 2017.

Loucks, Vida Gaunt. Gaunt Family. ISLG pf 929.2 G Uncat #2, Genealogy, Indiana State Library.

Loucks, Vida Gaunt, comp. Gaunt Family and A Short History of Eliphalet Eggleston and Family. ISLG pf 929.2 G Uncat #3, Genealogy, Indiana State Library.

White, Robert W. and Thomas H. White. The White Families Part 1: First Hoosier Generations of White and Eggleston Families in Ohio and in Dearborn Count, Indiana, 1630-1853. Accessed June 7, 2017.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Mrs. C.E. (Viola Gaunt) Loucks.


No further additions are expected.

Related Archival Material

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

S0408: Eliphalet Eggleston papers

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2017/06/07 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2017/06/07 by Laura Eliason.
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