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Philpott and Ludlow family papers

 Collection — Folder: S0858
Identifier: S0858

Scope and Contents

This collection contains three documents regarding a dispute over 1,016 pounds of crop tobacco between Elizabeth Philpott and Hugh Mitchell from Charles County, Maryland (1752-1754); a settlement document for the closing of Ross Smiley's business (May 29, 1820); a letter sent to John Philpott of Fayette County, Indiana from Richard A. Buckner of Greensburg, Kentucky inquiring if Philpott would like him to represent him in determining if he's entitled to part of the proceeds from an estate of a man named Philpott in England who had left "a considerable sum of money to be divided between three families in the United States" (October 8, 1837); a partial document of a quit claim deed from John and Louisa Ludlow regarding their share of the estate of John Philpott (February 2, 1844); and a memorandum of Charles P. Taylor's with his family genealogical background and his request about a bequest (undated). The collection also includes a clipping of the column, "About Our Ancestors" by Eleanor Lexington that relates the history of the Ludlow family (1909).


  • 1752-1909


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

Charles Philpott and Elizabeth Philpott came to America from Gloucester, England in 1730 and settled in Charles County, Maryland. They had five children: John, Barton, William, Eleanor, and Elizabeth. Eleanor married James Taylor and they had a son named Charles Philpott Taylor.

William Philpott's son, John, had a daughter named Louisa (1810-1868) and she married John Ludlow (1800-1881). Louisa was a native of South Carolina and moved with her father to Indiana when it was still a territory. John moved to Fayette County, Indiana from Clermont County, Ohio in 1826. They had four children, including their son Henry Lewis (1838-1881).

Henry Lewis married Isabella Smiley Clemens (1833-1917), the daughter of Ross Smiley, in 1864. Ross Smiley came to Fayette County from Hamilton County, Ohio in 1830. John and Louisa had five children, including Ross S. (1867-1955) and Louis L. (1873-1950), a newspaper reporter and United States Representative from Indiana's Seventh District.


Barrows, Frederic Irving, Ed. History of Fayette County, Indiana: Her People, Industries and Institutions. Indianapolis: B. F. Bowen & Company, 1917.

"Louis Ludlow, 77, Ex-Congressman Dies At Capital." Connersville News-Examiner (IN), November 29, 1950.

"Philpott Family." ISLG pf 929.2 P Uncat #2, Genealogy, Indiana State Library.


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 Ross Ludlow in 1952/12.


No further additions are expected.

Related Archival Material

Materials relating to this collection may be found in the following collections in Genealogy, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN:

ISLG 929.2 Uncat No. 1: Notes on the Philpott Family Copied From Family Papers in Possession of Ross S. Ludlow ISLG 929.2 Uncat No. 2: Phipott [Family of Charles County, Maryland and Hancock County, Indiana]

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2017/06/13 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2017/06/13 by Laura Eliason.
Philpott and Ludlow family papers collection
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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