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Mathias Masten letter

 Collection — Folder: S911
Identifier: S0911

Scope and Contents

This collection includes a letter from Mathias Masten to his son Darius Masten in Hendricks County, Indiana from 1842/11/14 regarding farming and the family's health.


  • 1842


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

Mathias Masten was born in Kent County, Delaware and became a soldier in the American Revolutionary War at age 16, and fought in the Siege of Yorktown according to his family history. After the war he moved to North Carolina where he met his wife Sarah Stanley, where they lived until 1832 rearing nine children. Family stories indicate that as Mathias was a Quaker he was opposed to slavery, and decided to move north to Hendricks County, Indiana with four of children and their families so that they would not be a part of it.


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 Verne Masten on 1936/02/19.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2014/09/05 by Danielle Adams. EAD finding aid created 2014/09/05 by Danielle Adams.
Mathias Masten letter
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.