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Isaac Naylor papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: S1009

Scope and Contents

The collection contains an autobiography and speeches written by Isaac Naylor; correspondence, legal documents and other papers; and historical sketches written by Isaac Naylor primarily about early life in Indiana and the Battle of Tippecanoe. There are also some papers of Andrew Jennings Hay, Naylor’s son-in-law, and Andrew Paxton Hay, Andrew Jennings’ father.


  • 1814-1888, undated


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

Isaac Naylor was born on July 30, 1790, in Rockingham County, Virginia. His family moved to Bourbon County, Kentucky, in 1793. They then moved to Harrison County, Kentucky, in 1796 where Isaac helped his father on the farm they established there. In 1805, his family moved to Clark County, Indiana. Naylor was a soldier in the U.S. Infantry and was in the company that established Fort Harrison and fought at the Battle of Tippecanoe in 1811. He began the study of law in 1817 with Samuel Todd and then James Scott and was licensed to practice law soon after. Naylor was married to Mary Anderson on April 27, 1826. He resided in Charlestown, Indiana, and practiced law in Clark and the surrounding counties until 1833 when he settled in Crawfordsville, Indiana. In December 1837, Naylor was elected the President Judge of the first Judicial Circuit and remained in the office for 14 years. He died on April 26, 1873.


0.03 Cubic Feet (3 folders)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Flora Naylor Hay on 1939/10/23.


No further additions are expected.

Item Listing

Folder 1. Correspondence and papers, 1814-1888, undated

1814 Nov. 8 Jonathan Jennings to Andrew P. Hay, ALS

1818 Dec. 30 Certificate appointing Naylor Trustee of Public Seminary

1840 May 29 Resolution at the Battle Ground

1844 Dec. 20 Certificate appointing Naylor President Judge of first Judicial Circuit

1848 Mar. 14 Court document regarding State of Indiana v. Rufus A. Lockwood

1851-1852 Members of the House of Representatives

1854 June 19 Masonic resolution

1857 Sept. Opinion in the matter of State of Indiana v. Board of Trustees of the Wabash and Erie Canal

1881 Oct. 12 Benjamin Harrison to Andrew J. Hay. LS

1883 Apr. 7 Walter Q. Gresham to Andrew J. Hay, LS

1888 July 12 Benjamin Harrison to Mary Naylor, TLS

1888 Aug. 24 Mary Naylor to Emma, ALS

1888 Aug. 24 The Removal of the State Capital to Indianapolis (2 copies)

undated Clipping of “How Many Clay Men are There?”

undated Court document (fragment)

undated Closing statement in the matter of State of Indiana v. Alfred L. Cantwell and Spencer Dayton

Folder 2. Autobiography and speeches, 1823-1852, undated

1852 Mar. 16 A Biographical Sketch of Isaac Naylor of Crawfordsville, Indiana

1823 Oct. 10 Masonic speech

1826 June 24 Masonic speech

undated Address to the voters of Clark County, Indiana

undated Speech (fragment)

undated Speech on music

undated Speech on popular prejudice

Folder 3. Historical Sketches, undated

undated Pioneer life in Clark County, Indiana

undated Pigeon Roost Massacre

undated Success of 1811 and Tippecanoe

undated Battle of Tippecanoe (fragment)

undated Battle of Tippecanoe (fragment or draft)

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2005/11 by Christina Baich. EAD finding aid created 2005/11 by Christina Baich. EAD finding aid revised 2015/11/12 by Laura Eliason.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.