Skip to main content

J. W. Parker papers

 Collection — Folder: S1039
Identifier: S1039

Scope and Contents

This collection contains photostat copies of the Quaker marriage certificates of Jeremiah Parker and Keren Newby (1789/04/05) and Caleb Wickersham and Eunice Folger (1822/05/29). The collection also includes a photostat copy of a March 5, 1855 certificate of the State Council of Indiana regarding the election of officers and the authority given to them as part of the Council from Dudley Township, Henry County, Indiana and signed by state officers, Godlove S. Orth and S. P. Crawford.


  • 1789-1855

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

Jethro Wickersham (J.W.) Parker (1879-1936) was the son of Benjamin Stratton Parker (1833-1911) and Huldah Wickersham (1846-1922). Benjamin was the son of Isaac (1806-1866) and Mary Parker (1812-1862). Huldah's parents were Caleb (1780-1872) and Eunice (1872-1846) Wickersham. Isaac Parker was the son of Jeremiah (1767-1837) and Keren Parker (1767-?). The Parker family was from Northampton, North Carolina and moved to Indiana in 1818.

Sources: "Jethro Wilershaw Parker."Indiana Death Certificates, 1899-2011. Accessed August 19, 2016. "Karen Parker." U.S., Hinshaw Index to Selected Quaker Records, 1680-1940. Accessed August 20, 2016. "Jeremiah Parker." Find a Grave Index. Accessed August 19, 2016. "Isaac Parker." Find a Grave Index. Accessed August 19, 2016. "Benjamin Stratton Parker." Find a Grave Index. Accessed August 19, 2016.

Historical Note

The State Council of Indiana was part of the Know Nothing movement. The movement came to Indiana in 1854, spreading rapidly across the state. The Council promoted nativism, hence the motto, "None but Americans shall rule America."


Information found within collection.

Brand, Carl Fremont. "The History of the Know Nothing Party in Indiana." Indiana Magazine of History 18, no.1 (March 1922): 41-81. Accessed August 20, 2016.


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 J.W. Parker on 1930/05/27.


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:

S1033: Godlove S. Orth letters L123: Benjamin S. Parker papers

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2016/08/20 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2016/08/20 by Laura Eliason.
J. W. Parker papers
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Code for undetermined script

Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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