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J. M. Prendergast collection

 Collection — Folder: S1077
Identifier: S1077

Scope and Contents

This collection includes a copy of a letter from Sarah M. Prentiss of Hindostan, Indiana to a Boston attorney, William D. Sohier, dated February 6, 1821, requesting him to represent her interests in the settlement of an estate, as well a copy of a two-page legal document transfering power of attorney. There is also a short history of Hindostan, Indiana and its devastating cholera epidemic, in addition to items from the Western Electric Company centennial in 1969, which include a history of the organization, a document with a replica Civil War-era stamp, an envelope, and the business card of J. M. Prendergast, senior engineer of Western Electric Co.


  • 1821, 1969

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

Sarah was resident of Hindostan, Indiana, when many of its citizens died of cholera, including her husband John Mellon Prentiss on October 6, 1820. Sarah was the adopted daughter of Mungo Mackay, of Boston, Massachusetts. She married John Prentiss, a prosperous merchant of Boston on September 14, 1813. On September 3, 1814, John Prentiss enlisted to fight in the War of 1812 in Maryland. After the war, the couple moved to Indiana, where they helped settle the new town of Hindostan. Sarah Prentiss died in 1880 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.


Binney, Charles; The History and Genealogy of the Prentice, Or Prentiss Family, in New England, Etc. Boston: The editor, 1883. Accessed July 30, 2015. "John Prentiss." War of 1812 Pension Application Files Index, 1812-1815. Accessed July 30, 2015.


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 J. M. Prendergast.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2015/07/30 by Linda Gellert. EAD finding aid created 2015/07/30 by Linda Gellert. EAD finding aid revised 2016/02/09 by Brittany Kropf.
J. M. Prendergast collection
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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