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Jonathan Turley collection

Identifier: L161

Scope and Contents

This is a collection of personal and business correspondence, business papers, and legal records of Jonathan Turley and his family, ranging from 1828 to 1934, with the bulk of the coverage being 1865-1895 and focus on his farm, mill, distillery, and lime burning operations. Included in the personal correspondence are Civil War letters from Jonathan’s brother Benjamin and as well as other friends. The later personal correspondence (1890s-1934) is all addressed to Lida and Jennie Turley. Also, since Jonathan Turley was a member of the Big Spring Grange, included here are the Big Spring Grange roll, minute, and treasurer’s books for 1874-1876.


  • 1828-1934


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

Jonathan Turley was born May 2, 1827 in Lawrence County, Indiana to Benjamin and Parmelia Turley. He grew up on his father’s farm and attended subscription schools. Turley chose to be a farmer, and at one time owned as much as 430 acres of land. He married Julia Hall in 1848 and they had six children, four of which grew to adulthood: Mary F., Sarah J. Turley, Robert B., and Eliza A. For a time, Turley was a justice of the peace in the Mitchell, Indiana area. In 1879, Turley and Solomon Scott went into the brandy and whiskey distillation business at the Daisy Spring Mill (now Spring Mill State Park). Turley also had a lime burning company. Later, Turley did suffer some financial hardships. He died in 1896.


2 Cubic Feet (7 manuscript boxes, 4 volumes)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from the Indiana Department of Conservation on 1936/06/16.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2004 June by Elizabeth M. Wilkinson. EAD finding aid created 2004 June by Elizabeth M. Wilkinson. EAD finding aid revised 2015/10/30; 2020/09/04 by Brittany Kropf.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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