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Joseph Richardson family collecton

 Collection — Folder: S1110
Identifier: S1110

Scope and Contents

Mary Elizabeth (Ball) Peddle of Terre Haute, Indiana, wrote this 31-page article about her grandfather, Joseph Richardson, and her grandmother Elizabeth Bennett Richardson. The typed document tells about their 1816 trek from New York to Indiana with the seven children. An eighth child was born that summer. Mary tells about her mother's oldest sister, Aunt Matilda, who was Jane Matilda, between 13 and 14 during the trip. Mary's mother is called Betsy (page 12). The Richardson family came to Indiana in 1816, the year Indiana became a state. They came by boat with other families. In Ripley, Ohio, they met with Elizabeth's sister, Mrs. White, who had a daughter named Jane, about Matilda's age. Jane White joined the travelers and went to Indiana, too. The article tells about meeting Indians and other exciting incidents along the way. The family settled in Terre Haute.


  • 1816-1904


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

Joseph and Elizabeth Richardson and their children moved from Williamsburg, New York to Indiana in 1816. They had seven children: John Bennett (15), Jane Matilda (13 or 14), William, George Barkley, Mary, Margaret, and Sarah Elizabeth. Another baby, Martha, was born during the summer after starting on the trip. Besides listing these children on page 4, the author lists the children of the Markle family. On page 17, the author tells that her grandmother, Elizabeth Richardson, was born in Philadelphia on June 24, 1776, ten days before the Declaration of Independence, so she was a subject of King George for ten days. She was the daughter of Dr. John Bennett, a wealthy physician in the city.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

Language of Materials



This transcipt is arranged as paginated.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Mary Elizabeth (Ball) Peddle.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing and finding aid completed 2015/02/12 by Nikki Stoddard Schofield.
Joseph Richardson family collecton
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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