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David Barr Robb collection

 Collection — Folder: S1121
Identifier: S1121

Scope and Contents

This collection contains photostats and typed pages which include family charts, a page from the family Bible, an 1830 speech about Mr. Robb given by Eliza Brownlee, undated genealogical information, and biographical information about David Robb and Joseph Eckley.

David's father, Captain James Robb, was a merchant in Ireland but was arrested and sent to prison for transporting sassafras, during the tea crisis with the colonies. James escaped and came to America. Mr. and Mrs. Robb had six boys and one girl: Thomas, Davy, James, John, Henry,, Hugh, and Nellie.

David Barr Robb had a distinguished career in the early years of Indiana's history. He was a justice of the peace in Knox and Gibson Counties, was a county surveyor and land registrar. He was an officer during the War of 1812. After serving in the territorial House of Representatives (1813-14), David was in the Indiana House of Representatives (1820-23, 1825, 1828-29) and the Indiana Senate (1829-30). Mr. Robb was a member of the 1816 Constitutional Convention. He died on April 15, 1844, at the age of 72.

Lieutenant Joseph Eckley, of Washington County, Pennsylvania, was killed by Indians during the Revolution. Joseph and Susan Rickets Eckley had a daughter, Nancy, born October 2, 1779. Nancy married David Barr Robb. She died July 29, 1855, in Princeton, Indiana.


  • 1812-1907

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

David Barr Robb was born in Ireland on July 12, 1771, and came to America in 1775, settling first in Pennsylvania, then Kentucky (1786), and finally Gibson County, Indiana (1800). David married Nancy Eckley in 1800 and had ten children. He served in the War of 1812. Mr. Robb was in the Indiana House of Representatives, the Indiana Senate, and was a member of the 1816 Constitutional Convention. He died on April 15, 1844.


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 Louise Embree on 1962/03/08.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing and finding aid completed 2014/11/06 by Nikki Stoddard Schofield.
David Barr Robb 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.