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Eliza O. Slocum diary

 Collection — Folder: S1196
Identifier: S1196

Scope and Contents

This collection contains photocopies of Eliza O. Slocum's diary and it has entries from when she lived in Indiana and a few entires from the time she lived in Iowa (1857- circa 1880s). Mrs. Slocum recorded family events, daily activities, prayer meetings, and notes about the Indian mission in an 1857 edition of The People's Pocket Diary published by Rumrell and Brother of New York. The diary entries were written on the day of the month they occurred, but the years vary. For example, the entries in January are from 1860, but entries in February and March are from 1858. Some items of note in the diary are a trip to the Ohio State Fair in September, 1858, her husband's illness and his death on January 28, 1860, and her daughter Emma's death on April 27, 1860.


  • 1857-circa 1880s

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

Eliza Ophelia Pierce was born March 7, 1823 in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania to Dyer and Diana Pierce. She married George Remington Slocum on January 4, 1843 at Sandusky, Ohio and they had seven children. George was the nephew of Frances Slocum, a well-known Indian captive who was taken by Delaware warriors when she was five years old and who later became a member of the Miami people and lived along the banks of the Mississinewa River near Peru, Indiana. In November 1846, George and Eliza moved to Indiana and settled on land in Wabash County near his aunt's village. George died on January 28, 1860 and Eliza moved to Iowa around 1874. She passed away at the age of 68 on April 10, 1891.

Sources: "Eliza O. Slocum." Indiana Death Certificates, 1899-2011. Accessed December 1, 2017. "George Slocum." Ohio County Marriages, 1774-1993. Accessed December 1, 2017.

Lewis Publishing Company.Biographical and Genealogical History of Cass, Miami, Howard and Tipton Counties, Indiana. Vol. II. Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Company, 1898. "Eliza O. Slocum." Find a Grave Index. Accessed December 1, 2017.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Mrs. Bruce Haycock on 1971/08/04.


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:

S1197: Francis Slocum letter

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2017/12/01 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2017/12/01 by Laura Eliason.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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