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Elisha and Fanny Hughes letter

 Collection — Folder: S1286
Identifier: S1286

Scope and Contents

Clarence H. Smith, New Castle, Indiana, typed this letter written on January 23, 1824 from Elisha and Fanny Hughes of Franklin County, Indiana, to Stacy Taylor, Loudoun County, Virginia, Hillsboro Post Office. The greeting is to "Father and Friends." They "had a very good journey." They got to Mahlon Smith's in seventeen days. They lived in Henry Fry's house until they bought a farm of 125 acres for $400.00 paid in full. They report the fruit trees, crops, and livestock on the farm. They list the states from which their neighbors came as well as their religious affiliations. Teachers receive $8.00 per student. There are eleven mills in the area. They "settled within two miles of Fairfield one mile from the east fork of the White Water, where sugar trees are plenty." On New Year's 1824, Lydia Hughes married Hezekiah Ogden recently from Virginia. On October 19, 1823, Fanny and Elisha "had another boy and call his name Franklin."


  • 1824


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.

Historical Note

Stacy Taylor in Loudoun County, Virginia, received this letter from Elisha and Fanny Hughes, who lived in Fairfield, Franklin County, Indiana, in 1824. The letter is addressed to "Father and Friends," so Fanny Hughes must have been the daughter of Stacy Taylor. The original letter belonged to Mrs. John C. O'Dell, granddaughter of Stacy Taylor. She lived in Delphi, Indiana, at the time the typed copy was donated to the ISL.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

Language of Materials



There is one letter, consisting of two pages in this collection.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Mrs. John O'Dell.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2017/06/08 by Nikki Stoddard Schofield. EAD finding aid created 2017/06/08 by Nikki Stoddard Schofield.


Elisha and Fanny Hughes letter
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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