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"Sketches of Western Adventure: Comprising a Biographical Narrative of the Life of Jacob Upp" manuscript

 Collection — Folder: S1333
Identifier: S1333

Scope and Contents

This photocopied, 30-page manuscript tells the story of a father and son, Jacob and John Upp, who were both captured by Indians. The original manuscript was created in 1851.

An accompanied affidavit certifies the item as an exact and true copy of the original book, signed "Lula Fisher" on May 10, 1935.


  • 1935


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Literary rights, including copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their legal heirs and assigns. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts. The publisher must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.

Biographical Note

Jacob Upp was born around 1751 in Little York, Pennsylvania. He married Elizabeth Sprinkle, daughter of Michael Sprinkle, in 1778. They had a son, named John, in 1781. The Upp and Sprinkle families traveled by boat to the Falls of the Ohio, an established settlement of emigrants. In search of rock to create a blacksmith shop, Jacob was captured by Indians. He escaped imprisonment around Henderson, Kentucky after almost two years in captivity.

The following spring, in 1793, John was 12 years old. Together with Peter Sprinkle, George Sprinkle and Isaac Knight, they crossed the Ohio River, near Henderson. Peter Sprinkle and John's little brother was killed by Indians. George, Isaac and John were taken prisoner. They traveled to Fort Wayne, Indiana where negotiations resulted in his freedom. John was reunited with relatives in Vincennes, Indiana.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)


This collection includes one item.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Mrs. Oscar C. Phillips on 1966/7/6.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing and finding aids completed 2016/1/25 by Nikki Stoddard Schofield.
"Sketches of Western Adventure: Comprising a Biographical Narrative of the Life of Jacob Upp" manuscript
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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