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Elizabeth White letter

 Collection — Folder: S1391
Identifier: S1391

Scope and Contents

This collection includes an April 28, 1851 handwritten letter by Elizabeth White from Lawrenceburg, Indiana and sent to her daughter Nancy and son-in-law Jonathan Houck. In the letter Mrs. White mentions the loss of all her belonging in a fire, news regarding family members, and asks if she may "fetch" her bed and come and stay with Nancy.


  • 1851/04/28


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 / Historical

Elizabeth Bradley was born in 1785 and was the second wife of Thomas A. White, son of Revolutionary soldier and Boston Tea Party member Thomas White. Around 1836, they moved from Pennsylvania to Elizabethtown, Ohio and from there to Lawrenceburg, Dearborn County, Indiana. In 1851, Mrs. White moved to Putnam County, Indiana to live with her daughter Nancy White Houck. She passed away at the age of 69 on December 29, 1854.

Sources: "Thomas White." North America, Family Histories, 1500-2000. Accessed May 13, 2019. "Elizabeth White." Memorial ID 23082867. Accessed May 13, 2019. "Obituary." Greencastle Star-Press (IN), January 29, 1898.

Rabb, Kate Milner Rabb. "A Hoosier Listening Post." Indianapolis Star (IN), September 10, 1933.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

Language of Materials



This collection one letter.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Cordelia H. Bell on 1944/06/44.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2019/05/13 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2019/05/13 by Laura Eliason.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.