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Elias Kizer collection

 Collection — Folder: S1433
Identifier: S1433

Scope and Contents

This two-page, typed manuscript was written by Elias Kizer in Indiana on June 9, 1866, the year before he died. He recounted his early life in a log cabin in Indiana and the hardships he endured. He stated that the hardest times were when the children were small. He raised flax for his wife to spin and weave in order to make their clothing. They did not have much time to go to church, because he went hunting on Sunday. Elias wrote: "with all those hardships we kept in good spirits."


  • 1800-1866


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

Elias Kizer was born in 1801 in Botetourt County, Virginia, and lived there until 1820 when his family moved to Ohio. In 1822, they moved to Randolph County, Indiana and built a cabin for themselves and a brush house for the horses. According to Kizer's account, they "worked hard and lived hard." Possessing only five dollars, Kizer married Margery Ward in Randolph County, Indiana on January 1, 1824. They had two sons, Thomas W. and Caleb, and adopted an orphan, Margery. He died March 5, 1867 and was buried in Winchester, Indiana.


Items in the collection. 1860 United States Federal Census. [database on-line]. Provo, UT: 2009. Accessed July 16, 2015. Indiana Marriages to 1850. [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 1997. "Elias Kizer." Find a Grave Index, May 1, 2009. Accessed July 16, 2015.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

Language of Materials

Salishan languages


This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Heath Bowman on 1940/01/03.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2015/05/15 by Nikki Stoddard Schofield. EAD finding aid created 2015/05/15 by Nikki Stoddard Schofield. EAD finding aid revised 2015/07/16 by Brittany Kropf.
Elias Kizer 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.