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John S. Winchester collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: S1442

Scope and Contents

This collection contains correspondence ranging from 1863 to 1873 and sent by family and church associates to Rev. John S. Winchester of Greensburg, Indiana. The collection also includes invitations to weddings, anniversary celebrations, and graduations received by the Winchester family between 1869 to 1895.


  • 1863-1895

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

John Smith Winchester was born on January 26, 1819 in Jefferson County, Indiana to John and Margaret Miller Winchester. He was united with the Methodist Episcopal church in 1836 and was licensed to preach in 1842. He preached in succession the following pastorates: Canaan, Wilmington, Vevay, Milan,Shelbyville, Greenwood, Milroy, Burlington, Liberty, Laurel, Mt. Carmel, Fairfield, Rushville, Clarksburg, Greensburg, Milford, St. Paul, Guilford and Westport. For several years he also served as an agent for the Preachers' Aid Society and was instrumental in getting a number of churches built. He married Malinda Slawson on December 14, 1844 and they had five children. Mrs. Winchester died on September 7, 1895 and Rev. Winchester passed away a few years later on February 12, 1898.

Sources: "John Smith Winchester." North America, Family Histories, 1500-2000. Accessed October 17, 2019.

"John Smith Winchester." Greensburg New Era (IN), February 23, 1898.

"Obituary." Greensburg Review (IN), February 16, 1898.

"Obituary." Greensburg Standard (IN), September 20, 1895.


0.04 Cubic Feet (2 folders)

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This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Dorothea Miller and Margaret M. Smirnoff on 1974/07/29.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2019/10/18 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2019/10/18 by Laura Eliason.
John S. Winchester 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.