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Yandes family papers

 Collection — Folder: S1479
Identifier: S1479

Scope and Contents

This collection includes letters from the Yandes family in Indiana, Ohio, Iowa, and Cuba ranging from 1833 to 1891 regarding local and family news, women's education, business, the Indiana State House, national and local politics, and the Civil War. Mary Yandes' letter to Ann Hampson on July 15, 1837 mentions Zerelda Gray Sanders' marriage to Governor David Wallace of Indiana (one year prior). There are also trade cards for Yandes family businesses in Indianapolis, Indiana, two blank greeting cards, and two obituaries for Daniel Yandes, Sr.


  • 1833-1891


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/Historical Note/Administrative History

Daniel Yandes was the son of Simon and Ann Catherine (Rider) Yandes, born near Uniontown, Fayette County, Pennsylvania on January 28, 1793. He served as a volunteer in the War of 1812 and was elected major of his regiment. Yandes married Anna Wilson in 1815 and worked in a flour mill and a coal mine. Together Daniel and Anna had eleven children, five of which died young. The children who lived to adulthood were: Simon, James, Mary, Elizabeth, Catherine (Kate), and George. In 1818, Yandes and his family, including his widowed mother, moved to Fayette County, Indiana, near present day Connersville. In 1821, he moved again, this time to Indianapolis with his family. Daniel's wife, Anna W. Yandes, passed away in 1851.

Daniel Yandes, Sr. had two brothers, George and Simon Abraham Yandes. George Yandes had a son named David F. Yandes. Simon A. Yandes and his wife Rebecca (Frovinger) had several childern: Lafayette, Ann Catherine, Rebecca, Daniel (Jr.), and Simon L. Yandes. Lafayette Yandes married Rosina (Rosa) M. Bartlett in Marion, Indiana on March 13, 1849. His sister Ann C. (Yandes) Hampson married Lloyd G. Hampson and moved to Pleasant, Ohio, where they had two daughters, Zerelda (Zarelda) and Marion Hampson. The Hampsons later moved to Steady Run, Iowa.

Daniel Yandes established the country's first tannery with John Wilkins in 1823. Later, Yandes continued the same business with his nephew Lafayette Yandes. After Lafayette died, Yandes continued his business with his nephew Daniel Yandes, Jr. and James C. Parmalee and the business expanded to Brown County and the selling of leather goods. In 1825, Yandes partnered with Franklin Merrill in a mercantile store. Six years later, he partnered with Edward T. Porter in 1831 in another store. He also began a saw mill and cotton mill with William Sheets. Yandes built ten miles of the Madison and Indianapolis railroad in 1847. He also took part in the management of a furnace at Brazil, Indiana. Daniel Yandes died June 10, 1878 and is buried at Crown Hill Cemetery in Indianapolis.


Items in the collection. records. Accessed February 28, 2007. Indiana, Select Marriages, 1780-1992 [database on-line]. Provo, UT: 2014. Accessed July 2, 2015. 1860 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT: 2009. Accessed July 2, 2015. U.S., Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current [database on-line]. Provo, UT: 2012. Accessed July 2, 2015.

Dunn, Jacob Piatt. Greater Indianapolis: The History, the Industries, the Institutions, and the People of a City of Homes, vol. 2. (Chicago: Lewis, 1910), 728-731.


0.04 Cubic Feet (4 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 N.A. Kovach on 1951/06/10.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2007/08/28 by Barbara Hilderbrand. EAD finding aid created 2015/06/02 by Hannah Vaughn. EAD finding aid revised 2015/07/06 by Brittany Kropf.
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140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.