Scope and Contents
This collection contains a November 22, 1835 letter written by Indian Agent Abel C. Pepper that
accompanied a treasury warrant (no. 2280) for $1,430 drawn on the State Bank of Indiana at Indianapolis.
Pepper requested that the amount be paid to his credit and that a receipt of acknowledgement be returned
by mail. The warrant is not part of the collection.
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Abel Claypole Pepper was an early settler of Indiana. He was born on April 20, 1793 in Virginia and later
moved to Kentucky and served as a private with the Kentucky volunteer light dragoons during the War
of 1812. He moved to Dearborn County, Indiana in 1815 and quickly became a leader of the community
and served as county commissioner and sheriff. He also joined the Indiana militia and earned the rank
of colonel and then brigadier general, though he continued to use the title of Colonel. He was appointed
a sub-Indian agent in 1829 and was later promoted to the office of Indian agent and then superintendent
for the removal of the Indians from Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, and Wisconsin before resigning in 1839.
Pepper also served as a member of the Indiana House of Representatives, was a U.S. Marshall, and was
elected a representative to Indiana's Constitutional Convention in 1850. He married Jane Haff in 1820 and
they had four children. He died at his home in Rising Sun, Indiana on March 20, 1860.
History of Dearborn and Ohio Counties, Indiana: From Their Earliest Settlement. Chicago: F.E. Weakley
& Co., 1885. Accessed January 8, 2018. https://archive.org/details/historyofdearbor00chic.
Shepherd, Rebecca A., Charles W. Calhoun, Elizabeth Shanahan-Shoemaker, Alan F. January, eds. A
Biographical Directory of the Indiana General Assembly. Volume 1, 1816-1899. Indianapolis: The Select
Committee on the Centennial History of The Indiana General Assembly in cooperation with the Indiana
Historical Bureau, 1980.
Woollen, William Wesley. Biographical and Historical Sketches of Early Indiana. Indianapolis:
Hammond & C0., 1883.