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Margaret Ann Perry reminiscences

 Collection — Folder: S1724
Identifier: S1724

Scope and Contents

This collection includes two copies of "Reminiscences of Mrs. Margaret A. Perry". The ten page manuscript was created from shorthand notes taken down during an interview with Mrs. Perry on March 9, 1932. Mrs. Perry related her experiences growing up on her foster parents prosperous farm in Rush County, Indiana and described many of the daily activities on the farm, including making corn pone, Johnny cakes, and candles and helping with the harvesting. She also mentioned her first marriage, her work as a nurse, and her marriage to her second husband, Clark Perry. Of special note is Mrs. Perry's disclosure that her foster father, Mr. Duncan, was an abolitionist and his house was part of the underground railroad.


  • 1932/03/09

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

Margaret Ann Stephenson was born in a log cabin on September 22, 1842 in Boone County, Indiana. Her parents died before she was four years old and she went to live at the farm of Mr. and Mrs. Duncan in Rush County, Indiana. She married James Patten in October, 1862 and they later moved to Cedar Rapids, Iowa. After living in Iowa for several years, she separated from James in 1878 and moved back to Indiana. She married Clark Perry (1860-1927) on September 2, 1882 and they moved to Indianapolis that same year. Mrs. Perry passed away at the age of 97 on February 21, 1940.


Information within collection. "Margaret Ann Perry." Indiana Death Certificates, 1899-2011. Accessed January 29, 2018. "Margaret A. Stephenson." Indiana Marriages, 1810-2001. Accessed January 29, 2018.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2018/01/30 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2018/01/30 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.