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Mahala A. Barnett letter

 Collection — Folder: S1858
Identifier: S1858

Scope and Contents

This collection includes a March 16, 1862 letter written by Mahala A. Barnett and sent to a George Washington, who was most likely the George Washington from Rochester, Fulton County, Indiana who had enlisted in Company H, 46th Indiana Regiment during the U.S. Civil War. In the letter she mentions family members, the war and wanting the soldiers to come home, and enjoying going to the Good Templer lodge. Addressed to "Dear Brother," she ends her letter by saying that she would remain his friend in "Faith, hope and Charity."


  • 1862/03/16


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

Mahala A. Barnett was born around 1850 in Fulton County, Indiana, one of eleven children of Thomas W. and Mary (Troutman) Barnett. She is not found on census records after 1860 and neither her father's obituary in 1882 nor her mother's obituary in 1891 name her as one of their five living children.


Information found within collection. "Mahala A. Barnett." 1850 United States Federal Census. Accessed April 22, 2021. "Mehalia Barnett." 1860 United States Federal Census. Accessed April 22, 2021.

"Obituary." Rochester Republican (Ind.), November 9, 1882.

"Obituary." Rochester Weekly Republican (Ind.), January 15, 1891.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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This collection consists of one item.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a records transfer from the Indiana State Museum.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2021/04/22 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2021/04/22 by Laura Eliason.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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