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Fanny Hudelson collection

 Collection — Folder: S1868
Identifier: S1868

Scope and Contents

This collection includes correspondence, documents and receipts of the Hudelson and Hinds families, including a bill of sale between John Jones and Samuel Hinds of Bourbon County, Kentucky for a "negro girl" (December 18, 1795); receipts of Francis and Elizabeth Hinds (1826-1849); a notice of transfer draft payable at the Branch of the Northern Bank of Kentucky at Louisville for $150,000 signed by Treasury Secretary Levi Woodbury (July 20, 1836); letters written by Francis I. Hudelson and sent to family while he lived in Mahaska County, Iowa (1856-1858); a letter sent to Francis Hudelson by John Cochran of Henderson County, Illinois (February 1, 1856); and a letter from the State Library and Museum of Pennsylvania certifying that the name of James Heddleston-Hedleston appeared on a pay roll and muster roll as a private of Captain John Horrell's Company of the Cumberland County Militia during the Revolutionary War (April 26, 1929).

The collection also includes Civl War era correspondence: a letter written by John W. Morgan and sent to his step-father Thomas Newham of Hendricks County, Indiana while he was serving with Company B, 7th Indiana Regiment (September 26, 1861); nine letters sent by Ruth Anna Paxson to her cousin Mahlon I. Paxson (March 1862-November 1863); and a letter sent to Mahlon by his Aunt Ellen Paxson (December 13, 1862).


  • 1795-1863, 1929

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

Sarah Frances “Fanny” Hudelson was a descendent of the Hinds and Hudelson families. Her great-grandparents were John Montgomery Hudelson (1770-1843) and Catharine Irwin Hudelson (1768-1851). Their son John Miller (1800-1879) was born in Millersburg, Bourbon County, Kentucky and married Matilda Ann Hinds (1805-1837) in 1824. John and Matilda’s son Francis Irwin (1825-1903) was a young child when the family moved to Rush County, Indiana in 1828. Francis Irwin married Mary Ann Hinds (1825-1900) on October 10, 1849 and they had several children. The family moved to Mahaska County, Iowa in 1856 and then to Macon County, Missouri in 1857. The following year, Fanny was born on May 8, 1858. Fanny never married and lived with her parents until their deaths. Census records show that she was living and working for a family in Greenfield, Indiana in 1920 and was a resident at the Thompson Home for Aged Ladies in Shelby County in 1930. Sometime thereafter, she became a patient at the Madison State Hospital and passed away there at the age of 78 on June 24, 1936.

Sources: “Fannie Hudelson.” 1920 United States Federal Census. Accessed June 10, 2020. “Fanny Hudelson.” 1930 United States Federal Census. Accessed June 10, 2020. “Fannie Hudelson.” Indiana, Death Certificates, 1899-2011. Accessed June 10, 2020.

“Death of Mr. F.I. Hudelson.” Bevier Appeal (MO), January 23, 1903.

History of Rush County, Indiana: From the Earliest Time to the Present. Chicago: Brant and Fuller, 1888.


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 records transfer from the Indiana State Museum of a donation from Fanny Hudelson.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2020/06/11 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2020/06/11 by Laura Eliason.
Fanny Hudelson 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.