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James M. Guthrie collection

 Collection — Folder: S1887
Identifier: S1887

Scope and Contents

The collection includes a family history of some of the first settlers of Lawrence County, Indiana beginning with John and Daniel Guthrie and their brothers-in-law, Jacob and William Flinn. The history begins with their move to Kentucky in 1809, followed quickly by their move into Indiana in 1811. The history discusses the construction of their settlement, Leesville, and includes a description of a Pottawatomie Indian raid which was the only major Indian conflict in the county. During the raid Jacob Flinn was captured by the Pottawatomie, but eventually escaped and returned to the settlement. The history goes until 1820, when the settlement was officially recognized.

The collection also contains genealogical worksheets for the Samuel Guthrie, Hughey Guthrie, Daniel Guthrie Sr., Daniel Guthrie Jr. and Daniel Guthrie III. Each of these worksheets is followed by a short, handwritten history of that branch of the family.


  • 1967

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

John Guthrie, James' ancestor, was one of the first settlers in Lawrence County, Indiana. Originally from Virginia, Guthrie moved first to eastern Kentucky, then to Indiana, eventually attracting many members of the Guthrie and Flinn families to join him.


0.05 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

Language of Materials



This collection contains a history of the Guthrie and Flinn families in Lawrence County, Indiana. The collection also contains a genealogy worksheets of the Guthrie family as well as short histories of those family branches.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from James Guthrie in April 1967.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2014/7/16 by Keenan Salla. EAD finding aid created 2014/7/16 by Keenan Salla.
James M. Guthrie 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.