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John Wood account book

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: S1940

Scope and Contents

This collection includes an account book used by John Wood containing entries ranging from 1818 to 1852. Entries regarding the sale of whiskey start around 1825 and there is a June 10, 1852 notation by R. Robbins, the administer of his estate. Also recorded in the volume is a song titled "The Prisoner's Hope"; cures for various illnesses, including cholera, dropsy, mortification, joint pain and toothache; and recipes for farm animal conditions and other domestic remedies. The second folder in the collection contains photocopies of the account book.


  • 1818-1852


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 Wood was born September 22, 1780 in Yorkshire, England. He immigrated to the United States in 1798 and lived in Washington, D.C. and Montgomery County, Maryland before marrying Sarah Query (1782-1841) in November 20, 1804. They moved to West Union, Adams County, Ohio and nine of their ten children were born there. In 1820, Mr. Wood and his brother-in-law, David Query, made an exploratory trip to the area that is now Orange Township, Rush County, Indiana. They built a mill on the Flat Rock River and founded the town Moscow in 1822. The town was officially surveyed and platted by William B. Laughlin in 1830 (or 1832). Besides the mill, Wood also operated a distillery that was "quite liberally patronized." Wood moved his family to Moscow in 1823 and his youngest daughter, Harriet, was born there the following year. Wood died at the age of 71 on December 29, 1851.

Sources: "John Wood." Find a Grave Memorial no. 40392046. Accessed September 28, 2020.

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

Gray, A.L. and E.B. Thomas, eds. Centennial History of Rush County, Indiana, Vol. I. Indianapolis: Historical Publishing Company, 1921.


0.02 Cubic Feet (2 folders)

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This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from on 1975/09/29.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2020/09/29 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2020/09/29 by Laura Eliason.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.