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Bardonner family account book

 Collection — Folder: S2032
Identifier: S2032

Scope and Contents

This collection includes an account book used by the Bardonner family of Hamilton County, Indiana with entries ranging from 1834 to 1895. The earlier entries relate to Henry Bardonner's business and are written in German. The book was later used by Margaret Bardonner Swartz to record biographical information about her parents and her husband. She also used it as a daily journal to record weather and seasonal activities from 1885 to 1895. Also included are accounting entries for the Waltz family, miscellaneous newspaper clippings, and two receipts dated March 17, 1882 for payments made by Peter Bardonner regarding 6 legal cases.


  • 1834-1895


Language of Materials

Material in English and German.

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

The Bardonner family were early settlers of Hamilton County, Indiana. Heinrich "Henry" Bardonner was born on October 13, 1802 in Germany. Anna Eve Glasser was born April 7, 1800 in Germany and married Henry on May 17, 1827. The family immigrated to the United States in 1831, first settling in Pennsylvania, then moving to Indiana and residing in Henry County before moving to Hamilton County in June 1839. Henry was a cooper and farmer and first owned property north of Cicero before trading for green woodland property south of town in 1844. Henry died on January 4, 1869 (or 1870) and Anna lived in Cicero until her death on February 12, 1886.

Their first child, Margaret, was born March 8, 1828 in Germany. She married Joseph Waltz (1813-1884) in September 1852 and they had nine children. They lived on a farm north of Arcadia until March 1873, then moved to a farm by Mount Pleasant Church east of Arcadia. In 1883, they moved again to a farm located at "Blue Grass Corner". Margaret died at the age of 70 years old on July 31, 1898.

Peter Bardonner was the oldest son of Henry and Anna. He was born in Franklin County, Pennsylvania on January 14, 1833. He married Anna Mary Kundert in April 1856. He was a well-known, properous landowner in Hamilton County and passed away at the age of 66 on July 4, 1899.


Information found within collection. "Heinrich Bardonner." U.S. and Canada, Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s. Accessed October 7, 2020. "Margaret Anna Bardonner Waltz." Find a Grave Memorial no. 35389860. Accessed October 7, 2020.

"Obituary."Hamilton County Democrat (Noblesville, Ind.), July 21, 1899.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)


This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a records transfer OR donation from Irene Collens on 1987/06/08.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2020/10/08 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2020/10/08 by Laura Eliason.
Bardonner family account book
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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