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Elisha and Lucinda Cox family papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: S2052

Scope and Contents

This collection consists primarily of tax receipts and promissory notes of Elisha and Lucinda Cox ranging from 1819 to 1850. The collection also includes a poem about a January 10, 1820 dual in Lawrenceburg, Indiana; a September 3, 1824 indenture between Cox and David Shook for property in Lawrenceburg; a January 9, 1847 Probate Court document appointing Lucinda guardian of her children John A.J., Malinda, and Elisha William, the heirs of Elisha; and pages from a October 1860 pattern book. The collection also includes the account book of Stephen Liddle with entries ranging from 1839 to 1848 and handwritten copies of War of 1812 militia rolls for companies under Captain James McGuire (volunteers) and Captain Frederick Sholtz (mounted rangers) recorded on form no. 141 of the Office of the Third Auditor of the Treasury (circa 1888).


  • 1819-1860; circa 1888


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

Elisha and Lucinda Sherrill Cox were early settlers of Dearborn County, Indiana. They were married in Kentucky in February 1820 and they became the parents of eight children. They moved to Dearborn County, Indiana in the early 1820s and there their oldest son, Lafayette, was born on October 30, 1824. Elisha died on January 26, 1835 at the age of 39. Lafayette married Melissa Blasdel in November 1845 and they moved to Piatt County, Illinois around 1855. Lucinda moved to Illinois to be with Lafayette and his family and passed away there at the age of 86 on June 7, 1886. Lafayette's wife, Melissa, was the daughter of Jonathan Blasdel and the sister of Betsie Blasdel Ewbank. Betsie and her husband, John W. Ewbank, were the parents of a number of children, including Loebo J. Ewbank, the donor of this collection.

Sources: "Lucinda Cox." 1840 United States Federal Census. Accessed October 16, 2020.

"Death of an Aged Resident." Farmer City Journal (Ill.), January 13, 1899. "Elisha Cox." Find a Grave Memorial no. 74224690. Accessed October 20, 2020. "Jonathan Blasdel." Find a Grave Memorial no. 65396996. Accessed October 20, 2020. "Lucinda Sherrill Cox." Find a Grave Memorial no. 70880384. Assessed October 20, 2020.

"Two Old Residents Dead. Lafayette Cox and Mrs. C.H. Hoffman, of Farmer City." The Weekly Pantagraph (Bloomington, Ill.), January 19, 1900.


0.03 Cubic Feet (3 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 Loebo Ewbank on 1966/08/18.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2020/10/20 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2020/10/20 by Laura Eliason.


Elisha and Lucinda Cox family papers
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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