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George Knight Hester collection

 Collection — Folder: S2185
Identifier: S2185

Scope and Contents

There are four items in this collection: (1) Rev. George Knight Hester's 1851 Diary, which is really a memoir, consisting of 18 typed pages; (2-3) a partial letter from Saguaches, Colorado, written on November 14, no year, to "Sister dear" on brown paper with no signature, accompanied by a transcription of the letter; and (4) "Papers Relating To The Hester Family" compiled by the Indiana State Library, 1926.

The 1851 document gives the family history from Germany to America, settlement in the Northwest Territory (now Clark County, Indiana), conflict with Native American groups, including the infamous Pigeon Roost Massacre (1812), and life as a Methodist circuit-riding preacher. The 41-page typed booklet of Hestor family letters begins with an 1858 letter and ends with an 1890 letter. From pages 35 to 41, there is a narrative history of the Hester family, beginning with their departure from Amsterdam in 1771, and arrival in Philadelphia, where they became indentured servants to pay their passage. Children with their dates of birth are recorded.


  • 1851, 1926


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

Rev. George Knight Hester was born in Kentucky on September 26, 1794 to John Matthias Hester, who emigrated from Germany to America about 1770 at age four. The family relocated to the Northwest Territory in what became Charlestown, Clarke County. Hester was first licensed as a Methodist preacher in 1819. He married Bence Briggs in 1820 and they had five children. He died September 2, 1874, and is buried in Charlestown, Clark County, Indiana.


Items in the collection. 1860 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT: 2009. Accessed july 1, 2015. "Rev George Knight Hester." Find a Grave database, May 14, 2011. Accessed July 1, 2015.


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 donation from Fern Hestor on 1920/06/28.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2015/05/28 by Nikki Stoddard Schofield. EAD finding aid completed 2015/05/28 by Nikki Stoddard Schofield. EAD finding aid revised 2015/07/01 by Brittany Kropf.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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