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John Hewitt Jones collection

 Collection — Folder: S2189
Identifier: S2189

Scope and Contents

John Hewitt Jones wrote his biography, which is typed on seven long sheets. There are original documents and letters from 1793 through 1878. Several sheets give passenger names with their embarkation and destination on various riverboat trips. A document on blue paper, dated August 22, 1851, records resolutions for establishing the Rising Sun Wesleyan Seminary. In an envelope, hand-written diary pages and typed partial pages give historic information about Rising Sun from 1880 through 1887. His obituary is included.


  • 1793-1887


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 Hewitt Jones was born in Milford, Ohio, on August 20, 1814, and died in Rising Sun, Indiana, on September 30, 1887. As the oldest son of Reverend James Jones, a Methodist, he came to Indiana at the age of three, and spent the remainder of his life here. He joined the church in 1836 and became an active Christian worker. In the fall of 1838, John married in Cincinnati and went into the grocery business in Rising Sun with his uncle, Jesse Hewitt. After nine months, they put their efforts in a trading boat and went down the Ohio River. He was involved in various business pursuits. In his later years, John suffered from inflammatory rheumatism. He had a son named Charles W. Jones.


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 Richard E. Banta on 1942/01/07.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing and finding aid completed 2015/06/11 by Nikki Stoddard Schofield.
John Hewitt Jones collection
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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