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Ephraim Jordan collection

 Collection — Folder: S2190
Identifier: S2190

Scope and Contents

This collection includes 20 handwritten documents and letters dated from 1802 to 1812. Some papers deal with provisions for soldiers and have the signature of Ephraim Jordan, Major. "His Excellency" William Henry Harrison is recorded as commander in chief in a document written in May 1809. On August 21, 1812, an order was issued for two men to be punished by riding "a wooden horse both to be mouned {?] at the same time in presence of the troops on parade for the period of ten minutes." On September 5, 1812, two men sent a paper to Colonel Jordan testifying that they examined whiskey which they determined was palpable.


  • 1802-1812


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

Ephraim Jordan was born in 1755 in Pennsylvania or Virginia. He served in the Virginia Frontier Militia under Colonel George Rogers Clark in 1779. Following his service, Ephraim settled in Vincennes. On November 2, 1791, he married May Gilmore in Jefferson County, Kentucky. They had seven children. In 1801, Mr. Jordan was appointed judge of the Knox Country Court of Common Pleas and justice of the Court of General Quarter Session by William Henry Harrison, governor of the Indiana Territory. Ephraim resigned a year later. During the Battle of Tippecanoe in 1811, Eprhaim commanded the 1st Regiment. In 1818, he was appointed Knox County Commissioner, which position he held until his death on January 14, 1820.


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.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing and finding aid completed 2015/06/11 by Nikki Stoddard Schofield.
Ephraim Jordan collection
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.