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Charles B. Modesitt account book

 Collection — Folder: S2193
Identifier: S2193

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of photocopies of pages from Charles B. Modesitt's personal account book in Terre Haute, Indiana ranging from 1836 to 1837, concerning the pricing and quantities of dry goods, such as clothing and fabric, educational materials like English readers, spelling books, and dictionaries, and other products which he purchased and from whom.


  • 1836-1837

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

Charles Byrns Modesitt was a physician, businessman, and one of the first settlers in Vigo County, Indiana. He was born in 1784 to Charles and Frances (Byrns) Modesitt in Prince William County, Virginia where he attended Prince William College. Modesitt married his first wife, Rebecca Welton (1788-1830) on November 15, 1812 in Virginia and they had five children, including Caroline, George, James A., Frances Elizabeth (1813-1903) (who married Chauncey B. Warren and had 11 children), and Welton Morgan Modesitt (1815-). Dr. Modesitt and his family moved to Ohio in 1814, then on to Fort Harrison, Indiana in 1816. Modesitt built the first house in Terre Haute, a log cabin at Ohio Street. Rebecca Modesitt died on February 4, 1830. Three years later, Modesitt married his second wife, Elizabeth C. Harris on June 24, 1833 in Vigo County. He died on January 22, 1848.


Items in the colleciton. "Charles B. Modesitt." Indiana Mariage Index, 1800-1941. Accessed December 8, 2015. "Dr. Charles Byrns Modesitt." Find a Grave Index. Accessed December 8, 2015.

Oakey, C.C. Greater Terre Haute and Vigo County. (Chicago: Lewis Publishing, 1908), 149-151. Accessed December 8, 2015.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged as paginated by the author.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Mrs. E. P. Reklis on 1971/05/10.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2015/06/11 by Nikki Stoddard Schofield. EAD finding aid created 2015/06/11 by Nikki Stoddard Schofield. EAD finding aid revised 2015/12/08 by Brittany Kropf.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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