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Thomas H. B. Sibel collection

 Collection — Folder: S2213
Identifier: S2213

Scope and Contents

This collection includes photocopies of letters written by Thomas H.B. Sibel and sent to his father and family from August 1861 to July 1863 during his service with the 20th Indiana Regiment during the U.S. Civil War. Other photocopied items in the collection include a June 11, 1843 letter sent to Aaron Black of Newtown, Indiana from his brother M. Black of Lawrenceburg; October 1853 letters written by William and Catharine Howe from Polk County, Oregon Territory and sent to friends in Newtown that describe the trip west and living in Oregon; and a November 19, 1859 sheriff's deed made out to Harriet Sibel, Thomas H.B. Sibel's stepmother. At the time the items in the collection were copied, the originals were in the possesion of William J. Black, the grandson of Aaron Black.


  • 1843-1863

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Literary rights, including copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their legal heirs and assigns. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts. The publisher must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.

Biographical Note

Thomas H.B. Sibel was born in Ohio around November 1840, the son of Hiram Sibel. The family later moved to Vermillion County, Indiana and then to Fountain County, Indiana. On July 22, 1861, Sibel mustered in as a private with Company D, 20th Regiment, Indiana Volunteer Infantry during the U.S. Civil War. On February 21, 1864, he mustered in as a veteran with Company K of the 20th Regiment and continued to serve until mustering out with the rank of corporal on July 12, 1865. Following the war, he returned to Fountain County and engaged in the grocery business in Attica. He married Jennie V. Young in December 1876 and they had three children: Edward, Thomas H., and Mildred. He passed away at the age of 41 on March 14, 1882.

Sources: "Thomas H.B. Sibel." 1850 United States Federal Census. Accessed August 3, 2021. "Thomas H.B. Sibel." 1860 United States Federal Census. Accessed August 3, 2021.

"Died." Attica Ledger (Ind.), March 16, 1882.

Indiana Adjutant General's Office and William H.H. Terrell.Report of the adjutant General of the State of Indiana. Vol. IV. Indianapolis: Samuel M. Douglass, State Printer, 1866.

"The Death of Mrs. Sibel: Passed Away at Her Home in Maple Grove After Long Suffering." The Columbus Republican (Ind.), March 13, 1902.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from William J. Black on 1980/06/24 and 1981/03/26.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2021/08/03 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2021/08/03 by Laura Eliason.
Thomas H.B. Sibel collection
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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