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Julia Deckard collection

 Collection — Folder: S2238
Identifier: S2238

Scope and Contents

This collection includes photocopies of correspondence sent to General Frederick Haldimand, the governor-in-chief of Quebec province, including a March 10, 1784 letter sent by Johannes Decker asking for the return of his slave "Pompey," who was captured by Indians in New York and sold to a Monsieur Beaubin (Beaubien?) of L'Assomption; and 2 1781 letters written in French and signed by Rey, aide-de-camp to Colonel de la Balme. The correspondence was obtained by Julia Deckard presumably for research of her distant relative, Johannes Jacob Deckard, who family tradition is believed to be the same person as the Johannes Decker that wrote the 1784 letter. The photocopies include a stamp from the British Museum and the original documents are part of the Western Manuscripts of the British Library (ADD MS 21631-21895).


  • 1781-1784


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

Julia Frances Deckard (1915-2013) was the youngest of seven children born to Andrew and Emma (Thrasher) Deckard. The Deckard family were early pioneers of Monroe County, Indiana and settled in Clear Creek Township around 1830. Julia's father was the son of Felty Valentine Deckard, the grandson of Jacob Deckard and the great-grandson of Johannes Jacob Deckard.


Cummins, James V. Descendants of Jacob Deckard, 1757-1990. Danville, Ind.: James V. Cummins, Jr., 1998.

Deckard, Percy Edward. Genealogy of the Deckard Family: Showing Also Those Decended from Decker, Deckert, Decher, Dechert, Decherd, Etc.. Richfield, Pa.: [P.E. Deckard], 1932. "Julia Deckard." Find a Grave Memorial ID 105427848. Accessed September 30, 2021.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Julia Deckard on 1967/04/21.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2021/09/30 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2021/09/30 by Laura Eliason.
Julia Deckard 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.