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Amos W. Parsons family collection

 Collection — Folder: S2254
Identifier: S2254

Scope and Contents

This collection contains photocopies of correspondence sent to members of the Amos Parsons family by relatives, friends, and business associates from 1865 to 1907. Also included are photocopies of an October 12, 1858 receipt for full payment by Amos Parsons on a note signed by John Conaway; a Western Union receipt from the 1860s for money sent from Cincinnati to N. J. Hunt at Hagerstown, Indiana; a May 7, 1868 receipt from White and Nicholson Bro. of Richmond, Indiana for items purchased by Jane Parsons; a November 7, 1872 letter written by L.A. Retts on Boston Theological Seminary letterhead and sent to Amos Parsons; and a notice regarding delinquent taxes made out to A.W. Parsons and A.E. Jewett from the 1870s.


  • 1858-1907


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

Amos W. Parsons was born in 1821 in Wayne County, Indiana to Benjamin F. and Martha (Garretson) Parsons, early settlers of the county. He married Jane Matchett in 1839 and they had six children, four of whom lived to adulthood: George W., Mary E. (Mollie), Benjamin F., and Martha. Parsons was a farmer and engaged in business for many years in Hagerstown. He died in January 1879 and Jane died in May 1907.

George W. (1843-1910), son of Amos W. and Jane (Matchett) Parsons, was a Civil War veteran and became a well-known businessman in Wayne County. He married Priscilla Mathews in 1866 and they had eleven children, three of whom dying in infancy. His brother Benjamin F. (1845-1921) married Martha Ann Jones in 1867 and they had three children who lived to adulthood. They lived in Richmond, Indiana and Benjamin Parson served as the county recorder. Mary (1846-1910) Parsons married Ezra E. Searles in 1868 and they moved to Muncie around 1870. They had three children, one of whom died in childhood. Martha Parson (1849-1940) married Daniel A. Rudy in 1868 and they had three children. The Rudys lived in Hagestown until 1897 and then moved to Indianapolis.

Sources: "Amos Parsons." Indiana, U.S., Marriages, 1810-2001. Accessed December 22, 2021.

"Death and Funerals: Benjamin F. Parsons." Richmond Palladium and Sun Telegram (IN), December 8, 1921. "Amos W. Parsons." Find a Grave Memorial. Accessed December 22, 2021.

"Geo. Parsons Dead." Richmond Palladium and Sun Telegram (IN), August 23, 1910.

Lewis Publishing Company. Biographical and Genealogical History of Wayne, Fayette, Union and Franklin Counties, Indiana, vol. I. Chicago: Lewis Publishing Company, 1899.

"Mrs. Jane Parson, Aged 87, is Dead." Richmond Palladium and Sun Telegram (IN), May 23, 1907.

"Mrs. Mary Searles Dead. Prominent and Beloved Muncie Woman Passed Away Yesterday." Muncie Sunday Star (IN), August 14, 1910.


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 James P. Hartig on 1966/05/18.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2021/12/22 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2021/12/22 by Laura Eliason.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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