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James Sheil account books

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: S2511

Scope and Contents

This collection comprises copies of account books kept by James Sheil for his general store in Sheilville (later named Buena Vista, then Atlanta), Hamilton County, Indiana ranging from 1855 to 1872, with notations about dry goods and grocery purchases, land transactions, rent collections, and estate settlements, including those of William Roads, John Murray, and John S. Wolff.


  • 1855-1872


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

James Sheil was born in Ireland in May, 1820 to Michael and Mary Ryan Shiel. His two brothers and three sisters were also born in Ireland, where his mother died in 1829. James Sheil immigrated to the United States, moving to Indiana where he kept general stores in Sheilville (renamed Buena Vista in 1854, then Atlanta in 1855). Sheil acted as agent for his father and others in business transactions. He died on May 5, 1907, at the age of 87, in Jackson Township, Hamilton County, Indiana.


0.05 Cubic Feet (5 folders)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged chronologically and by pagination of account books.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Anna Winter in November, 1977.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2016/09/15 by Nikki Stoddard Schofield. EAD finding aid completed 2016/09/15 by Nikki Stoddard Schofield. EAD finding aid revised 2016/09/30 by Brittany Kropf.


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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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