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Martin Theis biographical sketch

 Collection — Folder: S2548
Identifier: S2548

Scope and Contents

This collection includes a one page biographical sketch of Martin Theis handwritten by his niece Gertrude M. Soliday, daughter of his older brother Nicholas (circa 1960s). Her sketch relates information about Martin told to her by his daughter Lilly.


  • circa 1960s


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 / Historical

Martin Theis was born on October 15, 1842 in Germany to Nicholas and Barbara Theis. He immigrated to the United States with his family in 1852 and they settled in Griffith, Lake County, Indiana. On October 31, 1862, he enlisted in Company G, 32nd Regiment, Indiana Infantry during the Civil War. He was transferred to Company B of the reorganized 32nd and served with this unit until mustering out in Texas on October 19, 1865 and returning home. He married Elizabeth Schmidt on July 17, 1875 and several children, including their daughter Lilly, who cared for them in their final years. Mr. Theis passed away at the age of 81 on November 3, 1923.

Sources: "Martin Theis." 1900 United States Federal Census. Accessed February 13, 2019. "Martin Theis." Indiana Death Certificates, 1899-2011. Accessed February 13, 2019. "Martin Theis." Indiana Marriages, 1810-2001. Accessed February 13, 2019.

"Griffith's Veteran is Called: Martin Theis Honored at Recent Celebration Stricken Saturday." Indianapolis Star (Hammond, Ind.), November 4, 1923.

Indiana Adjutant General's Office and William H.H. Terrell. Report of the Adjutant General of the State of Indiana, Volume. Indianapolis: W.R. Holloway, State Printer, 1865.


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 Gertrude M. Soliday on 1966/11/08.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2019/02/14 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2019/02/14 by Laura Eliason.
Martin Theis biographical sketch
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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