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Chauncy Carter and Edward McCartney account books

 Collection — Folder: S2620
Identifier: S2620

Scope and Contents

This collection contains two account books used by Chauncy Carter and Edward McCartney to record goods bought by or traded with the Potawatomi people at Logansport from 1828 to 1830. The collection includes an undated list of trascribed names of Potawatami customers recorded in each account book.


  • 1828-1830

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

Chauncy (or Chauncey) Carter was born in Connecticut on March 23, 1796. He left home at the age of 21 and taught school in Wallkill, New York and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania before moving to Corydon, Indiana. Less than two years later, Carter moved to Fort Wayne and received an appointment from the U.S. government as surveyor of Indian grants along the Wabash River. On April 10, 1828, he surveyed and laid out the original plat of Logansport, Indiana. Carter became of prominant member of the community and lived in Logansport until his death on December 4, 1864.

Edward McCartney built a trading post on the north bank of the Wabash River a short distance below the mouth of the Eel River in 1824. He was a government land agent and Indian interpreter and never settled permanently in the county. McCartney later lived in Kosciusko County with the Jacob Smith family.

Sources: "Edward McCartney." 1850 United States Federal Census. Accessed December 13, 2022.

"Chauncey Carter Drafted Original Logansport Plat." Logansport Pharos-Tribune (IN), June 4, 1956. "Chauncy Carter." Find a Grave Memorial ID 34643135. Accessed December 13, 2022.

Lasselle, Charles B. "The Old Indian Traders of Indiana." The Indiana Magazine of History 2, no. 1 (March 1906): 1-13.

Powell, Jehu Z., ed. History of Cass County, Indiana: From its Earliest Settlement to the Present Time: With Biographical Sketches and Reference to Biographies Previously Compiled. Chicago: Lewis Publishing Co., 1913.


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 on 1913/07/29.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2022/12/13 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2022/12/13 by Laura Eliason.
Chauncy Carter and Edward McCartney account books
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Repository Details

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