James M. VanHook collection
Scope and Contents
Items of note within the collection are a map of Charlestown, Indiana showing original lots (circa 1810s); documents regarding a legal matter involving George Rogers Clark (1802); a copy of the Indiana Territory slavery ordinance of 1802; reminiscences that mention the meaning of "Hoosiers"; reminiscences and biographical sketches about the Pigeon Roost Massacre in September, 1811 and the Cyrus Polk family murders at Henryville, Clark County, Indiana on November 11, 1871; James VanHook's notes regarding men who took part in the Battle of Tippecanoe; correspondence and news clippings regarding James M. VanHook's murder trial in 1895 for the shooting death of Anton Schafer on July 4, 1894; and a letter to VanHook from S.P. Lee, dated December 2, 1904, from Portland, Oregon that describes the city and the upcoming 1905 Lewis and Clark Centennial Exposition.
- 1796-1907, undated
- VanHook, James M., 1844-1927 (Person)
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Joshua Leach was born on August 18, 1818 in Butler County, Ohio to Joshua and Margaret Leach. He married Anna Bake (1820-1901) on September 9, 1838 and they had four children. Leach served as postmaster for the town of Liberty in Union County, Indiana and also served two terms as sheriff of the county. After being appointed the secretary and treasurer of the Cincinnati and Indianapolis Junction Railway, he moved his family to Connersville, Indiana. After working for the railroad for 20 years, Leach resigned his position in 1872 and established a drug store. He also served as Justice of the Peace from 1886 until a few years before his death on February 1, 1908.
Ancestry.com. "Caroline C. Young." Indiana Marriage Index, 1800-1941. Accessed May 25, 2016. http://search.ancestrylibrary.com.
Ancestry.com. "John Denny." Indiana Marriage Index, 1800-1941. Accessed May 25, 2016. http://search.ancestrylibrary.com.
FindaGrave.com. "Caroline Curtiss Young Denny." Find a Grave Index. Accessed May 25, 2016. https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/63953568/john-denny.
FindaGrave.com. "John Denny." Find a Grave Index. Accessed May 25, 2016. http://www.findagrave.com.
FindaGrave.com. "Joshua D.'Squire' Leach." Find a Grave Index. Accessed May 25, 2016. https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/67936353/joshua-d-leach.
History of the Ohio Falls Cities and Their Counties with Illustrations and Biographical Sketches, vol. 2. Evansville, IN: Unigraphic, 1966.
"Honored Pioneer is Called Home: Death Gomes to Relieve Suffering of Joshua Leach." Connersville Evening News (IN), February 1, 1908. Accessed May 25, 2016. http://www.newspaperarchive.com.
James M. VanHook was born on March 19, 1844 in Clark County, Indiana to William and Martha VanHook. On July 23, 1862, he enlisted as a private in Company D, 4th Indiana Cavalry Regiment to fight for the Union during the U.S. Civil War. VanHook was promoted to full sergeant and mustered out on June 29, 1865. He married Lenora Bellows (1844-1888) on September 9, 1868 and they had three children. In January, 1895, VanHook was put on trial and acquitted for the July 4, 1894 shooting death of Anton Schafer. He married Jennie Young Bean (1854-1926) on August 16, 1900. Jennie was the daughter of Solon Young. VanHook died on March 29, 1927.
Information found within collection.
Ancestry.com. "James M. VanHook." Indiana Select Marriages Index, 1748-1993. Accessed May 24, 2016. http://search.ancestrylibrary.com.
Ancestry.com. "James M. VanHook." U.S. Civil War Soldier Records and Profiles, 1861-1865. Accessed May 24, 2016. http://search.ancestrylibrary.com.
Ancestry.com. "Lenora Van Hook." 1880 United States Federal Census. Accessed May 24, 2016. http://search.ancestrylibrary.com.
Ancestry.com. "Jennie Young Bean." Indiana Marriage Index, 1800-1941. Accessed May 24, 2016. http://search.ancestrylibrary.com.
FindaGrave.com. "James M. Vanhook." Find a Grave Index. Accessed May 24, 2016. https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/32649886/james-m-vanhook.
"Crazed With Love: Anton Schafer Meets His Tragic Death." The Clark County Record (IN), July 7, 1894.
0.65 Cubic Feet (2 manuscript boxes, 1 medium oversize folder)
Language of Materials
- Charlestown (Ind.)
- Clark County (Ind.)
- Clark County Historical Society (Ind.)
- Clark, George Rogers, 1752-1818
- Denny family
- Denny, John
- Freemasons -- Indiana
- Grand Army of the Republic (U.S.)
- Land grants
- Leach, Joshua
- Lewis and Clark Centennial Exposition (1905 : Portland, Or.)
- Military veterans
- Pigeon Roost Massacre, 1812
- Portland (Or.)
- Tippecanoe, Battle of, Ind., 1811
- Trials (Murder)
- Trials (Murder) -- Indiana
- United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865
- United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Military life
- United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Veterans
- United States. Army. Indiana Cavalry Regiment, 4th (1862-1865)
- Veterans -- Indiana
- Veterans -- Societies, etc.
- War diaries
- James M. VanHook collection
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description