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Jane Frazier diary

 Collection — Folder: S2988
Identifier: S2988

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of a typed transcription of a portion of a diary with the title "Great-Grandmother of Goods and Hildebradt Tells of Her Capture and Release by Indians 2 Centuries Ago." The diary from which this 5-page typed transcription is taken was in the possession of John Good and his brothers near Lockport, a few miles west of Logansport, Indiana. The diary recounts Jane Frazier's captrue by Miami Indians, her treatment by those Indians, her adoption into the tribe, her escape with the aid of two other adopted members of the tribe, and her return to John Frazier and the celebration that accompanied it. The events recorded started in 1751 with Jane's capture by the Indians.


  • 1755-1815, undated


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

Jane Frazier was born in 1735. She was raised near Winchester, Virginia. At the age of sixteen, she married John Frazier. The couple moved to the state of Maryland, settling on a tributary of the Potomac River called Tribbitts Creek, a few miles from Cumberland. Going to Cumberland to buy necessities, she was captured and later adopted by the Miami Indians. With the assistance of two Pennsylvania Dutchmen (who also had been adopted by the Miamis), Jane espaced and returned to her husband, who had remarried in her absence.

The second marriage was accepted as illegal, having resulted from the assumed death of Jane. Jane and John Frazier resumed their married lives. The couple had three children: Amelia, James, and Mary.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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This collection contains one item.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Wayne Otto.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 1999/03/08 by Philip N. Williams. EAD finding aid created 2018/05/29 by Jennifer Carter.
Jane Frazier diary
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.