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Horatio D., Joseph E., and Joshua J. Silver letters

 Collection — Folder: S3000
Identifier: S3000

Scope and Contents

This collection includes photostat copies of 3 letters from Horatio D., Joshua J., and Joseph E. Silver in Indiana and Ohio from 1843 to 1851.The first letter, from Horatio Silver to his sister, details getting a bunch of goods for his bakery from Cincinnati, rebuilding his oven in a better way, and general family matters. The second letter, from Jospeh Silver to one of his brothers, includes different business “blessings” that he needs advice on from his brother, as well as his general living arrangements in Dayton and questioning for advice on if he can find better. The third letter, from Joshua Silver to a friend, speaks about the health of their two families and Silver apologizing for not being able to make it to visit this friend in the fall.


  • 1843-1851


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

Horatio D. Silver (1813-1853) was a baker and owned a bakery in Cambridge City, Indiana around 1845. The bakery was called the City Bakery as was co-owned with a Mr. Sprigg. The bakery was on the east side of the West River, present-day address of 320 E. mMain Street. Silver married Sarah V. Robertson (1814-1890) on February 11, 1838 in Preble, Ohio and they had two children: Rebecca Jane Silver (1841-1927) and Marth Ann Silver (1853-1953).

Joseph E. Silver (1811-1872), brother of Horatio Silver, lived in Ohio and Indiana throughout his life. He worked as both a baker and a farmer and married Abigail Ann Scott (1815-1872) on November 30, 1853 in Preble, Ohio.

Joshua Jennings Silver (1836-1890), nephew of Horatio and Joseph Silver, grew up in Ohio. During the American Civil War, he enlisted as a private with Company H, 156th Ohio Infantry. He mustered out after half a year of service between May and September, 1864. After the war he worked as a farmer in Indiana. Silver married Rachel H. Mounce (1838-1911) on January 25, 1859 in Camden, New Jersey and they would have nine children.


Items in the collection "Horatio D. Silver." Find a Grave Memorial. Accessed October 30, 2023. "Joseph E. Silver." Find a Grave Memorial. Accessed October 30, 2023. "Joshua J. Silver." Find a Grave Memorial. Accessed October 30, 2023.

FamilySearch. "Horatio D Silver." Family tree. Accessed October 30, 2023.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Rob Lawson on 1983/8/20.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed on 2023/10/24 by Alexander Chrapliwy. EAD finding aid was created on 2023/10/27 by Alexander Chrapliwy.
Horatio D., Joshua J., and Joseph E. Silver letters
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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