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Drinkwater family collection

 Collection — Folder: S3119
Identifier: S3119

Scope and Contents

This collection includes a plat for property in Perry County surveyed by Frederick Connor for Peter Drinkwater (June 4, 1851); Thomas Drinkwater's account book (1852-1856); eight bills and receipts for potatoes, meal, coffee, and other food items from the brothers' business as steamboat pilots (1855-1879); and a recipe for "Chinese Grip or Diamond Cement" (undated).


  • 1851-1879

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

The Drinkwaters were early pioneers of Perry County, Indiana. Paul Drinkwater, Sr. and Sally Boyd were married in Perry County in 1820 and they had several children, including Thomas, Peter, and Paul Jr. Peter married Harriet Ford in 1850 and following his death in 1856, Harriet married Paul Jr. in 1859. Thomas married Abashaba Westfall in 1851. Paul and Thomas were farmers and worked as steamboat pilots on the Ohio River. Thomas died in Dardanelle, Arkansas in 1881. Paul's death date is unknown.

Sources: "Paul Drinkwater." 1850 United States Census. Accessed December 12, 2019. "Paul Drinkwater." 1870 United States Census. Accessed December 12, 2019. "Thomas Drinkwater." 1850 United States Census. Accessed December 12, 2019.

"Tobinsport Items." Cannelton Enquirer and Reporter (IN), May 5, 1881.

U.S. Work Projects Administration, Indiana. Index to County Records of Perry County, Indiana, 1850-1920 Inclusive. Vol. 3. Cannelton, Ind.: n.p., 1941.


0.04 Cubic Feet (2 folders)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a purchase from R.E. Banta on 1933/04/19.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2019/12/12 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2019/12/12 by Laura Eliason.
Drinkwater family collection
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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