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David Commons daybook

 Collection — Volume: V039
Identifier: V039

Scope and Contents

This collection includes David Commons' daybook containing entries for a Centerville, Indiana general store ranging from 1848 to 1849. Due to the later use of the volume as a scrapbook, the bulk of the entries on pages 1 through 59 are obsured by newspaper clippings. The clippings include poems and articles regarding a variety of political and public interest stories (1868 and undated).


  • 1848-1849; 1868 and 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

David Commons was born on July 18, 1800 in Grayson County, Virginia to Robert and Ruth Commons and moved with his family to Wayne County, Indiana in 1812 . He married Rachel Mote in 1824 and they had two sons. Following Rachel's death in 1827, he married Bethena Carter in 1831 and they had seven children. He was a farmer, livestock breeder, and owner of a sawmill and gristmill. He also had extensive real estate holdings, served as the director of the Indiana Central Railroad, and was a charter member and director of the Centerville National Bank. A Whig and Republican, he served his community as township trustee, county commissioner, and as a representative in the Indiana Legislature from 1847 to 1849. He passed away at the age of 73 on February 12, 1874.


"City Personals." Indianapolis Journal (IN), February 14, 1874.

Inter-State Publishing Company. HIstory of Wayne County, Indiana, Together with Sketches of its Cities, Villages and Towns. Vol. II. Chicago: Inter-State Publishing Co., 1884.

Shepherd, Rebecca A., Charles W. Calhoun, Elizabeth Shanahan-Shoemaker, and Alan F. January, comp. A Biographical Directory of the Indiana General Assembly. Vol. 1, 1816-1899. Indianapolis: The Select Committee on the Centennial History of the Indiana General Assembly, 1980.


0.1 Cubic Feet (1 volume)

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This collection consists of one item.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a purchase from the Indiana Book Store on 1967/05/12.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed and EAD finding aid created 2019/12/03 by Laura Eliason.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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