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Fredrick Freese account books

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: V050

Scope and Contents

This collection includes three account books kept by Frederick Freese for his blacksmith business located in Winchester (now known as Gratis), Preble County, Ohio. The entries range from 1841 to 1853 and include names of customers, repair bills, and prices of farm products.


  • 1841-1853

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

Fredrick Freese (also spelled Freeze) was born on March 1, 1811 in Pennsylvania. He married Eliabeth "Betsy" Ann Matthews in October 1834 and they had one son named William. He was a blacksmith in Preble County, Ohio and passed away at the age of 83 on July 27, 1894.

Sources: "Frederick Frees." 1850 United States Federal Census. Accessed December 26, 2019. "Frederick Freez." Ohio, County Marriage Records, 1774-1993. Accessed December 26, 2019. "Frederick Freese." Memorial ID 77801390. Accessed December 26, 2019.


0.3 Cubic Feet (3 volumes)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Eugene S. Wierbach in 1942/03.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2019/12/26 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2019/12/26 by Laura Eliason.
Fredrick Freese account books
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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