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Edison family collection

 Collection — Box: 1-2
Identifier: L441

Scope and Contents

The collection contains genealogical papers collected by Olive Edison Hartsough concerning the Edison and Crocker families of northern Indiana. The papers date from 1871 to 1983. Other families named in the collection are Hartsough, Brewster, Howes, Hooker, Eisenhour, Curtis, Tobey, Pippenger, Rea, Surface, and Tilley. The papers include heat-transfer duplicates, photostats, photocopies of military and other governmental records, registers, pedigree charts, family group sheets, family trees, genealogical notes and notebooks, abstracts, correspondence, newspaper clippings, certificates, and photographs. Hartsough conducted much of her research with the goal of establishing her eligibility for memberships in the Society of Mayflower Descendants, the National Society Colonial Dames of the XVII Century, and the Daughters of the American Revolution.


  • 1864-1983


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

William Oscar Edison (also Edson, Edington, or Eddington) was born in St. Joseph County, Indiana, on October 15, 1842. As a child, he was placed in Our Savior Work School for Boys and then taken from the home to work on a farm. Edison was a private in Company B of the 48th Indiana Infantry during the Civil War. He mustered out on July 15, 1865. He married Samantha Anne Rea on September 12, 1872. Edison died on September 28, 1930.

Ezra Thomas Crocker was born at Pawlet, Vermont, on March 9, 1806. He married Julia Curtis at Hudson, Ohio, on April 8, 1828. He died at Franklin, Ohio, on July 8, 1839.


0.6 Cubic Feet (2 manuscript boxes)


This collection is arranged by subject.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Donna Thiele on 1992/07/17.


No further additions are expected.

Item List

Box 1.


1. Pension claims of William Edison 1889-1930

2. Pension claims of William Edison 1889-1930

3. Civil War records of William Edison 1864-1865

4. Veterans Admin. Papers for William Edington/Edison 1971-1972

5. Census records requests 1973, 1978, and undated

6. Military records for William Eddington/Edison, 1864-1978

7. “The Ancestors, Descendants, and Relations of Thomas Crocker,” 1965

8. “A Biography of Thomas Martin Crocker,” 1972

9. “Tobey (Tobie, Toby) Genealogy,” 1905

10. Correspondence regarding Crocker family

11. “History of Ezra T. and Caroline Crocker and Family”

12. Family group records and pedigree charts

13. “The Pictorial Family Register” of the Surface family, c 1

14. “The Pictorial Family Register” of the Surface family, c 2

Box 2.


1. Biographies of Hooker and Surface family members

2. Pippenger family records

3. Notebooks, family trees, and other genealogical notes

4. Correspondence regarding Ezra Thomas Crocker, pt. 1

5. Correspondence regarding Ezra Thomas Crocker, pt. 2

6. Correspondence regarding Crocker family

7. Correspondence of Olive E. Hartsough and news clippings, 1958-1971

8. Correspondence of Olive E. Hartsough and news clippings, 1972-1983

9. Correspondence with organizations

10. Correspondence with organizations

11. Certificate of Appreciation and News Clippings, Gary Public Schools

Processing Information

Collection processing completed in 1999 by Philip N. Williams. Collection re-processed 2012/05 by Laura Williams. EAD finding aid created 2018/05/14 by Lauren Patton.
Edison family collection
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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