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William B. Tuell papers

Identifier: L466

Scope and Contents

This collection includes receipts, deeds, checks, bank drafts, mortgage papers, correspondence, day books, ledgers, blotters, accounts receivable and other papers from William B. Tuell and others in Terre Haute, Indiana and elsewhere ranging from 1822 to 1901 regarding dry goods store operation and disposal of Tuell's estate.


  • 1822-1901


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 B. Tuell was born Aug. 15, 1825 in Indiana; his mother was Lucinda B. Tuell. He married [Marian] Catharine Topping in Greene County, Indiana on Aug. 20, 1850. They had three children; William M., Marion [Marian] D., and Margret D.

When he was 18, he decided to move to Lafayette, Indiana and was persuaded to change his destination to Terre Haute, Indiana. He clerked for several years, then bought out his employer, G. W. Langworthy, becoming a businessman. He was a partner with his brother-in-law, Col. Topping, who was killed in the Civil War. He was a partner with M.D. Topping and Company, lumber merchants, until 1873. He was a merchant in partnership with John P. Usher in Terre Haute, Vigo County, Indiana in the mid 1800s. They dissolved the partnership June 3, 1863. He later became a partner in Tuell, Ripley and Deming, wholesale dealers in foreign and domestic dry goods. He owned a share in the Terre Haute Hotel Company from approximately 1866-1873. He was the president of the Terre Haute Street Railway Company, incorporated in 1866. In 1878, he and two others bought the Terre Haute and Cincinnati (Southeastern) railroad, buying the other two out and extending the line to Washington, Indiana.

He died Dec. 2, 1883 and was buried in Woodlawn Cemetery in Terre Haute, Indiana. When his wife died Apr. 12, 1900, he was reinterred by her side at the Highland Lawn Cemetery, Terre Haute, Indiana.

Information found within the collection.

Beckwith, H. W. History of Vigo and Parke Counties. Chicago: H. H. Hill and N. Iddings, Publishers, 1880 (pp. 143-4, 250). Print. I977.201 V689 1974

Oakley, C. C. Greater Terre Haute and Vigo County. Chicago, New York: Lewis Public Co., 1908 (pp. 208-9).

"Tuell, Marian C.". Terre Haute Evening Gazette 16 Mar. 1900. Print. I 977.201 V689o 2008

"Tuell, W. B.". 1880 United States Federal Census. Retrieved 2015/05/18.

"Tuell, W. B.". U.S. Find a Grave Index, 1600s-Current. Retrieved 2015/05/18.

"Tuell, William B.". 1850 United States Federal Census. Retrieved 2015/05/18.

"Tuell, William B.". 1860 United States Federal Census. Retrieved 2015/05/18.

"Tuel[l], William B.". 1880 United States Federal Census. Retrieved 2015/05/18. "Tuell, William B.". U.S. Find a Grave Index, 1600s-Current. Retrieved 2015/05/18.

"Tuell, William B.". Indiana Marriages to 1850. Retrieved 2015/05/18.


6 Cubic Feet (5 manuscript boxes, 1 cubic foot box, 2 medium oversize boxes, 6 clamshell boxes)


This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 1999/08/18 by Amy L. Baskette. EAD finding aid created 2015/05/20 by Edythe Huffman.
William B. Tuell papers
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.