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John M. Ray diary

 Collection — Folder: S3083
Identifier: S3083

Scope and Contents

This collection contains photocopies of the 1865 diary used by John M. Ray while serving with Company C, 47th Indiana Regiment during the U.S. Civil War. The back pages of the diary contain several miscellaneous entries ranging from circa 1865 to 1871. The collection also includes photocopies of two pages of diary entries from late December 1864 and a February 17, 1892 document signed by Shelby Ray in acknowledgement of his payment in full of his share of Levi Ray's estate.


  • 1864-1892


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

John M. Ray was born around 1841 in Harrison County, Ohio to Levi and Eliza (Merryman) Ray. His family later moved to Adams County, Indiana. On October 8, 1861, he enlisted in Company C, 47th Indiana Regiment during the U.S. Civil War and reenlisted as a veteran on December 15, 1863. He was discharged at Baton Rouge, Louisiana on October 23, 1865 and arrived home in Adams County on November 3rd. He married Sarah M. Bryan in August 1866 and they had two sons, Shelby and William. Mr. Ray died on September 22, 1871.


Information within collection. "John Ray." 1850 United States Federal Census. Accessed March 26, 2021. "John Ray." 1870 United States Federal Census. Accessed March 26, 2021. "John M. Ray." U.S., Headstones Provided for Deceased Union Civil War Veterans, 1961-1904. Accessed March 26, 2021. "John M. Ray." U.S., Civil War Soldiers, 1861-1865.. Accessed March 26, 2021. "Sarah M. Bryan." Indiana, U.S., Marriage Index, 1800-1941. Accessed March 26, 2021.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Todd A. Anderson via David C. Siegfried in November 1998.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2021/03/30 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2021/03/30 by Laura Eliason.
John M. Ray diary
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.