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Mary J. Aborn collection

Identifier: L001

Scope and Contents

The largest part of the collection consists of papers of Ebenezer F. Lucas (1807-1871), which include his correspondence regarding the operation of the Wabash and Erie Canal; correspondence, surveys, and legal documents relating to his business and land interests in Warren County, Indiana; and papers relating to the 1860 census.

The collection also includes Mary J. Aborn’s correspondence and writings in relation to early Warren County history and the removal of Native Americans from Indiana; two scrapbooks of clippings on Warren County history from the 1880s, pasted in on Dr. Aborn’s account books from the 1850s and 1870s; and records of the treasurer for school district no. 1 in Warren County (1834).

Correspondents include Henry W. Ellsworth, Elisha English, Allen Hamilton, Edward A. Hannegan, Joseph E. McDonald, Daniel Mace, David Turpie, James Whitcomb and William Wesley Woolen.

Oversize items include several land grants (OB201). Recipients of these grants were Abigail Stufflebeam, John Stufflebeam, Michael Stufflebeam and David Glenn. All were signed for President Andrew Jackson by his secretary.


  • 1815-1907


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

Mary Aborn was born in Indiana in 1835. She was married to physician, Dr. Orin Aborn (1826-1885) and was a writer of Warren County, Indiana history. After the death of her husband, she moved to Franklin County, Arkansas, where Aborn died in 1927.

Ebenezer F. Lucas (1807-1871) was a businessman in Williamsport and State Line City, Warren County, Indiana; clerk, Warren County Circuit Court (1838); Warren County treasurer (1842); engineer ad superintendent, Wabash and Erie Canal (1842-1846); assistant marshal to aid in taking the 8th U.S. Census (1860).


0.65 Cubic Feet (2 manuscript boxes, 1 oversize folder)

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This collection is arranged by subject.

Custodial History

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


No further additions are expected.

Related Archival Material

Materials relating to this collection may be found in the following collections in Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN:

OB201: Mary J. Aborn land grants

Processing Information

Collection processing completed February 2005 by Jennifer Duplaga. EAD finding aid revised 2021/07/30; 2021/09/10 by Lauren Patton.
Mary J. Aborn 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.