Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Boone mss., 1791-1868, consist of letters and papers of Benjamin Pennebaker Douglass, 1820-1904, and his second wife, Queen Victoria (Boone) Douglass, 1837-1885, daughter of Hiram Cassel Boone, 1789- , their relatives and friends.

The collection includes 1) Letters from Benjamin Pennebaker Douglass and his wife, Queen Victoria (Boone) Douglass to each other, and letters of other persons to Benjamin Pennebaker Douglass, 1856-1868; 2) A monthly estimate book of the lower division of the New Albany, Lanesville and Corydon plank road, October 20, 1854-November 30, 1855, of which Benjamin Pennebaker Douglass was a director and president; contained in this are also writings of Benjamin Pennebaker Douglass on the Ladies' Washington monument society and on the weakening of the bonds of the American union; 3) Memorandum book of Strother Madison Stockslager, 1842-1930, soldier, lawyer, congressman, and law-partner of Benjamin Pennebaker Douglass. This book contains a diary, accounts, miscellaneous memoranda and newspaper clippings. Among the accounts is a record of expenses of a trip to Mauckport, Indiana to Columbus, Mississippi, August 15-20, 1865. The diary, January 1, 1866- July 28, 1867, covers Stockslager's work as a clerk for the General Court Martial and Military Commission at Columbus, Miss., January 1-February 12, 1866, as a clerk for the Quartermaster's office at Columbus, Miss., Meridian, Miss., and Vicksburg, Miss., February 13-May 7, 1866, as a teacher near Mauckport, Ind., January 1-March 1, 1867, as a helper on his father's farm and electioneering for the nomination as auditor of Harrison Co., Ind., March 2-June 30, 1867, and as a worker for Samuel Walter Douglass, 1832-1867, in the auditor's office of Harrison Co., Ind., July 1-28, 1867; 4) Deed, October 11, 1828, for land in Harrison Co., Ind., signed by George Washington Boone, 1777- , brother of Hiram Cassel Boone, and his wife Lucy (Green) Boone; 5) Account book, June 15-1791-April 3, 1839, of George Boone, 1759-1824, distant cousin of Hiram Cassel Boone, containing in the main, receipts for payments made by George Boone and by the executors of his estate; 6) Two deeds, September 22, 1817 and September 3, 1819, for land in Harrison Co., Ind., sold for debt by John Tipton, 1786-1839, soldier, U.S. senator and friend of Hiram Cassel Boone, while he was sheriff of Harrison Co., Ind.; 7) Other miscellaneous papers of the Boone family. Some of the mss. in this collection are in an oversize case.

For biographical information on the Boone family see Ella Hazel Atterbury Spraker, The Boone family, Rutland, Vermont, The Tuttle company, 1922.

Collection size: 16 items

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