Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Noble mss., 1815-1860, consist of letters to members of the family of Noah Noble, 1794-1844, especially to his son-in-law, Alexander H. Davidson, in relation to the settlement of Noah Noble's estate. Also included are shares of stock in the Indiana Internal Improvement loan; monthly financial returns of the U.S. Receiver of Public Moneys at Indianapolis, 1826-1829; deeds, 1816-1840; checks, notes, receipts and bills.

Career of Noah Noble: born in Clay County, Virginia, January 15, 1794; moved to Kentucky when a child; settled at Brookville, Indiana, 1816; elected sheriff of Franklin County, 1820; member of Indiana General Assembly, 1824; U.S. Receiver of Public Moneys at Indianapolis, 1826-1829; connected with the building of the Michigan Road, 1830; governor of Indiana, 1831-1837; made a member of the State Board of Internal Improvements, 1839; died at Indianapolis, February 8, 1844.

The first folder in the collection contains biographical and genealogical material on the Noble family.

Among the correspondents are George Hedford Dunn, Enoch D. John, John Lewis Ketcham, James Franklin Doughty Lanier, Marquis L. Smith, Omer Tousey and William H. Twining.

Some of the papers are in a folio folder.

Collection size: 130 items

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