Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Smith-Marsters mss., 1828-1905, are letters and papers of Hezekiah Smith, 1805-1879, Indiana Methodist circuit rider, his wife, Mrs. Susan Davis (Marsters) Smith, her father, Stephen Marsters, 1795-1874, Methodist church elder, and members of their families. Hezekiah Smith and Mrs. Susan Davis (Marsters) Smith were the parents of Mrs. Luella Frances (Smith) McWhirter, (Mrs. Felix Tony McWhirter), 1859- 1952, clubwoman.

The Stephen Marsters papers in the collection include a renewal of his license to exhort in the Methodist Episcopal Church, October 5, 1828; his certificate as deacon, signed by Bishop Joshua Soule, October 10, 1833; his certificate as elder, August 17, 1845; and letters to his children.

The Smith papers include Hezekiah Smith's certificate as a deacon in the Methodist Episcopal Church, signed by Bishop Joshua Soule, October 21, 1838; his certificate as an elder, signed by Bishop Beverly Waugh, October 20, 1844; Mrs. Susan Davis (Marsters) Smith's book of composition as a student at Fort Wayne Female College, Fort Wayne, Indiana, 1848; an autograph book of Mrs. Smith, 1850-1851; and correspondence of Hezekiah Smith and his wife.

The first folder in the collection contains biographical and genealogical material on the Smith-Marsters families.

A photograph of the members of the North West Indiana Conference, Methodist Episcopal Church, 1867, is in an oversize folder.

Collection size: 79 items

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