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J. M. Prendergast collection 1821, 1969

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  • 1 of 1 copy available at Evergreen Indiana.

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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Indiana State Library - Indianapolis [Mss I] ISLI S1077 (Text) 00000106659790 Manuscripts Available -

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  • Physical Description: 0.01 Cubic feet 1 folder

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General Note:
Processing Information: Collection processing completed 2015/07/30 by Linda Gellert. EAD finding aid created 2015/07/30 by Linda Gellert. EAD finding aid revised 2016/02/09 by Brittany Kropf.
Restrictions on Access Note:
This collection is open for research.
Summary, etc.:
This collection includes a copy of a letter from Sarah M. Prentiss of Hindostan, Indiana to a Boston attorney, William D. Sohier, dated February 6, 1821, requesting him to represent her interests in the settlement of an estate, as well a copy of a two-page legal document transfering power of attorney. There is also a short history of Hindostan, Indiana and its devastating cholera epidemic, in addition to items from the Western Electric Company centennial in 1969, which include a history of the organization, a document with a replica Civil War-era stamp, an envelope, and the business card of J. M. Prendergast, senior engineer of Western Electric Co.
Preferred Citation of Described Materials Note:
J. M. Prendergast collection, Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library
Terms Governing Use and Reproduction Note:
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 or Historical Data:
Sarah was resident of Hindostan, Indiana, when many of its citizens died of cholera, including her husband John Mellon Prentiss on October 6, 1820. Sarah was the adopted daughter of Mungo Mackay, of Boston, Massachusetts. She married John Prentiss, a prosperous merchant of Boston on September 14, 1813. On September 3, 1814, John Prentiss enlisted to fight in the War of 1812 in Maryland. After the war, the couple moved to Indiana, where they helped settle the new town of Hindostan. Sarah Prentiss died in 1880 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Sources:Binney, Charles; The History and Genealogy of the Prentice, Or Prentiss Family, in New England, Etc. Boston: The editor, 1883. Accessed July 30, 2015. "John Prentiss." War of 1812 Pension Application Files Index, 1812-1815. Accessed July 30, 2015.
Ownership and Custodial History:
This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from J. M. Prendergast.
Accumulation and Frequency of Use Note:
No further additions are expected.
Subject: Prentice family.
Western Electric Company.
Frontier and pioneer life > Indiana.
Boston (Mass.)
Hindostan Falls (Ind.)
Indianapolis (Ind.)
Genre: Legal instruments.
Postage stamps.

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