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Jessup-Carson-Littler Family Papers

Identifier: FMS-35

Scope and Contents

The Jessup-Carson-Littler Family papers consist of correspondence, legal papers, notebooks, autograph books, ledgers, and genealogical material on five generations of Quakers in Howard and Marion counties, Indiana. The collection reflects Quaker farm and religious life in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.


  • 1831-1984
  • Other: Date acquired: 01/01/1997

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on access.

Conditions Governing Use

Some materials may be protected by copyright. Permission to reproduce and to publish for commercial purposes must be requested from the Archivist.

Biographical or Historical Information

The earliest papers in the collection pertain to Pratt Wilton Jessup (1772-1858), a Quaker from Guilford County, North Carolina, who married Hope White and came to Marion County, Indiana, in 1823. Their son Reuben Jessup (1804-1880) married Elizabeth George (d. 1864); they lived near new London in Howard County, Indiana. their youngest child, Phebe M. Jessup (1851-1932) married Cyrus Littler (1844-1922), a prominent New London Friend. They were the parents of Charles Earnest Littler (1877-1950). Charles Ernest Littler moved in 1990 from Howard County back to Marion County, Indiana. He married Dora A. Carson (1877-1964) of Valley Mills, daughter of Jesse G. and Elizabeth (Milhous) Carson, prominent Valley Mills Friends. The Littlers ran a farm and nursery in the Valley Mills community, where they were active in the Valley Mills Friends Meeting. Their only child was Lois Esther Littler (1905-1985), a 1952 Earlham College graduate. Esther Littler was a public school teacher and local historian.

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Custodial History

Originally beloneged to Esther Littler, who donated them to Valley Mills Friends Meeting who then donated them to Earlham in 1997.

Source of Acquisition

Valley Mills Friends Meeting

Method of Acquisition


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Repository Details

Part of the Friends Collection and Earlham College Archives Repository