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Esther Fouts Jordan Collection

Identifier: FMS-137

Scope and Contents

Esther Jordan was an enthusiastic genealogist for many years and collected extensive material on her own and her husband's ancestry. Her organization by family groups and correspondents has been retained. Although most of the collection is genealogical it does include clippings and other items relating to the Jordan's' religious and civic activities.


  • 1605-1991

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open without restriction.

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

Esther (Fouts) Jordan was a genealogist who lived in New Castle, Indiana. She and her husband were descended from a number of families that settled early in Wayne and Henry counties, Indiana. This collection embraces her genealogical research and correspondence. Esther Fouts was born near Centerville, Indiana, May 8, 1902, the daughter of Dr. John M. and Flora (Jones) Fouts. She graduated from Indiana University. On February 12, 1926, she was married in Richmond, Indiana, to Willard Thomas Jordan. He was born in Perry Township, Wayne County, Indiana, June 18, 1900, the son of Frank W. and Hattie (Ward) Jordan. They moved to New Castle in 1934, when he took a position with the Henry County Building and Loan Association. He became its president in the 1960s. He died April 23, 1972. Esther Jordan was active in New Castle civic life and the Methodist church. She died January 7, 1993.

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7.00 Boxes

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Method of Acquisition

Gift, Barbara J. Hansen, Omaha, Nebraska, 1995

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Repository Details

Part of the Friends Collection and Earlham College Archives Repository