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Beales Family Papers

Identifier: FMS-122

Scope and Contents

The papers in this collection are drawn from materials donated to Conner Prairie by the Beales family. They include letters, land records, travel diaries, and miscellaneous materials. Covering the years 1800 to 1881, the materials offer valuable insights into pioneer life, business and real estate matters, and Quaker religious life in Ohio, Indiana and Missouri. Correspondence covers the years 1800 to 1881 and is rich in description of family matters, religious life, and the trials and triumphs of settlement and pioneer life. The letters are arranged chronologically. The collection includes various business and land records maintained by the Beales family. It includes land patents issued by the United States to John Beales, deeds and drawings depicting the Beales' family holdings and the surrounding area, and the treasurer's report of a Quaker church. The items are arranged chronologically. The collection also contains an eclectic blend of books, tracts, and papers accrued by the family. They include school books, religious tracts and newspapers, minutes of meetings, and copybooks and travel diaries. They are arranged by type of materials.


  • 1800-1881

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

The Beales (also Beals) family traces its lineage to John Beals, a Quaker who accompanied William Penn to America. His descendants settled in Pennsylvania, Virginia and Ohio. They were also among the early settlers in Hamilton County, Indiana. The first member of the Beales family to arrive in Hamilton County was also named John Beals. He migrated to central Indiana from Clinton County, Ohio in 1834. There he had been a prominent member of Quaker society, having built the brick meeting house in Fairfield, Ohio. He purchased land, built a rude grist mill in Hamilton County and was a founder of the Friends Church in Westfield (Indiana). During the ensuing years, he was joined by other members of his family and the Beals became well known in Hamilton County.

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1.00 Boxes

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Arrangement Note

Original processing note: The final processing of this collection follows closely the original calendering and division of the papers upon their accession by Connor Prairie. Minor changes were made in series arrangement and ordering. Due to difficulties in determining exact provenance, series were arranged by type of record when possible. Note: The collection is one box. While arranged primarily by type of material, series have been removed as they appear to have been artitifical.

Method of Acquisition

Donation, Richard Beales.

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Timothy Crumrin
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Repository Details

Part of the Friends Collection and Earlham College Archives Repository