Manuscripts Division
William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan

Finding aid for
Abner H. Cheever Papers, 1816-1837

Finding aid created by
Philip Heslip, September 2009

Summary Information
Title: Abner H. Cheever papers
Creator: Cheever, Abner Hershey, b. 1787
Inclusive dates: 1816-1837
Extent: 19 items
Abstract:
This collection contains correspondence between Abner H. Cheever, an early migrant to Indiana, and his sister, Thankful, and brother-in-law, Captain John Webster, in Vermont. The collection includes letters written during Cheever's trip to Indiana via Kentucky in 1816-17, and contains accounts of the hardships the family faced when settling in Indiana.
Language: The material is in English
Repository: William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan
909 S. University Ave.
The University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190
Phone: 734-764-2347
Web Site: www.clements.umich.edu


Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

1992. M-2768.

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.

Copyright:

Copyright status is unknown

Processing Information:

Cataloging funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the "We the People" project.

Preferred Citation:

Abner H. Cheever Papers, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan


Arrangement

This collection is arranged chronologically with undated items filed at the end.


Biography

Abner Hersey Cheever, son of Dr. Samuel Cheever, was born in Brockton, Massachusetts, in 1787. Cheever traveled to Kentucky and Indiana in 1816-1817, and settled in Vernon (Jennings County), Indiana. As a resident of Jennings County, Cheever sold property in 1839 and 1841, and is listed as a resident of Washington County, Indiana, in the 1840 census.


Collection Scope and Content Note

The Abner H. Cheever papers are comprised of 19 letters to and from Abner H. Cheever, an early migrant to Indiana, his sister, Thankful, and brother-in-law, Captain John Webster, of Vermont. The collection includes letters written during Cheever's trip to Indiana via Kentucky in 1816-17, and contains accounts of the hardships the family faced when settling in Vernon, Geneva, and Jennings Counties in the southeast corner of the state. Cheever describes various misfortunes, such as family sickness, the death of his wife Polly, and personal vendettas waged against them by relatives. He often writes of God's role in his life; in an undated letter, Cheever writes of the death of his wife Polly: "I feel that God is Chastising me for my disobedience and hope and pray that I might not turn a deaf ear to His call.”

Subject Terms

    Subjects:
    • Frontier and pioneer life--Indiana.
    • Indiana--Description and travel.
    • Indiana--History.
    • Kentucky--Description and travel.
    Genre Terms:
    • Letters (correspondence)
    Contents List
    Container / Location Title
    Box   20, Small Collections  
    Abner H. Cheever papers [series]
    Folder   17  
     June 28, 1816
     
     September 8, 1816
     
     December 22, 1816
     
    [April 27, 1817]
     
     December 6, 1817
     
     July 12, 1818
     
     July 18, 1819
     
     July 2, 1822
    Folder   18  
     June 14, 1823
     
    [June 9, 1825]
     
     September 10, 1829
     
    [February 18]
     
     October 10, 1830
     
     January 1, 1835
    Folder   19  
     January 19, 1833
     
     March 9, 1834
     
     June 28, 1835
     
    [October 27]
     
     May 7, 1837