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
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
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Access and Use
The collection is open for research.
Copyright status is unknown
Cataloging funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the "We the People" project.
Abner H. Cheever Papers, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan
This collection is arranged chronologically with undated items filed at the end.
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.”