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Cassady and Nelson families papers and photographs

 Collection
Identifier: MSS-023

Scope and Contents

The collection includes information and memorabilia of the Cassady and Nelson families. Included are correspondence, account books, programs, photographs, and obituaries of various family members from 1759 to 1961. Also included are the Civil War letters and diaries and other papers of D.W. (Derastus) Nelson, Louise Nelson’s brother from 1858-1865.

Dates

  • 1759-1961

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Copyright Notice

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Archives and Special Collections, Ball State University Libraries, Muncie, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Archives and Special Collections.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Archives and Special Collections, Ball State University Libraries, Muncie, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Archives and Special Collections.

Biographical Note

The Cassady and Nelson families were the descendants of John Van Horn Cassady and Margaret Louise Nelson Cassady, prominent nineteenth-century Muncie residents. John Van Horne Cassady was born in Preble County, Ohio, and moved to Muncie with his parents as a boy. He served in the Civil War and then returned to operate the family drugstore. He also sold queensware, a hard, cream-colored earthenware perfected by Wedgwood, in the Muncie area until his death in 1885. In 1871, Cassady married Margaret Louise (called Louise) Nelson, whose parents (Robert and Sarah) had resided in Muncie since 1860. Mrs. Cassady, a prominent woman, was one of the organizers of the Woman’s Club of Muncie, which was founded in 1876 and is still in existence.

The 1860 Delaware County census lists Nelson as Erastus [rather than Derastus] W. Nelson in the household of Daniel R. Youse, carriage maker. This is the D.R. Youse at whose house Nelson’s funeral was held in 1865. The 1860 census lists Nelson as a 17-year-old apprentice to Youse (age 26). The rest of the Nelson family must have moved to Muncie soon after. They are listed in the 1870 census as: Robert (a saddle maker), age 76; Sarah, 59; Albert, 22; M. Lou (Margaret Louise who married J.V.H. Cassady in 1871), 19; Leonidas, 18; Lyman, 14; and Irenaus, 13. Louise Nelson is listed as a schoolteacher.

D.W. Nelson, then, was about 18 when he went to war in 1861 and about 22 when he was murdered. At the time of his death he was working as a traveling stencil engraver.

Extent

0.5 Cubic Feet (1 box and 1 folder)

Language of Materials

English

Arrangement

Arranged in the following series:

Series 1: Cassady family papers, 1843-1961

Series 2: Derastus W. Nelson papers, 1859-1865

Series 3: Cassady and Nelson families subject files, 1759-1902

Series 4: Cassady and Nelson families artifacts, 1882-1889; undated

Series 5: Cassady and Nelson families photographs, 1860-1898

Custodial History

This collection was received by Archives and Special Collections as a donation from Mary Louise (Janney) Rowlette in the early 1990s.

Accruals

No further additions are expected.

Existence and Location of Copies

Digital reproductions of Derastus W. Nelson's papers are available electronically in the Ball State University Digital Media Repository: http://libx.bsu.edu/.

Processing Information

Processing completed 1990/12 by K. Ball. Finding aid revision completed 2006/03 by Jane E. Gastineau. Finding aid revision completed 2008/01 by Maren L. Read. Finding aid revision completed 2009/07/01 by Rachel N. Miller. EAD finding aid completed 2012/09/10 by Bethany Fiechter.
Title
Cassady and Nelson families papers and photographs
Status
Completed
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Undetermined
Script of description
Code for undetermined script

Repository Details

Part of the Stoeckel Archives of Local History Repository

Contact:
Alexander M. Bracken Library
2000 W. University Avenue
Muncie Indiana 47306 USA