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Galyean family papers

Identifier: MSS-342

Scope and Contents

This collection includes journals, photographs, and genealogy records from Galyean Family in Blountsville, Indiana ranging from 1866 to 1987. Elizabeth "Lizzie" C. Bainter Galyean's journal includes Civil War era poetry, ledgers, and census records. The collection also includes a register of the deaths of friends of Sylvia Galyean, as well as publications regarding Galyean family genealogy between 1763-1987. PSC.358 includes two photographs of the farm in Blountsville in the 1950s.


  • 1866-1917, circa 1950s, 1987

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

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

According to the genealogy records of the Galyean family, the earliest known record is Thomas Gallion in 1763. At an unspecified date, Thomas Gallion moved from North Carolina to Wayne County Indiana. It is at this time that the spelling of his name changed to Galyean.

Catherine Elizabeth Binter Galyean (Lizzie) is the author of one of the journals. Her biography is included in the genealogical records. She indicates that she and her family moved from Martinsburg, Ohio to Bountsville, Indiana in 1850. She married Allen Wesley Galyean and had three children: Ella, Hattie, and William.

Catherine's son William married Sylvia Bechtel. Sylvia Bechtel Galyean is the author of the death records journal in the collection.

Karen Batty, the donor of the collection, is a descendent of the Galyean line of the family.


0.3 Cubic Feet (1 box, 1 folder)

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Arranged in the following series:

Series 1: Galyean family papers, 1866-1947, 1987

Series 2: Galyean family photographs, ca. 1950s

Custodial History

This collection was received by Archives and Special Collections as a donation from Karen Batty on 2013/10/23.


No further additions are expected.

Existence and Location of Copies

Digital reproductions of materials from this collection are available electronically in the Ball State University Libraries Digital Media Repository:

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2013/11/04 by Rebecca Marangelli. EAD finding aid created 2013/11/04 by Leslie Nellis. EAD finding aid revised 2013/11/04 by Rebecca Marangelli.

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Repository Details

Part of the Stoeckel Archives of Local History Repository

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