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Lasselle Family Collection
L127, V91, OB3, OBC76, OBD1
1713-1904
24 ms. boxes, 97 volumes, 5 os folders

Manuscript and Rare Books Division
Indiana State Library

Processed by: Pamela Wasmer, 1991
Finding Aid: Mark Vopelak, October, 2010

Biographical Note:

The Lasselle family included Hyacinth Lasselle  (1777-1843), a French trader at Fort Wayne  (1794-1796), at various points along the Wabash River  (1797-1805), at Vincennes, Knox County  (1805-1833), and at Logansport, Cass County  (1833-1840); he was a lieutenant in the Indiana Militia  (1812), and the U.S. Rangers  (1813-1815); served as temporary commander of Ft. Harrison, near present-day Terre Haute  (1814-1815); appointed major general in Indiana Militia  (1825); married Julia Bosseron, daughter of Vincennes trader Francis Bosseron  (d.1791).  Lasselles’s children included Charles B. Lasselle  (1819-1908), a student at Indiana University, Bloomington  (1836-1839),  law student under Daniel D. Pratt  (1839-1842),  Logansport lawyer  (1842-1908), prosecuting attorney in Cass County  (1847-1850),  Democratic member of the Indiana House of Representatives  (1863-1865)  and the Indiana State Senate  (1869-1871),  mayor of Logansport  (1880’s),  Cass County probate commissioner  (1890’s);  Stanislaus Lasselle  (1811-1853),  publisher of the Logansport Canal Telegraph  (1834-1836),  associated with Benjamin Polke in dry goods firm Lasselle & Polke in Delphi,  Carroll County  (1837- ca. 1842),  lieutenant and captain in the 1st Regiment, Indiana Volunteers in the Mexican War  (1846-1848),  participated in the California Gold Rush, and operated dry goods business near San Francisco  (1849-1853);  Hyacinth Lasselle Jr. (1806-1876),  a lawyer and merchant in Vincennes and Logansport, and publisher, with historian John B. Dillion, of the Logansport Telegraph  (1836-1849);  and Jacques Magloire Lasselle  (1817-1851),  a student at Indiana University, Bloomington  (1834-1836),  lawyer in Logansport  (1841-1851),  a sergeant in the 1st Regiment of Indiana Volunteers during the Mexican War  (1846-1848),  judge of the Cass County Probate Court  (1851).

Scope and Content Note:

The collection consists of personal and business papers of the Hyacinth Lasselle family, and papers of a number of Vincennes families connected with the Lasselles through family or business relations, including the French merchants Francis Bosseron and Antoine Marchal.  The Hyacinth Lasselle papers include his account books  (1798-1843);  receipts, contracts, land documents, and other legal and business documents from Vincennes and Logansport  (1796-1843);  business correspondence, primarily regarding the Indian trade and Lasselle’s land interests; papers relating to his service in the War of 1812  (1812-1815), including correspondence and orders from Col. William Russell, papers relating to Fort Harrison, and muster rolls, equipment returns, and other official military papers relating to Lasselle’s company;  Indiana militia papers from Knox and Cass counties  (1820’s-1830’s);  papers relating to St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Vincennes  (1817-1825);  papers relating to the case of Lasselle vs. Polly Strong, a woman of color, regarding the right to own slaves in Indiana (1820); business papers of the Terre Haute Company, regarding land sales and development of the site of Terre Haute (1820-1824);  and plat maps of land in Cass County and neighboring counties  (1830s-1850s).

Charles B. Lasselle papers include his correspondence with his family while he was a student at Indiana University  (1836-1839);  his business letters, contracts, and other documents relating to his legal business in Cass County and northern Indiana  (1846-1880s);  his account books  (1847-1895);  letters from family members in Fort Wayne, Logansport, and Peru, Indiana;   Monroe, Michigan and Louisiana  (1840s-1870s);  papers relating to the family’s land claims based upon an 1826 treaty with the Pottawatomi Indians  (1840s-1860s);  correspondence regarding Democratic Party politics and the work of the Indiana legislature  (1860s-1870s);  letters to Lasselle from William P. Lasselle, an officer in the 9th Indiana Regiment, and other Civil War soldiers;  his letters to his fiancée  (1870);  his letterbook for his law business  (1870-1877);  correspondence of Lasselle and T.C. Buntin of Terre Haute regarding family claims based upon Francis Bosseron’s Revolutionary War service  (1878-1880s);  Lasselle’s papers as Cass County probate commissioner  (1888-1904);  correspondence regarding his interests in early Indiana history;  his historical writings, including essays on the life of John Tipton  (1851), and the history of Fort Wayne  (1850), Cass County  (1859), and the early French in Indiana; and his meteorological records made at Logansport  (1836-1883).

Stanislaus Lasselle papers include account books, bills, statements of account, receipts, and business correspondence of the Lasselle & Polke dry goods company (1836-ca. 1842);  his journal of a boat trip from Logansport to Vicksburg, Mississippi  (1840);  his correspondence with his sister in Logansport while he was serving in the Mexican War  (1846-1848), including his letters from camp in New Albany, Indiana, and from Texas and Mexico;  certificates of disability, muster rolls, and other military papers for his company;  his drawings of camps and battlefields in Mexico;  summary of remarks made by Henry S. Lane at a dinner given by Lasselle in Matamoros, Mexico  (1847);  a diary of his trip to California  (1849);  his letters to his family from the San Francisco, California area  (1852);  and account books for his California store  (1851-1857).

Hyacinth Lasselle Jr. papers include his business accounts in Logansport  (1830s-1840s);  his letters regarding family business written from New Orleans  (1840-1841);  and letters to his wife, written primarily from Washington, D.C. while he was seeking federal appointments, and pursuing Indian claims  (1848-1854). 

Jacques M. Lasselle papers include his correspondence with his family while he was a student at Indiana University (1834-1836); and his correspondence with his sister while he was serving in the Mexican War.

Also included are papers relating to the early history of Vincennes, principally from the period 1760-1815.  Included are papers of Hyacinth Lasselle’s father, Jacques, and his brothers, Jacques, Antoine, and Francois  (1790-1830), including their correspondence relating to the fur trade at Detroit and Vincennes  (1803-1810), and their business accounts, including their accounts with Hyacinth Lasselle;  papers of Francis Bosseron, including his account books  (1777-1791), his correspondence regarding the fur trade  (1778-1791), receipts, accounts, and other business documents  (1763-1791), his accounts with Leonard Helm and other members of George Rogers Clark’s army at Vincennes  (1778-1780), and transcripts of documents relating to Bosseron’s involvement with Clark’s campaign;  papers of French immigrant and Vincennes merchant Antoine Marchal  (d.1816), including his correspondence with his partner, Louis Nicolas Fortin of New Orleans and Baton Rouge, Louisiana (1801-1816), his business correspondence with merchants in St. Louis, Kaskaskia, Fort Wayne, and Kentucky, including Pierre Menard and Manuel Lisa  (1798-1816), his accounts and other business papers (1795-1816), his account book (1798-1800), his accounts with the Scioto Company  (1790), and his estate papers  (1816-1819).

Also included are papers of Vincennes merchant Francois Bizayon  (d.1810), including his account book  (1807-1810), receipts and other business papers  (1801-1810), and his estate papers  (1810-1812);  papers of Cape Girardeau trader Louis Lorimier, consisting of business letters, receipts and accounts  (1781-1805); military and business papers of Captain Robert Buntin  (1793-1812), including military letters and orders to Buntin at Fort Knox from officers at Fort Washington  (1795-1797), and receipts, contracts and other Vincennes business papers (1797-1812);  letters to merchant David Gray at Vincennes, from his associates George Sharp and George Ironside at Miamis  (1786-1787);  military papers of Pierre Andre, captain in the 1st Indiana Militia Regiment  (1811-1813) and the U.S. Rangers  ( 1813-1815), including his correspondence on military matters with Col. William Russell, Lasselle, Ensign David Gregg, and others at Vincennes and Fort Harrison  (1813-1815), and provision returns and other business documents for his company  (1811-1815);  papers of Ensign David Gregg of the U.S. Rangers, stationed at Vincennes and Fort Harrison, including letters from his family in Kentucky, letters on military matters from Col. William Russell, and papers relating to Fort Harrison  (1813-1819);  plat maps for the town of Vincennes, drawn by U.S. surveyor Samuel Baird  (1792); and marriage contracts, land contracts, receipts, and other legal and financial documents for people in Vincennes.

The collection includes documents and letters of Samuel Baird, Horace P. Biddle, James Bigger, J.J. Bingham, Bishop Simon Brute de Remur, John C. Calhoun, Lewis Cass, John T. Chunn, Schuyler Colfax, Alexis Coquillard, John D. Defrees, John B. Dillon, Thomas Dowling, Lyman C. Draper, Toussaint Dubois, George G. Dunn, Jacob P. Dunn, William H. English, George W. Ewing, John Ewing, Graham Fitch, Bishop Benedict Joseph Flaget, Alexander Fraser, Pierre Gibault, John Gibson, Gabriel Godfroy, Isaac P. Gray, John Francis Hamtramck, John Cleves Symmes Harrison, Thomas A. Hendricks, Joseph Henry, Daniel Wait Howe, Henry Hurst, Jonathan Jennings, General Washington Johnston, John Rice Jones, Joseph H. Lane, John Law, Manuel Lisa, Louis Lorimier, William McIntosh, Mahlon Manson, Pierre Menard, William H.H. Miller, Lambdin P. Milligan, Benjamin Parke, Samuel Parry, John U. Pettit, Thomas Posey, Daniel D. Pratt, William Prince, Frederick Rapp, James Brown Ray, John Francis Rivet, William Russell, Louis St. Ange, Adhemar St. Martin, Samuel C. Sample, Benjamin Sebastian, Solomon Sibley, Thomas Smith, Elihi Stout, W.H.H. Terrell, John Tipton, John Todd, David Turpie, Henry Vanderburgh, Francis Vigo, James Whitcomb, Albert S. White, William W. Wick, James D. Williams, George Winter, Simon Yandes.

Box and Folder Listing:

Box 1.   Charles B. Lasselle

Folder 
1.  Correspondence  1713-1774
2. Correspondence  1775-1780
3. Correspondence  1781-1785
4. Correspondence  1786-1787
5. Correspondence  1788-1794
6. Correspondence  1795-1798
7.    Bosseron Account Book 1778-1789

Box 2.    Charles B. Lasselle (Transcription and Translation)

Folder
1. January 30, 1713-November 15, 1772
2. December 28, 1772-October 15, 1774
3. March 6, 1776-October 9, 1780
4. June 5, 1781-November 29, 1785
5. February 18, 1786-November 16, 1787
6. May 6, 1788-November 11, 1794
Box 3.    Charles B. Lasselle

Folder
1. Correspondence 1799-1800
2. Correspondence 1801
3. Correspondence 1802
4. Correspondence January-July1803
5. Correspondence August-December 1803
6. Correspondence January-August 1804
7. Correspondence  September-December 1804

Box 4.    Charles B. Lasselle (Transcription and Translation)

Folder
1. May 26, 1795-November 28, 1798
2. March 6-December 30, 1800
3. July 15-December13, 1801
4. January 12-December 29, 1802
5. January 2-July 26, 1803
6. August 9-November 27, 1803
7. January 13-August 15, 1804
8. September 9-December 24, 1804

Box 5.    Charles B. Lasselle

Folder 
1. January-July 1805
2. August-December 1805
3. January-July-1806
4. August-December 1806
5. January-September 1807
6. October-December 1807
7. January-December 1808

Box 6.  Charles B. Lasselle (Transcription and Translation)

Folder
1. January 2-September 2, 1805
2. August 8-December 30, 1805
3. January 17-July 23, 1806
4. August 5-December 27, 1806
5. January 8-September 22, 1807
6. October 15-December 24, 1807
7. January 17-December 30, 1808
8. January 6-August 29, 1809
9. September 9-October 30, 1809
Box 7.    Charles B. Lasselle

Folder
1. January-August 1809
2. September-December 1809
3. January-July 1810
4. August-December 1810
5. January-December 1811
6. January-December 1812
7. January-December 1813

Box 8.    Charles B. Lasselle

Folder
1. January-September 1814
2. October-December 1814
3. January-June 1815
4. July-December 1815
5. January-May 1816
6. June-December 1816

Box 9.    Charles B. Lasselle

Folder
1. January-October 1817
2. November-December 1817
3. January-July 1818
4. August-December 1818
5. January-June 1819
6. July-December 1819
7. January-December 1820

Box 10.    Charles B. Lasselle

Folder
1. January-December 1821
2. January-August 1822
3. September-December 1822
4. January-December 1823
5. January-December 1824-1825
6. January-December 1826-1827
7. January-December 1828-1829

Box 11.    Charles B. Lasselle

Folder
1. January-December 1830, January-June 1831
2. July-December 1831
3. January-August 1832
4. September-December 1832
5. January-April 1833
6. May-December 1833

Box 12.    Charles B. Lasselle

Folder
1. January-December 1834
2. January-May 1835
3. June-October 1835
4. November-December 1835
5. January-September 1836
6. October-December 1836
7. January-May 1837
8. June-September 1837
9. October-December 1837
10. Journal 1837-1838

Box 13.    Charles B. Lasselle

Folder
1. January-April 1838
2. May-August 1838
3. September-November 1838
4. December 1838
5. January-June 1839
6. July-December 1839
7. January-December 1840
8. January-December 1841
9. January-December 1842

Box 14.    Charles B. Lasselle

Folder
1. January-December 1843, 1844
2. January-December 1845, January-May 1846
3. June-July 1846
4. August-October 1846
5. November-December 1846
6. Mexican War circa 1846
7. Magazine article text 1846 
8. January-May 1847
9. June-December 1847

Box 15.    Charles B. Lasselle

Folder
1. January-December 1848
2. Lasselle Diary (Original) 1849
3. Lasselle Diary Transcribed Copies
4. January-December 1849
5. January-December 1850
6. January-December 1851
7. January-December 1852
8. January-December 1853
9. January-December 1854

Box 16.    Charles B. Lasselle

Folder
1. January-December 1855
2. January-December 1856
3. January-December 1857, January-April 1858
4. May-December 1858
5. January-December 1859
6. January-December 1860
7. January-December 1861
8. January-August 1862
9. September-December 1862, January-December 1863

Box 17.    Charles B. Lasselle

Folder
1. January-April 1864
2. May-December 1864
3. January-June 1865
4. July-December 1865
5. January-May 1866
6. June-December 1866
7. January-May 1867
8. June-December 1867
9. January-April 1868
10. May-December 1868

Box 18.    Charles B. Lasselle

Folder
1. January-May 1869
2. April-December 1869
3. January-May 1870
4. June-October 1870
5. November-December 1870
6. January-May 1871
7. June-December 1871
8. January-May 1872
9. June-December 1872

Box 19.    Charles B. Lasselle

Folder
1. January-August 1873
2. September-December 1873, January-June 1874
3. July-December 1874, January-June 1875
4. July-December 1875
5. January-December 1876
6. January-December 1877
7. January-December 1878

Box 20.    Charles B. Lasselle

Folder
1.  January-December 1879, January-December 1880
2. January-December 1881
3. January-December 1882-1887
4. January-December 1888-1894
5. January-December 1895-1899
6. January-December 1900-1904
7. Weather Observations 1884-1890

Box 21.    Lasselle Family History

Folder
1. Account of Spurs Defeat
2. Miscellaneous circa 1840
3. Receipts (No Date)
4. Correspondence (No Date)
5. Receipts (No Date)
6. Receipts (No Date)
7. Plat Maps (Identifiable by T&R Numbers)
8. Info on Indiana University during the time James and Charles B. Lasselle attended
9. Promissory Notes circa 1814
10.  Accounts in French (No Date)
11.  Literary Works (No Date)   

Box 22.    Lasselle Family History

Folder
1. Booklets: Pierre Berthelet and His Family and From Montreal to Michigan and Indiana 
2. Francis Bosseron et al.
3. Hyacinth Lasselle et al.
4. Antoine La Fambois et al.
5. Antonius Bosseron et al.
6. Jean Lournoyer et al.
7. Laurent Le Fobore et al.
8. Drouet de Richardville et al.
9. Kaskaskia Church Records 1737-1848
10. Josephine Bayon et al.
11. Priests at Kaskaskia 1721-1818
12. Bosseron Family et al.
13. General Hyacinth Lasselle et al.

Box 23. Lasselle Family History

Folder 
1. Francis Bosseron et al.  photostat
2. Hyacinth Lasselle et al.  photostat
3. Antoine La Fambois et al.  photostat
4. Antonius Bosseron et al.  photostat
5. Jean Lournoyer et al.  photostat
6. Laurent Le Fobore et al.  photostat
7. Drouet de Richardville et al.  photostat
8. Kaskaskia Church Records 1737-1848  photostat
9. Josephine Bayon et al.  photostat
10. Priests at Kaskaskia 1721-1818  photostat
11. Bosseron Family et al.  photostat
12. General Hyacinth Lasselle et al.  Photostat

Box 24. Lasselle Family Church Records  

Folder
1. Copies of the Baptisms, Marriages, and Deaths of the Catholic Church at Kaskaskia beginning 1695
2. Copies of the Baptisms, Marriages, and Deaths of the Catholic Church at Kaskaskia beginning 1695
3. Copies of Old Documents in French relating to the Grandpre’ Family

Microfilm Roll number and contents

Roll 1.  1713-1785

Roll 2.  1786-1798

Roll 3.  1799-1802

Roll 4.  1803-1804

Roll 5.  1805-1806

Roll 6.  1807-1808

Roll 7.  1809

Roll 8.  1810-1813

Roll 9.  1814-1815

Roll 10. 1815-1816

Roll11. 1817-1818

Roll12. 1819-1820

Roll 13. 1821-1822

Roll14. 1823-1827

Roll15. 1828-1829

Roll 16. 1830-1832

Roll 17. 1832- January 1834

Roll 18. 1835- September 1836

Roll 19. October 1836-1838

Roll 20. November/December 1838

Roll 21. 1839-1841

Roll 22. 1842

Roll 23. 1843-1846

Roll 24. 1846-1847

Roll 25. 1848-1849

Roll 26. 1850-1854

Roll 27. 1855-1859

Roll 28. 1860-1863

Roll 29. 1864-1866

Roll 30. 1866-1867

Roll 31. 1868

Roll 32. 1869-October 1870

Roll 33. November 1870-1871

Roll 34. 1872

Roll 35. 1873-June 1875

Roll 36. July 1875-1876

Roll 37. 1877-1878

Roll 38. 1879-1887

Roll 39. 1888-1904

Roll 40. No Date

Roll 41. No Date

Roll 42. Genealogy

OB3. 
Folder 12 Charles Lasselle – Weather Observations, 1856 – 1857
Folder 13 Hyacinth Lasselle – Military Papers and Will
Folder 14 Charles B. Lasselle – Notary Public Certificates, 1890 –     1902

OBC 76 Lasselle Military Papers, 1820 – 1830

OBD1  Lasselle Military Papers, ca. 1815
   
V91 Account Book 1779 – 1781
 Account Book 1781 – 1783, 1817 – 1819
 Account Book 1784
 Account Book 1784 – 1800
 Account Book 1786 – 1787
 Account Book 1798 – 1800
 Account Book 1800
 Account Book 1800 – 1815
 Account Book 1801
 Account Book 1804
 Account Book 1804 – 1806
 Account Book 1805
 Account Book 1806 – 1807
 Account Book 1806 – 1807
 Account Book 1806 – 1807
 Account Book 1806 – 1807
 Account Book 1806 – 1808
 Account Book 1806 – 1808
 Account Book 1806 – 1809
 Account Book 1807
 Account Book 1807 – 1808
 Account Book 1807 – 1810
 Account Book 1808 (Vincennes)
 Account Book 1808 – 1810
 Account Book 1808 – 1812
 Account Book 1809 – 1810
 Account Book 1810 – 1811
 Account Book 1812 – 1813
 Account Book 1812 – 1813
 Account Book 1812 – 1814
 Account Book 1813
 Account Book 1813 – 1814
 Account Book 1813 – 1815
 Account Book 1814
 Account Book 1814
 Account Book 1814 – 1815
 Account Book 1814 – 1815 (Vincennes)
 Account Book 1815 (Vincennes)
 Account Book 1815 – 1819
 Account Book 1815 – 1826 (Ft. Harrison)
 Collection Account Book 1816
 Collection Account Book 1816 – 1817
 Collection Account Book 1817 – 1818 (Vincennes)
 Collection Account Book 1818
 Collection Account Book 1818 (Hyacinth Lasselle)
 Collection Account Book 1819 – 1832 (James Lasselle)
 Account Book 1822 – 1824
 Account Book 1823 – 1828
 Account Book 1825 – 1831
 Account Book 1825 – 1832
 Account Book 1827 – 1828
 Account Book 1830 – 1833
 Account Book 1831 – 1839
 Account Book 1832 – 1833
 Account Book 1832 – 1836
 Account Book 1832 – 1837
 Account Book 1834 – 1836 (James Lasselle)
 Literary Scrapbook, Logansport 1835 (Charles B. Lasselle)
 Account Book 1836 – 1838
 Account Book 1836 – 1838
 Meteorological Observations at Logansport 1836 – 1883
 Invoice of Goods 1838
 Account Book 1838
 Account Book 1839
 Account Book 1839 – 1840
 Account Book 1839 – 1840 (Logansport)
 Account Book 1839 – 1841 (Logansport)
 Account Book 1840 – 1841
 Account Book 1840 – 1841
 Account Book 1841
 Account Book 1841 – 1847 (Logansport)
 Account Book 1843
 Collection Account Book 1843
 Account Book 1844 – 1857
 Account Book 1845 – 1848
 Account Book 1847 – 1852
 Account Book 1850 – 1880
 Account Book 1851 – 1857
 Account Book 1852
 Account Book 1857 – 1858
 Account Book 1870 – 1877
 Account Book 1870 – 1878
 Account Book 1877
 Account Book 1878
 Account Book 1879
 Account Book 1879
 Account Book 1880 – 1881
 Account Book 1881 – 1882
 Account Book 1881 – 1882
 Account Book 1882 – 1884
 Account Book 1884 – 1886
 Account Book 1886 – 1888
 Account Book 1888 – 1891
 Account Book 1891 – 1893
 Account Book 1893 – 1895
 Mexican War
 Account Book no date
 Account Book no date
 Account Book no date (Logansport); (Stanislaus Lasselle – California)
 Index

Collection Information

Size of Collection: 24 mss boxes, 97 volumes, 5 os folders
Collection Dates: 1695 – 1904
Provenance: Charles Lasselle Estate November, 1908
Access : The microfilm is available for research use
Restrictions: The collection is restricted due to age and condition
Reproduction Rights: Permission to reproduce, exhibit, or publish material in this collection must be obtained from the Manuscript Section, Indiana State Library.
Language: Materials are in French and English
Alternate Formats: The collection has been microfilmed in its entirety
Related Holdings: L323 Ewing Family Collection; L36 Schuyler Colfax; L47 Jacob Piatt Dunn; L128 Daniel D. Pratt; L160 John Tipton
Notes: