Eleanor Arnold Oral History
Ca. 1800-1860
1 transcript

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Biographical Note:

 The Arnold's came to the United States from the Isle of Wight around 1800.  They were the first family to settle in Rush County, Indiana.  Near their homestead encamped a Delaware Indian tribe, led by Chief Ben Davis.  Descendants continued to live in the area through the 1970s.

 Scope and Content Note: 

This collection contains an interview of Eleanor Arnold, conducted by Mary Alice Ball of the Rushville Consolidated High School Junior Historical Society in 1972.  In the discussion, Arnold talks about her family, who was the first family to come to Rush County, Indiana in the early 1800s.  She discusses the family’s dealings with individuals such as Chief Ben Davis and Ed Swanson, who was imprisoned for murder, but later escaped through the efforts of his wife and daughter.

Item Listing: 

Ca. 1800-1860


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1 transcript

Collection Dates:

Ca. 1800-1860


Indiana Junior Historical Society, 1972



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