Category Archives: William Conner

Traders Point – History of Indianapolis and Marion County – Pike Township – B.R. Sulgrove – 1884

The village of Trader’s Point was laid out by John Jennings and Josiah Coughran in 1864. They erected a flour mill, with four run of burrs, three for wheat and one for corn. It was at first a water mill … Continue reading

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Eagle Creek navigable to the new state capitol in Conner’s day?

William Conner would have seen a very different Eagle Creek Valley than we know today. In addition to Conner’s knowledge of the Miami Indians of the Eagle Creek Valley, Conner would have seen the creek as a navigable waterway connecting … Continue reading

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Two Vivid Accounts of William Conner’s Trading Post and Wealth

1. A History of the Formation, Settlement and Development of Hamilton County … By Augustus Finch Shirts Photo of Augustus Finch Shirts (1901) “The First Settlers. The lands within the bounds of Hamilton County Indiana together with other lands were … Continue reading

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My Very Good Coincidence (and William Conner)

In 1980 I graduated Earlham College in Richmond Indiana and was employed in the administrative offices of its museum, Conner Prairie, in Noblesville. Conner Prairie is a living-history museum and its crown jewel is William Conner’s brick house constructed in … Continue reading

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William Conner’s brother John and Lewis and Clark (and Sacajawea)

How’s this for a big idea: The President of the United States is launching a top secret mission and you have been invited to participate because of your knowledge of the languages and cultures that will be encountered. But you … Continue reading

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William Conner’s Patent

Certificate No. 3847   The United States of America To all to whom these presents shall come, Greeting: Whereas William Conner of Marion County Indiana has deposited in the General Land Office of the United States a certificate of the … Continue reading

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Confirming the location of Conner’s patent

The patent contains a legal description of the precise location of the 80 acre parcel that William Conner “patented” in 1823. We gave the legal description to a registered land surveyor, Mike Deboys, and it was a fairly straightforward matter … Continue reading

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