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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Conner’s Patent is remarkable today for many reasons

We’ve outlined in red the location of Conner’s patent over a recent Google Earth aerial photo of the area. Although we have no evidence that William Conner had a trading post within the site, we do know that he never … Continue reading

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Could it be a different William Conner?

Several years ago, when I first made the connection between Traders Point and William Conner, I sent an email to Conner Prairie’s Historian, Timothy Crumrin, to share my findings. I was disappointed but not entirely surprised when he dismissed my … Continue reading

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Lafayette Road Bridge History

Tuesday, October 02, 2007 The name “Traders Point” refers to an old Indian Trail crossing where Eagle Creek meets Lafayette Road. The first parcel purchased in Pike Township was a small 80 acre parcel and it included this crossing. • … Continue reading

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