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Josiah True Collection

Manuscript Collection No.24

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.3 cu.ft. in 1 box. 1820s - 1840s.

Provenance: The Ohio University Libraries received the Josiah True Collection as a gift from Dr. Warren V. Sprague on December 18, 1952. Tarita M. Stokes processed the collection in April of 1983.

Property Rights: The Ohio University Libraries owns the property rights to this collection.

Copyrights: Dr. Sprague has dedicated all copyrights and any literary rights he may possess in the collection to the public. Consideration of all other copyrights and possible literary rights is the responsibility of the researcher and publisher.

Access: This collection is open under the rules and regulations of the Ohio University Libraries.

Photoduplication: The Libraries will entertain requests to photocopy reasonable amounts of material from the collection for the convenience of individual researchers.

Citation: Researchers are requested to cite collection name and number and the Ohio University Libraries in all footnotes and bibliographic references.

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Josiah True was born October 15, 1776, in New Hampshire. He moved to Marietta, Ohio, from Milford, New Hampshire, in 1798. A year later, in 1799, he moved to Athens. In 1803, he married Almira Tuttle, the daughter of one of the first settlers of Trimble Township. He was the father of eight children. He was a founder of the Coonskin Library, of which he served as director from 1816 to 1820.

True served as Justice of the Peace for the period 1815-51, and was one of the founders of the Dover Library Association, incorporated by the Ohio legislature in 1830. He was an original landowner of 137 acres in Dover Township, and was credited with having planted the first apple orchard in the county. Josiah True died September 16, 1855, and is buried in True Cemetery.

Ohio University Post, Friday, January 9, 1953. Walden, Blanche L. Pioneer Families of the Midwest. Ann Arbor, Michigan: Edwards Brothers, 1941.

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The True Collection consists of letters, an issue of The Plaindealer (Vol. 1, No. I), a personal chronicle, miscellaneous pages from Weekly Register books and pages from a Justice of the Peace docket.

The letters are personal letters of the True family. It is difficult to discover the place of publication of the journal [Cleve newspaper?] The Plaindealer; the date of publication, however, is December 3, 1836. The chronicle is not a complete book, but rather loose pages on which are recorded property owners and the value of property. The pages date from the period 1826- 1843. The years represented are the decades of the 1820's, 1830's, and 1840's. Recorded are marriages which he performed and something of criminal matters.

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Box 1

  • Folder 1 Portions of volumes of a Dover Township Justice of the Peace docket for both civil and criminal matters.
  • Folder 2 Personal chronicle, information mostly about the weather and the game he killed. 1802-1804
  • Folder 3 Letters of the True family. 1835, 1842?, 1847
  • Folder 4 Appear to be loose court docket pages.
  • Folder 5 The Plaindealer, December 3, 1836, a single issue.
  • Folder 6 Loose pages from the Weekly Register. Baltimore, 1812

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