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Jotham Meeker Papers, 1825–1864

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Jotham Meeker, c. 1850. Courtesy Kansas Memory


(Microfilm Edition)

Kansas State Historical Society

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Jotham Meeker (1804—1855) was a Baptist missionary and printer who lived and proselytized among various Native American peoples, including the Delaware, Ottawa, and Shawnee. He was born near Cincinnati, Ohio, and at the age of 21 became a teacher of the Indians, first at Carey Station, headed by Isaac McCoy near present day Niles, Michigan, November, 1825. As a teacher and preacher among the Pottawatomis, the Ottawas, and later the Chippewas. While there, Meeker learned to speak three Native American languages and began experimenting with a phonetic system of Indian orthography. Also joining the Station was 17 year-old Eleanor Richardson, who later became Jotham's wife. This edition includes Meeker’s correspondence and other papers.

2 reels, 6-page guide

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