Inventory

Deming Family Papers
Dates:  1841-1896
Accession Number:  20041027F
Donor:  Dorothy S. (Deming) Wheeler
Description: Three folders in a document case:
                            six photographs in the Archives Genealogy File

Biographies of the Demas Deming Sr. Family

Demas Deming, Sr. was born in 1787 in Connecticut and moved to Terre Haute, Indiana in 1818.  In 1819 he bought the first of many land tracts from his cousin, Curtis Gilbert. He helped to organize the Terre Haute branch of the State Bank of Indiana and was its first president, serving for eighteen years.  He was appointed as an associate judge on the first court organized by the state and held that position for several years.  In 1840, Deming married Sarah Chambers Patterson. He died in 1865. 

Sarah Chambers Patterson was born in Virginia in 1810. In 1814, her family moved to Vincennes (Knox County), Indiana and then to Parke County, Indiana.  She was a sister-in-law of John P. Usher, Secretary of the Interior under President Lincoln. She died in 1898. 

Demas and Sarah Deming had four children:  Demas Jr., Arthur, Henry, and Sophie. 

 Demas Jr. was born in 1841.  At the age of sixteen, he began working in the McKeen and Tousey Bank which later became the McKeen and Deming Bank.  By 1868, he was president of the First National Bank of Terre Haute and remained in that position until his death.  Demas Deming married Mary Floyd in February 1871.  Among many gifts to the city, he provided money to expand Ohio Boulevard from 25th Street to Fruitridge Avenue.   The expansion was completed after his death and the park was named Deming Park in recognition of the contributions of the entire family.  Demas Deming, Jr. died in 1922.

Arthur, born in 1843, was a dry goods merchant in partnership with Arthur Tuell and George Ripley.  He was also a farmer in Teutopolis and Montrose, Illinois.  He died in 1885. 

Henry, born in 1848, was the cashier of the First National Bank.  He married Josephine Neely and the couple had four children, two of which survived into adulthood.  Henry died in Santa Cruz, California in 1918.

Sophie, born ca. 1851, was the Deming's youngest child and only daughter.  She was attending school in New York at the time (1868) that some of these letters were written.  She later married Dr. Daniel Wheeler who was first mentioned by Arthur in a letter in this collection dated January 5, 1868.  Sophie had two children, Deming and Sophie.  She died in July 1936.


Content and Scope of Collection

This collection contains letters and other papers of the wife and children of Demas Deming Sr.: Sarah Chambers Patterson Deming; Demas Deming, Jr.; Arthur Deming; Henry Deming; and Sophie Deming.  There are also several letters from relatives of Sarah Chambers Deming, including her nephews John Palmer Usher, Jr. and Samuel Chambers Usher and a niece Mary Brooks.  There are no letters from Demas Deming, Sr.

Since this collection was apparently donated several years before the library established an archive, there is no formal record of a donation.  The collection appears to have been donated by Mrs. Deming Wheeler, daughter of Henry Deming, who married her first cousin Deming Wheeler on August 28, 1916.  Mrs. Wheeler also provided a list of births, deaths and marriages that were transcribed from the Deming family Bible.

Document Case

 

 

 

 

Folder 1

Letter, from Mary Deming to Sarah Deming

1841

 

 

 

 

Letter, from Arthur Deming to Sophie Deming

Jan. 5, 1868

 

 

 

 

Letter, from Sophie Deming to Arthur Deming

Jan. 11, 1868

 

 

 

 

Letter, from Arthur Deming to Sophie Deming:   Lawrence, Kansas (with envelope)

Feb. 23, 1868

 

 

 

 

Letter, from Demas Deming, Jr. to Sarah Deming:  5th Avenue Hotel, (New York City?)

March 9, 1871

 

 

 

 

Letter, from Arthur Deming to George [Ripley?]:  Terre Haute

Nov. 5, 1871

 

 

 

 

Letter, from Demas Deming, Jr. to Sophie Deming:  Terre Haute (written on First National Bank
    of Terre Haute stationery)

May 23, 1876

 

 

 

 

Letter, from Arthur Deming to Sophie Deming

May 27, 1876

 

 

 

Folder 2

Letter, from Arthur Deming to Sarah Deming:
  Rome, Italy

March 19, 1877

 

 

 

 

Letter, from Arthur Deming to Sarah Deming:
  Swansea, Wales (with envelope)

July 11, 1877

 

 

 

 

Letter, from Arthur Deming to Sarah Deming:
  Teutopolis, Illinois

Aug. 15, 1878

 

 

 

 

Letter, from Samuel Charles Usher to Sarah
  Deming:  Lawrence, Kansas

June 13, 1880

 

 

 

 

Letter, from Henry Deming to Sarah Deming
  (written on First National Bank
    of Terre Haute stationery)

July 15, 1880

 

 

 

 

Letter, from Henry Deming to Sarah Deming:
  Terre Haute, Indiana

June 14, 1883

 

 

 

 

Letter, from Arthur Deming to Sarah Deming:
  Montrose, Illinois

July 6, 1883

 

 

 

 

Letter, from Arthur Deming to Sarah Deming:
  Montrose, Illinois

July 13, 1883

 

 

 

 

Letter, from Henry Deming to Sophie Deming
  (written on First National Bank
    of Terre Haute stationery)

Nov. 7, 1883

 

 

 

 

Letter, from John P. Usher, Jr. to Sarah Deming:
  Lawrence, Kansas

Oct. 11, 1893

 

 

 

 

Letter, from Demas Deming, Jr. to Sophie Deming:
  New York (written on First National Bank
   stationery)

Aug. 1, 1895

 

 

 

 

Letter, from Mary L. Brooks to Sarah Deming:
  New York

March 30, 1896

 

 

 

Folder 3

Deming Subdivision Plat Map
  (land between Oak and Poplar (?) Streets and
     6 1/2 and 7th Streets)

March 12, 1870

 

 

 

 

Invitation to wedding reception for Demas
  Deming, Jr and Mary Floyd

1871

 

 

 

 

Deming Family Assets
  (with envelope addressed to Sarah Deming in
     New York)

April 1876

 

 

 

 

Arthur Deming's estate (unspecified list of assets)

1889

 

 

 

Genealogy File

 

     

 

Demas Deming (4 photographs from his
   mid-20s? to middle age)

n.d.

 

 

 

 

 

Mary Floyd Deming (1 photograph)

n.d.

 

 

 

 

 

Deming Residence (1 photograph)

n.d