Andrew-McCallum-Thiebaud Family Papers, 1820-1940

Held by The Filson Historical Society

Creator:  Andrew-McCallum-Thiebaud family

Title:  Papers, 1820-1940 (bulk: 1850-1880)

Rights: For information regarding literary and copyright interest for these papers, contact the Curator of Special Collections.

Size of Collection:  .33 cu. ft.

Location Number:  Mss. A A563

Scope and Content Note

Collection consists primarily of correspondence between members of three interrelated families residing in the Cincinnati, Ohio area and southern Indiana.  Most of the approximately 140 letters were written between 1850 and 1880 and deal with a variety of topics including family life and marital issues, agricultural business, travel, and entertainment.  In addition, there are numerous tax and commercial business receipts dating from 1820 to 1920.  The main correspondents include Peter and Mary Eve Andrew, John and Ellen McCallum and John L., Margaret J. and Charles O. Thiebaud.

Biographical Note

The individuals associated with the collection are descendants of three families who settled in Cincinnati, Ohio, and Switzerland County in southern Indiana along the Ohio River in the early 19th century: William and Janet Andrew, Neil and Mary McCallum, and John L. and Margaret J. Thiebaud.  Peter Andrew, son of William and Janet, was born in 1813 and became a merchant in Cincinnati and also an amateur inventor with an interest in urban rail systems.  He and his wife, Mary Eve (Oberdorf), had at least 6 children, including Francis (Frank), born in 1846, who is frequently mentioned in the correspondence.  John McCallum, son of Neil and Mary, was born in 1822 and married Ellen Andrew, the daughter of William and Janet Andrew. John McCallum was a dealer in farm produce and operated businesses in Memphis, Tenn., Louisville, Ky. and Cincinnati.  His sister, Margaret Jane, married John L. Thiebaud, who was a druggist in Cincinnati.  They had at least 3 children, including Charles Orville, born in 1852, and Elizabeth Oleana, born in 1854.  John’s sister, Catherine McCallum, married Samuel Porter.  They had 5 children, including Samuel Fenwick, born in 1858, father of Cole Porter (no information on Cole Porter is included in this collection; the Porters are mentioned in passing in some of the correspondence).  The relationships between these families are illustrated in the accompanying family tree.  Additional details regarding the McCallum family genealogy can be found in the following website:‎.


Folder List

Folder 1: Correspondence, 1845-April 1851 [29 items (includes 2 pp. photocopies)]

Folder 2: Correspondence, May-Dec. 1851 [21 items]

Folder 3: Correspondence, 1852 [21 items]

Folder 4: Correspondence, 1853-1859 [18 items]

Folder 5: Correspondence, 1860-1868 [21 items]

Folder 6: Correspondence, 1870-1875 [29 items]

Folder 7: Correspondence, 1880-1921 [13 items]

Folder 8: Correspondence, undated [17 items]

Folder 9: Miscellaneous receipts, 1820-1841 [36 items]

Folder 10: Miscellaneous receipts, 1865-1923 [66 items]

Folder 11: Miscellaneous documents, papers [60 items]


Subject Headings

Agricultural products and markets.

Alcoholic beverages – United States.

Andrew family.

Andrew, Mary Eve, 1818-1887.

Andrew, Peter, 1813-1895.

Antislavery movements – United States.

Bowler, J. Brookhouse, active 19th century.

Carriage and wagon making – United States.

Cincinnati (Oh.)

Classical literature – Criticism, Textual.

Clothing and dress – United States.

Commerce –  Kentucky – Louisville.

Commerce – Tennessee – Memphis.

Death – United States.

Diseases – Ohio – Cincinnati.

Diseases – Tennessee – Memphis.

Drugstores – Indiana

Family life.

Farm produce – Marketing.

Fires – United States.

Fruit preservation – United States .

Furniture – United States.

Garrison, William Lloyd, 1805-1879.

Genealogy – United States.

Gough, John B. (John Bartholomew), 1817-1886.

House construction – United States.

John Shillito & Co. (Cincinnati, Oh.).

Kentucky River (Ky.).

Licking River (Ky.).

Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865 – Assassination.

Lind, Jenny, 1820-1887.

Louisville (Ky.) – Commerce.

McCallum family.

McCallum, Ellen Guthrie, 1830 – 1871.

McCallum, John, 1822-ca.1862.


Marriage service – United States.

Marital conflict – Kentucky.

Memphis (Tenn.) – Economic conditions 19th century.

Memphis (Tenn.) – Description and travel.

Opera – 19th century.

Opera programs – United States.

Orphanages – Ohio – Cincinnati.

Patent medicines – United States.

Patents – Fees – United States.

Piano – Instruction and study.

Poetry, Modern – 19th century.

Pregnancy – Signs and diagnosis.

Railroads, Elevated – New York.

Receipts (Acknowledgements) – United States.

Recipes – United States.

Schools – Records and correspondence.

Secession – United States.

Shakers – Kentucky –Pleasant Hill.

Steamboat disasters.

Switzerland County (Ind.)

Temperance – Societies, etc.

Therapeutics – Ohio – Cincinnati.

Thiebaud family.

Thiebaud, Charles Orville, 1852-1926.

Thiebaud, John Lewis, 1822-1896.

Thiebaud,  Margaret Jane, 1830 – 1861.

United States. Army –Recruiting, enlistment, etc.

United States. Army – Uniforms.

Vision disorders – United States.

Wedding stationary – Ohio – Cincinnati.

Wills – Ohio.

Women’s hats – Ohio – Cincinnati.

Young Men’s Christian Association College.