Special Collections Department
403 Parks Library
Iowa State University
Ames, IA 50011-2140

MS 124
Jesse Negus (1831-1922)
Papers, 1860-1939, n.d.

Descriptive summary


Negus, Jesse (1831-1922)




1860-1939, n.d.


0.21 linear ft. (1 half-document box )

collection number:

MS 124


Special Collections Department, Iowa State University.


Administrative information


Open for research

publication rights:

Consult Head, Special Collections Department

preferred citation:

Jesse Negus Papers, MS 124, Special Collections Department, Iowa State University Library.


Biographical note

Jesse Negus was born in Damascus, Ohio on January 8, 1831 and married Rachel Mather in Springdale, Iowa, on October 13, 1858. He took possession of his farm, located in Cedar County, Iowa, in December 1858. The farm had been bought for them in 1853. Jesse Negus read a lot and was interested in newer farming activities and methods. He tried out many new ideas such as an orchard of cherries, peaches, pears, apples, and grapes. According to his granddaughter, Mrs. Lloyd Henderson, he was a devout Quaker and a good neighbor and friend in the community.

Rachel and Jesse had three children, two of whom died young. William P. was their only surviving child, and he later married Lucretia Claudia Patterson. Jesse Negus died October 2, 1922 at West Branch, Iowa.


Collection description

This collection (1860-1939, n.d.) includes a photocopy of Jesse Negus' journal, an abstract of title for Jesse and Rachel's land, and a biographical letter about Jesse Negus from Mrs. Lloyd Henderson (Jesse's granddaughter). In the journal Jesse Negus recorded his daily activities, including his work on the farm. Most of the entries are very brief summaries of the day's activities. The journal begins in August 1860 when he and his wife moved into their own new house, and ends in1902 with him relating that he had helped winnow hard millet that afternoon. Also in this collection is a news article about the Negus Family Reunion in 1939, held at Scattergood Friends School near West Branch, Iowa. The article gives a brief history of the Negus family in Iowa.


Container list







News clipping, biographical letter, and abstract of title (photocopies)

1933-1939, n.d.



Journal (photocopy)