Cased Presentation Sword of General Lazarus Noble - Inventory Number: SWO 108
Solid Silver Figural Hilt Sword with inscription on the scabbard. Noble was the Adjutant General for the State of Indiana. Sword was Presented by the 17th Indiana Volunteer Militia.
Accompanied by 2 inch binder with extensive Soldier history.
Lazarus Noble, the eldest of twelve children, was born in Brookville, Indiana in 1823 to Thomas George Noble and Sarah Jane Jacobs. His father moved the family to Centerville, Indiana in 1834 where Sarah died shortly thereafter. Thomas’ occupations included serving as tavern keeper, Collector of State/County Revenue, Sheriff, and Clerk of Court. Lazarus attended elementary school at Whitewater Seminary and became a Notary Public for Wayne County and Centerville at the age of 17. After going into a dry goods business with his father, he went into Real Estate with a good friend, Oliver Perry Morton (future Governor of Indiana). On 6 June, 1850, at the age of 27, he married Catherine Judah, aged 18, the oldest child of Samuel Judah, a Vincennes attorney, and his wife, Harriet. After their marriage, Lazarus and Catherine lived in Centerville. Lazarus was admitted to the bar in 1852. The family, including daughter Harriet born in 1851, lived in Cincinnati from 1853-57 where Lazarus was a salesman for Carney, Swift and Company Dry Goods. Subsequently he practiced law in Council Bluffs, Iowa before moving to Vincennes, Indiana.
During the Civil War, Lazarus Noble served as Adjutant General in Indianapolis and from 1864 to 1868 held the position of Indiana Supreme Court Clerk. While living in Vincennes, Lazarus helped found the Citizens Gas Light Company in 1876 and co-owned the Vincennes Times from 1873 to 1875. Lazarus and Catherine had two more children; daughter Catherine born in 1865 and son, Lazarus born in 1870. Lazarus’ wife, Catherine, died on 14 January, 1876. In 1879 Lazarus traveled to Colorado in order to find a good location on which to build a mining operation. His trip west began in early June, and he died in Alpine, Colorado, 20 October, 1879
Inventory Number: SWO 108