Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Query: LAYTON of Hendricks and Putnam counties

LAYTON—Seeking information on the family of George Preston LAYTON (born 1795 in New Jersey; died 12 April 1883 in Mattoon, Coles County, Illinois). Of his birth family, I only know that his mother was Deborah (born about 1763 in New Jersey), who was living in his household in the 1850 census.

George Layton married Elizabeth LAMAR (born 29 July 1821 in North Carolina; died after 1880) on 12 April 1838 in Union County, Indiana. According to some census reports, Elizabeth’s brother, Josiah Lamar, lived next door to them.

George and Elizabeth Layton had children:
--Mary J. (born about 1837 in Indiana; died after 1850)
--John (born about 1839 in Indiana; died at Antietam during the Civil War)
--Sylvester (born about 1840 in Indiana; died at a camp hospital during the Civil War, shortly after being exchanged from Libby Prison)
--Abigail M. (born about 1842 in Indiana; died 17 March 1897 in Hendricks County, Indiana; buried at West Branch Friends Cemetery near Coatesville). She married: 1) Robert P. FIGG on 2 January 1859 in Putnam County, Indiana; 2) Zimri WARREN on 21 September 1866 in Hendricks County, Indiana.
--Andrew T. (born 19 July 1844 in Indiana)—married Josephine WILKERSON on 23 December 1869 in Hendricks County, Indiana. He lived in Greencastle, Putnam County, Indiana and suffered the rest of his life from injuries received during the Civil War.
--Rachael M. (born about May 1850 in Indiana)
--Martha Melinda “Linnie” (born 6 August 1853 in Indiana)—married Charles HARDY (born about 1843 in New Hampshire) on 16 February 1871 in Hendricks County, Indiana. He was a railroad engineer and they moved to Mattoon, Coles County, Illinois by the 1880 census. They were my great-grandparents.
--Laura B. (born about 1856 in Indiana)—married Joseph NOBLE on 20 February 1873 in Hendricks County, Indiana.

George Layton raised his children in Hendricks and Putnam counties. He and his family were in the 1850 census in Harrison Township, Union County, Indiana. They were in Clay Township, Hendricks County, Indiana by the 1870 census. By the 1880 census, George and Elizabeth were in Mattoon, Coles County, Illinois, next door to their son-in-law Charles Hardy.

George Layton was the manager of a tannery when he married Elizabeth, but later became a teacher during the winters and a farmer during the summers. He was involved with DePauw University in Greencastle when it was still known as Asbury College, and was friends with a noted historian, Professor RIDPATH or REDPATH.

If you have any information, please contact Karolyn Raush (KLUDDITE@aol.com) directly.

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