Saturday, March 29, 2008

Query: Andrews of Lake County

My great-great-uncle, David William Andrews, was born in Croydon, Surrey, England between October and December 1849. I found him on the 1851 and 1861 censuses in Croydon, Surrey, England with his parents James and Louisa (Barker) Andrews. I was told that David emigrated to America and was a clergyman. I believe I may have found him on the 1880 census in Ross, Lake County, Indiana. Is there anyone who is descended from him or has connections with this family?

Mrs. Gwendolyn Horn
18 The Newlands

Query: John(s)/Smith of Franklin and Union counties

George Washington John (or Johns) was born 16 June 1823 in Ohio. According to the census, his father (name unknown) was born in Virginia; according to George's death record, his mother's name was Elizabeth. George married Mary Ann Smith on 15 January 1846 in Franklin County, Indiana. They had nine children, all born in Union County, Indiana; those children who were married into the Sharp family (my line) were: Berry, Smith, Flitchcraft, Ryan, Lunsford, Slade and Veal. Any assistance would be welcomed.

Penny Stanley
10758 Cedar Brook Ln.
Highlands Ranch, CO 80126

Query: Grubbs of Dearborn County

I am trying to find out the name of Richard Grubbs' father. Richard Grubbs was born in 1819 in Ohio and lived in Lawrenceburg, Dearborn County, Indiana in the 1850 census.

Karen L. Welch
19 E. Center Rd.
Eureka Springs, AR 72631

Query: Erwin of Huntington County

I am in search of any information on Earl E. Erwin (born February 18, 1892 in Ewington, Ohio) who married a Dessie M. (born about 1885 in Indiana; last name unknown) and lived in Huntington, Huntington County, Indiana in the 1930 census. He owned a junkyard at 937 Leopold Street in Huntington. At the time of a family member's death in 1952, he was listed as living in Huntington, Indiana. Before moving to Indiana, he lived in Gallia County, Ohio and Marion County, Ohio. Earl had at least two children: Helen L. Erwin (born 1923 in Ohio or Indiana) and Dessie M. Erwin (born 1925 in Indiana). I would appreciate any help.

Sue Erwin Dew
3705 Carters Corner Rd.
Sunbury, OH 43074

Friday, March 28, 2008

Query: Green of Posey County

My grandfather, William Harrison Green, was born in or around Posey County, Indiana in 1858. His father was Richmond F. Green and his mother was Eliza Green, both from Illinois. I am looking for my grandfather's exact date of birth, and more information about where in Illinois his parents were from.

Mary Avgerinos
8061 S. Kendall Ct.
Littleton, CO 80128

Query: Perkey of Kosciusko County

Daniel Perkey, born about 1809, lived in Warsaw, Kosciusko County, Indiana until his death, with burial in Groves Graveyard in August 1873. I believe he may have had a son Daniel (born 1829, died 1878), who lived in Defiance County, Ohio. Defiance County, Ohio does not have any death records for Daniel Perkey born 1829 and I'm wondering if he was perhaps visiting family in Kosciusko County at the time of his death?

Richard Purkey
208 Maple
Tecumseh, MI 49286

Query: Rowan of Newton County

Looking for information on Amos Rowan who married Mary Makemson. His son Albert Lee Rowan married Myrtle Odle on March 5, 1902 in Newton County, Indiana.

Amos Rowan
205 E. Eleventh St.
Mishawaka, IN 46544

Query: Newton of Greene County

I am looking for information on a Floria R. Newton, born about 1879 in Indiana. She appears in the 1880 census for Beech Creek Township, Greene County, Indiana as a 1-year-old granddaughter of Joseph A. Newton (born about 1838 in Kentucky) and wife Mary J. (born about 1839 in Indiana). According to the census, Floria's father was born in Kentucky and her mother in Indiana. I cannot find any more information on her.

Lura Kelley
419 Hunter Mill Rd.
Liberty, SC 29657

Thursday, March 27, 2008

LaGrange County Society Adds Website

The LaGrange County Historical Society (P.O. Box 134, LaGrange IN 46761) has a website at which contains some obituaries, historical photos and information on LaGrange County residents who served in the military.

Delaware County Society To Discuss County Records

Ancestor Hunters (the Genealogy Interest Group of the Delaware County Historical Society in Muncie) will meet Monday, March 31, 2008 at 6:30 pm at the society's Resource Centre (120 E. Washington St., Muncie IN). Norma J. Lasley, the Delaware County Historian, will speak about "The Use of Delaware County Records for Genealogical Research."

The meeting is free and open to the public. If you would like more information, you may contact the society's president, Jim Lee--phone (765) 282-7315.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Website Links Libraries' Genealogy Collections

Indiana Cooperative Library Services Authority (INCOLSA) has a website, Hoosier Heritage, which includes links to all of the genealogical and historical collections that are available online from Indiana's libraries. The site also includes a set of links to various organizations in Indiana that have genealogical collections.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

IGS Holds Society Seminar in Evansville

The Indiana Genealogical Society will hold their Society Management Seminar on Friday, April 4, 2008 from 9 am to 4 pm (Central time) at the Evansville-Vanderburgh County Public Library in Evansville, Indiana. The theme of the seminar will be "Electrifying Your Society By Deploying Technology." Curt Witcher, Shirley Richison Fields and Larry Goss will speak on the digitizing of records and indexing projects, and there will be a roundtable session about technology.

The seminar is held in conjunction with the IGS annual conference and is focused on helping all those involved in the running of their local genealogical and historical organizations. Registration for the seminar is free to all those who are members of an IGS chapter, as well as all Indiana County Genealogists; for all others, registration is just $5. A PDF of the registration form is available on the IGS website or directly at Seminar Registration Form

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Muncie's Pioneer Cemeteries Subject of Meeting

The Pioneer Cemetery Restoration Committee of the Delaware County Historical Society in Muncie will meet Thursday, March 20, 2008 at 6 pm at the society's Resource Centre (120 E. Washington St., Muncie IN). The committee works on restoring Delaware County's abandoned pioneer cemeteries, including cleaning gravestones, repairing markers and probing for buried gravestones.

This meeting will focus on planning the cemetery restoration project for the summer, and it is open to the public. If you would like more information, you may contact the society's president, Jim Lee--phone (765) 282-7315.

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Query: Ferrell/Mappin of Hancock County

I am looking for information on James Ferrell, who married Sarah Mappin on 21 July 1814 in Kentucky. Sarah (Mappin) Ferrell died in Hancock County, Indiana before 1870.

Stephen P. Burke
161 Doe Run
Macomb, IL 61455

Query: Everson of Cass County

I am searching for the date of death and place of burial for Thomas J. or John Thomas Everson, who was born about 1867. His last known residence was Logansport, Cass County, Indiana in the 1930 census. He had a farm west of Logansport and he was married to Fannie Chappel (born 1876 in Indiana; died 1949) on June 18, 1887. Fannie was the daughter of Stephen Franklin Chappel and Elizabeth Newbraugh.

Thomas and Fannie (Chappel) Everson had a daughter, Eva Chappel Everson, who was born in Burnettsville, Indiana. Eva was my mother.

Joyce LaGodney
3658 Old Columbia Rd.
Campbellsville, KY 42718

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Elkhart Society Hosts Genealogy Seminar

The Elkhart County Genealogical Society will host a seminar on April 26, 2008 from 10 am to 3:30 pm at the Rush Memorial Center in Bristol, Indiana. Geoff Rasmussen from Legacy, Inc. will be the featured speaker. Topics will include using Legacy Family Tree software and electronically mapping your ancestors. Door prizes will be awarded.

Registration for the seminar is $5 and must be sent by April 15. Lunch is bring your own. Make checks payable to Elkhart County Genealogical Society and mail to:

Pat VanDyke
2917 E. Jackson Blvd.
Elkhart, IN 46516

Questions may be addressed to Pat VanDyke.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Preview of March Issue of IGS Quarterly

The March 2008 issue of the Indiana Genealogical Society's quarterly publication, Indiana Genealogist, is now being delivered to members. It contains:

--Information on the proven ancestors of Society of Civil War Families of Indiana charter members
--Deaths of Indiana Spanish-American War veterans in 1944-1945
--Profiles and photos of Indiana General Assembly members in 1897
--Death notices from Rockville newspapers
--An IN-GENious! column on the rectangular survey system in Indiana and an online tool to help you visualize the legal descriptions of land found in deeds.

Saturday, March 8, 2008

Query: Johnson of LaPorte County

I am trying to find an obituary or death record for Barney B. Johnson who was born 22 October 1907 in Christian County, Kentucky and died 5 October 2000 in a rest home in Mishawaka, Laporte County, Indiana. He and his wife Hazel had no children and lived in Laporte, Laporte County, Indiana. He spent most of his life in Indiana.

I have no other information on Hazel except that she preceded him in death--any information on her would be most welcome. I would guess she was buried in the Laporte area.

Phil Spurlin
1610 Wiltshire Blvd.
Biloxi, MS 39531-3432

Query: Sides of Wells and Jefferson counties

I am looking for relatives of Joseph and Suzanne Sides, who were both born in Pennsylvania about 1800. The lived in Ohio until about 1855, when they moved to Wells County, Indiana. They were on the 1860 census in Jefferson County, Indiana.

Joseph and Suzanne had the following children:
--Catherine Sides (1826-1886)--married 1) Rex Gill around 1858, lived in Allen County, Indiana in the 1860 census. They had one son, John A. Gill, born 1859. Catherine married 2) Asahel Hays in 1865 in Berrien County, Michigan
--John A. Sides (1827-1878)--married 1) Mary Fleming, daughter of Absolom and Sarah (Wright) Fleming, in 1855 in Wells County, Indiana. John married 2) July Loux in 1868 in Berrien County, Michigan. He married 3) Sarah Sorrell Hoadley in 1875 in Berrien County, Michigan.
--David Sides (1832-1863)--married Jane Doty in 1862 in Wells County, Indiana. He served in Company G of the 101st Indiana Infantry during the Civil War and died in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.
--William Sides (1835-1901)--married Margaret Koontz in 1863 in Whitley County, Indiana.
--Uriah Sides (1837-1915)--never married. He served as a private in Company G of the 101st Indiana Infantry during the Civil War.
--Alminia Sides (born ca. 1840)
--Sabel M. Sides (born ca. 1841)--married Jonathon Rose in 1865 in Berrien County, Michigan.
--Rebecca Sides (born ca. 1843; died 1874-1880)--married Aaron Hoadley in 1868 in Berrien County, Michigan.
--Isaiah Sides (born ca. 1851 in Ohio)

All of the children died in Michigan, except David.

Trina Galbraith
5465 Meadowcrest Dr.
Flint, MI 48532-4042

Query: Wright of Hancock, Henry and Wayne counties

I am trying to find information on my 4th great-grandparents, Rev. Reuben & Anna (Gilbert) Wright who married in 1798 in Sussex County, Virginia. They went to Greene County, Ohio and then on to Henry County, Indiana in the early days of that county. Reuben was a farmer and a Methodist-Episcopal minister. At one time, he co-pastored an M.E. church in Knightstown, Henry County, Indiana. Reuben and Anna Wright are in the 1850 census in Wayne County, Indiana but I can't find where they are buried, when they died or anything else about them.

Reuben and Anna Wright had a daughter, Margaret Wright, who married a Thomas B. Miller in Hancock County, Indiana--my direct ancestor was their son, James Gilbert Wright, who married Lucinda McComas in Rush County, Indiana in 1830. James and Lucinda Wright moved to Jasper County, Illinois by about 1840 where James was also a M.E. minister. James Wright had a brother, David G. Wright, who married Sarah Neibarger and also lived in Hancock County, Indiana.

Any help would be appreciated. This Wright line was originally from Lunenburg and Brunswick County, Virginia.

Diane Ethridge
335 S. Rivershire Dr.
Conroe, TX 77304-2703

Query: May of Jackson County

I am researching my third great-grandfather, Elisha May. He was born in New York (possibly in 1780), and died in Jackson County, Indiana in 1826. He had one son, Ephraim May, and possibly another named Philetus May. I am looking for a will or other records to substantiate that Ephraim and Philetus are his sons. He may have also had a daughter named Thurza May.

Beverly Jenkins
470 Stanmar Dr.
Corning, CA 96021

Query: Dawson of Greene County

I am looking for the date of death and place of burial of Joshua Wilkinson Dawson and his wife Mary. They died about 1856 in Greene County, Indiana. One of their children was Helen Dawson, who was born September 29, 1836 in Ohio. Helen married John Cullen Ferguson on September 1, 1864 in Greene County, Indiana--Helen and John were my great-grandparents. I hope to hear from someone.

Anne C. Walter
3509 Buttermilk Hill Rd.
Radnor, OH 43066

Query: Sword/Kelly of Henry and Marion counties

I am trying to trace my great-aunt, Elizabeth Sword (known as Bess or Bessie) who was born in Lyon County, Kansas on 28 January 1885 and was married 26 September 1914 in New Castle, Henry County, Indiana to Arthur S. Kelly (born 11 February 1873). They were divorced before 1920 and in the 1920 census Bess Kelly was in Indianapolis in the 15th Ward, working as an attendant at the Central Indiana Hospital for the Insane.

One of Bess's sisters was Margaret (Sword) Van Nuys, wife of Dr. Walter C. Van Nuys, director of Indiana's Epileptic Village at Hillsboro, Henry County, Indiana. Their son (Bess's nephew) was Dr. John Ditmars Van Nuys, who was Dean of Indiana University's College of Medicine until his early death in 1964. Another of Bess's sisters was Beatrice (Sword) Rhodes of Tampa, Marion County, Kansas. Beatrice was my grandmother.

I'm told Bess Kelly lived an "unhappy" life. I do not think she ever remarried. There is a Bessie Kelly who was buried July 5, 1960 in Section 11, Lot 43 of Crown Hill Cemetery in Indianapolis--are there records available that might prove if she is the right Bessie Kelly that I seek?

John M. Rhodes
409 Bloor St. E, #602
Toronto, Ontario M4W 3T2

Query: Reynolds/Nash of Knox County

Seek info on William Edward Reynolds b. 5 Mar/1881 likely in Knox Co. His mother was Nancy Jane Fields or Amanda Ann W? He m. Viola(Louie) Nash, 11 Ap. 1900 & d. 1947. They had 11 children and is buried in Fairview Cem., Vincennes.

Harolyn Reynolds
125 Culbertson Loop
Livingston, TX 77351

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Genealogy Seminar in Terre Haute

The Wabash Valley Genealogy Society in Terre Haute will hold their first annual seminar on Saturday, June 21, 2008 from 8 am to 5 pm at the Forsyth Program Center (1100 Girl Scout Lane, Terre Haute IN). Kandie Adkinson, the Kentucky Secretary of State's Administrative Supervisor of the Land Office Division, will be speaking on the Kentucky land-patenting process; Beau Sharbrough, Vice President of Content with, will be speaking on, preserving family photos and automated search tools such as GenSmarts, Google, etc.; and Shirley Richison Fields, Treasurer of the Indiana Genealogical Society, will be speaking on Indiana Genealogical Society projects including "Once a Hoosier..." and Family Search Indexing. There will also be genealogy vendors and displays.

Seminar registration is $15, and an optional lunch can be ordered for an additional $5. Visit their website for a printable registration form, or to register online.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Saturday, March 1, 2008

Query: Vaughan of Indiana

I am in search of information on my great-great-great-grandfather, Nathaniel J. Vaughan, who was listed on an 1880 census record as having been born in Indiana about 1843 (both his parents are also listed as being born in Indiana). Nathaniel married Nancy Fielding, who was born in Ohio. Any information would be greatly appreciated.

Nancy Lowinger
7117 Carana Way
Citrus Heights, CA 95621

Query: Lyle of Floyd County

I'm seeking information on the Lyle family that lived in or around Floyd County, Indiana. Specifically, I am looking for more information on my great-great-grandfather John S. Lyle and his son John Hezecart Lyle (born June 7, 1872 in New Albany, Floyd County, Indiana). John S. Lyle served in the 5th or 6th Cavalry regiments of the Indiana Cavalry during the Civil War. The Lyle family was in the hardwood business in New Albany and some of them may have worked at one of the Rolling Mills there.

Andy Lyle
1409 Lexington Rd.
Richmond, KY 40475

Query: Evans/Owens of Vanderburgh County

I am looking for information on Richard Evans and his wife Ellen Owens. They had a son, Andrew Jackson Evans, who was born 17 November 1866 in Evansville, Vanderburgh County, Indiana. Richard Evans died when Andrew was about 2 years old, and his wife Ellen remarried to a ?Walter Dilbeck?

Andrew lived with his mother and stepfather until his mother died, when he was about 16 years old. His stepfather remarried and Andrew didn't like his stepmother, so he left. Family tradition has it that Andrew went to Texas, then later moved to Tennessee and married Florence Cureton. Andrew and Florence had 11 children, including Jesse Lewis Evans (born 16 September 1897).

Anastasia Sultan
31331 Golden Gate Dr.
Wesley Chapel, FL 33545

Query: Keipper of Allen and Vigo counties

I am trying to get info on my great-great-grandmother Mary E. She was born in 1854 and lived in Ft. Wayne, Allen County, Indiana with one of her sons in 1930 but later lived in Terre Haute, Vigo County, Indiana. Her second husband's name was Keipper. I think she died in Vigo County sometime after 1930 but cannot find any info about her. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Linda Bond
1712 Pecan Park Dr.
Arlington, TX 76012

Query: Calvin of Posey County

My ancestor Mary "Polly" Calvin (born 1809) married a Lewis Cargill/Cargil. I suspect she is related to James Calvin and Job Calvin of Posey County, Indiana, who were part of the New Harmony Utopian Experiment. She migrated from Kentucky to Indiana and Illinois like many of that group and so I'm sure she must be connected to it somehow. Does anybody know of a resource listing the residents of that community, which existed from 1825-1829? I am wanting to find out who her parents and siblings were. I appreciate any help you can give me.

Sandy Sparrow
P.O. Box 782
Middletown, CA 95461