Thursday, January 23, 2020

Query: 8th Street Christian Church, Muncie, Delaware County, Indiana

Is it possible to find out what happened to a church in Muncie, Indiana?  It was the 8th Street Christian Church. It was there in 1899 but not now. Maybe it was renamed and moved somewhere? I have tried the Delaware Historical Society but have not received an answer. 
Thank you

Muta Keel
505 20th St SW
Minot ND, 58701

Query: James Albert Logsdon, Hammond, Lake County

I am looking for any information on James Albert Logsdon, born January 8, 1920. H was found dead in Hammond, Indiana in 1992.
Thank you.

Bill Logsdon

Query: Nathan and Mary Wyatt, Jackson Township, DeKalb County

I am still fairly new to genealogical research . . starting a little over a year ago and I am looking for any IGS members that may have researched Nathan & Mary Wyatt.  I have done a surname search on the IGS website and Wyatt did not show up. The Wyatt's were early settlers of Jackson Township, DeKalb County.  Also, looking for researchers of James Pratt & Ann Wyatt Plummer.  (James was the first school teacher in Jackson Township and is the brother of Luther Thomas Martin Plummer, whose wife and child were kidnapped by Comanche at Fort Parker, Texas - the movie “The Searchers” starring John Wayne is based on this incident).
My connection: Nathan and Mary Wyatt are my 4x great grandparents and James P and Ann are my 3x great grandparents.  I would like to learn more about these individuals. I have traveled to DeKalb County, and found James P Plummer’s grave. Up until then, it wasn’t listed on Findagrave nor on Ancestry – it is now. Any suggestions/advice would be greatly appreciated.  

Thank you for your time.

Joyce Hemphill

Query: Birth Record Information, Marion County, Indiana

Looking for information where I can get a Marion County birth record/certificate for 1893.  I see where the WPA indexed in certain counties, but not Marion County.

Can someone guide me to the correct place or website?

Thank you,
Elena Derbique

QUERY: Howard Andrew Pinson Smith, Vigo/Vermillion County, Indiana

My father, Howard Andrew Pinson Smith was born May 11, 1906 to Roy Harrington SMITH and Ethel Mae (or Mae Ethel) Pinson. I have been trying to find a record of his birth. Many years ago he told me he was born in Libertyville (Vigo Co) but others in the family thought that he and all of his siblings were born in Clinton (Vermillion Co). He was the first child born to this couple and when they married she had been living in Clinton and he in Libertyville. It occurred to me that perhaps his mother went "home" to her parents who may have been living in Edgar Co Illinois at the time of his birth. Several years ago, I called both Vigo County and Vermillion County offices and both told me there was no record of his birth. Would it serve any purpose to visit the county clerk’s offices in those locations? I would appreciate any help that can be provided.

Patricia L. Smith Deutsch
5905 Seward Park Ave South
Seattle, WA 98118

Query: Hazel A Webb, Indiana

Looking for adoption details for my great-grandmother "Hazel A. Webb" adopted in Indiana by John H. Webb and Amelia A. Webb (Kommers), they were 48 and 42 years old respectively. They lived in Chicago. Hazel appears on the 1910 census as aged 1 year old adopted, mother born in France and father born in Ireland.

I have run into many dead ends and hope someone might be able to help me.

Thank you

Channa Leigh

Query: William Wilson Plummer, Evansville, Vanderburgh County, Indiana

William Wilson Plummer, born 26 March 1869 in Greenford, Indiana (?). (I have his death certificate) lived most of his life in Evansville, Indiana. I'm looking for information on his birth to find his parents who are yet unknown to us.  He was married to Mary A Hefner and their children are: Ralph William and Margaret Theresa Plummer.

Thank you for any help or suggestions on where to search.

Cindy Plummer
27902 County Highway O
Richland Center, WI 53581

Query: Ella Jane White, Spencer/Franklin Twp., Owen County, Indiana

I am trying to find information about my great-grandmother, Ella Jane White born 18 June 1858 in Indiana, died 24 May 1892 in Northfield, Dakota County, Minnesota.  I show her parents as Martin Richard White and Mary Ella Major however a genealogist suggests that her parents may well have been William T. and Mary White.  Ella is shown in the 1880 Census with her brother Patrick and living with their grandparents, George and Nancy Major in Castle Rock, Dakota County, Minnesota.  Patrick's obituary on a public tree claimed he was born 29 October 1861 at Spencer, Owen County, Indiana, and came to Castle Rock when he was 15 years old (1875 or 1876).  The conclusion was that Ellen and Patrick White lived in Franklin, Owen County, Indiana in 1870 in the household of Patrick and Nancy White, with Martin and Mary White. 
Can you please help me find birth or death information for Ella and her brother Patrick as well as their parents? 


Dee Eva 
1021 Arlington Road
Redwood City CA 94062-1850

Monday, January 20, 2020

Query: Land Records for James M Crabb Sr, Parke and Clay County, Indiana

I am a direct descendant of James M. Crabb, Sr of Bridgeton, Indiana.  I have been researching my Crabb family for over 20 years.  Recently I decided to review the relationships of the people buried in the Crabb Cemetery in Bridgeton, IN (Cemetery Record Number CR-61-105—Crabb).  I was always of the belief that the Crabb Cemetery was located on property owned by my 2nd Great-grandfather James M. Crabb, Sr. (1791, VA-1858, Bridgeton, IN) and that the Cemetery was located on his land in Section 28.  A posting in Find A Grave states that it is located in section 29.  To confirm, I researched all of the land owned by my ancestor and could not find any land owned in section 29.  James owned two sections of land in section 28 (registered 09/1835 and (10/1840) for a total of 120 acres), 33 (40 acres-1837), 34 (80 acres) and 36 (40 acres) totaling 280 acres for all four parcels.  He gave 80 acres to my Great–grandfather Edward Ralph Crabb, Sr. (1815-1890) his son.  The first person buried in the cemetery was an infant son, born to James and Margret Crabb, who died during birth on June 6, 1834.  I have a photo of the child’s headstone which documents his death which appears to have happened over a year before James owned the land in Section 28. 

My question: Do you have any documentation for the ownership of the land in section 29 in 1834? I have two different section maps which support the above information but neither is dated. I found another purchase for a James Crabb in section 2 for 83 ¼ acres but I am not certain of this purchase as it is in Clay county.

Your help would be greatly appreciated,

Barb DeMarco (nee Crabb)
3154 Olympic Blvd. W.
University Place, WA

Query: Isaiah Tharp, Spencer County, Indiana

I am researching Isaiah Tharp who died in 1874. He supposedly settled in Rockport, Indiana, from Virginia. I was told he was half Indian from a historian in 1997. I was wondering if there are any records historically in Rockport, Indiana that may indicate he was Indian. Thank you.

Dennis O. Case
1040 S 1100 E Unit 65
St. George, UT 84790

Query: Nancy Katherine Coleman, Posey County, Indiana

I am looking for information on my great-grandmother, Nancy Katherine Coleman. She was born in April 1861 in Posey County, Indiana.  She married John Preston Robinson about 1800.  I have not been able to identify her parents and previous generations.

Thank you for your help!


Query: John Randolph Smalley Sr., Allen County, Indiana

I am searching for a birth record for my great-grandfather John Randolph Smalley, Sr. According to his death certificate (August 15, 1944, Bedford, Cuyahoga, Ohio), he was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana on September 1, 1864. The informant was one of his married daughters. Any help you can provide will be greatly appreciated.

Barbara Gorham Johnson
3860 Summersun ST
Mount Vernon, WA 98273

QUERY: Orville Edward Miller, Wayne and Marion County, Indiana

I am having a hard time locating information on my great grandfather, Orville Edward Miller, born March 8, 1897, in Richmond, Indiana. He was placed in the home (orphanage) in Marion County, Indianapolis, Indiana.

Also, I am looking for information on his parents and I believe he had sister Viola. Mr. John Shine (Inspector) signed for him to go in the service on August 31, 1914.  I would appreciate any information or where I need to search or contact.

Thank you for your time!

Cherie Cunningham
515 Anthony place
Canton GA 30114

Query: Daniel Shea (or Shay) , Marion County, Indiana

I am looking for birth and burial information on Daniel Shea (or Shay), born in Ireland (birth date unknown), and died in Indianapolis on July 10, 1864 (killed in a fight). Also information on Daniel's wife Catherine--especially her death and/or burial.  She probably died before 1870 in Indianapolis.

I would also like to find him and his family (wife Catherine, daughter Margaret, and possibly an additional daughter Catherine) in the 1860 census, presumably in Indianapolis.  Apparently the enumerator wrote the surname so as to be illegible.  I have tried every sort of wild card search I can think of, to no avail.

Thank you,

Mary Campbell
7715 Euclid Ave NE
Albuquerque, NM 87110

Query: Charles Rolf, Floyd County, Indiana

I'm looking for information on my dad’s great grandfather, Charles Rolf (middle name may be Herman). He was born in Germany, about 1837, and he lived in New Albany, Indiana, and his wife was Bridget Mullen.

They had a son, Herman Charles Rolf, born in 1859, in New Albany and died in 1948, in Muncie, Indiana. Herman had a son, Joseph Rolf, who was my grandfather.  My dad's name was Leo Rolf and all lived in Muncie.

I am stuck and cannot find anything about Charles & Bridget and would love to determine anything about them, including how they came to the US.

Thank you so much!

Julie Rolf Shroyer

Query: Lee Flores Pacheco, Bartholomew County, Indiana

I was wondering if you could help me find a resource or contact to aid in my search for my grandfather on my fathers' side. He served in WWII, D-Day, and Battle of the Bulge. I would like to figure out what his rank was within the Army. His name was Lee Flores Pacheco, born in 1924. When he enlisted it was out of Bexar Texas and he was stationed in San Antonio for a time but he later moved to Bartholemew County Indiana.

Thank you!
Hillary Pacheco

Query: Cecil Murray, St. Joseph County, Indiana

Seeking Indiana Civilian Conservation Corps rosters. I am specifically looking for Cecil Murray, possibly from South Bend, St. Joseph County, Indiana.

Thank you!
Greg Rutzen

Query: Jesse Stalcup, Orange County, Indiana

I am looking for information on Jesse Stalcup.  He was born about 1827 to 1830 in Orange County, Indiana.  I need to link him to his father, Peter Stalcup Jr. who died about 1880 in Indiana.  I understand that there may be a census in Indiana in 1830 that lists family members.  Also, a birth record for Jesse showing his father would be terrific. 
Thank you!

Wayne Hood
2755 W.Granite Park Dr.
Prescott, AZ 86305

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Query: John and Diana (Reilly) Decker, Knox County, Indiana

I am looking for any information on John and Diana Decker. Her surname was Reilly from a previous marriage – she was widowed and she was originally a Decker as well, and especially their children. John was born on February 17, 1791 and died on May 4, 1874. Diana was born on April 24, 1802 and died on December 12, 1858. They were married on October 11, 1821. They had a child named Asa Decker in 1821, who I am a descendant of. He left Knox County around 1840. I believe John Decker was a politician, a sheriff of Knox County in the 1820s, and fought in the War of 1812. He and Diana are buried in West Salem Cemetery. I have the will of Luke Decker (his father) and John is listed as an heir and as an executor. Luke Decker was a pioneer of Indiana, a founder of Vincennes and Vincennes University. Any additional information would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you!

Stacey Decker
806 White Tail Bend
Manteno, IL 60950

Query: Grace Willson, Portland, Jay County, Indiana

Seeking information about Grace Willson, daughter of Charles and Elizabeth (Hughes) Willson. She was born about April of 1900. She was taken to the tuberculosis hospital or care center near Portland, Indiana. Grace died prior to November 1902 and was 3 years old. We know nothing of her birth except what her elder sister knew about it by living in the area. Another sibling, Sylvia died in November 1902 and this baby sister, Grace, died just before she did of Tuberculosis.
We do not know if she is buried in the cemetery where her grandparents are buried since she was confined to the Tuberculosis hospital.  This was so contagious that they did not allow visitors to the hospital. They did not notify the parents of her death. We assume she is resting in the cemetery that is where the hospital was Portland, Indiana.

Kathy Strine
21409 E. 400 Rd
West Salem, IL 62476

Query: Sherman, Giggy, Jewett Families of White or LaGrange Counties, Indiana

I have eight tin types of probable people from White or Lagrange counties. The family names are Sherman, Giggy or Jewett. I will be happy to send copies to anyone who can possibly identify the people. Thank you for your help.

Mary Reid Warner

Query: School Records of Jackson Township, Greene County, Indiana

I have a copy of Records of Jackson Township, Greene County, 1860-1876, from the "Indiana Source Book III" which are the school records.  I'm trying to identify the location of districts 6 & 7 in this area.  I'd also like to find out the age of the children who would have attended school in 1864, 1865 and 1866.  The records only indicate the name of the father or mother and the number of children who were attending school.  I'm hoping this is not a difficult request. 

Thank you

Debbie Vandenbroek

8103 Cardiff Drive
Dublin, CA 94568

Query: Kelley Hotel, Richmond, Wayne County, Indiana

I am looking for information on the Kelley Hotel in Richmond. My ancestor John Henry Kelley (1865-1925) owned it from around 1907 till his death in 1925. I know a lot had happened at the hotel. I am looking for any information on the hotel, pictures, newspaper articles, etc.

Audrey Stauffer
11323 Gullett Court

Query: Probate Records for Sherod Brock, Delaware County, Indiana

This is a general question: Where are the probate records for Delaware County for the 1850s? I have tried to get an answer from the county historical society, but have received no response or county offices. I thought they were at Ball State, but they seem to have been moved since the last time I was there - and of course, I was not looking for this person then!

The person of interest is: Sherod Brock (b. VA, 1781; d. IN 185?; m. Mary Stout @1810), probable father of Jacob Brock (1825-1886) of Delaware Co. Sherod shows up in all Delaware Co. census records from 1830-1850, and apparently died in the 1850s. There is a Sherod Brock that is shown to have died in Harrison Co. in 1858, who some have as the father of Jacob, but show no proof, and since that researcher missed the son Jackson, who was living with him in 1850, I have doubts. Other researchers have no problem listing Sherod as Jacob's father, but I'm a bit more OCD in my documentation. I'm getting ready to claim him though - my DNA hits every one of his known children. I just want SOMETHING definite for a solid connection, and I think the probate may be what I am looking for.

Thank you!!

Merryann Palmer
360 E Tuttle Rd Lot 53
Ionia MI 48846

Monday, January 13, 2020

Query: Jeremiah Crosby, Elkhart County

I am trying to find a birth record for my 3rd generation grandfather, Jeremiah Crosby (1809-1877). He was born to Hopkins Crosby (1781-1866) and Elizabeth Weed (1788-1888). Possibly Elkhart, Indiana. Please let me know any advice you have for my search. 

Thank you

Susan Gwaltney
5770 Corners Drive
Hoschton, GA 30548

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QUERY: Judith Mason, Vanderburgh County, Indiana

Seeking information on my mother Judith Mason, born April 4, 1938, and her siblings.  She was put in an orphanage when she was very young.  She had a twin brother Jack and an older sister Shirley.  They were all born in Evansville Indiana.  I’m trying to find out what happened to them, dates, names etc. 

Thank you!!!!!

Lisa Tabor
Email Address:

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