Monday, December 31, 2007

Albert Moulton - El Dorado Co., CA

Albert MOULTON appears in the 1850 census of Placerville, El Dorado Co., CA as a gold miner. I believe that this is my 3rd-great grandfather. Albert was the son of Selah and Lydia (FENNEL) MOULTON.

Albert was listed as born in Vermont, aged 31, working as a miner bringing in $2.00 per day in labor. He was living with another miner, Henry Belknap of New York.

My 2nd-great grandmother, Clara (Moulton) Metzner's father was stated to have gone to California during the gold rush. Whether or not he divorced his wife is not known. This is the only record of Albert that I've been able to find that matches.

Albert MOULTON b. May 10, 1819 Rutland Co., VT, d. May 18, 1864, m. 1848 Emeline PHILBRICK, daughter of Joel and Sally (FOX) PHILBRICK. Emeline b. May 29, 1817 Johnstown, Licking Co., OH., d. January 16, 1882.

Abel Moulton household - Rutland Co., VT

Abel MOULTON appears in the 1860 & 1870 census of Castleton, Rutland Co., VT. Abel was my paternal 4th-great granduncle, the son of John and Avis (HURLBUT) MOULTON.

In the 1860 census, Abel is living in the household of John and Louis EATON, his in-laws. Abel is listed as a 59 year old farmer, born in Vermont, with real estate valued at $1100 and a personal estate valued at $600. His wife Miriam was listed as aged 60, born in Vermont.

By the 1870 census, Abel is listed as a 69 year old farmer, born in Vermont, with real estate valued at $500 and a personal estate valued at $2000. Wife Miriam was listed as 70 years old, born in Vermont.

I do not know if Abel and Miriam had any children. There was a William Moulton family living next door in the 1860 census that could be a son.

Abel MOULTON b. June 12, 1800 Ira, Rutland Co., VT., d. September 29, 1874 Castleton, Rutland Co., VT., m. Miriam EATON, daughter of John and Louis (________) EATON. Miriam b. ca. 1800 Vermont, d. after 1870 census

Silas Moon household - Franklin Co., IA & Richardson Co., NE

The Silas MOON household appears in the 1860 census of Franklin Co., IA and the 1870 census of Richardson Co., NE. Silas was married to my maternal 4th-great grandaunt, Mary Ann Maria BEALS, daughter of Nathan C. and Elizabeth (CHEW) BEALS.

In the 1860 census, Silas was a 33 year old farmer, born in Ohio, with real estate valued at $1200 and a personal estate valued at $500. His wife Mary, was aged 34 and born in Ohio. Their children were born in several places : Nathan R., aged 9, born Indiana ; John T., aged 7, born Michigan; Charity E., aged 5, born Iowa; and Winnie A., aged 3, born Indiana.

In the 1870 census, Silas was a 40 year old farmer, born in Ohio, with real estate valued at $3000 and a personal estate valued at $900. His wife Mary, was aged 44 and born in Ohio. Son Seth, who was born in 1860, was not living with them in the 1870 census. Children listed were : Nathan, aged 19, born Indiana; John, aged 17, born Indiana; Ellen, aged 15, born Iowa; Winnie, aged 13, born Iowa; Sarah, aged 8, born Iowa, and Martha, aged 6, born Iowa.

Silas MOON b. October 5, 1826 Clinton Co., OH, d. October 19, 1885 Modesto, CA., m. before 1849 to Mary Ann Maria BEALS, daughter of Nathan C. and Elizabeth (CHEW) BEALS. Mary b. December 1, 1823 Clinton Co., OH., d. June 6, 1900 Sheridan, OR.
Known children of Silas and Mary Ann Maria (BEALS) MOON are as follows :
i. Sarah E. MOON b. April 23, 1849 Howard Co., IN., d. March 20, 1852 Michigan
ii. Nathan Richard MOON b. February 17, 1851 LaPorte Co., IN., d. after 1912 Salem, OR., m. Sarah Melissa FRAZIER, m(2) Martha E. COMER.
iii. John Thomas MOON b. June 17, 1853 Michigan, d. after 1870 census
iv. Charity Ella MOON b. April 20, 1855 Franklin Co., IA., d. after 1871 m. Frank J. FRAZIER
v. Winnie A. MOON b. November 23, 1857 Indiana, d. after 1876, m. Samuel M. PHILPOT
vi. Seth Franklin MOON b. July 16, 1860 Iowa, d. after 1885; m. Alice Eva SWITZER
vii. Sarah MOON b. ca. 1862 Iowa, d. after 1870 census
viii. Martha J. MOON b. November 11, 1862 Iowa, d. February 11, 1910 near Sheridan, OR., m. Marion LADY

Friday, December 28, 2007

Jasper J. Miller household - Madison Co., IN

The Jasper J. MILLER household appears in the 1930 census of Lafayette Twp., Madison Co., IN. Jasper was the second husband of my 1st cousin 4times removed, Cora E. GROENENDYKE. Cora was the daughter of Thomas and Emily (SMITH) GROENENDYKE.

Jasper was a 48 year old farmer, born in Indiana, who owned his own farm and a radio. Both of his parents were born in Indiana, and his age at his first marriage was 21 years old. Wife Cora was aged 39 years old, born in Indiana, and her age at her first marriage was 18 years old.

Cora's three children from her first marriage to Garland HANCOCK (d. 1922) were living with them : Donald, aged 19; Virgil, aged 12; and Maxine, aged 8.

Jasper J. MILLER b. ca. 1882 Indiana, d. 1967 Madison Co., IN., m. bet. 1922-1930 to Cora E. GROENENDYKE, daughter of Thomas and Emily (SMITH) GROENENDYKE. Cora b. December 30, 1890 Madison Co., IN., d. 1967 Madison Co., IN.

William F. Metzner household - Jay Co., IN

The William F. METZNER family appears in the 1870, 1900, 1910 & 1920 census of Jay Co., IN living in Bearcreek Twp. William was the son of John & Catherine (YOUNG) METZNER.

In the 1870 census, William was a 25 year old farmer, born in Ohio, with real estate valued at $800 and a personal estate valued at $300. Both of his parents were listed as foreign born. His wife, Mary A., was aged 23 and keeping house, with their young son, John W., aged 1 year old born in Indiana.

In the 1900 census, William was a 56 year old farmer, who owned his home free of mortgage. Both of his parents were listed as being born in Germany. Wife Mary was aged 53, and stated that her father was born in Pennsylvania and her mother was born in Ohio. Daughter Amanda J., aged 19; son Irvin G., aged 21; daughter Pearl M., aged 16; and daughter Laura B., aged 12, were all born in Indiana.

In the 1910 census, William's occupation was listed as a retired dealer of furniture. His age was given as 65, born in Ohio, with both parents born in Germany. Wife Mary A. was aged 63 years old, born in Indiana, with both parents born in Ohio. Daughter Pearl, aged 26, single with no occupation and daughter Laura, aged 22, single with no occupation were also living at home.

In the 1920 census, both William and Mary's ages were illegible. William's occupation was listed as a furniture dealer, with both parents born in Germany. Both of Mary's parents were listed as being born in Pennsylvania.

William was a Civil War veteran, serving in Co. E, 89th Indiana Infantry.

William F. METZNER b. January 6, 1844 Licking Co., OH, d. 1929 Jay Co., IN., m. December 8, 1867 Jay Co., IN., to Mary Ann HALEY, daughter of Sebastian and Lydia A. (RADAR) HALEY. Mary Ann b. 1846 Jay Co., IN., d. 1926 Jay Co., IN.
Known children of William F. and Mary Ann (HALEY) METZNER are as follows :
i. John W. METZNER b. ca. 1869 Indiana
ii. Irvin G. METZNER b. January 1879 Indiana, m. Alma ________
iii. Amanda A. METZNER b. July 1881 Indiana, m. Fred J. AXE
iv. Pearl M. METZNER b. November 1883 Indiana, m. Edward BAUMGARTNER
v. Laura Belle METZNER b. January 22, 1888 Indiana, m. Paul L. SANDERS
vi. Lydia J. METZNER
vii. Louetta Jane METZNER

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Wesley T. Metzner household - Jay Co., IN

The Wesley T. METZNER household appears in the 1900, 1910 & 1930 census of Wayne Twp., Jay Co., IN. Wesley was my paternal 2nd-great granduncle, the son of John and Catherine (YOUNG) METZNER.

In the 1900 census, Wesley was a 45 year old Farmer, who had been married for 15 years. His father was born in Germany and his mother in France. Wesley owned his home free of mortgage. Wife Mary was aged 37, born in Indiana with both parents being born in Pennsylvania. Mary was the mother of 3 children, all of whom were living. Daughter Ethel C. was aged 13; son Jay E. was aged 12; and daughter Mary Vada was aged 4.

In the 1910 census, Wesley was a 54 year old general contractor. Wife Mary E. was aged 47 and was now the mother of 4 children, all of whom were living. Only three were listed as living with the family : Ethel C. was aged 23, working as a telephone operator; Mary V. was aged 13 attending school; and daughter Mabel E. was 4 years old. I have not found a record of son, Jay E., who would be approx. 22 years old at the time of the 1910 census.

By the 1930 census, Wesley was a 74 year old widower, living alone, with no occupation. He owned a radio, and his home was valued at $1250.

I need to research the 1920 census to try and locate this family. Also, I have conflicting dates of birth for daughters Mabel E. & Mary Vada that don't reconcile with the census records.

Wesley T. METZNER b. November 9, 1855 Jay Co., IN., d. after 1930 census, m. November 15, 1885 Jay Co., IN to Mary Emma ROSER, daughter of Evan and Catherine (SPRECHER) ROSER. Mary Emma b. March 1863 Jay Co., IN., d. between 1920-1930 Jay Co., IN.
Known children of Wesley T. and Mary Emma (ROSER) METZNER are as follows :
i. Ethel C. METZNER b. August 12, 1886 Jay Co., IN., m. John C. McDANIEL
ii. Jay E. METZNER b. February 1888 Jay Co., IN.
iii. Mary Vada METZNER b. May 1896 Indiana
iv. Mabel E. METZNER b. ca. 1906 Indiana

Monday, December 24, 2007

Louis N. Metzner household - Jay Co., IN

The Louis N. METZNER household was enumerated in the 1870 & 1900 census of Jay Co., IN. Louis was the son of John and Catherine (YOUNG) METZNER.

In the 1870 census, Louis was a 21 year old student, living in Wayne Twp., with a College Corner post office. He was born in Ohio and both parents were listed as foreign born. He had a James H. GRAVES, aged 20, also attending school, living with him. I believe that this census record is recording Louis away at college.

In the 1900 census, Louis was listed as a 51 year old farmer, born November 1848 in Ohio, both parents born in Germany. Louis owned his home and it was mortgaged. His wife, Henrietta, was listed as Hariet, aged 46, born January 1854 in Indiana. Her father was born in Pennsylvania, and her mother was born in Ohio. She was the mother of 5 children, only one of whom was still living : Arthur A. , aged 21, born August 1879, a single farmer.

Shortly after the 1900 census record of June 25th, Louis died - his death occurred on July 3rd.

Louis Napoleon METZNER b. November 3, 1848 Licking Co., OH., d. July 3, 1900 Jay Co., IN., m. July 2, 1871 Jay Co., IN to Henrietta WEAVER, daughter of Jeremiah WEAVER. Henrietta b. January 1854 Indiana, d. after 1900 census.
Known children of Louis N. and Henrietta (WEAVER) METZNER :
i. John Preston METZNER b. February 15, 1872 Jay Co., IN., d. April 7, 1900 Jay Co., IN
ii. Arthur Augustus METZNER b. March 6, 1879 Jay Co., IN., m. Laura D. REID
iii. [female] METZNER b. December 30, 1882 Jay Co., IN., d. before 1900 census
iv. [male] METZNER b. August 15, 1888 Jay Co., IN., d. before 1900 census
v. [unknown] METZNER, d. before 1900 census

Lafayette Metzner household - Cook Co., IL

The Lafayette METZNER family was enumerated in the 1900 census of Chicago, Cook Co., IL. Lafayette was my paternal 1st cousin 4 times removed, the son of William and Barbara (POWELL) METZNER.

Lafayette was living at 315 North Avenue in Chicago. He was listed as aged 38, born August 1861 in Indiana, with both parents born in Germany. His occupation was a stove mounter. Lafayette had been married for 13 years to Viola. Viola was aged 40 years, born September 1859 in Michigan, with both parents born in Pennsylvania. Viola's occupation was that of a medium.

John Metzner household - Jay Co., IN

The John METZNER household was enumerated in Noble Twp., Jay Co., IN in the 1860 & 1870 census. John was my maternal 3rd-great grandfather. In both records, they were living in the jurisdiction of the Hector post office.

John was a 53 year old farmer, born in Saxony, in the 1860 census. His real estate was valued at $1500, and his personal estate was valued at $400. His wife, Catharine, was keeping house, aged 40 and born in France. Their children listed were William, aged 16; George, aged 13; Lewis, aged 11; Caroline H., aged 9; Catherine E., aged 6; Wesley T., aged 4; Samantha, aged 2; and Martha J., aged 6 months.

John was listed in 1870 as a 62 year old farmer, born in Saxony, with a real estate valued at $3000 and a personal estate valued at $600. Though foreign born, he was a U.S. citizen. His wife, Catharine, was listed as aged 50 years old, born in France. Catharine's mother, Salome, was also living with the family. The census taker listed her name as Solama - aged 77, born in France. The children of John & Catharine living with them in 1870 were : Catherine, aged 16; Wesley D., aged 14; Amanda, aged 12; and Mary, aged 8.

John METZNER b. October 2, 1805 Saxony, d. January 10, 1888 Jay Co., IN., m. November 4, 1839 Newark, Licking Co., OH to Catherine YOUNG, daughter of Nicholas and Salome (________) YOUNG. Catherine b. July 18, 1819 France, d. June 22, 1910 Jay Co., IN.
Children of John and Catherine (YOUNG) METZNER are as follows :
i. John Adam METZNER b. August 23, 1840 Licking Co., OH., d. December 4, 1895 Jay Co., IN., m. Clara MOULTON.
ii. Henry METZNER b. November 3, 1842 Licking Co., OH., d. 1842 Licking Co., OH.
iii. William F. METZNER b. January 6, 1844 Licking Co., OH., d. 1929, m. Mary Ann HALEY
iv. George W. METZNER b. July 6, 1847 Licking Co., OH., d. May 16, 1869, m. Elizabeth ________.
v. Louis Napoleon METZNER b. November 3, 1848 Licking Co., OH., d. July 3, 1900 Jay Co., IN., m. Henrietta WEAVER.
vi. Caroline H. METZNER b. March 1, 1852 Jay Co., IN, d. after 1880 census, m. James W. HUSTON.
vii. Catherine E. METZNER b. October 2, 1853 Jay Co., IN., d. 1943 Jay Co., IN., m. George W. STOLZ.
viii. Wesley T. METZNER b. November 9, 1855 Jay Co., IN., d. after 1930 census, m. Mary Emma ROSER.
ix. Samantha E. METZNER b. ca. 1856 Jay Co., IN., d. after 1880 census, m. James ORCUTT.
x. Martha J. METZNER b. December 26, 1859 Jay Co., IN., d. December 3, 1861 Jay Co., IN.
xi. Mary A. METZNER b. March 24, 1862 Jay Co., IN., d. after 1920 census, m. Harvey A. HUEY.

Sunday, December 23, 2007

George Metzner household - Licking Co., OH

The George METZNER family was enumerated in the 1860 census of Etna Twp., Licking Co., OH. George was my paternal 3rd-great granduncle, the son of Jasper and Hannah (REISENBURG) METZNER.

George was listed as a 46 year old wagon maker, born in Saxony, with a real estate valued at $2500 and a personal estate valued at $400. His wife Anne, was listed as aged 44, born in Saxony.

Their children were all born in Ohio : William H., aged 12; Mary E., aged 10; Rebecca A., aged 8; Hannah, aged 5; and George L., aged 2.

George METZNER b. ca. 1814 Saxony, d. after 1860 census, m. ca. 1848 Anne E. ________. Anne b. ca. 1816 Saxony, d. after 1860 census.
Known children of George and Anne E. (________) METZNER are as follows :
i. William H. METZNER b. ca. 1848 Ohio, d. after 1860 census
ii. Mary E. METZNER b. ca. 1850 Ohio, d. after 1860 census
iii. Barbara A. METZNER b. ca 1852 Ohio, d. before 1860 census
iv. Rebecca A. METZNER b. ca. 1852 Ohio, d. after 1860 census
v. Hannah METZNER b. ca. 1855 Ohio, d. after 1860 census
vi. George L. METZNER b. ca. 1858 Ohio, d. after 1860 census

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Find A Grave Memorial : William Lee Wright (1919-1973)

I've created a memorial page for my paternal grandfather, William Lee Wright (1919-1973), who is buried in the Park View Cemetery, Alexandria, IN, along with my grandmother, Bonnie.

William was born December 1, 1919 in Monroe Twp., Madison Co., IN, the middle of three children born to Virgil Lee and Edna Muriel (Pierce) Wright.

He was known as "Johnny Bill" throughout his life, apparently due to a conflict over whether or not to name him John William after his grandfather. The 1920 census record bears this out, as he is listed as John W.E. Wright, 1 month old.

David L. Mengle household - Montgomery Co., OH

The David L. MENGLE (or MENGEL) household appears in the 1910 and 1920 census of Jackson Twp., Montgomery Co., OH. David was married to my maternal 3rd-great grandaunt, Ellen W. LAMBERTSON.

David appears in the 1910 census as a 59 year old farmer, born Ohio, with both parents born in Ohio. Ella is listed as aged 58, married for 40 years, with 4 children, only two of whom are still living. Son Lionel and his wife Edith are also living in the home with David and Ella. Right now I do not know the names of any other children.

In the 1920 census, David is listed as a 70 year old farmer, and Ella is listed as aged 69. Son Lionel and wife Edith are living next door in this census.

David L. MENGLE b. ca. 1850 Ohio, d. after 1920 census, m. November 10, 1870 Butler Co., OH to Ellen W. LAMBERTSON, daughter of John and Sarah A. (WILLSON) LAMBERTSON. Ellen b. June 21, 1850 Ohio, d. after 1920 census.
Known children of David and Ellen W. (LAMBERTSON) MENGLE :
i. Lionel C. MENGLE b. ca. 1885 Ohio, d. after 1920 census, m. Edith ________

Friday, December 21, 2007

Thomas McVay household - Shelby Co., OH

The Thomas McVAY household was enumerated in the 1860 and 1870 census of Franklin Twp., Shelby Co., OH. Thomas was my paternal 3rd-great granduncle, married to Jane LEMASTERS.

Thomas appears in the 1860 census as a 54 year old farmer, born in Pennsylvania, with real estate valued at $5600 and a personal estate valued at $600. Wife Jane is listed as aged 52 years, born in Virginia. Only daughter Sarah, aged 14, born in Virginia, is listed living with them in 1860.

In the 1870 census, Thomas is listed as a 64 year old farmer, born in Virginia, with real estate valued at $4000 and a personal estate valued at $915. Daughter Sarah and son-in-law Earnest LAPHAM and their young family are living there as well. Earnest LAPHAM was working on the farm, aged 23, born in Ohio; wife Sarah was listed as aged 24 and born in Ohio. They had two young children, both born in Ohio : Thomas E., aged 2 years, and Ella E., aged 5 months.

Thomas McVAY b. July 25, 1805 Rockingham Co., VA., d. December 25, 1884 Franklin Twp., Shelby Co., OH., m. March 15, 1831 to Jane LEMASTERS, daughter of Jacob and Hannah (________) LEMASTERS. Jane born 1807 Mason Co., VA., d. November 25, 1865 Shelby Co., OH.
Known children of Thomas and Jane (LEMASTERS) McVAY :
i. Elgiva McVAY d. July 11, 1850 (illeg. daughter of Jane and ________ ROBERTS)
ii. William McVAY b. ca. 1832 Ohio
iii. George M. McVAY b. ca. 1835 Ohio
iv. Sarah J. McVAY b. ca. 1846 Ohio, m. Earnest L. LAPHAM

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

James McVay household : Shelby Co., OH

The James McVAY household was enumerated in the 1860 and 1870 census of Salem Twp., Shelby Co., OH. James was married to my paternal 3rd-great grandaunt, Hannah LEMASTERS.

In the 1860 census, James is listed as a 51 year old farmer, born in Ohio, with real estate valued at $2500 and a personal estate valued at $400. Wife Hannah was listed as 45 years old, also born in Ohio. Children Martha and James, ages 17 and 15, had attended school within the year; and daughter Sarah J., aged 2 years old was also listed.

In the 1870 census, James' real estate was valued at $3000 and his personal estate was valued at $800. Son Jesse R., aged 33 born Ohio was living with James & Hannah, working as a farm laborer. Daughter Sarah was still living at home. There was also a boarder, Lewis BRANDENBURG, aged 16, born Ohio, living with the family.

James McVAY, b. May 27, 1809 Pickaway Co., OH., d. October 28, 1907 Shelby Co., OH, m. October 5, 1834 Shelby Co., OH to Hannah LEMASTERS, daughter of Jacob and Hannah (________) LEMASTERS. Hannah b. January 15, 1816 Champaign Co., OH., d. September 14, 1892 Shelby Co., OH.

Known children of James and Hannah (LEMASTERS) McVAY are as follows :
i. Lewis McVAY b. ca. 1831 Ohio
ii. Martha McVAY b. ca. 1833 Ohio
iii. Rachel McVAY b. ca. 1835 Ohio
iv. Jesse R. McVAY b. ca. 1837 Ohio
v. James McVAY b. ca. 1837 Ohio
vi. Sarah J. McVAY b. ca. 1858 Ohio

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Find A Grave Memorial : Ord Wehrly LeMaster (1906-1971)

I've created a Find A Grave memorial page for my paternal grandfather, Ord Wehrly LeMaster (1906-1971), who is buried in the Mt. Zion Cemetery, Jay Co., IN, along with my grandmother, Ruth.

Ord was born September 30, 1906 in Salamonia, Jay Co., IN, the son of Luman Cooper and Barbara Isabelle (Wehrly) LeMasters. He was the 11th born of 13 children.

He was named either after his uncle, Ord Otterbein LeMASTERS, or after Civil War general, E.O.C. Ord - or perhaps both of them were. His middle name, Wehrly, was a family name.

Since he died when I was just a child, I have no recollection of him.

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Search for Nellie Lambertson - 1930 Marion Co., IN

I had posted a lookup request to the IN-CENSUS-LOOKUP mailing list for Nellie LAMBERTSON, widow of Samuel, hoping to find her in 1930. In the 1920 census, she was living in the 6th ward of Indianapolis, working as a seamstress. Nellie's birthplace was listed as Massachusetts.

I received a reply from a researcher stating no one with the surname LAMBERTSON was listed in the 1930 index of Indianapolis.

Either Nellie was deceased by then, or she was not living in Marion Co., IN.

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Friday, December 14, 2007

James McMillen household - Marshall Co., IN

The James McMILLEN household was enumerated in the 1850 census of Marshall Co., IN. James was my wife's maternal third great grandfather.

James was listed as 39 year old farmer, born in New York, with a real estate value of $500. His wife, Julia, was also 39 years old, but was born in Ireland. Their children were listed as being born in three different states. Millan, aged 10, James, aged 8, and William H., aged 6 were all born in Ohio. Richard, aged 3, was born in Michigan; and daughter Catherine, aged 1 was born in Indiana.

James McMILLEN b. ca. 1811 New York, d. after 1880 census, m. before 1840 to Julia ________. Julia b. ca. 1811 Ireland, d. after 1880 census.

Known children of James and Julia (_________) McMILLEN :
i. Millan McMILLEN b. ca. 1840 Ohio
ii. James McMILLEN b. ca. 1842 Ohio
iii. William H. McMILLEN b. ca. 1844 Ohio
iv. Richard McMILLEN b. ca. 1847 Michigan
v. Catherine McMILLEN b. ca. 1849 Indiana, m. George PEOPLES

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Basil McDermitt household - Madison Co., IN

The Basil McDERMITT household was enumerated in the 1930 census of Monroe Twp., Madison Co., IN under the surname McDERMOTT. Basil was married to Helen WRIGHT, daughter of James and Clara (HICKS) WRIGHT, and my 1st cousin three times removed. They also were my neighbors when I was growing up, and I remember them fondly. Their house was right across from ours, which in the 1930 census was where my great-grandfather, Virgil Wright was residing.

Basil was a 27 year old farmer who was renting his home. Helen was a housewife, aged 21 years old. Both had been born in Indiana, as were their parents. They had apparently been married for 5 years, as Helen was 16 when she was married. Living with them was their son, Basil Jr., aged 4 years and 8 months old.

Basil O. McDERMITT b. ca. 1903 Boone Twp., Madison Co., IN., d. August 21, 1987 Anderson, Madison Co., IN., m. ca. 1925 to Helen WRIGHT, daughter of James and Clara (HICKS) WRIGHT. Helen b. May 21, 1908 Alexandria, Madison Co., IN., d. March 18, 1995 Anderson, Madison Co., IN. Both are buried in the Odd Fellows Cemetery, Alexandria.

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

John Lyst household - Madison Co., IN

The John LYST household was enumerated in the 1860 and 1880 census of Pipecreek Twp., Madison Co., IN. John was my maternal 3rd great-granduncle, married to Sarah Wilson LAMBERTSON. I have not yet searched for this family in the 1870 census.

John was listed in 1860 as being a farmer, aged 30, born in Indiana, living next door to his father, John LYST Sr. His personal estate was valued at $250. His wife, Sarah, was listed as age 24, born in Indiana. Their children listed were Millard, aged 4; Francis, aged 3; and Mary, aged 10 months.

In the 1880 census, the family was living in the village of Elwood, and John's occupation was listed as a brick mason. He had been unemployed for 4 months during the census year. His father was listed as being born in New Jersey and his mother in Pennsylvania. Sarah was listed as aged 43, born in New Jersey with both parents being born in New Jersey as well. Their children listed were Francis D., aged 23 born Ohio; Samuel, aged 18 born Indiana; Jane, aged 16 born Indiana; John, aged 8 born Indiana; and Charley, aged 5 born in Indiana. Francis' occupation was listed as an engineer.

John LYST b. February 14, 1831 Fayette Co., OH (IN?), d. Madison Co., IN., m. February 22, 1855 Butler Co., OH to Sarah Wilson LAMBERTSON, daughter of John and Sarah A. (WILLSON) LAMBERTSON. Sarah b. December 1, 1835 Warren Co., NJ., d. 1881 Madison Co., IN. Both are buried in the Elwood City Cemetery, Elwood, IN.
Known children :
i. Millard LYST b. ca. 1856 Indiana, m. Hettie _________
ii. Francis D. LYST b. ca 1857 Indiana
iii. Mary LYST b. ca. 1859 Indiana
iv. Samuel C. LYST b. ca. 1862 Indiana
v. Jane LYST b. ca. 1864 Indiana
vi. John H. LYST b. ca. 1872 Indiana
vii. Charles LYST b. ca. 1875 Indiana
viii. Lennie LYST
ix. Mildred LYST
x. Delbert LYST

Friday, November 30, 2007

William Loofburrow household - Valley Co., NE

The William LOOFBURROW family was enumerated in the 1920 census of Ord, Valley Co., NE. Willam was married to Martha Julesa LEMASTERS, daughter of Luman Walker and Nancy (YOUNG) LEMASTERS.

William was listed as a retired farmer, aged 69, born in Indiana with both parents being born in Ohio. Other sources I have shows his birthplace as Darke Co., OH. Martha was listed as a housewife, age 68, born in Ohio with father born in West Virginia and mother born in Ohio.

Their son, William C., aged 31, was living with them as well as a single male. His occupation was given as that of a lawyer.

William Wade LOOFBURROW b. June 10, 1850 Darke Co., OH., d. 1940 Valley Co., NE., m. October 13, 1872 Jay Co., IN to Martha Julesa LEMASTERS. Martha b. June 27, 1852 Shelby Co., OH., d. 1936 Ord, Valley Co., NE.

Known children of William W. and Martha J. (LEMASTERS) LOOFBURROW are :
i. Jessie Lillian LOOFBURROW b. March 13, 1875, d. July 1969 m. John Crandall CHATFIELD
ii. William Cecil LOOFBURROW b. ca. 1889, m. Hazel ________
iii. Burchard Courtney LOOFBURROW
iv. Grace Esther LOOFBURROW
v. Bertha Jane LOOFBURROW

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Jacob Lewis household - Huntington Co., IN

The Jacob LEWIS family appears in the 1880 census of Jefferson Twp., Huntington Co., IN. Jacob was my wife's maternal 2nd-great grandfather, the son of Solomon and Margaret (RHINEHART) LEWIS.

Jacob is a farmer with his second wife, Mary keeping house. They have a new son, Amberson, who was born October of the census year. Jacob's son from his first marriage, Hollace E. was also listed.

Both Jacob and Mary were born in Indiana; with Jacob's father being born in Ohio and his mother in Indiana. Mary's father was listed as being born in South Carolina and her mother from Kentucky.

Jacob LEWIS b. January 17, 1847 Huntington Co., IN., d. April 22, 1898 Lancaster, Huntington Co., IN., m. March 30, 1871 Huntington Co., IN to Laura GOFF; m(2) November 28, 1878 Wabash Co., IN to Marietta COOK. Laura b. January 8, 1851 Ohio, d. July 24, 1877 Lancaster, Huntington Co., IN; Marietta b. April 6, 1855 Grant Co., IN., d. January 31, 1942 Wabash Co., IN.

Known children of Jacob and Marietta (COOK) LEWIS :
i. Amberson G. LEWIS b. October 1879 Huntington Co., IN., d. November 9, 1937 Noblesville, Hamilton Co., IN., m. Mona Belle MILLER
ii. Wilfred R. LEWIS b. April 14, 1883 Huntington Co., IN., d. March 5, 1964 Wabash Co., IN., m. Ethel SONNER
iii. Lawrence Solomon LEWIS b. March 30, 1885 Huntington Co., IN., d. June 26, 1947 Wabash Co., IN., m. Ruth Alice SILLS
iv. Elleiny LEWIS b. April 18, 1892 Huntington Co., IN., d. October 29, 1900 Huntington Co., IN.
v. Everet B. LEWIS b. August 27, 1895 Huntington Co., IN., d. October 29, 1900 Huntington Co., IN.

Saturday, November 03, 2007

Solomon Lewis family - Huntington Co., IN

The Solomon LEWIS family was enumerated in the 1860 & 1870 census of Jefferson Twp., Huntington Co., IN. Solomon was my wife 's maternal 3rd-great grandfather, the son of Nathaniel and Nancy Ann (SNIDER) LEWIS.

Solomon's occupation was that of a farmer, with a real estate valued at $4000 in 1860 and $8000 in 1870; as well as a personal estate valued at $800 in 1860 and $1380 in 1870. The 1870 census indicated that both Solomon and wife Margaret could not write, and Margaret could not read.

The 1860 census listed Margaret's birthplace as Indiana and the 1870 listed her birthplace as Ohio. Other sources state that she was born in Henry Co., IN.

By 1870, daughter's Christina and Isabella were married and listed with their own families.

Solomon LEWIS b. January 9, 1820 Montgomery Co., OH, d. December 18, 1895 Lancaster, Huntington Co., IN., m. January 31, 1841 Henry Co., IN., to Margaret RHINEHART, daughter of Jacob and Mary (ADNEY) RHINEHART. Margaret b. July 6, 1822 Henry Co., IN., d. October 28, 1895 Lancaster, Huntington Co., IN.

Known children of Solomon and Margaret (RHINEHART) LEWIS :
i. Christina Lewis b. August 11, 1841 Wayne Co., IN., d. July 2, 1912 Huntington Co., IN., m. Peter RHINEHART
ii. Jacob Lewis b. January 17, 1847 Huntington Co., IN., d. April 22, 1898 Huntington Co., IN., m. Laura GROFF, m(2) Marietta COOK
iii. Isabella Lewis b. February 17, 1850 Huntington Co., IN., d. March 7, 1876 Huntington Co., IN., m. William ARNOLD
iv. Amanda Lewis b. November 28, 1853 Huntington Co., IN., d. April 5, 1943 Huntington Co., IN., m. Levi ARNOLD
v. Leander Lewis b. December 25, 1855 Huntington Co., IN., d. April 6, 1929 Huntington Co., IN., m. Emily ADAMS
vi. Melsona Lewis b. September 28, 1857 Huntington Co., IN., d. November 16, 1883 Huntington Co., IN., m. Levi DITZLER
vii. Daniel Lewis b. August 23, 1862 Huntington Co., IN., d. November 28, 1914 Huntington Co., IN., m. Alpha M. RICHARDSON

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Samuel Lewis family - Miami Co., IN

The Samuel LEWIS family was enumerated in the 1860 & 1870 census of Richland Twp., Miami Co., IN. Samuel was my wife's maternal third-great granduncle, the son of Nathaniel and Nancy Ann (SNIDER) LEWIS.

Samuel was a farmer with a real estate value of $6500 in 1860 and a personal estate valued at $1500. By 1870, his real estate was valued at $8000 and his personal estate was valued at $2500. Samuel was born in Ohio, while his wife Mary was born in Virginia. All of their children were born in Indiana.

Son Aaron was living next door by 1870, and eldest daughter Nancy was still living at home at age 27 in the 1870 census. All of the children had attended school within the year.

Samuel LEWIS b. November 26, 1815 Ohio, d. May 7, 1872 Denver, Miami Co., IN., m. December 9, 1838 Hagerstown, Wayne Co., IN to Mary MATCHET. Mary b. November 26, 1815 Lexington, VA, d. September 16, 1905 Denver, Miami Co., IN.

Known children of Samuel and Mary (MATCHET) LEWIS :
i. Aaron LEWIS b. ca. 1840 Indiana, m. Catherine ________
ii. Nancy LEWIS b. ca. 1843 Indiana
iii. Sarah LEWIS b. ca. 1846 Indiana
iv. Louisa LEWIS b. ca. 1848 Indiana
v. Henry LEWIS b. ca. 1850 Indiana
vi. George LEWIS b. ca. 1853 Indiana
vii. Ann LEWIS b. ca. 1858 Indiana
viii. Mary LEWIS b. ca. 1859 Indiana
ix. William LEWIS b. ca. 1864 Indiana

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Nathaniel Lewis family - Hamilton Co., IN

The Nathaniel LEWIS family appears in the 1870 census of Jackson Twp., Hamilton Co., IN. Nathaniel was the son of Nathaniel and Nancy (SNIDER) LEWIS.

Nathaniel's occupation was given as a farmer, and the value of his real estate was $2000 and the value of his personal estate was $400. He was married to his second wife, Nancy ZOOK at the time. Nancy was born circa 1830 in Pennsylvania. Nathaniel had been married previously to her sister, Mary.

The children listed in the household included : Larna, aged 16 years; Isaac, aged 11 years; and Nathaniel aged 4 months.

Nathaniel LEWIS b. March 26, 1822 Montgomery Co., OH., d. February 16, 1871 Cicero, Hamilton Co., IN., m(1) January 26, 1845 to Mary ZOOK; m(2) October 14, 1855 Wayne Co., IN to Nancy ZOOK. Mary ZOOK b. November 19, 1827 Pennsylvania, d. August 11, 1854 Wayne Co., IN.; Nancy ZOOK b. December 29, 1830 Pennsylvania, d. September 23, 1909 Lordsburg, CA.

Marietta Lewis family - Wabash Co., IN

The widow Marietta LEWIS appears in the 1900 census of Lagro Twp., Wabash Co., IN. Marietta was my wife's maternal 2nd-great grandmother, the widow of Jacob LEWIS and the daughter of Robert and Sarah (CYROLE) COOK.

Marietta's occupation was not given, but her son Amberson, was listed as a farm laborer. Marietta stated that her father was born in North Carolina and her mother in Pennsylvania, which conflicts with data from the 1860 census, where her father was listed as being from South Carolina and her mother from Kentucky. Marietta's husband, Jacob LEWIS, had passed away on April 22, 1898 in Lancaster, Huntington Co., IN.

Listed with Marietta were her son Amberson, aged 20; Wilford, aged 17; Lawrence S., aged 15; and Everett, aged 4. Daughter Elleiny was not listed, though she should be living at that time.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Leander Lewis family - Huntington Co., IN

The Leander LEWIS family was enumerated in the 1900-1920 census of Jefferson Twp., Huntington Co., IN. Leander was Eileen's maternal 2nd-great granduncle, the son of Solomon and Margaret (RHINEHART) LEWIS.

Leander was a farmer who owned his own home in all three census records. He listed his father as being born in Indiana in the 1900 and 1910 census, but in 1920, his father was listed as being from Pennsylvania. Leander's wife, Emily, was recorded as Emma, and she listed herself as born in Ohio with both parents being from Ohio. Both Leander and Emma could read and write.

Only one child, Ernest, was listed in the 1900 census, as a farm laborer, born February 1888. Yet the 1900 census states that Emma was the mother of 2 children who were both living. I have not yet found the record of the other child. By the 1910 census, Ernest was not living with his parents.

Leander LEWIS b. December 25, 1855 Huntington Co., IN., d. April 6, 1929 Huntington Co., IN., m. November 18, 18777 Huntington Co., IN to Emily ADAMS. Emily b. April 23, 1861 Preble Co., OH., d. January 31, 1932 Huntington Co., IN.

Known children :
i. Ernest LEWIS b. February 1888 Indiana.

Lawrence S. Lewis family - Wabash Co., IN

The Lawrence S. LEWIS family was enumerated in the 1910 and 1920 census of LaGro Twp., Wabash Co., IN. Lawrence was Eileen's maternal great-grandfather, the son of Jacob and Marietta (COOK) LEWIS.

Lawrence's occupation was that of a farmer who could read and write. His own was listed as free of mortgage in 1910, but mortgaged by the 1920 census. Wife Ruth Alice was the mother of 3 children, all living in 1910 census, who could also read and write.

The rest of the family included children : Lucille, Ernest, Flossie, Galen, Daniel and Leota in the 1920 census. Next door neighbors in the 1920 census were the PEFLEY family. Daughter Leota would later marry their son Sherman.

Lawrence S. LEWIS b. March 30, 1885 Lancaster, Huntington Co., IN., d. June 26, 1947 Dora, Wabash Co., IN., m. February 24, 1906 Dora, Wabash Co., IN to Ruth Alice SILLS, daughter of Christopher and Samantha (SHELLY) SILLS. Ruth b. March 29, 1889 Dora, Wabash Co., IN., d. February 18, 1959 Wabash, Wabash Co., IN.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Daniel Lewis household - Huntington Co., IN

The Daniel LEWIS family was enumerated in the 1900 and 1910 census of Salamonie Twp., Huntington Co., IN. Daniel was Eileen's maternal 2nd-great granduncle, the son of Solomon and Margaret (RHINEHART) LEWIS.

Daniel's occupation was not given in the 1900 census, in fact, it was listed as "N.G.". In the 1910 census, his occupation was listed as "own income." In both census records, it was stated that he could not read, but could write. His wife, Alpha M., could both read and write. Daniel's parents were listed as both being born in Ohio, while Alpha's father was born in Ohio and her mother in Indiana.

In the 1900 census, their 14 year old daughter, Lena M. was listed with the family. She was attending school. By the 1910 census she was no longer living in the household. I do not yet have any record of a marriage for her.

Daniel LEWIS b. August 23, 1862 Huntington Co., IN., d. November 28, 1914 Huntington Co., IN., m. June 6, 1885 Huntington Co., IN to Alpha M. RICHARDSON. Alpha b. October 1865 Indiana, d. January 23, 1946 Indiana.

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Amberson G. Lewis family - Huntington & Wabash Cos., Indiana

Amberson G. LEWIS and family are enumerated in the 1910 census of Dallas Twp., Huntington Co., IN and the 1920 census of Wabash, Wabash Co., IN. Amberson was Eileen's maternal great-granduncle, the son of Jacob and Marietta (COOK) LEWIS.

Amberson was a factory worker in both census records, in the 1920 census he was listed as a machinist. Wife Mona was the mother of two children in1910, both living, and they had been married for 7 years. I have their marriage in my database as 1922, but I imagine that is a typographical error and it should be 1902. Right now, I have no source for the marriage date. Both Mona and Amberson's parents are listed as being born in Indiana, although in the 1920 census, Amberson stated that his father was born in the 'United States'.

In the 1920 census, son Paul was no longer a student, but had gone to work in a factory at age 16. His brother, Kenneth, was still a student.

Amberson G. LEWIS b. October 1879 Huntington Co., IN., d. November 9, 1937 Hamilton Co., IN., m. 1902 in Huntington Co., IN to Mona Belle MILLER. Mona b. December 2, 1882 Huntington Co., IN, d. August 24, 1959 Miami Co., IN.

Friday, October 12, 2007

William C. Lemaster family - Larimer & Teller Cos. Colorado

William Clifford LEMASTER and family appear in the 1910 census of Ft. Collins, Larimer Co., CO. William was my paternal great-granduncle, the son of Luman Walker and Mary Keziah (CHEW) LEMASTERS.

William's occupation was that of a bank cashier. He had been married for 17 years, and was born in Ohio. His wife, Lella, was listed as age 38, born in Indiana, and the mother of four children, all of whom were living in the 1910 census. The children were all attending school, except for young William C. Junior, who was only five years old.

By the 1920 census, William and Lella were divorced, and William was living with son Ralph as a lodger in the household of Francis P. HALL in Victor, Teller Co., CO. William's occupation at that time was a proprietor of a theatre, and Ralph was working as an express driver.

William Clifford LEMASTERS b. September 1, 1871 Darke Co., OH, d. July 26, 1922 Colorado, m. August 20, 1892 Jay Co., IN to Lella Edith LEWIS, daughter of Morgan B. and Hattie (________) LEWIS. Lella b. April 9, 1877 Jay Co., IN., d. April 1, 1943 Martinez, CA.

Children of William C. and Lella E. (LEWIS) LEMASTERS are as follows :
i. Gladys Armorel LEMASTERS b. October 28, 1893
ii. Lella Lewis LEMASTERS b. March 28, 1897
iii. Ralph Morgan LEMASTERS b. June 30, 1902
iv. William Clifford LEMASTERS b. August 22, 1904

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Phillip Lemasters family - 1900 Allen Co., OH

Phillip LEMASTERS and family were enumerated in Spencerville, Spencer Twp., Allen Co., OH in the 1900 census. Phillip was my paternal 2nd-great granduncle, the son of Luman and Nancy (YOUNG) LEMASTERS.

Phillip was listed as being born June 1836 in Ohio and his occupation was that of a clergyman. His father was listed as being born in West Virginia and his mother in Ohio. Phillip's wife, Elizabeth, was born June 1848 in Ohio, and her parents were both born in Ohio. Their only child was daughter, Bessie E., born October 1880 in Ohio.

Phillip LEMASTERS b. June 10, 1836 Shelby Co., OH., d. after 1910 census, m. September 1, 1870 Allen Co., OH to Elizabeth C. HOOVER, daughter of Cyrus and Martha (PAST) HOOVER. Elizabeth b. June 1848 Ohio, d. after 1910 census.

Dr. Ord O. LeMaster family - 1920 Shelby Co., OH

The Ord O. LeMASTER household was enumerated in the 1st ward of the city of Sidney in the 1920 census of Shelby Co., OH. Ord was the son of Luman Walker and Mary Keziah (CHEW) LeMASTERS. In this census, the name was rendered LeMASTER.

Ord was listed as a physician, aged 43, born in Indiana who owned his own home free of mortgage. Wife Emma was aged 38, born in Indiana as well. Ord's parents were listed as being both born in Indiana, while Emma's mother was listed as being born in Alsace Lorraine and spoke French.

Daughter Isabel, aged 9, was also enumerated with the family, but the census record did not indicate that she attended school within the year. I'm sure that she did.

Ord Otterbein LeMASTERS b. January 1, 1876 Jay Co., IN., d. September 19, 1937, m. June 12, 1907 to Emma W.G. GARMHAUSEN. Emma was born June 15, 1881 and died February 10, 1956. Their only child was daughter Isabelle Helene LeMASTERS b. August 22, 1910.

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Lella Edith (Lewis) LeMasters - 1920 Santa Clara Co., CA

Lella Edith (LEWIS) LeMASTERS was enumerated in the 1920 census of San Jose, Santa Clara Co., CA aged 43, divorced, whose occupation was listed as a storekeeper for a stove store.

She was living in the household of William S. MORRISEY along with several other lodgers with various backgrounds and occupations.

Lella had been married to William Clifford LeMASTERS, son of Luman Walker and Mary Keziah (CHEW) LeMASTERS on August 20, 1892 in Jay Co., IN. They were the parents of four children :
Gladys, Lella, Ralph and William.

In the 1910 census the family was living in Ft. Collins, Larimer Co., CO. Lella and William must have divorced sometime between 1910-1920. More research is needed.

Lella died April 1, 1943 in Martinez, CA.

Monday, October 08, 2007

John Stevens LeMasters family - Howard Co., NE

The John Stevens LeMASTERS family was enumerated in the 1900, 1910 and 1920 census of St. Paul, Howard Co., NE. John was my maternal 2nd-great granduncle, the son of Luman Walker and Nancy (YOUNG) LEMASTERS.

John' s occupation was that of a day laborer and contractor in concrete work. He also owned his own home, which was mortgaged. John's place of birth was always listed as being in Indiana. but wife Sarah was listed as being born in Illinois in the 1920 census. John's parents were both listed as being born in Ohio in the 1900 census; in the 1910 census his father was listed as being born in Virginia and his mother in Ohio; in the 1920 census his father was listed as being born in Ohio and his mother in Virginia. As always, depending on who the census taker asked the questions will determine the answer.

In the 1910 census, three of John's daughters were listed as being public school teachers : Alice C., Nancy J. and Edna I. By the 1920 census, only one daughter, Alice, aged 36, was still living with John and Sarah teaching school. In 1920, son Howard Jay was still at home but working as a laborer at a railroad roundhouse, and youngest son Edward was still in school.

I still have much more information to gather on what happened to these families after the 1920 census. Two sons, Albert and John were probably on their own by the 1920 census, and daughters Nancy & Edna may have either moved away or been married by then.

John Stevens LeMASTERS b. April 22, 1855 Jay Co., IN., d. after 1920 census, m. November 28, 1881 Jay Co., IN to Sarah I. WILSON. Sarah b. September 1859 Indiana, d. after 1920 census.

Known children of John S. & Sarah I. (WILSON) LeMASTERS :
i. Alice C. LeMASTERS b. August 1883 Nebraska
ii. Nancy J. LeMASTERS b. January 1885 Nebraska
iii. Edna I. LeMASTERS b. September 1889 Nebraska
iv. Albert C. LeMASTERS b. October 1891 Nebraska
v. John W. LeMASTERS b. September 1893 Nebraska
vi. Howard Jay LeMASTERS b. February 1897 Nebraska
vii. Edward W. LeMASTERS b. ca. 1901 Nebraska

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

John Lemaster Family - 1860 Pulaski Co., IN

John LEMASTERS and his family were enumerated in the 1860 census of Pulaski Co., IN in Van Buren Twp. on June 26, 1860 under the surname LEMASTER. John was the son of Jacob and Hannah (________) LEMASTERS and was my paternal 3rd-great granduncle.

John's occupation was that of a farmer, with the value of his real estate standing at $1000 and his personal estate at $200. John. aged 55, was erroneously listed as being born in Ohio; he was born in Mason Co., VA. Wife Mary was listed as aged 51 born in Pennsylvania.

The rest of the family consisted of sons Thomas M. and William W., aged 21 and 19, who were listed as farm laborers; daughter Mary E. aged 18, son James aged 16, daughter Nancy J. aged 14 and son Luman W. aged 12. All were listed as being born in Ohio. Luman's name was listed as Laman.

The other children of John and Mary were not enumerated on the same page and I need to do further research on this family. I believe that they migrated from Shelby Co., OH to Pulaski Co., IN shortly after the death of John's father, Jacob, in 1852.

John LEMASTERS b. September 24, 1804 Mason Co., VA., d. March 25, 1866 Starr City, Pulaski Co., IN, m. December 14, 1828 Washington Co., PA to Mary H. BAKER. Mary born July 30, 1808 Pennsylvania, died in Wayne Co., OH.

Monday, October 01, 2007

Peoples v. Stanley - Indiana Supreme Court May Term 1855

May Term, 1855 : Peoples v. Stanley

Bill in chancery under the R.S. 1843. Some of the defendants were notified of the pendency of the suit, as non-residents, by publication, and a decree was taken against them by default. No affidavit of their non-residence was made. A guardian ad litem was appointed for other defendants, who were minors, and a decree was taken against them; but it was not shown that they had any notice of the suit, by service of process or otherwise. Held, that the Court had not acquired jurisdiction of the persons of the defendants mentioned, and that the decree against them was, consequently, erroneous. A Court of equity cannot appropriate choses in action of a debtor to the payment of a demand of a creditor.

Monday, June 11. ERROR to the Marshall Circuit Court.

Davison, J. - Stanley, on the 6th of June, 1850, sued Hugh A.B. Peoples, Thomas Skilman, John Fisher, John Jones, Alvin Kite, and Orange Fisher, in chancery, in the Marshall Circuit Court.

The bill states these facts :

Peoples and Skilman, as sureties for Jones and Kite, became indebted to Stanley 600 dollars. Jones, Kite and Skilman were insolvent. Peoples, with intent to defraud Stanley, and evade the payment of said debt, which was then in judgment, placed a certain amount of money in the hands of John Fisher, and directed him to lay it out in canal land, and take the title in his, Fisher's, name. In pursuance of this arrangement, Fisher went to the land office at Logansport, and purchased a quarter-section of land in Marshall county. After this, Peoples, with his family, moved upon said land, improved it, and resided thereon until the month of March, 1850, when he and Fisher left the state, with the avowed intention of going to California. When Fisher bought the land, he obtained a certificate of purchase, which, before he started to California, he assigned to Patsey Peoples, the wife of the said Hugh Peoples, and she, the said Patsey, remained in the occupancy of the land, and also in the possession of personal property belonging to her husband, worth 500 dollars. It appeared that, within a few days after their departure for California, Patsey Peoples died, leaving William, George, Daniel, Mary and Samuel Peoples, her heirs at law, they being minors and the children of the said Hugh and Patsey. These children, by amendment of the bill, were subsequently made defendants. After the death of Patsey, the property left with her was sold by the said Orange Fisher, who, in making the sale thereof, acted without authority, and took notes for the purchase-money, payable to himself at six months. The bill alleges that Hugh A.B. Peoples and John Fisher are non-residents, and prays the appropriation of the notes in the hands of Orange Fisher, and also the above land, to the payment of Stanley's claim, and for general relief, &c.

The record shows that Peoples and John Fisher were notified by publication, and defaulted; though an affidavit of their non-residency does not appear to have been made. It is alleged that the minor defendants answered by guardian ad litem; but it is not shown that they had any notice of the suit, or that any steps, by process or otherwise, were taken to notify them of the proceeding. The other defendants, (except Orange Fisher, who answered,) were served with process, and defaulted.

The Court, upon final hearing, directed the notes taken for the sale of the personal property by Orange Fisher, (which had been brought into Court,) to be collected, and the proceeds to be applied to the payment of Stanley's claim, which was adjudged to be 596 dollars; and for the payment of the balance, if any, after the application of such proceeds, the land was ordered to be sold.

This decree, in our opinion, can not be sustained -

1. Because the notice by publication against Peoples and Fisher does not appear to have been preceded by an affidavit of non-residency. Without such affidavit, we think the notice was insufficient, and, consequently, they were not properly before the Court. A provision of the R.S. 1843, in force at the time of these proceedings, points out the mode in which a non-resident party may be notified of the pendency of a suit, and expressly requires that such notice shall be upon affidavit. R.S. 1843, p. 883.

2. It is not shown that the minor defendants were served with process, or notified of the suit in any mode known to the law. This Court has repeatedly decided that process should be served on infant defendants, in chancery, in the same manner as if they were adults. Hough v. Canby, 8 Blackf. 301 - Robbins v. Robbins, 2 Ind. R. 74.

3. A Court of chancery has no power to appropriate choses in action in payment of a creditor's demand against his debtor, whether such demand be in judgment or otherwise. This point is decided in Shaw v. Aveline, 5 Ind. R 389; and also in Stewart v. English, ante, p. 176.
Per curiam. - The decree is reversed with costs. Cause remanded, &c.
J.B. Niles and W.G. Pomeroy, for the plaintiffs.

Source : Porter, Albert G., official reporter, Reports of cases argued and determined in the Supreme Court of Judicature of the State of Indiana, being an official continuation of Blackford's Reports, with tables of the cases and principal matters., vol. VI - containing the cases from the fifteen day of the November term, 1854, to the end of the May term, 1855, inclusive, and the case of Beebe v. the State, decided at the November term, 1855.; Indianapolis, Indiana, Merrill & Company, Publishers, 1856

Note : This information was located using Google's Book search. Hugh A.B. Peoples was Eileen's 3-great maternal grandfather. Her line is through Hugh's son, George.

Friday, September 28, 2007

Jacob Lemasters family : 1900 & 1920 Valley Co., NE

The Jacob LEMASTERS family appears in the 1900 & 1920 census of Valley Co., NE in the city of Ord. I have not yet located the record in the 1910 census. Jacob was my 2nd-great granduncle, the son of Luman Walker and Nancy (YOUNG) LEMASTERS.

In the 1900 census of Noble Twp., Valley Co., Jacob is listed as a farmer, born April 1845 in Ohio, who owns his home with a mortgage. His wife, Sarah, was born November 1844 in Ohio, and was the mother of 11 children, 9 of whom were still living in 1900. Currently, I only have record of ten children, so there is one missing. Most of the family had married and moved on, leaving on daughter Melinda C., a 23-year old Teacher, and sons John W. and Jonas T., who were still at school. Both Melinda and John W. were born in Indiana, Jonas T. was born in Nebraska in September 1886.

In the 1920 census, Jacob was living in the 3rd ward of the city of Ord as a retired Farmer. His age was given as 74, his wife Sarah was listed as aged 75. Their granddaughter, Norma Swanson, aged 13 born Nebraska, was also listed as living with them. Norma was the daughter of Andrew and Elizabeth C. (LEMASTERS) SWANSON. The date of this census was January 16, 1920 and Sarah Lemasters died later that year on June 18, 1920.

Jacob LEMASTERS b. April 16, 1845 Port Jefferson, Shelby Co., OH., d. December 15, 1922 Ord, Valley Co., NE, m. December 26, 1867 in Jay Co., IN to Sarah Ann HALFHILL, daughter of John and Nancy (________) HALFHILL. Sarah was born November 16, 1844 in Gallia Co., OH and died June 18, 1920 in Ord, Valley Co., NE.

Thursday, September 27, 2007

High - Cooper Wedding

Nicole Lee Cooper and Andrew Jacob High will marry Oct. 6 at 2:30 p.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church of Anderson with the Rev. Robert Williams officiating.

Nicole is the daughter of Gary and Pam Cooper of Alexandria. She is a 2001 graduate of Alexandria-Monroe High School and a 2005 graduate of Ball State University with a bachelor’s degree in nursing. She is a registered nurse, employed by Community Hospital North in the Intensive Care Unit.

Her fiancé is the son of Phil High of Anderson and Mary High of Noblesville. He is a 1997 graduate of Alexandria-Monroe High School and a 2002 graduate of Ball State University with a bachelor’s degree in business management. He is employed by Speedway Oil Corp., as a district manager.

The couple will honeymoon to Ocho Rios, Jamaica.

From : Anderson, IN Herald-Bulletin, September 20, 2007

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Isaac Lemasters family : 1900 & 1910 census Jasper Co., MO

The Isaac LEMASTERS family was found in the 1900 and 1910 census of Madison Twp., Jasper Co., MO. Isaac was the son of Isaac and Elizabeth (COLEMAN) LEMASTERS, and was my 1st cousin 4 times removed.

Issac was a farmer who owned his home free of mortgage in the 1900 census. He was born April 1837 in Ohio and had been married to wife Sarah for 39 years. Sarah was born June 1840 in Ohio and was the mother of 10 children, all of whom were still living in 1900. Two of their sons, Clinton and Clifford, were living at home in the 1900 census. There was also a boarder in the household, a Pearl McLANE, aged 10 years old, born in Iowa. No relationship that I'm aware of to this family.

In the 1910 census, Isaac and Sarah were living with son Clifford, his wife Reable, and their granddaughter, Geneva. Geneva was just 3 months old at the time of the census. Reable was aged 23 born in Missouri, and she and Clifford had been married for 4 years. Clifford's occupation was listed as farmer.

Isaac died shortly after the 1910 census in Madison Twp., Jasper Co., MO.

Isaac LEMASTERS b. April 7, 1837 Union Twp., Auglaize Co., OH, d. August 26, 1910 Madison Twp., Jasper Co., MO., m. January 4, 1860 Unionpolis, Auglaize Co., OH to Sarah Ann HESTON, daughter of Amos and Lettita (HAGERMAN) HESTON. Sarah b. June 24, 1840 St. John's, Allen Co., OH, d. March 10, 1921 Madison Twp., Jasper Co., MO.

Joseph Langwell Family : Monroe & Owen Cos., IN

The Joseph LANGWELL family appears in the 1860 census of Washington Twp., Monroe Co., IN. Joseph was the second husband to my maternal 4th-great grandmother, Fanny REYNOLDS. Joseph and Fanny had six children together after their marriage circa 1851. Fanny was the widow of Austin DAVIS, who died between November 1850 and August 1851 in Monroe Co., IN. Joseph was the son of Solomon and Eleanor (________) LANGWELL.

In the 1860 census, Joseph was listed as a 30 year old laborer, born in Kentucky, with a personal estate valued at $120. Fanny was listed as a 28 year old female born in Indiana. Their two children, Perry and America, were listed as well as Fanny's son from her first marriage, James A. Davis, aged 10. James A. Davis was my 3rd-great grandfather.

In the 1870 census, Joseph was listed as aged 43, a farmer, born in Indiana. The family was living in Bean Blossom Twp. of Monroe Co. at this time. His surname was spelled LANGUELL in this census. Wife Fannie was listed as age 39, born in Indiana. The family had grown to include Perry, aged 16; America, aged 14; David, aged 9; Minne Belle, aged 5; and John W. , aged 1 year.

In the 1880 census, Joseph and family were living in Spencer, Owen Co., IN. He was listed as being 50 years old, born in Kentucky, and his occupation was listed as teamster. Wife Fanny was 47 years old, born in Indiana and keeping house. The children included David, Minnie Belle, John W., and Arminta, who was aged 8 years old. Son Perry was living next door and was married with a family of his own.

Joseph LANGWELL b. ca. 1830 Kentucky, d. June 16, 1883 Spencer, Owen Co., IN., m. ca. 1851 to Fanny REYNOLDS, b. ca. 1830 Indiana, d. February 2, 1883 Spencer, Owen Co., IN. Fanny was the daughter of Jesse and Mary (PUTMAN) REYNOLDS.

Monday, September 24, 2007

Frank Langer family : 1920 Vanderburgh Co., IN

My daughter's maternal great-great grandmother Clara Belle and her second husband, Frank A. LANGER, appeared in the 1920 census of Vanderburgh Co., IN in the 3rd ward of Evansville.

Frank LANGER was aged 48 years, born in Indiana, and worked as a fireman at a flour mill. Both of his parents were born in Germany. Wife Clara was aged 48 years, born in Kentucky, with both of her parents born in Kentucky also.

Clara's children appeared in the household, but were incorrectly listed under the LANGER surname. Eldest daughter, Rhoda M. Godbey was living with them as well, but her husband William was not listed. Daughters Nellie and Hallie and son Alpha were all listed under the wrong surname.

Frank A. LANGER b. ca. 1872 Indiana, d. October 9, 1949 Evansville, Vanderburgh Co., IN., m. September 22, 1919 in Evansville, Vanderburgh Co., IN. to Clara Belle FOLLOWAY, daughter of James and Julia (WILLIAMS) FOLLOWAY. Clara was born April 10, 1871 Kentucky and died July 21, 1951 Evansville, Vanderburgh Co., IN. Her first marriage was March 3, 1886 in Warrick Co., IN to Alpha Revis CHIVLARE, son of Miles and Louisa J. (BOYER) CHIVLARE. Alpha was born March 1866 Indiana and died July 7, 1919 in Perry Twp., Vanderburgh Co., IN.

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Ward Lambertson : 1910 Montgomery Co., OH

Ward LAMBERTSON was enumerated in the 1910 census of Jackson Twp., Montgomery Co., OH as head of household. Ward was the son of John V. and Annie E. (OLIVER) LAMBERTSON.

Ward's occupation was listed as that of a laborer of odd jobs. His age was given as 23 years, born Ohio, married for 2 years, who owned a home that was mortgaged. His wife, Ollie, was aged 22 years, born in Ohio, with only one child. Ollie's parents were also born in Ohio.

Their daughter, Neva, was just 2 years old at the time of the census, born in Ohio.

Friday, September 21, 2007

Find A Grave Photo Success : Nelson Lambertson


Contributor Brenda Hix located the tombstone of Nelson J. LAMBERTSON in Abbottsville Cemetery, Darke Co., OH.

I have Nelson J. LAMBERTSON born April 4, 1838 Stillwell Corner, Butler Co., OH, m. June 26, 1858 Butler Co., OH to Eliza Jane JOHNSON, d. October 3, 1929 Dayton, Montgomery Co., OH. He was the son of John and Sarah (WILLSON) LAMBERTSON.

Alexandria-Monroe Historical Society Museum Visit

Yesterday on my lunch hour, I visited the Alexandria-Monroe Historical Society Museum located at 313 N. Harrison St. Alexandria Indiana. The museum is run by volunteers and is only open on Thursdays from 1-5 p.m.

It had been many years since I was able to visit the museum, and I was pleasantly surprised at the numerous exhibits and pictures with local history. I found a picture of my uncle Terry Wright in his Boy Scout days, also my great-uncle John High was featured in the military history room.

The local history section was full of tidbits for further research, including local funeral home and church records. I noticed that my cousin had submitted a notebook on the KING family and there were others that I would have loved to have been able to examine, had I more time. I am going to have to plan some quick lunch time research there in the near future.

Membership in the society is only $10/year.

Nellie Lambertson : 1920 Marion Co., Indiana

I found Nellie Lambertson, widow of Samuel, in the 1920 census of the 6th ward of Indianapolis, Marion Co., IN in the 1920 census. She was living on Illinois Street in the David Arms apartments on North Illinois street.

Her occupation was listed as a seamstress for a hotel. Nellie was aged 57, widowed, and born in Massachusetts. Her father was born in New York and her mother was born in Massachusetts.

I still need to discover what Nellie's maiden name was and find a record of her marriage to Samuel, which probably took place between 1909-1910 in either Hamilton or Madison Co., IN.

Jesse Reynolds Died

Bloomington (Indiana) Republican Progress, August 19, 1891, p. 3.

Jesse Reynolds, who has resided north of Ellettsville a number of years, died on Friday a week in his 83rd year.

{Posting from the INMONROE list at Rootsweb. Jesse Reynolds was born in Putnam Co., KY and was my maternal 5th great-grandfather)

Jesse REYNOLDS was born circa 1809 in Tennessee and married August 18, 1830 in Monroe Co., IN to Mary PUTMAN, daughter of James and Elizabeth (KENDRICK) PUTMAN. Mary was born circa 1809 in Kentucky and died February 2, 1884 in Bean Blossom Twp., Monroe Co., IN. Mary is buried in the Presbyterian Cemetery, Ellettsville, IN.

I descend through their daughter Fanny, born circa 1830 Indiana, who married Austin DAVIS on February 9, 1850 in Monroe Co., IN.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Those Pesky Maiden Names

One of the hardest areas of research in any family history is identifying the maiden names of our ancestors.  So many of our female ancestors go to their reward unnamed or named in records with only their given name.  Trying to discover their surnames is sometimes a case of the proverbial 'needle in a haystack'.
 
How these unknown maiden names are handled in our genealogy databases vary from person to person.  Some have made the practice of using 'Unknown' as the surname.  Others have taken this a bit further and abbreviated the surname as 'Unk.'  A quick search on the internet, and Rootsweb mailing lists in particular, will show that many beginning researches have been misled and/or confused by requesting data on the 'Unk' family!  Imagine an UNK family researcher trying to wade through all of the emails and message board posts that don't relate to their family simply because of researchers using 'Unk' for a female's surname.
 
In the past, I have used [________] when a female's surname was unknown.  I did this to allow family members to fill in the blanks on family group sheets.  However, I've recently decided to change tactics, as my database was overwhelmed by these women without an easy way to identify who they are.
 
For now, I'm identifying these women by their married name in brackets.  For example, the unknown spouse of Jacob Lemasters is now Hannah [LEMASTERS].  I am hoping that this new method in my data will allow me to understand which Hannah's data I am looking at when searching the index.  It is amazing to me how many unidentified females I have in my data - each one that represents an untraced family line.
 
Some of the men in my database managed to marry two women with the same first name.  While I guess that would make it easy not to call your second wife by the first wife's name, it keeps my database interesting.  In these cases, I will name the women Elizabeth [SMITH] and Elizabeth [SMITH2] for simplicity sake and to be sure that I don't accidentally merge the two together.
 
While my system may not be perfect or meet someone else's standards, I believe that for now it will work for me.  The key will be whether or not I can use this change in method to help identify these ladies.
 
 

2007 Pefley-Lewis Reunion : Susan Kacsits & Mike Pefley


Photo of Susan Kacsits & Mike Pefley taken at the 2007 Pefley-Lewis reunion held June 23, 2007 at Wabash, Indiana

2007 Pefley-Lewis Reunion : Ryan & Ashli Pershing


Photo of Ryan and Ashli Pershing taken at the 2007 Pefley-Lewis reunion held June 23, 2007 at Wabash, Indiana

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

2007 Pefley-Lewis Reunion : Harvey E. Pefley


Photo of Harvey E. Pefley. taken at the 2007 Pefley-Lewis Reunion held at Wabash, Indiana

2007 Pefley-Lewis Reunion : Lawrence S. Lewis Jr.


Photo of Lawrence S. Lewis Jr. taken at the 2007 Pefley-Lewis Reunion held at Wabash, Indiana

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

2007 Pefley-Lewis Reunion : Gariselda Peterson & Eileen LeMaster


Photo of Gariselda (Pefley) Peterson & Eileen LeMaster taken at the 2007 Pefley-Lewis reunion held June 23, 2007 at Wabash, Indiana

2007 Pefley-Lewis Reunion : David & Lee Ann Pefley


Photo of David & Lee Ann Pefley taken at the 2007 Pefley-Lewis reunion held June 23, 2007 at Wabash, Indiana