Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Betty Fisher is Feted at Shower

Source : Anderson Daily Bulletin, Anderson, Indiana, Monday, July 23, 1956, page 2.

Betty Fisher is Feted at Shower

Bethany - Miss Betty Fisher, bride-elect of John Barger, was complimented recently at a linen shower at the home of Mrs. Vernon Fisher, R.R. 3. Miss Linda Fisher assisted as co-hostess.
Miss Fisher and Mr. Barger will exchange nuptial vows on Sunday, Aug. 5, at 2:30 p.m. in Bethany Christian Church.

A lace-covered gift table was centered with a bridal basket decorated in the bride-elect's chosen colors of pale green and yellow. The gifts were opened by candlelight.

Game prizes were awarded to Mrs. Clemon Lambertson and Mrs. P.K. Duncan.

Guests present were Mesdames Clemon Lambertson, Charles Barger, P.K. Duncan, Clarence Bagley, Ralph Hershberger, Charles Lambertson, William Wright, Guy Whisler, Omer Whisler, James Elmore, Miss Linda Fisher and the guest of honor.

Also invited were Mesdames Robert Walsh, Edward Bartley and Floyd Lambertson.

Mrs. Albert Smith will honor the bride-elect with a china and crystal shower this evening and Mrs. James Elmore will fete Miss Fisher at a miscellaneous shower Wednesday evening.

Lambertson - Farmer Wedding

Source : Anderson Daily Bulletin, Anderson, Indiana, Friday, February 26, 1960

Lambertson - Farmer

Miss Leila Ann Farmer became the bride of Frank Lambertson Jr. in a double-ring ceremony performed Saturday at 10 a.m. at St. Paul's Catholic Church at Marion by the Rev. James J. O'Neil. Parents of the couple are Mr. and Mrs. Verlin Farmer, Summitville, and Mr. and Mrs. Frank Lambertson Sr., 402 Walnut St., Alexandria.

Baskets of white carnations and red roses decorated the altar.

Given in marriage by her father, the bride wore a full-length gown of white satin and a net with a short, fitted jacket and long sleeves ending in traditional bridal points over her hands.

Her shoulder length veil of illusion fell from a scalloped bandeau of lace and seed pearls that framed her face.

Her crescent bouquet was of red roses, white carnations and lillies of the valley.

Her attendant was Miss Patricia Johnson, who wore a dress of aqua taffeta and lace with matching slippers, and with accessories in white. Her flowers were white carnations.

Best man was John Humphries of St. Mary's, Ohio, and ushers were Bob Armstrong and Virgil Patz of Alexandria.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

More Hagaman data

Did some more surfing around the net to see what else I might be able to find on the Hagaman family, hoping that it might shed some light on where my branch of the Moulton line was living and to add some more descendants. Here is what I found:

At the website, The Worcester Family, was an online version of Jonathan Worcester's The Worcester Family, or the Descendants of Rev. William Worcester. (W.W. Kellogg, Lynn, Mass., 1856) and Sarah Alice Worcester's The Descendants of Rev. William Worcester With a Brief Notice of the Connecticut Wooster Family. (E.F. Worcester, Publisher, Hudson Printing Company, 1914), which listed the children of Charles Sherman & Lydia (Moulton) Hagaman as :

1- Clara Eliza, b Jan. 14, 1869, d Mar. 29, 1904, St. Joseph, Mo.; m Jan. 14, 1892, Joe Postlewart. 2- Lydia Emeline, b Oct. 17, 1870; m Jan. 10, 1898, R.D. Ward.
3- Wallace Joel, b May 28, 1872; m Aug., 1901, Rose McCully.
4- Charles Albert, b Nov. 28, 1874; m Dec. 18, 1892, Gertrude Onslow.
5- Nettie Jane, b Mar. 31, 1877; m Feb. 5, 1899. Farmer.

I also found Charles Sherman Hagaman in the 1900 census of Rich Hill Township, Livingston County, Missouri, with wife Lydia, and son Charles. By 1910, Charles Sherman & wife Lydia were living in the same township next door to their son Charles, along with granddaughter Mattie Postalwait. By the 1920 census of Rich Hill Township, Livingston County, Missouri, Charles Sherman was living with his son Charles, listed as aged 75 and widowed.

A search of the Missouri State Archives Death Certificates did not turn up a match for Charles Sherman Hagaman. However, Lydia's death certificate from October 17, 1916 in Chillicothe shows that she was born January 15, 1849 in Bureau County, Illinois. Her father was given as Albert Moulton, birthplace unknown, and her mother as Emeline Philbrick, born in Ohio. The informant was her daughter, Nettie Farmer of Jackson, Miss. Lydia was buried in Edgewood Cemetery.

Looks like I should be able to find Lydia & her parents, Albert & Emeline (Philbrick) Moulton in the 1850 census of Bureau County, Illinois. The hunt goes on.

Monday, December 29, 2008

Charles Hagaman family - 1880 Livingston County, MO

Today I sourced the 1880 census record of the Charles HAGAMAN family of Rich Hill Township, Livingston County, Missouri. Charles was my paternal 2nd-great granduncle, married to Lydia MOULTON. Lydia was the daughter of Albert and Emeline (PHILBRICK) MOULTON.

In 1880, Charles was listed as "C. Hagaman", farmer, age 35, born New York, with his father born in New York and his mother born in Vermont. His wife, Lydia, was listed as age 31, born in Illinois, with father born in Vermont and mother born in Ohio. The rest of their children were listed erroneously as having their father born in Illinois and mother born in New York. Obviously the enumerator switched the locations of Charles and Lydia's birth. Their children were all listed as being born in Missouri, and included : Clara, aged 11; Lydia, aged 9; Wallace, aged 7; Charles, aged 4; and Nettie, aged 2. The name of the last daugther was a bit hard to read, so Nettie is my best guess.

In the 1870, the family was living in Chillicothe Township, Livingston County, Missouri. I have not found them in any later census records yet. Charles was a Civil War veteran, serving with the 18th New York Infantry.

Charles S. Hagaman b. November 16, 1844 Rochester, Monroe County, New York, d. after 1880 census, m. February 1868 Alexandria, Ohio to Lydia Moulton. Lydia b. ca. 1849 either Ohio or Illinois, d. October 17, 1916 Livingston County, Missouri. Their children :
i. Clara Hagaman b. ca. 1869 Missouri, d. after 1880 census
ii. Lydia Hagaman b. ca. 1871 Missouri, d. after 1880 census
iii. Wallace Hagaman b. ca. 1873 Missouri, d. after 1880 census
iv. Charles Hagaman b. ca. 1876 Missouri, d. after 1880 census
v. Nettie Hagaman b. ca 1878 Missouri, d. after 1880 census

Friday, December 26, 2008

James Austin Davis was insane

My maternal 3rd great grandfather, James Austin DAVIS, was insane, according to the 1880 census of Clay Township in Owen County, Indiana. In that census, he is an inmate of the Owen County Asylum, listed as insane as well as crippled, bedridden or otherwise disabled. His name was listed as Austin Davis, aged 30, married, born in Indiana.

As of yet, I have not discovered all of the details about his life and why he ended up in the asylum. In the 1900 census, he is a resident of the Northern Indiana Hospital for the Insane in Logansport, Cass County. In that census, he was listed as James A. Davis, born 1851 in Indiana. He died while still an inmate of the hospital on June 12, 1909.

Interestingly, in the 1880 census, he was shown as married. James had married Mary Ellen SWAFFORD on July 2, 1873 in Monroe County, Indiana. I have not found a record of their divorce, though they must have, as Mary Ellen eventually remarried. However, in the 1880 census, she is shown living with her father, Peter SWAFFORD, in Washington Township, Owen County, Indiana, as his 24 year old single daughter. Austin and Mary Ellen had two daughters, Ida and Dealie, that should have been living with some relative, but I have yet to locate them in the 1880 census.

James Austin Davis was born circa 1850 in Indiana, probably Monroe County, the son of Austin and Fanny (RUNNELS) DAVIS. Mary Ellen SWAFFORD was born August 30, 1854 near Stinesville, Monroe County, Indiana, the daughter of Peter Kirkpatrick and Mary Ann (CROCKETT) SWAFFORD.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

William Cunningham family - 1910 Jay Co., IN

Today I sourced the 1910 census record in Madison Township, Jay County, Indiana for William E. CUNNINGHAM, my paternal 2nd-great granduncle. William was married to Rachel LEMASTERS, the daughter of Luman Walker and Nancy (YOUNG) LEMASTERS.

William was listed as a 75 year old farmer, born in Indiana, with father born in Virginia and mother born in Pennsylvania. He and Rachel had been married for 50 years. Rachel was listed as aged 71 years, born in Ohio, with both parents born in Ohio. She was listed as the mother of 6 children, 5 of whom were still living in 1910.

William's occupation was that of a farmer, which corresponds with other census records. In 1860, his occupation was listed as a shoemaker.

William was born February 1835 in Indiana, and married Rachel on March 18, 1860 in Jay County, Indiana. Rachel was born July 16, 1838 in Shelby County, Ohio, and died March 13, 1913 in Jay County, Indiana. Their children were :
i. Nancy M. Cunningham b. July 5, 1861 m. David Rants
ii. Catherine E. Cunningham b. 1861-1865
iii. Phillip L. Cunningham b. February 3, 1865 m. Eana Brake
iv. John W.M. Cunningham b. April 26, 1868 m. Leona A. Drake
v. Orinda Cunningham b. May 5, 1869 m. Elmer I. Pauling
vi. Martha J. Cunningham b. May 5, 1873 m. Elsworth Beard

Additional branch of the Jacobs line

It's Christmas morning, I'm the only one awake, so of course I'm working on genealogy. Going through my old files, I found an email I had saved from the JACOBS-L list regarding William JACOBS and Sybil LITTEL that has given me more leads and avenues of further research.

Back in 2005, June Jordan had written to the list regarding sorting out the data regarding the various JACOBS families in Brown County, Ohio and what she had discovered regarding William. Turns out William was not of her line, but she did an excellent job in pointing future researchers in the right direction by retracing her steps and giving sources for where she found her information.

According to her research, my William was the son of Jacob and Hannah (JOHNSON) JACOBS of Monongalia County, Virginia. Doing a quick Google search on Jacob, looks like there is quite a bit of information out there on him in the early records of Monongalia County - where he may have crossed paths with my Lemaster relatives - looks like I have some letters to write, etc.

William had at least two sisters, Rebecca who married Samuel Frazee, and Hannah who married a ________ Harbert. Samuel Frazee was a Revolutionary War veteran, as was Jacob Jacobs.

The email also gave information regarding Sybil Littel's sister, Rhoda Rilea, who was the widow of Revolutionary War veteran, Richard Rilea. Richard died 1839 in Brown County, Ohio.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Runaway Chew women

Working through some of the miscellaneous records in my files, I came across these two records that I saved from the CHEW mailing list on Rootsweb.

April 25, 1781: Gloucester County, April 23, 1781 To all whom it may concern, whereas my wife Elizabeth Chew, regardless of the Solemn obligation of matrimony, hath, during my captivity with the enemy, been guilty of the act of incontinency ....Aaron Chew

April 5, 1748; Whereas ANNE, the wife NATHANIEL CHEW, at the head of Timber-creek in Gloucester County, has disposed of some of her said husband's goods, without his knowledge, and ran him in debt; this is therefore to desire all persons not to trust her anymore on his account, not to buy any goods of her that she may offer to sale, for he will pay no debts of her contracting, nor allow of her selling any of his goods, from the date hereof. NATHANIEL CHEW

Both of these were quotes taken from the book "Runaway Women, Elopements And Other Miscreant Deeds, As Advertised In The Pennsylvania Gazette - 1728 -1789. (together with a few abused wives and unfortunate children)." Compiled by Judith Ann Highley Meier. Published by Closson Press. 1993.

I'm not sure which Aaron Chew family that this information relates to, and I believe that the Nathaniel Chew mentioned is the son of Nathaniel and Mary (Clark) Chew, who married Anne Gibbons. More research will need to be done to try to tie these records to individuals in my database. The book that these snippets were taken from sounds like an interesting read. Early newspapers are always full of juicy family tidbits.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Miss Hazel O'Bryant Entertained a Party of Friends

Alexandria Times-Tribune, Thursday, March 2, 1905, page 1.


Miss Hazel O'Bryant Entertained a Party of Friends at Her Home Tuesday Night.

Miss Hazel O'Bryant entertained at her home on West Jefferson on Tuesday evening, in honor of her birthday anniversary. A very enjoyable time was had by all, the evening being spent with games and music. Refreshments were served after which the guests collected around the mysterious table, waiting until a late hour to see it move.

Those present were Dora Frank, Bessie Horne, Winnie Hurlock, Eva Schwinn, Bessie Bowers, Thera Carver, Jennie Kendall, Shirley Pickard, Pearl Coffin, Thurman Hall, Omer Broyles, Hugh Kerr, Allen McKenna, Carl Jones, Ashel Cunningham, Otto Frank, Doxey Pickard, Jay Crouse, Howard Brattain and Ray Hupp.

[Hazel O'Bryant was my maternal 2nd-great grandaunt. She married Jesse WRIGHT on June 10, 1916 in Madison County, Indiana]

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Cousin Kellie's Blog

My first cousin Kellie in North Carolina has been blogging about her family life and creating family history memories at her site, Country Life. Reading about her her family's adventures helps remind me that family history is more than just people and dates. It is these day to day recording of the family history that will be carried on to the next generation.

The blog does a good job of telling the story of how they live, deal with current events and their relationships with family and friends. Many years down the road this will be something her kids and grandkids can look back upon and say 'remember when?'

North Carolina has a lot of interesting history, and we share a lot of Quaker ancestry that came from areas such as Guilford and Chatham counties. I hope to someday be able to visit her and see some of the historic sites that she's chronicled in her blog.

Google Books fill in the gaps

Google's Book Search has become an addictive and fruitful part of my research over the past few days. So much so that I find myself easily distracted, chasing down one rabbit hole or another.

I began by searching on the Philbrick line and came across a copy of Rev. Jacob Chapman's "A Genealogy of the Philbrick and Philbrook Families: Descended from the Emigrant, Thomas Philbrick, 1583-1687". My connection to the Philbrick family comes through my paternal 3rd-great grandmother, Emeline PHILBRICK (1820-1881) who married Albert MOULTON. As I had very little data on the family in my database, I was eager to see what this genealogy had to say. Through this genealogy, I was able to add seven more generations to this line. As I did other study on collateral lines, I was also able to learn more about colonial America and the Province of New Hampshire.

Soon I found myself searching for other collateral lines and learning about ancestors who came over during the Great Migration with the Winthrop Fleet. I finally had to remind myself to just stick with one task at a time. The good thing about Google Book Search is that you can add titles to "My Library" and go back search or browse to your hearts' content later.

The great thing about Google Book Search is that you can search in your pajamas and at any time of the day, something that is especially nice during these winter months when you don't want to venture out. They are continuing to add other libraries to their search database, and just recently added several magazines to the search capabilities, such as Life. Check it out!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Richard Alderman Land Entry: Madison County, Indiana

Going through my scanned genealogy files, I found this land entry record from the National Archives for my maternal fourth great-grandfather, Richard Alderman (1810-aft1870). I had originally located this record through the GLO records website.

Richard's land entry was made August 1, 1839 in Madison County, Indiana in Section 22, Township 19-N, Range 7-E. The patent number was 2953 and the land office was the Indianapolis land office. Richard's 40 acres were authorized by the Land Act of 1820.

No. 29563 Land Office, Indianapolis December 20 1836

IT IS HEREBY CERTIFIED, That, in pursuance of Law, Richard Alderman of Madison county, State of Indiana, on this day purchased of the Register of this Office, the lot or North East quarter of the South East quarter of section number Twenty two in township number Nineteen north of range number Seven East containing Forty acres, at the rate of one dollar and twenty five cents per acre, amounting to forty dollars and cents, for which the said Richard Alderman has made payment in full as required by law.

NOW THEREFORE BE IT KNOWN, That, on presentation of this certificate to the COMMISSIONER OF THE GENERAL LAND OFFICE, the said Richard Alderman shall be entitled to receive a patent for the lot above described.

A. St. Clair, Register

Land Office at Indianapolis

Dec 20th 1836

I Richard Alderman of Madison county, Ind do hereby apply for the purchase of NE qt of SE section, No. 22 Township No. 19 N. Range No. 7 E. containing 40 acres and ___ hundreths, according to the returns of the Surveyor General, for which I have agreed with the Register to give at the rate of $ 1 25 per acre.

Richard Alderman
his mark

I, Arthur St. Clair, Register of the Land Office, do hereby certify that the lot above described contains forty acres ___ hundreths as mentioned, and that the price agreed upon is $ 1 25 per acre.

A. St. Clair

Sunday, December 07, 2008

Alex man was on Oklahoma at Pearl

Source : Anderson Herald-Bulletin, Anderson, Indiana, Sunday, December 8, 1991.

Alex man was on Oklahoma at Pearl by Jim Bannon.

When we put together our special Pearl Harbor anniversary section recently, we contacted some people in this area who were survivors of the attack.

Another survivor turned up later, and even though we couldn't get his story in the Pearl Harbor section, I thought it deserved telling.

John M. High is 72 years old now and lives in Alexandria. On the morning of December 7, 1941, he was a ship's cook first class serving on the battleship U.S.S. Oklahoma, anchored along battleship row at Pearl Harbor.

High has been in bad health recently, suffering two heart attacks and a stroke and his story was told to me by his son, Charles, of Anderson, who works at Delco Remy.

When the attack came, High was in his bunk, since he had just come off nightwatch.

The Oklahoma was hit hard. It caught fire and, though it did not sink, it rolled over. Many on board lost their lives.

John High managed to get from below deck to the main deck. Smoke and fire were everywhere. He jumped over the rail and swam through burning oil to safety.

His son says the one story that sticks out in his mind that his father tells of that day is the one about a Catholic priest. It seems several men on the ship were trapped by flames and the only way out was through a porthole.

The priest, a portly man, helped push 12 men through that porthole to safety. But when he tried to get through he got stuck and drowned when the ship capsized. "He saved those 12 men but he couldn't save himself," the younger High said.

He said his father never talked much about Pearl Harbor and World War II. He talked more about it after he had his first heart attack, Charles High said.

A twist on High's story was that his parents were notified their son was missing in action. High was from Rowesburg, W. Va. The message they received read: "The Navy Department deeply regrets to inform you that your son, John M. High, is missing following action in the service of his country."

The message added that to prevent any possible aid to the enemy, the parents should not divulge the name of the ship he served on or where it was stationed.

Then on Jan. 2, 1942, his parents got the wonderful news that John was, indeed, safe. John High went on to serve the rest of World War II with the Navy in the Pacific, serving on several different ships.

He went almost nine years without seeing his parents, from 1936 to 1945.

How did he get to Alexandria? He met his wife while in the Navy. She was from Alex and when the war ended they settled there. High worked at Pierce Governor in Anderson for awhile and then joined Haynes Stellite Corp. in Kokomo. He retired from Cabot Corp. (which bought Haynes) in Kokomo.

"My father is a very patriotic person," Charles High said, "He has a great love for his country."

[John M. High married my maternal great-aunt, Clara Ellen Wright- TJL]

Day of Infamy : Alex Man Survived Pearl Harbor

Source: Alexandria Times-Tribune, December 11, 1991.

Day of Infamy: Alex Man Survived Pearl Harbor by Stephen Dick

It was the Day of Infamy. 50 years ago. Sleepy Pearl Harbor Navla [sic] Base in Hawaii, where reveille had been about an hour old. Sailors were waking up, taking showers, ands [sic] finding their way to the mess decks for a steaming cup of coffee.

The ships were lined up in port. On Battleship Row were some of the Navy's mightiest warships, named after the states. The USS Arizona has become the most famous but sitting two ships away, outboard from another battleship, was the USS Oklahoma. On the morning of Dec. 7, 1941, a first class cook named John M. High, already a five-year veteran of the Navy, was preparing chow for his shipmates. Just another Sunday morning, the ship probably in holiday routine.

While the men ate their breakfasts, the waters 200 miles north of Oahu were infested with Japanese ships including six carriers loaded with warplanes. Around 8 a.m. the squadron of Japanese bombers snaked around the mountain ridges that bordered Oahu. Past the mountains and over the sea the bombers turned north toward Pearl Harbor and dropped their lethal cargo on the unsuspecting men below. For a half hour 183 planes decimated much of the US's second fleet. Twenty ships were damaged, many sunk, including the USS Oklahoma where John High, like his shipmates, may have thought the apocalypse was upon them.

High went topside, saw the carnage, and knew his ship was going down. The ship had suffered repeated torpedo assaults. He had no recourse but to jump into the water which was covered with burning oil. High suffered some mild burns and was forced to swim under water to shore.

Soon his ship lay on the bottom of Pearl Harbor along with the Arizona and others. Also at the bottom were his naval records. He was listed as missing in action for six weeks after the attack. When High, who was from West Virginia, ran into a man he knew from home, the man was incredulous. "We thought you were dead." he told High.

John M. High is alive to this day, and makes his home in Alexandria. He moved here in the late Forties with his wife, Clara Ellen Wright, who was from Alexandria. Because he survived Pearl Harbor, where 2,000 soldiers and sailors died, High was honored last Saturday, the 50th anniversary of the attack, by the Alexandria Veterans of Foreign Wars where he was made an honorary member.

High is not the youth he was when he heard and felt the Japanese bombs falling that morning. At 72, he suffered a stroke two years ago and does very little nowadays. But Clara said he enjoyed the ceremony on Saturday. "John got emotional about it," she said.

When he was 22, however, he was more worried about getting his pay than he was about the historical significance of the bombing. When he tried to get paid, long after the attack, he was told he'd have to wait because of his missing records. High told the Navy he'd be going home. He got paid, and spent the war years in the Pacific on a number of ships. Clara could not recall their names but said he was often in combat situations.

In 1945, with the war over, John was transferred to the Great Lakes Naval Training Center. There he met Clara, a WAVE, who had joined the Navy from Alexandria. They married in 1945. He was the chief commissaryman at Great Lakes until his discharge in 1947.

The couple came back to Alexandria to make their home. John worked at a number of jobs including Stellite in Alexandria. He was transferred by that company to Kokomo and retired from there in 1984.

The couple had two sons, Charles, who served with the Army as an MP, in El Paso, Texas, and Phillip, who also joined the Army and spent time in Korea.

During the years where the war retreated into memory, John and Clara frequently went to reunions of survivors of the USS Oklahoma. There the stories and memories flowed. A compartment full of men had sunk with the ship, but in the shallow waters of Pearl Harbor they had made enough noise to be heard. When they were rescued by divers, they had spent time in pitch black darkness with water up to their necks. Then there was a priest aboard from Dubuque, Iowa, who rescued many men by forcing them out of a small porthole into the water. The priest had perished, however, as he was too large to fit through the opening.

Clara said that attending the survivors' reunions was like getting together with family. One reunion took place in Hawaii and a survivor from Mississippi was told by his doctor that his health wouldn't allow such a long trip. He told the doctor he'd rather be dead in Pearl Harbor than alive in Gulfport. He went and he returned.

The last reunion the Highs attended was in, aptly enough, Oklahoma City in 1990. Because of John's illness they did not attend the 1991 reunion, and will likely miss the 1992 get-together in Norfolk, Va.

But the memories and heroic actions of men under extreme conditions remain as an inspiration to us all. As VFW Commander Bill Tankersley said at Saturday's ceremony, "America answered the call and the rest is history."

The USS Arizona remains at the bottom of Pearl Harbor, a memorial to that day of infamy, and a reminder that we live in a volatile, unpredictable world. And what of the USS Oklahoma? She was raised and was going to be repaired. But as tugboats were pulling her out to sea, the lines broke and the ship sank again. The Navy let her rest. It was her men, not herself, that answered the call 50 years ago. John High was one of those men.

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Nathan C. Beals, Probate Judge

While searching at Google Book Search, I found an interesting tidbit about my maternal 5th great grandfather, Nathan C. Beals (1789-1867). Nathan was mentioned in the book, Courts and Lawyers of Indiana by Leander John Monks, Logan Esarey, and Ernest Vivian Shockley. The book was published by Federal Pub. Co., in 1916 and was digitized from the Harvard University.

The mention on page 751 states, "Nathan C. Beals was the first Probate Judge (1844-46) of Howard county. He was a plain, good natured, unsophisticated farmer, and a man of average intellect. Benjamin Lesoura, who succeeded Beals, was an honest, upright and industrious citizen, and a farmer by occupation. Nathan C. Beals was elected to succeeded Judge Lesoura, and he, in turn, was followed by Robert Ervin, who served until the office was abolished."

At the time that he served, the county was known as Richardville county. Howard county was organized out of the Miami Reservation as Richardville county by act of the Indiana State Legislature on January 15, 1844. On December 28, 1846 the name of the county was changed to Howard by another act of the State Legislature.

Nathan appears in the 1850 census of Howard county in Taylor township with his occupation listed as a millwright, age 61, birthplace unknown. The 1860 census of Howard county shows his age as 70, born in Tennessee. Nathan was born 1789-9mo-3rd within the confines of Lost Creek Monthly Meeting, Jefferson County, Tennessee. He died 1867-9mo-5d in Humboldt, Richardson Co., Nebraska.

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Ambitious Project

Yesterday I began the rather ambitious project of transcribing the newspapers of Alexandria found in the Alexandria-Monroe Public Library. The history room has the Alexandria Times-Tribune starting with March 1, 1905. The Times began in 1885 and merged with the Tribune (began in 1898) in 1903 to become the Times-Tribune. Most of my maternal ancestry was in the Alexandria area at that time, and my hope is that by embarking on this project I will discover new data about my family.

Alexandria was a booming place in those early days due to the discovery of natural gas. The town was settled in 1836. By 1890, the population was only 715 but by 1900 the population had grown to 7,221, of which 1005 were foreign born, according to the 1910 Encyclopedia Britannica. Population growth of over 700 percent was a direct result of the numerous factories that at one time existed in the area.

I will be posting the articles that I transcribe to the INMADISO-L mailing list at Rootsweb. This is a mailing list dedicated to those seeking information about their families from Madison County, Indiana. The activity on the list has been rather slow lately, but hopefully my postings will not only help another researcher but also stimulate discussion traffic on the list.

At another county mailing list I subscribe to a similar project there by an individual has greatly increased the knowledge of the county and its people and has helped my research. My goal is to be able to give someone else a clue or a nugget as I do my own digging.

My goal is to try to work on this at least one lunch hour per week and see how that goes.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Seasons Past

December 1971 @ Grandma Wright's
[L-R : Kellie Wright, Jim Wright, Travis LeMaster, Jason LeMaster (seated)]

Christmastime is full of many traditions and memories in my family. I remember as a child going on Christmas Eve to my Grandma Wright's house in Alexandria, and then on Christmas day, after opening presents at home, we would travel to Grandma LeMaster's in Portland.

One of the family traditions that I recall from my youth at Christmastime was gathering together for a family photo. My cousins and I would gather next to the plastic Santa, who had our names written on his list, and pose for a group photo. The Santa is now at my mom & dad's, and they've tried to carry on the tradition by adding the grand kids names to Santa's list. I'm not sure when the Santa tradition started, as he is not in the 1971 photo above.

Another tradition I can recall from Grandma Wright's was the famous red punch that was a hit with the kids. If I remember correctly, it was Hawaiian Punch with ice cream. Many of the photographs from that time will show us kids with red punch smiles!

Early Christmas morning we had to eat breakfast before we could open any presents. I remember dad getting out the old Super 8 movie camera and the big light that it had. We each had to take a turn opening presents, so that everyone could see what was being opened. After everything was opened, we each placed all of our loot on the bed for a photograph that would show all of the things that we received. When we would get dressed to head over to Grandma LeMaster's we could take one or two things with us to play with.

At Grandma LeMaster's I remember a big meal with lots of cousins around watching football on television or playing games. Many times that would be the only time of the year that I would see these cousins.
Christmas continues to be a special time of the year for me, but for different reasons now. I wonder what the kid in the picture above was thinking about.
Submitted to the 61st Carnival of Genealogy :: Traditions

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Nancy Byars Power (1802-1876)

Received an email from another researcher who found my WorldConnect database and sent me an addition for my records. So many times I have been given additional information and corrections to data through postings online.

David Alsup sent me information on the death date and place of Nancy (Byars) Power, my first cousin 6 times removed. She was the daughter of John and Catherine (Heck) Byars, and died August 14, 1876 in Bracken County, Kentucky. Many of the Heck family were in this area.

This is a family that I didn't have much information on, nor would I have time to dig into, but it is nice that someone took the time to add to and make corrections to my data.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Creating and sharing memories

This weekend my daughter, Corinne, and her boyfriend, Ryan, were here from Evansville for a visit to Alexandria. Staying at her grandparents gave her the opportunity to show her boyfriend some of the highlights of the Alexandria area, and I had the privilege of going along.

One of the highlights of the tour was a visit to the World's Largest Ball of Paint, a roadside attraction that no one should miss. Both Corinne and Ryan had the opportunity to add a coat of paint to the ball, sign their names in the registry, and obtained a certificate showing that they had placed another layer of paint on the ball. Corinne even bought Ryan a T-shirt so that he would always remember the visit.

We toured the area of Orestes and Alexandria, showing them the old Orestes Elementary, the famous Oak Tree, Red Gold and the county landfill. As we came into Alexandria down Harrison Street, we showed them some of the old storefronts and stopped by the library. A trip to Gaither Family Resources to show one thriving business that Alexandria is famous for and a trip by the old ball diamonds.

As we drove, mom started talking about the old mill in Alexandria and remembering when her grandfather would haul grain into town and she would ride along. At that time the roads were all gravel. This was a memory that she hadn't shared before, or I hadn't remembered. We drove by where the old Armscamp Speedway was and she told me that her dad used to qualify the cars for her uncle to drive, another story that I need to find out more about. We drove by the old abandoned Lippincott glass factory and pointed out where the Alexandria Hospital used to be, as well as the old paper mill, etc. It is hard to believe that the town had so many factories at one time.

Memories like this need to be written down and I plan to 'interview' mom over the holidays and the coming weeks to get these types of stories written down.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

They counted him twice

My maternal 2nd-great granduncle, Jesse WRIGHT, was counted twice in the 1910 census of Monroe Township, Madison County, Indiana. Jesse (1878-1919) was the son of Joseph and Rebecca (Heaton) Wright.

On the April 15, 1910 return, Jesse was living in the Virgil S. DAY household as a roomer. Jesse was listed as male, aged 32, single, born in Indiana and both parents born in Indiana. His occupation was listed as a postal clerk for the railroad, and he could read and write.

Virgil S. DAY was the husband of Jesse's niece, Myrtle M. (Jones) DAY. Myrtle was the daughter of William Alpha and Elizabeth (Wright) Jones.

On the April 22, 1910 return, Jesse was living in the Albert VINSON household as a boarder. Jesse was listed as a male, age 32, born in Indiana with father born Ohio and mother born in Indiana. His occupation was listed as clerk in mail dept., and he could read and write.

Albert VINSON was the husband of Jesse's sister, Anna L. (Wright) VINSON.

Though I'm sure he's not the only member of my family who has been counted twice in the census, at least in Monroe Township in 1910, the count is off by at least one.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Nuggets from the verticle files

I went to the Alexandria-Monroe Public Library on Wednesday during my lunch hour and did a quickie search for more family information. My main focus was to look for the 1901 atlas of Madison County, Indiana because I had seen some of its' color plat maps of the various townships.

I quickly found maps showing the locations of family farms in Monroe and Pipe Creek townships. Will have to return to this atlas for copies of the maps and co-ordinate that will research at the recorder's office. It was very interesting to see how different the towns such as Alexandria, Orestes, Frankton, etc. appeared in 1901 versus today. At that time, there was a boom due to the discovery of natural gas and many factories in the towns.

I also took a peek at the vertical files in the library - and they are a treasure trove of unpublished information. Buried among the photos and newspaper clippings were some handwritten and typewritten histories of the town of Alexandria and the people who built it. Fascinating stuff that I will have to come back to again to dig into.

One interesting item I found was a 1964-65 typewritten directory of the First Christian Church. In it I found my grandfather, William Wright, listed as an elder and my grandmother listed as a deaconess. Now I knew that my grandmother had been in the choir, etc., but I was under the impression that my grandfather was not active in the church. When I mentioned this to my mother, the paper brought up memories of the pastor at the time, and she stated that her dad did serve as an elder - it was a rotating position. She also mentioned that the whole family was baptized in 1960, right before her brother had gone off to college, and that my grandmother had moved her membership from a church in Elwood. Mom thought grandma's church in Elwood may have been a Baptist or a E.U.B. church, she wasn't sure. I knew that the Wright's had been involved in this church for awhile, but this was about the most insight my mother has ever mentioned about her faith experience. She quickly changed the subject to other things. Will have to explore this area of research another day.

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Research Trip : Allen County Public Library, Ft. Wayne, IN

On Election Day, after voting, I headed up to the Allen County Public Library in Ft. Wayne to spend the day doing genealogical research. It had been several years since I had been to the library. Geographically speaking, the trip to the library is only about an hour's drive, yet for a number of reasons I've been unable to break away and visit since they remodeled.

I was pleasantly surprised with the changes to the library - the parking garage for one was a nice addition. Previously, I remember parking a few blocks away at a fast food chain restaurant and walking a couple of blocks. I was expecting to pay to park, but on Tuesday I was not required to pay for parking. This may have had something to do with Election Day.

I arrived just before the library opened at 9:00 a.m. and quickly found my way upstairs to the genealogy section. The last time I was at the library I didn't have a laptop and I was looking forward to being able to have my database right in front of me as I searched. The reference librarian help me with questions that I had, including giving a nice map of the facility that showed the locations of all of the stacks. On previous visits, I remember the searching the enormous card catalog, filling out a paper slip to request a book, dropping it off and then having to wait for someone to retrieve the book from the stacks. Having the ability to wander around the stacks freely was a pleasant surprise.

I had tried to prepare as much as possible for this trip by limiting the family I was focusing on to the Wright and allied families of the Clermont and Brown County, Ohio area. I had already printed out a listing of several local history works from their card catalog that I wanted to research, and I eagerly dove in to my research. Although I was joined by others throughout the day, I was able to have a research table to myself, my laptop plugged in and ready to go.

I found some paydirt almost right away in the first work I looked into that showed the location of my relatives in Clermont County in the 1802 census prior to the Enabling Act that established Ohio as a state. I quickly made copies of these pages and others that I found, trying to make sure that I hit every work on my list and marking those that yielded negative research. More on this information later.

The family history stacks were another area that I was glad I could wander around. Though I had a few on my list to look into, as the day wore on and I was closing out the research on the Wright line, I decided to stray a bit from my research path and look into some other family genealogies. I managed to locate some possible further research on a line that ties into my wife's family.

One thing that I forgot to prepare for was more photocopy money. The library charges $.10 per copy, a really cheap price, and also offers you the option of purchasing a copy card where you can put the denomination you would like on the card. I did not do that this time, as I didn't know if I would use it all, nor did I know when I would be able to get back up to the library.

I didn't plan my lunch time well either, around 2 p.m. I was really getting hungry, was done with the research that I had originally come to the library to do, and decided to leave. I was conflicted in having a whole day to research in the library and yet here I was ready to leave so early. My wife was surprised when I called her and told her I was heading home early. I could have very easily grabbed something to eat and then returned to the library, but in the end I decided to head back home so I could watch the election returns. Now I wish I had just stayed at the library until it closed.

Overall, it was a good experience to get back to the ACPL and I didn't even touch on the microfilms, etc. this trip.

Friday, October 31, 2008

Obituary : Carey Lambertson (1846-1918)

Source : Elwood, Indiana Call-Leader, March 18, 1918, page 1.

Carey Lambertson

Cousin of President Wilson Died Here This Morning

Carey Lambertson, aged 72, died at his home at 1906 North F street, this morning at 6 o'clock, after an illness of two weeks, of bronchial pneumonia.

He was one of Elwood's best residents, held in high esteem by all who knew him and there was a general regret expressed by his long time friends and neighbors on learning of his death.

Mr. Lambertson was born in Butler county, Ohio, April 29, 1846, and was the son of John and Sarah Wilson Lambertson. He was a first cousin of President Wilson.

Thirty-seven years ago he removed to Indiana, locating in Hamilton county, where he was married to Clara E. Cook in 1848. Five children were born to this union, a son, Samuel, dying about six years ago. The surviving children are Charles W. and Bert of this city, Mrs. Frank Fisher, near Arcadia, and Mrs. Omer Whisler, of Atlanta. The family removed to this city from Cicero, where they have since resided.

Mr. Lambertson met with an automobile accident last September, since which time he has been in failing health.

He was a member of the Quaker church at Providence, Hamilton county, and a consistent christian man all of his life, enjoying the regard of all who knew him.

The arrangements for the funeral were not announced this afternoon.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Obituary : Paul W. Wright (1905-1994)

Source : Anderson Herald Bulletin, December 12, 1994.

Paul W. Wright, 89, formerly of 1310 Brown St., died Dec. 10, 1994 at Community Hospital following an extended illness.

He was born Feb. 22, 1905, in Alexandria, and lived all of his life in this area. He graduated from Alexandria High School in 1923 and retired in 1965 from the U.S. Postal Service after 42 years as a rural mail carrier.

He was a member of Mount Moriah Masonic Lodge for 66 years and was a member of Rural Carriers Union.

Survivors include his wife, Dorothy May Wright; three sons and daughters-in-law; Gene and Sue Wright of Anderson, Maurie and Elizabeth Wright of Anderson, and Robert and Rebecca Wright of Indianapolis; eight grandchildren, David Wright, Linda Wright, Laura Krivoshia, Cathy Wright, Scott Wright, Greg Wright, Kimberly Wright and Jeff Wright.; two great-grandchildren, KateLyn and Cameron Krivoshia.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Bertha Wright; a brother, Fred Wright, and a sister, Erma Johnson.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Brown-Butz-Diedring Funeral Home, Anderson, with Dr. Robert Jackson officiating. Burial will be in East Maplewood Cemetery.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

May - Wright wedding

Source : Alexandria Times Tribune, May 23, 1928, page 1.

The wedding of Miss Dorothy May, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas May, and Paul Wright, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Wright, of Alexandria, will take place this evening at the home of the bride's parents, east of Anderson. The single ring ceremony will be read at 8 o'clock by Rev. Alva Lindsay, before an altar arranged in the living room of the home, formed of palms, ferns and other spring flowers. The young couple will be unattended and will take their places before the altar, while Miss Eveylyn Martin plays the wedding march from Lohengrin. The bride will wear a smart frock of peach georgette with rows of black velvet ribbon as trimming on the rather full skirt, with basque waist. A corsage of bride's roses and ferns will complete the ensemble, together with shoes and hose in peach shade. Following the wedding ceremony, an informal reception will be held and a buffet luncheon will be served. A bride's cake, wreathed in cut flowers will form the decoration for the centerpiece of the serving table, where Mrs. Orville Stohler and Miss Velma Bronnenberg will assist the hostess in entertaining. The invited guests include : Mr. and Mrs. Charles Wright, Mr. and Mrs. W.H. May, Mr. and Mrs. I.N. May, Mr. and Mrs. Leslie May, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Wright, Mr. and Mrs. M. May, and Mrs. Mary May, all of Alexandria; Mr. and Mrs. Leonard of Pioneer, O.; Mr. and Mrs. P. May of Shirley, Ind.; Mr. and Mrs. John Hay, of Windfall and Miss Velma Thomas, of Linville, Ind. After a brief wedding trip the couple will be at home to their friends in the Loan apartments at Anderson. Miss May is a graduate of the Anderson high school, and has been employed as a stenographer at the city hall there. Mr. Wright who is a mail clerk at the Anderson post office, formerly lived in Alexandria where he was graduated from the Alexandria high school. Both young people have a number of relatives and friends in the vicinity.

Wrong Anniversary Date : Joseph Wright - Dorothy Palmer

In my database, I have always had the marriage date of my maternal 3rd great grandfather, Joseph WRIGHT to his second wife, Dorothy PALMER as taking place on April 9, 1891 in Madison County, Indiana.

Secondary sources, such as Dorothy's obituary, backed up this data by stating that they were also married on April 9th.

Which is why you should always try to go back to the original sources - as in looking through my files, I found that I had the copy of the actual marriage record from the Madison County, Indiana clerk's office - and it shows that the license was issued on April 9th but the couple was united in marriage on Apirl 11th by Benjmain F. McCarty.

Obituary : John William Wright (1860-1945)

Source : Alexandria Times Tribune, June 6, 1945

The body of the late John W. Wright, who died Tuesday morning at his country home, was moved Tuesday afternoon from the Roger C. Gipe funeral home to the residence of his son, Virgil Wright, 2 1/2 miles southwest of the city, where friends and neighbors may call. Funeral services will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. in the First Christian church, of which he was a member. Rev. G.W. Winfrey, the pastor, will speak and interment will be in I.O.O.F. cemetery.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Obituary : Jesse Wright (1878-1919)

Source : Alexandria Times Tribune, Alexandria, Indiana, April 1, 1919, page 1.


Former Resident of Alexandria Expires Suddenly This Morning Near Linwood - Body Taken to Anderson

Jesse Wright, age 41 years, a mail clerk in the employee of the U.S. government on trains between Anderson and Elkhart, Ind., died suddenly after 10 o'clock this morning while the train was speeding on its way to Anderson. He was afflicted with heart trouble.

Mr. Wright formerly resided in Alexandria and a few months ago he returned to work after a serious attack of sickness. After the death of his wife, who was formerly Miss Hazel O'Bryant, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bradford O'Bryant, Mr. Wright frequently visited relatives in Alexandria.

The body was taken on to Anderson and prepared for burial. The funeral will either be held here or Anderson. Mrs. Bradford O'Bryant went to Anderson this morning.

Mr. Wright was a member of the Alexandria Lodge of Masons.

Joseph Wright, father of Jesse Wright, is a well-known farmer living south of Alexandria. Charles Wright, Edward Wright, James Wright and John Wright are brothers. Mrs. Thomas Fox, of near Pendleton, is a sister.

Source : Alexandria Times Tribune, Alexandria, Indiana , April 2, 1919, page 1.

The body of Jesse Wright, railway mail clerk, who died suddenly of heart trouble while distributing mail on a Big Four train between this city and Linwood Monday morning, was brought here this afternoon from the home of a sister at Anderson and buried in the Odd Fellows cemetery. Members of the Masonic Lodge here met the body at the cemetery.

Thursday, October 09, 2008

Will of George Wright (1853), Brown County, Ohio

Source : Brown County, Ohio Probate Court, Georgetown, Ohio, Will Book 3, page 99.

This day the last Will and Testament of George Wright late of Brown County Ohio deceased was produced in open Court and was duly proved by the oath of James Crawford one of the subscribing witnesses thereto and John J. Gregory and Joseph T. Gregory the other subscribing witnesses to said Will having departed this life their hand writing was duly proved by the oaths of William Tatman and James Crawford which testimony was reduced to writing and signed and it appearing from the Testimony that said Will was duly attested and executed and that said testator was at the time of executing the same of full age and of sound mind memory and sight and under no legal restraint it is ordered by the Court that said Will and Testimony be recorded. And Samuel P. Wright and Joseph Wright two of the Executors named in said Will declines to accept the trust of executing said Will and John Wright the other Executor having signified his acceptance of the trust of Executing the said Will. It is therefor ordered that Letters testamentary be issued to him on his giving bond in the sum of six hundred dollars, with Samuel P. Wright and Joshua Bratten his secure & conditioned according to law. The Court appoint Lewis Calvin, Noah Hite and Joseph McFadden appraisers of the personal estate of the said Testator.

Will: In the name of God, amen.
I George Wright of Washington Township Brown County Ohio being in health of body and sound mind and memory calling to memory calling to mind the uncertainty of human life and the possible suddenness of death do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament that is to say principally and first of all I do recommend my soul to God who gave it and my body to the Earth and touching such worldly interest wherewith it has pleased God to bless me with this life I give devise and dispose of the same in the following manner and form first it is my will that my wife Elizabeth shall have possession of one of the rooms of the house that I now reside in so long as she remains my Widow also I bequeath unto her all the household furniture to dispose of as she thinks proper and shall also draw sufficient rent of my farm for her support during her natural life or so long as she shall remain my widow lest if she marry she shall relinquish her claim to the room and rent all lands that I possess at my death I give unto my two sons John Wright and Samuel P. Wright to be equally divided between them Samuel is to possess the house in which I now live and Samuel to own the wagon that I bought of James Higgins. I bequeath my two daughters all the personal property that I have at my death it is also my will that my two sons shall pay my daughter Susanna ten dollars a year for three years which will make her thirty dollars. It is also my will that my two sons shall pay my daughter Sarah ten dollars a year for two years which will make her twenty dollars. Lastly I constitute and appoint my two sons John and Samuel and my brother Joseph Wright Executors of this my last Will and Testament and I do hereby revoke and disavow all former Wills by and made in witness whereof I have hereunto set my Hand and seal this 12th day of August A.D. 1845. George Wright

Signed and published and pronounced by the said George Wright as his last Will and Testament in the presence of us who in his presence and in the presence of each other have set our names
John J. Gregory
James Crawford, his mark
Joseph S. Gregory

Proof : State of Ohio Brown County:
This day came into open Court William Tatman who being duly sworn says that he was well acquainted with John J. Gregory in his lifetime and that he departed this life in the month of December 1850. He states that he was and is acquainted with the handwriting of said Gregory both by seeing him write and from instruments of writing acknowledged to be the genuine hand writing of said Gregory and as a witness to the last Will and Testament of George Wright deceased and from his knowledge of the handwriting of said Gregory he believes the signature of said Gregory as a witness to said Will to be his proper and Genuine hand writing and further says not. Wm. Tatman

Sworn to and ascribed before me this the 22nd day of August 1853
John J. Higgins, Probate Judge

State of Ohio Brown County :
This day came into open Court James Crawford one of the subscribing witnesses to the last Will and Testament of George Wright, deceased, who being duly sworn says that George Wright subscribed the paper writing purporting to be his last Will and Testament in the presence of this affiant and in the presence of John J. Gregory & Joseph S. Gregory the other subscribing witnesses thereto who are now both dead, that at the time he acknowledged the said papers writing to be his last Will and Testament, and was over twenty one years of age was of sound mind memory & judgement and under no restraint whatever and that this affiant and John J. Gregory and Joseph S. Gregory subscribed the said Will as witnesses thereto in the Presence of each other and in the presence of the said Testator and at his request James Crawford, his mark
Sworn to and ascribed before me this the 22nd day of August 1853
John J. Higgins, Probate Judge

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

George Wright, cabinetmaker?

You never quite know what you are going to find when surfing the net for your ancestors.

Recently, I did a 'Google' search for my ancestor, George Wright, and came across an article located at that mentioned George Wright who had a wife Elizabeth Robins, and died in Brown County, Ohio in 1853. This matched with my ancestry, so I quickly shot off an email to my relatives telling of the wonderful new lead.

This George Wright, was written up in a magazine called American Furnitue 2007 in an article about his work as the foreman for Joseph B. Barry & Son in Philadelphia. Apparently, George's cabinetry is in the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and was purchased by such notables as George Washington, etc. Who wouldn't love that type of story? The article mentions that after leaving Philadelphia, George left for Pittsburgh before settling in Washington Township, Brown County, Ohio after 1826 and then dying there in 1853.

After I had hit the 'send' button, bells and alarms started going off in my head. Yes, the name was the same and the name of the wife was correct. Even the death dates were right for George Wright and Elizabeth. But other dates didn't seem to add up. For instance, their son, John (my ancestor) was born in Pleasant Township, Clermont County (now Brown), Ohio in 1814, from a number of sources. So how could George be in Philadelphia/Pittsburgh and in Ohio at the same time?

I think that this is a case of someone mixing up two George Wrights with similar geographically locations. I have tried to contact the authors at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, but have not heard back from them. I also responded to my family that I think this may have been a mistaken identity, but you know how the rumors and internet go - already this 'fact' will be a family legend, and I'm the one who spread it.

I am now going to focus on obtaining more information about 'my' George Wright, as well as obtain the original article. I've found the magazine online for around $60, but perhaps I can obtain a copy through interlibrary loan.

Gloria Wright named winner at institue

Source : Alexandria Times-Tribune, [n.d.]

Gloria Wright named winner at institute

Gloria Wright, 1963-64 editor of the "Spectrum" yearbook of Alexandria-Monroe High School, is one of four first place winners in laboratories for yearbook editors at the Indiana University High School Journalism Institute.

Miss Wright, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bill Wright, was recognized at closing ceremonies for the institute Friday night, following the completion of the two weeks course.

The Alexandria-Monroe High School senior attended the institute on a scholarship from the Times-Tribune.

Monday, October 06, 2008

Obituary : Chester Arthur "Mike" Wright (1896-1955)

Source : Alexandria Times-Tribune, June 21, 1955, page 1

"Mike" Wright, 58, Dies in Ohio; Rites Thursday

Chester (Mike) Wright, 58, well-known farmer near Alexandria, died at 7:30 p.m. Monday in University hospital, Columbus, Ohio where he was taken a few days ago. He had been ill for five months.

Mr. Wright lived on a farm on rural route 3 about 3 1/2 miles southwest of Alexandria.

He was born on the same farm on October 18, 1896, the son of John W. and Ellen Wright. He lived on this farm his entire life. He married Mamie Lawson in Alexandria in 1939.

Surviving besides the wife are two daughters, Mrs. June Harting of Elwood, and Miss Patricia Wright, at home; one brother, Virgil Wright, rural route 2, Alexandria; three grandchildren; and two uncles living in Alexandria, Charles and Ed Wright.

The body was taken to the Davis and Stricler Funeral Home, where friends will be received after 7 p.m. today.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Orestes Christian Church, conducted by the Rev. Dr. Raymond Miller, pastor. The body will be taken to the church at 9 a.m., an hour before the time of service.

Source : Alexandria Times-Tribune, June 22, 1955, page 1

Wright Funeral To Be Thursday

Funeral services for Chester (Mike) Wright will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Orestes Christian Church, conducted by the Rev. Dr. Raymond Miller, pastor.

Friends are now being received at the Davis and Stricler Funeral Home. They body will be taken to the church at 9 a.m., one hour before the time of the service.

Mr. Wright, a well-known farmer southwest of Alexandria, died at Columbus, Ohio. He was 58.

Source : Alexandria Times-Tribune, June 23, 1955, page 1.

"Mike" Wright Services Today

Funeral services for Chester (Mike) Wright (above) were held at 10 a.m. today at the Orestes Christian Church, conducted by the Rev. Raymond Miller, pastor.

Pallbearers were Harlon Scott, Gurney Scott, John Bangle, Warren Hicks, Ted Hosier and Lester Farmer.

Burial was in Park View cemetery. Davis and Stricler Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Wright, a well-known farmer southwest of Alexandria, died at Columbus, Ohio, on Monday. He was 58.

Thursday, October 02, 2008

What ever happened to Uncle Mike?

Ever since I started working on my family history, there have been certain gaps in the family story that have intrigued me. Usually these mysteries have been compounded by the fact that none of the current generation was around at the time of the event or the stories were simply not handed down. One of those in my family is that of my maternal great-granduncle, Chester Arthur WRIGHT, whose nickname was "Mike".

Chester Arthur WRIGHT was the son of John William and Ellen (KING) WRIGHT, born October 18, 1896 in Orestes, Madison County, Indiana. He was the younger brother of my great-grandfather, Virgil Lee WRIGHT. Why his nickname was "Mike", is a mystery, although I can imagine that it sounds better than being named after a U.S. President named Chester.

One mystery is why would he be named after this particular U.S. President. Although many babies are named after war heroes and politicians, in this case, Chester Arthur was no longer President. In fact, he had been deceased for 10 years by the time "Mike" came around. There is no known family connection to the Arthur family. Perhaps his parents were Republicans, or admired him for some other reason, but either way he was named for the 21st President.

A few colorful stories have been handed down to me regarding Uncle Mike - one of them being that his father, John, ran off his first wife. Apparently, there was some bad blood and he didn't care for his son's choice. Mike's first wife suppossedly burnt the Wright family bible in anger, so she receives the heresay blame for the loss of this treasure. Who knows what family jewels may have been in this Bible?

Recently, I began to try and piece together the story of Uncle Mike and his family. I knew that he had a daughter from his first marriage, Vivian, whose granddaughter I went to school with. But other than that, I didn't know where and when he died, the name of his second wife, or any other children.

Searching out the census records, in the 1920 census, Chester A. Wright, aged 23 years, single, Farmer who could read and write was living in his father's household, the John W. Wright household, in Monroe Township, Madison County, Indiana. The enumeration date of the census was January 15, 1920, and Mike didn't stay single for too long, as he was married March 5, 1920 in Madison County to Erma Violet HAYES, daughter of John and Cora (Reason) HAYES.

By the 1930 census, Chester A. Wright, aged 33 years, divorced, Farmer was again living with in his father's household in Monroe Township. So, sometime between those ten years, he married, had a daughter, and was divorced. The search for the missing years was on - and I still needed to find out how the story would end.

Through newspaper sources, I was able to find the obituary of Mike's daugther, Vivian, in the Elwood, Indiana Call-Leader. In the obituary, it stated that Vivian was the daughter of Marvin and Erma (Hayes) Dailey, and listed her children and grandchildren, some of whom I already knew. One key fact was Erma's remarriage to Marvin Dailey. With this piece of information, I was able to find her obituary as well and learn that she had other children from her second marriage. Erma was born in nearby Frankton, Indiana on May 2, 1902, and would have been only 17 when she married Uncle Mike.

Searching in the Elwood Public Library, I was able to find birth records of the other children of Erma with Marvin Dailey and find out that she and Uncle Mike hadn't been married very long before the were divorced, perhaps only a couple of years. Maybe the story about her being run off by my 2nd-great grandfather was true. I still need to seek out the divorce records in the Madison County courthouse.

After the 1930 census, I didn't have any other records in my database that would shed any light on what had happened to Uncle Mike. I knew that he was still living at the time of his father's death in 1945, as he was mentioned in the obituary. For some reason, I had neglected to retrace my steps, as if I had done that, I would have found that I had his date of death, 1955, right under my nose.

The Alexandria-Monroe Township Public Library has an online database of obituaries from local newspapers, and I was able to find that the obituary for Chester Arthur Wright appeared on June 21, 1955 in the Alexandria Times-Tribune. I was quickly able to locate not only his obituary, but funeral notices over the next few days to piece together the end of the story. Interestingly, though he lived his entire life in the area, he was rushed to a Columbus, Ohio hospital where he died. The State of Ohio has many death certificates online, but they stop in 1953, just shy of the year I need to see this one, so I will have to write to them to obtain more details.

His obituary mentioned a second wife, Mamie, and a daughter Patricia. My mother said she remembers hearing that name, and thinks that Patricia may have been Mamie's daughter that Mike adopted and took the Wright name - but there is a whole new avenue to research.

Chester Arthur Wright, son of John William and Ellen (King) Wright was born October 18, 1896 Orestes, Madison County, Indiana, died June 20, 1955 Columbus, Ohio. He married Mamie Lawson in Alexandria, Madison County, Indiana in 1939.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Obituary : James Wright (1868-1936)

Source : Alexandria Times Tribune, Alexandria, Indiana, October 14, 1936, page 1.


Born South Of City And Had Lived Here All His Lifetime

James Wright, 68, who was born on a farm two miles south of Alexandria and who had lived in this community all of his life, died at 9:15 a.m. today at the family home at 515 South Wayne street after an extended illness with a complication of ailments.

The body was taken to the Davis & Stricler funeral home, and will be returned this evening to the Wright residence, where funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday. The minister who will have charge will be announced later. Interment will be in a local cemetery.

Mr. Wright was a son of the late Joseph and Rebecca Wright, and lived in the county south of Alexandria until eight years ago, when he and his wife retired from active farm duties and came to this city to live. Mrs. Wright was formerly Miss Carrie B. Hicks, and they were married 41 years last November.

She survives him, with four daughters, Mrs. Frances E. Sexton, Mrs. Olivia Jones, Mrs. Mabel Frees and Mrs. Helen McDermott, all living her, and five grandchildren.

He is also survived by three brothers, Charles Wright and John Wright, of Alexandria, and Edward E. Wright, of Fort Wayne. Mrs. Daisy Fox, of Delaware, O., is a surviving sister.

Obituary : Helen L. McDermitt (1908-1995)

Source : Anderson Herald-Bulletin, Anderson, Indiana, March 21, 1995.

Alexandria - Helen L. McDermitt, 86, Rt. 4, died March 18, 1995, at Community Hospital in Anderson after an extended illness.

She was born May 21, 1908, in Alexandria, the daughter of James and Clara (Hicks) Wright and resided in Alexandria all of her life.

She worked at Mullins Shoe Store, Mahoney's Shoe Store and National Gypsum Corp., all formerly of Alexandria.

She was a member of First Christian Church of Alexandria, at one time was secretary-treasurer of Madison County Farm Bureau, member of Alexandria Eagles Auxiliary and Alexandria Senior Guild.

Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Basil Jr. and Betty McDermitt of Alexandria; two sisters, Olivia Frazier of Alexandria and Mabel Frees of Daleville; four grandchildren, Lisa Daniel of Marion, Mrs. Tom (Rita) Whitsel of Anderson, and Jimmy McDermitt and Mary Smith, both of Alexandria; two great-grandsons, Tracy Pine and Travis Pine, both of Alexandria.

Her husband of 62 years, Basil O. "Jack" McDermitt, died August 21, 1987.

Gravesite service will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at IOOF cemetery with the Rev. Jerry Young, pastor of Alexandria Christian Congregation Church officiating.

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. today at Owens Funeral Home, Alexandria. Memorial contributions may be made to Alexandria Christian Congregation Church through the funeral home.

Mr. and Mrs. Ord Weldon LeMaster

Source : undated newspaper clipping, believed to be from Muncie Star, Muncie, Indiana

Mr. and Mrs. Ord Weldon LeMaster

The Dec. 7 marriage of Miss Gloria Jean Wright to Mr. Ord Weldon LeMaster of Portland, Ind., is announced by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. William Wright, 610 W. Broadway, Alexandria, Ind.

The wedding ceremony was read in the Hazelwood Christian Church at Muncie, by Rev. Robert Sulanke.

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Hurst, of Muncie, served as best man and matron of honor.

A reception followed at the Patio, Muncie, after which the newlyweds left for a honeymoon to Tennessee and the Rice Bowl.

The bride is a graduate of Alexandria-Monroe High School in 1964 and Ball State University in 1967, with a B.S. degree in elementary education. She is employed by the Muncie Community Schools as a third grade teacher at Roosevelt Elementary School.

The bridegroom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Ord W. LeMaster, 1107 W. Water St., Portland, Ind. He is a graduate of Portland High School in 1962 and Ball State University in 1966 with a degree in history and geography. He is employed by Jay County Schools as a history teacher at Dunkirk High School.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

About to be Wed : Wright - LeMaster

Source : Alexandria Times Tribune, November 24, 1967

About to be Wed

Mr. and Mrs. William Wright, 610 W. Broadway, Alexandria, announce the engagement of their daughter, Gloria Jean, to Ord Weldon LeMaster, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ord W. LeMaster, 1107 W. Water St., Portland.

Miss Wright, a 1964 graduate of Alexandria-Monroe High School, was graduated from Ball State University in 1967 with a B.S. in Elementary Education. She is a third grade teacher at Roosevelt Elementary School in Muncie.

Mr. LeMaster is a 1962 graduate of Portland High School and was graduated from Ball State University in 1966 with a B.S. in history and geography. He will complete his Master of Arts degree next summer at Ball State. Mr. LeMaster teaches history at Dunkirk High School.

No definite date has been set for the wedding.

Source : Muncie Star, November 26, 1967

Muncie Teacher to Wed Ord LeMaster of Portland

The engagement of Miss Gloria Jean Wright to Ord Weldon LeMaster is announced by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. William Wright, Alexandria. Mr. LeMaster is the son of Ord W. LeMaster, Portland.

Miss Wright is a graduate of Alexandria-Monroe High School and received a B.S. degree in elementary education from Ball State University. She is a third grade teacher at Roosevelt Elementary in Muncie.

Mr. LeMaster is a graduate of Portland High School and Ball State, where he received a B.S. degree in history and geography. Attending Ball State graduate school, he is a history teacher at Dunkirk High School.

No date has been set for the wedding.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Facts right under my nose

Sometimes the missing facts that we seek are right under our nose the whole time, just waiting for us to look down and discover them.

When I started researching my family, I was a Boy Scout, eagerly writing down information as given to me by my parents, my grandmother, and any other relatives that I was able to contact either by letter or telephone. I would right down the information, never bothering to give a source, as at that time I didn't realize the importance of sourcing my information. The information was the main thing, not the reliability of the sources.

As I started to input my database onto a computer, first with a Commodore 64 and Rootsoft, then a PC and FamilyTreeMaker, my database continued to grow with each line that was added. The flurry of family trees posted on the Internet helped me to make other connections, or so I thought, and I became a name collector - attaching distant family trees to my own, not considering for a moment whether or not the information was accurate.

Along the way I began to collect a lot of files - so many, in fact, that I had a 5 drawer file cabinet full of family group sheets, census record printouts, and any other tidbit that came my way. As the recognized family historian, others in the family began to send me obituaries, birth notices, etc. over the years until these drawers were overflowing. I had managed to collect much information, but because I had not developed a habit of organization along the way, it was hard to know exactly what information I might have on a family in some instances.

Adding to my dilemma was the fact that I've had a couple of computer crashes along the way that have added to my 'data loss' misery. Backup, backup, backup. Wash, rinse, repeat.

Currently, I'm in the process of going through my scans and updating my database with information that I had in my possession, but didn't input into my files. In some cases, I've found that I've spent time, money and effort researching for facts that I already possessed. For example, I didn't realize that I had information about my 2nd-great granduncle "Mike" Wright's death already tucked away in a family group sheet that I've had in my possession for 10 years, which has led me down other avenues of research I will write about later.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Obituary : Erma M. Johnson (1901-1990)

Source : Anderson Herald Bulletin, September 1, 1990

Erma M. Johnson, 88, 909 Alexandria Pike, died Thursday at Americana Healthcare Center following an extended illness.

She was born Sept. 24, 1901 in Alexandria, and was a lifelong resident of Madison County. She retired in 1967 from Anderson Community Schools after 39 years as a teacher.

A member of Bethany Christian Church for more than 60 years, Loyal Workers Sunday School class, past president of Anderson Business & Professional Women's club; past president of Madison County Home Extension Clubs; 50-year member Order of Eastern Star 154, Madison County Mental Health Association, National, State, Local Retired Teachers Association, past president of Toll Gate Home Economics Club and Anderson Senior Citizens Center.

Survivors include her husband of 65 years, John C. Johnson; a son, Jim C. Johnson of Lenoir City, Tenn.; a daughter, Mrs. John (JoAnn) Smith of Anderson; a brother, Paul W. Wright of Alexandria; five grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Rozelle-Johnson Funeral Service with Lanis E. Kinneman officiating. Entombment will be at IOOF Odd Fellows Cemetery.

Friends may call from 11 a.m until time of service Tuesday at the funeral home.

Obituary : Anna L. Vinson (1864-1914)

Source : Alexandria Times Tribune, June 8, 1914


Six Months Illness from Complications of Diseases Results in Death.

Just as the shades of night were beginning to fall Saturday evening, Mrs. Anna L. Vinson, age 50 year, a well known and respected resident of Alexandria, passed to her reward after a lingering illness from a complication of diseases that had kept her confined to her bed for the past six months. For several days in the past week the Vinson home at 702 South Harrison street had been visited by relatives constantly as the death of Mrs. Vinson was expected at almost any moment. The funeral service will be conducted from the First Christian church Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock, and burial will take place in the Odd Fellow cemetery. Rev. George Winfrey will have charge of the service and the Rev. Wm. G. Smith, of Edinburgh, a former pastor of the Christian church here, and Rev. Whitecotton, of Anderson, will assist.

Mrs. Anna Vinson was born in the State of Ohio and at an early age moved to Madison county. She was married to A.M. Vinson, an Alexandria implement and automobile dealer. Mr. and Mrs. Vinson resided on a farm three miles north of Alexandria for a number of years, finally moving to this city where Mr. Vinson engaged in business. After her removal to this city Mrs. Vinson became active in church and social circles.

Besides the husband Mrs. Vinson is survived by her father, Joseph Wright, south of the city, and one sister, Mrs. Thomas Fox, of Pendleton, and five brothers, James, Edward, John, Charles White [sic] of this city, and Jesse Wright, of Anderson.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Obituary : Thomas Fox (1869-1926)

Source : Anderson Daily Bulletin, Tuesday, Februrary 2, 1926, page 3.

Pendleton, Ind. Feb. 2 - Funeral Services for Thomas A. Fox, age 56, who died at his home five miles west of Pendleton, Monday night, will be held at the home Thursday noon. Services and burial will take place at Alexandria Thursday afternoon. Besides his wife, Mrs. Daisy Fox, he is survived by two daughters, Miss Marie Fox and Mrs. Hazel Collier, and a son, Joseph Fox, all of Pendleton.

Source : Pendleton Times, Thursday, February 4, 1926, page 1.

The death of Thomas Fox, age 56, occurred Monday night at his late home west of here. The funeral was held this Thursday at the home and burial will take place at Alexandria. He is survived by the wife, Mrs. Daisy Fox, two daughters, Mrs. Hazel Colline, Miss Marie Fox, and one son, Joseph Fox, all of Pendleton.

Source : Alexandria Times Tribune, Tuesday, February 2, 1926, page 1.


Former Resident of This Community Passes Away Last Night

Thomas A. Fox, 56, a farmer, died last night at 10:00 o'clock at his home five miles west of Pendleton, after an illness of several years, although he had only been serious for the past two weeks. Mr. Fox was a former resident of this vicinity, having lived on a farm 5 miles southwest of Alexandria. Mrs. Fox, was before her marriage, Miss Daisy Wright, a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Wright, who were well known in this city and vicinity.

Mr. Fox is survived by the widow, Mrs. Daisy Fox, two daughters, Miss Marie Fox and Mrs. Hazel Collier, a son, Joseph Fox, and two grandchildren.

Short funeral services will be held at the family home at noon Thursday, with the Revs. Cady and Marlowe officiating, after which the funeral party will leave for Alexandria where the services will be held in the First Christian Church in charge of Rev. G.W. Winfrey and Rev. H.H. Wagner.

Source : Anderson Herald, Tuesday, February 2, 1926, page 1.


Special to the Herald. Lapel, Ind., Feb. 1 - Thomas A. Fox, age 56, farmer, died at his home five miles west of Pendleton, at 10:00 o'clock tonight after a lingering illness. Short services will be conducted at the residence at 12 m.[sic] Thursday, followed by services in the Alexandria Christian church. Burial will be made in Park View cemetery.

Mr. Fox is survived by the widow, Mrs. Daisy Fox; two daughters, Mis [sic] Marie Fox and Mrs. Hazel Collier, and a son, Joseph Fox.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Obituary : Dorothy Wright (1837-1926)

Thanks to the Anderson, Indiana Public Library, I was able to obtain the obituaries of Dorothy (Palmer) Wright, the second wife of my maternal 3rd-great grandfather. The 1900 census stated that she was born June 1837 in Pennsylvania, the 1910 census stated she was born in Ohio, yet these obituaries give even more clues to check out. One interesting note is that her sisters were living in Brown County, Ohio, which is where her husband, Joseph Wright, was from. Perhaps they knew each other previously or he went back to Brown County to find a wife after the death of his first wife, Rebecca Heaton.

Source : Anderson Daily Bulletin, Friday, March 5, 1926, page 7.

Funeral services for Mrs. Dorothy P. Wright, age 78, widow of the late Josehp [sic] Wright, well known resident of this community, who died of infirmities of old age at the family home, two and one-half miles southwest of the city, at 1:50 p.m. Thursday, will be held at 2 p.m. at the home, in the charge of the Rev. George W. Winfrey. Burial will follow in the I.O.O.F. cemetery. During the winter Mrs. Wright had been ill most of the time. For the last three weeks she was bedfast. She was the daughter of George and Mary Palmer, natives of West Virginia. She was born in Parkersburg, W. Va., June 27, 1847. When a small girl she moved to Ohio. On April 9, 1891, she was married to Joseph Wright in Anderson. Shortly after her marriage she moved to the old home place near here where she lived for 35 years. Mr. Wright died six years ago. The surviving relatives are one step-daughter, Mrs. Thomas Fox, of near Pendleton; four step-sons, John, Charles and James, of near Alexandria, and Edward, of Columbia City, Ind. Two sisters, Mrs. Margaret Wardlow, of Mount Orab, Ohio, Mrs. Sarah Peddicord of Georgetown, Ohio and eighteen grandchildren survive also.

Source : Anderson Daily Bulletin, Saturday, March 6, 1926, page 10.

Near Alexandria

Alexandria, Ind. March 6 - The funeral of Mrs. Dorothy P. Wright was held at 2 p.m. today at the family home, two and one half miles southwest of the city, in charge of the Rev. G.W. Winfrey, and internment followed at the I.O.O.F. cemetery. Mrs. Wright had been a resident of the country southwest of the city for 35 years and was well known.

Source : Anderson Herald, Friday, March 5, 1926, page 9.

Mrs. Wright Dead.

Mrs.Dorothy P. Wright, age 78, died at 1:30 p.m. today at her home two and one half miles southwest of the city. She had been in ill health for several months and bedfast for the past three weeks. She was the widow of Joseph Wright, who died six years ago, to whom she was married 36 years ago in Anderson. She was a native of Ohio. Surviving are one stepdaughter, Mrs. Thomas Fox of Pendleton, four stepsons, John, Charles and James Wright of near Alexandria, and Edward Wright of Columbia City. The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday from the home in charge of the Rev. George W. Winfrey, with burial in the I.O.O.F. cemetery here.

Source : Alexandria Times-Tribune, Friday, March 5, 1926, page 1.


Mrs. Dorothy P. Wright, aged 78 years, 9 months and 5 - days, for many years a resident of this community, passed away at her home two and one half miles southwest of the city at 1:50 p.m. Thursday, of infirmities of old age. She is the widow of the late Joseph Wright, and had a wide circle of acquaintances.

Mrs. Wright was a daughter of George and Mary Palmer, and was born in Parkersburg, W.Va., June 27, 1847, coming with her parents to Ohio when a small girl. She was united in marriage to Joseph Wright April 9, 1891, in Anderson, moving to the old homeplace where she has resided for the last 35 years. Her husband passed away six years ago last September.

Surviving are one step-daughter, Mrs. Thomas Fox, of near Pendleton; four step-sons, John, Charles and James near this city, and Edward, of Columbia City, Indiana; two sisters, Mrs. Margaret Wardlow of Mt. Orab, Ohio and Mrs. Sarah Peddicord of Georgetown, Ohio, and eighteen grandchildren.

The funeral will be held Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the family home with Rev. G.W. Winfrey in charge. Burial will be in the I.O.O.F. cemetery.

Source : Alexandria Times Tribune, Monday, March 8, 1926, page 1.


The funeral services of Mrs. Dorothy Wright were held Saturday afternoon at 2:00 o'clock at the home two and one half miles southwest of the city. The home was filled to overflowing with friends and relatives to pay their last respects to this well known woman. Rev. G.W. Winfrey, having charge of the services, selected for his text, 1st Sam.1-3, "There is but a step between me and death." The flower carriers were Olive Wright, Louise Wright, Mabel Wright and Zelma Ruth Wright. Pallbearers were Virgil Wright, Charles Sexton, George Hardcastle, Fred Wright, Jack McDermitt and Carl Brown. The singers, Mrs. Girtha Auler and Mrs. Audrey Cripe, sang "Shall We Meet", "Take the name of Jesus with you," and "When they ring the Golden Bells for you and me." Burial was in the Odd Fellows cemetery.