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Montgomery County, Indiana

A part of The INGenWeb project :)


About Me!

Alumni Records - SCHOOLS - growing like crazy - fun time :)

Bible Records


Blog -- Karen's Gen Blog

Brick Wall



Court Records

Crawfordsville District Public Library's databases -- this site & the library's site works very well together :) Enjoy

Diaries & Journals

Family Fact Sheets

Family Recipes


  • Towns (list of towns - town photo albums are under Photos - places - 504 to date :) WOW
  • Letters
  • Military



Photographs (town albums here under "places") -- includes businesses; churches; events; groups; lost & found - so sad :( -- people; photographers; places; post cards -- ENJOY!


Reunions - Family; School; War Units; Jobs

What's New

Who's Who


NOTE: I and many others have spent 21 years (from its inception) on this project -- PLEASE GIVE CREDIT if you use our work! I've found hundreds of obituaries FROM THIS SITE on findagrave and many personal genealogy sites - I know the obituaries etc. came from here but I don't see any credit. PLEASE GIVE CREDIT!!!! Here is the citation you should use & thanks so much in advance :)

My name is Karen Bazzani Zach and I am your Coordinator for Montgomery County.   I would really like to thank Jeff Scism for assisting me for the last years, he has been such a tremendous help.  Appreciate Katy H. for helping redesign this page. Thanks to Lena H. and Jeff for helping move the site recently. My hubby is constantly helping me as well - thanks, Jim Z :) . Your Indiana State Coordinator is : Lena Harper . Asssistants are: Jim Cox and yours truly, Karen Zach

To subscribe to the Montgomery County GenWeb listserve put the word 'subscribe'in the subject line of the link provided below and 'subscribe' in the body. INMONTGO-request@rootsweb.com -- this is a great way to find out what is happening on this site - what is new...

Courthouse below is in early 1900s with the tower on it then someone got the idea to take the tower off -- NEWS-- it's here -- back up -- wonderful aerial photography of TOM CRANE's helped everyone in Montgomery County follow the story - thanks, thanks, thanks TOM!!!

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This site indexed by Free Find NOTE: Thanks so much to this great site for the indexing job -- this is a HUGE site and without FreeFind it would be literally "hard to find" things :) Thanks, Guys & thanks to my GenWeb partner, Jeff S for helping me get this straightened out! kbz

Montgomery County, Indiana
is rich with history and owns many interesting sites, including the Old Jail Museum (with one of the only workable rotating cells); the Lane Place (home of Henry S. Lane, Senator and personal friend to President Lincoln); Lew Wallace Study (author of the book, Ben Hur); DAR house (owned by the Elston family until the Dorothy Q Chapter, DAR purchased it); and Wabash College (an all-male Liberal Arts School with less than 1,000 students dating back to 1832). Townships include Brown (with towns of Browns Valley and Waveland); Clark (Ladoga); Coal Creek (New Richmond, Wingate and Elmdale); Franklin (Darlington, Shannondale); Madison (Linden and Kirkpatrick); Ripley (Alamo, Yountsville); Scott (Parkersburg, New Market); Sugar Creek (Bowers); Union (Crawfordsville; Whitesville); Walnut (New Ross, Mace); Wayne (Waynetown). Crawfordsville, the County seat, is a third-class city with a full time mayor, a seven-member council and a clerk-treasurer. The city is located just off Interstate 74, about 45 miles West of Indianapolis.

Below, is supposedly how Montgomery County got its name :)

Source: Crawfordsville Review, July 4, 1916 p 5

It might be well for us as citizens of Montgomery County in connection with the splendid celebration held in honor of our state’s centennial, to stop for a moment and consider from whence it received its name. Montgomery County was so named in honor of the brave and gallant young Irish General Richard Montgomery who fell mortally wounded at the head of his troops while leading a charge against the fortress of Quebec and bravely fighting for American Independence. Just before making the charge he turned to his soldiers and said, “I am going to act so as you’ll never be ashamed of me, Soldiers you’ll not be afraid to follow where our commander leads.” The following tribute to General Montgomery and to Montgomery County was written by Mrs. Sadie Murphy for Wanita Bratton of the Smartsburg HS who read the same at the school centennial at that place.
O! Montgomery! Brave Montgomery,
Out love still clings to thee
Who led our patriots on so well
Who so nobly fought and fell
To make us wholly, truly free
In memory we’re with thee once again
When thou, the leader of brave men,
Hurried thy forces against Quebec, O!
when will thy glory fade
In that heroic charge thou made
Which only fate and fortress did check.
Thy heroic words of faith and candor,
Through ages for justice pleads
Soldiers you’ll never be ashamed of your commander
You’ll not be afraid to follow where he leads.
Truer words were never spoken
Nobler paths were never trod
A more heroic soul has never broken
Through the great white light that leads to God.
In thy honor, Brave Montgomery
Our beautiful county we’ve named
And if thou art not ashamed W
e have caught the spirit of thy message
Making us the greatest county in the state
Where we lead; others not ashamed to follow,
Are marching toward the greatest of the great
The names of Wallace, Lane and Manson
Are sounded the whole world o’er
The stories of Mary Krout and Maurice Thompson,
Are told and read on every shore
It was here was sung the first lullaby
Whose, sweet music has circled the world o’er
Of our consolidated schools born not to die
But to grow in beauty and grandeur more and more
Oh! Montgomery, Brave Montgomery,
Our love still clings to thee
It’s the sunshine to our county
it’s the richest wealth and bounty
Ever onward we shall go
Up the hill through weal or woe
And thy name we’ll ever love
With a faith that from above
Thou still is heard to plead
“You’ll never be ashamed to follow
Where your commander chooses to lead!”

Note: There has been a group of folks who have found (can you believe this?) 500 towns to date (5-1-2018 ) - click on towns on the left column to read about not only those above but many, many more.Thanks so much to Suzie & Jerry for the majority of them -- It's truly amazing!

In Honor and Memory of our past State Coordinators : Thanks for your dedication - here are Betty's remembrances of how Indiana began :) Loved that lady!

1996 - 1998 - Betty Sellers

1998 - 2000 - Fred Finkbiner

2000 - 2002 - Patrick Hays

2003 - 2004 - Gene Andert

2004 - 2011 - Debra Behler

2011 - 2012 - Katy Hestand

2012 - 2016 - Denise Wells

2016 - 2017 - John Peck

2017- -------- Lena Carlson Harper

(and thanks to Judi Burns (Greene Co Coordinator) for the INGenWeb history lesson :) I've seen 'em all come/go. Some were great (like Betty & Fred), others good, a couple not so much :) Overall, though, they tried and kept us going as one of the ONLY FREE genealogy sites. ENJOY


Poem I found by happenstance and just could see a little fellar writing this when he got another "used & used & used" pair of pants :)


Source: Weekly Argus News Aug 21, 1897 p 3

The small boy, who is a close observer, gives the family history of papa’s pants as follows:

When dad has worn his trousers out, they pass to brother John

Then mother trims them round about and William puts them on.

When William’s legs too long have grown, the trousers fall to hide ‘em

So Walter claims them for his own and stows himself inside ‘em.

Next Sam’s fat legs close invest and when they won’t stretch tighter,

They’re turned and shortened, washed and pressed and fixed on me – the writer.

Ma works them into rugs and caps when I have bust the stitches

At Doomday we shall see (perhaps) the last of dad’s old breaches.


Poem I wrote many years ago -- please give me credit if you nab it :) Karen Bazzani Zach


Family Tree Climbing is lots of fun
The trouble bein', it's never done
Finding out what happened to Gpa' Joe
Is really thrillin' don't you know?
Don't ya' wonder why Uncle Bob
Washed his face with an old corn cob?
Or, why cousin Sally bit her nail?
And if Jasper deserved to go to jail?
It's enthralling to find a pic
Of cousins, Jon, Ben and Dick
Did Gma' Lucy have white hair?
When she got married - what did she wear?
Well, you should think of climbing the tree,
That way you make a bit of history,
Do you ask yourself why are my eyes gray? If
so, check out your family without delay!

one of my few poems :) written by ...Karen Bazzani Zach
thanks to clipartion.com for the tree :)


.... DIGGING UP BONES MYSTERIES (a new page began by Kim Hancock and myself to try to get others involved helping to find tombstones of people buried in our county, or specific places of burial or dates or who they are (say, from footstones with only initials) - that type of thing) - ENJOY

Montgomery County Poor Farm (note: this will be ever changing & you can read much more about it in the "News" (Misc - Montgomery County Poor Farm)

My Kind of Town - a Power Point about the many towns in Montgomery County - by kbz - to go along with this, do check out the towns (all 502 and growing that we know have existed in MC.)

FAMILY LINKS -- have any, let me know!!

Montgomery County History and Lore Facebook page - awesome


Link to calculate a birthdate from the death date/age

WWI Complete listing (thanks so very much to John Cowan for this - think we'll be working on it to add even more links, data, etc. THANKS JOHN) - also thanks to John is a listing by towns and one coming up will be the actual cards of the registrants - he's been working a very long time on these and I'm soooo excited and grateful !!!

Pictures of UNKNOWN Montgomery Countians -- PLEASE CHECK THIS -- Other Unknowns here


1896 Waveland School Report (this will be an ongoing addition :) Huge book -- thanks sooo very much to Dave Fullenwider - 1897

Desination Indiana (Montgomery County link)

How-To Link


Brown Township PowerPoint note - if you possibly use this for anything, that's fine but GIVE ME CREDIT FOR THE WORK :) Thanks for this not only consideration but MUST when you use someone else's work.


***Submission notification*** -
effective November 21, 2012 -- Anyone submitting an obituary, picture, letter, biography ... for this site SHOULD note that the person being submitted (the obituary is about that person, in other words) SHOULD have been born, lived, or died in Montgomery County (sorry, but the site is getting sooo huge, I think this is necessary - THANKS MUCHES)- kbz


REGISTER YOUR BRICK WALL (family problems in Montgomery County) Register them HERE :)

Check out the WHO's WHO in Montgomery County

Note: After all that great work on the Montgomery Murder & Massacre webliography, Suzie only got a B+ but now that she got that grade, at least, I can take over her project and add some more -- have a couple to add real soon -- hey, kudos to daughter Suzie -- ya' deserved an A !! -- mom - kbz

---Montgomery Murder & Massacre---

Added Gold Star Roll of Honor - WWI

Blog Spot for the Crawfordsville District Public
Library - Local History -- check it out !! http://cdpl-history.blogspot.com/ - note: when Suzie worked in reference, she did awesome and often blog spots but not as many anymore :(


I want to take this space to THANK MY WONDERFUL TYPISTS


Chris -
Debby M.
Jack * Current typist (Jack has been absolutely amazing)
John - John has done much work recently on the WWI Vets
Kim H. - Current typist
Sara Mc (our newest :)
Tom H.
Walt * (Walt typed a humongous bunch - think Jack may have just surpassed him - thanks guys)


** PLEASE let me know if I left anyone out because these guys & gals are
SUPER and I want to make sure they get a BIG THANK YOU !!!!!!!!!!!! ***


T H I S - W E E K' S -

Thanks Kim for steering me onto this fellow, Rev. Claiborne Young, who with Atwell Mount (who became Governor from Montgomery County) and others started the Shannondale Church (see News - Churches)


(thanks to mzayat.com for the cute gif)
IF YOU HAVE ANY PICS OF ANY OF THE TOWNS / BUILDINGS / AREAS / CHURCHES/ BUSINESSES/PEOPLE, please send them my way :) for this page and to archive in the photos section !! Love to share our history! kbz


CHECK -2018 additions to date. Current month below

NOTE: Some of the additions below are on the new site - it will take quite a few months to get the new one up and running so if you need anything from the items below, let me know :) Otherwise, check the place they should be (obituary check there) karen.zach@sbcglobal.net


AUGUST 2018 --Additions on Montgomery County INGenWeb

Alumni - Schools -- _Added - __2__ - Maxwell School reunion; Cowan Wabash Grades

Bibles ____ - 76 bibles - (LOVE more)

Biographies -- __3 _ Added -- Meharry; Mount ; Myers

BLOG -- new -- Karen's Gen Blog -- _3__ Genealogy - Aug 2 -- Goals in genealogy-- 10th - Pitch it ; good life

Cemeteries -- __ -

Court Proceedings ___ -

Census ____\

Death Records __20__Canine - on new program - let me know if you want any

Diaries --_1__ - 1933 Lula Goshorn diary - working on this one

Digging Up Bones Mysteries _____ =

Divorces _12_ Added - Booher; #Elmore; Tracy; - these 9 are on the new program which is not perusable by public yet but glad to send it to anyone interested -- Britton; Cole; Duncan; Evans; Fowler; Kilgore; Lawton; Powers; Singer

Family Fact Sheets _____ =

Letters _____

Links -- _1_ Added - Military info

Misc -- ____

MARRIAGES (announcment in newspapers)_1_ Names: Cowan-Owen invite

MILITARY --__10__Added - WWII - Starnes; Bunnell; Arnold; Farley; Kern; Wabash War Song WWI (Warbritton) ; WWI USA Boys on parade post card (thanks to John C); WWII Gordon Stonebraker; photo of Ken Krout KIA

NEWS _8__ -- Added - Mahala Copner Sparks - birthday - 95 (thanks to Linda B) ; biz (hotel food) - Music Hall Hotel; Churches - Shannondale/ Misc - Indians of Montgomery ; Sup George Myers - co poor farm (Misc)- Children's (Orphans) Home gets radio ; Biz (Zimmerman); Ad - Wilhite chickens (actually an award - put it in wrong place - oh well)

OBITUARIES: __28__ -- Added - Arthur; Bassett; Clodfelter; Conner; Davis; Ewing; Fruits; Grantham; Hanna; Keessee; Kellison; Lucas; Lutz; Mershon; Miller; Peffley; Riston; Robinson; Ronk; Ross; Schenck; Spohr; Teague; Wright

PHOTOS -- _ 1__- Added -- Peffley (David Henry on his obit)

TOWNS: : _2_ : Total # 505 - towns to date - added Big Spring and information about Big Bolder (preacher rock) in Franklin Township

Resources: (Surnames) ___ =

QUESTIONS - _4__ - towns (peacher rock; where is a town; permission to use a picture; location of a store)

Reunions -- __ Added -

SHARED: ___ Sent articles/obits/info to these Counties -


Who's Who ____ -- Added

Wills ___



***AREA FUNERAL HOME PAGES -- you can find more current
obituaries here.

***** Genealogy Club's *****

July Program - A Life of Research about Phyllis Boone--


Check this out: Have any to add, PLEASE send 'em my way :)

Family Recipes

Recipes -- I began the Family Recipe pages several years ago by request of one of my list serve gals. I said something about a recipe and she said, "Do you mind sharing!" That gave me the idea of doing the Recipe page. If you have any family-oriented ones, PLEASE send 'em to me so I can add them. Mainly, they are mine but I do have several on the pages people have sent in.

Thanks to clipartforfree.com for this yummy-lookin cake :)


(thanks to Al Wolf for this awesome site - greatly appreciazted)

Hilary from the IN Div. of Hist Pres & Archaeology sent this recently - nifty

Database of Indiana Cemeteries


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