Tippecanoe County Biographies

Brief Biographical Information on some Tippecanoe County Citizens

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BAIRD, Zebulon

Born: 21 December 1817, in Monmouth Co. New Jersey.

Married: 22 January 1839 to Martha Maria PROBASCO (dau. of Rev. John PROBASCO of Lebanon, OH)

Died: 1877, Tippecanoe Co., IN

Parents:  James (Born 2/01/1764) and Deliverance Bowne Baird

Children:  1) John P. Baird
                 2) Samuel P. Baird - Born in Lafayette, IN.  Entered the US Naval Academy and graduated in 1865.  Received Ensign commission in San Francisco in 1867.  Became the officer of the deck on board US ship "Resaca"  He was the
youngest office of the fleet. In 1871, taught seamanship and naval tactics at the US Naval Academy at the request of Admiral Worden. Resigned as a Lieutenant in 1873.  Entered into the practice of law with his father, Zebulon. After father's death in 1877, he shared a law practice with W. DeWitt Wallace until Wallace was elected to the Superior Court in 1894. In 1881, he
married Elizabeth DuTiel Rochester (daughter of William K. Rochester).  Hadone son, Rochester Baird.
                 3) Elizabeth Baird
                 4) Annie Baird
                 5) Lucy Baird b. 1845, d. 1848

Other Information: Soon after birth settled on a farm in Warren County, Ohio. Entered Miami University and was admitted
to Ohio Bar on 10/09/1837.  Moved to Lafayette in the summer of 1838. Was a Captain in the Civil War serving under General Robert Huston Milroy. Was captured during the 2nd Battle of Bull Run and confined in Libby Prison, in Richmond, Virgina.  He was release on a prisoner exchange.  Upon his release he argued a case before the US Supreme Court.

All buried in Greenbush Cemetery:
Zebulon Baird --1817 - 1877; Martha Baird --1820 - 1898; John P. Baird --1840 - 1904; Samuel P. Baird --1842 -1925; Lucy Baird --1845 -1848; Elizabeth R. Baird --1858 - 1903; Elizabeth Baird --1847 - 1908; Annie Baird --1855 - 1929; Rochester Baird --1882 - 1951 attorney in Lafayette; Eleanor M. Baird --1889 - 1976

Submitted by: Cynthia: crmb@aol.com

BEST, Francis:

Born: 21 January 1818 near Springfield, OH;

Married: 5 January 1860 Elizabeth WILLIAMSON (native of Crawford Co., PA, and daughter of Robert and Nancy (DOUTHARD) WILLIAMSON);

Died: 19 Feb. 1891 in Shelby Twp.

Parents: John and Elizabeth (BERRY) BEST;

Siblings: see below;

Children: William (22 Sept. 1860- 29 Nov. 1935, married Bessie FULTZ-1899, also Flora HOON and Elizabeth Jarrell ADE)
Nancy Elizabeth (18 Aug. 1862-14 Feb. 1936, married John KELLY)
Emma (4 Feb. 1865-5 July 1928, married Orland D. STEWART)
Rosina Ellen (Ella) (13 Dec. 1867-21 Feb. 1909, married Schuyler REYNOLDS)
Joseph (25 May 1870-21 Sept. 1930)
Henry Clark (8 Aug. 1873-1922)
Minnie Florence (29 Aug. 1875-22 Sept.1922, married George Edgar COX)

Occupation: Farmer.

Source: History of Montmorenci and Shelby Township, pg. 200; Submitted by: Adina Dyer

BEST, John:

Born: 30 May 1789 in Greenbrier Co. (W)VA;

Married: 19 March 1815 in Champaign Co., OH, Elizabeth BERRY (born: 14 Feb. 1795, OH, died 25 Oct. 1868, Shelby Twp.);

Died: 28 May 1858, Shelby Twp.;

Parents: Francis (died 1820, Clark Co. OH) and Isabella BEST (died before 1817, Champaign Co., OH);

Siblings: Francis, William, Thomas, Joseph, David, Jane (wife of Zebulon LEWIS), Isabella (wife of James GATES), Mary (wife of John GATES), Elizabeth (wife of John BOYCE);

Children: Isabella (26 April 1816-9 July 1833, never married),
Francis (21 Jan. 1818-19 Feb. 1891, see above),
James (26 Jan. 1820-25 July 1894, married Electa WILLIAMS),
William (8 Dec. 1823-11 June 1902, married Elizabeth RUSSELL-1849, and Susan THOMPSON-1884),
John B. (9 May 1825-21 Oct. 1895, married Mary MOFFETT),
David (5 May 1827-1 Sept. 1846)
Elizabeth Jane (15 Sept. 1829-1 April 1866, married Charles HAYWARD)
Mary Ann (27 April 1834-28 Feb. 1902, married Samuel I. WHITE)
Benjamin (30 July 1839-9 Sept. 1918, married Nancy PARTLOW)

Occupation: Farmer;

Other information: John BEST served as an ensign in the War of 1812 with all four of his brothers-in-law, and was at both seiges at Fort Meigs in 1813. John Best entered 80 acres in Sec. 7 of Shelby Twp. on 1 Dec. 1829. Six of his children were born in Ohio with the last three in Shelby Twp. John and Elizabeth BEST are buried in what is known as the Spencer-Best Cemetery.

Source: Adina Dyer research. 


Born: 27 July 1802 in Loudoun Co., VA;

Married: 29 Mar 1827 in Harpers Ferry, VA (now W.VA) to Mary Dulin JENNERS (see below);

Died: 6 Dec 1861 near Jefferson, Clinton Co., IN;

Parents: Robert A. BRADEN (10 June 1765 - 14 Nov 1827) & Elizabeth STEPHENS (15 Apr 1772 - 22 Feb 1831);

Siblings: Mary E. BRADEN (16 Jan 1796 - 18 Apr 1829; wife of Zachariah DULANEY);
Hector Wright BRADEN (2 Jan 1798 - 14 Oct 1846);
Noble Stevens BRADEN (12 Jan 1800 - 19 July 1871; husband of Mary Ann PUSEY & Elizabeth WILLIAMS);
Robert BRADEN (23 Aug 1804 - 18 May 1833);
William Fenton BRADEN (24 Aug 1806 - 1 Jun 1832);
Nelson BRADEN (1809 - 16 Feb 1810);
Joseph Addison BRADEN (8 May 1811 - 7 Feb 1859; husband of Virginia WARD; twin of Sarah E.);
Sarah Elleanor BRADEN (8 May 1811 - 19 Dec 1828; twin of Joseph A.);
Elizabeth Wright BRADEN (16 Dec 1813 - 10 Oct 1838; wife of Fleming HIXON);

Children: Elizabeth Virginia (b 13 Jan 1829 in Dayton, OH; d 14 May 1830 in Lafayette, IN?);
Hector Saurin (b 22 Nov 1830 in Clinton Co., IN; d 17 Sept 1912 in Crawfordsville, IN; married Mary ELSTON in Crawfordsville on 16 Sept 1862)
unnamed son (b 12 Aug 1832; d 19 Aug 1832 in Clinton Co., IN)
Robert Floyd (b 21 Sept 1833 near Jefferson, Clinton Co., IN; d 12 Oct 1877 in Lafayette, Tippecanoe Co., IN)
Sarah Deborah (b 21 Sept 1835; d 6 June 1915; married John G. CLARK in Jefferson, Clinton Co., IN on 26 Dec 1861) William Mordnant (b 26 Mar 1837 near Jefferson, IN; d 1 Apr 1907 on family farm near Jefferson, IN; married 1st Martha Hester Campbell; married 2nd Laura Virginia Watt on 16 May 1865 in Clinton Co., IN)
Alba H. (b 7 July 1839; d 9 Sept 1899); Mary Jane (b 31 Mar 1842; d 9 Feb 1903 in Indianapolis; married Henry SPRING 27 Dec 1864 in Clinton Co., IN)
Addison Burr (b 14 Aug 1844; d 26 July 1912; married Emily Gertrude HEATH in Tippecanoe Co., IN on 23 Nov 1876) Anna Marie (b 8 Jun 1847; d 6 Oct 1931; married Horatio P. Jennings in Lafayette, IN on 11 Feb 1868)
Lucy Jeanette (b 31 July 1852; d 28 Oct 1914; married in Lafayette, IN to William W. GARROTT on 20 Feb 1877

Occupation: farmer; store keeper

Other information: travelled from Loudoun Co., VA with wife, Mary, & Mary's family to Lafayette, Tippecanoe Co., IN in 1828-29; moved to Jefferson area of Clinton Co., IN in 1830;

Source: S. Beach research

BRYAN, David

Born: 4 Jan 1806

Married: 12 Aug 1829 to Eveline "Caroline Norris" ; David Sr. second marriage to:  Elizabeth Harvey 28 Aug 1852 David Sr. third marriage to:  Amanda Foust b. 25 Aug 1822  d. 8 Mar 1898,  married 26 Aug 1822  No children

Parents:  John Bryan and Mary Hoffer Bryan

Siblings:  John Bryan, Jr.;  Mary Ann Bryan;  Melchior Hoffer Bryan;  Matilda Bryan;  William H. Bryan, Harriet Bryan;   James Bryan;  Andrew J. Bryan

Henry C. Bryan b. 29 Aug 1830 Coshocton Co., OH
John Q. Bryan b. 1 Jul 1832 Coshocton Co. OH
Mary Bryan b. 25 Nov 1834 Coshocton Co., OH
Lucinda Bryan b. 8 Jul 1837 Coshocton Co. OH
David Bryan, Jr. b. 29 Dec 1839 Battle Ground, Tippecanoe Co., IN
James Madison Bryan b. 13 Feb 1842 Tippecanoe Co., IN
Sarah H. Bryan b. 22 Aug 1843 Tippecanoe Co., IN
William Harrison Bryan b. 15 Feb 1845
Joseph Bryan b. 23 Aug 1846 d. 3 Sep 1846
Daniel W. Bryan b. 2 Aug 1848 d. 15 Aug 1848
George W. Bryan 23 Apr 1853 d. 20 Oct 1854 (by Eliz. Harvey)

Occupation:  David was a farmer .

Other Information:  David lived for years 2 1/2 miles west of Battle Ground, Indiana, near what is called Bryans Corner, where he died.  He wa a member and Trustee of Pleasant Grove Christian Church.

Source:  Family History started by Harry Lincoln Bryan ca 1922.

Submitted by: Marion

BRYAN, David Jr.

Born:  29 Dec 1839 Battle Ground, Tippecanoe Co., IN

Married:  (1) 7 Dec 1865 Mary Helen Bennett, dau. of Harrison Bennett.  Mary died after giving birth to their daughter Ella, 21 Apr 1872.  (2)  30 January 1873 to Harriett J. Bennett, sister of his first wife.
(3) 6 July 1886 to Alma S. Birch, dau. of S.E. and Lizzie Alexander Birch.

Died:  24 Oct 1916 Tippecanoe Co., IN

Burial:  26 Oct 1916, Greenbush Cem. Lafayette, Indiana

Parents:  David Bryan, Sr. and Evaline "Caroline" Norris

Siblings: See David Bryan, Sr. above

Children from first marriage:
Harry Lincoln Bryan b. 16 Dec 1866 d. 18 Oct 1929
Minnie Edna Bryan b. 23 Feb 1869 d. 10 Aug 1869
George W. Bryan
Ella May Bryan b. 18 Apr 1872

Children from second marriage:
Robert Willard Bryan b. 27 Apr 1876 d. 2 Oct 1878
Bessie C. Bryan b. 21 Sep 1881

Children from third marriage:
Hazel B. Bryan b. 4 Dec 1887
Benjamin H. Bryan b. 12 Jul 1889 d. 1 Jan 1955

Occupation:  In the employ of Peck and Abbott, coopers, from 1865 to 1883.  Indiana.  He was elected recorder of Tippecanoe County in 1883 and assumed the duties of his office October 31 1884.  He was a Republican and had been a
member of the County Central Committee three times. Also sold insurance and Real Estate with his son Harry Lincoln Bryan.  Bryan and Son had offices at No. 4 , North Third Street, Lafayette.

Other Information: David Bryan Jr. entered service October 7, 1861, enlisting in the service at  Battle Ground and was assigned to Company H., Fortieth Indiana Infantry, under the command of Colonel Harry Leaming and was mustered in at Lafayette.  From Lafayette the regiment went to Indianapolis, then to Louisville, Kentucky.  He proceeded with his troop to Camp Young, where it was organized as part of a brigade. Their first engagement was at Pittsburgh Landing, participating in the second day's fight at that place, after which they were at the battles of Perrysville, Stone River, Mission Ridge and Knoxville.  They went from Chattanooga on the Atlanta campaign, and participated in every battle of that campaign, being under fire for over 130 days.  The regiment then went with General Thomas after Hood, and took part in the battle of Franklin, and the final engagement at Nashville.  After the battle of Stone River, David Bryan Jr., had been promoted to Second Lieutenant of Company H, fortieth Regiment, his commission bearing date of December 14, 1862.  At the battle of Peach Tree Creek in Georgia, when Sherman's army had crossed the Chattahoochie River, and was moving for the position around Atlanta, after a
sharp battle, as the enemy was moving to the rear, they passed a squad of pioneers detailed to mend roads and bridges.  Then the young Lieutenant Bryan, who acted without orders other than the instincts of a true soldier, commanded the squad of choppers and diggers to drop their spades and axes and take to their guns.  As the enemy moved to the rear, so did that line of
skirmishers, firing as they moved.  The enemy thinking there was a continuous skirmish line coming on one or more lines of battle, kept moving on, looking for the flank they had long a go passed, until they reached the open meadow.  The flanking movement was a failure, the attack on the front was a failure,  they enemy had los the battle and were gone, and for the failure no man on our side is entitled to more credit than Lieutenant Bryan.  He was discharged at Nashville, November 20, 1864, when he returned home to Tippecanoe County.   The following six months he was engaged in the grocery business at Lafayette.

David and Alma were members of St. Paul's Methodist Episcopal Church.  They lived at the corner of Howell and Fifteenth Streets, a home they purchased right after their marriage.   He was a member of the  Odd Fellows Order, belonging to Tippecanoe Lodge No. 55, and Star City Encampment, No. 153, and had take the Rebecca degree.  He was also a member
of Curran Lodge and Uniform Division , Knights of Pythias.

Sources:  "History of Tippecanoe County", page 432-433; Bible Records; "Biographical History of Tippecanoe, White, Jasper, Newton, Benton, Warren and Pulaski Counties, Indiana" pub. 1899 by the Lewis Publishing Company,
pgs 1043-1045;  Civil War Pension Records; and information obtained from Martha Basenfelder, daughter-in-law of Hazel B. Bryan and Dick Basenfelder.

Submitted by: Marion

COLSON, James R.

Born:  16-November-1849 Buck Creek, Indiana

Married:  27-January-1873 Mary Magdalene Pittsenbarger

Died: 12-September-1896; buried- Ellis Cemetery, Mercer County, OH

Vennie Mae Colson
Jennie Francis Colson
Minnie Ellen Colson Springer
James Henry Colson
Plezzie Nevada Colson Preston
William Manton Colson
Frank Allen Colson

Submitted by: Al Colson

DAVIS, Edgar C.:

Born: 26 June 1835 Fayette, Co., IN;

Married: 19 April 1865 Tippecanoe Co., IN to Lora Ann CLARK (3 May 1844-11 July 1923, daughter of Edmund CLARK and Margaret CAMPBELL);

Died: 11 Feb. 1909 Odell, Tippecanoe Co., IN

Parents: Nathaniel W. DAVIS and Delila BISHOP;

Siblings: Wilshire M., Georgeanne (1845-Sept. 1910, married James CAMPBELL);

Children: Elvah C. (Aug. 1867-9 Sept. 1913, married Julia K. SAYERS)
Lou (1869-Jan. 1921, married William SAYERS)
Minnie (1875-9 Aug. 1921, married Leonard BAUGH)
Keltah (16 June 1878- 26 Aug. 1951, married Harry L. TABER)
Clarence (Aug. 1882-15 May 1972);

Occupations: School teacher in Lauramie Twp. in 1860, Farmer.

Sources: Obituary, 1860 Tippecanoe Co. census, and other reseach by Adina Dyer

DOWNS, Andrew James

Born: 2 September 1835 at Ross Co., OH.

Married: 20 July 1857 Tippecanoe Co., IN to Mary Francis TUTTLE (b. 27 April 1837, d. 27 Feb. 1900, dau. of
Chester TUTTLE and Nancy MOORE).  Married 2nd to Sarah WHARTON, 11 Sept. 1901 in Tippecanoe Co., IN.

Died: 29 January 1912 Tippecanoe Co., IN. Buried in Battle Ground Cemetery, Battle Ground, Ind.

Parents: William DOWNS and Rachel GREEN (see below)

Siblings (see children of William and Rachel Downs)

Children: (all by first marriage) Port Byron DOWNS  (b. 4 Oct. 1859, d. 25 Feb. 1936, m. Josie JACKSON 2 Aug 1881); Rachael A. DOWNS, (b. 3 March 1861, m. Chris FUNK);  William AVA (b. 5 Feb. 1862, m. Lillie WOOD 15 Feb. 1883); Harry Morton DOWNS (b. 2 Sept. 1865, d. 27 May 1938, Tippecanoe Co., IN; m. Minnie MUTER (adopted name; birthname Mary E. HAYWARD) 5 Jun 1886 Tippecanoe Co.); Edward Lee DOWNS (b. 7 Sept. 1867, m. Della COWGILL 23 Mar. 1882); Clark Beeks DOWNS (b. 25 Sept. 1870, d. 10 Oct. 1946 Panhandle, TX, m. Margaret FLACK 10 June 1894).

Occupation:  Andrew was engaged in farming and selling livestock.

Other Info:   His first farm in Battle Ground was 185 acres.  For a period of four years he conducted a livery business in Lafayette in partnership with Irver BURKHALTER.  He was a member of the Lions Club in Battle Ground, Indiana.

Source: The Downs Family of Virginia, Ohio & Indiana by George Gilbert McCarthy

Submitted by: Adina Dyer

DOWNS, William

Born: 1804 in Ross County, OH

Married: 28 Jan. 1830 Ross Co., OH, to Rachel GREEN (b. 15 Sept. 1811 Wheeling, WV, d.2 Mar. 1892, Tippecanoe Co. IN.)

Died: 2 May 1872 Tippecanoe Co., IN. Buried Battle Ground Cemetery, Battle Ground, IN.

Parents: William DOWNS (22 Apr. 1769, VA-29 July 1837, Ross Co., OH) and Catherine LOWERY (b. 1780 VA,
d. 13 Dec. 1849 Ross Co., OH)

Siblings: 1. John (b. 1799 on a flatboat enroute from Virginia to Chillicothe, OH; d. 11 Sept. 1852 Ross Co., OH,
 m. June 1809 Elizabeth SMITH); Thomas (b. 1799, d. 1829);
 2. David (b. 1800 OH, d. 15 June 1840 Ross Co., OH m. Mary MURPHY);
 3. Margaret (b. 22 April 1801 OH, d. 8 Aug. 1860 in IN, m. 14 Aug. 1828 Ross Co., OH
 4. Henry JAKES 3rd gr-grandparents of John JAKES, the famous author of the books The Bastard, North and South, etc.
 5. Evaline (b. 1802 Ross Co., OH, m. 20 Nov. 1828 Ross Co., OH Abel HARTMAN);
 6. Rebecca  (b. 5 Mar. 1805 Ross Co. OH, d. 8 Nov. 1885 Ross Co., OH, m. 28 July 1825 Ross Co., OH Michael
 7. Samuel (b. 13 Dec. 1811 Ross Co., OH, d. 8 Nov. 1855 Monticello, White Co., IN, m. 25 Oct. 1830 Ross Co., OH,
     Anna HINES);
 8. Benjamin (b. 1818 Ross Co., OH, d. 17 Mar. 1891 Leavenworth, KS, m. 4 Mar. 1840 Ross Co., OH.
     Leah WALKER);
 9. Isaac (b. 1820 Ross Co., OH, d. 30 Sept. 30 1906 Tippecanoe Co., IN, m. 1st: 12 June 1845  Tippecanoe Co., IN,
     Rachel BROKAW,  2nd: 26 Apr. 1855 Tippecanoe Co., IN Elizabeth BROKAW, sis. of Rachel);
10. Peter L. (b. 1824 Ross Co., OH, d. aft. 1895 IN, m. 4 July 1853 White Co., IN Hester DE LONG);
11. James (b. 1827 Ross Co., OH, d. 1850 Ross Co., OH, unknown if married);
12. Henry (no birth or death dates, possible marriage 11 Mar. 1841 Tippecanoe Co., IN to Sarah COX);
13. Sarah (no birth or death dates, may have married Jonathan DONNEL);
14. Elizabeth (no birth or death dates, may have married 22 Sept. 1832 Ross Co., OH James REEKER(or ROOKER).

Children: 1. Ann (b. 16 Feb. 1831 Ross Co., OH, d. 25 June 1910 Tippecanoe Co., IN, m. 1st 25 Feb. 1847 Tippecanoe Co., IN John BUCK, 2nd: Edward EDMONDS);
 2. Catherine (30 June 1832-30 Sept. 1832, Ross Co., OH);
 3. Catherine (b. 6 July 1833 Ross Co., OH, d. May 1917, m. J. W. JAMIESON)
 4. Andrew James (see bio above)
 5. Sarah A. (b. 2 April 1837 Ross Co., OH, d. 13 May 1872, m. 23 Feb. 1860 Tippecanoe Co., IN Richard GODMAN);
 6. Lucinda (b. 16 Dec. 1838 Ross Co., OH, d. 15 Sept. 1844 Tippecanoe Co. IN)
 7. Alcesta (b. 23 Dec. 1840 Ross Co., OH, d. 6 Aug. 1920, m. 23 May 1867 Tippecanoe Co., IN Charles MOORE)
 8. Rebecca (b. 16 Aug. 1842 - 17 Aug. 1842, Ross Co. OH)
 9. Eliza J. (b. 1844 Ross Co., OH, m. 2 Feb. 1860 Tippecanoe Co., IN John ROBINSON)
10. ___ (8 Apr. 1846 - 11 Aug. 1846, Iowa)
11. Edwin Alonzo (7 Apr. 1848 Iowa, d. 16 Sept. 1851, Tippecanoe Co., IN)
12. William (b. 13 Oct. 1849 Tippecanoe Co., IN, d. 15 April 1874 Tippecanoe Co., IN, m. 28 Nov. 1872 Tippecanoe Co., IN Joanna GORSLINE)

Occupation: Farmer

Other Info: About 1843-44 William and his family migrated to Tippecanoe County.  During the period of 1846-1849, he lived in Iowa.  There were other members of the Downs family, namely his brother, Benjamin, who had settled in Iowa during this period.  In 1849 William returned to Tippecanoe Co. and lived there for the rest of his life.  Both William and Rachel are buried at the Battle Ground Cemetery in Battle Ground, IN.

Source: The Downs Family of Virginia, Ohio & Indiana by George Gilbert McCarthy

Submitted by: Adina Dyer

FRANTZ, William Henry

Born: 18 July 1860, Wabash Township, Tippecanoe Co., IN;

Married: 27 Sept. 1882, Julia Alice ROYAL (b. ca. 15 Sept. 1859, near Dayton, IN, d. 19 Nov. 1940, near Dayton, IN), dau of William ROYAL and Eunice Emeline WITHROW;

Died: 14 May 1953, near Dayton, IN.;

Parents: Eli[as] Frantz (1817-1888) and Lavina Edris (1823-1906);

Siblings: John Peter, Melinda, and Emma Leina;

Children: Kathryn Royal Frantz and Helen Louise Frantz;

Occupation: farmer;

Other information: Eli and Lavina Edris Frantz moved from Berks Co, PA, to Wabash Township, Tippecanoe County, IN, in 1852, then to Sheffield Township in 1862. Their families were Pennsylvania Dutch of German and Swiss descent. Eli was killed in a farming accident: when the team bolted, he was thrown and run over by the heavy farm wagon he was driving.William Henry Frantz was a successful farmer and was Clerk of Session of Dayton Memorial Presbyterian Church, Dayton, IN, for 55 years. Julia Alice Royal Frantz attended Dayton Academy at Dayton, Indiana, and the Ford School, Lafayette, IN. She was a member of the Dayton Memorial Presbyterian Church and was active in the Ladies Home and Foreign Missionary Society and the Ladies Aid Society of the church. She was a charter member of the Wednesday Afternoon Club.

Sources: Wedding announcements, Julia Royal and Will Frantz, Dayton, IN Square Dealer and Lafayette, IN Morning Journal; hand-written obituary of Julia Alice Royal Frantz, written by William H. Frantz; obituary of Eli Frantz, Lafayette, IN Weekly Courier, 11 Sept. 1888; obituary of Lavina Edris (incorrectly spelled Lavinda), unidentified newspaper clipping belonging to William Henry Frantz; Bible records of Lavina Edris Frantz; Dayton, IN, cemetery, tombstone inscriptions; family letters; Biographical Record and Portrait Album of Tippecanoe County, Chicago: Lewis, 1888; Federal census records, Berks County, PA, and Tippecanoe County, IN; Batdorf, Virginia F., The Batdorf Family History, Pottstown, PA: Charles R. Batdorf, 1990; Walborn, Herman W., Walborn (Walburn) Genealogical History of America: Descendants from the Settlement of 1710, St. Paris, OH: Walborn, 1975; Frantz, E. H., King, R. F., and Frantz, L., Genealogy of the Matthias Frantz Family of Berks Co., PA, Lebanon, PA: Boyer, 1972; records of the Edris family by Walter Perry Edris and Edward Edris, unpublished manuscript (one page).

Compiled & Submitted by: Susan Yost Clawson

GAPEN, Joshua

Born:  Aug 10, 1733

1.  Stephen Gapen b. May 29, 1761 Monocacy Va = Frederick, Md now., he lived in Washington and Greene Counties,
Pa.,  (previously Monongalia Co., Va.)

2. Joshua Gapen born July 12, 1810 in Dunkard Twp., Greene Co., PA, Died October 21, 1890 in Stockwell, Lauramie Twp., Tippecanoe Co., IN-Aged 80 yr, 30 mo, 9 d.  He was the son of Stephen Gapen born May 29, 1761 and Rebecca Snider born April 17, 1788 of Washington and Greene Counties, Pennsylvania.  Joshua Gapen married Matilda Everly on June 28, 1835.  She was born March 31, 1815 in Virginia and died March 16, 1891 in Stockwell, Lauramie Twp., Tippecanoe Co., IN-Aged 75 yr, 11 mo, 16d.  Joshua Gapen was a farmer, he removed about 1837 from Greene Co., Pa.  He was in the 1840 census pg. 138 (no township listed) in Boone Co., Indiana, and in the 1850 census was living near Thorntown, Boone Co., Indiana.  Joshua Gapen was listed in the 1860 census pg. 893 in Sugar Creek Twp., Boone Co., Indiana.  By 1870 he was located in Stockwell, Lauramie Twp., Tippecanoe Co., Indiana. Joshua Gapen was a grandson of Zachariah Gapen born August 10, 1733 in Philadelphia, PA or New Jersey and Ruth Tindall b. September 8, 1740 in New Jersey.

Children of Joshua Gapen:

1. John S. Gapen born March 30, 1836-Dunkard Twp., Greene Co., Pa., died August 12, 1860 in Thorntown, Sugar Creek Twp., Boone Co., IN-Aged 24 yr, 4 mo, 3d.

2. Rebecca L. Gapen born Abt 1839-Thorntown, Sugar Creek Twp., Boone Co., IN-died October 10, 1894 in Thorntown, Sugar Creek Twp., Boone Co., IN. Married (1) David W. Hall on September 28, 1880 in Tippecanoe Co., IN and (2) Marion M. McDowell before October 21, 1890 in Tippecanoe Co., IN

3. Miriam E. Gapen born about 1841-Thorntown, Sugar Creek Twp., Boone Co., IN-died after May 23, 1898 in Tippecanoe Co., IN.  Married Johnathan D. Mason January 24, 1883 in Tippecanoe Co., IN

4. Joshua C. Gapen born about 1842-Thorntown, Sugar Creek Twp., Boone Co., IN-Died unknown.  Married Sarah A. Cox on March 10, 1880 in Tippecanoe Co., IN

5. Matilda Anna Gapen born about 1844-Thorntown, Sugar Creek Twp., Boone Co., IN-Died unknown in Stockwell, Lauramie Twp., Tippecanoe Co., IN. Married Harmon W. Stingley on October 21, 1869 in Tippecanoe Co., IN

6. Francis Asbury Gapen born about 1845 in Thorntown, Sugar Creek Twp., Boone Co., IN-Died July 4, 1900 in Thorntown, Sugar Creek Twp., Boone Co., IN-Age 54.  Married Olla White on December 31, 1872 in Tippecanoe Co., IN

7. Joseph M. Gapen b. about 1848-Thorntown, Sugar Creek Twp., Boone Co., In-Died before May 14, 1899 in Stockwell, Lauramie Twp., Boone Co., IN.

8. Darius A. Gapen b. June 1850 in Thorntown, Sugar Creek Twp., Boone Co., IN-Died February 23, 1905 in Stockwell, Lauramie Twp., Tippecanoe Co., IN.  Married (1) Eliza E. Chamness on March 29, 1876 in Tippecanoe Co., IN and (2) Linnie A. Coley on May 31, 1899 in Tippecanoe Co., IN.

9. Silas W. Gapen b. about 1852 in Thorntown, Sugar Creek Twp., Boone Co., IN-Died November 13, 1906 in Stockwell, Lauramie Twp., Boone Co., IN.  No record of marriage.

10. Sarah Ellen Gapen b. about 1854-Thorntown, Sugar Creek Twp., Boone Co., IN. Died May 1, 1939 in Stockwell, Lauramie Twp., Tippecanoe Co., IN-about 85 yrs old.  Unmarried.

11. Elmira Alice Gapen b. September 18, 1856 in Thorntown, Sugar Creek Twp., Boone Co., IN. Died July 1, 1915 in Stockwell, Lauramie Twp., Tippecanoe Co., IN.  Married Elijah N. Jennings on October 7, 1909 in Lebanon, Tippecanoe Co., IN

Submitted by: Mel Gapen
11665 Woodside Ave #23 Lakeside CA 92040 mgapen@prodigy.net

GINGRICH, Augustus

Born 20 July 1864, Monitor, IN;

Married 22 Nov. 1888 Mary Belle Neyhard (b. 15 Jun. 1868, Heath, IN-d. 8 Aug. 1927, Monitor, IN), dau of Adam Neyhard and Paulina Hamilton;

Died: 11 Nov. 1936, Dayton, IN;

Parents: John Gingrich II (1824-1898) and Catherine Ehresman (1834-1903);

Siblings: Jacob, Lydia, John III, Josephine, Chris, Henry, Otto, Mary, and Theodore;

Children: Cora, Bessie, Floyd, and Merle Gingrich;

Occupation: farmer;

Other information: Gus Gingrich's father, John Gingrich II, was born in Bern, Germany and came to this country about 1850. Gus's mother, Catherine Ehresman, was born in Mannheim, Germany, and came to this country as a child with her parents. John Gingrich II worked in Cincinnati for a while, then moved to Butler County, OH, finally settling in Tippecanoe County, IN. John and Catherine Gingrich lived in both Tippecanoe and Carroll Counties during their married life.

Sources: Irick, Simon, ed. Cora Gingrich Yost, Descendants of John Gingrich II, 1952, 2nd ed., 1968; marriage license, Augustus Gingrich and Mary Belle Neyhard, Tippecanoe County, IN.

Compiled & Submitted by: Susan Yost Clawson


Born: 10 Jan. 1785 Union Co., SC;

Married: 8 Sept. 1809 Butler Co., OH, to Mary EVANS (8 Dec. 1792-1827, dau. of Joseph and Mary EVANS);

Died: 25 July 1834, Tippecanoe Co. IN.  Buried: Farmer's Institute Cemetery, Tippecanoe Co.

Parents: Benjamin HAWKINS (19 May 1747-18 June 1815) and Martha HOLLINGSWORTH (ca. 1750-1797);

Siblings: Thomas (20 Sept. 1772- ), Isaac (2 Mar. 1774-13 Aug. 1774), William (22 Mar. 1775- , married Sarah WRIGHT), Eli (8 Nov. 1777- , married Catherine WRIGHT), Joseph (8 July 1780- , married Jane SMITH), Amos (26 Oct.1782- ), Hannah (7 Aug. 1783-1866, married Joseph HOLLINGSWORTH), James (8 Jan. 1788-Dec. 1850, married Susannah JONES), Benjamin;

Children: Hannah (1810- , married Jesse PATTY), Joseph (16 July 1812- , married Catherine SHERIDAN), Benjamin (1813- , married Elizabeth LETT), Robert (11 Nov. 1815- , married Sarah CARTER), Esther (2 Oct. 1817- , married Joseph HEFFNER), Sarah (married George Hays BAUGH), William Evans (20 April 1821- , married Hannah HOLLINGSWORTH), John (15 June 1825-22 Dec. 1885, married Margaret Rebecca SHEETZ), Levi.

Occupation: Farmer;

Other information: An early pioneer of Tippecanoe County, Levi Hawkins was a member of the Society of Friends and a founder of Farmer's Institute.

Source: Adina Dyer research. 


Born: 8 Jan. 1788 Union Co., SC

Married in Butler Co. OH to Susannah JONES (born in Fayetteville, NC, dau. of William JONES and Elizabeth CULBERTSON)

Died: 1850 Tippecanoe Co.

Parents: Benjamin HAWKINS and Martha HOLLINGWORTH

Siblings: see (Levi HAWKINS)

Children: Alfred (d. at age nine), Eli (went to Kankakee, IL), William, James (Benton Co), Jemima (married Edwin WINSHIP), Eliza (married Moses FOWLER), Nancy Caroline (married Thomas R. VAN METER), Martha S. (married Adams EARL), Elizabeth (married Dr. VANDERBILT), Susannah (married Joseph A. SIMS), Hannah (married R.F. KENNEDY of Indianapolis)

Occupation: Farmer and stockraiser

Other information: James HAWKINS came to Tippecanoe County in 1829 and settled near Shadeland. He was a member of the Society of Friends and a founder of Farmer's Institute.

Source: Biographical and Portrait Album of Tippecanoe Co., IN, pg. 697.  Adina Dyer

Born between 1805 and 1811 in Cumberland County Virginia.

Children of John Hopper and Martha Anderson Hopper:

1. James Anderson Hopper who went directly to Alabama, never married, and died at age 24.

2. JOEL HOPPER (b. 1805) who went to Tipton County, Tennessee and married Susannah Winn. They had 12 children: Frances A. Hopper (b. 1834); Martha Hopper; Wealthy Ann Woodson Hopper (b. 1836); John Hopper (b. 1838); James
M. Hopper (b. 1839); Joel D. Hopper (b. 1841); Coella Hopper (b. 1844); William A. Hopper (b. 1845); Richard W. Hopper (b. 1848); Eliza Jennie Hopper (b. 1850; Sarah Lee Hopper (b. 1852); and Unknown Hopper. He died there and his family moved to Woodruff Co., Arkansas.

3. WEALTHY ANN HOPPER married PASCHAL CRUZE on Sunfish, Pike Co., Ohio and they moved to Illinois where he died leaving Wealthy and one child.

4. MARY HOPPER married WILLIAM BELLANY in Virginia who came along with the Hoppers to Pike County Ohio. They had a large family of children.

5. JOHN HOPPER married MARY ANDERSON, his cousin, on Sunfish, Pike Co., Ohio and went to Indiana. He and Mary had 5 or 6 children. Mary died and John remarried.

6. ROBERT P. HOPPER went to Arkansas where he married and died without children.

7. NANCY HOPPER married JOHN A. JONES, brother of JAMES JONES of Waverly, Pike County, Ohio.   There were, apparently two James Jones and two John A. Jones in Waverly.   John Anderson Jones was proprietor of the "Waverly Watchman" newspaper. His brother, W. D. Jones was also well known. All of these Jones family members are related and I am trying to assemble them correctly.

8. FRANCES HOPPER married NELSON TURNER. They lived in Piketon, Pike Co., Ohio  till he died.  They had 2 children. Afterward she married William Sheets and they moved to  Arkansas where they had one child .

9. MARTHA HOPPER did not marry. She died in Waverly, Ohio at about 18 years of age.

10. SARAH HOPPER married NICHOLAS LEE in Pike Co., Ohio. They went to OREGON where they had a number of children.


12. WILLIAM C. HOPPER who "married an Irish woman in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania" and had four sons and two daughters in Pennsylvania.

13. ELIZABETH HOPPER who married JOHN LANCASTER, JR.. They lived in Benton township on Sunfish, Pike Co., Ohio and had four children.

14.  DANIEL W. HOPPER who married HARRIET DELAY on Sunfish and died in Cincinnati, Ohio while a soldier in the Union Army. They had one surviving child.

Submitted by: Bill Hopper

JENNERS, Mary Dulin

Born: 19 Feb 1807 in Loudoun Co., VA;

Married: Burr BRADEN (see above) in Harpers Ferry, VA (now W.VA) 29 Mar 1827;

Died: 5 Sept 1863 in Jefferson, Clinton Co., IN;

Parents: Abiel JENNERS (5 Jan 1774 - 26 Sept 1824) & Deborah YOUNG (15 Apr 1773 - 14 May 1842);

Siblings: Martin Holbrook (25 Apr 1797 - ?); William Morduit (9 Nov 1798 - 20 Aug 1863; spouse: Magdalene JOHNSON); Sarah (3 Jun 1800 - 27 Jun 1801); David (23 Jul 1802 - 26 Feb 1881; spouse: Maria SIMPSON); Sarah (16 Mar 1804 - 10 Oct 1846; spouse: Jonathan BRADFIELD); unnamed child (19 Feb 1807 - 19 Feb 1807; twin of Mary Dulin); Saurin (26 Jun 1809 - 1 Jan 1879?; spouse: Ruth DeNEALE); unnamed child (26 Jun 1809 - 26 Jun 1809; twin of Saurin); Alba (16 Jan 1811 - 27 Feb 1880; spouse Drusella SPRING); Ann D. ("Nancy") (18 Apr 1813 - 5 Mar 1844; spouse Peter S. JENNINGS);

Children: See Burr BRADEN (above);

Occupation: homemaker;

Other information: See Burr BRADEN (above);

Source: S. Beach research 

KENDALL, Thomas J.

Born: June 23, 1843  Tippecanoe Township

Married: 1st: Nancy M. Wiley; 1865 (died 1870);  2nd: Margaret L. Carr(dau. of Mattew P.)

Died: Unknown

Parents: William (see below) and Elizabeth (McKillip)

Siblings: John, Nancy, Isaac, James, Malinda, Hugh, Sarah, Elizabeth, Martha, Daniel, William P., and Henry

Children: By 1st wife: Minnie B., Carey W., Laura N. (twins)
                By 2nd wife: Essie M., Lena A.E., Thomas L., Lois E., & Archie C.

Other info: Civil War soldier; Company A, Indiana Calvary;Army of the Cumberland; 3 years active service

Submitted by: Sara Smith


Born: April 7, 1793, Guilford Co, NC

Married: 1st: Elizabeth McKillip; August 1, 1815, Fayette Co., Ohio   2nd: Mrs. Nancy White (widow of John)

Died: February 27, 1882

Parents: William and Elizabeth (Williams)

Siblings: Joseph, Magrid, John, Enion, Isaac

Children: by 1st wife:John, Nancy, Isaac, James, Malinda, Hugh, Sarah, Elizabeth,Martha, Daniel,
William P., Thomas J., Henry

Occupation: Farmer and Stock Raiser

Other info: Migrated with parents to Fayette Co., Ohio 1808; Member of the Society of Friends until disowned in 1815
Served as Corp. in War of 1812;   Migrated to Tippecanoe in 1827 with wife & 1st six children
County Commissioner for six years;  member of United Brethren in Christ Church

Sources: for both William & Thomas; Biographical Record of Tippecanoe Co.,1888,
1878 Combination Atlas Map of Tippecanoe Co.;  Ohio Marriage Records;
Encyclopedia of American Quaker Geneology, Hinshaw; and other research by Sara Smith

Submitted by: Sara Smith

KINCADE, Francis Marion,  son of Edward Kincade and Ann Doty born 4/7/1833 Hancock Co., Ind. married
10/19/1857 Oxford, Benton Co., Ind. Isabella Markel born 4/27/1836 Ross Co., Ind.. Isabella was the daughter of Jonas Markel and Hannah Stingley.  Francis lived in Tippecanoe Co., in the 1850 census with the family of Washington Kinkade. Isabella moved to Tippecanoe Co. with her parents and siblings in 1840.  Francis and Isabella removed to Benton County after they married in 1857.   Jonas Markel born 1780-90 Pa. married 11/7/1816 Pickaway Co., Ohio to Hannah Stingley born 1798 Va./Wva., daughter of Jacob Stingley I and Elizabeth.  Jonas died in  Tippecanoe Co., in January 1847.   He brought his family to Tippecanoe Co. in 1840.   Karen Bridgeman

MARTIN, James W.

Born: CA 1810 in PA or OH

Died: Aft. 1870

Married: 25 February 1834 in Miami Co., OH  Nancy ROLAND  (b. ca.1814 in PA or OH Died: Aft. 1870)

1. William Henry MARTIN - Born: 12 January 1835 in Ohio; Died: 10 April 1909 in Indianapolis, IN;  Burial: Montmorenci Cemetery, Tippecanoe Co., IN.  Married: 12 January 1864 in Tippecanoe Co., IN Emma Quinia JONES (b 9 December 1846 in Tippecanoe Co., IN Died: 27 November 1924 in Toledo, OH; Burial: 26 November 1924 Montmorenci Cemetery, Tippecanoe Co., IN dau. of  Carmi JONES and Mahala DOUGHERTY)

2   Otho J. MARTIN - Born: 13 January 1839 in Ohio; Died: 2 July 1912 in Tippecanoe Co., IN  Burial: Indiana Veterans Home Cem, Tippecanoe Co.  Married: 1) 18 June 1868 in Tippecanoe Co., IN Amanda MOULDER  2) RACHEL 27 June 1876 in Tippecanoe Co., IN

3.  Lucinda Catherine MARTIN - Born: CA 1843 in Ohio Died: 31 July 1920 in Attica, Fountain Co., IN Married 19 August 1865 in Tippecanoe Co., IN Lewis YOUNG (Born: CA 1818 in France)

4.  Clara J. MARTIN-  Born: 2 February 1846 in Indiana Died: 7 February 1911 in Tippecanoe Co., IN    Married: 13 August 1868 in Tippecanoe Co., IN  Alexander S. FULKS

5.  Elizabeth MARTIN - Born: 1844

6.  David John MARTIN - Born: 1850

Submitted by: Adina Dyer

MOORE , Enos

Born: 29 November 1765  Chester Co. Penn

Died: 31 January 1845 Tippecanoe Co, In.

Married:  24 February 1792 Elizabeth DAWSON (b. 1/12/1777 Allegany Co, Md d. 5/24/1861 Warren Co. In.)

1. James MOORE b. 1/10/1793 Va d. 12/22/1882 marr (1)Nancy CHENOWETH and (2) Anna E. BATEMAN
2  Edward MOORE b. 10/2/1794 Va married Catherine FOSTER 1/8/1816
3. Hannah MOORE b. 11/16/1796 Va married d. 4/16/1885 married William  FOSTER 4/16/1885
4. Joseph MOORE b. 2/16/1799 Ross Co. Oh d. 4/17/1854 Tippecanoe Co In marr Ann BROWN 1/11/1820 Ross Co. Oh.
5. John MOORE b. 8/29/1801 Ross Co. Oh d. 9/8/1818
6. Benjamin MOORE b. 9/18/1804 Ross Co. Oh d. 6/18/1804 Ross Co. Oh
7. Leonard MOORE b. 5/25/1805 Ross Co Oh d. 10/27/1807 Ross Co Oh
8. Mary MOORE b. 1/28/1807 Ross Co. Oh marr. Uriah CHENOWETH 3/9/1826
9. William Dawson MOORE(my gg grandfather) b. 2/17/1810 Ross Co Ohio d. 9/1860 Hickory Co. Mo. married
    Mariah (Maria) DOLLEY 12/6/1832 Tippecanoe Co. In     ** (I have many descendants of this family to share)
10. Thomas MOORE b. 12/25/1812 married Sarah RAWLES 2/20/1834
11. Elizabeth MOORE b. 1/18/1814 Ross Co Oh marr Reuben SIMPSON
12. Nancy MOORE b. 2/27/1818 d. 2/20/1890 marr Rev. George Davis 11/29/1838
13. Catherine MOORE b. 5/30/1820 ross Co Oh  marr William TIMMONS 11/9/1837

Submitted by: Nina Scotti

MOORE, William Dawson

Born: February 17, 1810 Ross Co., OH

Married:  December 5, 1832 Tippecanoe Co., IN to Mariah DOLLEY

Died: September 1860 Hickory Co, MO

Parents: see Enos Moore above

!.) Francis W. M. MOORE b. ca 1834;  2.) Sarah Ann MOORE b. ca 1836;  3.) Nancy MOORE b. ca 1837
4.) Jemima MOORE b. ca 1839;  5.) Jane MOORE b. ca 1840;  6.) Joseph MOORE b. ca 1840
7.)  John MOORE B. CA 1841;  8.) Elizabeth MOORE b. ca 1842;  9.) Enos MOORE b. ca 1844
10.) Mariah J. MOORE b. ca 1846;  11.)George B. MOORE b. 3/14/1849

Between the time of George B's birth and the 1850 census this family moved to Dallas County MO and then on to Hickory County MO before the 1860 census. In Missouri they had four more children:

12.)  Liza MOORE b. 9/12/1852;  13.) Susan MOORE b. 9/12/1852 (my g. grandmother)
14.) Uriah C. MOORE b. 7/19/1854;  15.) Emiline MOORE b. 9/12/1857

Submitted by:  Nina Scotti

MORRIS, Richard Albert

Born:  c 1809 Cardigan, Wales,

Died:  c. 1865 Fairfield, Tippe.  Co., Ind.

Married: Catherine Ann Jones c. 1830, she was born c. 1813, d. c. 1856

1.  Ann Catherine  (William Connett )b. 10 Dec. 1836 , Wales; died 26 Nov. 1920 at Haven, Reno, Kansas
2.  Margaret (Samuel Bennett) b. 12 April 1839 , Wales; died 25 Feb. 1932, Fowler, Mead, Kansas
3.  Jane , b. 1842 Wales or Centerville, Allegeny, NY; died before 1860 probably in Tippe. County
4.  Elizabeth (Flavius J. McCarty) b. 1845 Centerville, Alleg.,NY; died 22 Dec. 1930 Tippe. Co. Grandview Cemetery
5.  Mary Sattie (W. C. Doyle) b. 19 April 1848 or 1851, Alleg.,NY; died 12 Nov.  1924 Westpoint, Ind. , West Point Cem.
6.John, b. Jan. 1850 , Centerville, NY, d. by 1860, Tippe., Ind.
7.Julia (Joseph Foresman), b. 26 Oct., 1854, Lafayette, Ind.; died 5 Jan. 1922 Springvale Cem. in Lafayette.

Other Information:   Richard Albert Morris and his family came to the United States in about 1840-41 and settled in Centerville, Allegeny, New York. The family then moved to Fairfield Township in Tippecanoe Co., Ind. in about 1851-52. Richard was a Baptist Minister. He and his wife may be buried in the Greenbush Cemetery or in the Grandview Cem. in West Lafayette in unmarked graves. At least I have never found a grave marker for them. Richard was living with his daughter Elizabeth and her husband Flavius Joseph McCarty just before his death. I have lists of the grandchildren of Richard Morris if anyone is interested. If anyone knows where they might be buried, please let me know.

Submitted by: James Fleet Tippie

NORDYKE, Ella Nora

Born: March 30, 1861 in Ohio

Married: 1) June 26, 1889 Clinton Co., OH to Everett J. MOORE and
               2) April 13, 1895 Clinton Co., OH to John C. or John E. SMITH.

Children: Hazel MOORE (b. ca. 1890, married Charles DEAN-had one child, Joseph DEAN); Gladys Ruth SMITH
(m. Clyde Vanderrott); and Kathleen SMITH (married MGEA-Kirby?).

Other Info: Ella's last known residence was Lafayette, Tippecanoe Co, Indiana 1931.

Submitted by: Trudy Spanier


Born: 1794;

Married: Henrietta QUACKENBUSH (1793-1870);

Died: 1870;

Parents: James PATTISON; mother not given;

Children: 8 children; names not given;

Occupation: not given;

Other information: Egbert & Henrietta came to Tippecanoe Co. from Genesco, NY in 1837; Egbert was brother of James (below); Henrietta was 1st cousin of Juda (below); owned farm adjoining James near Battleground, IN; other siblings of Egbert & James were Bingham & Finetta PATTISON; father James served in American Revolution.

Source: Gordon Pattison


Born: 1785;

Married: Juda ACKERT (1788-1843);

Died: 1870;

Parents: James PATTISON; mother not given;

Children: 9 children; names not given;

Occupation: not given;

Other information: James & Juda came to Tippecanoe Co., IN with 8 of their 9 children from Schuylerville, NY in 1838; see also, Egbert (above).

Source: Gordon Pattison

PIERCE, James, Jr.

Born: 1792;

Married: not given;

Died: 1874;

Parents: James Pierce, Sr. (ca1764-1830); mother not given;

Children: names not given;

Occupation: not given;

Other information: In 1830 James & brother, William G. PIERCE (see below) moved with families to farms in Wabash Twp, Tippecanoe Co., IN from Coshocton Co., OH; 2 families totaled 18 children; father, James, Sr was veteran of American Revolution.

Source: Gordon Pattison

PIERCE, William G.

Born: 1790;

Married: not given;

Died: 1849;

Parents: James Pierce, Sr (ca1764-1830); mother not given;

Children: names not given;

Occupation: not given;

Other information: See brother, James PIERCE, Jr (above);

Source: Gordon Pattison


Born: 2 Dec 1778, Niederbexbach, Germany, son of . John Provolt first married

Married: Jemina Stansbury, daughter of Jeremiah Stansbury, 11 Mar 1802 in North West Territory, Ohio


Parents: Johann Prowald and Anna Eva Dippelhover

1. Ezekiel  b. 14 Dec 1802  d. 29 Mar 1842, La Porte Co., In.  married Eliza Ann Ireland 25 June 1829, Tippecanoe Co. In.
2. Jeremiah  b. ca 1804  d. 26 Feb 1847, Shelby Co., Il.
3. John   b. ca 1806  d. ca 1824,  buried Provolt\Fryback Cem.
4. Margaret  b. 15 Dec 1810 Logan, Co., Ohio d. 22 Jan 1890 LaPorte Co. Ind. Margaret, married Jesse West of
    William and Sarah {Newman} West, 19 July 1827  Tippecanoe Co. In.
5. Mary b.  Dec 1812 Logan Co., Oh. married Samuel Hefner 18 Oct 1831, Tippecanoe Co. In.

John's wife, Jemina  died ca 1818 in Ohio. John then married Comfort Johnson 7 Dec 1820  Franklin Co., Oh. they were the parents of eight :
1. Nancy b. ca 1822, Franklin Co.,Oh , married Samuel Edmunson  9 Apr 1845, Tippecanoe Co., In.
2. Sarah b. 23 Jan 1825, married James Foster Adams, 25 Sept 1845. d. 18 Mar 1906, Polk Co., Iowa
3. Rebecca Jane b. ca 1826  Tippecanoe Co., In. married John McCullough 27 May  1869, died Weiser, Idaho
4. Alexander  b. 26 Aug 1826, Tippecanoe Co., In. d. 29 Mar 1847, Tippecanoe Co., In.
5. Thomas  b. 2 Jan 1830 Tippecanoe Co., In. married Sarah Ellen Terry 20 Nov 1874, d. 1 June 1906 Polk City, Iowa
6. Samuel b. 9 Dec 1832 Tippecanoe Co., In. married Harriet Newell 25 Aug 1859  White Co., In. d. 1919 Jackson Co.,
7. Jesse  b. 1836  Tippecanoe Co., In  d. 1836  In. buried Provolt\Fryback Cem. Tippecanoe Co., In.
8. James b. 29 Apr 1840 Tippecanoe Co., In. d  29 Mar 1848 Tippecanoe Co., In. buried Provolt\Fryback Cemetery

Other Information: My line is from Margaret {Provolt} and Jesse West, they were the parents of thirteen children, their son John P. West  was my great grandfather. I have info. on most of the Provolt family, but is to long unless someone is interested. John Provolt came to Tippecanoe Co. in the early 1820's, he is listed as one of the first settlers of the Upper End Plain, he was listed as an Associate Judge from 1826 to 1846. John's wife Comfort d. 31 Mar 1848 and is buried in the Provolt / Fryback Cem. John moved to Polk Co., Iowa abt. 1855, he died there in 1859 and is buried in the Hopkins Grove Cemetery, Polk Co., Iowa

Submitted by: Dot Butz

ROGERS, Joseph O. Joseph is believed to have emigrated from England to Windsor, Canada / Detroit, Michigan in 1843.  He was a Chandler (a retail dealer in provisions such as food, supplies and equipment, usually for a boat). He met and
married Miss Elizabeth Tolman - daughter of Luther Tolman and Mary Ann (Rugg) Tolman, originally a native of
Keene, New Hampshire who had also moved to the Detroit area with her family.

Joseph and Elizabeth lived in the Detroit area until 1849 when they moved to Lafayette, Indiana to continue their
chandlery business.  The journey to Lafayette was via the Wabash & Erie Canal, a 240-mile trip made in the
record time of 2 days and 8 hours, with parts of the journey being made on land.  At that time a daily average of 5
miles could be expected through the wilderness.  The cost for the trip was a bargain at only $7.00 per person.

In 1852, Joseph and Elizabeth again moved, this time to Attica, Indiana where they continued in the chandlery
and grocery business.  While living in Attica they resided in a house located at the Southwest corner of Brady and
Washington Streets.  According to the 1860 Census records for Logan Township, Attica, Fountain Co., IN. the
Joseph O. Rodgers household included:

Joseph (36) Chandler
Elizabeth (30)
Pricilla (72)      (Joseph's Mother)
William (14) In school
Edwin        (11)     same
John       (9) same
Lewelyn (1)

Joseph and Elizabeth had a total of 13 children: 8 boys and 5 girls. None of the girls lived to adulthood and all 5
are buried in the cemetery at Lafayette, IN with their mother.
(NOTE: At this time the name of the 8th son and the first 4 daughters are unknown.)

ROSS Family: David Linn Ross; David Ross imagined a steering device that would increase the safety and responsiveness of the automobile. The result? He founded Ross Gear and Tool, now a part of the Commercial Steering Division of TRW, and was awarded over 80 engineering patents in his lifetime.; Eleanor Ross; Edward Ross Source: Cynthia: crmb@aol.com
ROYAL, William

Born: 6 February 1820, in Middletown, OH;

Married: 20 February 1845, Eunice Emeline WITHROW (1825 - 9 June 1906 near Dayton, IN);

Died: 11 May 1894 near Dayton, IN;

Parents: Thomas ROYAL (1791-1867) and Catharine WEIDNER/WIDENER (1788-1859);

Siblings: John and Thomas, about whom more below, and Elizabeth and Amanda, about whom little is known;

Children: ANNA Priscilla, Catherine Jane (JENNY), Mary Josephine (JOSE), Elizabeth Frances (FAN), Samuel Thomas (SAM), James Albert (JIM), Ellen Alvaretta (ELLA), JULIA Alice, Clara Candace (PET), William Stanley (WILL), and Charles Edgar (ED);

Occupation: farmer;

Other information: William Royal purchased land in Sheffield Township, Tippecanoe County, Indiana in November 1846 and brought his family here in the spring of 1847. In 1848 he sold two tracts to his brother John, who brought his family to Indiana about that time. A third brother, Thomas, and his family arrived in Indiana about 1849. By 1850 Thomas was living near his brothers in Sheffield Township, although he did not purchase land in the township until 1854. The three brothers and their wives seem to have come to this area because they had other relatives here, in particular Moses Graft, the uncle of William's wife, Eunice, and John's wife, Jane (who were sisters). Other relatives soon followed, including the parents of the brothers. William and John were successful farmers, interested in applying the latest scientific methods and investing in the latest equipment, and in addition, they speculated in real estate. Thomas, Sr.,'s father, Thomas Royal, was born in England. William and Eunice Royal and several of their children moved to Fowler, Kansas, in 1885. About 1892, ill health forced William to retire from farming. He and Eunice returned to Sheffield Township to live with their daughter Julia Alice and her husband William Henry Frantz, on a farm south of Dayton, where William died in 1894, and Eunice died in 1906.

Sources: Manuscript left by Rev. William Royal, son of Thomas Royal I; Delaware Archives, vol. 1: Military, 5 vols., Wilmington, DE: Star, 1911, pp. 70-73; Federal censuses of Ohio and Indiana; Early Marriage Records of Butler County, OH, vol. 3: 1845-47, Hamilton, OH: Butler Co. Hist. Society/DAR of Ohio, 1940; Marriage certificate, William Royal and Eunice Withrow; History and Biographical Cyclopaedia of Butler County, Ohio, Cincinnati, OH: Western Biographical Publishing Co., 1882; Lafayette (IN) Courier; Lafayette (IN) Journal; Land records, Tippecanoe County, IN, RecorderUs Office; Power, John Carroll, History of the Early Settlers, Sangamon County, Illinois, Springfield, IL: Wilson and Co., 1876; Virkus, Frederick A., Abridged Compendium of American Genealogy, 7 vols., Chicago: Virkus and Co., 1925-; Wills of Samuel Withrow and Abraham Graft, Butler Co., OH, probate records; Maps of Sheffield Township, Tippecanoe County, IN: 1850 Plat, 1866 wall map, 1878 Atlas; Tippecanoe County Genealogical Association, Alameda McCollough Library, Lafayette, IN; Dayton, IN, Cemetery, tombstone inscriptions; family information.Susan Yost Clawson

SAYERS, Alexander Thompson

BORN: 21 November 1840, Jackson Twp., Tippecanoe Co., IN

MARRIED: 1 Oct 1867, Fountain Co., IN, Caroline CARTER (b. 3 Nov. 1844, d. 5 April 1919, dau. of Samuel CARTER and Anna MILLS)

DIED: 5 September 1933, Tippecanoe Co., IN. Buried Salem Cemetery, Fountain Co., IN

PARENTS: Robert Floyd SAYERS and Elizabeth Magee FROGG(E) (see below)


CHILDREN: Julia Knox SAYERS (b. 2 July 1868, Fountain Co., IN, d. 12 July 1934, Tippecanoe Co., IN, married Elvah C. DAVIS), William Cecil SAYERS (b. 13 March 1870, Tippecanoe Co., IN, d. 23 April 1893, Tippecanoe Co., IN, married Lou M. DAVIS), Agnes Derinda SAYERS (b. 25 Sept. 1873, Tippecanoe Co., IN, d. 24 Jan. 1945, Tippecanoe Co., IN, married Ira G. MEHARRY), Robert Floyd SAYERS (b. 29 Oct. 1877, Tippecanoe Co., IN, d. 24 Nov. 1945, Lafayette, IN, married Nellie BETHEL), Samuel Carter SAYERS (b. 26 May 1880, Tippecanoe Co., IN, d. 3 Oct. 1963, married Nell BRIDGES)  (see photo of Alexander T. Sayers at age 90 with his children)

OCCUPATION: Teacher, farmer, and stock-raiser

Submitted by: Adina Dyer

SAYERS, Robert Floyd

BORN: 23 December 1804, Tazwell Co., VA

MARRIED: 1) 11 Feb. 1827, Tazwell Co., VA, Martha T. McMILLIN (b. 21 Aug. 1801, dau. of Andrew McMILLIN and Nancy KING), 2) 28 July 1839, Tippecanoe Co., IN, Elizabeth Magee FROGG(E) (b. 17 April 1819, Fentress Co., TN, d. 24 July 1893, Tippecanoe Co., IN, dau. of Arthur Robinson FROGG(E), (b. 13 Apr. 1776, Greenbrier Co. (W)VA, d. 13 May 1855, Fentress Co., TN), Jane Thompson RICHARDSON (b. ca. 1780, Washington Co., VA, d. 17 Jan. 1839, Tippecanoe Co., IN)

DIED: 22 April 1872, Tippecanoe Co., IN. Buried in Sugar Grove Cemetery.

PARENTS: Alexander SAYERS (b. 8 June 1772, VA, son of William SAYERS and Elizabeth DRAKE), Susan CECIL (b. 1776, VA, dau. of William CECIL and Nancy (Ann) WITTEN)

SIBLINGS: William Cecil SAYERS (b. 15 July 1795), Samuel SAYERS (b. 4 March 1797), John SAYERS (b. 23 June 1799), Elizabeth SAYERS (b. 11 Jan. 1808), Nancy SAYERS (b. 10 Feb. 1811), Thomas SAYERS (b. 26 June 1814), Augusta B. SAYERS (b. 12 Aug. 1817), Derinda SAYERS

CHILDREN OF FIRST MARRIAGE: Nancy W. SAYERS (b. 25 Nov. 1827, Tazwell Co., VA, d. 20 Aug. 1864, Tippecanoe Co., IN, married Andrew Jackson KERR), Elizabeth Jane SAYERS (b. 28 Feb. 1829, Tazwell Co., VA, d. 17 Feb. 1856, Clarksville, IA, married James Addison BONWELL), Susannah King SAYERS (b. 19 Jan. 1831, Tippecanoe Co., IN, d. 28 March 1884, married Cyrus Quinn KIRKPATRICK), Thomas Whitney SAYERS (b. 14 Dec. 1832, Tippecanoe Co., IN, d. 27 Jan. 1870, Tippecanoe Co., IN, married Mary Jane STITT), Rebecca Ann SAYERS (b. 25 Jan. 1835, Tippecanoe Co., IN, d. 25 Aug. 1847, Tippecanoe Co., IN), William Cecil SAYERS (b. 28 Jan. 1837, Tippecanoe Co., IN, d. 3 Oct. 1914, Indianapolis, IN, married Emma DINGLER)

CHILDREN OF SECOND MARRIAGE: (All born in Tippecanoe Co., IN) Alexander Thompson SAYERS (b. 21 Nov. 1840, d. 5 Sept. 1933, married Caroline CARTER), James Borden SAYERS (b. 1 July 1842, d. 26 Nov. 1842), Samuel SAYERS (b. 27 Aug. 1843, d. 15 July 1853), Sarah Jane SAYERS (b. 1 May 1845, d. 23 Jan. 1927, married Marshall CADE), Minerva Ann SAYERS (b. 18 Feb. 1847, d. 4 June 1884, married William A. CORDING), Mary Virginia SAYERS (b. 27 Feb. 1849, d. 2 Aug. 1896), Arthur R. SAYERS (b. 9 Dec. 1850, d. 10 Dec. 1850), Derinda Agnes SAYERS (b. 31 Jan. 1852, d. 9 June 1938, married Ephraim Etchisson MILLER), Selina Ellen SAYERS (b. 15 May 1854, d. 17 April 1922, married Mark BORUM), Elizabeth Marena SAYERS (b. 5 March 1859, d. 29 July 1893, married Edwin R. ARNETT), Robert Floyd SAYERS, Jr. (b. 5 March 1859, d. 17 Aug. 1859)


OTHER INFORMATION: Robert Floyd Sayers and his family arrived in Jackson Twp., Tippecanoe Co., IN, from Tazwell Co., VA, on 27 September 1830. In the spring of 1831 he built a log cabin on the farm of Levi Wheeler, about one mile south of Shawnee Mound. In 1841, he built a beautiful, large two story, 10 room home, which in March 1940 was burned to the ground in an effort to conceal the tragic murder of its occupant, Georgia MILLER, a granddaughter, by Clair MITCHELL. All family records and heirlooms were completely destroyed.

SOURCE: A Genealogy of The Sayers Family in America - 10 Generations, by Opal Bratton Barnard

Submitted by: Adina Dyer


Born:  March 17, 1822 in Marienburg, Prussia

Married:  January 1852 to Johanna Berner, in Walwich Bay, S.W. Africa  (they were German missionaries)

Died:  June 12, 1895

Parents:  Ephraim Schoeneberg and Anna Achsnicht

Children:  1)  Minna   (born S.W.Africa--Nov. 1852--2/1889)
                2)  Hilaria  (1854-
                3)  Hulda   (died Lafayette--1859)

Other Information: Educated in ministry in Barmen University- Baden Baden, Germany Missionary in S.W. Africa with
Herero Tribe, about 9 years Minister for St. James Lutheran Church-Lafayette for 30 years.  Died in garden of his home, tending his beloved flowers.

Source: History of Tippecanoe County:   Page 571-572

Submitted by:  Linda Hansel

SHAFFER, George W.

Born: 1863 in Lafayette, Tippecanoe Co., IN;

Married: 1st: Minnie Ann DAUGHERTY (1865-1890); 2nd: Rhoda Sarah NYDEGGER (1869-1962);

Died: 1935;

Parents: Silas S. SHAFFER & Charlotte L. OYLER;

Children: by 1st wife: Franklin Glenn, Mamie; by 2nd wife: Elva Genevive, Silas Fredrick;

Other information: At the age of 3, George’s parents moved to their farm near Clark’s Hill. George was a well known farmer in Lauramie township. He began farming as a boy, working on his father’s farm. By 1913, he had doubled the size of the original family farm. About 1918, he moved to Lafayette and conducted a real estate agency. In 1926 he retired and moved back to the Clark’s Hill vicinity. Special Note: Fred SHAFFER died during World War I service.

Sources: Research by Mark Shaffer: Biographical Record & Portrait Album of Tippecanoe Co., IN, Lewis Pub. Co., 1888; 1878 Historical Atlas, Tippecanoe Co., IN, Kingman Brothers, 1978; Atlas of Tippecanoe Co., IN, R. G. Parker, 1913; Federal Census, Tippecanoe Co., IN, 1870, 1880, Soundex 1920; Index to Marriage Record, Tippecanoe Co., IN 1850-1920, Rogers, Vol. IV; Family Bible Record of Israel and Elizabeth (Horney) Daugherty, published by Phinney and Co., New York, 1857; Obituary, George W. Shaffer, Lafayette Journal and Courier, 9/11/1935; Obituary, Silas Fredrick Shaffer, Clark's Hill News, 10/18/1918; Salem Cemetery Records (from TIPCOA)

SHAFFER, Harry Sidney

Born: 1852 in Lafayette, Tippecanoe Co., IN;

Married: 1st: Elva J. LUCAS (1859-1879); 2nd: Martha A. THOMPSON (1860-1897); 3rd: Angeline C. MILLIKEN (1859- ? );

Died: 1904;

Parents: Silas S. SHAFFER & Charlotte L. OYLER;

Children: by 1st wife: Elva Genevieve; by 2nd wife: Charlotte L., Charles S., Oliver Ronald, Harold Sidney, & Harrietta Lorene;

Siblings: Charles H., Ada S., & George W.;

Other information: Harry was born in Lafayette and moved to Clarks Hill at the age of 14. At the age of 16, he began a 26 year career as a school teacher and was the principal of the Clarks Hill and Colfax schools. He was owner & publisher of the Clarks Hill News, the Colfax Standard, the Linden Leader, and the West Lafayette Record.

Sources: Biographical Record & Portrait Album of Tippecanoe Co., IN, Lewis Pub. Co., 1888; Index to Marriage Record, Tippecanoe Co., IN 1850-1920, Vol. IV; Index to Birth Records, Tippecanoe Co., IN 1882-1920, Vol. 1, pt. 3; Tombstones data at the Clark Cemetery (from TIPCOA); Salem Cemetery Records (from TIPCOA); Federal Census, Tippecanoe Co., IN, 1900; Indiana Newspaper Bibliography, John Miller, 1982; Obituary: Harry S. Shaffer (in possession of Mark Shaffer); Information provided by: Mark Shaffer

SHAFFER, Marvin Hugh

Born: 1945 Williamsport, Indiana

Parents: Hugh Marvin SHAFFER, Jr. and Lois Pauline NEWTON

Siblings: Freida Star; Linda Marie, and Gordon Lee

Other Info: Lived most of childhood in Lafayette, Indiana.  Paternal grandfather-Hugh Marvin SHAFFER, Sr.
Maternal grandfather-Ernie NEWTON.

Submitted by: Marvin Hugh Shaffer, 18245 Casaba Road, Adelanto, CA 92301-2024 


Born: 1819;

Married: Charlotte L. OYLER (1824-1905);

Died: 1895;

Parents: Dr. Jacob SHAFFER & Anna THATCHER;

Children: Charles H., Harry S., Ada S., & George W.

Siblings: Jacob, Isaac, Eldon, George, John, William, Anna, Rebecca, Louisa, & Adelaide.

Other information: Silas came to Tippecanoe County in the spring of 1844. He pursued the bakery/confectionery trade in Lafayette. In 1866 he left Lafayette and moved to his farm near Clarks Hill. There, he engaged in farming and stock raising until his death.

Sources: Bio. Record of Tippecanoe Co.; DAR Marriages; Census, Franklin Co., OH; Census, Tippecanoe Co., IN; Salem Cemetery Records (from TIPCOA); Franklin Co., OH Cemeteries; Information provided by Mark Shaffer


Born:  March 17, 1822 in Marienburg, Prussia

Married:  January 1852 to Johanna Berner, in Walwich Bay, S.W. Africa  (they were German missionaries)

Died:  June 12, 1895

Parents:  Ephraim Schoeneberg and Anna Achsnicht

Children:  1)  Minna  (born S.W.Africa--Nov. 1852--2/1889)
                 2)  Hilaria (1854-
                 3)  Hulda   (died Lafayette--1859)

Other Info:  Educated in ministry in Barmen University- Baden Baden, Germany
Missionary in S.W. Africa with Herero Tribe, about 9 years
Minister for St. James Lutheran Church-Lafayette for 30 years.  Died in garden
of his home, tending his beloved flowers.

Source: History of Tippecanoe County:  Page 571-572

Submitted by:  Linda Hansel

SUMMERS, Michael

born in Rockingham Co. VA Oct 10, 1792;

he married Mary Shultz in Rockingham Co. VA Nov. 22, 1810;

Michael died Nov. 4, 1848 and is buried in Lauramie Twp. Tippecanoe Co. IN. in the Summers Cemetery. Mary died 17 Sept. 1834 and is also buried in the Summers Cemetery.

Michaels father was Michael Summers who died in Rockingham Co. VA before 1840.

Michael had 5 brothers and 3 sisters: all who were born in Ross Co. Ohio: John - b. 1812 d. before 1870 in Tippecanoe Co. IN; Philip - b. 13 Feb. 1814 d. 18 March 1856 in Tippecanoe Co.; Catherine - b. 1816 d. before 1850; Andrew - b. 1818 d. 1903 in Cedar Co. MO; Abraham - b. 1 Jan. 1819 d. 15 Nov. 1842 in Tippecanoe Co.; Sarah Ann - b. 1821; Henry - b. 16 March 1824 d. 3 Feb. 1853 in Tippecanoe Co.; Edith Adah - b. 1 Jan. 1830 d. 1904;

Michael, a farmer moved to Ross Co. OH around 1811 then to Tippecanoe Co. IN by 1830 where he bought 80 acres of dense woods in Lauramie Twp. As soon as possible a cabin of round logs was constructed, later this humble abode was supplanted by a more pretensious one of hewed logs. As the years rolled by he became well to do and influential in the community. After clearing his first farm of 80 acres he purchased a tract of 80 acres of prairie land and another place of similar dimensions in Randolph Twp. He was a Democrat in politics but not an aspirant to public office.

Source: Tippecanoe Historical Society, Biographical History, page 281.

Submitted by: Paul A. Summers


Born: 1829

Married: Anna Katherine Reifers(1829-1901)

Died: 1901

Children born in Lafayette included:
Theodore (1859)
Anne K. (abt 1860)
Josephine Agnes (abt 1862)
Andrew J. (Jan 18, 1864)
Catharine (May 6, 1866)
Margaret (July 26, 1868)
Mary A. (Mar 3, 1870)

Other Information:  Settled in Lafayette, Indiana late 1850s.   Came from Prussia (germany) about mid fifties.  Uncertain
where they were before coming to Lafayette.

Submitted by: Jim Sunkes

WATKINS, Henry Clay

BORN: 4 June 1848, Sussex Co., DE.

MARRIED: 25 April 1872, Warren Co., IN to Jane GARRARD (12 Aug. 1852 Warren Co., IN, d. 17 Dec. 1934 Tippecanoe Co., IN, dau. of Samuel GARRARD and Juliette LEMMING).

DIED: 6 Jan. 1918 Tippecanoe Co., IN. Buried in Battle Ground Cemetery, Battle Ground, IN.

PARENTS: Josiah WATKINS (b. 24 June 1818 Sussex Co., DE, d. 21 May 1894 Warren Co., IN) Elizabeth GOWTY (b. 14 Feb. 1818, Caroline Co., MD, d. 14 May 1891, Warren Co., IN).

SIBLINGS: Emma Elizabeth WATKINS (b. 7 Oct. 1853, Caroline Co., MD, d. 1 Oct. 1915, Warren Co., IN, married William HARMON), John G. WATKINS (b. Sept. 1854, Sussex Co., DE, d. 1940, Benton Co., AR, married Annie RAYL), Josephine WATKINS (b. 7 May 1857, Caroline Co., MD, d. 21 Jan. 1907, Tippecanoe Co., IN, married George S. LAMB).

HALF-SIBLINGS: Mary Ellender WATKINS (b. 9 Jan 1844, Caroline Co., MD, d. 13 March 1891, Allen Co., OH, married Oscar G. BUTTERFIELD), Amanda Marie DAVIS (b. 8 Nov. 1839, Caroline Co., MD, d. 16 Nov. 1920, Warren Co., IN, married William Henry WATKINS), William Franklin DAVIS (b. 3 Aug. 1841, Caroline Co., MD, d. 12 Jan. 1934, Caroline Co., MD, married Hannah HORNE), Adir A. DAVIS (b. 1843, Caroline Co., MD, married Isaac FLEETWOOD), Matthew G. DAVIS (b. 1845 d. about 1860, Caoline Co., MD).

CHILDREN: (All born in Warren Co., IN) Gertrude WATKINS (b. 16 Oct. 1874, d. 1 Feb. 1929, Tippecanoe Co., IN, married 1) Ira GARRARD, 2) Marshall SHONKWILER, 3) ? GARZA, 4) Noah WEBB), Lewis Napolean WATKINS (b. 29 April 1877, d. 19 Jan. 1968, Tippecanoe Co., IN, married Ethel John DOWNS), Myrtle WATKINS (b. 5 June 1878, d. 13 June 1914, Howard Co., IN, married Howard KENDALL), Fannie WATKINS (b. 7 Oct. 1880, d. 18 July 1935, Carroll Co., IN, married Charles BOYLES), William E. WATKINS (b. July 1883, d. 28 July 1948, Tippecanoe Co., IN), Elmer "Pug" WATKINS (b. 14 March 1885, d. 25 Jan. 1935, Tippecanoe Co., IN, married Mary Frances JEFFREY), Harley Oliver WATKINS (b. 8 June 1888, d. 11 April 1962, Howard Co., IN, married 1) Caroline HAMILTON 2) Pauline (?)), Clara Amelia WATKINS (b. 14 Dec. 1889, d. 18 Sept. 1961, Tippecanoe Co., IN, married 1) James M. McNeeley, 2) Richard T. POORE), Theodore "Dode" WATKINS (b. 23 May 1891, d. 11 March 1931, Tippecanoe Co., IN, married 1) Nora GHERE, 2) Lillian DONALDSON), Alice Jane WATKINS (b. 30 Oct. 1892, d. 22 Aug. 1940, Tippecanoe Co., IN, married 1)Raymond T. CUPPY, 2) Carl O. RILEY), Pearl Pauline WATKINS (b. 30 Oct. 1892, d. 15 Feb. 1967, Tippecanoe Co., IN, married 1) Lee William IRWIN, 2) Joseph E. REYNOLDS).


SOURCES: Tippecanoe Co., IN Marriage Records, Obituaries from Lafayette, Kokomo, and Warren Co., IN newspapers, Tombstone Inscriptions from Indiana, Maryland, and Arkansas, Indiana State Death Records, Maryland State Death Records, Warren Co., IN Marriage Records, Probate records from Susssex Co., DE, and other research done by Adina Dyer

WATKINS, James Thomas

BORN: August 1826, Sussex Co., DE

MARRIED: 26 December 1844, Kent Co., DE, Elizabeth VAULX (b. 1826, Sussex Co., DE, d. 15 July 1871, Tippecanoe Co., IN, she was married second to John GRAHAM , 12 April 1868, Warren Co., IN)

DIED: 16 May 1864, Warren Co., IN

PARENTS: William WATKINS (b. ca. 1794, Sussex Co, DE, d. March 1831, Sussex Co., DE, son of John WATKINS and Elizabeth RICHARDS) Mahala BUTLER (b. 1800-1810, d. 1850, Sussex Co., DE)

SIBLINGS: William Henry WATKINS (b. 1823, Sussex Co., DE, d. 25 Nov. 1875, Warren Co., IN, married Amanda Marie DAVIS), John W. WATKINS (b. 1828, Sussex Co., DE, d. 3 May 1900, Tippecanoe Co., IN, married Rachel SHARP), Elizabeth A. WATKINS (b. 1830, Sussex Co., DE, d. unknown in Tippecanoe Co., IN, married Thomas BRADLEY)

HALF-SIBLINGS: Josiah WATKINS (b. 24 June 1818, Sussex Co., DE, d. 21 May 1894, Warren Co., IN, married (1) Deborah Wright, (2) Elizabeth GOWTY); David S. WATKINS (b. 1835, Sussex Co., DE, d. 1888, Colorado, married Matilda JUSTICE); Jane Ann WATKINS (b. 18 March 1839, Maryland, d. 2 March 1909, Ross Co., OH,  married Joshua WRIGHT); Henrietta WATKINS (b. 1840, Sussex Co., DE); Mary E. WATKINS (b. 1844, Sussex Co., DE);
Joseph Daniel WATKINS (b. 14 May 1848, Sussex Co., DE, d. 8 March 1926, Tippecanoe Co., IN, married Clementine WARD).

CHILDREN: Sarah WATKINS (b. 1845, Sussex Co., DE), William H. WATKINS (b. 1846, Sussex Co., DE, d. 14 March 1891, Tippecanoe Co., IN, married Mary STEWART), Mary E. WATKINS (b. 1848, Sussex Co., DE, d. 7 Nov. 1908, Tippecanoe Co., IN, marreid John W. STEWART), Martha J. WATKINS (b. May 1850, Pickaway Co., OH, d. 11 June 1898, Tippecanoe Co., IN, married James ALLEN), Mahala E. WATKINS (b. Feb. 1852, Pickaway Co., OH) Louisa WATKINS (b. 1855, Pickaway Co., OH), James F. WATKINS (b. 20 Aug. 1855, Sussex Co., DE, married Mary B. ADAMS), Rachel WATKINS (b. 1859, Warren Co., IN), John Nelson WATKINS (b. 1 Dec. 1859, Warren Co., IN, married Sadie PHASSAIL), Matilda WATKINS (b. 15 Feb. 1863, Warren Co., IN), Elmer WATKINS (b. 1 Nov. 1864, Warren Co., IN, d. 8 July 1871, Tippecanoe Co., IN)


OTHER INFORMATION: James Thomas Watkins served during the Civil War as a private in Co. G, 100th Regt. Indiana Volunteers. After his father's death in 1831, he, along with his brother William Henry Watkins, were made Indentured Apprentices to Whittington Ricards (Richards) in Sussex Co., DE, to learn the trade of farming, until the age of 21. He came to Indiana before 1860 settling near other family members in Green Hll, Warren Co., IN.

SOURCES: Tippecanoe Co., IN Marriage Records, Warren Co., IN Marriage Records, Tombstone Inscriptions, Civil War Surviving Minor's Pension, Tippecanoe Co., IN Death Records, Apprentice Intendure Records, Sussex Co., DE, Probate Records, Sussex Co., DE, and other research done by Adina Dyer

WIDMER, Frederick

Born 29 Sept. 1839, Wynigen, Switz.

Married 25 Dec. 1867, at Lafayette, IN, Katherine Louise Schwegler (b. May 13, 1848, in Lichtensteig, Canton St. Gall, Switzerland-d. 10 Jul. 1936, in Dayton, IN), dau of Rudolph Schwegler and Elizabeth Krebser;

Died: 11 May 1925, Dayton, IN;

Parents: Johann (John) Widmer and Anna Barbara Christen;

Siblings: Anna Barbara, Elizabeth, and John Widmer;

Children: Frederick Rudolph, Elizabeth (Lizzie), unnamed child, Carrie Louise, John Gilbert, and William Ernest Widmer.

Occupation: farmer;

Other information: Frederick Widmer came to this country at about age 10 in 1851 with his parents. The family settled first in Ohio before coming to Tippecanoe County in 1860. Katherine Louise Schwegler came to this country at age 7 in 1855 with her parents. The family settled first in Connecticut, then came to Tippecanoe County about 1860. Frederick Widmer served in the Civil War in Co. K, 150th Indiana Volunteer Infantry from 28 Feb. 1865 to 5 Aug. 1865. Katherine's brother William Schwegler, was also in the Army during the Civil War, in the 16th Battery Indiana Volunteer Light Artillery; he was said to have been in the theater when Lincoln was shot. After Frederick and Katherine were married, they lived first in Shelby Township, then Wabash Township, before coming to Sheffield Township in 1891. Frederick retired and they moved into Dayton in 1910. Frederick became a naturalized citizen on 31 Aug. 1920, and Katherine, as his wife, was naturalized at the same time. Both were active members of Dayton Memorial Presbyterian Church.

Sources: Dayton Cemetery, tombstone records; Naturalization records, Tippecanoe County Genealogical Association, Alameda McCollough Library, Lafayette, IN; Gould, Marian A., The Schwegler Family from Switzerland to America, 1769-1979, 1979 (contains copies of records from National Archives, Switzerland, etc.); The Source, a Guidebook to American Genealogy; Federal censuses for Indiana; Biographical Record and Portrait Album of Tippecanoe County, Lewis, 1888; Obituary of Katherine Louise Widmer, Lafayette Journal, July 11, 1936; Glazier, Ira A., and P. Wm. Filby, Germans to America/Lists of Passengers Arriving at US Posts, 1850-55, Wilmington, DE: Scholarly Resources, Inc.

Compiled & Submitted by: Susan Yost Clawson

YOST, Aaron

Born: 21 Oct. 1865 in Clinton Co, IN;

Married: 19 October 1888, Rena Warwick (b. 28 Apr. 1870 Perry Twp, Tippecanoe County, IN-d. 26 May 1930 Chicago, IL), dau of George Washington Warwick and Catherine "Kate" Barr;

Died: 26 Feb. 1904, Perry Twp, Tippecanoe County, IN;

Parents: David F. Yost (1832-1910) and second wife, Sarah Weybright (1837-1877);

Siblings: John and Charles Wesley (children of David and his first wife, Mary Jane Weaver), Amos, David, Rachel, and Nancy;

Children: Dale M., Verne W., and Lloyd A. Yost;

Occupation: farmer and teacher;

Other information: The Yost family seem to be of German origin. They are found first in Virginia, then in Ohio, and finally in Indiana. Jacob and Rachel Fouts Yost arrived in Tippecanoe County in 1839. Their son David lived in Perry Township, Tippecanoe County, and Ross Township, Clinton County. Aaron and Rena lived on the Warwick homestead in Perry Township, Tippecanoe County. Aaron died of pneumonia he contracted after helping with household chores while Rena was sick. He is supposed to have gone out, wet and sweaty from doing the family laundry, to do the outside chores in cold weather, contracted pneumonia, and died. After Aaron's early death, Rena continued to live on the farm until her sons reached college age. Then she moved into Lafayette and ran a boarding house so they could attend and graduate from Purdue University. She then returned to the homestead in Perry Township. Late in life she contracted tuberculosis. She went to live with her son Verne in Chicago and died in the Fresh Air Sanitarium there.

Sources: Obituary, Rena Yost, date and source unknown; Yost, Lloyd A., The Jacob Yost Genealogy, 1979; Yost, Lloyd A., and Verne W. Yost, A History of the Rena and Aaron Yost Family, 1980; Yost, Kenneth E., Biography of My Parents, Dale Merle Yost and Cora Gingrich Yost, 1993; Hansell, Donald W., Jacob and Maria Yost and Their Descendants, 1985.

Compiled & Submitted by: Susan Yost Clawson

YOUNG, Deborah

Born: 15 April 1773 in Bladensburg, Maryland;

Married: Abiel JENNERS in 1796 in Washington City (now Washington, DC);

Died: 14 May 1842 in Lafayette, Tippecanoe Co., IN; buried Greenbush Cemetery, Lafayette, Tippecanoe Co., IN;

Parents: William YOUNG & Ruth JACKSON (not confirmed);

Siblings: unknown;

Children: Martin Holbrook JENNERS (born 1797); William Morduit JENNERS (born 1798); Sarah JENNERS (born 1800; died as infant); David JENNERS (born 1802); Sarah Y. JENNERS (born 1804); Mary Dulin JENNERS (born 1807); unnamed twin of Mary (born 1807; died same day); James Saurin JENNERS (born 1809; usually called Saurin); unnamed twin of Saurin (born 1809; died same day); Alba JENNERS (born 1811); Ann JENNERS (born 1813; usually called Nancy);

Occupation: none known;

Other information: husband Abiel JENNERS died 1824 near Waterford, Loudoun Co., VA; about 1828, Deborah (YOUNG) JENNERS & her children went west (to Lafayette, IN) with daughter Mary & Mary's new husband, Burr BRADEN (see above); David JENNERS & his sister Sarah JENNERS and her husband, Jonathan BRADFIELD had already settled in Lafayette, Tippecanoe Co. before the rest of the family moved there; Additional Information.

Source: S. Beach research.


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