Category Archives: Allen County

Edna Chloe Mann Ormsby

Edna Chloe Mann Ormsby
birth: 8 December 1914 in Darke Co, OH to William Harvey Mann & Sarah Catherine Wise
death: 20 May 2003 in Fort Wayne, Allen Co, IN
burial: Prospect Cemetery, Ossian, Wells Co, IN

marriage: Common law marriage
Argus Luster Ormsby
birth: 18 February 1894 in Ossian, Wells Co, IN to Alonzo Eugene Ormsby & Mary Elizabeth Archbold
death: 24 November 1967 in Fort Wayne, Allen Co, IN
burial: Prospect Cemetery, Ossian, Wells Co, IN

Children of Edna Chloe Mann Ormsby and Argus Luster Ormsby:

  • Catherine Elizabeth Ormsby b. 17 December 1935 Darke Co, OH; d. 19 December 2019 Fort Wayne, Allen Co, IN; marriage 1 Philip Jerome Wilson, marriage 2 Francis William Merritt, marriage 3 Ivan Harold Hurless, marriage 4 Kenneth Allan Williams

Ancestor here lived in:

  • Fort Wayne, Allen County, Indiana

Other Information:

Born in Darke Co, OH. 1914. Came to Fort Wayne, Allen Co, IN, 1932 when she graduated high school in New Madison, Darke Co, OH

Submitted by:
Judy Ormsby Richter

Argus Luster Ormsby

Argus Luster Ormsby
birth: 18 Feb 1894 in Wells Co., IN to Alonzo Eugene Ormsby and Mary Elizabeth Archbold
death: 24 Nov 1967, at Fort Wayne, Allen Co., IN
burial: Prospect Cemetery, Ossian, Wells Co., IN

marriage: 15 Jan 1920, Fort Wayne, Allen Co., IN
Leona Sophia Gallets
birth: 29 Nov 1898, at Alleghany Co., NY to Marcus H Gallets and Phoebe Mary Green
death: 29 Oct 1968, Fort Wayne, Allen Co., IN
burial: Catholic Cemetery, Fort Wayne, Allen Co., IN

marriage: 21 Apr 1924 in Michigan City, LaPorte Co., IN
Hattie Mary Buerkley
birth: 9 Jan 1897, Payne, Paulding Co., OH to Joseph and Mary E (Matthews) Buerkley
death: 5 Mar 1940, Richmond, Wayne Co., IN
burial: Prairie Grove Cemetery, Fort Wayne, Allen Co., IN

marriage: common law marriage
Edna Chloe Mann
birth: 8 Dec 1914, Darke Co., OH to William Harvey and Sarah Catherine (Wise) Mann
death: 20 May 2003, Fort Wayne, Allen Co., IN
burial: Prospect Cemetery, Ossian, Wells Co., IN

Children of  Argus Luster Ormsby and Leona Sophia Gallets:

  • Mary Carol Ormsby, b. 1918, d. 2013, m. (1) Kenneth Merriman Smith, (2) Donald Charles Fechner

Children of  Argus Luster Ormsby and Hattie Mary Buerkley:

  • Waneta Rae Ormsby, b. 4 Aug 1924, d. Living, m. (1) John Pershing McConnehey, (2) Samuel Forrester Cummick
  • Infant Son Ormsby, b. 4 Jun 1928, d. 4 Jun1928

Children of  Argus Luster Ormsby and Edna Chloe Mann:

  • Catherine Elizabeth Ormsby, b. 17 Dec 1935, Darke Co., OH, d. Living, m (1) Philip Jerome Wilson, (2) Francis William Merritt , (3) Ivan Harold Hurless, (4) Kenneth Alan Williams
  • Judith Elaine Ormsby, b 10 Jan 1941, Fort Wayne, Allen Co. IN, d. Living, m. Robert Erwin Richter
  •  Nancy Lou Ormsby. b. 24 Jun 1942, Fort Wayne, Allen Co., IN, d. Living, m. Keith Allan Henninger

 Argus Luster Ormsby lived in:

  • Ossian Wells County, Indiana
  • Fort Wayne, Allen County, Indiana

Submitted by:
Judith E Ormsby Richter

LaVon Lighthill

LaVon Lighthill
birth: 14 Jan 1927 to Robert James Lighthill and Sylvia L. Miller
death: 31 May 2001 at Panama City, Bay Co., FL

marriage: 25 Jul 1946, Huntington Co., IN
Almeta Belle Stotlar
birth: 23 Sep 1917, Fort Wayne, Allen Co., IN to George Wesley Stotlar and Gertrude Lydia Wyss
death: 27 Aug 1982 at Ridgecrest, Kern Co., CA
burial: U.S. Veterans’ Cemetery, Los Angeles, CA

Children of LaVon Lighthill and Almeta Belle Stotlar:

  • Donna Lynn Lighthill, b. 1947, m. Robert Charles Riegel (divorced)

LaVon Lighthill lived In:

Fort Wayne, Allen County, Indiana


  • Chula Vista, San Diego County, California
  • Santa Rosa, Santa Rosa County, California
  • Drew, Sunflower County, Mississippi
  • Panama City, Bay County, Florida

Other Information:

LaVon Lighthill was a Navy veteran, serving in the Pacific Theater of World War II. He was also a broadcast radio engineer.

Submitted by:
Donna Riegle

Nathaniel Hayden Miller

Nathaniel Hayden Miller
birth: 12 Sep 1881 at Monroeville, Allen Co., IN to Milo Miller and Mollie Wiltsie
death: 16 Feb 1961 in Fort Wayne, Allen Co., IN
burial: Lindenwood Cemetery, Fort Wayne, Allen Co., IN

marriage: 19 Aug 1903, Fort Wayne, Allen Co., IN
Hattie Izola Evard
birth: 16 Feb 1886, Monroeville, Allen Co., IN to Clement Evard and Eliza Jane Sappington
death: unknown
burial: unknown

Children of Nathaniel Hayden Miller and Hattie Izola Evard:

  • Lamoine, b. 1905
  • Buelah, b. 1907, d. 1977
  • Silvia/Syvia, b. 1908, d. 2003
  • Fay, b. 1917
  • Don, b. 1921, d. 1981

Nathaniel Hayden Miller lived In:

Monroeville, Allen County, Indiana and Fort Wayne, Allen County, Indiana.

Submitted by:
Donna L. Riegel


Ferdinand Henry Borcherding

Ferdinand Henry Borcherding
birth: 10 Oct 1864, Hanover, Germany to Henrich Christian Borcherding and Wilhelmina Louisa Klusmeyer
death: Feb 1933 at Fort Wayne, Allen Co., IN
burial: Concordia Cemetery, Fort Wayne, Allen Co., IN

Wilhelmina Toensing
birth: 1866 in Germany to Wilhelm Toensing and Sophia Bussing
death: 1946, Fort Wayne, Allen Co., IN
burial: Concordia Cemetery, Fort Wayne, Allen Co., IN


Submitted by:
Pat Borcherding

Samuel Tschupp

Samuel Tschupp
birth: 1822, Stark County, Ohio to Jacon Tschupp (1757-1833) and Hannah Miller (1787 – 1866)
death: 13 Jun 1891, Elkhart, Elkhart County, Indiana
burial: Harrison Chapel Cemetery, Goshen, Elkhart County, Indiana

marriage: 1846, Stark County, Ohio
Catharine Gause
birth: 08 Nov 1826, Horrheim, Württemberg, Germany to John G Gause (1790 – 1836) and Anna Margaret Beard (1779 – 1867)
death: 20 Jan 1899, Elkhart, Indiana

Children of Samuel Tschupp and Catharine Gause:

  • John Tschupp
  • Rinehart Tschupp
  • William Tschupp
  • Hannah Tschupp Harrold
  • Henry Tschupp
  • Samuel Tschupp, Jr.
  • Catherine Tschupp
  • Cripe Tschupp
  • Lydia Tschupp Wise
  • Mary Tschupp Hartman
  • Sarah Tschupp Weaver

Samuel lived in Stark County, Ohio; Goshen, Elkhart County, Indiana; and Allen County, Indiana.

Submitted by:
John Tschupp

Harold Eugene Ivins

Harold Eugene Ivins
birth: 12 Oct 1926, Bluffton, Wells County, Indiana to Harold Lautzenheiser Ivins & Elsie May Crum
death: 13 Mar 1973, Colonial Heights, Virginia
burial: Blandford Cemetery, Petersburg, Virginia

1st marriage: 13 Nov 1950 Wells County, Indiana
Delores Schwartz
birth: 21 Feb 1928, Bluffton, Wells County, Indiana to John Reuben Schwartz & Emma Lou Neuenschwander

2nd marriage:1961
Gladys “Kitty” Eva Priest of Petersburg, Virginia.
birth: 6 Apr 1921
death: 22 Apr 2005

Children of Harold Eugene Ivins and Gladys Eva Priest:

  • Dean Eugene Ivins of Colonial Heights, Virginia

Harold lived in Bluffton, Indiana from 1926 to 1950 and Fort Wayne, Indiana from 1950 to 1954. He then lived in Dinwiddie County, Virginia (1959-1972) and Colonial Heights, Virginia (1972-1973).

Harold was a 1944 graduate of P.A. Allen High School in Bluffton, Indiana. He served in the Navy during both World War II and Korea.

Submitted by:
Dean Ivins

George Paul Calvin Gladding

George Paul Calvin Gladding
b. 22 January 1895, Hoopeston, Vermillion County, Illinois, to Samuel and Augusta (Wehr) Gladding
d. 8 November 1924, Colorado Springs, El Paso County, Colorado

m. 28 January 1917, Potomic, Vermillion County, Illinois
Georgia Gladys Stults
b. 14 February 1896, Muncie, Vermillion County, Illinois, to George William and Tacy Dora (Riley) Stultz
d. 13 October 1973, Fort Wayne, Allen County, Indiana

Children with Georgia Gladys Stults:
• Viron Keith (1917-1919)
• Bernice May (1919-1931)
• Samuel William (b. 1921) married Lois Faye VanDeripe

George came to Benton County, Indiana about 1916 in order to quit working in a foundry. He rented a farm of 240 acres, south of Fowler on R.R. 4, from George Edmunds. Sometime between 1917 and 1922 he contracted tuberculosis. Since the only treatment for tuberculosis prior to 1940 was an environmental change, George and Georgia left their Indiana home in 1922 to move to Colorado Springs, Colorado, where they remained until his death in 1924.

Submitted by:
David Gladding Vanderipe
Ft. Wayne IN

Harry Ross Masterson

Harry Ross Masterson
b. 1885, Fort Wayne, Allen County, Indiana, to Ellis H. and Alice (Stout) Masterson
d. 1952, Pasadena, Texas

m/1. 1904, Fort Wayne, Allen County, Indiana
Julia Mabel Kauffman
b. 31 July 1885, Antwerp, Ohio, to William H. and Caroline E. (Straley) Kauffman
d. 14 June 1914, Fort Wayne, Allen County, Indiana

m/2. about 1915
Pauline Mary Ehrmann
b. 24 August 1878, Germany

Children with Julia Mabel Kauffman:
• Ethel Mae (1905-1972) married [–?–] LeVack
• Rachel L. (1910-2004) married [–?–] Walker
• Lois V. (1918-1918)

Harry left Indiana for Houston, Texas, in 1943 to be near his daughters and grandchildren. He moved again, several years later, to Pasadena, Texas, where he eventually died at age 67. He is buried in Fort Wayne’s Lindenwood Cemetery.

Harry was a photographer and owned Masterson’s Studio in Fort Wayne before moving to Texas. In both Houston and Pasadena, he established Masterson’s Studio while he lived there. He won a number of photography accolades while in Indiana.

He belonged to Lion’s Club, Home Lodge F. & A.M., Scottish Rite, Plymouth Church, and the Daguerre Club in Fort Wayne.

Submitted by:
Joan L. Kennedy
Bastrop TX

John Emery Wixsom

John Emery Wixsom
b. 16 March 1864, Fayette County, Indiana, to Smith and Rebecca (Carver) Wixsom
d. 16 May 1945, Holland, Lucas County, Ohio

m. 22 October 1890
Doretta “Dora” Damschroder
b. 27 January 1871, Elmore, Ottawa County, Ohio, to Christopher H. and Mary Ann (Freese) Damschroder, Jr.
d. 20 January 1960, Holland, Lucas County, Ohio

Children with Doretta Damschroder:
• Ralph Louis (1893-1964) married (1) Edith Simmons, (2) Clara Leonhardt
• Clarence Emery (1896-1978) married Dorothy Marie Downs
• John Edgar (1898-1948) married Catherine Neiling
• Nellie Lee (1902-1974) married (2) Orrin Downs
• William Allen (1906-1945) married Ethel Ruth

John lived in Antioch (now Andrews), Huntington County; Peru, Miami County; and Ft. Wayne, Allen County, Indiana, before emigrating about 1905/6. His family had lived in Blackford, Wabash, and Madison counties before buying land in Huntington County. He went to Wood County, Ohio, and ran a quarry above North Baltimore. He then went to Kentucky to work in the oil fields and later came back to Lucas County, Ohio. He had also worked on the Wabash Railroad.

Submitted by:
Elizabeth Wixsom Pero May
Toledo OH