Category Archives: Blackford County

Albert Miller

Albert Miller
birth: 14 Feb 1871 in Vevay, Switzerland County, Indiana to Elwood Miller and Judy Ann Porter
death: 15 Jan 1961 in Montpelier, Blackford Co., Indiana
burial: Albright Cemetery, Kokomo, Howard Co., Indiana

marriage: 16 Sep 1890 in Howard Co., Indiana
Vilena Jane Pickering
birth: 4 Sep 1867 in Alto, Harrison Co., Indiana to Phillip Mosenberg Pickering and Prudence Elizabeth Jackson
death: 22 Nov 1939 Center, Benton Co., Indiana
burial: Albright Cemetery, Kokomo, Howard Co., Indiana

Children of Albert Miller and Vilena Jane Pickering:

Ancestor Albert Miller Lived In:

Albert Miller lived in Indiana all his life.

Other Information:

He was a very soft-spoken man, but handsome if I can brag. He was a farmer and hard worker.
His grandfather, David Miller came with his family in 1808, to help pioneer our state.

Submitted by:
Pamela J. Sullivan

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

Abraham Stonebraker

Abraham Stonebraker
b. 11 July 1836, Delaware, Perry County, Indiana, to James and Nancy Stonebraker
d. Salina, Saline County, Kansas

Mary “Polly” Rinard(?)
b. 1843, Indiana
d. Salina, Saline County, Kansas

Children with Mary Rinard(?):
• Sylvester William
• Laura B. married [–?–] Dodge

Abraham’s family was in Harrison, Blackford County, Indiana, by 1870 and left before 1885. A farmer by occupation, Abraham and Mary adopted their nephew, Alonzo Leroy Rinard, after Alonzo’s parents and his infant brother died of “the bloody plague.”

Submitted by:
Julie Rinard Scott
Casa Grande AZ

Alonzo Leroy Rinard

Alonzo Leroy “Lon” Rinard
b. 3 March 1875, Blackford County, Indiana, to Adam and Isabelle Rinard
d. 30 December 1965, Salina, Saline County, Kansas

m. 18 November 1908, Franklin Township, Lincoln County, Kansas
Anna Lebert
b. 9 October 1881, Brookville, Saline County, Kansas
d. 16 March 1966, Salina, Saline County, Kansas

Children with Anna Lebert:
• Clarence Adam
• Jeanette Marie
• Leroy Martin

Lon’s family is said to have come to Indiana and left from Blackford County before 1885.

Submitted by:
Julie Rinard Scott
Casa Grande AZ

Clarence Roullan Jarvis

Clarence Roullan Jarvis
b. 24 November 1890, Blackford County, Indiana
d. 7 January 1919, Meuse, France

m/1. 24 January 1912, Grant County, Indiana
Lula M. Ice
b. 24 February 1894, Grant County, Indiana
d. 28 May 1979, Grant County, Indiana

m/2. 22 April 1918, Muskegon, Michigan
Leona Jewell

Children with Lula M. Ice:
• Sylvester (b. 1913) married Martha M. Yencer
• Vera I. (b. 1914) married Orel Asher Scott

Clarence left from Fairmount, Grant County, Indiana, after his divorce in 1915 and moved to Michigan. He enlisted in the military in White Cloud, Michigan on 3 June 1918. He served overseas from 23 July 1918 until his death. He was buried in Arlington National Cemetery on 26 June 1921. In 1926, Lula married Walter Hillsamer in Grant County.

Submitted by:
Marge Jarvis
Indianapolis IN

Sarah A Twibell

Sarah A Twibell
b. 19 December 1841, Blackford County, Indiana
d. 22 June 1900, Sheridan Township, Washington County, Kansas

m. 28 August 1870, Blackford County, Indiana
Lemuel August Tate
b. 25 August 1829, Henrico County, Virginia, to James and Martha (Arrel) Tate
d. 9 April 1916, Montpelier, Blackford County, Indiana

Children with Lemuel August Tate:

  • Alma Retta
  • Mary Etta
  • Margaret Araminta
  • Amanda Jane
  • James Benjamin Harrison

Sarah resided in Henry, Wayne, and Wells counties in Indiana. She emigrated from Indiana in 1880 to Sheridan Township, Washington County, Kansas.

Lemuel Tate served during the Civil War in Company A, 47th Indiana Infantry, including service during the siege of Vicksburg, Mississippi.

Submitted by:
Wayne E. Tate
St. Paul MN

Daniel Benedict

b. 14 February 1811, Warwick, Orange County, New York, to Wallace and Rachel (Depew) Benedict
d. 14 July 1900, Verdon, Richardson County, Nebraska

Sarah “Sally” Crosman
b. 20 June 1814, New York
d. 12 May 1862, Barrington, Cook County, Illinois

Children with Sarah Crosman:

  • Harriet (b. 1834)
  • Rachel (b. 1835)
  • Wallace W. (b. 1837)
  • John Allen (b. 1842)
  • Ira J. (b. 1846)
  • Harlo (b. 1848)
  • Rhoda (b. 1853)
  • Bentley (b. 1859)

In 1839, Daniel came to Indiana, living in Blackford or Delaware County and left before 1860.

Submitted by:
Joan Bray
Adel IA