Category Archives: DeKalb County

Daniel Kimbel

Daniel Kimbel
b. July 1822, Ohio, to Francis Squire and Catherine (Hursh) Kimbel
d. 14 April 1904, Leonidas Township, St. Joseph County, Michigan

m. 8 February 1844, Seneca County, Ohio
Elizabeth Cole
b. 10 January 1822, Ohio, to John Cole and Elizabeth Burgess
d. 6 August 1886 in Cleon Township, Manistee County, Michigan

Children with Elizabeth Cole:
• Margaret Matilda (1845-1901) married (1) Alexander McClish, (2) Josiah Boyer
• John Wesley (1847-1909) married (1) Margaret E. Hissong, (2) Anna J. White, (3) Louisa J. Lamphier March, (4) Emma Augusta Brand
• Nancy Jane (1850-1933) married Noah McClish
• Catherine H. (1853-1933) married Royal Artemus McClish
• Francis Squire (1857-1942) married (1) Belle Craner, (2) Jennie McClish
• Daniel (ca. 1859-1888) married Mary Jane Ream
• Charles William (1860-1896) married Jennie McClish

The family was in Fairfield Township, DeKalb County, Indiana, by 1853. They lived in Etna Green Township and in Harrison, Kosciusko County, Indiana, before leaving in 1875 for Leonidas Township, St. Joseph County, Michigan.

Submitted by:
Sally Kimbel
Troy MI
E-mail: swansall@123.net

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James Dunham

James Dunham
b. 1 November 1865, Johnson County, Indiana, to Aaron and Emily (Jones) Dunham
d. 15 August 1894, Weatherly, DeKalb County, Missouri

m. 21 September 1884, Missouri
Sarah Ellen McBrayer
b. 23 February 1868, Daviess County, Missouri
d. 18 October 1951, Maysville, DeKalb County, Missouri

Children with Sarah Ellen McBrayer:
• John Henry
• Virgil Preston
• Josephine married [–?–] Chapman

James lived in both Johnson and DeKalb counties in Indiana before moving to Hamilton, Caldwell County, Missouri.

Submitted by:
Robert B. Lamison, Jr.
Renton WA

David E. Dunham

David E. Dunham
b. February 1861, Johnson County, Indiana, to Aaron and Emily (Jones) Dunham
d. 12 March 1941, Hamilton, Caldwell County, Missouri

m. Missouri
Emma Veronica Nolte
b. 13 November 1867, Missouri
d. 4 August 1952, Hamilton, Caldwell County, Missouri

There were no children of this marriage. David lived in both DeKalb and Johnson counties in Indiana before moving to Hamilton, Caldwell County, Missouri.

Submitted by:
Robert B. Lamison, Jr.
Renton WA

Iona Dunham

Iona Dunham
b. 21 November 1869, DeKalb County, Indiana, to Aaron and Emma (Jones) Dunham
d. 5 November 1942, Wenatchee, Chelan County, Washington

m. about 1886, Missouri
David Miller
b. 7 July 1866, Nettleton, Caldwell County, Missouri
d. 5 October 1929, Olds, Alberta, Canada

Children with David Miller:
• Jesse Ray
• Arthur Day
• Ira Jay
• Buruil Clay
• Otto Allen
• Thedore Newey
• Dante Corvante
• Iona Delprinay

Iona lived in Johnson County, Indiana, before moving to Nettleton, Caldwell County, Missouri, in 1878.

Submitted by:
Robert B. Lamison, Jr.
Renton WA

Willis Emerson Alexander

Willis Emerson Alexander
b. 8 April 1882, Vincennes, Knox Co., IN to George Willis and Sophia Mae (Rice) Alexander
d. 25 March 1911, Detroit, Wayne Co., MI
bur. Woodmere Cemetery, Detroit, Wayne Co., MI

Willis Emerson Alexander

Willis Emerson Alexander

m. 20 Sept. 1909, Wallaceburg, Kent Co., Ontario, Canada
Grace Florence Williston
b. 04 May 1882, Butler, DeKalb Co., IN
d. 29 May 1942, Detroit, Wayne Co., MI

Child with Grace Florence Williston:

  • Willis Dolly Alexander (1911-1978), married Harold L. Bliss

Willis and his six brothers and sisters were all born in Indiana. Willis’s father, George Willis Alexander, was born in Louisville, Kentucky but his mother Sophia Mae Rice was born in Indiana. The young family of George Willis and Sophia Mae Rice was fractured when Sophia died in Tennessee in 1897, and George died in 1900 in Arkansas. The younger children were divided among relatives.

As the second oldest son, Willis enlisted in Co. L, 4th Tennessee Volunteers on 23 June 1898. He was discharged May 6, 1899 after service in the Philippine Islands where he contracted malarial fever. He re-enlisted with Co. F., U.S. Infantry 15 May 1899 and was discharged 14 May 1902 after having served in Manila, Philippine Islands and Cuba. In the 1900 United States Federal Census, Willis is listed as living in the Pinar Del Rio Barracks, Cuba, Military and Naval Forces. His military file describes him as 5′, 9″ tall with a fair complexion, auburn hair, and brown eyes.

By 1908, Willis E. Alexander lived in Detroit. He resided at 168 Harrington St., and his future wife lived at 159 Harrington St. Undoubtedly they met as neighbors.

At age 28, Willis Emerson Alexander died after being injured in an industrial accident in Detroit, four months before his only child was born. He was buried in the U.S. Army section of historic Woodmere Cemetery, Detroit, Michigan, just down the lane from his wife’s grave.

Submitted by:
Grace Elizabeth Bliss Smith (granddaughter)
Email: GraceMI@comcast.net

Grace Florence Williston

Grace Florence Williston
b. 4 May 1882, Butler, DeKalb Co., IN to William W. and Mary Jane (Porter) Williston
d. 29 May 1942, Detroit, Wayne Co., MI
bur. Woodmere Cemetery, Detroit, Wayne Co., MI

Grace Florence Williston

Grace Florence Williston

m/1.
Herman Greek

m/2. 20 Sept. 1909, Wallaceburg, Kent Co., Ontario, Canada
Willis Emerson Alexander
b. 08 April 1882, Vincennes, Knox Co., IN
d. 25 March 1911, Detroit, Wayne Co., MI
bur. Woodmere Cemetery, Detroit, Wayne Co., MI

Children with Herman Greek:

  • Dorothy V. (1903-1986)
  • Leonard E. (1904-1971)

Child with Willis Emerson Alexander:

  • Willis Dolly Alexander (1911-1978), married Harold L. Bliss

Grace was born in DeKalb County, IN, but her father and older brothers were born in Ontario, Canada. According to census records, the family immigrated to the United States in 1881. The most likely reason for her Indiana birth is that her father, a machinist, relocated to Indiana when he worked for the Wabash Railroad. By 1885, the Williston family had moved to Detroit where William Williston was employed by the Wabash, St. Louis & Pacific Railway.

Grace was first married to Herman Greek, and they were the parents of two children: Dorothy V. (1903-1986) and Leonard E. (1904-1971). After their divorce, Grace married Willis E. Alexander of Boone Co., IN. They were the parents of one child, Willis Dolly Alexander, born 3 August, after her father’s death on 25 March 1911 in Detroit.

According to family lore, “Gracie” was a witty and resourceful woman who enjoyed people and crafts. She quilted, was an accomplished seamstress, and painted beautiful china plates, using violets and other flowers in her designs. She owned mother-of-pearl opera glasses so she must have enjoyed attending live performances in Detroit. After her husband Willis’s untimely death, she supported herself and her three children by taking boarders into her home. Grace Florence Williston Alexander died in Detroit and is buried next to her parents and sister Genevieve in the South Lake section of historic Woodmere Cemetery, Detroit, Michigan.

Submitted by:
Grace Elizabeth Bliss Smith (granddaughter)
Email: GraceMI@comcast.net

Annette Britton

Annette Britton
b. 7 September 1849, Holmes County, Ohio, to Lewis DuWert and Martha (McCague) Britton
d. 25 August 1892, Ashland, Ashland County, Ohio

m. 21 October 1868, DeKalb County, Indiana
William Henry Riley
b. 31 March 1843, Montgomery Township, Ashland County, Ohio, to Charles S. and Julian (Vantilburg) Riley
d. 21 August 1919, Montgomery Township, Ashland County, Ohio

Children with William Henry Riley:

  • Ralph (1869-1891)
  • Lewis Britton (1871-1945) married Nora Wertman
  • Henry Herman (1872-1939) married Minnie Becker
  • Maud (1874-1960) married John Samuel Briggs
  • Arthur C. (1875-1876)
  • Ethyl (1877-1961) married Oscar W. Oliver
  • Charles (1878-1959)
  • Roy (1880-1880)
  • Durwood (1881-1917) married Ida M. Webber
  • Annette Navada (1884-1960) married Rufus Willard Reed
  • Edna A. (1886-1886)
  • Howard Stanley (1890-1920) Marie Elinora Jarvis

Annette’s family came to Indiana in about 1849 or1850 from Holmes County, Ohio, where she had been born. They lived near Corunna in DeKalb County, Indiana. She left Indiana in 1868 after her marriage to William Henry Riley as he returned to the family farm in Ashland, Ohio.

About seven years before her death, Annette (called Nettie) was canning and one side of her body suddenly became useless – now called a stroke. It is believed that she never fully recovered from that stroke. Eight of her children and her husband survived her when she finally died in 1892.

Submitted by:
Lois Wheeler
Cleveland OH
E-mail: rileywheeler@sbcglobal.net