Category Archives: Delaware County

James William Beckley

James William Beckley
birth: Muncie, Delaware Co., Indiana to Wilfred Beckley and Arvie Mull
death: 5 April 2014
burial: Gardens of Memory, Muncie, IN

marriage: 31 July 1963
Mirtha Acosta
birth: 27 June 1939 to Pablo Acosta Mena and Regla Dolores Suarez
burial: Maxville Cemetery, Randolph Co., IN

Children of James William Beckley and Mirtha Acosta:

  • Maria Dolores Beckley, b. 1965, m.(1) Adam Charles Bushong, (2) Paul Alex Barron
  • Luisa Lynn Beckley, b. 1968, m. Jeffrey Mayer
  • Ariana Beckley, b. 1969, m.(1) Tony Weiss, (2) Michael Dickerson

James William Beckley:

  • Muncie, Delware County, Indiana
  • Farmland, Randolph County, Indiana
  • Angola/Marion
  • Kokomo, Howard County, Indiana
  • Shipshewana, LaGrange County, Indiana
  • Arizona
  • Forbes AFB, Kansas
  • Fort Bragg and Pope AFB, Fayettville, North Carolina
  • Goose Bay AFB, Canada
  • Wilford Hall Medical Center, Lackland AFB, San Antonio, Texas
  • RAF Mildenhall/RAF Feltwell, England
  • AFB Riverside, CA

Other Information:

James William Beckley was a United Methodist Chaplain in the Air Force. He was my father and I am grateful for him and my mother who brought me into this world in Angola, Indiana. I am Once a Hoosier and Always a Hoosier as well. I will probably leave this world in Texas, but I am grateful for Indiana. My son is moving to INDIANA with is wife in April for a new job in Indianapolis. Isn’t it interesting that everything for my son is coming back to Indiana? :-)

Submitted by:
Maria D Acosta Brown


Andrew Jackson Adamson

Andrew Jackson Adamson
birth: 21 Dec 1817, in Wayne County, Indiana to David Adamson and Mary Ann Roberts
death: 27 Oct 1869 in Bremer County, Iowa
burial: West Point Cemetery, Bremer County, Iowa

marriage: about 1835 in Indiana
Rachel Ann Garner
birth: 25 Dec 1816 in Highland County, Ohio to Enoch Garner and Elizabeth Ratcliff
death: 23 Sept 1898 in Kokomo, Howard, Indiana
burial: Crown Point Cemetery, Kokomo, Howard, Indiana

Children of Rachel Ann Garner and Andrew Jackson Adamson:

  • Edom Adamson (1835 – 1885), m. 1860 Lydia Timmons
  • Enoch Reuben Adamson (1841 – 1910), m. 1868 Mary Elizabeth “Molly” Harmon
  • John W Adamson (1843 – 1864)  Died in the Civil War,  Battle of Kennesaw Mountain in Georgia
  • Sarah E Adamson (1846 – 1907), m. 1863 Seth W Beals
  • Mary Emily Adamson (1847 – 1929), m. 1866 Benjamin Franklin Learner
  • Rachel Ellen Adamson (1851 – 1855)
  • Andrew Fredrick “Fred” Adamson (1855 – 1923) never married
  • Hester “Hattie” Adamson (1857 – 1890), m. 1879 John Wesley Learner

Andrew Jackson Adamson Lived In:

  • 1817- born in Wayne County, Indiana
  • 1840 – 1850- Lived in Delaware County, Indiana
  • 1860- Lived in Taylor Twp, Howard County, Indiana
  • About 1863- The family moved to Iowa
  • 1869- Died in Bremer County, Iowa

Other Information:

Born in Wayne County, Indiana, Andrew Jackson Adamson was living in Delaware County in 1840 – 1850. In 1860, he was living in Taylor Township, Howard County, Indiana. The family moved to Bremer County, Iowa about 1863 and Andrew Jackson Adamson died there in 1869. He is listed on the U.S. Census Mortality Schedule in 1870. He died of heart failure. His widow Rachel and some of the children were back in Howard County, Indiana, living with her daughter in 1870. She lived there, in Kokomo, the remainder of her life.

The Will of Andrew Jackson Adamson from [Bremer Co. Iowa, Will Book A, 1-2, 1856-1910, p 124-5]

I, Andrew J Adamson, Bremer County, State of Iowa, do make this my Will and testament.

To my Wife Rachel Adamson I will and bequeath all my property both real and personal, Except as herein after mentioned. To my son Edom Adamson I give in addition to what he has already received from Me One Hundred and fifty Dollars. To my Daughter Sarah E. Beals I give in addition to what she has already received from one hundred dollars. To my Daughter Mary E. Learner I give in addition to what she has already received from me one hundred dollars. To my Son Enoch R. Adamson I give in addition to what he had already received from me Four Hundred Dollars. To my Daughter Hester Adamson I give and bequeath Two hundred dollars. To my Son Andrew F. Adamson I give and bequeath One Thousand Dollars. And I hereby appoint and constitute Rachel Adamson and Enoch R. Adamson my Executors. The said same given to Enoch Adamson and Sarah E. Beals and Mary E. Learner to be paid by my Executors within the next five years after my death. The paid sums given to Hester Adamson and Andrew F. Adamson are to be paid to them upon the death of their Mother Rachel Adamson, or upon their becoming of lawful age.

Witness my hand this 9th day of October 1869.

Signed: A. H. Adamson

In presence of

E.L. Tharp

Jerome Burbank, M.D.

State of Iowa, Bremer County

One this 9th day of October 1869, before me a Notary Public in and for the above named County, personally came A. J. Adamson to me personally known to be the identical person whose name is affixed to the above and acknowledged the same to be his free act and deed.

Witness my hand & Seal the date last above written

{Seal} Jno G. Scoby, Notary Public

State of Iowa, Bremer County

Be in remembered that on this 15th day of February, 1870, the Will of A. J. Adamson deceased (being the prejoining written instrument) was duly proved and admitted to probate by the Circuit Court of Said County, according to law, and the Same was by Said Court allowed and established as and for the Will of A. J. Adamson deceased, which Will and this certificate are duly recorded in the office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court.

Witness my hand and the Seal of the said Court hereto attached this 4th day of May, 1870.

{Seal} M. F. Gillet, Clerk Circuit Court

Submitted by:
Kay Haden

Enoch Reuben Adamson

Enoch Reuben Adamson
birth: 19 Feb 1841 in Delaware County, Indiana to Andrew Jackson Adamson and Rachel Ann Garner
death: 7 Jan 1910 in McAlester, Pittsburg, Oklahoma
burial: Rogers City Cemetery, Rodger, Benton, Arkansas

marriage: 18 Oct 1868 in Oregon, Holt, Missouri
Mary Elizabeth “Molly” Harmon
birth: 14 Jul 1849 in Boone County, Indiana to William Alexander Harmon and Emma Elizabeth Miller
death: 13 Sep 1912 in Rogers, Benton, Arkansas
burial: Rogers City Cemetery, Rodger, Benton, Arkansas

Children of Mary Elizabeth “Molly” Harmon and Enoch Reuben Adamson:

  • Lee Harmon Adamson (1869 – 1949), m. 1899 Anna Blake
  • Minnie M Adamson (1872 – 1927), m. 1894 Elias Ernest Musselman
  • Blanche Adamson (1877 – 1905), never married
  • Ray Weymouth Adamson (1855 – 1958), m. 1912 Mary May Harrison
  • Clair Donald Adamson (1892 – 1969), m. 1919 Lena B Dorough

Enoch Reuben Adamson Lived In:

  • 1841- born in Delaware County, Indiana
  • by 1860, the family lived in Taylor Twp, Howard Co, Indiana
  • 1861- enlisted in the Civil War from Kokomo, Howard, Indiana
  • 1865- joined his family, who had moved to Bremer County, Iowa
  • 1872 through 1880- lived near Kansas
  • 1880- Found in Chautauqua County, Kansas on the census
  • 1881- Settled in Pierce City (at the time, Peirce City), Missouri
  • Between 1884 – 1892- Moved to Rogers, Benton, Arkansas
  • 1910- Died in McAlester, Pittsburg, Oklahoma, buried in Rogers, Benton, Arkansas

Other Information:

Enoch Reuben Adamson was born about 1841 in Delaware County, Indiana and is with his family there in 1850. By 1860, the family lived in Taylor Twp, Howard County, Indiana. He enlisted in the Civil War in 1861 from Kokomo, Howard, Indiana. About 1863, while Enoch Reuben Adamson was serving in the war, his family moved to Iowa. He joined them there in 1865. He moved to near Kansas in 1872 and lived there until December of 1880. He is found in the 1880 census in Chautauqua County, Kansas. After a visit back to Kokomo to see family, he settled in Pierce City (Peirce City), Missouri in 1881. Sometime between 1884 and 1892, the family moved to Rogers, Benton, Arkansas.

Service records from NARA reveal Enoch Reuben Adamson enlisted 19 Apr 1861 at Kokomo, Howard, Indiana. He mustered in 22 Apr 1861 as a private in Company F (which became Co. D), 6th Regiment of the Indiana Infantry. He mustered out on 2 Aug 1861 after serving his three months. His age was given as twenty years. Enoch Reuben Adamson then re-enlisted in the 57th Regiment, Company G. He was a 1st Sergeant when he enlisted, a 1st Lieutenant when mustered out. The 57th was mustered in 18 Nov 1861.

There is a Pension File for Enoch R Adamson filed under Certificate #704100, Mary, Widow of Enoch R Adamson. On 19 Feb 1910, Mary Adamson applied for her benefits as the widow of Enoch R Adamson. She was living in Rogers, Arkansas at that time and her husband had previously received a pension. She states that Enoch was commissioned Lieutenant at Indianapolis on 12 Feb 1863. She was married as Mary Harmon at Oregon, Missouri on 18 Oct 1868 by J L Hatfield, VDM. She had been previously married nor had he. He died 7 Jan 1910 at McAlester, OK.

ADAMSON, E. R. – E. R. Adamson died Friday, January 7th in the hospital at McAlester, Okla. the result of pneumonia and complications. The body was brought to Rogers and funeral services were held Monday afternoon at two o’clock at the Presbyterian church and were conducted by the pastor, Rev. Arnett. Interment was in the Rogers cemetery. Mr. Adamson had been in charge of a Rock Island bridge gang the past three months with headquarters at Haileyville, Okla. Christmas Day he was sent to Shawnee to assist in clearing away the wrecked machine shops where a number of men were killed by the explosion of a locomotive boiler. He caught a severe cold and was ordered to the hospital January 1st. He rapidly grew worse and died before any of the family could reach him. “Col” Adamson, as he was familiarly known, was born February 19, 1854 at Kokomo, Howard county, Indiana. He grew to manhood there and served four years in the Civil War in an Indiana regiment. After the war he went to Missouri and October 12, 1870 was married to Miss Mary E. Harmon of Oregon, Mo. To them were born seven children, four of whom with their mother survive him. They are Mrs. E. E. Musselman of  Rogers and Lee, Ray, and Claire, who have been the past year at Quanah Texas. Two children died at Peirce City, Mo. and Miss Blanche died here several years ago. Mr. Adamson had been a Frisco employee for twenty-seven years, commencing about the time the Frisco company began work on the line south from Monett. He had always been in the bridge and carpenter department and in charge of a regular crew. The family moved to Rogers from Peirce City in 1890. In 1897 Mr. Adamson took charge of the Commercial Hotel of Rogers and owned it for about three years, although he was himself in charge and off the road for only one year. He was elected mayor of Rogers that spring and served with credit to himself and the town. For a number of years Mr. Adamson had owned a large fruit farm near Chester and a little over two years ago they moved down there to give it their personal supervision. Mrs. Adamson and the boys will retain the farm this year at least. Mr. Adamson was one of the most popular men that ever lived in Rogers and his list of friends was only limited by the number of his acquaintances. Big, jolly and with a hearty welcome for everyone, he was known from one end of the division to the other and the news of his sudden death will be learned with much regret by all. Mrs. Adamson and children request us to thank the friends who so kindly assisted her in preparing and conducting the funeral and for other kindnesses shown.   [“Rogers Democrat” – Rogers, Benton County, Arkansas, 13 Jan 1910] *

*It should be noted that Enoch Reuben Adamson’s birth date and place as well as the year of his marriage are incorrect in the obituary.

Submitted by:
Kay Haden

Ernest Melvin Wilkerson

Ernest Melvin Wilkerson
b. 26 March 1906, Delaware County, Indiana, to John Michael Edward and Cora May (Swatzell) Wilkerson
d. 28 June 1971, Berkeley Springs, Morgan County, West Virginia

Dorothy Brownfield

m/2. 16 March 1963
Mary Ellen Woolford
b. 1914

Children with Dorothy Brownfield:
• Ethel Mae (b. 1936) married Donald Carlisle
• John Edward (b. 1938)
• Jack Lee (b. 1941) married Mary [–?–]

Ernie was a member of the Mt. Pleasant Methodist Church in Berkeley Springs. He had moved to Maryland by 1943 and then later moved on to West Virginia, where he spent the remainder of his life.

Submitted by:
Shirley Richison Fields
Avon IN

Modjeska Pauline Richison

Modjeska Pauline “Polly” Richison
b. 25 September 1907, Jay County, Indiana, to Dallas Ray and Olive (Alexander) Richison
d. 21 March 1989, Seattle, King County, Washington

m/1. 18 May 1926, Muncie, Delaware County, Indiana
Melburn Theodore Thornburg
b. 9 November 1903, Jay County, Indiana
d. 4 January 1987, Muncie, Delaware County, Indiana

m/2. after 1926
Paul Armstrong

m/3. before August 1949
Elwood Thompson

m/4. after 1952
James Jackson

m/5. by 1973
William Cleary

Stankey Rohr

Pauline’s first husband, Ted Thornburg, worked at Kistleman’s Wire Mill in Muncie for many years and was reputed to have bootlegged booze during Prohibition while married to Pauline. They divorced, and she married several more times before her death. She never had any children although her brother, Frank, seemed to remember being told that she miscarried one child.

Paula, as she was known outside the family, married her third husband, Elwood Thompson, in the late 1940’s. He was a navigator on a plane shot down over Korea, and his body was never recovered. She was a widow (Mrs. Stankey Rohr) when she died.

Submitted by:
Shirley Richison Fields
Avon IN

Charles Anthony Richison, Jr.

Charles Anthony Richison, Jr.
b. 26 November 1918, Delaware County, Indiana, to Charles Anthony and Emma Carolyn (Green) Richison, Sr.
d. 30 December 1995, Volusia, Florida

m. 8 February 1960
Leonie Francoeur
b. 31 January 1921, Canada

Charles and Leonie had no children of their own but adopted four children from Canada: Roger Joseph (b. 1961); Andre Paul (b. 1962); Monique Marie (b. 1964); and Cecile A. (b. 1965). The family left Indiana in the 1970’s for Florida.

Submitted by:
Shirley Richison Fields
Avon IN

Elmer Wilkerson

Elmer Wilkerson
b. 26 September 1906, Muncie, Delaware County, Indiana, to Hall Jackson and Martha (Childress) Wilkerson
d. 13 March 1964, Downey, Los Angeles County, California

m. 1 May 1926, Greenfield, Hancock County, Indiana
Margaret Bell Slack
b. 21 August 1907, Indiana
d. 22 April 1995, Los Angeles County, California

Children with Margaret Bell Slack:
• Charles Richard (1928-1928)
• Phyllis Jean (b. 1930) married Walter E. Carney
• Ronald Jackson (b. 1933) married Kaye [–?–]
• Robert Neal (1936-bef. 2004) married Angie [–?–]
• Judith Ann (b. 1939) married (1) Roland Boyd, (2) Jack Daggett

Elmer moved to California sometime in the late 1940’s or early 1950’s. He was in real estate in California and only returned to Indiana a few times to visit before his death in 1964.

Submitted by:
Shirley Richison Fields
Avon IN

Hezekiah Williams

Hezekiah Williams
b. 12 September 1857, Prairie Township, Henry County, Indiana, to Thomas and Susan “Suzanne” (Cassaday) Williams
d. 21 May 1915, Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio

m. 22 September 1885, Muncie, Delaware County, Indiana
Honora “Nora” Savage
b. December 1865, Ireland
d. 2 January 1930, Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio

Children with Honora Savage:
• Mathew (1886-1886)
• John Russell (1887-1946)
• Mayme “Mary” (b. 1890)
• Catherine Edna (1893-1972)
• James Bernard (1895-1953)
• Julia Vernet (b. 1898)
• Thomas Raymond (1901-1901)
• Joseph (1903-1903)

Nora came to Indiana between 1866 and 1869. The family left the state sometime between 1903 and 1910. They lived in Springport, Prairie Township, Henry County; Cowan, Monroe Township, Delaware County; and Muncie, Delaware County.

Submitted by:
Barbara Amburgey
Massillon OH

Nancy Ann Sutton

Nancy Ann Sutton
b. 8 April 1827, Mississinewa Township, Delaware County, Indiana, to Jeremiah and Mary Ann (Franklin) Sutton
d. 16 January 1900, Ferndale, Whatcom County, Washington

m. 10 June 1849, Pleasant Township, Grant County, Indiana
Hezekiah Shettler
b. 22 December 1822, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania
d. 26 December 1886, Ferndale, Whatcom County, Washington

Children with Hezekiah Shettler:
• George F. (1850-1886) married Martha J. Grubbs
• Aaron J. (1852-ca. 1941) married Levina Roley
• John Franklin (1854-1941) married Angela Edith (Boyer) Bentley
• Phebe “Julia” Ann (1856-1943) married (1) Joseph H. Argo, (2) John Barwick
• Jacob Martin (1858-1925) married (1) Mary R. Renfro, (2) Evaline Lillian Layton
• William Henry (1862-1933) married Rose “Lottie” Connolly
• Marshall Mercer (1864-1931) married Eliza Jane Connolly
• Mary Ellen (1866-1880)
• Etty Isabelle (1873-1873)

Nancy lived in Delaware, Grant, and Jasper counties in Indiana before emigrating in 1859 from Kentland, Newton County, Indiana. The family settled in Blue Rapids Township, Marshall County, Kansas, in 1860. They moved to Cedar Township, Wilson County, Kansas, in 1867. Then in 1882, they homesteaded 160 acres in Ferndale, Washington, where Hezekiah and his three sons set up the first steam sawmill in the county.

Submitted by:
Hilda Hemmingson Meryhew
Auburn WA

Lee Roy Smell

Lee Roy Smell
b. 17 March 1866, Muncie, Delaware County, Indiana, to B.F. and Elizabeth Smell
d. 3 February 1992, Granby, Newton County, Missouri

m. 1901
Tina Selle

Children with Tina Selle:
• Lee Roy, Jr.
• Mary
• Elizabeth

Lee Roy left Delaware County, Indiana, about 1884.

Submitted by:
Dr. Eric C. Stumpf
Burr Ridge IL