Category Archives: Gibson County

Walter M. Crowe

Walter M. Crowe
birth: 11 Mar 1862, Indiana (probably Owen Co.) to Jefferson and Amanda Ozena (Motsinger) Crowe
death: 24 Apr 1930, Bloomington, Monroe Co., IN
burial: Cuba Cemetery, Owen Co., IN

(1) marriage: c1888-1890
Gertrude Haines/Haynes
birth: unknown
death: unknown

(2) marriage: 30 Jun 1904 in Gibson Co., IN
Martha A. (Thorn) Cosby Loumiller
birth: unknown, parents were William H. and Jemima (Cain) Thorn
death: 15 May 1944, in Gibson Co., IN

There are no known children of Walter M. Crowe and Gertrude Haines/Haynes

Walter M. Crowe lived in:

Walter Crowe was probably born in either Washington County, where his parents lived in 1860, or in Owen County, where his parents lived in 1870. He was a traveling musician who worked in Indiana and adjacent states. It’s possible he lived in the Chicago area about 1900, although he is not found there in census records. In 1910, he was in Gibson County, Indiana. Efforts to locate him in the 1920 census were not successful. In 1930 he was living in Monroe County with his brother, Benjamin.

Other Information:

This is not contributor’s ancestor. Efforts to locate the date and place of Walter’s first marriage to Gertrude Haines/Haynes, also a musician, were not successful. According to newspapers from Huntington, Indiana, Gertrude sued Walter for divorce in May 1894, and that divorce was granted in June 1894. On June 30, 1904, in Gibson County, Walter married his second wife, Martha A. (Thorn) Cosby Loumiller.

Submitted by:
Randi Richardson
Email: GFTL@bluemarble.net

Abraham E. Branum

Abraham E. Branum
birth: 18 Mar 1840 in Gibson Co., IN
death: 10 Sep 1942 at Dorris, Siskiyou Co., CA

marriage: 16 May 1861 in Miami Co., IN
Mary Ellander Hawes
birth: Oct 1840 in OH to Jacob Hawes
death: 1906 in WY

Children of Abraham E. Branum and Mary Ellander Hawes:

  • Sarah A. Branum, b. 1861, d. 1898
  • John Daniel Branum, b. 1862, d. 1931
  • Chrisana Branum, b. 1864, d. 1929, m. George McKay
  • Adelia Branum, b. 1856, d. 1871
  • Amanda M. Branum, b. 1867, d. 1927, m. Sylvester Staggs
  • Mary M. Branum, b. 1872, d. 1950, m. Robert C. Woolery
  • Buddie (Bertie) Branum, b. 1875, d. 1885
  • Rosa Branum, b. 1877
  • Marion Henry Branum, b. 1879, d. 1960, m. Sadie Whitehead
  • Nicholas Barney Branum, b. 1882, d. 1959

Other Information:

Abraham E. Branum was a farmer, grain rancher, and blacksmith. He lived to be 102 y 5 m 23 d.

Abraham and Mary Branum

Abraham and Mary Branum

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Submitted by:
Nancy E. Groshong
Email: catrvlr@pacbell.net

Joseph Sumners, Jr.

Joseph Sumners, Jr.
b. 23 August 1809, Tennessee, to Joseph and Mary (Richey) Sumner
d. 26 May 1885, Clarion, Wright County, Iowa

m. 4 April 1833
Keziah Jourdon
b. 30 June 1812
d. 22 May 1876, Midland City, DeWitt County, Illinois

Children with Keziah Jourdon:
• John
• William
• Alfred “A.R.”
• Lavina
• James
• Frank
• Louisa
• Samuel

Joseph lived in Owensville, Gibson County, Indiana, from about 1819 until 1885, when he moved to Barnett Township, DeWitt County, Illinois. The spelling of the surname changed from Sumner to Sumners about 1819.

Submitted by:
Charles O. Campbell
Arlington VA
E-mail: cocclarion@aol.com

John Strickland

John Strickland
b. 1820, Gibson County, Indiana, to Arron and [–?–] Strickland
d. Wayne County, Missouri

m. 1 April 1841, Daviess County, Indiana
Jeanie “Jenny” White
b. 1822, Daviess County, Indiana
d. Wayne County, Missouri

Children with Jeanie White:
• William R., Rev. (1845-1922) married Mahalia Tennessee Garrison
• Mary Jane (b. 1850)
• John (1855-bet. 1875-79)
• Samuel (b. 1867)
• Elisha (b. 1853) married Martha E. ?iliso

It is unknown when John left Indiana.

Submitted by:
Lisa Douglas
Nipomo CA
E-mail: relenk@utech.net

William C. Rutledge

William C. Rutledge
b. 16 August 1794, Mine Run, Baltimore County, Maryland
d. 1 June 1872, Littlerock (formerly Black River), Thurston County, Washington

m. 6 March 1818, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
Margaret Moore
b. 3 March 1792, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
d. 8 October 1858, Tumwater (formerly New Market), Thurston County, Washington

Children with Margaret Moore:
• John C. (b. 1818)
• William Moore (1820-1900)
• Rachel Jane (b. 1822)
• David Moore (b. 1823)
• Catharine Ann (b. 1825)
• George Washington (b. 1827)
• Margaret Jane (b. 1829)
• Thomas Elliott (1831-1909)
• Andrew Jackson (b. 1833)
• Rachel Amanda (b. 1834)

The family came to Gibson County, Indiana, about 1840, then to Robb Township, Posey County, Indiana, about 1850. They left the state in 1851.

Submitted by:
Laine Romero
Olympia WA
E-mail: lainepain@aol.com

Thomas Elliott Rutledge

Thomas Elliott Rutledge
b. 6 March 1831, Zanesville, Muskingum County, Ohio, to William C. and Margaret (Moore) Rutledge
d. 28 September 1909, Littlerock, Thurston County, Washington

m/1. 24 July 1856, Tumwater, Thurston County, Washington
Louisa Margaret Shotwell
b. 5 May 1839, Clermont County, Ohio
d. 24 February 1877, Littlerock (formerly Black River), Thurston County, Washington

m/2. 11 June 1882, Littlerock, Thurston County, Washington
Nancy Luella Miles
b. 13 November 1844, Pleasant Plains, Iowa
d. 3 March 1925, Littlerock, Thurston County, Washington

Children with Louisa Margaret Shotwell:
• William Thomas (b. 1857)
• Ellen Margaret (b. 1859)
• Emma (b. 1861)
• Marion Francis (b. 1863)
• John Franklin (b. 1866)
• Effie Belle (b. 1868)
• Leonard Moore (b. 1870)
• George Washington (b. 1872)
• Rollin Charles (b. 1873)

Children with Nancy Luella Miles:
• Thomas Albert (b. 1883)
• Lois Iola (b. 1884)

Thomas came to Gibson County, Indiana, about 1840. He also lived in Robb Township, Posey County, Indiana, before leaving the state in December 1851.

Submitted by:
Laine Romero
Olympia WA
E-mail: lainepain@aol.com

James Arthur Pierson

James Arthur Pierson
b. 21 February 1880, Somerville, Gibson County, Indiana
d. 30 November 1951, Kalispell, Flathead County, Montana

m. 29 October 1906, Britton, Marshall County, South Dakota
Kathryn Mabel Bacon
b. 3 October 1885, Black River Falls, Jackson County, Wisconsin, to Adoniram and Harriet (Sheffer) Bacon
d. 28 November 1962, Kalispell, Flathead County, Montana

Children with Kathryn Mabel Bacon:
• Arthur Niram (1908-1973) married (1) Helen Elizabeth Pelkey, (2) Thelma Bolster
• Grace Harriet (1910-1979) married (1) Kenneth Dern, (2) James L. Schmauch
• George Merwin (b. 1914) married Pauline Mildred Grorud
• Alice Mary (1918-1995) married (1) Egil Ollie Engebretson, (2) Sherman Joval Norby
• Clyde Perlie (1923-1993) married Evelyn M. Dahler

James left Indiana about 1899. He homesteaded in North Dakota in 1906. He farmed most of his life along Chanta Peta Creek, near Bucyrus, North Dakota. The post office of Pierson in Adams County, North Dakota (1898) was named for him, and he was the postmaster; it was discontinued in 1914. He and Kathryn separated 25 July 1928, at which time she moved to Kalispell, Montana. She was a logging operations cook. He moved there to live with his oldest daughter shortly before his death.

Submitted by:
Ardell J. Casey
Kalispell MT
E-mail: kcsply33@bigsky.net

George Humphreys

George Humphreys
b. about 1764
d. 10 April 1840, Edwards County, Illinois

m/1. about 1780
Frances Garrard
b. to Daniel and Elizabeth Garrard
d. 1836, Gibson County, Indiana

m/2. 25 February 1838, Clay County, Illinois
Mary Rose
b. about 1808
d. 4 June 1884

Children with Frances Garrard:
• Elizabeth married (1) Samuel Murphy, (2) John Severns
• Joseph (1784-1830) married Margaret “Peggy” Lynn
• Sarah married John Adams, Jr.
• Nancy married Peter Groves
• Uriah (1794-1842) married Rachel Gordon
• George married Jane Woods
• Dice married (1) William Brittingham, (2) John Taylor, (3) [–?–] Tomes, (4) John Dunning
• Elijah married Sabra Garwood
• Mariah married William Garwood

Children with Mary Rose:
• Martin Van Buren married Elizabeth Warmoth
• George Washington

George was a private in Captain Hughes Company of Colonel White’s 1st Regiment of Continental Dragoons, enlisting in the fall of 1781 at Williamsburg, Virginia. He came to White River Township, Gibson County, Indiana, from Muhlenberg County, Kentucky, about 1807. He moved to Illinois about 1837. Frances Garrard was the niece of the governor of Kentucky. Mary Rose married the second time in 1843 in Illinois, Pelic Hull, who died in 1850. In 1853, Mary was granted a pension of $100 per month from George’s Revolutionary War service. She later lived in St. Louis, Missouri, and Farmersville, Tulare County, California.

Submitted by:
Sharon Howell
Greenwood IN
E-mail: sshowell@indy.net

James Albert Drake

James Albert Drake
b. 27 January 1861, Linden, Montgomery County, Indiana, to William F. and Laura C. (Parker) Drake
d. 15 April 1943, Topeka, Shawnee County, Kansas

m. 5 March 1884, Princeton, Gibson County, Indiana
Ora Belle McNeely
b. 6 March 1867, Hosmer, Pike County, Indiana
d. 5 September 1912, Davenport, Scott County, Iowa

Children with Ora Belle McNeely:
• William D. (b. 1884)
• Edward E. (b. 1886)
• Maria C. (b. 1887)
• Bessie A. (b. 1888)
• Carl L. (b. 1889)
• Ella P. (b. 1890)

James lived in Montgomery, Gibson, and Pike counties in Indiana before moving on to Winfield, Cowley County, Kansas, in 1910. Sometime between then and 1913, James studied to be a chiropractor in Davenport, Iowa. In May 1913, he opened an office in Cawker City, Kansas. In 1915, he opened an office in Abilene, Kansas, and practiced there for several years, possibly as late as 1933.

Submitted by:
Barbara Drake Ritter
Hoisington KS

Thomas Lewis

Thomas Lewis
b. 1 April 1856, Merthyr Tydfil, Wales, to William and Mary (Griffiths) Lewis
d. November 1932, Sandoval, Marion County, Illinois

m. about 1880, Wales
Margaret [–?–]
b. October 1852
d. before April 1930, Sandoval, Marion County, Illinois

Children with Margaret [–?–]:

  • Mary (1881-bef 1932) married [–?–] Schmidt
  • Margaret (b. 1892)
  • Harriet Jane “Etta” (ca. 1895-1964)

Thomas adopted Harriett’s son, Richard Thomas Lewis, who was born about 1920 in Illinois.

Thomas emigrated from Wales to Indiana in 1888. His wife Margaret followed in 1890, with their daughter Mary. They lived in Clinton Township, Vermillion County, Indiana, and later moved to Patoka Township, Gibson County, Indiana, before leaving Indiana and settling in Sandoval Township, Marion County, Illinois. According to his niece, Gladys Elaine Devonald, he was a very quiet man who loved his family very much. He was a coal mines in Merthyr Tydfil, Wales, and continued in that line of work in both Indiana and Illinois.

Submitted by:
Jennifer Cruse
Terre Haute IN
E-mail: jencruse@msn.com