Category Archives: Greene County

William Ransler Horton

William Ransler Horton
birth: 7 Aug 1892, in Lewis Township, Clay Co., IN to Francis Perry and Manerva (Tipton) Horton
death: 22 Jul 1966 at Elgin, Kane Co., IL
burial: Memorial Washington Reformed Presbyterian Cemetery, Elgin, Kane Co., IL

marriage: 12 Mar 1912, Greene Co., IN
Nellie Elizabeth Holmes
birth: 18 May 1893 Trinity Springs, Martin Co., IN to Harry Grant and Margaret Elizabeth (Carmichael) Holmes
death: 19 Mar 1980, at Elgin, IL
burial: Memorial Washington Reformed Presbyterian Cemetery, Elgin, Kane Co., IL

Children of William Ransler Horton and Nellie Elizabeth Holmes:

  • Francis Harold Horton: b. 1912, d. 2000, m. Mildred Marguerite French
  • Margaret Isabel Horton: b. 1916, d. 2005, m. John Sylvester Kelley
  • William Wayne Horton: b. 1918, d. 1988, m. Mary Charline Stockton
  • Alice Minerva Horton: b. 1920, d. 2012, m. Kenneth Lyman Thurnau
  • Eugene Perry Horton: b. 1922, d. 2013, m. Kathryn L Johnson
  • Phyllis Irene Horton: b. 1924, d. 2011, m. Lewis Egan Kelley
  • John Robert Horton: b. 1926, d. 2003, m. (1) Marjorie Alice Jay, (2) Jo Ann Miller
  • Walter Paul Horton: b. 1928, d. 1995, m. Barbara Jean Wishon
  • Ina Mae Horton: b. 1930, d. 2012, m. Edwin Ernest Ahrens

William Ransler Horton lived in:

  • 1892-1911: Lewis Township, Clay County, Indiana
  • 1912-1919: Midland, Greene County, Indiana
  • 1924-1928: Lewis Township, Clay County, Indiana
  • 1958: Jasonville, Greene County, Indiana

He also lived in:

  • 1919-1924: Bridgewater, Adair County, Iowa
  • 1928: Elgin, Kane County, Illinois
  • 1929: Huntley, McHenry County, Illinois
  • 1930: Plato Center, Kane County, Illinois
  • 1931-1932: Pingree Grove, Kane County, Illinois
  • 1933-1935: Elgin, Kane County, Illinois
  • 1935-1944: Plato Center, Kane County, Illinois
  • 1945-1946: Elgin, Kane County, Illinois
  • 1946-1947: St. Charles, Kane County, Illinois
  • 1947-1950: Udina, Kane County, Illinois
  • 1950-1957: Elgin, Kane County, Illinois
  • 1957-1958: Cabool, Texas County, Missouri
  • 1959-1966: Elgin, Kane County, Illinois

Other Information:

William Ransler Horton, youngest child and only son of Francis Perry and Manerva (Tipton) Horton, was born August 7, 1892, on a farm in Lewis Township, Clay County, Indiana. He attended school at a Coalmont School, brick schoolhouse near the farm, and also at the Wilson School. His parents were members of the Wilson Baptist Church, across the road from the farm. William Ransler Horton and his sisters remained very close all their lives and after William moved his family moved to Illinois there was a lot of visiting back and forth between them and the aunts and cousins “down home.”

Nellie and “Ranse” were married in March, 1911, and started housekeeping on the home farm. William Horton worked the farm and also worked part time in nearby coal mines. Their son Harold was born on the family farm in 1912. In 1916 they were living in Midland, a small mining town in Greene County, where Margaret and Wayne were born.

At Midland, William worked for the Monon Railroad. Wayne was born in 1918 and in 1919, when he was a baby, the family moved to Iowa. William had a cousin, Tom Brothers, who was working on a big farm in Iowa and encouraged the Hortons to also take a job out there.

Alice and Gene were both born in Iowa and then, sometime in 1923 or 1924, the family came back to Indiana and lived on the “Home Place” in Lewis Township where Phyllis was born in 1924, followed by John in 1926 and Walter in 1928.

Frank Rowe and Wes Edmonson had a 99-year lease on the Gordon Mine near Jasonville, Indiana. It was a slope mine and a wet one. William drove a mule team and hauled out the cars of coal in clothes wet up to his waist. Then he had to weigh the wagons of coal and sell them. He made 40 cents an hour.

Having outgrown the farm house, the Hortons moved again, this time to Elgin, Illinois, where their friends, the Clarence Flint family, lived. The first winter there, William worked for an ice house, chopping ice on the Fox river. He also worked as a farm laborer and then took a job as tenant farmer at Huntley. In 1930, the family moved to the farm south of Plato Center where Ina was born. Another move to the Pingree Grove farm in 1931. William Horton remained a farmer the rest of his working life.

Submitted by:
Maureen Kelley
Email: mkkgene77@yahoo.com

 

Homer Egbert Hyden

Homer Egbert Hyden
birth: 12 Oct 1879, Owen Co., IN, to James E. and Nancy J. (Alverson) Hyden
death: 1 Nov 1910, Washington Twp, Owen Co., IN
burial: Riverside Cemetery, Spencer, Owen Co., IN

marriage: 31 Dec 1907, Owen Co., IN
Harriet “Hattie” May Crow/Crowe
birth: 15 may 1882, Owen Co., In to Jefferson and Amanda O. (Motsinger) Crowe
death: 25 Aug 1969, Greene Co., IN
burial: Riverside Cemetery, Spencer, Owen Co., IN

Children of Homer Egbert Hyden and Harriet “Hattie” May Crow/Crowe:

  • No known children born to Homer and Hattie

Homer Egbert Hyden lived in:

After living most of their lives in Owen County, the couple moved sometime between 1940 – 1948 to Ellettsville, Monroe County. After Homer died and sometime between 1953 – 1969, Hattie moved to Greene County.

Other Information:

The contributor is not related to this Indiana ancestor.

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

Archie Wayne Freeman

Archie Wayne Freeman
birth: 3 Jun 1902, Freeman, Owen Co., IN to Joseph Press and Edna M (Pryor) Freeman
death: 2 Nov 1992 at Bark River, Delta Co., MI
burial: Gardens of Rest Cemetery, Delta Co., MI

marriage: 31 Dec 1919 at Louisville, Jefferson Co., KY
Lillian Hendricks
birth: 14 Feb 1900 in Hendricksville, Greene Co., IN, to Alonzo and Gracie (Abram) Hendricks
death: 3 Jun 1995 in Bark River, Delta Co., MI
burial: Gardens of Rest Cemetery, Delta Co., MI

Children of Archie Wayne Freeman and Lillian Hendricks:

  • Ruthana L Freeman, b. 2 Sep 1920, d. 26 Feb 2001, m. Mack W Eastburn, 30 Sep 1940
  • Lloyd Lavone Freeman, b. 23 Nov 1921, d. 26 Apr 1996, m. Lily Elizabeth Sundby, 7 Jun 1947
  • Kathryn Mae Freeman, b. 11 Jun 1923, d. 15 Oct 1993, m. Gerald Edward Borges, 4 Sep 1953
  • Betty Lu Freeman, b. 6 Sep 1925, d. 13 Mar 2003,  m. William Maddox
  • Richard Lee Freeman, b. 23 Feb 1929, d. 12 Mar 2008, m. Carol J. Freeman, 28 Jan 1950
  • Joan Carol Freeman, b. 22 Sep 1933, m. Ronald Charles Anderson, 18 Aug 1956

Archie Wayne Freeman lived In:

  • Owen County Indiana
  • Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Escanaba, Delta County, Michigan
  • Florida

Other Information:

The Freeman family came from North Carolina to Indiana and in 1830, were living in Lawrence County. They moved to Owen County, where Archie was born, in 1933. Archie’s father, Joseph Press Freeman (born 1880 in Owen County) was a farmer. Archie’s brother, Herbert H. Freeman’s son Ronald still lives on the Freeman farm property.

Archie was involved in early auto racing in Indianapolis. Archie moved his family to Milwaukee in 1930 after having five children born in Indiana. Archie worked in Milwaukee as manager of Milwaukee Truck Service, Inc. In 1947, the family relocated to Escanaba, Delta County, Michigan, where he was manager for Clairmont Transfer Company.

Archie enjoyed entertaining and golfing. After his retirement in 1967, he spent his winters in Florida.

Photo of Archie circa 1904

Archie c.1904

Archie and brother Herbert

Archie and brother Herbert

Herbert & Archie in Milwaukee

Archie and his race car

Archie Freeman and his race car, made of parts from a Model T “Fronty Ford”, c1927, Indianapolis

Archie age 53, 1954

Archie Wayne Freeman, age 52, 1954, Escanbana, MI

Archie and Lillian's 50th Wedding Anniversary, 1969, Escanaba, MI

Archie and Lillian’s 50th Wedding Anniversary, 1969, Escanaba, MI

Submitted by:
Cynthia Jane Freeman Gard
Email: cindyjgard@gmail.com

William F. Axtell

William F. Axtell
birth: 28 Dec 1855 in Solsberry, Greene County, Indiana to Andrew Jackson Axtell and Susan (Gilkerson) Axtell
death: 10 Oct 1935 in Washington, Daviess Co., IN
burial: Oak Grove Cemetery, Washington, Daviess Co., IN

marriage: 17 Oct 1883 at Bloomington, Monroe Co., IN
Clara “Kate” Bollenbacher
birth: 5 Feb 1854 at Bloomington, Monroe Co., IN to George Bollenbacher and Margaret (Shawver) Bollenbacher
death: 8 Apr 1953 in Yolo, California
burial: Oak Grove Cemetery, Washington, Daviess Co., IN

Children of William F. Axtell and Clara “Kate” Bollenbacher:

  • Norrine Axtell, stillborn 1884
  • Josephine Lindley Axtell, b. 19 Dec 1885, d. 7 Dec 1984, m. Charles Taylor Williams, 5 Apr 1910
  • Susan Axtell, b. 7 Nov 1888, d. 13 Dec 1955, m. Carlton Anderson Smith, 28 Dec 1911
  • William Jackson Axtell, b. 17 Jan 1892, d. 29 May 1971, m. Emma Georgia Frank, 24 Nov 1917

William F. Axtell lived In:

William F. Axtell lived in Solsberry until 1873, when his father, Andrew Jackson Axtell, moved his family and his medical practice from Solsberry to Bloomington. William lived in Bloomington until about 1885, when he moved to Washington. He resided in Washington, Indiana for the remainder of his life. The Axtell home was at Seventh and East Main Streets in Washington.

Other Information:

William F. Axtell graduated from Indiana University in 1880. He was a mathematics teacher in the Washington High School. From approximately 1894 to 1913, he was superintendent of schools in Washington. He is often called “Professor Frank” Axtell in news accounts of the time.

Submitted by:
James Axtell
Email: james.axtell@att.net

Daniel Arwine “Reckless” Honeycutt

Daniel Arwine “Reckless” Honeycutt
birth: 4 Dec 1890 at Gosport, Owen Co., IN to Daniel and Louis (Arthur) Honeycutt
death: 25 May 1925 at Bloomington, Monroe Co., IN
burial: Rose Hill Cemetery, Bloomington, Monroe Co., IN

marriage: 18 Jun 1910, Monroe Co., IN
Susan Frances Scharbough
birth: 13 Oct 1890 in Kentucky to David and Mary (Nuchols) Scharbough
death: 18 Feb 1975 at Monroe Co., IN
burial: Rose Hill Cemetery, Bloomington, Monroe Co., IN

Children of Daniel Arwine “Reckless” Honeycutt and Susan Frances Scharbough:

  • Lila May Honeycutt, b. 24 Apr 1911, m. Wesley Foster
  • Lucille Honeycutt, b. 13 May 1913, d. 24 Jun 1998, m. Frederick Carl Runyun
  • Leland A Honeycutt, b. 19 Nov 1914, d. 3 Jul 1983 at Green Co., IN, m. Nellie [–?–]
  • Lawrence Daniel Honeycutt, b. 1 Aug 1918, d. 28 Nov 1968, Marion Co., IN, m. Lydia [–?–]
  • Lura Honeycutt, b. 29 Jan 1921, d. 7 Jan 1987 in CA, m. [–?–] Sloan
  • Lowell David Honeycutt, b. 20 Jan 1924, d. 27 Jan 1950

Daniel Arwine “Reckless” Honeycutt Lived In:

  • Owen County, Indiana
  • Bloomington, Monroe County, Indiana

Other Information:

Daniel Arwine “Reckless” Honeycutt, a salesman for the Nash Motor Company, was shot and killed in Bloomington on May 25, 1925 by Mrs. William Holder after an argument over an automobile. A June 25, 1925 Bloomington Daily Telegraph article described Reckless as the hard-working and reliable owner of three lots in the Driscoll addition. Besides his widow, he left six young children.

Submitted by:
Randi Richardson (unrelated to Reckless)
Email: GFTL@bluemarble.net

Hazel Marie Adams

Hazel Marie Adams
birth: 13 Jun 1902; Linton, Greene County, Indiana to Steve Adams and Alice Anderson
death: 8 Dec 1992; Brazil, Clay County, Indiana

married: about 1928
Harold D. Canine
birth: 14 Jun 1898; Putnam County, Indiana to Leonard Cornelius Canine and Dollie Dooley
death: 10 Oct 1977; Los Angeles County, California

Children of Harold D. Canine and Hazel Marie Adams:

  • Shirley A. Canine, born about 1929
  • H. David Canine, born after 1930
  • Jeanne L. Canine, born after 1930

Hazel lived in Greene County; Terre Haute, Vigo County (1930) and Clay County, Indiana.

Submitted by:
Marsha Ensminger
Email: marshaensminger@netscape.net

Lois Mildred Williams

Lois Mildred Williams
b. 4 June 1894, near Vernon, Jennings County, Indiana, to Smith Vernon and Frances Ann (Holsclaw) Williams
d. September 1959, San Bernardino, San Bernardino County, California

m. September 1823, Bedford, Lawrence County, Indiana
Thorne O. Evans
b. 3 August 1895, Koleen, Greene County, Indiana
d. 8 March 1969, Colton, San Bernardino County, California

Children with Thorne O. Evans:
• Eugene Barton
• Alfred Carleton “Bud”

They left Bedford, Indiana, in 1823.

Submitted by:
Joyse Ann Evans
Colton CA
E-mail: joyseann@att.net