Category Archives: Hamilton County

Elias Rich

Elias Rich
b. 15 March 1828, Randolph County, North Carolina, to Joseph and Anna (Moore) Rich
d. 10 June 1900, Neosho Township, Kingfisher County, Nebraska

m. 28 March 1849, Randolph County, North Carolina
Anna Winslow
b. 12 May 1823, Randolph County, North Carolina
d. Liberty Township, Grant County, Indiana

Children with Anna Winslow:
• Sophia Ann
• Elizabeth
• Ruth Ann
• Nathan
• Mary
• Amanda
• Elias Stanton
• Alson Winslow

The family came to Hamilton County, Indiana, in 1850 and lived there a short time before moving to Liberty Township, Grant County, Indiana, which Elias left in the 1870’s.

Submitted by:
Joan Jane Yale Shields
Marion IN


William Marshall

William Marshall

It is not known when and where William was born. He was killed in 1831 along the Red River in Arkansas. He was married to a Delaware Indian and was moving west with her people.

He was a partner with William Connor at Conner’s Trading Post along the White River in Hamilton County, Indiana. He left the state in 1820.

Submitted by:
Marion G. Harcourt
Indianapolis IN

Ferne Etta Sutton

Ferne Etta Sutton
b. 27 October 1890, Perry Township, Indiana, to John Ethelbert and Kitty Wells (Paddock) Sutton
d. 12 June 1971, Gibson City, Ford County, Illinois

m. 23 September 1912, Noblesville, Hamilton County, Indiana
Peter Olson
b. 25 May 1886, Illinois, to Andrew and Katrina Maria (Thompson) Olson
d. 20 November 1953, rural Lyman Township, Ford County, Illinois

Children with Peter Olson:
• Vernon Arvid (1914-1991) married Pearl Ione Giroux
• LaVaun (1919-1993) married Joseph Demers
• Estol (b. 1921) married Mabel Henrichs
• Delores (b. 1929) married Richard Morrison

Ferne’s great-grandparents came to Indiana between 1802 and 1824. Ferne’s father, John Ethelbert, moved Ferne and the rest of the family to Lyman Township, Ford County, Illinois, and they were listed there in the 1910 census. When her family returned to Indiana, Ferne remained behind.

Ferne married a third generation American and they lived their lives in Iroquois County, Illinois, as farmers. She was extremely active in the Thawville Congregational Church. Her granddaughter got her love of walking cemeteries from Ferne, who traced her family history to the Mayflower.

Submitted by:
Betty Jean Olson Heideman
Gibson City IL

Elizabeth Gill

Elizabeth Gill
b. 27 July 1847, Ohio, to James (1804-1870) and Julia Ann (b. 1810) (Hoselton) Gill
d. 31 August 1899, North Kansas City, Clay County, Missouri

m/1. April 1864, Hamilton County, Indiana
John Fayette Conner
b. 31 January 1827, Horseshoe Prairie, Hamilton County, Indiana, to William (1777-1855) and Elizabeth (1802-1891) (Chapman) Conner
d. 25 January 1882, New Britton, Hamilton County, Indiana

m/2. 4 September 1884, Noblesville, Hamilton County, Indiana
John Lennington

m/3. 1894, Harlem, Missouri
James Smith
d. 1901

Children with John Fayette Conner:
• Sarah Elizabeth “Nell” (1865-1928) married George Lamoreaux
• John F. (1866-1870)
• James C. (1868-1869)
• Lavina (1869-1910) married Herbert Laurence Whitehead (1863-1936)
• Hiram Harrington (1871-1950) married Katherine Margret Hanny (1888-1985)
• Mary Leota (1876-1954) married Chester Wallace Ames (1868-1922)
• Unnamed infant
• Unnamed infant

Elizabeth lived north of Connersville in Fayette County; in Indianapolis, Marion County; and in New Britton and Noblesville in Hamilton County. After John Conner died, she lost the large farm and moved to Noblesville, where she did sewing in a shop. In March 1885, she, her second husband, and daughters Nell and Leota went to Lee’s Summit, Missouri. Lavina went to live with her Grandmother Conner in Indianapolis. Hiram went to live with his Uncle Ham in Nebraska.

Submitted by:
Marion G. Harcourt
Indianapolis IN

Charles John Cottingham

Charles John Cottingham
b. 24 February 1856, Noblesville, Hamilton County, Indiana, to Elija and Elizabeth Osenbach (Fryberger) Cottingham
d. 22 April 1935, Springer, Colfax County, New Mexico

m. 23 June 1880, Noblesville, Hamilton County, Indiana
Helen M. Massey
b. 16 July 1860, Noblesville, Hamilton County, Indiana, to Moses J. and Catherine Russell (Conner) Massey
d. 8 August 1932, Noblesville, Hamilton County, Indiana

Children with Helen M. Massey:

  • Mary Elizabeth (1881-1958) married Gustav A. Smithburn
  • Ralph Oliver (b. 1886) married Fay Alldredge
  • George (1889-1895)
  • Walter Elijah (1892-1939) married Fannie Salazar McCall
  • Charles Russell (1894-1967) married Maude Rebecca Hathaway
  • Robert John (1897-1964) married (1) Ann Dusek, (2) Grace Evalyn Taylor, (3) Rose [–?–]
  • Helen Kathryn (1901-1990) married Harry Bryon Jones

Charles left for New Mexico about 1925. Helen stayed in Noblesville, and he visited home while she was living. He was a surveyor and civil engineer in Springer, New Mexico.

Submitted by:
Marion G. Harcourt
Indianapolis IN

Victor Walter Conner

Victor Walter Conner
b. 5 May 1870, Horseshoe Prairie, Hamilton County, Indiana, to George Frederick and Elizabeth (Hazelrigg) Conner
d. 1961, Colorado

m/1. 16 May 1894, Noblesville, Hamilton County, Indiana
Jessie Craycraft
b. 10 September 1871, Noblesville, Hamilton County, Indiana, to Daniel and Eliza (Willitts) Craycraft
d. 7 November 1908, Greeley, Weld County, Colorado

m/2. 20 August 1911, Erie, Colorado
Harriett Probert
b. 27 March 1873, Murphysboro, Illinois

Children with Jessie Craycraft:

  • Maude Elizabeth (1895-1918)
  • Helen Louise (b. 1899) married John Daniel Stephenson, Jr.
  • Margaret Kathleen (b. 1902) married Raymond H. Hunt.

The family left Noblesville, Indiana, in 1935. Victor was a surveyor, an engineer, and an abstractor.

Submitted by:
Marion G. Harcourt
Indianapolis IN

Mary Leota Conner

Mary Leota Conner
b. 31 May 1876, near New Britton, Hamilton County, Indiana, to John Fayette (1827-1882) and Elizabeth A. Hoselton (Gill) Conner (1847-1899)
d. 24 November 1954, San Francisco, California

m. 18 December 1894, Kansas City, Wyandotte County, Kansas
Chester Wallace Ames
b. 16 July 1868, Horton, Brown County, Kansas, to Orin (1829-1900) and Linda (Eby) Ames
d. 6 November 1922, Elko, Elko County, Nevada

Children with Chester Wallace Ames:

  • Loren Winfield (1885-1985) married Ida Bernice Lytton
  • Ralph Eby (1899-1964) married (1) Irene Austin, (2) Faye Cleo Flannery
  • Mildred Louise (1903-1981) married Norman Carl Klotz
  • Orval (1905-1987) married Esther Lillian Sauer

Mary left Hamilton County, Indiana, for Kansas in 1884 with her mother, who had remarried. By 1901, she was living in Salt Lake City, Utah. After that, she lived in Nevada before moving to California to live with her daughter in 1944. Her husband died in a railroad accident. He worked for the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad.

Submitted by:
Marion G. Harcourt
Indianapolis IN