Category Archives: Hamilton County

Harmon Osburn

Harmon Osburn
b. 3 June 1812, Clermont County, Ohio, to Benjamin and Ruth (Duckett) Osburn
d. 6 June 1883, Noblesville, Hamilton County, Indiana
bur. Crownland Cemetery, Noblesville, Hamilton County, Indiana

m. 26 April 1832, Clermont County, Ohio
Elizabeth Jane “Eliza” Packard
b. 17 February 1811, Middletown, New Castle County, Delaware
d. 19 June 1887, Moores Hill, Dearborn County, Indiana
bur. Crownland Cemetery, Noblesville, Hamilton County, Indiana

Children of Harmon and Elizabeth Jane (Packard) Osburn:

  • Hannah Packard (1833-1895), married Isaac Reed
  • Benjamin Franklin (1834-1918), married Mary Torr
  • Anna (1835-1885), married Elijah Billings
  • John Wesley (1839-1903), married (1) Juliet Johnson, (2) Lida Howard, (3) unknown
  • Mary Almira (1843-1918), married Lewis Gould Adkinson
  • Sarah E. (1843-1847)
  • Martha Jane (1848-1883)
  • William Henry Osburn (1850-1932), married Mary Frances Blanche
  • Edward Walker (1854-1931), married (1) Florence Hobson, (2) Elsie Dinsmore Hard

In 1927, the youngest son of Harmon and Elizabeth, Edward Walker Osborn wrote the following about his parents and their life together:

“They began housekeeping in a one room log cabin with a split log floor, near Milford, Clermont County, Ohio. Father was not of his freedom on his wedding day. The next morning after the wedding, both went away to work, Father at fifty cents a day to accumulate money, Mother worked for clothing material and food to take home. While living there, the three eldest children were born . . .”

“In the year 1836 or 1837 the family moved to Rush County, Jackson Township, Indiana, where Harmon entered 160 acres of land, paying the government $1.25 per acre . . . They made the trip in a wagon drawn by an old mare twenty-two years of age and a year old colt. Closest neighbor was about one and on-fourth miles through very heavy timber. a one large room house was soon erected, puncheon flooring (split logs), home make shingles, log frame and finishing. After the days work and the children were in bed, father and mother worked in the clearing, felling trees and sawing them into lengths, ready for the log-rolling, piling and burning brush, often working until midnight. By spring they were ready for crop planting. No better buildings and other improvements within many miles. No finer stock of all kinds in the county, nor was there better machinery or greater yields in the fields. The first mower and harvester were on our farm. The first sewing machine and washer in in our house. Father was many years ahead of his day as a farmer. With diversity of crops, home made fertilizers, drainage, deep plowing and thorough cultivation his farm increased in productiveness each year. Seldom was a load of grain, except wheat and flax, sold from the place, all went into stock.”

In the fall of 1870, Harmon and Eliza and the three youngest children moved from the farm to Greencastle, Indiana, the seat of Asbury University, later know as DePauw. In December 1882, Harmon and Eliza moved from Greencastle to Noblesville, Indiana, where Harmon died in 1883.

Harmon, according to his son “converted and joined the Methodist Episcopal Church in 1830. From the date of his conversion until 1883, he was almost continuously an official member and religious leader. As far as I know, neither ever told a lie, not even a little white lie, they never exaggerated, nor misrepresented. In truthfulness, brotherly kindness, love, piety, and downright godliness and dependability they were the real article.”

Submitted by:
Alexander Blair Smith
Simsbury CT

Horatio Goldsmith Finch

Horatio Goldsmith Finch
b. 12 June 1819, Connersville, Wayne County, Indiana, to John and Mehitable (Brown Chapman) Finch
d. 25 August 1893, San Francisco, California

m. 4 July 1872, San Francisco, California
Mary A. Casebolt
b. 1838, West Virginia, to Henry Casebolt
d. 10 February 1888, Suisun City, Solano County, California

Children with Mary A. Casebolt:

  • Fabius Taylor (1875-1953) married Anna Pauline Wreden

The Finch family first came to Indiana in 1814, having moved to Connersville from North Bend, Ohio, where for several years they owned a farm adjacent to that of William J. Harrison. Horatio Goldsmith, as a newborn, moved with his family from Connersville to Horseshoe Prairie, Hamilton County, Indiana, in late August 1819. Just four months prior, Horatio’s uncles, Solomon and Moses Finch, Sr., along with their families had traveled 19 days on foot and by wagon, carving their way along the old “Indian Trail” from Connersville to the “New Purchase” (approximately 60 miles). Immediately following Horatio’s birth, his parents, John and third wife Mehitable, joined their Finch relatives and settled on the fertile prairie land two and a half miles north of William Conner’s trading post—just west of what is now Noblesville, Indiana. Horatio’s father, John Finch, was noted as being an esteemed Judge, a very capable blacksmith, and the builder of the first mill site in Hamilton County. John was the father of 17 children, of which Horatio was the youngest.

Horatio studied law as a young man and then moved to California in 1849 during the Gold Rush. According to the California Genealogical Society, both Horatio G. and Mary A. (Casebolt) Finch were cremated at the San Francisco Independent Order of Odd Fellows Crematorium. Their burial place, if any, is unknown.

Submitted by:
Lydia Finch Johnston
Danville IN

Cora Conner

b. 3 December 1850, Noblesville, Hamilton County, Indiana, to Richard James and Mary McAlpine (Alexander) Conner
d. 28 February 1937, Washington, D.C.

m. 27 April 1870, Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana
W. Terrell Pattison
b. 13 November 1845, Marion County, Indiana, to Thurston Thomas Nelson and Elizabeth Grant (Mauzy) Pattison
d. 14 November 1928, Washington, D.C.

Children with W. Terrell Pattison:

  • Frederick (1871-1891)
  • Gertrude (b. 1872) married Clarence Benjamin Miller
  • George [a daughter] (b. 1875) married Edward Neffeler
  • Florence (b. 1877) married Edwin Derickson Vincent
  • Louise (1885-1971)

Cora lived in Noblesville and Indianapolis, Indiana, before emigrating in 1935 to live with her daughter Gertrude in Washington, D.C.

Submitted by:
Marion G. Harcourt
Indianapolis IN

Anna Laura Conner

b. 11 April 1861, Noblesville, Hamilton County, Indiana, to George Frederick and Elizabeth (Hazelrigg) Conner
d. 17 May 1912, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

m. 1885, Laurel, Franklin County, Indiana
John Betson Johnson
d. 4 April 1925, Pasadena, Los Angeles County, California

Children with John Betson Johnson:

  • Lucas Conner (b. 1886) married Rachel Roberts Alexander
  • George Conner (1888-1917)
  • John Conner (b. 1894)
  • Richard Conner (b. 1896) married Etta Shaw

Anna lived in Noblesville, Hamilton County, and Laurel, Franklin County, before leaving Indiana around 1887.

Submitted by:
Marion G. Harcourt
Indianapolis IN

Alexander Hamilton Conner

b. 5 August 1831, Conner’s Trading Post, Hamilton County, Indiana, to William and Elizabeth (Chapman) Conner
d. 29 May 1891, Kearney, Buffalo County, Nebraska

m/1. 1855
Helen Stevenson
b. 1833
d. 27 January 1856

m/2. 1865, Lawrenceburg, Anderson County, Kentucky
Katherine Willis
b. 8 August 1842, Bellevue, Campbell County, Kentucky, to William and Sara Hane (Tupman) Willis
d. 13 May 1911, South Haven, Van Buren County, Michigan

Children with Katherine Willis

  • William Willis Graves (1866-1930)
  • Sarah Katherine (1868-1963)
  • Elizabeth (1871-1873)

None of the children married.

Alexander lived in Noblesville, Hamilton County, and Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana. Helen died in childbirth shortly after their marriage; the child died, too. He attended New York Law School at Poughkeepsie, and was admitted to the bar. He was a member of the Indiana General Assembly, but lost his bid for U.S. Senate three times. He was actively involved in the campaign for Abraham Lincoln. He was appointed postmaster of Indianapolis in 1861. He and two others owned the Indianapolis Journal for several years, selling it in 1870. He was chairman of the Republican Central Committee 1868-1872. In 1872, he moved to Lincoln, Nebraska, where he practiced law. He was a member of the Nebraska State Senate for three terms, serving as its president for two years.

Submitted by:
Marion G. Harcourt
Indianapolis IN

Jackson T. Weldon

Jackson T. Weldon
b. 23 January 1841, Hamilton County, Indiana, to Martin and Mary (Wind) Weldon
d. 22 May 1917, Chetek, Barron County, Wisconsin

m. 14 April 1869, Marshall County, Indiana
Catherine Amanda Nickels
b. 9 June 1849, Starke County, Indiana
d. 9 May 1950, Chetek, Barron County, Wisconsin

Children with Catherine Amanda Nickels:

  • Martin Elmer
  • David Roy
  • Mary E.
  • Alva Jay
  • Alma Mae

Jackson lived in Hamilton, Fulton and Marshall counties in Indiana. He emigrated from Marshall County in 1883 to Maple Grove, Barron County, Wisconsin.

Submitted by:
Wanda Dahlberg
Solon Springs WI

John Franklin Skelton

John Franklin Skelton
b. 28 June 1841, Hendricks County, Indiana
d. 5 April 1918, Rome, Floyd County, Georgia

m/1. Hamilton County, Indiana
Sarah Ann Bolton
b. 11 November 1831, Tennessee
d. 12 December 1878, White County, Arkansas

m/2. 29 January 1882, Hamilton County, Tennessee
Ellen McCulla

Children with Sarah Ann Bolton:

  • James
  • Elizabeth
  • Frank
  • Susie
  • Manureva

Children with Ellen McCulla:

  • Sally (b. 1881)
  • John Austin
  • John Franklin, Jr.
  • Nellie Viola
  • William Young

John lived in Hendricks County and Lawrenceburg, Lawrence County, Indiana, before moving to Hamilton County, Tennessee.

On 23 April 1861, John Skelton volunteered at Lawrenceburg, Indiana, for one year in Company G, 16th Regiment, Indiana Infantry. He was mustered out on 23 May 1862 at Washington D.C. On 6 August 1862, he was mustered into Company E, 68th Regiment and served until 1 July 1865. His regiment engaged in the battles of Chickamauga and Missionary Ridge, and he belonged to the Grand Army of the Republic.

John’s first wife, Sarah Ann, was married first to a B. R. McCulla, who died while in service as a Confederate soldier. They had a daughter Ellen.

Submitted by:
Evelyn Skelton Sell
Neosho MO

Margaret E Saxon

Margaret E “Maggie” Saxon
b. 28 November 1882, Howard County, Indiana, to Samuel and Caroline (Thomas) Saxon
d. after 1974

m. 23 December 1900, Howard County, Indiana
Pearl Burgan

Children with Pearl Burgan:

  • Ralph Burgan

Margaret resided in Howard County, and Noblesville, Hamilton County, Indiana. She moved before 1924 to Detroit, Michigan.

Submitted by:
Dawne Slater-Putt
Huntertown IN

Julietta Saxon

Julietta Saxon
b. 20 January 1841, Delaware County, Indiana
d. 9 April 1926, Stanford, Cumberland County, Wisconsin

Daniel Fisher
b. about 1828, Indiana, to Jacob and Mary (Moss) Fisher
d. 24 February 1865, Gallatin, Tennessee

William McKay

Charles White

Children with Daniel Fisher:

  • John Charles
  • James M. A.
  • Artha
  • Nettie/Frantia/Susanna

Children with William McKay:

  • Alice B. “Jennie”

Julietta resided in Delaware, Grant, Miami, and Hamilton counties in Indiana. She moved to Stanford, Cumberland County, Wisconsin, between 1920 and 1926.

Daniel Fisher died in the Civil War. Julietta’s second and third marriages ended in divorce.

Submitted by:
Dawne Slater-Putt
Huntertown IN

Julius Sanders Newby

Julius Sanders Newby
b. 31 August 1859, Hamilton County, Indiana, to Squire and Mary Jane (Colip) Newby
d. 8 October 1935, Shady Point, Leflore County, Oklahoma

m/1. 8 August 1880, Arcadia, Hamilton County, Indiana
Hester Ann Miller
b. 16 July 1863, Tipton County, Indiana
d. 1 June 1924, Chandler, Lincoln County, Oklahoma

m/2. after 1 June 1924
Ida Hurst

Children with Hester Ann Miller:

  • Roland Miller
  • Oren Miller
  • Ernest Lee
  • Lenna
  • Kittie
  • Ruth
  • Mary Jane
  • Edith Ford
  • Harry
  • Hester
  • Sandy Pete
  • Emma

Julius moved to Wichita, Kansas, about 1884. He was elected the first county attorney of Wichita County, Kansas, in 1887. Julius moved first to Missouri briefly, and then, in the fall of 1892, he homesteaded 80 acres in Lincoln County, Oklahoma, where he was elected county attorney in 1898 and county judge in 1924. After Hester’s death, Julius married Ida Hurst, a widow, and moved to Leflore County.

Submitted by:
Nancy Harris
Scottsdale AZ