Category Archives: Hamilton County

Mary Elizabeth Conner

Mary Elizabeth Conner
b. 15 December 1844, Noblesville, Hamilton County, Indiana, to James Irwin and Lavinia Conner
d. 27 March 1897, Butler, Missouri

m. 20 November 1889, Noblesville, Hamilton County, Indiana
Calvin Fletcher Boxley
b. 23 February 1841, Boxley, Hamilton County, Indiana, to Addison Boxley
d. 28 December 1912, Kansas City, Missouri

Children with Calvin Fletcher Boxley:

  • Maud Alice (1864-1925)
  • Oliver Conner (1866-1935)
  • Helen (1868-1868)
  • William Irwin (1869-1870)
  • Harriet Taylor (1871-1871)
  • Mary Elizabeth (1873-1897)
  • Franklin Addison (1876-1877)
  • Frederick Anselm (1877-1936) married Olive Swarnes
  • Clark Taylor (1880-1923) married Dot Ash
  • George Grover (1888-1935) married Abby Alma

The family left Hamilton County, Indiana, in 1865 or 1866.

Submitted by:
Marion G. Harcourt
Indianapolis IN
E-mail: harcourt@comcast.net

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John Conner

John Conner
b. before 1813, Fayette County, Indiana, to John Conner and his Delaware Indian wife
d. after 1862, Kansas

After his mother’s death when he was young, John went to live with his uncle, William Conner, at Horseshoe Prairie (now Conner Prairie) in Hamilton County, Indiana. He left with the Delaware Indians when the tribe moved to Kansas in 1820. John never married.

Submitted by:
Marion G. Harcourt
Indianapolis IN
E-mail: harcourt@comcast.net

Captain John Conner

Captain John Conner
b. 1802, Wapaminskink, (called Anderson’s Town,) Delaware County, Indiana, to William and Me King Ees (Anderson) Conner
d. 1869, Lightning Creek, near Aluwer, Cherokee Nation Territory (Oklahoma)

m/1. Texas, 
a Delaware Indian (name unknown)
b. before 1815
d. before 1840

m/2. Kansas
Nancy Wilson
b. 1822

m/3. Kansas
Charlotte Wolf Bullette

Children with 1st wife:

  • George Washington (1829-1881) married Malinda Rogers
  • Children with Charlotte Wolf Bullette:
  • John Q. (1842-1919) married Jane Haff

John lived in Delaware and Hamilton counties in Indiana before he left from what is now Prairie Town, Hamilton County, in 1820. He spoke English, Spanish, and several Native American languages; thus he was a guide and interpreter for many expeditions and governments, both federal and state. In 1858, he became the Principal Chief of the Delaware in Kansas.

Submitted by:
Marion G. Harcourt
Indianapolis IN
E-mail: harcourt@comcast.net

Drucilla D. Dunn

Drucilla D. Dunn
b. 3 Nov. 1833, Boxley, Hamilton Co., IN, to Isaac Dunn and Mary Ann Riggins
d. 4 Feb. 1914, Big Heart, OK

m. 25 Jan. 1866, Hamilton Co., IN
Lemuel Spencer Hobbell
b. 1820 NY
d. 1879, Hamilton Co., IN

Children with Lemuel Spencer Hobbell:

  • Amey Ann (1866-1951) married John W. Nevert
  • Isabell M. (1868-1924) married Joseph Allen Titsworth
  • Laura J. (1872-1881)

Drucilla was born shortly after her parents moved to Indiana in the early 1830’s. They first settled in Union Co. and later moved to Hamilton Co., IN by 1840.

In the 1880s, Drucilla was a widow with three daughters and followed her brother, Milton Dunn, to Labette Co., KS. Drucilla was widowed at an early age and drew a widow’s pension from her husband’s service in the Civil War, Co. G, 57th Indiana Infantry.

Submitted by:
Rhonda A. Dunn
Nashville, IN
E-mail: radunn1972@aol.com

John Parker Rushton

John Parker Rushton
b. 1823, Randolph Co., NC, to George Rushton and Sarah (Needham) Rushton
d. [–?–] Crawford Co., KS

m. 25 Sept. 1845, Hamilton Co., IN
Alice Ann Horn
b. 1828, Ohio
d. [–?–] Crawford County, KS

Children with Alice Ann Horn:

  • Sarah Ann (1846-1851)
  • Mary H. b. 1849
  • Rachel Ellen (1852-1882) married George W. Fippen
  • Joseph O. b. 1854 married Catherine E. Conner
  • Catherine S. b. 1857
  • Frances V. b. 1859
  • Irene Alice (1861-1956) married John R. Clark
  • John N. (1864-1952) married Ellen Taylor
  • George Wilson (1864-1952) married Esther Dix
  • Charles A. b. 1866
  • William P. (1869-1940) married Bessie Phelan

John moved to Indiana as a young man, in the late 1820’s,with his parents, from Randolph County, NC. They first settled in Hendricks Co., IN and by 1835, his father had a land grant in Hamilton Co., IN, where they moved.

After John married and had children, he moved his family to Crawford Co., KS. During the 1870’s, John’s brother, Edward D. Rushton, followed John by moving his family there. John was a farmer.

Submitted by:
Rhonda A. Dunn
Nashville, IN
E-mail: radunn1972@aol.com

Milton Dunn

Milton Dunn
b. 17 Sept. 1826, Wilkes Co., NC, to Isaac Dunn and Mary Ann Riggins
d. 20 May, 1914, Wichita, KS.
bur. Mound Valley Cemetery, Labette Co., KS.

m/1. 19 Aug. 1852, Hamilton Co., IN
Alsey D. Lackey
b. 1834, Ohio
d. Labette Co., KS

Children with Alsey D. Lackey:

  • Mary Jane “Jennie” (1854-1885), m. Dr. N.M. Miller
  • Martha E. (1856-??), m. George Lutz
  • Benton D. (1858-1873)
  • Clara A. (1860-??), m. Price King
  • Benjamin F. (1864-??), m. (1) Ella Amanda Patrick, m. (2) Myrtle L. Davis
  • James M. (1866-1899)
  • Laura (1868-1889)
  • Joseph A (1872-1902)

The family came to Union Co., IN during the early 1830s. They moved to Hamilton Co., IN when Milton’s father received a land grant by 1840. Milton eventually moved to Cass Co., MO by the late 1860s and then settled in Labette Co., KS by the 1870s. Milton began as a farmer, the same as his parents. By the time he settled in Mound Valley, Labette County, KS, he had held several jobs which included merchant, postmaster, hotel clerk and gardener.

Submitted by:
Rhonda A. Dunn
Nashville, IN
E-Mail: radunn1972@aol.com

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
E-mail: blair@jalexissmith.com