Category Archives: Hamilton County

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