Category Archives: Hancock County

Ernest Gaston Tidrow Jr

Ernest Gaston Tidrow Jr.
birth: 11 Sep 1920 at New Castle, Henry Co., IN to Ernest Gaston Tidrow Sr. and Pauline Katherine Fletcher
death: 3 Dec 2014, Greenfield, Hancock Co., IN
burial: South Mound Cemetery, New Castle

marriage: 31 May 1944 at St. Joseph, Indiana
Alice Adeline Spillman
birth: 4 Mar 1922, New Castle, Henry Co., IN to Robert Charles Spillman and Hildred Carrier
death: 22 Nov 1993
burial: South Mound Cemetery, New Castle

Children of Ernest Gaston Tidrow Jr. and Alice Adeline Spillman:

  • Ronald Douglas Tidrow, b. 1948, d. 2016
  • Jeannine Ann Tidrow, b. 1954

Ernest Gaston Tidrow Jr. lived in:

  • New Castle, Henry Co., IN
  • Tipton, Tipton Co., IN
  • Greenfield, Hancock Co., IN
  • Greenville, Darke Co., OH

Other Information: Ernest Gaston Tidrow Jr. attended Indiana University and graduated Butler University with a Masters of Education. He played basketball with Tony Hinkle at Butler.

He was principal of Greenfield Central High School for twenty-five years, worked for Jefferson Township schools for eight years, and was a teacher and coach at Tipton High School before his retirement in 1986.

Ernest Gaston Tidrow Jr. served in the U.S. Navy during WWII as Lt. J.G. Commander on LST 719. He was a member and former elder at Greenfield Christian Church. Ernest was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity at Butler University. He was also a member of the Indiana Teachers Association.

Submitted by:
Robb Reed
Email: amhmbs@icloud.com

 

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Elmer Wilkerson

Elmer Wilkerson
b. 26 September 1906, Muncie, Delaware County, Indiana, to Hall Jackson and Martha (Childress) Wilkerson
d. 13 March 1964, Downey, Los Angeles County, California

m. 1 May 1926, Greenfield, Hancock County, Indiana
Margaret Bell Slack
b. 21 August 1907, Indiana
d. 22 April 1995, Los Angeles County, California

Children with Margaret Bell Slack:
• Charles Richard (1928-1928)
• Phyllis Jean (b. 1930) married Walter E. Carney
• Ronald Jackson (b. 1933) married Kaye [–?–]
• Robert Neal (1936-bef. 2004) married Angie [–?–]
• Judith Ann (b. 1939) married (1) Roland Boyd, (2) Jack Daggett

Elmer moved to California sometime in the late 1940’s or early 1950’s. He was in real estate in California and only returned to Indiana a few times to visit before his death in 1964.

Submitted by:
Shirley Richison Fields
Avon IN
E-mail: richison@indy.rr.com

Daniel Gard Wright

Daniel Gard Wright
b. 13 April 1838, Greenfield, Hancock County, Indiana, to Lot and Mary (Martin) Wright
d. 19 May 1913, Linden, San Joaquin County, California

m/1. 19 November 1865, Ogden, Weber County, Utah
Emily Lenora Butler
b. 28 June 1846, Venango Township, Erie County, Pennsylvania, to John Jackson Munsey and Sarah “Sally” (Donaldson) Butler
d. 19 September 1875, Jenny Lind, Calaveras County, California

m/2. 27 March 1877, Stockton, San Joaquin County, California
Sarah Ann Davis
b. 15 February 1859, Kokomo, Howard County, Indiana, to Truman Stilphin and Barbara Ann (Widener) Davis
d. 16 August 1930, Linden, San Joaquin County, California

Children with Emily Lenora Butler:
• Mary Emily (1866-1922) married (1) James Jefferson Douglas, (2) Rufus Wilbur [–?–]
• William Daniel (1868-1938) married Mrs. Dolly (Wright) [–?–]
• Lot Donaldson (1870-1870)
• Edward Lorenzo (1872-1942) married (1) Mary Ramona “Mamie” Chapman, (2) Florence Julia Dietz
• Robert Lee (1873-1953) married (1) Leah Anne Woolsey, (2) Esther Emma Baker

Children with Sarah Ann Davis:
• Ellen Isophene (1878-1959) married Horace Churchill Lewis
• Pleiad Elizabeth (1887-1969) married Smith Lynn Selvester
• Ethel Leona (1896-1977) married Maurice D. Taylor

Dan’s father, Lot Wright, who was born somewhere in Pennsylvania about 1811, moved to Hancock County, Indiana, around 1832. He left for “the West” when he was about 23 and eventually arrived in Utah where he met and married Emily. He was primarily employed as a blacksmith, but also did some farming. In his midfifties he apparently suffered a stroke and was partially paralyzed and confined to a wheelchair.

Submitted by:
Beth Wright Pany
Livingston TX
E-mail: pany@att.net

Lot Wright

Lot Wright
b. 1811, Pennsylvania
d. 20 October 1889, Jenny Lind, Calaveras County, California

m. 5 March 1833, Greenfield, Hancock County, Indiana
Mary Martin
b. 10 June 1809, Kentucky, to Micajah and Mary Martin
d. 4 October 1859, Center Township, Hancock County, Indiana

Children with Mary Martin:
• Micajah M. (1834-bef. 1910) married Mary E. [–?–] (1834-bef. 1900)
• Ethan W. “Will” (b. ca. 1836-bef. 1860)
• Daniel Gard (1838-1913) married (1) Emily Lenora Butler (1846-1875), (2) Sarah Ann Davis (1859-1930)
• John Simeon “Sim” (1840-1919) married (1) Susan
Franklin (1840-1897), (2) Lizzie Shaffer (b. 1850)
• Mary J. (1842-1869) married (1) George W. Richardson, (2) William F. Barnard
• Jehu L. (b. 1844)
• Addison F. (1848-bef. 1930) married Mary R. Gant (b. ca. 1851-aft. 1930)

Lot purchased property in Hancock County, Indiana, in 1832 at age 21. The family moved to Preble County, Ohio, in 1840 and came back to Hancock County, Indiana, in 1848 to resume farming. After his wife died, he sold everything and left the state. He was living in Colorado in 1861. After moving to California, he was a blacksmith with his son Dan.

Submitted by:
Beth Wright Pany
Livingston TX
E-mail: pany@att.net

Ila “Benton” Steele

Ila “Benton” Steele
b. 6 July 1866, Willow Branch, Hancock County, Indiana, to James Scott and Lydia Margaret (Waller) Steele
d. 30 December 1943, Newton, Harvey County, Kansas

m. 11 October 1894, Hancock County, Indiana
Emma C. Oren
b. 14 November 1874, Farmland, Randolph County, Indiana
d. 28 April 1957, Sedgwick, Harvey County, Kansas

Children with Emma C. Oren:
• Margaret M. (1896-1979)
• James Benton (1898-1900)
• John O. (1900-1959)
• Allen T. (1903-1981)
• Elizabeth N. (1906-1981)
• Edward V. (1909-1966)
• Marshall E. (1912-1974)

The family left Indiana in 1907 or 1908. Benton Steele was noted in A Round Indiana: Round Barns in the Hoosier State by John T. Hanou.

Submitted by:
Emily F. Steele
San Diego CA
E-mail: donesteele@compuserve.com

Neil Gilman Duncan

Neil Gilman Duncan
b. 10 October 1853, Fortville, Hancock County, Indiana, to Hiram Wright and Martha Jane (Reddick) Duncan
d. 3 January 1919, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California

m. 14 March 1880, Madison, Yolo County, California
Mabel Ann Stephens
b. 6 December 1860, Coal Bank, Cooper County, Missouri, to James Madison and Mary Jane (Rodgers) Stephens
d. 26 May 1942, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California

Children with Mabel Ann Stephens:
• Laura May (1881-1962) married Charles Clarence Hansen
• Charles Ross (1882-1961)
• Robert Neil (1895-1920) married Viola Minnie Hanger

Neil was a miller in northern California. Upon moving to Los Angeles, he was employed by the Union Pacific Railroad. One source refers to Neil’s wife as Elizabeth Ann Maybelle.

Submitted by:
Donald L. West, Sr.
Price UT
E-mail: dlwest@emerytelcom.net

Augusta Alice Dorval

Augusta Alice Dorval
b. 9 March 1873, Verviers, Belgium, to Charles and Theresa (Hessling) Dorval
d. 12 December 1942, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California

m. 2 September 1900, Hancock County, Indiana
Charles Fremont Doran
b. 18 December 1861, Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana, to Michael William Edward and Mary Jane (Weir) Doran
d. 5 September 1951, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California

Augusta’s family moved to Indiana in 1886 after her father’s death. Her mother’s family had already settled in Indiana. She moved to California in 1905 for the classic health remedy, a change of scenery.

Submitted by:
Patricia Doran Jones
Sunland CA
E-mail: ajnpatinla@earthlink.net