Category Archives: Hendricks County

Alfred Paul Visquesney

Alfred Paul Visquesney
birth: 12 May 1828, France
death: 15 Jan 1899, Spencer, Owen Co., IN
burial: Riverside Cemetery, Spencer, Owen Co., IN

marriage: Before 1854
Sarah E. Bell
birth: 5 Nov 1834, Virginia
death: 2 Mar 1866, probably Parke Co., IN
burial: Rockville Cemetery, Parke Co., IN

Children of Alfred Paul Visquesney and Sarah E. Bell:

  • Ella R. Viquesney, b. c.1854, m. James A. Strouse
  • Anna C. Viquesney, b. c.1856,
  • Charles W. B. Viquesney, b. c.1859
  • James Viquesney, b. c.1859, d. after 1899
  • Edward Viquesney, b. c.1860, d. after 1899

Alfred Paul Visquesney Lived In:

  • Hendricks County, Indiana
  • Parke County, Indiana
  • Owen County, Indiana
  • France
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Washington, D.C.
  • Arbor Hill, Virginia
  • Augusta County, Virginia

Other Information:

After the death of his first wife, Alfred remarried twice; one child was born to each of the subsequent marriages. According to his obituary, published in the Danville (IN) Republican on January 26, 1899, “Paul A. Viquesney” died Jan. 15th at Spencer. The Spencer Journal says:

“Paul A. Viquesney died Jan. 15th at Spencer. Concerning him the Spencer Journal says: He was born May 12, 1828, near Paris, France, where he lived until about three years old when his parents came to this country and settled in Philadelphia and afterwards moved to Washington, D. C., from there to Arbor Hill, Va., where he was married to Sarah E. Bell, December 29,1852. To this union were born six children. He moved some time in the year 1860 to Danville, Hendricks County, Ind., where he lost one child, Anna C. Sometime in the fall of ’65 he moved to Rockville, Parke County, Indiana, where he lost his wife and three children. There are only two living of this marriage, James A. and George E. He afterward married Marie Tenbrook who had one child, Bert. He came to Spencer in 1872 and Dec. 24, 1894, married Jane Lehman. To this union was born one child, Ernest M.; who is at Ft. Barancas, Fla. Mr. Viquesney was in his 70th year. He was a member of Hobahlodge, I. O. O. F. and the Royal Arcanum. His funeral took place Tuesday at 3 PM under their auspices.”

Submitted by:
Randi Richardson
Email: GFTL@bluemarble.net

Nicholas Hightshue

Nicholas Hightshue
born 15 Dec 1789, Frederick, Maryland to Jacob Hightshue and Margaret Seuberlinger
died 26 Feb 1858, Marion County, Indiana
burial: Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana

Married: 18 Oct 1821, Perry County, Ohio
Jane Reynolds
born: 18  Aug 1793, Frederick, Maryland
died: 18 Mar 1859
burial: Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana

Children of Nicholas Hightshue and Jane Reynolds:

  • Lucy Ann Hightshue (b. 22 Feb 1822, Ohio, d. 26 Feb 1892, Indiana) married Nathan Brumfield (b: 1833, Ohio, d:  27 Dec 1889). Both are buried at Crown Point Cemetery, Indianapolis, Indiana.
  • Jacob Hightshue (b. 6 Nov 1823, Ohio, d. 23 Sep 1904, Zionsville, Boone County, Indiana) married Sarah Ann Hollingsworth (b. 7 Dec 1826, Indiana, d.  14 Mar 1908, Zionsville, Boone County, Indiana). Both are buried at North Liberty Cemetery, Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana.
  • James Reynolds Hightshue (b. 14 Oct 1826, Ohio, d: 14 Oct 1894, Indiana) married Sarah Jane Hollingsworth (b.  20 Mar 1831, Indiana, d. 23 Apr 1905, Indiana). Both are buried in North Liberty Cemetery, Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana.
  • Elizabeth Hightshue (b. 21 Aug 1828, Ohio, d. 17 Apr 1897) married Thomas T. Glidewell (b. 22 Nov 1828 Indiana, d. 31 Jan 1898). Both are buried in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana)
  • Mary Jane Hightshue (b.  21 Aug 1828, Ohio, d;  1905) married John M. Ross (b. 1821 d. 1868). Both are buried at Crown Point Cemetery, Indianapolis, Indiana.
  • Nancy Hannah Hightshue (b. 1833, Indiana, d. 17 Jan 1913, Berrin, Michigan), married Leander Glidewell (b. 1832, Indiana, d. 5 Nov 1896, Indiana). Both are buried in Crown Hill Cemetery, Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana.
  • Cynthia Margaret Hightshue (b. 4 Aug 1837, Indiana, d. 13 Jun 1912, Pike Township, Marion County, Indiana) married Francis Marion Hollingsworth (b. 30 Jan 1837 Indiana, d. 3 Apr 1926).  Both are buried in North Liberty Cemetery, Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana.

Nicholas and Jane (Reynolds) Hightshue lived in Perry County, Ohio, until the early 1830’s. Nicholas brought his family to Pike Township, Marion County, Indiana around 1832.  He was a founding and charter member of the Ebenezer Christian Church.  He and his wife remained in Pike Township until their deaths.

Some of their children owned land in Hendricks and Boone Counties as well.

Submitted by:
Nita Strainer
Nsstrainer@gmail.com

John Parker Rushton

John Parker Rushton
b. 1823, North Carolina, to George and Sarah (Needham) Rushton
d. Crawford County, Kansas

m. 25 September 1845, Hamilton County, Indiana
Alice Ann Horn
b. 1828, Ohio

Children with Alice Ann Horn:
• Sarah Ann (1847-1851)
• Mary H. (1849-1890) married Amby Teters
• Rachel Ellen (1852-1882) married George Fippen
• Joseph O. (b. 1854) married Catherine Conner
• Catherine S. (b. 1857) married John Mullin
• Francis 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 came to Hendricks County, Indiana, with his parents in 1824 and moved to Hamilton County with them in 1830. He was a farmer.

He left Indiana about 1877 when he moved to Crawford County, Kansas, with one of his brothers. While the rest of the family and some of the older children remained in Indiana, John and his brother Edward’s family moved on to Kansas.

Submitted by:
Rhonda Dunn
Nashville IN
E-mail: radunn1953@aol.com

Cora Mae Davidson

Cora Mae Davidson
b. 12 May 1861, Brownsburg, Hendricks County, Indiana, to James/John and Rebecca (Avery) Davidson
d. 27 December 1947, Columbus, Franklin County, Ohio

m. 8 April 1883, Hendricks County, Indiana
Silas Patterson
b. 15 April 1859, Hendricks County, Indiana, to John K. Y. and Arie Ann (Shockley) Patterson
d. 8 June 1917, Crawfordsville, Montgomery County, Indiana

Children with Silas Patterson:
• Ralph (1884-1884)
• infant female (1885-1885)
• Bessie Rebecca (1887-aft. 1947) married Harry Franklin Reynolds
• Herman Clair (1880-1925) married Klora Mae Kirkendall
• Lula Verner (1890-1918) married Thomas Arthur Griggs
• Eva F. (1892-1978) married Wilbur Tedrow Kilbourne
• Wallace E. (1900-1982) married Cecelia [–?–]

The family farmed in Brownsburg, Hendricks County, Indiana, until 1907, when they moved to Crawfordsville, Montgomery County, Indiana, to work in the factories. In 1917, Cora’s husband died when he was cutting trees and fell to the sidewalk, hitting his head. Shortly after that, she and her four surviving children moved to Columbus, Franklin County, Ohio.

Submitted by:
Meredith Thompson
Avon IN
E-mail: mere@augustmoondesign.com

Simon Peter Mason

Simon Peter Mason
b. 7 March 1834, Dearborn County, Indiana, to Jacob Daniel and Rebecca (Showalter) Mason
d. 3 February 1901, Southeastern Woods County, Oklahoma Territory (now Major County)

m. 28 October 1852, Howard County, Indiana
Elizabeth White
b. 1 March 1834, Hendricks County, Indiana, to Jefferson and Elizabeth (Alder) White
d. 1 February 1888, Sumner County, Kansas

Children with Elizabeth White:
• Mary Jane (1853-1919) married James Henry Coy
• Jacob Harvey (1856-1903) married Madora Alice Early
• Sarah Ellen (1857/58-1894) married Samuel Charles Burchfield
• Elizabeth Ann (1861-1899) married (1) William Harrison, (2) Joseph Francis Williams
• Martha Catherine (1863-1927) married Isaac Edward Millsap
• Joseph Howard (1866-1918) married Rhoda Alice Roberts
• Thomas Jefferson (1868-1924) married (1) Elizabeth L. Young, (2) Martha Isabel Gearheart
• James Franklin (1871-1952) married (1) Clara Durfella Coy, (2) Julia Clementine Turley
• Ida Mae (1875-1947) married Alfred Lewis Rice
• Charles Nelson (1878-1956) married Martha Susan Lozier

Simon’s grandparents were born in Pennsylvania and came to Dearborn County, Indiana, in 1818 and 1822. His parents moved to Ervin Township, Howard County, in 1850. In 1879, Simon moved his family to the Oklahoma Territory. He was a true pioneer, having “broke the sod” in both Kansas and the Oklahoma Territory. He made the Great Land Run into the Cherokee Outlet in September 1893 to stake his claim.

Submitted by:
James M. Freed
Delaware OH
E-mail: jmfreed@midohio.net

Rev. Isaac Wilcox

Rev. Isaac Wilcox
b. 25 November 1809, Barren County, Kentucky
d. 29 January 1886, Crescent Hill, Bates County, Missouri

m. 16 December 1828, Mooresville, Morgan County, Indiana
Sarah Ann Duncan
b. 11 June 1811, Bath County, Kentucky
d. 29 August 1901, Everett, Cass County, Missouri

Children with Sarah Ann Duncan:
• James Harvey (b. 1829)
• Lueretia (b. 1831)
• Wm. Handy (b. 1832)
• Mary Ann (b. 1834)
• Sarah (b. 1837)
• Samuel A. (b. 1838)
• Nancy Jane (b. 1840)
• Richard M. (b. 1842)
• Jerusha H. (b. 1843)
• Isaac (b. 1846)
• Margaret (b. 1849)
• Josephine Elma (b. 1851)
• Susan (b. 1853)
• Elizina (b. 1856)

Isaac was pastor of the Stilesville Baptist Church in Hendricks County, Indiana, for many years. The church is still in use today.

Rev. Wilcox left Indiana in 1867 for Crescent Hill, Bates County, Missouri.

Submitted by:
Wanda Wilcox McKay
Temecula CA

Mary Shaw

Mary Shaw
b. 21 November 1894, Plainfield, Hendricks County, Indiana, to Arthur J. (1870-1937) and Ruth Ellen (1871-1940) (Cox) Shaw
d. after 1980, Florida

m/1.
Sam Agnew

m/2. before 1928, Indiana
Will Osborn
d. before 1960

Children with Sam Agnew:
• Lorraine married (1) Richard Horn, (2) [–?–] Whitmore

Mary lived in Plainfield, Hendricks County, Indiana, and Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana, before emigrating about 1975.

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

Zachariah Shackelford

Zachariah Shackelford
b. 7 September 1830, Salvisa, Mercer County, Kentucky, to Richard and Eliza (Dean) Shackelford
d. August 1892, Nonesuch, Woodford County, Kentucky

m/1. 7 May 1854, Franklin County, Kentucky
Mildred Jane Ellis
b. 1834, Hendricks County, Indiana, to Phillip R. and Elizabeth (Shackelford) Ellis
d. between 1866-1870, Hendricks County, Indiana

m/2. before 1880, Kentucky
Mrs. Margaret Cunningham

Children with Mildred Jane Ellis:
• Ammi W. (d. in infancy)
• Elizabeth “Betty”
• Richard J. (1861-1862)
• Albertine “Tiny” married James Lewis
• William H. (1866-1956) married (1) Grace Cole, (2) Mrs. Betty Cole Sims

The couple moved to Hendricks County, Indiana, soon after their marriage, but by 1870 the father and his three surviving children had moved back to Kentucky.

Submitted by:
Mary Jane Shackelford Kaiser
Ft. Wayne IN

James Henry Patterson

James Henry Patterson
b. 27 September 1839, Brownsburg, Hendricks County, Indiana, to John K. and Arie Ann (Shockley) Patterson
d. 29 December 1897, Craig, Burt County, Nebraska

m. 7 November 1861, Hendricks County, Indiana
America Smith
b. 16 March 1840, Brownsburg, Hendricks County, Indiana
d. 12 September 1925, Craig, Burt County, Nebraska

Children with America Smith:
• Eva (1863-1883)
• Flora (1864-1941)
• Erastus Alexander (1867-1949) married Vina Ernst
• Wesley (1869-1872)
• Everett (b. 1872) married Hattie Pond
• Harley (1874-1970) married Martha Balzer
• Susan Lillian (1878-1905) married Charles W. Sackett
• Bert (1880-1922)
• Virgil James (1884-1962) married Ruth Monson Pearson

The family left the state in 1883 shortly after the death of Eva. They followed James’ niece and her family, who had moved to Nebraska in the 1880’s.

Submitted by:
Meredith Thompson
Avon IN
E-mail: mere@augustmoondesign.com

Rachel Gertrude Nichols

Rachel Gertrude Nichols
b. 11 February 1856, Rush County, Indiana, to Thomas and Jane (Brown) Nichols
d. 22 June 1910, Valley Junction, Polk County, Iowa

m. 31 March 1875, Rockville, Parke County, Indiana
William Francis Bigwood
b. 27 March 1853, Felicity, Clermont County, Ohio
d. 14 January 1906, Earlham, Madison County, Iowa

Children with William Francis Bigwood:
• Effie Jane (1876-1961) married Frank Libby
• Zena Eliza (1878-1945)
• Marjorie Frances (1881-1963) married Joe Ficklin
• James Thomas (1884-1886)
• Maggie May (1887-1931) married Henry Little
• Ellia Nichols (1891-1909)
• Maryanna Elizabeth (1897-1980) married Lyman Lyle Libby

Rachel lived in Danville, Hendricks County, and Rockville, Parke County, Indiana, before leaving the state in 1900.

Submitted by:
Robert J. Libby
Iowa City IA