Category Archives: Huntington County

Harry J. Smith

Harry J. Smith
birth: 17 Nov 1869, probably in Randolph Co., IN to Stephen Alvaro and Suzannah (Epps) Smith
death: 12 Feb 1959, San Antonio, Bexar Co, TX
burial: unknown

marriage: 29 Jun 1892 in Converse, Miami Co., IN
Jessie Louena Eward
birth: 11 Sep 1866, Marion, Grant Co., IN to John William and Rebecca Jane (York) Eward
death: 14 May 1945, San Antonio, Bexar Co, TX
burial: unknown

Children of Harry J. Smith and Jessie Louena Eward:

  • Lucile Eward Smith, b. 5 Oct 1893 in Converse, Miami Co., IN, d. 11 Jan 1921, San Antonio, Bexar Co, TX
  • Laura Winifred Smith, b. 30 Aug 1897, d. 30 Jan 2003, m. E.A. Huebner
  • Rebecca Genevieve Smith, b. 8 Jan 1907, d. Sept 1994, m. W.B. Wright

Harry J. Smith lived in:

  • Randolph County, Indiana
  • Converse, Miami County, Indiana
  • Marion, Grant County, Indiana
  • Matthews, Grant County, Indiana
  • Roanoake, Huntington County, Indiana
  • San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas

Other Information:

Harry was born in Indiana and lived in Ohio. He returned to Indiana before his marriage. He worked as a carriage body finisher, a shoe dealer, and was a master mechanic for the Chicago, Indiana & Eastern railroad, which ran a short route in Indiana. Later, he was an auto painter. He could draw, play piano, and tell stories.

The family moved to San Antonio in 1911.

Harry J Smith photo

Harry J. Smith, about age 23

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Submitted by:
Nancy Wright Brennan
Email: nwbrennan@sbcglobal.net

LaVon Lighthill

LaVon Lighthill
birth: 14 Jan 1927 to Robert James Lighthill and Sylvia L. Miller
death: 31 May 2001 at Panama City, Bay Co., FL

marriage: 25 Jul 1946, Huntington Co., IN
Almeta Belle Stotlar
birth: 23 Sep 1917, Fort Wayne, Allen Co., IN to George Wesley Stotlar and Gertrude Lydia Wyss
death: 27 Aug 1982 at Ridgecrest, Kern Co., CA
burial: U.S. Veterans’ Cemetery, Los Angeles, CA

Children of LaVon Lighthill and Almeta Belle Stotlar:

  • Donna Lynn Lighthill, b. 1947, m. Robert Charles Riegel (divorced)

LaVon Lighthill lived In:

Fort Wayne, Allen County, Indiana

Also:

  • Chula Vista, San Diego County, California
  • Santa Rosa, Santa Rosa County, California
  • Drew, Sunflower County, Mississippi
  • Panama City, Bay County, Florida

Other Information:

LaVon Lighthill was a Navy veteran, serving in the Pacific Theater of World War II. He was also a broadcast radio engineer.

Submitted by:
Donna Riegle
Email: driegelgen146@gmail.com

Orris Knight Webb

Orris Knight Webb
b. 23 May 1892, Warren, Huntington County, Indiana, to Gillett Banks and Lorinda Ellen (Bunting) Webb
d. 9 August 1936, Tulare, California

m. 20 February 1911, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Elsie Margaret Hesik
b. 13 December 1895, Minneapolis, Minnesota, to Matthias and Anna (Dvorak) Hesik
d. 15 January 1934, San Jose, California

Children with Elsie Margaret Hesik:
• Olive Irene (1917-1924)
• Orris Knight, Jr. (b. 1919) married Frances Bernice Wilson
• June Marciel (1924-1931)
• Jack Rinear (b. 1926) married (1) Shirley G. Jenkinson, (2) Frances Finch

Orris’ great-grandfather, James Webb, came to Franklin County, Indiana, in 1814 from Virginia. Orris left Indiana about 1909 to pursue an apprenticeship as an electrician. He subsequently moved to: Havre, Montana; Great Falls, Montana; Bremerton, Washington; San Jose, California; Los Angeles, California; and Tulare, California. He was co-founder of Webb & Fleming Electric Co. in San Jose.

Submitted by:
Jack Rinear Webb
Mountain View CA

Lorinda Ellen Bunting

Lorinda Ellen Bunting
b. 5 May 1858, Liberty, Union County, Indiana, to William Gilbert and Louisa Maria (Fosdick) Bunting
d. 30 March 1951, San Jose, California

m/1. 1839, Union County, Indiana
Gillett Banks Webb
b. 2 April 1856, Blooming Grove, Franklin County, Indiana, to Benjamin Franklin and Margaret (Hayward) Webb
d. 14 March 1911, Ashtabula, Ohio

m/2.
Elias Taylor
b. 10 September 1846
d. 13 January 1935

Children with Gillett Banks Webb:
• Clyde Earle (b. 1883) married Creola Clinger
• Forrest A. (1886-1888)
• Fern Webb (1888-1983) married Frank Pace
• Orris Knight (1892-1936) married Elsie Webb

Lorinda’s great uncle, Aaron Stanton, pioneered in LaPorte County, Indiana, in the early 1800’s. She
moved from Warren, Huntington County, Indiana, to Ashtabula, Ohio, in 1910, but returned to Warren in 1911 after the death of her husband, Gillett. She later moved to San Joseph, Calfornia, in 1929.

Lorinda was a homemaker who also worked as a practical nurse. Her spouse was a blacksmith for 20 years in Warren, Indiana. Her second spouse was the widower of her sister Jeanett and a Jehovah’s Witness pioneer member since its inception as the Russelites.

Submitted by:
Jack Rinear Webb
Mountain View CA

John Emery Wixsom

John Emery Wixsom
b. 16 March 1864, Fayette County, Indiana, to Smith and Rebecca (Carver) Wixsom
d. 16 May 1945, Holland, Lucas County, Ohio

m. 22 October 1890
Doretta “Dora” Damschroder
b. 27 January 1871, Elmore, Ottawa County, Ohio, to Christopher H. and Mary Ann (Freese) Damschroder, Jr.
d. 20 January 1960, Holland, Lucas County, Ohio

Children with Doretta Damschroder:
• Ralph Louis (1893-1964) married (1) Edith Simmons, (2) Clara Leonhardt
• Clarence Emery (1896-1978) married Dorothy Marie Downs
• John Edgar (1898-1948) married Catherine Neiling
• Nellie Lee (1902-1974) married (2) Orrin Downs
• William Allen (1906-1945) married Ethel Ruth

John lived in Antioch (now Andrews), Huntington County; Peru, Miami County; and Ft. Wayne, Allen County, Indiana, before emigrating about 1905/6. His family had lived in Blackford, Wabash, and Madison counties before buying land in Huntington County. He went to Wood County, Ohio, and ran a quarry above North Baltimore. He then went to Kentucky to work in the oil fields and later came back to Lucas County, Ohio. He had also worked on the Wabash Railroad.

Submitted by:
Elizabeth Wixsom Pero May
Toledo OH

Fern Webb

Fern Webb
b. 24 September 1888, Warren, Huntington County, Indiana, to Gillett Banks and Lorinda Ellen (Bunting) Webb
d. 8 June 1983, Santa Cruz, California

m. 1909
Frank Ollie Pace
b. 22 May 1885
d. 5 November 1954, Santa Cruz, California

Children with Frank Ollie Pace:
• Willis (b. 1912) married Millie [- -?–]
• Olive (b. 1913) married Bill Bransford
• Louise (b. 1914) married (1) Cody Eubank, (2) [–?–] Lewis
• Francis (b. 1919) married Winnie [–?–]
• Mary (b. 1923) married (1) Harvey Galgina, (2) Dick Giessel

Fern emigrated from Indiana after her marriage. She lived in Ohio; Illinois; Sweetwater, Texas; and San Jose, Capitola, and Santa Cruz, Calfornia. She was a housewife and homemaker. In San Jose, she worked for the WPA as a seamstress, making clothing for the Santa Clara County welfare program. She was an active member of the Jehovah’s Witness Society.

Submitted by:
A. Kay Webb
Indianapolis IN
E-mail: caitana@worldnet.att.net

Andrew Foster

Andrew Foster
b. 1809, Wayne Township, Adams County, Ohio, to Robert and Margaret (McCord) Foster
d. May 1873, Lewis Township, Holt County, Missouri

m/1. 29 January 1829, Wayne Township, Adams County, Ohio
Mary Wiley
b. 1810, Wayne Township, Adams County, Ohio
d. 1843, Union Township, Clinton County, Ohio

m/2. 13 February 1845, Union Township, Clinton County, Ohio
Sarah Lee
b. 1818, Union Township, Clinton County, Ohio
d. 1880, Lewis Township, Holt County, Missouri

Children with Mary Wiley:
• John A. (b. 1831)
• Mary A. (b. 1836)
• Nancy (b. 1840)
• John Branson (b. 1842)

Children with Sarah Lee:
• Sarah A. (b. 1845)
• Melissa (b. 1847)
• Andrew (b. 1850)
• Hannah (b. 1853)
• Malinda (b. 1856)
• Samuel (b. 1859)

Andrew immigrated to Indiana from Union Township, Clinton County, Ohio, in 1848. While in Indiana, he lived in District 52 Township, Huntington County, and in Tippecanoe Township, Tippecanoe County. He left Indiana in 1865.

Submitted by:
Col. James E. Foster
Austin TX