Category Archives: Jackson County

John Lemuel Cockerham

John Lemuel Cockerham
birth: 1 Mar 1848, Brownston, Jackson Co., IN to Willam D. Cockerham and Elizabeth Ann Winkler
death: 24 jan 1924 at Harrison Twp, Knox Co., IN
burial: Brown Cemetery, Knox Co., IN

marriage: 1 Jan 1869 in Knox Co., IN
Alice Elmira Adams
birth: 27 Oct 1852 in Harrison Twp, Knox Co., IN to 2nd Lt. Eli Monroe Adams and Eleanor R. Adams
death: 19 Feb 1902, Harrison Twp, Knox Co., IN
burial: Brown Cemetery, Knox Co., IN

Children of John Lemuel Cockerham andAlice Elmira Adams:

  • Milton William Cockerham (1870-1953) m. Alice Lucinda St. Clair
  • James Arthur Cockerham (1872-1942) m. Mary Etta Osborne
  • Annabell Cockerham (1875-1901) m. Andrew R. Snyder
  • August Lemuel Cockerham (1878-1947) m. (1) Rosa Mae Lamb, (2) Lillian May Arnold
  • Nelle Genoa Cockerham (1882-1950) m. Louis James Johnson
  • Lena A Cockerham (1884-1959) m. (1) William Dallas Adams, (2) Claude McCormick Turner
  • Stella G Cockerham (1886-1973) m. Joseph Sinkler
  • Frankie Mondoza Cockerham (1889-1925) m. Allan Richard Reising
  • Glenn H Cockerham (1895-unknown)
  • Enid Emma “Susie” Cockerham (1898-1975) m. Walter L Ashdown

John Lemuel Cockerham lived in:

  • 1848-1864- Brownstown, Jackson County, Indiana
  • 1864-1924- near Pond Creek Mills in Knox County, Indiana

Other Information:

John Cockerham served in Company C, 137th Regiment of the Indiana Infantry. He enlisted 1 May 1864 and was discharged 8 May 1868.

Submitted by:
Carol Mathieson


David Daye Sleppy

David Daye Sleppy
birth: 16 Jan 1914, West Springfield, Erie Co., PA to Rev. David Daye & Minnie Francis (Buzza) Sleppy
death: 25 May 1995 at Meadville, PA
burial: Roselawn Cemetery, Meadville, PA

marriage: 27 Nov 1936
Ruth Vernice McGill
birth: 21 Jul 1916 in Meadville, PA to Clarence Arthur and Hazel Kathryne (Knapp) McGill
death: 8 Feb 2012 at Lancaster, OH
burial: Roselawn Cemetery, Meadville, PA

Children of David Daye Sleppy and Ruth Vernice McGill:

  • Kathryne Sue Sleppy, b. 12 Aug 1941, m. James Harvey Caldwell, 6 Mar 1962 at Paris, IL
  • David Thomas Sleppy, b. 13 Mar 1944, m. Gwendolyn Kathryn Hinds at Seymour, IN

David Daye Sleppy lived In:

1960-1962: Seymour, Jackson County, Indiana

Also in:

  • West Springfield, Pennsylvania
  • Polk, Pennsylvania
  • Linesville, Pennsylvania
  • Meadville, Pennsylvania

Other Information:

David Daye Sleppy came from lines of ministers on both sides of his family. His father was Rev. David Daye Sleppy and his grandfather was Dr. Milton Jacob Sleppy, both Methodist ministers. On his maternal side, his mother Minnie Frances Sleppy was a lay minister in the Methodist Church. Her father was Rev. Richard Alfred Buzza, also a Methodist minister.
Dave was to attend Allegheny College, but his father died suddenly and David had to quit school and work to support his mother and brother, William Carroll Sleppy, II who was nine years younger. He learned the tool and die trade at Talon, Inc. and eventually became part of the management team. He worked at Talon until he retired.
Dave was born in West Springfield, Erie County, Pennsylvania and lived in numerous places as his father was assigned to various churches which included Polk, Linesville, and New Castle, PA. The latter was where Dave graduated from high school. He and Ruth Vernice McGill were married at Grace Methodist Church in Meadville, PA Nov 27, 1936.
Dave was active in various Masonic and Shrine lodges. He was an avid golfer known for his putting skills. His family was everything to him and always came first. Dave and Ruth were equally avid and excellent card players, but they refused to participate in Masters tournaments because of the time it would take away from the family. He was soft spoken, intelligent and very loyal to his friends of whom he had many lifelong friends.
Dave had been taught that a man’s word was everything, so he was extremely honest. In her memoirs Ruth told of him refusing to eat with friends who would not properly tip waitresses. One time he drove back to a restaurant (approximately 15 miles away) because he realized the waitress had given him an extra nickel in change!
Every afternoon when he came home from work, he would spend two hours giving his total attention to his children. For years he ran a small tool and die shop in his basement, but he would not start working there until he had spent time with the children and the family had finished their supper. When he felt Ruth was getting too stressed from her responsibilities, he would arrange for a baby sitter and take Ruth for a weekend break in Cleveland or Pittsburgh.
Over the years he had many opportunities to move with Talon. One time the company wanted to send him to Georgia for a few years. He and Ruth made a visit to the proposed future home and where greeted by the Sheriff who was the city welcoming committee. The Sheriff showed them the home the company had picked out for him. Dave asked to see the school his children would attend and was shown a beautiful new school for white students. When Dave asked where the black students went, he was shown a shack on stilts. He immediately told the Sheriff that this was not the environment in which he wanted to raise his kids and immediately went back to Meadville. It wasn’t until 1960 when Sue had finished her first year of college and David had finished his junior year of high school that Dave moved to Seymour to help manage a plant purchased by Talon. Both kids married and stayed in the state, but Dave and Ruth moved back to Meadville in 1962.
Dave died May 15, 1995 and is buried at Roselawn Cemetery in Meadville, Pennsylvania.

Submitted by:
Kathryne Sue Sleppy Caldwell

Alva C. “Bud” Spillman

Alva C. “Bud” Spillman
birth: 2 Aug 1920 at Seymour, Jackson Co., IN to Chester Spillman Sr and Ella Crane
death: 19 July 2000 at Washington, Daviess Co., IN
burial: Sugarland Memory Gardens, Washington, Daviess Co., IN

marriage: 24 Mar 1945, North Vernon, Jennings Co., IN
Agnes Janet (pronounced “Jeanette”)
birth: 27 Jan 1927 at Urbana, Wabash Co., IN to Melvin Horton and Iva Claytor, adopted by Robert and Agnes (Claytor) Moore

Children of Alva C. “Bud” Spillman and Agnes Janet:

  • Donald Spillman, b. 21 Nov 1948
  • Richard Spillman, b. 29 Sep 1952

Alva C. “Bud” Spillman Lived In:

  • 1920-27: Seymour, Jackson County, Indiana
  • 1927-1945: North Vernon, Jennings County, Indiana
  • 1945-2000: Washington, Daviess County, Indiana

Other Information:

Alva C. “Bud” Spillman was Chief Train Dispatcher for B & O Railroad, which later became CSX. He served eight years on the Washington School Board and was Republican Precinct Committeeman for over twenty years. Alva C. “Bud” Spillman also served on the Washington Board of Zoning Appeals for twelve years and was active in both the Christ United Methodist Church and the Washington community.

Submitted by:
Donald Spillman

Peter Heinrich Stockamp

Peter Heinrich “Henry” Stockamp
b. 29 August 1831, Westphalen, Germany, to Johann and Catherine (Silvert-Schroeder) Stockamp
d. 7 July 1907, Scribner, Dodge County, Nebraska

m. 4 September 1862, Wegan, Jackson County, Indiana
Maria Katherina/Catherine Elizabeth Schnueck
b. 21 July 1845, Hanover, Germany
d. 28 March 1913, Scribner, Dodge County, Nebraska

Children with Maria Katherina/Catherine Elizabeth Schnueck:
• Maria Elsie “Mary”
• Johann Heinrich “John”
• George
• Anna Mathilde “Tillie”
• Clarissa Louise “Clara”
• Henry Wilhelm

Henry and Maria lived in Brownstown, Jackson County, Indiana, where five of their children were born. They moved to Scribner, Dodge County, Nebraska, in 1880.

Submitted by:
Arlene Prall
Colorado Springs CO

William Robert Matlock

William Robert Matlock
b. 1833, Hawkins County, Tennessee
d. 13 April 1895

m. 17 July 1850, Jackson County, Indiana
Elizabeth Mariah Weddle
b. 1839, Indiana
d. 1913, Depew, Oklahoma

Children with Elizabeth Mariah Weddle:
• Nancy C.
• Mary E.
• James Ransom
• Susan Malvina
• Sarah Jane
• Eveline
• George McClellan
• Lucy
• Ella May
• William C.
• Dora B.
• David H.
• Robert O.

William lived in Carr Township, Jackson County, Indiana, until leaving about 1875 for Perry Township, Woodson County, Kansas. His parents may have been William and Elizabeth Matlock.

Submitted by:
Jana Black
San Anselmo CA

Robert Henry Hall

Robert Henry Hall
b. 23 October 1862, near Butlerville, Jennings County, Indiana, to David and Margaret (Davidson) Hall
d. 25 February 1955, Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio

m. 10 September 1896, Seymour, Jackson County, Indiana
Nellie Cooley
b. 26 August 1872, Brownstown, Jackson County, Indiana
d. 9 September 1911, Seymour, Jackson County, Indiana

Children with Nellie Cooley:
• Frances (b. abt. 1899)
• Frieda (b. 1901)
• Margaret E. (b. 1903)
• Allen R. (b. 1906)
• Howard H. (b. 1909)

Robert’s parents came to Indiana from Butler, Pennsylvania. Robert quit school after the fourth grade. He also lost an eye while chopping wood, but after marrying and having a family, he earned a degree in Civil Engineering.

Local citizens razzed him about leaving home at age 62 to build houses in Barrington, Illinois. He not only won contracts to build them, but his houses were featured in the Roto Gravure section of the Chicago Tribune.

After the banks failed in 1933, he made his home in Cincinnati, Ohio, with his daughter Margaret.

Submitted by:
Marynell D. Kirkwood
Moline IL

Dorothy Marguerite Spall

Dorothy Marguerite Spall
b. 5 April 1910, Jackson County, Indiana, to Arthur Morton and Minerva (Gassaway) Spall
d. 20 July 1991, Cincinnati, Ohio

m/1. 12 June 1928, New York, New York
Claude Crawford
b. 8 February 1896, Mooresville, Morgan County, Indiana, to George Philander and Jetty Francis (Carlisle) Crawford
d. 22 April 1980, Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana

m/2. 23 April 1970
James Dray
b. 11 December 1899
d. 21 February 1986

Children with Claude Crawford:

  • Claude, Jr.
  • Virginia

The Spalls moved to Indiana in 1820. Samuel Spall bought a farm of 80 acres in Jackson County in 1821, and most of the family remained in the area. The great-grandson of Samuel was the father of Dorothy. Her mother was also from Jackson County, the Gassaways having moved to Clark County, Indiana from Maryland by way of Kentucky. Nicholas Gassaway built one of the first Methodist churches in Indiana.

Dorothy’s first husband worked for the Pennsylvania Railroad and the family moved 15 times, in and out of Pennsylvania, Maryland, Ohio, Indiana, and Michigan. Her second husband owned a wrecking company and a business that sold used materials from work sites.

Submitted by:
Virginia Hipfel
Cincinnati OH

Charles Claude Casey, Sr.

b. 19 March 1884, near Bicknell, Knox County, Indiana, to Charles Robert and Tabitha (Crusslow) Casey
d. 2 February 1952, Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan

m/1. April 1909
Laura Louise Bange d. 1910

m/2. 1910
Lydia Shoemaker
b. 10 June 1886
d. 14 December 1915, Pontiac, Oakland County, Michigan

Children with Laura Louise Bange:

  • Eloise Dorothy (1910-2002) married [–?–] Craig

Children with Lydia Shoemaker:

  • Charles Claude, Jr. (1912-1970)
  • Carleton (1915-1915)

Charles lived in Bartholomew, Brown, Jackson, Knox, and Ripley counties in Indiana before emigrating in or before 1912.

Submitted by:
Donna Casey
Milford MI

Harmon/Herman Wiedeman

Harmon/Herman Wiedeman
b. 1831, Germany
d. November 1873, Seymour, Jackson County, Indiana

m. Katherine Frey
b. May 1827, Germany
d. 23 December 1904, Cincinnati, Ohio

Children with Katherine Frey:

  • Albert A. (1853-1910)
  • Ira (1855-1906) married Fred Hessler
  • Louise (1860-1939) married Bernard Hausman

Harmon was a shoemaker. He committed suicide by poisoning himself with arsenic.

Submitted by:
Frances McPeek
Egner Guilford IN

Albert A Wiedeman

Albert A Wiedeman
b. 19 October 1853, Seymour, Jackson County, Indiana, to Harmon and Katherine (Frey) Wiedeman
d. 23 March 1910, Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio

m. 24 May 1881, Aurora, Dearborn County, Indiana
Mary Ann Schockel
b. 21 October 1859, Aurora, Dearborn County, Indiana
d. 18 January 1938, Milton, Wayne County, Indiana

Children with Mary Ann Schockel:

  • Mary Pearl (1882-1915)
  • Albert Francis (1884-1938) married Rose Gerth
  • John (1890-1892)
  • Ruth Elizabeth (1894-1987) married Benjamin H. McPeek

Albert emigrated from Seymour, Jackson County, Indiana, to Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio, in 1879. He was a telegrapher for the O&M-B&O Railroad.

Submitted by:
Frances McPeek Egner
Guilford IN