Category Archives: Jasper County

Achelus Shedrick Key

Achelus Shedrick Key
b. 18 January 1842, Surry County, North Carolina, to William S. and Lydia D. (Jones) Key
d. 13 June 1930, Sharpsburg, Taylor County, Iowa

m/1. 31 December 1862, Surry County, North Carolina
Martha Ellen Whittaker
d. Indiana

m/2. 1 November 1868, Jasper County, Indiana
Mary Grubb
b. 19 November 1846, Jefferson County, Virginia, to Adam and Elizabeth (Mercer) Grubb
d. 19 February 1901, Grove Township, Taylor County, Iowa

m/3. 22 September 1901
Sarah Ellen Coe
b. 3 September 1873, North Carolina
d. 21 July 1969, Taylor County, Iowa

Children with Martha Ellen Whittaker:
• Samuel Jefferson (1865-1924) married Rose L. Gaudard
• James Lewis (ca. 1867-1961) married Blanche Davis

Children with Mary Grubb:
• Eliza Ellen (1870-1918) married John Wattie Campbell
• Cora Lee (b. 1872) married Elmer McLaughlin
• John Orman (1874-1957) married Goldie Cook
• Charles Lee William (1879-ca. 1950) married Ida Bell Crowe
• William (b. aft. 1880)
• Oscar Henry (1883-1967) married Ethel Mae Strum
• Rosa Edith (1885-1934) married Jerry Wilson

Children with Sarah Ellen Coe:
• Roxa Viola (1902-1961)
• Lloyd Amond (b. 1903) married Edna Weese
• Eunice May (b. 1905) married James A. Eller
• Lydia DeBose (b. 1907) married Russell Reynolds
• Bessie Maciel (1908-1944) married Elwin Brown
• Hollis Cecil (1910-1910)
• Hattie Dell (b. 1911) married Asa Tackett
• Royal Jackson (1914-1917)
• Lula Tessie (1917-1917)
• Dora Jessie (1917-1918)
• Mary Lessie (b. 1917) married William Terry

A. S. Key was a Confederate soldier in Company H, 11th Regiment, North Carolina Infantry (volunteers) from June 1861 for twelve months. He was wounded as part of Jackson’s campaign of the Shenandoah Valley on 25 May 1862. In June 1862, he was reported as being “absent without leave.”

Six months later her married his first wife. The couple most likely moved to Indiana between the births of their two sons, probably because of the harsh conditions in North Carolina after the war. Martha died, leaving him with two young children. While it is not known exactly when they came to Indiana, they left Jasper County in 1869.

He married Mary in Jasper County and their first child was born in Peoria, Illinois, where Mary also had family. By 1880, the family was in Grove Township, Taylor County, Iowa.

By the end of his life, A. S. had married three times and had twenty children, the last three being triplets. His name has also been spelled Achillus Sherdrick Key.

Submitted by:
Sandra L. Carter-Duff
Denver CO
E-mail: sandy@carduff.com

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Mary Grubb

Mary Grubb
b. 19 November 1846, Jefferson County, Virginia, to Adam and Elizabeth (Mercer) Grubb
d. 19 February 1901, Taylor County, Iowa

m. 1 November 1868, Jasper County, Indiana
Achelus Shedrick Key
b. 18 January 1842, Surry County, North Carolina, to William S. and Lydia D. (Jones) Key
d. 13 June 1930, Sharpsburg, Taylor County, Iowa

Children with Achelus Shedrick Key:
• Eliza Ellen (1870-1918) married John Wattie Campbell
• Cora Lee (b. 1872) married Elmer McLaughlin
• John Orman (1874-1957) married Goldie Cook
• Charles Lee (1879-ca. 1950) married Ida Bell Crowe
• Wiliam (b. aft. 1880)
• Oscar Henry (1883-1967) married Ethel Mae Sturm
• Rosa Edith (1885-1934) married Jerry Wilson

Mary and her parents moved to Ohio in 1850 and to Jasper County, Indiana, in 1852. She and her husband moved to Peoria County, Illinois, in February 1869 and to Taylor County, Iowa, in the spring of 1880.

Achelus was in Company H, 21st Regiment of the Confederate Army and was wounded on 25 May 1862; the next month he and his brother deserted. He was married in 1862 in Jasper County, Indiana, to Martha Ellen Whittaker; they had two sons, Sam and Lewis, who were raised by Mary Grubb Key. He was married 22 September 1901 in Iowa to Sarah Ellen Coe; they had eleven children.

Submitted by:
Sandra L. Carter-Duff
Denver CO
E-mail: sandy@carduff.com

Jennie Mae Comer

Jennie Mae Comer
b. 1 December 1891, Rensselaer, Jasper County, Indiana, to William Cyrus and Sarah Jane
(Gleason) Comer
d. 2 June 1986, West Chicago, DuPage County, Illinois

m. 1 October 1920, Lafayette, Tippecanoe County, Indiana
Orval Hamilton Crisler
b. 10 October 1893, Mount Ayr, Newton County, Indiana, to William Addison and Clara Delilah (Hopkins) Crisler
d. 17 January 1986, West Chicago, DuPage County, Illinois

Children with Orval Hamilton Crisler:

  • William Orval (1922-2005) married Dorothy Helen Olson
  • Virginia Mae (b. 1923) married Leslie Alexander Simpson
  • John Edward (1924-1994) married June Freida Wilson
  • George Hamilton (1925-2000) married (1) Gloria Grover Murray, (2) Barbara Dee Bell
  • Emily Jeannette (b. 1927) married Lyle William Seefeldt

Jennie’s father, William Cyrus Comer, was also born in Indiana. Her mother, Sarah Jane “Jennie” Gleason was born in Michigan, but lived in Indiana as a young woman.

Jennie’s mother died following childbirth, and Jennie was sent to her maternal grandparents in Ottawa County, Michigan, to be raised there. She returned to Rensselaer, Jasper County, Indiana, at age nine in 1900 to live with her aunts, Mary and Lizzie Comer, at their boarding house on South Cullen Street. She stayed there until adulthood.

Jennie left Indiana in 1912 to attend nursing school in Chicago but returned again to Rensselaer to work as a registered nurse at Jasper County Hospital following her graduation. There she became re-acquainted with her husband-to-be and former classmate, Orval Hamilton Crisler. They married in 1920 and quickly were parent of five children.

In 1927, the family moved to Waukegan, Illinois. Later they moved to Chicago, then to Glen Ellyn, Illinois. Following her husband’s retirement, they moved to Dunedin, Florida. At her death at age 94, Jennie’s body was returned to Rensselaer, and she is buried there next to her husband of 65 years in Weston Cemetery.

Submitted by:
Leslie S. Hall
Waynesboro, VA
E-mail: geniehall75@gmail.com

Orval Hamilton Crisler

Orval Hamilton Crisler
b. 10 October 1893, Mount Ayr, Newton County, Indiana, to William Addison and Clara Delilah (Hopkins) Crisler
d. 17 January 1986, West Chicago, DuPage County, Illinois

m. 1 October 1920, Lafayette, Tippecanoe County, Indiana
Jennie Mae Comer
b. 1 December 1891, Rensselaer, Jasper County, Indiana, to William Cyrus and Sarah Jane (Gleason) Comer
d. 2 June 1986, West Chicago, DuPage County, Illinois

Children with Jennie Mae Comer:

  • William Orval (1922-2005) married Dorothy Helen Olson
  • Virginian Mae (b. 1923) married Leslie Alexander Simpson
  • John Edward (1924-1994) married June Freida Wilson
  • George Hamilton (1925-2000) married (1) Gloria Grover Murray, (2) Barbara Dee Bell
  • Emily Jeannette (b. 1927) married Lyle William Seefeldt

The Crisler family, headed by Orval’s grandfather, Hamilton Crisler, came to Indiana in 1846 and settled in the Haw Creek Township of Bartholomew County. They moved to Newton County, Indiana in 1861 when Hamilton purchased 240 acres of land in Jackson Township near the later town of Mount Ayr.

Orval moved with his parents to a farm northeast of the town of Rensselaer, Jasper County, Indiana, in 1910. Following his marriage in 1920, he and his wife and their five children, moved to Waukegan, Illinois, in 1927. Orval enrolled in the LaSalle Extension School in Chicago and completed his education, becoming an accountant. The latter part of his working career was as an accountant, comptroller, and secretary/treasurer for the Chicago-based Gulbransen Piano Company.

His wife Jennie was a registered nurse who worked at the Jasper County Hospital in Rensselaer as a surgical nurse and radiology technician prior to her marriage. Orval was a farmer, having taken over the family farm after the death of his father in 1911

After his retirement, Orval and Jennie moved to Dunedin, Florida. They returned to the Chicago area in the mid 1980’s and both died there in 1986. They were sent home to Indiana for burial in Weston Cemetery in Rensselaer, Indiana

Submitted by:
Leslie S. Hall
Waynesboro, VA
E-mail: geniehall75@gmail.com

Amsie Clark

AMSIE CLARK
b. 20 May 1843, Columbiana County, Ohio, to Joseph and Elizabeth (McDonald) Clark
d. 26 January 1913, Watseka, Iroquois County, Illinois

m. 5 May 1866, Jasper County, Indiana
Joseph Pillars
b. 1839, Carroll County, Ohio
d. 11 April 1878, Jasper County, Indiana

Children with Joseph Pillars:

  • Anna Elizabeth (b. 1867)
  • Mary (b. 1870)
  • Lola (b. 1873)
  • Mamie (b. 1875)

Amsie arrived in Indiana sometime between 1854 and 1860 from Elk Run Township, Columbiana County, Ohio. She lived in Marion Township, Jasper County while in Indiana and left there about 1885 for Iroquois County, Illinois.

Submitted by:
Elaine V. McLauchlau
Boynton Beach FL

Sarah Ann Saylor/Sayler

Sarah Ann Saylor/Sayler
b. 21 September 1827, Marion County, Ohio, to Harry and Mary Elizabeth (Kepner) Sayler
d. 18 February 1906, Johnson County, Iowa

m/1. 22 August 1850, Ohio
Jeremiah Crabb Monnett
b. 23 May 1823, to Reverend Jeremiah and Alis “Aley” (Slagle) Monnett
d. 3 June 1852, Crawford County, Ohio

m/2. 11 August 1859, Rensselaer, Jasper County, Indiana
Fordyce “Fordus” Harrington
b. 21 December 1817, Madison County, New York
d. 10 February 1885, Vinton, Benton County, Iowa

Children with Jeremiah Crabb Monnett:

  • Jasper Jeremiah (1851-1946) married Mary Ann Brown
  • Mary “Elsie” (1852-1904) married Bernard Brocksus

Children with Fordyce Harrington:

  • Fordus (1860-1871)
  • John Charles Fremont (1861-1938) married Maud Rhodarmer/Rhodymer
  • Laura C. (1862-1895) married William Ringler
  • Francis Marion (1864-1908) married Mary Rhoda Shinn
  • Clara Caroline (1866-1958) married William Weber
  • Florence V. (1869-1871)

Sarah immigrated to York Township, Iowa County, Iowa, in 1860.

Submitted by:
Clarence Smith
Prior Lake MN

Sarah Elizabeth Statton

SARAH ELIZABETH STATTON
b. 15 July 1846, Virginia, to James and Catherine (Bobo) Statton
d. 9 November 1927, Shelton Township, Iroquois County, Illinois

m. 8 September 1867, White County, Indiana
George Washington Kersey
b. 20 December 1830, Marion County, Ohio
d. 12 November 1904, Union Township, Jasper County, Indiana

Children with George Washington Kersey:

  • Effie Alice (b. 1869) married [—?—] Stanley
  • James (b. 1871)
  • Isaac (b. 1871)
  • Earl (b. 1873)
  • Kathryn Statton (b. 1875)
  • George Orval (b. 1877)
  • Curtis Roy (b. 1880)

While in Indiana, Sarah lived in Chalmers, White County; Remington, Jasper County; and Fowler, Benton County.

Submitted by:
Orville Kersey
Crown Point IN