Category Archives: Johnson County

Harry Brown Alexander

Harry Brown Alexander
birth: 1 Sep 1878, Franklin, Johnson Co., IN to Milton Gregg Alexander and Laura Chambers
death: 18 Jul 1953, New Philadelphia, Tuscarawas, OH
burial: Evergreen Burial Park, New Philadelphia, OH

marriage: 4 Apr 1902, Greenfield, Hancock, IN
Anna Maria Witte
birth: 15 Oct 1879, Cumberland, Marion, IN to Friedrich “Fred” Wilhelm Witte and Maria “Christine” Hartmann
death: 24 Feb 1965, Dover Twp., Tuscarawas Co., IN
burial: Evergreen Burial Park, New Philadelphia, OH

Children of Anna Maria Witte and Harry Brown Alexander:

  • George Milton, 1903-1974, m1931 wife Ruth MOOS, 1907-2011
  • Frederick William, 1905-1990, m1935 wife Della Josephine MENAPACE, 1904-1995
  • Helen Vivian, 1910-2003, never married
  • Robert Donald, 1912-2002, m1939 wife Hazel Oneida CRAIG, 1917-2006
  • Harry Brown, Jr., 1916-2003, m 1941 wife 1: Jolan Mary BOTH, 1919-1960; m 1961 wife 2: Jean GOODMAN, 1916-2007

Ancestor here lived in:

Greenfield, Hancock Co. 1880-1899
Indianapolis, Marion Co. 1900-1902
Greenfield, Hancock Co. 1902-1903
Charlottesville, Hancock Co. 1903
Hillsboro, probably Henry Co. 1904-1908

New Philadelphia, Tuscarawas Co., OH, 1908-1953

Other Information: Earlest record for this Alexander family in Indiana is 1820 Franklin Co. Census (great grandfather James ALEXANDER). Mother Laura CHAMBERS arrived Franklin Co. with family from Maryland in 1835. Harry’s early jobs were in a bicycle shop and as a moulder at Home Stove Co. in Indianapolis. Started Witte & Alexander handle mfg. factory with father-in-law Fred Witte in Greenfield in 1902 and moved factory to Charlottesville in 1903. Started Hillsboro Novelty Works in 1906 in Hillsboro. Moved to New Philadelphia, Ohio c1908 and started Columbia Mfg. Co. (wood handles) 1908-1918. Foreman, American Sheet & Tin Co. New Phila. OH 1918-1933. Owned Diamond Handle Co. 1929-1953 and Alexander Insurance Co. 1932-1953. Served on New Philadelphia City Council for several terms and was President @death. Methodist; Knights of Pythias Equity Lodge 73 (Secy); charter member and Secy of DOKK (Dramatic Order of Knights of Khorassan)

Submitted by: Judi Baumgarner


Margerry Alice Scarborough

Margerry Alice Scarborough
birth: 29 Sep 1917 Five Point Marion Co to Cora Lee Minger and Frederick Minger
death: 31 Jul 2004 Indianapolis , Marion Co
burial: White Lick Cemetery, Mooresville, Morgan Co

marriage: 25 Oct 1942 Indianapolis Marion Co
Conner Rinker Jester
birth: 3 Nov 1914 Indianapolis Marion Co to Elsa Elizabeth Rinker and Herbert Conner Jester
death: 16 Jun 1995, Franklin, Johnson Co
burial: White Lick Cemetery, Mooresville, Morgan Co

Children of Margerry Alice Scarborough and Conner Rinker Jester:

  • Lucinda Jester Smith

Ancestor here lived in: Indianapolis, Greenwood.

Submitted by: Lucinda Smith

Joseph Adolphus Whittaker

Joseph Adolphus Whittake
birth: 28 Feb 1876, Pleasant Township, Johnson Co., Indiana to Nimrod and Susan N. (McCord) Whitaker
death: 3 May 1956, Indianapolis, Marion Co., Indiana
burial: Greenwood Cemetery, Greenwood, Johnson Co., Indiana

marriage: 8 Nov 1898
Minnie Pearl Sheek
birth: 12 Aug 1875 at Pleasant Twp, Johnson Co., IN,  to Jacob A. Sheek and Martha E. Church
death: 16 Aug 1953 at Indianapolis, Marion Co., Indiana
burial: Greenwood Cemetery, Greenwood, Johnson Co., Indiana

Children of Joseph Adolphus Whittaker and Minnie Pearl Sheek:

  • Infant, stillborn 8 Dec 1899, Pleasant Twp, Johnson Co., IN, buried at Greenwood Cemetery, Greenwood, Johnson Co., IN
  • Susan Elizabeth Whittaker, b. 17 Jul 1901 at Pleasant Twp, Johnson Co., IN, d. 12 Sep 2001, Batesville, Ripley, IN, m. 14 Apr 1933, Marshall Merle Edmonds at Indianapolis, Marion, IN
  • Charlotte Mae Whittaker, b. 19 May 1903 at Pleasant Twp,  Johnson Co., IN, d. 16 Nov 1994 at Greenwood, Johnson Co., Indiana, buried at Greenwood Cemetery, Greenwood, Johnson Co., IN, m. 1 Oct 1921 at Indianapolis, Marion, IN, Fred Bunch
  • Mildred Viola Whittaker, b. Jan 1905 at Pleasant Twp, Johnson Co., IN, d. 21 Jul 1905, Pleasant Twp, Johnson Co., IN, buried at Greenwood Cemetery, Greenwood, Johnson Co., IN
  • Josephine Belle Whittaker, b. 19 Dec 1905 at Pleasant Twp, Johnson Co., IN, d. 30 Sep 1989 at Pleasant Twp, Johnson Co., IN, buried at Greenwood Cemetery, Greenwood, Johnson Co., IN, m. 4 Sep 1926 at Indianapolis, Marion, IN, Paul C. Duke
  • Rosa Leota Whittaker, b. 11 Aug 1908 at Pleasant Twp, Johnson Co., IN, d. 16 Dec 1972, Normal, McLean Co., IL, buried at Eastlawn Cemetery, Bloomington, IL, m. 13 Jul 1930 at Indianapolis, Marion, IN, Frederick Joseph McElroy
  • Naomi Pearl Whittaker, b. 4 Sep 1912 at Indianapolis, Marion, IN, d. 18 Feb 1999 at Indianapolis, Marion, IN, buried at Greenwood Cemetery, Greenwood, Johnson Co., IN, m. 18 Jun 1932 at Indianapolis, Marion, IN, Arthur H. Braun
  • Winford Wendell Whittaker, b. 26 May 1916 at Indianapolis, Marion, IN, d. 27 Jul 1982 at Indianapolis, Marion, IN, buried at Forest Lawn Cemetery, Greenwood, Johnson Co., IN, m. 29 Jun 1935 at Indianapolis, Marion, IN, Mable L. Hittle

Joseph Aldolphus Whittaker Lived In:

  • From birth – about 1908: Pleasant Township, Johnson County
  • Lived on Pearl Street in Greenwood for a short time
  • Then moved to unknown street in Indianapolis
  • Then lived on National Street in Indianapolis
  • Then built a home on Brill Street
  • Left home on Brill Street due to ill health and lived with oldest daughter Susan Whittaker Edmonds on Edwards Street in Indianapolis
  • Both he and his spouse lived their entire lives in Indiana

Other Information:

Joseph Aldolphus Whittaker’s last name was originally spelled “Whitaker”, but he changed it sometime while living in Johnson County because his mail kept getting mixed up with cousin J. Whitaker’s.

Joseph Aldolphus Whittaker is submitter’s grandfather. All of Joseph and Minnie’s children were born and died in Indiana except Rosa Leota (Whittaker) McElroy. Her family moved from Bloomington IN to Bloomington IL due to Mr. McElroy’s job with S. S. Kresge.


Submitted by:
Sonia L. Austin

Lewis Leslie McShane

Lewis Leslie McShane
b. 25 April 1879, Mahalasville, Morgan County, Indiana, to Francis Marion and Nora Rachel (Cramer) McShane
d. 19 October 1955, Glenside, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania

m. 5 August 1903, Olathe, Johnson County, Kansas
Lorena Ellis
b. 1 June 1871, Indiana, to Jesse and Evaline (Thomas) Ellis, Jr.
d. 20 March 1964, St. Petersburg, Florida

Children with Lorena Ellis:
• Lois Jessie (1904-1997) married Clarence Eugene Mason
• Doris Loreen (1907-1999)
• Marjorie Elizabeth Louise (b. 1914) married Carl Irving Wilbur

Lewis’ grandparents came to Indiana from Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, about 1830. They lived first in Harrison Township, Dearborn County, and later moved to New Trenton, Franklin County, Indiana in the 1840’s. Lewis left Indiana in 1881 for Gardner, Johnson County, Kansas. He later lived in Illinois and in Springfield, Massachusetts, before finally moving to Glenside, Pennsylvania.

Lewis was a teacher for a short time in Johnson County, Indiana, and married a teacher before joining Dodd, Mead & Company, where he sold encyclopedias for 20 years, but eventually left Dodd, Mead & Company. He moved to G & C Merrian & Company, where he became Vice President and a member of the board of directors.

Submitted by:
Helen M. Bailey
Travelers Rest SC

Joseph Voorheis

Joseph Voorheis
b. 26 February 1800, Mercer County, Kentucky, to John and Hannah (Titsworth) Voorheis
d. 22 May 1874, Benton County, Iowa

m. 15 April 1823, Mercer County, Kentucky
Jane Covert
b. 14 December 1796, Mercer County, Kentucky
d. 14 August 1874, Benton County, Iowa

Children with Jane Covert:
• Amanda (1824-1832)
• Margaret C. (1827-1893)
• Mary A. (1829-1830)
• Martha H. (1831-1905)
• Andrew Jackson (1833-1923)
• Herriott A. (1836-1844)
• John Pascall (1838-1838)
• Lydia Ann (1840-1893)
• Rachel C. (1846-1875)

The family came to the Hopewell community in Johnson County, Indiana, in 1826 and left in 1864.

Submitted by:
Anne Tangeman
Jasper IN

Rachel Kenyon Turner

Rachel Kenyon Turner
b. 14 April 1897, Evansville, Vanderburgh County, Indiana, to Rev. James Wesley and Elizabeth (Woodfill) Turner
d. 10 February 1982, Akron, Ohio

m. 17 September 1924, Greensburg, Decatur County, Indiana
Donnell Riggs Shoffner
b. 22 May 1897, Franklin, Johnson County, Indiana
d. 27 January 1966, Port Huron, St. Clair County, Michigan

Children with Donnell Riggs Shoffner:
• Donnell Riggs (b. 1925)
• James Harry (b. 1928)

Rachel lived in Evansville, Indiana, the first few years of her life, then lived in Greensburg until 1924, when she married and moved to Port Huron, Michigan. In 1978, she left Michigan to live with her sons. She was a member of DAR.

Submitted by:
Janet Smith
Bay City MI

Aura Harold Tinkle

Aura Harold Tinkle
b. 17 April 1892, Southport, Marion County, Indiana, to Warren and Martha “Mattie” (Rodgers) Tinkle
d. 19 June 1969, Falls Church, Virginia

m. 4 April 1912, Greenwood, Johnson County, Indiana
Frances Louise “Fanny” Sheek
b. 22 November 1892, Greenwood, Johnson County, Indiana
d. 28 June 1989, Alexandria, Virginia

Children with Frances Louise Sheek:
• Howard Addison (1913-1945)
• Warren Louis (1915-1956)
• Marjory Nelle (b. 1922)
• Marvin Conrad (1926-1993)

Harold was a farmer until his later years when he got into real estate. He left Johnson County, Indiana, in 1920 and spent from about 1930 through 1934 in California.

Submitted by:
Gretchen Tinkle
Los Alamos NM

Mary A. Stilley

Mary A. Stilley
b. 27 September 1844, Edinburgh, Johnson County, Indiana
d. 2 August 1920, Upland, San Bernardino County, California

m. 1871
Samuel F. Brown

Children with Samuel F. Brown:
• O. W. (Dr.)
• [–?–] married F. I. Page
• Clara
• Love

Mary left Edinburgh, Indiana, about 1880.

Submitted by:
Dr. Eric C. Stumpf
Burr Ridge IL

Johnson Seth Poppino

Johnson Seth Poppino
b. 30 May 1845, Pleasant View, Shelby County, Indiana, to Silas and Cynthia Anne (Naugle) Poppino
d. September 1918, Fort Sumner, DeBaca County, New Mexico

m/1. 19 February 1870, Edinburgh, Johnson County, Indiana
Phebe Ann “Anna” Arthur
b. 29 October 1848, Clermont County, Ohio, to Jesse and Hannah Arthur
d. 16 October 1880, Indiana

m/2. 19 December 1887
Lurana Margaret Wyckoff
b. 12 December 1857, Shelbyville, Shelby County, Indiana
d. 1 June 1911, DeBaca County, New Mexico

Children with Phebe Ann Arthur:
• Sylvester (1871-1932) married Ella Boaz
• Claude (b. 1873) married Etta Johnson
• Oscar (1874-aft. 1939) married Mildred Thacker
• Frank (1876-1945) married Aura Myrtle Moon
• Harold (1878-1898)
• Gertrude Florence (1880-1964) married (1) Charles Hiram Ware, (2) Charles Emmitt Johnson

Children with Lurana Margaret Wyckoff:
• Clarence
• Alice
• Eva Louise (b. 1887) married Arthur William Tooker
• Francis E. (b. 1897) married (1) [—?—] Thatch, (2)Buren Jackson Smith

Johnson lived in Shelby, Marion, Johnson, and Morgan counties in Indiana before emigrating in 1889. He lived in Bourbon County, Kansas; Oklahoma and Pottawatomie counties in Oklahoma; Vernon County, Missouri; and Quay County, New Mexico. He was in Company C, 79th Indiana Infantry, 1862-1865.

Submitted by:
Mary Shannon
Monticello FL