Category Archives: Knox 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
Email: cmath59@yahoo.com

 

John Alton

John Alton
birth: 22 May 1759, Baltimore, MD to Joseph Alton and Mary Buckley
death: 18 Jul 1823, Palmyra Twp., Knox Co., IN
burial: Alton Cemetery, Palmyra Twp., Knox Co., IN

marriage: 1784 in Pennsylvania Catherine Adams birth: 17 Jun 1764, Knox Co., IN to George W. Adams and Polly death:  28 Nov 1820, Knox Co., IN burial: Alton Cemetery, Palmyra Twp., Knox Co., IN

Children of John Alton and Catherine Adams:

  • Benjamin Alton, m. Bellannar Johnson 21 Sep 1820 at Knox Co., IN
  • Joseph Alton, b. 21 Mar 1785 at PA, d. 21 Aug 1858, Knox Co., IN, m. Rachel Jones, 25 Apr 1810
  • Mary Alton, b. 1787 at PA, d. before 1833, m. George Stipes, c.1810
  • Samuel Alton, b. about 1793, d. before 25 Jan 1816, m. Salley Neel
  • Cynthia Alton, b. about 1798 at Lick Creek, Pike Co., KY, d. before 1780, m. David Ritchey, 23 Jan 1816 in Knox Co., IN
  • John Alton, b. 25 Jul 1799 in PA, d. 17 May 1866 at Knox Co., IN, m. Margaret Barekman, 28 Oct 1829, Knox Co., IN
  • William H. Alton, b. 31 Jan 1805 in PA, d. 8 Dec 1781 at Knox Co., IN, m. Martha Jane Van Camp, 28 Jan 1838, Pike Co., IN
  • James Alton, b. 16 Oct 1815, Fayette Co., PA, d. June 1842, Knox Co., IN, m. Keziah Hisic, 4 Oct 1840 at Pike Co., IN

John Alton lived In:

1805- Until his death: Knox County, Indiana

He also lived in Maryland and Pennsylvania

Other Information:

“John Alton was born on May 22, 1759 in Baltimore County, Maryland. He and his younger brother, Benjamin, were farmers and soldiers serving together in the Pennsylvania Rangers on the Frontier. John also served in the Whiskey Rebellion and at Tippecanoe. On March 18, 1778, John Alton signed a Loyalty Oath in Harford County, Maryland, in the Worshipful Mordacai Amos’s Returns in which he swore to the Oath “I do swear that I do not hold myself bound to yield to any allegiance or obedience to George the Third, King of Great Britain … ” (NOTE: This document is held by the Maryland Archives and may be seen at the Maryland Hall of Records in Annapolis, Maryland). In 1782, John Alton served as a Private in the Pennsylvania Rangers on the Frontier in Captain John Dean’s Company in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, with his brother Benjamin during Colonel Crawford’s disastrous expedition against the Indians at Sandusky. He was a Private in Captain John Wall’s Second Battalion in 1782, and, later, Corporal in Captain Bazel Bowel’s Company of Pennsylvania Militia in Fayette County in 1791. At the battle of Tippecanoe in 1811, he was William Henry Harrison’s wagonmaster. John Alton married Catherine Adams in 1784 in Fayette County, Pennsylvania. They had 8 children. He migrated to Vincennes, Knox County, Indiana, in 1805. John died in Knox County, Indiana on July 18, 1823.”  — Mike Chapman and Carolyn Chapman, “KinNextions: Family Tree,” (http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~gochapman/ : accessed 15 April 2017), ID: I19194, John Alton; used with author’s permission.

His will, which was proved on September 15, 1823, bequeathed 400 acres of land in Donation No. 29 to his children: Mary (Alton) Stipes, James Alton, Joseph Alton, and William Alton. His body was interred in the Alton family cemetery located in Old Donation No. 29 six miles from Vincennes.

Collected by Mrs. S. G. Davenport, Vincennes, Indiana:
Married – 1784, Catherine Adams, b. 1764. Ch. Joseph (1785- 1858) m. Rachel Jones; John b. 1799; Cynthia (1798-1867) m. David Richey; Mary, m. George Stipes; William, m. Jane ___; James b. 1815. All these names taken from Will and dates from cemetery (Note: Alton, Knox Co., IN)

Other Sources:
Year: 1790; Census Place: German, Fayette, Pennsylvania; Series: M637; Roll: 8; Page: 32; Image: 579; Family History Library Film: 0568148

Maryland, Compiled Census and Census Substitutes Index, 1772-1890
In 1778 Oath of Fidelity

Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission; Records of the Office of the Comptroller General, RG-4; Tax & Exoneration Lists, 1762-1794; Microfilm Roll: 327 Year 1786 John Alton living in Menallen, Fayette, PA

Year: 1800; Census Place: German, Fayette, Pennsylvania; Series: M32; Roll: 38; Page: 530; Image: 220; Family History Library Film: 363341

Pennsylvania, Revolutionary War Battalions and Militia Index, 1775-1783
Vol 2 page 719.

Pennsylvania, Septennial Census, 1779-1863 for year 1800 residing in German, Fayette, PA

Find A Grave Memorial# 14003374 shows a military marker:
John Alton
Pennsylvania
Westmoreland Co Mil
Revolutionary War
May 22, 1759 July 18, 1823

Submitted by:
Dee Schlesser
Email: mama.dee@twc.com

Flora Louise DeMoss

Flora Louise DeMoss
birth: 2 Aug 1883 at Knox County, Indiana to Samuel T. and Sarah Frances (Winkler) DeMoss
death: 15 Oct 1861, Gosport, Owen Co., IN
burial: Edwardsport Cemetery, Knox Co., IN

marriage: 4 Sep 1901, at Knox Co., IN
Robert E. Barr
birth: 26 Jun 1882 in Knox Co., IN to James and Susan (Welch) Barr
death: 18 Jun 1951 at Knox Co., IN

Children of Flora Louise DeMoss and Robert E. Barr:

  • Gilbert Barr, b. 3 Nov 1903, d. 11 Dec 1985
  • Leona E. Barr, b. 24 Apr 1907, d. 10 Jan 1992, m. (1) James A. Holt, (2) Unk Moreland
  • Blanche E. Barr, b. 17 Oct 1911, d. 26 Jul 1985, m. William N. Decker

Flora Louise DeMoss Barr Lived In:

  • Born at Knox County, Indiana
  • Monroe County, Indiana
  • Died at Owen County, Indiana (from c.1923)

Other Information: Flora Louise DeMoss was divorced from Robert Barr in 1920 at Monroe County, Indiana.

Submitter is not related to this Hoosier ancestor.

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

James Morton Stafford

James Morton Stafford
birth: 25 Nov 1876 in Daviess Co., IN to Mahlon James Stafford (1849-1908) and Nancy Emeline Wallace (1848-1891)
death: 5 Jan 1957 at Washington, Daviess Co., IN
burial: Mount Olivet Cumberland Presbyterian Cemetery, Washington, Daviess Co., IN

marriage: 23 Dec 1894 at Glendale, Daviess Co., IN
Flora Lenora “Nora” Horrell
birth: 18 Nov 1878, Daviess Co., IN to John Coleman Horrell (1857-1919) and Lucinda Angeline Steen (1858-1925)
death: 5 Aug 1948, Daviess Co., IN
burial: Mount Olivet Cumberland Presbyterian Cemetery, Washington, Daviess Co., IN

James Morton Stafford and Nora Horrell on their wedding day, 1894James Stafford on his Wedding Day Nora Horrell Stafford, Wedding Day

           

 

 

 

 

 

 

Children of James Morton Stafford and Flora Lenora “Nora” Horrell:

  • James Alva Stafford, b. 6 Aug 1896 at Daviess Co., IN, d. 17 Sep 1983 at Berea, Madison Co., KY, m. Vinnie “Olive” Edwards
  • Harley Douglas Starfford, b. 19 Jan 1898 at Daviess Co., IN, d. 18 May 1978 at Petersburg, Pike Co., IN, m. (1) Alma Margaret Brown, (2) Lolita C. Crow
  • John Mahlon Stafford, b. 2 Mar 1900 at Dubois Co., IN, d. 1900, likely in Dubois Co., IN
  • Ralph Mahlon Stafford, b. 2 mar 1900 at Dubois Co., IN, d. 27 Apr 1995 at Washington, Daviess Co., IN, m. Anna Ethel Vance
  • Sadie Elsie Stafford, b. 20 Sep 1901 at Daviess Co., IN, d. 25 Sep 1995, Washington, Daviess Co., IN, m. Martin Luther Allison
  • Esta Emeline Stafford, b. 11 Dec 1905 in Pike Co., IN, d. 5 Oct 1994, Washington, Daviess Co., IN, m. Gene Riker
  • Lucille Irene Stafford, b. 10 Jun 1907 in Pike Co., IN, d. 3 Sep 1935, Washington, Daviess Co., IN
  • Nellie Glenn Stafford, b. 29 Nov 1908 at Washington Twp, Pike Co., IN, d. 3 Feb 1994 at Columbus, Bartholomew Co., IN, m. Herbert John Miller
  • Marie Frances Stafford, b. 25 Oct 1911 at Pike Co., IN, d. 22 Jan 1924 at Veale Twp, Daviess Co., IN
  • Eva Viola Stafford, b. 20 Apr 1912 at Gillett, Arkansas Co., AK, d. 4 Jun 2001 at Jasper, Dubois Co., IN, m. Dale Burris Alford
  • Donald Stafford, b/d. 25 Feb 1914 at Daviess Co., IN
  • Edna Lorena Stafford, b. 3 Mar 1915 at Veale Twp, Daviess Co., IN, d. 10 Jan 1971 at Kankakee, IL, m. (1) Norman Aultman Sharum, (2) William Yarbourgh
  • Lena Nova Stafford, b. 26 Apr 1918 at Veale Twp, Daviess Co., IN, d. 25 Jun 2013 at Washington, Daviess Co., IN, m. James Nelson Martin
  • Dorothy Stafford, b./d. 16 May 1920 at in Veale Twp, Daviess Co., IN

James Morton Stafford Lived In:

  • 1876- Daviess County, Indiana
  • 1880- Clay County, Illinois
  • 1881- Knox County, Indiana
  • 1884- Wheatland, Indiana
  • 1900- Dubois County, Indiana
  • 1901- Union, Indiana
  • 1903- Hazelton, Indiana
  • 1903- Petersburg, Indiana
  • 1910- Pike County, Indiana
  • 1911- Blackburn, Indiana
  • 1915- Washington, Indiana
  • 1920- Veal Twp, Daviess County, Indiana

Other Information:

James Morton Stafford was a mail carrier, a horse breeder, a Presbyterian circuit riding Minister, a miner, an entrepreneur, an inventor with several patents and an author. James held the following patents:

• 740995 Non Refillable Bottle 6 Oct 1903
• 753930 Fire Escape 8 Mar 1904
• 761868 Wrench 7 Jun 1904
• 785186 Coffin 21 Mar 1905
• 806756 Apparatus for Preserving the Dead 5 Dec 1905
• 875567 Mold For Glass Caskets, and Similar 31 Dec 1907
• 930242 Focusing Light Producer 3 Aug 1909
• 1203926 Water Elevator 7 Nov 1916
• 1204605 Device for Locating and Raising Ships 14 Nov 1916
• 1205806 Wood Sawing Machine 21 Nov 1916
• 1207651 Gate Opener 5 Dec 1916
• 1225072 Current Motor 8 May 1917

James rejected an offer of one million dollars for his non-refillable bottle from James Pepper, a whisky distiller of Louisville, Kentucky because as a minister, he did not believe in contributing to the consumption of alcohol.

In 1906, James invented the worlds largest egg incubator which at the time could hold over 2000 eggs. Apparently, no patent was applied for. He managed to strike natural gas in Petersburg and was awarded a contract to supply city of Petersburg a portion of his natural gas find for 25 years. The original purpose of the gas well was to supply gas to fire his glass factory in Petersburg where he intended to manufacture his famed glass coffin. In 1920 the Rev. Stafford owned and operated a family coal mine south of Washington, Indiana supplying coal to that city.

In 1934, the Rev. Stafford shocked the American political scene, announcing that he was considering running for President of the United States. At that time, he was the supreme commander of the Golden Rule Party and party members had rallied to support him, with claims of more than 20,000,000 votes. Newspaper headlines across America read, ” Republicans Ahoy! Man is Loose With 20,000,000 Votes”, “Glass Coffin Inventor Has Eyes On Presidency”, “Indiana Pastor Expects to be the Next President”. It is unclear if he indeed ran for this nation’s highest office, but the headlines can still be found in many newspapers from that year.

Tipton Tribune, 23 April 1934presidential-aspirations-tipton-tribune-23-apr-1934

One of the more interesting aspects of his life was that he loved the automobile. In 1903 he purchased a Zentmobile from the Single Center Buggy Company of Evansville, Indiana. He wrote a check for $750 and the first car in Pike County, Indiana was soon to create a storm. He wrote a story about his escapades with the vehicle and was later instrumental in helping Indiana develop the framework for the rules of the road for the Hoosier state.

Rev. Stafford was heavily involved in the Temperance Movement in the early 1900’s. He worked hard to affect public opinion by organizing and then canvassing the many townships in Pike County, Indiana. He circulated a petition calling on lawmakers to hold a separate elections from all other issues in order to better control the manufacture and sale of intoxicants as merely a beverage.

In April of 1911, Rev Stafford, who at that time was living near Blackburn, Indiana, completed a houseboat. He utilized his automobile to propel the house boat which also towed and additional raft with supplies for his family. He started down the White River with plans to connect to the Ohio River and then navigate to the Mississippi. His plans were to promote his latest invention the light focusing projector to towns along the way and ultimately to end up in New Orleans. He only made it as far as Arkansas, where his daughter Eva Viola was born a year later in 1912.

The Rev. Stafford had quite a following. He was known to not to pass out a collection plate, but rather to share a portion of his wealth with his followers instead. As a circuit riding minister, he routinely helped the needy among his followers, especially during the post depression era. He authored at least two books with deeply religions overtones, on how to solve many of America’s problems. In fact, he composed a paper which was dispatched to president Roosevelt requesting consideration of his ideas to be incorporated as a constitutional amendment, which was designed to help America prosper. Roosevelt’s secretary indicated that the proposal was under consideration. Undoubtedly, it ended up in the round file.

James Morton Stafford was a forward thinking individual who developed his own ideas to link with the future, helping change the way American people would live their lives. He examined his existence and found ways to improve how he and others could better cope with the world at that time. His ideas may not have been absorbed into mainstream America, but the history of his contributions to Daviess County, to Indiana and to the United States, should not be forgotten.

James Morton Stafford and Nora Horrell Stafford, 1934
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Submitted by:
Phillip L. Martin
Email: philyroyce@gmail.com

Leonard R Snyder

Leonard R Snyder
birth: about 1780 in PA to John Reifsnieder
death: about 1841, Harrison Twp, Knox Co., IN
burial: Hamline Chapel Cemetery, Monroe City, Knox Co., IN

marriage: 10 Apr 1800 at Berkeley, VA
Julian Bonewitz
birth: 1782, Berks Co., PA to John Jacob Bonewitz and Marie Eva Rosanna Specht
death: 1854, Knox Co., IN
burial: Hamline Chapel Cemetery, Monroe City, Knox Co., IN

Children of Leonard R Snyder and Julian Bonewitz:

  • Phebe R Snyder, b. 1801, d. 1850, m. (1) Jesse B Thomas, (2) John Reel, (3) John Knox
  • John R Snyder, b. 1803, d. 1853, m. Nancy Wiley
  • Mary R Snyder, b. 1805, d. 1847, m. Edward Wilson
  • Catherine Reif Snyder, b. 1807, d. before 1839, m. Elijah Wood Jarrell
  • Rebecca R Snyder, b. 1810, d. 1867, m. (1) Jesse Sampson, (2) John Withrow
  • Samuel R Snyder, b. 1811, d. 1895, m. Ellen Rebecca Decker
  • David R Snyder, b. 1813, d. 1854,. m. (1) C. Biggs, (2) Dephi Ann Smith
  • James R Snyder, b. 1817, d. 1875, m. (1) Angeline Warner, (2) Julia Ann Warner, (3) Rebecca J Sampson
  • Julia Ann R Snyder, b. 1820, d. 1892, m. (1) Jackson Sampson, (2) George Washington Smith
  • William R Snyder, b. 1822, d. 1855, m. Catherine Reel
  • Solomon R Snyder, b. 1824, d. 1885, m. Sarah S Campbell
  • Andrew R Snyder, b. 1827, m. (1) Margaret Adams, (2) Louisa A Painter

Leonard R Snyder Lived In:

  • Pennsylvania
  • Harrison Township, Knox County, Indiana

Additional Information about Leonard R Snyder:

The family name was originally Reifsnieder but was shortened to Snyder and acknowledged through the use of a middle initial of “R”.

Information about Leonard R Snyder can be found in these sources provided by the submitter:

  • History of Knox and Daviess County, Indiana: From the Earliest Time to the Present; with Biographical Sketches, Reminiscences, Notes, Etc. ; Together with an Extended History of the Colonial Days of Vincennes, and Its Progress Down to the Formation of the State Government (Chicago: Goodspeed Pub. Co., 1886), pp. 77, 79, 513; available on Google Books.
  • Clarence Edwin Carter, comp. and ed. The Territorial Papers of the United States. Vol. 7, The Territory of Indiana, 1800-1810 (Washington, D.C., 1939), 629.
  • Knox County, Indiana, Deed Book E:192-3, Charles Thorn et al. to Leonard Ralph Snyder, 28 December 1810, recorded 10 July 1829.
  • Knox County, Indiana, Deed Book E:9-10, Denney to Synder et al., 27 Aug 1822, recorded 9 July 1829.
  • Knox County, Indiana, Deed Book L:365-6, Leonard Ralph Snyder to David Breading, power of attorney, 5 January 1820, recorded 18 Feb 1820.
  • Knox County (Indiana) Recorder’s Office, Marks and brands of domestic animals as registered in Knox County, Indiana, 1807-1841 (Vicennes, Indiana: Francis Vigo Chapter DAR, 1951).

Submitted by:
Dee Schlesser
Email: mama.dee@twc.com

Elijah Shouse

Elijah Shouse
birth: 4 May 1804, Franklin Co., KY to Henry Shouse Jr and Salley Elizabeth Watts
death: 4 Oct 1851, Palmyra Twp, Knox Co., Indiana
burial: Lower Indiana Presbyterian Cemetery, Knox Co., IN

1st marriage: 15 Oct 1821, Franklin Co., KY
Catherine Burris
birth: 4 May 1805, Kentucky to Samuell Burrus and Catherine Rucker
death: 1838, Knox Co., IN
burial: Lower Indiana Presbyterian Cemetery, Knox Co., IN

2nd marriage: about 1838
Cassandra Holt

Children of Elijah Shouse and Catherine Burris:

  • Sarah Ann Shouse, b. 1824, d. 1898, m. Elias LIke
  • Eliza Ann Shouse, b. 1827, d. 1892, m. John Helderman
  • George Henry Shouse, b. 1830, d. 1880, m. Catherine Westfall
  • John Shouse, b. 1831, d. 1878, m. Elizabeth Reel
  • Nancy Jane Shouse, b 1834, d. 1904

Children of Elijah Shouse and Cassandra Holt:

  • (Reverend) Joseph W. Shouse, b. 1839, d. 1907, m. Ellen Elizabeth Holt
  • Hannah Maria Shouse, b. 1842, d. 1907, m. David Franklin Welton
  • Alfred Shouse, b 1847, d. 1916, m. Mary Jane Young
  • Willis E. Shouse, b. 1849, d. 1917, m. Martha Ellen Robinson
  • Christopher Columbus Shouse, b. 1852, d. 1872

Elijah Shouse Lived In:

  • Franklin County, Kentucky
  • Knox County, Indiana

Other Information:

Elijah Shouse owned a drug store in Monroe City, Knox, Indiana.

Submitted by:
Dee Schlesser
Email: mama.dee@twc.com

George Christopher Chamberlain

George Christopher Chamberlain
birth: 12 May 1816 in New York
death: 6 Nov 1899, Pike, Co., IN
burial: Mount Zion Cemetery, near Monroe City, Knox, IN

1st marriage: 13 Feb 1839, Knox Co., IN
Ophelia Cressa Stipe
birth: 1818, in Indiana to George Stipes and Mary Alton
death: 5 Jan 1862, in Palmyra Twp, Knox Co., IN
burial: Alton Cemetery, Palmyra Twp, Knox Co., IN

2nd marriage: about 1863
Lucretia D. (Myers) Ballard
birth: 1833 to David B. Myers and Lucinda Downey
death: 1899
burial: Mount Zion Cemetery, near Monroe City, Knox, IN

Children of George Christopher Chamberlain and Ophelia Cressa Cripe:

  • Christopher Columbus Chamberlain, b. 1837, d. 1855
  • William J. Chamberlain, b. 1840, d, 1906, m. Charlotte Doane
  • George Joel Chamberlain, b. 1846, d. 1888, m. Sarah Ellen Harrell
  • Orisa Bossin Chamberlain, b. 1848, d. 1851
  • Cordelia Chamberlain, b. 1852, d. 1885
  • Anne E. Chamberlain, b. 1858, d. 1884, m. John W. Miles

Children of George Christopher Chamberlain and Lucretia D. (Myers) Ballard:

  • Margaret Lucinda Chamberlain, b. 1864, d. 1938, m. William Clark Welton
  • George C. Chamberlain, b. 1866, d. 1908
  • Rosalie Chamberlain, b. 1870, d. 1889
  • Mary Summit, b. 1861, d. 1891, not a biological child of, but was raised by, George and Lucretia

George Christopher Chamberlain Lived In:

  • New York
  • Palmyra Township, Knox County, Indiana
  • Harrison Township, Knox County, Indiana
  • near Alford, Pike County, Indiana

Other Information:

As a young man, George Christopher Chamberlain, came to Knox Co., IN from New York, possibley Buffalo or Rochester. He started farming in Palmyra Township and later, perhaps after the death of Ophelia, bought a large farm in Harrison Twp.
After his marriage to Mrs. Lucretia D. (Myers) Ballard, George Christopher Chamberlain bought a farm near Alford in Pike Co., IN.
His obituary stated he was well known in both Knox and Pike counties.
The family was mostly Republican in their political views. Many family members belonged to the Cumberland Presbyterian Church.
Two of George Chamberlain’s sons served the Union in the Civil War; William in Company E, 44th Indiana Infantry and Joel in Company I, 31st Indiana Infantry.

Submitted by:
Dee Schlesser
Email: mama.dee@twc.com