Category Archives: Miami County

Abraham E. Branum

Abraham E. Branum
birth: 18 Mar 1840 in Gibson Co., IN
death: 10 Sep 1942 at Dorris, Siskiyou Co., CA

marriage: 16 May 1861 in Miami Co., IN
Mary Ellander Hawes
birth: Oct 1840 in OH to Jacob Hawes
death: 1906 in WY

Children of Abraham E. Branum and Mary Ellander Hawes:

  • Sarah A. Branum, b. 1861, d. 1898
  • John Daniel Branum, b. 1862, d. 1931
  • Chrisana Branum, b. 1864, d. 1929, m. George McKay
  • Adelia Branum, b. 1856, d. 1871
  • Amanda M. Branum, b. 1867, d. 1927, m. Sylvester Staggs
  • Mary M. Branum, b. 1872, d. 1950, m. Robert C. Woolery
  • Buddie (Bertie) Branum, b. 1875, d. 1885
  • Rosa Branum, b. 1877
  • Marion Henry Branum, b. 1879, d. 1960, m. Sadie Whitehead
  • Nicholas Barney Branum, b. 1882, d. 1959

Other Information:

Abraham E. Branum was a farmer, grain rancher, and blacksmith. He lived to be 102 y 5 m 23 d.

Abraham and Mary Branum

Abraham and Mary Branum

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Submitted by:
Nancy E. Groshong
Email: catrvlr@pacbell.net

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

John Abel Baldwin

John Abel Baldwin
birth: 4 Jan 1844, Grant County, Indiana to Charles Phillip Baldwin and Rachel Lancaster
death: 1913, Amboy, Miami County, Indiana
burial: Amboy, Miami County, Indiana

married: 1868, Howard County, Indiana
Sarah Jane Hunt
birth: 1846, Randolph County, Indiana

Submitted by:
Christina Jane Baldwin Nicholson
chrisbnicholson@hotmail.com

John Henry Bowers

John Henry Bowers
b. 1808, Maryland
d. 27 September 1874, Prairie Green Township, Iroquois County, Illinois

m/1. 23 April 1829, Stark County, Ohio
Margaret Grogg
b. 11 November 1811, Stark County, Ohio, to John and Esther (Snyder) Grogg
d. 28 August 1851, Perry Township, Miami County, Indiana

m/2. 20 March 1853, Perry Township, Miami County, Indiana
Phobe Suder
d. 1860-63

m/3.
Evaline A. [—?–]

Children with Margaret Grogg:
• Adaline (b. 1829) married Titus Kessling
• Catherine (b. 1831) married John Morgan
• Charles Edward (b. 1833)
• Charily A. (1835-1914) married John A. Comstock
• Matalda (1837-1921) married John W. Pavey
• William (b. 1840 or 1843)
• Jacob (b. 1842)
• John Henry (b. 1844) married Clarissa Murdock
• Margarrh/Margaret (b. 1850)

John and Margaret left Stark County, Ohio, in 1837 and bought land in Miami County, Indiana, between 1841 and 1846. He owned the first mill in Miami County. In 1854, he sold the land in Miami County, Indiana, and bought land in Pioneer Township, Cedar County, Iowa, which was sold in 1863. By 1860, they were living in Prairie Green Township, Iroquois County, Illinois.

Submitted by:
Susan Bower Litzenberger
Pahrump NV
E-mail: bolitz2000@yahoo.com

Fred Horace Wallace

Fred Horace Wallace
b. 12 December 1867, Ada, Kent County, Michigan, to William and Jane Elizabeth (Green) Wallace
d. 1946, Long Beach, Los Angeles County, California

m. 31 March 1890, Ada, Kent County, Michigan
Veva Agusta Clark
b. 20 February 1871, Greenville, Montcalm County, Michigan, to Aruna Smith and Cynthia Selina (Austin) Clark
d. 1955, Long Beach, Los Angeles County, California

Children with Veva Agusta Clark:
• Farrand Almeron (1891-1967) married Adell Barthol
• Lee Clark (1893-1962) married (1) Dorothy Maebelle Kunze, (2) Ann Rebecca Margaret Rae Frost
• Lucia Jane (1898-1957) married William John Nadvornik
• Charles Henry (1911-1974) married (1) Evelyn Elizabeth Evans, (2) Dorothy Cole, (3) Ann Rebecca Margaret Rae Frost

Fred and Veva moved their family from Saranac, Ionia County, Michigan, sometime in 1910. They settled in Peru, Miami County, Indiana, where Fred opened a meat and grocery business. After losing everything in the flood of the Wabash and Ohio rivers that devastated the Wabash Valley, March 23-26, 1913, they moved back to Michigan where they remained.

Submitted by:
Dori Wegehaupt
New Baltimore MI
E-mail: doriweg@aol.com

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

Arthur Hogarth Steele

Arthur Hogarth Steele
b. 16 August 1896, Frankfort, Clinton County, Indiana, to Samuel and Mary Alice Johnson (Pottinger) Steele
d. 31 March 1993, Houston, Harris County, Texas

m. 4 June 1924, Covington, Campbell County, Kentucky
Mary Lorene Blue
b. 15 August 1902, Richland Township, Grant County, Indiana, to Carey Samuel and Sina May (Harris) Blue
d. 8 January 1976, Houston, Harris County, Texas

Children with Mary Lorene Blue:
• Susanna Hawthorne married [–?–] Noe
• Beverly Blue married [–?–] Draper

Arthur lived in Tipton, Tipton County; Frankfort, Clinton County; Peru, Miami County; and Marion, Grant County, before emigrating from Indiana in 1943. He worked as an apprentice pharmacist in Peru and Marion before the war. He was in the 607th Army Aero Squadron in World War I. After the war, he worked for the Central City Chemical Co. of Chicago, Illinois; White Motor Co. of Cleveland, Ohio; and Petro Tex Chemical Corp. of Houston, Texas. He was an elder in the Central Presbyterian Church in Houston.

Submitted by:
Susanna S. Noe
Issaquah WA
E-mail: c_snoe@msn.com