Category Archives: Montgomery County

Cora Mae Davidson

Cora Mae Davidson
b. 12 May 1861, Brownsburg, Hendricks County, Indiana, to James/John and Rebecca (Avery) Davidson
d. 27 December 1947, Columbus, Franklin County, Ohio

m. 8 April 1883, Hendricks County, Indiana
Silas Patterson
b. 15 April 1859, Hendricks County, Indiana, to John K. Y. and Arie Ann (Shockley) Patterson
d. 8 June 1917, Crawfordsville, Montgomery County, Indiana

Children with Silas Patterson:
• Ralph (1884-1884)
• infant female (1885-1885)
• Bessie Rebecca (1887-aft. 1947) married Harry Franklin Reynolds
• Herman Clair (1880-1925) married Klora Mae Kirkendall
• Lula Verner (1890-1918) married Thomas Arthur Griggs
• Eva F. (1892-1978) married Wilbur Tedrow Kilbourne
• Wallace E. (1900-1982) married Cecelia [–?–]

The family farmed in Brownsburg, Hendricks County, Indiana, until 1907, when they moved to Crawfordsville, Montgomery County, Indiana, to work in the factories. In 1917, Cora’s husband died when he was cutting trees and fell to the sidewalk, hitting his head. Shortly after that, she and her four surviving children moved to Columbus, Franklin County, Ohio.

Submitted by:
Meredith Thompson
Avon IN

Isaac Wilson

Isaac Wilson
b. 25 August 1833, Indiana, to Robert and Nancy (Mobley/Moberly) Wilson
d. 23 May 1899, Boone County, Missouri

m. 2 December 1856, Boone County, Missouri
Sophia Jefferson
b. November 1836, Boone County, Missouri
d. 20 June 1928, Boone County, Missouri

Children with Sophia Jefferson:
• Julie Ann
• Laura Alice
• William Walter
• Charles Isaac

Isaac lived in Lawrence and Montgomery counties in Indiana, before emigrating to Livingston County, Missouri, around 1840, then to Boone County, Missouri, by 1850.

Submitted by:
Helen R. Wilson Wulff
Columbia MO

Martha Owen/Owens

Martha Owen/Owens
b. 31 March 1842, Ladoga, Montgomery County, Indiana, to James M. and Matilda Lucinda (Sears) Owen(s)
d. 10 February 1931, Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa

m/1. 31 October 1860, Ladoga, Montgomery County, Indiana
James Motley
b. 7 April 1831, Kentucky
d. 28 February 1868, Kentucky

m/2. 14 January 1869, Warren, Iowa
William Stewart Turbett
d. before 1931

Children with James Motley:
• Ida Catheran (1861-1951) married Cortes Cloyd Braught
• Ara Elizabeth (b. 1863) married William Smith
• Nettie Eldora (1865-1944) married Fred Edward Evans

The family left Ladoga, Montgomery County, Indiana, in 1868.

Submitted by:
Loran Ralph Braught
West Terre Haute IN

Joseph Wierman Griest

Joseph Wierman Griest
b. 19 August 1800, Adams County, Ohio, to Joseph and Mary (Wierman) Griest
d. 20 July 1859, Nevada City, California

m. 6 April 1826, Springboro, Warren County, Ohio
Ruth Ann Garretson
b. 3 April 1819, Adams County, Ohio, to John and Rebecca (Bateman) Garretson
d. 8 January 1879, Plainfield, Hendricks County, Indiana

Children with Ruth Ann Garretson:
• William R. (1827-1830)
• Rebecca Ann (1829-1896)
• William Penn (1831-1916)
• Mary Eliza (1834-1902)
• Joseph Milton (1837-1938)
• Alva Clarkson (1840-1880)
• Almeda Ellen (1845-1923)
• Rosamina Eoline (1848-1911)
• John Milton (1850-1906)
• Florence Estelle (1852-1945)

The family came to Sugar River, Montgomery County, Indiana, in 1832. They moved to Crawfordsville, Montgomery County, in 1936 and left the state from there in 1855. Joseph was a doctor with a large practice in Crawfordsville. He had a certificate from the “Phisio-Medical School,” and, though he was considered one of the best anatomists in the state, regular physicians did not believe those from the “new school” of medicine were adequately trained.

In 1852, Joseph purchased the rights to a steam laundry. In 1855, he went to New York and bought two sets of laundry equipment. He sent the equipment around the Horn to San Francisco. He himself took a ship to Nicaragua, went overland, and caught another boat to San Francisco. He set up one laundry in San Francisco and the other in Sacramento. Twice, he sent money back to his wife and children, but it never arrived. After his death, a “friend” promised to settle his estate and take the assets back to his widow. This “friend” was never found, and the widow was left with a large family and no resources.

Submitted by:
Daniel E. Thornburgh
Charleston IL

John G. Forbes

John G. Forbes
b. 1790, New York
d. 1855, Oakland Township, Louisa County, Iowa

m. 2 April 1811, Oxford Township, Butler County, Ohio
Jane Foley

Children with Jane Foley:
• Sylvester
• Francis Ashbury
• [–?–] (son)

John resided in Montgomery and Porter counties in Indiana until his emigration in 1840-41.

Submitted by:
Betty Forbes
Lone Tree IA

Francis Asbury Forbes

Francis Asbury Forbes
b. 7 May 1817, Butler County, Ohio
d. 27 February 1864, Oakland Township, Louisa County, Iowa

m. 8 January 1834, Montgomery County, Indiana
Sarah Ann Campbell
b. 1816

Children with Sarah Ann Campbell:
• Elizabeth

After arriving in Indiana from Butler County, Ohio, Francis lived in Montgomery and Porter counties in Indiana before leaving the state in 1837.

Submitted by:
Betty Forbes
Lone Tree IA

James Albert Drake

James Albert Drake
b. 27 January 1861, Linden, Montgomery County, Indiana, to William F. and Laura C. (Parker) Drake
d. 15 April 1943, Topeka, Shawnee County, Kansas

m. 5 March 1884, Princeton, Gibson County, Indiana
Ora Belle McNeely
b. 6 March 1867, Hosmer, Pike County, Indiana
d. 5 September 1912, Davenport, Scott County, Iowa

Children with Ora Belle McNeely:
• William D. (b. 1884)
• Edward E. (b. 1886)
• Maria C. (b. 1887)
• Bessie A. (b. 1888)
• Carl L. (b. 1889)
• Ella P. (b. 1890)

James lived in Montgomery, Gibson, and Pike counties in Indiana before moving on to Winfield, Cowley County, Kansas, in 1910. Sometime between then and 1913, James studied to be a chiropractor in Davenport, Iowa. In May 1913, he opened an office in Cawker City, Kansas. In 1915, he opened an office in Abilene, Kansas, and practiced there for several years, possibly as late as 1933.

Submitted by:
Barbara Drake Ritter
Hoisington KS