Category Archives: Morgan County

John Wingler

John Wingler
birth: 5 Mar 1842 in Morgan Co., IN to John Wingler and Eve Knoy
death: 13 Jul 1912, Ashland Twp., Morgan Co., IN
burial: Lingle Cemetery, Ashland Twp., Morgan Co., IN

marriage (1): 2 Nov 1865, Morgan Co., IN
Milcha Ann Costin
birth: 16 Sep 1847 to Lewis Costin and Catherine Smock
death: 20 Mar 1884, Alaska, Morgan Co., IN
burial: Lingle Cemetery, Ashland Twp., Morgan Co., IN

marriage (2): 28 Apr 1894, Morgan Co., IN
Juliett Costin Langley Reed
birth: 10 mar 1849 in Morgan Co., IN to Whitfield G Costin and Mary A Smock
death: 16 Nov 1898, Morgan Co., IN
burial: Lingle Cemetery, Ashland Twp., Morgan Co., IN

Children of John Wingler and Milcha Ann Costin:

  • Lewis F Winger, b. 15 Jan 1868, d. 10 Feb 1894
  • Ella F Wingler, b. 12 Nov 1869, d. 1947, m. 8 Mar 1890 to John E Pottorff
  • Catherine “Katy” Elizabeth Wingler, b. 6 Jul 1872, d. 25 Aug 1936, m. 4 May 1890 to William Henry Hancock
  • Jesse E Wingler, b. 27 Dec 1874, d. 6 Jul 1897
  • Granville Wingler, b. 23 Feb 1884, d. 5 Mar 1884
  • Milcha Ann Wingler, b. 23 Feb 1884, d. 6 Mar 1886

John Wingler Lived In:

John Wingler was a life-long resident of Ashland Township, Morgan County, Indiana, absent only during his Civil War service. He lived near Wakeland, in an area known as Rattsville and Alaska.

Other Information:

At the age of twenty, John Wingler, along with several other young men from Morgan County, including his brother Peter, enlisted in the 79th Indiana Infantry. John served in Company H from August 15, 1862 to September 4, 1863, mustering out as a corporal. The 79th Infantry departed Indianapolis at 2:00 a.m. on August 27, 1862 , and arrived in Jeffersonville at midnight before proceeding on to Louisville, Kentucky. On September 27, the men exchanged their Austrian guns for sword-bayonet Vincennes rifles and trained in and around Louisville. By Thanksgiving, they were in Nashville, Tennessee. John’s commanding officer was a Hungarian, Frederick Knefler. Pursued Bragg’s Confederate army unit, John and the 79th took part in the battles at London and Perryville, Kentucky, and the Battle of Stone River, near Murfreesboro, Tennessee. The 79th lost 202 men during their engagement with 147 of those to disease. Many returned home ill and never fully recovered. Measles, flu, cholera were common illnesses among the troops.
Once home, John Wingler returned to farming and married Milcha Ann Costin, daughter of Lewis and Catherine Smock Costin. To supplement his farming venture, John made bricks. He also opened a general store in the small community of Rattsville, near Wakeland. The store became the location of the Wakeland Post Office and John was appointed Postmaster on December 29, 1884. When the U.S. postal service began closing small post offices, John didn’t take the news well. The following article appeared in the Elkhart Daily Review on August 18, 1893, “Wingler Must Keep Post Office. (Martinsville) John Wingler whose peculiar resignation as postmaster at Wakeland, this county, was published recently, is about to get into trouble. He resigned by boxing his post office goods and sending them in to Washington, have returned, and with a threat that he had better take the office back or suffer prosecution. He has never sent in his resignation.” John evidently reconsidered because he was appointed Postmaster again on April 26, 1900.

Submitted by:
Patricia Marsh Dow


Daniel Kirk

Daniel Kirk
birth: 1 Oct 1828 at Shelby Co., IN to William Henry Kirk and Elizabeth Depew
death: 11 Oct 1901, Morgan Co., IN
burial: Shultz Cemetery, Martinsville, Jefferson Twp., Morgan Co., IN

marriage: 7 Dec 1851, Morgan Co., IN
Martha Ellen Dow
birth: 9 Sep 1835 at Clark Co., IN to Nathan Dow and Matilda Robertson
death: 27 Apr 1891, Morgan Co., IN
burial: Shultz Cemetery, Martinsville, Jefferson Twp., Morgan Co., IN

Children of Daniel Kirk and Martha Ellen Dow:

  • Ella May Kirk, b. 27 Nov 1852, d. 5 Jan 1924, m. 18 Sep 1870 to Uriah Madison Hinson
  • William H Kirk, b. 20 Aug 1854, d. 15 Jul 1855
  • Charles Hamiller Kirk, b. 27 Feb 1856, d. 20 Aug 1938 at Westminster, CA, m. 3 Aug 1876 to Lucina “Sina” Garrison
  • Harvey Alexander Kirk, b. 27 Sep 1857, d. 24 Dec 1934, m. 18 Apr 1878 to Margaret Isabella Johnston
  • Mary Elizabeth Kirk, b. 13 Apr 1860, d. 1 May 1950, m. 18 Apr 1878 to John Wesley Dailey Sr
  • Benjamin Robertson Kirk, b. 5 Mar 1862, d, 17 Jul 1865
  • Susan Matilda Kirk, b. 7 Oct 1864, d. 20 Jul 1865
  • James Edward Kirk, b. 15 Jul 1867, d. 27 Jul 1926, m. (1) 20 Mar 1888 to Tura Belle Hinson, (2) 29 Oct 1891 to Abby Ellen Green
  • Daniel Perry Kirk, b. 13 Nov 1868, d. 26 Oct 1937, m. 4 Jan 1890 to Eva Lea Wooden
  • Nathan Franklin Kirk, b. 12 Jul 1871, d. 24 mar 1912, m. 18 Oct 1893 to Emma Mae Hinson
  • Martha Jane Kirk, b. 10 Jul 1872, d. 19 Oct 1881
  • Benjamin Allen Kirk, b. 16 Apr 1874, d. 8 Sep 1942, m. 15 Feb 1905 to Rebecca Hinson
  • Maggie Rosetta Kirk, b. 27 Sep 1879, d. 14 Nov 1881

Daniel Kirk Lived In:

Born in Shelby County, Daniel Kirk spent his entire life in the state of Indiana. After his mother died 4 July 1835, his father remarried, 17 February 1836, to Susan R Sloan. The family moved to Morgan County sometime between the remarriage and 1840. Most of Daniel’s life was spent in Jefferson Township, Morgan County. Before 1900, he’d removed to East Highland Street in Martinsville, Washington Twp., in Morgan. A widowered farmer, the 1900 census records he had zero days unemployed.

Other Information:

Daniel Kirk was a prosperous Jefferson Township farmer, working 220 acres that father-in-law Nathan Dow had originally acquired as a 240 acre parcel in two deeds dated 6 September 1836. The Kirks purchased the farm in 1855 and 1856 from Martha’s brother, David Dow, who had obtained it from his siblings following Nathan Dow’s death. The 1870 U.S. census lists Daniel’s real estate valued at $6000 and his personal property at $5000. The farm was honored as a Hoosier Homestead Farm in 1979 and still belongs to a descendant.

The Kirks were devout Christians, belonging to the Lamb’s Creek Christian Church, where Daniel was a leader. With the exception of Charles, who removed to California, all of the Kirk children lived their entire lives in Indiana.

Submitted by:
Patricia Marsh Dow



John Alfred Riggins

John Alfred Riggins
b. 24 October 1798, North Carolina, to Charles Washington and Charlotte (Haithcock) Riggins
d. 4 March 1863, Jasper County, Illinois

m/1. 22 October 1822, Guilford County, North Carolina
Mary Ann Osborn

m/2. 27 April 1831, Guilford County, North Carolina
Patsy Lamar

m/3. 14 May 1840, Morgan County, Indiana
Franky Ford

Children with Mary Ann Osborn:
• Martin A. (b. 1823-aft. 1880) married Phebe J. Richey

Children with Patsy Lamar:
• Mary Ann (1830-1898) married James W. Crane
• Roxanna I. (1832-1912) married Arlindo Frazier
• Eunice C. (1836-1922) married John I. Guin

Children with Franky Ford:
• Milton (1842-1868) never married

John moved to Indiana in 1834 and lived in Gosport, Owen County, Indiana, and Martinsville, Morgan County, Indiana. He was a farmer and joined the Second Agricultural Society in 1851. Later that year, on 25 October, he won $3 for the best brood mare at the Society’s first fair.

He left Indiana in about 1855 for Jasper County, Illinois.

Submitted by:
Rhonda Dunn
Nashville IN

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

Francis Marion McShane

Francis Marion “Frank” McShane
b. 3 January 1841, Harrison Township, Dearborn County, Indiana, to Robert and Sarah (Shough) McShane
d. 13 October 1910, Gardner, Johnson County, Kansas

m. 27 December 1877, Martinsville, Morgan County, Indiana
Nora Rachel Cramer
b. 20 March 1856, Stanhope, New Jersey, to Lewis Putnam and Charity Amelia Cramer

Children with Nora Rachel Cramer:
• Lewis Leslie (1879-1955)
• Jesse Judson (b. 1881)
• Francis Marion (b. 1883)
• Harry Cramer (b. 1891)

Frank’s parents 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.

Frank enlisted in Company A, 68th Indiana Volunteer Infantry Regiment and served from 1863 to 1865. He was wounded twice during his military service. He moved to Morgan County after the war and worked as a teacher and in the timber business. In 1881, he moved to Johnson County, Kansas and became a farmer. His son, also named Francis Marion, died while attending Kansas University.

Submitted by:
Helen M. Bailey
Travelers Rest SC

Lillian Vance Wilson

Lillian Vance Wilson
b. 28 March 1863, Paragon, Morgan County, Indiana, to John and Marrietta (Farr) Wilson
d. 30 May 1933, Palouse, Whitman County, Washington

m. 30 November 1879, Mt. Pleasant, Gentry County, Missouri
Jacob Nelson Berry
b. 14 Aug. 1858, to James B. and Eleanor (Grantham) Berry
d. 9 May 1921, Palouse, Whitman County, Washington

Children with Jacob Nelson Berry:
• Bessie L. (1880-1971)
• Effie M. (1883-1966)
• Henry L. (1885-1889)
• Jesse W. (1886-1938)
• Leola L. (1888-1969)
• Mary E. (b. 1890)
• Cynthia B. (b. 1892)
• George W. (1894-1952)
• Joseph M. (1896-1946)
• Chester C. (b. 1889)
• Goldie E. (b. 1900)
• Rudolph (b. 1903)
• Theodore (b. 1905)

Lillian moved to Illinois about 1865. In 1880, she and Jacob were living with his brother in Nodaway County, Missouri. In 1882, they were in the Dakota Territory. They moved to Latch County, Idaho, in 1887 and to Whitman County, Washington, in 1919.

Submitted by:
Susan Bower Litzenberger
Pahrump NV

John N. Wilson

John N. Wilson
b. 30 September 1834, Paragon, Morgan County, Indiana, to Alex and Mary (Caut/Cott) Wilson
d. 22 January 1911, Stanberry, Gentry County, Missouri

m. 4 December 1860, Paragon, Morgan County, Indiana
Marrietta Farr
b. 5 March 1842, Paragon, Morgan County, Indiana, to James and Delilah (Jangue) Farr
d. 2 February 1927, Stanberry, Gentry County, Missouri

Children with Marrietta Farr:
• Maybell (b. 1862)
• Lillian Vance (1863-1933) married Jacob Nelson Berry
• Hattie/Harriett (b. 1865) married Barton Feadoria
• Minnie (b. 1867) married Abner Goodwine
• Annie (1867-1957) married William C. Miller
• Cynthia (b. 1873) married George Richardson
• Perry (b. 1876)
• Della Lynn (1878-1939) married (1) Dedgar Vance, (2) Jack Belknap
• Nellie (b. 1878) married William H. Leonard
• Julia Lee (1883-1973) married (1) William Louzhart, (2) Newell Thomas, (3) Eliza Gage

John’s family came to Indiana from Virginia shortly before he was born. They left the state for Illinois about 1864 and were in Missouri by 1883. He was a member of the 70th Regiment Indiana Volunteers and the 124th Regiment Indiana Volunteers in 1861.

Submitted by:
Susan Bower Litzenberger
Pahrump NV