Category Archives: Ohio County

Clayton William Batchelor

Clayton William Batchelor
birth: 4 Mar 1898, Ohio County (near Rising Sun), Indiana to George McClellan Batchelor and Mary Elizabeth “Lizzie” Knipfer
death: 20 Feb 1999, Lawrenceburg, Dearborn, IN
burial: Riverview Cemetery (Sec. KK, Row 3, Grave 9), Aurora, Dearborn, IN

marriage: 16 June 1923, Aurora, Dearborn, IN
Minnie Belle Goodrich
birth: 5 March 1898, Harrison, Hamilton, OH to Charles Albert Goodrich and Martha Jane Peters
death: 16 Oct 1988, Lawrenceburg, Dearborn, IN
burial: Riverview Cemetery (Sec. KK, Row 3, Grave 10), Aurora, Dearborn, IN

Children of Minnie Belle Goodrich and Clayton William Batchelor:

  • Phyllis Anne Batchelor, b: 3 Dec 1928, m: (1) Stanley E. Watson (4 daughters), (2) James B. Hickey (no children together), d: 29 Dec 2012
  • Daughter Batchelor, b: 1924, Living

Clayton William Batchelor Lived In:

  • 1898 – About 1900: Ohio County (near Rising Sun), IN
  • 1900 – June 1916: Raised in Petersburg, Boone, KY
  • June 1916 – July 1919: Enlisted in the U.S. Army & served in Columbus, OH; Savannah, Georgia; & France
  • July 1919: Settled in Aurora, Dearborn, IN after return from WW I & military discharge
  • Aug 1989: Death in Lawrenceburg, Dearborn, IN

Other Information:

Clayton was the 5th of seven children born to a Kentucky farmer and his wife, George and Lizzie. Lizzie was a first generation child of a couple who had immigrated with their parents from Germany around 1850. His mother died when he was eleven years old and he was not fond of his stepmother.  He was also not fond of life on the farm.

He enlisted in the U.S. Army on 23 Jun 1916 at Columbus Barracks in Columbus, Ohio. He lied about his age – said he was twenty-two.  He wanted to serve in Mexico but, instead, was sent to Savannah, Georgia.  His outfit was Battery A or Battery E of the 34th Artillery Brigade, 64th Regiment CAC (Coast Artillery Corps); heavy artillery- 8″ Howitzers and French 75’s. Clayton was trained as an instructor on the French 75’s.  On 14 July 1918, he and his fellow soldiers shipped out from Hoboken, New Jersey on a thirteen-day trip to Liverpool, England.  Clayton said that he vomited only one meal during the trip. From Liverpool, they went to South Hampton from where they traveled across the English Channel to Le Havre and on to St. Nazaire and Angers. When crossing the English Channel, the third ship in his group was bombed. That night, LeHavre was attacked.

His outfit was still in training when they arrived in France.  Clayton said they usually had cooks who made regular meals for them, but for emergency rations, they ate hard tack: crackers and canned beef. On Thanksgiving Day (28 Nov) in 1918, he broke ice on the Loire River to take a bath. He was at the Metz Artillery Center, at the front, when the armistice was signed. He got drunk the night after the armistice was signed – bought champagne for $2.50 a quart. He said it wasn’t too cold in France, that he’d been billeted for a couple of months with a French family, and that he liked the French better than the English.

On 11 Feb 1919, Clayton left France from St. Nazaire on the USS Huron. The ship traveled through the Azores on the way back to the United States. He said he got seasick and vomited most of his meals. He also ran into an old friend from Petersburg on board — a Navy mess chef named Frank. He ate all the rest of his meals with the Navy guys. They hit a huge storm and lost four men overboard before they managed to get all the hatches closed. They landed at Newport News, VA on 24 February 1919.

He was discharged from the Army on 1 Jul 1919, after his father wrote a letter saying he was needed on the family farm. He arrived home at the Split Rock farm outside Petersburg, KY on 4 July 1919.  By July 15th, he was living with his sister and brother-in-law in Aurora, IN  and working for Royer Wheel Company.  After the wheel company closed, Clayton got a job as a baker apprentice at Huff’s Bakery in Aurora.  He also worked for the Dearborn Bakery in Aurora, the Domestic Baking Company in Lawrenceburg, and the  Dillsboro Bakery.  He then owned his own bakery in Aurora. He finally had to give up the bakery business after he got asthma from all the flour.

Clayton was first elected to public office in 1933 as city councilman in Aurora.  Around 1934, Clayton served as acting mayor of Aurora. Although asked to do so frequently over the years, he refused to run for mayor because he was ashamed of his lack of education. Nonetheless, he held several other elective offices during his lifetime: city councilman (twelve years), chair and precinct chair of the Aurora Democratic Party (twelve years), county councilman, and chair of the city park board. The pavilion in the Aurora City Park was named after him to honor his many years of service.  He joined the Aurora Chamber of Commerce, serving as a director for eighteen years and as president for five years. In 1987, he was made a lifetime director of the Chamber.  Clayton was a lifelong, active member of the Democratic Party in Indiana. He was well-known in the party as a good fundraiser and as the person to know in Dearborn County if you were running in any kind of statewide election.

After he sold the bakery, he was employed as police officer and fire fighter for Joseph E. Seagrams & Sons, Inc., in Lawrenceburg,  from 1936 to 1964. He worked for them first doing construction on a new plant, but then moved on to their Police Department and, finally, to their Fire Department, before returning to the Police Department to stay. Most of his employment was with their Police Department. During his tenure with Seagrams, he was promoted to sergeant, 1st sergeant and midnight chief.

In 1964, Clayton was appointed by Indiana Governor Mathew Welsh to manage the state motor vehicle licensing station in Aurora.  He managed the Aurora License Branch for eight years.

After his wife died in 1988, Clayton moved into an assisted living facility and then a nursing home in Lawrenceburg.  His family and friends celebrated his 100th birthday with him on 7 March 1998.  He was Dearborn County’s last living veteran of World War I.  The various veterans groups honored him for his service and most of the local elected officials, including Indiana U.S. Senator Lee Hamilton, attended the event and spoke about his many years of public service.  He enjoyed the party immensely.

Clayton died not quite a year later, three weeks short of his 101st birthday.  He was buried with his wife in Aurora’s Riverview Cemetery.

Submitted by:
Martha Watson
Email: aunthoot@gmail.com

Joseph Ward Talbott

Joseph Ward Talbott
b. 17 June 1876, Rising Sun, Ohio County, Indiana, to John Ulrey and Mary Jane (Williamson) Talbott
d. 14 December 1960, Russell County, Kansas

m. 18 December 1901, Russell County, Kansas
Elva Mitchell
d. May 1932

Children with Elva Mitchell:
• Zelda
• Joseph C.
• Mary Ann married [—?—] Schmitt
• Mildred married [—?—] Nye
• Betty Jo married [—?—] Jahn
• Joan married [—?—] Sechtem
• Edna Mae married [—?—] Wakefield
• Barbara married [—?—] Brown
• Frederick
• Marvin
• Mitchell Kenneth
• Bina married Doran R. Dole

Joseph moved from Ohio County, Indiana, to Russell County, Kansas, about 1900. He farmed for a number of years in the Kennebec Community south of the Smoky River, then lived in Bunker Hill, before retiring to Russell. He was the grandfather of 1996 Republican presidential candidate Robert J. Dole.

Submitted by:
John S. Dorrell
Indianapolis IN
E-mail: jsdorrell@cs.com

Hannah M. Sampson

Hannah M. Sampson
b. 10 September 1807, Onondaga County, New York, to Seth and Eunice (Hopkinson) Sampson
d. 1 June 1866, Tamoroa, Perry County, Illinois

m. 4 November 1832, Rising Sun, Ohio County, Indiana
James Richard Wade
b. 18 September 1808, Ohio to Elisha and [–?–] Wade
d. 3 March 1867, Tamoroa, Perry County, Illinois

Children with James Richard Wade:
• Lorena L.
• Rebecca Jane
• Caleb S.
• Hannah P.
• William
• Benjamin F.

Hannah came to Switzerland County, Indiana, in February 1816. Her parents bought land north of Patriot in Switzerland County where they farmed and had a fruit orchard. Hannah taught school. The family left Switzerland County, Indiana for Perry County, Illinois, after 1850. Two of her sons died in the Civil War within a few months of each other, one at Vicksburg and one in Andersonville Prison. Hannah died soon thereafter.

Submitted by:
Dale Davidson Harguess
Huntington Beach CA
E-mail: dharguess@coastline.edu

Willard Theodore Bascom

Willard Theodore Bascom
b. 4 Jan 1868, Rising Sun, Ohio County, Indiana to Robert Bruce Bascom and Olive Bovard
d. 30 Mar 1834, Hamilton, Butler County, Ohio
bur. Bovard Cemetery, Cotton Township, Switzerland County, Indiana

Willard and Susan Bascom gravestone

Willard and Susan Bascom gravestone

m. 28 May 1891, Switzerland County, Indiana
Susan “Susie” Sanders
b. 14 Mar 1870, Indiana to George W. Sanders and Sarah Jane Dunning
d. 16 Jan 1927, Hamilton County, Butler County, Ohio
bur. Bovard Cemetery, Cotton Township, Switzerland County, Indiana

Children with Susan Sanders:

  • Dewey Francis Bascom (1898–1975), m. Alice Susan Hillis
  • George Robert Bascom (1902–1990), m. Mary Starkey
  • infant daughter (died before 1900)

After their marriage, Willard and Susan lived in Cass Township, Ohio County, Indiana; Center Township, Dearborn County, Indiana; Aurora, Dearborn County, Indiana; and Hamilton, Butler County, Ohio, where they died. They were buried in Bovard Cemetery in Cotton Township, Switzerland County, Indiana.

Submitted by:
Tina Lyons (genwishlist@gmail.com)
Fort Wayne, IN

Isaac C Bovard

Isaac C. Bovard
b. 31 Oct 1817 at Hamilton County, Ohio to Robert Bovard and Margaret McGarvey
d. 27 Jun 1872
bur. Bovard Cemetery, Cotton Township, Switzerland County, Indiana

Isaac C Bovard gravestone

Isaac C Bovard gravestone

m. 26 May 1844 at Dearborn County, Indiana
Ursula Shepherd
b. 14 Sept 1825 at Dearborn County, Indiana to James M. Shepherd and Jane Ricketts
d. 24 May 1892
bur. Bovard Cemetery, Cotton Township, Switzerland County, Indiana

Ursula Bovard gravestone

Ursula Bovard gravestone

Children with Ursula Shepherd:

  • Olive Bovard (1847–1926), m. Robert Bruce Bascom
  • Elwood Bovard (1851–1922), m. Phoeba Ricketts
  • Coleman Bovard (1856–1935), m. Sarah Elizabeth Manford
  • Juliana Lorraine Bovard (1858–1939), m. William P. McHenry
  • Viola Bovard (1863–1954), m. James Harvey Barker

Isaac C. Bovard moved with his family shortly after his birth to Indiana from Hamilton County, Ohio. By 1820 the family was living in Dearborn County, Indiana, where Isaac’s future wife, Ursula, was born and raised. After their marriage, Isaac and Ursula lived in Cass Township, Ohio County, Indiana, until their deaths.

Submitted by:
Tina Lyons (genwishlist@gmail.com)
Fort Wayne, IN

Olive Bovard

Olive Bovard
b. 22 Feb 1847 at Aberdeen, Ohio County, Indiana to Isaac C. Bovard and Ursula Shepherd
d. 10 Dec 1926 at Cass, Ohio County, Indiana
bur. Littlefield Cemetery, Cotton, Switzerland County, Indiana

Robert Bruce, Olive and Jessie Bascom gravestone

Robert Bruce, Olive and Jessie Bascom gravestone

m. 4 Nov 1866 Ohio County, Indiana
Robert Bruce Bascom 
b. 3 Nov 1839 at Switzerland County, Indiana to Carley H. Bascom and Elizabeth Potter
d. 10 Mar 1907 at Ohio County, Indiana
bur. Littlefield Cemetery, Cotton, Switzerland County, Indiana

Children with Robert Bruce Bascom:

  • Williard Theodore Bascom (4 Jan 1868-30 Mar 1934) m. Susan Sanders (1870-1927)
  • Alice Luella Bascom (3 Mar 1869-19 Feb 1960) m1. John W. Cochran; m2. Benjamin Franklin Vanosdal (1859-1924)
  • Catherine Bascom (20 Aug 1871-)
  • Jessie Florence Bascom (7 Mar 1873-19 Oct 1904)
  • Josephine Bascom (29 Feb 1876-1964) m. Willard S. Tyler (1867-1940)
  • Grace Gertrude Bascom ( 6 Mar 1880-13 May 1929) m. Albert Conner (1870-1945)
  • Charlotte Bascom (1 May 1883-) m. William G. Miller (1880-)
  • Martha Bascom (18 Jul 1887-20 Feb 1952) m. Reuben Kittle (1884-1963)
  • Mary E. Bascom (18 Jul 1887-1973) m. John Dennis (1885-1961)

Olive was the second wife of Robert Bruce Bascom. She was born in Ohio County, Indiana to Isaac C. Bovard and Ursula Shepherd. Olive lived in Ohio County all of her life and had nine children with Robert.

Submitted by:
Tina Lyons
Fort Wayne, IN
E-mail: genwishlist@gmail.com

Robert Bruce Bascom

Robert Bruce Bascom
b. 3 Nov 1839 at Switzerland County, Indiana to Carley H. Bascom and Elizabeth Potter
d. 10 Mar 1907 at Ohio County, Indiana
bur. Littlefield Cemetery, Cotton Township, Switzerland County, Indiana

Robert Bruce, Olive and Jessie Bascom gravestone

Robert Bruce, Olive and Jessie Bascom gravestone

m/1. 1 Mar 1863 Switzerland County, Indiana
Margaret Littlefield
b. 25 Dec 1839 Indiana to Harvey Littlefield and Mary Ann Bovard
d. 15 May 1866
bur. Bovard Cemetery, Cotton Township, Switzerland County, Indiana

m/2. 4 Nov 1866 Ohio County, Indiana
Olive Bovard
b. 22 Feb 1847 Ohio County, Indiana to Isaac C. Bovard and Ursula Shepherd
d. 10 Dec 1926 Cass Township, Ohio County, Indiana
bur. Littlefield Cemetery, Cotton Township, Switzerland County, Indiana

Children with Margaret Littlefield:

  • Edward H. Bascom (6 Mar 1864-21 Mar 1944) m. Jennie L. Myers (1866-1951)

Children with Olive Bovard:

  • Willard Theodore Bascom (4 Jan 1868-30 Mar 1934) m. Susan Sanders (1870-1927) May 1891
  • Alice Luella Bascom (3 Mar 1869-19 Feb 1960) m1. John W. Cochran; m2. Benjamin Franklin Vanosdal (1859-1924)
  • Catherine Bascom (20 Aug 1871-)
  • Jessie Florence Bascom (7 Mar 1873-19 Oct 1904)
  • Josephine Bascom (29 Feb 1876-1964) m. Willard S. Tyler (1867-1940)
  • Grace Gertrude Bascom ( 6 Mar 1880-13 May 1929) m. Albert Conner (1870-1945)
  • Charlotte Bascom (1 May 1883-) m. William G. Miller (1880-)
  • Martha Bascom (18 Jul 1887-20 Feb 1952) m. Reuben Kittle (1884-1963)
  • Mary E. Bascom (18 Jul 1887-1973) m. John Dennis (1885-1961)

Robert Bruce Bascom was born in Switzerland County, Indiana in 1839 to Carley H. Bascom and Elizabeth Potter. He enlisted as a musician in the company band of the 16th Indiana Infantry. He mustered out on 23 May 1862 in Washington, D.C.

He first married Margaret Littlefield on 1 Mar 1863 in Switzerland County. Margaret died on 15 May 1866. They had one child, Edward H. Bascom. On 4 November 1866, Robert married Olive Bovard in Ohio County, Indiana. Olive was born in 1847 and was the daughter of Isaac C. Bovard and Ursula Shepherd. Robert and Olive had nine children and lived in Ohio County where Robert worked as a farmer and dry goods merchant.

Robert died on 10 Mar 1907 in Ohio County. Olive died many years later, in 1926, also in Ohio County. They were buried in Littlefield Cemetery in Switzerland County, Indiana, along with their daughter, Jessie Florence Bascom.

Submitted by:
Tina Lyons
Fort Wayne, IN
E-mail: genwishlist@gmail.com