Category Archives: Parke County

George Lewis Newman

George Lewis Newman
b. 22 September 1824, Ohio
d. 9 December 1906, Leighton, Iowa

m. 27 March 1851, Iowa
Rebecca Chew
b. 23 December 1832, Parke County, Indiana
d. 20 February 1930, Knoxville, Iowa

Children with Rebecca Chew:
• Emily
• Harriet
• John
• Minerva
• Mary
• Sarah
• James
• Charles
• Franklin
• Sylvester
• Anna

George left by wagon train in 1852 from Montezuma, Parke County, Indiana, for Attica, Iowa.

Submitted by:
Harriett Miller
Midland MI

Martha Murphy

Martha Murphy
b. 20 December 1794, Berkley County, Virginia, to James and Phoebe (Wallingford) Murphy
d. 22 December 1845, Jefferson County, Iowa

m. Kentucky
William Bennett
b. July 1781
d. 17 August 1831, Parke County, Indiana

Children with William Bennett:
• Mary Blue (d. in infancy)
• Hannah (1813-1814)
• Amy (b. 1814)
• John Saulter (b. 1817)
• David Blue (1820-1820)
• Calvin Asbury (b. 1822)
• Benjamin Reeder (b. 1825)
• Pressley Toler (b. 1827)
• Sarah (b. 1830)

Phoebe Wallingford, Martha’s mother, survived her husband James Murphy and married David Blue. Martha was raised as Martha Blue, but not being of that blood line, she is in the record of the blood line of Wallingford.

Submitted by:
Helene Nevins Fennessy
Corpus Christi TX

David Clinton Moore

David Clinton Moore
b. 10 July 1847, Howard Township, Parke County, Indiana, to John S. and Barbara A. (Lowe/Lough) Moore
d. 2 June 1919, Fort Dodge (Dodge City), Kansas

m. 14 April 1872, Danville, Illinois
Charlotte E. Johns
b. 26 March 1849, Terre Haute, Vigo County, Indiana
d. 2 August 1929, Topeka, Shawnee County, Kansas

Children with Charlotte E. Johns:
• Emma Norah (1872/73-1872)
• Ella Zora (1874-1913) married George Reynolds
• Thomas Clinton (1877-1949)
• Fred David (1883-1930/1931)

In 1862, David moved to Cain Township, Fountain County, and by 1889 he was living in Chicago. David was in the 116th Regiment, Company C, Indiana Volunteers during the Civil War. He was a member of GAR in Fort Dodge and Topeka, Kansas.

Submitted by:
Patricia Moore Althaus
Johnson City TX
E-mail: althaus@moment.net

James McMains

James McMains
b. about 1808, Woodford County, Kentucky, to Andrew P. and Sarah (Haddon) McMains
d. Indianola, Iowa

m. 1844
Catherine Sears
b. Monroe County, Indiana, to David and Catherine Sears
d. 14 January 1884, Jefferson County, Iowa

Children with Catherine Sears:
• Manerva
• Malissa A. married David Wertfall
• Lydia

James came to Indiana sometime between 1810 and 1820 from Woodford County, Kentucky, and lived in Lawrence, Parke, and Putnam counties. He was educated in a one-room log school. In 1837, along with his brother, John, and with one horse to ride between them, the brothers headed out to the Iowa Territory, nine years before Iowa became a state.

In 1851, James drove an ox team to California to take part in the Gold Rush there, taking six months to complete the journey. After spending two years working up and down the California and Oregon coasts, James returned to Iowa by way of the Isthmus of Panama, having walked across the isthmus.

Submitted by:
Evelyn Stiles
Winnipeg Manitoba Canada

Isaac McCoy

Isaac McCoy
b. 13 June 1784, Uniontown, Fayette County, Pennsylvania, to William H. and Elizabeth (Rice) McCoy
d. 21 June 1846, Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky

m. 6 October 1803, Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky
Christiana Polk
b. 12 November 1784, Nelson County, Kentucky, to Charles and Delilah (Tyler) Polk
d. 6 August 1850, Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri

Children with Christiana Polk:
• Mahala (1804-1818)
• Rice (1807-1833)
• Josephus (1808-1831)
• Delilah (1809-1844) married Johnston Lykins
• John Calvin (1811-1889) married (1) Virginia Chick, (2) Elizabeth Woodson
• Elizabeth (1813-1822)
• Sarah (1815-1835) married (1) Thomas Jefferson Givens, (2) Thomas Gilens
• Christiana (1817-1837) married William Ward
• Nancy Judson (1819-1850)
• Eleanor (1821-1839) married Husband Dononue
• Maria Staunton (1823-1824)
• Isaac (1825-1849) married Martha Stone
• Charles Rice (1827-1831)
• infant (1831)

The family moved to near Sellersburg, Clark County, in the Indiana Territory in 1804. Later, they moved to Vincennes, Knox County, where Isaac was a spinning wheel maker and a jailer. In 1805, they moved back to Clark County, where he was licensed as a Baptist minister. Isaac served at Mariah Creek Church in Knox County, starting in October 1810. In 1818, he established an Indian mission north of Terre Haute near Montezuma on Raccoon Creek in Parke County. In 1820 he went to Fort Wayne in Allen County to establish a church for Indians; Christiana had a school that taught spinning and weaving. In 1828, Isaac was appointed a member of the commission to arrange the removal of Indians to reservations in Kansas. He and two sons moved to the Kansas City, Missouri area. In 1843, Isaac returned to Indiana where he was appointed Secretary and General Agent for the Indiana Mission Association of Louisville, Kentucky.

Isaac wrote a book on the white man’s attempt to Christianize the Indians in 1840. A memorial book Early Indian Missions by W.N. Wyeth tells of the lives and mission work of Rev. and Mrs. McCoy. Many of his writings are in the Isaac McCoy Collection of the Kansas Historical Society. The towns of Niles and Grand Rapids, Michigan were originally McCoy Indian Missions.

Submitted by:
Christie Hill Russell
Paris IL
E-mail: christie@cartar.com

John Homer Lee

John Homer Lee
b. 31 August 1849, Knoxville, Jefferson County, Ohio, to William (1829-1909) and Mary A. (1829-1912) (Adams) Lee
d. 20 December 1898, Harrisburg, Saline County, Illinois

m/1. 9 March 1873, Rockville, Parke County, Indiana
Rebecca Adaline Mitchell
b. 30 December 1845, Parke County, Indiana, to William Durrow (1818-1898) and Sarah Foster (1818-1857) (Martin) Mitchell
d. 9 January 1879, Harrisburg, Saline County, Illinois

m/2.
Julia Dove Cain

Children with Rebecca Adaline Mitchell:
• James William Reeder (1874-1896)
• Barthenia Rose (b. 1875) married Asa Parker
• John Baker (1877-1955) married Dollie Dorris

Children with Julia Dove Cain:
• Harry Caine (1888-1959) married Beatrice Crabtree

John came to Monroe County, Indiana, from Rockville, Jefferson County, Ohio, in 1869 with his parents and siblings. He left from Parke County, Indiana, to Mitchelsville, Saline County, Illinois, in 1877. He was a doctor in Harrisburg, Illinois. John served in Company G, 13th Regiment of Ohio Cavalry during the Civil War; his papers list his name as Homer J. Lee.

Submitted by:
Susan Lee Cook
San Diego CA

Charlotte E. Johns

Charlotte E. “Lottie” Johns
b. 26 March 1849, Terre Haute, Vigo County, Indiana, to Rennie W. and Nancy (Lowe/Lough) Johns, Sr.
d. 2 August 1929, Topeka, Shawnee County, Kansas

m. 14 April 1872, Danville, Illinois
David Clinton Moore
b. 10 July 1847, Howard Township, Parke County, Indiana
d. 2 June 1919, Fort Dodge (Dodge City), Kansas

Children with David Clinton Moore:
• Emma Norah (1872/3-1875)
• Ella Zora (1874-1913) married George Reynolds
• Thomas Clinton (1877-1949)
• Fred David (1883-1930/1)

David Moore served in the 116th Regiment, Company C, Indiana Volunteers, July 1863-March 1864. He was a member of the Grand Army of the Republic, and Charlotte was a member of the Woman’s Relief Corps Auxiliary to the GAR. She was also a member of Eastern Star.

Submitted by:
Patricia Moore Althaus
Johnson City TX
E-mail: althaus@moment.net