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John Alton

John Alton
birth: 22 May 1759, Baltimore, MD to Joseph Alton and Mary Buckley
death: 18 Jul 1823, Palmyra Twp., Knox Co., IN
burial: Alton Cemetery, Palmyra Twp., Knox Co., IN

marriage: 1784 in Pennsylvania Catherine Adams birth: 17 Jun 1764, Knox Co., IN to George W. Adams and Polly death:  28 Nov 1820, Knox Co., IN burial: Alton Cemetery, Palmyra Twp., Knox Co., IN

Children of John Alton and Catherine Adams:

  • Benjamin Alton, m. Bellannar Johnson 21 Sep 1820 at Knox Co., IN
  • Joseph Alton, b. 21 Mar 1785 at PA, d. 21 Aug 1858, Knox Co., IN, m. Rachel Jones, 25 Apr 1810
  • Mary Alton, b. 1787 at PA, d. before 1833, m. George Stipes, c.1810
  • Samuel Alton, b. about 1793, d. before 25 Jan 1816, m. Salley Neel
  • Cynthia Alton, b. about 1798 at Lick Creek, Pike Co., KY, d. before 1780, m. David Ritchey, 23 Jan 1816 in Knox Co., IN
  • John Alton, b. 25 Jul 1799 in PA, d. 17 May 1866 at Knox Co., IN, m. Margaret Barekman, 28 Oct 1829, Knox Co., IN
  • William H. Alton, b. 31 Jan 1805 in PA, d. 8 Dec 1781 at Knox Co., IN, m. Martha Jane Van Camp, 28 Jan 1838, Pike Co., IN
  • James Alton, b. 16 Oct 1815, Fayette Co., PA, d. June 1842, Knox Co., IN, m. Keziah Hisic, 4 Oct 1840 at Pike Co., IN

John Alton lived In:

1805- Until his death: Knox County, Indiana

He also lived in Maryland and Pennsylvania

Other Information:

“John Alton was born on May 22, 1759 in Baltimore County, Maryland. He and his younger brother, Benjamin, were farmers and soldiers serving together in the Pennsylvania Rangers on the Frontier. John also served in the Whiskey Rebellion and at Tippecanoe. On March 18, 1778, John Alton signed a Loyalty Oath in Harford County, Maryland, in the Worshipful Mordacai Amos’s Returns in which he swore to the Oath “I do swear that I do not hold myself bound to yield to any allegiance or obedience to George the Third, King of Great Britain … ” (NOTE: This document is held by the Maryland Archives and may be seen at the Maryland Hall of Records in Annapolis, Maryland). In 1782, John Alton served as a Private in the Pennsylvania Rangers on the Frontier in Captain John Dean’s Company in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, with his brother Benjamin during Colonel Crawford’s disastrous expedition against the Indians at Sandusky. He was a Private in Captain John Wall’s Second Battalion in 1782, and, later, Corporal in Captain Bazel Bowel’s Company of Pennsylvania Militia in Fayette County in 1791. At the battle of Tippecanoe in 1811, he was William Henry Harrison’s wagonmaster. John Alton married Catherine Adams in 1784 in Fayette County, Pennsylvania. They had 8 children. He migrated to Vincennes, Knox County, Indiana, in 1805. John died in Knox County, Indiana on July 18, 1823.”  — Mike Chapman and Carolyn Chapman, “KinNextions: Family Tree,” (http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~gochapman/ : accessed 15 April 2017), ID: I19194, John Alton; used with author’s permission.

His will, which was proved on September 15, 1823, bequeathed 400 acres of land in Donation No. 29 to his children: Mary (Alton) Stipes, James Alton, Joseph Alton, and William Alton. His body was interred in the Alton family cemetery located in Old Donation No. 29 six miles from Vincennes.

Collected by Mrs. S. G. Davenport, Vincennes, Indiana:
Married – 1784, Catherine Adams, b. 1764. Ch. Joseph (1785- 1858) m. Rachel Jones; John b. 1799; Cynthia (1798-1867) m. David Richey; Mary, m. George Stipes; William, m. Jane ___; James b. 1815. All these names taken from Will and dates from cemetery (Note: Alton, Knox Co., IN)

Other Sources:
Year: 1790; Census Place: German, Fayette, Pennsylvania; Series: M637; Roll: 8; Page: 32; Image: 579; Family History Library Film: 0568148

Maryland, Compiled Census and Census Substitutes Index, 1772-1890
In 1778 Oath of Fidelity

Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission; Records of the Office of the Comptroller General, RG-4; Tax & Exoneration Lists, 1762-1794; Microfilm Roll: 327 Year 1786 John Alton living in Menallen, Fayette, PA

Year: 1800; Census Place: German, Fayette, Pennsylvania; Series: M32; Roll: 38; Page: 530; Image: 220; Family History Library Film: 363341

Pennsylvania, Revolutionary War Battalions and Militia Index, 1775-1783
Vol 2 page 719.

Pennsylvania, Septennial Census, 1779-1863 for year 1800 residing in German, Fayette, PA

Find A Grave Memorial# 14003374 shows a military marker:
John Alton
Pennsylvania
Westmoreland Co Mil
Revolutionary War
May 22, 1759 July 18, 1823

Submitted by:
Dee Schlesser
Email: mama.dee@twc.com

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James Morton Stafford

James Morton Stafford
birth: 25 Nov 1876 in Daviess Co., IN to Mahlon James Stafford (1849-1908) and Nancy Emeline Wallace (1848-1891)
death: 5 Jan 1957 at Washington, Daviess Co., IN
burial: Mount Olivet Cumberland Presbyterian Cemetery, Washington, Daviess Co., IN

marriage: 23 Dec 1894 at Glendale, Daviess Co., IN
Flora Lenora “Nora” Horrell
birth: 18 Nov 1878, Daviess Co., IN to John Coleman Horrell (1857-1919) and Lucinda Angeline Steen (1858-1925)
death: 5 Aug 1948, Daviess Co., IN
burial: Mount Olivet Cumberland Presbyterian Cemetery, Washington, Daviess Co., IN

James Morton Stafford and Nora Horrell on their wedding day, 1894James Stafford on his Wedding Day Nora Horrell Stafford, Wedding Day

           

 

 

 

 

 

 

Children of James Morton Stafford and Flora Lenora “Nora” Horrell:

  • James Alva Stafford, b. 6 Aug 1896 at Daviess Co., IN, d. 17 Sep 1983 at Berea, Madison Co., KY, m. Vinnie “Olive” Edwards
  • Harley Douglas Starfford, b. 19 Jan 1898 at Daviess Co., IN, d. 18 May 1978 at Petersburg, Pike Co., IN, m. (1) Alma Margaret Brown, (2) Lolita C. Crow
  • John Mahlon Stafford, b. 2 Mar 1900 at Dubois Co., IN, d. 1900, likely in Dubois Co., IN
  • Ralph Mahlon Stafford, b. 2 mar 1900 at Dubois Co., IN, d. 27 Apr 1995 at Washington, Daviess Co., IN, m. Anna Ethel Vance
  • Sadie Elsie Stafford, b. 20 Sep 1901 at Daviess Co., IN, d. 25 Sep 1995, Washington, Daviess Co., IN, m. Martin Luther Allison
  • Esta Emeline Stafford, b. 11 Dec 1905 in Pike Co., IN, d. 5 Oct 1994, Washington, Daviess Co., IN, m. Gene Riker
  • Lucille Irene Stafford, b. 10 Jun 1907 in Pike Co., IN, d. 3 Sep 1935, Washington, Daviess Co., IN
  • Nellie Glenn Stafford, b. 29 Nov 1908 at Washington Twp, Pike Co., IN, d. 3 Feb 1994 at Columbus, Bartholomew Co., IN, m. Herbert John Miller
  • Marie Frances Stafford, b. 25 Oct 1911 at Pike Co., IN, d. 22 Jan 1924 at Veale Twp, Daviess Co., IN
  • Eva Viola Stafford, b. 20 Apr 1912 at Gillett, Arkansas Co., AK, d. 4 Jun 2001 at Jasper, Dubois Co., IN, m. Dale Burris Alford
  • Donald Stafford, b/d. 25 Feb 1914 at Daviess Co., IN
  • Edna Lorena Stafford, b. 3 Mar 1915 at Veale Twp, Daviess Co., IN, d. 10 Jan 1971 at Kankakee, IL, m. (1) Norman Aultman Sharum, (2) William Yarbourgh
  • Lena Nova Stafford, b. 26 Apr 1918 at Veale Twp, Daviess Co., IN, d. 25 Jun 2013 at Washington, Daviess Co., IN, m. James Nelson Martin
  • Dorothy Stafford, b./d. 16 May 1920 at in Veale Twp, Daviess Co., IN

James Morton Stafford Lived In:

  • 1876- Daviess County, Indiana
  • 1880- Clay County, Illinois
  • 1881- Knox County, Indiana
  • 1884- Wheatland, Indiana
  • 1900- Dubois County, Indiana
  • 1901- Union, Indiana
  • 1903- Hazelton, Indiana
  • 1903- Petersburg, Indiana
  • 1910- Pike County, Indiana
  • 1911- Blackburn, Indiana
  • 1915- Washington, Indiana
  • 1920- Veal Twp, Daviess County, Indiana

Other Information:

James Morton Stafford was a mail carrier, a horse breeder, a Presbyterian circuit riding Minister, a miner, an entrepreneur, an inventor with several patents and an author. James held the following patents:

• 740995 Non Refillable Bottle 6 Oct 1903
• 753930 Fire Escape 8 Mar 1904
• 761868 Wrench 7 Jun 1904
• 785186 Coffin 21 Mar 1905
• 806756 Apparatus for Preserving the Dead 5 Dec 1905
• 875567 Mold For Glass Caskets, and Similar 31 Dec 1907
• 930242 Focusing Light Producer 3 Aug 1909
• 1203926 Water Elevator 7 Nov 1916
• 1204605 Device for Locating and Raising Ships 14 Nov 1916
• 1205806 Wood Sawing Machine 21 Nov 1916
• 1207651 Gate Opener 5 Dec 1916
• 1225072 Current Motor 8 May 1917

James rejected an offer of one million dollars for his non-refillable bottle from James Pepper, a whisky distiller of Louisville, Kentucky because as a minister, he did not believe in contributing to the consumption of alcohol.

In 1906, James invented the worlds largest egg incubator which at the time could hold over 2000 eggs. Apparently, no patent was applied for. He managed to strike natural gas in Petersburg and was awarded a contract to supply city of Petersburg a portion of his natural gas find for 25 years. The original purpose of the gas well was to supply gas to fire his glass factory in Petersburg where he intended to manufacture his famed glass coffin. In 1920 the Rev. Stafford owned and operated a family coal mine south of Washington, Indiana supplying coal to that city.

In 1934, the Rev. Stafford shocked the American political scene, announcing that he was considering running for President of the United States. At that time, he was the supreme commander of the Golden Rule Party and party members had rallied to support him, with claims of more than 20,000,000 votes. Newspaper headlines across America read, ” Republicans Ahoy! Man is Loose With 20,000,000 Votes”, “Glass Coffin Inventor Has Eyes On Presidency”, “Indiana Pastor Expects to be the Next President”. It is unclear if he indeed ran for this nation’s highest office, but the headlines can still be found in many newspapers from that year.

Tipton Tribune, 23 April 1934presidential-aspirations-tipton-tribune-23-apr-1934

One of the more interesting aspects of his life was that he loved the automobile. In 1903 he purchased a Zentmobile from the Single Center Buggy Company of Evansville, Indiana. He wrote a check for $750 and the first car in Pike County, Indiana was soon to create a storm. He wrote a story about his escapades with the vehicle and was later instrumental in helping Indiana develop the framework for the rules of the road for the Hoosier state.

Rev. Stafford was heavily involved in the Temperance Movement in the early 1900’s. He worked hard to affect public opinion by organizing and then canvassing the many townships in Pike County, Indiana. He circulated a petition calling on lawmakers to hold a separate elections from all other issues in order to better control the manufacture and sale of intoxicants as merely a beverage.

In April of 1911, Rev Stafford, who at that time was living near Blackburn, Indiana, completed a houseboat. He utilized his automobile to propel the house boat which also towed and additional raft with supplies for his family. He started down the White River with plans to connect to the Ohio River and then navigate to the Mississippi. His plans were to promote his latest invention the light focusing projector to towns along the way and ultimately to end up in New Orleans. He only made it as far as Arkansas, where his daughter Eva Viola was born a year later in 1912.

The Rev. Stafford had quite a following. He was known to not to pass out a collection plate, but rather to share a portion of his wealth with his followers instead. As a circuit riding minister, he routinely helped the needy among his followers, especially during the post depression era. He authored at least two books with deeply religions overtones, on how to solve many of America’s problems. In fact, he composed a paper which was dispatched to president Roosevelt requesting consideration of his ideas to be incorporated as a constitutional amendment, which was designed to help America prosper. Roosevelt’s secretary indicated that the proposal was under consideration. Undoubtedly, it ended up in the round file.

James Morton Stafford was a forward thinking individual who developed his own ideas to link with the future, helping change the way American people would live their lives. He examined his existence and found ways to improve how he and others could better cope with the world at that time. His ideas may not have been absorbed into mainstream America, but the history of his contributions to Daviess County, to Indiana and to the United States, should not be forgotten.

James Morton Stafford and Nora Horrell Stafford, 1934
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Submitted by:
Phillip L. Martin
Email: philyroyce@gmail.com

George Christopher Chamberlain

George Christopher Chamberlain
birth: 12 May 1816 in New York
death: 6 Nov 1899, Pike, Co., IN
burial: Mount Zion Cemetery, near Monroe City, Knox, IN

1st marriage: 13 Feb 1839, Knox Co., IN
Ophelia Cressa Stipe
birth: 1818, in Indiana to George Stipes and Mary Alton
death: 5 Jan 1862, in Palmyra Twp, Knox Co., IN
burial: Alton Cemetery, Palmyra Twp, Knox Co., IN

2nd marriage: about 1863
Lucretia D. (Myers) Ballard
birth: 1833 to David B. Myers and Lucinda Downey
death: 1899
burial: Mount Zion Cemetery, near Monroe City, Knox, IN

Children of George Christopher Chamberlain and Ophelia Cressa Cripe:

  • Christopher Columbus Chamberlain, b. 1837, d. 1855
  • William J. Chamberlain, b. 1840, d, 1906, m. Charlotte Doane
  • George Joel Chamberlain, b. 1846, d. 1888, m. Sarah Ellen Harrell
  • Orisa Bossin Chamberlain, b. 1848, d. 1851
  • Cordelia Chamberlain, b. 1852, d. 1885
  • Anne E. Chamberlain, b. 1858, d. 1884, m. John W. Miles

Children of George Christopher Chamberlain and Lucretia D. (Myers) Ballard:

  • Margaret Lucinda Chamberlain, b. 1864, d. 1938, m. William Clark Welton
  • George C. Chamberlain, b. 1866, d. 1908
  • Rosalie Chamberlain, b. 1870, d. 1889
  • Mary Summit, b. 1861, d. 1891, not a biological child of, but was raised by, George and Lucretia

George Christopher Chamberlain Lived In:

  • New York
  • Palmyra Township, Knox County, Indiana
  • Harrison Township, Knox County, Indiana
  • near Alford, Pike County, Indiana

Other Information:

As a young man, George Christopher Chamberlain, came to Knox Co., IN from New York, possibley Buffalo or Rochester. He started farming in Palmyra Township and later, perhaps after the death of Ophelia, bought a large farm in Harrison Twp.
After his marriage to Mrs. Lucretia D. (Myers) Ballard, George Christopher Chamberlain bought a farm near Alford in Pike Co., IN.
His obituary stated he was well known in both Knox and Pike counties.
The family was mostly Republican in their political views. Many family members belonged to the Cumberland Presbyterian Church.
Two of George Chamberlain’s sons served the Union in the Civil War; William in Company E, 44th Indiana Infantry and Joel in Company I, 31st Indiana Infantry.

Submitted by:
Dee Schlesser
Email: mama.dee@twc.com

Elvira Demeretta Chappell

Elvira Demeretta Chappell
b. 18 September 1842, Algiers, Pike County, Indiana, to Moses Lane and Amanda Melvina Susan (Twitty) Chappell
d. 12 April 1915, Gandy, Logan County, Nebraska

m. 24 June 1864, Algiers, Pike County, Indiana
Allen Overton Adams
b. 28 October 1842, Algiers, Pike County, Indiana, to Edward S. “Ned” and Martha A. “Patsy” (Harris) Adams
d. 10 December 1917, Winslow, Pike County, Indiana

Children with Allen Overton Adams:
• Arthur Adison (1865-1935) married Zulima R. “Zella” Radcliff
• Martha Issabelle “Mattie” (1866-1945) married Isaac “Ike” Selby
• Edward Grant (1869-1935) married Martha Anna Sorguis
• Moses Lane (1870-1958) married Jeanette Maude Oberson
• Mary Elizabeth (1872-1969) married Homer Curt Thomas
• George Jerome (1875-1957) married Martha Esther Coen
• Nancy Katherine “Kate” (1877-1926) married Curtis L. Gribling
• Chloe Luella (1880-1926) married Claude B. Loudon
• Allen Beverly (1881-1911) married Cora Delilah McCain
• Clyde (1884-1885)
• Claude (1884-1885)
• Orace Eldoris (1886-1917) married Henerietta Mathilda Fitzgerald

Elvira left the state in 1891. Allen Adams was buried in Gandy, Logan County, Nebraska, the week after he died in Indiana.

Submitted by:
Larry L. Nielson
Fruitland ID
E-mail: lniel19027@juno.com

Allen Beverly Adams

Allen Beverly Adams
b. 11 November 1881, Algiers, Pike County, Indiana, to Allen Overton and Elvira Demeretta (Chappell) Adams
d. 6 January 1911, Gandy, Logan County, Nebraska

m. 17 January 1902, Gandy, Logan County, Nebraska
Cora Delilah McCain
b. 13 August 1884, Otwell, Pike County, Indiana, to Robert and Adeline Ovanda (Chappell) McCain
d. 20 August 1973, Hawthorne, Los Angeles, California

Children with Cora Delilah McCain:
• Robert Isaac (1902-1990) married Lottie Elizabeth La Rue
• Ardis Opal (1904-1985) married George Hobbs
• Virgil Theodore (1905-1969)
• Lawrence Overton (1906-1978) married Vyrle Lenor Delosh
• Alta Manda (1909-1997) married Ray Oliver Nielson

Allen had a good singing voice and could be heard at nearby farms.

Submitted by:
Larry L. Nielson
Fruitland ID
E-mail: lniel19027@juno.com

Jefferson Simmons

Jefferson Simmons
b. 20 January 1860, Pike or Dubois County, Indiana, to Jefferson and Elizabeth (Kinder) Simmons
d. 25 January 1907, New Madrid County, Missouri

m/1. 25 November 1884, Warrick County, Indiana
Sarah R. Isaacks
b. 1863, Pigeon, Warrick County, Indiana
d. 2 May 1898, Como, New Madrid County, Missouri

m/2.
[–?–]

Children with Sarah R. Isaacks:
• Alford/Alfred
• Henry
• William “Bill”
• Hattie married [–?–] Duty

Children with [—?—]:
• Tom
• Jerrie married [–?–] Berg

There were five other children but they all died young.

The family lived in Dubois, Pike, Spencer, and Warrick counties in Indiana before leaving the state in 188l.

Submitted by:
Darlene Jeannette Scott Shawn
Norman OK

Susannah H Mosby

Susannah H Mosby
b. 6 September 1811, Woodford County, Kentucky, to Edward and Sarah Jones (Elliott) Mosby
d. 19 April 1896, Logan County, Nebraska

m. 15 July 1847, Dubois County, Indiana
Hugh McCain
b. 25 August 1806, Georgia, to Hamilton and Ann McCain
d. 10 October 1878, Pike County, Indiana

Children with Hugh McCain:
• Robert (1849-1884) married Adeline Ovanda Chappell
• Lucy (1851-1872)
• Winfield S. (1852-1871)
• Susan Emily (1854-1930) married Milton Simpson Chappell
• Mary F. (1857-1860)

The family lived in Petersburg in Pike County and left there about 1880. Susannah was Hugh’s second wife.

Submitted by:
Larry L. Nielson
Fruitland ID
E-mail: lniel19027@juno.com