Category Archives: Pike County

Martin Edward Miley

Martin Edward Miley
b. 16 October 1876, Petersburg, Pike County, Indiana, to Benjamin Franklin and Mary (Church) Miley
d. May 1945, Manilla, Mississippi County, Arkansas

m. about 1901, Missouri
Ollie Belle Elze
b. 22 June 1880, Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky
d. 7 November 1912, Parma, New Madrid County, Missouri

Children with Ollie Belle Elze:
• Elbert Edward
• Clara
• Floyd
• Lillian

Martin went to Dunkin County, Missouri, after living in Petersburg, Washington Township, Pike County, Indiana.

Submitted by:
Marie Miley-Russell
Asheboro NC

Robert McCain

Robert McCain
b. 15 December 1849, Otwell, Pike County, Indiana, to Hugh and Susannah H. (Mosby) McCain
d. 8 September 1884, Gothenburg, Dawson County, Nebraska

m. 16 December 1880, Algiers, Pike County, Indiana
Adeline Ovanda Chappell
b. 31 January 1848, Otwell, Pike County, Indiana, to Moses Lane and Nancy Delilah (Freeland) Chappell
d. 20 March 1902, Gancy, Logan County, Nebraska

Children with Adeline Ovanda Chappell:
• Kelpie Myrtle (1882-1983) married Fred Eugene, Sr.
• Cora Delilah (1884-1973) married Allen Beverly Adams

In 1884, Robert McCain, his brother-in-law Denphard Chappell, and William L. Newkirk went to Nebraska to homestead. Robert returned to Indiana for his family and their belongings, while the other two stayed to guard the land. Two boxcars were loaded with the furniture and farm equipment; Robert traveled on this train to Gothenburg, Nebraska. The letter stating when he would arrive had not reached Chappell and Newkirk, so Robert unloaded the boxcars himself. In doing so, his appendix ruptured and he died. His wife and her four girls arrived later to find that he had died. Adeline had two daughters, Mary and Martha, from her marriage to Mr. Sullivan.

Submitted by:
Larry L. Nielson
Fruitland ID

Nancy Delilah Freeland

Nancy Delilah Freeland
b. 10 May 1827, Daviess County, Indiana, to Benjamin and Mary P. (Miller) Freeland
d. 30 April 1912, Lincoln, Lancaster County, Nebraska

m. 3 August 1846, Algiers, Pike County, Indiana
Moses Lane Chappell
b. 24 April 1822, Petersburg, Pike County, Indiana, to Jacob and Rachael (Lane) Chappell
d. 13 August 1883-1886, Petersburg, Pike County, Indiana

Children with Moses Lane Chappell:
• Adeline Ovanda (1848-1902) married Robert McCain
• Rachel Elizabeth “Lizzie” (1849-1932) married Albert McCain
• Mary Ann (1851-1935) married Rev. John Henry Derryberry
• Milton Simpson (1854-1924) married Susan Emily McCain
• Deamphard Silsbery (1856-1929) married Laura Frances Heaton
• Martha Angeline “Mattie” (1859-1946)
• Moses Ellsworth (1862-1943) married Sarah Frances “Sallie” Thomas
• James Franklin (1867-1920) married Mary Elizabeth DeMotte
• George W. (1869-1941) married Virginia Hila Perkins

Moses was married 16 June 1842 in Dubois County, Indiana, to Amanda Melvina Susan Twitty, born about 1820 to Buford and Rebeckah (Brittain) Twitty. They had one child, Elvira Demerette (1842-1915) who married Allen Overton Adams.

Three of Nancy’s children moved to Fort Worth, Texas (Mary, Mattie and Moses), while all the others moved to Nebraska. It is not known when they left Indiana.

Submitted by:
Larry L. Nielson
Fruitland ID

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

John Borders Brenton

b. 30 March 1832, Pike County, Indiana, to Robert and Catherine (Borders) Brenton
d. 3 December 1899, Kremlin, Garfield County, Oklahoma Territory

m. 5 October 1854, Centerville, Spencer County, Indiana
Ruth Miller Heady
b. 14 September 1833, Grass Township, Spencer County, Indiana, to Esquire and Susanna “Sucky” E. (Cotton) Heady
d. 13 January 1907, Kremlin, Garfield County, Oklahoma Territory

Children with Ruth Miller Heady:

  • Robert Merrifield (1855-1935) married Sarah Belle Dillin
  • Christopher Julius (1857-1891) married Jessie C. Linnens
  • John Samuel (1858-aft. 1900)
  • Franklin A. (1860-1926) married Laura Evelyn Springston
  • Effa (1866-1884)
  • Clara Flora (1868-1909) married Floyd Dillon
  • Blanche (1872-1904) married Kile R. Ochiltree

John was a carpenter and moved west as the railroads opened the west. He served in the Civil War in Company E, 58th Regiment, Indiana from October 1861 to July 1865.

He lived in Pike County and in Bainbridge and Harbison townships in Dubois County while in Indiana. He left about 1878 from Harbison Township to Harvey County, Kansas, then moved on to Pueblo, Colorado about 1891.

Submitted by:
Radine Brenton Weedon
Stow OH

Joshua Morris

Joshua Morris
b. about 1827, Ohio or Virginia
d. about 1870, probably Wayne County, Illinois

m. before 1847
Barbary Ann Huffman
b. 1829, Indiana
d. 24 May 1865, Wabash, Pike County, Indiana

Children with Barbary Ann Huffman:

  • William Riley married Melvina Potter
  • Sarah Elizabeth married Scott Christy
  • Martha J.
  • Aaron Wesley married Susan Frances Conaway
  • Margaret E.
  • Francis M.
  • Emma or Emily M.
  • Mary J.
  • Clara Belle
  • Barbara Ann

According to Joshua’s son William Riley Morris, Joshua was a direct descendant of Robert Morris, signer of the Declaration of Independence. The only clue to his parentage is found in Hixon Cemetery, Wabash Township, Parke County, Indiana, where, in the grave next to that of Joshua’s wife Barbary, lies Elizabeth Morris, wife of William Morris, who died at age 73 on 13 March 1854.

After Barbary’s death in 1865, Joshua moved his family to Wayne County, Illinois. However, due to a Wayne County courthouse fire in the 1880’s, information concerning Joshua and his children has been difficult to obtain.

Submitted by:
Sharon Hohimer
Chatham IL

John Franklin McIntire

John Franklin McIntire
b. 22 August 1863, Pigeon Township, Warrick County, Indiana, to Andrew J. and Martha (Clark) McIntire
d. 18 January 1952, Sandoval, Marion County, Illinois

m. 8 June 1890, Oakland City, Pike County, Indiana
Louisa Rosa Catherine Ruff
b. 19 December 1871, Sugar Grove, Fairfield County, Ohio, to Phillip and Christine (Fassler) Ruff
d. 30 January 1943, Sandoval, Marion County, Illinois

Children with Louisa Rosa Catherine Ruff:

  • Ada (b. 1891)
  • Wilbur (b. 1894)
  • Jesse Franklin (b. 1896) (twin)
  • Dessie Prudence (b. 1896) (twin)
  • Marietta (b. 1900)
  • Gertrude Ellen (1903–1909)
  • Lillian Lucille (1906–1907)
  • Martha Mildred (1909–1926)
  • Hannah Beatrice (b. 1914)

John worked in the coal mines from the time he was nine years old. The family emigrated in
1910 from Petersburg, Pike County, Indiana, to Illinois.

Submitted by:
Virginia Anderson
Ramsey IL