Category Archives: Putnam County

William Sanderson

William Sanderson
birth: c.1851, Indiana
death: 15 Mar 1886
burial: unknown

marriage: 13 Apr 1876 at Owen Co., IN
Mary Cassady/Cassida
birth: Nov 1857, Indiana to Isaac and Tempa (Jordan) Cassida
death: 22 Jul 1908, Putnam Co., IN
burial: unknown

Children of William Sanderson and Mary Cassady/Cassida:

  • Roscoe Tilden Sanderson, b. 23 Dec 1877, d. 2 Jun 1964
  • Walter Cadis Sanderson, b. 3 Sep 1880, d. 18 Dec 1968, m. Ethie May Huber
  • Ora Mae Sanderson, b. 20 May 1883, d. 10 Nov 1960, m. Lee Roy Baldwin

Other Information:

After William Sanderson’s death, his widow Mary married Eli Fraizer/Frazier, 20 September 1889 at Owen County, Indiana, and had three additional children: Martha, Mary, and Hazel. This family is not related to submitter.

Submitted by:
Randi Richardson


Owen Woodrow “Barney” Barnes

Owen Woodrow “Barney” Barnes
birth: 14 March 1917, in Owen Co., IN to Samuel B. and Clara (Schopmeyer) Barnes
death: 5 Feb 1998, Cloverdale, Putnam Co., IN
burial: New Union Carolina Church, Owen Co., IN

marriage: 1940, Owen Co., IN
Mary Marguerite Sanderson
birth: c1918, Indiana, to Walter Cadis and Ethie May (Huber) Sanderson
death: living

Children of  Owen Woodrow “Barney” Barnes and Mary Marguerite Sanderson:

  • Infant Son Barnes, b. 1948, d. 1948
  • Victor Barnes, living

Owen Woodrow “Barney” Barnes Lived In:

  • Owen County, Indiana
  • Died in Cloverdale, Putnam County, Indiana

Other Information: Owen Woodrow “Barney” Barnes  was the husband of submitter’s cousin. He was born in Owen County and lived there until shortly before death.  As newlyweds, the couple lived with the Huber family. Later, and for his remaining lifetime, they lived on the Barnes’ family home place, both located in the Jordan Village area.

Submitted by:
Randi Richardson

Samuel B. Barnes

Samuel B. Barnes
birth: 14 November 1871, Owen Co., Indiana to Calvin and Mary (Haltom) Barnes
death: 28 April 1950, Poland, Owen Co., Indiana
burial: Zion United Church of Christ, Poland, Owen Co., Indiana

marriage: 6 Sep 1916, Owen Co., IN
Clara Schopmeyer
birth: 4 Jan 1882, Clay Co., IN to John and Sarah M. (Allunderf) Schopmeyer
death: 1951
burial: Zion United Church of Christ, Poland, Owen Co., Indiana

Children of Samuel B. Barnes and Clara Schopmeyer:

Samuel B. Barnes Lived In:

Samuel was thought to have lived his entire live in the Poland, Owen County area.

Other Information:

Samuel B. Barnes is the father of Owen H. “Barney” Barnes who was married to submitter’s cousin, Mary Marguerite Sanderson.

Submitted by:
Randi Richardson

John Edward Nicholson

John Edward Nicholson
birth: 25 Dec 1877, Russellville, Putnam County, Indiana to Benjamin B. Nicholson and Susan Ball
death: 21 Mar 1952, Aspinwall, O’Hara Township, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania
burial: Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia

m: 14 Mar 1901, Putnam County, Indiana
Daisy Olive Homan
birth: 23 Feb 1878, Russell Township, Putnam County, Indiana to George Waugh Homan and Nancy Burnside
death: 5 Sep 1956, Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana
burial: Portland Mills Cemetery, Parke County, Indiana

Children of John Edward Nicholson and Daisy Olive Homan:

  • Wallace Elto Nicholson (1902-1960) married Frieda Beeldt
  • Leona Perle Nicholson (1903-1962) married Harold Ray Slider
  • Maurice Edward Nicholson (1907-1982) married Helen Eugenia Maxwell
  • Donna Olive Nicholson (1912-1976) married Charles Thomas Faulkner

John lived in Russell Township, Putnam County from birth to early 1900’s and Indianapolis, Marion County from 1905 to 1914. He later moved to Allegheny County, Pennsylvania.

John was a carpenter and built houses in Indianapolis.  He served in the 503 Aero Sq. Air Svc. in World War I.  John and Daisy were divorced.

Submitted by:
David Nicholson

Hazel Marie Adams

Hazel Marie Adams
birth: 13 Jun 1902; Linton, Greene County, Indiana to Steve Adams and Alice Anderson
death: 8 Dec 1992; Brazil, Clay County, Indiana

married: about 1928
Harold D. Canine
birth: 14 Jun 1898; Putnam County, Indiana to Leonard Cornelius Canine and Dollie Dooley
death: 10 Oct 1977; Los Angeles County, California

Children of Harold D. Canine and Hazel Marie Adams:

  • Shirley A. Canine, born about 1929
  • H. David Canine, born after 1930
  • Jeanne L. Canine, born after 1930

Hazel lived in Greene County; Terre Haute, Vigo County (1930) and Clay County, Indiana.

Submitted by:
Marsha Ensminger

Archibald Ambrose Ramsay

Archibald Ambrose Ramsay
b. 8 January 1823, Fleming County, Kentucky, to William and Elizabeth (McAnulty) Ramsay
d. 7 February 1905, Buffalo, Dallas County, Missouri

m. 12 January 1854, Georgetown, Vermillion County, Indiana
Mariah Etna Triplett
b. 1 January 1831, Parke County, Indiana
d. 20 December 1918, Buffalo, Dallas County, Missouri

Children with Mariah Etna Triplett:
• William Clarendon
• Mary Elizabeth
• Alice Jane
• Charles Hamlin
• Walker Morton
• Robert Allen
• Levena E.
• Walter Clinton

Archibald came to Indiana about 1826 and left in 1865. He lived in Portland Mills, Putnam County, Indiana, the entire time he was in the state.

Submitted by:
Alice Ramsay
Lombard IL

Welton Morgan Modesitt

Welton Morgan Modesitt
b. 27 August 1815, Moorefield, Virginia, to Charles Byrns and Rebecca (Welton) Modesitt
d. New York, New York

Welton immigrated to Indiana in 1820 from Virginia and lived in Terre Haute, Vigo County, and Cloverdale, Putnam County.

His brother was born in Terre Haute, Indiana, in 1821. Their father was married twice; his first marriage ended with the death of his wife, but the second marriage ended in divorce.

Welton was a medical doctor.

Submitted by:
Rebecca Bass
Brazil IN

Jubal Meadows

Jubal Meadows
b. 28 January 1799, Bedford County, Virginia, to William and Lucy (Hicks) or Mary (Bandy) Meador/Meadows
d. 14 April 1865, Edgar County, Illinois

m. 26 February 1817, Breckenridge County, Kentucky
Nancy Massey
b. 16 August 1793, Russell County, Virginia
d. 15 March 1864, Edgar County, Illinois

Children with Nancy Massey:
• Mary Annaliza (b. 1818)
• Anna Eliza (b. 1821)
• Elizabeth Ann (b. 1822)
• Calvin Tuttle (b. ca. 1825)
• Lucinda (b. ca. 1826)
• William Macy (b. 1828)
• James A. (b. ca. 1830)
• John Wesley (b. 1834)
• Sarilda (b. ca. 1839)

The family lived in Perry Township, Lawrence County, Indiana, and in Putnam County, Indiana, before leaving the state in 1833. In 1824, they sold land west of Cloverdale for the Mt. Zion Methodist Episcopal Church. It was in 1831 that a patent was issued to them for the land that is now the Meadows Golf Course near Cloverdale, Indiana.

Submitted by:
Rose Overstreet Stein
Grand Rapids MI

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

Charles Elmer McMains

Charles Elmer McMains
b. 12 June 1864, Putnam County, Indiana, to Robert A. and Elizabeth Claire (Layne/Lane) McMains
d. 25 April 1946, Jonesboro, Jackson Parish, Louisiana

m. 1 August 1894, Rapides Parish, Louisana
Martha Eudora “Mattie” Hendrix
b. September 1877, Waldo, Columbia County, Arkansas

Children with Martha Eudora Hendrix:
• Glenn
• Hazel
• Nellie
• Maurine
• Jessie

Charles left Indiana about 1880 and moved to Rapides Parish, Louisiana.

Submitted by:
Evelyn Stiles
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada