Category Archives: Randolph County

James William Beckley

James William Beckley
birth: Muncie, Delaware Co., Indiana to Wilfred Beckley and Arvie Mull
death: 5 April 2014
burial: Gardens of Memory, Muncie, IN

marriage: 31 July 1963
Mirtha Acosta
birth: 27 June 1939 to Pablo Acosta Mena and Regla Dolores Suarez
death:
burial: Maxville Cemetery, Randolph Co., IN

Children of James William Beckley and Mirtha Acosta:

  • Maria Dolores Beckley, b. 1965, m.(1) Adam Charles Bushong, (2) Paul Alex Barron
  • Luisa Lynn Beckley, b. 1968, m. Jeffrey Mayer
  • Ariana Beckley, b. 1969, m.(1) Tony Weiss, (2) Michael Dickerson

James William Beckley:

  • Muncie, Delware County, Indiana
  • Farmland, Randolph County, Indiana
  • Angola/Marion
  • Kokomo, Howard County, Indiana
  • Shipshewana, LaGrange County, Indiana
  • Arizona
  • Forbes AFB, Kansas
  • Fort Bragg and Pope AFB, Fayettville, North Carolina
  • Goose Bay AFB, Canada
  • Wilford Hall Medical Center, Lackland AFB, San Antonio, Texas
  • RAF Mildenhall/RAF Feltwell, England
  • AFB Riverside, CA

Other Information:

James William Beckley was a United Methodist Chaplain in the Air Force. He was my father and I am grateful for him and my mother who brought me into this world in Angola, Indiana. I am Once a Hoosier and Always a Hoosier as well. I will probably leave this world in Texas, but I am grateful for Indiana. My son is moving to INDIANA with is wife in April for a new job in Indianapolis. Isn’t it interesting that everything for my son is coming back to Indiana? :-)

Submitted by:
Maria D Acosta Brown
Email: maria.d.acosta@hotmail.com

 

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Harry J. Smith

Harry J. Smith
birth: 17 Nov 1869, probably in Randolph Co., IN to Stephen Alvaro and Suzannah (Epps) Smith
death: 12 Feb 1959, San Antonio, Bexar Co, TX
burial: unknown

marriage: 29 Jun 1892 in Converse, Miami Co., IN
Jessie Louena Eward
birth: 11 Sep 1866, Marion, Grant Co., IN to John William and Rebecca Jane (York) Eward
death: 14 May 1945, San Antonio, Bexar Co, TX
burial: unknown

Children of Harry J. Smith and Jessie Louena Eward:

  • Lucile Eward Smith, b. 5 Oct 1893 in Converse, Miami Co., IN, d. 11 Jan 1921, San Antonio, Bexar Co, TX
  • Laura Winifred Smith, b. 30 Aug 1897, d. 30 Jan 2003, m. E.A. Huebner
  • Rebecca Genevieve Smith, b. 8 Jan 1907, d. Sept 1994, m. W.B. Wright

Harry J. Smith lived in:

  • Randolph County, Indiana
  • Converse, Miami County, Indiana
  • Marion, Grant County, Indiana
  • Matthews, Grant County, Indiana
  • Roanoake, Huntington County, Indiana
  • San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas

Other Information:

Harry was born in Indiana and lived in Ohio. He returned to Indiana before his marriage. He worked as a carriage body finisher, a shoe dealer, and was a master mechanic for the Chicago, Indiana & Eastern railroad, which ran a short route in Indiana. Later, he was an auto painter. He could draw, play piano, and tell stories.

The family moved to San Antonio in 1911.

Harry J Smith photo

Harry J. Smith, about age 23

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Submitted by:
Nancy Wright Brennan
Email: nwbrennan@sbcglobal.net

John Abel Baldwin

John Abel Baldwin
birth: 4 Jan 1844, Grant County, Indiana to Charles Phillip Baldwin and Rachel Lancaster
death: 1913, Amboy, Miami County, Indiana
burial: Amboy, Miami County, Indiana

married: 1868, Howard County, Indiana
Sarah Jane Hunt
birth: 1846, Randolph County, Indiana

Submitted by:
Christina Jane Baldwin Nicholson
chrisbnicholson@hotmail.com

Olive Alexander

Olive Alexander
b. 10 June 1887, Jay County, Indiana, to Thomas Franklin and Mary Ann (Courtney) Alexander
d. 29 October 1973, Merced, Merced County, California

m/1. 11 August 1906, Bearcreek Township, Jay County, Indiana
Dallas Ray Richison
b. 4 August 1884, Jay County, Indiana, to Frank Albert and Sarah Jane (Davis) Richison
d. 13 March 1947, Winchester, Randolph County, Indiana

m/2. 15 April 1950
J. Frank Hodge
b. 24 November 1878, Jay County, Indiana, to Commodore Perry and Susan (Wood) Hodge
d. 1956, Winchester, Randolph County, Indiana

Children with Dallas Ray Richison:
• Modjeska Pauline (1907-1989) married Milburn
Theodore Thornburg
• Ophir Orlo (1909-1949) married Zella Beatrice
Wilkerson
• Herbert Meredith (1913-1969) married Alice Louise
Richardson
• Charles Allen (1918-1989) married Mildred Miley
• Frank Vaughn (1920-1999) married Edith Catherine
Smith

Olive lived in Jay and Randolph counties while she was in Indiana. She was moved to California by her son Frank and daughter Pauline when her health began to decline in 1966. When she died there in 1973, her ashes were flown back to Indiana to be buried beside her first husband, the father of all her children, in Fountain Park Cemetery in Winchester, Randolph County, Indiana.

Submitted by:
Shirley Richison Fields
Avon IN
E-mail: richison@indy.rr.com

Edith Catherine Smith

Edith Catherine Smith
b. 15 February 1918, Ligonier, Noble County, Indiana, to Thomas Jackson and Eva May (Vance) Smith
d. 28 April 2003, Huntington Beach, California

m. 30 June 1946, Winchester, Randolph County, Indiana
Frank Vaughn Richison
b. 6 October 1920, Winchester, Randolph County, Indiana, to Dallas Ray and Olive (Alexander) Richison
d. 21 September 1999, Santa Ana, Orange County, California

Children with Frank Vaughn Richison:
• Michael Vaughn (b. 1949) married April Irene Kuikahi
• Patrick Allen (b. 1951) married Patricia Byers

Edith was a registered nurse and worked at the Irene Byrum Sanitarium in Fort Wayne, Indiana, until after her marriage. By 1947 she was living in St. Louis, but moved to Winchester where she lived for many years before making her final move to Santa Ana, Orange County, California.

Submitted by:
Shirley Richison Fields
Avon IN
E-mail: richison@indy.rr.com

Frank Vaughn Richison

Frank Vaughn Richison
b. 6 October 1920, Winchester, Randolph County, Indiana, to Dallas Ray and Olive (Alexander) Richison
d. 21 September 1999, Santa Ana, Orange County, California

m. 30 June 1946, Winchester, Randolph County, Indiana
Edith Catherine Smith
b. 15 February 1918, Ligonier, Noble County, Indiana, to Thomas Jackson and Eva May (Vance) Smith

Children with Edith Catherine Smith:
• Michael Vaughn (b. 1949) married April Irene Kuikahi
• Patrick Allen (b. 1951) married Patricia Byers

Frank’s ancestors came to Indiana from Ohio sometime between the 1870 and 1880 censuses. The family lived in Wabash and Jackson townships of Jay County for many years, but by the time Frank was born, his father had located on a farm outside of Winchester in Randolph County, Indiana. Frank was living in St. Louis by 1947 but returned to Winchester for many years before moving to Santa Ana, California, where he lived out his life. He was a laboratory technician and worked long hours in the late 1940’s during a polo epidemic that caused many deaths in Winchester, Indiana.

Submitted by:
Shirley Richison Fields
Avon IN
E-mail: richison@indy.rr.com

Ila “Benton” Steele

Ila “Benton” Steele
b. 6 July 1866, Willow Branch, Hancock County, Indiana, to James Scott and Lydia Margaret (Waller) Steele
d. 30 December 1943, Newton, Harvey County, Kansas

m. 11 October 1894, Hancock County, Indiana
Emma C. Oren
b. 14 November 1874, Farmland, Randolph County, Indiana
d. 28 April 1957, Sedgwick, Harvey County, Kansas

Children with Emma C. Oren:
• Margaret M. (1896-1979)
• James Benton (1898-1900)
• John O. (1900-1959)
• Allen T. (1903-1981)
• Elizabeth N. (1906-1981)
• Edward V. (1909-1966)
• Marshall E. (1912-1974)

The family left Indiana in 1907 or 1908. Benton Steele was noted in A Round Indiana: Round Barns in the Hoosier State by John T. Hanou.

Submitted by:
Emily F. Steele
San Diego CA
E-mail: donesteele@compuserve.com