Category Archives: Randolph County

Elihu Harlam Mason

Elihu Harlam Mason
b. 23 March 1831, Wayne County, Indiana to Richard and Sarah (Jackson) Mason
d. 24 September 1896, Pemberville, Wood County, Ohio

m. 2 February 1852, Warsaw, Kosciusko County, Indiana
Nancy Kelly
b. 9 July 1822, Wayne County, Ohio
d. 27 November 1905, Prairie Depot, Ohio

Children with Nancy Kelly:
• Emma married [–?–] Hinds
• Edson Newton
• Issac
• Williard
• Ida married [–?–] Hoover

Elihu lived in Union City, Randolph County; Indianapolis, Marion County; and in Wayne and Kosciusko counties in Indiana before moving to Ohio shortly before the Civil War began. He first joined Company I, 21st Ohio Volunteers, then reenlisted in Company K, 21st Ohio Volunteers. In April 1862, he participated in the Great Locomotive Chase (capturing a locomotive deep within the Confederacy) and was among the 12 Andrews Raiders captured and taken to Knoxville for court martial. Elihu was imprisoned, escaped, recaptured, and eventually exchanged in March 1863. He received one of the first Medals of Honor granted by the U.S. and received a personal congratulations from President Abraham Lincoln.

In April 1863, he accepted a commission as first lieutenant in Company B, 21st Ohio, joining the unit in June. He was wounded in the hip at the Battle of Chickamauga where he was again taken prisoner. He was exchanged in December 1864. Due to his wound and disease, Elihu never returned to active duty, and was discharged in May 1865. He was active in the GAR.

Submitted by:
Robert Mason Kipp
Gilbert AZ
E-mail: skd3@webtv.net

Isaac Van Doren Johnson

Isaac Van Doren “Ike” Johnson
b. 1 September 1863, Winchester, Randolph County, Indiana, to Elihu Theodore and Mary (McCracken) Johnson
d. 21 June 1942, Wichita, Sedgwick County, Kansas

m. 3 September 1889, Wichita, Sedgwick County, Kansas
Sadie Wilson McCrea
b. 19 April 1870, Peoria, Peoria County, Illinois
d. 2 December 1950, Ponca City, Kay County, Oklahoma

Children with Sadie Wilson McCrea:
• Carl Thomas (1890-1969)
• Margaret (1893-1968) married [–?–] Marshall
• Leonard L. (1897-1967)
• Patrick Albert (1897-1967)
• Theodore Ellihu (1900-1976)
• Mary Elizabeth (1903-1976) married [–?–] Hinton
• Alice Ruth (1905-1976) married (1) [–?–] Roberts, (2) [–?–] Sevier
• Howard Vann (1908-1986)

Ike left the state in 1883. He was a farmer. As soon as he’d saved up enough money to rent a farm, he was married. They moved to Wichita in 1940.

Submitted by:
Margaret Johnson Irwin
Goddard KS
E-mail: wirwin2527@aol.com

Isaac Cherry Sutton

Isaac Cherry Sutton
b. 8 November 1843, Deerfield, Randolph County, Indiana, to Samuel Ward and Nancy (Mann) Sutton
d. 15 October 1915, Hood River, Hood River County, Oregon

m. 23 March 1863, Deerfield, Randolph County, Indiana
Lavina Whipple
b. 20 Sept 1844, Deerfield, Randolph County, Indiana
d. 6 November 1908

Children with Lavina Whipple:
• Alice Mary (1864-1865)
• Frank A. (1866-1939) married Alice La Fontain
• Harry Warren (1869-1937) married Minerva Jane Sutton
• Dasie E. (1877-1929) married Will Rodgers
• Jason Oak (b. 1879) married Della Barnhart

Issac spent his boyhood and teenage years in Indiana, specifically in Deerfield and Union City. He moved from Indiana to Minnesota about 1879. The 1880 census lists him, his wife Lavina, and son Frank as living in Hartford Township, Todd County, Minnesota. Issac was a Civil War veteran. He served in the 8th Indiana Infantry, Company G from 1861 until he received a disability discharge in 1862.

Submitted by:
Terry Talmadge Sutton
E-mail: suttontt@aol.com

Ellerson Fields

Ellerson Fields
b. 17 August 1829, Butchers Valley, Hawkins County, Tennessee, to William and Judida (Sizemore) Fields
d. 23 May 1890, Havensville, Pottawatomie County, Kansas

m. 10 March 1842, Jackson Township, Randolph County, Indiana
Mary Ann Diehl
b. 15 November 1821, Butler Township, Columbiana County, Ohio, to Charles and Mary
Elizabeth (Sheets) Diehl
d. 22 April 1912, Onaga, Pottawatomie County, Kansas

Children with Mary Ann Diehl:
• Manerva (1843-1922) married Lewis Jontra
• Lewis (1844-1927) married Martha Jane Miller
• Eli (1847-ca. 1935) married Mary Weirock
• Levi (1847-1847)
• Charles Diehl (1849-1934) married Lucinda Victoria Morris
• Elizabeth (1851-1880) married Archibald Elisha Abbott
• Ephraim (1853-1941) married Rebecca Clark
• Harriett Melissa (1854-1880) married Zachary Taylor Baysinger
• Hiram (1856-1936) married Sarah Jane Ellison
• John William (1861-1943) married Sarah Jane Dennis
• Milton Leander (1862-1953) married Clara Agnes Witham
• Leslie Martin (ca. 1864-ca. 1867)
• Jonas Squire (ca. 1864-ca. 1867)
• Mary Martha (1869-1958) married Charles A. Bateman

Ellerson lived in Ward and Jackson townships in Randolph County; Richmond Township, Grant County; and Hartford Township, Adams County, before emigrating from Indiana in 1864.

Submitted by:
Aletha M. Fields
Columbia MO
E-mail: clancy@computerland.net

Rachel Adcock Emery

Rachel Adcock Emery
b. 28 January 1823, Randolph County, Indiana, to Travis Adcock and Elizabeth (Frazier) Emery
d. 24 March 1901, Hardman, Morrow County, Oregon

m. 11 August 1839, Henry County, Iowa
Dillon Hoskins
b. 17 July 1814, Clinton County, Ohio, to Jonathan and Lydia Ann (Hodgson) Hoskins
d. 23 January 1889, Hardman, Morrow County, Oregon

Children with Dillon Hoskins:
• Ruth (1840-1905) married Samuel King
• James Birney (1842-1892) married Clarinda J. Kenoyer
• William (1843-1907) married Jane Deborah Deford
• Elizabeth (1845-1916) married (1) James W. Copelen, (2) W. C. [–?–]
• Lydia (1846-1937) married Jasper Deford
• Mary Ann (1849-1849)
• Joel (1850-1850)
• Jonathan Travis (1851-1925) married Hannah Mary Galloway
• Rebecca (1854-1932) married William Shaw
• Dillon, Jr. (1856-1938) married Mary Jane Kelty
• Mary (1858-1938) married (1) Thomas Hoskins, (2) Garret Haynes
• John Seward (1860-1940)
• unnamed son (1863-1863)
• George (1864-1864)
• Rachel Leoni (1865-1933) married Ezra C. Kelty
• Martha Katherine (1868-1927) married William J. Emery

Rachel left Indiana in 1839 from Randolph County. She and her husband moved the family west to Oregon, where they spent the remainder of their lives.

Submitted by:
Dale Davidson Harguess
Huntington Beach CA
E-mail: dharguess@coastline.edu

Mary Ann Diehl

Mary Ann Diehl
b. 15 November 1821, Butler Township, Columbiana County, Ohio, to Charles and Mary Elizabeth (Sheets) Diehl
d. 22 April 1912, Onaga, Pottawatomie County, Kansas

m. 10 March 1842, Jackson Township, Randolph County, Indiana
Ellerson Fields
b. 17 August 1820, Butchers Valley, Hawkins County, Tennessee, to William and Judida (Sizemore) Fields
d. 23 May 1890, Havensville, Pottawatomie County, Kansas

Children with Ellerson Fields:
• Manerva (1843-1922) married Lewis Jontra
• Lewis (1844-1927) married Martha Jane Miller
• Eli (1847-ca. 1935) married Mary Weirock
• Levi (1847-1847)
• Charles Diehl (1849-1934) married Lucinda Victoria Morris
• Elizabeth (1851-1880) married Archibald Elisha Abbott
• Ephraim (1853-1941) married Rebecca Clark
• Harriett Melissa (1854-1880) married Zachary Taylor Baysinger
• Hiram (1856-1936) married Sarah Jane Ellison
• John William (1861-1943) married Sarah Jane Dennis
• Milton Leander (1862-1953) married Clara Agnes Witham
• Leslie Martin (ca. 1864-ca. 1867)
• James/Jonas Squire (ca. 1864-ca. 1867)
• Mary Martha (1869-1958) married Charles A. Bateman

Mary Ann’s family came to Randolph County, Indiana, in 1840. She lived in Jackson Township, Randolph County; Richland Township, Grant County; and Hartford Township, Adams County, before emigrating from Indiana in 1864.

Submitted by:
Aletha M. Fields
Columbia MO
E-mail: clancy@computerland.net

Nathan Davis

Nathan Davis
b. 17 August 1837, Henry County, Indiana, to Mark and Rebecca (Osborne) Davis
d. 20 December 1907, Peterson, Clay County, Iowa

m. 13 May 1858, Sauk County, Wisconsin
Hannah Malinda Hutchens
b. 1843, Randolph County, Indiana
d. 22 September 1932, Peterson, Clay County, Iowa

Nathan grew up in Grant County, Indiana, and moved with his parents to Ironton, Sauk County, Wisconsin, about 1852. He moved to New Sharon, Mahaska County, Iowa, around 1868. By 1872, he was in Clay County, Iowa. He served in the 12th Wisconsin Infantry. The 1900 census listed his occupation as capitalist. It also said that Hannah had had 13 children, nine of which were still living.

Submitted by:
Leslie Hope
Santa Monica CA
E-mail: lahope@jps.net

William T. Botkin

William T. Botkin
b. 9 Jan 1842 at Randolph County, Indiana to Peter Botkin and Elizabeth Adamson
d. 5 Feb 1863 at St. Louis, Missouri
bur. Union Chapel Methodist Cemetery, Carlos, Randolph County, Indiana

William Botkin gravestone

William Botkin gravestone

William was born and grew up with his parents and siblings in Randolph County, Indiana. On 9 August 1862, he enlisted in the Sixty-ninth Indiana Volunteer Infantry, Company D. He served until his death on 5 February 1863 at the age of 21. He died of consumption in St Louis, Missouri, and was brought back to Randolph County, where he was buried at the Union Chapel Methodist Cemetery in Carlos.

Submitted by:
Lisa Swanson Ellam (ellam.lisa@gmail.com)
Granger, IN

Thomas Franklin Alexander and Mary Ann Courtney

Thomas Franklin Alexander
b. 19 October 1850, New Pittsburg, Randolph, Indiana, to Thomas and Lucinda (Harshman) Alexander
d. 25 October 1915, Portland, Jay, Indiana
bur. New Pittsburg Cemetery, New Pittsburg, Randolph, Indiana

m. 4 September 1873, Randolph County, Indiana
Mary Ann Courtney
b. 22 November 1849, Switzerland County, Indiana
d. 20 December 1903, Jackson Twp., Jay, Indiana
bur. New Pittsburg Cemetery, New Pittsburg, Randolph, Indiana

Thomas Alexander and Mary Ann Courtney gravestone

Thomas Alexander and Mary Ann Courtney gravestone

Children of Thomas Franklin and Mary Ann (Courtney) Alexander:

  • Norman (1874-1933) married (1) Anna J. Hinkley. (2) Katie McClish
  • Carman (1876-1944) married Diora Delltieu Vincent
  • Clarence (1879-1975) married (1) Blanche Bash, (2) Anna Jennetta Imel
  • Arthur (1883-1953) married Eva Bisel
  • Armeda (1885-1913) married Robert Clem McKinley
  • Olive (1887-1973) married (1) Dallas Ray Richison, (2) J. Frank Hodge

Thomas appears to have spent his entire life in Jay and Randolph counties. He was a farmer and had pictures taken of he and Mary Ann with their first grandchild about 1901 or 1902 by a photographer in Portland. Another picture taken at the same time includes all of his children. Each of the pictures were passed down through different branches of the family and only recently have the present owners of the two pictures learned of the existence of the second picture.

Submitted by:
Shirley Richison Fields
Avon IN
E-mail: richison@me com

Dallas Ray Richison and Olive Alexander

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
bur. Fountain Park Cemetery, Winchester, Randolph, Indiana

m. 11 August 1906, Bearcreek Township, Jay County, Indiana
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
bur. Fountain Park Cemetery, Winchester, Randolph, Indiana

Dallas Richison and Olive Alexander gravestone

Dallas Richison and Olive Alexander gravestone

Children of Dallas Ray and Olive (Alexander)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

Dallas Ray was a painter and paperhanger in Winchester, Indiana, along with some of his sons at various times. He also had a small farm about five miles northeast of town. He died of injuries suffered during a fall in a stairwell where he was working. According to newspaper articles, he had not been feeling well and apparently had a dizzy spell. He struck his head and back on a banister as he fell and died a few days later.

Olive died in Merced, California where she had been living close to her youngest son, Frank. She was cremated and her ashes were shipped back to Indiana to be buried beside Dallas in November of 1973. A few friends and some of her grandchildren attended that graveside service in Winchester, Indiana.

Submitted by:
Shirley Richison Fields
Avon IN
E-mail: richison@me com