Category Archives: Rush County

John Wesley Osburn

John Wesley Osburn
birth: 29 Apr 1839, Rush County, Indiana to Harmon and Elizabeth “Eliza” Jane Packard Osburn
death: March 27, 1903, Pueblo, Colorado
burial: Crownland Cemetery, Noblesville, Indiana

marriage: 23 Dec 1868, Hamilton County, Indiana
Juliet Johnson
birth: Abt. 1850, Hamilton County, Indiana to Phineas and Sarah Dehart Johnson
death: August 28, 1881, Hamilton County, Indiana
burial: Crownland Cemetery, Noblesville, Indiana

Children of Juliet Johnson and John Wesley Osburn:

  • Estelle Quail Osburn, 1871-1949, married (1) George W. Kent, Jr. (2) Raymond Paul Martz
  • Carrie Lee Osburn, 1873-1939, married John Kyle Smiley

Ancestor here lived in:

  • Rush County and Hamilton County, Indiana 1839-1886.
  • Wichita and Burrton, Kansas, 1886-1893.
  • Corning, Arkansas, 1893-1903.

Other Information:

 John Wesley Osburn (“J. W.”) was the fourth of nine children born to Harmon and Eliza Jane Packard Osburn. His brother, Edward Walker Osburn, wrote: “He was educated in the public schools and taught for a number of years. Most of his life was spent in farming and dealing in stock. He was a great lover of fine horses.” On the 1860, 1870 and 1880 U.S. censuses, his occupation is listed as “Farmer” and as “Milch Dary” (sic). He married (1) Juliet Johnson in 1868. She died in 1881. They had two daughters. He married (2) Eliza J. Howard in 1882. They had no children. In 1886, the family moved to Wichita, Kansas, where J. W. worked as real estate and loan agent. Later that year, the family moved to Burrton, Kansas, where he became owner and editor of the Burrton Weekly Graphic. Eliza Howard Osburn died in 1887. In April, 1890, J. W. Osburn was elected to the Burrton city council on the Citizens Party ticket. The main issue in the election was installation of electric lights in the town. He was in favor of it. In March 1893, J. W. sold the newspaper and moved to Corning, Arkansas, to marry Dr. Joyce Fredrica Richards Hobson. Mrs. Dr. Hobson, as she was addressed, had practiced eclectic medicine in Noblesville, Indiana, until 1891, when she had moved to Corning. The couple lived in Arkansas, along with J. W. Osburn’s daughters, until 1903. For reasons of health, John Wesley and Joyce F. Osburn moved to California. The climate reportedly did not agree with him, and they began their journey home in March 1903. J. W. Osburn’s health deteriorated, and they were forced to stop at the home of his nephew, Oliver Lincoln Reed, in Pueblo, Colorado. There, he died on March 27, 1903. His body was brought to Noblesville, Indiana, and interred in Crownland Cemetery.

Submitted by:
Alexander Blair Smith

Dr Daniel Emmett Barnett

Daniel Emmett Barnett
birth: 10 May 1875, Indianola, IL to Robert Edward Barnett and Mary Elizabeth Martin
death: 18 Nov 1942 at Homer, Rush Co., IN
burial: East Hill Mausoleum, Rushville, Rush Co., IN

marriage: 12 June 1901, Sidell, IL
Cora Lucretia McGinnis
birth: 21 Aug 1877 at Fairmount, IL to Lewis Abner McGinnis and Lavenia Hoak
death: 28 Mar 1961, Shelbyville, Shelby Co., IN
burial: East Hill Mausoleum, Rushville, Rush Co., IN

Children of Daniel Emmett Barnett and Cora Lucretia McGinnis:

  • Inez Love Barnett, b. 10 Aug 1902 at Ann Arbor, MI, d. 14 Aug 1987 at Kalamazoo, MI, m. 22 Aug 1927 to Gifford Upjohn at Rushvile, Rush Co., IN
  • Irma Lowene Barnett, b. 19 Feb 1904 at Ann Arbor, MI, d. Aug 1985 at Mesa, AZ, m. 30 Dec 1944 to Cyril Joseph Wittliff at Detriot, MI
  • Arthur R. “Doc” Barnett, b. 5 Nov 1906 at New Hartford, MO, d. 11 Feb 1987 in Shelbyville, Shelby Co., IN, m. 17 Aug 1940 to Hanne K Beck in Lafayette, Tippecanoe Co., IN
  • Frances Marie Barnett, b. 25 July 1911 at Homer, Rush Co., IN, d. 10 Aug 2006 in New Braunfels, TX, m. 18 Oct 1941 to Colin Campbell Macdonald in East Lansing, MI

Dr. Daniel Emmett Barnett Lived In:

  • 1875 – 1901: the Indianola and Sidell areas of Illinois
  • 1901 – 1905: Ann Arbor, MI, while attending University of Michigan Medical School
  • 1905 – 1906: Ludington, MI, where he had his first practice
  • 1906 – 1908 or 1909: New Hartford, MO, where he had his second medical practice in this rural area he described as the “Champ Clark area”, a reference to a long serving U. S. representative
  • 1908 or 1909 – his 1942 death: Homer, Rush Co., Indiana

Other Information:

Dr. Barnett was a classic country doctor who visited patients on horseback or by buggy, and later, by Model T. He was beloved by his patients, many of whom credited him with saving them or their loved ones during the epidemics of the times.

Fellow physicians regarded him as a gifted diagnostician. An Indianapolis surgeon once remarked that if the Homer doctor called to say he was sending over a patient, his staff was instructed to prepare the operating room, as Dr. Barnett was rarely wrong.

Stories of Dr. Barnett’s medical training, career, and family life were published in 2016 in daughter Frances Barnett Macdonald’s The County Doctor’s Youngest Daughter. Copies are available at:

Submitted by:
Patricia Macdonald Skillman

Frances Marie Barnett

Frances Marie Barnett
birth: 25 July 1911, at Homer, Rush Co., IN to Dr Daniel E Barnett and Cora Lucretia (McGinnis) Barnett
death: 10 Aug 2006 at New Braunfels, TX
burial: East Hill Mausoleum, Rushville, Rush Co., IN

marriage: 18 Oct 1941 at East Lansing, MI
Colin Campbell Macdonald
birth: 26 Jun 1911 at Detroit, MI, to Edward Albert Macdonald and Ruth (Woodward) Macdonald
death: 6 Jan 1946, Denver, CO
burial: East Hill Mausoleum, Rushville, Rush Co., IN

Children of Frances Marie Barnett and Colin Campbell Macdonald:

  • Patricia Macdonald, b. 4 Apr 1943, m. Jerry Homer Skillman, b. 14 Jun 1940

Frances Marie Barnett Lived In:

  • 1911 – 1936: Homer, Rush Co., IN
  • 1931 – 1941: Ann Arbor, MI; Lansing, MI; Detroit, MI; Cleveland, OH (while attending university and graduate school)
  • Early 1940s: Homer, Rush Co., IN (while husband began military training)
  • Mid 1940s: Florida (husband’s Officer Training)
  • 1946 – 1962: Shelbyville, Shelby Co., IN
  • 1962 – 1995: Indianapolis, Marion Co., IN
  • 1995 – 2000: Witchita Falls, TX
  • 2000 – 2006: New Braunfels, TX

Other Information:

Frances’ memoir, The Country Doctor’s Youngest Daughter, was published in 2016 by Stolen Owl Press. Her 95 years of family stories paint a vivid portrait of the joys and heartbreak that defined the 20th Century.

Submitted by:
Patricia Macdonald Skillman

James Noble

James Noble
birth: 3 Feb 1801, Worcester Co, Maryland to Jonathan Noble and Nancy Driskell
death: 15 Nov 1881, Rush Co, IN
burial: Fairview Cemetery, Fairview, Rush Co, IN

marriage: 15 Apr 1824, Clermont Co, OH
Margaret “Peggy” Carnes
birth: 4 Jan 1803, Kentucky, to Josiah Carnes and Patience Marsh
death: 24 June 1869, Rush Co, IN
burial: Fairview Cemetery, Fairview, Rush Co, IN

Children of Margaret “Peggy” Carnes and James Noble:

  • Jonathan Noble, b. 1825, d. 1901, m. 1850 to Lucinda Jane Smith, b. 1831, d. 1907
  • Josiah Noble, b. 1826, d. 1894, m. 1848 to Amanda M. Gordon, b. 1831, d. aft 1900
  • Asenith Noble, b. 1829, d. 1857, m. 1852 to James R. Dunn, b. 1832
  • Harriet Noble, b. 1832, d. 1896, m. 1851 to Joseph W. Keaton, b. 1827, d. 1885
  • James H. Noble, b. 1834, d. 1865, m. 1859 to Sarah E. Story, b. 1838
  • William J. Noble, b. 1840, d. 1912, m. 1859 to Mary M. Pogue, b. 1842
  • Nancy E. Noble, b. 1843, d. 1919, m. 1865 to John B. Eaton, b. 1837 d. 1905

James Noble Lived In:

  • 1834-1881: Union Township, Rush County, Indiana

Other Information:

James Noble came to Indiana from Clermont County, Ohio, about 1834 with his wife Margaret (Carnes), whom he married in Ohio, and their children. He purchased land in Union township, Rush County in August and September 1834. He was a farmer. His brother Elijah’s family also came about the same time, along with their parents, Jonathan and  Nancy (Driskell) Noble. In the 1840 census, the three men are enumerated next to each other in Union township, Rush Co. (Another James Noble lived in Ripley township at the same time.) All of James and Margaret’s children are buried in Indiana. James’ brother Elijah moved his family to Madison County before 1850. Nancy Driskell Noble is buried in Fairview Cemetery, Rush County, and her husband Jonathan is buried in Starr Cemetery, Madison County beside Elijah.


Submitted by:
Zola Troutman Noble

William Thomas Graham

William Thomas “Will” Graham
b. 2 Jun 1874, Rushville, Rush County, Indiana, to William Isaac and Julietta (Cook) Graham
d. 7 September 1955, Great Falls, Cascade County, Montana

m. 19 October 1901, Champaign, Illinois
Frances Celia Preston
b. 2 June 1886
d. 25 September 1975

Will was a carpenter by trade. He died at age 82 and is buried in the Highland Cemetery at Great Falls, Montana.

Submitted by:
Irene Krieger
Batesville IN

Oscar Griffin

Oscar Griffin
b. 27 December 1869, Fugit Township, Decatur County, Indiana, to Robert and Sarah Ann (Forrester) Griffin
d. 21 March 1957, Mandan, North Dakota

m/1. 15 January 1902, Wells County, Indiana
Zella Mae Shedd
b. 15 March 1884, Rush County, Indiana, to Elisha and Ida May (Laird) Shedd
d. 2 July 1977, Mandan, North Dakota

Leora Ryan

Children with Zella Mae Shedd:
• John Howard (1902-1929)
• Mary Ione (1905-1999) married Elmer J. Otterstrom
• Charles Robert (1909-1974)
• Homer Merlin (1911-2001) married Nona Curfman
• Dorothy Mae (1914-1998) married Harold Kuebker
• Willard Oscar (1917-2001) married Grace Unkenholz
• Elbert James (1921-1921)

Oscar’s father moved to Indiana from Pennsylvania around 1849 and was a farmer and a minister of the Memorial Church, which was just at the southwest edge of what is now Lake Santee. Oscar was the youngest of eleven children and a farmer his entire life, first in Indiana and then later in North Dakota.

Submitted by:
James D. Lawrence
Greensburg IN

Joseph C. Whisler, Jr.

Joseph C. Whisler
b. 22 July 1815, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, to Joseph and Sarah (Rayman) Whisler, Sr.
d. 23 September 1898, Mackinaw Township, Tazewell County, Illinois

m. 1 January 1844, Crawford County, Ohio
Emeline Emery
b. 14 October 1827, Beaver County, Pennsylvania
d. 26 June 1913, Mackinaw Township, Tazewell County, Illinois

Children with Emeline Emery:
• Sarah Elizabeth (1844-1938)
• John Raymond (1846-1915)
• Mary Catherine (1848-1940)
• Roseta (1850-1855)
• Emeline M. (1852-1936)
• Elizabeth Jane (1852-1853)
• Josephine (1854-1855)
• Martha Jane (1856-1938)
• Joseph Milton (1860-1937)
• Lewis J. (1862-1931)
• James (1856-1862)
• infant

Milling was the Whisler family occupation for several generations. Joseph’s father, Joseph, Sr., was a miller in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, in the 1830’s and in Crawford County, Ohio, in the 1850’s. Joseph, Sr. soon moved to Mackinaw, Illinois, where the family established the Whisler Mill. Joseph, Jr. and Emeline followed his family to Illinois, but stopped off in Rushville, Indiana, where Jr. worked at a mill for a few years.

Six of Joseph, Jr. and Emeline’s children were born in Indiana, and three of their babies are buried in Smelser Cemetery in Union Township, Rush County, Indiana.

Joseph, Jr. and Emeline lived to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary. For some reason they moved back and forth between Illinois, and Rushville, Indiana, in the 1870’s and 1880’s. It is thought by their descendants that he must have owned mills in both states.

Submitted by:
Carol W. Moellering
Fort Wayne IN

Rachel Gertrude Nichols

Rachel Gertrude Nichols
b. 11 February 1856, Rush County, Indiana, to Thomas and Jane (Brown) Nichols
d. 22 June 1910, Valley Junction, Polk County, Iowa

m. 31 March 1875, Rockville, Parke County, Indiana
William Francis Bigwood
b. 27 March 1853, Felicity, Clermont County, Ohio
d. 14 January 1906, Earlham, Madison County, Iowa

Children with William Francis Bigwood:
• Effie Jane (1876-1961) married Frank Libby
• Zena Eliza (1878-1945)
• Marjorie Frances (1881-1963) married Joe Ficklin
• James Thomas (1884-1886)
• Maggie May (1887-1931) married Henry Little
• Ellia Nichols (1891-1909)
• Maryanna Elizabeth (1897-1980) married Lyman Lyle Libby

Rachel lived in Danville, Hendricks County, and Rockville, Parke County, Indiana, before leaving the state in 1900.

Submitted by:
Robert J. Libby
Iowa City IA

Peter Miller

Peter Miller
b. 5 March 1836, Franklin County, Indiana, to Archibald and Ann (Barber) Miller
d. 2 December 1911, Drummond, Garfield County, Oklahoma

m/1. 16 December 1858, Franklin County, Indiana
Philena Ann Points
b. 13 July 1840, Andersonville, Franklin County, Indiana
d. 1 July 1908, Taloga, Dewey County, Oklahoma

m/2. 9 February 1866, Clark County, Illinois
Harriet Wilson
b. 16 March 1843, Edgar County, Illinois
d. June 1924, Beeville, Bee County, Texas

Children with Philena Ann Points:
• Charles H. (b. 1859)
Children with Harriet Wilson:
• Anna (1869-bef. 1880)
• Mary Eva (1872-1919)
• Archibald (1873-aft. 1930)
• Goy A. (1875-aft. 1930)
• Leah B. (1880-1880)
• Sarah (1885-1902)

Peter lived in Franklin and Rush counties in Indiana before emigrating in 1859. He and Philena were divorced 8 May 1865 in Chicago, Cook County, Illinois.

Submitted by:
Becky Higgins
Streamwood IL

Carl Raymond Lemasters

Carl Raymond Lemasters
b. 23 October 1899, Greensburg, Decatur County, Indiana, to Carl Henry and Rusa Ann (Roberts) Lemasters
d. 28 February 1961, Hackettstown, Warren County, New Jersey

m. 23 October 1923, East Chicago, Lake County, Indiana
Cora Magdeline Eckel
b. 18 April 1903, Oldenburg, Franklin County, Indiana

Children with Cora Magdeline Eckel:
• Carl Edmond (b. 1927)
• Ronald Leon (b. 1929)
• Norbert Gene (1932-1932)
• Norman Daniel (b. 1935)
• Raymond Albert (b. 1942)

The first three children were born in Indiana. Carl then lived in Greensburg, Decatur County; Gary, Lake County; East Chicago, Lake County; and Rushville, Rush County, before emigrating in 1934.

Submitted by:
Raymond Lemasters
Hackettstown NJ