Category Archives: Shelby County

Inez Abel Farquer

Inez Abel Farquer
birth: 25 Nov 1926 at Washington, Daviess Co., IN to John and Mamie (Bresh) Abel
death: April 1996 in Washington, Daviess Co., IN
burial: grave marker at Bethel Cemetery, Washington, Daviess Co., IN

marriage: Jan 1954
Murrell A. Farquer
birth:  20 Apr 1916 in Ohio
death: 13 Apr 1979, Washington, Daviess Co., IN
burial: Bethel Cemetery, Washington, Daviess Co., IN

Children of Inez Abel Farquer and Murrell A. Farquer:

  • Emma Rose Farquer, b. 6 May 1955 at Shelbyville, Shelby Co., IN, liviing
  • Son, living

Inez Abel Farquer Lived In:

Washington, Daviess County, Indiana

Submitted by:
Emma Birch
Email: emmabirch55@gmail.com

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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: http://squareup.com/store/stolen-owl-press

Submitted by:
Patricia Macdonald Skillman
Email: trishskillman@gmail.com

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
Email: trishskillman@gmail.com

Daniel Kirk

Daniel Kirk
birth: 1 Oct 1828 at Shelby Co., IN to William Henry Kirk and Elizabeth Depew
death: 11 Oct 1901, Morgan Co., IN
burial: Shultz Cemetery, Martinsville, Jefferson Twp., Morgan Co., IN

marriage: 7 Dec 1851, Morgan Co., IN
Martha Ellen Dow
birth: 9 Sep 1835 at Clark Co., IN to Nathan Dow and Matilda Robertson
death: 27 Apr 1891, Morgan Co., IN
burial: Shultz Cemetery, Martinsville, Jefferson Twp., Morgan Co., IN

Children of Daniel Kirk and Martha Ellen Dow:

  • Ella May Kirk, b. 27 Nov 1852, d. 5 Jan 1924, m. 18 Sep 1870 to Uriah Madison Hinson
  • William H Kirk, b. 20 Aug 1854, d. 15 Jul 1855
  • Charles Hamiller Kirk, b. 27 Feb 1856, d. 20 Aug 1938 at Westminster, CA, m. 3 Aug 1876 to Lucina “Sina” Garrison
  • Harvey Alexander Kirk, b. 27 Sep 1857, d. 24 Dec 1934, m. 18 Apr 1878 to Margaret Isabella Johnston
  • Mary Elizabeth Kirk, b. 13 Apr 1860, d. 1 May 1950, m. 18 Apr 1878 to John Wesley Dailey Sr
  • Benjamin Robertson Kirk, b. 5 Mar 1862, d, 17 Jul 1865
  • Susan Matilda Kirk, b. 7 Oct 1864, d. 20 Jul 1865
  • James Edward Kirk, b. 15 Jul 1867, d. 27 Jul 1926, m. (1) 20 Mar 1888 to Tura Belle Hinson, (2) 29 Oct 1891 to Abby Ellen Green
  • Daniel Perry Kirk, b. 13 Nov 1868, d. 26 Oct 1937, m. 4 Jan 1890 to Eva Lea Wooden
  • Nathan Franklin Kirk, b. 12 Jul 1871, d. 24 mar 1912, m. 18 Oct 1893 to Emma Mae Hinson
  • Martha Jane Kirk, b. 10 Jul 1872, d. 19 Oct 1881
  • Benjamin Allen Kirk, b. 16 Apr 1874, d. 8 Sep 1942, m. 15 Feb 1905 to Rebecca Hinson
  • Maggie Rosetta Kirk, b. 27 Sep 1879, d. 14 Nov 1881

Daniel Kirk Lived In:

Born in Shelby County, Daniel Kirk spent his entire life in the state of Indiana. After his mother died 4 July 1835, his father remarried, 17 February 1836, to Susan R Sloan. The family moved to Morgan County sometime between the remarriage and 1840. Most of Daniel’s life was spent in Jefferson Township, Morgan County. Before 1900, he’d removed to East Highland Street in Martinsville, Washington Twp., in Morgan. A widowered farmer, the 1900 census records he had zero days unemployed.

Other Information:

Daniel Kirk was a prosperous Jefferson Township farmer, working 220 acres that father-in-law Nathan Dow had originally acquired as a 240 acre parcel in two deeds dated 6 September 1836. The Kirks purchased the farm in 1855 and 1856 from Martha’s brother, David Dow, who had obtained it from his siblings following Nathan Dow’s death. The 1870 U.S. census lists Daniel’s real estate valued at $6000 and his personal property at $5000. The farm was honored as a Hoosier Homestead Farm in 1979 and still belongs to a descendant.

The Kirks were devout Christians, belonging to the Lamb’s Creek Christian Church, where Daniel was a leader. With the exception of Charles, who removed to California, all of the Kirk children lived their entire lives in Indiana.

Submitted by:
Patricia Marsh Dow
Email: pdow@aol.com

 

 

Rebecca Jane Stephans

Rebecca Jane Stephans
b. 21 December 1839, Shelby County, Indiana, to Stacy and Sarah (Phares) Stephans
d. 8 April 1924, Houston, Texas

m. 6 July 1857, Franklin County, Kansas
James Cooper
b. 8 February 1839, near Marietta, Ohio, to John and Susanna (Brown) Cooper
d. 8 April 1912, Ceres, Oklahoma

Children with James Cooper:
• John Stacy (1857-1884)
• Sarah Ellen (1864-1870)
• Susanna Eulalie (1865-1950)
• Rebecca Naomi (b. 1866)
• Luvena Jane (1870-1870)
• Robert Matthew (b. 1870)
• Mary Elizabeth (b. 1872)
• Amy Lucy (b. 1874)
• Lillie Lucretia (1874-1887)
• Alice Louisa (b. 1877)
• Annette Mae (1878-1891)

Rebecca lived in Shelby County, Indiana, until about age 28. Her husband was a farmer and was in the Union Army. He was discharged at Jefferson Barracks, St. Louis, Missouri on 17 July 1865. He also worked as a stone mason and made the Land Run in the Oklahoma Territory. After the death of her husband, Rebecca Jane lived with her daughter S. Eulalie (Cooper) Eldred in Houston, Texas until her own death in 1924.

Submitted by:
Shirley J. Stedman
Marion TX
E-mail: vega711@juno.com

Lydia Belle Wilkinson

Lydia Belle Wilkinson
b. 11 January 1862, Columbus, Bartholomew County, Indiana, to Asbury and Mary Ann M. (Beswick) Wilkinson
d. 6 May 1952, Wichita, Sedgwick County, Kansas

m. May 1883, White Township, Kingman County, Kansas
Peter Cartwright Pryor
b. about 1858, Illinois

Children with Peter Cartwright Pryor:
• Dora
• Mamie
• Fred

Lydia also lived in Shelby County, Indiana. It is not known when they emigrated.

Submitted by:
Elizabeth Nash
Garden City KS
E-mail: dnash1@cox.net

Asbury Wilkinson

Asbury Wilkinson
b. 16 January 1818, Leipsic Township, Kent County, Delaware, to Parismus and Polly (Smith) Wilkinson
d. 17 January 1909, Lake Charles, Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana

m/1. 2 May 1843, Laconia, Harrison County, Indiana
Rachel Berry Beswick
b. to Phillip and Sally “Sarah” (Pitman) Beswick

m/2. 13 Sep. 1847, Laconia, Harrison County, Indiana
Mary Ann M. Beswick (Rachel’s sister)
b. 30 April 1825, Laconia, Harrison County, Indiana, to Phillip and Sally “Sarah” (Pitman) Beswick
d. 3 July 1892, Lake Charles, Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana

Children with Rachel Berry Beswick:
• Mary Rebecca (b. 1844)

Children with Mary Ann M. Beswick:
• Rachel H. (b. 1851)
• Emma (b. 1856)
• Belle (1862-1952) married (1) Peter C. Pryor, (2) Chester D. Dickinson

Asbury was living in Laconia, Harrison County, in 1842; in Posey Township, Switzerland County, in 1850; in Moore’s Hill, Dearborn County, in 1851; in Shelbyville, Shelby County, in 1856 and 1860; and in Columbus, Bartholomew County, Indiana, by 1862. It is not known when they left Indiana, but they were in Kingman, Kansas, in 1876. He was a graduate of DePauw University and a Methodist circuit rider, who began several churches.

Submitted by:
Elizabeth Nash
Garden City KS
E-mail: dnash1@cox.net