Category Archives: St. Joseph County

Ernest Gaston Tidrow Jr

Ernest Gaston Tidrow Jr.
birth: 11 Sep 1920 at New Castle, Henry Co., IN to Ernest Gaston Tidrow Sr. and Pauline Katherine Fletcher
death: 3 Dec 2014, Greenfield, Hancock Co., IN
burial: South Mound Cemetery, New Castle

marriage: 31 May 1944 at St. Joseph, Indiana
Alice Adeline Spillman
birth: 4 Mar 1922, New Castle, Henry Co., IN to Robert Charles Spillman and Hildred Carrier
death: 22 Nov 1993
burial: South Mound Cemetery, New Castle

Children of Ernest Gaston Tidrow Jr. and Alice Adeline Spillman:

  • Ronald Douglas Tidrow, b. 1948, d. 2016
  • Jeannine Ann Tidrow, b. 1954

Ernest Gaston Tidrow Jr. lived in:

  • New Castle, Henry Co., IN
  • Tipton, Tipton Co., IN
  • Greenfield, Hancock Co., IN
  • Greenville, Darke Co., OH

Other Information: Ernest Gaston Tidrow Jr. attended Indiana University and graduated Butler University with a Masters of Education. He played basketball with Tony Hinkle at Butler.

He was principal of Greenfield Central High School for twenty-five years, worked for Jefferson Township schools for eight years, and was a teacher and coach at Tipton High School before his retirement in 1986.

Ernest Gaston Tidrow Jr. served in the U.S. Navy during WWII as Lt. J.G. Commander on LST 719. He was a member and former elder at Greenfield Christian Church. Ernest was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity at Butler University. He was also a member of the Indiana Teachers Association.

Submitted by:
Robb Reed
Email: amhmbs@icloud.com

 

Chapman J. Kneisley

Chapman J. Kneisley
birth: 11 May 1822 in Virginia to Jacob and Barbara [unknown] Kneisley
death: 6 Jan 1882 at Walkerton, St. Joseph County, IN
burial: North Woodlawn Cemetery, Walkerton, St. Joseph Co., IN

marriage: December 1846 in VA
Elsbeth Fry
birth: 21 June 1826, VA
death: June 1891, Walkerton, St. Joseph Co., IN
burial: North Woodlawn Cemetery, Walkerton, St. Joseph Co., IN

Children of Chapman J. Kneisley and Elsbeth (Fry) Kneisley:

  • George William Kneisley- b. 1848, d. 1920, m. (1) Julia M. Orange, (2) 1910, Cora (Gould) Kneisley (his brother Jacob’s widow)
  • Jacob Fletcher Kneisley- b. 1855, d. 1897, m. Cora Gould
  • John L. Kneisley- b. 1856, d. 1921, m. Ruth Inman
  • Daniel E. Kneisley- b. 1861, d. 1921, m. Dora Nancy Wilson
  • Kenneth Chapman Kneisley- b. 1864, d. 1889, m. Mary Melissa Hileman

Chapman J. Kneisley lived in:

  • Prior to migrating to Indiana, the Kneisleys lived in Shenandoah County, Virginia
  • 1860- Chapman Kneisley and wife Elisabeth lived in Pleasant Twp., LaPorte County, Indiana
  • 1870- Johnson Twp
  • 1891- Elisabeth (Fry) Kneisley lived in Walterton, St. Joseph County, Indiana

Other Information:

Most of the Kneisley children migrated to Michigan City, LaPorte County and lived in and around LaPorte and St Joseph counties.

Chapman’s brother Jacob Kneisley’s will (Shenandoah Co., VA Will Book W, p. 124-5) names their parents as Jacob and Barbara and says that Chapman’s brothers-in-law were James Ruddell and Henry Gochenour, both from Virginia.

Elsbeth’s will (LaPorte Co., IN Will Book D, p. 428-430) names her children and grandson Ralph Chapman Kneisley. Witnessing her will were L. C. Kneisley and B. M. Supinger of Virginia.

Submitted by:
Ralph Kneisley
Email: rkneisley@windstream.net

 

Cletus Emril Spradlin

Cletus Emril Spradlin
birth: 08 Aug 1908, Warrick County, IN to Louis Everette Spradlin and Katie Hamby
death: 19 Oct 1974, Perham, Otter Tail, MN
burial: St Joseph Valley Memorial Park, South Bend, St Joseph, IN

marriage: 03 Aug 1929, Valparaiso, Porter, IN
Vera Fern Wilson
birth: 26 April 1907 to Jacob Abijah Wilson and Bertha Loretta Asper
death: 07 Aug 1999, Tucson, Pima, AZ
burial: St Joseph Valley Memorial Park, South Bend, St Joseph, IN (shared headstone)

Children of Cletus and Vera Spradlin:

  • Phyllis Jean Spradlin, b: 25 May 1930, d: 10 April 2005, m: 23 Sept 1950- Arthur William Bruggeman
  • Larry Dean Spradlin, b: 24 Mar 1935, d: 20 May 2012, m, 1st: Carolyn Paege, m, 2nd: living
  • Son Spradlin, Living

Cletus Spradlin lived in Warrick County, Indiana from birth until approximately 1928, when he removed to St Joseph County, where he lived from 1929-1967 (in both Mishawaka and South Bend). He lived in Dent, Otter Tail County, Minnesota 1967- 1974.

Charter member of the River Park Lions Club and member of the River Park Fisherman’s Club
Worked at both Bendix and Studebaker
Was a tool-maker/owner at DeBurring Products Company

Submitted by:
Teresa Bruggeman Kahle
Email: teresa@theintrepidsleuth.com

 

George Robbins

George Robbins
birth: 5 Feb 1862, Marshall, Calhoun County, Indiana to Samuel Robbins and Charlotte Jeanette Budington
death: 18 May 1926, South Bend, St. Joseph County, Indiana
burial: Highland Cemetery, South Bend, St. Joseph County, Indiana

married: 16 Sep 1885, Texas Corners, Michigan
Annie Lessie Newell
birth: 28 Jan 1870, Texas Corners, Michigan to William Bannister Heald Newell and Marilla B. Butler
death: 8 Jan 1953, Miami, Florida
burial: Highland Cemetary, South Bend, St. Joseph County, Indiana

Children of George Robbins and Annie Lessie Newell:

  • Lotta Murilla Robbins B. 1886 D. 1951, m. Melvin A. Monnett
  • Norma Louise Robbins B. 1890 D. 1957, m. John Sylvester Bricknell
  • Eva Marie Robbins B. 1893 D. 1926, m. Fredrick Charles Scheer
  • Newell Budington Robbins B. 1899 D. 1971, m. Lora Lee Longshore
  • Agnes Elizabeth Robbinsw B. 1906 D. 1984, m. Edward Erwin Gobler

George and Anna lived in Hammond, Indiana from 1893 to 1926 with a few years in between in Hartford, Van Buren County, Michigan.

George Robbins was appointed in 1894 Captain in the Fire Department. He was also in the courtroom when the Tin Man came in and started shooting and he was shot in the arm.

Submitted by:
Nancy Westenfield
nancywesty@aol.com

Edgar Tschupp

Edgar Tschupp
birth: 22 Jun 1913, Elkhart, Elkhart County, Indiana to Maurice Edgar Tschupp (1892 – 1975) and Bertha Anna Kurtz (1894 – 1956)
death: 8 Feb 1957, Phoenix, Arizona
burial: Resthaven Cemetery, Glendale, Maricopa County, Arizona

marriage: 27 Aug 1943, South Bend, St Joseph County, Indiana
Gertrude Marie Mearing
birth: 1913, Gas City, Grant County, Indiana to Ernest Ward Harper and Artie Mae Goldy; adopted by Howard Mearing and Edith Schafer
death: Feb 1988, Phoenix, Maricopa County, Arizona
burial: Resthaven Cemetery, Glendale, Maricopa County, Arizona

Children of Edgar Tschupp and Gertrude Maria Mearing:

  • Betty Valentine Tschupp (adopted) 1935 – 2011
  • Edgar Tschupp 1913 – 1957 (Army Veteran)
  • Cathy Tschupp Reed Bland
  • Diana Tschupp Beckett 1948 – 2009
  • John Edgar Tschupp

Edgar lived in Elkhart, Elkhart County, Indiana; Concord, Elkhart County, Indiana; Baugo, Elkhart County, Indiana; Toledo, Lucas County, Ohio; South Bend, St. Joseph County, Indiana; St. Augustine, St. Johns County, Florida; and Phoenix, Arizona.

Edgar was an army veteran. He adopted Betty Jean Valentine, his wife’s daughter by first marriage. He died on colon cancer.

Submitted by:
John Tschupp
round_robin@verizon.net

Hannah Miller

Hannah Miller
birth: 1787, Virginia
death: 30 December 1866, South Bend, St Joseph County, Indiana
burial: Porter Cemetery

1st marriage:
Daniel Paul/Paulus
birth: 1774 to Rev. Daniel Paulus
death: 1816
burial: Huntingdon, Pennsylvania

2nd marriage:
Jacob Tschupp
birth: 1757
death: 1833, Stark County, Ohio

Children of Jacob Tschupp and Hannah Miller:

  • Susan Tschupp Smith 1819 – 1908
  • Samuel Tschupp, Sr. 1822 – 1891
  • Anna “Nancy” Tschupp 1829 – 1914
  • infant

Hannah lived in South Bend, St Joseph County, Indiana after 1833. She lived in Virginia, Pennsylvania and Ohio before moving to Indiana.

Submitted by:
John Tschupp
round_robin@verizon.net

Susan Tschupp

Susan Tschupp
birth: 30 April 1819, Stark County, Ohio to Jacob Tschupp and Hannah Miller
death: 24 Fed 1908, South Bend, St. Joseph County, Indiana
burial: South Bend, St. Joseph County, Indiana

marriage:
James C. Smith
birth: 1819
death: 1892

Susan lived in Stark County, Ohio until about 1833 when she moved to St. Joseph County, Indiana after 1833.

Submitted by:
John Tschupp
round_robin@verizon.net