Category Archives: St. Joseph County

Virgil James Gilchrist

Virgil James Gilchrist
birth: 28 Mar 1900 in Richland Twp., Fulton Co., IN to William Jefferson Gilchrist & Millie Artemicia Mow
death: 08 Apr 1971 in Jeffersonville, Clark County, IN
burial: Walnut Ridge Cemetery, Jeffersonville, Clark Co., IN

marriage: 25 Oct. 1927 in South Bend, St. Joseph Co., IN
Alcie Elizabeth O’Dell
birth: 25 Oct 1903 in Montgomery County, IN to William Franklin O’Dell & Virginia Margaret Phelps
death: 18 Mar 1972 in Jeffersonville, Clark Co., IN
burial: Walnut Ridge Cemetery, Jeffersonville, Clark Co, IN

Children of Virgil James Gilchrist and Alcie Elizabeth O’Dell:

  • Claudia Marie Gilchrist m. Robert Eugene Deen
  • Margaret Jean Gilchrist m. Frank Duane Killebrew
  • Wilma Opal Gilchrist (11 Dec. 1930 – 01 May 2012) m. 27 Aug 1955 to Samuel Cline Gill
  • James Bruce Gilchrist (01 Jan 1933 – 04 Jan 2004) m. Katherine Joanna Wishard
  • Living
  • Robert Allen Gilchrist m. Patricia Sue McAllister

Virgil James Gilchrist lived in:

  • 1900-1927 Fulton County, IN
  • 1928- 1939 St. Joseph Co., IN and Fulton Co., IN
  • 1943-1945 New Albany, Floyd County, IN
  • 1945- 1954 Jeffersonville, Clark County, IN
  • 1957-1971 Jeffersonville, Clark County, IN
  • 1939-1943 Vinita, Craig County, OK
  • 1954-1957 Reidland, McCrackin County, KY

Other Information:

Virgil dropped out of high school in the first part of his senior year and began his life’s work in construction. For a short time he took a job in IL, working on a horse farm and helping to train trotters and pacers. He loved sulky racing and frequently took his family to fairgrounds and race tracks where these horses were raced. He never bet on the horses, but simply loved to watch them run. Living in Jeffersonville, IN he often took out-of-town visitors to Lexington, KY to tour the thoroughbred horse farms in the days when visitors were allowed to walk through the barns and stables. In his younger days, Virgil was on the construction crew that built the football stadium at Notre Dame University in South Bend. During his working life, he worked as a carpenter and later as construction superintendent, building schools, churches and place of business. From the 1940s until his death, Virgil was very active in the Methodist Church, serving as lay leader, chairman of the official board, choir member and Sunday School teacher. He started teaching a class of junior high school students at Park Place Methodist Church and continued with that class until those students had children in junior high school. He was lovingly called “Pop” Gilchrist by that group, and at the time of his death, the class built a picnic shelter on the church property and named it in honor of Virgil J. Gilchrist. He loved working with young people, and he loved the Lord he served so faithfully.

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E Ann Grubb
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William Jefferson Gilchrist

William Jefferson Gilchrist
birth: 31 Mar 1869 in Richland Township, Fulton Co., IN to Thomas Gilchrist & Phoebe Keely
death: 20 Dec 1943 in South Bend, St. Joseph Co., IN
burial: I.O.O.F. Cemetery, Richland Center, Fulton Co., IN

marriage: 31 Dec. 1898 in Fulton County, IN
Millie Artemicia Mow
birth:
02 Jul 1880 Fulton County, IN to David B. Mow & Catherin Buehler/Beehler
death:
19 Sep 1920 Richland Township, Fulton Co., IN
burial:
I.O.O.F. Cemetery, Richland Center, Fulton Co., IN

Children of William Jefferson Gilchrist and Millie Artemicia Mow:

  • Virgil James Gilchrist (28 Mar 1900 – 08 Apr. 1971) m. 25 Oct.1927 in South Bend, St. Joseph Co., IN to Alcie Elizabeth O’Dell
  • Byron Bruce Gilchrist (27 Jan 1903 – 07 Jan 1998) m. 18 Aug. 1928 in South Bend, St. Joseph Co., IN to Emma Berneice Pfeiffer

William Jefferson Gilchrist lived in:

  • 1869 – 1902 Rochester Township, Fulton Co., IN
  • 1902 Richland Township, Fulton Co., IN
  • In his later years he lived first with his son, Virgil and his family in Floyd and Clark Counties in Indiana, and then until his death, with his younger son, Byron and family in South Bend, St. Joseph County, IN.

Other Information:

Will GILCHRIST attended the old Burton Evangelical Church until the
family moved to Richland Township. Then he became very active in the Grand
View Evangelical Church in the Whippoorwill Community, serving in the
capacity of Sunday School Superintendent of that church for many years.

Will was described as “the sweetest-tempered, most gentle man in the
world,” by one sister of Elizabeth (O’DELL), Will’s daughter-in-law.
William was a handsome man, probably just under 6′ tall and of sturdy
build, but not heavy.

William always seemed to be standing at a distance from other people in snapshots, and most usually, he would be positioned to the right side of the photo. Will’s son, Byron GILCHRIST, in June, 1996, gave this report, “That right eye was injured from a severe bump Dad received and the bone deterioration that the injury caused. As a boy,
he hit himself in the eye with the leg of a milking stool. He had reached
across the back of one of the cows to get the stool down from where it was
hanging on the barn wall. The cow shifted her stance; he lost his grip on
the stool and a leg of the stool hit him in the eye. There was a clinic in
Michigan where Dad spent several weeks in treatment. He lost the sight in that eye, and maybe he did position himself that way in pictures to hide it or so that he could
best see the others people in a group.” The wedding picture of Will and Artie Gilchrist reveals a distinct difference in the appearance of that eye and the left one.

Although Will grew up on a farm and continued to maintain his father’s farm after Thomas was not able to do it, Will’s first love was carpentry. He did not want to be a farmer, but felt obligated to carry on for his father. He taught both of his sons to do both kinds of labor and both of them earned their living in construction work, but farmed enough to provide food for their families.

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E. Ann Grubb
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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 (1948-2016)
  • Living

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.

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Robb Reed
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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.

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Nancy Westenfield
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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
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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
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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
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Matthias Milton Shidaker

Matthias Milton Shidaker
birth: 21 Jun 1845, Miami County, Ohio to John Shidaker, Jr. & Mary Burgher
death: 15 Apr 1927, Fulton County, Indiana
burial: Moon Cemetery, Fulton County, Indiana

marriage:
Lottie B. [–?–]
birth: abt 1859
death: bef 1900

Children of Matthias Milton Shidaker and Lottie B. [–?–]:

  • John E. Shidaker (1874 – Dec 1915)
  • Ralph Shidaker (b. 1878)
  • William Shidaker (b. May 1880)

Matthias lived in Elizabeth Township, Miami County, Ohio (1850); Plymouth, Marshall County, Indiana (1864); Chicago, Illinois (1870); St. Joseph County, Indiana (1880); Aubbeenaubbee Township, Fulton County, Indiana (1900-1920); and Leiters Ford, Fulton County, Indiana (1927).

He served during the Civil War in Company K of the 13th Regiment, Indiana Cavalry.  He suffered a lifetime of pain from having a minie ball lodged in his hip.

Submitted by:
Kathleen A Rausch
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