Category Archives: Sullivan County

Samuel Medearis

Samuel Medearis
birth: 17 November 1845, Carlisle, Sullivan County, Indiana to Hyatt Henry Medearis and Elizabeth Berkmann/Barrickman
death: 25 February 1923, Vincennes, Knox County, Indiana
burial: Fairview Cemetery/Vincennes City Cemetery, Vincennes, Knox County, Indiana

married 1st: 13 September 1867, Vincennes, Knox County, Indiana
Elizabeth Drennon
death: Before September 1871

married 2nd: 25 September 1871, Vincennes, Knox County, Indiana
Harriet Henrietta Carter
d. before 1880

married 3rd: before 1900
Margaret O’Donnell
d. 21 February 1916

Children of Samuel Medearis and Elizabeth Drennon:

  • Eleanore Henriette Medearis, b. 15 September 1872  Vincennes, Knox County, Indiana; d. 26 February 1939, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois; m. Henry George B. Franke 15 June 1897 Vincennes, Knox County, Indiana

Samuel lived in Carlisle, Sullivan County, Indiana (1845); Vicksburg, Warren County, Mississippi (1850); Terre Haute, Vigo County, Indiana (1860); and Vincennes, Knox County, Indiana (1865-1923).

Samuel Medearis served in the civil war as a private in Company B, 143rd Reg of the Indiana Infantry.

Submitted by:
Marlene Petty Polster
marlenepolster@sbcglobal.net

Mary Turman

Mary Turman
b. 2 December 1791, Montgomery County, Virginia, to Benjamin and Sarah (Harbour) Turman
d. 23 March 1890, San Jose, Santa Clara County, California

m. 24 December 1809, Miami County, Ohio
Josiah Bryant
b. 9 March 1784, Montgomery County, Virginia
d. 27 August 1871, Ottumwa, Wapello County, Iowa

Children with Josiah Bryant:
• Matilda (1812-1891) married John Bailey
• Benjamin (1815-1899) married Affa Mariah Benedict
• Sarah Ruann (1821-1914) married Charles M. Teeple
• Martha Malone (1830-1864) married Francis A. Nolan

The Turmans lived in Turman Township, Sullivan County, and in LaPorte County before leaving Indiana about 1863.

Submitted by:
Kathryn Cox
Liberty Hill TX
E-mail: cosloukat@aol.com

Henry Rusher, Jr.

Henry Rusher, Jr.
b. 8 February 1795, Bedford County, Virginia, to William and Elizabeth (Brickey) Rusher
d. 14 April 1858, Raymond, Montgomery County, Illinois

m. 15 September 1815, Breckinridge County, Kentucky
Catherine Newton
b. 1798, Virginia
d. 27 March 1875, Raymond, Montgomery County, Illinois

Children with Catherine Newton:
• Jackson
• Mariah
• William P.
• Nancy
• Pleasant
• Martha Ann
• Sena Elizabeth
• Jacob Borders
• Lavisa Jane

The last four of Henry’s children were born in Indiana. He immigrated to Sullivan County, Indiana, about 1827 and left about 1840.

Submitted by:
Marilyn M. Alford
Tucson AZ
E-mail: rlalford@juno.com

Jacob Borders Rusher

Jacob Borders Rusher
b. 1836, Sullivan County, Indiana, to Henry and Catherine (Newton) Rusher, Jr.
d. 2 April 1872, Bourbon County, Kansas

m/1. 1856, Sullivan County, Indiana
Theodocia Rusher
b. about 1832, Sullivan County, Indiana
d. December 1857

m/2. 5 June 1858, Macoupin County, Illinois
Eliza Jane Adams
b. 11 December 1842, Macoupin County, Illinois
d. 13 August 1881, Arcadia, Crawford County, Kansas

Children with Theodocia Rusher:
• Henry S.

Children with Eliza Jane Adams:
• Carrie E.
• Maggie B.
• Lorenzo Dow “Bud”
• Ada
• Ulysses S. Grant
• Lavisa Jane

Jacob left Sullivan County, Indiana, in 1857.

Submitted by:
Marilyn M. Alford
Tucson AZ
E-mail: rlalford@juno.com

James Johnson Poland/Polen

James Johnson Poland/Polen
b. 12 December 1865, Azalia, Bartholomew County, Indiana, to Clyde Washington and Elmira Elizabeth (Herod Betts) Poland/Polen
d. 27 June 1952, Gideon, New Madrid County, Missouri

m/1. 1 March 1885, Azalia, Bartholomew County, Indiana
Rhoda Charlotte Layman
b. 26 January 1890, Azalia, Bartholomew County,Indiana, to James Carter and Rutha Jane (Crosby) Layman
d. 10 September 1908, Merom, Sullivan County, Indiana

m/2. date unknown
Mary Bray

Children with Rhoda Charlotte Layman:
• Oscar Warren (1886-1925) married Lou Ethel Appell
• Edna May (1889-1954) married Lafayette French
• Nellie Gertrude (1891-1932) married Claud Glass
• Ruth Elmira (1893-1975) married Clifton Mason
• Vergle Edith (1896-1977) married John Wagster
• James Herschel (1898-1951) married Virgie Stewart
• Dauris Emeral (1901-1982) married Mildred Viola Batson
• Charley Layman (b. 1904) married Rhemo Cooper
• Leonard

James lived in Azalia, Elizabethtown, and Columbus (all located in Bartholomew County, Indiana) as well as Merom, Sullivan County, Indiana, before emigrating in 1909 to Arkansas. In 1910 the family emigrated to Malden, Dunklin County, Missouri, and then to Gidean, New Madrid County, Missouri.

Submitted by:
Betty Louise Polen Schlechte
Alton IL

Henry Clay Gilmore

Henry Clay Gilmore
b. 14 October 1841, Boone County, Kentucky
d. 1887, near Colorado Springs, Colorado

m. 5 July 1861, Lebanon, Boone County, Indiana
Sarah Margaret “Maggie” Strahan
b. 22 September 1846, Lebanon, Boone County, Indiana

Children with Sarah Margaret Strahan:
• Oliver Lowell (b. 1864)
• Orian Franklin (b. 1866)
• Charles Eugene (b. 1867)
• Leonidas (b. 1871)
• Rose (b. 1875)
• John B. (b. 1876)
• Harry (b. 1878)
• Thomas (b. 1880)
• Jesse Gilbert (b. 1882)
• Pearle (b. 1885)
• May Avesta (b. 1889)

Henry came to Indiana after 1845 and left the state about 1874. His last known residence in the state was Merom, in Sullivan County. He went to Illinois, Kansas, Colorado, Washington, and back to Colorado. He may have lived in other states, but these are the states where his children were born.

Submitted by:
Joyce Barlow Munson
Ft. Wayne IN
E-mail: munsonjo@verizon.net

William Dixon

William Dixon
b. 1790, Pickaway, Virginia
d. 21 August 1848, Corsicana, Navarro County, Texas

m/1. 5 March 1808, Ross County, Ohio
Malinda/Melinda McArthur
b. 17 May 1790, Ohio or Kentucky
d. 3 June 1838, Kentucky

m/2.
Elizabeth Cartwright
d. before 1847

m/3. 1847
Florinda Whiteside

Children with Malinda/Melinda McArthur:
• Joseph (b. 1811)
• Charity (1812-1846)
• Joal (b. 1814)
• Jane (1817-1848) married Joshua Barekman
• William A., Jr. (1819-ca. 1864) married Marilla Donaldson
• Susanna Louisa (1822-1906) married William Nicks Anderson, Sr.
• Alexander Joseph (1824-1906) married Mary Louise Kendall
• Mary Elizabeth (1826-1885) married James Gibson Hardin
• Malinda Earline (1829-1851) married James Thomas Lee
• Nancy Ann (1834-1915) married James M. Shegog

William was a practicing “herb” doctor, as was his son William, Jr. He served in the War of 1812. He left Carlisle, Sullivan County, Indiana, about April 1846 for Navarro County, Texas. He arrived in September for a land grant from the Mercer Colony, bringing with him his seven youngest children and several grandchildren. While it is not known where the first three children were born, the rest were born in Sullivan County, Indiana.

Submitted by:
Walter C. Dixson
Fort Worth TX
E-mail: wcdixson@flash.net