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

Julia Louise Balding Grindle

Julia Louise Balding Grindle
b. 4 Dec 1854 Vigo Co., Indiana
d. 20 Dec 1895 Vigo Co., Indiana
bur. Kennedy Cemetery, Otter Creek Twp., Vigo Co., Indiana

Julia Grindle and William Bryant

Julia Grindle and William Bryant

m. 7 Apr 1870 William Cleaster Bryant
William Cleaster Bryant
b. 13 Dec 1848 Sullivan Co., Indiana
d. 15 July 1917 Vigo Co., Indiana
bur. Kennedy Cemetery, Otter Creek Twp., Vigo Co., Indiana

Children of Julia Louise and William Cleaster Bryant

  • Minnie F (1873-1881)
  • Elizabeth Ellen (1875-1946) m. William Riley Murray
  • William Edward (1880-1934) m1.) Margaret Sarah Devonald 2.) Dora Lillian Williams
  • Gertrude (1883-1883)
  • Della Estelle (1883-1980) m1.) Lee Center 2.)Omar Safford
  • Frank Verner (1886-1970) m. Elsie Baker
  • Catherine Venora (1890-1968) m. Frederick N. Cartright
  • (also an infant who died young)

Julia was born to Noah Simpson Grindle and Elizabeth Ann Balding. She lived in Indiana for most of her life, except for a brief period when she and her family were living in Iowa. She married William Cleaster Bryant who was the son of Christopher Myers Bryant and Martha Beard. Julia died one year after the birth of her youngest child. William was a farmer born to Christopher Myers Bryant and Martha Beard. He spent most of his time in Indiana except for a period when his family was living in IL and another period where he lived in Iowa briefly before moving back to Indiana. He married Julia Louise Grindle who was the daughter of Noah Simpson Grindle and Elizabeth Ann Balding. He and his wife are buried at Kennedy Cemetery in Vigo County.

Submitted by:
Jennifer Cruse
Terre Haute, IN
E-mail: jencruse@msn.com

David Bacon McGrew

David Bacon McGrew
b. 29 Feb 1832 Ohio
d. 16 Jul 1910 Sullivan, Indiana
bur. Stephens Cemetery, Pierson Twp., Vigo Co., Indiana

David Bacon McGrew

David Bacon McGrew

David Bacon McGrew gravestone

David Bacon McGrew gravestone

m. 5 May 1859 Lewis, Vigo Co., Indiana
Rebecca Ellen Saltsgiver
b. 16 Sept 1837 Ohio
d. 12 Apr 1922
bur. Stephens Cemetery, Pierson Twp., Vigo Co., Indiana

Children with Rebecca Ellen Saltsgiver

  • Mary Florence (1860-1931) m. John Stickels
  • Nathan Alfred (1863-1951) m. Effie Armilda Trimble
  • Nevada Victoria (1865-1924) m. Richard H. Cochran
  • Eliza Jane (1868-1943) m. Winter Lovette Kimbel
  • Cora Anise (1870-1892)
  • Edward Huston (1874-1952) m. Ruth Rozelle Roberts
  • Emma Grace (1877-1963) m. Zachariah Jones

David was born in Ohio to Nathan McGrew and Mary Huston. After spending a time in Iowa, he returned to Indiana by 1870, settling in Patricksburg before finally moving to Vigo and then to Sullivan counties. He married Rebecca Ellen Saltsgiver who was the daughter of Joseph Saltsgiver and Maria Davis Kail. They are both buried at Stephens Cemetery in Vigo County.

Submitted by:
Jennifer Cruse
Terre Haute, IN
E-mail: jencruse@msn.com

Rebecca Ellen Saltsgiver

Rebecca Ellen Saltsgiver
b. 16 September 1837, Carr, Ohio, to Joseph and Maria Davis (Kail) Saltsgiver
d. 12 April 1922, Lewis, Vigo, Indiana
bur. Stephens Cemetery, Pierson Township, Vigo County, Indiana

Rebecca Ellen Saltsgiver

Rebecca Ellen Saltsgiver

Rebecca Ellen Saltsgiver gravestone

Rebecca Ellen Saltsgiver gravestone

m. 5 May 1859, Lewis, Vigo, Indiana
David Bacon McGrew
b. 29 February 1832, Tuscarawas County, Ohio, to Nathan and Mary (Huston) McGrew
d. 16 July 1910, Sullivan County, Indiana
bur. Stephens Cemetery, Pierson Township, Vigo County, Indiana

Children with David Bacon McGrew:

  • Mary Florence (1860-1931) married John Stickels
  • Nathan Alfred (1863-1951) married Effie Armilda Trimble
  • Nevada Victoria (1865-1924) married Richard H. Cochran
  • Eliza Jane (1868-1943) married Winter Lovette Kimbel
  • Cora Anise (1870-1892)
  • Edward Huston (1874-1952) married Ruth Rozelle Roberts
  • Emma Grace (1877-1963) married Zachariah Jones

Rebecca was born in Ohio and spent a short time in Iowa before moving to Patricksburg, Indiana then to Pierson Township in Vigo County, Indiana. She later move to Sullivan County, Indiana. After her husband’s death in 1910, Rebecca lived with her daughter, Mary Stickels and her family.

Submitted by:
Jennifer Cruse
Terre Haute, IN
E-mail: jencruse@msn.com