Category Archives: Switzerland County

William B Sanders

William B. Sanders
b. 31 Dec 1800, England
d. 26 Feb 1875, Switzerland County, Indiana
bur. Bovard Cemetery, Cotton Township, Switzerland County, Indiana

William B Sanders gravestone

William B Sanders gravestone

m1. England
Ann White

m2. 5 Mar 1837, Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio
Susan Estep
b. abt 1804, Maryland
d. 23 Aug 1864, Switzerland County, Indiana
bur. Bovard Cemetery, Cotton Township, Switzerland County, Indiana
Susan m1. Johnson Moran, 4 Mar 1824, Prince George’s County, Maryland

Susan Estep and Winfield Sanders gravestone

Susan Estep and Winfield Sanders gravestone

Children of William B. Sanders and probably Ann White:

  • Richard H Sanders (cir. 1828-1856) m. Caroline Merrill
  • Violetta B. Sanders (1831-1912) m. William A. Archer

Children of William B. Sanders and Susan Estep:

  • Joshua Sanders (1838–1866), m. Elzira Matilda Ryan
  • George W. Sanders (1842–1901), m. Sarah Jane Dunning
  • Edwin Sanders (1845–1922), m. Fanny C. Moore
  • Winfield S. Sanders (1848–1864)

William’s life in England is unknown, but he did have 2 children born there. By 1834, he was living in Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio. After 1850, William, Susan, and their family lived in Cotton Township, Switzerland County, Indiana.

Submitted by:
Tina Lyons (genwishlist@gmail.com)
Fort Wayne, IN

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George W Sanders

George W. Sanders
b. 24 Feb 1842, Ohio to William B. Sanders and Susan Estep
d. 10 Aug 1901, East Enterprise, Switzerland County, Indiana
bur. Bovard Cemetery, Cotton Township, Switzerland County, Indiana

George W Sanders and Susan Dunning gravestone

George W Sanders and Susan Dunning gravestone

m. 30 Sept 1864, Switzerland County, Indiana
Sarah Jane Dunning
b. 24 Apr 1842, Switzerland County, Indiana to Michael Dunning and Susanna Turner
d. 14 Mar 1926 at Cotton Township, Switzerland County, Indiana
bur. Bovard Cemetery, Cotton Township, Switzerland County, Indiana

Children with Sarah Jane Dunning:

  • Susan Sanders (1870–1927), m. Willard Theodore Bascom
  • Edwin Sanders (1865–1915), m. Edda G. Pickett
  • Mary B. Sanders (1867–1962), m. Harry M. Stow
  • Mariah S. Sanders (1873–1942), m. Elmer E. Ford
  • Walter Armstrong Sanders (1876–1949), m1. Kate Bell Heady; m2. Alice D. Durbin

Although born in Ohio, George W. Sanders and his family had moved to Cotton Township, Switzerland County, Indiana by 1850. After their marriage, George and Sarah Jane remained in Switzerland County until their deaths.

Submitted by:
Tina Lyons (genwishlist@gmail.com)
Fort Wayne, IN

Willard Theodore Bascom

Willard Theodore Bascom
b. 4 Jan 1868, Rising Sun, Ohio County, Indiana to Robert Bruce Bascom and Olive Bovard
d. 30 Mar 1834, Hamilton, Butler County, Ohio
bur. Bovard Cemetery, Cotton Township, Switzerland County, Indiana

Willard and Susan Bascom gravestone

Willard and Susan Bascom gravestone

m. 28 May 1891, Switzerland County, Indiana
Susan “Susie” Sanders
b. 14 Mar 1870, Indiana to George W. Sanders and Sarah Jane Dunning
d. 16 Jan 1927, Hamilton County, Butler County, Ohio
bur. Bovard Cemetery, Cotton Township, Switzerland County, Indiana

Children with Susan Sanders:

  • Dewey Francis Bascom (1898–1975), m. Alice Susan Hillis
  • George Robert Bascom (1902–1990), m. Mary Starkey
  • infant daughter (died before 1900)

After their marriage, Willard and Susan lived in Cass Township, Ohio County, Indiana; Center Township, Dearborn County, Indiana; Aurora, Dearborn County, Indiana; and Hamilton, Butler County, Ohio, where they died. They were buried in Bovard Cemetery in Cotton Township, Switzerland County, Indiana.

Submitted by:
Tina Lyons (genwishlist@gmail.com)
Fort Wayne, IN

Benjamin F Potter

Benjamin F. Potter
b. 1 Mar 1787, Rhode Island to David Potter and Elizabeth Vaughn
d. 16 Mar 1859, Switzerland County, Indiana
bur. Bovard Cemetery, Cotton Township, Switzerland County, Indiana

Benjamin Potter gravestone

Benjamin Potter gravestone

m/1. about 1810, Indiana
Annis Richmond
b. 31 Mar 1787, Rhode Island to William Richmond
d. 25 Sept 1848
bur. Bovard Cemetery, Cotton Township, Switzerland County, Indiana

Annis Potter gravestone

Annis Potter gravestone

m/2. 16 May 1849, Decatur County, Indiana
Polly DeMarree
b. 1788

Children with Annis Richmond:

  • Benjamin Potter (bet. 1815 and 1820–before 1858), m. Jane Brierton
  • Silas R. Potter (1810–1876), m. Cynthia Littlefield
  • David Potter (1812–1842), m. Hannah Higbee
  • Elizabeth Potter (1814–1885), m. Carley H. Bascom
  • Lucinda Potter (abt 1824–before 1858), m. Jacob C. Smith
  • Rachel Potter (1827–1902), m. Robert Armstrong

Benjamin and Annis lived in Cotton Township, Switzerland County, Indiana. Their first recorded presence in the state is in the 1820 U.S. census.

Submitted by:
Tina Lyons (genwishlist@gmail.com)
Fort Wayne, IN

Isaac C Bovard

Isaac C. Bovard
b. 31 Oct 1817 at Hamilton County, Ohio to Robert Bovard and Margaret McGarvey
d. 27 Jun 1872
bur. Bovard Cemetery, Cotton Township, Switzerland County, Indiana

Isaac C Bovard gravestone

Isaac C Bovard gravestone

m. 26 May 1844 at Dearborn County, Indiana
Ursula Shepherd
b. 14 Sept 1825 at Dearborn County, Indiana to James M. Shepherd and Jane Ricketts
d. 24 May 1892
bur. Bovard Cemetery, Cotton Township, Switzerland County, Indiana

Ursula Bovard gravestone

Ursula Bovard gravestone

Children with Ursula Shepherd:

  • Olive Bovard (1847–1926), m. Robert Bruce Bascom
  • Elwood Bovard (1851–1922), m. Phoeba Ricketts
  • Coleman Bovard (1856–1935), m. Sarah Elizabeth Manford
  • Juliana Lorraine Bovard (1858–1939), m. William P. McHenry
  • Viola Bovard (1863–1954), m. James Harvey Barker

Isaac C. Bovard moved with his family shortly after his birth to Indiana from Hamilton County, Ohio. By 1820 the family was living in Dearborn County, Indiana, where Isaac’s future wife, Ursula, was born and raised. After their marriage, Isaac and Ursula lived in Cass Township, Ohio County, Indiana, until their deaths.

Submitted by:
Tina Lyons (genwishlist@gmail.com)
Fort Wayne, IN

Olive Bovard

Olive Bovard
b. 22 Feb 1847 at Aberdeen, Ohio County, Indiana to Isaac C. Bovard and Ursula Shepherd
d. 10 Dec 1926 at Cass, Ohio County, Indiana
bur. Littlefield Cemetery, Cotton, Switzerland County, Indiana

Robert Bruce, Olive and Jessie Bascom gravestone

Robert Bruce, Olive and Jessie Bascom gravestone

m. 4 Nov 1866 Ohio County, Indiana
Robert Bruce Bascom 
b. 3 Nov 1839 at Switzerland County, Indiana to Carley H. Bascom and Elizabeth Potter
d. 10 Mar 1907 at Ohio County, Indiana
bur. Littlefield Cemetery, Cotton, Switzerland County, Indiana

Children with Robert Bruce Bascom:

  • Williard Theodore Bascom (4 Jan 1868-30 Mar 1934) m. Susan Sanders (1870-1927)
  • Alice Luella Bascom (3 Mar 1869-19 Feb 1960) m1. John W. Cochran; m2. Benjamin Franklin Vanosdal (1859-1924)
  • Catherine Bascom (20 Aug 1871-)
  • Jessie Florence Bascom (7 Mar 1873-19 Oct 1904)
  • Josephine Bascom (29 Feb 1876-1964) m. Willard S. Tyler (1867-1940)
  • Grace Gertrude Bascom ( 6 Mar 1880-13 May 1929) m. Albert Conner (1870-1945)
  • Charlotte Bascom (1 May 1883-) m. William G. Miller (1880-)
  • Martha Bascom (18 Jul 1887-20 Feb 1952) m. Reuben Kittle (1884-1963)
  • Mary E. Bascom (18 Jul 1887-1973) m. John Dennis (1885-1961)

Olive was the second wife of Robert Bruce Bascom. She was born in Ohio County, Indiana to Isaac C. Bovard and Ursula Shepherd. Olive lived in Ohio County all of her life and had nine children with Robert.

Submitted by:
Tina Lyons
Fort Wayne, IN
E-mail: genwishlist@gmail.com

Robert Bruce Bascom

Robert Bruce Bascom
b. 3 Nov 1839 at Switzerland County, Indiana to Carley H. Bascom and Elizabeth Potter
d. 10 Mar 1907 at Ohio County, Indiana
bur. Littlefield Cemetery, Cotton Township, Switzerland County, Indiana

Robert Bruce, Olive and Jessie Bascom gravestone

Robert Bruce, Olive and Jessie Bascom gravestone

m/1. 1 Mar 1863 Switzerland County, Indiana
Margaret Littlefield
b. 25 Dec 1839 Indiana to Harvey Littlefield and Mary Ann Bovard
d. 15 May 1866
bur. Bovard Cemetery, Cotton Township, Switzerland County, Indiana

m/2. 4 Nov 1866 Ohio County, Indiana
Olive Bovard
b. 22 Feb 1847 Ohio County, Indiana to Isaac C. Bovard and Ursula Shepherd
d. 10 Dec 1926 Cass Township, Ohio County, Indiana
bur. Littlefield Cemetery, Cotton Township, Switzerland County, Indiana

Children with Margaret Littlefield:

  • Edward H. Bascom (6 Mar 1864-21 Mar 1944) m. Jennie L. Myers (1866-1951)

Children with Olive Bovard:

  • Willard Theodore Bascom (4 Jan 1868-30 Mar 1934) m. Susan Sanders (1870-1927) May 1891
  • Alice Luella Bascom (3 Mar 1869-19 Feb 1960) m1. John W. Cochran; m2. Benjamin Franklin Vanosdal (1859-1924)
  • Catherine Bascom (20 Aug 1871-)
  • Jessie Florence Bascom (7 Mar 1873-19 Oct 1904)
  • Josephine Bascom (29 Feb 1876-1964) m. Willard S. Tyler (1867-1940)
  • Grace Gertrude Bascom ( 6 Mar 1880-13 May 1929) m. Albert Conner (1870-1945)
  • Charlotte Bascom (1 May 1883-) m. William G. Miller (1880-)
  • Martha Bascom (18 Jul 1887-20 Feb 1952) m. Reuben Kittle (1884-1963)
  • Mary E. Bascom (18 Jul 1887-1973) m. John Dennis (1885-1961)

Robert Bruce Bascom was born in Switzerland County, Indiana in 1839 to Carley H. Bascom and Elizabeth Potter. He enlisted as a musician in the company band of the 16th Indiana Infantry. He mustered out on 23 May 1862 in Washington, D.C.

He first married Margaret Littlefield on 1 Mar 1863 in Switzerland County. Margaret died on 15 May 1866. They had one child, Edward H. Bascom. On 4 November 1866, Robert married Olive Bovard in Ohio County, Indiana. Olive was born in 1847 and was the daughter of Isaac C. Bovard and Ursula Shepherd. Robert and Olive had nine children and lived in Ohio County where Robert worked as a farmer and dry goods merchant.

Robert died on 10 Mar 1907 in Ohio County. Olive died many years later, in 1926, also in Ohio County. They were buried in Littlefield Cemetery in Switzerland County, Indiana, along with their daughter, Jessie Florence Bascom.

Submitted by:
Tina Lyons
Fort Wayne, IN
E-mail: genwishlist@gmail.com