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Eli Melvin Rinker

Eli Melvin Rinker
birth: 4 Nov 1859, Morgan Co to Elizabeth Clark and John B Rinker
death: 10 Sep 1905, Morgan Co
burial: New Butterfield Cemetery, Morgan Co, IN

marriage: 17 Nov 1883, Morgan Co
Ora Ruth Hadley
birth: 15 Dec 1860, Mooresville IN to Margaret Ann Macy and Levi Simon Hadley
death: 4 Sep 1921, Brooklyn, Morgan Co
burial: Brooklyn Cemetery, Brooklyn, IN

Children of Ora Ruth Hadley and Eli Melvin Rinker:

  • Edna Margaret Rinker m Hobson 1884-1918
  • Myrle Rinker m. (Gregory) 1896-1968
  • Els Elizabeth Rinker 1888-1965

Ancestor here lived in: Morgan Co, Marion Co

Submitted by: Lucinda Smith

Francis Kittredge Porter

Francis Kittredge Porter
birth: 24 Sep 1794 Sullivan NH to Amaziah Porter and Rhoda Kittredge
death: 18 Apr 1874 Gosport, IN
burial: Samaria Cemetery Ray Township Morgan county

marriage: 1 May 1817 Jeffersonville, IN
Margaret Glass
birth: 2 Jul 1796 Sommerset, PA to John Glass, Sr. and Anna Barbara Shriver
death: 8 Feb 1829 Clark Co., IN
burial: unknown

Children of Margaret Glass and Francis Kittredge Porter:

  • Julian Ann 1818-1844
  • Hiram Egel 1820-1886
  • Sarah Ann 1822-1913
  • Margaret 1824-1871
  • Rhoda 1824-1871
  • Jonathan 1826-1828

2nd marriage
Pressha Elizabeth Hilton 1797-1873

Children of Pressha Elizabeth Hilton and Francis Kittredge Porter:

  • Christina 1831-1925
  • Lethana 1833-1922
  • Pressha Elizabeth 1837-1908
  • Mary J. 1842-1907

Ancestor here lived in:

  • 1817-about 1831 Clark Co. IN
  • 1831-1874 Owen Co. IN
  • 1794- about 1817 NH

Other Information:

Operated a grist mill in Owen/Morgan county powered by water from what is known as Porter’s Cave. His grandfather Dr. Francis Kittredge Jr. and his great grandfather Dr. Francis Kittredge Sr. were both surgeons serving in the Revolutionary War in MS.

Submitted by:
Ellen Wilson-Pruitt

Otis Barton Allyn

Otis Barton Allyn
birth: 28 Sep 1912, Posey Co., IN to Abijah and Emma B. (Wolfinger) Allyn
death: 30 Aug 1985, at Evansville, Vanderburgh Co., IN
burial: Bellefontaine Cemetery, Mount Vernon, IN

marriage: 16 Dec 1944, Evansville, Vanderburgh Co., IN
Helen Louise Felker
birth: 20 Dec 1913, at Evanville, Vanderburgh Co., IN to John C. and Rosa (Reichert) Felker
death: 23 Nov 1997
burial: Bellefontaine Cemetery, Mount Vernon, IN

Children of Otis Barton Allyn and Helen Louise Felker:

  • Mary Louise Allyn, b. 1956, d. 2016, m. Juncker
  • Living

Otis Barton Allyn lived in:

  • Posey County, Indiana
  • Bloomington, Indiana
  • Evansville, Indiana
  • And various locations during Great Depression summers

Other Information:

Otis attended Indiana University and earned an associate’s degree in education and an LLB from the School of Law. He taught elementary education in Posey County and later had an abstracting and title insurance company. Otis practiced law in Posey County from 1950 until his death in 1985.

Otis served during World War II in the 325th Glider Infantry of the 82nd Airborne Division.


Submitted by:
Emily Moore


Elizabeth Hyden

Elizabeth Hyden
birth: 6 Jan 1837 in Indiana to John and Elizabeth (Beem) Hyden
death: 1920, place unknown
burial: Riverside Cemetery, Spencer, Owen Co., IN

marriage: 25 Apr 1860, Owen Co., IN
Alfred H. Pochin
birth: 1837 in New York
death: 1868
burial: Riverside Cemetery, Spencer, Owen Co., IN

Children of Elizabeth Hyden and Alfred H. Pochin:

  • Agnes L. Pochin, b. Sep 1862, d. 4 Sep 1945, never married
  • Alfred “Fred” L. Pochin, b. Mar 1868, d. 23 May 1942, never married

Elizabeth Hyden lived in:

It is likely Elizabeth was born in Owen County because her parents were settled there about 1830. Because Elizabeth lived in Owen County in 1910 and was buried there in 1920, that is most likely the place of her death.

Other Information:

Very little is known about Elizabeth Hyden Pochin and her husband Alfred. Their children, Agnes and Alfred both never married and lived together. Agnes and Alfred lived in Denver, Colorado for a time (per the 1940 census) and both may have died there.

Contributor is not related to this Indiana Ancestor.

Submitted by:
Randi Richardson

Aden Martin Fehlman

Aden Martin Fehlman
birth: at Chicago, Cook Co., IL to Mathias Fehlman and Margaret Arnold
death: 20 Mar 1947 at Chicago, Cook Co., IL
burial: Maplewood Cemetery, Crown Point, Lake Co., IN

marriage: 1 Jan 1885, Crown Point, Lake Co., IN
Pearl Holton
birth: 9 Jun 1857, Crown Point, Lake Co., IN to Charles V. Holton and Margaret J. Cochran
death: 2 Apr 1940, in Chicago, Cook Co., IL
burial: Maplewood Cemetery, Crown Point, Lake Co., IN

Children of Aden Martin Fehlman and Pearl Holton:

  • Claire Ruby Fehlman, b. 11 Dec 1886, d. 24 Sept 1960, m. Emma Don Baker, 15 Oct 1909
  • May Ora Fehlman, b. 23 May 1888, d. about 1960, m. Hugh Keough
  • Margaret Jane Fehlman, b. 18 Dec 1890, d. 16 Apr 1970, missionary to Pakistan until age 81
  • Josephine Geneva Fehlman, b. 27 Mar 1892, d. 13 Feb 1927
  • Walter Fay Fehlman, b. 28 Aug 1895, d. 1951, m. Gertrude Pfirter, 15 Aug 1922
  • Gertrude Fehlman, b. 8 Sep 1898, d. 30 Apr 1973, m. John Alexander, 1925

Aden Martin Fehlman lived In:

1885- 1946: At 325 Vernon Avenue, Crown Point, Lake County, Indiana from the time he was married until he moved to Chicago in his old age to live with a daughter.

Other Information:

Wife Pearl when to Englewood to be with her mother for the births of May, Josephine, and Walter.

If you wish more information on the Fehlman and Holton lines, please contact the submitter at the email below.

Submitted by:
Jo Furman

Alice Margaret Compton

Alice Margaret Compton
birth: 29 Dec 1908 at Indianapolis, Indiana to Wesley Albert Compton and Lillian May Toole
death: 22 Aug 1997 at Indianapolis, Marion Co., IN
burial: Crownland Cemetery, Noblesville, Hamilton Co., IN

First marriage: 25 Nov 1930 at Indianapolis, Marion Co., IN
Harold Rickabaugh
birth: 23 Sep 1904 at Indianapolis, Marion Co., IN to William M. Rickabaugh and Laura B. Palmer
death: 14 Jun 1991 in Gary, Lake Co., IN
burial: Northwest Indiana Cremation Services, Crown Point, IN

Second marriage:
Mark Rudman
birth: 19 Jan 1878, Sosice, Croatia, Austro-Hungarian Empire
death: 15 Jan 1958, Indianapolis, Marion Co., IN
burial: Crownland Cemetery, Noblesville, Hamilton Co., IN

Third marriage:
Hershel Verne Arney
birth: 14 Dec 1891 at Danville, Vermillion Co., IL
death: 19 Sep 1968 at Indianapolis, Marion Co., IN
burial: Memorial Park Cemetery, Indianapolis, Marion Co., IN

Children of Alice Margaret Compton and Mark Rudman:

  • Janet Anne Rudman, b. 31 Jul 1938 at Indianapolis, Marion Co., IN, d. 2 Jan 2011, m. (1) Norman Eldred Lee, (2) William Ray Webb

Alice Margaret Compton lived In:

Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana

Submitted by:
Cheryl Cockrum


Violetta Keeton

Violetta Keeton
birth: 3 Oct 1793, Patrick County, VA to David Keeton and Anna (Poore) Keeton
death: 15 Sep 1869, Lake County, IN
burial: Hebron Cemetery, Hebron, Porter County, IN

marriage: 21 Feb 1815, Gallia County, OH
James Rice
birth: 27 Nov 1795, Wythe (Tazewell) County, VA
death:6 Aug 1874, Lake County, IN
burial: Hebron Cemetery, Hebron, Porter County, IN

Children of James and Violetta (Keeton) Rice:

  • Irena Rice, b. 1816, d. 1878, m. John Cottrill
  • Edward W. Rice, b. 1818, d. 1880, m. Emetine Butts, m. Elizabeth Westfall
  • Tazwell S. Rice, b. 1821, d. 1870, m. Maria Pratt
  • Fatima Rice, b. 1823, d. 1900, m. Silas Cottrell (Cottrill)
  • Esther Rice, b. 1824, d. 1902, m. James Butts
  • Elias M. Rice, b. 1827, d. 1901, m. Casander Copelan
  • James V. Rice, b. 1833, d. 1911, m. Martha Alyea, m. Vilora Alyea, m. Elizabeth Malcolm

Violetta Keeton Rice lived in:

  • 1783-1806- Patrick County area, VA
  • 1807-1815- Huntington Township, Gallia, OH
  • 1820- Jackson County, OH
  • 1830-1850- Athens County, OH
  • 1850-1856- Vinton County OH, sold farm and moved to Indiana
  • 1856-1869- Eagle Creek Township, Lake, IN, outside of Hebron

Daughter of David Keeton, who served three tours as a veteran of the Revolutionary War from Virginia.

Husband James Rice was a two tour veteran of the War of 1812, from Ohio.

Accepted for “First Family” status in Ohio by The Ohio Genealogical Society, 4 March 2015.

Other family lineage is at Find A Grave memorial #39861529.

Submitted by:
Ruth Rice Patterson


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


Benjamin Hall, Jr.

Benjamin Hall, Jr.
b. 3 November 1799, North Carolina, to Benjamin and Elizabeth (Newby) Hall
d. 6 November 1885, Wright County, Minnesota

m/1. 21 February 1822, Cambridge City, Wayne County, Indiana
Nancy Roberts
b. about 1802 to Benjamin and Mary Roberts
d. 1824

m/2. 25 December 1828
Priscilla Elsey

m/3. 29 May 1830
Esther Elsey

m/4. 7 September 1849
Elizabeth [–?–]

Children with Nancy Roberts:
• William (1822-aft. 1891)

Benjamin came to Indiana from North Carolina between 1811 and 1815. The family were farmers and Quakers. Benjamin followed his son William to Minnesota sometime after 1867 and was living with William when he died there in 1885.

Submitted by:
Fran Jutzi
Orange CA

Michael C. Wilson, Jr.

Michael C. Wilson, Jr.
b. 12 December 1789, Guilford County, North Carolina, to Michael and Esther Wilson, Sr.
d. 21 February 1862, Salem, Henry County, Iowa

m. 13 February 1817, Highland County, Ohio
Rebecca Reece
b. 5 January 1798, Grayson County, Virginia, to David and Susannah (Hiett) Reece
d. 27 April 1877, Salem, Henry County, Iowa

Children with Rebecca Reece:
• Cyrena/Sirena (1817-1856) married William Lewelling
• David (1821-1856) married Elizabeth Hiatt
• Esther (1822-1852)
• Jane (b. 1824)
• Elias (1827-1857)
• Rebecca (b. 1831)

Michael, Jr. moved his family to Duck Creek, Indiana, on 17 November 1827; one month later he moved back to Highland County, Ohio. He returned to Indiana in 1831 and stayed until 1843, when he moved to Salem, Henry County, Iowa.

Submitted by:
Jacqueline Frank Strickland
Rockwall TX