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Earl Ferree Richison

Earl Ferree Richison
b. 31 May 1917, Indiana, to Dr. Earl and Sallie Cathern (Ferree) Richison
d. 22 December 1978, Anaheim, Orange County, California

Earl Ferree’s father had joined the Navy the month before Earl was born. He is listed at the Great Lakes Naval Training Base in the 1920 census but there is nothing to indicate where Earl and his mother were living at that time.

Submitted by:
Shirley Richison Fields
Avon IN

John Rutkowski

John Rutkowski
b. December 1844, Poland, to [?] and Julianna [?] Rutkowski
d. 27 December 1906, Mecosta Co., MI

m. Poland
Katherine Yankowski
b. December 1849, Poland
d. 4 March 1911, Mecosta Co., MI

Children with Katherine Yankowski:

  • Mary b. 1870
  • Edward b. 1872
  • Andrew b. 1875
  • Francis b. 1875
  • Rose b. 1879
  • Anna b. 1880
  • John b. 1882

The family arrived in Indiana about 1872, but it’s unclear where they lived in Indiana. They moved to Michigan about 1880. While in Michigan, John was a butcher and lived in Big Rapids, Mecosta County, Michigan.

Submitted by:
Ruth Fiscus
Waterford, MI

Eugene Taylor

Eugene Taylor
b. 29 May 1916/b. 29 March 1916 (adopted birthdate), Terre Haute, IN, to Cecil Taylor and Dora (Kintz) Taylor
d. 27 May 1986, Niles, Cook County, IL

Eugene Taylor

Eugene Taylor

m. 4 September 1935, Kane County, IL
Margaret F. Gates
b. 26 June 1917, Aurora, IL, to William and Cora (Stroyan) Gates
d. 12 April 1981, DeKalb, IL

Children with Margaret Gates:

  • Gerald Duane Peterson (1936–1958), m. Eloise Wiltse, Dekalb, IL
  • Edwin Eugene Peterson (1938–1992), m1. Betty Ann Bjelland, Minot, ND; m2. Peggy (Margaret) Wendling, Galena, IL

Eugene and his two older brothers Ernest and Raymond were placed in the Glenn Home on 6 July 1918. Their mother Dora divorced Cecil and could not care for the boys. Dora remarried to get the boys back but was only able to get Ernest and Raymond. Eugene Taylor was placed in Andrew (George) and Anna (Ford) McMasters’ care on 25 July 1918 and officially became adopted on 16 October 1918, Paul Eugene McMasters and lived in Rockville, Indiana.

Andrew McMasters died on 16 July 1927. Anna married Frank Peterson on 27 January 1928 and moved with Paul to Frank’s residence in DeKalb, Illinois. Sometime afterward Paul’s name was legally changed to Paul Eugene Peterson. Eugene Taylor Paul worked as a machinist and painter in the DeKalb area until the early 1960s. In 1958 he lost his son Gerald in a freak accident. It was a death he never came to grips with. Paul and Margaret separated (they never legally divorced) sometime in the early 1960s and Paul moved to Hanover, Illinois, with Hazel Mertes, where he managed a housing complex called Craig Manor. After a few years he left Hanover and took a job as a school custodian in Schiller Park, Illinois. Paul retired in 1980 (approximately) and remained in Schiller Park until his death.

Submitted by:
Jeff Peterson
Burlington, ND

Helen Louise Brewer

Helen Louise Brewer
b. 20 April 1913, Wabash, Indiana, to Lewis Lenard and Elsie Marie (Burnworth) Brewer
d. 28 May 1985, Denver, Colorado

Eldon Corneal Bell
b. 20 November 1910, Markle or Roanoke, Indiana, to William Arthur and Ethel Merle (Houser) Bell
d. 25 August 1961, Fort Wayne, Allen County, Indiana

Children with Eldon Corneal Bell:

  • Norman L. (b. 1933)

Born in Indiana, Helen lived most of her life in Fort Wayne, Allen County. Both Helen and her husband retired from General Electric. She moved to Denver to be with her only son, Norman, after the death of her husband.

Helen was a member of Eastern Star.

Submitted by:
Diane Ely
Florissant MO

Zacheus Lester Tripp

Zacheus Lester Tripp
b. 13 May 1834, Pennsylvania, to David R. and Elizabeth “Betsey L. (Osgood) Tripp
d. 15 April 1880, Butler County, Missouri

m. 28 February 1856, Union County, Kentucky
Nancy Johnson Blue
b. 1838, Henderson, Kentucky, to Uriah and Rachel (McKenny) Blue
d. 4 April 1884

Children with Nancy Johnson Blue:

  • William James “Will” (1856-bet. 1900-1910) married Manerva Alifore Keith
  • Lesteria A. (1858-1858)
  • Olive Bell (1860-1866)
  • Zacheus Olvy (1862-1878)
  • Mary C. (b. 1864) married Jackson Mabery
  • Naomi J. (1866-1866)
  • Fanny Allie (1867-1878)
  • Roxannah “Roxie” (1867-1940) married Martin J. Young
  • Rachel Susan (stillborn 1873)
  • Lenor Leota (b. 1874)
  • Joseph David (b. 1877)

Zacheus traveled to Indiana in 1838 at the age of 4, arriving in Evansville, Indiana, after riding down the Ohio River on a raft built by his father. Zacheus’ family was in Gibson County for at least a short time.

His father died a few years after moving to Indiana but the rest of the family was intact when the 1850 census was taken. Six years later, Zacheus married and by 1860 most of his family members had died, including his first born daughter, Lesteria.

Zacheus joined the Union 8th Cavalry, Company H, in Henderson, Kentucky, on 13 September 1862 and mustered out on 23 September 1863, at Russellville, Kentucky. By 1870 he had moved his family to Ash Hill Township, Butler County, Missouri. He farmed there and had a cotton gin in 1875.

Submitted by:
Darlene McNeelis
Poplar Bluff MO

Hiram Biesecker

Hiram Biesecker
b. 12 February 1843, near Allentown, Adams County, Pennsylvania, John and Sarah Ann (Mickley) Biesecker
d. 3 May 1939, Monticello, Piatt County, Illinois

m. 3 August 1870, Centerville, Illinois
Asenith Harper
b. 14 December 1854, Monticello, Piatt County, Illinois, to William W. and Sarah (Wright) Harper
d. 4 September 1921, Monticello, Piatt County, Illinois

Children with Asenith Harper:

  • John William “Willie” (1871-1873)
  • Joseph Henry (b. 1872)
  • Alfred Newton (b. 1874)
  • Mary Magdeline (b. 1876)
  • Franklin (1880-1880)
  • Otis Emery (b. 1881)
  • Sarah Ann (b. 1882)
  • Clara Etta (b. 1884)
  • Madie Belle (b. 1889)
  • James Arthur (b. 1892)
  • Julia Mae (b. 1895)

Hiram moved with his parents by covered wagon to Colburn, Indiana. There he and his brothers and sisters, who spoke only German, learned the English language. They attended the Lutheran Church where their father often served as the minister.

At age 19, Hiram joined Company A, 116th Regiment, Indiana Volunteers on 11 July 1863 and served as a private. He mustered out at Lafayette on 20 February 1864. Upon returning home, an undertaker paid him $500 to re-enlist in place of his son. This time he served in the 12th Light Artillery and mustered out on 7 July 1865 at Indianapolis, Indiana.

After the war, Hiram and a friend moved to Illinois where he met and married Asenith. They lived on a farm east of Monticello, Illinois but when their home burned, they moved by spring wagon back to Colburn, Indiana for a short time. Their first son was born and died while they were in Indiana and is buried along with his grandparents in the Colburn Cemetery.

Hiram and Asenith returned to Piatt County, near White Heath, Illinois, and had the rest of their children there. Hiram was 96 when he passed away in 1939.

Submitted by:
Melody M. McDaniel
Mahomet IL

Joseph Minor James

Joseph Minor James
b. July 1829, Shelby County, Kentucky, to William and Elizabeth (Turnham) James
d. 27 May 1911, Van Zandt County, Texas

m/1. 1 April 1853, Van Zandt County, Texas
Barbary Ann Whisenhunt
d. between 1881-1884, Van Zandt County, Texas

m/2. 1 October 1884, Van Zandt County, Texas
Amy Catherine (Arnold) Anderson

Children with Barbary Ann Whisenhunt:

  • John H.
  • Susan
  • Elizabeth
  • Joseph
  • Benjamin
  • Farmer
  • Alpha
  • Ira

Children with Amy Catherine (Arnold) Anderson:

  • Jesse Lee

Joseph emigrated from Kentucky to Indiana in 1830 with his parents. Between January and July of 1830, his brother John was born and it is believe that his mother died in childbirth. His father remarried and had two more children. He was granted a divorce in 1841 and then returned to Shelby County, Kentucky with his sons, Joseph and John, leaving the children of his second marriage with their mother in Indiana.

In 1844, Joseph and John received their portion of their Grandfather John Turnham’s estate as heirs of Elizabeth (Betsey) Turnham. The land was sold to the other heirs before Joseph and John accompanied their father to Texas after he was mustered out of the Army.

Joseph received a Mercer Colony Headright Certificate #552 for 320 acres in Kaufman County, Texas in 1850. He fought in the C.S.A. during the Civil War and was assigned to Company I, 11th Texas Infantry, Roberts’ Regiment.

During his lifetime, Joseph was a farmer but would occasionally preach at the New Hope nondenominational church built on land donated by his father. He is buried in Rock Hill Cemetery, Van Zandt County, Texas.

Submitted by:
Yvonne James
Mineola TX

Logan D. Mitchell

Logan D. Mitchell
b. 4 June 1864, Heltonville, Lawrence County, Indiana, to Alexander (1832-1879) and Susannah (Norman) (1840-1917) Mitchell
d. 18 July 1944, Jackson County, Kansas

m. 14 May 1890, Whiting, Jackson County, Kansas
Anna “Annie” Moore
b. 8 January 1867, Miami County, Kansas
d. 4 June 1909, Geary, Blaine County, Oklahoma

Children with Anna “Annie” Moore:

  • Grace (1891-1892)
  • Frank (1892-bef. 1909)
  • Harry (1894-aft. 1910)
  • Thomas A. (1897-aft. 1944)

Logan left Indiana (the only one of his siblings to leave the Hoosier state) sometime between 1880 and 1890. He married in Jackson County, Kansas, in 1890, and his children were born there, but by 1900, they were in Bloomington, McLean County, Illinois, where he worked for the railroad. After his wife died in Blaine County, Oklahoma, in 1909, he returned to Jackson County, Kansas with his youngest son and moved in with a relative.

Family tradition said Logan had to leave Indiana because of a fight while playing cards. In a photo, his right arm appears to be damaged or paralyzed.

Submitted by:
Meredith Thompson
Avon IN

Calvin J. Woods

Dr. Calvin J. Woods
b. 2 June 1819, Pulaski, Giles County, Tennessee, to Daniel Thatcher and Flavia (Reese) Woods
d. 14 May 1907, De Funiak Springs, Walton County, Florida

Pamelia Jane McCord
b. 1829, to William McCord
d. 1902

Children with Pamelia Jane McCord:

  • Sarah E. (1851-1880)
  • Ada (1853 – aft 1930) married [–?–] Peeples
  • Laura M. (1855-1947)
  • Lucius Zachary Taylor (1847-1849)

About 1842, Calvin, his father, and two brothers relocated to Centerville, Indiana. Calvin and his brother David had just completed Army service with General Zachary Taylor in the Seminole campaign in Florida where they were involved in at least the start of the Trail of Tears. Calvin studied at Waynesburg College in Pennsylvania, completing medical studies in Columbus, Ohio, and began practicing medicine in Centerville.

With Dr. John M. Pritchett, he organized the Centerville Scientific and Literary Society as well as helping form the second Masonic Lodge in 1847. He joined the 19th Indiana Volunteer Regiment as a surgeon at the start of the Civil War. Governor Oliver P. Morton drafter Dr. Woods for duty with the Indiana Sanitary Commission and placed him in charge of supplying all Indiana troops to the south and west. After the war he served in Washington as a member of the medical board of pension examiners.

He lived his final years in Centerville but died in 1907 while in Florida. His body was brought back to Centerville for burial with Masonic honors. His death was noted by the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Submitted by:
David L. Woods
Hedgesville WV

Margaret Ethel Graham

Margaret Ethel “Maggie” Graham
b. 27 June 1882, Williamstown, Indiana, to William Isaac and Julie Etta (Cook) Graham
d. 21 October 1957, Urbana, Illinois

m/1. 27 October 1901, Leverett, Champaign County, Illinois
George Thomas Peters
b. 29 January 1878, Thomasboro, Illinois, to John and Mary (Redenbaugh) Peters
d. August 1940

m/2. 17 September 1946, Rockville, Missouri
M. J. Wagner
d. about 1949

m/3. 11 July 1950
George Matlock
d. 195?

Children with George Thomas Peters:

  • Mary S. (1902-bet. 1940/1957)
  • John William (1905-bet. 1940/1957)
  • Bertha Etta (1907-aft. 1976)
  • Walter (b. 1909)
  • Laura E. (1912-1996) married [—?—] Schwalbach
  • Anna Josephine (1915-bet. 1957/1976) married David Baker
  • George Charles (1918-1977)
  • Sarah Frances (1920-aft. 1976) married [—?—] Taylor
  • Samuel Edward (1923-bet. 1940/1957)

Maggie moved with her husband Tom to Illinois and lived in Urbana for 55 years. She had 15 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren when she died.

Submitted by:
Irene Krieger
Batesville IN