Category Archives: Vigo County

Elizabeth V. Clark

Elizabeth V. Clark
birth: 24 FEB 1838 in Vigo, Indiana, Harrison Township to James S. Clark and Elizabeth Ann Barbour
death: 04 MAR 1876 (location unknown)
burial: Edgar Cemetery, Paris, Illinois

marriage: 03 Apr 1860 in Edgar County, Illinois
Absalom Peter Helton
birth: 20 OCT 1836 in Bloomington, Monroe, Indiana to Andrew Helton and Hannah Jane Woolery
burial: Rose Hill Cemetery, Bloomington, Indiana

Children of Elizabeth V. Clark and Absalom Peter Helton:

  • James Harris Helton 1861-1894
  • Luta Lee Helton 1868 – 1954
  • Carrie E. Helton 1862-1863

Ancestor here lived in:

  • Vigo County, Indiana
  • Bloomington, Indiana

Other Information:

Also lived in Edgar County, Illinois

Submitted by:
Jenny Hawran

Absalom Peter Helton

Absalom Peter Helton
birth: 20 OCT 1836 in Bloomington, Monroe, Indiana to Andrew Helton and Hannah Jane Woolery
death: 04 DEC 1906 in Bloomington, Monroe, Indiana, USA
burial: Rose Hill Cemetery, Bloomington, Indiana

marriage: 03 Apr 1860 in Edgar County, Illinois
Elizabeth V. Clark
birth: 24 Feb 1838 in Harrison Township, Vigo, Indiana to James S. Clark and Elizabeth Ann Barbour
death: 04 MAR 1876 (location unknown)
burial: Edgar Cemetery, Paris, Illinois

Children of Elizabeth V. Clark and Absalom Peter Helton:

  • James Harris Helton 1861-1894
  • Carrie E. Helton 1862-1863
  • Luta Lee Helton 1868 – 1954

2nd marriage: 
Nannie B. Sanders
birth: 05 May 1858 in Spencer, Owen, Indiana, USA
death: 05 Sept 1899 in Atwood, Piatt, Illinois

Ancestor here lived in: Bloomington, Indiana on and off until death.

Locations where person lived outside of Indiana: Tuscola, Illinois, 1863

Other Information:

Real Estate and Insurance agent. His father, Andrew Helton a native of Tennessee, was a pork packer and merchant. His mother, Hannah Woolery, was a native of Indiana. They had eleven children. Absalom clerked in his father’s store and attended the State University of Bloomington. In 1863 he went to Douglas County, Illinois and opened the first hardware store in town and went on to real estate and Insurance agent. He was a Mason.

Submitted by:
Jenny Hawran

Lloyd Milton Schell

Lloyd Milton Schell
birth: 28 Dec 1867 in Parker’s Landing, Clarion Co PA to James Alexander Schell & Rachel Espy Bell
death: 26 May 1927 in Eureka Springs, Carroll Co AK
burial: Highland Lawn Cemetery, Terre Haute, Vigo County, Indiana

marriage: 1885 in Lincoln County NM
Leona Mary Allen
birth: 14 Jun 1865 in Burr Oak, St Joseph Co MI to Lyman Sprague Allen & Mary Elizabeth Wren
death: 6 Sep 1937 in Honey Creek, Vigo Co IN
burial: Highland Lawn Cemetery, Terre Haute, Vigo County, Indiana

Children of Leona Mary Allen and Lloyd Milton Schell:

  • Albert Ethan Schell, b 1886, d 1952, spouse Cora Ethel Co
  • Charles Thomas Schell, b 1890, d 1957, spouse Gussie Mae Mellinger, spouse Anne Sherry
  • George Milton Schell, b 1893, d 1957, spouse Carrie B Henry
  • Edith Ida Schell, b 1894, d 1988, spouse Flemman van Meter
  • Addie Grace Schell, b 1895, d 1971
  • Mary Alice Schell, b 1898, d 1987, spouse William Franklin Higginbotham
  • Beulah Mae Schell, b 1901, d 1985, spouse Neil Allison Cantrell

Ancestor here lived in:

  • Honey Creek, Vigo Co, IN, 1914-1927

Other Information:

Also lived in:

  • Clarion Co, PA
  • White Oaks, Lincoln Co, NM
  • Finley Township, Allegheny Co, PA
  • Rochester, Beaver Co, PA
  • Effingham Co, IL

Worked as a miner, an oil driller, constable, farmer, and raised cattle.

Submitted by:
Vicki Schell

Birch Evans Bayh

Birch Evans Bayh
birth: 29 Sep 1893 at Quincy, Owen Co., Indiana to Frederick C. and Metta Alice (Evans) Bayh
death: 26 Aug 1971 at Bethesda, MD
burial: Highland Lawn Cemetery, Terre Haute, Vigo Co., IN

marriage: 25 Dec 1923 in Vigo Co., IN
Leah Ward Hollingsworth
birth: 6 Sep 1897 in Indiana to John Harrison and Mary Katherine (Ward) Hollingsworth
death: 16 Oct 1940 in Washington, D.C.
burial: Highland Lawn Cemetery, Terre Haute, Vigo Co., IN

Children of Birch Evans Bayh and Leah Ward Hollingsworth:

  • Two children were born to this marriage, including Birch Evan Bayh II, former U.S. Senator from Indiana

Birch Evans Bayh Lived In:

Owen, Clay, and Vigo Counties, Indiana

Washington, D.C.

Other Information: Birch Evans Bayh and Leah Ward Hollingsworth were the grandparents of Evans Bayh, former Governor of Indiana.

There is no relation between this Indiana ancestor and the submitter.

Submitted by:
Randi Richardson

Peter Buell Allen

Peter Buell Allen
birth: 24 Nov 1775 in Dover Dutchess, New York to Moses Allen and Chloe War
death: 13 Jun 1833 in Terre Haute, Vigo, Indiana
burial: Memorial Marker at Woodlawn Cemetery, Terre Haute, Vigo, Indiana

marriage: 25 Sep 1796 in New York
Mary Peterson
birth: 5 Sep 1774, Albany Co, New York to Andrew Peterson and Mehitable Benton
death: 2 Jul 1832, in Terre Haute, Vigo, Indiana

Children of Mary Patterson and Peter Buell Allen:

  • Henry Cromwell Allen (1797 – 1837), m. 1823 Zelota Cargill
  • Ira Allen (1799 – 1866), m. 1819 Lydia Cargill
  • Catherine Allen (1801- 1821), m. Curtis Gilbert
  • Harriet Allen (1803 – 1855), m. (1) 1819, John Britton, divorced 1825, (2) 1829 George Conn
  • Myron Holley Allen (1805 – 1866), m. 1827 Nancy Jackson
  • Amanda Allen (1807 – 1866), M. 1825 Silas Hoskins
  • Chloe Ward Allen (1809 – 1869), m. 1828 Carlton C Belt
  • Peter B Allen (1811 – 1901), m. 1836 Mary Rowena Hoskins
  • Adeline Allen (1814 – 1857), m. 1828 Brittain Moore Harrison

Peter Buell Allen lived in:

  • 1775- Born in Dover, Dutchess, New York
  • By 1790- Rupert, Bennington, Vermont (Likely the Moses Allen family of that place)
  • About 1796-97- Ontario Co, New York, where they settled in Pittstown
  • 1817- Peter sold his New York land to his brother
  • Jan 1818- Peter and his family migrate to Vigo Co, Indiana

Other information:

Peter Allen purchased land in Vigo County, Indiana in 1817 and sold his lands in New York to his brother. He is said to have built a flat boat and floated down the rivers, arriving in Indiana by January of 1818. He built a cabin from the lumber used for the flat boat. All of his nine children, some of them young adults, came with him to Vigo County. He died in Terre Haute in 1833.

Peter was born in Dover, Dutchess, New York, where his father leased land in the Beekman Patent. His father, Moses Allen, served in the Revolution from that place. Soon after the war, the family moved to Vermont. They are likely the Moses Allen family living in Rupert, Bennington, Vermont in 1790. About 1796-7, the Allen families moved to Ontario County, New York, settling in Pittstown. Peter sold his property there in 1817 and migrated to Vigo Co, Indiana.

Peter and his bother Nathaniel were members of the first Masonic lodge in Richmond, Ontario, New York, 1806. Later (about 1820) Peter would be the first Master of the Terre Haute Lodge, No. 19, the first Masonic Lodge in Vigo County.

In 1808, Peter was Vestryman of St. Paul’s Church, Honeoye, New York. Honeoye was first named Pittstown, and later became Richmond. Peter Allen represented Richmond in the county legislature in 1812. He served as a Lieutenant Colonel in the 20th regiment of the New York State Militia in the War of 1818. He was taken prisoner at the Battle of Queenston Heights on the Niagara River, 13 Oct 1812. Over 400 Americans were captured but soon released, honor-bound not to take up arms again. In 1816 – 1817, Peter Allen was elected to the New York Assembly from Ontario County.

After relocating to Vigo in 1818, Peter Allen served as the first county clerk and recorder.

The obituary of his son Peter B Allen states, “By wagon they went to the Ohio river where a flat boat was built and loaded their goods. In it they went down the Ohio to the Wabash and up the Wabash to where Terre Haute is not situated and entered land in what is now within the present limits of Terre Haute, Ind.”

Submitted by:

Kay Haden


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

Henry Nees

Henry Nees
birth: 18 Mar 1910, rural Cory, Clay County, Indiana to William Thomas Nees and Mary Thomas
death: 5 Feb 1992, Clay County Health Center, Brazil, Clay County Indiana
burial: McCullough Zion Gummere Cemetery, rural Cory, Clay County Indiana

marriage: 22 Dec 1939, rural Cory, Clay County, Indiana
Carolyn Madella Scurlock
birth: 22 Dec 1921, Indianapolis, Marion County Indiana to Oscar Allison Scurlock and Myrle Elizabeth Lawrence
death: 24 Jun 2014, Meadows Manor East Nursing Home, Terre Haute, Vigo County, Indiana
burial: McCullough Zion Gummere Cemetery, rural Cory, Clay County, Indiana

Henry was born in rural Cory, Clay County Indiana to William Thomas Nees and Mary Thomas on Mar 18, 1910.  He was raised by his maternal grandparents Marion & Lydia (Hardin) Thomas from the time he was 2 years old due to his mother’s 2nd marriage.  He has 1 half brother and 3 half sisters on his mother’s side and 1 half sister on his father’s side.  He went to school in the Old Jeffers School house in rural Cory Clay County, Indiana from 1st grade to 8th grade.  While living with his grandparents he farmed.  He worked on the railroad for a while.  He was a coal miner with Peabody Coal Company after married where he worked until he retired.  He and his wife Carolyn owned and operated Ike’s grocery and gas station in Saline City, Clay County Indiana for a short while in the early 70’s and they also owned Nees’ Greenhouse in Saline City, Clay County Indiana sometime during his life time.  He played drums in The Double Eagle Band which went to different nursing homes, and some other places like the Saline City Labor Day Picnic.  He could also play the violin.  He was an avid fisherman.  A man of many talents he worked as an electrician for the Saline City Labor Day Picnic Association of which he was a member for several years.  He could also do carpenter work, and work on mechanics some.  He became a born again christian in 1975.  Attended Jefferson Baptist Church in Coal City for a while.

Submitted by:
Kay Katopodis

Hazel Marie Adams

Hazel Marie Adams
birth: 13 Jun 1902; Linton, Greene County, Indiana to Steve Adams and Alice Anderson
death: 8 Dec 1992; Brazil, Clay County, Indiana

married: about 1928
Harold D. Canine
birth: 14 Jun 1898; Putnam County, Indiana to Leonard Cornelius Canine and Dollie Dooley
death: 10 Oct 1977; Los Angeles County, California

Children of Harold D. Canine and Hazel Marie Adams:

  • Shirley A. Canine, born about 1929
  • H. David Canine, born after 1930
  • Jeanne L. Canine, born after 1930

Hazel lived in Greene County; Terre Haute, Vigo County (1930) and Clay County, Indiana.

Submitted by:
Marsha Ensminger

John Morgan

John Morgan
birth: 26 Aug 1811, Wheeling, Virginia (now West Virginia)
death: 17 Jun 1852, Washington County, Indiana
burial: Fredericksburg Cemetery, Fredericksburg, Washington County, Indiana

marriage: 24 Dec 1835, Floyd County, Indiana
Margaret A. Bright
birth: 2 May 1815, Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky to John Andrew Bright & Lydia Hinkle
death: 16 Aug 1902, Evansville, Vanderburg County, Indiana
burial: Oak Grove Cemetery, Washington, Daviess County, Indiana

Children of John Morgan and Margaret A. Bright:

  • Richard George Morgan (1836-1912)  m. 1863 Hester Ann Russell
  • Elizabeth Martha Morgan (1838-1973) m. 1854 Calvin Henry Thompson
  • John Bright Morgan (1840-1913) m. 1861 Mary E. Kipp
  • William Henry Morgan (1842-1926) m.1866 Sarah Louise Elliott
  • Sarah Ann Morgan (1844-1934) m. 1865 George William Tolson
  • David Kimble Morgan (1847-1926)  m/1. 1872  Hannah Sipgler; m/2. 1875 Harriet Sparks
  • Volney Edgar Morgan (1849-1935) m/1. 1877 Elizabeth Christina Bruner; m/2. 1888 Mary Ann Miles; m/3. 1920 Julia Cummings; m/4. 1926 Junetta “June” Bailey
  • Lydia Morgan (1852-1906) m. Joseph C. Loughmiller

John moved to Floyd County, Indiana with his parents in 1815. He married Margaret Bright in Floyd County and their first child, Richard, was born in Terre Haute, Vigo County. By 1842, the family lived in Frederickbury, Washington County, where son William was born.

Thomas Albert Morgan, born 25 Aug 1805 and John Morgan, born 26 Aug 1811 were brothers born in Wheeling, West Virginia and settled in Indiana in 1826 at Fredricksburg, Indiana.”

“John B. Morgan Sr. was born in Virginia, presumably in the Shenandoah Valley.  In 1815 his, parents moved to Floyd County Indiana, in 1815, where he was raised and educated.  He entered the saddle and harness trade with his brother Thomas in 1825 in Fredericksburg, Indiana. and the business proved profitable.  The 1850 census indicated that he had $2,000 to his name, which was quite a bit for that period.“

“John’s son Kimble and Volney were the first to settle in Daviess County, Indiana.”

“Richard George Morgan was born at Terri Haute, In 8 Feb 1836.  His parents moved to Fredricksburg , Posey County, in the Spring of 1841, opening an general store and harness shop in the old building recently torn down to give place to Julian’s new building.  At that time Washington Street was the State road.  A brick hotel that stood near the wall on that street, the brick building now occupied by Thomas Richards and a few cabins constituted the town.
Mr Morgans father (John) soon erected an old fashioned English inn, where H.L. Siegs residence now stands.  It was a very large building, containing more than twenty rooms, had great double porches and was built with a view to the convenience and comfort of the traveling public.  It was destroyed by fire about 1855.”

Submitted by:
Barbara McTygue Scanlon

William J. Jones

William J. Jones
b. 13 January 1856, Vigo County, Indiana, to Nathaniel M. and Sarah Ann (Brown) Jones
d. 23 December 1933, Everett, Washington

m. 10 July 1877
Florence Belle Pierce
b. 21 June 1858, Riley, Vigo County, Indiana, to James F. and Sylvia (Lee) Pierce
d. 28 February 1947, Everett, Washington

Children with Florence Belle Pierce:
• Victoria Sarah (1878-1941) married (1) Centenary Roscoe “Ross” Jackson, (2) Daniel C. Joslin, (3) Fred Haley
• Nellie (b. 1880) married Charles Procise
• Sylvia (1886-1977) married Robert Verr McIntosh
• Charles M. (1889-1918) married Mamie Boyly
• Lula May (1891-1914)

William’s family was first in Indiana sometime between 1850 and 1853 and resided in Vigo County. Between 1900 and 1910, he moved on to North Dakota before another move to Washington. He was a farmer by occupation.

Submitted by:
Thomas P. Jones
Indianapolis IN