Category Archives: Wells County

Argus Luster Ormsby

Argus Luster Ormsby
birth: 18 Feb 1894 in Wells Co., IN to Alonzo Eugene Ormsby and Mary Elizabeth Archbold
death: 24 Nov 1967, at Fort Wayne, Allen Co., IN
burial: Prospect Cemetery, Ossian, Wells Co., IN

marriage: 15 Jan 1920, Fort Wayne, Allen Co., IN
Leona Sophia Gallets
birth: 29 Nov 1898, at Alleghany Co., NY to Marcus H Gallets and Phoebe Mary Green
death: 29 Oct 1968, Fort Wayne, Allen Co., IN
burial: Catholic Cemetery, Fort Wayne, Allen Co., IN

marriage: 21 Apr 1924 in Michigan City, LaPorte Co., IN
Hattie Mary Buerkley
birth: 9 Jan 1897, Payne, Paulding Co., OH to Joseph and Mary E (Matthews) Buerkley
death: 5 Mar 1940, Richmond, Wayne Co., IN
burial: Prairie Grove Cemetery, Fort Wayne, Allen Co., IN

marriage: common law marriage
Edna Chloe Mann
birth: 8 Dec 1914, Darke Co., OH to William Harvey and Sarah Catherine (Wise) Mann
death: 20 May 2003, Fort Wayne, Allen Co., IN
burial: Prospect Cemetery, Ossian, Wells Co., IN

Children of  Argus Luster Ormsby and Leona Sophia Gallets:

  • Mary Carol Ormsby, b. 1918, d. 2013, m. (1) Kenneth Merriman Smith, (2) Donald Charles Fechner

Children of  Argus Luster Ormsby and Hattie Mary Buerkley:

  • Waneta Rae Ormsby, b. 4 Aug 1924, d. Living, m. (1) John Pershing McConnehey, (2) Samuel Forrester Cummick
  • Infant Son Ormsby, b. 4 Jun 1928, d. 4 Jun1928

Children of  Argus Luster Ormsby and Edna Chloe Mann:

  • Catherine Elizabeth Ormsby, b. 17 Dec 1935, Darke Co., OH, d. Living, m (1) Philip Jerome Wilson, (2) Francis William Merritt , (3) Ivan Harold Hurless, (4) Kenneth Alan Williams
  • Judith Elaine Ormsby, b 10 Jan 1941, Fort Wayne, Allen Co. IN, d. Living, m. Robert Erwin Richter
  •  Nancy Lou Ormsby. b. 24 Jun 1942, Fort Wayne, Allen Co., IN, d. Living, m. Keith Allan Henninger

 Argus Luster Ormsby lived in:

  • Ossian Wells County, Indiana
  • Fort Wayne, Allen County, Indiana

Submitted by:
Judith E Ormsby Richter

Dorothy Emma Ivins Fosnaugh

Dorothy Emma Ivins Fosnaugh
birth: 1 Apr 1920, Bluffton, Wells County, Indiana to Harold Lautzenheiser Ivins & Elsie May Crum
death: 23 Jun 2011, Bluffton, Wells County, Indiana
burial: Elm Grove Cemetery, Bluffton, Wells County, Indiana

marriage: 12 Apr 1941, Wells County, Indiana
Max Eugene Fosnaugh
birth: 8 Dec 1918, Wells County, Indiana to Benjamin Franklin Fosnaugh & Christena Miller
death: 15 Sep 2003, Bluffton, Wells County, Indiana
burial: Elm Grove Cemetery, Bluffton, Wells County, Indiana

Children of Max Eugene Fosnaugh and Dorothy Emma Ivins, both born in Bluffton:

  • Diane E Fosnaugh (6 Dec 1942 – 29 Mar 1994). Never married.
  • Phillip Eugene Fosnaugh  m. Carol Sue Teeple.

Dorothy was a life long resident of Bluffton, Indiana. She was an 1938 graduate of P.A. Allen High School in Bluffton.

Submitted by:
Dean Ivins

Harold Eugene Ivins

Harold Eugene Ivins
birth: 12 Oct 1926, Bluffton, Wells County, Indiana to Harold Lautzenheiser Ivins & Elsie May Crum
death: 13 Mar 1973, Colonial Heights, Virginia
burial: Blandford Cemetery, Petersburg, Virginia

1st marriage: 13 Nov 1950 Wells County, Indiana
Delores Schwartz
birth: 21 Feb 1928, Bluffton, Wells County, Indiana to John Reuben Schwartz & Emma Lou Neuenschwander

2nd marriage:1961
Gladys “Kitty” Eva Priest of Petersburg, Virginia.
birth: 6 Apr 1921
death: 22 Apr 2005

Children of Harold Eugene Ivins and Gladys Eva Priest:

  • Dean Eugene Ivins of Colonial Heights, Virginia

Harold lived in Bluffton, Indiana from 1926 to 1950 and Fort Wayne, Indiana from 1950 to 1954. He then lived in Dinwiddie County, Virginia (1959-1972) and Colonial Heights, Virginia (1972-1973).

Harold was a 1944 graduate of P.A. Allen High School in Bluffton, Indiana. He served in the Navy during both World War II and Korea.

Submitted by:
Dean Ivins

Oscar Griffin

Oscar Griffin
b. 27 December 1869, Fugit Township, Decatur County, Indiana, to Robert and Sarah Ann (Forrester) Griffin
d. 21 March 1957, Mandan, North Dakota

m/1. 15 January 1902, Wells County, Indiana
Zella Mae Shedd
b. 15 March 1884, Rush County, Indiana, to Elisha and Ida May (Laird) Shedd
d. 2 July 1977, Mandan, North Dakota

Leora Ryan

Children with Zella Mae Shedd:
• John Howard (1902-1929)
• Mary Ione (1905-1999) married Elmer J. Otterstrom
• Charles Robert (1909-1974)
• Homer Merlin (1911-2001) married Nona Curfman
• Dorothy Mae (1914-1998) married Harold Kuebker
• Willard Oscar (1917-2001) married Grace Unkenholz
• Elbert James (1921-1921)

Oscar’s father moved to Indiana from Pennsylvania around 1849 and was a farmer and a minister of the Memorial Church, which was just at the southwest edge of what is now Lake Santee. Oscar was the youngest of eleven children and a farmer his entire life, first in Indiana and then later in North Dakota.

Submitted by:
James D. Lawrence
Greensburg IN

Lucinda Opal Smith

Lucinda Opal Smith
b. 17 February 1896, Nottingham Township, Wells County, Indiana, to Harvey and Mary (Marker) Smith
d. 18 July 1971, Ardmore, Carter County, Oklahoma

m. 16 May 1914, Canalou, New Madrid, Missouri
William Simmons
b. 3 November 1891, Carleston, Mississippi County, Missouri
d. 31 October 1969, Ada, Pontotoc County, Oklahoma

Children with William Simmons:
• Velma May
• William Theodore
• Twylo Florence
• Kenneth Francis
• Zelma Maxine
• Rozella Lavon
• Lester Wayne
• Treva Darlene
• Loile Dale
• Shirley Doile

Lucinda left Nottingham Township, Wells County, Indiana, by 1907. Although she was married in New Madrid County, Missouri, her license was issued in Scott County.

Submitted by:
Darlene Jeannette Scott Shawn
Norman OK

Francis Marion Marker

Francis Marion Marker
b. 2 May 1854, Preble County, Ohio, to Daniel and Lucinda (Nine) Marker
d. 27 February 1925, Depew, Creek County, Oklahoma

m. 10 December 1875, Jay County, Indiana
Margaret Bever/Beaver
b. 13 May 1857, Indiana
d. 26 January 1893, Jay County, Indiana

Children with Margaret Bever/Beaver:
• Mary Leticia married [–?–] Smith
• Charles M.
• Lauralie Alice married [–?–] Alberson
• Orville Isaac
• Hoah
• Minna married (1) [–?–] Forney, (2) [–?–] Awer
• James (b. ca. 1883-1894)
• George

Francis lived in Wells and Jay counties while in Indiana, having arrived in 1866 from Darke County, Ohio. He left from Wells County in 1909.

Submitted by:
Darlene Jeannette Scott Shawn
Norman OK

Asa De Long

Asa De Long
b. 24 February 1834, Ohio
d. 9 August 1900, Kingston, Caldwell County, Missouri

m. 23 February 1860, Wells County, Indiana
Hannah Elizabeth Potee
b. 23 August 1840, Ohio
d. 19 February 1928, Kingston, Caldwell County, Missouri

Children with Hannah Elizabeth Potee:
• Peter Frank (1862-1924)
• Minnie Bell (1866-1930)
• Lulu D. (1877-1976)
• Edward M.

Asa probably immigrated to Indiana before 1860 when he married there. He left about 1869 for Kingston, Caldwell County, Missouri, where he lived until his death.

Submitted by:
Elizabeth Hendrixson
Witchita KS

Minnie Bell De Long

Minnie Bell De Long
b. 22 October 1866, Bluffton, Wells County, Indiana, to Asa and Hannah Elizabeth (Potee) De Long
d. 22 January 1930, Whitewater, Harvey County, Kansas

m. 24 November 1885, Caldwell County, Missouri
George Dudley Cooley
b. 2 October 1860, Cincinnati, Appanoose County, Iowa
d. 5 August 1930, Whitewater, Harvey County, Kansas

Children with George Dudley Cooley:
• Martin Fredrick (1886-1959)
• Anna Estrella (1888-1965)
• Lula Belle (1891-1971)
• John Asa (1893-1964)
• Hobart Lorain (1896-1988)
• Mary Elizabeth (1899-1976)
• George Franklin (1902-1975)
• Mose N. (1905-1915)
• Jennie Viola (b. 1908)
• Guy Everet (1912-1974)

Minnie resided in Bluffton, Wells County, Indiana, until her departure in 1869 for Kingston, Caldwell
County, Missouri.

Submitted by:
Elizabeth Hendrixson
Witchita KS

Eli Cutshall

Eli Cutshall
b. 1815, Maryland, to Samuel and Mary (Darner) Cutshall
d. 30 April 1885, Littleton, Buchanan County, Iowa

m. 23 September 1841, Wells County, Indiana
Dorcas Price
b. April 1823, Pennsylvania
d. 20 September 1911, Littleton, Buchanan County, Iowa

Children with Dorcas Price:

  • Ann Marie
  • Samuel L.
  • Thomas J.
  • Mary J.
  • Sarah M.
  • Kate J.
  • Joseph H.
  • George W.
  • Hester L.
  • Eli G.
  • Charles Wesley
  • infant

In 1837 Eli came from Dayton, Ohio, to near Wallen, Allen County, Indiana, and left in 1856. He and his father had a large farm on the north edge of Allen County.

Submitted by:
Patricia R. Cutshall
Indianapolis IN

Miranda J. Barton

b. August 1842, Bluffton, Wells County, Indiana
d. 25 March 1915, Girard, Osage County, Kansas

m. 1861, Indiana
Milo F. Wire
d. 9 March 1907, Lyndon, Osage County, Kansas

Children with Milo F. Wire:

  • Jennie married William Kiehl
  • Clara (d. 1907) married [–?–] Shultz

Miranda emigrated from Bluffton, Indiana, in 1895.

Submitted by:
Dr. Eric C. Stumpf
Burr Ridge IL