Category Archives: Whitley County

Maria Elizabeth Sutherland

Maria Elizabeth Sutherland
b. 21 October 1857, Logansport, Cass County, Indiana, to Zera and Maria Elizabeth (Dodds) Sutherland
d. 13 November 1915, Alma, Gratiot County, Michigan

m. 1 July 1873, North Manchester, Wabash County, Indiana
James Herschel White
b. 25 December 1846, Chatham, Medina County, Ohio
d. 11 September 1923, Alma, Gratiot County, Michigan

Children with James Herschel White:
• Fannie Sevilla
• Hiram Levi “Jake”
• James Gloyd
• Jessie M.
• Paul Sutherland

The last two named children died young.

Maria lived in Logansport, Cass County, and Larwill, Whitley County, Indiana, before emigrating in 1887. She was also known as Mariah.

Submitted by:
F. Norman Pottle
Berrien Springs MI

John B Strouse

John B Strouse
b. 15 January 1863, Albion, Noble County, Indiana, to David W. and Mathilda (Shields) Strouse
d. 10 April 1939, Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan

m. 9 April 1884, Auburn, DeKalb County, Indiana
Permilla E. Osbun
b. 27 June 1863, Auburn, DeKalb County, Indiana

Children with Permilla E. Osbun:
• James Albert
• Arilla May
• Clarence W.
• Earl Clifton

John and Permilla lived in Auburn, DeKalb County, and Columbia City, Whitley County, before emigrating from Indiana in 1901.

Submitted by:
William R. Strouse
Waterloo IA

Edwin Thomas Dooley

Edwin Thomas Dooley
b. 30 October 1857, Columbia City, Whitley County, Indiana, to John and Johanna (Quinn) Dooley
d. 18 March 1928, Yoakum, Lavaca County, Texas

m. 20 October 1888, Columbia City, Whitley County, Indiana
Rosa Anna Steiner
b. 21 October 1859, Columbia City, Whitley County, Indiana
d. 10 November 1945, Yoakum, Lavaca County, Texas

Edwin and Rosa had no children; however, in 1894 they became foster parents to three of Edwin’s brother John’s six children: Leo (1886-1943), Julia (1888-1967), and Alice (1893-1967). In 1906 Rosa’s brother Joseph died, and they continued their role as foster parents, adding his five children to their family.

Edwin became a brakeman for the Pennsylvania Railroad in 1879; this took him to Texas in 1883. He returned to Indiana to claim Rosa as his bride in 1888. He lived in Columbia City in Whitley County and Arcola in Allen County before emigrating in May 1883 to Eagle Pass, Maverick County, Texas.

Submitted by:
Kelvin C. Boyle
Woodridge IL

Western Ackley Dickinson

Western Ackley Dickinson
b. 10 August 1832, Richland, Oswego County, New York, to Samuel and Belinda (Ackley) Dickinson
d. 30 January 1911, Houston, Harris County, Texas

Sarah A. Moriah (?)
b. 7 January 1835, Vernon, Trumbull County, Ohio
d. 12 September 1899, Lake Charles, Calasieu Parish, Louisiana

Children with Sarah A. Moriah (?):
• Mary E. (b. 1857)
• Horora A. (b. 1858)
• Ella B. (b. 1868)
• Charles L. (b. 1874)
• Chester Delos (1875-1957) married Lydia Belle Wilkinson

The first two children were born in LaGrange County and the second two in Whitley County, so the family was in Indiana before 1857. They left for Kansas in 1874 or 1875.

Submitted by:
Elizabeth Nash
Garden City KS

Peter Creager/Kruger

Peter Creager/Kruger
b. 21 Aug 1777 Frederick Co., MD to Adam Creager/Kruger and Christina Hoffert/Hufford
d. 16 Mar 1849 Whitley Co., IN
bur. Cleveland Family Cemetery (aka Old Cleveland Cemetery), Whitley Co., IN
* *gravestone no longer exists

Creager gravestones

Creager gravestones

m1. 9 Nov 1799, Maryland
Eva (Eve) Ahlbach/Albach 
b. unknown
d. April 1812, Montgomery Co., OH

m2. November 1812, Montgomery Co., OH
Elizabeth Rike/Reich 
b. 1790, Frederick Co., MD
d. 5 Apr 1870 (unknown place)

Children with Eve Ahlbach:

  • Charlotta: b. 11 Oct 1800, Frederick Co., MD; d. 12 Jan 1802, Frederick Co., MD
  • Sophia
  • Catharina
  • Wilhelm
  • Daniel
  • Samuel: d. 11 Feb 1892, Huntington Co., IN

Children with Elizabeth Rike:

  • Ezra
  • Adam
  • Levi: d. 1907
  • Christian Henry (1821, OH – 20 May 1906, Whitley Co., IN) m1. Susannah Obenchein, ( 26 Jun 1822 – 12 Nov 1862, Whitley Co., IN); m2. Elizabeth Banfill Mettert, (1831, Preble Co., OH – 7 Mar 1895, Whitley Co., IN)
  • Lydia Margaret
  • Peter (26 Aug 1829, Montgomery Co., OH – 6 Feb 1902, Whitley Co., IN) m. Melissa Jane Williamson, (22 May 1836, OH – 25 Dec 1865, Whitley Co., IN)
  • John Reuben (14 Mar 1832, OH – 5 Jun 1908, OH)

Peter Creager was the son of Adam and Christina (Hoffert) Creager. Adam was a Revolutionary War veteran. Peter Creager settled in what is now Whitley Co., IN in 1836. He migrated from Maryland in 1812 with his first wife, Eve Ahlbach, to Montgomery Co., OH. Eve died there in 1812. He left for Indiana with his second wife, Elizabeth Rike/Reich in 1835. The family burial site is at the Cleveland Family/Old Cleveland Cemetery in Whitley Co., Indiana. While Peter’s stone has been lost, the graves of several of Peter’s immediate family can be seen there.

Submitted by:
Jean Fremion-McKibben
LaGrange, IN

William Prosper Reiff

William Prosper Reiff
b. 25 June 1884, Columbia City, Whitley County, Indiana, to Edward and Anna Maria (Fischer) Reiff
d. 4 August 1956, Moses Lake, Grant County, Washington

m. 31 March 1906, Columbia City, Whitley County, Indiana
Laura Ethel Malott
b. 6 March 1887, near Columbia City, Whitley County, Indiana
d. 30 January 1968, Union Grove, Racine County, Wisconsin

Children with Laura Ethel Malott:

  • Katherine Mary
  • Leona Agnes
  • Rose Miriam
  • Gertrude Samantha
  • William Paul
  • Sarah Isabelle

William emigrated from Whitley County, Indiana, to Cedar Rapids, Linn County, Iowa, about 1907.

Submitted by:
Valerie J. Boggs
Pierceton IN

Antone Edward Reiff

Antone Edward Reiff
b. 23 March 1895, Columbia City, Whitley County, Indiana, to Edward and Anna Maria (Fischer) Reiff
d. 2 October 1947, Waterloo, Blackhawk County, Iowa

m. 13 July 1917, Hillsdale County, Michigan
Myrtle Blanche Kolosta Thompson
b. 19 January 1897, near Dell Rapids, Minnehaha County, South Dakota
d. 16 December 1955, Waterloo, Black Hawk County, Iowa

Children with Myrtle Blanche Kolosta Thompson:

  • Roger Jerome
  • Carol Marie
  • Eleanor Louise

Antone emigrated from Whitley County, Indiana, to Black Hawk County, Iowa, in 1906.

Submitted by:
Valerie J. Boggs
Pierceton IN

Joseph Raichart

Joseph Raichart
b. 19 December 1832, to George and Anna Maria Raichart
d. 21 May 1906, Nebraska

m/1. 1 July 1847, Tuscarawas County, Ohio
Elizabeth Beck
b. 8 March 1828
d. 10 May 1855, Huntington, Huntington County, Indiana

m/2. 26 March 1863, Whitley County, Indiana
Margaret A. Koontz
b. 16 May 1839, to Baltzer and Suzannah Koontz
d. 21 March 1906, Nebraska

Children with Elizabeth Beck:

  • Daniel Stewart
  • Emaline married [–?–] Herndon
  • Diantha married [–?–] Burham
  • Irena married [–?–] Goodman
  • Peter
  • Lydia

Joseph came to Indiana about 1855 from Tuscarawas County, Ohio. He lived in Clear Creek Township, Huntington County, and Washington Township, Whitley County, Indiana. He left Indiana about 1878.

Submitted by:
Ruth A. Summers
Fort Wayne IN

George C Pence

George C Pence
b. 20 November 1791, to Philip Pence
d. 15 June 1866, Hardin County, Iowa

m/1. 20 January 1812, Fayette County, Ohio
Sarah Windle
b. 18 November 1795, Shenandoah County, Virginia, to Peter and Rachel (Wolfe) Windle
d. 18 August 1854, Smith Township, Whitley County, Indiana

m/2. Iowa
Caroline Reese Danger
b. 17 September 1814
d. 5 October 1903, Hardin County, Iowa

Children with Sarah Windle:

  • Henry (1813-1892) married (1) Eliza Gradeless, (2) Mary Young
  • Eliza (1816-1883) married James H. Roussear
  • Abraham (1818-1897) married (1) Nancy Bucklew, (2) Sarah Hyre Humbarger
  • John (1823-1894) married (1) Sarah Strain, (2) Mary Jane Hazen
  • Absalom G. (1824-1875) married Clarissa Van Houten
  • Catherine (1827-1889) married Mickael K. Zorger
  • Willis F. (1828-1864) married (1) Mary Waugh, (2) Mary Burney
  • Elizabeth (1828-1864) married John Van Houten
  • Joseph (1831-1916) married (1) Susan Waugh, (2) Alice Henny
  • Jesse (1833-1843)
  • infant

The family came to Whitley County, Indiana, from Fayette, Ohio, in 1836. George moved to Iowa in 1856.

There were no children from his second marriage.

Submitted by:
Kay Hilliard
Columbia City IN

George Conrad Nill

George Conrad Nill
b. 16 July 1837, Fort Wayne, Allen County, Indiana, to Conrad and Barbara (Pfeiffer) Nill
d. 29 October 1889, Toledo, Lucas County, Ohio

m. 16 January 1866, Columbia City, Whitley County, Indiana
Anna Sophia Stevens
b. 24 July 1843, Huron County, Ohio
d. 30 August 1922, Fresno, Fresno County, California

Children with Anna Sophia Stevens:

George resided in Fort Wayne, Allen County, and Columbia City, Whitley County, Indiana. He moved to Toledo, Lucas County, Ohio, in 1872.

Submitted by:
Marya D. Nill
San Carlos CA