John Vestal Smith

John Vestal Smith
birth: 6 Nov 1831, Lawrence Co., IN to Peter Smith and Margaret (Ford) Smith
death: Odon, Daviess Co., IN
burial: Odon Cemetery, Odon, Daviess Co., IN

marriage: 24 Jun 1851, Lawrence Co., IN
Susan A. Collins
birth: Oct 1834, Monroe Co., IN or possibly in TN, to Samuel Collins and an unknown mother
death: 22 or 27 May 1908, perhaps in Mitchell, Lawrence Co., IN
burial: Mitchell, Lawrence Co., IN

Children of John Vestal Smith and Susan A. Collins:

  • Eva M Smith, 1853-1876
  • Erma Smith, 1853-1974
  • Josephine Smith, 1856?
  • Charles Smith, 1863?
  • Margaret Emmeline Smith, 1852-1874

John Vestal Smith lived In:

Near Bedford in Lawrence County and also in Mitchell, Lawrence County, Indiana.

Other Information:

“John V. SMITH, editor of the Prairie Scorcher, of Odon, Ind., was born November 7, 1831, in Lawrence Co., Ind.,near Bedford. He is one of a family of three sons and six daughters of Peter and Margaret(Ford) SMITH. John attended the district schools about three months during the year, and remained at home with his parents as long as he remained single. July 24, 1851, he wedded Susan A. Collins, daughter of Samuel Collins. Mrs. SMITH was born in Monroe County, Ind., about 1831. To their union nine children were born, all of whom are deceased. During the war Mr. SMITH became one of the “boys in blue”, enlisting in…” —History of Knox and Daviess County Indiana (Goodspeed Publishing: Chicago, 1886), p. 854-5.

“JOHN V. SMITH: Death of This Well-known Gentleman at His Home at Mitchell
The death of John V. Smith of Mitchell, which has been expected for many weeks occurred Monday afternoon. He had been ailing for a number of years with diseases contracted while serving in the late war, and recently the affliction fastened upon him that dread destroyer consumption. He had been confined to bed about one month previous to his death.

Mr. Smith was a native of Lawrence county, and was fifty-six years of age. He belonged to a large and prominent family in Lawrence county. In 1866, he removed to this county, settling at Odon, where he was engaged in the mercantile business for many years, and conducted a newspaper — the Clarksburg Spy. He continued in the newspaper business until his death.

The deceased was an untiring worker, and always was hopeful that he would recover from his illness. He was a genial gentleman and an honorable citizen. Many an eye in the village of Odon was filled with tears at the announcement that John V. Smith had passed away. He was a member of the 120th Indiana; belonged to the Grand Army of the Republic, and also was a Mason.
Of his immediate relatives who survive him, there are his wife, and brother Dr. D. J. Smith, of Odon. All the children of Mr. and Mrs. Smith preceeded their father to their eternal home.

The remains of John V. Smith were placed in a vault at Mitchell, Tuesday. He was laid to rest with Masonic honors, of which order he was long a member. In about one week, the body will be taken to Odon, and buried in the graveyard near the village so long his home.”  —”JOHN V. SMITH: Death of This Well-known Gentleman at His Home at Mitchell,” Daviess County (Indiana) Democrat, 31 December 1887, p.1.
Submitted by:
Linda Farbry

Bonnie Lincoln Noe

Bonnie Lincoln Noe
birth: 13 Feb 1921, Louisville, Jefferson Co., KY to C.F. Noe and Agatha May Lightcap
death: 16 Feb 1999 at Naples, Collier Co., FL
burial: Barnes Cemetery, Nabb, Clark Co., IN

marriage: 29 Mar 1944, Scottsburg, Scott Co., IN
Margaret Ann Nicholson
birth: 21 Sep 1927, Salem, Washington Co., IN to Noble Durward Nicholson and Ruth Helen Voyles
death: 9 Feb 2016, Naples, Collier Co., FL
burial: Barnes Cemetery, Nabb, Clark Co., IN

Children of Bonnie Lincoln Noe and Margaret Ann Nicholson:

  • Paula Jeanne Noe, b. 1946, living, m. Steven Carlisle
  • Peggy Joanne Noe, b. 1949, living
  • Patsy Joyce Noe, b. 1952, living
  • Pamela Joy Noe, b. 1958, living
  • Penny Janalyn Noe, b. 1967, living

Bonnie Lincoln Noe lived in:

  • Nabb, Scott County, Indiana from 1921 – 1967
  • Naples, Collier County, Florida

Other Information:

Bonnie was a owner and operator of his own business:  Noe’s Garage and Filling Station in Nabb.  He also drove a school bus for Lexington Township School, Lexington, Scott County, Indiana and was a hobby farmer.   His wife, Margaret Ann Noe, was Bonnie’s assistant and also drove a school bus in Lexington Township.  She was their first woman school driver.  Due to Bonnie’s health, the couple moved to Naples, Florida, where it was warmer and out of the cold winters of Indiana.

Submitted by:
Jeannie & Steve Carlisle

Rebecca Genevieve Smith

Rebecca Genevieve Smith (went by “Genevieve”)
birth: 8 Jan 1907 at Matthews, Grant Co., IN to Harry J. and Jessie (Eward) Smith
death: 18 Sep 1994, San Antonio, Bexar Co., TX
burial: Unknown

marriage: 13 Apr 1935 in San Antonio, Bexar Co., TX
Weldon B. Wright
birth: 23 Jul 1900, Erath Co., TX to Joe Alec and America (Copeland) Wright
death: 23 Jul 1952, San Antonio, Bexar Co., TX
burial: Unknown

Children of Rebecca Genevieve Smith and Weldon B. Wright:

  • Nancy Suzanne Wright, b. 19 Jul 1939, m. Henry V. Brennan

Rebecca Genevieve Smith lived in:

  • Matthews, Grant County, Indiana
  • San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas

Other Information:

Genevieve and her family left Indiana by train in 1911 to resettle in San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas. She grew up there, attending Riverside Park grade school and Brackenridge High School. Prior to her marriage, Genevieve worked several jobs, but the job at a major radio station was the one she liked to talk about. After marriage and the birth of her daughter, Genevieve worked for thirty years with the San Antonio Independent School District.

Genevieve Smith, age 4, photo

Genevieve Smith, Age 4 1/2, Summer 1911, San Antonio, Texas










Submitted by:
Nancy Wright Brennan

Harry J. Smith

Harry J. Smith
birth: 17 Nov 1869, probably in Randolph Co., IN to Stephen Alvaro and Suzannah (Epps) Smith
death: 12 Feb 1959, San Antonio, Bexar Co, TX
burial: unknown

marriage: 29 Jun 1892 in Converse, Miami Co., IN
Jessie Louena Eward
birth: 11 Sep 1866, Marion, Grant Co., IN to John William and Rebecca Jane (York) Eward
death: 14 May 1945, San Antonio, Bexar Co, TX
burial: unknown

Children of Harry J. Smith and Jessie Louena Eward:

  • Lucile Eward Smith, b. 5 Oct 1893 in Converse, Miami Co., IN, d. 11 Jan 1921, San Antonio, Bexar Co, TX
  • Laura Winifred Smith, b. 30 Aug 1897, d. 30 Jan 2003, m. E.A. Huebner
  • Rebecca Genevieve Smith, b. 8 Jan 1907, d. Sept 1994, m. W.B. Wright

Harry J. Smith lived in:

  • Randolph County, Indiana
  • Converse, Miami County, Indiana
  • Marion, Grant County, Indiana
  • Matthews, Grant County, Indiana
  • Roanoake, Huntington County, Indiana
  • San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas

Other Information:

Harry was born in Indiana and lived in Ohio. He returned to Indiana before his marriage. He worked as a carriage body finisher, a shoe dealer, and was a master mechanic for the Chicago, Indiana & Eastern railroad, which ran a short route in Indiana. Later, he was an auto painter. He could draw, play piano, and tell stories.

The family moved to San Antonio in 1911.

Harry J Smith photo

Harry J. Smith, about age 23









Submitted by:
Nancy Wright Brennan

Laura Winifred Smith

Laura Winifred Smith (went by Winifred)
birth: 30 Aug 1897 in Marion, Grant Co., IN to Harry J. and Jessie (Eward) Smith
death: 30 Jan 2003, at age 105, in San Antonio, Bexar Co., TX
burial: unknown

marriage: 14 Sep 1922 in San Antonio, Bexar Co., TX
Earnest A. Huebner
birth: 5 April 1890
death: 2 Dec 1963 at Marlin, TX
burial: unknown

Children of Laura Winifred Smith and Earnest A. Huebner:

  • Ernest Alfred Huebner, b. 10 Feb 1924, m. Verna Mae Shields
  • Harry James Huebner, b. 13 June 1926, m. Glenn Merriman

Laura Winifred Smith lived in:

Marion, Grant County, Indiana

Other Information:

The family migrated to Bexar Texas by train in 1911.

Winifred attend Main Avenue High School in San Antonio and worked for a book store and then in school libraries until retirement.

Submitted by:
Nancy Wright Brennan

John Alton

John Alton
birth: 22 May 1759, Baltimore, MD to Joseph Alton and Mary Buckley
death: 18 Jul 1823, Palmyra Twp., Knox Co., IN
burial: Alton Cemetery, Palmyra Twp., Knox Co., IN

marriage: 1784 in Pennsylvania Catherine Adams birth: 17 Jun 1764, Knox Co., IN to George W. Adams and Polly death:  28 Nov 1820, Knox Co., IN burial: Alton Cemetery, Palmyra Twp., Knox Co., IN

Children of John Alton and Catherine Adams:

  • Benjamin Alton, m. Bellannar Johnson 21 Sep 1820 at Knox Co., IN
  • Joseph Alton, b. 21 Mar 1785 at PA, d. 21 Aug 1858, Knox Co., IN, m. Rachel Jones, 25 Apr 1810
  • Mary Alton, b. 1787 at PA, d. before 1833, m. George Stipes, c.1810
  • Samuel Alton, b. about 1793, d. before 25 Jan 1816, m. Salley Neel
  • Cynthia Alton, b. about 1798 at Lick Creek, Pike Co., KY, d. before 1780, m. David Ritchey, 23 Jan 1816 in Knox Co., IN
  • John Alton, b. 25 Jul 1799 in PA, d. 17 May 1866 at Knox Co., IN, m. Margaret Barekman, 28 Oct 1829, Knox Co., IN
  • William H. Alton, b. 31 Jan 1805 in PA, d. 8 Dec 1781 at Knox Co., IN, m. Martha Jane Van Camp, 28 Jan 1838, Pike Co., IN
  • James Alton, b. 16 Oct 1815, Fayette Co., PA, d. June 1842, Knox Co., IN, m. Keziah Hisic, 4 Oct 1840 at Pike Co., IN

John Alton lived In:

1805- Until his death: Knox County, Indiana

He also lived in Maryland and Pennsylvania

Other Information:

“John Alton was born on May 22, 1759 in Baltimore County, Maryland. He and his younger brother, Benjamin, were farmers and soldiers serving together in the Pennsylvania Rangers on the Frontier. John also served in the Whiskey Rebellion and at Tippecanoe. On March 18, 1778, John Alton signed a Loyalty Oath in Harford County, Maryland, in the Worshipful Mordacai Amos’s Returns in which he swore to the Oath “I do swear that I do not hold myself bound to yield to any allegiance or obedience to George the Third, King of Great Britain … ” (NOTE: This document is held by the Maryland Archives and may be seen at the Maryland Hall of Records in Annapolis, Maryland). In 1782, John Alton served as a Private in the Pennsylvania Rangers on the Frontier in Captain John Dean’s Company in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, with his brother Benjamin during Colonel Crawford’s disastrous expedition against the Indians at Sandusky. He was a Private in Captain John Wall’s Second Battalion in 1782, and, later, Corporal in Captain Bazel Bowel’s Company of Pennsylvania Militia in Fayette County in 1791. At the battle of Tippecanoe in 1811, he was William Henry Harrison’s wagonmaster. John Alton married Catherine Adams in 1784 in Fayette County, Pennsylvania. They had 8 children. He migrated to Vincennes, Knox County, Indiana, in 1805. John died in Knox County, Indiana on July 18, 1823.”  — Mike Chapman and Carolyn Chapman, “KinNextions: Family Tree,” ( : accessed 15 April 2017), ID: I19194, John Alton; used with author’s permission.

His will, which was proved on September 15, 1823, bequeathed 400 acres of land in Donation No. 29 to his children: Mary (Alton) Stipes, James Alton, Joseph Alton, and William Alton. His body was interred in the Alton family cemetery located in Old Donation No. 29 six miles from Vincennes.

Collected by Mrs. S. G. Davenport, Vincennes, Indiana:
Married – 1784, Catherine Adams, b. 1764. Ch. Joseph (1785- 1858) m. Rachel Jones; John b. 1799; Cynthia (1798-1867) m. David Richey; Mary, m. George Stipes; William, m. Jane ___; James b. 1815. All these names taken from Will and dates from cemetery (Note: Alton, Knox Co., IN)

Other Sources:
Year: 1790; Census Place: German, Fayette, Pennsylvania; Series: M637; Roll: 8; Page: 32; Image: 579; Family History Library Film: 0568148

Maryland, Compiled Census and Census Substitutes Index, 1772-1890
In 1778 Oath of Fidelity

Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission; Records of the Office of the Comptroller General, RG-4; Tax & Exoneration Lists, 1762-1794; Microfilm Roll: 327 Year 1786 John Alton living in Menallen, Fayette, PA

Year: 1800; Census Place: German, Fayette, Pennsylvania; Series: M32; Roll: 38; Page: 530; Image: 220; Family History Library Film: 363341

Pennsylvania, Revolutionary War Battalions and Militia Index, 1775-1783
Vol 2 page 719.

Pennsylvania, Septennial Census, 1779-1863 for year 1800 residing in German, Fayette, PA

Find A Grave Memorial# 14003374 shows a military marker:
John Alton
Westmoreland Co Mil
Revolutionary War
May 22, 1759 July 18, 1823

Submitted by:
Dee Schlesser

James Elbert Price

James Elbert Price
birth: 19 Feb 1906, in Buffaloville, Spencer Co., IN to Lillian Price
death: 26 Jun 2003
burial: Oak Hill Cemetery, Chrisney, Spencer Co., IN

marriage: 5 Jul 1925
Elise Cleadus Wangler
birth: 31 Mar 1909 to Charles Wangler and Nettie Mae Wright
death: 28 Jan 1985
burial: Oak Hill Cemetery, Chrisney, Spencer Co., IN

Children of James Elbert Price and Elise Cleadus Wangler:

  • Elberta Marie Price, 1928-2015
  • Delles Eugene Price, 1929-2014
  • Irene Elaine Price, 1931-2017
  • James Elmer Price, 1934-1956
  • Ervin Lee Price, 1944-Living

James Elbert Price lived In:

Evansville, Buffaloville, Lincoln City, Tennyson, and Chrisney, Indiana.

Other Information:

James Price‘s father is unknown. He lived with his grandparents in Buffaloville from birth until their death in 1919, at which time he went to live his mother, Lillian Price, and her husband, William Emmons. Contributor would appreciate information on this family.

Submitted by:
Donna Sanderson