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Lewis Gould Adkinson

Lewis Gould Adkinson
birth: 8 September 1839 in Cotton Township, Switzerland County, Indiana to Samuel Thomas Adkinson and Jane McHenry Adkinson
death: 19 January 1906 in Atlanta, Georgia
burial: West View Cemetery, Atlanta, Georgia

marriage: 28 July 1863 in Rush County, Indiana
Mary Almira Osburn
birth: 28 July 1843 in Rush County, Indiana to Harmon and Elizabeth “Eliza” Jane Packard Osburn
death: 29 June 1918 in Jacksonville, Florida
burial: West View Cemetery, Atlanta, Georgia

Children of Mary Almira Osburn and Lewis Gould Adkinson:

  • Isabel Adkinson (1865-1940) married Edwin Grant Conklin
  • Fannie Adkinson (1868-1942) married Edmund Crooker Ziegler
  • Albert Reed Adkinson (1871-1917) married Carlotta Opal Willett
  • Jennie May Adkinson (1877-1921) married Otha Thomas Usleman
  • Rufus Harmon Adkinson (1879-1902) Did not marry.
  • Laura Adkinson, dates unknown, died in infancy.
  • Arthur Edwin Adkinson, dates unknown, died in infancy.

Ancestor here lived in:

  • 1839-1860: Cotton Township, Switzerland County
  • 1861-1887: Southeastern Indiana, various locations as assigned as Minister of the Methodist Episcopal Church, including: 1870: Columbus, Bartholomew County; 1880: Lawrenceburg, Dearborn County
  • 1882-1887: Moores Hill, Dearborn County, as President of Moores Hill College
  • 1888-1900: New Orleans, Louisiana, as President of New Orleans University
  • 1901-1906: Atlanta, Georgia, as President of Gammon Theological Seminary

Other Information:

 Lewis Gould Adkinson began public life at the age of 18 ( abt. 1857) by teaching in a public school. In two years he was Principal of the third grade public school in Vevay, Switzerland County. In 1859 he was licensed to preach in the Methodist Episcopal Church, and in 1860 admitted to the Southeast Indiana Conference. He served as minister in various locations until 1882. He was appointed as President, Moores Hill College, Dearborn County in 1882, and served until 1887. In 1887, Rev. Adkinson was awarded an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from DePauw University. He was appointed as President, New Orleans (Louisiana) University, and served from 1888 until 1900. He was appointed as President, Gammon Theological Seminary, Atlanta, Georgia and served from 1901 until his death in 1906.

Submitted by:
Alexander Blair Smith
Email: alexsmith17131@gmail.com

Mary Almira Osburn

Mary Almira Osburn
birth: 28 July 1843 in Rush County, Indiana to Harmon and Elizabeth “Eliza” Jane Packard Osburn
death: 29 June 1918 in Jacksonville, Florida
burial: West View Cemetery, Atlanta, Georgia

marriage: 28 July 1863 in Rush County, Indiana
Lewis Gould Adkinson
birth: 8 September 1839 in Cotton Township, Switzerland County, Indiana to Samuel Thomas and Jane McHenry Adkinson
death: 19 January 1906 in Atlanta, Georgia
burial: West View Cemetery, Atlanta, Georgia

Children of Mary Almira Osburn and Lewis Gould Adkinson:

  • Isabel Adkinson (1865-1940) married Edwin Grant Conklin
  • Fannie Adkinson (1868-1942) married Edmund Crooker Ziegler
  • Albert Reed Adkinson (1871-1917) married Carlotta Opal Willett
  • Jennie May Adkinson (1877-1921) married Otha Thomas Usleman
  • Rufus Harmon Adkinson (1879-1902) Did not marry.
  • Laura Adkinson, dates unknown, died in infancy.
  • Arthur Edwin Adkinson, dates unknown, died in infancy.

Ancestor here lived in:

  • 1839-1863: Rush County
  • 1861-1887: Southeastern Indiana, various locations accompanying her husband, who was a Minister of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and President of Moores Hill College (1882-1887)
  • 1888-1900: New Orleans, Louisiana,
  • 1901-1906: Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1906-1918: Jacksonville, Florida

Other Information:

Her biography appears in: Willard FE and Livermore MA. American Women. Fifteen Hundred Biographies with over 1,400 Portraits. New York: Mast, Crowell and Kirkpatrick, 1897, Volume 1, page 8. “She began her married life as a pastor’s wife in Laurel, Indiana. Removing to Madison, she was four times elected president of the Madison district association of the M. E. Church. Since 1873 she has actively engaged in temperance work, and is now (1897) a superintendent of the “Women’s Christian Temperance Union” in the State of Louisiana. .” Her brother, Edward W. Osburn wrote: “Mary was a very loyal and efficient helpmate to her husband. She was always prominent in church and social circles, and an untiring worker in the W. C. T. U. She was President of the New Orleans, La., W. C. T. U. during her residence there and from 1909-1917 was the efficient President of the Jacksonville, Florida, W. C. T. U.” After the death of her husband, she lived in Jacksonville Florida until her death in 1918.

Submitted by:
Alexander Blair Smith
Email: alexsmith17131@gmail.com

Harmon Osburn

Harmon Osburn

Harmon Osburn
b. 3 June 1812, Clermont County, Ohio, to Benjamin and Ruth (Duckett) Osburn
d. 6 June 1883, Noblesville, Hamilton County, Indiana
bur. Crownland Cemetery, Noblesville, Hamilton County, Indiana

 

m. 26 April 1832, Clermont County, Ohio
Elizabeth Jane “Eliza” Packard
b. 17 February 1811, Middletown, New Castle County, Delaware
d. 19 June 1887, Moores Hill, Dearborn County, Indiana
bur. Crownland Cemetery, Noblesville, Hamilton County, Indiana

Children of Harmon and Elizabeth Jane (Packard) Osburn:

  • Hannah Packard (1833-1895), married Isaac Reed
  • Benjamin Franklin (1834-1918), married Mary Torr
  • Anna (1835-1885), married Elijah Billings
  • John Wesley (1839-1903), married (1) Juliet Johnson, (2) Eliza J. Howard, (3) Joyce Frederica Richards Hobson
  • Mary Almira (1843-1918), married Lewis Gould Adkinson
  • Sarah E. (1843-1847)
  • Martha Jane (1848-1883)
  • William Henry Osburn (1850-1932), married Mary Frances Blanche
  • Edward Walker (1854-1931), married (1) Florence Hobson, (2) Elsie Dinsmore Hard

In 1927, the youngest son of Harmon and Elizabeth, Edward Walker Osborn wrote the following about his parents and their life together:

“They began housekeeping in a one room log cabin with a split log floor, near Milford, Clermont County, Ohio. Father was not of his freedom on his wedding day. The next morning after the wedding, both went away to work, Father at fifty cents a day to accumulate money, Mother worked for clothing material and food to take home. While living there, the three eldest children were born . . .”

“In the year 1836 or 1837 the family moved to Rush County, Jackson Township, Indiana, where Harmon entered 160 acres of land, paying the government $1.25 per acre . . . They made the trip in a wagon drawn by an old mare twenty-two years of age and a year old colt. Closest neighbor was about one and on-fourth miles through very heavy timber. a one large room house was soon erected, puncheon flooring (split logs), home make shingles, log frame and finishing. After the days work and the children were in bed, father and mother worked in the clearing, felling trees and sawing them into lengths, ready for the log-rolling, piling and burning brush, often working until midnight. By spring they were ready for crop planting. No better buildings and other improvements within many miles. No finer stock of all kinds in the county, nor was there better machinery or greater yields in the fields. The first mower and harvester were on our farm. The first sewing machine and washer in in our house. Father was many years ahead of his day as a farmer. With diversity of crops, home made fertilizers, drainage, deep plowing and thorough cultivation his farm increased in productiveness each year. Seldom was a load of grain, except wheat and flax, sold from the place, all went into stock.”

In the fall of 1870, Harmon and Eliza and the three youngest children moved from the farm to Greencastle, Indiana, the seat of Asbury University, later know as DePauw. In December 1882, Harmon and Eliza moved from Greencastle to Noblesville, Indiana, where Harmon died in 1883.

Harmon, according to his son “converted and joined the Methodist Episcopal Church in 1830. From the date of his conversion until 1883, he was almost continuously an official member and religious leader. As far as I know, neither ever told a lie, not even a little white lie, they never exaggerated, nor misrepresented. In truthfulness, brotherly kindness, love, piety, and downright godliness and dependability they were the real article.”

Submitted by:
Alexander Blair Smith
Simsbury CT
E-mail: alexsmith17131@gmail.com