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Mathew Maddox

Mathew Maddox
b. 15 April 1828, Letcher County, Kentucky, to Matthew and Dicy (Guinn) Maddox
d. 19 July 1908, Concordia, Cloud County, Kansas

m. 1 September 1850, Covington Township, Fountain County, Indiana
Martha Jane “Jenny” Henderson
b. 4 September 1833, Covington Township, Fountain County, Indiana, to Jacob and Hannah (Booth) Henderson
d. 31 January 1911, Concordia, Cloud County, Kansas

Children with Martha Jane Henderson:
• Milton M. (1851-1939) married Lucinda Bell
• Nelson J. (1853-1926) married Nancy Jane Shrader
• John (1854-1863)
• William L. (1858-1895) married Neita L. Barcelo

Mathew came to Indiana from Mason County, Kentucky, in 1832 and lived in Troy Township, Fountain County, until emigrating to Iowa in 1852.

Submitted by:
Patricia Little Maddox
Alexandria VA
E-mail: ramseesmar@aol.com

Oscar Macy

Oscar Macy
b. 28 July 1829, Knox County, Indiana, to Obed and Lucinda (Polk) Macy
d. 1 November 1910, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California

m. 24 June 1873, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County
Margaret Elizabeth Bell
b. 2 December 1848, Millersburg, Ohio
d. 28 October 1891, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California

Children with Margaret Elizabeth Bell:
• Estell (b. 1874)
• Margaret Lucinda (1876-1908)
• Irene (1879-1902) married F.J. Whitney
• Alice Bell (b. 1882)
• Oscar Alexander (1884-1918) married Ella McLean

Oscar started west in the spring of 1850. He started from Bloomington, Monroe County, Indiana, overland to Columbus, then by railroad to Madison, by steamboat to Louisville, Kentucky, and another steamboat to St. Louis, Missouri, then by another boat to Kansas City, Missouri, where his parents and family met him. It then took them nine months to cross the plains.

He had a gold stake for a while. Then he became a printer for several publications. He was the Deputy Collector of Customs at San Pedro and a member of the Los Angeles City Council. Macy Street in Los Angeles is named for this family, since the only house on the street for many years was the Macy’s house.

Submitted by:
Christie Hill Russell
Paris IL
E-mail: christie@cartar.com

Obed Macy

Obed Macy
b. 14 December 1801, Guilford County, North Carolina, to William and Mary (Barnard) Macy
d. 9 July 1857, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California

m. 17 October 1824, near Bruceville, Knox County, Indiana
Lucinda Polk
b. 6 January 1808, Knox County, Indiana, to Charles and Margaret (McQuade) Polk III
d. 3 August 1872, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California

Children with Lucinda Polk:
• Amanda (1824-1826)
• Urania (1828-1916) married David Williams Cheesman
• Oscar (1829-1910) married Margaret Elizabeth Bell
• Nancy (1832-1916) married Aphek Lorenzo Woodruff
• Lousia (1834-1896) married John Moran Foy
• Charles P. (1837-1850)
• Margaret (b. 1839)
• William (1841-1923)
• Obed (1843-1922) married Mary Teresa Sullivan
• Lucinda (1844-1926) married Samuel Calvert Foy
• Mary Jane (1849-1917) married Taliesin Evans
• Alice (1852-1854)
• Christina (1855-1856)

Obed came to Liberty, Union County, Indiana, in August 1818. He also lived in Bruceville and Oaktown, Knox County, Indiana, before emigrating in 1850. His son Charles died of cholera near the South Platte River on the California Trail. Obed was a medical doctor in Bruceville, and the first medical doctor in Los Angeles.

The family crossed the plains in 1850, arriving at San Gabriel Mission on 1 January 1851. They camped two months at San Gabriel, and then moved to El Monte. In 1852, the family moved to Los Angeles, where Dr. Macy bought the Bella Union Hotel. They lived on the northwest corner of Los Angeles and Commercial Streets. Dr. Macy then procured a site on the Zanja Madre at what is now the corner of North Main and Macy Streets, where he built a low spreading building.

Submitted by:
Christie Hill Russell
Paris IL
E-mail: christie@cartar.com

Daniel Pickrell Skinner

Daniel Pickrell Skinner
b. 24 June 1824 Montgomery Co., OH, to Thomas Skinner and Permelia Cox
d. 22 January 1882, Cass Co., IN
bur. Bethel Cemetery, Cass Co., IN

Daniel Pickrell Skinner gravestone

Daniel Pickrell Skinner gravestone

m1. 28 December 1848 at Cass Co., IN
Rebecca Belew
b. 5 September 1832 in IN, daughter of Joseph and Susanna (Pearson) Belew
d. 10 June 1873 Cass Co., IN; bur. Bethel Cemetery, Cass Co., IN

m2. 30 December 1873 at Cass Co., IN
Amanda Bell

Children with Rebecca Belew:

  • Amanda Alica Skinner (15 February 1850–9 March 1873) m. Stephen Melinger
  • Milton Robert Skinner (abt. 1851–?) m. Portia Carr, Dora LaRose, Emma Maiben
  • Johnson Ballou Skinner (28 April 1853–19 April 1906) m. Sarah Lucinda McCoy
  • Marilla Mossilene Skinner (1856–16 January 1929) m. Samuel F. De Moss
  • William Schuyler Skinner (19 January 1869–9 February 1927) m. Matilda V. Powell

Child with Amanda Bell:

  • Emma Skinner

Submitted by:
Kathy Jones Stickney
Ormond Beach, FL
kstickney2@cfl.rr.com

Permelia Cox

Permelia Cox
b. 1800 TN, daughter of Richard and Fannie Cox
d. 21 March 1868 Cass Co., IN
bur. Skinner Chapel Cemetery, Cass Co., IN

Permelia Cox

Permelia Cox

Permelia Skinner gravestone

Permelia Skinner gravestone

m. 7 September 1820 at Montgomery Co., OH
Thomas Skinner
b. 11 March 1795 at Rockingham Co., NC, son of Thomas and Sarah (Pickrell) Skinner
d. 3 April 1880 Cass Co., IN
bur. Skinner Chapel Cemetery, Cass Co, IN
(Thomas m2. Mary Bockover on 24 May 1870.)

Children with Thomas Skinner:

  • John Calvin Skinner (1821–1896), m. Hannah Crooks, Sarah Han, and Fannie Bell
  • Daniel Pickrel Skinner (1824–1882) m. Rebecca Belew and Amanda Bell
  • Samuel Edwards Skinner (1826–1884) m. Mary Johnson
  • Richard Cox Skinner (1827–1905) m. Elizabeth Conrad
  • Caroline Skinner (1830–1920) m. Joseph Young Belew/Ballou
  • Margaret Jane SKinner (1832–1917) m. George W. Coil
  • Ira Hollingsworth Skinner (1834–1919) m. Nancy Ann Arthahultz
  • Thomas Harrison Skinner (1836–1927) m. Sarah A. Bockover
  • Sarah Ann Skinner (1838–1873) m. Tipton Clary

According to Thomas B. Helm’s History of Cass County, Indiana, Thomas and Permelia were among the founding members of the Twelve Mile Christian Church and donated land for the first church building.

Submitted by:
Kathy Jones Stickney
Ormond Beach, FL
kstickney2@cfl.rr.com

Thomas Skinner

Thomas Skinner
b. 11 March 1795 at Rockingham Co., NC, son of Thomas and Sarah (Pickrell) Skinner
d. 3 April 1880 at Cass Co. IN
bur. Skinner Chapel Cemetery, Cass Co., IN

Thomas Skinner

Thomas Skinner

m1. 7 Sept. 1820 at Montgomery Co., OH
Permelia Cox
b. 1800 in TN to Richard and Fannie Cox
d. 21 March 1868 at Cass Co., IN
bur. Skinner Chapel Cemetery, Cass Co., IN

m2. 24 May 1870
Mary Bockover

Children with Permelia Cox:

  • John Calvin Skinner (1821–1896), m. Hannah Crooks, Sarah Han, and Fannie Bell
  • Daniel Pickrel Skinner (1824–1882) m. Rebecca Belew and Amanda Bell
  • Samuel Edwards Skinner (1826–1884) m. Mary Johnson
  • Richard Cox Skinner (1827–1905) m. Elizabeth Conrad
  • Caroline Skinner (1830–1920) m. Joseph Young Belew/Ballou
  • Margaret Jane SKinner (1832–1917) m. George W. Coil
  • Ira Hollingsworth Skinner (1834–1919) m. Nancy Ann Arthahultz
  • Thomas Harrison Skinner (1836–1927) m. Sarah A. Bockover
  • Sarah Ann Skinner (1838–1873) m. Tipton Clary

Skinner’s obituary in the Logansport Weekly Journal (10 April 1880) states that he moved as a youth with his parents to Ohio, then in 1836 with his family to Adams Township, Cass Co., Indiana. His funeral was one of the largest in the township. Thomas B. Helm’s History of Cass County, Indiana, states that Thomas and his wife were among the founding members of the Twelve Mile Christian Church and donated land for the first church building.

Submitted by:
Kathy Jones Stickney
Ormond Beach, FL
kstickney2@cfl.rr.com

Jennie Mae Comer

Jennie Mae Comer
b. 1 December 1891, Rensselaer, Jasper County, Indiana, to William Cyrus and Sarah Jane
(Gleason) Comer
d. 2 June 1986, West Chicago, DuPage County, Illinois

m. 1 October 1920, Lafayette, Tippecanoe County, Indiana
Orval Hamilton Crisler
b. 10 October 1893, Mount Ayr, Newton County, Indiana, to William Addison and Clara Delilah (Hopkins) Crisler
d. 17 January 1986, West Chicago, DuPage County, Illinois

Children with Orval Hamilton Crisler:

  • William Orval (1922-2005) married Dorothy Helen Olson
  • Virginia Mae (b. 1923) married Leslie Alexander Simpson
  • John Edward (1924-1994) married June Freida Wilson
  • George Hamilton (1925-2000) married (1) Gloria Grover Murray, (2) Barbara Dee Bell
  • Emily Jeannette (b. 1927) married Lyle William Seefeldt

Jennie’s father, William Cyrus Comer, was also born in Indiana. Her mother, Sarah Jane “Jennie” Gleason was born in Michigan, but lived in Indiana as a young woman.

Jennie’s mother died following childbirth, and Jennie was sent to her maternal grandparents in Ottawa County, Michigan, to be raised there. She returned to Rensselaer, Jasper County, Indiana, at age nine in 1900 to live with her aunts, Mary and Lizzie Comer, at their boarding house on South Cullen Street. She stayed there until adulthood.

Jennie left Indiana in 1912 to attend nursing school in Chicago but returned again to Rensselaer to work as a registered nurse at Jasper County Hospital following her graduation. There she became re-acquainted with her husband-to-be and former classmate, Orval Hamilton Crisler. They married in 1920 and quickly were parent of five children.

In 1927, the family moved to Waukegan, Illinois. Later they moved to Chicago, then to Glen Ellyn, Illinois. Following her husband’s retirement, they moved to Dunedin, Florida. At her death at age 94, Jennie’s body was returned to Rensselaer, and she is buried there next to her husband of 65 years in Weston Cemetery.

Submitted by:
Leslie S. Hall
Waynesboro, VA
E-mail: geniehall75@gmail.com

Orval Hamilton Crisler

Orval Hamilton Crisler
b. 10 October 1893, Mount Ayr, Newton County, Indiana, to William Addison and Clara Delilah (Hopkins) Crisler
d. 17 January 1986, West Chicago, DuPage County, Illinois

m. 1 October 1920, Lafayette, Tippecanoe County, Indiana
Jennie Mae Comer
b. 1 December 1891, Rensselaer, Jasper County, Indiana, to William Cyrus and Sarah Jane (Gleason) Comer
d. 2 June 1986, West Chicago, DuPage County, Illinois

Children with Jennie Mae Comer:

  • William Orval (1922-2005) married Dorothy Helen Olson
  • Virginian Mae (b. 1923) married Leslie Alexander Simpson
  • John Edward (1924-1994) married June Freida Wilson
  • George Hamilton (1925-2000) married (1) Gloria Grover Murray, (2) Barbara Dee Bell
  • Emily Jeannette (b. 1927) married Lyle William Seefeldt

The Crisler family, headed by Orval’s grandfather, Hamilton Crisler, came to Indiana in 1846 and settled in the Haw Creek Township of Bartholomew County. They moved to Newton County, Indiana in 1861 when Hamilton purchased 240 acres of land in Jackson Township near the later town of Mount Ayr.

Orval moved with his parents to a farm northeast of the town of Rensselaer, Jasper County, Indiana, in 1910. Following his marriage in 1920, he and his wife and their five children, moved to Waukegan, Illinois, in 1927. Orval enrolled in the LaSalle Extension School in Chicago and completed his education, becoming an accountant. The latter part of his working career was as an accountant, comptroller, and secretary/treasurer for the Chicago-based Gulbransen Piano Company.

His wife Jennie was a registered nurse who worked at the Jasper County Hospital in Rensselaer as a surgical nurse and radiology technician prior to her marriage. Orval was a farmer, having taken over the family farm after the death of his father in 1911

After his retirement, Orval and Jennie moved to Dunedin, Florida. They returned to the Chicago area in the mid 1980’s and both died there in 1986. They were sent home to Indiana for burial in Weston Cemetery in Rensselaer, Indiana

Submitted by:
Leslie S. Hall
Waynesboro, VA
E-mail: geniehall75@gmail.com

Helen Louise Brewer

Helen Louise Brewer
b. 20 April 1913, Wabash, Indiana, to Lewis Lenard and Elsie Marie (Burnworth) Brewer
d. 28 May 1985, Denver, Colorado

m.
Eldon Corneal Bell
b. 20 November 1910, Markle or Roanoke, Indiana, to William Arthur and Ethel Merle (Houser) Bell
d. 25 August 1961, Fort Wayne, Allen County, Indiana

Children with Eldon Corneal Bell:

  • Norman L. (b. 1933)

Born in Indiana, Helen lived most of her life in Fort Wayne, Allen County. Both Helen and her husband retired from General Electric. She moved to Denver to be with her only son, Norman, after the death of her husband.

Helen was a member of Eastern Star.

Submitted by:
Diane Ely
Florissant MO
E-mail: dianeely@att.net

George Wolfgang Kiefner

George Wolfgang Kiefner
b. 25 March 1839, Schnabelwaid, Oberfranken, Bavaria, Germany to Andreas and Margaretha Ann (Graff/Grafin) Kuffner/Kiefner
d. 20 June 1892, Atchison, Atchison County, Kansas

m. 23 January 1866, New Boston, Spencer County, Indiana
Louise Katharine Racine
b. 24 November 1843, Huff Township, Spencer County, Indiana
d. 13 September 1932, Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri

Children with George Wolfgang Kiefner:

  • John William Bell (1861-1940), an adopted son, married Josephine Elizabeth Persinger
  • Anna Margaretha Barbara (1868-1952) married John Schneider
  • Margurethe Louise (1872-1953) married James Barber
  • Anna Katherine (1874-1969) married (1) Benjamin Franklin Juvenal, (2) Tona Aquilla Nance
  • Johann Stephen (1877-1948) married Delia Viola Hogue
  • Amelia Kunigunde (1879-1974) married Daniel Bernard Norton
  • Friedrich Wilhelm (1881-1885)
  • Theresa Henrietta (1884-1970) married Theodore Ralph Willstaedt

George emigrated from Bavaria in 1839 to Spencer County, Indiana. He fought for the Union in the Civil War and was wounded in Red River Exposition. His children were all baptized at St. John’s Lutheran Church in New Boston, Spencer County, Indiana. He and many of his children later moved to Atchison, Kansas and George died there in 1892.

Submitted by:
R. Bruce Willstaedt
Townsville NC
E-mail: bwillstaed@nc.rr.com