Tag Archives: Bruner

Ethel H Prosser

Ethel H Prosser
birth: 7 Sept 1888, Indiana to Enoch Prosser & Lydia Carnahan
death: 2 Dec 1980, Washington, Daviess County, Indiana
burial: Bethany Cemetery, Washington, Daviess County, Indiana

marriage: 19 Sept 1937, Washington, Daviess County, Indiana
Thomas Edgar “Ed” Morgan
birth: 6 July 1883, Washington, Daviess County, Indiana to Volney Edgar Morgan & Elizabeth Christina Bruner
death: 29 June 1978, Washington, Daviess County, Indiana
burial: Bethany Cemetery, Washington, Daviess County, Indiana

Ethel lived in Barr and Washington, Daviess County, Indiana.

Submitted by:
Barbara McTygue Scanlon
Email: barbarascanlon@mac.com

Thomas Edgar Morgan

Thomas Edgar “Ed” Morgan
birth: 6 July 1883, Washington, Daviess County, Indiana to Volney Edgar Morgan and Elizabeth Christina Bruner
death: 29 Jun 1978, Washington, Daviess County, Indiana
burial: Bethany Cemetery, Washington, Daviess County, Indiana

Thomas Edgar Morgan and Sadie Hendirx

Thomas Edgar Morgan and Sadie Hendirx


marriage: 9 November 1904, Lexington, Dawson County, Nebraska
Sadie Belle Hendrix
birth: 5 Aug 1884, Barclay, Sangamon County, Illinois to Hiram Anthony Hendrix & Nancy Adeline Blue
death: 2 Feb 1958, Portland, Multnomah County, Oregon
burial: Vernonia Memorial Cemetery, Vernonia, Columbia County, Oregon

Children of Thomas Edgar Morgan and Sadie Belle Hendix:

  • Nathaniel Edgar “Jack” Morgan (1905-1968) m. 5 Jan 1927 to Shirley A Kluver
  • Lewis Valentine Morgan (twin) (1908-1989) m. 24 Dec 1932 to Esther M Snook
  • Lucille Adeline Morgan (twin) (1908-1993) m. 25 Nov 1924 to William Saulsbury
  • Glen Howard Morgan (1910-1953) m. 6 July 1935 to Dorothy Kluver

Thomas lived in Washington, Daviess County, Indiana until 1895 when he moved to Lexington, Dawson County, Nebraska. He lived in Oshkosh, Garden County, Nebraska from 1911 to 1936 and then moved back to Daviess County, Indiana in 1937.

Ed Morgan, who was a homesteader in Nebraska, marks 94th birthday. (Taken from a newspaper story in Washington, Indiana):

Ed Morgan was 11 years old in 1895 when his family left their farm east of Washington IN and traveled to Nebraska. “It was easier to get on out there,” he said. “More room and good farmland.” They went by train with their household goods and horses and milk cows loaded in a box car. They rented a farm for seven years, came back to Indiana and promptly went west again. “It was quite a change back here. Our fields out there were half a mile long, and here they were 40 rods.”

After 1902 the young Ed worked for his uncle (Kim Morgan) a while and on a ranch and in 1911 homesteaded in the sand hills of Nebraska.  His house there was part wood and part sod, but he had built and lived in several sod houses.  The only trees in that country were ones the farmers set out in a grove, he explained.  Sod houses were not only easier to come by, but were cool in summer and warm in winter with walls two feet thick. The Morgan photograph album has a picture of Ed -plowing with a six horse span and he remembers the first late model threshing machine he used threshing 1,000 bushels in half a day.

In 1916 he traded a pair of horses for a model T-Ford, but when his children by his first marriage went to school he remembers that they drove the three-and-a-half miles in a buggy. “The Old West wasn’t like the picture shows,” he said” They show cowboys out chasing cattle on the run.  I’ve worked with men but I never saw them running.  And in all my time there I only saw two fellows carrying guns.  They just had rifles on their saddles in case of coyotes going after the calves.”

In 1937 Ed came back and married Ethel Prosser, a childhood neighbor.  The two of them had gone to school together in the Wathen school north of Billings crossroad, the neighborhood where Ethel grew up.  She had been a member of Bethany Church.

They farmed here until 20 years ago when they sold the place and moved to town.  Their furnishings include an elaborately carved settee and other pieces from Mrs. Morgan’s family that are over 100 years old.  Both of the Morgan are more interested in the thing they have planned for the coming months than in the way thing were long ago, but the memories are there.

“I gave up chewing tobacco when I was 18,” Ed said.  The young fellows all chewed tobacco out in Nebraska because if a snake bit you,  you could smear your chaw on the bite.  But one time I started in on a double wad and it made me sick.  I never chewed again.  “It’s been 73 years since I smoked a cigar and I never smoked a cigarette.”

“When I was in the Platte River Valley near Lexington, Nebraska, the migrating geese came through in the spring.  When we sowed grain it had to be disced in before night or you’d come out the next morning and the geese would be there eating all the seed.”

“Before there were trucks to haul away your grain or livestock for sale, I lived 30 miles from the railroad.  To get there meant an overnight stop on the way with the teams and wagons.”

Mrs. Morgan who whizzes through a daily schedule that many women half her age couldn’t manage, laughs when she remembers how sickly she was as a child.

“When I was three years old, the family never thought I’d make it and they got a burial dress ready for me.”  The little white dress dress, stiff with elaborate embroidery that many museums would love to have, is among her belongings.  She turned out not to be sickly after all.

Submitted by:
Barbara McTygue Scanlon
Email: barbarascanlon@mac.com

Volney Edgar Morgan

Volney Morgan

Volney Morgan

Volney Edgar Morgan
birth: 8 Dec 1849, Fredericksburg, Washington County, Indiana to John Morgan & Margaret A. Bright
death: 15 April 1935 Lexington, Dawson County, Nebraska
burial: St. Ann’s Cemetery, Lexington, Dawson County, Nebraska

marriage 1: 11 Feb 1877, Fredericksburg, Washington County, Indiana
Elizabeth Christina Bruner
birth: Indiana to Nancy Bruner (b. 29 Apr 1829 d. 24 Mar 1883)
death: 10 Apr 1887, Washington, Daviess County, Indiana
burial: Veal Creek Baptist Church Cemetery, Washington, Daviess County, Indiana

Christina Bruner

Christina Bruner

marriage 2: 8 Apr 1888, Washington, Daviess County, Indiana
Mary Ann Miles 

marriage 3: Apr 1920, Lexington, Dawson County, Nebraska
Julia Cummings 

marriage 4: Dec 1926, Lexington, Dawson County, Nebraska
Junetta Bailey

Children of Volney Edgar Morgan and Elizabeth Christina Bruner:

  • Florence Isabelle Morgan (1875-1950) m. 1890 Henry John Miles
  • Bertha P. Morgan (1879-1950) m. 1907 Orville W. Lee
  • Lee Royce Morgan (1881-1881)
  • Thomas Edgar Morgan (1883-1978) m/1. 1904 Sadie B. Hendrix; m/2. 1928 Florence Kemplin; m/3. 1937 Ethel Prosser

Children of Volney Edgar Morgan and Mary Ann Miles:

  • Nettie J. Morgan (1889-1893)
  • Joseph W Morgan (1890-1977) m. 1915 Stella Shaw
  • William Alexander Morgan (1892-1983) m. 1913 Lila Northey
  • Oscar Morgan (1894-1967) m. 1921 Grace McGinnis
  • Andrew Valentine Morgan (1896-1988) m. Dorothy Burns
  • Mary M. Morgan (1898-1956) m/1. 1917 Harold Dunlap; m/2. 1954 Rallph Ozburn
  • Francis Aloysious Morgan (1900-1984) m. Helen Duryea
  • Margaret Elizabeth Morgan (1901-1955) m. 1922 Robert Sieloff
  • Barbara Agnes Morgan (1903-1993) m/1. Edward Humpal; m/2. Albert J. Ordway
  • Harry M. Morgan (1905-1951) m/1. 1936 Ruth Reed; m/2. 1951 Lelia L. Lynass

The obit for Volney:
“Valentine Edgar Morgan. Valentine Morgan grew to manhood in Fredericksburg, IN.  He was left an orphan when he was a mere child and had to make his way however he could.  As a result he was not able to obtain so much as a grade school education.  He could not read a book or write a letter.  But he did pick up a surprisingly good practical education in his own experience.  However the lack of education seriously limited him all through his life and this, together with much bereavement he experience, caused him to be very quiet and reserved.  In the years 1895 he came to Dawson County, Nebraska and he has resided here ever since.

While he himself belonged to no church, so far as is known, ….He himself attended worship in the Methodist church of Lexington until he was no longer able to do so.

In 1871 Mr. Morgan married Elizabeth Bruner in Fredericksburg, Indiana.  To this union 2 daughters and a son were born.  These survive their father.  They are Mrs. Bertha Lee, Forrest Park, Illinois, Mrs Henry Miles, North Platte, Nebraska, and Mr Edward Morgan of Oshkosh Nebraska.  The mother of these three passed away in about 1885.

In April, three years later, Mr. Morgan married Mary Miles in Washington, Indiana.  To this union 10 children were born.  One daughter, Nettie passed away in 1893 at the age of 3 years.  This Mrs. Morgan passed away in 1910.  The 9 children who survive their parents are, Joseph W. Morgan and Mrs Mary Dunlap of Lexington, William A. Morgan, San Diego, California, Oscar J. Morgan, Fr. Collins, Colorado, Andrew and Frank Morgan, Cheyenne Wyoming, Mrs Marjorie Sieoff, Ainsworth, Nebraska, Mrs Bea Humpal, Ravenna, Nebraska, and Dr. Harry Morgan, Ship Surgeon on the USS Grant (at sea).

Then years after Mrs. Morgans death Mr. Morgan married Julia Fox in Lexington, Nebraska.  This was in April 1920.  Two years later Mr Morgan was again bereaved of his wife.

Five years later in 1927, Mr Morgan married Junetta Gullick in Lexington.  Mrs Gullick-Morgan survives her husband.”

When Volney married his first wife Christina Bruner he used the name Volney Morgan in 1877.  Then when he married Mary Ann Miles he used the name Valentine Morgan in 1888.  His son Thomas Edgar Morgan said his father’s name was Volney.

Submitted by:
Barbara McTygue Scanlon

John Morgan

John Morgan
birth: 26 Aug 1811, Wheeling, Virginia (now West Virginia)
death: 17 Jun 1852, Washington County, Indiana
burial: Fredericksburg Cemetery, Fredericksburg, Washington County, Indiana

marriage: 24 Dec 1835, Floyd County, Indiana
Margaret A. Bright
birth: 2 May 1815, Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky to John Andrew Bright & Lydia Hinkle
death: 16 Aug 1902, Evansville, Vanderburg County, Indiana
burial: Oak Grove Cemetery, Washington, Daviess County, Indiana

Children of John Morgan and Margaret A. Bright:

  • Richard George Morgan (1836-1912)  m. 1863 Hester Ann Russell
  • Elizabeth Martha Morgan (1838-1973) m. 1854 Calvin Henry Thompson
  • John Bright Morgan (1840-1913) m. 1861 Mary E. Kipp
  • William Henry Morgan (1842-1926) m.1866 Sarah Louise Elliott
  • Sarah Ann Morgan (1844-1934) m. 1865 George William Tolson
  • David Kimble Morgan (1847-1926)  m/1. 1872  Hannah Sipgler; m/2. 1875 Harriet Sparks
  • Volney Edgar Morgan (1849-1935) m/1. 1877 Elizabeth Christina Bruner; m/2. 1888 Mary Ann Miles; m/3. 1920 Julia Cummings; m/4. 1926 Junetta “June” Bailey
  • Lydia Morgan (1852-1906) m. Joseph C. Loughmiller

John moved to Floyd County, Indiana with his parents in 1815. He married Margaret Bright in Floyd County and their first child, Richard, was born in Terre Haute, Vigo County. By 1842, the family lived in Frederickbury, Washington County, where son William was born.

Thomas Albert Morgan, born 25 Aug 1805 and John Morgan, born 26 Aug 1811 were brothers born in Wheeling, West Virginia and settled in Indiana in 1826 at Fredricksburg, Indiana.”

“John B. Morgan Sr. was born in Virginia, presumably in the Shenandoah Valley.  In 1815 his, parents moved to Floyd County Indiana, in 1815, where he was raised and educated.  He entered the saddle and harness trade with his brother Thomas in 1825 in Fredericksburg, Indiana. and the business proved profitable.  The 1850 census indicated that he had $2,000 to his name, which was quite a bit for that period.“

“John’s son Kimble and Volney were the first to settle in Daviess County, Indiana.”

“Richard George Morgan was born at Terri Haute, In 8 Feb 1836.  His parents moved to Fredricksburg , Posey County, in the Spring of 1841, opening an general store and harness shop in the old building recently torn down to give place to Julian’s new building.  At that time Washington Street was the State road.  A brick hotel that stood near the wall on that street, the brick building now occupied by Thomas Richards and a few cabins constituted the town.
Mr Morgans father (John) soon erected an old fashioned English inn, where H.L. Siegs residence now stands.  It was a very large building, containing more than twenty rooms, had great double porches and was built with a view to the convenience and comfort of the traveling public.  It was destroyed by fire about 1855.”

Submitted by:
Barbara McTygue Scanlon

Theodore Bruner

Theodore Bruner
b. 27 September 1880, Butler, DeKalb County, Indiana, to Ulrich and Ida (Rensch) Bruner
d. 7 December 1961, Evansburg, Alberta, Canada

m. 1 December 1906, Ashmore, Coles County, Illinois
Bertha Terrell/Tyrrell
b. 23 May 1882, Ashmore, Coles County, Illinois
d. 10 June 1975, Mayerthorpe, Alberta, Canada

Children with Bertha Terrell/Tyrrell:

  • Tyrrell
  • Florence
  • Ethel
  • Helen
  • Laura
  • Merle
  • Redith

Theodore emigrated from Indiana in 1885 to Phillipsburg, Phillips County, Kansas.

Submitted by:
Marie B. Bruner
Evansburg, Alberta, Canada

John Bruner

John Bruner
b. 17 May 1821, Breckenridge County, Kentucky
d. 16 January 1903, Audubon County, Iowa

m. 27 May 1841, Brunerstown, Putnam County, Indiana
Susanna Wright
b. 1826
d. 17 October 1853, Champaign County, Illinois

Children with Susanna Wright:

  • Perry Albert
  • Elizabeth
  • Mary Jane
  • Harriett Annie
  • Emily J.
  • James Milton

John immigrated to Indiana before 1841 from Kentucky. He emigrated between 1847 and 1850 from Putnam County, Indiana, to Champaign County, Illinois.

Submitted by:
Judith L. Weber
Greenfield IA

Henry Bruner

Henry Bruner
b. 19 May 1823, Kentucky
d. 27 July 1892, Exira, Audubon County, Iowa

m. 16 April 1842, Greencastle, Putnam County, Indiana
Lucenia King
b. 22 February 1822, Bracken County, Kentucky
d. 16 May 1903, Sutherland, O’Brien County, Iowa

Children with Lucenia King:

  • Daniel
  • William Riley
  • Harrison R.
  • Sanford
  • Nancy Jane
  • Andrew Jackson
  • Charles
  • John F.
  • Henry Cassius
  • Lucinda E.

Henry immigrated to Putnam County, Indiana, from Kentucky before 1842. He moved to Greene County, Iowa, in 1855.

Submitted by:
Judith L. Weber
Greenfield IA

Ulrich Bruner, Sr.

Ulrich Bruner, Sr. 
b. 13 October 1794, Switzerland
d. 27 September 1861, Troy, DeKalb County, Indiana
m. 17 March 1835, Stark County, Ohio

Magdelina Dilan
b. 17 March 1814, Switzerland
d. 9 June 1869, Troy, DeKalb County, Indiana

Children with Magdelina Dilan:

  • Ulrich (b. Switzerland)
  • Christopher (b. Switzerland)
  • Peter (b. Switzerland)
  • John (b. Switzerland)
  • Jacob
  • Frederick
  • Mary M.
  • Elizabeth
  • Caroline
  • David
  • Sarah Ann
  • Susan

Ulrich, Sr. immigrated to Indiana in 1855 from Tuscarawas County, Ohio.

Submitted by:
Marie B. Bruner
Evansburg, Alberta, Canada

Ulrich Bruner, Jr.

Ulrich Bruner, Jr.
b. 14 January 1827, Switzerland to Ulrich Bruner, Sr. and Magdelina Dilan
d. 11 June 1911, Phillipsburg, Phillips County, Kansas

m. 1853, probably in Ohio
Magdelina Durler
b. 6 May 1831, Ohio
d. 15 March 1893, Phillipsburg, Phillips County, Kansas

Children with Magdelina Durler:

Submitted by:
Marie B. Bruner
Evansburg, Alberta, Canada

Henry Washington Bruner

Henry Washington Bruner
b. 4 October 1854, Fulton County, Ohio, to Ulrich and Magdeline (Durler) Bruner
d. 7 September 1915, Hattonford, Alberta, Canada

m. 20 January 1880, DeKalb County, Indiana
Ida Estella Rensch
b. 7 September 1860, DeKalb County, Indiana
d. 12 March 1952, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Children with Ida Estella Rensch:

  • Theodore
  • Raymond
  • Frederick
  • Josie
  • Nellie
  • Jesse
  • Lizetta

Henry immigrated to Indiana from Ohio in 1861 with his parents, He moved to Phillipsburg, Phillips County, Kansas, in 1885. The family returned to Indiana from Kansas about 1890, where Nellie was born at Mertz, DeKalb County. They then went to LaPorte County, Michigan.

Submitted by:
Marie B. Bruner
Evansburg, Alberta, Canada