Tag Archives: Carlisle

Ernest Melvin Wilkerson

Ernest Melvin Wilkerson
b. 26 March 1906, Delaware County, Indiana, to John Michael Edward and Cora May (Swatzell) Wilkerson
d. 28 June 1971, Berkeley Springs, Morgan County, West Virginia

Dorothy Brownfield

m/2. 16 March 1963
Mary Ellen Woolford
b. 1914

Children with Dorothy Brownfield:
• Ethel Mae (b. 1936) married Donald Carlisle
• John Edward (b. 1938)
• Jack Lee (b. 1941) married Mary [–?–]

Ernie was a member of the Mt. Pleasant Methodist Church in Berkeley Springs. He had moved to Maryland by 1943 and then later moved on to West Virginia, where he spent the remainder of his life.

Submitted by:
Shirley Richison Fields
Avon IN
E-mail: richison@indy.rr.com

Harrison Nesler

Harrison Nesler
b. 7 February 1824, probably Posey County, Indiana, Jonathan and Amanda (Allyn) Nesler
d. 28 January 1892, Jasper Township, Carroll County, Iowa

m/1. 20 April 1846, Posey County, Indiana
Martha Givens
b. about 1826 Francis (Carlisle) Crawford
d. January 1850

Nancy Ann Knowles
b. 13 May 1833
d. 18 November 1907

Children with Martha Givens:

  • Elizabeth (ca. 1847-bef. 1860)

Children with Nancy Ann Knowles:

  • Rhesa J. “Reese” (aka Jay Leslie) (1854-1942) married (1) Emma Zella Thompson, (2) Mary Ellen Pea, (3) Eve Selina Shunkweiler
  • Hannah Minerva (1855-1935) married (1) Richard Call, (2) Richard Coen
  • Amanda Lucinda (1858-1929) married Charles Wesley Bailey
  • William Harrison (1863-1883)
  • Charles Edward (1868-1930) married Ella Brand
  • Lennis (1872-bet. 1914-1920) married Margaret Aarons

There were as many as six other children who died young according to census entries for Nancy (Knowles) Nesler.

Submitted by:
Emily Moore
Indianapolis IN
E-mail: eallynm@aol.com

Dorothy Marguerite Spall

Dorothy Marguerite Spall
b. 5 April 1910, Jackson County, Indiana, to Arthur Morton and Minerva (Gassaway) Spall
d. 20 July 1991, Cincinnati, Ohio

m/1. 12 June 1928, New York, New York
Claude Crawford
b. 8 February 1896, Mooresville, Morgan County, Indiana, to George Philander and Jetty Francis (Carlisle) Crawford
d. 22 April 1980, Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana

m/2. 23 April 1970
James Dray
b. 11 December 1899
d. 21 February 1986

Children with Claude Crawford:

  • Claude, Jr.
  • Virginia

The Spalls moved to Indiana in 1820. Samuel Spall bought a farm of 80 acres in Jackson County in 1821, and most of the family remained in the area. The great-grandson of Samuel was the father of Dorothy. Her mother was also from Jackson County, the Gassaways having moved to Clark County, Indiana from Maryland by way of Kentucky. Nicholas Gassaway built one of the first Methodist churches in Indiana.

Dorothy’s first husband worked for the Pennsylvania Railroad and the family moved 15 times, in and out of Pennsylvania, Maryland, Ohio, Indiana, and Michigan. Her second husband owned a wrecking company and a business that sold used materials from work sites.

Submitted by:
Virginia Hipfel
Cincinnati OH
E-mail: josephb@fuse.net