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Modjeska Pauline Richison

Modjeska Pauline “Polly” Richison
b. 25 September 1907, Jay County, Indiana, to Dallas Ray and Olive (Alexander) Richison
d. 21 March 1989, Seattle, King County, Washington

m/1. 18 May 1926, Muncie, Delaware County, Indiana
Melburn Theodore Thornburg
b. 9 November 1903, Jay County, Indiana
d. 4 January 1987, Muncie, Delaware County, Indiana

m/2. after 1926
Paul Armstrong

m/3. before August 1949
Elwood Thompson

m/4. after 1952
James Jackson

m/5. by 1973
William Cleary

Stankey Rohr

Pauline’s first husband, Ted Thornburg, worked at Kistleman’s Wire Mill in Muncie for many years and was reputed to have bootlegged booze during Prohibition while married to Pauline. They divorced, and she married several more times before her death. She never had any children although her brother, Frank, seemed to remember being told that she miscarried one child.

Paula, as she was known outside the family, married her third husband, Elwood Thompson, in the late 1940’s. He was a navigator on a plane shot down over Korea, and his body was never recovered. She was a widow (Mrs. Stankey Rohr) when she died.

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

George B Scott

George B Scott
b. 23 August 1812, Srahane, County Limerick, Ireland, to Michael and Mary (Halvey) Scott
d. 26 March 1892, Eagon/Mendota, Dakota County, Minnesota

m. 21 February 1841, Caherconlish Parish, County Limerick, Ireland
Bridget Hurley
b. 1821, County Limerick, Ireland
d. 5 December 1881, Eagon/Mendota, Dakota County, Minnesota

Children with Bridget Hurley:

  • Honora (b. 1839) married John Cleary
  • Mary (b. 1846)
  • Johanna (b. 1850)
  • George, Jr. (b. 1855) married Mary Sherlin

George and Bridget Scott emigrated from Ireland about 1849 or 1850. They landed first in Quebec, Canada, and entered the United States at New York City and lived at Gary, Lake County, Indiana, for about five or six years before moving to St. Paul, Ramsey County, Minnesota, about 1856 because they did not like the Indiana climate. The family lived at Fort Snelling in the 1860’s.

In 1872, George and Bridget purchased their farm at Nicols Station, Dakota County, Minnesota. After George’s death, the farm was owned by his son George and then was passed on to the children of George, Jr., after his death. A big cloverleaf is located on the land due to the construction of an interstate highway.

George Scott’s brother Richard, who immigrated to the United States from Ireland in 1851, also homesteaded in Minnesota. George and Richard had two sisters, Mary, born 1808 and Honora, born 1817, and a brother John, born 1810. However, it is not known whether George, Richard, or Mary emigrated from Ireland.

Submitted by:
Elizabeth J. Tschida
Bloomington MN