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John Vestal Smith

John Vestal Smith
birth: 6 Nov 1831, Lawrence Co., IN to Peter Smith and Margaret (Ford) Smith
death: Odon, Daviess Co., IN
burial: Odon Cemetery, Odon, Daviess Co., IN

marriage: 24 Jun 1851, Lawrence Co., IN
Susan A. Collins
birth: Oct 1834, Monroe Co., IN or possibly in TN, to Samuel Collins and an unknown mother
death: 22 or 27 May 1908, perhaps in Mitchell, Lawrence Co., IN
burial: Mitchell, Lawrence Co., IN

Children of John Vestal Smith and Susan A. Collins:

  • Eva M Smith, 1853-1876
  • Erma Smith, 1853-1974
  • Josephine Smith, 1856?
  • Charles Smith, 1863?
  • Margaret Emmeline Smith, 1852-1874

John Vestal Smith lived In:

Near Bedford in Lawrence County and also in Mitchell, Lawrence County, Indiana.

Other Information:

“John V. SMITH, editor of the Prairie Scorcher, of Odon, Ind., was born November 7, 1831, in Lawrence Co., Ind.,near Bedford. He is one of a family of three sons and six daughters of Peter and Margaret(Ford) SMITH. John attended the district schools about three months during the year, and remained at home with his parents as long as he remained single. July 24, 1851, he wedded Susan A. Collins, daughter of Samuel Collins. Mrs. SMITH was born in Monroe County, Ind., about 1831. To their union nine children were born, all of whom are deceased. During the war Mr. SMITH became one of the “boys in blue”, enlisting in…” —History of Knox and Daviess County Indiana (Goodspeed Publishing: Chicago, 1886), p. 854-5.

“JOHN V. SMITH: Death of This Well-known Gentleman at His Home at Mitchell
The death of John V. Smith of Mitchell, which has been expected for many weeks occurred Monday afternoon. He had been ailing for a number of years with diseases contracted while serving in the late war, and recently the affliction fastened upon him that dread destroyer consumption. He had been confined to bed about one month previous to his death.

Mr. Smith was a native of Lawrence county, and was fifty-six years of age. He belonged to a large and prominent family in Lawrence county. In 1866, he removed to this county, settling at Odon, where he was engaged in the mercantile business for many years, and conducted a newspaper — the Clarksburg Spy. He continued in the newspaper business until his death.

The deceased was an untiring worker, and always was hopeful that he would recover from his illness. He was a genial gentleman and an honorable citizen. Many an eye in the village of Odon was filled with tears at the announcement that John V. Smith had passed away. He was a member of the 120th Indiana; belonged to the Grand Army of the Republic, and also was a Mason.
Of his immediate relatives who survive him, there are his wife, and brother Dr. D. J. Smith, of Odon. All the children of Mr. and Mrs. Smith preceeded their father to their eternal home.

The remains of John V. Smith were placed in a vault at Mitchell, Tuesday. He was laid to rest with Masonic honors, of which order he was long a member. In about one week, the body will be taken to Odon, and buried in the graveyard near the village so long his home.”  —”JOHN V. SMITH: Death of This Well-known Gentleman at His Home at Mitchell,” Daviess County (Indiana) Democrat, 31 December 1887, p.1.
Submitted by:
Linda Farbry
Email: lfarbry@gmail.com

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Thomas Mason

Thomas Mason
b. about 1792, North Carolina, to Thomas and Elizabeth Mason
d. 21 September 1865, Ironton, Sauk County, Wisconsin

m/1. 22 may 1815, Wayne County, Indiana
Griselda “Grizzel” Elliott
b. 1796, North Carolina, to Job and Orpha (Griffin) Elliott
d. 1830-31 in Indiana

m/2. 12 August 1831, Delaware County, Indiana
Mahala Puckett
b. about 1807, Surry County, North Carolina
d. Ironton, Sauk County, Wisconsin

Children with Griselda Elliott:
• Malinda (1825-1876) married Meredith Beeson
• Elihu married Elizabeth Collins
• Elliott (Eliot) married Gincy Jackson
• Edith married William Bates and/or Isaac Macy
• Mary married Thomas Addington

Children with Mahala Puckett:
• Nathan (1832-1912) married Elizabeth Weeks
• Gilla (b. 1834) married Will Bundy
• Thomas Elwood (1837-1914) married Martha Ann Bundy
• Clarinda (b. 1840)
• Isom (b. 1844) married Margaret Thomas
• James (b. 1846-died during Sherman’s march to the sea)
• Falitha (Talitha) (b. 1849) married George W. Ganfield
• Mahala (1851-1930) married John Fraser

Thomas came to Wayne County, Indiana, about 1814- 1815. They resided in Chester, Wayne County; Mississinewa Township; Delaware County; Pleasant Township; and Grant, Elkhart, and Randolph counties. He left the state in 1853 from Grant or Howard County. Thomas and Mahala were among the founding families of the Quaker settlement at Baraboo, Wisconsin. He was a minister.

Submitted by:
Leslie Hope
Santa Monica CA
E-mail: lahope@jps.net

Leonard Crosby

Leonard Crosby
b. 1786, Chester County, South Carolina, to John and Sarah (Jeter) Crosby
d. 7 November 1844, Monroe County, Mississippi

m. 16 March 1814, Knox County, Indiana
Sarah Purcell
b. 6 February 1792, Hampshire County, Virginia, to Jonathan and Catherine Purcell
d. Monroe County, Mississippi

Children with Sarah Purcell:

  • Susan (d. 1874) married James L.T. Cockerham
  • Elizabeth (ca. 1815-1878) married William M. Morton
  • Catherine (b. ca. 1817)
  • John Jeter (1818-ca. 1905) married Joannah T. Cain
  • Noah (b. ca. 1826) married Frances Collins
  • Sarah (b. 1826) married Henry F. Cockerham
  • Andrew J. (b. 1827) married Lucinda Porter

It is not known when Leonard came to Indiana from South Carolina, but the family left the state around 1844 for Mississippi.

Submitted by:
Shirlee Sacks
Redondo Beach CA

Robert Earl Lee

Robert Earl Lee
b. 2 February 1891, Alamo, Indiana, to James Wilson and Martha (Compton) Lee
d. 3 March 1971, Gateswood, Baldwin County, Alabama

m. 5 December 1911, Perdido, Alabama
Mildred Cecil Perry
b. 9 October 1890, Americus, Georgia, to John Edward and Lizzie Craig (Collins) Perry
d. 5 March 1957, Meridian, Mississippi

Children with Mildred Cecil Perry:

  • Sylvia Lucille (1912-2005) married Rufus Theodore William
  • Roy Edward (1913-1976) married Valla Mae Bonifay
  • James Durwood (1918-1920)
  • Bertha Vermell (b. 1919) married (1) Willis Vardaman Newman, (2) Roy Preslar, (3) Denny Roy Ard
  • Cecil Earl (1921-1991) married Alice Ree Lambert
  • Viola Vellina (b. 1924) married Lonnie Lorenza Paul
  • Elver Orlando (b. 1927) married Doris Carnley
  • Imogene (b. 1929) married David Eugene Tolbert
  • Trez Vann (b. 1932) married (1) Phillip Arlen Meetze, (2) John Wayne Rudder

Earl Lee’s great-great grandfather settled in Vigo County, Indiana, in 1817. He came from North Carolina via Kentucky and Ohio. His name was James Lee and he is buried in Prairie Creek Cemetery in Vigo County. The DAR has place a marker on his grave for service in the Revolutionary War.

Robert Earl moved south to Alabama in 1904 as a young boy with his parents. They were looking for a milder climate and cheap land. They found both in Alabama! Earl was a farmer and a carpenter. He is buried in the Clear Springs Cemetery in Baldwin County, Alabama.

Submitted by:
Sandra Rackard
Mobile AL
E-mail: srackard@bellsouth.net

Ralph Lon Wagener

Ralph Lon Wagener
b. 1 February 1917, Decatur County, Indiana, to Jeremiah and Bertha May (Davis) Wagener
d. 21 October 1993, Wildwood, Sumter County, Florida

m/1. 26 November 1943, Joplin, Missouri
Margaret Susan Foster
b. 15 May 1922, Decatur County, Indiana to Robert Carl and Margaret Ellen (Johnson) Foster
d. 27 April 1992, Greensburg, Decatur County, Indiana

m/2. about 1952
Mary Melton

m/3. 17 January 1966, Kissimmee, Florida
Doris Aline Williams
b. 7 January 1934

Children with Margaret Susan Foster:

  • Lonny Gene (b. 1945) married Shari Annette Taylor
  • Jerry Robert (b. 1947) married Jane Ellen Collins

Ralph left Indiana sometime after 1945.

Submitted by:
Irene Krieger
Batesville IN
E-mail: ihdkrieger@yahoo.com

Christian Bingaman

CHRISTIAN BINGAMAN
b. 8 June 1833, Leavenworth, Crawford County,
Indiana, to Henry and Louisa (May) Bingaman
d. 18 March 1904, Columbia, Marion County, Iowa

m. 2 September 1852, Orange County, Indiana
Amanda Ann Collins
b. 7 May 1833, Indiana
d. 16 March 1914, Marion County, Iowa

Children with Amanda Ann Collins:

  • Henry
  • Susan
  • William
  • John
  • Samuel
  • Daniel
  • James
  • Isaac
  • Rachel
  • Robert

They left Orange County, Indiana, in 1855.

Submitted by:
Doris V. Bond
Indianapolis IN