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John Emery Wixsom

John Emery Wixsom
b. 16 March 1864, Fayette County, Indiana, to Smith and Rebecca (Carver) Wixsom
d. 16 May 1945, Holland, Lucas County, Ohio

m. 22 October 1890
Doretta “Dora” Damschroder
b. 27 January 1871, Elmore, Ottawa County, Ohio, to Christopher H. and Mary Ann (Freese) Damschroder, Jr.
d. 20 January 1960, Holland, Lucas County, Ohio

Children with Doretta Damschroder:
• Ralph Louis (1893-1964) married (1) Edith Simmons, (2) Clara Leonhardt
• Clarence Emery (1896-1978) married Dorothy Marie Downs
• John Edgar (1898-1948) married Catherine Neiling
• Nellie Lee (1902-1974) married (2) Orrin Downs
• William Allen (1906-1945) married Ethel Ruth

John lived in Antioch (now Andrews), Huntington County; Peru, Miami County; and Ft. Wayne, Allen County, Indiana, before emigrating about 1905/6. His family had lived in Blackford, Wabash, and Madison counties before buying land in Huntington County. He went to Wood County, Ohio, and ran a quarry above North Baltimore. He then went to Kentucky to work in the oil fields and later came back to Lucas County, Ohio. He had also worked on the Wabash Railroad.

Submitted by:
Elizabeth Wixsom Pero May
Toledo OH

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George Washington Trisler

George Washington Trisler
b. 8 July 1835, Mercer County, Kentucky, to David and Lydia (Hoover/Rohrer) Trisler
d. 5 April 1922, Pawhuska, Osage County, Oklahoma

m. 25 September 1865, Rockport, Spencer County, Indiana
Nancy Ann Wire
b. 15 June 1850, Midway, Spencer County, Indiana
d. 13 March 1932, Avant, Osage County, Oklahoma

Children with Nancy Ann Wire:
• Clara Florence (1866-1932) married (1) Enoch Jones, (2) Jacob Downs
• Sarah (b. 1869) married (1) Jack Shores, (2) George Marion Faylor
• Charley Enay (1872-1951) married (1) Eve Crippen, (2) Elizabeth Stevens
• George Washington (1873-1937) married Dillie Crippen
• Mary (1876-1920) married (1) Winter D. White, (2) David Hildebrand
• James A. (1880-1940) married Ethyl Malone
• Laura B. (1882-1970) married Albert Setterstrom
• Benjamin Harrison (1886-1968) married Letha Ida Linton
• Ross Albert (b. 1895) married Lillie Karnes

George came to Clear Creek Township, Monroe County, Indiana, in 1840. After living in Rockport and Midway in Spencer County, Indiana, he emigrated to Pea Ridge, Arkansas, in 1878. Then in 1881 the family moved to Indian Territory which later became Oklahoma. He was a cooper (barrel-maker). He was in Company I, 18th Regiment, Indiana Infantry from August 1861 to August 1864, except for three months in the 49th Regiment in early 1864.

Submitted by:
Tina Trisler Gilbert
Wichita KS
E-mail: wgilb10676@aol.com

Joseph Raney

Joseph Raney
b. 14 July 1824, Perry Township, Martin County, Indiana, to Joseph and Cecilia (Cissel) Raney
d. 22 February 1889, Sherman Township, Kossuth County, Iowa

m/1. 31 January 1847, Perry Township, Martin County, Indiana
Polly Gootee
b. 19 February 1819, Perry Township, Martin County, Indiana, to Thomas and Nancy Gootee
d. 26 March 1862, Sherman Township, Kossuth County, Iowa

m/2. 22 May 1863, Cresco Township, Kossuth County, Iowa
Mary Fisher
b. 5 March 1845, Medford, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, to Addison and Martha Fisher
d. 31 December 1907, Algona, Kossuth County, Iowa

Children with Polly Gootee:
• Virginia (b. 1847) married (1) William Johnson, (2) A. J. Downs
• Walter W. (1849-1920) married Cora Marie Fisher
• Thomas (1850-1851)
• Sheldon (b. 1852) married Isabella Gilmore
• John (b. 1854)
• Nancy (1856-1875)
• Caroline (1858-1918) married John Robert Fraser
• Francis Joseph (1860-1889)
• unknown

Children with Mary Fisher:
• Mary A. (1864-1955) married E. C. Clark
• Henry A. (1865-1871)
• Phoebe O. (1867-1944) married Charles Elmer Clark
• William H. (1868-1926) married Flora B. Stoddard
• Cora Marie (1870-1929) married John Orlando Starks
• Charles A. (1872-1946) married Leila Clark
• David Elmer (1874-1924) married Adda Sample
• Carrie I. (1876-1885)
• James Adolfus (1877-1954) married Lula Mae Fitch
• Martha A. (b. 1879) married Walter R. Davis
• George S. (b. 1881) married Lula [–?–]
• Robert F. (1883-1957) married (1) Josephine Ryan, (2) Caroline M. McLoed
• Lillian Gertrude (b.1885) married Forest Ward Cairy
• Frank (1888-1912)
• Eleanor

Joseph and Polly moved to Muscatine County, Iowa, in 1854, then on to Kossuth County, Iowa, in 1856. Joseph was the third white farmer to settle in what is now Sherman Township but was then Irvington Township. The first white birth in that township was their daughter Caroline. The second white death in the township was Polly.

Submitted by:
Thomas H. Starks
Las Vegas NV
E-mail: tomstat@aol.com

John Tratebas

John Tratebas
b. 14 December 1892, Liberty Township, Porter County, Indiana, to John and Sarah (Taylor) Tratebas
d. 4 April 1960, Quincy, Massachusetts

m/1. 17 November 1914, Porter County, Indiana
Opal Adelia Barber
b. 30 January 1897, Valparaiso, Porter County, Indiana, to Alpheus James and Elizabeth (Gater/Geater) Barber
d. 31 October 1987, Valparaiso, Porter County, Indiana

m/2. 4 October 1928, Boston, Massachusetts
Verna Maranda Atkins
b. 3 September 1903, Weymouth, Norfolk County, Massachusetts
d. 29 September 1971, Quincy, Massachusetts

Children with Opal Adelia Barber:

  • Edmund Wyatt (b. 1915) married Gladys Myrtle Spurr
  • John, III (1919-1998) married Evelyn Louise Cole
  • Russell Lewis (b. 1921) married Edith May Downs

Children with Verna Maranda Atkins

  • son (b. Massachusetts)

John’s family came to Porter County, Indiana, in the 1830’s. There were two mills in Porter County, which were the occupations of John Tratebas, I and John Tratebas II.

Submitted by:
Gladys M. Tratebas
Helmsburg IN
E-mail: tratebas@aol.com

George W Highman

George W Highman
b. February 1847, possibly New Harmony Township, Posey County, Indiana, to Matthew and Mary Ann (Downs) Highman
d. after 1901, Stoddard County, Missouri

m/1. 26 February 1872, Posey County, Indiana
Florence Williams
b. 1853
d. 24 February 1877, Posey County, Indiana

m/2.
Louisa Cartwright
b. July 1845
d. 1901, Stoddard County, Missouri

Children with Florence Williams:

Children with Louisa Cartwright:

  • Neva M.

George and his second wife, Louisa, emigrated from Posey County, Indiana, to Stoddard County, Missouri, between 1882 and 1894.

Submitted by:
Clifton O. Highman
Boulder CO
E-mail: clifhigh@comcast.net