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Arthur Alva Austin

b. 14 September 1883, near English, Crawford County, Indiana, to James and Nancy (Peyton) Austin
d. 2 August 1959, Alton, Madison County, Illinois

m. 10 June 1905, Vincennes, Knox County, Indiana
Mary Grace (Riley) Gowen
b. 4 April 1883, Coles County, Illinois
d. 13 March 1959, Alton, Madison County, Illinois

Children of Mary Grace Riley and (1)Henry Gowen:

  • Chester married Gladys Champlin

Children with Mary Grace Riley:

  • Raymond Arthur
  • Nancy Marie married Leo Johnson
  • Nolan Estes married Helen Ross
  • Vivian Pearl married (1) Raymond Cummings, (2) Edward Rhodes
  • Garnett Ruth
  • Hazel Ivadean married (1) Norman Combs, (2) John Edwards
  • Harold E. married (1) Mary Lucille Harrell, (2) Lucille Lea
  • Calvin Clyde

Arthur and Mary left Indiana prior to 1911 and went to Patton Station, Lawrence County, Illinois. They moved to western Illinois around World War I to join up with Arthur’s brother, Cyrus Austin. They moved to Wood River Township, Madison County, Illinois.

Arthur found work at the Western Cartridge Company, which is now the world-renown ammunitions and chemical manufacturer, Olin Corporation. Olin was founded at East Alton, Madison County, Illinois, in 1892 and is best known for supplying ammunition in time of war. Its most famous line is the Winchester Rifle and cartridges. Arthur worked for Western for 25 years before retiring in 1948.

They lived in Crawford and Knox counties while in Indiana.

Submitted by:
Irene “Rene” Denother
Alton IL



Adaline Davis

Adaline Davis
b. 27 December 1842, Lawrence County, Indiana, to Bluford Gatliff and Mary Jane (Edwards) Davis
d. 20 December 1887, Hutton, Coles County, Illinois

Richard Stoltz Riggins
b. 28 March 1839, Union County, Indiana
d. 30 June 1911, Coles County, Illinois

Children with Richard Stoltz Riggins:

  • George W.
  • Reeves E.
  • Charles W.
  • Bluford
  • John Henry
  • Mandilla Sarah
  • Emanuel Manford
  • Albert
  • Mary E.
  • Nora Jane

Adaline Davis moved before 1860 to Coles County, Illinois.

Submitted by:
Everett W. Spackman
Laramie WY

Lewis Chance

Lewis Chance
b. 28 April 1818, Ohio, to Caleb and Comfort (Murphy) Chance
d. 29 August 1880, Montgomery County, Kansas

m. 29 September 1842, Warren County, Ohio
Margaret L. Lyon
b. 3 May 1822, Ohio
d. 22 April 1900, Montgomery County, Kansas

Children with Margaret L. Lyon:

  • Henry (b. 1845) married Martha E. Dunlevey
  • Caleb (b. 1845) married Matilda Bristo
  • Mary (b. 1847)
  • Joseph (b. 1848) married Emeline Johnson
  • Victoria Margaret (1853-1938) married James T. Gross
  • Emanuel (1856-1920) married Maggie E. [–?–]
  • Newton Lewis (1858-1952) married Eva D. [–?–]
  • Sarah A. (b. 1867) married William Edwards

Lewis immigrated to Indiana by 1850 from Union Township, Butler County, Ohio. He emigrated from Clay County, Indiana, to Parker, Montgomery County, Kansas, by 1880.

Submitted by:
Margaret Van Ness Nelson
Sanibel FL
E-mail: mvnelson@ix.netcom.com

John Luther Bond

John Luther Bond
b. 14 December 1853, Knightstown, Henry County, Indiana
d. 22 December 1931, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California

m. 14 September 1875, Dublin, Wayne County, Indiana
Sarah Suphronia “Phronia” Alger
b. 10 February 1860, Trenton, Grundy County, Missouri, to Thomas and Sarah Ann (Edwards) Alger
d. 14 June 1939, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California

Children with Sarah Suphronia Alger:

  • Clyde L. (1877-1955)
  • Wilson Claude (b. 1879)

John and his family emigrated from Indiana in 1904 to Los Angeles, California.

Phronia’s father died in the Civil War when she was two years old. Three months later her mother gave birth to another child. For reasons unknown, Phronia was given to her aunt and uncle to raise, and her mother took her other children, including the new baby, and went on to Salt Lake City where she joined her husband’s parents, Samuel and Clarissa (Hancock) Alger. LDS records in Salt Lake City show that Sarah Ann, Joseph J., Clarisse E., John W., and Polly A. Alger arrived in Salt Lake City with Captain Peter Nebeker’s ox train on 29 September 1866.

Phronia was brought to Dublin, Wayne County, Indiana, and raised with the other children of Solomon and Frances (Alger) Custer.

When Phronia and her husband and their sons moved to California in 1904, they visited with her biological mother in Arizona. The mother and daughter hadn’t seen each other in over forty years. Phronia’s mother died soon after this meeting.

The Algers were Mormons, with the exception of Fanny (Alger) Custer, who raised Phronia. Samuel Alger, Phronia’s paternal grandfather, traveled from Bristol, Ontario County, New York, to Willoughby, Astubula County, Ohio, to Mayfield, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, to Kirtland, Ohio, to Nauvoo, Illinois, to Independence, Missouri, to Missouri River, to Iowa, and on to Salt Lake City, Utah. The family is said to have traveled west to Nauvoo, Illinois, with Joseph Smith, the Mormon prophet who was killed at Carthage, Illinois, while living at Nauvoo.

Submitted by:
JoAnn L. Kester
Tipp City OH