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Leonard Alexander Evans

Leonard Alexander Evans
b. 21 December 1869, Springville, Lawrence County, Indiana, to Alexander A. and Martha Ann (Hinshaw) Evans
d. 22 April 1948, San Bernardino, San Bernardino County, California

m. 25 June 1893, Indiana
Myrtle Ann Davis
b. 22 June 1870
d. 28 April 1955, Bedford, Lawrence County, Indiana

Children with Myrtle Ann Davis:
• Thorne O.
• Thelma Catherine married [–?–] Anderson

Leonard emigrated from Bedford, Lawrence County, Indiana.

Submitted by:
Joyse Ann Evans
Colton CA
E-mail: joyseann@att.net

Caleb B Davis

Caleb B Davis
b. 24 February 1809, Monongalia County, Virginia, to John and Elizabeth (Cole) Davis
d. 13 May 1891, Mears, Oceana County, Michigan

m. 15 December 1831, Monongalia County, Virginia
Sarah Wagner/Wagoner
b. 15 April 1812, Monongalia County, Virginia
d. 18 May 1888, Mears, Oceana County, Michigan

Children with Sarah Wagner/Wagoner:

  • Eugenius Wilson
  • Josephus
  • Alpheus W.
  • Bejamin F.
  • Caleb B., Jr.
  • Jacob J.
  • Sarah E. married Thomas Evans
  • Hattie E. married William Beals

Caleb brought his family to Indiana from Monongalia County, Virginia, in 1833. He resided in LaPorte County, Indiana, before leaving the state in 1879 from Galena, Indiana. His move to Indiana was made with a team and covered wagon, and he reached Kankakee Township on 10 September 1833.

From 1842 until his death in 1891, he was a preacher of the Christian or New Light church. He was a lifelong Democrat and took an active part in political affairs, serving as trustee and as justice of the peace.

Submitted by:
Vivianne L. Crowley
Michigan City IN

John Wells

John Wells
b. 4 March 1821, Gill Township, Sullivan County, Indiana, to Benjamin and Priscilla (Ridgway) Wells
d. 14 August 1903, Sullivan County, Missouri

m/1. about 1845, Sullivan County, Indiana
Rebecca Landers
b. to James Landers
d. between 1846 and 1852

m/2. 2 August 1853, Wayne County, Iowa
Mariah Elizabeth Cook
b. 21 July 1835, to Alfred and Rebecca Cook
d. 21 March 1920, Sullivan County, Missouri

Children with Rebecca Landers:

  • James (1846-1917) married Malissa Redding

Children with Mariah Elizabeth Cook:

  • Mary Jane (1855-1930) married Murl Kerns
  • Rebecca Priscilla (1856-1937) married Jacob Henry Hatfield
  • Isaac Alexander (1858-1954) married (1) Nancy J. Duncan, (2) Mrs. Hannah Franklin
  • Nancy Caroline (1860-1932) married George Miller
  • Benjamin A (1862-1896) married Jane Ellen Evans
  • Henry Morton (1864-1941) married Mary Catherine “Mollie” Lewis
  • Jacob Thomas (1866-1931) married Margaret E. “Mag” Evans
  • Laura Belle (1869-1952) married Martin G. Smith
  • Joseph Marrion (1871-1972) married Nettie Ann McDonald
  • Emma Cordelia (1875-1936) married John Frederick “Fred” Petre
  • Mildred May “Mid” (1878-1935) married Lee Roy Riley

John’s parents, Benjamin and Priscilla (Ridgway) Wells, married on 17 February 1813 in Bullett County, Kentucky. By the 1820 Federal Census, they were living in Gill Township, Sullivan County, Indiana, with five children. John was the sixth child of eight and the first born in Indiana.

After his first wife, Rebecca Landers, died, John took his young son and went to Iowa where he had a brother. He met and Married Mariah E. Cook and they moved across the border into Sullivan County, Missouri. They had eleven children with seven born in Missouri and four in Indiana (1856, 1862, 1864, and 1866). John told family members in later years that he made so many trips to Indiana and was so well known along the way that he could borrow cornmeal for bread making if the family supply got low and repay the lenders on his return trip.

They were in Indiana when the Civil War broke out and his 17 year old son, James, enlisted and served in Company H, 132nd Regiment, Indiana Infantry from 30 April 1864 to 7 September 1864. John is said to have been in the Home Guard during that time.

John was always a farmer. In later years he and Mariah settled in the small town of Pollock, Sullivan County, Missouri, in a house on land owned by his son Jake. John was a member of the Church of Christ and was instrumental in organizing the Church of Christ in Pollock. John was always a Republican while his father, Benjamin, was a strong Democrat who considered John a “black sheep.” John was totally blind in the final years of his life. He is buried in the Pollock Cemetery and his grave is marked by a tall spire tombstone.

Submitted by: 5363
Dorothy L. (Wells) Van Cleef
Lafayette IN
E-mail: dwvancleef@aol.com

William Newton Monroe

William Newton Monroe
b. 4 June 1841, Flat Creek, Scott County, Indiana, to Sanders Alexander and Katherine Elizabeth (Monroe) Monroe
d. 26 December 1935, Monrovia, California

m. 24 December 1863, Fort Kearney, Nebraska
Mary Jane Hall
b. 1 January 1846, LaGrange, Lewis County, Missouri, to Milton S. and Nianna Hall
d. 8 February 1932, Monrovia, California

Children with Mary Jane Hall:

  • Milton Sanders (d. 1899)
  • George Otto married Anetta Evans
  • Myrtle Mignonette married Bruce C. Bailey
  • Jesse Lee (d. age 7)
  • Mabelle Huntington married Thomas Dyer

William’s family moved to Liberty Bell, Iowa, when he was only eleven years old. After finishing grammar school, he went to Ashland University, Iowa, and graduated at eighteen years old. Following graduation, he taught school in the John Wiley district on the Des Moines River. He had thirty-six pupils and received a salary of forty dollars a month. He took turns boarding with parents of his pupils.

On 3 August 1861, William enlisted in the Union Army at Ottumwa, Iowa. He joined the First Regiment, Iowa Volunteer Cavalry and his regiment fought in battles in Missouri, Arkansas, and Texas. He was subsequently commissioned First Lieutenant and was mustered out in 1865 with the rank of Major.

After the Civil War, William engaged in railroad construction work in association with his father-in-law, building twenty-five miles of railroad from Omaha to Fremont, Nebraska. More railroad construction followed, taking the family from California to Texas, to Chile, South America, to Mexico, and to Alaska. Along the way he bought land, helped found the town of Monrovia, named in his honor, and served as the new town’s first mayor.

In 1935, at the age of ninety-four, he led the Monrovia Day parade when Monrovia celebrated its forty-ninth anniversary.

Submitted by:
Naomi Keith Sexton
Scottsburg IN
E-mail: scasi@c3bb.com

Abram Lincoln Burkman

b. August 1854, Decatur County, Indiana, to Daniel and Sabrina (Davis) Burkman
d. 3 January 1939, McKinzie, Carroll County, Tennessee

m. 14 September 1890, Decatur County, Indiana
Mary Kathren Evans
b. June 1868, Illinois, to Joseph and Mary J. (Lawson) Evans
d. 30 April 1930, McKenzie, Carroll County, Tennessee

Children with Mary Kathren Evans:

  • Herbert Cecil (1891-1970) married (1) Lallie McNeil, (2) Maude McCoy Martin
  • Harry (1892-1976)
  • Eldo James (1893-1959)
  • William Earl (1894-1928) married Johnie Blanche Phelps
  • Mable Claire (1896-1975) married Lucian L. Carroll
  • Nettie (1899-1899)
  • Bethel Elizabeth (1903-1981)

Submitted by:
Lori S. Ammerman
Scipio IN

Anna Smith

Anna Smith
b. 18 January 1825, County Kent, England
d. 15 July 1874, Valley Falls, Jefferson County, Kansas

m/1. 29 January 1842, Dearborn County, Indiana
Hugh Evans
b. October 1815, Wales
d. 16 August 1859, Miller Township, Dearborn County, Indiana

m/2. 26 February 1852, Dearborn County, Indiana
Ezekial Jackson

Children with Hugh Evans:

  • Martha Jane (b. 1843)
  • Kate Anna (b. 1845)
  • William Hugh (b. 1847)
  • Isaac Langdale (b. 1850)

Children with Ezekial Jackson:

  • James (b. 1852)
  • Charles (b. 1855)
  • Rhoda (b. 1857)
  • Margaret (b. 1860)

Anna emigrated from Indiana in 1870 to Valley Falls, Winchester County, Kansas. Both Hugh and Ezekiel were buried at Georgetown Cemetery in Miller Township, Dearborn County, Indiana.

Submitted by:
Patricia Tebow Maddox
Murrayville IL