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Edgar Tschupp

Edgar Tschupp
birth: 22 Jun 1913, Elkhart, Elkhart County, Indiana to Maurice Edgar Tschupp (1892 – 1975) and Bertha Anna Kurtz (1894 – 1956)
death: 8 Feb 1957, Phoenix, Arizona
burial: Resthaven Cemetery, Glendale, Maricopa County, Arizona

marriage: 27 Aug 1943, South Bend, St Joseph County, Indiana
Gertrude Marie Mearing
birth: 1913, Gas City, Grant County, Indiana to Ernest Ward Harper and Artie Mae Goldy; adopted by Howard Mearing and Edith Schafer
death: Feb 1988, Phoenix, Maricopa County, Arizona
burial: Resthaven Cemetery, Glendale, Maricopa County, Arizona

Children of Edgar Tschupp and Gertrude Maria Mearing:

  • Betty Valentine Tschupp (adopted) 1935 – 2011
  • Edgar Tschupp 1913 – 1957 (Army Veteran)
  • Cathy Tschupp Reed Bland
  • Diana Tschupp Beckett 1948 – 2009
  • John Edgar Tschupp

Edgar lived in Elkhart, Elkhart County, Indiana; Concord, Elkhart County, Indiana; Baugo, Elkhart County, Indiana; Toledo, Lucas County, Ohio; South Bend, St. Joseph County, Indiana; St. Augustine, St. Johns County, Florida; and Phoenix, Arizona.

Edgar was an army veteran. He adopted Betty Jean Valentine, his wife’s daughter by first marriage. He died on colon cancer.

Submitted by:
John Tschupp

William Wallace Harper

William Wallace Harper
b. 29 October 1820, Knox County, Indiana, to William and Elizabeth (Dunn) Harper
d. 4 February 1888, Mount Valley, Labette County, Kansas

m. 24 October 1842, Knox County, Indiana
Mary Ann Hill
b. 14 November 1823, Knox County, Indiana, to John and Mary Ann (Clark) Hill
d. 8 September 1912, Carthage, Jasper County, Missouri

Children with Mary Ann Hill:
• W. (abt. 1843-bef. 1871)
• John S. (1845-1845)
• George Franklin (1846-1892) married Laura Alice Shick
• Eliza Jane (1848-1851)
• William B. (1851-1852)
• Mary Elizabeth (1852-1875) married Thomas Hollingsworth
• Rebecca J. (1852-1852)
• James W. (b. ca. 1856)
• Hannah L. (1857-1857)
• Rebecca J. (1857-1857)

The family emigrated from Indiana in 1871 with their three children (George, Mary, and James). William was a miller and the first mayor of Mound City, Kansas. He also served in the legislature about 1874.

Submitted by:
Christie Hill Russell
Paris IL
E-mail: christie@cartar.com

Samuel R Grimes

Samuel R. Grimes
b. 18 September 1834, Elrod, Ripley County, Indiana, to John and Mary “Polly” (McDonald) Grimes
d. 28 December 1901, Vliets, Marshall County, Kansas

m. 9 February 1860, Lincolnville, Ripley County, Indiana
Catherine Ann Carrington
b. 30 April 1841, Benham, Ripley County, Indiana, to John Bennett and Maria (Chapin) Carrington
d. 29 February 1924, Vliets, Marshall County, Kansas

Children with Catherine Ann Carrington:
• Emily/Emma L. (1861-1927) married James Hervey (1854-1941) Connelley
• Nora B. (1863-1912) married Joseph H. Walker
• daughter (1864-1864)
• Mary Deborah (1865-1888) married Leonidas C. Wails
• Laura A. (1867-1941) married J. N. Banks
• Carrie A. (1871-1892) married Thomas L. Harper
• Dellie Elizabeth (1872-1952) married Charles Richard Wallace
• Robert C. (1882-1882)
• Paul W. (b. 1883)

Samuel was a teacher for twenty years. He was active in local affairs, being Assessor and Collector for Ripley County, Indiana, as well as holding other county offices. The family left Elrod, Ripley County, in 1855. In Marshall County, Kansas, he was Postmaster at Vliets and Weighmaster. Both of his grandfathers, James Grimes and Joseph McDonald, served in the Revolutionary War, as did his wife’s grandfather and great-grandfather.

Submitted by:
Don Connelley
Surprise AZ
E-mail: helenblue@att.net

Raymond Austin Van Cleave

Raymond Austin Van Cleave
b. 4 March 1908, Crawfordsville, Montgomery County, Indiana, to William and Mary (Harper/Kirby) Van Cleave
d. 13 January 2000, Portland, Oregon

m. 21 April 1944, Portland, Oregon
Emma J. Timmerman/Maes/Carey
b. 2 May 1912
d. 9 Nov 1991

Children with Emma J. Timmerman/Maes/Carey:

  • Rosalie married David John DeMartino

Raymond’s mother died of childbirth in Indiana when Raymond was only eight days old. His maternal grandmother Martha Jane (Harper) Kirby took two of her daughters and Raymond to Portland, Oregon. He grew up there and as a young man, he played baseball, went fishing and played golf. While living with his grandmother, he worked at a drug store to help support her and put food on the table.

In his thirties, Raymond started to work for candy and cookie companies. During WWII he was deferred in order to make sweets for the military. It was at the candy and cookie company that he met his wife. He married shortly after his grandmother passed away.

Submitted by:
Rosalie L. De Martino
Salem OR
E-mail: turtle4u@q.com

Hiram Biesecker

Hiram Biesecker
b. 12 February 1843, near Allentown, Adams County, Pennsylvania, John and Sarah Ann (Mickley) Biesecker
d. 3 May 1939, Monticello, Piatt County, Illinois

m. 3 August 1870, Centerville, Illinois
Asenith Harper
b. 14 December 1854, Monticello, Piatt County, Illinois, to William W. and Sarah (Wright) Harper
d. 4 September 1921, Monticello, Piatt County, Illinois

Children with Asenith Harper:

  • John William “Willie” (1871-1873)
  • Joseph Henry (b. 1872)
  • Alfred Newton (b. 1874)
  • Mary Magdeline (b. 1876)
  • Franklin (1880-1880)
  • Otis Emery (b. 1881)
  • Sarah Ann (b. 1882)
  • Clara Etta (b. 1884)
  • Madie Belle (b. 1889)
  • James Arthur (b. 1892)
  • Julia Mae (b. 1895)

Hiram moved with his parents by covered wagon to Colburn, Indiana. There he and his brothers and sisters, who spoke only German, learned the English language. They attended the Lutheran Church where their father often served as the minister.

At age 19, Hiram joined Company A, 116th Regiment, Indiana Volunteers on 11 July 1863 and served as a private. He mustered out at Lafayette on 20 February 1864. Upon returning home, an undertaker paid him $500 to re-enlist in place of his son. This time he served in the 12th Light Artillery and mustered out on 7 July 1865 at Indianapolis, Indiana.

After the war, Hiram and a friend moved to Illinois where he met and married Asenith. They lived on a farm east of Monticello, Illinois but when their home burned, they moved by spring wagon back to Colburn, Indiana for a short time. Their first son was born and died while they were in Indiana and is buried along with his grandparents in the Colburn Cemetery.

Hiram and Asenith returned to Piatt County, near White Heath, Illinois, and had the rest of their children there. Hiram was 96 when he passed away in 1939.

Submitted by:
Melody M. McDaniel
Mahomet IL
E-mail: mmmcdani@mchsi.com

Thomas C Grisson/Grisham/Gresham

Thomas C Grisson/Grisham/Gresham
b. 26 July 1835, Madison, Morgan County, Indiana, to Calton and Nancy (Jones) Greshom
d. 18 December 1894, Union, Cumberland County, Illinois

m. 12 August 1855, Madison, Morgan County, Indiana
Mary Hiatt
b. 28 March 1835, Morgan County, Indiana, to Joseph and Lucinda (Harper) Hiatt
d. 23 November 1899, Union Township, Cumberland County, Illinois

Children with Mary Hiatt:

  • William Wesley (1856–1934) married Dollie E. Decker
  • Alexander (1858–1879)
  • James Buchanan (1859–1938) married Mary “Mollie” Elizabeth Jennings
  • Sophrona (1861–1922) married George Martin Woodard
  • Laura A. (b. 1863) married William B. Jennings
  • Oliver Ulysses (1867–1949) married Mary Elizabeth Rodebaugh
  • Jacob Franklin (1876–1921) married Rena E. Askew

Thomas emigrated from Morgan County, Indiana, to Union Township, Cumberland County, Illinois, in 1863/64.

Submitted by:
Lester Wayne Grissom
Kansas IL

Nancy Faris Ellis

Nancy Faris Ellis
b. 25 August 1811, to Henry and Charity (Harper) Ellis
d. 20 September 1881, Chetopa, Kansas

m. 11 October 1836
William Harper Reed
b. 10 January 1816
d. 28 October 1857, Chetopa, Kansas

About 1838 William H. and Nancy (Ellis) Reed moved from Ohio to Delaware County, Indiana. Later they moved to Moultrie County, Illinois, where Henry Ellis, Nancy’s father died on 28 October 1857. In 1866 the family moved to Chetopa, Kansas.

Submitted by:
Joseph R. Williams
Helena MT