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Seth Sampson, II

Seth Sampson, II
b. 12 April 1825, Switzerland County, Indiana, to Seth and Eunice (Hopkins) Sampson
d. 24 November 1918, Van Wert, Decatur County, Iowa

m/1. 22 November 1848, Patriot, Switzerland County, Indiana
Margaret Jane Wilson
b. 14 April 1825, to Aaron and Catherine Wilson
d. 7 May 1889

m/2. 1890
Mrs. Mary E. Brewer
d. 7 June 1904

Children with Margaret Jane Wilson:
• Marvin L.
• Edwin D.
• George
• Mary T.
• James F.
• Avarilla C.
• William
• Carrie J.
• Francis L.
• Charles M.

In 1853 Seth left Indiana and bought land in Wapello County, Iowa. Ten years later he moved to Decatur County and then to Van Wert in 1885.

Seth was in Company F, 7th Iowa Infantry from 22 July 1861 until his discharge at Pittsburg, Tennessee, on 14 March 1862. He lived mostly from farming and began preaching as a local preacher in 1869.

Submitted by:
Dale Davidson Harguess
Huntington Beach CA
E-mail: dharguess@coastline.edu

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Thomas Lister

Thomas Lister
b. 10 January 1810
d. 1 November 1896, Jefferson City, Cole County, Missouri

m. 4 April 1835, Decatur County, Indiana
Martha Patsy Hooten
b. 16 July 1815, Kentucky
d. 7 March 1876, Jefferson City, Cole County, Missouri

Children with Martha Patsy Hooten:
• John Henry (b. 1835) married Sarah Ellen Miller
• William T. (1837-1860) married Mary Jane Kersey
• Nancy Jane (b. 1838) married William S. Perkins
• Elizabeth A. (1839-1845)
• Margaret E. (b. 1843) married James F. Thornberry
• Emily (b. 1843) married James King
• James Henry (1845-1916) married Martha Jane Hopkins
• Louisa (b. 1849) married Daniel Surface
• Squire Irvin (1853-1922) married Sally Hughes
• Frances A. (b. 1855) married Martin P. Bush

Thomas and his brother, John A., moved to the Decatur area in 1832 from somewhere in Kentucky. They purchased land together but a year after Thomas married, he purchased land in Lebanon, Boone County, Indiana. John followed and married in 1840.

Dr. James McWorkman, also a resident of Indiana, asked Thomas to move to Missouri and around 1869, Thomas did so. His brother remained in Indiana. He was a farmer in Jefferson City, Cole County, Missouri, and both he and Martha died there.

Submitted by:
Sharon Gilbert
South Bend IN

Jennie Mae Comer

Jennie Mae Comer
b. 1 December 1891, Rensselaer, Jasper County, Indiana, to William Cyrus and Sarah Jane
(Gleason) Comer
d. 2 June 1986, West Chicago, DuPage County, Illinois

m. 1 October 1920, Lafayette, Tippecanoe County, Indiana
Orval Hamilton Crisler
b. 10 October 1893, Mount Ayr, Newton County, Indiana, to William Addison and Clara Delilah (Hopkins) Crisler
d. 17 January 1986, West Chicago, DuPage County, Illinois

Children with Orval Hamilton Crisler:

  • William Orval (1922-2005) married Dorothy Helen Olson
  • Virginia Mae (b. 1923) married Leslie Alexander Simpson
  • John Edward (1924-1994) married June Freida Wilson
  • George Hamilton (1925-2000) married (1) Gloria Grover Murray, (2) Barbara Dee Bell
  • Emily Jeannette (b. 1927) married Lyle William Seefeldt

Jennie’s father, William Cyrus Comer, was also born in Indiana. Her mother, Sarah Jane “Jennie” Gleason was born in Michigan, but lived in Indiana as a young woman.

Jennie’s mother died following childbirth, and Jennie was sent to her maternal grandparents in Ottawa County, Michigan, to be raised there. She returned to Rensselaer, Jasper County, Indiana, at age nine in 1900 to live with her aunts, Mary and Lizzie Comer, at their boarding house on South Cullen Street. She stayed there until adulthood.

Jennie left Indiana in 1912 to attend nursing school in Chicago but returned again to Rensselaer to work as a registered nurse at Jasper County Hospital following her graduation. There she became re-acquainted with her husband-to-be and former classmate, Orval Hamilton Crisler. They married in 1920 and quickly were parent of five children.

In 1927, the family moved to Waukegan, Illinois. Later they moved to Chicago, then to Glen Ellyn, Illinois. Following her husband’s retirement, they moved to Dunedin, Florida. At her death at age 94, Jennie’s body was returned to Rensselaer, and she is buried there next to her husband of 65 years in Weston Cemetery.

Submitted by:
Leslie S. Hall
Waynesboro, VA
E-mail: geniehall75@gmail.com

Orval Hamilton Crisler

Orval Hamilton Crisler
b. 10 October 1893, Mount Ayr, Newton County, Indiana, to William Addison and Clara Delilah (Hopkins) Crisler
d. 17 January 1986, West Chicago, DuPage County, Illinois

m. 1 October 1920, Lafayette, Tippecanoe County, Indiana
Jennie Mae Comer
b. 1 December 1891, Rensselaer, Jasper County, Indiana, to William Cyrus and Sarah Jane (Gleason) Comer
d. 2 June 1986, West Chicago, DuPage County, Illinois

Children with Jennie Mae Comer:

  • William Orval (1922-2005) married Dorothy Helen Olson
  • Virginian Mae (b. 1923) married Leslie Alexander Simpson
  • John Edward (1924-1994) married June Freida Wilson
  • George Hamilton (1925-2000) married (1) Gloria Grover Murray, (2) Barbara Dee Bell
  • Emily Jeannette (b. 1927) married Lyle William Seefeldt

The Crisler family, headed by Orval’s grandfather, Hamilton Crisler, came to Indiana in 1846 and settled in the Haw Creek Township of Bartholomew County. They moved to Newton County, Indiana in 1861 when Hamilton purchased 240 acres of land in Jackson Township near the later town of Mount Ayr.

Orval moved with his parents to a farm northeast of the town of Rensselaer, Jasper County, Indiana, in 1910. Following his marriage in 1920, he and his wife and their five children, moved to Waukegan, Illinois, in 1927. Orval enrolled in the LaSalle Extension School in Chicago and completed his education, becoming an accountant. The latter part of his working career was as an accountant, comptroller, and secretary/treasurer for the Chicago-based Gulbransen Piano Company.

His wife Jennie was a registered nurse who worked at the Jasper County Hospital in Rensselaer as a surgical nurse and radiology technician prior to her marriage. Orval was a farmer, having taken over the family farm after the death of his father in 1911

After his retirement, Orval and Jennie moved to Dunedin, Florida. They returned to the Chicago area in the mid 1980’s and both died there in 1986. They were sent home to Indiana for burial in Weston Cemetery in Rensselaer, Indiana

Submitted by:
Leslie S. Hall
Waynesboro, VA
E-mail: geniehall75@gmail.com

Myra Hopkins

Myra Hopkins
b. October 1857, Thorntown, Boone County, Indiana, to Albert and Margaret (Caldwell)
Hopkins
d. 17 February 1939, Spangle, Spokane County, Washington

m. 5 March 1883, Centropolis, Franklin County, Kansas
Isaac Minnick
b. 18 June 1856, Jacksonville, Stockton County, Missouri
d. 19 February 1916, Cheney, Spokane County, Washington

Children with Isaac Minnick:

  • Mabel married [–?–] Barbee
  • Gertrude Ethelyn married (1) [–?–] Smith, (2) [–?–] Bickett

Myra emigrated from Boone County, Indiana, to Centropolis, Franklin County, Kansas.

Submitted by:
Verna Bickett Williams
Penn Valley CA