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William Shettler

William Shettler
b. 30 June 1846, Ohio, to William F. and Hannah (Knight) Shettler
d. 16 June 1923, Ontario, San Bernardino County, California

m. 15 April 1877, Wilson County, Kansas
Martha Hannaman
b. 1858, Illinois
d. 1935 Fredonia, Wilson County, Kansas

Children with Martha Hannaman:
• Lola Mae “Lulu” (1877-1956) married William Phelps
• Irene Nona (1880-1957) married (1) [–?–] Horsley, (2) [–?–] Douglas
• Roy (b. 1883)
• Walter (1888-aft. 1951)

William came from Ohio in 1848 and lived in Pleasant Township, Grant County, Indiana, and Washington, Jasper County, Indiana. He homesteaded 160 acres in Duck Creek Township, Wilson County, Kansas, before 1880.

In 1906, William was unmarried and living in San Bernardino County, California. He made wagons, carriages, and was a rancher. William changed the spelling of his surname by dropping one “T” during his lifetime.

Submitted by:
Hilda Hemmingson Meryhew
Auburn WA

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Evline Lillian Layton

Evline Lillian Layton
b. 18 September 1878, Union Mills, LaPorte County, Indiana, to Seymour Charlie and Estella M. (Bement) Layton
d. 5 February 1929, Sedro Woolley, Skagit County, Washington

m/1. 12 September 1897, Ferndale, Whatcom County, Washington
Jacob Martin “Jake” Shetler
b. 11 November 1858, Kentland, Jasper County, Indiana, to Hezekiah and Nancy Ann (Sutton) Shetler
d. 19 August 1925, Ferndale, Whatcom County, Washington

m/2. 13 November 1922, Everette, Snohomish County, Washington
Gust Hill

Children with Jacob Martin Shetler:
• Minnie “Blanch” (1898-1957) married (1) Gus Anderson, (2) M. B. Webb, (3) Fred Smith, (4) Cliff Cook, (5) Floyd Challender
• Harry Layton (1899-1974) married (1) Violett Gorrie, (2) Nancy Isabell Johnson Graves
• William Cecil “Wooley” (1901-1928) married Estelle “Dollie” Belle
• Lester Earl (1903-1963) married (1) Vera Viola Heay, (2) Grace Minney (Hoffman) Williams
• Charles Semore (1905-1993) married Stella E. Duree
• Genevieve Estella “Neva” (1907-1990) married (1) Ross Best, (2) Jack Taylor, (3) Bernard Neustead, (4) Johnny Krieger
• Jacob LeRoy “Roy” (1909-1987) married Mary A. Knight
• Emma Garnetta (1911-1918)
• Pearl Ione (1915-1989) married (1) Earl Joseph DePew, (2) Karl Johan Algat “Al” Hemmingson, (3) Milton Storrs

Evline’s stepmother, Lois C. Layton, put her in an orphanage when her father died in 1889. At age 15, she was adopted by the George A. Monroe, Sr. family, originally from Michigan City, who now made their home in Ferndale, Washington. After her marriage, she began to wonder about her family. Her mother, Estella, had married John F. Neu, and was living in Omaha Nebraska. They were reunited in 1907. After her divorce in 1920 from Jacob Shelter, Evline became a camp cook for logging camp #9 above Hamilton, Washington.

Submitted by:
Hilda Hemmingson Meryhew
Auburn WA

William H Knight

William H Knight
b. 10 December 1832, Pasquotank County, North Carolina
d. 20 July 1920, Lewistown, Mifflin County, Pennsylvania

m. 26 May 1859, Rush County, Indiana
Drusilla A. Baird
b. 18 October 1839, Mercer County, Pennsylvania, to Joseph & Abigail Baird
d. 22 May 1919, Lewistown, Mifflin County Pennsylvania

Children with Drusilla A. Baird:

  • Mary Jane (1861-1906) married John H. Patton
  • George Washington (1863-1947) married Mary Miriam “Mollie” Morgan
  • Floyd E. (1866-1951) married Mary McClain
  • Cora Kella (1870-1951) married (1) James F. Richardson, (2) E. Howard Bell

William probably arrived in Indiana in the early 1850’s. He lived in Knightstown, Cambridge City, Indianapolis, and Seymour, Indiana, before moving to Lewistown, Pennsylvania, about 1916, to live with his daughter. He was a farmer and a carpenter.

Submitted by:
Eugene F. Gray
East Lansing MI
E-mail: graye@mnu.edu

Riley Wilson Williams

Riley Wilson Williams
b. 29 December 1817, Randolph County, North Carolina, to Enoch and Jemima (Phillips) Williams
d. 1 January 1898, Mercer County, Missouri

m. 15 January 1839, Chatham County, North Carolina
Lovey Carter
b. 4 June 1819, Chatham County, North Carolina
d. 24 January 1908, Mercer County, Missouri

Children with Lovey Carter:

  • Mahala Jane (1840-1911) married Samuel Riley
  • Jemima A. (1842-1923) married Garrett Darland
  • Daniel C. (1845-1892) married Harriett Proctor
  • Mary Adeline (1848-1919) married Archibald T. Knight
  • Enoch J. (b. 1850) married Livonia W. Reeves
  • Francis Marion

Riley emigrated from North Carolina to Liberty, Hendricks County, Indiana, in 1840. He resided in Hendricks and Morgan counties and then immigrated from Indiana about 1855 to Gentry County, Missouri. Later Riley and Lovey moved to Wayne County, Iowa, and from there moved to Mercer County, Missouri.

Submitted by:
Betty Murphy Mabee
4545 Yerba Santa Dr.
San Diego CA 92115-1032

David Parkhurst

David Parkhurst
b. 15 November 1783, Morris County, New Jersey, to Ezekiel and Abiel (Hathaway) Parkhurst
d. 6 September 1858, Effingham County, Illinois

m. about 1800, Kentucky or Tennessee
Jane Jenkins
b. about 1784, North Carolina, to Roderick and Nancy (Pack) Jenkins
d. 8 September 1858, Effingham County, Illinois

Children with Jane Jenkins:

  • William (b. bet. 1801/1804-bet. 1870/1880) married (1) Rebecca Russell, (2) Martha Jane Taylor
  • Ezekiel (1808-aft. 1879) married (1) Mary Dias/Dies, (2) Aletha McClanahan
  • Abigail (b. bet. 1804/1810) married (1) Asa Russell, (2) Micajah Kittell/Kitchell
  • [–?–] (b. bet. 1804/1810-bet. 1820/1830)
  • Cynthia (1809-1891) married Mark Mitchell
  • Mahala Jane (1811-1874) married David S. Mitchell
  • Roderick (1814-1863) married Charlotte Knight
  • Tryphenia (1816-bet. 1865/1868) married Major Mitchell
  • Mary (1820-bet. 1870/1875) married (1) Jacob Legan, (2) Andrew J. Davis
  • John W. (1823-1862) married (1) Mary Ann Nay, (2) Nancy [–?–]

David and Jane Parkhurst immigrated to Indiana in 1836 from Smith County, Tennessee. They resided at Nineveh, Johnson County, Indiana, and then moved in 1851 to Effingham County, Illinois.

Jane’s mother was either full-blooded or onehalf Cherokee Indian and was said to have had a very bad temper.

The family of Ezekiel Parkhurst, David’s son, had a rather turbulent life. Cousins in Tennessee maintain that Ezekiel’s second wife murdered him after 1870 in Smith County, Tennessee, by putting poison in his coffee. She left quickly for Chicago after his death and was never charged with the crime. Later, one of Ezekiel’s sons, John C. Parkhurst, married Martha Younger, purported to be a sister of the Younger brothers who rode with the Jesse James gang. Another of Ezekiel’s sons, Robert S. Parkhurst, moved to Missouri, where his second wife, it is said, stabbed him to death, took his money, and escaped to Texas. Apparently Ezekiel’s family had a streak of bad luck, especially with second wives.

Submitted by:
Yvonne Parkhurst
Tacoma WA

Regina Maria Leedy

Regina Maria Leedy
b. 27 March 1859, Warsaw, Kosciusko County, Indiana, to John Keith and Regina M. (Chapman) Leedy
d. 9 October 1939, Spokane, Washington

m. 26 June 1890, Racine, Wisconsin
Edwin Herbert Knight
b. 15 November 1864, Thomasburg, Hastings County, Ontario, Canada
d. 3 April 1943, Spokane, Washington

Children with Edwin Herbert Knight:

  • Phillip Graham (1892–1913)
  • Gayton Leedy (1895–1972)

Regina moved to Chicago, Illinois, in 1890 and to Spokane, Washington, in 1896. She was a small woman who enjoyed parties and weekend poker with friends. She cared little for housework but made good biscuits and buckwheat pancakes.

Edwin Knight moved to Chicago from Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada, in 1875 and became a naturalized citizen in 1891. After settling in Spokane, Washington, in 1896, he established Diamond Drill Contracting Company with a partner and, in 1911, became president of Farmers & Mechanics Bank.

Submitted by:
Barbara J. Cruchon
Seattle WA

William H Knight

William H. Knight
b. November 1830, North Carolina

m. July 1859, Rush County, Indiana
Drusilla Baird
b. October 1840, Pennsylvania.

Children with Drusilla Baird:

William and Drusilla Knight lived at Cambridge City and Indianapolis, Indiana, as well as in Rush County, Indiana.

Submitted by:
Eugene F. Gray
East Lansing MI