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Rachel Gertrude Nichols

Rachel Gertrude Nichols
b. 11 February 1856, Rush County, Indiana, to Thomas and Jane (Brown) Nichols
d. 22 June 1910, Valley Junction, Polk County, Iowa

m. 31 March 1875, Rockville, Parke County, Indiana
William Francis Bigwood
b. 27 March 1853, Felicity, Clermont County, Ohio
d. 14 January 1906, Earlham, Madison County, Iowa

Children with William Francis Bigwood:
• Effie Jane (1876-1961) married Frank Libby
• Zena Eliza (1878-1945)
• Marjorie Frances (1881-1963) married Joe Ficklin
• James Thomas (1884-1886)
• Maggie May (1887-1931) married Henry Little
• Ellia Nichols (1891-1909)
• Maryanna Elizabeth (1897-1980) married Lyman Lyle Libby

Rachel lived in Danville, Hendricks County, and Rockville, Parke County, Indiana, before leaving the state in 1900.

Submitted by:
Robert J. Libby
Iowa City IA

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Elizabeth Donaldson

Elizabeth Donaldson
b. 7 April 1843, Lexington, LaGrange County, Indiana, to George and Nancy Emily (Norton) Donaldson
d. 13 April 1919, Crawford County, Illinois

m. 3 November 1861, Crawford County, Illinois
Thomas Middleton Shaw
b. 29 October 1836, Crawford County, Illinois, to Joseph M. and Narcissa (Middleton) Shaw
d. 30 December 1880, Crawford County, Illinois

Children with Thomas Middleton Shaw:
• Lydia Ann (1863-1914) married (1) Henry A. Folck, (2) Joseph Wolfe
• Laura (1864-1917) married Josephus Folck
• Nota (1865-1946) married Douglas Kincaid
• Andrew Jackson (1866-1948) married Annie Bartmess
• Narcissa J. (1867-1901) married Robert E. Edgington
• Mary (b. 1868)
• Ella E. (1870-1948) married (1) William Wilber, (2) John Hawkins
• Sarah B. (1873-1948) married Samuel Vance Kincaid
• Emma (1874-1906) married Albert Little
• Cora (b. 1877) married Charles A. Lambdin
• Thomas Middleton, Jr. (1880-1964) married Alma Edgington

Elizabeth left LaGrange County, Indiana, about 1853 for Crawford County, Illinois, where she married and lived for the remainder of her life.

Submitted by:
Sharon Howell
Greenwood IN
E-mail: sshowell@indy.net

Hezekiah Stout Denham

Hezekiah Stout Denham
b. Fall 1802, Knoxville, Knox County, Tennessee
d. 1 May 1886, Mount Pleasant, Henry County, Iowa

m/1. 30 June 1824, Harrison County, Indiana
Winney Little/Littell
b. 1 January 1803, Georgia, to Reuben and Elizabeth Covington (Gormley) Littell
d. 20 April 1863, Columbus City, Iowa

m/2. 1864
Harriet Silley

m/3. 1871
Eliza S. Culver

Children with Winney Little/Littell:

  • daughter (1825-1829)
  • Penelope Jane (b. ca 1829) married (1) David Macdonald Little, (2) Patrick Dennis
  • Ursula Milon (1831-1901) married (1) Eli Lemuel Wells, (2) Richard C. Wells
  • William Jasper (1832-1869) married Esther M. Jeffries
  • Hugh Little (1835-1889 married Caroline M. Blosser
  • Reuben M. (1837-1895) married (1) Abigail Warn, (2) Eleanor M. Sheriff-Smith
  • Obediah E. (1839-1905) married Lucy Orman

Hezekiah arrived in Indiana from Virginia with his parent about 1817. He lived and married in Harrison County, Indiana, leaving there for Iowa between 1835 and 1837. At least five of his seven children were born in Indiana.

He was a Justice of the Peace, minister for the United Brethren Church, a farmer, and a tailor of clothing for doctors. He made beautiful button holes and created many quilts from fabric scraps until about four years before his death in 1886. He was a smoke and once accidently burned down his own home.

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

William Francis Bigwood

WILLIAM FRANCIS BIGWOOD
b. 27 March 1853, Felicity, Clermont County, Ohio, to James Henry and Eliza A. (Young) Bigwood
d. 14 January 1906, Earlham, Madison County, Iowa

m. 31 March 1875, Rockville, Parke County, Indiana
Rachel Gertrude Nichols
b. 11 February 1856, Danville, Hendricks County, Indiana or Shelbyville, Shelby County, Indiana, to Thomas and Jane (Brown) Nichols
d. 22 June 1910, Valley Junction, Polk County, Iowa

Children with Rachel Gertrude Nichols:

  • Effie Jane (1876-1961) married Frank R. Libby
  • Zena Eliza (1878-1945)
  • Marjorie Frances “Madge” (1881-1963) married (1) Joseph Ficklin, (2) Doc Woolfrom
  • James Thomas (1884-1886)
  • Maggie May (1887-1931) married Henry Little
  • Ellis Nichols (1891-1909)
  • Maryanna Elizabeth (1897-1980) married Lyman Lyle Libby

It is unknown when William came to Indiana, but they moved from Parke County between 1900 and 1905. William was a stonemason. He was a member of the Silliman Lodge #66 and Knights of Pythias. He and his brother John were in White’s Band, which played for the laying of the cornerstone of the courthouse. Rachel Bigwood and daughters were admitted into membership at the Earlham Monthly Meeting in 1905. The Nichols family was Quaker.

Submitted by:
Robert J. Libby
Iowa City IA

Henry George Keilman

Henry George Keilman
b. 2 January 1855, Perry County, Indiana, to Jacob and Katharine (Knieriem) Keilman
d. 13 April 1925, Aledo, Mercer County, Illinois

m. 29 June 1884, Perry County, Indiana
Carolina Carrie Anna Ploch
b. 15 January 1856, Perry County, Indiana
d. 16 May 1931, Aledo, Mercer County, Illinois

Children with Carolina Carrie Anna Ploch:

  • Burton “Burt” Wesley Clarence (b. 1885) married (1) Adeline Goffinet, (2) Pearl Glenn Rosenbaum
  • Alta Suzanna (1887-1950) married Jesse Omer Waggoner
  • Ernestine “Tena” Catherine (1890-1945) married Clyde Holmes
  • Carrie May (b. 1893) married Frank A. Little
  • Corinne (1897-1976) married Melvin Kenneth Bellows

Henry resided in Oil Township, Perry County, Indiana. He moved to Mercer County, Illinois, about 1900.

Henry Keilman’s mother, a German immigrant, spoke no English, like many immigrant women of the time. Henry stayed in Indiana in spite of plans to move to Illinois after a younger brother raced off to that same location, until his mother died and could be buried with her husband. By the time Henry arrived in Illinois, the best farmland was already occupied.

Submitted by:
Jessie-Mae Sanderson
Livonia MI