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Michael Matthew Dooley

Michael Matthew Dooley, M.D.
birth: 9 Aug 1857, Portugal Cove, Newfoundland, Canada to Matthew Michael Dooley and Bridget Moriarty
death: 21 Oct 1907, Stamford, Fairfield County, Connecticut
burial: St. John’s Cemetery, Loogootee, Martin County, Indiana

marriage: 26 Feb 1889, St. Peter’s RC, Montgomery, Daviess County, Indiana
Anna Elizabeth Wathen
birth: 11 Nov 1861, Montgomery, Daviess County, Indiana to Raphael Wathen and Mary Ann Caanaugh
death: 19 Sep 1926, Loogootee, Martin County, Indiana
burial: St. John’s Cemetery, Loogootee, Martin County, Indiana

Children of Michael Matthew Dooley and Anna Elizabeth Wathen:

  • Mary Helen, 1890-1969, m. J. Christopher O’Brien;
  • Rose Bernadette, 1892-1982, m. Emil Norris;
  • Agnes Eloise, 1894-1983, m. Wiliam Austin Walker;
  • Jeanne Marie, 1898-1979, m. Hubert Huebner;
  • Gertrude Aurelia, 1901-1984, m. Paul Barrett;
  • Joseph Matthew, 1904-1959, m. Sarah Birdena Lett;
  • Mary Esther, 1907-2004, m. Paul Rittenhouse

Michael was first a carpenter, then a construction engineer, in 1886 he earned his medical degree from the Kentucky School of Medicine, Louisville.

Michael lived in Portugal Cove, Newfoundland (1857-1868), Antigonish, Nova Scotia (1868-1878), New York City, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Louisville, Kentucky and Loogootee, Martin County, Indiana (1889-1907). He died at his brother’s house in Connecticut.

Submitted by:
Carol Collins
Email: carolcollins65@gmail.com

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William “Henderson” Lewelling

William “Henderson” Lewelling
b. 23 April 1809/10, Randolph County, North Carolina, to Meshach (1787-1840) and Jane (1789-1835) (Brookshire) Lewelling
d. 28 December 1878, San Jose, Alameda County, California

m/1. 30 December 1830, Henry County, Indiana
Jane Elizabeth Presnall
b. 8 April 1815, Randolph County, North Carolina, to John and Hannah (Littler) Presnall
d. 7 March 1851, Milwaukie, Clackamas County, Oregon

m/2. 27 June 1851
Phoebe Eddy Grimes

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Children with Jane Elizabeth Presnall:
• Alfred William (1831-1904) married Mary Elizabeth Campbell
• Mary (1833-1850) married William Meek
• Asenath (1834-1875) married John Bozarth
• Rachel “Hattie” (1837-1917/19) married (1) Seth Eddy, (2) Henry Charles Wilson
• Jane Harriet (1839-1872) married Henry Welch Eddy
• Hannah (1841-1917) married (1) Walter Wood, (2) William Bradbury, (3) Col. A. P. Hawes
• Levi (1843-1877) married Emma Eaton
• Albert (1845-1883) married Mary Gardener
• Oregon Columbia (1847-1912) married Emily Jane Norris
• Eliza Anne (1849-aft. 1925) married Isaac Wood

Henderson came to Indiana in 1822 with his father. He was in the nursery business with his brother John while in Indiana. He moved to near Salem, Iowa, by 1837 and opened a nursery there.

After reading of Lewis and Clark’s adventures, he was determined to leave Iowa. In 1847, he took his cargo of living trees across the plains and over the Rocky Mountains to the Willamette Valley, the first cultivated or grafted fruit to reach the Pacific Northwest.

Submitted by:
Jacqueline Frank Strickland
Rockwall TX

Richard Norris Van Cleef

Richard Norris Van Cleef
b. 16 May 1816, Brooke County, Virginia (now West Virginia), to John and Catharine (Norris) Van Cleef
d. 31 January 1893, Guthrie Center, Guthrie County, Iowa

m. 22 October 1837, Boone County, Indiana
Susanna Conley
b. 5 January 1819, Brown County, Ohio, to Rhesa and Mary (Poe) Conley, Sr.
d. 27 March 1883, Guthrie Center, Guthrie County, Iowa

Children with Susanna Conley:

  • John E. (b. 1838)
  • Rhesa Green (1842-1921) married Barbara Emma Jones
  • Mary Catharine (b. 1845) married Samuel C. Martin
  • Joseph W. (1848-1920) married Catherine Barbara Meskimen
  • William Garret (1852-1922) married (1) Florence Ann Metcalf, (2) Ida Pearl Polston Rush
  • Margaret “Jennie” (1854-1947) married James Samuel McLuen
  • Annie E. (1857-1875)
  • Martha Susanna “Suda” (1859-1877)

The John Van Cleef family moved in 1817 or 1818 to Dearborn County, Indiana, from West Virginia where Richard Norris was born, the third child of ten. His parents were both from Monmouth County, New Jersey. His father served in the War of 1812 from Brooke County, Virginia, in 1815, and he died in 1833 in Dearborn County, Indiana, from cholera during an epidemic. The mother, Catherine Norris Van Cleef, and most of her children moved to Boone County, Indiana, about 1834 with her father and mother, Joseph and Elizabeth Wooley Norris.

Richard Norris and his wife moved to Benton County, Iowa, probably in a wagon train of family members. The History of Benton County, Iowa, Vol. 1, 1910, page 92, states that they settled there in 1849. Richard and Susanna purchased some land in Big Grove Township in 1855 and platted a town they named Geneva. Lots were sold to at least seven Van Cleef and Conley family members, as well as other families. Unfortunately, the town did not thrive, probably because the railroad bypassed it, and by 1865, the last of the lots were sold off and the land became farmland again.

According to his obituary, Richard N. and his wife moved to Panora, Guthrie County, Iowa, in 1869 and in 1874 moved to Guthrie Center in the same county where they remained until their deaths.

Submitted by:
Paul L. Van Cleef
Lafayette IN
E-mail: dwvancleef@aol.com

Annette Butler

Annette Butler
b. 7 August 1919, Richmond, Wayne County, Indiana, to Walter Quinton Gresham and Mabel Vawter (Norris) Butler
d. 6 August 1988, Encino, Los Angeles County, California

m/1. April 1936, probably Covington, Kenton County, Kentucky
John Joseph Britt, Jr.
b. 5 September 1913, Richmond, Wayne County, Indiana, to John Joseph and Delia Bridgett (Ryan) Britt, Sr.
d. 6 July 1987, Auburndale, Polk County, Florida

m/2. 28 February, 1942, Richmond, Wayne County, Indiana
James Kem Cheeseman
b. 11 January 1921, Greensfork, Randolph County, Indiana, to Earl Alexander and Rotha Beatrice (Ward) Cheeseman
d. 15 September 1991, Mission Viejo, Orange County, California

Children with John Joseph Britt, Jr.:

  • Barbara Ann (b. 1936) married Eugene Andrew Betsch

Children with James Kem Cheeseman:

  • Cynthia Sue (1943-1997)
  • Diane Kem (b. 1946)

Annette was descended from a long line of Indiana pioneers. Her first direct relative to arrive in the Old Northwest Territory was Jesse Vawter who brought a flatboat across the Ohio River from Kentucky to what is now Madison, Indiana, in 1806. He was followed by other direct ancestors: Thomas Endicott who moved to Posey County in 1817, Owen Todd and Maria Jane Paxton who arrived in Jefferson County in 1817, and two different Butler lines – John Hopkins Butler (Jefferson County, 1819) and Chauncey Butler (Jefferson and Jennings counties, 1815). Direct descendants of these and other family lines moved throughout southeastern and central Indiana, finally settling in Richmond, Wayne County.

Annette, her second husband, James Cheeseman, and their children left Richmond in 1946 and moved to Sarasota, Florida. The family then moved to Columbia, South Carolina, shortly thereafter relocating to Burlington and then Lexington, North Carolina. They moved once again, ending up in the greater Los Angeles, California area in 1951.

Annette was gifted in the fine arts; particularly as an author of short stories and poetry and as an amateur artist, painting both in watercolors and oils. She was active as a Girl Scout leader and in PTA. During World War II, she made piston rings at the Perfect Circle plant in Richmond. Following the war, she worked at various secretarial jobs. Her second husband, James Cheeseman, enlisted in the Army during WWII and worked closely with the French Resistance until D-Day. He was awarded the Bronze Star with two clusters, a Presidential Citation, the Croix de Guerre (French Cross) and five bronze service stars. He was also named an honorary field director for the American Red Cross.

Both Annette and her second husband are buried in the Butler plot in Earlham Cemetery, Richmond, Indiana.

Submitted by:
Barbara Ann (Britt) Betsch
Olympia WA
E-mail: bbetsch5639@integrity.com

William Stapp

William Stapp
b. 1814, Jefferson County, Indiana to Elias Stapp and Susan Branham
d. 1902, Jefferson County, Indiana

m. 30 April 1840, Jefferson County, Indiana
Margaret Julia Norris
b. 1822, Jefferson County, Indiana
d. 6 February 1865, Jefferson County, Indiana

Child:

Submitted by:
Edward Robert Whittlesey-Stapp
Dallas TX

William Hamilton Stapp

William Hamilton Stapp
b. 1843, Madison, Jefferson County, Indiana, to William and Margaret Julia (Norris) Stapp

m. 12 February 1843
Anna Cornelia Robinson
b. 25 July 1843, Jefferson County, Indiana
d. 4 February 1936, Dallas, Dallas County, Texas

Children with Anna Cornelia Robinson:

William worked in his father’s cap and boot store in Madison, Indiana, and served as a sergeant in the Indiana cavalry during the Civil War. In 1878 he moved to Taylorsville, Williamson County, Texas, to raise sheep. He left Texas in the 1880’s to dig silver in Colorado and California. His death date and place are unknown.

Submitted by:
Edward Robert Whittlesey-Stapp
Dallas TX