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Helen Anna Curran

Helen Anna Curran
b. 25 November 1894, Elkhart, Elkhart County, Indiana, to James and Mary Florence (Condra) Curran
d. 11 September 1976, Arlington Heights, Illinois

m. 17 February 1917, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois
William Dewolf Cook
b. 29 July 1890, Melrose, Clark County, Illinois, to Andrew and Mary (Thompson) Cook
d. 27 February 1945, Phoenix, Arizona

Children with William Dewolf Cook:

  • William Edward (b. 1919) married Shirley Ann Bauer
  • Ellen Irene (b. 1921) married Charles Robert Courtney

Helen moved to Chicago after the death of her father in 1911. After the death of her husband, she had several jobs, including being a cashier at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago. Helen and William are both buried in Pine Lake Cemetery, LaPorte, Indiana.

Submitted by:
Ellen C. Courtney
San Francisco CA
E-mail: elleninsf@sbcglobal.net

Samuel Lewis Cooksey

Samuel Lewis Cooksey
b. 6 June 1859, Owen County, Indiana, to John Wyatt and Mahulda Mahoney (Ellis/Allis) Cooksey
d. 9 July 1928, Hume, Douglas County, Illinois

m. 6 June 1883, Vandalia, Owen County, Indiana
Mary Cynthia Criss
b. 7 December 1867, Vandalia, Owen County, Indiana, to Henry and Juliette Frances (Roberts) Criss
d. 10 September 1944, Danville, Vermilion County, Illinois

Children with Mary Cynthia Criss:

  • Homer Wyatt (1883-1954) married Pearl Thompson
  • Ann Rosella (1890-1982) married Elmer Shunk
  • William Roy (twin, 1896-1958) married Delorus Daugherty
  • Lewis Ray (twin, 1896-1958) married Gertrude Kewitt
  • Gertrude Elizabeth (1897-1977) married (1) Elbert Blaisdell, (2) Edward Lykins
  • Alva Dow (1899-1938) married Virgie Jewel Pate
  • Edith Ethel (1901-1985) married Vance Baxter

In 1832, Vincent Cooksey, his wife Sarah Simpkins, and their infant son John Wyatt came to Owen County, Indiana from Montgomery County, Virginia. John Wyatt’s son, Samuel Lewis, was born in Owen County, Indiana in 1859. About 1915, Samuel, wife Mary Cynthia Criss, and family moved to Newman, Douglas County, Illinois.

Samuel and two of his sisters were students at the Indiana School for the Blind, where Samuel learned the trade of making brooms. In Owen County, he was township supervisor, farmed, and made brooms. Alva Dow couldn’t understand why his father could give complete strangers money to buy children’s shoes, but couldn’t always buy shoes for his own children.

At Newman, Illinois, three of the grown sons did the farming, the daughters did the housework, and Mary Cynthia looked after Samuel. In the early 1920’s Samuel bought a new automobile for the family and suggested that he give it the gas while his son steered!

Submitted by:
Dow Junior Cooksey
Danville IL
E-mail: dcooksey@insightbb.com

Mary Cynthia Criss

Mary Cynthia Criss
b. 7 December 1867, Vandalia, Owen County, Indiana, to Henry and Juliette Frances (Roberts) Cross
d. 10 September 1944, Danville, Vermillion County, Illinois

m. 6 June 1883, Vandalia, Owen County, Indiana
Samuel Lewis Cooksey
b. 6 June 1859, Owen County, Indiana, to John Wyatt and Mahulda Mahoney (Ellis/Allis)
Cooksey
d. 9 July 1928, Hume, Douglas County, Illinois

Children with Samuel Lewis Cooksey:

  • Homer Wyatt (1883-1954) married Pearl Thompson
  • Ann Rosella (1890-1982) married Elmer Sunk
  • William Roy (twin, 1896-1958) married Delorus Daugherty
  • Lewis Ray (twin, 1896-1958) married Gertrude Kewitt
  • Gertrude Elizabeth (1897-1977) married (1) Elbert Blaisdell, (2) Edward Lykins
  • Alva Dow (1899-1938) married Virgie Jewel Pate
  • Edith Ethel (1901-1985) married Vance Baxter

Sarah Criss, her son William Cross and his son, Henry Criss, came to Owen County, Indiana from Carroll County, Ohio, in 1935. They settled at Vandalia, Owen County, Indiana. Sarah and her son William are both buried in the Vandalia Methodist Cemetery and Henry is in the Palestine Cemetery in Vandalia. Henry’s daughter Mary Cynthia was born near Vandalia, Indiana. About 1915, Mary and her husband Samuel Cooksey moved to Newman, Douglas County, Illinois. Mary looked after her blind husband’s business affairs, while her daughters did the housework and the sons did the farming.

Submitted by:
Dow Junior Cooksey
Danville IL
E-mail: dcooksey@insightbb.com

Harrison Nesler

Harrison Nesler
b. 7 February 1824, probably Posey County, Indiana, Jonathan and Amanda (Allyn) Nesler
d. 28 January 1892, Jasper Township, Carroll County, Iowa

m/1. 20 April 1846, Posey County, Indiana
Martha Givens
b. about 1826 Francis (Carlisle) Crawford
d. January 1850

m/2.
Nancy Ann Knowles
b. 13 May 1833
d. 18 November 1907

Children with Martha Givens:

  • Elizabeth (ca. 1847-bef. 1860)

Children with Nancy Ann Knowles:

  • Rhesa J. “Reese” (aka Jay Leslie) (1854-1942) married (1) Emma Zella Thompson, (2) Mary Ellen Pea, (3) Eve Selina Shunkweiler
  • Hannah Minerva (1855-1935) married (1) Richard Call, (2) Richard Coen
  • Amanda Lucinda (1858-1929) married Charles Wesley Bailey
  • William Harrison (1863-1883)
  • Charles Edward (1868-1930) married Ella Brand
  • Lennis (1872-bet. 1914-1920) married Margaret Aarons

There were as many as six other children who died young according to census entries for Nancy (Knowles) Nesler.

Submitted by:
Emily Moore
Indianapolis IN
E-mail: eallynm@aol.com

Philo H Allyn

Philo H Allyn
b. 7 March 1824, Posey County, Indiana, to Abijah and Catharine (Hooper) Allyn
d. 5 November 1888, Lexington, Dawson County, Nebraska

m. 25 January 1849, Posey County, Indiana
Sarah Welborn
b. 10 May 1827, North Carolina, to Moses and Deborah (Chipman) Welborn
d. 19 November 1902, Callaway, Custer County, Nebraska

Children with Sarah Welborn:

  • Virgil (1849-1928) married (1) Mary Jane Wilson, (2) Arvilla Kern
  • Mary (b. 1851) married (1) George Manning, (2) Henry Newcomer
  • Joseph W. (1854-1880)
  • William C. (1859-1900) married Hattie Allen
  • Julia (1862-1961) married James W. Thompson
  • Charles Howard (1863-1943) married Minerva Tesch
  • Nora E. (1866-1867)

Philo’s parents, grandparents, aunts, and uncles came to Posey County, Indiana, from Cayuga County, New York, about 1820. In 1857, Philo purchased land in Andrew County, Missouri. He moved to Chicago, Illinois, in 1877. By the summer of 1880, he had moved again, this time to St. Joseph, Buchanan County, Missouri. His final move was to Dawson County, Nebraska, in 1885, and he died there in 1888.

Philo was engaged in agriculture and livestock. His son, Joseph, allegedly committed suicide on 27 January 1880, in Buchanan County, Missouri. There was initially some suspicion that it might have been a homicide rather than a suicide.

Submitted by:
Emily Moore
Indianapolis IN
E-mail: eallynm@aol.com

George W Thompson

George W Thompson
b. 14 February 1850, Parke County, Indiana, to Alfred and Martha (Nevins) Thompson
d. 12 May 1902, Vernon County, Missouri

m/1. 13 February 1870, Terre Haute, Vigo County, Indiana
Martha Ann Rukes
b. 16 May 1850, Parke County, Indiana, to William and Mary Jane (Adams) Rukes/Rooks
d. 24 August 1885, Vernon County, Missouri

m/2. November 1885, Vernon County, Missouri
Julia Etta Rukes
b. 30 January 1866, Vigo County, Indiana, to William and Sarah (Ellensworth) Rukes
d. 13 January 1952, Cedar County, Missouri

Children with Martha Ann Rukes:

  • Clara Etta (1871-1959)
  • Franklin Charles (1872-1938) married Emma Matilda Weide
  • William (1875-1906)
  • Benjamin Perry (1882-1958)
  • Lulu (b. 1883/4)
  • Edna May (1885-1885)

Children with Julia Etta Rukes:

  • Wilbur Ernest (1866-1942)

George emigrated from Vigo County, Indiana, to Walker, Vernon County, Missouri, in 1872. When Martha and baby Edna died in 1885, George married Julia, who raised Martha’s children. Julia was Martha’s half-sister.

Submitted by:
Betty Jane Lagerquist
Loves Park IL

Julia Etta Rukes

Julia Etta Rukes
b. 30 January 1866, Vigo County, Indiana, to William and Sarah (Ellensworth) Rukes
d. 13 January 1952, Cedar County, Missouri

m. 14 November 1885, Vernon County, Missouri
George W. Thompson
b. 14 February 1850, Parke County, Indiana
d. 12 May 1902, Vernon County, Missouri

Children with George W. Thompson:

  • Wilbur Ernest (1866-1942)

Julia emigrated from Indiana about 1885 to Osage River, Vernon County, Missouri.

After George Thompson’s first wife Martha and baby Edna died, George married Martha’s half-sister Julia. Julia raised Martha’s children, as well as her own son Wilbur.

Submitted by:
Betty Jane Thompson Lagerquist
Loves Park IL

Emanuel Riggins

Emanuel Riggins
b. 23 June 1845, Boone County, Indiana, to Reeves Washington and Perlina (White) Riggins
d. 28 December 1921, Phoenix, Arizona

m. 29 January 1871
Rosaline Thompson
b. 17 November 1849, Coles County, Illinois
d. 31 August 1928, Coconine County, Arizona

Children with Rosaline Thompson:

  • John Alfred
  • Emma
  • Emery
  • Minnie
  • Mary Edith

Emanuel emigrated from Boone County, Indiana, to Coles County, Illinois, about 1846.

Submitted by:
Everett W. Spackman
Laramie WY

Antone Edward Reiff

Antone Edward Reiff
b. 23 March 1895, Columbia City, Whitley County, Indiana, to Edward and Anna Maria (Fischer) Reiff
d. 2 October 1947, Waterloo, Blackhawk County, Iowa

m. 13 July 1917, Hillsdale County, Michigan
Myrtle Blanche Kolosta Thompson
b. 19 January 1897, near Dell Rapids, Minnehaha County, South Dakota
d. 16 December 1955, Waterloo, Black Hawk County, Iowa

Children with Myrtle Blanche Kolosta Thompson:

  • Roger Jerome
  • Carol Marie
  • Eleanor Louise

Antone emigrated from Whitley County, Indiana, to Black Hawk County, Iowa, in 1906.

Submitted by:
Valerie J. Boggs
Pierceton IN

William Steers Peek

William Steers/Steeres Peek
b. 14 January 1839, Liberty Township, Shelby County, Indiana, to Robert B. and Permelia (Steers) Peek
d. 17 October 1901, Gridley, Coffey County, Kansas

m. 3 November 1859, Shelby County, Indiana
Elizabeth Thompson
b. 2 August 1841, Richland, Rush County, Indiana
d. 20 December 1919, Burlington, Coffey County, Kansas

Children with Elizabeth Thompson:

  • Alfred Everett (1861-1941)
  • Selina (1862-1939)
  • Cassandra (1864-1945)
  • Permelia (1866-1944)
  • John (1868-1945)
  • Augusta (1869-1957)
  • Lillian (1872-1951)
  • Nellie (1874-1959)
  • William (1876-1902)
  • Grace (1879-1970)
  • Charles Robert (1881-1941)
  • Mattie Pearl (1884-1961)

William emigrated from Indiana to Coffey County, Kansas, in 1881.

Selina “Lina” and Cassandra “Kate” Peek married brothers, Thomas C. and Joseph Carter, and remained on adjoining farms in Boone County, Indiana, when the rest of the family moved west by covered wagon. After the death of her husband, Elizabeth (Thompson) Peek went with her son Charles to homestead on land in New Mexico. After about five years, she sold her homestead to her son and returned to Burlington, Kansas, where she died.

Submitted by:
Mary F. Peek McBride
Huntsville AL