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Isaac McCoy

Isaac McCoy
b. 13 June 1784, Uniontown, Fayette County, Pennsylvania, to William H. and Elizabeth (Rice) McCoy
d. 21 June 1846, Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky

m. 6 October 1803, Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky
Christiana Polk
b. 12 November 1784, Nelson County, Kentucky, to Charles and Delilah (Tyler) Polk
d. 6 August 1850, Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri

Children with Christiana Polk:
• Mahala (1804-1818)
• Rice (1807-1833)
• Josephus (1808-1831)
• Delilah (1809-1844) married Johnston Lykins
• John Calvin (1811-1889) married (1) Virginia Chick, (2) Elizabeth Woodson
• Elizabeth (1813-1822)
• Sarah (1815-1835) married (1) Thomas Jefferson Givens, (2) Thomas Gilens
• Christiana (1817-1837) married William Ward
• Nancy Judson (1819-1850)
• Eleanor (1821-1839) married Husband Dononue
• Maria Staunton (1823-1824)
• Isaac (1825-1849) married Martha Stone
• Charles Rice (1827-1831)
• infant (1831)

The family moved to near Sellersburg, Clark County, in the Indiana Territory in 1804. Later, they moved to Vincennes, Knox County, where Isaac was a spinning wheel maker and a jailer. In 1805, they moved back to Clark County, where he was licensed as a Baptist minister. Isaac served at Mariah Creek Church in Knox County, starting in October 1810. In 1818, he established an Indian mission north of Terre Haute near Montezuma on Raccoon Creek in Parke County. In 1820 he went to Fort Wayne in Allen County to establish a church for Indians; Christiana had a school that taught spinning and weaving. In 1828, Isaac was appointed a member of the commission to arrange the removal of Indians to reservations in Kansas. He and two sons moved to the Kansas City, Missouri area. In 1843, Isaac returned to Indiana where he was appointed Secretary and General Agent for the Indiana Mission Association of Louisville, Kentucky.

Isaac wrote a book on the white man’s attempt to Christianize the Indians in 1840. A memorial book Early Indian Missions by W.N. Wyeth tells of the lives and mission work of Rev. and Mrs. McCoy. Many of his writings are in the Isaac McCoy Collection of the Kansas Historical Society. The towns of Niles and Grand Rapids, Michigan were originally McCoy Indian Missions.

Submitted by:
Christie Hill Russell
Paris IL
E-mail: christie@cartar.com

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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

Moses Millard Ward

Moses Millard Ward
b. 30 November 1817, Monroe County, Ohio, to Timothy and Rebecca (Matheney) Ward
d. 4 August 1893, Lakin Township, Barton County, Kansas

m. 18 August 1838, Monroe County, Ohio
Matilda Moore
b. 31 December 1819, Ohio, to Solomon and Mary Sarah (Truex) Moore
d. 25 November 1874, Van Buren, Brown County, Indiana

Children with Matilda Moore:

  • Mahlon (1839-1915) married Rebecca Downey
  • Henry Johnson (1841-1933) married (1) Susan W. Sowders, (2) Margaret Adaline Butler
  • Benjamin F. (1843-1901)
  • Mary J. (b. 1846)
  • Timothy (1849-1923) married Amanda M. Gatten
  • Rebecca A. (b. 1851)
  • Emaline (1855-1926) married (1) John Gatten, (2) George Webster King, (3) Phillip A. Moore, (4) Daniel Keller, (5) Harold R. Brown
  • Evaline (1855-1890) married Christopher Cook
  • Albert (b. 1859)

Moses immigrated to Indiana from Belmont County, Ohio, in 1847. They emigrated from Brown County, Indiana, to Barton County, Kansas, in 1878.

Emaline and Evaline were twins. Mahlon, Henry Johnson “John”, Timothy, and Emaline are all buried in Barton County, Kansas.

Submitted by:
Donna R. Kuhlman
Columbus IN