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2003 Queries, Page 1

Subj: Corya family history
Date: 6/17/2003 11:19:29 AM Eastern Standard Time

Several years ago I visited Wanda Smock in old Vernon. She shared with me some of the voluminous research she had done on the Jennings County Corya family. I would love to know more.

At the time she lived about a block from the old Court House in Vernon. I know it is a long shot, but do you know if she is still living? And, or do you know what might have happened to her research. Perhaps it has been donated to an historic or genealogy society.

Do you happen to know about her or her work, a family contact or what might have become of her research?

Becky Buher

Subj: Help with tombstone information
Date: 6/16/2003 5:26:40 PM Eastern Standard Time

I am related to Frederick Kysar and I have received a few pages of the Jennings County Indiana 1816-1999 book that says in page 82 that "There are eight abandoned cemeteries and gravesites in Marion Township, namely: Buckles, Sage, Coryell, Keith, Barnes, Williams, Montgomery and Kysar. Frederick Kysar, a veteran of the Revoluntionary War, is buried in the Kysar Cemetery. He was born in Pennsylvania in 1761, went to Kentucky and enlisted in the service of General Clark. In 1812, he moved to Jennings County." I can not find any other information about the Kysar Cemetery and we were told that procedes from the Kysar Kin book was to buy a tombstone for Frederick and then again I was told that the government had furnished one. Could you please help me with this or give me a contact of someone to talk to about this. I live in Cuba, Missouri. Thank you for your help.

Carol Coy

Subj: Bear Creek Baptist Cemetery
Date: 6/18/2003 11:40:18 AM Eastern Standard Time

I thought Bear Creek Baptist Cemetery was in Decatur County, but they say there is no such cemetery in that county, so am wondering if it's over the line in Jennings County. I am trying to find burial place of Hiram Carson Shera and his wife Lorene. They were from Philadelphia, but originally from Indiana.

Thank you
Carole Tucker

Subj: Vanrankin
Date: 6/13/2003 7:07:02 AM Eastern Standard Time

Seek any information on VANRANKIN/VANFRANKLIN family. My grandmother, Maria Delcina VANRANKIN md. Hiram JOHNSON 12 Jan. 1845, Jackson Co., IN. 1870 census has her mother as Sarah VANFRANKLIN b Va. 1850 census, Jennings Co., Vernon Twp. has Thomas VANRANKIN- 50, wf Sarah-45, both b PA. ch: John H.-17, Sepra (Sarah?)-13, Alma-13 and Jane-11. Indicating twins, and there were lots of twins in my family, I was one of two sets.
Thank You, Gerald D. Wickham

Subj: Fry Creek Cemetary
Date: 6/4/2003 5:26:16 PM Eastern Standard Time

can you tell me where the Fry Creek Cemetary is located? Also, do you know if there is a listing of burials, in some typed, or printed form, of cemetaries in Jennings Co, at the State Library.
It is my understanding that George and Prudence Keith Jones are buried at Fry Creek.Their son, William Anderson Jones, married Sarah Ann Conner, daughter of Willoughby and Rachel Johnson Conner. We would like to locate the grave of Willoughby Conner, also.. We have recently learned that Willoughby's wife, Rachel Johnson Conner is buried here in Indianapolis at Crown Hill, with the family of a son, John Conner. I would appreciate any information. Nancy Blackwell

Subj: Davis
Date: 6/5/2003 11:30:55 AM Eastern Standard Time

I'm looking for informatiion regarding Henry Davis, b. in Ind, and his wife, Martha Whelan, b. in Va. They had one son that I know of, Willard Davis, he was married twice 1st to Rachel Wiansburg, B. Va., they were married in 1869. 2nd marriage to Matilda Ellen Imel in 1881. Matilda was b. at Bee Camp in Jefferson Co., Ind. I think that at one time my grandfather, Alfred C. Davis may have lived in Jennings and Jefferson Co.Does anyone know this family?

Subj: Neil's Creek
Date: 6/3/2003 9:57:25 PM Eastern Standard Time

I am interested in learning more about the Neil's Creek Anti-Slavery organization.. does this have anything to do with Neil's Creek and where is it located in Jennings Co/Jefferson Co. I am wanting to ascertain if my ggg grandparent Davis Neel who married a Nancy Jeffries were involved in this movement, as well as a Charles and Elizabeth Lee. Their respective children Mary C Neel and John Charles Lee married and are my gg grandparents. Were they Quakers in the Neil's Creek settlement? Any help would be appreciated…
Marilyn Chamberlain

I visited a few years ago in Vernon and a young woman told me of a history of the area which included information of the Hughes family. As I am a descendant of the Buckles and Hughes family, I am interested in what I can find. I don't know the names of townships and therefore cannot use your info as to what cemetery to look at. I did not find a map of Jennings County that could help me locate anything. I do know that my g-g grandfather, James Buckles owned property southwest of Vernon.

If you could give me some idea of how to proceed, I would be most appreciative.

My e-mail address is,

Thank you,
Kent Perry

William Smith Preble born Jennings Co. August 21, 1832, married Sarah Jane Loomis (Lewis?) September 28, 1863 in Jennings Co. by the Elder Jonathan Lee. Sarah Jane was also born in Jennings County on March 19, 1840. They had 5 children. Mary Addie Preble born Jennings Co. September 29, 1864 (died the same day). Their other four children, including my gggrandmother Theodosia E. Preble were born in Fayette Co. Iowa. This information all comes from a family bible.

My query is to find additional information going backwards on William Smith Preble and Sarah Jane Loomis.

Thank you in advance for any assistance.

Elizabeth W. Heinold

John MORRISON and Caroline ADAMS

I'd like to find someone with some info about this family. John & Caroline MORRISON had the following children:

Hugh Morrison b. Dec. 27, 1842 in Zenas, Jennings Co., IN (sisters of Hugh obtained from his obit in the South Bend Tribune Dec. 4, 1914)

Mrs. B. J. McAtee--Chicago, IL
Mrs. Jacob Bush--Brodhead, Wisconsin
Mrs. Kate Hubbard-- Rutherford, NJ

Hugh Morrison is my husband's ggrandfather. Any info will be greatly appreciated.

Judy Morrison

Does anyone have access to the County Recorder's Office in Vernon at 200 E. Brown Street? I need copies of two articles that appeared in the North Vernon Plain Dealer newspaper in 1877. They are supposed to have those issues on file. Glad to pay costs etc. Loanne Livesay Rebuck, (

Elias LeFever migrated from OH to the Jennings County area before 1855. His daughter Mary married George Washington Clem in 1855 and had the first two boys in IN. Elias's first wife diedf iether in OH or in IN and he married second wife also named Mary b. IN 1831.
Elias had siblings that married Osborn's. I don't know if they were with Elias in IN or not. By 1870 Elias, wife Mary and daughter Mary are in Cumberland Co., IL.
Seeking any information on this family and the Clem family. There were many LeFevers and Clem's in IN in the mid to late 1800's.

Please e-mail me at Thank you Donna Clem Weisman

I am looking for anyone researching David Douglas Moffat or his wife Margaret Clement Moffat to share information. They were Scotish immigrants from New Jersey and upper Indiana with children James Clement, Elizabeth, David William, and Helen. Anyone having information on this family please contact me.

Pam Moffat

Subj: Jennings Co research
Date: 4/25/2003 2:51:20 PM Eastern Standard Time

My name is Tracy LaVere in Grants Pass, OR. I have many relatives that once lived in Vernon and North Vernon. I contacted the Jennings County Health Dept. about obtaining copies of marriage records for them. When I told them the dates of the marriages I was interested in (mid to late 1800's), they told me they don't supply records for genealogical research. (I'm not sure why that would matter. Isn't a fee a fee?) Anyway, I'm writing to you for help. Can you tell me how I can obtain the marriage records I need from Jennings County?

I am a descendant of Phanuel Davis b. 1786 in Wythe Co., VA who, together with his wife Jane Woods Davis and their children, settled in Jennings Co., IN in 1820. Both Phanuel and Jane died in Jennings Co. and are probably buried in the Parker Family Cemetery located on the “Aaron Parker Farm” between North Vernon and Butlerville. I have information that indicates there are at least 12 graves in the cemetery with stones that are not readable. Does anyone know of descendants of Aaron Parker or other Parker family members who might know the names of the others buried in the family cemetery?
John Steck

Need info on Israel Stoddard b 11-9-1823, his parents, any pictures or bio of him..also on Eliza Jane Davis b 6-13-1828, her parents, pictures, Info. Also need infor on Mary C (Neal) Lee ..I haven't any info on her..except that she married John Charles Lee on 8-11-1856. John C Lee was born 12-20-1824 I have a few pictures I can share. Thanks,
M Hutton

Searching for James Ross Tomosson, Tomlinson, etc. Married to Mary Sunderland in 1853 at Carroll County. Served in the Civil War. Children are:George, born 1856; Charles, James, Ross, Lyza, Lou, Mamie, Susan Louisa, who married Fleming Chamberlain in 1886. James Ross Tomlinson or Tomosson's family is supposedly of Irish descent and married into the Malone family. I don't have much information, but any help is appreciated.

Elijah S. KNAPP was in Jennings County, Indiana in 1862. Does anyone know if he was a Minister of a Church in Geneva twp, Jennings County at that time?? If so what Church? Appreciate any info. Thanks,
Judy Mills Boie

I am interested in finding where my 3rd great grandfather is buried. He was released from the county asylum in 1836 according to a newspaper "tidbit" that I have from Jennings County newspaper. His name is Frederick WAUGHTEL. He and Patsy (KNOT/TS) had 4 known children per the 1820 Indiana census for Washington County, Indiana. Their son James (wife Nancy KEIL) lived in Jennings County from prox 1850 until their respective deaths in 1906 and 1910 and I was wondering if Frederick may be buried at the Poor Farm cemetery there. I have not been able to find anything on him. His daughter Jane married (1) 1838 (2) 1840 in Washington County, Indiana but I have found her in the Jackson County census up through 1870 then she disappears and I have tried Jackson County. The son Abraham is buried in Jackson County (1884) but he is not one of the four in 1820 census. Patsy (my 3rd great grandmother died before December 1828 as Frederick remarried ~ to a Susannah Boatman. Any information will be gratefully appreciated.. 

I am researching the Winscott/Wainscott and Earl families of Jennings and Jefferson Counties. They lived near Paris Crossing. My great great great grandfather was Moses Winscott he married Sarah/Sallie Earl March 1834 Jennings County. Moses died in 1855 in Jefferson County. I would like to find out who their parents were and where Moses is buried. Any help would be most appreciated.

My great great great grandfather Moses S. Winscott/Wainscott was born in 1809 in Owen County Kentucky he married Sarah/Sallie Earl in Jennings County Indiana 04 March 1834 he died 10 March 1855 in Jefferson County Indiana. I know one of his sons Isaac James Wainscott was born 16 June 1848 near Paris Crossing Indiana. his last son Moses S. Wainscott (my great great grandfather) was born 3 months after his death near/in DuPont Indiana. Moses and his wife Sallie Wainscott/Winscott belonged to the Coffee Creek Baptist Church. That is all the information I have on them. I would love to find out who their parents were and any other information I could on this couple. Please Help Me.Thank you

Caleb Moncrief started a Baptist Church there and I am trying to find out which one and info on him. He was married to Jane or Jenny Rankin and their daughter Jane married James S Butler in 1833, she died around 1854 and I am trying to find what cemetery and have not been successful. I think Caleb may be buried there also.

We have information that the Kysars were in Jennings Co, even in the early 1900's. Some of our Kysars married into the ARBUCKLE family as well as many others. We have Frederick Kysar as the start of the Kysar Kin Book. He was born in Berks Co., PA, married in Jefferson Co., KY to Meriba or Mary Ann Cornwall. Many of the children, grandchildren and great grandchildren have been listed as being in Jennings Co., Indiana. Earilier I had received copies of a few papers of the Jennings County, Indiana 1816-1999 book with the Kysar's listed. It was very disturbing to see that they have the Cemeteries listed as being abandoned and the Kysar one was listed. We had been informed that the Kysar Kin Book proceeds in the 1980's went to buy a new head stone for Frederick Kysar. He was a veteran of the Revolutionary War and is buried in the Kysar Cemetery. I am trying to get more information about this and do not seem to get anywhere. This was on page 82 of the above mentioned book. If I could get any information about Frederick's grave and more information on the family I would appreciate it.

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