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BECK, Alexander Devin, Alexander D. Beck was born June 19, 1831, in Washington County, Indiana, as was recorded in the family Bible. In 2002, my brother, Dr. Robert J. Beck of Fort Worth, Texas has this Bible. Alexander, or "Elick" as he was lovingly called in his youth, shared the name of his maternal
grandfather, Alexander Devin, a Scots-Irish Baptist. Alexander Devin served in the Indiana Legisslature and was a Baptist preacher. 
A. D. Beck, listed in the 1880 Texas Census, named North Carolina as his father's birthplace, and indicated his mother's birthplace was unknown. His father was Andrew Milton Beck, born in Rowan (now Davidson) County North Carolina on July 5, 1795. Alexander's mother was Susan "Sueky" Nowlin Devin (Diven) and was born September 22, 1796, probably in Pittsylvania Co., VA, She died December 5, 1932 in Washington Co., Indiana, after giving birth to her baby son, John J., who was Alexander's younger brother. Andrew M., then, had the responsibility of a
newborn baby, a son eighteen months, and three young daughters. He must have had help from other family members where they lived in the Beck's Mill community.
Alexander's father next married Rebecca Barker in Washington Co., Indiana. They also had several children, and about 1854, took the covered-wago trip to Kaufman County, TX in the College Mound Community.
Alexander grew up in the vicinity of Beck's Mill, a small settlement in Howard Twp., south Washington County, south of Salem, Indiana, where his grandfather, George Beck, Sr. had brought his family from North Carolina in 1807, staying a short time in Bear Grass, which is now Louisville, Kentucky. George and his two older sons, John, age 23 and George, Jr., age 16, while out scouting in December 1807, located Organ Spring along Mill Creek and build a grist-mill there. The spring was dammed and provided a gallon of water per minute at 60 degree temperature. Andrew M., the father of Alexander, was 13 years old in 1808 when the family made their home in this vicinity. The first grist-mill was a log structure fifteen feet square.  Beck's Hill, the settlement as it was known, within a short time, became the social center as
families from a thirty mile radius brought their corn to Beck's Mill to be ground into cornmeal.  Sometime it took two or three days as they waited their turns, so games were played outdoors.  Young lads liked to accompany their fathers, and may have wrestled and played hide-and-seek games with this young ancestor of ours. The hill, a fairly steep incline, was wonderful for the foot races held there, and many lads were barefoot, running on the gravel and rocks. Growing up on Beck's Hill, Andrew M. may have seen many exciting times, as Indians came to the settlement and professed great friendship for their "white brothers." They were given food and
meal, and in the night, they would take horses. Little bands of Delaware Indians still tented up Mill Creek, a few miles above Beck's Mill. Two were medicine men. The sulfa saline water from this creek helped stomach trouble.
Families raised two or three acres of wheat, which was a good crop in those early days, for it had to be cut with a sickle, threshed out with the flail and winnowed with a sheet. It is said that Alexander's grandmother, Elizabeth, could cut more wheat than any man she ever raced against. The scythe and cradle came into use about 1840. 
There was a cave just one mile up the creek from the mill which had two openings. The fish inside were blind due to the darkness. The young Beck men, John and George, were very good bear hunters and were fearless. One story is written that other men were frightened to go into the cave, but the young Beck men entered, shot once and drug out a 450 pound bear, which the meat and grease lasted for a month or two. 
A church/school house had been erected in the fall of 1811; settlers came and cut the timbers to build their homes, a fort was built just across the road in front of the mill, a preacher settled there and built a distillery; then preached on Sunday! In the summer of 1825 a frame building, twenty by thirty feet square replaced the first mill structure, and in 1864, a commodious, two-story frame was built, which still stands today. Two years later, a lean-to was built and a carding machine was put in operation. When the two-story mill was built, the carding machinery was placed in the second story. 
Alexander's uncles, John J. Beck and George, Beck, Jr. married young women, Anna Rogers and Elizabeth Masters, who had moved there with their families. Alexander's father, Andrew, chose a preacher's daughter, Susan "Sueky" Nowlin Devin, for his wife May 6, 1821. 
Young Alexander D. Beck learned to read and write at the small school and helped his father, Andrew, at the mill and on their farm in many ways. School sessions were three months of the year. Alexander was born following his sisters, Elizabeth Ann, Sarah D, and Susan Nowlin. Alexander was one and a half years of age when his mother gave birth to another son, John J. on 5 December, 1832. She died after that birth, so Alexander never really knew his mother; his father married again on 27 February 1834 to Rebecca Barker, and she raised the children, and gave birth to five more children by Andrew.
Alexander Beck is listed with his family in the 1850 Census Index, p. 101 of Washington County, Indiana at age 19; and is listed in the 1860 census in Martin County, Indiana. As a young man 21, in 1854, he went to Kaufman County, Texas, with his parents when they left Indiana and located there; however, he was in Lawrence County, Indiana the following year, where he married Mrs. Catherine (Horsey) Greenwood on August 21, 1856. She gave birth to his four children: Susan, Emma, Clary and John Jefferson (J. J.) Beck before her death in 1866.
Alexander D. Beck served in the Civil War, On the 26th day of September, 1864, he was drafted and enrolled at Columbus, Indiana as a Private in Co. B - 31st Regiment of the Indiana Infantry.  He served for a few months at Lick Creek, Tennessee. He began suffering from Chronic Diarrhea and Rheumatism there, spent time in the hospitals in Nashville, Tennessee and Jeffersonville, Indiana and was released. All the remainder of his life he had some problems with this diarrhea, as evidenced in his Pension Papers filed in1891-1898.
The brother of Alexander, John J. Beck, was a veteran of the CSA, Co. E. 70th Texas Cavalry. Catherine Horsey Greenwood Beck, died at age 37 on December 1, 1866 and is buried near the top of the hill on the right in Spring Hill Cemetery, Shoals, Martin County, Indiana.
Alexander D. Beck then married Sarah Francis Survance, who raised the three children; Clary had died before age two. The family placed their belongings into an ox-drawn wagon and made the long trip to (now) Wills Point, Van Zandt County, Texas. 
An Elic Beck is listed in the 1880 Census in Nacogdoches Co., TX. Could he have been listed twice in the 1880 Texas Census? After Sarah's death at age 37, he married Mrs. Lucy F.(Cole) Palmer, age 34, and after a short ten months marriage, she died and was buried at Cedar Grove Cemetery, Kaufman Co., TX. Again, he wed Mrs. Mary Jane (Mackey) Russell in Wills Point, Texas. Within a year, they left and moved to the Mackey Estate, her parent's property, in West Millgrove, Ohio.
Alexander D. Beck's burial place is in River View Cemetery, Wood County, Ohio. A large and stately gravestone marks this serene place. On Memorial Day each year, a silver star with the inscription GAR 1861-1865 is placed beside his stone, indicating his service in the Civil War - Grand Army of the Republic. 
Alexander D. Beck was my great-grandfather; (Mrs.) Catharine Horsey Greenwood Beck was my great-grandmother. I call them "Alexander the Great" and "Catharine the Great."
Joyce Nell Beck Truitt

BRAMBLE, Levin (Eleven), his wife Mary Harriett AVERY and family arrived from Kentucky in 1829. They settled at Mount Pleasant. Bramble became a skilled craftsman in making furniture. He had a workshop in his home. He was also a talented fiddle player and singer. He was the chief entertainer at social gatherings. Thomas E., one of his sons, was also a skilled craftsman. He married Theresa (Treacy) A. WILLIAMS in 1836. Their 10 children were: Sarah Ann (m. Thomas E. JONES), James (m. Eliza Ann, sister of Thomas E. JONES), Harriet (m. James Hillary JONES, brother of Thomas E. JONES), Nancy (m. RRior CLEMENTS), Mary (m. Marion HALBERT), Thomas (m. Sarah SHIRCLIFF), Treacy, her twin Margaret (m. George PADGETT), Levin M. (m. Julia HOLLAND) and Rebecca J. (m. John RAGLE). Source: History of Martin County, Indiana by Harry Q. Holt.

BOWLING, Harry Joseph, A lifelong resident of Loogootee, Martin Co, IN, Harry Joseph BOWLING was born 20 Nov 1898 in Daviess Co, IN one of 12 children of Johnathon William BOWLING and Margaret Cordelia PATTERSON, of Barr Township, then moved in 1918 to Washington, IN. Mr. BOWLING worked for the electric company until his retirement. He married Bridget Nancy MATTINGLY December 2, 1919 at St. John's Church, Loogootee. She was the daughter of John Hilary MATTINGLY and Maria Angeline YODER. She died December 4, 1970 at Jasper Memorial in DuBois County and is buried at St. John's Cemetery, Loogootee. Mr. BOWLING is the father of 7 children, two died young.*Joseph Lester, b. 5 June 1920, Martin Co, IN; d. 4 Aug 1921 *John William, b. 16 Oct 1921, Martin Co, IN; m. Ardis Katherine BRAUN 12 June 1948, Martin Co, IN. *Mary Margaret, b. 18 Sept 1923, Martin Co, IN; m. Ralph Eugene SHERFICK 28 Jan 1944 *James Harry, b. 12 March 1926, Martin Co, IN; m. Orvilla Jean STRAWN 19 Feb 1944 *Donald Francis, b. 19 July 1928, Martin Co, IN; m. 1) Patricia Jean SUMMERS 10 August 1950, m. 2) Patty Gee *Raymond Louis, b. 11 Nov 1930, Martin Co, IN; d. in automobile accident 29 Oct 1949 *Dorothy Agnes, b. 13 Nov 1932, Martin Co, IN; m. Robert Ernest HORTIE 25 July 1950. Mr. Bowling currently resides with his son and daughter-in-law, in Loogootee, and will celebrate his 100th birthday on November 20, 1998. The Bowling Family Reunion is July 18, 1998 in Loogootee.
Submitted by: Shirley Platt Plattshirl@aol.com

BRITTAIN, Stephen H.was born in Salem, Washington County, IN on 25 September 1836. His parents were Thomas BRITTAIN and Catherine HOEL, natives of Virginia and Ohio, respectively. Dr. Brittain began the practice of Medicine at Newberry, Indiana, where he remained until he enlisted in Company C, 14th Indiana Volunteer Infantry in April 1861. He became a First Lieutenant and was honorably discharged in Nashville, TN in October 1865. He at once began the practice of medicine at Loogootee. He was married on 12 March 1863 to Elizabeth A., daughter of John B. WOOD and Catherine BERKSHIRE. They had four children, two of whom died early. Remaining are: Laura K. (Mrs. H.A. Martin of New Castlee, IN) and Thomas K. Following his wife's death in December 1892, Dr. BRITTAIN married Letitia K., daughter of Alexander SHARUM and Isabel BLANDFORD. They had one child, Stephen G. Source: Footprints, Vol. X, July 1997, Issue 3.

CALVIN, Jonathan Dilley was born in 1809 in Hunterdon Co., NJ to the parents of Nathaniel B. CALVIN (ca.1785-1839) and Sarah Dilley (died before 1839 in Sussex Co., NJ). J.D. Calvin was named after his maternal grandfather, Jonathan DILLEY, who named his grandson in his will made in May, 1820, proved September 2, 1820 in Hunterdon Co., NJ. J.D. Calvin moved with his parents to Sussex Co., NJ after spending a few years in Seneca Co., NY. J.D. Calvin was involved in several land transactions in Newton and Green Twps, Sussex Co., NJ before moving his family in 1845 to Perry Twp., Martin Co., IN. He acquired considerable land between 1850-1856 and was sheriff before dying in April 1857 leaving his widow the former Mary (Updike?) (January 19, 1814, NJ-January 7, 1866, Martin Co., NJ), and his children Catharine (1834-bef1880) m. Joseph WILDMAN January 5, 1854; Andrew b.1836; Nathan (1836-1901); Sarah, b. 1841; Carolyn (1843-1878)m.1878 Levi Wildman (oldest surviving Civil War Vet); Samuel, b. 1844; Augustus, b. 1847; Richard,b. 1849; Harriet b. 1854; Keziah b. 1858. Four sons were in the Civil War, Nathan, Samuel, Augustus, and Andrew. At the death of J.D. Calvin, Joseph WILDMAN, the husband of Caroline CALVIN, was made guardian of the eight minor children. Caroline and Andrew were no longer minors. On July 11, 1864, Joseph WILDMAN asked to be relieved of his guardianship, which the court granted. Less than two years later, January 7, 1866, Mary died and the minor children wre farmed out to various families in the community (evident in the 1870 census). Submitted by Roger Colvet coltvet1@home.com

CAMPBELL, John L. was born in NC on 27 October 1828. While on his way to Missouri in the fall of 1852 he came to Martin County to visit relatives.  He became so impressed with its future that he settled at Mount Pleasant to practice medicine. In 1855 he moved to Loogootee and built the third house in the village, thus becoming one of its founders. Dr. CAMPBELL enlisted in Co. B 80th Regiment, Indiana Volunteer Infantry in 1862. He died in 1893. Source: Footprints, Vol. X, July 1997, Issue 3.

CARL, Benjamin Franklin; born 5 Nov 1840 Milltown, Harrison Co IN. On 27 Apr 1862 in Leavenworth, Crawford Co IN he married Rachel ROACH (b 24 May 1841, Pilot, Crawford Co IN, d 25 Apr 1899). His parents were Frederick William CARL and Patience OLINGER. Benjamin served in Co F 9th Indiana Regiment Volunteers from 1861 to Aug 1865. Following his service time he farmed in Crawford Co and Lawrence Co. According to Goodspeeds 'History of Lawrence County Indiana' Benjamin was Postmaster and huckster shop owner in Williams in 1885. In his Civil War Pension Application he stated he moved to Martin Co in 1885. He was the 1st and only Postmaster of the Mt Olive Post Office which was established 19 Aug 1887 and was discontinued in 1916. Benjamin and Rachel had 10 children: John F born 4 Feb 1863; Thomas J born Oct 1864; Mary born 10 Nov 1865; Henry W born 25 Dec 1868; Sanford V born 7 Aug 1872; Lucinda E born 29 Jul 1874; Emma J born 18 Sep 1876; Minnie May born 8 Jan 1879; Dora J born 14 May 1881 and Delia born 29 May 1884. Benjamin was married 3 times following the death of Rachel. He married Emma L Sanders; Mary A House Haller and Margaret L Carter. Benjamin died 4 Nov 1917 and is buried in Mt Olive Cemetery Lawrence Co with 3 of his 4 wives alongside. He also has at least 1 daughter and 2 grandsons buried nearby. Source: Charles R Carl

CARL, Minnie May b 8 Jan 1879 Lawrence Co IN, d 2 Sep 1933 at her home in Mt Olive, Martin Co. Her parents were Benjamin and Rachel Roach CARL. Minnie married Virgil B SMITH 6 Jan 1898 in Martin Co IN. Virgil was born 24 Jan 1869 Martin Co. His parents were Gedion and Jenetta Wagner SMITH. Virgil died 29 Apr 1939 at his home in Martin Co. Minnie and Virgil had 3 sons; Clyde b 17 Oct 1898, m Minnie SIMS 23 June 1923 Martin Co., no children, Clyde died 21 Sep 1953 Mitchell, Lawrence Co IN; Cletus b 19 Jul 1900 Martin Co, married Farrell E SIMS 28 Aug 1922 Bedford, Lawrence Co IN. Cletus and Farrell had 1 child Eithel Guy b 1 Sep 1923 Bedford, Lawrence Co. Cletus died 29 Nov 1975 Bedford, Lawrence Co and Carl b 26 May 1906 Martin Co. Carl died 26 Jul 1929 from drowning. Minnie, Virgil and son Carl are buried in the Mt Olive Cemetary. Source: Charles Carl

Joseph G. Chenoweth (American, 1891-?)

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Joseph G. Chenoweth was born in Shoals, Indiana, in 1891. Though he began his art studies at the John Herron Art Institute in Indianapolis, he received much instruction at the Cincinnati Art Academy, under Forsythe, Duveneck, and Meakin, and finished his studies at the Chicago Art Institute.

A member of the Guild of Free Lance Artists, Chenoweth primarily was painter of portraits, as well as commercial illustrations. In the years of 1924 and 1925, he taught at the American Academy of Art in Chicago. Thereafter, he relocated to Chicago, where he would expand his concentrations to include landscapes, still life, and genre pieces; as a mural painter he worked with several galleries, and also a series of rooms in a number of mansions designed by the esteemed architect Bryant Fleming. These latter edifices include the Cheek Mansion in Nashville, Tennessee, and the McKinney residence, in Titusville, Pennsylvania.

Widely exhibited in Chicago, Chenoweth’s works have appeared at the Art Institute of Chicago (1914), the National Academy of Design, the Palette & Chisel Club (1925), and the Grand Central Art Galleries.

Excerpt from The Cow Bell, a monthly publication of the Palette & Chisel Club:

Chenoweth’s Show

The exhibition of oils by Joseph Chenoweth in the club galleries was a pleasant surprise to our members, to whom his work as a watercolorist is more familiar. Although only twelve paintings were hung, they covered the entire range of oil paintings and included portraits, landscapes, and still life, all well-drawn and loosely painted without efforts for garish effects. A succession of such exhibitions would do much to increase the clientele of the club galleries.

CLARK, John B. 

 John B. Clark was born June 04, 1855 in Indiana to Jonathan Clark and Frances (WOLFINGTON) Clark. Known siblings were: Samuel Clark, Permelia Ann Clark, Mary Elizabeth Clark, Louisa H. Clark (MOORE), and Charles H. Clark. He married Almira COMPTON June 25, 1880 in Martin Co., Indiana. Almira was the daughter of Thomas Compton and Martha FRENTRESS. John B. Clark died November 14, 1893 in Lost River Township, Martin County, Indiana of typhoid fever at the age of 38. Almira died two months later on January 22, 1894 of typhoid fever at the age of 29. The location of their graves is unknown. 

Children of John B. and Almira Compton Clark are as follows: Della Frances Clark, b. October 11, 1881 (married James ROACH); Charles Dolphus Clark, b. May 22, 1884 (married Margaret WININGER); Olive Mae Clark, b. May 31, 1886 (married James BATEMAN); Sarah Belle Clark, b. December 12, 1887 (married Charles SLATER); John Quiller Clark, b. April 30, 1889 (married Mary Belle COBB); Pearl Clark, b. April 09, 1891 (married George HOUTSCH); and Lola Ethel Clark, b. February 25, 1893 (married George W. SPOONMORE). 

After their parents’ death, the children were raised by friends and relatives in the community: Lafayette & Hattie DAVISSON, John and Annie JONES, Andrew Jackson & Jane DAVISSON, William & Mary ANDERSON, Richard McClellan & Mary Melvina JONES, William & Louisa ABLE, and John P. GRISSOM. 

The Clark family was affiliated with Waggoner’s Chapel. 

Source: Cathy Clark Beard research (beardc@indiana.edu

02/12/2007

DENSON, Levi: Born 2 April 1831 in Indiana. On 26 June 1860 he married Hannah E. FAUCETT (b. 1844 in IN). They had two children: Grace (b. 15 January, 1873) and Minnie. Levi was a blacksmith. He was also an elder in the Trinity Springs Christian Church. Levi's parents were James DENSON of MD and Mary ROACH of KY. Levi died on 29 April, 1923 and was buried in the Old Trinity Cemetery in Shoals. Hannah died on 16 January 1929 and was buried in the Old Trinity Cemetery. Their daughter, Minnie, is buried between them. Source: Lynda Smith Research

DENSON, JAMES: Born ca. 1807 in Maryland. On 29 May 1828 he married Mary Roach in Lawrence County. James and Mary had six children before Mary died. They were Henry W. (b. 1829), Levi (b. 2 April 1831), Tabitha (b. 1833) John M. (b. 1835), Maria (b. 1838) and Eliamonondus (b. 1838). James lists his occupation in the census as a Merchant. He remarried on 14 February 1850. His second wife was Matilda PATTERSON. Source: Lynda Smith Research

EDWARDS, Albert A.: Albert A. EDWARDS, b. June 27-1883, d. Sept. 1970 in Shoals, Martin Co., Indiana. His wife's name was Flosa (Flossie) A. INMAN, married March 23-1916. Her parents were John B INMAN and Clementine SHORT. Their son Albert EDWARDS was b. March 5-1904 and died in Shoals Jan. 1985. One of their sons, Robert b. Feb 22-1923 died in Loogootee, Indiana in Jan-1987. Other sons were named Richard and Howard and a daughter named Doris. Richard married Patsy Sue BUCKLES of Bicknell, IN in 1953 and later moved to OH, MO, SC, LA, and GA.

Any additional info would be greatly appreciated. Terry Edwards

GWIN, Isum: Captain Isum GWIN was born october 17,1826 near Lanesville in Harrison County Indiana. He spent his childhood near his birthplace. In 1837 his parents, Holmes and Mary GWIN, moved near Haysville, Dubois county. The family once again moved to Rutherford Township in Martin County, where Isum resided until 1886. Isum married Sarah MOSIER on October 8th,1857. Sarah died in an accident while making soap, her dress catching on fire and being alone at the time in the cabin. Their son William was only two years old at the time. Leaving his son with his parents, Isum enlisted in "d" company 80th Indiana Volunteer Infantry Aug 9th,1862. Mustered out June 22,1865 at Salisbury N.C. Shortly after returning home he again faced sadness with the loss of his son William. August 1865 he was married to Elizebeth CHATTIN and unto this union was born two sons Edmund and Zeno. May 26 1870 Elizabeth died from pnuemonia. December 25th 1870 he was married to Louisa MOSIER, and to this union seven children were born. Isum GWIN was one of Martin county's best known soldiers, spending 60 years in Martin county as a devout member of the church,remaining faithfull until death. Isum died April 4th 1907. Buried in South Martin Cemetery, The Rev W.A. Schell held the service.
Source: Kenny Gwin kennygw@webtv.net

LEDGERWOOD, John. Emigrated to Virginia from Scotland before the Revolutionary War. His son, also named John, was the father of 12 children, one of whom was Nathaniel, a veteran of the War of 1812, and who arrived in McCameron Township from Tennessee in 1829. Nathaniel and his wife, Margaret HAYES LEDGERWOOD, had 10 children: William, David, Charles, George, Jacob, Nathaniel II, Joseph, Margaret, Barbara, and Rebecca. Nathanile II married Sarah (Sally) HOLT, daughter of Henry H. and Catherine (GREY) HOLT of Sequatchie Valley, Tennessee. Source: History of Martin County by Harry Q. Holt

LEDGERWOOD, Nathaniel: Born ca 1817 in Green County, Tennessee. He was the son of Samuel and Sarah Pearce LEDGERWOOD and was a nephew of Nathaniel LEDGERWOOD of McCameron Township. He was married to Lizannah MATHIS. In 1852, they migrated from Dubois County to Rutherford Township. Nathaniel and Sarah had 15 children: Nancy WORKMAN, Sarah (died at 15), Mary C. INMAN, Samuel Polk, Durura, Rebecca McCONN, Martha CHATTIN, Reuben, John, William S., Caroline WAGGONER, Ellis N., Basil, Hugh, and Lillie McBRIDE. When Nathaniel died in 1879, Ellis N. became owner of the majority of his father's land. Ellis N. died in 1879; his sons Frank, Jacob, and Ray worded the land until their mother, Susan M. ALLEN, died in 1943. Source: History of Martin County, Indiana by Harry Q. Holt.

MCDONALD, William H.: Born 30 June 1848 in Burns City, Martin County. On 9 September 1869, he married Amanda Caroline HOLSAPPLE (born 6 February 1848 in Washington County, IN). He spent all his life in Martin County, except during his service in the Civil War. He served as a private in company C, 146th regiment of Indiana Volunteers. Their children were Charles G. (b. 1875), Harley D. (b. 1880), Lucienne E. (b. 1883) and Joannah Cicaty (b. 1870).William's parents were John MCDONALD and Mary Anne NUGENT. Amanda's parents were William H. HOLSAPPLE and Permelia J. CUNDIFF. William died on 16 January, 1932, and was buried at Hickory Ridge Cemetery near Shoals. Amanda died on 29 January 1916 in Linton, IN. Source: Lynda Smith Research

MCDONALD, John: Born 24 March 1812 in North Carolina. On 18 November 1836, he married Mary Anne NUGENT (b. 17 March 1823 in Nelson, KY) in Lawrence Co. IN. They had eight children. William Henry.(b. 30 June 1848), Nancy (b. 19 June 1853), Mary, Alfred, Sarah, William, and Richard. John was a physician. His parents were James Alexander McDonald and Joannah Cicaty. John died on 29 April 1879 in Martin Co. Mary Anne died on 29 April 1875. Source: Lynda Smith Research

MCGUYER, Thomas: Born c. 1803 in Ohio. On 24 November 1825, he married Rebecca BOWAN (b. ca. 1811 in Ohio) in Guernsey Co. Ohio. They had at least seven children. Mary E., Sarah, Lydia, Naomi, Thomas F., Rebecca and Ester. Thomas was a farmer. He died on 12 (13?) September 1870 in Trinity Springs, and was buried in West Union Cemetery. Rebecca died on 7 September 1884 and is also buried in West Union Cemetery. Source: Lynda Smith Research

MARICLE, Abram: settled in Daviess County (that part that is now Martin County), Indiana about 1811 or 1812. He first lived near the falls of White River on the west side of the river. Three years afterwards he removed to the forks of the old Hindostan and Mt. Pleasant roads on the Vincennes and Louisville road, 4 miles east of Mt. Pleasant and lived there for some ten years and then moved to a place one mile west on the same road at which place he resided until he died 25 years since. His wife was Dicy WATSON from North Carolina. Their only child was a daughter, Nancy. She first married Matthew [sic} (Mathias) SHOLTZ by whom she had 3 children: Charlotte, Abraham and Fred K. SHOLTS. Charlotte married Benjamin F. MEARS and lives near Washington, Indiana. Abraham died at the age of 3 years. Fred K. SHOLTS resides on the place on which his grandfather died. Matthias SHOLTZ died 35 years ago in the south. His widow, Nancy, afterwards married Robert SMITH and by him bore two children. Robert SMITH died 9 years ago. Nancy (MARICLE) SHOLTS SMITH, his widow now lives near the farm where her father died. Abram MARICLE was of German descent and Dicy, his wife, was of English descent. They both died in Martin County." From a typewritten page entitled SETTLERS IN MARTIN COUNTY PRIOR TO 1826 - date unknown - notation at bottom states, "The above is from the recollection of Nancy SMITH." (Nancy MARICLE, dau. of Abram MARICLE was wife of Matthias SHOLTS. She divorced him in 1828 and married second to Robert SMITH.) Source: Bill DeCoursey
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OPPELT, Edwin A.was born in Tuscarawas County, OH on 25 February 26, 1820. His father was Charles OPPELT, a native of Canada who settled in PA. His mother was Sybilla BELLING. He was the eldest of 11 children. He married Mary J. McKINEY in Venange County, PA on 14 May, 1850. McKINEY was born in Center Co. PA on 12 January 1822. OPPELT learned gun-smithing and also taught school. When he was 22 he began the study of medicine. In 1869, Dr. OPPELT first located in Loogootee. His children were: Rachel A.G., Louisa A. and Frances I. Source: Footprints Vol. X, July 1997, Issue 3

PORTER, Abraham W.Born 23 June 1835 in Carroll County, Ohio. He married Mary L. BARNES on 7 August 1859 in OH. Mary was a native of Barnesville, OH. Abraham PORTER was the son of Nathan PORTER and Susan NOFSKER of OH. He and his wife Mary moved to Martin County in 1866 and settled at Dover Hill. They had the following children: Rev. John W., Isaac M., James E., Charles A., Walter, Elvina E., Estella, and another child that died in infancy. Dr. PORTER taught school until 1868, when he began the practice of medicine. He was one of Martin County's leading physicians and surgeons. In 1894 Dr. PORTER was elected to the state legistature. Source: Footprints, Vol. X July 1997, Issue 3.

PORTER, George: Born 7 June 1837 in Tuscarawas County, OH. On 24 December 1857 he married Mary E. McGUYER (b. 1832 in OH) Their children were Thomas J., Rebecca, Ince May, McGuire, Elvina R. Mary died on 15 August 1896 (1898?) and was buried in Trinity Springs. George's second wife was Almyra E. George's parents were Silas PORTER and Katharine MITCHELL both of OH. Mary's parents were Thomas MCGUYER and Rebecca BOWAN. George died in 1914 and is buried in Trinity Springs' Little Hickory Cemetery. Source: Lynda Smith Research

PORTER, Silas: Born 1814 in OH. On 5 May 1833 he married Katharine MITCHELL in OH. Their children were: Levi (b. 1831) John, George (b. 7 June 1837), Hester (b. 1839), Sally (b. 1844), Susie (b. 1847?), Ira (b. 1848), and Silas. Katharine's parents are unknown. Silas's father was Levi PORTER (b. MD) Silas died and was buried close to Trinity Springs. Source: Lynda Smith Research

SANDERS, James: born Sept.8,1829 in New Port,Ohio. Married Elizabeth DENNING and moved his three children at the time to Trinty Springs,Indiana around 1853/54. Shortly after settling into their new home, death claimed their youngest child James Jr.at age 1yr.7mo. Six more children would be born to James Sr. before death once again would strike, claiming the oldest child Margaret Ellen Sept.20,1877. Then sadness struck once again when death claimed the mothers life at age 53yrs. on June13,1880 when her youngest child Alphretta was 13yrs. old. All of the children lived and grew up and married in Martin Co. James Sr. was 84 yrs old when he died in Trinity Springs on Jan,1913. His 2nd oldest daughter died six months later. The names of his children, birthdates and spouses are as follows: Margaret b.2/8/1849 mar.Alexander Clark 5/7/1871 d.9/20/1877- Prudence b.8/1/1850 mar.Matthias Hamilton 11/4/1866 d.6/13/1913- Benjamin b.2/28/1852 mar.Indiana Fleming 4/23/1873 d.3/2/1914 James Jr.b.1/14/1854 d.8/6/1855 Henry b2/1/1856 mar.Mary Sanders 8/5/1883 d.3/29/1938 - Josephus b.3/18/1858 mar. Mary E.Wildman 2/4/1877 d.1/4/1928 - Adaline b.6/23/1860 mar.James Wildman 12/29/1876 d.7/21/1922- Florence b.11/29/1862 mar.Thomas England 2/1/1883 d.11/15/1904- Jasper b.7/26/1864 mar.Fanny Hamond 5/15/1904 d.5/21/1948- Alphretta b.8/7/1866 mar.William Holtz 11/12/1883
Submitted by Karen Sanders Elder
information: Indiana State Library Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter Day Saints

John Schooley , born 1818 in Ohio. Married Eliza Jane Howell in Tuscarawas County Ohio June 2, 1842. In 1870 John was a farmer in Baker Township, Martin County, IN. He had four sons, Isaac, David, George and Jonas. In 1880 he moved to Center Township, Martin County, IN. He was a Blacksmith there. Submitted by Clarence Schooley

SHOLTZ, Jacob: and Charlotte his wife settled in Martin county about 1811 or 1812 at old Hindostan or rather at the falls of the east fork of White River, Martin county (then Daviess Co.), Indiana where the town of Hindostan was afterwards built. They came from Germany. Their five children were named Frederick, Matthias, John, Jacob and one daughter whose name is not known. Frederick died at Memphis with cholera 40 years ago. Matthias died in the lower country 35 years ago. John at last account lived at Reading, Pa. He never lived in this county. Jacob married Polly DEMOSS and died in this county some few years after (rather mysteriously) leaving his widow and 4 children. It is supposed he was murdered as he was found dead lying in the woods between Mt. Pleasant and his home." - From a typewritten page entitled SETTLERS IN MARTIN COUNTY PRIOR TO 1826 - date unknown - notation at bottom states, "The above is from the recollection of Nancy SMITH." (Nancy SMITH was wife of Matthias SHOLTS. She divorced him in 1828 and married second to Robert SMITH.) Source: Bill DeCoursey
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SHOLTS, Matthias: son of Jacob and Charlotte SHOLTS, married about 1817 to Nancy MARICLE, daughter of Abram and Dicy (WATSON) MARICLE. They had children: Charlotte SHOLTS, born 10 Jan. 1819, married 27 Aug. 1834 Benjamin F. MEARS; Abraham SHOLTS died at age 3; and Frederick K. SHOLTS, b.1822, married Elizabeth DONALDSON. The first divorce suit of a county-wide interest was filed in Martin County, Indiana on, 30 July 1828, by Nancy (MARICLE) SHOLTS against Mathias SHOLTS. Source: Bill DeCoursey
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SILVERS, Commodore: Born 15 January 1873 in Martin County. On 11 October 1905 (1904?) he married Grace DENSON (b. 26 March 1872 in Martin County). Commodore and Grace had two sons - Maurice Donald (b. 4 November 1906) and Fred. Commodore was postmaster at Trinity Springs for 29 years. Commodore's parents were James Wesley SILVERS and Mary Jane HOLLOWAY, both of Kentucky. Grace's parents were Levi DENSON and Hannah FAUCETT. Commodore died on 1 July 1947 in Trinity Springs. Grace died on 16 June 1965 in Toledo, OH, but is buried in Old Cemetery in Trinity Springs. Source: Lynda Smith Research

SILVERS, James Wesley: Born 8 May 1846 in Pulaski County, KY. On 5 March, 1869 he married Mary Jane HOLLOWAY (b. 13 August 1843 in KY) in Scott Co. TN. James Wesley and Mary Jane had three children who survived - Commodore (b. Jan. 1873), Charles (b. Jan 1881) and Candice. Mary Jane had three children by two previous marriages. James Wesley was a private in the 49th Regiment of the Kentucky Volunteer Infantry during the Civil War. He loved dogs and all animals, especially horses. It was a very common sight to see him driving his wagon with his coat wrapped around his dogs - Spike and Watch. He suffered in his later years from an eye disease that left him almost totally blind. He owned two beautiful while horses - Boxer and Bill. They pulled the black hearse at his funeral. James Wesley's parents were Martin SILVERS and Nancy LEWIS both of KY. Mary Jane's parents were Thomas HOLLOWAY (b. TN)and Anna WARMON (b. KY). James Wesley died on 22 September 1913. Mary Jane died on 16 April 1920. Both are buried in the Old Trinity Cemetery. Source: Lynda Smith Research

STRANGE, Charles Charles STRANGE was a prominent farmer who served three terms as Trustee of Brown Township in Martin County, never having been defeated for public office and being the only democrat to be elected of that township over a period of 35 years. He knew personally and was respected by every family residing in his township. He was also a trustee of St. Joseph's Church for many years. Charles STRANGE married Martha LENTS of Loogootee and was the father of seven sons: James T., who owned and operated a general store at Bramble for 40 years; Dr. J.W. STRANGE (now deceased), a physician in Loogootee for 47 years, the Indiana doctor for the year of 1950, and at one time mayor of Loogootee; Eugene, presently and for the past seven years the Director of the Martin County Department of Public Welfare; Matthew, who resides on a farm on State Road 45 North of Loogootee; Earl of St. Petersburg, Florida; Charles, a grocer in Loogootee, and Roscoe (deceased). The four daughters of Charles STRANGE are as follows: Mrs. Armilda O'MALLEY of Loogootee; Mrs. Emma JONES of Bramble; Mrs. Mary ARMSTRONG of La Jolla, California; Mrs. Pearl BRUNSON of St. Petersburg, Florida.
Source: 1953 Loogootee, Indiana Centennial, Submitted by Elizabeth Hopkins

STRANGE, William A. Born near the Lincoln homestead in Hardin County, KY in 1809 ---the same county and in the same year as was Abraham LINCOLN. It cannot be definately established but it has been carried down as a legend in the family that his mother was in the Lincoln home when Abraham LINCOLN was born. (Note: the STRANGEs were neighbors of the Lincolns in KY and were involved in several lawsuits with Thomas LINCOLN) Mr. STRANGE, accompanied by three brothers, James, Joseph and Ignatius, and two sisters, Nancy and Polly (Strange) PADGETT, emigrated to Martin County in the year 1827, entering several hundred acres of land from the Government about one mile north of the present St. Joseph's church in old Brown Twnshp. Such date preceeded the founding of Loogootee by a quarter of a century, with the newly established Mt. Pleasant being the nearest trading point. A portion of the original purchase still resides in the family, being owned and occupied by Pershing Jones, a great- grandson of the original owner. When William arrived in Martin County, he found it to be for the most part a wilderness, with wolves, wildcats, deer and wild turkeys in abundance and Indians still scarecly more than a hundred miles away. Fish were so plentiful that a "catch" could often be made by simply raking a bundle of brush through "pot holes" in the creek. Fishing with a hand pole was William's favorite pastime and he continued to engage in it until shortly before his death at age 85. A personal trait that is recalled of him is that he never wore a hat, winter or summer, a habit that is as uncommon then as it is common today. A three week diversion in the early spring from the routine of farm work was the making of maple sugar syrup and sugar in the old sugar camp on the "Gramm Place", on Boogs Creek near the Swayze Mill, in central Brown Township. This camp was owned and operated for many years by Wm. A. STRANGE and two of his sons, James W and Charles and their sons. William A. STRANGE married Nellie MILES (note: also appears in records as Ellen and Mary Ellen) of the old Miles settlement three miles east of the present location of Bramble. They were the parents of five sons: James Washington, Jefferson, Joseph, Valentine and Charles, and a daughter, Mrs. Mary CARRICO, all of whom are now deceased. The eldest son, James Washington STRANGE had three sons, Charles J. (deceased), Leo (deceased) and Gusta of Sullivan, IN and one daughter, Mrs. Mary HOPKINS, wife of John HOPKINS ( both deceased). Son Jefferson STRANGE was a soldier during the Civil War, dying of typhoid fever in Sherman's march to the sea, being buried in Georgia, leaving one son, William Jefferson STRANGE (deceased), a former Martin County Asessor and late of Burns City, IN. Son Jospeph STRANGE also participated in Sherman's march through Georgia in the Civil War and was mustered out, but died there of typhoid fever and was buried in Arlington National Cemetary. He was unmarried. Son Valentine STRANGE was likewise a veteran of the War between the States, taking part in the battle of Perryville, KY. Valentine was the father of four sons: Joseph (deceased), formerly of Evansville; Elard of Washington; Louis, who is the present Assessor of Martin County and Harry of Loogootee and five daughters: three of whom are now deceased, Anna, Grace and Mrs. Mary CARRICO. Two daughters, Mrs. Ada TOON of Loogootee and Mrs. Ella WILLIAMS of Bramble, survive. Mrs. Mary CARRICO was the mother of one son, Alphonsus L. CARRICO, a veteran of the Spanish-American War and an attorney, who practiced law in Shoals and later in Oklahoma City, where he died several years ago.
Source: 1953 Loogootee, Indiana Centennial, Submitted by Elizabeth Hopkins

STRINGHAM, Stephen Peter: Born: September 26, 1790 in New York State Died: November 13, 1865 in Cass County, Iowa Married: Catherine TROVER, June 25, 1817. Catherine was born in the year 1794 in Pennsylvania. He was the Justice of the Peace in Martin County from January 26, 1822 through March 17, 1827. Son Leonard Peter Stringham was born in Martin County, Indiana on September 25, 1818. Source: Jean Pickett


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