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Genealogical Gleanings 74 – Southern half Wayne Township 1900

This week’s column continues detailing information on the families living outside of Knightstown in the southern half of Wayne Township in the 1900 Henry County census. The first 129 residences were detailed in previous columns and eight more are shown this week.

Following the Gideon Johnson home (detailed last week) is the Souder home. Orin Souder, a farmer, was born in Ind. in July 1868. His wife of ten years, Louise E., was born in Ind. in July 1869. They are the parents of three children though only their daughters Perile M. (b. Mar 1896) and Helen C. (b. Sept 1898) survive.

Mary C. Brocius is shown next. Mary was born in Ind. in Oct 1837. Ms. Brocius is single and does not have any children.

Another farmer, James H. Slack, is listed next. James was born in Ind. in Aug 1854. On Mar 18, 1883 in Henry Co. he married Lucy Emma Gaylor. She was born in Ind. in May 1858. They are the parents of one child, Clarence B., who was born in Aug 1884. Emma was previously married to Elwood T. Horner on Aug 31, 1876. Also living in the home is Emma’s mother, Martha A. Gaylor, a widow of William S. Gaylor whom she married on June 27, 1853 in Henry Co. The former Martha Owen was born in Ind. in Apr 1835 and is the mother of three children though only her daughter survives. Charles Hill (b. Sept 1860), a cousin of Mr. Slack’s, also lives in the home as well as a boarder, John W. Brosius (b. Dec 1840).

North Carolina native Charles B. Stout, a widower, is enumerated after the Slacks. Charles was born in May 1837 and is now retired.

Ohio native Mrs. Hannah A. White, also a widow, is listed next. Hannah was born in Dec 1815. She is the mother of four children though only two survive but are no longer at home. Living with her is a housekeeper, Iva L. Dowell. She was born in Ind. in Mar 1873.

The Bullen family follows. Charles Kelley Bullen, a day laborer, was born in Ind. in Jan 1835. On Sept 29, 1881 in Henry Co. he married Elizabeth Dalrymple. She was born in Kentucky in Mar 1859. They are the parents of six children though only three survive – Vernice L. (b. May 1888), Delbert J. (b. May 1890) and an older son Willbon W. (b. Apr 1866).

Mr. and Mrs. Williams are listed next. William Williams, a farmer, was born in Ind. in Nov 1843. On July 2, 1867 in Henry Co. he married Hannah (also shown as Anna) Templeton. She was born in Ohio in Sept 1850. They do not have any children.

The Elliott family is shown after the Williams home. Edward E. Elliott, a farmer, was born in Ind. in Nov 1853. On Oct 24, 1878 in Henry Co. he married Alice A. Hodson. She was born in Ind. in Dec 1854. They are the parents of four children – Raymond E. (b. July 1880), Addah M. (b. Sept 1882), Richard R. (b. July 1884) and Susie T. (b. Aug 1886). This census also shows that Raymond is a soldier with the U.S. Infantry in the Philippine Islands.

Next week’s column will continue detailing information on the families listed in the 1900 Wayne Township census outside of Knightstown. Email scox@thebanneronline.com with questions or comments.

 

Genealogical Gleanings 75 – Southern half Wayne Township 1900

This week’s column continues detailing information on the families living outside of Knightstown in the southern half of Wayne Township in the 1900 Henry County census. The first 137 residences were detailed in previous columns and eight more are shown this week.

Following the Elliott family (detailed last week) Mrs. Rose Ann Slack, a widow. She was born in North Carolina in Feb 1865 and is the mother of two children – Harry E. Slack (b. Aug 1885 in Ind.) and Omar L. Goodnight (b. July 1880 in Ind.).

North Carolina native Enos Cox is listed next. Mr. Cox, a farmer, was born in Aug 1841. Mary A., his wife of 36 years, is also a North Carolina native, born there in Jan 1839. They are the parents of 11 children, only four of whom survive and are now living on their own.

Ohio native Amos Kenworthy, a minister, is shown after the Cox home. Amos was born in June 1831. Phoebe H., his wife of 48 years, is a North Carolina native, born there in Jan 1828. They are the parents of two children, both living but no longer at home.

The Rogers home is listed next. John H. Rogers, whose occupation is listed as “hustler,” was born in Ind. in Mar 1862. On Sept 25, 1884 in Henry Co. he married Frances Scott. She was born in Ind. in Dec 1866. They are the parents of one child, Tessie, who was born in July 1885. Also living in the home is Bessie Wilson, a two year old (b. July 1897 in Ohio), who is listed as a boarder.

The Waitsel family follows. Cary M. Waitsel, a farmer, was born in Ind. in Feb 1851. On Oct 13, 1875 in Henry Co. he married Harriet “Hattie” Wade. She was born in Ohio in Aug 1859. They are the parents of a son, Jessie A. (b. July 1876) and a daughter, Ada M. (b. May 1879). Jessie works as a farm laborer and Ada’s occupation is listed as a compositor.

Following the Waitsel family lives the Leisures. Noah J. Leisure, a farmer, was born in Ind. in May 1870. Hypotha, his wife of seven years, was born in Ind. in Feb 1870. They are the parents of two children – Mary L. (b. Dec 1893) and Hugh G. (b. Oct 1896). Also living in the home is Noah’s mother, Eliza J. Leisure, a widow. She was born in Ind. in June 1836 and is the mother of seven children, though only six survive.

Another Leisure family is shown next. John P. Leisure, a gas well driller, was born in Ind. in July 1867. Ada A., his wife of nine years, was born in Ind. in May 1869. They are the parents of three children – Carrie L. (b. June 1893), William C. (b. Mar 1895) and Helen F. (b. Feb 1899).

Another gas well driller, Fred Hall, is listed next. Mr. Hall was born in Ind. in Apr 1865. Emily M., his wife of 13 years, was born in Kansas in Aug 1870. They are the parents of three children, though only their daughter Pearl G. (b. July 1888 in Kansas) and their son Donald (b. July 1895) are still living.

Next week’s column will continue detailing information on the families listed in the 1900 Wayne Township census outside of Knightstown. Email scox@thebanneronline.com with questions or comments.

 

Genealogical Gleanings 76 – Southern half Wayne Township 1900

This week’s column continues detailing information on the families living outside of Knightstown in the southern half of Wayne Township in the 1900 Henry County census. The first ten of 16 census pages for this district (145 residences) were detailed in previous columns. Eight more residences are detailed this week.

Following the family of Fred Hall (detailed last week) is the home of James Hall, likely not directly related to Fred, based on census information. James, a farmer, was born in Ohio in Sept 1836. On May 10, 1870 in Henry Co. he married Jane Veach. She was born in Ind. in Oct 1841. They are the parents of two children – Mary (b. Feb 1871) and Herman (b. Nov 1878). Also living in the home are two teenage borders, Alice Stanley and Orin Weaver, as well as a Charles Yeats, a hired hand. Alice was born in Ind. in Mar 1886, Orin was born in Ind. in Aug 1887 and Charles was born in Virginia in Apr 1865.

The Crider family is listed next. Henry M. “Mort” Crider, a gardener, was born in Ind. in Nov 1857. On May 25, 1892 in Henry Co. he married Julia A. Bowman. She was born in Ind. in Dec 1863. They are the parents of three children, though only their son Floyd S. (b. Feb 1896) survives. Also living with them is Mort’s widowed mother Sarah Crider. She was born in Pennsylvania in Oct 1825.

The Fergason family follows. Lee W. Fergason, a farmer, was born in Ind. in Dec 1838. Sue B., his wife of 24 years, was born in Ind. in Oct 1852. They do not have any children but Emily K. Knowlton, a sister-in-law, is living with them. Emily, a widow, was born in Ind. in Jan 1850. She works as a music teacher.

Clinton A. Davis, also a farmer, is listed next. Mr. Davis was born in Ind. in May 1854. Rosa E., his wife of six year, was born in North Carolina in May 1866. They are the parents of three children, though only two survive – Ethel M. (b. Mar 1885 from a previous marriage) and Gilbert C. (b. Aug 1898).

The Bunchy family (name is difficult to read) is shown after the Davis home. George B. Bunchy, a gas well driller, was born in Ind. in Mar 1856. Margaret A., his wife of 22 years, was born in Ind. in Dec 1853. They are the parents of four children, all of whom survive, but only three are still at home – Clarence C. (b. Feb 1880), Novilla M. (b. Oct 1883) and Ozora (b. Aug 1887). Clarence also works as a gas well driller.

North Carolina native William N. Swain is listed next. William, a farmer, was born in July 1866. Elizabeth J., his wife of 11 years, was born in Ind. in Aug 1869. They are the parent of three children – John C. (b. Jun 1890), Joseph G. (b. Jan 1892) and Edna R. (b. Dec 1894).

The Lee family, all born in Kentucky, are enumerated next. William B. Lee, a farmer, was born in July 1853. Margaret A., his wife of 21 years, was born in Apr 1860. They are the parents of four children, only three of whom survive – William T. (b. Mar 1882), George V. (b. Apr 1884) and Rhuel B. (b. Apr 1886).

The Tipton family, all born in Virginia, are shown after the Lees. Jacob S. Tipton, a farmer, was born in Jan 1861. Emma F., his wife of ten years, was born in Sept 1872. They do not have any children, but living with them is William Ward, a nephew. He was born in July 1889.

Next week’s column will continue detailing information on the families listed in the 1900 Wayne Township census outside of Knightstown. Email scox@thebanneronline.com with questions or comments.

 

Genealogical Gleanings 77 – Southern half Wayne Township 1900

This week’s column continues detailing information on the families living outside of Knightstown in the southern half of Wayne Township in the 1900 Henry County census. The first ten of 16 census pages for this district (153 residences) were detailed in previous columns. Eight more residences are detailed this week.

Following the Tipton family (detailed last week) is the home of the Moore family. Squire E. Moore, a showman, was born in Ohio in Dec 1862. Adelia A., his wife of 12 years, was born in New Jersey in Dec 1864. They were likely married in Ohio as that is where their two children, Ethel R. (b. Apr 1889) and Nellie L. (b. July 1895), were both born. Also living in the home is Squire’s brother, William W. Moore and Molly, his wife of ten years. William, who is also a showman, was born in Ohio in Apr 1865 and Mollie was born in Ohio in Sept 1867. They do not have any children. Two hired hands, also listed as showmen, are enumerated in the home as well. Clarence C. Morrison was born in Missouri in Jan 1876 and Noah R. Johnson was born in Ind. in Oct 1874.

The Maxwell family is listed next. William H. Maxwell, a retired farmer, was born in Ind. (or Ohio, as shown in the 1880 census) in Apr 1828. On Oct 6, 1850 in Henry Co. he married Rebecca Kendall. She was born about 1828 in Ind. and died between 1881 and 1900. Four children were listed in the home in 1880 – Florence S. (b. Aug 1855), Jane (b. about 1858), George (b. about 1860) and Mary (b. about 1862). Florence is single and living in the home with her widowed father in 1900. Also living in the home in 1900 is Maud G. Burk, a servant. She was born in Ind. in Mar 1879.

Pennsylvania native David E. Harrison is shown next. David, a lumber dealer, was born in Feb 1862. His wife of 20 years, Julie W., was born in Penn. in July 1862. They are the parents of six children, though only four survive – Ella M. (b. Sept 1882), Grace W. (b. Feb 1885), Horace (b. Apr 1887) and daughter Jessie M. (b. Jan 1897). Ella was born in Ohio, Grace and Horace were born in Penn. and Jessie was born in Ind.

The Stuart family follows. Charles S. Stuart, a farmer, was born in Ind. in Mar 1855. Ella A., his wife of 20 years, was born in Ohio in Oct 1855. They are the parents of four children, all girls – Lou V. (b. Aug 1881), Anna M. (b. July 1885), Carrie E. (b. Dec 1888) and Laura F. (b. July 1891). Also living in the home are two sisters-in-law and a hired farmhand, Frank McDaniels (b. Apr 1870 in North Carolina). The two older sisters of Ella’s are Lou Dennis (b. Apr 1835 in Penn.) and Mary Dennis (b. May 1841 in Ohio).

Delaware native James L. Smith is listed next. James, a farmer, was born in Dec 1852. On Jan 27, 1881 in Rush Co. he married Laura T. Huddleston. She was born in Ind. in Nov 1862. They are the parents of six children, though only five survive – Honlie B. (b. May 1883), Enzor O. (b. Dec 1884), Byron H. (b. Feb 1887), Roxie A. (b. July 1884) and William E. (b. Dec 1893). Also living in the home is Laura’s widowed mother, Nancy L. Huddleston. She was born in Ind. in Nov 1834.

The Dye family is shown after the Smiths. George W. Dye, a farmer, was born in Ind. in Apr 1860. On July 7, 1896 in Henry Co. he married Clara C. Price. She was born in Ind. in Nov 1878. They are the parents of two children – Alvira S. (b. Apr 1897) and Hindman J. (b. Oct 1898).

Mr. and Mrs. Risk are listed next. George D. Risk, a farm laborer, was born in Ind. in Nov 1876. On Mar 6, 1989 in Henry Co. he married Maud A. Leway. She was born in Ind. in June 1882. They do not yet have any children.

The Lamay family is shown after the Risks. James M. Lamay, a farmer, was born in Ind. in June 1855. Sarah E., his wife of 20 years, was born in Ind. in June 1861. They are the parents of seven children, though only six survive – Guy M. (b. June 1880), Ada M. (b. June 1883), Eva V. (b. May 1888), Pleasant J. P. (b. July 1895) and Ruby L. (b. Apr 1899).

Next week’s column will continue detailing information on the families listed in the 1900 Wayne Township census outside of Knightstown. Email scox@thebanneronline.com with questions or comments.

 

Genealogical Gleanings 78 – Southern half Wayne Township 1900

This week’s column continues detailing information on the families living outside of Knightstown in the southern half of Wayne Township in the 1900 Henry County census. The first ten of 16 census pages for this district (161 residences) were detailed in previous columns. Six more residences are detailed this week.

Following the Lamay family (detailed last week) is the Bales home. Jesse Bales, a farmer, was born in Ind. in Mar. 1851. On Dec 17, 1874 in Henry Co. he married Lavenia Gray.  She was born in Ind. in June 1853. They are the parents of three children – Raymond G. (b. June 1876), George H. (b. Aug 1878) and Harry W. (B. June 1881).

Ohio native David Dawson Duncan, a miller, is listed next. He was born in Nov 1844. On Jan 17, 1867 in Henry Co. he married Neoma “Nannie” Jessup. She was born in Ind. in Oct 1842. They are the parents of three children – Samuel E. (b. Feb 1868), Mary L. (b. May 1872) and Charles J. (b. Feb 1882). The census also shows Samuel is an invalid and Charles is a commercial salesman.

The Scoville family follows. Ethan W. Scoville, a farmer, was born in Ind. in Aug 1866. On Jan 8, 1892 in Henry Co. he married Rose E. Carey. She was born in Ind. in June 1862. They are the parents of one child, Ruth E., who was born in Apr 1893.

The Mattix family is listed next. John Mattix, also a farmer, was born in Ind. in Dec 1864. Clara E., his wife of 11 years, was born in Ind. in Aug 1864. They are the parents of two children – Chester (b. July 1896) and Ora (Apr 1897).

The Foust family is enumerated next. Alonzo E. Foust, also a farmer, was born in Ind. in Sept 1870. On Mar 24, 1895 in Henry Co. he married Jennie Addison. She was born in Ind. in Apr 1876. They are the parents of two children though only their son Edmund V. (b. Aug 1896) survives. Also living in the home is a widowed aunt, Elizabeth Hardesty. She was born in Ind. in May 1835 and is the mother of one child who is no longer living.

The Crocket family follows. Thomas Crocket, a tinner, was born in Ind. in Nov 1867. Mary J., his wife of seven years, was born in Ind. in June 1874. They are the parents of one child, James E., who was born in Ind. in June 1877. Also living in the home is Thomas’ brother John A. Crocket and his family. John, a farmer, was born in Ind. in June 1877. Mary J., his wife of three years, was born in Ind. in Apr 1874. John F. Dickson, a nephew, also lives in the home. He was born in Ind. in Feb 1886.

Next week’s column will continue detailing information on the families listed in the 1900 Wayne Township census outside of Knightstown. Email scox@thebanneronline.com with questions or comments.

 

Genealogical Gleanings 79 – Southern half Wayne Township 1900

This week’s column continues detailing information on the families living outside of Knightstown in the southern half of Wayne Township in the 1900 Henry County census. The first ten of 16 census pages for this district (167 residences) were detailed in previous columns. Eight more residences are detailed this week.

Following the Crocket family (detailed last week) is the Niles home. Charles P. Niles, a farmer, was born in Ind. in Aug 1848. On Feb 24, 1880 in Rush Co. he married Etta Ewing. She was born in Ind. in Apr 1860. They are the parents of six children though only five survive – Leona B. (b. Apr 1882), Ewald O. (b. Nov 1883), John L. (b. Dec 1885), Roscoe F. (b. Apr 1888) and Leland B. (b. May 1890).

Another farmer, Benjamin Frank Weeks, is listed next. Mr. Weeks was born in Ind. in July 1866. On Aug 24, 1887 in Henry Co. he married Ida M. Ricks. She was born in Ind. in Nov 1868. They are the parents of two children, Marie J. (b. Jan 1889) and Pauline F. (b. Jan 1899). Also living in the home is Ida’s mother, Mary J. Ricks, a widow. Mary was born in Ind. in Apr 1828 and is the mother of seven children with only two surviving.

Oscar P. Weeks, possibly a brother of Benjamin Weeks listed above, is shown next. Oscar, a farm laborer, was born in Ind. in May 1873. On Jan 29, 1989 in Hancock Co. he married Flora M. DeMay. She was born in Ind. in Nov 1868. They are the parents of one child, Helen E., who was born in Dec 1899.

Virginia native John F. Bell is enumerated after the Weeks. John, a farmer, was born in Apr 1831. On Apr 5, 1855 in Henry Co. he married Angeline R. Pride. She was born in Ind. in May 1837. They do not have any children but living in the home with them is Angeline’s mother, Rachel M. Pride, and her sister, Martha A. Sanler, both widows. Rachel was born in Kentucky in Feb 1815 and is the mother of three children, though only her two daughters survive. Martha was born in Ind. in Feb 1839 and is the mother of one child who is no longer living.

North Carolina natives Isaac F. and Susannah J. Kurns are shown next. Isaac, a farmer, was born in Aug 1829. Susannah, his wife of 42 years, was born in May 1838. They are the parents of three children though only their son Robert F. survives. Robert, who is divorced, is living at home. He was born in June 1862. Also living in the home is a servant, Myrtle Lowder. She was born in North Carolina in Apr 1884.

The Allen family from Scotland are listed next. Charles S. Allen, a peddler, was born in Scotland in Dec 1843. Jane J., his wife of 38 years, was born in Scotland in June 1848. This census shows they are the parents of 23 children with only six surviving. They came to America in 1887 with at least three of their children –William G. (b. Feb 1874), Thomas (b. Sept 1875) and Charles Jr. (b. Oct 1881). Another son, Peter J., was born in West Virginia in Mar 1888, not long after they arrived in America. All the four sons live at home with their parents in 1900. William works as a brick molder. Thomas is a painter and has been married for six years. His wife Emma (b. Jan 1863 in Tenn.) also lives in the home. The two younger sons are in school.

The Poer family follows. Robert F. Poer, a farmer, was born in North Carolina in Feb 1838. On Feb 25, 1869 in Henry Co. he married Martha E. Deem. She was born in Ohio in Oct 1845. They are the parents of one child, Lena L., who was born in Missouri in Nov 1870.

Another farmer, John Louis Small, is listed next. Mr. Small was born in Ind. in Apr 1862. On Nov 1, 1883 in Henry Co. he married Mertie L. Holland. She was born in Ind. in Oct 1866. They are the parents of five children – Pearl E. (b. Sept 1882), Charles O. (b. Apr 1886), Walter T. (b. Mar 1888), Florence L. (b. Aug 1893) and Floyd E. (b. Oct 1896).

Next week’s column will continue detailing information on the families listed in the 1900 Wayne Township census outside of Knightstown. Email scox@thebanneronline.com with questions or comments.

 

Genealogical Gleanings 80 – Southern half Wayne Township 1900

This week’s column continues detailing information on the families living outside of Knightstown in the southern half of Wayne Township in the 1900 Henry County census. The first ten of 16 census pages for this district (175 residences) were detailed in previous columns. Seven more residences are detailed this week.

Following the Small family (detailed last week) is the Jackson residence. Charles R. Jackson, a farmer, was born in Ind. in Feb 1858. On July 4, 1883 in Henry Co. he married Marguerite “Maggie” A. Reddick. She was born in Ind. in June 1858. They are the parents of five children, though only two survive – Elbert (b. Sept 1889) and Flossie (b. Oct 1892). Also living in the home is a cousin, David M. Jackson. He was born in Nov 1855.

North Carolina natives Mr. and Mrs. Hoosier are listed next. Wesley J. Hoosier, a farmer, was born in July 1847 and Jane C., his wife of 31 years, was born in June 1842. They are the parents of nine children though only eight survive. Still living at home are Charles S. (b. May 1882), Frank E. (b. Nov 1886), Maud E. (b. Feb 1889) and Walter R. (b. Feb 1893).

The Griffin family is enumerated after the Hoosiers. Elzan Griffin, also a farmer, was born in Ind. in May 1836. Elizabeth A., his wife of 33 years, was born in Ind. in Nov 1844. they are the parents of five children – Charles P. (b. July 1868), Clara L. (b. Jan 1874), Lucy I. (b. Dec 1883), Carrold (b. Feb 1888) and Claud (b. Feb 1868).

Another farmer, Alonzo E. Pitts, is shown next. Mr. Pitts was born in Ind. in May 1861. On Apr 6, 1887 in Henry Co. he married Sadie L. Pennington. She was born in Ind. in June 1865. They do not have any children. Also living in the home is Lavina Yetter, a grandmother perhaps (difficult to read). She was born in Ind. in Sept 1820. Roy Bell, a hired hand, is also living in the home. He was born in Ind. in Jan 1883.

The Mitchell family follows. Thomas Mitchell, a farmer, was born in Ind. in Feb 1856. He is a widower. Two sons are enumerated in the home – C. F. Mitchell (b. Apr 1891) and James E. Mitchell (b. Apr 1898).

Iowa native Oakerson Madison is listed after the Mitchells. Mr. Madison was born in Apr 1858 and is also a farmer. Emma E., his wife of 19 years, was born in Alabama in June 1861. They are the parents of one child, Charles L., who was born in Alabama in May 1882.

Mr. and Mrs. McKee follow. John W. McKee, a farmer, was born in Ind. in Mar 1838. On Dec 7, 1854 in Henry Co. he married Catherine Byrkett. She was born in Ind. in Apr 1837. They are the parents of one child who is no longer living.

Next week’s column will continue detailing information on the families listed in the 1900 Wayne Township census outside of Knightstown. Email scox@thebanneronline.com with questions or comments.

 

Genealogical Gleanings 81 – Southern half Wayne Township 1900

This week’s column continues detailing information on the families living outside of Knightstown in the southern half of Wayne Township in the 1900 Henry County census. There are just 29 residences remaining in this census section with 182 residences having been detailed in previous columns. Seven of those remaining residences are detailed this week.

Following the home of John McKee (detailed last week) is the Mellinger home. Schuyler C. Mellinger, a farmer, was born in Indiana in Aug 1862. On Oct 29, 1885 in Henry Co. he married Catherine Forbes. She was born in North Carolina in June 1857. They are the parents of two children, Myrtle V. (b. Apr 1884) and Opal M. (b. July 1891).

The West Virginia-born Deck family is listed next. David Deck, also a farmer, was born in Feb 1832. Josephine Deck, his wife of 24 years, was born in Apr 1851. They are the parents of seven children though only six survive – David E. (b. Nov 1878), Francis M. (b. Oct 1880), Thomas V. (b. Aug 1885), Harry M. (b. Nov 1887) and Bertha J. (b. Jan 1890). Also living in the home is Elizabeth R. Ring, a sister-in-law. She was also born in West Virginia in Feb 1847.

The Boren family follows. Frank M. Boren, a farmer, was born in Ind. in Mar 1860. His wife, the former Mrs. Amanda Reeves, was born in Ind. in May 1858. The census does not show how long they have been married. Amanda’s two children from an earlier marriage are also living in the home. Rella Reeves was born in Ind. in Mar 1886 and her brother Carroll Reeves was born in Sept 1890.

The Keaton family is shown after the Borens. Carrol “Cary” Keaton, another farmer, was born in Ind. in Jan 1870. On Aug 31, 1890 in Hancock Co. he married Rama Lowe. She was born in Ind. in Sept 1872. They are the parents of two children – Earl C. (b. Oct 1892) and Lora B. (b. July 1897).

After the Keatons is the McNew home. Alexander W. “Alec” McNew, a farmer also, was born in Ind. in Sept 1863. On Sept 23, 1891 in Henry Co. he married Flora F. Ballenger. She was born in Ind. in Feb 1872. They are the parents of three children though only their son Everett L. survives. He was born in Feb 1898.

Mr. and Mrs. Shields are listed next. Lee Shields, a farmer, was born in Ind. in July 1870. His wife of eight years, Ila M. (name difficult to read), was born in Ind. in Apr 1872. They do not have any children.

The Mattix family follows. Charles Mattix, a farmer, was born in Ind. in Jan 1857. On July 28, 1881 in Henry Co. he married Mary A. Rhodes. She was born in Ind. in Aug 1861. They are the parents of three children though only their sons Walter M. (b. Nov 1884) and Russell M. (b. Mar 1890) are still living. Also shown in the home is a servant, Cora E. Smith. She was born in Ind. in July 1887.

Next week’s column will continue detailing information on the families listed in the 1900 Wayne Township census outside of Knightstown. Email scox@thebanneronline.com with questions or comments.

 

Genealogical Gleanings 82 – Southern half Wayne Township 1900

This week’s column continues detailing information on the families living outside of Knightstown in the southern half of Wayne Township in the 1900 Henry County census. There are just 22 residences remaining in this census section with 189 residences having been detailed in previous columns. Seven of those remaining residences are detailed this week.

Following the Mattix family (detailed last week) is the home of the Poer family. Clinton Poer, a farmer laborer, was born in Ind. in Dec 1869. On Feb 22, 1896 in Henry Co. he married Estelle “Stella” Johnson. She was born in Ind. in Oct 1878. They are the parents of two children – Cora M. (b. July 1897) and Flossie A. (b. Mar 1899).

Mrs. Sarah E. White, a widow, is listed next. Sarah was born in Ind. in Mar 1837. Her late husband, David White, was born about 1827 in Ind. and died between 1871-1880. Sarah is the mother of four children though only three survive. Living in the home with her in the 1900 census is her son Thomas M. White. He was born in Nov 1868 and now works as a farmer. Two other children listed in the home in 1870 were Jesse J. White (b. about 1865) and Rosa B. White (b. about 1867).

Another White family follows. Franklin Hiram White, a farmer, was born in Ind. in Sept 1861. On Mar 3, 1897 in Henry Co. he married Ella M. Kerns. She was born in Ohio in Feb 1867. She and Franklin have two children together – Jessie F. Jr. (b. Dec 1897) and Florence G. (b. Dec 1899). Also living in the home are two children from a previous marriage of Franklin’s – Joseph T. (b. July 1888) and Walter R. (b. Feb 1892).

The Owens family is shown next. Lot L. Owens, a farmer, was born in Ind. in Aug 1864. His wife, Bessie P., who he married 13 years ago, was born in Ind. in Nov 1867. They are the parents of one child, Clide A., who was born in June 1889.

Mr. and Mrs. Holt are listed after the Owens home. Warren F. Holt, a farm laborer, was born in Ind. in June 1876. Catherine L., his wife of three years, was born in Ind. in Nov 1877. They do not yet have any children.

The Ramsey home is shown next. Willard Ramsey, also a farmer, was born in Ind. in Sept 1857. Virginia E., his wife of 20 years, was born in Ind. in Feb 1858. They do not have any children of their own but do have an adopted daughter, Bertha, who was born in Ind. in Mar 1885.

North Carolina Julius Bell and family are enumerated after the Ramseys. Mr. Bell, a farmer, was born in Apr 1861. On July 13, 1882 in Henry Co. he married Amanda S. Mogle. She was born in Ohio in Jan 1862. They are the parents of four children though only three survive – Florence (b. Jan 1884), Russell L. (b. June 1888) and Eva R. (b. Jan 1892).

Next week’s column will continue detailing information on the families listed in the 1900 Wayne Township census outside of Knightstown. Email scox@thebanneronline.com with questions or comments.

 

Genealogical Gleanings 83 – Southern half Wayne Township 1900

This week’s column continues detailing information on the families living outside of Knightstown in the southern half of Wayne Township in the 1900 Henry County census. There are just 15 residences remaining in this census section with 196 residences having been detailed in previous columns. Seven of those remaining residences are detailed this week.

Following the home of Julius Bell (detailed last week) is that of Edward Lewis, a farmer. He was born in Ind. in Dec 1823. Amanda C., his wife of 17 years and likely his second wife, was born in Ind. in Aug 1845. She is the mother of two children, both of whom are no longer living.

Another Lewis family is listed next. Harry D. Lewis, possibly a son of the Edward Lewis above, was born in Ind. in Nov 1864 and works as a farmer. On Jan 2, 1895 in Henry Co. he married Laura Hale (or Hall). She was born in Ind. in Nov 1866. They are the parents of three children though only their daughter Lucille M. survives. She was born in Jan 1897. Also enumerated in the home is Agnes Hart, a servant, and Jesse Hart, a boarder. Agnes was born in Ind. in Sept 1887 and Jesse was born in Dec 1889.

Ohio natives Harvey and Mary A. Ramsey follow. Mr. Ramsey is a farmer. He was born in Oct 1876 and his wife of two years was born in Mary 1881. They have one child, Nora L., who was born in Ind. in Mar 1900.

Mrs. Mary E. Boren, a widow, is shown after the Ramseys. Mary was born in Pennsylvania in Jan 1835. The census does not indicate how many children she had but one son, William A. Boren, is living with her. He was born in Ind. in May 1866.

The Reeves family is listed next. Arthur C. Reeves, also a farmer, was born in Ind. in Nov 1870. On Sept 14, 1898 in Henry Co. he married Cora B. Boren (possibly a daughter of Mary Boren detailed above). Cora was born in Ind. in Mar 1880. They do not yet have any children. Also living in the home is Arthur’s mother, Lucinda C. Reeves, formerly Miss Talbott. She was born in Ind. in May 1848 and is now a widow. She had married Otho M. B. Reeves on Jan 28, 1869 in Rush Co.

The Loudenback family follows. Isaac M. Loudenback, a farmer, was born in Ind. in Feb 1864. On Sept 28, 1884 in Henry Co. he married Lucy A. Cross. She was born in Ind. in Mar 1865. They are the parents of five children though only three survive – Erfie A. (son, b. July 1885), Lula M. (b. Oct 1887) and Wiles or Miles C. (b. Mar 1894).

Shown next is another farm laborer, Simon F. Bennell (could be Bennett though the T’s are not crossed). Simon was born in Ind. in Mar 1872. His newlywed wife, Kate, was born in Ind. in Mar 1872. They do not yet have any children.

Next week’s column will finish detailing information on the families listed in the 1900 Wayne Township census outside of Knightstown. Email scox@thebanneronline.com with questions or comments.

 

Genealogical Gleanings 84 – Southern half Wayne Township 1900

This week’s column finishes detailing information on the families living outside of Knightstown in the southern half of Wayne Township in the 1900 Henry County census. There have been 203 residences in this census section detailed in previous columns. The final eight residences of this district are detailed below.

Following the Bennell family (detailed last week) is the home of the Estes family. Ballard Estes, a farmer, was born in Ind. in Sept 1863. His wife of 12 years, Martha E., was born in Ind. in Feb 1861. They are the parents of two children – Walter (b. Feb 1889) and Beulah (b. Apr 1840).

Two Prichard families are enumerated after the Estes home. In the first home is David Jeremiah Prichard, a farmer, who was born in Ind. in Sept 1835. On Jan 5, 1864 in Union Co. he married Sarah E. Stanton. She was born in Ohio in Apr 1839. They are the parents of five children though only two survive. Still living at home is their daughter Gertrude, who was born in Ind. in Sept 1876.

Shown next is Joseph Prichard, quite likely the brother of David listed above. Joseph, also a farmer, was born in Ind. in Mar 1840. Anna J., his wife of 29 years, was born in Ind. in Aug 1857. This census does not indicate the number of children Anna has but three children are listed as living in the home – Henry R. (b. Dec 1872), Charles (b. June 1876) and Harriett E. (b. Apr 1883).

The McGuffin family is listed next. Samuel H. McGuffin, a farmer, was born in Ind. in Feb 1847. On Dec 23, 1876 in Henry Co. he married Martha Robinson. She died before 1890. Samuel then married Anna Ball on Sept 9, 1890. Anna was born in Ind. in May 1867. They do not have any children but three children from Samuel’s marriage to Martha are living in the home – Erma O. (b. Nov 1817), Zola L. (b. July 1880) and Ethel M. (b. May 1883). Erma is a school teacher. Also living in the home is a hired hand, M. Reeves. He was born in Ind. in Apr 1880.

England natives Samuel Bird and his daughter Elizabeth Bird are shown after the McGuffins. Samuel, a day laborer, was born in Mar 1839. Elizabeth was born in Apr 1864. They came to America between May and Dec 1864.

Virginia native Catherine Ramsey, a widow, is listed next. Mrs. Ramsey, formerly Christina Catherine Morris, was born in July 1833. She married James C. Ramsey on June 10, 1863. They did not have any children. Also living in the home is Catherine’s mother, Rebecca Morris, who was born also born in Virginia in Oct 1812. Rebecca is the mother of ten children though only four survive as of 1900. A nephew of Catherine’s, Calbert Morris, is also living in the home. He was born in Ind. in May 1874.

The Foust family follows. Elmer J. Foust, also a farmer, was born in Ind. in Aug 1867. On Mar 21, 1896 in Hancock Co. he married Florence V. Addison. She was born in Ind. in Oct 1865. They have one child, Sarah M., who was born in Aug 1899.

The last residence shown in this district of Wayne Township in 1900 is the home of the Tyer family. Mrs. Carrie Tyer, a widow, was born in Ind. in Feb 1864. The former Miss Frederick married Thomas A. Tyer on July 24, 1898. Carrie does not have any children but living in her home are two children from a previous marriage of Thomas’s – Mamie Tyer (b. Jan 1885) and Elsie Tyer (b Sept 1887). Also living in the home is Carrie’s brother Emery Fredrick. He was born in Ind. in Apr 1878 and works as a laborer at a foundry.

Next week’s column will finish detailing information on the families listed in the 1900 Wayne Township census outside of Knightstown. Email scox@thebanneronline.com with questions or comments.

 

Genealogical Gleanings 85 – Comments on Start of New Census Year

After completing the detailing of all the families listed as living in the town of Knightstown and the surrounding southern half of Wayne Township in the year 1900, I thought perhaps it was time to move on to a new census year. So, beginning next week, I will begin detailing the families listed as living in the town of Knightstown in the year 1920. It is likely many of The Banner readers will see the names of parents and grandparents in future columns. Some of our readers may even see their own names! But, be prepared to stay in 1920 for a while. In 1900, the census for Knightstown was 39 pages in length whereas in 1920, Knightstown’s census was 42 pages long (every census page is exactly 50 lines long). By 1930, Knightstown’s census was 49 pages long.

People often seem puzzled on why it is interesting to research and then write about what is included in a census. For dedicated genealogy buffs, the question is usually answered with an “oh, your poor thing” smile. But, even those addicts of genealogy don’t often appreciate how researching census records can provide us with a wide range of information about the places where we live today and how differently we live today. For example, one point that always catches my attention when I’m writing about the residents of decades ago is when a wife has a job. In an unscientific estimate, after having looked over so many census records, I would say probably 98% of the women listed as living in Knightstown in 1900 gave their occupations as “housewife” or “keeping house” and most did not list any occupation at all. (I would also guess there is a decent percentage of folks out there in the year 2005 that is saying right now “Yep, that’s how it should be … those were when things were good”.)

The idea that most women did not work outside of the home is not new, of course. Yet, seeing family after family listed with the husband described as “head” of household and the wife always shown as simply “wife” really stamps that fact in my mind. I often wonder how many times the 1900 census-taker in Knightstown thought the title of “head” of household should be given to the wife instead of the husband after he starts giving the wrong birthdates for the kids and she nudges him aside to stop him from telling the census-taker anything further.

For folks who find ancestors listed in these censuses and learn their great-grandmother was a carpet-weaver or boarding house operator, then a new perspective is gained. The same goes for the men of 1900. I like to read that someone is a “clerk in a dry goods store” in one census, then the next census, ten years later, he is listed as “merchant of a dry goods store.” I think, “Well, good for him. He must have been a hard worker to move up from clerk to manager or owner.” Or, perhaps he went from clerk to owner because the store he worked in was his father’s and now he is carrying on the business. I may not know anything else about the person, but just seeing those two facts sheds some light on the man’s character. Of course, he may have exaggerated his position every time.

The purpose of Genealogical Gleanings is not simply to impart the names and birthdates of former residents, most of whom are no longer living today, but to provide a glimpse into the past. The 1920 census for Knightstown appears to offer us a little bonus the 1900 Knightstown did not. The street names for residences were given in 1900 but 1920 shows the house number for the street as well. This should, coupled with being 20 years more recent, provide some interesting historical “facts” for today’s residents.

Next week will begin with the detailing of families living on Adams Street in 1920 Knightstown. Though I don’t have extra time to help with anyone else’s own personal research, I welcome comments and/or additional information on those people detailed in Gleanings columns. Please email comments to scox@thebanneronline.com or send your information via postal mail to P.O. Box 116, Knightstown.

 

Genealogical Gleanings 86 – Knightstown 1920 Census

This week’s column begins detailing information on the families living in Knightstown in the year 1920. Last week I mentioned that the 1920 census lists house numbers as well as street names for the residents. Bonnie Manche, a longtime staff member of The Bookmark emailed to tell me that at some point after 1920, the numbering system on the homes was changed. Bonnie hopes to take the information from these columns and cross-reference with information she has learned while at The Bookmark.

Hopefully, we can determine the actual places of residences for the people listed in these columns. I will list the house numbers as shown in the 1920 census, but please keep in mind while reading future columns that these house numbers may have changed at a later time. If we are able to figure out the changes and relay more accurate information, we will try to let readers know.

Also, please note that this 1920 census does not list the number of years a couple has been married nor does it show the number of children a mother has had. This census also does not provide the month and year of birth, but only shows the age of the person. The census does indicate whether a family owns their home or whether they are renters.

The first family listed in 1920 Knightstown is the Lucas family at 217 Adams St. Thomas Lucas, a factory laborer, was born in Kentucky about 1852. His wife Mildred was born in Ky. about 1859. Also living with them is a daughter, Marie, who was born in Ind. about 1902. The Lucases own their home.

The Hinton family owns the home at 207 Adams St. Louis Hinton, a section hand, was born in Ind. about 1886. His wife, Dovie, was born in Ky. about 1900. They do not have any children at this time.

The McNew family is listed next. They rent their residence at 153 Adams St. Everett McNew, a truck driver, was born in Ind. about 1899. His wife, Lula, was born in Ky. about 1896. They have one child, Betty, who is in Feb or Mar of 1919.

The Risk family owns the home at 147 Adams St. Alva Risk, a carpenter working for the railroad, was born in Ind. about 1882. His wife Vada was born in Ind. about 1884. They have a son, William, who was born about 1910.

The Alexander family follows, but no house number is shown. Thomas Alexander, a Ky. native, was born about 1882. His wife Addie was born in Ind. about 1886. They have a daughter, Anita (b. about 1911) and a son, Harry (b. about 1903). The family rents the home.

The next name of the next family shown is difficult to read but appears to be Verry. George Verry, a hardware merchant, was born in Ind. about 1856. His wife Emma was born in Ky. about 1873. There are no children listed as living in the home at 117 Adams St., which they own.

The Worth family is listed next at 107 Adams St. Horace Worth, a tire shop merchant, was born in Ind. about 1886. Ethel, his wife, was born in Ind. about 1893. Also living with them in the home they rent is daughter Marjorie. She was born about 1913.

Next week’s column will finish detailing information on the families listed in the 1920 Knightstown census. Email banner1@hrtc..net with questions or comments.