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Genealogical Gleanings 124 – Knightstown 1920 Census continued

This week’s column continues detailing the families living in Knightstown residences in 1920 from where we left off in the June 28 column.

Following the home rented by the Leavell family at 332 N. McCullum (detailed last week) is the home owned by the Fort family at 333 N. McCullum. Ora F. Fort was born in Ind. about 1877. He earns a living as a mechanic. On Jan. 31, 1906 in Henry Co. he married Ida M. Williams. She was born in Ind. about 1887. They have one child, Reginald L. Fort, who was born about 1912. (There is also an earlier marriage record of Ora F. Fort to Edna Wales on Feb. 6, 1898 in Henry Co.)

The Schaeffer family is listed next in the home they own at 348 N. McCullum. Charles W. Schaeffer was born in Ind. about 1881. He is the superintendent at the gas company. On Oct. 23, 1912 in Henry Co. he married Ida M. Lowery. Together they had at least one child, A. Ellen L. Schaeffer, who was born about 1909. Charles then married Bertha McDaniel on Feb. 7, 1907 in Henry Co. Bertha was born in Ind. about 1890. They also have one child, Charles M., who was born in 1919.

The Holland family is enumerated next at the home they own at 320 W. Brown Street. Earl R. Holland was born in Ind. about 1889. He works as a salesman at a furniture store. On Aug. 20, 1911 in Henry Co. he married Pearl Kuhn. She was born in Ind. about 1894. They have three children – Earl R. (b. about 1913), Paul E. (b. Feb. 4, 1915), and Hugh V. (b. Dec. 9, 1918).

The Rhoades family is listed after the Hollands in the home they rent at 306 W. Brown. John E. Rhoades was born in Ind. about 1868. He works as a laborer at the railroad. His wife, the former Nora B. Small, was born in Ind. about 1881. They have four children living at home including Cecil R. (b. about 1900), Lucille A. (b. about 1906), George (b. about 1908), and Kathryn (b. about 1910). Also living in the home is John’s father, Henry A. Rhoades, and brother, Charles A. Rhoades. Henry was born in Ohio about 1843 and works as a street laborer. Charles was born in Ind. about 1869 and is employed at the power company. Both men are widowers.

The Haigh family is shown next at the home they rent at 302 W. Brown. William C. Haigh was born in England about 1881. His parents brought him to America when he was about two years old. His wife, Edith M., was born in Ind. about 1880. They have one child, Joseph H. Haigh, who was born in Ind. about 1911.

The Addison family follows in the home they own at 235 W. Brown. Ernest A. Addison was born in Ind. about 1871. On Jan. 8, 1908 in Hamilton County he married Nora B. Wilson. She was born in Ind. about 1872. Also living in the home is Ernest’s mother, Martha J. Grunden. Martha was born in Ind. about 1853. Following her marriage to a Mr. Addison, she married Thomas A. Grunden on Dec. 13, 1877 in Henry County. Mr. Grunden has died by 1920.

Next week’s column will continue detailing information on the families listed in the 1920 Knightstown census. Email scox@thebanneronline.com with questions or comments.

 

Genealogical Gleanings 125 – Knightstown 1920 Census continued

This week’s column continues detailing the families living in Knightstown residences in 1920 from where we left off in the July 5 column.

Following the Addison family (detailed last week at 235 W. Brown) is the home rented by the Leavell family at 236 W. Brown Street. William C. Leavell was born in Ind. about 1869. He works as a brick mason. On Feb. 17, 1892 in Henry Co. he married Jennie Rhoades. She was born in Ind. about 1875. They have two sons living at home. Elbert O. Leavell was born in Ind. about 1897. He works as a florist. Carrol O. Leavell was born in Ind. about 1912. The family also has a boarder, Harry Gray, living in the home. Harry was born in Ind. about 1881. He is also a brick mason.

The Pratt family rents the next home shown at 117 W. Brown. Claude F. Pratt was born in Ind. about 1888. He works as a private chauffeur. On Jan. 1, 1910 in Henry Co. he married Anna Z. Pearson. She was born in Ind. about 1891. They have three children – Geraldine (b. about 1913), Earl (b. about 1916), and Joseph (b. about 1817).

Ms. Emma Foust lives alone in the next home listed at 115 W. Brown. She was born in Ind. about 1870 and works as a nurse. She is divorced.

Another Holland family lives on this street at 125 W. Brown. Henry R. Holland was born in Ind. in Dec 1859. He earns a living as a painter. On Sept. 28, 1887 in Henry Co. he married Addie Boren. She was born in Ind. in July 1856. They have at least two children. Their son, J. Fred Holland, was born in Oct 1888. He no longer lives at home. Their son, Morris B. Holland, was born in Sept 1890. He works as a clerk at the railroad station and is still living at home in 1920.

The Alexander family is listed next in the home they rent at 133 W. Brown. Lewis Alexander was born in Ind. in Aug 1847. On Jan. 11, 1878 in Hancock Co. he married Arnetta J. “Nettie” Saxon. She was born in Ind. in Mar 1861. They had four children, though only three were still living in 1910. Their oldest son, Samuel, and his family are enumerated with them in this 1920 census, but living at a different address.

Samuel Alexander’s family lives at 137 W. Brown. Samuel was born in Hancock Co. about 1879. He works as a molder. His wife, Viola Alexander, was born in Washington D.C. in about 1882. They have two sons, Omer and Emery. Omer was born in Ind. about 1911 and Emery was born about 1912.

The Gilbreath family is shown next at the home they rent at 223 W. Brown. Raymond Gilbreath was born in Ind. about 1871. He works as a carpenter. His wife, Celia A., was born in Ind. about 1873.

The Boren family follows at the home they own at 218 W. Brown. Oliver M. “Ollie” Boren was born in Ind. in Feb 1862. On May 30, 1895 in Henry Co. he married Lillie G. Smith. She was born in Ind. in Dec 1869. They do not have any children.

Next week’s column will continue detailing information on the families listed in the 1920 Knightstown census. Email scox@thebanneronline.com with questions or comments.

 

Genealogical Gleanings 126 – Knightstown 1920 Census continued

This week’s column continues detailing the families living in Knightstown residences in 1920 from where we left off in the July 12 column.

Following the Boren family at 218 W. Brown (detailed last week) is the home rented by the Framptons at 210 W. Brown Street. Henry G. Frampton was born in Ind. in Aug 1873. He works as a cement contractor. On Aug. 28, 1896 in Henry Co. he married Bertha E. Pitts. She was born in Ind. in June 1878. She died between 1917 and 1920. They had four children – Inez A. (b. Dec 1896), Marie (b. May 1900), Ethel M. (b. about 1908), Floy F. (son, born about 1917).

Another Rhodes family is listed after the Framptons in the home they rent at 224 W. Brown Street. Russel F. Rhodes, a son of George and Laura Rhodes, was born in Henry Co. on Sept 19, 1899. He works as a laborer at a coal yard. On Oct. 27, 1917 in Marion Co. he married Edna F. Brooks. She was born in Ind. on Apr. 9, 1901. They have one child. Earrel V. Rhodes was born in 1919.

The Ramsey family rents the next home shown at 104 W. Brown.  Denny A. Ramsey was born in Ohio about 1890. He is a railroad agent. On Jan. 15, 1911 in Henry Co. he married Flora C. Waller. She was born in Arkansas about 1892. They have four children – Helen M. (b. about 1912), Lucy (b. about 1914), Louis E. (b. about 1918), and Harry (b. 1920).

Mr. and Mrs. Kinder rent the next place at 112 W. Brown. Winfred W. Kinder was born in Ind. about 1847. He works as a street laborer. His wife, Mary J. Kinder, was born in Ohio about 1850. Also living in the home is Winfred’s sister-in-law Delitha Skenes. She was born in Ind. about 1852.

Mrs. Emily Whitesell, a widow of Charles R. Whitesell, is enumerated next at the home they own at 126 N. Madison Street. The former Miss Emily Smart was born in Ohio about 1841. She married Mr. Whitesell on June 10, 1857 in Henry Co. Charles was born in Ind. about 1835 and died between 1910 and 1920. Also living in the home is their daughter, Louie D. Whitesell. She was born in Iowa about 1860. She is single and works as a seamstress for a private family. Other children listed in the 1880 census include Carrie, Nellie, May, Alice, and Joseph.

Another Whitesell family follows. Mrs. Phoebe J. Whitesell, a widow of James L. Whitesell, owns the home at 138 N. Madison.

The former Miss Phoebe Gray was born in Ind. about 1853. She married Mr. Whitesell on March 24, 1874 in Henry County. James Whitesell was born in Ind. about 1834 and died between 1880 and 1900. Also living in the home with Phoebe in 1900 is her daughter, Florence, and her husband. Florence was born in Ind. about 1875. She married William J. Hanley on Oct. 16, 1885 in Henry Co. William was born in Ohio about 1869. He is a manager at an electrical company.

Next week’s column will continue detailing information on the families listed in the 1920 Knightstown census. Email scox@thebanneronline.com with questions or comments.

 

Genealogical Gleanings 127 – Knightstown 1920 Census continued

This week’s column continues detailing the families living in Knightstown residences in 1920 from where we left off in the July 19 column.

Following the Whitesell families (detailed last week) is the home at 206 N. Madison rented by the Langenfeld family (name is difficult to read). Robert L. Langenfeld was born in Ohio about 1871. He works at a machine repair shop. His wife, Elizabeth, was born in Ind. about 1867.

Mrs. Carrie A. Brown, a widow, rents the home listed next at 214 N. Madison. Carrie was born in Kentucky about 1864. Living with her are two sons, Orin T. Brown and Rufus W. Cooper. Orin was born in Ohio about 1901. Rufus was born in Ohio about 1899. He works as an apprentice at a barber shop. Rufus’ infant daughter, Lettie Cooper, also lives in the home.

The Brooks family is shown next at the home they rent at 204 N. Madison. Robert E. Brooks was born in Ind. about 1877. He is employed as a laborer at a greenhouse. On Sept. 19, 1898 in Madison Co. he married Emma McCorkle. She was born in Ind. about 1882. Their children still at home in 1900 include Edith M. (b. about 1904), Edgar K. (b. about 1907), Darwin E. (b. about 1909), and Max (b. about 1918). Their oldest child, Edna (b. about 1901), is no longer at home.

Mrs. Mary Finney, a widow, rents the next home listed at 220 N. Madison. Mary was born in Ohio about 1858. She lives alone.

Mr. and Mrs. Smith rent the home at 228 N. Madison. Wilson C. Smith was born in Ind. in Sept 1851. He has worked for more than 20 years as a carpenter. His wife, Margaret Anna, was born in Ind. in Jan 1868. They were living in Wayne County in 1910 and 1900. They had three children, though only two had survived as of 1910. Harry A. Smith was born in May 1888 and Ethel A. Smith was born in Feb 1891.

Another Brooks family is listed as living at 230 N. Madison. Morton Brooks was born in Ind. about 1873. He works as a janitor at a department store. His wife, Lena L., was born in Ind. about 1881. They have six children living at home including Lowell R. (b. about 1902), Berina L. (b. about 1901), Helen M. (b. about 1912), Morton L. (b. about 1915), Gerald L. (b. July 1916), John R. Brooks (b. Nov 1919). Lowell is an apprentice to a stone mason.

The Daily family, all natives of Garrard County, Kentucky, is enumerated next in the home they rent at 129 N. Madison. Jack S. Daily was born in Oct 1873.  He is a farm laborer. Sallie, his wife of more than 26 years, was born in Jan 1875. They have at least 11 children though one had died by 1910 in Kentucky. Their children were James Tilden Daily (b. Apr 1895), Mina (b. 1896), Jewel (b. 1898), Robert (b. 1900), Fred (b. 1902), Lucile, (b. 1904), Raymond (b. 1906), Pearl (b. 1908), Mabel (b. about 1911) and Earnest (b. about 1913). Only Fred, Lucy, Mabel and Earnest are living with their parents in 1920 Knightstown. (Note: This family’s name was spelled Daley in 1900, Daly in 1910, and Daily in 1920 and 1930).

Next week’s column will continue detailing information on the families listed in the 1920 Knightstown census. Email scox@thebanneronline.com with questions or comments.

 

Genealogical Gleanings 128 – Knightstown 1920 Census continued

This week’s column continues detailing the families living in Knightstown residences in 1920 from where we left off in the July 26 column.

Following the Daily family at 129 N. Madison (detailed last week) is the home rented by the Hoosier family at 133 N. Madison. Charles Hoosier was born in Ind. on Mar. 12, 1883. He is employed as a lineman at the “powerhouse.” On Oct. 30, 1916 in Henry Co. he married Anna White. She was also born in Ind. about 1882. They have one son living at home. Earl W. Hoosier was born in Ind. about 1909. Also living in the home is Charles’ brother Walter R. Hoosier. He was born in Ind. on Feb. 5, 1893. He works as a janitor. (Both men were employed at the S&O Home in the 1910 census with the same occupations.)

Newlyweds Mr. and Mrs. Rhoades rent the next home shown at 135 N. Madison. Vernon Rhoades was born in Ind. about 1901. He works as a laborer on a farm. On June 27, 1919 in Henry Co. he married Beatrice M. Sleeth. She was born in Ind. on Sept. 23, 1899.

Mr. and Mrs. James own the next home listed at 137 N. Madison. George E. James was born in Ind. about 1854. He is a stationary engineer. On Nov. 14, 1877 in Henry Co. he married Anna M. Bell. She was born in North Carolina about 1859. She is also employed but her occupation is illegible.

Another James family is enumerated next but they are renting a home at 348 N. Harrison Street. Roy V. James was born in Ind. about 1884. He is employed as a salesman for a factory. On Sept. 1, 1909 in Hancock Co. Roy married Erma F. Bell. She was born in Ind. about 1887. They have one child, Rex E., who was born Dec. 11, 1917.

Widower Hanson Ramsey owns the next home listed at 342 N. Harrison. Mr. Ramsey was born in Ohio about 1878. He earns a living as an electrician. His sons, Earl H. Ramsey (b. about 1902) and Ray C. Ramsey (b. about 1910), live at home as well as his youngest daughter, Grace A. Ramsey (b. about 1913). Also living in the home is his daughter Nora L. and her husband Russell B. Hufford. Nora was born in Ind. about 1900. She married Mr. Hufford on Mar. 20, 1919 in Henry County. Russell was born in Ind. on Aug. 17, 1892.

The Sullivan family owns the next home listed at 334 N. Harrison. Cyrus C. Sullivan was born in North Carolina about 1860. He works as a janitor at a factory. On Jan. 23, 1905 in Henry Co. he married Martha A. “Mattie” Leonard. She was born in Ind. about 1877. They have one son, Aaron C. Sullivan, who was born Feb. 20, 1906, probably in Henry Co.

The McKee family rents one half of the next home shown at 226 N. Harrison. Thomas G. McKee was born in Kentucky about 1890. He earns a living as a wood chopper. His wife, Ida D. McKee was born in Kentucky about 1894. They have one child, Marie M. McKee. She was born in late 1919 in Indiana.

Next week’s column will continue detailing information on the families listed in the 1920 Knightstown census. Email scox@thebanneronline.com with questions or comments.

 

Genealogical Gleanings 129 – Knightstown 1920 Census continued

This week’s column continues detailing the families living in Knightstown residences in 1920 from where we left off in the August 2 column.

Following the McKee family (detailed last week) is Mr. and Mrs. Stewart, who apparently rent at the same address as the McKee family at 226 N. Harrison. John R. Stewart was born in Ohio about 1890. He works as a baker. Ella S. Stewart, his wife, was also born in Ohio in about 1880.

The Andersons own the next home shown at 138 N. Harrison Street. Luther J. Anderson was born in Ind. on Nov. 21, 1879. He works as a shoemaker in a shop. On Feb. 13, 1906 in Shelby Co. he married Loretta Ramsey. She was born Mar. 3, 1887 in Ind. They are the parents of two children. Their oldest, Harold W. Anderson, was born in Shelby Co. on Sept. 8, 1907. Their youngest child, Marvin R. Anderson, was born on May 2, 1910, most likely in Shelby Co. The family was living in Shelby Co. (Hanover Township) at the time of the 1910 census, taken there just two weeks before Marvin’s birth date. Both Harold and Marvin were living in Knightstown at the time of their deaths. Harold died in March 1973 and Marvin died in Oct 1976.

The Hardy family is listed after the Andersons at the home they own at 118 N. Harrison. George W. Hardy was born about 1871 in Ind. He is a superintendent at a fence factory. On Nov. 30, 1898 in Henry Co. he married Elizabeth H. Wilson. She was born in Ind. about 1878. They have one child, George W. Hardy Jr. He was born in Henry Co. about 1909.

Mrs. Abbie E. Pavers, a widow, is enumerated next at the home she owns at 103 N. Harrison. She was born in Ohio about 1845.

The Carroll family follows at the home they own at 26 N. Harrison. Louis A. Carroll was born in Ind. on Mar. 13, 1893, the son of Aaron E. Carroll and Emma B. Williams. In 1920, he is a manager of a store (difficult to read) and by 1930, he’s a Knightstown retail merchant of men’s clothing. On Sept. 16, 1915 in Marion Co. he married Margaret Agnes Higdon. She was born in Ind. on June 12, 1892. They have two children, Mary C. (b. about 1917) and Margaret N. (b. about 1918).

Next week’s column will continue detailing information on the families listed in the 1920 Knightstown census. Email scox@thebanneronline.com with questions or comments.

 

Genealogical Gleanings 130 – Knightstown 1920 Census continued

This week’s column continues detailing the families living in Knightstown residences in 1920 from where we left off in the August 9 column.

Following the Carroll family (detailed last week) is the home at 138 Warrick Street rented by the Kinder family. Samuel J. Kinder was born in Ind. about 1880. He has worked for over 10 years as a machinist at a factory. On Sept. 11, 1901 in Henry Co. he married Hester Denny. She was born in Kentucky about 1884. They have one child, Mary E. Kinder. She was born about 1904.

Ireland native Daniel Devane owns the next home listed at 137 Warrick. Daniel was born about 1852 and came to America in 1870. Mr. Devane is a widower. His son, Emmis F. Devane, also lives in the home. He was born in Ind. about 1895. He is employed as a telegraph operator.

The Hargrove family is enumerated next at the home they own at 137 Carey Street. Lark was born in Ind. in Feb 1876. He works as a cement contractor. On Nov. 5, 1899 in Marion Co. he married Mary Pearl Walker. She was born in Ind. in Jan 1880. Several children are living at home in 1900 including Mary E. (b. about 1903), Ralph O. (b. about 1907), Donald E. (b. about 1908), Margaret L. (b. 1910), and Crystal F. (b. about 1912). Though the Hargroves were married in Marion Co., the couple was living in Sugar Creek Twp. of Hancock Co. in 1900. They then moved and were living in Posey Township of Rush Co. in 1910 and came to Knightstown sometime between 1910 and 1920.

Mrs. Belle C. Steele, a widow, lives alone at the next home she rents at 138 Carey Street. Mrs. Steele was born in Ind. about 1871. She works as a laundress for a public facility.

The Childers family is listed at 129 Carey Street where they are renters. Harry Childers was born in Ind. about 1873. On Feb. 24, 1917 in Henry Co. he married Leola Bailey. She was born in Ind. about 1891. She was previously married to Robert Roy Barfell on Dec. 4, 1911. Leola and Roy had three children including Clifford L. (b. about 1913), Vinson E. (b. about 1914) and Byron H. (b. about 1916). All three children are living with their mother and Mr. Childers in the 1920 Census. Leola and Harry also have a child together. Their daughter Joanna N. Childers was born in 1919. Also living in the home is Leola’s mother, Nancy M. Bailey. She was born in Ohio about 1851. In the 1930 census, the family has moved to Elkhart and two more children were born to the family. Kathryn Childers was born about 1921 and Lucille Childers was born about 1925.

Next week’s column will continue detailing information on the families listed in the 1920 Knightstown census. Email scox@thebanneronline.com with questions or comments.

 

Genealogical Gleanings 131 – Knightstown 1920 Census continued

This week’s column continues detailing the families living in Knightstown residences in 1920 from where we left off in the August 16 column.

Following the home of the Childers family (detailed last week) is the home rented by the Trout family at 123 Carey Street. Frank Trout was born in Ind. about 1888. He works as a tool dresser at a gas well. On May 6, 1919 in Henry Co. he married Alice Ayers. She was born in West Virginia about 1901. They have one child, one month old Madeline L. Trout. Also living in the home is Frank’s widowed mother, Mary Trout. She was born in North Carolina about 1854.

The next family enumerated is the Hensley family, living on West Morgan Street though no house number is provided. Benjamin F. Hensley was born in North Carolina about 1874. He earns a living as a florist. He married is wife, Alice, about 1896. Alice was born in Tennessee about 1877. They have three children. Their daughter Sidney was born in Ohio about 1900. The family moved from Ohio to Tennessee sometime between 1901 and 1903, as that is the year their other daughter Mildred was born. The family moved again between 1903 and 1909 as they are living in Knightstown when the 1910 census was taken. By this year, they had added a son, Benjamin (b. about 1909). Both censuses seem to indicate Mr. Hensley runs a floral business in a shop over his house.

The Mount family is listed next at the home they own at 18 W. Morgan. Van (or Von) G. Mount was born in Ind. about 1885. He works as a gate maker at a factory. On Jan. 16, 1905 in Madison Co. he married Martha Maddox. She was born in Kentucky about 1883. They have one child living at home in 1920. Their son, Howard Mount, was born in Ind. about 1886.

The Kelly family follows at their home at 26 W. Morgan. Ellis R. Kelly was born in Ind. about 1878. He is a machinist at a factory. On Sept 30, 1898 in Clinton Co. he married Maude F. Black. She was born in Ind. about 1881. They have two children living at home - Ivan D. (b. about 1905) and James N. (b. about 1913). Also living in the home is a nephew, David F. Foster. He was born in Ind. about 1899.

Mr. and Mrs. Howell are shown next at the home they rent at 32 W. Morgan. Elbert B. Howell was born in Ind. about 1894. He is a telegraph operator. On Jan. 23, 1918 in Henry Co. he married Frances C. Saul. She was born in Ind. about 1901. They do not yet have any children.

Next week’s column will continue detailing information on the families listed in the 1920 Knightstown census. Email scox@thebanneronline.com with questions or comments.

 

Genealogical Gleanings 132 – Knightstown 1920 Census continued

This week’s column continues detailing the families living in Knightstown residences in 1920 from where we left off in the August 23 column. (Note: there was no column published in last week’s August 30 issue.)

Following the home of the Howell family (detailed in last column) is the home rented by the Copeland family at 24 Lincoln Street. John E. Copeland was born in Ind. in Aug 1864, the oldest son of Needham W. and Clarkey Copeland. John is working as a machinist at a machine shop in 1920. On June 21, 1896 in Henry Co. he married Mabel J. James, daughter of Benjamin F. and Jane W. James. She was born in Ind. in Nov 1867. She was first married to Frank Talbert on Oct 10, 1888 in Henry Co. and they had one child, Gladys (b. Sept 1889).  John and Mabel have at least three children together including Majorie E. (b. Oct 1897), Donald J. (b. Feb 17, 1903), and Kenneth L. (b. May 30, 1908). Also living in the home is Mabel’s brother, Walter James. He was born in Ind. in Feb 1860. He works as a laborer at a fence factory in 1920.

Mr. and Mrs. Newby are listed next at the home they own at 29 Lincoln Street. Loren Y. Newby was born in Ind. in Oct 1852. On Sept. 19, 1877 in Henry Co. he married Mary Florence Evans. She was born in Ind. in Aug 1860. Mr. Newby, at age 68, is still working as a factory laborer in 1920. Though they’re no longer living at home in 1920, Loren and Florence are the parents of two children. Their son, Gurney (or Yurney?), was born in June 1881 and their daughter, Pearl A., was born about 1880. She married William O. Smith in Henry Co. on Oct. 11, 1898.

The Hooten family is shown after the Newby home at the home they own at 23 Franklin Street. Benjamin H. Hooten was born in Ind. in March 1894, the son of Andrew O. Hooten and Mary O. Marsh. In 1920, Benjamin is working at the fence factory as a laborer. On Nov 17, 1915 in Henry Co. he married Ada F. Whitaker. She was born in Ind. in June 1896, the daughter of Charles Whitaker and Mary Olda Meredith. Benjamin and Ada are the parents of one child, Andrew A., who was born about 1917.

The next home listed is that rented by the Silver family at 4 W. Morgan Street. Robert A. Silver, the son of William B. and Ann Silver, was born in Jan 1849, likely in Preble Co., Ohio, as he was living there in 1850 as a two year old. Robert married his wife Laura about 1879, probably in Preble Co., Ohio as they were living there in 1880.  Laura was born in Ohio in Sept 1856. Robert and Laura had two children – Jessie A. (b. Nov 1882 in Ohio) and Ralph L. (b. Jan 1886 in Ind.). Sometime between the births of their children, the family moved to Rushville where they were living on Seventh Street in 1900. From 1880 to 1900 or later, Robert worked as a traveling commercial salesman. By 1910, the family had moved to Knightstown, where the family lived on Franklin Street. From 1910-1920 or later, Robert worked as a manufacturer of carriages. Laura died between 1920 and 1930. By 1930, Robert, at age 81, is still living in Knightstown with his daughter who is now his partner in an automobile body factory. (Note: The name was spelled both as Silver and as Silvers on various records from 1850 to 1930.)

Next week’s column will continue detailing information on the families listed in the 1920 Knightstown census. Email scox@thebanneronline.com with questions or comments.

 

Genealogical Gleanings 133 – Knightstown 1920 Census continued

This week’s column continues detailing the families living in Knightstown residences in 1920 from where we left off in the Sept. 6 column.

Following the home of the Silver family at 4 W. Morgan Street is the home owned by Mr. and Mrs. O’Malley. Charles R. O’Malley, the son of James O’Malley and Lavina Woods, was born in Ind. about 1878. He has worked as a blacksmith for at least ten years. His wife, Selena, was born in Ohio about 1885. Also living in the home is Elizabeth Harden, an aunt. She was born in Virginia about 1844.

The Nipp family rents the next home listed at 24 W. Morgan. Frank M. Nipp, the son of John Nipp Jr. and Lydia J. Glympse was born in Aug 1880, probably in Knightstown or rural Carthage. Frank’s great-grandfather George Nipp of Pennsylvania was an early settler of Rush Co., purchasing land there in 1823. Though Frank’s occupation is listed in 1920 as a laborer in a factory, he was working as a millwright in 1910 and living on South 22nd Street in New Castle. Frank’s father and grandfather, John Nipp Sr., were also millwrights or millers.  On Apr. 2, 1905 in Henry Co. Frank married Bertha A. Ritchie, daughter of Peter and Lucretia Ritchie. Bertha was born in Dec 1885, probably in Henry Co. Frank and Bertha have four children – Letha A. (b. about 1908), Vera Q. (b. about 1912), Frank Marcell (b. Mar. 27, 1914) and Virginia L. (b. 1920). Frank and Bertha will move to New Castle sometime later as they are living there in 1930.

The Culbertson family is enumerated next at the home they own at 32 W. Morgan Street. Charles F. Culbertson was born in Henry Co. on June 30, 1878. He is the son of Lucellus M. Culbertson and Alice A. Alspaw. The elder Mr. Culbertson, who lives with his wife at 205 S. Jefferson, has been a hardware merchant in Knightstown for more than 40 years and Charles follows his father in the business as a young man. On Mar. 25, 1915 in Henry Co. Charles married Irene E. Roberts. She was born Mar. 2, 1895 in the Raysville area, the daughter of Marion Roberts and Alzina Shurran. Charles and Irene have two children in 1920 – Louis M. (b. 1917) and Ruth M. (b. Sept 1919). They would have one more child, Helen, in 1927.

The Robbins family is listed next at the home they rent at 38 W. Morgan Street. Benjamin F. Robbins was born in Ind. in Aug 1868. On July 22, 1894 in Hancock Co. he married Margaret Jane Unger. She was born in Ind. in Oct 1875. Shortly after they married, they maintained a home in Shelby County and lived there until 1910. While living in Shelby Co., Ben worked as a farm laborer and later as a laborer at a fence factory. Ben and Jane are the parents of three children – Ethel (b. Jan 1895), Flora (b. Feb 1897) and Addie (b. May 1900). Sometime between 1910 and 1920, the family moved to Knightstown. In 1920, Ben is working as at the railroad. His daughters Flo and Addie are still at home in 1920. Flo is employed as a saleslady at a variety store and Addie is working as a stenographer at a factory. By 1930, Ben and Jane would be living in their own home at 17 Jackson Street with Ben then earning a living as truck delivery man. Their daughter Flo is still living at home in 1930 and working as a saleslady at a grocery store.

Next week’s column will continue detailing information on the families listed in the 1920 Knightstown census. Email scox@thebanneronline.com with questions or comments.