Benton County, Indiana

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10/26/97 lyman h. goben
GOBEN, lyman hugh, buried fowler cemetary with wife catherine hopwood goben. need look up of date of birth, death on both. graves are in north part of cemetary, somewhere on west side. came to benton co smetime in early 1900's. will trade info withsomeone needing scott county lookups.

10/26/97 Jane Stone
I am seeking information about PARADAY, francis robert or john james; Birth: August 1928; County: Benton; Township: Gilboa; Birth Parents: Lewis E. Paraday & Iva K. Allmon

10/7/97 Doris Bond
I am seeking information about my g-grandmother Ella Caroline BLESS(BLISS) who was living in Oxford, Benton Co. in 1881. She was living with an uncle and aunt and I would like to identify them. Possible last names might be ALLEY, FOWLER, HENDERSON, BRANNAN, SULLIVAN or RAMSEY. Also her mother's first husband's name was Simeon Fowler, could he possibly be from the family the town was named for?

10/7/97 Pamela Bellanca
I am looking for a William C. Garland. His daughter Margaret Ellen Garland was born in Benton County on July 10, 1873 so I know he was in Benton Co. around that time. Does anyone have access to the 1870 or 1880 census? Or if you have a connection to that name or just simply want to help me. I live in PA and it's kinda hard to do research in Benton Co., In!

10/7/97 Dave King
Searching for information about the families descended from Charles GRESS(born 15 Aug 1839 WIlkes Barre,PA) and Agnes MACDONALD(born 1860 ?) They were married 9 Oct 1879 in Benton County, IN. This was Charles' second marraige, the first being to Charlotte L HUFF who died about 1878. The children of Charles and Agnes that lived to maturity were: Lawrence GRESS b 1882 married Mattie GOLDSMITH, Isa LEMON; Blanche GRESS b 1884, m William WINDLER; Oscar GRESS b 1886, m Ida LEGRIS; Winifred GRESS b 1889, m Richard CLARK; Maude GRESS b 1891, m Clifford TINSMAN. This entire family lived in the vicinity of Raub, Earl Park and Fowler Indiana. I would like to make contact with other descendants to help further along our research.

10/7/97 Cyndi Pote
I'm interested in all descendants of Perry SMITH of Butler Co., OH, Montgomery and Warren Cos., IN; also the HICKMAN family of Warren and Benton Co., IN.

9/14/97 Charlotte
Looking for DUNN, Virginia E. parents names. Virginia b. 4 Jan 1818 in Morgan Co . Va. Her death was at her daughter home Mrs. J. B.McKinney in Fowler, Benton Co.
7 Jan 1897.

9/14/97 John Choens
Researching John Albert HOWARD, born 6 Sept 1869 at Earl Park (Benton) Indiana, to John A. HOWARD of Columbus (Franklin) Ohio and Elizabeth (HOOVER) HOWARD of Baltimore (Baltimore) Maryland. The family may have lived in Earl Park only a short time, moving to the area from Ohio shortly before John was born.

9/14/97 Rich Lowe
Searching for information on my grandfather Newton V. LOWE, who told relatives he was "from Lafayette" (then saying he worked in Lafayette but didn't live there). May have lived in Benton County. Time period would have been somewhere within the 1890-1905 area. Thought to have been born in N.Y. to John A. Lowe and Sarah Johnson Lowe. See my search for Newton Lowe page at:

9/14/97 J. Miles
 Searching for ancestors and descendants of William George THOMPSON, born c. 1845 and brother Thomas THOMPSON, born c. 1855 who "landed" in Illinois about 1870 from Lincolnshire, England and then bought a farm in Union Township Benton County, Indiana. William married Alice YANCEY and had 16 children. Thomas moved to Iowa between 1880 and 1900 censuses.

9/14/97 Clara (Sanford) Cheek
John Sawyer TAYLOR was born 3 Mar 1855 in Otterbein, IN. Married Lettie Jane LITTEL. Later moved to Oklahoma. Children: Ethel Sedalia, Winfred LaRue, John Cecil, Cladia Leona, Nellie Viola, and Margaret Eleanor. I am a daughter of Margaret Eleanor. I would like information on John's family, especially prior generations.

8/10/97 Janet Kres
Seek information on Peter COYLE, b.1812, Ireland, moved to Earl Park, Benton Co., IN., died 13 June 1891. Married Ellen (?Brohanna?). Children: Johanna, Laura, Rosa, Catherine, Lizzie, and Mary.

8/10/97 B Gentry
 Researching ancestors for Rose Emma Skelton b: 28 Nov 1872 Benton Co. IN according to her obit in Crawfordsville Journal-Review 5 Jul 1942. Married Levi Jackson Pittman. Her parents Skelton/Martin; grandparents Skelton/Gott and Martin/White.

8/10/97 Dale Stoll
I am looking for information about my grandfather, Wilbur Boyer, who was born in Ambia, Indiana. He died in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma around 1926. Information about this side of my family is very scarce.

8/10/97 Virginia Lindsey
 Seeking relatives of Anders Granberg and wife Sophia Johansdatter who lived in Boswell, Benton county in 1869 to 1886. They came from Sweden. They were members of the Lutheran church there. Their children were: Josephine m. Perry Johnson, Albert m. Jennie Bennett, Anna m Harry Eberle, Jenny, John Ruben, Edith and George.

8/10/97 Tracy Hayse
Seeking information on CARR, Catherine (SP?) Bernedette, born Fowler, IN, 1/15/1885; dau. of CARR, Patrick and HUGHES, Mary, born in Fowler ca. 1859.

6/16/97 Barbara Clark Myall
 I recently discovered a book, "History of Benton County and Historic Oxford" Jesse Setlington Birch, 1928. I think it is available from the Benton County Historical Society, 602 E. 7th Street, Fowler, IN 47944. (no phone, no e-mail). On a Books We Own, Benton County, request I discovered my gggf, Hiram CLARK, was living in Oxford in 1882 and, along with other respected townsmen, helped lay the final rails of the Indiana-Chicago RR as it came through Oxford. Also my gggm, Anna Catherine BIRDSALL, in 1852, was the first teacher in the first school in the township held in her father's house, Daniel Birdsall. Daniel Birdsall was an early pioneer in the Indiana Territory who developed a farm north of Oxford near Swanington, IN. I think these people were Quakers. I have written for the book.

6/16/97 Helen Baldwin
I am searching for my GGGrandfather, James EMMONS, who may have been born in Benton County in 1855. I am searching for his parents and siblings. I would like to communicate with any and all Benton County Emmons families. Thank you.

5/28/97 Charlotte
Looking for family member's of Virginia A. Dunn dod 1891 in Fowler, Benton County, Ind. Virginia passed at her daughter's home a Mrs.J.. B. McKinney.

5/28/97 C. Dye
I am researching the NIICHEL (N^nchel) and ROTH familes who started out in Benton Co. around 1880-1885. Helena (Roth) and Peter Niichel (my great-grandparents) had 7 children (6 girls and 1 boy) and several of the women married and stayed in Fowler and surrounding areas.
They were: 
Lillian (Lil) m. Herman Boever 
Marie m. Felix Schutz 
Helena (Lena) m. Andrew Gick 
Catherine (Kate) m. Nick Brost 
The other 2 daughters and son left Indiana and I already have information on them. Any information you can contribute on these 4 families, or on Niichel or Roth, will be greatly appreciated.

5/17/97 Jane Nelson
I am looking for the family of Earl P. MARTIN who lived in Ambia, Indiana in 1976.  At that time, he was in possession of a rather large scroll which contained a MARTIN family history compiled from the notes of Elizabeth MARTIN, who died in 1898.  This scroll was later added to by Ann FAULKNER of Knoxville, Tn. and Edna Martin OAKLAND of Ca..  The descendents of Michael MARTIN (born c.1750) many of whom were from Perryopolis, in southwest Pa are listed.  Some of our other families listed were; LYNCH, KING, GUE and MCINTIRE.

4/9/97 Mardell Raney ll
I've been searching for information about my great-grandparents' history (particularly his).  They are Alexander JEFFERSON (b. Feb. 25, 1831 in Tyrone Co. Ireland) and Hannah BOWMAN (b. Nov. 27, 1848 in Fowler).  They were married in Oxford IN and had 12 sons (2nd youngest was my grandfather Harry Jefferson b.Aug. 15, 1881 in Oxford).  Both Alexander and Hannah are buried in Oxford.  I've never been able to locate any Jefferson ancestors nor any information about Alexander's past.  Any suggestions?

4/6/97 Barbara Clark Myall
Seeking descendants or ascendants of Daniel BIRDSALL and Gulielma Maria WILLSON and their children, who were on the 1850 Benton County Census roll.  The family was Quaker and moved to IN from Canada West, Ontario.  Their daughter, Anna Catherine Birdsall married Milton Lee CLARK 15 Feb 1854 either in London, Ontario, Canada or in Benton Co, IN.  They are my great-grandparents.  This info found in a published book, LUNDY FAMILY, 1902.

4/6/97 Susan Riddle
Searching the McDONALD family who lived in Benton Co., IN in the 1880's.  Wish contact with descendants of William Jefferson "Jeff" McDONALD, b. 10 Apr 1858, and John P. Morton McDONALD, b. 9 Aug 1864.  Their sister, Sarah "Sallie" Ellen McDONALD m. David Dunlap RIDDLE in Oxford, IN (at Jeff's home) on 23 Mar 1884. Will share information.  Thanks!

4/1/97 Art Conner
I would like to exchange information on the following Benton Co. family (1900; 1910 Census): William E. CRIGLER b 1845 m Elizabeth H. OLIPHANT b 1849.  They had Owen H. CRIGLER b1868 who m Catherine A. DODSON. They had Mable CRIGLER b 1896.

3/16/97 Lia Hood
I am researching Alonzo COWGILL Son of Isarel COWGILL and Elizabeth DONNALLEY / DONNELLY / DONLEY.  Elizabeth is daughter of Jesse DONNALLEY and Mary HENDRICKS (Daughter of Henry HENDRICKS).  Alonzo COWGILL was publisher and sheriff of Benton county.  Isarel and Elizabeth living Jasper County, Indiana 1845.  Can anyone help me?

3/16/97 Jack Damewood
Seeking information on Hannah JOHNSTON, born 1810 Botetourt County, VA, married Jacob Damewood in Botetourt County 15 Feb 1831.  After Jacob's death, Hannah accompanied several of her children to Parke County, IN, where they are in the 1880 census.  We have information that Hannah is buried in Benton County in 1889 or 1890, but we don't know where.   Any information would be much appreciated.

3/16/97 Barbara Clark Myall
Looking for info re: Milton Lee Clark, Anna Catherine Birdsall, Hiram Clark, Harriet White Smith Clark, Edwin Hiram Clark, Leeta Bannon Clark, Glen R. Clark, Perry Edwin Clark, Irma Clark Baker, Catherine Morse Clark, Betty Lee Clark born in Oxford, Benton Co., IN

3/6/97 Janet Kres
Seek information on Peter COYLE, born Ireland, died in Earl Park, Benton Co on 13 Jun 1891.  First person buried in St. John the Baptist cemetery.  Wife Ellen BRAHANNEY, born 1833, Canada, died 19 April 1911.  Daughter Johann, born 22 Mar 1854, married Martin PISKA, Born 3 Jan 1851, Dutch Kroney, Germany.  Johann and Martin moved to Phelps Co., NEB.  Any help appreciated.

2/22/97 Jean Rowan-Tucker
Charles I. Rowan b 7-12-1864 Pine Village, Indiana, died 4-6-1932 at Dayton, OH - buried Attica Indiana Wife: Mary Ellen Brooks (Rowan) b Indiana 8-6-1864, d 7-16-1950 at Dayton, OH - buried Pine Village Cemetery 7-18-1950. Parents of Charles I. Rowan were: Byron Rowan and Catharine DeCamp born in Ohio. Parents of Mary Ellen Brooks (Rowan) were unknown except for last name of Brooks. Charles and Mary Ellen had four children: Claude, Ivan, Edna and Leafy Jean.  Claude and Ivan moved to Ohio. Claude was a army colonel, Edna married and moved to New York State; Leafy Jean died young. I hope someone can find some trace of the early Rowans and some link of where to go with the Brooks and DeCamp. Thanks a bunch - Jean Rowan Tucker

1/23/97 Steve Kiger
Searching for any KIGER, especially an Ottowa or Otto Kiger, married to Sarah Margaret Marsee, one son named Leroy Marsee Kiger, born 4/30/1901 in Oxford, Benton Co., IN.  Ottowa and Sarah divorced/separated shortly after 1901, Sarah moved to Texas and remarried, new surname Latimer.  No other information known.

1/23/97 James W. Brown
Seeking any info on Lydia EVANS b ca 1836.   She was raised by William H. WYATT.  Contact me at e-mail above or 944 Nokomis Ave S, Venice FL 34285.

1/23/97 Joan Wieser
I am looking for information on Michael SCANLON, born November, 1848 and served as Benton County Sheriff in 1882.  Also looking for information on his mother, Nancy CONNOR SCANLON, living in Boswell at the time Michael served as sheriff.  Any help will be greatly appreciated.

1/8/97 Phyllis Lanoue
Am searching for any info on Hester A Wagoner, b.1849, Benton Co., married William Chambers, Benton Co., 1866. Her parents were Peter & Mary; sib. Sarah A. Elizabeth, Rachel b.Warren Co.  Other sibs - Samuel, Henry, Rebecca, John, Peter.  Need any info relating to these families.

12/3/96 Peggy L. Moody
I am looking for any information that anyone might have on the Messerschmidt family.  My great-grandfather was William Valentino Messerschmidt, d.o.b. May 31, 1874 in Hessen, Germany.  When William was around eight years old (1882-3), he and his mother came to America.  There was an uncle who traveled with them.  They settled in Boswell, Indiana.  William's mother had additional children while in Boswell.  I do not think that she was married when William was born but may have married while in Indiana.  I know that there are Messerschmidts still located in Indiana. William moved to New Concord, Ohio in 1905 or 1906.  If anyone would have any information or links to this family, please contact me.

11/27/1996 Cathy Hawkins
Looking for descendants of William Hawkins who married Nancy Sheetz in Benton Co. 9-25-1850.  William died 12-9-1890.  Thanks.

10/14/1996 Robert Hinton

I have a lot of information on the following surnames, HINTON - LOWMON - MORRIS families in Benton County. Can send a GED file if needed.

10/8/1996 Trudy Johnson
Looking for any information on an Albert Homer PITTSER b. 1885 and married a Melva BAKER on April 5, 1906 in Benton County.  They supposely had 6 children.  Any info on this family would be greatly appreciated.

10/3/1996 Barbara Taylor
John Jacob VOLTZ, born in Germany 1831.  Died 1896 in Benton County, Indiana.  Any information?  He was a boot and shoemaker in Boswell.

9/10/1996 Adria Halstead-Johnson
Mary and George Washington HALSTEAD: George was from Fayette Co. IN.  I don't have a marriage date presently for them but it was sometime after 1870 as I show George still living in Fayette and married to a Susan.  Also my uncle remembers that Mary was George's second wife.  Anyway they only had one child, my grandfather, Theophilus Stembel HALSTEAD b 3 JAN 1890, Benton Co. IN, d 22 AUG 1977 St. Petersburg, FL.  George and Mary had moved to Norfolk, VA in about 1919.

9/10/1996 Adria Halstead-Johnson
Martha and Theo STEMBEL's children:
  • Eleanor b 26 APR 1846, IN; d 5 FEB 1865, IN
  • Jane b 30 DED 1848, IN; d 20 AUG 1897, IN m Henry Clay Harris
  • Austin b 12 JUN 1851, IN; d 5 NOV 1864, IN
  • Mary (my g-grandma) b 11 MAY 1853, IN; d 3 OCT 1923, VA m George Washington Halstead (see below)
  • Frank b 29 JUL 1854, IN; d 12 DEC 1920, IN m Ida J. Runner
  • Elbert b 16 APR 1856, IN; d ?; m Anna Strite
  • Isabella b 27 MAY 1858, IN; d 1 APR 1937, IN; m William R. Phares
  • Jerome b 11 DEC 1860, IN; d 2 FEB 1941, IN; m Addie Potter
  • Perry b 2 SEP 1862; d?
  • Walter b 10 OCT 1864, IN; d 31 DEC 1934, IN
  • Basil Justus b 29 JAN 1867, IN; d?; m Francis (?)
  • Olive b 21 NOV 1861, IN; d 12 NOV 1934, IN; m Joseph Morse

9/10/1996 AdriaHalstead-Johnson
Basil JUSTUS; b 29 Mar 1796 in ? d 8 APR 1879 Vincennes IN buried Justus Cemetary, Oxford IN.*** Basil was the first Clerk of the County Court in Benton. 
His parents: Aquilla JUSTUS (b MD d IN) and Margaret UMSTEAD (b PA d OH)  Basil married Jane FORESMAN on 12 JUL 1823 near Circleville, OH. She died in Oxford in JUN 1854 and is buried in the Justus Cemetary also.

Basil and Jane's children:
  • Rachel b 19 JUN 1824, OH; d 2 JAN 1907, WA; buried Justus Cemetary IN; m James Frederick PARKER 25 AUG 1842
  • Martha (my gg-grandma) b 3 JUL 1828, OH; d 12 OCT 1905 Oak Grove, Oxford, IN; buried Oxford; m Theophilus STEMBEL (see below)
  • Elizabeth Jane b 2 AUG 1835, Benton Co. IN; d 15 DEC 1929 Oxford, IN; buried Justus Cemetary IN; m John Cooper Chancellor
  • Margaret Ellen b 8 MAR 1837 Benton Co IN; d 7 OCT 1913, IN; buried West Cemetary, Benton IN; m John M. Crosson 16 OCT 1860

Seeking contact with anyone researching this surname.

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