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BARKER -- Jesse born 26 July 1797 probably in Russell County, VA died 29 August 1879 Sugar Creek Township, Parke County, Indiana. Lived most of his life on the Parke/Fountain County lines. Was quite wealthy in 1860 and 1870 census but all was lost to one child (not mine :). His parents were George Barker and Elizabeth Sater - have no dates on either of them nor am I sure they were ever in the area (although George did ask for a Revolutionary War pension in Parke County). My brick wall has remained so for 42 years. HELP! Karen Z

BOORD - George Boord and his descendants. George married Susan Gadd....Frederick Rice Boord 1899 Fountain County and died 1963 Bexar Co.Texas. mother is Virginia Rice Boord. Sister Alca Mayo O'Connor.....wife Mildred McQueen of Horseheads, NY. Virginia Rice Boord is a great great aunt.....I have quite a collection of Boord information descending from George 1770..Glad always to share. Linda B-- Dallas, Texas

BRANT - WASHBURN -- Ann Brant (daughter of Christopher who settled in the Alamo/Waynetown area) married Jeremiah Washburn 3 Nov 1818 in Shelby County, Kentucky - their family came to Fountain County in April of 1824. Bonnie K is particularly interested in a 22 year old gal with them Lurilla (Zelah; Zerilda; Zella ...) Riley. Zelah married Robert Leak 10 Oct 1852 in Fountain County. Is Zelah Ann's daughter ? Niece? Jeremiah's daughter ? Niece ? Hired girl ? Bonnie is fairly sure that Zella is her grgr grandmother but doesn't know the connection to this family. IF you can help, Bonnie would love to hear from you.

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COOPER -- I am stuck on John Cooper. He was the father of Phebe Cooper who was born 28 Jan 1816 in Kentucky. She married Jesse David Runyan 1 Jan 1835 in Fountain Co., IN. I think it's likely that John moved to Indiana, too, but I haven't found anything helpful. Jesse and Phebe moved to Vermillion County by 1850 and remained there. Death and cemetery records for John's daughter Phebe don't help at all. John Cooper is an extremely common name, especially in the area they come from. It also makes it hard to prove a connection. I'm stuck until I have more to go on. Debra Winchell

DOWDEN - REINICKER -- My (e-mail MJ if you can help) roadblock is Nellie Icil Dowden's first husband, She was born 31 March 1886 according to her death record, but the date is listed as 6 July 1893 on her marriage record to William Henry Young in Vigo County on 27 October 1922. She was the daughter of James W. Dowden and Dora Alice Reinicker. She married Charley Collins (born 1871 by the 1920 census, although his birth was listed as March 1855 in the marriage record) in Fountain County 22 Feb 1919. In this record, she lists her birthday as 19 July 1893). In the 1922 marriage, she lists herself as divorced and her mother as Lou Hite (Lou Hite was one of Dora Alice Reinicker's sisters). She had two children. Charles William Walker was born 6 June 1919, reportedly in Lawrenceburg Illinois. Elizabeth Mae Young was reportedly born 6 May 1913 in Indiana. I don't think Elizabeth Mae was a Young, and I don't know if Charles William Walker was a Walker. In her obituary, it is stated that she was married to a Joseph Walker, and perhaps this is one or both of the children's father. Nellie Icil Dowden (born 1893) is listed with her parents in the 1900 Fountain County census, and with her father in the 1910 census. Her obituary does not mention Charley Collins. In the 1920 census she is with Charley Collins and Elizabeth Collins, who is identified as being 5. Charles William Walker is not in this census. My brickwall is this, who was my husbands Great grandfather? It could not have been William Henry Young, even though that is who his grandmother always listed as her father. I would appreciate any information on other marriages of Nellie Icil Dowden or birth records of either of her children.

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GALBREATH -- see Masterson

HAWKINS -- On 7/3/2018 6:07 PM, Gloria Verge wrote:
I have been looking ( 30 + yrs)  for the parents of: Mary Hawkins, b 18 Oct 1827, Fountain Co., IN
                                                                                                         d 18 Oct 1901 Woodburn, Marion Co., OR

A maybe clue, Mary’s first child was named Barbara Ellen (christian name of husband Benjamin’s mother)…                                                                                                                                    
Name of Mary’s second child Nancy Elizabeth, maybe name of Mary’s mother?

Married: 20 Jan 1846 Knightstown, Henry Co., IN  to   Benjamin Brown (Braun)
                                                                                      b 17 Nov 1823, York, York County, PA
                                                                                      d 29 Apr 1907, Long Beach, Pacific Co., WA

Mary’s father thought to be JOHN HAWKINS b about 1797 in N or S Carolina ?Who married in IN

Mary’s Obituary stated that "her mother nearly 100 yrs old  was alive (in 1901), living  at Kate (sic) Station, Ind.”

Any search suggestions would be appreciated.

Thank you

2148  28th Street
Bellingham, WA 98225

HUTTS -- For years, I have been searching for Elizabeth Levingstone Hutts' parents. I have hit a brick wall. Where could I find her death certificate? She is buried in Veedersburgh died in 1883. Was married to Mark Oty Hutts (the marriage cert is all I ever been able to find on her besides census records while she was married, also married in Henry Co. Indiana) nothing before that. She was born in 1826 but where and to whom I do not know. The census does say she was born in Indiana. I thought if I found a death cert it might have some answers or an obit. The marriage record did not. She lived her marriage life mostly in Jacksonville, Fountain County, Indiana. Noreen Kruzich

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JACKSON -- Samuel Jackson was born about 1808 in Massachusetts, married Eliza Keller on 4 July 1830 in Franklin County, OH. 1840 Census Truro Twp., Franklin Co., OH, has a John Jackson family that may be his father. Same census page has a G. McCracken family. 1850 census Samuel and Eliza are in Effingham Co., IL with 7 children listed. The youngest child James, age 2, born IL, all other children born OH. Also in Effingham is a Gilbert McCracken family with 4 children and Hannah Jackson age 67, born Massachusetts in household. I think this is Samuel's mother living with her daughter's family. A Bounty Land Warrant for 80 acres in favor of John Call, Ohio Militia, War of 1812 was later assigned to Samuel Jackson. Land was in Effingham Co., IL. 1860 census Samuel and family are living in Hillsborough, Cain Twp., Fountain Co., IN. 1870 census, Samuel 62 and Eliza 60 are living with son James Jackson in Hillsboro, Cain Twp., Fountain Co., IN. I am searching for death records, obits or burial records for Samuel and Eliza. Son James and other family members are buried Centennial Cemetery, Yeddo, Fountain Co., IN. Would also like to prove John and Hannah Jackson are the parents of Samuel. BHarper

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KEEFER -- I would like information about Mary Ellen Keefer, my great-grandmother. She was born in 1861 in Rob Roy, Indiana, married Joseph F. Keefer of Shawnee, Indiana in 1878, and died in 1909. She was the mother of eight children, one of whom was my maternal grandmother, Olive Byrdie Keefer Levor. Thus far, other than her obituary, which does not mention parents or other family members of her generation or previous generations, the only reference I have found is in an 1880 US Census that shows Mary Ellen Keefer, age 18, being married and living in the home of Jeremiah Hall. She and husband Joseph Keefer** lived in Attica and also for some brief years, in eastern Illinois. (Some of Mrs. Keefer's children, including Byrdie Levor (b.12/31/1879), were born in Illinois.) Family legend has it that in 1900 (or 1901) Joseph Keefer allegedly drowned while out for an evening walk. The location of this walk, Illinois or Indiana, is unknown by this writer, as is his burial site. Mary Ellen Keefer is buried in Riverside Cemetery, Attica, Indiana. I would be grateful for any information about either Mary Ellen McClean Keefer and/or Joseph Keefer. virginia doss *Some of the difficulty in researching Mrs. Keefer's family is due to various spellings of her surname, which include McClean, McLain, McClain, McLean **My research shows that Joseph Keefer (also spelled variously as Kieffer or Kiefer) was born in Ross Co., Ohio and moved to Shawnee, Indiana with his family as a youth. He was the son of Israel Keefer and Margaret Hall Keefer and was the fourth born of eight, possibly nine, children. Virginia Doss

LANE -- David Lane married to Drucilla Swearingen. He was born in 1785 and no death date, but possibly in Davis Township, Fountain County, Indiana. He fought in the war of 1812. I have read that he led three wagon trains to Oregon and that is quite possible as I found records of one of his sons in The Dalles, Oregon and later others moved there. He married Drucilla Swearingen May 10, 1806 in Mason County, Kentucky. There is also a record of David Lane marrying Drusilla Lane in November 5, 1840 in Warren County, Indiana. Thank you for any help you can give. J.Scott

LAW -- I am researching Pleasant View Law, also known as P.V. Law. He is listed in the 1860 census as living in Newtown, Richland Township, Fountain County, as well as in the 1870, 1880 and 1890 censuses. He is listed as a wagon maker. His wife is Elizabeth Layton and your site has a marriage listing for them of April 23, 1854. I am looking for any additional information on him, particularly land or military records, that might lead me to his father, who I believe is Ephraim Law. Pleasant View lists his place of birth as Arkansas. His daughter, Ann Marie, married Henry Dagger. They are my great grandparents. I am trying to get further back on the Law family in advance of a family reunion next summer. (I am making good progress on the Dagger family.) Would appreciate a point in the right direction for any records of Pleasant View or Elizabeth Law. Also related to Ethel Dagger Gray, Leona Gray Mitchell, Maxine Gray McKelvey and Kathryn Gray Galloway, all of who are buried in the Newtown. Thanks! Pamela Furnace

LIGHTY -- John Leighty and his wife Lucinda Riggs were both born in Ohio. They were married about 1845. In 1850 through 1860, the family resided in Fountain Co, IN per the census records. I believe John was buried in Union Christian Cemetery among the many Lighty relatives along the east drive of the property. There is a tombstone for John Lighty with a death date of Aug 14, 1861. The inscription has been recorded as "Aged 13 yr, 9mo, 7ds". However, I have viewed the marker and believe it should be read as "43 yr". This would make his birth on Dec 7, 1817. Lucinda was born Jan 10, 1826 and died Dec 25, 1906 in Indiana. She was the daughter of Zachariah Riggs and Malinda Losson. John and Lucinda had eight children: Allen, David, Caroline, Joseph H, Margaret A, James B, John L and Sephronia. Caroline and Sephronia were also buried in Union Christian Cemetery. After John’s death, Lucinda married William M Fairbanks on Dec 7, 1864 in Fountain Co. I'd like to discover the parents of John. Thanks for any assistance. K&J Lighty

LONG -- Hi, I'm Susan Cooper Kline, in Eagan MN. I'm looking for info on John Long (1800 to 1843), father of John Wesley Long (1841 -1887), who was my great grandfather. The wife of the first John Long was Nancy Cade, and wife of John Wesley Long was Eliza Jane Booe. I think John Wesley Long is in the Masonic Cemetery in Montgomery Co. Indiana. One of the children of John Wesley Long and Eliza Jane Booe was Josephine Missouri Long, 1879-1974. Josephine married Harry Preston Cooper, of Hillsboro, Indiana, and these two were my paternal grandparents. Thanks for any help you can offer! Susan

LOWRY -- Abraham Lowry - Abraham Lowry was born about 1794 in Kentucky, was living in Warren County, Ohio in 1820, Fountain County Indiana in 1830, and died March 9, 1836 in Fountain County. His wife, Rachel Hicks Lowry later removed to Edgar County, Illinois where she was living in 1840 and 1850. She filed for a pension under Abraham's service in the War of 1812, and it is this pension record that lists the date and location of his death. There is no will, no probate, no record of land ownership for Abraham in Fountain county. I would like to determine where he was living in the county and where he is buried. As an aside, his daughter, Elizabeth Lowry married John Hardy Sept. 19, 1838 in Fountain County. (Where?) John Hardy and wife were living in Shawnee Township, Fountain County in 1840. Also - just found on your Mongomery County wesite, in the listings for Early Divorces, this one: Eliz Hardy vs. John, divorce granted April 1850, Book, p. 40. Elizabeth Hardy was living with Rachel in Oct 1850 census mentioned above. Kelly

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MARTIN -- I have been researching my grandmother's family and I have hit my "brick wall". Here are the family members that I need help with: Lucius G.Martin, Attica, IN Postmaster. I have a birth date of 1852. I need death info and obituary, cemetery info. Alta Martin - Attica, IN his wife, 1852 Ethel Mary Martin - May 1884 Ethel Mary Hennessey (married to Henry George Hennessey in 1916. No record of divorce that I can find, but I know that they filed in 1917, but it looks like it was dismissed. My grandmother was their daughter, Mary Jane Hennessey. Can you help me with any of this? Thanks so much! Brenda Richardson,

MASTERSON -- The surnames I'm interested in are Masterson and Galbreath. John B. Masterson is my great-great grandfather b. in KY circa 1827. I haven't been able to find out ANYTHING about his parentage, or even where in KY he was born. 30 years I've been at this and I still haven't found his family :( He married Anna Galbreath in Fountain County and I have a copy of their marriage record. They moved to Lafayette and that's where John is buried. I haven't been able to find out where Anna is buried, although I do have her parentage. John actually died in Fountain County, and I think he was probably visiting his sister Miranda. I'm pretty sure their mother is Mary, but I have no idea what her maiden name was. That's my brick wall! Debby Masterson

MEEK -- Hi Karen, I'm researching the Center County, PA - Fountain County, Ind - DeKalb County, Mo Meek line for David Meek, the father of William, who brought my Meek line to DeKalb County Missouri (William, Richard and George are shown as the original settlers (land owners) in DeKalb County). I am almost sure David's Father was George Meek (1741-1802), married to Rachel Herron. George's will (1802 in Centre County, PA) lists 8 children, including "my 3 youngest sons, David, William, John." Also mentioned is Mary, one of 4 daughters. David married Mary (Polly) Bailey and they had 8 children, George, Abner, John, Richard, William; and 3 daughters, Rachel, Jane, and Mary. It is said that David married Mary Bailey and went west with his brother John and his sister Mary. David is listed as owning land in Center County, PA in 1806, but not 1807. He is living in Toby Township,Armstrong County, PA in the 1810 census. I can't find David in the 1820 census in PA. I find a David Meek(60-70 years old) and female (wife?) same age as head of household in the Fountain County 1830 census, along with 5 children. Above David's name is what looks like Mary Meek (50-60 years old) and 1 child, and below David's name is George (30-40 years old) and female (wife?) same age, with 2 kids under 5. Abner Meek appears as head of household below George Meek. Abner has 4 kids under 15 years of age, and a female (wife?) 30-40 years of age. If David Meek died in Fountain County, Indiana, would a death certificate be available? I'm looking for a document that might link George to David to William. Thank you, Larry Melvin Meek

MILLER -- My brick wall is Americus H. Miller, 1835-1902 probably in Fountain County and moving between there and Warren County. Believe his parents to be Jacob Miller and Margaret Miller (same last name no direct relation?). Americus married Amanda Ridge in 1857. I need to confirm Americus' parents since there are several Jacob Millers listed in Indiana. To further confuse, family lore is that the name was Muller/Mueller/Von Muellar before it was anglicized to Miller. Thanks for any help! Sandy Cotter

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RAINS -- I'm researching the surname Rains or Raines. They were in Fountain County from 1826-38 when Gallant Rains(b.1804)moved to Andrew County MO. A Thomas Rains (b. 1769) was in Fountain Co in the 1830 census but may have died prior to 1840. A Richard Raines (b. 1756) was there in 1835 when he applied for Rev War pension but does not appear in either 1830 or 1840 censuses. Thomas Rains' wife may have been a Belue (Belew) and there were also Belews in Fountain Co during that time. The Rains' came from Union County, SC via Knox Co.,KY. Jane Raines Cox died in 1831 and is buried in Fountain Co., but haven't found any other burials there. Ernie

Rayls -- Trying to find information on Thornburghs and Rayls all born in Van Buren, Fountain, Indiana

RICE -- Alfred Elmore Rice b 19 Ocr 1895, Covington, Fountain, Indiana d. 24 Oct 1945 > married lst Ruth Rankin 20 Sept 1919 > married 2nd Lida Lee Bagley 15 Aug 1933. Willia Louise Rice b. 2 Oct 1897 Covington, Fountain, Indiana d. March 1985 married lst Herbert Flynn 1917 married 2nd Louis Hayward Bussey 1927. These two are my great uncle and aunt and are children of William Jasper Rice and Ella Louise McGuire, of Kentucky and Virginia respectively. I am specifically looking for marriage record of Willa and Herbert Flynn which took place about 1917. I do not know where Flynn was born.....need that. Thank you. > Linda Rice Batchelor > Dallas Texas

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SMITH -- Nancy Ellen Smith, (Ella), died 21 March 1898 in Newtown, Fountain, Indiana. This is confirmed by her husbands hand and a newspaper mention from the Covington Friend, 25 Mar. 1898 page 8. The county Health Dept. has no record of death or burial. The family had little means and was in the process of moving when all fell ill and Ella died. In the year after, 5 of 9 children were sent to the Soldier and Sailors orphanage while the other 4 made their way into the world. The husband, Lewis J. Smith, lived in Warren county until the children's release from the orphanage then moved to Richmond. Alpha Smith, wives Eliza Clawson and Maglennie Shelley and brother Charles Smith, wife Berthia Fink, lived their lives in the Illiana area. Ella's family are the William Johnson family. Jacob and Griffon lived and died in Warren county. How to find Ella's burial location is the brick wall. I have looked at every resource available online and as stated communicated with the county Health Dept. Am making a trip Sept 5, 2014 in hopes of turning up a clue. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank You, James Sawyer

SOWERS -- Still stuck and needing MUCH help to identify parents of Rachel PICKETT Sowers born 17 Sep 1805 NC married 1820 in NC (Solomon Sowers) moved 1820 to Putnam Co., IN 1850 census, Fulton, Fountain Co., IN died 18 Apr 1856, Fountain Co., IN buried Harveysburg Cem., Kingman, Fountain Co., IN Solomon and Rachel were paraents of: Sylvina m. John Newnum George Washington m. (1) Malinda Bracken (2) Margaret Sours/Sowers William Henry m. Evaline Norris Lindsey/Linsey m. Rebecca Elizabeth Ward Charles Alfred, Pat J

STONE – researching the family of Theophilus Stone, acquired land in Troy Township and moved there in 1829. Married to 1) Phoebe Briney in 1827 in Ohio and 2) Elizabeth McMillen most likely in Fountain.. All in the family died by the end of 1834. Wikoff – Jacob T. Wikoff, brother-in-law of Theophilus Stone, also acquired land in Troy Township and moved there in 1829. Married to 1) Elizabeth Stone in 1825 in Ohio and 2) Leah Breinnig (Briney) in Fountain County in 1836. All of the family except 3 daughters died by 1848, 2 relocated back to Ohio and the 3rd died in Fountain County circa 1856. Jacob’s brother, Garrett Wikoff, also acquired land in Troy Township in 1831, but returned to Ohio after 3 or 4 years. I’m not familiar with listservs. How do you join and what happens on the listserv? Thanks. Steve

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Thornburghs -- Trying to find information on Thornburghs and Rayls all born in Van Buren, Fountain, Indiana.  Diana Geiger <>

Tilly Town -- Karen, could you put something on your brick wall section to see if anyone knows anything about a place called "Tilly Town"? My Mother Elizabeth Audra Trueman, in 1896,was supposedly born there but I haven't been able to find any such place. Allene

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WHITE, George R. -- was born ca. 1848-1849 in Fountain County Indiana, to Alexander (1810+1887) and Hannah (1808+1884) White of Wabash Township. He appears in the 1850, 1860, and 1870 federal censuses of Fountain County. His father's 1884 will mentions a son named George R. But I can find no further record of him after 1884. His sister Nancy Grubbs' 1919 obituary says that her brother George was living in California, but I have not been able to locate him in any digitized editions of California Great Registers or census records. The children of this family apart from George have been relatively easy to locate in online federal census indexes because their mother was born in Maine (at the time part of Massachusetts), and his father in Ohio. I have searched for this person using Ohio-Massachusetts and Ohio-Maine parentages but with no luck. George R. is the only child of this marriage for whom I have been unable to account. A descendant of his sibling William P. (1842-1924) related a family tradition that George R. had died in Colton, California in 1919 but to date I have been unable to locate a grave or any record in online California death records. It is not possible at the moment for me to travel to Covington to search records as I live abroad. I'd greatly appreciate any and all ideas about how to proceed from here. Grant W

WIKOFF -- Wikoff – Jacob T. Wikoff, brother-in-law of Theophilus Stone, also acquired land in Troy Township and moved there in 1829. Married to 1) Elizabeth Stone in 1825 in Ohio and 2) Leah Breinnig (Briney) in Fountain County in 1836. All of the family except 3 daughters died by 1848, 2 relocated back to Ohio and the 3rd died in Fountain County circa 1856. Jacob’s brother, Garrett Wikoff, also acquired land in Troy Township in 1831, but returned to Ohio after 3 or 4 years. Steve

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