|Lake County Historical
Excerpts from family histories and biographies found in T.H.
Ball's 1873 book "Lake County 1834-1872"
The Holton Family
William Holton came from England in the ship Francis in
1634; he died 1691; John Holton died 1712; William Holton
died 1757; John Holton died 1797; Joel Holton born 1738;
Alexander Holton born 1779; J.W. Holton born 1807.
The Dinwiddie Family
David has been the favorite of this family line. Records
have been burnt or lost containing the dates of David
Dinwiddie, 1st; 2nd; 3rd; 4th. Then follow David Dinwiddie
5th born 1724; David 6th born 1755; Thomas Dinwiddie 1787; a
brother of Thomas, David Dinwiddie 7th, 1792; John W.
Dinwiddie 1813(wife-M.J. Dinwiddie, plus 3 sons); a brother
of David Dinwiddie, the 8th, 1816; Oscar Dinwiddie 1845. In
the time of Washington someone with this family name was
also the Governor of Virginia.
The Ball Family
Francis Ball came from England in 1640; Jonathan Ball born
1645; Benjamin Ball born 1689; Charles Ball 1st, born 1725,
Charles Ball 2nd born 1760; Hervey Ball born 1794; T.H. Ball
born 1826; Herbert S. Ball born 1856.
Sketches of Early settlers where other family members are
mentioned. If a family member is not mentioned I do not have
information on them.
Solon Robinson's wife-Maria Robinson.
Hon. Lewis Warriner..."His wife, an estimable woman, Mrs.
Sabra Warriner, two sons and two daughters, composed the
family." Mentions the "sickly season" of 1838 where mother
and youngest daughter were laid to rest "in that now
neglected mound on the bank of the lake." (Cedar Lake) "His
surviving children both having married and left the county,
he, in 1856, went to reside with his son, Edwin B. Warriner,
at Kankakee, Illinois, and afterwards with his daughter,
Mrs. James A. Hunt. He died at his son-in-laws residence at
Prairie grove, Fayette County, Ark., May 14, 1869."
Samuel Turner Sr.
Samuel Turner Jr. married daughter of W. G. McGlashon of
Crown Point. He died of a lingering disease in 1864. Another
son, James B. Turner Esq. of Crown Point died Aug. 14, 1866.
One daughter, Miss S.P. Turner, still lives at Eagle Creek.
One son, T.J. Turner, prominent politician and lawyer in
City of Chicago. Third of the survivors of this family is
Judge David Turner of Crown Point.
Came to Pleasant Grove 1835. Wife died in March, 1836 and
was buried on Morgan Prairie. He married again Dec. 2, 1837.
This was the first marriage ceremony, so far as records show
(in 1873) in Lake county. License obtained in Valparaiso.
Hon. Bartlett Woods. May 25, 1836, Bartlett Woods
left London, England, landed at New York and came to
Michigan City IN. in August. March 1837 he made claim in
Lake Co., made improvements in 1838. Married a daughter of
Settled in 1837. Another Hayward family settled near, both
Made a claim near Turkey Creek 1837. He had four sons and
three daughters. One daughter marrying Bartlett Woods,
another marrying Joseph Mundell, and another --- Walton on
Twenty Mile Prairie. Son Samuel is a merchant at Wheeler,
Eli and Daniel merchants at Hebron, and William a merchant
at Lowell. Samuel Sr. died before 1872.
Dudley Merrill and his brother William came in 1837.
William died many years before 1873. One of Dudley's two
sons, John P. Merrill, was Township Trustee. L. Merrill
carried on a cheese factory and farm west of the village.
Centreville was changed to Merrillville after this family.
William N. Sykes
Was never married. Died August, 1853. "His brother, who has
a large family, now resides upon the farm(1873).
From Hanover, Wurtemburg Germany. Born in 1787 in a Rhine
province that passed from possession of France to Prussia.
Settled with a large family in 1837 on the western part of
Prairie West. Died in 1856. Two of his sons were residents
of Crown Point. One, M. Hack, kept the hotel and died before
1873. The other, J. Hack, carried on a blacksmith and wagon
Henry Sasse, Sen. came from Michigan with a small family.
His oldest son Henry Sasse Jr. lived on the Farlow farm on
the west side of Cedar Lake.
One of the four Germans who settled on Prairie West in
1838...died before 1873. Son Joseph Schmal, resident farmer
at Brunswick. Another son, Adam Schmal, county Treasurer,
moved to Crown Point in 1866.
Became a resident in April, 1853, first as clerk in the
store of Sanders, at Hobart, for a year, then as clerk in
the store of Hale and Kenney at Merrillville for about six
years. Then for the next two years as farmer. Elected in
1862 as County Treasurer and held the office until 1867. In
1868 he was elected Auditor for at least two terms. He has a
pleasant home on Main street and enjoys with his family the
advantages of position, comforts and refinement. His three
sons, Frederick, Joseph and John, are distinguished among
the boys at Crown Point for their politeness; and if they
continue to practice their present qualities they will be
quite sure to unfold a noble type of manhood.
Zerah F. Summers
A son of Benjamin Summers, of Ohio, came to Crown Point in
Nov. 1854. County Surveyor in about 1856, County Clerk from
1859 to 1867. Married daughter of Ambrose S. Thomas, of New
James H. Luther
Settled in LaPorte County in 1833 and married a Lake County
girl, Miss P.A. Flint in 1840. Became a resident in Lake
County in 1849. Married as a second wife Mrs. M.M. Mills. In
1852 he was elected Justice of the Peace.
Mrs. Mariah Robinson
From Crown Point Register March 7, 1872- "Mrs. Robinson was
born November 16, 1799, near Philadelphia, in which city her
early life was spent. She was married to Solon Robinson
Cincinnati on the 12th of May, 1828..." "In 1852 her
desertion by her husband, leaving her with the care of her
four children, at an age when a father's influence is most
needed, left her worse than widowed. Yet through the twenty
remaining years of her life, in which griefs have
multiplied, having buried both her sons in early manhood,
she has nevertheless maintained her characteristic
cheerfulness..." She died February 28, 1872 at the residence
of her son-in-law Frank S. Bedell. Her two daughters, Mrs.
J. S. Strait, of Minnesota, and Mrs. L.G. Bedell, were with
her during her last days.
"Teachers of Lake, remember your mottoes, act with
diligence, and let us do something worthy of ourselves and
of our enterprising age" -T.H. Ball 1872
J.W. Youche, Mary Martin, Jennie Belshaw, M.A. Foster, Helen
Granger, Jas. M. Wise, E. McCaulay, W.E. Abbott, Jas. T.
Herrick, N.A. Sturges, C.R. Jarvis, Clemmon Granger, L.R.
Thomas, Charlott Holton, S.S. Erb, A.L. Thompson, A.J.
Beatie, O.F. Benjamin, F. McDonald, Anna Wilcox, M.L. Clark,
E. Lathrop, Henry Sasse Jr., A.F. Coffin.
O. H. Spencer
Came to Lake County in 1848 living in or near Hobart. Taught
his first school in 1852, when near 16 years of age, and has
taught in this and in Porter County for forty-seven terms.
His wife has taught in the same region twenty-seven terms.
Rev. H. Wason
Native of Massachusetts, for many years a resident pastor at
Vevay, Indiana, became the first pastor of Lake Prarie
Church in 1856. Both he and his wife, (who is a woman of
sterling qualities, an excellent pastor's wife, a good
singer), have been successful teachers. Their eldest
daughter graduated at Oxford recently and the younger is now
a student at that seminary. Their son, attending the Wabash
college for a season now concentrating on the cultivation of
Melvin A. Halstead
In 1845 he settled at the south end of Lake Prarie. Went to
California when the gold discoveries were made. Erected as
trustee, the Lowell Schoolhouse, and building with others,
the brick factory, he disposed once more of all his Lowell
interests and returned to the Pacific coast to resume his
business of accumulation.
From: BKCURTIS@prodigy.net (Kenneth R Curtis) Joseph Louis
Kertesz was an original member of Gary Police Force c1908.
Was one of the two detectives appt. to force in Jan. 1911.
Brothers Stephen J. and John. Married Elizabeth Rose
Aszmongya. She died in 1919 and he in 1922, both of TB.