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
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
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
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
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
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 Samuel Sigler.
Settled in 1837. Another Hayward family
settled near, both from England.
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
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 shop.
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 York.
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
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
"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.
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 the farm.
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.