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Marston Family Bible  Contributed in August of 2006 by: Carol Barber at:
First page:
Myron Marston and Ella M. Baldwin were married August 4, 1884
Elmer E. Starrett and Lorena Lillian Marston were married May 14, 1896
Frank Hulse and Miram Marston were married January 1, 1876


Second page:
Oliver Marston was born April 22, 1823
Phebe Marston was born October 7, 1823
Oliver and Phebe Marston was married August 29, 1847
Myron Marston and Miram Marston were born July 17, 1852
Wesley Marston was born April 26, 1859
Lorena Lillyan Marston was born March 5, 1864


Third page:
Wesley Marston died April 23, 1863
Oliver Marston died Dec. 28, 1892
Phebe Marston died Sept. 13, 1904
Miriam Marston died June 6, 1880
Myron Marston died Jan 13, 1929
Liliam Marston Starett died June 5, 1939

Added to site on Mar 9, 2014
Rumbaugh Bible - transcribed by:  Debbie Lonie <>
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James Madison Rumbaugh was married to Melissa Bailey Feby 7, 1850
[Note: this marriage took place in Logan County, OH.]

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James M. Rumbaugh was born July 5th 1831
Melissa (Bailey) Rumbaugh was born Jan 7th 1831
Mary Elisabeth born May 31. 1852
William Hamilton born Aug 16. 1854
Louisa Catharine was born Feby 15. 1857
Andrew Jackson was born May 21. 1859
Walter Milroy was born Sep 19. 1862

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Ella Jane was born May 31st 1864
John Henry was born April 17 1867
George W was born Sep 17. 1869
[These entries were all made by the same person, probably when the Bible was purchased. The following entries were made in various styles of handwriting.]

Linna [Burlingham] Rumbaugh [wife of Walter] Jan 13 1872 Ohio
Clarence was born April the 3 1890
Ralph the 19 Feb 1892
Goldie the 4 April 1894
Marion C, Sept 21 1916
Esther L. May 7, 1923
Carol M. Sebasty, Feb 3, 1921
Marjean Sebasty. 1931
Janet Lorraine Rumbaugh (Living as of 2014)
Freddie Lee Rumbaugh 1938
Robert Allen Redding (Living as of 2014)

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George W. Rumbaugh 
Died August 23, 1872

Ella Jane departed
this life Febuary the 24, 1893

Mrs James Rumbaugh
Departed this life
June the 29 1917
Age 86years
Five months and 22 days

James Rumbaugh
Departed Jan 6 1921
Age 89 years + 6 m

John Rumbaugh
Departed June 1 1940
Age 73 years 1 mo + 18 days

Mary E. Van Dusen
Departed May 10 1941
Age 88 yrs + 11 mo +10 days

Linna Rumbaugh
Departed from life
June the 30 1925
Age 53 years + 5 mo

Added to site on Feb 3, 2009

Here is what is written in Palm Family Tree 1832 to 1980, A History of the Family of Jonas A. & Mathilda J. Palm & Palm Family Tree 1832 - 1980, 70th Palm Family Reunion June 15, 1980. I would assume the area folks placed copies of the (paperback) book in one or more LaPorte Co. libraries, but I don't know for sure.

"Mathilda (Palm)'s father, Carl Joseph (Josephson) Jessup, died on September 23, 1871 shortly after the Jessup family cane to this country. Reportedly, it was a bitter cold day when they loaded his coffin, made by a local cabinetmaker, on a horse drawn wagon and took it to the Door Village Cemetery for burial. The before-mentioned family friend, Jonas Anderson, went along to read from the Bible. (Note: Albert Palm, third child of Jonas and Mathilda Palm, always said that, as far as he knew, no one ever visited the cemetery, there is no grave-marker, and all efforts to locate the grave-site in later years were unsuccessful.)"

Additional information in the book tells that Carl Josephson was a Lutheran minister, and when the family arrived here from Sweden in the late 1860s "they took the name "Jessup", preferring to use that name instead of their Swedish name of "Josephson", a common practice among Swedish immigrants."

The Jessup family is listed in the 1870 census for Coolspring Twp., LaPorte Co., Ind. However, the surname is shown as "Gessup" and Carl as "Chas J" aged 52, thus I determine his birth date to be ca 1818.

Submitted by Phyllis (Charlesworth) DelBene, Niles OH.
Great-granddaughter of Jonas August & Mathilda Josephina (Josephson) Palm.
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The following is a letter written to Miss Ella Leaming of LaPorte County, Indiana from her Uncle, Rush G. Leaming upon his travels back East to Woodbury, New Jersey.

Woodbury, N. J. 4/22 - 1882
Dear Ella,
This afternoon I walked in from one of the Battlefields of the Revolution you will find herewith a few flowers I gathered where men fought, bled and died for American Independence. It is called the battle of Red Bank or Fort Mercer and was one of the most brilliant victories won by our four fathers. I slept last night in a house where Count Donop, the Hessian Commander, died of his wounds: the house was built in 1748 & received one Cannon ball during the action. The Room where the count died was quite large and pleasant, with a fireplace in one corner.
The Court House here was built in 1787, the Clerks Office in 1799. I have just come from a large brick house used by Lord Cornwallace as his head quarters, drank from the well where he quenched his thirst, & sat in the room from whence he issued his orders against the rebels. A couple of old maids own and occupy it & is really one of the most interesting buildings I ever visited - their father owned it before them and would never permit the jarwells<sp> of the doors to be replaced that had been broken out - the front door has a knocker on it and an immense lock and key.
  The walls are hung with pictures of Revolutionary scenes & Miss Campbell, is showing me from room to room, pointed out a bedstead, now occupied, one one hundred years old. Out on the battlefield I got a number of relics, among them a Cannon ball which I prize very highly. I did not think of writing so much when I commenced, excuse haste & believe me as ever.   Your Affectionate
Rush G. Leaming.
Contributed by: Sue Brown of San Antonio, TX


I, Benevill Yarger, resident of the town of Wanatah, LaPorte County Indiana being of sound and disposing mind and memory do make publish and declare this as and for the last will and testament in manner and form following.
     Item 1st - It is my will and I direct that all my just debts funeral expenses, and expense of last sickness be first paid out of my estate as soon as can reasonably be done, and for that purpose I devise and bequeath to my executor hereinafter named Lot No three (3) Block No Twelve (12) in the town of Wanatah, Indiana, with full power and authority in my said Executor to sell and convey the same for such price as he may deem best, without appraisement or notice and without any proceedings in or order of Court whatever, and from the proceeds thereof he shall first pay said debts and expenses in the order of their priority and shall then dispose of the remainder thereof as hereinafter directed.

     Item 2nd - I give devise and bequeath to my wife_____________Yarger should she survive me, to be had and held by her in lieu of any and all interest she would otherwise and by law be entitled to have and receive from my estate including the five hundred dollars allowed by the statute, the following property to wit. Lot No. Seven (7) Block it in Doud & Williams Addition to Wanatah, Indiana, she shall also have all carpets and bedding that she brought with her when we were married. Also the lounge and bureau and the carpet in the dining room, and the one half of all extra bed comforters and I request that she move into the house on the said lot herein devised to her within six months after my decease as that will afford her a comfortable home and the property in which I designed for her living and from the time she shall so move so long as she shall remain in the town of Wanatah she shall have and receive for her support all rent or rents, received from or earned by the property in which we now live, which I have given to my son Perry but which rents she shall receive only on condition that she shall first release to my said son by proper quit claim deed any and all interest on claim in and to said property given to him and in which we now reside.
     Item 3 - I have given and conveyed by deed to my son W. Perry Yarger the property on which we now live vis. Lot One (1) Block "B" Martins. Addition to the town of Wanatah, Indiana, to be had held and owned by him in fee simple?, subject to my life estate and subject to the payment by him to my said wife, the rent if used by others and the reasonable rental thereof if occupied by himself from the time my said wife shall move there from so long as she remains and lives in the town of Wanatah provided she shall first release to him by proper quit claim deed all interest in said lot as above provided, except however her said right to receive the said rent as specified. I also give devise and bequeath to my said son W.P. Yarger the carpet in the front room, our bed and bedding complete and one half of all extra bed comforters, Providing always that the said property so given and bequeathed to my said son Perry is so given to him subject to the payment of the sum of twenty-five dollars to each of my other children viz: Israel, George, Fred, John, Mary Zern, Ella Freeman, Chesty Gross, Adaline M. Osborn, and Elnor Yarger. which said payment shall be a lien on said property until paid or released.
     Item 4th - I hereby nominate and appoint my son W.P. Yarger, Executor of this my last will and testament will full power and authority in him to do any and all things whatsoever for the purpose of settling my estate including the sale and conveyance of the real estate herein before? mentioned and of any personal property of which I may die? seized not here in specifically bequeathed, all without any order of Court therefore and without taking out Letters Hereon or any proceedings in Court except the probate and record of this will. After the sale of said property and the payment of all debts and expenses, including the expenses of the probating this will sale of said property and settlement of my estate, the surplus money if any remain shall be paid to my said wife when she shall have released to said Perry her interest in said property given to him, and should she refuse to so release this? said surplus shall be retained by him.
    Item 5th - I hereby revoke set aside and cancel and hold as for naught? any and all other or former will or wills by me at any time heretofore made. In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 16 day of Dec 1889.

Benevill Yarger (Seal) - The above and foregoing instrument in writing was on the day of it's date, signed, sealed and declared by the said Benevill Yarger in our presence as and for his last will and testament and was signed by us in his presence and in the presence of each other at his request as witnesses thereto. Jason Osborn Otto Groth

State of Indiana, LaPorte County, In: Be it Remembered That on the 21 day of July 1890 Otto Groth one of the subscribing witnesses to the within and foregoing Last Will and Testament of Benevill Yarger late of said County, deceased, personally appeared before the Clerk of the Circuit Court of LaPorte County, in the State of Indiana, and being duly sworn by the Clerk of said Court upon his oath declared and testified, as follows, that is to say: That on the 16th day of December 1889 he saw the said Benevill Yarger sign his name to said instrument in writing as and for his last Will and Testament, and that the deponent at the same time heard the said Benevill Yarger declare the said instrument in writing to be his last Will and Testament, and that the said instrument in writing was at the same time, at the request of the said Benevill Yarger and with his consent attested and subscribed by the said
  Otto Groth and Jason Osborn in the presence of each other as subscribing witnesses thereto, and that the said Benevill Yarger was at the time of the signing and subscribing of the said instrument in writing as aforesaid, of full age, (that is more than Twenty-one years of age) and of sound and disposing mind and memory and not under any coercion or restraint and as the said deponent verily believes: and further deponent says not.
  Otto Groth Sworn to and subscribed by the said witness before me Herman W. Tallwasser Clerk of said Court at LaPorte, the 21 day of July 1890. In attestation whereof, I have hereunto subscribed my name and affixed the seal of said Court. (Seal) H.W. Tallwasser, Clerk State of Indiana, LaPorte County, SS: I Herman W. Tallwasser clerk of the Circuit Court of LaPorte County Indiana, do hereby certify that the within annexed Will and Testament of Benevill Yarger has been duly admitted to probate and duly proved by the testimony of Otto Groth one of the subscribing witnesses thereto, that a complete record of said will and of the testimony of the said Otto Groth in proof thereof has been by me duly made and recorded in book "D" at pages 1256-7-8-&9 of the Record of Wills of said county. In Allestation My reof? I have hereunto subscribed my name and affixed the seal of said court at LaPorte, this 21st day of July 1890. H.W. Tallwasser, Clerk (Seal) Contributed by: Judy Morgan.

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