Martin County, Indiana
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of Cathy Clark Beard
was born in West Moreland county, Pennsylvania,
March 22, 1832 and died at his
home in this this city last Friday morning, March 3, at 2 o’clock.
just a lad he with his parents moved to Ohio where he
manhood. On July 4, 1852, he was married to Arminta Davidson, and
their marriage they came to Indiana,
settling at Dover Hill, afterwards coming to Shoals where he engaged in
undertaking and furniture business, in which enterprise he continued
few years ago. To this couple were born seven children, five of whom
the deceased-Frank and Mrs. Claudia Sheperdson, of Los Angeles,
Merlin D., of Ladoga, and Sigel and Charles, who lived with their
this city. The wife died February 7, 1905. A brother, George W. Shirey,
Loogootee, and a number of grandchildren also survive him.
Shirey and his wife became members of the Methodist
church shortly after coming to Shoals. He had since lived a
life and was always a liberal contributor to the support of the church.
enlisted in Company F, 65th regiment of Indiana
served his country faithfully and well during the civil war. He was
of the local G.A.R. Post and always enjoyed being with his comrades at
and like gatherings.
Shirey was made a member of the Masonic Fraternity April
18, 1909, and ever afterwards exemplified in his life the teachings of
the Martin County Bank, of this city, was organized,
Mr. Shirey was chosen president of the institution, which office he
to hold until about three years ago.
the death of Mr. Shirey’s wife, a granddaughter, Miss
Edna Yenne, came to take charge of his home, and by her untiring
constantly having his comfort at heart she, with his two sons, made for
home which was a haven of rest in his declining years.
Shirey was a jolly, wholesouled gentleman whom it was a
pleasure to meet and call friend. Always cheerful, with a kind word and
pleasant greeting for all, he had the rare faculty of meeting the
of life and the world in which he moved has been the better because he
He was ever willing to aid the sick and distressed, was a sympathizer
and rejoiced in the happiness and success of others. He was an upright
honest citizen whose word was as good as his bond, and numbered his
funeral was conducted at the M. E. church Sunday
morning, the discourse by the pastor, Rev. H. D. Sterrett, being a
tribute to the life and memory of the departed. A quartette furnished
music for the services. The final rites were in charge of the Masonic
outpouring of friends who were present was unusually
large and the floral tributes were numerous and beautiful, bearing
the high esteem in which the deceased was held by his friends.
Life’s race well run,
Life’s work well done.
Life’s crown well won,
Now come rest.
Private, Company F, 65th Indiana
born September 26, 1844 in Jackson
to Jesse & Delilah (Jackson) Corbin and died December 15, 1925
at his home
Greene county. He was the eldest of a family of 15 children. He
enlisted in Co.
F, 65th Regiment at age 18.
discharge he married Hannah Miranda Lamb November 2, 1871 and they
parents of 11 children: Sadie Dobson, Louretta Inman, Della Hall, Iva
Charles, Frank, Herschel, Luther, Ira, Hovey and Raymond. Loretta and
deceased before their father.
enjoyed reading the newspaper. Was a Methodist and a member of Ashcraft
Survivors included his widow, 9 children, seven sisters and three
also had 50 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
The Bloomfield News,
December 31, 1925 [Abstract]
Civil War Veteran and
Lifelong Resident of County, Died Yesterday Morning. Sentinel,
the steadily diminishing number of Martin county’s Civil war veterans
the final rollcall early yesterday morning when “Uncle” Hiram Sims,
sixty-eight years, passed away at the home of his daughter, Mrs. E. M.
the south part of the city. Death resulted from chronic bronchitis,
disease Mr. Sims had suffered for several months.
was a native of the northern part of Martin county, where he was born
on May 26,
1844, and had been a lifelong resident of this county. He had been a
of this city for a number of years and was well known in the city and
community. He was a son of the late James Sims.
was a veteran of the civil war, during which great conflict he served
years in the Union army. He enlisted in company F, 65th
volunteers, and when that company was mustered out he was transferred
120th, with which regiment he served during the
remainder of his
enlistment. He had been a member of the local Grand Amy post since its
young man Mr. Sims was united in marriage to Miss Sara Corbin, also of
county, and to their union were born three children, two of whom
father. They are John Sims of Mitchell, Indiana,
and Mrs. Everett M.
Relly of this city, with whom Mr. Sims was making his home at the time
death. A daughter, Nancy, died several years ago.
death of Mrs. Sims, about two years ago, Mr. Sims had made his home
son and daughter, spending a part of his time with each.
had been in poor health for nearly two years, and only last summer he
a serious illness, being confined to his bed for several weeks [
]. He had never fully recovered
from this illness, but had regained sufficient strength to permit him
to be out
and to make trips back and forth between the homes of his son and
During his last illness he had been confined to his bed for about three
belonged to no fraternal order. He had long been a member of the M. E.
leading a consistent Christian life and held in high esteem by all who
funeral will be held at the M. E. church this afternoon at 2 o’clock,
services conducted by the Rev. J. H. Furry, the pastor.
will take place in the Goodwill cemetery.
1844 – June 22, 1931
Civil War Dead
Sanders, veteran of the Civil war, and a well known
and highly esteemed
resident of the northern part of the county at five o’clock Monday
morning. He had
made his home for several year with his son Clyde Sanders, near Indian
and death occurred in his home. His wife, who was before marriage Lula
has been dead for several years. Five sons and one daughter were born
union. Two sons have preceded the father in death. The surviving are Clyde, of near Indian Springs,
Felton Sanders and Marion
Sanders of Terre Haute. The daughter is Emma Smith of Bedford.
A brother, John Sanders, of Minnesota,
funeral service was held at the Christian church in Trinity Springs
afternoon, burial following in the adjoining cemetery.
deceased was eighty-six years of age and had spent the greater part of
career in this county, where he followed farming until his retirement
years ago. With the passing of Mr. Sanders, another of the few
solders of this county who took part in the struggle between the states
1839 – February 5, 1912
Sentinel, Loogootee, Friday, February 9, 1912
seventy-four years, a former citizen of Loo- and who has numerous
this vicinity, died Tuesday morning at the home of his daughter, Mrs.
Betts, at Decatur,
where he had made his home for
some time. Deceased is survived by a son and three daughters. A
Sentney Love, of Chicago,
and a sister, Mrs.
Flora Bartlett of California,
also survive him. Although he left here a number of years ago, Mr. Love
remembered by many of our citizens.
Crane, 92, Dies; Ill
Springs – Funeral services were held at the Christian church here
Sunday for Mrs. Sarah (Taylor) Crane,
92, widow of the late John
G. Crane, who died last Friday at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Manda
with whom she made her home. The Rev. E. A. McBride officiated and
made in the Trinity cemetery.
of Monroe county,
she was born May 5, 1847, to
Charles and Caroline (Bound) Taylor.
In 1872, she married Mr. Crane, a Civil War soldier. She and her
their married life on a farm three miles east of here. After Mr.
in 1922, she made her home with her youngest daughter.
been active for the greater part of her life; however, for the past
months she had been confined to her bed. Early in life she united with
Methodist church in Monroe
county, later becoming a member of the Christian church here.
include seven children, Mrs. Ellen Stroud of Mt. Olive; Mrs. Anne
Indianapolis; Mrs. Margaret Stroud and Charles Crane, of Williams; Mrs.
Jewell, of Bedford, and Daniel Crane and Mrs. Manda Perkins, of Trinity
Springs; a sister, Mrs. Ellen Waggoner, of Brazil; a brother, Ed
Mountain Springs; 45 grandchildren, 56 great-grandchildren and a number
died at his home in Indian Springs
Tuesday morning at the age of 86 years. With the passing of Mr. Wallace
soldier of the Civil war is removed from the fast depleting ranks of
answered Lincoln’s call, and shouldered arms in the defense of their
that historic conflict.
was a native of Lawrence
county and was born February 22, 1846. He had resided at Indian Spring
last twenty-five or thirty years where he was a widely known and highly
respected citizen. The widow and four children survive. The funeral
held from the Indian Springs Methodist church at ten o’clock this
morning with burial in the Indian Springs cemetery.
Robert Wallace Buried at Trinity Springs
age 79 years, widow of
the late Robert Wallace, for many years prominent residents of the
Springs neighborhood, died at the home of a son near Elnora, on Tuesday
week. The funeral service was held from the Indian Springs Methodist
where she had been a life long member, on Thursday, with Rev. E. A.
officiating. The remains were buried in the old cemetery at Trinity
died Feb. 28, 1933, Daviess County, IN
Retired Merchant and Civil War Veteran
Died Tuesday at Home Here.
of another of this city’s most widely known and highly respected
its flight on last Tuesday afternoon, May 30, at 5:30 o’clock when John Wesley Crooke, retired merchant,
civil war veteran and prominent church worker passed away at his home
Breen hill section of the city. The deceased suffered from an illness
bladder trouble, which with other infirmities was the cause of his
Though Mr. Crooke had been failing in health for two years or more this
illness had kept him confined to his bed only about a week.
Wesley Crooke was born at Dover Hill seventy-two years ago, on January
1844. He was a son of Ozias and Charlotte Sims-Crooke, early residents
Martin county, and was the last of a family of eleven children born of
union. His entire life of more than seventy-two years had been lived in
county, he being a resident of Dover Hill for a number of years and
moving to this city where he had since resided.
29, 1864, Mr. Crooke was united in marriage at Dover Hill to Miss Jane
their union six children were born, three of whom survive. They are
Dawson, of Owasso, Michigan;
Herbert Crooke, of Indianapolis;
and Charles Crooke of this city. Of the others of his children, Mollie
infancy, and Mrs. Lotta E. Bell and Mrs. Opha Baker passed away some
The mother died on April 27, 1911. He also leaves five grandchildren,
whom, Joseph Dawson, gained world-wide recognition through winning the
International automobile race at Indianapolis
in 1912. All of the children and grandchildren excepting one
were here to attend the funeral.
served during the civil war in company F of the 65th
regiment of Indiana
which was organized under the old elm tree at Trinity Springs on August
1862. He was with General Sherman in the famous Atlanta
campaign and fought in the battle of Franklin,
and at Nashville,
where Hood’s army was destroyed. He was a member of the Thomas J.
G.A.R., of this city.
coming to Loogootee Mr. Crooke followed the trade of a gunsmith and
grocery business on Mill street
until about two years ago when advanced age and the condition of his
caused him to retire.
deceased was a lifelong member of the Methodist church and gave many
his life to its service and for the moral uplift of the community in
untiring efforts toward furthering the cause of christianity. For
consecutive years he had been elected as superintendent of the
school organization in this city, in which capacity he served
the end. He was a regular attendant at all of the church services, and
presence and christian influence will be greatly missed in the church
as in the community.
funeral was held at 2:30 o’clock yesterday afternoon and was attended
large gathering of friends and relative of the deceased, indicating the
esteem in which he was held in the city and community. The funeral
delivered by Rev. J. H. Furry, of Riley, Indiana,
formerly pastor of the
M. E. church here.
collection of floral tributes sent for the funeral was among the
most beautiful ever seen at a funeral in this city.
the Grand Army post attended the funeral in a body and were conveyed in
automobiles to Goodwill cemetery where the remains of their departed
were laid to rest in the family burial plot.
Byard Love Dead After Long Illness
Soldier Citizen Passed Away Wednesday Morning at Age of Nearly
one of the best known
of the soldier citizens and business men of Martin county died at his
home on south
early Wednesday morning. He had been in poor health for several months
death was not unexpected. A complication of diseases of bowel and
trouble has been affecting him for some three years and the death came
after a long struggle against many odds. He had been confined to his
bed for almost a year.
funeral services will be held this morning at the Methodist church of
and interment will be in Good Will cemetery. The funeral will be in
his pastor, the Rev. J. H. Furry.
Love has been a life long member of the M. E. church and for many years
been one of the board of trustees of the local church.
born north-east of this city near Boggs creek, October 5, 1844 and was
nearly sixty-nine years of age. His parents were Harvey and Ann Love.
them died in 1888. He was married to Frances Killion April 28, 1870. To
were born four children; Fred, Hattie, Etta and Ethel. All of this
passed away except Hattie, who is the wife of Charles J. Lein. Two
Rebecca Killion, of Killion, and Mrs. Maggie Ellis, of Windsor,
are living. Two sisters; Phoebe and Dora are dead.
was a farmer in early life but when the Civil War broke out he enlisted
company F of the 65th Indiana
volunteers and served for three years taking part in many of the
battles and marches of those trying days. After the war he came back to
Loogootee and learned the trade of cabinet maker under Senteny Wood. A
time later he and Jule Berry
engaged in the furniture and undertaking business, in which he
marked success until six years ago when he sold out his interests and
His later partners were T. K. Shireliff and Henry Norris, who now
politics Mr. Love was a life long Republican and at one time made the
treasurer of Martin county on that ticket. For many years he was
the Loogootee Building & Loan Association.
member in good standing of the Masonic, Knights of Pythias, G. A. R.
Fellows lodges and served them all in official capacity during his
had the highest respect and good will of all who knew him. He was a
and progressive citizen and was ever ready to lend a hand to all who
came to him
for advice and assistance. He was the sort of citizen that make for the
any community and his passing will be keenly felt.
Fri. 29 Aug 1913, p1, C1
aged eighty-eight years, widely known
and respected Mitcheltree township farmer, died Monday at his home near
Springs. Deceased was the son of Moses and Elizabeth McBride, early
of this county. He was born on the Mitcheltree township farm where his
occurred and where he spent his entire life with the exception of three
during which time he served as a soldier with the Union army in the
Mr. McBride was never married and he and his brother George, also a
bachellor [sic], made their home
brother, Gus McBride, lives at Indian Springs. Funeral services
conducted by Rev.
E. A. McBride, were held in the Church of Christ at
Springs on Tuesday afternoon and interment was made in the adjoining
Calls War Veteran
well-known and highly-respected
farmer of Trinity Springs, died at his home Monday. Funeral services
from the Church
at Trinity with
the Rev. E. A. McBride officiating. Burial took place in the adjoining
was the son of Moses and Elizabeth McBride, and was born July 7, 1941 [sic] . He spent his entire life on
the farm where he died. In passing of Mr. McBride another has been
the fast thinning ranks of the soldiers of the Civil War. He enlisted
defense of his country in 1862 and served with honor until the close of
immediate family have preceded him in death, with the exception of two
brothers, George McBride at home and Gus McBride of Indian Springs.
Passes Away at His Home
Crane, an aged soldier citizen of this city, died at his home on North Line
Sunday afternoon after a very short illness. He had been afflicted with
trouble for some time but was able to be out until Saturday evening,
became worse, hemorrhage set in and he died Sunday afternoon at one
was born in Monroe
county near Stanford on May 10, 1840 and came to Martin county with his
at the age of ten years. He was married to Ethea Bussinger in 1867 and
were born four children two of whom, Richard A. Crane, of Mitchell, and
E. McGuire, of this county, survive. He also leaves besides his wife,
brothers, James and Joseph; and two sisters, Mrs. Eliza Love and Mrs.
Jones to mourn their loss.
served in Company F. Sixty-fifth regiment of Indiana Volunteers. He was
member of the Methodist church and had always lived a christian life.
reached the age of sixty-seven years and was highly respected by all
him, being famillary [sic] known as
remains were buried in the Good Will cemetery Tuesday morning after
the G.A.R. post at the cemetery. Major William Houghton gave the
address in the
presence of about fifty old soldiers.
Trib., June 14, 1907
Dies on 78th
Esther Crane Succumbed to Illness at Home Near Bramble Early Sunday Evening
Mrs. Esther Crane, aged seventy-eight
years, died at 7 o’clock Sunday evening at her home near Bramble. Deceased was
the widow of the late Harrison Crane and was a well known and highly respected
woman. Her death is said to have resulted from cancer.
was born in Ohio.
She had been married twice. Her first husband, Henry Bussinger, having died
more than forty years ago. Of their union one son and one daughter survive.
They are Henry Bussinger of this township, and Mrs. Anna Hartman of Hutcheson, Kansas.
After the death of Mr. Bussinger, she married Harrison Crane who also has preceded
her to the grave, his death having occurred about two years ago. Two children
by her second husband survive her. They are Allen Crane of Mitchell, and Mrs.
Viola E. McGuire who, with her husband, reside with Mrs. Crane on her farm
south of Bramble.
was a member of the M.E. church, and was held in high esteem by those who knew
her. Death came to her on her seventy-eighth birthday.
funeral service will be conducted at the Crane home at 10 o’clock this morning.
Burial will be at the Goodwill cemetery, north of town.
Sentinel, Jan. 24, 1911
HIGHLY ESTEEMED WOMAN CALLED TO HER MAKER
Mrs. Josephine Gootee Passed Away At Home
Of Son After Long Suffering From Paralysis
Josephine Bertrand-Gootee one of the long time citizens of this town, died at the
home of her son, Walter Gootee, on the south side last Saturday morning after
suffering a second stroke of paralysis.
Mrs. Gootee was seventy-five years old.
She was born in Martin County at Natchez,
south east of Shoals March 4, 1845, and has made her home in Loogootee ever
since she was six years old, except for a short time spent with her daughter,
Mrs. Will Gibbs at Indianapolis.
She was married February 8th
1863, to Frederick Gootee, one of best known of the early Loogootee residents,
and to them were born eleven children, six of whom are living. The husband and
father died in June 1910, and since that, time, Mrs. Gootee has made her home with
her children. The six surviving children are; Mrs. Will Gibbs of Indianapolis; Alphonsus, of Los Angeles,
California; Henry, of Elwood,
Indiana; William, of Evansville, Indiana,
and Walter and John of this city. She also leaves one brother, Charles
The funeral services were held on Monday morning from St. John’s Catholic church and the remains were taken to St. John’s cemetery for
burial. Mrs. Gootee was a devout member of the Catholic church and lived a life
of Christian devotion to family and friends that won for her many lifelong
friends, who regret with the family the passing of this kind and gentle woman.
MCT, Thurs. Mar. 25, 1920
MRS. SUSAN B. MASTEN, PIONEER OF
Died Monday Morning at Advanced Age of
Seventy-five after a Long Illness of Paralysis
widow of the late James B. Masten, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs.
Charles Bugher, early on Monday morning. The direct cause of her death was
paralysis, although she had been in failing health for several years.
Mrs. Masten was one of the very first settlers
of Loogootee, and in fact of this part of Martin county. She was born In Kentucky, November 27,
1838. In her girlhood she lived at Mt.
Pleasant, coming to
Loogootee when the railroad was built through here in 1855. Her husband moved
the first houses from Mt.
Pleasant to Loogootee and
they settled here where he conducted a saddler and harness shop.
Mrs. Masten's maiden name was Susan
Bertrand and she was the daughter of Joseph Bertrand.
She was married to James B. Masten on
December 30, 1856 and to them were born ten children,
five of them dead and five living. They
are; Horace, Cora, Lula, William and Charles, all of whom have passed to the
future home. The living are; John, of New York City,
Fred, of Cincinnati; Philip, of Louisville; James and Mrs. Anna Bugher, of
Loogootee. The husband and father died in 1889 at the age of
A brother, Charles A. Bertrand, of this
city, and a sister, Mrs. Josephine Gootee, of Indianapolis,
survive her, as does a half-sister, Mrs. Sabina O'Connell, of Carlo, Illinois.
Mrs. Masten was an interesting pioneer
and always had something of worth to tell her friends of the days when Martin
county was in its primeval state and Indiana
trappers and wild animals were the common thing. She remembered of many times
when the Red Men came to her home for something to eat on their travels over
the state road trail.
The remains were interred in Good Will
cemetery Tuesday morning after funeral services at the
Methodist church by the Rev. J. H. Furry.
She was a lifelong member of the Methodist church and was one of the best
supporters of the faith in the local congregation.
The death of Mrs. Masten recalls the
early history of the settlement of Indiana.
The country was almost a wilderness at the time her father came to this state
and cast his lot with the hardy pioneers on a farm about seven miles south of
Shoals, which was a well-known rendezvous for the settlers, the trappers and
even the civilized Indians. His work as a scholar and school teacher to a new
community was early recognized. His proficiency in Masonry made him a leader of
the craft in this part of the state and
the history of Masonry is replete with instances of the part
taken by him in the councils and in giving
instructions. Although a devout Catholic the work of Masonry was an absorbing
topic with him and he instructed many into its mysteries.
Joseph Hyacinth Bertrand, the father of
Mrs. Masten, was born in France
and came to this country
father when only seven years of age. The father, Stephen Bertrand, died and was
buried near Lexington, Kentucky. He was of an illustrious family in
France, one brother being an ambassador of the French kingdom to Madrid, and another, General Bertrand, was the marshal of
France, and was with Napoleon
on the island of St. Helena upon his banishment from his kingdom.
The deceased woman was of a kindly
disposition, cheerful and neighborly. None came to her home but who received
friendly welcome. Her children got from her strength of character and gentle
training and in going from her home into the world never lost the influence of the
religious instructions received at her knee. In her early life she was raised a
Catholic but embraced the Protestant religion at her
marriage and was a consistent member of the Methodist Episcopal church.
MCT Nov. 21, 1913
Nellie Mae Clifton Allbright was born May 31, 1902, on a
farm a few miles from Shoals, along the east fork of White River. The farm had
been homesteaded by her maternal grandparents, John and Mary Ann (Bennefield)
Asbell. John and Mary were married on February 28, 1850, in Clay Co. Illinois.
Three children were born to them before the start of the Civil War. John served
in the Union Army four years before returning home and having three more
children added to their family. Their youngest child, Katie, Nellie’s mother,
was born July 16, 1871. The Asbells farmed the same land their entire life.
Nellie's paternal grandparents, William
B. and Mary J. (Earl) Clifton, were married July 29, 1869 at Jackson County,
Indiana. They moved to a farm near Shoals in 1876 and raised their sons John
A., James T., Charles W., George A., and Ealum. William also served in the
Civil War enlisting in Co. K 39th IN Vol. He served two years and nine months
having been wounded and captured on the Kilpatrick Raid near Atlanta, Georgia.
He was imprisoned at Andersonville. He lost an arm as the result of the wound
he suffered in the raid at Atlanta.
Katie Asbell married Charles William
Clifton in February 1895. Katie and Charles eventually acquired Katie's
parent's old home place and started raising their family. Their children were
Roscoe, Mary Lou, Alice Amanda, Nellie Mae, Roy, and Lawrence Frank. This is
the home where Nellie Mae was born.
Nellie Clifton began her education at the
Asbell School about one-half mile from her home. It was a one-room school
house, heated with wood and coal. Her first teacher was Miss Eunice Gerkin. She
also remembers a Mr. Ham, Mr. Steele, Elizabeth Qualkenbush, Frank Nichols, and
Tony Asbell, who was her mother's cousin.
Nellie was about was about ten years old
when she began contemplating her education past the eighth grade. The
Superintendent, Charles O. Williams, visited the school one day and while
there, told the students that anybody who wanted to, could get an education.
Nellie thought "that anybody"
meant her! From that moment on she devoted all of her attention toward school studies.
Nellie attended the Shoals High School
and graduated in the spring of 1921 at 19 years old. She attended summer school
for 18 weeks at Central Normal College at Danville. When she returned home in
the fall, the Trustee gave her a teaching position at Johnson School.
Nellie decided if she was to be a
teacher, she was going to be a good one. When she first started teaching, the
children only had one small book from which to learn. Without workbooks, the
only source was her creativity and the blackboard. She remembered writing the
lessons on the blackboard and the students would start antics behind her.
Nellie came up with an idea to position a wide mirror on the board above her.
That way she could watch the youngsters and see who was pulling the pranks.
She worked on the school house to make it
bright and cheerful for the pupils. She recalled having a man install an old
fashioned lavatory so they could have warm water to wash their hands. To have
this luxury really brightened the children's day!
The community would raise money from
socials and pie suppers to help the school and the students. Nellie remembered
the first purchase was a large dictionary, and another time they purchased
gravel to spread around the schoolhouse.
There was a lot of entertainment at
school during Christmas time. They would collect sheets and make a stage for
the students to put on their programs. People came from all around for the occasion
and enjoyed it tremendously. She recalled one Christmas when she bought a
bushel basket of peanuts, a bushel or two of apples, and a lot of candy which
were really treats back then. She stated," if you didn't treat the
children, you might as well lock the doors and quit."
Nellie retired in 1962 and was looking
forward to receiving her pension. Then a teacher in the Shoals school system
quit right before the start of the new school year. When Mr. Glen Keefe, the
superintendent, asked Nellie to stay on, she put her pension aside temporarily
and returned to her chosen profession another eight years, finally retiring in
1973, at age 71. That made a combined total of 40 years.
She had a rural license, agriculture
license, home economics license, and the rural license which covered all eight
grades. She also had primary, intermediate, and junior high licenses. The schools
she taught in Martin County were; Asbell, Johnson, Weisbach, Sugar Grove,
McBride, Red School, and the consolidated Shoals Community School Corporation.
She also taught four years at Paoli, Indiana.
Nellie M. Clifton married Virgil
Allbright on November 28, 1928. Virgil was the son of John F. and Ada F.
(Waggoner) Allbright. Virgil Allbright, worked as a trackman on the railroad.
He passed away in 1977 after an illness of thirteen years. Nellie and Virgil
were the parents of one child, a daughter, Ruth "Alyne" Sorrells. Alyne
taught school for a while and was an attendance officer for seven years. Alyne
is married to Harold Sorrells, son of Lee J. and Marguerite (Bledsoe) Sorrells.
Harold and Alyne have four daughters; Lani, Charlotte, Katie, Sue Ellen, and a
son, David. Lani (Sorrells) Kelsey carried on in her grandmother's footsteps as
a teacher in the Shoals Community School system for many years. Lani has since
Nellie joined the Shoals Senior Citizens
soon after it was formed in 1974. She became a board member and a volunteer.
She attended all of the area meetings and taught health classes, home
economics, crocheting, and just about anything else that would turn up.
In 1983, Nellie was crowned the Martin
County Senior Citizens Queen Area 13-A. She also represented the area at the
Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis, along with ten other contestants. It
was an unforgettable summer.
Yes, Martin County, has produced many
wonderful teachers through the years, with Nellie being at the top of the list.
Many of Nellie's students, who are now well into their years, still have many
fond memories of her. Most rate her as their number one all time favorite. She
was a wonderful person and a delight to know.
This meaningful life all began in the
person of a little girl, Nellie Mae Clifton, born on a farm five miles from
Shoals, along White River.
Nellie passed away at age 90 on October
17, 1992, at Lawrence County, Indiana.
Editor's note: Some of this article was
taken from an interview of Nellie Allbright with reporter, Patricia O'Connor,
at the Tri-County News at Washington,
Indiana, dated April 25, 1985.
Thomas Nesbe Gootee was born February 14,
1797, in Maryland,
to Joseph Whelan Gootee Jr. and Sarah A. Bramble. The Gootees' moved to Ohio and then on to Kentucky. Thomas married Nancy Silvers b. ~
1798 on September 24, 1816 at Washington Co. KY. She was the daughter of John
and Nancy (Springer) Silvers.
Thomas and Nancy Gootee were among the
earliest pioneers at present site of Loogootee. They homesteaded there and purchased
land on February 3, 1818. He added to his original purchase and acquired total
of 600 acres. He donated the right-of- way for the coming railroad. The railroad
contract was not awarded until January of 1851, but Thomas platted the village
on April 4, 1853, one year before the actual railroad work began. A post office
was established July 6, 1857, with Thomas M. Gibson as postmaster. The Ohio and Mississippi
Railroad was completed in 1857. Leaders at Mount Pleasant recognized the railroad would
offer shipping and commercial
advantages. Residences which had been
moved from Hindostan after the plague, to Mt. Pleasant
were once again relocated to Loogootee. Over the next several years there were
five extensions added to the original plat. In 1857 Thomas sold lots # 64 and #
65 to the Reverend St. Palais of Vincennes
for $1.00. These lots are where St.
is located today.
Thomas Gootee held many offices of trust
and responsibility, such as: road supervisor, 1820; justice of peace, 1833;
county clerk, 1840; associate judge, 1842; delegate to the convention which
formed the present state constitution, 1850; and State Representative, 1855.
Thomas Gootee died October 4, 1870 and is buried in the St. John's Cemetery
Thomas and Nancy had eleven children born
to their union. They are as follows: Mary "Polly" b. 1819, Samuel W.,
b. 1821, John M., b. 1823, Sarah Ann, b.1825, Joseph D., b.1827, Elizabeth
"Betz", b. 1833, Wineford , b. 1834, twins Nancy Jane and Thomas Jr.,
b. 1835, Charles M., b. 1836 and Margaret, b. ? Margaret died of severe burns
at age four. Nancy Gootee died in 1850.
Thomas married a widow, Lucinda Carrico
Bertrand, in Martin County, Indiana on June 1, 1856. Lucinda, born ~1814 -1816,
in KY, was the daughter of Vincent and Mary (Elder) Carrico. She brought five
children into the marriage. There were two daughters; Josephine and Eliza E.
and three sons; John J., Silas, and Charles A. The children's father, Joseph H.
Bertrand, died in 1851 and is buried in the St.
in Martin Co. IN. Thomas and Lucinda had a daughter of their own, Sabina A.,
b.1862 in Martin Co.
This article was written from excerpts taken from Harry Q. Holt’s book:
History of Martin County, Indiana,
vol. II. Other information was taken from Martin County