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Welcome, to the newly revised
Montgomery County, Indiana Genweb Site

~A Work in Progress~
Because of a computer crash, Karen and I have pushed ahead our schedule on moving Montgomery County GenWeb Site into a new site building program.  This requires us to have a series of projects or mini-sites which promotes faster access.  It will require some time to input all data into the new format, so please bear with us.  All the old pages will still be available from links and will eventually be updated.
!!! Something New!!! To help facilitate moving between projects, I have added what I call the "Get Around Links"  You will find their menu tab, just below the "Home Page ~ Tab", in the pull down menu by clicking the three bars in the left column.  There is also a link to them at the top of each sections main page.  I suggest that you open them in their own browser tab for easier access.   These links will make it easier to move more directly between the sub-sites.  I hope you enjoy them and have FUN, Happy Genealogy Days!!!   Have Fun, Jim

I have tried hard to give the Genealogists of Montgomery County something to be proud of.  If you discover a problem, let Karen know. Everyday I am learning something new about this procedure. Please be patient, Thanks, Jim!

NOTE: I and many others have spent 20 plus years (from its inception) on this project -- PLEASE GIVE CREDIT if you use our work! I've found hundreds of obituaries FROM THIS SITE on findagrave and many personal genealogy sites - I know the obituaries etc. came from here but I don't see any credit. PLEASE GIVE CREDIT!!!! Here is the citation you should use & thanks so much in advance :)

Citation: The Indiana (INGenWeb Project), Copyright ©1996-2019 (and beyond), Montgomery County GenWeb site - thanks soooo much - Karen Bazzani Zach

My name is Karen Bazzani Zach and I am your Coordinator for Montgomery County.    My hubby is constantly helping me as well - thanks, Jim Z :) . Your Indiana State Coordinator is Lena Harper .  Her assistant state coordinators are : Jim Cox and Karen Bazzani Zach


This site indexed by Free Find NOTE: Thanks so much to this great site for the indexing job -- this is a HUGE site and without FreeFind it would be literally "hard to find" things :) Thanks, Guys & thanks to my GenWeb partner, Jeff S for helping me get this straightened out! kbz

Montgomery County, Indiana is rich with history and owns many interesting sites, including the Old Jail Museum (with one of the only workable rotating cells); the Lane Place (home of Henry S. Lane, Senator and personal friend to President Lincoln); Lew Wallace Study (author of the book, Ben Hur); DAR house (owned by the Elston family until the Dorothy Q Chapter, DAR purchased it); and Wabash College (an all-male Liberal Arts School with less than 1,000 students dating back to 1832). Townships include Brown (with towns of Browns Valley and Waveland); Clark (Ladoga); Coal Creek (New Richmond, Wingate and Elmdale); Franklin (Darlington, Shannondale); Madison (Linden and Kirkpatrick); Ripley (Alamo, Yountsville); Scott (Parkersburg, New Market); Sugar Creek (Bowers); Union (Crawfordsville; Whitesville); Walnut (New Ross, Mace); Wayne (Waynetown). Crawfordsville, the County seat, is a third-class city with a full time mayor, a seven-member council and a clerk-treasurer. The city is located just off Interstate 74, about 45 miles West of Indianapolis.

Note: There has been a group of folks who have found (can you believe this?) 500 towns to date (5-1-2018 ) - click on towns on the left column to read about not only those above but many, many more.Thanks so much to Suzie & Jerry for the majority of them -- It's truly amazing!

In Honor and Memory of our past State Coordinators : Thanks for your dedication - here are Betty's remembrances of how Indiana began :) Loved that lady!

1996 - 1998 - Betty Sellers

1998 - 2000 - Fred Finkbiner

2000 - 2002 - Patrick Hays

2003 - 2004 - Gene Andert

2004 - 2011 - Debra Behler

2011 - 2012 - Katy Hestand

2012 - 2016 - Denise Wells

2016 - 2017 - John Peck

2017- -------- Lena Carlson Harper

(and thanks to Judi Burns (Greene Co Coordinator) for the INGenWeb history lesson :) I've seen 'em all come/go. Some were great (like Betty & Fred), others good, a couple not so much :) Overall, though, they tried and kept us going as one of the ONLY FREE genealogy sites. ENJOY


.... DIGGING UP BONES MYSTERIES (a new page began by Kim Hancock and myself to try to get others involved helping to find tombstones of people buried in our county, or specific places of burial or dates or who they are (say, from footstones with only initials) - that type of thing) - ENJOY

Destination Indiana (Montgomery County link)

***Submission notification*** -
effective November 21, 2012 -- Anyone submitting an obituary, picture, letter, biography ... for this site SHOULD note that the person being submitted (the obituary is about that person, in other words) SHOULD have been born, lived, or died in Montgomery County (sorry, but the site is getting sooo huge, I think this is necessary - THANKS MUCHES)- kbz

I want to take this space to THANK MY WONDERFUL TYPISTS


Chris -
Debby M.
Jack * Current typist (Jack has been absolutely amazing)
John - John has done much work recently on the WWI Vets
Kim H. - Current typist
Sara Mc (our newest :)
Tom H.
Walt * (Walt typed a humongous bunch - think Jack may have just surpassed him - thanks guys)


** PLEASE let me know if I left anyone out because these guys & gals are
SUPER and I want to make sure they get a BIG THANK YOU !!!!!!!!!!!! ***

T H I S - W E E K' S - F E A T U R E D - P H O T O -

George and Betty (Keys) Keedy circa 1945-1946
They are standing next to the first tent rink built in C'ville
Thanks Ron Keedy
See this one  "People Photos"

(thanks to for the cute gif)
IF YOU HAVE ANY PICS OF ANY OF THE TOWNS / BUILDINGS / AREAS / CHURCHES/ BUSINESSES/PEOPLE, please send them my way :) for this page and to archive in the photos section !! Love to share our history! kbz


CHECK -2020 additions to date. Current month below

2020 Goals --  wish us luck :)
1500 obits
100 photos (again, much easier - have 'em here)
Write a Waveland history with the thought of doing that for each of the towns (have a small one but would like a deep, detailed one - have a friend who offered to help) -
More work on the top two corners of the county (have little in Wingate, Darlington areas)
Work on Businesses, Schools & Churches

MAY 2020 --Additions on Montgomery County INGenWeb

OBITUARIES: _367___ Added - [ytd= 1,490 ] = Abbott, (Charles); Adams (Jane; Roy); Albright (John);; Allen (Albert; Frank Fine; Charles; George W; Maleta); Alexander (Acenith); Alston (Roy); Alward (Lydia); Ames (Mahala); Allman (John) Anderson (Anderson, alice); Arnold (James; Margaret); Armantrout (John); Armstrong (John); Austin (Samuel); Bales (Frank); Ball (Ben; Mary Johnson); Ballard (Patience); Bard (Samuel);  Barnes (Milton); Barr (Bert); Barnett (Alberta, John, Samuel); Bass (Marquis); Beck (Maggie); Beedle (Morris); Bell (James; Mary; Willie; Albert, Molly, Ralph); Belton (Samuel); Beam (Margaret Thompson); Bennett (Inez, Rick); Benson (Lee); Berry (Mary Pattison); Best (Frank; Susan); Bias (June); Bible (Ed); Biddle (John); Binford (Boyd, Elizabeth Dubois, Martha; John; Samuel); Birch (child of Hay; Thomass); Birchfield (George, Vavana); Black (Daniel); Blacker (Brit); Blake (Laura); Bly (Kate); Blair (Robert; William);  Bolser (Geroge); Bonnell (John); Bone (Scott); Booher (Nathaniel); Boots (James; Emanuel); Borst (J. George); Boyd (Margaret); Bowker (Clarence); Bowles (Cleo); Bowman (Elliott); Briggs (BB); Brown (Lindsey; Lucinda; Isaac; John L; Levi; William A; Mattie); Brady (Maggie Sullivan); Braid (Henry); Brandkamp (Christina); Brier (Burgess); Britton (Infant; Isaac); Browning (Ann); Branson (Ellis); Brant (Mathias; Nancy); Buck (Lizzie); Buchanan (John; Thomas); Butler (Lindley); Butcher (Charles); Bunnell (Lillie); Burdell (Lizzie Schanedorf); Burke (William); Burkholder (Louise); Burris (George); Butler (Robert);  Busenbark (John);  Butcher (Hannah); Buxton (George);  Byrd (Ed; James). Caldwell (Melinda); Callahan (Charles, John, Morris); Campbell (Henry Carson); Canine (Willard); Canary (Martha); Calvert (Charley); Carter (Samuel); Carr (George); Cave (James); Chase (Frank); Chesterson (Lydia, Leroy); Clark (Arthur, VIncent, Wm. Emery); Clarkson (Peter); Click (Mary);  Clodfelter (Marion); Connell (Joe); Cook (Jane; George W, Dorothy, Christian, Catherine, Mattie, Rachel); Conkelton (William); Conkright (child of George); Compton (Mahala Shannon); Conners (Charley); Connor (Charles); Coyle (James); Courtney (Joseph); Cowan (Charles); Cox (James); Crane (John); Cumberland (Martin); Crawford (Thomas); Crabbs (Sarah Stonecipher); Crane (Elihu; Ellen; Harry); Curtis (Abbie Burk; Junia); Curtain (Cornelius); Craig (Harriet; James; Mary E; Zelta; Harry Davis; Cross (Sallie); Crawford (David); Davis (Ann; Abigail; Jot; Lou; Hannah; inf of Frank); Davern (Catherine) ; Davidson (Thomas F); Davis (Albert, Everett, Mary Ewing, Sant, Eliza Pearl); Day (Kent); Deitrick (Will); Detchon (Martha Ray); Dineen (Mary); Divine (David); Dixon (Thomas); Doan (Pearl); Donaldson (Ray); Dochterman (Henry); Donnelly (Mason) ; Donehue (William; Douglass (Inf of Joseph); Donahue (Jere); Drake (Moses); Duncan (Esther); Dunn (Wm. McKee); Dusenberry (John);  Edwards (Charlotte, Irena); Ellington (James); Eldred (Mellie Gifford); Ellis (Freddie; Yeoman; Jane; Elizabeth Seller); Elliott (Maria; Joab); Elliott (Maria); Elmore (Martha); Edgeworth (Alice); English (Elmer); Epperson (Wm M); Evans (Nancy, Noah; OPC); Everson (Charles, Mahlon);  Ermentrout  Wm); Evans (Thomas); Eyler (Margaret); Faris (Mary); Ferguson (Effie; Mary; Isaac - Civil War); Farris (Sarah); Fairfield (Noah); Fishero (Rilla; Noah); Fisher (James); Finch (John - Civil War); Flannigan (child of James; Robert Glen); Flynn (Catherine); Foley (Bridget Coleman); Galey (James); Albreath (James; Joseph); Gifford (Haviland); Gilliland (Henry); Keen (Lee); Keene (James Upton); Keegan (child of Dr. MB); Keeney (Evaline); Kent (Helen); Kesley (Albert; Milton; Walter); Kirkpatrick (James); Kostanzer (Anthony); Kussner (Lorenz); Lee (Cyrus); Ledster (Mrs Tom); Landman; Lane (William; John; Nathan); Lawton (Amelia; child of Enoch); Lewis (Retta); Lind (Charlotte); Linn (Julia); Lynn (Lydia); Lowe (Maude; Frances Zachary); Long (Michael; William S); Lyo (Emma SImms; Wm); Livengood (Albert; Amanda; Anna; Austin E; Bercha; Clarinda; Edward; Ernest; George; Guy Virgil; Hester Grimes; John; Martha Young; Stella Frazier); VFancleave (Charles L; child of HT; Edwin S); Vanarsdall (George); Vannice (John W).  --- NOTE:  Some of these have multiple obits added - just an FYI in case you were gonna' count 'em - they wouldn't come out right b/c of this - lol :) Kbz

Alumni- Schools -- _   33__Added  (ytd = 190) - Darlington 1916 Basketball scores; Bowers 5th & 6th Grade 1952-53; 1928-29 Bowers Basketball Team; 1921 Waveland HS Basketball (in Waveland sport slide show); 1921 Waveland HS Football (in Waveland sport slide show); 1918 Ladoga HS seniors; Ladoga Class of 1919; Ladoga claass of 1921; 6 Photos of Mt. Zion includung the 1961-1962 Grade 4 all but 2 named; Bowers School class (no date or names); Goben School Class 1890; Highview School 1915 (no names); Willow Grove School (building); Horace Mann/Lincoln School; Baskelball Game-unknown teams, school, gym; 1960 Linden Graduation Program (4 pages); 1971 Waveland Graduation Program (4 Pages); 1960 New Market Class Will (2 pages); 1969 Memoriam to Myrtle Banta; 1938 New Market Play Cast; 1920 Crawfordsville Athenian Yearbook (175 pages);

Bibles ____ - 76 bibles - (LOVE more):

Biographies -- __9_ Added (Year To Date - 493)-- Added a 52 page document of Richard Clark of Virginia with information on 375 descendants including Willis Clark who settled in Indiana in 1834; Mary Cook + photo; Freedman, Harry; Foote, Lucien; Peterson Silas -+ Photo; Stamp, Martha Talbert; Schooler, Wm. + photo; Wilhite, ELeazer - 2 articles added; Karen Bazzani Zach;

Blog -- new -- ____Karen's Gen Blog --  

BUSINESS   13      Added = Photo of Crawfordsville Motel Match Book; Phillips 66 Station at intersection of Washington St & S. Boulevard and a photo of a key chain given out; Newspaper clip for Everson & Ferguson Brick Co.; Shaver Hatchery; G. C. Boling Insurance; Economy Grocery; Ladoga Coal; Ladoga Elevator; Warner Auto Parts; Sayler Brothers Auctioneers; Montgomery Ward & Co. moving to Boulevard Mall; Perry Lewis Co., Inc  Ford Dealership (West Market St.);

Cemeteries -- __ -

Court Proceedings _ Added: __ Names :
Deaths _ Added: __ Names :
Deeds_ Added: __ Names :
Divorces _10   Added:___   Names :  Britton; Brown; Carter; Hawkins; Lepper; McConnell; Ostheimer; Stephens; Walker; Warren
Inquests _ Added: __ Names :
Land _ Added: __ Names :
Marriages (includes announcements in newspapers) _12__ Added:  Names : Austin; Burbridge; Craig; Cockerel; Grantham; Nichols; Peck; Schirmer; Schoenman; Shanklin; Warner; Widdop
Miscellaneous ____
Naturalizations _ Added: __ Names :
Wills _ Added: __ Names :  

Census ____

Diaries --___ -  

Digging Up Bones Mysteries _____ =

Letters ____ - Added:

Links -- __ Added -

Misc -- ____

Civil War (Causalities and Other Data)____Added -

NEWS __9__ -- Added -  --items Added - Clubs - Young People; Misc Wilhite Get Canes; Hatter, Moses - missing; Vancleave, Charley - sick; McClure, Moses - oldest Odd Fellow;  Pettit Murder Case - added 3 articles; Church - Crawfordsville Christian being built -

PHOTOS -- __20_- Added (YTD=77) --
Photos People: Mahoy Family (5 Photos) Alice Cook Mahoy, Daniel Mahoy, David Mahoy, Joe & Sadie Mahoy, Orville Mahoy; New Ross Town Band (with names); Unknown, Girl & Boy; Unknown Girl in Pink: Unknown Lady; Lester Hole; Weaver, John; VanCleave, Henry (1863-1946); Keedy, George & Betty;
PHOTOS:  Places: Crawfordsville Centenial 1965 mini History;  Program from the "Sugar Creek Saga" put on by the Centennial Committee; 5 photos of Record Pages from the BOWERS EUB Church;

TOWNS: : _3_ : Total # 524 - towns to date - no new ones but added information on Flat Creek; Bristle Ridge; Kirkpatrick

QUESTIONS - _____ -

Reunions -- __ Added:

SHARED: ____ Sent articles/obits/info to these


Who's Who ____ -- Added

(thanks to Al Wolf for this awesome site - greatly appreciazted)

Hilary from the IN Div. of Hist Pres & Archaeology sent this recently - nifty

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