Orange County Obituaries


ALLEN, Elizabeth "Lizzie" Tolbert ; daughter of Samuel and Sarah TOLBERT, born in Orange Co. 23 May 1870, died 12 Sep 1929, aged 59y3m20d; married Andrew ALLEN on 26 Mar 1887; nine children, four preceded her in death; husband died 14 Aug 1918, and she was left with seven children; surviving are Ralph, Chester, Maud, Lucille, and Ruth; she joined M.E. church at age 14; from Tom McCart scrapbook

ALLEN, George; From Paoli Republican Tuesday, July 21, 1964, "George ALLEN died at his home in French Lick. His age was estimated at 80 years. His body is at Ritter Funeral home but arrangements for final rites will not be completed until relatives arrive from Alabama." from Phyllis Hill

ALLEN, Marilyn; Paoli News Thursday, Feb 8, 1962: "Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon for Miss Marilyn ALLEN, 16, of Clarksville, niece of Mrs. Frank KIMMEL. Mr. & Mrs. KIMMEL attended rites from the 1st church of God in New Albany. Miss ALLEN, a sophomore in Clarksville high school died Tuesday in Children’s hospital in Louisville where she had undergone surgery. She had suffered a congenital heart condition. Surviving are the parents, Mr. & Mrs. Willis ALLEN, a sister & grandparents." from Phyllis Hill

ALLEN, Pauline; "Aug. 10, 1914--April 28, 1997; Pauline ALLEN, 82, of French Lick, died at the Washington County Hospital in Salem on Monday. She was born in Orange County on August 10, 1914 to John W. and Pearl OWEN MILLS and was a homemaker. She was united in marriage to Samuel ALLEN in 1934 and he survives. Mrs. ALLEN was a member of the Elon Chiristian Church and had attended college for one year. Mrs. ALLEN is survived by her husband, Samuel ALLEN, four children, Carl ALLEN and John ALLEN, both of French Lick, Mary STACKHOUSE of West Baden Springs and Bill ALLEN of Indianapolis; two brothers, Calvin MILLS of Paoli and Kenneth MILLS of Shoals; two sisters, Esther CREWS of French Lick and Opal FLICK of Hobart, 11 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Funeral services are at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Elon Christian Church with Bro. Larry OETZEL, Bro. Albert MADEN, and Bro. Charles CREWS officiating. Burial will be in the Patoka Memorial Cemetery. Brosmer-Drabing Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements." from Phyllis Hill

BAKER, Wilbur J.; son of William and Eliza E. IRVIN BAKER, born four miles west of Orleans on 7 Feb 1857; spent entire life on farm where born; reared in Mount Horeb Baptist church; his father was one of the pioneer Baptist teachers of Southern Indiana; "Uncle Billie BAKER, Wilbur's father, went to his crowning from a pulpit in Kansas"; married Orilla J. HAM on 31 Dec 1888; one son, Lloyd W. BAKER; elected trustee of Orangeville township in 1894, served 4 years; survived by wife and son, daughter-in-law, grandson Lawrence Wendell BAKER; 3 sisters Mrs. John DENNY of Anderson, MO, Mrs. Sarah EDWARDS of Lebanon, OH, and Mrs. Malissa ALLEGRE of Orleans; died 17 Feb 1925, aged 68y; funeral at Baptist church in Orleans; from Tom McCart scrapbook

BREWER, Elizabeth; This is from the death certificate of Elizabeth (Granny) BREWER: "born 1 February 1824 in Tennessee and died 5 May 1912 at Norton and buried 6 May at Cane Creek Cemetery. Widow of Ambrose BREWER. Father: Hezakiah SEALS, born Tennessee; Mother: Julia COPE, born Tennessee; Informant: Thomas A. BREWER. (grandson) My mother knew Granny Brewer and said she was a mid-wife." from Phyllis Hill

BROOKS, Robert; date handwritten on obit as Sept. 3, 1925; killed by bolt of lightning during severe storm; lived between Orleans and Brooksville; was a plasterer; burial at I.O.O.F. Cemetery; from Tom McCart scrapbook

CLEVELAND, Anna R.; born in London, England on Aug. 1, 1835 to Arthur and Sarah WELLS PICKTHALL; died at home of her daughter, Mrs. C.E. BAKER in Bethel community on Nov. 30, 1926, aged 91y4m; came with her parents to America and located in the neighborhood where she spent the rest of her life; married William J. CLEVELAND on Mar. 16, 1865, and he preceded her in death nine and a half months ago; married 60y10m; 6 children: George W., Fred A., Mrs. C.E. Baker, Thomas H., Benjamin F. and Arthur C.; early in life a member of Spice Valley Baptist Church, her father was a Baptist minister; after marriage, she and husband joined Bethel Christian Church; survived by children, 21 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren; funeral at Bethel Church; from Tom McCart scrapbook

CLEVELAND, William J.; was born in Orangeville township on the adjoining farm to his farm, north of Bethel church, Oct.22, 1843. His father Matthew CLEVELAND was born near Log Creek church, Orange County, Ind. His mother, Elizabeth JENKINS CLEVELAND was born in Virgina, coming to Orange County with her parents when she was quite young. William grew to manhood on the farm where he was born attending the pioneer schoools of that period, the strict discipline of those schools and the religous principles of his parents were so firmly inbued in his mind that they were ever after a vital part ofhis life's activities. He was united in marriage to Anna PICKTHALL, March 16, 1865. (His wife was born in England coming here when she was 16 years old.) To this union was born six children, George W., Fred A., Mrs. C.E. Baker, Thomas H., Benjamin F. and Arthur C., all of whom are living. He united with the Christian church at Bethel and served as elder for over 50 years. He was also one of its trustees for many years. He has been a valued and apreciated contributor to the Progress Examiner for over 25 years. His entire life was spent except one year in Kansas, in the community in which he was born. The house where he died Feb. 26, 1926, was home to him and his companion for over 45 years. He was a farmer and hard worker, yet he took time to read and study, and but mighty few people have read more, studied harder or possessed a more retentive mind. He was a close observer and kept an account of everything interesting. His record of the weather for years will show you the date and every detail of the weather for that day. from Tom McCart scrapbook; from a second obit in the same book, the date of death is given as 15 Feb 1926, age 82y3m24d; burial at I.O.O.F. Cemetery.

FRENCH, Samuel; "Paoli Republican 1841--Died at his residence in this county on the morning of 21st inst. (Sept. 1841) Mr. Samuel FRENCH, aged about 54 years. He resided many years in this county, and experienced the privations incident to new settlements. He lived respected and died regretted by his acquaintances. He left to lament their sad bereavement, the companion of his youth, and 9 children." (Note) French, Samuel d. Sept. 21, 1841, age 52y/5m/16d; Julia A., wife of Samuel, Oct. 11, 1796--Apr. 4, 1854; George H. d. June 28, 1847, age 62y/9m/27d. from Phyllis Hill

GALLAWAY, Arvilla; Springs Valley Herald Dec 29, 1932; "Mrs Arvilla GOLLAWAY, wife of Worley GOLLOWAY, died Monday at her home at the age of 60 years. Death was caused from the effects of goiter. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Ed APPLE Wednesday afternoon at Sulphur Creek with burial in the adjacent cemetery. She is survived by her husband and ten children Lucy, Alta, Alice, Bernice, Pauline, Gladys, Floyd, Charles, Henry and Raymond. Schmutzler had charge of funeral arrangements." from Steve Morrison

GALLAWAY, Worley; Springs Valley Herald Feb 10, 1938; "In the midst of life we are often reminded of the uncertainly of life. Father, while our eyes are weeping our loved one that death has won would this solemn meeting say "Thy will be done" Worley GOLLAWAY was born August 9, 1866 in Kentucky. He departed this life at his home in French Lick, IN February 3, 1938 at the age of 69 years, 5 months and 25 days. At a very young age he migrated to Indiana and settled in Orange County near French Lick with his grandparents and mother Kizziare GOLLAWAY, who proceeded him in death eight years ago. He was united in marriage to Arvilla LANE January 30, 1889. To this union ten children were born. He leaves to mourn his sudden passing the ten children, 33 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. He was greatly devoted to his family and home and lived a most unselfish life for the love and consideration of his children. He spent most of his life in and near French Lick engaging for years in the timber and sawmill business, as well as contracting and road building. A man kindly disposed towards his neighbors and not given to criticism of his fellowman. His friends will remember that Worley usually wore a smile in good times or bad, and had a kindly word for all. After a few years of loneliness and affliction he is gone to join his companion who proceeded him in death Dec 26, 1932. He was a kind and loving father and husband, a good neighbor and friend. Sometimes his affection and sorrows in life seemed more than one person should bear, yet he bore them with patience. Only a few days ago, he told a friend when his sorrows and loneliness were hard to bear that prayer was his only consolation. Funeral at Sulphur Creek 2 PM February 6th by the pastor Rev. B. P. WALLS assisted by Rev. C. H. IVY and burial in Sulphur Creek Cemetery." from Steve Morrison

GRIDER, Eddie Martin; "In his famous 'Elegy Written in a Church Yard,' Thomas Gray said: Oft did the harvest to the sickle yield The furrow oft the stubborn glebe has broke How jocund did they drive their team afield! How bowed the woods beneath their sturdy stroke! Mr Gray was undoubtedly thinking of the early farmers and settlers, when he wrote these lines of those hardy ancestors of yours and mine,who braved the hardships and toils of a pioneer's life to leave to us the great heritage we enjoy a free America. Such a one was EDDIE MARTIN GRIDER. "Ed" as he was known to his closest friends, was born at Horse Cave, Kentucky, December 19,1873, and came to Indiana when he was nine years old. He lived practically all his life in the hollow in Greenfield Township, known as Helix, so named for the spring located near the GRIDER homestead. He was married in 1895 to Rosa KELLAMS, who preceeded him to the great beyond in 1955. Nine children blessed the home of Ed and Rosa--six sons and three daughters as follows: Elvis, Cecil, and Alexander of Paoli, Indiana; Garrett, and Ernest of Indianapolis, Indiana, and William of Portland, Indiana; Anna LANDERS, Paoli, Indiana; Goldie McALEXANDER, and Martha MILTHALER of Fort Recovery, Ohio. In addition to the above children, he leaves one brother, Noble of Indianapolis; and two sisters; Lillie ALLEN of French Lick and Eva LINDSEY of Paoli; eighteen grandchildren, twenty eight great grandchildren, and three great-great grandchildren, and many other relations and friends. A member of the South Liberty Church of Christ, he lived a clean wholesome christian life thoughout his eighty-nine years and fifteen days, terminated January 3,1963 at the home of his son Cecil, near Paoli, Indiana Whatever we might say, I feel sure, would not express the life of this father, relative and friend better than the further words of Gray: Let not ambition mock their useful toil, Their homely joys and destiny obscure; Nor grandeur hear with a disdainful smile The short and simple annals of the poor Haply some hoary-headed swain may say, "oft have we seen him at the peep of dawn Brushing with haste the dews away, to meet the sun upon the upland lawn One morn I missed him on the customed hill, Along the heath and near his favorite tree So, like a poem unfinished, his life on this earth has ceased, to be taken up again in that land where there is no pain, sorrow or death, and where the old will be young forever." from

GRIDER, Rosa; "Rosa GRIDER, Daughter of William and Martha KELLAMS, was born Dec. 24, 1874 in Dubois County. She departed this life March 16, 1955. She was united in marriage to Edd GRIDER, July 4, 1895. They started housekeeping on the same farm where she passed away. To this union were born six sons and three daughters, all living, Elvis, Cecil, Mrs. Goldie McALEXANDER, William, Alex, Mrs. Anna LANDERS, Ernest, Mrs. Martha MILTHALER and Garrett. She leaves 17 grandchildren and 9 great- grandchildren, a sister, Mrs. Lucy BARNETT, and two brothers, Walter and Elwood KELLAMS, plus many other relatives and friends. Since early girlhood she was a member of Moores Ridge Methodist Church. She was a faithful and loving wife and mother whose home was always welcome to those who entered. Despite her age when the need arose she gave a home and loving care to two small grandsons for 2 years. She will be sadly missed by all who knew her " Your memories are our keepsakes From which we'll never part God has you in his keeping We have you in our hearts " from

HARRISON, Mrs. Charles; Paoli Republican, Thursday, December 11, 1941; "Mrs. Charles HARRISON died at the age of 77 years at her home on West Water Street Tuesday evening. Funeral services will be held Friday afternoon at the local Methodist church." (Died 9 Dec 1941) from Phyllis Hill

HARRISON, Infant Twins; Paoli Republican, Wednesday, April 8, 1921. "The 5 week old twin daughters of Mr. and Mrs. John HARRISON of French Lick died of whooping cough last Wednesday and were buried here Thursday evening. It was a doubly sad blow to the parents and relatives and their many friends sympathize with them in their sorrow." from Phyllis Hill

HARRISON, Maude May; Paoli Republican, Tuesday, June 13, 1967; "Mrs. Maude May HARRISON, wife of McGowan HARRISON, died Monday afternoon at Orange County Hospital where she had been a patient since Wednesday. Mrs. HARRISON, 59, resided on Rt. 1, French Lick. Final rites will be held Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock at Hillham Methodist Church where she was a member. Rev. J. W. ROLL will conduct final rites. Arrangements and burial in Cane Creek cemetery are by Brosmar-Drabing funeral directors. Surviving with her husband are 3 daughters, Mrs. Charles WISEMAN, New Albany; Mrs. Virginia BURTON, French Lick; Marcella WININGER, Frankfort, KY; one son, Alfred HARRISON, stationed at Fort Gordon, GA., with the U. S. Army; 3 sisters, Mrs. Ethel PANKEY of Sidell, Ill., Mrs. Marie DOAN of Paoli, and Mrs. Helen MANSHIP of Valeene; and 4 grandchildren." from Phyllis Hill

HARRISON, Maxine; Paoli Republican, Tuesday, July 18, 1961; "Final rites were held Saturday afternoon for Mrs. Maxine HARRISON, 33, wife of Harry HARRISON. Services were conducted in the Schmutzler funeral chapel with burial in Ames Chapel cemetery. Mrs. HARRISON died Thursday morning at her home in French Lick. Mrs. HARRISON had been in ill health since 1957 when she submitted to surgery for a brain tumor. She was a member of the French Lick E.U.B. church and a member of the American Legion Auxiliary. Surviving with her husband are 2 children, Marilyn, 13 and Kevin, 10; her mother, Mrs. Hallie CORBETT; and 1 brother Ray CORBETT of Knoxville, Tennessee." from Phyllis Hill

HEARD, Martha Ellen; Paoli Republican, Tuesday, March 29, 1960; "Mrs. Martha Ellen HEARD died Thursday at the home of her granddaughter Mrs. Floyd ELROD in Orleans 3 weeks after marking her 98th birthday. Funeral services were conducted Saturday afternoon at OCHS funeral home, in charge of Rev. Ivan STEED. Burial was in Ames Chapel Cemetery. Mrs. HEARD had made her home with her granddaughter for the past 8 years. Previously she had resided in Louisville. She was a native of Orange County, born March 1, 1862, the daughter of George and Amanda BRINER. Other survivors are another granddaughter, Mrs. Charles WEBB of Orleans, ang a grandson, Dayton HILL of Paraguay, South America." (Note from Pearl WILSON: The clipping does not mention it, but Martha was first married to Christopher DAY, called Kit, and they were divorced according to his death certificate. He was buried at New Albany, his father and mother were born in England.) from Phyllis Hill

HEARD, Sarah; "Thursday, Jan 3, 1946--Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon in the Paoli Baptist church for Mrs. Sarah HEARD, 85, who died Thursday evening at her home in Paoli. Burial was made in the I.O.O.F cemetery." from Phyllis Hill

KEETH Family Letter; "We are in receipt of a letter from our friend, John H. KEETH at Yale, Okla., in which he states that he has lost all members of his family in the last three years by death. Mr. KEETH formerly resided in Orange county and is known to many of our people. 'We have the best prospects for good crops that we have had in eight years. All the farmers feel good. We will have at least $10,000 worth of fruit in this (Eastern) township, Payne county, which is noted in this section for fruit of all kinds.' Mr. KEETH also says that he cut one foot nearly half off with an ax on the morning of the 11th inst. that will lay him up from work for some weeks. newspaper article from Tom McCart scrapbook

KIRK, Sarah A.; d/o William and Elizabeth POWELL PRUETT; b. 27 Dec 1840 on the old home farm; oldest of family of 10, 5 having preceded her in death; member of Bonds Chapel for over 70 years; m. J.J. KIRK on 4 Sep 1916; d. 3 Jul 1925 aged 84y6m6d; survived by brothers E.J. and Thomas PRUETT of Orange County, Alonzo PRUETT of Jackson County, and sister Mariah FREEMAN of Essen, Missouri. from Tom McCart scrapbook

KNIGHT, Francis; Bolivar Free Press, September 1907 (Bolivar, MO); "On September 28, 1907, God in His infinite wisdon saw fit to call our beloved grandfather, Francis A. KNIGHT, from the labors of earth to the home of everlasting joy and peace. He was born in Jessamine County, Ky. October 5, 1812, being 94 years, 11 months and 19 days old at the time of his death. He was the father of seven children, five of whom survive him. His first wife was Elizabeth THORNTON. They were married in 1832. Robert, the oldest son, is 78 years old and lives at Hoisington, Kas; Elizabeth (Mrs. Jas. GROOMS) is dead; Margaret (Mrs. Eli MOFFITT) is 66 and lives near Halfway, Mo. His second wife was Mrs. Mary PIERCE. He had three children by her, viz: Mrs. Jennie STEWART of Seymore, Ind., and Hardin and John KNIGHT, both of West Baden, Ind. He was a loving and devoted father to his children, his last wife having been dead for several years. His home was in Indiana until a short time ago when he came to Polk County, Mo. to live with his daughter, Mrs. Eli MOFFITT. He professed a hope in Christ several years ago and died in full triumph of a living faith. He was always ready with a word of Christian love and kindness, counsel and advice for both young and old. He was ready and willing to go, but oh! how lonely the home is without him - to know his place is forever vacant. We know it is so hard to part with loved ones, but we humbly submit to the will of God who doeth all things well. to the bereaved family we would say, "Put your trust in God and all will be well." The funeral services were conducted by Rev. G. H. Higginbotham and the remains were laid to rest in the Goff cemetery, therre to await the great resurrection.

"Thy former home is sad, Now that thy voice is hushed; And hearts that loved thee O, so well, By grief are well nigh crushed.
God in His wisdom has recalled The boon his love had given; And though the body molders here, The soul is safe in heaven." from Lorraine Moffat

LANE, Sarah Belle; No record of which paper; "Sarah Belle LANE, daughter of James Perry and Priscilla Jane CAMPBELL, was born August 16, 1870, near West Baden. She was saved and united with the church in early girlhood. She was united in marriage to Charles G. WELLS on January 11, 1891. To this union was born one son, Luther. She took into her home Rosa POINTER, who became the wife of Fred DILLINGER and now resides in Kokomo, IN. After the death of Mr. WELLS, she spent a few years in Ohio. She was united in marriage on September 21, 1946 to Perry C. LANE of West Baden. Mr. LANE passed away just seven weeks ago on May 5, 1951. She had gone to Ohio for a visit in the home of her son and granddaughter when she became seriously ill. The best medical and nursing care proved unable to prolong her life when, at the age of 80 years, 10 months, and 5 days, death called her to her heavenly home in the early morning hours of June 21. She leaves to mourn her departure the son, Luther, and wife of Dayton, Ohio, two grandchildren, Charles WELLS of Clarksville, Indiana and Mrs. Ralph STITSWORTH of Jamestown, Ohio, three great grandchildren, the foster daughter and family of Kokomo, Indiana, two stepdaughters, and two brothers, George CAMPBELL of West Baden and James CAMPBELL of Lafayette." from Phyllis Hill

LASHBROOKS, Ed; Dec. 18, 1956; "Ed LASHBROOKS, 76, died Friday at the home of his daughter Mrs. Dorothy WILSON in French Lick. Final rites were held Sunday at Moores Ridge with services in charge of Rev. C.H. IVY and Rev. Duane THISTLETHWAITE. Arrangements were by SCHMUTZLER funeral home. Mr. LASHBROOKS is survived by 3 children, Mrs. WILSON, Lloyd LASHBROOKS and Mrs. Mary McCARTHY, all of French Lick. 2 brothers, Velza and William LASHBROOKS of Paoli, 6 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. His wife expired in April 1946." from Phyllis Hill

LASHBROOKS, Ora; Dec. 27, 1955; "Mrs. Ora LASHBROOKS, 59, died Christmas Eve at Washington hospital. Final rites are being held Tuesday afternoon at the French Lick Baptist church with Elder Leslie WOLFE of Orleans conducting the rites. Burial in Moores Ridge cemetery will be in charge of SCHMUTZLER funeral directors. Mrs. LASHBROOKS is survived by her husband, Herbert LASHBROOKS, French Lick, her father, Adam R. APPLE, and step-mother who made their home with the LASHBROOKS. A half-brother and half-sister also survive." from Phyllis Hill

MARTIN, Albert Ellsworth; eldest son of Craven L. M. and Charlottee MARTIN, b. 9 Sep 1869 in Harrison County, Ind.; died 13 Dec 1925 at Louisville, KY where he had been taken for surgery 9 days before; early years spent in Hardinsburg area, where he attended school; active member of M.E. church; transferred membership to Orleans Presbyterian church on 4 Apr 1920; married Mary Etta McINTOSH on 26 Sep 1899; one daughter, Ruth Eleanor; wife and daughter survive as well as brother Herbert MARTIN of Detroit, Mich., sister Mamie MARTIN of Marion, Ind., and brother Edwin MARTIN of Orleans; was a barber most of his life; moved to Orleans in 1904 where he owned and operated a barber shop; brother Edwin has been associated with the business and they were very close; served several terms as town trustee in Orleans; especially active in Knights of Pythias and at time of death was Master of Exchequer for 14 years; also a Mason; burial in Fairview Cemetery; from Tom McCart scrapbook

MEEHAN, Leo.; son of William and Clara MEEHAN; b. Orange Co. 29 Oct 1900, d. Dunn hospital in Bedford 29 Mar 1925, age 24y5m; d. of peritonitis from a ruptured appendix; resident of Mitchell for nearly 4 years; m. to Miss Eulallia Hodge of Orange Co. less than a year; one daughter, Anne Marie b. 1 Mar 1925; survived by wife, daughter, father, 2 sisters, 3 brothers; funeral at Catholic Church 1 Apr 1925, burial in Mitchell Cemetery. from Tom McCart scrapbook

MOFFITT, Eli; Bolivar Herald, April 1912; "On the evening of April 12, 1912, the death angel crept silently into our home and took from our midst our beloved father. Eli MOFFITT was born in Orange County, Ind., August 14, 1834. He was married to Margrete KNIGHT in the year of 1859. To this union were born nine children, seven of whom are living. He moved to Polk County, Mo., in 1882, where he resided until his death. He served in Company K, 53 regiment of Indiana, Civil War under Lut. Ebenezer KNYHT. He was with SHERMAN, in the "march to the sea." He was discharged in 1865 on account of his eyes, which were blinded with sand and dust in this long walk. He was totally blind for eight long years, but was never known to murmur. He leaves an aged companion, seven children, twenty-three grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, one sister and two brothers, a host of friends to mourn our loss. Grandpa was a kind and loving father, loved by all who knew him. It was his greatest pleasure to help the poor and needy. He will be greatly missed, especially by his companion, who is left to fight life's battle alone. Oh, how feeble are words to carry consolation to hearts bereaved of a beloved father! No one can fill his place in the vacant chair. It will be a sacred thought in the years to come that he shed radiance in our home as long as he did. We will never hear his voice again on earth, but may we be one united family around that throne of God, where there will be no more parting, for death can never enter there. His children were all with him in his last hours, except a daughter who is in the west. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. G. HIGGINBOTHAM, and the body was laid awa in the Goff Cemetery to await the resurrectiion morn.

A light is gone out of our home; But is kindled in heaven above, We are left here, so sadly to mourn, But we'll greet him in infinite love.
We bow, blessed Lord, to thy will, Though heavy the stroke of thy rod, we'll wait and thy service fulfill And then we'll go home to our God." from Lorraine Moffat

MONYHAN, Jonce; died at home in Orleans, age 68; born and lived most of life in Orange County; in early years was in mercantile business with his father in Lancaster, now called Leipsic; township trustee for Northwest Township; moved to Orleans in 1895; 1896 elected to legislature from Orange and Crawford Counties; Grand Chancellor of the Grand Lodge of Indiana, K of P; 1910 Republican nominee for state treasurer but lost at polls; one of the organizers of Citizen's Bank of Orleans, and president; Mason; Methodist; burial in Indianapolis. from Tom McCart scrapbook

MORGAN, Harry; From County death records: "MORGAN, Harry. Died Feb. 28, 1904 of Pneumonia, ill 9 days. O.H. STEWART was the physician. Age 77y/22d. Male, white, residence--Orleans. Married. Minister of the Gospel. Born in Indiana. Died in Orleans. Father: J.R. MORGAN, birthplace unknown. Mother: Hester ______. birthplace unknown. Buried Mar. 1, 1904 in Orleans. T.J. Sculley, undertaker." from Phyllis Hill

PRO, Hulda; "August 8, 1888--Mrs. Hulda PRO died last Thursday of hemmorage of lungs--78 years. Her maiden name was FRENCH. She was born and raised on the old “French farm” in Northwest Twp. Mother of John & George PRO, Mrs. Miller GHERKIN & Mrs. Henry GROSS." from Phyllis Hill

SCARLETT, Mary Jane; "Death of a Pioneer Lady: Mrs. Mary Jane SCARLETT, widow of Bedford SCARLETT, died at her home in Russellville, suburb of West Baden, Monday after a lingering illness at the age of 81 years, 3 months and 2 days. She is survived by seven children, Alvis, Otha, James and Elmer SCARLETT and Mrs. Stella SOUTHERN of West Baden; Floyd of New Castle, Indiana and Mrs. Winnie RUSSELL of Montgomery, Indiana; one brother, two sisters, sixteen grandchildren and five great grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted at her residence Wednesday afternoon by Rev. Frank DENNY, assisted by Rev. E.C. MONTGOMERY, followed by interment in the Bonds Chapel cemetery." from Tom McCart scrapbook

STANDAFORD, William B., Paoli Republican, Thursday, March 14, 1940; "William B. STANDAFORD, age 67, former county resident, died at his home in New Albany at noon Saturday. His death was due to a heart attack which followed a paralytic stroke on Friday." from Phyllis Hill

STAPLETON, Harry; "Thursday, Nov 14, 1946--Harry STAPLETON, for 20 years a member of the West Baden town board was found dead at his home in east West Baden Wednesday morning." from Phyllis Hill

TALBOTT, Will H.; no dates; prominent attorney of southern Indiana for 50 years; d. at home west of Orleans at age 70; had a stroke; called "Major" Talbott in obit; served at State Representative; Grand Master of I.O.O.F. of Indiana; active fraternal worker in I.O.O.F.; Methodist; buried in I.O.O.F. Cemetery. From Progress Examiner. from Tom McCart scrapbook

THOMAS, William, From: THE PAOLI NEWS of Wednesday, June 20, 1928; "William THOMAS, a highly respected colored citizen, died at his home in south Paoli last Sunday afternoon, age 81 years. Mr. THOMAS had been ill for the past three years of heart trouble, and his condition had grown worse in recent months. He had always lived in this county, but spent the earlier part of his life in the vicinity of Chambersburg. For 47 years he was an employee of the family of the late Amos STOUT, and was to them a valued employee. He is well known in the community as an honest and industrious man, and was among the last of the colored families residing here. Surviving are the widow who was a second wife, three daughters and one son. Daughters are Mrs. Dessie STEPHENSON of Omaha, Nebraska, Mrs. Mary FINLEY of Gary, Indiana, and Miss Addie THOMAS of Paoli. Leslie THOMAS is the surviving son. Funeral services are being held today at the Newberry Church."

From: The PAOLI NEWS of Wednesday, June 27, 1928: "William THOMAS, son of Matthew and Mary (ROBERTS) THOMAS, was born at Chambersburg, Orange County, Indiana April 4, 1847, being the 7th child of a family of 13 children, all of whom have preceded him in death. He grew to manhood on the farm where he was born. Here was laid the foundation for a noble character. He came to mature years in this Christian home and among a splendid group of young people, most of whom have gone to their reward. He received his early education in the district schools of that neighborhood. In his early youth he joined the African Methodist Episcopal church and was baptized into this faith. He was united in marriage to Delilah BURNETT, December 19th, 1880. To this union were born six children: Bertha, who deceased this life in August 1909, Dessie, Addie, William Leslie, Mary Ellen and Samuel Ernest, who died in infancy. On April 2nd, 1882 he moved to the Mr. Amos STOUT farm south of Paoli and he remained in their employ for 46 years, up to this time. When the church of this faith was established here he served as a trustee for a number of years or until a mortgage was foreclosed there being so few colored people they were never able to redeem their church, but he still kept his faith and hope in Christ until the end. April 15, 1897 the mother of the home died, leaving five small children. On October 16, 1898 he was again united in marriage to Mrs. Susan TERRELL of Mitchell, Indiana, who came into the home and proved a loving companion and mother. He loved to read and kept up with current events. A great lover of nature, was loved by all with whom he came in contact. The 17th of June, 1928 at 4:30 p.m. at age 81 years, two months and 13 days he quietly slipped away to join the church Triumphant. He leaves to mourn their loss, the wife, three daughters, one son, four grand children and a host of relatives and friends. Funeral services were held at Newberry Friends Church Wednesday afternoon at 2:00 p.m., in charge of Rev. Albert COPELAND assisted by Rev. MOORMAN of French Lick, after which the body was laid to rest in the cemetery nearby."

Card of Thanks: "We wish to thank our friends for the kindness and sympathy shown us during the illness and death of our dear husband and father, and for the beautiful floral offerings. The minister for words of comfort, the choir for the beautiful songs, Mr. and Mrs. ELLIS for their perfect service and people of the community in general who so kindly assisted us in every way. --Mrs. Susan THOMAS, Mrs. Dessie STEVENSON, Mrs. Mary FINNY, Miss Addie THOMAS" from Donna Griffin; William THOMAS was her great great grandmother's brother

TODD, Fred; "Fred TODD, (colored), who had made his home the past year with his daughter, Mrs. C.J. BRYANT, 810 East 7th St. passed away Thursday morning. While he had been in failing health for a number of years with Brights disease he had only been confined to his home for the past month. He was born in Orleans in 1860 and all of his life was spent there where he was one of the most representative of the colored citizens. He was highly regarded by all who knew him and greatly beloved by his children and other relatives. He is survived by two daughters, Mrs. BRYANT of this city; Mrs. George A. JOHNSON, of Delaware; several grandchildren, and a niece, Mrs. Mack LARTER, of this city. The funeral services were conducted Friday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock at the A.M.E. church, 7th and H Streets [probably Bedford] after which the funeral party with the remains left for Orleans for interment. The casket was opened at the grave for the benefit of the many neighbors and friends who wished to view the body. --Bedford Mail. Fred TODD is the last member of a family of eleven children, being next to the youngest. His father and mother, Pierson and Melvina TODD were brought to Orleans as slaves by Henry WILLIAMSON in the year 1845. The other children were Bishop, John, Quim, Hiram, Green, Will, George, Mandy, Mary, and Fannie. Bishop was a soldier in the Union army and died in service, his mother having received a pension on his account. Practically all the family retained this as their home until they died, although two or three were temporarily absent at the time of their death. Fred probably lived to an older age than any of the other members of the family." from Tom McCart scrapbook

TOLBERT, Mrs. Shadrach; d. at home in southeast part of Orleans on Saturday, July 4th (no year given); age 79 years; heart trouble; survived by husband; children Frank, Tom, Havin, and Sam TOLBERT, Sam having lived with her at time of death, and Mrs. J.M. BROCK of Bedford, Mrs. Minnie FELKNOR and Mrs. Mary Chestnut of Paoli; funeral Monday at Bonds Chapel, burial at Bonds. from Tom McCart scrapbook

TOLBERT, Albertine Sink; wife of Shadrack TOLBERT; b. 22 Aug 1845 at Winston, Salem, NC; d. 4 Jul 1925 at her home in Orleans aged 79y10m12d; married Mr. TOLBERT in NC on 15 April 1865, and moved to Orange Co.; 8 children: Frank, Thomas, Samuel and Harvey TOLBERT, Mary CHESTNUT, Drusella BROCK, Minnie FELKNOR, and Anna TOLBERT, who d. in infancy; member of M.E. Church at Bonds for over 50 years. from Tom McCart scrapbook

TOLBERT, Mrs. Shadrach; "IN MEMORIAM: To the memory of Mrs. Shadrach TOLBERT who passed away one year ago on the fourth of July, 1925. [poem]--Shadrach TOLBERT and Children" from Tom McCart scrapbook

WALKER, Fred; date handwritten on obit was Sept. 25, 1925; lived on old Markland farm near the Finley bridge over Lost River; crushed by tractor; burial in Fairview Cemetery; survived by wife and daughter; from Tom McCart scrapbook

YOUNG, Mahlon; "Mahlon YOUNG, about 20 years of age and son of J.W. YOUNG, accidently shot himself in the thigh Friday evening and died Saturday morning. It is thought some of the shot struck the femur and ranged up into the abdomen and caused his death. A large congregation attended his funeral at Bonds Sunday. Rev. HEDDEN preached the funeral oration." from Tom McCart scrapbook