The Day Families of Putnam County
I was born and raised in Putnam County, Indiana. I have always been interested in my dad's family but was told that his grandfather (my great-grandfather) had been orphaned. Seems like the end of the line doesn't it? I refuse to let it be. My Dad died without knowing who his grandfather's parents were but with your help I hope to be able to find the information that was so elusive to me while he was still alive.
Many years ago I went to the courthouse and I wrote down everything that I could find that had the name Day on it. I checked marriage licenses, birth and death records, land records, you name it. A pattern began to emerge but I still couldn't find the information I needed. So I'm going to lay out what I found for you and maybe one of you will hear bells and whistles enough to help me with this.
This is my family:
Charles Ruben Day, b 30 May 1862, Claiborne County, TN, died 29 Jun 1944, Putnam Co. , IN
married Frances Mary Ann Muncie, 31 Aug 1884, Clay Co. , IN. Frances was the daughter of Reuben Muncie, b KY and Gincy Bullock, b NC
They had five children:
Oscar Day, b 22 Jun 1885; d 14 Jun 1903
Rosa Day, b 24 Jan 1887; married Curtis Harcourt 19 Mar 1908. Rosa died
Rettie M. (Ina) Day, b 18 Jul 1889; married Virgil Blue 12 Jan 1908. Ina died 15 Dec 1948
Ruben Roses Day, b 08 Mar 1892; died 03 Feb 1907
Francis "Frank" Willard Day, b 02 Jun 1894, married Lillie May Ikamire, 29 Oct 1913. Frank died 22 Oct 1957.
I have never been able to find Charles Ruben Day on an 1870 census. Grandma Day--Lillie Ikamire Day--showed me a white Bible that had the following written in the margin of one of the pages. Will Day and Emmeline Simmons, "Clabber Co. , TN. " I finally realized that Clabber County must be Claiborne County and it had been spelled as it sounded when the writer heard it.
I finally found Charles Ruben, or Ruben as most called him, on the 1880 census for Clay County, IN at the age of 18 as a boarder in the household of a John and Eliza Hadley. No known relationship and I have been unable to locate a relationship.
I have grasped at straws for many years, gathering information until I'm up to my hipbones it. This is that information.
Putnam County, Indiana. Other Day families with known Tennessee connections--
Thomas Jefferson Day, b 1 May 1833, Claiborne Co. , TN (according to tombstone inscription) New Providence Cemetery. Died 01 Feb 1907.
MAY HAVE married Margaret "Maggie" McMains, b 1852, died 22 Feb 1894, the daughter of Andrew McMains and Margaret Smith.
Jane (Wells) Day of Claiborne Co. , TN (appears on 1850 census in Dwelling 153, family 490, Claiborne Co. , TN with following family composition):
William Day, 35, b. TN
Jane Day, 35, b. NC
William Day, 16, b. TN