Vigo County, Indiana Biographies & Genealogical Data

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History of Vigo County, Indiana
With Biographical Selections
H C Bradsby
S B Nelson & co., Publishers
The Index for the above book can be found here in searchable pdf format.
Pages: 655 - 729, 730 - 804, 805 - 879, 880 - 954, 955 - 1010
If you are new to the process of researching your Family 'roots', please check the following for basic information:
Beginning Research ~ Another Site for the 'Newbie' ~
And from the BBC

Family History Libraries, Vigo County
Greater Terre Haute
Vigo County
By the Late Mr C C Oakley
Volume 1 ~ Illustrated
The Lewis Publishing Company
Chicago & New York
Chapter XIV
Remarkable Men in Commerce, Law, Medicine and Politics,
Famous Orators, The Men Who Held High Official Positions,
Memoirs of Famous and Interesting Citizens of the County and City
The Index is here
Access the pages here.


Biographies from the History of Vigo and Parke Counties,
H W Beckwith

This Site will also contain Family Data:
If you wish to publish your research here, please do the following:

Create either a Descendant Chart or Narative, Pedigree Chart or Series of Family Group Sheets, do not include living individuals. The files should be pdf's and preferably searchable.
Most modern Genealogical Software will create them.


The Kalber [Kaelber] Family

Chapter VII
The Pioneers - Genesis of the Early Settlers.

This Chapter has a lot of miscellaneous information as to ethnic origins, and those can be read from the book which can be downloaded from the Internet Archives:

Since the book is not biographical in nature, I thought that the two paragraphs in the Pioneer Chapter were worth extracting. The following paragraphs begin on Page 45 and end on Page 46.

"At least one pioneer, Frederick Ross, was from Maine. J O Jones came from New Hampshire. Vermont was the original home of not a few well known families in this County. Naturally, Massachusetts contributed citizens to this as to nearly all western communities. The Farringtons claim Boston as the old family seat. Judge Gookins' ancestry were of the Plymouth Colony, while the first American member of the Fairbanks family located at Dedham in 1633. To Connecticut we can trace the old home of the Demings, the family having been established at Wethersfield in 1636. About the same year the Gilberts had located at Hartford, and that town was also the home of the family which Chauncey Rose made distinguished in Indiana. The Jenckes family belonged to Rhode Island, the Welsh progenitors having located there at an early date. A street in Providence is named Jenckes. The Allens came from eastern New York, also Harry Ross, and in the history of individual families of Vigo County, New York state is probably mentioned s the state of birth more often than any other in the east. From New jersey came the Hudnuts and the Pattersons, the latter being of Irish stock. The Colletts are English, who first settled in Delaware, and the grandfather of Josephus moved to Pennsylvania during the Revolutionary war, and the family moved to Terre haute from Ohio. Not a few families claim Pennsylvania as their old home state, among them the McKeens. The Minshalls, who are English on both sides, divide their allegiance between Pennsylvania and Massachusetts. "

"Though Terre haute drew nothing in permanent institutions or population from the French of Vincennes, it has drawn a number from those who followed the French in the old post. There was the notable citizen, Nathaniel Ewing, who went to Vincennes in 1807 as receiver of the United States land office at that place. His daughter Rachel married Daniel Jenckes, of Terre Haute, and Mrs Dr John Wood is their daughter. His daughter Sarah married james Farrington, and George E Farrington is the son of the couple. An Episcopal clergyman of Vincennes as early as 1823 was Rev. Henry Shaw. His daughter married Colonel Robert N Hudson."

Greater Terre Haute and Vigo County: Closing The First Century's History Of City And County.
By The late Mr C C Oakey: Vol I
1908: The Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago & New York
Transcribed by: Martha A Crosley Graham, 1 March 2013


A Biographical and Historical

Review of the World's Greatest Industry.

Arthur M. Hull,


Sydney A. Hale,

Associate Editor




“The Coal Men of Indiana”

Pages 96 > 115

This is a great history of the Coal Industry in the United States:

The Chapter for Indiana has been parsed out, with the Sketches transcribed & Photographs copied.

The Sketches can be found here. Addition to the Sketches are snippits which include others who were involved in the Coal business, most of the snippits include a date and location of birth. [Pages 107-115]

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