Clay County Indiana



Walter Jones, charged with murdering Edward Adams, a prominent young man, at Carbon last Saturday night was arraigned today and held without bail. The coroner rendered a verdict of first degree murder in the case. Testimony introduced tends to prove that is was murder in cold blood.
Brazil Indiana March 25, 1899

Albert Anderson
County Name: Clay Co. State: IN
Newspaper: Indianapolis Journal Date: 1 June 1889
Submitters Name: Teresa Haines Rigney
Obit: Brazil, May 31 1889---Albert, the seventeen year old son of Daniel Anderson, of Poland, Ind., fourteen miles southeast of Brazil, was found hanging from a rafter in his father's barn this morning, dead, with a halter round his neck, the hanging being the work of his own hands. He had just recovered from an attack of fever. No reason is assigned for the deed. He was a reputable young man and a member of a good family.

Aspen Evening Chronicle, 26 Jun 1893, transcribed by J.S.
An Indiana Village the Scene of an Unprovoked Crime.
The towns of Caseyville and Cardonia, Indiana, are excited over the tragedy which took place at the former town last week, in which Leslie Bell was instantly killed by James Johnson. Bell is a prominent business man at Cardonia, and the news of his murder caused intense excitement among his friends, who quickly organized a posse for summary vengeance. Bell and Johnson had been warm friends and went out hunting. On their return home they passed through Caseyville and stopped in a store and began discussin a chicken fight which occurred there a few days ago. Both parties became very angry, but finally ceased quarreling and started for Cardonia. They had gone only a few steps when Johnson pressed the muzzle of his double-barreled shotgun to Bell's stomach and discharged both barrels, tearing a ghastly, ragged hole in his victim's body. Bystanders were dumbfounded for a short time, but finally hastened to the scene. By this time Johnson had loaded his gun and he delied the crowd to approach him.  He succeeded in holding them at bay till he got a good start; then he ran for the woods and disappeared.

"The following are reported by J. E. Sherfey, undertaker :  Feb 6, at Center Point, Ella Boyce of consumption, aged 39 years."
The Brazil Democrat, 11 February 1886 - transcribed by Jim Vandermark

After a short illiness, Bates Branson, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. J.P. Martin, in this city, May 3rd,1909, at 2.30p.m. of pneumonia, age near 74 years.The deceased was born in Clay county, Indiana, November 6th 1835,and was the son of Jonathan and Malinda (Moore) Branson. His father was a  native of Tennessee and his mother was born in Kentucky. He came to Harrison county, Iowa in 1855, and located on 80 acre tract of land, the same being a part of his farm east of this city.

He was united in marriage, October 25th 1859, thwi[sic] Miss Mary Ann Evans, in Clay Co. Indiana, in the house in which in was born, his father having sold the home to Wm. Evans, father of the wife, so they were both married "at home". His wife died a few years ago, and was laid to rest in the Frazier Cemetery, east of this city. The deceased was a man of high moral and social character, a member of the old Primative Baptish Church, highly respected by all who knew him, and his death brings sorrow to many hearts. He leaves one son, who resides in Nebraska, one daughter, in Idaho, and one daughter, Mrs. J.P. Martin, of this city. Funeral at the J.P. Martin home Wednesday at 2.30p.m. and burial in the Frazier Cemetery.
Missouri Valley Times, 6 May 1909 (Missouri Valley, Iowa) - transcribed by J.S.

Joseph Brown a miner employed in the Brazil mine of the Jackson Coal Company, was instantly killed while ascending in the cage from the mine. while the cage was in motion he was caught in the machinery in some manner, drawing him between the cage and the wall of the shaft, crushing his body into a shapeless bloody mass.
The American Nonconformist 1895-10-31 Brazil Ind. Oct 30

John S. Crumley
Obit: DIED.---At his residence in Clay county, Indiana, on the 25th day of January, 1862, John S. Crumley, of Typhoid Fever.  The deceased was a citizen of Highland county for over thirty years, and was well known by the old citizens of the county.
Newspaper: The Highland Weekly News (Hillsboro, Highland Co., Oh.) Thursday, Date: February 6, 1862
Submitters Name: Kathy McDaniel

Mrs. Blanche Davis, Staunton, Ind. (Special)-- Mrs. Blanche Davis, 78 years old, of Staunton, died Monday night at the Porter Rest Home. Surviving are fours sons, Delmar Wheeler of Calumet City, Illinois., Leroy Wheeler of Reelsville, Sherman Wheeler of Harvey, Ill., and William Wheeler of Glenn; five daughters, Mrs. Ona Stonebraker of Cedar Lake, Mrs. Zella Kemp of Hamond, Mrs. Eileen Porter of Wisconsin, Mrs. Dorothy Connelton of St. Charles, Ill., and Mrs. Ella McKa of Lansing, Ill; three brothers, Herbert Morris of West Terre Haute; Perry Morris of Staunton, and Verner Morris of Brazil; two stepdaughters, Mrs. Ann Davis of Bloomington and Mrs. Peachie Maeschs of Brazil; 29 grandchildren, and 35 great-grandchildren. Services are pending at the Miller and Sons Funeral Home.
1-21-1964 Tuesday Terre Haute Tribune Star.

Brazil Ind. April 6 Andrew Ferguson a young man employed in a mine belonging to the Brazil Block Coal Company, was crushed to a shapeless mass this evening. With several others he was on the cage coming out of the mine, when he fell over the cage and was crushed against the walls of the shaft.
The Indiana State Journal 1896-04-08

Frank Garrard aged fifty years, was crushed to death while working in a coal slope north of the city this evening. He leaves a wife and family.
The Indiana State Journal 1897-11-17 Miner Crushed To Death Brazil Ind. Nov 15

Bowling Green – Another old soldier has gone to his last resting place.  This time it is John Griffith, who died last Wednesday and was buried by the G. A. R. of this place at the Olive Hill Cemetery Thursday afternoon.
Brazil Clay County Enterprise, 12 Nov 1891
submitted by James VanDerMark

Mrs. John Hartun
County Name: Clay Co. State: IN
Newspaper: Bluffton Chronicle Date: Jan 15, 1891
Submitters Name: Teresa Haines Rigney
Obit: Mrs. John Hartun was instantly killed near Clay City by the discharge of a revolver lying in a trunk she was moving.

John Hendrix Sr. is dead. He died of yellow jaundice and internal dropsy, at his residence in this city, at 5 o'clock yesterday afternoon, after a long and painful illness. The deceased was born in Roan County, North Carolina, on the 4th day of march, 1798, and was, consequently, 77 years 5 months and 21 days old at the time of his death- august 25, 1875. In early youth he emigrated in company with his parents, from his native state to Clermont County, Ohio, where he grew up to manhood and while so doing forged those habits of industry, economy and temperance so useful in after life, and laid the foundation of that character which has been an ornament to society, a blessing to himself and the communities in which he has lived. and at least safely guarded and shred his weary, labor worn body to a peaceful and honorable grave. In the year 1820 he again removed and located in Wayne county, Indiana, where he continued to live until 1845, when he became a citizen of Clay County and resident of Brazil.
Then a mere hamlet containing, perhaps, not to exceed one hundred inhabitants, and he was the oldest in years but in citizenship, when he died. In the year 1820 he was united in marriage with Miss Nancy Whittaker, of Clermont County, a daughter of the Rev.William Whittaker, a Methodist Clergyman of much ability and prominence in the Ohio conference. This union was a most happy one and the current of their united lives flowed sweetly, harmoniously and joyously until the 10th of February, 1849 when she was called away by death, he body consigned to a grave near this city, while her angelic spirit took its flight to the sweet fields of Eden, and returned to God who gave it, and whom she was delighted to obey, serve and trust. The fruits of their marriage were ten children, most, if not all of whom lived to reach the age of maturity, and seven are still alive, and the most of them residents of this city, and all are respected and valuable citizens, who are admired for their sterling qualities of head and heart, and those benevolent traits and adorable virtues which demonstrate so clearly the pious teachings of a Christian mother and the wholesome and enabling example of a God fearing father. some two or three years after the death of his first wife, Mr. Hendrix was again joined in wedlock, this time with Mrs. Joanna Armstrong, of Pitnamville, Indiana, and, although no children were sent to cement more firmly the bonds of this union, yet have they passed more than a quarter of a century in the firm embraces of devoted attachment which always inspired confidence and enabled them to travel the sunny paths of life, and led them to live each for the other. She survives him, good aged mother, and while she is bowed to the dust in her grief under this great calamity, she will not forget that, "God doth all things well."
Soon after locating here Mr. Hendrix purchased a farm of about two hundred acres adjoining Brazil, to which he added largely by subsequent purchases, and as the city began to grow and extend its limits, as occasion required, he from time to time was want to convert parts of his farm into city lots, and he continued so to do until he has made seven additions to the city, and added to its area near a hundred acres of his original purchase. In early manhood he did not conduct himself with any religious organization or espouse the faith or creed of any particular sect, contenting himself with a strictly moral life, and it endeavoring to carry out the golden rule, and to do by others that which he wished them to do by him. But at the establishment of a Presbyterian Church in this city, some fifteen or twenty years ago he attached himself to.
The Indianapolis Sentinel1875-08-27 Death Of John Hendrix Sr.

Mrs. May Holtman
BRAZIL, Ind., March 20.—Mrs- May Holtman, wife of Louis Holtman, ex-president of the National Editorial Association, and publisher of the Brazil Democrat, died this morning of pneumonia. She was born in White county, Illinois, In 1851, and was married in 1871 Mrs. A. W. Chace, of Hasting, Minn., was by the bedside of her mother when she died.
Date: Wednesday, March 22, 1899  Paper: Indiana State Journal

Brazil, Indiana June 20
While returning from Mrs. Lewis Herbert's funeral at Highland Lawn Cemetery, Terre Haute, this evening, a team driven by the brother-in-law of Mrs. Herbert ran away, ditching the occupants of the carriage. Sarah Herbert, aged twenty, daughter of the deceased. was fatally injured. Mrs. Sower, mother of Joseph Sowar, a prominent merchant of this city, was seriously injured. The frightened team trampled the occupants of the carriage while endeavoring to get away.
The Indiana Journal 1898-06-22

The mother of Nat. U. Hill, of this place, died Monday evening at her home in Brazil. – Bloomington Weekly Telephone, 14 Mary 1881, Page 003
Contributed by  James VanDerMark

Miner Crushed By Falling Slate
Samuel Jones, a miner in the Brazil Block Coal Company's mines at Caseyville, was caught under a large mass of falling slate and crushed to death.
The American Nonconformist 1896-01-30 Brazil Ind. Jan 28

John Kaufman, of Brazil, Indiana, a hermit, aged 60, and a notorious shoe kleptomaniac, was found dead at his gate Monday morning. A hundred pairs of women’s shoes and slippers were found in his hut.
Near Brazil, Indiana, Samuel Wheeler, aged 16, slid from a load of hay, and was impaled on the handle of a pitchfork. He lived an hour in the greatest agony.
Source: “Minster Home Light,” Minster, Auglaize County, Ohio, Volume 1, Number 16, September 8, 1888; transcribed by Genealogy Trails Transcription Team

Billie Lee Killion
Brazil- Billie Lee Killion, 48, of 947 S Grant St., died at 4:47 p.m. Sunday, Sept 27, 1992 in the Tenth Street Veterans Hospital at Indianapolis. He was employed by the city of Brazil.  He was born Oct 30, 1943 in Brazil to Roscoe Elwood Killion and Eleanor L. Myers Killion.  Survivors include two daughters, Amy Tomlinson of Indianapolis and Pam Killion of Brazil; his father of Brazil; one sister, Jean L. Lowe of Brazil; and two grandchildren.  He was a 1963 graduate of Brazil High School and served in the Army Signal Corp, 35th Artillery Division at Germany form 1965-1971.  Services are 2 p.m. Wednesday in the Moore Funeral Home with the Rev. Doug Voyles officiating.  Burial is in Summit Lawn Cemetery.  Visitation is 4 to 8 p.m. today.
Newspaper: Trib-Star Sept 29, 1992 Obituary
Submitted by Muriel White

Issac Franklin Killion
Prairie City, IN Aug 3.  Frank Killion, 69 years old, died at his home two miles south of Prairie City yesterday, (Aug 2) after a long illness.  The funeral services will be conducted at 10 o'clock Friday morning at the Methodist church at Ashboro.  He is survived by the widow, two sons, Ivan Killion of Brazil, and Henry at home; also one daughter, Mrs Nelle Miller of Ashboro.; four brothers, Joseph, David A., James and Nathan all of clay Co; also three sisters, Mrs. Jane Gibbons of Clinton; Mrs Lina Walker of Terre Haute, and Mrs. Rebecca Whittington, of Brazil.
Newspaper: Issac Franklin Killion -Tribune Star Aug 3, 1922 Obituary
Submitted by  Muriel White

Joseph A. Killion
Special To The Tribune.
Brazil, Ind., Sept 30, Joseph A. Killion, farmer of Center Point, died very suddenly at his home about 8 o'clock this morning of heart trouble, aged 69 years.  Mr. Killion was at work about his farm as usual yesterday, but was seized with an attack of heart trouble during the night which proved fatal.
He is survived by the widow, three brothers and three sisters; James of Ashboro; David and Nathan, of Brazil; Mrs. James Giwens of Clinton; Mrs. Lina Walker of Terre Haute, and Mrs. Rebecca Whittington of Brazil.  Funeral services will be held at the Ashboro M. E. church Sunday morning. Services  in charge of the Ashboro I. O. O. F. lodge
Newspaper: Terre Haute Tribune Sept 31, 1926
Submitted by  Muriel White
Mrs. Lotia A. Killion
Brazil, IN April 5, 1924
Mrs. Lotia A. Killion, 57, years old, died at the home, two and one-half miles southeast of Centerpoint, after a long illness of plural pneumonia. She is survived by the widower, Jame G. Killion' three son, Albert, of Centerpoint; Rex, of Bowling Green and Renas, at home; two daughters, Mrs Goldie Fortner of Centerpoint, Mrs. Lester Steurwald, of Brazil, and one sister, Mrs. Henry Wagner, of Bowling Green.  The funeral will be held at the Mt. Carmel church at 2 o'clock Saturday afternoon with the Rev. Mr. Sherrill in charge.  Burial will be in Killion Cemetery.
Newspaper: Terre Haute Tribune

Mrs. Rosie B. (Rule) Killion
Ashboro, Ind., Dec 1, --special
Mrs. Rosie B. Killion 90 years old, widow of Isaac F. Killion died at 6 o'clock Monday morning at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Nell Miller, and a granddaughter, Miss Daisy Moore, at Ashboro.  Other survivors are a son, Henry Killion of R.R. 4 Brazil, five other grandchildren and one great-grandchild.  The body was taken to the Rentschler Funeral Home in Center point and was returned to the residence Tuesday.  Services will be at 2 o'clock Wednesday afternoon at the Ashboro Methodist Church with the Rev. John Chasteen officiating.  The body will be taken to the church one hour prior to the service time. Burial will be in Ashboro Cemetery.
Newspaper: Terre Haute Tribune Dec 2, 1958
Submitted by Muriel White

Roscoe E. Killion, 84, of Brazil, IN died at 11:54 a.m. Thursday Dec 6, 2001, in St. Vincent Clay Hospital.  He was born July 25, 1917, in Center Point to Albert R. Killion and Olyn Jenkins Killion.  His wife died earlier.  Survivors include one daughter, Jean Louise "Judy" Lowe; one sister, Christine Clark; one brother, Albert Killion; four grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and a numerous step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren.  Services are 2 p.m. Saturday in Moore Funeral Home, with Brother Lyle Monnett officiating.  Burial is in Summit Lawn Cemetery, south of Brazil.  Visitation is noon until services Saturday.
Newspaper: Brazil Times Obit 12-07-2001
Submitted by Muriel White

Mable E. Shidler Knight
Friday July 23, 2004
Mable E. Shidler Knight, 96, of Long Beach, Calf., formerly of Clay City and Indianapolis died Tuesday, July 20, 2004, at 5:10 a.m. at Atlantic Memorial Health Care.
She was born June 29, 1908 in Clay City, the daughter of William Shidler and Novella Swalley Shidler.
Formerly of Clay city, she moved to Indianapolis and lived there several years prior to moving to Long Beach in 1993.  She married John R. Knight in 1928; he preceded her in death in 1965.
She was a member of the United Brethren Church in Lewis, Ind.
She was also preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Belden Shidler and Merle Shidler; and one sister, Lucille Trueblood.
She is survived by her three daughters, Norma Novella Emberton and Patricia Fitzpatrick, both of Long Beach, and Joan Minerva of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla; one sister, Virginia June Schneider of St. Petersburg, Fla; five grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and nine great-great-grandchildren.
Services will be Monday at 2 p.m. at Schoppenhorst Funeral Home in Clay City with burial following at Maple Grove Cemetery.  Visitation will be Sunday afternoon from 1 to 4 and Monday until time of services
Newspaper: Terre Haute Tribune  Date: Friday July 23, 20
Submitters Name: Friends For Free Genealogy

Brazil, IN. Oct. 31, 1898
One of the most serious tragedies that has occurred in this county for years took place in the upper story of Mack Clark’s saloon, at Ashboror, at an early hour this morning. A dozen or more men were playing cards, when Andrew Kuhns, of Bowling Green entered and quarreled with Emery Tribble. Kuhns was prepared for trouble, and drew a revolver and sent a bullet through Tribble’s abdomen, inflicting a fatal wound. Clark, the proprietor of the saloon, secured his revolver and quickly covered Kuhns, but he was too slow and Kuhns shot out his left eye. Clark’s bullet, fired at about the same instant, entered Kuhn’s stomach, the victim falling to the floor, A bystander was also wounded. On account of Kuhn;s condition it’s impossible to place him  under arrest, but officers are keeping him under guard. Just what started the trouble cannot be learned. Ashboro is 9 miles south of here. Tribble and Kuhns both are dangerously wounded

Brazil IN Jan 9. Dike Lamay, farmer and trapper, was charged with first degree murder today following the death of William Lawson, Jackson township farmer, in a local hospital early today.
Lemay admitted meeting Lawson in the road and firing two shots from a shotgun into Lawson's left breast. Lawson rolled from the wagon load of mine props he was hauling and was found lying in the snow at the side of the road an hour later.
Some time ago Lawson accused Lemay of stealing his chickens and it is thought the shooting was the direct result of this.
This is the second murder trial on the Clay County docket.
The Fort Wayne News 1920-01-09

Mary Ellen (Stedman) Lawson
Brazil, IN, April 27 - (Special) - Mrs. MARY ELLEN LAWSON, 70 years old, died at 8 o'clock Friday night at the Bridgewater Rest Home.  Surviving are 3 sons, William Lee Estep and Charles F. Estep, both of Evansville; and Clifford Lawson of New Brunswick, NJ; 2 daughters, Mrs. Grace Roberts of Springfield, MO., and Mrs. Margaret Muncie of Brazil; one sister, Mrs. Maggie Tiker of Sanford; 4 brothers, William Stedman of Brazil; Perry and Ralph Stedman, both of Terre Haute; and Alfred Stedman of Hopedale, IL; 11 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.  The body was taken to the Miller & Sons Funeral Home.  Funeral services will be at 2 o'clock Sunday afternoon at the funeral home.  Burial will be in Cloverland Cemetery
Newspaper: Terre Haute Tribune, Vigo Co., IN Saturday, April 27, 1957 page 2

Brazil, Indiana
Ground Into an Unrecognizable Mass
Brazil, Ind., April 28 – William Lutz, 72 years of age, and one of the early settlers of the county, was ground to death under the wheels of a train west of here yesterday morning. His head was severed from his body and crushed to jelly, and his body was cut in twain lengthwise. He lay for several hours unidentified, until his wife arrived at the undertakers, when she identified his watch and hat. It is not known how the accident occurred.
Indian Chieftain; Vinita. I. T. (OK); April 29, 1897

"The following are reported by Wm. W. Moore, undertaker : Feb 5, at Cardonia, Frank McDonald, son of William and Jennet McDonald, of fever, aged 13 years."
The Brazil Democrat, 11 February 1886 - transcribed by Jim Vandermark

Benedict Miller died  at the home of his son. John Miller of Middlebury, Wednesday, aged seventy-eight. He and his wife were there visiting, having come from Albany, Ore.
Date: 1906-08-23;  Paper: Elkhart Daily Review

Lewis Miller. Brazil, Ind. July 24.
Lewis Miller, one of the leading grocers of this city, died today of abscess of the brain. He was fifty eight years of age and had followed farming the greater part of his life. He was a Mason and a, prominent Odd Fellow.
Date: July 26, 1899 Location: Indiana Paper: Indiana State Journal

Edward Moon
Brazil, Indiana, Dec 26-- Special
Edward Moon, 87 years old, a retired Washington Township farmer, died at 6:15 p.m. Friday at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Ruth Steuerwald of 20 West Joseph Street.  A former resident of Clay City., he was associated with the Indiana Refining Bulk Plant there.  Other survivors are a daughter, Mrs. Chessie McCullough of RR2 Centerpoint and one son, Ray, of Brazil.  Services will be at 2 o'clock Monday afternoon at the Moore Funeral Home.  The Rev. A. L. Emmert and Rev. Orval Moore will officiate and burial will follow in Fairview cemetery, near Bowling Green.  Friends may call after noon Sunday.
Newspaper: Brazil Times Obituary 12-26-1959 Saturday
Submitted by Muriel White

Alonzo Morris
Brazil, Ind., March 21 (1949). --Special-
Alonzo Morris, 66 years old, retired coal miner, residing south of Cloverland, died at 6:30 o'clock Monday morning at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Harley Smith, south of Brazil. Surviving are one other daughter, Mrs. Neal Green, of Clinton; two sons, Carl of Staunton, Alonzo Jr. of Jackson township; five grandchildren and a brother, William Morris, of Cleveland.
The body was taken to the Moore & Son's Funeral Home.
Mar 21 1949 Terre Haute Tribune

Iva M. Morris By Special Correspondent
Brazil, Ind., Sept 21, Miss Iva M. Morris, daughter of Mrs. Tanzan Morris, died at the home, at Staunton, this morning, of typhoid fever, aged 14 years. The funeral will be held at the Christian Church at Staunton, Thursday morning, interment at Carpenter cemetery.
Obituary 9-21-1915 Terre Haute Tribune

Lena Walton Morris
Obituary- Brazil- Lena Walton Morris, 84, of 195 N. Vandalia St., died at 12:15 a.m. Sunday in the Alexander Home at Brazil. She was a former summertime employee of Libby McNeil tomato factory. She was born Dec 9, 1904 in Parke County to David Walton and Sadie Walton Wilson. Her husband, Verner Morris, died in 1965. Survivors include one son, Densford Morris of Brazil, three grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. She worked as a caretaker for 10 years and at a rug factory. She was a member of Forest Avenue United Methodist Church and the Order of Eastern Star, Chapter 80 in Brazil. Services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Wednesday in Moore Funeral Home, with the Rev. Paul Mayfield of Forest Avenue United Methodist Church officiating. Burial is in Clearview Cemetery. Visitation is after 4 p.m. Tuesday and before services Wednesday. Monday 7-17-1989

Levi Morris
12 Aug.,1938 Levi Morris 67.Retired miner died at home of  his daughter Mrs.George Shinnock of Harmony.  Other survivors; one son C.E.Morris of Terre Haute and two brothers William and Alonzo Morris of Cloverland.  Buried in Hyde Cemetery south of Seelyville,IN.  Lawson and Son funeral home.

James I. Morris departed this life last night at 12:00 o'clock at his residence in Staunton after three months illness of tuberculosis at the age of 46. He leaves wife, four children, Osa, Earl, Ivan, and Vernon Morris. Three brothers and three sisters. He was a member of the Staunton Lodge Knights of Pythias under shoe ausplaces of the funeral will be held tomorrow morning at 10 o'clock from Newlight Church by the Rev. Gilliespie. Interment at Carpenter's Cemetery, near Cloverland.
Brazil newspapers July 15, 1908

Posey Twp Man Answers Summons
Jown W. Morris died at his home in Posey Township, west of Staunton, Friday Morning, 30 May, 1919 of Bright's disease, age 76 years, 3 months.
He leaves a widow and three sons, Alonzo of Posey township; W.J. (William John) of Seelyville; and Levi of Harmony and one brother Allen Morris of Terre Haute. Funeral Services will be held at the home on Sunday June 1st at 10.a.m. Burial will be made in the Hyde Cemetery in Vigo Co.
Brazil, IN Newspaper

Perry Morris
Staunton, Ind. (Special) Perry Morris 74 years old of Brazil, a retired coal miner and farmer, suffered a fatal heart attack at his home here Thursday and was pronounced dead on arrival at Clay County Hospital. Surviving are the widow, Ona; one daughter, Mrs. William Kesler of Stanton; two brothers, Herbert of West Terre Haute, and Verner of Brazil; two grandson, Terry and Billy Kesler, both at home, and several nieces and nephews. Services will be at 2 p.m. CDT Sunday at the Miller and Sons Funeral Home at Brazil. The Rev William Brown, of Seelyville will officiate and burial will be in Clearview Cemetery. Friends may call after 4 p.m. CDT Saturday.
Terre Haute Tribune 3-27-1964

Brazil, Indiana, November 27. - Mrs. Amanda Moss, widow of the late G. W. Moss, died at the home at Carbon this morning of cancer, aged 67 years.  The deceased is survived by five sons and three daughters, Mack of Carbon; Setton of Terre Haute; Clayton of Linton; Edward, of Kansas; Clifford of Jasonville; Mrs. Rachel Bethhi of Muncie; Mrs. May Sherman of Poplar Bluff, MO., and Mrs. Lucy Pell of Carbon.  The funeral will be held at the residence Sunday afternoon, interment at Calcutta cemetery. - Terre Haute Tribune, Sunday November 28th, 1915, Page 2
(contributed by Jim VanDerMark)

John Mosteller, 76 years old, died at 12:15 o'clock Wednesday afternoon at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Mary Wells on R. R. 1, Brazil. Besides Mrs. Wells, he is survived by one daughter Mrs. Carrie Doyle of Clinton; two sons Guy of this city and James of North Terre Haute; a sister Mrs. Etta Fread of Terre Haute;11 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.The body was brought to the Thomas funeral home and returned to the daughter's residence Thursday. Funeral services will be held there at 11 o'clock Friday morning with Burial in Sulphur Springs Cemetery.
Terre Haute Tribune page 2 Thursday 2 July 1936

Brazil, Ind. (Special)
Services for Mrs. Zona Mosteller, 89, RR13, Brazil, who died at 10:23 p.m. Saturday at Clay County Hospital, will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Miller and Sons Funeral Home with Rev. James Buck officiating. Burial will be in Calcutta Cemetery. Friends may call after 4 p.m. Tuesday. She was a member of the Poplar Ridge Church. Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Marie Rightsell of Carbon and Mrs. Helen Creed of RR 13; five sons, Raymond, Robert and Earnest of RR13 Brazil; Jim of Harmony and Chester of Greencastle, a brother, Elza Morlan of Brazil; a sister, Mrs May Rowings of Rockville; a half brother, Ralph Morlan of Lena; five half-sisters, Mrs. Gladys Cox of Greencastle, Mrs. Inez Parker of Fillmore, Mrs. Nellie Chavis of Rockville, Mrs. Catherine Trackwell of Brazil, and Mrs. Ruth Meador of Indianapolis; 22 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren.
Terre Haute Tribune March 7, 1977

BRAZIL, Ind-, Dec 4-—Benjamin Runnells, a barber, was found dead this afternoon lying in a pile of straw In a vacant room above the First National Bank. He lived in Danville, Ind,, where. It is said, he has wealthy relatives. A congestive chill is thought to be the Cause of his death.
Date: 1899-12-06; Paper: Indiana State Journal

Washington Salisbury, one of the wealthiest and best known citizens of Clay County, Ind, was found dead on the street at Clay City Thursday. The cause is a mystery.
Date: 1893-07-21; Paper: Plain Dealer

George W. Smith
Knightsville, Ind, Sept 11, George W. Smith 67 years old, died at his home here last night. Burial will be in the Harmony Cemetery Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock.
Terre Haute Tribune, Sept 12, 1905

Charles P. Stedman
Brazil, Ind., March 26-- Charles P. Stedman of south of Cloverland, died Friday afternoon at an Evansville hospital after a long illness of complications at the age of 67 years.  Mrs. Stedman was born in Sugar Ridge township, Clay County, but had resided near Cloverland for many years.  He was a son of William H., and Deborah Stedman.  The survivors are four sons and three daughters, Charles F., Everett and Alfred of Terre Haute; John N. of Dyer, IN; Mrs. Nora Felling of Seelyville; Mrs. Betty McDaniels and Mrs. Bertha Hanklan of Terre Haute; also 17 grandchildren, a great-grandchild, and a sister, Mrs. Mary Weber, south of Cloverland, and two half -sisters, Mrs. Eva Hallmark and Mrs. Frances Snyder, south of Cloverland.  The body was taken to Miller & Sons funeral home, where funeral services will be held at 3:30 Sunday afternoon.  Rev. Muncie officiating.  Interment in Cloverland cemetery.  Friends may call at the Miller & Son funeral home any time up to noon Sunday.
Special to the Tribune Star 3-27-1938 Sunday Terre Haute Tribune

Margaret (Holiday)Stedman
By Special Correspondent 11-15-1920
Brazil, Ind., Nov 15. - Mrs. Margaret Stedman 63 years old; wife of William H. Stedman, died at the home, one mile south of Cloveland.  She is survived by the husband, two daughters, Mrs. Edgar Hallmark and Mrs. Charles Snyder, both of Staunton; one stepdaughter, Mrs. William Weber south of Cloverland; three stepsons, John and Charles Stedman, of Terre Haute, and Nelson Stedman of West of the city.  Two sisters and a brother, Mrs. Adam Conder, Missouri; Mrs. Samuel Fry, Coamont, and Francis M. Holiday, west of Brazil, also survive.  Funeral services will be held at the United Brethren church in Cloverland at 2 o'clock Monday afternoon.  Burial will be in the Cloverland cemetery.

Carbon, IN. Aug. 14,1897.
A shooting affray took place north of town at an early hour this morning in which Denman Toney received injuries from which he died this afternoon. Toney and Samuel Gardner, his brother-in-law held a grudge at each other over the mistreatment of the latter’s sister some time ago, and when they met this morning at 5 o’clock the quarrel was renewed. Both men had guns, and Toney remarked to Gardner, “I’ll fix you”, raising his gun to shoot. Gardner stepped around the corner of the house and was Toney turned the corner after him, Gardner emptied the contents of his gun in Toney’s face, tearing away the right jaw and side of the head. Gardner surrendered.

Clay County
Brazil, Jan. 30. (Special.) Zachariah Unclebee, aged seventy, of Poland, died very suddenly last night of the grip. He resided in this county over forty years, and was prominent in politics.
Brazil, Jan. 28. (Special.) A telegram has been received announcing the death of William Crummel and wife of this county in southern Missouri, where they were visiting a daughter. They were in good health when they left home, and were taken ill at the same time, dying within a few minutes of each other.
Brazil, Jan. 27. Special. Henry Perkins, aged sixty, was instantly killed at the Jumbo mine this morning by falling slate. He lived two miles east of here.
The Indiana State Sentinel Wednesday Morning February 3, 1892 Page 8
Unknown Submitter

Mrs. Elizabeth VANHISE, of Brazil, aged seventy-seven, died yesterday. She was the widow of Col. Joseph T. Vanhise, who died fifteen years ago. The family settled in Clay county in 1853.
Indiana General News Items from the Indianapolis News 12 December, 1890 Page 6 Column 5

Benjamin Franklin Van Vactor
B.F. Vanvactor Died Saturday (4-19-20)
Benj. F. VanVactor a well known farmer of south of Reelsville, died Saturday evening after several weeks illness of uremic poisoning, aged 67 years.
He is survived by the widow and three sons, John F., Ellis R., and Charles B. Vanvactor.  He is also survived by two sisters, Mrs. W. A. Miller, of near Seelyville, and Mrs. Issac Daniels of Colorado.
The funeral services were held at the residence this afternoon, interment in Highland Lawn Cemetery.
Newspaper: Terre Haute ?

Brazil, IN.
Aug. 31 1899. Coroner Mershon was notified today that the 13 yr son of Richard Wells, residing near Cory. was found dead in bed with his left eye torn from the socket and his intestines protruding from a wound in the abdomen. It is thought that the wounds were self inflicted, as the boy has been sick for some time. The coroner is investigating the case

Gallipolis Journal (Gallipolis, OH) 18 Jul 1850, transcribed by J.S.
Lewis Whitaker, late of Ohio, cut his throat, in a fit of delirium tremens, at his residence in the vicinity of Cloverland, Indiana, on the 19th ult. He was an excessively intemperate character; and had several times during the week, beaten his wife so severely that she would escape with her three children to a neighbor's for protection. He had declared he would kill her, and once or twice nearly accomplished his threat. A day or two previous to committing the horrible deed, he stopped drinking - attempted to work, but becoming melancholy, he resolved to put an end to his miserable life, and did so. He survived about 46 hours after inflicting the wound, which mortified, causing death in a horrible spasm. When a physician, who had been called to see him, attempted to dress the wound, Whitaker rose up in the bed and making an effort to strike the doctor, ordered him to desist, saying he was determined to die. - Vincenes (Ia.) Gazette

With a Halter Strap.
Brazil Ind. July 24,—Late last evening the body of James Wools, aged fifty-two years, was found hanging by a halter strap in his barn in Jackson township. He had tied one end of the rope to a beam eight feet from the floor and he stood on a feed box to arrange the strap around bis neck. The body was found by his wife who, with her children, removed it to the house. Ill health is thought to have been the cause of the suicide, Mr. Wools was one of the most substantial farmers of the county.
Date: July 26, 1899 Location: Indiana Paper: Indiana State Journal

The Tomb – The following deaths are reported by Sherfey & Kidd Undertakers, since last report.
Nov. 4 in Van Buren Township, J. W. Hardin, of dropsy, aged 54 years
Nov. 5 at Ashboro, daughter of Martin and Maggie Shuler of whooping cough aged 18 months.
Nov. 6 at Caseyville, John, son of Frank and Agnes Boyle of fever, aged 5 months
Nov 10 in Jackson township, Parke county James L. Miller of abscess, aged 75 years, 6 months
Local News Of The Week – George Getches, aged 47 years died Sunday morning of heart disease, at the home of his brother-in-law, a Mr. Doidge at Cardonia.  Some time ago the deceased moved from this county to Saulsbury, Mo., from which place he with his family, started a few weeks ago to move back to Cardonia, traveling overland.  On the way the deceased became sic, which cause him to take the railroad, he arriving at Cardonia a week ago last Saturday.
The six year old daughter of Wm. Krampfe who lives south of the city, died of diphtheria yesterday.
The Brazil Democrat, 12 Nov 1891
submitted by James VanDerMark


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