JOHNSON COUNTY, INDIANA
1881-07-07; Paper: The Indianapolis
Sentinel Franklin Ind. July 6
Payne Spears, a young
man from Tipton, who has been suffering with the measles, came
down on the morning train to be treated by Dr. Payne, and went
at once to Mr. Tom Pritchard's, but died very suddenly before
noon. after being here less than four hours.
W. E. Drybread, died
at the Aurora Hotel in Richfield on Monday. Formerly of
Edinburg, Ind. He took a claim 10 miles west of the city last
December. Burial was in the Grand View Cemetery Monday at
Richfield. (The Garden City Sentinel, August 31, 1887)
Submitted by Peggy Thompson
Ethel Whitson, the
little daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Whitson died on Monday,
December 10, in Indiana where she had been visting relatives
with her mother. The funeral was from the home of Mrs.
Whitson's father, Mr. Paul who lives near Seymour, Ind. Burial
was in the cemetery there. (The Hatfield News, December 22-29,
1888) Submitted by Peggy Thompson
August 13, 1853 The Morgan County Gazette
Died in Johnson County, near Morgantown, on the 3rd, Emeline, aged about 11,
daughter of John and Rebecca Hester.
The Morgan County Gazette August 20, 1853
Drowning - Mr. William
Gillaspe, age about 30 and the son of James Gillaspe
of Johnson County, drowned in the White River, near Gregory's
Ferry, on Tuesday last.
A TRIBUTE TO CAROLINE DUNN
Indiana historians and persons with Indiana ancestry have lost
a friend and fellow researcher. Caroline Dunn died 22 August
1994 in Greenwood, Indiana, where she had made her home since
retiring as librarian of the Indiana Historical Society’s
William Henry Smith Library in 1973. She is survived by a
sister, Eleanor Moore. Miss Dunn and her father Jacob Piatt
Dunn between them devoted seventy-two years to service to the
Indiana Historical Society. After graduation from Butler
University in 1923, Miss Dunn worked at the Indianapolis
Public Library before attending the Columbia University School
of Library Service. From 1928 through 1936 she served the
Connersville Public Library, coming back to Indianapolis to
work in the new Indiana State Library Building as a reference
librarian for the Indiana State Library. In 1939 she assumed
the position as the librarian of the Smith Library, a position
she held until her retirement in 1973.
In 1940 Miss Dunn was elected as secretary of the Society of
Indiana Pioneers. She meticulously examined the applications
for fifty years, retiring in 1990.
Persons who were acquainted with Miss Dunn will miss her for
her interest and knowledge of Indiana history and genealogy,
and for her wit. Her memory was phenomenal; her knowledge of
the collection of the Smith Library amazed patrons and fellow
staff members. She is missed.
(published in the Indiana Historical Quarterly "The Hoosier
Genealogist December 1994)
Franklin, Johnson Co., Ind. Nov. 23.
James Lane an old
soldier and an old resident, died at his home in this city,
Sunday morning after a long illness caused by disease
contracted during his army service. He was fifty years old and
leaves a wife and eight children.
Indiana Journal November 25, 1896
Franklin, IN. Dec. 7,1896
Rachel Mathes, who for
68 years has been a resident of this county, died last night
after an illness of many months. Saturday she fell and broke
her hip which, in her feeble condition, was a shock to great
for her constitution. Mrs. Mathes was 74 yrs old and one of
Franklin’s best known citizens.
Greenwood, IN. Aug.10,1897.
Rev. William H. Burton,
aged 60, a superannuated ministers of the M.E. Church, died at
his home at this place today. He had a stroke of apoplexy July
27. He was an officer in the United States navy in the late
War. After the war he entered the ministry and served many
charges within the bounds of the Indiana Conference, including
pastorates at Versailles, Mount Sterling, Canaan. Westport,
north Madison, Sellersburg, Henryville, Butlerville, Paris,
New Washington, Sugar branch, Acton, Manchester, West Madison
and Lawrence. Funeral tomorrow at 10 o’clock, from the M.E.
Church. Rev. F.M. Westhafer will preach the sermon.
Franklin, Ind., April 17.- Mrs.
Lydia Demaree, wife of W. W. Demaree. a prominent
farmer living west of Whiteland, died Saturday night and was
buried to-day at Hopewell. She was born at Hopewell in 1834.
She leaves a husband and nine children, the latter being
William, Victor and George Demaree. Mrs. Allie Ditmon, Mrs.
Mattie Smith and Mrs. Agnes Thielkeld, of this county, Ira
Demaree and Mrs. Esther Thompson, of Kokomo. and Mrs. Clara
Ransdall, of Fremont, Neb.
The Weekly Indiana State Journal, (Indianapolis, IN)
Wednesday, April 19, 1899
Contributed by Candi Horton
Greenwood, Ind., April 17. -The eight-year-old daughter of Isaac Sutton,
living west of here, was killed yesterday in a peculiar
manner. She was swinging on a large farm gate, when it fell,
crushing her to the earth and killing her instantly. The
Weekly Indiana State Journal, (Indianapolis, IN) Wednesday,
April 19, 1899
Contributed by Candi Horton
Mrs. Lee Burdick,
living northeast of Greenwood, was struck by lightning Sunday
afternoon and killed. She was sixty years old and a pioneer.
Date: July 26, 1899 Location: Indiana Paper: Indiana State
Olive V. Taylor, 90,
died June 15, 1990. She was a homemaker who had lived in
Edinburgh since 1963. She was a member of the Methodist faith.
She was born March 28, 1900, in Brown County and was the
daughter of Charles and Eliza Bay Pruitt. She married Albert
Taylor in 1917. He died in 1966. Surviving are daughters,
Margaret Clark, Helen Cohee. And Flossie Lohrman; a son, Paul
Taylor; 16 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren. She
was preceded in death by two sons, three daughters, one
brother, and two sisters.
Mary M. Winn died
February 19, 1991. She was a member of Edinburgh First
Chirstian Church, Chriatian Women's Fellowship, Flat Rock
Firemen's Association and Blossom Boosters Garden Club. She
was born September 12, 1900, in Shelby County, the daughter of
Alfred and Emma Cutsinger Muck. She married Louis Winn on Feb.
11, 1920. He died in 1977. Surviving are a son, Kenneth Winn;
a sister, Florence Yelton; grandchildren, Cindy Stuckey and
Doug Winn; a great-grandson; and seven
step-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by an
infant son, Charles Winn.
Ralph Y. Long, 91,
died Sunday, Dec. 29, 1991. He was born Nov. 5, 1900, in
Bartholomew County. His parents were Howard A. Long and Phoebe
McKee Long. He married Alice Stillahower Oct.10, 1923. She
survives. Other suvivors include a son, Robert Long of Shelby
County; two brothers, Wilbur "Bud" Long of Edinburgh and
Clarence Long of Flat Rock; three sisters, Reba Calvert and
Ethel Daugherty, both of Edinburgh, and Delphia Smith of
Franklin; three grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; two
stepgreat-grandchildren; and two
stepgreat-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his
stepmother, Mable Smith Long, and two brothers, Oscar and Ray
Long. He lived in the Edinburgh area until 1985, when he moved
to Shelby County. He was a retired farmer.
Karen Jean (Whitehurst) Fink
passed away peacefully at Community Hospital South in
Greenwood, Indiana on March 5, 2009 from complications related
to lung cancer at the age of 66. She was born near
Newton, Illinois to Glenn and Arlene Whitehurst on March 6,
1942. She graduated from Newton High School in
1959. Karen was a 1976 graduate of the University of
Illinois Champaign-Urbana and a held a masters degree in
education from Georgia Southwestern University. In 1960,
she married Loren Lee Fink of Alma, Kansas. In 1997, she
retired after 22 years of teaching elementary and middle
school in Cisco, Illinois, Pulaski, Wisconsin and Montezuma,
Georgia. Her father, Glenn Whitehurst preceded her
in death. She is survived by her husband of 48 years,
Loren Fink of Trafalgar IN, her mother, Arlene Whitehurst of
Terre Haute IN, her siblings, Dennis Whitehurst of Vallejo CA,
Linda Hartke of Wheeler IL, and Thomas Whitehurst of Terre
Haute Indiana, her children, Dr. Brett Fink of Carmel Indiana,
and Todd Fink of St. Paul MN, and four grandchildren Alexis
and Laurel Fink of Carmel, IN and Madison and Simon Fink of
St. Paul, MN. A memorial service will be held at a later
date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the
American Cancer Society.
(Submitted by Kim Torp)
Eileen M. (Parsley) Eubanks,
Obit: Eileen M. Eubanks, 88, of Franklin, passed away
Saturday, June 5, 2010, after a brief illness.
She was born April 9, 1922, in Brown County, to the late Elmer
and Ruth (Condon) Parsley.
She is survived by her beloved husband, Raymond "Max" Eubanks;
a daughter, Wanda Phillips of Davenport, Fla.; a son, Robert
Eubanks of Brownsburg; three granddaughters; three
great-grandchildren; her brother, Elmer "Junior" Parsley; and
her niece, Robin-Elizabeth Parsley.
She was preceded in passing by her parents.
As soon as Eileen graduated from Trafalgar High School, she
moved to Indianapolis and started working at RCA Corp., where
she worked for 46 years until retiring in 1988. She worked her
way up from making LP records to becoming the first woman
manager in RCA, when she was named manager of the Kitley
Avenue warehouse in 1969. She was an admired and well-liked
manager. While working, Eileen maintained an active
involvement in Junior Achievement.
Eileen and Max were married in 1964. From 1968 to 1994, they
owned and operated a large farm near her birthplace. Their
retirement was spent golfing, traveling, especially to Mexico
and Arizona, and enjoying the company of their many wonderful
friends. They were members of First Presbyterian Church in
Eileen was a passionate card player. She would play euchre
anytime she could persuade three others to play and had her
mother's skill at being able to make a lone out of a marginal
hand. She played bridge frequently in weekly bridge clubs and
with family and friends.
Eileen loved to entertain and was a fabulous hostess and cook.
The Eubanks family Christmas party and Parsley family
birthdays were celebrated at her house. She also enjoyed auto
racing and followed the Indianapolis 500.
A service will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at First
Presbyterian Church, 100 E. Madison St., Franklin. Friends may
call from 4 to 8 p.m. today at Flinn & Maguire Funeral
Home, 2898 N. Morton St. (U.S. 31 North) in Franklin. Burial
will be at Forest Lawn Memory Gardens in Greenwood.
Newspaper: Johnson County Daily Journal
Submitters Name: Kyle M Condon
Name of Deceased: Mildred J.
“Grandma Boone is Dead”, was the word that was passed from one
to another in our little city Monday morning. She died
at 11:30 Sunday night.
April 15th, 1828, in Clark Co., Kentucky, Mildred J. Elkins
On October 7th, 1846 she was married to Thomas M. Boone.
In 1866 they moved to Franklin in Johnson county, Indiana,
where they resided until in Oct. 1881, when they moved to
Kansas and settled Northwest of this city. About three
years ago they moved to this city.
Mrs. Boone was the mother of thirteen children, six of whom
(three boys and three girls) survive her.
She and her devoted husband spent forty-seven years together
never having been separated more than two weeks at one time
during their long married life and none will feel the loss and
bereavement so deeply as Uncle Boone, she had become a part of
his life so to speak. And although five of his surviving
children are left in this vicinity to comfort and cheer him in
his decline, yet none can fill the place of his faithful and
loving companion for so many long years. She, more than
all others could comfort and cheer him along the decline of
Grandma Boone was a woman that through a long life of 65 years
was at all times without a blemish on her character.
Her good nature never allowed her to grow angry or exhibit
envy. Her disposition was sunny and brightened all with
whom she came in contact.
She was a consistent member of the Baptist church from the age
of 14 years up until death.
Among her neighbors and the community in which she lived, she
was the favorite of all, and delighted in dropping a kind word
To her devoted husband and children we can only say, you have
the deep sympathy of all acquaintances in your sad affliction,
but non can lift the great burden of grief you suffer.
Time may somewhat sooth the ?pangs and heal the wounds in the
family circle. Strive to imitate her most noble and
aimable life, try to be as food, as patient, as cheerful, as
kind, as sweet temperell and as useful in life as dear old
Grandma and when the end comes each and everyone of you
will have hosts of mourners at your grave. By Jeff
Sylvia Banner Sylvia, Reno County, Kansas Friday,
September 22, 1893 page – 4 *** column – 2
The funeral of the late L.
P. Cresey, of Greenwood, Johnson county, was largely
attended last Friday. The Metropolitan encampment of this city
were present, and representatives of the Southport and
Greenwood lodges. The members of the Masonic fraternity to
which Mr. Cresey belonged were also in attendance from this
city; the commandery from Franklin being there in body. The
funeral was held in the Christian church, Grand Secretary
Foster, assisted by the pastor, the Rev. Mr. Couch, conducting
The funeral of Noble N. Morris took place from the residence
of his uncle, John Morris, on Park avenue, yesterday afternoon
it was largely attended by the friends of the family. Deceased
was buried at Crown Hill, in the family vault. The services
were conducted by the Rev. Mr. Kumler, pastor of the first
Date: 1874-03-01; Paper: Indianapolis Sentinel
Ex-Editor M. R. Sinter,
FrankIin, Dies in Arizona.
FRANKLIN, Ind. Aug. 16.—Word has been received here
announcing the death, near Canon de Oro, A.T. of M. R. Slater,
who for many years edited a Democratic paper in this city, and
who at one time represented Johnson county in the Legislature,
Under Cleveland's first administration he was appointed to a
position in Arizona. Since his term of office expired he has
been engaged in mining ventures. He had charge at the time of
his death of several mines in which Franklin people were
Date: 1897-08-18; Paper: Indiana State Journal
The funeral ceremonies of the late George Leggett, who was murdered by John Achey
on last Tuesday, took place at Franklin yesterday, from the
residence of John Thompson. The funeral was largely attended,
and some of the most prominent citizens of that town followed
his remains to the grave.
Although Leggett was a gambler, he had many fine qualities.
and was liked by all who knew him. In all his business
transactions be was upright and honorable, as those who knew
him will hear witness. he came from one of the best families
In Johnson county, and none regret his death more
than the citizens of that county.
His mother, who Is seventy-three years of age, came from
Washington in company with Mr. K. T. Keightley. the
brother-ln-law of the deceased, to attend the funeral. The old
lady is almost heartbroken, and it is probable she will be
unable to survive the great shock she has received in the loss
of her only son.
Date: 1878-07-19; Paper: Indianapolis Sentinel
William H. Jennings
The Hon. William H. Jennings,
of the neighboring town of Franklin, died suddenly yesterday,
at his residence in that place. His affection was quinsy. Mr.
Jennings was well and favorably known in this city, where he
had many warm friends. He had a large circle of acquaintances
throughout the entire state. In addition to the office he so
creditably filled at the time of his death, he has served in
the State Senate, and has held the office of treasurer and
sheriff of Johnson county. He was a loyal and unswerving
Democrat, yet so popular was he among his fellow citizens that
he has more than once been elected to office when the rest of
the ticket was defeated. At the time of his death,
he was serving his second term as Mayor.
Date: 1873-01-31; Paper: Indianapolis Sentinel
Funeral of Homer Frost.
Edinburgh Ind., Jan. 10.—The funeral of the late Homer Frost
took place here, the Masonic body having charge. He was
assistant general freight agent of the Big Four Railroad
company, and resided at Louisville.
Date: 1906-01-10; Paper: Elkhart Truth
Name of Deceased: George Ross Templeton
County Name: Johnson County State: IN
Newspaper: 1928 WESTERN NEWSPAPER UNION
Submitters Name: Paulette Bivens Templeton
Obit: OBITUARY 1928 WESTERN NEWSPAPER UNION
Old Resident Passes Away Funeral Monday For George R.
Funeral services for George R. Templeton,
76 years of age, former well known citizen of Greenwood, were
held at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Fred Kopetsky, one-half
mile west of Southport, Monday afternoon, at 2 o'clock, in
charge of Rev.Smith, pastor of the Southport M. E. church.
Burial in Greenwood cemetery.
The deceased was born in Benton
county on Nov. 25, 1852. His wife died five years ago.
He is survived by his daughter, Mrs. Kopetsky, where he died
Saturday evening at 8:30 o'clock, after being confined to his
bed for the past seven weeks, suffering from cancer and
tumor. In addition, four sons, William of Oakland, Cal.,
Roscoe, of Seattle, Wash; Lynn of Detroit, Mich., and Robert
of Oakland, Cal. also survives. ( a fifth and oldest son,
Charles Raymond Templeton, residing in Cabot, Ark was
not listed as a survivor.)
Elizabeth Jacobs, daughter of Milburn and Catherine
Jacobs, was born in Preble county, Ohio, April 6, 1824
departed this life February 15, 1907. She came to
Johnson county, Indiana, when quite young and has resided in
this county most of the time since.
Early in life she was married to Vincent Cavins. This
union was blessed with seven children; her husband and five
children passed away many years ago. Her two living
daughters are Mrs. Sarah Mason of Terre Haute, and Mrs. Lydia
Trotter of Indianapolis with whom she made her home.
Besides her two daughters she leaves five grandchildren, two
great-grandchildren, one brother, two sisters and many near
relatives and friends who will sadly miss her.
Aunt Betty, as she was lovingly called, was a woman of
sterling qualities of character, quiet and unassuming, she was
in the true sense a Christian. Having obeyed the gospel
early in life she was always careful to honor her profession.
In faith she lived and in faith she has passed into the
unseen, resting on the promise of God.
The following is for Johnson County, Indiana and
appeared Friday, March 8, 1907 in the Terre Haute
Tribune pg 1
Submitted by a niece Amanda
Name of Deceased: William H. Christian
William H. Christian age 81, a veteran of the civil war and a
lifelong resident of Perry Township died at his home near
Glenna Valley Monday evening on the farm where he was born.
Mr. Christian served for 3 years in the civil war with the 9th
Indiana Calvary as a sergeant. He was in several major
engagements. He was married to Amanda Catherine McBride
who died in 1905. Ten children were born to them.
The 5 that survive are: Dr. George R. Christian, deputy
coroner; Mrs. Addie C. Carder and Mrs. Gertrude Steinhauer of
Indianapolis; and Fred F. Christian and Mrs. Margaret Jordan
Mr. Christian was a member of the Glenna Valley M.E. Church
and the Royal Arch Masons of Greenwood and George H. Thomas
Post of the G.A.R. Burial will be in Mount Pleasant Cemetery.
Submitters Name: Liz Randolph
Obit: Indianapolis News 30 Jan 1923