Genealogy Trails

The Holt County Sentinel (Oregon, Mo), 7 Feb 1890, transcribed by J.S.
"Leaf by leaf, the roses die; Drop by drop, the spring runs dry."
  On September 22nd, 1815, near White River, Indiana, was born twin brothers, Charles General Jackson and George Washington Beeler, the latter dying March 20th, 1875, the former January 25th, 1890.
  In the person of "Jack" Beeler, Doniphan County, Kansas, loses one of its oldest and best citizens. When but a lad he came with his parents to Holt county, where in the course of time he married, a son having been given to bless the union. C.G.J. Beeler owned the vast tract of land east of the old Beeler place. At an early day he removed to Doniphan County, Kansas, where he took a section of land, settled down and lived in peace and quietude. When the war broke out, Mr. Beeler took an active part and was an out-spoken and aggrassive[sic] Free State man. He was a staunch Republican, tried and true; a man of kindly nature and sterling qualities; no one was more willing and ready to minister to the wants of the unfortunate; to accommodate those needing help; and to sympathize with humanity, than Jackson Beeler. The death of no man in the community where he lived could have produced more wide-spread sorrow and profound regret than this "rough kind-hearted pioneer" of territorial days and war gloom. For the past few years he has suffered most excruciatingly from rheumatism. In hopes of recovering lost health and wasted vitality, he migrated to Oklahoma in the fall of 1888; here he died, his body being sent to White Cloud, Kansas, for interment. It is impossible to enumerate his charitable virtues. Hundreds of poor, lame, orphaned, widowed, sick and afflicted will sadly miss the tall, rugged and erect form of the beloved benefactor now gone. It was no rare occurance[sic] wherever he went to hear some ragged, half starved urchin cry out, "Uncle Jack, give me a dime to buy something to eat, I'm nearly starved;" and the ten cents was always 'swelled' by Uncle Jack and the boy found himself the possessor of a larger sum. It isn't often we find such men nowadays; they belong to the past. Could any pen speak more eloquently than the weeping grateful widow, the tattered, loving orphan, or the maimed and homeless old veteran, to whom he always gave shelter, as they stood around the bier taking the last, the farewell look of a kind friend, a true patriot, a doting father and an honest man? He leaves two sons, one grand daughter, two brothers, John and Bolivar, three sister-in-laws and a number of nieces and nephews. S.B.B.

Name of Deceased: Mildred J. (Elkins) Boone
“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 was born. 
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 life. 
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 everybody. 
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 Sewer. 
Sylvia Banner  Sylvia, Reno County, Kansas Friday, September 22, 1893  page – 4 *** column – 2

Name of Deceased: Laura Brown
Newspaper: The Crawfordsville Star
Submitters Name: Teresa Haines Rigney
Obit: Feb. 9, 1875 Laura Brown, sixteen years old, living near Edinburgh was recently burned to death from her clothes taking fire from the kitchen stove.

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 Journal

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.

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 services.
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 Presbyterian church.
Date: 1874-03-01; Paper: Indianapolis Sentinel

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 of Greenwood. 
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.
Newspaper: Indianapolis News
Submitters Name: Liz Randolph
Obit: Indianapolis News 30 Jan 1923
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

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

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)

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 Franklin.
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

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)

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

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.

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.

Fayetteville Observer, 25 Jun 1868, transcribed by J.S.
The body of Willie Holmes, drowned in White River, Indiana, seveal[sic] weeks ago, was ploughed up in a cornfield, five miles below Indianapolis last week, where it had been deposited by the high water.

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

William H. Jennings
The Hon. William H. Jennings,  Mayor 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

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

Leggett's Funeral
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

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.

Bar Mourns for Late Judge M'Nutt
Death Comes Suddenly - Attorney Ill Only a Few Weeks
Los Angeles Herald, No 214, 1 Jun 1912
Arrangements for the funeral of the late Cyrus F. McNutt, who died at midnight at  his residence, 1329 West Fifth street, at the age of 75, will probably be made today as soon as word is received from his son, Finley A. McNutt of Terre Haute, Ind.
  Judge McNutt's death was caused by a severe attack of nervous dyspepsia which compelled him to withdraw from the defense in the Darrow case two weeks ago. Prominent in the defense of the McNamara case, active in public affairs, a member of the Good Government league, Judge McNutt held a high place among the citizens of Los Angeles, both as lawyer and a layman, ever since he came to Los Angeles in 1897.
  Cyrus F. McNutt was born in Johnson county, Indiana, on July 29, 1837. He was graduated at Franklin college, Indiana, in 1856, and was admitted to the Indianapolis bar in 1860. Two years later he moved to Martinsville, Indiana and in 1892 was elected a superior court judge of Vigo county, serving four years.
  His widow and a daughter, Miss Eloise McNutt, both of Los Angeles, and the son in Indiana survive him.

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.

Ex-Editor M. R.  Sinter,  of 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 heavily interested.
Date: 1897-08-18; Paper: Indiana State Journal

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.

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

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.

Name of Deceased: George Ross Templeton
County Name: Johnson County State: IN
Submitters Name: Paulette Bivens Templeton
Old Resident Passes Away Funeral Monday For George R. Templeton
    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.)

Sacramento Daily Union, 26 Sep1870
A Miss Taylor, living in Johnson county, Indiana, committed suicide lately by hanging herself with a halter strap. She was only fifteen years old.

Name of Deceased: Oscar Terrell
County Name: Johnson Co. State: IN
Newspaper: Indianapolis Journal
Submitters Name: Teresa Haines Rigney
Obit: 1-June -1889 --- Oscar Terrell, a young man living near Franklin, was taken ill on the streets of that city, on Decoration day, and died a few hours afterward in great agony. Poisoning is suspected, and an inquest will be held.

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

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.


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