JOHNSON COUNTY, INDIANA
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
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 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
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,
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,
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
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
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
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 was
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 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
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 heavily
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. 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
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
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
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 of
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
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.
Name of Deceased: Oscar
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.