RANDOLPH COUNTY, INDIANA
ADDINGTON, Joseph M.
Joseph M. Addington, age 68 years one of the
pioneers of eater Indiana, died at his home, 2 miles south of Ridgeville, this
morning. Mr. Addington was born near Richmond, IN, and when 4 yrs old came to
Randolph County with his parents; who settled on their farm on Bear creek, near
where he died today. In 1849 Mr. Addington crossed the plains, to California in
a company of 100, suffering great privation, and engaged in gold mining, with
limited success. He then went to Oregon, and returned to the “States” in 1857 to
enlist against the Indians. He came back to Randolph County in 1869 and settled
on a part of the old homestead, where he died. Mr. Addington was the second of a
family of 11, of whom a sister and 2 brothers survive him. He never married.
Internment Feb. 5,1898.
Orville Arnold dead.
Greenville, O. --- Funeral services for Orville Arnold, local race
driver who died at the Greenville Hospital Friday evening from injuries received
in a test run at the local speedway earlier in the evening, will be conducted
from the Central Avenue Church of the Brethren at 2 p. m. Monday. Interment will
be in the Manuel Cemetery near Coletown.
Surviving relatives include his mother, Mrs. Emma Arnold, with whom
he resided at 207 Anderson Ave., seven sisters and two brothers. The brothers
and sisters are: Arthur and Granville, Greenville, Mrs. David Vanatta and Mrs.
Millard Spitler, Phillipsburg, Ohio; Mrs. Richard Stocksdale, Hillgrove; Mrs.
Esther Midlam, Union City; Mrs. Hazel Geragosian, Cleveland, Ruth and Helen, at
[Date: Tuesday, September 18, 1934,
Paper: Union City Evening Times]
Former resident dies in Arizona.
A message has been received here announcing the death in Arizona of
Vernon Baker. Mr. Baker was well known here and a former resident of this
community but has been living for several years at Parker,Ind. Owing to failing
health he went to Arizona two years ago and his death occurred there Saturday
Mr. Baker was a nephew of Albert Baker, a prominent stock raiser five
miles northeast of Union City and a cousin of Mrs. LeRoy Mote. The remains will
be brought to Parker for burial and funeral services will be held there Tuesday.
Mr. Baker and son and Mr. and Mrs. Mote will attend the funeral services on
[Date: Monday, September 24, 1934,
Paper: Union City Evening
Parachute victim's body to be returned to Winchester today.
Winchester, Ind. --- Representatives of a local funeral firm left
here today for Streator, 111., to return the body of Pat Blansett, local
parachute jumper, who fell to his death there while attempting to make a triple
parachute leap as part of a Fourth of July celebration.
The funeral directors are expected to return here about noon when
funeral arrangements will probably be announced. In all of Blansett's local
jumps he had requested a local mortician to be present with an ambulance and the
requests had been complied with. However, in spite of many rough landings, the
parachute jumper had
never been more than badly shaken up.
The victim was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Maldo Blansett, living four
miles south of Winchester. His wife was with him at the time of the accident in
Streator. She is the daughter of Roll Catron of Winchester.
[Date: Friday, July 6, 1934, Paper: Union
City Evening Times]
Found Dead. - J. I. Boomershine found
dead in shed by workers. - Was night watchman at Gasson farm; Tentative rites
set for tomorrow.
Oct. 2. --- John I, Boomershine, 52 years old, a night watchman at the
Gasson poultry farm near Versailles, was found dead in a small shed
there at 7 o'clock Monday morning by fellow employees.
Coroner R. J.
Marker, who investigated said death was due to a heart attack, which
evidently occurred four or five hours before the body was discovered.
Boomershine was a
native of the Versailles vicinity and had passed his entire life there.
He had been employed at the Gasson farm for several years.
He leaves a widow,
two children, Ralph, at home, and Mrs. Bridget Lantz, of Dayton, O.;
two brothers and one sister.
who only recently recovered from the effects of a surgical operation,
has been visiting with her daughter in Dayton for the last week.
Pending her return
to Versailles no definite burial arrangements will be completed,
although tentative plans call for services at the St. Denis Catholic
Church Wednesday morning. Interment will be made in St. Valbert's
cemetery near Versailles.
October 2, 1934, Paper: Union City Evening
In the death of
Editor I. M. Bridgeman of the Winchester Journal-Herald, which took
place at Indianapolis, Ind. Monday, this county loses one of the most
prominent and beloved citizens. A man of sterling integrity, and the
type of man who was universally loved and respected by all who knew him.
He was a man of
strong temperance and during his long newspaper career, refused to take
any advertising matter that was frowned upon by the religious
When a man dies at
his post of duty, as did Editor Bridgeman, it is fitting that due
homage should be paid to his life's career, for he was plain spoken,
unassuming and kindly in disposition and above all a true friend.
Times is saddened by his demise, for he was ever a close fraternal
friend of this newspaper, during our years of close affiliation it was
a pleasure to be with him, both socially and in a business way and he
was one of those many in the newspaper business who could be trusted
for his utmost co-operation under any and all circumstances. He never
double-crossed a lifelong friend, but on the other hand, did everything
possible within his power to advance the work of journalism.
He was absolutely
unselfish, always thoughtful of others and ever doing something to
promote their happiness. His characteristics were what Wadsworth calls:
The best portion
of a good man's life--
nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and of love.
were conducted on Wednesday afternoon at the Winchester Presbyterian
Church conducted by Rev. G. M. Payne, pastor, assisted by Rev. Jackson
of the Christian Church. No burial place was named. He was survived by
a widow but she was not named.]
[Date: Tuesday, October 2, 1934, Paper: Union City Evening Times]
BURKETT, Mrs. Fay
Sad Death. - Mrs. Fay Burkett passes away following an operation. She
was taken suddenly ill at her home yesterday.
The news of the death of Mrs. Fay Burkett, which occurred this
morning about eleven o'clock, was a great shock to the community for she was a
young woman of fine character, and was popular in a large circle of friends. She
was in apparently good health up until yesterday morning. She grew rapidly worse
and she was on the verge of convulsions when it was found that the only hope
left was an operation which was performed this morning.
However, owing to her condition, her vitality had sunk to such a low
level that she could not recover, and at a few minutes to eleven o'clock her
spirit took its flight.
Mrs. Fay Burkett was formerly Miss Frances Fernsler, daughter of Mr.
and Mrs. Coy Fernsler, of South State Line road. She was a bride of only a few
months and was married to Fay Burkett last April and she was only twenty-two
years of age.
Many friends will mourn her death and the Times joins them in
extending heartfelt sympathy to the heart broken young husband and sorrow
September 28, 1934, Paper:
Union City Evening Times]
William Ellsworth Burnsworth
aged 29 years, whose home is at Winchester, Ind., died from
tuberculosis at the Irene Byron Hospital at 11 o'clock Thursday night.
The young man was a blacksmith by trade and a widower. he contracted
tuberculosis while in the army during the World War and was sent to the
local tubercular hospital, where it was hoped he would regain his
The body was received by Kiaehn & Sons,
who today shipped it to Winchester.
[Date: July 16, 1920,
Paper: Fort Wayne News Sentinel]
Winchester, Ind. July 31 Mrs. Butler, wife of Prof.
E.H. Butler, for many years superintendent of the schools of this city and later
of Rushville, died of consumption. She was forty-one years of age, and was the
daughter of John Richardson, of this city, and a sister of Mrs. Lillian Holmes,
[Date: August 2, 1899, Paper: Indiana State
84, passed away Thursday morning, May 25, 2006.
Visitation and services will be private. Services are entrusted to Thornburg
Memorial Chapel, Parker City, IN.
[Date: Thursday, May 25, 2006, Submitted by
DEATH OF MRS. MILES
COBLE, NEE ELLA SMITH, OF WINCHESTER
Winchester, Ind., March 30. -Two years ago
to-morrow Miles Coble, at that time surveyor of Randolph county, married Ella M.
Smith, daughter of Alexander Smith, a wealthy farmer living east of this city.
Miss Smith was a beautiful and accomplished maiden of nineteen years. They lived
happily together for several months, but one day, shortly after his term of
office as surveyor expired, Coble departed and his friends know nothing of his
whereabouts. Soon after the flight it was discovered that he was short a few
hundred dollars, but his father, who is a well-to-do and highly respected
citizen of this city, made good the shortage. From the time of his departure his
wife has seemed utterly heart-broken, and steadily declined in health until
yesterday, when death came. Her sad life and death has cast a gloom over the
neighborhood, where she was universally loved and respected. She leaves one
child, a bright little girl.
[Date: Wednesday, April
1, 1896, Paper: The Indiana State Journal, (Indianapolis, IN) ; pg. 5
Submitted by Candi]
4.-- The death of Edmund Engle, a pioneer of Randolph county, is announced. He
was 65 years old, and during the war he served with the Sixty-ninth. Indiana. He
was a well know and highly esteemed citizen.
[Date: Thursday, September 5, 1895, Paper: American
Noncomformist, Indaiana, Page: 8]
John Ennis, an aged and respected citizen of Winchester, fell dead in his
door-yard. The deceased was in the enjoyment of his usual health. The cause of
death was heart decease.
[Date: November 9, 1879,
Paper: Fort Wayne Weekly Sentinel, Indiana, Page 5]
George Gephart, a Pan-Handle
brakeman, was cut to pieces by cars at Ridgeville, Ind.
[Date: Tuesday, 24 Sep 1889 Paper: Newark Daily
Advocate (Newark, Ohio) - Submitted by Cathy Shultz]
Accidentally shot Himself
Winchester Ind. Jan 2., this morning while out hunting Frank Harmon, of
this city, accidentally shot himself and died two hours later, after being
brought home. The shot entered the abdomen just above the hip and passed through
[Date: January 4, 1899,
Paper: Indiana State Journal]
born September 18, 1834 near Oxford, Ohio, died January 8,
1901, aged 66 years 4 months 20 days. Married Richard G. VANDEGRIFT December 2,
1851 in Randolph county, Indiana. Five children, one infant preceding in
death. Moved to Fulton county in 1854, remaining until her death. Presbyterian
at Mt. Zion. Funeral by Rev. Geo. Lockhart.
Wm. J. Hook. - Answers the call of the Grim Reaper Sunday
afternoon. - For many years a citizen of Union City which he helped to build
Rich in years and rich in achievement, William J. Hook answered his
maker's call Sunday afternoon at 3 o'clock. During his long life, lacking only
10 years to round out the century mark, he kept his vitality and the use of his
faculties to within a comparatively short time before the sands of time ran
William J. Hook was born in Montreal, Canada, August 15, 1844, being
the son of Mr. and Mrs. James Hook, who were born in Glouchester, England.
He with his parents first located at Troy, New York but soon
emigrated to Wisconsin and then came to Indiana in 1889. His father was a
cooper, who died in 1885, his widow survived until 1895.
Mr. Hook was educated in the common schools of Wisconsin, and with
his brother, Charles S. Hook, entered business when only 16 yearsold.
He went to Cardington, O. where he was married to Mary J. St. John,
and to them eight children were born. In 1868 he began the manufacture of wooden
ware with his brother Chas. S. Hook. In 1877 he came to Union City and located
in the same kind of business on the East Side of our city, the factory becoming
known far and wide
as the Hook Brothers Buttertub factory and it built up a
nation- wide business. This business was continued until 1898 when the plant was
destroyed by fire.
About twenty years ago he moved to Oak Park, 111. and with the
exception of summers in Union City spent most of the last ten years of his life
in St. Petersburg, Fla., with his son Warren S. Hook.
After the death of Warren, Mr. Hook came to reside with his son
Charles in the old family home, 609 North Howard street. He was a staunch
Republican in politics and a member of the Baptist church.
William J. Hook was held in respect and highest esteem by his
fellowmen and his parting marks the going of a man who did much for its
upbuilding of the city of his adoption and this added to his many deeds of
kindness, tho but little known, will cause him to be long remembered as a
benefactor and a good citizen.
He is survived by one son Charles S. Hook and two daughters, Mrs.
Charles Pier, wife of a former pastor of the local Presbyterian church, and Mrs.
Mary Simms. Also five grandchildren.
The funeral will be held Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock from the
home on North Howard street.
[Interment was made in the Union City Cemetery. Arrangements by the
Fraze Funeral Home.]
September 24, 1934, Paper:
Union City Evening Times]
Paris Green And AcidWinchester
Ind., July 24, 1899 Job
Jeffrey, a Farmer near
Winchester, Tried to Take Both.
Job Jeffrey, fifty years
old, a prosperous farmer living five miles northwest of this city one of the
trustees and leading members of the North White River Christian Church,
attempted to commit suicide at his home yesterday by taking a dose of paris
green and carbolic acid combined, His son Thomas, nineteen years old, was
present at the time the attempt was made and caught the bottle as his father was
in the act of swallowing its contents. In the scuffle that followed the bottle
was broken and the contents dashed upon the face and neck of the father and over
the hand of the son, badly burning both of them. It is believed the attempt was
the result of temporary mental aberration.
[Date: July 26, 1899,
Paper: Indiana State Journal]
J.W. Jurger, aged 60, died this morning at his
residence. He was a prominent Odd Fellow and a member of the G.A.R. he served in
the 10th Indiana and in the 19th Unites States Battery. He leaves a widow and 1
daughter, the wife of H.A. Browne, of this city. Mr. Jurger died of stomach
trouble contracted while in the war. He was also wounded during the war and drew
[Date: December 6,1898,
MARSH, Judge Albert
RESPECT TO LATE JUDGE A.O. MARSH DECATUR, Ind., Oct 31--Judge D.D.
Heller, president of the Adams county bar, has called a meeting for nine o’clock
to-morrow when action will be taken in respect to Judge Albert O. Marsh, 72, of
Winchester, whose Death occurred last night at Indianapolis, and also served two
terms as judge of the Randolph circuit court. He leaves a widow to whom he was
married about two years ago. She was formerly Mrs. M.B. Miller, of this city and
is the mother of Mrs. L.G. Ellingham, of Indianapolis. The funeral will be held
[Date: November 1912
Paper: Fort Wayne Journal Gazette]
MARSHALL, Harry E.
Harry E. Marshall dead.
Winchester, Ind. --- Harry E. Marshall, 49 years old, died at his
home four miles southeast of Lynn, Tuesday at 6 a. m.
Surviving are the widow, Lucille, one brother, Ollie D. Marshall
Richmond; one sister, Florence Wessell of Lynn; two half-sisters, Elizabeth
Kohlinbrink and Pauline Cutter, both of Richmond.
Funeral services will be held Friday at 2 p. m. at the home in charge
of Rev. Ira Johnson. Burial will be in the Arba Cemetery.
[Date: 09-19-1934, Paper: Union
MURRAY, W. H.
WINCHESTER, Ind., Jan. 15.—W. H. Murray, an old soldier living here, died
last night, aged fifty-six. Three years ago he had a paralytic stroke from which
he never fully recovered. The more immediate cause of his death was an injury
received election night on account of a stampede in a crowded hall, where a fire
was started from the. overturning of a lamp. The funeral will be In charge of
the G. A. R. post of this city.
[Date: January 20, 1897,
Paper Indiana State Journal, Indiana, Page 1]
NEFF, Col. H.H.
OLD FORT WAYNE EDITOR
Col. H.H. Neff, a Veteran Newspaper Man of Winchester, is Dead
WINCHESTER, Ind., Oct. 5-Col. H.H. Neff, who had lived in this city for
almost sixty-five years, died at his home Friday night at the age of 85 years.
He was born near Eaton on June 5, 1815. At the age of 17 he went to Eaton and
learned the printers trade. A little later he worked on the Sentinel, published
at Liberty, Ind. From Liberty he went to Fort Wayne, where he worked on the
first paper published there. At the time there were only two houses between this
city and Fort Wayne, one near where Portland now stands, on the Salamonie River,
and the other on the banks of the Wabash river, near Decatur. He settled here in
1838 and in 1843 started the first paper published in the county, the Winchester
Patriot. He was in the legislature of 1847, and it was largely through his
efforts that that body granted a charter to the old Indianapolis &
Bellefontaine railroad. Later he served as clerk of the county.
He was active in the formation of the 124th Indiana regiment, and
when it was mustered in to service became captain of Company G. later major and
finally colonel of the regiment. He was always public spirited and took a lively
interest in the welfare of his city. Both of his daughters, Mrs. Fisher, wife of
Capt. J.S. Fisher, and Mrs. Teal, widow of Capt. Asa Teal of Pittsburg were with
him at the time of his death. They, with his widow and two grandchildren are his
immediate relatives. His funeral will take place Monday afternoon and will be in
charge of the Knights Templars of Muncie. The burial will be in the Fountain
Park cemetery, this city.
[Date: Monday, October 6,
1902, Paper: Fort Wayne Morning Journal Gazette]
[Died], on the 1st
of 4th month, 1865, Elisha Peacock, aged 34 years, 3 months and 3
days, som of Amos and Hannah Peacock; a member of White River Monthly Meeting,
Religious Literary and Miscellaneous Journal Vol. XVIII Fourth Month 29, 1865 No. 35
[Died], at her home near
Plainfield, Indiana, Third month, 9th,
Peacock, wife of William Peacock, in the eighty-third year
of her age; a member of Plainfield Monthly Meeting of Friends. She was
a firm believer in the doctrines and testimonies of early Friends; she
faced death with Christian fortitude, saying that her work in the
family and church had been done, and that there seemed nothing more for
her to do but to die. Her family and friends have a comfortable hope
that her end was peace and that she was gathered into the heavenly
garner as a shock of corn fully ripe.
[The Friend, A Religious
Literary and Literary Journal Vol. LXXIII /Seventh-Day, Sixth Month, 2, 1900 /
No. 46 Pg. 368
Submitted by Carrie V. Tuck
Matthew Harlan Rabey, age 40,of this city, died at his home here this morning of
aenemia. The deceased was one of the most popular men of this city and county,
where he had a host of friends. He served as treasurer of the county from
1893-1895, since which time he has been engaged in the insurance business. He
was K. of P. and one of the supreme officers of the Protected Homes of America,
an insurance order recently organized at Richmond. He had just completed a new
home here. Through his mother he was related to Chief Justice Harlan and was one
of the enthusiastic attendants of the great reunions of that family.
30,1897, Winchester, IN]
CITY, Ind., Nov. 13—George Reichart,
who lived nine miles north of Union City, died last night. He had been
suffering from a carbuncle on the back of his neck. During the night it
ate into a blood vessel and caused a hemorrhage, from which he died.
When his wife awoke this morning he was lying beside her, dead.
[Date: November 15, 1899, Paper: Indiana State
REMMEL, Samuel T.
Samuel T. Remmel died at Home
of Son in Thus City
Samuel T. Remmel, 72 years old, pioneer resident of Winchester Ind.
died at 8 o'clock this morning at the home of his son, Arthur K.
Remmel, 722 Jackson Street. He had been in declining health for
several weeks but did not take to his bed until three weeks ago. Death
was due to heart trouble.
The deceased came to Fort Wayne the fore part of last October for an
extended visit with his son. His decline came gradually until three
weeks ago, when serious complications developed.
Mr. Remmel was born in Winchester, Aug. 18, 1845, the son of Jacob and
Sylvania Remmel. when the civil war broke out he was among the first to
offer his services and with his father and brother served during almost
the entire four years of that conflict. He was a member of company K
79th Illinois infantry, and later re-enlisted in company B, 154th
Illinois. The family was living on a farm in Illinois at the time, the
father engaging in farming and the mother as a practicing physician, by
which means she was able to provide for herself and little daughter
during the time her husband and sons were at the front.
Mr. Remmel left Winchester in 1860, the family driving through to
Douglas County, Illinois. Both the father and brother received wounds
in the war that later caused their deaths, and in 1873, with his mother
and sister Mr. Remmel returned to Winchester and had resided there
The deceased was for twenty years engaged in the grocery business in
Winchester. In the early life he had taken a prominent part in politics
of his county and had held several offices of trust. for the past
eighteen years he had been in the mail service, resigning on October 1
because of his failing health.
His activities in many lines and his long residence in Randolph County,
gained him a wide acquaintance and he was held in the highest esteem by
all whose privilege it was to know him. He was a member of the Odd
Fellows, Encampment and Grand Army of the Republic.
He was married in 1875 to Mary Frances Kizer, of winchester, who
together with three sons survive. the sons are William D. of
Winchester, Arthur K, or news and Carl J. of Oakland California. There
are also four grandchildren.
The body will be taken to
Winchester Thursday for funeral services and interment.
[Date: January 9, 1918,
Paper: Fort Wayne News Sentinel]
LYNN, Ind, March 9.- After lingering with consumption Pearl Roland,
daughter of Mr; and Mrs. John Roland, died last night. She was a girl
of kind disposition and will be greatly missed by her associates.
About one half hour later occurred the death of. Byron
Scant!and. son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Scantland. He had been sick for some .time
and his death was not unexpected. He was a very bright child and the loss will
be keenly felt.
[Date: March 11, 1896, Paper: Indiana Journal , Randolph County, Indiana]
RIDGEVILLE. Ind. Jan- 24 —John
W. Seaney, of Fort Wayne, late proprietor of
the Seaney Hotel here, died suddenly of apoplexy, at his home. Sunday evening,
aged fifty-four. Mr. Seaney was born near Boston. Wayne county, where he spent
some years teaching in the common schools. In 1866 he came to Ridgeville, where
he married a daughter of Robert Starbuck. He afterward engaged in various
mercantile and manufacturing pursuits. He leaves a widow, one son and three
Interment at Fort Wayne Wednesday.
[Date: January 26,
1898, Paper: Indiana State Journal
Died, in Winchester, Ind., Thursday, January 14, 1886, Stephen Segraves, aged
75 years, 2 months and 2 days.
The deceased was the son of Stephen and Prudence Segraves, and was born
November 16, 1812, in Guilford county, North Carolina. About 1830 his father
moved to Ross county, Ohio. About 1840 Stephen moved to Miami county, Indiana,
from which place he enlisted in the U.S. service and served in the Mexican war
under Capt. Wilson until its close. He was married to Sarah J. Essick at Peru,
Indiana, November 16, 1848. They had by said union two sons and two daughters,
three of whom are living. He united with the M.E. church near Williamsburg,
Indiana in 1850, and had been a faithful believer ever since. For a part of his
live he had his membership with the United Brethren church, by whom he was
licensed to preach. He labored in this work until failing health compelled him
to cease. He was aman who loved the word of God, and during his life he had
carefully read the Bible through seven times. He read it daily and talked on
scripture much of his time and died in the triumph of his faith. He leaves an
aged companion, two daughters and one son to mourn his loss.
Funeral services were conducted by Elder I.P. Watts at White River meeting
house after which he was laid away to await the resurection day. I.P.W.
NOTE: Jane was the daughter of Stephen
& Prudence (Seville) Segraves
available by e-mail
[Date: January 20, 1886,
Winchester, Randolph County, Indiana unknown paper,
Submitted by Sandra Stormes
city, on Thursday last, October 31st., Miss Jane
Segraves, aged about 69 years.
The deceased has resided in this city for
many years. She was an industrious and quiet lady, and but few knew of her
illness until her death was announced. Funeral Services were held at the M.E.
Church, Rev. R.D. Spellman, officiating, after which the remains were intered in
Jane was the daughter of Stephen & Prudence (Seville)
available by e-mail
[Date: November 6, 1872; Paper: Unknown Winchester,
Submitted by Sandra Stormes
SEGRAVES, Sarah Jane
Sarah J. Segraves,
ninety-three, died Sunday at her home on North West street from the infirmities
of old age. She was born in Pennsylvania and came to this county in 1844 and has
lived in Winchester since 1850. From 1858 until last Septemeber, she had not
been in the business district of Winchester. One day in Septemeber her Grandson,
took her an automobile ride around the city, but she did not recognize many of
the old places. She is the mother of four children, one of whom is living. Until
two years ago she cultivated her own garden and until recently did her
housework. She has four great grandsons in the army, being the sons of Mr. and
Mrs. C. L. Storms of this city. Her mother died at the age of one hunderd and
six years. Funeral services were conducted at the home Tuesday afternoon at 2
o'clock, followed by interment in the White River cemetery.
[Date: November 29, 1917,
Paper; Unknown, Winchester, Randolph County, Indiana, Submitted by Sandra Stormes
STORMES, JOHN M.
STORMS - John
M., son of John Milton and Elizabeth May Storms, was born near Lexington, Ky.,
Sept. 25th, 1842, and was killed Aug. 19th, 1901 at
Springfield, Ill., aged 58 years, 10 months and 24 days.
He enlisted in
Co. E, 9th Ind. Cal. (21st. Regt.) October
12th, 1862, and was discharged at Indianapolis, Ind., August
28th, 1865. His regiment under command of Col. George W. Jackson was
stationed at Pulaski, Tenn., November 1864, and were in all engagements with
Forrest and Wheeler. In the engagement with Forrest at Sulpher Branch Tressel,
Ala., in 1864, his regiment lost 120 men in killed and wounded. It was in the
retreat back to Franklin and Nashville in Nov., 1864, and was engaged with
Forrest’s cavalry near Franklin on Dec. 17th, 1864, losing 26 men and
officers. After the Hood Campaign the regiment was sent to New Orleans, March
10, 1865, there they turned over their horses and were sent to Vicksburg to do
garrison duty. In the interior of Mississippi until May 22nd, when they returned
to Vicksburg to be mustered out. On leaving this state the regiment was 1150
strong, they returned with 386 men and officers.
In 1867 he was married to
Lizzie Segraves, daughter of Stephen Segraves. There was born to them as the
fruit of said marriage, four son; Charles, born 1868: George, born in 1869: Guy,
born in 1872, and Earl, born in 1874. All the sons are still living.
John M., or Harry Storms as he
was called, was a quiet, peaceable citizen, sober and industrious. He made no
profession of religion and belonged to no fraternal order except the G.A.R.
He had been a good soldier
during the war and shared with his comrades the honor and respect shown the
veterans of the civil war. A great misfortune broke up his domestic ties and
since then the struggles of life have been heavy. He drew a pension of $12 for
disabilities incurred in his country’s service.
He was killed in a railroad
accident, the particulars of which have not been learned. His remains were laid
away in the beautiful Soldiers Lot in Fountain Park cemetery, after appropriate
funeral services at the home of his son Charles on West Street.
NOTE: Last name is spelled Stormes.
three articles on the tragic death of John M. “Harry” Stormes in the newspapers
section of this website.
[Submitted by Sandra Stormes Benitez]
MRS. GRACIE M. STORY
Mrs. Grade M.
Story, aged 36 years, wife of Rev. Francis M. Story of 1308 South Sixth street,
the pastor of the Canaan Baptist- church, died in the Elkhart General hospital
at 11: 35 o'clock last night. Mrs. Story was taken to the hospital last
Thursday, and yesterday was operated upon for appendicitis and to correct
injuries caused by a recent fall. The funeral services will be held Thursday In
the First Baptist church on Lexington avenue, conducted by Rev. James R. Smart
of the colored Baptist church of South Bend, Rev. T. W. H. Gibson of the colored
Baptist church of Muncie and Rev. W. Z. Thomas, of Indianapolis, state
missionary. The burial will take place at Rice cemetery.
Mrs. Story, who was a daughter of Solomon and Sarah Benson, was born in
Winchester. Ind.. on September 13. 1886. Her marriage to Mr. Story took place on
June 7, 1907. The family came to Elkhart last August. Mr. Story taking charge of
Surviving Mrs. Story are her husband; five daughters. Blenda, aged 12 years,
Genione. nine. Matte, seven, Frances, four, and Oretia, two years; her father,
who still lives at Winchester; two sisters, Mrs. Monroe Mitchell of this city
and Mrs. Maudie Neighbors of Chicago, and her paternal grandmother Mrs. Martha
White of Portland. Ind.
[Date: 1922-03-04, Paper:
Elkhart Truth, Indiana, Page 2]
Farmland, Ind Jan 10
Uncle Job Thornburg, aged
eighty-four, died yesterday at the home of his son. Filnias Thornburg, seven
miles southwest of here. He came to this State from North Carolina in 1812, and
for several years captured the prize of the old settler's meetings for being the
oldest pioneer present. The Thornburg family is a prominent one i Delaware and
Randolph Counties. the funeral was held at the family cemetery, near the old
homestead, near Neff, this county.
Uncle Job Thornburg aged
ninety-four; died yesterday at the home of his son. Filnias Thornburgh seven
miles southwest of here. He came to this State from North Carolina in 1812, and
for several years captured the prize at the old settlers meetings for being the
oldest, pioneer present. The Thornburg family is a prominent one in Delaware and
Randolph counties. The funeral was held at the family cemetery, near the old
homestead, near Neff, this county.
[Date: January 15, 1896,
Paper: Indiana Journal Farmland Ind.]
Winchester, Ind., Dec 18, Mrs. Emma
Watson, wife of Charles Watson, died here
suddenly this afternoon from a congestive chill. Deceased was the youngest
daughter of A.R. Hiatt, for many years in the hardware business, and a most
estimable woman. She was a charter member of the T. H. E. a ladies' society of
local celebrity. She was a graduate of the Winchester High School of the class
of 1889 ans possessed marked musical ability. The bereaved husband is the
youngest brother of Congressman James B. Watson, of Rushville, and a son of Hon.
Enos L. Watson, of this city, with whom he is associated in the practice of
[Date: December 30, 1896,
Paper: Indiana State Journal, Indiana]
James H. Williamson, a prominent attorney, member of
the Randolph County bar and for 35 years a resident of Ridgeville died at an
early hour this morning of abscess of the stomach. He was 58 years old. Mr.
Williamson was born in Warren County, Ohio Feb. 16,1839, of Irish parents, who
came from County Donnegal, Ireland, in 1838, settling on a farm near Franklin,
Ohio. In 1856, the family moved to jay County, IN, where he attended Lean
College. Mr. Williamson taught school and engaged in mercantile pursuits until
about 1865, when he began the practice of law at Ridgeville, where he resided
ever since. He leaves a wife, daughter, and son. The funeral will take place
Tuesday @ 2 p.m.
[Date: October 10,1897]
Winters, of this city, died here this evening of typhoid fever, aged almost 77
years. He was born on PA., but came to Cincinnati and thence to this state in
his early manhood. Had he lived till December he would have completed a half a
century as a member of the Masonic order. In his early life he was a cabinet
maker, but for many years had been engaged in the grocery business here. He was
3 times married, but leaves no family except his last wife. The funeral will
take place here on Wed. in charge of the Masons.
[Date: September 11,
CHARLES WORLEY BE BURIED
FUNERAL SERVICES WERE HELD AT WINCHESTER--FORMERLY LIVED
HERE Henry Schramm, left on the morning train Monday for Winchester to attend
the funeral of his brother-in-law the late Charles Worley, formerly of Portland.
Mr. Worley died Sunday morning from injuries received several days ago when a
stick of timber struck him in the abdomen , while he was at work at the Boltz
lumber yards. He underwent an operation Saturday but did not rally fro mth
cooperation. The Worley family, left Portland about two years and a half ago. He
was 36 years of age and is survived by his wife and three children, two sisters
and a brother. Short funeral services were held at the residence Monday
afternoon, the funeral party leaving later in the day for Matton, Ill., where
burial will be made.
[Date: July 5, 1905 Paper: Portland Commercial Review,
Indiana, Page 1]
Mrs. R.S. Taylor’s sister.
Information has been received of the death of Mrs. Mary
Wright, sister of Mrs. R.S. Taylor, at her home in Randolph county. Her death
makes a break in a remarkable family circle. She was one of seven--two brothers
and five sisters, of whom the youngest was almost seventy one years of age.
There were two brothers-in-law in the circle, one about seventy seven and the
other seventy one. The aggregate ages of the nine reached nearly 700 years. With
the exception of Mr. and Mrs. Taylor, who have lived in Fort Wayne for fifty
years, they all lived all their lives in one neighborhood in Randolph county and
with in a few miles of one another. Mrs. Clayton leaves behind her a memory of a
long life of great sweetness of character and high devotion to every Christian
[Date: July 15, 1909, Fort Wayne