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TO 

MY FATHER 

ACHILLES J. VAWTER 

THE MEMORY OF 

WHOSE WISDOM AND GENTLENESS 

HAS EVER 

BEEN A SOURCE OF 

COMFORT AND STRENGTH 

THIS VOLUME 

IS AFFECTIONATELY 

DEDICATED 



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Achilles J. Vawter 



THE 



VAWTER FAMILY 

IN AMERICA 



WITH 


THE ALLIED 


FAMILIES OF 


BRANHAM 




CRAWFORD 


WISE 




LEWIS 


STRIBLING 




GLOVER 




MONCRIEF 



BY 

GRACE VAWTER BICKNELL 



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INDIANAPOLIS 

THE HOLLENBECK PRESS 

1905 



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Copyright 1905 
By Grace Vawter Bicknell 



LIBRARY etOONQRCM 
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JAN 22 1906 

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A PERSONAL WORD 

My father had some old records in his possession which came 
to him from his father. These were yellow with age and falling 
to pieces. In another generation they would probably have been 
lost. In looking these records over the thought came to me: 
"How can these be saved?" It was then that the present history 
was begun, with no hope or prospect of pecuniary reward, but 
with the desire of preserving to our children the records of their 
fathers. 

In a work of this character must necessarily occur many 
omissions and inaccuracies, for which indulgence is asked. It 
will be observed that more space and fuller details are given in 
regard to certain persons than to others. This is due chiefly to 
a desire to bring into prominence some of those strong men whose 
characteristics have given direction and distinctiveness to suc- 
ceeding generations of the family. It is due in part also to the 
fact that some of the pioneers took pleasure in writing their ex- 
periences in diaries or in publishing reminiscences in the local 
newspapers of their day, and these records have been in part 
preserved and freely drawn upon in this history. These diaries 
and recollections are doubly valuable because they not only re- 
veal the character of the men who wrote them, but they also con- 
vey a vivid picture of the manner of life and customs and hard- 
ships of the people among whom they lived. 

Of those now living some wrote freely in answer to inquiries, 
taking great interest in the progress of the history; others sent 
the briefest facts. Where lines have not been followed out it 
is because knowledge concerning them could not be obtained, but 



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A PERSONAL WORD 



all branches have been given as fully as the available information 
made possible. Five years have been spent in correspondence with 
the representatives of the various branches wherever a trace of 
them could be obtained. Visits have been made to the older mem- 
bers of the family,, national and state archives have been searched, 
and information has been gathered from every possible source. 

The first impetus to this work, aside from the papers left by my 
father, was given me by Edwin J. Vawter, of Ocean Park, Cali- 
fornia, who had been carefully gathering and preserving informa- 
tion for years. The discovery of the coat of arms in that branch 
of the Valletort family from which we are directly descended is 
due to Miss Emma Vawter, of Santa Monica, California. The 
first trace of the family of Richard Vawter, son of Philemon, was 
found after great effort by Charles P. Vawter, of Lexington, 
Kentucky. Milton Vawter, of North Madison, Indiana, who is 
an authority on the family history, has given much valuable in- 
formation. 

So many others have been actively helpful in the collection of 
this great body of material from every part of the country that 
I despair of expressing to them individually my gratitude and 
appreciation. But I am consoled in this omission by the certainty 
that every one of them will feel amply repaid by the knowledge 
that he or she has contributed to the completeness and accuracy of 

this record. 

The Vawter family of the early days was of a deeply religious 
nature. The members in Virginia were Episcopalians. Jesse and 
Philemon united with the Baptist Church. Jesse himself and a 
number of his descendants have been Baptist ministers. Philemon 
was also a Baptist minister. Beverly, a son of Philemon, became 
a Christian minister and in his line are many ministers of the 
same denomination. 

David, the father of Jesse and Philemon, was a soldier in the 



A PERSONA lNv'ORD 



Vll 



Revolutionary War. Jesse also enlisted and served a few months. 
Some reports, not fully authenticated, state that Philemon en- 
listed, but his extreme youth at that time lends color to doubt 
upon this point. Many of the descendants of Jesse and Philemon 
served in the Civil War, the descendants of Jesse being entirely 
on the Union side, and of those of Philemon some were in the 
Union and some members of the Confederate Army. The family 
was generally strongly opposed to slavery, but a few were slave- 
holders. 

The Vawters have not, as a rule, been prominent in public life, 
though se\-eral of them have been influential members of the In- 
diana legislature. 

The descendants of Jesse Vawter number one thousand five 
hundred and twenty-seven direct and five hundred and thirty-five 
related by marriage into the direct line. The descendants of Phile- 
mon number one thousand sixty-six direct and three hundred 
and fifty related by marriage into the direct line. The number of 
children of Jesse and Philemon were eighteen ; grandchildren, one 
hundred and forty-three ; great-grandchildren, five hundred and 
sixty-nine ; great-great-grandchildren, one thousand one hundred 
and sixty-three; great-great-great-grandchildren to this date, six 
hundred and ninety-three. The total number named in this rec- 
ord, including the families of Edward and Russell Vawter, which 
are not at all complete, are two thousand seven hundred and 
eighty-two direct and nine hundred and forty by marriage into 
the direct line, making three thousand seven hundred and twenty- 
two in all. 

Fresh from a close and extended study of the history of this 
family, the conviction is strong within me that it tells the simple 
story of sturdy courage, honest living, citizenship unpretentious, 
yet shrinking not from the citizen's responsibilities ; the story of 
very human endurance, not without faults, but measuring up 



viii A PERSONAL WORD 

fully to the hope expressed by one of the living members of the 
family, who, with the wisdom of almost four-score years, wrote : 

"You are putting great labor on that tree. It must be large, 
with many branches heavy with fruitage. But how about the 
fruit? Would all pass inspection as first or second, or even third 
class? In so large a tree, so old and of such wide-spreading 
branches, there must be some knotty, some bad at core, some 
worm-eaten. Let us be glad if in the main it is marketable." 

Grace Vawter Bicknell. 

Chicago, May i, 1905. 



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ABBREVIATIONS 

b.=born 

d.=dead 

d. s.=died single ♦ 

m.:=married 

Name in parenthesis indicates maiden name, except 
in index, where it indicates name of father 




VALLETORT 
The Name from Which Vawter was Derived 



NAME 

In the seventeenth century, about the year 1685, three brothers 
came from England, probably from near Plymouth, to Virginia. 
These men were John, Bartholomew and Angus Vawter. Some 
members of the family think that the name has come from the 
French name Vautier or Vautie. While this name sounds or 
rather looks more like Vawter, it is probable that our name has 
come from the French name Valletort, which is pronounced 
Va-ye-tor. 

In the "Virginia Cousins," by C. Brown Goode, p. 460. we find 
tlie following : 

"The barony of Harberton, granted to the family of de Val- 
letort in the time of King Henry I, became extinct about 1307. 
The name has since become known as Vaulter." (It is also given 
in English records as Vaw^ter. ) 

From 1 100-1300, the line of descent in the Valletort family, as 
given in the "Virginia Cousins," is as follows : 

1. Reginald de Valletort, Lord of Harberton. 

2. Roger de Valletort. living in 1108. 

3. Ralphe de Valletort, living in 1168. 

4. Joel de Valletort. of Tawton, married Emma, daughter of 
Sir William Botreaux. 

5. Sir Philip de Valletort, living in 1230. 

6. Sir John de Valletort, -living in 1250. 

Lord Harberton, the first Valletort of whom we have a record, 
lived in England in the time of Henry I. The name began to 
change in spelling about 1300 and, in 1637, we have a record in 
Plymouth, England, which gives the name as Vaw^ter and shows 
that the name had been Valletort. It seems that at that time the 
name was sometimes written Vawter and sometimes Vaulter. 

When the Vawter brothers first came to Virginia, the name 



2 THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 

was usually written Vawlter or Vaulter (see reminiscences of Col. 
John Vawter, p. 24. The 1 was afterwards dropped and the 
name was variously written as Vauter, Vauters (see revolution- 
ary war record of David Vauters, p. 8), Vaughter (see mar- 
riage license granted Jesse Vawter, foot note, p. 11), and Vawter. 
The descendants of John, Bartholomew and Angus Vawter now, 
we believe, uniformly spell the name V-a-w-t-e-r. 

In a book, entitled "The Plymouth Armada Heroes," by Mary 
W. S. Hawkins, is this account : 

"In 1544, William Hawkins purchased the Manor of Sutton 
Valletort or Vawter of Sir Hugh Pollard for (1000) one thou- 
sand marks." 

In the genealogical table of the Hawkins family, same book, 
the above William Hawkins is designated as the Lord of the 
Manor of Valletort. It appears, p. 162, that the manor was sold 
in the year 1637-8 by the grandson of Sir John to the city of 
Plymouth. In the records (Received Accounts), there appears 
this : "Item : for a present given Mr. Risdon to procure out of 
his hands such writings as concerned Vauter's Fee, lately bought 
by the town of Mr. John Hawkyns, and a man and two horses 
two journeys to fetch said writings." 

"It is easy to see," said General Hawkins of Indianapolis, In- 
diana, "how Valletort could be corrupted into Vauter or Vawter. 
The double 1 being mouille and the final t not pronounced. As it 
recjuired two horses two journeys to carry the load of records 
pertaining to the property, it is probable that they go back very 
far and contain valuable Valletort (Vawter) history." 

The coat of arms which belonged to this branch of the Valle- 
tort or Vawter family is described in the "Virginia Cousins" as 
follows : 

"Arms : Gules three bends, argent, on a border sable, ten 
plates, or : or three bends gules within a border sable, bezanty." 

In an article in the Encyclopedia Britannica on "Plymouth" we 
find the following paragraph : "In Domesday, Sutton Manor oc- 
curs as Sutone and afterwards, it was divided into the town of 
Sutton Prior, the hamlet of Sutton Valletort and the tithing of 
Sutton Ralphe — a part of it having been granted to the Norman 



THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 3 

family of Valletort, while the greater part belonged to the priory 
of Plymouth." 

Judging from the evidence before us. our ancestors were of 
Norman origin and came to this country from near Plymouth, 
England, about the year 1685. 



EARLY VAWTERS IN AMERICA 



(1665). I. /o/?;;, Bartholomew, Angus. 

(1691). 2. John, son of John/ married a Beverly (prob- 
ably). 

Children: Bartholomew, Angus, Richard, 
Beverly, David, Margaret, Winifred. 

(1718). 3. Beverly, son of John,' married . 

Children: Beverly, a daughter, Alpha, 
Nancy, Anne. 
(1720). 3. David, son of John,- married Mary Rucker. 

Children: Jesse, Philemon, William, Wini- 
fred, Margaret, Mary. 
(1755)- 4- J^sse, son of David, ^ married Elizabeth Watts, 
daughter of John and Sarah (Barnett) Watts. 
Children : John, William, James, Frances, 
Mary, Sarah, Julia, Achilles, Ann. 
(1762). 4. Philemon, son of David, ^ married Anne Vawter, 
daughter of Beverly. 

Children : Richard, Elliott, Frances, Nancy, 
Jesse, Beverly, Lucy, Elizabeth, David. 

2. Edzvard, son of John, Bartholomew or Angus (it 

is not certain which ) . 

Children : William and others. 

3. William, son of Edward," married Anne Ballard. 

Children : William and others. 
(1765). 4. William, son of William,^ married Margaret 
Henderson. 

Children : Elizabeth, John Henderson, Anne, 
Jean, Mary, Elliott, James. 

*The dates of birth of John,' John,^ and Beverly' Vawter, given above, are 
approximate dates only. 



THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 5 

(1800). 5. /o/iw H^^icf^^ow, son of William,* married Clara 
S. Peck. 

Children : John William, Elizabeth Mary, 
Margaret Anne, Louis Addison, James 
Elliott, Charles E., Allen Henderson, Ma- 
tilda Ellen, Sarah Josephine, Joseph Sny- 
der, Clara Virginia, Henry Alexander, 
George W. 



THE EARLY VAWTERS 



This record begins with John/^ Bartholomew and Angus Vaw- 
ter, who came to Virginia from England (probably from near 
Plymouth) about the year 1685. We are descended from John. 

Nothing is known of the first John, except that he had children 
and one of them was named John. Of this second John, we find 
in an old Virginia record (a copy of which is in the William and 
Mary Quarterly, vol. 5, p. 90) that, in 1737, John Vawter was 
appointed administrator of the estate of James Jamieson of Essex 
county, Virginia. There was also an Edward in the second gen- 
eration, but it is not certain whether he was the son of John, Bar- 
tholomew or Angus. 

John, the second, was married, probably to a Beverly. The 
Beverlys were famous in the early times in Virginia. Robert 
Beverly wrote a history of Virginia in 1705, which was published 
in England in 1722. It is a very rare and valuable work now, 
one of the original copies in the Newberry Library at Chicago 
being valued at many hundreds of dollars. Robert Beverly lived 
in Essex county, Virginia. There are also other noted Beverlys 
who are mentioned in histories of Virginia. There are sketches 
of the Beverly family in the book "Lee of Virginia," by Edmund 
Jennings Lee, and in the bound volumes of the William and Mary 
Quarterly of Virginia. 

The probability of the wife of the second John having been a 
Beverly comes from the fact that one of her sons was named 
Beverly, and it was then, as now, a common thing for a son to 
be given the family name of his mother. The name Beverly runs 
through all branches of the family and this seems to have been 
its first appearance. 

*In the Virginia Historical Magazine, vol. 7, p. 300, is a copy of an old Vir- 
ginia record which gives the date of inventory or probate of will of Bartholo- 
mew Vawter in Essex county, in 1717, which shows that Bartholomew, the first, 
died in 1717. In a list of things appraised is a "parcel of old books at 15s." 



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THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 7 

The children of John, the second, were : Bartholomew, Angus, 
Richard, Beverly, David (born in 1720) , Margaret and Winifred. 

Beverly, son of John second, married . 

Children : 

1. Beverly, killed in the Revolutionary War. 

2. , who married Mr. Hill. 

*3. Alpha, who married Robert Shelton. Their children 
were : Smedley, who married his cousin, Melinda White. 

4. Nancy, who married a Wilhite. Children were: 
Nancy, Melinda, Ely, Elliott, Anne. Nancy married, second, a 
Mr. Hawkins. 

5. Anne, who married her cousin Philemon Vawter. 
David, son of John, the second, was married to Mary Rucker 

in Culpeper county, Virginia. It is believed by some of the 
family that the wife of David Vawter was Mary Beverly and not 
Mary Rucker. Our authority for believing the name to be Rucker 
is that John Vawter, a grandson of David and Mary, in an ac- 
count of his life, said that the maiden name of his grandmother 
was Mary Rucker and that, after the death of David Vawter, she 
married a Rentfrow (see p. 25). The name of Beverly seems to 
have come into the family back of David, as one of David's 
brothers was named Beverly. 

Little is known of David Vawter, except that he was born in 
1720; was an Episcopalian; served in the Revolutionary War; 
lived in Culpeper county, Virginia, and had six children. That 
David Vawter was in the Revolutionary War is shown by the 
following, which was copied from the Virginia Magazine of His- 
tory and Biography (1893- 1894). 

"A Muster Roll of Captain Ambrose Madison's Company of 
Foot in the Regiment of Volunteer Guards at the Barracks in 
Albemarle county, where Francis Taylor, Esq., is Commander to 
June I, 1779. 

"Privates. 
■ "David Vawter, enlisted January 17, 1779. Discharged June 

I- I779-" 

David Vawter lived in Culpeper county and enlisted in Albe- 

*In Culpeper county records the date of this marriage is given as 1790. 



8 THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 

marie county, which is the adjoining county. Culpeper county at 
that time inckided what is now known as Madison andrJOrange- 
counties. It was in the part now called Orange county that David 
Vawter lived. 

A communication received from the Military Secretary of the 
War Department at Washington says : "The name David Vawter, 
nor the name Jesse Vawter has been found on the rolls in this 
office. It is shown by the records, however, that one David Vau- 
fers served as a private in Captain John Camp's Company in the 
First Virginia State Regiment, commanded by Colonel George 
Gibson. He enlisted March i, 1777, to serve three years, and his 
name last appears on the company muster roll for February, 1778. 
The date of his separation from the service is not stated." 

There is no doubt but this is the same David Vawter, as many 
of the Vawters at that time spelled the name V-a-u-t-e-r. Even 
if the name had been given as V-a-w-t-e-r, it might have easily 
been written down as V-a-u-t-e-r-s. The name is often called 
Vauters to this day, by those who do not know the spelling. 

The time of the second enlistment (which was mentioned first) 
does not at all overlap the time of the first, and both together do 
not quite fill out the time for which the first enlistment was made. 

The children of David and Mary (Rucker) Vawter were: 
Jesse, Philemon, William, Winifred, Margaret and Mary. 

The descendants of Jesse and Philemon will be given later. 

William Vawter, son of David, was married and had a son, 
Lewis, who lived in North Carolina. It is not known where Wil- 
liam Vawter lived. It may have been that he came to Kentucky 
later than Jesse and Philemon. In the records of Fayette county 
are found these items : 

"ist. William Vawter and Mary, his wife, sold a tract (169 
acres) of land in Jessamine county, Kentucky, in 1803. 

"2d. William Vawter and his wife, Mary, sold five hundred 
acres in Campbell county, Kentucky, in 1805. 

"3d. William Vawter and his wife, Mary, sold 1000 acres in 

*W. G. Stanard, the Corresponding Secretary and Librarian of the Virginia 
Historical Society of Richmond, Virginia, will, for a consideration, give a cer- 
tified statement of the record of David Vawter. 



THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA Q 

Gallatin county, Kentucky, in 1809. They lived at that time in 
Woodford county, Kentucky." 

Philemon Vawter lived in Woodford county, Kentucky, and 
Elliott Vawter, son of Philemon, lived at one time in Gallatin 
county, Kentucky. This William Vawter, if not a brother of Jesse 
and Philemon, must have been closely related. 

A daughter of David Vawter married Achilles Stapp. Their 
children were Ely, Milton, Nancy and Mary, all of whom married 
Branhams. Achilles Stapp and family lived near Lexington, Ken- 
tucky. 



JESSE VAWTER 



CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN 



John' 
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David^ 
Jesse Vawter* 

(1755-1838) 

m. 

Elizabeth Watts 

(1762-1830) 



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JESSE VAWTER 

Jesse Vawter was born in Culpeper county, Virginia, December 
I, 1755. His parents were Episcopalians and he was sprinkled in 
infancy and his name enrolled on the church record. He was 
married to Elizabeth Watts, the daughter of John and Sallie 
(Barnett) Watts, on March 29, 1781. Elizabeth Watts was born 
December 30, 1762. Nine children were born to them: John, 
William, James, Frances, Mary, Sarah, Julia, Achilles and Ann. 

Jesse Vawter was, in his early manhood, apprenticed by his 
father to a mechanic ; was a soldier in the Revolutionary War 
for a short period; was baptized in a Baptist Church (Rapidan) 
in Culpeper county, Virginia, October, 1774. 

About the year 1782 Jesse Vawter, with his wife and infant 
son John, moved from Virginia to the Holston river country, 
which is near where the three states, Virginia, North Carolina 
and Tennessee, now join. Their twin sons, William and James, 
were born there. In 1785 Jesse, with his wife and four children, 
returned to Virginia for a visit. They left William, one of the 
twins, there, with his maternal grandparents. In 1787 Jesse 
visited Kentucky and decided to move there. He and his wife, 
with the infant Sarah, went for a farewell visit to Virginia in 

1789, and in 1790 the family removed to Kentucky. On the way 
they passed the Crab Orchard country, old Milford Court House, 
stopping over night with Joseph Delaney, where Richmond, Ken- 
tucky, now is, crossing the Kentucky river, passing through Lex- 
ington, Kentucky, and arriving at Achilles Stapp's September 22, 

1790. Jesse Vawter leased a farm from Hugh Shannon for five 
years from the fall of 1790. In 1795 he moved to Scott county, 
Kentucky, and settled on his own farm on the north side of the 
North Elkhorn river, three or four miles from the forks of the 

Note. — In Culpeper county records is the following : "Jesse Vaughter 
married to Elizabeth Watts, March 29, 1781." 



12 THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 

two Elkhorns and seven miles from Frankfort, In 1796 Frank- 
lin county was formed, and his house was then in Franklin county. 
(A fuller account of this part of Jesse Vawter's life will be found 
in the "Reminiscences" of his son John.) 

In 1806 Jesse Vawter lost his land through a defective title. 
That same year he moved to Indiana and located on a hill over- 
looking Madison, on what is now known as the Michigan Hill 
Road. He called his home and farm Mount Glad, because he was 
glad there to rest from his wanderings and hoped to spend his 
days in peace. Madison was a very small settlement at that time. 
The Vawter family is inseparably connected with its early history 
and with the history of the Baptist denomination in Indiana. 

Jesse Vawter began to preach in about the year 1800. He was 
ordained in 1805. In 1807 he assisted in the organization of the 
First Baptist Church in Jefferson county, which, at that time, was 
called the Coffee Creek Baptist Church. This church was organ- 
ized at Mount Glad. At its constitution there were but fifteen 
members, and these were all of them connected with the four 
families who had come together from Kentucky in the fall of 
the year before. These four families were the Vawters, the 
Underwoods, the Edwards and the Jacksons. In 1808 these 
members built a meeting-house of logs on the hill east of the 
Michigan road near the present site of Fairmount Cemetery. 
When Jesse Vawter learned of a new settlement being formed, 
he visited it and held religious meetings. As the country devel- 
oped his preaching tours were enlarged, covering great portions 
of the counties of Jefferson, Ripley, Switzerland, Jennings and 
Clark. In some cases these settlements were reached by traveling 
from twenty to forty miles through the wilderness, much of the 
way being marked only by blazed trees and broken-down under- 
brush. 

In 181 2 the Coffee Creek Church built a new frame meeting- 
house on the North Madison hill, now west of the railroad, and, 
with that change of location, also changed its name, afterwards 
being called the Mount Pleasant Baptist Church. This church 
was again moved and became the First Baptist Church of Madi- 
son. From its first formation until 1831 Jesse Vawter was al- 



THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA I3 

most its only pastor, Jacob Cox and William Vawter and Reuben 
Morey serving some of the time during the later years. 

In the minutes of the Madison Association for 1838, we read: 
"Jesse Vawter was preeminently useful in the ministry and did 
much to advance the Messiah's kingdom here on earth, especially 
among the Baptist churches from their first organization in In- 
diana, but more particularly in the bounds of what was and is 
known as the Silver Creek, Coffee Creek, Loughery, Flat Rock 
and Madison Associations. He was without doubt one of the 
most pious men of his day, and, as a doctrinal, practical and ex- 
perimental preacher, his qualifications and ability for evangelical 
preaching was far above mediocrity, and as a peace-maker he was, 
perhaps, without his equal in the congregations of which he was 
a member." 

Elizabeth, wife of Jesse, died September 10, 1830. Afterwards 
Jesse lived with his daughter, Polly Branham, for a while, and 
with another daughter, Ann Moncrief, for a part of the time. 
He died March 20, 1838, in his eighty-third year. 

Jesse Vawter was a quiet, thrifty, brown-eyed, peace-loving 
man. His granddaughter, Mrs. Frances (Vawter) King, of 
North Vernon, Indiana, in speaking of him said : "Grandfather 
was of a gentle nature. Every one loved him. He used to ride 
down horseback from Madison to see us. We would run to meet 
him, and he would say, 'There come my chickens.' He had lost 
the sight of one eye in an accident. We used to slip up on his 
blind side and kiss him. and he would always jump as though we 
had surprised him greatly. He never was impatient with us." 

Mrs. Nancy (Moncrief) Amsden, of Madison, Indiana, an- 
other granddaughter, said : "I can remember grandfather well 
and I love his very name. He lived at my father's for some time 
before he died." 

Elizabeth, wife of Jesse, was a woman of strong character, and 
her grandchildren stood somewhat in awe of her. She was an 
excellent housekeeper. Her great cleanliness was a matter for 
joking among her neighbors. They said that she never could 
endures flies — that she chased them out of her house and down to 
the Ohio river. In speaking of her fondness for scrubbing, they 



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declared that they believed she scrubbed even the stumps in her 
yard. 

JESSE VAWTER's story, AS TOLD BY HIMSELF, 

May 5, 1835. 

I, Jesse Vawter, being in my eightieth year, do this day begin 
to write a journal of my life. I was born December, the first day, 
1755, in Culpeper county, Virginia. I was sent to school in my 
eighth year. About this time my father moved into Orange 
county, and I worked on a farm for about ten years. I was the 
oldest child of six, and had by nature a mechanical turn of mind. 
I did some coopering, and made me a lathe and did some turning ; 
I also made some wheels with a millwright. In 1774 my father 
hired me to a house carpenter and joiner. In 1775 my father set 
me at liberty to act for myself. At this time there was a great 
call for flax wheels. I joined my Uncle Oppill. We prepared our 
timber, built us a shop with two rooms, chimney in one and stove 
in the other. Each of us had a lathe made and mended wheels 
until in November, i yjy, when I drove a team and moved a family 
out to Holston, three hundred miles, where I attended a farm 
with two negro men for Joseph Early. 

In December, 1778, I went back to Virginia, and followed 
house carpenter's and joiner's work until November, 1779, when 
I drove a team for Uncle I. Coper, when I had three uncles and 
a brother all in a company moving to Holston. We unloaded our 
wagons the second day of December, 1779. I had bought of Jo- 
seph Early four hundred acres of land, on which my brother 
Philemon and Jonathan Underwood settled at that time. In the 
next year, 1780, I labored on a saw and grist mill for old Mr. 
Key wood. In December I went back to Virginia, and in 1781 was 
married, March twenty-ninth day, and in June was drafted for 
two months' tour. I got back to my wife's father's late in August, 
and was three months sick. My wife has told me that they sat 
up with me forty nights and thought every one might be the last. 

The next winter and spring I made myself a light wagon and 
had it ironed nicely. In January, 1782, our son John was born. 



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In the latter part of April I geared three horses and loaded our 
little property and set out for Holston, three hundred miles, and 
unloaded the 17th of May on my own premises, and raised a 
tolerable crop of corn that year. 

In the fall of 1783 I went to old Virginia with my wagon and 
moved Aunt Underwood to Holston. In 1785 I, with my wife 
and children, went again to Virginia on a visit, and was gone 
from the 13th day of September to the 24th of November. I 
had built me a shop, and followed making and mending wagons, 
and other work, as also attending to my farm until 1790. In 
December, 1787, I went to Kentucky on a visit to see my friends, 
and in 1790 I sold my land and moved to Kentucky, and landed 
there in September, 1790. In 1789 my wife and myself, with 
Sally our baby, went on horseback to old Virginia on a visit 
to bid our friends a final farewell, as we expected to move to 
Kentucky the next year. We unloaded our horses at Brother 
Stapp's, September 22d. I took a lease on Mr. Shannon's land 
for five years, put up a log cabin and moved into it in November, 
1790. August 13, 1 79 1, I left home and went to Holston to aid 
my Brother Philemon to move to Kentucky, and got home 
again September 20. 

August 7, 1793, I left my home and went to Virginia to aid 
father Watts in moving to Kentucky, and got home again the 
1 8th day of November, 1793. In 1795 I moved to the north 
fork of Elkhorn, three miles above the forks, and we lived there 
until September 6. 1806, when we moved over the Ohio to 
Indiana. During our residence in Kentucky I made looms, made 
and mended wagons, made and mended wheels, reels, and did 
other mechanical work, but never neglected my farm. And also, 
while I kept house in Indiana, I had a shop and did do almost 
all kinds of mechanical work, yet never neglected my farm. I 
have observed on a minute-book that I had earned in my shop 
$344, and that I had received for marriages $151. In 1830 v/e 
broke up housekeeping, and on September tenth my wife died, 
and I have made my home with Polly Branham, but am a great 
deal of my time absent. Since the death of my wife I have not 
confined mvself to labor, but have done some little jobs, and have 



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received about forty dollars for marriages. Julia Wise died 
May lo, 1834. 

September, 1835, I attended at Loughery Association, and 
came home sick, and am yet quite feeble this first of December. 



A LATER STATEMENT BY JESSE VAWTER 

At the request of one of my friends I now sit down to record 
some of the occurrences of my past life. 

I, Jesse Vawter, was born December i, 1755. My parents 
were David and Mary Vawter, members of the Episcopalian 
Church. I was sprinkled in infancy and received as a member 
of that church, and could read my Bible in my eighth year, and 
was brought up to farming, but had by nature a mechanical turn 
of mind. 

At ten years of age I had serious thoughts of religion and 
heard a parson preach from these words : "Who among us 
shall dwell with devouring fire, who among us shall dwell with 
everlasting burnings?" Isaiah xxxiii:i4. That subject made 
a deep impression on my mind, although I understood nothing 
more than a local fire. About this time I committed the Lord's 
Prayer, which I would repeat when I would lie down at night 
and in the morning, in order to get religion, but finally concluded 
that I would live moral and sober until I married and then I 
would get religion, concluding that religion did not suit young 
people and when I was settled in the world it would be easy to 
obtain it. 

As stated above, my mind inclined to mechanical labor. In 
1774, in my nineteenth year, my father consented to hire me to 
a house carpenter and joiner. In the course of that year our 
work led us twenty miles from my father's, and in the bounds 
of Baptist preaching. Perhaps in the month of May I went to 
the first meeting. The preacher was Thomas Amnions ; his text 
was Job X :i5 : "If I be wicked woe unto me, but if I be righteous 
yet will I not lift up my head." These words came home to my 
heart with such light and power that they made me tremble. I 



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had never felt the hke before. I strove to be composed and not 
let any person know I was affected, but all in vain, the tears 
would run. I did not think I was as wicked as some, but thought 
I was not altogether right — that there was some little wrong 
about me, and now I thought the Lord had called on me to repent 
and seek Him, which I was determined to do. I thought by 
praying, reading and reforming that I should soon atone for my 
past sins and bring God under obligations to me (alas! poor 
blind man) . 

Instead of that, I discovered the corruption of my nature 
and the deceit of my heart, and that all my efforts had been 
selfish and, of course, sinful, and that God says, "Son, give me 
thy heart," which I had not done. I now did believe that God 
had called me, and if I had sought Him through Jesus Christ, 
I might have obtained mercy; but now it appeared to me as if 
all hope was gone forever. I yet would try to pray, but thought 
my prayers only added to my guilt. I concluded God was angry 
with me, that his law condemned me, and it was in vain to ask 
His mercy, for I thought my case was finally fixed forever. Yet 
my heart would pray for mercy if it could be bestowed according 
to the divine government, for I did believe God was right and 
His law was right, and if I was condemned forever it would be 
right, too. I concluded justice would not suffer me to live on the 
earth when right appeared. I thought I should be in eternity be- 
fore morning, and in the morning that justice would terminate 
my life before night. 

One clear morning in July, 1774, I thought I would retire 
and try to pray once more before I died. When I got to the place 
I thought I dare not ask for mercy, yet my heart seemed to 
crave mercy, but I could not see how God could have mercy 
on me consistent with His divine perfection. Finally I con- 
cluded my fate was fixed to go down to ruin forever, and I rose 
up to go to my work. As I arose a reconciliation took place 
in my mind — the will of the Lord be done. With this recon- 
ciliation I had a view of Jesus and His righteousness. I thought 
all nature shone with His glory. I could now see how God could 
have mercy upon poor sinners and be just and justify him that 



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believed in Jesus. I did believe He had lived and died for sin- 
ners and rose again for their justification, and that I was one of 
those poor sinners that He came to seek and save. My soul was 
filled with love. I thought I could tell to my companions how 
good God was, and they would feel as I did, but they under- 
stood not what I told them. In the month of October our work 
led us into the bounds of another Baptist church, to which I 
offered myself and was received and baptized. The first Satur- 
day meeting I ever attended I thought was the prettiest sight 
I ever saw. The church was called Rapidan, in Culpeper county, 
Virginia, but now Madison county. 

I thought I would work as much as would keep myself in 
clothes and spend my time in going to meeting and be with the 
preachers ; which I did for some years. I would sing and pray 
and close meetings for the preachers. In 1780 I began to think 
it was best for young persons to marry, and on the 29th day of 
March, 1781, I was married to Elizabeth, daughter of John and 
Sarah Watts, of Culpeper county, Virginia. In January, 1782, 
the 8th day, our first son, John, was born, and in May we moved 
to Holston, where we lived eight years, and had two sons and 
three daughters born, and joined a Baptist church, whose monthly 
meetings were twenty miles off. The preacher would come to 
my house and have meeting in our neighborhood. Having lost 
all hope of a Baptist church near us, we moved to Kentucky in 
1790, where we joined the Great Crossing Church in Scott 
county, and lived there five years. While there I appeared to be 
a silent member. In 1795 we moved down on the north fork 
of the Elkhorn and moved our membership to Melonal's Run, 
where I was more active. 

In 1799 a revival of religion broke out on the Ohio, and in 
1800 it appeared to spread over the whole state. A number of 
my neighbors and four of my children had obtained hope in 
Jesus, which led us to form ourselves into a church and build us 
a house. About this time my mind got exercised about preach- 
ing, which soon led to my ordination. 

Here Vv^e lived five or six years in great harmony, until I lost 
my place. In 1806 we moved to Indiana. It may be proper here 



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for me to state the difference in my mind as respects preaching. 
I thought that preachers were a grade higher than common mem- 
bers and that it would be wicked in me to think of preaching, but 
to sing, and to pray, and to exhort was the privilege of every 
member, and also to tell how good the Lord was, which I did do 
for many years, with delight to myself and some others. When 
my mind took a turn for preaching it was the greatest trial I had 
ever met with, for I thought no man ought to preach but such as 
the Lord called to that work, and I could not believe that I was 
called to preach, and to run before I was sent would be wicked, 
and to refuse to do what the Lord enjoined on me would be 
wicked. It appeared like death to go forward and death to be 
silent. 

About this time I heard two brethren preach; the first was 
from the words of Jeptha : "I have opened my mouth to the 
Lord and I can not go back." The other was : "Woe to him that 
striveth with his Maker." I had opened my mouth to the Lord 
and was unwilling to go back; and I thought I would rather die 
than to strive against the Lord. Finally, I concluded to submit 
my case to my brethren, for they all appeared to encourage me 
to go forward ; and to this day I am made to wonder how it is 
that my brethren do invite me onward. But I do believe the 
best evidence that a man can have that it is his duty to preach 
is the voice of his brethren, for no man is a proper judge of him- 
self; he will judge too high or too low of his own performances. 

I have this day entered my eightieth year. I have been a 
citizen of four states, was born in Virginia, lived there twenty- 
five years; then moved into the edge of North Carolina, and 
lived there ten years ; and then moved into Kentucky and lived 
there sixteen years, and in 1806 moved into Indiana. I have 
been a member of eight churches, and have in general sat under 
the same doctrine that I first believed, which was the total de- 
pravity of human nature; the divine character and sonship of 
Jesus Christ ; salvation alone by free and sovereign grace, effect- 
ual calling, justification by the righteousness of Jesus Christ im- 
puted, and the final perseverance of the saints ; and that the 
atonement made by Jesus Christ is general in its nature, but 



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special in its application, and that the change that takes place in 
the sinner is by the spirit of God illuminating the eyes of the un- 
derstanding so as to discover the purity of God's laws and the 
nature of sin, and the way of life and salvation by Jesus Christ, 
and where this faith is found it will produce a corresponding con- 
versation and deportment. I believe also in the overruling grace 
of God and the freedom of the will, and that God will judge the 
world by that man whom He hath ordained, and that there will 
be a resurrection of all in that day. 

I have been at the constitution of twelve churches, and have 
aided at the ordination of eight ministers ; have baptized persons 
in eighteen churches; the highest number at any one time was 
1 8, and the greatest number in any one church was 127. I have 
been at the formation of three associations, and have served as 
moderator twenty-three years in succession ; and have solemnized 
perhaps little short of two hundred marriages. In the year 1834 
I attended three associations. In the year 1835 I attended three 
associations and have baptized three persons this year. In 1836 
I was at Coffee Creek Association, but was very feeble. In 1837 
I was at Madison Association, and was very feeble. 

Jesse Vawter died March 20, 1838, eighty-three years old. 

JESSE VAWTER's will. 

In the name of God, Amen. 

I, Jesse Vawter, of Jefferson county and state of Indiana, do 
make and ordain this my last will and testament. 

Item : My will and desire is that whatever may remain of mine 
at my death shall be equally divided among my children, to wit : 
John, William, James, Fanny, Polly, Sally, Julia, Achilles and 
Ann. 

Item : I appoint and ordain my two sons, John and William, 
to be the executors of this my last will and testament. 

Written with my own hand this 13th day of April, 1832. 

Jesse Vawter. 

Acknowledged in presence of Thos. T. Stribling, M. M. Burns, 
Elias Stapp. 



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Codicil to what I have already written. 

1. My will is there shall be no court to prove my will. 

2. That M. Wise shall receive the same as if his wife were 
still living. 

3. My will is that those indebted to me shall not be pressed 
for money under one year, and that without interest. 

4. My wish is that my executors shall make ample satisfac- 
tion to those of my friends who shall wait on me in my last hour. 

Written under an impression that I shall die soon, this 27th 
day of December, 1837. Jesse Vawter. 

Thomas T. Stribling. 
M. M. Burns. 
Elias Stapp. 

Codicil attested before assigned. 



OLD people's meeting. 

"On Wednesday, April 2, 1862, all the living children of Jesse 
Vawter, deceased (it being the birthday of William and James 
Vawter, each being that day seventy-nine years old), by invita- 
tion of these two brothers, met at the house of Williamson D. 
Vawter, the son of William Vawter, in the town of Vernon, and 
partook of an excellent dinner prepared by W. D. Vawter and 
wife. On this occasion the children were John Vawter, in the 
eighty-first year of his age; Wm. Vawter and Francis, his wife; 
James Vawter and Sally, his wife; the widow, Sally V. Stribling; 
Abner Moncrief and Ann V., his wife; the widow. Patsy Vaw- 
ter, wife of Achilles Vawter, who died after the meeting was 
agreed to be holden in his own town. The only one of the liv- 
ing adopted children absent was Matthew Wise, who was unable 
by disease and age to attend. All of these people were among the 
first white inhabitants in and near where the city of Madison now 
is, while it was yet a heavy forest. The entire number present 
now are, and nearly all were at that early day, members of the 
Baptist denomination. 



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"On coming together, John Vawter, after an exchange of sal- 
utations and inquiries about absent friends, and recounting old 
times and hard times, old age and its infirmities, proposed, as a 
sentiment and as a rule of action for each, this language of the 
poet: 'Come, let us anew our journey pursue,' etc. All seemed 
to harmonize in the sentiment and, after singing the hymn twice, 
we were invited to the dinner-table, and after dinner were in- 
vited by Smith Vawter to take tea with him. All parties agree- 
ing to do so, we repaired to his residence and partook of an ex- 
cellent supper. After this social interview the company sepa- 
rated, perhaps never all to meet in time again. A list of the age 
of each was made out by W. D. Vawter and the number of chil- 
dren and grandchildren of each. Wm. Vawter and wife have of 
children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, sixty or sev- 
enty." 

The above was written for the Vernon Banner, April 4, 1862, 
by John Vawter, who was then living at Morgantown, Ind. 



,%*•• 






v\ 





John Vawter 



William and Frances Vawter 





James Vawter Achilles Vawter 

The Sons of Jesse Vawter 



JOHN VAWTER 

John Vawter, the son of Jesse and EHzabeth (Watts) Vawter, 
was born in Orange (now Madison) county, Virginia, January 
8, 1782. He was married four times, the first time to Polly 
Smith on December 17, 1805. Polly Smith was born December 
30, 1781 ; died July 19, 1825. Their children were Smith, Jane 
and Emily. After the death of Polly S. Vawter John Vawter 
married Jane Smith, a sister of Polly. She died October 4, 1826, 
leaving no children. Then John Vawter married Ruth Minton, 
who was born in January, 181 7, and had three children, Marion, 
Mary and Allan. Ruth (Minton) Vawter died September 2, 
1850, and John Vawter married, October 17, 1850, Mrs. Martha 
Pearce, by whom he had one child, Emma, who was born May 
II, 1854, and killed by falling lumber November 13, 1859. Mrs. 
Martha (McGannon) Pearce Vawter was born March 8, 1822; 
died January 21, 1892. 

"John Vawter was licensed as a Baptist preacher in 1804, and 
removed from Kentucky to Madison, Indiana, in 1807. He was 
the first magistrate of Madison, and was soon afterwards elected 
sheriff of Jefferson and Clark counties, and in 1810 was appointed 
U. S. Marshal for the state. He served as frontier ranger dur- 
ing the Indian campaign of 1811-13; was elected colonel of 
militia of Jennings county in 1817; founded Vernon, the county 
seat of Jennings county; laid out Vernon and gave every third 
lot to the town. He was pastor of the Baptist church in Vernon 
from 1821-48, a member of the legislature from 183 1-5, and in 
1836 of the senate, where he was instrumental in securing the 
adoption of a policy of internal improvement by the state. He 
removed to Morgan county in 1848, founded Morgantown and 



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presented a brick church to the Baptist congregation of that place. 
He died August 17, 1862." 

The following is an account of the early life of John Vawter, 
written by himself. He says : 

^ "I now am an old man in the eighty-first year of my age. I 
was born January 8, 1782. My father was Elder Jesse Vawter. 
My mother's maiden name was Elizabeth Watts. My parents, 
poor, frugal, honest and industrious, were both born in Culpeper 
or Orange county, Virginia; Jesse, on the first day of December, 
1755 ; Elizabeth, his wife, on the 30th of December, 1762. They 
were married on the 29th of March, 1781, and lived to see all of 
their children, nine in number, grown and married. The eldest 
was myself, John. The others were: William and James 
(twins), Fanny, Mary, Sally, Julia, Achilles and Ann. I was 
born in Culpeper or Orange county, Virginia. It is now Madison 
county. William, James, Fanny, Sally and Mary were born in 
North Carolina, now Sullivan county, Tennessee, called the state 
of Franklin at that time. Julia, Achilles and Ann were born in 
Kentucky. 

"On my father's side we are descended from Saxon families. 
Toward the close of the sixteenth century three brothers, John, 
Bartholomew and Angus, came from England to the colony of 
Virginia. The three brothers originally spelled their name 
V-a-w-1-t-e-r, but for some unknown reason dropped the T after 
coming to Virginia, and to this day the entire family of the three 
brothers and their numerous descendants all spell their name 
V-a-w-t-e-r. 

"My great, great grandfather's name was John, and that was 
also the name of my great grandfather, who had four sons, Bar- 
tholomew, Angus, Richard and David,* and two daughters, 
whose names were Winifred and Margaret. David was my 
grandfather. David had three sons, Jesse, Philemon and William, 
and three daughters, Winifred, Margaret and Mary. Jesse was 
my father. 

"Jesse in his youthful days was naturally a mechanic, and his 

*Mr. Vawter has evidently forgotten to mention Beverly here, who was one 
of the children of John.^ 



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father, David, consented to his learning a trade. While working 
as an apprentice in 1774 or '75, and during the Revolutionary 
War (of which he was afterwards a soldier), he heard of certain 
traveling preachers in Virginia. He attended one of the appoint- 
ments at which Thomas Ammons was the preacher. His text 
was in the book of Job, tenth chapter and fifteenth verse : 'If I 
be wicked, woe unto me,' etc. This sermon, under the influence 
of God's Holy Spirit, opened the door of hope in the sure mercies 
of God's dear Son. He was soon afterwards united with the 
Baptist church in Culpeper or Orange county, Virginia, and con- 
tinued a useful and exemplary member of the Baptist order to 
the day of his death in the eighty-third year of his age. Jesse 
was the first-born of six children. The others all died before he 
did. His wife, Elizabeth, died nearly eight years before him. 

'T do not remember my father's mother. Her maiden name 
was Rucker. After the death of her husband, David Vawter, 
she married a Rentfrow and died in Kentucky. 

"Elizabeth Vawter, wife of Jesse and my mother, was a 
daughter of John and Sarah Watts of Orange county, Virginia. 
John Watts was a small man, of English stock. His wife was a 
Barnett, of fine figure, rather portly and of English descent. I 
remember these grandparents well. They came to Kentucky to 
live in the year 1793. They both lived to a good old age and 
both died in Kentucky. Grandmother outlived grandfather sev- 
eral years. 

"I can remember as far back as the year 1785, when my father 
and mother, with four of their children, went on a visit to Vir- 
ginia and left my brother William with mother's parents, John 
and Sarah Watts. I have a distinct recollection of the closing 
scenes, of the weeping, of my feelings on the return to Holston, 
of crossing New river, etc. 

'T remember my father's visit to Kentucky in 1787, when the 
new country was called by the name of Levisa Country. In the 
year 1788 or 1789 my father went to Keywood Mills and put me 
on a sack of grain on the back of a rough-riding horse. Going 
down a steep descent, off I went with the sack on top of me. I 
carried bruises for many days made by the sharp, hard stones. 



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"I remember when my father and mother went to Virginia in 
the year 1789 on horseback with Sally, the infant babe. They 
brought brother William back with them. William would say, 
'Your Daddie' and 'Your Mamma.' He would not own his 
father and mother until compelled to do so. 

"I remember being sent by my mother in company with my 
brother William to bring home the cows. We got lost and trav- 
eled many miles and crossed to Keywood Mills, and then we 
knew the way home. We abandoned the cows, thinking that 
they didn't intend to go home, and yet they went directly there. 

"I have a distinct recollection of the winding up of matters in 
the Holston country and of the family moving to Kentucky in 
1790. My father was thrown from his horse with his rifle into 
Beaver creek on the first day's travel. We waited at Bean's 
Station for additional immigrants to meet and increase the safety 
of the company in their march through the wilderness. They did 
not come. While at the station we were greatly alarmed one 
night by some cow-drivers throwing a bundle of cane on the fire. 
It made a great noise while burning. We decided to move on 
though few in number. I remember that a raven for several days 
advanced ahead of us, alighting on the trees and keeping up a 
continual squawking; of crossing the Clinch river; the turning 
out of the horses to graze ; the men going across the river to fish ; 
that I was swamped in attempting to go to them and came near 
being drowned; of father's horse, with a leather sack of shop 
tools on his back, trying a near way to get up a steep bank and 
falling back with the sack of tools into the valley below. 

"I remember well seeing many bones of individuals who had 
been killed by the Indians and their bodies buried so close to the 
surface that the wolves had dragged them out; of the Indian 
blinds, behind which they concealed themselves. These were 
made of bushes stuck in the ground. At the time we saw them 
the bushes were dry. I remember riding on one of the pack horses 
and carrying a large basket of provisions for many days to ac- 
commodate those who were hungry between meals ; also of sister 
Fanny falling off of the animal on which mother rode; of the 



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horse treading on her leg and bending it so much that, at first, 
it was thought to be broken, but it proved otherwise. 

"On the day's travel before reaching Crab Orchard, Uncle 
Achilles Stapp was so exhausted that he sat down at the root of 
a tree, determined to remain there alone, saying that if the Indians 
came, come they must, he could not and would not go any farther. 
Presently, along came Molly Jackson, a cousin to my father, and 
gave the tired man a bottle of whisky. He drank, and it so re- 
vived him that he traveled on with the rest. That night the most 
of the company reached Crab Orchard. All except mother lay 
down as if all danger was over. She armed herself with a small 
ax and kept watch, but in the morning all were safe. The next 
day we passed the old Mil ford Court House. At night we reached 
Joseph Delaney's, where Richmond now is, in Madison county, 
Kentucky. The next day was rainy. We crossed the Kentucky 
river. One of the pack horses lay down in the river with mother's 
feather beds. We passed through Lexington that same day and 
arrived, all tired out, at Achilles Stapp's about sundown on the 
22d of September, 1790. 

"In the fall of 1790 father took a lease of Mr. Shannon for 
five years. I remember the cabin and other buildings put up on 
the place; of making ten pounds of sugar there on New Year's 
day in 1791 ; of four polecats finding their way to father's meat 
barrel in a rail pen ; of father's determining to make them leave 
the barrel, and how they punished him for driving them out by 
spoiling his meat. I also remember when a weasel caught a hen. 
Brother William picked up the hen, and the weasel let go the hen 
and buried its teeth in William's thumb. 

"The first school I was sent to was kept by a man named Henry 
Jenkins. No books were then used in the school except Del- 
worth's spelling-book, a common primer and the New Testament. 
At that time it was customary to turn the teacher out a little be- 
fore Christmas until after New Year's. It was a time of great 
frolic and fun among the scholars. It was all right, too, with the 
parents. The school was continued about six months. The second 
school teacher in the same place was Benjamin Quinn. Father 
sent William and James to Benjamin Quinn and sent me to make 



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Up their lost time. Although I was not a regular scholar Quinn 
called me up and whipped me until he drew blood for cutting off 
his hogs' tails, as he said. The charge was wholly untrue, and 
I determined that when I became a man I would punish Quinn by- 
whipping him, but on arriving at manhood I thought better of it. 

"I have a lively recollection of the first money I ever owned. 
A traveling man came to the school while I was there and in- 
quired the way to a neighbor's. It being play time, I went with 
the man and showed him the way, for which he gave me six and 
one-fourth cents. The older boys got around me and gave me an 
old written copy-book, a few sheets of paper and a ball for my 
money. On going home, elated with my treasures and good for- 
tune, father threw away the ball, and the paper was worthless. 
The next money I received was for a hand-rake I made for Mr. 
Joshua Stapp. He gave me six and one- fourth cents for the rake. 
I took care not to purchase old copy-books, paper and balls with 
the money, but laid it away until friend Stapp employed me to 
do a second job of work, for which he gave me twelve and one- 
half cents, called nine pence. The next piece of money owned by 
me I found in the hay loft of an old horse mill. It was customary 
in those days to cut up the money and make, if possible, nine 
nine-pence pieces out of a dollar, or five quarters. Nearly all the 
silver change was thus cut up for many years. 

"About that time my father sent me to help a man in taking 
corn on horseback to a merchant in Georgetown. The man 
thought that he must treat all the boys to what they could drink 
for their services. The w^eather was cold and the argument was, 
'Drink and get warm.' I yielded and felt myself quite a man. 
I lost all fear and shame and could talk with any one and every 
one. 

"The next summer my father set me to plowing with Grand- 
father Watts's black horse. The flies were bad, and the horse 
would sweep his tail continually over the lines to drive off the 
flies. In order to remedy the evil I cut all the hair off the horse's 
tail and then denied it. This is the first time I recollect doing 
wrong and denying it. This was in the year 1 794. 

"In the year 1795 father moved from his Shannon lease in 



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Scott county on to the land he had purchased on the north side 
of the North Elkhorn, some three or four miles from his first 
settlement, three miles from the two forks of the Elkhorns and 
seven miles from Frankfort. This was the second settlement made 
in the woods by father after coming to Kentucky, and each time 
the commencement was in Woodford county. In the winter of 
1 790- 1 79 1, Scott county was formed out of a part of Woodford 
county, and that time father was in Scott county. In like manner, 
in 1795-96, Franklin county was formed from Woodford county, 
and father's new residence was in the county of Franklin. The 
Indians did considerable mischief near these settlements in steal- 
ing horses and in killing several people. 

"In the year 1 795-1 796 peace was made on our northern fron- 
tier. 

'Tn the year 1796 seven of father's family were all taken down 
with the genuine shaking ague and fever. I was attacked in the 
month of August and did not recover for about sixteen months. 
For one month I had two shakes a day. Father and sister Mary 
were the only ones who escaped the disease." 

At this point the story was cut short by the death of the writer, 
who was then eighty. An article was found, however, at North 
Madison, Indiana, in an old scrap-book belonging to Mrs. Sarah 
Stribling, which was written by Col. Vawter and published in 
the Madison Courier in the year 1850. This article, which fol- 
lows, carries on the story with a break of only a few years. 

"Father, with six or eight other Kentuckians from Franklin 
and Scott counties, visited what was then called the new purchase 
at a very early date. A part journeyed by land and a part by 
water. The land party crossed the Ohio river at Port William, 
the others descending the Kentucky and Ohio rivers in a pirogue 
to a point opposite Milton. The pirogue answered the double 
purpose of carrying forward the provisions of the company 
and enabling the men to pass from one bank to the other, swim- 
ming their horses alongside. The company made their head- 
quarters in the river bottom in the eastern extremity of the city 
limits of Madison. In the day the company divided into two 
parties, exploring the adjacent highlands to the head of Crooked 



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creek and the neighboring lands of Clifty. They met at night and 
reported their discoveries. To Crooked creek they gave the name 
of Mill creek; to Clifty, Hard Scrabble; but subsequently, on 
learning the name of each stream, the red man's name prevailed 
with the settlers. 

"At that time, December, 1805, Elder Jesse Vawter selected 
for his residence the spot where Judge S. C. Stevens now resides 
on the hill. He returned home and made every arrangement for 
taking possession of his new home early in the spring of 1806. 
He, with others, made the first settlement in and about Madison. 
Nearly all the settlements made in that year and the two or three 
succeeding years were made on the highlands. Among the first 
settlers in the county were Elder Jesse Vawter, James Under- 
wood, Joshua Jackson, Colby Underwood and James Edwards, 
all of the Baptist denomination. East of Crooked creek were Col. 
John Ryker, Paul Froman, Ralph Griffin, Joseph Lane and others, 
the last two families being Baptists. West and southwest were 
Col. Samuel Smock, James Arbuckle, Michael and Felix Monroe, 
Isaiah Blankinship, Amos Chitwood and others. The first corn 
was raised in Jefferson county in the year 1806, most of it being 
planted as late as June. The first preaching in the early settle- 
ments within the bounds of Jefferson and Switzerland counties 
was by Baptist ministers. Elder Jesse Vawter, John Taylor, Phil- 
emon Vawter and John Reese were early settlers and the only 
resident ministers at that time in the vicinity of what is now the 
city of Madison. From the year 1805, their first visit, until 1810, 
the Baptist was the only organized church in the limits of what 
is now Jefferson and Switzerland counties. In March, 1807, at 
the home of Jesse Vawter, a Baptist church was organized called 
Crooked Creek Church, afterwards Mount Pleasant Church. 

"The first settlement made in the river bottom near Madison 
was by William and John Hall in 1806 or 1807, a little above 
Isom Ross's tanyard (purchased by Jonathan Lyon in 1808). 
The second was made by John H. Wagoner on the high bank 
a little west of Main street, in Madison. Wagoner unloaded his 
boat on the loth day of May, 1808, and immediately commenced 
building a house to live in. The third person who settled in the 



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limits of the present city was Robert M. Trotter, afterwards a 
justice of the peace; the fourth was Joshua Wilkinson, a single 
man; the fifth was Joseph Strickland, afterwards justice of the 
peace, and with Strickland came a man by the name of Schofield 
and perhaps others not recollected. Next came John Booth, 
the first innkeeper ; then John Sering, Samuel Burnet ( second inn- 
keeper) ; then Charles Easton with a number of others, which 
brings us down to the time of the first sale of lots in Madison in 
February, 1811. During all the above time, all the preaching for 
twenty to thirty-five miles up and down the river and through 
the county was of the Baptist order. The first sermon ever de- 
livered within the chartered limits of Madison was by Elder Jesse 
Vawter, among the cottonwoods on the river beach, a little above 
the stone mill. The text was the first verse, first chapter of John's 
Gospel. It was a funeral occasion, the death of widow Slack. 
Mrs. Jonathan Lyon, mother of Philemon Vawter, closed the 
service. This was the first death and funeral preached within the 
vicinity of Madison. 

"After the land sales in May, 1808, and the sale of lots in 
Madison in 181 1, the town and the country commenced fill- 
ing up pretty rapidly with settlers. The first man who 
preached in Madison, other than Baptist, was of the name of 
Hawkins, a hell reductioner, who afterwards became a convert 
to Baptist belief. Some time after the establishment of courts in 
Madison, and during the sitting of the court, Elijah Sparks, an 
attorney-at-law and Methodist minister, and Jesse L. Holman, 
a Baptist exhorter, both of Dearborn county, during the court 
week, preached for the people at the house of Philemon Vawter, 
near the Crooked creek graveyard. This was the first Methodist 
preaching in the immediate vicinity of Madison. After public 
buildings were erected in Madison, Col. Brown, a Methodist 
preacher, preached in Madison and another by the name of 
Frame; and so did old Dr. Fiske. About this time, if I mistake 
not. Dr. Oglesby commenced preaching in Madison, also a man 
by the name of Strange, also Squire Strother (of Kentucky) and 
Amos Chitwood. In the year of 1812 or 1813, not earlier, a Meth- 
odist meeting-house was built in Madison, and from that time 



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Methodism began to take root and grow in the country. About 
this time Elder Wilham Robinson, a Presbyterian preacher, 
moved into Madison and commenced preaching, and soon organ- 
ized a church of his order. He was succeeded by a man by the 
name of Searl. So much for the early religious denominations 
about and in Madison. 

"I was the jfirst justice of the peace within the vicinity of Madi- 
son while it was in Clark county. My commission bears the date 
the 1 6th of July, 1808. The first judges for Jefferson county were 
Gen. William McFarland, president of the Court of Common 
Pleas, and Samuel Smock and William Colton, his associates. 
The first clerk and recorder was Col. John Paul ; second clerk, 
Richard C. Talbot. First sheriff, John Vawter, commissioned 
such the 14th of December, 1810, retired from the office by virtue 
of a commission dated 29th of July, 181 3, as United States 
marshal for Indiana Territory. The second sheriff was James 
Vawter ( I am not certain but Basil Bentley v/as second sheriff in 
Jefferson county, but very soon retired from office). The third 
sheriff, Thomas T. Stribling. The first court ever held in Jeffer- 
son county was held in a log cabin owned by John H. Wagoner, 
in February, 181 1. The sale of the first lots in Madison (old 
town) was in the same month; the first proprietors. Col. John 
Paul, Lewis Davis and Jonathan Lyon ; the first addition west, 
surveyed by me for Col. John Paul. The first court house, called 
the Buckeye House, was built in 1811. It was built by myself 
for the proprietors. The first jail was a square log house, builder's 
name not now recollected; first public house was kept by John 
Booth ; second, by Samuel Burnet; third by Major Henry Ristine. 
The first store was owned by John Sering & Co. ; a drug store 
was started about the same time by Dr. Drake & Co. ; the third 
store was opened by S. C. Stevens ; fourth by myself; fifth by J. & 
N. Hunt; sixth by McCabe & Co.; seventh by Mr. Clarkston; 
eighth by John Mclntire. The first physician was of the name of 
Fiske ; second James Hicks ; third John Howes ; fourth David H. 
Maxwell. The first attorney-general, Alex. A. Meek ; the second, 
a man by the name of Oulds ; third, Gen. William Hendricks. The 



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first dray ever used in Madison was owned by Simeon Reynolds, 
and managed by his most excellent son, William L. Reynolds. 

"I was personally acquainted with the first proprietors of the 
town. A more excellent or upright good man than Col. Paul was 
hard to be found. He was one of Gen. Roger Clark's bold, ad- 
venturous soldiers, who aided in the capture of Kaskaskia and 
Vincennes. He was elected one of the representatives from Clark 
county in the year 1810. This was previous to the formation of 
Jefferson county, and Col. Paul then resided at Madison. He was 
also one of the members for Jefferson county who formed the 
present constitution of Indiana. I was crier of the first sale of 
lots in Madison, but had nothing to do with the surveying or 
laying out of the same. Laid out the first addition west of Broad- 
way for Col. Paul in the winter of 18 14 and 181 5. Had nothing 
to do with any addition to the town. 

"My second visit to Indiana was in May, 1806. I came in a 
pirogue and landed a little above the stone mill opposite Milton, 
visited the highlands east and west of Crooked creek, continued 
at my father's half-faced shanty until near the middle of June in 
order to assist him in getting his corn planted ; returned in the 
same craft with my mother and other relatives to Frankfort, Ken- 
tucky. In September, 1806, my father moved his family from 
Kentucky to Mount Glad, the place where Judge S. C. Stevens 
now resides. In December, 1806, I made my third visit to Indiana 
in company with John Branham, a brother-in-law, and James 
Vawter. We aided in driving my father's cattle and fattened and 
stock hogs from his Kentucky residence to his new home in what 
was then a wilderness. At this time I made a selection of a place 
to move myself and family to in the coming spring. It was the 
identical spot where the depot and machine shops of the railroad 
company are now upon the hill. In March, 1807, I arrived with 
my family, wife, and one child, at my original selected site in the 
woods. In 1808 I built a house nearly opposite Godman's pork- 
house on the hill and resided there until 18 12. In this year I pur- 
chased property in Madison and moved to it. The property pur- 
chased by me was two lots on Main Cross street, east of Polley 
and Butler's iron store and west of Mulberry street. In 18 14 I 



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sold both lots to Mr. David McCkire. In the winter of 1815 I 
purchased of Col. John Paul the corner now owned by George 
M. Phelps, and built a large frame house (large for the size of the 
houses in Madison). Had the water conveyed by pipes, in con- 
nection with Col. Paul, from the hill at Hite's tanyard to the same, 
expecting to live and end my days there. In the same year I sold 
it also to David McClure, moved to Vernon in November, 181 5, 
and continued to reside there until November, 1849, with my 
family. Since November, 1849, have resided in Morgantown, 
Morgan county, Indiana. John Vawter. 

"April 13, 1850." 

Perhaps the personality of John Vawter can best be realized 
by giving some stories that are told of him by his neighbors and 
friends and by giving something of his life in Vernon. He had 
a wide acquaintance, traveled around a great deal for those days 
and kept in touch with all his relatives. A number of these stories 
were taken from an article by Caroline Pabody Frost, which was 
published in the Vernon Journal, and the rest were told by other 
friends. 

"Col. John Vawter was United States surveyor for a portion 
of the Northwest Territory. He came to the place where Vernon 
now stands in 181 3. He was greatly struck with the beauty of 
the country and determined to make it his future home. He plat- 
ted the town in 181 5 and moved there the same year. At this 
time there was but one white family in Jennings county. In this 
wilderness Col. Vawter left his young wife and little children 
while he went upon his surveying tours, giving strict injunctions 
that no Indians be allowed to enter the house or get any liquor. 
One day soon after Col. Vawter left home two Indians came to 
the door, and pushing in without leave, demanded 'fire-water.' 
Mrs. Vawter told them that she had none for them, and to ap- 
pease their anger brought out some ribbon. They were delighted 
with the gift of a yard or two apiece of orange colored ribbon. 
Smith Vawter, the small son of Col. Vawter, was sitting in the 
chimney corner watching the savages with absorbing interest, 
when one of them suddenly sprang to his feet with a blood cur- 



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dling war-whoop and, swinging his tomahawk high in the air, 
stood with it poised over the boy's head for what seemed an age 
to the boy, who thought his time had come, but who looked the 
savage calmly in the eye. The Indian dropped the tomahawk and 
sat down, saying that he was a brave boy and would make a 'heap 
good Indian.' The Indians then ransacked the cabin for liquor 
and, finding a treasured bottle of peach brandy, each took a drink, 
and, generously leaving the bottle, departed." 

"In the year 1816 three houses were built in Vernon, and little 
clearings with cabins in the center began to dot the surrounding 
wilderness. The first school house was built by Col. Vawter on 
the 'Commons' near where the railroad bridge now stands. In its 
one room Mrs. Lard (Vernon's first teacher) cooked, slept and 
taught. The older pupils read in the English Reader, the younger 
ones in the spelling-book, which they were required to spell nearly 
through, both off and on the book, before beginning on 'In 
Adam's fall. We sinned all' and 'Young Obidias, David and Jo- 
sias, All were pious.' Each one did sums on his slate. The Murray 
Grammar and parsing finished the list." 

"The first church (the Baptist) was organized in Vernon in 

18 16, and John Vawter was one of its seven members. 

"The first board of commissioners met in Vernon, March 5, 

1817. John Vawter was appointed clerk and also 'to act as agent 
for the transaction of all such duties as are required by an act of 
the late territorial legislature for fixing the seats of justice in all 
new counties that may be set off.' Ordered at the same meeting 
'that John Vawter have the use of the public grounds to sow a 
crop of oats, he to sow the same with timothy or blue grass.' 

"On April i, 181 7, the board ordered the report of the com- 
missioner for fixing the county seat be recorded as soon as the 
recorder's office be established, John Vawter and David McClure 
having offered to the commissioners various lots of land and 
sums of money 'on condition of the seat of justice being estab- 
lished on the public grounds in the town of Vernon.' The land 
consisted of seventy town lots, besides the public ground; two 
acres of land for a burying-ground ; three lots of an acre each for 
places of religious worship, school-houses, etc., all in suitable 



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places; a donation of land on the north and south of town. The 
land east of said town, and west of the creek, was ever to remain 
'open and common to the inhabitants of said town and county.' 

''In the year 181 8, John Vawter, treasurer of the county, pro- 
duced his vouchers showing he had received and paid out $265.50. 

"At the meeting of the board December, 1822, appears the 
first mention of the 'Jennings County Seminary.' 

"Col. Vawter, trustee, reports a long list of fines paid to him 
by justices of the peace. The following fines were imposed on 
divers persons by sundry justices: Profane swearing, $4.00; as- 
sault, $0.01; fighting, $0.50; Sabbath breaking, $1.00; profane 
swearing, $1.00; assault, $0.50; selling liquor without license, 
$2.00." 

"The first newspaper, The Vernon Visitor, was owned and ed- 
ited by John Vawter and printed by Richard Randall. The outfit 
of this paper consisted of a meager supply of type and one of the 
old-fashioned Washington hand-presses, it being necessary, in 
order to print the paper, for a boy to roll the type with a large 
brayer at every impression. The first account of payments and 
receipts in this printing office is dated March i, 1840. 



ACCOUNT. 

Paid for. 

Fire wood $1 50 

Two reams paper 20 00 

Pai^er 25 

Door lock I 50 

Ball of twine 38 

Books, this kind 93 

Postage 16 

Four cjuires paper 20 00 

Candles 75 

Freight on paper 37 

For blanks i 00 



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Received from. 

Noah Noble, for paper $i 50 

Wm. Browning', for paper i 50 

David Heller, for paper i 50 

Benj. Hobbs. for paper i 50 

Benj. Hobbs, horse bills 2 50 

T. L. House, horse bills 2 00 

Samuel Wilder, paper 75 

Wm. Cory, bills 2 00 

Cash. jNIcMenard, blanks 2 00 

Wm. Griffith, news i 50 

Granville Griffith, news i 50 

Wm. D. Vawter. paper 75 

E. P. Smalley 75 

D. T. Whitney, hand bills i 50 

Alex. Adams, three papers i 50 

John ^^^alker, Wm. R. Walker, H. 
Tripp and Baxter Butler, subscriptions 

paid in rent 3 00 

Amos Knapp, paid in potatoes i 50 

Lewis P. Grinstead, paper i 50 

Here the account ends without saying how long a period of time 
it covers. The paper was sold early in the forties to Amos Frost. 

"Col. Vawter and Dr. Pabody were among the early legislators 
for the new state of Indiana. They both served for several con- 
secutive terms, the former in the senate, the latter in the house. 
They made the journey to the capital on horseback, carrying 
their wardrobes in their saddle-bags. These two legislators were 
Whigs and advocates of 'internal improvement,' which was the 
'bone of contention' between the two parties. 

"Col. Vawter was a zealous advocate and untiring worker for 
the construction of the Madison and Indianapolis Railroad, much 
to the disgust of some of his neighbors, who saw in the building 
of that road only ruin to the country. Steam cars, they said, 
would do away entirely with hauling, deprive the workingman of 



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work and wages, horses would lose their value, frightful accidents 
would occur from the frightening of cattle and horses by the 
locomotive, and lastly, there would not be enough produce be- 
tween Madison and Indianapolis to load one train of cars. The 
wordy war was long and loud. When the surveyors appeared in 
Vernon and proceeded to run their line through Col. Vawter's 
front hall, the rejoicing of his opponents was great; but he, 
stanch to his principles, told them to go ahead, he would get his 
house out of the way, and so he did. He moved it across the 
street (where it now forms part of the house near the railroad 
bridge) and he saw his garden and orchard covered by the em- 
bankment without a murmur. 

"During the building of the road occurred the 'Irish riot,' the 
most exciting episode in Vernon history excepting perhaps the 
'Morgan raid.' The Irish laborers belonged to two clans, the 
Corkonians and the Fardowns, which were constantly on the 
warpath. The latter outnumbered the former and made an effort 
to have the Corkonians discharged by the contractors." 

There are many anecdotes told of John Vawter while he lived 
in Vernon and in Morgantown. He was a minister, but in those 
days a minister was compelled to make a living in other ways 
than by preaching, as he did not receive compensation for his 
services. As a minister Col. Vawter was able to indulge his love 
for match-making and, as Taylor Vawter said, "He just loved to 
marry people for fun." 

Caroline Pabody Frost said that it was expected that matri- 
mony was the impending fate of any one who worked for Col. 
John Vawter. 'Tn one instance a bashful young man employed 
in his printing office was invited over to take Christmas dinner 
with him. He was duly admonished on his arrival to clean his 
feet on the door mat, and at the table to eat all that he took on 
his plate. When dinner was over he was taken into the parlor. 
Col. Vawter left the room, but presently returned, bringing with 
him the buxom lass who had cooked the dinner. A chair was 
drawn up beside the young man and she was seated upon it. 
'There,' said Col. Vawter, as he left the room, 'I have done my 



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part, now you do yours.' What followed did not then transpire, 
but this time it was not a wedding." 

It was said that Col. Vawter had a great deal to do with the 
marriage of Williamson D. Vawter and his first wife, Mary 
Tighlman Crowder. Neither one of the young people was of age, 
and the father of Williamson was very much opposed to the mar- 
riage on that account. Col. Vawter persuaded the young woman 
to go on a visit to a friend in an adjoining county and stay there 
a sufficient time until the license could be procured. Then he 
furnished Williamson, who was working for him at that time, 
with a horse and money to go to the place where she was and 
get married. 

"When Col. John Vawter was a widower for the second time 
his son Smith was going to see a girl by the name of Minton. 
His father said to him : 'Now, Smith, I want you to stop going 
to the Minton house.' Smith, like the good son he was, stopped 
going, thinking his father had some objection to the family. The 
first thing Smith knew his father was about to be married to Ruth 
Minton himself. The day the wedding took place Smith climbed 
one of the tallest trees in his father's front yard, and as the wed- 
ding procession was returning from the church and Col. Vawter 
and his bride were passing under the tree where Smith was con- 
cealed, Smith sang out, 'O, good Lord, what have I done, I've 
married the father instead of the son !' 

"Col. Vawter was married four times himself and his son Smith 
five times. It is told that at the funeral of Smith Vawter's third 
wife there were a number of ministers who talked in an affecting 
manner, and then Col. Vawter arose. He said : 'My son, we all 
sympathize deeply with you in your affliction. You are just bury- 
ing your third beloved companion while I am living with my 
third. When my second wife was dying I said to her : "Oh, my 
dear, what shall I do?" She replied: "John, the Lord will pro- 
vide." I say the same to you, my dear son Smith. The Lord will 
provide for you.' 

"WTien Col. John Vawter was in search of a fourth wife he 
went one day to the door of the house where Mrs. Martha Pearce 
lived. She asked him to come in. 'No, no, Sister Pearce,' said 



40 THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 

he, 'I am just on a little matter of business. I am going to Madi- 
son to-day and will be back to-morrow. I want to know if you 
will marry me. I will stop for your reply when I return. Good 
day, Sister Pearce.'* 

"When Smith Vawter, the son of John Vawter, wished to join 
the church and was being questioned by the ministers in regard 
to his belief, he said : 'I believe in Christ, but further than that 
I can not go.' One of the ministers said : 'Then, my son, I can 
not baptize you.' Col. John Vawter said : 'Well, I will then, my 

son,' and he did. 

"Col. Vawter was very particular about what he ate and the 
manner in which it was prepared. While out on a preaching tour 
he and a number of others went to a house for dinner. As soon 
as they were invited out to dinner, he said to the hostess : 'Have 
you any corn bread?' 'No,' replied she, 'no corn bread to-day.' 
'Well, friends, we will go back into the parlor and wait until 
Sister Jones makes her corn bread.' She made it." 

Another thing of which Col. Vawter was very fond was coffee. 
He always carried his favorite kind around with him and would 
ask the lady of the house to make him a cup. The one who made 
the coffee exactly right stood very high in his favor. 

Col. Vawter was also very particular about his person. He had 
a clean shave every morning and bathed his feet every night be- 
fore going to bed. 

"Chief among the peculiarities of Col. Vawter was an intense 
antipathy to dogs and to tobacco. If a friend called at his home, 
who had unfortunately allowed his dog to follow him, he was left 
standing at the door with outstretched hand while his host gave 
chase to the dog and securely fastened it without the gate. He 
sometimes descended from the lofty pulpit in the old Baptist 
Church, in the midst of his sermon, in pursuit of an unlucky 
canine that had chanced to wander in. He would chase it around 

*This fourth marriage took place soon after the death of the third wife. 
When John T. Vawter, a grandson, was written to for the purpose of finding 
whether the dates were correct or not, he replied: "There is no mistake. I went 
with the Colonel, my grandfather, when he asked Mrs. Pearce to marry him, 
and they were married in five or six days thereafter. 



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and out the door, then would mount the steps and go on preaching 
as if that were part of his program. 

"At the Association once in Vernon, Col. Vawter, who was 
very hospitable, said : 'Now I have a new house out here and I 
want you all to come to my house for dinner. I will entertain 
you every one and you are welcome, but I don't want any one 
to bring dogs or to spit on my clean floors.' " 

Wm. H. McCoy, of Franklin, used to live in Vernon and knew 
Col. Vawter there. He told this anecdote: "Col. Vawter was 
opposed to collections for missions. He didn't believe in missions. 
At the Association, which met in Vernon, there was present Mr. 
Crabb, who was the state collector for missions. On Saturday 
before the Sunday service some of the ministers wanted to vote 
that a collection for missions should be taken up. 'No, no,' said 
Col. Vawter, 'I will leave if you do.' The matter was dropped. 
The next day there were a number of ministers on the platform 
to speak. Col. Vawter was always the man to take a nap just 
whenever and wherever he wanted to. While one of the ministers 
was speaking Col. Vawter dropped off behind the platform, lay 
down on a log and went to sleep. Mr. Crabb observed this.' He 
spoke next, cut his remarks short and asked that a collection be 
taken for missions, and it was. When the minutes of the Associa- 
tion were read, the secretary said : 'and a collection for missions 
was taken.' 'Hold on,' said Col. Vawter, 'no such thing!' 'Yes, 
said the others, the collection was taken while you were asleep ' 
'What next?' said Col. Vawter." 

General Breckinridge of Minnesota, talking to Williamson 
Vawter, told this anecdote about Col. John Vawter, whom he 
knew. He said : "Vernon was famous in the early history of the 
country for its courts. There was at North Vernon at that time 
a well-known Irish lawyer. Col. Vawter was subpoenaed on two 
cases being tried by this lawyer. He was a witness on the side 
the lawyer wished to win in one case and a witness on the side 
the lawyer did not wish to win in the other case. The lawyer, in 
summing up the first case, said : 'And who is this Col. John Vaw- 
ter? He is the marshal of the Territory of Indiana, founder of 
Vernon and defender of the oppressed.' In summing up the 



42 THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 

second case, he said : 'Who is this old John Vawter ? He is the 
hirehng of the United States Government, the nabob of Vernon 
and a secrater of nagers.' " 

"A Hoosier was travehng in Michigan, and, while stopping at 
a hotel, incidentally revealed the fact that he originally lived in 
southern Indiana. The landlord quickly inquired of his guest 
whether or not he knew Col. John Vawter. of Vernon, to which 
question the boarder replied in the affirmative. 'Then I must tell 
you my first impression of Col. Vawter,' said the landlord. Tn 
an early day, before the railroad was built, I was traveling from 
Madison to Vernon, and, nearing the town of Vernon, I saw a 
surveyor and his chain carrier, working near the road. I inquired 
for a place in Vernon where I could stop for the night and have 
my horse stabled and fed. The surveyor at once kindly told me 
where the boarding-house was located, and said that a man there 
would take care of my horse. At supper time the surveyor and 
his gang came in and I soon learned that the man with the com- 
pass was the proprietor of the hotel. After supper I asked direc- 
tions to a store. The landlord said that he would walk up town 
with me. Upon arriving at the store I found a general stock of 
goods, and then learned that my escort was owner and proprietor 
of the establishment. While I was puzzling my brain as to how 
one man could attend to so many different vocations. Colonel 
Vawter asked me if I would like to go to church. I went, and 
you may imagine my utter astonishment on reaching the church 
to see the man I had already thought overburdened with business 
walk into the pulpit and preach a most able sermon. That night 
I walked home with a surveyor, landlord, merchant and minis- 
ter, but Col. John Vawter was the only man with me.' " 

A copy of the inscription on the tombstone of John Vawter at 
Morgantown, Ind., follows.' It was composed by John Vawter 
himself: 



THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 43 

With all his Titles. 

Here lies the remains of 

ELDER JOHN VAWTER. 

Born in old Virginia — 

Jan. 8. — 1782; 

Died Aug. 17, 1862; 

The effort of his long life as a 
Christian was to nourish and build up 
The true Christian Church on the 
Original Apostolic foundation. 

As a statesman he was a progressive 
Conservative, believing The state 
Legislature held the great material 
Interest of the body politic in its 
Hands; that the prosperity of the State 
In education, agriculture, internal 
Improvements, mechanical arts, finance 
And commerce could be advanced by 
Judicious, or retarded and crypted 
By unwise Legislation. — 

LETTERS WRITTEN BY JOHN VAWTER TO HIS BROTHER, 
WILLIAM VAWTER. 

Vernon, 25 October, 1828. 
Brother William — I send you by your son $2.56 cts., the 
amount of your hauling (by Taylor Vawter). I heard news 
when in that was to me unexpected and unpleasant. It was 
that you were disposed to absent yourself from meeting and had 
done so in one case ; that you had said that some of your friends 
were your enemies. If this be true, you are in a state of mind 
that is far from enviable; you are, in short, childish and wrong 



44 THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 

and do not know it. My dear brother, it is too hard. Let me 
pray you not to reproach your friends by thinking or saying they 
are enemies, and above all, not to lessen that favorable station you 
hold in the good opinions of your brethren wherever you are 
known. It is much easier to lose a good name than to gain it. 
You have been laboring for your's upwards of twenty-five years, 
and now do not destroy it by any improper course, such as you 
may rest assured you will do by absenting yourself from meeting. 

I would advise you to ever lie at the feet of your brethren as 
the proper place. I have done so for years, otherwise I would 
have been expelled from society long ago, for many only wished 
me so to act that they might have wherewith to charge me. I 
now enjoy much comfort with my brethren, and so may you 
should you not want to be chief. You must not ask others to 
look through your eyes, and you must remember that the Re- 
deemer did not refuse to eat with publicans and sinners, yea, 
with one who denied Him, yes, with' one who betrayed Him. All 
this is a lesson to proud you and me to do likewise. We are not 
to judge hearts, and be assured we have nothing to boast of our- 
selves. I have never seen the time when I could not meet with 
such as could meet with me, poor me, and could always partake 
of the supper with all who could with me. 

Let me pray you now, as a brother who truly loves and has 
admired your prudent. Christian conduct heretofore, to stop, 
pause and think what injury you are doing yourself, how you 
are detracting from your own good name and sinking your family 
connections by neglecting your solemn church covenant. My 
brother, you must fall at the feet of your brethren and there re- 
main. I speak freely, because I believe you delight in honesty 
and plain dealing, and let no word I say break in on that good 
understanding that has so long subsisted between us. 

Respectfully, your brother, 

John Vawter. 

MORGANTOWN, INDIANA, 3d Octobcr, 1 858. 

Brother William Vawter — On Saturday morning I left 
home for the purpose of coming to see you and family. On arriv- 



THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 45 

ing at Vernon heard you had been able to go about, then went on 
to Madison, intending to visit you on Monday. On reaching 
Vernon again found you had been able to visit your daughter, 
Frances, and finding I could save a day, took the freight train and 
went on to Indianapolis. Returned home last evening. While 
about, visited Hickman Branham, Newton Vawter, Brother 
Jenkins, his mother being there, and Brother James (who sends 
you this minute), Brother Abner Moncrief and Brother Wise. 
Attended meeting on Sunday at Harbert's Creek in company with 
Brother James Vawter and our only two living sisters. Four 
out of the six of us now living were together at one time, and 
that where father, mother and one sister were buried — a thing 
I never expect to occur again in my lifetime. 

I heard Brother Henderson preach a sermon which affected 
my whole internal man. Oh! it was a soul-stirring sermon, 
worthy of being admired by all God's dear children. I do not 
suppose I ever will forget it. Brother Thomas Hill was there. 
We dined together at Moncrief s, suppered, lodged and break- 
fasted together at Matthew Wise's. 

We are all well, and so are my children, who are here. Jane 
Storey and her Emma are here for to-day, by whom I send you 
this letter and minute. 

Affectionately yours, 

John Vawter. 

MoRGANTOWN, INDIANA, 2d February, 1859. 
Brother William Vawter — Your letter of the 31st Jan- 
uary, 1859, came to hand to-day, for which accept my thanks. 
I only got home on Monday evening from my visit and meetings. 
I have been for four days and five nights off with a bad cold, 
mostly located in my head. It did seem as if my eyes and nose had 
the consumption and would waste my whole life away by con- 
stant running. Cold brought on by walking from Shelbyville, 
some twelve or fourteen miles, after 2 o'clock, to Brother 
Hurst's by 7 o'clock. I had to walk, as the Rushville railroad 
cars failed that day to make a trip. I went to see my cousin, Sally 
Hurst. She is suffering very much with a cough and cold ; looks 



46 THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 

very poor. I very much doubt whether I will ever see her again. 
Old Brother Hurst is as well as when I saw him in May last to 
, all appearances, 

I do not recollect whether I wrote you that I did receive a 
letter from Jephtha Vawter not long since. He wrote me fully 
about himself, family and children, brothers, sisters and father. 
We do commonly write each other about twice a year. It does 
me good to hear from him and his friends. They were all in 
common good health when he wrote me. 

I am sorry you did not write me about Brother Allen Park's 
daughter, I am anxious to hear from her, Hope she will do 
well. We are generally well here, Hope these lines will find you 
and all the friends well or improving at least. 

Believe us as ever your friends, yours, 

John Vawter. 

MORGANTOWN, INDIANA, 1 2th JuUC, 1 862. 

Elder William Vawter : Dear Brother — Yours of the 
8th instant at hand to-day, for which you have my sincere thanks. 
We are glad that you have it in contemplation to visit us, and 
hope that health and everything else will favor your effort to 
come at the time named in your letter, say the 20th of this month, 
I do expect to leave here to-morrow in order to attend meeting 
at Amity on Saturday and Sunday next, it being their regular 
meeting days. From Amity I will go to Indianapolis, if my 
health permits, so as to be at the convention on Wednesday, the 
i8th of the month, I may leave Indianapolis for home on 
Wednesday evening or Thursday morning, so as to come home 
on Thursday the 19th of this month, but my every movement de- 
pends on my health. 

Since I saw you I have visited Franklin, Indianapolis, Sharps- 
ville (saw your granddaughter), Vernon, Columbus and Rush 
county. Saw my old cousin, Sally Hurst, She is greatly afflicted 
with rheumatism. Old Brother Hurst is suffering, as I am, with 
continual pain in the head. Emmons, his son, is afflicted with a 
bad disease of the throat, bronchitis I do suppose. Daniel Web- 
ster Pearce came home from Franklin two or three days since. 



THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 47 

down with chills and fever. Our last news from Thomas Allen 
Pearce he was well and near Corinth in Mississippi. He says 
all our boys that went from here with him are well. I do not 
know where the Story boys are now. The last accounts they 
were in Missouri. It is said that our boys that went from here 
and wintered on the Potomac (a part of them) failed to stand 
up to the work at Winchester in the late retreat under Banks. 
Banks deserves great credit for having managed his retreat so 
well. 

Will you write us if anything intervenes to prevent your com- 
ing? Friends here all well. 

I am, as ever, your friend and brother, 

John Vawter. 



I. 



JOHN VAWTER5 

(Jesse*, Davids John'S Johni) 

(1782-1862) 

m. ist 

POLLY SMITH 

(1781-1825) 



Children" 



I. Smith Vawterm. 
ist Jane Terrell 



ad Elizabeth 
Smith 



3d Spicy Car- 
roll 



Grandchildren'' 

(i) JohnT. Vaw- 

ter m. 
Jane V. Storey 
(2) Hickman N., 

d. s. 



G. Grandchil- 
dren' 

Clara (adopted) ra. 
Lafayette Pence 



G. G. Grandchil- 
dren* 

^ Lafayette Vawter 



r (3) Samuel m. 
J Maria Bright 

I (4) Mary Jane, d.s. 



(5) Edwin, d. s. 

(6) Emily m. 

Dr. Beechly 



C Irene m. 

George Banta 

Mary J. m, 
Isaac N. Smith 

Charles B. m. 

Mrs. Leila 

Hunter 

Jennie m. 
John Jenkins 



4th Huldah 

Kendricks 



5th Mrs. Sarah 
G. Maynard 



(7) Sarah m. 

Elijah Read 

(8) Ezra, d. s. 

[^ (9) George, d. s. 

f (10) Smith K. m. 
Mary Brown 

(11) Hattie Lilly, 

d.s. 

(12) Carrie m. 
George Rowan 



' Virginia m. 

Wm. Reamer 
Alice, d. s. 
Smith H. m. 
Daisy Belle m. 

Pearly Sprague 
Bert m. 

Alice Richcrick 

Edna 

John 

(^ Louise 



Vawter 



Maria, d. 
Clara, d. 
Frank 

Milton V. 
No Children 

Carrie 
Virginia 
Vawter, d. 

Roscoe 
Virginia 



THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 



49 



2. Jane Vawter 

(1809-1864) 

m. 

Thos. J.Storey 

(1796-1878) 



(i) John V. Storey 
m. 1st 
Mary J. Storey 

2d 

Mrs. A. Moore 

(2) Emily, d. s. 

(3) Mary ra. 
John T. Vawter 

(4) Smith Wm. m. 
ist 

Martha Wise 

2d 

Lena Carlisle 

(5) David, d. s. 

(6) Thomas Henry 
m. 
Titia Sharp 



' Martha Jane m. 
J. L. Smith 

Wm. David, d. s. 

Ezra 
I Cora V. 
j Frank, d. s. 
L Charles 

I No children 

( Clara (adopted) m. 
/ Lafayette Pence 

Kate m. 
Lincoln Dixon 

Blanche 
Smith Wm., Jr. 



r Cora Edith m. 
Shaw 

Walter 

Alma 

Elmer 

Roy 
, Emma 



(7) James Mar- 
shall m. 
Lucia Barnum 



(8) Riley Clark m. 
Rose Schaefer 

(9) George W. m. 
ist 
Hepsiejohnson 

2d 

Alice Stone- 
brook 

(10) Emma Julia 
m. 

Daniel Latti- 
more 



Lafayette Vawter 

Esther Claire 
Donald Storey 
L Dorothy 



I 



r 

-{ No children 

L 

' Guy 

Grace m. 
Thos. Larkins 

John T. m. 
Meta Mella 

Oscar Sears 
^ Infant, d. 

Thos. Andrew m. 
Olive Hamilton 

r 

■{ Smith William 

I 

' John V. 

Ralph G.,d. 

Mabel Emma 
. Frances C. 

Mabel V. (adopted) 

m. 
Willis Bradley 

Speare 



Storey 
Elizabeth 



Margaret H. 



50 



THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 



3. EmilyVawter 

(1814-1877) 

m. 

Allan Campbell 

(1808-1881) 



f (i) Mary, d. 8. 

(2) Smith Vawter 
m. 
Carrie S. Davis 



John m. 
Margaret Coan 

Emily D. m. 

Edward F. Wol- 
fart 
James Burt, s. 
Sarah Scott m. 

Geo. B. Baker 

Vernon Otterman 



(3) Solon B. m. 

Carolyn Otter- - 
man 



Mary 



Carrie Margaret 



Janice Findus 
Hazel 

Joseph Allan 
Garnette Carolyn 
Glenn Solon 
Kemper Bramwell 
^ Gladys 



(4) JohnD. m. j Several children 



JOHN VAWTER 

m. 2d 

JANE SMITH 

(No children) 

JOHN VAWTER 

m. 3d 
RUTH MINTON 

(1817-1850) 



4. Marion Vawter 

(1830-1880) 

m. 

Rebecca Mahafy 

(1832 ) 



(i) Charles Minton 
ra. 
ist 

Carrie Tim- 
mons 



Fred Allan ra. 
Stella Crichlow 



2d \ Eva May, d. 

Alice Campbell / Maud 



(2) Wm. Riley m. 
Emma Ketcham 

(3) Mary E. m. 
Richard Dun- 
ning 



(4) Jesse Segal m 
Ella Brown 



i 



No children 

Carrie, d. 
Earl Raymond 
Tillie Allan 
Luella, d. 

George 
Grace 



15 



Charles Desmond 
esse 



THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 



5t 



5, Mary A. Vawter 

(1836-1897) 

m. 

George Obenshain 



(i) Martha Jane m. 
Joseph L. Fes- 
ler 

(2) John W., d. s. 

(3) Smith, d. s. 

(4) Emma V. m. 
John W. Hilton 

(5) Carrie, d. s. 

(6) Frank Allan m. 
Berda M.Ream 

(7) Ruth m. 
Spencer H. 

Wood 



Carrie A. m. 

Emerson Wood 
Timothy C. ra. 

Lulu Coleman 
Susie C. 
Jennie A., d. s. 

Fred E. 



James Leon 
Esther, d. 



(I) 



Frank Day m. 
Laura E. Smart 



6. Allan Vawter 

(1833-1874) 

m. 

Catherine Hickey 

(1837-1895) 



(2) Ida Ruth, d. s. 



i (3) 



(4) 



Elmer m. 
Margaret Saw- 
yer 



Lillian Lincoln 
m. 

Thos. Lafay- 
ette Smith 



i Harold H. 

I 

Clarence Allan m. 

Jennie Moore 
John Elmer 
Francis Bertram 
Willie Belle 
Ella Mae 
Horace Raymond 
Nellie Bly 
Catherine 
I Alice Pearl 

Ralph Emerson 
Raymond 
Mary Ruth 
Frank 
Dewey 

Martha Clarice 
Paul Leon 



Thomas Allan 



(5) 



Cora m. 
Whitfield 
Yeager 



"I No children 



JOHN VAWTER 

m. 4th. 



7. Emma, d. s. 



MRS. MARTHA PEARCE 
(1822-1892) 



52 THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 



Smith Vawter 

Smith Vawter, the son of John and Polly (Smith) Vawter, 
was born in Scott county, Kentucky, November 3, 1806. His 
father was born in Orange county, Virginia, and his mother was 
born in Pennsylvania. His father's family moved to Indiana 
Territory in 1807, making the first encampment near where the 
railroad roundhouse now stands in North Madison. Smith 
Vawter lived in Madison for eight years and then moved with 
his father to Vernon. He rose from ensign to the command of 
the Twenty-first Regiment Indiana Militia; was elected sheriff 
in 1834; county commissioner in 1848, and again in 1856; was a 
representative in the lower house of the Indiana legislature from 
Jennings county in the sessions of 1848 and 1856; was the joint 
representative from Jennings and Scott counties in the session 
of 1878-9; was the joint representative from Jefferson and Jen- 
nings counties in the session of 1879-80. He was one of the 
trustees of the Agricultural Fund (Purdue University) for five 
years; was a merchant and a farmer for more than forty years, 
and for the last years of his life was credited with occupying his 
time principally with paying security debts for his friends. He 
also gave much to charity. (Almost all of the above was taken 
from Biographical Sketches of Members of the Indiana State 
Government of 1879-80.) 

Col. Smith Vawter was a peculiar character, as was his father 
before him, but all the more interesting on that account. Lewis 
Wagner, of Vernon, who knew Smith Vawter well and married 
one of his cousins, said : "The older Vawters were all peculiar 
people and very stubborn, but good, honest people — people one 
could depend on." 

"Smith Vawter was a pork packer, a dry goods merchant, had 
a woolen mill and also a flouring mill. He used to slaughter hogs 
which ran wild in the woods about Vernon, put them on a flat- 
boat and take them to New Orleans and trade for molasses and 
other groceries. It took weeks and weeks to go to New Orleans 



THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 



53 



then. Afterwards Colonel Vawter owned a steamboat. He was 
exceedingly fond of corn bread, and on one trip to New Orleans 
the bread gave out. Smith Vawter stopped the boat and went 
off in the woods to see if he couldn't find some corn bread at a 
near-by house. He was gone so long that the men grew uneasy 
and went to look for him. They found him sitting in front of a 
cabin waiting for a darky to bake some bread. Four hours of 
time for every one on the steamboat was lost while Colonel Vaw- 
ter secured his corn bread. It was said that when he went to 
the legislature at Indianapolis he always took his corn bread 
with him." 

Smith Vawter was very independent. He did not like to be 
under obligations to any one. He never would accept a railroad 
pass. He never sought office for himself, but liked to be con- 
sulted about plans for others. During the Civil War he spent 
much of his money and time in helping the wives and children 
of those who went to the front. 

When Col. Smith Vawter lived on the farm across the creek 
from Vernon he was at one time sick. He wanted some medi- 
cine. He asked some one to go and get it for him. The creek 
was very high and the one asked said it wouldn't be safe to try 
to cross it. That made Colonel Vawter angry, and he got up, 
went to the barn, mounted his old mouse-colored horse, swam the 
creek and got his own medicine. 

When Richard Stott had a tannery not far from the farm of 
Smith Vawter his hogs kept coming over on Mr. Vawter's farm 
and annoying him. His darky said : "Wat you-all gwyin' do wid 
dose hogs?" "Shoot 'em, shoot 'em, shoot 'em!" said Colonel 
Vawter, "I'll pay for them." The darky did shoot them, and 
Smith Vawter paid for them without a word. 

"When Colonel Vawter was in Indianapolis attending the 
sessions of the legislature he was walking along near the Circle 
late at night. A man stepped up very close to him and said: 
'Could you tell me the time?' Colonel Vawter thought the man 
mtended to steal his watch. He stepped back toward the lamp- 
post, raised his cane, which was very heavy, and said: 'Yes. sir; 



54 THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 

it is time both you and I were in bed.' The man seemed to agree 
with him, for he was not slow about moving on." 

Smith Vawter was married five times and had twelve children. 
He was married first, April 21, 1829, to Jane Terrell. Their 
children were John Terrell Vawter and Hickman N. Vawter. 
Jane (Terrell) Vawter was born January 15, 1811; died Sep- 
tember 29, 1834. 

(i) John Terrell Vawter, son of Smith and Jane (Terrell) 
Vawter, was born January 15, 1830, in Vernon, Indiana. At 
the age of seventeen he was employed as a salesman in his father's 
store of general merchandise at $16 per month, he to board him- 
self. When nineteen years old his salary was raised to $20 per 
month. He remained in his father's employ until August, 1851, 
when, with S. W. Storey (his wife's brother), he opened a drug 
store in Franklin. Mr. Storey only remained until the follow- 
ing February, John T. Vawter continuing the business for about 
sixteen years, then selling a part interest to Mr. Ephraim Jefifry. 
In 1869 John T. Vawter sold his interest in the drug store to Mr. 
McCoy, and with George F. Harriott built and operated a large 
pork-house in Franklin. After two years they took Messrs. Bran- 
agan and Featheringill into the firm. In 1876 the business was 
discontinued, John T. Vawter going to his farm at Vawter Park, 
in Northern Indiana. From the year 1859 he was in the Indiana 
Farmers' Bank for some time, and afterwards, for twenty years, 
in the Second National Bank of Franklin. On the expiration of 
the charter he, with others, organized the Franklin Bank. In 
1884 he was elected president of the Franklin Bank and accepted 
the position for three years only and on condition that he be given 
the privilege of converting it into a national bank, which was 
done in May, 1885. He is the largest stockholder in said Frank- 
lin National Bank and also one of the directors. 

John T. Vawter 'once kept seven sets of books at the same time 
in Franklin. He was a good penman, quick in figures and not 
given to making mistakes. His father was the same, and the 
Terrells, on his mother's side, were experts, Gen. W. H. H. Ter- 
rell perhaps the best. 

John T. Vawter was married in 1850 to his cousin Mary Story, 



P 



THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 55 

who was born April 21, 1831. They had no children of their 
own, but in the year 1862 they took a little girl whose mother 
was dead, and later on adopted her. Smith Vawter, the father 
of John, thought a great deal of the father and mother of the 
child and wished his son to take her. The child was known as 
Clara Vawter. She attended Franklin High School, then Butler 
College, at Irvington, and finally, in 1880, the Female College at 
Oxford, Ohio. She was married December 22, 1881, to Lafayette 
Pence, and died in Denver, Colorado, December 17, 1885. Her 
husband, who was born and reared in Columbus, Indiana, was at 
the time of her death a member of the state legislature of Colo- 
rado, and since her death has been a member of congress. Clara 
Vawter Pence left only one living child, Lafayette Vawter Pence, 
who was born March 14, 1884, and who is now pursuing his 
studies in Ilion, New York. 

John T. Vawter has been a member of the Church of Christ 
in Vernon, and now in Franklin, for about sixty years. His 
wife died March 4, 1900. If living she would have been a mem- 
ber for about the same length of time. His daughter, Clara, 
united with the Church of Christ when fourteen years of age. 

(2) Hickman N., son of Smith and Jane (Terrell) Vawter, 
was born July 9, 1832. He was graduated at Hanover at about 
sixteen or seventeen years of age. He was of a very daring dis- 
position and something of a rover. His father was remonstrating 
with him one day because he did not stay in the same place, and 
said : "My son, you know the rolling stone gathers no moss." 
"No," replied the son, "nor does the setting hen grow fat." 

Lewis Wagner, of Vernon, who knew Hickman well, said that 
he was very brilliant anl also very proud. He wrote a paper 
called the "Man About Town" and printed it. Once a month it 
was tacked up on the trees and public buildings. The people were 
very curious about it, but for many months were unable to find 
out who did it. 

One evening Hickman asked a young woman of Vernon to 
allow him to take her home from church. She refused. He was 
very much astonished and said over and over to Lewis Wagner : 
"Well, now, what do you think of that? A harnessmaker's 



56 THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 

daughter refuses to walk home with Col. Smith Vawter's son." 
Hickman Vawter died at the age of twenty-two years. 

Smith Vaivter's second wife was his cousin, Elizabeth Smith. 
They were married January 8, 1835. Elizabeth S. Vawter was 
born in 1806 and died February 2, 1839. Their children were 
Samuel and Mary Jane. 

(3) Samuel Logan, son of Smith and Elizabeth Vawter, was 
born January 20, 1836, at Vernon, Indiana. When quite a boy 
he clerked in the drug store of his brother, John T. Vawter, in 
Franklin, Indiana. A few years later, he bought a drug store at 
Martinsville, Indiana. In the year 1859 he went to St. Anthony, 
Minnesota, where he owned a drug store. In a few years he and 
his partner moved to St. Paul, Minnesota, where they started 
the first wholesale drug house in the northwest. Samuel Vawter 
was married December 16, 1856, at Franklin, Indiana, to Maria 
L. Bright, who was born at Franklin, March 18, 1837. Their 
children were Irene, Mary and Charles. Samuel Vawter died Jan- 
uary 15, 1868. 

a. Irene E. Vawter, daughter of Samuel and Maria B. Vaw- 
ter, was born in Martinsville, Indiana, September 24, 1857. She 
was married October 17, 1878, at Franklin, Indiana, to George 
Caldwell Banta. Mr. Banta was born at Hopewell, Indiana, and 
has lived there all of his life, except ten years which were spent 
in Franklin in the drug business. The children of George and 
Irene Banta were : 

(a) Maria, born February 8, 1880; died July 11, 1880, at 
Franklin, Indiana. 

(b) Clara Vawter, born September 13, 1881 ; died February 
23, 1903, at Hopewell. Indiana. 

(c) Frank Caldwell, born December 8, 1883, at Franklin, In- 
diana. Is attending Purdue University at Lafayette, Indiana. 

Mr. and Mrs. George Banta are living at Hopewell, Indiana. 
Their postoffice is Franklin, Indiana. 

h. Mary J., second daughter of Samuel and Maria Bright 
Vawter, was born in Martinsville, Indiana, April 25, 1859, mar- 
ried June 29, 1897, to Isaac Newton Smith. They have one son, 



THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 57 

Milton Vawter Smith, who was born in Springville, Utah, Jan- 
uary 30, 1899. 

Mr. Smith, who was born in Lewistown, Indiana, January i6, 
1859, is principal of the New Jersey Academy, Logan, Utah. The 
school is under the direction of the Home Mission Board of the 
Presbyterian Church. 

c. Charles Bright Vawter, son of Samuel and Maria B. Vaw- 
ter, was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, April 29, 1862. He 
was married April 18, 1888, to Mrs. Leila Hunter Holman, who 
was born October 20. 1855. No children. Leila H. Vawter died 
June 7, 1 90 1. 

Charles Bright Vawter is a member of the firm of Duncan & 
Vawter, hardware dealers of Franklin. Indiana. 

(4) Mary Jane, daughter of Smith and Elizabeth Vawter, 
was born August 14, 1837, and died February 6, 1861. 

Smith Vawter's third wife was Spicy Carroll, to whom he was 
married January 28, 1840. Their children were Edwin, Emily, 
Sarah, Ezra and George. Spicy (Carroll) Vawter was born Feb- 
ruary 25, 1817, and died July 30, 1848. 

(5) Edwin, son of Smith and Spicy (Carroll) Vawter, was 
born January 19, 1841 ; died in 1854. 

(6) Emily, daughter of Smith and Spicy (Carroll) Vawter. 
was born March 24, 1842. She was married to Dr. Beechly of 
Bridgeport, Indiana. Their children were Jennie and an infant 
who died at birth. Jennie was married to John Jenkins of Lin- 
coln, Nebraska, and lived at Danville, Illinois. There were three 
children born to John and Jennie Jenkins : Carrie, born in 1889,, 
Virginia, born in 1892 and a boy, Vawter, who died at about two 
years of age. John and Jennie Jenkins are both dead. The two 
children are living at Danville, Illinois. 

(7) Sarah, daughter of Smith and Spicy (Carroll) Vawter, 
was born September 18, 1843; married May 31, 1864, to Elijah 
T. Read, who was born in Vernon, Indiana, December 24, 1841. 
They live in Oswego, Kansas, where Mr. Read has been until 
recently engaged in the hardware business. Children : 

a. Virginia, born April 26, 1865 ; married November 11, 1885, 
in Oswego, Kansas, to William Stewart Reamer, who was born 



58 THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 

March 4, i860. They live in Oswego, Kansas. Their children are 
Roscoe Read, born August 10, 1891, and Virginia Katherine, 
born May 30, 1894. 

b. Alice, born December 28, 1867; died October 23, 1869. 

c. Smith H., born September 23, 1869, and married in Lacon, 
Illinois, June 6, 1900, to Mabel Adams. Lives at 3046 Walnut 
street, Kansas City, Missouri. 

d. Daisy Belle, born April 23, 1872; married October 11, 
1896, in Oswego, Kansas, to Pearly J. Sprague. No children. 
They live in Gashland, Missouri. 

e. Bert, born December 9, 1874; married September 24, 1902, 
to Alice Richcrick. Lives in Sparks, Oklahoma. 

(8) Ezra, son of Smith and Spicy (Carroll) Vawter, was 
born July 9, 1845, and died in 1846. 

(9) George, the son of Smith and Spicy (Carroll) Vawter, 
was born July 18, 1847, and died in 1848. 

Smith Vazvter married, fourth, December 24, 1848, Huldah 
Kendricks, who was born November 13, 1826; died March 31, 
1859. Their children were Smith K. and Hattie Lilly. 

(10) Smith K., son of Smith and Huldah (Kendricks) Vaw- 
ter, was born October 11, 1849; married to Mary A. Brown in 
1873. Their children were: a. Edna, born July 20, 1876; b. John 
T., born September 20, 1878; c. Louise, born April 5, 1883. 

Smith K. Vawter lived in Vernon, Indiana, but for some years 
before his death lived at Vawter Park, Indiana, where he died 
in his fifty-second year. Mrs. Smith Vawter and her children live 
at Vernon in the winter and at Vawter Park in the summer. 
Edna, the elder daughter, has been teaching in Vernon. John T. 
is preparing himself at Champaign, Illinois, to be an architect. 
He also studied at Purdue. 

(11) Hattie Lilly, daughter of Smith and Huldah (Ken- 
dricks) Vawter, died in childhood. 

Huldah (Kendricks) Vawter was born November 13, 1826, 
and died March 31, 1859. 

Smith Vazvter married fifth, December 1859, Mrs. Sarah Grif- 
fith Maynard, who was born at Steubenville, Ohio, December 29, 
181 7; died September 7, 1892. They had one child, Carrie, who 



THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 59 

married George Rowan and has one son, Vawter Rowan. Mrs. 
Rowan lives with her half-sister, Mrs. Maggie Hutchings, of 
Kokomo, Indiana. 

Smith Vazvter died in Vernon, April lo, 1882. 



Jane (Vawter) Storey 

Jane, daughter of John and Polly (Smith) Vawter, was born 
July 17. 1809, in Kentucky, and was married June 25, 1825, to 
Thomas J. Storey, the son of John Storey. John Storey was of 
Irish parentage. He was a soldier in the Revolutionary War and 
also in the War of 1812. He had a large family of children, many 
of them sons, and all of these were soldiers at one time or an- 
other. Thomas J. Storey, his son, was in the War of 181 2. He 
enlisted at Georgetown. Kentucky, in a volunteer company com- 
manded by Captain Metcalf, and at once went into active military 
service. He was in the battle fought near the foot of the rapids 
of the Maumee river, in which Colonel Dudley, commanding, was 
overpowered by the combined British and Indian forces under 
Procter and Tecumseh. Out of a regiment of nearly one thou- 
sand as brave men as ever marched from Kentucky less than one 
hundred and fifty made good their retreat to a place of safety 
by a column charge through the lines of the enemy. All the rest 
were scalped, tomahawked, butchered and burned by the Indians. 
Subsequent to this Mr. Storey was in the battles and sorties in- 
cident to the siege of Fort Meigs and at the close of the war in 
the Northwest he was honorably discharged. 

After the return of Thomas Storey from the War of 181 2, he 
was married to Miss Span, Vv'ho lived only a year, dying at the 
birth of a daughter, who lived to be three years old. Thomas 
Storey then settled in Vernon, Indiana, about the year 1820, as 
a house builder. There he met Jane Vawter, with whom he fell 
in love. It was soon after the death of her mother, and the pro- 
posal of the young widower was met with a decided refusal, as 
the loving daughter was "going to stay with father and care for 



6o THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 

and comfort him forever," It was not long, however, until the 
father sought comfort elsewhere, and Jane, meeting her quondam 
lover after the announcement of her father's coming marriage, 
whispered rather sadly: "Mr. Storey, if you have not changed 
your mind, I — I have mine." Her extreme modesty and shy re- 
serve made these words seem so out of keeping with her character 
that they have been remembered. Their marriage was a happy 
one and their lives, looked back upon, seem uneventful. They 
lived for their children and tried to teach them to love God and 
their country. Three of the boys were in the army of the North, 
and any soldier in need of a home was always made welcome at 
Thomas Storey's. The mother's dying words were a prayer for 
country and children. Jane ( Vawter) Storey died March 8, 1864. 

Thomas Storey was married, third, to Miss Louisa Hall of 
Madison, Indiana, in 1867. She is now living in Vernon. Mr. 
Storey died July 16, 1878, at the age of eighty-two years, an old 
man, still full of interest in all current events. 

Thomas J. and Jane (Vawter) Storey had ten children : John, 
Emily, Mary, Smith William, David, Thomas Henry, James 
Marshall, Riley Clark, George W. and Emma Julia. 

(i) John Vawter Storey, son of Thomas J. and Jane (Vaw- 
ter) Storey, was born December 17, 1826, and was married 
March 15, 1846, in Vernon, at the home of Col. John Vawter, 
his grandfather, to his cousin Mary Jane Storey, of Warsaw, 
Kentucky. Mary Jane Storey, his wife, was born in Mount Ster- 
ling, Kentucky, December 29, 1824, and died September 2^, 1891. 
They had six children : Martha Jane, William David, Ezra, Cora 
v., Frank and Charles. 

a. Martha Jane, daughter of John V. and Mary Jane Storey, 
was born August 31, 1847, and was married to J. L. Smith, of 
Richmond, Indiana, December 13, 1870. Children: Cora Edith, 
born September 10, 1871 ; married to Mr. Shaw of Richmond, 
Indiana, June 26, 1894; Walter G., born December 26, 1872; 
died January 8, 1893; Alma, born October 7, 1874; Elmer, born 
June 22, 1880; Roy, born June 21, 1882; Emma, born February 
II, 1880. 



THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 6l 

b. William David, son of John V. and Mary Storey, was born 
June 31, 1849, ^^^ died February 27, 1900. 

c. Ezra, son of John V. and Mary Storey, was born October 
8, 1853. 

d. Cora V., daughter of John V. and Mary Storey, born 
August 15, 1855. 

e. Frank, son of John V. and Mary Storey, was born Decem- 
ber 13, 1856, and died January 11, 1896. 

/. Charles, son of John V. and Mary Storey, was born Oc- 
tober 16, 1859. 

John V. Storey was married, second, to Mrs. Addie Moore of 
Bartholomew, Indiana, November 28, 1874. Mr. Storey began 
his business career as a druggist. Is now retired. He and his wife 
live at Columbus, Indiana. 

(2) Emily Vawter Storey, daughter of Thomas J. and Jane 
(Vawter) Storey, was born December 12, 1828, and died July 
20, 1842. 

(3) Mary Vawter Storey, daughter of Thomas J. and Jane 
(Vawter) Storey, was born April 21, 1831 ; married in 1850 to 
John T. Vawter; died March 21, 1900. No children. 

(4) Smith William, son of Thomas J. and Jane (Vawter) 
Storey, was born in Vernon, Indiana, December 23, 1833. While 
a mere youth, he made the overland trip to the Pacific, driving 
an ox wagon, and for several years endured the hardships and 
dangers of a frontiersman and miner in California and Oregon. 
Returning to Vernon, he engaged in the drug business, in which 
he continued until his death. S. William Storey was an elder in 
the Vernon Presbyterian Church ; was superintendent of the Sun- 
day-school for twenty-five years ; was an organizer and promoter 
of the first bank in Vernon; was a director, and from 1895 until 
his death was president of the First National Bank. He was mar- 
ried May 17, i860, to Martha E. Wise, who was the daughter of 
Copeland, the son of Matthew and Julia (Vawter) Wise. There 
was one daughter, Kate, who was born October 8, 1861, and mar- 
ried October 16, 1884, to Lincoln Dixon. Mr. Dixon was bom 
February 9, i860, and is an attorney-at-law of North Vernon, 
Indiana, and has recently been elected to congress. 



62 THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 

Children of Lincoln and Kate (Storey) Dixon : Esther Claire, 
born December i6, 1887; Donald Storey, born October 6, 1890; 
Dorothy, born April 3, 1900. 

Martha W. Storey, the wife of S. William Storey, died August 
28, 1889. She was a woman of great loveliness of character, and 
is remembered with the sincerest affection by her many friends. 

S. William Storey was married, second, to Lena Carlisle, De- 
cember II, 1890. Lena Carlisle was born June 10, 1864. Chil- 
dren: Blanche, born September 14, 1891, and S. William, Jr., 
born December 2^, 1893. 

S. William Storey died October 7, 1903. 

(5) David, son of Thomas J. and Jane (Vawter) Storey, was 
born June 2^, 1836, and died December 5, 1842. 

(6) Thomas Henry Storey, son of Thomas J. and Jane 
(Vawter) Storey, was born July 18, 1838, and was married to 
Titia Sharp in Kansas in 1881. No children. Thomas H. Storey 
had a stroke of paralysis during the last year of the Civil War and 
was discharged on account of it, never entirely recovering from 
the effects. He was totally blind for eight years before his death, 
which occurred January 23, 1890. His widow is living. 

(7) James Marshall, son of Thomas J. and Jane (Vawter) 
Storey, was born in Vernon, Lidiana, October 17, 1840. During 
the Civil War he was mustered into service as a private of Com- 
pany H, Twenty-sixth Indiana Volunteer Infantry, August 3, 
1861 ; was made sergeant of company June 2^, 1862; lieutenant, 
July 20, 1863; captain, June 19, 1865. He was aide-de-camp to 
Brigadier General Vandiver from July 25, 1863 to October 14, 
1863; served under Gen. Fremont, in his campaign in Missouri 
in 1862, after the rebel Gen. Price was wounded in the forehead 
at the battle of Prairie Grove, Arkansas, December 7, 1862; was 
in the siege of Vicksburg; the taking of Brownsville, Texas, in 
the latter part of 1863 ; the siege of Spanish Fort from investment 
to capitulation April 9, 1865; the taking of Montgomery, Ala- 
bama, April 25, 1865. He was mustered out of service at Vicks- 
burg, Mississippi, January 15, 1866. After the war J. M. Storey 
went into the hardware business in Indianapolis, afterwards going 
to Franklin, Indiana, where he owns the "Up-Town House." 



THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 63 

J. Marshall Storey was married April 21, 1864, to Lucia Bar- 
num, who was born April 23, 1843. 
Children : 

a. Guy, born February 12, 1867. 

h. Grace, born September 22, 1869 ; married April 29. 1896, 
to Thomas Larkins, of Indianapolis, Indiana. One 
child, Storey, born April 29, 1897. 

c. John T., born September 22, 1872; married March 13, 

1902, to Meta Mella, born 1879. One child, Elizabeth, 
born November 23, 1903. 

d. Oscar Sears, born February 12, 1880. 

e. Infant, born and died in 1886. 

(8) Riley Clark Storey, son of Thomas J. and Jane (Vawter) 
Storey, was born December 18, 1842, in Vernon, Indiana. As a 
lad he was a book-lover and of a studious disposition. It is said 
that he left home at one time to follow a favorite teacher to In- 
dianapolis, where he sold papers in order to pay his tuition and 
other expenses. He was in college at Franklin, Indiana, when 
the war broke out. He enlisted in the Eighteenth Indiana Volun- 
teers. The forced marches, exposure to rain and snow and sleep- 
ing on the wet ground were too severe for him. He was honor- 
ably discharged January 17, 1863, a sick man. and suffered during 
the rest of his life from rheumatism and kindred troubles. After 
his discharge he entered the University of Michigan and grad- 
uated from that institution with the famous class of '69. While 
in the university he, with others, organized the local chapter of 
the Phi Delta Theta fraternity. After graduating, he entered a 
law school in Indianapolis, from which he received the degree of 
LL. B. later. 

Riley C. Storey was married March 30, 1874, to Rose Mar- 
garet Shaefer, who was born August 8, 1857, in Patriot, Indiana. 
At the time of his marriage Riley Storey was in the United States 
revenue service and had some serious experiences with various 
offenders of the law. Afterwards he was for six years superin- 
tendent of schools of Cowley county, Kansas. After a number 
of changes, he was principal of the public schools of Golden Hill, 
Nevada, for eight years. He was then principal of schools in 



64 THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 

Gilroy, California, for two years. His health failing, he joined 
his son in 1899, who was a teacher in Stanford University. He 
died on the seventeenth of September, 1902. 

a. Thomas Andrew Storey, son of Riley Clark and Rose 
(Shaefer) Storey, was born January 29, 1875; married June 26, 
1899, to Parnie Olive Hamilton, who was born in the San Joa- 
quin Valley, California, August 21, 1874. 

Thomas Andrew Storey is a teacher in Leland Stanford Uni- 
versity. He is now on leave of absence and will spend a year in 
Boston, completing the work required for the degree of M. D., in 
the Harvard Medical School. He will then return to Stanford 
University. 

(a) Margaret Hamilton Storey, daughter of Thomas Andrew 
and Parnie (Hamilton) Storey, was born July 31, 1900. 

(9) George W. Storey, son of Thomas J. and Jane (Vawter) 
Storey, was born July 6, 1845 ! married in 1867 to Hepsie John- 
son. A son. Smith William Storey, was born in 1869, and is now 
living in Kansas. 

George W. Storey married, second, Alice Stonebrook, August 
30, 1893. Alice Stonebrook was born March 9, 1863. 
Children : 

a. John v., born July 31, 1894. 

b. Ralph G., born March 23. 1897; died May 12, 1898. 

c. Mabel Emma, born October 14, 1898. 

d. Frances C, born May 2, 1903. 

George W. Storey began life as a druggist, then went south 
as a planter, and is now a farmer living at Jelloway, Ohio. 

(10) Emma Julia, daughter of Thomas and Jane (Vawter) 
Storey, was born May 2, 1848, in Vernon, Indiana; married 
March 19, 1867, to Daniel Lattimore. One child, Mabel Vawter 
Lattimore, was born April 25, 1876, at Washington, D. C. ; mar- 
ried March 28, 1904, to Willis Bradley Speare. 

Daniel E. Lattimore was born in Vernon, Indiana, February 
2^, 1846. He was the son of a Presbyterian minister. Has been 
a clerk in the surgeon general's office in the War Department for 
thirty-four years. Lives at 1529 Corcoran street, Washington, 
D. C. 



THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 



Emily (Vawter) Campbell 

Emily Vawter, daughter of John and Polly Smith Vawter, 
was born May i6, 1814; married to Allan Campbell in 1829; died 
July 8, 1877. 

Allan Campbell was born in Scott county, Kentucky, a few 
miles from Frankfort, January 31, 1808, and in the winter of 
1 8 16- 1 7, with his father, moved to Jennings county, Indiana. 
Allan Campbell was a farmer and lived for many years on his 
farm near Vernon, Indiana. He died in Maryville, Missouri, May 
15, 1 88 1. There were four children : Mary, Smith Vawter, Solon 
B. and John D. 

( 1 ) Mary, died in youth. 

(2) Smith Vaw^ter Campbell, son of Allan and Emily Vawter 
Campbell, was born on the farm near Vernon, Jennings county, 
Indiana, August 26, 1832. He attended school at Ann Arbor, 
Michigan, graduating in medicine in the early fifties, and settled 
for the practice of his profession in Lebanon, Indiana. Here he 
was married to Carrie Steele Davis, daughter of Dr. William P. 
Davis, in 1854. Soon afterward he moved to Des Moines, Iowa, 
where he entered into active practice. When the war broke out 
he offered his services; was commissioned assistant surgeon of 
the Twenty-third Iowa Volunteer Infantry and served four years 
and six months. After the close of the war he moved to Adel, 
Iowa, and, in 1878, to Maryville, Missouri, and practiced medi- 
cine. He died in 1902. 

Carrie Davis Campbell was born May 13, 1836, in Boone 
county, Indiana; died July 2, 1895. 

The children of Smith Vawter and Carrie Davis Campbell 
were : John, Emily, James Burt and Sarah Scott. 

a. John S., son of Smith V. and Carrie D. Campbell, was 
born March 17, 1863, and was married in May, 1886, to Margaret 
Coan, who was born in Westport (now Kansas City), Missouri, 
in May, 1863. They have one child, Mary, who was born August, 
1888. 



66 THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 

John Campbell is general solicitor for the Smith-McChord- 
Townsend Wholesale Dry Goods Company and lives in Kansas 
City, Missouri. 

b. Emily D., daughter of Smith V. and Carrie D. Campbell, 
was born in Adel, Iowa, February 20, 1866, and was married to 
Edward F. Wolfert, October 30, 1890. Edward F. Wolfert was 
born in Burlington, Iowa, March 21, i860. He is a carriage 
manufacturer of Maryville, Missouri. 

c. James Burt, son of Smith V. and Carrie D. Campbell, was 
born November 17, 1867, in Adel, Iowa. He is unmarried and 
living in Maryville, Missouri. Has business interests in Alaska 
and in the west, 

d. Sarah Scott, daughter of Smith V. and Carrie D. Campbell, 
was born in Adel, Iowa, October 25, 1872, and was married on 
October 12, 1892, to George B. Baker, who was born in Mary- 
ville, Missouri, February 19, 1870. They have one child, Carrie 
Margaret, born June 21, 1896. George B. Baker is engaged in 
the banking business in Maryville, Missouri. 

(3) Solon B. Campbell, son of Allan and Emily Vawter 
Campbell, was born in Vernon, Indiana, November 29, 1839; 
married in DeSoto, Iowa, February 25, 1874, to Carolyn Otter- 
man, who was born in Thorntown, Indiana. 

Solon B. Campbell was a druggist and a physician, practicing 
for twenty-five years in Adel, Iowa. He enlisted during the Civil 
War in Company D, One Hundred and Thirty-second Regiment. 
Was discharged on account of ill health. Died in Adel, Iowa, 
July 31, 1893. 

Children of Solon B. and Carolyn Otterman Campbell : 

a. Vernon Campbell, born March 30, 1875 ; married to Janice 
Findus, January 24, 1903, in San Francisco. They live in Los 
Angeles, California. Vernon Campbell is in the olive business. 
He is secretary, manager and treasurer of a large olive canning 
factory located in Los Angeles. The company cans ripe olives 
and makes olive oil, having made twenty-five thousand gallons 
of oil last year. 

b. Hazel Campbell, born October 4, 1876. 

c. Joseph Allan Campbell, born January 14, 1878, 



THE VAVVTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 0/ 

d. Garnette Carolyn, born July i, 1879. 

e. Glenn Solon, born July i, 1879; died in February, 1880. 
/. Kemper Bramwell Campbell, born July 5, 1881. 

g. Gladys Campbell, born July 11, 1886. 

Joseph and Kemper Campbell are operating a vegetable can- 
nery in Moneta, California. 

Mrs. Campbell and all of the children except Vernon, live in 
Moneta, California, ten miles from Los Angeles. 

(4) John D., son of Allan and Emily Vawter Campbell, was 
born in Vernon, Indiana; died in Georgia, where he had gone 
for his health. He left a wife and a number of children. 



4 
Marion Vawter 

Marion Vawter, son of John and Ruth (Minton) Vawter, was 
born November 30, 1830, at Vernon. Indiana. When about 
eighteen or twenty years of age he, with his father, his brother 
and sister, moved to Morgantown, Indiana. His early employ- 
ment was as roadmaster of the Franklin and Martinsville Rail- 
road. He moved, with his family, to Indianapolis in i860, and 
w^as employed in the Madison and Indianapolis Railroad machine 
shops for four or five years, having charge of the shops the last 
two years. In 1865 the road was consolidated with the Jefferson- 
ville Railroad, and Marion Vawter then secured a position in the 
Eagle machine shops for a short time, then with D. Root & Co., 
foundry and machine shops, where he was employed several 
years. He resigned from this position, and with Benjamin J. 
Smith, former master mechanic of the Madison and Indianapolis 
Railroad, started a machine and repair shop at Spencer, Indiana. 
This venture did not prove a success, and he returned to D. Root 
& Co., and afterwards to the Sinker, Davis & Co. machine shops, 
where he was employed until his death in 1880. 

Marion Vawter was married January 28, 1851, at Morgan- 
town, Indiana, to Rebecca Mahafy, who was born March 6, 1832, 
in Maryville, Ohio, and is now living at Lafayette, Indiana. Their 



68 THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 

children were: (i) Charles Minton; (2) William Riley; (3) 
Mary Emily, and (4) Jesse Segal. 

(i) Charles Minton Vawter, son of Marion and Rebecca 
(Mahafy) Vawter, was born at Morgantown, Indiana, February 
28, 1853. Charles Vawter probably is acquainted with more of 
the Vawter relatives than any other one in the whole connection. 
He has been greatly interested in the history of the Vawter fam- 
ily, and to him is due the preservation of much of the history of 
his grandfather which has been given in this account. 

A short sketch of Charles M. Vawter, taken from a letter writ- 
ten by himself, is here reproduced. 

"I, Charles Minton Vawter, moved from Morgantown, In- 
diana, with my father, to Indianapolis, in i860, and attended the 
public schools there until 1865 or 1866. I then secured employ- 
ment with my uncle, John Allan Vawter, on his huckster wagon, 
which ran between Indianapolis and Morgantown. While with 
my uncle I formed the acquaintance of one Mr. Bently, a tin 
pedler, who secured me the job of running a wagon for J. J. 
Smith & Co., 108 South Delaware street, Indianapolis. The com- 
pany was running twenty wagons. This was the first good job 
for me, and paid $26.00 a month and expenses. 

"On October 2 I started out with my tin wagon and ran it 
until 1872. On June 9 of 1872 I went to Lafayette and ran a 
wagon for Robert Manning & Co. until November 22 of the same 
year. On this date I secured a position as brakeman on the Louis- 
ville, New Albany and Chicago Railway, making my first trip to 
Bloomington, Indiana. In 1874 I was promoted to train baggage- 
master. In December, 1876, I was promoted to a freight con- 
ductor. In 1879 I had an accident which caused me to lose my 
position. I then started a restaurant in Michigan City and ran it 
until I lost what little money I had. I then went back on the 
Louisville, New Albany and Chicago road. Soon after, my wife's 
health failing, I resigned and took care of her until her death. 
In March of that year I secured a position as freight conductor 
on the Wabash Railroad, between Moberly, Missouri, and St. 
Louis. My mother and son Fred, aged six, were with me while 
there. I left the Wabash January i, 1884, and returned to the 



THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 69 

Louisville, New Albany and Chicago as local freight conductor. 
In March, 1886, I lost my position, owing to a change of officers. 
From March to August I was in the produce business at Bloom- 
ington, Indiana, having moved there from Lafayette. In July I 
called on Mr. Bent at Cincinnati, who employed me as local 
freight conductor, running between Seymour, Indiana, and 
Cincinnati. I then moved from Bloomington to Seymour. In 
1888 I was promoted to extra passenger conductor, and in Sep- 
tember, 1889, to a regular passenger train between Louisville 
and North Vernon. I then moved to New Albany. In 1897 I 
began running between Louisville and Cincinnati, moving to 
Home City, Ohio. At present I am running between Cincinnati 
and St. Louis." 

Charles M. Vawter was married September 23, 1875, to Carrie 
J. Timmons, a daughter of Allan Timmons. She was born in 
Hamburg. Germany. They had one son, Fred Allan. 

Carrie Timmons Vawter died January 5, 1883. 

Charles M. Vawter was married at Gosport, Indiana, August 
II, 1884, to Alice Campbell, who was born July 29, 1859, in ^[t. 
Tabor, Indiana. Children: Eva May, still-born, August 21, 1885, 
and Maud, born June i, 1888, at Seymour, Indiana. 

Charles M. Vawter's address is Home City, Ohio. 

a. Frederick Allan Vawter, son of Charles M. and Carrie 
(Timmons) Vaw^ter, was born February 16, 1878; married Feb- 
ruary 16, 1898, to Stella Crichlow, who was born in 1881. They 
have two children, Charles Desmond, born November 9, 1897, 
and Jesse, born August, 1899. 

Frederick Allan Vawter is manager of the Vawter Hay and 
Grain Co., Indianapolis. Lives at 2709 Bellefontaine street. 

(2) William Riley, son of Marion and Rebecca (Mahafy) 
Vawter, was born September 9, 1855, and was married in August, 
1879, to Emma Ketcham, in Glenwood, Missouri. There were 
no children. 

William Vawter was employed on the railroad as brakeman 
and freight conductor, and was killed at Parsons, Kansas, March 
18, 1 88 1. His widow, now Mrs. Emma Case, is living at Glen- 
wood, Missouri. 



JO THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 

(3) Mary E., daughter of Marion and Rebecca (Mahafy) 
Vawter, was born October 23, 1857, and was married to Richard 
Dunning in Michigan City, Indiana, May 29, 1878. 

Richard Dunning was born March 29, 1848, in Covington, 
Ohio. 

Children: Carrie, still-born, June 18, 1879, in Indianapolis. 

Earl Raymond, born June 22, 1880, in Indianapolis. 

Tilh'e Allan, born July 6, 1886, in Chicago. 

Luella, born September i, 1896, in Chicago; died November 

5. 1897- 

Mr. and Mrs. Dunning and children live at 6342 Champlain 

avenue, Chicago. 

(4) Jesse, son of Marion and Rebecca (Mahafy) Vawter, 
was born August 27, 1859, at Morgantown, Indiana. He was 
married in June, 1886, to Ella Brown in Stinesville, Indiana. Ella 
Brown was born September 12, 1862. Their children were 
George, born January 14, 1887, and Grace, born February 18, 

1889. 

Jesse was freight conductor and was killed while running on 
the Belt Line in Indianapolis, Indiana. 

Jesse Vawter's widow married Albert Nail and lives at Mid- 
land, Indiana. 



Mary (Vawter) Obenshain 

Mary Ann Vawter, the daughter of John and Ruth (Minton) 
Vawter, was born March 6, 1836, in Vernon, Indiana. She moved 
to Morgantown with her father at the age of about twelve or 
thirteen years. Here she was married to George Obenshain Jan- 
uary 28, 1 85 1. She united with the Missionary Baptist Church 
of Morgantown February i, 1856; died April 24, 1897. 

George Obenshain was born April 4, 1822, in Botetourt county, 
Virginia. He was one of the leading grocery merchants of Mor- 
gantown, Indiana, for many years. He has now sold out his 
business and retired to private life. 

The children of George and Mary (Vawter) Obenshain were 



THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 7I 

Martha Jane, John W., Smith, Emma V., Carrie M., Frank A. 
and Ruth M. 

(i) Martha Jane, daughter of George and Mary (Vawter) 
Obenshain, was born May 19, 1852, at Morgantovvn, Indiana, and 
was married August 9, 1 871, to Joseph L. Fesler, who was born 
April 23, 1850, in Morgantown. Mr. Fesler is a farmer living 
near Morgantown. Their children : 

a. Carrie A., born October 23, 1872, at Morgantown, In- 
diana; married May 19, 1897, to Emerson M. Wood, who was 
bom January 10, 1877, in Bedford, Kentucky. Mr. Wood is 
editor and proprietor of the Morgantown Truth. 

b. Timothy C, born March 28, 1875, in Morgantown; mar- 
ried there on December 27, 1899, to Lulu Coleman, born May 21, 
1882. Children: James Leon, born June 28, 1900, and Esther, 
born January 10, 1902; died May 30, 1903. Timothy C. Fesler 
is postmaster in Morgantown, Indiana. 

c. Susie C. Fesler was born August 16, 1880, in Morgantown. 

d. Jennie A. was born July 2, 1884, in Morgantown; died 
April 22, 1 89 1. 

(2) John W., son of George and Mary (Vawter) Obenshain, 
died when a child. 

(3) Smith, son of George and Mary Obenshain, died when a 
child. 

(4) Emma V., daughter of George and Mary (Vawter) 
Obenshain, was born July 10, i860; married April 2, 1880, at 
Morgantown to John W. Hilton, who was born March 27, i860, 
at Morgantown, and died December 17, 1899, at Sullivan, In- 
diana. One child, Fred E., was born November 9, 1883, at Mar- 
tinsville. He lives at Paris, Illinois, with his mother. He is now 
taking a course in electric engineering at Champaign, Illinois. 

(5) Carrie M., daughter of George and Mary (Vawter) 
Obenshain, died when a child. 

(6) Frank Allan, son of George and Mary (Vawter) Oben- 
shain, was born December 13, 1868, at Morgantown, and was 
married November 4, 1895, at Louisville, Kentucky, to Berda M. 
Ream, who was born August 31, 1874, at Nineveh, Indiana. 



72 THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 

Frank Obenshain is a carpenter by trade, but at present is rural 
mail carrier. Lives at Morgantown, Indiana. 

(7) Ruth M. Obenshain, daughter of George and Mary 
(Vawter) Obenshain, was born August i8, 1873, at Morgan- 
town; married July 6, 1902, to Spencer H. Wood, who was born 
November 7, 1880, at Sligo, Kentucky. Their child, Harold H., 
was born July i, 1903. 

Spencer H. Wood is a brother to Emerson Wood. He is a 
printer by trade, but at present is collector for the Metropolitan 
Insurance Company. Lives in Franklin, Indiana. 



Allan Vawter 

Allan Vawter, son of John and Ruth (Minton) Vawter, was 
born May 9, 1833, at Vernon, Indiana. He was married Novem- 
ber 20, 1853, at Morgantown, Indiana, to Catherine Hickey of 
Morgantown, who was born at Elizabethtown, Carter county, 
Tennessee, near Knoxville, October 10, 1837. 

Allan Vawter was a merchant and a trader. He drove from 
Indianapolis to Morgantown, Indiana, and bought poultry, eggs, 
butter, tallow, etc., and gave in exchange merchandise. He was 
well known all along the route, and was familiarly called "Al" 
Vawter. He had a branch store at Smith's Valley, Indiana, and 
a general store at Glenn's Valley, Indiana. He was of a genial 
and social disposition and had a host of friends. Charles M. 
Vawter and two brothers and one sister made their home with 
him for some time. John Allan Vawter died May 30, 1874, at 
Glenn's Valley, Indiana, and was buried at Morgantown. 

Catherine Hickey Vawter, wife of Allan, was left a widow 
with five children dependent upon her for support, the youngest 
being but six months old at the time of the father's death. Mrs. 
Vawter had charge of the general store and the postoffice at 
Glenn's Valley, Indiana. She died at her father's home in Mor- 
gantown, Indiana, May 28, 1895, from injuries received in a run- 
away accident. 



THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 73 

The children of Allan and Catherine (Hickey) Vawter were 
Frank Day, Ida Ruth, Elmer Mayo, Lillian Lincoln, Grace Min- 
ton and Cora Allan. 

(i) Frank Day Vawter, son of Allan and Catherine Hickey 
Vawter, was born at Morgantown, Indiana. February 6, 1856; 
married April 19, 1877, to Laura E. Smart, who was born Decem- 
ber 3, i860. 

Their children : 

a. Clarence Allan, born March 28, 1878; married August 

5, 1901, at Vincennes, Indiana, to Jennie Moore. His 
wife died June 20, 1902, at the age of eighteen years. 

b. John Elmer, born June 20, 1879. 

c. Frances Bertram, born February 19, 1881. 

d. Willie Belle, born November 8, 1882. 

e. Ella Mae, born October i, 1884. 

/. Horace Raymond, born March 15, 1886. 

g. Nellie Bly, born January 2^, 1888. 

h. Catherine, born December 8, 1890. 

i. Alice Pearl, born November 27, 1892. 
Frank Day Vawter died near Vincennes, Indiana, January 17, 
1900. aged forty-four years. The family lives at Valley Mills, 
Indiana, R. R. No. i. 

(2) Ida Ruth Vawter, daughter of Allan and Catherine 
(Hickey) Vawter, was born at Morgantown, Indiana, May i, 
1858, and died at Glenn's Valley, August 25, 1897. 

(3) Elmer Mayo Vawter, son of Allan and Catherine 
(Hickey) Vawter, was born at Morgantown August 25, 1861; 
married at Smith's Valley, Indiana, February 24, 1889, to Mar- 
garet Alice Sawyer, born in 1869. 

Children : 

a. Ralph Emerson, born December 12, 1889. 

b. Raymond, born July 15, 1891. 

c. Mary Ruth, born December 5, 1892. 

d. Frank, born April 8, 1895. 

e. Dewey, born April 23, 1898. 

/. Martha Clarice, born December 28, 1899. 
g. Paul Leon, born March 6, 1903. 



74 THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 

Elmer Mayo Vawter lives near Mt. Pleasant cemetery in John- 
son county, Indiana, and is sexton of same. His postoffice address 
is Greenwood, Indiana, R. R. No. 17. 

(4) Lillian Lincoln Vawter, daughter of Allan and Catherine 
(Hickey) Vawter, was born at Indianapolis, Indiana, April 10, 
1866; married at Indianapolis, July 24, 1899, to Thomas Lafay- 
ett Smith. They have one son, Thomas Allan Smith, who was 
born near Farmington, Kentucky, January 24, 1902. 

Thomas Lafayette Smith is a farmer and stock raiser living 
near Mayfield, Kentucky, R. F. D. No. i. 

(5) Cora Allan Vawter, daughter of Allan and Catherine 
(Hickey) Vawter, was born October 11, 1873, and was married 
at Glenn's Valley, Indiana, November 18, 1891, to Whitfield 
Yeager. They have no children. Live at 1204 Pleasant street, 
Indianapolis, Indiana. 



11 

WILLIAM VAWTER 

William Vawter, the son of Jesse, was born April 2, 1783, in 
the Holston country, near where North Carolina, East Tennessee 
and Virginia now join. Because of the hardships to be endured 
in the new country, and because he was a twin, the parents of 
William Vawter left him in Virginia with his maternal grand- 
parents when they were there on a visit. He was about two years 
old at the time and he remained with his grandfather and grand- 
mother Watts until seven years of age. 

William Vawter himself, in writing of this period of his life, 
says : 

"In the fall of 1790 my father and mother moved to Kentucky 
and there I was brought up. In the eighteenth year of my age I 
was struck under conviction for my sins, and I labored very hard 
in my own way to bring God under obligation to save me for my 
works, but, instead of getting any nearer heaven, I seemed to get 
farther ofif, and I continued so for months. At last I concluded 
that there was no mercy for me, that I was a reprobate, and it 
increased my trouble. I could not see any way that God could 
save such a sinner as I was unless He changed, and I did not wish 
Him to change to save me. His law said : The soul that sins, it 
shall die.' I looked for death from day to day, so you see my 
trouble was great. 

"Late in November, 1800, I retired to condole over my lost 
condition, for I had concluded that there was no mercy for me, 
as I had tried every way I could think of to humble myself so 
as to bring God under obligation to save me from a burning hell, 
and He seemed to be angry with me all the time. I could not see 
how He could save such a sinner as I was, and yet I wanted to 
be saved if it could be done on the principles of justice. Then, 



76 THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 

all of a sudden, it came into my mind : The will of the Lord be 
done,' and as soon as I gave myself up the trouble was all gone, 
and all creation seemed to be praising God. I felt like I had been 
asleep all my life before. This happiness did not last long. I had 
not gotten what I was in search of. I could not get it. I know 
there was a great change in my feelings about that time, but that 
was not religion. 

"In about a month after I went to the church to see if they 
could tell me how to get religion, and to my great surprise they 
received me as a fit subject for baptism. I could not receive my- 
self, but I studied on it for a month and then yielded to the judg- 
ment of the church and was baptized by old Father Hickman in 
North Elkhorn. He was the pastor of the church called McCon- 
nel's Run in Scott county, Kentucky. After this there was a 
church constitution in father's house called North Fork. I re- 
mained in that church for about five years until father lost his 
land because of a defective title. We built us a frame meeting- 
house. 

"My father now made up his mind to locate in Indiana Terri- 
tory, and I agreed to assist him in making a settlement. We 
moved to Mount Glad, near Madison, Indiana, in 1806. In 1807 
there was a Baptist Church constitution in father's house called 
Crooked Creek, afterwards changed to Mount Pleasant. On the 
first day of January, 1809, I married Frances Vawter, the daugh- 
ter of Philemon (the brother of Jesse) and Anna Vawter, and in 
1829 we moved to Jennings county and joined the Vernon 
Church. In 1835 there was a new constitution called Zoar, where 
my membership is at this time. I have been in three constitutions 
and belonged to five Baptist churches. In the last named church 
I was set apart by fasting, prayer and the imposition of hands to 
administer the ordinances of the Gospel." 

William Vawter was of a retiring nature. Although firm in 
his notions of men and public policy, he never engaged actively 
in politics and was no office seeker. In Jefferson county, on some 
few occasions, he accepted office in the civil department, and 
during the Indian troubles of 181 1 and 18 12 he was a captain of 
the militia, but on the return of peace he resigned the office. From 



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THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA "J-J 

his ordination William Vawter devoted all the time he could spare 
from domestic affairs and farm duties to preaching and the build- 
ing up of the churches. He never received money as compensation 
for his labors, and his house was ever open to the entertainment 
of strangers, friends and brethren. 

For six years before his death William Vawter lived with his 
daughter. Frances V. King, and his wife, Frances, lived there 
for one year longer. William died on Friday morning, July 17, 
1868, aged eighty-five years, three months and fifteen days. The 
funeral sermon was preached on the Saturday following his death 
to a iarge congregation of friends and relatives by Elder Thomas 
Hill from these words : "And I heard a voice from Heaven say- 
ing unto me : Write, Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord 
from henceforth. Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from 
their labors; and their works do follow them." (Rev. 14 : 13.) 

Frances Vawter, wife of William, was born August 11, 1787, 
and died October 26, 1869. They were both buried at the Vawter 
cemetery, three and a half miles from North Vernon, Indiana. 
Philemon and Anna, the father and mother of Frances, were also 
buried there. Jesse and Elizabeth, the father and mother of Wil- 
liam Vawter, were buried at Harbert's Creek, near Madison. 

William Vawter left six sons and three daughters, one daugh- 
ter, Maria Burns, having died many years before. 

Frances V. King, the daughter of William Vawter, gave in 
substance the following : 

"When father first came to Indiana he tended his father's farm, 
living in a log house on the hill. He first went to housekeeping 
m the bottom near Madison, Indiana, afterwards owning a farm 
at Mt. Pleasant. He had two places in Madison, and wished to 
move there, but mother was opposed to living in town with her 
boys, and so they continued to live at Mt. Pleasant until they 
moved to Jennings county in 1829, where Uncle John and Uncle 
Achilles Vawter had already gone. Father traded his farm at 
Mt. Pleasant to a man by the name of George for land near 
Vernon. Here our family lived for many years. The old house 
IS still standing. It is situated on the bank of the Muscatatack, 
about three and a half miles out from North Vernon. The house 



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THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 



was a good one for the time. The following drawing, though 
not exactly accurate in dimensions, perhaps, will yet serve to give 
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"Father afterwards entered two hundred or more acres near 
the home place. He preached many years, receiving no compen- 
sation therefor, but depending on the farm for the living. He was 
much interested in education, and gave money to the founding 
of Franklin College. Mother was a great reader. She liked to 
read novels, and when she grew so deaf that she could not under- 
stand the conversation of those around her, her reading was a 
great comfort to her. She always took a number of papers." 

Harrison Burns, a grandson of William and Frances Vawter, 




Homestead of William Vawter 
Near Vernon, Indiana 






THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 79 

lived at his grandfather's house for some time after the death of 
his mother. In recalHng old times, he said : 

"Grandmother had an old horse named Fanny which was kept 
especially for her use. Grandfather's horse was named Farmer. 
I used to be sent to town to mail a letter to the boys at college 
or to get one. Uncle Achilles Vawter was postmaster at Vernon 
then. It cost five cents to send a letter. There were no stamps. 
The letter could be paid for in advance or paid for by the one 
who received it. When a letter was sent to the boys, grandfather 
always sent five cents along to pay for it. When he sent for a 
letter from the boys, he also had to pay for that, as they were on 
short allowance. 

"As the children grew up and married, a number of them lo- 
cated near the old place. These were Jesse Vawter, John T. Stott, 
who married Elizabeth Vawter, George King, who married 
Frances Vawter, and Ormand Feagler, who married Mary Vaw- 
ter. Before his death grandfather gave forty acres of land or 
equal value to each child, and at his death left $153 to each. 
Probably not more than $100 in money was handled by any one 
of those families at that time in the course of the year. They 
raised all of their meat and vegetables and fruits and took butter 
and eggs to town and traded for sugar, coffee and other groceries. 
From the wool of the sheep the women spun the yarn and then 
they wove the cloth and made all of the clothing except, perhaps, 
a greatcoat for grandfather or a best dress for grandmother. It 
was very seldom that a new article of furniture was bought. 

"At first the cooking was all done by the fireplace, and later a 
kitchen stove was bought. They all lived well. At George 
King's there was always an abundant table and a hearty welcome. 
George King had a buckwheat field and a sugar camp, and when 
the time came for buckwheat cakes there were great heaps of them 
baked on a griddle at the fireplace, and syrup there was in plenty. 
At John Stott's they often entertained great numbers of guests. 
The church was near their house, and the association met at that 
church, and sometimes they would have as many as seventy-five 
people to dinner. They would set the tables out in the yard. 

"There was an old orchard extending from grandfather's 



80 THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 

house to the graveyard, and not far from the house were two 
springs from which all the water for the house was carried. The 
farms were located in reference to springs, and even towns were 
sometimes so located. Probably when the Vawter brothers came 
to Jennings county they did not push on still farther where they 
could find yet better land because of the Indians. At that time 
there were a great many of them. The militia was organized for 
protection in every district. Grandfather was a captain of the 
militia, and John Vawter was a colonel. Neither of them saw 
any active service." 

In an old memorandum book of William Vawter's the follow- 
ing items were found : 

May 7, 1849, we went to Vernon and got a tight-air stove and 
paid $11.05 towards it. 

June 13, paid $7 more. 

August 29, paid $4 more. 

October 17, paid $17 more. 

December 15. paid $13 more. 

February 7, 1850, squared the books at W. D. Vawter & Co. 
and we are even. William Vawter. 

(Cost of that stove was more than $52.05, as it is not known 

how much the last payment amounted to.) 

* * * 

Anna Vawter, my wife's mother, went to Madison on Satur- 
day, June 2, 1839, and in the evening went to Mr. Vale's and fell 
into his cellar and got crippled so she was not able to help her- 
self for more than six years. We made out to get her home, and 
she lived until July 21, 1845, then died at her daughter's, Nancy 
Lewis's. Nancy died April 2, 1855. Anna's son David died 
seven days before his mother did. 

William Vawter. 

^ ^ ^ 

Sarah, daughter of Maxa and Maria Burns, was sent here the 
2 1 St day of October, 1846, and Ruth brought her. Maria Burns, 
her mother, departed this life December 7, 1846, after a pro- 
tracted illness of six months. She was brought here on the 9th 
and buried on my burying ground. Uncle John Vawter preached 
her funeral. William Vawter. 



THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 8l 

In addition to what Maria received in her lifetime, and wliat 
the children have had since her death, I have left the children one 
hundred dollars, to be divided as set out in my will made March 

the 24th, 1852. William Vawter. 

* * * 

Elizabeth and John Stott have received in sundries to aid them 
to keep house one hundred and two dollars. 

March 25, 1835, gave John and Elizabeth as above eight 
dollars more. 

November 22, 1847, gave John and Elizabeth Stott sixty dol- 
lars in landed property. 

February 8, 1851, gave John and Elizabeth Stott forty acres 
of land at $200.00 (two hundred dollars). As an interest on the 
same they are to pay twelve dollars per year as long as my wife 
and I live and no longer. 

April, 1858. I have stopped the interest. 

William Vawter. 

^ 5{^ ^ 

John T. Vawter married Pamelia Dwyer May 10, 1835. They 
set out for Iowa Territory September 3, 1839. 
Received in a horse and saddle, $40.00. 
April, 1835, gave $55.00. 
August 18. 1835, gave $15.00. 

William Vawter. 

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Williamson D., by consent, left his parents three and a half 
years before he was twenty-one and is charged with his time, 
'forty dollars per year, $140.00. He married Mary Crowder 
July 15, 1834. William Vawter. 

=H ^ 5H 

Jesse R. Vawter was married to Sarah Parks May 4, 1837. 
Received in time and horse, $1 10.00. 

Wife joined the church and was baptized December 24, 1838. 
December 7, 1846, gave Jesse Vawter in land sixty dollars. 
March 25, 1852, I set off to Jesse R. Vawter his portion of my 
■estate out of the land I sold to him. 

William Vawter. 



82 THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 

James received from me one hundred and ten dollars. 
June 29, 1847, received sixty dollars. 

William Vawter. 

* * * 

Frances v^as married to George King May 14, 1840. 
Frances has received of her parents one bed, one bedstead, one 
flax wheel, one saddle and twenty acres of land, $1 10.00. 

Greorge and Frances King have received sixty dollars in the 

way of land this November 22, 1847. 

William Vawter. 

* * * 

Achilles united with the Baptist Church at Zoar, Jennings 
county, the fourth Saturday in August, 1842, and was baptized 
the following Lord's day. 

September 23, 1844, Achilles entered Franklin College as a 
student. 

Achilles has received of me since that time $184.35. 

Achilles, my son, constitutes one of the faculty in Franklin 
College this October 30, 1848. 

William Vawter. 

* * * 

Ida, the daughter of A. J. and M. E. Vawter, was born Feb- 
ruary 3, 1856, and the mother departed this life on the 6th, and 
on the 8th was buried by the side of her father. She died at La- 
fayette, Indiana. Ida died , — . 

William Vawter. 

* * * 

Philemon went to college October 6, 1847. He was married 
to Rebecca Hunter November 25, 1858. 

William Vawter. 

* * >ii 

Polly L. was married to Ormond Frederick Feagler September 
24, 1843, and commenced housekeeping November 29, and has, 
in bed and other articles, to the amount of $85.00. 

September 31, 1846, to one horse, $25.00. 

October the 9th, 1848, I gave Ormond and Polly a cupboard 
and a bureau, price $20.00. 



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THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 83 

July 3, 1850. one cow and a note on M. Page, $13.00. 

March 24, 1852, I deeded to Polly L., my daughter, forty acres 
of land, which will be her full portion of my estate. 

The above named deed is in my hands and in lieu thereof she 
is to have two hundred dollars at my death or pleasure. 

William Vawter. 

* * * 

Polly has received the amount as above. 

William Vawter. 

* * * 

The following is a memorandum of the money received from 
and paid out for the Vernon church by William Vawter : 

In 1832 received $1.07. Paid for minutes and superintend- 
ing the printing, 82 cents, and for wine 25 cents. 

August meeting, 1833, received $2.28. September 16, paid 
for printing association minutes, $1.00; April 19, 1834, paid for 
one quart of wine, 75 cents; September 15, paid for the printing 
of association minutes and the superintending of the minutes, 93 
cents ; paid for wine 37^ cents. Received of Deacon Stott $1.25 
handed to him by the Vernon Church at their August meeting in 
1834. May 16 paid for wine 43^ cents. Total amount of money 
received, $4.60. Total amount expended, $4.56/4- Balance due 
the church, 3^ cents. 

ZoAR Church, Jennings County, Indiana. 
To all Whom it may Concern: 

Know ye that we, the undersigned, being called by the afore- 
said church, together with the sister churches, to examine into 
the propriety of setting apart Brother William Vawter to the 
administration of ordinances, unanimously agreed that he be set 
apart by fasting and prayer and the laying on of hands and the 
right hand of fellowship, to the administration of ordinances in 
the House of God wherever God, in His providence, may cast 
his lot. 



84 THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 

Done at Zoar Church at the business meeting on the fourth 

Saturday in July, 1839. 

John Bush, 

William T. Stott, 

Caleb Moncrief, 

Attested by Elders. 

John Stott, Clerk. 

William Vawter made three wills. The first of these was 
made March 16, 1835, and is as follows: 

In the name of Almighty God, Amen. 

I, William Vawter, the writer of the foregoing, being in my 
proper mind and in good health and yet knowing not when I may 
die, as all life is uncertain, wish that my children should have an 
equal part in the distribution of my property. I think proper, 
therefore, to set forth under each name the amount each one has 
received and what remains to be divided as they become of age. 

When all my debts are paid there will be on hand after my 
death $300.00 (three hundred dollars) in cash and the remain- 
der of lot No. 41 west, in first addition to Madison, Jefferson 
county, Indiana ; also thirty acres of land in the south end of the 
west half of the southeast quarter of section twenty-six of town 
seven north, and range eight east, of the lands sold at Jefferson- 
ville and lying on the south side of the north fork of the Mus- 
catatack river; also ten acres adjoining and lying in the southeast 
corner of the southwest quarter of section twenty-six of town 
seven north, range eight east, of the land sold at Jeffersonville. 

It is my will and desire that the remainder of my estate be for 
the benefit of my widow for her comfort and support during her 
lifetime and that of the children who are under age and remain 
with her. After her death, and wdien the youngest child becomes 
of age, I wish an equal distribution of what remains of my 
property to be made among my ten children. 

My estate left for the use of my widow and the children under 
age consists of the following property, viz. : The tract of land I 
now live on, consisting of two hundred and eighty acres of land, 
with the farm, dwelling-house, outhouses, household and kitchen 



THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 85 

furniture, barn, grain, horses, cattle, hogs, sheep, farming tools 
and all tools of every description indoors and outdoors, and all 
my books, etc. 

I do hereby ordain my wife, Frances, to be my sole executrix 
of this my will and to transact all business as amply and as fully 
as I myself, if living, could do, without bond or security. 

In witness whereof, I hereunto set my hand and seal in the 
year of our Lord, one thousand eight hundred and thirty-five, 
March the sixteenth. 

William Vawter. [Seal.] 



(Will No. 2.) 

In the name of Almighty God, Amen. 

I, William Vawter, of Jennings county, Indiana, do hereby 
make and ordain this my last will and testament. It is my will 
and desire that my wife, Frances Vawter, enjoy and possess all 
and every part of my estate, both personal and real, during her 
natural life. The whole is hereby placed in her hands to manage 
and control as fully and as perfectly in every respect as I myself, 
if living, could do; and that without being under any obligation 
to give bond or security for the faithful management of the same, 
any law or usage to the contrary notwithstanding. 

It is my will and desire that should any of my estate remain 
undisposed of and unused at the death of my wife that the same 
be equally divided amongst all my legal heirs, so as to make each 
and every heir equal, taking into consideration the advances al- 
ready made to most or all of them, as will appear in my memor- 
andum book. Should my son, John T. Vawter, and his children 
remain as now with a combination or community of individuals 
in the west, on the death of my wife, then and in that case I give 
and bequeath his portion to the Franklin Baptist College in 
Indiana. 

Although I am now in my sixty-seventh year, sick and very 
weak, yet my mind is as clear and perfect as usual. 



86 THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 

In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 
13th day of March, 1849. 
In the presence of William Vawter. [Seal.] 

John Vawter. 
Rachel C. Crawford. 

This will is null and void. 

William Vawter. 



LAST WILL OF WILLIAM VAWTER. 

Be it remembered that on the 12th day of October, 1869, in 
vacation of the Jennings Court of Commont Pleas, the last will 
and testament of William Vawter was duly proven and admitted 
to probate in the clerk's office of said court, which will and the 
proof thereof is in the words and figures following, to wit : 

"I, William Vawter, now in my sixty-ninth year since the 
second of April last, and knowing, according to nature, that I 
must soon go to the spirit world, and being desirous of disposing 
of my estate which the Lord has blessed me with, make my last 
will, revoking all others. 

"ist. I recommend my spirit to God who gave it and my 
body to be interred in mother earth in a manner corresponding 
with my estate. 

"2d. I direct that all my just debts be paid as soon as there is 
money to pay them. 

"3d. I bequeath to Maria Burns' children one hundred dol- 
lars ; the four boys five dollars each ; the two oldest girls, fifteen 
dollars each, and Sarah Jane fifty dollars. 

"4th. I will and bequeath to my wife, Frances Vawter, all my 
real and personal estate during her natural life, and further, I do 
not design that the one hundred dollars bequeathed to Maria's 
children shall be paid until after the death of my wife, unless she 
is disposed to pay it or any part thereof. 

"5th. I have given to Elizabeth Stott, Jesse R. Vawter and 
Polly Feagler their shares heretofore. After the death of my 
wife I bequeath and will all my real and personal estate after 



THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA ^7 

the payment of the above legacies unto John T. Vawter, William- 
son D. Vawter, James Vawter, Achilles Vawter, Frances King 
and Philemon Vawter, to be equally divided. 

"6th. I appoint Williamson and James Vawter my executors. 

"In testimony whereof, I have set my hand and seal this 24th 
day of March, A. D., 1852. William Vawter. 

"Signed, sealed and acknowledged in the presence of those who 
have signed their names as witnesses and by the testator's request 
and in his presence. James H. Vawter. 

"Achilles Vawter. 

"H. T. Vawter. 

"By request of the testator I certify that this is still his will this 
June 25, 1859. W. T. Stott, Jr." 



CODICIL TO MY LAST WILL. 

This is the closing up of my earthly matters, that is to say, at 
the death of myself and wife. 

I give to my oldest sons, John T. and Williamson D., four 
hundred dollars in government bonds, two hundred to each. The 
one hundred dollars set apart in my will for Maria Burns' chil- 
dren, I wish carried out. 

The remainder of my estate, after the death of myself and wife 
and the payment of all debts, is to be equally divided between my 
three youngest sons, James, Achilles and Philemon, and my 
daughter, Frances Ann King. 

This can be done without going to the expense of proving and 
recording my will. William Vawter. 

April 27, 1868. 

State of Indiana, 
Jennings County, ss : 

Court of Common Pleas, FebruaryTerm, 1871. 

Matters of the Estate of Elder William Vawter, deceased. 

The undersigned, executor of said estate of William Vawter, 



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88 THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 

deceased, begs leave to report to the court aforesaid, the follow- 
ing final settlement of account with said estate : 

I am chargeable with the following assets of the said estate : 

July 17, 1868. To bonds $500.00 

November 16, 1868. Cash of James Hill on judgment 

against Chronister and Eckstein 537-^5 

July 17, 1868. Personal effects of said estate 95 -OO 

January 8, 1869. Interest on bonds 20.00 

April 8, 1869. Interest of Cook, Stott & Co 7.25 

June 21, 1869. Cash on judgment 200.00 

June 26, 1869. Cash on judgment 100.00 

July 3, 1869. Interest on bond 20.25 

January 5, 1870. Interest on bond 17-25 

January 15, 1870. Cash on judgment 150.00 

May 26, 1870. Premium on bonds 39-00 

June 25, 1870. Cash on judgment 1 14.10 

Total $1,800.70 

I claim credit for the following, as per vouchers filed herewith : 

By attorney fees for collections, Voucher i $26.85 

Account of Cook, Stott & Co., Voucher 2 21.90 

Funeral expenses, Voucher 3 30.00 

Physician's services. Voucher 4 24.00 

Board and attendance, Voucher 5 188.00 

Board and attendance for wife, Voucher 6 98.00 

Taxes, Voucher 7 13-87 

Account Cook, Stott & Co., Voucher 8 7.18 

Account W. D. Vawter & Co., Voucher 9 5.62 

Account Frances A. King, Voucher 10 130-25 

Funeral expenses of Frances Vawter, Voucher 11 25.00 

Physician's services, Voucher 12 14.00 

Legacy to Sarah Burns, Voucher 13 50.00 

Legacy to Lizzie A. Bailey, Voucher 14 i5-00 

Legacy to Mary Burns, Voucher 15 i5-00 

Legacy to James Burns, Voucher 16 5.00 



THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 89 

Legacies to David, Harrison and William Burns, 

Voucher 17 $15.00 

Internal revenue tax. Voucher 18 11.26 

Distributive share to P. C .Vawter, Voucher 19 I53-I5 

Distributive share to A. J. Vawter, Voucher 20 1 53-15 

Distributive share to James Vawter, Voucher 21 I53-I5 

Distributive share to John T. Vawter, Voucher 22. . . . 153.15 

Distributive share to Frances A. King, Voucher 23. . . 153.15 

Distributive share to W. D. Vawter, Voucher 24 153-15 

Attorney's fees for collections. Voucher 25 28.00 

Monuments for dead. Voucher 26 125.00 

Taxes, Voucher 27 10.98 

Clerk's fees, Voucher 28 6.25 

Expense of stamps and of distribution, making re- 
ports, etc 15-64 

Total $1,800.70 

All of which contains a full statement of all of the estate of the 
decedent for which I am chargeable with the credits to which I 
am entitled. 

Williamson D. Vawter, Executor. 

Frances Vawter, the wife of William, was a daughter of Phile- 
mon Vawter, who was the brother of William's father, Jesse. 
For an account of Philemon and Anne see page 256. 

Children of William and Frances Vawter were Maria, Eliza- 
beth, John Taylor, Williamson D., Jesse, James, Frances Ann, 
Achilles, Mary L. and Philemon. 



II. 



WILLIAM VAWTER5 

(Jesse*, David^, John^, John^) 

(1783-1868) 



m. 



FRANCES VAWTER 

(1787-1870) 



Children® 


Grandchildren'' 


G. Grandchil- 


G. G. Grandchil 






dren* 


DRHN» 




' (i) Jesse V.,d. s. 


Anna Gertrude 






(2) James m. -^ 


Joseph Lee 






Nancy Smith 


Charles F. 
' William Conduit 






(3) William V. m. 


Charles W., d. 






Sarah Black 


Maggie Myrtle m. 
Marsh R.Whitson 


No children 




(4) Harrison m. 
ist Constance 
Smydth 


Margaret, d. 
1 Lee 






2d Julia 

Tomlinson 


Byron Elliot, d. 






3d Mrs. Georgia 


' Ida m. 






Minnick 


Oswald Patzold 






(5) Livingston S., 


Grace, d. 






d. s. 


Danforth, d. 
Nellie, d. 






(6) David V. m. 


Edith 






Eudora Dan- - 


Edna m. 






forth 


. Wm.McElvaine 


« 


Maria Vawter m. 
Maxa Burns 


(7) Mary F. m. 

Dallas New- - 
land 


' George Ballard 

James Edwin m. 
Elsie Cox 

Jesse Guy, d. 


Robert Nelson 
' Ralph Guy 

' Cora Alice 






^ Jennie May m. 
Jesse L.Rossman 


Elvie Elizabeth 
Arnold Jay 
Eva Grace 
Nellie Viola 






Henry Ward m < 


Gladys 






Clara Summers ' 


Gerald 




(8) Elizabeth m. 
Henry Bayley 

• 


Arthur Loring m. 

Melinda Larason 
Frank Wade 
Bertha Alice 
Edith de Fluria 
Minnie Agnes 
Howard Glenn 
t. Willard Marion 






(9) Sarah J. m. , 
Geo. B. 
^ Loomis 1 


Grace B. 
George D., d. 





i^ 



THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 



91 



2. Elizabeth Vaw- 
ter m. 
John Stott 



(i) Vawter, d. s. 

(2) Martha E. m. 
Maxa Moncrief 



(3) 



William T. m. 
Arabella R. 
Tracy 



(4) Mary F. 

(5) Jennie M. m. 
James N. 

Chaille 



Jennie, d. s. 
Caleb, d. s. 
Emma m. 
Robert D. Trick 

Wilfred T. 
Grace E. m. 
Clark R. Parker 
^ Edith R. m. 

Fred G. Kenny 
Cyril H.,d. 
[ Roscoe G. 

I Bertha Eliza- 
j beth.d. 



No children 



Cyril Rodney 



(1) Edward m. 

I St 

Barbara Kro- 
her 



I 



George Adam m. 
I Kate A. Luty 



f Frank Wesley m. 
2"^ I Emma Graupne 

Catherine GunH William m. 



f Edgar Frederick 
I Frank Edward 
Wilbur Luty 
Bertha May 
Clifford George 

Freda Mildred 
EdnalCatherine 



-1 



(2) 



nerman 



William m. 
Matilda F. 
McKinnon 



3. John T. Vawter 
m. 
ist 
Pamelia Dwver 



(3) 



(4) Katherine m. 
Geo. Vanosdol 



L 



Mary V. Straugh- 
ter 



Emil 



Frances m. 
Jno. G. Burck- 
hardt 



f Colonel m. 

Ida Rahe 

Williams. 

L Pamelia, d. 

' Sarah Ann m. [^ 

Henry W. Boeck- -j Enid Beth 
ley [ 

John Frederick, m. 

Minnie Baker 
Lulu Christman,d. 
Margaret Pamelia 
Mary Elizabeth 
George 
Mamie 



Mary Catherine m. 
Joseph Brooks 

Emeline m. 

Geo. W. Baltzer 
James Monroe m. 

Mollie Pence 
Frances Ann m. 

Albert C. Staggs 
Scott m. 

Elizabeth Gibbs 
Sarah Hotchkiss 

m. 
W. R. Perrigo 

Mattie Belle m. 
W. W. Wilcox 
Wm. Weaver 
Cora Lee 
Lulu Ludica 
L Isaac Morton 



Artemus 
Gerald 
[ Aurora 

Pearl 
Harry 



Floyd 

Bertha Winifred 

Wm. Gilbert 
Laurence 



92 



THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 



John Taylor Vaw- 
ter 

( Continued) 



(5) Mary, d. s 

(6) Michael m. 
Rebecca 



(7) Louisa m. 
Thomas 

Tanksley 

(8) JohnT. m. 
Ida Spring- 
steen 



f Charles Vawter 
Samuel, d. 
Minnie, d. 
Albert m. 

ChristenaWesaw 
Thomas Oliver 
James Mitton 
Henry Franklin 

Charles William m. 
Daisy Tolle 



m. 2d Mrs. N. S. 
Philliper 



(9) Albert C. m. 
Frances 
Churchwell 



Vernon Day 
Arthur Lee 
Annie Gladys 
I Mary Ruth 



Williamson D. 
Vawter m. ist. 
Mary T. Crow- 
der 



(I) 



Mary Ellen, m. 
Ward Leavitt 



(2) May, m 

S. S. Harwood 

(3) Jane Cravens 

(4) Aramantha, m. 
Septimius 

Vater 

is) Williams, m. 
Sarah McClas- 
key 

(6) Edwin J. m. ist 
Laura Dixon 
2d Mrs.Isabelle 
Nelson 



Charles Dunn,d. 
Florence Mary 

No children 



f Williamson Dunn 
m. Grace Barker 
Thos. Eugene d. 
t Agnes Eugenie 

Mary Charlotte m. 
John R. Moore 

Edwin J., Jr. m. 
Bessie Channel 



Marjorie Dixon 



m. 2d 
Charlotte A. 

Knowlton 



(7) Emma Knowl- 

ton 

(8) Charles 

Knowlton d. 



THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 



93 



5. Jesse R. Vaw- 
ter m. 
Sarah Parks 



(i) Margaret 6. m. 
Lewis Wagner 



(2) Elizabeths, ra. 
Thos. Clarkson 



' Jesse R., d. 
Ethel m. 
Martin A. Shep- 
herd 

Albert V. 

Clara Belle m. 

William Pool 

Emma Alice m. 

Willard Whit- 
comb. 

Elvin Grant 

Thos. Osborn 

Jesse F. 

Edith Idella m. 

. Bertha May m. 



Amelia Frances m. 
H. L. Holton 



I Ralph 



(3) 



Wm. Allan m. 
Angelina E. 
Cheever 



(4) Smith W. m. 
Lucinda John- 
son 



Clara Adaline m. 
Bowen C. Heath 



' Sarah Rebecca 
Cora Luvinia m. 
Wm. Henry 
Brown 

James Oscar 
Wilbert Carl } 

Alt , T r t^ 

Albert Jesse \ 
L Otis Estis 



Margaret J. m. 
Wm.F. Philliber 



Annie J. 
Lelia May 
Clyde E. 
Adda 
Meta 
Elizabeth 

William A. 
Sarah A. 
Ray 

James H. 
Ruth 
Fern 
Bowen C. 



Wilbur Fee 



(5) John S. m. 

Elizabeth Grin- i 
stead 



Everett E. m. 
Mahala Sanders 

Clyde Elmer, d. s. 

Maud Ellen m. 
Wm. F. Moody 

Pearl E.,d.s. 

Nona Elma 

Benjamin Irvin m. ( „ „ 

ut A- I iir J a } Emery B. 
Hattie J. Woodruff < 



r otto, d. 
Orvill L. 
Oral Floyd 
Ira Grace, d. 
Clara B.,d. 
Perry H.,d. 
Raymond L. 
Mary E. 

Ira E., d. 
John I. 
Alma B. 
Homer W., d. 

IraM.,d. 
Velma E. 
Mabel, d, 
L Silvia V. 



iJl 



94 



THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 



Jesse R. Vawter 
(Continued) 





Olive May m. 






J. W. Snell, d. 






Fanny Bell, d. s. 






LewEmmerson m. 
Dana Norris 






Esther 






" Frank 






Myrtle 




Ella Grace m. 


Olive 




A.J.Taylor 


Charles 

Mabel 


(6) Sarah Frances 




Deny 


m.Thos. F. 




. Harold 


Grinstead 


Claud Ellsworth, 

d. s. 
Bertha Edith 
Ada Jane ra. 

T. F. VanHorn 
Ora Idella m. 

C. H. Hockmuth 
Jesse Edward 
Myrtle Blanche, 

d. s. 
Carl James, d, s. 
Vila Gail 
Emma Ethel 

' Edward J., d. s. 






Alvaretta m. 


Arthur E. 




John A. Shinold 


Matilda A. 




Indiana R.m. 


1 Vance 




Moses M. Miller 


' Irvin 


(7) James G. m. 






Margaret Ross ' 


Mary Jane m. 
Irvin R. Crum 

Omer Walton 
Lucy A. 
Lewis Clyde 
Grace G. 
Sarah Frances, d. 


1 Flora M. 
' Jamie A. 




.Ruth 


^ 


(8) Elvira Ann m. 


'Lila, d. 




Charles H. 


Augusta 




Carey 


^ Vivian 






' Bertha A. m. 


[ Ezra William 




Joseph W. Gray 




Ernest T.,d. s. 




(9) JessePhilemon 


Clarence M. 




m. Minerva A. - 


Benjamin F. 




Ross 


Jesse Pearl m. 


Minerva May 




Corydon Laswell 


Millie Myree 




Velmal. 






. Flossie Myrtle 






' Nellie M.m. 


( Opal 


(lo) AramanthaM. . 


Otho G. Wright 


Robert W. 


m. lames West 


Sarah Ethel 
. Charles William 


I 



THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 



95 



r 



6. lames Vawter 
m. Minerva L. 
Bromley 



(i) Sherman m. 
Emma May,d. 



Edward W., d. 
Minerva E., d. 
Everett F. 
Nellie 
Henry J. 



7. Frances Vawter 
m. 
George King 



(i) Almira m. 
Wm. Holsclaw 



Ezra m. 
Mattie Deer 



Eva Jennie m. 
Edwin Carson 



Fannie A. m. 
Smith V. Wil- 
liams 



William E. m. 
Zella Wagner 

Sarah Grace m. 

Oscar Beeman 
Mary Belle, d 
Jacob Harrison m. 
l^ Bertha Alice 



Jessie 
Alma 
Smith 
Blanche Vernon 

Hazel Lavone 
Ethel Grace 
Lizzie, d. 
L Edwinnie 

*" Almira Corinne 
Lois Mildred 
Virgil Elvin 
Helene 

fRuth 

4 Hubert 
l^ Gladys 

5 Wilbur Elvin 
) Clyde 



(2) Ezra, d. s. 

(3) William V. m. 

Caroline Van- ] No children 
dever 



(4) George Elvin 
m. MinnieTate 



L (5) Alzora, d. s. 
8. Achilles Vawter / 

™- ist ) (i) Ida Maria, d. s. 

Maria Dunham ' 



Lulu Ellis 
Edna Hazel 



' (2) William Arthur f Cora Catherine 
m. Alice R. ] William Arthur 
Hadley [^ George Hadley 



2d 

Mrs. Elizabeth 
A. Baker 

3rd 

Charlotte S. 
Hobart 



(3) Frank M. m. 
Clara Miller 



(4) Grace m. 
Ernest P. 
Bicknell 



r Harry Miller 
-{ Jessie Mae 
(^ Helen Miller 

Ernestine, d. 
Charlotte, d. 
Grace Constance 
[ Alberta 



i 



96 



THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 



9. Mary L. Vaw- 
ter rn. Ormand 
Feagler. 



C (i) Marie Cor- 
delia, d. 



(2) James William 
m. Mary King 



(3) 
(4) 



(5) 



Bessie 

Philemon Ed- 
win, d. 

Vawterjohnm. 
Helen Gardner 



(6) Charles Alfred 



(7) 



(8) RoenaKate, 

d. s. 



Emma May m. 
McArthur 
Smartz. 



Fannie Fern, d. 
Rose Bonnell 

-{ Grace Cordelia, m. 
Robert King 

(^ Charles Alfred 



Fred Willard, d. 
Florence Edith, d. 
Merlin Duncan, d. 
Marie 



Everett Marion 
Wilhelmina Har- 
riet, d. 
Mary Elizabeth 
Margaret Fay 
Katie Frances 
Robert George 
Bessie Ruth 



' Mildred Rose 
Robert Feagler 
Russel Aubrey 
Helen Grace 



(10) Philemon 
Vawter ra. 
Sylvia Hunter 



r (I) 



(2) 



Everett Bates 
m. Helen E. 

Read 
William Hun- 
ter 



Wallace Read 



Maria (Vawter) Burns 



Maria Vawter, daughter of William and Frances Vawter, was 
born in Jefferson county, near Madison, Indiana, December 
16, 1809. She lived there on the farm until December 16, 1826, 
when she was married to Maxa M. Burns. They lived in Vernon 
for a year or two, then her mother-in-law died and they went to 
Wirt to keep house for her father-in-law's family. Maria ( Vaw- 
ter) Burns was a devoted Christian, a member of the Baptist 
church from early womanhood, and was respected and loved by 
both relatives and friends. She died December 7, 1846, at the age 
of thirty-seven years. 

Maxa Moncrief Burns was the son of James Burns, one of the 



THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 9/ 

early settlers of Jefferson county, and was the brother of Miles 
and Taulman Burns. He was born April 27, 1808; died March 
17. 1890. James Burns, the father of Maxa, was born in Louden 
county, Virginia, September 28, 1786; died December 29, 1875. 
(More of the Burns family will be found in the chapter on "Cus- 
toms.") 

David Burns, one of the children of Maxa and Maria Burns, 
gives his remembrance of the breaking up of the family after the 
death of his mother, as follows : 

"My mother died at Wirt. Indiana, where we then lived. 
Sallie, together with Harry, had been living at grandfather's for 
about two months. My mother's remains were taken to the old 
farm for burial. It was my first ride so far as I have any recol- 
lection. I think we must have left Mary and Lizzie out there at 
the time, as I do not remember their being at the old home after 
the funeral. Mary went to live with Aunt Frank, and Lizzie with 
Aunt Lizzie. My father, James, Will, and myself returned home. 
We kept house until sometime during the next summer. Will 
did the housework; James worked in the sawmill which my fa- 
ther owned, running the engine, young as he was. The next 
summer we visited at grandfather's again and Aunt Polly asked 
for me and I was left with her. My father afterwards sold the 
mill at Wirt and bought another one at Dupont. Will then made 
his home with Dr. Butler of Dupont, looking after his horses, do- 
ing chores and attending school. After about two years my 
father married and we were all taken home to Dupont, except 
Sallie, who remained with grandfather and grandmother until 
nearly the time of their death. My brother James did not live 
with us at Dupont. I think he must have remained with the old 
sawmill at Wirt, which was then owned by an uncle of ours. 
James stuck to sawmills all his life, and never seemed happy when 
away from one. In 1855 we moved to Sharps ville." 

Of the move to Sharpsville. Harrison Burns, another son, said : 

"Some friends from Dupont had gone to Sharpsville to live, 
and my father and I concluded to go and see the country. We 
rode to Martinsville, walked to Mooresville, then to Plainfield 
and on to Indianapolis, which had then, in the year 1854, about 



98 THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 

twelve thousand inhabitants. We went on from there to Sharps- 
ville and then returned to Dupont. When we moved to Sharps- 
ville in the spring of 1855 I rode through on horseback. There 
wasn't a sign of a road within fifteen miles of Sharpsville. I 
sometimes went in the woods, which were very swampy, and 
sometimes on the railroad. All that spring two horses couldn't 
haul the wagons through the streets because of the mud. Nearly 
every one in the town had chills and fever. There were two doc- 
tors. Both were sick and lay in bed and dosed out quinine to 
those who were able to come for it." 

The children of Maxa and Maria (Vawter) Burns were Jesse 
v., James, William V., Harrison, Livingston S., David V., Mary 
F., Elizabeth and Sarah J. 

(i) Jesse v., son of Maxa and Maria (Vawter) Burns, was 
born June 9, 1830; died March 12, 1831. 

(2) James, son of Maxa and Maria (Vawter) Burns, was 
born November 15, 1831 ; married October 18, 1859, to Nancy 
Smith, who was born August 17, 1843. 

James Burns was an engineer. He always seemed infatuated 
with sawmills, and roved around the country from one sawmill 
to another. He died near Little Rock, Arkansas in March, 1903- 

The children of James and Nancy (Smith) Burns: 

a. Anna Gertrude, born August 18, 1864. 

b. Joseph Lee, born July 21, 1870. 

c. Charles F., born March 7, 1883. 

Mrs. James Burns and family live at Greenwood, Indiana. 

(3) William V. Burns, son of Maxa and Maria (Vawter) 
Burns, was born in Jefferson county, Indiana, December 19, 
1833 ; married at Mooresville, Indiana, March 28, 1854, to Sarah 
W. Black; died August 11, 1885. 

William V. Burns was said to have possessed a most remark- 
able memory. He could recite the whole New Testament through 
and could repeat the contents of a law book from beginning to 
end. His profession was that of a lawyer. He went into the army 
in 1862, serving in the Seventy-Ninth Indiana Regiment as judge 
advocate, and when mustered out he held the rank of captain. 

Sarah (Black) Burns, the daughter of W. M. and Frances 



THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 99 

Black, was born November 13, 1836. Lives at 340 West Henry- 
street, West Indianapolis, Indiana. 

The children of Wilham V. and Sarah (Black) Burns were 
William Conduit, Charles W. and Maggie Myrtle. 

a. William Conduit Burns was born March 23, 1855 ; married 
to Mary M. Coleman March 21, 1878. Lives in Indianapolis, 
Indiana. No children. 

b. Charles W. Burns was born January 6, 1857; died in 1858. 

c. Maggie Myrtle Burns was born August 29, 1859; married 
to Marsh R. Whitson December 18, 1883. No children. Lives 
at 908 Elizabeth street. Ft. Worth, Texas. 

(4) Harrison Burns, son of Maxa and Maria ( Vawter) Burns, 
was born in Jefferson county, Indiana, December 11, 1836; mar- 
ried March 22, 1870, to Mary Constance Smydth, the daughter 
of William C. and Constance Smydth, who was born July 18, 
1847 i^ Bloomfield, Indiana, and died September 24, 1882. 

Children of Harrison and Mary (Smydth) Burns were Mar- 
garet Burns, who was born and died March 14, 1871, and Lee 
Burns, who was born April 19, 1872, in Bloomfield, Indiana. 

Harrison Burns was married, second, to Julia E. Tomlinson. 
One child, Byron Elliot, died in infancy. 

Harrison Burns was married, third, to Mrs. Georgia S. Min- 
nick, July 3, 1891. 

Harrison Burns went to live at his grandfather's near North 
Vernon, Indiana, shortly before the death of his mother, and 
remained there until his father married again. He then went 
home to Dupont, Indiana in 1849. He and his father built four 
houses in Dupont in the year 1853, and then went down by boat 
into Louisiana, where they built a house for a planter, which took 
them five or six months, as the lumber was all prepared by hand. 
In 1855 his father moved to Sharps ville, and soon after that Har- 
rison Burns went to Martinsville as a carpenter. The next year 
he was a cabin-boy on a river boat running from Cincinnati to 
New Orleans. In 1857 he went into his brother William's law 
office in Martinsville. He practiced law in Bloomfield, Indiana, 
for fourteen years. He was elected judge of the Common Pleas 
Court of Indiana, Ninth District, for two terms, beginning his 



lOO THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 

first term of office in 1868. In 1876 he was appointed by Gov. 
Hendricks as judge of the Marion Superior Court. He is the au- 
thor of a number of law books, of which Burns' Indiana Digest 
and Burns' Indiana Statutes are the most widely known. Lives 
in Indianapolis, Indiana. 

Lee Burns, the son of Harrison Burns, attended the Indianapo- 
lis High School and did some special work at Butler University. 
He has been associated with the Bobbs-Merrill Company of In- 
dianapolis in various capacities since 1885. During the earlier 
years of his employment he attended school a portion of his time. 
He was a member of Company D, One Hundred and Fifty- 
Eighth Regiment of Indiana Infantry during the Spanish-Amer- 
ican War. Is now employed in the publication department of the 
Bobbs-Merrill Company. 

(5) Livingston S. Burns, son of Maxa and Maria (Vawter) 
Burns, was born June 30, 1839; died March 3, 1843. 

(6) David Vawter Burns, son of Maxa and Maria (Vawter) 
Burns, was born in Jefferson county, Indiana, June 18, 1841 ; 
married November 29, 1869, to Eudora Danforth (the daughter 
of Albert Joseph and Matilda Haven Sewell Danforth) , who was 
born March 16, 1849, in Newtown, Indiana. 

David Burns received his early education in the common 
schools. At the outbreak of the Civil War he enlisted as a private 
in the Twenty-Sixth Regiment Indiana Volunteers. He served 
during the war, being twice wounded and at one time a captive. 
After the close of the war he entered the Indiana State Univer- 
sity. In 1866 he began the study of law and was graduated two 
years later from the Indianapolis Law School, and practiced his 
profession in Indianapolis. In 1870 he was elected district at- 
torney, and in 1878 was elected judge of the Superior Court of 
Marion county, Indiana. In 1887, on account of failing health, 
he went to Denver, Colorado, to live. In the fall of 1891 he was 
elected judge of the district court, and remained on the bench 
until 1894. He received the degree of LL. D. from Franklin Col- 
lege in 1897, and the appointment of referee of bankruptcy in 
1902. He is a member of the Baptist Church, and has given 



THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA lOI 

largely both of effort and money for its support. Lives at 2247 
Marion street, Denver, Colorado. 

The children of David V, and Eudora (Danforth) Burns: 

a. Ida Burns, born in Indianapolis October 25, 1870; married 
June 2y, 1893, to Oswald Alfred Patzold, who was born August 
2, 1870, in Covington, Kentucky. Mr. Patzold is now superin- 
tendent of the Glenrock Coal Company and lives in Glenrock, 
Wyoming. 

b. Grace Burns was born January 8, 1872 ; died July 25, 1872. 

c. Danforth Burns was born August 19, 1873 ; died September 
6, 1878. 

d. Nellie Burns was born February 28, 1875; died June 28, 

1875- 

e. Edith Burns was born July 8, 1877, in Indianapolis. Is 

living with her parents in Denver, Colorado. 

/. Edna Burns was born August 29, 1881, in Indianapolis; 
married to William McElvaine Sites, September 17, 1903, in 
Denver, Colorado. William Sites was born in Columbus, Ohio, 
November 16, 1877. Lives in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and is 
superintendent of the gas department of the Oklahoma Gas and 
Electric Company. 

(7) Mary F. Burns, daughter of Maxa M. and Maria (Vaw- 
ter) Burns, was born at Wirt, Indiana, April 2, 1843; married 
April 27, 1872, to Dallas Newland, who was born January 13, 
1844. 

Mary F. Burns was about three years of age when her mother 
died. She went to her grandfather Vawter's for a while and then 
stayed with her Aunt Frances King for some time. When her 
father was married again she went with him to Dupont, Indiana. 
She was living in Indianapolis at the time of her marriage to 
Dallas Newland. 

Dallas Newland's parents lived in Cumberland, Indiana. He 
was a teacher of music in the Institution for the Blind at In- 
dianapolis at the time of his marriage. He died November 21, 
1889. 



102 THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 

• Children of Dallas and Mary F. Newland : 

a. George Ballard, born January 26, 1873; disappeared while 
working in Chicago. 

b. James Edwin, born May 10, 1875 ; married May 28, 1897, 
to Elsie Cox, who was born November 21, 1878. Their children 
are Robert Nelson, born January 14, 1898, and Ralph Guy, born 
January 13, 1902. 

c. Jesse Guy, born March 29, 1880; died January 19, 1902. 
Mrs. Newland and son Edwin and family live in Indianapolis, 

Indiana. 

(8) Elizabeth A., daughter of Maxa M. and'Maria (Vawter) 
Burns, was born in Wirt, Indiana, September 27, 1844; married 
March 22, 1868, to Henry L. Bayley, who was born July 21, 
1828;, died January 22, 1896. 

Elizabeth (Burns) Bayley lived at Wirt, Indiana, until the 
death of her mother, then lived with her aunt, Lizzie Stott, until 
her father married again. She was married at Sharpsville to Mr. 
Bayley. They moved from Sharpsville to Metamora, Michigan, 
and from there to Battle Creek. Mrs. Bayley and her children 
are all living in Battle Creek, Michigan, except the oldest son, 
Henry W. Bayley, who lives in Metamora. 

Children of Henry L. and Elizabeth (Burns) Bayley: 

a. Jennie May Bayley, born November 13, 1868, in Sharps- 
ville, Indiana; married August 30, 1885, to Jesse L. Rossman. 
Children: Cora Alice, born May 8, 1888; Elvie Elizabeth, born 
September 10, 1889; Arnold Jay, born December 15, 1891 ; Eva 
Grace, born May 6, 1894; Nellie Viola, born June 29, 1902. 

b. Henry Ward Bayley, born April 30, 1870, in Kokomo, 
Indiana; married February 28, 1895, to Clara Summers. Chil- 
dren: Gladys, born March 27, 1897, and Gerald, born August 
17, 1898. 

c. Arthur Loring Bayley, born June 21, 1872, in Sharpsville, 
Indiana; married August 28, 1900, to Melinda G. Lamson. 

d. Frank Wade Bayley, born November 16, 1874, in Sharps- 
ville, Indiana. 

e. Bertha Alice Bayley, born September 26, 1876; died July 
3I' 1877. 



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103 



/. Edith de Fltiria Bay ley, born December 6, 1879, in Sharps- 
ville, Indiana. 

g. Minnie Agnes Bayley, born September 26, 1882, in Sharps- 
ville, Indiana. 

]i. Howard Glenn Bayley, born June 11, 1885, in Metamora, 

Michigan. 

/. Willard Marion Bayley, born July 25, 1887, in Metamora, 
Michigan. 

(9) Sarah Jane Burns, daughter of Maxa and Maria (Vaw- 
ter) Burns, was born in Wirt, Indiana, June 19, 1846. She was 
taken to her grandfather and grandmother Vawter when but four 
months old, her mother being very ill at the time, and dying two 
months later. She lived with her grandparents until eighteen 
years of age. When thirteen years old she had brain fever. When 
fourteen years of age she had rheumatism, not being able to 
walk a step for six months, and then using crutches for three 
years. She then had cerebro-spinal meningitis, which resulted in 
total loss of sight, but in almost a cure of the rheumatism. She 
entered the Institution for the Blind, taking up her studies where 
she left off, and graduating from there in three years, teaching 
reading, arithmetic and geography for one year in one of the 
grades. After all this time she still held to a cheerful confidence 
that she would see again. It was some time after the paralysis 
of the eyelids was overcome and the eyeballs (which were turned 
backward) had been turned into their natural position by a skill- 
ful doctor before she began to see, but gradually the sight was 
restored. 

About 1 87 1 Sallie Burns was employed as governess and 
teacher in an orphanage on Capital avenue, Indianapolis. She 
was there for five years and while there took charge of a boy, 
Frank B. George, and supported and educated him. He attended 
the public schools and then Franklin College for one year. Is now 
married and lives in Detroit. In 1876 Sallie Burns became matron 
of the Colored Orphans' Home, served there five years, and was 
then appointed church missionary for the First Baptist Church 
of Indianapolis. She was engaged in this work for two years and 
was then married, on December 31, 1883, to George B. Loomis, 



104 THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 

Mr. Loomis, by a former marriage, had two children, Fred and 
Mary. Fred was afterwards married to Louise Wegmann and 
lives in IndianapoHs. Mary was married to Henry Rogers and 
and died, leaving two children. Mr. Loomis died November 27, 
1887. Five years after his death Sallie (Burns) Loomis again 
took up church missionary work and has been engaged in some 
sort of regular church work ever since. She and her daughter 
Grace live in Indianapolis, Indiana. 

George B. Loomis, the son of George and Esther Brace 
Loomis, was born in Bennington, New York, May 10, 1833. He 
early showed musical ability and was sent to New York City to 
be instructed by Lowell Mason. He taught music in Providence, 
Rhode Island, then came to Worcester, Ohio, and in 1864 was 
appointed superintendent of music in the public schools of In- 
dianapolis, which position he held for seventeen years. During 
this time he published a series of music books which were used 
in the Indianapolis schools for years and are still in use in many 
cities of the United States. Mr. Loomis was a deacon in the First 
Baptist Church of Indianapolis. 

Children of George and Sallie B. Loomis : Grace B., born 
March 25, 1885, in Indianapolis, and George D., born August 8, 
1886; died July 17, 1887. 

Grace B. Loomis is now attending Franklin College. 



Elizabeth (Vawter) Stott ' . 

Elizabeth Vawter, daughter of William and Frances Vawter, 
was born September 17, 181 1, in Jefferson county, Indiana, near 
Madison, and while she was yet a young girl united with the 
Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church. Her father moved to Jennings 
county, Indiana, when she was about sixteen years of age. She 
was married to John Stott about four years later. She was of a 
quiet, unassuming nature, but yet decided in her opinions. One 
of her children, in talking of her, said : "When mother spoke we 
always knew she meant what she said and we did what she re- 



THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 105 

quired. Father was a preacher, and in those days preachers re- 
ceived no remuneration for their services, but gave time and 
effort freely, making their living on their farms or in other busi- 
ness. The time given to traveling about preaching v^as just so 
much time taken away from the work by which the family lived ; 
so the wives of preachers had more to contend with than other 
women. My mother was often worried in the early years of 
father's preaching because of the time spent away from the farm, 
but later grew reconciled and became the most patient person I 
ever saw. Every one was attracted by her sweet, lovable disposi- 
tion. Her Christian influence on her own family was most 
marked. She and father labore'd and prayed for the conversion 
of their children, and lived to see them all, except Vawter, who 
died in infancy, members of the Zoar Baptist Church. Mother 
was confined to her bed for a year before her death. She died in 
Franklin, Johnson county, Indiana, November 17, 1893, ^S^^ 
eighty-two years." 

John Stott was born March 14, 181 1, in Woodford county, 
Kentucky. His parents moved to Jennings county, Indiana, in 
181 6. He worked on a farm until he was seventeen or eighteen 
years old, when he went to Vernon to learn the tanner's trade 
with his uncle. He was married to Elizabeth Vawter April 7, 
1 83 1, and they went to housekeeping in Vernon. In a short time 
they moved out on a farm near William Vawter's, the father of 
Elizabeth. Here John Stott divided his time between farming 
and tanning. He began preaching about 1848. Most of his time 
was given to local churches, and he did great good in strengthen- 
ing weak churches. He united with the Vernon Church in 1828. 
John Stott and his wife lived on the same farm for fifty years. 
They celebrated their golden wedding there in 1881. Four years 
afterward they moved to the Hopewell neighborhood near Frank- 
lin, Indiana, in order to be near their son. Here John Stott died 
December 29, 1887, aged seventy-seven years. 

Children of John and Elizabeth (Vawter) Stott were Vawter, 
Martha E., William T., Mary F. and Maria Jane, 

( I ) Vawter Stott, son of John and Elizabeth (Vawter) Stott, 
was born May 7, 1832; died March 12, 1835. 



I06 THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 

(2) Martha E. Stott, daughter of John and EHzabeth (Vaw- 
ter) Stott, was born April 18, 1834, on the old farm near Vernon, 
Indiana. She united with the Zoar Baptist Church in 1850, and 
was baptized by the Rev. James B. Swincher. She lived at home 
until nineteen years of age, when she was married, November 3, 
1853, to Maxa Moncrief, near Vernon, Indiana. 

Maxa Moncrief was born July 11, 1832, in Jennings county, 
Indiana. His occupation was farming. He united with the Con- 
cord Baptist Church in 1850. Has lived in Franklin, Indiana, 
since 1879. 

Children of Maxa and Martha (Stott) Moncrief: 

a. Jennie Moncrief, born April 19, 1855 ; died March i, 1870. 

b. Caleb Moncrief, born April 2, 1858; died October 17, 1859. 

c. Emma Moncrief was born July 31, i860, near Vernon, In- 
diana. She united with the North Vernon Baptist Church in 
1874; was married July 24, 1895, to Robert D. Trick, who was 
born November 28, i860, in South Wales. Emma Moncrief 
Trick died in Franklin, Indiana, March 31, 1902. 

(3) William T. Stott, son of John and Elizabeth (Vawter) 
Stott, was born near Vernon, Indiana, May 22, 1836. He went 
to the district schools, and in 1854 attended an academy in De- 
catur county, Indiana. He united with the Zoar Baptist Church 
in his seventeenth year ; began attending Franklin College in the 
winter of 1856-57, and was graduated in 186 1. In July, 1861, 
he enlisted in the Eighteenth Indiana Volunteer Infantry and was 
in the service until the close of 1864. Was for two years a private 
and for the remainder of the time captain of Company "I." He 
was in fifteen battles, being commander of the regiment in the 
last battle, which was at Cedar Creek, Virginia. In September, 
1865, William T. Stott began a course of study in the Rochester 
Theological Seminary, New York, and graduated there in May, 
1868. He was married to Arabella R. Tracy May 21, 1868; was 
pastor in Columbus, Indiana, 1868 to 1869; in 1869 was called 
to the acting presidency of Franklin College ; was acting president 
a year and a half and professor of sciences for about a year and 
a half. He was elected president of the college in 1872, and has 
been president for thirty-two years. W. T. Stott has been hon- 



THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA I07 

ored with several offices, such as president of the Indiana Baptist 
Convention, member of the board of visitors for the Home for 
Soldiers' and Sailors' Orphans, member of the state board of 
education, member of the board of the Indiana Soldiers' Home, 
and has been associate editor of the Baptist Outlook for some 
time. In 1894 he visited Europe and Palestine. Lives in Franklin, 
Indiana. 

Arabella (Tracy) Stott, the daughter of Isaac Storrs Tracy 
and Mary (Pierce) Tracy, was born in Tunbridge, Vermont, 
February 12, 1843. Her father moved to Rochester, New York, 
when she was a child, and she was educated there. 

Children of William T. and Arabella (Tracy) Stott: Wilfred 
T., Grace E., Edith R., Cyril H. and Roscoe G. 

a. Wilfred T. Stott, son of William T, and Arabella (Tracy) 
Stott, was born in Columbus, Indiana, March 5, 1869, and grad- 
uated at Franklin College in 1891. He was employed as a re- 
porter by the Indianapolis papers for some time, then owned a 
paper in Columbus, Indiana. While there, he raised a volunteer 
company of which he was the captain. This company was in 
Governor Durbin's regiment in the Spanish War. Wilfred T. 
Stott was for a number of years on the staff of the Chicago 
Tribune. He is now assistant editor of Service, a Baptist Union 
magazine published in Chicago. 

h. Grace E. Stott, daughter of William T. and Arabella 
(Tracy) Stott, was born November 29, 1871, in Franklin, In- 
diana. She graduated at Franklin College in 1894. She was col- 
lege librarian until 1899. Was married June 15, 1899, to Rev. 
Clark R. Parker. 

Clark R. Parker was born November 29, 1873, in East Trum- 
bull, Ohio. He graduated at Franklin College in the class of 
1898 and then went to the Boston Conservatory for instruction 
in music. He taught music in Franklin College one year, then 
taught school in the Muncie high school for two years, then re- 
turned to Franklin as principal of the high school. In October, 
1904, he became pastor of the La Porte Baptist Church. 

Clark R. and Grace (Stott) Parker have one child, Cyril Rod- 
ney, who was born in Muncie, Indiana, Alay 4, 1901. 



I08 THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 

c. Edith R. Stott, daughter of WilHam T. and Arabella 
(Tracy) Stott, was born in Franklin, Indiana, January i, 1875. 
She attended Franklin College. She was married to Rev. Fred 
Glendower Kenny, October 29, 1903. 

Fred Glendower Kenny was born in 1868 at Le Roy, New 
York. Is pastor of the Tipton, Indiana, Baptist Church. 

d. Cyril H. Stott, son of William T. and Arabella (Tracy) 
Stott, was born November 8, 1877; died October 23, 1884. 

c. Roscoe G. Stott, son of William T. and Arabella (Tracy) 
Stott, was born in Franklin, Indiana, October 29, 1880. He grad- 
uated at Franklin College in 1904, and is now in the University 
of Chicago. 

(4) Mary F. Stott, daughter of John and Elizabeth ( Vawter) 
Stott, was born in Jennings county, Indiana, May 17, 1840. She, 
like her mother, is of a retiring nature. She was much afflicted 
as a child, so seldom left home. When she was fifteen years of 
age her mother fell from a horse breaking her wrist and bruising 
herself. After that the care of the house fell on Mary. Jennie 
and Mary were both teachers in the Sunday-school for years while 
they lived in the old home. They united with the church in 1854, 
and were baptized by their father in the creek down by their 
grandfather's place. Mary came to Franklin in September, 1885, 
and is living there now with her sister, Mrs. Moncrief. 

(5) Jennie M. Stott was born in Jennings county, Indiana, 
March 9, 1842. She was always of a cheerful disposition and a 
good student. She began teaching when seventeen years old and 
taught for several years. She was in college one year, but owing 
to sickness at home was compelled to return there. Afterwards 
she taught a private school in Franklin, Indiana. She was married 
to James N. Chaille June 23, 1881. In August, 1882, a daughter. 
Bertha Elizabeth, was born, who lived for four years. Her hus- 
band died in fifteen weeks after the death of the little girl. Jennie 
S. Chaille then came back home to Franklin, where she remained 
until her death, June 7, 1894. 



THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA lOQ 



John Taylor Vawter 

John Taylor Vawter, son of William and Frances Vawter, was 
born in Jefferson county, Indiana, August 20, 181 3, and was mar- 
ried to Pamelia Dwyer May 10, 1835. He and his wife and child, 
Edward, went to Iowa in the general land rush in 1839, when 
the government opened the land of that territory to the public. 
The land was then in the hands of rangers — men who pastured 
their stock upon the lands but who did not own them. These 
rangers naturally objected to the incoming settlers, and even after 
these settlers had entered their claims and were living upon them 
the rangers tried to drive them away by persecution. John T. 
Vawter was arrested once for arson and four times for perjury 
upon statements sworn to by the rangers. Although he proved 
himself innocent every time he spent all he had in defending 
himself. 

About this time there came to Iowa a German preacher, who 
preached in both the German and English languages and who in- 
terested Mr. Vawter more than any one he had ever heard. The 
minister was one of a German community in Ohio. Later, John 
T. Vawter went sixty miles to hear another one of these preach- 
ers. This second minister told him of a German colony which 
was being organized in Shelby county, Missouri, and said that 
Mr. Vawter could become a member if he so desired. Mr. Vawter 
was very much pleased with the idea and went with his family 
to Missouri and united with the colony. At that time he had four 
children. These children learned to speak German long before 
their father did, and he said they would often come to him and 
ask questions that he could not make out. Their first education 
was entirely in German. There were only two American families 
in the colony. Mr. Vawter lived in the colony for about eighteen 
years, and says he remembers it as one of the happiest periods of 
his life. 

When the colony was first organized at Bethel, Missouri, the 
members lived in tents, and there were many more in the town 



m 



no THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 

then, in 1845, than there are at the present time. Each family 
Hved in its own house as soon as the houses could be built. Such 
improvements were made about the place as were deemed neces- 
sary by the elders and Mr. Kyle, who was the head. One of the 
directors came around each morning and said : "You go here, 
you work there, you plant, you plow," and so on. The women 
did the lighter kinds of work in the field, the girls and women 
also working in the glove factory and the woolen mill. The men 
worked on the farms, in the tannery, the distillery and at herding. 
There was a superintendent for each department — the farm, the 
factory, and so on. These superintendents were under the direc- 
tion of the elders. The people were allowed provisions and cloth- 
ing according to the number in the family, and the supply was 
abundant. Whisky was furnished also, but there was no drunken- 
ness in the colony. No money was allowed to the members. 

At first the colony was very poor, but it grew prosperous as 
the years passed, and the people lived better and had more time 
for amusements. At Elim, a short distance from Bethel, was the 
residence of Mr. Kyle, the leader. At this place was a great pa- 
vilion and concert hall. Here the people had two great festivals 
a year — the May Festival and the Harvest Festival. At both of 
these they had an abundance of good things to eat and music and 
dancing. At Hebrun, one mile northv/est of Bethel, was the 
colony cemetery. 

Mr. Kyle, who was a minister and also the head of the colony, 
was a very remarkable man. He possessed a powerful person- 
ality and a wonderful control over the people. He ruled the 
colony in a manner which seemed to be for the best good of all. 
The people no more thought of questioning his authority than 
they would that of their Creator. Even the young people had to 
ask his consent when they thought of getting married. 

John T. Vawter, while a member of the colony, at first lived 
in the town. He was a herder, and after a while moved out in 
the country, as it became necessary for him to attend to his herd- 
ing at a greater distance from the town. He took up a claim of 
one hundred and sixty acres, and the colony improved it. The 
first house they built for him was by the side of the creek. While 



THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA III 

in this house the family constantly had the chills and fever. The 
colony then built a house for them on the hill, and after living 
there a while the chills left them. Mr. Vawter's father and mother 
visited him while in the colony. 

Before the colony was disbanded a number of the members 
went to Oregon, among them Edward Vawter, the son of John 
T. Vawter. Mr Kyle, the head of the colony, afterwards went 
to Oregon to bury his son who had died there, and as the members 
were not doing well he remained to take charge of the Oregon 
branch. He retained control of the Missouri branch, but appoint- 
ed Andrew Giese as manager. Andrew Giese was in turn fol- 
lowed by Jacob Miller. Under these changes in leadership the 
colonists became dissatisfied. 

About this time John T. Vawter went for a visit to his relatives 
in Indiana, and when he returned to Missouri decided to sever 
his connection with the colony. Although he had nothing when 
he went into the colony, when he left it he had his farm, which 
he had pre-empted, his house and barn and the stock upon the 
farm, and had in the meantime brought up a large family ; so that 
his experience had not been a bad thing for him financially. On 
this farm were born his other three children by his first wife. 
Here his first wife died December i6, 1861. Here he was mar- 
ried, second, to Mrs. N. S. Philliper, July 12, 1866, and here his 
youngest child, Albert, was born. Soon after Mr. Vawter with- 
drew the colony was disbanded. 

John T. Vawter and his wife are now living in Bethel, Mis- 
souri. He is ninety-two years old. 

Children of John T. and Pamelia (Dwyer) Vawter were Ed- 
ward, William, Frances, Katherine, Michael, Louisa and John 
T., Jr. 

(i) Edward Vawter, son of John T. and Pamelia (Dwyer) 
Vawter, was born in Jennings county, Indiana, November 21, 
1838; married in Portland, Oregon, February 12, 1865, to 
Barbara Kroher, who was born September 30, 1838, in Bavaria, 
Germany, and died July 3, 1866. 

Edward Vawter's first education was in German in the colony. 
Both his children and grandchildren speak the German language 



112 THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 

as well as the English. In 1863 he, with a number of others from 
the colony, went to Oregon. He drove an ox-team across the 
plains, landing at Portland, Oregon, October 6, 1863, and was 
engaged in cutting cord-wood, making rails, etc., until he married 
the first time, when he went to farming, and has followed that 
occupation since. 

Edward Vawter was married the second time to Catherine 
Gunnerman, December 7, 1871. She was born in Hesse-Cassel, 
Germany, February 8, 1842. They are now living in Bates City, 
Missouri. 

Children of Edward and Barbara (Kroher) Vawter: 

a. George Adam Vawter was born in Aurora, Marion county, 
Oregon, June 10, 1866; married in Bethel, Shelby county, Mis- 
souri, September 30, 1888, to Katy A. Luty, who was born in 
Bethel, Missouri, May 18, 1864. Children: 

Edgar Frederick Vawter, born in Bethel, Missouri, March 10, 
1890. 

Frank Edward Vawter, born January 7, 1892; died February 
18, 1892. 

Wilbur Luty Vawter, born May 19, 1893. 

Bertha May Vawter, still-born, January 9, 1896. 

Clifford George Vawter, born January 6, 1900. 

George A. Vawter went from Bethel, Missouri, to Newport, 
Washington, in 1901. He is in the real estate business and is also 
a dealer in wood. 

Children of Edward and Catherine (Gunnerman) Vawter: 

a. Frank Wesley Vawter was born June 13, 1873; married 
April 2y, 1898, to Emma Graupner, who was born December 7, 
1876. Children: Freda Mildred, born July 27, 1899, and Edna 
Catherine, born September 18, 1901. 

Frank W. Vawter is living in Newport, Washington. 

b. William Alfred Vawter, son of Edward and Catherine 
(Gunnerman) Vawter, was born February 13, 1876; married 
June 12, 1 90 1, to Mary Virginia Straughter, who was born De- 
cember 5, 1875. No children. They live in San Dimas, Cali- 
fornia. 

(2) William Vawter, son of John Taylor and Pamelia (Dwy- 



THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA II3 

er) Vawter, was born near Cedar Rapids, Iowa, September 20, 
1840. He enlisted from Shelby county, Missouri, in April, 1863, 
to serve three years or during- the war. He was mustered into the 
United States service at St. Louis, Missouri, as a private of Cap- 
tain James M. Collier's Company "G," Eleventh Regiment Cav- 
alry, Missouri Volunteers, Colonel William D. Wood command- 
ing. This regiment took part in the action at Spring Town, 
from where it marched to Jacksonport and participated in that 
fight, April 26, 1864. In May the regiment was ordered to Du- 
vall's Bluflf, Arkansas, and during its stay there took part in the 
engagements at Ashley's and Jones' Stations, Augusta, Searcy, 
Dardanelle and Morristown, and marched over ten thousand miles 
in expeditions, raids and scouts. In November, 1864, the regi- 
ment was ordered to Brownsville, Arkansas, and attached to the 
Second Brigade, Cavalry Division, Seventh Army Corps; in Feb- 
ruary, 1865, was ordered to Little Rock, Arkansas, remaining 
there until May; thence to New Orleans, en route for the Rio 
Grande. On arriving at New Orleans in July the order was coun- 
termanded and the regiment ordered to Benton Barracks, Mis- 
souri. It was mustered out of service July 27, 1865, at Greenville, 
Louisiana, thence moved to Benton Barracks, St. Louis, Missouri, 
and received final pay and discharge August 11, 1865. 

William Vawter, in the spring of 1865, was confined in the 
hospital at Little Rock, Arkansas, owing to illness, and when he 
returned to St. Louis found that his company had been disbanded. 
He received an honorable discharge at St. Louis on the nth of 
August, 1865, by reason of the close of war. He was married 
April 5, 1866, at Shelbyville, Missouri, to Matilda F. McKinnon 
Christman, who was born November 14, 1843, ^^ St. Louis 
county, Missouri. She was married first to William Christman, 
who was one of the Union soldiers massacred by the Quantrell 
band of outlaws in the battle of Centralia, Missouri. 

William Vawter's eyes were injured during the war and he 
was mustered out almost blind. Several years after the war he 
engaged in the mercantile business in Ivanhoe, Missouri ; sold 
out his business there in 1885, and with his family moved to 
Meade county, Kansas, where he took a homestead of one hun- 



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dred and sixty acres of land, but the hot winds and grasshoppers 
in the summer and the bhzzards in the winter soon drove the 
family away. They moved to Polk county, Missouri, where Wil- 
liam bought a farm. Selling this farm, he moved to Bullion, 
Adair county, Missouri. Shortly after this, in 1893, his eyes 
began to grow worse, and in a short time he became blind and 
has been so ever since. He lives with his son William in Brashear, 
Missouri. 

Children : 

a. Colonel Vawter, son of William and Matilda Vawter, 
was born January 26, 1867. He was married June 7, 1896, to 
Ida Rahe at Bullion, Adair county, Missouri, and has one son, 
Emil, who was born October 14, 1898. Colonel Vawter is a black- 
smith and wagon-maker, living at Brashear, Missouri. 

h. William Scott Vawter, son of William and Matilda Vaw- 
ter, was born March 28, 1873, in Shelby county, Missouri. He 
came to Brashear, Missouri, in 1893, ^'■^'^^ ^s an attorney of that 
place and a member of board of trustees of the town. He was 
elected for four consecutive times Worshipful Master of the Ma- 
sonic Lodge. He is an Odd Fellow, and has held the highest of- 
fices in that lodge. He recently received his commission as district 
deputy grand master of the Odd Fellows for District No. 59. 
William S. Vaw-ter takes an active interest in politics. He is, 
moreover, a great student of ancient history, and it is said that 
there are few men in Missouri so well informed as he on that 
subject. 

c. Pamelia, daughter of William and Matilda Vawter, died 
in infancy. 

Matilda Vawter, wife of William, died April 16, 1899. 

(3) Frances Vav/ter, daughter of John T. and Pamelia 
(Dwyer) Vawter, was born January 3, 1843, in Iowa, near Cedar 
Rapids, and was two years of age when her father united with 
the German colony in Missouri. She lived in Bethel, Missouri, 
for ten years when her father moved his family out on a farm 
near there. She was sixteen years old when her mother died, and 
she then took charge of the house until her father married again ; 
then went to Shelby ville, Missouri, and lived with a family by 



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the name of Carley until she was married. Was married Decem- 
ber 18, 1870, to John George Burckhardt. 

John G. Burckhardt was born in Wiirttemberg, Germany, Sep- 
tember 24, 1842. When twelve years of age he came to this 
country with his parents and settled in Glen Cove, Rhode Island. 
In May, 1861, he enlisted as a private in Company G, Fourth 
New York Volunteer Infantry; was discharged May, 1863, as 
sergeant; shipped November, 1864, in the United States navy; 
discharged October, 1865, from the United States ship Anemone 
at the New York navy yard. After that he lived with his parents 
at Allentown, Pennsylvania, and worked in a rolling mill. In 
1869 he came to Shelby ville, Missouri, and there was married 
to Frances Vawter. Mr. Burckhardt has a large farm near Bethel, 
Missouri. He makes a specialty of raising fine stock, particularly 
thoroughbred shorthorn cattle and draft horses and sheep. He 
is an Odd Fellow, a member of the Grand Army of the Repubhc, 
a school director, a deacon in the Presbyterian Churchy and is one 
of the prominent farmers who has been chosen by the government 
to send in regular monthly reports of the weather conditions and 
the crops. Ivanhoe Stock Farm, Bethel, Missouri. 

Children of John G. and Frances (Vawter) Burckhardt: 

a. Sarah Ann Burckhardt, born February 28, 1873; married 
October 17, 1896, to Henry W. Boeckley. They live near Bethel, 
Missouri, and have one child, Enid Beth, who was born May 12, 
1902. 

b. John Frederick Burckhardt was born February 14, 1875 ; 
married April 19, 1903, to Minnie Baker, who was born October 
3, 1880, in Ohio. They live near Bethel, Missouri. 

c. Lulu Christina Burckhardt was born June i, 1876; died 
February i, 1898. 

d. Margaret Pamelia Burckhardt, born May 27, 1878. 

e. Mary Elizabeth Burckhardt was born September 27, 1879. 
/. George Burckhardt was born January 12, 1882. 

g. Mamie Burckhardt was born May 4, 1884. 

(4) Katherine Vawter, daughter of John Taylor and Pamelia 
(Dwyer) Vawter, was born near Cedar Rapids, Iowa, February i, 
1845 y moved with her parents when still an infant to the German 



Il6 THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 

colony at Bethel, Missouri, remaining in the town until ten years 
of age. Her father then moved out on a farm near Bethel. Here 
she lived, with the exception of three years spent in the town, 
until she was married, March, 29, 1866, to George Vanosdol. 

George Vanosdol was born in Jefferson county, Indiana, Oc- 
tober 13, 1840. In 1856 he moved to Shelby county. Missouri, 
assisting his father there in farming. He served in the army, re- 
turning to Shelby county, Missouri, in 1865. He has been en- 
gaged in farming for the most of his life. Is now living near 
Plevna, Missouri. 

Children of George and Katherine Vanosdol : 

a. Mary Catherine, born October 13, 1866; married April 9, 
1 89 1, to Joseph Brooks, who is a lumber manufacturer living at 
Bonner's Ferry, Idaho. Children : Artemus, born December 30, 
1893; Gerald, born August 25, 1894, and Aurora, born Septem- 
ber 2, 1896. 

h. Emiline Vanosdol was born August i, 1868; married 
March 7, 1889, to George W. Baltzer, who is a farmer and trader 
living at Epworth, Missouri. Children: Pearl, born January 17, 
1890, and Harry, born October 26, 1891. 

c. James Monroe Vanosdol was born March 9, 1870; mar- 
ried October 20, 1894, to Mollie Pence. James M. Vanosdol is a 
farmer and trader living near Epworth, Missouri. No children. 

d. Frances Ann Vanosdol was born February 28, 1872; mar- 
ried February i, 1893, to Albert Campbell Staggs; died April 
16, 1893. 

e. Scott Vanosdol was born February 10, 1874; married April 
23, 1892, to Elizabeth Gibbs. He is a farmer and trader living 
near Epworth, Missouri. No children. 

/. Sarah Hotchkiss Vanosdol was born May 4, 1876; mar- 
ried July 19, 1897, to W. R. Perrigo. They live in Naples, 
Idaho. They have two children, Floyd and Bertha Winifred. 

g. Mattie Belle Vanosdol was born November 23, 1878; mar- 
ried November 3, 1895, to W. W. Wilcox, who is a farmer and 
trader living near Shelbyville, Missouri. Children : William Gil- 
bert, born November 26, 1896, and Laurence, born October 30, 
1900. 



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h. William Weaver Vanosdol was born December ii, 1880. 
Lives in Rush Center, Kansas. 

/. Cora Lee Vanosdol was born April 11, 1883. 

j. Lulu Ludica Vanosdol was born July 9, 1886. 

k. Isaac Morton Vanosdol was born February 7, 1889. 

(5) Mary Vawter, daughter of John Taylor and Pamelia 
(Dwyer) Vawter, was born October 9, 1847 ; died April 21, 1858. 

(6) Michael Vawter, son of John Taylor and Pamelia 

(Dwyer) Vawter, was born April 6, 1851 ; married Rebecca 

in Lexington, Missouri. No children. 

(7) Louisa Vawter, daughter of John Taylor and Pamelia 
(Dwyer) Vawter, was born November 17, 1853, in Shelby county, 
Missouri; married in Knox county, Missouri, June 15, 1874, to 
Thomas Tanksley, who was born in Hancock county, Illinois, 
March i, 1855. They live at Fern Hill, Washington. Chil- 
dren of Thomas and Louisa (Vawter) Tanksley: 

a. Charles Wesley Tanksley, born September 11, 1875, in 
Shelby county, Missouri. 

h. Samuel Tanksley, born in Schuyler county, Illinois, June 
18, 1877; died September 11, 1878. 

c. Minnie Tanksley, born in Illinois January 22, 1879; died 
March 22, 1884. 

d. Albert Tanksley, born in Illinois March 11, 1881 ; mar- 
ried August 23, 1900, to Christena S. Wesaw, of Lake View, 
Washington. 

c. Thomas Oliver Tanksley, born in Illinois April 19, 1883. 

/. James Mitton Tanksley, born in Lafayette county, Mis- 
souri, September 21, 1888. 

g. Henry Franklin Tanksley, born in Lafayette county, Mis- 
souri, August 25, 1891. 

(8) John T. Vawter, Jr., son of John Taylor and Pamelia 
(Dwyer) Vawter, was born near Bethel, Missouri, December 11, 
1855, married at Kirby, Missouri, December 12, 1875, to Ida 
E. Springsteen, who was born August 22, 1858, in New York 
City. 

Children : Charles William Vawter, who was born near Kir- 
by, Missouri, February 2, 1877; married December 7, 1900, to 



Il8 THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 

Daisy Tolle, who was born near Bethel, Missouri, in 1877. 
Charles William Vawter died November 27, 1891. 

John T. Vawter, Jr., has worked at teaming and farming for 
the most of his life. Lives now in Bethel. Missouri. 

(9) Albert C. Vawter. son of John T. Vawter and his second 
wife, was born near Bethel, Missouri. July 7. 1869; married, 
near Shelbyville, Missouri, July 26, 1891. to Frances Josephine 
Churchwell, who was born near Emden, Missouri. July 27, 1870. 

Children : 

a. Francis Marion, born April 2, 1893. 

h. Vernon Day, born August 4, 1894. 

c. Arthur Lee, born September 20, 1895. 

d. Annie Gladys, born May 9, 1897. 

e. Mary Ruth, born July 14, 1900. 

Albert C. Vawter is a lumber grader living at Newport, Wash- 
ington. 



Williamson Dunn Vawter 

Williamson Dunn Vawter, son of William and Frances Vaw- 
ter, was born August 28, 181 5, at Mt. Glad, near Madison, 
Indiana. His father moved to Jennings county, Indiana, when 
he was about twelve years of age. He attended the country 
schools, his first text books being a spelling book and the 
New Testament, then the American First Class Book. Among his 
teachers was Mrs. Lard, a noted teacher in the early days of 
Indiana. Williamson's father proposed to make a farmer of his 
son, but the boy had no liking for that vocation and left his 
father's home soon after reaching the age of twelve years. He 
went to Kentucky to a cousin by the name of Stapp, with whom 
he stayed for a time. Afterwards he went to live with his uncle, 
Colonel John Vawter, for whom he had a great affection. John 
Vawter wanted to make a business man of Williamson. The 
first work of the boy was driving an ox-team between Vernon and 
Madison, carrying merchandise for his uncle's store, which was 
located in Vernon and was the great emporium for a vast region 



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119 



of country. This work, which was full of adventure and danger, 
the roads being bad and the woods affording lurking places for 
occasional savages, just suited the daring spirit of the boy. Later 
he became a clerk in the mercantile house of his uncle, and then a 
partner in the same store with his cousin, Smith Vawter. Wil- 
liamson and Smith Vawter carried on business together in the 
same brick building at the old Vawter corner in Vernon for 
forty years. Williamson Vawter was the junior partner. He 
was also postmaster of Vernon for a number of years, a leader 
in temperance work and treasurer and custodian of the Bible 
depository of the Jennings county branch of the American Bible 
Society from its organization until he moved to California. He 
did not despise the day of small things, but was ever ready to 
assist in any measure for the good of the community. He took 
a lively interest in municipal politics ; was a whig during the life 
of that party and a member of the republican party from its 
birth ; was an abolitionist in principle ; voted for General William 
Henry Harrison for president of the United States and also voted 
for Benjamin Harrison in 1888. 

Williamson D. Vawter and family went from Vernon, Indiana, 
to Los Angeles county, California, in 1875, W. D. Vawter being 
one of the original members of the "Indiana Colony." This 
colony bought land where Pasadena now stands. The climate 
of Santa Monica, however, seemed to offer superior attractions, 
and there Williamson Vawter and sons bought property and en- 
gaged in business, partaking actively in every measure for the 
good of the town. W. D. Vawter was one of the founders of the 
first church organized and built in Santa Monica — the Presby- 
terian Church. The first street railway in Santa Monica was 
built, owned and operated by Williamson Vawter and his two 
sons, W. S. and E. J. Vawter. The First National Bank of 
Santa Monica was organized by himself and sons, and the 
largest brick block there was built by same. W. D. Vawter was 
president of the bank at one time, and at the time of his death was 
still engaged in that business. 

Williamson D. Vawter was married July 15, 1834. to Mary 
Charlotte Tilghman Crowder, who was born May 12, 181 7, and 



120 THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 

died September 22, 1851, and was buried in the Vernon cemetery. 
The children of WilHamson D. and Mary Charlotte Tilghman 
(Crowder) Vawter were Mary Ellen, May, Jane Cravens, Ara- 
mantha Charlotte, William Smith and Edwin James. 

Williamson D. Vawter was married, second, November 10, 
1852, to Charlotte Augusta Knowlton, who was born in Shrews- 
bury, Massachusetts, July 31, 1819, and died in Santa Monica, 
California, December 27, 1893. Children of Williamson and 
Charlotte (Knowlton) Vawter were Emma Knowlton and 
Charles Knowlton. 

Williamson D. Vawter died in Santa Monica, California, July 
10, 1894. 

Children : 

( 1 ) Mary Ellen Vawter, daughter of Williamson D. and 
Mary (Crowder) Vawter, was born in Vernon, Indiana, October 
23, 1836. At the age of eighteen she began teaching, but after 
teaching two years at May Hill and Deer Creek her eyesight 
failed and she was compelled to remain a year in a dark room. 
When twenty-three years of age she was married to Ward 
Leavitt, of Chautauqua, New York. Children : Charles Dunn, 
born February 16, 1862; died October 2, 1862; Florence May, 
born August 3, 1865. 

In the spring of 1875 M^- ^^^ Mrs. Leavitt and daughter went 
to Los Angeles county, California, with the family of E. J. Vaw- 
ter. They were stockholders in the Indiana Colony. After a 
few months' sojourn at Pasadena and Los Angeles, they came to 
Santa Monica. In 1880 they went back to Pasadena, and after 
seven years of orange ranch life there they returned to Santa 
Monica, where Mr. Leavitt died, October 23, 1896. 

(2) May Vawter, daughter of Williamson and Mary (Crow- 
der) Vawter, was born in Vernon, Jennings county, Indiana, March 
4, 1838. She was educated in the Vernon schools. She stood 
well in her classes and had a fair musical education ; taught school 
in Lafayette, Indiana, with her uncle, A. J. Vawter, who was at 
that time superintendent of the Lafayette schools ; traveled 
through the southern and eastern states and Canada and came 
to the Pacific coast with her father's family in 1875. She was 



THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 121 

married in the spring of 1876 by Rev. Dr. Condit, to Switzer 
Soutter Harwood, M. D., at her father's home in Santa Monica, 
California. Mr. and Mrs. Harwood lived in San Pablo, Cali- 
fornia, then in San Francisco, going afterwards to Yreka, Sis- 
kiyou county, the extreme northern portion of California. They 
then went to Sydney, Australia, to live. May V. Harwood making 
the voyage to and from there several times. She died in Sydney, 
Australia, March i, 1884. May (Vawter) Harwood was self- 
reliant, active, daring and adventurous from her childhood. She 
united with the Vernon Presbyterian Church and was one of the 
charter members of the First Presbyterian Church of Santa 
Monica, California. 

Dr. Switzer Soutter Harwood was born in London, England. 
He went with his parents to Sydney, Australia, where he re- 
mained for a short time, returning to England to complete his 
education. He came to San Francisco in 1875, and in that same 
year to southern California. In Santa Monica he met and mar- 
ried May Vawter. There were no children. 

(3) Jane Cravens Vawter, daughter of Williamson D. and 
Mary (Crowder) Vawter, was born in Vernon, Indiana, April 
17, 1840. The name Cravens was given in honor of a political 
friend of her father. She was interested in political and national 
questions from childhood and became a stanch abolitionist at ten 
years of age. She received her education, for the most part, in 
the private and public schools of Vernon, and afterwards contin- 
ued her studies under the direction of the family physician. Dr. 
J. C. Burt, following the course of study laid out in the catalogue 
of Hanover College. She then took special courses of reading for 
several years. At twenty years of age she taught for several 
months in the public schools of Indianapolis, and again at twenty- 
two. She was a teacher of the higher English and algebra, besides 
other branches. She united with the Vernon Presbyterian Church 
April 17, 1864; was the projector and one of the founders of the 
first Sunday-school in Santa Monica, California. The school was 
organized and carried on for some weeks in the W. D. Vawter 
homestead. Jennie Vawter was a charter member of the First 
Presbyterian Church of Santa Monica ; served for a time as Sun- 



122 THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 

day-school superintendent, and later took charge of a class of 
boys and girls, thirty in number, taking them from ten years of 
age until they were men and women. She was one of two solicit- 
ors who collected funds for the erection of the beautiful building 
of the Presbyterian Church now in use in Santa Monica, Cali- 
fornia, a building made possible by the generosity and sympathy 
of her father and mother, with their family. She and her sister 
Emma live together in the old homestead in Santa Monica. 

(4) Aramantha Charlotte Vawter, daughter of Williamson 
D. and Mary (Crowder) Vawter, was born in Vernon, Indiana, 
September 25, 1841. She was educated in the Jennings Academy 
in Vernon and in the Female College at Oxford, Ohio. She com- 
menced to teach school when not quite seventeen years old in 
Scipio, Indiana, afterward taking a school in the country at a 
place called the "Forks of Graham." After this she resumed her 
studies, and later taught for a time in Lafayette, Columbus and 
Vernon, Indiana. She was married October 16, 1866, at her fa- 
ther's home in Vernon, to Septimius Vater of Lafayette, Indiana. 

Mr. and Mrs. Vater are members of the oldest literary society 
in Lafayette (the Parlor Club), and are the members of the 
longest standing in it. Mrs. Vater is also a member of the Mon- 
day Club — a. woman's organization. She is a Presbyterian in re- 
ligious belief and was for many years president of the Woman's 
Missionary Society of the church and also held the office of 
president of the Missionary Society of the Crawfordsville Pres- 
bytery for several years. During the last year she was ordained 
a deaconess in hej own church. Is a member of the Woman's 
Auxiliary of the Young Men's Christian Association, and was 
the first president of the Woman's Christian Temperance Union 
in Lafayette. 

Septimius Vater was born August 20, 1844, in Cincinnati, 
Ohio. His father, Thomas Vater, was from the vicinity of Liver- 
pool, England. He married Eleanor Palmer of London, and they 
came to America with their two children. Mrs. Vater, then a 
widow, came to Indianapolis with her family in 1852. Septimius 
Vater received his education there and learned the printers' trade 
and also telegraphy. In the fall of 1863 he returned to Cincinnati 



THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 1 23 

and worked in the office of the Times for more than a year. In 
October, 1864, he went to Lafayette, Indiana, and became busi- 
ness manager of the Courier. In January, 1869, Mr. Vater 
bought the Lafayette Journal in partnership with Benjamin B. 
Barron, who died about a year and a half afterward. Mr. Vater 
then conducted the paper alone until 1882, when he sold it and 
spent a year or more in California with his family. In March, 
1885, Mr. Vater purchased the Evening Call. This paper he pub- 
lished for over ten years, when he sold out. In 1898 he bought 
stock and went into Perrin's National Bank as an officer. When 
that bank consolidated with the Merchant National he became 
treasurer of the Lafayette Loan and Trust Company. 
Children of Septimius and Aramantha (Vawter) Vater: 

a. Williamson Dunn Vater was born May 17, 1868. He was 
educated at Princeton Seminary. He was married November 29, 
1899, to Grace Barker of Logansport, Indiana, who was born 
April 16, 1873. Williamson Vater is a Presbyterian minister, 
preaching in Oxford, Indiana. 

b. Thomas Eugene Vater was born April 5, "1871 ; died July 
15, 1871. 

c. Agnes Eugenie Vater was born June 29, 1872. She is an 
active member of the young ladies' literary society of Lafayette, 
Indiana ; is a member of the Presbyterian Church and superin- 
tendent of the primary department of the Sabbath-school ; has 
traveled abroad and in her own country. 

(5) William Smith Vawter, son of Williamson and Mary 
(Crowder) Vawter, was born near Vernon, Jennings county, 
Indiana, April i, 1845. ^^ passed through the various grades 
of the school in Vernon and graduated in a commercial college 
in Cincinnati, Ohio. Returning to Vernon, was deputy county 
clerk for about a year, when he became editor and proprietor of 
the Vernon Banner, which he continued to run successfully for 
two ^ears. In 1875 h^' with his father and brother, moved to 
California, and they were among those who helped in the first 
building up of the town of Santa Monica, on the shores of the 
Pacific ocean, twenty miles from Los Angeles. Here William 
Vawter took part in the affairs of the community. When the 



124 THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 

public school was started he became one of the trustees, serving 
three years. When the village became a city he was elected a 
trustee and served in that capacity for four years. He, together 
w^ith his father and brother, organized the First National Bank 
of Santa Monica and built the street-car line from Santa Monica 
to the Soldiers' Home. William S. Vawter has always been a 
republican in politics and an earnest worker in his party. When 
Benjamin Harrison was the chief executive of the nation W. S. 
Vawter was appointed to the position of postmaster of Santa 
Monica, which position he held until the election of Mr. Cleve- 
land, when he tendered his resignation. 

William S. Vawter was married in 1868 to Sarah McClaskey, 
daughter of Judge Isaac McClaskey of Jackson county, Indiana. 
Sarah (McClaskey) Vawter was born August 20, 1852, at Salem, 
Indiana. 

Children : 

a. A son, born January 15, 1875 ; died at birth. 

b. Mary Charlotte Vawter was born July 29, 1871. She at- 
tended school at the Western College, Oxford, Ohio, and after- 
wards graduated in Hanna College in Los Angeles, California. 
She was married June 2, 1891. to John Rigdon Moore, who was 
born in Washington, D. C, October 2. 1863. John R. Moore is 
the son of John Francis and Bettie (Rigdon) Moore, and the 
grandson of William Moore, one of the oldest residents of Wash- 
ington City. He was educated at the public schools in Washing- 
ton and at Emerson Institute. Is connected with a bank in Los 
Angeles, California. 

(6) Edwin James Vawter, son of Williamson D. and Mary 
(Crowder) Vawter, was born in Vernon, Jennings county, In- 
diana, November 26, 1848. He was educated in the public and 
private schools of Vernon. He early showed a decided tendency 
for business and made his first venture as a newspaper man on 
the Vernon Banner. He was soon taken into partnership with his 
father, W. D. Vawter, in general merchandise, at the old "Vawter 
Corner" in Vernon. The firm name was W. D. and E. J. Vawter. 
On the removal of the W. D. Vawter family to California in 
1875 the partnership between father and son continued. E. J. 



THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA I25 

Vawter was a stockholder and pioneer in the "Indiana Colony," 
which located where Pasadena, California, is now. The Vawter 
families afterwards settled in Santa Monica, Los Angeles county, 
California, and, the business expanding by the addition of lumber 
yards, barley and planing mills, W. S. Vawter also became a 
partner. 

E. J. Vawter then organized a company to carry on real estate 
transactions, banking, railroading, etc. He, with his father and 
brother, organized the First National Bank of Santa Monica in 
1888, and he was elected cashier. During this time they incorpo- 
rated, built and operated the first street railway in Santa Monica, 
afterwards selling their road to the Los Angeles and Pacific Elec- 
tric Railway Company. The First National Bank of Santa Mon- 
ica was sold in 1893 to Senator Jones of Nevada, and was soon 
after disorganized, a state institution taking its place. 

Together with his father and brother E. J. Vawter then organ- 
ized a commercial company and also a state bank, called "The 
Commercial Bank of Santa Monica," W. S. Vawter being elected 
president. W. D. Vawter dying in the summer of 1894, W. S. 
Vawter withdrew from the company, and E. J. Vawter succeeded 
to the presidency of the bank and was the controller of the com- 
mercial company's affairs. Having brought the interests of the 
Vawter families to a condition where he could close out the bank- 
ing business without too great a sacrifice, he took that step in 
1899. He remains the president and manager of the commercial 
company, which represents the properties left himself and four 
sisters by the will of their father. He is now president of the 
First National Bank of Ocean Park, California. 

E. J. Vawter is also engaged in floriculture, making a specialty 
of the cultivation of the carnation and the violet for the market. 
His carnation field is said to be the largest flower garden in the 
world. From twelve to twenty thousand blooms are cut from it 
daily. The Vawter carnation fields are considered one of the 
wonders of California, and are visited by people from all parts 
of the world. 

In politics E. J. Vawter is a republican. He cast his first presi- 
dential vote for Grant in 1872; was a member of the town council 



126 THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 

of Vernon, Indiana, for two years ; was twice a delegate to state, 
once to congressional, and many times to county conventions 
while in Indiana. In California he was three times state delegate 
and often was delegate to county conventions ; was for six years a 
member of the city council of Santa Monica, and for six years a 
member of the school board. He united with the Presbyterian 
Church of Santa Monica, California, March 8, 1896. 

Edwin J. Vawter was married at Vernon, Indiana, May 25, 
1870, to Laura Dixon by Rev. Washington Malick. Laura 
(Dixon) Vawter, the daughter of Samuel M. and Belinda (Fos- 
ter) Dixon, of Vernon, was born May 20, 1851 ; died March i, 
1886. There was one child, Edwin J. Vawter, Jr. 

Edwin J. Vawter was married, second, September 18, 1888, 
to Mrs. Isabelle L. Nelson, daughter of William and Rose 
(Ward) Cummings, who was born November 7, 1857. There 
are no children of the second marriage, but Mr. Vawter and wife 
are rearing two little girls, Charlotte and Ida Belle Baird, whose 
parents are both dead. 

a. Edwin James Vawter, Jr., son of Edwin J. and Laura 
(Dixon) Vawter, was born in Vernon. Jennings county, Indiana, 
June 10, 1 87 1. He was taken by his father and mother to Cali- 
fornia in 1875. After the death of his mother in 1886 he went 
to his grandfather's to live. At sixteen years of age he entered 
Purdue University at Lafayette, Indiana, where he remained one 
year. In 1888 he entered the University of California at Berkeley. 
He was taken with an attack of typhoid fever during the Christ- 
mas holidays and was unable to return to school that year. In 
1889 he accepted a clerkship in the First National Bank of Santa 
Monica, California. After this bank was sold to Senator Jones 
he remained with the new bank which was soon organized until 
it was in complete running order ; was paying teller during the 
panic of 1893. On the organization of the Commercial Bank of 
Santa Monica in 1894 he accepted a place in that bank, and within 
a year was advanced to the position of cashier. Politically he is 
a republican. He is a member of the Knights of Pythias and 
organized a company of the "Uniform Rank" at Santa Monica, 
which he served as captain for two years, resigning to accept a 



THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 1 27 

position as adjutant of First Battalion, Third Regiment; is also 
a Mason. He united with the Presbyterian Church in boyhood 
and has served as a trustee for several years. In 1898 he went 
on a voyage to Honolulu, where he remained four months. On 
his return, he became cashier in the Main Street Savings Bank 
of Los Angeles, California, and now is cashier in the United 
States National Bank of Los Angeles. 

Edwin J. Vawter, Jr., was married March 8, 1899, to Bessie 
M. Channell, daughter of Sewell and Ellen Channell, who was 
born in Arkansas City, Kansas, January 29, 1874. Her father 
moved to Piedmont, a suburb of San Francisco, and later to Los 
Angeles, California. She received her education in Kansas and 
in Canada, completing her course at Snell Seminary, Oakland, 
California, in 1892. 

Children : 

a. A son, born and died July 4, 1901. 

b. Marjorie Dixon Vawter, daughter of Edwin J. and Bessie 
(Channell) Vawter, was born in Los Angeles, California, March 
12, 1903. 

(7) Emma Knowlton Vawter, daughter of Williamson D. 
and Charlotte (Knowlton) Vawter, was born in Vernon, Indiana, 
August 21, 1853. She received her education in the public schools 
of Vernon, Indiana, and in the Western Seminary and College 
at Oxford, Ohio, where she graduated in 1873. She came to Cali- 
fornia in 1875 with her father's family. She is an excellent mu- 
sician, has taught the piano to some extent, and has been organist 
in the church during her life in Santa Monica. She lives with 
her sister Jennie in the old home place in Santa Monica. 

(8) Charles Knowlton Vawter, son of Williamson D. and 
Charlotte (Knowlton) Vawter, was born in Vernon, Indiana, 
September 7, 1855. He was delicate from birth, having a spinal 
difficulty. He was fond of music and books, especially of poetry. 
When still a lad he would listen for hours to the reading of 
Shakespeare and Dante. He came with his father's family to 
California in 1875. His spinal trouble increased, causing loss of 
sight, which became complete two years before his death. He 



128 THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 

died September 29, 1879, and was buried in the Santa Monica 
cemetery. 



Jesse R. Vawter 

Jesse R. Vawter, son of William and Frances Vawter, was 
born July 11, 181 7, in Jefferson county, near Madison, Indiana. 
He gives the following account of his life in a record book in 
which he kept very carefully the dates of births, marriages and 
deaths in the families of his children : 

"I was married May 4, 1837. to Sarah Parks, who was born 
August 31, 1822. We first went to housekeeping on my father- 
in-law's place on Gray's Branch, Jennings county, Indiana, where 
we lived about three years. Then I built a double cabin on my 
own land on Fish creek, where I lived nearly two years, and then 
moved on father's place. After I sold my land on Fish creek fa- 
ther gave me five acres of land and I bought forty acres of him 
at another place, where I lived for five years. I then traded with 
father and got a small farm on the creek one mile below his home. 
I stayed there sixteen years, when I lost my health, traded my farm 
for town property, and moved to North Vernon in the spring of 
1867. I lived there one year and then gave my town property to 
my son, William A. Vawter, for the support of myself and wife. 
This property he put into a farm in Campbell township, Jennings 
county, Indiana. In the spring of 1868 I moved with him on the 
farm and lived in the same house with him until I built a small 
hewed log house on the same farm, where I now live, this 23d 
day of November, 1875." 

William A. Vawter (the son) afterwards moved to Kansas, 
and as Jesse Vawter and wife did not wish to go so far away, they 
went to live with their daughter, Mrs. Mattie West, who cared 
for her father for ten years before his death, and with whom the 
mother is now living. Jesse Vawter was a member of the Baptist 
Church for sixty-six years. He died at Vernon, Indiana, May 13, 
1900. 

The children of Jesse R. and Sarah (Parks) Vawter were: 



THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 1 29 

Margaret B., Elizabeth S.. William A., Smith W., John S., Sarah 
Frances, James George, Elvira Ann, Jesse Philemon, Aramantha 
Maria and Ida Olive. 

( 1 ) Margaret B. Vawter, daughter of Jesse and Sarah 
(Parks) Vawter, was born October 21, 1838; married August 16, 
1866, to Lewis Wagner, a farmer of Vernon, Indiana, who was 
born June 18, 1832, and who died January 29, 1904. 

Children : 

a. Jesse R. Wagner, born June 21, 1867; died June 21, 1867. 

b. Ethel Wagner, born January i, 1871 ; married June 18, 
1890, to Martin A. Shepherd. They have one child, Ralph, who 
was born September 16. 1895. 

Martin A. Shepherd was born January 12, 1863. He is a book- 
keeper for the Union Selling Company, in the Majestic Building, 
Indianapolis, Indiana. 

(2) Elizabeth S. Vawter, daughter of Jesse and Sarah 
(Parks) Vawter, was born November 30, 1840; married March 
6, 1856, to Thomas Clarkson, who was born September 29, 1832. 

Children : 

a. Albert V. Clarkson, born April 25, i860; died May 31, 
i860. 

b. Clara Belle Clarkson, born July 30, 1861 ; married April 
8. 1884, to William Pool. 

c. Emma Alice Clarkson, born November 17, 1862; married 
June 17, 1 88 1, to Willard Whitcomb. Elwood, Indiana. 

(/. Elvin Grant Clarkson, born July 16, 1864; died May 26, 
1865. 

e. Thomas Osborn Clarkson, born December 2, 1866. Lives 
in Butlerville, Indiana. 

/. Jesse F. Clarkson. born August 15, 1870. Lives in Vernon, 
Indiana. 

g. Edith Idella Clarkson, born February 4, 1874; married 
. Lives in Elwood, Indiana. 

Bertha May Clarkson. born December 31, 1878; married . 

Elwood, Indiana. 

(3) William xAllan Vawter, son of Jesse and Sarah (Parks) 
Vawter, was born July 13, 1842; married at Brewersville, In- 




130 THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 

diana, March 28, 1861, to Angelina E. Cheever, who was born 
in Brewersville, Indiana, July 24, 1842. 

William A. Vawter enlisted during the Civil War in Company 
E, Eighty-Second Regiment Indiana Volunteer Infantry, August 
13, 1862, and served until the close of the war. Was never 
wounded or sick, although he took part in many battles, among 
them were those at Perryville, Kentucky ; Stone River, Tennessee ; 
Tullahoma, Tennessee; Chickamauga, Lookout Mountain, Mis- 
sionary Ridge, Buzzard's Roost. Kennesaw Mountain, Resaca, 
Peach Tree Creek, Atlanta, and many other minor engagements. 
William Vawter is a farmer living in Edna, Kansas. 

Children : 

a. Amelia Frances Vawter was born near North Vernon, Jen- 
nings county, Indiana, March 19, 1862 ; married to H. L. Holton, 
who was born in Bethel, Ripley county, Indiana, April 22, 1858. 
He is a farmer, and, with his family, lives in Canada townships 
Labette county, Kansas. 

Children : 

(a) Annie J. Holton, born March 15, 1882. 

(b) Lelia May Holton, born August 23, 1883. 

(c) Clyde E. Holton, born July 26, 1886; died August 21, 
1902, 

(d) Adda Holton, born March 29, 1888. 

(e) Meta A. Holton, born March 11, 1890; died May 20, 
1890. 

(f) Elizabeth Holton, born June 2, 1892. 

b. Clara Adaline Vawter Avas born near North Vernon, Jen- 
nings county, Indiana, August 19, 1865; married to Bowen C. 
Heath, who was born at Butlerville, Jennings county, Indiana, 
September 22, 1864. He is a farmer. They live near Edna, La- 
bette county, Kansas. 

Children : 

(a) William A. Heath, born July 28, 1889. 

(b) Sarah A. Heath, born August 10, 1891. 

(c) Ray Heath, born May 12. 1894. 

(d) James H. Heath, born February 27, 1896; died April 12, 
1896. 



THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA I3I 

(e) Ruth Heath, born March 30, 1897. 

(f) Fern Heath, born October 9, 1899. 

(g) Bowen C. Heath, born November 26, 1901. 

(4) Smith W. Vawter, son of Jesse and Sarah (Parks) Vaw- 
ter, was born in Jennings county, Indiana, March 27, 1844; mar- 
ried near Greensburg, Indiana, March 26, 1871, to Lucinda John- 
son, who was born in Montgomery county, Indiana, February 18, 

1845- 

Smith W. Vawter is engaged in agriculture and horticuhure. 

He is a Baptist and a repubHcan of long standing. He offered his 
services three times during the Civil War, but was refused be- 
cause he did not meet the physical requirements. He lives in 
Springdale, Arkansas. 
Children : 

a. Sarah Rebecca Vawter, born January 21, 1872. 

b. Cora Luvinia Vawter, born June 20, 1874; married March 
20, 1895, to William Henry Brown, who was born September 
14, 1847, in Union county, Indiana. They have one child, Wilbur 
Fee Brown. Live at Lowell, Benton county, Arkansas. 

c. James Oscar, born June i, 1881 ; died August 16, 1881. 
d. Wilbert Carl, born November 11, 1883; died De- 
cember 5, 1883. 

Twins -i e. Albert Jesse, born November 11, 1883. Is a part- 
ner in the firm of Hammond & Vawter, Tailor- 
ing, Cherryvale, Kansas. 

/. Otis Estis, born November 16, 1889. 

(5) John S. Vawter, son of Jesse and Sarah (Parks) Vawter, 
was born in Jennings county, Indiana, April 2, 1847; married 
at North Vernon, Indiana, May 3, 1868, to Elizabeth Grinstead, 
the daughter of Edward and Elizabeth Grinstead, who was born 
in Jefferson county, Indiana, October 7, 1843. 

John S. Vawter is a farmer. Lives at Keota, Missouri. 

Children of John S. and Elizabeth (Grinstead) Vawter: 

a. Margaret J. Vawter, born at North Vernon, Indiana, April 

7, 1869; married February 24, 1889, to William F. Philliber. 

They live in Neosho, Newton county, Missouri. 



132 THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 

Children of William and Margaret ( Vawter) Philliber : 

(a) Otto Philliber, born November 20, 1889; died December 
2, 1889. 

(b) Orvill L. Philliber, born May 3, 1891. 

(c) Oral Floyd Philliber, born January 27, 1894. 

(d) Ira Grace Philliber, born April 4, 1895; died August 19, 
1899. 

(e) Clara B. Philliber, born July 3, 1897; died July 17, 1898. 

(f) Perry H. Philliber, born November 3, 1898 ; died Novem- 
ber 5, 1899. 

(g) Raymond L. Philliber, born June 10, 1901. 
(h) Mary E. Philliber, born October 12, 1902. 

b. Everett E. Vawter v^as born in Queensville, Indiana, May 
17, 1872; married to Mahala A. Sanders, October 31, 1895. 
They live in Keota, Macon county, Missouri. 

Children of Everett E. and Mahala (Sanders) Vawter: 

(a) Ira E. Vawter, who was born March 17, 1897, and died 
August 13, 1897. 

(b) John I. Vawter, born January 10, 1898. 

(c) Alma B. Vawter, born February 7, 1900. 

(d) Homer W. Vawter, born August 22, 1902; died March 
16, 1903. 

c. Clyde Elmer Vawter, born at Floris, Davis county, Iowa, 
March 18, 1874; died February 27, 1875. 

d. Maud Ellen Vawter was born at Floris, Davis county, 
Iowa, November 20, 1875; married September 15, 1895, to Wil- 
liam F. Moodey. They live at Clarence, Shelby county, Missouri. 

Children of William F. and Maud (Vawter) Moodey: 

(a) Ira M. Moodey, born May 27, 1896; died July 27, 1896. 

(b) Velma E. Moodey was born October 11, 1897. 

(c) Mabel Moodey was born May 10, 1902; died March 17, 
1903. 

(d) Silvia V. Moodey, born June 22, 1904. 

e. Pearl E. Vawter was born October 13, 1877, in Floris, 
Iowa; died July 31, 1879. 

/. Nona Elma Vawter was born January 22, 1880. 

g. Benjamin Irvin Vawter was born at Holmes' Station, 



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133 



Boone county, Indiana. October 17, 1882; married November 18, 
1902, to Hattie J. Woodruff. One child, Emery B. Vawter, was 
born December 22, 1903. They live in Keota, Missouri. 

h. John Blaine Vawter, born October, 1884. Lives in Keota, 

Missouri. 

i. Alva Elroy, born May 31, 1889. Lives in Keota, Missouri. 

(6) Sarah Frances Vawter, daughter of Jesse and Sarah 
(Parks) Vawter, was born May 25, 1849, near North Vernon, 
Indiana; married February 7, 1867, to Thomas F. Grinstead, who 
was born in Jefferson county, Indiana, November 25, 1839, and 
died February 15, 1900, in Bloomfield, Iowa. Was a mail carrier. 

Children : 

a. Olive May Grinstead, born January 21, 1868; married 
August 21, 1885, to J. W. Snell; died March 15, 1888. 

h. Fanny Bell Grinstead, born May 16, 1869; died February 
9, 1870. 

c. Lew Emmerson Grinstead, born March 9, 1871 ; married 
September 30, 1901. to Dana Norris. Is a painter and paper 
hanger. Lives in Huron, South Dakota. One child, Esther, was 
born July 11, 1902. 

d. Ella Grace Grinstead, born September 13, 1872; married 
August 25, 1889, to A. J. Taylor. They live in Ottumwa, Iowa. 
Their children are Frank, Myrtle, Olive, Charles. Mabel, Deny 
and Harold. 

e. Claud Ellsworth Grinstead, born September 18, 1874; died 
September 26, 1875. 

/. Bertha Edith Grinstead, born January 28, 1877. 

g. Ada Jane Grinstead, born September 24, 1878; married 
December 28, 1898, to T. F. VanHorn. They live in Bloomfield, 
Iowa. 

h. Ora Idella Grinstead, born April 14, 1880 ; married July 23, 
1904, to C. H. Hockmuth, who is engaged in the printing busi- 
ness. They live at 417 East Sixth street, Des Moines, Iowa. 

i. Jesse Edward Grinstead, born November 18, 188 1. Is a 
farmer, living in Mechanicsville, Iowa. 

y. Myrtle Blanche Grinstead, born February 18, 1883; died 
October i, 1884. 



134 THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 

k. Carl James Grinstead, born November 27, 1885; died 
March 5, 1888. 

/. Vila Gail Grinstead, born January 29, 1888. 

m. Emma Ethel Grinstead, born April 25, 1890. 

Mrs, Sarah (Vawter) Grinstead lives at 845 West Seventh 
street, Des Moines, Iowa. 

(7) James G. Vawter, son of Jesse and Sarah (Parks) Vaw- 
ter, was born September 4, 1851, in Jennings county, Indiana; 
married May 19, 1870, to Margaret Ross, who was born July 
16, 1 85 1. They live in Queens ville, Indiana. 

Children : 

a. Edward J. Vawter, born June 12, 1871 ; died February 6, 

1875- 

b. Alvaretta Bernice Vawter, born September 9, 1873 ! rn^r- 

ried February 7, 1895, to John A. Shinold. Their children are 
Arthur E., born March 21, 1896, and Matilda A., born April 12, 
1898. 

c. Indiana Rose Vawter. born April 13, 1877; married Feb- 
ruary 14, 1897, to Moses M. Miller. Their children are Vance, 
born November 8, 1898, and Irvin C, born February 15, 1900. 

d. Mary Jane Vawter, born July 23, 1879; married August 
20, 1899, to Irvin R. Crum. Their children are Flora M., born 
June 23, 1900, and Jamie A., born May 29, 1902. 

e. Omer Walton, born June 28, 1881. 
/. Lucy A., born September i, 1883. 
g. Lewis Clyde, born May 6, 1886. 

h. Grace G., born July 12, 1888. 

i. Sarah Frances, born May 28, 1890; died September 14, 
1891. 

;'. Ruth, born April 6, 1893. 

(8) Elvira Ann Vawter, daughter of Jesse and Sarah 
(Parks) Vawter, was born in Jennings county, Indiana, Decem- 
ber 19, 1853; married February i, 1883, to Charles H. Carey, 
who was born July 29, 1850. 

Children : Lila, who died in childhood, Augusta and Vivian. 
Live at (Riverside) 3351 Mississippi avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio. 

(9) Jesse Philemon Vawter, son of Jesse and Sarah (Parks) 



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135 



Vawter, was born in Jennings county, Indiana, August i, 1855; 
married at Vernon, Indiana, October 31, 1874, to Minerva A. 
Ross, who was born in Jennings county, Indiana, July 14, 1846. 

J. Philemon Vawter is a farmer living near Milam, Indiana. 

Children : 

a. Bertha A. Vawter was born in Jennings county, Indiana, 
August 30, 1875 ; married in Vernon, Indiana, August 6, 1898, 
to Joseph W. Gray, who was born in Bartholomew county, In- 
diana, October 27, 1874. They have one son, Ezra William, who 
was born in Bartholomew county, Indiana, July 12, 1899. They 
now live in Indianapolis, Indiana. 

b. Ernest T. Vawter was born in Jennings county, Indiana, 
July 2y, 1877; died September 14, 1879, 

c. Clarence M. Vawter was born in Davis county, Iowa, 
March 2, 1879. He is preparing to be a minister of the Methodist 
Episcopal Church. Is a student at Moore's Hill College, Moore's 
Hill, Indiana. 

d. Benjamin F. Vawter was born in Jennings county, Indiana, 
July 26, 1880. Lives at Milam, Indiana. 

e. Jesse Pearl Vawter was born in Jennings county, Indiana, 
May 4, 1882; married at Versailles, Indiana, June 20, 1901, to 
Corydon Laswell, who was born in Ripley county, Indiana, 
March 28, 1868, and is a farmer living near Versailles, Indiana. 

Children : Minerva May, born in Ripley county, Indiana, April 
3, 1902, and Millie Myree, born June 23, 1904. 

/. Velma I. Vawter was born in Jennings county, Indiana. 
June 28, 1884. 

g. Flossie Myrtle Vawter was born in Jennings county, In- 
diana, January 24, 1888. 

(10) Aramantha M. Vawter, daughter of Jesse and Sarah 
(Parks) Vawter, was born in Jennings county, Indiana, June 9, 
1858; married February i, 1876, to James West, who was born 
March 23. 1853; died February 7, 1891. 

Children : 

a. Nellie May West, born December 6, 1876 ; married January 
8, 1898, to Otho G. Wright, who was born November 16, 1867. 
They have two children: Opal, born in 1898, and Robert W., 



136 THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 

born in 1902. They live in Lafayette, Indiana, where O. G. 
Wright is superintendent of bridge erection of the Lafayette En- 
gineering Company. 

b. Sarah Ethel West, born January 18, 1882. 

c. Charles William, born July 23, 1887. 

Mrs. Mattie West lives in Vernon, Indiana. She has supported 
her children since the death of her husband in 1891, and took 
care of her father for ten years before his death. Her mother 
still lives with her. 



James Vawter 

James Vawter, son of William and Frances Vawter, was born 
October 5, 1819, in Jefferson county, Indiana, near Madison. His 
father moved to Jennings county when James was ten years of 
age, and his youth and early manhood were spent in the old home 
on the Muscatatack. He was never very strong, therefore he 
was not expected to do much manual labor. He attended the 
best schools there were at that time until he met with an acci- 
dent which deprived him of school privileges. After he had re- 
gained his health he went to Morgantown, Indiana, and clerked 
in a store for his uncle, John Vawter, for two or three years. 
From there he went to Lafayette and was a clerk in a dry goods 
store for several years. Afterwards he went into business for 
himself in Oxford, Indiana, accumulating a small fortune in 
merchandise and land speculation. He was married at Oxford 
to Minerva L. Bromley, who was born September 26, 1837. Was 
a member of the Baptist Church from early manhood. Was 
troubled with heart disease, and spent the winter of 1870 in 
Holly Springs, Mississippi, on account of his health. He died 
February 14, 1872, of pneumonia. His wife died October 24, 
1872. 

(i) Sherman Vawter, the only child of James and Minerva 
Bromley Vawter, was born January 9, 1865, in Oxford, Benton 
county, Indiana. After the death of his father and mother his 
mother's brother, John E. Morgan, was appointed his guardian. 



THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 137 

The child lived in Oxford for about a year after his father's 
death, and then went to live with his aunt, Sarah Pearce, in War- 
ren county, Indiana. In the winter months he attended the 
country school, and in the spring and fall the town schools. He 
worked after he was grown for about eight years on the farm 
and then engaged in the mercantile business in Pine Village. He 
was married July 3, 1888, to Emma J. May, who was born De- 
cember I, 1 871. They lived in Pine Village for awhile after his 
marriage and then moved on a farm. In 1893 he, with his 
family, went to California, locating in Bakersfield. His wife 
died of typhoid fever December 13, 1901, and was buried in 
Woodlawn Cemetery at Santa Monica, California. Sherman 
Vawter now lives in Santa Monica. 

Children of Sherman and Emma (May) Vawter: 

a. Edward W. Vawter, born October 12, 1890; died Decem- 
ber 26, 1890. 

b. Minerva E. Vawter, born June 17, 1892; died October 
8, 1892. 

c. Everett F. Vawter, born September 8, 1893. Lives with 
his father in Santa Monica, California. 

d. Nellie Vawter, born July i, 1896. Lives with her cousin, 
Mrs. Leavitt, of Santa Monica. 

e. Henry J. Vawter, born October 19, 1898. Lives with W. 
S. Vawter and wife, of Santa Monica, California. 



Frances (Vawter) King 

Frances Vawter, daughter of William and Frances Vawter, 
was born June 7, 1821 ; married May 14, 1840, to George King,' 
who was born May 10, 1814, and died September 3, 1858. 

Something of the life of Frances (Vawter) King is best given 
in a copy of a letter written by her to her niece: 

"My life has been a very uneventful one. I was born in Jef- 
ferson county, Indiana, near Madison. Father moved his family 
to Jennings county in October. 1827, and settled on the bank's 



138 THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 

of the Muscatatack, three miles north of the town of Vernon. My 
childhood and young womanhood were spent on the farm. I 
was married to George King in 1840, and in 1841 we settled on 
the hill in sight of my old home. Here the sweetest and saddest 
scenes of my life have been passed. Here my children were 
born, and from here two of them have gone to a better land. 
The other three are living earnest, faithful Christian lives. My 
husband was born in Ohio. He came to Jennings county when 
quite young to build a mill. He was a carpenter as well as a 
farmer. He passed into the better land in 1858, and I have had 
a long and lonely road to travel ever since, and yet I am not 
alone. My children are kind, and I have a host of friends, but I 
miss the companionship of a dear husband, and long to meet the 
dear ones on the other shore. 

"I joined the Baptist Church in my eighteenth year. After 
studying the Bible and the principles of the Christian Church I 
became convinced that that teaching was according to what 
Christ and the Apostles taught, and changed my membership to 
that church, and I hope through Christ to pass from that into the 
everlasting Kingdom." 

For six years before the death of Anna Vawter, Frances Vaw- 
ter, her granddaughter, cared for her, and after the marriage of 
Frances she took care of her father and mother for about six 
years before their death. When her sister Maria died she cared 
for one of her children some time, and when the wife of her 
brother Achilles died she took his baby and kept her for a year. 
She is now living with her daughter, Mrs. Holsclaw, in the house 
where she went to housekeeping when she was first married. 

Children of George and Frances (Vawter) King were Almira, 
Ezra, William V., George Elvin and Alzora. 

(i) Almira King, daughter of George and Frances (Vaw- 
ter) King, was born April 10, 1842 ; married to William T. Hols- 
claw January 2, 1862. William T. Holsclaw was born in Ken- 
tucky December 3, 1835. ^^ ^ farmer, living near North Vernon, 
Indiana. 

Children of William T. and Almira (King) Holsclaw: 

a. Ezra Benjamin Holsclaw, born November 6, 1863; mar- 



THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA I39 

ried December 31, 1885, to Mattie Deer, who died August 2"], 

1895. 

Children of Ezra and Mattie (Deer) Holsclaw : Jessie, born 
October 12, 1886; Ahna, born July 21, 1888; Smith V., born 
October i, 1892, and Blanche Vernon, born March 22, 1894. 

Ezra Holsclaw is a farmer living near North Vernon, Indiana. 

h. Eva Jennie Holsclaw, born March 11, 1866; married No- 
vember 26, 1891, to Edwin Carson, who was born July 30, 1864. 

Children: Hazel Lavone, born September 21, 1892; Ethel 
Grace, born September 20, 1894; Lizzie, born December 27, 
1898; died February 8, 1899, ^"^ Edwinnie, born June 13, 1903. 

Edwin Carson and family live on the Greensburg road west 
of North Vernon, Indiana. 

c. Fannie A. Holsclaw, born February 22, 1869; married 
May, 1 89 1, to Smith V. Vv'^illiams, who was born December 10, 
1863. 

Children: Almira Corinne, born June 21, 1892; Lois Mildred, 
born June 4, 1894; Virgil Elvin, born September 3, 1897, and 
Helene, born March 22, 1900. 

Smith V. Williams is a florist of Bedford, Indiana. 

d. William E. Holsclaw, born March 29, 1871 ; married to 
Zella Wagner in 1894. 

Children : Ruth, born August 5, 1895 ; Hubert, born December 
3, 1897, and Gladys, born November 15, 1900. 

William E. Holsclaw is in the grocery business in Franklin, 
Indiana. 

c. Sarah Grace Holsclaw, born January 31, 1875; married 
December 20, 1899, to Oscar Beeman, who was born in Jennings 
county March 17, 1869. 

Children: Wilbur Elvin, born December 4, 1901, and Clyde, 
born July 5, 1904. 

Oscar Beeman is a farmer living near North Vernon, Indiana. 

/. Mary Belle Holsclaw, born November 13, 1876; died 
May, 1877. 

g. Jacob Harrison Holsclaw, born August 5, 1878; married 

June 22, 1904, to . Lives on the home farm near North 

Vernon, Indiana. 



I40 THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 

h. Bertha Alice Holsclaw, born December 13, 1882. Lives 
with her parents on the old home place. 

(2) Ezra D. King, son of George and Frances (Vawter) 
King, born September 29, 1845; died May 16, 1854. 

(3) William Vawter King, son of George and Frances 
(Vawter) King, was born September 28, 1848; married June 
19, 1879, to Caroline Vandever, who was born July 5, 1850. 

William V. King was born near North Vernon, Indiana. He 
taught school in Jennings county for four or five years. Was 
married at Franklin, Indiana, where he is now engaged in the 
grain and coal business. 

(4) George Elvin King, son of George and Frances (Vaw- 
ter) King, was born May 29, 1855, near North Vernon, Indiana; 
married September 7, 1881, to Minnie Tate. Elvin King attend- 
ed school in the country and graduated from the North Vernon 
High School in 1879. He clerked in Vernon for a while and 
then went to Seymour, Indiana, where he was in the wall-paper 
business. He went from Seymour to Lincoln, Nebraska, in 1890, 
and engaged in the same business, traveling most of the time. 
Lives at 1500 Q street, Lincoln, Nebraska. 

Minnie (Tate) King, the daughter of James and Minerva 
(Jayne) Tate, of North Vernon. Indiana, was born October 28, 
1856. After moving to Lincoln, Nebraska, she became a member 
of the Woman's Club and of the Art Association of Lincoln. 
She was a woman of wide reading and fine culture. Was a mem- 
ber of the Christian Church. She died September 25, 1904. 

Children of George Elvin and Minnie (Tate) King: 

a. Lula Ellis King was born June 25, 1882. She is a grad- 
uate of the Lincoln High School in the class of 1899, and gradu- 
ated from the University of Nebraska June, 1904, and was 
elected to the Phi Beta Kappa. 

h. Edna Hazel King was born February 18, 1884. She 
graduated from the Lincoln High School in the class of 1901. 
Is attending the University of Nebraska and is a kindergarten 
teacher in the Lincoln public schools. 

(5) Alzora King, son of George and Frances (Vawter) 
King, was born December 22, 1858; died January 7, 1859. 



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8 

Achilles J. Vawter 

Achilles J. Vawter, son of William and Frances Vawter, was 
born near Madison Indiana, September 12, 1823. When he 
was about six years of age his father moved to Jennings county, 
Indiana, and settled on the north fork of the Muscatatack, three 
and a half miles from Vernon, Indiana. After coming there the 
children were deprived to a great extent of the benefit of schools, 
and the parents of Achilles taught him to read at home. When 
the schools were established they were limited to three or four 
months in the winter. Achilles Vawter had in some way become 
possessed of a desire for a better education, and in September of 
the year 1844 he left home with ten dollars in his pocket to at- 
tend school at Franklin College, which was then called "The 
Indiana Baptist Manual Labor Institute." The cars were running 
only as far as Columbus, and from there he went on foot to 
Franklin. He boarded with Elder J. Reece (who was at that 
time a student in the college) for seventy-five cents a week and 
spent all the time he could spare from his studies in chopping 
wood at twenty-five cents a cord for Professor Brand. By this 
means he was enabled to continue in school for one session. He 
then returned home and spent his vacation in labor, earning 
enough, together with $17.00 given him by his father, to carry 
him through another session, which made one year of study. He 
then had to leave school for a while in order to raise enough 
means to continue. He spent two and a half months as a clerk in 
the store of his uncle in Morgantown, Indiana, after which he 
taught one quarter's school in the same place. He then returned 
to Franklin and spent one session, then taught another quarter's 
school and then went back to Franklin, and so on. 

President Chandler and wife became warm friends of Achilles 
Vawter, and through the recommendation of the president he 
was appointed in the summer of 1849 principal of the preparatory 
department of the college. He held this position for one year, 
then entered school again. In 1850 he went to Shelby ville to 



142 THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 

take charge of the schools there. He was married July 25, 1850, 
to Maria Dunham, who was born April 20, 1827. They had 
one child, Ida, who was born February 4, 1856; died October 9, 
1856. Maria Dunham Vawter died February 6, 1856. 

In 1855 Achilles Vawter was traveling for a School Book 
Company, and in that business he touched Lafayette and came 
in contact with the trustees of the public schools. He found 
them in need of a superintendent, and he was engaged. Both he 
and his brother Philemon went to Lafayette in 1855, and both 
remained in connection with the schools until 1858. It was in 
Lafayette that Achilles Vawter was married, November 16, 1856, 
to Elizabeth (Richardson) Baker, who had been before mar- 
ried to William Baker, and who had two sons, Edgar and Albert 
Baker, at the time of her second marriage. 

In 1858 Achilles Vawter engaged to take charge of an academy 
to be opened three miles south of Ladoga, Montgomery county, 
Indiana. Just before the beginning of the school the building 
burned. The next year he was back in Lafayette in charge of a 
girls' school, which did not run more than two years. He was 
then chosen superintendent of the public schools again, which 
position he held until he was elected county surveyor in 1862. 
He was re-elected in 1864. Elizabeth, his wife, died October 14, 
1864, and in the spring of 1865 he resigned the office of county 
surveyor. 

In 1866 Achilles Vawter went to Indianapolis and was there 
married, on May i, to Charlotte S. Hobart. He opened a law 
office in partnership with a nephew of his who was a lawyer. 
This business failed, and in 1867 Achilles Vawter and his wife 
moved to Ladoga, Indiana, and took charge of the Baptist Sem- 
inary. He was at the head of that school for five years. In 1873 
he returned to Indianapolis, where he engaged for a time in 
teaching; was on the editorial staff of the Indiana Farmer for 
a while, and was assistant secretary of the board of agriculture 
for several years. In 1877, his health failing, he went to Ken- 
tucky. He and his wife had charge of an academy at Pleasant 
Grove, near Springfield, Kentucky, for three years. Then he 
taught one year in the village of Texas and two years in Spring- 



THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA I43 

field, where he was in charge of the Covington Institute. At this 
place he was stricken while in the school room with paralysis. 
After this he was never able for further duty. When he had re- 
covered sufficiently he returned to Indianapolis, where he spent 
the most of his time until his death, which occurred January 13, 
1886. 

Achilles Vawter united with the Baptist Church in 1842, and 
at one time expected to be a minister, as his father and grand- 
father had been before him, but he gave this up and devoted his 
life principally to teaching. 

Elijah Sherrill, a well-known man in Indiana, was a pupil of 
Achilles Vawter, and in writing of him said : "The years dur- 
ing which Professor Vawter was at the head of the Baptist Sem- 
inary in Ladoga, Indiana, where I was a pupil, were fraught with 
unceasing care and toil, with meagre compensation, but the re- 
sult of the work done can never be estimated. Much of what the 
writer is to-day he owes to this man. Very many others can say 
the same. The old days at Ladoga can never be forgotten by 
many dear boys and girls (men and women now) who received 
their first training and inspiration from him. To us all he was 
far more than a teacher. He was father, friend and benefactor. 
He was an educator of ability. He was instrumental in organ- 
izing the Indiana State Teachers' Association, and his influence 
was felt in more ways than one in educational work." 

Achilles Vawter was a student all his life. He treasured his 
books as he did his friends, and they were to him constant com- 
panions. He was possessed of knowledge on a great variety of 
subjects, and because of his wide reading he seemed as familiar 
with other countries and their histories as though he had traveled 
extensively. He was a quiet, unassuming man, a man who, with 
his love of study and research, could have accomplished far more 
in the world if he had not been ground down by force of cir- 
cumstances. 

Elizabeth Baker Vawter Vv'as born August 11, 1829, in New 
Carlisle, Clark county, Ohio. Her maiden name was Elizabeth 
A. Richardson (or Richeson, as it was called by some of the 
family). She was the daughter of Andrew and Lavina (Corey) 



144 THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 

Richardson and had two sisters and one brother. The sisters 
were JuHa Richardson Larkin, who Hved in ArHngton, Ilhnois, 
and Elenor Richardson Armstrong, who hved in Lafayette, In- 
diana. Her brother Daniel hved in Rhodes, Iowa. Her father 
and mother died in Ohio of cholera. Ehzabeth Richardson was 
living with her sister, Mrs. Armstrong, in Lafayette, Indiana, 
when she was married to William Baker, a painter and chair- 
maker. Mr. Baker died, and Elizabeth Baker was married, sec- 
ond, to Achilles J. Vawter. She died in Lafayette, Indiana, 
October 14, 1864. 

Charlotte (Hobart) Vawter, the third wife of Achilles Vawter, 
was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, October 26, 1825. She was 
the daughter of John Hobart and Naomi (Thompson) Hobart. 
Charlotte Hobart was related to Abraham Lincoln. During the 
Civil War a discussion was started and direct charges made that 
Thomas Lincoln, the father of Abraham Lincoln, and Nancy 
Hanks w^ere never legally married, and this report was success- 
fully proved false by Charlotte Vawter, and her labors in this 
matter have been fully appreciated by such modern students of 
Lincoln's life as Ida M. Tarbell and Carolyn Hanks Hitchcock. 

Charlotte Vawter was a teacher for many years before her 
marriage with Achilles Vawter, and after her marriage she 
assisted her husband in the work of the schools wherever he was 
engaged. She now lives on the old place where she was born 
seventy-nine years ago, near Indianapolis, Indiana. 

The children of Achilles and Elizabeth (Richardson) Vawter 
were William Arthur, Frank May and Grace. 

( I ) William A. Vawter, son of Achilles and Elizabeth 
(Richardson) Vawter, was born in Lafayette, Indiana, May 22, 
1858. He left school at fourteen years of age and became an 
apprentice in the composing-room of the printing house of 
Wright, Baker & Co.. of Indianapolis, the Baker of the company 
being a half-brother of William Vawter. In 1880 and 1881 he 
was the foreman of the composing-room. He was married Sep- 
tember 24, 1 88 1, to Alice R. Hadley. Late in 1881 he vrent into 
the general merchandising business, first at Plainfield, Indiana, 
and afterwards at Danville, Indiana. At the end of five years he 



THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA I45 

sold out his business, and, joining with his half-brothers, Edgar 
and Albert Baker, and his brother, Frank Vawter, embarked in 
the general printing business in Chicago, Illinois, under the firm 
name of Baker & Vawter Co. In 1888 the company was reor- 
ganized and incorporated under the name of Baker- Vawter Co., 
and the character of the business changed from general printing 
to the devising, manufacturing and introducing of improved 
business systems. William Vawter withdrew from the Baker- 
Vawter Company in about 1890 and organized a company called 
the Hadley- Vawter Company. The old Baker- Vawter Company 
then took the name of the Baker Ofifice Supply Company. The 
Hadley- Vawter Company proved a success, but after the death 
of Albert Baker in 1892, it was consolidated with the Baker Of- 
fice Supply Company taking the old firm name of the Baker- Vaw- 
ter Company. From a small beginning in 1888 the business 
has grown to be the largest company of the kind in the world. 
From one small manufacturing plant and one salesman in 1888 
the company now has four large manufacturing plants in differ- 
ent sections of the country and a corps of about one hundred 
salesmen and professional accountants. 

William Vawter originated and patented, and his company in- 
troduced, the now generally used loose-leaf ledgers. The Baker- 
Vawter Company has been the cause of a wonderful change in 
the business world through the introduction of improved methods 
of accounting and handling business along loose-leaf lines. The 
general offices of the company are in the Tribune Building, 
Chicago. The eastern offices are at 350 Broadway, New York 
City. Of the Baker brothers who were in the company, Albert 
died in 1892, and Edgar sold his interest in 1895. William 
Vawter is the president and general manager of the company and 
its largest stockholder. Lives in Evanston, Illinois. 

Alice R. (Hadley) Vawter, the daughter of Harlan and Re- 
becca (Oursler) Hadley, was born near Plainfield, Indiana, luly 
5, 1858. 

Children of William A. and Alice (Hadley) Vawter: 

a. Cora Catherine Vawter was born in Plainfield, Indiana, 
December 25, 1882. She graduated at Kemper Hall, Kenosha, 



146 THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 

Wisconsin. After a year at home studying music and German, 
she spent a year in Germany and other countries of Europe in 
study and travel. The following year she took a trip around the 
world. 

b. William Arthur Vawter, Jr., was born in Danville, In- 
diana, May 5, 1884. He completed the college preparatory course 
at the Northwestern University preparatory school at Evanston, 
Illinois. He then entered Cornell University at Ithaca, New 
York, where he graduated in June, 1905. He expects to engage 
in business with his father. 

c. George Hadley Vawter Vv'as born in Danville, Indiana, 
February 25, 1886. Is now attending the Northwestern Uni- 
versity Preparatory School at Evanston, Illinois. 

(2) Frank M. Vawter, son of Achilles and Elizabeth (Rich- 
ardson) Vawter, was born in Lafayette, Indiana, August 22, 
i860. He went to work when about fourteen years of age in 
the printing house of Wright, Baker & Co., in Indianapolis, In- 
diana, When he was seventeen years old he spent a year in 
study in Kentucky at Pleasant Grove, where his father was at 
that time teaching school. He then returned to Indiana and 
again worked for the Baker-Randolph Company (as it was then) , 
the Baker of the company being his half-brother. Frank Vawter 
afterwards spent three years working on a paper in Kokomo, 
Indiana, and then returned to Indianapolis. He went to Chicago 
in 1886 and became a member of the Baker & Vawter Co., which 
was organized at that time. There were four members of the 
company, the other three being Edgar and Albert Baker, his half- 
brothers, and his brother, William Vawter, Frank Vawter re- 
mained in Chicago for about two years, then sold out his interest 
and returned to Indianapolis, where he remained until January, 
1889. He was married October 10, 1888. to Clara Smith Miller. 
He was engaged in the printing business in Kokomo, Indiana, for 
a short time in the year 1889, moved to Chicago and was em- 
ployed one year by the Baker & Vawter Company ; was engaged 
in the newspaper business at Big Rapids, Michigan, for about 
one year, returning to Chicago July, 1892, and entering the em- 
ploy of the Hadley- Vawter Company, which was afterwards con- 



THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA I47 

solidated with the Baker Office Supply Company as the Baker- 
Vawter Co. He has remained with the Baker- Vawter Company 
ever since, acting, at the present time, in the capacity of secretary 
of the company and general superintendent of its various manu- 
facturing plants. He lived in Kokomo from 1897 to 1902, in 
Morgan Park, a suburb of Chicago until 1905, and now resides 
in Benton Harbor, Michigan, where the company has its largest 
factory. 

Clara (Miller) Vawter, the daughter of Henry and Margaret 
(Nelson) Miller, of Ladoga, was born near Ladoga November 
5, 1861. 

Children of Frank M. and Clara (Miller) Vawter: 

a. Harry Miller Vawter, born in Ladoga, Indiana, September 
4, 1889. Is attending school in the preparatory department of 
the Chicago University at Morgan Park, Illinois. 

b. Jessie Mae Vawter, born in Ladoga, Indiana, September 



25' 



1891. 



c. Helen Miller Vawter, born in Ladoga, Indiana, September 
9, 1894. 

(3) Grace, daughter of Achilles and Elizabeth (Richardson) 
Vawter, was born in Lafayette, Indiana, April 20, 1864. She 
graduated at the Indianapolis High School and at the Normal 
School and taught in Indianapolis for one and one-half years. 
She was then elected secretary of the superintendent of the In- 
dianapolis public schools, which position she held for two years, 
until her marriage to Ernest P. Bicknell. 

Ernest P. Bicknell was born near Bicknell, Knox county. Indi- 
ana, February 23, 1862. He graduated at the University of Indi- 
ana in 1887, that same year taking a position as reporter on the 
Indianapolis News. He remained with the Nczvs until 1893, 
when he bought the Gas City Journal. Six months later he was 
elected secretary of the board of state charities of Indiana. In 
five years he resigned to accept the position of general superin- 
tendent of the Bureau of Charities of Chicago, which place he 
still occupies, 644 Unity Building, Chicago, Illinois. 

Ernest P. Bicknell was married, first, December 25, 1886, to 
Cora Scott, of Freelandville, Indiana, who was born November 



kL 



148 THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 

17, 1864, and died January i, 1888, leaving a child, Clarence 
Scott, who was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, December 2^], 
1887. 

Ernest P. Bicknell was married, second, January 2, 1891, to 
Grace Vawter. 

Children of Ernest P. and Grace (Vawter) Bicknell: 

a. Ernestine, born in Indianapolis October 29, 1893; died 
March 26, 1894. 

h. Charlotte, born in Indianapolis December 29, 1895; died 
in Chicago, November 15, 1904. 

c. Grace Constance, born May 17, 1897, in Indianapolis. 

d. Alberta, born March 29, 1899, in Chicago. 



Mary (Vawter) Feagler 

Mary Litchfield Vawter, daughter of William and Frances 
Vawter, was born near Madison, Indiana, December 7, 1825. 
Her father moved to Jennings county, Indiana, when she was 
four years of age, and the most of her life was spent in Jennings ' 
county. She united with the Zoar Baptist Church in early life 
and was a teacher in the Sunday-school of the North Vernon 
Baptist Church for many years. She was married to Ormand 
Frederick Feagler September 24, 1843. She died in North 
Vernon, Indiana, September i, 1897. 

Ormand Frederick Feagler was born May 4, 1819, in Butler 
county, Ohio, and died August 2^, 1876. He was a farmer. 

The children of Ormand and Mary (Polly) Feagler were 
Marie Cordelia, James William, Bessie. Philemon Edwin, Vawter 
John, Charles Alfred, Emma May and Roena Kate. 

(i) Marie Cordelia Feagler, born June 30, 1844; died March 

7. 1851- 

(2) James William Feagler was born March 22, 1846; mar- 
ried March 30, 1871, to Mary Frances King, who was born 
September 26, 1853, and died March 29, 1879. 

Children of James, William and Mary (King) Feagler: 



THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA I49 

a. Fannie Fern Feagler, born February 20, 1872 ; died March 
3» 1872. 

h. Rose Bonnell, born February 19, 1873. 

c. Grace Cordelia Feagler, daughter of James William and 
Mary (King) Feagler, was born October 21, 1874; married 
July 20, 1 89 1, to Robert W. King, who was born January 27, 
1853. Grace (Feagler) King died at Dyersburg, Tennessee, Feb- 
ruary 24, 1901. Children: Mildred Rose, born October 17, 
1892; Robert Feagler, born June 25, 1894; Russell Aubrey, born 
June 25, 1895, and Helen Grace, born December 20, 1897. 

d. Charles Alfred Feagler, born February 24, 1877. 

(3) Bessie Feagler was born October 31, 1848. She was en- 
gaged in the millinery business in North Vernon for many years. 
Is now living with her sister, Mrs. Smartz, in Indianapolis, 
Indiana. 

(4) Philemon Edwin Feagler was born July 24, 1850; died 
September 29, 185 1. 

(5) Vawter John Feagler was born July 22, 1852; married 
May 5, 1880, to Helen Roseberry Gardner, who was born August 
7, i860, and died January 20, 1897. Vawter Feagler lives near 
North Vernon, Indiana. 

Children of Vawter John and Helen (Gardner) Feagler: 
a. -^ Fred Willard Feagler, born February 8, 1881 ; died May 
22, 1904. 

h. Florence Edith Feagler, born January 7, 1885; died Sep- 
tember 13, 1885. 

c. Merlin Duncan Feagler, born November 2, 1891 ; died 
January 20, 1892. 

d. Marie Feagler, born October 27, 1895. 

(6) Charles Alfred Feagler was born June 19, 1854; died 
July 3, 1858. 

(7) Emma May Feagler was born July 12, 1863, near North 
Vernon, Indiana; married August 13, 1889, to MacArthur 
Smartz. 

MacArthur Smartz w^as born February 18, 1868, in Chilicothe, 
Ohio. He is engaged in the railroad business and lives with his 
family in Indianapolis, Indiana. 



150 THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 

Children of MacArthur and May (Feagler) Smartz: 
a. Everett Marion Smartz, born January 2y, 1892. 
h. Wilhelmina Harriet Smartz, born April 12, 1893; died 
June 20, 1894. 

c. Mary Elizabeth Smartz, born August 4, 1894. 

d. Margaret Fay Smartz, born March 9, 1896. 
c. Katie Frances Smartz. born May 31, 1897. 
/. Robert George Smartz, born June 27, 1900. 
g. Bessie Ruth Smartz, born May 22, 1904. 

(8) Roena Kate Feagler, born August 25, 1865; died Feb- 
ruary 5, 1876. 

10 

Philemon C. Vawter 

Philemon Vawter, youngest child of William and Frances 
Vawter, was born in Jennings county, Indiana, November 7, 1830. 

A short sketch of his life, as given in a letter, is here repro- 
duced : 

"I was born in Jennings county, Indiana, November 7, 1830, 
and lived there for the first twenty-five years of my life. My 
first schooling was in the primitive log houses of the times, 
located in the woods at some point to best accommodate the 
sparsely settled district. The first of these which I attended was 
lighted by horizontally long windows or openings, closed part of 
the time with greased paper. The heating apparatus was a 
broad back wall built of stone with a smoke stack through the 
roof built of sticks and mud. The fuel was such as could be 
gathered from the surrounding timber — logs ten to fifteen feet 
long piled against the back wall with limbs and chunks. These 
school facilities not being considered quite sufficient, when I 
was between seventeen and twenty-five years of age I attended 
school for four or five years at Franklin College. While at 
Franklin I worked at anything I could get to do — cleaned stables, 
milked cows, worked on the road, chopped and saw^ed wood, 
acted as janitor at church, was morning bellringer to awaken the 
students in college, dressed poorly and boarded myself a good 



THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 151 

share of the time, living on mush and molasses with a little butter 
and bread. Later on, Professor Hougham took a friendly in- 
terest in me, gave me lessons in land surveying and made me his 
deputy, so that the last two years of my college life I did not have 
to follow the vocations specified above. 

"I came to Lafayette and was engaged in the public schools 
here for a few years. Then I went back to the home farm for 
two or three years. While there I was married, November 25, 
1858, to Sylvia Hunter. After that I spent a year teaching at 
Sardinia, Decatur county, Indiana, then a year in a store at 
Scipio, Jennings county, Indiana, where my health failed and I 
had to give up business for awhile and get out of doors. This 
brought me back to Lafayette in the autumn of 1862, and in the 
spring of 1863 we located here, and have lived here continuously 
ever since. Of these years I have been connected with the coun- 
ty surveyor's office about twenty-five — eighteen as surveyor and 
seven as deputy surveyor. For five years I was city engineer of 
Lafayette, and now am town engineer of West Lafayette. I 
think within those years I have surveyed more lands and lots, 
laid out more highways and free gravel roads, run more tile 
drains and ditch lines, than any man living or who has lived in 
this county." 

Sylvia (Hunter) Vawter was born in Jennings county, Indi- 
ana, May I, 1839. She was the daughter of Joseph and Rhoda 
A. (Conger) Hunter. 

Philemon Vawter and wife have been members of the Bap- 
tist Church in West Lafayette for many years, and are now con- 
nected with the Lafayette Church. They have two children, 
Everett and William, and have reared a child. Belle Godman. 

(i) Everett Bates Vawter, son of Philemon and Sylvia 
(Hunter) Vawter, was born at the home of his grandfather in 
Jennings county, Indiana, August 2;^, 1859. With his parents 
he moved to Lafayette, Indiana. May i, 1863. He was edu- 
cated in the common schools, attending the same during the 
winter until eighteen years of age. He assisted his father in the 
practice of surveying and civil engineering when not otherwise 
engaged. During the summers of 1874, 5, 6 and 7 he worked 



152 THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 

on a farm, and farmed on his own account during the summer of 
1879. In the fall of 1879 he entered the employ of Murphy & 
Comstock, wholesale boot and shoe manufacturers, where he re- 
mained until the summer of 1882, then joined his father in his 
engineering work. During the greater part of 1882 and 1884 
he was engaged in the building of county gravel roads as con- 
tractor. In the fall of 1884 he was elected surveyor of Tippe- 
canoe county on the republican ticket, holding the office for three 
successive terms of two years each, having charge of large drain- 
age systems and the building of the Main Street bridge, Lafayette, 
Indiana, during the last term. In the spring of 1891 he assisted 
in the organization of the Lafayette Bridge Company, being 
actively engaged with said company in the manufacture and sale 
of railway and highway bridges until the plant and good will of 
the concern were sold and merged into the American Bridge 
Company, May i, 1900. 

Everett Vawter was married May 3, 1893, to Helen Read, of 
West Lafayette, Indiana. During the years 1893 to 1900 he held 
the position of secretary and treasurer of the bridge company. 
Has been active in the management of the West Lafayette Water 
Company since its organization in 1894. In the fall of 1900 he 
went to Denver, Colorado, to join his wife, who had gone there 
for her health. From 1900 until the fall of 1903 he lived in Den- 
ver and traveled through South Dakota, Colorado, New Mexico, 
Arizona and old Mexico as sales agent for the American Bridge 
Company. In the fall of 1903 he, with his family, returned to 
Lafayette. There he joined his old business associates in the 
management of the Lafayette Engineering Company, engaged in 
the building of concrete and steel structures, and at the present 
time he is serving the company as president. 

Helen Eugenie (Read) Vawter was born in Wilmington, Dela- 
ware. Her father was James Suggett Read, and her mother's 
maiden name was Frances M. Reed. 

Everett B. and Helen (Read) Vawter have one child, Wallace 
Read, who was born in Denver, Colorado, October 19, 1902. 

(2) William Hunter Vawter, the second son of Philemon 
and Sylvia Hunter Vawter, was born June 18, 1868, in Lafayette, 



THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 1 53 

Indiana. He attended the public schools and took the pharmacy 
course in Purdue University. He entered the employ of Eli 
Lilly & Co., Indianapolis, Indiana, in June, 1888, as analytical 
chemist and remained there until July, 1891, when he went into 
the drug business in Lafayette on his own account. He sold out 
his drug business in 1903, and is at present interested in the 
Lafayette Stove Foundry Company, holding the office of secre- 
tary and treasurer. 

Belle Godman (known as Belle Vawter) was born at Lafayette, 
September 21, 1874; married October 3, 1900, to Jesse Judson 
Billingsly. They live in Benton, Wisconsin. 

Children : 

Philemon Vawter, born July 14, 1902, died 1902. 

Nellie Hymer, born August 5, 1903. 



III. 



JAMES VAWTER 



Children* 



I. John Watts m. 
Louesa Bachman' 



John' 

John" 

David^ 

Jesse* 

James Vawter^ 

(1783-1872) m. 
Sarah Watts 

(1796-1879) 



2. Jesse Holmanm. 
Martha E. Pyle 



Grandchildren' G. Grandchildren* 
(i) Emma S. m. | Mary Louesa, d. 
Judson Williams ) Maud, d. 



3. Frances 
(1822-23) 



r 


Howell 


(2) Charles D. m. | 


Elizabeth 


ist Emma "| 


Charles Hart 


Thomas [ 


Minnie 


2d Julia David- 


son 


(3)JohnS. m. jone child 
Mary Singer '■ 


(4) Elizabeth L.m. ^ Emma A. 


Charles Sheets \ Narcissa F. 


' Alfred Buell 

Vernon Monroe 
(5) James A. m. i ^^^^.^ ^,5^^ 

Clara Monroe p^^^^ Raymond 
^ James Alois 




' Jesse Beryl, d. 




May, d. 


(6) Alfred T. m. 
Minnie Vawter 


Chester Ernest 


Robert Alfred 


(7) Frances Helen, 
d.s. 


Walter Bachman 
L Ruth Leotia 


(I) Edgar (1844-47) 


(2) Mary F. m. 5 George Holman 
Wm.Benefiel '■ 


(3) Ella 


(4) John C. 


(1850-67) 


(5) James R. m. 


Angeline Brace 


(6) Newton 0. 


(1854-81) 


(7) Henry C. m. \ Ray 


Ida Britton ( Mabel 


(8) Wm. E.,s. 


i9) Elmer H. 


(1862-63) 


(10) Thomas, m. 


Frances Patton 


f Edna, d. 
(II) Roe m. J Ei^g^ 

Tillie Nix [ ^^^^. 




f Jesse Beryl, d. 




1 May, d. 


(12) Minnie, m. 


' Chester Ernest 


Alfred Vawter 


' Robert Alfred 




Waiter Bachman 




Ruth Leotia 



THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 



155 



James Vawter' 

(Continued) 



4. Johnson S. ( 

(1824-79) m. Diana \ (') Sarah, d. 
Moncriefi 1826-92) I (2) James, d. 



(i) James Hiram, 
(1852-74) 

(2) Sarah Elton m. 
James Hardy 

(3) Willis Isaiah m. 
Mary Mclntyre 

(4) Spencer Coin 

(1857-72) 

(5) Johnson Smith 

(1858-66) 



Olive S. 
Bessie M. 
Wilbur Willis 
James Hardy 
George Williams 



5. Wra.C. (1827-82) 
m. Sydney Olive 
Willis (1829-96) 



6. Milton S. m. 
ist Aureana 
Vawter 

2d Sue G. Sebree 
7. James S. m. 
ist Mary Cowell 

2d Pheba Almei- 
da Rollins 



8. Newton Wilbur 
m. 1st Lucretia 

Branham 

2d Maria Foster 
3d Armilda Hol- 
lister 

9. Fanny S. 

(1835-76) 

10. Susan E. 

(1838-57) 



II. Thomas S. m. 
Annie LeGill 



(6) AliceEupheme 
m. Theo. H. 

Rokobrant 

(7) Robert, d. 

(8) Theodosia Er- 

nest m. Geo. 
L. Williams 

(9) Wm. Cornett 

(1866-1903) 
I (10) Colfax, d. 

f (I) Frank C. m. 

Lillian Lepper 



Myrtle Olive 
George Carl 



Rhoyden 
Nadyne 



j (2) Jennie F. 

( (3) Bert Watts, d. 

[ (I) AdaV. 

I (2) Effie A. m. 
I Geo. S. Kerr 



(i) Henry J. m. 
Josie Willin 

(2) Wm. Camp- 
bell, unm. 



f Stanley 

■{ Arleigh Robert 

I Rees Vawter 

C Harry m. 

Lillie M. Hibbs 
(Dorothy Louise)' 
Emma 



(3) 



Fanny Alice m. { 

1st John W. I 

Deupree 

2d Howard Lee 



Alva Wm. 



(4) Robert Newton 
m. Josie Quinn 



(i) Milton m. 
Laura Shaddy 

(2) Edward, d. 

(3) Brainard 



Fanny Jane 



f Florence May 

Hazel 

Edwin 
I Macie Marie 
I Annie Laurie 



156 THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 

III 

JAMES VAWTER 

James Vawter, the son of Jesse and Elizabeth Vawter, was 
born April 2, 1783, near the Holston river in North Carolina, 
now East Tennessee. He was the twin brother of William. In 
1806 the family came to the territory of Indiana and settled at 
Fairmount, clearing the farm where Mrs. J. S. Weyer afterwards 
resided, near the tanyard, and which Jesse Vawter called Mt. 
Glad. James Vawter afterwards settled at Mount Pleasant, now 
North Madison, and then at his farm at Pressbnrg, one mile out 
from North Madison. In 181 6 he was married to his cousin, 
Sarah B., the daughter of Judge Watts. Sarah Watts was born 
October 26, 1796. 

James Vawter was not an active politician, but always voted, 
and was a zealous supporter of the laws of the land. He was 
candid and frank in his expression of his conviction of right 
and wrong, faithful and earnest as a Christian and prompt and 
liberal as a church member. He was a warm advocate of Frank- 
lin College and a liberal contributor to its funds. He died Jan- 
uary 12, 1872, in his ninety-first year, surviving his twin brother 
five years. Sarah (Watts) Vawter died at the residence of her 
son Milton in the eighty-third year of her age. 

James Vawter had his eccentricities, as had all of the older 
Vawters, and as have many of their descendants to-day. It is 
told of him that whenever he brought anything home and didn't 
know where to put it that he built a shed for it — that he finally 
had about five acres on his place covered with sheds. James 
Vawter lived on the top of the hill. William Rice had a mill a 
short distance above and off the road which ran at the foot of the 
hill. He wanted the road to come by his mill and not by William 
Stribling's, so he built a fence across the road to force people to 
go around by his mill. At that time Pressburg consisted of only 
a few houses and, in its best days, perhaps a mill or two. The 
houses were not very close together and were all farm houses. 



THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 1 57 

James Vawter's house was right in Pressburg, and yet was in 
the country. 

WilHam Brazelton, a poet of Jefferson county, wrote these 
verses : 

"Of all the spots here in the world 
For honor and renown 
I own in Pressburg is unfurled 
The beauty of a town. 

"If much you travel through that town 
Take care your feet and head 
Or you will find you'll be crushed down 
Beneath some tottering shed. 

" Sheds, yes, propped and pottered up, 
Without the form of walls, 
Tottering, reeling to and fro, 
Hit one prop and fifty falls. 

"The king of sheds lives on a hill 
As happy as a toad. 
The king of trouble owns a mill, 
And stops the public road." 

It is also told of James Vawter that he could not resist the 
temptation to hang a gate wherever he saw two trees located con- 
veniently for the purpose, and that one would often see gates out 
in a field with no fence near. The truth of this can not be 
vouched for. 

One thing is certain, however, and that is, that "Uncle Jimmy," 
as he was called, had a den. It was something after the style 
of the dens men affect these days, only not so luxurious. It was 
a very small room, built on to one end of the porch. Whenever 
"Uncle Jimmy" couldn't be found he was nearly sure to be in 
that den. The room is left just as it was when it was the com- 
fort of "Uncle Jimmy." In it is a small bed or cot of some kind. 
Around two sides are shelves with jars or bottles containing many 
different kinds of seeds. Across one end is a row of nails. On 
the nails are hung strips of wood which were cut just the right 
size to hold a column of newspaper clippings. In the end of 
each piece of wood was a hole so the strip might hang on one of 
the nails. This was the way "Uncle Jimmy" kept his scrap 



158 THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 

book, and to his den he often came to be quiet and read when the 
house was full of company. 

"Uncle Jimmy" wore a white fur plug hat summer and winter, 
so one of his nephews said, and he presented a striking appear- 
ance in that hat and his great long coat. 

This anecdote is also told of James Vawter : There was a 
woman in the church who was very aggressive. She got up in 
meeting and, after talking a long time, urged every one to get 
up and do likewise. When she sat down "Uncle Jimmy" got up 
and said : "Some need urgin' for'ard and some need holdin' 
back." Then he sat down without another word. 

"Uncle Jimmy" once brought home a wagon-load of brick to 
be used for some building purpose. He went into town again, 
and when he returned the second time he found the bricks all 
tumbled down and half of them broken in pieces. "Boys," said 
he, "what does this mean?" His grandchildren said: "Why, 
grandpa, you see it was this way. We were playing war and we 
put a lot of bricks on one side for Union soldiers and a lot of 
bricks on the other side for Rebels, and the Union men whipped 
the Rebels all to pieces, and that is how the bricks got broken." 
"All right, boys," said "Uncle Jimmy," "if the Rebels got 
whipped that is all right." 

James and Sarah (Watts) Vawter had eleven children: John 
Watts, Jesse Holman, Frances, Johnson S., William C, Milton 
S., James S., Newton W., Fanny S., Susan E., and Thomas S. 



John Watts Vawter 

John Watts Vawter, the son of James and Sarah (Watts) 
Vawter, was born November 15, 181 7, and was married by Rev, 
E. Holt, February 13, 1851, to Louesa Bachman, who was born 
in Madison, Indiana, December 16, 1829, and died July 4, 1887, 
John Watts Vawter was engaged in the lumber and milling 
business, and at one time had plank-road contracts on the Michi- 
gan Road. He was also merchant at Scipio and Columbus, Indi- 



THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 1 59 

ana. He followed boating for a few years, first with flatboats 
loaded with provisions for the lower country, then was connected 
with the steamboat trade. In 1847 ^e bought the "John Dren- 
nen," which ran between Madison and Cincinnati as a packet. 
During the Civil War he purchased an interest in the "Clara 
Dunning," which ran between Louisville and Cincinnati. Then 
he became owner of the steamer "David White," running be- 
tween Louisville, St. Louis and New Orleans, and for a time was 
captain. He had sold one-fourth interest before the boat ex- 
ploded on the lower Mississippi, but he suffered a heavy loss. 
John Watts Vawter afterwards engaged in agricultural pursuits. 
For two years before his death he was near Baton Rouge, Louisi- 
ana, managing a large cotton plantation and sawmill. His wife 
was the daughter of Alois Bachman. John Watts Vawter died 
September 25, 1875, i" the fifty-eighth year of his age. 

The children of John Watts and Louesa (Bachman) Vawter 
were Emma S., Charles D., John S., Elizabeth L., James A., 
Alfred and Frances Helen. 

(i) Emma S. Vawter. daughter of John and Louesa (Bach- 
man) Vawter, was born in Jefferson county, Lidiana, February 
23, 1852; married March 30, 1881, at North Madison, Indiana, 
to Judson Williams, who was born in Ripley county, Indiana, 
September 27, 1842. Judson Williams is a horticulturist, 1331 
Palmer street, Los Angeles, California. 

Children : 

a. Mary Louesa Williams, born in Ottawa, Kansas, February 
21, 1883; died in Fallbrook, San Diego county, California, 
October 13. 1890. 

b. Maud Williams, born in Ottawa, Kansas. January 24, 
1886; died in Fallbrook, San Diego county, California. October 
15, 1890. 

(2) Charles D. Vawter, son of John Watts and Louesa 
(Bachman) Vawter. was born May 24, 1854; married in 
Laurel Hill. Louisiana, June 4, 1877, to Emma K. Thomas, who 
was born in Winnsborough, Louisiana, January 21, 1858; died 
in North Madison, Indiana. April 30. 1893. Children: 

a. Clarence Howell Vawter, born December 3, 1878. 



l60 THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 

b. Elizabeth Louise Vawter, born October 7, 1884. 

c. Charles Hart Vawter, born June 13, 1886. 

d. Minnie E. Vawter, born August 27, 1891. 

Charles D. Vawter married, second, November 5, 1893, Julia 
Davidson, who was born in North Madison, Indiana, July i, 
1859. No children. 812 South Eighth street, Tacoma, Wash- 
ington. 

(3) John S. Vawter, son of John Watts and Louesa (Bach- 
man) Vawter, was born November 9, 1856; married Mary- 
Singer and had one child. Lives in Soldiers' Home in Indiana. 

(4) Elizabeth L. Vawter, daughter of John Watts and 
Louesa (Bachman) Vawter, was born June 12, 1859; married, 
March 20, 1889, in Jefferson county, Indiana, to Charles F. 
Sheets. Lives at 455 East Third street, Los Angeles, California. 

Children : 

a. Emma A. Sheets, born June 19, 1890, in Jefferson county, 
Indiana. 

b. Narcissa F. P. Sheets, born February 28, 1896, in Jefferson 
county, Indiana. 

(5) James Alois Bachman Vawter, son of John Watts and 
Louesa (Bachman) Vawter, was born March 16, 1862. near 
North Madison, Indiana; married March 19, 1891, at Sedan, 
Kansas, to Clara Catherine Monroe, who was born August 25, 
1873, near Peru, Kansas. 

James Alois Vawter is telegraph operator and railway station 
agent at Heron, Montana. 

Children of James A. and Clara (Monroe) Vawter: 

a. Alfred Buell Vawter, born June 30, 1892, at Arlington, 
Washington. 

b. Vernon Monroe Vawter, born July 13, 1895, at Heppner 
Junction, Oregon. 

c. Bessie Alice Vawter, born January 30, 1897, at Heppner 
Junction, Oregon. 

d. Frank Raymond Vawter, born January 13. 1899, near 
North Yakima, Washington. 

c. James Alois Vawter, born November 3, 1901, near North 
Yakima, Washington. 



THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA l6l 

(6) Alfred T. Vawter, son of John Watts and Loiiesa (Bach- 
man) Vawter, was born in Jefferson county, Indiana, October i, 
1864; married May 9, 1889, to Minnie L. Vawter, the daughter 
of Jesse Holman Vawter. Minnie Vawter was born in Jefferson 
county, Indiana, February 19, 1867. 

Alfred T. Vawter is in the life insurance business, 2216 Bird 
street, Boyle Heights, Los Angeles, California. 
Children : 

a. Jesse Beryl Watts Vawter, born in Jefferson county, In- 
diana, August 28, 1890; died January 10, 1891. 

b. May Vawter, born in Jefferson county, Indiana, May 10, 
1892; died July 2y, 1892. 

c. Chester Ernest Vawter, born in Vanderburgh county, In- 
diana, May 7, 1895. 

d. Robert Alfred Vawter, born in Vanderburgh county, In- 
diana, October 19, 1897. 

e. Walter Bachman Vawter, born in Vanderburgh county, 
Indiana, July 2, 1900. 

f. Ruth Leotia Vawter, born in Carmi, Illinois, December 12, 
1902. 

(7) Frances Helen Vawter, daughter of John Watts and 
Louesa (Bachman) Vawter, was born in Jefferson county, In- 
diana, August 20, 1867; died July 3, 1877. 



2 

Jesse Holman Vawter 

Jesse Holman Vawter, son of James and Sarah (Watts) Vaw- 
ter, was born at North Madison, Indiana, March 6, 1820. He 
was married, February 25, 1843, to Martha E. Pyle, who was 
born in Philadelphia, August 9, 1826; died at North Madison, 
Indiana, March 7, 1878. Holman Vawter was a merchant, also 
a steamboat and stationary engineer. He lived in Indiana all of 
his life except a short time in Illinois. He was a member of the 
Home Guards during the Civil War. Was a member of the Bap- 



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l62 THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 

tist Church. For many years before his death he was afflicted 
with cancer. He died August 30, 1898. 

The children of Jesse Holman and Martha (Pyle) Vawter 
were Edgar, Mary, John, Ella, Newton, James, William, Elmore 
and Henry. 

( 1 ) Edgar, son of Jesse Holman and Martha (Pyle) Vawter, 
was born May 25, 1844; died April 23, 1847. 

(2) Mary F., daughter of Jesse Holman and Martha (Pyle) 
Vawter, was born November 9, 1846; married November 4, 
1868, to William H. Benefiel ; died September 21, 1898. 

Children of William and Mary (Vawter) Benefiel: George 
Holman, who was born in Ripley county, Indiana, and two others 
who died in infancy. 

(3) Ella, daughter of Jesse Holman and Martha (Pyle) 
Vawter, was born September 9, 1848. Lives in Los Angeles, 
California, with her sister, Mrs. Alfred Vawter. 

(4) John C, son of Jesse Holman and Martha (Pyle) Vaw- 
ter, was born August 27, 1850; died April 28, 1867. 

(5) James R., son of Jesse Holman and Martha (Pyle) Vaw- 
ter, was born October 9, 1852; married Angeline Brace. Is a 
farmer, living in Beverly, Lincoln county, Kansas. 

(6) Newton O., son of Jesse Holman and Martha (Pyle) 
Vawter, was born August 7, 1854; died November 11, 1881. 

(7) Henry C, son of Jesse Holman and Martha (Pyle) 
Vawter, was born in Rexville, Indiana, May 11, 1857; married 
June 2, 1883, to Ida Britton. They have two children, Ray and 
Mabel. Henry C. Vawter is a farmer, living near Waldron, 
Shelby county, Indiana. 

(8) William E., son of Jesse Holman and Martha (Pyle) 
Vawter, was born in North Madison, Indiana, October 5, i860. 
Is unmarried. Lives in Dixon, Illinois. 

(9) Elmer H., son of Jesse Holman and Martha (Pyle) 
Vawter, was born April 22, 1862; died March 13, 1863. 

( 10) Thomas, son of Jesse Holman and Martha (Pyle) Vaw- 
ter, was born in Rexville, Indiana, May 22, 1864; married 
Frances Patton September 17, 1889. They have no children. 



THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 163 

Thomas Vawter is a railroad fireman and engineer, living at 529 
South Workman street, Los Angeles, California. 

(11) Roe M., son of Jesse Holman and Martha (Pyle) Vaw- 
ter, was born in Rexville, Indiana; married Tillie Nix April 3, 
1896. They have had three children: Edna, born April 3, 1898; 
died March 18, 1899, Elmer, born June 9. 1900, and Naomi, born 
August 19, 1902. 

Roe Vawter is in the employ of the railroad and lives in New 
Albany, Indiana. 

(12) Minnie, daughter of Jesse Holman and Martha (Pyle) 
Vawter, was born in Jefferson county, Indiana. February 19, 
1867; married her cousin Alfred, the son of John Watts Vawter, 
in 1889. (See record of Alfred Vawter.) 



3 

Frances Vawter 

Frances, daughter of James and Sarah (Watts) Vawter, born 
February i, 1822; died July 23, 1823. 



Johnson S. Vawter 

Johnson S., son of James and Sarah (Watts) Vawter, was 
born May 25, 1824. He was married to Diana Moncrief in 1854; 
died December 6, 1879. 

Johnson S. Vawter was a farmer. He was also a carpenter and 
had a sawmill before he began farming. 

Diana (Moncrief) Vawter was born January 23, 1826; died 
August 13, 1892. 

The children of Johnson S. and Diana (Moncrief) Vawter 
were Sarah, who died when a child, and James C, who died when 
about grown. 

Johnson S. Vawter and his wife lived at Rexville, Indiana. 



164 THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 

5 
William C. Vawter 

William C, son of James and Sarah (Watts) Vawter, was 
born in the old homestead near North Madison, Indiana, Feb- 
ruary 28, 1827. When fourteen years of age he was apprenticed 
to a tailor, and, at the end of his time, began business for himself 
in North Madison. There he continued in business until 1851, 
when he moved to Jennings county. Here he was married, No- 
vember II, 1 85 1, to Sydney Olive Willis, who was born Novem- 
ber 24, 1829, in Maryland, and died September 5, 1896. 

William Vawter was engaged in the mercantile business until 
1866, when he removed to Madison and was with Cobb, Stribling 
& Company. He was also in the woolen mill business at Elletts- 
ville and afterwards at Madison. In 1868 he began traveling for 
Schofield & Sons, and was with them the most of the time until 
his death of apoplexy on April 23, 1882. One of the proprietors 
of Schofield & Sons said after his death : "We have no hope of 
filling his place satisfactorily. He was so true, so honest and so 
successful." 

William C. and Sydney Olive Vawter had ten children : James 
Hiram, Sarah Elton, Willis Isaiah, Spencer Coin. Johnson Smith, 
Alice Eupheme, Robert, Theodosia Ernest, William Cornett and 
Colfax. 

(i) James Hiram, son of William C. and Sydney (Willis) 
Vawter, was born September 18, 1852, at Scipio, Indiana, and 
died July 11, 1874, in Laconia, Arkansas. He was a merchant 
and was unmarried. 

(2) Sarah Elton, daughter of William C. and Sydney (Wil- 
lis) Vawter, was born October 5, 1854, at Scipio, Indiana, and 
was married, at North Vernon, Indiana, October 5, 1891, to 
Captain James H. Hardy. They have no children. 

Captain Hardy was born in Canada February 22, 1832. He 
lived in Covington, Indiana, for a number of years and was en- 
gaged in the mercantile business. Has been retired for the last 
fifteen years and is living on a farm near North Vernon, Indiana. 



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THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 1 6$ 

(3) Willis Isaiah, son of William C. and Sydney (Willis) 
Vawter, was born at Scipio, Indiana, October 5, 1854, and was 
married May 18, 1884, to Mary Mclntyre, who was born in 
Madison, Indiana, July 16, i860. Their children are: 

a. Olive S., born December 2, 1885, in North Madison, In- 
diana. 

b. Bessie M.. born January 16, 1888, in North Madison. In- 
diana. 

c Wilbur Willis, born November 16, 1889, in North Madi- 
son, Indiana. 

d. James Hardy, born August 12, 1892, near North Madison, 
Indiana. 

e. George Williams, born May 22, 1895, near North Madison, 
Indiana. 

Willis Vawter and family live on a farm near Mooresville, 
Morgan county, Indiana. 

(4) Spencer Coin, son of William C. and Sydney (Willis) 
Vawter, was born at Scipio. Indiana, January 12, 1857, and died 
at North Madison, Indiana, March 6, 1872. 

(5) Johnson Smith, son of William C. and Sydney (Willis) 
Vawter, was born in Scipio, Indiana, December 31, 1858, and 
died there April 13, 1866. 

(6) Alice Eupheme, daughter of William C. and Sydney 
(Willis) Vawter, was born in Scipio. Indiana, March 14, 1861, 
and was married October 13, 1881, to Theodore Henry Roko- 
brant, who was born in Madison, Indiana, July 31, 1859. They 
have two children : Myrtle Olive, born November 2y, 1882, in 
Madison, Indiana, and George Carl, who was born November 2y, 
1889, in Madison, Indiana. 

T. H. Rokobrant is traveling agent for Central Electric Supply 
Company, Chicago. Lives at 703 Main street, Coshocton, Ohio. 

(7) Robert, son of William C. and Sydney (Willis) Vawter, 
died at birth. 

(8) Theodosia Ernest, daughter of William C. and Sydney 
(Willis) Vawter, was born at Scipio, Indiana, June 25, 1863, and 
was married September 17, 1884, to George L. Williams, who 



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1 66 THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 

was born in Dupont, Indiana, September 4, 1861. They have no 
children. 

George L. WilHams is the agent of the Pennsylvania Railroad 
Company at Jeffersonville, Indiana. 

(9) William Cornett, son of William C. and Sydney (Willis) 
Vawter, was born at Madison, Indiana, December 5, 1866, and 
died in Whatcom, Washington, February 4, 1903. He was in 
the lumber business and was unmarried. 

( 10) Colfax, son of William C. and Sydney (Willis) Vawter, 
was born and died December 13, 1868. 



Milton S. Vawter 

Milton S. Vawter, the son of James and Sarah (Watts) Vaw- 
ter, was born February 17, 1829, near North Madison, Indiana. 
An account of the early part of his life is best given in his own 
words. He says : 

"I worked on a farm until I was sixteen years old, then at 
plastering until my twenty-first year. I then clerked in a store in 
Bartholomew county, Indiana. At the end of a year I took full 
charge of the stock and continued the business at Taylorville for 
one-half the net profit. The country was new, and chills and 
fever so prevalent that in the fall of 1850 I sold out and returned 
to Jefferson county, w here I was engaged on the plank road which 
was being built by my brother John. In the spring of 1851 I 
located at Elizabethtown and engaged in the mercantile business, 
and in 1852 also attended to the railroad station in connection 
with my business. In February, 1855, I sold out to G. W. Bran- 
ham and went south and engaged with my brother, John W. 
Vawter, in building plank roads in Louisiana. In the fall of 1856 
I was engaged by the Madison and Indianapolis Railroad Com- 
pany to attend to the business at Amity, which I did in connection 
with a stock of dry goods and groceries. In the fall of 1858 I 
went to Martinsville and continued there until spring, receiving 
and shipping grain until the old road was abandoned ; then I en- 



THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 167 

gaged to superintend a merchant mill until the fall of 1859. In 
the spring of i860 I opened a dry goods and notion store at 
Madison, Indiana. When the war came on I offered my services 
in Captain James Bachman's company and was refused. From 
the years 1855 to 1859 I spent three months of each year away 
from my other business in buying hogs for Madison pork houses. 
In the year 1863 I began to work on the river, filling various posi- 
tions from watchman to captain, having an interest in the boats 
on which I was employed. I sometimes filled the place of watch- 
man and clerk at the same time while running up the Tennessee 
and Cumberland rivers. At the close of the war, in 1865, I was 
on the steamer "David White" in the Louisville and New Orleans 
trade. In 1867 I left the river to look after my affairs on land," 
and have ever since been engaged in merchandising and farming. 
I am living on the land which my father entered in 1825 and 
which I purchased of my brother in 1867." 

Milton Vawter is now seventy-five years of age and is living 
in the house where he was born. The house is still in very good 
condition. Besides the old home place, there are a number of 
small dwellings on the farm which are rented. In a little shed 
near his home Milton Vawter has a small store, with groceries 
and notions. Here flour, bacon, sugar and the small necessities 
which may be needed by the farm people are kept, and the tenants 
are supplied with what they wish, paying a little at a time as they 
choose. Mr. Vawter is not confined at home at all by this little 
store. He is always ready to take friends or relatives around to 
see the country or other relatives. The store is more in the order 
of a supply house, and people probably only come in the evenings 
or mornings. 

Milton Vawter is known, too, far and near for his interest in 
and knowledge of the family. He has furnished many people with 
copies of old times records, and has been a very great help in the 
collecting of material for this history. 

Milton Vawter was married to Aureana L. Vawter, the daugh- 
ter of Pascal Vawter, December 28, 1865. Aureana L. Vawter 
was born January i, 1843, in Jefferson county, Indiana. Her 



l68 THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 

parents moved to Roman county, Kentucky, in 1856 and to Adair 
county, Ohio, in 1863. 

The children of Milton and Aureana Vawter were Frank C, 
Jennie and Bert Watts. 

(i) Frank C, son of Milton and Aureana Vawter, was born 
September 4, 1867, and was married May 2, 1894, to Lillian 
Lepper, who was born March 14, 1867. Their children are Rhoy- 
den, born January 16, 1895, and Nadyne, born November 7, 
1897. Frank C. Vawter is clerk of a boat which runs between 
Madison and Cincinnati, and lives in Madison, Indiana, 

(2) Jennie, daughter of Milton and Aureana Vawter, was 
born April 8, 1870, and is living with her father. 

(3) Bert Watts, son of Milton and Aureana Vawter, was born 
July 25, 1872, and died September 4, 1872. 

Aureana, wife of Milton Vawter, died October 31, 1872. 

Milton S. Vawter was married November 16, 1876, to Sue G. 
Sebree, of Rising Sun, Indiana, who was born February 13, 1843, 
in Gallatin county, Kentucky. 

7 

James S. Vawter 

James S. Vawter, son of James and Sarah (Watts) Vawter, 
born May 9, 1831 ; married, by Elder John Stott, June 19, 1856, 
to Mary Cowell, who died in 1857, leaving no children. 

James S. Vawter married, second, Pheba Almeida Rollins in 
January, 1864, and had two children. 

James S. Vawter lived most of his life in Jefferson and Johnson 
counties, Indiana. He was engaged in the grocery business for 
many years, and was postmaster for several years. He was an 
ordained Baptist minister, but did not preach regularly. He was 
always a great worker in the church and Sunday-school, of which, 
at the time of his death, he had been superintendent for twelve 
years. He wrote a great deal for the papers. He died August 5, 
1881. Pheba Almeida Vawter died July 13, 1887. 

The children of James S. and Pheba Almeida Vawter were : 



THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 1 69 

(i) Ada v., born December 23, 1864, in Amity, Indiana; 
died May 30, 1901. Unmarried. 

(2) Effie A., born August 10, 1872, in North Madison, In- 
diana; married September 5. 1893. to George S. Kerr, who was 
born in Owen county, Indiana, October 14, 1852. Their children 
are Stanley I. L., born January 10, 1895; Arleigh Robert, born 
February 16, 1897, and Rees Vawter, born August 5, 1899. 

George Kerr is a dealer in real estate, living at Bozeman, Mon- 
tana. 

8 

Newton W. Vawter 

Newton Wilbur Vawter, son of James and Sarah (Watts) 
Vawter, was born April 13, 1833, near North Madison, Indiana. 
He was married in 1853 to Lucretia Branham, a granddaughter 
of Frances (Vawter) Branham. Lucretia (Branham) Vawter 
died in 1854, leaving no children, 

Newton Vawter was married the second time on October 26, 
1856, to Maria B. Foster, another granddaughter of Frances 
(Vawter) Branham. They had four children. Maria (Foster) 
Vawter died August 2, 1896. 

Newton Wilbur Vawter was married, third, to Armilda A. 
Hollister, January 13, 1901. 

Newton W. Vawter has lived in Indiana all of his life with the 
exception of one year spent in Missouri superintending a plank 
road running from Iron Mountain to St. Genevieve. Has lived 
all of his life in Jefferson county, except nine years. He has been 
engaged in merchandising, steamboating five years, and was a 
locomotive engineer for twenty-five years. He enlisted in the 
Union army May, 1862. He was orderly sergeant in Company 
D, Fifty-Fourth Regiment, Volunteer Infantry. Was promoted 
to sergeant-major of said regiment and was mustered out when 
the time expired at Indianapolis. Has been a member of the 
Christian Church for forty-five years. Lives at North Madison, 
Indiana. 

The children of Newton W. Vawter and Maria (Foster) Vaw- 



170 THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 

ter were Henry J., Will Campbell, Fanny Alice and Robert 
Newton. 

(i) Henry J., son of Newton and Maria (Foster) Vawter, 
was born September 19, 1857; married September 16, 1880, to 
Josie Willin. They have two children, Harry, born June 6, 1881, 
and Emma, born June 28, 1883. 

Henry Vawter was a railroad conductor until he met with an 
accident and lost part of his foot. He is now a rural route mail 
carrier. Lives at Rockport, Indiana. His son Harry was married 
September 20, 1903, to Lillie M. Hibbs. They live in Clifton 
Heights, Cincinnati. Their child, Dorothy Louise, was born May 
30, 1904. 

(2) Will Campbell, son of Newton W. and Maria (Foster) 
Vawter, was born September 7, i860. He is unmarried and lives 
in Evansville, Indiana. Lawyer. 

(3) Fanny Alice, daughter of Newton W. and Maria (Fos- 
ter) Vawter, was born July 14, 1866; married September 19, 
1889, to John W. Deupree. They had one child, Alva Will, born 
February 20, 1891. 

John W. Deupree died April 15, 1895. 

Fanny Alice Deupree married, second, Howard Lee on April 
25, 1901. They have one child, Fanny Jane, born October 5, 

1902. 

Howard Lee is a contractor living in Columbus, Indiana. 

(4) Robert Newton, son of Newton Wilbur and Maria (Fos- 
ter) Vawter, was born July 23, 1877; married August 23, 1900, 
to Josie Quinn ; died May i. 1901. 



Fanny S. Vawter 

Fanny S., daughter of James and Sarah (Watts) Vawter, was 
born September 27, 1835; died April 20, 1876. Unmarried. 



THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 171 

10 

Susan E. Vawter 

Susan E., daughter of James and Sarah (Watts) Vawter, was 
born Alarch 3. 1838; died February 11. 1857. Unmarried. 

II 
Thomas S. Vawter 

Thomas S., son of James and Sarah (Watts) Vawter, was 
born May 3, 1840; married November 6. 1866, at Madison, In- 
diana, to Annie LeGill, who was born in Ireland but came to this 
country when a small child. 

Thomas S. Vawter was born near North Madison, Indiana. 
He has lived in Rexville, Indiana, for thirty-seven years. Is a 
pension attorney. Served in the War of the Rebellion, the first 
time in the Fifty-Fourth Indiana, second time in the Sixty- 
Seventh Indiana, and also in the Twenty- Fourth Indiana. 

Children of Thomas S. and Annie (LeGill) Vawter: Milton 
M., Edward and Brainard. 

(i) Milton, son of Thomas S. and Annie (LeGill) Vawter, 
was born September 5, 1868; married September 11, 1892, to 
Laura Shaddy. They have five children : 

a. Florence May, born January 12, 1893. 

b. Hazel, born November 16, 1896. 

c. Edwin, born November 5, 1898. 

d. Macie Marie, born January i, 1901. 
c. Annie Laurie, born October 26, 1903. 

Milton Vawter is a barber, living at Rexville, Indiana. 

(2) Edward, the son of Thomas S. and Annie (LeGill) 
Vawter was born May 22, 1872, and died at the age of twenty- 
six months. 

(3) Brainard Le Vawter, the son of Thomas S. and Annie 
(LeGill) Vawter, was born September 29. 1874. He attended 
school and graduated at the Terre Haute Normal. Is now prin- 
cipal of the High School at Osgood, Indiana. 



IV. 

FRANCES VAWTER5 

(Jesse*, David^, John^, Johni) 

(1785-1853) 

m. 

JOHN BRANHAM 

(1777-1S34) 



Children® 



I. Jesse V. m. 
Mary Butler 



Grandchildren' 



(i) Zerelda, d. 
(2) J. Foster, d. 



(3) William m. 
Martha La- 
Masters 



(4) Louisa m. 



G. Grandchil- 
dren" 



Scott m. 
Julia McDowell 



John m. 

Mary Kareger 



Mary rn. 
Joseph Gordon 

William m. 
Mary Davis 

Edward m. 
Kate Faulkner 



Ida m. 
Wilbur Grindell 



G. G. Grandchil- 
dren" 

I Nellie m., two ch. 
Edith m., one ch. 
I Jennie 
J Etta 
1 Stella 
I Flora 
I Hazel 
I Grace 

Edward 

Ida 

J Lillian 

1 Sadie 

William 
(^ George 



Mary 



Seven children 



li 



esse 
Robert 



William 
George 
Saphronia 
Claude 
Three others 



Alice, d. 
Wm. Fitch m. 
Josephine Camp- ^ William Lou 
bell 

Mary L. m. 



■n 



MonroeGuUet ] Joseph Whitte- "! Arthur Monroe 
more L 



Edward m. 
Grace Sherman 



Elberta Louise 



THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 



^72> 



I. Jesse V. 

(Continued) '\^ 



(5) Jesse V. m. 
Mary L. Stark 



r (i) Geo. W. tn. 

Sarah Huckle- 
berry 



Uriah m. 
Alcey Davis 



(2) Elizabeth Jane 
m. 
Florence O'Con- 
ner 



(3) Matilda m. 
John Brooks 



(4) Davis m. 
Louisiana 
Compton 



Hiram S. m. 
Jessie Greenleaf 

Alice m. 
Wm. R.Burns 



Delaney E. m. 
Nellie I. Hand 



Louisa m. 
Peter Rodange 

Thos. F. m. 
May Galvin 

Uriah 
Maria 
[^ Several others 

Solan B. m. 
Elsie J. Davis 



Clara Alice m. 
Benjamin Mc- 
New 



Mary Frances m. 
Wm. Fleming 

Chester C, d. 
Hickman D., unm. 
Wilber S., unm. 
Florence Jane, d. 



Nora Ellen ra. 
Clarence Wilson 

, William A., unm. 

Orlando Parks m. 
Carruthers 

Alcey m. 
Scott Branham 



Joseph m. 
Elizabeth Brumit 



Charles Greenleaf 
Harold Delaney 

Hiram D. 
William Douglas 

Alice Irene 
Donald 
Thomas Leon 
Cecil Hunter 

Marguerite Louise 



Roger Vawter 



Oral Ami, d. 
Jesse Branham 
Orlando Parks, d. 
Lenora Etha 

} Oscar 
I Etta N. 
- Norma E. 

Wilber E. 

Zuma F. 

No children 



Bertha 
Omer 
Leslie C. 
Christel 
Mabel 

Daisy m., one ch. 



Frank, d, 

r Elmer C. m. 
Ira E. Downey 
(Edna Marie) 
Lester E. 
IraE. 
Russell C. 
Roscoe R. 



Ji 



174 



THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 



Uriah Branham 
(Continued) 



(4) Davis Branham 
(Continued) 



(5) Mary A. m. 
Samuel Brown 



Elizabeth J. 
Ida P., d. 



d. 



Davis S. m. 
Ida Belle Cooper 



Florence E., d. 

Annie Laurie m. 
Wm. Waters 



Spencer Vance 
Alta Irene 
Bertha Lulu 
James Ernest 
Ethel Pearl 
Mabel Clare 
Davis Bishop 
^ John Albert 



Addie Belle m. 
Sam'l H. Pickett 

Mattie C. m. 
David N. Pickett 

Eva May m. 
Henry D. Neel 

Jud J. m. 

Jessie M. Bruce 
Maud F. m. 

Allen Williams 

Ida 
Morton m. 

AramintaMcEl- 
roy, d. 
Emma A. m. 

Waldo Robinson 

Jennie ra. 
Geo. Stellhorn 

Cora m. 
Jesse Everson 

William H. m. 
Rose E. Walrick 

Ezra Foster m. 
Viola Smith 



r Dunward 
-i Arley 
I Virgil 

{ Hazel 
I Glen 



j Ine 



(6) Frances m. 

James A. Wal- -{ 
den 



Charles Fremont 
m. 
Emma Harper 



Estel 



Ethel 

Lenore 
Howard 

Mary Freda 

I Clarence 
(-John 
I Harry 

Ada, m. 
Bertha m. 
Seaman 
Noble 
Bonnie 
Homer 
Carl 
Mauree 
Lillian 



-{ 



THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 



175 



2. Uriah Branham 

(Continued) ' 



(6) Frances Wal- 
den 
{Continued) 



(7) James N. in. 
Carrie 



L (8) Danville, d. 



Wm. Orval, unm. 

Annie Ellen m. 
Wm. A. Jenkins 

Uriah Branham, d. 

James Richey m. 
Elizabeth Baker 



Lulie May m. 
Everett R. Bo- 
hall 
Fanny, d. 
Hazel Etta 
Georgia A. 



Elizabeth Etta m. 
Rev. W. G. Mc- 
Colley 



Mary Alice m. 
Leslie Good 



I Susie 
I Alice 
-j William 

Leslie, d. 
(^ Dorothy 

James, d. 

Carrie 

I William 

I Walter 

Lillian, d. 

Maggie 

Jessie 

Edgar 

Donnel 

Nora 



Jessie Lulie m. 
Frank Marshall 

Ida May m. ( Arthur 

JamesK. Atwood ) Walden 
Otis Morton, unm. 
. Orion Noble, d. 

McKnight 
Vera 



r (1) Jonathan m. 

Isabelle Green 



3. Mary m. 

Jared Foster 



Radie m. 
Mandeville Bain 

Mary M. m. 
1st Ansley F. 
Jones 

2d Rev. C. L. 
Smith 



Wm. J. m. 
Sadie Brock 



Mattie M. m. 
A. C. Jones 



Jennie 
Harry 
L Mary 

r 

-! Olive 

I 

j Grayce 

f Radie 
I Audrey 
I Harold 
l^ Leland 

r Melnotte B. 
M. Pearle 
N. Augusta 

I Royal C. 

I Isabelle A. 

I A. Foster 

I Gladys O. 
Gayle A. 



LJi 



176 



THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 



(i) Johnathan Fos- 
ter 
( Continued) 



3. Mary Foster 

(Continued) 



(4) Maria B. m. 
Newton W. 
Vawter 



(2) Jane S. m. 
Granville P. 

Campbell (both 
dead) 

(3) Watts, d. 



John A. m. 
Annie Powell 



Lucy B. m. 
Alfred Soward 



Gladys m. 
O. A.Cook 



Henry J. m. 
Josie Wiliin 

\Vm. Campbell, 
unm. 

Fanny Alice m. 
1st John Deu- 
pree 



Raymond 
Arthur 
Leslie 
Gayle 

C Gladys 
-{ Ross 
[ Winnie 



f Harry m. 
J Lillie M. Hibbs 
] (Dorothy L.) 

I Emma 



Alva William 



2d Howard Lee \ Fanny Jane 

Robert Newton m. 
Josie Quinn, d. 



4. Danville, m. 



No children 



5. Elizabeth m. 
Daniel Davis 



(1) John 

(2) Daniel 

(3) James 

I (4) Edward 

I (5) Several others 

r (i) Lucretia A. m. f 

Newton W. i No children 
Vawter L 

r Ardys, d. 
(2) Henry Clay m. ] ^^^^ 

Caroline Bate- ^ Hal Howard 

l Harrye Boynton 



6. Geo. W. m. 
ist Elizabeth 
Branham 



man 



(3) John Clark m. 
Kate Bromley 



L 



John Warner 

Bromley E. m. 
Elenor Wilton 

Edith Kate ra. 

John M. Covert 

Jessie, d. 
Ruby Alice m. 
Gordon B. At- 
wood 



Donald 



John Stanley 



THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 



177 



6 Geo.W.Branham ^ 
{Continued) 



(4) David Hick- 

man, d. 

(5) \Vm. Cum- 

mings m. 
Mary E.Gilbert 



r Gilbert C. 

I Elizabeth H. m. 
"I John H. Wagner 
David C. m. 
Vera Miller 



Mary Elizabeth 



2d Mrs. Mary 
A. Wilson 



7. James m. 
1st Nancy 
Owens 



2d Eveline 
Adams 



(6) Emma C. m. 
Joseph W, San- 
born 



(6) 



Larose m. 
Susan A. Hal 
bert 



(7) Ida 

(8) C. A. 

(9) SmithVawter.d. 



r Fred Roi 

I Perita 

J Brown 

1 Thor Warren 

Isaac Basil 
[ Joseph Warren 



(7) Geo. Chandler f 
m. 

ist. Margaret 
Comer 

2d. Dicy A. 
Green 

r (i) David Owens, d. 

(2) Martha Jane m. 

Daly, d. 

(3) Marietta m. 

George Bick- 
ford, d. 

(4) James Harvey, 

d. unm. 

(5) John Edward, 

d. unm. 



-1 Stella 



Joseph Cary 



[" Nelle B. m. 

I Byron H. Coffey ' 

James H. m. 
Rose Strother, d 

Arthur E. 
I Eva May, d. 

Edward L. 
(^ Bertha B. 



Thatcher Howe 
Josephine 
Cecil Louise 
Jule Hubert 



178 



THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 



8. JohnT.,d. 



9. Jane V. m. 
Jared Foster 



(i) Frances, d. 
(2) Sarah m. 

ist Geo. Bald- 
win 

2d Davidson 
Rea 



(3) Lucy m. 

Henry Corne- 
lius 



(4) Geo. R., d. 

(5) Mariema m. 
Lucebra W. 

Marsh 



Jacob 

Kennedy F. 

^ Harry B. m. 

Lillian Augusta m. 
A. L. Brougher; d. 



Maud Mary m. 
Chas. Ham 

Grace Alice 
Rade and Royal 
(Royal, d.) 
, Ernest, d. 

Sarah 

Lettie m. 
- Orr 

Rade rn. 
(^ Nelson 



Ernest 
Marjorie 



^ Clarence 
Grace 
Lora 
Eugene 



IV 

FRANCES (VAWTER) BRANHAM 

Frances, daughter of Jesse and Elizabeth (Watts) Vawter, 
was born February 26, 1785; married to John Branham, the 
brother of Linsfield Branham, who married her sister Mary. John 
Branham was born February 27, 1777, and died March 20, 1834. 
Frances (Vawter) Branham died at Ehzabethtown, Indiana, Sep- 
tember 8, 1853. 

John and Frances (Vawter) Branham had nine children: 
Jesse, Uriah, Mary, Danville, Elizabeth. George W., James, John 
T. and Jane V. 



Jesse V. Branham 

Jesse V. Branham, son of John and Frances (Vawter) Bran- 
ham, was born in Kentucky in 1803; married to Mary Butler in 



THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA I79 

Jennings county, Indiana, in 1822; died in 1893, at Litchfield, 
Minnesota. Was a farmer. 

Mary (Butler) Branham was born in Kentucky in 1805; died 
in July, 1885, in Litchfield, Minnesota. 

Children of Jesse V. and Mary (Butler) Branham were Ze- 
relda, J. Foster, William, Louisa, Jesse, Mary, Sarah and Ezra. 

( 1 ) Zerelda, daughter of Jesse V. and Mary Branham, was 
born in 1824; died in 1850. 

(2) J. Foster, son of Jesse V. and Mary Branham, was born 
in 1826; died in 1840. 

(3) William, son of Jesse V. and Mary Branham, was born 
in 1828; married Martha LaMasters at Franklin, Indiana, in 
1850. Is a retired farmer, living in Litchfield, Minnesota. 

Martha (LaMasters) Branham was born in 1827; died in 

1893. 

Children of William and Martha Branham : Scott, John, 
Mary, William, Edward and Ida. 

a. Scott, son of William and Martha Branham, was born in 
1851; married Julia McDowell in 1879. Is a farmer, living at 
Hector, Minnesota. 

Children are Nellie, born in 1880, who is married and has two 
children. Lives at Warehouse, Minnesota; Edith, born in 1882; 
married and has one child. Lives at Hector, Minnesota; Jennie, 
born in 1884; Etta, born in 1886; Stella, born in 1888; Flora, 
born in 1890; Hazel, born in 1893, and Grace, born in 1896. 

h. John, son of William and Martha Branham, was born in 
1853; married Mary Kareger in 1875. Is a farmer, living near 
Hubbard, Minnesota. Children are Edward, Ida, Lillian, Sadie, 
William and George. 

c. Mary, daughter of William and Martha Branham, was born 
in 1855 ; married to Joseph Gordon in 1877 ; died in 1899, leaving 
one child, Mary. 

d. William, son of William and Martha Branham, was born 
in 1859; married Mary Davis. Is a farmer, living near Wrens- 
hall, Minnesota. Has seven children. 

e. Edward, son of William and Martha Branham, was bom 



l80 THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 

in 1857; married Kate Faulkner in 1882. Is a farmer, living near 
Hubbard, Minnesota. Has two children, Jesse and Robert. 

/. Ida, daughter of William and Martha Branham, was born 
in 1864; married Wilbur Grindell, who is a farmer living near 
Corvusco, Meeker county, Minnesota. They have seven children, 
William, George, Sophronia, Claude and three others. 

(4) Louisa, daughter of Jesse V. and Mary (Butler) Bran- 
ham, was born in Vernon, Indiana, November 4, 1831 ; married 
May 2, 1850, in Franklin, Indiana, to Monroe Gullett, who was 
born October 15, 1824, in Kentucky, and died July 15, 1887. 

Mrs. Louisa Gullett lives in Clearwater, Minnesota, with her 
daughter, Mrs. Whittemore. 

Children of Monroe and Louisa (Branham) Gullett: 

a. Alice Gullett, born July 21, 1852, in Franklin, Indiana; 
died August 11, 1852. 

b. William Fitch Gullett, born April 24, 1854, in Franklin, 
Indiana; married December 26, 1894, to Josephine Campbell. 
Children : William Lou. 

Fitch Gullett is a motorman, living in St. Cloud, Minnesota. 

c. Mary L. Gullett was born October 30, i860, in Franklin, 
Indiana; married January 8, 1895, to Joseph Whittemore, a 
banker of Clearwater, Minnesota. One child, Arthur Monroe, 
was born February 16, 1899. 

d. Edward B. Gullett was born in Clearwater, Minnesota, July 
23, 1869; married January 8, 1895, to Grace Sherman. Is the 
proprietor of a hotel in Hutchinson, Minnesota. One child, El- 
berta Louise, was born October 8, 1897. 

(5) Jesse v., son of Jesse V. and Mary (Butler) Branham, 
was born in Vernon, Indiana, July 8, 1834; married February 6, 
1855, at Henryville, Indiana, to Mary L. Stark, who was born 
May 14, 1833, at Charlestown, Indiana. 

Jesse V. Branham is now manager of the Keeley Institute in 
Fargo, North Dakota. 

Children of Jesse V. and Mary (Stark) Branham: 
a. Hiram S. Branham, born in Franklin, Indiana, January 30, 
1856; married December 27, 1882, to Jessie Greenleaf of Litch- 
field, Minnesota; died in 1891. 



THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA l8l 

Children : Charles Greenleaf Branham and Harold Delaney 
Branham. 

b. Alice Branham, daughter of Jesse Vawter and Mary 
(Stark) Branham, was born in Meeker county, Minnesota, No- 
vember 4, 1858; married to William R. Burns, of Toronto, Can- 
ada, March 11, 1885. William R. Burns is manager of the Keeley 
Institute in Omaha, Nebraska. 

Children : Hiram D. Burns, born March 20, 1889, and William 
Douglas Burns, born May 18, 1893. 

c. Delaney E. Branham, son of Jesse Vawter and Mary 
(Stark) Branham, was born May 13, 1861, in Meeker county, 
Minnesota; married September 25, 1884, to Nettie I. Hand, of 
Potsdam, New York. Is in the mercantile business in Minneapo- 
lis, Minnesota. 

Children : Alice Irene, Donald, Thomas Leon and Cecil Hunter. 

d. Louisa Branham, daughter of Jesse Vawter and Mary 
(Stark) Branham, was born at Forest City, Minnesota, August 
5, 1866; married June 26, 1893, at Litchfield, Minnesota, to Peter 
Rodange, of Litchfield. Peter Rodange was born at Cascade, 
Iowa, February i, 1868. They have one child. Marguerite Louise 
Rodange, born June 22, 1894. 

Peter Rodange is assistant cashier of bank at Litchfield, Min- 
nesota. 

e. Thomas F. Branham, son of Jesse Vawter and Mary 
(Stark) Branham, was born August 8, 1869, in Meeker county, 
Minnesota; married June, 1898, to May Galvin, of West Liberty, 
Iowa. Is in the mercantile business in Minneapolis, Minnesota. 
They have one child, Roger Vawter Branham. 



Uriah Branham 



Uriah Branham, son of John and Frances (Vawter) Bran- 
ham, was born February i, 1805; married December 28, 1826, 
to Alcey Davis, who was bom September 22, 1807, and died Sep- 
tember 7, 1865. 



l82 THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 

Uriah Branham was a contractor and builder, and at times was 
engaged in the running of a sawmill. He lived near Vernon, 
Indiana. He and his brother James had taken a contract to build 
a plank road from Genevieve, Missouri, to the Iron Mountains. 
Uriah Branham went west and had been from home less than a 
week when he was taken sick with cholera, and died on the Mis- 
sissippi river August 22, 1851. 

Children of Uriah and Alcey (Davis) Branham: George W., 
Elizabeth J.. Matilda, Davis, Mary A., Frances, James N. and 
Danville. 

(i) George W., son of Uriah and Alcey (Davis) Branham, 
was born December 21, 1827; married to Sarah Huckleberry at 
Vernon, Indiana. He afterwards moved to St. Genevieve, Mis- 
souri. Both he and his wife have been dead many years. Their 
children were Uriah, Maria and several others. Their location is 
not known. 

(2) Elizabeth Jane, daughter of Uriah and Alcey (Davis) 
Branham, was born August 25, 1829; married February 18, 1851 
at Franklin, Indiana, to Florence O'Conner; died December 5, 
1891. 

Florence O'Conner was born February 24, 1825, in Ohio, and 
died September 3, 1899. 

Children of Florence and Elizabeth (Branham) O'Conner: 

a. Solon B. O'Conner, son of Florence and Elizabeth (Bran- 
ham) O'Conner, was born at Zenus, Jennings county, Indiana, 
December 8, 1852; married near Zenus December 19, 1876, to 
Elsie Jane Davis, who was born in Elizabethtown, Indiana, April 
6, 1853, and died June 21, 1890. 

Children of Solon B. and Elsie (Davis) O'Conner: Oral Ami, 
born October i, 1877, ^^^^ November 22, 1887; Jesse Branham, 
born October 4, 1879; Orlando Parks, born January 22, 1883, 
died November 22, 1887, and Lenora Etha, born April 22, 1884. 

Solon B. O'Conner lives near Holton, Indiana. 

b. Clara Alice, daughter of Florence and Elizabeth O'Conner, 
was born in Jennings county, Indiana, July 29, 1854; married in 
Jennings county, Indiana, May 6, 1875, to Benjamin McNew, 
who was born in Ripley county, Indiana, December 14, 1850. 



THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 1 83 

Children: Oscar was born February 19, 1876; Etta N. was 
born March 3, 1879; Norma E. was born August 25, 1887; Wil- 
ber E., born March 18, 1893. ^^^ Zuma F., born December 4, 
1894. 

c. Mary Frances, daughter of Florence and Ehzabeth (Bran- 
ham) O'Conner, was born near Zenus, Indiana, March 9, 1856; 
married to WilHam Fleming, who was born near Hopewell, In- 
diana, May 31, 1858. No children. William Fleming is a real 
estate agent, living at Greensburg, Indiana. 

d. Chester C, son of Florence and Elizabeth (Branham) 
O'Conner, was born January 3, 1858; died February 25, 1873. 

e. Hickman D., son of Florence and Elizabeth O'Conner, 
was born November 24, 1859. Is unmarried. Lives at 2603 
Brookside avenue, Indianapolis, Indiana. 

/, Wilber S., son of Florence and Elizabeth O'Conner, was 
born February 2, 1862. Lives in Indianapolis. Unmarried. 

g. Florence Jane, daughter of Florence and Elizabeth O'Con- 
ner, was born April 15, 1864; died December 15, 1866. 

h. Norah Ellen, daughter of Florence and Elizabeth O'Con- 
ner, was born in Jennings county, Indiana, July 29, 1867; mar- 
ried February 2, 1887, to Clarence Wilson, who was born in 
Ohio county, Indiana, October 3, 1866. Clarence Wilson is en- 
gaged in farming and runs a dairy. Lives at Holton, Indiana. 

Children: Bertha, born February 13, 1888; Omer, born No- 
vember 23, 1889; Leslie C, born May 15, 1893; Christel, born 
June 14, 1897, and Mabel, born August 4, 1899. 

/. William A., son of Florence and Elizabeth O'Conner, was 
born May 18, 1872. Lives in Indianapolis. Unmarried. 

(3) Matilda, daughter of Uriah and Alcey (Davis) Bran- 
ham, was born December 14, 1831; married to John Brooks; 
died November 28, 1852. They lived in Elizabethtown, Indiana. 
They had one child, Orlando Parks Brooks. 

Orlando Parks Brooks married a Carruthers and had one child, 
Daisy, who was married and has a child. 

(4) Davis, the son of Uriah and Alcey (Davis) Branham, 
was born August 22, 1833, at Vernon, Indiana; married Janu- 
ary 4, 1855, at Elizabethtown, Indiana, to Louisiana Compton, 



184 THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 

who was born August 30, 1837, at Paris, Jennings county, In- 
diana, and died February 5, 1899. 

Davis and Louisiana C. Branham had twelve children : Alcey, 
Joseph, Elizabeth J., Ida P., Davis S., Florence E., Annie Laurie, 
Addie Bell, Mattie C, Eva May, Jud J., and Maud F. 

a. Alcey Branham was born October 9, 1855; married to 
Scott Branham July 4, 1873. Alcey Branham died May 4, 1876, 
leaving one child, Frank, who has since died. 

b. Joseph Branham was born February 4, 1858; married to 
Elizabeth Brumit December i, 1881. Elizabeth Brumit was born 
July 20, 1859. 

Joseph Branham died April 19, 1895. 

Children of Joseph and Elizabeth (Brumit) Branham: 

(a) Elmer C. Branham, born November 2t,, 1882; married 
May 8, 1901, to Ira E. Downey, who was born October 9, 1881. 
They have one child, Edna Marie, born January 22, 1902. 

(b) Lester E. Branham, born May 17, 1884. 

(c) Ira E. Branham, born June 1 1, 1886. 

(d) Russell C. Branham, born December 16, 1888. 

(e) Roscoe R. Branham, born March 5, 1891. 

The widow of Joseph Branham is now Mrs. Jennie Fads. She 
lives at Osgood, Indiana. 

c. Elizabeth J. Branham was born April 24, 1859, died April 
2, 1873. 

d. Ida P. Branham was born October 11, i860; died Febru- 
ary 15, 1861. 

e. Davis S. Branham was born June 24, 1862; married Oc- 
tober 22, 1884, to Ida Belle Cooper, who was born October 24, 
1868. They live at Gillett, Arkansas. 

Children: Spencer Vance, born April 24, 1886; Alta Irene, 
born April 23, 1888; Bertha Lulu, born April 6, 1890; James 
Ernest, born May 10, 1892; Ethel Pearl, born November 13, 
1894; Mabel Clare, born October 19, 1896; Davis Bishop, born 
July 14, 1899, and John Albert, born January 23, 1902. 

/. Florence E. Branham was born July 3, 1867; died March 
29, 1868. 

g. Annie Laurie Branham was born March 10, 1869; mar- 



THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 1 85 

ried to William Waters on August 28, 1892. They live in Du- 
pont, Indiana. Have three children living, Dunward, Arley and 
Virgil, and one child dead. 

h. Addie Bell Branham was born December 21, 1870; mar- 
ried Samuel H. Pickett June 18, 1890. They live near Holton, 
Indiana, R. R. No. 2. They have two children : Hazel, born 
July 20, 1 89 1, and Glen, born July 20, 1895. 

/. Mattie C. Branham was born March 26, 1872; married 
David N. Pickett September 3, 1890; died January 11, 1892. 

7. Eva May Branham, born March 10, 1875; married Janu- 
ary I, 1899, to Henry D. Neel, who was born July 16, 1874. 
They live in Gas City, Indiana. Have one child, Inez May, born 
December 8, 1899. 

k. Jud J. Branham was born June 26, 1876; married Jessie 
M. Bruce May 5, 1901. They live at Greensburg, Indiana. Have 
one child, Estel. 

/. Maud F. Branham was born June i, 1879; married to Al- 
len Williams February 25, 1901. They live near Shelby ville, 
Indiana, R. R. No. 2. 

(5) Mary A., daughter of Uriah and Alcey (Davis) Bran- 
ham, w^as born in 1835; married in 1854 to Samuel Brown, who 
was born in 1830. Mary A. Brown lives at 919 North East 
street, Indianapolis, Indiana. 

Children : ; 

a. Ida, born December 14, 1854. Lives in Indianapolis. 

b. Morton, born May 17, 1859; married Araminta McElroy. 
Lived in Kansas, but is now dead. No children. 

c. Emma A., born November 28, i860; married Waldo 
Robinson in 1895. Waldo Robinson is dead. His wife lives in 
Indianapolis, Indiana. 

d. Jennie, born August 9, 1862; married George Stellhorn in 
1887. They have one child, Ethel. Live at 306 North Noble 
street, Indianapolis. 

e. Cora, born October 28, 1867; married Jesse Everson in 
1890. They have two children, Lenore, born in 1892, and How- 
ard, born in 1896. 

/. William H., born August 25, 1871 ; married Rose E. Wal- 



l86 THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 

rick in Indianapolis about 1897. They have one child, Mary 
Freda, born in 1899. 

(6) Frances, daughter of Uriah and Alcey (Davis) Bran- 
ham, was born May 8, 1837; married to James A. Walden, 
April 4, 1854; died February 22, 1899. 

James A. Walden was born near LaGrange, Oldham county, 
Kentucky, July 15, 1830; died February 8, 1899. He was a car- 
penter and lived in Franklin, Indiana. There were twelve chil- 
dren, ten of whom are living. They are: Ezra Foster, Charles 
Fremont, William Orval, Jennie Ellen, Uriah, James R., Eliza- 
beth Etta. Mary Alice, Jessie Lulie, Ida May, Otis Morton and 
Orion Noble. 

a. Ezra Foster Walden was born January 2, 1855; married 
to Viola Smith, of Illinois, March, 1879. Children: Clarence. 
John and Harry. Ezra Walden is a carpenter. Lives in Franklin, 
Indiana. 

b. Charles Fremont Walden was born August 18, 1856; mar- 
ried to Emma Harper, of Illinois, in 1877. They have eight 
children : Ada, who is married and lives in Illinois ; Bertha, who 
married a Seaman and lives in Lafayette, Indiana; Noble, who 
is a telegraph operator in Indianapolis at the Vandalia yards; 
Bonnie. Homer. Carl, Mauree and Lillian, who live with their 
parents at Indianapolis, Indiana. 

c. William Orval Walden was born October 19, 1858. Is liv- 
ing at 1 201 Pratt street, Indianapolis. 

d. Annie Ellen Walden was born October 26, i860; married 
to William A. Jenkins October 16, 1879. Children: Lulie May, 
who married Everett R. Bohall, of Franklin, Indiana; Fanny, 
who died at the age of two years ; Hazel, Etta and Georgia A., 
who live in Franklin, Indiana. 

e. Uriah Branham Walden was born January 9, 1862; died 
July 4. 1894. 

/. James Richey Walden was born December 27. 1864; mar- 
ried to Elizabeth Baker in 1888. Children: Susie. Alice, Wil- 
liam. Leslie, who died in infancy, and Dorothy. They live at 718 
North Holmes avenue, Indianapolis, Indiana. 



THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 187 

g. Elizabeth Etta Walden was born November 2. 1867; mar- 
ried to Rev. W. G. McColley in 1888. Children: James, who 
died at the age of two years, Carrie, William and Walter. They 
live in Pontiac, Illinois. 

h. Mary Alice Walden was born October 22, 1869; married 
to Leslie Good in 1886. Children: Lillian (dead), Maggie, Jes- 
sie, Edgar, Donnel and Nora. Live near Sheridan, Indiana. 

i. Jessie Lulie Walden was born December 31, 1871, and was 
married to Frank Marshall, November, 1899. They live at 1103 
Eugene street, Indianapolis, Indiana. 

7. Ida May Walden was born February 28, 1874; married to 
James K. Atwood November i, 1896. Children: One who died, 
Arthur and Walden. Live at 1201 Pratt street, Indianapolis. 

k. Otis Morton Walden was born February 12, 1877. Lives 
at Indianapolis. 

/. Orion Noble Walden, twin brother of Otis, was born Feb- 
ruary 12, 1877; died August 2^, 1894. 

(7) James N., son of Uriah and Alcey (Davis) Branham, 
was born September 17, 1839. He was killed in 1896 in a rail- 
road wreck. He left a wife, Carrie, and two daughters. One of 
the daughters is Mrs. McKnight, who lives at 1523 Deloss street, 
Indianapolis, and the other. Vera Branham, lives with her mother 
at 507 Madison avenue, Topeka, Kansas. 

(8) Danville, son of Uriah and Alcey (Davis) Branham, 
was born July 9, 1845; died November 7, 1863. 



Mary (Branham) Foster 

Mary, daughter of John and Frances ( Vawter) Branham, was 
born October 31, 1806; married at Vernon, Indiana, in 1824, to 
Jared Foster; died December 24, 1835. 

Mary B. Foster was a tall, slender woman, fair, blue-eyed, 
very mild and pleasant in disposition, an earnest Christian and a 
most devoted mother. She died of consumption. 

Jared Foster was born in Genesee county, New York, Janu- 
ary 25, 1805. Came from there to Indiana with his widowed 



l88 THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 

mother when a boy and, as was the custom at that time, was 
bound to J. B. New, cabinetmaker at Vernon, Indiana. He served 
J. B. New until nineteen years of age, then bought the remaining 
two years of his time and went into business for himself. He 
was a cabinetmaker for ten years, then went into the millwright 
business. He moved from Indiana to Jefferson county, Illinois, 
in 1 86 1, where he spent the remainder of his life. He figured 
some in politics during the later years of his life, and for four 
years held the ofiice of county judge in Jefferson county, Illinois. 
He was for many years a preacher in the Christian Church. Died 
in Jefferson county, Illinois, in 1892. 

Jared and Mary (Branham) Foster had seven children, only 
one of whom, Jonathan Foster, is now living. Others of the chil- 
dren were Jane S., Watts and Maria B. 

(i) Jonathan, son of Jared and Mary (Branham) Foster, 
was born in 1826; married March, 1846, to Isabelle Green, who 
died in August, 1899. 

Jonathan Foster lives at Aurora, Hamilton county, Nebraska. 
Carpenter. 

The children of Jonathan and Isabelle Foster were Radie, 
Mary M., William J., Mattie M., John A., Lucy B. and Gladys. 

a. Radie Foster, daughter of Jonathan and Isabelle (Green) 
Foster, was born in 1846; married in May, 1867, to Mandeville 
Bain. Their children: Jennie, born in 1868; Harry, born in 
1 87 1, and Mary, born in 1874. Mrs. Radie (Foster) Bain lives 
at 2517 Gale street, Indianapolis, Indiana. 

b. Mary M., daughter of Jonathan and Isabelle (Green) 
Foster, was born May 2, 1849; married, first, to Ansley F. 
Jones in April, 1871, and had one child, Olive, who was born 
in 1874. Mary (Foster) Jones was married, second, to Rev. C. 
L. Smith, and had one child, Grayce, who was born in 1881. 
Live at Aurora, Nebraska. 

c. William J., son of Jonathan and Isabelle (Green) Foster, 
was born August 20, 1852; married in the fall of 1880 to Sadie 
Brock. Their children are: Radie, born in 1881 ; Audrey, born 
in 1886; Harold, born in 1891, and Leland, born in 1899. Live at 
Giltner, Nebraska. 



THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 189 

d. Mattie M., daughter of Jonathan and Isabelle (Green) 
Foster, was born September 8, 1854; married January 14, 1876, 
to A. C. Jones, who was born January 10, 1844. Mr. Jones is 
in the saddlery, harness and machinery business in Opdyke, 
IlHnois. 

The children of A. C. and Mattie (Foster) Jones are Melnotte 
B., born November 28, 1876; M. Pearle, born May 29, 1878; 
N. Augusta, born July 9, 1880; Royal C, born October 19, 1881 ; 
Isabelle A., born September 23, 1887; A. Foster, born November 
23, 1892; Gladys O., and Gayle A., born February 8, 1894. 

c. John A. Foster, the son of Jonathan and Isabelle (Green) 
Foster, was born July 6, 1857; married in the fall of 1882 to 
Annie Powell. Their children are: Raymond, born in 1883; 
Arthur, born in 1885; Leslie, born in 1887, and Gayle, born in 
1895. Live in Glenville, Nebraska. 

/. Lucy B. Foster, daughter of Jonathan and Isabelle 
(Green) Foster, was born June 8, 1862; married in December, 
1882, to Alfred Soward. Their children are: Gladys, born in 
1883; Ross, born in 1885, and Winnie, born in 1887. Alfred 
Soward is a miner, living in Placerville, Idaho. 

g. Gladys Foster, daughter of Jonathan and Isabelle (Green) 
Foster, was born February 12, 1867; married in the spring of 
1897 to O. A. Cook, a contractor and builder, living in Giltner, 
Nebraska. 

(2) Jane S. Foster, daughter of Jared and Mary (Bran- 
ham) Foster, was married to Granville P. Campbell. They had 
no children and both are now dead. 

(3) Watts, the son of Jared and Mary Foster, died at the 
age of eighteen years. 

(4) Maria B. Foster, daughter of Jared and Mary Foster, 
was married to Newton W. Vawter. (See record of Newton 
Vawter. ) 



Danville Branham 

Danville, son of John and Frances (Vawter) Branham, was 
born March 18, 1809. He lived in North Madison, Indiana. He 



ipO THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 

was a millwright, but during the later years of his life was a 
railroad contractor. He had no children of his own, but reared 
Maria Foster, the daughter of Jared and Mary Foster, who after- 
wards married Newton Vawter. 



Elizabeth (Branham) Davis 

Elizabeth, daughter of John and Frances (Vawter) Branham, 
was born March 4, 181 1 ; married Daniel Davis. Children : John, 
Daniel, James, Edward and several daughters, none of whom 
are now living. A niece, Amanda Sanders, is living in West 
Shoals, Indiana. 

Daniel and Elizabeth Davis, during the thirties, joined the 
Mormons at Nauvoo, Illinois. Some years later they returned 
to Indiana. Elizabeth died at the home of her son, Edward, in 
Missouri. Daniel Davis died in Jennings county, Indiana. 

6 

George W. Branham 

George W., son of John and Frances (Vawter) Branham, was 
born December 8. 1812, in Scott county, Kentucky. 

A portion of a sketch of his life given in a Kansas City paper 
is here reproduced. 

"Major George W. Branham was always an energetic and en- 
terprising man and always took part in the public movements of 
the community in which he lived. He was a contractor in 1846 
and 1847 o^ the Madison and Indianapolis railroad, the first 
railroad constructed west of the Alleghany Mountains. He was 
at the same time a contractor on the Wabash Canal in Indiana. 
Both of these undertakings were being completed by the state, 
which, owing to the panic of 1847, failed to carry out its agree- 
ments. This caused Major Branham great loss. With that 
sterling honesty for which he was always distinguished Mr. Bran- 
ham refused to take advantage of the facilities then existing for 



THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA I9I 

effecting settlements with his creditors. He went to work and 
raised the money and paid his creditors in full. 

"The outbreak of the Civil War found him engaged in the 
management of a large woolen mill at Franklin, Indiana, of 
which he w^s the owner. This mill was mysteriously burned, the 
fire being believed to have been of incendiary origin, because of 
his intense loyalty. By this fire he lost about $85,000. At that 
time he was also engaged in the banking business at Franklin 
and Jeffersonville, being president of the branch located at Frank- 
lin, while Hon. Hugh McCulloch was president of the Ft. Wayne 
branch. This made them both directors of the state bank and 
brought them into such association that a warm personal attach- 
ment ensued and lasted through life. Several times during the 
administration of Mr. McCulloch as secretary of the treasury, 
Major Branham was invited to Washington to consider with him 
intricate financial problems. He organized the National Bank of 
Franklin soon after the passage of the national bank law, and 
that was the second bank organized under it. 

"In 1865 Major Branham went to Memphis with the idea of 
organizing a national bank there, but finding it an unpromising 
place at that time, went up the river and, after looking over the 
Missouri towns, he located in Kansas City, predicting that it 
would become a great commercial center. Here he organized a 
First National Bank in 1866, which in after years became a great 
factor in the development of Kansas City. He was afterwards a 
miller, a grain merchant, and for a number of years a prominent 
and influential member of the Board of Trade and a member of 
the first board of directors. 

"In 1875 Major Branham disposed of his interests in Kansas 
City and removed to a farm in Linn county, where he died 
August I, 1885. He left behind him written instructions concern- 
ing his funeral, in which he desired that there should be no re- 
ligious ceremony ; therefore a paper written by himself, and bear- 
ing date of the day of his death, was read at the grave by Major 
Warner, a friend of Major Branham and his family." 

George W. Branham was married the first time to his cousin, 
Elizabeth Branham, May 16, 1832. Elizabeth Branham was born 



192 THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 

May 2, 1814, and died May 16. 1846. Their children were 
Lucretia A., Henry Clay, John Clark, David Hickman and Will 
Cummings. 

( 1 ) Lucretia A. Branham, daughter of George W. and Eliza- 
beth Branham, was born May 28, 1834; married in 1853 to 
Newton Vawter, son of James Vawter; died July 21, 1854. No 
children. 

(2) Henry Clay Branham, son of George W. and Elizabeth 
Branham, was born June i, 1836; married November 12, 1859, 
to Caroline A. Bateman; died December 18, 1880. Wife was 
born in Cincinnati, Ohio, April 30, 1840. Mrs. Henry C. Bran- 
ham lives at 1194 Upper Third street, Evansville, Indiana. 

Children : 

a. Ardys, born October 15, i860; died July 3, 1884. 

b. Mary, born October 18, 1862. Is a bookkeeper in Evans- 
ville. 

c. Hal Harwood, born November 29, 1871. Is a broker, liv- 
ing in San Antonio, Texas. 

d. Harrye Boynton, born January 23, 1880. 

Henry C. Branham was engaged the greater part of his life 
in railroad work. He was superintendent at the time of his 
death of the unfinished Air Line railroad between Louisville and 
Evansville, with ofifices in Evansville. 

(3) John Clark Branham, son of George W. and Elizabeth 
Branham, was born at Franklin, Indiana, August 3, 1839; mar- 
ried at Kansas City, Missouri, January 17, 1872, to Kate Brom- 
ley, who was born in Kenosha, Wisconsin, January 31, 1854. He 
died July 18, 1897, at Mt. Vernon, Illinois, where he had been a 
foreman of the Louisville & Nashville railway for a number of 
years. 

Children of John Clark and Kate (Bromley) Branham: 

a. John Warner, born at Kansas City October 27, 1872. 

b. Bromley E., born at Fountain Grove, Missouri, May 31, 
1875; married at New Albany, Indiana, August 6, 1899, to 
Elenor Wilton. Their son, Donald, was born July 12, 1900. 

c. Edith Kate was born in Kansas City, Missouri, March 19, 



THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA I93 

1879; married at Howell, Indiana, September 12, 1899, to John 
M. Covert. Their son, John Stanley, was born February 6, 1902. 

d. Jessie, born at Mt. Vernon, Illinois, October 14, 1882; 
died November 18, 1882. 

e. Ruby Alice was born at Mt. Vernon, Illinois, July 27, 
1884; married May 23, 1904, at Evansville, Indiana, to Gordon 
B. At wood. 

(4) David Hickman, son of George W. and Elizabeth Bran- 
ham, was born April 4, 1841 ; died July 28, 1843. 

(5) Will Cummings, son of George W. and Elizabeth Bran- 
ham, was born at Elizabethtown, Indiana, March 30, 1843; mar- 
ried December 25, 1866, to Mary Elizabeth Gilbert, who was 
born at Columbus, Indiana. October 7, 1844. 

William C. Branham lived the greater part of his life in Kan- 
sas City. He died in Minneapolis, Minnesota, March 29, 1894. 

Children of William C. and Mary (Gilbert) Branham : 

a. Gilbert C. Branham was born in Kansas City, July 14, 
1868. Lives in Kansas City. 

h. Elizabeth Hoolbrook Branham was born in Kansas City, 
February 17, 1873; married August 15, 1901, to John H. Wag- 
ner. One child, Mary Elizabeth, was born October 13, 1902. 

c. David C. Branham was born in Kansas City, Missouri, 
November 10, 1877; married September 24, 1902, to Vera Miller. 
Lives in Kansas City. 

George W. Branham was married, second, December 28, 1847, 
to Mrs. Mary Adams Wilson, who was born in Boston Corners, 
Erie county. New York, October 5, 181 8. 

Their children were : 

(i) Emma Cary Branham, born August 29, 1852, at Frank- 
lin, Indiana; married November 16, 1871, to Joseph Warren 
Sanborn at Kansas City, Missouri. Mr. Sanborn is engaged in 
the lumber business. They had five children, Fred Roi, Perita 
Brown, Thor Warren, Isaac Basil and Joseph Warren, Jr. They 
live at 3010 East Tenth street, Kansas City, Missouri. 

(2) George Chandler Branham was born February 14, i860, 
at Franklin, Indiana; married to Margaret Susan Comer at 



194 THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 

Meadville, Missouri, October 5, 1880. They had one child, 
Stella, born September 22, 1881, at Kansas City, Missouri. 

Margaret (Comer) Branham died April 2, 1882. 

George Chandler Branham was married, second, to Dicy A. 
Green, June 20, 1889, at Chillicothe, Missouri. They had one 
child, Joseph Gary, born December 19, 1890, at Merriam, Kansas. 

George Chandler Branham died May 3, 1895, at Kansas City, 
Missouri. His two children are living with his mother, Mrs. 
Mary Branham, at Merriam, Johnson county, Kansas. 



James Branham 

James Branham, son of John and Frances (Vawter) Bran- 
ham, was born July 14, 181 5 ; married to Nancy Owens, January 
30, 1834. 

James Branham was a contractor on the Iron Mountain Plank 
Road in 1852. He was in the milling business in the early fifties 
in Greensburg, Indiana. From there he moved to Vernon about 
1858, and took contracts there for a few years, building the 
court-house about i860. After that he went with D. C. Branham 
into railroad construction, he being master bridge carpenter. He 
was on the Martinsville and Fairland road, the Rushville and 
Connersville road, and, up to within two years of his death, with 
the Indianapolis and Vincennes road. He moved from Vernon 
to Spencer in 1869. Died December 25, 1872. 

Nancy (Owens) Branham was born December 26, 181 2; died 
August 2^, 1847. 

Children of James and Nancy (Owens) Branham: 

(i) David Owens Branham was born November 11, 1834; 
died March 12, 1841. 

(2) Martha Jane, daughter of James and Nancy (Owens) 

Branham, was born October i, 1836; married Daly; died 

December 31, 1863. 

(3) Marietta Branham was born October 15, 1839; mar- 
ried George Bickford ; died January 21, 1867. 



THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA I95 

(4) James Harvey Branham was born May lo, 1843; ^'^^^ 
November 3. 1875. Umnarried. 

(5) John Edward Branham was born March 9, 1846; killed 
in battle August 30, 1862. 

James Branham was married, second, to Eveline Adams, De- 
cember 4. 1847. Eveline Adams, daughter of Alexander and 
Hannah Adams, was born December 11. 1825; died September 

24, 1867. 

Children of James and Eveline (Adams) Branham: 

(i) Larose Branham, born August 18, 1852; married to 

Susan A. Halbert, December 15, 1872. Susan A. Halbert was 

born in Spencer, Indiana, September 19, 1854. 

Children of Larose and Susan (Halbert) Branham: 

a. Nelle B. Branham, born September 26, 1873; married 
January 10, 1894, to Byron Howe Coffey, who was born at Spen- 
cer, Indiana. January 29, 1866. Mr. Coffey is a grocer, living 
at 901 Eugene street. North Indianapolis, Indiana. 

Children: Thatcher Howe Coffey, born February 7, 1895; 
Josephine, born March 22, 1896; Cecil Louise, born November 

25, 1897; J"-^!^ Hubert, born December 25, 1899. All born at 
Spencer, Indiana. 

b. James H. Branham, born September 29, 1875; married 
to Rose Strother; died October 17, 1898. No children. 

c. Arthur E. Branham, born October 24, 1877. Is a stenog- 
rapher and bookkeeper, living at 501 East Fourteenth street, 
Kansas City, Missouri. 

d. Eva May Branham was born December 17, 1883; died 
November 6, 1884. 

e. Edward L. Branham was born November 13, 1885. Lives 
with his parents in Spencer. 

/. Bertha B. Branham was born October 28, 1892. 

(2) Ida Branham, daughter of James and Eveline Branham 
was born May 3, 1854. 

(3) C. A. Branham, son of James and Eveline Branham, was 
born April 20. 1857. Lives at 838 Thirteenth street, Denver, 
Colorado. 



196 THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 

(4) Smith Vawter Branham, son of James and Eveline 
Branham, was born March 25, 1859. Died. 



8 

John T. Branham 

John T., son of John and Frances (Vawter) Branham, was 
born August 16, 1819; died in childhood. 



Jane (Branham) Foster 

Jane V. Branham, daughter of John and Frances (Vawter) 
Branham, was born May 16, 1820. She was married to Jared 
Foster in 1837. She was tall and slender, with dark eyes and 
hair. She died March 10, 1845, at the age of twenty-five years. 

The children of Jared and Jane V. Foster were Frances, Sarah, 
Lucy, George Riley and Mariema. 

( 1 ) Frances Foster, daughter of Jared and Jane V. Foster, 
was born in 1838, and died in infancy. 

(2) Sarah Foster, daughter of Jared and Jane V. Foster, 
was born January 10, 1839; married April 5, 1855, to George 
Baldwin, who died March 11, i860. 

Jacob Baldwin, son of George and Sarah (Foster) Baldwin, 
was born January 15, 1856. 

Sarah (Foster) Baldwin married Davidson Rea, March 11, 
1864. They had one child. Kennedy F. Rea, born December 10, 
1868. Sarah F. Baldwin Rea died February 14, 1880. Kennedy 
F. Rea lives in Washington, D. C. 

(3) Lucy Foster, daughter of Jared and Jane (Branham) 
Foster, was born January 13, 1841 ; married to Henry Cornelius, 
September, i860, in Jefferson county, Illinois. Henry Cornelius 
was born in Portsmouth, Ohio, July 26, 1838. 



THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA I97 

Children : 

a. Harry B., born July 19, 1863; married August 26, 1886, 
and removed to Nebraska, where he is engaged in the real estate 
business. He has two children, Ernest and Marjorie. 

b. Lillian Augusta, born September 6, 1864; married April 
12, 1885, to A. L. Brougher; died April 30, 1886. 

c. Maud Mary, born October i, 1866; married November 16, 
1884, to Charles Ham, a farmer, near Opdyke, Illinois. They 
have four children, Clarence, Grace, Lora and Eugene. 

d. Grace AHce, born July 9, 1873. 

e. Rade and Royal (twins), born March 19, 1875. Royal 
died. 

/. Ernest, born February 8, 1877; died in May, 1877. 
Henry B. Cornelius and family live in Opdyke, Illinois. 

(4) George R. Foster, son of Jared and Jane V. Foster, was 
born January 7, 1844; died in infancy. 

(5) Mariema Foster, daughter of Jared and Jane V. Foster, 
was born March 7, 1845; married March 18, 1868, to Lucebra 
W. Marsh, who was born in Reddington, Indiana, February 15, 
1846, and was shot by a burglar who entered the house on New 
Years night, 1892. 

Children of Lucebra W. and Mariema Marsh : 

a. Sarah Marsh, born April 12, 1869, at Reddington, In- 
diana. Is a teacher, living in Seymour, Indiana. 

b. Lettie Marsh-Orr, born April 29, 1872, at Reddington, 
Indiana. Is a nurse, living at Seymour, Indiana. 

c. Rade Marsh Nelson, born December 24, 1875, at Red- 
dington, Indiana. Is a stenographer, living at Columbus, Indiana. 

Mrs. Mariema (Foster) Marsh lives at Seymour, Indiana. 



V. 



MARY VAWTER5 

(Jesse^, Davids, John^, Johni) 

(1787-1846) 

m, 

LINSFIELD BRANHAM 
(1784-1825) 



Children* 
I. Granville, d. s. 



Grandchildren' 



2. Julia Ann m. 
Henry Webb 



3. Benjamin m. 
Letitia Kidd 



G. Grandchil- 
dren^ 

r IdaM.,d.s. 

Edwin P. m. 
Mary E. Hilton 



(i) Jesse m. 

Sarah Brougher ' 



Vida X. ra. 
Edward 
McCauley 

Beulah J. m. 
LutherF.Vaughn ■! Joseph Webb 
Wm. Russell 



G. G. Grandchil- 
dren* 



r Wilbur Hilton 

\ Mary B. 

(^ Jesse Lamar 

Frank D., d. s. 
Pearle 

r Sarah Agnes 
I Eugene Morris 



(2) Ruth m. / 
Augustus ) Leila 

Vaught ' 

(3) Mary E., d. s. 

(4) Howard, d. s. 

(5) Benjamin, s. 

(6) Mary m. f Julia m. 
Jasper Tripp 1 C. L. Hobart 

1^ Frank 



Jesse 



(7) William m. 
Elsie Matthews 



No children 



Levon B. 
Roy H. 
■ Winifred E. 
Arthur, d. 
Nelle 



THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 



199 



4. David m. 

Cynthia Wat- 
son 



f (I) Wm. Allan, d.s. 
(2) Saphronia, d. s. 



(3) Mary A. m. 
Samuel Cobb 



(4) Oscar, d. s. 

(5) Geo. F. m. 
Adaline 

Nichols 



(6) Edwin m. 

Mary K. Bram- -{ 
well 



L (7) William, d. s. 



f Cynthia m. 
E. D. Porter 



Geo. O. m. 
Minnie Beaker 

Pearl, d. 
John M. m. 
Minnie Cotton 

Samuel H. m. 
l^ Edith Fedder 



Edwin m. 
Lotta Hunter 

David C. m. 
Emma Frieders 
dorf 



Edward 
Charles 
[^ Marion 

[ Lulu, d. 
-; Hazel 
l^ Geo. O., Jr. 



5 John 



Malcomb 



Raymond 

Harold 
I Samuel H., Jr. 
[ Baby 



Sarah Adaline 



■I 



Nannie E. m. 
Edward T. Wood 



Katherine E. 
Edwin 

Mary Cynisea 
Virginia Branham 



Wm. Hickman 
m. ist 

Melinda Wat- 
son 



' (i) Helen Louisa, 
d.s. 
(2) Nannie, d. s. 
- (3) William, d. s. 

(4) Emmam. ( Harry, d. s. 

James R. Ryan f Robert, d. s. 

(i) William, d. s. 

(2) Ida m. ( ^. . ., , 

Tia J c nr ,t ] No children 
Ufford S. Wolf I 



2d 



(3) Leila m. 

W. E. Telford 



No children 



(4) Charles H. m. I ,.. , . 

T , -, J Hickman, d. 

Ida Newsome 1 ^. , »r 
Charles N. 

•2d , ^ 

LiviaJaneStow (5) David McClure C 

m. ■{ No children 

Nettie Springer ^ 

r Mary Ufford 

(6) Edward F. m. ^^j^^ Lee 
Daisy Lee | ^^^^^ 

(7) Lynn C. m. 
Jessie Ryker | Elizabeth 

(8) Minnie, d. s. 



200 



THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 



Elizabeth m. 
Geo. W. Bran- 
ham 



(i) Lucretia A. m. 

Newton W. 

Vawter 

(2) Henry Clay ra. 
Caroline Bate- 



(3) John Clark m. 
Kate Bromley 



(4) David Hick- 

man, d. s. 

(5) William Cum- 
mings m. 
Mary E. Gil- 
bert 



No children 

Ardys, d. s. 

Mary 

Hal Howard 

Harrye Boynton 



John Warner 
Bromley E. m. , 

Elenor Wilton \ Donald 

Edith Kate m. 
John M. Covert | John Stanley 

Jessie, d. s. 
Ruby Alice m. 
Gordon B. 
Atwood 



C Gilbert C. 

Elizabeth H. m. 

John H. Wagner 
David C. m. 

Vera Miller 



] Mary Elizabeth 



7. McClure m. 
ist 

Louisa J. 
Hutchins 



2d 

Mrs. Frances 
Watson 



(i) Mary Ellen m. , 

ist Albert W. \ No children 
Moore 

^^ \ No children 

Frank Costigan ' 

(2) Wm. Jennings { 



m. Kate Owens 



Ernest 



(3) Juliette m. 



^ 



f Marian 
! Kate m. 



r 



8. Mary Louisa, m. 
Edward J. Rob- 
inson 



r Mary 
-; Florence 
[ William 



Thos. Calloway j Joe Curtis Dixon 

, , c iu I Myrtle Helen 

(i) Samantha, s. 

(2) Albert, s. 
(3 & 4) d. in in- 
fancy 

(5) Fred m. 
Cora 

(6) Lolla, s. 

(i) Anna Cornelia 
m. Hamilton 

Stapp 

(2) Mary Rebecca, 

d.s. 

(3) Wm. Hickman, 

d.s. 

(4) Julia Elizabeth 
m. Archer H. 5 Helen Mary 

Crane ^ 

(5) Mary Louisa, 

d. s. 

(6) Edward Lins- 

field, d. s. 



THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 



20 1 



8. Mary Robinson 
{Continued) 



(7) Carrie Bran- (" Margaret Robinson 
ham m, Geo. S.^ Helen 
Long 



1 



i^ Ceo. S. 



(8) Emma Nettie 

/ \ Air J i^j J f Mary .Anna 

(9) Alfred Edward -c- , • , ^ , , 

-1 Freoerick Edward 

[ Anna Julia 



9. Nancy m. 

Solon C. Bram- 

well 



(10) Walter Scott 
d. s. 



(1) Edgar m. 
Adelia Fran- 
cisco 



(2) MaryKath- 
erine m. 
Edwin Bran- 
ham 



' Geo. F. m 
Mary Reilly 

William S. m. 
Lillian Farns- 
worth 



I 



Harry L. m. 
Lillie Robinson 



f David C. m. 

Emma Frieders- 
dorf 



I Nannie E. m. 

L Edward T.Wood 



Edna 
Louise 

Annasdale 
Bessie 

\ Dorothy 

Katherine E. 
Edwin 

Mary Cynisea 
Virginia Branham 



10. Joseph Warren r 

m. Friscilla J ^^'^ "'■ i 

j Van Trees ^ 



O'Laughley 



Two children 



I 



V 



MARY (VAWTER) BRANHAM 



Mary Vawter, daughter of Jesse and Elizabeth Vawter, was 
born in Virginia, May 17, 1787; married June 11, 1807, to Lins- 
field Branham; died May 12, 1846. 

Linsfield Branham w^as born March 21, 1784; died September 
10, 1825. He was among the first settlers of Madison, Jefferson 
county, Indiana. He was active in getting up a petition for a 
road and was appointed overseer with instructions to collect and 
keep up roads as early as February, 181 1. He was also appointed 
one of the appraisers of real and personal property. In the year 
1 81 8 he bought of Stapp and Branham his home near North 
Madison. 

Linsfield and Mary (Vawter) Branham had ten children: 
Granville, Julia Ann, Benjamin, David Cummings, William Hick- 
man, Elizabeth, McClure, Mary Louisa, Nancy and Joseph 
Warren. 



202 THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 



Granville Branham 



Granville, son of Linsfield and Mary (Vawter) Branham, was 
born June lo, 1808; died unmarried. 



Julia (Branham) Webb 

Julia Ann Branham, daughter of Linsfield and Mary (Vawter) 
Branham, was born July 2, 1809; married March 21, 1830, to 
Henry Webb, who was born in New Jersey in 1792, and died 
November 2, 1868. He was a merchant. 

Julia (Branham) Webb died September 11, 1882, in Elizabeth- 
town, Indiana. 

Children : 

(i) Jesse, son of Henry and Julia (Branham) Webb, was 
born in North Madison, Indiana, January 9, 1831 ; married in 
Franklin. Indiana, September 11, 1855. to Sarah Brougher, who 
was born in Brewersville, Indiana, June 12, 1828. Jesse Webb 
was a carpenter. He died November 2, 1862. 

Children : 

a. Ida M. Webb, born in Memphis, Tennessee, September 2, 
1856; died June 25, 1858. 

b. Edwin P. Webb, born in Brewersville, Indiana, April 15, 
1858; married October 25, 1887, to Mary Etta Hilton. Children : 
Wilbur Hilton, born January 16, 1889; Mary B., born December 
22, 1 89 1, and Jesse Lamar, born June 27, 1893. Ewin P. Webb 
lives in Marshall, Texas. 

c. Vida X. Webb, born in North Madison, Indiana, March 9, 
i860; married June 27, 1878, to Edward J. McCauley. Children : 
Frank D., born May 17, 1879; drowned June 20, 1891 ; Pearle, 
born October 10, 1881. Vida X. Webb is in the Insane Hospital 
at Indianapolis, Indiana. 



THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 203 

d. Beulah J. Webb was born in North Madison, Indiana, 
March 28, 1862; married to Luther Felix Vaughn October 31, 
1894. Children: Sarah Agnes, born October 30, 1895; Eugene 
Morris, born January 10, 1897; Joseph Webb, born August 28, 
1899; WilHam Russell, born April 7, 1901, and Jesse, born Feb- 
ruary 10, 1903. 

(2) Ruth, daughter of Henry and Julia (Branham) Webb, 
was born in Madison, Indiana, October 3, 1834; married March 
II, 1869, to Augustus Vaught, who was born February 14, 1821, 
in Kentucky. One child, Leila Vaught, was born at Elizabeth- 
town, Indiana, November 2, 1870. 

Augustus Vaught is an undertaker and furniture dealer, living 
at Martinsville, Indiana. 

(3) Mary E. Webb, daughter of Henry and Julia (Branham) 
Webb, was born in 1837, and died in 1840. 

(4) Howard Webb, son of Henry and Julia (Branham) 
Webb, was born in 1839, and died in 1840. 

(5) Benjamin Webb, son of Henry and Julia (Branham) 
Webb, was born March 17, 1841. Lives at the Soldiers' Home. 
Unmarried. 

(6) Mary Webb, daughter of Henry and Julia (Branham) 
Webb, was born in Madison, Indiana, June 17, 1847; married 
in Madison, Indiana, October 29, 1868, to Jasper Tripp, who was 
born in Patriot, Indiana, April 19, 1839, ^"^ died May 19, 1895. 
Jasper Tripp was United States ganger. 

Children : 

a. Julia S. Tripp, daughter of Jasper and Mary (Webb) 
Tripp, was born October i, 1869; married August 25, 1902, to 
C. L. Hobart, who is a printer. No children. They live in To- 
peka, Kansas. 

h. Frank C. Tripp, son of Jasper and Mary (Webb) Tripp, 
was born October 9, 1874. Is a bookkeeper, living in Topeka, 
Kansas. 

(7) William Webb, the son of Henry and Julia (Branham) 
Webb, was born at North Madison, Indiana, October 3, 1849; 
married at Martinsville, Indiana, December 19, 1873, to Elsie 
Matthews, who was born near Vernon, Indiana, August 7, 1851. 



204 THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 

Children : 

a. Levon B. Webb, born September y, 1874. 

b. Roy H. Webb, born March 5, 1877. 

c. Winifred E. Webb, born June 6, 1879. 

d. Arthur Webb, born September 18, 1882; died February i, 
1900. 

c. Nelle Webb, born May 21, 1887. 

Wilham Webb owns a bakery at Martinsville, Indiana. His 
children are all living at home except Roy, who lives in Indianap- 
olis, Indiana. 

3 
Benjamin Branham 

Benjamin, son of Linsfield and Mary (Vawter) Branham, was 
born December 3, 1810; married February 28, 1834, to Letitia 
Kidd; died at Rodney, Mississippi, April 9, 1842. 



4 
David Branham 

David Branham, son of Linsfield and Mary Branham, was born 
August 29, 1812; married October 17, 1833, to Cynthia A, Wat- 
son; died in 1877. 

Cynthia (Watson) Branham was born at Mt. Sterling, Ken- 
tucky, in 1820; died 1903. 

In an article published after the death of David Branham, oc- 
curred this paragraph : 

"David Branham was for more than fifty years identified, 
either directly or indirectly, with all that was of public interest in 
Jefferson county, Indiana. He was a member of the legislature 
for a quarter of a century, and during this entire period there was 
no act of his that was not dictated by sentiments of highest in- 
tegrity and purest patriotism. While he was a man of positive 
views and strong convictions, firmly devoted to his political sen- 



THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 205 

timents and party, his strong sense of justice held them in such 
just equihbrium as to command for him the confidence and re- 
spect, not only of the leaders, but of the people of all parties." 

Governor Morton wrote a letter to his private secretary, W. H. 
H. Terrell, just after he had started to Europe, and in it said : 
"I am personally thankful for the able and efficient support David 
Branham has given me through my whole administration and the 
service he has rendered the state. It was Branham who gave the 
backbone to the movement in the legislature of 1863 which re- 
sulted in the defeat of all their revolutionary schemes and saved 
the state from the horrors of civil war. I have always intended 
to declare this to the world in some form and still do, if I am 
spared to return. It was the high stand he took and the bulldog 
resolution with which he hung on to it that brought the others 
round to the policy that would save the state (that was the break- 
ing up of the legislature). His services have never been recog- 
nized by the government or the people as they should have been. 
I have always intended to do him justice. Say to him that I 
cherish kind, grateful recollections of his personal and political 
services." 

Mrs. Mary Cobb, a daughter of David Branham, says : "This 
letter was dated November 19, 1865. W. H. H. Terrell was a 
nephew of my mother. I distinctly remember my father bringing 
the members who 'bolted' with him to our house at Madison. He 
was superintendent of the Madison Railroad, and brought them 
in his private car." 

Children of David and Cynthia (Watson) Branham were 
William Allan, Sophronia, Mary A., Oscar, Edwin and William. 

(i) William Allan Branham was born in 1834; died in 1847. 

(2) Sophronia Branham was born in North Madison, In- 
diana, in 1837; died in 1887. Unmarried. 

(3) Mary A. Branham, daughter of David and Cynthia 
(Watson) Branham, was born at North Madison. Indiana, in 
1839; married in i860 to Samuel Cobb, who was born in Paris, 
Indiana, in 1836, and died in 1899. 

Children : 

a. Cynthia Cobb, born in Madison. Indiana, in i860; married 



206 THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 

in Indianapolis in 1882, to Dr. E. D. Porter. Lives in Indianapo- 
lis. Children: Edward, born in 1887; Charles, born in 1890, and 
Marion, born in 1893. 

b. George O. Cobb, born in Madison, Indiana, in 1862; mar- 
ried in 1884 to Minnie Beeker, who was born in 1867. George 
O. Cobb is an ice manufacturer, living in Matoon, Illinois. 

Children: Lulu, born in 1884; died in 1899; Hazel, born in 
1886, and George O., Jr., born in 1888. 

c. Pearl Cobb, born in 1870; died in 187 1. 

d. John M. Cobb, born in Spencer, Indiana, in 1868; married 
in 1 89 1 to Minnie Cotton, who was born in Indianapolis in 1869. 
One child, John Malcomb, was born in Indianapolis in 1892. 

John M. Cobb is district sales agent for the National Cash 
Register Company. Lives in St. Louis, Missouri. 

e. Samuel H. Cobb was born in 1874; married in 1894 to 
Edith Fedder, who was born in Bloomington, Indiana. Their 
children are Raymond, born in 1895; Harold, born in 1898; 
Samuel H., Jr., born in 1900, and a baby, born in 1903. 

Samuel H. Cobb is assistant manager and bookkeeper Amer- 
ican Press Association. Lives in Indianapolis, Indiana. 

(4) Oscar, son of David and Cynthia (Watson) Branham, 
was born in 1842, and died in the army in 1862. 

(5) George F. Branham, son of David and Cynthia (Wat- 
son) Branham, was born February 26, 1844; married April 9, 
1869, to Adaline Nichols, who was born September 12, 1846. 
George F. Branham died in Indianapolis, May 9, 1896. 

Children : 

a. Edwin Branham, born September 28, 1871 ; married De- 
cember 12, 1894, to Lotta Hunter, who was born December 13, 
1874. They have one child, Sarah Adaline. They live in In- 
dianapolis. 

(6) Edwin Branham, son of David and Cynthia (Watson) 
Branham, was born January, 1846; married to his cousin, Mary 
Katherine Bramwell, who was born May 29, 1844. Edwin Bran- 
ham lived only a few years after the war. He was a prisoner in 
Andersonville until Sherman's "March to the Sea." He never 
recovered from his terrible experience in prison. 



THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 20/ 

Children of Edwin and Mary (Bramwell) Branham were 
David and Nannie. 

a. David C. Branham, son of Edwin and Mary B. Branham, 
was born July 30, 1867 ; married August 9, 1896, to Emma Frie- 
dersdorf. Lives in Cairo, Illinois. Children: Katherine E., born 
October 17, 1897, and Edwin, born January 27, 1903. 

b. Nannie E. Branham, daughter of Edwin and Mary B. 
Branham, was born February 9, 1870; married June 19, 1897, 
to Edward Thurston Wood, who was born December 25, 1855. 
Children : Mary Cynisea, born June 26, 1898, and Virginia Bran- 
ham, born March 19, 1902. They live at 6023 Vernon avenue, 
Chicago, Illinois. 

(7) William Branham, son of David and Cynthia (Watson) 
Branham, was born in 1848; died in 1868. 

5 
William Hickman Branham 

William Hickman Branham, son of Linsfield and Mary (Vaw- 
ter) Branham, was born March 28, 1814; married January 19, 
1835, to Melinda Watson, who was born October 11, 1819, and 
died August 16, 1846. 

William Hickman Branham was, with his brother, David C. 
Branham, in the making and selling of lumber until the railroad 
was built, when he worked for the state. The old Indianapolis 
and Madison Railroad belonged to the state. David C. Branham 
was superintendent for a number of years on the Indianapolis and 
Madison Road, at that time called the Madison and Indianapolis 
Road. After the road fell into the hands of a company Hickman 
Branham was engaged in buying and selling grain for a while, 
and then went back to the railroad. He was also engaged for 
several years in operating a hotel which he and his brother David 
had built. William Hickman Branham died February 4, 1867. 

Children of William Hickman and Melinda (Watson) Bran- 
ham : 

( I ) Helen Louisa, died in infancy. 



208 THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 

(2) Nannie, died in infancy. 

(3) William, died in infancy. 

(4) Emma Branham, born in 1841 ; married in 1861 to James 
R. Ryan, who was born in 1833. He was engaged in the whole- 
sale commission business in Indianapolis. Their children : Harry, 
born in 1862 ; died in 1898, unmarried, and Robert, born in 1872 ; 
died in 1901. 

Mr. and Mrs. Ryan live at 522 North New Jersey street, In- 
dianapolis. 

William Hickman Branham was married, second, to Livia Jane 
Stow March 28, 1850. Livia (Stow) Branham was born Decem- 
ber 13, 1827; died October 24, 1903. 

Children of William H. and Livia (Stow) Branham: 

(i) William Branham, son of William H. and Livia (Stow) 
Branham, born June 20, 185 1 ; died May 28, 1852. 

(2) Ida Branham, daughter of William H. and Livia (Stow) 
Branham, born March 5, 1853; married November 21, 1872, to 
Ufford S. Wolf. Ufford S. Wolf was a farmer, then was in com- 
mission business with J. R. Ryan in Indianapolis. Is now retired 
from business. No children. 

(3) Leila Branham, daughter of William H. and Livia 
(Stow) Branham, was born March 15, 1855; married January 
I, 1879, to W. E. Telford, who has since died. No children. 
Mrs. Telford is a school teacher and also teaches music. Lives 
at North Madison, Indiana. 

(4) Charles H. Branham, son of William H. and Livia 
(Stow) Branham, was born September 23, 1857; married June 
28, 1888, to Ida Newsome. 

Charles H. Branham is employed by the Pennsylvania Lines as 
yardmaster and foreman of the shops at North Madison, Indiana. 

Children: Minnie, born November 22, 1889; Hickman, born 
January 30, 1897, died March 7, 1899; Charles N., born January 
24, 1899.' 

(5) David McClure Branham, son of William H. and Livia 
(Stow) Branham, was born January 5, i860; married May 10, 
1883, to Nettie A. Springer. No children. David Branham is a 
dealer in general merchandise, living in Elizabethtown, Indiana. 



THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 209 

(6) Edward F. Branham, son of William H. and Livia 
(Stow) Branham. was born January 8, 1862; married November 
7, 1895, to Daisy Lee, who was born September 27, 1867. Ed- 
ward Branham is a traveling- salesman for the American Agricul- 
tural Chemical Company. Lives at North Madison, Indiana. 

Children : 

a. Mary Ufford, born November 8, 1896; died July i. 1903. 

b. Helen Lee, born August 7, 1899. 

c. Baby, born June 23, 1904. 

(7) Lynn C. Branham, son of William H. and Livia (Stow) 
Branham, was born May 17, 1864; married June 25, 1895, to 
Jessie Ryker. One child, Elizabeth, born June 28, 1897. 

Lynn C. Branham is employed by the Cleveland, Columbus, 
Cincinnati & St. Louis Railway Company as locomotive fireman. 
Lives at Bright wood, Indiana. 

(8) Minnie Branham, daughter of William H. and Livia 
(Stow) Branham, was born December 6, 1866; died December 
4, 1884. 



Elizabeth Branham 

Elizabeth, daughter of Linsfield and Mary (Vawter) Bran- 
ham, was born May 2, 1816; married May 22, 1832, to George 
W. Branham, son of John and Frances (Vawter) Branham; died 
May 14, 1846. 

For an account of George W. Branham and the children of 
Elizabeth, see the record of George W. Branham in chapter con- 
taining family of Frances (Vawter) Branham. 



7 
McClure Branham 

McClure, son of Linsfield and Mary (Vawter) Branham, was 
born December 4, 181 7, at North Madison, Indiana; married 



210 THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 

February, 1839, to Louisa J. Hutchins; died April 20, 1869. 
Louisa J. Hutchins was born at Vernon, Indiana, November 4, 
1823; died at Elizabethtown, January 20, 1845. 

Children : 

(i) Mary Ellen, daughter of McClure and Louisa (Hutch- 
ins) Branham, was born December 19, 1840; married Albert W. 
Moore of Logansport, Indiana, who was born in Sandy Hill, 
New York, June 6, 1828; died at Indianapolis, March 13, 1876. 
Mary E. Moore married, second, Frank Costigan, who was born 
at Madison, Indiana, April 4, 1838. Frank Costigan is traveling 
agent for Canton, Ohio, Bridge Company. No children. Live at 
36 Hubbard Block, Indianapolis. 

(2) William Jennings Branham, son of McClure and Louisa 
(Hutchins) Branham, was born in Elizabethtown, Indiana, June 
15, 1842; married May, 1867, to Kate Owens at North Madison, 
Indiana. They have one child, Ernest, who was born October, 
1868, and who is employed by L. S. Ayres & Co. of Indianapolis. 
Jennings Branham and family live at 31 South Arsenal avenue, 
Indianapolis. 

(3) Juliette Branham, daughter of McClure and Louisa 
(Hutchins) Branham, was born December 15, 1843; married 
Thomas Calloway. 

Children : 

a. Marian, born April 16, 1870. 

b. Kate, born December 11, 1874; married May 16, 1898, to 
Joe Curtis Dixon, who was born July 20, 1874. Live in In- 
dianapolis. 

c. Myrtle Helen, born in 1879. 

Mr. and Mrs. Calloway live at Springfield, Missouri. 

McClure Branham married, second, Mrs. Frances Mefford 
Watson at Madison, Indiana, July 5, 1846. Mrs. Branham lives 
at Columbus, Indiana. 

Children : 

(i) Samantha Branham, born in North Madison, Indiana, 
May 17, 1847. Unmarried. 

(2) Albert, born May 19, 1853. Unmarried. 

(3 and 4) Two, who died in infancy. 



THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 211 

(5) Fred, born in North Madison. Indiana. May 20. 1856; 
married Cora . Lives in Columbus, Indiana. 

(6) Lolla. born in North Madison, Indiana. March 17, i860. 
McClure Branham was engaged in the railroad business, and 

lived at North Madison, Indiana, the greater part of his life. 

8 
Mary (Branham) Robinson 

Mary Louisa, daughter of Linsfield and Mary (Vavvter) Bran- 
ham, was born in Jefferson county, Indiana, October 18, 1819; 
married to Edward Jones Robinson April 9, 1840; died at Bed- 
ford, Indiana, January 24, 1892. 

Edward J. Robinson was born in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, Jan- 
uary 4, 1 81 7. He moved with his father's family to Steuben ville, 
Ohio, when a boy. He went to Mobile. Alabama, when a young 
man, and from there to Madison, Indiana, where he was married. 
He and his wife moved from Madison to Greensburg, Indiana, 
where the first child. Anna Cornelia, was born. Returning to 
Madison, Edward Robinson engaged in the mercantile and rail- 
road business until the Civil War broke out. He enlisted in the 
Fifty- Fourth Indiana ; was adjutant at Camp Morton at In- 
dianapolis, and afterward colonel of the One Hundred and 
Thirty-Seventh Regiment. After the war he returned to Madi- 
son; removed to Indianapolis in 1869, and to Bedford, Indiana, 
in 1 88 1. He died at Bedford June 26, 1896. 

Children of Edward and Mary (Branham) Robinson: 

(i) Anna Cornelia Robinson was born July 25. 1842; mar- 
ried Hamilton Stapp. Lives in Yoakune, Texas. Children : 
Alary, Florence and William. 

(2) Mary Rebecca Robinson was born March 27, 1844; died 
April 2, 1844, at Greensburg, Decatur county, Indiana. 

(3) William Hickman Robinson was born August 5. 1845; 
died in Madison. Indiana, July 5, 1868. 

(4) Julia Elizabeth Robinson was born December 17, 1846; 
married at Indianapolis, September 25, 1878, to Archer H. 



Ui 



212 THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 

Crane, who was born in Onondaga, New York, March 31, 1821,, 
and died in Hudson, Michigan, June 5, 1892. 

Children : Helen Mary Crane, born in Hudson, Michigan, 
May 12, 1883. 

Mrs. Juha R. Crane lives at Champaign, Illinois. 

(5) Mary Louisa Robinson was born February 5, 1849; died 
at North Madison, Indiana, July 19, 1850. 

(6) Edward Linsfield Robinson, born February 14, 1850; 
died at North Madison, Indiana, September 19, 1850. 

(7) Carrie Branham Robinson was born September 30, 
1854; married at Bedford. Indiana, June 6, 1889, to George S. 
Long, who was born at Clermont, Marion county, Indiana, De- 
cember 3, 1853. George S. Long is with the Weyerhauser Tim- 
ber Co., in Tacoma, Washington. 

Children: Margaret Robinson Long, born March 15, 1891, 
at Eau Claire, Wisconsin; Helen Long, born October 30, 1893, 
at Eau Claire, Wisconsin; George S. Long, Jr., born October 30, 
1895, at Eau Claire, Wisconsin. 

(8) Emma Nettie Robinson, born June 28, 1856. Lives with 
Mrs. Long in Tacoma, Washington. 

(9) Alfred Edward Robinson, born November 12, 1859; 
married. His family is living in East St. Louis. Children : Mary 
Anna, born February 15, 1891 ; Frederick Edward, born Jan- 
uary, 1893, and Anna Julia, born January, 1895. 

(10) Walter Scott Robinson, born July 8, 1861 ; died at 
Madison, Indiana, October 15, 1869. 



Nancy (Branham) Bramwell 

Nancy, daughter of Linsfield and Mary (Vawter) Branham,. 
was born April 9, 1820; married April 9, 1840, to Solon C. 
Bramwell; died February 6, 1845. 

Solon C. Bramwell was born in 181 5 in Jennings county, In- 
diana; died at Kansas City in 1899. He was the first agent of 
the Madison and Indianapolis Railroad Company at Madison,. 



THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 213 

Indiana. Was engaged in steamboating on the Ohio and Mis- 
sissippi rivers for many years. Was successful in business in 
Cincinnati for a time, and was prominent in the early years of 
Kansas City, where he was well known as an honest man and a 
good citizen, and where his second wife now resides. 

Children : Edgar and Mary Katherine. 

(i) Edgar, son of Solon C. and Nancy Bramwell, was born 
at Elizabethtown, Indiana, August 19, 1842; married near Madi- 
son, Indiana, September 3, 1865, to Adelia Francisco, daughter 
of William Warren Francisco, who was born at Paris, Indiana, 
February 28, 1842. 

Edgar Bramwell is law agent of the Louisville & Nashville 
Railroad Company at Nashville, Tennessee. 

Children of Edgar and Adelia (Francisco) Bramwell: 

a. George F. Bramwell, born October 20, 1866, at Franklin, 
Indiana ; married to Mary Reilly of Nashville, Tennessee, March, 
1890. Children: Edna, born in 1898, and Louise, born in 1902. 

George F. Bramwell is a machinist in Nashville, Tennessee. 

b. William S. Bramwell, son of Edgar and Adelia (Fran- 
cisco) Bramwell, was born April 27,, 1868, at Franklin, Indiana; 
married to Lillian Farnsworth of Earlington, Kentucky, Decem- 
ber, 1889. Children: Annasdale, born in 1894, and Bessie May, 
born in 1902. 

William S. Bramwell is a conductor on the Louisville & Nash- 
ville Railroad. Lives in Nashville, Tennessee. 

c. Harry L. Bramwell, son of Edgar and Adelia (Francisco) 
Bramwell, was born at Madison, Indiana, April 20, 1878; mar- 
ried Lillie Robinson of Earlington, Kentucky, June, 1900. One 
child, Dorothy, born in 1902. 

Harry L. Bramwell is a conductor for the Louisville & Nash- 
ville Railroad. Lives at Nashville, Tennessee. 

(2) Mary Katherine, daughter of Solon C. and Nancy Bram- 
well, was born May 29, 1844; married to her cousin, Edwin 
Branham, the son of David Branham. For the record of this 
family see record of Edwin Branham. 



214 THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 

lO 

Joseph Warren Branham 

Joseph Warren, son of Linsfield and Mary (Vawter) Bran- 
ham, was born June 2, 1824; married January 27, 1848, to Pris- 
cilla O'Laughley. 

Children : Mary, who married a VanTrees, had two children, 
and was living in Iowa. 



VI. 

SARAH VAWTER5 
(Jesse*, Davids, John2, Johni) 

(1789-1871) 

m. 

THOS. STRIBLING 
(1784-1857) 



Children" 



Grandchildren' 



I. Frances m. J 

James Edwards 1 



r (I) William T. m. 
Zerelda Mal- 
comb 



2. Elizabeth m. 
Nathaniel Fer- 
gason 



(i) Sallie Ann m. 
F.F.Mitchell 



(2) Mary B. m. 
1st 
George Neblett 



2d 

Stephen Fores- 
ter 

(3) Nancy S. m. 
1st John Clark 
2d Thos. Reeves 



G. Grandchil- 
dren" 

Flavius m. 
Mollie B. Dick- 
son 

John Malcomb m. 
Alice Epps 

HettieJ. 

Mattie Robinson 

m. 
M. J. Bowman 

Uriah Calvin, d. 
Wra. Thomas, d. 

Lucy A. E. m. 
T. L. Jackson 

Nannie Cornelia 

m. 
J. M. C. Young 

J. M.m. 
ist 

Bettie Oliver 
2d 

Mattie Mabry 

Jennie m. 
Eugene S.Tatom 

Esrom Bold 
George Monroe 
Alen Fowler 

John Ann m. 
W. W. Mays.d. 



G. G. Grandchil- 
dren* 

f Mary Zerelda 
Edgar Flavius 
Gus Malcomb 



1 



f William Thomas 
■j Frank 
L Charles 



Milo 



' Myrtle, d. 
Chatie Luciel 
Eva, d. 
Mary Lee, d. 

Edna 

Mary, d. 
Nannie Lillian 

Cecilia 
Kate Eugene 
Barteels 



2l6 



THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 



3. Pleasant m. 
Zerelda Emer- 
ine Dahoney 



(i) Emerine rn. 
Allen T. Cor- 
bitt 



(2);jesse Vawter 
m. 

Susan Yar- 
brough 



Wyley Welch 
Weldon Plant 
Flora Elton 
Jessie Allen 2 
Nancy's 
Sadie Pauline 

Curte C. 
Nellie 
Samuel, d. 
Ford G. 

Gladys, d. 
Bessie Rewbine 



Jesse Vawter m. 
Ada Plant 



Nellie m. 
A. C. Stitt 



Reuben E. m. 
Bessie Plant 

Eddie Smith, d. 
Annie Mary, d. 
Alvin Hawkins, 
unm. 

Pleasant Stribling 

m. 
Rena McCreary 
Emma Nannie m. 

W. A. Duncan 
Hessie, d. 



Wm. Morehead m. ( Harry Leo 
Emma Stephens ) Thos. Tibbett 

Lutie Lavele m. f 
Joseph F. Ander- -{ Ora 

SOD 1^ 



Emma 



Lydia Zerelda 

m. 
Wm. H. McCauley 

John Malcomb m. 
Mrs. Sallie Box 



I Mary L. 
1 Marje 

( Frederi 

/ John 



ck Slaton 



r 



Mattie Lillian 

•°- i H 

Geo. W. Waggoner (^ 
Sallie Ann 



Jesse Aline 
arold Coke 



(3) Almeda m. 
John Malcomb 



Infant, d. 






^ Ethel 




Myrtle 




John L. 


Lulu m. 


Henry E 


H. E. Warren 


Max H. 




David L. 




Guy M. 




Ella 


Ella m. 




R. E. Fowlkes 




John Levin 


Ronald 


m. 
Mattie Estelle 
Plant 


Edith 
Mary 



THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 



217 



(3) Almeda Mal- 
comb 
iCo7iiinued) 



(4) Mary, d. 



Pleasant 



{Continued) 



(6) Sarah m. 

Virgil A. Bar- 
nett 



(7) Annie Russell, 
d. 
Charles More- 
head m. 
Susan Jackson 



Howard Ford m. 
Flora Elton 



I Gertrude 
-] Robert F. 
L Dixie 



Samuel Guy m. / ""bert A. 
EthelA.Fowlkes ! J°hn Lilbern 
L HattieC. 



Mattie Robinson f 
m. 



Bessie 

Wm. Walter White i Robert Malcomb 



< 



< Josie Lytell m. 
W. T. Anderson 



(5) Lydia Hester 
m. 

John O. San- 
ford 



Guy 

Lillian Hester 
Hugh Leiper 
Gertrude 
Bertie Clair 
Aliene 
William S. 
Paul Chester 



EffieS. m. r , , ., 

J Judson M. 

,.,,„, I Sadie Hester 

Junius M. Palmer t 

2d 

J. M.C.Young 
Gussie, d. 
Nannie M. m. 

Geo. L. Harrison 



j Karl 
1 Mai 



Bertie E. m. 
Charles F. Neg- 
)ey 

Charles Vawter 
Jessie Eldon, m. 
Edgar Taylor 
. Junius Palmer 

Stella A. m / ^^'P^ Barnett, d. 

Charles G. Plant 1 ^^x Malcomb 
L Kathleen 

AllieMaym. f Alma 

G. C. Morrisett \ Virgil, d. 

L Gladys Marguerite 
Charles Byron m. 
Mary E. Thomp- 
son 
KateG. m. 
W. Stirling Jack- 
son 
[ Walter Jackson 



f 



Ernest Gilderoy 



2l8 



THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 



4. Wm. L. m. 
Sarah Taulman 



{'•■ 



io children 



5. Ann m. 

Josiah Chaille 







William H 






Grace 




Mollie m. 


Odia 




R. M. Corbitt 


Bessie 
Bates 
L Desmukes 






(i) Sarah Jane m. 


Matthew A. m. ' 


Gertrude 


Henry Miller 


Nora Brown 

Elphia 
Clayborn 
Sarah 
^ Jesse 


Elese 
Murvel 



r Edgar 
(2) Elizabeth m. | Alonzo 
Dr. A.W.Dick- -> AUie 
son son 

I daughter 



M. A.,d. 
Elmore J. 
W. W. 
J. H. m. 
Susan Tate 



(3) Newton T. m. 
L. J. Dickson 



(4) John E., d. 



(5) Wm. Hickman 
m. 

Carrie Christ- 
man 



(6) Joanna m. 
1st 
James Curtis 



2d 

Wm. B. War- 
ren 



D. D. m. 
F. A. Posey 

Maud m. 
Robert Owen 

Zulah m. 

Robert L. Har- 
per 
Josiah F. m. 

Minnie V. Hall 
William H., d. 
J. Howard, d. 
Floyd 
Loyd 

Lillian, d. 



Mary Addie, d. 
John Edward m. 

Nannie Byrne 
Paul Frederick 

m. 
Myrtle Robinson 
Newton Homer 
Chris Duncan 
Annie Gertrude 
Wyly Brown 



Vivian 
Elmer V. 
Tibit 

Louise 



THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 



2iy 



6. Newton W. m. 
Elizabeth 
Taulman 



(i) Margaret m. 
J. M. Gray 



{^ 



harles P. 



7. Amanda m. 
John Rossen 

8. Milton S. ID. 
Nancy Mon- 

crief 

9. Silas m. 
Sarah A. Keith 



(i) John m. 
(2) Josephine m. 
Childers 



No children 



No children 



10. Uriah m. ( 

Hester A. Cobb \ ^° children 



(i) Uriah m. 
Ella M. Lam- 
bertson 



II. Sarah m. 
James Chaille 



J2. Infant, d. 



13- Artemecia m. 
Michael Wolf 



(2) Thos. D., d. 

(3) Jesse V. m. 
Alice Neal 



(4) Josiah M., d. 

(5) William T., d. 

(6) John Cm. 

Mollie F. Ab- 
sher 

(7) Sarah Jane m. 
James Morgan 



(i) Elizabeth m. 
Milton 
Wooden 



(2) Sarah Frances, 

d. 

(3) Nancy Hester, 

d. 

(4) Thos. Elmer 
m. 

Lilly M. Harsh 

(5) Walter M. m. 
Minnie Corner 



Emerson Wayland 
May Corinne, d. 
Harold L. 

Grace 
Ernest 

Jessie Katrine 
Raymond 
. Ruth Jane 



Oren 
Freda 



Minnie O. 
Perry M. 
Fannie B. 
Wm.D. 
Arthur E. 
Walter B. 



Harry E. 
Martha E. 



220 THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 

VI 

SARAH (VAWTER) STRIBLING 

Sarah Vawter, daughter of Jesse and EHzabeth (Watts) Vaw- 
ter. was born June i, 1789; married December i, 1806, to 
Thomas T. Stribhng, the son of Benjamin and Ann (Tibbetts) 
Stribhng, and died July 29, 1871. 

The StribHngs went from Virginia to Kentucky, and then to 
Madison, Indiana, in 1809. Thomas Stribhng went to Indiana 
in 181 1. He had a farm of about two hundred acres near Press- 
burg, Indiana. He was a mechanic as weh as a farmer, and put 
up the first steam mill in Indiana. This was near Pressburg, 
which is a mile out of North Madison. Thomas Stribhng bought 
a large body of land (4,500 acres) on Duck river, Humphreys 
county, Tennessee, and gave to a number of his children good 
farms there. In November, 1853, Thomas Stribhng and several 
of his children — Pleasant, Uriah, Silas, Betty Furgason and hus- 
band, Ann Chaille, a widow, and Artemecia Wolf and her hus- 
band — went to Tennessee. Silas and Uriah remained there about 
eight or ten years and then returned to Indiana. Artemecia Wolf 
and her husband did not stay long. At the time the Stribling 
family went to Tennessee, land sold from three dollars to five 
dollars per acre. The same land now sells from fifty dollars to 
one hundred dollars per acre. The hills there contain iron and 
vast quantities of hematite. Thomas Stribling was born Decem- 
ber 4, 1784, and died March 21, 1857, at his home at Honey 
Point, five miles from the mouth of Duck river, Tennessee. 

Thomas and Sarah (Vawter) Stribling had thirteen children: 
Frances, Elizabeth, Pleasant, William L., Ann, Newton W., 
Amanda, Milton S., Silas S., Uriah B., Sarah, an infant son who 
died, and Artemecia. 

I 

Frances (Stribling) Edwards 

Frances, daughter of Thomas and Sarah Stribling, was born 
November 16, 1807; married February 13, 1827, to James Ed- 



THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 221 

wards. Frances died August 26, 1828. James and Frances 
(Stribling) Edwards, had one child, WilHam T. 

( I ) WilHam T. Edwards, son of James and Frances ( Strib- 
ling) Edwards, was born December 27, 1827; married August 
2, 1849, to Zerelda Malcomb, who was born November 25, 1829, 
and died January 13, 1874. William T. Edwards died June 6, 
1886. 

The children of William T. and Zerelda (Malcomb) Edwards 
were Flavins J., John Malcomb, Hettie J. and Mattie Robinson. 

a. Flavins J. Edwards was born at North Madison, Indiana, 
August 28, 1856; married March 19, 1879, to Mollie B. Dickson. 
Their children are Mary Zerelda, born May 31, 1881 ; Edgar 
Flavins, born October 3, 1885, and Gus Malcomb, born Septem- 
ber 2, 1897. Flavins Edwards and family live at Newbern, Dyer 
county, Tennessee. 

b. John Malcomb Edwards, son of William T. and Zerelda 
(Malcomb) Edwards, was born at North Madison, Indiana, Jan- 
uary 27, i860; married Alice Epps. Has three children: Wil- 
liam Thomas, Frank and Charles. Lives at Obion, Obion county, 
Tennessee. 

c. Hettie J. Edwards, daughter of William T. and Zerelda 
(Malcomb) Edwards, was born July 8, 1864, and is now living 
at Madison, Indiana. 

d. Mattie Robison Edwards, daughter of William T. and 
Zerelda (Malcomb) Edwards, was born at North Madison, In- 
diana, December 26, 1870; married Prof. M. J. Bowman and has 
one child, Milo. Lives at Indianapolis, Indiana. 

Both Hetty and Mattie Edwards lived for many years after 
the death of their mother with their uncle, Uriah Stribling, in 
Madison, Indiana. 



Elizabeth (Stribling) Fergason 

Elizabeth, daughter of Thomas and Sarah (Vawter) Stribling, 
was born August 22, 1809; married at North Madison, Indiana, 
October 4, 1837, to Nathaniel Fergason, the son of William and 



2.2,2, THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 

Hannah Fergason. Nathaniel Fergason was born February ii, 
1816, in Decatur county, Indiana. Was a farmer. 

Elizabeth (Stribling) Fergason died February 15, 1885. 

The children of Nathaniel and Elizabeth ( Stribling) Fergason 
were Sallie Ann, Mary and Nancy. 

(i) Sallie Ann Fergason, daughter of Nathaniel and Eliza- 
beth (Stribling) Fergason, was born November 26, 1839; mar- 
ried to F. F. Mitchell in 1855, who was born in 1833. Their 
children were Uriah Calvin, born December 30, 1859; died June 
30, 1880, and William Thomas, born September 13, 1861 ; died 
September 9, 1863. 

(2) Mary B. Fergason, daughter of Nathaniel and Elizabeth 
(Stribling) Fergason, was born May 8, 1843; married in 1859 
to George Neblett, who was born in 1837. Their children were: 

a. Lucy A. E., daughter of George and Mary (Fergason) 
Neblett, was born February i, 1863; married to T. L. Jackson, 
who was born September 24, 1852. No children. They live in 
Johnsonville, Tennessee. 

h. Nannie Cornelia, daughter of George and Mary (Ferga- 
son) Neblett, was born February 3, 1865; married to J. M. C. 
Young, January 11, 1882. J. M. C. Young was born December 
25, 1856. Their children: Myrtle B., born January 9, 1883; 
died September 13, 1902; Chatie Luciel, born January 2, 1887; 
Eva, born July 12, 1889; died September 26, 1889; Mary Lee, 
born October 22, 1891, died April 29, 1892. 

Nannie (Neblett) Young died April 22, 1892. 

Chatie Young lives at Plant, Tennessee. 

c. J. M. Neblett, son of George and Mary (Fergason) Neb- 
lett, was born June 12, 1864; married December 21, 1890, to 
Bettie Oliver. One child, Edna, was born in 1892. 

Bettie (Oliver) Neblett died January 15, 1893. 

J. M. Neblett was married to Mattie Mabry March 31, 1897. 
They live in Union City, Tennessee. Their children : Mary, 
born in 1898, died June 22, 1904, and Nannie Lillian, born in 
1 901. 

d. Jennie Neblett, daughter of George and Mary (Ferga- 
son) Neblett, was born in 1869; married May 19, 1889, to 



THE VAVVTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 223 

Eugene S. Tatom, who was born in 1865. Their children are 
CeceHa, born in 1890; Kate Eugene, born in 1891, and Barteels, 
born in 1896. They live in Shawnee, Oklahoma Territory. 

(2) Mary (Fergason) Neblett was married the second time 
to Stephen Forester in January, 1882. Their children were: 

a. Esrom Boid Forester, born October 26, 1882. Lives in 
Union City, Tennessee. 

b. George Monroe Forester, born April 20, 1884. Lives in 
Polk, Tennessee. 

c. Alen Fowler Forester, born March 22, 1886. Lives in 
Union City, Tennessee. 

Mary F. (Neblett) Forester died July 30, 1896. 

(3) Nancy S. Fergason, daughter of Nathaniel and Eliza- 
beth (Stribling) Fergason, was born May 11, 1845, i^ Jefferson 
county, Indiana; married October 17, 1866, to Thomas B. 
Reeves, who was born near Paint Rock, Tennessee, March 4, 
1846, and died March 23, 1905, in Newbern, Tennessee. Mrs. 
Reeves had a daughter, John Ann, by her former husband, John 
E. Clark, who was born March i, 1865; married W. W. Mays 
and died March 14, 1881. Mrs. Reeves lives in Union City, Ten- 
nessee. 

3 

Pleasant Stribling 

Pleasant, son of Thomas and Sarah (Vawter) Stribling, was 
born May 5, 181 1, near Madison, Indiana, and lived in Ken- 
tucky near Frankfort until 1853, when he, with his father and 
several brothers and sisters, moved to Tennessee, where he re- 
mained. He was married November 2'/, 1834, to Zerelda 
Emerine Dehoney, who was born September 16, 181 6. Pleasant 
Stribling died August 23, 1885. 

The children of Pleasant and Zerelda (Dehoney) Stribling 
were Emerine, Jesse, Almeda, Mary, Lydia Hester, Sarah, Annie 
Russell and Charles Morehead. 

( I ) Emerine was born in Scott county, Kentucky, January 
31, 1836; married January 22, i860, to Allen T. Corbitt, who 



224 THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 

was born in Davidson county, Tennessee, in May, 1817, and 
died March 7, 1880. He was a farmer. 

Children of Allen and Emerine Z. Corbitt : 

a. Jesse Vawter Corbitt, born December 10, 1861 ; married 
April 15, 1885, to Ada Plant. They have six children: Wyley 
Welch, born February 22, 1886; Weldon Plant, born July 29, 
1888; Flora Elton, born July 15, 1890; Jessie Allen, born April 
4, 1892; Nancy, born May 25, 1894; Sadie Pauline, born March 
14, 1896. They live in Big Bottom, Humphreys county, Ten- 
nessee. 

b. Nellie Corbitt was born November 28, 1863; married to 
A. C. Stitt February 16, 1887. Their children: Curte C. Stitt, 
born March 16, 1888; Nellie Stitt, born December i, 1893; 
Samuel Stitt, born March i, 1895, died October 22, 1895, and 
Ford G. Stitt, born February 24, 1896. They live in Box, Ten- 
nessee. 

c. Ruben E. Corbitt was born October 17, 1865; married 
April 5, 1896, to Bessie Gertrude Plant. Their children : Gladys, 
born January 24, 1897, died September 22, 1899, and Bessie 
Rewbine, born August 31, 1900. They live in Big Bottom, 
Humphreys county, Tennessee. 

d. Eddie Smith Corbitt was born March 24, 1868, and died 
August I, 1872. 

c. Annie Mary Corbitt was born March 5, 1870; died July 
26, 1871. 

/. Alvin Hawkins was born October 22, 1872. Lives in Big 
Bottom, Humphreys county, Tennessee. 

g. Pleasant Stribling Corbitt was born December 14, 1874; 
married to Rena McCreary September 8, 1901. They have one 
child, Emma, born January 31, 1903. They live in Big Bottom, 
Humphreys county, Tennessee. 

h. Emma Nannie Corbitt was born January 15, 1877; mar- 
ried to W. A, Duncan December 25, 1901. They live in Big 
Bottom, Humphreys county, Tennessee. 

i. Hessie Corbitt was born January 23, 1879; died May 7, 
1880. 

(2) Jesse Vawter Stribling, son of Pleasant and Zerelda 



THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 225 

(Dehoney) Stribling, was born April 8, 1838; married to Susan 
Yarbrough November 25, 1863, who was born April 26, 1848, 
and died December 26, 1896. Jesse V. Stribling lives in Plant, 
Humphreys county, Tennessee. 

Children of Jesse V. and Susan Y. Stribling : 

a. William Morehead Stribling was born January 18, 1865 ; 
married to Emma Stephens, of Waverly, Tennessee, December 
20, 1896. They live in Plant, Tennessee. Their children: 
Harry Leo, born September 13, 1897, '^"d Thomas Tibbett, born 
July 6, 1899. 

b. Lutie Lavele Stribling, born May 3, 1867; married Joseph 
F. Anderson June 21, 1885. They live at Shaws, Mississippi. 
They have one child, Ora, who was born November 4, 1886. 

c. Lydia Zerelda Stribling, born January 21, 1870; married 
William H. McCauley October 22, 1890. They live at McEwen, 
Tennessee. Have two children : Mary L., born February 27, 
1892, and Marge, born August 29, 1899. 

d. John Malcomb Stribling, born August 2, 1872; married 
to Mrs. Sallie Box, July 9, 1898. They live at Waverly, Ten- 
nessee. Have two children : Frederick Slaton, born April 23, 
1900, and John, born October 27, 1902. 

e. Mattie Lillian Stribling, born May 14, 1875; married 
George W. Waggoner December 15, 1897. They live at Plant, 
Tennessee. Have two children: Jesse Aline, born August 17, 
1898, and Harold Coke, born April 22, 1900. 

/. Sallie Ann Stribling, born May i, 1878. Lives at Plant, 
Tennessee. 

g. Infant, died at age of two weeks. 

(3) Almeda Stribling, daughter of Pleasant and Zerelda 
(Dehoney) Stribling, was born in Scott county, Kentucky, May 
8, 1840; married November 25, i860, to John Malcomb. who 
was born at Paris, Indiana, October 31, 1834. They live in 
Union City, Tennessee. John Malcomb learned the saddler's 
trade under Uriah B. Stribling at Paris, Indiana. Afterward 
came to Tennessee and engaged in farming. Their children : 

a. Lulu Malcomb was born November 30. 1861 ; married 
January 28, 1882, to H. E. Warren, who was born at Plant, 



226 THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 

Tennessee, November i, 1851. Their children are: Ethel, born 
December 21, 1882; Myrtle, born February 14, 1885; John L., 
born April 19. 1886; Henry E., born January 3, 1888; Max H., 
born February 7, 1889; David L., born December 6, 1890; Guy 
M., born August 22. 1892, and Ella, born February 12, 1895. 

h. Ella Malcomb was born in Plant, Tennessee, March 19, 
1864; married to R. E. Fowlkes, December 19, 1883. R. E. 
Fowlkes w^as born December 16, 1863. Is cashier of the bank 
at Seymour, Texas. 

c. John Levin Malcomb, Jr., born November 13, 1867; mar- 
ried to Mattie Estelle Plant. Is a farmer living at Plant, Ten- 
nessee. The children of John and Mattie ( Plant) Malcomb are : 
Ronald, born July 24, 1897; Edith, born April 3, 1900, and 
Mary, born October 28, 1902. 

d. Howard Ford Malcomb, born March 11, 1870; married 
Flora Elton, of Plant, Tennessee, February 11, 1892. Howard 
Malcomb is a farmer living at Box, Tennessee. The children of 
Howard Ford and Flora (Elton) Malcomb are: Gertrude, born 
March 18, 1895; Robert F., born May 11, 1899, and Dixie, born 
July 13, 1902. 

e. Samuel Guy Malcomb was born December 7, 1871 ; mar- 
ried January 26, 1896, to Ethel A. Fowlkes, who was born 
October 8, 1879. Samuel G. Malcomb is a farmer, living at 
Plant, Humphreys county, Tennessee. 

The children of Samuel G. and Ethel ( Fowlkes) Malcomb are : 
Hubert A., born July 16, 1898; John Lilbern, born March 13, 
1 90 1, and Hattie C, born February 12, 1904. 

/. Mattie Robinson Malcomb was born July 21, 1878; mar- 
ried December 21, 1898, to William Walter White, who was 
born August i, 1873. William Walter White is a farmer, liv- 
ing at Union City, Tennessee. 

The children of William Walter and Mattie (Malcomb) White 
are: Bessie, born September 18, 1899, and Robert Malcomb, 
born September 19, 1902. 

(4) Mary, daughter of Pleasant and Zerelda (Dehoney) 
Stribling, was born October 17, 1842; died November 26, 1882. 
Unmarried. 



THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 22/ 

(5) Lydia Hester, daughter of Pleasant and Zerelda (De- 
honey) Stribhng, was born October 6. 1847, near Frankfort, 
Kentucky; married October 17, 1865, to John O. Sanford, who 
was born at Galena. Illinois, August 23. 1838. John O. Sanford 
is in the livery business at Dickson, Tennessee. 

Children : 

a. Josie Lytell Sanford was born July 15, 1866; married 
February 15, 1887, to W. T. Anderson, who is in the wholesale 
feed business in Nashville. Tennessee. They have eight children : 
Guy, born April i, 1888; Lillian Hester, born June 26, 1890; 
Hugh Leiper. born February 29. 1892; Gertrude, born March 12, 
1894; Bertie Clair, born February 29, 1896; Allene, born Jan- 
uary, 1898; William S., born January 19, 1900, and Paul Chester, 
born November 4, 1901. 

h. Ellie S. Sanford was born January 8, 1869; married June 
20, 1888. to Junius M. Palmer, who was in the mill business, also 
dry goods business, and owned a steamboat and a farm near 
Johnsonville, Tennessee. 

The children of Junius and Ellie (Sanford) Palmer were Jud- 
son M.. born March 18, 1889, and Sadie Hester, born July 27, 
1891. 

Junius Palmer died January 27, 1893. 

Ellie (Sanford) Palmer married J. M. C. Young November 2, 
1898. He is a stock trader and farmer. They live at Dickson, 
Tennessee. 

c. Gussie Sanford was born August 11, 1871, and died June 
27, 1876. 

d. Nannie M. Sanford was born October 15, 1873; married 
George L. Harrison in 1895. He is a corn dealer at Box, Ten- 
nessee. 

e. Bertie Edward Sanford, born August 10, 1876, married 
Charles F. Negley, June 25, 1898. Charles F. Negley owns a 
barber shop. 

The children are Karl, born December 11, 1899, and Mai, born 
September 23, 1901. 

/. Charles Vawter Sanford, born August 15, 1879. Is in 
business with his father at Dickson, Tennessee. 



228 THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 

g. Jessie Eldon San ford, born April 2, 1883; married Edgar 
Taylor, November 17, 1902. Edgar Taylor is employed in a 
store at Crockett Mills, Tennessee. 

h. Junius Palmer Sanford, born December 10, 1886, is in 
school at Dickson, Tennessee. 

(6) Sarah, daughter of Pleasant and Zerelda (Dehoney) 
Stribling, was born October 16, 1849; married July 20, 1873, to 
Virgil A. Barnett; died August 5, 1883. 

Children : 

a. Stella A. Barnett, born March 29, 1874; married to Charles 
G. Plant March 18. 1895. Children: Ralph Barnett, born De- 
cember 25, 1896, died June 19, 1898; Rex Malcomb, born June 
30, 1898; Kathleen, born November i, 1902. Live at Plant, 
Tennessee. 

b. Allie May Barnett, born February 6, 1876; married No- 
vember 23, 1895, to G. C. Morrisett. Children: Alma, born 
October 6, 1896; Virgil, born January 26, 1902, died February 
14, 1902; Gladys Marguerite, born April 20, 1903. Live at Pol- 
lard, Arkansas. 

c. Charles Byron Barnett, born June 22, 1878; married 
October 8, 1902, to Mary E. Thompson. Lives at Jonesboro, 
Arkansas. 

d. Kate G. Barnett, born September 15, 1880; married March 
3, 1904. to W. Stirling Jackson. Lives at Jonesboro, Arkansas. 

e. Walter Jackson Barnett, born September 23, 1882. 
Virgil A. Barnett married, second, September 21, 1884, 

Mrs. Clella A. Wheat, who was born August 25, 1859, in Scott 
county, Indiana. 

Virgil A. Barnett was born March 6, 1853, in Coxburg, Ten- 
nessee. He is a justice of peace and general collector. Lives at 
Jonesboro, Arkansas. 

(7) Annie Russell Stribling, daughter of Pleasant and Zer- 
elda (Dehoney) Stribling, was born June 19, 1852, and died 
April 21, 1856. 

(8) Charles Morehead Stribling, son of Pleasant and Zer- 
elda (Dehoney) Stribling, was born in Humphreys county, Ten- 
nessee, September 7, 1857; married September 2y, 1882, to Susan 



THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 229 

M. Jackson, who was born near Waverly, Tennessee, February 
28, 1861. C. M. Stribling is a farmer and is connected with a 
telephone company. He and his wife Hve near Plant, Tennessee. 
They have one son, Ernest Gilderoy, who is now taking a course 
in civil and electrical engineering at the University of Tennessee. 



4 
William L. Stribling 

William Livingston Stribling, son of Thomas and Sarah (Vaw- 
ter) Stribling, was born in Jefiferson county, Indiana, March 26, 
1813; married Sarah R. Taulman August 4, 1835; died Decem- 
ber 8, 1852. No children. 

William Stribling started in the milling business and then was 
a merchant. His wife is still living near North Madison, Indiana, 
being now over ninety years of age. It was from her scrap-book 
that much valuable information was obtained for this history. 



Ann (Stribling) Chaille 

Ann, daughter of Thomas and Sarah Stribling, was born 
March 18, 1815; married Josiah Chaille May 8. 1839; died 
October 10, 1890. Josiah Chaille died in 1853 ^" Kentucky. He 
was a brother to James Chaille, who married Sarah Stribling, the 
sister of Ann. 

Children of Josiah and Ann Chaille : 

(i) Sarah Jane Chaille was born in Kentucky March 16, 
1840; married June 27, 1861, to Henry Miller; died April 18, 
1895. Henry Miller was born in Humphreys county, Tennessee, 
and died in Dickson August 9, 1903, where he was engaged in 
the livery business. 

Children of Henry and Sarah (Chaille) Miller: Mollie, Mat- 
thew A., Elphia, Clayborn, Sarah and Jesse. 

a. Mollie Miller was born May 19, 1864; married to R. M. 



230 THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 

Corbitt July 16, 1884. Children: William H., Grace, Odia, 
Bessie, Bates and Desmukes. Mrs. Corbitt is a widow, living 
in Dickson, Tennessee. 

b. Matthew A. Miller was born August 16, 1870; married 
October 2, 1895, to Nora Brown. Their children: Gertrude, 
Elese and Murvel. Matthew Miller is in the livery business in 
Dickson, Tennessee. 

c. Elphia Miller was born December 17, 1876. 

d. Clayborn Miller was born June 11, 1879. 
c. Sarah Miller was born in 1884. 

/. Jesse Miller was born September 9, 1886. 
Elphia. Clayborn, Sarah and Jesse keep house in Dickson, 
Tennessee. 

(2) Elizabeth Chaille was born October 3, 1842, in Indiana; 
married Dr. A. W. Dickson, October 5, 1864. Now living in 
Austin, Texas, with her son, A. K. Dickson. Children of A. W. 
and Elizabeth Dickson are Edgar, Alonzo. Allie and one son 
and one daughter in Texas. 

(3) Newton T. Chaille was born near Madison, Indiana, 
April 22, 1845; married in Humphreys county, Tennessee, 
October, 1865, to L. J. Dickson, who was born in Graves county, 
Kentucky, February, 1847. Newton T. Chaille is a retired 
farmer, living in Jonesboro, Arkansas. 

Children of Newton T. and L. J. Chaille : 

a. M. A, Chaille, born September 18, 1866; died August 24, 
1868. 

b. Elmore J. Chaille, born February 13, 1869. 

c. W. W. Chaille, born April 29, 1871. 

d. J. H. Chaille, born December 12, 1873; married March 
31, 1904, to Susie Tate. 

e. D. D. Chaille was born February 17, 1876; married Jan- 
uary, 1895, to F. A. Posey. Children: Vivian, born August 29, 
1897; Elmer V., born January 5, 1900; Tibit, born February 6, 
1903. Mr. and Mrs. Chaille live in Caruthersville, Missouri. 

/. Maud Chaille was born July 23, 1878; married to Robert 
Owen, March, 1899. Children: Louise, born September 6, 1902. 



THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 23 1 

Robert Owen is fireman in the electric-light plant in Jonesboro, 
Arkansas. 

(4) John E. Chaille was born October 23, 1847. He joined 
the union army at the outbreak of the war. He was taken 
prisoner, was exchanged, but while on his way home on a fur- 
lough he was taken sick and died in a hospital in 1864. 

(5) William Hickman Chaille was born in Paris, Kentucky, 
February 13, 1850; married to Carrie Kate Christman at Pa- 
ducah, Kentucky, April 19, 1871. Carrie Christman was born at 
Paducah, Kentucky, November 6, 1853. 

William Chaille moved to Texas with his family in 1879, and 
resided in Anderson county, Corsicana, Dallas and Abilene until 
January, 1895, when he moved to Florida. He and his son 
Josiah are now proprietors of "The Racket Store" in Miami, 
Florida. 

Children of William H. and Carrie (Christman) Chaille: 

a. Zulah, born March 2, 1872, in Tennessee; married Robert 
L. Harper. Lives in Miami, Florida. 

b. Josiah F.. born in Tennessee. August 6. 1874; married 
Minnie V. Hall, June 3, 1903. Lives in Miami, Florida. 

c. William H., born March 2^, 1876; died April 24, 1877. 
in Tennessee. 

d. J. Howard, born August 24, 1877, in Tennessee; died in 
Ocala, Florida, May 19, 1900. 

e. and /. Floyd and Loyd (twin boys), born in Anderson 
county, Texas, February 29, 1880. Live at Miami, Florida. 

(6) Joanna Chaille was born in Paris, Kentucky. June 2, 
1852; married December 5, 1867. to James Curtis, who died 
October 10. 1868. One child, Lillian Curtis, was born March 2, 
1869, and died November 15, 1893. 

Joanna (Chaille) Curtis married, second. January i, 1874, 
William Brown Warren, who was born April 11, 1850. in Hick- 
man county, Tennessee. Is now chief engineer on a St. Louis 
steamboat. Lives at Plant, Tennessee. 

Children : 

a. Mary Addie, born November 17, 1874; died December 5, 
1879. 



232 THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 

b. John Edward, born September 25. 1877; married Decem- 
ber 28, 1898, to Nannie Byrne. Is a railroad man. 

c. Paul Frederic, born May 19, 1881 ; married December 24, 
1903, to Myrtle Robinson. Is a farmer living in Hickman, Ken- 
tucky. 

d. Newton Homer, born December 8, 1883. 

e. Chris. Duncan, born December 22, 1886. 
/. Annie Gertrude, born June 29, 1889. 

g. Wyly Brown, born January 9, 1892; died November 27, 
1895. 



Newton W, Stribling 

Newton W. Stribling, son of Thomas and Sarah Stribling, was 
born in Jefferson county, Indiana, July 2, 181 7; married Decem- 
ber 2y, 1840, to Elizabeth Taulman, who was born in Hamilton 
county, Ohio, August 21, 1825. Newton Stribling died August 
2, 1844. There was one child, Margaret T., who was born 
October 2, 1843 > married December 14, 1862, to J. M. Gray, who 
was born January 18, 1836. J. M. and Margaret Gray had one 
child, Charles P. Gray, who was born July 10, 1865. 

Elizabeth (Taulman) Stribling was married the second time 
to James Losey. There were two children (twins), Sarah R. S. 
and William L. S. Losey, born June 16, 1850. 

Elizabeth Stribling Losey died March 11, 1853. 



7 
Amanda (Stribling) Rossen 

Amanda, daughter of Thomas and Sarah (Vawter) Stribling, 
was born July 16, 1819; married March 6, 1842, to John Rossen; 
died July 16, 1845. 

There were two children, John, who married, and Josephine, 
who married a Childers. 



t 



THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 233 

8 

Milton S. Stribling 

Milton S., son of Thomas and Sarah (Vawter) Stribhng, was 
born May 20, 1821 ; married Nancy Moncrief, December 24, 
1843; died March 10, 1863. No children. 



9 

Silas Stribling 

Silas, son of Thomas and Sarah (Vawter) Stribling, was born 
September 7, 1823; married Sarah A. Keith, December 28, 1845, 
in Paris Crossing, Indiana. He learned the tanning business, then 
for twenty years repaired watches and clocks, and for a while 
took pictures, keeping the farm going all the time. He wrote 
much poetry which was greatly appreciated by his friends and 
neighbors. His wife, Sarah Keith, was the daughter of James 
and Lucy Keith. The Keiths originally came from Carolina to 
Kentucky, and then James came to Indiana. 

Although they had no children of their own, Silas Stribling 
and his wife reared Lydia Congdon, Silas Congdon, Lottie Yau- 
ger. who married G. W. Dodd, and Floyd Hillerman, and they 
kept for several years, Roy Smith and James Keith. 

Silas Stribling and wife live at Paris Crossing, Indiana. 



10 
Uriah Stribling 

Uriah, son of Thomas and Sarah (Vawter) Stribling, was 
born April 19, 1825; married Hester Ann Cobb October 15. 
1845; cli^cl April, 1901. No children. Uriah and Hester Stribling 
reared two nieces, Hetty and Mattie Edwards. 

Uriah Stribling first went into the harness and saddle business 



234 THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 

in Paris Crossing, Indiana ; then married and went to North 
Madison. .He moved to Tennessee in 1853, but returned to Madi- 
son, Indiana, in about eight years. There, on the old homestead, 
he opened a nursery; then traded that for a foundry, in which 
business he continued for thirty years. His wife was the daughter 
of John and Maria Cobb. 

II 

Sarah (Stribling) Chaille 

Sarah, daughter of Thomas and Sarah (Vawter) StribHng. 
WIS born March 21, 1827; married January 23. 1848. to James 
N. Chaille, who was born in Kentucky, June 28. 1827, and died 
in Daviess county, Indiana, September 3, 1886. 

Sarah (Stribling) Chaille died October 18, 1880. 

Children of James N. and Sarah (Stribling) Chaille: 

( 1 ) Uriah Milton Chaille was born in Frankfort, Kentucky, 
December 19, 1848; married to Ella May Lambertson of Frank- 
lin, Indiana, December 22, 1874. Ella May Lambertson, the 
daup-hter of Colonel Samuel and Elizabeth Lambertson, was born 

o 

July 3, 1854. Her mother was a sister of the late General 
Thomas Jefferson Morgan. 

Uriah M. Chaille, after leaving college, was a teacher for some 
time. Has been in the newspaper business since 1881. Was for 
many years editor and owner of the Baptist Outlook, published 
in Indianapolis, Indiana. 

The children of Uriah M. and Ella L. Chaille : 

a. Emerson Wayland Chaille was born in Johnson county, 
Indiana, November 27, 1876. He is in business with the Stafford 
Engraving Co., of Indianapolis, Indiana. 

b. May Corinne Chaille was born January 11, 1886; died 
August 22, 1890. 

c. Harold Lambertson Chaille was born September 15, 1890. 

(2) Thomas D. Chaille, born in Frankfort, Kentucky, Feb- 
ruary 15, 1850; died November 28, 1850. 

(3) Jesse V. Chaille was born in Decatur county, Indiana, 
September 9, 1851 ; married to Alice Neal, August, 1879. They 



THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 235 

have five children : Grace, Ernest, Jessie Katrine, Raymond and 
Rnth Jane. 

Jesse V. Chaille has a flour mill at Otwell, Indiana. 

(4) Josiah M. Chaille, born November 20, 1854; died Jan- 
uary 28, 1855. 

(5) William T. Chaille, born November 19, 1856; died March 
5, 1865. 

(6) John C. Chaille, born in Jennings county, Indiana, Jan- 
uary 6, 1867. Is an attorney-at-la\v, with office at Otwell, In- 
diana, and doing business in Pike and adjoining counties. He 
was married June 6, 1892, to Mollie F. Absher, of Harrisonville, 
Missouri, who was bo'^n November 12, 1867. 

They have two children: Oren, born August 19, 1893, and 
Freda, born December 16, 1898. 

(7) Sarah Jane Chaille was born in Jennings county, Indiana, 
September 5, 1868; married to James Morgan, a theological 
seminary student in the University of Chicago, June, 1893. Mr. 
and Mrs. Morgan went as missionaries to India. Mr. Morgan 
died in April, 1895. Mrs. Morgan is now a missionary in Hen- 
zada, Burma, where she has been since October, 1898. 



12 

Infant son of Thomas and Sarah (Vawter) Stribling was born 
March 22, 1830; died the next day. 



i3 
Artemecia (Stribling) Wolf 

Artemecia, daughter of Thomas and Sarah (Vawter) Strib- 
ling, was born December 29, 1831 ; married June 17, 1849, ^0 
Michael Wolf; died in Paducah, Kentucky, March 21, 1901. 

Michael Wolf was born in Harrison county, West Virginia, 
September 25, 1827. He came to Indiana in March, 1849, and 
was married in that same year. With the exception of two years 



236 THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 

he was in the railroad service from 1850 to 1891. He was the 
oldest conductor in the state of Indiana when he retired in 1883. 
He afterwards took charge of the grading and construction of 
the Indianapolis and Vincennes Road and remained with this 
road until 1891. Died August 19, 1897. 

Children of Michael and Artemecia (Stribling) Wolf: 

(i) Elizabeth Wolf was born September 18, 1853; married 
September 8, 1867, to Milton H. Wooden, who was born at 
Madison, Indiana. Live at Madison, Indiana. 

Children : 

a. Minnie O., born June 4, 1868; Perry M., born December 
25, 1869; Fannie B., born December 8, 1871 ; William D., born 
May 2, 1874; Arthur E., born December 10, 1879; Walter B., 
born July 30, 1882. 

(2) Sarah Frances Wolf was born April 9, 1853, and died 
November 2"/, 1871. 

(3) Nancy Hester Wolf was born December 18, 1855; died 
April 15, 1857. 

(4) Thomas Elmer Wolf, born March 9, 1861 ; married to 
Lilly M. Harsh, December 29, 1891. No children. Thomas E. 
Wolf is a railroad man, living at Spencer, Indiana. 

(5) Walter M. Wolf was born August 3, 1863; married 
October 18, 1882, to Minnie Corner. Walter Wolf is a railroad 
man, living at Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. 

Children: Harry E., born December 21, 1887, and Martha 
E., born January 19, 1902. 



Children" 



I. Copeland m. 
Huldah Hall 



VII. 

JULIA (VAWTER) WISEs 

(Jesse-*, David3, John2, Johni) 

(1791-1834) 

m. 

MATTHEW WISE 

( 1 788-1874) 

Grandchildren' G. Grandchil- 
dren* 

' Carrie 

Frank, m. 
(i) Julia m. 

Orrin Marshall i l^o^^' d- s. 
Lnarles 



Infant, d. 

Virginia, m. 
B. T.Millican 



(2) Lucretia m. 
W.T. Hunter 



(3) Martha E. m. 
S. W. Storey 

(4) Edgar D., s. 



(5) Helen Ruth m. 
Sam'l E. Pal- 
mer 



(6) Virginia, d. 

(7) Florence ra. 
E. B. Tidd 

(8) MackB., s. 



(9) Sarah Belle ra. 
Jno. E. Martin 

(10) Jennie m. ist 
Charles E. 

Hunter 

2d 

Frederick 
Kingsley 



f James Vincent 
I Elizabeth, m. 
■\ Evans 
I Nannie, m. 
L Smith 



I 



Kate, m. 
Lincoln Dixon 



f Thomas 

Samuel E., d. 

Smith 

Wm. D. 

May 
^ Laura 



Gertrude, m. 

Chaffin 
Edith 

f David Alex. 
Esther Storey 
Lucy Neal 

^ Helen Ruth 



j Eva Jean 



G. G. Grandchil- 
dren* 



Frank 
Nellie 



Nadine 
Jean 
, Mary 



[' Esther Claire 
■{ Donald Storey 
^ Dorothy 



238 THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 

2. Elizabeth m. f ^'^ J^^^« 

Ephraim Rogers i ^^^ Matthew 
Others 



3. Mary m. 



( (i) Charles 

(2) Jasper 

(3) Edward 



Taulman Burns ^ ^^'> ^^''^ 

(5) Julia m. Smith 



(6) Ellen 
, (7) Susan 



4. Prudence, d. s. 



(i) Prudence, s. 
5. Patsy m. 



William Kessick < j3) Mollie, m 
(4) Julia, m. 



(2) Matthew, d. 
(5) Emma, m. 



VII 
JULIA (VAWTER) WISE 

Julia, daughter of Jesse and Elizabeth (Watts) Vawter, was 
born November 20, 1791; married February 16, 181 5, to Mat- 
thew Wise, who was born May 28, 1788, and died in 1874. Julia 
Wise died May 10, 1834. 

The children were : Copeland, Elizabeth, Mary, Prudence and 
Patsy. 

I 

Copeland Wise 

Copeland Wise, son of Matthew and Julia Wise, was born 
March 28, 181 6, in the vicinity of Madison, Indiana, where he 
was engaged for many years in the livery, ice and transfer busi- 
ness. He was married to Huldah Hall, who was born March 24, 
1 81 8. Copeland Wise died August 8, 1892. 

Children were Julia, Lucretia, Martha E., Edgar D., Helen 
Ruth, Virginia, Florence, Mack B., Belle and Jennie. 

( I ) Julia, daughter of Copeland and Huldah Wise, was born 
April 23, 1836; married June 25, 1857, to Orrin Marshall, who 
was born near Cincinnati, Ohio, February 21, 1827. They live 
near Madison, Indiana. 



THE VAVVTER FAMILY IN AMERICA f>39 

Children : 

a. Carrie, born March 25, 1858. 

b. Frank, son of Orrin and Juha Marshall, was born October 
9, 1859; married in Cincinnati, Ohio. His wife died August 29, 
1896. His two children. Frank, twelve years of age, and Nellie, 
aged eight, are living with their grandmother, Mrs. Marshall. 
Frank Marshall is boiler inspector for the Hartford Co., at Cin- 
cinnati. 

c. George Marshall was born February 13, 1862; died un- 
married October 11, 1887. 

d. Charles Marshall was born January 10, 1865. Lives with 
father. 

e. Infant Marshall, born and died in 1867. 

/. Virginia Marshall, born October 29, 1868; married B. T. 
Millican in Madison, Indiana. Mr. Millican is a printer by trade. 
Their children are Nadine, Jean and Mary. 

(2) Lucretia, daughter of Copeland and Huldah Wise, was 
born November 9, 1838; married to W. T. Hunter August 20, 
1868. Lives at 204 Woodbine avenue, Louisville, Kentucky. 

Children : James Vincent, Elizabeth Hunter Evans and Nan- 
nie Hunter Smith. 

(3) Martha E., daughter of Copeland and Huldah Wise, was 
born February 6, 1841 ; married May 20, i860, to S. W. Storey; 
died August 28, 1889. One child, Mrs. Kate Storey Dixon, lives 
at North Vernon, Indiana. (See record of S. William Storey.) 

(4) Edgar D. Wise, born April 3, 1843. Address unknown. 

(5) Helen Ruth, daughter of Copeland and Huldah Wise, 
was born in Madison, Indiana, November 7, 1845; married June 
4, 1872, in Louisville, Kentucky, to Samuel Elliott Palmer, who 
was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, June 23, 1843. Live in St. Paul, 
Minnesota. 

Children : 

a. Thomas Palmer, born February 24, 1873; died December 
14, 1890. 

b. Samuel E. Palmer, Jr., born November 30, 1875 ; died De- 
cember 2, 1877. 



240 THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 

c. Smith Palmer, born November 25, 1877. Lives in Fargo, 
North Dakota. 

d. WilHam D. Palmer, born January i, 1880. Lives in Den- 
ver, Colorado. 

e. May Palmer, born April i, 1882. 

/. Laura Palmer, born May 22, 1886. 

(6) Virginia, daughter of Copeland and Huldah Wise, was 
born October 3, 1848; died October 8, 1850. 

(7) Florence, daughter of Copeland and Huldah Wise, was 
born December 24, 1850; married E. B. Tidd January 8. 1874. 

Children are Gertrude Tidd Chaffin, Hotel Metropole, Chi- 
cago, and Edith Tidd of Detroit. Mr. and Mrs. Tidd live in 
Cleveland, Ohio. 

(8) Mack B., son of Copeland and Huldah Wise, was born 
February 7, 1853. Lives in Louisville, Kentucky. 

(9) Sarah Belle, daughter of Copeland and Huldah Wise, 
was born in Madison, Indiana, April 5, 1858; married in Horse- 
shoe, Colorado, September 7, 1881, to John Edwin Martin, who 
was born in Monroe county, Kentucky, January 12, 1848. They 
live at 239 West Ellsworth street, Denver, Colorado. 

Children : 

a. David Alexander Martin, born in Horseshoe, Colorado, 
December 22, 1882. 

b. Esther Storey Martin, born in Horseshoe, Colorado, May 
I, 1885. 

c. Lucy Neal Martin, born in Como, Colorado, September 21, 
1888. 

d. Helen Ruth Martin, born in Como, Colorado, December 
7. 1891. 

(10) Jennie, daughter of Copeland and Huldah Wise, was 
born March 17, i860; married to Charles E. Hunter October 28, 
1885. One child, Eva Jean Hunter, was born to them. 

Jennie Wise Hunter was married, second, to Frederick Kings- 
ley, February, 1902. Mr. and Mrs. Kingsley live in Cleveland, 
Ohio. 



THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 24I 



Elizabeth (Wise) Rogers 

Elizabeth, daughter of Matthew and JuHa (Vawter) Wise, 
was born September 15, 18 18; married Ephraim Rogers. They 
lived at Wirt, Indiana. 

A son, Jesse, hved in Covington, Kentucky, or Indianapohs, 
Indiana, but could not be found. A son, Matthew, was a fireman, 
and lived in Indianapolis, Indiana, but could not be found. 



Mary (Wise) Burns 

Mary, daughter of Matthew and Julia (Vawter) Wise, was 
born September 2, 1821 ; married Taulman Burns. Mack Burns, 
a son, did live in Covington, Kentucky, but could not be found. 
Mrs. Mary Burns did live with one of her children in Walnut 
Hills, Cincinnati, Ohio, but a letter sent to her there was returned. 
The names of her children were : Charles, died ; Jasper, Edward, 
who did live in Cincinnati ; Mack, Julia, who married a Smith ; 
Ellen and Susan. 

4 
Patsy (Wise) Kessick 

Patsy, daughter of Matthew and Julia (Vawter) Wise, was 
born January 17, 1824; married at Wirt, Indiana, to William 
Kessick. Their children were : Prudence, who lives near Madi- 
son, Indiana; Matthew, who died young; Mollie, Julia and 
Emma. 

5 

Prudence Wise 

Prudence, daughter of Matthew and Julia (Vawter) Wise, 
was born February 6, 1826; died unmarried July 17, 1892. 



VIII. 

ACHILLES VAWTER5 

(Jesse*, David^, John'^, Johni) 

(1794-1S63) 

m. 

MARTHA SMITH 
(179S- ) 



Children^ 



1. Julia m. 
Bramwell 

2. Wm. Jennings, 

d.s. 

3. Polly m. 
Thrallkill 

4. David m. 
Eliza M. Todd 



Grandchildren' 



G. Grandchil- 
dren* 



G. G. Grandchil- 
dren" 



5. Henry m. 
ist 
Jane Leach 



r Sev 



era) children 
(all dead) 



No children 

(i) Carrie m. 

James C. Nor- 
ris 

(i) Charles m. 
RosellaM.Mil- 
ligan 

(2) Martha 

Eleanor, d. 

(3) Frank ra. 
Sallie Kyle 



(4) Ida m. 

Willis Mitchel 



(5) Kathryn m. 
James Kyle 

(6) Wm. L. m. 
Anne Shepherd 

(7) Anna, d. 



( Mabel Vawter 

J Helen Louise 
Philip Endicott 
Frederick De Witt 



- Bertha M.,d. 



/ James 

\ Frank 

r Walter 

I Charles 

1 Hazel m. 
I Edward King 

I Marjorie 

I Ralph V. 



Elbert 



2d 

Mrs. Mary Nod- 
ler 



(8) Clyde 




THE V'AWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 



243 



6. James rn. 
1st 
Eliza Goodhue 

2d 



7. Catherine m. 
Hiram Read 



8. Jane, s. 



( (1) Lillian 
( (2) Edgar, 



. d. 
d. 



Nancy Johnson J 



(3) George m. 

(i) Pleasant, d. 

(2) Marcellus, d. 

(3) James m. 
Eliza Veasay 

(4) Samuel, d. 

(5) Achilles, d. 

(6) Fabricius m. 
Sallie Ander- 
son 

(7) Clark B. m. 

(8) Mattie, d. 

(9) William m. 
Lottie Doutch 



( Son 

[^ Daughte 



\'irginia m. 
Sherman Luken- 

bill 
(two boys) 



Edgar, d. 
Joseph 



Two sons 



{° 



ne child 



VIII 



ACHILLES VAWTER 



Achilles Vawter, son of Jesse and Elizabeth (Watts) Vawter, 
was born near Madison, Indiana, February 21, 1794. He was 
married August 14, 1814, to Martha Smith, who was born April 
13. 1798. 

Achilles Vaw^ter was tavern keeper and postmaster at Vernon. 
Indiana, and was also a Master Mason. 

The follow'ing notice appeared in the Vernon Banner of March 
2"/, 1862: 

"Died in Vernon, on the i8th instant. Hon. Achilles Vaw^ter. 
The deceased came to Vernon in the year 18 17, and has con- 
tributed largely to the improvement of our village and the pro- 
motion of religious and educational associations. The citizens of 
our county recognizing his merits have bestowed upon him many 
official trusts, and especially the important office of judge of the 
probate court, which he discharged with fidelity and approbation 
of the public. His illness and sufferings, although protracted, 



244 THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 

were sustained with patience and fortitude. His remains were 
followed to the grave by the members of the Masonic fraternity 
and other sympathizing friends." 

Children of Achilles and Martha (Smith) Vawter were: JuHa, 
William Jennings, Polly Ann, David, Henry L., James, Catherine 
and Jane. 



Julia (Vawter) Bramwell 

Julia, daughter of Achilles and Martha Vawter, was born 
February 4, 181 7; married a Bramwell, and died in Vernon, 
Indiana, leaving several children, who also died. Her husband 
went to Oregon. 



Polly (Vawter) Thrallkill 

Polly, daughter of Achilles and Martha (Smith) Vawter, was 
born January 22, 1819; married a Thrallkill. Both she and her 
husband died soon after their marriage and were buried at Ver- 
non. They left no children. 



William Jennings Vawter 

William Jennings, son of Achilles and Martha Vawter, was 
born November 3. 1820; died May 9, 1846. Unmarried. 



David Vawter 

David, son of Achilles and Martha (Smith) Vawter, was born 
in 1824; married in 1854 to Eliza M. Todd; died May 24, 1884. 
He was a merchant. 

One child, Carrie, was born in 1856; married in 1883 to James 
C. Norris, who was born in 1853. 



THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 245 

Children: Mabel Vawter, born January lo, 1884; Helen 
Louise, born January 8, 1889; Philip Endicott, born in 1894, 
died in 1894; Frederick DeWitt, born April 11, 1897. 

Mr. Norris is in the wholesale millinery business, and lives in 
Indianapolis, Indiana. 

David Yawter and family lived in Franklin, Indiana. The wife 
of David Vawter now lives with her daughter, Mrs. Norris. 

5 
Henry Vav^ter 

Henry, son of Achilles and Martha (Smith) Vawter, was born 
in Vernon, Indiana, August 22, 1826; married to Jane Leach 
April 17, 1848. 

Henry Vawter lived in Vernon all of his life except a few- 
months spent in Franklin. He was an express messenger for 
tW'enty-five years. Was city marshal at the time of his death. 
Was a great lover of children, and was esteemed by all. 

The children of Henry and Jane (Leach) Vawter w^ere: 
Charles, Eleanor, Frank, Ida, Kathryn, William and Anna. 

( 1 ) Charles H. Vawter was born February 28, 1849 ; married 
September 24, 1874, to Rosella M. Milligan. They had one child, 
Bertha M., who died wdien about a year old. Charles Vawter was 
telegraph operator and agent at Sumner, Illinois, and was killed 
on the railroad August 16, 1875. 

(2) Martha Eleanor Vawter was born May 21, 1852; died 
April 16, 1859. 

(3) Frank A. Vawter was born December 29, 1854; married 
to Sallie Kyle July 3, 1883; died June 10, 1889. He was a tele- 
graph operator at North Vernon, Indiana. 

The children of Frank A. and Sallie (Kyle) Vawter were: 
James, who was born June 3, 1884, and Frank, born September 
II, 1886. 

Sallie (Kyle) Vawter was married, second, to J. H. Davis, 
and is living in North Vernon, Indiana. 

{4) Ida M. Vawter was born December 8, 1857; married 
January 20, 1881, to Willis M. Mitchell, who was born Septem- 



246 THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 

ber 16, 1850, in Jefferson county, Indiana. Mr. Mitchell has been 
station baggage-master for the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad in 
North Vernon, Indiana, for the past eighteen years. 

The children of Willis M. and Ida Vawter Mitchell are: Wal- 
ter, born November 11, 1881 ; Charles, born August 23. 1883; 
Hazel May, born August 26, 1885, and Marjorie. born August 
30, 1900. 

Hazel May Mitchell was married April 6, 1904, to Edward 
King, who was born in Madison county, Indiana, August 23, 
1879. He is a glass worker by trade. 

(5) Kathryn Vawter was born March 10, 1862; married July 
28, 1888, to James Kyle, of North Vernon, Indiana. James Kyle 
is a railroad employe. They have one child, Ralph V., who was 
born August 30, 1890. 

(6) W^illiam L., son of Henry and Jane Vawter, was born 
July II, 1865; married January 14, 1888, to Anne E. Shepard, 
William is a train dispatcher, living in Osawatomie, Kansas. 
There is one child, Elbert, who was born November 28, 1888. 

(7) Anna Vawter, still-born, March 5. 1869. 

Jane (Leach) Vawter, wife of Henry, was born December 29, 
1829, in Pittsburg, and died May 5, 1872. 

Henry Vawter was married, second, September 12, 1876, to 
Mrs. Mary Nodler. There was one child, Clyde, who was born 
July 7, 1877. 

Henry Vawter died February 3, 1892. 

Mary Vawter, his wife, died January, 1898. 



6 

James Vawter 

James, son of Achilles and Martha ( Smith) Vawter, was born 
in Vernon, Indiana ; married, first, Eliza Goodhue. There were 
two children, Lillian and Edgar, both of whom are dead. 

James Vawter married, second, Nancy Johnson. They had 
one son, George, who did live in Kansas, and who had one son 
and one daughter. 



THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 247 



Catherine (Vawter) Read 

Catherine, daughter of AchiUes and Martha (Smith) Vawter, 
was born at Vernon, Indiana. November 17, 1828; married by 
WilHam T. Stott to Hiram Read, March 22, 1843, and died No- 
vember II, 1878. Hiram T. Read was a brother to James Read. 
He was born in Jennings county, Indiana, February 14, 1824; 
died April 20, 1900. 

Children : 

( 1 ) Pleasant Read, born August 29, 1845 - ^^^^ the same day. 

(2) Marcellus Read, born July 12, 1846; died July 25, 1846. 

(3) James H. Read was born July 24, 1847; married Eliza 
Veasay. They had one child, Virginia, who married Sherman 
Lukenbill and lived at New Albany, Indiana. 

Sherman and Virginia (Read) Lukenbill have two boys — one 
named Kenneth. 

(4) Samuel T. Read, born March 7, 1850; died October 18. 
1864. 

(5) Achilles V. Read, born January 3, 1853; died November 
23, 1864. 

(6) Fabricius M. Read was born November 13, 1854; mar- 
ried September 24, 1885, in New Albany, Indiana, to Sallie D. 
Anderson, by Rev. George W. Fansler. Sallie D. Anderson was 
born September 12, 1865, in Troy, Indiana. F. M. Read is a 
salesman, living at 143 1 South street, Lafayette, Indiana. 

The children of Fabricius and Sallie (Anderson) Read: Ed- 
gar Fabricius, born January 2, 1888; died May 13, 1889, and Jo- 
seph S. W., born March 28, 1891. 

(7) Clark B. Read has a former wife and two sons living 
somewhere in Indian Territory. Clark B. himself is married 
again and lives at 312 Elm street, Dallas, Texas. 

(8) Mattie Read was born August 6, 1859; died May 25, 
1881. 

(9) William Read married Lottie Doutch and has one child. 
Lives at East Las Vegas, New Mexico. 



IX. 



ANN (VAWTER) MONCRIEF 



Children* 



John» 
John' 
David^ 
Jesse* 

Ann Vawter^ 
(1797-1887) 
m. 

Abner Moncrief 
(1797-1873) 



2. Jesse, d. s. 



3. Julia m. 



Rossen 



4. William m. 
ist Cynthia 
Montgomery 



2d Rebecca 
Wilson 



5. Nancy Richie m. 
Caleb Amsden 



Grandchil- 
dren' 



G. Grandchil- 
dren" 



1, Elizabeth m. 
Morgan Heflin 



\ Lillie m. Kincart 

(i) Abner m. ■{ -^ ., 

^ ' ( Four others. 

(2) Julia Ann ra. f Scott 

ist Spriggs \ Riley 



2d Shawnacy 



(3) Wm. Jasper m. 



(4) Mary J., d. s. 

(5) Sarah E. m. 
Mullis 

(6) John Caleb 

(i) Richard, d. s. 
(2) Catherine m. 
ist Roberts 

2d 



Lilly 
Wilford 
■{ Effie 
Charles 
Jasper 



I Sev 



eral children- 



{ 



Two children 



f (i) Benjamin J. m. i No children 



[^ (2) Charles E. m. 

C (3) Annie Evelyn, 

( (4) Wm. Robert 

f (i) Sarah A. m. 

Walter Ritchie 




(2) Jesse V. m. 
Ida Thompson 



(3) William m. 
Sophie Dean 



Arthur 

Ruth 

Everett 

Charles 

Esther 

Mabel 

Fred 

Annie 

Robert 
I Nellie 

Charles 
I Baby 

r Hayworth 
J Daisy 
1 Agnes 
l^ Gertrude 



M 



THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 



249 



Ann Moncrief 

(Continued) ] 



5. Nancy Amsden 
( Contimied) 



6. Sarah m. 

Willis D. Ward ^ 



Agnes Wilbur, 

d. s. 

Mary Frances m. 
Robert Torbet 



Annie Maria m. 
Richard D. 
Kittle 



f Leila 
; Howard 
I Ruth 
I Baby 

f Eva, d. 

IraMontgom- ^ ^''''" 
ery I Carrie, d. 

L Mantie 



(4) Abner m. 
Josephine • 



(i) Emma m. 



(2) John m. fMaym. 

ist JosieWalk- ^ —Carnegie 
up Charles, d. 

I Everett, d. 



2d 



(3) Charles E. m. 
Clara B. Irwin 



i 



( A daughter, d. 
1^ Two sons 

f' Josephine E. 
Raymond L. 



(I) 



Grace Anna, m. 
ist Henry 

Hinchman 
2d Samuel 

Johnson 



No children 



Mary Ferris 
I Katherine A. 



Lucy 



IX 



ANN (VAWTER) MONCRIEF 

Ann Vawter, daughter of Jesse and Elizabeth (Watts) Vaw- 
ter, was born in Frankhn county, Kentucky, September 27, 1797; 
married January 27, 1820, to Abner Moncrief. and died April 8, 
1887, at the house of her daughter, Mrs. Amsden, in Jefferson 
county, Indiana. 

Abner Moncrief was born August 2:^, 1797. in Nicholas 
county, Kentucky, came to Jefferson county, Indiana, in 1808. 
Was a farmer. Was deacon of the Baptist Church at Wirt, In- 
diana, for many years. He died at Pressburg, Indiana. June 28, 

The children of Abner and Ann (Vawter) Moncrief were: 
Elizabeth, Jesse V., Julia. William, Nancy Richie. Sarah, Agnes 
Wilbur, Mary Frances and Ann Maria. 



250 THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 



Elizabeth (Moncrief) Heflin 

Elizabeth, daughter of Abner and Ann (Vawter) Moncrief, 
was born December 13, 1820; married April 17, 1838, to Morgan 
Heflin, and died near Wirt, Indiana, February 16, 1854. Morgan 
Heflin was born November 15, 181 5. 

Children of Morgan and Elizabeth (Moncrief) Heflin: 
(i) Abner Heflin, born June 11, 1839; died July 9, 1891. 
Five of Abner Heflin's children live at Strawn, Coffey county, 
Kansas. One child, Lillie Kincart, lives at Fairfield, Weigo 
county, Kansas. 

(2) Julia Ann Heflin was born July 19, 1841 ; married 

Spriggs and had two boys, Scott and Riley. 

Julia Spriggs married, second, Shawnacy and lived in 

Garnet, Kansas. She died there February 7, 1889. 

(3) William Jasper Heflin v/as born April 28, 1843, and died 
about 1892. Had five children — Lilly, Wilford, Effie, Charles 
and Jasper. 

(4) Mary Jane Heflin, born May 19, 1845; died December 
23, 1864. 

(5) Sarah E. Heflin, born May 16, 1850; married Mul- 

lis. Lives in Missouri, Alton county, Oregon. Has several 
children : 

(6) John Caleb Heflin was born May 7, 1852. Lives at 
Missouri, Alton county, Oregon. 

Morgan Heflin married, second, Jane . He died March 

23, 1896, near luka, Marion county, Illinois. His wife lives at 
luka. 



Jesse Moncrief 

Jesse, son of Abner and Ann (Vawter) Moncrief, was born 
February 21, 1823; died in December, 1824. 



THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 25 1 

3 

Julia (Moncrief) Rossen 

Julia, daughter of Abner and Ann Moncrief, was born January 
17, 1825 ; married a Rossen and had two children — Richard, who 
died unmarried, and Catherine, who married a Roberts the first 
time and had two children. Is married a second time. 

Julia (Moncrief) Rossen died March 20. 1864. 



William Moncrief 

William, son of Abner and Ann (Vawter) Moncrief, was born 
near Madison, Indiana, May 31, 1827; married Cynthia Mont- 
gomery, February 23, i860. William Moncrief was a farmer the 
greater part of his life. He died August 21, 1901. 

Cynthia Montgomery Moncrief was born February 23, i860, 
and died September 6, 1880. 

Children of William and Cynthia (Montgomery) Moncrief: 

( 1 ) Benjamin J. Moncrief is married and lives at Nevada, 
Missouri, R. F. D. No. 6. No children. 

(2) Charles E. Moncrief is married and has three children — 
Daisy, Earl and Ray. Address : Nevada, Missouri, R. F. D. 
No. 6. 

William Moncrief was married, second, to Rebecca Wilson, 
who was born in Garrettsville, Ohio. Their children : Annie 
Evelyn, born July 4, 1882; died July 14, 1883, and William 
Robert, born September 22, 1884. Nevada, Missouri, R. R. 
No. 6. 

5 
Nancy (Moncrief) Amsden 

Nancy Richie, daughter of Abner and Ann Moncrief, was born 
November 14, 1829, near Wirt, Indiana; married July i, 1852, 



252 THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 

to Caleb Amsden, who was born July 29, 18 16, in Madison 
county, New York. Live near Madison, Indiana, R. R. No. 5. 

Children : 

(i) Sarah A. Amsden, born May 16, 1853; married Walter 
Ritchie, who owns a saw mill near Madison, Indiana. Their chil- 
dren are Arthur, Ruth, Everett, Charles and Esther. 

(2) Jesse V. Amsden, born August 20, 1855; married Ida 
Thompson. Is a farmer, living near Rantoul, Illinois. Children : 
Mabel, Fred, Annie, Robert, Nellie, Charles and Baby. 

(3) William M. Amsden, born July 28, 1857: married Sophie 
Dean. Is a lawyer, living at Marion, Indiana. Children : Hay- 
worth, Daisy, who died, Agnes and Gertrude. 

(4) Abner Amsden was born February 28, 1859; married 

Josephine in Minnesota. Mail carrier on rural route, living 

at Rochester, Minnesota. Children : Leila, How^ard, Ruth and 
Baby. 

6 
Sarah (Moncrief) Ward 

Sarah, daughter of Abner and Ann Moncrief, was born in 
July, 1833, in Jefferson county, Indiana; married to Willis D. 
Ward at Wirt, Indiana, February 11, 1853, by Rev. Thomas Hill. 

Willis Ward was born in Hamilton county, Ohio, September 
2, 1831, and died at Madison, Indiana, May 12, 1891. 

The children of Willis D. and Sarah (Moncrief) Ward were 
Emma, John and Charles. 

( I ) Emma Ward was born at Neil's Creek, Indiana, Novem- 
ber 20, 1853: married at Wirt, Indiana, September 2, 1874, to 
Ira Montgomery by Rev. W. Y. Monroe. 

Ira Montgomery was born near Shelbyville, Indiana, January 
26, 1849. 

Children of Ira and Emma Montgomery : 

a. Eva, born September 9, 1875; died November 28, 1895. 

b. Alvin, born March 7, 1877. Is a bookkeeper in Madison, 
Indiana. 

c. Carrie, born May 13, 1879; died January 2, 1901. 

d. Mantie, born October 5, 1884. 



THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 253 

(2) John Ward was married to Josie Walkup. They lived 
at Gas City, Indiana, and had three children : May, who married 
a Carnegie and lives at 804 Wilson avenue, Chicago; Charlie, 
who died unmarried, and Everett, who died when a child. 

John Ward married second time and had three children. The 
oldest child, a daughter, died. Two boys, one about thirteen years 
old and one about three, are living. 

John Ward now lives in Chicago. 

(3) Charles E. Ward was born March 26, 1862, in Jefferson 
county, Indiana; married Clara B. Irwin, September 2, 1886. 
Clara B. Irwin was born September 26, 1868, in Clinton county, 
Indiana. 

Children : 

a. Josephine E. Ward, born March 16, 1887, in Clinton 
county, Indiana. 

b. Raymond L. Ward, born June 20, 1888, in Clinton county, 
Indiana. 

c. Mary Ferris Ward, born December 6, 1893, ^^ Marion 
county, Indiana. 

d. Katherine A. Ward, born August 5, 1900, in Marion 
county, Indiana. 

Charles E. Ward and family live at 2042 Highland place, 
Indianapolis, Indiana. 

7 
Agnes Moncrief 

Agnes Wilbur, daughter of Abner and Ann Moncrief was born 
July 22, 1835; died April 17, 1881. 

8 

Mary (Moncrief) Torbet 

Mary Frances, daughter of Abner and Ann Moncrief, was 
born November 14, 1837: married in 1866 to Robert Torbet, who 



254 THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 

was born April 24, 1831, and died June 8, 1893. They had one 
child, Grace Anna. 

Grace Anna was born in 1867; married May 27, 1886. to 
Henry Hinchman. They had one child, Lucy, who was born in 
1888. 

Henry Hinchman died May 6, 1892. 

Grace (Torbet) Hinchman married the second time on Janu- 
ary 7, 1900, to Samuel Johnson. She died July 28, 1902. 

Mrs. Mary Torbet and granddaughter live in Vernon, Indiana. 



9 
Annie (Moncrief) Kittle 

Annie Maria, daughter of Abner and Ann (Vawter) Mon- 
crief, was born May i, 1841 ; married in Madison, Indiana, July 
16, 1 871, to Richard D. Kittle, who was born December 5, 1837. 
Mr. and Mrs. Kittle lived six years in Iowa, then went to Barton 
county, Kansas, where they took a claim October i, 1877, and 
lived on the place until May i, 1904, when they moved to Hois- 
ington, Kansas. 



PHILEMON VAWTER 



CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN 



I. Richard m. Sarah Snelling 



II. Elliot m. Anna Gray 



III. Frances m William Vawter 



IV. Nancy m. Alexander Lewis 



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John' 

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Philemon Vawter'' J 

(1762-1814) 
m. 
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THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 



PHILEMON VAWTER 



Philemon Vawter, son of David and Mary (Riicker) Vawter, 
was born in Ciilpeper county, Virginia, October 16, 1762. His 
wife, Anna Vawter (her name being given in her father's old 
records as iVnne) , was born in Ciilpeper county, Virginia, No- 
vember 14, 1758. She was the daughter of Beverly Vawter, who 
was the brother of David. They were married about 1779. Soon 
after their marriage they crossed the mountains to what is now 
eastern Tennessee. In 1792 they emigrated to Kentucky and 
settled in Woodford county, near Versailles. Although they were 
brought up in the Episcopal Church they now united with the 
Baptist Church. In 1795 they moved to a new home on the bank 
of the Ohio river in Boone county, Kentucky. They afterwards 
moved from Boone county, Kentucky, to Trimble county, oppo- 
site Madison, Indiana. Philemon Vawter and family moved to 
Indiana in the year 1808, and entered or bought eighty acres of 
land where Spring Dale cemetery now is in Madison, Indiana. 
Philemon Vawter helped build the first house in Madison. His 
own house, which was a two-story log-house, was located about 
one mile back from the Ohio river. 

Philemon Vawter was a farmer, a chair-maker, a maker of 
spinning wheels and a Baptist minister. He died April 15, 1814, 
and was buried near Madison, Indiana, but the body was after- 
wards removed to the Vawter cemetery, near the home of 
William Vawter, about three miles from Vernon, Indiana. 

Anna Vawter, the wife of Philemon, lived with her daughter 
Frances for the greater part of her time after she gave up her 
home. Frances (Vawter) King, a granddaughter of Anna Vaw- 
ter, tells the following : 

"Grandmother lived with father and mother for a long time. 
Father had been promising grandmother to take her on a visit 
to Madison. I went with them. We went to visit at Mrs. Vail's. 
It happened during the first day that we were there, that grand- 
mother was left alone in the sitting-room. She started to go out 
of the room, made a m.istake, went out of the wrong door and 



THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 257 

fell into the cellar. She was found there a few minutes after- 
wards. At first she was thought to be dead, but was soon revived. 
No bones were broken, though she was badly bruised. She would 
have recovered entirely had it not been that, in her anxiety to 
wait upon herself, she arose from her bed and, in so doing, 
slipped, fell and broke her hip bone. From this injury she never 
recovered. 

''We stayed a number of weeks at Mrs. Vail's and were at 
great expense, as we paid Mrs. Vail twenty-five dollars per week. 
Grandmother was very anxious to be taken back home. I wrote 
to father, urging him to send Uncle John for us. Uncle John 
came, got a wagon, put springs in it and a bed on them, and 
grandmother on the bed. She was taken in this way to the train. 
Father was at Vernon with a wagon, the bed of which had been 
filled with switches to make it springy, and then a bed had been 
laid on top of that. Grandmother was not hurt at all by the 
move. She said she believed it did her good. Grandmother lay 
in this helpless condition for six years before her death. I took 
care of her during the most of that time. It seemed that no one 
else pleased her as well. I slept on a little bed by her side and 
awoke at her lightest whisper." 

Anna Vawter died July 21, 1845, and was buried in the Vaw- 
ter cemetery near North Vernon, Indiana. 

Children of Philemon and Anna Vawter were : Richard, El- 
liott, Frances, Jesse, Beverly, Lucy, Nancy, Elizabeth and David. 



I. 

RICHARD VAWTER5 

(Philemon^, David^, John^, Johni) 

(1780-1S47) 

m. 

SARAH SNELLING 

(1781-1851) 



Children* 

1. Jesse, d. 

2. Annie m. 
James Smith 

3. Nancy m. 
John Smith 

4. John S. m. 
Emily Cooprider 



Grandchildren' 



Two daughters 

Sarah Ann 
Melita Frances 

Esther Annie m. 
George Gregg 



George H., d. 
Richard Perry, d. 
Sarah Elizabeth, d. 



Amanda Frances 
m. 

Edward J. Hol- 
land 

Margaret M., d. 
Martin V. m. 
5. Elizabeth m. Marry Harris, d. 

Edward Harris 1 Rebecca Harris, d. 
Thomas Perry, d. 



Paulina Katherine 
m. 

Andrea Giovan- 
noli 



G. Grandchil- 
dren* 



G. G. Grandchil- 
dren^ 



*. ij 



f George Vawter, d. 
Naomi m. 
Martin Thompson 
James Madison 

Richard Lilly m. 
Emma J. Rogers 

Capitola Elizabeth 

m. 

L. C. Holland 
Kate m. 

B. F. Daniels 
James Edward, d. 

Roberta m. 
Braxton Beacham 

Daniel Christie, d. 
Benjamin Bowl- 
ing, d. 

Harry m. 
Carrie Kinnaird 

Mary Elizabeth m. 
Leonard Tingle 

Olive Margaret 
Annie Mosley 
Agnes Price, d. 
Louise Katherine 



Frank Vawter 



Francis Arthur 

Clara 

Roberta 



Norma 
Braxton B. 
Roberta 



Harry, d. 
Charles Leonard 
Robert Kinnaird 

Harry Giovannoli 
Leonard G. 
Elizabeth Vawter 



THE VAVVTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 



259 



5. Elizabeth Harris 
( Continued) 



6. Frances Alpha 

m. 
Joseph Mosley 

7. Melita m. 
Sanford McDan- 

iels 

8. Jannette, d. 



9. Amanda m. 
Geo. W. Vaughn 



Ellen, d. 
Edward, d. 
Charles, d. 
Mary Louise, d. 

Annie m. 
Daniel Sheehan 



Annie 



James 



10. Milton, d. 



2d 



Mary Elizabeth, d. 
Joseph Daniel 
Mary Frances m. 
Harry Albert 
Kendal 
John Edward 
Annie Agnes 
Eugene Andrew 
George Curry 
Martin Thomas, d. 



Amanda Frances | 



1st George Ack- 
man 



Richard m. 
ist Elizabeth 

Robertson 



2d Hannah 

Kipfer 



Anna, d. 



Shig I g.. 



Richard 
Katie 



Elizabeth m. 
James Eichel- 
berger 
Manles E. 
Allen K. 
Ollie M. 
George W. 
Roger F. 

Metta L. 
Raymond 
Stanley Edison 
Lesley Ellsworth 



RICHARD VAWTER 



Richard Vawter, son of Philemon and Anna Vawter, was 
born, probably, in Culpeper county, Virginia, September 19, 
1780. His parents came to Kentucky from what is now eastern 
Tennessee in 1792. They settled in Woodford county, near 
Versailles. 

Richard Vawter lived in Lexington, Kentucky. He \\'as a 
wheelwright, an elder in the Christian Church, a large land-owner 



26o 



THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 



and a public-spirited citizen. He was married July 25, 1802, to 
Sarah Snelling, of Fredericksburg, Virginia. Richard Vawter 
was thrown from his buggy by a frightened horse and fell over 
a ledge of rocks on Main street, Lexington, Kentucky, and died 
in 1847, ^ f^w days after his fall. 

Sarah Snelling Vawter was born June 22, 1781, and died about 
1 85 1. She belonged to the well-known Snelling family of Vir- 
ginia, her father and two brothers being in the Revolutionary 
War. 

A granddaughter of Richard Vawter, Miss Annie Mosley, who 
is now living in St. Louis, Missouri, said : "I remember hearing 
grandmother talk of grandfather having invented a machine for 
crushing rock for the turnpikes and what a great saving it would 
be. When it was brought before the public, however, it was 
thought it would throw many men out of work who made their 
living crushing rock, and so it was set aside. Grandfather was a 
dear old man. I could almost paint his picture from memory. 
One of Amanda's children and I lived with grandmother until 
her death, as we were both orphans. I remember grandmother 
telling me of a young daughter, not more than fifteen years of 
age, who had died. For many years grandmother didn't know 
where her son John was. He left home when very young. There 
were only two daughters living at the time of grandmother's 
death — Anne and Elizabeth. The old homestead was then broken 
up and the family Bible was taken by Anne to Laurenceburg, 
Kentucky. Grandmother's memory has been to me the sweetest 
thing in life. It is as dear as the day she left me." 

Richard Vawter at one time owned a large tract of land, a 
great deal of which was lost by payment of security debts. 

In the records of Fayette county, Kentucky, it appears that 
Richard Vawter, of Scott county, Kentucky, bought a lot in 
Lexington, Kentucky, on Water street, in 1814, another in 1820, 
and another in 182 1. 

It also appears that John B. Payne, as commissioner of 
Fayette county, sold a tract of land lying on Water street in 
Lexington, Kentucky, to settle the estate of Richard Vawter, in 
1858. 



THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 261 

The heirs of Richard Vawter, as shown by the above settle- 
ment, were Edward Harris and Elizabeth Harris, James Smith 
and Ann Smith, James McDaniel, John Smith and Sarah Smith, 
Esther Vawter, single ; Ann Mosley, granddaughter, and Richard 
and Fanny Vaughn, grandchildren. 

The last of the recorded transactions of Richard Vawter was 
in 1846. 

Children of Richard and Sarah (Snelling) Vawter: 

I 

Jesse Vawter 

Jesse, son of Richard and Sarah (Snelling) Vawter, was born 
May I, 1803, probably died in infancy. 



Anne (Vawter) Smith 

Anne, daughter of Richard and Sarah (Snelling) Vawter^ 
was born May i, 1804; married James Smith, a widower with 
two sons. She had two daughters. They lived in Laurenceburg, 
Kentucky. 

3 

Nancy (Vawter) Smith 

Nancy, daughter of Richard and Sarah (Snelling) Vawter, 
was born March 10, 1806; married May 18, 1826, to John Smith; 
died October 10, 1838. 

Children: Sarah Ann Smith, born May 12, 1827, Melita 
Frances Smith, born February 26, 1829. 

4 
John S. Vawter 

John S., son of Richard and Sarah (Snelling) Vawter, went 
away from home when very young. He was born in Lexington, 
Kentucky, May 24, 1808; married September 27, 1832, to Emily 
Cooprider, who was born November 14, 181 2, in Indiana. John 



262 THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 

S. Vawter was a Christian minister. He lived at Thorntown, 
Indiana, and also at Indianapolis. He died at Azalia, Bartholo- 
mew county, Indiana, of consumption, January 20, 1843. He 
left one child, Esther Annie. His wife afterwards married a 
Cope and lived near Madison, Indiana. 

(i) Esther Annie Vawter was born April 23, 1837; married 
May 24, i860, to George Gregg, an editor, who was born in 
May, 1838, and died suddenly in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1871. 
Mrs. Gregg lives in Danville, Indiana. 

Children : 

a. George Vawter Gregg, born May 21, 1861; died Septem- 
ber 12, 1878. 

h. Naomi Gregg, born June 7, 1863 ; married Martin Thomp- 
son and lives near Danville, Indiana. They have one child, Frank 
Vawter Thompson, who was born March 6, 1902. 

c. James Madison Gregg was born June 7, 1865. Lives in 
Danville, Indiana. 

5 
Elizabeth (Vawter) Harris 

Elizabeth, daughter of Richard and Sarah (Snelling) Vawter, 
was born September 10, 1810, married May i, 1828, to Edward 
Harris, a shoemaker, at Lexington, Kentucky. Elizabeth Har- 
ris died at Lexington, Kentucky, April 6, 1867. Edward Harris 
was born in New York state March 25, 1807; died at Danville, 
Kentucky, April 4, 1883. 

Children : 

(i) George H. Harris was born July 7, 1829; died July 7, 
1829. 

(2) Richard Perry Harris, born October 9, 1830; died Au- 
gust 25, 1832. 

(3) Sarah Elizabeth Harris, born July 3, 1833; died Octo- 
ber 14, 1837. 

(4) Amanda Frances Harris was born in Lexington, Ken- 
tucky, April 30, 1835; married April 30, 1857, to Edward J. 
Holland, who was born in Lexington, Kentucky, January 12, 
1835. E. J. Holland is a wagon-maker living in Orlando, Flor- 



THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 263 

ida. Amanda (Harris) Holland died in Orlando, Florida, 
March 30, 1891. 
Children : 

a. Richard Lilly Holland was born January 28, 1858; mar- 
ried May 21, 1887, to Emma J. Rogers. R. L. Holland is a 
carriage manufacturer living in Orlando, Florida. He has three 
children : Francis Arthur, Clara and Roberta. 

b. Capitola Elizabeth Holland was born March 9, i860; mar- 
ried her cousin, L. C. Holland, a wagon-maker. They live in 
Cartersburg, Illinois. 

c. Kate Holland was born August 11, 1863; married in 
1884 to B. F. Daniels, who died. Mrs. Daniels lives in St. Louis, 
Missouri. 

d. James Edward Holland was born May 17, 1865. He was 
a blacksmith, but is now dead. 

e. Roberta Holland was born January 25, 1867; married 
June 26, 1887, to Braxton Beacham. They have three children: 
Norma, Braxton B. and Roberta. They live in Orlando, Florida. 

/. Daniel Christie Holland was born December 26, 1872. 
He was a barber, but is now dead, 

g. Benjamin Bowling Holland was born January 26, 1874; 
dead. 

(5) Margaret M. Harris, born January 3, 1836; died March 
24, . 

(6) Martin V. Harris was born November 27, 1837. He 
was a soldier in the Union Army; was a prisoner at Anderson- 
ville. After the war he moved to Cass county, Illinois, where he 
married his cousin, Mary L. Harris, April 18, i860. He died 
at the Soldiers' Home in Quincy, Illinois, November i, 1898, 
leaving no children. 

(7) Rebecca Harris, born December 20, 1841 ; died June 
16, 1852. 

(8) Thomas Perry Harris, born May 19, 1843; died Feb- 
ruary 28, 1857. 

(9) Paulina Katherine Harris was born at Lexington, Ken- 
tucky, January 13, 1845, married June 22, 1865, at Lexington, 
Kentucky, to Andrea Giovannoli, a merchant, and died in Dan- 



264 THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 

ville, Kentucky, October 21, 1892. Andrea Giovannoli was born 
at Lucca, Italy, January 13, 1834; died April 16, 1893. He was 
a soldier under Garibaldi and was wounded at Solferino, 

Children : 

a. Harry Giovannoli was born at Lexington, Kentucky, April 
10, 1866; became a printer's apprentice at Danville, Kentucky, 
April I, 1878; was made local editor of the Tri-Weekly Kentucky 
Advocate, at Danville, in 1891, and in 1895 was employed as as- 
sociate editor and manager of the same newspaper, which posi- 
tion he held until April i, 1901, when he accepted the position of 
private secretary to the Hon. John W. Yerkes. Commissioner of 
Internal Revenue. Harry Giovannoli married October 5, 1898, 
Carrie Kinnaird, daughter of Rev. Robert H. and Mary (Mar- 
tin) Kinnaird. Rev. Robert H. Kinnaird was a minister of the 
Presbyterian Church, South, and was a son of Mr. James Kin- 
naird, a merchant, at Danville, Kentucky, who was a native of 
Scotland. Mary (Martin) Kinnaird was a daughter of Hon. 
Joshua Lanier Martin, Governor of Alabama. Carrie Kinnaird 
was born at Fort Smith, Arkansas, May 4, 1873. 

Children of Harry and Carrie (Kinnaird) Giovannoli: 

(a) Harry, born September 11, 1899; died December 12, 
1899. 

(b) Charles Leonard, born at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 
November 30, 190 1. 

(c) Robert Kinnaird, born at Washington, District of Co- 
lumbia, March 13, 1904. 

h. Mary Elizabeth Giovannoli was born at Lexington, Ken- 
tucky, May 7, 1868; married to Leonard Tingle, at Danville, 
Kentucky, November 11, 1891. Leonard Tingle, head clerk for 
J. D. Purcell, Lexington, Kentucky, was born at Lexington, 
March i, 1866, a son of William and Amanda Tingle, who were 
married May 12, 1853. The children of Leonard and Mary 
(Giovannoli) Tingle are : 

(a) Harry Giovannoli Tingle, born November 29, 1892, 

(b) Leonard G. Tingle, born August 28, 1896. 

(c) Elizabeth Vawter Tingle, born March 24, 1905. 

c. Olive Margaret Giovannoli, was born at Paris, Kentucky,. 



THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 265 

November 5, 1869. She is now assistant supervisor of Girls' 
Kentucky School for the Deaf, Danville, Kentucky. 

d. Annie Mosley Giovannoli was born at Lexington, Ken- 
tucky, July 12, 1 87 1. Employed at the Bureau of Engraving and 
Printing, Washington, District of Columbia. 

e. Agnes Price Giovannoli, born at Lexington, Kentucky, 
June 12, 1874; died November 21, 1874. 

/. Louise Katharine Giovannoli, born June 17, 1876, Lex- 
ington, Kentucky. Lives with her brother. 

(10) Ellen Harris, born May 11, 1847; ^^^^ March 9, 1852. 

(11) Edward Harris, Jr., born June 24, 1849; died July 27, 
1849. 

(12) Charles Harris, born September 10, 1850; died Sep- 
tember 10. 1850. 

(13) Mary Louise Harris, born June 20, 1852; died Sep- 
tember 14, 1854. 

(14) Annie Harris was born February 3, 1855, at Lexing- 
ton, Kentucky; married September 17, 1871, to Daniel Sheehan; 
died August 11, 1902, in Owingsville, Kentucky. 

Daniel Sheehan was born in County of Cork, Ireland, Septem- 
bei; 3, 1844; crossed the Atlantic when nine years old; began 
learning the saddle and harness business at twelve; owned a 
saddle and harness establishment in Danville, Kentucky; made a. 
saddle called the "Kentucky Spring Seat," which became well 
known in many states; lost his entire stock in a fire at Danville, 
Kentucky, about 1873; died in Owingsville, Kentucky, October 
16, 1904. 

Children of Daniel and Annie (Harris) Sheehan: "•: 

a. Mary Elizabeth Sheehan, born and died July 21, 1872, at 
Danville, Kentucky. 

h. Joseph Daniel Sheehan, born December 14, 1873, at Dan- 
ville, Kentucky. Is a paper-hanger and house and buggy painter. 
Lives at Owingsville, Kentucky. 

c. Mary Frances Sheehan, born December o. 1875, at Dan- 
ville, Kentucky; married February 21, 1900, to Harry Albert 
Kendall; divorced in 1902. Mrs. Kendall lives at Owingsville 
with her brothers. 



266 THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 

d. John Edward Sheehan, born May 15, 1878, at George- 
town, Kentucky. Is a printer living at Owingsville, Kentucky. 

e. Annie Agnes Sheehan, born April 21, 1881, at George- 
town, Kentucky. Lives at Owingsville, Kentucky, with brothers. 

/. Eugene Andrew Sheehan, born February 22, 1884, at 
Owingsville. Kentucky. 

g. George Curry Sheehan, born April 22, 1886, at Owings- 
ville, Kentucky. 

h. Martin Thomas Sheehan, born and died April 18, 1887, 
at Owingsville, Kentucky. 

6 

Frances (Vawter) Mosley 

Frances Alpha, daughter of Richard and Sarah (Snelling) 
Vawter, was born February 13, 1813; married October 30, 1831, 
to Joseph Mosley, of Manchester, England, a man much older 
than herself. She died August 16, 1835, leaving a daughter, 
Annie, who was born in April, 1833. After the death of her 
mother, the child lived with her grandparents, Richard and Sarah 
Vawter. Joseph Mosley went to South America and died there 
in 1845. Miss Annie Mosley was for many years supervisor of 
the female wards of the insane asylum at Lexington, Kentucky. 
She is now living in St. Louis, Missouri. 

7 
Melita (Vawter) Sanford 

Melita, daughter of Richard and Sarah (Snelling) Vawter, 
was born April 16, 1815; married August 2, 1832, to Sanford 
McDaniels; died in childbirth, April 25, 1844. Miss Mosley 
said : "I have often heard grandmother speak of her and what 
a beautiful woman she was. Her father named her for the island 
on which the Apostle Paul was cast. She lived next to grand- 
father's home. After her death her husband went to Illinois. 
She left one child, James." 

8 
Jannette Vawter 
Jannette, daughter of Richard and Sarah (Snelling) Vawter, 



THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 267 

was born June 13, 1818; probably died at about the age of 
fifteen years. 

.9 
Amanda (Vawter) Vaughn 

Amanda Vawter, daughter of Richard and Sarah (SnelHng) 
Vawter, was born in Lexington, Kentucky, August 8, 1820; mar- 
ried July 15, 1837, to George W. Vaughn; died October 25, 1842. 

Children : 

( 1 ) Amanda Frances Vaughn, after the death of her mother, 
lived with her grandparents, Richard and Sarah Vawter. She 
was married, first, to George Ackman, and had one child, Anna, 
who died. Amanda married, second, Mr. Shig, and had two 
children, Richard and Katie. 

(2) Richard Vawter Vaughn was born January 2, 1840; 
married, first, December 29, 1859, to Elizabeth Robertson. 

Children : 

a. Elizabeth, married James W. Eichelberger and lives in 
Covington, Kentucky. 

h. Manles E., lives in Covington, Kentucky. 

c. Allen K., lives in Covington, Kentucky. 

d. Ollie M., lives in Covington, Kentucky. 
c. George W.. lives in Newport, Kentucky. 
/. Roger F., lives in East St. Louis. 

Richard Vaughn married, second, August 8, 1893, Hannah 
Kipfer, who was born May 10, 1865. They live in Lexington, 
Kentucky. 

Children : 

a. Metta L., born June 9, 1894, in Louisville, Kentucky. 

h. Raymond, born April 20, 1898, at Portsmouth, Ohio. 

c. Stanley Edison, born May 12, 1901, at Lexington, Ken- 
tucky. 

d. Lesley Ellsworth, born October 16, 1904. 

10 

Milton Vawter 

Milton Vawter, son of Richard and Sarah (Snelling) Vaw- 
ter, was born April 20, 1822; probably died in infancy. 



11. 

ELLIOTT VAWTER5 

(Philemon'^, David ^, John 2, John^) 

(1782-1863) 

ANNA GRAY 

(1783-1856) 



Children'* 
I. Frances, d. s. 



Grandchildren^ 



, Presley Vawter 
ID. ist. Elenor 
Floyd 



2d. 

Margaret Mc- 
Adams 



(I) Elizabeth A. 
m. 
Jefferson Fruit 



(2) Nancy E. m. , 
Spencer Goodson 



(3) John E. m. 
Kittie Radway 

(4) Ophelia G. m. ( 
L Hunter ( 



James R. 



(5) Charles A. m. \ 
Eva G. Saylor j 

(6) Margaret Lu- [ 
ella m. Samuel •{ 

Welch I 



G. Grandchil- 

DREN» 



Mary Eleanor m. 
J. M. Doubt 

Nancy Emily m. 
Abram Isaacs 

Edmund Presley 
m. Sallie Mo- 
croft 

Logan Brown m. 
Jessie Morrison 

Walter Elliott m. 
Ellen Grossman 

Ellen m. 
Augustus Haw- 
ley 
Addie 
Alice 
Hattie 
Orson 
Thomas 
Harry 

No children 

OUieM. 
Mary E. 

Ethel 

Cornelius L. 
John Earl 

Frank J. 
Nellie F. 
Charles V. 
Margaret R. 



G. G. Grandchil- 
dren'' 



No children 

Thomas Edmond 
Alfred Abram 
Walter Fruit 

Rhoda Elizabeth 

Allen Jefferson 
Bessie 

Julian Elliott 



THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 



269 



3d. 

Sarah Hamil 
ton 



3. JephthaD.Vaw- 
ter m. 
ist. 

Sarah M. Fos- 
ter 



r (7) 
M 



Philips, m. { 

innieL.Bevans / 



Blanche B. 
George B. 



(8) Sarah Belle m. 
Robert H. Welch 



' Clarence V. 

Mary E. 
- Grace B. 

Robert G. 
, William O. 



(9) Presley G. m. 
Emily Gambill 

(10) William W., 
d. s. 



r (i) John Washing- 
ton m. 
ist. Louise 
Chestnut 



^ 



2d. I 

Martha Hess "j 



r Rufus L. 
Ruth E. 
Fern G. 
Fane F. 
Raymond G. 

Samuel Dudley m. 
Minnie Harris 

Wm. David m. 
Ivie McCullough 

Florence Maria m. 
William Routh 



- Eliza Jane 

r Jephtha Levi m. 
Edith Henning 



Fred Clay m. 
[ Annie Brigham 



3d. 
Ser 



Serepta Hamil- ) No child 
ton ( 



ran 



' BethenaEUen m. 
Joseph Robinson 

(2) Benjamin F. ra. Amy Catherine m. 
Mary E. Bright -{ Parker Perry 



(3) Mary Ann 

Elizabeth, d. s. 



r 



Charles Henry m. 
Katherine Ecker 



Olive lona m. 



No children 



Myrtle Lowell 
GoldieCall 

Evan V. 
Clifford 



Jessie 

Walter Fred 
Wayne 



(Arthur 
Earl 
Leonard 
Several others 

( Wayland 
1 Junia 

Laura 
Francis 
Helen 
Bertha 
L Baby 



(4) Henry Clay m. 
3t. Sarah La- 
vina Davies 



Clarence Smith 
Annie, d. 

. .. c t T r Clarence, d, 

1st. Sarah La- J ., 
.„„o r^o.„„„ ^ Lucy.d. 

Sarah Lavina 
Lewis Henry m. 
Ada E. Wilson 



2d. 

Lizzie R.Davis \ No children 



270 



THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 



(5) 



Lucinda Caro- 
line m. C. Wal- 
ter Hinman 



Jephtha D. 
Vawter 

( Continued) 



Henry Vawter 



Mary Ellen m. 
William Gillan 



(6) Louisa Ellen 
m. Jesse McColm 

(7)Nancy Tandy,d. 

(8) Martha Celestia 
m. ist. Alexan- 
der Waltmire 

2d. Richard 
Simpson 



(9) James Elliott 
m. Mary E. 
Huxtable 

(10) Sarah Jane, d.s. (^ 



Augusta Orissa m. 

James Gillan 
Nina Jane 
Eva May 
Richard Franklin 

m. Mary Leonard 



George Elmer 
Viola Olivia 



Ernest Everett ra. 

Dora Dazell 
Otis Vernon, d. 

Josephine Ellen 
Vernon Oak 

Anna Belle, d. 
Sarah Ellen m. 

F. A. Newman 
George William 
Leonard Franklin 
Stella May, d. 
Leslie Wayne 



Walter Leigh 
Nina May 
Charles Ross 
Mable Augusta 
Harry Laurence 
Laura Maud 
Lewis Elbert 
Ruth Caroline 
Richard Hugh 
Nellie Margaret 

Edna May 
Walter Hinman 
Margaret 



Infant, d. 
Harold Anson 



Nina Modised 

Jephtha Dudley, d. 
(II) ^Harriet E. m. ^ j^j^^ ^1^^^,^ 

I Elsie May 
(^ Carl Owen 
C Effie May m. 



Lewis A. Mead 



m. 2d. Louisa 
K. Miller 

4. Dudley Vawter, 
d.s. 



(12) Sabrina K. m. 
M. Franklin 
Stout 

(13) Wm. Jephtha 
m. ist. Lydia 
Yarrington 

2d. Mary E. 
Zane 

(14) Clarence 



i 



Lewis G. Stahl 
Herbert Oscar m. 

Katharine D. 

Roberts 
Laura Mabel 

Arlen O. 
Ice Reta, d. 

Alfred Z. 
Veva J. 



THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 



271 



5. Sabrina Vawter 
m. Lewis Tutt 



(1) Charles L., d., 
m. Mary Duke 

(2) George W., d. 

(3) John Presley, 

d., m. 
Mariah Donley 

(4) David Vawter, 

d. 



(5) James Elliott 
m. 

Margaret 
Powell 



(6) Sarah Cather- 
ine m. 
Wm. Henry 
Garden 



Alice, d. 
James, d. 
Myra, d. 

James Leonard m. 
Emily West 

Ben Floyd m. 
Florence West 

Annie Hope, d. 

Alice m. 
George Gish 



James Lewis m. 
Rebecca Guthrie 



Mary Ellen m. 
John Kirk 

John Henry m. 
Netta Binkley 



May m. 

ist. 

Samuel Henson 



Lawrence Wm. 



{ 



Laura Gish 
Jacob Gish 



f Corinne 
I Earl 
■{ Hansel 
I Hebren 
(^ Marguerite 



Gertrude 
Loto 
James 
Ruth 




2d. 

Watson Rice 



Ida EUonia m. 
Quint Conger 



Azilee m. 
George Watson 



Wille m. 
Jesse Binkley 

Rollie m. 
Sallie Brown 

Jesse m. 
Mary Hawkins 
^ Clarence Alpheus 



f William Henry 
I Ollie James 
H Crawford 
I Sarah 
L Allen 

Lena 
Guy 
Beulah 
Vera 

r Etwell 
I Vernon 
Sallie May 



I 

L George 



Virgil 
Harry 
Annie Ree 

Grace 
Lee 

Clara May 



I 



272 



THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 



Sabrina V. Tutt 
{Continued) 



(7) Henry Day m. 
Mary A. Wood 



f Lena S. 
Frank M. 
Carrie L. 
John L. 
Arthur C. 
George D. 
Otis Floyd 
Horace Russell 
Mamie A. 
Henry M. 



(8) Virginia m. 
ist. 
Andrew J. 

VVhitaker 

2d. 

William Stew- 
art 

(9) Mary Ellen, d., 
m. Hodge 

(10) Benjamin F. 
m. Farmer 



1 



Mary Whitaker m. 
Ford 



(11) Meredith D. 
m. Virg-Jnia E. < 
Wood 



(12) Wyatt, d. 

(13) Thomas, d. 

(14) Jephtha, d. 
(i5)Jephtha ) twins, 
(16) Jesse ) d. 



William Dudley 
Delia May 
Neppie Virginia 
Mary Alice 
Annie Azilee 
Tripsley Dudley 
Lorene 
Corene 



Birdie May, d. 

James E. m. 
Lockey Gambreal 

Ida Bell 
Robert L. 
Oscar Elliott 
Tommie Elizabeth 
m. Walter E. 
Maynor 
Benjamin Lee 
I John Henry 



Eugene Noval 



(i) Jephtha Burn- 
ley, d. 

(2) Henry Clay m. 
ist. 
Mary Brann 



6. Lucinda Vawter 
m, 
JohnW. Holmes 



2d. 

Nancy I.Jones 



Nancy C, d. 
Riley L., d. 



Mary L. m. 
Wm. L. Oliver 



i 



Martha F., d. 
John P. 

Ira E. m. 
Wayland Adams 



r Mabel 

Henry 

Adolphus 

Ira 
^ Wendell 



j Alton 



Mckindree 



THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 



VZ 



2d. 



6. Lucinda V. 
Holmes 
{Continued) 



Nancy Holmes 
(ContirMed) 



Lucinda, d. 
Henry C. m. 

Tassie B. Moore 
William E. 
Nellie I. 
Charles H. 



(3) John Elliott m. 
1st. 

Mary Pitman 
2d. 
Laura Hopkins 



3d. 

Margaret Alex- < 
ander 



4th. 

Mrs. E. J. Pur- 
year 



(4) Nancy Kather- 
ine m. 
ist. 

Wm. M. Mitch- 
ell 



2d. 

John M. 
Walker 



William H. m. 
Laura Jones 

Olivia M. m. 

Wm. Waggoner 
Lottie B. 
Lether C. 

Millie A. 
Mary L. 



James D. 



Henry P. m. 
1st. Sarah Ander- 
son 

2d. Mattie Ander- 
son 

Eddie Lee, d. 

Wm. Allie m. 
Lucille Wheat 



Mattie Lou m. 
Frank Luther 



Mollie Belle, d. 

Dommie Pearl m. 

Jack McAllister 

John Leroy, d. 

Myrtle Mckindree 
m. 
^ Wm. W. Freeman 



Albert Dudley 



Lance D. 

Mary Elizabeth 
Charles 



Wm. Mckindree 
Herbert Scott, d. 

Henry Hamilton 
Marie 
Robert Alton 

Nannie Aleen 
Myrtie May 
Lorine 
Minnie Lee 

Shirley 

Raymond 

Horace 

Mitchell 

Myrtie Bernice 

Anice 

Charley Lucille 

Gladys Love 
J Wm. Macon 
I Arnica Lee 
L Mattie Aleen 

( Willie Pipkin 
■J Thelma 



274 



THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 



Lucinda V. 
Holmes 
(Continued) 



(5) Presley Dud- 
ley m. 
Josephine 
Freeman 



John Gray Vaw- 
ter m. Eliza- 
beth Stewart 



Catherine E. 
Vawter m. 
Spottswood K. 
Smith 



(6) Lucinda C. m. 
James T. Amos 



(7) George W., d. 

(i) Cornelius L. 

(2) Jane, d. 

(3) Alexander 

Stewart, d. 

(4) Elliott Gray, d. 

(5) John Gray m. 
Mary L. Helper 



(6) 



William B., d. 
Lula E. m. 

W. J. Pritchard 
Henry B. 
Annie m. 

Samuel Redden 
Dudley 

Lula E. m. 

W. A. Barker 
Margaret B. m. 

VV. P. TuUis 

Eliza M. m. 

J. J. Greer 
William A. m. 

Clara Gallaher 
Perry H. 
Cora M. 
Lenna P. 



\ Elizi 
( Lilli 



zabeth Helper 
an Gray 



AnnaElizabeth 
m. Myron E. 
Barnes 



^ (7) Benjamin S. 

(i) Eliza B. m. 
JohnW. Hobson 

(2) Martha A. m. 
J.W.Williamson 

(3) John V. m. 
Catherine P. 

Oakes 



(4) Burnley Duke 
m. Moilie 

McLaughlin 

(5) Spottswood G. 
m. Beulah 

Belle Grant 

(6) L. E., d. s. 

(7) Moilie W. ra. 
R. H. Moody 



Kenneth B. 

Ladie Hobson 
Seven children 

No children 

Ada Burnley m. 

Wm. H. Sims 
George Keland 
Mattie Emmett 
Mary Catherine, d. 
Vivian Minor m. 

Alice Lane 
Richard Ricks 
Basil Duke, d. 

Mattie W. m. 

J.D. Clark 
James S. m. 

Edna Russell 
Moilie C. m. 
Annie Gray, d. 
Daniel C. 



Wm. Rudy 
Harry Lee, d. 

Jessie 
Freeman 



Leroy A. 
Lola B. 

Mildred J. 



Richard Raymond 
Hugh Graeme 



Elliott Minor 
Charles S. 
Son (unnamed) 



Annie Gray 



THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 



2/5 



9. Nancy Vawter 
m. James Gatlin 



(i) Virginia m. 
ist. 
Geo. V. Allen 



2d. 

J. West Jones 

(2) Sarah S. m. 
1st. 
Geo.W. Carrell 

2d. 

Chas. Amback 



(3) Kate L. m. 

H. T. Fitzhugh i Harry F 



(4) Nancy E. m. 
DwightR. Bat- 

tey 

(5) Sina E. m. 
Aaron Pickard 



Clarence H. 
Faye Pearl 
Mack A. 
Carrell C. 

Blanche A. in. 

Virgil L. Snyder 
Alvin G. 



( An 
( Gr: 



na Fern 
race Myrtle 



Ross 

(6) JephthaD. m. Lake E., d. 

MattieDunn i ^^^^""^ 
Faye 

Charles 



' Horace Dwight m. 
Margarette 
Caldwell 

Grace Margarette 
ro. 
Jacob N. Kanoff i 



Frank Gatlin m. 
Alice M. Bratton 

Charles J. m. 
Zella M. Newton 

Robert Rush m. 
Bertha Harvey 

Ralph J. m, Mae 
Marian Crafts 

. George V. 

I Harry A. 

Myrtle m. 

John C. Pierce 
Lake E. 
^ Genevieve Hope 

Roy W. m. 

Hattie South 
Edgar J. 
Gordon D. 



Gertrude Alice 

Eythel Fern 
Hazel Hester 
Geo. William 
Harold F. 
J. Wilson 
John Homer 

Myrtle Grace 
George William 
Frank Bratton 

Georgia Grace 



Grace Margarette 



{ Elin 
( Mari 



or Shirley 
arian 



Hallie 



( Waldo 
I Floyd! 



276 



THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 



9. Nancy (Vawter) 
Gatlin 

(Continued) 



f Ray R. 
(7) MargaretM.m. I James D. 
Morton R. Gib- ,| Fred A. 
bens Laura lone 

I Vawter Morton 



(8) Mary C. m. 
John A. Cole- 
man 



(9) Emma J. m. 
ist. Frank B. 
George 

2d. Everett 
De Garm 



•1 



Clayton Carrell m. 

Catherine L. 
Cross 
Dwight Leonidas, 

d. 
Shirley Vawter 

Ollie Vawter 
Max B. 



James Ralph 



II 



ELLIOTT VAWTER 

Elliott Vawter, son of Philemon and Anna Vawter, was born 
July 5, 1782; married October 11, 1804, to Anna Gray, who was 
born April 3, 1783, and died July 26, 1856. Elliott Vawter died 
March 28, 1863. He was a farmer and lived on Spring Creek, 
in Todd county, Kentucky. 

Children : Frances, Presley, Jephtha D., Dudley, Sabrina, Lu- 
cinda, John Gray, Catherine E. and Nancy. 



Frances Vawter. 

Frances, daughter of Elliott and Anna (Gray) Vawter, was 
born July 26, 1805 ; died young. 



Presley Vawter. 



Presley, son of Elliott and Anna (Gray) Vawter, was born 
June 21, 1807, in Gallatin county, Kentucky; married, first, in 



THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 2"]^ 

Todd county, Kentucky, October 4, 1831, to Elenor Floyd, who 
was born November 11, 1812, and died in Bond county, Illinois, 
June 5, 1844. 

Children : 

(i) Elizabeth A., daughter of Presley and Elenor (Floyd) 
Vawter, was born in Todd county, Kentucky, October 25, 1832; 
married December 21, 1853, to Jefferson Fruit, who was born 
near Edwardsville, Illinois, March 30, 1821, and died at his home 
at Fruit Station, Illinois, February 25, 1891. Elizabeth (Vaw- 
ter) Fruit died July 27, 1872. 

Children : 

a. Mary Eleanor Fruit was born November 30, 1854, near 
Edwardsville, Illinois, at Fruit Station; married August 17, 
1875, to Jefferson Michael Doubt, a farmer living near Have- 
lock, Nebraska. They have no children. 

h. Nancy Emily Fruit Avas born at Fruit Station, Illinois, 
March 29, 1856; married November 12, 1878, to Abram Isaacs, 
a farmer, who was born in Macoupin county, Illinois, October 4, 
1 85 1. They live near Gillespie, Illinois. 

Children : 

(a) Thomas Edmund Isaacs, born August 18, 1880. 

(b) Alfred Abram Isaacs, born April 22, 1884. 

(c) Walter Fruit Isaacs, born July 15, 1886. 

c. Edmund Presley Fruit was born at Fruit Station, Illinois, 
April 13, 1858; married November 15, 1880, to Sallie Mocroft, 
who was born in Henry county, Illinois, December 27, 1858. 
Edmund P. Fruit is a farmer living near Waverly, Nebraska. 

One child, Rhoda Elizabeth Fruit, was born December 19, 
1883. 

d. Logan Brown Fruit was born at Fruit Station, Illinois, 
March 29, i860; married April 4, 1888, to Jessie Morrison, who 
was born near Edwardsville, Illinois, March 18, 1858. Logan 
Fruit is a salesman in a grocery and lives in Decatur, Illinois. 

Children : 

(a) Allen Jefferson Fruit, born at Fruit Station January 22, 
1891. 

(b) Bessie Fruit, born at Fruit Station December 13, 1893. 



2/8 THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 

e. Walter Elliott Fruit was born at Fruit Station, Illinois, 
November 9, 1862; married June 28, 1893, to Ellen Elizabeth 
Grossman, of Edwardsville, Illinois. Walter E. Fruit is a phy- 
sician and surgeon, making a specialty of diseases of children. 
He lives at 4647 Indiana Avenue, Chicago, Illinois. One child, 
Julian Elliott, was born April 28, 1899, in Chicago. 

(2) Nancy E., daughter of Presley G. and Elenor (Floyd) 
Vawter, was born in Bond county, Illinois, April 11, 1834; mar- 
ried Spencer M. Goodson. They live on a farm near Greenville, 
Illinois. 

Children : Ellen, married Augustus Hawley, and lives near 
Greenville, Illinois; Addie, Alice, Hattie, Orson, Thomas and 
Harry, all of whom are married. 

(3) John E., son of Presley G. and Elenor (Floyd) Vawter, 
was born in Bond county, Illinois, February 19, 1838; married 
at Webb City, Missouri, June 26, 1882, to Kittie C Radway, who 
was born in Brooklyn, New York, June 22, i860; lives at San 
Francisco, California. He is a traveling salesman for the Ozo- 
moru Chemical Company of Omaha, Nebraska. 

Presley G. Vawter was married, second, to Margaret Y. Mc- 
Adams, April 11, 1849. Margaret (McAdams) Vawter was 
born March 8, 1818; died June 4, 1863, in Bond county, Illinois. 

Children of Presley G. and Margaret (McAdams) Vawter 
were Ophelia G., Charles A., and Margaret Luella. 

(i) Ophelia G., daughter of Presley G. and Margaret (Mc- 
Adams) Vawter, was born in Bond county, Illinois, December 
22, 1852; married September 4, 1873, to James R. Hunter, lives 
at Winfield, Kansas. 

Children : 

a. Ollie M. Hunter, born in Bond county, Illinois, June 13, 
1876. 

b. Mary E. Hunter, born in Crawford county, Kansas, April 
14, 1887. 

(2) Charles A., son of Presley G. and Margaret (McAdams) 
Vawter, was born in Bond county, Illinois, April 21, 1858; mar- 
ried to Eva G. Saylor at Newton, Kansas, July 8, 1886; acci- 
dentally killed at Denver, Colorado. Eva (Saylor) Vawter was 



THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 2/9 

born in Jackson, Ohio, May 23, 1863. She Hves in Denver, 
Colorado. 
Children : 

a. Ethel Vawter, born in Newton, Kansas, August i, 1887. 

b. Cornelius L. Vawter, born in Pueblo, Colorado, November 
19, 1892. 

c. John Earl Vawter, born in Denver, Colorado, April 7, 
1897. 

(3) Margaret Luella, daughter of Presley G. and Margaret 
(McAdams) Vawter, was born in Bond county, Illinois, June 
22, 1862; married near McCune, Kansas, September 16, 1886, 
to Samuel Welch ; lives at McCune, Kansas. Samuel Welch, son 
of Samuel and Mary M. Welch, was born in Plain view, Mac- 
coupin county, Illinois, February 10, 1856. Is engaged in the 
mercantile business. 

Children : 

a. Frank J. Welch, born in Crawford county, Kansas, No- 
vember 4, 1887. 

b. Nellie F. Welch, born in Cherokee county, Kansas, Feb- 
ruary 13, 1897. 

c. Charles V. Welch, born at Edna, Kansas, September 8, 
1901. 

d. Margaret R. Welch, born at McCune, Kansas, April 16, 
1904. 

Presley G. Vawter was married, third, to Sarah E. Hamilton. 
March 2, 1864. Sarah E. Hamilton was born October 14, 1831, 
in Tennessee; lives with her daughter in Edna, Kansas. 

Presley G. Vawter died of heart failure at his home near Mc- 
Cune, Kansas, January 28, 1889. 

Children of Presley G. and Sarah (Hamilton) Vawter were 
Philip S., Sarah Belle, Presley G. and William W. 

(i) Philip S., son of Presley G. and Sarah (Hamilton) 
Vawter, was born in Bond county, Illinois, November 3, 1865 : 
married at McCune, Kansas, November 12, 1893. to Minrtie 
L. Bevans, who was born at Marietta, Fulton county, Illinois. 

Philip S. Vawter is engaged in the furniture and undertaking 
business. 



28o THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 

Children : 

a. Blanche B. Vawter, born at McCune, Kansas, August i, 
1895. 

b. George B. Vawter, born at McCune, Kansas, December 
30, 19CX). 

(2) Sarah Belle, daughter of Presley G. and Sarah (Hamil- 
ton) Vawter, was born in Bond county, Illinois, January 2, 
1869; married June 3, 1891, at McCune, Kansas, to Robert H. 
Welch; lives at Edna, Kansas. 

Robert H. Welch is in the furniture and undertaking business. 
Children : 

a. Clarence V. Welch, born at McCune, Kansas, April 30, 
1892. 

h. Mary E. Welch, born at McCune, Kansas, July 6, 1894. 

c. Grace B. Welch, born at McCune, Kansas, November 10, 
1896. 

(I. Robert G. Welch, born at Edna, Kansas, April 23, 1900. 
e. William O. Welch, born at Edna, Kansas, April 6, 1904. 

(3) Presley G., son of Presley G. and Sarah (Hamilton) 
Vawter, was born in Bond county, Illinois, June 7, 1870; married 
Emily V. Gambill, March 14, 1894; lives on a farm near McCune, 
Kansas. His wife was born in Robinson county, Tennessee, Jan- 
uary 6, 1873. 

Children : 

a. Rufus L. Vawter, born near McCune, Kansas, February 
II, 1895. 

b. Ruth E. Vawter, born near McCune, Kansas, April i, 
1896. 

c. Fern G. Vawter, born near McCune, Kansas, February 2, 
1898. 

d. Fane F. Vawter, born near McCune, Kansas, September 
13, 1900. 

c. Raymond G. Vawter, born near McCune, Kansas, Octo- 
ber 9, 1903. 

(4) William W., son of Presley G. and Sarah (Hamilton) 
Vawter, was born in Bond county, Illinois, July 4, 1875; died 
in McCune, Kansas, November 26, 1891. 



THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 281 



Jephtha D. Vawter 

Jephtha D., son of Elliott and Anna (Gray) Vawter, was born 
July 18, 1809, in Todd county, Kentucky, and lived there until 
1846 or 1847, when he moved to Tazewell county, Illinois, on a 
farm in the Mackanaw valley. He remained there until the 
spring of 1868, when he moved to Shawnee county, Kansas, and 
settled on Wakarusa Creek, where he engaged in farming and 
stock raising until 1892. He then retired from business and 
moved to Topeka, Kansas, where he died October 13, 1894. At 
his death Jephtha Vawter gave to each of his eleven children three 
hundred acres of land or the equivalent thereof. He was kind 
to the poor and always helpful where there were energy and need. 

Jephtha Vawter was married, first, June 14, 1832, to Sarah 
Modised Foster, daughter of John and Elizabeth Foster, who 
was born June 9, 181 5, and died December 18, 1883. The chil- 
dren of Jephtha and Sarah (Foster) Vawter were John Washing- 
ton, Benjamin F., Mary Ann, Henry Clay, Lucinda Caroline, 
Louise Ellen, Nancy Tandy, Martha Celestia, James Elliott, 
Sarah Jane, Harriet Elizabeth, Sabrina Katherine and William 
Jephtha. 

Jephtha Vawter was married, second, July 25, 1884, to Louisa 
K. Miller, daughter of Gilbert and Rebecca Miller, wdio was born 
December 13, 1850, at Absecon, New Jersey. They had one 
child, Clarence Dudley, who was born September 30, 1885. 
The widow of Jephtha Vawter has since married a Mr. Mills, 
and is now living in Manhattan, Kansas, where her son is at- 
tending college. Their home is in Topeka, Kansas. 

Children of Jephtha and Sarah (Foster) Vawter: 

(i) John Washington Vawter, son of Jephtha D. and Sarah 
(Foster) Vawter, was born July 5, 1833; married, first, Decem- 
ber 31, 1857, to Louisa Chestnut, who was born February 7, 
1834, and died February 18, 1867. Their children were Samuel 
Dudley, William David, Florence Maria and Eliza Jane. 



282 THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 

John Washington Vawter was married, second, March 19, 
1868, to Martha Ellen Hess, who died September 30, 1873. Their 
children were Jephtha Levi, Fred Clay. 

John Washington Vawter was married, third, February 21, 
1876, to Sarepta Hamilton. No children. Mr. Vawter is a re- 
tired farmer, living in Ulysses, Nebraska. 

Children : 

a. Samuel Dudley, son of John Washington and Louisa 
(Chestnut) Vawter, was born November 7, 1858. He gradu- 
ated at Eureka College in the class of '85 and for about seven 
years served as pastor in the Christian Church. During the 
sessions of 1892- 1894 he taught mathematics in the Christian 
University at Canton, Missouri, and for two years thereafter in 
Eureka College, Eureka, Illinois. On account of poor health he 
retired to a farm, where he now lives at Saunemin, Illinois, and 
preaches occasionally. 

Samuel D. Vawter was married January 27, 1887, to Minnie 
M. Harris, who was born on the farm where they now live. They 
have no children. 

h. William David, son of John W. and Louisa (Chestnut) 
Vawter, was born in Tazewell county, Illinois, January 17, 1862 ; 
married September i, 1883, to Ivie K. McCullough, who was 
born in McLean county, Illinois, April 6, 1865. David Vawter 
is employed in the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe shops in To- 
peka, Kansas, as car repairer. 

Children of William David and Ivie (McCullough) Vawter: 

(a) Myrtle Lowell, born February 2y, 1887. 

(b) Goldie Call, born August 22, 1890. 

c. Florence Maria, daughter of John W. and Louisa (Chest- 
nut) Vawter, was born near Tremont, Illinois, April 5, 1864; 
married January 2, 1894, to William Routh, a farmer, who was 
born in Warren county, Illinois, March 26, 1861. They live in 
Ulysses, Nebraska. 

Children : 

(a) Evan V. Routh, born August 31, 1902. 

(b) Clifford Routh, born November 6, 1904. 

d. Eliza Jane, daughter of John W. and Louisa (Chestnut) 



THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 283 

Vawter, was born January i6. 1867. Is a nurse in the Clarkson 
Hospital, Omaha. Nebraska. 

e. Jephtha Levi, son of John W. and Martha (Hess) Vawter, 
was born December 16. 1869; married February 25, 1892. to 
Edith Henning, who was born December 8, 1870, in Yates town- 
ship, McLean county. Ilhnois. J. L. Vawter is a farmer, living 
near Lexington. Illinois. 

Children : 

(a) Jessie Vawter. born April 25, 1893, in Yates township, 
McLean count}^, Illinois. 

/. Fred Clay, son of John W. and Martha (Hess) Vawter, 
was born March 22. 1872; married Annie Brigham ; is a farmer 
living near Ulysses, Nebraska. 

Children : Walter Fred and Wayne. 

(2) Benjamin Franklin Vawter, son of Jephtha D. and 
Sarah (Foster) Vawter, was born February 10, 1835; married 
September 29, 1856, to Mary E. Bright. Is a retired farmer liv- 
ing in Wakarusa, Kansas. 

Children : 

a. Bethena Ellen, daughter of Benjamin and Mary (Bright) 
Vawter, v.-as born December 16, 1857; married Joseph Robinson, 
Auburn, Kansas. 

Children : Arthur, Earl. Leonard and several others. 

h. Amy Catherine, daughter of Benjamin and Mary 
(Bright) Vawter, was born August 15, 1859; married Parker 
Perry, a farmer and stock trader of Wakarusa, Kansas. 

Children : Wayland and Junia. 

c. Charles Henry, son of Benjamin F. and ]\Iary (Bright) 
Vawter, born October 28, 1861 ; married Katherine Ecker, 
Wakarusa, Kansas. Farmer. 

Children : Laura, Francis, Helen, Bertha and baby. 

(3) Mary Ann Elizabeth, daughter of Jephtha D. and Sarah 
(Foster) Vawter, was born May 13, 1836; died September 5, 

185 1. 

(4) Henry Clay Vawter, son of Jephtha D. and Sarah (Fos- 
ter) Vawter, was born in Todd county, Kentucky, April 4, 1838; 
married in Tazewell county, Illinois, September 7, 1865, to Sarah 



284 THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 

Lavina Davies, who was born November 20, 1840, in Tazewell 
county. Illinois, and died November 27, 1885. 

Children : 

o. Olive lona, daughter of Henry Clay and Sarah L. Vawter, 
was born June 30, 1866 ; married November 24, 1887, to Clarence 
Smith, a farmer and stock trader. 

b. Annie, daughter of Henry C. and Sarah (Davies) Vaw- 
ter, born February 5, 1868; died August 16, 1868. 

c. Clarence, son of Henry C. and Sarah (Davies) Vawter, 
born July 8, 1869; died August 5, 1870. 

d. Lucy, daughter of Henry C. and Sarah (Davies) Vawter, 
born July 16, 1871 ; died July 29, 1871. 

e. Sarah Lavina, daughter of Henry C. and Sarah (Davies) 
Vawter, was born September 29. 1875. 

/. Lewis Henry, son of Henry C. and Sarah (Davies) Vaw- 
ter, was born October 12, 1877; married November 18, 1903, to 
Ada Elizabeth Wilson. Lewis H. Vawter is a farmer. 

Henry Clay Vawter married, second, Lizzie R. Davis, on 
September 7, 1887. Lizzie (Davis) Vawter died August 22, 

1897. 

Henry C. Vawter is a farmer, living in Tremont, Illinois. 

(5) Lucinda Caroline Vawter, daughter of Jephtha D. and 
Sarah (Foster) Vawter, was born May 17, 1839; married Febru- 
ary 29, i860, to Charles Walter Hinman. a farmer, who was 
born August 18, 1829, and died May 5, 1899. 

Children : 

a. Henry Vawter Hinman, born December 9, i860; died 
June 4, 1 87 1. 

b. Mary Ellen Hinman. born January 25, 1863; married to 
William Gillan, February i, 1882. They have ten children; 
Walter Leigh. Nina May. Charles Ross, Mabel Augusta, Harry 
Laurence, Laura Maud, Lewis Elbert, Ruth Caroline, Richard 
Hugh and Nellie Margaret. 

William Gillan is a farmer, living in Mackinaw. Illinois. 

c. Augusta Orissa Hinman was born February 13, 1866; 
married to James Gillan, February 21, 1894. Children: Edna 



THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 285 

May, born January 24, 1896; Walter Hinman, born July 25, 
1900; Margaret, born October 7. 1903. 

James Gillan is a drayman of Mackinaw, Illinois. 

d. Nina Jane Hinman, born February 15, 1869; died August 
21, 1877. 

c. Eva May Hinman, born June 10, 187 1. Is a teacher of 
languages in the college in Bluff ton, Ohio. 

/. Richard Franklin Hinman, born November 10, 1874; mar- 
ried September 26, 1899, to Mary Leonard, youngest daughter 
of Thomas and Elizabeth Leonard. Is a lawyer of Tremont, Illi- 
nois. 

Mrs. L. C. Hinman lives in Mackinaw, Tazewell county, Illi- 
nois. 

(6) Louisa Ellen, daughter of Jephtha D. and Sarah (Foster) 
Vawter, was born December 19, 1840; married to W. Jesse Mc- 
Colm, August 16, 1 87 1. Mr. McColm is a farmer, living in 
Bucklin. Ford county, Kansas. 

Children : 

a. George Elmer McColm, born October 19, 1872. 

b. Viola Olivia McColm, born March 23, 1875. 

(7) Nancy Tandy, daughter of Jephtha D. and Sarah (Fos- 
ter) Vawter, was born March 10, 1843 ; died October i, 1846. 

(8) Martha Celestia Vawter, daughter of Jephtha D. and 
Sarah (Foster) Vawter, was born in Todd county, Kentucky, 
October 10, 1844; married December 26, 1869, to Alexander 
Waltmire at Waveland, Shawnee county, Kansas, by Rev. A. J. 
Hopkins. Alexander Waltmire was born near Antioch, Taze- 
well county, Illinois, and died October 21, 1873. 

Children : 

a. Ernest Everett Waltmire, born February 16, 1871, at 
Waveland, Illinois; married April 18, 1901, to Dora Dazell. 
They live in Kansas City. No children. 

h. Otis Vernon Waltmire, born February 25, 1873, near 
Auburn, Shawnee county, Kansas; died February 15, 1880, near 
Tremont, Tazew^ell county, Illinois. 

Martha (Vawter) Waltmire w^as married, second, to Richard 
J. Simpson at Waveland, Shawnee county, Kansas, March 28, 



286 



THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 



1 88 1, by Rev. George Frank Walker. Richard J. Simpson was 
born November 26, 1839, in Kent county, Delaware. He was a 
soldier in the Civil War, receiving three honorable discharges. 
He was enrolled November 22, 1862, to serve nine months in 
Company H, Sixth Regiment, Delaware Volunteer Infantry ; en- 
rolled second, July 13, 1864, to serve thirty days in Company I, 
Seventh Regiment, Delaware Infantry; enrolled third, in Com- 
pany E, Ninth Regiment, Delaware Infantry, September 7, 1864, 
to serve one hundred days. He has never asked for nor wanted a 
pension. Is a farmer, living near Carbondale, Missouri. 
Children : 

a. Josephine Ellen Simpson, born in Fountain, Osage county, 
Kansas, January 9, 1882. 

b. Vernon Oak Simpson, born in Fountain, Kansas, Decem- 
ber 19, 1885. 

(9) James Elliott, son of Jephtha D. and Sarah (Foster) 
Vawter, was born in Todd county, February 21, 1847; married 
February 17, 1874, at Tremont, Illinois, to Mary E. Huxtable, 
who was born at Deer Creek, Illinois, February 26, 1855. 

James E. Vawter died at Fountain, Kansas, June 6, 1899. 

Children : 

a. Anna Belle, daughter of James E. and Mary (Huxtable) 
Vawter, was born June 28, 1879; died September 28, 1879. 

b. Sarah Ellen, daughter of James E. and Mary (Huxtable) 
Vawter, was born March 11, 1881 ; married August 16, 1899, to 
F. A. Newman in Topeka, Kansas. Children : An infant, bom 
August 15, 1900; died September 7, 1900, and Harold Anson 
Newman, who was born September 19, 1901. 

c. George William, son of James E. and Mary (Huxtable) 
Vawter, was born October 21, 1885. 

d. Leonard Franklin, son of James E. and Mary (Huxtable) 
Vawter, was born December 31, 1889. 

e. Stella May, daughter of James E. and Mary (Huxtable) 
Vawter, was born June 16, 1887; died November i, 1890. 

/. Leslie Wayne, son of James E. and Mary (Huxtable) 
Vawter, was born August 4, 1894. 

Mrs. Mary Vawter and family live near Carbondale, Kansas. 



THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 287 

( 10) Sarah Jane, daughter of Jephtha D. and Sarah (Foster) 
Vawter, born August 15, 1849; died March 11, 1865. 

(11) Harriet Ehzabeth, daughter of Jephtha D. and Sarah 
(Foster) Vawter, was born near Tremont, Ilhnois, July 20, 
185 1 ; married June 14, 1881, to Lewis A. Mead, who was born 
March 4, 185 1, in Ithaca, New York. 

Children of Lewis A. and Harriet (Vawter) Mead: 

a. Nina Modised Mead, born April 18, 1882. 

b. Jephtha Dudley Mead, born January 25, 1888; died April 
2, 1888. 

c. Mina Myrtle Mead, born May 15, 1889. 

d. Elsie May Alead, born October 29, 1890. 

e. Carl Owen Mead, born June 16, 1894. 

The two eldest children were born in Waveland, Shawnee 
county, Kansas. The others were born in Osage county, in a 
section of country known as Fountain Ridge. The postoffice 
was kept at a farm house and was known as Fountain Postoffice. 
The office is now changed to Carbondale, Kansas, Rural Route 
No. I, which is the address of Mr. and Mrs. Mead and their 
children. 

(12) Sabrina Katherine, daughter of Jephtha D. and Sarah 
(Foster) Vawter, was born April 8, 1855; married October 7, 
1873, to M. Franklin Stout, a farmer of Wakarusa, Kansas. 

Children of M. Franklin and Sabrina (Vawter) Stout: 

a. Effie May Stout, born January 18, 1878; married October 
29, 1902, to Lewis G. Stahl, who was born June 16, 1876. Lewis 
G. Stahl is manager of the Jonathan Thomas Lumber Company 
at Wakarusa, Kansas. 

b. Herbert Oscar Stout, born May 12, 1880; married Janu- 
ary 23, 1900, to Katherine D. Roberts, who was born November 
18, 1879. Herbert Stout is a farmer, 

c. Laura Mabel Stout, born April 20, 1883. 

( 13) William Jephtha, son of Jephtha D. and Sarah (Foster) 
Vawter, was born near Tremont, Tazewell county, Illinois, Sep- 
tember 15, 1858. He lived there until about ten years of age, 
when his father moved to Shawnee county, Kansas, in the spring 
of 1868, buying a farm on Wakarusa Creek. He has lived the 



288 THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 

greater part of his life on a farm, but is at present engaged as 
a carpenter in Topeka, Kansas, in order to give his children the 
advantage of the Topeka schools. 

William Jephtha Vawter was married first on December 22, 
1882, to Lydia Yarrington, who was born March 17, 1862, in 
Shawnee county, Kansas, near Wakarusa Station. She died at 
Lamy Junction, New Mexico, December 13, 1886. 

Children of William Jephtha and Lydia (Yarrington) Vawter 
\vere : 

a. Arlen O. Vawter, born March 29, 1883. Lives in Wyo- 
ming. 

h. Ice Reta Vawter, born February 6, 1885 ; died October 15, 

1885. 

William Jephtha Vawter married, second, on March 12, 1889, 
Mary E. Zane, who was born May 29, 1858, at Farmersburg, 
Sullivan county, Indiana. 

Children of William Jephtha and Mary (Zane) Vawter: 

a. Alfred Z. Vawter, born September 23, 1892. 

h. Veva J. Vawter, born October 18, 1894. 

4 
Dudley Vawter- 

Dudley, son of Elliott and Anna (Gray) Vawter, was born 
May 18, 181 2; died young. 

5 
Sabrina (Vawter) Tutt 

Sabrina Vawter, daughter of Elliott and Anna (Gray) 
Vawter, was born in Todd county, Kentucky, January 9, 181 5; 
married in June, 1830, to Lewis Tutt, who was born in Halifax, 
Virginia, in 1804, and died March 4, 1874. Sabrina (Vawter) 
Tutt died August 18, 1 88 1. ' ,^ 

Children: ^yx^^ --^ ..aa4a(\ JAA^^^ 

( 1 ) Charles L. Tutt married Mary Duke ; died. 

(2) George Washington Tutt, born March 18, 1833; died. 

(3) John Presley Tutt, born April 9, 1834; married Mariah 
Donley; died. 



THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 289 

(4) David Vawter Tutt, born December lo, 1835 ; died. 

(5) James Elliott Tutt was born January 18, 1837, in Hali- 
fax county, Virginia. His father moved when he was a small 
boy to Kentucky and settled in Todd county, near his grand- 
father, Elliott Vawter, and on the adjoining farm to Jefferson 
Davis, who afterward became president of the Confederacy. 
James Elliott Vawter served in the Confederate army during 
the entire Civil War, first under General Breckenridge, and then 
under General Forest. He was wounded at Missionary Ridge. 
He was married December 26, 1864, to Margaret Lucy Powell 
of Virginia, who was born December 30, 1843. 

Children : 

a. Alice, born October 14, 1865 ; died January, 1866. 

b. James, born and died April 18, 1867. 

c. Myra, born June 2, 1868; died June 16, 1868. 

d. James Leonard, born July 30, 1870; married February 
7, 1904, to Emily West, who was born in 1871. J. L. Tutt is a 
painter, living in Cadiz, Kentucky. 

e. Ben Floyd, born April 9, 1876; married May 18, 1902, to 
Florence West. They have one child, Lawrence William, born 
February 12, 1904. B. F. Tutt is a painter, living in Cadiz, Ken- 
tucky. 

/. Annie Hope, born and died August 18, 1881. 

(6) Sarah Catherine Tutt, daughter of Lewis and Sabrina 
(Vawter) Tutt, was born at the old Vawter residence on Spring 
Creek in Todd county, Kentucky, January 8, 1838; married De- 
cember 28, 1853, to William Henry Garden, who was born Octo- 
ber 2, 1828, in Goochland county, Virginia. They live in View. 
Kentucky. 

Children : 

a. Alice Garden, born October 12, 1854; married September 
24, 1877, to George M. Gish; died October 19, 1892. George 
Gish is a mechanic, living in Memphis, Tennessee. 

Children : 

(a) Laura Gish, born July 6, 1878. 

(b) Jacob Gish, born July 5, 1881. 

b. James Lewis Garden, born December 31, 1855; married 



290 THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 

December 20, 1883, to Rebecca Guthrie. Is a farmer living near 
View, Kentucky. 
Children : 

(a) Corinne Garden, born February 2;^, 1886. 

(b) Earl Garden, born June 23, 1888. 

(c) Hansel Garden, born March 15, 1892. 

(d) Hebren Garden, born March 20, 1897. 

(e) Marguerite Garden, born June 15, 1904. 

c. Mary Ellen Garden, born June 23, 1858; married Novem- 
ber 28, 1878, to John F. Kirk, manager for a tobacco house in 
Marion, Kentucky. 

d. John Henry Garden, born February 12, i860; married 
December 28, 1882, to Netta Binkley, Is a farmer living near 
View, Kentucky. 

Children : 

(a) Gertrude Garden, born July 6, 1884. 

(b) Loto Garden, born June 23, 1887. 

(c) James Garden, born October 21, 1889. 

(d) Ruth Garden, born April 12, 1893. 

e. May Garden, born March 11, 1863; married September 
20, 1878, to Samuel Henson. 

Children : 

(a) Pearl Henson, born August 18, 1882. 

(b) Ed Henson, born July 2t,, 1884. 

May (Garden) Henson was married, second, to Watson Rice, 
a farmer, living near Marion, Kentucky. 
Children : 

(a) William Henry Rice, born September 21, 1894. 

(b) Ollie James Rice, born September 9, 1896. 

(c) Crawford Rice, born June 5, 1898. 

(d) Sarah Catherine Rice, born August 2, 1902. 

(e) Allen D. Rice, born August i, 1904. 

/. Ida Ellonia Garden, born February 3, 1866; married June 
II, 1884, to Quint Conger, a live-stock dealer of Kelsey, Ken- 
tucky. 

Children : 

(a) Lena Conger, born August 31, 1885. 



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THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 29 1 

(b) Guy Conger, born July 23. 1887. 

(c) Beulah Conger, born January 8, 1889. 

(d) Vera Conger, born May 10, 1897. 

g. Azilee Carden, born February 11, 1868; married February 
8, 1888, to George Watson, who is in the railroad business in 
Paducah, Kentucky. 

Children : 

(a) Etwell Watson, born November 28, 1888. 

(b) Vernon Watson, born February 10, 1890. 

(c) Sallie May Watson, born May 10, 1891. 

(d) Watson, born March 10, 1894. 

(e) George Watson, born July 15, 1902. 

h. Willie Carden, born October 24, 1870; married June 21, 
1893, to Jesse Binkley, a farmer, living near View, Kentucky. 
Children : 

(a) Virgil Binkley, born March 29, 1894. 

(b) Harry Binkley, born December i, 1896. 

(c) Annie Ree Binkley, born January 2, 1903. 

i. Rollie Carden, born December 20, 1872; married October 
13, 1897, to Sallie Brown. Is a farmer, living near View, Ken- 
tucky. 

Children : 

(a) Grace Carden, born September 14, 1900. 

(b) Lee Carden, born September 6, 1902. 

j. Jesse Buford Carden, born December 30, 1875; married 
October 16, 1901, to Mary Hawkins. Is a farmer, living near 
View, Kentucky. 

Children : 

(a) Clara May Carden, born August 18, 1902. 

k. Clarence Alpheus Carden, born April 14, 1877. Has a 
hotel at New Brisrhton, Minnesota. \ . ;•, 'V ,v,. . v ^ - 

(7) Henry Day Tutt was born in Providence, Montgomery 
county, Tennessee, August 25, 1842; married November 10, 
1864, to Mary A. Wood, who was born in Woodlawn, Mont- 
gomery county, Tennessee, December 14, 1848. H. D. Tutt is 
a miller, living at Bumpus Mills, Tennessee. 



292 THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 

Children : 

a. Lena S. Tutt, born December 24, 1865. 

b. Frank M. Tutt, born May 2, 1869. 

c. Carrie L. Tutt, born September 18, 1870. 

d. John L. Tutt, born February 15, 1874. 

e. Arthur C. Tutt, born December 20, 1876. 
/. George D. Tutt, born January 4, 1879. 

g, Otis Floyd Tutt, born July 15, 1881. 
h. Horace Russell Tutt, born April 18, 1884. 
i. Mamie A. Tutt, born March 2, 1889. 
y. Henry M. Tutt, born June 16, 1890. 

(8) Lucy Annie Virginia Tutt was born January 2, 1845, 
in Montgomery county, Tennessee; married December 16, 1887, 
to Andrew Jackson Whitaker, a wheelwright, who was born 
March 12, 1840. 

Children : 

a. Mary Whitaker, born March 27, 1862; married October 
7, 1880, to John Wesley Ford, carpenter, who was born January 
2y, 1859. Lives in Wickliffe, Kentucky. 

Children : 

(a) William Dudley Ford, born August 11, 1881. 

(b) Delia May Ford, born September 27,, 1885. 

(c) Neppie Virginia Ford, born April 25, 1888. 

(d) Mary Alice Ford, born March 27, 1891. 

(e) Annie Asilee Ford, born December 27, 1894. 

(f) Tripsley Dudley Ford, born August 29, 1898. 

(g and h) Lorene and Corene, twins, born March 29, 1902, 
Mrs. Virginia (Tutt) Whitaker was married, second, October 

26, 1864, to William Stewart, who died May 19, 1896. Mrs. 

Stewart lives at Wickliffe, Ballard county, Kentucky. 

(9) Mary Ellen Tutt was born June 2;^, 1847; married a 
Hodge; died. 

(10) Benjamin F. Tutt, born May 2t,, 1849; married Miss 
Farmer. 

(11) Meredith D. Tutt was born in Trenton, Todd county 
Kentucky, July 19, 1851; married October 20, 1870, to Virginia 
Elizabeth Wood, who was born at Woodlawn, Montgomery 



THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 293 

county, Tennessee, March 12, 1855. Meredith Tntt is engaged 
in the tobacco business in Clarksville, Tennessee. 
Children : 

a. Birdie May Tutt. born in Trenton, Kentucky, April 9, 
1872; died December 21, 1880. 

b. James E. Tutt, born in Woodlawn, Tennessee, February 
2y, 1874; married March 20, 1902, to Lockey Gambreal, who 
was born February 12, 1873. They have one child, Eugene 

Noval Tutt, born August 26, . James E. Tutt is a carpenter 

living in Alemphis, Tennessee. 

c. Ida Bell Tutt, born in Trenton, Kentucky, October 11, 
1876. 

d. Robert L. Tutt, born in Trenton, Kentucky, August 28, 
1879. 

e. Oscar Elliott Tutt, born in Trenton, Kentucky, December 
8, 1881. 

/. Tommie Elizabeth Tutt, born in Trenton, Kentucky, De- 
cember 21, 1885; married September 18, 1902, to Walter E. 
Maynor, a carriage manufacturer, who was born September 6, 
1871. 

g. Benjamin Lee Tutt, born March 3, 1889, in Ellston, Ken- 
tucky. 

h. John Henry Tutt, born June 22, 1894, in Ellston, Ken- 
tucky. 

(12) Wyatt Tutt; died. 

(13) Thomas Tutt, born October 26, 1855; died. 

(14) Jephtha Tutt, born February 26, 1857; died. 

(15 and 16) Jephtha Tutt and Jesse Tutt, twins, born Sep- 
tember 10, 1859. 

6 

LuciNDA (Vawter) Holmes 

Lucinda Vawter, daughter of Elliott and Anna (Gray) 
Vawter, was born July 28, 181 7, in Todd county, Kentucky; 
married January i, 1843, in Todd county, Kentucky, to John 
W. Holmes, who was born in Maysville, Kentucky, December 
2y, 1 81 8, and died May 7, 1894, in Graves county, Kentucky. 



294 THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 

Liicinda (Vawter) Holmes died November 28, 1884. They 
moved from Todd county, Kentucky, to Graves county in 1855. 

Children : 

(i) Jephtha Burnley Holmes, born June 8, 1844; died Sep- 
tember 4, 1844. 

(2) Henry Clay Holmes was born September 9, 1845 ^^ 
Todd county, Kentucky; married October 21, 1866, in Graves 
county Kentucky, to Mary N. Brann. 

Children : 

a. Nancy C. Holmes, born July 18, 1867; died August 21, 
1867. 

b. Riley L. Holmes, born November i, 1868; died July 13, 
1869. 

Mary (Brann) Holmes, wife of H. C. Holmes, died April 16, 
1869. Henry C. Holmes was married to Nancy I. Jones of 
Weakly county, Tennessee, November 14, 1869. 

Children : 

a. Mary L. Holmes was born September 10, 1870; married 
January 25, 1888, to William L. Oliver, of Graves county, Ken- 
tucky. 

Children : 

(a) Mabel Oliver, born October 27, 1888. 

(b) Henry Oliver, born February 19, 1891. 

(c) Adolphus Oliver, born March 10, 1893. 

(d) Ira Oliver, born November 13, 1896. 

(e) Wendell Oliver, born May 31, 1902. 

b. Martha F. Holmes, born May 15, 1872; died April 30, 
1874. 

c. John P. Holmes, born February 25, 1875. Is in the mer- 
cantile business in Stubblefield, Kentucky. 

d. IraE. Holmes, born April 11, 1877; married December 
26, 1900, to Wayland Adams. They live in Graves county, Ken- 
tucky, and have one child, Alton Mckindree Adams, who was 
born June 11, 1904. gJ 

e. Lucinda Holmes, born March 31, 1879; died September 
25, 1897. 

/. Henry Cornelius Holmes, born July 6, 1881 ; married May 



THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 295 

24, 1903, to Tassie B. Moore. Is a farmer, living in Graves 
county, Kentucky. 

g. William E. Holmes, born July 24. 1883. 

//. Nellie I. Holmes, born February 5, 1886. 

/. Charles H. Holmes, born February 16. 1888. 

(3) John Elliott Holmes, son of John W. and Lucinda 
(Vavvter) Holmes, was born December 10, 1847; married, first, 
October 31, 1869, to Mary E. Pitman, who died December 28, 
1871. 

John E. Holmes was married, second, January 5, 1873, to 
Laura B. Hopkins, who died April 23, 1874. 

John E. Holmes was married, third, September 15, 1875, to 
Margaret E. Alexander, who died x\pril 18, 1891. 

Children of John E. and Margaret (Alexander) Holmes: 

a. William H. Holmes, born December 6, 1876; married 
December 22, 1902, to Laura M. Jones. Is a farmer and stock 
raiser of Wingo, Kentucky. One child. Lance D. Holmes, was 
born February 20, 1903. 

b. Olivia M. Holmes, born May 6, 1878; married December 
26, 1900, to William W. Waggoner, who is a farmer and stock 
raiser of Wingo, Kentucky. 

Children : 

(a) Mary Elizabeth Waggoner, born January 27, 1902. 

(b) Charles Waggoner, born September 22, 1904. 

c. Lottie B. Holmes, born October 22, 1881. 

d. Lether C. Holmes, born August 21, 1886. 

e. Millie A. Holmes, born September 15, 1888; died May 31, 
1889. 

/. Mary L. Holmes, born May 29, 1890. 

John E. Holmes was married, fourth, October 12, 1892, to 
Mrs. E. J. Puryear. They live near Wingo, Kentucky, where 
Mr. Holmes is a farmer and stock raiser. They have one child, 
James D. Holmes, who was born September 8, 1894. 

(4) Nancy Katherine Holmes, daughter of John W. and 
Lucinda (Vawter) Holmes, was born at Pryorsburg, Graves 
county, Kentucky, November 10, 1849: married February 18, 



296 



THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 



1866, to William Mckindree Mitchell, who was born in East 
Tennessee, October 26, 1845, and died November 22, 1882. 

Children : 

a. Henry P. Mitchell, born in West Tennessee, December 13, 
1866; married May 9, 1890, to Sarah R. Anderson, who was 
born December 7, 1870, and died July 30, 1894. 

Children : 

(a) William Mckindree, born April 2, 1891. 

(b) Herbert Scott, born March 15, 1894; died August 23, 
1894. 

Henry P. Mitchell was married, second, October 14, 1898, to 
Mattie Anderson, who was born February 5, 1878. They live in 
Ponchatoula, Louisiana, where H. P. Mitchell is cashier of the 
Merchants' and Farmers' Bank. 

Children : 

(a) Henry Hamilton, born November 14, 1899. 

(b) Marie, born April 3, 1902. 

(c) Robert Alton, born August 9, 1904. 

h. Eddie Lee Mitchell, born in West Tennessee, December 
28, 1868; died October 16, 1869. 

c. William Allie Mitchell, born in West Tennessee, Sep- 
tember I, 1870; married February 17, 1897, to Lucille Wheat, 
who was born at Perrysville, Kentucky, March 7, 1879. W. A. 
Mitchell is in the government mail service at Wingo, Kentucky. 

Children : 

(a) Nannie Aleen, born November i, 1897; died October 
22, 1899. 

(b) Myrtie May, born April 25, 1899.' 

(c) Lorine, born August 8, 1901. 

(d) Minnie Lee, born January 2, 1903. 

d. Mattie Lou Mitchell, born in Wingo, Kentucky, June 21, 
1872; married February 6, 1889, to Frank Luther, a farmer, of 
Wingo, Kentucky, who was born May 22, 1866. 

Children : 

(a) Shirley, born July 19, 1890. 

(b) Raymond, born August 7, 1892. 

(c) Horace, born December 20, 1894. 



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THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 297 

(d) Mitchell, born March 13, 1897. 

(e) Myrtie Bernice, born May 16, 1899. 

(f) Anice, born June 14, 1902. 

(g) Charley Lucille, born September 19, 1904. 

e. Mollie Bell Mitchell, born in Wingo, Kentucky, March 

10, 1875; died October 2, 1877. 

/. Dommie Pearl Mitchell, born in Wingo, Kentucky, July 

11, 1877; married November 11, 1894, to Jack McAllister, a 
farmer, of Wingo, Kentucky, who was born February i, 1870, 
in Trigg county, Kentucky. 

Children : 

(a) Gladys Love, born December 7, 1895. 

(b) William Macon, born March 18, 1898. 

(c) Arnice Lee, born January 28, 1901. 

(d) Mattie Aleen, born December 11, 1904. 

g. John Leroy L. Mitchell, born in Wingo, Kentucky, March 
17, 1880; died October 9, 1903. 

//. Myrtie Mckindree Mitchell, born September 5, 1882; mar- 
ried May 23, 1900, to William W. Freeman, who was born Janu- 
ary 6, 1877, and died November 24, 1903. Mrs. Freeman lives 
in Ponchatoula, Louisiana. i 

Children : 

(a) Willie Pipkin, born November 23, 1901. 

(b) Thelma, born June 28, 1903. 

Mrs. Nancy Katherine (Holmes) Mitchell was married, sec- 
ond, August 24, 1884, to John M. Walker. One child, Albert 
Dudley Walker, was born in Wingo, Kentucky, June 3, 1885. 
Nancy K. Walker died January 17, 1897. 

(5) Presley Dudley Holmes, son of John W. and Lucinda 
(Vawter) Holmes, was born in Todd county, Kentucky, De- 
cember 26, 1852. He went from Todd county, Kentucky to 
Graves county, with his parents when about three years of age. 
He was married November 19, 1873, to Josephine S. Freeman, 
who was born in Davidson county. Tennessee, November 3, 
1854, and moved with her parents to Graves county Kentucky, 
when about twelve years of age. Presley D. Holmes is a farmer 
living near Sedalia, Kentucky. 



298 THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 

Children : 

a. William B. Holmes, born August 19, 1874; died Novem- 
ber 28. 1874. 

b. Lula E. Holmes, born July 28, 1876; married July 27, 
1896, to W. J. Pritchard, a farmer, of Graves county, Kentucky, 
who was born in 1873. 

Children : 

(a) William Rudy Pritchard, born July 12, 1897. 

(b) Harry Lee Pritchard, born November 25, 1902; died 
July 13, 1903. 

c. Henry B. Holmes, born March 17, 1879. Lives in Stubble- 
field, Kentucky. 

d. Annie Holmes, born May 10, 1881 ; married November 
18, 1900, to Samuel Redden, who was born in Dickson county, 
Tennessee, in 1874 and is now a farmer of Graves county, Ken- 
tucky. 

Children : 

(a) Jessie Redden, born March 8, 1902. 

(b) Freeman Redden, born August 15, 1904. 

e. John Dudley Holmes, born May 20, 1887. 

(6) Lucinda Caroline Holmes, daughter of John W. and 
Lucinda (Vawter) Holmes, was born February 29, 1856, in 
Graves county, Kentucky ; married at Troy, Tennessee, December 
30, 1872, to James Thomas Amos, a farmer of Wingo, Ken- 
tucky, who was born in Hickman county, Kentucky, May 2, 
1849. They live in Lockwood, Missouri. 

Children : 

a. Lula E. Amos was born October 3, 1874; married No- 
vember 16, 1892, to W. A. Barker; died August 17. 1896, leav- 
ing a son, Leroy A. Barker, who was born May 5, 1896. . 

b. Margaret B. Amos was born August 28, 1877; married 
February 23, 1902, to W. P. Tullis. They have one child, Lola 
B. Tullis, who was born April 25, 1903. 

c. Eliza M. Amos was born August 9, 1880; married March 
17, 1 901, to J. J. Greer. They have one child, Mildred J. Greer, 
who was born January 9, 1902. 



THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 299 

d. William A. Amos was born January 26, 1884; married 
December 23, 1903, to Clara M. Gallaher. 

c. Perry H. Amos, born July 28, 1887. 

/. Cora M. Amos, born June 12. 1889. 

g. Lenna P. Amos, born October 6, 1891. 

(7) George W. Holmes, son of John W. and Lucinda 
(Vawter) Holmes, v.-as born July 7, 1861 ; died June 9, 1893. 

John W. Holmes was married, second, to Susan Brockman in 
May, 1883. 

7 
John Gray Vawter 

John Gray, son of Elliott and Anna (Gray) Vawter," was born 
in Todd county, Kentucky, in 1819; married in Illinois, February 
6, 185 1, to Elizabeth Stewart, who was born in Edinburg, Scot- 
land, May 31, 1824. John Gray Vawter died May 9, 1877. His 
wife, Elizabeth S. Vawter, lives in Rockford, Illinois. 

Children : 

(i) Cornelius Lansing, son of John Gray and Elizabeth 
Vawter, v/as born in 185 1. Lives in San Francisco, but is now 
in Unga, Alaska. 

(2) Jane, daughter of John Gray and Elizabeth Vawter, was 
born in 1854; died in 1858. 

(3) Alexander Stewart, tvv'in, born in 1858; died December 
13, 1858. 

(4) Elliott Gray, twin, born in 1858; died December 20, 
1858. 

(5) John Gray, Jr., born at Wirterset, Madison county, 
Iowa, December 3, 1859; married at Fort Benton, Montana, 
December 3, 1883, to Mary Lincoln Helper, daughter of Henry 
and Hannah Helper, who was born in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. 
April 17, 1865. 

Children : 

a. Elizabeth Helper Vawter, born at St. Paul, Minnesota, 
October 28, 1885. 

b. Lillian Gray Vawter, born at Minot, North Dakota, 
August 8, 1887. . 



300 THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 

(6) Anna Elizabeth, daughter of John Gray and Ehzabeth 
Vawter, was born in 1864; married at Rockford, Ilhnois, Sep- 
tember 29, 1886, to Myron E. Barnes, a vocahst and teacher of 
music in Rockford, Ilhnois. Myron E. Barnes was born June 
22, 1863, at Newberry, New York. 

Children : 

a. • Kenneth B. Barnes, born July 28, 1896. 

(7) Benjamin Stewart, son of John Gray and Elizabeth 
Vawter, was born in 1865. Lives in North Seattle, Washington. 

■ . 8 
Catherine (Vawter) Smith 

Catherine E., daughter of Elliott and Anna Gray Vawter, was 
born in Todd county, Kentucky, May 31, 1822; married No- 
vember 5, 1 84 1, to Spottswood K. Smith, a farmer, who was 
born in Spottsylvania county, Virginia, December 14, 1800, and 
died October 9, 1894, in Guthrie, Kentucky. Catherine (Vaw- 
ter) Smith died October 27, 1900, in Guthrie, Kentucky. 

Children of Spottswood and Catherine (Vawter) Smith: 

(i) Eliza B. Smith was born September 29, 1842; married 
John W. Hobson; died January 5, 1892. Miss Ladie Hobson, 
of Denton, Texas, is a daughter. 

(2) Martha A. Smith was born July 13, 1844; married Dr. 
J. W. Williamson. Is living now in St. Louis with her daughter, 
Mrs. M. L. Donlon. 

Children : 

a. Althea, died. 

b. Eliza Miranda Williamson, born at Olmstead Station, 
Logan county, Kentucky, October 14, 1864; married October 14, 
1884, to Joseph I. Graham, who was born in Clarksville, Ten- 
nessee, October 17, 1859. Joseph I. Graham is engaged in the 
milling business in Columbia, Tennessee. 

Children : 

(a) Robert Lacy Graham, born August 10, 1885. 

(b) Sarah Graham, twin, born October 31, 1887. 

(c) Althea Graham, twin, born October 31, 1887; died June 
27, 1889. 



THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 3OI 

(d) Catherine Eliza Graham, born September 13. 1891. 

(e) Joseph Irwin Graham, born March 27, 1893. 

(f) James WilJiam Graham, born October 16, 1894. 

(g) Edwin Damon Graham, born February 15, 1898. 
(h) Prince Alphonso Graham, born February i, 1905. 

c. Lilhan WilHamson married, first, a Smith. They had two 
children, Archibald and Wanda. She married, second, Thomas 
Donlon and lives in St. Louis, Missouri. 

d. Leander Alphonso Williamson was born at Olmstead, 
Logan county, Kentucky, September 6, 1870; married April 19, 
1893, at Evansville, Indiana, to Elizabeth Goedeke, who was born 
at Evansville, Indiana, January 3, 1871. L. A. Williamson is a 
printer, working at the Detroit Free Press office in Detroit, Mich- 
igan. 

Children : 

(a) Ruth Artensia, born March 23, 1895, at Evansville, In- 
diana. 

(b) James William, born September 24, 1896, at Evansville, 
Indiana. 

(c) Althea Lee, born May 26, 1899, at Evansville, Indiana. 

(d) Frederick Belford, born May 26, 1903, at Detroit, Mich- 



igan. 



(e) Dorothy Elizabeth, born February 10. 1905, at Detroit, 
Michigan. 

e. Mary Duke Williamson was born in Logan county, Ken- 
tucky, March 14, 1872; married September 2, 1889, to William 
Hawes Starks, who was born near Allensville, Todd county, 
Kentucky, February 13, 1859. W. H. Starks is inspector for the 
Louisville & Nashville Railroad Company at Louisville. Ken- 
tucky. 

Children : 

(a) Benjamin Earl, born December 11, 1890, at Earlington, 
Kentucky. 

(b) Frank William, born June 17, 1893, at Guthrie, Ken- 
tucky. 

(c) Myrtle Lucile, born September 23, 1895, at Guthrie, 
Kentucky. 



?,02 THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 



■u 



(d) James Lee, born September 27, 1897, at Guthrie, Ken- 
tucky, 

(e) Millicent Laverna, born April 14, 1901, at Livingston, 
Kentucky. 

(f) Florence Althea, born May 2, 1903, at Livingston, Ken- 
tucky. 

/. Althea Grey Williamson, College Corner, Kentucky. 

g. Florence Olivia Williamson was born at Olmstead, Ken- 
tucky, July 21, 1875; married at Russellville, Kentucky, July 21, 
1895, to Exie Felts, a blacksmith, who was born in Homer, Ken- 
tucky, February 24, 1873. They live at Oakville, Kentucky. 

Children : 

(a) Albert Garland, twin, born at Homer, Kentucky, De- 
cember 6, 1896. 

(b) Garnett Elbert, twin, born at Homer, Kentucky, Decem- 
ber 6, 1896. 

(c) Herbert Guy, born at Russellville, Kentucky. January 
6, 1900. 

(d) Eben Vick, twin, born at Russellville, Kentucky, July 19, 
1902. 

(e) Effie Vick, twin, born at Russellville, Kentucky, July 19, 
1902. 

(3) John V. Smith was born January 31, 1847; married 
September 20, 1871, to Catherine P. Oakes, of Logan count}^, 
Kentucky, who was born April 7, 1849. They live in Guthrie, 
Kentucky. No children. 

(4) Burnley Duke Smith was born April 7, 1849, in Todd 
county, Kentucky; married February 22, 1871, to Mollie O. Mc- 
Laughlin, of Caroline county, Virginia. Lives at Cisco, Texas. 

Children : 

a. Ada Burnley Smith, born June i, 1873; married Novem- 
ber 23, 1894, to William H. Sims, deputy chancery clerk of 
Hinds county, Mississippi. 

Children : 

(a) Richard Raymond Sims, born November 30, 1895. 

(b) Hugh Graeme Sims, born November 8. 1897. 



THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 3O3 

b. George Keland Smith, born January 30, 1875. Is a 
planter, living near Cisco, Texas. 

c. Mattie Emmett Smith, twin, born April 18, 1877. 

d. Mary Catherine Smith, twin, born April 18, 1877; died 
September 16, 1877. 

e. Vivian Minor Smith, born July 20, 1878; married July i, 
1900, to Alice Lane, of Bell county, Texas. Is a railway con- 
tractor. 

Children : 

(a) Elliott Minor Smith, born April 14, 1901. 

(b) Charles S. Smith, born September 8, 1902. 

(c) A son (unnamed) born August 17, 1904. 

f. Richard Ricks Smith, born October 19, 1880. Is a planter, 
living near Cisco, Texas. 

g. Basil Duke Smith, born April 13, 1884; died August 21, 
1885. 

(5) Spottswood G. Smith was born in Todd county, Ken- 
tucky, June 13, 1851; married October i, 1902, to Beulah Belle 
Grant, who was born September 18, 1878, in Montgomery 
county, Tennessee. Mr. Smith is a farmer, living near Guthrie, 
Kentucky. No children. 

(6) L. E. Smith was born June 2/, 1853; ^^^^^ October 20, 
1886; unmarried. 

(7) Mollie W. Smith was born July 22, 1856; married 
January 23, 1878, to R. H. Moody, a farmer, who was born De- 
cember 5, 1844, and died Novem.ber 8, 1879. Mrs. R. H. Moody 
lives in Guthrie, Kentucky. 

Children of R. W. and Mollie ( Smith) Moody : 

a. Mattie W. Moody was born October 28, 1878; married 
December 2t,, 1901, in Guthrie, Kentucky, to J. D. Clark, a lum- 
berman, who was born in Alabama, April 7, 1867. They reside 
in Peoria, Illinois. 

b. James S. Moody was born January 22, 1880; married No- 
vember 24, 1903, to Edna Russell, of Marion, Indiana. They 
have one child, Annie Gray, who was born December 27, 1904. 
They live in St. Louis, Missouri. 



304 THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 

c. Mollie C. Moody was born April 30, 1881. Lives with her 
mother in Guthrie, Kentucky, 

d. Annie Gray Moody was born April 8, 1884; died Sep- 
tember 16, 1894. 

c. Daniel C. Moody was born December 21, 1886; lives with 
his mother in Guthrie, Kentucky. 

9 

Nancy (Vawter) Gatlin 

Nancy, daughter of Elliott and Anna (Gray) Vawter, was born 
in Todd county, Kentucky, August 10, 1824. She came to Illi- 
nois with her brother, Jephtha Vawter, and his family in the win- 
ter of 1846-47. There she met James Gatlin, a widower with two 
children. His first wife was Virginia Smith and his two children 
were Eliza and Marion. 

Nancy Vawter and James Gatlin were married September 21, 
1847. James Gatlin was born in Alabama, August 5, 181 7, and 
died July 22, 1897, ^^ Pleasant Plain, Iowa, and Nancy (Vawter) 
Gatlin died at Pleasant Plain, Iowa, June 28, 1899. 

Children of James and Virginia (Smith) Gatlin: 

(i) Eliza J. Gatlin was born in Illinois, September 6, 1843; 
married October 5, 1861, to John Blickensderfer, who was born 
in Martin's Cove, Pennsylvania, February 15, 1835. They live 
in Gardena, California. 

Children : 

a. Ella May, born in Brighton, Iowa, October 21, 1862. 

b. Hattie D., born in Brighton, Iowa, October 24, 1866. 

c. Kate S., born in Brighton, Iowa, June, 1869. 

(2) Francis Marion Gatlin was born December 2^, 1844; 
married January 22, 1873, to Mary McCaulley, who was born in 
Ohio, March 3, 1848. They live in Lebanon, Kansas. 

Children : 

a. Nellie K., born November 16, 1876; married December 
27, 1899, to Artemus Carpenter. 

b. John A., born November 7, 1878; married March 16, 1904, 
to Nellie Erdman. 

c. Harry G., born September 4, 1880. 



THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 305 

d. Hattie, born December 2. 1884. 

e. Clara A., born October 23. 1886. 
Children of James and Nancy ( Vawter) Gatlin : 

( I ) Virginia A. Gatlin, daughter of James and Nancy 
(Vawter) Gatlin, was born in Illinois, September 25, 1848; mar- 
ried March 26, 1869, to George V. Allen. George V. Allen was 
born in Belmont county, Ohio, March 14, 1842, and died No- 
vember 13, 1883. He was interested in flouring mills and was 
also in the stock and grain business. He served in the Civil War 
from 1862 to 1865 in Company A. Twenty-fifth Regiment of 
Iowa Volunteers. 

Children of George V. and Virginia (Gatlin) Allen: 

a. Horace Dwight Allen, born January 15, 1870, at Brighton, 
Iowa: married June 5, 1894, to Margarette Caldwell of Sioux 
City, Iowa, who was born at Viola, Illinois, October 16, 1872. 
Horace D. Allen is the general agent for the Banker's Accident 
Insurance Company of Des Moines, Iowa. He lives in Sioux- 
City, Iowa. One child, Gertrude Alice Allen, was born September 
15, 1899, in Sioux City, Iowa. 

b. Grace Margarette Allen was born November 25, 1871 : 
married September 10, 1889, to Jacob N. Kanoff; died January 
II, 1902. 

Children : 

(a) Ethel Fern, born February 17, 1891. 

(b) Hazel Hester, born December 15, 1892. 

(c) George William, born August 11, 1894. 

(d) Harold F., born July 22, 1896. 

(e) J. Wilson, born March 28, 1898. 

(f) John Homer, born January 10, 1900. 

J. N. Kanoff and children are living on a farm near Lenox. 
Iowa. 

c. Frank Gatlin Allen was born January 8, 1875, in Brighton. 
Iowa; married May 29, 1900, at Burchard, Nebraska, to Alice 
Myrtle Bratton, who was born November 8, 1880, in Lenox, 
Iowa. F. G. Allen is teaching school at Blunt, South Dakota. 

Children : 

(a) Myrtle Grace, born August 12, 1901. 



306 THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 

(b) George William, born March 8, 1903. 

(c) Frank Bratton, born January i, 1905. 

d. Charles J. Allen was born at Brighton, Iowa, October 23, 
1876; married at Everest, Kansas, October 27, 1898, to Zella M. 
Newton, a descendent of Sir Isaac Newton. They live in St. 
Joseph, Missouri, where Charles J. Allen is superintendent of a 
department of the Nelson Morris Packing Company. 

Children: Georgia Grace, born May 4, 1900, at Everest, 
Kansas. 

c. Robert Rush Allen was born January i, 1879; married 
May 7, 1 90 1, to Bertha Harvey. They live in Creston, Iowa, 
where Robert R. Allen owns and operates a bakery. 

Children: Grace Margarette, born March 4, 1904. 

/. Ralph James Allen was born January 22, 1881, in Lenox, 
Iowa; married August 17, 1904, to Mae Marion Crafts, who was 
born in Council Blufifs, Iowa, May 5, 1884. They live in Kansas 
City, Missouri, where Ralph J. Allen, who is a registered pharma- 
cist, has a position in a drug store. 

g. George V. Allen, Jr., was born December 7, 1883. He is 
working for the Union Pacific Tea Company of Kansas City, Mis- 
souri. 

Virginia (Gatlin) Allen w^as married November 27, 1888, at 
Lenox, Iowa, to J. West Jones, who was born in Knox county, 
Illinois, October 10, 1848. They live at Lenox, Iowa. J. West 
Jones is a live stock auctioneer. 

Children: Harry Allen Jones was born April 22, 1890, at 
Lenox, low^a. He is now attending school and expects to become 
an auctioneer. 

(2) Sarah S., daughter of James and Nancy (Vawter) Gat- 
lin, was born in Peoria, Illinois, May 20, 1850; married Novem- 
ber 10, 1870, to George Wells Carrell, who was born in Logan 
county, Ohio, near Belief ontaine, April 17, 1846, and died August 
27, 1 89 1. George W. Carrell was engaged in the wholesale hard- 
ware business. He was the son of George Bruce and Censalina 
( Shirley) Carrell, who were Virginians. 

Children of George W. and Sarah (Gatlin) Carrell : 

a. Myrtle Carrell v/as born February 28, 1873, at Paris, 



THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 307 

Iowa; married June 21, 1893, at Sioux City, Iowa, to John Cleve- 
land Pierce. Mr. Pierce is a salesman for lubricating oils ; is also 
proprietor of a summer hotel at Old Orchard, Maine. Mr. and 
Mrs. Pierce live in Boston, Massachusetts. They have two chil- 
dren. 

(a) Elinor Shirley Pierce, born April 28, 1898. 

(b) Marian Pierce, born July 10. 1904. 

b. Lake E. Carrell was born January 28, 1882, at New 
Sharon, Iowa ; is a porcelain decorator in Lewiston, Maine. 

c. Genevieve Hope Carrell was born in Sioux City, Iowa, 
July 16, 1890; is a student in St. Joseph's Academy, Deering, 
Maine. 

Sarah (Gatlin) Carrell was married September 30, 1902, in 
Syracuse, New York, by Rev. Payson E. Pierce, to Charles 
August Amback. 

Charles A. Amback was born March 8, 1842, at Grieg, Ger- 
many. Pie came to America in October, 1858; is a woolen manu- 
facturer at Sabattus, Maine. 

Mr. Amback was married, first, in 1870, to Abbie Ellen Kim- 
ball, who was born May 10, 1845, at Gardiner, Maine. They had 
four children : 

a. Carrie Adell Amback, born September 8, 1871, at Lisbon 
Falls, Maine; is a teacher in the public schools in Hyde Park, 
Massachusetts. 

b. Ina May Amback, born May 14, 1873; is a teacher in the 
public schools at Lisbon Falls, Maine. 

c. Annie Louise Amback, born May 3, 1876, at Sabattus, 
Maine; married October i, 1903, to Melvin E. Butler. They live 
in Hyde Park, Massachusetts, and have one child, Charles Mel- 
vin, who was born August 10, 1904. 

d. John Everett Amback, born December 6, 1879, at Sabat- 
tus, Maine ; is manager of a clothing house at Meriden, Con- 
necticut. 

(3) Kate L., daughter of James and Nancy (Vawter) Gat- 
lin, was born in Iowa, May 10, 1852; married January 27, 1876, 
to H. T. Fitzhugh, who was born in Henry county, Missouri, 
May 14, 1845, and reared in Merced county, California. Mr. 



308 THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 

Fitzhugh is engaged in ranching and stock raising; lives in 
Chromo, Colorado. 
Children : 

a. Roy W., born in Nevada, December 17, 1876; married 
June 10, 1902, to Hattie South. They have one child, Hallie, who 
was born June 9, 1903. Roy W. Fitzhugh works for the railroad 
company and lives in Chama, New Mexico. 

b. Edgar J. Fitzhugh, born in Nevada, March 5, 1878. 

c. Gordon D. Fitzhugh, born in Colorado, May 8, 1880. 

d. Harry F. Fitzhugh, born in Colorado, March 20, 1882. 

e. Clarence H. Fitzhugh, born in Colorado, May 30, 1884. 
/. Faye Pearl Fitzhugh, born in Colorado, July 21, 1886. 
g. Mack A. Fitzhugh, born in Colorado, February 7, 1889. 
h. Carrell C. Fitzhugh, born in Colorado, April 16, 1891. 

(4) Nancy Elliott, daughter of James and Nancy (Vawter) 
Gatlin, w^as born in Iowa, October 11, 1854; married October 21, 
1880, to Dwight R. Battey, who was born in Willington, Tolland 
county, Connecticut, August 21, 1853. Mr. Battey is a farmer, 
living in La Junta, Colorado. 

Children : 

a. Blanche A. Battey, born March 24, 1882; married March 
31, 1 90 1, to Virgil L. Snyder; lives in Rocky Ford, Colorado. 

Children are Waldo A., born December 9, 1901, and Floyd T., 
born April 8, 1903. 

b. Alvin G. Battey, born January 13, 1884; lives in La Junta, 
Colorado. 

(5) Sina E., daughter of James and Nancy (Vawter) Gat- 
lin, was born in Iowa, November 19, 1856; married October 4, 
1883, to Aaron Pickard, who was born near Pleasant Plain, Iowa, 
July 17, 1857. Mr. Pickard is a farmer, living near Pleasant 
Plain, Iowa. 

Children : 

a. Anna Fern, born November 26, 1884, near Pleasant Plain, 
Iowa. 

b. Grace Myrtle, born May 29, 1887, near Pleasant Plain, 
Iowa. 

(6) Jephtha D., son of James and Nancy (Vawter) Gatlin,. 



THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 309 

was born in Iowa, November 28, 1857; married January 10, 
1885, to Mattie Dunn; died October 27, 1902. Mrs. Jephtha D. 
Gatlin and children live at Batavia, Iowa. 

Children : Ross, Lake E., who died, Wayne, Faye and 
Charles. 

(7) ]\Iargaret M., daughter of James and Nancy (Vawter) 
Gatlin, was born in Iowa, July 8, i860; married October 12, 1887, 
to Morton R. Gibbens. who was born at Sextonville, Wisconsin, 
September 7, 1865. Mr. Gibbens is a stonemason, living at Fort 
Collins, Colorado. 

Children : 

o. Ray R., born November 13, 1888. 

b. James D., born May 29, 1890. 

c. Fred A., born June 12, 1891. 

d. Laura lone, born December 19, 1896; died February 6, 
1898. 

e. Vawter Morton, born December 6, 1899. 

(8) Mary C, daughter of James and Nancy (Vawter) Gat- 
lin, was born in Iowa October 4, 1862; married September 15, 
1 88 1, to John A. Coleman, who was born at Mount Vernon, 
Iowa, August 12, 1859. Mr. Coleman is in the mercantile and 
also the stock business. Lives at Fort Collins, Colorado. 

Children : 

a. Clayton Carrell Coleman, born June 22, 1882; married 
June 22, 1904, to Catherine L. Cross. They live in Alford, Colo- 
rado. 

b. Dwight Leonidas Coleman, born April 30, 1890; died 
December 10, 1900. 

c. Shirley Vawter Coleman, born October 6, 1893. 

(9) Emma J., daughter of James and Nancy (Vawter) Gat- 
lin, was born in Iowa February 3, 1865; married October 4, 
1883, to Frank B. George, who was born September 13, 1862, 
and died October 12, 1892. 

Children : 

a. Ollie Vawter, born at Pleasant Plain, Iowa, September 13, 
1885. 

b. Max B., born near Rock Creek, Wyoming, June 10, 1888. 



3IO THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 

Emma J. George was married, second, to Everett De Garmo, 
October 28, 1896. 

Children : 

a. James Ralph, born January 13, 1898, at Alton, Kansas. 

Everett De Garmo and his wife are separated. His wife having 
resumed the name of her first husband, now lives with her chil- 
dren at New Windsor, Colorado. 



Ill 

For Frances, daughter of Philemon and Anna Vawter, see 
record of William Vawter, son of Jesse. 

Frances Vawter married her cousin William Vawter. 



IV. 

JESSE VAWTER5 

(Philemon^, David^, John"^, Johni) 

(1784-1832) 

m. 

FRANCES ANN WATTS 



Children^ 



Grandchildren' 



I. David Jamieson 
Vawter m. 
ist 
Ann Hickinson 



2d 

Elizabeth A. 
Waters 



(i) William m. 
Rachel Rob- 
inett 



(2) Mary tn. 

Michels 



(i) Julia m. 

Thomas Riggs 



(2) Alpheus, d. 

(3) Jesse, d. 

(4) John Wesley 
m. 
Matilda R. 

Johnston 

(5) Jamieson, d. 



G. Grandchil- 
dren^ 

Mary Alice, d. 

Edwin Jamieson 

m. 
Mazelle Ayres 

William Cyrus 
Cassius Lincoln, d. 
Philemon Vawter, 

d. 
Jesse Piatt 
Emma Jane m. 

George Varian 
Imogene A. m. 

J. C. Griffith 

■{ Two children 

f George A. 
I John Thomas 
■{ Richard J. 
I Ariel 
t Emmet 



One child, d. 



G. G. Grandchil- 
dren* 



Arthur 
Ada Rachel 



u 



essie Cornelia 
George William 



3d 

Susan B. Conner ^ 



(i) Virginia m. 

ist 

John Nether- 
land 

2d 

Charles A. 
Doughty 



John Ray 
Harriet Virginia 
Josephine 



312 



THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 



3d 

Susan B. Vawter 

{Continued) 



(2) Jamieson m. 
ist 
Sal'iie Snyder 



2d 

Adah Vivion 



(3) 



2. John m. 

Mary E. Nichols 



3. William H. ra. 
Mary Ravenell 



Milton B. m. 
Alma N. Dixon 



(1) John 

(2) Wallace m. 
Elizabeth Cap- 
linger 



(3) Mary m. 
Harvey 
Rutherford 



(4) Frances m. 
Cole 

(5) Harriet 

(6) Milly 



(7) Drucilla m. 
John Eads 



(i) Alexander 

(2) Prospey 

(3) Absalom 

(4) Mary 

(5) Annie 

(6) Carrie 

(7) Jessie 



Delias. 
F. Bruce 
Milton Jamieson 
Wyley R. 
William S. 



f Adah Mary 
\ Lena Virginia 



Milton Ben, d. 
Muriel Ben 
Jamieson Shepard 
Milton Ballard 
Noah James 
Dixon, d. 
Joe Philemon 



(4) Jefferson D. m. 



f Goldie m. 
I Otis Perkinson 
"{ Sylvia m. 
I Harry Cull 
L Herman Wallace 



Harry m. 

Emma King 
Ernest 
Howard 
Emma 
Katherine 
Roy 

John 
Mary, d. 



Edward 

Robert 

Clifford 

Sherley 

Mary 

Arthur 

Harry 

Lena, d. 



Pauline 



4. Absalom m. 
Caroline McGill 



No children 



5. Adaline m. 
William Nichols 



No children 



6. Nancy m. 

Hayden 

7. Mary, d. s. 

8. Elizabeth m. 

Glover 



THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 313 

((i) Mary m. 
Wm. Swiney 
(2) Isaiah, d. 



I On 



e child 



IV 
JESSE VAWTER 

Jesse Vawter, son of Philemon and Anna Vawter, was born 
A-ugust 16, 1784, in the Holston river country, which is near 
where the three states, Virginia, North CaroHna and Tennessee 
now join. He was married January 29, 1807, to Frances Ann 
Watts; hved in Oldham county, Kentucky, and died in 1832. 

Children : D. Jamieson, John, William H., Absalom, Adaline, 
Nancy, Mary and Elizabeth. 

I 

David Jamieson Vawter 

David Jamieson Vawter, son of Jesse and Frances (Watts) 
Vawter, was born June 29, 1809; married, first, Ann Hickinson. 
Children of D. Jamieson and Ann (Hickinson) Vawter: 
( I ) William Vawter was born in Oldham county, Kentucky, 
June II, 1831 ; went with Philemon Vawter Crawford and family 
in 1 85 1 to Oregon. In 1852 there was a great excitement in 
Portland, Oregon, and San Francisco about gold on Queen Char- 
lotte's Island and in Alaska. A company of sixty men was or- 
ganized at Portland, Oregon, among whom was William Vawter. 
They bought a vessel and fitted it out for a six-months' trip. 
From Portland they went to Queen Charlotte's Island and an- 
chored in Gold Harbor and prospected for a time without success. 
Then they went to the mainland, where they found little gold and 
the expedition failed. The Indians appeared to have gold in 
small quantities, but refused to tell where they got it. William 
Vawter was postmaster at Walla Walla, Washington, from 1877 
to 1 88 1. He resigned and went to San Jacinto, California on ac- 
count of his wife's health. 



314 THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 

William Vawter was married in Linn county, Oregon, Jan- 
uary 29, 1855, to Rachel Robinett, who was born in Jackson 
county, Missouri, October 22., 1839. 

Children : 

a. Mary Alice Vawter, born December 29, 1856; died De- 
cember 19, 1 86 1. 

h. Edwin Jamieson Vawter, born December 14, 1856; mar- 
ried to Mazelle Ayres ; has two children, Arthur and Ada Rachel ; 
lived in Glendale, California, but is now in Nome, Alaska. 

c. William Cyrus Vawter, born November 28, 1861. 

d. Cassius Lincoln Vawter, born May i, 1864; died Decem- 
ber 27, 1889, in Mexico. 

c. Philemon Vawter, born April 26, 1867; died December 9, 
1870. 

/. Jesse Piatt, born in Waitsburg, Washington, November 
17, 1869; was in Alaska from May until October, 1904, acting 
as secretary for the Midnight Sun Mining and Ditch Company. 
He is now engaged in the real estate business in Los Angeles, 
California. 

g. Emma Jane Vawter, born in Waitsburg, Washington, 
June 16, 1873; married in Los Angeles, California, September 
22, 1897, to George H. Varian, who was born in 1863 in North 
Babylon, New York. George Varian is in the poultry business 
in Glendale, California. 

Children : 

(a) Jessie Cornelia, born in Klamathon, California, July 10, 
1898. 

(b) George William, born at Oakland, California, June 15, 
1902. 

h. Imogene Abigail Vawter, born in Waitsburg, Washington, 
September 14, 1875; married November 11, 1896, to John C. 
Griffith, who was born March 3, 1871, in Berry, Kentucky. J. C. 
Griffith is a boiler-maker, living at Hoisington, Kansas. No chil- 
dren. 

(2) Mary, daughter of D. Jamieson and Ann (Hickinson) 
Vawter, was married in 1847 to a man named Michels, who lived 



THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 315 

near Crawfordsville, Indiana. She had two children. In the year 
1854 she was burned to death by her clothing catching on fire. 

D. Jamieson Vawter was married, second, to Elizabeth Ann 
Waters, who was born in Henry county, Kentucky, and died in 
1848. 

Children of D. Jamieson and Elizabeth Ann (Waters) Vaw- 
ter: 

( I ) Julia Vawter was born at Campbellsburg, Kentucky, De- 
cember 2, 1838; married Thomas H. Riggs, who was born near 
Wilmington, Dearborn county, Indiana, August i, 1836. They 
live 'at 2308 Fourth avenue, Louisville, Kentucky. 

Children : 

a. George A, Riggs was born near Ghent, Carroll county, 
Kentucky, July 20, 1858; married April 23, 1891, to Elizabeth 
Walhouser; died July 24, 1904. Their children : 

(a) George Wesley Riggs, born in Louisville, Kentucky, 
September 17, 1892. 

(b) Charles Edmund Riggs, born in Louisville, Kentucky, 
February 18, 1894. 

(c) Elizabeth Viola May Riggs, born in Louisville, Ken- 
tucky, December 12, 1896. 

b. Jane Elizabeth Riggs was born near Ghent, Kentucky, 
October 25, i860; died June i, 1877, 

c. Julia Catherine Riggs was born near Ghent. Kentucky, 
September 13, 1862; died December 2, 1868. 

d. John Thomas Riggs was born near Ghent, Kentucky, July 
15, 1864; married May 7, 1890, to Mary Haberstich. who was 
born in Louisville, Kentucky, July 25, 1867. They live in Louis- 
ville, Kentuckv. Their children are : 

(a) Edwin T. Riggs was born in Louisville, Kentucky, De- 
cember 12, 1 89 1. 

(b) Albert R. Riggs was born in Louisville, Kentucky, June 
29, 1893. 

(c) Flora Lee Riggs was born in Nashville, Tennessee, July 

9. 1895- 

(d) Ida May Riggs was born in Nashville, Tennessee, Au- 
gust 15, 1897. 



3l6 THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 

(e) Julia L. Riggs was born in Memphis, Tennessee, July 21, 
1902. 

e. Richard J. Riggs was born in Aurora, Indiana, June 25, 
1866; died August 25, 1868. 

/. Ariel I. Riggs was born in Aurora, Indiana, May 20, 1876. 

g. Emmett Vawter Riggs was born in Aurora, Indiana, De- 
cember 4, 1880; married July 15, 1903, to Catherine E. Russell, 
who was born on Russell Hill, near Pewee Valley, Oldham 
county, Kentucky. They live in Louisville, Kentucky, and have 
one child, Charles Russell Riggs, who was born in Louisville, 
March 22, 1905. 

(2) Alpheus Vawter was a Confederate under the command 
of General John H. Morgan, and was killed at Mt. Sterling, 
Kentucky. 

(3) Jesse Vawter died young. 

(4) John Wesley Vawter was born near Campbellsburg, 
Kentucky, March 10, 1844; joined the Confederate army under 
the noted Kentucky guerilla. Colonel George M. Jesse, and re- 
mained until the war closed in 1865. He was married at Port 
Royal, Kentucky, January 7, 1868, to Matilda Roberta Johnston, 
who was born near New Liberty, Kentucky, March 19, 1847. 
They had one child, which died in infancy. J. W. Vawter has 
been a farmer, a buyer and seller of leaf tobacco, and of late years 
a lawyer. He lives in Turner's Station, Kentucky. 

(5) Jamieson died in infancy. 

D, Jamieson Vawter was married, third, October 30, 1850, to 
Susan B. Conner (daughter of Torrence and Susan Conner), 
who was born in Trimble county, Kentucky, March 19, 1834. 
D. J. Vawter died in Arkansas City, Kansas, June 9, 1903. His 
wife lives with her son Jamieson. 

Children of D. Jamieson and Susan (Conner) Vawter: 

(i) Virginia Vawter was born in Milton, Kentucky, March 
17, 1853; married, first, to John A. Netherland, of Trimble 
county, Kentucky, who was born in 1848 and died in September, 
1884. 

Children : 

a. John Ray, born April 23, 1875. 



THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 317 

b. Harriet Virginia, born August 24, 1877. Is a nurse, living 
in Chicago. 

c. Josephine, born May 12, 1878. 

Virginia (Vawter) Netherland was married, second, March, 
1892, to Charles A. Doughty, who was born in New York, April 
22, 1839. 

They, with their daughter Josephine, live at Craig, Holt 
county, Missouri. 

(2) Jamieson Vawter was born in Milton, Kentucky, Sep- 
tember 18, 1856; married in Trimble county, Kentucky, Novem- 
ber 17. 1884, to Sallie G. Snyder (daughter of William and 
Delia Snyder), who was born in Trimble county, Kentucky, 
September 3, i860; died in Arkansas City, Kansas, April 21, 

1893. 

Their children were : 

a. Delia S. Vawter, born in Arkansas City, Kansas, Septem- 
ber 3, 1885. 

b. F. Bruce Vawter, born in Arkansas City, December 22, 
1886. 

c. Milton Jamieson Vawter, born in Arkansas City, April 21, 
1889. 

d. Wiley R. Vawter, born in Carroll county, Kentucky, April 
3, 1891. 

e. William S. Vawter, born in Arkansas City, Kansas, March 
29, 1893. 

Jamieson Vawter was married, second, at Paris, Kentucky, No- 
vember 13, 1894, to Adah C. Vivion (daughter of Irvin and 
Mary Ann Vivion), who was born in Boone county, Missouri, 
September 4, 1870; died in Columbia, Boone county, Missouri, 
March 22, 1904. Jamieson Vawter is a physician, living in Ar- 
kansas City, Kansas. 

Children : 

a. Adah Mary Vawter, born in Arkansas City, October 20, 
1895. 

b. Lena Virginia Vivion Vawter, born in Ponca City, Okla- 
homa, June 14, 1899. 

(3) Milton B. Vawter was born in Milton, Kentucky, Sep- 



3l8 THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 

tember 8, 1858; married June 21, 1882, in Arkansas City, Kansas, 
to Alma N. Nixon, who was born in St. Joseph, Missouri, Octo- 
ber 2^, 1858. Milton B. Vawter is a dentist, living in Arkansas 
City, Kansas. 

Children : 

a. Milton Ben Vawter, born and died August 26, 1883. 

h. Muriel Ben Vawter, born November i, 1884, in Arkansas 
City. 

c. Jamieson Shepard Vawter, born September 23, 1886, in 
Arkansas City. 

d. Milton Ballard Vawter, born October 4, 1888, in Arkansas 
City. 

e. Noah James Dixon Vawter, born July 16, 1894; died June 
18, 1896. 

/. Joe Philemon Vawter, born September 3, 1898, in Arkan- 
sas City. 

(4) Jefferson Davis Vawter, born May 10, 1861, in Milton, 
Kentucky. Is married and living in Natchez, Mississippi. 

2 
John Vawter 

John, son of Jesse and Frances (Watts) Vawter, was married 
to Mary E. Nichols. John lived in Milton, Kentucky. 
Children of John and Mary (Nichols) Vawter: 

(1) John. 

(2) Wallace; married Elizabeth Francis Caplinger. 
Children of Wallace and Elizabeth (Caplinger) Vawter: 

a. Goldie; married Otis Perkinson, of Trout, Kentucky, 
They have one child, Pauline. 

h. Sylvia ; married Harry Cull, of Milton, Kentucky. 
c. Herman Wallace. 

(3) Mary married Harvey Rutherford and lives in Madison, 
Indiana. 

Children : Harry, dead ; married Emma King, Ernest, How- 
ard, Emma, Katherine, Roy. 

(4) Fanny married Mr. Cole. Is dead. Did live in Milton, 
Kentucky. 



THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 319 

Children : John, Mary, died. 

(5) Harriet. 

(6) Milly. 

(7) Driicilla married John Eads. Lives in Madison, Indiana. 
Children : Edward, Robert, Clifford, Sherley, Mary, Arthur, 

Harry, Lena, died. 

3 
William H. Vawter 

William H., son of Jesse and Frances (Watts) Vawter, was 

born , — ; married Mary Ravenell, of Bedford, Kentucky. 

They moved from Bedford, Kentucky, to Chicago, Illinois, where 
William died. His widow lives in Chicago, at 2443 West Ohio 
street. 

Children : Alexander, Prospey, Absalom, Mary, Annie, Carrie 
and Jessie. 



Absalom Vawter 

Absalom, son of Jesse and Frances (Watts) Vawter, went to 
Bardstown, Kentucky ; married Caroline McGill. Was in general 
merchandise business in Stevensport, Kentucky, in 1847. -^^ 
children. 

5 
Adaline (Vawter) Nichols 

Adaline, daughter of Jesse and Frances (Watts) Vawter, mar- 
ried William Nichols. No children. 



Nancy (Vawter) Hayden 
Nancy, daughter of Jesse and Frances (Watts) Vawter, mar- 



320 THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 

ried a Hayden. They had two children : Mary and Isaiah. Isaiah 
died young. Mary married WilHam Swiney and went to Indian 
Territory before the Civil War. Her mother joined her there. 

7 
Mary Vawter 

Mary, daughter of Jesse and Frances (Watts) Vawter, was 
never married. 

8 

Elizabeth (Vawter) Glover 

Elizabeth, daughter of Jesse and Frances (Watts) Vawter, 
married a Glover and lived in Bedford, Kentucky. They had 
one child in 1848. They moved to Missouri soon after 1848, and 
their location is unknown. 



V. 

BEVERLY VAWTER5 

(Philemon*, David^, John2, Johni) 

(1789-1873) 

m. 

ELIZABETH CRAWFORD 
(1792-1866) 



r 



Children* 



Grandchildren' 



I. Pascal Vawterm. 
Eliza Mavity 



(i) Mary Ann m. 
Peter T. 
Hedges 



(2) John Beverly 
m. 
Flora Keith 



G. Grandchil- 


G. G. Grandchil 


dren* 


dren» 




Dora A. 




Fred A. 




Arthur 


ThaddeusA. in. 
Mary Atkinson 


Mary 
Herman 




Bertram 




Grace 




^ Mildred 


Ida May m. [ 
Lee Cronkhite 


Mary E. 


Rosa Blanche ra, 
Hiram Brown 


' Earl Radford 
Dorothy M. 
Myrtle M. 



1 Charles M. m. 
Ida Heloy 



Alice F. m. 
C. E. Firebaugh 



Mattie D. 
Myrtle E. m. 
Albert Denger 

Minnie F. m. 
Bertie Tillotson 

Keith m. 

Cora E. Kiser 
Rena 



< One son, d. 

Harold 

Lela 

Lee 

P. T. Norman 

Lois 

A son 



( Flora E. 
I L. B. An 



Arden 



322 



THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 



(3) Samantha J. m. i 
Levi M. Hedges 



Lourena I. m. 
Joseph B. Enix 

Ashba V. m. 
Mary Mildred 
Wear 

Lora O. 
Mary A. m. 

Charles Smith 
Lida m. 

J. S.Gill 
John M. m. 

Effie A.Saunders 
William R. 
Melinda S. 

Charles K. m. 
Vietta Kingham 

Walter G. m. 

Mamie Wills 
Levi M. F. 



r Frank C. m. 
{4) Aureana m. J Lillian Lepper 
Milton S. Vaw- i ^^^^.^ ^ 

I Bert Watts, d. 



<S Clara M. 
( Elmo 

C Effie Grace 
J Albion Tourgee 
1 Mary Mildred 
I Eva Luella 
i, Ashba Vawter, Jr. 



Thelma May 



ter 



I. Pascal Vawter j 
{Continued} 



(5) Alecy m. 
Jesse L. Trues- 
dell 



(6) Dotham, d. s. 



(7) Charles Pub- 
lius m. Susan 
Degman 



(8) James Mavity 
m. ist. Mary 
Williams 

2d. 

Lura Sander- 



Rhoyden 
Nadyne 



Louise 



r Aureana m. 
John Mullin 



Alverda m. 
Robert Stricklett 

SallieS. 

Quintus V. m. 
Flora F. Fearis 



Lulu May, d. s. 
Charles Richard 
m. C. Delia 
Morrison 

James A. m. 
-( Ida May McCoy 

Jesse Gertrude, d. 
Henry Garfield, d. 
Ellie Bessie, d. 
Frank, d. 
A daughter, d. 



j John Shea 
"1 Maud M. 
1^ Herbert Orin 

( Shubert 
; Earl Rea 



Oleta W. 



Velma Crystel 



Charles Porter 



( Le 
I Di 



Lena Elsie, d. 
ck Mavity 



Fred Beverly 
Marv Lucile 



4 



THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 



3-0 



2. Lucinda m. 

Thos. Blair 

3. Rebecca, d. s. 

4. Mclinda, d. s. 



?'■ 



) Elizabeth m. 
Milton West 



5. Philemon m. 
Martha 
Humphreys 



6. James m. 
Mary Elder 



7. Richard m. 
ist. 
Maria Lame 



2d. 
Elizabethlrwin 



8. Cyrus m. 

Sarah A.Finley 



9. Samuel m. 

Frances Ames 



! 



10. John M. m. 
Sarah J. Par- 
dun 



(i) Humphreys m. 
Carter 

(2) Hettie Hawes 

ra. Maurice 
Joyce 

(3) Sallie Beverly 
m. \Vm. H. 

Harris 

(4) Robert Craw- 
ford (dau.) ra. 

\Vm. A.Milli- 
ken 

No children 

(i) Jane m. 

ist. Charles H. 
Wright 

2d. 

Richard John- 
son 

(2) Cyrus Phile- 
mon m. Martha 

Roush 

(3) Joseph, d. s. 

(4) Anna m. 
Charles E. Ir- 
win 

(i) Samantha, d. 

(2) Wm. Ira m. 
EttaM. Hill 

(i) Nannie m. 
Winfield Dra- 
per 

(2) James L. m. 
Ethel Ransdall 

(3) Mollie m. 
Herbert Fisher 

(i) Minnie Bell m. 
Alfonso Harold 

(2) Walter m. 

Annie M. Haw- 
thorn 



Cora B. ra. j Esther 

G. W. Vandergrift "( Ethel 



Claude Philemon 



Maurice 

Humphreys 

Edwin Vawter 
Beverly 

Humphreys 
Hettie Vawter 

Rhoda Jamieson 



No children 



No children 



Joseph 
Vawter Oliver 



Vernon Hill 
Wm. Ira, Jr. 

No children 



Edna 

No children 



324 THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 

V 

BEVERLY VAWTER 

Beverly, the son of Philemon and Anne Vawter, was born Sep- 
tember 28, 1789; married March 5, 1812, Elizabeth Crawford, 
who was born March 29, 1792, in Jared county, Kentucky. Eliza- 
beth Crawford was the sister of James Crawford, who married 
Lucy Vawter, a sister of Beverly. Beverly Vawter came from 
Kentucky to Jefferson county, Indiana, in 181 1. He was a well- 
known Christian minister. A full account of his life will be found 
in "Biographical Sketches of the Pioneer Preachers of Indiana," 
by Madison Evans, A. M., published in Philadelphia by J. Challen 
& Sons, 1398 Chestnut street. 

Beverly Vawter died April i, 1872, and Elizabeth, his wife, 
died January 29, 1866. 

The children of Beverly and Elizabeth (Crawford) Vawter 
were : Pascal, Lucinda. Rebecca, Melinda, Philemon, James, 
Richard, Cyrus, Samuel and John. 



Pascal Vawter 

Pascal, son of Beverly and Elizabeth (Crawford) Vawter, was 
born January 6, 181 3, in Madison, Indiana; married April i, 
1834, in Jennings county, Indiana, to Eliza Mavitv; died Jan- 
uary 26, 1899. 

Eliza (Mavity) Vawter, the youngest daughter of John and 
Dorothea Mavity, was born in Montgomery county. Kentucky,, 
near Mt. Sterling, May 7, 181 3; died August 11, 1904. 

Children : Mary Ann, John Beverly, Samantha Jane, Aureana, 
Alecy, Eliza, Dotham, Charles Publius and James Mavity. 

( i) Mary Ann, daughter of Pascal -and Eliza (Mavity) Vaw- 
ter, was born December 11, 1836, in Jefferson county, Indiana; 
married March 12, 1857, in Rowan county, Kentucky, to Peter 
Thompson Hedges, who v/as born January 29, 1831, in Fleming 
county, Kentucky. 



THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 325 

Children : 

a. Thaddeus A. Hedges was born August 22, 1859, in Rowan 
county, Kentucky; married February 19, 1882, to Mary V. Atkin- 
son. T. A, Hedges is a Christian minister, living in LaGrange, 
Missouri. 

Children : 

(a) Dora A. Hedges, born September 23, 1883. 

(b) Fred A., born June 16, 1886. 

(c) Arthur, born July 3, 1888. 

(d) Mary, born March 19, 1890. 

(e) Herman, born December i, 1891. 

(f) Bertram, born December i, 1893. 

(g) Grace, born January 25, 1896. 
(h) Mildred, born March 11, 1898. 

h. Ida May Hedges was born in Vermilion county, Illinois, 
April 30. 1865; married March 19, 1891, to Lee Cronkhite, a 
farmer. They have one child, Mary E., who was born October 
6, 1900. Live in Medaryville, Indiana. 

c. Rosa Blanche Hedges was born October 9, 1867; married 
December 24, 1891, to Hiram Brown, a farmer living in Medary- 
ville, Indiana. They have three children. 

(a) Earl Radford Brown, born May 29, 1893. 

(b) Dorothy M. Brown, born February 7, 1895. 

(c) Myrtle M. Brown, born March 7, 1897. 

d. Charles M. Hedges, born October 25, 1869; married July 
26, 1896, to Ida Heloy. They had one son, who died. 

e. Alice F. Hedges was born July 18, 1872; married Decem- 
ber II, 1892, to C. E. Firebaugh, a farmer of Medaryville, In- 
diana. They have six children. 

(a) Harold Firebaugh, born September 22, 1893. 

(b) Lela Firebaugh, born May 4, 1895. 

(c) Lee Firebaugh, born August 16, 1897. 

(d) P. T. Norman Firebaugh, born January 11, 1901. 

(e) Lois Firebaugh, born January 18, 1903. 

(f) A son, born December 5, 1904. 

/. Mattie D. Hedges was born January 20, 1875. She is a 
teacher in the high school at Medaryville, Indiana. 



326 THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 

g. Myrtle E. Hedges, born December 21, 1877; married De- 
cember 31, 1 90 1, to Albert Denger, of Medaryville, Indiana. 

h. Minnie F. Hedges, born December 21, 1877; married De- 
cember 26, 1897, to Bertie Tillotson, a farmer of Potomac, Illi- 
nois. They have two children: Flora E., born April 10, 1899, 
and L. B. Arden, born September 22, 1901. 

(Minnie and Myrtle Hedges were twins.) 

(2) John Beverly, son of Pascal and Eliza (Mavity) Vaw- 
ter, was born at Madison, Indiana, December 19, 1839; married 
March 3, 1870, to Flora Keith, who was born in Tyrrell county, 
Ohio, February 25, 1851. John Beverly Vawter was a member 
of the Fourth Kentucky Volunteer Mounted Infantry, and was 
captured in an early attempt to destroy railroads between Atlanta 
and the sea, and was held in the Andersonville prison for nine 
months, or until the close of the war. He was a graduate of Ken- 
tucky University Bible Schools ; was a Christian minister, and 
was for eighteen years general secretary of the Iowa Christian 
Association. He wrote a number of books, one being "Prison 
Life in Dixie." He died in Des Moines, Iowa, January 28, 1897. 

Children of John Beverly and Flora (Keith) Vawter were: 
a. Keith Vawter, born April 22, 1872 ; married August, 1897, 

to Cora Elizabeth Kiser, who was born in Iowa in 1872. They 

live in Chicago, Illinois, where Keith Vawter is manager for the 

Redpath Lyceum Bureau. No children. 

h. Rena Vawter was born October 20, 1874. Lives in Des 

Moines, Iowa, where she is a demonstrator of domestic science. 

(3) Samantha Jane, daughter of Pascal and Eliza (Mavity) 
Vawter, was born February 6, 1841 ; married November 10, 1857, 
to Levi Marion Hedges, a farmer, who was born in Fleming 
county, Kentucky, May 30, 1832. Samantha Jane Hedges died 
at Fithian, Illinois, in 1884. 

Children of Levi Marion and Samantha Jane Hedges : 
a. Lourena I. Hedges was born August 20, 1858; married 
March 26, 1879. to Joseph B. Enix; died in 1883. 
Children : 

(a) Clara M. Enix. 

(b) Elmo Enix. 



THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 32/ 

b. Ashba V. Hedges was born in Rockville, Kentucky, 
August 29, i860; married June 21, 1891, at Danville, Illinois, to 
Mary Mildred Wear, who was born at Perryville, Indiana, Sep- 
tember 4. 1874. Ashba V. Hedges is principal of schools at Nor- 
catur. Kansas. 

Children : 

(a) Effie Grace Hedges, born October 25. 1893. 

(b) Albion Tourgee Hedges, born September 11, 1895. 

(c) Mary Mildred Hedges, born August 3. 1899. 

(d) Eva Luella Hedges, born September 25, 1901. 

(e) Ashba Vawter Hedges, Jr.. born December 28, 1903. 

c. Lora O. Hedges, born November 26, 1862; died in 1883. 
(/. Mary A. Hedges, born August 26, 1865 ; married August 

22, 1886, to Charles E. Smith; died in 1886. 

c. Lida Hedges, born May 30, 1868; married May 30, 1901, 
to J. S. Gill. J. S. Gill is a carpenter, living in Topeka, Kansas. 

Children : 

(a) . 

(b) . 

/. John M. Hedges was born May 25, 1870; married Novem- 
ber 28, 1895, to Effie A. Saunders, who was born . John M. 

Hedges is a railroad carpenter, living at Denison, Kansas. 

Children : 

(a) . 

(b) . 

(c) . 

(d) . 



g. William R. Hedges, born February 22, 1873; died Feb- 
ruary, 1873. 

Ji. Melinda S. Hedges, born February 22, 1873; died Feb- 
ruar>', 1873. 

/. Charles E. Hedges, born December 2y, 1876; married Jan- 
uary 22, 1902, to Vietta Kingham, who was born . 

Charles E. Hedges is a school teacher living at North Cedar, 
Kansas. 

Children : 

(a) Thelma May. 



328 THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 

y. Walter G. Hedges, born at Mimcie, Illinois, March 18, 
1880; married January i, 1903, to Mamie Wills, who was born 
at Muscotah, Kansas, August 9, 1883. 

Walter G. Hedges is a railroader, living at Denison, Kansas. 

Children : 

(a) Perpecta Marie Hedges, born at Kansas City, Missouri, 
October 16, 1903. 

k. Levi Marion Hedges, born June 16, 1882; is a carpenter 
living at Bear River City, Utah. 

(4) Aureana, daughter of Pascal and Eliza (Mavity) Vaw- 
ter, was born January i, 1843 ; married to Milton S. Vawter, De- 
cember 28, 1865 ; died October 31, 1872. 

( For children of Aureana and Milton S. Vawter, see record 
of Milton S. Vawter.) 

(5) Alecy, daughter of Pascal and Eliza (Mavity) Vawter, 
wa.s born February 20, 1845 ; married February 4, 1868, to Jesse 
L. Truesdell, who was born November 14, 1847, in Lewis county, 
Kentucky. Mr. Truesdell is a farmer living at Cove Dale, Ken- 
tucky. 

Children of Jesse and Alecy (Vawter) Truesdell : 

a. Aureana Truesdell was born May 13, 1869 ; married March 

19, 1896, to John Mullen. Mr. Mullen is pastor of the Church of 

the Disciples in McConnelsville, Ohio. 
Children of John and Aureana Mullen are : 

(a) Louise, born January 10, 1897. 

(b) John Shea, born May 15, 1900. 

(c) Maud M., born February 2, 1902. 

(d) Herbert Orin, born August 14, 1904. 

h. Alverda Truesdell was born October 7, 1871 ; married 
February 24, 1898, to Robert Stricklett, a farmer living near 
McKenzie, Lewis county, Kentucky. 

Children of Robert and Alverda Stricklett : 

(a) Shubert A., born December 18, 1898. 

(b) Earl Rea, born March 23, 1903. 

c. Sallie S. Truesdell was born June 3, 1874. 

d. Quintus Vawter Truesdell was born August 7, 1879; mar- 



THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 329 

ried March 21, 1901, to Flora F. Fearis. Is a farmer, living at 
Cove Dale, Kentucky. 

Mr. and Mrs. Q. V. Truesdell have one child, Oleta W., who 
was born October 7, 1902. 

(6) Dotham, son of Pascal and Eliza (Mavity) Vawter, was 
born April 30, 1847; died October 29, 1869, at Ferris, Kentucky. 

(7) Charles Publius, son of Pascal and Eliza (Mavity) Vaw- 
ter, was born May 2"/, 1840; married September 9, 1875, to 
Susan Degman. Charles P. Vawter taught school for a while in 
Lewis county. Kentucky; farmed in Mason county for several 
years; was in the insurance business for a while, and is now in 
the office of the Produce Shippers Despatch Co., of Lexington, 
Kentucky. 

Children of Charles P. and Susan (Degman) Vawter: 

a. Lulu May, born July 26, 1876; died February 12, 1892. 

b. Charles Richard LeRoy, born September 22, 1878; mar- 
ried May 20, 1903, to Carolyn Delia Morrison, of Sonora, Ken- 
tucky. C. R. L. Vawter is pastor of the South Meridian Street 
Church at Indianapolis, Indiana. He has one child, Velma 
Crystel, born July 29, 1904. 

c. James Arthur, born December 21. 1879; married October 
22, 1902, to Ida May McCoy, of Lexington, Kentucky, who was 
born January 5, 1881. James A. Vawter is employed in the 
Louisville & Evansville shops at Lexington, Kentucky. He has. 
one child, Charles Porter LeRoy, who was born April 19, 1904. 

d. and c. Jessie Gertrude and Henry Garfield (twins), born 
in 1881 ; died in 1882. 

/. Ellie Bessie, born in 1883; died in 1884. 

g. Frank, born in 1886; died in infancy. 

h. A daughter, born in 1896; died in infancy. 

(8) James Mavity, son of Pascal and Eliza (Mavity) Vaw- 
ter was born December 21, 1852, in Jefferson county. Indiana; 
married May 14, 1884 to Mary L. Williams, who was born De- 
cember 20, 1863, in Quincy, Illinois, and died September 20, 1889. 

Children of James Mavity and Mary (Williams) Vawter 
were : 

a. Lena Elsie, born December 5. 1885 ; died October 10, 1886. 



330 THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 

h. Dick Mavity, born December i8, 1888. 

James M. Vawter was married, second, December 11, 1890, to 
Lura J. Sanderson. 

Children : 

a. Fred Beverly, born December 28, 1891. 

h. Mary Lucile, born August 31, 1895. 

James Mavity Vawter is pastor of the Christian Church at 
Jeffersonville, Indiana. 



LuciNDA (Vawter) Blair 

Lucinda, daughter of Beverly and Elizabeth Vawter, was born 
September 30. 1814. in Jefferson county, Indiana; married to 
Thomas Blair, a farmer; died August 30, 1845. They had one 
child, Elizabeth V., who was born July 17, 1845, ^^^ after the 
death of her mother lived with her grandparents, Beverly and 
Elizabeth Vawter, until her marriage to Milton West, February 
2, 1 87 1. She died January 27, 1875, leaving one child, Cora. 
(See record of Milton West.) Thomas Blair died near Ver- 
sailles, Indiana, July, 1881. 

3 

Rebecca Vawter 

Rebecca, daughter of Beverly and Elizabeth (Crawford) Vaw- 
ter, died as a child. 

4 
Melinda Vawter 

Melinda, daughter of Beverly and Elizabeth (Crawford) Vaw- 
ter, died as a child. 

5 
Philemon Vawter 

Philemon, son of Beverly and Elizabeth (Crawford) Vawter, 
was born June 22, 1819, near Madison, Indiana. He was a 



THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 33 1 

Christian minister. He preached in and about Madison for a 
while, then moved to IlHnois, where he studied and entered upon 
the practice of law at Springfield. He was a successful lawyer, 
but concluded to return to the ministry. It was said that Mr. 
Lincoln met Mrs. Vawter on the street in Springfield and said : 
"Do you know what reason your husband had for abandoning the 
law? Had he anything like financial reverses?" "Why, no," 
said Mrs. Vawter, "it was conscience with him ; pure conviction 
of duty." 

Philemon Vawter preached for many years in different sections 
of the country, and finally went to Washington City from Port 
Gibson, Mississippi. He was visiting in Vienna, Virginia, near 
Washington, and while there had a fall down a stairway which 
resulted in his death. He died October 2, 1894. 

Philemon Vawter married Martha A. Humphreys, of Wood- 
ford county, Kentucky. 

Children of Philemon and Martha (Humphreys) Vawter: 

( 1 ) Humphreys Vawter married Miss Carter and went to 
Oregon; died in Denver in 1887. He had one son, Claude 
Philemon. 

(2) Hettie Hawes Vawter married Maurice Joyce, of Fort 
Leavenworth, Kansas, and had one son, Maurice Humphreys. 
Mrs. Joyce died in St. Louis, Missouri, August, 1885. 

(3) Sarah Beverly Vawter married William H. Harris, of 
Cleveland, Ohio, and had three children : Edwin Vawter, Bev- 
erly Humphreys and Llettie Vawter. Mrs. Harris lives in Wash- 
ington City. 

(4) Robert Crawford Vawter married Judge William A. 
Milliken, of Nashville, Tennessee, and has one daughter, Rhoda 
Jamieson. They live in Washington City. 



James Vawter 

James, son of Beverly and Elizabeth (Crawford) Vawter, mar- 
ried Mary Elder; died February 27, 1894, at Bogota, Illinois. 
He had no children. His Vv'ife lives at Wakefield, Jasper county, 
Illinois. 



332 THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 

7 

Richard Vawter 

Richard, son of Beverly and Elizabeth (Crawford) Vawter, 
was born September 22, 1828, near Madison, Indiana; married 
January 13, 1848, to Maria Lame, who was born in Jefferson 
county, Indiana, August 25, 1827, and died September 23, 1881. 

Children of Richard and Maria (Lame) Vawter: 

( 1 ) Jennie Vawter was born near Madison, Indiana ; married 
April 28, 1869, to Dr. Charles H. Wright, who was born in Cin- 
cinnati, Ohio, December 22, 1839, and died August 26, 1889, in 
North Madison, Indiana. 

Dr. Charles H. Wright graduated from the Ohio Medical Col- 
lege in 1870, and was a practicing physician and surgeon at Madi- 
son. Indiana. He served as a Union soldier in the War of the 
Rebellion, was wounded and in the military hospital for a while. 
After his recovery, he was connected with the medical depart- 
ment during the remainder of his service, as assistant surgeon. 

Jennie (Vawter) Wright was married, second, November 6, 
1900, to Richard Johnson, who was born in Belfast, Ireland, Jan- 
uary 12, 1829. 

Mr. Johnson left Belfast for New York in 1850; remained in 
New York City one year, then v.ent to Madison, Indiana, where 
he has since been identified with many of its large business inter- 
ests. Mr. Johnson is a banker and a Presbyterian. 

(2) Cyrus Philemon Vawter was born February 4, 1852; 
married in Acton, Indiana, in 1878, to Martha Roush; died April 
5, 1 88 1. He was a physician and lived in Acton, Indiana. 

(3) Joseph Vawter was born February 12, 1858; died, un- 
married, December 18, 1896. 

(4) Anna Vawter was born January 7, 1866; married April 
I, 1897, to Charles E. Irwin, who was born May 4, i860, in Mon- 
roe township, Jefferson county, Indiana. They live near Madison, 
Indiana, R. R. No. 10. 

Children : 

a. Joseph Irwin, born August 21, 1898. 

h. Vawter Oliver Irwin, born February 25, 1905. 



THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 333 

Richard Vawter was married, second, October ii, 1897, to 
Elizabeth A. Irwin, a sister to the husband of his daughter Anna. 
Ehzabeth (Irwin) Vawter was born August 5, 1852. No chil- 
dren. 

Richard Vawter and wife live on a farm near Madison, Indiana. 



8 

Cyrus Vawter 

Cyrus, the son of Beverly and Elizabeth (Crawford) Vawter, 
was born near Madison, Indiana, September 28, 1830; married 
in Linn county, Oregon, December 10, 1857, to Sarah A. Finley, 
who was born in Piatt county, Missouri, May 18, 1840. 

Cyrus Vawter went to Oregon with Philemon Vawter Craw- 
ford and family in the year 1851. They went by water to St. 
Joseph, Missouri, and from there went overland with an ox team. 
It took them six months to make the trip from Madison to the 
Willamette Valley in Oregon. Cyrus Vawter located at a place 
then known as Boston Mills, where he became the owner of large 
flouring mills. He died in Linn county, Oregon, February 11, 
1864, and was buried at Crawfordsville, Oregon. His wife (now 
Mrs. Sarah A. Ribelin) lives at Halsey, Linn county, Oregon. 

Children of Cyrus and Sarah ( Finley) Vawter : 

(i) Samantha Vawter, born October 10, 1858; died Novem- 
ber I, 1858. 

(2) William Ira Vawter, born March 24, 1863; married 
February 10, 1889, to Etta M. Hill, who was born at Silver City, 
Idaho, January 23, 1869. 

W. I. Vawter is president of the Jackson County Bank of Med- 
ford, Oregon, and has represented Douglas and Jackson counties 
in the legislature. 

Children of W. I. and Etta (Hill) Vawter: 

a. Vernon Hill Vawter, born in Medford, Oregon, November 
13, 1890. 

b. William Ira Vawter. Jr., born in Medford, Oregon, May 
21, 1894. 



334 THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 

9 

Samuel Vawter 

Samuel, son of Beverly and Elizabeth (Crawford) Vawter, 
was born near Madison, Indiana, December 24, 1832; married 
October 16, 1853, to Frances Ames, who was born August 7, 
1834, near Madison, Indiana. Samuel Vawter was a miller. He 
died in Franklin, Indiana, March 15, 1884. 

Children of Samuel and Frances (Ames) Vawter: 
(i) Nannie Vawter was born December 17, 1856; married 
June 19, 1878, to Winfield S. Draper, who was born March 25, 
1852, near Franklin, Indiana. Mr. Draper is in the grocery busi- 
ness in Franklin. No children. 

(2) James L. Vawter was born November 2^, 1864; mar- 
ried June 25, 1902, to Ethel Ransdall, who was born May 30, 
1 881, near Franklin, Indiana. 

James Vawter is a traveling salesman for a New York wall- 
paper company, and lives in Des Moines, Iowa. 

(3) Mollie Vawter was born December 5, 1867; married 
June 4, 1889, to Herbert M. Fisher, who was born July 2, 1867, 
in Vinton, Iowa. Mr. Fisher is a wholesale and retail dealer in 
meats and produce, and lives in Franklin, Indiana. One child, 
Edna, born April i, 1890. 

10 
John M. Vawter 

John M., son of Beverly and Elizabeth (Crawford) Vawter, 
was born in Shelby township, Jefferson county, Indiana, Feb- 
ruary 29, 1836; married. Thursday, April 15, 1869, in Jefferson 
county, Indiana, to Sarah J. Pardun, daughter of Walter Kanap 
and Diana Pardun. Sarah (Pardun) Vawter was born April 18, 
1847, i^ Manchester, Dearborn county, Indiana. John M. Vaw- 
ter is a retired merchant, living in Indianapolis, Indiana. 



THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 335 

Children of John M. and Sarah (Pardun) Vawter : 

(i) Minnie Bell Vawter was born in Jefferson county, In- 
diana, April 13, 1870; married June 14, 1894, in Greenwood, 
Indiana, to Dr. Alfonso R. Harold, who was born October 27, 
1867, near Tonganohie, Kansas. Dr. Harold is connected with 
the Physio-Medical College of Indiana ; is a member of the Na- 
tional and State Associations, and was appointed delegate to the 
American Congress on Tuberculosis at Washington, D. C, in 
April, 1905. Dr. Harold and wife live in Indianapolis, Indiana. 

(2) Walter Wright Vawter was born August 11, 1875, ^^ 
Ripley county, Indiana; married November 12, 1901, to Annie 
Myrtle Hawthorn, in Helena, Montana. Annie (Hawthorn) 
Vawter was born January 7, 1879, at Eugene, Iowa. 

Walter W. Vawter lives at 2725 Humboldt avenue, South 
Minneapolis, Minnesota, and is engaged in the lumber business. 



VI. 

LUCY VAWTER5 

(Philemon^, David^, John^, Johni) 

m. 

JAMES CRAWFORD 

(1790-1856) 



Children* 


Grandchildren' 


G. Grandchil- 


G. G. Grandchil 






dren" 


dren^ 




' (i) Beverly v., d.s. 








(2) Henry Paschal 


' Alice m. 






m. 


Church 






Elizabeth Fin- 
ley 


Phil. V. 
>. Richard F. 


Virginia E 
Arthur 
Janet Content 






" William V. m. 


J. Spencer 






Cora Spencer 


Margaret 
W. Vawter, Jr. 
Jasper V., Jr. 
_ Cora May 






Letitia J. m. 


Rae 




(3) Jasper Vincent 


L.G. Atherton 


Leona Crawford 




ro. 

Elizabeth N. ' 
Dunlap 


Maud Maria ra. 
Chas. A. Jones 


1 Francis Vawter 


Philemon Vaw- 
ter Crawford 
m. 




Philemon Vawter 
Clyde Piatt, d. s. 
Gertrude 




Letitia S.Smith 




Jasper Garfield 
Robert Neal 
Otheo Glenn 
Jesse Dunlap, d. s. 








'Effie Ellen m. 


' Ralph 

Orin 
^ Theda 




(4) Elvin J. m. 


Ed. Fenton ^ 




1st 

Mary J. Way- 
mire 


Edwin Manifred m. 
Margaret C. 
Lemon 


George 

Orville Franklin 




2d 


Elvin John 






Alice Adams 


Mary Letitia m. 


' Alicia 






James W. Kim- ^ 


Clark 




3d 


ball 


^ Duane 




Mrs. Anna Mills 


Elma May m. 
Wm. E. Porth 

Phil Vawter 
^ Uleric Zwingle 


Willma 



THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 



Z2>7 



Philemon Vaw- 
ter Crawford 
( Continued) 



(5) Margaret S. m. 
ist 

William Con- 
over 
2d 
H. M. Little 

(6) UlricL., d.s. 

(7) Otheo, d. s. 

(8) Goodwin, d. s. 



(9) 



Mary A. ni. 
M. A. Dunlap 



2. Robert Craw- 
ford, d. s. 



(lo) Zilpha, d. s. 



(ii) Louisa Serrel 
m. 
T. A. Lewis 



(12) 



B. Vawter m. 
Mary F. Cow- 
gill 



H. D. 

O. M. 



) Zilplia m. 

I V. R. Fuller 



Mabel m. 
Park S. Shoff 



^ John B. m. 

Graciel Tabler 
Hattie M. m. 

Fred D. Rinehart 
Lottie Zilpha m. 

John A. Shields 
George Layton 
Wm. Philemon 
Lou Bessie Ella 
Elvin Crawford 

Arta Bell m. 
Wilson B. Sten- 
nett 
Francis Crawford, 

d. 
Ralph Everett 
Floyd Lindsay 
Josie Mary 
Oran Wright 
Annie Ethel 
Lila Catherine 
Lester Ambrose 
Eunice Viola 
i_ Rilla Ainslee 



f James Vawter 
-{ Clyde Franklin 
!_ Lewis Guy 



Hattie Lauretta 
David Gene 



Vera Camille 
Claud Atherton 



3. Rebecca Craw- 
ford m. 
Smith 



4. Rachel Craw- 
ford m. 
Peter Smith 



\" 



Children 



" (i) A son 



(2) Nira Elizabeth 
ni. i 

James Catch- 
ing 



( Oliver C. 
A dautjhter 
J. Reuben 
Mary Elizabeth m. 

1st 

Chas. Safely 

2d 

E. F. Otrden 
Ben H. 
1. Jesse Franklin 



Viola Lucreta 



338 



THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 



4. Rachel Smith 
(Continued) 



(3) Thos. Benton 
m. 

Amelia Whit- 
ten 



(4) James Craw- 

ford, d. s. 

(5) John Allen m. 
Minnie Martin 

(6) George Robert, 
d. 

(7) Jesse Vawter 
m. 

Nellie Whitten 

(8) Wm. Franklin 
m. 

Emma E. 
Thomas 



JohnH. 
Nira E, 
Thos. B. 
Geo. L. 
Viola C. 
Louisa H. 
Alfred W. 



Jesse R. 



Anna Rachel 



VI 



LUCY (VAWTER) CRAWFORD 

Lucy Vawter, daughter of Philemon and Anna Vawter, was 
born in Shelby county, Kentucky, in 1792, and died in Bartholo- 
mew county, Indiana, about 1832. She was married in 181 2 to 
James Maxwell Crawford ( son of James Crawford) , who was 
born in Jared county, Kentucky, March 3, 1790, and died at 
Hartsville, Indiana, October 13, 1856. James Maxwell Crawford 
was married, second, to Mrs. Susan Lanning, and third, to Mrs. 
Frances Wooden. 

Children of James and Lucy (Vawter) Crawford were: Ann, 
who died young, Philemon Vawter, Robert, who died at the age 
of fourteen, Rebecca, Rachel and five other daughters who died 
young. 

I. Philemon Vawter Crawford, son of James M. and Lucy 
(Vawter) Crawford, was born near Madison, Indiana, Septem- 
ber 24, 1814; married in December, 1833, to Letitia S. Smith, 
daughter of Henry and Margaret Smith, of Smyrna township, 
Jefferson county, Indiana. 



THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 339 

Letitia (Smith) Crawford was born August 28, 181 7; died in 
Crawfordsville, Oregon, June 13, 1896. Philemon Vawter Craw- 
ford died at Eugene. Oregon, February i. 1901. 



Life Sketch of Philemon Vawter Crawford 
(Written by himself in 1882) 

James Crawford, my grandfather on my father's side, was 
born in 1759 and reared on or near James River, Virginia, and at 
the age of sixteen years volunteered in what was known as the 
Virginia hne and served three years in the Revolutionary War. 
He afterward — date unknown to me — married Rebecca Ander- 
son, and they reared eight children, three sons and five daughters. 
My father, James Maxwell Crawford, was the third son, and was 
born March 3, 1790, in Jared county, Kentucky, where my grand- 
father had removed among the first settlers of that region, and 
where they had many bloody encounters with the savages, my 
grandfather having a full share in the troubles. 

But to hasten the story: My grandfather again moved, from 
Jared county, Kentucky, to Jefferson county, Indiana, in March, 
1811, when my father was twenty-one years of age, and settled 
within three miles of where the city of Madison now stands. 

My grandfather, Philemon Vawter, was also born in Virginia, 
and served in the Revolutionary War. He was an orphan boy, 
married his cousin Anna Vawter, and emigrated to Kentucky in 
early times and bore a full share in the Indian troubles. They 
reared ten children* — five boys and five girls — my mother being 
the second daughter. They moved from Kentucky to Jefferson 
county, Indiana, in the year 18 10, and settled where a portion of 
the city of Madison now stands. My father and mother were 
married early in the year 181 2, and reared ten children — eight 
girls and two boys — the oldest a girl, myself the next. I was 
born September 24, 1814. 

*Mr. Crawfoid is mistaken here, as Philemon Vawter, according to his own 
record, had nine children. 



340 THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 

This genealogy is given from memory, but I believe correct so 
far as given. 

My grandfather Crawford and family belonged to the Presby- 
terian Church, but renounced their creed under the reformation 
of Barton W. Stone, my father being the only one who did not 
unite with the Christian Church. Being of an excitable tempera- 
ment, he finally drifted into the Methodist Church. 

My grandfather Vawter was a Baptist preacher, and his family 
were all members of that order except my mother and two of her 
brothers, who adopted the early reformation under B. W. Stone. 
The two brothers, Richard and Beverly, became Christian preach- 
ers. 

When I advanced far enough in my early education to read, 
the Bible was our common school book, and in the New Testa- 
ment I got my first lessons in Christianity, and those early lessons 
and impressions have shaped my course through life. At the age 
of fourteen years, already being a firm believer, I concluded that 
if I ever expected to appear in the likeness of Christ's resurrec- 
tion I must first appear in the likeness of his death ; accordingly 
I was buried with Christ in baptism and arose to walk in newness 
of life, which I have aimed to do ever since; but like all other men 
I have had my share of trials and temptations. I was a member 
of some three congregations at different times in Jefferson county, 
Indiana, the most of the time officiating as elder or deacon, and 
have acted in the capacity of elder for a time in Oregon. 

Having a desire to see more of the world than I had seen, and 
becoming favorably impressed with the descriptions of Oregon, 
I sold out my little estate in Indiana in the winter of 1850-51, and 
left Madison on the 28th day of March, 1851, for Oregon. My- 
self and family, and several other families with whom we traveled, 
came by water from Madison to St. Joseph, Missouri, where we 
fitted up teams and started overland for the far west on the first 
day of May, 1851. 

My family at that time consisted of myself, wife and five chil- 
dren — the oldest fourteen, the youngest four years of age. We 
made the long and tedious journey of twenty-two hundred miles 
with an ox team in just one hundred and fifty-two days. When 



THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 341 

we arrived in Oregon we found the Willamette valley more than 
we had looked for, and all we could desire, and we are yet, after 
twenty-nine years residence here, satisfied that there is no more 
favored spot on the earth. 

The generation in which I have lived is one that will form an 
important chapter in the world's history. The application of 
steam was in its infancy when I was in mine. Electricity was 
known to exist, but only as a useless principle in nature. Our 
harvests were then cut with the simplest hand tools only. Man 
power then supplied what steam, water and horse power now 
performs. Monopolies were then almost unknown, now they 
threaten to rule the nation. Human slavery then shaped and con- 
trolled Southern politics. For its final overthrow and the humilia- 
tion of its votaries a gigantic rebellion has been inaugurated and 
conquered at an enormous expense to the nation in blood and 
treasure. And yet we are a great, free and prosperous nation, 
notwithstanding the curse of a four years' war and the tyranny 
of capital. I have witnessed all this ^luring my short space of 
time here. 

I enjoyed the morning of life. I witnessed the gathering storm 
of rebellion ; I have seen it pass over, with all of its terrors, and 
now in the evening of life all is smooth and calm again. I have 
realized all I desired with regard to African slavery, and if I 
could realize as much on the temperance question I would feel 
ready to depart and go to where my treasure is laid up, with full 
assurance of my reward. 

Children of Philemon Vawter and Letitia (Smith) Crawford 
were Beverly V., Henry P., Jasper V., Elvin ]., Margaret S., 
Ulric L., Otheo, Goodv.-in, Mary A., Zilpah B., Lou Serrell and 
B. Vawter. 

(i) Beverly V., son of Philemon and Letitia (Smith) Craw- 
ford, was born in 1835 ; died in 1838. 

(2) Henry Paschal, son of Philemon and Letitia Crawford, 
was born May 7, 1837, near North Madison, Indiana; married in 
1859 to Elizabeth Finley, a sister to the wife of Cyrus Vawter. 
Henry Vawter is a farmer, living at Lapwai Station, Idaho. 



342 THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 

Children are Alice, who married Mr. Church, Philemon V. and 
Richard F. 

(3) Jasper Vincent, born in Jefferson county, Indiana, 
August 7, 1839; married in Linn county, Oregon, June 11, 1867, 
to Elizabeth N. Dunlap, who was born in Linn county, Oregon, 
January 28, 1849. Jasper V. Crawford is pastor of the Christian 
Church at Heppner, Oregon. 

Children of Jasper V. and Elizabeth (Dunlap) Crawford : 

a. William Vawter Crawford, born at Crawfordsville, Ore- 
gon, March 9, 1868; married Cora B. Spencer of Morrow county, 
Oregon, December 25, 1890, at Irving, Oregon. They live in 
Heppner, Oregon. 

Children: Virginia E.. born in 1892; Arthur, born in 1893; 
Janet Content, born in 1894; J. Spencer, born in 1896; Margaret, 
born in 1898; W. Vawter, Jr., born in 1900; Jasper V., Jr., born 
in 1901 ; Cora May, born in 1904. 

h. Letitia Jane Crawford, born at Crawfordsville, Oregon, 
November i, 1869; married at Waitsburg. Washington, June 4, 
1 89 1, to Lewis Guild Atherton, who was born October 30, 1863, 
at Flint, Michigan. They live in Dayton, Washington, and have 
two children, Rae Margaret, born at Alto, Washington, March 
19, 1892, and Leona Crawford, born at Dayton, Washington, 
January 21, 1894. Lewis G. Atherton is the representative of 
Balfour, Guthrie & Company, buying and selling grain, fire in- 
surance, etc. 

c. Maud Maria Crawford, born in Waitsburg, Washington, 
November 23, 1873 ; married to Charles A. Jones at Walla Walla, 
Washington, August 17, 1891. Their home is in Waitsburg, 
Washington. They have one child, Francis Vawter Jones, born 
in 1892. Charles A. Jones was born June 5, 1865, at Shandon, 
Butler county, Ohio. He is a hardware salesman. 

d. Philemon Vawter Crawford, born in Waitsburg, Washing- 
ton, April 16, 1876; died December 11, 1876. 

e. Clyde Piatt Crawford, born in Waitsburg, Washington, 
November 11, 1878; died September 29, 1882. 

/. Gertrude Crawford, born in Waitsburg, Washington, Sep- 
tember 28, 1880. 



THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 343 

g. Jasper Garfield Crawford, born in Waitsburg, Washing- 
ton, May 4, 1882. 

h. Robert Neal Crawford, born in Waitsburg, Washington, 
March 14, 1884. 

i. Otheo Glenn Crawford, born in Waitsburg. Washington, 
March 19. 1886. 

/. Jesse Dunlap Crawford, born in Waitsburg, Washington, 
July 2, 1887; died November 14, 1887. 

(4) Elvin J. Crawford, son of Philemon Vawter and Letitia 
(Smith) Crawford, was born near Madison, Indiana, November 

15, 1841 ; married, first, November 15, 1865, to Mary J. Way- 
mire, who was born in Haydenhall, Oregon, and died June 11, 
1866. He was married, second, November 16, 1866, to Alice A. 
Adams, who was born in Galesburg, Illinois, April i, 1848, and 
died May 20, 1899. He was married, third, to Mrs. Anna 
(Adams) Mills, who was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, No- 
vember 15, 1853. 

Elvin J. Crawford is engaged in the lumber business in Los 
Angeles, California, and lives at Ocean Park, California. 
Children of Elvin J. and Alice (Adams) Crawford: 

a. Effie Ellen Crawford, born October 14. 1872; married 
November 7, 1891, to Edwin Fenton, who was born in 1867. 

Children: Ralph, born December i. 1896; died January 2"/, 
1899; Orin, born May 14, 1894, and Theda, born September 1. 
1900. Live in Arlington. Washington. 

b. Edwin Manifred Crawford, born March i. 1875; married 
December 17, 1890, to Mrs. Margaret (Cartwright) Lemon, who 
was born May 22, 1863. Live in Springfield, Oregon. 

Children: George, born August 29, 1892, and Orville Frank- 
lin, born January 8, 1896. 

c. Elvin John Crawford, born August 7. 1877. Lives in Eu- 
gene, Oregon. 

d. Mary Letitia Crawford, born June i. 1881 ; married June 

16, 1900, to James Widders Kimball, who was born October 13, 
1868. They live in Arlington, Washington. 

Children: Alicia, born April 8, 1901 ; Clark, born August 16, 
1902, and Duane, born May 5, 1904. 



344 THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 

e. Elina May Crawford, born May 6, 1884; married June ii^ 
1 901, to William Emil Forth, who was born in Chicago, Illinois, 
October 6, 1872. They live in Seattle, Washington. 

Children: Willma, born March 11, 1902. 

/. Philemon Vawter Crawford, born July 31, 1886. Lives in 
Eugene, Oregon. 

g. Uleric Zwingle Crawford, born November 2, 1892. Lives 
in Ocean Park, California. 

(5) Margaret S., daughter of Philemon Vawter and Letitia 
(Smith) Crawford, was born February 7, 1843; married to Wil- 
liam Conover in 1858. Children were H. D. Conover, Waitsburg, 
Washington, and O. M. Conover, of Waitsburg. 

Margaret Conover married, second, H. M. Little, of Portland, 
Ohio. 

Children: Zilpha B.. born May 24, 1853; married in 1869 to 
Valentine Robert Fuller; died May 2^,. 1884. Valentine Robert 
Fuller was born in Louisville, Kentucky, February 14, 1847. 

Children : Mabel, daughter of Valentine Robert and Zilpha 
(Little) Fuller, was born August 14, 1874; married in 1903 to 
Park Stoffer Shoff, who was born in East Germantown, Wayne 
county, Indiana, September 26, 1882. They live in Santa Clara, 
California. Mr. Shoff is in the wholesale and retail tobacco busi- 
ness. 

(6) Ulric L., son of Philemon Vawter and Letitia (Smith) 
Crawford, was born February, 1845; died at Brownsville, Ore- 
gon, in 1867. 

(7) Otheo, son of Philemon Vawter and Letitia (Smith) 
Crawford, was born in 1847; died in 1850. 

(8) Goodwin, son of Philemon Vawter and Letitia (Smith) 
Crawford, was born in 1859; died in infancy. 

(9) Mary A., daughter of Philemon Vawter and Letitia 
(Smith) Crawford, was born in 1852; married to M. A. Dunlap; 
lives in Dayton, Washington. 

Children of M. A. and Mary (Crawford) Dunlap: 
a. John B. Dunlap, born March 3. 1875; married January i, 
1903, to Graciel Olivia Tabler, who was born near Weiser, Idaho, 
in 1886. They live near Kahlotus, Franklin county, Washington. 



THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 345 

h. Hattie Mabel Dunlap, born February lo, 1877; married 
December 18. 1902, to Fred D. Rinehart; lives near x'^lto Station, 
Columbia county, Washington. 

c. Lottie Zilpba Dunlap. born April 14. 18S0; married De- 
cember 10. 1896, to John A. Shields; lives on Snake river, fifteen 
miles above Pittsburg Landing, Wallowa county, Oregon. 

Children: Hattie Lauretta, born April i, 1898, and David 
Gene, born April 7, 1900. 

d. George Layton Dunlap, born April 8, 1882; lives near Alto 
Station, Washington. 

e. William Philemon Dunlap, born November 2, 1885; lives 
near Alto Station, Washington. 

/. Lou Bessie Ella Dunlap, born February 19, 1890. 
g. Elvin Crawford Dunlap, born May 15, 1897. 

( 10) Zilpha, daughter of Philemon Vawter and Letitia 
(Smith) Crawford, was born near Crawfordsville, Oregon, in 
1885; died August, 1887. 

(11) Louisa Serrell, daughter of Philemon Vawter and Le- 
titia (Smith) Crawford, was born August 25, 1858, ten miles east 
of Brownsville, Linn county. Oregon; married August 21, 1877, 
at Crawfordsville, Oregon, to Timothy Ambrose Lewis, who was 
born twelve miles east of Brownsville, Oregon, August 15, 1852. 
Mr. Lewis is a grain handler and makes a study of the occult 
sciences, especially psychology and magnetic healing. 

Children of Timothy A. and Louisa (Crawford) Lewis: 
a. Arta Bell Lewis, born December 14, 1878; married Jan- 
uary 20, 1902, to Wilson Blaine Stennett in Eugene, Oregon. 
They live in Turner, Oregon, where Mr. Stennett is employed in 
a logging camp. 
Children : 

(a) Vera Camille Stennett, born January 7, 1903, at Kelso, 
Washington. 

(b) Claud Atherton Stennett, born March 31, 1904. 

h. Francis Crawford Lewis, born July 10, 1880; was run over 
and killed by a railroad train on the night of September 22, 1897, 
at Pendleton, Oregon. Had learned the shoemaker's trade. 



mi. 



346 THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 

c. Ralph Everett Lewis, born July 9, 1882; lives at Bend, 
Crook county, Oregon. Is a shoemaker and also a sign painter. 

d. Floyd Lindsay Lewis, born September 5, 1884. Is an ap- 
prentice in the United States navy. 

e. Josie Mary Letitia Lewis, born December 13, 1886. 
/. Oran Wright Lewis, born February 15, 1889. 

g. Annie Ethel Lewis, born August 14, 1890. 

Ji. Lila Catherine Lewis, born March 12, 1893. 

i. Lester Ambrose Lewis, born August 29, 1895. 

y. Eunice Viola Lewis, born January 27, 1898. 

k. Rilla Ainslee Lewis, born July 7, 1900. 

Mr. and Mrs. Lewis live in Oswego, Oregon. 

(12) B. Vawter, son of Philemon Vawter and Letitia 
(Smith) Crawford, was born near Shedd's Station, Oregon, 
August 5, 1862; married October 13, 1889, at Mabel, Oregon, 
to Mary F. Cowgill, who was born in Saunders county, Nebraska. 
September 17, 1873. 

Children : 

a. James Vawter Crawford, born July 31, 1890. 

h. Clyde Franklin, born October 26, 1892. 

c. Lewis Guy, born 28, 1894. 

B. Vawter Crawford is a carpenter, living at Shedd's Station, 
Oregon. 

2. Rebecca Crawford, daughter of James and Lucy (Vaw- 
ter) Crawford, married a man by the name of Smith, who was a 
cousin of Letitia Smith, wife of Philemon Vawter Crawford. 
They moved to southern Missouri in an early day, living there 
during and after the war, but all trace of the family has been lost. 

3. Rachel Crawford, daughter of James and Lucy (Vawter) 
Crawford, was born in Jennings county, Indiana, March 4, 1822; 
married December 5. 1850, to Peter Smith, who was born April 
22, 1 810, in Greenbrier county, Virginia. They crossed the plains 
with an ox team in 185 1 in company with Philemon Vawter 
Crawford, Cyrus Vawter, son of Beverly and William Vawter, 
son of Jamieson of Milton, Kentucky. Peter Smith and wife lo- 
cated near Portland, Oregon, and all of their children were born 
near Portland. 



THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 



347 



Peter Smith died June 13. 1889. and Rachel (Crawford) 
Smith died May 22, 1891. 
Children : 
(i) A son, stillborn, September, 1851. 

(2) Nira Elizabeth Smith, born October 16. 1852; married 
to James Catching, December 25, 1872. 

Children : 

a. Oliver C. Catching, born March 3, 1874; died November 
20, 1877. 

b. A daughter, born March 3, 1878. 

c. J. Reuben, born March 18, 1879. 

d. Mary Elizabeth, born December 14, 1882; married Octo- 
ber 21, 1902, to Charles T. Safely, who died November 11, 1902. 
She married, second, Edward F. Ogden, January 7, 1904, and 
died October 12, 1904, leaving a baby two weeks old, named 
Viola Lucreta. 

e. Ben H., born September 17, 1889. 

/. Jesse Franklin, born February 11, 1893. 

Mr. and Mrs. James Catching live in Ashland. Oregon. 

(3) Thomas Benton Smith, son of Peter and Rachel (Craw- 
ford) Smith, was born November 17, 1854; married December 
25, 1887, to Amelia C. Whitten. They live in Wimer, Jackson 
county, Oregon. Their children are: John H., Nira E., Thomas 
B., George L., Viola C, Louisa H. and Alfred W. 

(4) James Crawford, son of Peter and Rachel (Crawford) 
Smith, was born August 17, 1856; died August 27, 1856. 

(5) John Allen, son of Peter and Rachel (Crawford) Smith, 
was born July 18, 1857; married in 1896 to Minnie Martin. 
Lives at Sebastopol, California. 

(6) George Robert, son of Peter and Rachel (Crawford) 
Smith, Avas born April 16, 1859; died November 23, 1882. 

(7) Jesse Vawter, son of Peter and Rachel (Crawford) 
Smith, was born February 10, 1861 ; married April 12, 1891, to 
Nellie M. Whitten and died December 29, 1892, leaving a boy, 
Jesse R., who died when sixteen months old. 

(8) William Franklin, son of Peter and Rachel (Crawford) 
Smith, was born February 5, 1863; married February 5, 1889, to 



34'^ THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 

Emma E. Thomas; died February 25, 1893, leaving a daughter, 
Anna Rachel, born November 23, 1890, ,who Hves with her 
mother, Mrs. E. E. Holcomb, of Hillsboro, Oregon. 



Letter from Rachel (Crawford) Smith to William and 
Frances Vawter, Written About 1852 

Dear Uncle and Aunt: 

I take this opportunity to write you a few lines to acknowledge 
the reception of your letter, which came last Monday. We had 
heard of the death of Cousin Mary and Anna, but not of the death 
of Polly's babe. Cordelia died before we left. I was struck with 
surprise to hear of father's marriage. He must be in his dotage. 
He has got a fine woman. What changeable creatures we all are ! 
I was sorry to hear of the house getting burned, but was glad to 
hear that Ormand's prejudice against Oregon had frozen to death 
and that he had also an idea of trying to come to this country. I 
do think that if he and David were here they could live much 
easier than where they are. I think that I have as great a desire 
for the welfare and prosperity of my relatives as anybody, but I 
would advise them unless they can have a good supply of good, 
strong clothing, a well-built, light two-horse wagon, and at the 
least calculation, four hundred dollars when landed at St. Joe, 
not to undertake the journey, unless they come as one family, or 
unless the prices of provisions and cattle are lower than when 
we left. But Oregon is ever worth coming to. and if they can 
not make up an outfit next year, let them not get discouraged. 

An old acquaintance of Mr. Smith's who could not live at all 
below Madison, moved to Missouri, raised his own team and pro- 
visions and came through in '47. He is now quite wealthy ; so 
I would advise, if they ever expect to get able to come, to get out 
of that place and get to some good cattle country, where they 
may soon raise their own outfit and may be able to come in- 
dependently. 

What have you done with Achilles and Philemon ? You spoke 
of all the rest in your letter. Where is Sarah Jane and Aunt 



THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 349 

Nancy? I have not forgotten one of them. Mr. Smith says, 
consider the interest of your sons and let them come to Oregon, 
where they can be of a great deal more benefit to themselves and 
to the community than where they are. 

I have not heard preaching since I left Madison. They have 
preaching at T. Stott's and at T. Denny's and at Portland, but for 
want of a road I would be too late, as I would have to go so far 
around, I know of no Baptist Church nearer than Oregon City. 
There, I have understood, they have a band of musicians (wicked 
men) hired to sing for the church. If this be the case, I would 
like to know who expects to stand accountable for the lay mem- 
bers not doing their duty, the choir or their employers? 

We are all well at present. Philemon and two of the children 
have had the ague, but they are well now. They live about ten 
miles from us. 

We learn that it has been somewhat sickly on the road this 
year, grass being very scarce, though vegetables are good. 

I must draw to a close. I hope you will all remember the vow 
you made me when we took the parting hand. Give my love to 
all that wish to hear from us. Write soon. 

Rachel and Peter Smith. 

To William and Frances Vawter. 

(The above letter was found among the papers of William 
Vawter after his death.) 



VII. 

NANCY VAWTER5 

(Philemon, 4 David, ^ John, 2 John^) 

m. 

ALEXANDER LEWIS 



Children* 

1. David m. 
Ann Grinstead 



2. Anna m. Lewis 
P. Grinstead 



Grandchildren' 



( Nine chi 
) dead e 



Idren (all 
except one) 



3, Charles m. 
Charlotte Parks 



4. Martha m. 
Elias Conger 



(i) Marshall 

(2) Wm. Wirt 

(3) Nancy 

(1) Arietta m. 
W. R. Umen- 
setter 

{2) Maria L. m. 
C. S. Tiffany 

(3) Edwin m. 

Effie Buchanan 



G. Grandchil- 

DREN» 



Clara R. 
Charles H., d. 
i^ Edith A., d. 



C Nin 
^ Fra 



aE. 
Francis O. 



] Noch 



1^ Pauline 



ildren 



G. G. Grandchil- 
dren® 



VII 



NANCY (VAWTER) LEWIS 

Nancy Vawter, daughter of Philemon and Anna Vawter, was 
born about 1793 ; was married about 1814, to Alexander Lewis, a 
widower; died April 2, 1855. Their children were four in num- 
ber : David, Anna, Charles and Martha. 

I. David was born November 9, 1816; was married about 
1839, to Ann Grinstead, a sister of Lewis P. Grinstead. They 
had nine children, two of whom were named Bushrod and Sarah 
Frances. They lived in Pinon, Lincoln county, Kansas. In a 
letter dated May 2^, 1885, from David Lewis to his cousin 



THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 35 1 

John M. Vawter, in Timpson, Texas, David Lewis says : "I feel 
the effects of age, having completed my sixty-eighth year on the 
9th of November last. My wife, who was seventy years old on 
the 8th of November, has been may faithful companion for more 
than forty-five years. Our youngest daughter, the youngest of 
our children, died last summer, and the next youngest, a son, who 
is married and lives in the neighborhood, is the only one remain- 
ing of our nine children." 

2. Anna Lewis married Lewis P. Grinstead, who, after her 
death, married Rhoda A. Hunter. Anna died about 1850, and 
Lewis P. Grinstead about 1875. Two of their sons, Marshall 
and William Wirt were soldiers in the Sixth Indiana Regiment in 
the Civil War. Both are now dead. Nancy, an only daughter, 
is still living. 

3. Charles Lewis, son of Alexander and Nancy (Vawter) 
Lewis, was born at Vernon, Indiana, November 10, 1821 ; mar- 
ried March 6, 1845, to Charlotte Parks, the twin sister of Sarah 
Parks, who married Jesse R. Vawter. Charlotte (Parks) Lewis 
was born at Somerset, Pulaski county, Kentucky, August 31, 
1822, and died September 29, 1900. Charles Lewis died Septem- 
ber I, 1865. He was a farmer and a teacher. 

Children : 

( 1 ) Arietta Lewis, born April i, 1847 ; married W. R. Umen- 
setter. They live near North Vernon, Indiana. Their children 
are : Clara R., Charles H., dead, Edith A., dead. 

(2) Maria L. Lewis, born January 31, 1850; married C. S. 
Tiffany, of North Vernon, Indiana. 

(3) Edwin Lewis, born April 18, 1854; married Effie 
Buchanan. They live at North Vernon, Indiana. Their chil- 
dren are Nina E., Francis O. and Pauline. 

4. Martha Lewis married Elias Conger, a deaf mute, a brother 
of Rhoda A. Conger. She died young and left no children. 



VIII. 

ELIZABETH VAWTERs 

(Philemon^, David », John'^, Johni) 

(1 798- 1 886) 

m. 

JAMES GLOVER 

(1793-1856) 



Children^ 


Grandchildren' 


G. Grandchil- 


G. G. Grandchil 






DREN« 


DREN" 


I. Nancy Glover m. 


(i) James A. 






ISt 

James Coleman 


(2) Lucinda 
^ (3) Thomas 






2d . 








Thos. Baxter 


(4) David 


Ida ra. 






' (1) Samuel W. m. 


Mclntyre; d. 






1st 


Ira, d. 






Mary F. Ball 


Samuel, d. 
Thomas H., d. 






2d . 

Lottie Staples ■ 


Ella 
Susie 






(2) Stephen A., d. 








(3) John m. 1 


W. H. 






Kate Staples i 


Minnie 




2. Ann Glover m. 
Thomas West 




' T. H. 
Elenorah m. 
Reed; d. 






(4) Sarah m. 

George Giltner ' 


Florence 
William A. 
Charles T. 
Charlotte 
Cordelia 
Mea 






(5) Elizabeth, d. 


^ George 






(6) Mollie A. m. 


James B. 






J. F. King 


) Addie A. 





r 



(i) Catherine m. 



(I) Catherine m. 
3. Sarah Glover m. I , u 1 d ■( 

Achilles West 1 J^^^^b J. Payne 



r Ira William 
Myrtie Maud 
Sarah Alice m. | Elraa Pearl 

Wm. McDonald -{ Mamie Catherine 
Clarence R. 
George E. 
L Lottie J. 



THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 



353 



3. Sarah G. West 
(Continued) 



(i) Catherine 
Payne 
(Continued) 



Edward M. m. 
Maggie J. Palmer 



(2) James L. m. 
Aramantha 

Vawter 

(3) Milton S. m. 
ist 

Elizabeth Blair 
2d 

Mary McFar- 
land 

(4) J. Silas m. 
Theresia King 

(5) Lizzie A. m. 
T. B. Carney 



(6) William M. m. 
1st 

Eva Grinstead 
2d 

Martha Mix 
3d 

Mrs. Martha 
Clellen 



(7) J. Judson m. 
Clara A. Clark 



4. Elliott Glover m. 
Melita Barnett 



(8) Emma E. m. 
I. Charles E.Hall 

f (i) Maggie m. 

Fox 

(2) James m. 

Tucker 

-{ (3) Indiana m. . 

McKey 



(4) William 

I (5) Philemon 

L (6) Samuel 

'5. David Glover m. ( (i) Florence m. 

Mary E. Hunter / Newell 



GoldieF.,d. 
Mary Catherine 
Eva Lena 
Frank J. 
1^ Amy May 



Lucinda Eveline 
m. 
Allen B. Hutsell 

Nellie May m. 

UthoG. Wright 
Sarah Ethel 
Charles William 

Cora m. G. W. 
Vandergrift 

No children 
Lillian Rose 
Edward 

Elma A..d. 
Charles W. m. 
Lala Kuhn 

Dessie m. 
Corwin Bowling 

Sylvia 

Eldo K. m 

Grace Millhouse 
Silas W. 
Emma L., d. 
William H. 
Jesse M. 
David C. 
C. Mable 

Anna May m. 

Sylvester Adams 
Arthur J. 
E Roy 
Blanche E. 



f Alva, d. 
J Amy Leo 
I Tressa May 
I. Emory Edward 

^ Opal 

^ Robert W. 



Esther, d. 
Ethel, d. 



3 Margaret Marie, d. 
( Charles H. 

f Monroe 
\ Ralph Arvii 
l^ Guy Cecil 

J Mary Jessamine 
Myron E. 



354 THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 

VIII 

ELIZABETH (VAWTER) GLOVER 

Elizabeth (Betsy) Vavvter, daughter of Philemon and Anna 
Vawter, was born in Woodford county, Kentucky, March i, 
1798; married in Jefferson county, Indiana, June 24, 1813, to 
James Glover, a Baptist minister, who was born in West Vir- 
ginia, August 14, 1792. They lived in Jefferson county, Indiana, 
until the death of James Glover at Marble Hill, Indiana, July 
3, 1856. Elizabeth Glover died at Vernon, Indiana, August 6, 
1886. 

The children of James and Elizabeth (Vawter) Glover were: 
Nancy, Ann, Sarah, Elliott and David. 

I 

Nancy (Glover) Baxter 

Nancy Glover, daughter of James and Elizabeth (Vawter) 
Glover, was born March 12, 1814; married, first, James Coleman, 
and after his death, Thomas Baxter. They lived and died at 
Marble Hill, Indiana. 

Children were : James A. Coleman, Lucinda Coleman, Thomas 
Coleman and David Baxter. All are dead. There was one 
granddaughter, who went to Tennessee. 



Ann (Glover) West 

Ann Glover, daughter of James and Elizabeth (Vawter) 
Glover, was born in Jefferson county, Indiana, May 27, 181 6; 
married December 2, 1831, at Marble Hill, Indiana, to Thomas 
West, a farmer, who was born in Jefferson county, Indiana, 
November 14, 1809. Thomas West died near Otto, Clark county, 
Indiana, December 2, 1888, and Ann, his wife, died December 
26, 1888, at same place. 

Children of Thomas and Ann (Glover) West were Samuel,, 
Stephen, John, Sarah, Elizabeth and Mollie A. 



THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 355 

(i) Samuel W. West was born March 6, 1833; married 
November 19, 1858, to Mary F. Ball. Their children were: 

a. Ida, born June 3. i860; married a Mclntyre; died De- 
cember 22, 1883. 

b. Ira, born August i, 1862; died February 20, 1883. 

c. Samuel, born June 16, 1864; died January 26, 1866. 

d. Thomas H., born December 9, 1866; died June 28, 1895. 
Samuel W. West was married, second, to Lottie Staples, who 

was born March 10, 1847. They live at Nabbs, Indiana. Mr. 
West is crippled by a gunshot wound which he received in the 
arjny and is unable to engage in any regular work. 
Children of Samuel W. and Lottie (Staples) West: 

a. Ella, born October 10, 1872. 

b. Susie, born January 22, 1874. 

(2) Stephen A. West was born November 26, 1834; died 
February 19, 1835. 

(3) John West was born December 7, 1836 ; married October 
3, 1872, to Kate Staples, who was born October 10, 1849. John 
West died August 18, 1890. 

Children : 

a. W. H. West, born July 9, 1873. 

b. Minnie, born September 10, 1876. 

(4) Sarah West was born March 31, 1838; married in i860, 
near Otto, Indiana, to George Giltner, who was born June 3, 
1818, and died February 14, 1900. Sarah Giltner died December 
26, 1877. 

Children of George and Sarah (West) Giltner: 

a. T. H. Giltner, born May 29, 1861. 

b. Elenorah Giltner, born December 31, 1862; married a 
Reed; died November 27, 1901. 

c. Florence Giltner, born August 29, 1864. 

d. William A. Giltner, born April 17, 1866. 

e. Charles T. Giltner, born June 18, 1868. 
/. Charlotte Giltner, born May 17. 1870. 
g. Cordelia Giltner, born June 14, 1872. 
h. Mea Giltner, born May 7, 1874. 

i. George Giltner, Jr., born August 21, 1876. 



356 THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 

(5) Elizabeth West, born September 11, 1840; died May 26,. 
1844. 

(6) Mollie A. West was born May 12, 1844; married Octo- 
ber 17, 1872, to J. F. King, a farmer, who was born September 
20, 1846. They Hve at Marble Hill, Indiana. 

Children : 

a. James B. King, born July 20, 1873. 

h. Addie A. King, born February 14, 1875. 



Sarah (Glover) West 

Sarah Glover, daughter of James and Elizabeth (Vawter) 
Glover, was born October 29, 181 8; married June 7, 1838, 
in Jefferson county, Indiana, to Achilles West, who was born in 
Jefferson county, Indiana, February 29, 181 6. They moved to 
Jennings county, Indiana, in i860, where Sarah West died, Jan- 
uary 25, 1891, and Achilles West died September 10, 1892. 

Their children were Catherine, James, Milton S., J. Silas, 
Lizzie A., William M., J. Judson, Emma E., and Charles J. 

(i) Catherine West, daughter of Achilles and Sarah West, 
was born February 4, 1841, in Jefferson county, Indiana; mar- 
ried in Jefferson county, Indiana, by her grandfather, James 
Glover, March 13, 1856, to Jacob J. Payne, who was born in 
Jefferson county, Indiana, November 20, 1831. Catherine West 
Payne died in Jefferson county, Indiana, April 23, 1863. 

Children : 

a. Sarah Alice Payne was born in Jefferson county, Indiana, 
December 24, 1857; married April 20, 1877, to William E. Mc- 
Donald, who was born December 15, 1854, and died January 2, 
1898, in Jefferson county, Indiana. Mrs. Alice McDonald lives 
at Hanover, Indiana. 

Children : 

(a) Ira William McDonald, born in Jefferson county, Indi- 
ana, October 2, . 

(b) Myrtie Maud McDonald, born in Clark county, Indiana, 
February 17, 1880. 



THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 357 

(c) Elma Pearl McDonald, born in Jefferson county, Indi- 
ana, January 15, 1882. 

(d) Mamie Catherine McDonald, born in Jefferson county, 
Indiana, September 13, 1885. 

(e) Clarence R. McDonald, born in Clark county, Indiana, 
May 20, 1888. 

(f) George E. McDonald, born in Jefferson county, Indiana, 
September 5, 1891. 

(g) Lottie J. McDonald, born in Jefferson county, Indiana, 
December 9, 1897. 

b. Edward Melton Payne was born in Jefferson county, In- 
diana, June 10, i860; married November 14, 1886. to Maggie 
J. Palmer, who was born in Trimble county, Kentucky, April 14, 
1866. Edward Payne is a farmer, living near Nabbs, Indiana. 

Children : 

(a) Goldie F. Payne, born November 18, 1887; died March 
20, 1891. 

(b) Mary Catherine Payne, born November 3, 1889. 

(c) Eva Lena Payne, born September 29, 1891. 

(d) Frank J. Payne, born September 29, 1893. 

(e) Amy May Payne, born January 14, 1901. (All born in 
Clark county, Indiana. ) 

c. Lucinda Eveline Payne was born in Jefferson county, In- 
diana, November 4, 1862; married January 31, 1883, to Allen 
Blooford Hutsell, a farmer, who was born in Jefferson county, 
Indiana, December 3, i860. They live at Hanover, Indiana. 

Children : 

(a) Alva Hutsell, born December 19, 1883; died January 4. 
1884. 

(b) Amy Leo Hutsell, born July 16, 1885. 

(c) Tressa May Hutsell, born December 24, 1891. 

(d) Emory Edward Hutsell, born July 20, 1895. (All born 
in Clark county, Indiana.) 

(2) James L. West, son of Achilles and Sarah (Glover) 
West, was born March 23, 1843; married February i, 1876, to 
Aramantha M. Vawter; died February 7, 1891. (For children 
see record of Aramantha (Vawter) West.) 



358 THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 

(3) Milton S. West, son of Achilles and Sarah (Glover) 
West, was born in Jefferson comity, Indiana, April 20, 1846; 
married February 2, 1871, to Elizabeth V. Blair, daughter of 
Thomas and Lucinda (Vawter) Blair, who was born July 17, 
1845, and died January 2^, 1875. 

Children : 

a. Cora West was born in Jefferson county, Indiana, Septem- 
ber 25, 1872; married December 18, 1895, to G. W. Vandergrift, 
who was born May 29, 1872. They live in Anderson, Indiana. 
Mr. Vandergrift is a fireman and stationary engineer. 

Children : 

(a) Esther Vandergrift, born May 14, 1897; died April 29, 
1902. 

(b) Ethel Vandergrift, born February 19, 1903 ; died August 
II, 1903. 

Milton S. West was married, second. May 6, 1896, to Mary 
McFarland, of Wapakoneta, Ohio, who died November 19, 1900. 
Milton West was engaged in the mercantile business until the 
death of his second wife. Since that time he has retired from 
business and is living with his daughter in Anderson, Indiana. 

(4) J. Silas West, son of Achilles and Sarah (Glover) West, 
was born April 18, 1850; married August 4, 1874, to Theresia 
King, who was born September 8, 1851, in Belleview, Jefferson 
county, Indiana. They had one child, Lillian Rose, who was born 
January 23, 1876, near Vernon, Indiana. J. Silas West died 
July 29, 1897, at Ezra, Jennings county, Indiana. Mrs. Theresia 
West and daughter live near Madison, Indiana, R. R. No. 5. 

(5) Lizzie A. West, daughter of Achilles and Sarah ( Glover) 
West, was born December 21, 1853; married T. B. Carney in 
Vernon, Indiana, March 16, 1871 ; died near Butlerville, Indiana, 
February 26, 1877. They had one child, Edward, who was born 
April 13, 1872. 

(6) William M. West, son of Achilles and Sarah (Glover) 
West, was born in Jefferson county, Indiana, April 10, 1855; 
married, first, March 4, 1875, to Eva Grinstead, who was born 
in Jennings county, Indiana, November 26, 1854, and died April 
I, 1886. 



THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 359 

Children : 

a. Elma A. West, born March, 1876; died May, 1881. 

b. Charles W. West, born March 30, 1878; married June 19, 
1 90 1, to Lala Kuhn, who was born January 20, 1880. Charles 
W. West is a street-car motorman, living at Indianapolis, Indiana. 

Children : 

(a) Margaret Marie, born February 19, 1902; died July 27, 
1902. 

(b) Charles H., born March 10, 1905. 

c. Dessie West, born July 11, 1880; married November, 
1897, to Corwin Bowling, a farmer, living near Veedersburg, In- 
diana. 

Children : 

(a) Monroe Bowling, born February, 1899. 

(b) Ralph Arvil Bowling, born March 14, 1901. 

(c) Guy Cecil Bowling, born October, 1903. 

d. Sylvia A. West, born March i, 1886. Since the death of 
her mother she has made her home with her aunt, Mrs. J. Silas 
West, who lives near Madison, Indiana. 

William West was married, second, November, 1886, to 
Martha I. Mix, who was born November 16. 1854; died March, 
1 89 1. No children. 

William West married, third, Mrs. Martha (Hosea) Clellen, 
who was born in Washington county, Indiana, November 15, 
1 85 1. William West is a carpenter. He lives in Indianapolis, 
Indiana. 

(7) J- Judson West, son of Achilles and Sarah (Glover) 
West, was born in Jefferson county, Indiana, February 17, 1858; 
married December 11, 1878. to Clara A. Clark, who was born 
in Jennings county, Indiana, July 26, 1859. J. Judson West is a 
contractor for railroad work, cross ties, bridge timbers, etc. He 
lives in Anderson, Indiana. 

Children : 

o. Eldo R. West, born in Jennings county, Indiana, Septem- 
ber 27, 1879; married September 4, 1901, to Grace A. Millhouse, 
who was born in Jennings county, Indiana, October 28, 1883. 



360 THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 

Eldo R. West is teaching school. He lives near Butlerville, In- 
diana. 

Children : 

(a) Mary Jessamine West, born in Jennings county, Indiana, 
July 18, 1902. 

(b) Myron E. West, born in Jennings county, Indiana, No- 
vember 30, 1903. 

b. Silas W. West was born in Jennings county, Indiana, 
February 27, 1882. He lives in Covington, Ky., where he is em- 
ployed as foreman of construction work. 

c. Emma L. West was born in Jennings county, Indiana, 
February 4, 1884; died February 17, 1884. 

d. William H. West was born in Jennings county, Indiana, 
March 4, 1886. Lives in Foster, Indiana, where he is employed 
by his father. 

c. Jesse M. West was born in Jennings county, Indiana, Sep- 
tember 21, 1888. 

/. David C. West was born in Fountain county, Indiana, Au- 
gust 19, 1894. 

g. C. Mabel West was born in Jennings county, Indiana, 
July 9, 1900. 

(8) Emma E. West, daughter . of Achilles and Sarah 
(Glover) West, was born in Jennings county, Indiana, July 26, 
i860; married to Charles E. Hall, who was born in Jefferson 
county, Indiana, June 20, 1847. 

Children : 

a. Anna May Hall, born in Jennings county, Indiana, June 
II, 1882; married February 2, 1902, to Sylvester Adams, who 
was born May 10, 188 1. 

b. Arthur J. Hall, born in Jennings county, Indiana, July 26, 
1888. 

c. E. Roy Hall, born November 16, 1894, in Jennings county, 
Indiana. 

d. Blanche E. Hall, born March 26, 1897, in Jennings county, 
Indiana. 

Mr. and Mrs. Hall live in Anderson, Ind., where Mr. Hall and 



THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 361 

son Arthur and Sylvester Adams are employed by the American 
Steel and Wire Company. 

(9) Charles J. West, son of Achilles and Sarah (Glover) 
West, born August 13, 1863; died May 14, 1865. 



Elliott V. Glover 

Elliott V. Glover, son of James and Elizabeth (Vawter) 
Glover, was born July 17, 1820 ; married Melita Barnett at Marble 
Hill, Indiana. Both died in Madison, Indiana. 

Children : Maggie, who married a Fox ; James, who married 
a Tucker ; Indiana, who married a McKey ; William ; Philemon ; 
Samuel. Their location is unknown. 



5 
David T. Glover 

David J. Glover, son of James and Elizabeth (Vawter) 
Glover, was born February 14, 1838; married September 12, 
1 86 1, to Mary E. Hunter at North Vernon, Indiana; died Febru- 
ary 6, 1863. His widow went west, and her location is unknown. 
A daughter, Florence, married a Newell. She was at Seattle,. 
Washington, in 1900. 



IX. 

DAVID VAWTER5 

(Philemon*, David 3, John'^, Johni) 

(1800- I 845) 

m. 

LUCINDA GLOVER 

(1805-1857) 



Children^ 



Grandchildren' 



r (i) Sarah Julia m. 
Major D. 
Sterrett 



Alexander Lewis 

Vawter m. 
Martha Weir 



2. Amanda M. 
Vawter m. 
Francisco Lewis 



^ (2) A. Lewis, Jr., d. 

[ (I) Henry 
(2) Emma 
-{ (3) Sarah 



John M. Vawter 

m. 
Mary Durkee 



{4) Mary Ida 
(5) Annie L. 

(i) Edwin m. 
Vesta Sears 



(2) Thomas M. m. 
Nolle Carter 



(3) Mary Luna m. 
Lemuel M. 

Vickers 



G. Grandchil- 
dren* 

Mary Alphene m. 
Edward Marshall 



Mattie E. m. 
Seaborn Bell 



Robert Alphonso 

m. Etta Davis 
Carrie Belle 
l^ Davie Lewise 



f Sears 
■{ Ned 
(_ Eugene 



May 

Alexander J. 
Luna K. 
Lewis Orin 
Octavia J. 
Carter 
D. Lee 
Wesson 

r John Francis 
I Lucy Octavia 
J Mary Elizabeth 
I Gladys Lee, d. 
I Thomas Edwin 



G.G. Grandchil- 
dren' 

' Julia Ferrel 
Hennie De 
Esther Lee 
Mattie B. 

( Donie Dowel 
Robert Ashby 
Andrew L. 
Major T. 
Junior B. 
AUie 

Etta Roberta 
Mead Dowel 



l^ Wm. Ernest 



THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 



363 



3. John M. Vawter 
(Continued) 



4. Louisa Vawter 
m. 
Edward Fink 



f Ettie Eugenia 
(4) George Lewis Walter Lewis 
m. J David Wyatt, d. 

Ettie Dicker- 1 Matie Octavia 
son I Junie Magnolia 

L John Ferris 



(5) Frances Louisa 

m. 
J. R. Noble 

(6) Ella Octavia m. 
A. S. Victory 

I (7) Katie King 

(i) One child, d. 



5. David M. Vawter f (i) Martha 

en- ■{ Lucinda m. 

Nancy Raycroft L J.W.Cooke 



6. Martha Vawter 
m. 
J.C. White 



■) Four ch 



ildren 



John Vawter 
Julian Bennett 



David Vawter, d. 



IX 



DAVID VAWTER 



David Vawter, the youngest son of Philemon and Anna Vaw- 
ter, was born in Kentucky, January 21, 1800; married April 23, 
1823, to Lucinda Glover, the sister of James Glover, who married 
David's sister Elizabeth. 

David Vawter traded down the Ohio and Mississippi rivers, 
running to Natchez and New Orleans. In 1832 he built his first 
steamboat, the "Bravo." It ran between Natchitoches, Louisiana, 
on the Red river, and Natchez or New Orleans, as the freight paid 
best ; but gradually Natchez was left out. He afterwards owned 
a number of steamboats running on the Mississippi and as high 
up the Red river as they could go. When he gave up the steam- 
boat business he sold his Red river home and removed to Texas 
in May, 1844, where he bought a large tract of land. 

David Vawter died July 13, 1845. Lucinda (Glover) Vawter 
was born Jyly 8, 1805, and died December 20, 1857. 



364 THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 



Alexander Lewis Vawter 

Alexander Lewis Vawter, the son of David and Lucinda 
(Glover) Vawter, was born January 24, 1824, in New York; 
he was married in 1848 to Martha Weir, who was born in Mis- 
sissippi, February 14, 1827, and died in Rusk county, Texas, Sep- 
tember 5, i860. 

A. Lewis Vawter was engaged in the mercantile business. He 
died in Grand Bluff, Texas, January 31, 1856. 

Children of A. Lewis and Martha (Weir) Vawter were: 
Sarah Julia and A. Lewis, Jr. 

( I ) Sarah Julia Vawter was born in Grand Bluff, Texas, 
May 26, 1850; married January 19, 1870, to Dr. Major Dowel 
Sterrett. They live in Beckville, Texas. Dr. Sterrett was born 
June 27, 1840, in Columbiana, Alabama. 

Children of Dr. M. D. and Sarah Julia (Vawter) Sterrett: 

a. Mary Alphene Sterrett, born October 27, 1870, at Grand 
Bluff, Texas; married 1891 to Edward Marshall, of Texarkana, 
Texas. 

Children : 

(a) Julia Ferrell Marshall, born October i, 1892. 

(b) Hennie De Marshall, born October 16, 1896. 

(c) Esther Lee Marshall, born August 10, 1898. 

(d) Mattie B. Marshall, born July 24, 1902. 

b. Mattie E. Sterrett, born February 21, 1872, at Grand 
Bluff, Texas; married July 14, 1892, to Seaborn Bell, a merchant 
of Tenaha, Texas. 

Children : 

(a) Donie Dowel Bell, born March 13, 1893, at Beckville, 
Texas. 

(b) Robert Ashby Bell, born September 30, 1895, at Beck- 
ville, Texas. 

(c) Andrew L. Bell, born October 19, 1897, at Tenaha, 
Texas. 

(d) Major T. Bell, born October 29, 1899, at Tenaha, Texas. 



THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 365 

(e) Junior B. Bell, born June 27, 1901, at Tenaha. Texas. 

(f) Allie Bell, born April 16, 1904, at Tenaha, Texas. 

c. Robert Alphonzo Sterrett was born October 26. 1876, at 
Grand Bluff, Texas; married in 1900 to Etta Davis, of Jefferson, 
Texas. Robert A. Sterrett is a physician, living at Boxwood, 
Texas. 

Children : 

(a) Etta Roberta Sterrett, born November 5, 1902, at Jef- 
ferson, Texas. 

(b) Mead Dowel Sterrett, born June 3,, 1904, at Jefferson. 
Texas. 

d. Carrie Belle Sterrett, born October 4, 1885, at Mahan, 
Texas. Is now a student in the senior class of the Girls' Industrial 
College of Art at Denton, Texas. 

e. Davie Lewise Sterrett, born February 22, 1892, at Beck- 
ville, Texas. 

(2) A. Lewis Vawter, Jr., was born August 16, 1856; died 
February 14, 1863. 



Amanda (Vawter) Lewis 

Amanda Melvina Vawter, daughter of David and Lucinda 
(Glover) Vawter, was born February 24, 1826; married August 
14, 1845, at Grand Bluff, Texas, to Francisco Lewis, who was 
born May 5, 1822, in Franklin City, Alabama. Francisco Lewis 
was a merchant for the greater portion of his life. 

Children of Francisco and Amanda (Vawter) Lewis: 

(i) Henry F. Lewis was born October 31, 1846, at Grand 
Bluff, Panola county, Texas. Lives at Shreveport, Louisiana. 

(2) Emma Lewis was born Octobec 15, 1848, at Grand Bluff, 
Texas; married, first, December 24, 1868. to G. W. Jones. 

Children : 

a. Merril Jones, born October 10, 1869, 

h. Mary Jones, born July 29, 1872. 

c. Emma Jones, born March 15, 1875. 

d. Lizzie Jones, born February 10, 1878. 



i 



366 THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 

e. Mabel Jones, born April 28, 1883. 

/. Harry Jones, born September 27, 1886. 

Emma (Lewis) Jones was married, second, October 15, 1890, 
to J. P. Elder, who is proprietor of the East Texas Nursery, Mar- 
shall, Texas. 

(3) Sarah E. Lewis was born January 21, 1851. 

(4) Mary Ida Lewis was born May 22, 1853, at Grand Bluff, 
Texas; married March 5, 1874, to A. H. Waugh. They had one 
child, Henry Waugh, born January 29, 1875. 

Ida (Lewis) Waugh was married, second, February, 1882, 
to James McCann. 

a. James W. McCann, born August 29, 1883. 
h. Ethel P. McCann, born January 11, 1886. 

(5) Annie L. Lewis, born August 31, 1855. 



John M. Vawter 

John M. Vawter, son of David and Lucinda (Glover) Vawter, 
was born March 25, 1826; married November 23, 1850, to Mary 
G. Durkee (daughter of William L. and Marian (Weir) Durkee), 
who was born August 10, 1836. J. M. Vawter and family lived 
at Grand Bluff, Panola county, Texas, for many years after his 
marriage in the old home of his father, which was burned in 1865. 
While he lived in the Bandera Mountains, forty miles west of 
San Antonio, he, for years, amid drought and Mormon opposi- 
tion and persecution, carried on a Sabbath-school, which was at 
times the only religious service held in that part of the country. 

George Lewis Vawter, a son, says that he does not think an 
account of their family would be complete without the mention 
of "Uncle Allen," the old negro slave, who ran the Grand Bluff 
ferry boat for fifteen years as a slave and many years as a free 
man. On account of debt, his father and mother and himself 
were afraid of being sold apart, and so his mother sent him to 
Lewis Vawter to see if he wouldn't buy them for the David Vaw- 
ter estate. This he did, and thus "Uncle Allen," "Aunt Lydie" 
and "Uncle Dick" came into the family. "They helped in the 




THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 367 

care of my mother's family," said G. L. Vawter, "but it was in 
the contract of sale that 'Aunt Lydie' was never to ha\'e to 'wash 
clothes.' " 

John M. Vawter has been a merchant and a farmer. He is now 
retired, and he and his wife live in Timpson, Texas. 

John M. Vawter and wife had twelve children. Those living 
are : 

( 1 ) Edwin Vawter was born at Grand Bluff, Texas, May 7, 
1855; married March, 1883, to Vesta Sears, who was born Au- 
gust 29, 1848, in Marshall, Texas. Lives in Marshall, Texas. 

Children : 

a. Sears, born May 15, 1884, in Marshall, Texas. 

b. Edwin, born August i, 1887, in Harrison county, Texas. 

c. Eugene, born October 18, 1892, in Harrison county, Texas. 

(2) Thomas M., son of John M. and Mary (Durkee) Vaw- 
ter, was born at Grand Bluff, Panola county, Texas, May 8, 
1857; married March 13, 1881, in Rusk county, Texas, to Nolie 
Carter, who was born February 4, 1857. Thomas M. Vawter is 
a farmer, living near Marshall, Texas. 

Children : 

a. John Thomas Vawter was born in Rusk county, Texas, 
April 18, 1882. He is a railroad fireman. 

h. May Vawter, born in Panola, Texas, January 28. 1884; 
graduated at Baylor College, Belltown, Texas, in June, 1905. 

c. Alexander J. Vawter, born in Bandera county, Texas, Jan- 
uary 18, 1886. Is bookkeeper for a newspaper company in 
Marshall. Texas. 

d. Luna K. Vawter, born in Bandera county, Texas, August 
29, 1887; is at school at Timpson, Texas. 

e. Lewis Orin Vawter, born in Bandera county, Texas, 
August 21, 1889. 

/. Octavia J. Vawter, born in Bandera county, Texas. March 
29, 1891. 

g. Carter Vawter, born in Hall county, Texas, August 13, 
1893. 

h. D. Lee Vawter, born May 23, 1900, in Harrison county, 
Texas. 



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368 THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 

i. Wesson Vawter, born near Marshall, Texas, February 13, 
1904; died March 13, 1904. 

(3) Mary Luna Vawter, daughter of John M. and Mary 
(Durkee) Vawter, was born at Grand Bluff, Panola county, 
Texas, July 13, 1859; attended the Masonic Female Institute at 
Marshall Texas; married at Grand Bluff, Texas, December 12, 
1883, to Lemuel M. Vickers, of Hughes' Springs, Texas, who 
was born in Alabama, March 4, 1851. They live in Hunt county, 
Texas, four miles south of Greenville. 

Children : 

a. John Francis Vickers, born at Hughes' Springs, February 
17, 1886. 

b. Lucy Octavia Vickers, born at Hughes' Springs, May 4, 
1888. 

c. Mary Elizabeth Vickers, born at Hughes' Springs, Feb- 
ruary 24, 1 89 1. 

d. Gladys Lee Vickers, born at Hughes' Springs, August 3, 
1893 ; died at Neola, Hunt county, Texas. November 21, 1899. 

c. Thomas Edwin Vickers, born at Neola, Texas, June 27, 
1896. 

/. William Ernest Vickers, born at Neola, Texas, November 
24, 1901. 

(4) George Lewis Vawter. son of John M. and Mary 
(Durkee) Vawter, was born November 22. 1862. at Grand 
Bluff, Panola county, Texas, in the old homestead of his grand- 
father, David Vawter. He was married at Pipecreek, Texas, 
May 25, 1892, to Junie Ettie Dickerson (daughter of Wyatt and 
Rebecca (Poyner) Dickerson), who was born near Tecumseh, 
Johnson county, Nebraska, March 8, 1870. George Lewis Vaw- 
ter was a bridge builder by trade, but while in California in 1888 
his arm was broken and he has since been unable to follow the 
bridge business. At Pipecreek he is postmaster, merchant, 
farmer and ranchman, and is much interested in the question of 
storm-water irrigation for the part of Texas where he lives. 

Children : 

a. Ettie Eugenia Vawter, born April 25, 1893. 

b. Walter Lewis Vawter, born September 27, 1895. 



THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 369 

c. David Wyatt Vawter, born December i, 1896 ; died August 
26, 1899. 

d. Matie Octavia Vawter, born September 6, 1898. 

e. Junie Magnolia Vawter, born September 19, 1900. 
/. John Ferris Vawter, born March 7, 1904. 

( 5 ) Frances Louisa Vawter, daughter of John M. and Mary 
(Durkee) Vawter, was born in Marshall, Texas, January 7, 
1867 : married January 20, 1890. to John B. Noble, who was born 
February 7, 1863, and died December 10, 1898. Mrs. Noble and 
children live at Timpson, Texas. 

Children : 

a. John Vawter Noble, born October 5, 1891. 

b. Julian Bennett Noble, born January 30, 1896. 

(6) Ella Octavia Vawter, daughter of John M. and Mary 
(Durkee) Vawter, was born May 31, 1872; married September 
9, 1903, to A. S. Victory, a log contractor for a lumber company, 
who was born February 14, 1868. 

(7) Katie King Vawter, daughter of John M. and Mary 
(Durkee) Vawter, was born May 15, 1877. 



4 
Louisa (Vawter) Fink 

Louisa Vawter, daughter of David and Lucinda (Glover) 
Vawter, was born February 9, 1830; married in 1845 to Edward 
Fink. They had one child who died in 1863. Both Edward Fink 
and Louisa, his wife, are dead. 

5 
David M. Vawter 

David M. Vawter, son of David and Lucinda (Glover) Vaw- 
ter, was born in Madison, Indiana, January 17, 1833; married 
July 25, 1858, to Nancy Raycroft, who was born in Tennessee, 
January 12, 1837. David M. Vawter was a physician. 



370 THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 

Children : 

(i) Martha Lucmda (called "Chic"), married January 6, 
1897, to J. W. Cooke, of Pembroke. Kentucky. 

Children : 

a. David Vawter Cooke, born October 16, 1897; died De- 
cember 22, 1903. y 

Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Cooke live at Carthage, Missouri, where al 

Mr. Cooke is cashier of the First National Bank. 



Martha (Vawter) White 

Martha Vawter, daughter of David and Lucinda (Glover) ll 

Vawter, was born September 16, 1836; married December, 1852, 
to J. C. White. They lived in Austin, Texas. They have four 
children. 



RUSSELL VAWTER 

(1755 ) 

m. 

MARY SPARKS 
(1757 ) 



Children 



1. John Vawter 

2. Elizabeth 

Vawter 



Grandchildren 

(i) James M. 
(2) John Russell 



r (I) John 

3. Beverly Vawter -j (2) Allan 

J , , , I (3) William 

4. Infant, d. ^-^ 

5. Nancy Vawter 

6. Bradford Vawter 

[ (I) Geo. T. m. 
Charlotte 

Vogler 



7. Chadwell Vawter 
m. 
Susan Taylor 



G. Grandchil- 
dren 



Joseph Early 
Vawter m. 
1st 
Polly Larimore 



(2) Pauline 

(3) Beverly S. 

(4) William 

(5) Matilda 

(6) Sophronia 

(7) Josiah 

(i) Washington R. 

(2) Thomas S. m. 
Nancy 

Chapman 

(3) Edith P. 

(4) Patsy A. 



f Geo. W. 
John M. 

Samuel M. m. 
Sarah McShane 



Rosalie m. 

R. A. Gordon 
Emma S. m. 

Katcliffe 



John 



f Martha, d. 
-{ William M. m. 
1^ Nancy J. Burk 



(5) Joseph M. m. 
Mary L. 
Furgeson 



^ 



f Trueman C. ra. 

I Myrta Bourne 
George Early 
Ray Partee m. 
Rose Smith 

^ Anna Mae 



G. G. Grandchil- 
dren 



Frank 
Fred Mc. 
Charles A. 
Harold H. 
Isaac 
^ Homer G. 



Ida m. 
Eugene Smith 
(Jennievee) 
Emma E. m. 
Charles Baxter 
(Clara Ermine, 

d. 
Mildred May,d. 
Dow Vawter) 
John Wm. m. 
Claudine C. 
Fowler 
(Ara Bertie 
Maud Illinois 
Earl V.) 



Clare 



372 



THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 



Joseph Early 
Vawter 
(Conlinued) 



2d 

Nancy Smith 



(6) Nancy A. 



(7) James J. m. 
Susan Hol- 
landsworth 



(8) 



William 
DeWitt 



(9) Katy A. 

(10) Amanda J. 

(11) Sallie K. 

(i2) Allen Vaul 
Elizabeth 
Sinclair 

(13) Mary P. 

(14) John E. 



Joseph T. m. 
Bedie Dewbre 

Allen v., d. 

Mary J. m. 
James Hagan 

Amanda S. m. 
Joseph M. 
Sympson 

Nancy W., d. 
Mintie B. m. 



f William J. 
j DoraB. 
■i Maude, d. 
j Evie L. 
i^ Annie 



( Ibb 
\ Vir 



aB. 

gil Vawter 



f Ingram 
\ Electa, d. 
1^ Jennievee 

f Ada S. 
I Dewey S. 
Eva A. 

e 



I 



Benjamin Hardin ] Nelli 
I Ray 
i_ Irene 



Earl 
May 



(15) Josephus R. 

m. \ 

Mary Williams 



(16) Beverly P. m. 
Maria L. 
Graves 



Julia A. m. 
Ansel S. Palraore 

Frank B. 



Joseph Thomas, d. 
Margaret E. m. 

W. A. Reynolds 
Walter Alien 
Josephine Allen m. 

O. L. Settle 
Allene 

Leona, d. 

Nancy Adalaide m. 
Peyton Lacy 
Cook 

Margaret, d. 

Leighton, d. 

Bennie B. m. 
Valera A. 
Crawford 

Minnie, d. 

Edgar S. m. 
Melissa E. 
Crawford 

Melissa H. m. 
Robert John 
Briggs 

Alice, d. 
Frederick D. 



I Trueman 
t Kate 



9. Polly Vawter 

10. Peachy Vawter 

11. Infant, d. 



Margaret Berneice 

[■ Frederick Clyde 

I Melissa lola 

i Clinton Culberson 

I Bertha 

j Burleson Beverly 

I Mary 

j Leyton Leroy 

i. Wm. Peyton 

Edgar Allen 
Lillian 
Thelma 
Clifford 



r Violo 

\ Edgar Crawford 

I Addie 

C Roberta Beverly 
-{ Victoria Mary 
I. Infant, d. 



■■ V, 

■w ■ 



i 

I 

i 



THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 373 

RUSSELL VAWTER 

Russell Vawter was born June 22, 1755, and lived in Cul- 
peper county, Virginia. It is not known who was the father of 
Russell, but he was probably a son of a brother of David, 
the son of John. David Vawter was born in 1720, and one 
of his sons, Jesse, was born in the same year as Russell. It is 
reasonably certain that they were closely related, as they both 
lived in the same county in Virginia and the same family names 
run through both families — such names as Elliott and Beverly. 

Jesse Vawter, the son of David, in his account of the journey 
westward, speaks of one Joseph Early. One of Russell Vawter's 
children is named Joseph Early, probably for this same man. 

Russell Vawter was married to Mary Sparks, who was born 
September 17, 1757. 

Children : 

I John Vawter, born April 22, 1778; lived in North Caro- 
lina; had two sons, James M. and John Russell. Both moved to 
southern Indiana about 1838. James then moved to Tipton 
county, in about 1848, and John Russell to Switzerland county. 
James died about 1872, and John Russell about 1843. 

II Elizabeth Vawter, born April 21, 1780. 

III Beverly Vawter, born September 22, 1782; came from 
Virginia and settled at Marrow Bone, Cumberland county, Ken- 
tucky; sold out about 1836 and went to Macomb, Illinois. Three 
of his sons were John, Allan and William. Allan died November 
4, 1904. 

IV Infant, died. 

V Nancy Vawter, born March 19, 1786. 

VI Bradford Vawter, born July 26, 1788. 

VII Chadwell Vawter, born September 14, 1790. 

VIII Joseph Early Vawter, born February 19, 1793. 

IX Polly Vawter, born August 20, 1796. 

X Peachy Vawter. born August 10, 1798; died 1804. 

XI Infant, stillborn. 

VII Chadwell Vawter married Susan Taylor; after nearly 



374 THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 

all of his children were born he moved to Stokes, now Forsyth 
comity, North Carolina. 
Children : 

1. George T. Vawter, born September lo, 1817 ; moved with 
his parents to North Carolina when about fifteen years old; 
moved to Indiana in 1851 ; married Charlotte C. Vogler; died in 
1894. Charlotte (Vogler) Vawter died in 1892. 

Children : 

( i) George W. Vawter, born November, 1840. Is now dead, 
but has a family living in Indiana. 

(2) John M. Vawter, born January 28, 1844. Is dead, but 
has a family living in Indiana. 

(3) Samuel M. Vawter, born in North Carolina, October 
29, 1847; married Sarah E. McShane. Has been living in Jeffer- 
sonville, Indiana, but is at present in Atlanta, Georgia. 

Children : 

a. S. Frank, born April 2, 1879. Lives in Tipton, Indiana. 

b. Fred Mc, born May 19, 1880. Lives in Tipton, Indiana. 

c. Charles A., born July 26, 1882. 

d. Harold H., born December i, 1884. 

e. Isaac, born March 6, 1891 ; died. 
/. Homer G., born May 21, 1895. 

(4) Rosalie A. Vawter, born December 3, 1849; married 
R. A. Gordon. Lives in Indiana. 

(5) Emma S., born August 30, 1851 ; married — Ratcliffe. 
Lives in Indiana. 

2. Pauline Vawter. born in 18 19. 

3. Beverly S.. born in 1821 ; moved from North Carolina to 
Illinois in 1852; afterward to Kansas. 

4. William Vawter, born in 1823; moved from North Caro- 
lina to Illinois in 1852 ; died in 1859. Had a son John. 

5. Matilda Vawter, born in 1826. 

6. Sophronia Vawter, born in 1829. 

7. Josiah Vawter, born in 1832 ; died in Confederate army. 
VIII Joseph Early Vawter, the son of Russell and Mary 

(Sparks) Vawter, was born in Culpeper county, Virginia, in 
1793. He went from Virginia, by way of North Carolina, to 



THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 375 

Monroe county, Kentucky, where he settled in about 1823, ;ind 
where three of his children are living to-day. Joseph Early Vaw- 
ter was a miller, farmer and teacher. He wrote an almanac 
(which was never published). He made a bench which he carried 
to school for his pupils to sit on and then carried it home each 
night for his children to sit on at the table. The bench is still 
in the family, and the old house stands to-day just as it was built 
by Joseph Early Vawter. He died in 1861. 

Joseph Early Vawter was married September 15, 18 12, to 
Polly Larimore, who was born February i, 1795, and died No- 
vember 8, 1838. 

Children : 

1. Washington R. Vawter, born July 29, 181 3. Was a physi- 
cian. 

2. Thomas S. Vawter, born August 17, 181 5. 

3. Edith P. Vawter, born November 9, 181 7. 

4. Patsy A. Vawter, born March 19, 1820. 

5. Joseph M. Vawter. born September 8, 1822. 

6. Nancy A. Vawter, born January 2, 1825. 

7. James J. Vawter, born January 4, 1827. 

8. William D. Vawter, born March 9, 1829. 

9. Katy A. Vawter, born March 5, 1831. 

10. Amanda J. Vawter, born April 13, 1833. 

11. Sallie K. Vawter, born January 11, 1835. 

12. Allen V. Vawter, twin, born July 18, 1837. 

13. Mary P. Vawter, twin, born July 18, 1837. 

Joseph Early Vawter married, second, Nancy Smith, who died 
in 1878. 
Children : 

14. John E. Vawter, born July 18, 1840. 

15. Josephus R. Vawter, born January 9, 1842. 

16. Beverly P. Vawter, born October 3, 1844. 



Thomas S. Vawter, son of Joseph Early and Polly (Lari- 
more) Vawter, was born August 17, 1815; married Nancy A. 



yjd THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 

Chapman, who was born February 9, 1820; died December 30, 
1873. Thomas S. Vawter died in 1854 near Hillsboro, Ilhnois. 

Children : 

(i) Martha, who died in 1861. 

(2) WilHam M., born in Monroe county, Kentucky, Novem- 
ber 27, 1842; married January 10, 1864, to Nancy Jane Burk, 
who was born at Walshville, IlHnois, June 12, 1846. W. M. 
Vawter had a "bus line and carried mail in Hillsboro, Illinois, 
but is now retired. 

Children of William and Nancy ( Burk) Vawter : 

a. Ida M. Vawter. born December 4, 1864; married August 
17, 1886, to Eugene Smith, who was born in Bond county, Illi- 
nois, October 9, 1859. They live in Hillsboro, Illinois, and have 
one child, Jennievee Eugenia, born February 3, 1888. 

h. Emma E. Vawter, born August 22, 1867; married April 
26, 1887, to Charles Baxter, who was born at Walshville, Illi- 
nois, August II, 1861. They live in Hillsboro, Illinois, where 
Mr. Baxter deals in coal and owns the transfer line. 

Children : 

(a) Clara Ermine, born July 24, 1893; died September 29, 

1893. 

(b) Mildred May, born August 25, 1896; died November 

15. 1896. 

(c) Dow Vawter, born January 16, 1898. 

c. John William Vawter, born January 22, 1870; married at 
Arkansas Pass, Texas, October 7, 1897, to Claudine C. Fowler, 
who was born in Smithfield, Missouri, January 17, 1875. They 
live in Hillsboro, Illinois, where J. W. Vawter is engaged in the 
transfer business. They have one child, Monroe Fowler, who 
was born December 18, 1899. 

d. Ara Bertie Vawter, born October 17, 1872; died. 

e. Maud Illinois Vawter, born April 3, 1873; died. 
/. Earl V. Vawter, born September 24. 1879. 



THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 3/7 



5 

Joseph Monroe Vawter, son of Joseph Early and Polly ( Lari- 
more) Vawter, was born September 8, 1822; married Mary 
Louise Furgeson, who was born in Virginia in 1844. Joseph M. 
Vawter was a farmer, a stock-breeder, a hotel-keeper ; operated 
livery stable, 'bus line, canal boats, and was commissioner of 
Franklin county, Indiana, for six years. Lived in Brookville; 
died in 1903. 

Children : 

(i) Trueman Carpenter, born in 1875; married Myrta 
Bourne in 1897. No children. Trueman C. Vawter is commer- 
cial salesman of vehicles, Brookville, Indiana. 

(2) George Early, born in 1877. Is a lawyer and manager 
of Central Business College of Sedalia, Missouri. 

(3) Ray Partee, born in 1879; married Rose Smith in 1902. 
They have one child, Clare, \yho was born in 1904. Ray P. Vaw- 
ter is a farmer, living near Brookville, Indiana. 

(4) Anna Mae, born in 1884. Is a teacher in the public 
schools of Brookville, Indiana. 



James J. Vawter, son of Joseph Early and Polly (Larimore) 
Vawter, was born January 4, 1827; married Susan Hollands- 
worth, who was born April 11, 1832, at Marrow Bone, Ken- 
tucky. J. J. Vawter is engaged in the mercantile business in 
Persimon, Kentucky. 

Children : 

( I ) Joseph T. Vawter, son of James J. and Susan ( Hollands- 
worth) Vawter, was born March 10, 1852; married Bedie Dew- 
bre, who was born at Marrow Bone, Kentucky, J. T. Vawter 
lives near Persimon, Kentucky, where he is engaged in farming. 

Children : 

a. William J. Vawter, born October 19, 1873. 

h. Dora B. Vawter, born November 18, 1877. 

c. Maude Vawter, born May 15, 1880; died August 14, 1889. 



^yS THE VAVVTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 

d. Evie L. Vawter, born August 25, 1883. 
c. Annie Vawter, born April 13, 1887. 

(2) Allen V. Vawter, born April 27, 1855; died May 18, 
1882. 

(3) Mary J. Vawter, born July 3, 1858; married James 
Hagan. Their children are Ibba B. and Virgil Vawter. 

(4) Amanda S. Vawter, born May 8, 1862; married Joseph 
M. Sympson. Their children are Ingram, Electa, who died young, 
and Jenievee. 

(5) Nancy W. Vawter, born June 16, 1865; died February 
8, 1866. 

(6) Mintie B. Vawter, born June 4, 1867; married Benja- 
min G. Hardin. Their children are Ada S., Dewey S., Eva A., 
Nellie, Ray and Irene. 

(7) Julia A. Vawter, born December 23, 1871 ; married 
Ansel S. Palmore. Their children are Earl. Mae, Trueman and 
Kate. 

8 

William DeWitt Vawter, son of Joseph Early and Polly (Lari- 
more) Vawter, was born in Monroe county, Kentucky, in 1829; 
went to Macomb, Illinois, in 185 1, and to Kansas in 1869. Lives 
in Burlington, Kansas. Has a son, Frank B. Vawter, a druggist, 
living in Randolph, Kansas. 

12 

Allen Vaul Vawter, son of Joseph Early and Polly (Larimore) 
Vawter, was born in Monroe county, Kentucky, July 18, 1837. 
He was a twin. He was a farmer, left Kentucky and moved near 
Columbia, Missouri, where he was killed May 12, 1888. He was 
married to Elizabeth Sinclair, who was born in Providence, Mis- 
souri, in 1855 ^^'^ died February 25, 1894. 

Children : 

( 1 ) Joseph Thomas Vawter, who died at about two years of 
age. 

(2) Margaret E. Vawter, born September 24, 1880; married 



THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 379 

June 8, 1903, to W. A. Reynolds, who was born February lo, 
1877. They Hve in Eldon, Miller county, Missouri, where Mr. 
Reynolds is in the grocery business. 

(3) Walter Allen Vawter, born December 24. 1882, near 
Columbia, Missouri. Lives in Lamar. Barton county, Missouri. 

(4) Josephine Allen, born September 30, 1884; near Colum- 
bia, Missouri; married April 7, 1903, to O. L. Settle, who was 
born October 31, 1884. They live in Lamar, Missouri, where 
O. L. Settle has a meat market. 

Children : 

a. Margaret Berneice Settle, born February 18, 1905. 

(5) Allene Vawter, born January 30, 1889; near Columbia, 
Missouri. Lives in Lamar, Missouri. 



15 

Josephus R. Vawter, son of Joseph Early and Nancy (Smith) 
Vawter, was born in Monroe county, Kentucky, January 9, 1842; 
married May 26. 1867, to Mary J. Williams, who was born April 
4, 1849, in Monroe county, Kentucky. Josephus R. Vawter was 
a farmer and lived in Monroe county, Kentucky. He died May 3, 
1882. 

Children : 

(i) Leona Vawter, born March 23, 1868; died May i, 1897. 

(2) Nancy Adalaide Vawter, was born April 5, 1869, in 
Monroe county, Kentucky; married January 19, 1888, to Peyton 
Lacy Cook, a farmer, who was born in Alabama, April 12, 1861. 
They live in Cordell, Oklahoma Territory. 

Children : 

a. Frederick Clyde Cook, born December 22, 1888; died De- 
cember 27, 1889. 

b. Melissa lola Cook, born January 28, 1891. 

c. Clinton Culberson Cook, born January 29, 1893. 

d. Bertha Cook, born February 13, 1895. 

e. Burleson Beverly Cook, born April 29, 1896. 
/. Mary Cook, born January 6, 1900. 



380 THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 



X 



g. Ley ton Leroy Cook, born March 5, 1902. 

h. William Peyton Cook, born September 11, 1904. 

(3) Margaret Vawter, born October 12, 1870; died No- 
vember, 1870. 

(4) Leighton Vawter, born July 21, 1872; died July. 1873. 

(5) Bennie B. Vawter, born in Monroe county, Kentucky, 
August 21, 1874; married December 25, 1895, to Valera A. 
Crawford, who was born in Tennessee, June 3, 1878. B. B. Vaw- 
ter has been a rural mail carrier, but is at present employed as a 
salesman in a dry-goods store. He lives in Cordell, Oklahoma 
Territory. 

Children : 

a. Edgar Allen Vawter, born March 19, 1898. 

b. Lillian, born June 16, 1900. 

c. Thelma, born March 22, 1902; died June 27, 1903. 

d. Clifford, born January 22, 1904. 

(6) Minnie Vawter was born August 21, 1874; died Novem- 
ber 12, 1875. Bennie B. and Minnie Vawter were twins. 

(7) Edgar S. Vawter was born in Monroe county, Kentucky, 
December 22, 1876; married October 15, 1899, to Melissa E. 
Crawford, who was born February 6, 1882, in Johnson county, 
Texas. Edgar S. Vawter is a farmer, living near Rocky, Okla- 
homa Territory. 

Children : 

a. Violo Vawter, born November 24, 1900. 

b. Edgar Crawford Vawter. born August 10, 1902. 

c. Addie Vawter, born August 27, 1904. 

(8) Melissa H. Vawter was born in Monroe county, Ken- 
tucky, January 4, 1879; married September 25, 1898, in Tarrant 
county, Texas, to Robert John Briggs, who was born in Canada, 
March 14, 1871. They live in Dalhart, Texas, where Mr. Briggs 
is a painter and paper-hanger. 

Children : 

Roberta Beverly Briggs, born June 11, 1899 in Tarrant county, 
Texas. 



THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 38 1 

Victoria Mary Briggs, born September 23. 1901, in Tarrant 
county, Texas. 

(9) Infant, born and died February, 1880. 



16 

Beverly P. Vawter, son of Joseph Early and Nancy (Smith) 
Vawter, was born October 3, 1844; married to Maria L. Graves 
at Scottsville, Illinois, November 17, 1867; lives at Modesto, 
Illinois. 

Maria (Graves) Vawter died March 10, 1904. 

Children : 

a. Alice, born in 1878; died in infancy. 

b. Frederick D., born in 1880. Is a physician at Gessie, In- 
diana. 






EDWARD VAWTER 

Edward Vawter, the son of John, Bartholomew or Angus Vaw- 
ter (it is not certain which), settled in Essex county, Virginia, 
where his two sons, Edward and William, were born. There was 
also a son Thomas. 

Edward Vawter, the first, built a church in Essex county, in 
1 73 1, which is still standing and in use. It is called "Vauter's 
Church." An account of it taken from "Old Churches, Ministers 
and Families of Virginia," by W. Meade, is as follows : 

"Upon a branch of Blackburn's Creek called Church Swamp 
stands Vauter's Church, built, as indicated by a date inscribed 
upon its walls, in 1731. This church is in a good state of preser- 
vation. Mrs. Lewis, who is descended from the Pendletons and 
Gaines of Culpeper, the Vauters of Essex and the Ruckers, says : 
There were two churches, the brick and the South Church, which 
was about sixteen miles distant and four miles below the present 
site of the Madison court-house. It was a frame building and 
stood on the land of Richard Vauter. Both buildings were old at 
the commencement of the Revolutionary War. The Episcopal 
families around these churches were the Ruckers, the Barbours, 
Beales, Keastleys, Lewis and Vauters.' " 

William, son of Edward the first, was born May 6, 1735. He 
was married to Anne Ballard. He and his brother Edward both 
served in the Revolutionary War. He was a large landowner in 
Greenbrier county, Virginia. He died March 6, 181 5. Anne 
(Ballard) Vawter, his wife, was born October 23, 1733; died 
May 24, 1814. 

William Vawter,* son of William and Anne (Ballard) Vaw- 
ter, was born May 26, 1765. He was in the Revolutionary War 
and in the battle of Yorktown. He secured the appointment of 
government surveyor from the governor of Virginia ; moved to 
West Virginia in 1791, and married February 12, 1795, Margaret, 
the daughter of John and Anne (Givens) Henderson, of Point 



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Pleasant, West Virginia. They located on Hans Creek, Monroe 
county, West Virginia. William Vawter died November 15, 
1822. Margaret, his wife, was born February 12, 1771, and died 
September 8, 1853. 

Children of William and Margaret (Henderson) Vawter: 

1. Elizabeth,'^ born January 28, 1798; married Robert Young, 
of Monroe county. 

2. John Henderson,^ born January 23, 1800; died June 8, 

1877- 

3. Anne,^ born March 18, 1802 ; married Lorenzo Dow Cook; 

rjoved to Indiana. 

4. Jean or Jennie,^ born June 14, 1805; married Andrew 
Shanklin ; moved to Indiana. 

5. Mary or Polly,^ born September 8, 1808; married Moses 
Kerr; moved to Indiana; died November 23, 1887. 

6. Elliott,^ born March 9, 1812; married Julia Pack, 

2. John Henderson Vawter, son of William and Margaret 
(Henderson) Vawter, was born in Monroe county. West Vir- 
ginia, January 23, 1800. He inherited his father's estate and 
continued to reside there until his death. He was a successful 
planter and a civil engineer of considerable ability, locating nearly 
all of the Middle Tennessee Railroad. He was for a long time 
surveyor of Monroe county, and before the war he represented 
that county in the Virginia Assembly for nearly twenty years. 
From the summer of 1862 till the close of the war, he was a cap- 
tain on the staff of General John Echols, C. S. A. He had four 
sons in the Confederate army. They were Dr. Louis A., captain 
of Company C, Sharpshooters, Thirtieth Virginia. William en- 
tered Company D, Twenty-seventh Regiment, Stonewall Brigade, 
in August, 1862; wounded at the battle of the Wilderness, and 
promoted to commissary department, with rank of captain. 
James E., entered Twelfth Mississippi Regiment in 1861, elected 
captain of Company I in May, 1862; shot five times at Frazier's 
Farm and died July 2, 1862. Charles E., entered Monroe Guards 
in May, 1861, then into the Twenty-seventh Regiment, Stonewall 
Brigade; appointed captain of a company of sharpshooters in 



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1862 ; captured and imprisoned in Fort Delaware in March, 1865 ; 
released in June, 1865. 

John Henderson Vawter married, first, Adaline Dunlap, Jan- 
uary 22, 1828; she died November 8, 1828, at the birth of her 
first child, who also died a year later. June 17, 1833, he married, 
second, Clara S. Peck, of Giles county. 

Children of John Henderson and Clara (Peck) Vawter: 

( 1 ) John William,® born September 30, 1834; married Eliza- 
beth Dew Kean. 

(2) Elizabeth Mary,'' born January 2, 1836. 

(3) Margaret Anne,*^ born July i, 1837, died single, 1885. 

(4) Louis Addison,^ born October 22, 1838; died January 5, 
1900. 

(5) James Elliott," born March i, 1840; died single, 1862. 

(6) Charles E.,** born June 9, 1841. 

(7) Allen Henderson, "^ born January 8, 1843; died single. 

(8) Matilda Ellen,*' born March 16, 1844; married William 
Farnier. 

(9) Sarah Josephine,*' born July 10, 1847; married Frank 
Peck Sweeny ; died. 

(10) Joseph Snyder," born July 17, 1849; died single, 1863. 

(11) Clara Virginia," born August 23, 1851 ; married Lewis 
Peck ; died. 

(12) Henry Alexander," born xA.pril 23, 1853 ; married Nettie 
Baber. 

(13) George W.," born April 5, 1855; married Eliza L. 
Gwinn. 

(4) Louis Addison Vawter received his primary education 
under a tutor, later attending the Union Academy, and then en- 
tering the Emory and Henry College in Washington county, 
West Virginia, graduating at the latter institution in 1854, after 
which he studied medicine. At the opening of the Civil War, he 
entered the Confederate service as captain of volunteer infantry. 
Thirtieth Battalion; was taken a prisoner at the battle of Win- 
chester, September 19, 1864, and held at Fort Delaware until in 



THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 385 

July, 1865, when he was set at hberty. Returning to his father's 
home in West Virginia, he had charge of the plantation there 
for a time. During the winter of 1867-68, he took a course of 
lectures at Cincinnati in the Ohio Medical College, and in the 
latter year began the practice of his profession at Ballardsville, 
West Virginia. He moved to Indiana and practiced medicine with 
R. E. Barnett in Hancock county, Indiana, until 1882. He then 
received an appointment as physician to the Round Valley Indian 
Agency in California. He resigned his position there in 1884 and 
went to Radersburg. Montana, where he remained until 1893. 
After that he practiced his profession in Boulder, Montana. He 
was a member of the Presbyterian Church, and was identified 
with the Democratic party. Louis A. Vawter married, first, Mary 
Adair, of Red Sulphur Springs. She died and he was married 
January 16, 1867. to Emma M. Damson, who was born in Alle- 
ghany county, Virginia, December 14, 1838. 

Children of Louis and Emma (Damson) Vawter: 
o. Mary Allen Vaw-ter, born in Virginia, November 14, 1868; 
died in Greenfield, Indiana, January 20, 1895. 

b. John William Vawter, born in Virginia, April 13, 1871. 
Is an illustrator of ability. Is very well known through his illus- 
trations of James Whitcomb Riley's books. 

c. Clara Peck Vawter, born in Virginia, September 25, 1873. 
Had published one book, the Rabbit's Ransom, and some other 
short stories and poems. Was a fine judge of literature and 
seemed to have a brilliant future opening before her, when she 
died in Indianapolis, Indiana, October 12, 1900. 

d. Charles Elliott Vawter, born in Greenfield, Indiana, June 
4, 1882. 

(6) Charles Erastus Vawter, son of John Henderson and 
Clara (Peck) Vawter, at the close of the war returned to Emory 
and Henry from which he was graduated in 1866. He then 
taught in Chattanooga till 1868, when he entered the University 
of Virginia for a special course in mathematics. In the same year 
he w^as elected professor of mathematics at his alma mater, where 
he taught until he was made president of the famous Miller 



386 THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 

Manual Training School in Albemarle county, in 1878. He mar- 
ried, July 24, 1866, Virginia Longley, of Tennessee. 

Children of Charles E. and Virginia (Longley) Vawter: 
a. Mary Longley, who married Harrison Robertson of Dan- 
ville. 

h. Josephine, who married Stonewall Tompkins, a member of 
the Miller School faculty. 

c. Charles E., Jr.. a graduate of the University of Virginia 
and professor of mathematics and physics at the Virginia Poly- 1 
technic Institute. 

d. Lenora Leigh. 

e. James Elliot. 
/. Virginia Longley. 
g. Edmund Longley. 
For the above account of the descendents of Edward Vawter 

credit is here given in part to a book on the "Ancestry and De- 
scendants of Lieutenant John Henderson," by Joseph Lyon Mil- 
ler, Ashland. Kentucky, and to the ''History of Montana," by 
Joaquin Miller. 

Thomas Vawter, son of Edward, the first, was born in 1750. 
He had a son, Edward, born in 1775. This son Edward had a 
daughter Elizabeth, who married her cousin Thomas Vawter. 
Thomas and Elizabeth Vawter were the ancestors of Mrs. Egbert 
Jones, Holly Springs, Mississippi. 



A 



MADISON AND VICINITY A HUNDRED YEARS AGO 

It might perhaps be interesting to know something of Madi- 
son, the conditions of the surrounding country- and the cus- 
toms at the time the Vawters first came to Indiana. The history 
of all the Vawters descended from Jesse and many of those de- 
scended from Philemon has, in the past, if not now, been 
intimately connected with the history of Madison itself. In a 
Madison paper there appeared many years ago a series of inter- 
views with the early pioneers of Jefferson county. One of these 
is with James Burns, the father of Maxa Burns, who married 
]\Iaria \^awter. This article is here given as it was written : 



JAMES BURNS 

"James Burns, one of the oldest and most intelligent of our 
early settlers, is living on Second street, in the extreme western 
part of Madison. He is the father of ex-Mayor Miles S. Burns. 
Mr. Burns was born in Loudoun county, Virginia, near Alexan- 
dria, in 1/86. He moved to Kentucky, traveling in a wagon, in 
the year 1794. Mason and Bracken counties were his stopping 
places until 1806, when, accompanied by a young wife he had 
lately married, he removed again into Ohio. In December, 1806, 
Burns entered Fort Washington for the first time. The fort and 
surrounding village had not yet received its present name — Cin- 
cinnati. The tract of land back from the river was called Hob- 
son's Choice, the rest, facing the river. Fort Washington. The 
houses were few and scattered here and there in the woods and 
clearings. Mr. Burns rented a farm and lived upon it. He was 
enrolled in the militia and saw extensive service against the Ohio 
Indians. When Aaron Burr came west and fled southward for 
New Orleans. Burns was among the militia who kept guard along 
the river at Cincinnati to intercept and capture him. The wily 



388 THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 

Burr, however, evaded the authorities and passed south without 
detection. Burns came to Madison in 1814, the Indians being 
then at war with the settlers. James Hartsock, John Burns and 
James Burns together purchased a boat at Cincinnati in which 
to bring themselves, their families and household possessions to 
Madison. The boat w^as about one hundred feet long and roofed 
over. Three days were occupied in floating down to Madison. 
*We landed,' says Mr. Burns, 'opposite the big frame house 
that old John Mclntire put up. It is the same house that John 
Marsh now lives in, though it has been remodeled several times. 
Main street at that time — 18 14 — was the only street in the town. 
Main Cross was laid out only a little way down toward Mul- 
berry. A person had to drive around logs and trees to go any- 
where. The timber was cut down to make a show but was not 
cut up or hauled away. There were eight or ten families in the 
town, not more. The bottom was almost entirely covered with 
woods, only a little spot cleared for houses. Burnett's public 
house stood on Main Cross, close to where the old Indiana Bank 
is now. On Main street, was John Booth's tavern, a hewed log 
house on the east side of Main, below our court-house. A man 
named Wilson had a cabinet shop near the tavern. Colonel Paul 
lived in a brick house near the river bank, the only brick house in 
the town then. Three or four lawyers were boarding with him, 
William Hendricks, Cristopher Harrison, the government sur- 
veyor, and others. Soon after I came, Harrison was elected to 
congress. This was before he was married. Basil Bentley, the 
first sheriff of this county, also boarded with Colonel Paul. I 
took dinner shortly after I came to town with Colonel Paul and 
saw them all. Old Wagner, Ike Wagner's father, had a black- 
smith shop between Main and Mulberry, on High street. John 
Mclntire kept a dry-goods store in his big frame house. Colonel 
Paul had a mill back and above the present burying ground on 
Crooked Creek. The mill was up and had just got to grinding 
corn when I came. It was run by water power. Dawson Black- 
more lived on the corner of Walnut and High, in a one-story 
hewed log house. He had three sons and two daughters. Dawson 
Blackmore, Jr., was the first white male child born in Madison. 



THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 389 

Betty Strickland, a daughter of Judge Strickland, who lived be- 
yond Blackmore's on Walnut street, was the first girl baby born 
about here. The Vawters w^ere here and a few others besides, 
when our party landed. 

" 'As we went up town from the boat we found everybody 
sitting around watching for Indians, afraid to go out of the 
house almost. A man named Jim Moore invited us to his house 
to stay a few days, and we went. After taking our families to 
Moore's, Hartsock and myself took our guns and went to Wirt, 
then a fort or blockhouse. We passed the blockhouse at old 
James Edwards' mill on Clifty Creek. When we got out to the 
other blockhouse on Harbert's Creek the people ran out and closed 
the gate, thinking we were Indians. They made us stand off and 
hello a good deal before they let us in. After the gate was opened 
they stood staring and gaping to see whether we were all right 
or not. I examined the land I had bought that day and the next 
morning we got horses and returned to Madison. I then hired 
a team and hauled out two or three loads of furniture and things. 
Next we sold the boat to John and Jim Cowden. Our three fam- 
ilies moved out to Harbert's blockhouse together. The first night 
we camped by a big log on old Jesse Vawter's place. We slept 
on the ground before a log fire near the blockhouse. 

" 'We located on Harbert's Creek, on the site of the village of 
Wirt, six miles from Madison. Five families were living in the 
blockhouse at this time; our party adding three more. William 
Harbert, the first settler, after whom the creek took its name, who 
went out and built a cabin in 1811, before the war began, was 
there with his family. Daniel Hickman, John Brock, Samuel 
Chasteen, William West and their families were the others. We 
all lived in the blockhouse and were in continual fear of the In- 
dians. Every night we kept guard, and Judge Dunn passed once 
or twice every week with his rangers. The Indians came in sight 
frequently, threatening us. Several persons that had wandered 
off in the woods hunting disappeared and were never afterwards 
heard of, no doubt having been murdered or carried away by the 
Indians. The blockhouse stood about fifteen rods east of my late 



390 THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 

residence at Wirt. The site of the fort is now a part of the farm 
of Hiram Francisco. 

" 'The blockhouse was a square inclosing about one-half an 
acre. In each of the four corners were log houses built unusually 
strong. The upper part hung over on the outside to prevent the 
Indians climbing up on the roof, and all the sides Vvcre pierced 
with port-holes. There were other houses close up to the picket 
walls, v/hich served to strengthen the pickets. The picket was a 
fence of high, heavy posts driven into the ground and sharpened 
on the ends. There was a gate on the north side of the fort, and 
one on the east. Inside the fort was a hollow square, all the 
houses being close up to the walls. The families that lived there 
had built cabins on their land when they first made the settlement, 
all of them from a half-mile to three or four miles distant from 
Harbert's. When the Indians came they were afraid to be sep- 
arated so far from each other, so the blockhouse was built. The 
location was a first rate one. It was on the high bank just south 
of "the creek. The land on the east and west sides sloped down a 
little lower than where the fort was. A fine large spring was near 
the fort, too. 

" 'In those days we all dressed in buckskin breeches and hunt- 
ing shirts. We never went out without our guns ready for an en- 
counter with the Indians or wild animals. The woods were so 
full of game that the rangers shot all they had to eat. If they 
didn't shoot the game they had to go without. This country be- 
longed to old Captain White-Eyes and his brood. White-Eyes 
pretended to be a big chief and friendly to the whites, but there 
was no dependence in him. He was a bold-looking jockey, rather 
sassy, about thirty years old and not short of six feet in height. 
He wore the Indian garb — breech clout, leggins and moccasins, 
with a blanket thrown over his shoulders. His leggins were of 
dark blue or black woolen cloth, pretty fine, too. Indians were par- 
ticular about cloth, they knew what was good and wouldn't buy it 
if it wasn't. His hair was long and black and had buzzard's quills 
stuck around in it. He always carried a gun and a tomahawk. 
His tomahawk was made with a pipe in the pole. He was the big- 
srest Indian in his tribe, the Pottawattomies. The tribe came from 



THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 39 1 

out on the Wabash. There were well onto a hundred with White- 
Eyes. 

" These Indians had a camp on Marble Creek, close to Hillis' 
blockhouse. It was in Lancaster township on Stout's farm. The 
camp was on a little knoll. All about it the bark was pulled off 
the trees and set on end for shelter. Trees were peeled as high 
as they could reach and for a good bit around, as they had about 
fifteen wigwams. Indians wouldn't go into a house and sit down 
in a chair to eat from a table — they'd get down on their knees 
around the table and take things off the plates with their hands. 
They mostly ate meat. I've seen Indians eating meat off one end 
of a chunk and a dog biting and chewing at the other. They 
thought as much of their dogs as they did of themselves. In the 
logs and stumps about the camp you'd see little holes hollowed 
out where they put their corn and pounded it with their toma- 
hawks. They had a good many ponies which they used in pack- 
ing their things from place to place. Every man carried his rifle 
and hunting gear. Old White-Eyes rode generally. The squaws 
wrapped a lot of stuff, sometimes a bushel or two of corn, in a 
blanket and swung it on their backs, having the ends tied and 
pressing against their foreheads. The Indians were accustomed 
to come here to trade and never got away without being pretty 
well melted with liquor. They always had a jug. 

" 'The Indians were good marksmen. They shot with rifle and 
bow and arrow. One time, when thirty or forty of White-Eyes' 
men were passing through my place I coaxed one of them into 
my stable to see a bay mare the Indians had stolen once. The 
mare hated the sight of an Indian. She'd begin to plunge and 
kick the moment she saw one. Before he got fairly in the stable 
the mare squealed and kicked at him. The Indian broke and ran, 
saying, "She's no good horse, no good horse." 

" 'Madison was owned originally by Paul, Burnet, Davis and 
Lyon. Burnet lived in Cincinnati, Davis some place in Ohio, and 
Lyon at Eagle Hollow. Davis and Burnet came in after the first 
sale of lots by Paul and Lyon in i8i i. Jefferson county extended 
to the Indian country and was called Jackson's purchase. The first 
steamboat that passed this point was the Robert Fulton. I think 



392 THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 

she passed here in 1815 or 1816. The first boat I was ever on was 
the Hibernia. I went to Cincinnati on her from this place in 
181 7 or 1 81 8. The boat was not running regularly between any 
points. 

" 'Wirt was laid out by Colonel Arion. James Vawter and my- 
self. I proposed Wyandotte as the name of the place. Colonel 
Arion suggested Wirt, after William Wirt, of Virginia, and so 
it got that name. The Baptists (Iron Jackets) organized a church 
at Wirt in February, 181 8. The meeting was held in the log 
school-house. The members were William West and wife, Wil- 
liam Harbert and wife, John Burns and wife, James Burns and 
wife, Robert Harbert, a single man, a young woman named Re- 
becca Marshall, John Stevens, Wilson Moncrief, Abner Mon- 
crief, James Harbert, Thomas Glover and Rachel Johnson. 
Daniel Stogsdill, the preacher, was from Pulaski county, Ken- 
tucky. Church was held in the school-house for nine years. Then 
a little brick house was built. The present church is almost ex- 
actly on the same site as the first one, just a small distance east of 
the old one. The first baptism recorded by the church was in 
June, 1825. The first school-house was built pretty near the pres- 
ent church. It was started in 1819. The teacher was a Scotch- 
man named Carmichael, who boarded at my house. The first 
miill-dam ever built on Big Creek was made by James Hayes. It 
was in Lancaster township, and is now the property of John B. 
Craft. It was formerly owned by Horace Byfield. The dam is 
there yet. I had my wheat and corn ground there for three or 
four years.' " 

Among the early settlers of Madison, Indiana, were Robert 
Cotton, one of the first officers of Jefferson county, Howard 
Watts, a leading doctor, Shadrick Wilber, a merchant, John H. 
Wagner, a blacksmith, William Watlington, a farmer and Phile- 
mon Vawter, who came to Madison in 1808. 

JOHN H. WAGONER 

"John H. Wagner and family, consisting of three sons, Samuel, 
Lewis and George, and four daughters, Jane, Betsy, Katy and 






THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 393 

Phoebe, disembarked from a flatboat on the first day of May, 
1808, at a point on the Ohio river where the town of Madison 
was afterwards located. At this date not a cabin of any kind was 
built in the bottoms at this place, excepting- one which was built 
and occupied by a man by the name of Booth. This was in the 
upper portion of the bottom, where Isom Ross afterward located 
and operated his tan-yard. 

"J- H. Wagner came from Pennsylvania, and was of the old 
German stock of that state. He was a blacksmith by trade and 
brought a portion of his tools with him. After transferring his 
tools and what few household effects there were to the second 
bottom, the camp was located at a point on the bluff near where 
John T. Schofield's residence now stands — the northwest corner 
of Jefferson and High streets. 

"The smoke from the camp-fire attracted the attention of 
Jesse Vawter, who had landed at this place some two years be- 
fore, but had located on top of the hill near where the Michigan 
roads now runs. When Mr. Vawter saw the smoke curling up 
through the tree tops from the camp in the bottom below he at 
once set out to visit the camp and learn who the new settlers 
were. In those days neighbors were so few and far between that 
it was a genuine pleasure to look into the face of a stranger, if 
a white man, whether he was traveling through the country or 
seeking a home. Mr. Vawter gave Mr. Wagner and his family 
a hearty welcome, and when he saw the blacksmith tools he was 
rejoiced to know that they were to have a blacksmith among them, 
for in those days the settlers were in greater need of the handi- 
work of this trade than that of any other one occupation. After 
assisting in raising their tent and in making things as comfortable 
as was possible under the surrounding conditions, Mr. Vawter 
departed for his home on the hill top. but not before giving Mr. 
Wagner to understand that he would be glad to assist him in any 
way he could in starting his new home. 

"In a short time Mr. Wagner had a log house built on the site 
of his camp and a blacksmith shop nearby. After a time his 
house served as a tavern or stopping place for the travelers to 
and from Kentucky and the settlements back from the river. 



394 THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 

These two buildings were the first erected in what was after 
wards the old town of Madison." 



WILLIAM WATLINGTON 

"In the early part of the year 1814 William Watlington, of 
Bridgetown, New Jersey, landed at a point on the Ohio River 
where Madison now is. At that time it was an almost unbroken 
forest, as only two or three log houses were to be found in the 
bottom, the early settlers having located on the hill-tops and high 
rolling lands back from the river. 

"William Watlington entered one hundred and sixty acres 
from the government, five miles north of the river on an Indian 
trail leading from the river to Graham Creek. The Graham 
Road was afterwards located along this trail. During the sum- 
mer Mr. Watlington built two log cabins on his claim. One of 
the cabins he fitted up for himself, the other being built for John 
Bramwell and his family, whom he had employed to care for his 
cows and other property while he should be away. In the fall of 
the same year he returned to New Jersey, and the following 
spring, 181 5, with his wife he again returned to Indiana. Dur- 
ing the summer of 181 5 he made a trip by flatboat to New Or- 
leans. He returned, chiefly on foot, and contracted a fever, dying 
shortly after reaching his home in Indiana, on October 15, 181 5." 

JOHN SMOCK 

"John Smock, in talking of the early times, said : Tor a few 
years after coming to Indiana the early settlers had to go to 
Kentucky for provisions or to Work's mill in Clark county, near 
Charlestown. It was not long until Mr. Edwards built a mill on 
Clifty Creek, just above where the road now crosses the creek. 

" 'The first fruit trees were brought to the neighborhood of 
Madison by Samuel Smock and Peter Veneleane. The first 
mill was a hand-mill. The neighbors would come there with their 
corn and would take turns in grinding it. The sheep were penned 
every night to keep them from the wolves. To exterminate the 



THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 395 

wolves the settlers built pens to trap them. The pens were built 
of logs, generally split logs. The top was so heavy a wolf could 
not raise it. It was constructed with a trigger to which a piece 
of meat was fastened. The trigger was attached to a pole which 
held the lid or top of the pen up. When the wolf got into the 
pen and pulled the meat the trap fell and Mr. Wolf was caught 
and killed, and $2 received for his scalp, which was the legal 
price for both ears. 

" 'The people were more social then than they are now. The 
men frequently went ten or twelve miles to help one another raise 
cabins. The young women would go to visit at each other's 
houses in numbers. It made no difference if it happened to be 
wash-day. They all helped, and merriment and work went on 
together. 

" 'The grass, generally called broom sage, is a native of North 
Carolina. It was brought to Madison by a family by the name 
of White. They thought that they were going to a new country 
— a wilderness where they could get nothing to sweep with, so 
the woman tied a few bunches carefully together and brought 
them along. That carried the seed here. The farmers know to 
their sorrow how it will spread.' " 

ANDREW DINWIDDIE 

"Andrew Dinwiddle said that his father came to Jefferson 
county first in 1807, but, because the Indians proved so trouble- 
some, he returned to Kentucky at the end of a year. He came 
back to Hanover township in 1809. He said : 'Father settled one 
mile northwest of Hanover. The settlers in the vicinity met one 
day and built a fort on his place for protection against the Indi- 
ans. Below this fort an old weaver by the name of West had 
put up a small cabin. He provided a way of escape from the 
Indians, in case they attacked him suddenly at night or surprised 
him during the day and got between his cabin and the fort. Un- 
derneath his puncheon floor he dug a hole and excavated the 
earth for some distance making a tunnel through which he could 
crawl to a bushy place in the woods near by. Coming out of 



396 THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 

this tunnel unobserved by his enemies, an escape to the fort would 
not have been difficult. 

" 'After the Pigeon Roost massacre we had no further trouble 
with hostile Indians. The friendly ones, however, were continu- 
ally prowling around doing all the mischief in their power. The 
Indians frequently cut across our land when out hunting. One 
day a party of eight or ten came along, and all were drunk but 
one. Old White-Eyes was with them. They had not gone far 
before I heard a crash, and looking around I saw that one Indian 
had fallen off his horse and was sprawling on the ground with 
his five or six guns scattered about him. The sober one of the 
party spent some time trying to get him mounted, but before his 
task was accomplished quite a crowd of spectators had assembled 
who enjoyed the fun very much. 

" 'Shortly after this old White-Eyes entered a house and found 
a woman making soap. By threatening her, he compelled her to 
drink a half-pint of strong lye and then left. Her husband re- 
turned in a few moments and gave her an emetic which relieved 
her sufferings. Then the husband gathered together two or 
three men and went in search of the Indian intending to kill him, 
but failed to find him. Shortly afterwards, White-Eyes turned 
up in Scott county, to the terror of all the inhabitants. Old Doc- 
tor Hicks, thinking to rid them of him. gave him poison in 
whisky, but gave him too much, and, instead of having the de- 
sired effect, it acted as an emetic. White-Eyes did not appreciate 
such hospitality and left for parts unknown.' " 

THOMAS ROSEBERRY 

"Thomas Roseberry, of Graham township, said : 'When my 
father built a double-hewed log house in 1812 it was necessary 
to go as far as the Ohio River to obtain help to raise it. The set- 
tlers were three days getting it up and drank fifteen gallons of 
whisky while at it. Without the whisky they could not have 
raised it at all. The old house is standing yet (about 1850), with 
all the port-holes through which watch was kept, oftentimes night 
and day. My brothers Thomas, John and George would stand 



THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 397 

sentry alternately. George was the youngest and would say : 
"Oh, I'm so tired. I don't think any 'Injuns' will come to-night." 
When the Pigeon Roost massacre occurred the settlers were ter- 
ror-stricken and vv'ent to the blockhouse on the farm of Georee 
Campbell. During these alarming times the farmers guarded the 
women with guns in hand while the cows were being milked. 
Guns were also carried on plows while plowing the ground. Old 
White-Eyes visited our folks sometimes, after the massacre, and 
pretended to be friendly. He always had an aversion to white 
babies, and he said that all those whose heads were not shaped 
to suit him ought to be tomahawked.' " 



HIRAM PRATHER 

"Colonel Hiram Prather, of Jennings county, in speaking of 
the Indians, said : 'The Indians were encamped on the south 
fork of the Muscukutuck Creek ; their camps extending several 
miles up the creek. They were under the direct control of Cap- 
tains White-Eyes and Big-John. Bill Kilbuck seemed to be their 
chief. He was half white, could read and write, and was the son 
of old Kilbuck, who was killed by Captain Collins near the 
Pigeon Roost Settlement the evening before the massacre. These 
Indians were Delawares and Potawattomies. In the spring of 
1 817 they left their camp and by hundreds passed our cabin going 
west. They used to trade with our folks, selling baskets, dressed 
skins, bead work, etc' " 

JAMES E. LEWIS 

"James E. Lewis said : 'The old market-house in Madison was 
built by setting four posts with a fork in the upper end and poles 
laid in them. It was then covered with clapboards, with logs to 
hold them on. The house used as a court-house stood where V. 
Firth's house now stands. The court was held in the upper room. 
The stairs w^as on the outside. The jail was hard to beat. It was 
a house with a house built on the outside so close that nothing 



398 THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 

could be moved, as the outside held everything in its place. David 
Kent was jailor. 

" 'It was hard to make change in these times, as money was 
scarce. The old Spanish dollar was universally used. Half-dol- 
lars and twenty-five-cent pieces, bits and tips (twelve and one- 
half and six and one-quarter cents). Ten-cent pieces passed for 
twelve and one-half or eight for a dollar. In 1831 or 1832, when 
Mr. Jesse Whitehead opened store, he used to bring out a keg 
full of ten and five cent pieces and make change for any one want- 
ing it. He gave eight dimes and sixteen five cent pieces for a 
dollar. The pieces were soon called Jesse and half Jesse. Before 
this time they used to cut the money to make change. This cut 
money was called sharpshins. 

" Tt is not to be wondered at if many of our citizens have little 
learning. In the early days many had to go to school two and 
three miles, and all the way through the woods, with blazes on 
the trees to prevent them from getting lost. Such school-houses 
as we had ! One log was left out to light the house, and this in 
cold weather, too, for we had to work in the summer. 

" 'Whenever there was a night meeting it was held at early 
candle lighting. At the appointed time the heads of each family 
would take one or two candles in their hands ; some would bring 
lanterns. If many came the house would be well lighted, and if 
few came they would have poor lights. 

" 'About this time John Brown and C. B. Lewis went down to 
the mouth of Crooked Creek to fish. A strange-looking craft 
soon rounded the point. They immediately concluded it was the 
Indians, and they dropped everything and ran through the woods 
and into the town and reported the Indians coming. The citizens 
went armed to the river and saw the first steamboat that came and 
landed at Madison, 

" 'The country around Madison was settled before the town it- 
self. The name of Madison was at first Wakefield. Jefferson 
county and Scott county were formed from Clark county, and 
were one for some time. Jefferson county was named for Jeffer- 
son, then President, and Madison was named for President Madi- 
son in 1809 or 1810. 



THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 399 

" 'The town of Madison was bought at the sale at Jefferson- 
ville, where the land-office was located, in 1809, by John Paul, 
Jonathan Lyon and Lewis Davis, at $6.16 per acre. These were 
the original proprietors who laid out the town and made the first 
sale of lots in February, 181 o. Colonel John Vawter was present. 

" 'The first newspaper published in Madison was the Western 
Eagle, published by Seth M. Leavenworth and Wm. Hendricks. 
Colonel John Vawter told me that this paper was published in his 
kitchen. 

" 'In 1825 or 1826 David McClure, Sr., lived in what was then 
called Dorsey's tavern, just west of the First National Bank. He 
had just gotten two or more cords of wood about five feet long. 
This was the length in those days, and when cut in two was the 
proper length for the fire-place. On Christmas eve the stars were 
bright at ten o'clock, when Samuel David, Jr., Marsh McClure, 
Jim Collins and Napoleon Collins (afterwards captain in the 
United States Navy) and Dick Canby (afterwards General 
Canby) took this wood and built a fence across Main Cross street. 
The next morning the snow was about a foot deep, and David 
McClure and his two brothers had to take down the fence and 
pile up the wood for a Christmas morning frolic. I don't believe 
David, Sr., has ever forgiven me to this day for that morning's 
work.' " 

"At the time when our forefathers first settled in Madison the 
navigation of the river was of the simplest kind. There were no 
steamboats then. Broadhorns could float down, but to go up 
stream the keel-boat was used — a craft something similar to the 
present canal-boat, but very rude; the guards were about a foot 
wide and had cleets nailed on the floor. Two or three men on 
each side with long poles would push it against the current with 
their shoulders. When the water was deep or rapid the men 
looked as though they were all lying down. Six miles was con- 
sidered a good day's run. 

"After selecting a site, the first thing for the early settler to do 
was to erect a log cabin in which to live. The cabin of that day 
was built as follows: The logs were small and as nearly of a 
size as possible. Clapboards filled the spaces between the logs 



400 THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 

and were held in place by wooden pins driven in auger holes in the 
logs. The floors were of heavy puncheons ; the roof of clapboards 
secured by poles laid across them ; the hinges and catches of the 
door were of wood. In many of them not a nail was used. The 
bedsteads were made by inserting poles in auger holes in the 
walls at the proper distance for length and breadth, the other 
ends of the poles being secured to a corner post. Upon this frame 
was placed a layer of poles covered with deer skins, and over this 
a tick filled with leaves." Perhaps many of the women brought 
with them, as did Elizabeth Vawter, their own feather beds from 
Virginia or Kentucky. 

"After the erection of the cabin, the forest trees had to be re- 
moved to make room for a patch of corn and potatoes. All the 
neighbors helped each other in building, clearing and log rolling. 
One of the old settlers said that he once hired a man for three 
months and only had his labor four weeks. Two-thirds of the 
time he was working on the neighbors' farms. 

"The main dependence for clothing," said an early settler of 
Jennings county, "was a flax lint manufactured into cloth and 
worn by both men and women. Boots and shoes were costly ar- 
ticles and only enjoyed to any extent by the most favored set- 
tlers. Moccasins were the most popular covering for the foot. 
They were made principally from the deer skin tanned in a 
wooden trough. The skins of the deer were also used for pants. 
Hats were made from wool and fur and worn for many years. 

"Wild game was abundant, especially wild turkeys. One man 
caught twelve in traps during a single night. He said : 'We 
used the deer, bear and turkey for meat. We had more meat than 
bread, corn-bread and Johnny-cake being all we got generally. 
We kept a little white flour for company, and were always glad 
when any came, because then we had biscuits. Venison was not 
considered such a luxury then. A fine fat buck brought only 
$1.50. Corn was made into meal by pounding it.' 

"Vension hams dried, bear bacon and coon skins, with other 
peltries, were the trading stock of the times and legal tender for 
ordinary debts and marriage licenses. Our trading was done at 
Madison. We carried our flour on pack horses, making the trip 



THE VAWTER FAMILY IN AMERICA 40 1 

from Vernon to Madison and back in three days, staying one 
night at Grandfather Vawter's and the other at John Badger's 
on Cap Creek. The first barrel of salt was hauled on a one-horse 
sled and sold to Samuel Campbell, Joseph Pool and Mr. Prather 
for $22 in silver. 

"We sold corn for twelve and a half cents a bushel, oats for 
ten cents, potatoes were ten to fifteen cents a bushel, pork a dollar 
and a half to a dollar seventy-five a barrel, chickens fifty to 
seventy-five cents a dozen, turkeys ten to twenty-five cents each, 
milch cows seven dollars. The first market for wheat opened at 
thirty-seven and a half cents, and remained at that figure for two 
or three years. 

"We paid six bits a pound for coffee, which we only used on 
Sunday, and six bits a yard for steam-mill cotton goods for shirts. 
Men in those days worked from sun up to sun down for three bits 
a day; cleared land in the gum woods for eight dollars an acre; 
split rails for twenty-five cents per hundred, and reaped wheat 
for fifty cents a day." 

"In 1828 there wasn't such a thing known as a cast stove, and 
there were no cook stoves until about 1835 or 1836. In 1825 
there were no wood saws. The wood was chopped with an 
ax. Such things as matches were unknown until about 1835, 
and then they were of the rudest kind. A vial with some kind of 
preparation in it was necessary, and a stick with sulphur on the 
end, which, when put into this vial, would ignite. At last, some 
man invented our present match. At first one had to have a piece 
of sand paper, and when the matches were rubbed on this paper 
they would light. These were called 'Locofoco matches.' " 



OTHER VAWTERS 

Robert Vawter, Coin, Page county, Iowa. 

Dr. Vawter, Wellington, Kansas. 

L. E. Vawter (son of Allan), Macomb, 111. 

Dr. G. A. Vawter (son of Allan), Cambridge, Illinois. 

Dr. H. M. Vawter (son of Allan), Knoxville, Iowa. 

Captain Tazewell Vawter, died soon after the Civil War and 
left a son at Elwood, Indiana. 

Samuel T. Vawter, Francesville, Pulaski county, Indiana. 

Two Vawter brothers at Burleson, Burleson county, Texas. 

Vawters at Jefferson City, Missouri. 

Miss Sallie Vawter, Graffenburg, Kentucky. 

Miss Lida Vawter, Graffenburg, Kentucky. 

Mrs. Mary A. Denham, Forktown, Kentucky, granddaughter 
of Joseph Early Vawter. 

Judge James T. Wilhoit, of Versailles, Woodford county, 
Kentucky, is a descendant of Richard Vawter, of Madison 
county, Virginia, who was probably the son of John the second 
(see pages 6 and 7). 



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i 



INDEX 



VAWTER FAMILY 



The name in parenthesis is the name of the father, except in the case of a 
married woman, wliere it is usually the maiden name. 



PAGE 

Absalom (Jesse) 319 

Absalom (William H.) 319 

Achilles (Jesse) 242, 243 

Achilles J. (William) 141-143 

Ada Rachel 314 

Ada V 169 

Adah Mary 317 

A ddie 380 

Albert C 118 

Albert Jesse 131 

Alexander 319 

Alexander J 367 

Alexander Lewis 364 

Alexander Lewis, Jr 365 

Alexander Stewart 299 

Alfred Bnell 160 

Alfred T 161 

Alfred Z 2S8 

Alice 381 

Alice Pearl -jt, 

Allan (Beverly) 2i7Z 

Allan (John) 'j2 

Allen Henderson 384 

Allen Vaul 378 

Allen V. (James J.) 378 

Allene 379 

Alma B 132 

Alpheus 316 

Alva Elroy 133 

Amanda J 375 

Anna (Henry) 246 

Anna Belle 286 

Anna Mae ■yj'j 

Anne (Vawter) 7, 256, 257 

Annie (Henry C.) 284 

Annie (Joseph T.) 378 

Annie (William H.) 319 

Annie Gladys 118 

Annie Laurie 171 

Angus 6 

Ansjus (John II) 7 

Arthur (Edwin J.) 314 

Arthur Lee 118 



PAGE 



Ara Bertie 376 

Arlen O 288 

Aureana (Vawter) 167, 328 

Bartholomew " 6 

Bartholomew (John II) 7 

Benjamin F 135 

Benjamin F. (Jephtha D. ) 2S3 

Benjamin Irvin 132 

Benjamin Stewart 300 

Bennie B 380 

Bertha (Charles H.) 28-, 

Bertha M 245 

Bertha May 112 

Bert Watts 168 

Bessie Alice 160 

Bessie M 165 

Beverly (Beverly) 7 

Beverly (Philemon) 321-324 

Beverly (John II) 7 . 

Beverly (Russell) 373 

Beverly P 381 

Beverly S 374 

Blanche B 280 

Bradford 373 

Brainard 171 

Bruce 317 

Carrie (William H.) 319 

Carter 367 

Cassius Lincoln 314 

Catherine Ti 

Chadwell yjT,, 374 

Charles (Henry) 245 

Charles A. (Presley) 278 

Charles A. (Samuel) 374 

Charles Bright ^J 

Charles D 1 59 

Charles Desmond ''iQ 

Charles Elliott 3^5 

Charles Erastus 384, 385 

Charles Erastus, Jr 386 

Charles Hart 160 

Charles Henry 283 

Charles Knowlton 127. 128 



412 



INDEX 



PAGE 

Charles Minton 68, 6q 

Charles Publius 329 

Charles P. L 329 

Charles R. L 329 

Charles William n? 

Chester E 161 

Clara Peck 385 

Clare 111 

Clarence (Henry C.) 284 

Clarence Allan 72) 

Clarence Dudley 281 

Clarence Howell I59 

Clarence M I35 

Claude Philemon 2>2i^ 

Clifford 380 

Clifford George 112 

Clyde 246 

Clyde Elmer 132 

Colfax 166 

Colonel 114 

Cora Catherine 145, 146 

Cornelius L. (Charles A.) 279 

Cornelius L. (John Gray) 299 

Cyrus (Beverly) 2,2,2, 

Cyrus Philemon 332 

David (Achilles) 2,44 

David (David) 369 

David (John H) 7, 8 

David (Philemon) 362, 363 

David Jamieson 313 

David Wyatt 368 

D. Lee 367 

Delia S 317 

Dewey 72) 

Dick Mavity 330 

Dora B 2)77 

Dorothy L 170 

Dotham 32Q 

Dudlev 288 

Earl V 27(^ 

Edgar (James) 246 

Edgar (Jesse Holman) 162 

Edgar Allen 380 

Edgar Crawford 380 

Edgar Frederick 112 

Edgar S 380 

Edmund Longley 386 

Edith P 375 

Edna (Roe) 163 

Edna (Smith K.) 58 

Edna Catherine 112 

Edward 1 382 

Edward (Edward I) 382 

Edward (John T.) in, 112 

Edward (Thomas S.) 171 

Edward J 134 

Edward W 137 

Edwin (Edwin) 367 

Edwin (John M.) 367 



PAGE 

Edwin (Milton) 171 

Edwin (Smith) 57 

Edwin James 124-126 

Edwin James, Jr 126, 127 

Edwin Jamieson 314 

Elizabeth (Russell) 2,72) 

Elizabeth Helper 299 

Elizabeth Louise 160 

Elizabeth Mary 384 

Elbert 246 

Eliza Jane 282, 283 

Ella (Jesse Holman) 162 

Ella Mae 72, 

Ellie Bessie 329 

Elliott (Philemon) 268-276 

Elliott (William) 383 

Elliott Gray 299 

Elmer (Roe) 163 

Elmer H 162 

Elmer M 72, 

Emery B 133 

Emil 114 

Emma (Henry) 170 

Emma (John ) 23 

Emma Knowlton 127 

Ernest T 135 

Ethel 279 

Ettie Eugenie 368 

Eugene 2)^7 

Eva May 69 

Everett Bates 151, 152 

Everett E 132 

Everett F 137 

Evie L 378 

Ezra 58 

Fane F 280 

Fanny S 170 

Fern G 280 

Florence May 171 

Flossie Myrtle 135 

Frances (Elliott) 27() 

Frances (James) 163 

Frances (Philemon) 75-79, 310 

Frances Helen 161 

Francis (Charles H.) 283 

Francis Bertram 72 

Francis Marion 1 18 

Frank (Charles P.) 329 

Frank (Elmer) 72) 

Frank (Frank A.) 245 

Frank A 245 

Frank B 378 

Frank C 168 

Frank Day 72 

Frank Edward 112 

Frank M 146, 147 

Frank Raymond 160 

Frank S 374 

Frank Wesley 112 



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INDEX 



PAGE 



Frederick Allan 69 

Fred Beverly 330 

Fred Clay 283 

Fred Mc 374 

Frederick D 381 

Freda Mildred 112 

George (James) 246 

George (Jesse Segal) 70 

George (Smith) 58 

George Adam 112 

George B 280 

George Early 2>17 

George Hadley 146 

George Lewis 368 

George T 374 

George W. (George T.) 374 

George W. (John H.) 384 

George William 286 

George Williams 165 

Goldie Call 282 

Grace (Jesse Segal) 70 

Grace G 134 

Harold H 374 

Harriet 319 

Harry (Henry J.) 170 

Harry Miller 147 

Hattie Lilly 58 

Hazel 171 

Helen (Charles H.) 283 

Helen Miller 147 

Henry (Achilles) 245 

Henry Alexander 384 

Henry C. (Jesse Holman) 162 

Henry Clay 283, 284 

Henry Garfield 329 

Henry J. (Newton W.) 170 

Henry J. (Sherman) 137 

Herman Wallace 318 

Hickman N 55, 56 

Homer G 374 

Homer W 132 

Horace R 73 

Humphreys 331 

Ice Reta 288 

Ida Maria 142 

Ida Ruth "jj, 

Ira E 132 

Isaac 374 

James (Achilles) 246 

James (Beverly) 331 

James ( Frank) 245 

James (Jesse) 154-158 

James (William) 136 

James Alois 160 

James Alois, Jr 160 

James Arthur 329 

James C 163 

James Elliott (Charles E.) 386 

James Elliott (Jephtha) 286 



413 



PAGE 



James Elliott (John H.) 384 

James G 134 

James Hardy 165 

James Hiram 164 

James J Zli, ill 

James L 334 

James Mavity 329 

James M ^y7?^ 

James Oscar 131 

James R 162 

James S 168 

Jamieson 317 

Jamieson S 318 

Jane (Achilles) 243 

Jane (John Gray) 299 

Jane Cravens 121, 122 

Jannette .266 

Jefferson D 318 

Jephtha D 281 

Jephtha Levi 283 

Jennie 168 

Jesse (David) 8, 10-21 

Jesse (D. Jamieson) 316 

Jesse (Fred A.) 69 

Jesse (Philemon) 31 1-3 13 

Jesse (Richard) 261 

Jesse Beryl 161 

Jesse Holman 161, 162 

Jesse (Philemon) 311, 313 

Jesse Piatt 314 

Jesse R 128 

Jesse Segal 70 

Jessie (Jephtha L.) 283 

Jessie (William H.) 319 

Jessie Gertrude 329 

Jessie Mae 147 

Joe Philemon 318 

John I 6 

John II 6, 7 

John (Beverly) z^Z 

John (Jesse) 23-51 

John (Jesse) (Philemon) 318 

John (John) 318 

John (Russell) yj?, 

John (Smith) 58 

John Beverly 326 

John Blaine 133 

John C 162 

John E. (Joseph E.) 375 

John E. (Presley) 278 

John Earl 279 

John Elmer "JZ 

John Ferris 369 

John Gray 299 

John Gray. Jr 299 

John Henderson 383, 384 

John 1 132 

John M'. (Beverly) 334 

John iM. (David) z(^ 



414 



INDEX 



PAGE 



John M. (George T.) 374 

John Russell 373 

John S. (Jesse R.) 131 

John S. (John Watts) 160 

John S. (Richard) 261 

John Taylor 109-1 1 1 

John T. (John Taylor) 117 

John Terrell 54, 55 

John Thomas 367 

John Washington 281 

John Watts 158, 159 

John Wesley 316 

John William (John H.) 384 

John William (Louis) 385 

John William (William M.) 376 

Johnson S. (James) 163 

Johnson Smith 165 

Joseph (Richard) 332 

Joseph Early 374, 375 

Joseph M 377 

Joseph Snyder 384 

Joseph T 377 

Joseph Thomas 378 

Josephus R 379 

Josiah 374 

Junie Magnolia 369 

Katie King 369 

Katy A 375 

Keith 326 

Laura 283 

Lena Virginia 317 

Lena Elsie 329 

Lenora Leigh ^ . . .386 

Leona 379 

Leonard F 286 

Lewis (William) 8 

Lewis Clyde 134 

Lewis Henry 284 

Lewis Orin 367 

Leslie Wayne 286 

Lillian 246 

Lillian (Bennie) 380 

Lillian Gray 299 

Louis Addison 384 

Louise 58 

Lucy (Henry C.) 284 

Lucy A 134 

Lucretia (Branham) i6q, 192 

Lulu May 329 

Luna K 367 

'Mabel 162 

Macie Marie 171 

Maria (Foster) 169, 189, 190 

Marion 67 

Margaret (David) 8 

Margaret (Josephus) 380 

Margaret (John H) 7 

]Margaret Anne 384 

Marjorie Dixon 127 



PAGE 

^lartha 376 

Martha Clarice 73 

Martha Eleanor 245 

Mary (David) 8 

Mary (Jesse) 320 

Mary (John T.) 117 

Mary (Storey) 54, 61 

Mary (William H.) 319 

Mary A. E 283 

Mary Alice 314 

Mary Allen 385 

Mary Jane 57 

Mary Lucile 330 

Mary P 375 

Mary Ruth (Albert) 118 

Mary Ruth (Elmer) 73 

Matie Octavia 368 

Matilda 174 

Maud (Charles M.) 6q 

Maude (Joseph T.) 377 

Mpude Illinois 376 

May (Alfred T.) 161 

A-Iay (Thomas M.) 367 

Meiinda 330 

Michael 117 

Milly 319 

Milton (Thomas S.) 171 

Milton (Richard) 267 

Milton B. (D. Jameson) 317, 318 

Milton Ballard 318 

?>Iilton Ben 31S 

Milton Jamieson 317 

Milton S 166, 167 

Minerva E 137 

Minnie E 160 

Minnie (Jesse Holman) 161, 163 

Minnie (Josephus) 380 

Muriel Ben 318 

Myrtle Lowell 282 

Nadyne 168 

Nancy (Russell) 373 

Nancy A 375 

Nancy Tandy 285 

Nancy W 378 

Nellie 137 

Nellie Bly 73 

Newton 162 

Newton W 169, 189, 192 

Noah James 318 

Nona Elma 1 32 

Octavia J 367 

Olive S 165 

Omer Walton 134 

Otis Estis 131 

Pamelia 1 14 

Pascal 324 

Patsy A 375 

Pauline 374 

Paul Leon 73 



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INDEX 



415 



PAGE 

Peachv 272, 

Pearl E 132 

Philemon (Beverly) 330, 331 

Philemon (David) 8, 255-257 

Philemon C 150, 151 

Philemon (William) 314 

Philip S 279 

Pollv 2,72, 

Presley G. (Elliott) 276-280 

Presley G. (Presley) 280 

Prospey 3^9 

Ralph Emerson 72, 

Rav 162 

Ray P 277 

Raymond 72 

Raymond G 280 

Rebecca 330 

Rena 326 

Rhoyden 168 

Richard (Beverly) 332 

Richard (Philemon) 258-260 

Richard (John II) 7 

Robert (William C.) 165 

Robert Alfred 161 

Robert Newton 170 

Roe 163 

Rufus L 280 

Russell 271-272 

Ruth (James G.) i34 

Ruth E 280 

Ruth Leotia 161 

Sallie K 375 

Samantha 222 

Samuel (Beverly) 334 

Samuel (Smith) 56 

Samuel Dudley 282 

Samuel M 374 

Sophronia 374 

Sarah (Johnson S.) 163 

Sarah Frances i34 

Sarah Jane 287 

Sarah Lavina 284 

Sarah Rebecca 131 

Sears 2^7 

Sherman 136, 137 

Smith (John) 52-54 

Smith K 58 

Smith W 131 

Spencer Coin 165 

Stella May 286 

Susan E 171 

Thelma 380 

Thomas (Jesse Holman) 162 

Thomas (John M.) 367 

Thomas S. (James) 171 

Thomas S. (Joseph E.) 375 

Trueman C 277 

Velma Crystel 329 



PAliE 



Velma 1 135 

Vernon Day 118 

Vernon Hill t,t,^ 

Vernon Monroe 160 

Veva J 288 

Violo 380 

Virginia Longley 386 

Wallace 318 

Wallace Read 152 

Walter Allen 379 

Walter Bachman 161 

Walter Fred 283 

Walter Lewis 368 

Walter W 335 

Washington R 375 

Wayne 283 

Wesson 367 

Wilbert Carl 131 

Wilbur Lutv 112 

Wilbur Wiflis 165 

Wiley R 317 

William (Chadwell) 374 

William TD. Jamieson) 313 

William (David) 8 

William (Edward I) 382 

William (Jesse) 75-96 

William (John Taylor) .. 112, 113, 114 

William (Thomas S.) 376 

William (Wm.) (Edward) 382 

William Alfred 112 

William Allan 129, 130 

William Arthur 144. I45 

William Arthur, Jr 146 

William C. (James) 164 

William Campbell 170 

William Cornett 166 

William Cyrus 3^4 

William David 282 

William DeWitt 378 

William E 162 

William H 3I9 

William Hunter 152, I53 

William Ira 222 

William Ira, Jr 222 

William J. (Jos. T.) 277 

William (Jephtha) 287, 288 

William Jennings 244 

William L 246 

William Riley 69 

William S. (Jamieson) 317 

William Smith 123, 124 

William Scott II4 

William W 280 

Williamson Dunn 1 18-120 

Willie Belle 73 

Willis Isaiah 165 

Winifred (John II) 7 

Winifred (David) 8 



OTHER THAN VAWTER 



PAGE 

Ackman, Anna 267 

Adams, Alton M 294 

Adams, Anna ( Hall) 360 

Adams, Ira (Holmes) 294 

Allen, Charles J 306 

Allen, Frank Bratton 306 

Allen, Frank G 305 

Allen, George V 306 

Allen, George William 306 

Allen, Georgia Grace 306 

Allen, Gertrude Alice 305 

Allen, Grace Margarette 306 

Allen, Horace D 305 

Allen, Myrtle Grace 305 

Allen, Ralph J 306 

Allen, Robert Rush 306 

Ambach, Sarah (Gatlin) 307 

Amos, Lucinda (Holmes) 298 

Amos, William A 299 

Amos, Cora M 299 

Amos, Lenna P 299 

Amos, Perry H 299 

Amsden, Abner 252 

Amsden, Agnes 252 

Amsden, Annie 251 

Amsden, Charles 251 

Amsden, Daisy 252 

Amsden, Fred 251 

Amsden, Gertrude 252 

Amsden, Hayworth 252 

Amsden, Howard 252 

Amsden, Jesse V 251 

Amsden, Leila 253 

Amsden, Mabel 251 

Amsden, Nancy (Moncrief) 251 

Amsden, Nellie 251 

Amsden, Robert 251 

Amsden, Ruth 252 

Amsden, William 252 

Anderson, Allene 227 

Anderson, Bertie Clair 227 

Anderson, Gertrude 227 

Anderson, Guy 227 

Anderson, Hugh Leiper 227 

Anderson, Josie (Sanford) 227 

Anderson, Lillian Hester 227 

Anderson, Lutie (Stribling) 225 

Anderson, Ora 225 

Anderson, Paul Chester 227 

Anderson, William S 227 

Atherton, Leona Crawford 342 



PAGE 

Atherton, Letitia (Crawford) . . . .342 

Atherton, Rae M 342 

Atwood, Arthur 187 

Atwood, Ida (Walden) 187 

Atwood, Ruby (Branham) 193 

Atwood, Waldon 187 

Bain, Harry 188 

Bain, Jennie 188 

Bain, Mary 188 

Bain, Radie (Foster) 188 

Baker, Carrie Margaret 66 

Baker, Sarah (Campbell) 66 

Baldwin, Jacob 196 

Balzer, Emeline (Vanosdol) 116 

Balzer, Harry 116 

Balzer, Pearl 116 

Banta, Clara 56 ' 

Banta, Frank 56 

Banta, Irene ( Vawter) 56 

Banta, Maria 56 

Barker, Leroy A 298 

Barker, Lula (Amos) 298 

Barnes, Anna (Vawter) 300 

Barnes, Kenneth B 300 

Bamett, Charles Byron 228 

Barnett, Sarah (Stribling) 228 

Barnett, Walter Jackson 228 

Battey, Alvin G 308 

Battey, Nancy (Gatlin) 308 

Baxter, Clara Ermine 376 

Baxter, David 354 

Baxter, Dow Vawter 376 

Baxter, Emma (Vawter) 376 

Baxter, ^Mildred May 376 

Baxter, Nancy (Glover) 354 

Bayley, Arthur Loring 102 

Bayley, Bertha Alice 102 

Bayley, Edith de Fluria 103 

Bayley, Elizabeth (Burns) 102 

Bayley, Frank Wade 102 

Bayley, Gerald 102 

Bayley, Gladys 102 

Bayley, Henry Ward 102 

Bayley, Floward Glen 103 

Bayley, Minnie Agnes 103 

Bayley, Willard Marion 103 

P-eacham, Roberta (Holland) 263 

Beacham, Norma 263 

Beacham, Braxton B 263 

Beacham, Roberta 263 

Beechly, Emily (Vawter) 57 



INDEX 

i'Ac;e 

Beeman, Qyde 139 Branham, 

Beeman, Grace (Holsclaw) 139 Branham, 

Beeman, Wilbur Elvin 139 Branham, 

Bel], Allie 365 Branham, 

Bell, Andrew L 364 Branham, 

Bell, Donie Dowel 364 Branham, 

Bell, Junior B 364 Branham, 

Bell, ]\lajor T 364 Branham, 

Bell, Mattie (Sterrett) 364 Branham, 

Bell, Robert Ashby 364 Branham, 

Benefiel, George Holman 162 Branham, 

Benefiel, Mary (Vawter) 162 Branham, 

Bickford, Marietta ( Branham) ••• I94 Branham, 

Bicknell, Alberta 148 Branham, 

Bicknell, Charlotte 148 Branham, 

Bicknell, Ernestine 148 Branham, 

Bicknell, Grace Constance 148 Branham, 

Bicknell, Grace (Vawter) 147 Branham, 

Binkley, Willie (Garden) 291 Branham, 

Binkley, Annie Ree 291 Branham, 

Binkley, Harry 291 Branham, 

Binkley, Virgil 291 Branham, 

Blair, Lucinda (Vawter) 330 Branham, 

Boeckley, Enid Beth 115 Branham, 

Boeckley, Sarah (Burckhardt) .... 115 Branham, 

Bohall, Lulie (Jenkins) 186 Branham, 

Bowling, Dessie (West) 350 Branham, 

Bowling, Monroe 359 Branham, 

Bowling, Ralph 350 Branham, 

Bowling, Guy 359 Branham, 

Bowman, Mattie (Edwards) 221 Branham, 

Bowman, Milo 221 Branham, 

Bramwell, Annasdale 213 Branham, 

Bramwell, Bessie 213 Branham, 

Bramwell, Dorothy 213 Branham, 

Bramwell, Edgar 213 Branham, 

Bramwell, Edna 21;^ Branham, 

Bramwell, George F 213 Branham, 

Bramwell, Harry L 213 Branham, 

Bramwell, Julia (Vawter) 244 Branham, 

Bramwell, Louise 213 Branham, 

Bramwell, Nancy (Branham) 212 Branham, 

Bramwell, William S 213 Branham, 

Branham, Albert 210 Branham, 

Branham, Alcey (Branham) 184 Branham, 

Branham, Alice Irene 181 Branham, 

Branham, Alta Irene 184 Branham, 

Branham, Ardys 192 Branham, 

Branham, Arthur E I95 Branham. 

Branham, Benjamin 204 Branham, 

Branham, Bertha B IQ5 Branham, 

Branham, Bertha Lula 184 Branham, 

Branham, Bromley E 192 Branham, 

Branham, C. A I95 Branham, 

Branham, Cecil Hunter 181 Branham, 

Branham, Charles Greenleaf 181 Branham, 

Branham, Charles H 208 Branham, 

Branham, Charles N 208 Branham, 

Branham, Danville (John) ... 189. 190 Branham, 



4^7 

P.\GK 

Danville (Uriah) 187 

David (Linsfield) . .204, 205 

David C. (Edwin) 207 

David C (William C.).I93 

David Hickman 193 

David McClure 208 

David Owens 194 

Davis 183, 184 

Davis Bishop 184 

Davis S 184 

Delaney E 181 

Donald (Delaney E. ) . . . 181 
Donald (Bromley E.) . .192 

Edith 179 

Edna Marie 184 

Edward (William) .... 170 

Edward F 200 

Edward L 195 

Edward (John) 179 

Edwin (David) 206 

Edwin (David C. ) 207 

Edwin (George F. ) . . . .2o5 

Elizabeth 209 

Eliz'bth (Branham) 191. 2C9 

Elizabeth J 184 

Elmer C 184 

Ernest 2:0 

Estel 185 

Ethel Pearl 1S4 

Etta 179 

Eva May 105 

Flora 179 

Florence E 184 

Frances (Vawter) 172-178 

Frank 184 

Fred 211 

George (John) 179 

George Chandler. . 193, 194 

George F 206 

George W. (John) 190-192 

George W. (Uriah) 182 

Gilbert C '9- 

Grace I79 

Granville 202 

Hal Harwood 102 

Harold Delaney 181 

Harrye Bo3mton 192 

Hazel 179 

Helen Lee 209 

Helen Louisa 207 

Henry Clay 192 

Hickman 208 

Hiram S 180 

Ida (James) I95 

Ida (John) I79 

Ida P 184 

Ira E 184 

J. Foster I79 

James (John) i94 



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PAGE 

Branham, James Ernest 184 

Branham, James H. (Larose) .... 195 

Branham, James Harvey 195 

Branham, James N 187 

Branham, Jennie 179 

Branham, Jesse (Edward) 180 

Branham, Jesse V. (Jesse) 180 

Branham. Jesse V. (John) .. .178, 179 

Branham, Jessie 193 

Branham, John (William) 179 

Branham, John Albert 184 

Branham, John Clark 192 

Branham, John Edward 195 

Branham, John T 196 

Branham, John Warner 192 

Branham, Joseph (Davis) 184 

Branham, Joseph Cary 194 

Branham, Joseph Warren 214 

Branham, Jnd J 185 

Branham, Katherine E 207 

Branham, Larose 195 

Branham, Lester E 184 

Branham, Lillian 179 

Branham, Lolla 211 

Branham, Lynn C 209 

Branham, Mabel Clare 184 

Branham, McClure 209, 210 

Branham, Maria 182 

Branham, Mary 192 

Branham, Mary (Bramwell) 206, 213 
Branham, Mary ( Vawter) . . . 198-201 

Branham, Mary Ufiford 209 

Branham, Minnie (Charles H.)...2o8 
Branham, Minnie (William Hick- 
man) 20Q 

Branham, Nannie 208 

Branham, Nellie 179 

Branham, Oscar 206 

Branham, Robert 180 

Branham, Roger Vawter 181 

Branham, Roscoe R 184 

Branham, Russell C 184 

Branham, Sadie 179 

Branham, Samantha 210 

Branham, Sophronia 205 

Branham, Sarah Adaline 206 

Branham, Scott 179. 184 

Branham, Smith Vawter 196 

Branham, Spencer Vance 184 

Branham, Stella (George C.) 194 

Branham, Stella (Scott) 179 

Branham, Thom>as F 181 

Branham, Thomas Leon 181 

Branham, Uriah (George W.) ... .182 

Branham, Uriah (John) 181, 182 

Branham, Vera .187 

Branham, William (David) 207 

Branham, William (Jesse V.)....i79 



PAGE 

Branham, William (Hickman (Me- 

linda)) 208 

Branham, William (Hickman 

(Jane)) 20S 

Branham, William (John) 179 

Branham, William (William) 179 

Branham, William Allan 205 

Branham, William Cummings. . . . 193 

Branham, William Hickman 207 

Branham, William Jennings 210 

Branham, Zerelda 179 

Briggs, Melissa (Vawter) 380 

Briggs, Roberta 380 

Briggs, Victoria 381 

Brooks, Artemus 116 

Brooks, Aurora 116 

Brooks, Daisy 183 

Brooks, Gerald 1 16 

Brooks, Mary (Vanosdol) 116 

Brooks, Matilda (Branham) 183 

Brooks, Orlando Parks 183 

Brougher, Lillian (Cornelius) .... 197 

Brown, Cora (Vawter) 131 

Brown, Dorothy M 325 

Brown, Earl Radford 325 

Brown, Ida 185 

Brown, Mary (Branham) 185 

Brown, Mary Freda 186 

Brown, Morton 185 

Brown, Myrtle M 325 

Brown, Rosa Blanche (Hedges) . . .325 

Brown, Wilbur Fee 131 

Brown, William H 185 

Burckhardt, Frances (Vawter), 

114, 115 

Burckhardt, George 115 

Burckhardt, John Frederick 115 

Burckhardt, Lulu Christman 115 

Burckhardt, Mamie 115 

Burckhardt, Margaret Pamelia. . . . 115 

Burckhardt, Mary Elizabeth 115 

Burns, Alice (Branham) 181 

Burns, Anna Gertrude 98 

Burns, Byron Elliot 99 

Bums, Charles 241 

Burns, Charles F 98 

Burns, Charles W 99 

Burns, Danforth loi 

Burns, David V 100, lOi 

Burns, Edith loi 

Burns, Edward 241 

Burns, Ellen 241 

Burns, Grace loi 

Burns, Harrison 99 

Burns, Hiram D 180 

Burns, James 98 

Bums, Jasper 241 

Bums, Jesse V 98 



INDEX 



419 



PAGE 

Burns, Joseph Lee 98 

Burns, Lee 99, 100 

Burns, Livingston S 100 

Bums, Mack 241 

Burns. Margaret 99 

Burns. Maria (Vawter) 96 

Burns, Mary Wise 241 

Burns, Nellie loi 

Bums, William Conduit 99 

Burns. William Douglas iSi 

Burns, William V 98 

Burns, Susan 241 

Calloway, Juliette (Branham) 210 

Calloway, Marian 210 

Calloway, Myrtle Helen 210 

Campbell, Emily (Vawter) 65 

Campbell, Gamette Carolyn 67 

Campbell, Gladys 67 

Campbell, Glenn Solon 67 

Campbell, Hazel 66 

Campbell, James Burt 66 

Campbell, Jane (Foster) 189 

Campbell, John 65 

Campbell, John D 67 

Campbell, Joseph Allan ... 66 

Campbell. Kemper Bramwell 67 

Campbell, Mary (Allan) 65 

Campbell, Mary (John) 65 

Campbell, Smith Vawter 65 

Campbell, Solon B 66 

Campbell, Vernon Otterman 66 

Garden, Clara May 291 

Garden, Clarence A 291 

Garden, Corinne 290 

Garden, Earl 290 

Garden, Gertrude 290 

Garden, Grace 201 

Garden, Hansel 290 

Garden, Hebren 290 

Garden, James 290 

Garden, James Lewis 289 

Garden, Jesse 291 

Garden, John H 290 

Garden, Lee 291 

Garden, Loto 290 

Garden, Marguerite 290 

Garden, Rollie 291 

Garden, Ruth 290 

Garden, Sarah (Tutt) 289 

Carey, Augusta i,34 

Carey. Elvira (Vawter) 134 

Carey, Lila I34 

Carey, Vivian I34 

Carnegie, May (Ward) 252 

Carney, Lizzie (W^est) 358 

Carney, Edward 358 

Carrell, Genevieve 307 

Carrell, Lake E. 307 

Carson, Edwinnie I39 



PAGE 

Carson, Ethel Grace 139 

Carson, Hazel Lavone 139 

Carson, Jennie (Holsclaw) 139 

Carson, Lizzie 139 

Catching, Ben H 347 

Catching, J. Reuben 347 

Catching, Jesse Franklin 347 

Catching, Nira (Smith) 347 

Catching, Oliver C 347 

Chaffin, Gertrude (Tidd) 240 

Chaille, Ann (Stribling) 229 

Chaille, Bertha Elizabeth 108 

Chaille, D. D 230 

Chaille, Elmer V 230 

Chaille, Elmore J 230 

Chaille, Emerson Wayland 234 

Chaille, Emest 234 

Chaille, Floyd 231 

Chaille, Freda 234 

Chaille, Grace 234 

Chaille, Harold L 234 

Chaille, J. H 230 

Chaille, J. Howard 231 

Chaille, Jennie Stott 108 

Chaille, Jesse V 234 

Chaille. Jessie Katrine 234 

Chaille, John C 234 

Chaille, John E 230 

Chaille, Josiah F 231 

Chaille, Josiah M 234 

Chaille. Loyd 231 

Chaille, M. A 230 

Chaille, May Corinne 234 

Chaille, Newton T 230 

Chaille, Oren 234 

Chaille, Ravmond 234 

Chaille, Ruth Jane 234 

Chaille, Sarah ( Stribling) 233 

Chaille, Thomas D 234 

Chaille, Tibit 230 

Chaille, Uriah 234 

Chaille, Vivian 230 

Chaille, W. W 230 

Chaille, William H. (William H.) 231 

Chaille, William Hickman 231 

Chaille, William T 234 

Childers, Josephine (Rossen) 232 

Church. Alice Crawford 342 

Clark, Mattie (Moody) 303 

Clarkson, Albert V 129 

Glarkson, Bertha May 129 

Clarkson, Edith Idella 129 

Clarkson. Elizabeth ( Vawter) 129 

Glarkson, Elvin Grant 129 

Clarkson, Jesse F 129 

Clarkson. Thomas Osborn 129 

Cobb, George O 206 

Cobb, George O., Jr 206 

Cobb, Harold 206 



420 



INDEX 



PAGE 

Cobb, Hazel 206 

Cobb, John M 206 

Cobb, John Malcomb 206 

Cobb, Lulu 206 

Cobb, Mary (Branham) 205 

Cobb, Pearl 206 

Cobb, Raymond 206 

Cobb, Samuel H 206 

Cobb, Samuel H., Jr 206 

Coffey, Cecil Louise 195 

Coffey, Josephine 195 

Coffey, Jule Hubert 195 

Coffey, Nelle (Branham) 195 

Coffey, Thatcher Howe 195 

Cole, Fannie (Vawter) 318 

Cole, John 319 

Cole, Mary 319 

Coleman, Clayton Carrell 309 

Coleman, Dwight Leonidas 309 

Coleman, James A 354 

Coleman, Lucinda 354 

Coleman, Mary (Gatlin) 309 

Coleman, Shirley Vawter 309 

Coleman, Thomas 354 

Conger, Beulah 291 

Conger, Guy 291 

Conger, Ida (Carden) 290 

Conger, Lena 290 

Conger, Martha (Lewis) 35: 

Conger, Vera 291 

Conover, H. D 344 

Conover, O. M 344 

Cook, Anne (Vawter) 383 

Cook, Bertha 379 

Ccok, Burleson 379 

Cook, Clinton 379 

Cook, Frederick 379 

Cook, Gladys (Foster) 189 

Cook, Leyton Leroy 380 

Cook, Mary 379 

Cook, Melissa Tola 379 

Cook, Nancy (Vawter) 379 

Cook, William Peyton 380 

Cooke, David Vawter 369 

Cooke, Martha L. (Vawter) 369 

Corbitt, Annie Mary 224 

Corbitt, Alvin Hawkins 224 

Corbitt, Bates 229 

Corbitt, Bessie 229 

Corbitt, Bessie Rewbine 224 

Corbitt, Desmukes 229 

Corbitt, Eddie Smith 224 

Corbitt, Emerine (Stribling) 223 

Corbitt, Emma 224 

Corbitt, Flora Elton 224 

Corbitt, Gladys 224 

Corbitt, Grace 229 

Corbitt, Hessie 224 

Corbitt, Jesse Vawter 224 



PAGE 

Corbitt, Jessie Allen 224 

Corbitt, Mollie (Miller) 229 

Corbitt, Nancy 224 

Corbitt, Odia 229 

Corbitt, Pleasant Stribling 224 

Corbitt, Reuben E 224 

Corbitt, Sadie Pauline 224 

Corbitt, Weldon Plant 224 

Corbitt, William H 229 

Corbitt, Wyley Welch 224 

Cornelius, Ernest (Henry) 197 

Cornelius, Ernest (Harry) 197 

Cornelius, Grace Alice 197 

Cornelius, Harry B 197 

Cornelius, Lucy (Foster) 196 

Cornelius, Marjorie 197 

Cornelius, Rade 197 

Cornelius, Royal 197 

Costigan, Ellen (Branham) 210 

Covert, Edith (Branham) 192 

Covert, John Stanley 193 

Crane, Helen Mary 212 

Crane, Julia (Robinson) 211 

Crawford, Arthur 342 

Crawford, B. Vawter 346 

Crawford, Beverly V 341 

Crawford, Clyde Franklin 346 

Crawford, Clyde Piatt 342 

Crawford, Cora May 342 

Crawford, Edwin Manifred 343 

Crawford, Elvin J 343 

Crawford, Elvin J., Jr 343 

Crawford, George 343 

Crawford, Gertrude 342 

Crawford, Goodwin 344 

Crawford, Henry Paschal 341 

Crawford, J. Spencer 342 

Crawford, James Vawter 346 

Crawford, Janet Content 342 

Crawford, Jasper Garfield 343 

Crawford, Jasper Vincent 3J.2 

Crawford, Jasper Vincent, Jr 342 

Crawford, Jesse Dunlap 343 

Crawford, Lewis Guy 346 

Crawford, Lucy (Vawter) . . . .336-338 

Crawford, Margaret 342 

Crawford, Orville Franklin 343 

Crawford, Otheo 344 

Crawford, Otheo Glenn 343 

Crawford, Philemon Vawter 

(James) 338-341 

Crawford, Philemon V. (Jasper 

V.) 342 

Crawford, Philemon V. (Henry).. 342 
Crawford, Philemon Vawter (El- 
vin J.) . 344 

Crawford, Richard F 342 

Crawford, Robert 338 

Crawford, Robert Neal 343 



INDEX 



421 



PAGE 

Crawford, Ulric L 344 

Crawford, Uleric Zwingle 344 

Crawford. Virginia E 342 

Crawford, William Vawter 342 

Crawford, William Vawter, Jr 342 

Crawford, Zilpha 345 

Cronkhite. Ida (Hedges) 3^5 

Cronkhite, Mary E 325 

Crum, Flora M I34 

Crnm, Jamie A I34 

Crum. Mary (Vawter) 134 

Cull. Sylvia (Vawter) 318 

Curtis. Lillian 231 

Daniels, Kate (Holland) 263 

Dalv. Martha (Branham) 194 

Davis, Daniel 190 

Davis, Edward 190 

Davis. Elizabeth (Branham) 190 

Davis. James 190 

Davis, John 190 

DeGarmo, James Ralph 310 

Denger. Myrtle (Hedges) 326 

Deupree, Alva William 170 

Dickson, Allie 230 

Dickson, Alonzo 230 

Dickson, Edgar 230 

Dickson. Elizabeth (Chaille) 230 

Dixon, Donald Storey 62 

Dixon. Dorothy 62 

Dixon, Esther Claire 62 

Dixon, Kate (Calloway) 210 

Dixon, Kate (Storey) 6r. 62 

Donlon, Lillian (Williamson) 301 

Doubt. Eleanor (Fruit) 277 

Doughtj', Virginia (Vawter) 317 

Draper, Nannie (Vawter) 334 

Duncan, Emma (Corbitt) 224 

Dunlap, Elvin Crawford 345 

Dunlap, George L 345 

Dunlap. John B 344 

Dunlap, Lou Bessie Ella 345 

Dunlap, Mary (Crawford) 344 

Dunlap, William P 345 

Dunning, Carrie 7° 

Dunning. Earl Raymond 70 

Dunning, Luella 7° 

Dunning, Mary (Vawter) 70 

Dunning. Tillie Allan 70 

Eads, Arthur 319 

Eads, Clifford 319 

Eads. Drucilla (Vawter) 319 

Eads, Edward 3^9 

Eads, Harry 319 

Eads, Lena 319 

Eads. Mary 319 

Eads, Robert 3^9 

Eads, Sherley 31O 

Edwards, Charles 221 

Edwards, Edgar Flavins 221 



PAGE 

Edwards, Flavins 221 

Edwards, Frances ( Stribling).220, 221 

Edwards, Frank 221 

Edwards, Gus ^L^lcomb 221 

Edwards, Hettie J 221 

Edwards, John Malcomb 221 

Edwards, ^lary Zerelda 221 

Edwards, William T 221 

Edwards, William Thomas 221 

Eichelberger. Elizabeth (Vaughn)267 

Elder, Emma (Lewis) 366 

Enix, Clara M 326 

Enix, Elmo 326 

Enix, Lourena (Hedges) 326 

Evans, Elizabeth (Hunter) 239 

Everson, Cora (Brown) 185 

Everson, Howard 185 

Everson, Lenore 185 

Farnier, ^Matilda (Vawter) 384 

Feagler, Bessie 149 

Feagler, Charles Alfred 149 

Feagler, Charles A. (James W. )..I49 

Feagler, Fannie Fern 149 

Feagler, Florence Edith 149 

Feagler. Fred Willard 149 

Feagler, James William 148 

Feagler, Marie i49 

Feagler, Marie Cordelia 148 

Feagler, Mary (Vawter) 148 

Feagler, Merlin Duncan 149 

Feagler, Philemon Edwin 149 

Feagler, Roena Kate 150 

Feagler, Rose Bonnel 149 

Feagler, Vawter John 149 

Felts, Albert Garland 302 

Felts. Eben Vick 302 

Felts, Effie Vick 302 

Felts, Florence (Williamson) 302 

Felts, Garnett Elbert 302 

Felts, Herbert Guy ,302 

Fenton, Effie (Crawford) 343 

Fenton, Orin 343 

Fenton, Ralph 343 

Fenton, Theda 343 

Fergason. Elizabeth (Stribling).. .221 

Fesler, Esther 7i 

Fesler, James Leon 71 

Fesler, Jennie A 71 

Fesler, Martha (Obenshain) 71 

Fesler, Susie C 7i 

Fesler, Timothy C 71 

Fink, Louisa (Vawter) 369 

Firebaugh, Alice (Hedges) 325 

Firebaugh. Harold 325 

Firebaugh, Lee 325 

Firebaugh. Lela 325 

Firebaugh, Lois 325 

Firebaugh. P. T. Norman 325 

Fisher. Edna 334 



422 



INDEX 



PAGE 

Fisher, Mollie (Vawter) 334 

Fitzhngh, Carrell C 308 

Fitzhugh, Clarence H 308 

Fitzhugh, Edgar J 308 

Fitzhugh, Faye Pearl 308 

Fitzhugh, Gordon D 308 

Fitzhugh, Hallie 308 

Fitzhugh, Harry F 308 

Fitzhugh, Kate (Gatlin) 307 

Fitzhugh, Mack A 308 

Fitzhugh, Roy W 308 

Fleming, Mary (O'Conner) 183 

Ford, Annie Asilee 292 

Ford, Corene 292 

Ford, Delia May 292 

Ford, Lorene 292 

Ford, Mary Alice 292 

Ford, Mary (Whitaker) 292 

Ford, Neppie Virginia 292 

Ford, Tripsley D 292 

Ford, William Dudley 292 

Forester, Alen Fowler 223 

Forester, Esrom Boid 22}, 

Forester, George Monroe 223 

Forester, Mary (Fergason).. .222, 222, 

Foster, Arthur 189 

Foster, Audrey 188 

Foster, Frances 196 

Foster, Gayle 189 

Foster, George R 197 

Foster, Harold 188 

Foster. Jane ( Branham ) 196 

Foster, John A 1S9 

Foster, Jonathan 18S 

Foster, Leland 188 

Foster, Leslie 189 

Foster, Mary (Branham) 187 

Foster, Radie 188 

Foster, Raymond 189 

Foster, Watts 189 

Foster, William J 188 

Fowlkes, Ella (Malcomb) 226 

Fox, Maggie (Glover) 361 

Freeman, Myrtie (Mitchell) 297 

Freeman, Thelma 297 

Freeman, Willie P 297 

Fruit, Allen Jefferson 277 

Fruit, Bessie 2"/"] 

Fruit, Edmund Presley 2TJ 

Fruit, Elizabeth (Vawter) 2TJ 

Fruit, Julian Elliott 278 

Fruit, Logan Brown 277 

Fruit, Rhoda Elizabeth 277 

Fruit, Walter E 278 

Fuller, Zilpha (Little) 344 

Gatlin, Charles 309 

Gatlin, Faye 309 

Gatlin, Jephtha D 308 

Gatlin, Lake E 309 



PAGE 

Gatlin, Nancy (Vawter) 304 

Gatlin, Ross 309 

Gatlin, Wayne 309 

George, Emma (Gatlin) 309 

George, Max B 309 

George, Ollie Vawter 309 

Gibbens, Fred A 309 

Gibbens, James D 309 

Gibbens, Laura lone 309 

Gibbens, Margaret (Gatlin) 309 

Gibbens, Ray R 309 

Gibbens. Vawter Morton 309 

Gill, Lida (Hedges) 327 

Gillan, Augusta (Hinman) 284 

Gillan, Charles Ross 284 

Gillan, Edna May 284 

Gillan, Harrj' Laurence 284 

Gillan, Laura Maud 284 

Gillan, Lewis Elbert 284 

Gillan, Mabel Augusta 284 

Gillan, Margaret 285 

Gillan, Mary (Hinman) 284 

Gillan. Nellie Margaret 284 

Gillan, Nina May 284 

Gillan, Richard Hugh 284 

Gillan, Ruth Caroline 284 

Gillan, Walter Hinman 285 

Gillan, Walter Leigh 284 

Giltner, Cordelia 355 

Giltner, Charles T 355 

Giltner, Charlotte 355 

Giltner, Elenorah 355 

Giltner, Florence 355 

Giltner, George 355 

Giltner, Mea 355 

Giltner, Sarah (West) 355 

Giltner, T. H 355 

Giltner, William A 355 

Giovannoli, Agnes Price 265 

Giovannoli, Annie Mosley 265 

Giovannoli, Charles Leonard 264 

Giovannoli, Harry (Andrea) 264 

Giovannoli, Harry (Harry) 264 

Giovannoli, Katherine (Harris) . . .263 

Giovannoli, Louise Katherine 265 

Giovannoli, Olive Mai]garet. . .264, 265 

Giovannoli, Robert Kinnaird 264 

Gish, Alice (Garden) 289 

Gish, Laura 289 

Gish, Jacob 289 

Glover, David J 361 

Glover, Elizabeth (Vawter) 320 

Glover, Elizabeth (Vawter).. .352-354 

Glover, Elliott V 361 

Glover, James 361 

Glover, Philemon 361 

Glover, Samuel 361 

Glover, William 361 

Good, Donnel 187 



INDEX 



423 



PAGE 



Good, Edgar 187 

Good, Jessie 187 

Good, Lillian 187 

Good, ^laggie 187 

Good, Mary (Walden) 187 

Good, Nora 187 

Goodson, Addie 278 

Goodson, Alice 278 

Goodson, Harry 278 

Goodson, Hattie 278 

Goodson, Nancy (Vawter) 278 

Goodson, Orson 278 

Goodson, Thomas 278 

Gordon, Mary 179 

Gordon, Mary (Branham) 179 

Gordon, Rosalie (Vawter) 374 

Graham, Eliza M. (Williamson) . .300 

Graham, Althea 300 

Graham, Catherine Eliza 301 

Graham, Edwin D 301 

Graham, James W 301 

Graham, Joseph Irwin 301 

Graham, Prince Alphonso 301 

Graham, Robert Lacy 300 

Graham, Sarah 300 

Gray, Bertha (Vawter) 135 

Gray, Charles P 232 

Gray, Ezra William 135 

Gray, Margaret (Stribling) 232 

Greer, Eliza (Amos) 298 

Greer, Mildred J 298 

Gregg, Esther (Vawter) 262 

Gregg, George Vawter 262 

Gregg, James ^Madison 262 

Griffith, Imogene (Vawter) 314 

Grindell, Claude 180 

Grindell, George 180 

Grindell, Ida (Branham) 180 

Grindell, Sophronia 180 

Grindell, William 180 

Grinstead, Anna (Lewis) 351 

Grinstead, Bertha Edith 133 

Grinstead, Carl James 134 

Grinstead, Claud Ellsworth 133 

Grinstead, Emma Ethel 134 

Grinstead, Esther 133 

Grinstead, Fannie Bell 133 

Grinstead, Jesse Edward 133 

Grinstead, Lew Emmerson 133 

Grinstead, Marshall 351 

Grinstead, Myrtle Blanche 133 

Grinstead, Nancy 351 

Grinstead, Sarah (Vawter) 133 

Grinstead Vila Gail 134 

Grinstead, William Wirt 351 

Gullet, Alice 180 

Gullet, Edward , 180 

Gullet, Elberta Louise 180 

Gullet, Louisa (Branham) 180 



PAGE 

Gullet, William Fitch 180 

Gullet, William Lou 180 

Ha^an, Ibba 378 

Hagan, Virgil Vawter 378 

Hagan, Mar\' (Vawter) 378 

Hall, Arthur 360 

Hall, E. Roy 360 

Hall, Emma (West) 360 

Hall, Blanche 360 

Ham, Clarence 197 

Ham, Eugene 197 

Ham, Grace 197 

Ham, Lora 197 

Ham. Maud (Cornelius) 197 

Hardin, Ada S S7i< 

Hardin, Dewey S 378 

Hardin, Eva A 378 

Hardin, Irene 378 

Hardin, Mintie (Vawter) 378 

Hardin, Nellie 378 

Hardin, Ray 378 

Hardy, Sarah (Vawter) 164 

Harold, Minnie (Vawter) 334 

Harper, Zulah (Chaille) 231 

Harris, Beverly Humphreys 331 

Harris, Charles 265 

Harris, Edward 265 

Harris, Edwin Vawter 331 

Harris, Elizabeth (Vawter) 262 

Harris, Ellen 265 

Harris, George H 262 

Harris, Hettie Vawter 331 

Harris, Margaret M 263 

Harris, Martin V 263 

Harris, Mary Louise 265 

Harris, Rebecca 263 

Harris, Richard Perry 26:? 

Harris, Sarah (Vawter) 331 

Harris, Sarah Elizabeth 262 

Harris, Thomas Perry 263 

Harrison, Nannie (San ford) 227 

Harwood, May (Vawter) ... .120, 121 

Hawkins, Nancy (Vawter) 7 

Hawley, Ellen (Goodson) 278 

Hayden, Isaiah 319 

Hayden. Nancy (Vawter) 319 

Heath, Adaline (Vawter) 130 

Heath, Bowen C, Jr 131 

Heath, Fern 131 

Heath, James H 130 

Heath, Ray 130 

Heath, Ruth 131 

Heath, Sarah A 130 

Heath, William A 130 

Hedges, Albion Tourgee 327 

Hedges. Arthur 325 

Hedges, Ashba V 327 

Hedges, Ashba V., Jr 327 

Hedges, Bertram 325 



424 



INDEX 



PAGE 

Hedges, Charles E 2,2'1 

Hedges, Charles M 325 

Hedges, Dora A 325 

Hedges, Effie Grace 2)^7 

Hedges, Eva Luella z^l 

Hedges, Fred A 325 

Hedges, Grace 325 

Hedges, Herman 325 

Hedges, John M 327 

Hedges, Levi Marion 328 

Hedges, Lora O Z^l 

Hedges, Mary (Thaddeus) 325 

Hedges, Mary A. (Vawter) 324 

Hedges, Mary Mildred 2,-1 

Hedges, Mattie D 325 

Hedges, Melinda S 327 

Hedges, Mildred 325 

Hedges, Perpecta Marie 328 

Hedges, Samantha ( Vawter) 326 

Hedges, Thaddeus A 325 

Hedges, Thelma Alay 327 

Hedges, Walter G 328 

Hedges, William R ZV 

Heflin, Abner 250 

Heflin, Charles 250 

Heflin, Effie 250 

Heflin, Elizabeth (Moncrief) 250 

Heflin, Jasper 250 

Heflin, John Caleb 250 

Heflin, Lilly 250 

Heflin, Mary J 250 

Heflin, Wilford 250 

Heflin, William Jasper 250 

Henson, Ed 290 

Henson, Pearl 290 

Hilton, Emma (Obenshain) 71 

Hilton, Fred E 71 

Hinchman, Lucy 253 

Hinman, Eva May 285 

Hinman, Henry Vawter 284 

Hinman, Lucinda (Vawter) 284 

Hinman, Nina Jane 285 

Hinman, Richard Franklin 285 

Hobart, Julia (Tripp) 203 

Hobson, Eliza (Smith) 300 

Hobson, Ladie 300 

Hockmuth, Ora (Grinstead) 133 

Hodge, Mary (Tutt) 292 

Holland, Amanda (Harris) 262 

Holland, Benjamin B 263 

Holland, Capitola Elizabeth 263 

Holland, Clara 263 

Holland, Daniel C 263 

Holland, Francis Arthur 263 

Holland, James E 263 

Holland, Richard L 263 

Holland, Roberta 263 

Holmes, Charles H 295 

Holmes, Dudley 298 



PAGE 

Holmes, George W 299 

Holmes, Henry B 298 

Holmes, Henry Clay 294 

Holmes, Henry Cornelius 294 

Holmes, James D 295 

Holmes, Jephtha Burnley 294 

Holmes, John Elliott 295 

Holmes, John P 294 

Holmes, Lance D 295 

Holmes, Lether C 295 

Holmes, Lottie B 295 

Holmes, Lucinda 294 

Holmes, Lucinda (Vawter) 293 

Holmes, Martha F 294 

Holmes, Mary L 295 

Holmes, Millie A 295 

Holmes, Nancy C 294 

Holmes, Nellie 1 295 

Holmes, Presley Dudley 297 

Holmes, Riley L 294 

Holmes, William E 295 

Holmes, William B 298 

Holmes, William H 295 

Holton, Adda 130 

Holton, Amelia (Vawter) 130 

Holton, Annie J 130 

Holton, Clyde E 130 

Holton, Elizabeth 130 

Holton, Lelia May 130 

Holton, Meta 130 

Holsclaw, Alma 139 

Holsclaw, Almira ( King) 138 

Holsclaw, Blanche Vernon 139 

Holsclaw, Bertha Alice 140 

Holsclaw, Ezra 138, 139 

Holsclaw, Gladys 139 

Holsclaw, Hubert 139 

Holsclaw, Jacob Harrison 139 

Holsclaw, Jessie 139 

Holsclaw, Mary Belle 139 

Holsclaw, Ruth 139 

Holsclaw, Smith 139 

Holsclaw, William E 139 

Hunter, Eva Jean 240 

Hunter, James Vincent 239 

Hunter, Lucretia (Wise) 239 

Hunter, Mary E 278 

Hunter, Ollie M 278 

Hunter, Ophelia (Vawter) 278 

Hutsell, Alva 357 

Hutsell, Amy Leo 357 

Hutsell, Emory Edward 357 

Hutsell, Eveline (Payne) 357 

Hutsell, Tressa May 357 

Irwin, Anna (Vawter) 332 

Irwin, Joseph 332 

Irwin, Vawter Oliver 2Z~ 

Isaacs, Alfred Abram 277 

Isaacs, Nancy (Fruit) 277 



INDEX 



4-25 



PAGE 

Isaacs, Thomas Edmund 277 

Isaacs, Walter Fruit 277 

Jackson, Kate (Bamett) 228 

Jackson, Lucy (Neblett) 222 

Jenkins, Annie (Walden) 186 

Jenkins, Carrie 57 

Jenkins, Fannie 186 

Jenkins, Georgia A 186 

Jenkins, Hazel Etta 186 

Jenkins, Jennie (Beechly) 57 

Jenkins, Vawter 57 

Jenkins, Virginia 57 

Johnson, Grace (Torbet) 253 

Johnson, Jennie (Vawter) 332 

Jones, A. Foster 189 

Jones, Emma 365 

Jones, Francis Vawter 342 

Jones, Gayle A 189 

Jones, Gladys O 189 

Jones, Harry 365 

Jones, Harry Allen 306 

Jones, Isabelle A 189 

Jones, Lizzie 365 

Jones, M. Pearle 189 

Jones, Mabel 365 

Jones, Mary 365 

Jones, Mattie (Foster) 189 

Jones, Maud (Crawford) 342 

Jones, Merril 365 

Jones, Melnotte B 189 

Jones, N. Augusta 189 

Jones, Olive 188 

Jones, Royal C 189 

Jones, Virginia (Gatlin) 305 

Joyce, Hettie (Vawter) 331 

Joyce, Maurice Humphreys 331 

Kanoff, Ethel F 305 

Kanoff, George W 305 

Kanoff, Grace (Allen) 305 

Kanoff, Harold F 305 

Kanoff, Hazel Hester 305 

Kanoff, J. Wilson 305 

Kanoff, John Homer 305 

Kendall, Mary (Sheehan) 265 

Kenny, Edith (Stott) 108 

Kerr, Arleigh Robert 169 

Kerr, Effie (Vawter) 169 

Kerr, Mary (Vawter) 383 

Kerr, Rees Vawter 169 

Kerr, Stanley 169 

Kessick, Emma 241 

Kessick, Julia 241 

Kessick, Matthew 241 

Kessick, Mollie 241 

Kessick, Patsy (Wise) 241 

Kessick, Prudence 241 

Kimball, Alicia 343 

Kimball, Clark 343 

Kimball, Duane 343 



I'AUE 



Kimball, Mary L. (Crawford).. . .343 

King, Addie A 356 

King, Alzora 140 

King, Edna Hazel 140 

King, Ezra 140 

King, Frances (Vawter) 137, 138 

King, George Elvin 140 

King, Grace (Feagler) 149 

King, Hazel (Mitchell) 246 

King, Helen Grace 149 

King, James B 356 

King, Lula Ellis 140 

King, Mildred Rose 149 

King, Mollie (West) 356 

King, Robert Feagler 149 

King, Russell Aubrey 149 

King, William V 140 

Kincart, Lillie (Hefiin) 250 

Kingsley, Jennie (Wise) 240 

Kirk, Mary (Garden) 290 

Kittle, Annie (Moncrief) 254 

Kyle, Katherine (Vawter) 246 

Kyle, Ralph V 246 

Larkins, Grace (Storey) 63 

Larkins, Storey 63 

Laswell, Jesse Pearl (Vawter) .... 135 

Laswell, Millie Myree 135 

Laswell, Minerva May 135 

Lattimore, Emma (Storey) 64 

Leavitt, Charles Dunn 120 

Leavitt, Florence Mary 120 

Leavitt, Ellen (Vawter) 120 

Lee, Fannie (Vawter) 170 

Lee, Fanny Jane 170 

Lewis, Amanda (Vawter) 365 

Lewis, Annie Ethel 346 

Lewis, Annie L 366 

Lewis, Charles 351 

Lewis, David 350 

Lewis, Edwin 351 

Lewis, Eunice Viola 346 

Lewis, Floyd Lindsay 346 

Lewis, Francis Crawford 345 

Lewis, Francis 351 

Lewis, Henry 365 

Lewis, Josie Mary 346 

Lewis, Lester Ambrose 346 

Lewis, Lila Catherine 346 

Lewis, Louisa (Crawford) 345 

Lewis, Nancy (Vawter) 350 

Lewis, Nina E 351 

Lewis, Oran Wright 346 

Lewis, Pauline 351 

Lewis, Ralph Everett 346 

Lewis. Rilla Ainslee 346 

Lewis, Sarah E 366 

Little. Margaret (Crawford) 344 

Loomis, George D 104 

Loomis, Grace B 104 



426 



INDEX 



PAGE 

Loomis, Sallie (Bums) 103, 104 

Long, Carrie (Robinson) 212 

Long, George S., Jr 212 

Long, Helen 212 

Long, Margaret R 212 

Lukenbill, Kenneth 247 

Lukenbill. Virginia (Read) 247 

Luther, Anice 297 

Luther, Charley Lucille 297 

Luther, Horace 296 

Luther, Mattie (Mitchell) 296 

Luther, Mitchell 297 

Luther, Myrtie Bernice 297 

Luther, .Raymond 296 

Luther, Shirley 296 

Malcomb, Alnieda (Stribling) 225 

Malcomb, Dixie 226 

Malcomb, Edith 226 

Malcomb, Gertrude 226 

Malcomb, Hattie C 226 

Malcomb, Howard Ford 226 

Malcomb, Hubert A 226 

Malcomb, John Levin 226 

Malcomb, John Lilbern 226 

Malcomb, Mary 226 

Malcomb, Robert F 226 

Malcomb, Ronald 226 

Malcomb, Samuel Guy 226 

Marsh, Mariema (Foster) 197 

Marsh, Sarah I97 

Marshall, Carrie 239 

Marshall, Charles 239 

Marshall, Esther Lee 364 

Marshall, Frank 239 

Marshall, Frank (Frank) 239 

Marshall, George 239 

Marshall, Hennie De 364 

Marshall, Jessie ( Walden) 187 

Marshall, Julia Ferrel 364 

Marshall, Julia (Wise) 238 

Marshall, Mary A. (Sterrett) 364 

Marshall, Mattie B 364 

Marshall, Nellie 239 

Martin, Belle (Wise) 240 

Martin, David Alexander 240 

Martin, Esther Storey 240 

Martin, Helen Ruth 240 

Martin, Lucy Neal 240 

McCann, Ida Lewis 366 

McCann, Ethel 366 

McCann, James W 366 

McAllister, Arnice Lee 297 

McAllister, Dommie (Mitchell).. .297 

McAllister, Gladys Love 297 

McAllister, Mattie Aleen 297 

McAllister, William Macon 297 

McCauley, Frank D 202 

McCauley, Lydia (Stribling) 225 

McCauley, Marge 225 



PAGE 

McCauley, Mary L 225 

McCauley, Pearle 202 

McCauley, Vida (Webb) 202 

McColley, Carrie 187 

McColley, Elizabeth (Walden).. .. 187 

McColley, James 187 

McColley, Walter 187 

McColley, William 187 

McColm, George Elmer 285 

McColm, Louisa Ellen (Vawter)..285 

McColm, Viola Olivia 285 

McDaniels, James 266 

McDaniels, Melita (Vavvter) 266 

McDonald, Alice (Payne) 356 

McDonald, Clarence R 357 

McDonald, Elma Pearl 357 

McDonald, George E 357 

McDonald, Ira William 356 

McDonald, Lottie J 357 

McDonald, Mamie Catherine 357 

McDonald, Myrtie Maud 356 

Mclntyre, Ida (\Vest) 355 

McKey, Indiana (Glover) 361 

McNew, Clara Alice (O'Conner) .182 

McNew, Etta N 183 

McNew, Norma E 183 

McNew, Oscar 183 

McNew, Wilber E 183 

McNew, Zuma F 183 

McKnight, Mrs 187 

Mays, John Ann (Clark) 223 

Maynor, Tommie E. (Tutt) 293 

Mead, Carl Owen 287 

Mead, Elsie May 287 

Mead. Harriet (Vawter) 287 

Mead, Jephtha Dudley 287 

Mead, Nina Modised 287 

Mead, Mina Myrtle 287 

Michels, Mary (Vawter) 314 

Miller, Clayborn 230 

Miller, Elese 230 

Miller, Elphia 230 

Miller, Gertrude 230 

Miller, Indiana R. (Vawter) 134 

Miller, Irvin I34 

Miller, Jesse 230 

Miller, Matthew A 229 

Miller, Murvel 230 

Miller, Sarah 230 

Miller, Sarah (Chaille) 229 

Miller, Vance 134 

Millican, Jean 239 

Millican, Mary 239 

Millican, Nadine 239 

Millican, Virginia (Marshall) 239 

Milliken, Robert (Vawter) 331 

Milliken, Rhoda Jamieson 331 

Mitchell, Charles 245 

Mitchell, Eddie Lee 296 



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PAGE 



4^7 



PAGE 



Mitchell, Henry H 296 

Mitchell, Henr>' P 296 

Mitchell, Herbert S 296 

Mitchell, Ida (Vawter) 245 

Mitchell, John Leroy 297 

Mitchell, Lorine 296 

Mitchell, Marie 296 

Mitchell, Marjorie 246 

Mitchell, Alinnie Lee 296 

IMitchell, Mollie Bell 297 

Mitchell, Myrtie May 296 

Mitchell, Nannie Aleen 296 

Mitchell, Robert A 296 

IMitchell, Sallie (Fergason) 222 

Mitchell, Uriah C 222 

Mitchell. Walter 245 

Mitchell, William Allie 296 

]\Iitchell, William M 296 

Mitchell, V.'illiam T 222 

Moncrief, Agnes Wilbur 253 

Moncrief, Ann (Vawter) . . . .248, 249 

IMoncrief, Annie Evelyn 251 

Moncrief, Benjamin J 251 

jMoncrief, Caleb 106 

Moncrief, Charles E 251 

Moncrief, Daisy 251 

IMoncrief, Earl 251 

IMoncrief, Jennie 106 

Moncrief, Jesse 250 

Moncrief, Martha (Stott) 106 

IMoncrief, Ray 251 

IMoncrief, William 251 

Moncrief, William Robert 251 

Montgomerj-, Alvin 252 

Montgomery, Carrie 252 

Montgomery, Emma (Ward) 252 

Montgomery, Eva 252 

Montgomery, Mantie 252 

Moody, Annie Gray 304 

Moody, Annie Gray (James) 303 

Moody, Daniel C ,304 

IMoody, James S 303 

Moody, Mollie (Smith) 303 

Moody, Mollie C 304 

Moodey, Ira 'SI 132 

Moodey, Mabel 132 

IMoodey, Maud (Vawter) 132 

Moodey, Sivlia V 132 

IMoodey, Velma E 132 

Moore, Mary (Vawter) 124 

Morgan, Jane (Chaille) 235 

Morrisett, Allie (Bamett) 228 

Morrisett, Alma 228 

Morrisett, Gladvs Marguerite 228 

Morrisett. Virgil 228 

IMosley, Frances (Vawter) 266 

Mosley, Annie 266 

Mullen, Aureana (Truesdell) 328 

Mullen, Herbert Orin 328 

Mullen, John Shea 328 



Mullen, Louise 328 

Mullen, Maud M 328 

Mullis, Sarah (Heflin) 250 

Neblett, Edna 222 

Neblett, J. M 222 

Neblett, Mary 222 

Neblett, Nannie Lillian 222 

Neel, Eva (Branham) 185 

Neel, Inez 185 

Negley, Bertie (Sanford) 227 

I\ egley, Carl 227 

Negley, Mai 227 

Nelson, Rade (Marsh) 197 

Netherland, John Ray 316 

Netherland, Harriet Virginia 317 

Netherland, Josephine 317 

Newell, Florence (Glover) 361 

Newland, George Ballard 102 

Newland, James Edwin 102 

Newland, Jesse Guy 102 

Newland, Mary (Bums) lOi 

Newland, Ralph Guy 102 

Newland, Robert Nelson 102 

Newman, Harold Anson 286 

Newman, Sarah (Vawter) 286 

Nichols. Adaline (Vawter) 319 

Noble, Louisa (Vawter) 369 

Noble, John Vawter 369 

Noble, Julian Bennett .369 

Norris, Carrie (Vawter) 244 

Norris, Frederick De Witt 244 

Norris, Helen Louise 244 

Norris, Mabel Vawter 244 

Norris, Philip Endicott 244 

Obenshain, Carrie 71 

Obenshain, Frank Allan 71 

Obenshain, John W 71 

Obenshain, Mary (Vawter) 70 

Obenshain, Smith 71 

O'Conner, Chester C 183 

O'Conner, Elizabeth (Branham) .. 182 

O'Conner, Florence Jane 183 

O'Conner, Hickman D 183 

O'Conner, Jesse Branham 182 

O'Conner, Lenora Etha 182 

O'Conner, Oral Ami 182 

O'Conner, Orlando Parks 182 

O'Conner, Solon B 182 

O'Conner, Wilber S 183 

O'Conner, William A 183 

Ogden, Mary (Catching) 347 

Osrden, Viola Lucreta 347 

Oliver, Adolphus 294 

Oliver. Henry 294 

Oliver, Ira 204 

Oliver, Mabel 204 

Oliver, Mary (Holmes) 204 

Oliver, Wendell 294 

Orr, Lettie (Marsh) I97 

Owen, Louise 2.30 



428 



INDEX 



PAGE 



Owen, Maud (Chaille) 230 

Palmer, Helen (Wise) 239 

Palmer, Judson M 227 

Palmer, Laura 240 

Palmer, May 240 

Palmer, Sadie Hester 227 

Palmer, Samuel E., Jr 239 

Palmer, Smith 240 

Palmer, Thomas 239 

Palmer, William D 240 

Palmore, Earl 378 

Palm.ore, Julia ( Vawter) 378 

Palmore, Kate 378 

Palmore, Mae 378 

Palmore, Trueman 378 

Parker, Cyril Rodney 107 

Parker. Grace ( Stott ) 107 

Patzold, Ida (Bums) loi 

Payne, Amy May 357 

Payne, Catherine (West) 356 

Payne, Edward Melton 357 

Payne, Eva Lena 357 

Payne, Frank J 357 

Payne, Goldie F 357 

Payne, Mary Catherine 357 

Peck, Clara Virginia (Vawter) . . .384 

Pence, Clara (Vawter) 55 

Pence, LaFayette (Vawter) 55 

Perrigo, Bertha Winifred 116 

Perrigo, Floyd 116 

Perrigo. Sarah (Vanosdol) 116 

Perry, Amy (Vawter) 283 

Perry, Junia 283 

Perry. Wayland 283 

Perkinson, Goldie (Vawter) 318 

Perkinson, Pauline 318 

Philliber, Clara B 132 

Philliber, Ira Grace 132 

Philliber, Margaret (Vawter) 131 

Philliber, Mary E 132 

Philliber, Oral Floyd 132 

Philliber, Orville L 132 

Philliber, Otto 132 

Philliber, Perry H 132 

Philliber, Raymond L 132 

Pickard, Anna Fern 308 

Pickard, Grace Myrtle 308 

Pickard, Sina (Gatlin) 308 

Pickett, Addie Belle (Branham).. 185 

Pickett. Glenn 185 

Pickett, Hazel 185 

Pickett, Mattie (Branham) 185 

Pierce, Elinor Shirley 307 

Pierce, Marian 307 

Pierce, Myrtle (Carrell) 306 

Plant, Kathleen 228 

Plant, Ralph Barnett .228 

Plant, Rex Malcomb 228 

Plant, Stella (Barnett) 228 



PAGE 

Pool, Clara ( Clarkson ) 129 

Porter, Charles 206 

Porter, Cynthia (Cobb) 205, 206 

Porter, Edward 206 

Porter, Marion 206 

Porth, Elma May (Crawford).. . .344 

Forth, Wilma 344 

Pritchard, Harry Lee 298 

Pritchard. Lula (Holmes) 298 

Pritchard, William R 298 

Ratcliffe, Emma (Vawter) 374 

Rea, Kennedy F 196 

Rea, Sarah (Foster) 196 

Read, Achilles 247 

Read, Alice 58 

Read, Bert 58 

Read, Catherine (Vawter) 246 

Read, Clark B 247 

Read, Edgar F 247 

Read, Fabricius 246 

Read, James H 247 

Read, Joseph S 247 

Read, Marcellus 247 

Read, Mattie 247 

Read, Pleasant 247 

Read, Samuel 247 

Read, Sarah (Vawter) 57 

Read, Smith H 58 

Read, William 247 

Reamer, Roscoe 58 

Reamer, Virginia K 58 

Reamer, Virginia (Read) 57 

Redden, Annie (Holmes) 298 

Redden, Freeman 298 

Redden, Jessie 298 

Reeves, Nancy (Fergason) 223 

Reynolds, Margaret (Vawter) 378, 379 

Rice, Allen 290 

Rice, Crawford 290 

Rice, May (Garden) 290 

Rice, OIlie James 290 

Rice, Sarah 290 

Rice, William Henry 290 

Riggs, Albert R 315 

Riggs, Ariel 1 316 

Rip-fs, Charles Edmund 315 

Riggs, Charles Russell 316 

Riggs, Edwin T 315 

Riggs, Elizabeth Viola May 315 

Riggs, Emmett V 316 

Riggs, Flora Lee 315 

Rii?gs, George A 315 

Riggs, George W 315 

Riggs, Ida May 315 

Riggs, Jane Elizabeth 315 

Riggs, John Thomas 315 

Riggs, Julia (Vawter) 315 

Riggs, Julia Catherine 315 

Riggs, Julia L 316 



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PAGE 

Kiggs, Richard J 316 

Rinehart, Hattie (Dunlap) 345 

Ritchie, Arthur 251 

Ritchie, Charles 251 

Ritchie, Esther 251 

Ritchie, Everett 251 

Ritchie, Ruth 251 

Ritchie, Sarah (Amsden) 251 

Roberts, Catherine (Rossen) 251 

Robertson, Marj' ( Vawter) 386 

Robinson, Alfred Edward 212 

Robinson, Anna Julia 212 

Robinson, Arthur 283 

Robinson, Earl 283 

Robinson, Edward Linsfield 212 

Robinson, Ellen (Vawter) 283 

Robinson, Emma (Brown) 185 

Robinson, Emma Nettie 212 

Robinson, Frederick Edward 212 

Robinson, Leonard 283 

Robinson, Mary Anna 212 

Robinson, Mary Louisa 212 

Robinson, Mary (Branham) 211 

Robinson, Mary Rebecca 211 

Robinson, Walter Scott 212 

Robinson, William Hickman 211 

Rodange, Louisa (Branham) iSr 

Rodange, Marguerite Louise 181 

Rogers, Elizabeth (Wise) 241 

Rogers, Jesse 241 

Rogers, Matthew 241 

Rokobrant, Alice E. (Vawter) .... 165 

Rokobrant, George Carl 165 

Rokobrant, Myrtle Olive 165 

Rossen, Amanda (Stribling) 232 

Rossen, John 22,2 

Rossen, Julia (Moncrief) 250 

Rossen, Richard" 250 

Rossman, Arnold J 102 

Rossman, Cora Alice 102 

Rossman, Elvie Elizabeth 102 

Rossman, Eva Grace 102 

Rossman, Jennie (Bayley) 102 

Rossman, Nellie Viola 102 

Routh, Clifford 282 

Routh, Evan B 282 

Routh, Florence (Vawter) 282 

Rowan, Carrie (Vawter) 58 

Rowan, Vawter 59 

Rutherford, Emma 318 

Rutherford, Ernest 318 

Rutherford, Harry 318 

Rutherford, Howard 318 

Rutherford, Katherine 318 

Rutherford, Mary (Vawter) 318 

Rutherford, Roy 318 

Ryan, Emma (Branham) 208 

Ryan, Harry 208 

Ryan, Robert 208 



429 



PAGE 



Sanborn, Emma (Branham) 193 

Sanborn, Fred Roi 193 

Sanborn, Lsaac Basil 193 

Sanborn, Joseph Warren 193 

Sanborn, Perita 193 

Sanborn, Thor Warren 193 

Sanford, Charles Vawter 227 

vSanford, Gussie 227 

Sanford, Junius Palmer 228 

Sanford, Lydia Hester (Stribling) 226 

Seaman, Bertha (Waldcn) 186 

Settle, Josephine (Vawter) 379 

Settle, Margaret Berneice ^y^ 

Shanklin, Jennie (Vawter) 383 

Shaw, Cora (Smith) 60 

Shawancy, Julia (Heflin) 250 

Sheehan, Annie Agnes 266 

Sheehan, Annie (Harris) 265 

Sheehan, Eugene Andrew 266 

Sheehan, George Curry 266 

Sheehan, John Edward 266 

Sheehan, Joseph Daniel 265 

Sheehan, Mary Elizabeth 265 

Sheehan, Martin Thomas 266 

Sheets, Elizabeth (Vawter) 160 

Sheets, Emma A 160 

Sheets, Narcissa F 160 

Shelton, Alpha (Vawter) 7 

Snelton, Smedley 7 

Shepherd, Ethel (Wagner) 129 

Shepherd, Ralph 129 

Shields, David G 345 

Shields, Hattie Lauretta 345 

Shields, Lottie (Dunlap) 345 

Shig, Amanda (Vaughn) 267 

Shig, Katie 267 

Shig, Richard 267 

Shinold, Alvaretta (Vawter) 134 

Shinold, Arthur E 134 

Shinold, Matilda A 134 

Shoff, Mabel (Fuller) 344 

Simpson, Josephine Ellen 286 

Simpson, Martha C. (Vawter) . . . .285 

Simpson, Vernon Oak 286 

Sims, Ada (Smith) 302 

Sims, Hugh Graeme 302 

Sims, Richard Raymond 302 

Sites, Edna (Burns) loi 

Smartz, Bessie Ruth 150 

Smartz, Everett Marion 150 

Smartz, Katie Frances 150 

Smartz, Margaret Fay 1 50 

Smartz, Mary Elizabeth 150 

Smartz, May (Feagler) 149 

Smartz, Robert George 150 

Smartz, Wilhelmina H 150 

Smith, Alfred W 347 

Smith, Alma 60 

Smith, Anna Rachel 348 



430 



INDEX 



Smith 
Smith 
Smith 
Smith 
Smith 
Smith 
Smith 
Smith 
Smith 
Smith 
Smith 
Smith 
Smith 
Smith 
Smith 
Smith 
Smith 
Smith 
Smith 
Smith 
Smith 
Smith 
Smith 
Smith 
Smith 
Smith 
Smith 
Smith 
Smith 
Smith 
Smith 
Smith 
Smith 
Smith 
Smith 
Smith 
Smith 
Smith 
Smith 
Smith 
Smith 
Smith 
Smith 
Smith 
Smith 
Smith 
Smith 
Smith 
Smith 
Smith 
Smith 



PAGE 

Annie (Vawter) 261 

Archibald 301 

Basil Duke 303 

Burnley Duke 302 

Catherine (Vawter) 300 

Charles S 303 

Elliott Minor 303 

Elmer 60 

Emma 60 

George Keland 303 

George L 347 

George Robert 347 

Grayce 188 

Ida (Vawter) 376 

James Crawford 347 

Jennievee 376 

Jesse R 347 

Jesse Vawter 347 

John Allen 347 

John H 347 



PAGE 



John 
Julia 
L. E. 



.302 



(Burns) 241 

303 

Lillian (Vawter) 74 

Louisa H 347 

Martha Jane (Storey) 60 

Mary Catherine 3*^3 

Mary (Foster) 188 

Mary (Hedges) 327 

Mary (Vawter) 56 

Mattie Emmett 303 

Melita F 261 

Milton V 56, 57 

Nancy (Vawter) 261 

Nannie (Hunter) 239 

Nira E 347 

Olive L (Vawter) 284 

Rachel ( Crawford ) . . . 346-349 

Rebecca (Crawford) 346 

Richard Ricks 303 

Roy 60 

Sarah 261 

Spottswood G 303 

Thomas Allan 74 

Thomas Benton 347 

Thomas B., Jr 347 

Viola C 347 

Vivian Minor 3^3 

Walter 60 

Wanda 301 

William Franklin 347 

Snell, Olive (Grinstead) 133 

Snyder, Blanche (Battey) 308 

Snyder, Floyd T 308 

Snyder, Waldo A 308 

Soward, Gladys 189 

Soward, Lucy (Foster) 189 

Soward, Ross 189 

Soward, Winnie 189 



Speare, Mabel (Lattimore) 64 

Sprague, Daisy Belle (Read) 58 

Spriggs, Riley 250 

Spriggs, Scott 250 

Staggs, Frances ( Vanosdol) 116 

Stahl, Effie (Stout) 287 

Stapp, Anna C. (Robinson) 211 

Stapp, Ely 9 

Stapp, Florence 211 

Stapp, Mary 211 

Stapp, Milton 9 

Stapp, William 211 

Starks, Benjamin Earl 301 

Starks, Florence Althea 302 

Starks, Frank William 301 

Starks, James Lee 302 

Starks, Mary (Williamson) 301 

Starks, Millicent Laverne 302 

Starks, Myrtle Lucile 301 

Stellhorn, Ethel 185 

Stellhom, Jennie (Brown) 185 

Stennett, Arta (Lewis) 345 

Stennett, Claud Atherton 345 

Stennett, Vera Camille 345 

Sterrett, Carrie Belle 365 

Sterrett, Davie Lewise 365 

Sterrett, Etta Roberta 365 

Sterrett, Mead Dowel 365 

Sterrett, Robert A 365 

Sterrett, Sarah J. (Vawter) 364 

Stewart, Virginia (Tutt) 292 

Stitt, Curte C 224 

Stitt, Ford G 224 

Stitt, Nellie 224 

Stitt, Nellie ( Corbitt ) 224 

Stitt, Samuel 224 

Storey, Blanche 62 

Storey, Charles 61 

Storey, Cora V 61 

Storey, David 62 

Storey, Elizabeth 63 

Storey, Emily 61 

Storey, Ezra 61 

Storey, Frances C 64 

Storey, Frank 61 

Storey, George W 64 

Storey, Guy 63 

Storey, James Marshall 62, 63 

Storey, Jane (Vawter) 59, 60 

Storey, John T 63 

Storey, John V 60, 61 

Storey, John V. (George W.).... 64 

Storey, Mabel Emma 64 

Storey, Margaret H 64 

Storey, Martha (Wise) 61, 239 

Storey, Oscar Sears 63 

Storey, Ralph G 64 

Storey, Riley Clark 63, 64 

Storey, Smith William 61, 62 



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PAGE 

Storey, Smith William, Jr 62 

Storey, Smith William C George 

W.) 64 

Storey, Thomas Andrew 64 

Storey, Thomas Henry 62 

Storey, William David 61 

Stott, Cyril H 108 

Stott, Elizabeth (Vawter) ...104, 105 

Stott. Mary F 108 

Stott, Roscoe G 108 

Stott, Wilfred T 107 

Stott, William T 106, 107 

Stott, Vawter 105 

Stout, Herbert Oscar 287 

Stout, Laura Mabel 287 

Stout, Sabrina (Vawter) 287 

__Stribling, Annie Russell 228 

Stribling, Charles Morehead 228 

Stribling, Ernest Gilderoy 229 

Stribling, Frederick Slaton 225 

Stribling, Harry Leo 225 

Stribling, Jesse Vawter 224 

Stribling, John 225 

Stribling, John Malcomb 225 

Stribling, RLiry 226 

Stribling, Milton S 232 

Stribling, Newton W 232 

Stribling, Pleasant 223 

Stribling, Sallie Ann 225 

Stribling, Sarah (Vawter) ...215-220 

Stribling, Silas 233 

Stribling, Thomas Tibbett 225 

Stribling, Uriah 233 

Stribling, William L 229 

Stribling, William Morehead 225 

Stricklett, Alverda (Truesdell) . . .328 

Stricklett, Earl Rea ^^^28 

Stricklett, Shubert 328 

Sweeny, Sarah J. (Vawter) 384 

Swiney, Mary (Hayden) 319 

Svmpson, Amanda (Vawter) 378 

Svmpson, Electa 378 

Sympson, Ingram 378 

Sympson, Jenievee 378 

Tanksley, Albert 117 

Tanksley, Charles W 117 

Tanksley, Henry F 117 

Tanksley, James M 117 

Tanksley, Louisa (Vawter) 117 

Tanksley, Minnie 117 

Tanksley, Samuel 117 

Tanksley. Thomas Oliver 117 

Tatom, Barteels 223 

Tatom, Cecilia 223 

Tatom, Jennie (Neblett) 222 

Tatom, Kate Eugene 223 

Taylor, Charles 133 

Taylor, Deny 133 

Taylor, Ella (Grinstead) 133 



431 



PAGE 



Taylor, Frank 133 

Taylor, Harold 133 

Taylor, Jessie (Sanford) 227 

Taylor, Mabel 133 

Taylor, Myrtle 133 

Taylor, Olive 133 

Telford, Leila (Branham ) 208 

Thompson, Naomi (Gregg) 262 

Thompson, Frank Vawter 262 

Thrallkill, Polly (Vawter) 244 

Tidd, Edith 240 

Tidd, Florence (Wise) 240 

Tiffany, Maria (Lewis) 351 

Tillotson, Flora E 326 

Tillotson, L. B. Arden 326 

Tillotson, Minnie (Hedges) 326 

Tingle, Elizabeth Vawter 264 

Tingle, Harry Giovannoli 264 

Tingle, Mary (Giovannoli) 264 

Tingle. Leonard G 264 

Tompkins, Josephine (Vawter) .. .386 

Torbet, Mary (Moncrief) 253 

Trick, Emma (Moncrief) 106 

Tripp, Frank 203 

Tripp, Mary (Webb) 203 

Truesdell, Alecy (Vawter) 328 

Truesdell, Oleta 329 

Truesdell, Quintus Vawter. . .328, 329 

Truesdell, Sallie 328 

Tullis, Margaret (x\mos) 298 

Tullis, Lola B 298 

Tutt, Alice 289 

Tutt, Annie Hope 289 

Tutt, Arthur C 292 

Tutt, Benjamin F 292 

Tutt, Ben Floyd 289 

Tutt, Benjamin Lee 293 

Tutt, Birdie May 293 

Tutt, Carrie L 292 

Tutt, Charles L 288 

Tutt. David Vawter 289 

Tutt, Eugene Noval 293 

Tutt, Frank M 292 

Tutt, George D 292 

Tutt, George W 288 

Tutt, Henry Day 291 

Tutt, Henry M 292 

Tutt, Horace R 292 

Tutt, Ida Bell 293 

Tutt, James 289 

Tutt, James E 293 

Tutt, James Elliott 289 

Tutt, James Leonard 289 

Tutt, Jephtha 293 

Tutt. Jesse 293 

Tutt, John If 293 

Tutt, John L 292 

Tutt, John P 288 

Tutt, Lawrence W 289 



432 



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PAGE 



Tint, Lena S 292 

Tutt, Mamie A 292 

Tutt, Meredith D 292 

Tutt, Myra 289 

Tutt, Oscar Elliott 293 

Tutt, Otis Floyd 292 

Tutt, Robert L 293 

Tutt, Sabrina (Vawter) 288 

Tutt, Thomas 293 

Tutt, Wyatt 293 

Umensetter, Arietta (Lewis) 351 

LTmensetter, Charles H 351 

L^mensetter, Clara R 351 

Umensetter, Edith A 351 

Vandergrift, Cora (West) 358 

Vandergrift, Esther 358 

Vandergrift, Ethel 358 

Van Horn, Ada (Grinstead) 133 

Vanosdol, Cora Lee 117 

Vanosdol, Isaac Morton 117 

Vanosdol, James Monroe 116 

Vanosdol. Katherine (Vawter) . . . 

115, 116 

Vanosdol, Lulu Ludica 117 

Vanosdol, Scott 116 

Vanosdol, William Weaver 117 

Van Trees, Mary (Branham) 214 

Varian, Emma (Vawter) 314 

Varian, George William 314 

Varian, Jessie Cornelia 314 

Vater, Agnes Eugenie 123 

Vater, Aramantha (Vawter) 122 

Vater, Thomas Eugene 123 

Vater, Williamson Dunn 123 

Vaughn, Amanda (Vawter) 267 

Vaughn, Allen K 267 

Vaughn, Beulah ( Webb) 203 

Vaughn, Eugene Morris 203 

Vaughn, George W 267 

Vaughn, Jesse 203 

Vaughn, Joseph Webb 203 

Vaughn, Lesley Ellsworth 267 

Vaughn, Manles E 267 

Vaughn, Metta L 267 

Vaughn, Ollie M 267 

Vaughn, Raymond 267 

Vaughn, Roger F 267 

Vaughn, Sarah Agnes 203 

Vaughn, Stanley Edison 267 

Vaughn, Richard Vawter 267 

Vaughn, William Russell 203 

Vaught, Leila 203 

Vaught, Ruth (Webb) 203 

Vickers, Gladys Lee 368 

Vickers, John Francis 368 

Vickers, Lucy Octavia 368 

Vickers, Mary Elizabeth 368 

Vickers, Mary L. (Vawter) 368 

Vickers, Thomas Edwin 368 



PAGE 

Vickers, William Ernest 368 

Victory, Ella Octavia (Vawter) . .369 

Waggoner, Charles 295 

Waggoner, Harold Coke 225 

Waggoner, Olivia (Holmes) 295 

Waggoner, Jessie Aline 225 

Waggoner, Mary E 295 

Waggoner, INIattie (Stribling) . . . .225 
Wagner, Elizabeth (Branham).. .. 193 

Wagner, Jesse R 129 

Wagner, Margaret (Vawter) 129 

Wagner, Mary Elizabeth 193 

Walden, Ada 186 

Walden, Alice 186 

Walden, Bonnie 186 

Walden, Carl 186 

Walden, Charles F 186 

Walden, Clarence 186 

Walden, Dorothy 186 

Walden, Ezra F 186 

Walden, Frances (Branham) 186 

Walden, Harry 186 

Walden, Homer 186 

Walden, James Richey 186 

Walden, John 186 

Walden, Leslie 186 

Walden, Lillian 186 

Walden, Mauree 186 

Walden, Noble 186 

Walden, Orion Noble 187 

Walden, Otis Morton 187 

Walden, Susie 1S6 

Walden, Uriah Branham 186 

Walden, William 186 

Walden, William Orval 186 

Walker, Albert Dudley 297 

Walker, Nancy Katherine 

(Holmes) 297 

Waltmire, Ernest Everett 285 

Waltmire, Otis Vernon 285 

Ward, Charles 252 

Ward, Charles E 252 

Ward, Everett 252 

Ward, John 252 

Ward, Josephine E 253 

Ward, Katherine A 253 

Ward, Mary Ferris 253 

Ward, Raymond L 253 

Ward, Sarah (Moncrief ) 252 

Warren, Annie Gertrude 232 

Warren, Chris. Duncan 232 

Warren, David L 226 

Warren, Ella 226 

Warren, Ethel 225 

Warren, Guy M 226 

Warren, Henry E 226 

Warren, Joanna (Chaille) 231 

Warren, John Edward 231 

Warren, John L 226 



INDEX 



433 



Warren, Lula (Malcomb) 

Warren, Mary Addie 

Warren, Max H 

Warren, Myrtle 

Warren, Newton Homer 

Warren, Paul Frederick 

Warren, Wyly Brown 

Waters, Annie L. (Branham) 

Waters, Arley 

Waters, Dunward 

Waters, Virgil 

Watson, Azilee (Garden) 

Watson, Etwell 

Watson, George 

Watson, Sallie May 

Watson, Vernon 

Waugh, Henry 

Webb, Arthur 

Webb, Benjamin 

Webb, Edwin P 

Webb, Howard 

Webb, Ida M 

Webb, Julia (Branham) 

Vs'ebb, Jesse 

Webb, Jesse Lamar 

Webb, Levon B 

Webb, Mary B 

Webb, Mary E 

Webb, Nelle 

Webb, Rov H 

Webb. Wilbur Hilton 

Webb, William 

Webb, Winifred E 

Welch, Gharles V 

Welch, Glarence V 

Welch, Frank J 

Welch, Grace B 

Welch, Margaret L. ( Vawter) . . . , 

Welch, Margaret R 

Welch, Mary E 

Welch, Nellie F 

Welch, Robert G 

Welch, Sarah Belle (Vawter) 

Welch, William O 

West, Ann (Glover) 

West, Aramantha (Vawter) 

West, C. Mabel 

West, Charles H 

West, Charles J 

West, Charles W. (James) 

West, Charles W. (William) 

West, David C 

West, Eldo R 

West, Elizabeth 

West, Elizabeth (Blair) 330, 

West, Ella 

West, Elma A 

West, Emma L 

West, Ira 



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. . 184 
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354 
135 
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359 
361 
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356 
358 
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355 



West, James .. 

West, Jesse M. 

West, 

West, 

West, 

West, 



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J. Judson 

J. Silas 

John 

Lillian Rose 

West, Margaret Marie 

West, Mary Jessamine 

West, Milton S 

West, Minnie 

West, Myron E 

West, Samuel 

West, Samuel W 

West. Sarah Ethel 

West, Sarah (Glover) 

West, Silas W 

West, Stephen A 

West, Susie 

West, Sylvia 

West, Thomas H 

West, William H. (J. Judson). 
West, William 
West, William 



H. 

M. 



Whitcomb, Emma (Clarkson). 

White, Bessie 

White, Martha (Vawter) 

White, Mattie (Malcomb) 

White, Robert (Malcomb) 

Whitson, Maggie (Burns).... 

Whittemore, Arthur Monroe. . 

Whittemore, Mary (Gullet). 

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Icox, Laurence 

Icox, Mattie (Vanosdol) . . . . 

Icox, William Gilbert 

Ihite, Anne 

Ihite, Elliott 

Ihite, Ely 

Ihite, Melinda 

ite, Nancy 

ams, Almira Corinne 

ams, Emma (Vawter) . . . . 

ams, Fannie (Holsclaw).. 

ams, Helene 

ams, Lois Mildred 

ams, Mary Louesa 

ams, Maud 

ams, Maud (Branham)... 

ams, Theodosia (Vawter). 

ams, Virgil Elvin 

amson. Althea 

amson, Althea Grey 

amson, Althea Lee 

am.son, Dorothy E 

amson, Frederick B 

amson, James W 

amson, Leander A 

lliamson, Martha TSmith) . . 

lliamson, Ruth Artensia 

Ison, Bertha 



I'AGE 

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.136 

• 356 
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434 



INDEX 



PAGE 



PAGE 



Wilson, Cristel 183 

Wilson, Leslie C 183 

Wilson, Mabel 183 

Wilson, Nora (O'Conner) 183 

Wilson, Omer 183 

Wise, Copeland 238 

Wise, Edgar D 239 

Wise, Julia ( Vawter) 2^"]. 238 

Wise, Mack B 240 

Wise, Prudence 241 

Wise, Virginia 240 

Wright, Nellie (West) I35 

Wright, Opal I35 

Wright, Robert W 135 

Wolf, Artemecia (Stribling) 235 

Wolf, Harry E 236 

Wolf, Ida (Branham) 208 

Wolf, Martha E 236 

Wolf, Nancy Hester 236 

Wolf, Sarah Frances 235 

Wolf, Thomas Elmer 236 

Wolf, Walter M 236 



Wolfert, Emily (Campbell) 66 

Wood, Carrie (Fesler) 71 

Wood, Harold H 72 

Wood, Mary Cynisea 207 

Wood, Nannie (Branham) 207 

Wood, Ruth (Obenshain) ■/2 

Wood, Virginia Branham 207 

Wooden, Arthur E 235 

Wooden, Elizabeth (Wolf) 235 

Wooden, Fannie B 235 

Wooden, Minnie O 235 

Wooden, Perry M 235 

Wooden, Walter B 235 

Wooden, William D 235 

Yeager, Cora ( Vawter) 74 

Young, Chatie Luciel 222 

Young, Ellie (Sanford) 227 

Young, Elizabeth (Vawter) 383 

Young, J^va 222 

Young, Mary Lee 222 

Yonng, Myrtle 222 

Young, Nannie C. (Neblett) 222 



RELATED TO THE VAWTER 
FAMILY BY MARRIAGE 



PAGE 

Ackman, George 267 Bramwell 

Adams, Wayland 294 Bramwell 

Adams, Sylvester 360 Bramwell 

Allen, Alice (Bratton) 305 Bramwell 

Allen, Bertha (Harvey) 306 Bramwell 

Allen, George V 305 Branham, 

Allen, Mae Alarian (Crafts) 306 Branham, 

Allen, Margarette (Caldwell) ....305 Branham, 

Allen, Zella (Newton) 306 Branham, 

Amback, Charles A 307 Branham, 

Amos, Clara (Gallaher) 299 Branham, 

Amos, James T 298 Branham, 

Amsden, Caleb 251 Branham, 

Amsden, Ida (Thompson) 251 Branham, 

Amsden, Josephine ( ) 252 Branham, 

Amsden, Sophie (Dean) 252 Branham, 

Anderson, Joseph F 225 Branham, 

-Anderson, W. T 227 Branham, 

Atherton, Lewis G 342 Branham, 

Atwood, Gordon B 193 Branham, 

Atwood, James K 187 Branham, 

Bain, Mandeville 188 Branham, 

Baker, George B 66 Branham, 

Baldwin, George 196 Branham, 

Balzer, George W 1 16 Branham, 

Banta, George 56 Branham, 

Barker, W. A 298 Branham, 

Barnes, Myron E 300 Branham, 

Barnett, Mary (Thompson) 228 Branham, 

Bamett, Virgil A 228 Branham, 

Battey, Dwight R 308 Branham, 

Baxter, Charles 376 Branham, 

Baxter, Thomas 354 Branham, 

Bayley, Clara Summers 102 Branham, 

Bayley, Henry 102 Branham, 

Baylev, Melinda (Lamson) 102 Branham, 

Beacham, Braxton 263 Branham, 

Beechly, 57 Branham, 

Beeman, Oscar 139 Branham, 

Bell, Seaborn 364 Branham, 

Benefiel, William 162 Branham, 

Bickford, George 194 Branham, 

Bicknell, Ernest P 147, 148 Branham, 

Binkley, Jesse 291 Branham, 

Blair, Thomas 330 Branham, 

Boeckley, Henry W 115 Branham, 

Bohall, Everett R 186 Branham, 

Bowman, M. J 221 Branham, 

Bowling, Corwin 359 Branham, 



PAGE 

, Adelia (Francisco) ...213 
, Lillian (Farnsworth) .213 

, Lillie (Robinson) 213 

, Mary (Reilly) 213 

Solon C 212 

Adaline (Nichols) 206 

Alcey (Davis) 181 

Caroline (Bateman) . . . .192 

Cynthia (Watson) 204 

Daisy (Lee) 209 

Dicy Green 194 

Lienor (Wilton) 192 

Elizabeth (Brumit) 184 

Emma (Friedersdorf)..207 

Eveline (Adams) 195 

Frances Watson 210 

Ida Belle ( Cooper) 184 

Ida (Newsome) 208 

Ira E. (Downey) 184 

Jessie ( Bruce ) 185 

Jessie (Greenleaf) 180 

Jessie (Ryker) 209 

John 178 

Julia (McDowell) 179 

Kate (Bromley) 192 

Kate (Faulkner) 180 

Kate (Owens) 210 

Leiitia (Kidd) 204 

Linsfield 201 

Livia Jane ( Stow ) 208 

Lotta (Hunter) 206 

Louisa (Hutchins) 210 

Louisiana (Compton).. . 183 

Margaret (Comer) 193 

Martha (La Masters) . . .179 

Mary (Butler) 178, 179 

Mary (Davis) I79 

^Lary (Gilbert) 193 

Mary (Kareger) 179 

Mary (Stapp) 9 

Mary (Stark) 180 

Mary Wilson I93 

May (Galvin) 181 

Melinda (Watson) 207 

Nancy (Stapp) 9 

Nancy ( Owens ) 194 

Nettie (Hand) 181 

Nettie (Springer) 208 

Priscilla (0'Laughley)..2i4 



436 



INDEX 



PAGE 

Branham, Rose (Strother) 195 

Branham, Sarah (Huckleberry).. . 182 

Branham, Susan (Halbert) 195 

Branham, Vera ( Miller) 193 

Briggs, Robert J 380 

Brooks, John 183 

Brooks, Joseph 116 

Brougher, A. L 197 

Brown, Araminta (McElroy) 185 

Brown, Hiram 325 

Brown, Rose (Walrick) 185 

Brown, Samuel 185 

Brown, William Henry 131 

Burckhardt, John G 115 

Burckhardt, Minnie (Baker) 115 

Burns, Mary C. (Smydth) 99 

Burns, Eudora ( Danf orth ) 100 

Burns, Georgia Minnick 99 

Burns, Julia (Tomlinson) 99 

Burns, Maxa 96, 97 

Bums, Mary (Coleman) 99 

Burns, Nancy (Smith) 98 

Bums. Sarah (Black) 98 

Bums, Taulman 241 

Burns, William R 181 

Calloway, Thomas 210 

Campbell, Allan 65 

Campbell, Carolyn (Otterman).. . . 66 

Campbell. Carrie (Davis) 65 

Campbell, Granville P 189 

Campbell, Janice (Findus) 66 

Campbell, Margaret (Coan) 65 

Garden, Mary (Hawkins) 291 

Garden, Netta (Binkley) 290 

Garden, Rebecca (Guthrie) 290 

Garden, Sallie (Brown) 291 

Garden, William Henry 289 

Carey, Charles H 134 

Carnegie. 252 

Carney, T. B 358 

Carrell, George W 306 

Carson, Edwin 139 

Catching, James 347 

Ghafifin, 240 

Chaille, Alice ( Neal ) 234 

Chaille, Carrie (Christman) 231 

Chaille, Ella (Lambertson) 234 

Chaille, F. A. (Posey) 230 

Chaille, James N 233 

Chaille, Josiah 229 

Chaille, L. J. (Dickson) 230 

Chaille, Minnie (Hall) 231 

Chaille, Mollie (Absher) 234 

Chaille, Susan (Tate) 230 

Ghilders, 232 

Church, ^42 

Clark, John E 223 

Clark, J. D 303 

Clarkson, Thom.as 129 



PAGE 

Cobb, Edith (Fedder) 206 

Cobb, Minnie (Beeker) 206 

Cobb, Minnie (Cotton) 206 

Cobb. Samuel 205 

Coffey, Byron H 195 

Cole, 318 

Coleman, Catherine (Cross) 309 

Coleman, James 354 

Coleman, John A 309 

Conger, Elias 351 

Conger, Quint 290 

Conover, William 344 

Cook, Lorenzo Dow 383 

Cook, O. A 189 

Cook, Peyton Lacy 379 

Cooke, J. W 369 

Gorbitt, Ada (Plant) 224 

Gorbitt, Allen T 223 

Gorbitt, Bessie (Plant) 224 

Gorbitt, R. M 229 

Gorbitt, Rena (McCreary) 224 

Cornelius, Henry 196 

Costigan, Frank 210 

Covert, John M 193 

Crane, Archer H 211 

Crawford. Alice (Adams) 343 

Crawford, Anna Mills 343 

Crawford, Cora (Spencer) 342 

Crawford, Elizabeth (Dunlap).. . .342 

Crawford, Elizabeth (Finley) 341 

Crawford, Jam_es Maxwell 338 

Crawford, Letitia (Smith) 338 

Crawford, Margaret (Gartwright) 343 

Crawford, Mary (Cowgill) 346 

Crawford, Mary J. (Waymire) . ...343 

Gronkhite, Lee 325 

Grum, Irvin R 134 

Gull. Harry 318 

Curtis, James 231 

Daniels, B. F 263 

Daly. 194 

Davis, Daniel 190 

De Garmo, Everett 310 

Denger, Albert 326 

Deupree, John W 170 

Dickson, A. W 230 

Dixon, Joe Curtis 210 

Dixon, Lincoln 61 

Donlon. Thomas 301 

Doubt, Jefferson 277 

Doughty, Charles A 317 

Draper, Winfield S 334 

Duncan, W. A 224 

Dunlap, Graciel (Tabler) ^aa 

Dunlap, M. A 344 

Dunning, Richard 70 

Eads, John 319 

Edwards, Alice (Epps) 221 

Edwards, James 220, 221 



INDEX 



437 



PAGE 



Edwards, MoUie (Dickson) 221 

Edwards, Zerelda (Malcomb) 221 

Eichelburger, James W 267 

Elder, J. P 366 

Enix, Joseph B 326 

Evans, • 239 

Everson, Jesse 185 

Farnier, William 384 

Feagler, Helen (Gardener) 149 

Feagler, Mary (King) 148 

Feagler, Ormand 148 

Felts. Exie 302 

Fenton, Edwin 343 

Fergason, Nathaniel 221 

Fesler, Joseph L 71 

Fesler, Lula (Coleman) 71 

Fink, Edward 369 

Firebaugh, C. E 325 

Fisher, Herbert 334 

Fitzhugh, H. T 307 

Fitzhugh, Hattie (South) 308 

Fleming, William 183 

Ford, John W 292 

Forester, Stephen 223 

Foster, Annie (Powell) 189 

Foster. Isabelle (Green) 188 

Foster, Jared 187, 188, 196 

Foster, Sadie (Brock) 188 

Fowlkes, R. E 226 

Fox, 361 

Freeman, William W 297 

Fruit, Ellen (Grossman) 278 

Fruit, Jefferson 277 

Fruit, Jessie (Morrison) 277 

Fruit, Sallie (Mocroft) 2^]^ 

Fuller, V. R 344 

Gatlin, James 304 

Gatlin, Mattie Dunn 309 

George, Frank B 309 

Gibbens. Morton R 309 

Gill, J. S 327 

Gillan, James 284 

Gillan, William 284 

Giltner, George 355 

Giovannoli, Andrea 263, 264 

Giovannoli, Carrie (Kinnaird) . . . .264 

Gish, George 289 

Glover, James 354 

Glover; (Tucker) 361 

Glover, Mary E. (Hunter) 361 

Glover, Melita (Barnett) 361 

Glover, 320 

Good, Leslie 187 

Goodson, Spencer M 278 

Gordon, Joseph 179 

Gordon, R. A 374 

Graham, Joseph 300 

Gray, J. M 232 

Gray, Joseph W 135 



PAGE 

Greer, J. J 298 

Gregg, George 262 

Griffith, J. C 314 

Grindell, Wilbur 180 

Grinstead, Dana ( Norris ) 133 

Grinstead, Lewis P 351 

Grinstead, Thomas F 133 

Gullet, Grace ( Sherman ) 180 

Gullet, Josephine (Campbell) 180 

Gullet, Monroe 180 

Hagan, James 378 

Hall, Charles E 360 

Ham, Charles 197 

Hardin, Benjamin G 378 

Hardy, James 164 

Harold, Alfonso R 334 

Harper, Robert L 231 

Harris, Edward 262 

Harris, Mary (Harris) 263 

Harris, William H 331 

Harrison, George L 227 

Harwood, S. S 121 

Hawley, Augustus 278 

Hayden, 319 

Heath, Bowen C 130 

Hedges, Effie (Saunders) 327 

Hedges, Ida (Heloy) 325 

Hedges, Levi M 326 

Hedges, Mamie (Wills) 328 

Hedges, Mary (Atkinson) 325 

Hedges, Mary Mildred (Wear).. ..327 

Hedges, Peter T 324 

Hedges, Vietta (Kingham) 2,2'] 

Heflin, Morgan 250 

Henson, Samuel 290 

Hilton, John W 71 

Hinchman, Henry 253 

Hinman, Charles Walter 284 

Hinman, Mary (Leonard) 285 

Hobart, C. L 203 

Hobson, John W .300 

Hockmuth, C. H i33 

Hodge, 292 

Holland, Edward 262 

Holland, Emma (Rogers) 263 

Holland, L. C 2(i:^ 

Holmes, John W 293 

Holmes, Josephine (Freeman) ... .297 

Holmes, Laura (Hopkins) 295 

Holmes, Laura (Jones) 295 

Holmes, Margaret (Alexander) .. .295 

Holmes, Mary (Brann) 294 

Holmes, Mary (Pitman) 295 

Holmes, Mrs. Puryear 295 

Holmes, Nancy (Jones) 294 

Holmes, Tassie (Moore) 295 

Holsclaw, Mattie (Deer) 13O 

Holsclaw, William 138 

Holsclaw, Zclla (Wagner) 139 



438 



INDEX 



PAGE 



Holton, H. L 130 

Hunter, Charles E 240 

Hunter, James R 278 

Hunter, W. T 239 

Hutsell, Allen B 357 

Irwin, Charles 332 

Isaacs, Abram 277 

Jackson, T. L 222 

Jackson, W. Stirling 228 

Jenkins, John 57 

Jenkins, William A 186 

Johnson, Richard 332 

Johnson, Samuel 253 

Jones, A. C 189 

Jones, Ansley F 188 

Jones, Charles A 342 

Jones, G. W 365 

Jones, J. West 306 

Joyce, Maurice 331 

Kanofif, Jacob N 305 

Kendall. Harry A 265 

Kenny, Fred G 108 

Kerr, George S 169 

Kerr, Moses 383 

Kessick. William 241 

Kimball, James W 343 

King, Caroline ( Vandever) 140 

King, Edward 246 

King, George 137, 138 

King, J. F 356 

King, Minnie (Tate) 140 

King. Robert 149 

Kincart, 250 

Kingsley, Frederick 240 

Kirk, John F 290 

Kittle, Richard D 254 

Kyle. James 246 

Laswell. Corydon 135 

Larkins, Thomas 63 

Lattimore. Daniel 64 

Leavitt, Ward 120 

Lee, Howard 170 

Lewis, Alexander 350 

Lewis, Ann (Grinstead) 350 

Lewis, Charlotte (Parks) 351 

Lewis, Effie (Buchanan) 351 

Lewis, Francisco 365 

Lewis, Timothy A 345 

Little, H. M 344 

Long, George S 212 

Loomis, George B 104 

Lukenbill, Sherman 247 

Luther. Frank 296 

Malcomb. Ethel (Fowlkes) 226 

Malcomb, Flora Elton 226 

Malcomb, John 225 

Malcomb, Mattie (Plant) 226 

Marsh, Lucebra W 197 

Marshall, Edward 364 



PAGE 

Marshall, Frank 187 

Marshall, Orrin 238 

Martin, John E 240 

Maynor, Walter E 293 

Mays, W. W 223 

McAllister, Jack 297 

McCann, James 366 

McCauley, Edward 202 

McCauley, William H 225 

McColley, W. G 187 

McColm, W. Jesse 285 

• McDaniels, Sanford 266 

McDonald, William E 356 

Mclntyre, 355 

McKey, 361 

McNew. Benjamin 182 

Mead. Lewis A 287 

Michels, 314 

Miller, Henry 229 

Miller. Nora (Brown) 229, 230 

Miller, Moses M 134 

Millican, B. T 239 

Milliken, William A 331 

A'litchell, F. F 222 

Mitchell, Mattie (Anderson) 296 

Mitchell, Lucille (Wheat) 296 

Mitchell, Sarah (Anderson) 296 

Mitchell, William M 295, 296 

Mitchell, Willis 245 

Moncrief, Abner 249 

Moncrief, Cvnthia (Montgomery). 251 

Moncrief, Maxa 106 

Moncrief, Rebecca (Wilson) 251 

Montgomery, Ira 252 

Moody, R. H 303 

Moody, Edna (Russel) 303 

Moodey, William F 132 

Moore, Albert W 210 

Moore, John R 124 

Morgan, James 235 

Morrisett, G. C 228 

Mosley, Joseph 266 

Mullen, John 328 

Mullis, 250 

Neblett, Bettie (Oliver) 222 

Neblett, George 222 

Neblett. Mattie (Mabry) 222 

Neel, Henry D 185 

Negley, Charles F 227 

Nelson, 197 

Netherland, John A 316 

Newell, 361 

Newland, Dallas loi 

Newland, Elsie (Cox) 102 

Newman, F. A 286 

Nichols, William 319 

Noble, J. B 369 

Norris. James C 244 

Obenshain, Berda (Ream) 71 



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PAGE 

Obenshain, George 70 

O'Conner, Elsie (Davis) 182 

O'Conner, Florence 182 

Ogdcn, Edward F 347 

Oliver, William L 294 

Orr, 197 

Owen, Robert 230 

Palmer, Junius M 227 

Palmer, Samuel E 239 

Palmore, Ansel F 378 

Parker, Clark R 107 

Patzold. Oswald loi 

Payne, Jacob J 356 

Payne, Maggie (Palmer) 357 

Peck, Lewis 384 

Pence, LaFayette 55 

Perkinson, Otis ? 18 

Perrigo, W. R 116 

Perry, Parker 283 

Philliber, William F 131 

Pickard, Aaron 308 

Pickett, David N 185 

Pickett, Samuel H 185 

Pierce, John C 307 

Plant, Charles G 228 

Pool, William 129 

Forth, William E 344 

Porter, E. D 206 

Pritchard, W. J 298 

Ratcliffe, 374 

Rea, Davidson 196 

Read, Alice (Richcreek) 58 

Read, Mabel (Adams) 58 

Read, Elijah 57 

Read, Eliza (Veasey) 247 

Read, Hiram 246 

Read, Lottie ( Doutch ) 247 

Read, Sallie (Anderson) 247 

Reamer, William S 57 

Redden, Samuel 298 

Reeves, Thomas B 223 

Reynolds, W. A 379 

Rice, Watson 290 

Riggs, Catherine (Russell) 316 

Riggs, Elizabeth (Walhouser) . . . .315 

Riggs, Mary (Haberstich) 315 

Riggs, Thomas 315 

Rinehart, Fred D 345 

Ritchie, Walter 251 

Roberts, 251 

Robertson, Harrison 386 

Robinson, Edward J 21 r 

Robinson, Joseph 283 

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Rodange, Peter 181 

Rogers, Ephraim 241 

Rnkobrant, Theodore H 165 

Rossen, John 232 

Rossen, 250 



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Rossman, Jesse L 102 

Routh, William 282 

Rowan, George 59 

Rutherford, Emma (King) 318 

Rutherford, Harvey 318 

Ryan, James R 208 

Safely, Charles T 347 

Sanborn, Joseph^ W 193 

Sanford, John O 227 

Seaman. 186 

Settle, O. L 379 

Shanklin, Andrew 383 

Shaw, 60 

Shawancy, 250 

Sheets, Charles 160 

"Sheehan, Daniel 265 

Shepherd. Martin A 129 

Shields, John A 345 



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Shinold, John A 134 

Shoff, Park S 344 

Simpson, Richard J 285, 286 

Sims, W^illiam H 302 

Sites, William M loi 

Smartz, McArthur 149 

Smith, Alice (Lane) 303 

Smith, Amelia (Whitten) 347 

Smith, Beulah (Grant) 303 

Smith, C. L 188 

Smith, Catherine (Oaks) 302 

Smith, Charles E 327 

Smith, Clarence 284 

Smith, Emma (Thomas) 348 

Smith, Eugene 376 

Smith, Isaac N 56, 57 

Smith, J. L 60 

Smith, James 261 

Smith, John 261 

Smith, Minnie (Martin) 347 

Smith. Mollie (McLaughlin) 302 

Smith, Nellie (Whitten) 347 

Smith, Peter 346 

Smith, Snottswood K 300 

Smith, Thomas LaFayette 74 

Snell, J. W 133 

Snyder, Virgil L 308 

Soward, Alfred 189 

Speare, Willis Bradley 64 

Sprague, Perley J 58 

Spriggs, 250 

Stas^^s. Albert C 116 

Stahi, Lewis G 287 

Stapp, Achilles 9 

StaDp, Hamilton 211 

Starks, William H 301 

Stellhorn, George 185 

Stennett, Wilson B 345 

Sterrett, M, D 364 

Sterrett, Etta (Davis) 365 



440 



INDEX 



PAGE 



PAGE 



Stewart, William 292 

Stitt, A. C 224 

Storey, Addie Moore 61 

Storey, Alice (Stonebrook) 64 

Storey, Hepsie (Johnson) 64 

Storey, Lena (Carlisle) 62 

Storey, Lucia (Barnum) 63 

Storey, Mary (Storey) 60 

Storey, Meta (Mella) 63 

Storey, Parnie O. (Hamilton).... 64 

Storey, Rose (Shaefer) 63 

Storey, Titia ( Sharp) 62 

Storey, Thomas J 59, 60 

Stott, Arabella R. (Tracey) . .106, 107 

Stott, John 105 

Stout, Katherine (Roberts) 287 

Stout, M. Franklin 287 

Stribling, Elizabeth (Taulman) . . .232 

Stribling, Emma (Stephens) 225 

Stribling, Hester (Cobb) 233 

Stribling, Nancy (Moncrief) 232 

Stribling. Sallie Box 225 

Stribling, Sarah (Keith) 233 

Stribling, Sarah (Taulman) 229 

Stribling, Susan (Jackson) 228 

Stribling, Susan (Yarbrough) 224 

Stribling, Thomas 220 

Stribling, Zerelda (Dahoney) 223 

Stricklett, Robert 328 

Sweeny, Frank P 384 

Swiney, William 319 

Sympson, Joseph M 378 

Tanksley, Christena (Wesaw) 117 

Tanksley, Thomas 117 

Tatom, Eugene S 222 

Taylor, A. J I33 

Taylor, Edgar 227 

Telford, W. E... 208 

Thompson, Martin 262 

Tidd, E. B 240 

Tiffany, C. S 35i 

Tillotson, Bertie '26 

Tingle, Leonard 264 

Tompkins, Stonewall 386 

Torbet, Robert 253 

Trick, Robert D 106 

Tripp, Jasper 203 

Truesdell, Flora (Ferris) 329 

-Truesdell, Jesse L 328 

Tullis, W. P 298 

Tutt, Emily (West) 289 

Tutt, Florence (West) 289 

Tutt, Lewis 288 

Tutt, Lockey (Gambreal) 293 

Tutt, Margaret (Powell) 289 

Tutt, Mariah (Donley) 288 

Tutt, Mary 'Duke) 288 

Tutt, Mary (Wood; 291 

Tutt, (Farmer) 292 



Tutt, Virginia (Wood) 292 

Umensetter, W. R 351 

Vandergrift. G. W 358 

Van Horn, T. F 133 

Vanosdol, Elizabeth (Gibbs) 116 

Vanosdol, George 116 

Vanosdol, Mollie (Pence) 116 

Van Trees, 214 

Varian, George H 314 

Vater, Grace (Barker) 123 

Vater, Septimius 122, 123 

Vaughn, Elizabeth (Robertson).. ..267 



Vaughn 
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George W 267 

Hannah (Kipfer) 267 

Luther F 203 

Augustus 203 

Ada (Wilson) 284 

Adah (Vivian) 317 

Adaline (Dunlap) 384 

Alice (Campbell) 69 

Alice (Hadley) 145 

Alma (Dixon) 318 

Almeida (Rollins) 168 

Ann (Hickinson) 313 

Anna (Gray) 276 

Anne (Ballard) 382 

Anne (Shepherd) 246 

Annie (Brigham) 283 

Annie (Hawthorn) 335 

Annie (LeGill) 171 

Angeline (Brace) 162 

Angeline (Cheever) 130 

Armilda Hollister 169 

Barbara (Kroher) iii 

Bedie (Dewbre) 377 

Bessie (Channel) 127 

Caroline (McGill) 319 

Carrie (Timmons) 69 

Catherine (Gunnerman).. 112 

Catherine (Hickey) 72 

Charlotte ( Vogler) 374 

Charlotte (Hobart).. 142, 144 
Charlotte (Knowlton).. . .120 

Clara (Peck) 384 

Clara (Miller) 146, 147 

Clara (Monroe) 160 

Claudine (Fowler) 376 

Cora (Kiser) 326 

Daisy (Tolle) 118 

Delia (Morrison) 329 

Diana (Moncrief) 163 

Edith (Henning) 283 

Ella (Brown) 70 

Elenor (Floyd) 277 

Eliza (Goodhue) 246 

Eliza (Gwinn) 384 

Eliza (Mavity) 324 

Eliza (Todd) 244 

Elizabeth Baker 142, 143 



INDEX 

PAGE 

Vawter, Elizabeth (Caplinger).. . .318 Vawter, 

Vawter, Elizabeth (Crawford).. . .324 Vawter, 

Vawter, Elizabeth (Grinstead).. . . 131 Vawter, 

Vawter, Elizabeth (Irwin) 333 Vawter, 

Vawter, Elizabeth ( Kean ) 384 Vawter, 

Vawter, Elizabeth (Sinclair) 378 Vawter, 

Vawter, Elizabeth (Stewart) 299 Vawter, 

Vawter, Elizabeth (Smith) 56 Vawter, 

Vawter, Elizabeth (Waters) 315 Vawter, 

Vawter, Elizabeth (Watts) 11 Vawter, 

Vawter, Emily (Cooprider) 261 Vawter, 

Vawter, Emily (Gambill) 280 Vawter, 

Vawter, Emma (Damson) 385 Vawter, 

Vawter, Emma (Graupner) 1 12 Vawter, 

Vawter, Emma (Ketcham ) 69 Vawter, 

Vawter, Emma (May) 137 Vawter, 

Vawter, Emma (Thomas) 159 Vawter, 

Vawter, Ethel (Ransdall) 334 Vawter, 

Vawter, Etta (Hill) 333 Vawter, 

Vawter, Ettie (Dickerson) 368 Vawter, 

Vawter, Eva (Savior) 278 Vawter, 

Vawter, Flora (Keith) 326 Vawter, 

Vawter, Frances (Ames) 334 Vawter, 

Vawter, Frances ( Fatten) 162 Vawter, 

Vawter, Frances (Watts) 313 Vawter, 

Vawter, Hattie J. (Woodruff) ... .133 Vawter, 

Vawter, Helen (Read) 152 Vawter, 

Vawter, Huldah (Kendricks) 58 Vawter, 

Vawter, Ida (Britton) 162 Vawter, 

Vawter, Ida ]\Iay (McCoy) 329 Vawter, 

Vawter, Ida (Rahe) 114 Vawter, 

Vawter, Ida (Springsteen) 117 Vawter, 

Vawter, Isabelle Nelson 126 Vawter, 

Vawter, Ivie (McCullough) 282 Vawter, 

Vawter, Jane (Leach) 245 Vawter, 

Vawter, Jane (Smith) 23 Vawter, 

Vawter, Jane (Terrell) 54 Vawter, 

Vawter, Jennie (Moore) 73 Vawter, 

Vawter, Josephine (Churchwell) . . 118 Vawter, 

Vawter, Josie (Willin) 170 Vawter, 

Vawter, Josie (Quinn) 170 Vawter, 

Vawter, Julia (Davidson) 160 Vawter, 

Vawter, Julia (Pack) 383 Vawter, 

Vawter, Kate A. (Luty) 112 Vawter. 

Vawter, Katherine (Ecker) 283 Vawter, 

Vawter, Kittie (Radway) 278 Vawter. 

Vawter, Laura (Dixon) 126 Vawter, 

Vawter, Laura (Shaddy) 171 Vawter, 

Vawter, Laura (Smart) 73 Vawter, 

Vawter, Leila Hunter 57 Vawter, 

Vawter, Letitia (Smith) 338, 339 Vawter, 

Vawter, Lillian (Lepper) 168 Vawter, 

Vawter, Lillie (Hibbs) 170 \ awter, 

Vawter, Lizzie (Davis) 284 Vawter, 

Vawter, Louesa (Bachman) . .158, 159 Vawter, 

Vawter, Louisa (Chestnut) 281 Vawter, 

Vawter, Louisa (Miller) 281 Vawter, 

Vawter, Lucinda (Glover) 363 Vawter, 

Vawter, Lucinda (Johnson) 131 Vawter, 



441 

PAGE 

Lura (Sanderson) 330 

Lydia (Yarrington) 288 

Mahala (Sanders) 132 

Margaret (Henderson).. .382 ■ 
Margaret (McAdams).. . .278 

Margaret (Ross) 134 

Margaret A. (Sawyer)... 73 

Maria (Bright) 56 

Maria (Dunham) 142 

Maria (Graves) 381 

]Maria (Lame) 332 

Martha (Hess) 282 

IMartha (Humphreys) . . . .331 

Martha Pearce 23 

Alartha (Pyle) i6r 

]Martha (Roush) 332 

Martha (Smith) 243 

Martha (Weir) 364 

Mar>' (Adair) 385 

Alary (Bright) 283 

Marj^ (Brown) 58 

Mar>' (Cowell) 168 

Mary (Crowder) 119 

Mary (Elder) 331 

Mary (Durkee) 366 

Mary (Furgason) 377 

Mary (Helper) 299 

Mary (Huxtable) 286 

Mary (Mclntyre) 165 

Mary (Nichols) 318 

Marj^ Nodler 246 

Mary (Ravenal) 319 

Mary (Rucker) 8 

Mary ( Singer) 160 

Mar3' (Sparks) 373 

Marv (Straughter) 112 

Mary (Williams) 329 

Mary J. (Williams) 379 

Mary (Zane) 288 

Matilda (Johnston) 316 

Matilda F. Christman. . . .113 

Mazelle (Ayrcs) 314 

Melissa (Crawford) 380 

Minerva (Bromley) 136 

Minerva (Ross) 135 

]\Iinnie (Bevans) 279 

Minnie (Harris) 282 

Myrta (Bourne) 377 

N. S. Philliper iii 

Nancy (Raycroft) 369 

Nancy ( Chapman ) 375 

Nancy (Johnson) 246 

Nancy ( Raycroft ) 369 

Nancy (Smith) 375 

Nettie (Baber) 384 

Nolie (Carter) 367 

Pamelia (Dwyer) . . . 109, iii 

Pollv (Larimore) 375 

Polly (Smith) 23 



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INDEX 



PAGE 

Vawter, Rachel (Robinett) 314 

Vawter, Rebecca (Mahafy) 67 

Vawter, Rose (Smith) 2,77 

Vawter, Rosella (Milligan) 245 

Vawter, Ruth (Minton) 22, 

Vawter, Sallie (Kj'le) Davis 245 

Vawter, Sallie (Snyder) 317 

Vawter, Sarah (Finley) 2>22) 

Vawter, Sarah (Davies) 283 

Vawter, Sarah (Foster) 281 

Vawter, Sarah ( Hamilton) 279 

Vawter, Sarah Alaynard 58 

Vawter, Sarah (McClaskey) 124 

Vawter, Sarah (McShane) 374 

Vawter, Sarah (Pardun) 334 

Vawter, Sarah (Parks ) 128 

Vawter, Sarah (Snelling) . . . .258-260 

Vawter, Sarah (Watts) 156 

Vawter, Sarepta (Hamilton) 282 

Vawter, Sydney Olive ( Willis) ... 164 

Vawter, Spicy (Carroll) 57 

Vawter, Stella (Crichlow) 69 

Vawter. Sue (Sebree) 168 

Vawter, Susan (Conner) 316 

Vawter, Susan (Degman) 329 

Vawter, Susan (Hollandsworth) . .377 

Vawter, Susan (Taylor) 2,72> 

Vawter, Sylvia (Hunter) 151 

Vawter, Tillie (Nix) 163 

Vawter, Valera (Crawford) 380 

Vawter, Vesta (Sears) 367 

Vawter, Virginia (Longley) 386 

Vickers, Lemuel M 368 

Victory, A. S 369 

Waggoner, George W 225 

Waggoner, William 295 

Wagner, John H 193 

Wagner, Lewis 129 

Walden, Elizabeth (Baker) 186 

Walden, Emma ( Harper) 186 

Walden. James \ 186 

Walden, Viola ( Smith) 186 

Walker, John M 297 

Waltmire, Alexander 285 

Waltmire, Dora (Dazell) 285 

Ward, Clara (Irwin) 253 

Ward, Josie (Walkup) 252 

Ward, Willis D 252 

Warren, H. E 225 

Warren, Nannie (Byrne) 231 

Warren, Myrtle (Robinson) 232 

Warren, William B 231 

Waters, William 185 



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Watson, George 291 

Waugh, A. H 366 

Webb, Elsie (Matthews) 203 

Webb, Henry 202 

Webb, Mary (Hilton) 202 

Webb, Sarah (Brougher) 202 

Welch, Robert H 280 

Welch. Samuel 279 

West, Achilles 356 

West, Clara (Clark) 359 

West, Elizabeth Blair 358 

West, Eva (Grinstead) 358 

West, Grace (Millhouse) 359 

West, Kate Staples 355 

West, Lala (Kuhn) 359 

West, Lottie (Staples) 355 

West, Mary (Ball) 355 

West, Mary (McFarland) 358 

West, Martha Clellen 359 

West, Martha (Mix) 359 

West, Thomas 354 

West, Theresia (King) 358 

Whitaker, Andrew J 292 

Whitcomb Willard 129 

White, J. C 370 

White, William Walter 226 

Whitson, Marsh R 99 

Whittemore, Joseph 180 

Wilcox, W. W ir6 

Williams. Allan 185 

Williams. George L 165, 166 

Williams, Judson 159 

Williams, Smith V 139 

Williamson, Elizabeth (Goedeke) .301 

Williamson, J. W 300 

Wilson, Clarence 183 

Wise, Huldah (Hall) 238 

Wise. Matthew 238 

Wolf, Lilly (Harsh) 236 

Wolf, Michael 235 

Wolf, Minnie (Corner) 236 

Wolf Ufford S 208 

Wolfert. Edward F 66 

Wood, Edward T 207 

Wood, Emerson 71 

Wood, Soencer H 72 

Wooden, Milton 235 

Wright, Charles H 332 

Wright, Otho G 135, 136 

Yeager, Whitfield 74 

Young, J. M. C 222 

Young, Robert 383 



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