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Dear AncestorYour tombstone stands among the rest, neglected and alone. The name and the date are chiseled out on polished, marbled stone. It reaches out to all who cares. It is too late to mourn for you did not know that I exist. You died and I was born, yet each of us are cell of you in flesh, in blood, in bone. Our heart contracts and beats a pulse entirely not our own. Dear Ancestor, the place you filled years ago spreads out among the ones who follow. The ones who would have loved you so. I wonder where you lived and who you loved, what you did and where you went. I often wonder of the hardships that you endured. I think often of the joy you felt from the simplest of things, things we all take for granted. I wonder if you knew that someday I would find this spot, and come to visit you.
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Dad's Side: Collins, Nusbaumer, Wells, Lee, Ansel, Goldsmith, McKinney, Warner, Dawson, Schwaller, Morris, Herring, Bowman, Travis, Dunbar, Wilson, Francis.
Mom's Side: Keller, Askren, Scott, Moon, Eudaly, Vawter, Miller, Weaver, Elmore, Amos, Springer, Collins, Pedamore, Vawter, Ellis, Hockett, Hoggett, Beals, Bowater, Kerr, Horton, Williams, Arnett, Henderson, Lewis, King, Rice, Willits, Wilson, Keeling, Brown, Jackson, Schooley, Dyer, Crew, Gately, Hall, Glendening, Harrold, Apperson, Forbes.
Dad's Side: Cline, Thomas, Ringo, Winkle, Brewer, Weaver, Hobbs, Niccum, Morris, Cherry, Elmore, Humbert, Henderson, Beals, Major, Cook, Williams, Hazelrigg, van Stoutenberg, Trommels, van Tienhoven, de Haes, Babb, Hughes, Morris, Johnson, Bowman, Moore, Ramsey, Hamilton, Walup, Alexander, Axtel, Liston, Orr, Graham, Erskine, Abbott, Bryan.
Mom's Side: Bunch, Searls, Henderson, Stevens, Dickason, Cain, Sirk, Hurley, Rose, Poe, Haines, Faulkner, Templin, Clawson, Somers, Jones, Goodwin, Marlett, Thornburg, Beals, Branson, Cook, Bowater, Painter, Clayton, Lanckford, Cross, Edge, Braddock, Handcock, Sirman, Johnson, Carper, Bish, Blazer, Hamilton,
LEE FAMILY LINE OF VIRGINIA
I am also currently working on a separate family tree trying to link my Great Great Grandfather Silas Josiah Lee to the famous Lee Family of Virginia. The Lee family of Virginia are related to George Washington, Robert E. Lee, Benijamin Harrison, Queen Elizabeth and their family lines. You may view this tree by clicking on family trees then click on the drop down box in the top right hand corner of the family tree and choose "Lee Family of Virginia". My Great Great Grandfather was born in Prince William County, Virginia. At one time the famous Lee family owned most of this area. I am about 90 percent sure he is from this same Lee family line. I just have to research it more deeply, as I am not finding it through the internet, It may take some trips to libraries to search records.
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|Posted by: Brad Collins
on Jan 27 2010 02:10|
Famous / Prominent Ansestors of Nelson Todd Collins
George Washington 1st US President, General of US Army Revolutionary War
William Henry Harrison9th President of the US, American military officer and politician
Zachary Taylor 12th President of US, Major General in War of 1812
Benjamin Harrison23rd President of the United States, Brigadier General in Civil War
Beilby Porteus Bishop and Chester of London, England
Isaac Allerton Original Pilgrim on the Mayflower
Queen Elizabeth Windsor Queen of England
Prince Charles Mountbatton Prince of England
Princess Ann Mountbatton Princess of England
Prince Andrew Mountbatton Prince of England
Prince Edward Mountbatton Prince of England
George Washington Park Custis Playwright
Robert Edward Lee General of Confederate Army
Henry “Light horse” Lee, III Governor of Virginia, Maj. Gen. American Revolutionary War
Richard Henry LeePresident of the Continental Congress, US Senator of Virginia, Signer of the Decl. of Indep.
Charles LeeUnited States Attorney General
Henry Lee IProminent Virginian colonist,
Maj. Gen. Henry Lee II Maj. Gen. American Military, founder of Leesylvania
Richard Bland Lee, IU.S. House of Representative
Thomas LeeHouse of Burgesses, Governor of Virginia
Col. Richard Henry Lee II, Esq. “The Scholar”Colonel, planter, member of the Upper House & the King's Council.
Col. Richard Lee I, Esq., “ “The Immigrant”, Attorney General of the Colony of Virginia,
Francis Lightfoot LeeSigner of the Declaration of Independence, Virginia Senate, Continental Congress
Edward Douglass White, Jr9th Chief Justice of the United States
Edmund Jennings Governor of Virginia, Attorney General of Virginia
Thomas Sim LeeGovernor of Maryland
Capt. Philip Lee, Sr., Hon., Esq.Captain, Justice, Sheriff, member of Upper House, King's Council
Dr. Arthur LeeAmerican diplomat, Continental Congress, American Revolutionary War.
Thomas Ludwell Lee Virginia Delegates, Editor of the Virginia Declaration of Rights
Henry (Black Horse Harry) Lee IVBiographer, historian, speech writer for Andrew Jackson and John Calhoun
George Washington Custis Lee Maj. Gen. Confederate Army, aide-de-camp to President Jefferson Davis
William Henry Fitzhugh Lee Major General in the Confederate Army (cavalry)
Robert Edward Lee, Jr Captain in the Confederate Army
Sarah Knox Taylor Zachary Taylor daughter who married Jefferson Davis
Phillip Richard FendallDistrict Attorney of Washington, D.C.
Henry GeorgeVictor Frances Herbert 6th Earl of Carnarvon
Randolph Algernon Ronald Stewart 12th Earl of Galloway
|Posted by: Brad Collins
on Jan 22 2010 22:48|
I have great news for my Keller family relatives! I was contacted by Email from my 1st cousin once removed Norma Jean (Keller) Smith who is the daugther of David Oren Keller. She found me by doing a search on her dad's name and found one of my online famiy trees. We have been looking for some decendents of David Oren Keller to update the family tree and the family database. She has given me some information and I have added it to the family tree. She is going to send me more information and hopefully some pics of the David Oren Keller family. Go check out the updated family tree and see our new found cousins!
Have a great day!
|Posted by: Brad Collins
on Jan 7 2010 11:22|
Colonel Richard Lee, Founder of the family in Virginia
Anne Lee, his wife
John Lee, (Richard 1)
Richard Lee, (Richard 1)
Laetitia (Corbin) Lee, his wife
Hancock Lee, (Richard 1)
Mary (Kendall) Lee, his first wife
Sarah (Allerton) Lee, his second wife
Charles Lee, (Richard 1)
Elizabeth (Medstand) Lee, his wife
Richard Lee, (Richard 2, Richard 1)
Martha (Silk) Lee, his wife
Phillip Lee, (Richard 2, Richard 1)
Sarah (Brooke) Lee, his first wife
Elizabeth (widow of Henry Sewall) his scond wife
Colonel Thomas Lee, (Richard 2, Richard 1)
Hannah (Ludwell) Lee, his wife
Henry Lee, (Richard 2, Richard 1)
Mary (Bland) Lee, his wife
George Lee, (Richard 3, Richard 2, Richard 1)
Elizabeth (Wormley) Lee, his first wife
Anne (widow of Lawrence Washington) Lee, his second wife
Phillip Ludwell Lee, (Thomas 3, Richard 2, Richard 1)
Elazabeth (Steptoe) Lee
Thomas Ludwell Lee, (Thomas 3, Richard 2, Richard 1)
Mary (Aylett) Lee
Richard Henry lee, (Thomas 3, Richard 2, Richard 1)
Ann (Aylett) Lee, his first wife
Anne (widow of Mr. Pinkard) Lee, his second wife
Francis Lightfoot Lee, (Thomas 3, Richard 2, Richard 1)
Rebecca (Tayloe) Lee his wife
Wm. Lee, (Thomas 3, Richard 2, Richard 1)
Hannah Philippa (Ludwell) Lee, his wife
Arthur Lee, (Thomas 3, Richard 2, Richard 1)
Henry Lee, (Henry 3, Richard 2, Richard 1)
Lucy (Grymes) Lee, his wife
Thomas Ludwell Lee, (Thomas Ludwell 4, Thomas 3, Richard 2, Richard 1)
Fanny (Carter) Lee, his wife
George Lee, (Thomas Ludwell 4, Thomas 3, Richard 2, Richard 1)
Evelyn Byrd (Beverly) Lee, his wife
Thomas Lee, (Richard Henry 4, Thomas 3, Richard 2, Richard 1)
Mildred (Washington) Lee, his first wife
Eliza (Brent) Lee, his second wife
Ludwell Lee, (Richard Henry 4, Thomas 3, Richard 2, Richard 1)
Flora (Lee) Lee, his first wife
Elizabeth (Armistead) Lee, his second wife
Francis Lightfoot Lee, (Richard Henry 4, Thomas 3, Richard 2, Richard 1)
Elizabeth (Fitzgerald) Lee, his first wife
Jane (Fitzgerald) Lee, his second wife
Major General Henry Lee, (Henry 4, Henry 3, Richard 2, Richard 1)
Matilda (Lee) Lee, his first wife
Ann Hill (Carter Lee, his second wife
Charles Lee, (Henry 4, Henry 3, Richard 2, Richard 1)
Ann (Lee) Lee, his first wife
Margaret (widow of Mr. Peyton) Lee, his second wife
Richard Bland Lee, (Henry 4, Henry 3, Richard 2, Richard 1)
Elizabeth (Collins) Lee, his wife
Theodoric Lee, (Henry 4, Henry 3, Richard 2, Richard 1)
Catherine (Hite) Lee, his wife
Edmund Jennings Lee, (Henry 4, Henry 3, Richard 2, Richard 1)
Sarash (Lee) Lee, his wife
Samuel Phillips Lee, (Francis Lightfoot 5, Richard Henry 4, Thomas 3, Richard 2, Richard 1)
Elizabeth (Blair) Lee, his wife
John Fitzgerald Lee, (Francis LIghtfoot 5, Richard Henry 4, Thomas 3, Richard 2, Richard 1)
Eleanor Ann (Hill) Lee, his wife
Henry Lee, (Henry 5, Henry 4, H enry 3, Richard 2, Richard 1)
Anne R. (McCarty) Lee, his wife
Charles Carter Lee, (Henry 5, Henry 4, Henry 3, Richard 2, Richard 1)
Lucy Penn (Taylor) Lee, his wife
Sydney Smith Lee, (Henry 5, Henry 4, Henry 3, Richard, 2 Richard 1)
Anna Maria (Mason) Lee, his wife
General Robert Edward Lee, (Henry 5, Henry 4, Henry 3, Richard 2, Richard 1)
Mary Ann Randolph (Custis) Lee, his wife
Richard Bland Lee, (Richard Bland 5, Henry 4, Henry 3, Richard 2, Richard 1)
Julia Ann Marion (Prosser) Lee, his wife
Zaccheus Collins Lee, (Richard Bland 5, Henry 4, Henry 3, Richard 2, Richard 1)
Martha Anne (Jenkins) Lee, his wife
Edmund Jennings Lee, (Edumund Jennings 5, Henry 4, Henry 3, Richard 2, Richard 1)
Eliza (Shepherd) Lee, his first wife
Henrietta (Bedinger) Lee, his second wife
Cassisus Francis Lee, (Edmund Jennings 5, Henry 4, Henry 3, Richard 2, Richard 1)
Hanna Phillippa Ludwell (Hopkins) Lee, his first wife
Richard Henry Lee, (Ludwell 5, Richard Henry 4, Thomas 3, Richard 2, Richard 1)
Mary Duncan (Mahone) Lee, his first wife
Anne Edna (Jordan) Lee, his second wife
Blair Lee, (Samuel Phillips 6, Francis Lightfoot 5, Richard Henry 4, Thomas 3, Richard 2, Richard 1)
Anne (Brooks) Lee, his wife
General Fitzhugh Lee, (Sydney Smith 6, Henry 5, Henry 4, Henry 3, Richard 2, Richard 1)
Ellen Bernard (Fowle) Lee, his wife
George Washington Custis Lee, (Robert Edward 6, Henry 5, Henry 4, Henry 3, Richard 2, Richard 1)
Wm. Henry Fitzhugh Lee, (Robert Edward 6, Henry 5, Henry 4, Henry 3, Richard 2, Richard 1)
Charlotte (Wickham) Lee, his first wife
Mary Tabb (Bolling) Lee, his second wife
Robert Edward Lee, (Robert Edward 6, Henry 5, Henry 4, Henry 3, Richard 2, Richard 1)
Charlotte (Haxall) Lee, his first wife
Juliet (Carter) Lee, his second wife
Edwin Gray Lee, (Edmund Jennings 6, Edmund Jennings 5, Henry 4, Henry 3, Richard 2, Richard 1)
Susan (Pendleton )Lee, his wife
Edmund Jennings Lee, (Edumund Jennings 6, Edmund Jennings 5, Henry 4, Henry 3, Richard 2, Richard 1)
Rebecca (Rust) Lee, his first wife
Bessie Read (Neilson) Lee, his second wife
|Posted by: Brad Collins
on Jan 7 2010 05:23|
The Queen's American Ancestors
by Hector Bolitho
When Queen Elizabeth II visited Virginia in October 1957, there was one episode overlooked in the brilliant celebrations; she was given an oil painting--no more than a copy, of a copy, of a portrait by Sir Godfrey Kneller. But it was of her American ancestor, Augustine Warner II, and it adds a surprising face to the immense collection of portraits of the Queen's forbears whose roots were otherwise still in Britain or Europe.
Mr. Anthony Wagner, Richmond Herald, was the first to trace this remarkable link with colonial Virginia, that relates Queen Elizabeth, through a Bowes-Lyon marriage, back to both George Washington and General Robert E. Lee. Augustine Warner I, born in England or Wales, in 1611, and who emigrated to Virginia when he was 39, was the ancestor of all three of them, through the marriages of his son and daughter. As Mr. Wagner wrote at the time of his research; "It is somewhat ironical that among Washington's nearest of kin now living, should be numbered the Queen of Great Britain".
The first Augustine Warner must have been a gentleman of some importance; he used the arms of an English family--now difficult to identify--and he left England in the first year of Oliver Cromwell's "reign", no doubt to satisfy his beliefs, and to save his fortune. When he arrived in Virginia he built a fine house on an arm of the Severn, that flows into the York river and then into Chesapeake Bay, where the first English emigrants had sailed, in 1607, and formed the tragic settlement of Jamestown. There were dangers still, but Augustine Warner prospered; he became a Colonel of the Militia, a Justice, and a Burgess in the General Assembly. He sent his only son, also Augustine, back to England to be educated at the Merchant Taylor's School, for it was the habit with these southerners to cling to their Englishness, while the emigrants to the northern states tried to mould a separate American character, and forget the land of their nativity.
Augustine II also became a public man; when he returned to Virginia, with his smattering of English education, he prospered and was elected Burgess for Gloucester County, then Speaker to the House. He was a gallant ancestor for any family tree, with more vigour and will than the faint copy of the Kneller portrait reveals. As soon as Nathaniel Bacon began his armed rebellion against the royal governor, in 1676, Warner led troops against him, in the King's name. There is a record of him returning to Warner Hall after the rebellion was quelled: he was described as "a rather thorough Royalist . . . an honest, worthy Person and most Loyall sufferer by the Late Rebells; who was plundered as much as any, and yet speakes as little of his losses, tho' they were very greate".
General Robert E. Lee
Augustine Warner II, had a sister, Sarah, who married Lawrence Townley, and they were the ancestors of General Robert E. Lee. Augustine himself married Mildred Reade, daughter of a neighbour. She also was a person of character, worthy to be the ancestress of both Queen Elizabeth II and George Washington. When Augustine died in 1681, his widow, with her daughters to defend, kept her husband's arms and ammunition and refused to give them up until they were taken from her, by force.
The name Warner disappears from the story: the only memorials to Augustine I and Augustine II are an early Victorian mansion, still called Warner Hall, built on the site of their mid-seventeenth century house--and the little graveyard near by. I went there, the winter before last, and scraped the snow from the flat tomb stones so that I could read the names, and the dates of their birth and death.
The interest moves to the daughters of Augustine II, and his widow, who had the care of them when her husband died. The eldest, named Mildred, after her mother, married Lawrence Washington and was grandmother of the first President of the United States of America. Mary was married to John Smith, of Purton, another fine plantation nearby. They are the branch of the tree that interests us most because it is from them that we trace the way, through the Bowes-Lyon family, to the present Queen.
The life of these 17th Century planters on the Tidewater of Virginia was comfortable and almost elegant. There was still danger from a2 chance savage arrow, for the Indians were not yet all subdued. But the houses of the prosperous settlers from England were set in splendid gardens; they were furnished with libraries and treasures brought across the Atlantic and served by numerous negro slaves. Many of the houses remain, in 20th Century Virginia, alienated from the less tranquil Yankee north and preferring the ghosts of what was, to the realism of the rest of America.
Mary Warner, married to John Smith, remained in Virginia, but their daughter, Mildred, brought the blood back to England; she was the wife of Robert Porteus, another Virginian planter and a member of "His Majesty's Council or Upper House or Legislature in that Province". His house on the Tidewater had the nice name of Newbottle. Robert Porteus was married in 1700 and he stayed in Virginia until 1720, long enough for Mildred to present him with the first of his big brood of nineteen children.
Changes in Virginia
By 1720, the pattern of life in this part of Virginia had changed. From the early vicissitudes of the Jamestown colony had emerged a small landed aristocracy, of families like the Warners, the Smiths and the ancestors of Robert Porteus. But the hinterland was now being opened up by hordes of new settlers, and there were three times as many negroes as there had been at the beginning of the century. Small farmers and planters interfered with the patriarchal pattern in which Robert Porteus had been brought up, so he decided to emigrate to England, with his family, "quitting a situation so perfectly independent and comfortable" so that his children could have "better instruction" at English schools.
Robert Porteus settled with his family, first at York and then at Ripon. He was buried in the south aisle of the Cathedral and his white marble memorial, high on the wall, tells us, in an amiable flow of words, the details of his life. We read,
Near this Place are deposited the Remains of ROBERT PORTEUS ESQR. a native of Virginia, & a Member of His Majesty's Council or upper House of Legislature in that Province. From thence he removed to England, and resided first at York, afterwards in this town, where he died August 8, 1758, Aged 79 years.
Duchess of Marlborough
With the return of Robert Porteus a new theme came into the history of the relationship between Virginia and England. He was an absentee landlord and the victim of "negligence or dishonesty" on the part of his agents who sent him, as he complained, "little more than a fourth part of what ought to have been his real income". But he remained in England and when his first wife died, he was married again, to another Virginian--Elizabeth Jennings, said to be distantly related to Sarah Jennings, Duchess of Marlborough. They produced a second family, including one remarkable son--the eighteenth of the brood of nineteen. He was Beilby Porteus, the scholar and poet who became Bishop of Leicester and then, in 1787, Bishop of London. The vigorous blood enlivened by the generations in Virginia had not become pale: Beilby Porteus was a belligerent leader in the ecclesiastical changes of his time; he was an ardent evangelist, a supporter of Sunday schools, and was strong-willed enough to turn against the source of his family fortunes in his fight to abolish slavery.
The Bowes-Lyon Family
The important son, who belongs to the theme of this story, leading to the Bowes-Lyon family, had been born in Virginia in 1705. He was named Robert, after his father, and he also went into the Church, but more modestly than his younger half-brother.
We walk near the Cambridgeshire-Bedfordshire border for the next scene in the story: from Potton, three miles to the parish of Cockayne Hatley.
Robert Porteus had been admitted to Cambridge University in 1725; in 1736, when he was thirty-one years old, he married Judith, daughter of Thomas Cockayne, whose family had been lords of the manor for 300 years. The story loses its colonial flavour and becomes quietly English. Within the park of Thomas Cockayne was the little church of St. John the Baptist, with its Flemish carvings, to which Robert Porteus was appointed rector.
From then, through four modest generations, we come to the marriage of importance. The Reverend Robert Porteus had named his daughter Mildred, in memory of Virginia, and she married Robert Hodgson of Congleton, in the County of Chester. Their daughter, Frances Dora, married Claude Lyon-Bowes--later Bowes-Lyon--13th Earl of Strathmore, in 1853.
Thus we come, through nine generations, from Augustine Warner, rejecting England in Cromwell's time, to his descendant, married to Lord Strathmore when Queen Victoria had been on the throne for sixteen years. The Queen's notions about the marriages of her children were to change soon after this; there came a time when, disgusted by the jealousies and intrigues of princes in Europe, she encouraged a different fate for her family, she wrote that "Money without goodness or affection was useless" and that "a young lady of the nobility, well brought up," was far better as a wife for one of her sons than "an unsuitable princess".
The pattern of alliance was being formed, quietly: in 1855, the 14th Earl of Strathmore was born and in 1881, he married a daughter of the Rev. Charles William Frederick Cavendish-Bentinek. They were the parents of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother whose marriage to the Duke of York, in 1923, inspire the monarchy with a power of character and graciousness that has enriched it into our own time.
|Posted by: Brad Collins
on Jan 7 2010 02:45|
Center Cemetery, in Liberty Township, is one long ago abandoned. The earliest date on a stone is February 27, 1854 and the latest July 11, 1887. People living within the mile do not know of its existence. A grove of trees, in the center of the section is the only evidence to any traveler on the four roads which bound the section that there is a cemetery there. The Atlas of 1877 refers to it as the "old cemetery on the James Scott Farm."
A road east and west, passed thru the middle of this section many years ago but has long since been closed and there is now no ingress to the cemetery. I walked over the plowed ground and thru two fields of tall corn before reaching it.
As one would expect, tall trees, vines and some grass make locomotion difficult. The markers are fallen or broken and many may be hid by the fallen vegetation of the years.
The Center Christian Church is at some distance from this cemetery. A deed to this plot of land was made to this church and they are still the owners of it. The Grant County Deed Book, P pp. 254 reads as follows:
"that James Scott and his wife Annis Scott of Grant County Indiana in consideration of the Christian love & feelings toward the human family generally, have granted, bargained, donated and set apart for public use as a burying ground to inter any and every person that has not forfeited the laws of their God and Country and the further consideration of one dollar to us paid by Dugan Wall, Elwood Arnett, Marmaduke Mendenhall and John Harrold trustees of the Christian Church - Deer Creek, Grant Co., Indiana, and to their successors in office as trustees of said church forever the following tract or parcel of land" then follows a description of the tract. This is signed by James Scott and his wife Annis Scott. William Neal, Surveyor May 1, 1856.
Note: Upon further investigation, I have found there were actually two Christian Churches. The following information comes from the "Grant County Atlas of 1877" and information from the present records of the Center Christian Church. I also have a copy of the deed listed above. "In about the year 1850, the Christian Church (New Light) built a church in Section 28, and organized a lively congregation; but of later years a number of the leading members moved to other localities, and the church has been discontinued. Rev. Cain Mullen was pastor. The second Christian Church was started in 1874. The cemetery was given to the first one. None of the records I have examined so far have given a clue how the second church inherited the cemetery, however in about 1920 the second church (from their own records) relinquished ownership of the cemetery to the township. From the Atlas of 1877, I found the following about the second Christian Church; The Church of Christ organized a church at Center School House in 1874, with a membership of thirteen; they now have a membership of seventy-five. They have a church edifice of the capacity to seat 400 persons, valued at $1600. The church is in a flourishing condition, and has a Sabbath school established at the place of worship. Rev. F. M. Collins is pastor or evangelist; William H. Ayers and William I. Millner, Elders; John Herrald, Cyrus W. Gibson, Jasper Wilson and William Jones, Deacons." This is the same Center Christian Church in existance today. (2000) Actually I believe the first one was called Christian Church (New Lights) of Deer Creek, not Center as was written by the DAR above. Investigation to find the name of the McCombs whose stone is in this cemetery brought this information from Miss Cornelia McCombs of Fairmount who is his grand daughter, "my grandfather is buried in the Scott Cemetery. His given name was John Young McCombs. I am not sure that grandfather was in the War of 1812, but think he was for he was about the right age for service at that time." The above was written by the DAR in the 1940's.
I visited this cemetery in the late summer of 1996. It's not much different than it was 50 years ago when read by the DAR. There are no trees left standing today. There is only a small plot out in the middle of a bean field. There is ground cover called Vinca, growing profusely, mixed with Poison Ivy and various other weeds. We had to walk down a fence row past a corn field and almost all the way across the bean field to reach this cemetery. It is located in the S.E. 1/4 of the N.W. 1/4 of Section 23 N. Twp 23 N. Range 7E. Liberty Twp. Grant County, Indiana. Leave Marion on State Road 9 South and go to county road 800 S. turn right or west and go to 200 W. The cemetery is in the middle of the mile between 800 and 900 S. - 100 and 200 W. It was a very long walk back to the cemetery, but is was worth the effort. If you plan on visiting this cemetery you should get permission from the owner of the land surrounding it. The Center Christian Church has long since been abandoned and I don't know who the proper owner of this cemetery is now. Many of the old abandoned cemeteries are in the hands of the township trustees. I did notice while I was back there that some time probably, around Memorial Day, someone had put a number of flags up in memoriam to dead soldiers. This is usually done by the American Legion in honor of soldiers who fought in the various wars.
This is a very small plot. But you can see a number of unmarked graves. I am guessing there are probably at least twice as many graves here, than shows in the readings. The earliest grave I found is Daniel Felton son of S. & M. Felton who died Nov. 8, 1856. The one listed by the DAR turned out to be in error. They had 1854 but it was 1874. I only found 2 other graves that were not previously listed. I am sorry to say there were three graves I did not find at this time. Keep in mind this doesn't mean they aren't there. There were 2 thickets that could have hidden stones. We tried to check these but found nothing at this time.
One more interesting thing to point out is the notation in the deed that states the Center Christian Church was at Deer Creek, Grant County, Indiana. Was there a small settlement or town called Deer Creek at this time? This is the first time I had ever seen mention of this. Also the road that is no longer there wasn't in the middle of the section but in the middle of the half section. Maps of the early 1920's or 30's show this road. The owner of the farm told me it angled over toward the cemetery and crossed over toward the east on the north side of the creek that crosses 100 W. * Denotes a stone not found at this time.
Edington, Willis A. son of Wm. & C. Edington died Oct. 6, 1885 aged 12y.1m.24d. Felton, Charles died June 30, 1878 aged 75 years Daniel son of S. & M. Felton died Nov. 8, 1856 aged 1y.3m.5d. Samuel died July 19, 1878 aged 42y.6m.14d. Householder, * Andrew died Aug. 19, 1877 aged 71y.10m.10d. * Nancy wife of Andrew Householder died July 11, 1887 aged 75y.7m.3d. Jackson, Elliott H. son of J. & L. Jackson died June 22, 1863 aged 27y.3m. Kilgore, * Infant dau of Eli & R. Kilgore still born Jan. 15, 1857 Kirkwood, Earley died Aug. 4, 1880 aged 7m.18d. Francis died Sept. 6, 1881 aged 2m.18d. Perley died Sept. 6, 1880 aged 8m.16d. All three children listed on same stone as: Children of J.L. & M. Kirkwood McCombs, John Y. died Nov. 8, 1880 aged 97y.3m.29d. Schmuck, Margaret wife of Eli Schmuck died Nov. 12, 1882 aged 57y.10m.13d. "Asleep in Jesus - blessed sleep" Thalls, Anna dau of J.W. & H. Thalls died Nov. 18, 1876 aged 7y.1m.1d. John son of J.W. & H. Thalls died Nov. 2, 1881 aged 1y.3m.13d. "He took thee from a world of care In everlasting bliss to share." Mary Ann dau of J. & N. Thalls died May 24, 1866 aged 17y.8m.16d. Mathias son of John & N. Thalls died Jan. 24, 1867 aged 16y.1m.16d. Williard son of J.W. & H. Thalls died Oct. 6, 1868 aged 11m.5d. Whybrew, John J. died Apr. 28, 1871 aged 27y.23d. Joseph J. son of G.E. & M.A. Whybrew died Jan. 13, 1872 aged 1y.6m.18d. Wilson, Amrozine dau of W. & M. Wilson has passed May 24, 1867 aged 16y.5m.13d. Effie M. dau of J. & E. Wilson died Jan. 16, 1871 aged 4y.11m. Effie had a separate stone, but I only found the top of it. She is also listed on the same stone with Mark R. and Mira E. Emily J. wife of William H. Wilson died Dec. 10, 1871 aged 19y.6m.19d. Mark R. son of J. & E. Wilson died Mar. 1, 1874 aged 3y.20d. S/S with Effie M. and Mira E. Mary Liza dau of W. & M. Wilson was called Jan. 24, 1867 aged 13y.3m.18d. (This stone was hard to read, badly weathered and almost illegible.) Mira E. dau of J. & E. Wilson died Feb. 27, 1874 aged 5y.9m.8d. S/S with Effie M. and Mark R. William H. died Mar. 17, 1877 aged 37y.14d.
|Posted by: Brad Collins
on Jan 7 2010 02:37|
EMPLOYEE OF CLAY MINE WOUNDED IN ABDOMEN—SHOT BY GUARD AT BRAZIL PRESSED BRICK PLANT—MISTAKEN FOR A STRIKER
"Brazil, Ind., Dec 13, 1916.—David Howard Keller, age forty-five, an employee of the Hydraulic Press Brick Company, was shot through the abdomen last night by a man named Archibald, of St. Louis, Mo., a guard employed by the hydraulic company during the clay workers strike. Keller, in company with Elmer Rooney and a man named Bagley, employees at the plant in the daytime, had been drinking last night, police say, and went to the coal and clay mine of the company. Officials of the company say the men had no business in the yard at night. They turned on an electric pump at the mine and a volt meter in the power house showed the pump was running.
"The guard knew at once that some one was in the mine and supposed it to be strikers intending to commit violence. Hearing the men down in the mine, he called to them to come out. There was no response. Archard, the guard, saw the glitter of a rifle barrel carried by one of the men and fired into the darkness of the mine. The bullet struck Keller in the abdomen. The other two men then called to the guard not to shoot again. When it was learned that Keller was seriously wounded Archard ran away and has not been seen since, the heavy snow which fell covering up his tracks. Keller lives near the plant, and has a wife and seven children. The men declare that they did not go into the mine for the purpose of committing violence, but merely to see the electric pump run."
Source: The Indianapolis News, 13 Dec 1917, p. 8.
Two days later (15 Dec), the newspaper reported that Keller had died and that Archard had not yet been found.
|Posted by: Brad Collins
on Jan 7 2010 02:26|
|FAMILY BIBLE OF NATHAN and LEAH MOON|
Pub. by the Bible Ass'n of Friends in America, Philadelphia, 1847
The bible is in the possession of the late Carl Brookshire Family.
Nathan B. Moon and Leah S. Harrold Wedlock Day was on 1 day
4 month 1847
Nathan Moon and Mary Ann Haisley were married the 19th
day of the 12th month 1866
Adison Scott & Evaline R. Moon was married the 2nd of the
11th month 1872
Adison Scott and Belle Miller was married Feb. 6, 1906
J. Eslie Scott and Agness Michell was married 8/22-1906
David H. Keller and Flora J. Scott was married the 22nd of
the 12th month 1907
Lucius G. Brookshire and Minnie Ann Bright were married
August 31, 1918
Glen E. Scott and Beatrice Shaffer were married June 11, 1921
Earl H. Bowen and Georgia M. Bright were Married April 11, 1925
Nathan Moon was born the 8 day of 7 month 1825
Leah S. Moon was born the 25th day of 10 month 1827
Mary Ann Moon was born the 25th of the 3rd month 1832
Andrew H. Moon was born 18 day 6 month AD 1849
M. E. Moon was born the 23 day 2 month AD 1851
Adison Scott was born the 6th of 1 month 1854
Eveline Moon was born 23rd 7 mo AD 1856
Oliver M. Bright was born July the 24, 1864
Cora A. Scott was born the 11th of the 8th month 1873
Effie M. Scott was born the 3rd of the 7 mo 1875
David H. Keller was born the 20th day of 8th month 1876
Lulia E. Scott was born the 22nd of the 2 month 1878
Flora J. Scott was born 22nd of the 12 mo 1880
J. Eslie Moody Scott was born 4 month 2" 1883
Glenn E. Scott was born 11 month 27, 1888
Minnie A. Bright was born 1894, July 3
Iona Bright was born 1896 Aug 20
Georgia Bright 1899 July 12
Palmer M. Scott was born 4 month 6, 1900
Homer A. Bright 1905 June 1
Florence E. Bright 1908 June 7
Leah S. Moon deceased 4th of the 10th month 1865
Nathan Moon deceased 9th month 24, 1869
Effie M. Scott deceased 7 month 3rd 1875
Evaline R. Scott deceased 1 month 13, 1904
Addison Scott deceased 12 month 4, 1916
J. Eslie Scott died 5/26/1957
|Posted by: Brad Collins
on Jan 1 2010 21:16|
Amanda and I have been busy the past month, not only with the holidays but with genealogy research of famous people who are said to be related to us. This was on my father’s side (Collins) of the family.
As a kid, growing up, I often heard stories that we were related to General Robert E. Lee, President George Washington and Queen Elizabeth. It was said to be through my great grandma Emily Caroline Collins (Lee)’s family line. I also was told that President Grant and Samuel "Uncle Sam" Wilson was related through my grandma Leah Ethaline Collins (Nusbaumer)’s line, which I did established the Samuel Wilson connection to the family tree.
I was having problems, because, I do my research by using records off the internet and it is limited. There is not much stuff on the internet or the “myheritage” program that I use, when I was researching my great great great grandpa Silas Josiah Lee. I had hit a dead end and the next step was to start going to the libraries to dig for information. I am planning on going someday to libraries, but I had another idea.
My cousin, Caroline Gause (Houseman), my aunt Emily Cole’s (Houseman (Collins) daughter and her husband John came to visit me this past summer and brought me a bunch of papers of family records. I have been slowly going through them trying map out and to find the connection of these famous people to our family. It’s hard to do because it all hand written out and it’s hard to follow and they were done in the 60’s. I got the idea to start another family tree project using the “myheritage” program and to work from the top down to see if I can get the Lee family line connected to our great great great grandpa Silas Josiah Lee. So, far I have not got the connection but I feel that I am very close.
The Lee family line of Virginia is very interesting to say the least. They were very important people as most of them were in politics and wealthy and most served in the military as high ranking officers. Using the papers and my family tree program (myheritage) I have connected George Washington, General Lee and his family, Queen Elizabeth I, & II, Prince Charles and his kids all together. They are indeed related to each other. I found that Helen Keller is a cousin to General Lee. I even linked back to a guy who came to America on the “Mayflower”.
I am currently working my way down the branches of the Lee family tree as there are hundreds of possibilities to connect to our family. I will post the family tree that I am working sometime next week, so you can see what I have done so far. It will be on this site but in a different tree, as I am keeping them separate until I can get them connected to our family line.
If you want to read more about the Lee family here is a link to a General Robert E. Lee website, and you can keep clicking on links of his parents, grandparents, etc. and read the stories about them, very interesting!
Happy New Year!
Brad & Amanda Collins
|Posted by: Brad Collins
on Nov 9 2009 20:49|
The other day I found out that my wife is my 8th cousin!
We share the same Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Grandma and her name is Sarah Bowater - she was born in Pennsylvania on Aug 17 1688 and died in Pennsylvania on Dec 26 1777.
Here is my linage:
Bradley Todd Collins - Me
Alice L. Keller - Mother
Pete Keller - Grandpa
Flora Jane Scott - Great Grandma
Addison Scott - Great Great Grandpa
James Scott - Great Great Great Grandpa
Racheal Horton - Great Great Great Great Grandma
Margaret Beals - Great Great Great Great Great Grandma
Thomas Beals - Great Great Great Great Great Great Grandpa
Sarah Bowater - Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Grandma
My Wife linage goes:
Amanda Kay Bunch (Collins) - Wife
Judith Kay Bunch - Mother
Joseph Bunch - Grandpa
Sanford Bunch - Great Grandpa
Rosa Faulkner - Great Great Grandma
Williams Faulker - Great Great Great Grandpa
Ruth Beals - Great Great Great Great Grandma
John Bowater Beals - Great Great Great Great Great Grandpa
Bowater Beals - Great Great Great Great Great Great Grandpa
Sarah Bowater - Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Grandma
Gives a whole new meaning to kissing cousins!
|Posted by: Brad Collins
on Oct 19 2009 21:08|
Jeff Collins served on the USS John King (DDG-3) a destroyer in the US Navy
History of the USS John King
USS John King (DDG-3) was a Charles F. Adams-class guided missile armed destroyer in the United States Navy named for Medal of Honor recipient John King.
John King was laid down by the Bath Iron Works at Bath in Maine on 25 August 1958, launched on 30 January 1960 by Mrs. Paul J. Kilday, wife of Representative Kilday of Texas and commissioned on 4 February 1961; Comdr. A. M. Sackett in command. The John King was ordered as DD-953, reclassified as DDG-953 on August 16, 1956 and reclassified as DDG-3 on June 26, 1957. John King participated in blockade duties during the Cuban Missile Crisis in October 1962.
Following shakedown training out of Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, John King carried out weapons tests on the East Coast before arriving Norfolk 7 September 1961 for regular duty. One of a new class of guided missile destroyers, she featured latest hull design with all-aluminum superstructure and mounted the very latest in modern armament and electronic equipment. Departing 27 November 1961, the ship cruised to England and Northern Europe until 1 January 1962, when she sailed from Dublin for the Mediterranean. There, John King joined the 6th Fleet in its constant role of peacekeeping in this troubled region. After her return to Norfolk, Virginia in April, the ship conducted missile firing exercises and training in the Caribbean. She arrived Washington 10 July 1962 for a 4 day stay, entertaining a group of Senators and Congressmen as well as Secretary of the Navy Fred Korth.
Following additional exercises, John King entered Norfolk Navy Yard 11 October 1962. Soon afterward, the introduction of offensive missiles into Cuba precipitated a crisis; and, as Navy ships placed a quarantine around the island, the ship quickly finished her repairs and joined the blockade 6 November. After the crisis eased, the ship remained in the Caribbean operating with the Navy's newest and biggest carrier, the nuclear-powered USS Enterprise (CVN-65). She returned to Norfolk 8 December 1962.
John King departed for her second Mediterranean cruise 6 February 1963. After visiting various ports on 6th Fleet maneuvers, she steamed to Kiel, Germany, 23 June 1963, then returned to Norfolk 17 July 1963. The next twelve months were spent on training and readiness exercises off the Virginia Capes and in the Caribbean, including a week at the Anti-submarine Warfare School, Key West, Florida, in April 1964.
The destroyer sailed for the Mediterranean Sea once more 3 August 1964 and joined the 6th Fleet 16 August near the strife-torn island of Cyprus. She remained in the Mediterranean until the end of 1964.
John King returned to Norfolk 29 January and operated along the East Coast until sailing for the "Med" 14 October. Following 4 months of operations with the 6th Fleet, she returned to Norfolk 7 March 1966. In the summer she visited the Mediterranean and recrossed the Atlantic on NATO Exercise "Straight Laced." Back at homeport in the fall she operated out of Norfolk until sailing for another 6th Fleet deployment 10 January 1967. Her movements were concentrated in the Western Mediterranean until she sailed for home 11 May. Arriving Norfolk on the 19th, John King entered the Norfolk Naval Shipyard 27 June 1967 for an overhaul to prepare for future service.
John King was decommissioned on 30 March 1990, stricken from the Naval Vessel Register on 12 January 1993 and sold for scrap on 10 February 1999.