Monday, October 31, 2016

Amanuensis Monday...Peter Dillman - Last Will and Testament






The following is a line by line transcription of the Last Will and Testament of Peter Dillman.

[page 208]

Last Will and Testament of Peter Dillman, Dec'd.

     I Peter Dillman of Gards Point in the County of Wabash
and State of Illinois, of the age of Sixty-five years and being of sound
mind and memory, do make and publish and declare this
my last will and testament in the manner following, that
is to say:
     First - I direct that my just debts be paid.
     Second - I give and bequeath to my wife Elizabeth D.
Dillman, all the household and kitchen furniture that
she may desire to retain.
     Third - I give and bequeath to my wife Elizabeth
D. Dillman, one half of the proceeds of the sale of all my
property both read and personal of every description as
hereinafter directed.
     Fourth - To my daughter Cynthia J. Dillman I
give and bequeath the sum of One Hundred and eighty
dollars ($180.00). To Joshua Dillman my son the sum of
Eighty dollars ($80.00) and to Clyde Dillman, my grand-
son and son by adoption I give and bequeath the sum
of One hundred and Eighty dollars (180.00).
     Fifth - After the above bequests are made as I direct
above, the balance of the proceeds of the sale of my real and
personal property as above stated I desire and direct to
be divided equally between all my heirs at law share and
share alike.
     Sixth - I do hereby appoint my wife Elizabeth D Dill-
man, and Joseph Shearer, executors of this my last Will
and testament, hereby revoking all former wills by me made
and direct that these executors be allowed by the Court to
serve and carry into execution of this will without being
required to give bond.
     Seventh - I direct that after my decease my executors
appraise and sell my personal property and also my
real estate of every name and nature whatsoever, and
carry into effect strictly the above provisions of this will.
     In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand
and seal this twentieth day of September 1899.
                         Peter Dillman  {seal}

     The above instrument consisting of two sheets
was at the date therof signed sealed published and
declared by the said Peter Dillman as and for

[page 208]

his last will and testament in presence of us, who at
his request and in his presence and in the presence
of each other have subscribed our names as witnesses
thereto.
                         E. S. Haupt, Residing at Gards Point Wabash Co.
                         B. A. Shearer



Probate of Will

State of Illinois
                               }    In County Court of said County.
Wabash County


                         In Probate November Term A.D. 1899.

     Personally appeared in open Court E. S. Haupt
and B. A. Shearer subscribing witnesses to the foregoing
instrument of writing, purporting to be the last Will
and Testament of Peter Dillman, late of Wabash County,
deceased, who being duly sworn according to law, do
depose and say, each for himself, that the foregoing is
the last Will and Testament of the said Peter Dillman
deceased; that they subscribed their names therto as
attesting witnesses at the request of the said Testator,
and in his presence, and in the presence of each other,
on the 20th day of September, A. D. 1899.
     That he then and these subscribed his name there-
to in their presence, and declared the same to be his
last Will and Testament; and that the said Testa-
tor at the time of executing the same as aforesaid was
of full age, of sound mind and memory, and
under no constraint.
                         E. S. Haupt
                         Barbar A. Shearer
     Subscribed and sworn to in open Court
this 6th day of November, 1899.
                         Geo. A. King
                               Clerk of the County Court
                         


This document has special significance to me. The Clyde Dillman mentioned in this document is my paternal great grandfather. This has helped answer a question I have had for years. Was Clyde adopted by his grandparents?

Here's what I know thru my research.
My 2x great grandmother Jemimah Dillman married John W Straughan in February of 1885 in Crawford County, Indiana.
Jemimah died soon after giving birth to my great grandfather Clyde in April of 1886. 
Clyde was raised by his grandparents Peter and Elizabeth Dillman.
Clyde took the surname Dillman. 

This Last Will and Testament of Peter Dillman shows on paper that he and Elizabeth did, indeed, adopt Clyde.

Now to discover who John W Straughan was and why didn't he raise his son Clyde.




(Peter Dillman - Lisa's Paternal 3X Great Grandfather)





Sources:  Illinois, Wills and Probate Records, 1771-1999 Ancestry.com); Crawford County Indiana Marriages, 1881-1886, Books E & F, Compiled by Ruth Slevin (genealogytrails.com/ind/); Jemimah Dillman headstone information (Photo from Lisa's private collection).




Amanuensis Monday blog postings focus on transcribing family letters, journals, audiotapes, 
and other historical artifacts. 
An Amanuensis is a person employed to write what another dictates or to copy what has been written by another.
 Amanuensis Monday is a genealogical blogging prompt suggested by Thomas MacEntee at GeneaBloggers based on the popular ongoing series created by John Newmark at TransylvanianDutch.



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On This Day...October 31



Births:

1875 - Philena Frisbie - Wayne County, Pennsylvania (Khris's collateral relative)

1883 - Charles Thomas Byrn - Byrneville, Harrison County, Indiana (Lisa's collateral relative)

1927 - Virginia Sacksteder - Crawford County, Indiana (Lisa's collateral relative)


Deaths:

1908 - Nathaniel Kersey - Boone County, Indiana (Khris's collateral relative)

1964 - Herbert Wright - Hawley, Wayne County, Pennsylvania (Khris's collateral relative)




This and all other posts on this blog are © copyright 2016 by Lisa Dillman Wright.

Sunday, October 30, 2016

On This Day...October 30



Births:

1814  - Ransom Newton Byrn - Byrneville, Harrison County, Indiana (Lisa's collateral relative)


Marriages:

1831 - Temple Cole Byrn Jr & Elizabeth Slaughterback - Harrison County, Indiana (Lisa's collateral relatives)


Deaths:

1982 - Curran Sacksteder - Marengo, Crawford County, Indiana (Lisa's collateral relative)




This and all other posts on this blog are © copyright 2016 by Lisa Dillman Wright.

Saturday, October 29, 2016

On This Day...October 29



Births:

1818 - Maria Stierle - Egesheim, Württemberg (currently: Egesheim, Tuttlingen, Baden-Württemberg, Germany) (Khris's collateral relative)

1865 - Matilda Ellen Shaw - Crawford County, Indiana (Lisa's collateral relative)

1907 - Seth Dorian Pennington - Sidney, Richland County, Montana (Khris's collateral relative)


Deaths:

1928 - William Clark Kern - New Market, Montgomery County, Indiana (Khris's collateral relative)

1931 - Susan Byrn Hazzard - Jefferson County, Kentucky (Lisa's collateral relative)

1953 - Albert Robert Obergfell - Sidney, Richland County, Montana (Khris's collateral relative)

1984 - Vincent Dillman - Topeka, Shawnee County, Kansas (Lisa's collateral relative)

2000 - Larry Patterson - New Albany, Floyd County, Indiana (Lisa's collateral relative)




This and all other posts on this blog are © copyright 2016 by Lisa Dillman Wright.

Friday, October 28, 2016

On This Day...October 28



Births:

1838 - Felix Wiseman - Crawford County, Indiana (Lisa's collateral relative)

1912 - Virgil Edison Corey - Greentown, Pike County, Pennsylvania (Khris's collateral relative)

1921 - Robert F Kern - Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana (Lisa's collateral relative)

1947 - Larry Dennis Harrison - New Albany, Floyd County, Indiana (Lisa's collateral relative)


Deaths:

1923 - Thomas R Couch - Lebanon, Boone County, Indiana (Khris's collateral relative)

1930 - John Henry LaFollette - Seattle, King County, Washington (Lisa's collateral relative)





This and all other posts on this blog are © copyright 2016 by Lisa Dillman Wright.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

On This Day...October 27



Births:

1848 - Amalia Brehm - Söllingen, Rastatt, Baden (Khris's collateral relative)

1857 - Emma Warbritton - Montgomery County, Indiana (Khris's collateral relative)

1870 - Charles Walton - Kentucky (Lisa's collateral relative)

1920 - Valetta Arlene Byrn - Redfield, Spink County, South Dakota (Lisa's collateral relative)


Deaths:

1874 - George W Kersey - Boone County, Indiana (Khris's collateral relative)




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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Wednesday's Child...Benjamin Harrison


Telling the life stories of those who died too soon...lest they be forgotten.




Benjamin Harrison
Son of Reuben and Harriet Harrison
Crown Hill Cemetery
Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana



Benjamin Harrison was the first and only child born to Reuben and Harriet Bright Harrison. He was born in Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana on November 21, 1869 (based on his age listed in his obituary).

The following information given for the city of Indianapolis Ward #2 for the 1870 Federal Census was based on those living in the household as of June 1, 1870. 







In this record I found Benjamin listed as 6 months old living with his father Reuben who was listed as a Lawyer. His mother is not recorded. Upon further research I discovered that she had died in February of that same year. 

I then found this published in The Indianapolis Journal later that same year dated Friday, September 16, 1870:

                                                                                                                                                                                        
The Indianapolis Journal, Indianapolis, Indiana
Friday, September 16, 1870
Page 8 Column 4

Benjamin died of cholera infantum. The modern definition of cholera infantum is 'an acute infectious disease of infancy, characterized by diarrhea, and in severe cases by vomiting, rapid emaciation and extreme prostration.'

Benjamin was buried in Crown Hill Cemetery located in Indianapolis, Indiana. He is buried in a Harrison family plot. Notice his information on the gravestone is incorrect based on both the census and newspaper records. The others listed on the gravestone are an uncle (Temple C Harrison), a cousin (Celia Ellen Harrison*), his mother (Hattie B Harrison) and his half siblings (Florence Harrison and Child of R. E. Harrison).


Benjamin's life ended too soon; his life story too short. But he hasn't been forgotten.



(Benjamin Harrison - Lisa's Maternal 1st cousin 3X removed)



*- See Wednesday's Child - Celia Ellen Harrison - dated October 19, 2016.


Sources: 1870 Federal Census (Ancestry.com); The Indianapolis Journal (newspaperARCHIVE.com); Gravestone Photo Information (Eric McGuire-FindAGrave Contributor #46925829-September 2015-Used with permission).



Wednesday’s Child blog postings include photos of gravestones of children. A sad topic but posts can give life to the stories of these young souls.
Wednesday’s Child is a genealogical blogging prompt suggested by Thomas MacEntee at GeneaBloggers.





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On This Day...October 26



Deaths:

1882 - Samuel Francis Dillman - Crawford County, Indiana (Lisa's collateral relative)

2000 - Delmont K Byrn - Washtenaw County, Michigan (Lisa's collateral relative)




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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

On This Day...October 25



Births:

1901 - Otha Lillian Cox - Indiana (Khris's collateral relative)


Marriages:

1899 - Florence Mae Engleman & William Rivers King - Harrison County, Indiana (Lisa's collateral relatives)


Deaths:

1858 - Abraham Kern - Lawrence County, Indiana (Khris's collateral relative)

1941 - Conda J Martin - Georgetown, Floyd County, Indiana (Lisa's collateral relative)

1945 - Moses T Spangenberg - Waymart, Wayne County, Pennsylvania (Khris's collateral relative)

1998 - Glenna Butler Gilpin - Scranton, Lackawanna, Pennsylvania (Khris's collateral relative)



This and all other posts on this blog are © copyright 2016 by Lisa Dillman Wright.

Monday, October 24, 2016

On This Day...October 24



Births:

1917 - Charles Edward Minor - Wayne County, Pennsylvania (Khris's collateral relative)

1918 - Dorothy Pennington - Sidney, Richland County, Montana (Khris's collateral relative)


Deaths:

1974 - Alva W Shafer - East Syracuse, Onondaga County, New York (Khris's collateral relative)



This and all other posts on this blog are © copyright 2016 by Lisa Dillman Wright.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

On This Day...October 23



Marriages:

1866 - Henry Clay Byrn & Martha Ellen Gardner - Harrison County, Indiana (Lisa's collateral relatives)

1910 - Eliza Lillie Aldridge & Ike Stewart - Pemiscot County, Missouri (Lisa's collateral relatives)


Deaths:

2008 - Delmer Ernest Linstead - Tacoma, Pierce County, Washington (Lisa's collateral relative)





This and all other posts on this blog are © copyright 2016 by Lisa Dillman Wright.



Saturday, October 22, 2016

On This Day...October 22




Births:

1900 - Gladys Moore - Hollisterville, Wayne County, Pennsylvania (Khris's collateral relative)


Deaths:

1921 - Mamie Race Bonacuse - Scranton, Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania (Khris's collateral relative)






This and all other posts on this blog are © copyright 2016 by Lisa Dillman Wright.

Friday, October 21, 2016

On This Day...October 21



Births:

1843 - Henry Clay Fouts - Harrison County, Indiana (Lisa's collateral relative)

1846 - Edward D Harrison - Boone County, Indiana (Lisa's collateral relative)


Marriages:

1903 - Iola Fouts & Elmer Mitchell - Washington County, Indiana (Lisa's collateral relatives)


Deaths:

1918 - Dewey Temple Byrn - Downing, Schuyler County, Missouri (Lisa's collateral relative)

1922 - Lucy Jane Landiss Grant - Crawford County, Indiana (Lisa's collateral relative)

1987 - Elsie May Dillman Satterfield - Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana (Lisa's collateral relative)




This and all other posts on this blog are © copyright 2016 by Lisa Dillman Wright.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

On This Day...October 20



Births:

1838 - Angeline Rebecca Saunders - Clinton County, Indiana (Khris's collateral relative)

1862 - Anna Katharine Freiberger - Floyds Knobs, Floyd County, Indiana (Lisa's collateral relative)


Marriages:

1919 - Edith Lillian Byrn & Clifford Theodore Langford - Jeffersonville, Clark County, Indiana (Lisa's collateral relatives)


Deaths:

1883 - Joel Byrn - Byrneville, Harrison County, Indiana (Lisa's direct ancestor)

1917 - Harlan Keith Harrison - Greenville Township, Floyd County, Indiana (Lisa's collateral relative)

2004 - Florence Wright - Binghamton, Broome County, New York (Khris's collateral relative)




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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Wednesday's Child...Celia Ellen Harrison


Celia Ellen Harrison 1852-1868
Crown Hill Cemetery
Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana

Celia Ellen the eighth child born to Benjamin and Celia Byrne Harrison was born sometime before October in 1852 near Byrneville, Harrison County, Indiana. She died on October 21, 1868 in Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana at the age of sixteen. Celia Ellen didn't leave much of a paper trail, but I believe much of her life story can be gleaned by following the trails left be others in her family. 

This is her story.

The 1850 Federal Census enumerates the Benjamin Harrison household as follows: Benjamin-age 45, his wife Celia-age 39 and seven children; Temple-age 16, Reuben-age 14, Easick-age 12, Mary Ann-age 11, Sarah-age 6, Theodore-age 5 and Tillman-age 3. They are living on a farm near Byrneville in Morgan Township, Harrison County, Indiana. Benjamin is listed as a Farmer with real estate valued at $1000.

Into this family sometime before October in 1852 Celia Ellen is born. She is named for her mother Celia. The joy that a newborn brings into a family is short lived when in December of that same year Benjamin, her father, dies. He is only 47 years old. Celia Ellen's mother is now left with a farm to manage and eight children to raise.

Celia doesn't remain alone for very long. On May 24, 1855, when Celia Ellen is 3 her mother remarries to Alexander Barfield. Celia is 44 and Alexander is 25.  They continue to live on the Harrison family farm near Byrneville.

I can imagine little Celia Ellen taking this all in stride as only a child can. I'm sure with older siblings around and a farm to explore that she is quite a busy child.

In May 1856 disaster strikes Celia Ellen's family. The following is published in The Daily Ledger newspaper from New Albany, Indiana on Wednesday, May 7, 1856.:




The Daily Ledger-New Albany, Indiana
Wednesday, May 7, 1856

Notice the article describes how Celia Ellen is snatched from among the flames as the house burns down around the family. Thankfully, although considerably singed and with virtually nothing left of their possessions, no one is seriously injured. I have no idea where the family lives in the near term after this fire, but I imagine that friends, neighbors and relatives all pitch in to make sure that the family doesn't go without the necessities. 

Unfortunately, disaster soon strikes again when in August, 1856 the family's barn also burns down. The following is published in The New Albany Daily Ledger on September 10, 1856.:


The New Albany Daily Ledger
Wednesday, September 10, 1856


Still living on the family farm at the time of the 1860 Federal Census enumeration the household of Alex and Celia now consists of Alex, Celia and six of Celia's children-Reuben, Mary Ann, Sarah, Theodore, Tillman and Celia Ellen. Celia Ellen's oldest brothers are now both living on their own. Interestingly, her stepfather Alex is listed as a Show Actor. The real estate is now listed with a value of $3000 with personal property valued at $400. Both the real estate and personal property values are listed as Celia's, not Alex's. Celia Ellen at age 8 is now attending school.

In August of 1862, with the Civil War raging on, Alex, still relatively young at age 32, enlists in the Union Army. Once again, Celia Ellen's mother is left alone to manage the farm and raise her family.

The year 1864 is a tragedy filled one for twelve year old Celia Ellen.  Sickness invades her family and on January 11 her mother Celia dies. She is 52. She is buried in Byrneville Cemetery next to her first husband Benjamin. Then while her stepfather Alex is furloughed home to take care of his family he himself becomes ill and dies. 

The following is published in The New Albany Daily Ledger on April 21, 1864. The sadness his fellow soldiers feel upon hearing of Alex's untimely death is palpable. 



The Daily Ledger, New Albany, Indiana
Thursday April 21, 1864

One can imagine that Celia Ellen too will miss the tunes her stepfather, the only father she's ever known, will no longer play. 

Although I don't know where Celia Ellen lives during the next few years I do know that by 1868 she is living in Indianapolis with her older brother Temple and his wife Francis.

The following article detailing the sad event of her death is published in The Indianapolis Journal on Tuesday, October 20, 1868.: 
                                                                           
The Indianapolis Journal, Indianapolis, Indiana
Tuesday, October 20, 1868
                                                                                                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                                               
Celia Ellen Harrison dies at the age of 16 at the home of her brother on Monday, October 19, 1868 of Typhoid Fever. She is buried at Crown Hill Cemetery in Indianapolis, Indiana. 

Celia Ellen Harrison's life ended too soon. Her life story too short. But she hasn't been forgotten. 



(Celia Ellen Harrison - Lisa's Maternal 3X Great Aunt)


Sources: 1850 Federal Census (Ancestry.com)1860 Federal Census (Ancestry.com); Indiana, Marriage Index, 1800-1941 (Ancestry.com); U.S.,Civil War Soldier Records and Profiles, 1861-1865 (Ancestry.com)The Daily Ledger, New Albany, Indiana (NewspaperARCHIVE.com); The Indianapolis Journal, Indianapolis, Indiana (NewspaperARCHIVE.com); Celia Byrne Harrison Barfield Gravestone Information (Photo in my possession); Celia Ellen Gravestone Information (Gravestone photo credit: Eric McGuire-FindAGrave Contributor #46925829-September 2015-Used with permission).




Wednesday’s Child blog postings include photos of gravestones of children. A sad topic but posts can give life to the stories of these young souls.
Wednesday’s Child is a genealogical blogging prompt suggested by Thomas MacEntee at GeneaBloggers.

This and all other posts on this blog are © copyright 2016 by Lisa Dillman Wright.





On This Day...October 19



Births:

1849 - Simon L Enslin - South Canaan, Wayne County, Pennsylvania (Khris's collateral relative)

1903 - Hedwig S Gaul - Chicago, Cook County, Illinois (Khris's collateral relative)

1918 - Lloyd C Martin - Harrison County, Indiana (Lisa's collateral relative)


Deaths:

1868 - Celia Ellen Harrison - Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana (Lisa's collateral relative)

1911 - Abraham Wiseman - Leavenworth, Crawford County, Indiana (Lisa's direct ancestor)

1928 - Gladys Moore Gilpin - Greene Township, Pike County, Pennsylvania (Khris's collateral relative)

1949 - Walter Raleigh Campbell - Evansville, Vanderburgh, Indiana (Khris's collateral relative)

1956 - Jessie Butler Kern - Wapakoneta, Auglaize County, Ohio (Khris's collateral relative)





This and all other posts on this blog are © copyright 2016 by Lisa Dillman Wright.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

On This Day...October 18



Births:

1903 - Alta Valeta Byrn - Downing, Schuyler County, Missouri (Lisa's collateral relative)

1914 - Coen J Fessel - Harrison County, Indiana (Lisa's collateral relative)


Deaths:

1877 - Nelson Peyton - Crawford County, Indiana (Lisa's collateral relative)

1878 - Belinda Byrn Fouts - Harrison County, Indiana (Lisa's collateral relative)

2010 - Harold Kenneth Harrison - New Albany, Floyd County, Indiana (Lisa's collateral relative)




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Monday, October 17, 2016

On This Day...October 17



Births:

1833 - Gallus Zehe - Söllingen, Rastatt, Baden (Khris's collateral relative)

1873 - Blanche Jane Engleman - Greenville, Floyd County, Indiana (Lisa's collateral relative)

1885 - Blanche Beatrice Byrne - Byrneville, Harrison County, Indiana (Lisa's collateral relative)


Marriages:

1919 - Charles Thomas Byrn & Ida Carroll - Harrison County, Indiana (Lisa's collateral relative)


Deaths:

1945 - Amanda Spangenberg Beers - South Canaan, Wayne County, Pennsylvania (Khris's collateral relative)

1961 - Reamer Spangenberg - Waymart, Wayne County, Pennsylvania (Khris's collateral relative)


This and all other posts on this blog are © copyright 2016 by Lisa Dillman Wright.