Friday, September 22, 2017

Danville library to discuss genealogy cold cases

The Danville Public Library will give a presentation, "Working a Genealogical Cold Case," on Saturday, October 7 at 9:30 am in the library's program room. Cindy Rutledge will give a presentation on strategies you can use to help with any brick walls in your genealogy research. The presentation is free and open to the public, but pre-registration is required. To pre-register, please visit the events link on the library's website or phone (317) 745-2604.

For more information, please contact the library's Indiana Room -

Monday, September 18, 2017

Plainfield genealogy group to discuss cemetery restoration

The Family History Hounds genealogy group will meet on Thursday, October 5 from 1 to 3 pm at the Plainfield-Guilford Township Public Library. The meeting will be held upstairs in the library's meeting rooms. Jeannie Regan-Dinius from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources will discuss cemetery restoration, including what the state laws are regarding the care of cemeteries, and what help is available.

If you are interested in the group, or have questions, please contact Plainfield library's Indiana Room - e-mail or phone (317) 839-6602 extension 2114.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Mary O'REAR dies in North Salem (1923)

submitted by Karen Zach:

Source: Crawfordsville Journal Review (Crawfordsville, Indiana) - issue of December 25, 1923:

North Salem -- December 24 - Mrs. Mary O'Rear died Saturday morning at the home of her daughter, Mrs. May Ellis. She had been an invalid for over a year. The funeral services were held at the home Monday afternoon.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Jacob WATERS dies in Boone County (1923)

submitted by Karen Zach:

Source: Crawfordsville Journal Review (Crawfordsville, Indiana) - issue of December 25, 1923:

North Salem -- December 24 - Relatives here received word of the death of Jacob Waters of Advance Sunday. He spent all his earlier life in this community. Funeral will be Tuesday at Advance.

Danville library's genealogy group to discuss newspaper research

The Danville library's genealogy group, Genealogy Nuts, will meet on Monday, October 9 at 1:30 pm in the library's program room. Cindy Rutledge will give a presentation on newspaper research. The meeting is free and open to the public.

For more information on the group, please contact the library's Indiana Room -

Friday, September 8, 2017

Marion WICKHAM dies in North Salem (1932)

submitted by Karen Zach:

Source: Crawfordsville Journal Review (Crawfordsville, Indiana) - issue of Saturday, February 13, 1932:

NORTH SALEM – Funeral services for Marion WICKHAM were conducted at his late home SE of here at 10 o'clock Friday morning, Elder Ernest Essex of Zionsville, pastor of the local Baptist Church, presiding. Burial in Trotter Cemetery. Mr. Wickham suffered a paralytic stroke the preceding Saturday which resulted in his death. He was 74 and had never married. Sorrowing relatives are a sister, Mrs. Malinda Scott, a nephew, Mede Scott of Lizton and two nieces, Miss Treva Wickham and Miss Moreen Wickham of Indianapolis.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Biography of Dr. John T. WELLS (1881)

contributed by Karen Zach:

source: History of Fountain County, Indiana by H.W. Beckwith (Chicago: H.H. Hill and N. Iddings, 1881) - page 328:

Dr. John T. WELLS, practicing physician, Veedersburg, was born in Hendricks County, Indiana in 1849, and is the son of Balam and Pernetta (HOLTSCLAW) Wells; the former a native of North Carolina, and emigrated to Hendricks County in 1832. The latter came to Montgomery County then to Hendricks. Balam Wells died in 1874 aged 73 and his wife lives in Hendricks County. John T. was educated in the common schools of his home county and in the Danville Academy. At the age of 17 he began the profession of school teaching which he followed five years, one year of which time he was principal of the Danville schools. During the time he was engaged as teacher he occupied his spare moments in reading med. with Dr. CTC Cloud of Pittsboro, Hendricks County, Indiana. He then entered the College of Physicians, Indianapolis. From 1874 to 1876 he was traveling evangelist in the Church sect denominated by the Christians or Disciples. In 1876 Dr. John T. began the practice of medicine in Veedersburg, where he has remained with the exception of 13 months that he practiced at Steam's Corner. In 1877 he was married to Mary STEVENS, daughter of Dr. Robert and Abigail Stevens, the former a native of New York born in 1810 and died 1873. The latter born 1819 is still one of the living landmarks of Fountain County. By this marriage he has one child, Robert. His wife, like himself is a member of the Christian Church. He is a member of both secret orders, Masons and IOOF [Independent Order of Odd Fellows] at Pittsboro, Indiana. He has a good practice, which in the past 4 years has amounted to $12,000. The Dr. resides in Sterling; in politics he is a Republican. The advent of the Wells family to America was in 1702 by 3 brothers who came to this country, landing in what is now the state of Massachusetts. One settled in NC, one in West Virginia and the other remained in Massachusetts. Dr. Wells is a descendant of the one who remained in Massachusetts. It is supposed that all the Wellses in the United States are descendants of these 3 brothers.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Hendricks County estate index updated for 1955

An index of the Hendricks County estate cases that had legal notices published in Hendricks County newspapers has been updated to include notices from the Plainfield Messenger for 1955. This index is in the probate records section of the Hendricks County GenWeb site.

This index now covers these Hendricks County newspapers:
  • Clayton Commercial - 1945; 1948 through 1952 [scattered issues]
  • Coatesville Herald - 1945 through 1961 (the newspaper stopped being published in 1961)
  • Danville Gazette - 1945 through 1986
  • The Republican (Danville) - 1945 through 1986
  • The Friday Caller (Plainfield) - 1945 through 1956 (the newspaper stopped being published in 1956)
  • Plainfield Messenger - 1945 through 1952; 1954-1955; 1983 through 1986
This index currently covers 1945 through 1986; more newspapers and more years will be added later.

This may not be a comprehensive list of all of the Hendricks County estate cases for this time period; legal notices could be filed in any newspaper in the county.