Friday, July 31, 2015

Book of Brownsburg historic photos published

Linda Lichte Cook of the Brownsburg Public Library has published a book of old photos of Brownsburg, part of the Images of America series by Arcadia Publishing. These photos come from the library's collection. This book, titled Brownsburg, can be purchased through and other booksellers.

Adoption of Mary Constance (ELMORE) SALLEE (1919)

As mentioned in Hendricks County Probate Order Book 42 (September 1919 - June 1920), in September 1919 Charles O. Sallee filed a petition (case #3350) to adopt Mary Constance Elmore, who was 2 years old and had no legal father. Her mother (who was not named) was Charles' wife and consented to the adoption. The petition was granted and the child's name was changed to Mary Constance Sallee.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

List of Lizton High School graduates in 1950 added

An index of the graduates of Lizton High School in 1950 has been added to the Hendricks County GenWeb site. This index was compiled from the Lizton High School 1950 yearbook, Our Yesterdays. This yearbook is available online via subscription to

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Adoption of Ora Olena HICKS (1919)

As mentioned in Hendricks County Probate Order Book 41 (December 1918 - September 1919), in May 1919 John Quincy Hicks and Ora Olena Hicks, who were living near Plainfield, filed a petition to adopt a toddler, also named Ora Olena Hicks. The child was born on December 6, 1917, the illegitimate daughter of Ivel F. Riggs, who had been living with the Hicks family. Riggs gave her consent for the adoption, and the petition was granted, with the child's name remaining the same as it was before.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Probate order book index March 1918 - December 1918 added

An index of Hendricks County probate order book volume 40 (covering 12 March 1918 - 13 December 1918) has been added to the Hendricks County GenWeb site. Entries in order books are very brief and merely summarize what happened each time a probate case came before the judge. They are meant to be a glimpse of the kind of information you may expect to see in detail in the probate packet (aka "loose papers").

Hendricks County's probate order books volumes 1 through 43 (covering 1825-1921) have been microfilmed. That microfilm is available locally at the Plainfield Public Library, as well as at the Indiana State Library in Indianapolis and by ordering through the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Photo of Pittsboro grammar school students early 1900's

This postcard photo was recently purchased on eBay and has been donated to the Archives of the Plainfield-Guilford Township Public Library. It is identified on the front as being of the Pittsboro grammar school, with Mr. O. Reynolds, teacher. Research has found that Oscar Reynolds was a teacher in Pittsboro schools from 1898 through about 1920 - based on the clothing, this photo was probably taken in the early 1900's.

Oscar Reynolds is presumed to be the man all the way on the left - if you can identify any of the students, please comment below!

Sunday, July 19, 2015

List of Liberty Township landowners in 1915 added

An index of the landowners in Liberty Township in 1915 has been added to the Hendricks County GenWeb site. This index was compiled from the Hendricks County Assessor's collection of plat books and lists the Congressional Township, Range and Section that the land was located in.

The Hendricks County Government's Archive has digital files of the plat books for scattered years between 1852 and 1940.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Hendricks County residents at Indiana School for the Blind (1847-1891)

source: 1891 annual report for Indiana School for the Blind.

These were the residents from various Hendricks County towns who attended Indiana School for the Blind in Indianapolis from its beginning in 1847 through the time of its 1891 annual report:

A. Lafayette Cosner (hometown Stilesville) 1881 - ?
Nancy L.C. Davidson (hometown Danville) 1866-1867
John D. Hunter (hometown Brownsburg) 1869-1874
William C. Meredith (hometown Clayton) 1890 - ?
Emily A. Miles (hometown Belleville) 1863-1863
David Newton (hometown Friendswood) 1877-1879
John Smith (hometown Brownsburg) 1890 - ?
M. Jane Smith (hometown Danville) 1855-1869
Oliver C. Smith (hometown Brownsburg) 1890 - ?
William Smith (hometown Clayton) 1865-1867
Daniel Tynan (hometown Clayton) 1871-1873
Phebe Ellen West (hometown Pecksburg) 1868 - ?