Posts tagged ‘Indiana’

May 25, 2012

Lewis and Grace (Miskell) Bruther

This is a photo of Lewis N. Bruther and his new wife, Grace A. Miskell. They were married on July 28, 1889 in Jefferson County, Indiana. Lewis is the brother of my great-grandfather, Jesse F. Bruther. Jesse is the father of Loretta Elizabeth (Bruther) Wakefield.

Sadly, Lewis died just 2 1/2 years after he and Grace were married.

May 25, 2012

Will Smythe

While visiting with Ruth Ann (Bruther) Hoover in California this past February, she was kind enough to lend me this photo of her uncle, William (Will) Smythe. Will is the husband of Elsie Emily (Bruther) Smythe. Ruth Ann is the daughter of Ervin D. Bruther and Clara (Hargitt) Bruther.

May 22, 2012

Willard Totten Wakefield

My mom has had this photo in her living room for several years and I have wanted to make a copy of it for just as long. Finally, after years of pleading, she gave up the picture so I could make a copy. The picture is of Willard Totten Wakefield, a.k.a. Bobo, likely taken when he was a teenager. The quality is not that great but it probably is one of the earliest pictures of Bobo that we have in our collection.

May 15, 2012

John Wakefield in the War of 1812 (Indiana)

Soldiers from Indiana played a critical role in the War of 1812. Among the participants in the war was John Wakefield, a private from Franklin County serving under Captains Shultz and Clements.

From the Indiana Muster, Pay and Receipt Rolls, Indiana Territory Volunteers and Militia, War of 1812, we can see several payments made to John for his services to his country. John’s entries can be found in Volume 3 on pages 474, 475, 476, 477, and 478. The following image is an inverted copy of page 478 showing John Wakefield’s signature for receipt of payment for his services:

 

From IUPUI’s University Library, information about this War of 1812 collection:

This collection consists of Muster, pay and receipt rolls of Indiana territory volunteers or militia of the period of the War of 1812. They are in the form of four oversized bound volumes of photostats made by Leet Brothers Co. in 1926 from information in the U.S. Adjutant General’s Office. According to the following note, “The U.S. Adjutant general states that these records do not include the names of soldiers of the regular army of the U.S. and member of the U.S. Rangers who enlisted from Indiana territory. The names listed…include Justices of the Peace, administrators, administratrices, clerk of court, witnesses, widows, attorneys, substitutes, etc.”

The four physical volumes digitized here reside in the collection of the Genealogy Division, Indiana State Library. An Index was created by Genealogy Division staff and bound into Volume 1.

April 24, 2012

My Mom in Franklin, 1950s

As mentioned in my previous post, my grandparents lived for a few years in Franklin, Indiana. Here is a picture of my Mom, Sally Jo (Wakefield) Meziere, as a young child in Franklin.

Note: My Mom is the one standing.

April 24, 2012

Grandparents in Franklin, 1950s

My grandparents, Willard Darrell Wakefield and Phyllis Ruth (Stage) Wakefield, were married in July, 1953. After they were married they lived in Franklin, Indiana until they eventually moved to New Whiteland, Indiana, the place they have called home for over 50 years. The following is their listing from 1957 Franklin directory:

The listing shows my grandparents living at 1681 Francis Street in Franklin. It also lists my grandpa’s occupation as factory worker. Here is the location of the house:

April 23, 2012

Isaac Wakefield in 1940 Census

Here is my great-great-grandfather’s entry from the 1940 census. He is living with his oldest son, Wallie, otherwise known as Walter Craig Wakefield, and his recently deceased wife’s sister, Nina Boggs. They are living in a rented house outside the town limits of Hanover, Indiana in Hanover Township, Jefferson County.

Note: The entry after Isaac’s is Gordon Bruther and his family. Gordon is Loretta Elizabeth (Bruther) Wakefield’s first cousin.

April 23, 2012

Jacob J. Wakefield’s Family in the 1860 and 1870 Censuses

Jacob J. Wakefield’s family in the 1860 census and the 1870 census. The 1870 census shows the widowed Susannah living with her parents, Jacob and Sarah Banta.

April 23, 2012

Jacob J. Wakefield, Civil War Soldier

Jacob J. Wakefield, son of James Wakefield and Elizabeth Ann Jones, was 31 years old when the Civil War began. In 1863 he registered for the draft, with his brother Thomas T. Wakefield, and approximately 18 months later he was mustering with the 146th Indiana Infantry Regiment.

Note: His age is incorrectly stated on the draft registration.

He was mustered into service twice. First with the 145th Indiana Infantry Regiment then with the 146th Indiana Infantry Regiment. The 145th mustered out of Indianapolis just a few weeks before the 146th. It is possible that Jacob saw action with the 145th and later joined up with the 146th. I think that he was initially assigned to the 145th but for some reason was diverted to the 146th. Further research is necessarity to clear up this issue.  

A brief history of the 146th Indiana Infantry Unit from the Civil War Index

This regiment was recruited in the 1st, 3d and 4th Congressional districts and organized at Indianapolis in Feb., 1865. It was mustered in March 9 and left the state on the 11th for Harper’s Ferry, Va., where it was assigned to one of the provisional divisions of the Army of the Shenandoah. It was engaged in post and guard duty at Charlestown, Winchester, Stephenson’s depot, Jordan’s Springs and Summit Point, until July 27, when it was ordered to the Relay House, then to Baltimore, and assigned to duty in the Military District of Delaware. One company was detached for duty at Hicks’ General Hospital, Baltimore, one at Havre de Grace, one at Dover, one at Wilmington, Del., one at Salisbury, and one at Easton, Md. It was mustered out Aug. 31, 1865. Its strength was 979. Loss by death, 29; desertion, 30; unaccounted for, 7.

When the regiment mustered out, in Baltimore, Jacob had been promoted to Corporal. Sadly, Jacob did not live long after the Civil War. Jacob passed away in 1869 leaving behind his wife, Susannah Jane (Banta) Wakefield, and their 6 kids.

April 14, 2012

Bobo and Lora, 1948

In February, my grandparents, my mother, and I took a trip out to California to visit Ferris, Pat, and their family. While there, I had the opportunity to make copies of some photos that Ferris and Pat had. Included in those photos was a picture of Willard Totten (Bobo) Wakefield and Loretta Elizabeth (Lora) Bruther from 1948.

September 12, 2009

Linville United Methodist Church Cemetery

Beginning in the 1770s, Burke County, North Carolina became the home of the Wakefield family. Several Wakefield families resided in the area known as Linville Valley near what is now Lake James State Park. The Linville United Methodist Church Cemetery is the final resting place of many of our ancestors. Included in this cemetery are members from the Wakefield, Alexander, Conely, McGimpsey, and Parks families.

John Wakefield, born August 23, 1794 and died September 17, 1875, is the most notable and oldest confirmed Wakefield buried here. John was the son of Alexander Wakefield and Allie Johnson Moore. John never married after being jilted by the girl he followed to Indiana. Family lore states that John was in love with this girl and when her family moved to Indiana he followed them. In Indiana, he asked for her hand in marriage but was turned down. A dejected John walked back to Burke County in just 11 days. He went on to live out his life in the home of his half brother, Alphonzo J. McGimsey, having never married.