Posts tagged ‘Switzerland County (IN)’

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 12, 2012

James Wakefield, More Than Just a Farmer

This article is in reference to James Wakefield, born in South Carolina in 1803, husband of Elizabeth Ann Jones, and resident of Craig Township, Switzerland County, Indiana from the late 1840s until his death in 1876.


According to the 1860 census, in which James was 57 years old, James’s occupation was that of a farmer. Unbeknownst to me until just a few days ago, James also was a peddler and even dabbled as a retailer selling liquor. According to Indiana tax records from the 1860s, James was assessed a tax annually from 1862 to 1866 for a Class B License and in 1866 was assessed an additional tax as a retail liquor dealer.

  • 1862 – November, 18 – Class B License – 3rd Class Peddler – Amount of Tax: $10.00 
  • 1863 – May, 15 – Class B License – Peddler – Amount of Tax: $6.67
  • 1864 – July – Class B License – 3rd Class Peddler – Amount of Tax: $12.50
  • 1865 – Annual Assessment – 2nd Class Peddler – Amount of Tax: $25
  • 1866 – 6/1 – Annual Assessment – 2nd Class Peddler – Amount of Tax: $25
  • 1866 – 6/1 – Annual Assessment – Retail Liquor Dealer – Amount of Tax: $25 

It is unknown, at this time, if James did his business beyond his farm. It is known, however, that he was a resident of Craig Township for the period he was being assessed the tax. It is also unknown what type of liquor he sold and the source of that liquor.

Since these assessments were primarily during the Civil War, it is possible that these ventures were a result of a void in the market caused by the departure of younger men engaged in the war effort. It could also have been undertaken as a result of financial necessity since Jacob and Thomas, sons of James, were involved in the war effort. With James and Thomas away, it is possible that James assisted his extended family with the additional income earned from these ventures. Another possibility is that James, being older, was not able to work the land like he once did or was missing the help provided by his sons, and others at war. Without the ability to produce a viable income from farming, a second, or alternative job, may have been a necessity.

Next steps are to review of the tax assessment periods to see if James was assessed a tax beyond this range and to browse through Vevay newspaper from the 1860s to see if there are any references to James or liquor establishments. Maybe we’ll get lucky find an additional piece of information.

September 13, 2009

Wakefield Boggs Wedding Announcement

This is the wedding announcement of Isaac Faries Wakefield and Elizabeth Ann ‘Annie’ Boggs. They were married on October 27, 1892 in Switzerland County, Indiana. This was Isaac’s second marriage.


September 13, 2009

Obituary of Elizabeth Ann (Jones) Wakefield

This article is from the Thursday, December 5, 1895 edition of the Vevay Reveille.

Elizabeth Ann (Jones) Wakefield was born on March 6, 1811 in Ohio, died, according to this article, on November 23, 1895, and was the wife of James Wakefield. Eliza passed away at the home of her daughter, Evaline A. Wakefield and, son-in-law, Isaac F. Banta.


September 13, 2009

Wakefield-Banta Reunion

In the Madison, IN library the following was found a few years ago. The family had a family reunion in Lamb, Switzerland County, Indiana.180 At Reunion

Wakefield-Banta / Family Met in Lamb Saturday.

The seventh annaul reunion of the Wakefield-Banta families was held at Lamb, Ind. Sept. 1, with 180 present.

The morning was spent socializing and at noon a bounteous dinner was served cafteria style.

Mr. Albert Samples, 84 years of age; Mrs. Loraine Anderson, 89 years old; Billie McKay 85 years old; Ed Haskell, 82, and Harry Shaw who passed his four score, old friends of both families were present again this year. All were glad to have them and extend a cordial invitation to them and all old friends to attend next year. The youngest present was little Carol Jean Guillion, 3 months old.

A short program was given after noon, followed by the usual business meeting.

Isaac Wakefield, of Hanover, was elected president and Mrs. Susie Hardy, of Anderson, secretary and treasurer.

The reunion will be held at the same place next year and it is hoped that all present will go again.

As the day ended and all went to their homes, although weary, they felt it was good to have met with relatives and friends once more.

The following from a distance were present:

Ralph Welch and wife, of Indianapolis; George Logeman, Sr., and wife, George Logeman, Jr., and wife, all of Indianapolis; Charles Runyon and wife, of Trenton, O.; Mrs. Ella McClanahan and daughter, Mrs. Meyers, of Deputy; George McClanahan and family, of Deputy; Mr. and Mrs. Collins and daughter, of Lexington, KY.; Evan Samples and family, Ollie Bartlow and wife and Stafford Samples, all of Anderson; Fred Konkle and family, Warsaw; Earl Banta, Riverside, Calif.; Edgar Ramseyer and wife, Connersville; Mrs. Ethel Brindley and friend, Howard Hudson and wife, of Indianapolis; Mrs. Anna Banta and son, Isaac Wakefield and wife, of Hanover; Marion Banta and family, Margaret Banta, James Duncan, of Carrollton, Ky.

September 11, 2009

Accidental Death of James Wakefield in 1876

This article is from the Thursday, October 26, 1876 edition of the Vevay Reveille.

James Wakefield was born January 15, 1803 in South Carolina and died, apparently, on October 21, 1876 at the age of 73. He married Elizabeth Ann Jones sometime prior to 1827 in the state of Ohio and migrated to Switzerland County, IN in the 1840s. James and Eliza were the parents of Robert Washington, Jacob J., Rebecca Ann, Evaline A., and Thomas T. Wakefield.