INDIANA GENEALOGY EXPRESS
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Patriot, Providence, Rhode Island - Vol. 22
Issue 1441 Page 2
Dated: May 5, 1824
A letter from a gentleman in Parke county, Indiana,
contains the following information: "It was
told me yesterday, that there had just been
discovered, in this county, an extensive
body of Gold and Silver Ore, on land
belonging to the government. The
individuals who made this fortunate
discovery have departed for the purpose of
entering the land at the Land Office."
|Source: New Hampshire Patriot
Dated: May 1, 1851
Judge Ashley Harris was killed by lightning near
Montezuma, Ind., a few days ago. His wife was also
struck, but the stroke did not prove fatal.
|Source: Dailey Alabama - Alabama
Dated May 2, 1851
KILLED BY LIGHTNING - Judge Ashley Harris was
killed by lightning, near Montezuma, Indiana, a few days ago.
His wife was also struck, but the stroke did not prove fatal.
They were together in a stable engaged in milking the cows
when the stroke fell, killing Mr. Harris, seriously
injuring Mrs. Harris, and killing two cows and calves.
|Source: Lowell Daily Citizen & News -
Dated: July 29, 1858
A child of Judge Donaldson, of Montezuma,
Indiana, came to his death from the bite of a spider on its
arm while asleep in its cradle.
|Source: Sun - Massachusetts
Dated: August 5, 1858
Last week, on the farm of Hon. John G. Davis,
near Montezuma, Indiana, two large springs burst forth from
the earth, and continued to throw off such volumes of water
that large fields in the neighborhood have been covered with
standing pools and ponds.
|Source: The Republican - Rockville,
Parke Co., OH - Vol. XI. - Number 34.
Dated: April 19, 1965
Notice is hereby given that the undersigned administrator of
the estate of Noah R. Miller, late of Parke county,
deceased, will sell at public sale on Saturday, May 6th,
1865, at his residence in Jackson township near Richardson's
School House, 5 miles east of Mansfield, and 1 mile west of
Smith's saw mill, all the personal property of the decedent
not take by the widow, consisting of one horse, one hog, one
cow, household and kitchen furniture, &c.
Terms - Sums of three dollars and under cash in hand;
over three dollars a credit till next Christmas, the
purchaser giving note, at interest, with approved security,
waiving benefit of valuation and appraisement laws.
By virtue of an execution to me directed from the Clerk
of the Court of Common Pleas, I will expose at public sale
to the highest bidder on Saturday, the 6th day of May, A.
D., 1865, between the hours of 10 o'clock, the door of the
Court House in Rockville town, Parke County, the rents and
profits for a term not exceeding seven years, the following
described real estate,to-wit:
Lot No. Twenty-Eight, (28) in the town of Montezuma, county
of Parke and State of Indiana.
and on failure to realize the full amount of judgment,
interest and cost, I will at the same time and place expose
at public sale the fee simple of said real estate.
Taken as the property of John Couchman, at the
suit of E. M. Benzen and John G. Davis
Said sale will be made without
any relief whatever from valostion or appraisement
laws, as to the sum of $585.75.
GEOR. B. INGE, Sheriff Parke Co.
By Jas. M. Phelon, Deputy
April 18, 1865.
Wm. H. Nye, Att'y for Pl'ff (prg fee $6.00.
Taken up by William Lewis, of Reserve Township,
Parke County, Indiana, and Estray Heffer, described as
follows: She is a red with some white on the belly,
with the tip end of both horns off; no ear marks or brands
perceivable, and supposed to be two years old.
Appraised by Eli Frazier and William Harvey as
twentyfive ($25) dollars, before me this 23d day of March,
THOS. C. HAYTH, J. P.
SAM MAGILL, Clerk
March 29, 1865.
NOTICE is hereby given that the undersigned, Executor of
the last Will of William Cooke, deceased, will offer
for sale at public outcry, at the late residence of the
Testator, in Reserve township, one mile east of Montezuma,
Parke county, Ind., Apr. 21, 1865, the personal property of
said estate, consisting of horses, cattle, cows, hogs,
wagons, one-half interest in Reaper & Mower, one wheat
drill, one Threshing Machine, farming implements, &c.
Sale to begin at 10 o'clock.
TERMS: - Sums of three dollars and under-cash; over
three dollars a credit until the 1st day of January, 1866,
the purchaser giving --nie, waiving benefit of valuation,
with good security.
JOSEPH C. COOK, Executor.
April 5, 1865.
Dissalution of Co-Partnership.
THE Copartnership heretofore existing between John
Wilson and E. G. Wilson, under the style of J.
& E. G. wilson, is this day dissolved by mutual consent.
The books and accounts of the firm will be found at the old
stand, where all persons knowing them selves indebted are
requested to call and make settlement.
E. G. WILSON
March 8, 1865.
E. G. WILSON
Having purchased the interest
of J. Wilson in the late firm of J. & E. G. Wilson,
begs leave to inform the public generally, that he will
continue the business as heretofore, hoping by constant
attention to the same to merit, a liberal share of
E. G. WILSON
March 16, 1865.
Mrs. Mary M. Whitted
Will open a school at her residence, (the house formerly
occupied by Mr. Garrigus) for small children, on
Monday, April 17.
Terms, $1.00 per month, payable monthly - No deduction
except in case of protracted illness.
April 12, 1865.
STATE OF INDIANA, Parke County,} SS.
Parke Court Common Pleas, May Term, 1865
Elizabeth Durham &
|Complaint to reform and satisfy
COMES now the plaintiff, by D. H. Maxwell,
her attorney, and files her complaint, in- gether with the
affidavit of the competent person that the defendants are
non-residents of the State of Indiana. Notice is
therefore hereby given to said defendants of the filing and
pendency of said complaint, and that unless they plea,
answer or demur thereto, the same will be heard and
determined in their absence, at the May Term, 1865, of the
Parke Court of Common Pleas, commencing on the third Monday
in May next
Witness my hand and the seal [SEAL], said Court affixed
at Rockville, this [Stamp 20th day of March, 1865.
SAMUEL MAGILL, Clerk
March 22, 1865
NOTICE is hereby given that the undersigned has been
duly appointed Administrator of the estate of George W.
Jones, late of Parke county, Indiana, deceased.
The estate is supposed to be insolvent.
HENRY C. F. RANDOLPH.
April 12, 1865.
NOTICE is hereby given that the undersigned,
administrator of the estate of George W. Jones,
deceased, will sell at public outcry, at the late residence
of the decedent, at Waterman, Parke County, Ind., on
Saturday the 6th day of May, 1865, the personal property of
the decedent, consisting of Horses, Cattle, Cows, Hogs,
Sheep, 1 wagon, farming implements, household and kitchen
TERMS: - Sums of three dollars and under, cash, over
three dollars a credit of nine months will be given, the
purchaser giving note at interest, waiving benefit of
valuation laws, with good freehold surety. Sale to
begin at 10:o'clock, A. M.
HENRY O. F. RANDOLPH, Adm'r.
April 12, 1865.
Persons indebted to M.
Albeitz, either by Note or Book account, are requested
to call and settle. M. ALBEITZ.
Montezuma, Jan. 19, 1865.
BY virtue of a decree to me
directed from the Clerk of the Parke Circuit Court, I will
expose at public sale to the highest bidder on Saturday, the
29th day of April, A. D., 1865, between the hours of 10
o'clock, A. M., and 4 o'clock, P. M., of said day, at the
door of the Court House in Rockville town, Parke County, the
rents and profits for a term not exceeding seven years, the
following described real estate, to-wit:
One Saw Mill, in the town of Catlin, County of Parke,
and State of Indiana, situated opposite the depot of the E.
& C. R. R., at that place, together with all the defendant's
right, title, interest and estate in and to the tract or lot
of land that said Mill stands on, including the Boiler
Engine Mill and all fixtures belonging or in any manner
appertaining thereto, and on failure to realize the full
amount of judgment, interest and cost, I will at the same
time and place expose at public sale the fee simple of said
Taken as the property of James Ray, at the suit
of Henry M. Woodard
Said sale will be made without any relief whatever
from valuation or appraisement laws.
GEO. B. INGE, Sheriff Parke Co.
By Jas. M. Phelco, Deputy.
March 29, 1865
Wm. H. Nye, att'y for Pl'ff. [prs fee $6,40.
|Source: Cincinnati Daily Gazette,
Cincinnati, OH Page 3
Dated Aug. 29, 1867
Parke County - Rockville, its Business, etc. -
Correspondence of the Cincinnati Gazette.
ROCKVILLE, IND., Aug. 27.
Parke county, of which this town is the county seat,
lies in the best wheat growing district of the State.
It has considerable mineral wealth, including coal fields,
which although but poorly developed, are yielding largely.
Politically, this county is sound to the core. It has
standing republican majority of about one thousand.
It is a quiet old town, noted more for good
morals than commercial enterprise. It is, however,
making a start in manufacturing, this year. A woolen
factory has just been completed, at a cost of about $30,000.
A sash and door factory is in successful operation.
Several fine business houses have gone up this summer; one,
built by the proprietors of the First National Bank, is a
three story house, 48 feet front by 75 deep. It will
cost about $25,000. Three or four handsome private
residences have also been built this summer.
This place has communication with the outer world by
but one railroad, the Evansville & Crawfordsville of which
it is the northern terminus, the road between here and
Crawfordsville never having been built. Just at this
time there is considerable interest manifested by the
citizens of this county in road matters. The Rockville
and Bellmore gravel road will be completed this fall.
The first sensation of the season occurred in this town
last Saturday. A traveling vender of beer and ale
established his headquarters a short distance outside the
corporation limits, and had about sold out when a shower of
rotten eggs set in that completely drenched the man of beer.
Of course he vamosed the ranch and shook the Rockville dust
from his feet. Persons who saw him, say that he looked
very much as if he had been swimming in a river of egg-nogg.
An old citizen of this place was fined $50 a few weeks since
for giving a boy two drinks of whisky while out fishing.
Of this section did
not come up to expectation. The yield of wheat is not
nearly so good as its appearance in the spring promised.
Corn has suffered very much from the drouth. On the
uplands it will in no event be more than half a crop.
There has been no rain here, to amount to anything, since
the 4th of July. The ground is parched, and nearly all
the small creeks are dried up.
|Source: Cincinnati Daily Gazette,
Cincinnati, OH Page 4
Dated Feb. 11, 1879
Our correspondent "Hanson"
presents a picture of life in a representative county in
Indiana that is quite the reverse of gloomy. It shows
that the rural classes in a large portion of that State
enjoy their full share of wealth and intennigence. It
is a little surprising to learn that in Parke County from
which "Hanson" writes, there are $500 in property for every
person, or $2,500 for every family. This wealth is
very evenly distributed among the people, there being but
one man in the county worth more than $100,000, and the
farmers are comparatively prosperous and happy. But it
is sad to know that the majority of them still year for
cheap money and high prices.
|Source: Indianapolis Sentinel,
Indianapolis, IN - Vol: XXXI - Issue: 87 - Page 4
Dated: Mar. 28, 1882
Return of the Parke County Witnesses - Why They Left.
It will be remembered that when
the second trial of Albert Neff, charged with an
attempt to blackmail, was called in the Criminal Court, the
prosecuting witness was missing. It was learned that
Nevins, of Parke County, and his wife, had suddenly
left the State, and gone to Missouri. This having the
appearance of an attempt to trifle with the Court, the case
was continued until the 31st ist., and steps were taken to
discover the whereabouts of the State's witnesses. On
Thursday of last week Sheriff Adams started for
Missouri in search of Nevins and his wife. His
trip was successful, as they were after some difficulty
located at Centralia, Mo., and returned to this city
yesterday to await trial. They tell a somewhat strange
story. Nevins says his house in Parke County
was broken into and dire threats made against them.
They had contemplated removing to Missouri, and when these
hostile demonstrations begun, out of regard for their
personal safety, they stood not upon the order of the going,
but hastily departed. They were willing to return upon
a promise that they should have protection. It is
expected there will be some unexpected and perhaps
unpleasant developments during the progress of the coming
|Source: Arizona Weekly Journal Miner -
Dated: Dec. 28, 1892
Wm. Dulin, of the Montezuma, left this morning for
a visit to his old home in Indiana. He expects to be
almost about six weeks.
|Source: Indiana State Journal
Dated: Mar. 25, 1896
ROCKVILLE, IND., Mar. 21 - Howard Maxwell,
of Rockville, was re-nominated for prosecutor at Montgomery
today. He had no opposition.
ROCKVILLE, IND., Mar. 21 - Mrs. Mary Harlan, the
oldest woman in Parke county, celebrated her one hundredth
anniversary yesterday. She was born in Warren county,
Maryland, March 20, 1796, twenty miles from Hagerestown,
Mercersburg being the nearest town. Her home was at the
foot of South mountain. Her father was a soldier in the
revolutionary war, being a British subject until captured.
He fought for America in 1812. Her parents moved to
Warren county, Ohio, when she was eight years old, settling
near Dayton. She married Silas Harlan Feb. 12,
1818, and moved to Illinois, then finally settled at New
Discover, Parke county, Indiana, ten miles southeast of
Rockville. From this union ten children were born, four
|Source: Aberdeen Daily News - South Dakota
Dated: Apr. 27, 1896
He Killed Five the Awful Work of an Insane Man near
Rockville, Indiana. Shot Mrs. Hoske and Two Children,
and Then Killed Two Officers.
ROCKVILLE, Ind., April 27. - Peter Egbert shot and
killed Aggie and Herman Haske, children,
together with Sheriff Mull and Deputy Sheriff
William Sweem. Mrs. Haske was also shot.
She is still living but will die. Egbert, who is
insane, is still at large, but he is being hunted by a posse.
Sheriff Mull and Deputy Sweem lost their lives
while trying to place Egbert under arrest.
The posse came up with Egbert at the fair
grounds. He refused to surrender, and was fired on.
He did not return the fire, but ran into a stall and sent a
load of buckshot into his breast, dying instantly. He
was found to have received one slight bullet wound in the
fusillade which had been going on. Egbert's
sister, at the same hour he killed himself, died at the family
home of typhoid fever.
|Source: Indiana State Journal
Dated: Mar. 16, 1898
Bloomfield, Ind., March 10. - Wallace A.
Erganbright, aged twenty-nine, was found guilty of
embezzelment today in the Greene Circuit court and given a
punishment of imprisonment at the Reformatory from one to
three years and fined $400. Erganbright was an
operator of the Linton Exchange Bank, which closed its doors
running an insolvent bank, doing business with little or no
capital stock. A number of depositors lost money in the
bank, only 44 percent being paid Ergenbright came to
Linton from Montezuma, where he was associated with one
Pritchard in the banking business, and who is now serving
sentence in prison for a similar transaction. A stubborn
fight was made on both sides.
|Source: Indiana State Journal
Dated: November 23, 1898
Nathan Morris, Pioneer, Dead.
ANNAPOLIS, Ind. Nov. 21 - Nathan Morris, a pioneer of
Park county, aged eighty-one years died at his home in
Bloomingdale, Ind., Nov. 18. Mr. Morris was a
Quaker by birth, and lived for more than sixty years in Parke
county, coming from North Carolina. He was once a
prominent Mason and give $300 two years ago to Lodge No. 127,
to help in building a lodgeroom at Bloomingdale. He
owned a thousand acres of the most fertile land in Western
Indiana and had a cash deposit of $20,000 in the national bank
at Rockville, besides other valuable property. He had
been in the mercantile and grocery business in Rockville,
Montezuma and Leatherwood, a small station on the Indiana,
Decatur & Western Railroad. Before and since the death
of his second wife he had been in business at Bloomingdale,
and since her death he had lived alone in part of his business
house. Last Tuesday he went to Rockville and made a
deposit of $2,300, having sold his new crop of corn.
Returning home he was seen late Wednesday evening.
Friday the station agent found Mr. Morris lying on the
floor, partly dressed, unconscious and chilled, with a gash an
inch in length in the forehead just between the eyes.
Some small change, bank deposit slips, books and papers were
scattered over the floor, giving rise to wild stories of a
probably murder and robbery. Dr. Goldsberry was
called, and after a close examination, pronounced Mr.
Morris suffering from concussion of the brain, caused by
falling against the stove or some hard body. After a few
hours of careful nursing he was able to recognize his friends
but could not talk well enough to tell how he had been hurt.
He died at 8 o'clock Friday night. Five hundred dollars
was found in the cupboard, and nothing being missing, the
murder and robbery theory was exploded. He leaves four
grandchildren. The Masonic order took charge of his body
which was interred in the Linebarger Cemetery.
|Source: St. Albans Daily Messenger -
Dated: May 10, 1906
Killed by Brother, President of Indiana Bank Shot in
Montezuma Scene of the Affair
W. H. Sylvester the Victim - It is Believed that the
Brother's Mind was Unbalanced.
Montezuma, Ind., May 10 - W. H. Sylvester,
president of the First National Bank of Montezuma, was shot
and killed today in his home by his brother, whose mind is
believed to be affected.
|Source: Perry Republican - Oklahoma
Dated: Feb. 5, 1920
Leonard McCandless, of Sand Springs, Oklahoma and
Mrs. Wm. McCandless of Montezuma, Indiana visited their
aunt Mrs. Van Pelt during the week.