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Joseph Hart and His Descendants
By Rev. Charles Coffin Hart (Published 1901)


Thomas Hart, second son of Joseph and Nancy Hart, was born in the Blockhouse at Maryville, East Tennessee, Oct. 26, 1791. He was brought up on a farm three miles north of his birthplace, with the usual experiences of a boy of that day. Being a son of Joseph Hart he had a good example to follow, and good influences about him. As good citizens were characteristic of the community where he lived, he had good associates, and thus there was no reason why he should grow up other than he was, a pure minded, earnest hearted Christian gentleman. His father being a teacher he had some educational advantages, was very fond of reading and possessed an excellent memory, was interesting in conversation, when he could be so engaged, but being of a modest, retiring disposition, he never put himself forward, preferring to listen rather than be heard. He was five feet ten inches in height, and weighed about 165 pounds. He was a soldier in the war with Great Britain, 1812-15. He enlisted in Blount County, Tennessee, May 31, 1812, in Captain Samuel C. Hopkins' Company, Second Regiment U. S. Dragoons, under Colonel James Burns. The command marched to the north and joined the Northwestern Army, under command of General William Henry Harrison. In passing through Northern Ohio they frequently marched in water from three to sixteen inches deep, chopped down timber and bivouacked in the brush. He was in the siege of Fort Meigs, where he was wounded in the heel by an Indian concealed in a tree top, and was always slightly lame from its effects. He was in the battle of the River Raisin, and many of the engagements under General Harrison. He remained in the service until Jan. 17, 1814, when he was mustered out at Watertown, New York. Having walked all the way from Tennessee to Canada when it was almost an unbroken wilderness, he lived to see the country grow into a densely populated and thrifty land of schools, churches, cities, railroads, telegraphs and homes with the comforts and luxuries thereto unknown, which was a neverending source of interest to him, and to note the progress, and compare the difference between the various periods of his life. He, in early life, united with New Providence Church of Maryville, and was a strong adherent to the Presbyterian church. His heart was wrung by the strifes and dissensions of the church which finally resulted in the division in 1837-8 into what was known as Old School and New School. But as he was unalterably opposed to slavery, he felt that, deplorable as the division was, as viewed from his standpoint of brotherly love and Christian forbearance, it was, nevertheless, the only possible solution of the question. But no rancor or hatred found lodgement in his heart. Though a firm New School man, yet he always sadly and tenderly spoke of the separation with the hope that the breach would be healed. And the Lord graciously spared him to see the breach healed—1869—until not a sear was left. On Dec. 15, 1814, he was married to Miss Elizabeth Duncan, of Blount County, Tennessee. Miss Duncan was born in Rock Ridge County, Virginia, Dec. 17, 1796. She was a member of New Providence Church, and a daughter of George Duncan, a well-to-do farmer and noted gunsmith of that time, and mechanical genius generally. Some of the proofs of his mechanical skill are still in the possession of his descendants. He was the son of Scotch parents, who early emigrated to Virginia. He was also a soldier in the revolutionary war. His wife died in early life, leaving him two daughters and four sons. Elizabeth, or Betsy, as she was familiarly known, being the oldest, though but twelve years old, she took charge of the household affairs, and the care of the youngest children; and well did she perform her task, giving them all the care and devotion of a mother, teaching them morals and manners, and looking well to their religious training. They all, in early life, became members of the Presbyterian church except one brother, who joined the Methodist church. Her father remarried some years later, and her stepmother—who was an excellent one—said, on coming into the family, that she was surprised to see one so young exhibit such capability, and at the scrupulous cleanliness of home and children, which she had never seen excelled.

Thomas and Elizabeth Hart were the parents of eleven children, ten daughters and one son, viz: Lavina, Nancy, Angeline, Mary Ann, Elizabeth, Eleanor Jane, Benjamin Franklin, Harriet Newel, Marth L., Frances C., Frances Juliette. Two died in early childhood, Frances C. and the only son, Benjamin Franklin. The loss of this son was deeply lamented by the parents, yet in their sorrow they meekly bowed to the dispensation of a wise Providence. A mysterious Providence came to them several years after the death of their only son, which in some measure relieved their affliction. One day a strange woman, with a male child about 18 months old, came to their house and said, as they had daughters and no son, she wished to give them her child, she would not reveal her own name or that of the child's father. After some persuasion, and a promise never to come to see the child, they agreed to take it and bring it up as their own, which they did, and the mother never returned.

NOTE—I had the above statement from Mrs. Nancy McAllie, second daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth Hart, residing at Taylorville, Ind., July 26, 1899. C. C. H.

The child received all the care and affection of a son, and was known as Jim Hart. When he came to manhood he married a Miss Blessing in Bartholomew County, Indiana. Moved to Carrollton, Mo., where for several years he worked at carpenter's work, but of late years has been farming. They are a very respectable family of people, and members of the Methodist church, and have seven children. To one accustomed to the luxuries of the present day the life of this family might seem hard and bare, but many are the bright pages in their memory of their childhood's happy home, when the days began and ended with religious devotions. For truly these parents endeavored to "train up their children in the way they should go." The toil necessary for the comfort of a large family was relieved and sweetened in many ways. The daughters were taught the culinary skill by the mother, also knitting, spinning, weaving and the use of the needle; several of them being expert with that useful implement, so small yet so great. Some of the older ones attended a school where needlework was taught. Advantage was taken of the writing school and the singing school, that great refining factor of those early days. In this exercise Psalms and hymns prevailed, though many other songs were sung, among which, as prime favorites, were "Hail Columbia," "My Country 'tis of Thee" and "The Star Spangled Banner." They studied the Shorter Catechism, read good books, and none other. They took advantage of everything they could to acquire education and useful knowledge.

A marked trait of this family was love for their kindred, which was never effaced by time, distance, or new associations. These parents realized in the conversion and Christian life of all their children the fulfillment of the promise attached to the command, "Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it." Their children were all baptized in infancy, and what is quite unusual, the same man that married the parents, also baptised all their children; the Moses of East Tennessee, the saintly Dr. Isaac Anderson, the founder and first president of Maryville College. To be brought in contact with such a life as his was itself an education. His teaching and preaching to this family is exerting an influence now in the third and fourth generation. Only eternity can tell its vast reach. At one time all the members of this family were members of the Presbyterian church, but owing to circumstances several of them became members of other churches, but all were active Christians, and brought up their children in the fear and admonition of the Lord, and most of them are members of evangelical churches. Bands of roving Indians were sometimes seen in the vicinity of their early home, but they were never molested. On one occasion when the parents were at a weekly meeting the children left at home were badly frightened by the sudden appearance of three or four in their door yard. The Indians entered, looked all about the house, but took nothing. They lifted the lid off of the pot where the dinner was cooking, turned the cover down and took a peep at the babe asleep in the cradle, nodded, grunted and took their departure, greatly to the relief of the children.

One serious accident befell the father. On his way home from church with his wife one Sabbath day, a fractious colt, which he was riding, took fright and ran away and threw him against a stump and literally tore his nose off, leaving a hold of only a shred. A good surgeon, good blood and a kind Providence restored it to its normal condition, and although very noticeable was not disfiguring to a great extent; yet it made some alteration in his voice.

In the fall of 1846 Thomas Hart with all his family, three of whom were now married, removed to the State of Indiana. They were five weeks on the way, and enjoyed a pleasant journey in the balmy autumn weather. They brought with them both horses and cattle. He located on Clifty Creek in Bartholomew County, four miles east of Columbus, in which vicinity he and his wife continued to reside until their death. They brought letters from New Providence Church upon which they united with the Presbyterian church of Columbus and enjoyed the pastoral services of Rev. Benjamin M. Nyce and of Rev. James Brownlee, and afterward, for a period of seventeen years, that of Rev. Ninian S. Dickey, who, while he never came quite so near their hearts as Dr. Anderson had done, was greatly beloved by them.

A Presbyterian church was organized at Sand Hill, near their home, to which they transferred their membership, Mr. Dickey being their pastor and stated supply. Thomas Hart was an elder in the church of Columbus and also at Sand Hill, which office he held at the time of his death, which occurred July 28, 1865, at the age of seventy-four years.

"The last few years of his life were years of feebleness and pain, but he was uniformly cheerful, resigned and happy. He talked of his death as calmly, and of heaven as confidently, as though he was about to make a safe and pleasant journey to a most desirable home."

NOTE—About two months before his death I heard he was feeble. I made a journey of 250 miles to visit him. When I arrived he expressed great pleasure and asked how long I could stay. Till tomorrow morning, I replied. I want you to preach here this evening, for that will be the last sermon I shall ever hear. The neighbors came, many of them his children or grand children. The women filled the house, the men on extemporized seats filled the door yard. I stood in the door and preached from Peter 1: 8. After the people had retired we talked till midnight. He was not sick, but feeble, cheerful and happy. -- C.C.H.

For several years he and his wife, being too feeble to live alone, made their home with their son-in-law, William McDowel, where his wife continued to reside until her death, which occurred July 7, 1868. Quietly and happily she slipped out of the place she had so long and so worthily filled here and entered into that rest which remaineth to the people of God, aged 72.

They both lie buried in Sand Hill graveyard by the side of his father, brothers and many of their children and grandchildren. Their active work in this world finished, but their influence is reaching out and out, through many varied channels.

Lovina, eldest daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth Hart, was born Feb. 11, 1816, in Blount County, East Tennessee. In early life she united with New Providence Church. She was married to Mr. James Matson Sept. 13, 1836. He was a student of Maryville College, a member of the Presbyterian church, an affectionate husband and father, a genial and pleasant gentleman. He was born Feb. 12, 1812, and died Feb. 22, 1860, leaving his wife with seven of the ten children born to them, the youngest an infant. He was a member of Sand Hill church.

Sarah, the first child of James and Lovina Matson, a general favorite for her sweet disposition, died at the age of 12 years.

Thomas, second child of James and Lovina Matson, took the care of the family on himself at the death of his father and nobly did he fulfill his trust, until cut down unexpectedly in the bloom of his young manhood, dying at the age thirty-one, when he was supposed to be recovering from an attack of measles. He was an exemplary Christian, a member of Sand Hill church and died in the triumph of a living faith.

Nancy, third child of James and Lovina Matson, remained at home with her mother until her death from cancer, Feb. 3, 1887, at the age of 46. In early life she united with Sand Hill church and was a consistent Christian. At the disbanding of Sand Hill church she, with her mother and other members of the family, united with the Methodist church. She was a right hand to her mother in the care of the family.

John Saye, fourth child of James and Lovina Matson, was born in April, 1844. Is living on the homestead near Hope, Ind. He is not married. He was a student in Hartsville College, and for many years a successful teacher in the public schools, but retired on account of ill health, and has since assisted on the home farm. He was for several years a member of the Sand Hill church, but is now connected with the Methodist church in Hope. (See note.)

NOTE—John Saye Matson died 1899, aged 55.

David H., fifth child of James and Lovina Matson, has never married, but remained with his mother and assumed the management of the homestead after death of his brother Thomas. He was a student in Hartsville College, and is a successful farmer.

Hetty and Mary, sixth and seventh children of James and Lovina Matson, died Feb. 17, 1862, within a few hours of each other of diphtheria, aged fifteen and five respectively.

Martha Frances, eighth child of James and Lovina Matson was married to Mr. Joseph E. Steinberger, a farmer of Bartholomew County, at the age of nineteen. They are members of the Methodist church at Petersville, Ind. They have five children.

James Franklin, ninth child of James and Lovina Matson, was born March 17, 1855. He studied in the schools of the neighborhood and assisted on the farm until he grew to manhood, when he became a student in Hartsville College, and afterwards studied law and remained in that profession in Columbus, Ind., for several years, when he became city editor of the Columbus Republican, and held that position for a number of years, after which he removed to Indianapolis and commenced the publication of the Policy Holder, an insurance paper, in which he is still engaged. He was married in 1880 to Miss Emma George, of Hope, Ind. They have two bright children, Charles, born in 1881, now a student in the Manual Training School of Indianapolis, and Ethel, born in 1883, who has entered the Indianapolis High School.

Ella, tenth child of James and Lovina Matson, unmarried and remains on the homestead with her mother and brothers.

Lovina Matson was a woman of decided character and excellent health almost to the close of her life. For the last few years she was afflicted with paralysis. She died in October, 1898, aged 82 years, and was buried in Sand Hill graveyard.

Nancy, second child of Thomas and Elizabeth Hart, was born Jan. 22, 1818, in Blount County, Tennessee, and early in life became a member of New Providence Church. She enjoyed such advantages for education as the neighborhood school afforded. Was married to David Eagleton McAllie Sept. 14, 1835. He was a member of New Providence Church, and took a partial course in Maryville College, was a farmer and teacher. They removed to Clark County, Indiana, in March, 1844, and to Bartholomew County, Indiana, in 1851, where he engaged in farming and teaching, and for several years he was connected with the wool carding business at Lowell Mills, Ind. He died in Newbern, Ind., Dec. 14, 1893. His wife is still living (1899) a long and useful life, in which she has won the love and esteem of a host of friends by her uniform cheerfulness and thoughtfulness for others. With the many cares of a large family resting on her, she could always enter into the joys and sorrows of those about her.

In her widowhood she makes her home with her youngest daughter, Mrs. John A. Williams, at Taylorville, Ind. They were the parents of nine children.

Thomas Franklin, first child, was born in Blount County, Tennessee, Feb. 27, 1838. He was married to Miss Jane Frost, of Newbern, Ind., in September, 1860. They are members of the Methodist church. He has been a successful merchant, farmer and stock trader, and is one of the wealthiest men of Bartholomew County. They have thirteen children, seven living, six have died.

Charles Franklin, born Jan. 14, 1863, is a farmer and owns a farm adjoining his father's. He married Miss Flora Morrison, of Newbern, March 14, 1883. They are members of the M. E. church. They have two children, Nellie and Leroy.

Cordelia, born June 7, 1865, was married to Mr. Boyer Dec. 6, 1883, and died Feb. 3, 1890, leaving two children.

Mary, born April 13, 1869, married to John Webb, a teacher, Sept. 1, 1889. They have one child.

Orion, born May 28, 1867, married Sept. 1, 1889, to Miss Ada McClintock, of Newbern. They are members of the Christian church and have two children, Pearl, born July 10, 1890, and Ruby, Oct. 7, 1893.

Ethel, born Nov. 16, 1875, and was married to Mr. John McKain, a farmer of Newbern, June 7, 1891. She is a member of the M. E. church. They have three children, Gale, born Sept. 6, 1892; Ruth, born June 15, 1895; Blanche, born Sept. 27, 1898.

Edyth and Edgar, twins, born Jan. 7, 1877. Edyth died in infancy. Edgar was married to Miss Alta Miller, of Hope, Ind., Oct. In, 1898. He enlisted in May, 1898, as a private in Com. G. 159th Ind. Volunteers. The regiment was mustered out in November, 1898.

Minnie, born Jan. 23, 1879. Names of other four not reported.

Mary Elizabeth, second child of David E. and Nancy McAllie, was born in Blount County, Tennessee, June 23, 1839, and was married to Mr. Dennis Hopkins, a worthy and prosperous farmer of Bartholomew County, Sept. 25, 1856. They are members of the M. E. church and prominent in all good works in their community. Noted for their care of the sick, their social disposition and integrity of character. Their children are nearly all members of the M. E. church; several of the daughters are teachers in the public schools. They have ten children: Martha L., born Aug. 12, 1857, and died Nov. 26, 1857; Albert M., born Feb. 21, 1859. He was married to Miss Flora A. Moore in April, 1881 He is a farmer and resides in ..... They have eight children: Mary F., born 1882; James R., born 1884; Edith E., born 1886; Willis A., born 1889; Kemper M., born 1891; Clinton F., born 1893; Florence, born 1896; Walter Q., born 1898.

Monta, born Aug. 6, 1862, was married to William Stark in September, 1890, They have no children. Postoffice address is ....................................

Etta M., born June 30,1864.

Sherman, born Nov. 7, 1866.

Clara A., born March 23, 1869.

Cora, born Dec. 24, 1872.

Mabel, born Nov. 26, 1874, and died Aug. 23, 1875.

Wilber, born May 16,1876.

Vina Kate, born March 22, 1878, was married to Walter E. Miller in February, 1897. He is a……and lives...... They have one son, Wayne H. Miller.

Margaret, third child of David E. and Nancy McAllie, was married to Mr. Henry Ueberroth, a merchant of Columbus, Ind., Sept. 28, 1859. She was a member of the M. E. church, and he of the Presbyterian. They had two children, first, Minnie, born Oct. 28, 1861; married to Samuel Sayers, a grain inspector, on June 1, 1882. They had one child, Josie Sayers, born Sept. 5, 1883. Minnie died Jan. 11, 1890. Second, Eva, born Jan. 11, 1873. Married Mr. Frank Smith, Nov. 15, 1892. They had one child. It died and was buried with its mother in 1893. Margaret, wife of Henry Ueberroth, died Sept. 12, 1881.

NOTE—Revs. Charles C. and William T. Hart were in Columbus attending the reunion of the Hart family at the time when Mrs. Ueberroth's death occurred, and each took part in the funeral service.—C. C. H.

Josephine I., fourth child of David E. and Nancy McAllie, was born Jan. 11, 1843, and was married to Frank F. Wills, an expert miller of Lowell Mills, Ind., Aug. 3, 1862. They had seven children: Elmer E., born at Lowell Mills, June 2, 1863; Morton U., born April 19, 1866, died at Noblesville, Ind., Sept. 29, 1883; Lillian A., born Feb. 20, 1869; was married to Mr. B. E. Beard, July 6, 1897; Emma W., born Feb. 16, 1872; Grace, born Oct. 11, 1874; was married to Mr. A. P. Simpson, March 29, 1898; Frank Raymond, born June 11, 1879; died at Noblesville, Dec. 1, 1884; Carl. born Jan. 12, 1882; died at Noblesville, Aug. 21, 1883. Mr. Wills now resides at Springfield, O.

Alice J. M., fifth child of David E. and Nancy McAllie, was born at Henryville, Clarke County, Indiana, May 13, 1845. She was a universal favorite among all the relatives for her sweet disposition. She was married at Lowell Mills to James Anderson, a miller, June 14, 1865. They have three children: Cora Jim, born July 7, 1866; was married to Mr. Frank Porter, Oct. 24, 1894. They have two children: Virginia A. and Harold A. Nancy Kate, born June 29, 1875; Frank E., born Jan. 28, 1878, is a medical student in the University of Tennessee. This family are all members of the Baptist church and reside at Belle Buckle, Tenn.

Frances Emma C., sixth child of David E. and Nancy McAllie, was born Nov. 16, 1848; died in August, 1861.

John Calvin, seventh child of David E. and Nancy McAllie, was born July 7, 1851 Was married to Miss Elizabeth A. Edwards, of Newbern, Sept. 28, 1871. Unto them were born ten children. John C. McAllie is a leading member of the M. E. church of Newbern, Ind.

Maggie May, born Dec. 9, 1872. Is a member of the M. E. church, as also are the parents and nearly all the children.

William Elsworth, born March 31, 1874. He is a carpenter.

Harry Waldron, born Jan. 2,1876.

Ralph, born Jan 20, 1878. Member of the M. E. church, a staunch Christian after the old Joseph Hart pattern.

Clarence, born June 4,1880; died Dec. 22, 1881

Roy, born March 16, 1882.

Earnest, born March 17, 1885.

Raymond, born Oct. 22,1887; died April 30,1888.

Grace, born Jan. 31, 1889; died Jan. 7, 1891.

Infant, died July 1, 1892.

Harry Waldron McAllie enlisted in Company F. U. S. Infantry, in April, 1898. He, with his regiment, was all through the campaign in Cuba; was at the capture of El Caney; and when they made the attack on San Diego he was one of the detail sent forward to cut the wires, which were such an effectual defense of the city. It seems almost miraculous that he came through that and many other thrilling adventures without a scratch. He returned to the United States in August, 1898, and was promoted to corporal for his bravery during the war with Spain. In February, 1899, he, with his regiment, embarked for the Philippine Islands for duty. Ralph McAllie enlisted as a private in Company K, 16th Indiana Volunteers, July 3, 1898. In August the regiment was ordered South, and in December, to Havana, Cuba.

Samuel Blackburn, eighth child of David E. and Nancy McAllie, was born July 2, 1854; died Sept. 22, 1861.

Dora E., ninth child of David E. and Nancy McAllie, was born April 30, 1858. Was married to Mr. John A. Williams, a farmer and carpenter of Taylorsville, Ind., Nov. 22,1877. They have two sons, Reuben Errol, born Oct. 9, 1878; and Floyd Eagleton, born Aug. 1, 1882. This family are Methodists.

Angeline, third daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth Hart, was born in Blount County, East Tennessee, Dec. 17, 1819. She was converted in early life and united with New Providence Church. In 1846, she, with her parents, emigrated to Bartholomew County, Indiana, where she underwent the toils, privations and varied experiences common to all settlers of a new country, one of the most trying of which was the sickness arising from the swampy and undrained condition of the State at that time. She was married by Rev. John B. Saye, her brother-in-law, June 9, 1851, to Mr. Jordan Winchester, a farmer of Johnston county, Indiana; a man of sterling qualities of character, a Kentuckian by birth, a nobleman by nature and an earnest Christian by practice. He was strong, self-reliant, capable and intelligent; with the courage of his convictions on all matters of importance. A Methodist of the Old School, but not intolerant of the views of others. He labored to make his a home of peace, prosperity and happiness. He died of blood poisoning Nov. 11, 1865, aged ..... leaving his wife in her desolation to bring up her five children born to them. What made it especially hard for her was the fact that her father had died but a few weeks before, and having no brother or male relative living near to be an adviser, she, a timid, backward woman, must face the responsibility of training up her children alone. Her own early training qualified her for this work. And with what fortitude, patience and fidelity she performed this duty her children and friends bear loving testimony. Her graces of character were many, and yet she was of such a retiring disposition that to fully appreciate her one must know her intimately. Of a deeply religious nature, she moved on with no loud claim of piety on her lips, but always had a word of appreciation for Christian effort or religious service. If the sermon was not so eloquent, the text was sure to be good. Her great love of the Scriptures was manifest by her daily perusal of it. No one heard her boast of her love of flowers, but her yard was a wellspring of delight "from early till late," with one beauty following another, and especially such as were doubly valuable for their fragrance. What wonder that we laid her away with her hands full of the beauties she loved. heaped the cover that hid her precious form from our sight and plant her own favorites to bloom by that sacred spot! In her ministrations to the sick she was especially skillful. None could excel her in preparing some delicacy to tempt the appetite or please the palate of the sufferer, and yet so quietly done you scarcely knew how it came about. Ambitious for her children's welfare, and living where there was not the most favorable prospect for success in business, she sadly but cheerfully consented to their changing to other fields of labor, but never for a moment did her influence over them weaken, while her letters were a constant source of comfort and pleasure to them. Gifted in the art of conveying the very information most desired, leaving out no detail of home life. Their interest in other and new duties never beguiled their affection from the old home, and no duty was ever allowed to crowd out the letter that each sent regularly to the mother, so eager to hear from them. And when the last sad parting came, she turned her face, so glowing with the light of heaven, to us, that our hearts, though broken with grief, were healed with joy. Surely "her memory shall remain a sweet and unfading recollection." She died on the 18th of December, 1895, aged seventy-six years and one day, and was buried by the side of her husband at Morgantown, Ind., to which place she and her husband removed in 1857. Her resting place was almost in sight of the roof that had sheltered her for nearly forty years. She never left the Presbyterian church. In her later years she could not attend that church, owing to distance and her age, but was a constant attendant at the Methodist church near her home, and at her death permission was given to place her name on the church roster of the dead, as a worshiper with them, only one other person, not a member, being thus honored.

Harriet McDowell, first child of Jordan and Angeline Winchester, was born Dec. 4, 1852. Was married by Rev. S. W. McNaughton to John S. Collett, a farmer of Johnston County, Indiana, Jan. 31, 1867, and was left a widow in the short space of seven months, her husband, a very worthy Christian gentleman, being cut down in the bloom of his youth by the ravages of typhoid fever. She returned to the home of her mother, where on the 10th of December, 1873, she was married to William H. Montgomery, who died in the autumn of 1888; since which time she has lived with her mother, remaining still in the old homestead, which has been kept in the family. She has no children and is a member of the Methodist church.

Martha Jane, second child of Jordan and Angeline Winchester, was born September, 1854. Was married by Rev. Wm. C. Smith Dec. 12, 1872, to Mr. Robert Kallam, of Shelby County, Indiana, who has been a great favorite in the family, but whose life was shadowed by suffering. He died April 22, 1899, mourned and loved by all who knew him. He was a soldier in our Civil War, in the army of the Cumberland, under General George H. Thomas, in the regiment commanded by Colonel (now General) Lawton. His family were related to General Gage, of Revolutionary fame. His grandfather was paymaster in that army. They lived in their own home in Martinsville, Ind., since the first year of their marriage. They had no children. She is a member of the Methodist church.

Juliet Emmaline, third child of Jordan and Angeline Winchester, was born May 27, 1856, was nine years old at the death of her father. She taught eight years in the common schools of Indiana. She was married at Morgantown by Rev. I. V. Moore, Dec. 27, 1877, to Mr. Charles C. Roth, a native of Western Pennsylvania. Their home since 1884 has been in Indianapolis, Ind. Mr. Roth is city salesman for a wholesale grocery house; was for six years a member of the Board of Education of Indianapolis and a member of the committee that projected and built the Manual Training and High School of that city. Is now (1899) a member of the Board of Public Safety of Indianapolis. He is also engaged in the manufacture of gas engines. Is a member of the Knights of Pythias, a Mason and in politics, a Democrat. They have one son, Charles Roth, Jr., born May 13, 1879. He and his mother are members of the Seventh Presbyterian Church of Indianapolis. He graduated from the Manual Training High School June 8, 1896; worked one year in the Merchants' National Bank, of Indianapolis, and is now (1899) in his sophomore year at Purdue University, Lafayette, Ind. He is mechanical and musical in his nature. Mathematics is his favorite study.

Wilber Fisk, fourth child of Jordan and Angeline Winchester, was born at Morgantown, Ind., Feb. 20, 1858, his father dying when he was seven years old. He was a boy that was early a man, and took all the responsibility and care possible off of his mother. He was kept most of the time in school, as were all his mother's children, until his sixteenth year, when he came to try his ability in the city. His mother, though reluctant to see him take a departure, which she knew must be permanent. wisely consented. He came to Indianapolis, and finding no opening in a mechanical direction, turned his attention to the wholesale houses, and after applying to most of the houses on South Meridian street, then as now the great wholesale district, he finally secured a place in Hendricks & Co.'s wholesale shoe store at $25 per month, which seemed to him a princely sum until his board and incidental bill was considered .He was given a key to the store the first day, which he carried nearly twenty-four years, and until he dissolved his connection with the house. He was promoted from time to time, and for twenty years was traveling salesman for the house. He was always a comfort to his mother, and never swerved in his duty to her. He was married by Bishop Joseph C. Talbott, June 11, 1879, to Miss Fannie Wilder, of Indianapolis, where they have since resided. By his diligence he has acquired a home and competence. A baby boy was born to them in January, 1884, but was taken away after three short days. He is a Republican in politics, uses neither tobacco nor beer, belongs to no secret order except the Commercial Club, but prefers home to lodge or club room. He is now (I899) traveling for a wholesale shoe house in Jefferson City, Missouri.

William E. S. Winchester, fifth child of Jordan and Angeline Winchester, was born May 28, 1860. His early boyhood was spent in the schools of Morgantown, but when his brother located in Indianapolis, he, too, determined to try to find employment there, which he did; working in various shops and factories, until he finally entered the Gibson Mills, then under the superintendence of Frank T. Wills, where he learned the milling business. Having mechanical ability and diligently applying himself, he became an expert miller. This business he has since followed, except a few years spent as a commercial traveler. He is now (1899) superintendent of mills in Lawrenceburg, Ind. He was married by the Rev. Oscar McCullock, April 5, 1883, to Miss Alice Purcell, of Indianapolis. They have two sons, Robert S. born Jan. 12, 1884, and Wilber T., born Nov. 10, 1888; bright, healthy boys, with a great deal of original ingenuity, fond of reading and music.

Mary Ann, fourth child of Thomas and Elizabeth Hart, was born Feb. 20, 1822, in Blount county, East Tennessee. In early life united with New Providence Church. Was married Oct. 22 1839, to Rev. John B. Saye, who had been a student in Maryville College. He was a scholarly man, a very affectionate husband and father. They came to Indiana in 1846, and soon after located in Franklin, Johnston County, and for several years he had charge of several churches in the surrounding country. He experienced the usual vicissitudes of ministers in country districts but his ever faithful ministrations met with appreciation by his hearers, some of whom, to the writer's knowledge, still bear witness to his fidelity. He afterwards ministered to other churches in Southern Indiana, and then removed to Southern Illinois, where he preached a few years, and finally located in Springfield, Ill, where he died of pneumonia, March 14,1876. Owing to political differences between the north and the south, he being a native of the south, he decided to retire from the Presbyterian church and cast his lot with the Episcopal church; but he could not reconcile himself to the use of the prayer book and other forms, and finally found a home in the Methodist church, but retired from the ministry several years before his death on account of pulmonary trouble, from which he had long suffered. "Blessed are the dead that die in the Lord." After the death of her husband Mrs. Saye removed to Chandlersville, Ill., that she might be with her children, two of whom had located there. She died March 17, 1895, aged 73; and was buried at Chandlersville.

John B. and Mary Ann Saye were the parents of six children. Margaret Elizabeth, born Sept. 3, 1840, was a teacher before her marriage, which occurred March 3, 1867. She was married to Mr. Benoni Jones, a farmer of Bartholomew County, Indiana, where they lived for several years, and then removed to Shelbyville, Ind., where he died in 1894. They had six children: Mary May, Charles B., Albert A., Frederick, Katharine and Leonora Elizabeth. All are living except Katharine, who died in infancy. Mary May is a teacher in the city schools of Shelbyville. Charles B. is engaged in the gentleman's furnishing goods business. Frederick was married to Miss Mary Kennedy, of Shelbyville, in 1898. Frederick and Albert are together in the furniture business. They all reside in Shelbyville, and all are members of the M E. church.

Phoebe Jane, second child of John B. and Mary Ann Saye, was born July 3, 1843 Was married to Prof. R. Cromlick, Dec. 15, 1870. They are both members of the M. E. church. She was a teacher for several years before her marriage. She and her husband are both talented musicians, and conduct a musical normal in Chandlersville, Ill. They have one daughter, Annie, who is a fine musician and teacher of music, and has published some beautiful compositions.

Payson Hart, third child of John B. and Mary Ann Saye, was born March 4, 1847; died at Franklin, Ind., Aug. 12, 1850.

Juliet Lovina, fourth child of John B. and Mary Ann Saye, was born May 24,1849; died Sept. 4, 1850.

Thomas Richard, fifth child of John B. and Mary Ann Saye, was born July 27, 1852; died Feb. 14, 1897. He was married to Miss Mary Ann Ainsworth, May 11, 1880, both living in Chandlersville. Five children were born to them, all of whom are now living, viz: Harry, Andrew, Ruth, Anna and Grace. Thomas R. Saye was a member of the Congregational church, a Mason of high standing, as was also his father. He also belonged to the Good Templars; was a noted singer, in much demand in choirs and on special occasions.

John, sixth child of John B. and Mary Ann Saye, was born Jan. 7, 1859; died Aug. 2, 1860

Elizabeth, fifth daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth Hart, was born in Blount County, East Tennessee, Oct. 23, 1823. Early in life became a member of New Providence Church. She accompanied the family of her brother-in-law—David E. McAllie—to Henryville, Clarke County, Indiana, in 1843, and was married to George H. Townsend, a thrifty farmer of that neighborhood, Aug. 30, 1847. He was a member of the Protestant Methodist church. His church was disbanded, and he and his family united with the Missionary Baptist church. They were excellent people and held in high esteem by the community. They had ten children, viz: Nora J., Thomas M., Lafayette D., George Duncan, Charles Beecher, Addie, Ella Elizabeth, Lillie Alice, Laura Pink and Daisy Forest.

Nora J., first child of George and Elizabeth Townsend, was born at Blue Lick, Ind., June 7, 1849. Was married to Henry Carr, Nov. 3, 1866. He died Dec. 26, 1871. They had four children, all of whom died in infancy. The widow was married a second time to John W. Batty, a farmer of Blue Lick, Oct. 10, 1880 They are members of the Christian church. They have four children: Ralph C., born May 6, 1881; John Byron, born Aug. 24, 1883; Estella Pink, born Sept. 10, 1887; Helen Townsend, born Oct. 31, 1889.

Thomas, second child of George and Elizabeth Townsend, was born March 7, 1851. Was married to Miss Matilda Rud, of Blue Lick, Sept. 30, 1870. They are members of the M. E. church. They have nine children. Two died in infancy. The living are: Henry A., born Aug. 22,1870; Anna Laura, born May 27,1872; Cora A., born May 22, 1875; Thomas Lafayette, born Feb. 6, 1878; George H., born Jan. 7,1885; Ella R., born Sept. 10, 1886; Frank S., born Jan. 2, 1889.

Lafayette D., third child of George and Elizabeth Townsend, was born Dec. 27, 1852. Was married by Rev. Geo. W. Greene to Miss Mary U. Buchler, Sept. 9, 1875. Both are members of the M. E. church. He is a farmer and carpenter and lives on the old homestead at Blue Lick, and owns a share of the famous Blue Lick Springs. He says: "We are happy here, and never expect to make a change." They have eleven children: Nora E., born June 30,1876; Annie B., born Jan. 13,1878; Lelah B., born April 18, 1880; Paul V., born Feb. 7,1882; James E., born Nov. 5, 1883; Charles Beecher, born July 4, 1886; Lucy F., born Dec. 8, 1889; Herman R., born Sept. 6, 1890; Ruth J., born June 28, 1892; Elmer L., born May 18, 1895; Hazel M., born Nov. 7,1897. The four oldest are members of the M. E. church.

George D., fourth child of George and Elizabeth Townsend, was born Nov. 20, 1854; died June 2, 1864.

Charles Beecher, fifth child of George and Elizabeth Townsend, was born March 17, 1857; died May 24,1858.

Addie, sixth child of George and Elizabeth Townsend, was born Aug. 30,1859. Was married to James F. Whitesides, Sept. 14, 1876 He is a school teacher. They belong to the M. E. church, and reside near Memphis, Ind. They have nine children, viz: Nora A., born Jan. 29, 1879; Kate E., born Aug. 20, 1880; Goldie L., born April 7, 1884; Homer T., born Aug. 12, 1886; Pearl I.., born July 12, 1888; Mabel E., born Aug. 14, 1891; James O., born Feb. 9, 1894; Mary Addie, born March 28,1897; an infant; died.

Ella Elizabeth, seventh child of George and Elizabeth Townsend, was born Sept. 2, 1861. Was married to Edwin O. Greene, a farmer of Blue Lick, May 3, 1888. They have three children: Florence C., born in Cleveland, O., May 14, 1891; Bernice E., born Aug. 15, 1893; Amos Townsend, born Sept. 11, 1898.

Lillie Alice, eighth child of George and Elizabeth Townsend, was born Nov. 24, 1863. Was married to James M. Hawes, Sept. 6, 1882. They have four children: Bessie Beatrice, born April 12, 1883; Edith Nathan, born Aug. 11, 1884; Blanche Townsend, born Sept. 26, 1885; Myrtle Foster, born Aug. 21, 1887. This family resides in Jeffersonville, Ind.

Laura Pink, ninth child of George and Elizabeth Townsend, was born Feb. 23, 1867. Is a member of the Christian church, and was married July 1888, to Dr. Marcellus Mayfield, a physician Of Salem, Ind. They have three children: Clyde Townsend, born March 17, 1890; Hollis Earl, born Feb. 13, 1893; Lecta Geneva, born Feb. 13, 1895.

Daisy Forest, tenth child of George and Elizabeth Townsend, was born June 19, 1870. Was married to Alvin Greene, a farmer and carpenter of Memphis, Ind., Feb. 12, 1889. They have no children.

Eleanor Jane, sixth child of Thomas and Elizabeth Hart, was born in Blount County, East Tennessee, Feb. 24,1827. Was converted and united with New Providence Church, and was married Oct.27, 1853, to Robert Jones, a prosperous farmer of Hope Township, Bartholomew County, Indiana. He was a member of the Baptist church and his wife joined the church with him. They had five children.: Franklin, Joanna F., Ada A., Clara and Ruth.

Franklin was born July 3, 1855. Was married to Miss Cassandra J. Moore, Feb. 8, 1879. They are members of the Baptist church and reside in Indianapolis. They have two children: Robert Ralph, born Sept. 22,1880; Winnie E., born Oct. 5, 1882.

Joanna F. Jones was born June 22, 1858. Was married to Lewis F. Carmichael, Jan. 16, 1875. He is a farmer of Hope Township. They are members of the Baptist church, and have four children: Kate, born Sept. 24,1878; Harry Hart, born Dec. 16, 1881; Shirley Jones, born April 3, 1890; Robert Fred, born March 12, 1894.

Ada A., third child of Robert and Jane Jones (date of birth not reported), was married to Edward Weisner, of Hope, Ind. They have one son. Louis Weisner. They live at Shelbyville, Indiana.

Clara, fourth child of Robert and Jane Jones, married Edward McCoy, of Columbus, Ind. They have five children, viz: Robert, Eleanor, Ada, Mark Hart and an infant. She is a member of the Baptist church. They now reside in Chicago, Ill.

Ruth, fifth child of Robert and Jane Jones, resides with her sister, Mrs. McCoy, in Chicago.

Mr. Robert Jones died at his home in Hope Township, ...... ...., 1879. His wife Eleanor Jane Jones, died in the same house. They were buried in the Hope burying grounds.

Benjamin Franklin, seventh child and only son, of Thomas and Elizabeth Hart, was born Oct. 9, 1828; died June 4, 1830, aged twenty months.

Harriet Newel, eighth child of Thomas and Elizabeth Hart, was born in Blount County, East Tennessee, Sept. 27, 1830. Removed with her parents to Indiana in 1846. She was married by Rev. James Brownlee, in 1851, to Mr. William E. McDowell, a farmer of Bartholomew County, Indiana. They have three sons: James H., born Sept. 13, 1853. He was married to Miss Eliza Osborn, Feb. 13, 1876. They now reside at Portis, Kan. They are members of the M. E. church, but have no children. John W., born March 28, 1857. Married Mrs. Charlotta Brown in July, 1882. They have one child, Bertha Harriet, born Dec. 22, 1884. They are members of the M. E. church. An infant son, lived but a few days. William E. and Harriet McDowell were members of Sand Hill Presbyterian Church. They and their two sons moved to Osborn County, Kansas, in 1879, where they still reside on a good farm. In their new home, finding no Presbyterian church, they united with the Congregational church in their neighborhood. Their postoffice is Portis, Osborn County, Kansas.

NOTE—William Edward McDowell died of apoplexy. September, 1900.

NOTE—Justice as well as affectionate gratitude prompts me to make special mention of the great kindness of William E. McDowell to the parents of his wife, who made their home in his family the last few years of their lives, and both died at his home. He always ministered to their comforts in a manner worthy of an affectionate son. His love and kindness to his wife, who has been a great sufferer for many years, is worthy of an honorable husband.—Compiler.

Martha L., ninth child of Thomas and Elizabeth Hart, was born in Blount County, East Tennessee, Feb. 27, 1833. Was married by Rev. N. S. Dickey, Aug. 28, 1856, to George W. Aikin, a school teacher of Bartholomew County. They have five children: Sarah F., born Sept. 11, 1857. She was married by Rev. Mr. Cooper to William R. Kingar, Aug. 14, 1895. They have no children.

Elizabeth, born May 1, 1860; died in infancy.

Homer L., born July 18, 1862. He was married by Rev. Mr. Lathrop to Miss Lily A. Walton, Dec. 25, 1894. They have two children: Mary Lovina, born Feb. 6, 1896; died in infancy. Esther, born Dec. 1, 1898.

Jane, fourth child of Geo. W. and Martha L. Aikin, was born Aug. 17, 1868. Was married by Rev. Mr. McWimmer to Mr. Russell Jackson, June 19, 1897. They are members of the Baptist church. No children.

Nellie, fifth child of Geo. W. and Martha Aikin, was born Aug. 28, 1874; died Jan. 11, 1876.

Martha L. Hart Aikin has been an invalid nearly all her life. She has borne her sufferings, met her trials and disappointments with courage, resignation and Christian fortitude. She was a member of Sand Hill Presbyterian Church. Since her marriage she united with the M. E. church. Their home is now in Indianapolis.

NOTE—To the remarkable memory of Geo. W. Aikin the writer is indebted for the verification of many of the facts in this paper.

Frances C., tenth child of Thomas and Elizabeth Hart, was born in Blount County, East Tennessee, Jan. 22, 1836; died Nov. 8, 1838.

Frances Juliette, eleventh child of Thomas and Elizabeth Hart, was born in Blount County, East Tennessee, Aug. 25, 1841. Was married by Rev. N. S. Dickey, March, 1861, to Mr. Isaac Franklin Townsend, a prosperous farmer of Clarke County, Indiana. They are members of the Presbyterian church, earnest, consistent Christians. They removed to Smith County, Kansas. Their postoffice address is Portis, Osborn County. They have five children: William B., born April 11, 1862. He was married to Miss Nevada Bates, of Smith County, Kansas, April 7, 1886. They have two children: Ralph, born Nov. 22, 1891, and an infant son. They are members of the Protestant Methodist church.

Charles Hart, second child of Isaac and Juliette Townsend, was born April 25, 1865. He was married to Miss Belle Stonehocker, of Smith County, Kansas, March 14, 1889. They are members of the Presbyterian church. They have two children: one died in infancy; Walter, born Oct. 12, 1898.

Stella Elizabeth, third child of Isaac and Juliette Townsend, was born in Clarke County, Indiana, March '78, 1867; died Dec. 27 of the same year.

Lelah M., fourth child of Isaac and Juliette Townsend, was born May 8, 1869. She was married Oct. 15, 189I, to Mr. William Shook. They live in Greene, Ia. Have one child, Harry L., born Feb. 16, 1894.

George Franklin, fifth child of Isaac and Juliette Townsend, was born in Smith County, Kansas, May 24, 1881, being the only one of their children born in Kansas, to which State the parents emigrated in 1877. They are all successful farmers. All own the homes in which they live. Their postoffice address is Oakvale, Smith County, Kansas.

NOTE—In addition to their large family, Thomas and Elizabeth Hart took into their home a boy 18 months old, and brought him up as their own, though no legal steps were taken for his adoption. His mother, a stranger to them, entreated them to take him. They gave him the name of James Hart. He was loved and cared for as one of their own. In September, 1856, he was married to Miss Susan Blessing, the daughter of a prominent farmer of Bartholomew County. She is a member of the M. E. church. After their marriage they located in Carrollton, Mo. They are an honorable family. He followed carpenter work for several years, but of late years has given his attention to farming. They have seven children. The above history was compiled by Mrs. Emmaline Winchester Roth, of Indianapolis, Ind., granddaughter of Thomas and Elizabeth Hart.


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