Author: Dennis Partridge

Elkhart County Indiana Naturalization Records

This database represents those 8,265 naturalization’s indexed for the county of Elkhart in Indiana by the Friends of the Indiana State Archives. All naturalization records accessioned by the Archives are microfilmed and a portion of the information they contain is entered into a searchable database. The results of the database search will include the following fields: Surname, first name, nationality, date of arrival, and county book and page location. A complete naturalization record may be obtained by contacting the Archives.

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Historical Commencement Programs for Indiana High Schools

Commencement programs are the official schedule for the ceremony graduates take part of. We normally call these graduation ceremonies today, but in actuality, they are commencement ceremonies, since walking down the aisle doesn’t guarantee you are actually graduating. Keep that in mind when viewing the following commencement ceremonies for Howard and Morgan counties, which were recently uploaded by the Indiana Genealogical Society and which they have digitized and provided free for anyone.

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The First Murder Trial in Newton County Indiana

Although the celebrated criminal trial to which I would call attention, was held at Bunkum, across the state line, it deserves mention as a part of local history. Several of the persons actually participating in the trial afterward became citizens of Newton county. Furthermore, county and state lines did not form arbitrary divisions as they do at present. Bunkum was the center of a community of which Newton county was only a part.

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Indian Occupation of Newton County, Indiana

in July 1827, what is now the city of Chicago was a settlement of six or seven American families, a number of half-breeds, and a few vagabond Indians. At that time the Winnebago Indians were gathering in the neighborhood of Green Bay, threatening to attack and destroy the few white settlements established along the lakes. Gurdon S. Hubbard was a resident of Chicago and the owner of trading posts, established along the Iroquois river where the towns of Middleport and Bunkum were afterward located, and also of a trading post on the Kankakee river in Newton county, afterward known as Blue Grass, near the present site of the town of Thayer.

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Bethel-Blocher Methodist Church Cemetery

The land where this cemetery is located was entered (patented) March 17, 1837, by Daniel Reynolds. Not many years later a log church was built thereon and a graveyard was set aside for burials. Next we find where on October 24, 1846, Alexander T. Robertson deeded a plot of ground to Alfred L. Johnson, Alexander T. Robertson, James C. Stodghill, Kinder Ferguson, and Daniel Wheat, Trustees of the Methodist Church “already erected there”. This was in the south east quarter of Section 17, T 3N, R 8E. We do not know how long the church stood there. The Town...

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Black Cemetery, Lexington Indiana

This long-neglected cemetery has been cleaned, restored and fenced by the Scott County cemetery Commission. It is located in Lexington Township, just west of county road 900 E. It is in the southeast quarter of Section 27, T. 3N., R. 8E. This tract of 160 acres was entered Dec.29, 1829, by Rev. Calvin W. Ruter, a pioneer Christian preacher. In 1889 the land was owned by Ann Black, hence the name of the cemetery today. There are only seven marked graves, but we were able to count over 25 graves marked only by rough head and flat stones, and sunken spots in the ground.

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Beavers Cemetery, Lexington Indiana

Abandoned since 1915, this isolated cemetery on the Scott County Jefferson County Line, is on a hilltop in a heavily wooded area, accessible only via a slate bottom creek in dry weather; otherwise, through weed-grown fields. It is .7 mile south of State Road 56, off Road 1233W.

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The Warrick Democrat Newspaper Extractions – Feb 2, 1858

Obituaries The Warrick Democrat, Warrick County, Indiana, Feb 2, 1858 Archer Family Members & Mr. Robert Armer DIED, In Greer township, on the 15th ult., Capt. R. M. ARCHER, aged about 45 years. On the 18th ult.; JOHN ARCHER, brother to Captain A., aged about 43 years. On the 26th ult., Mrs SARAH, wife of Richard HEDGE, aged about 25, sister of the above named. In Boonville, Jan 21st, Mr. ROBT. ARMER, an old citizen and soldier of the war of 1812, aged 74 years. Social News Warrick County Democrat, Warrick County, Indiana, Feb 2, 1858 Special Notices Celebration — Cotillon Party. There will be a celebration on the 22d of February, 1858–the birthday of Washington–at the Court House, in Boonville.  I.S. MOORE and N. WHITE have consented to deliver addresses upon the occasion.  Also a Cotillon Party in the evening in Capt. Lowe’s Hall.  Ample preparations will be made to accommodate all who will...

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Extractions from the Boonville Enquirer 1863 – 1928

Legal Notices Boonville Enquirer, Warrick County, Indiana, 8/27/1863 Executor’s Notice Notice is hereby given that the undersigned has been appointed Administratrix of the estate of Jas A. BENNETT, deceased, late of Warrick county, Indiana. Said estate is supposed to be insolvent, creditors are therefore notified that the same will be settled accordingly. ELIZA J. BENNETT August 13, 1863 Administratrix Boonville Enquirer, Warrick County, Indiana, 8/27/1863 Administrator’s Notice Notice is hereby given that the undersigned has taken out letters of Administration on the estate of Jacob BAUM, late of Warrick county, deceased. The estate is supposed to be solvent. JOHN ROTH August 24th, 1863 Administrator FULLER & BLUETT Atty’s for Estate 8/27/1863 State of Indiana — County of Warrick, In the Court of common Pleas of Warrick county, Indiana, October Term, A. D. 1863 Petition for Petition Sarah HARGRAVE vs Lewis HARGRAVE Louisa GRAHAM, Christ. C. GRAHAM Hargraves GRIFFITH Comes the plaintiff and files her complaint and also the affidavit of a competent witness stating that the defendants, Louisa GRAHAM and Christopher C. GRAHAM are now residents of the State of Indiana and that they are necessary parties to this suit; it being Partition of lands. Said Defendants, Louisa GRAHAM and Christopher C. GRAHAM will therefore take notice of the filing and pendency of said suit, and that the same will stand for trial and determination at the next term...

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