John Van Buren KETCHUM [Parents] was born on 5 Aug 1866 in San Saba, Texas. He died on 14 May 1935 in Tom Greene County, Texas. He was buried on 15 May 1935 in Fairmount Cemetery, San Angelo, Texas. He married Helen.
Other marriages:FOOTE, Gula
Lived in Tom Greene Co., Texas for 40 years and was police officer there for many years. It was reported that he had lost a leg in an accident of some kind and wore a wooden leg.
Helen.Helen married John Van Buren KETCHUM.
George Washington FELTS was born on 22 Feb 1904. He died on 18 Apr 1966. He married Kate Catherine TINNEY on 8 Sep 1928 in San Saba, TX.
Kate Catherine TINNEY [Parents] was born on 30 Jul 1910. She married George Washington FELTS on 8 Sep 1928 in San Saba, TX.
Peter Reasor KETCHUM [Parents] was born about 1800 in Virginia. He died on 6 Apr 1868 in Caldwell Co., Texas. He was buried in Caldwell County, Texas. He married Ann BURRELL on 12 Oct 1825 in Blount County, Alabama. Peter was employed as a farmer, rancher, preacher and elected county commissioner..
Other marriages:WAGGONER, Arabella
Peter Razor (Reasor) Ketchum is mentioned in the Blount County Alabama Court -
Final Record - Feb. 18, 1825, Page 54 - Peter Ketchum vs. Vestal Beeson (later postmaster of Sapp's Crossroads - present day location at Arkadelphia exit off Interstate-69). No further information from court records. Later that year Razor Ketchum married Ann Burrell on 12 October 1825 in Blount County, AL, apparently not long before leaving for Illinois. Their daughter Minerva was born estimated 1826 and is buried in Cullman, Alabama. The next child, Lavinia, was born in Illinois. Three of his children were born in Alabama before 1825. It's probable that the later children were born of Ann Burrell and possible, if not likely, that she was the mother of all of the children. In frontier times it was not uncommon for couples to pledge their fidelity to each other and become man and wife, solemnizing the marriage at a later time. The obituary of C.V. Ketchum, Peter's son, says that he came to Limestone County, Texas with his parents (plural) at age 9 which would have b een 1848, and then later moved to Caldwell County, Texas. This was about the same time Caldwell was created out of Gonzales County. If the obituary information is correct then Peter's wife (still Ann Burrell?) died in Limestone or Caldwell, or the trip between the two Texas counties, between 1848 and 1850, since he listed no wife on the 1850 Caldwell Co. census.
After moving to Texas, Peter Ketchum lost three sons and a son-in-law to indian massacres in three different times. James (Jim) and John in 1867, Peter R. Jr. in Medina County in 1861, and Reuben C. Smith, husband of Lavinia, in Medina County in 1864. It's possible that his brother Jacob who died in Texas before 1840 was killed by indians too, probably in Fannin county where he owned bounty land.
While still living in Illinois, Peter had bought 90 acres of land consisting of the east half of the southeast quarter of section 3 in township 13 north, range 1 west, Christian County, Illinois on March 2, 1836. Peter and his brother Christopher were farmers and operated a small grist mill in Christian County, before Peter moved to Texas with others of his family in about 1848.
HISTORY OF CHRISTIAN COUNTY ILLINOIS by Henry L. Fowkes: says Peter R. Ketchum was soldier in War of 1812, Black Hawk War, Civil War. Died in the Civil War in Col. Pughes Regiment on 4/22/1862-St. Louis at age 82, having lied about his age to enlist. [This is wrong and was a typographical error. It is referring to Samuel Widick, father of Peter Ketchum's daughter-in-law, and was NOT Peter R. Ketchum]. Another section of the same book (below) has correct information about Peter R. Ketchum.]
HISTORY OF CHRISTIAN COUNTY ILLINOIS by Henry L. Fowkes: Peter and Christopher Ketchum, natives of Alabama came here about 1825, the former being a Methodist preacher who organized the first Methodist church in the county in 1828, holding the meetings at his own residence for many years. He located at Flat Branch, about eighteen miles northeast of Taylorville. While Christian was still part of Sangamon County he was Justice of the Peace for Buckhart precinct, and after the the organization of Christian County, he was re-elected to the same office. It was he who administered the oath of office to the commissioners appointed to select the county seat. On August 1, 1845, he was elected a member of the County commissioners Court and served through 1847, and his son Green B. Ketchum was elected Coroner of the county in 1844. In 1849 the Commissioners' Court was suceeded by County court, which consisted of a county judge and two associate judges. Christian county lost this representative family prior to the Civil War, removal being made tro Texas where most of them were murdered by Indians. Christopher Ketchum lived [in Christian Co.] on the farm he secured adjoining his brother's, until his death.
HISTORY OF CHRISTIAN COUNTY ILLINOIS by Henry L. Fowkes: The following men have served Christian county as coroners: .....Green B. Ketchum, 1844; J. Ketcham [sic], 1846.
HISTORY OF CHRISTIAN COUNTY ILLINOIS by Henry L. Fowkes: Circuit Courts. The first term of court was held at Taylorville, Ill., Novermber 4, 1839, in a small frame house, 12x14 feet, owned by H. M. Vandeveer, and situated on the north side of the public square. The first grand jury contained the following names; John young, foreman; Louis Jernigan, Berry Rose, Alfred Curry, Thomas Bond, Joshua Brents, George Pearson, Christopher Ketcham, Jacob Wydick. This grand jury returned an indictment against Thomas Farris, indicting him for challenging Thomas W. Davis to fight a duel with deadly weapons. There was also found at that term of court an indictment against Samuel McKinsey and Gabriel McKinsey, charging them with riot. Another case that came up before the court in later times was Peter R. Ketchum vs. Gabriel McKenzie, action for slander; damages laid at $2,000. J. C. Conkling, attorney for plaintiff. In the declaration, it was alleged that the defendant had used words to this import: 'Old Pete Ketcham is an old hog thief.' It would appear that this trial, known to many as the Methodist preacher against the Roman Catholic, involved the whole county, for a great interest was attracted to it. The result was the finding by the jury for the defendant damages of $47.08. The Christian county Court was frequently the scene of visits from attorney Abraham Lincoln.
HISTORY OF CHRISTIAN COUNTY ILLINOIS by Henry L. Fowkes: First Election. At the first election held August 5, 1839, the present Stonington Township gave the forty-eight votes cast, and at it Peter R. Ketcham and David Simons were elected justices of the peace, and William Hammer constable. Those serving as judges of this election were Elijah Palmer, David Simons and Peter R. Ketcham. END
Peter Reasor Ketchum married Arabella Waggoner in 1852 in Caldwell County, TX. They had no children together. Marriage of Peter and Arabella is recorded in book A, Caldwell County, Texas. Arabella was widow of James B. Waggoner who died in 1851. James Waggoner and Arabella Waggoner had at least four children. James Waggoner, Mary Frances Waggoner, Sarah Waggoner (married to Moses Howard by Peter R. Ketchum, Methodist minister, on June 27, 1852), and Amanda J. Waggoner who married a Schooler (or Schuyler).
After removing to Texas between 1848 and 1850, Peter was also a minister in Caldwell Co., Texas and he in fact described himself as a minister on the 1860 census records. (He performed wedding of David L.Howard to Sarah Tate on Sep 8 1850 according to Guadalupe County Marriage Records Book #1). Previous to that, Peter R. Ketchum is listed as the clergy who performed the marriage of son Green B. Ketchum and Tempe Widick in Macon County, Illinois.
There was a Dr. Nicholas Ketchum who lived in San Saba, Texas who many people have supposed was kin to the other Ketchums in San Saba. More than one dime novel writer has said that Tom and Sam Ketchum's father was a doctor. Although it seems that there might have been a kinship, I have researched Dr. Ketchums genealogy back 5 generations and found no blood connection between him and my San Saba Ketchums in many years of research. SPRADLEY RESEARCH
PAST AND PRESENT
Christian County Illinois
By HON. J.C. Mcbride
S.J. Clarke Publishing Co., 1904
"Peter and Christopher Ketchum were natives of Alabama. Peter Ketchum was born about 1805, and at the age of 20, came to this county and settled on Flat Branch, about 18 miles northeast of Taylorville in 1825; was one of the early settlers in that part of the county was a Methodist minister, and is said to have organized the first M. E. church in the county in 1828, at his own residence, where meetings were held for a number of years. He was elected Justice of the Peace for Buckhart precinct (Sangamon county) in 1835, and re-elected in 1839, after the organization of Christian County. He administered the oath to the commissioners selected to locate the county seat of Christian at the town of Allenton before they located Taylorville as the county seat; was elected a member of the County Commissioners' Court, Aug. 4, 1845, and his son, Green B. Ketchum, was elected Coroner of the county in 1844. Before the Civil war the family moved to Texas, where most of them were killed by Indians; his brother Christopher, who came to the county with him, improved a farm adjoining where he resided until his death. It is said that Isaac Ketchum (whether of this family or not) moved to Alton, Illinois, and there formed a partnership with Unah Cheatam, and they displayed the novel sign of “I. Ketcham and U. Cheatam,” which was certainly very attractive.
JUSTICES DISTRICTS The Christian County Commissioners’ Court at the June term, 1839, divided the county into four districts called by them justices districts, and an election for selecting Justices of the Peace and Constables of the respective districts was called for August 5, 1839. For the first district Thomas Young, Jesse Murphy and Isaac Harris were appointed Judges; for the second district Thomas Anderson, Robert Richardson and Francis Adams were appointed Judges; for the third district James Fletcher, Geo. Fearson and Geo. Dickerson were appointed Judges, and for the fourth district Elija Palmer and Peter Ketchum were appointed Judges. These districts were known as the Taylorville or Central District, Stonington District, North Fork District and South Fork District, and there were to be elected two Justices and two Constables in each of the districts, except the Taylorville or Central, which was to have three; the election was held at that time and at the respective voting places in the different districts, and for the Taylorville District W. M. Thomas, Eli Matthews and Richard Simpson were elected as Justices and James R. Lucas and John P. Nelson as Constables; for the Stonington District Peter R Ketchum and David Simons were elected as Justices and Wm. L. Hammer Constable; for the North Fork District A. D. Nothcut and James Baker were elected Justices of the Peace and J. M. Fletcher and T. F. Farris Constables; for the South Fork, Presley Peck and AquilIa Council were elected Justices and Amos Richardson and J. L. Cagle were elected Constables."
The History of Moultrie and Shelby Counties, Illinois, Philadelphia, 1881- Chapter XIV
ECCLESIASTICAL HISTORY OF SHELBY AND MOULTRIE COUNTIES - MOAWEQUA CIRCUIT.
"The exact date of the organization of Methodism cannot be learned, but it is believed to be about 1849. This society was first formed at the house of M. Snyder, Sen., then living one-half mile west of the first plat of the town, in the edge of Christian County. The first formation of members into a class was by Rev. Peter Ketchum, and the first leader was Father Trober. Father Snyder and his wife--an excellent old lady--still live at the same place. He has been an efficient member for a number of years."
U.S. Census for Caldwell County, Texas dated 12 Nov 1850. Peter R. Ketchum was the enumerator for the census count. He listed himself as a 50 year old farmer, worth (almost illegible $200?), born in Virginia, and his four youngest children, Peter, Margaret, Chester and John, all born in Illinois. No wife was present. Sometime after arriving in Caldwell County, Peter bought land from M. G. Dykes about two miles west of present day Luling, Texas on Seals Creek on March 19, 1852 and possibly other land earlier. The 23 June 1860 census in Caldwell County, Texas lists him as Minister, 63 years old, born in Virginia, worth $4,000 real estate and $2,860 personal.
Peter Ketchum died on 6 April 1868 in Caldwell County, Texas. Probate Index Book A Page 200 / Ketchum, P.R., deceased, Will probated, E.D. Richardson and C.V. Ketchum appointed executors / May 1868 / Book C, Page 70, Probate Minutes, Caldwell County.
DO YOU REMEMBER, EARLY DAYS IN LULING, TEXAS
(by A.C. Bridges/L.B. Witt)
"The road I remember best, from Prairie Lea eastward, passed the Berry and McNeal places between the Hardeman and McKinney land, avoiding the good tillable spots, to meander past the Dunlap and Greenwood and Grady lands to that half mile long senna pond, where the water never quite dried up and the beautiful water lilies grew (like the Lotus), past the Ussery, Ketchum and McCutchan places to Seals Creek, which was wide in wet years, narrow in dry times, with a gravelly, sandy creek bed thick with mussel shells. This crossing was on the Duke plantation. Mr. Duke had his commodious dwelling on the south side of the road. After crossing Seals Creek, the road cut into Col. Huff's "upper plantation" (now Eiband's and Mooney's) to the Gerren Hinds 1/2 League, later sold to J. Josey."
NOTE: Information below is a mystery. Information copied as written in the records by Lynn Moore. Nothing else can be found in the Caldwell County courthouse records about the reason for charges brought against these men or a trial outcome, if any cases did go to trial except for Wm. Ellison case wherein he was found innocent. During Reconstruction, several incidents of racial violence prompted the stationing of federal troops at Lockhart and Prairie Lea, and clashes between local residents and federal soldiers, along with carpetbaggers, led to considerable problems and ill-feeling, as was true elsewhere in the South. It's possible that this could be a strong hint that could lead to the root of these charges. It seems that the charges were all eventually dropped, with the one exception.
Caldwell (TX) District Court Peter Ketchum case # 566 book b page 576 book b-1 page 121 (d). district court minutes book b page 576
State of Texas vs. peter ketchum
assult with intent to kill & murder
same book page 590 dist. court spring term 1867
State of Texas vs. peter ketchum
case # 566
book b-1 spring term dist. court may 28, 1868 page 121 (d)
case # 566
State of Texas vs. peter r. ketchum
it is suggested in open court that the defendant was dead, then came the district attorney and dismissed his suit.
NOTE: in the book b, page 576 there were several cases right after Peter Ketchum with the same charges against other men. This suggests that they were all connected. It also seems that Hamity Williams and Peter Ketchum were deceased before trial date and charges dismissed.
from the Caldwell Co. dist. clerks records:
State of Texas vs. peter ketchum
case # 566 assult with intent to kill and murder
State of Texas vs. william a. ellison
case # 562 assult with intent to kill and murder
State of Texas. vs. henry scroggins and hamity williams book b p. 576 b-1 120 c 126
case # 564 assult with intent to kill and murder
State of Texas. vs. james scroggins book b page 576 book c page 324 d
case # 565 assult with intent to kill and murder
case # 567 sorrels, assult with intent to kill and murder, book b 576 b-1 120 c 126
cases # 568 & 569 robert good to appear as a witness for the state vs. the above cases
in case 564: it is ordered by this court that alias capias (2nd warrant) issue to Gonzales County for both defendants and that this case stand continued for service (1867 court term).
case 562 same as above
case 565 same as above. reissued again 28 aug 1871.
case 568 alias capias to Fayette County where the defendant may be found and this cause be continued.
spring term 1870
nolle prosequi (no further prosecution)
#567 vs. sorrells
in this cause came the state by district attorney and defendant submitting to the court his motion to quash which was sustained by the court and ordered that said indictment be quashed and that defendant go hence discharged.
#568 & #569
in the following named cases the death of the defendants being suggested it is ordered by the court that the same be dismissed.
spring term 1870
#564 State of Texas. vs hamity williams & henry scroggins. As to hamity williams, in this cause the death of hamity williams is suggested by the district attorney and is dismissed.
#565 State of Texas vs. james scroggins. it is ordered by the court that alias capias issued to caldwell, gonzales & guadalupe counties for the defendant and this case be continued for service. (there was no further entries on this case).
# 562 State of Texas vs. william a. ellison
in this cause it appearing to the court that john hall as witness for the state had been summoned to appear and testify in behalf of the state and had failed to appear. it is therefore ordered as judged and decreed by the court upon application of the district attorney that said hall be fined the sum of $50 for failing to appear and testify.
(same day) #562 in this cause appeared the state by district attorney and defendant in person and by attorneys and announced themselves ready for trial whereupon came a jury of good and lawful men of caldwell county to wit, alf larrimore and 11 others, who after being empanelled and sworn and after hearing the evidence addressed and argument of councel and charge of the court rendered the following verdict to wit: we the jury find the defendant not guilty.
it is therefore ordered adjudged and decreed by the court that the defendant wm. a. ellison go hence discharged with his costs.
there are either no transcripts or no transcripts available to the public. NOTE: Thanks to "Lynn Moore" of Caldwell County for the courthouse research.
Ann BURRELL died before 1850. She married Peter Reasor KETCHUM on 12 Oct 1825 in Blount County, Alabama.
They had the following children:
M i Green Berry KETCHUM Sr. was born on 10 Nov 1820. He died on 28 Oct 1868. M ii James R. KETCHUM was born in 1822. He died on 21 Dec 1867. F iii Isabella KETCHUM was born on 19 Oct 1823. She died on 25 May 1906. F iv Minerva KETCHUM was born about 1826. F v Lavinia KETCHUM was born in 1832. She died about 1868. M vi Peter R. KETCHUM Jr. was born in 1836. He died in 1861. F vii Margaret KETCHUM was born in 1838. M viii Chester Van Buren KETCHUM was born on 11 Jun 1839. He died on 21 Mar 1912. M ix John N. KETCHUM was born in 1843 in Illinois. He died on 21 Dec 1867 in Concho River near Tankersley, TX. The cause of death was murder by marauding indians.
Caldwell TX county 1850 census says he was seven years old at that time (Nov).
Austin news report says he was killed by indians along with his brother James in 1867, reporting the five people by name, as does a calvary officer's report of the incident. The consensus is that James and John Ketchum, Robert Compere* Tom Donnell** and Will Thurman were the men killed, although contradicting information exists saying that two people died with James - "a McDonald boy and a Mr. Comperry".* This from rememberances of a James Ketchum's daughter-in-law who had been told the story Eugene McCrohan who was on the cattle drive, recorded in the WPA LIFE HISTORIES COLLECTION in the Library of Congress, accessible on the internet.
*This was Robert Comperre, native of France, came to Texas from Missouri shortly after the Civil War ended.
**A San Saba ranchman.
Norman Grady BONNER [Parents] was born on 15 Jan 1906. He died in Jan 1984.
He had the following children:
M i Norman Grady BONNER Jr. was born on 25 Aug 1947. He died on 21 Nov 1992.
Norman Grady BONNER Jr. [Parents] was born on 25 Aug 1947. He died on 21 Nov 1992.
He had the following children:
Ernest Berry SPRADLEY [Parents] [image] was born on 24 Feb 1940 in Hockley Co., TX. He married Joy Ann REINHART on 28 Aug 1964 in Houston, Harris County, Texas. Ernest was employed as City Printing Manager in City of Houston.
Other marriages:CAMPBELL, Jacquelin
Berry graduated from high school with honors in 1958 at Anton, Texas. Worked two years as bank teller, then truck driver, then enrolled in Texas Tech University in Lubbock, TX in 1960, graduating with a Bachelor's Degree in Business and Advertising in 1964. Moved to Houston, TX , married Joy Ann Reinhart on 28 Aug 1964, and worked for The Houston Post newspaper.
Served active duty in Navy from New Year's Eve 1966 to Halloween Eve 1968 in a highly classified electronic intellegence branch, and returned to the Houston Post newspaper upon discharge from active duty on Oct. 31, 1968. Divorced on 6 Oct 1969, continued work at The Houston Post. In 1970 had a bit part in the movie Brewster McCloud filmed in Houston, starring Stacy Keach, Shelly Duvall, Sally Kellerman and others. But, sadly for Berry, the part was left out of the final cut.
Left Houston and returned to Texas Tech University earning a Master's Degree in 1975. Married Jacquelin Campbell Parker and her three children in 1971 and they moved to Longview, Texas where he worked as Display Advertising Manager of the Longview Daily News and then later as Advertising Director at the Daily Brazosport Facts newspaper in the Lake Jackson, Texas area. Later worked for five years as permitting agent and land title researcher in the petroleum exploration field in several states, and then took a job as the Manager of Printing operations for Arlington (TX) Independent School District.
In 1994 became Printing Manager for the City of Houston (TX), and retired in December 2002. Returned to work as a Land Title Researcher and Abstractor in 2006, as an independent contractor in the petroleum pipeline industry to help with college expenses for his two 'adopted' granddaughters. Retired again in 2009. Lived in Spring, Texas for many years after moving there from Lake jackson, Texas.
Facts about this person:
05/74-05/75 and 09/60-06/64
Texas Tech University - Lubbock, Texas
Received MBA degree in 1975 with 3.75 grade point average. Studies concentrated in marketing. Received BBA degree in 1964. Majored in advertising/marketing.
U. S. Naval Reserve, active duty, 1967 and 1968. Administrative yeoman, Naval Security Group, Bainbridge, Maryland. Special Intelligence functions. Held a Special Top Secret NSA clearance. Honorably discharged in 1971.
Accepted in 1966 as a member of Mensa, an international organization of men and women whose I.Q. is above 98 per cent of the general population.
Hobbies include genealogical research, home computer activities, photography and writing. Book author "Fundamentals of Permitting for Seismic Exploration".
Joy Ann REINHART was born on 19 Nov 1942 in Houston, Harris County, Texas. She married Ernest Berry SPRADLEY on 28 Aug 1964 in Houston, Harris County, Texas.
Berry Spradley and Joy Reinhart met while students at Texas Tech University, and married in 1964. They divorced in 6 Oct 1969 in Houston, Texas. No children. She married James L. Dwigans on 20 Aug 1969. They divorced in 1984 in Bexar County, Texas. She married James Don Dillon on 20 Aug 1984 in Bexar County, Texas.
Donnie Austin HOWARD [Parents] was born in 1904. He died on 6 Jul 1955 in Deming, New Mexico. He married Ella Mae ARMSTRONG.
Ella Mae ARMSTRONG.Ella married Donnie Austin HOWARD.
Harl Dean GANN.Harl married Bonnie Marie HOWARD about 1954.
Bonnie Marie HOWARD [Parents] was born on 15 Feb 1937. She married Harl Dean GANN about 1954.
They had the following children:
M i Harold DeWayne GANN was born on 17 Jun 1955. F ii Bonnie Sue GANN was born on 18 Oct 1956. F iii Sharon Darnell GANN was born on 26 Dec 1957. F iv Carol Jo GANN was born on 14 Jan 1961. F v Janice Darlynn GANN was born on 6 Nov 1962.
John Dee HOWARD [Parents] was born on 2 Feb 1941. He married Ana Marie ERNST on 6 Jun 1970 in Victoria, Texas.
Ana Marie ERNST.Ana married John Dee HOWARD on 6 Jun 1970 in Victoria, Texas.
They had the following children:
F i Anna Cheyenne HOWARD was born on 17 Jun 1977. F ii Camille Marie HOWARD was born on 22 Jun 1979.
Stephen Aubrey LOHSE.Stephen married Mary Sue HOWARD on 13 Sep 1966 in Aransas Pass, Texas.
Mary Sue HOWARD [Parents] was born on 12 Oct 1944. She married Stephen Aubrey LOHSE on 13 Sep 1966 in Aransas Pass, Texas.
They had the following children:
F i Christene Michelle LOHSE was born on 27 Jan 1967.
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