1902 Skeeter Family Reunion

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Here is another family photo in which all but one of the people are unidentified.  This is the Skeeters family reunion in 1902.  This photo was shared with me a long time ago by a distant cousin who wanted help in identifying people.  If you recognize anyone, please let me know.

The Skeeters family seems to be a very small one, and everyone with an ancestor of that name is related.  The origin of the family still hasn’t been determined, although I have a theory or two.

This is how the Skeeters entered my family:

David Skeeters (Josiah-1) was born about 1802 in KY. He lived in Parke Co., IN in 1850.[1] In 1850 he was a farmer.[2] David died before 17 Aug 1876 at the age of 74, because his wife Catherine’s tombstone says she is his widow.

David Skeeters and Catherine Turner were married on 28 Jun 1821 in Campbell Co., KY, but it could have been in Boone County instead. Catherine Turner was born on 25 Mar 1799 in KY.[3] She was buried in 1876 at Old Morgan Cemetery in Parke Co., IN.[4] She died on 17 Aug 1876 at the age of 77 at possibly in Wabash Township in Parke Co., IN.[5]

David Skeeters and Catherine Turner had the following children:

  1. Mary Skeeters, born abt 1828, KY, USA; married William Harvey Wilson, 24 Jan 1844, Parke Co., IN; died 21 Jun 1890, Parke Co., IN.
  2. Lorenzo Skeeters was born about 12 Sep 1828 in KY.[6] He was buried in 1853 at Old Morgan Cemetery in Rockville, Parke Co., IN. He died on 1 Jan 1853 at the age of 24 in Parke Co., IN, USA.
  3. Elizabeth Skeeters was born on 6 Apr 1830.[7] She was buried in 1837 at Old Morgan Cemetery in Rockville, Parke Co., IN.[8] She died on 13 Sep 1837 at the age of 7 in Parke Co., IN.[9]
  4. Absalom Skeeters was born on 11 Nov 1835.[10] He was buried in 1836 at Old Morgan Cemetery in Rockville, Parke Co., IN.[11] He died on 11 Mar 1836 at the age of 0 in Parke Co., IN.[12]
  5. Ellen Skeeters, born 18 Mar 1842, IN, USA; married Milo G. Chezem, 18 Dec 1861; died 28 Dec 1909, Parke Co., IN.

Mary Skeeters (David-2, Josiah-1) was born about 1828 in KY, USA. She appeared in

the census in 1880 in Reserve Township, Parke Co., IN.[13] She died on 21 Jun 1890 at the age of 62 in Parke Co., IN.[14] She was buried at OId Morgan Cemetery in , Parke Co., IN.[15]

Mary Skeeters and William Harvey Wilson were married on 24 Jan 1844 in Parke Co., IN.[16] They appeared in the census on 18 Jun 1860 in Reserve Township, Parke Co., IN.[17] William Harvey Wilson, son of William Wilson and Rachel Wells, was born on 3 Dec 1820 in Greenfield Twp., Fairfield Co., OH.[18] In 1850 he was a farmer.[19] He appeared in the census in 1860 in Reserve Township, Parke Co., IN.[20] In 1860 William was a farmer.[21] He died on 28 Oct 1862 at the age of 41 in Parke Co., IN.[22] He has reference number 160. William was buried at Old Morgan Cemetery in Parke Co., IN.[23]

William Harvey Wilson and Mary Skeeters had the following children:

  1. William Graham Wilson was born about 1845.[24]
  2. Isabel Wilson, born 1848, IN; married Samuel Haworth, 1866.
  3. Pratt Wilson was born in 1851.
  4. Alice Wilson, born 1853; married James Collins, 1872.
  5. Loretta Wilson, born 1855; married James Hiller, 1871.
  6. George S. Wilson, born 30 Dec 1858, Parke Co., IN; married Viola V. Hise, 31 Mar 1882, Parke Co., IN; died 23 Jan 1901, Parke Co., IN.
  7. Clara Wilson, born abt 1862, IN; died 24 May 1927, IN.

George S. Wilson (Mary Skeeters-3, David-2, Josiah-1) was born on 30 Dec 1858 in Parke Co., IN.[25] He appeared in the census on 4 Jun 1880 in Reserve Township, Parke Co., IN.[26] In 1900 he was a farmer.[27] George died of consumption on 23 Jan 1901 at the age of 42 in Parke Co., IN.[28] He was buried on 25 Jan 1901 at Old Morgan Cemetery in Parke Co., IN.[29]

George S. Wilson and Viola V. Hise were married on 31 Mar 1882 in Parke Co., IN, USA.[30] Viola V. Hise, daughter of Jesse Hise and Mary Jane Runyan, was born in Oct 1862 in Clinton, Vermillion Co., IN.[31] She appeared in the census in Jul 1870 with her aunt and uncle in Reserve Twp., Parke Co., IN.[32] She appeared in the census on 10 Jun 1880 with her aunt and uncle in Reserve Twp., Parke Co., IN.[33] Viola appeared in the census on 11 Jun 1880 with her mother and stepfather in Clinton Township, Vermillion Co., IN.[34] She appeared in the census on 28 Jun 1900 in Reserve Township, Parke Co., IN. She appeared in the census on 15 Apr 1910 in Reserve Township, Parke Co., IN.[35] Viola died of paresis for a year on 14 May 1914 at the age of 51 in Reserve Township, Parke Co., IN.[36] She was buried at Morgan Cemetery in , Parke Co., IN, USA.[37] Viola lived with her aunt and uncle James Morgan and Turzah Hise.

George S. Wilson and Viola V. Hise had the following children:

  1. Iva M. Wilson, born Aug 1883, IN; married Lewis A. Rohr, 6 Mar 1901, Parke Co., IN; divorced 1905.
  2. Frederick Everett “FE” Wilson, born 17 Jun 1887, Montezuma, Parke Co., IN; married Mary Myrtle Vandivier, 18 May 1910, Parke Co., IN; died 12 Oct 1965, Hagerstown, Washington Co., MD.
  3. Mary D. Wilson was born in Feb 1891 in IN, USA.[38]
  4. Infant Wilson was born on 1 Jul 1900 in Parke Co., IN.[39] He died on 12 Aug 1900 at the age of 0.[40]

[1]. 1850 federal census record, Parke Co., IN.

[2]. Ibid.

[3]. Carol Ealey, transcriber, Old Morgan Cemetery (2000).

[4]. Ibid.

[5]. Ibid.

[6]. 1850 federal census record, Parke Co., IN.

[7]. Carol Ealey, transcriber, Old Morgan Cemetery.

[8]. Ibid.

[9]. Ibid.

[10]. Ibid.

[11]. Ibid.

[12]. Ibid.

[13]. 1880 federal census, Reserve  Township, Parke Co., IN.

[14]. Carol Ealey, transcriber, Old Morgan Cemetery.

[15]. Ibid.

[16]. Parke County Marriage Records.

[17]. 1860 federal census, Parke Co., Ind.

[18]. Carol Ealey, transcriber, Old Morgan Cemetery.

[19]. 1850 federal census record, Parke Co., IN.

[20]. 1860 federal census, Parke Co., Ind.

[21]. Ibid.

[22]. Carol Ealey, transcriber, Old Morgan Cemetery.

[23]. Ibid.

[24]. 1860 federal census, Parke Co., Ind.

[25]. Carol Ealey, transcriber, Old Morgan Cemetery.

[26]. 1880 federal census, Reserve  Township, Parke Co., IN.

[27]. 1900 federal census, Parke Co., Ind.

[28]. Carol Ealey, transcriber, Old Morgan Cemetery.

[29]. Ibid.

[30]. Parke County Marriage Records, MR#7, page 485, Book 7, Page 485.

[31]. Parke County Death Records, Book H-16, Page 86.

[32]. 1870 federal census, Parke Co., Ind.

[33]. 1880 federal census, Parke Co., Ind.

[34]. 1880 federal census, Vermillion Co., Ind.

[35]. 1910 federal census, Parke Co., Ind.

[36]. Parke County Death Records, Book 16, Page 86.

[37]. Parke County Death Records, Book H-16, Page 86.

[38]. 1900 federal census, Parke Co., Ind.

[39]. Carol Ealey, transcriber, Old Morgan Cemetery.

[40]. Ibid.

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