Friday, July 5, 2019

Amanuensis Monday ~ George Haessig's Memories

(Amanuensis Monday is daily prompt, developed by John Newmark at Transylvanian Dutch. It encourages bloggers to transcribe family letters, journals, audiotapes, and other historical artifacts. An amanuensis is someone employed to write what another dictates or to copy what has been written by another.)

A few years ago, I started my blog,  This Hoosier's Heritage, for several reasons. One of which was to meet new relatives that would help in our quest to keep our heritage alive.

I have been rewarded so richly in this area! One of my first "new cousins" was so kind as to share this paper written by her grandfather, George Philip Haessig, a couple of weeks before his death.

George Haessig's Letter

George Philip Haessig is the brother to my great-grandfather, Henry George Haessig. Their parents are Henry (aka as Heinrich, Henri) and Sophia Kuntz.

The Haessigs-(seated) Sophia Anna Kuntz Haessig, Heinrich (Henri) Haessig. Standing - (L. to R.) George Philip Haessig, Caroline H. Haessig, Henry George Haessig, Emile Salome Haessig, George Jacob Eperle (stepson).

George writes of rafting and sailing on the Mississippi River with his brother, Henry. In all of my years, this is one story I had never heard! Lol

I have transcribed this paper from George below, with only one exception. I added my logo over their exact address for privacy reasons, and fixed a date at the bottom. Otherwise, I have made no changes.


                                                          November 5, 1961
                                              Pre-Thanksgiving Dinner

On June 17, 1877 in the vicinity of Sunman, Indiana a son was born to Sophia Anna and Henry Haessig. He was named George Haessig. He spent his early life on the farm. He attended school through the seventh grade. As a young man he and his brother Henry went to Mississippi to work in a sawmill his half-brother Jake and his wife had purchased. In their spare time they built rafts and sailed the Mississippi. After two years they were needed back on the farm so the two boys came back hobo-style, stopping at homes on the way for meals.

George met Mary Schutte when he worked on her Uncle Fred’s farm, at Schutte Corners, later named Lookout, Indiana.  Lookout is a little town in southern Indiana made up originally of the Schutte family. Mary worked in Indianapolis.  They were married at Adams Lutheran Church in a beautiful wedding ceremony. Their attendants were Carrie Schutte and Henry Haessig.  They were married by Rev. Tessmer.

George and Mary had their first home near Sunman.  George had his own business in Lookout, Haessig’s Saloon.  They were very happy and had six children, two of which passed on while they were still small.

In 1927, they brought their children Belle, (Isabelle), Betty (Elizabeth), George and Charlie (Charles) to Indianapolis where they settled at **** South Meridian Street.  George Sr. worked at Patrician Art Metals, Watchel and was retired from Stewart Warners. Mary passed away in December 1944 during World War II. Charlie and Virgil, their son-in-law, served in the armed forces (Navy) in the war.  Virgil also served during the Korean War. Mary lived to see all of her children married and to know and love three of her granddaughters: Mary, Barbara and Judy. She is buried at Adams Lutheran Cemetery.

He lived with Belle and Virg in California, the last 10 years coming to Indiana for summers.  He has flown by jet, gone by train and come by car in many trips. He has also traveled in many states including Florida, Texas and all points west.  He lived for two years on an orange ranch within walking distance of San Juan Capistrano, California.

As we enjoy this Pre-Thanksgiving dinner before he takes off for California, let us give thanks for having such a wonderful father, grandpa and great grandpa.

Marriage dates of children:

Betty Haessig to Leo Gallagher    June 9, 1951
George Haessig to Alberta Gamstetter   October 24, 1933
Charles Haessig to Virginia Parish   February 18, 1944
Isabelle Haessig to Virgil Vaughn  November 7, 1936

This was written a couple of weeks before his death, November 21, 1961. He flew home to California on November 18, and was returned to Indiana on November 25, 1961.  He is buried at Adams Lutheran Church Cemetery, beside the love of his life, Mary Schutte Haessig.

Sunday, May 26, 2019

Honor Roll Project- Gosport Cemetery, Indiana

A few years ago, I discovered a wonderful historical project that helps to honor the brave veterans throughout our country. 

I would love to share it with you, also.

It is called The Honor Roll Project, and it is "an effort to transcribe and photograph military honor rolls. The transcribed names make the soldiers available for search engines, so that descendants and family members can find them on the internet." This description was taken straight from The Honor Roll website (Honor Roll Project), and is exactly the reason that I am so enthused about doing what I can.

When I explained to my husband about this project, he was on board also for helping me as much as possible. He is always on the lookout with me as we are traveling down the road.

Recently, as we were driving through Owen County, a Veterans of Foreign Wars monument near the road caught our attention.

Near the little town of Gosport, on State Highway 67 in Owen County, is the small Gosport Cemetery. 

Immediately upon turning into the Gosport Cemetery, you will notice the following Veterans of Foreign Wars monument.

Veterans of Foreign Wars Monument, Gosport Cemetery
Note: I have transcribed the names exactly as I read them on the monument. You will notice there are a few places where the nameplates are broken and indecipherable. In those places, I transcribed what I could, and left (???) where I could not.

Front side of monument
FRONT - 5 Unknown Soldiers ~ Wess Acuff ~ James M. Alexander ~ Jesse L. Alexander ~ George L. Ancil ~ Eli Anderson ~ Frank W. Anderson ~ Johnathon Andrews ~ Albert Arganbright ~ Dr. Harvey Asher ~ Joe Asher ~  George R. Baker ~ Isaac Baker ~ Robert w. Barnes ~ Frank Beaumont ~ William Blankenship ~ Richard Boyd ~ James C. Bracken ~ John Brasier ~ Wiley Brasier ~ John Breeden ~ John Brewer ~ John J. Brewer ~ John W. (?????) ~ T(?????) ~ Alf(???..wn) ~ Dr. Archie Brown ~ David L. Brown ~ Tighman Brown ~ Ross Brown ~ William Brown ~ William Burk ~ T.P. Burt ~ David Buskirk ~ James (Matt) Buskirk ~ James Whit. Buskirk ~ Thomas Buskirk ~ Wm. Gene Carter ~ Eli Cash ~ John William Cassell ~ Robert H. Cassell ~ Robert H. Cherry ~ Joel Childers ~ Ben Chrissman ~ William Corrie ~ Dave M. Cowden ~ John A. Cradick ~ F.M. Cravens ~ William W. Creager ~ Harrison Criss ~ E.W. Cromwell ~ J.M. Cromwell ~ William Cromwell ~ Hiram Crouch ~ James Crouch ~ John Crouch ~ William Dagley ~ Clarence Davis ~ James Davis ~ Samuel Davis ~ William Dietrick ~ Adam Dittemore ~ Bert Dittemore ~ Bernard W. Donahue ~ Lewis Dowdy ~ Hershel L. Ducker ~ Ray Dunagan ~ Bob Dunn ~ Harley Otis Dunning ~ Ernest Dusenbery ~ William Dusenbery ~ Gaylord Edwards ~ Wilbur F. Edwards ~ Wm E. (Bill) Felton ~ George C. Fritch ~ James Fritts ~ Herman S. Fox ~ James W. Fox ~ Harry E. Frye ~ John Gillaspy ~ Thomas F. Gillaspy ~ Alfred Glover ~ Dean Goss ~ Ephriam Goss ~ Fred Goss ~ John W. Graham ~ David C. Gray ~ John Green ~ James T. Greer ~ Joseph Gregory ~ James Grimsley ~ Hiram Grounds ~ James Guillen ~ Thomas Guy ~ Andrew L. Hale ~ John Hale ~ Robert Hale ~ Leon Hall ~ Glen Hall ~ Robert James Hall ~ Ron Hall ~ William Hammond ~ Don D. Hancock ~ Keith Joe Harlan ~ William Richard Harrigan ~ Alva Hart ~ William Hatfield ~ Col. B.F. Hays ~ Jesse A. Hays ~ Oscar Hendricks ~ James Henry ~ F.M. Hollick ~ John Hollick ~ Stanley Hollis ~ Thomas Holmes ~ Fred Houston ~ John V. Howell ~ Lewis E. Hubble ~ Frank Hunsicker ~ William Hutchings ~ William James ~ James Jennings ~ James John ~ John S. Johnson ~ Phillip Johnson ~ Thornton Jones ~ Rev. William N. Jones ~ Raymond S. Kaylor ~ Lawrence I. Keaton ~ Virgil Keelan ~ Lawson Keeler ~ John Keely ~ Edwin B. King ~ Joshua Kelly ~ Mortimer King ~ Coy Knoy ~ Harvey Laughlin ~ Roy Legge ~ William Lemon ~ William Lenning ~ Oscar E. Lighter ~ Pierce E. Lingle ~ Eugene Long ~ Barnabas Lukenbill ~ Jacob Lukenbill ~ Willliam Lundy ~ Elijah A. McCarty ~ Charles McClung ~ Fred McCullough ~ Arthur A. McDole ~ Isaac McGinnes ~ Dr. J.H. McNutt ~ James Madison ~ John Maple ~ George Marksbury ~ Hugh Anthony Marre ~ Fielding Marsh ~ Frank Martin ~ Jacob Massey ~ James B. Miller ~ Andrew Modrell ~ George Modrell ~ Robert Modrell ~ Jack Moon ~ Abner Morehead ~ David Morgan ~ James Lewis Morgan ~ Stephen Montgomery ~ Raymond E. Morton ~ Leo Mulligan ~ John Mullin ~ Hiram Murphy ~ Charles Myers ~ David Myers ~ Knarf S. Newby ~ Dale D. Newlin ~ James D. Newton ~ Wayne M. O'Hara ~ Dr. H.G. Osgood ~ William Painter ~ F.M. Partin ~ Orley O. Payton ~ Joshua Larkin Ratliff ~ James Richardson ~ Wilbur Roberts ~ J.R. Robinson ~ Andrew Rogers ~ Charles Rogers ~ Marcus Rogers ~ William Rogers ~ James Rose ~ A.J. Sanders ~ Lawrence E. Schoeman ~ William Seay ~ Cornelius Sinclair ~ Delana Eck Sinclair ~ Strange Sinclair ~ Francis Lee Sink ~ Herman Sink ~ Hubert Sink ~ James F. Sink ~ Homer David Smith ~ Howard Ross Smith ~ Lawrence Smith ~ R.C. Smith ~ John Soth ~ Cyrus Spillman ~ William Steele ~ William H. Steele ~ Richard Stemper ~ Harold Stewart ~ Harry Sthair ~ Luther Sthair ~ Harold Stierwalt ~ Thomas Stierwalt ~ Samuel Stierwalt ~ William E. Stines ~ Charles E. Stouder ~ Frank Stucky ~ Dr. J.M. Stucky ~ Frank Swain ~ Montgomery Taylor ~Willie Taylor ~ George Terry ~ Roy Leon Thacker ~ J.A. Thompson ~ J. Wes Thompson ~ Ray Thompson ~William Thompson ~ Combs Craig Truax ~ Frank Vickery ~ ?????? (For 1 or 2 people) ~ James Vickery ~ Elsa Wagoner ~ Harry Steven Wall ~ John Walters ~ Bert Wampler ~ Clint Wampler ~ Robert Guy Wampler ~ George C. Wampler ~ Kiah Wampler ~ Miller A. Wampler ~ J.V. “Bun” Wampler ~ Jess Wampler ~ Ritter Wampler ~ Ralph Watson ~ Jesse Watson ~ Herbert “Humpy” Weiss ~ Dr. Eli Whitaker ~ Orien Whitaker ~ Renos White ~ Barton Wilson ~ Emsley Wilson ~ John Wineiger ~ O. Wilhite ~ G.W. Wooden ~ Jerry Wooden ~ Hershel Wright ~ James A. Wright ~ Clarence Young

Back side of monument
BACK - Duane Anderson ~ Wm T. Applegate ~ Carol V. Asher ~ James O. Brewer Sr. ~ Ralph F. Burns ~ Willard E. Burton ~ Robert M. Bush ~ Norbert R. Caywood ~ Henry C. Childers ~ C.M. “Dubbie” Dittemore ~ Kenneth F. Hooker ~ Ritter W. Jones ~ Luffman Hoskins ~ Cecil McGinnis ~ Marvin E. Mullin ~ E.E. Bud Mullin ~ Alex F. Murphy ~ Jonnie Peralta ~ William N. Rogers ~ James Arthur Shultz ~ James E. Seigle ~ Ralph S. Sink ~ Homer Donald Smith ~ James R. Smith ~ Clifford R. “Pat” Swinney Sr. ~ Carl “Bill” Sullivan ~ Donald P. Williams ~ Lyman E. Wood ~ Donald Woodruff ~ N.S. Chrisma ~ Alfred Clover ~ Jonathan Edwards ~ James Ennis ~ James Gregory ~ James M. Gregory ~ Ed Haltom ~ James R. Hart ~ T.H. Hollick ~ Wm. R. Johnson ~ Losson Keelen ~ Thomas Keelen ~ Fred G. Kelley ~ H.N. Lukenbill ~ Wm. J. Miller ~ Thomas Minnick ~ James H. Quillin ~ Odessa M. Rodgers ~ Wm. Paul Rush ~ F. Campbell Stucky ~ John M. Styer, Jr. ~ Philip Tackett ~ Emanuel Teague ~ Edward Combs Truax ~ J.M. VanBuskirk ~ Thomas VanBuskirk ~ S.W. Vickery ~ R.S. Waltz ~ Ralph E. Wicker ~ ????? ~ Claude Jr. Baker ~ John W. Brewer ~ James C. Brown ~ Gene Carpenter ~ Jay I. Chandler ~ George E. Chrisman ~ William D. Coffey ~ Nicholas W. Cooper ~ Larry G. Dittemore ~ Norman Gene Glidden ~ Paul O. Harris ~ Floyd Jones ~ Clarence Keefover ~ Elmer Van Lighter ~ Oscar “Bud” Lighter ~ William C. Marley ~ Fred R. Miller ~ Robert L. Moore ~ Frank W. Morgan ~ Donald E. Pettijohn ~ Marvin L. Powell ~ Ellsworth Pruett Jr. ~ George A. Reid Jr. ~ David Rush ~ Danny R. Shepherd ~ C.E. Spoonamore ~ Howard N. Sterrett ~ Richard F. Whitaker ~ Harold Hall ~ Fred L. Arnett ~ Robert Bonnes ~ Glenn O. Brown ~ Joe H. Clark ~ Earl Wilson Clouse ~ William Creager ~ John Culross ~ Kenneth Dunning ~ Richard L. Felton ~ Albert Fishel ~ Jess Harris ~ Eddie Haulk ~ James R. Hunt ~ Jesse Lawrence ~ L. Stanley Lynch ~ Marcus Jones ~ Noah E. Moore ~ Dwight Mullin ~ Gerald Navel ~ William C. Riley ~ Leslie D. Ringler ~ Ronald Robertson Sr. ~ Richard H. Seigle ~ Charles W. Sink ~ R.C. “Riley”Smith ~ Edward C. Truax ~ Charles Williams ~ Robert L. Woods ~ Frank C. Arganbright ~ Thomas Bault ~ Edgar Wimpy Cheeseman ~ Hershel R. “Dick” Collier ~ Lawrence “Bud” Culross ~ Frank Forthoffer ~ Harold G. Haase ~ Ralph L. Holler ~ Julian T. Jones ~ Stanley Lambert ~ Howard L. Morgan ~ Steven Melton ~ George W. Nichols ~ Dorrell C. Roach ~ Joseph W. Schwartz ~ Richard “Dick” Sink ~ Guy A. Stewart ~ Gerald G. Steele ~ C. Connelly Stouder ~ Ronald V. Torgerson ~ J. David Wampler ~ Albert Marley ~ Larry Shelly ~ Robert Wall ~ Ned Smith ~ (4 empty spots: not used yet????)

Monday, May 20, 2019

Poor Captain E. Kibbey & the Role He Played in an Early Indiana Trail

As we all work on our family history, I am sure the migration stories cross our minds. Especially, if your family did a lot of that travelling before 1850 or so. 

Prior to this time, many areas west of the Appalachian Mountains were still wilderness. I have read several accounts of how the forests of the southern half of Indiana were so dense as to not see daylight until you came to a clearing.  🌳🌳🌳🌳🌳

Although my Hoosier ancestors most likely used the Ohio River to reach their Dearborn County destination, my 5th-great grandfather, Elijah Sparks, may have used the following road in his position as a  Indiana Territorial Judge. He held this position from 1814, until his death in the spring of 1815. From what I have read in the past, he had to ride quite a distance as he had a large area to cover. 

The first road to cross Indiana was blazed by Captain 
Ephraim Kibbey in 1799-1800. This two-hundred mile
route ran from Cincinnati to Vincennes, crossing the
Greene Ville Treaty Line here. Location: SR 350 on border
 of Dearborn and Ripley Co., IN. Source:

Recently, I discovered this gem of a description about the origins of "Kibbey's Road". I found it in the book, Early Indiana Trails and Surveys by George R. Wilson. According to following account, it appears that poor Captain Kibbey gave his all to the project!

  "There were early trails running east and west through Dearborn County. One went from near Milan toward Cincinnati. The survey records call it 'Kibbey’s Road.'  It was the first one crossing the entire state from Cincinnati to Vincinnes, and was laid out early in the nineteenth century. perhaps in 1801-2. The Western Spy, published in Cincinnati July 23, 1799, contained the following item:  'Captain E. Kibbey, who some time since undertook to cut a road from Vincennes to this place, returned on Monday, reduced to a perfect skeleton. He had cut the road 70 miles, when by some means, he was separated from his men. After hunting them some days without success, he steered his course this way. He had undergone great hardships and was obliged to subsist upon roots, etc., which he picked up in the woods.' Twenty years later gazetteers described the line of the road west from Cincinnati as 'Burlington, 15 miles; Rising Sun, 10; Judge Cotton’s, 20; Madison, 20; New Lexington, 17; Salem, 32; French Lick, 34; East Fork White River, 17; North Fork White River, 20; Vincennes, 16; total, 201 miles.' "
As I did some research on the internet regarding this road, I discovered that the above marker is now missing. Also, there appears to be some confusion in regards to what present-day road is the original Kibbey Road.

If anyone has any answers for me, I would love to hear them! I am sure many of our Hoosier ancestors used this road to travel west through Indiana, and it might be of interest to our fellow genealogists and history buffs!

Please comment below and let me know what you think.


Wilson, George R., C.E., L.L.B.. Early Indiana Trails and Surveys. Indianapolis: Indiana Historical Society Press, 1919, 4-5.

IHB:  Kibbey's Road.