FFF~Week #35

(Sorry, a little late getting this posted…made a quick trip to Owen County, IN, today to get a copy of Ailesann (Dyer) McGuire’s burial record! Also saw her and her husband’s headstone in person…lovely trip.)

Ancestor: My paternal 3rd-great-grandmother (Elizabeth -Unk-)


  1. Born 28 August 1808 in Pennsylvania.
  2. Died 30 December 1894 in Sullivan County, IN.
  3. Possible maiden names: Death certificate for her daughter has mother’s maiden name as ‘Lutz’.  Another researcher has ‘Troxel’ or ‘Traxel’.  I’d like to see the marriage record; I might send off a request for it.
  4. I know she had 7 children: Unknown daughter, Sarah, Mary, Nancy, George, Theresa, and Ephraim.
  5. The Ammermans are not found on the 1850 census o a page-by-page assessment of Jackson Township, Sullivan County and Randolph Township, Tippecanoe County.  It is possible they were in the process of moving to from Tippecanoe County to Sullivan County when either Theresa or Ephraim was born, thus being missed on the census count.



Images above: Death certificate for Mary (Ammerman) Ford, wife of Lyman S. Ford; her mother’s name is listed as ‘Elizabeth Lutz’.

FFF~Week #34

Ancestor: My paternal 3rd-great-grandfather (William Henry Ammerman)

Facts:  I’ve only begun researching Mr. Ammerman since I just found him a few months ago.  The one thing I can surmise at this time is he sure seemed to be a mover!

  1. Born 30 September 1792 in New York (per 1860 census).  Died 10 September 1872, buried at Bethel Cemetery in Sullivan County, IN.
  2. Married Elizabeth (possibly Lutz [on her death certificate] or Troxel) 23 December 1830 in Birmingham, Huntingdon Co., PA (info on FAG.com #38681811).
  3. I found a William Ammerman (transcribed as ‘Ammons’) on the 1840 census in Tippecanoe County, IN, with a wife and 4 young daughters, all under 10 years of age.
  4. First or second daughter, Sarah Maria, born in Canada in December 1835, according to the 1900 census (as well as other censuses corroborating the ‘born in Canada’ statement).
  5. Another daughter, Mary (my 2nd-great-GM), was born in Will County, Illinois, in April 1838.
  6. A third daughter, Nancy E., was born in Indiana on 6 October 1840.  I believe the 4th daughter from the 1840 census did not survive as I cannot find a marriage record for her or a record of death in Tippecanoe County.  As for the 1850 census, the Ammermans disappeared from it.  My best guess is they were relocating from Tippecanoe County to Sullivan County, which is where their 3 surviving daughters wed from 1853 through 1857, and got missed on the census.  Also, their last child, Ephraim, was born in 1850 in IN so that could be why they were missed.
  7. I’ve connected William as my 3rd-great-GF by his will, which names Lyman S. Ford and Mary Ammerman.
  8. I’d really like to be able to trace their trail from when they married in PA, to Canada, to IL, and finally to IN.  How interesting, and incredibly difficult, that must’ve been in the early 1830s.
  9. By the 1860 census, William was enumerated in Sullivan County, IN, along with wife Elizabeth and three additional children, George, born 1844 in IN, Theresa, born 1848 in IN, and Ephraim, born in 1850 in IN.

Hmm…I had more info on him than I thought!

FFF~Week #19

My apologies! I didn’t update this post before it published. Unfortunately, I don’t know that much about Susan McGuire at this point.

Ancestor: My paternal 2nd-great-grandmother (Susan Florance McGuire)


  1. Born 31 Mar 1854 in Indiana.
  2. Married Jonathan Criss 25 July 1874 in Owen County, Indiana.
  3. Died 3 May 1924.
  4. Lived in Sullivan County, Indiana, the last decade of her life.
  5. Had 9 children, 8 survived.


FFF~Week #18

Ancestor: My paternal 2nd-great-grandfather (Jonathan Criss)


  1. Born 20 Aug 1850 in Owen County, Indiana (21 Sep 1850 on headstone).
  2. Parents are Isaac Criss and Susannah France.
  3. Married Susan F. McGuire on 25 Jul 1874 in Owen County, Indiana.
  4. Died 3 Aug 1923 in Sullivan County, Indiana. Just realized my grandfather was alive (age 7 when Jonathan Criss died) and possibly knew his grandfather.
  5. Buried in Owen County, Indiana, New Union Cemetery.


Sullivan County, Indiana, Research

Visited the:

* County Health Department to check on 4 death certificates. Hit paydirt with one. The other 3 had no death certs even though they died 20 years after the one I did receive! Odd. The one I did receive was for Mary (Ammerman) Ford. Gave me a date of death, age at death, place of birth (Illinois), and name of mother (Elizabeth Lutz; I’ve seen the possibility of Troxell or Taxell online but unsourced so Lutz might be a good hint).

* Public Library to recheck family files. Still no luck with Ford or Ammerman.

* Historical Society to see what they had. Very helpful ladies who pulled Ford and Ammerman files for me. Nothing new that I hadn’t seen before. I left my name and contact info in case someone comes in doing the same line of research as me.

* Courthouse to get actual copies of 4 documents I had found online. I had the book and page numbers for said documents. I found 2 easily enough. However, the other 2 sent me to the basement.

IMG_0758 Rows upon rows in a locked room in the basement of records. Did I find the 2 ledgers I sought? No! And I went up and down each aisle. The farther into the basement room I went, the more cobwebs I encountered.

This beautiful rotunda there made up for it!

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I found the land my great-grandfather Joseph V. Ford owned, where my grandfather grew up, so my husband and I drove out and found it…it was covered by a small man-made lake. Bummer!

All in all, a productive research trip. The day was beautiful, and the color of that man-made lake was an astounding blue. Maybe Grampa was keeping tabs on us that day!

FFF~Week #17

Sorry in advance for the length of this post…I’ve made some interesting discoveries!

Ancestor: My paternal 2nd-great-grandmother (Mary M. Ammerman)


  1. I knew very little about Mary M. Ammerman. I hope to learn more when I visit Sullivan County, Indiana, in late April. She was born in April 1838 in Illinois (per the 1900 census). This weekly fact-finding project, though, has helped me knock down a brick wall and learn a lot more about the Ammermans.
  2. I have found her parents, William and Elizabeth {-unk-} Ammerman. My clues included her father being born in New York and her mother being born in Pennsylvania. On the 1840 census, I found William living in Tippecanoe County, Indiana, with a daughter of Mary’s age, so I decided to follow him forward on the censuses. I have been unable to find them on the 1850 census (have done page by page searches of the township in Tippecanoe County and the township in Sullivan County where they lived, no luck). On the 1860 and 1870 censuses, however, I found William (born in NY) and Elizabeth (born in PA) living in Sullivan County, Indiana, with children George, Theresa, and Ephraim.
  3. I have Mary on the following censuses: 1840 (only as a female under age 5), 1860 (married to Lyman and living in Terre Haute, IN), 1870 (married to ‘Wyman’ and living in Sullivan County, IN, lists birthplace as Indiana), 1880 (married to Lyman and living in Sullivan County, IN), 1900 (widowed and living in Sullivan County, IN, with her son Joseph), and 1910 (living alone in Sullivan County, IN). She is listed as being born in Illinois (on the 1860, 1880, 1900, and 1910 censuses), so right now I’m accepting that as fact. The Ammermans must’ve migrated from the eastern states and made it to Illinois where Mary was born but then came back to Indiana.
  4. Mary bore 10 children with 7 surviving. She is buried next to Lyman in Bethel Cemetery in Hymera, IN, along with their 3 young children who didn’t survive (Lyman C., Edna, and Alice Ann). Also buried in Bethel Cemetery? William and Elizabeth Ammerman.
  5. I knew the Sullivan County Public Library website had some genealogy info online so I did a search there. I found further evidence of a connection between the Ammermans and Fords. I found the will and inventory for William Ammerman; he named as his administrator Lyman S. Ford, Mary’s husband. image
  6. I was curious about the other children enumerated on the 1840 census, 2 girls under age 5 and 2 girls ages 5-9, plus William and Elizabeth. Since Mary married in 1855 in Sullivan County, IN, I started there, searching for female Ammermans married in the 1850s. Bingo! I found two plus her younger sister, Theresa. One sister, Sarah (b: 1835), was older than Mary, and the other sister, Nancy (b: 1840), was younger. I have not yet found any evidence of another older sister, but there was a cholera epidemic in Tippecanoe County that claimed a number of lives. What was interesting was the note made that Sarah was born in Canada and Nancy in Indiana! I followed them forward on the censuses just like I did their father. I used their married names and found naming patterns that matched others in the Ammerman family. Also, on the 1900 census, Sarah is living one door away from Mary. The birth of Sarah in Canada is quite the mystery. I’d like to find something about the marriage of William to Elizabeth, not sure if it was in NY, PA, or now Canada is thrown into the mix!
  7. FindAGrave.com is a great place for finding information to boost your research. I did a search there for Mary’s sister Nancy and found her buried in Parke County, Indiana. One of her descendants posted a picture of Nancy!


John Ford

John Ford is one of my Civil War ancestors.  He is my 3rd-great-grandfather.  He was born in Verona, Oneida County, New York, on 9 June 1808.  He died in Hymera, Sullivan County, Indiana, on 23 September 1884.

From what I’ve been able to glean about his life, he visited at the very least 7 states during his lifetime, one being California.  I don’t know which states he passed through to make it out west so 7 is a conservative figure.

Thankfully, he wrote an autobiography for a county history book and included many details about his life. I found this in the History of Greene and Sullivan Counties, State of Indiana (it’s a .pdf file that I created):


He was a very active man during his lifetime, it seems. I’d like to learn more about his childhood and his parents and siblings and his first marriage (see forthcoming post regarding Genealogy Do-Over Week 1). I’ve been working on finding documentation to prove each of his statements in his autobiography; some I’ve found, others don’t exist, and I still have a lot of research to do with this family.

*Was going through some indices on FamilySearch dot org for New York Land Records and stumbled across a grantee/grantor of Nathaniel Ford (John’s father) from Archibald Bennett in 1816 in Genesee County!! Huge find! Later, while researching Archibald Bennett, I found his Revolutionary War pension application from when he was living in Decatur County, Indiana, in 1837; guess who one of his witnesses was? None other than John Ford!!! John Ford attested that Archibald’s date of birth was 12 January 1762 at the mouth of the Antietam Creek in Maryland.As it turns out, Bennett’s Rev War claim for pension was rejected. He was a member of the Frontier Rangers.