Greene County Ancestry
My Greene county Indiana ancestry is deep the Long, Turley, Sexton, Gastineau families are among some of the first settlers of Greene
county. Then came the Whitworth , Mewhirter / McWhirter and Vandeventer; followed by the influx of Chostocton county Ohio familes among
them being the Ault, Edington, Emery, Hardesty, Mansfield, Taylor and Williams; and then finally the last in about 1871 the McKee family
from Owen county Indiana.
The 3rd great grandfather Benjamin Turley was hired to help moved the courthouse records from Burlington to the new county seat of Bloomfield.
and when the present court house was beuilt in 1884-1885 my great grandfather Robert Thomas McKee was a county commissioner - during the court
house renovation in the early 2000's the bell was discoverd tucked away in the attic - the commissoners names among others was inscribed on the
bell. This was alos the time period that the A. M. Kennedy's built the covered bridge at Richland Creek and for years the commissioners names
were inscribed upon it also until the vandalism towards it took its toll and during the last re-construction the names were omitted. Today it is
the only remainind covered bridge of Greene county and is on the historical register.
The McKee's came to Greene county in the 1870's from Owen county Indiana where they had originally immgrated from Kentucky sometime after the
1830 census; Robert Thomas McKee's cousin John P. McKee came first and Robert followed with his sister Eliza Ann (McKee) Talley Widow of Orren I.
They are of the Kentucky, Virginia and Pennsylvania McKee's
WILLIAM McKEE being my first known ancestor in America.
The McKee's were said to have been from Ireland and orginally Scotland and Ireland. Family tradition handed down through the years has been thet there
were from five to ten brothers who came to America Settling first in Pennsylvania and three of the brothers went to Rockbridge county Virginia. Not
all these brothers have ever been for its is growing belief that this is a "family fable". James Mckee married
; and their son Robert McKee married Mary Todd and his son Joseph Howe McKee married Lucinda Bartlett came to Owen county Indiana with
their family; their son Robert Thomas McKee was married three times and founght in the civil War and came to Greene county about 1871; his son by his
third marriage James Garfield McKee married Lillie Gladys Vandeventer was my grandfather and their son Alvin Robert McKee married Reba Doris Emery
were my parents; they lef Greene county shortly after their marriage in Decemeber 1948 - just exactly when in not known but it was before I was born
they first lived in Bloomington, Monroe, Indiana and then moved to Danville, Indiana on High School Road and in Novemeber of 1952 they moved to
Culver, Marshall, Indiana and finally in September 1974 they moved to Bradenton Flordia where they both lived until their deaths.
are of New AMsterdam heritage coming from Deventer, Holland as their name implies. They
migrated from Kentucky and came to the area from 1840 to 1860. ABSOLUM VANDEVENTER and his first wife first migrated from Kentucky to Gidsom county Indiana
where my great-grand father James Thomas 'Tom' Vaneventer was born in May 1844. It is believed that Absolum's first wife Susannah "Susan' Coghill died there
possible from the event of childbirth as Absolum married his 2nd wife Mary Ellen Elizabeth Huffman on 27 Aug 1844 in Gibson county aby an affidavit she filed
to get a dependents pension from her sons Civil War service. Absolum migrated to to Clay county Indiana from Gibson county Indiana by the 1850 census as
they are found on the census records of Clay county and then came to Greene county Indiana after the 1850 census. Several families of Vandeventer's are in
Clay, Greene and Monroe counties Indiana as follows: James William and Nancy A. (Ingram); Josiah and Emily or Milly (Hugh/Hughes) Vandeventer and their children.
These men could be uncles, brothers or father of Absolum. Absolum married 1st in Spencer county Kentucky Susan or Susannah Coghill daughter of John Coghill and
nothing more of him or his ancestry is known. Absolum and Susannah came from Spencer county Kentucky to Gibson county Indiana. There is a possibility that Absolum
was the son of either Jacob, Josiah or James William the majority says that Jacob is his father. It is believed that Josiah and James William were the sons of
Wynant Vandeventer of Shelby county Kentucky but no official records of this connection can be found to date such as real estate transfers, will, probates or
estates. The only connection of these men and their families that is know is being in the same locale at the same time and the naming pattersn of their families
are basically the same and these mens connection to Wynant is being in the same locale at the same time also. Wynant's ancestry being from
PIETER HERMANS VANDEVENTER
who came to New Amsterdam from Deventer, Holland.
Long - Sexton
was in Greene county by the 1840 census. His ancestry is unknown. His wife is
n and was the daughter of WILLIAM SEXTON and Virginia Leah Free or Ferree and the SEXTON'S
were in Greene county before the 1830 census. Nothing more is known of the Sexton and Free ancestry at this point. There is a THEORY that William could of
been married a first time with 3 children from that marriage: Archibald, Olivia and Isaac. William and Leah are listed with children of: James, Jacob, Enoch,
Margaret, Frederick Free, William Wallace, Lemuel Edward, Joel Benton (Judge of Greene county Indiana), Esom or Easom. They came from Virginia to Whitley county
Kentucky then to Greene county Indiana.
some say they it is BELEIVED (not proven) that William could be
of the SEXTON'S
Of the Sextons of Limerick; Kensington, London, England two of Christopher's sons emigrated to America - Windsor, Connecticut: Richard arrived on 13 July 1635
on the ship Blessing and George in 1663; but this is only a THEORY that has been passed around for years without any documentation provided for it. I really doubt this theory babased on
work of Pat O'Conner and Willis Sexton bothe deceased now and many others and detailed here - Sexton Website
and has been found I was in contact with Pat and supplied her with alot fo the material for the Greene county Indiana Sexton/Sexson as I did Georgie Benton.
Most of the early research I have gotten came from Don and Georgie Benton of Ft. Worth, Texas; Don is now deceased and others has sent me undocumented material on the Sexton's.
I have only tried to put it all together and document it as I can; into PAF so it can be indexed, expanded easier and documnentd.
and wife Patience Morrow was in Greene county before the 1840 Census. James Gastineau's ancestry
can only be definetly traced back to his father George Gastineau of Pulaksi county Kentucky; some in the past have it traced back to
who was born in France his son Jean married into the
. it is very highly likely that this is the correct ancestry but PROOF, documentation is lacking as to prove George
Gastineau is the son of Job Gastineau Sr. Patience Morrow is assumed to be the daughter of Samuel Morrow and nothing more is known of him or his ancestry or
descendants to date has not be accounted for. The former Greene county Sheriff and former Indiana State police officer Gene Gastineau also descends from
James Gastineay and Patience Morrow.
Mewhirter - Mc Whirter
ROBERT MEWHIRTER (the family bible spelling and also on the tombstone) and wife Elizabeth Taylor, were also here before the 1840 census.
Their children bore the spelling of McWhirter and its variants. Nothing is really know of Elizabeth's heritage; family tradition is that
her mother was a Barr; it is also stated that her ancestry could be connected to Zacharey Taylor but nothing has been proven. Robert
Mewherter and Elisabeth Taylor's ancestry has not been traced back either. Their are some descendants who contend that the spelling is
THOMAS HENRY WHITWORTH and his wife Sarah "Sally" GULICK daughter of Joseph Gulick and Mary "Polly" Stoker; came during the
1840's. Nothing at this time is known of Thomas' ancestry but some of Sally's can be traced back to New Amsterdam and New England.
Thomas married 2 more times and moved to Neosoha county Kansas where he died. The Gullick line then boosts the hertiage lines of:
Leigh, Hoagland, Smith, Hinckely, Soole, Bergen, Rapelje, Reysre, Schenck , Van Kirk, Van Pelt a mixture of New England and New Amsterdam
Dye - Duyts
was in Greene county by the 1850 census
and was the son of John Eli and Lucinda (Hardin) Dye early settlers of Lawrence
county Indiana. The DYE ANCESTRY can also be traced back to New Amsterdam when
the name was spelled Duyts
came to Lawrence county Indiana in 1817
from Warren county Kentucky and then went to Greene county was formed in 1825
and considered one of the pioneers of Greene county. In 1841 Benjamin Turley
then moved from Greene county Indiana to Ozark county Missouri. PAUL TURLEY is
the first known ancestor in Fairfax county, Virginia. The Turley's were also in
Prince William Loudoun, and Rockingham counties Virginia; as well as Spartanburg
and Union counties South Carolina. Ignatius Turley was the son of Paul and the
father of Benjamin
Ancestors from Coshocton County Ohio
The greatest influx of my ancestors were from Coshocton county Ohio in the 1840 and 1850's as were a great
number of other families that were found in Center, Jackson and Taylor townships
and they were also neighbors, family and friends in Coshocton county Ohio. These
- JOHN AULT (PAF Generated) and his wife Fidelia Taylor (who came via Bartholomew county
Indiana) She was the dau. of JOSEPH TAYLOR; and her brothers came to Greene
county also. His imigrant ancestor is Valentine Alt/Ault.(TNG and PAF GENERATED)
- THOMAS HARDESTY and his wife Nancy Ann Chaney (she died in
Coshocton county Ohio) daughter of SAMUEL CHENEY their children: Margaret
married Robert Edington (he went back to get his family and died in Coshocton
county); she married 2nd Elijah Ashcraft widow of her sister; AQUILLA married
four times 1st to Caty Meek (she died in Coshocton county) said to be the
daughter of Richard Meek, 2nd Elizabeth Murphy, 3rd Martha Kirkpatrick and 4th
Mary J. Knotts and Elizabeth m. Elijah Ashcraft [one of their sons Daniel
married Mary Emery daughter of Ambrose and Mary (Anderson) Emery. (this is to
the index page of the Hardesty Hertiage). Also the preface to the original
manuscript can be found here
- AMBROSE EMERY & wife Mary ANDERSON he being born in Darcut,
Massachusetts the son ot Ambrose Emery and Rebecca Yocum who was the son of
James Emery and Ruth Watson who was son of Jonathan Emery and Mary Woodman
beinf the son of John Emery and his secodn wife Mary (Shastwell) Webster;
residing outside of Philadelphia, in Greene county Pennsylvania before migrating
to Coshocton county.
- James Mack Williams is said to have been born in Coshocton County Ohio
but also Seneca county Ohio has been given. James is said to have come from
Bartholomew county Indiana. An uncle supposedly cared for him as parents
died before he was of age. James it is said came to Greene co., In. when the
tobacco factory was just starting up in Jackson Twp. His parents were THOMAS
WILLIAMS & Rebecca Meredith. Said to have set sailed from Liverpool Eng.
May 30 1831 landed 6 Jul. 1831 On Ship Davey. It is said that Thomas was
born in England & had come to America going back and that Rebecca went
to England & married there explaining being born in the United States
but I he not found anything to prove this not even the family bible which is
to have had written in the data of the family & about the passage to
America. Nothing more has been found on any of the other children but James.
In the 1880 census of Greene co. In. His son James states his father born
England & mother Ohio; there could be a possibility another person gave
the data & not him. Another source says that there was also a son George
W. about 18 days old when they sailed from Liverpool, Eng. that would of
made him born 13 May 1831 Eng. This conflicts with Robert C.'s birth date of
31 October 1831 & who is given as the first child of Thomas &
- THOMAS LEONARD EDINGTON & his wife Martha Ann Williams & their
descendants (this takes you to the index page of the Hardetsy Heritage; all
their descendants are carried out here) being the son of Thomas Edington and
Ursula Moore and he being of Robert Edington and Margaret Hardesty and he the son
of Jonathan Edington,who was son of Robert Edington and he being the son of Philip Edington
and Abigail Curtis of Burlington, New Jersey