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Omer Odell WALL

Howard County in the World War. C.V. Haworth, 1920. Indianapolis: Wm. B. Burford, Printer and Binder. Page 277 Photo Plate 67

Omer Odell WALL, son of William W. and Laura BAKER WALL, was born in Elwood, Ind. 12 Mar 1898. He enlisted in the service at Kokomo Ind. 2 Jul 1917 and was promoted to corporal in Co. E 152nd Infantry; he later served in the Third Casual Company.

NOTE: The following entry was found in the Social Security Death Index.
OMER WALL - born 12 Mar 1898; died Sep 1982. Last Residence: Kokomo, Howard, IN. SSN: 308-09-2268 issued in Indiana.
The following information was found in the Cemeteries of Howard County website:

WALL, Omar Odell 
Date of Birth 12 Mar 1898 Date of Death 1982 Date of Burial 13-Sep-82
Age 84 Cemetery Crown Point
Plot Section 23 Lot 68
No entry for William WALL was found in a basic search of the 1910 Howard County census index.

Chester C. WARNOCK

Howard County in the World War. C.V. Haworth, 1920. Indianapolis: Wm. B. Burford, Printer and Binder. Page 279 Photo Plate 17.

Chester C. [Charles] WARNOCK was adopted by J.E. and Eva WARDEN WARNOCK when he was 8 months of age. He was born at Fairmount, Ind., 30 Sep 1902.
Before he enlisted in the army 24 Jun 1918, he had completed two years of work in the high school at Greentown, Ind. Upon his arrival at Jefferson Barracks, Mo., he was ordered to Camp Crane, Allentown Pa, where he was given a short course of intensive training in the medical department. His express duties were in one of the base hospitals in France. He returned to Greentown Ind 11 May 1919, the day following his discharge from the army.

NOTE: The following entry was found in the Social Security Death Index.
CHESTER C WARNOCK - born 30 Sep 1902 ; died 01 Jan 1966. Last Residence: Riverside, Riverside, CA. SSN: 312-03-3558 issued in Indiana.
No entry for Chester/Charles WARNOCK was found in the  Cemeteries of Howard County website:  The obituary is referenced at

Clarence R WERBE

Howard County in the World War. C.V. Haworth, 1920. Indianapolis: Wm. B. Burford, Printer and Binder. Page 283 Photo Plate 19

Clarence R WERBE, son of William H. and Marie R. REBMANN WERBE was born in Rockville, Ind 29 May 1895.
On 26 Apr 1918 he was assigned to the 25th Co 7th Battalion 159th Depot Brigade, Camp Zachary Taylor, Ky. Six months later he was transferred to the headquarters company where he became chauffeur for Col. Bailey.
At the time of demobilization, he was sergeant in the motor transport coprs service park, Unit No. 342. He also served as radiator mechanic. He was discharged 10 Jun 1919 at Camp Taylor, KY.

NOTE: The following entry was found in the Social Security Death Index.
CLARENCE WERBE - born 29 May 1895 -- died Dec 1980. Last Residence: Kokomo, Howard, IN) SSN: 305-16-8204 issued in Indiana.

Morton Douglas WILLCUTTS

History of Howard County in the World War C.V. Haworth, Indianapolis: Wm B. Burford, Printer & Binder, 1920. p 287 photo plate 59

Morton Douglas WILLCUTTS, son of W.H. and Emma WILLCUTTS, was born at Carthage, Ind 10 Mar 1889. He moved with his parents to Greentown Ind at the age of two years. He completed his high school course in the Marion Normal and in 1910 he entered Indiana University, graduating in 1914 with the degree of B.S. and in 1916 with an M.D. degree.
He immediately entered the Indianapolis City Hospital as an interne [sic], which positioned he resigned in order to accept an appointment in the U.S. Navy Medical Corps. He was comissioned lieutentant, junior grade at the Great Lakes Naval Station, Chicago, 24 Mar 1917, and was ordered to proceed to Washington D.C.
In May 1917, he was sent to France with the first naval forces and was stationed for 7 months as a medical officer at the naval base at Brest. In Jan 1918, having been promoted to lieutenant, senior grade - captain - he was assigned to the U.S. SS Aphrodite as a surgeon for duty in the French submarine zone. He remained in this line of activity until the armistice was signed.
Having previously applied for service with the marines on the western front, he was ordered in November to the 5th Regiment. 2nd Division, and with them went in March to the Rhine and served in the Army of Occupation, first as a battalion surgeon, and later as regimental surgeon, until the signing of peace with Germany, 28 Jun 1919.
On 11 Aug 1919, he landed in the United States and left at once for the marine barracks, Quantico Va., where he was mustered out of the marines. In September 1919, Captain Willcutts was offered by the government a three months' course in the naval hospital at Washington D.C. and the choice of assignment to a naval hospital.

NOTE: The following entry was found in the Social Security Death Index.
MORTON WILLCUTTS: born 10 Mar 1889 - died Sep 1976. Last Residence: Belvedere Tiburon, Marin, CA. SSN: 565-64-3247, issued in California.

NOTE: The following entry was found in the California Death Index at Rootsweb:
WILLCUTTS, MORTON D: born 03/10/1889, Male, Birthplace INDIANA. Death County: MARIN, Death Date: 09/26/1976. SSN: 565-64-3247 Age: 87 yrs


Submitter: Debbie Geiger

John WILSON, born in 1821 in Kentucky, moved to Rush county, Indiana. He married Delilah SHELTON on March 26,1844 and after they had three boys, they moved to Howard county in 1851. Once there they had two girls. Their children were David E., in 1846, Henry Noble in 1849, James William in 1851, Mary Jane in 1855, and Lydia in 1856, who died shortly after birth. They built a house 3/8 of a mile west of Mt. Zion Methodist church what now is Alto Road. John died in 1856 and is buried in Alto cemetery.

Henry Noble WILSON

Submitter: Debbie Geiger

Henry Noble WILSON married Catherine PENCE in 1876 and built a cabin across from the Mt. Zion church. Their children Samuel Monroe in 1877, and Flora Annis in 1879. In 1880 they lived in Center Township. Catherine died in January 1898 and Nob, as they called him moved to 162 Morrison street in Kokomo.
All of the rest of the Wilson’s remained in Howard County and many of their children still live there. They are now all deceased. Dorothy WILSON TURNER of Russiaville was the last of their family, she passed away this June 2007.

Benjamin WOODS

Submitter: Victoria Cheney

WOODS, BENJAMIN, b. 02 Feb. 1796, Mason Co. KY; d. 29 June 1877, Howard Co.IN; m. 05 May 1819, Wayne Co.IN. Reared on farm near Waynesville, Warren Co. OH. In 1848, settled near Greentown, Howard Co. IN.
MECA BOONE, b. 16 July 1797, Fayette Co., KY, d. 25 Feb. 1877, Howard Co.IN; dau. of Ovid Boone Sr. & m2 Susannah Noe. Meca's will: 1877, Howard Co., Book 2, p.219. Benjamin and Meca buried in Greenlawn Cem., Greentown, Howard Co. IN. Obit for Benjamin
(1) Many of Meca's female desc. of that name used one "c." Also, it's spelled "Meca" on marr. record and in Society of Indiana Pioneers. However, her grave marker is "Mecca."
(2) Daughter Lucy born before Benjamin and Meca registered their marriage in Wayne Co. IN.
(3) 1850 Howard Co. IN census lists JANE E. WOODS, age 29, at end of Benj. & Meca's children. Once believed to be eldest dau. of Benjamin and Meca, we now think she is Benjamin's niece. Jane E. WOODS marr. Thomas W. Banks of Howard Co. in Sept. 1850; she died 1854; left one dau.
(4) Data on Benj. and Meca from family records of Costlow, Trabue, and Boone Woods lines; and census and vital records.
(5) Benjamin changed spelling of his name from WOOD to WOODS, ca.1830 (his 1819 marr. record says WOOD); possibly influenced by prominent WOODS neighbors in Wayne Co. IN, originally of NC.
(6) Benjamin is grandson of Benjamin WOOD (wife Ruth), of Penna., whose will proved 1797, Mason Co., KY, probably thru the elder Benjamin's son WILLIAM WOOD. Our Benjamin also had ties to William's brother AQUILLA WOOD.
(7) Besides Aquilla (who m. Jane Shepherd), the other siblings of William (Benjamin's likely dad) were: Mary m. Philip Baltimore (their dau. Ruth m. Ovid Boone Jr.); Amos WOOD (k. by Indians); Kesiah m. Jesse Griggs; Nancy; Curdalah
(Cordelia, Delia); Matthew WOOD m. Margaret Patterson; and Ashberry WOOD m. Margaret "Peggy" Miller.

Children of BENJAMIN and MECA:

  • 1. LUCY JANE WOODS, 1816, m. Joseph G. JOHNSON.
  • 2. WILLIAM WOODS,1820, m1 Mahala Burgoyne, m2 Matilda Burgoyne (sister), m3 Mrs. Nancy A. Morris.
  • 3. OVID BOONE WOODS, 1822, called "Boone Woods," m. Clarice E. Allen.
  • 5. MARY A. WOODS, 1826, m. ___ Springer.
  • 6. SARAH M. WOODS, 1828, died young.
  • 7. JOHN PLEASANT WOODS, 1830, m. Mary ___.
  • 8. MALVINA WOODS, 1833, m. Patrick COSTLOW.
  • 9. GEORGE W. WOODS, 1835, unmarried.
  • 10. MATILDA JANE WOODS, 1838, m. Marion Minter TRABUE.
  • 11. MARTHA EVELYN WOODS, 1842, m. Calvin CULBERTSON.


Typed by Lora Radiches -- "This book has no cover, and no index, and no author; but it is full of Indiana biographies."

OMER WOOLDRIDGE, M. D. The medical practitioners at Columbus, Indiana, are, without exception, men of high professional standing and universally held in esteem throughout Bartholomew County, and many of them are still most favorably recalled in other sections where circumstances led to an earlier location. In 1923 this medical group at Columbus was increased, by the coming here of Dr. Omer Wooldridge, an able, experienced physician and surgeon, of Kokomo, Indiana, formerly secretary of the Howard County Medical Society and deputy treasurer of Howard County.
Dr. Omer WOOLDRIDGE was born October 3, 1884, in Tipton County, Indiana, a son of Thomas E. and Mary (RANDOLPH) WOOLDRIDGE, the latter a descendant of the distinguished RANDOLPH family of Virginia. The paternal grandfather of Doctor WOOLDRIDGE was the founder of this family in Indiana, coming here from Kentucky prior to the War Between the States and serving as a soldier in this state. He became a man of large wealth and local prominence.
Thomas E. WOOLDRIDGE, father of Doctor Wooldridge, was born in Tipton County, Indiana. Later he became an extensive farmer and an active factor in local politics in Howard County, where he still lives in comfortable retirement. With his two brothers and a sister Omer WOOLDRIDGE attended the public schools in Tipton County, and later he was graduated from the Kokomo High School, this being followed by one year in Butler College.
He then located at Greentown in Howard County where he was engaged in teaching school for five and one-half terms of school, during this period devoting all of his leisure time to medical reading preparatory to entering the medical department of the University of Indiana, from which he was graduated in 1920, with his degree of Doctor of Medicine. During 1922 he served as internee in Saint Anthony Hospital, Chicago, and then located for practice at Kokomo, Indiana, where he built up a large professional connection and won personal respect and esteem.
Doctor WOOLDRIDGE was married to Miss Muriel BOND, who was born in Monroe County, Indiana, and they have one daughter, Betty Lou. With his family Doctor WOOLDRIDGE is actively interested in the work of the Christian Church and other beneficent and uplifting agencies at Columbus. He belongs to Saint John's Lodge, A. F. and A. M., of Columbus, to the B. P. 0. Elks, and is a member of the Bartholomew County Medical Society, the Indiana State Medical Society, the American Medical Association, the Alpha Omega Alpha, honorary medical society of the University of Indiana, and the Columbus Kiwanis Club.
Doctor WOOLDRIDGE believes in the election of reputable men to office in both the state and the nation, and giving them sufficient compensation for their services so that their official acts may be free from selfish influences, and they can reject dictation from interested influences. He is an advocate of compulsory education, and favors the extension of the public school system to the highest degree of efficiency. From the beginning of his career Doctor Wooldridge has found time to read and study, and takes pride in keeping abreast of the advancement in his profession. Although in the very prime of vigorous manhood, he is a successful and able practitioner, having advanced steadily since he had his first patient, and his influence in the section of the state wherein he is making his home is one that may very well be a stimulating example to those who come after him. With such admirable qualities, therefore, there is small wonder that he has been received at Columbus as he has, nor that he has been given such a whole-hearted support from its citizens.

Additional comments from Nicolle
Omer Wooldridge is in my (indirect) line. Apparently he was married before the wife that is mentioned in this book. His first wife Lois SEAGRAVE died in 1912 Howard County, IN. Family story has it he became a doctor after his wife was ill so he could help others. ... I happen to have a picture of him and Lois SEAGRAVE.

John Prior & Hepsiba Wright

John Prior and Hepsibah COATS WRIGHT

Howard County Indiana Family History, compiled by the Howard County Genealogical Society, published 1995 by Turner Publishing Co. Paducah, 339-340

John Prior WRIGHT was born 16 Mar 1802 in Tennessee to Isaac WRIGHT (b. 1764) and Susannah HAWORTH (b. 1766) [siblings of John P. are listed in the article with birthdates]. Isaac and Susannah lived in Tennessee, Union and Randolph Co. IN and Vermilion Co. IL before coming to Howard County.
Isaac's ancestry is given as John WRIGHT (b 1716) & Rachel WELLS. John's parents were James WRIGHT (b. 1671/1677) & Mary (DAVIS?).
Hepsibah COATS was born in 1803 in South Carolina, daughter of William and Mary JAY COATS.
John P. and Hepsibah were married in 1822 in Bartholomew County, IN. After marriage, they lived in Vermilion County IL, where 9 of their 12 children were born [children and birthdates listed in article]
John P. WRIGHT came to Howard County Indiana in 1840 and returned to Illinois for his family and parents the following spring. Isaac & Susannah passed away in 1844, and the WRIGHT family eventually moved to a homestead 3/4 of a mile northwest of Russiaville.
John P. was active in the Society of Friends (Quakers) and played a major role in the branch of the Underground Railroad that passed through the area. John passed away in 1882 (2nd day 4th mo.) after a falll from a haymow. Hepsibah died in 1892; both are buried in the New London cemetery.

Bertie Roy WYRICK

Howard County in the World War. C.V. Haworth, 1920. Indianapolis: Wm. B. Burford, Printer and Binder. Page 295

Bertie Roy WYRICK was inducted into the service and was discharged while located at Fort Oglethorpe, GA.

NOTE: The following entry was found in the Social Security Death Index.
BERTIE WYRICK born 26 Oct 1896; died Oct 1973. Last Residence : La Follette, Campbell, TN. SSN: 411-44-5079 issued in Tennessee.

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