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'Depauw's Bones', April 1895, The Columbus Republican
'Remains Reinterred', New Albany Daily Ledger, April 1895
'Rests by his Ancestors and Brothers,' Salem Republican Ledger, April 1895
"Depauw's Bones", April 1895, The Columbus Republican "Remains Reinterred", New Albany Daily Ledger, April 1895 "Rests by his Ancestors and Brothers," Salem Republican Ledger, April 1895
Charles DePauw burial location was unknown until a farmer, James Perry, was replacing a fence and unearthed a stone slab buried several inches below the ground. 
 
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A Gift From a Stranger
A Gift From a Stranger
John M. Sherfick's Bible came to me from Texas from a very kind person. 
 
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A HISTORY OF NORTH EAST DUBOIS COUNTY IN INDIANA by A. J. Kreitzer
A HISTORY OF NORTH EAST DUBOIS COUNTY IN INDIANA by A. J. Kreitzer
Daniel Sherfick helped organize the Hickory Grove Christian Church in Dubois County. 
 
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Becky Tredway's family had ancestors who were born at Fort Amsterdam.
Becky Tredway's family had ancestors who were born at Fort Amsterdam.
Born at the Fort Amsterdam in Manhattan, NY. Fort Amsterdam (subsequently named Fort James, Fort Willem Hendrick, Fort James (again), Fort William, Fort Anne and Fort George) was a fort on the southern tip of Manhattan that was the administrative headquarters for the Dutch and then British rule of New York from 1625 until being torn down in 1790 after the American Revolution. The construction of the fort marked the official founding date of New York City as recognized by the Seal of New York City. Guns at the fort formed the original battery that is today called Battery Park (New York). In October 1683 what would become the first session of the New York legislature convened at the fort. The fort was to change hands eight times in various battles including the Battle of Long Island in the American Revolution when volleys were exchanged between the fort and British emplacements on Governor's Island. 
 
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Confederate Sisters
Confederate Sisters
Every member of the Mayfield was pro-Confederate. From the mother to the youngest child there was no exception. Even the daughters became strong partisans and rendered active and valuable service for the cause. 
 
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Descendants and Ancestors of Cornelius Jansen Van Tassel
Descendants and Ancestors of Cornelius Jansen Van Tassel
Cornelius Jansen VAN TASSEL and the Indian Princess Catoneras are ancestors of Becky Tredway Sherfick. They would be her 7th Great, Grandparents. 
 
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Descendants of John Swasey (From Long Island Genealogy) Who Came to America Around 1629 to 1632
Descendants of John Swasey (From Long Island Genealogy) Who Came to America Around 1629 to 1632
John Swesey (1) is Bettie Chestnut’s 9th Great Grandfather. She descended from his second son, John Swesey (2).
 
 
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Eliza Gabbert Gets new Tombstone
Eliza Gabbert Gets new Tombstone
Ella Mayfield and Eliza Gabbert went unescorted to Springfield to plead with the Federal provost marshal for the release of certain Vernon County men during the Civil War. 
 
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Eliza Gabbert, Lady Bushwhacker, found
Eliza Gabbert, Lady Bushwhacker, found
Eliza Gabbert is the daughter of Rebecca Wade Gabbert, and the granddaughter of Merida and Ferribe Wade. 
 
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Elizabeth Beck, Wife of Elijah Brown Wade
Elizabeth Beck, Wife of Elijah Brown Wade
Beck's Hill, the settlement as it was known, within a short time, became the social center as families from a thirty mile radius brought their corn to Beck's Mill to be ground into cornmeal.  
 
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Ella Mayfield's Pawpaw Militia: A Civil War Adventure in Vernon Co., Missouri (Paperback)
by Fay Risner (Author)
Ella Mayfield's Pawpaw Militia: A Civil War Adventure in Vernon Co., Missouri (Paperback) by Fay Risner (Author)
Rebecca Wade Gabbert, her husband William, son John, and daughter-in-law Lenora Mayfield Gabbert are mentioned in this book. The book features Lenora's sister, Ella. 
 
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Fire and Sword, A Story of a Missouri County in the Civil War
Fire and Sword, A Story of a Missouri County in the Civil War
We also have a new book that was just released this month, “Fire and Sword, A Story of a Missouri County in the Civil War”, for $19.95. This book is not fiction but is a compellation of articles about events in Vernon County during the War. The Gabberts and Mayfields are in several of the articles. This book would give you a pretty clear picture of what life was like for them during those very tumultuous years.

Terry Ramsey
Bushwhacker Museum Coordinator
 
 
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First Cemetery Walk scheduled in Deepwood Cemetery
First Cemetery Walk scheduled in Deepwood Cemetery
Students have researched notable persons selected from a list provided by curator of the Bushwhacker Museum in Nevada, Vernon County, Missouri. Rebecca Wade Gabbert was one of the people who's life was portrayed.

Click here to read an article about their school project. The actual text about Rebecca Wade is also available in the next media listing. Rebecca was the daughter of Merida and Ferrabee Wade and the sister of my great great grandfather, John William Wade. Her husband, William Gabbert, is also related as John William Wade's first wife, Mary Polly Gabbert, was a sister to William. Their descendants would be double cousins.
 
 
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First Cemetery Walk: Rebecca Wade Gabbert story by Veronica Fairchild of Nevada County High School in Missouri, USA
First Cemetery Walk: Rebecca Wade Gabbert story by Veronica Fairchild of Nevada County High School in Missouri, USA
The high school students wrote it: a “cemetery walk,” last year where the public met a few people who were buried in Deepwood Cemetery in Nevada. I will attach a copy of what the student who portrayed Rebecca wrote for her performance. And yes, this Rebecca Gabbert is your Rebecca Wade. Rebecca and William had two sons who were Bushwhackers as was William. Their daughter as well as the Mayfield sisters was considered to be “Lady Bushwhackers” as they served as scouts and couriers, etc. for the men. The 1887 History of Vernon County relates several of the escapades involving the Gabberts and Mayfields. We could copy the pages for you at a cost of .25 a side plus postage. There is also a book (fiction based on fact), “Ella Mayfield’s Pawpaw Militia, a Civil War Saga in Vernon Co., Mo.” For $14.95. It is not a great novel by any means but if you are related to the people in the book, and you are, you would find it entertaining. We also have a new book that was just released this month, “Fire and Sword, A Story of a Missouri County in the Civil War”, for $19.95. This book is not fiction but is a compellation of articles about events in Vernon County during the War. The Gabberts and Mayfields are in several of the articles. This book would give you a pretty clear picture of what life was like for them during those very tumultuous years. Just let me know if you would be interested in any of these items.

Regards,

Terry Ramsey
Bushwhacker Museum Coordinator

 
 
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Footprints, Vol. III Issue 2 (Martin Co., Indiana), article by Virgil Davisson
Footprints, Vol. III Issue 2 (Martin Co., Indiana), article by Virgil Davisson
Waggoner's Chapel began through the help of George Waggoner, local millwright. Daniel Sherfick's family also attended this church. 
 
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Fort Orange
Fort Orange
Becky Tredway had ancestors who lived at Fort Orange. Fort Orange is the name given to the fur trading post erected in 1624 on the west bank of the Hudson just south of the future site of Albany.  
 
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George Rogers Clark believed Charles L. DePauw was too slow in acquiring goods.
George Rogers Clark believed Charles L. DePauw was too slow in acquiring goods.
With his career seemingly over and his prospects for prosperity doubtful, on February 2, 1793, Clark offered his services to Edmond-Charles Genęt, the controversial ambassador of revolutionary France, hoping to earn money to maintain his estate. Western Americans were outraged that the Spanish, who controlled Louisiana, denied Americans free access to the Mississippi River, their only easy outlet for long distance commerce. The Washington Administration was also seemingly deaf to western concerns about opening the Mississippi to U.S. commerce. Clark proposed to Genęt that, with French financial support, he could lead an expedition to drive the Spanish out of the Mississippi Valley. Genęt appointed Clark "Major General in the Armies of France and Commander-in-chief of the French Revolutionary Legion on the Mississippi River." Clark began to organize a campaign to seize New Madrid, St. Louis, Natchez, and New Orleans, getting assistance from old comrades such as Benjamin Logan and John Montgomery, and winning the tacit support of Kentucky governor Isaac Shelby. Clark spent $4,680 ($59,225 in 2009 chained dollars) of his own money for supplies. In early 1794, however, President Washington issued a proclamation forbidding Americans from violating U.S. neutrality and threatened to dispatch General Anthony Wayne to Fort Massac to stop the expedition. The French government recalled Genęt and revoked the commissions he granted to the Americans for the war against Spain. Clark's planned campaign gradually collapsed, and he was unable to have the French reimburse him for his expenses. 
 
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Hastings, Colorado
Hastings, Colorado
During the late 1800's and early 1900's, emigrants from Trentino found work in the coal mines surrounding the Las Animas County town of Trinidad (Hastings, Ludlow, Primero, Starkville, Segundo), located 15 miles from the Colorado - New Mexico border.

This is a photo of Hastings, Colorado, where Elmer, George, and Mary Sherfick were born. The mine was abandoned in the 1920's, and by the 1950's, most traces of the town had disappeared.

Photo from:
http://www.trentinoheritage.com/coloradophotos.htm 
 
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Indian Deed To The Town of Brookhaven
Indian Deed To The Town of Brookhaven
The John Swesey mentioned is the 8th Great Grandfather of Elizabeth Chestnut. The article is taken from the website: Long Island Genealogy. 
 
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John Sherfick in Johnson & Chenoweth
John Sherfick in Johnson & Chenoweth
Frank Breidenbaugh, "Uncle Ben" Johnson, and John Sherfick in the harness shop at Johnson and Chenoweth. John Sherfick died in 1918 at 85 years of age. His beard is very similar to the one worn by his uncle, Samuel G. Sherfick.  
 
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Lloyd Parish
Lloyd Parish
Fallen soldier in WWII listed on the Memorial in front of the Martin County Courthouse 
 
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Lost River Township School Trustees and Teachers in 1890-1891
Lost River Township School Trustees and Teachers in 1890-1891
Seated are the trustees: Ramza Haga, Ben Nigg, and Sam Sherfick.
Standing are Benton McDonald, John Powell, William H. Murray, Charles Hall, Alex Kail, James Ragsdale, Wilder Butler, and Theodore Moore.

James Ragsdale was the second husband of Sarah Susie Wininger, the first wife of Samuel Sherfick before Becky Tredway. 
 
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Martin County Courthouse
Martin County Courthouse
Now the Martin County Museum 
 
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Old DePauw Portraits Found
Old DePauw Portraits Found
The Indianapolis News Saturday, May 7, 1921 
 
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Shenandoah Casualty
Shenandoah Casualty
Shenandoah Valley of Virginia Campaign of 1864 lasted more than four months and claimed more than 25,000 casualties. Johnathan Perry died in this battle at Cedar Creek, Virginia. 
 
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Sheriff Sherfick Hit During Jailbreak (1897)
Sheriff Sherfick Hit During Jailbreak (1897)
 
 
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Shoals Grocery Store With Ray Tredway on right
Shoals Grocery Store With Ray Tredway on right
 
 
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Shoals High School, Junior Class in 1919
Shoals High School, Junior Class in 1919
Girls' Row: Grace Baker, Henrietta Rogers, Mae Tredway, Mary Siebert, Pauline Baker, Mary Ellis.

Boys' Row: Wiley Poindexter, Charles McCarty, Thomas Sherfick, Claybourne Engleman, Frank Haga. 
 
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Sleepy Hollow Old Dutch Church and the Washington Irving Connection
Sleepy Hollow Old Dutch Church and the Washington Irving Connection
Becky Tredway's ancestors, the Van Tassels, were buried at the Old Dutch Church. The family surname was also used by Washington Irving in his classic short story. Barent DeWitt and wife Sarah (Van Tassel) were recorded members there as well. 
 
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The Huttons of Southern Indiana 1700-2000
By Edward L. Hutton
The Huttons of Southern Indiana 1700-2000 By Edward L. Hutton
Mr Hutton wrote this book and a few other editions about the Huttons, who immigrated to America from Ireland. Frank Hutton is mentioned on page 62. Edward L. Hutton was my third cousin, once removed. He donated millions of dollars to Indiana University and created the Lawrence County Museum of History on the Square in Downtown Bedford, Indiana. Click this link for the Digital copy of the book. 
 
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The Mighty Jug Rock
The Mighty Jug Rock
Jug Rock is a natural geological formation located outside of Shoals, Indiana, in the valley of the East Fork of the White River. It is composed of sandstone, and is the largest free-standing table rock formation (also called a "tea table") in the United States east of the Mississippi River. (From Wikipedia) 
 
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The Sherficks In a Row In the Spring Hill Cemetery
The Sherficks In a Row In the Spring Hill Cemetery
Five Sherficks died, and they are buried in a row, then a little below and to the left, seven more Sherficks were buried. 
 
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Thomas L. Sherfick Drowns In Hindostan Tragedy, Sunday on Fathers Day
Thomas L. Sherfick Drowns In Hindostan Tragedy, Sunday on Fathers Day
Hindostan Fall, a scene of many tragic drownings, claimed another victim Sunday evening, June 20, when Thomas L. Sherfick, age 27 years, drowned in deep water, below the flat rock. . . .
(Note: The article incorrectly places Ed Sherfick in the US Army. He was in the US Air Force, stationed in Japan. The Red Cross did not tell the military or Ed that his brother was dead so that the military would let him come home. Ed did not find out until after his plane flight from Japan to California. He only had one dime on him, and he used it to call his mother collect. Another man came across the ocean with him, and he used the same dime to call his parents. Ed Sherfick took a train from California and did not reach home until the day after his brother's funeral.) 
 
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Thomas Lee Sherfick Drowns in White River
Thomas Lee Sherfick Drowns in White River
This is the front page of the Shoals News on June 25, 1954 covering the tragic drowning of Tom and Bettie's son, Tommy Lee. He drowned in the White River even though he was a former Marine and excellent swimmer. It is believed he was caught in a whirlpool. 
 
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Tommy Lee Sherfick died at Hindostan Falls
Tommy Lee Sherfick died at Hindostan Falls
Read about the history of Hindostan Falls. 
 
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US Congressman, William Marshall Tredway
US Congressman, William Marshall Tredway
TREDWAY, William Marshal (1807—1891), a Representative from Virginia; born near Farmville, Prince Edward County, Va., August 24, 1807; completed preparatory studies; was graduated from Hampden-Sidney College, Prince Edward County, Va., in 1827; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1830 and commenced practice in Danville, Va.; elected as a Democrat to the Twenty-ninth Congress (March 4, 1845-March 3, 1847); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1846 to the Thirtieth Congress; delegate to the Democratic State convention in 1850; member of the secession convention of Virginia in 1861; judge of the circuit court of Virginia 1870-1879; resumed the practice of law in Chatham, Va., and died there May 1, 1891; interment in Chatham Cemetery.  
 
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Washington C. DePauw Biography
Washington C. DePauw Biography
From the National Cyclopedia of American Biography, Volume VII 
 
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William Marshall Tredway's home in Chatham, VA
William Marshall Tredway's home in Chatham, VA
This belonged to Congressman Tredway's son (who had the same name).
English boxwood line the walk of this gracious Green revival home built in 1897 by William Marshall Tredway. White wicker porch furniture and swings, along with huge ferns and flower-filled planters, bedeck the large gallery porch that wraps around three sides of this 21-room home. The central hall features beautiful antique wallpaper imported from England. Carved mantels, wain-scoting and trim fashioned from walnut, and a colorful stained-glass window on the landing of a massive stairwell enhance the charm of the interior. Sitting rooms are comfortably furnished with antique sofas.
Chatham's oldest operating Bed and Breakfast, The Columns is a cozy welcoming haven for travelers passing through historic Chatham or families visiting the two local academies. The atmosphere is charming and southern offering passersby a home away from home. Since the 1920's, The Columns has been welcoming guests with Southern Hospitality & charm. Andrew & Staci Wall are second generation
Innkeepers carrying on the long-standing traditions that make The Columns so special.