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William Erastus Poe family

Settled Parke County, Indiana



Clay County





written by J. Wesley Edmonson (1888-1971)

John B, Poe, an early settler of Lewis Township (Clay County, IN),

entered the land on February 18, 1836, at which time Andrew Jackson

was President.


This burial plot did not become public property until 1863, when John

B. Poe deeded the plot to A.J. Baker, who was trustee of Lewis

Township at that time.  Mr. Poe left Lewis Township, but in August

1881, at the age of 99 years, he was returned to be buried.






An Old-Time Wolf Hunt.

               On the 14th day of February, 1848, the counties of Clay, Owen,

Greene, Sullivan and Vigo joined in a big chase to rid the territory com-

prised within their borders of the numerous ravenous wolves which were

playing havoc with small stock that winter. More than a thousand square

miles of territory were embraced within the circle of this chase, and hun-

dreds of interested and determined people of the respective counties par-

ticipated in the drive. The half-mile Center circle, or closing ground, was

staked off in Eel river bottom, a little distance south of New Brunswick.

The captains in command were Elias Cooprider and Joseph Griffith, Sr.,

with several aids, for Harrison township; Joseph Puckett, John J. Lan-

fling, Dck North and John Neal, for Lewis township; Isaac Sexton, Allen

McBride, Wyatt Johnson, with their aids, for Sullivan county; Rev. Rich-

ard Wright, Alexander Poe, Dick Lambert, John Standley, Ned Combs,

Enos Huey, and Elias Dayhuff, for Greene county; Aaron Hubbell, Alex-

ander Winters, Jesse Ragan, Adam Slough and the Littlejohns, for Owen





Arnold Poe, 2d lieut. 149th Regiment, commissioned Feb. 22, 1865,

resigned Sept. 12, 1865,




John B. Poe, one of the early pioneers, himself six feet in

height and proportionately developed, who made many excavations and

tests, found the tibia (bone of the lower-leg) in all cases from one to

two inches longer than his own, and could place the maxillary (lower

jaw-bone) over his own, flesh and all.


1850 Census



Census_Year  1850

Microfilm #  M432-138

State        IN

County       CLAY


Surname               First Name                  File Name


POE                     Arnold                   pg0307b.txt

POE                     John B.                 pg0259a.txt

POE                     John B.                 pg0259a.txt

POE                     Linsey                   pg0307b.txt

POE                     Linsey                   pg0307b.txt

POE                     Mary A.                 pg0259a.txt

POE                     Nancy                   pg0307b.txt

POE                     Polly                      pg0307b.txt

POE                     Rachael                pg0259a.txt

POE                     Sallt                       pg0307b.txt

POE                     Sarah                    pg0259a.txt




1850 Census


21  286  286 Poe            John B.        50   M         Farmer         2,000     Kentucky

 22  286  286 Poe            Sarah          46   F                                  Kentucky

 23  286  286 Poe            Mary A.        15   F                                  Indiana                 X

 24  286  286 Poe            John B.        10   M                                  Indiana                 X

 25  286  286 Poe            Rachael        8    F                                  Indiana




14  97   97  Poe            Linsey         10   M         Laborer                  Ky

 15  97   97  Poe            Sallt          35   F                                  Tennessee                     X

 16  98   98  Poe            Linsey         70   M                                  NC                            X

 17  98   98  Poe            Nancy          60   F                                  NC                            X

 18  98   98  Poe            Polly          30   F                                  Tennessee                     X

 19  98   98  Poe            Arnold         12   M                                  Kentucky


Crawford County



Jeremiah Poe / Hannah Doan




Contributed by Evelyn Harper Jackson for a special even in 2004


William Poe

son of Jeremiah Poe and Hannah Doan


The ancestors of William "Billy" Poe have been successful in raising funding for a marker for him and his two wives. A dedication service is being planned to take place June 19, 2004 at 4:00 CDST at the Union Chapel Cemetery located in Whiskey Run Township, Crawford County, IN. Here is a copy of the obit that I have prepared and it will be on the third page of the hand-out program at the dedication.


William "Billy" Poe was born 10 MAR 1807 in Ohio to JEREMIAH Poe and HANNAH DOAN. He married ELIZA ANN CRECELIUS, daughter of JACOB and CHRISTENA LEWIS CRECELIUS (formerly from Green County, TN) on 20 JAN 1833 in Crawford County, IN. During the eleven years of this marriage they became the parents of 6 children: Eli; William Henry; Jeremiah; Elisha; Elijah and Jacob. Eliza Ann died 04 JAN 1844.


William's second marriage was to SUSAN ELIZABETH HARRISON, daughter of THOMAS G. and ELIZABETH ALDRED HARRISON. This marriage took place 16 JUN 1845 in Orange County, IN. The children born of this marriage were: Eliza Ann; Malinda; Mary; Bennett; Isaac; Adam; Ruth; Lucinda and George. William death 05 DEC 1882 ended this marriage of 34 years. Susan died 01 JAN 1902.


One hundred sixty years after Eliza's death;

One hundred twenty two years after William's death;

One hundred two years after Susan's death;

the Poe Family Descendents have seen that these unmarked graves will be marked forever.


A special thanks to Don Totten of California for his research and to the late Beatrice Baylor for writing the letter in 1961 to Don confirming the burial location of William, Eliza, Susan and Bennett.



Contributed by Evelyn Harper Jackson February 23, 2008


. . . the annual Jeremiah Poe/Hannah Doan
family reunion is held in JUL; the first Sunday after the 4th of July. Last
year's event was held at Sycamore Springs Park at English, Indiana. The
group liked the location so well, it was voted again to meet at the same
place in 2008.

Jeremiah and his wife Hannah Doan Poe are buried in unmarked graves in the
Old Unity Baptist Church Cemetery, located on the line between Crawford and
Washington County, IN. Probably the grave sites were marked with carved
field stones at the time of their burial but the stones are long gone.
Jeremiah and Hannah were charter members of this congregation and their
property adjoined this site.  I would like to see a Poe descendent spearhead
a drive for funding to erect a marker on their behalf at the cemetery. The
church building is no longer standing but the association has erected a
shelter house there on the grounds and they also have a homecoming in

Hope this clears up the matter of the burial site of Jeremiah and Hannah




Marriages, Crawford County, Indiana from 1818 to 1835



GROOM                        BRIDE                      DATE         LICENSE

==========================   ========================   ============ =======

MAYS, William                POE, Susannah               09 DEC 1834  


POE, William                 CRECELOUS, Eliza            20 JAN 1833



Moved to Craighead County, Arkansas



From other documentation

Pinckney Poe to  Elizabeth Totten February 26, 1845



Franklin County


1820 Madison County KY to Franklin County, KY to Franklin County, IN

(apparently this is part of the Amelia / Prince Edward County, Virginia Poe Family)

Reported by Maureen M. Faiella


William McAnally (1798-1888 Born TN) married Nancy Poe (1803-1844) in Franklin County Kentucky (1823).

They migrated to Highland Township, Franklin County, Indiana, where they raised ten children. William was a farmer and took an active interest in his community.

to Madison County, KY in abt 1814

to Frankfort, Franklin County, KY in bef 1823

to Highland Township, Franklin County, IN in abt 1826

to Brookville, Franklin County, IN aft 1844


Grant County


Poe with truck of Melons





*              Elizabeth died April 29, 1872 aged 77y.4m.4d.

*              Gabriel P. died June 2, 1872 aged 77y.7m.1d.


Grant County Indiana

Marion I.O.O.F./Friends/Boots/Estates of Serenity Cemetery



    Emma wife of William D. Poe died May 15, 1861 aged 19y.7m.8d.

    Gabriel P. died June 2, 1876 aged 77y.7m.1d.

    Infant dau of J. & S. Poe died Mar. 2, 1861

    Sarah E. dau of J. & S. Poe died Aug. 31, 1860 aged 1y.2m.1d.



1850 Census


15  64   64  POE            Gabriel P.     55   M         Farmer         800       NC

 16  64   64  POE            Elizabeth      49   F                                  NC                            X

 17  64   64  POE            John           25   M         Farmer         300       Ind                           X

 18  64   64  POE            Patrick        22   M         Farmer         300       Ind                           X

 19  64   64  POE            Pleasant       20   M         Farmer                   Ind                           X

 20  64   64  POE            William B.     15   M         Farmer                   Ind

 21  64   64  POE            Robert         11   M                                  Ind

 22  65   65  JESSUP         Jonathan       21   M         Farmer         100       Ind                           X

 23  65   65  JESSUP         Mary Jane      22   F                                  Ind                           X

 24  65   65  JESSUP         Ruth E.        1    F                                  Ind

 25  66   66  LLOYD          Harper         23   M         Farmer         150       Ind                           X

 26  66   66  LLOYD          Ailsy          65   F                                  Va

 27  66   66  LLOYD          Hannah         30   F                                  NC                            X

 28  67   67  LLOYD          Jeremiah       40   M         Farmer         350       NC                            X

 29  67   67  LLOYD          Elizabeth      35   F                                  NC

 30  67   67  LLOYD          Thomas         16   M         Farmer                   Ind                     X

 31  67   67  LLOYD          William        15   M         Farmer                   Ind                     X

 32  67   67  LLOYD          Sarah A.       13   F                                  Ind                     X

 33  67   67  LLOYD          Ellis          10   M                                  Ind                     X

 34  67   67  LLOYD          Mary Jane      7    F                                  Ind

 35  67   67  LLOYD          Esley          5    F                                  Ind

 36  67   67  LLOYD          Jeremiah       2/12 M                                  Ind

 37  68   68  LLOYD          Lindsey        30   M         Farmer         350       NC                            X

 38  68   68  LLOYD          Rebecca        26   F                                  Md                            X

 39  68   68  LLOYD          Levi           8    M                                  Ind                     X

 40  68   68  LLOYD          Calvin         6    M                                  Ind

 41  68   68  LLOYD          Alcey          5    F                                  Ind

 42  68   68  LLOYD          Barbary        3    F                                  Ind


CENSUS YR:  1850  STATE or TERRITORY:  IN  COUNTY:  Grant  DIVISION:  Sims Township  REEL NO:  123  PAGE NO:  209A

REFERENCE:  12th Augt 1850; H. J. Lenox, Ass't Marshal; MF# 417




 1   68   68  LLOYD          Mary           1    F                                  Ind





       Franklin Twp 24 - Range 7


24 Jan 1848         Gabriel P. Poe          15        80

24 Jan 1848         Jemima Knight           15        80

29 Aug 1848         Thomas Coleman          15        109           12

15 Sept 1848        Wm. Steene              15        156           42

8 Nov 1848          Thomas Branson          15        57            66

7 Nov 1848          Gabriel P. Poe          16        40

7 Nov 1848          Thomas Branson          16        36            81


4 May 1846          John Poe                8         160



Lawrence County


see: Bray Family























WATS, Richard Sr



WATS, Richard Jr



WATT , Richard



Orange County Indiana
1820 Federal Census
Head of Household              Males       Females   Occupation
BRAY           Henry                120010     42010     0300
BRAY           Edward             100010     10100     0100
BRAY           Abijah               100100     10100     0100
BRAY           John                  200010     31010     0100
BRAY SR.   Henry                 000001     01111     0100



WATTS, Alexander



WATTS, Arthur



WATTS, Benjamin



WATTS, Israel



WATTS, James



WATTS, Jesse






WATTS, Johnston









WATTS, Mason



WATTS, Moses



WATTS, Thomas



WATTS, William



WATTS, William





Johnson County

Township map


DAR – Family Records of Johnson Co, Indiana



Early Landowners of Johnson County, Indiana 1822-1835

By Maurice Holmes March 1974


Christopher Poe & Eliza Book A

John Poe & Polly                             Book B


Caleb Day                                          Book A


Index to Marriage Records, Johnson County, Indiana 1882-1920. Works Progress Administration 1939-1940



From Records of Johnson Co., IN 1931 (or the series) Image linked because many names mentioned are associated with the Poe family.


12 December 1831

Finder: Henry Gratner      

Twp. Nineveh     

Appraisers: Recy Conly and Christopher Poe  (Chris.)


Probate Order Book B

Page 311.

Christopher Poe was appointed the guardian of John McCendre, minor heir of John McCendre deceased. February 13, 1844



Name: Christopher Poe

Heirs: Wife: Stacy

Son: David

Daughters: Abigail Dragoo, Mary Lakins, Sarah L. Coy, Rebecca Ann Coy

Witnesses: Nicholas S. Branigin, Abram Bills, Reuben Tremain, James Anderson


NOTE: The Bills family can be found in Surry County, NC in the late 1700s where also we find the Poe family. The Bills were mostly Quakers and this is why they were in Surry Co, NC



Marriage Records of Johnson County, IN 1870-1875. Edna T. Brice


Esau P. Neuman to Susan E. Robinson 8 December 1849

Esau P. Newman to Kessiah Robins 11 October 1851

Barnett Poe to Nancy Cookston 4 March 1862

Rainey Poe to Sarah Stiner 22 October 1863


[Christopher Poe married Stacy McCandree 9 September 1843]



Monroe County


CENSUS YR:  1850  STATE or TERRITORY:  IN  COUNTY:  Monroe  DIVISION:  Bloomington  Dist 74  PAGE NO:  231

REFERENCE:  11th day of Sept 1850 by Jos G McPheeter Asst Marshal






 16  160  160        Poe            William             81      M                 Farmer                  1,200     Va

 17  160  160        Poe            Charity              60      F                                                                Ky                            X

 18  160  160        Poe            Jeremiah          32      M                 Farmer                                 Ia

 19  160  160        Poe             Mary                 30      F                                                                Ky                            X

 20  160  160        Poe            Charity                5       F                                                               Ia



Morgan County


Morgan County, IND notes on the John W. Poe family.
John W Poe
Morgan County Indiana 
17 September 1850
I  J.W. Poe of the county of Morgan  and the state of Indiana do
make and publish this my last will and testament hereby revoking and
making void all former wills by me heretofore none made.
   First that my body be decently interred, and that my funeral be
conducted in a manner corresponding with my state and situation in
life, and as to such worldly estate as it has pleased God to mistrust
me with, I dispose of in the following manner to wit:  I direct first
that all my just debts and funeral expenses be paid as soon after my
decease as possible out of the first monies that shall come to the
hands of executor from any portion of my estate real or personal, I
will and bequeath to my son Jesse Poe in addition to what he has 
already received  the sum of one dollar.
I will and bequeath to my son  Jeremiah Poe the sum of one dollar in
addition to that he has already received.  I will and bequeath to my
daughter Susanna Caveness in addition to that she has already
received the sum of one dollar .. I will and bequeath to my son
William R Poe , in addition to that already received the sum of one
hundred and fifty dollars I will and bequeath to my son John M Poe the
sum of eighty  eight  dollars.  I will and  bequeath to my daughter
Nancy T Rains the sum of fifty six dollars and fifty cents. I will
and bequeath to my son Anthony G Poe the sum of one hundred and fifty
dollars. I will to my daughter Matilda Shawver the sum of sixty six
dollars. I will and bequeath to my daughter Elizabeth Allen the sum of
fifty two dollars.  I will and bequeath to my daughter Hannah Poe the
sum of seventy dollars. I will and bequeath to my son Isaac S Poe the
sum of fifty dollars. I also direct that all estate both real and
personal  be disposed of as soon after my decease as possible to the
best advantage, and I further direct that after paying my said debts
and funeral expenses and legacies above specified the overplus be
equally divided between my children William R Poe, John M Poe, Nancy
Rains, Anthony G Poe, Matilda J Shawver, Elizabeth Allen, Hannah Poe,
and Isaac J Poe and I hereby make ordain my worthy and esteemed
friend, Jesse Allen executor of this my last will and Testament .
In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 17th day
of Sept 1850
John W Poe      seal
signed sealed published and declared by the above named John W Poe as
his last will and testament in the presence of the said testators and
in the presence of each other on the above date
John s Hubbard
Ira Hadley
State of Indiana
Morgan Co
   Be it remembered that on this 17th day of Sept 1850  John S
Hubbard and Ira Hadley the subscribing witnesses to the last will and
testament of John W Poe deceased personally  appeared before me and
being duly affirmed  state that  the said John W Poe  did in their
presence on the 21st day of July 1850 sign and publish and declare 
the foregoing instrument as and for his last will and testament that
they signed their names as witnesses thereto in the presence  of each
other and that at the time of the execution of said  will and
testament was of lawful age to devise his property  of  sound mind
and memory and not under coercion or restraint.
John S Hubbard
Ira Hadley




Chart of descendants

John W. Poe, born  9-15-1787, Chatham, NC, died 9-2-1851, Clay, Morgan, Indiana.

Contact: TERI <>







POE                 William R.           25  Jul    1844   13      1E       27    NW qtr of NE qtr                   40


POE                 Henry                17  Feb    1836   13      2W       5     NE qtr of NW qtr                38.11




1868 Business Directory

General Stores.

Hadley E & Co

Philips & Johnson

Poe Wm R

Thompson & Moorman


1840 Census


John W. Poe             0111000100000   0121000100000                   151

Lewis Meredith         0220000100000   2000010000000                   151

William Poe               0001000000000   0000100000000                   151

Jeremiah Poe           1001000000000   0000100000000                   151



1850 Mortality Schedule / Census


Elizabeth Poe  age:  59    sex: F     Marital Status: M      Birth Place: NC      Birth Month: Mar    Days Ill: C   Township: Clay


Stampers Creek Baptist Church Cemetery

As transcribed by the Lost River Chapter DAR


Paoli Township Sec. 34 T2N R1E Still Used.


POE, Jeremiah, d. 1878, aged 40y/11m.

POE, Cordelia, wife of Jeremiah, 1842-1925.

POE, infant, 1875.

POE, James A., 1877-1936.

POWELL, E. Wayne, 1906-1929.



Parke County

The obituary for James B. Poe's son, William Erastus Poe states his father's name as James Bradford Poe.


see: This family settled in Parke County, Indiana.



Posey County, Indiana


James MOUTRAY , Sr.

Death: 1819 in Posey Co, IN

Burial: Robb Twp, Posey Co, IN


Vol. 1. Page 39, Posey County, Indiana Will Book, 1819


In the name of God, Amen, I, James Moutray, Senior, planter, being of sound mind and memory, thanks be given to God for same, calling to mind the mortality of my body and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die, do make, constitute, and ordain this to be my last Will and Testament.

That is to say, I principally and first of all, I recommend my Soul into the hands of Almighty God that gave it, and my body I recommend to the earth to be buried in a decent Christian like manor at the discretion of my Executors, and as touching such worldly estate where with it hath pleased God to bless in this life, I give, discard and dispose in the following manor and form.

First: I have given to my son William Moutray and to my daughter Elizabeth Poe all that I intend to give them or their heirs.

Item: I give and bequeath to my son George Moutray one cow and calf, his share of my estate.

Item: I give and bequeath to my son Joseph Moutray ten dollars worth of my estate.

Item: I give and bequeath to my son James Moutray all the rest of my property and estate, cattle, farming tools, household and kitchen furniture of every kind and also my Negro girl Fanna, till she is twenty years old and then for her to be free and to serve no other person as a slave.

And Lastly: I appoint, constitute, and ordain my trusty son James Moutray to be the sole executor of this my Last Will and Testament. And I do hereby revoke and disavow all and every former Will and Testament by me in any wise made, ratifying and conforming this and this only to be my last Will and Testament, hereunto I have set my hand and seal this Twenty-eight day of May, One Thousand Eight Hundred and Nineteen.

Signed, sealed, pronounced and declared. Delivered by James Moutray, Sr. to be his last Will and Testament in the presence of

James X Moutr


Witness: John Johnson

Witness Jonathan Moutray X his mark

In a note following, The Testators called James Moutray, Sr. deceased, dated October 3, 1819, The Will was recorded June 1821, County of Posey, State of Indiana.




Chart prepared by another researcher:


Email from fellow researcher dated 11/21/2002:


Thomas Poe born abt 1770 and died aft 22 March 1843 in Todd Co, Ky He was married (possible Elizabeth Moutray).  

Their children:

Wyatt Poe born 5-17-1805 in NC  Died 1-23-1877 in Todd Co, Ky  married Martha Virginia Willis. 

James Poe  born 1806 in NC and died 10-28-1854 in Todd Co, Ky.  He married Mary Ann Calvin (the line of the researcher who provided this). 

George Poe born 1807 in NC.  Married Pharaby Meacham. 

Elizabeth Poe born 1813 in Christian Co, Ky and married William Deason. 

Mahalia Poe born 2-20-1816 in Christian Co KY and married Guilford Moutray. 


Across the river from Posey Co, IL in Gallatin County, Illinois we find

Jacob Flowers Poe, son of William Poe (d. 1800), son of Stephen Poe (d. 1773), son of Simon Poe SR (1707/8 – 1793 Chatham County, North Carolina).


1860 Gallatin, ILL census


Lemuel Goodman Poe is not far away in Saline County, IL. See 1849 Deed:


1920 Census


Wayne County


1820 Guilford County, North Carolina to Wayne County, Indiana

Gabrish [Gabriel P] Poe*

Sally Poe

William Poe

[David Poe]



1820 Indiana Federal Census


These are Poe and not Poar, Poes or Poi



Pg. # on Microfilm


POAR, John






POE, Isaac



POES, Alexander



POES, Rebrcia



POGH, Isaac



POGUE, Elizabeth



POGUE, George



POGUE, James



POGUE, Thomas






POI, John





1820 Census (these counties are in the southern part of the state not so far from Kentucky)

Gibson County: Benjamin Poe *

Spencer County: Isaac Poe


* according to others' research the will of Benjamin Poe of Gibson Co.  was recorded 27 April 1840. He was born around 1775 and had children George Washington Poe b 1801, KY; Nancy Poe b 1805 IN(?); Greenup Poe b 1810 KY; Amanda McGary b 1814 KY; and Emily Hawkins b ?

Note that Lawrence County, Kentucky, where we find Poe families, was formed from Floyd and Greenup Counties. It was created on 14 Dec 1821. The name Greenup is so unusual, surely there is a connection to the county. Floyd Co, KY appears to be an area where the Amelia / Prince Edward County, Virginia Poe families settled.


Warren County

1850 Census


16  62   63  Poe            George         44   M         Farmer         2,000     Va

 17  62   63  Poe            Jane           39   F                                  Va

 18  62   63  Poe            Kitty A.       19   F                                  Ohio

 19  62   63  Poe            Margaret       17   F                                  Ohio

 20  62   63  Poe            James          9    M                                  Ohio                    X

 21  62   63  Poe            Elisabeth      6    F                                  Ohio

 22  62   63  Poe            Mary           3    F                                  Ohio





Hendrick County


24  728  736 Poe            John H.        40   M         Farmer         1,000     Kentucky

 25  728  736 Poe            Ann            37   F                                  Kentucky

 26  728  736 Poe            Mary Ann       16   F                                  Kentucky                X

 27  728  736 Poe            Amanda F.      14   F                                  Kentucky                X

 28  728  736 Poe            Hannah E.      11   F                                  Kentucky                X

 29  728  736 Poe            Samuel S.      9    M                                  Indiana

 30  728  736 Poe            William H.     6    M                                  Indiana

 31  728  736 Poe            John H.        3    M                                  Indiana



23  806  816 Darnell        Cinderella     3/12 F                                  Indiana

 24  807  817 Poe            Richard M.     41   M         M.E. Clergyman 650       Kentucky

 25  807  817 Poe            Margaret       40   F                                  Kentucky

 26  807  817 Poe            Hiram B.       17   M         Farmer                   Kentucky

 27  807  817 Poe            Mary E.        16   F                                  Kentucky                X

 28  807  817 Poe            William E.     14   M                                  Kentucky                X

                   REMARKS:  twin

 29  807  817 Poe            Elizabeth      14   F                                  Kentucky                X

                   REMARKS:  twin

 30  807  817 Poe            Jonathan S.    11   M                                  Kentucky                X

 31  807  817 Poe            Ann M.         8    F                                  Kentucky                X

 32  807  817 Poe            Susan M.       6    F                                  Indiana                 X

 33  807  817 Poe            Leonidas E.C.  3    M                                  Indiana

 34  807  817 Poe            Sissy          1    F                                  Indiana