The Bucher/Booker Family, 1686-1990: Chapter VI, Part 2


The America Booker and Benjamin Plew Family

America Booker, the sixth child of Isaac Booker and Betsy Padgett, married Benjamin Plew on 1 February 1849 near Carlisle, Indiana by John S. Davis. America and Ben can be found on the 1850 Census, page 213, living in Haddon Township, Sullivan County, Indiana. Ben’s age is listed as 22 years and America’s as 19; no children listed. On the 1860 Census, page 21, in Hamilton Twp., Sullivan Co., Indiana, Ben and America are listed along with their first three children. Ben’s occupation is listed as “Cooper” (barrel-maker).

Benjamin Plew enlisted in the Army during the war with Mexico and was drafted into the Army during the latter years of the Civil War. His military records from the Mexican-American War show he enlisted 15 June 1846 under the name Ben Pleugh and was discharged 23 June 1847. In applying for his pension, his deposition, dated 8 September 1892, states… “contacted measles at Ft. Jackson, New Orleans, Louisiana, in August, crossed the Gulf in a Cotton ship; landed at Brazos Island; hauled to Ft. Belknap.” Also, included in his deposition, “…was drafted in the Civil War on 14 October 1864 in Jefferson Twp., assigned with Provost Guard’s Commander, Captain Jones, and was discharged 8 February 1865.” At the time of the Civil War, his description was as follows: Five feet, eleven and one quarter inches, light complexion, blue eyes, black hair. In his declaration for Original Invalid Pension dated 14 October 1887, he includes the information that “his family Bible was burned over 50 years ago.” He mentions his son, Charles Plew, his adopted son, William A. Plew, and his grandsons, Willis Plew, and Jack Grizzle, and grandaughter, Annie Mason.

On 20 May 1891, Benjamin Plew writes in his pension application: “I always spell my name ‘Plew’…when I enlisted my step-father signed my name, and I do not know how he made it…Many people spell the name Plough and I do not know what the original name was, but I think it was Plew…Lived all my life in Sullivan County since discharged, except August 26, 1886 to 2 September 1887…living in Lovington, Illinois, and in Indianapolis from 1850 to 1851…”


On 15 January 1898 Benjamin declared he had two living children; Benjamin Plew, born 9 June 1865, and Charles Plew, born 11 March 1867. In June 1901, Benjamin Plew was judged insane, and Samuel F. Mason was appointed his guardian. Benjamin Plew’s pension records give his date of death as 7 June 1901. According to the notes of Catharine Booker Greene, Benjamin Plew and his wife, America Booker Plew were buried in the “Old cemetery East of Sullivan, Indiana.” Actually, they were buried in the Coffman cemetery in Carlisle.

From the Sullivan Democrat July 20, 1899: –American Booker Plew, wife of Benjamin Plew, one of the old residents of this city, died at her home on Section street Thursday evening of stomach trouble. She was 80 years of age and had been a resident of this city many years. A husband, sons and daughters mourn her loss. The funeral occurred at the family residence Friday afternoon, conducted by Elder Yocum. Interment at the Coffman Cemetery. Using Census’ the children of Ben and America Plew are as follows:

I. Edward Plew b. 1851 Sullivan Co., IN, d.. Marr. 8/1/1899 to Flora Jewell, d/o James C. Jewell and Rhoda (Dix) Jewell. One son:

1. Herbert Plew, b. August 1899. Marr. Occie Brentlinger. No children. Herbert operated grocery in Riley, IN

2. Mary Ann Plew b. 1855 Sullivan Co., IN, d. 189? Sullivan Co., IN

3. James Plew b. 1859 Sullivan Co., IN, d.. Not on the 1870 Census

4. ? Francis M. Plew b. 1861 Sullivan Co., IN, d. 19/10/1892 Sullivan Co., IN. Marr. 2/11/1870? to S. J. Robertson in Sullivan Co., IN

5. Perry Benjamin Plew b. 9/6/1865 Sullivan Co., IN, d.. Marr. 4/1/1886 to Mary C. Dudley in Sullivan Co., IN, (Mary – d/o Samuel Dudley and Nettie Boles)

6. Charles Merril Plew b. 11/3/1867 Sullivan Co., IN, d.

The Mary Ann Plew and John William Grizzle Family

Mary Ann Plew married John William Grizzle, son of William Allen Grizzle (killed in Civil War) and Martha Taylor. (Martha later remarried to Jacob N. Booker s/o William Jarrett Booker – see Chapter III. Also, John William Grizzle’s sister, Mary Delila Grizzle married Ruel Howard Booker – s/o Phillip Booker and Louisa Jane Plew – see Chapter VIII). After John William Grizzle’s wife, Mary Ann Plew, died (after giving birth to six children – two listed below), John remarried in Bement, Illinois to Anna Salina Ferree, daughter of Isaiah M. Ferree and Mahala Saphronia Booker. Mahala was the daughter of Phillip Booker and Louisa Jane Plew (again see Chapter VIII for descendants). Here the children of Mary Ann Plew and John William Grizzle:

I. Americus Ann Grizzle b. 5/5/1884, d. 6/8/1914. Marr. Clarence Mason. Two children:

1. Dorothy Louise Mason, b. 3/1/1904 Sullivan, IN. Marr. Charles Benefiel (b. 25/6/1899 Sullivan, IN)

2. Bessie Pearl Mason, b. 15/3/1914 Sullivan, IN. Marr. Maurice Freeman Asburn. One child:

i. Barbara Ann Asburn, b. 13/7/1932. Marr. Jacob Wayne Highland (b. 6/3/1935 Mattoon, IL). Two children:

a. Timothy Wayne Highland, b. 24/10/1955

b. Susan Lynn Highland, b. 17/9/1957

II. William Benjamin Grizzle b. 15/2/1886 Sullivan, IN (Willis or Jack) d. 3/12/1945 Indianapolis, IN. Bur. Martinsville, IN. Marr. Elsie Jeffrey. Four children:

1. Dorothy Louise Grizzle, b. 30/11/1915 Crawfordsville, IN. Marr. ?? Keller

2. Ivis Esther Grizzle, b. 19/5/1917 Crawfordsville, IN. Marr. 27/5/1949 to Kenneth Stevens. Two children:

i. James Kenneth Stevens, b. 15/4/1951, d. 15/12/1951

ii. Richard Keith Stevens, b. 14/1/1953

3. Leota Catherine Grizzle, b. 19/1/1919 Crawfordsville, IN. Marr. Russell Le Roy Plummer. One child:

i. Russell Le Roy Plummer, Jr., b. 9/11/1947 Martinsville, IN

4. Thelma Alice Grizzle, b. 1/7/1921 Crawfordsville, IN. Marr. Ernest Lacy Hancock

The Ruel Booker and Lavinia Booker Family

Seventh child of Isaac Booker and Betsy Padgett was Ruel Booker. He married his second cousin, Lavinia Booker, daughter of William Jarrett Booker and wife, Elizabeth (see Chapter III). Lavinia, born in 1831, married Ruel on 28 November 1853 by Minister Levi Woodward. Ruel enlisted into the Army for one year on 17 January 1865 in Terre Haute, Indiana by Lieutenant John C. Mahan. Mustering in Terre Haute on 24 January 1865, as a Private, with Company F, 149th Indiana Infantry Regiment, Ruel Booker’s personal description was as follows: age 23, eyes dark, hair dark, height 5’5″, complexion dark, nativity Sullivan County, Indiana, occupation farmer. In Ruel’s military and pension records I discovered Lavinia’s request for a widow’s pension. Included in these documents was a description of Ruel Booker’s death. John C. Mahan, a resident of Terre Haute, Vigo County, Indiana being duly sworn upon oath says that on the – don’t remember the day of April 1865 or thereabouts, he was First Lieutenant of Company “A” of the 149th Regiment Indiana Volunteers- that on said day while Ruel Booker, a private in said Company was in the service of the United States, and in the line of duty at or near a place called Decatur in the State of Alabama, he the said Ruel Booker contracted disease as follows, the exertions and hardships incidental to his military duties caused an attack of disease called Apolexy.

Also found in the above documents was a copy of Ruel and Lavinia Booker’s marriage certificate and several statements of relatives and friends testifying as to proof of birth of each of their children. Here are the children of Ruel and Lavinia Booker:

I. Maria Elizabeth Booker b. 21/8/1854 Carlisle, IN, d.. Marr. 13/10/1883 to William Cook in Sullivan Co., IN

II. Martha A. Booker b. 23/11/1856 Carlisle, IN, d.. Marr. 12/8/1886 to Homer Davis in Sullivan Co., IN

III. John Thompson Booker b. 4/2/1859 Carlisle, IN, d. 22/5/1947 Palestine, Crawford Co., IL. Two Marriages, (1) unknown to author, (2) Melinda Bell (Melinda died 23/6/1948 in Palestine, IL). From his first marriage:

1. Harvey Booker, b. 28/10/1887, d. liv. in 1948. Marr. 5/2/1913 to Goldie L. Jones in Vigo Co., IN. One child:

i. Marjorie L. Booker, b. 22/3/1915 Vigo Co., IN

IV. Florena J. Booker b. 7/3/1862 Carlisle, IN, d.. Marr. 10/9/1884 to Henry Ash in Sullivan Co., IN; On the 1900 Census of Sullivan Co., with her husband and her Uncle Alfred Perry Booker, who never married. Alfred P. Booker b. 2/1/1864 Carlisle, IN, d. 2/3/1865 Carlisle, IN. Bur. Hackett Cemetery, Haddon Twp., Sullivan Co., IN

The Rhoda Booker and James Mayfield Family

Rhoda Booker, eighth child of Isaac Booker and Betsy Padgett, married James Mayfield in Sullivan Co., Indiana on 21 December 1854. I found on the 1860 Census of Indiana in Jefferson Twp., Sullivan County, page 85, 31 June, James Mayfield, age 29, with his wife, Rhoda Booker, age 29, and two children, Rosina and Marshall S. Mayfield. On the 1870 Census of Indiana, Stockton Twp., Greene County, stamped page 438, I found James Mayfield, age 37 and wife, Rhoda, age 36, and their six children. Based on those two census’ James and Rhoda Mayfield’s children were:

Rosina Mayfield b. 1856 Sullivan Co., IN, d.

Marshal S. Mayfield b. 1858 Sullivan Co., IN, d.

Sarah E. Mayfield b. 1860 Sullivan Co., IN, d.

Marvel A. Mayfield b. 1863 Sullivan Co., IN, d.

Miranda C. Mayfield b. 1868 Sull. or Greene Co., IN, d.

John W. Mayfield b. 1868 Sull. or Greene Co., IN, d.

Incidentally, in Wright Twp., Greene Co., Indiana, I found on the 1870 Census of Indiana, page 19, a George Plew, age 74, born in Kentucky, his wife, Sarah, age 74, also born in Kentucky. A daughter, Letssie, age 45, born in Kentucky, is listed in the household. Listed just after George Plew’s wife and daughter is his son, James M. Plew, age 48, born in Kentucky, with his family.

I have no information on Mahala Booker, daughter of Isaac Booker and Betsy Padgett.

The Lewis Marion Booker and Mary Alsman Family

Isaac’s and Betsy Booker’s next child was Lewis Marion Booker (source of his middle name, Marion, is from his death certificate). Lewis was married twice; his first marriage took place on 20 March 1857 to Mary Elizabeth Alsman, daughter of Harrison Alsman and Elizabeth Davidson. Mary was born 6 May 1840, most likely in Sullivan Co., Indiana, and died between 1875 and 1880 in Sullivan County. Lewis and Mary had eight children. Lewis remarried after Mary’s death to Mary Mae Mayfield on 29 January 1880 in Sullivan County. Lewis and Mae had four children. Lewis M. Booker was buried in the Pleasantville Cemetery in Sullivan County; burial sites of his wives are unknown. From his first marriage, Lewis Booker’s children:

Laura Booker b. 1858 Sullivan Co., IN, d.

Burlin Sylvester Booker b. 1/5/1860 Pleasantville, IN, d. 5/8/1943 Muskegon Heights, MI

Lewis M. Booker (Jr.) b. Nov. 1864 Sullivan Co., IN, d. 1937

Daniel Booker b. unknown, d. died in infancy

Charles M. Booker b. 20/11/1867 Sullivan Co., IN, d. 11/11/1926 Paxton, IN

Alice Booker b. 1868 Sullivan Co., IN, d.

Minnie Booker b. 28/1/1873 Sullivan Co., IN, d. 28/1/1923 Sullivan Co., IN

Elmer Roscoe Booker b. 17/9/1875 Sullivan Co., IN, d. 1948 Sullivan Co., IN

Children from Lewis Booker’s second marriage:

Homer Booker b. 25/12/1880 Greene Co., IN, d. 15/7/1957 Greene Co., IN

Sarah Booker b. Aug. 1882 Sullivan Co., IN, d. On 1900 Census

William Booker b. 1887 Sullivan Co., IN, d. On 1900 Census

Naomi Maude Booker b. 9/10/1889 Sullivan Co., IN, d.

The Laura Booker and George Cox Family

Laura Booker, Lewis and Mary Elizabeth Booker’s first child, married George Cox 4 December 1879 in Sullivan Co., Indiana. According to William R. Booker, Sr., Laura and George Cox had five children:

I. John Cox b., d.

II. Louvisa Cox b. 8/1/1883 Sullivan Co., IN, d.

III. Thurman Cox b., d.. Marr. Jessie G. Weathers. Two children:

1. Manda Ruth Cox, b. 15/11/1917 Sullivan Co., IN

2. Thurman B. Cox, b. 30/11/1920

IV. Rosa Cox b., d.

V. Cecil Cox b., d.

The Burlin Sylvester Booker and Flora A. Lucas Family

Next child of Lewis and Mary Elizabeth Booker, was Burlin Sylvester Booker, who married Flora A. Lucas in Sullivan County, Indiana on 13 September 1885. Flora, daughter of Robert Lucas and Jemima Cawood, was born 17 January 1865 in Sullivan County, Indiana. Most of the information I have on the Burlin S. Booker Family was given to me by Marjorie Booker Harwood, his grandaughter. The following is taken from Burlin’s obituary:

Former Teacher and Telephone Exec Expires at Son’s Home. Burlin S. Sylvester, 83 years old, father of W. R. Booker, Muskegon Heights school superintendent, died Thursday night at the home of his son at 816 Sanford St., Muskegon Heights. Mr. Booker had been ill seven years and came to Muskegon Heights two months ago from his home at Jefferson township, Sullivan County, IN. Born in Pleasantville, IN. on May 1, 1860, he attended public schools in Jefferson township and was graduated from a county normal school. He taught school in Sullivan county several years and then studied at and was graduated from Louisville seminary. He spent several years in the religious field. Mr. Booker married Miss Flora A. Lucas in Freelandville, IN. on Sept. 13, 1885. Mr. Booker spent the greater part of his life in the agricultural field and served as president of the Pleasantville Telephone company and was one of its founders. He retired when he was 75, and Mrs. Booker died May 30, 1943. Surviving are two sons. W. R. Booker, Archie Booker, of Carlisle, IN; one brother, Roscoe Booker, of Linton, IN.; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Burlin S. Booker and Flora Ann Lucas were buried in the Indian Prairie Cemetery in Sullivan Co., Indiana. As mentioned in his obituary, Burlin and Flora had two children:

Robert Archie Booker b. 27/3/1887 Pleasantville, IN d. 14/8/1961 Pleasantville, IN

William Raymond Booker b. 5/4/1890 Sullivan Co., IN, d. 17/6/1972 Muskegon, MI

The Robert A. Booker and Verna E. Douthitt Family

Robert Archie Booker married Verna E. Douthitt in Pleasantville, Indiana on 23 June 1909. Verna died in 1982, and both she and Archie are buried in the Indian Prairie Cemetery in Jefferson Twp., Sullivan Co., Indiana. Robert Archie Booker and Verna E. Douthitt had three children:

I. Robert D. Booker b. 23/4/1913 Sullivan Co., IN, d. 10/1/1984 Highland, IN. Two marriages:, (1) Marr. 28/5/1938 to Vera Lawrence, (2) Marr. 17/1/1945 to Janette Yankee. One child from 1st marriage:

1. Karen Kay Booker, b. 3/9/1939 Sullivan Co., IN. Four children from 2nd marriage:

2. Robert Otto Booker, b. 24/12/1946 IN

3. Donald Reese Booker, b. 6/3/1950 IN. Marr. 29/8/1970 to Karen Lynn Nagel. Two children:

i. Wendi Kaye Booker, b. 7/1/1974

ii. Tyanne Marie Booker, b. 2/12/1976

4. John Michael Booker, b. 24/9/1951

5. Cynthia Sue Booker, b. 27? August 1957

II. Helen A. Booker b. 21/1/1920 Sullivan Co., IN, d. 26/1/1920 Sullivan Co., IN. Bur. Indian Prairie Cemetery

III. Barbara Ann Booker b. 28/5/1921 Sullivan Co., IN. Marr. ?? to Carl Wence

The William Raymond Booker and Elva Raye Bedwell Family

William Raymond Booker, Burlin’s second son, married Elva Raye Bedwell, a distant cousin, on 27 November 1913 in Sullivan County at her home. Elva, born 16 August 1892 in Sullivan County, was the daughter of Joshua Alsop Bedwell and Mary Jane Bedwell. (Joshua was the son of Dorcas Booker and Sqiuire J. Bedwell. Dorcas was the daughter of George W. Booker, brother of Isaac Booker – see Chapter IV.) William received both his B.A. and M.A. Degrees from Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana. He was superintendent of Muskegon Heights, Michigan schools from 1928 to 1957, and was lauded for the high standards of Heights’ schools during his long tenure. He was a charter member of Phi Beta Kappa, and also served 20 years as a member of the Muskegon Heights planning council and was a former member of the county planning commission. During WWII, he was chairman of the gasoline rationing board and was appointed to the board of Directors of the MEA. Before going to Muskegon, William taught first in the Pleasantville, Indiana school system, and was later the superintendent of the Greenville and the Idaville, Indiana schools. William died suddenly of a fatal heart attack one late Saturday while working in his flower garden at the age of 82 years. Elva Raye Bedwell Booker lived to be 92, and died on 16 January 1984 at Grand Haven, Michigan. Elva, through her Bedwell family genealogy, was a member of the DAR, and was a member of the Muskegon Heights Women’s Club. Both William R. Booker and Elva Raye Bedwell Booker were buried in the Norton Shores Cemetery in Muskegon, Michigan. Their children are as follows:

I. Marjorie Kathleen Booker b. 7/8/1918 Kalamazoo, MI. Living in Marathon Shores, FL. Two marriages:, (1) 31/7/1950 to Cecil E. Foster (Cecil died in Lakeland, FL), (2) 6/4/1972 to W. Vernon Harwood in Marathon Shores, FL. Vernon died in Marathon Shores, FL. No children from either marriage

II. William Raymond Booker, Jr. b.14/6/1922 Greenville, MI. Marr. 13/11/1943 to Ruth Marie Nelson in Muskegon, MI. Living Arlington, VA. Two children:

1. Kathleen Marie Booker, b. 29/6/1949 Muskegon, MI. Two marriages:, (1) Marr. 26/12/1971 to Charles Effertz in Arlington, VA Divorced 1980. Two children:

i. Adam Nelson Effertz, b. 31/1/1974 Watertown, MN

ii. Hillary Marie Effertz, b. 25/3/1977 Shakopee, MN, (2) Marr. 22/7/1987 to Terry James Sherman in Sioux Falls, SD (Terry b. 19/9/1947 Sisseton, SD)

2. William Raymond Booker III, b. 5/3/1951 Muskegon, MI. Living Arlington, VA

III. Doleen Raye Booker b. 26/6/1927 Greenville, MI. Marr. 24/6/1949 to William T. Holt, Jr. in Muskegon, MI. Five children:

1. Lauri Raye Holt, b. 7/6/1951 Muskegon, MI. Marr. 21/7/1973 to Michael F. Schwab in Muskegon, MI. Two children:

i. Jennea Raye Schwab, b. 25/3/1979 Holland, MI

ii. Hannah Frances Schwab, b. 22/11/1985 Columbia, MD

2. Natalie Jean Holt, b. 5/10/1952 Muskegon, MI. Marr. 9/7/1975 to Craig Douglas Morgan in Muskegon, MI. Two children:

i. Craig Drewry Morgan, b. 12/11/1979 Ann Arbor, MI

ii. Holt Franklin Morgan, b. 3/7/1983 Wilmington, DE

3. William T. Holt III, b. 7/5/1954 Muskegon, MI. Marr. 29/6/1979 to Janet Stibitz in Muskegon, MI. Two children:

i. Kari Cathleen Holt, b. 12/7/1984 Muskegon, MI

ii. Molly Rose Holt, b. 22/11/1987/ Muskegon, MI

4. Barbara Lynn Holt, b. 27/6/1955 Muskegon, MI. Marr. 11/10/1979 to Daniel Adam Balavitch in Muskegon, MI. One child:

i. Stephanie Lynn Balavitch, b. 29/12/1986 Muskegon, MI

5. Amy Kathleen Holt, b. 29/5/1957 Muskegon, MI. Marr. 16/8/1987 to Dr. Paul R. Bizzigotti in Wilmington, DE (Paul born 7/9/1955)

IV. Jeanne Dorleen Booker b. 23/1/1930 Muskegon, MI. Two marriages:, (1) 16/8/1952 to George R. Pulos in Muskego, MI Divorced (George died 1986). All children from 1st marriage:

1. George R. Pulos Jr., b. 4/10/1956 Muskegon, MI. Marr. 17/5/1986 to Roseann Lynn Miksanek in Lisle, IL. One child:

i. Nicholas George Pulos, b. 9/6/1987 Kalamazoo, MI

2. Alison Raye Pulos, b. 19/8/1959 Muskegon, MI. Marr. 19/8/1983 to Richard P. Huffman in Kalamazoo, MI, (2) Marr. 25/4/1987 to Bernard Fisher in Muskegon, MI


Lewis M. Booker, Jr., son of Lewis M. Booker and Mary Elizabeth Alsman, married his first cousin, Mary Ann Booker, daughter of Edward Wilks Booker. See descendants of Lewis, Jr. and Mary A. Booker under Edward W. Booker’s section of this chapter.

The Charles M. Booker Family

Charles M. Booker, son of Lewis M. Booker, Sr. and Mary Elizabeth Alsman, married Dora Warren 25 September 1887 in Greene Co., Indiana. According to the grandaughter of Charles M. Booker and Dora Warren, Delores Gadberry of Sullivan, Indiana, Dora Warren Booker was born in 1870, and died about 1896. Charles and Dora had four children before her death, but no one knows where Dora is buried, “since Grandpa never told any of his children about her.” After Dora’s death, Charles remarried to the widow, Mary W. Dailey, on 4 December 1899 in Sullivan County. Charles and Mary had one child. Here are Charles’s children from his first marriage:

I. Blanche E. Booker b. Aug. 1888 Greene Co., IN, d. 1973 Sullivan Co., IN. Marr. Hosea Hiatt. Bur. Center Ridge Cemetery. One child:

1. James Willard Booker, b. 20/5/1910 Sullivan Co., IN, d. 25/11/1979. Marr. 17/9/1935 to Mildred Robertson

2. Sanco Booker b. June 1889 Greene Co., IN, d. 1963/64 near Gossport, IN. WWI Vet., changed name to Clyde Smith

3. Effie Fern Booker b. March 1893 Greene Co., IN, d. 1965. Marr. ??? to John E. Fifer (1871-1940). Seven children, only one known to author:

i. Jessie Fifer, b. 5/3/1918, d. 14/6/1983 Sullivan Co., IN. Mt. Calvary Cemetery

II. Nettie Opal Booker b. 10/3/1896 Greene Co., IN, d. 17/5/1958 Sullivan Co., IN

Charles M. Booker had one child from his second marriage to Mary W. Dailey, Donald Commodore C. Booker (listed after Nettie Opal’s family).

The Nettie Opal Booker and Monnie James Russell Family

Nettie Opal Booker, fourth child of Charles M. Booker and Dora Warren, married Monnie James Russell on 20 August 1914 in Sullivan Co., Indiana. Monnie, born 12 February 1882 in New Lebanon (Sullivan County), was the son of John Andrew Russell and Mary Ella Sherman. Monnie died 28 April 1962 in New Lebanon and was buried next to his wife in the Burnett Cemetery. Monnie and Nettie had five children:

I. Ella Delores Russell b. 30/5/1915 New Lebanon, IN. Two marriages:, (1) Marr. 17/12/1932 to W. Marion Gambill (died Feb. 1970), (2) Marr. 10/11/1974 to David B. Gadberry. Three children by first marriage:

1. Marion Eugen Gambill, b. 1/5/1933 Sullivan, IN. Marr. Feb. 1952 to Sharon D. Killion. Two children:

i. Pamela Sue Gambill. Marr. ?? to Donnie Morrison. One child:

a. Michael Eugene Morrison, b. Aug. 1970

ii. James William Gambill, b. 1953, d. 28/2/1978. Marr. Jan. 1974 to Lena Land. Two children:

a. Destiny Dawn Gambill, b. Oct. 1974

b. Joseph Ryan Gambill, b. 13/2/1978

2. Russell Lee Gambill, b. 2/3/1938 Sullivan, IN. Marr. ?? to Patricia Lee. Two children:

i. Russell Lee Gambill, Jr., b. 28/5/1960

ii. Lewis Eugene Gambill, b. 15/5/1963

3. Sharon Susan Gambill, b. 2/2/1940 Sullivan, IN, d. 21/7/1968. Died in Car Accident. Marr. 1957 to Lewis Bonham. Four children:

i. Sonja Sue Bonham, b. 19/8/1958. Marr. 22/10/1978 to Kenneth McCulloch. One child:

a. Billy Joe McCulloch, b. 2/2/1984

ii. Jerry Lee Bonham, b. 8/2/1960

iii. Angela Lou Bonham, b. 2/10/1966, d. 21/7/1968. Died in Car Accident

iv. Billy Joe Bonham, b. 12/3/1968, d. 21/7/1968. Died in Car Accident.

II. Mary Lucille Russell b. 1/6/1916 New Lebanon, IN, Two marriages:, (1) Marr. March 1933 to John Eli Stultz, (2) Marr. 24/6/1966 to Woodrow Sutton. Three Children from first marriage:

1. Barbara Lucille Stultz, b. 13/12/1935 Sullivan, IN. Marr. 1953 to Robert W. Engle. Two children:

i. Robert E. Engle, b. 10/1/1954

ii. Kimberly Lucille Engle, b. 6/12/1959

2. Donna Joline Stultz, b. 27/4/1937 Huntington, IN. Two marriages:, (1) Marr. 1957 to Marvin Thompson. One son:

i. Jonathan Rae Thompson, b. 19/4/1958

(2) Marr. William O. Moody, Two children:

ii. David Moody, b. 22/9/1964

iii. Paul Moody, b. 7/8/1968

3. Zora Kay Stultz, b. 17/3/1948 Sullivan, IN. Marr. Aug. 1968 to Ronnie Reed. Two children:

i. Susan Reed, b. Nov. 1969

ii. Jamie Reed (son), b. 10/12/1973

III. Thelma Ada Russell b. 14/8/1918 New Lebanon, IN. Marr. 1941 to Marshall A. McElmurry. Three children:

1. Marshall A. McElmurry, Jr., b. 24/6/1943 Sullivan, IN. Marr. 1966 to Loretta Shew. Two children:

i. Moya McElmurry, b. 1971

ii. Jay McElmurry, b. 1973

2. Richard Allen McElmurry, b. 30/11/1946 Arkansas. Marr. 1968 to Carol Crafton. Three children:

i. Rickey McElmurry, b. 1972

ii. Mark McElmurry, “Twins” b. 1975

iii. Todd McElmurry, b. 1975

3. Joyce Marie McElmurry, b. 21/5/1952 Sullivan, IN. Marr. 1974 to Tom Jollif. No children

IV. James Kenneth Russell b. 24/9/1922 New Lebanon, IN. Marr. 6/1/1941 to Gladys Engle in Huntington, IN. Two children:

1. James Michael Russell, b. 18/6/1945 Sullivan, IN. Marr. ??1963 to Carolyn ?. Three children:

i. Stacie Russell, b. 1964

ii. Jamie Russell, b. 1966

iii. James Michael Russell, Jr., b. 1969

2. Kenneth Lee Russell, b. Jul. 1946 Anderson, IN. Marr. 12/7/1980 to Evelyn Nachtigall. One child:

i. Christopher Lee Russell, b. April 1984

V. Wilma Louise Russell b. 14/2/1932 Sullivan, IN. Marr. 15/8/1948 to Carl Robert Collins (Son of Raymond and Marie Collins). Four children:

1. Janice Louise Collins, b. 6/6/1949 Sullivan, IN. Two marriages:, (1) Marr. ? 1973 to Charles Thrasher, (2) Marr. 18/10/1985 to Pete Gary

2. Carl Dwayne Collins, b. 10/7/1952 Sullivan, IN. Marr. 9/11/1973 to Mary Sue Pirtle (d/o John and Flora May Pirtle). Two sons:

i. Brandon Lee Collins, b. 17/9/1975

ii. Todd Allen Collins, b. 9/11/1976

3. Tony Allen Collins, b. 30/1/1962 Sullivan, IN. Marr. 14/2/1981 to Lisa Marie Pernell (d/o Charles and Alma Pernell). Two daughters:

i. Erika Dawn Collins, b. 3/9/1981

ii. Courtney Ann Collins, b. 19/10/1984

4. Brian Lynn Collins, b. 25/4/1964 Sullivan, IN. Not married

The Donald Commodore C. Booker and Della M. Hummell Family

Donald Commodore C. Booker b. 18/8/1901 Sullivan Co., IN, d. 17/5/1962 Sullivan Co., IN. Marr. December 1927 to Della May Hummell in Sullivan Co., IN; Della b. 26/3/1904, d. 25/7/1981. Donald and Della are buried in Center Ridge Cemetery. Three children:

I. Donald C. Booker, Jr., b. 7/8/1928 Sullivan Co., IN. Marr. June 1951 to Beverly Rose Pinkston in Vincennes, IN. Five children:

1. Bevera Jane Booker, b. 26/9/1952 Sullivan Co., IN. Two marriages:, (1) Marr. Richard McClannahan. Two children:

i. Charles Joseph McClannahan, b. 25/6/1971 Cherry Point, NC

ii. Angela R. McClannahan, b. 26/1/1973 Cherry Point, NC, (2) Marr. 23/2/1980 to Gary Faulkenburg (b. 2/3/1954). Two children:

a. Bruce Faulkenburg, b. 12/7/1980 Terre Haute, IN

b. Scott Faulkenburg, b. 3/6/1982 Terre Haute, IN

2. Paula Ann Booker, b.13/6/1954 Sullivan Co. IN. Marr. 3/7/1978 to Edward Casey in Lawton, OR. Two children:

i. Charles Thomas Casey, b. 2/3/1980 Clarksburg, WV

ii. Shawn Bradley Casey, b. 22/2/1982 Clarksburg, WV

3. Douglas K. Booker, b. 4/12/1958 Knox Co., IN. Not Married

4. Valorie Lynn Booker, b. 13/11/1959 Knox Co., IN. Marr. Nov. 1977 to Lawrence Earl Chenoweth II. Two children:

i. Lawrence Earl Chenoweth III, b. 20/11/1978

ii. Brandy Lynn Chenoweth, b. 14/4/1980

5. Tamera Jewell Booker, b. 15/11/1963 Sullivan Co., IN. Marr. Sept. 1986 to Tom Trump

II. Thomas Eugene Booker, b. 14/4/1930 Sullivan Co., IN. Marr. 16/4/1948 to Louemma McCammon in Sullivan Co., IN. Two children:

1. Tommy Gene Booker, b. 19/10/1950 Sullivan Co., IN. Marr. 13/1/1973 Nancy Marie Hottle. One child:

i. April Marie Booker, b. 17/7/1973 Terre Haute, IN

2. Joey Booker, b. 7/8/1958 Sullivan Co., IN. Not Married

III. Sue Ann Booker, b. 27/8/1939 Sullivan Co., IN. Marr. Aug. 1964 to Charles R. Brammer in Sullivan Co., IN. at the Paxton Methodist Church. One child:

1. Richard M. Bramer, b. 8/3/1965 Vincennes, IN



Charles Booker Passes Away Thursday Noon–Funeral To Be Held Saturday.

Suddenly and without warning another home in Sullivan has been made desolate and the community sorrows with the bereaved family. Charles Booker, 58 yrs. old, passed away at his home in South Rogers Ave. Thursday noon.

Mr. Booker had been ill but two days and this illness was not regarded as critical. Thursday morning he came to the business section of the city and consulted a physician. He returned to his home and lay down upon a couch. Shortly afterwards his wife heard him groaning and hurrying to his side found him dying. Heart failure is named as the contributing cause.

Booker was a miner by occupation and was well and favorably known throughout Sullivan County. For the past several months he has been employed at the Vandalia No. 28 Shaft, a dependable honest worker who won the respect of his union brothers and of every friend in his large circle of acquaintances.

The deceased is survived by his widow, Mrs. Mary Booker, two sons, Donald Booker of Sullivan and Sancho Booker of Indianapolis, three daughters, Mrs. John Fifer, Mrs. Nettie Russell, and Mrs. Blancet Hiatt, one step-son, Thomas Dailey of Sullivan and two step daughters, Mrs. Beulah Banther and Mrs. Lou Ridge.

The body was brought to the Billman Funeral home where it was prepared for burial and where many of Mr. Booker’s friends called to pay their tribute of respect.

Funeral services will be held at the Providence church Saturday afternoon at 1:30 with burial in the churchyard adjoining.

The Alice Booker and Sherman Sumner Family

Alice Booker, daughter of Lewis M. Booker and Mary E. Alsman, married Sherman Sumner, date unknown. From the notes of William R. Booker, Sr., I found the following children of Alice and Sherman:

Orion Sumner b.

Pansy Sumner b.

Cliff Sumner b.

Earl Sumner b.

The Minnie Booker and Jonas Ladson Family

Minnie Booker, next child of Lewis M. and Mary E. Booker, married Jonas Ladson on 4 September 1895 in Sullivan Co., Indiana. Minnie was buried in Providence Cemetery, Paxton, Indiana. Here are the children of Minnie Booker and Jonas Ladson:

I. Glessie Ladson b. 1897 Sullivan Co., IN, d. 1934 Sullivan Co., IN. Bur. Bethany Cem., Carlisle, IN. Marr. Alice ? (last name unknown). Two children:

1. Lillian Ladson

2. Chester Ladson

II. Tressa Ladson b. 6/9/1901 Sullivan Co., IN. d. 14/12/1979 Sullivan Co., IN. Bur. Indian Prairie Cemetery, Carlisle, IN. Marr. John Hargis

III. Russell Ladson b. 14/6/1908 Sullivan Co., IN, d. 10/12/1949 Sullivan Co., IN. Bur. Indian Prairie Cemetery, Carlisle, IN. Never married

IV. Joseph Ladson b. 15/10/1911 Sullivan Co., IN. Living. Two marriages:, (1) Marr. to Dorothy ?. One child:

A. Jerry Ladson. Marr. to ?. Three children:, Unknown to author, (2) Marr. to Frances ?

The Elmer Roscoe Booker and Nora O. Davidson Family

Last child of Lewis Booker’s first marriage to Mary Elizabeth Alsman, was Elmer Roscoe Booker. Elmer married Nora O. Davidson on 20 September 1895 in Sullivan County. Nora died 12 January 1914, and Elmer remarried to Jessie Bell Lacy on 6 December 1915 in Sullivan County. On the 1910 Census I found that Elmer and Nora had had five children, but only four living. Their five children were:

infant daughter b. 21/4/1898 Sullivan Co., IN, d. bef. 1900 Census

Paul Booker b. 5/6/1900 Sullivan Co., IN, d.. Marr. 9/8/1924 to Doris E. McCammon in Crawford Co., IL (Doris dau. of W. McCammon and Annie Gibbs)

Louis Booker b. 1902 Sullivan Co., IN, d.

Marie Booker b. 1904 Sullivan Co., IN, d.

Audrey Booker b. 1907 Sullivan Co., IN, d.

The Homer Booker and Lou Stella Fearnot Family of Greene Co., Indiana

From Lewis M. Booker’s second marriage to Mary Mae Mayfield, there were four children, the first being a son, Homer Booker. Homer married Lou Stella Fearnot on 29 August 1903 in Greene County, Indiana. Stella, born 22 April 1886, was the daughter of John Fearnot and Mariah Burch. Homer and Stella had ten children:

Sherman Booker b. 28/7/1904, d.

Goldie Maye Booker b. 3/9/1906 Greene Co., IN

Luther Martin Booker b. 18/10/1908 Greene Co., IN, d. 22/5/1944 IN. Bur. Walnut Grove Cemetery

Emma Booker b. 28/4/1910 Greene Co., IN, d. 1/7/1984 IN. Bur. Walnut Grove Cemetery

Clarence Booker b. Mar. 1913 Greene Co., IN, d. Mar. 1913 Greene Co., IN. Bur. Booker Cemetery in Greene Co., IN

Ethel Booker b. 11/10/1915 Greene Co., IN

Lou Ella Booker b. 1915 Greene Co., IN, d. 1915 Greene Co., IN

Lucille Booker b. 11/2/1917 Greene Co., IN

Frankie Booker b. Feb. 1919 Greene Co., IN, d. Feb. 1919 Greene Co., IN

Elsie Booker b. 9/2/1920 Greene Co., IN

At this time I have no information on Sherman Booker.

The Goldie Maye Booker and Glenn McGlothlin Family

Goldie Maye Booker married Glenn McGlothlin on 6 December 1924. Glen died on 5 August 1976 and was buried in the Booker Cemetery in Greene Co., Indiana. Goldia and Glenn had five children:

I. Juanita McGlothlin b. 11/11/1925, Marr. 4/4/1946 to Gale Williams, Five children:

1. Larry Gale Williams, b. 11/4/1948. Marr. 27/5/1972 to Sondra Stackhouse. One child:

i. Erica Dawn Williams

2. Dennis Glenn Williams, b. 5/9/1951. Marr. ?? to Teresa Halderman. Two children:

i. Nicole Suzanne Williams, b. 11/7/1973

ii. Kristen Williams, b. ??

3. Connie Sue Williams, b. 7/10/1953

4. Jeane Lee Williams, b. 24/12/1954. Marr. ?? to Ron Coker. One child:

i. Jason Coker

5. Mary Ann Williams, b. 13/11/1980. Marr. 1980 to Carl Arford. Two children:

i. Ryan Jacob Arford

ii. Jared Christopher Arford, b. 18/6/1984

II Violet Ruth McGlothlin b., d. 2/6/1933. Bur. Booker Cemetery in Greene Co., IN

III. Louis Gene McGlothlin b. 8/4/1933. Marr. 24/4/1953 to Barbara Frye (b.27/3/1936), daughter of Charles Frye and Georgia Mullis. Three children:

1. Ronda Gale McGlothlin, b. 11/10/1957. Marr. 1980 to James Hendricks. Two children:

i. Jayme Hendricks

ii. Charles Andrew Hendricks, b. 5/10/1983

2. James Neil McGlothlin, b. 1/11/1960

3. Pamela Sue McGlothlin, b. 25/1/1970

IV. Eva May McGlothlin b., d. 16/12/1936. Bur. Booker Cemetery in Greene Co., IN

V. Jerrelene McGlothlin b. 11/1/1936. Marr. 19/7/1953 to John Achors. Three children:

1. Marsha Kay Achors, b. 19/1/1954

2. Beverly Ann Achors, b. 26/6/1956

3. Janet Lee Achors, b. 12/12/1959

The Luther Martin Booker and Verna Porter Family

Luther Martin Booker married Verna Porter, and had three children:

I. Betty Jean Booker b. 17/3/1932, (1) Marr. 26/7/1950 to Clifford Williams, (2) Marr. ?? to David H. Lynn. One child from first marriage:

1. Kenneth David Williams, b. 21/8/1956

II. Shirley Ann Booker b. 31/1/1942. Marr. ?? to Frank Chittick. One child:

1. Lisa Ann Chittick, b. 6/7/1963

III. Loretta Kay Booker b. 15/11/1944. Marr. ?? to Robert Reed. One child:

1. Robert Reed, Jr., b. 26/6/1971

The Emma Booker and John Mowery Family

Emma Booker married John Mowery, and she and John had four children:

I. Harold Max Mowery b. 5/8/1930, (1) Marr. ?? to Mary Jackson, (2) unknown. Three children from 1st marriage:

1. Harold Stephen Mowery

2. Cathy Ann Mowery

3. Douglas Mowery

II. Carl Junior Mowery b. 18/11/1931. Marr. ?? to Patty Beinburg. Three children:

1. Sandra Sue Mowery, b. 12/11/1958

2. Robert Mowery, b. 9/9/1959

3. Janet Mowery, b. 1975

III. Donald Wayne Mowery b. 18/11/1937. Marr. ?? to ??. Three children:

1. Lori Mowery

2. Lisa Mowery

3. Jeffery Mowery

IV. Rita Jean Mowery b. 15/3/1947. Marr. ?? to Thomas Thompson. Three children:

1. James Thompson

2. Jennifer Thompson

3. John Thompson

Ethel Booker Duncan Moore.

Ethel Booker married twice – first to Jack Duncan and later to Eustice Moore. Ethel and Jack had one child:

I. Jack Duncan, Jr. b. 17/10/1932. Marr. ?? to Helen Wilson. Three children:

1. Randy Wilson, b. 19/12/1955

2. Richard Lee Wilson, b. 17/2/1958

3. Edward Lynn Wilson

Lucille Booker Sullivan Larson

Lucille Booker married Ora Floyd Sullivan on 20 October 1935. Ora died 9 November 1969, and was buried in Fairview Cemetery, Greene Co., Indiana. Lucille remarried to Lowell Larson. Ora and Lucille had three children:

I. Robert Sullivan b., d.. Bur. Booker Cemetery Greene Co., IN

II. infant son Sullivan b., d.. Bur. Booker Cemetery Greene Co., IN

III. Brenda Joyce Sullivan b. 28/2/1943. Marr. 13/2/1962 to Ronald Cazee (died 6/1/1974). Two children:

1. Susan Rene Cazee, b. Oct. 1963

2. Sandra Cazee

Elsie Booker Johnson

Elsie Booker married Gene Johnson, and she and Gene had four children:

I. James Johnson b.

II. Dan Johnson b.

III. Jerry Johnson b.

IV. Donna Johnson b.. Marr. ?? to Don McGaha. Two children:

1. Cindy McGaha

2. Jeffery McGaha

At this time I have no information on William Booker and Sarah Booker, son and daughter of Lewis M. Booker’s second marriage to Mary Mae Mayfield.

On the 1910 Census in Sullivan Co., Indiana, dated 19 April 1910, I found George R. Jordan and his wife, Maude Booker, and their one son, Clyde E. Jordan – age 1 year and six months. Also, living with the Jordan family, is Lewis Booker – father-law, age 74. At this time I have only listed the one child of Maude Booker and George R. Jordan:

Clyde E. Jordan b. 1908 Sullivan Co., IN

The Joannah Sophia Booker and William Allen Plew Family

Joannah Sophia Booker, daughter of Isaac Booker and Betsy Padgett, was married on 15 October 1859 to William A. Plew (nicknamed Jack) in Sullivan Co., Indiana. William was a brother of Louisa Jane Plew who married Phillip Booker, brother of Isaac. By using the 1860 through 1880 Census, I found the following children of William A. Plew and Joannah Booker:

Thomas M. Plew b. October 1865, d.

Permelia Plew b. 1868, d.. Marr. 9/6/1888 to Henry Border in Sullivan Co., IN.

Margaret Plew b. 1871, d.. Marr. 14/10/1890 to Mike Engle in Sullivan Co., IN.

James T. Plew b. August 1875, d.

Lucinda C. Plew b. July 1883, d.

I found William A. Plew on the 1910 Census of Sullivan Co., Indiana, age 79; he lists his father born in Pennsylvania and his mother in Virginia. His wife and children are not listed. According to the notes of Catherine Booker Greene, daughter of Perry R. Booker, William A. Plew was born 9 July 1830 in Sullivan, Indiana, and died at the age of 96 in 1926. He is supposedly buried about “one mile north of Sullivan on a farm. The old Plew Farm…3 miles N.W. [Northwest] of Carlisle near Ledgewood Farm…[then this is written]…Buried at Coffman Cemetery.” Also, Catherine Booker Greene states that “Ann [Joannah] Booker Plew, Isaac Booker and America Booker Plew are buried in the Old Cemetery East of Sullivan, Indiana.” We know now that the cemetery was really the Coffman Cemetery.

I have no information on William Booker, last son of Isaac Booker. I believe he died in childhood; he is not found on any census.

The Elvira Booker and Jasper N. Bennett Family

Last Child of Isaac Booker and Betsy Padgett, Eliza Elvira Booker, married on 23 January 1864 to Jasper N. Bennett in Sullivan Co., Indiana. On the 1870 Census of Sullivan Co., Indiana, Cass Township, dated 30 July, page 21, I found Jasper Bennett, age 38, and wife, Alvira, age 22. Their children are listed as follows on the 1900 Census of Sullivan County, Hamilton Township, Indiana:

I. Isaac Bennett b. August 1864, (Marr. 29/8/1888 to Laura Nichols in Sullivan Co., IN). Divorced on 1900 Census. Child:

1. Viola Bennett, b. 18/3/1889 Sullivan Co., IN. Marr. 26/2/1907 to Jesse Cody in Sullivan Co., IN

2. Alma Bennett, b. 5/3/1891 Sullivan Co., IN. Marr. 10/1/1914 to Howard B. Burns

II. Mary J. Bennett b. April 1867, d.. Marr. to ?. Divorced on 1900 census | Children on 1900 census:

1. John L. ?, b. Dec. 1890

2. Fannie ?, b. Jul. 1895

3. Eva ?, b. May 1900

III. Elizabeth Bennett b. April 1867 (twin to Mary J.), b. April, 1867. Marr. 18/6/1888 to Sylvester W. Borders in Sullivan Co., IN. Divorced on 1900 Census. Children:

1. Hannah [Borders?] , b. July 1889

2. Eliza [Borders?], b. May 1891

3. James [Borders?], b. Mar. 1893

IV. Edward Bennett b. May 1871 Sullivan Co., IN, d.. Divorced on 1900 Census

V. Clarence Monroe Bennett b. 15/9/1875 Sullivan Co., IN. Marr. 21/11/1908 to Mary Alice Williams in Sullivan Co., IN. Children:

1. Lillian Bennett, / b. 7/6/1909 Sullivan Co., IN, Triplets

2. Lillie Bennett, b. 7/6/1909 Sullivan Co., IN

3. Lillis Bennett, b. 7/6/1909 Sullivan Co., IN

4. Lula G. Bennett, b. 7/3/1912 Sullivan Co., IN

Alvira or Elvira Booker Bennett is listed on the 1900 Census as born July 1842, age 57, widowed (actually she was divorced), having had 8 children, but only five living. Jasper N. Bennett, living separately in the very next household on the 1900 Census, is listed as born May 1832, age 68, divorced. From the Sullivan Union dated 25 December 1907: – Jasper Bennett, an old resident of this city, died at his home last Thursday after an extended illness.


At this time I have no other information on the descendants of Jasper N. Bennett and Elvira Booker.

The Bucher/Booker Family, 1686-1990 © 1990 Charles Lee Booker Jr.


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