Historic Roots: History center celebrates family lineage; library named


Tribune photo by Jessica Squires/ Lori Roberts and her husband Doug of Salem portray Mrs. Stonewall Jackson and her brother at the Jackson County History Center's annual dinner. Roberts is a middle school history teacher and often performs portrayals of the famous Civil War general's wife.

The Jackson County History Center recently celebrated family lineages in Jackson County during the organization’s annual dinner.

Individuals who draw their lineage through Jackson County’s history were recognized at the Nov. 8 event at the Knights of Columbus Lodge on East Second Street in Seymour.

Robert Rhude, Nancy Bishop, Carolyn Gatewood and Karla Schmidt all received First Family awards, because they can trace Jackson County roots to before 1820. Rhude traces his lineage to Peter Briner and John McGlaughlin; Bishop to James Hamilton; Gatewood to Benjamin Scott; and Schmidt to Cyrus Douglass.

Six Founder Family awards for those with lineages dating to between 1821 and 1850 were

presented along with three Settler Family awards given to those who can trace their lineage to Jackson County between 1851 and 1880.

Jackson County was created on Jan. 1, 1816, and was formed from Clark, Jefferson and Washington counties. Jackson County was the 14th to be organized in what was then the Territory of Indiana.

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