Isaac Short (1795-1858) and Susannah Combs (1798-1872)

Isaac Short and Susannah Combs are Todd’s 4X Great Grandparents.

Isaac Short was born in about 1794 in Virginia. He is thought to have been the son of Isaac Short and Dorcas.

Susannah Combs was born in about 1798 in Kentucky. Her parents are unknown.

Isaac and Susannah married around 1818.

On the 1820 US Census, Isaac was head of a household in Jefferson County, Indiana. There were 4 in the household: 1 male under age 10 (Isaac was a newborn); 1 male aged 26-44 (Isaac was 26); 1 female under age 10 (an unknown daughter); 1 female aged 16-25 (Susannah was 22).

I found two land records for purchases Isaac made in Vermillion County, Indiana. On June 1, 1831 he purchased 80 acres. On March 18, 1837 he purchased 40 acres.

On the 1840 US Census, Isaac was head of a in Helt, Vermillion County, Indiana. There were 11 in the household: 2 males aged 5-9 (Elijah was 7 and Richard was 9); 1 male aged 10-14 (Amos was 11); 1 male aged 15-19 (Arthur was 12); 1 male aged 40-49 (Isaac was 46); 1 female under age 5 (Matilda was 4); 1 female aged 10-14 (Lydia was 6); 2 females aged 15-19 (Amassa was 13 and Dorcas was 17) ; 1 female aged 20-29; 1 female aged 30-39 (Susannah was 42); 1 female aged 60-69. The ages don’t match up perfectly, but it’s close.

On the 1850 US Census, Isaac was 55 and Susannah was 52. They lived in Helt, Vermillion County, Indiana with 9 of their children: Isaac, age 30; Arthur, age 22; Richard, age 19; Amassa, age 23; Eliza, age 17; Matilda, age 14; Reuben, age 10; John, age 3; Susannah, age 1.

Isaac died September 8, 1858 in Helt, Vermillion County, Indiana.

On the 1860 US Census, Susannah was 63 and lived in Helt, Vermillion County, Indiana with son Reuben (Todd’s 3X Great Grandfather), his wife Sarah, and their daughter. Susannah’s daughter Susannah, age 11, was also in the home, along with a Nancy Lewis, age 60.

On the 1870 US Census, Susannah was 72 and lived in Helt, Vermillion County, Indiana with son Elijah, his wife and their children. Also in the home is Nancy Lewis, age 69. Since Nancy lived with Susannah in 1860 and 1870, I wonder if they aren’t sisters. This could help me figure out who Susannah’s parents are.

Susannah died October 12, 1872 in Helt, Vermillion County, Indiana.

The children of Isaac Short and Susannah Combs:

Isaac Short – Isaac was born January 1, 1820 in Hamilton, Ohio. He married Elizabeth Taylor in 1846 in Vermillion County, Indiana. They had 2 children. Elizabeth died in 1849, and Isaac married Mary Ann Kessler Harmon on December 7, 1851 in Vigo County, Indiana. They had 7 children. Isaac served in the Civil War with Company F, 126th Regiment of the Indiana Infantry. He died April 1, 1882 in Indiana. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Dorcas Short – Dorcas was born in 1823 in Clermont, Ohio. She didn’t marry. She died in October of 1850 in Vermillion County, Indiana.

Amassa Short – Amassa was born February 1, 1827 in Hamilton, Ohio. She married John Smith on December 24, 1852 in Vermillion County, Indiana. He had been widowed and had at least 4 children from his first marriage. Amassa and John had 2 daughters. John died in 1880. Amassa married Bayless Rutherford on August 29, 1889 in Vermillion County, Indiana. She died November 10, 1911 in Montezuma, Parke County, Indiana. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Amos Short – Amos was born in 1828 in Ohio. He married Mary Ann Laswell on July 29, 1849 in Vermillion County, Indiana. They had at least one child. Amos’ sister Lydia was living with him on the 1850 US Census. I have no record of him after that census.

Arthur E. Short – Arthur was born in Clermont, Ohio in 1829. I have no record of him after the 1850 US Census.

Richard Short – Richard was born in May 1830 in Vermillion County, Indiana. He married Malinda Blakesley on October 28, 1856 in Vermillion County, Indiana. (Malinda’s sister Sarah married Richard’s brother Reuben. Richard is a widower living with his brother Reuben on the 1900 US Census.) They had a son. Richard died August 7, 1906 in Danville, Vermillion County, Indiana.

Martha Short – Martha was born about 1831 in Vermillion County, Indiana. I don’t find her listed with the family on the 1850 US Census, so she died prior to that, or was married.

Elijah Short – Elijah was born October 5, 1832 in Vermillion County, Indiana. He married Genette Gosnell on December 9, 1858 in Vermillion County, Indiana. They had 6 children. He died March 2, 1918 in Montezuma, Parke County, Indiana.

Lydia Ann Short – Lydia was born in 1834 in Vermillion County, Indiana. She is found living with her brother Amos on the 1850 US Census. She’s hard to figure out. I think she married Isaac Johnson on January 27, 1853 in Vermillion County, Indiana. I can’t find them on a census together. I think she married the widowed James Elliott Haddon after 1872. I found them on the 1880 US Census. I don’t think Lydia had children. She died in 1904 in Sullivan County, Indiana.

Matilda Short – Matilda was born in 1836 in Vermillion County, Indiana. She didn’t marry. She is found living with her sister Amassa on the 1860 and 1870 US Census. It’s possible that she had a son named Charley Beebe in about 1867, because he is listed under her name on the 1870 US Census. She died in 1874. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Reuben Levi Short – Reuben is Todd’s 3X Great Grandfather. Read about him here.

John Short – John was born in 1847. He is found on the 1860 US Census living with his brother Isaac, his wife and children. I don’t have record of him after that.

Susannah Short – Susannah was born in 1849. She married Wells Miller on May 31, 1866 in Vermillion County, Indiana. He had served in the Civil War. (Susannah collected a pension based on his service after his death in 1894.) I found Susannah and Wells on the 1880 US Census, with no children, living in Prairie, Edgar County, Illinois. I can’t find them after that.

Silas Blakesley (1813-after 1876) and Sally Edwards (1815-about 1850)

Silas Blakesley and Sally Edwards are Todd’s 4X Great Grandparents.

Silas Blakesley was born about 1813 in Franklin, Ohio. He is the son of Obediah Blakesley II and Adah Hart.

Sally Edwards was born about 1815 in Indiana. Her parents are unknown.

Silas and Sally married on February 16, 1837 in Vermillion County, Indiana.

On the 1840 US Census, Silas was head of a household in Helt, Vermillion County, Indiana. There were 4 in the household: 1 male aged 20-29; 2 females under age 5; 1 female aged 20-29.

Sally died prior to November 5, 1850 when the family was enumerated on the census, but after Mary’s birth in 1847.

On the 1850 US Census, Silas was widowed and 35 years old. Children in the home were: Malinda, age 13; Sarah, age 11; Albert, age 7; John, age 5; Mary, age 3. Silas was farming in Helt, Vermillion County, Indiana.

Silas married Mary Pearman Denton on December 11, 1853 in Edgar County, Illinois. Mary had 7 children from her first marriage.

On the 1860 US Census, the family was in Prairie, Edgar County, Illinois. Silas was 47 and Mary was 41. Children in the home were: William, age ; and Mary’s children Jonas Denton, age 21; John Denton, age 18; Samuel Denton, age 16; Thomas Denton, age 14; Sarah Denton, age 12; Elizabeth Denton, age 11; Mary Denton, age 9. Silas’ children with Sally Edwards were scattered. Oldest daughter Malinda had married, and her brother John lived with her. Daughter Sarah, Todd’s 3X Great Grandmother, was married too. Son Albert was living nearby with Silas’ brother Seth. I suspect daughter Mary had died.

Mary died in 1869.

On the 1870 US Census, Silas was 56 and had been widowed a second time. He lived with son William, age 11, in Helt, Vermillion County, Indiana.

Silas married Martha Ellen Bacon on March 22, 1873 in Vermillion County, Indiana. Silas was 60 and Martha was 24. Martha had a daughter in 1869 (and hadn’t been married.) In 1870 she appears on the census with her daughter, living next door to Silas and working as the family’s servant. I don’t find record of her daughter after that.

Silas and Martha had a son, Louis Blakesley, in 1872. They had a daughter, Olive Blakesley, in 1876.

Silas is assumed to have died in about 1878. Martha remarried in 1880 to Daniel Humerickhouse.

The children of Silas Blakesley and Sally Edwards:

Malinda Blakesley – Malinda was born in 1837 She married Richard Short (brother of Reuben Short who married her sister Sarah) on October 28, 1856 in Vermillion County, Indiana. They had a son and it is said that she died in about 1876.

Sarah Blakesley – Sarah is Todd’s 3X Great Grandmother. Read about her here.

Albert Blakesley – Albert was born in 1843 in Helt, Vermillion County, Indiana. He served in the Civil War with the 54th Illinois Infantry. He married Mary Conley. They farmed in Iowa and had two children. I don’t find him after the 1870 US Census.

John Blakesley – John was born in 1845 in Helt, Vermillion County, Indiana. He appears on the 1860 US Census living with sister Malinda. He served in the Civil War with the 54th Illinois Infantry. I can’t find record of him after that.

Mary Blakesley – Mary was born in 1847 in Helt, Vermillion County, Indiana. The only record I have of her is on the 1850 US Census.

The children of Silas Blakesley and Mary Pearman Denton:

William Jasper Blakesley – William was born May 23, 1859 in Edgar County, Illinois. He married Margretta Ann Blakesley (daughter of Amos Blakesley and Grizella Guston) on January 15, 1881 in Ringgold County, Iowa. They had 5 children. He died March 17, 1912 in Lyon, Decatur County, Kansas. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

The children of Silas Blakesley and Martha Ellen Bacon:

Lewis Ellsworth Blakesley – Lewis was born April 14, 1873 in Vermillion County, Indiana. He married Bertha May Koch Thornton in June 1919 in Vigo County, Indiana. He died September 4, 1946 in Bruilletts Creek, Edgar County, Illinois. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Olive Blakesley – Olive was born in July, 1876 in Indiana. She married Hugh Raupe, a real estate agent, in 1895 and they had 4 sons. They lived in Oklahoma and the last record I have of Olive is on the 1930 US Census when she was a widow.