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  • ID: I9
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  • Name: Jeremiah ?Jerry? LINDESMITH
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 13 NOV 1842 in Columbiana Co, OH
  • Death: 1920 in Bethany, Douglas Co, MO
  • Burial: Mt. Ararat Cem near Vanzant, Douglas Co, MO
  • Note:

    Jeremiah was my gg-grandfather.
    For a picture see:

    The 1900 census says he was born in Nov. 1841, but 1842 must be right because of the spacing of his siblings.

    His parents had considered the names Obediah and Hezekiah. Jeremiah was glad they did not choose one of those names for him because he would have been called Obie or Hezie.

    He moved with his father & family, living for a while in Indiana, then settling about 1855 in Jefferson County, Illinois. It was there or in Marion County that he met Amanda Doolen. Her father would not consent to their marriage, so in 1867 when Amanda was only 16, Jerry stole her from her father's house by having her climb out the kitchen window and then he took her away on horseback. They apparently rode 70 miles to St. Louis to get married because their marriage license was recorded in St. Louis as being performed on Oct. 16, 1867. When she was found to be missing her many brothers followed in pursuit on their horses. They failed to overtake them, however, and later accepted their brother-in-law.

    1870 Marion Co, IL, twp 4 R2, PO Lester, June 23 -
    p227a #121 - J. Lindersmith - 28 IN
    . . . . . . . . . . . . Amanda - 18 IL
    . . . . . . . . . . . . Mary L - 1/2? IL

    Jeremiah was humorous and very friendly. Amanda's father left land to all his children, but Jeremiah was a bit of a wanderer and he & Amanda lived in many places during their life together. In 1874 they were in Fayette Co, Ill (Jerry's mother, Lucetta, died there in 1878). In 1878 in Marion Co, IL.

    In 1880 Jerry was in Foster, Marion Co, IL, p137:
    Jerry - 37 b Ohio (father b Ohio, mother b Switz)
    Amanda - 27 b IL
    Minnie R - 8 IL
    Rhoda R - 6 IL
    John I - 2 IL
    also living with him was his cousin, John Morledge (age 30). [Their mothers were sisters.]

    Jeremiah's parents had died by the time Jerry moved to Douglas Co., Mo. maybe about 1880, probably with his brothers and sisters. Sept. 29, 1889 they were living (or possibly visiting) in Galena, KS (near Joplin, MO) where they signed his sister-in-law, Mary Lindesmith's autograph book, before she and John moved to Oklahoma. They were in Douglas Co, Mo. in 1899 where their son, Johnny met and married his wife, Myrtle Pease. I

    In 1900 they were in Brush Creek township of Douglas Co.
    1900 MO census, Douglas Co, Brush Creek twp, p179:
    Lindesmith, Jerry (head) - 58, b Nov 1841 OH, par b OH/PA
    ------ Amanda (wife) - 58, b Apr 1842 IL, par b TN
    ------ Frank (son) - 18, b Apr 1882 IL

    In 1901-1904 his son Johnny and daughter Rhoda and their families were visiting his brother Newton in Fannin Co, Tx.

    Jerry's brothers & sisters moved around in Oklahoma & Texas, with the exception of Ebenezer, who remained in Missouri.
    About 1901 Jerry & Amanda moved to Texas near Newton, Alice, and John's widow Mary. All the Lindesmiths (Newt, Alice, John's Mary, Jerry & Jerry's son Frank) probably moved to Oklahoma soon after that and worked in the oil fields.
    In 1906 son Frank was living in Wynnewood (Murray Co), Oklahoma. In 1905 Jerry's brother, Newt was also living there when he married, and in 1907, Newt's son Basil married there. So the family must have been living there, though they may have actually lived in nearby Paul's Valley.

    Jerry & Frank moved "back from Oklahoma" about 1910 and settled in Bethany, Douglas Co., MO.

    1910 MO census: Douglas Co, Brush Creek twp, p226 (April 26):
    Lindesmith, John I. (head) - 32, b OH (par b OH/IL)
    Lindesmith, Myrtle (wife) - 28, b MO (par b VT/MO)
    Lindesmith, Mamie (daug) - 8, b TX
    Lindesmith, Eva (daug) - 4, b AR
    Lindesmith, Jerry (head) - 68, b OH (par b OH/OH -- but should be OH/PA)
    Lindesmith, Amanda (wife) - 58, b IL (par b TN/VA)
    [Jerry & Amanda are listed as a separate family, but in the same dwelling]

    Johnny built a little house on his place for Jerry & Amanda to live, then when Johnny moved to Mt. Ararat in 1918, Jerry moved with them and Johnny built then another little house up the hill from them.

    1920 MO census: Douglas Co, McKinley, p 66:
    Lindesmith, Jeremiah (head) - 70, b OH
    ------ Amanda (wife) - 66, b IL

    Jerry died in the fall of 1920 (of cancer of the mouth). His obituary spoke of his religious conversion. Johnny's obituary says Jerry died about 2 years before Johnny, who died in 1924.
    Johnny put his mother's little house on logs and rolled it down the hill and into his backyard where Amanda lived until Johnny died in 1924 and Myrtle moved away. Then she lived with her daughter Minnie until she died of influenza, March 3, 1929 in Richland township, Douglas Co, Mo.*{46,48} Jerry & Amanda were both buried at Mt. Ararat Cemetery in Douglas Co. beside their son Johnny & his wife Myrtle; their son, Frank; their granddaughter Maymie & her husband, Albert Willard; and their great-granddaughter Mary Frances Willard Kohler.

    46. Gravestones, Mt. Ararat Cemetery, Douglas County, Mo.
    48. Death Certificate of Amanda Doolen

    Find A Grave Memorial# 41462003
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  • Change Date: 6 DEC 2015

    Father: Francis John LINDESMITH b: 3 JUN 1816 in Columbiana Co, OH
    Mother: Lucetta Elizabeth MOMENTELLER b: 22 DEC 1822 in Philadelphia, PA

    Marriage 1 Amanda DOOLEN b: 4 APR 1851 in Mt. Vernon, Marion Co, IL
    • Married: 16 OCT 1867 in St. Louis, MO
    1. Has No Children Mary L. LINDESMITH b: ABT 1869 in Marion co, IL
    2. Has Children Minnie Rose LINDESMITH b: NOV 1870 in IL
    3. Has Children Rhoda LINDESMITH b: ABT 1874
    4. Has Children John Ira "Johnnie" LINDESMITH b: 1 APR 1878 in Centralia, Marion Co, IL
    5. Has Children Franklin Howard "Frank" LINDESMITH b: 13 APR 1882 in Vandalia, Fayette Co, IL
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