Floyd County, Indiana Obituaries

Submitted by Sharon Pike

Index to Obituaries

Campbell, Forrest M.                          Campbell, Frances Meriwether                Ellenbrand, Arthur F.

Ellenbrand, Minnie Meriwether           Jenkins, Cleo Meriwether                       Kraft, Bessie Merriwether

Kraft, Frank D.                                  Kraft, Meriwether Hewes "Hew"              Merriwether, Charles F.

Merriwether, David                             Merriwether, Emily                                 Merriwether, Henry

Merriwether, Indiana America "Indie"          Merriwether, J. W., c/o                Meriwether, John 1854

Merriwether, John 1916                      Merriwether, John Montgomery              Meriwether, Joseph

Merriwether, Margaret                       Merriwether, Minnie                               Meriwether, Robert "Jack"

Schuler, Mary B.                                 Schuler, Mary Belle Meriwether

Forrest M. Campbell

New Albany Tribune (New Albany, Indiana)

October 19, 1982, p 2 c 8

Forrest M. Campbell, 85, of Route 1, Lanesville, died Monday at Floyd County Memorial Hospital.

He was a retired conductor for the Pennsylvania Railroad and a farmer.

Survivors include his wife, Anna Wilson Campbell; one son, Irvin of Jodwin, Mo.; two daughters, Mary Lou Clark Hammond and Evelyn Mayfield, both of New Albany; 15 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at Mullineaux Funeral Home at 2 p.m. Thursday, with burial in Antioch Christian Church Cemetery in Floyd County.

Masonic services will be held at 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Visitation will be after 7 p.m.

[Note: His first wife was Frances Meriwether who died in 1968.]

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Frances Meriwether Campbell

New Albany Tribune (New Albany, Indiana)

November 18, 1968, p 3 c 6

Mrs. Frances Campbell – Lanesville

The funeral for Mrs. Frances Campbell, 70, who died Saturday at the Green Valley Convalescent Center in New Albany, will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday in the St. Mary’s Catholic Church here. Burial will be in the Antioch Cemetery.

The body is at the Mullineaux Funeral Home.

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Arthur F. Ellenbrand

New Albany Tribune (New Albany, Indiana)

January 13, 1964, p 3 c 3

Arthur F. Ellenbrand, 65, died at 9 a.m. today at his residence, 201 Sloemer avenue. He retired in 1961 after being associated for 26 years with Huber and Huber trucking company. He was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church. He was a native of Navilleton.

The body will be at the Kraft Funeral Home after noon Tuesday.

He leaves his widow, Minnie Meriwether Ellenbrand; a son, Edward Ellenbrand of San Francisco; daughters, Mrs. Thelma Stumler, Floyds Knobs, Mrs. Helen Sacrey, Jeffersonville, Miss Loretta Ellenbrand, Mrs. Mildred Harding and Mrs. Mary Francis Webber, all of New Albany, and brothers, Henry, Andrew and Albert Ellenbrand of Navilleton, and a sister, Mrs. August Diezman, Frenchtown.

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Minnie Meriwether Ellenbrand

New Albany Tribune (New Albany, Indiana)

September 13, 1998, p 3a c 1-2

New Albany – Minnie Meriwether Ellenbrand, 95, died Friday at the Robert E. Lee Retirement Inn.

She was the widow of Arthur F. Ellenbrand, a native of Floyd County, a former employee at the old St. Anthony School of Nursing in Louisville, the old Gunnison U.S. Steel Homes in New Albany and a member of Holy Family Catholic Church.

Survivors include four daughters, Thelma Stumler of Floyds Knobs and Loretta Ellenbrand, Millie Harding and Mary F. “Babe” Webber; 12 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

Services are 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at the church, with burial in St. Mary’s Navilleton Church Cemetery. Visitation is 3 to 8 p.m. today and 10 a.m to 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. tomorrow at Kraft Funeral Service, Spring Street Chapel.

There will be prayer services 4 p.m. tomorrow at the funeral home.

Memorial gifts may go to the Kentucky School for the Blind or Mass off the Air.

[Note: She was the daughter of David E. and Mary (Sheridan) Meriwether.]

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Cleo Meriwether Jenkins

New Albany Tribune (New Albany, Indiana)

July 1, 1954

Mrs. Cleo Jenkins

A West Spring Street School second grade teacher, Mrs. Cleo M. Jenkins died at 12:05 p.m. Wednesday in Floyd County Memorial Hospital. She lived at 907 Silver St.

A native of Floyd County, Mrs. Jenkins had taught at the school for eight years. She was a graduate of Indiana State Teachers College, Terre Haute, a member of Evangelical United Brethren Church, American Association of University Women at New Albany, and the order of Eastern Star at Georgetown.

The widow of Frank Jenkins, she is survived by four half-sisters, Mrs. Frances Campbell, Georgetown; Mrs. Mary Belle Schuler and Mrs. Bessie Link, Louisville, and Mrs. Minnie Ellenbrand, New Albany.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday in Evangelical United Brethren Church with burial in Wolfe Cemetery, Georgetown. The body is at Dieckmann Funeral Home.

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Bessie Merriwether Kraft

Public Press (New Albany, Indiana)

March 21, 1916, p. 4 c.4

The body of a young woman who walked into Glenwood Lake at Glenwood Park at 10:45 o’clock Saturday morning was identified at the undertaking establishment of Lottich Bros., East Fourth and Spring streets, as Mrs. Bessie Kraft, wife of Frank D. Kraft, Silver and Elm streets. While Isaac Lemmon was engaged in trimming trees in the park he observed a young woman walking alone through the park. She walked to the bank of the lake at a point about forty feet above the dam across Silver Creek, where she took off her coat and hat, laying them on the ground, and walked into the water. Mr. Lemmons, who was 200 yards away ran to the lake, but the woman had gone down the third time. He raised an alarm and a number of persons began dragging the lake for the body. Mr. Kraft stated that his wife had been in poor health for some time and recently returned home from Norton Infirmary where she had been confined for ten weeks undergoing two or three surgical operations. He said she had been extremely nervous since that time and had been despondent, though she never had talked of taking her life. Mrs. Kraft was 30 years old and was a native of Georgetown, Ind. She was the daughter of John Merriwether, who died in Georgetown three weeks ago. Besides her husband she is survived by a son 5 years old and a daughter 9 months old. She is also survived by her mother, Mrs. Indiana Merriwether, a sister, Mrs. Clarence Martin, and a brother, David Merriwether, of Georgetown. Mrs. Kraft was a member of the United Brethren Church.

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Frank D. Kraft

New Albany Tribune (New Albany, Indiana)

January 6, 1958, p 2 c 4

Mrs. Blanche Beadell, Olive Ave., has received word of the death of Frank D. Kraft, McMinnville, Ore. He was a former professor of New Albany Business College. His father Augustus (Gust) was in Elk’s Lodge work in New Albany.

Surviving is his wife, Mrs. Sadie Star Kraft, formerly of New Albany; four daughters, Dorothy, Lillian, Peggy, and Doris, and one son, Meriwether H. Kraft.

Funeral services will be 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at McMinnville.

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Meriwether Hewes "Hew" Kraft

Unknown publication and date

Meriwether Hewes "Hew" Kraft was born July 15, 1910 in New Albany, IN. He was the eldest of five children.

While still in grammar school, the family moved to Sacremento, CA and a few years later to Saint Barbara, CA where he graduated from high school.

He was in the CCC's (Civilian Conservation Corp) for a time and also worked in banks in Los Angeles and Santa Barbara.

During WW II, he was a burner on ships in the Swan Island Shipyards. After this, he moved with the family to Newburg, OR and McMinnville, OR where he was an appraiser in the Yamhill County Assessor's office. When the Assessor passed away, he finished out the term of County Assessor.

When he was in California, he liked to hike to out-of-the-way places to fish. In McMinnville, he joined the Elks Lodge and was a league bowler for many years. He also became interested in gardening and was a Rose Bush tester for Jackson and Perkins for many years until he caught the orchid virus and started growing orchids. (He never recovered.)

He married Janet Mackinlay in 1965. He met her at an Oregon Orchid Society meeting and they had 35 years together enjoying cruising and travel to World Orchid Conferences around the world.

He is survived by his wife, Janet, and his three remaining sisters: Lillian Deranian of Santa Barbara, CA; Peggy Westlake of Springfield, OR; and Doris Hall of Newburg, OR. He is also survived by five nephews, two nieces, three grandnephews, eleven grandnieces, one great-grandnephew and eight great-grandnieces.

[Note: Hew was the son of Frank D. Kraft and Bessie C. Meriwether of Floyd County, Indiana. He died on January 18, 2001 in Beaverton, Oregon. He was 90 years and 6 months old. He had no children.]

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Charles F. Merriwether

New Albany Ledger (New Albany, Indiana)
February 15, 1893, p 4
Galena -- Feb. 13, 1893
The nine month old child of Mr. and Mrs. David Merriwether is seriously ill.
[Note: Charles F. "Charlie" Meriwether, son of David and Minnie (Wells) Meriwether, died 13 Feb. 1893.]

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David Merriwether

New Albany Tribune

June 25, 1953, p. 20, c. 6

David E. Merriwether, 85, Louisville, died Wednesday at 8 p.m. in Norton’s hospital there. He was a former resident of New Albany and had been making his him with a daughter, Mrs. Leo Schuler, in Louisville.

Other survivors are four sisters, Mrs. Bessie Link, Louisville; Mrs. Forrest Campbell, Lanesville; Mrs. Cleo M. Jenkins, and Mrs. Arthur Ellenbrand, both of this city and one sister, Mrs. Harry Beadell, city.

The body is at Ratterman and Sons funeral home, 2114 W. Market, Louisville. Funeral arrangements are pending.

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Emily Merriwether

Public Press, New Albany, Indiana

Wednesday, Dec. 31, 1890 p4 c6

Mrs. Joseph MERRIWETHER, who resided between Georgetown and Edwardsville died at 2 o'clock a.m. today at her home of typhoid fever, aged about 29 years. Deceased was a sister of Mr. P. P. FLICKNER of this city. She leaves a husband and four children.

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Henry Merriwether

New Albany Ledger (New Albany, Indiana)                 July 3, 1890, p. 5 c.2

Henry Merriwether, son of John Merriwether, near Galena, whose serious injuries by being caught in a hay rake about ten days ago were mentioned in the Ledger at the time, has been attacked by lockjaw and will die. His principal injury was on the leg between the knee and ankle, the flesh and muscles being terribly lacerated.

New Albany Ledger (New Albany, Indiana)              Saturday, July 5, 1890, p. 5 c.2

Henry, the fifteen year old son of John Merriwether, near Galena, died of lockjaw at 11 o’clock on the night of the 3d. Two weeks previously the muscles of his legs were terribly torn in a hay rake by the runaway of the horses. His funeral took place today. He suffered terribly for two or three days before his death.

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Indiana America “Indie” Wolf Merriwether

New Albany Daily Ledger (New Albany, Indiana)

Jan. 29, 1921, p.1, c.7

Funeral of Mrs. Merriwether

The funeral service of Mrs. Indie Merriwether, widow of John Merriwether, age 76 years, who died Saturday morning at the home of her granddaughter Mrs. Robert Jenkins of Georgetown after an illness of 6 years from paralysis will take place Monday, January 31, at 10:30 o'clock. Burial will be in the Wolf Cemetery.

Mrs. Merriwether was a native of Floyd County and is survived by one son, David Merriwether of Georgetown. She also leaves nine grandchildren and one great grandchild, two sisters and one brother, Mrs. S.E. Adams of Georgetown, Mrs. E.T. Flickner and Mr. Chas. F. Wolf of New Albany.

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J.W. Merriwether (child of)

Public Press (New Albany, Indiana)

July 18, 1888

Floyd Knobs – An infant child of J. W. Merriwether was buried at the cemetery Wednesday.

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John Meriwether

New Albany Daily Ledger

Jan. 12, 1854, p. 2, c. 4

In Floyd county, at the residence of his son in law, on the 12th inst. [January], John Meriwether, in the 70th year of his age.

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John Merriwether

New Albany Daily Ledger (New Albany, Indiana)

Feb. 23, 1916 p. 4 c.3

John Merriwether, a veteran of the Civil war, died Saturday afternoon at his home in Georgetown. He had been in poor health for the past three years and suffered a stroke of paralysis several months ago, from the effects of which he never recovered.

Mr. Merriwether was 71 years old and was a native of this county [Floyd] where he lived all his life. For many years he was engaged in farming in Georgetown township but retired two years ago, moving to Georgetown. Besides his wife he is survived by a son, David Merriwether, of Georgetown; two daughters, Mrs. Clarence Martin, Georgetown; and Mrs. Frank Kraft, his city. He is also survived by a sister, Mrs. Mary Schwartz, of Logansport, Ind. He was a member of the United Brethren church.

Funeral services will be held at the United Brethren church in Georgetown at 10 a.m., Tuesday. Burial in Wolfe’s graveyard.

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John Merriwether

Indianapolis News                                    Dec. 1, 1884, p. 4, col. 3

Saturday morning, about 5 o'clock, John Merriwether, an old recluse who resided at Mooresville, a little town in Floyd County, four miles from New Albany, was found dead in his house. Merriwether, who was over seventy years of age, had lived alone for years in a house adjoining that of his son.

Jeffersonville Evening News (Jeffersonville, Indiana)           Dec. 1, 1884, p.4 c.5

Coroner Lemon yesterday held an inquest upon the body of John M. Meriwether, aged 70 years, who died suddenly at his home in Moorsville. Mr. Meriwether was born in Jefferson county, Kentucky, and moved to Mooresville many years ago. Lately he has lived alone in a house near that of his son, and it has been the custom of his daughter to prepare his meals. Yesterday morning when she went to the house she found the old man lying upon the floor dead. He had arisen and built a fire, after building it dropped dead from heart disease.

(Note: This was John Montgomery Meriwether who was the son of John Meriwether and Mary Patterson Bell. He married to Cynthia Moore and they were the parents of 10 children.)

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Joseph Meriwether

Public Press, New Albany, Indiana                    May 29, 1912, p 4 c4

Joseph Meriwether, a prominent farmer of Greenville township, who on May 15 cut his throat with a razor with suicidal intent died Sunday morning from the effects of the self-inflicted injury. The funeral took place at the Methodist Episcopal church in Galena, and the burial will be in the Galena cemetery. On account of the condition of the health of Mr. Meriwether, there was no hope of his recovery from the first. He was sixty-five years of age and had lived practically all of his life in Floyd county. Three sons and two daughters, all of whom live in Georgetown and Greenville townships, survive him. They are James, Elmer and Brown Meriwether, Mrs. John Pectol and Mrs. Joseph Sturns

New Albany Weekly Ledger (New Albany, Indiana)              May 29, 1912, p 1 c3

Joseph Merriwether, who cut his throat the morning of May 15, at the home of his son, James Merriwether, in Greenville township, died Sunday morning at 6:30 o’clock. He leaves three sons, James, Elmer and Brown Merriwether, and two daughters, Mrs. John Pectol and Mrs. Joseph Sturns, all of Floyd county. The funeral services were held Tuesday at 11 o’clock from the church in Galena.

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Margaret Merriwether

New Albany Daily Ledger (New Albany, Indiana)

July 15, 1901, p. 4, c. 2

Mrs. Margaret Merriwether, wife of Isaac Merriwether, died at an early hour Sunday morning at the home of a relative on East Elm street. Death resulted from consumption. The family had lived in St. Louis for some time, and she was brought to this city only a few days ago. Her age was thirty-eight years. Besides her husband three children survive her. The interment was at Mooresville.

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Minnie Merriwether

Public Press, New Albany, Indiana

Aug. 28, 1895 p4 c3

Mrs. Minnie Merriwether died August 20th at her home in Galena, after a long illness of consumption. She leaves a husband, David Merriwether, and two children.

New Albany Daily Ledger (New Albany, Indiana)

August 21, 1895

Mrs. Minnie Merriwether, wife of David Merriwether, died on the night of the 20th at the family residence near Galena, Greenville township. Her disease was consumtion and she leaves her husband the care of one child. Mrs. Merriwether was an excellent Christian woman, a devoted wife and mother, and had the affection of all her neighbors and many friends.

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Robert "Jack'' Meriwether

Louisville Courier Journal, Louisville, Kentucky

November 22, 1999,  p. 7b

NEW ALBANY [Indiana]- Robert "Jack'' Meriwether, 83, died Sunday at New Albany Care Center. He was a native of Georgetown, a retired terminal superintendent for Mobile Oil Co. in Huntington, an Army Air Forces veteran of World War II and a member of Masonic Lodge 355, Scottish Rite Valley of Evansville, Mizpah Temple Fort Wayne Shrine and St. John United Presbyterian Church.
Survivors: sons Robert L. and Charles K. Meriwether; a friend, Wilma Euless, who cared for him; and four grandchildren.
Funeral: 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oak Street Chapel of Seabrook Dieckmann & Naville. Entombment: Kraft-Graceland Memorial. Visitation: 2-8 p.m. Tuesday.

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Mary B. Schuler

Louisville Courier-Journal (Louisville, Kentucky)

March 11, 1989

Mary B. Schuler, 88, died Thursday at her home.

She was the former Mary B. Meriwether, a native of Floyd County, Ind., and a member of the Third Order of St. Francis.

Survivors: three daughters, Mary J. Rausch, Joan Sabel and Dolores McCrory; two sons, Paul L. and Charles B. Schuler; two sisters, Elizabeth Link and Minnie Ellenbrand; 25 grandchildren; and 26 great-grandchildren.

Funeral: 11 a.m. Monday, St. Anthony Catholic Church, 2222 W. Market St., with burial in St. Mary Cemetery in Navilleton, Ind.  Visitation at Ratterman’s-Portland, 2114 W. Market St., from 1 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Expressions of sympathy: Hospice of Louisville.

Mary Belle Meriwether Schuler

Publication unknown [probably a Franciscan publication]

Mary Belle Schuler died on March 9, 1989. Mary Belle and her husband, Leo were long stading members of St. Anthony’s parish community (Louisville). They were employees of St. Anthony’s for more than 52 years.

Mary Belle, along with her sister, Bess, (Elizabeth Link) and their mother, Mary Meriwether cooked at Mt. St. Francis for seminarians. In 1921, Fr. Paul Vollrath asked them to come to the Mount and in 1929, Fr. Paul held a large reception for Mary Bell and Leo in the dining room at Mt. St. Francis.

In 1936, Fr. James Hermes, the pastor of St. Anthony’s asked Leo to be the custodian and in 1937 Mary Belle and Leo moved into the custodian’s house at 2221 Congress Street. Fr. James added a kitchen and bathroom onto the house in 1937.  It was here that Mary Belle and Leo raised their five children. The children used to complain about “living in the backyard of the priest’s house” because Mary Belle would tell them to be quiet because the Fathers “may be taking a nap.”

Leo died on December 1, 1973. After his death Mary Belle continued to live in the house on Congress Street. She passed away around 10:00 p.m. on March 9th after suffering about a years with cancer. It was fitting that Mary Belle would die in the house that was her home for fifty-two years. Fr. Pius and four of her five children were praying  at her bedside when Mary Belle breathed her last breath in the simple house she loved so much. She was 88 years old.

Mary Belle was an inspiration not only to her immediate family but to the whole Christian family. She was a secular Franciscan and she loved the Franciscan family. Mary Belle lived a very simple, but a very holy life. She is now enjoying the fruits of her labors.

Fr. Pius Poff

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