332. Esther "Hattie" ADAMSON was born on 16 November 1857 in Howard County, Indiana.52,55,56 She died on 21 May 1890 at the age of 32 in Kokomo, Howard County, Indiana.56,81
Hattie is buried Crown Point Cemetery, Kokomo, IN.
Esther "Hattie" ADAMSON and John Wesley LEARNER were married on 25 December 1879 in Delaware County, Indiana.81 John Wesley LEARNER84,85, son of Barnhart LEARNER and Catherine HEATER, was born in 1848 in Indiana.86,87 He died on 15 May 1940 at the age of 92 in Howard County, Indiana.56
The following information is excerpted from articles covering the first meeting of the Old Settlers' Society of Howard County, Indiana. The articles are from the September 16, 1875 issue of the Kokomo Democrat, and the September 18, 1875 issue of the Kokomo Saturday Tribune.
The first formal meeting of the Old Settlers' Society of Howard County, Indiana was held at the fairgrounds September 11, 1875. The Middlefork Fair was being held at the same time, which "kept away many citizens from the West end of the county, but the East end was well represented". The attendance by the afternoon was estimated at 3,000. The meeting was called to order, and the minutes of the previous meeting (held in August) were read. The Constitution and by-laws were reported.
The secretary requested that the Executive Committee collect "such incidents, reminiscences, biographies &c, of all old settlers of the county" to be revised and read at the next meeting. It was also requested that "every person in the county who is entitled to a registry on the Secretary's book as an Old Settler" furnish his date of birth, age, and the time and place of his settlement in the county. Plans were made for the next meeting on the first Thursday of September 1876, "at which time a complete history of the county will be read".
After the business meeting adjourned, the following Old Settlers gave speeches: Dr. Corydon RICHMOND, Willis BLANCH, D. FOSTER, Henry B. HAVENS, J.H. STOVER, Joseph BROWN, Joseph HEATON, Benjamin COSAND and Jonathan REEDER.
The listing below is a transcription of the register which was a result of the formation of the "Old Settlers' Society of Howard County Indiana". The members of the society filled in the register in their own handwriting, starting on September 16, 1876 through 1883. Unclear names, words and/or dates are followed by [?] or listed as [indecipherable]
The actual register is located at the Seiberling Mansion in Kokomo; while the Kokomo-Howard County Library has a photocopied version. Photocopies of some of the pages can be found in the following back issues of the HCGS Newsletter: Vol.5, #3; Vol 6 #1; Vol 6 #2; Vol 6 #3. (available from the Society for $3.00 per issue). The following entries are presented in the same order as in the newsletter, with the pages not copied in the newsletter listed last.
Among the entries:
J. W. Leaner, b. 7 Feb 1848, Howard Co IN. He had been in the county for 34 years.
1880 Census. Howard Co IN. Jno. W. Learner age 32, born IN, father born in Baden. Hettie age 23, b. IN, her parents born in Ohio. They had married only a few months before.]
1900 Census. John had remarried. He was in Center Twp, Howard Co IN.
Wesley J. Learner, b. Feb 1848, age 52. Married for 9 years. Father b. Germany, mother b. Pennsylvania. He was a glass manufacturer.
Wife Emma, b. Mar 1851, age 49. She had 4 children, only 1 living. Emma & her parents b. in Indiana
Belle Wilson, stepdaughter, b. Jan 1878 in IN, age 22.
Grace Learner, daughter, b. Dec 1881 in IN, age 18 - she was possibly the only surviving child of John and Hettie.
1910. John W. Learner lived in the 2nd Ward, Kokomo. Age 62, b. IN. He was married twice, the last time for 18 years. Born IN, father born Germany, mother born Pennslyvania. Emma J. gave her age as 50. Grace A. age 28 was still single and living at home.
Esther "Hattie" ADAMSON and John Wesley LEARNER had the following children:
|Blanche LEARNER56 died on 27 January 1881 in Howard County, Indiana. She was born in Howard County, Indiana.|
|Grace A. LEARNER was born on 4 December 1881 in Howard County, Indiana.56 She died on 30 September 1980 at the age of 98 in Kokomo, Howard County, Indiana.56 |
Grace A. Leaner graduated from Kokomo High School in 1900.
|Millie LEARNER was born on 11 August 1884 in Kokomo, Howard County, Indiana. She died on 20 September 1884 at the age of 0 in Kokomo, Howard County, Indiana. |
Baby is buried Crown Point Cemetery, Kokomo.
The dates between Blanche and Millie have been confused - apparently in the records at the cemetery. FindAGrave notes that dates seem to have been switched. Blanche has a death date there of 27 Jan 1881.