||In special messages to the
House and Senate in January, President Zachary
Taylor urges unconditional admission of
California and suggests statehood for New Mexico
so that the boundary dispute with Texas can be
settled by the Supreme Court.
||In February, President Taylor
holds a stormy conference with southern leaders
who threatened secession. He tells them that if
necessary to enforce the laws, he will personally
lead the Army.
||After participating in
ceremonies at the Washington Monument on a
blistering fourth of July, Preident Taylor falls
ill and dies on the 9th. The war Taylor had been
willing to face will come eleven yearss later,
and in it, his only son Richard will serve as a
general in the Confederate Army.
||The sudden accession of
Fillmore to the Presidency in July brings an
abrupt political shift in the administration.
Taylor's Cabinet resigns and President Fillmore
immediately appoints Daniel Webster as Secretary
of State, thus proclaiming his alliance with the
moderate Whigs who favor the Compromise.
of Clark County, IN (FHL Film #007751).
||The first household
enumerated in Charlestown this year, is the home
and family of John C. Parker who was born in TN
in about 1804. He appears as a Hotel Keeper with
real estate valued at $3500. His wife Nancy was
born in KY in about 1807 and their children
listed were: Mary, Emma, James, Ada, Cordelia,
||The household of James and
Charlotte (Daily) Boyer is the 9th family and
household enumerated in Charlestown. James is
listed as a 42 year-old blacksmith who was born
in KY and whose real estate is valued at $500.
His wife Charlotte (daughter of Philip and Mary
Wise-Daily) is listed as age 41. Their children
are: Phlip, Mary A., Sarah, David, Harvey,
Margaret and Martha. Twenty-one year-old Frank
Ruyan, a wool carder, and a German born laborer
named George, are also living in this household.
||Living next door to the Boyer
family is a tailor named John Riley who was born
about 1821 in IN is living with his wife Susan
who was born in OH in about 1830. Their young
children are: Catherine, Mary G., and Elsa.
||The 37th family to be
enumerated in Charlestown, is the household of
David Wise Daily, a 52 year old merchant with
real estate valued at $19,000. Listed with him is
his wife Mary (Shirley), age 51, born in KY and
their children: William H. also a merchant,
Louisa, Minerva, Philip, Elizabeth, Seth, and
Thomas H. Daily.
||Listed as the 41st family in
Charlestown to be enumerated is the household of
James Beggs, an Indiana farmer born in 1802. His
wife Matilda is listed as age 46 and their
children are: Nancy, Sarah, Caroline, James Jr.,
Catherine, Melinda, Matilda, and Jane. Also
listed is what appears to be James' mother Hannah
and possibly an aunt Sarah both born in Virginia.
This family married into the Work family.
||The 118th family of
Charlestown, is the family of Francis J.
Stierheim, a saddle manufacturer who had been
born in France in 1809. Listed with him is his
wife Sarah, born in IN in 1819 and his children -
Alexander, Barbara (who later marries Seth Daily,
son of David Wise Daily4), Francis, Sarah E., and
||The household of Samuel Carr
is enumerated as the 135th family in
Charles-town. It is speculated that Samuel is the
2nd husband of Kittie Daily4, daughter of Philip
and Mary (Wise) although she is not listed and
may have died prior to this year. Samuel is
listed as a stone mason from VA born in about
1795 and the children are: Catherine, William,
Andrew, Melvina, Elizabeth, and possibly John
||Not far away from the Carr
household, is the home of William Boyer - family
#142. Like Charlotte's husband James, William
Boyer is a blacksmith born about 1818 and may be
the brother of James. His wife is Mary A. age 30
and their children are - Marietta, John S., and
Eli. Living with them is Eli Boyer, a 20 year-old
physician and Henry Wilson a 20 year-old
||John Howard Ramsey, the
husband of Mary Daily (daughter of David Wise
Daily4 & Mary Shirley), has not yet been
located. But listed in household #144, is the
family of Joshua Ramsey, age 64 of TN, his wife
Margaret, and children Margaret (23) and Martha
||Another possible brother of
James Boyer, is Andrew J. Boyer, a blacksmith,
whose family is enumerated in household #167. His
wife is Mary A., and their one daughter, age 1,
is Laura. Also living in this household is Sarah
Robinson, Mary A. Wright, Mary Herrod (age 40)
and Benjamin Kelley.
||In Charlestown, the 208th
family to be enumerated was a farmer, Joseph
Riley of Kentucky. The Riley families are being
traced in order to find something of Fannie Riley
(1834-1858) who married William Goodall
(1831-1856). Since both died when their son
William Richard Goodall (born 1852) was quite
young, and he later appears in Charlestown,
marrying the daughter of David W. Daily, Jr. and
Mary Ann Parker, it seems likely one of the Riley
households might have taken him in. Listed with
Joseph is his wife Jimima of KY and children -
Margaret, William, James, Elizabeth, Horace and
||Listed two doors down from
the William Coombs family, is household of Felix
Coomb and his wife Rebecca (Daily) of
Charlestown's 268th enumerated family. Felix who
was born in IN in about 1815, is listed with real
estate valued at $2000. His wife Rebecca is
listed as age 29, and their children are -
Arabel, Mary, Dallas, Rebecca, and Felix. Living
with them from North Carolina, is Napthah
Russell, age 38.
||The 291st family enumerated
in Charlestown is the family of Samuel Work, a 63
year-old farmer born in PA with real estate
valued at $3000. Listed with him is his wife
Elizabeth (Henley) age 52 of North Carolina, and
their children - Jesse, Alexander, Samuel, and
Sarah; also 31 year-old John Stutesman. The elder
Samuel might be the uncle of Samuel Work who
later marries Minerva Daily. His son Samuel
listed in this census appears to be too young.
||Census taken the 30th of
September lists the family of Samuel Hay in
household #453. This family has been traced on
account that it has also married into the Work
family. Samuel is listed as a 37 year-old farmer
from IN, wife Hannah, age 34 and childen: Sarah,
David W., Mary A., and Florence.
||On page 73 of the census in
the 517th household, is the family of Thomas
Daily, a 41 year-old farmer from KY, his wife
Rachel, and children Martha, Stausbury, Mary,
Hardin, Casa, Deborah, Francis M., Joseph, and
Elvira. This family was also listed in the 1840
||Nothing of Mary Tuel's family
has yet been located. She was married to Eli
Daily, son of Philip (1762); but a Philip P. Tuel
a 28 year-old merchant and his wife Rebecca, age
27 both of IN are listed in the Isaac Runyan
household in Charlestown.
||On the 28th of May, William
James marries Sarah Mayberry of Jeffersonville.
After her death, he marries Lizzie Daily.
||Business Directory for
Charlestown - J.W. Boyer, a blacksmith on Water
Street; John Riley, a tailor; F.J. Stierheim a
saddle mfr; S.M. Work, a physician and surgeon on
Main Street; Miss Mary Carr, a millner and dress
of Clark County (FHL Film #0803247)
||Residing in Charlestown
Township: Boyer, James; Daily, David, Louisa,
Philip, Seth, Robert F; Huckleberry, Abram,
Enoch, John, Lydia, Martin, Nelson, Shade,
William P.; Morrison, Julia; Parker, John C;
Ramsey, Margaret; Riley, Eliza, John; Stierheim,
Francis; Work, S.M., Alex, Henry, Jesse, Milton,
||Living in Washington Township
is the heads of families of L.D Fouts his wife
Mariah, Thomas D. Fouts and his wife Clarinda,
John C. Fouts and his wife Hester Ann, and the
older Jacob Fouts and his wife Mary. The Fouts
had come from North Carolina.
||Also living in Washington
Township is the famlies of Joseph Tull, possibly
his mother Mary J., and children including one
month-old Dora B. Possible that her mother died
giving birth as Mary's age is 17 years Joseph's
||When the 53rd regiment of
Indiana Volunteers is organized at New Albany in
January, Company D is represented by Clark
county, and is organized by Seth Daily, one of
the most popular men of Charlestown. He
establishes his headquarters in the old Zed
Griffith Hotel which stands on the corner of Main
and Market Street.
||Seth receives recruits at the
hotel and the officers of this company are
Captains Seth Daily of Charlestown and William
Howard of Jeffersonville. The colonel of the
regment is Walter Q. Gresham. This organization
serves in Tennessee, with Grant in Mississippi,
with the sige of Vicksburg, in the Atlanta
campagin, and with Sherman to Savannah and in the
||The 53rd regiment first moved
to Indianapolis where it gaurds rebel prisoners
until March 15th.
||On April 15th, the 53rd joins
the forces moving to Corinth.
||When the 22nd regiment of the
Indiana Volunteers rendezvous at Madison under
Colonel Jefferson C. Davis, Captains David W.
Dailey, James M. Parker, and Thomas H. Daily of
Company D are transported on August 17th to St.
Louis where it joins Fremont's army.
||On October 5th, the 53rd
regiment participates in the battle of hatchie,
during which it makes a courageous crossing of
the burning bridge and charges the rebel line.
||The 22nd regiment marches in
January with Curtis' expedition against Sterling
Price, and participates in the battle of Pea
Ridge, in which it bore a prominent part, losing
nine killed and thirty-two wounded.
||The 53rd marches to Jackson
with the force which occuies that city on July
16th and later returns to Vicksburg where they
are sent to Natchez and quartered there for about
||In Septmeber the 53rd
accompanied an expedition into Louisaina and then
was at Vicksburg until February of 1864.
||A two-story brick woolen mill
built by Samuel H. Patterson near the riverbank
below Mechanic Street, is sold to Moses G.
Anderson, and bought two years later by J.L.
Bradley, Dillard Ricketts, and S.H. Patterson who
condust the firm under the name of Bradley and
||Bradley & Company loses
considerable money and the woolen mill is closed.
It stands vacant for many years and is torn down
in the 1880's.
||The 22nd regiment is mustured
out at Washington early in June and publicly
welcomed at Indianopolis on the 16th.
||The 53rd was mustered out on
July 21st after having been transported to
Louisville. It was pulbicly recieved with the
returning regiments at Indianapolis on the 25th
and soon after discharged.
||Sarah (Mayberry) James, wife
of William James who was born in Pennsylvania in
about 1826, dies on the 21st of October.
Census of Clark county, IN (FHL Film #0545802).
||F. Stierheim, a 59 year-old
merchant who was born in France is listed in the
census with his wife Sarah, age 52 and born in
Indiana, and daughters Adalise, Jennie, and
Addie; Russell, Rufus, Elizabeth, Caroline;
Russell, Solomon, Ellen, Mary, Caroline, Solomon,
Caladina and William; Rebecca Carr; Living in
Jeffersonville - Russell, Jacob, Esther, Anne,
and John B.; Parker, R.G., James S.
||Epedimic of small pox breaks
out in the area.
||On March 13th, William James
marries Elizabeth "Lizzie" Daily,
daughter of David Wise Daily and Mary A.
||William James, husband of
Lizzie (Daily) dies on the 14th of December. By
his first wife Sarah (Mayberry) he is the father
of four living children: Lora, Luella, Belle and
||James Beverly James, son of
widow Lizzie (Daily) James, is born on the 13th
of August., he later marries Theodoica Burr
Lewman and has a son David Lewman James.
||David Wise Daily dies on
August 29th in Charlestown. He is said to have
had $10,000 in cash at his home. Since there were
no banks in town, he and Mr. Cole took care of
the people's wants.
||Matilda (Day) James, wife of
Beverly James, dies of dropsy on the 11th of
October. She was born in Mason Co., Kentucky on
10 July 1797. She was the mother of twelve
children including William James who married
Lizzie Daily. Matilda was laid to rest at Chesnut
Cemetery. [ View Obituary ]
||On February 2nd, Philip M.
Daily, son of David and Mary (Shirley), marries
Melissa C. Morton in Charlestown.
||Widower Dr. Beverly James
passes away in Jeffersonville on the 26th of
August. He was born on 04 April 1791 in Fauquier
Co., VA and was the son of Thomas Russell James
and Hannah (White). His wife, Matilda (Day),
preceded him in death the year before. [ View Obituary ]
Census of Clark County, IN (FHL Film #1254269).
||Charlestown- Next door to the
widow Mary A. Shirley-Daily, who lives on Market
street, is the 67 year-old widower Francis
Stierheim, a saddler, who was born in France.
Living with him is his 19 year-old daughter
Adalia who was born in Indiana; A.J. Boyer,
Harvey, James, John, and William; Carr, Samuel,
Nancy, Rebecca, Thomas, and Thomas J; Rebecca
Coombs; D.W. Daily, Louisa, Philip, Seth, Robert;
Hay, A.J., Mary Garrett , Campbell, John C.,
Julia B., George, and Samuel.
||Residing in Bethlehem
Township - Boyer, John, Margaret, Mary, Nancy,
and William H.; Daily, Josiah, Lorenczo, Michael,
Ophelia; and Jacob Tucker.
||Federal Census of Bartholomew
County, IN (FHL Film #1254265)
||Family of Harrison Daily, son
of David W. and Mary (Shirley), is residing in
the 2nd Ward of Columbus. Includes wife Sarah
(Morrison), daughter Maggie age 13, son Harry age
9, daughter Barbara age 5, and a white servant,
Emma O'Brian age 35 of Ireland.
||Dillard C. Ricketts who was
born in Kentucky in about 1819 and was husband of
Indiana Clark (Daily), daughter of David W. Daily
and Mary (Shirley), dies in Indianapolis on the
8th of September. [ View Obituary ]
||During this year and the
next, Jeffersonville is flooded.
||Colonel Harrison Daily, son
of David Wise Daily and Mary A. (Shirley) and
husband of Sarah Elizabeth (Morrison) dies on the
16th of March in Columbus, Bartholowmew Co.,
Indiana. [ View Obituary ]
||On the 23rd of March, Mary A.
(Shirley) Daily, widow of David Wise Daily,
passes away in Charlestown. She had been born
near the Kentucky River above Boonesboro and as a
child was with her family in the fort with Daniel
Boone when it was besieged by Indians. [ View Obituary ]
Census of Clark County, IN (FHL Film #1240362-3).
||Rebecca Coombs, Amos, Ellen,
Mary, Sarah, Thomas, William are still living in
Charlestown as is Guy, Louisa J., Lulu Daily, and
other Daily relations.