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Subject: [BRE] William R. Smith genealogy
Date: Wed, 20 Sep 2006 12:17:53 -0600
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Merle: Thank you for your reply. Do you know if there was a Church of the
Brethren in Putnam County? It would be interesting to see if there are any
church records there that would be helpful in my search for the Smiths.
Thanks. Janie Smith

Quoting Merle C Rummel <>:

> The man is dead now that I spoke with - and all I had was his statement
> that the home was in his family from its original owner (which I now
> realize could be interpreted slightly different than I did).
> Yes, Frances Moss and Christian Fosher moved from the Four Mile to
> Putnam Co in the 1820s. Both families were original member families at
> the Four Mile Brethren Church. The Moss families were in the Upper Four
> Mile area (and my wife is a Moss descendant), the Foshers lived in the
> White Water Church area. The Smith home was in the Lower Four Mile area
> - being just north of College Corner OH/IN - and about 1 mile south of
> the Lower Four Mile Church.
> Merle C Rummel
> Church Historian
> He purchased government land in Putnam County, Indiana, two adjacent
> pieces of land, in 1825 and 1826. The records at the General Land office
> show that he is William R. Smith from Union County, Indiana. This is the
> same property that was later sold (to Christian Fosher) after William’s
> death in 1839 and listed in his probate record in Putnam County, Indiana.
> William R. Smith was a Minister of the Gospel and performed some
> marriages in Putnam County, Indiana, including Christian Fosher who
> married Emily Bun?ant on 16 July 1830 (could be Bunderant) and others,
> not only his son, John who married Elizabeth Moss, but also a number of
> grandchildren that are part of my line.
> You mentioned in your email response that you have linked some ancestors
> in Union County to William R. Smith. I would be most interested in
> learning how the ancestors in Union County link to him. My preliminary
> search shows that all his children moved to Putnam County.
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