Family:Widney, John (1834-a1900)

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John3 Widney (Samuel2, Charles1, James), son of Samuel2 and Joanna (Brearley) Widney, was born 26 Jan 1834, Franklin Co., PA, and died after 1900.

He married, 1 Jan 1857, DeKalb Co., IN, Nancy Jane Knight, daughter of Jacob and Mary (Boyles) Knight. She was born Apr 1835, OH, and died after 1910.

Biography of John Widney, page 550. History De Kalb County, Indiana. Inter-State Publishing Company, Chicago, 1885.

JOHN WIDNEY, farmer and stock-raiser, Concord Township, was born in Franklin County, PA, Jan. 26, 1834, the fifth child of Samuel Widney one of the earliest settlers of De Kalb County. He was reared and educated in this county, remaining with his parents till his marriage, and then settled on a part of the old homestead, where he lived six years. He then bought ten acres in Concord Township, to which he has added from time to time, till he now has 123 acres of the best land in the township, all under cultivation. His improvements are valuable, his residence and farm buildings being among the best in the county. He was married Jan. 1, 1857, to Nancy Knight, daughter of Jacob and Mary (Boyles) Knight. To them have been born eight children--Wilson D. (was killed while chopping a tree at the age of twenty-three years), Sylvester S., Mary C. (wife of Franklin Sechler), Etta, Cyrus J., Addie S., Lulu J., and Cora B. In 1884 Mr. Widney retired from the active labors of farm life and moved to the village of St. Joseph. He and his wife are active members of the Evangelical Lutheran church. In politics he is a Republican.

Children of John3 and Nancy Jane (Knight) Widney:

i. David Wilson4 Widney, b. ca. 1858, IN; d. ca. 1881, age 23.
ii. Sylvester Samuel Widney, b. ca. 1859, IN; d. after 1910, then unmarried.
iii. Mary C. Widney, b. ca. 1861, IN; d. 1948; m. ca. 1881, Franklin Sechler.
iv. Etta Widney, b. ca. 1864, IN; m. 15 Oct 1885, DeKalb Co., IN, Selwin J. Bowen.
v. Cyrus Joseph Widney, b. ca. 1866, IN; not in family in 1880.
vi. Addie S. Widney, b. ca. 1868, IN; m. 9 May 1901, De Kalb Co., IN, A. L. Lake.
vii. Lulu J. Widney, b. Jan 1871, IN; d. 1930, Springfield, IN; m.(1) 2 Jun 1899, De Kalb Co., IN, Oliver Morton Foote; m.(2) 17 Feb 1917, Allen Co., IN, Wilton B. Reicheldorfer.
viii. Cora B. Widney, b. ca. 1875, IN; d. after 1900, then unmarried.


94 94 Samuel Widney 53 M - Farmer $2000 Pa. Joanna Widney 46 F - Penn. Charles " 24 M - Farmer Penn. Joseph " 21 M - Farmer Penn. Attended school Mary " 19 F - Penn. Attended school John " 16 M - Farmer Penn. Attended school James " 14 M - Ia. Attended school Sarah Ann " 9 F - Ia. Attended school

NOTE: Apparently some of the enumerators used "Ia." as the abbreviation for "Indiana" (not "Iowa")

441 444 John " 26 M - " $200 $100 Penn. Nancy " 24 F - Ohio David W. " 2 M - Ind. Samuel " 1 M - "

104 104 Widney, John 39 M W Farmer $4500 $700 Pa. Male citizen over 21 Nancy 35 F W Keeping House Ohio Wilson 13 M W On Farm Ind. Attended school Samuel 10 M W At home Ind. Attended school Mary 8 F W At home Ind. Attended school Ella 6 F W At home Ind. Attended school Joseph 4 M W Ind. Attended school Adda 2 F W Ind.

John WIDNEY 46 Self M M W PA Farmer PA PA J. Nancy WIDNEY 45 Wife F - W OH Keeping House OH OH Wilson D. WIDNEY 22 Son M S W IN Farmer PA OH Sylvester WIDNEY 21 Son M S W IN PA OH Mary C. WIDNEY 19 Dau F S W IN PA OH Ettie WIDNEY 16 Dau F S W IN At School PA OH Ada S. WIDNEY 12 Oth F S W IN At School PA OH Lewcy WIDNEY 10 Dau F S W IN At School PA OH Cora WIDNEY 5 Dau F - W IN PA OH

84 84 Widney, John Head W M Jan 1834 66 mar 45 Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Teamster, Owns free house -----, Nancy J. Wife W F Apr 1835 65 mar 45 8ch 6liv Ohio Ohio Ohio -----, Sylvester S. Son W M May 1859 41 sgl Indiana Pennsylvania Ohio Town clerk -----, Addie Dau W F May 1868 32 sgl Indiana Pennsylvania Ohio Teacher -----, Clara Dau W F Apr 1875 25 sgl Indiana Pennsylvania Ohio

  • 1910, Concord, DeKalb Co., IN: widow Nancy Widney and son Sylvester.


  • Census records.

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