Lemuel Boone Sexson (Sexton) (1824 - 1914)

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Birthplace: Whitley, Kentucky
Death: Died in Dishman Cemetery, Jackson Twp., Green, Eindian
Managed by: Judith "Judi" Elaine (McKee) Burns
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About Lemuel Boone Sexson (Sexton)

Donald B. Jr. and Georgie Benton, Sextons Notebooks - 2 volumes, The, no date manuscript. states that he was buried next to Rebecca Gilpin at Ash Grove Cemetery, , Shelby, Illinois and that she was maybe his second wife

another gives him marrying her Rebecca Gilpin 17 Jan 1875 ,Shelby Illinois;

In the records below there is no mention of a Rebecca Gilpin connected to this Lemuel Boone.

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1. Records of Stephen J. Stalcup, http://homepages.rootsweb.com/~stalcup/, Stephen J. Stalcup, ?, Farmers Branch, Tx., e-mail: ; jumping@airmail.net/ puclats@sb, http://homepages.rootsweb.com/~Stalcup/.

2. History of Greene and Sullivan Counties Indiana from the Earliest Time to the Present, 1884 Goodspeed Brothers & Co., Chicago, pg. 373. "LEMUEL B. SEXSON was born in Kentucky in the year 1824, and is a son of Joel and Abigail (Davis) Sexson, who removed to Monroe County, Ind., in 1828, and located near the Greene County line. In 1830, the family settled in Center Township, of the last-named county, where they continued to reside many years. Joel Sexson took a very active part in the progress and development of Greene County, and his name and familiar chirography are found on various valuable public documents at the court house in Bloomfield. Lemuel B. Sexson is one of the county's best farmers. His early manhood was passed on the farm of his parents and teaming to Louisville, but since attaining his majority he has been engaged in farming, dealing in stock, and operating what is known as the Sexson Flouring Mills on Indian Creek. He has been three times married, and is the father of eleven children, seven of whom are yet living. In 1849, he was married to his first wife, Miss Mary M. Alexander, who died in 1866. In 1867, his marriage with Miss Nan Leonard was solemnized, but this lady died in 1868, bearing one son, who died shorly after his mother's death. His marriage in 1869 with Miss Kate Leonard has been fruitful in the birth of three children, one being dead. In politics, Mr. Sexson is independent, voting for the best man, and not the party. For a number of years, he served as Trustee of Jackson Township. At present, he owns 740 acres of good land in the county, besides having given 120 acres to those of his children who are doing for themselves."

3. Donald Jr. and Georgie Benton, Sextons, The, no date manuscript, pg. 139-40. "3001 E. Berry St. Ft. Worth, Tx. 76105; Phone: 817-534-9292.". " LEMUEL BOONE SEXTON b. 16 Oct. 1824 Whitely co., Ky. d. 14 Jun. 1914 buried Dishman Cemetery Jackson twp., Greene co., In. m. 8 Mar. 1849 Greene co., In. Mary M. ALexander b. 10 Dec. 1822 d. 25 Jul. 1866 mother of 1st 4 children; m2nd. 9 Jun. 1867 Greene co., In. Nancy A. Leonard b. 27 Dec. 1844 d. 11 Aug. 1868 d. durig child birth m 3rd. Kate Leonard 28 Dec. 1846 d. 31 Oct. 1925 mother of last 3 children. Lemuel B. and all 3 wives share the same tombstone in te DIshman Cemetery. CHildren: WILLIAM SEXTON b. 17 July 1853 Greene co. d. 27 APr. 1943 m. 1873 Nancy RUsh; MARY LOUELLA SEXTON b. Greene co., In. m. 8 Feb. 187 Joseph Freeman; JOHN SWIFT SEXTON b. 12 Sep. 1859 Greene co., In. d. 1936 Greene co., In. married 7 Sep, 1876 Minerva L. Butcher b. Jan. 1862 In. 2nd. Joanna Wakefield.; EMMA SEXTON b. 1864 Greene co., In. m. 25 Feb. 1883 Greene co., In. James Pate; ETHEL SEXTON m. 20 Mar. 1892 Greene co. Harley Rush; SNOW SEXTON m. 29 Jan. 1882 Greene co., In. George D. Wilson; IDA SEXTON m. 8 Feb. 1889 Greene co., In. Ovid FIelds."

4. 1870 United States Census. "1870: Roll 318, Page 362A, Dwelling 239, Family 239, Jackson Twp., Lines 10-19 Census date: June 1, 1870, Enumeration date: August 26, 1870 Lemuel B. Seston, 45, m, Farmer, RE Value $12,000, Personal Property $4200, KY Kate Seston, 22, f, Keeps house, IN William Seston, 16, m, Farm hand, IN John S. Seston, 12, m, IN Mary L. Seston, 8, f, IN Snow Seston, 6, f, IN Emma F. Seston, 5, f, IN Moses Smith, 20, m, Farm hand, IN Edward Leonard, 12, m, IN Lee Leonard, 9, m, IN."

5. 1860 United States Census. "60: Roll 262, Page 815, Dwelling 1578, Family 1578, Jackson Twp., Lines 26-31 Census date: June 1, 1860, Enumeration date: August 21, 1860 Lemuel B. Sexton, 35, m, Farmer, RE Value $5000, Personal Property $500, KY Mary M. Sexton, 37, f, IN William J. Sexton, 6, m, IN John S. Sexton, 9/12, m, IN Moses Smith, 10 , m, IN Katensy[?] Ogle, 16, f, IN."

6. Patricia O'Connor, Patricia O' Conner Records, OUR SEXTON FAMILY (web site Revised Jun 9, 2001 /http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~smith/sexton/sexton.html), Pat O' Conner, http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~, E-mail: p-oconnor@att.net. "72. LEMUEL BOONE SEXTON (JOEL, WILLIAM, JOHN) was born October 16, 1824 in Whitley, Ky, and died June 14, 1914 in Greene Co., IN. He married (1) MARY MAXWELL ALEXANDER March 08, 1849 in , Greene, Indiana169,170,171. She was born December 10, 1822 in In, and died July 25, 1866 in Greene Co., In. He married (2) NANCY A LEONARD June 09, 1867 in Greene Co, Ind1, daughter of JOSEPH LEONARD and SOPHRONIA. She was born December 29, 1844 in IN, and died 1868 in Greene Co., In. He married (3) MARY KATHERINE LEONARD February 16, 1869 in Greene Co, Ind, daughter of JOSEPH LEONARD and SOPHRONIA. She was born December 28, 1848, and died Unknown. Children of LEMUEL SEXTON and MARY ALEXANDER are: 138. i. WILLIAM JOEL SEXTON, b. July 17, 1853, Greene Co., IN; d. April 27, 1943, Greene Co., In. ii. INFANT SEXTON, b. August 18, 1855; d. Stillborn. iii. JOHN SWIFT SEXTON, b. September 12, 1859; d. Unknown; m. (1) MERARVA LOURETTA EBDGAR BUTCHER, September 07, 1876; b. January 21, 1862; d. Unknown; m. (2) JOANNA WAKEFIELD, June 05, 1917, Greene Co., IN174; d. Unknown. iv. MARY LOUELLA SEXTON, b. May 19, 1862; d. Unknown. v. SNOW SEXTON, b. February 06, 1864; d. February 1919; m. GEORGE DUNN WILSON, January 29, 1882, Greene Co., IN; b. December 27, 1848, Lawrence Co., IN; d. May 13, 1932, Owensburg, Greene, IN. vi. EMMA FLAVILLA SEXTON, b. September 29, 1864; d. Unknown; m. JAMES O. PATE, February 25, 1883, Greene Co, Ind; d. Unknown. vii. MARY M. SEXTON, b. July 25, 1866; d. Unknown. Children of LEMUEL SEXTON and NANCY LEONARD are: viii. INFANT SEXTON, b. April 07, 1868, Stillborn; d. Unknown. ix. NAN SEXTON, b. August 01, 1868; d. Unknown. Children of LEMUEL SEXTON and MARY LEONARD are: x. IDA KATE SEXTON, b. September 08, 1871; d. Unknown; m. OVID FIELDS, September 08, 1889, Greene Co, Ind176; d. Unknown. xi. ADDA SEXTON, b. November 12, 1873; d. December 17, 1873. xii. ETHEL ABIGAIL SEXTON, b. May 28, 1876; d. Unknown. xiii. INFANT SEXTON, b. June 06, 1885; d. Stillborn.

Notes for LEMUEL BOONE SEXTON: See article in History Of Greene & Sullivan Counties, In. 1884 Lemuel ran the Sexson Flouring Mills on Indian Creek

Notes for MARY MAXWELL ALEXANDER: On the 1850 census, there is an 11 year old Margaret Sexson living with Lemuel & Mary. Not their child."

7. Greene County Indiana Historical Society, History of Greene County Indiana 1885 - 1989, 1990, Taylor Publishing Company Dallas, Tx., pg. 227-8, Greene County Historical Society, P.O. Box 301, Bloomfield, Indiana 47424-0301. "Fields Family.....Thomas Fields...Polly Ann Potter....Thomas and Polly Ann's fifth child was OVID BUTLER FIELDS, born in 1867 in Owensburg. In 1889 he married IDA KATE SEXON born in 1871. She was from Owensburg, Ida was the daughter of LEMUEL BOONE and MARY KATHERINE LEONARD SEXON. Ida's father, Lemuel, was a mail carrier, teamster, farmer, and also ran a grist mill on Indian Creek...They and both buried Prairie Chapel Cemetery, Washington township, Greene county. They had three children. Ovid and Ida's third child was LEONARD OVID FIELDS, born, 1902 in Lyons. In 1924 he married CHEERFUL BELLE NICHOLSON, born 1901 in California, the daughter of Calvin and Mabel Lea Crain Nicholson. Leonard and Cheerful lived in Bedford, Avoca, Indianapolis, and then settled in Lyons, where Cheerful still lives. They had three sons: Phillip Allen; Robert Dale and Don Arlen Fields. - - Phillip A. Fields was born in 1926, in 1952 he married ELFRIEDA SPANFER, born 1932 Peggy Fields COOMER, born 1957. Phillip and Elfrieda had four grandchildren. - - - ROBERT D. FIELDS b. 1928 was married in 1952 to WILMA SCHWARZHOFF, born, 1933, the daughter of George and Emma {Jacobs) SCHWARZHOF. Robert died in 1987 and is buried in Prairire Chapel Cemetery. Wilma lives in Lyons where she and Robert lived most of their married lives... They had four children: LINDA FIELDS MC CRAKEN b 1953; DANIEL FIELDS b. 1854; PAMELA FIELDS b.1956 and DAWN FIELDS CLARK, born ins 1868. Wilma has four grandchildren. - - - DON A. FIELDS born , 1931, was married in 1965 to JOANNE JOHNSON born in 1938, the daughter of John and Irene Priester Johnson. Don and JoAnne line in Indianapolis, Indiana. They have two daughters: REBECCA born 1967 and DEBORAH FIELDS born 1969....Submitted by Linfa McCracken."

8. Biographical Memiors of Greene County Indiana, 3 Vols. (1908 B.F. Bowen & Co., Indianapolis, Ind.), Vol. 2 pg. 640-3. "Lenuel Boone Sexson - - Lemuel Boone Sexson, one of Greene county's best known citizens, lives in Switz City, being a pioneer farmer. He was born in Whitley county, Kentucky, October 16, 1824, being the son of Joel and Abigail (Davis) Sexson, both natives of Virginia who came to Indiana in 1827 on pack horses and settled in Monroe county, in the woods in a log house, where they lived on a farm until 1831, when the family came to Center township Greene county. Joel bought government land, the land office at that time being at Vincennes, Indiana, where he made the trip partly on foot and partly on horseback. - - Joel Sexson was a Whig and was elected county commissioner and later associate judge of the county. He was a public spirited man, active in plitics, and he was a successful farmer. He started with nothing and accumulated rapidly all through his life. He and his wife had thirteen children, namely: Rebecca, Lemuel B., the subject; John G., Eliza L., Mary Ann, Oleva, Joel B., Benjamin S., who lives in Missouri; Carl Speed, who died in the army; William Alexander; Idaasc F.; two died in childhood. Joel Sexson was born in 1800 and died in 1868, and his wife, who was born in 1805, died in 1888. They were members of the Old line Baptist church. - - Lemuel Boone Sexson was only seven years old when the family came to Greene county, and he has made his home here ever since, having attended school here in an old log house which had puncheon floors and seats. Greased paper was used for windows panes. He tells many amusing and interesting stories of his early school days. After receiving a meager education he teamed or wagoned from Point Commerce to Bloomfield and Newberry, Indiana, to Louisville, Kentucky, from the time he was fourteen years old, hauling much tobacco to Louisville, from which place he would bring back all kinds of goods for the home mechants. In making such trips he often camped out; at time he had several hundred dollars in his possession, which had been sent by the merchants with which to buy goods. He also carried the mail on horsebackfrom these towns to Terre Haute for five years, beginning in 1837, during which time he had many thrilling experiences owing to high waters and no bridges. It took a man with nerve to be a mail carried in those days, for he country was at times infested by robbers, but the subject managed to successfully elude them without harm to himself or the valuables with ehich he was intrusted. He found time to do some farming while engaged in hauling goods and carrying the mail, later conducting an old-fashioned burr flouring mill for thirty years on Indian creek. He bought his first farm in Jackson township in 1847 and still onws the place. He cleared the land and did much hard work on it. However, he hired much of the work done while he teamed. From time to time he added to his farm until it embraced three hundred and twenty acres. He lived there until 1894, a period of forty-seven years, when he moved to Switz City and retired. - - In 1847 the subject married his first wife, Mary Alexander, a native of Monroe county, Indiana, who became the mother of four children, namely: William, who lives a Owensburg; John S., who lives in Fair Play township; Mary L.; who lives in Smith township; Emma is living in Switz City. His first wife died in July, 1866, and his second marriage took place in June, 1867, to Nancy Leonard, a native of Greene county, who died in 1868. The subject's third wife was Kate Leonard, a native of Jackson township, who was a sister to the subject's second wife, and a daughter of Joseph and Safrona (Lyons) Leonard, both natives of North Carolina, who were earl settlers in Greene County, having moved here about 1838. They are now both deceased. The last marriage occurred on February 16, 1869. To This union were born four children, namely: Ida, the wife of Ovid Field, living in Washington township on a farm, to who three children have been born: Ethel who married Harley Rush and who was the second child of the subject's wife, is deceased; two children died in infancy. The subject has given each of his children a good farm. Mr. Sexson has lond been regarded as one of the most substantial as well as one of the most highly respected citizens of Greene county. He is a Republican and was trustee of Jackson township for many years. Both he and his wife are members of the Methodist church."

DEATH:

9. Bloomfield News (Weekly Newspaper), Volume XXXVII, Number 32, Page 4, Columns 2 & 3, Thursday, June 25, 1914. NOTE: The Bloomfield New is no longer In existence. "DEATH’S HARVEST. Sexson. Lemuel Boone Sexson was born in Whitley County, Kentucky, October 16, 1824. He was the son of Joel B. and Abigail SEXSON, both of whom were natives of Virginia, and came to Indiana on pack horses in 1827 and settled in Monroe County in the woods in a log house where they lived until 1831, when the family moved to Center Township, this county. Lemuel Boone was one of a large family of fifteen children. When he was only seven years of age his father moved to this county and had made his home here ever since. He attended school in some of the old log schoolhouses with greased paper for windowpanes, which were so common in Indiana when he was a boy. After receiving a meager education he teamed or wagoned from Point Commerce to Bloomfield and from Newberry to Louisville, KY, from the time he was fourteen years of age. In making such trips he often camped out and had hundreds of dollars in his possession sent by merchants to purchase goods. He carried the mail on horseback from the aforesaid towns to Terre Haute for five years beginning in 1837, during which time he had many thrilling experiences owing to high waters and no bridges, and the country was at times invested with robbers. He did some farming, and in later years, ran an old-fashioned burr-flouring mill on Indian Creek. He bought his first farm in Jackson Township, Greene County in 1848 and cleared the land. He lived there forty-seven years. He then bought land in Washington and Fairplay Townships and moved to Switz City and retired. For a few years past Uncle Boone (as he was familiarly called by his friends and neighbors) had been in poor health, and died Jun 14, 1914, aged eighty-nine years, six months and twenty-eight days. All his brothers and sisters are dead except Eliza BRANDON, of Center Township, and Swift SEXSON, of Indianapolis. He was married to Mary M. ALEXANDER at the age of twenty-four years, and who died July 25, 1866. She left a family of two boys and three girls William J., of Owensburg; John S., of Switz City; Mary L. STRAUSER, of Elnora; Emma F. PATE, Switz City, and Snow WILSON, of Owensburg. His second wife was Nancy LEONARD, who departed this life in 1868. On February 16, 1869, he was united in marriage for the third time to Kate LEONARD, who survives him. To this union were born two daughters Mrs. Ethel RUSH and Mrs. Ida FIELDS. Ethel RUSH died August 8, 1892. Mrs. Ida FIELDS resides near Lyons. Two children died in infancy.

Uncle Boone gave each of his children a farm, and was a man of generous disposition.

He united with the M. E. church at Hobbieville, and after removing to Switz City he transferred his membership there.

He was a man of jovial nature—always had a good and cheerful word for everyone he met, and in his death at a ripe old age the family has lost a true and loving husband and father and the community in which he lived a good and conscientious citizen.

His funeral was held at the Switz City M. E. church at 10 o’clock June 16, 1914, and the large congregation present attested the esteem in which he was held by those who have known him since he had made that place his home. In the afternoon of the same day his body was transported over the Monon Railroad to Owensburg, where it was met by many of his old friends and neighbors and taken to the Dishman Cemetery, three miles north of Owensburg, near his old home, and after a short service at the cemetery, his remains were buried in the lot he purchased years ago and in which he desired his remains to rest. —

We take this method of returning thanks and our grateful appreciation to all our friends and neighbors for their kindness during the sickness of my husband and our father, and after his death, and to all our old friends and neighbors at Owensburg, and in the vicinity of the Dishman Cemetery.

MRS. KATE SEXSON AND ALL THE CHILDREN."

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Lemuel Boone Sexson (156)'s Timeline

1824
October 16, 1824
Whitley, Kentucky
1849
March 8, 1849
Age 24
Greene, Indiana (Bk E, P 90 )
1853
July 17, 1853
Age 28
Greene,Indiana
1855
August 18, 1855
Age 30
1859
September 12, 1859
Age 34
greene,Indiana
1862
May 19, 1862
Age 37
1864
February 6, 1864
Age 39
September 29, 1864
Age 39
greene,Indiana
1866
July 25, 1866
Age 41
1868
April 7, 1868
Age 43