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Among the pioneer families that came to Union Township during the Civil War was that of James Duddleson, who
was of Scotch descent. The family originally settled in Pennsylvania, moving from there to central Ohio, near Upper
Sandusky, during the late seventeen hundreds.
James was born April 23, 1802. Of his first marriage there is no family record except that there was a son named Albert.
His second marriage was to Rozella Moore, a teacher, in 1837. To this union were born: Elizabeth, Jane, Lyda, Lavonia,
Irvin, Mary and Ozias (commonly known as "Bub"). James Duddleson died July 2, 1893, at the age of ninety-one, and
his wife March 5, 1897, at the age 6f eighty-six.
The family were about all grown though not married at the time they came to Indiana. Albert was serving in the Union
army and later rejoined the family.
James Duddleson was a man who believed firmly in education, and his boys and girls were given more advantages than were
common at that time. Shortly after settling in Union Township, Elizabeth, Lyda, Lavonia and Mary became teachers in the
country schools of this new region. Elizabeth taught in the. Union Township schools for thirty years, and many of the older
residents of this community were her pupils. She was one of the leaders of the M. E. Church, and took a great interest in
the young people. She never married, and resided in Culver until her death in 1916.
Jane married Jay Barnheisal and moved to Jeffersonville, Indiana. She had four children, one of whom, Charles, is a misionary
Lyda married Dr. Ira Baker, of Logansport. She also had four children: Mrs. Olive Graham, Dr. Arthur Baker, well known optician;
C. L. Baker, cottager on Long Point, and Mrs. Bessie Landis, widow of the late Frederick Landis, Congressman-elect. They all
reside in Logansport.
Lavonia married Dr. L. Rogers of Culver , later of Kewanna. She had six children: Ed Rogers and Ray (deceased), Mrs. Tennie
Griffith, Indianapolis; Mrs. Tressie Marlowe, Chicago; D. E. Rogers, Springfield, Illinois, and Mrs. Jessie Houghton, Culver .
Irvin married Miss Morris, of Maxinkuckee, and they had three children: Oscar and Orville, of Three Oaks, Michigan, and Mrs.
Anna Larkin, of South Bend. He also had one son, Homer, by a second marriage.
Mary became the first wife of L. C. Dillon, dying in early life and leaving one son, Harry Dillon, of Argos.
"Bub" married Elizabeth Medbourn of Culver . They had four children: Jennie and Earl (deceased), Mrs. Mable Plant of Milwaukee,
Wisconsin, and Mrs. Lulu Campbell of South Bend.
Albert, oldest of the family, made his home in Argos. He was the father of three children: Samantha, Zina (deceased), and Frank
of Argos. Due to his service in the army, he lost his eyesight. For years he was well known in Argos. He was able to travel all over
the town though he could see nothing.
The Duddleson farm was the land now owned by the L. C. Dillon estate, and originally extended from the Thomas Houghton farm
to the lake, on the west side of the Burr Oak Road. The land now occupied by the Vandalia Park was part of this farm, and was
afterwards given to Dr. Durr in payment for medical services. The consideration was fifty dollars as grandfather Duddleson considered
it of little farming value.
Because the children of the Duddleson family were largely girls, there are not many left in this vicinity to carry the name of Duddleson.
Of the original family there are none living. Of the grandchildren there are Harry Dillon and Frank Duddleson of Argos, and Mrs. Jessie
Houghton of Culver . Of the great-grandchildren there are Lucas, Alvin, Zina and Ferrol Duddleson, Mrs. Oscar Zechiel, Mrs. Elsie Wagner,
Mrs. Dolly Sellars, and Mrs. Floyd Deck, children of Zina and Emma (Overmyer) Duddleson; Walter Dillon; Roger, Randall, Keith Junior and
While there are not many of them left, the descendants feel that the part taken in the social, educational and religious life
of this part of the country by the children of James Duddleson has helped make Union Township what it is today.
James Duddleson and his family came from the Richland, Wyandot, Ohio area to Marshall county Indiana sometime between
the 1860 and 1870 census.
1 James Duddleson 25 Mar 1802 Lancaster, Fairfield, Ohio d. July 2, 1893/2 Jul 1891 in Marmont (now Culver ), Marshall, Indiana aet 91y-3m-9d son of
Ralph Duddleson & Catherine Ann Bush m. 12 Apr 1835 Hancock county, Ohio Rozilla Moore b. 10 Sep 1810 in Lancaster, Fairfield, Ohio d. May 20, 1897,
ae 86y-7m-10d- In 1860 they resided at Richland, Wyandot, Ohio. dau. of John Moore & Anna Spurgeon.
From the History of Wyandot County, Ohio Chapter IX Richland Township...In 1835 came ...James Duddleson, on Section 4;...The first election was held
April 6, 1835, in the northeast quarter of Section 4, at the house of James Duddleson. There were then elected: ...
Trustees,...James Duddleson (Whig); ...
2 Irvin Duddleson b. 25 Apr 1837 in Upper Sanduskey, [county], Ohio
3 Albert Duddleson b. July 1829 Ohio
4. Elizabeth Duddleson d. Sep 17, 1839 Ohio - d. Nov 15, 1916
5. Rebecca J Duddleson b. c. 1843 Ohio
6. Eliza Ann Duddleson b. c. 1845 Ohio m. March 1867 Marshall county, Indiana (Bk. B pg. 428) Eliza A. BAKER
7. Lavonia Sabrina Duddleson b. 15 Aug. 1846 Ohio; d. Mar. 1913; 9 SEP 1873 in Marshall County, Indiana Leroy Rogers (Dr.)
b. 14 SEP 1845 Champaign Co, Ohio or Wells Co, Indiana d 13 Jun. 1921 in Lafayette Soldiers, Lafayette, Indiana buried Kewanna IOOF Cemetery,
Kewanna, Indiana son of Nathan Washburn Rogers & Jane Sparks
8. Hosiah Duddleson [Josiah Duddleson]/Oscar b. c. 1849 Ohio
9. Mary C. Duddleson b: 9 Oct. 1851 Ohio; M. Lewis Cass Dillon
10. Ozias Duddleson b. Aug. 1851
2 Irvin Duddleson b. 25 Apr 1837 in Upper Sanduskey, Ohio d. 24 Apr. 1895 in Maxinkuckee, Marshall, In; 2 Dec. 1859 in Maxinkuckee, Marshall, In
Effie Jane NORRIS b: 13 Jul 1848 Maxinkuckee, Marshall Co., In 29 MAY 1883 in Maxinkuckee, Marshall, In dau of Ransom Harvey NORRIS & Mary Eliza
LEWIS. Irvin served in Co D 124th Ohio Inftry during the Civil War.
i. Orvill D Duddleson b. c. 1872
ii. Mary R. Duddleson b. c. 1875
iii. William O. Duddleson b. c. 1877
iv. Anna A. Duddleson b. c. 1879/80
3 Albert Duddleson b. July 1829 Ohio m. Esther Lucinda [-?-} b. Feb. 1836 New York
i. James C. Duddleson b. c. 1853 Ohio
ii. Samantha Duddleson b. c. 1855 Ohio
iii. Francis J. Duddleson b. Aug. 1859 Ohio; m. c. 1885 Martha [-?-] b. Aug. 1863
i. Mange Duddleson b. May 1893 In.
iv. Zina P. Duddleson was born 19 Mar 1863 Ohio. He died 23 Aug 1917 from Struck by Lightning and was buried Culver Masonic Cemetery (Olde Town),
Culver , Marshall, Indiana; married 6 Jun 1886 Marshall county, Indiana Emma Overmyer b. 12 Jul 1869 P ulaski county Indiana d. 14 Jan 1917 buried
Culver Masonic Cemetery (Olde Town), Culver , Marshall, Indiana. daughter of Lucas or Luke Overmyer and Mary Burkett
ii. Earl Duddleson b. July 1896 In.
iii. Berthia Duddleson b. Aug. 1897 In.
iv. Letta Duddleson b. Aug. 1899 In.; d. 1900 buried Culver Masonic Cemetery
i. Nellie P Duddleson b. 30 Sep 1886 d. 4 Apr 1947; m. Oscar William Zechiel b. 1885 d. 1952 son of John George Zechiel & Sarah Jane "Jennie" Stamm
v. Ozias Duddleson b. c. 1869 Ohio
ii. Mary Mae Duddleson b. 12 Sep 1888 d. 6 Jul 1919 buried Culver Masonic Cemetery m. James P. Chapman b. May 10, 1888 d. Apr 18, 1916
iii. Albert Lucas Duddleson b. 30 Aug 1890 d. 4 Nov 1962 Old Oak Hill Cemetery, Plymouth, Marshall, Indiana ; m. 24 Jun 1911 Marshall County, Indiana
Tressie Hawk b. 21 Apr 1890 Indiana d. Jun 1975 Culver , Marshall, Indiana
iv. Charles Alvin Duddleson b. Oct 1892 d. 2 Feb 1973 2 Feb 1973 Britt, Hancock, Iowa ; m. Florence Erickson 21 Apr 1893 Iowa d. Jul 1982 Britt, Hancock, Iowa
v. Maggie E/Margaret Esther "Dolly or Dollie" Duddleson b. 4 Dec 1894 Marshall County, Indiana d. 21 Jul 1949 buried Culver Masonic Cemetery; m. c. 1927
Grovers Sellers b. c. 1885 Indiana
vi. Elsie Duddleson b. 9 Jan 1898 d. 1 Aug 1984 Plymouth, Marshall, Indiana buried 5 Aug 1984 Culver Masonic Cemetery, Culver , Marshall, Indiana; m. 7 Jan 1922
Plymouth, Marshall, Indiana John H. Wagner born 23 Jan 1893 Ohio. He died 29 Sep 1977 son of Henry Wagner & Lavina [-?-]
vii. Zina Duddleson b. 14 May 1900 d. 27 Apr 1942 Plymouth, Marshall, Indiana buried Culver Masonic Cemetery, Culver , Marshall, Indiana;
viii. [-?-] Duddleson (son) b. & d. 16 May 1903 buried Culver Masonic Cemetery
ix. Zelta Duddleson b. 18 Mar 1906 Marshall county, Indiana; d. Dec 1991 Culver Masonic Cemetery, Culver , Marshall,Indiana m. 16 Jun 1925 in Culver , Marshall,
Indiana Floyd E. Deck b. 17 May 1902 in DeLong, F ulton, Indiana d. 26 Jul 1991 Culver Masonic Cemetery, Culver , Marshall,Indiana son of John E. Deck
and Carrie [-?-]
x. Ferriol Duddleson b. 4 Aug 1908 d. 29 Jan 1969 ; m. Ellis Licht b. 1921
10. Ozias Duddleson b. Aug. 1851; m. 23 September 1880 Marshall county, Indiana (Bk. E pg. 220) Elizabeth A. Medbourn b. July 1861 Indiana dau. of Thomas and
Mary Medbourn; divorce Duddleson, Elizabeth vs. Ozias 1900, Marshall county, Indiana. In 1910 they were in South Bend, St. Joseph, Indiana
i. Mabel C Duddleson b. June 1881
ii. Lawrence E Duddleson b. Sep. 1883
iii. L ulu E Duddleson b. Sep. 1892