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Ovid Bulter Jameson  



John Mantle Judah who m 1st Mary Brandon 2nd Mary Jameson. They were of Jewish decent. John was a lawyer in Indianapolis and resided at 3128 Meridian St. A Lawyer

Mary Jameson was daughter of Dr. Patrick Henry & Maira (Butler) Jameson sister to Ovid Butler Jameson who married Mary Booth sister to Newton Booth Tarkington. per Greater Indianapolis : the history, the industries, the institutions, and the people of a city of homes Chicago: Lewis Pub. Co., 1910, Dunn, Jacob Piatt Biography of Dr. Patrick H. Jameson pg. 1057-61

    Dr Patrick Henry Pryor Jameson was the son of Thomas Jameson and Sallie Humphries was parents also of Rev. Love Humphreys Jameson and Elizabeth Kimpton Robinson who were parents to Edward Love Jameson, a mail carrier and Elvira Mana Custer parents of Samilla Love Jameson


Ovid Bulter Jameson holds prestige as one of the representative members of the bar of his native city and as a scion of old and honored pioneer families of Indiana, within whose borders both his paternal and maternal ancesters settled in an early day. He was born in Indianapolis n the 17th of July, 1854, and was a son of Dr. Patrick Henry Jameson and Maria (Butler) Jameson. On other pages of this publication is entered a review of the ancestral history and personal career of his venerable and distinguished father, so that repetition of the data is not demanded in the present article.

Mr. Jameson recieved his preliminary educational discipline in the public schools of Indianapolis, after which he entered the Northwestern Christian University of this city, an institution now known as Butler University and named in honor of his maternal grandfather. He there continued his studied until the opening of his junior year, and in 1872 he wnet abroad to continue his education. He prosceuted his highter academic studies in the great German universities of Heidelberg an Berlin and remained in Europe until 1876. On his return to his native land and home city Mr. Jameson began the study of law under the preceptorship of Hon. John M. Judah, one of the distinguished members of the Indianapolis Bar, and in 1881 he was d uly admitted to the bar of his native state. His thorough and amplified academic education made him especially facile in his accum ulation and assimination of the science of jurisprudence, and his finely trained mind and marked technical skill have gained to him much of success and precedence in the exacting work of his chosen proffesion, in coonection with which he is recognized as one of the essentially representative members of the bar of the capital city of the state with whose history the family name has neem long and prominently identified.

In his political allegiance Mr. Jameson has ever given an uncompromising adherence to the Republican party, and he has taked an active and loyal interest in the promotion of its cause, as one of the leaders in its local contingent. In 1884 he was the nominee on the party ticket for representative of Marion COunty in the state legislature, was elected by a gratifying majority and served during the general assembly of 1885, with much of distinnnction. He is identified with representative civic and social organizations in his home city, including the Commercial, the Marion, the Columbis, the University and the Country clubs. In the time-honored Masonic fraternity he has attained to the thirty-second degree of the Ancient Accepter Scottish Rite, in connection with which his affiliation is with Indiana Sovereigh Consitory, and he is a member of the Mystic Shrine.

On the 10th of November, 1886 Mr. Jameson was united in marriage to Miss Mary Booth Tarkington, daughter of Hon. John S. Tarkington, of Indianapolis, and a sister of Booth Tarkington, the well known author. They have three children namely: John Tarkington, Ovid Donald and Newton Booth.
Greater Indianapolis : the history, the industries, the institutions, and the people of a city of homes Chicago: Lewis Pub. Co., 1910, Dunn, Jacob Piatt pg. 1061






From Indiana County History, Memoirs Indianapolis & Marion County:
    "Ovid B. Jameson was a native of Indianapolis, where he was born July 17, 1854, his father being Dr. P.H. Jameson, who for over half a century was an active practioner of the City of Indianapolis, and acknowledged to be one of the most eminent of his calling. He was a man who deeply interested himself in the affairs of his section, and rendered valuable aid to the cit as a member of the council, in which he was a leader in many important measures, and to the State as a member of th Board of Commissioners of State Benevolent Institutions, in which capacity he served eighteen years, a considerable portion of the time as President. Dr. Jameson had been President of the State Medical Society; was for may years President of the Board of Butler University, and in various other ways manifested his interest in the progress of his profession. In 1850 he wooed and won for his wife Maria, daughter of Ovid Butler, found of the university of that name.

    Ovid B. Jameson inherited many of the most commendable traits of his worthy parents, and wisely made the most of the opportunities that c ame in his way.

    His early education was obtained in the public schools of Indianapolis, after which he entered Butler University, and at a still later period finished his education at Heidelberg and Berlin, Germany, his absence on foreign soil lasting from 1870 to 1876. Upon his return to his native land he began the study of law with John M. Judah, of Memphis, a prosperous professional career that has since known no diminution.

    He was considered unexcelled authority upon real estate titles of Marion County, as well as titles throughout Indiana, and almost from the first had specialty of this branch of his practice, and his services were frequently called into requisition both by home and foreign corporations, and in the capacity of counselor had passed upon real estate of immense value, and in his opinion had seldom been found at fault. He had directed the expenditure of immense sums of money, and his knowledge of the lw and the security of tenures made him a wise and sate counselor. A considerable demand had also been made for commercial law and collections, and to this branch of his practice Mr. Jameson had also given much attention, but he was well posted on all branches of civil law. He was honored by an election the Staet Legislature in 1885, as a representative from Marion County, and made an able, intelligent and conscientious legislator.

    On November 10, 1886, he led to the altar Miss Mary Book Tarkington, a daughter of Judge John S. Tarkington, and they had a pretty and comfortable home on Pennsylvania Street. "


NOTE: Donald Farrenwrites:

However, BT's sister was named HautÚ, after Terre Haute, whence their mother. (Woodress, 23). According to the "Publisher's Foreword" to Your Amiable Uncle: Letters to His Nephews, by BT (1949):
    "'HautÚ' an 'Ovid' were his [BT's] sister and her husband, Mr. and Mrs. Ovid B. Jameson, the boys' father and mother. Booth Tarkington always wrote HautÚ with an accent, as it was pronounced."

I daresay the name was pronounced HO-tee, rather than, Ó la franšaise, oh-TAY.

Incidentally, I own a book by Tarkington, a series of letters that he sent to his three young Jameson nephews back in Indianapolis while he and his wife and parents toured Europe during 1903-4, that is signed by the three Jameson sons (not signed by BT because it was published after his death).

WPA enteries for marriage:

Surname: JAMESON,Given Name: OVID B,Sex: M,Color: W,Age: 33,Spouse:. Spouse Surname: ,Month: NOV, Day: 10,Year: 1886,Father: PATRICK H,Mother: MARIA,Maiden Name: BUTLER, B/L Month:,B/L Day: 0, B/L Year: 0,County: MARION,Book: 2,Page: 45,Fiche: 4099

Surname: JAMESON,Given Name: OVID B,Sex: ,Color: -,Age: 0,Spouse: MARY BOOTH,Spouse Surname:,TARKINGTON,Month: NOV,Day: 10,Year: 1886,Father:,Mother:,Maiden Name:,B/L Month: ---, B/L Day:,B/L Year: 0,County: MARION,Book: 20,Page: 242,Fiche: 4083

Surname: TARKINGTON,Given Name: MARY B,Sex: F,Color: W,Age: 28,Spouse: ,Spouse Surname: Month: NOV,Day: 10,Year: 1886,Father: JOHN S,Mother: ELIZABETH,Maiden Name: BOOTH,B/L Month: B/L Day: 0,B/L Year: 0,County: MARION,Book: 2,Page: 45,Fiche: 4101

Surname: TARKINGTON,Given Name: MARY B,Sex:,Color: -,Age: 0,Spouse: OVID B,Spouse Surname: JAMESON,Month: NOV,Day: 10,Year: 1886,Father: ,Mother: ,Maiden Name: ,B/L Month: ---,B/L Day:, B/L Year: 0,County: MARION,Book: 20,Page: 242,Fiche: 4083

Indianapolis Star, Indianapolis, Indiana
Saturday, November 17, 1917 Page 7
Mr. and Mrs. John Tarkington Jameson who were married this week are at White S ulphur Srpings, W. Va. Mrs. Jameson was Miss Florence Hanckel before her marriage

Crown Hill Cemetery Indianapolis, Marion, Indiana
JOHN T. JAMESON Burial: 06/18/1963 Section: 13 Lot: 56
FLORENCE H. JAMESON Burial: 08/03/1976 Section: 13 Lot: 56

MARY BOOTH TARKINGTON JAMESON Burial: 05/20/1937 Section: 13 Lot: 56
OVID B. JAMESON Burial: 01/16/1915 Section: 13 Lot: 56

DONALD O. B JAMESON Burial: 01/03/1968 Section: 13 Lot: 56
BOOTH T. JAMESON Burial: 12/21/1956 Section: 13 Lot: 56
MARGARET BOOTH JAMESON Burial: 12/02/1982 Section: 13 Lot: 56








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