Ralph K. & Emma E. Lord
Emma Estella Sewell aka Emma Jennette (Jennetta, Janet) "Nettie" Hoover was born of English parent
at Uniontown, near Dayton, Ohio Aug. 20, 1859.
Orphaned a 6 years she was placed in a catholic school in Cincinnati, and two years later taken to a similar
institution in Boston where she remained until she was 19 years old. At that time she removed to
m. 1st. 3 AUG 1871 Knightstown, Henry county Indiana Jason W Brewer Birth 16 FEB 1841
Wayne, Indiana, Death 25 DEC 1931 Death 25 DEC 1931 son of John Caldwallader Brew and
They separated when their daughter was about 2 years of age they had:
Mattie Estella Brewer Brith: 1873 Indiana m. 19 Oct 1893 Wayne county Indiana Harvey D
Commons; at the t ime of her mothers estate she was residing in Munice
Robert Commons Birth 6 SEP 1894 Centreville, Indiana Death MAY 1975
Name: COMMONS, HARVEY D
Mattie married 2nd John Earl Williamson Birth 8 MAR 1884 Indiana son of Frank Williamson
Spouse: MATTIE BREWER
Date: OCT 19 1893
Book: C-Q Page: 544
Name: Harvey David Commons
Birth: 30 Jun 1873 - Wayne County
Death: 12 Jan 1958 - Cobb, Georgia
Marriage: 18 Oct 1893 - Wayne County Indiana
Parents: Robert D Commons, Olive Jackson Harvey
Spouse: Mattie E Brewer
26 JUN 1873 Henry county Indiana Jason condemned or confirmed married contrary to discipline;
membership retained OR returned; Jason & children request certificate to Fairmount MM (Duck Creek)
re-married 23 Mar 1876 • Wayne, Indiana Fannie L Earwood (1846–1901) later was known to
resided in Beloit, Mahoning county Ohio. By information found he also had been previously married
on 30 NOV 1861 Henry County, Indiana Elizabeth Jane Wadlington (1843–) she was still alive by the
1870 census dated 7th July 1870 living in Blue River, Hancock, Indiana
Mrs. Brewer went to Indianapolis and entered a school. Later she bought a boarding house businees of a
woman named Sewell and assumed the name of Emma Estella Sewell.
m. 2nd. Dec. 5th 1881 Indianapolis, Marion, Indiana Ralph K. Lord
Index to Select Marriages, 1780-1992
Name: Ralph K. Lord
Marriage Date: 5 Dec 1881
Marriage Place: Indianapolis, Marion, Indiana
Spouse: Emma E. Sewell
FHL Film Number: 499374
Reference ID: P 338
It is said that R. K. an educated Englishman of roving dispostion and sporting proclivities.
They resided in Indianapolis until their removal to Marmont on Lake Maxinkuckee in 1884
Captain Lord has built a commodious hotel near the railway station. It is beautifully located,
and the house is nicely furnished. pg. 4 20 May 1887 Logansport Pharos
Captain R. K. Lord committed sucide in a spectacular manner by jumping from his boat a
short distance east of Long Point inthe spring of 1889 while a large crows was looking on
1889 - Apr 8 - Captain Lord who committed suicide last week at Lake Maxinkuckee, was a
prominent K. of P., and was well known to the members of the order in this city- -
Logansport Pharos Tribune
1890 - Feb 27 - New Boat For Maxinkuckee - Mrs. R. K. Lord of Maxinkuckee, is building a new steamboat, which
willbe sixty feet long, double decks. The machinery is to consist of a double engine and Clyde marine
boilwe, government test. She will be ready to launch the vessel on the lake by May 15 - Logansport
From the Chattel Mortgages Book 5 Marshall County, Indiana comes:
|Mortgagor||Mortgagee|| Date || Amount ||Description|
|Lord, Emma E. || Willard, Chas. P. & Co. || 31 Mar. 1890|| 875.00 || Steam boat |
|Lord, Emma E. || Crook, Oliver ||10 Nov. 1890 ||1,000.00 ||Steam boat |
|Lord, Emma E. ||Schmidt, Harold ||5 June 1891 ||510.00 ||Lake View piano & stool |
|Lord, Emma E. ||Toan, Charles E. || 30 May 1891 ||120.00 ||Lake View piano & stool |
|Lord, Emma E. || Herz, Adolph & Herz, Adolph, trustee ||5 July 1891 ||900.00 || Everything in Collonade Hotel, Marmont &c |
|Lord, Emma E. ||Schmidt, Harold ||25 July 1891 ||1,800.00 ||Steamboat "Aubbeenaubee" |
|Lord, Emma E. || Nussbaum & Mayer || 24 Jan. 1891 || 850.00 || Household furn in Cottage Grove Place, Marmont |
|Lord, Emma E. || Crook, Oliver ||22 July 1892 || 500.00 ||Household furn in Cottage Grove Place, Marmont |
|Lord, Emma E. || Rea, Oliver A. ||12 Oct. 1892 || 300.00 ||Household goods, furniture &c Marmont |
|Lord, Emma E. ||Morris, Edmund || 22 Mar. 1897 ||4,000.00 ||Steamers "Peerless" & "Aubbenaubee", all belongings, piano |
|Lord, Emma E. || Forgy, Geo. B. ||14 Mar. 1898 || 360.00 ||Naptha launch, steamers "Peerless", "Aubbenaubee" |
|Lord, Emma E. || Aley, David E. ||18 Nov. 1899 ||145.55 || Livestock, equip. in Union twp |
|Lord, Emma E. ||Lauer, L. M., trustee ||6 Jan. 1899 ||81.00 || Bay mare, buggy, harness |
|Lord, Emma E. ||L McCormick, Monroe C. || 12 Apr. 1900 ||107.50 || Launch "Dewey", 3 horses, cow, watch, buggy |
|Lord, Emma E. || Cappel, Louisa A., Admnx. || 18 Oct. 1900 || 700.00 ||Launch "Dewey", 2 steam-boats, fixtures, machinery |
|Lord, Emma E. || Chapin, S. E. ||5 Dec. 1900 ||100.00 ||Kimball piano, 3 horses |
|Lord, Emma E. || Esterday & Overmyer ||5 Jan. 1901 || 59.00 || Wagon, bay mare, black gelding |
|Lord, Emma E.|| Porter & Co. ||18 Apr. 1901 ||98.80 || Piano, furn, carpets in Cottage Grouse House, Culver |
|Lord, Mrs. E. E.|| McCormick Harvesting Co. 23 May 1901 || 137.55 || Black cow, 9 sows & increase, 64 acres corn, corn harvester |
|Lord, Mrs. E. E. || McAllister, Elmer A. || 6 July 1901 || 21.91 || Steambts "Aubbenaubee" & "Peerless |
|Crook, Oliver || Lord, Emma E.|| 23 June 1902 ||7,000.00 || Steamboats "Aubbeenaubee" & "Peerless", launch "Dewey" |
|Lord, Emma E. ||Chapin, Samuel E. || 2 Aug. 1902|| 63.00 ||Gray mare, black horse, Kimball piano |
|Crook, Oliver || Lord, Emma E. || 10 Sept. 1902 || 2,300.00 ||Steamboats "Aubbeenaubee" & "Peerless", launch "Dewey |
|Crook, Oliver || Lord, Emma E. || 6 Feb. 1903 ||5,500.00 ||Steamboat Neeswaugee |
|Crook, Oliver || Lord, Emma E. || 20 Dec. 1904 || 2,230.00 || Steamers Peerless & Niswaugee, launch Dewey |
1899 - Nov 10 - The Culver Herald says, Mrs. R. K. Lord, very well known to Maxinkuckee visitors, has closed the
deal whereby she became the owner of the Wm. Jones' 146-acre farm, two miles southeast of Culver , and will
move upon the same in the spring and in a short time will give the grangers pointers on scientific farming. -
Logansport Pharos Tribune
Mrs, R. K. Lord, who for a number of years conducted a boarding house and owned several of the steamers
which ply the waters of Lake Maxinkuckee, and who is known to almost every person who has ever visited Lake
Maxinkuckee, is suffering from a peculiar malady of the eyes, which has almost deprived her of her sight.
She was brought to this city several days ago and her eyes examined by Dr. Thomas, the occulist, who advised that
she be taken to Dr. Fletcher's sanitarium at Indianapolis, as her trouble which is of a nervous kind could be
more effectually treated there. - Logansport Pharos Tribune Aug 17 1900
We are paired to chronicle that Mrs. R. K. Lord is no better.
Her case is peculiar, as through a rush of blood to the nerves of the eyes, she is nearly blind, being only able to
distinguish between light and darkness. She feels no pain, but simply realizes that at times the right side
of her body is numb and practically without feeling. She has been examined by all of our local physicians
and a noted eye specialist of Logansport.
But notwithstanding all has been done that medical skill could devise, she has grown rapidly worse.
Monday she was taken to Logansport before experts who claim that she had a slight paralytic stroke
which has affected nerves of her eyes.
The specialist at Logansport advised her to go to Indianapolis and have Dr. Fletcher, a noted specialist,
examine her eyes, as it may be necessary to perform an operation.
No one can see that anything is the matter with her eyes, as they are as clear as ever.
Mrs. Lord has been a remarkable woman, and has accomplished as much toward the development of
Cdlver as any other citizen in our midst!
She possessed great business tact, and in consepuence our lake is supplied with three handsome
steamers, mainly through her efforts.
Her many friends will be more than pleased at her ultimate recovery. Aug 17 1900 Culver Herald
1900 - Sep 9 - Capt. Oliver Crook, who returned from Ann Arbor Mich , Medical Hospital Saturday, reports that Mrs. R.
K. Lord is very much improved in health and that her eye sight is being restored, as she can see to read a
little at a time. She will remain however, about three weeks longer at the hospital, before being prounounced
A REMARKABLE WOMAN
DEATH OF MRS. LORD, OF LAKE MAXINKUCKEE.
Mrs. E. E. Lord, of Culver , died suddenly of vertigo last Saturday evening, aged 47. She was the widow of. Capt.
Ralph K. Lord, who committed suicide some years ago by jumping into the Lake Maxinkuckee while insane. After
Capt. Lord's tragic death, Mrs. Lord continued to operate his lake steamer and being a successf ul business woman,
increased the - fleet to three steamers. Later, she sold out and went to live on her farm near Culver .
She afterwards suffered an attack of paralysis and became blind. Mrs. Lord was a woman of unusual character
and intelligence, and at the time of her death was perhaps tie best known person in Culver and its vicinity.
Her funeral was one .of the largest and most impressive ever held at the lake.
Although Mrs. Lord had no children of her own, she helped to raise four young people, all of whom mourn tie
loss of a tender and faithful friend in ier death. - 24 May 1906 Loganpsort Daily Pharos
Obituary from Citizen
Long Lost Daughter Wins Recognition As Heir
An unusual case has just been decided in the Laporte circuit court in which Cass county poeple are interested,
Mrs. Emm Lord, widow of Capt. Lord, who was well known in this city, having run a steamer at Lake Maxinkuckee
for years and who committed suicide in a spectacular manner by jumping from his boat while a large crowd was
looking on, died recently, leaving a valuable estate.
Mrs. Lord lived at Culver for 18 years she never told anyone she had a daughter.
Capt. Oliver Crook formerly of Adams township, this county, and who now runs a steamer at Lake Maxinkuckee, was
business agent for Mrs. Lord and he says that while he knew Mrs. Lord had a child by a former marriage he thought
the offspring was dead.
Recently at Laporte appeared Mrs. Mattie Commons, of Munice, to claim the estate. She stated in court that her
father was a man named Brewer, who separated from her mother years ago. She asserted that she did not seen
[see] nor had communications with her mother for thiryt-two years, but that a clairvvoyant reveled to her the
wereabouts of her mother in Cincinnati two years ago.
She will obtain the testimony of her father in trying to establish her idenity.
Yesterday Judge Bernetha in court legally recognized Mrs. Commons as the heir to the estate which is valued
An unique feature of the case was te establishment of her identity by means of photographs. - pg. 8 Loganpsort
Pharos Dec 3 1910
Lord Estate Settled
The famous Lord estate case in which Cass county people were interested has been settled by Judge Bernetha at
Plymouth. The claim of Capt. Oliver Crook, of Lake Maxinkuckee, former Cass county man, was allowed, but the
administrator was ordered to turn back $1,318.65 and the attorneys ordered to return $802 of the $1,500 charged
by them back to the estate. A long lost daughter of Capt. Lord of Culver put in an appearance in time to share in
the estate. - pg. 3 Mar 23 1912 Logansport Pharos
Details of Lord Estate from Citizen