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William Bixler/Mary Elizabeth Oaks
Posted by: Timothy Simpson (ID *****2817) Date: July 21, 2008 at 13:55:53
In Reply to: bixler family IN by Jessica Reed of 1169

Some or all of these notes might connect:

William Bixler (birthdate varies, d 14 Apr 1880 Jefferson Twp, Elkhart Co IN)/Mary Elizabeth Oaks (26 Mar 1842 IN or OR d 27 June 1917 Elkhart IN bd Gracelawn Cemetery with no headstone per N. Stoner; some info shows Mary b Evansville, Perry Co IN. N Stoner sz re: Mary Oaks Bixler Newspaper obituary -- indicates that she had been living with her son (Arthur) for the last 12 years, and was separated from her husband, who was living in an Ohio town in a "feeble state of health". I would assume this refers to her 2nd husband, Henry Oswalt dbs). N Stoner shows William Bixler md Mary Elizabeth Oaks 18 June 1858 Montgomery Co OH.

Per N Stoner, William Bixler died on April 14, 1880 at the young age of 40. His newspaper obituary ('109 ) states that he left a wife (Mary E.) and five children in "destitute circumstances". According to the 1880 census in Elkhart, as of June 1, 1880 Mary E. (Oaks) Bixler was living with her parents, Lewis and Alice Marie Oaks, with her children Sarah, age 15, Sylvester, age 9, William, age 7, Isaac (Cleveland), age 4, and Arthur, age 1.

1850 index
Lewis Oakes Montgomery Co OH Dayton Cty 4th ward pg 218
Isaac Oakes same page

There was a Benjamin Brurer in 1850 Dayton 5th ward - no Brouri listings in Montgomery Co OH that I could find.

1860 Montgomery Co OH Madison Twp P O Dayton
26/358/358 18 June 1860
Oaks, Lewis 42 m farm lab 50 OH
       Alice M 55 f NY
       Eleanor 20 f housework IN
       Samuel 15 m IN
       Isaac C 14 m OH
       Emily J 11 f OH
       Caroline 9 f OH
(family next door #359 John Vaniman 37 OH, & family)

1870 Montgomery Co OH Madison Twp P O Pyrmont OH Roll 1248
Note also in area: Eshelman, Buchler, Wise, Orth, Woolery, Wogoman, Landis, and a John Iler.
593/33/35 5 July 1870
Bixler, William 40 m w farm laborer ---/100 PA cit
       Mary 30 f w kh OH
       Allice 8 f w OH (col 18 shows: "idiot")
       Jane 5 f w OH
34/36 Wagoner, John M 39 m w farmer 20000/2300 MD cit
        Susanah 36 f w kh OH
        Charles 14 m w works on farm OH sch
        Sarah A 13 f w helps mother OH sch
        Nancy B 10 f w at home OH sch       

1880 IN soundex
Bixler, Mary E v9 ed29 s5 L15
w f 38 b IN living with Lewis Oaks
Elkhart Co Jefferson Twp
Bixler, Sarah J 15 OH (dbs - aka Jenny or Sarah Jane Bixler 1865-1927 md Charles E Cook)
       Sylvester w m 9 OH grandson to Lewis Oaks (dbs - md Bertha May Gardner)
       William H w m 7 OH grandson to Lewis Oaks
       Isaac C w m 4 IN grandson to Lewis Oaks
       Arthur A w m 1 IN grandson to Lewis Oaks
Bixler, William 49 Pennsylvania (apparently, William had died of pneumonia prior to census)

1880 on line Jefferson, Elkhart Co IN pg 239A
(familiar names nearby are: Roadcap, Garver, Hoover)
Oaks, Lewis self md m w 63 OH VA GER fruit grower
       Alice M wife md f w 72 NY -- -- keeping house
       Isaac C son s m w 34 OH OH NY fruit grower
Bixler,       Mary E dau wd f w 38 IN OH NY at home
       Sarah J GDau s f w 15 OH PA IN at school
       Sylvester GSon s m w 7 OH PA IN
       William H GSon s m w 7 OH PA IN
       Isaac C GSon s m w 4 OH PA IN (dbs this is "Cleveland" Bixler 1876-1948)
       Arthur A GSon s m w 1 OH PA IN
Bixler, Wm SonL md m w 49 PA -- -- Carpenter
(why is Wm Bixler listed if he died? is he a different Wm?)

Mary Oaks Bixler married before 1900 to Henry Oswalt. I have not verified this but some info shows 9 Feb 1888 Elkhart Co IN.

Indiana Volunteers in the Spanish American War, 1900.
Spanish American War 157th Regt Co C; Cleaveland Bixler
Goshen, Elkhart County, Indiana. Enrolled 26 Apr 1898. Mustered out 1 Nov 1898.

1900 IN soundex
Bixler, (Buxler) Sylvester v 18 ed ?10/12? s4 Line 11
w Dec 1870 29 OH
Elkhart Co Concord Twp
Elkhart city 500 Harrison St
Bixler, Berth M wife Oct 1872 27 MI
       Ruth M dau July 1896 3 IN (dbs md Murphy)
       Pauline B dau Sept 1897 2 IN (dbs md Kentner)
       Hazel F dau (?Jany?) 1899 1 IN (dbs md Rude)
and 2 boarders
(Sylvester also had dau Lucille Bixler Roe dbs)

1900 IN soundex
Bixler, Mary v 18 ed15 s6 line 15
w June (?14) 1850 age 59 (sic) b IN
Elkhart Co Concord Twp, Elkhart, South Main St (house # NR)
Living alone

1900 IN Soundex
Bixler, William H v 18? ed 22? s7 line 11
w Oct 1873 26 OH
Elkhart Co Washington Twp
son to Henry Oswalt

1900 IN Soundex
Bixler, Arthur A v 18 ed 22? s7 line 12
w Apr 1879 21 IN
Elkhart Co Washington Twp
son to Henry Oswalt

Pension index
Cleveland Bixler
service: C 157 Ind Inf & E 40 U S Vol Inf
Invalid filed: 1902 Mch 7 app 1282002 from Indiana cert 1072816
atty: Joe H Austin remarks C 2521551?

St Joseph Co MI veterans genweb
Bixler, Carl Vernon ... Book 2 ... Navy ... Cert. #1250       
Bixler, Cleveland ... Book 1 ... Page 295       
Bixler, Cleveland ... Book 1 ... Page 296

Arthur Bixler md Maud Bell Baker 30 Sept 1905 Elkhart, Elkhart Co IN

1910 IN index
Arthur Bixler 31 m w IN Elkhart Co 3wd Elkhart 347 2 154A
Corland Bixler 33 m w IN Elkhart Co 1wd Elkhart 347 2 90A (probably Cleveland)
Sylvester Bixler 35 m w OH Elkhart Co 1wd Elkhart 347 2 90A

Elkhart Co IN mgs genweb 300 1363 Bixler, Ruth May 21 Aug 1915 Murphy, William F.
Elkhart Co IN mgs genweb 302 53 Bixler, Hazel 04 Oct 1918 Rude, Cleo L.**

1920 IN soundex
Bixler, Arther A v25 ed52 s9 line 66
w 40 IN
Elkhart Co, Elhart city, 1518 Hill st
Bixler, Maud B wife 34 OH
       Cathren May dau 14 IN
       Bertha E dau 11 IN
       Arther F son 10 IN
       Lydia J (or I) dau 3 0/12 IN
       Edward Donald son 1/12 IN

Elkhart Co IN CRIMP Project Index - Elkhart Probate Records: 216 Bixler, Bertha 74 K-59 Vs. State of Indiana
Elkhart Co IN CRIMP Project Index - Elkhart Probate Records: 216 Bixler, Arthur 56 K-59 Vs. State of Indiana

California death index shows Hazel Fern Rude b 14 Jan 1899 IN d 13 Feb 1984 Riverside Co CA, 85y; mother: Gardner, father: Bixler

Buried at Gracelawn Cemetery, Elkhart IN
Arthur Bixler 10 April 1879 - 2 Feb 1947 & Maud Bell (Baker) 20 Oct 1885 - 20 May 1949
William H Bixler 26 Oct 1873 - 6 Apr 1909
Sylvester (Vessie) Bixler 31 Dec 1870 - 1 July 1942, and wife, Bertha May Gardner (1872-1918)

Good luck.

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