Posted By:Gail Blancett
Subject:Lester Hartwell/Heartwell--Jefferson and Gibson Co., IN
Post Date:December 17, 2008 at 08:07:50
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Need help on the family of Lester Hartwell.

It appears he had two possible marriages in a short period of time recorded in Jefferson Co. IN.

19 May 1829 Lester Hartwell married Sarah Mosely.

13 October 1830 Lester Hartwell marries Polly Jones.

1840 he appears to be the Lester Hartwell in Gibson Co. IN.

1850 Census of Gibson Co. --listed as Lester Heartwell ( has this indexed as Jester but census is pretty clearly Lester).

Lester Heartwell 35 born NY
Polly Heartwell 34 born Ohio
Mary J. age 18 born IN
Eliza age 14 born IN
Elizabeth age 12 born IN
Willey age 11 born IN (female)
Cordelia age 10 born IN
Adaline age 8 born IN
Angeline age 2 born IN

1860 Census of Gibson Co. is really botched in terms of name and ages or else the ages in 1850 were pretty far off for Lester and Polly.

1860 Census Gibson Co. IN (Washington Twp)
Lester Hatwin 51 born NY
Mary Hatwin 48 born OH
Elizabeth age 19 born IN
Wm age 17 (this time listed as male)
Sarah A. age 14
Angelaide age 11
Gemima age 9
Andrew age 7
Lidia age 4
Augustus Eliot age 2
Rob. Hudson age 25 born VA

Andrew J. Ward age 23 born KY
Will Ward age 17 (female)
{couple married within the year; Andw J. War married Willie Hartwell 15 Apr 1860 Gibson Co. IN]

Jas. Hartwin age 26 born IN
Amanda age 17 born IN
[couple married within the year]

Other marriages in Gibson Co. IN that suggest that this name is really Hartwell are:

Angeline Hartwell m John Dossett on 1 Jan 1867
Eliza Hartwell m Pleasant Smith 2 Nov 1853
Elizabeth Hartwell m Robert Hudson 19 Aug 1860
Mary Jane Hartwell m Augustus Elliott 9 Nov 1856
Sarah A. Hartwell m Thomas J. Ward 11 Feb 1864
Willia Hartwell m Andw J. War 15 Apr 1860

In 1870, the family is still living in Gibson Co. IN but it appears that Lester's wife Polly has died. The age for him in the census is way off as is his place of birth but comparing to the 1860 Census, it is clearly the same family.

1870 Washington Twp., Gibson Co. IN
P.O. Princeton
( image 18)
Lesler Hartwell age 48 born KY
Jimima Hartwell age 19 born IN
Andrew Hartwell age 16 born IN
Lidia Hartwell age 14 born IN
Augustus Ellott age 10 born IN

Now, my interest is specifically in the daughter listed here as Lidia Hartwell age 14.

Does anyone know what happened to Lidia Harwell?

I'm helping some researching a Willson/Wilson family. The death certificate for his grandfather listed his parents as William Thomas Willson and Lidia Hartwell.

This family was moving in the area of SE Missouri which is just over the border from Gibson Co. IN.

I am looking for proofs of what happened to Lidia, daughter of Lester Hartmell and Polly Jones

Lidia is known to have one son by William Thomas Willson born 1 March 1887 in MO.

We know that William Thomas Willson remarried in 1896 so something had happened to his wife Lidia--either she died or perhaps the marriage dissolved.

William Thomas Willson remains a mystery in terms of his own parents. I can locate him positively only in 1900 and 1910 but he didn't die until 1936. His death certificate was no help in terms of parents. He was born about 1857 based on the age on the Death certificate and that on the 1900 and 1910 Census records. Census shows his father born in Germany and his mother born in TN. But, I simply can not find this guy in any other census record that I'm comfortable is for him.

If anyone can help on Lidia who is daughter of Lester Hartwell or if you know of another Lidia/Lydia Hartwell who might have married a Willson/Wilson, I surely would appreciate it.

It is amazing to me that no one on the board seems to have anything at all on Lester Hartwell since his marriage appears to be there in Jefferson Co. IN where others are researching the Hartwell line.