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Where did this Poindexter come from?
Posted by: Kathi Jenkins Trostad (ID *****7438) Date: January 01, 2007 at 19:13:33
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Looking for info on this Poindexter family. Thanks! Albert and Elizabeth are my second great grandparents.


Buried in the Liberty Christian Church Cemetery, Orleans, Orange County, IN
Poindexter, Albert; d. Mar. 11, 1877 - 57y/6m/6d.
Poindexter, E1izabeth; July 1, 1832 - July 15, 1887
Poindexter, Newton S.; son of A.M. and E., d. Oct. 29, 1875, age 14y/11m/7d. (I believe this boy was known as Silas)
Elizabeth's first husband is buried to the right of Albert and Elizabeth.
Sears, George W.; d. June 20, 1853, age 23y/6m/29d.
Elizabeth's maiden name was Wright and she was also related to old John Keedy.

Her third husband was Bloomington Nugent. From the 1880 Census
Bloomington NUGENT Self M Male W 52 IN Farmer IN IN
Elizabeth NUGENT Wife M Female W 48 IN Keeping House KY TN
Hary POINDEXTER SSon S Male W 15 IN At Home NH IN
Eliza POINDEXTER SDau S Female W 13 IN At Home NH IN
Josiephene POINDEXTER SDau S Female W 11 IN At Home NH IN
Minnie B. POINDEXTER SDau S Female W 9 IN At Home NH IN
Nellie POINDEXTER SDau S Female W 6 IN NH IN
The Hary Poindexter is actually Harry Grant Poindexter and he is my great grandfather. He went by Grant. He and Eliza (Lidie/Lydie) ran off shortly after this census.

My question:Elizabeth was from a well known family, so it is unlikely that Albert just showed up and married her and took her and the 2 boys (William and George Sears) to Kansas as is shown in the 1860 census. (also lists a girl names Sarah (4) born in Iowa and Silas (2) born in Kansas)They obviously moved a lot, but did go back to Orange County, IN around Orleans. Where did Albert come from? Some say VT or NH. We are related to the Odona Poindexters but the country and city Poindexters had a long standing feud so no help there. The librarian told me her grandmother knew all about why they weren't speaking. I said well, it sounded like Albert was cheated out of inheritance money, but his obit says he was in good standing in the community and he is buried in the churchyard! This is back in the days if you were a stinker it was more than likely to be in the paper.

I do have some old newspaper articles where in Odon a Poindexter from the other side and a Laughlin had a business and Laughlin was married to one of Grant's sisters or aunts, I'd have to check.

Of course the Iran-Contra thing about made our Poindexters dive for cover. The ones that wouldn't claim us were now in the news!

I live on the west coast, but find the Indiana relatives delightfully entertaining. Grandma had some wonderful antedotes and a charming way to look at life.

Also, my Albert M (Van Ranseelear) Poindexter was involved in the Grange movement and was very into husbandry. He had a breed of steers that did not get ill because of his "secret" ingedient. His livestock was well sought after in the midwest as a good investment. He took the secret to his grave. It was probaly molasses and oats and a shot of whiskey!

Any help well be appreciated. I have stomped through some very stinking hot, bug infested cemeteries looking for these folks. The fact that I finally found them in 2004 was a feather in my hat. On top of Albert's headstone is a huge seashell. It came a long way to get to Indiana. What did Albert do before he married Elizabeth? Did he have another family? Elizabeth and Bloomington had agreed to be buried with their former spouses.

Thanks,

Kathi Jenkins Trostad
My mother was a Poindexter!






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