[Information in brackets was added from other sources.

Strikeouts and underlines are reproduced from the original manuscript.]


On January 26, 1925 when our cousin,

Fred Rush was being laid at rest in the

Clinton Cemetery, my attention was called

to two white slabs on which were the names

of James Andrews and his wife [Elizabeth] Porter

Andrews. I learned that they were my

great-grand father and great-grand

mother Andrews. The dates of their

births and deaths are forgotten.

[James b Apr. 20, 1775, d Sep. 22, 1859;

Elizabeth b Mar. 26, 1785, d Sep. 28, 1859] Great-

grand mother’s maiden name was

Porter. We do not know much about

our Porter cousins as none of them lived

near here and we did not visit each

other. But from if one should have the

time and take the trouble to go to Corydon

Indiana and investigate the records he

would find the name of a prominent

lawyer of that name who had three [seven]

daughters, Arelia, Helen and Attia. I think

when we should read their history we

would be proud to claim such people as

our ancestors. I do not know whether

this prominent man was a brother or a

nephew of great grand mother Andrews

[he was a brother] but

I do know and have the evidence that they



recognized their Andrews cousins as cousins for

during the Civil War when Uncle Ethan Andrews,

William Jasper Andrews, (our father) and John

Calvin Andrews (our uncle) were fighting on the

Northern side, letters were exchanged between these

three Porter Sisters and their Andrews cousins.

Read the three letters.--- [We have 6 letters from the

Porter sisters to their Andrews cousins.] Tell about meeting one from Corydon.

My talk was to be about William Andrews and

Family, but since this introduction makes our

Relationship clearer, I thought it not out of place.

William Andrews was the [second] oldest son of James

Andrews and wife. Other members of this

family were John Andrews, James Andrews,

Dorcas Rush, Ethan Andrews, Robert Andrews,

Thomas Andrews, Elizabeth Dethic and Elias Andrews.

[Not mentioned are Henry, Carrie, Maria, another

Elizabeth who died in infancy, and Nancy.]

Willaim was born October 26, 1807, and his wife

Jane Wellman Andrews was born January 29,

1811. To them were born ten children, Elizabeth,

born May 1, 1833; James Lewis January 29, 1839; William

Jasper, April 22, 1840; John Calvin May 21 [2], 1842,

George Wellman March 11, 1844; Elias August 3, 1845;

Cyrus and Demetrius, twins, December 15, 1847; Henry

Anderson, November 4, 1849 and Joseph Francis,

March 7, 1855. All lived to be grown except

the twins, Cyrus dying December 26, 1848 aged

one year and eleven days and Demetrius on



October 11, 1849 aged one year 9 months and

26 days. James Lewis died March 20, 1866,

aged 27 years, 1 month and 21 days. John

Calvin died in Paris Illinois December 21, 1863 on his way

home, having obtained a furlough from the

army. His age was 21 years, 7 months and

nineteen days. Elias died November 14, 1891

aged 46 years, 3 months and 11 days. Henry

Anderson died May [20] 1899, aged 49 years 5 mos.

Elizabeth, the eldest and only daughter died

May 26, 1903 aged 70 years and 25 days.

William Jasper died January 24 1909 aged

68 years, 9 months and 2 days. George

Wellman died April 1, 1912 [1911] aged 68 [67] years & 20 days.

Joseph Francis died [Nov. 19], 1922 aged 67 years.

The Father, William Andrews, was a man

of influence in the community in which he lived.

It was because of his generosity that the

United Brethren Church was built at Jones

in 1875. He was one of its charter members.

Two of his children, Elizabeth Ammerman,

and William Jasper Andrews lived and

died in the faith of this church, the others

being scattered elsewhere, in other parts of

the country, town, or cities.

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Besides being a man of religious principles and

a God-fearing man, William Andrews was sober

upright in his dealings, industrious, and patriotic,

as evidenced by the fact that he sent two sons who were

the only ones of the family old enough and physically

able, to fight in the Civil War, these two, as you have

already noted, were William Jasper and John Calvin

By his industry, he became a man of wealth as it

was considered in those days. If he were living

today he would be a supporter of the 18th amendment

and Volstead law or any other effort that was put forth

to bring prohibition to this country. It is true that

he lived at a time when the liquor it was thought

that the liquor traffic and open saloon had to be

endured because most people not having studied

the evil effects of alcohol on the body and the morals had not thought

that is was possible nor probable that it could be gotten

rid of, yet he began to see its evil effects. In those days

every one who could afford it kept it in their homes to

be used in medicinal purposes or to treat their friends

who call or visit them. Before his death,

however, William Andrews saw bright young

men cut down by alcoholic drinking and was

heard to say that the one regret of his life was that he

had kept any alcoholic drink in his home. He deeply

felt the wrong of placing and temptation before his

friends that would cause them to fall, although it

was not considered a crime nor wrong in those

days to use it in any way. He died December 25, 1880 aged

73 years, 1 mo. And 21 days and the death of his wife occurred Feb. 5 1879 aged 68 yrs. And 6 days

William Andrews had 26 grandchildren

19 of whom are living. They are as follows:



1 Mary Jane Davis – Terre Haute, Ind

2 John Ammerman – St. Bernice.

3 Josie Hupp – Terre Haute.

4 Sherma Amerman – Clinton R. R.

5 Viola Fletcher – Terre Haute.

6 Della Wilkins – St. Bernice

7 George Amerman – St. Bernice

8 Addie Amerman – West Terre Haute.

9 Elsie Brumfield – Terre Haute

10 Carrie Ingle – Dana

11 Rena Andrews – Terre Haute

12 Clyde W. Andrews – Terre Haute

13 Sylvia Andrews –

14 Grace Trogdon – Paris, Ill.

15 Dr. Clifford Andrews – Wisconsin

16 Della Powell -

17 Lewin Andrews

18 Dr. P. K. Andrews –

19 Blanch Caseif