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McMickles in Harrison and Crawford, IN
Posted by: Terry Graf (ID *****8057) Date: September 25, 2003 at 07:28:48
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Prior to returning home from the Joe Graf reunion, the John Graf reunion and the Herbert McMahel reunion, I stopped at the Genealogy library at Corydon. I had spent a couple hours there and at the Harrison county courthouse when I arrived in Southern Indiana. Primarily I was still trying to find out how William McMickle originally obtained the land in Harrison county near Lanesville. In that task I was unsuccessful again.

In driving back and forth from Marengo to New Albany I observed the sign just outside Ramsey which directs drivers to Hancock Chapel. I began to wonder if maybe that small community took its name from the Hancock’s who had traveled with the Boone’s and McMickle’s. It seemed worth looking at the Genealogy Library to see if there was a Hancock genealogy on file there. Also, I wanted to see if I could find some further connections between the Hurst’s, who had also gone to Fredericksburg at about the same time as Peter McMickle, and the McMickle’s. And I had wondered if perhaps there may have been some info or advertisement about William McMickle’s work as a wagonmaker in the Corydon paper. So I was in Corydon to look into those things.

I found the Hurst’s genealogy and the Hancock genealogy but they did not supply any new information. But in examining old Corydon newspapers I found the following entry in the Indiana Gazette dated June 21st, 1817:

       State of Indiana,
       Harrison County,

       John McMickle
        Against              On petition for a divorce
       Elizabeth McMickle

       “This day came the Plaintiff, by William P. Thommason, Esq. his attorney,
       and it appearing to the satisfaction of the court, from affidavit filed, that the
       defendant, Elizabeth McMickle, is not an inhabitant of this state; On motion
       of the plaintiff by his attorney, Ordered that the defendant appear at our next
       July term, on the third day thereof, and then and there answer the charges
       set forth in the plaintiff’s petition, or the matters and things therein set forth
       will be decreed accordingly.
       And it is further ordered, that a copy of this order be published eight weeks
       in some authorized newspaper of this state.

                                          A Copy,
                                          Test……R.M. Heth, Clerk
                                          May 28, 1817                     *27—8t

Needless to say, I was very pleased at this discovery!!!! I knew from the court records in Jefferson Co. Ky, where William and James McMickle had been bound out in 1806, that relations were not good between John and Elizabeth. I thought that maybe she had even died. So this is a pretty significant find. So after finding this, I hustled over to the courthouse to see if I could find the record of the divorce, and I did. It is contained in the Harrison County (IN) order book 1817-1820 on pages 26 and 31. It had been continued and the divorce was granted on the 6th day of the July term (which is actually sometime in August). Interestingly enough the next entry in the order book involves a case in which Moses Boone, John Hurst, and William Hurst are involved. There is little doubt in my mind that these people were well aquainted.

Also appearing in the same order book is a case involving Jacob McMickle vs Jacob Sprowl. This is a continuance from an earlier court action. Unfortunately, I did not have time to pursue the earlier action. But it is a rare piece of documentation to the existence of Jacob McMickle.

From Harrison County I went to the Crawford County Courthouse in English, Indiana. I was looking for Peter McMickle’s request a pension. According to the reading I have done a veteran could claim his pension by appearing before the court in his county of residence. There is a list published which states that Peter McMickle lived in Crawford at the time he started receiving his pension. I examined Crawford County order book A and could find no request for the pension. However there were a plethora of other cases involving Peter McMickle and a couple involving John H. McMickle, whom I believe to be his son. At this point I will list the various cases because it would be too lengthy to try to describe each:

       Thomas L. Golden vs Peter McMickle
       Samuel Kelsey (or Welsey) vs Peter McMickle
       Thomas Golden vs Peter McMickle continued
       Thomas Golden vs Peter McMickle – jury appointed
       State of Indiana vs Peter McMickle
       John H. McMickle fined fined $.50 for contempt of court
       James Brown vs Peter McMickle and John Ruth change of venue to Gibson Co.
       Nathaniel Ruth vs John H. McMickle on appeal
       Hiram Holmes vs John H. McMickle

Hope this might be helpful to someone.

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