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Re: Secrest family in Owen Co., Indiana
Posted by: Laura Bonde (ID *****2078) Date: March 30, 2002 at 12:16:23
In Reply to: Secrest family in Owen Co., Indiana by Marylin Benfield of 601

Marylin, I was avoid the chores I need to do this weekend and looked up the following. There is a largish family file at the Owen County Library about the Secrest surname which I took a look through. There is a five page document done by another Secrest decendant entitled The William Secrest Family of Mason and Fleming Counties, KY. that has Messer B. Secrest in it and appears to be resonably documented. The genealogy librarian can be contacted at

From 'The William Secrest Family of Mason and Fleming Co, KY'

William Secrest b: 15 Sept 1755 in Virginia d: 26 July 1824. He married Mary Beeson, daughter of Messer and Mary Malin Beeson b:26 Oct 1765 d: 24 Sept 1824. He might have had a first wife by the name of Anna Ingram. Their children were:

Joseph (Cross?) Secrest b: 8 april 1780 Virginia d: 4 May 1859 Fleming County, Kentucky. He married Sarah Ann Mershon 16 Feb 1804 in Fleming Coutny, KY. Then Ann G. (Moore?) Ingraham 17 april 1831 in Fleming County, Kentucky.

Elizabeth Secrest b: 28 June 1784 in Virginia d: 9 June 1822 presumably in Fleming County, Kentucky. She married james Eckles, 18 Dec 1803 Fleming County, KY.

Lydia Anne Secrest b: 1788 possibly in KY d:9 June 1833. She married William Bowen ? or/and Noble Welch 4 Dec 1817 in KY

William Secrest, Jr. b: ca 1780-1790 in KY died ca August 1864 probably in Nicholas Co, KY. He married 1. Elizabeth Cornwell 7 July 1815 Fleming Co., KY and 2. Carolyn after 1815 probably in Nicholas Co, KY

Catherine Secrest b: ca 1780-1790 possibly in KY d:after 1833 probably in Monroe County, IN. She married Samuel Ellett 1 March 1814 in Fleming County, KY.

John Secrest b:ca1794 in KY d: ca March 1873 in Owen County, IN

Messer B. Secrest b: ca 1796 probably in Fleming Co, KY. d: after 1850 in Owen Co. IN He married 1. Nancy Ellett 7 May 1818, Fleming Co,KY and 2. Malinda McBride 25 Nov 1838 Owen Co. IN

George Secrest b: ca 1798 problably in Fleming Co, KY died after 1850 possibly in Monroe County, IN He married Sophia Sanders 14 or 26 Dec 1820 Bath Co, KY and 2? susan C. Sheets 1 Sept 1833 Monroe Co, IN

Beeson (Beason, Beson) Secrest b: ca 1800 probably in Fleming Co, KY d: after 1850 probably in Owen County, IN. He married Patsy McHenry 10 March 1822 in Owen County,

James Secrest b: ca 1790-1800 probably in Mason or Fleming County, KY Died after 1840. married probably between 1825 and 1830.

Henry Secrest bL 16 March 1806 probably in Fleming Co, KY died 27 September 1866 probably in Putnam Co, IN married Sally Ann McNary 26 April 1827 Putnam Co, IN

Nancy Secrest b: after 1800 in Fleming co, KY. Married Elijah R. Knight 10 April 1823 in Fleming Co, KY.

Messer's nephew James (son of Beeson and Martha McHenry) did built a large brick house in Washington Township sometime after returning from the Mexican War and before 1860. The 13 July 1993 column of Owen County Ancestors says "...James Secrest was, like some of his relatives, a shrewd businessman. Within a few years he had accumulated more than a modest fortune as a cattle buyer and land owner. His growing family and growing property holdings included by 1852 forty acres where "Brick House" stands. Three years and two sons later he bought adjoining land and continued to expand in children andland to include a daughter and a neighbor's eighty acre farm by 1859. Sometime before the spring of 1860 his fine home was built." possibly by the Gilbert's-brick and stone masons living with them in the 1850 census.

1830 Owen County Census
Secrest, Messer Males ages 15-20: one 30-40 one
Females ages 10-15: one 15-20: one
Secrest, Beason Males ages 0-5: one; 5-10: two; 20-30: one 30-40: one
Females ages 0-5 one; 20-30: one
1840 Owen County Census
Secrest, Messer Males ages 0-5: one; 40-50: one
Females ages 0-5: one 20-30: one
Secrest, Beason Males ages 5-10: one; 10-15: one; 15-20: two; 40-50: one; 60-70: one
Females ages 5-10: one; 15-20: two; 30-40: one; 50-60: one

1850 Owen County Census
Household 146
Secrest, Messer 54 KY Farmer
Malinda 34 NC
Samuel McBride 14 IN
Elizabeth 10 IN
Messer 8 IN
John 7 IN
Harriet 4 IN
Amanda E. 3 IN
James Henry 10/12

Household 201
Secrest, Beson 50 KY Farmer
James 22 IN Farmer
Jackson Switzer 20 KY Farmer
Alfred 18 IN
Louisa 15 IN
Delana E. 9 IN
In the same household
Gilbert, Richard 49 NC Brick and Stone Mason
Elizabeth 53 TN
James 20 IN Brick and Stone Mason
Rebecca 19 IN
Margaret E. 16 IN
Elizabeth 13 IN
Thomas Burton 20 KY

Household 143
Secrest, John 56 KY Farmer
Mary 48 VA
Mary B. 17 IN
Rachel A. Crisp 12 OH
Mary E. 6 IN

Household 196
Secrest, John, Jr. 25 IN
Margaret A. 25 IN
William M. 3 IN
James H. 2 IN

1860 Owen County Census
Household 280
Secrest, Jno 66 KY farmer
Mary 55 VA
Criss, Mary E. 16 IN
Pool, Geo 12 OH
Pool, Jas 8 IN

Household 281
Secrest, Messer 64 KY
Malinda 42 NC
Saml 23 IN
Messer, Jr. 18 IN
Jno 17 IN
Harriette 15 IN
Mandy 13 IN
Chas 6 IN
Louis 3 IN
Malinda 1 IN

Household 106
Secrest Jas 33 IN
Louisa 26 IN
Wm. H 7 IN
Thos B. 5 IN
Louisa J. 3 IN
Martha 4/12 IN
Mary 44 KY
D.E. 20 IN
Ashbaugh, Jas 14 IN

Owen County Indiana Marriages 1819-1849
Secress, Beson McHenry Patsy Mar 10, 1822 by Shad. Brown M.G.
Secrest, Elizabeth Lytle, Isaac F. Sept 10, 1844 by Wm. Evans, M.G
Secrest, Messer McBride, Malinda Nov. 20, 1838 by Wm. Farley, J.P..
Secrest, Alfred Kessiah moser Dec 18, 1851
Secrest, Alice Abraham Rodrick April 8, 1896
Secrest, Alice C. Herschel D. Goss Aug 2, 1900 W Jan 23, 1917
Secrest, Amanda E James A. Smith Oct 10, 1869
Secrest Arthur H. Eliza J. Truax May 30, 1847 W Nov 12, 1912
Secrest, Bryan Bessie A. Kelley July 23, 1897 W Feb 29, 1920
Secrest, Charles Alice Dean Oct 15, 1874
Secrest delana E Sarah A Lukenbill Dec 21, 1865
Secrest, Dovie Charles Alexander July 24, 1885
Secrest, Elizabeth John Ruble Aug 20. 1858
Secrest Harriet Charles W. Gentry Jan 30 1968
Secrest Hazel Harley Black Aug 18, 1893 W Jan 3, 1912
Secrest, Martha J. James W. Leas Oct 16, 1883
Secrest, Nellie F John W. Thompson Dec 11, 1895
Secrest, Numa Wm. D. Nichols July 17, 1897
Secrest, Samuel O Annie Z. Arnett (Arrie) Oct 20. 1894
Secrest, Troy E. Elsie M. McCarty Oct 2 1902
Secrest Tuna A. Austin A. Rogers Dec 24, 1894
Secrest, Wm H. Mantie R. Biddle Sept 3, 1872

Also saw Melinda's maiden name listed as Pittman on an Family Group Sheet

A.H. Secrest b:1847 buried in Mannan Cemetery, Harrison Township, Owen County


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