WELCOME TO THIS NEW SECTION OF MY GENEALOGY
INFORMATION. A BIG THANKS TO ADA MARCUM, IN 2010
SHE HANDED ME SEVERAL SCRAP BOOKS AND PHOTO
ALBUMS OF FAMILY HISTORY WHICH HAD BEEN PUT TO-
GETHER FOR A FAMILY REUNION. MOST OF THE PAGES IN
THIS SECTION SIMPLY REPLICATE WHAT WAS IN THOSE
SCRAP BOOKS. A SPECIAL THANKS TO DONNA REEVES
PFENNINGER FOR HER WORK ON THE 1992 BOOK FROM
WHICH A LOT OF THIS INFORMATION CAME FROM!
I TOLD ADA I WOULD GET THIS NEW SECTION OF THE
WEBSITE UP IN TWO OR THREE MONTHS. IN THE END IT
HAS TAKEN ME ALMOST TWO YEARS. THANKS, ADA
FOR BEING PATIENT WITH ME.
-Jim Wilkinson, April 2013
At the time I was excited to get this information from Ada. But then she
handed me a large tupperware container full of Jack's Donuts. And I was
even more excited. I love Jack's Donuts. I can remember sitting in the
car at 5:00 in the morning back when . . . My dad, Jerry Wilkinson was
allowed to slip in and get donuts before the store opened. I can still
remember that smell of fresh donuts and the feel of a warm box full.
Anyway, the drive back Evansville took five hours and all the donuts
were gone by the time I pulled into the garage.
Luella Adams Wilkinson
Before we start into the information about the Pfenninger Family I
want to start with Luella Adams Wilkinson. This seems like the best
place for her story.
Luella Adams married James Wilkinson and was the mother of Hassel
Mae Wilkinson, her youngest daughter, who married Alfred
Pfenninger in1912. James and Luella had two other daughters together,
the oldest being Mabel Wilkinson Mahoney and the middle girl being
Naomi Wilkinson Stewart.
Luella's Girls -
click to enlarge
Luella came from a farm family. They were Quakers and lived to the
east of New Castle in the Mooreland area. Her parents show up
several times in the records of the Flat Rock Meeting as being very
active in church and community affairs. I have been doing research
into the ancestors of Luella's family and have put what I have found
onto a genealogical chart. At the moment the only image I have for this
chart is one which shows the descendants of James Wilkinson and his
first wife Luella and his second wife Minnie. I will include this
particular chart for now and later on do a more detailed chart for
Luella Adams and her ancestors.
As you can see, James Wilkinson had five children, Mabel, Naomi
and Hassel with Luella Adams Wilkinson and then Marie and Herman
with Minnie Williams Wilkinson. You can click on the above image
to see an enlarged version which can be saved in the usual way and
Now one of the things I would really love to run across is a
photograph of Luella. Or, for that matter, any photographs that might
still exist of her parents, Alvis and Asenath Adams. I am currently
also trying to track down where the Adams farm was by looking at old
Plat maps. Any chance there are some photos of the Adams Farm?
I don't know. I DO have a photo of the James Wilkinson farm, where
Hassel grew up.
A photograph of James Wilkinson's farm which was to the east of
New Castle, Indiana near East Brown Road and St Rd. 275 E. -
I believe this is the farm that James and Luella ran and where Hassel
Luella Adams Wilkinson's Obituary, 1902
One of the pieces of information contained in the scrap books I was
given of the Pfenninger Family histor was the obituary for Luella. I
have transcribed this so that it will searchable on the internet. The
Flat Rock Quaker Meeting mentioned was one of the original
meetings in the central Indiana area. It was closed around 1915 and
the remaining members joined other meetings in the area.
From 'The Tribune', New Castle, Indiana
Friday April 18, 1902
Luella (Adams) Wilkinson, daughter of Alvis and Asenath Adams,
was born on January 27, 1870 and died on April 1, 1902, Aged 32
years, 2 months and 5 days. Louella had a birthright in the Friends
Church and was converted when quite young, living a true Christian,
not in name only, but in a living experience. She was a loving wife
and mother, a true neighbor and a friend to all.
Being conscious that the time was near when she should bid adieu to
this world she called the family by her, admonishing them to be true to
Christ and keep sacred the family worship as they had in the past,
advising the children to be good and live right; and stating the regret in
leaving her husband and children, knowing the lonely hours they w
ould pass through. Yet she was very anxious to home to the place her
saviour had for her, and stepped over the river rejoicing.
Our sister was one of the leading members in the Flat Rock meeting,
so willing to do the Lord's will; not only was she concerned in the
home department, but longed to help send the Good News to foreign
lands, saying she wished to be a fruit-bearing branch, and assisted in
sending the Gospel by helping to organize a Home Mission Society in
her neighborhood. The Society will deeply feel their loss. The
membership of Flat Rock Meeting will realize a great loss but their
loss is her eternal gain. Louella Leaves a husband, three daughters,
father, mother, three sisters, three brothers and a host of relatives and
loving friends to mourn their loss.
The sisters of the Missionary Society carried her to her last resting
place, longing to meet their sister in a better world. Funeral services
held at Mooreland by Rev. Susie M. Magner; interment same place.
Ella has fallen asleep,
She is resting at last.
The pluse has grown still
and the fever is past.
She suffers no longer
In heart or in brain;
And pain that so racked her
shall not come again.
Farewell Ella; farewell mother;
All thy suffering now is over
It won't be long until we will meet thee
In that home to part no more
Louella Adams Wilkinson, wife of Jame, mother of Mabel Wilkinson
Mahoney, Naomi Wilkinson Stewart and Hassel Wilkinson Pfenninger.
I will post a more detailed history of Luella's ancestors when that bit
of research is farther along. As you can see on the chart I have traced
her ancestors back into Europe. The furthest back so far is a man
named John Myldenhall, born in 1526 in England.
To continue to the main part of the Pfenninger Family History please
click on photo below.
Jacob Pfenninger and Lena Schottlin Pfenninger and family on
Mother's Day in 1917
This might interest you
also. This is a photo of
farm, which was nearby
on what is now St. Rd.
275 E. The barn in the
picture is still there, 150
years after Samuel built