Shelby  County  Indiana


The  Indianapolis  Star
July 3, 1915
Page 5   Column 4
Deaths  in  Indiana
          SHELBYVILLE -- Orville Toner, 18, was drowned in Flatrock River while swimming near Flatrock Cave.
Contributed by Virginia Latta Curulla

The  Shelby  Republican
August 29, 1899
Page 4, column 3
Accidental Death of a Well Known Farmer
Occurred Yesterday Afternoon.
          John Toner  was born in Lycoming county, Pennsylvania, December 28th, 1814, and died August 26th, 1896[sic], aged 84 years and 8 months.
          The death of John Toner, one of Shelby county's wealthies[sic] and most influential farmers, occurred at the home of  George Williams, on the Smithland pike, at 11:30 o'clock last night.
          During yesterday afternoon Mr. Toner and  Thomas Updegraft,  a hired hand, came to this city, Mr. Toner in a buggy and the other on a wagon, for the purpose of purchasing a load of shingles.  After making their purchase they started to return home.  Arriving near the residence of  George Williams, about 4:30 o'clock, when one of the bunches of shingles fell from the wagon onto one of the horses causing the team to run away and throwing the driver to the ground, one of the wheels running over his right foot.  The team continued running.  Mr. Toner being in front in his buggy did not hear the approach of the runaway horses until too late, the tongue of the wagon striking his vehicle in the center tearing it to pieces, and throwing Mr. Toner on the road side, the force of the fall causing unconsciousness.  He was carried into the home of  George Williams where he remained unconscious until the time of his death.
          Mr. Toner was born in Lycoming county, Pennsulvania, December 28th, 1814, he being a son of  Edward and Susan Toner.  A year after his birth he and his parents located in Franklin county, Indiana, where they remained just seventeen years, and then moved to Shelby county.
          On the 9th of March, 1837, Mr. Toner was united in marriage to  Nancy J. Parker, in Hancock county, the result of this union being the birth of four children, namely:  James Edward,  Marthena,  Elizabeth  and  Belle.  In June, 1857, he was married the second time, to  Janet Thayer,  daughter of  Spencer and Sallie Thayer,  the wedding occurring in Marion township, this county.  This marriage also resulted in the birth of four children, namely:  John S.,  Caress L.,  Harry Morton  and  Elmer Sidney.
          Mrs. Mattie Miller,  of Martinsville,  Mrs. Elizabeth Sanford,  Mrs. Belle Williams,  city; are the surviving children by his first wife, and  John S.,  Dr. Marry M.[sic],  and  Elmer S., of this city, by his second wife.
          Mr. Toner was a member of the Christian church, and was a genial pleasant gentleman, who had a host of friends, all of whom will be pained to hear of his very sad ending.
          Funeral services will be held at his late home, at 3 o'clock p.m., Sunday, August 27, Rev. Nesslege officiating.  Interment will be in Forest Hill cemetery, in charge of Edwards & Hageman.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Franklin  Democrat
Friday, September 1, 1899
Volume XL, Number 8
Page 1, column 3
          John Toner,  a farmer of Shelby County, while returning home from Shelbyville Friday evening, met with a fatal accident.  He had purchased a load of shingles and was riding in a buggy ahead of the load.  A bunch of shingles fell off, frightening the team which plunged forward, struck the buggy and hurled Mr. Toner to the ground.  He was picked up in an unconscious condition and died within a few hours after reaching home.
Notes:  Birth, 28 Dec 1814 Lycoming County, Pennsylvania.  Death:  25 Aug 1899 Shelby County, Indiana.
Contributed by Mark McCrady and Cathea Curry

The  Daily  Evening  Democrat
Shelbyville, Indiana
Saturday, July 23, 1881
          The funeral sermon of  Mrs. Jane Toner,  who died in Illinois on the 24th of June, will be preached at Toner's Chapel to-morrow afternoon at four o'clock, by  Rev. J. G. Chafee.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  National  Volunteer
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January 19, 1854
          Died - - at Edinburg Janurary 9th of consumption, Miss Maria Toner, daughter of  John and Susannah Toner,  in her 18th year.
Abstracted by Maurice Holmes, in his book Shelbyville, Indiana, Newspaper Excerpts: 1853-1859.  Submitted by Sherry Badgley Ryan, with permission from the author.

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