Shelby  County  Indiana


The  Shelbyville  Daily  Democrat
Saturday February 23, 1907
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At Holy Family Hospital in Laporte Last Evening
          Mrs. Emma Murphy, of Washington township, received a telegram announcing the death of her aunt, Mrs. Catherine Vanpelt, at the Holy Family Hospital in Laporte, Friday evening at 6:30 o'clock, her age being sixty-nine years. Mrs. Murphy started for Laporte this morning to attend the funeral, which will be held on Monday.
          Mrs. Vanpelt was the youngest daughter of  Mr. and Mrs. Shank, who settled two miles south of this city in 1830, where the subject of this sketch was born January 3, 1838, and where she was reared.  Her husband, Alexander Vanpelt, died several years ago.  She leaves one son, Sutton Vanpelt.
Contributed by Barb Huff

The  Shelbyville  Daily  Democrat
Saturday, January 12, 1907
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Prominent And Venerable Citizen
of Shelbyville Dies Friday Evening
Served With Credit The Citizens
of Shelby County in Political Positions
          Shelby county is again called on to mourn the loss of one of its most prominent and respected citizens. Many will be the persons who will mourn, as a personal loss, the death of the Hon. S. L. Vanpelt, which occurred at his home in this city, Friday evening at 5:05 o'clock.  Tuesday night, Mr. Vanpelt suffered a severe congestive chill, and since that time his condition has been such as to cause apprehension to his friends and relatives.  The history of Mr. Vanpelt would be the history of the growth and progress of Shelbyville and Shelby county.  He was the oldest continuous resident in our county, and no man contributed more to its advancement than he did.  Squire L. Vanpelt was born near the city of Lebanon, Warren county, Ohio, September 21, 1819, making him at the time of his death eighty-seven years, three months and 20 days of age.  When but a child of two years, his parents moved to Shelby county, and located on Flat Rock, near the mouth of Conns Creek, having been among the earliest pioneers in this part of the county.
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The deceased was married in 1844 to Miss Mary Major, who died in December, 1863.  Mr. Vanpelt's second marriage was solemnized in 1864 with Miss Emily Shank, of this county, who preceded him to the Great Beyond on March 5, 1896.  Mr. Vanpelt was very active in church work, having been an officer of the First Presbyterian church of this city for more than forty years. Both his time and means were given liberally to anything appertaining to the affairs of his church. Before re- moving to this city, Mr. Vanpelt was a member of the Methodist church of Flat Rock.  The last years of his life have been spent in quietude at his home on west Broadway street.  Up to his last illness he delighted to meet his friends and chat pleasantly up on the questions of the day. His acquaintance in this county was practically unlimited, and his remarkable memory made him sought after by those desiring information concerning the early days of Shelby county.  His immediate surviving relatives are the Major family, and children of half-brothers and half-sisters.  Funeral services will be held Tuesday morning at nine o'clock at the First Presbyterian church.  Interment will be in the Vanpelt cemetery in Noble township.  The remains may be viewed by friends at his late residence from 9 to 11 Monday morning; 2 to 5 Monday afternoon; 6:30 to 9 Monday evening; 8 to 9 Tuesday morning. The casket will not be opened in the church.  The remains may be viewed at the grave, this opportunity being given his old friends of his boyhood and early manhood to look for the last time on his well-loved face.  The following gentlemen will act as pall-bearers at the funeral services;  F. C. Sheldon,  S. J. McCrea,  J. H. Tomlin,  J. W. Billman,  D. L. Wilson  and  W. H. Stephens. The Rev. A. A. Pfansteihl, of Highland Park, Illinois, will officiate at the funeral services.
Contributed by Barb Huff

The  Shelby  Daily  Democrat
Thursday, March 12, 1896
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After A Lingering Illness,
Passed Peacefully Away, Last Week
          Mrs. Emily M. Vanpelt, wife of  S. L. Vanpelt, just south of this city, passed away at 10:30 p.m., March 5, 1896.  She was the youngest daughter of a family of ten children of Col. Jacob Shank and Sarah Shank.  Her brothers, Charles A.,  William, and  Oscar, and sisters, Zorada Ann,  Nancy,  Sarah  and  Charlotte, have preceded her to the great beyond, while John S.,  Mrs. Mary O'Neal  and  Mrs. Catherine H. Vanpelt survive her.
          She was born March 4, 1840, was married to S. L. Vanpelt on September 20, 1864, and united with the Presbyterian Church, of this city in 1866.  She has been a very active worker in the church from the date of her accession.  She served for a number of years as treasurer of the Home Missionary Society of the White Water Presbytery, in which work she took a vast interest, devoting much of her time and contributing her means.  She was one of the first of the membership of her church to advocate the sale of the old building on South Harrison street, and the erection of the present beautiful church on West Broadway.  Her whole life has been one of sunshine and happiness.  She never tired of entertaining her friends and was always pleased to have them about her.  She was quite sensitive and ever carefully avoided saying anything to give offense to say to any one.  She loved her husband with an affection that knew no bounds and one of her sorest disappointments in life was that she could not be spared to nurse him in his present sickness.  Their lives along the journey of life have been so beautifully and thoroughly blended in that perfect Christian faith that it seems a most severe blow that either should have to be taken away from the other, but we must all bow to the will of Him who doeth all things for the best.  At her bedside at the time of her demise were gathered her affectionate husband, her brother, John Shank, and her sisters, Mrs. Mary O'Neal and Mrs. Catherine H. Vanpelt; also her nieces, Mrs. Emma Murphy,  Mrs. Mattie Major,  Mrs. S. L. Major,  Mrs. Will O'Neal  and  Mrs. Alexander Vanpelt; and her nephews,  Will O'Neal,  S. J. Cooper,  Alexander Vanpelt  and  S. L. Major, together with a few friends.  She fell asleep about seven o'clock and simply and peacefully slept from time into eternity without a struggle.  Her taking away was the rounding up of a beautiful Christian life of an intellectual, earnest, devoted and magnificent woman.  The funeral was held at the residence on Monday last at 9:30 a.m., after which she was interred in the Vanpelt cemetery in Noble township, this county, commonly known as the Ogden cemetery.  The pall bearers were  P. D. Harris,  John Shelk,  George Kent,  Dr. S. P. McCrea,  F. C. Sheldon  and  L. C. Powell.  D. B. Wilson & Son had charge of the remains.
Contributed by Barb Huff

(July 11) 1878
Van Pelt, Benjamin H. --
Seymour [Indiana] news -- On Thurs.,  Benjamin H. Van Pelt,  a railroad man, d. of typhoid fever at the residence of his uncle,  T.B. Hubbard.  He was also a nephew of  Mrs. S. W. Smith.  His remains were taken to Shelby Co., his former home, for interment.
Submitted by Wanda

The  Cincinnati  Daily  Gazette
December 18, 1838
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          Departed this life on Saturday, the15th of Dec., 1838,  Mr. Pierce Van Pelt,  of Shelby County, Indiana, in the 24th year of his age.  Mr. Van Pelt came to our city a few weeks since, as a student of medicine, and matriculated at the Medical College of Ohio.  He arrived a stranger, in a strange place, but he bore upon his countenance a letter of introduction of the highest character, which in connection with his polite and affiable manners soon endeared him to his fellow students.  When we take into consideration that we are all assembeled here for a like great motive, and are for the time cosmopolites, we are induced to think that a more warm and social feeling exists among us, that is generally found among the rest of mankind, and frequently praise is given where it is not merited, yet laying aside all partial motives of the kind, we can fearlessly assert, that our deceased friend, was by his fellow laborers in the cience of medicine, respected and beloved whil living and regretted and mourned since dead; and as a tribute of respect so deservedly due, a meeting of the students was held, in the College on the evening of the 15th inst.  Whereupon Mr. R. Stockwell was called to the chair, and  Mr. L. L. Laycock  appointedSecretary.
          On motion of  Mr.J. H. Johnson,  it was
          Resolved,  That a Committee of five be appointed to draw up resolutions expressing the sentiments of the Class, in regard to the decease of our fellow student Mr. Van Pelt, whereupon the Chairman appointed  Messrs. Abell,  Chapman,  Caes,  Johnson,  and  Laycock who after retiring a few moments presented the following, which were unanimously adopted.
          Resolved,  That we deeply deplote the loss of our friend and fellow student, Mr. Van Pelt.
          Resolved,  That the proceedings of this meeting be published in the City papers, and a copy forwarded by the Secretary to the realtives of the deceased.
          On motion the meeting adjourned.
R. STOCKWELL, Ch'n.          
L. L. Laycock, Sec'y.          
Medical College of Ohio,  Dec. 15th, 1838.
Contributed by John Addison Ballard

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