Shelby  County  Indiana

Eads  Family  Album

William Lewis Eads, his wife,  Mary Collin Eads,  and their children

I have no idea who any of the people are in the outdoor photo, but it was a fun picture I found and my “gut instinct” tells me they are somewhere in my tree.-LE

A little personal history from the contributor:  
          My earliest records of the Eads family in America date to 1684 when they settled in the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland.  After the Revolutionary War, they migrated to PA, OH, KY, and then to Brookville, IN in 1806.  Jonathon Eads  and his wife,  Eliza Stafford,  moved to Shelby County from Brookville around the late 1840’s.  Jonathon and Eliza had 11 children by 1849.  Jonathon died in 1852, but no grave has been recorded.  Eliza is buried in the Lewis Creek Baptist Church cemetery.  Eliza’s father,  James Stafford  is also buried in the same cemetery.  William Lewis Eads moved with his wife,  Mary Collins,  to Howard County sometime after 1870.  There was a significant migration from Shelby to Howard County in the 1870s. I think the reason was the discovery of a large reservoir of natural gas which led to some manufacturing jobs in Kokomo; automotive, steel, glass, etc.

Contributed by Lew Eads

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