Sunday, July 31, 2011

Letitia (Reed) Lord

Wife of Andrew Lord

Letitia Reed ( - 1875)

Born to Ebenezer Read and Sarah Chapin. Letitia married Andrew Lord and had 10 children. She passed away on 1875 in Rushville, Indiana, USA.


From: Tom Robison <>
Subject: [inrush] BILLINGS Delaware/Ohio/Indiana
Date: Sat, 14 Feb 2004 02:32:38 -0500

The biography below is tantalizing to me, because this gentleman was born
and raised in the same county in Delaware, and moved to the same county in
Ohio, as my GGG-Grandmother Claracy BILLINGS.

She was born 7 May 1810 and died 11 Dec 1910. In January of 1837 she
married Wm. TRUITT in Butler Co. Ohio. He was her second husband. Her first
was John HANCOOK. (yes, HanCOOK). They were married in 1827 in Delaware,
and had three sons. John died in 1834. After marrying Wm. TRUITT, they
moved to Rush Co. Indiana, where she had five children, including the first
twins born in Rush Co.

It is known she had a brother named Elijah. Is James, noted below, also
perhaps a brother?

Tom Robison


History of Rush County Indiana, 1888
Brant & Fuller, Chicago
Page 370 & 371

James Billings, and old citizen of Center Township, was born in Kent County,
Del; October 27, 1816, being the son of James and Nellie (Bostic) Billings,
who were also natives of Delaware, the former of English descent and the
latter of English-American descent. His father was the son of Everett Billings,
who was a native of England. His mother was the daughter of Shadrich Bostic.
He was reared upon a farm in his native county, and at twenty years of
age he came westward to Butler County Ohio, where he resided for a period
of eighteen years. While there, he was chiefly employed at chopping wood
and making rails. In October 1854, he came to Rush County, Indiana, a resident
of which he has been ever since. He was married in Union Township, this
county, to Miss Mary Ann Lord, December 2, 1856. She is also a native of
Kent County, Del., born May 16, 1823, being the daughter of Andrew and
Letitia (Reed) Lord, both of whom were also natives of Kent County, Del.,
the former of English and German descent, and the latter of Scotch descent.
Her father was the son of Henry and Jennie Lord, and her mother was the
daughter of Ebenezer and Sarah Reed. Mr. And Mrs. Billings entered upon
their married life in Union Township. In October 1872, they removed to
Center Township, and they have ever since occupied their present home.
They have two children: Martha E, born December 12, 1857, married to Terrence
McMannis January 4, 1877, she died Mary 5, 1880 leaving one child, Clara
G, born December 31, 1877, their second child is Henry L C., who was born
October 24, 1860, and is now at home with his parents. Mr. Billings is
a member of the Christian Church. In politics, Mr. Billings is an ardent
Republican. He owns ninety acres of land, nearly all of which is in

Tom Robison

History is the lie commonly agreed upon.

Richard Thomas Clay Lord

Richard Clay was the youngest son of Andrew Lord, and youngest brother of James Joseph Lord.

Notes below from:

Eliza Jane Davis, born 04 Apr 1838; died 10 Jun 1935 in Dry Creek Twp, Howell Co., MO; married Richard T.C. Lord 14 Aug 1856 in Rush Co., Indiana; born 29 Apr 1834 in Kent Co., DE; died 19 Jun 1908 in Howell Co., MO.
Notes for Richard T.C. Lord:
A Venerable Citizen

After a serious illness of only a few days R. T. C. Lord died at his home in Pomona on June 19th from a complication of kidney trouble and old age.

Mr. Lord had been feeble for a year or more, but was down in town on Tuesday before his death on Friday. He was born April 29, 1834, in Kent county, Delaware, and is descended from good old Revolutionary stock, his paternal grandfather having been a soldier in the war for Independence. His parents, Andrew and Letitia (Reed) Lord, were also natives of Delaware, the former born in 1792 and the latter in 1793. The subject of this sketch was the youngest of a family of nine. He was but six years old when his mother located in Indiana, and in the primitive schools of Rush county he pursued common branches of learning. His early life was not an easy one, for as soon as he was old enough to handle the plow he was forced to assist in the farm labor and aid in the support of the family. Like a dutiful son he remained at home until twenty-one years of age, giving such assistance as he could to his widowed mother, and then began farming for himself.

August 14, 1856 Mr. Lord was united in marriage with Eliza J. Davis and they began their domestic life in Indiana, but in 1860 went to Iowa, locating in Jasper county, where he followed farming for eight years. He then spent a year in Oskaloosa College, after which he engaged in business as a grocer and coal dealer, which he continued for twelve years. For about four years of that time he personally superintended the mines and under his direction they proved quite productive. The real estate and insurance business next engrossed his attention and yielded him a good income. In 1880 he removed to Des Moines, where he became a real estate dealer. For six years he was handling land for the Missouri Pacific and Iron Mountain Railroad, carefully looking after its interests. In whatever community residing, Mr. Lord has taken an active part in its progress and development. While a resident of Oskaloosa, for twelve years he served as a trustee of Oskaloosa College, and for eight years was treasurer. He took an active part in organizing Drake University at Des Moines, and after its establishment was a trustee. The cause of education found no truer friend than Mr. Lord or none who gave more liberally for its support. Both he and his wife held membership in the Christian church, where for some forty years he has filled the office of deacon. The duties and responsibilities devolving upon him throughout his business career have been many, but has ever pursued the even tenor of his honest way, and by his upright life has won many warm friends, who held him in the highest regard.

His desire to help his friends and the unfortunate eventually caused him great financial loss. He came to Howell county in 1898 and bought a farm adjoining Pomona and has resided there since and had the full confidence and esteem of all the people. His widow survives him and has the sympathy of the entire community. The interment was in the Mackey cemetery Saturday, June 20th.
      Howell County Gazette, Thursday, July 2, 1908 

William Henry Lord, 1817

Oldest Brother of James Joseph Lord

You can see that soon-to-be "Doctor" Joseph Levi Lord was living with his uncle William, the oldest of the sons of Andrew Lord, teaching school while in school himself.

Jonathan Levi Lord

Jonathan Levi Lord, younger brother of James Joseph Lord, and wife, Clara.
From the John Dickey Collection


Thursday, July 28, 2011

1880 Census of James Joseph Lord's household

You can see that the log cabin at 'Home Place' was rather full in 1880.  James (51) had his wife Sarah's parents staying with them.  The census taker spelled Frank Orlando's name incorrectly as "Arlando".  Their daughters Lilly Jane and Harriet were there, and another son, William and his wife Mariah.  Dr. Joseph Levi, the other son, was in his studies (I believe).  It also looks like they'd taken in 10-year-old Al Radabauh. His record only tells us that his parents were from Ohio, but that he was born in Kansas.

Friday, July 8, 2011

James Joseph Lord

James Joseph Lord
Grave sites are located in back of cemetery, straight 'above' this sign. Cemetery is on 300 East in Union Township, Howard County, IN