News From Terre Haute, Indiana

August 12, 2012

Genealogy: Aug. 12, 2012: Help sought on Archer, Chance, Ray, Ferguson families

Tami Dehler
Special to the Tribune-Star


• I am trying to find the grave locations or any additional information for my husband’s three-times great grandparents, Thomas Jefferson Dayhoff and Serrilda L. Moser. I have been told they are buried on farmland in Pimento, Ind. The land is probably privately owned, but we aren’t sure of its location to ask for permission to access the graves. Thomas was born April 7, 1850, to Joseph and Naomi Dayhoff; Serrilda was born in March 1853 to Jacob and Martha Dayhoff. Thomas died Feb. 26, 1926; Serrilda died Oct. 22, 1906. We are related through their daughter, Olive M. Dayhoff Cook, who is buried in Farmersburg with her husband, Harry J. Cook. Olive and Harry’s, daughter Ruth A. Cook, married Harold L. Miller. Please contact me at email with information. Thank you, Jenny Ingram.

• I am looking for descendants of James and Harriet Archer from Clay County, Ind. Their children were: Harvey S. Archer, b. 1868; Robert M. Archer, b. 1870; Elotos A. Archer, b. 1872; Charles H. Archer, b. 1874; Viola Archer Wheeler, b. 1876; Dempsey Archer, b. 1879; Julia Archer, b. 1882; Rona (Ronnie) Archer Hansel, b. 1883; Arizona Archer, b. 1884; and Thomas Archer, b. 1889. If you are a descendent of any of these siblings please contact me at email Thank you. Lisa Kellar.

n Searching for my great grandfather, Purnel Oscar Chance. Purnel lived in the Faulkner County, Ark., area, but his family came from Indiana. He was the son of John and Ellen Chance and was born in 1865. He also named his son Purnel. Can anyone link this family to the Purnel Chance/Starling Barnes family from Clay County, Ind.? Any information is appreciated. Thank you. Contact Carolyn Moore at

• Looking for descendants of William Ray, born 1740 in Ireland and died July 28, 1840, in Vigo County, Ind., and his wife, Ann Brown, born about 1756 in Maryland and died April 15, 1825, in Vigo County. They came with some of the children in 1818 to Riley in Vigo County from Butler County, Ohio. They are reported to have had 12 children: 1) William Jr. (born 1797 Kentucky), 2) John (b. Kentucky, froze to death March 12, 1820, near Riley), 3) Robert (born 1789 Kentucky), 4) Samuel, 5) James Brown (born 1794 Kentucky), 6) Martin M. (born 1795), 7) Jane (married a Mansfield), 8) Rosa (married a Ferrell), 9) Elizabeth, married a Jennings, 10) Mary Etta, 11) Sarah, married a McKinney, 12) unknown daughter. Please contact me with any information. Brent F. Baughn, 9940 Nita Ave., Chatsworth, CA 91311,

• Looking to find more information on the family of George Newton Ferguson, who was born in Kentucky in 1858 and died in 1928. He is buried at Little Flock Cemetery, Sullivan County, Ind. He married Luvisa Isadore Morrison, born in 1866 in Kentucky. (I believe Luvisa is the daughter of James and Luvica Jane Morrison from Ohio, Butler and Hopkins counties in Kentucky.) George and Luvisa were living in Shelburn, Sullivan County, on the 1900 to 1920 censuses. They had three known children: 1) Rosa, born 1882 in Butler County, Ky., and married Sherman Riddell and an unknown Boger. She had a daughter, Annie, possibly a Boger. 2) Charles, born 1892 in Indiana and married Flowetta Laverne Huffman. 3) George N., born 1902 and married Edith Luelle Maynard (1905-1982). He died in 1983, and both are buried in Westlawn Cemetery in Sullivan County. Need information on the deaths, births, marriages, burials and obituaries of these people. Thank you. Tamara Kinkaide at