Friday, January 1, 2016

Beeks line: Harvey Aldridge obituary

This obituary is from The Tipton Daily Tribune, Tipton, Indiana printed Saturday, August 2, 1930.


"Former Tipton County Resident Died Friday Night."

"Harvey H. Aldridge, a former well known resident of Tipton county, did at his home one and one-half miles west of Andrews Friday night at 9:00o'clock.  Death was due to a stroke of paralysis which he suffered several days ago.  Funeral services will be held at the Methodist church in Kempton Monday at 2:00 o'clock.  Services will be conducted by Rev. M. B. Gatham of Muncie and burial will be in the Kempton cemetery

Mr. Aldridge was born in Rush County August 13th, 1857 and was one of five children of Darlington and Leah Aldridge.  Frank Aldridge of Goldsmith, a brother, is the only one surviving of the family.  The late John Aldridge of Tipton was a brother.  Mr. Aldridge was married April 1st, 1880 to Miss Catherine Dunham of Kempton and they recently celebrated their golden wedding anniversary.  He is survived by the wife, two sons, Frank Aldridge of Andrews, Samuel of Freeland, Michigan, and three daughters, Mrs. Clyde Harrell of Lagro, Mrs. Frank Huston of Huntington and Mrs. Cleo Beeks of Andrews.  Three children are deceased.  He is also survived by 29 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. 

Besides their children, Mr. and Mrs. Aldridge also reared in their homes two grandchildren, Flossie and Bertha Rector, their mother being a daughter of Mrs. Aldridge and she died when the children were babies.

Mr. Aldridge had lived in Tipton county in the vicinity of Normanda and Kempton until twenty-five years ago when they moved to Huntington county.  He was one of the upright and highly esteemed citizens of his community and has been a life long member of the Methodist church."

Harvey would be astounded to know how many descendants he has today.  He was a farmer for most of his life.  Most of the census records show him as renting or as a tenant, but I need to verify that by looking at land records.  I also need to look to see if there is a will or estate records.  I am sorry to say that I don't know of any "family stories" passed down about this man, but if someone knows more about him, I'd love to hear from you.  My email is happygenealogydancingATgmailDOTcom. 

The line of descent is:

Harvey Aldridge-Margaret Catherine Dunham
Cleo Aldridge-Wilbur Beeks
Mary Margaret Beeks-Cleveland Harshbarger
Their descendants