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John Vawter Storey
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Birth: Dec. 17, 1826
Jennings County
Indiana, USA
Death: Apr. 21, 1908
Columbus
Bartholomew County
Indiana, USA

John Vawter Storey was a native of Jennings Co., IN. As a young man, he had attended the public schools and learned the saddler's trade, at which he worked for a short time after finishing his apprenticeship. He then traded his saddlery shop for a half interest in a drug store in Vernon, where he continued to live for five years. In 1853, he moved to Columbus and continued his drug business until 1871 when he retired from active business life. He continued to hold large interests and investments. He served for several years as treasurer of the school board of Columbus. During that time, a local bank failed, and the schools' accounts there were jeopardized. Mr. Storey's efforts finally recovered the schools' money. In the meantime, he had privately financed the local schools for two full terms, until their resources could be restored.

Mr. Storey married his cousin, Mary Jane Storey, Nov. 15, 1846, in Jennings Co. Their first child, Martha Jane, was born in Kentucky; the next two, William and Ezra were born at Vernon. Frank, Cora and Charles were all born in Columbus. About 1861, he engaged contractor James Perkinson to build a fine brick home at 506 Fifth Street, in which his family would live for many decades. This structure later housed the local Boys Club, and several other enterprises. In May 1973, after extensive renovation, it was dedicated as the Columbus Visitors' Center.

After his first wife's death, Mr. Storey married Adda May (Sprague) Moore, Sept. 19, 1894. They made their home at 521 Franklin St., just around the corner from the Fifth St. house where several of Mr. Storey's adult children continued to reside.

Martha Jane Storey (Aug. 31, 1847-Apr. 20, 1922) married Joseph Lashhorn Smith, Dec. 13, 1870. They moved to Richmond, in Wayne Co., IN, and are both buried at Earlham Cemetery.
Martha Smith, Memorial #73893475
Joseph L. Smith, Memorial #73893417

William and Ezra Storey were both married, had children and were divorced. Cora, Frank and Charles never married. Charles worked in the carriage trimming trade when he was a young man. 
 
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 Parents:
  Thomas J Storey (1796 - 1878)
  Jane Vawter Storey (1809 - 1864)
 
 Spouses:
  Mary Jane Storey (1824 - 1891)
  Adda May Sprague Storey (1860 - 1950)*
 
 Children:
  William David Storey (1849 - 1900)*
  Ezra Storey (1853 - 1912)*
  Cora V Storey (1855 - 1934)*
  Frank Vawter Storey (1856 - 1896)*
  Charles Storey (1859 - 1933)*
 
 Siblings:
  John Vawter Storey (1826 - 1908)
  Emily Storey (1828 - 1842)*
  David Matthew Storey (1836 - 1842)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Garland Brook Cemetery
Columbus
Bartholomew County
Indiana, USA
Plot: Section 16
 
Created by: Donna Kuhlman
Record added: Nov 21, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 101074858
John Vawter Storey
Added by: Donna Kuhlman
 
John Vawter Storey
Added by: Donna Kuhlman
 
 
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