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Joseph Clevenger
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Birth: Nov. 5, 1876
Rush County
Indiana, USA
Death: Nov. 28, 1914
Rush County
Indiana, USA

The last of six children born to Henry Harvey & Nancy Ann (Whipple-Degolyer) Clevenger of Rushville, Rush Co IN, Joseph married Catherine "Katie" Shepler on 31 Jul 1898 in Rush Co IN, daughter of Charles A & Cornelia Ann (Hendricks) Shepler.

Children with Katie:
1) Gladstone "Jack" Clevenger (1900-1971), m1: Elnora Fay Gilson, m2: Omar E Mitchell.
2) Gladys Clevenger (1901-1986), m: Paul William Shinn.
3) Catherine "Catty" Clevenger (1903-1974), m1: Wilbur Hall, m2: George Michael Theobald.
4) Joseph Clevenger Jr (1905-1943), m: Mildred Dorothy "Dottie" Clevenger.
5) Blanche Clevenger (b: 1907)
6) Charles Augustus "Gus" Clevenger (1909-1987), m: Mabel Frances Hayes.
7) Frances Clevenger MacDonald (1912-2002), m: Roy Nicholl.
8) Harvey Clevenger (1914-1975), m: Mary Louise Newman.

Rush Co IN Death Records:
"CLEVENGER, Joseph; Male; City Book 3, p. 197; Remarks: Died 28 November 1914; Age: 38 years, - months, 23 days; Born 05 November 1876; Rush County, IN; Wife: Katie CLEVENGER; Father: Harvey CLEVENGER, Mother: Ann WHIPPLE; Occupation: Laborer; Cause of Death: gunshot wound - homicide."

East Hill Cemetery Burial Record:
Date of Interment: 11-30-1914
Fee: 4.00
Section: 12 Lot: [blank] Grave No.: 111
Funeral Director: F.A. Caldwell
Vault: Pine Mfr.: [blank]
Remarks: 38 yrs old, Married, Murdered on 12-28-1914."

With no income to provide for them, the children were sent to children's homes. From there, they were relocated to other homes or to the custody of good samaritans. Three of the children were eventually returned to their mother: Gladstone, Gladys & Catherine. Frances was adopted by the MacDonald family.

The newspaper article regarding Joseph's death can be seen in the Indianapolis Star, 28 Nov 1914.

"Rushville Republican - August 26, 1918
Children Sent to Home-
Eight Delinquents in Juvenile Court to be cared for by County. -
Eight Delinquent children have been sent to state homes in juvenile court, conditions in their homes having been such that it was not thought advisable for them to continue to live with their relatives. Blanch, Gustus, Frances, Harvey, Joseph and Catherine Clevenger, children of Mrs. Kate Clevenger, will be taken to the Gordon home in Shelbyville. Their father is dead. Gladys Clevenger, another child of Kate Clevenger, will be taken to the Home of the Good Shepherd in Indianapolis."

"Gordon Children's Home-
Names of Children Admitted to Shelby Co Gordon Orphan's Home, From 1891 to c.1930-
Blanche-4/25/07-Olive Harrell 3/28/19xx-Rush
Gustus-8/31/19xx-Released to Mother 6/30/20-Rush
Harvey-2/5/14-Released to Mother 7/21/21-Rush
Joseph-5/5/09-Elwood Willett 5/26/19-Rush"
Family links: 
  Henry Harvey Clevenger (1821 - 1914)
  Nancy Ann Whipple-DeGolyer Clevenger (1836 - 1918)
  Emily Catherine Shepler Lewis (1878 - 1949)*
  Gladstone Clevenger (1900 - 1971)*
  Gladys Clevenger Shinn (1901 - 1986)*
  Catherine Clevenger Theobald (1903 - 1974)*
  Joseph Clevenger (1905 - 1943)*
  Harvey Clevenger (1914 - 1975)*
  William Henry Clevenger (1861 - 1916)*
  Frederick Henry Clevenger (1865 - 1938)*
  Joseph Clevenger (1876 - 1914)
*Calculated relationship
East Hill Cemetery
Rush County
Indiana, USA
Plot: Section 12 Grave No 111
Created by: Bonnie's Daughter
Record added: Jul 12, 2010
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