John Painter

John Painter

Richland County, Ohio, USA
Death 17 Oct 1919 (aged 87)
Bethany Township, Gratiot County, Michigan, USA
Burial Breckenridge, Gratiot County, Michigan, USA
Memorial ID 63511035 · View Source
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John Painter, a son of Andrew and Catherine Painter, was born in Richland County, Ohio, where his paternal grandfather entered land in 1814, and his father was enumerated in 1830 and paid a tax in 1836. John Painter moved with his family to Clark County, Ohio, by 1840, and farmed in the county's Springfield Township for much of his life.

John Painter and Mrs. Mary Garlough (née Mary Hayes Tuttle, widow of John Luse Garlough) were married on 1 October 1857 in Springfield, Clark County. The couple had one son, Edward Garlough Painter, born the following year. From being a landless farm laborer in 1860, John Painter became by 1870 a farmer owning land worth $3,500. Mary Hayes Painter died in 1897.

John Painter and Mrs. Mary "Schriver" (née Mary Emeline Stanley, widow of Cyrus Shriver) were married on 24 January 1900 in Anderson, Madison County, Indiana. The couple were enumerated later that year in Champaign County, Ohio; John Painter was farming.

After the death of his second wife Mary Emeline in 1913, John Painter moved to Gratiot County, Michigan, to be near his brother Isaac Painter, whose younger son Isaac Sherman Painter was farming in that county.


1850 U.S. Census, Springfield Twp., Clark Co., Ohio; dwelling 1044, family 1064, lines 24-29, p. 237 (printed), p. 473 (written), 14 Aug 1850.
24. Andrew Painter, 46, farmer, Va.
25. "Cath." -----, 46, Pa.
26. Nicholas -----, 21, laborer, Ohio.
27. "Jno." -----, 16, laborer, Ohio.
28. Isaac -----, 14, Ohio.
29. Rachel -----, 10, Ohio.
Earliest known record of John Painter.

Marriage license: John Painter & Mrs. Mary Garlough (widow), Clark Co., Ohio, 1 Oct 1857. Vol. 4, p. 460. John marked the license with an X. (Contradicts his claim to be able to read and write.) Married by Joseph Brown, a Baptist minister in Springfield, who officiated also at George Washington Painter's marriage. (Copy of original)

1860 U.S. Census, Springfield Twp., Clark Co., Ohio; dwelling 1655, family 1771, lines 22-24, p. 487B (printed), p. 234 (written), 27 Jul 1860.
22. John Painter, 27, farm hand (-0-; $350), O [Ohio].
23. Mary, 32, O.
24. Edward G., 1, O.

1870 U.S. Census, Springfield Twp., Clark Co., Ohio; dwelling 363, family 370, lines 34-36, p. 397 (printed) p. 53 (written),, 5 Aug 1870.
34. Painter, John, 38, farmer ($3,500; $650), Ohio.
35. ----- Mary, 43, keeping house, Ohio
36. ----- Edward, 11, at school, Ohio.

1880 U.S. Census, E.D. 43, Springfield Twp., Clark Co., Ohio; dwelling 88, family 92, lines 27-31, p. 202B (printed), p. 10 (written), 4 Jun 1880.
27. Painter, John, head, 47, farmer; born in Ohio, parents in Ohio.
28. Mary, wife, 52, keeping house; born on Ohio, parens in Ohio.
29. Edward, son, 21, farmer, Ohio.
30. Emma, daughter-in-law, 19, at home; born in Ohio, father in Ohio, mother in Pa.
31. William, grandson, 1/12, May, Ohio.
Mary's daughter, Nancy Titus, in preceding household.

"Indiana Marriages, 1780-1992," database, FamilySearch ( : accessed 2 January 2016), John Painter and Mrs Mary Schriver, 24 Jan 1900; citing reference bk8 p384; FHL microfilm 2,108,303.

1900 U.S. Census, E.D. 10, Terre Haute Village, Mad River Twp., Champaign Co., Ohio; dwelling 80, family 85, lines 81-82, p. 115B (printed), 4B (written), 8-9 Jun 1900.
81. Painter, John, head, Jun 1832, 67, married zero years; born in Ohio, father in Ohio, mother in Pennsylvania; farmer.
82. ----- Mary E. wife, Dec 1846, 53, married zero years, 6 children (3 living); born in Ohio, father in North Carolina, mother in Pennsylvania.

1910 U.S. Census, E.D. 17, Urbana Twp., Champaign Co., Ohio; dwelling 243, family 254, line 93, p. 192B (printed), p. 11B (written), 10 May 1910.
93. Painter, John, 77, head, M2 [second marriage]; born in Ohio, parents in Ohio; laborer, farm [not a veteran].
Wife Mary enumerated with son William F. Shriver in Springfield, Clark Co., Ohio.

John Painter visited Illinois, but never resided there.

"—John Painter of Ohio is here this week visiting with his brother, George Painter of Foosland." ("News of Foosland," Gibson City Courier, Gibson City, Illinois, 21 Jun 1917, p. 5.)

Death certificate: John Painter, Gratiot Co., Michigan, 1919. Liber C, record 340, p. 11. Age: 87. Died in Bethany Twp. Cause of death: chronic cystitis. Father: Andrew Painter, born in Ohio. Mother: Catherine "Hedgwich," born in Pennsylvania. (Informant: (nephew) Isaac Painter.) No obituary known to exist; all record copies of local newspaper for 1919 lost in a fire.

Buried near brother Isaac.

Research Note

In conjunction with John Painter's 1900 marriage, the database Indiana, Marriage Index, 1800-1941 shows that John Painter, age 69, was the son of Andrew and Margaret. This conflicts with other records indicating Andrew and Catherine/Katherine (1850 census, 1850 Sinking Creek Church membership, and John Painter's 1919 death certificate). This index cites as its source a W.P.A. Index to Supplemental Record Marriage Transcript 1 from an original book (W-3, p. 28) in the Clerk's Office, Madison County, Indiana. The original book was destroyed.

Reviewed 28 March 2021.

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