Thursday, April 23, 2009

Joseph A. Joslin :: 1861 Marriage to Prudentia Noble

Census records from 1850 through 1910 for Joseph A. Joslin show that he was born in Ohio about 1830-1832. The 1900 census gives his birth date as September 1832. Joseph would "fit" into the family of James and Abigail Joslin in the 1840 census as the one male 5-10 years old. Joseph is also listed in the 1850 census with James and Abigail and in 1860 with Abigail.

Joseph A. Joslin, age 28, was married on June 2, 1861 to Prudentia E. Noble, age 24, in Whitley County, Indiana as recorded in Marriage Book 2A page 55, which is located at the County Archives in Columbia City, Indiana. Prudentia was the daughter of Zenus and Catherine Noble.

Indiana, to=wit: Whitley County.

To All Who Shall See These Presents, Greeting:

Know Ye, That any person legally authorized to solemnize Matrimony is hereby licensed to join in Marriage as Husband and Wife Joseph A. Joslin and Prudentia E Noble and for so doing this shall be his sufficient authority.

In Testimony Whereof, I Wm E. Merriman Clerk of the Whitley Circuit Court, hereunto subscribe my name, and affix the seal of said Court, this 28th day of May 1861. Wm E Merriman Clerk

Indiana, To-Wit: Whitley County.

This certifies that I joined in Marriage as Husband and Wife Joseph A. Joslin and Prudentia E Noble on the 2nd day of June 1861.

Rufus W Dodge J.P.


Joseph and Prudentia moved to a farm in North township, Marshall county, Indiana in the fall of 1864 or 1865 and can be found in the census records there from 1870 through 1910. They resided on the farm until Prudentia's death on December 30, 1913. Joseph then moved to the nearby town of Lapaz where his daughter Ida lived. A son, Delbert, lived on the old homestead at the time of Joseph's death in 1919. Joseph and Prudentia were the parents of five known children:
  • Flora E. Joslin, born December 1861, married Cyrus Wener. They had four children: Homer, Fannie, Vera, and Noble Wener.
  • Ida A. Joslin, born February 1863, married John William Berger. They did not have any children.
  • Jennie C. Joslin, was born about 1869. She married Seymour Kanarr and they had one son, Joseph Kanarr.
  • Delbert A. Joslin, born November 1875, married Almeda Thomas. They had two sons Roscoe Glen and Herbert Leon Joslin.
  • Phoebe Joslin was born on December 18, 1877 and died at the age of 24 on October 27, 1902. She taught school in Lapaz for one year after graduating from high school. Then attended Valparaiso College and Marion Business College. She became ill with ulceration of the stomach and died within a week.
On June 8, 1911 the Plymouth Democrat published a short article about a party that was given for Joseph and Prudentia. I wonder if a descendant has a copy of the photograph that was taken?
Sunday being the fiftieth wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Joslin, a number of relatives and friends gathered at their home near East Lapaz and spent the day with them. Mr. and Mrs. Joslin came to this country in 1865 and settled in the woods on the farm where they now reside.

A fine dinner was one of the main features, strawberries and ice-cream were served in the afternoon. The day was spent in talking of the past and present, singing and recitations. Oliver Harbaugh took a photograph of the group. Those present were C. R. Noble of Promise City, Iowa; John Beard, Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Schuman and daughter, Lucile of Columbia City, Miss Fannie Wener of South Bend, Mrs. C. F. Wener and family, Mrs. Leah Eversole and Miss Blanche Dilly of Bremen, Mrs. J. W. Burger and Mr. and Mrs. Delbert Joslin and children, Mr. and Mrs. Seymour Kanaar and son of Lapaz.

They received several nice presents which were a brooch pin, belt pin, watch chain and charm and fancy fan. Their many friends wish them many more anniversaries.

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