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The Frame Family

The earliest research we have so far starts with James Frame, born in the British Isles before 1700. James died in Augusta County, Virginia.

One of his four sons was William, born 1727, Augusta County, Virginia. William married and had a family of six children. He died in February, 1781.

Jeremiah, William's fourth child, was born July 16, 1752 in Augusta County, Virginia. On March 20, 1755, he married Elisabeth McGill. During the Revolutionary War, Jeremiah served under George Washington, and was detailed to return to Washington's Plantation to oversee the farm work. Jeremiah had ten children. After the war, Jeremiah moved to Bourbon County, Kentucky, where he was a slaveholder. Becoming disgusted with slavery, he left his slaves and moved to Jackson Township, Preble County, Ohio. This was in 1815. He built a log cabin and, all in all, entered eight other farms, none of which was less than a quarter of a section. He gave each of his nine children a farm. One boy died young. Jeremiah was a prominent man and a strict Presbyterian. He died in 1828, after having been in Ohio twelve years.

Jeremiah, Elizabeth and other members of the family, and other settlers, are buried in the Frame Cemetery, located in the southeastern part of the township. In the area is the farm settled by Jeremiah, and still in the Frame family.

Samuel Frame, first born of Jeremiah, was born November 14, 1779 in Virginia. He married Elisabeth Martin, born 1780, Bourbon County, Kentucky, in 1802. They then left Ohio, and moved to Warren County, Indiana, where they entered and purchased eighty acres. After Elisabeth's death, Samuel and his son, Samuel M., born September 27, 18817, Preble County, Ohio returned to Ohio. Samuel died in 1847. On October 11, 1838 Samuel M. married Vitariah Ammerman, daughter of John and Rachel Ammerman. In 1839 Samuel M. and Vitariah returned to Warren County, Indiana and purchased land, on which he lived until 1882, when he moved to West Lebanon. Samuel M. was a staunch Republican. He had also served as Township Trustee, and as County commissioner from 1868 to 1881, nine iron bridges, a court house and asylum for the poor having been built during his term. He was an Odd Fellow and he and his wife were members of the Soul Sleepers' Church. Samuel M. died September 17, 1892 and Vitariah August 6, 1906. Eight children were born to this union.

Henry C. Frame was born February 23, 1845 in Warren County, Indiana, one of eight children. He stayed on the farm until at the age of eighteen years he responded to the country's call for troops. This was in 1863. He enlisted in Company H, One hundred and sixteenth Indiana Infantry. After the war he returned to the farm in Indiana where he remained until he wed Ellen J. Siddens, daughter of William Siddens of Warren County, Indiana, October 20, 1870. Five children were born to this union. Frank L., deceased, born 1871; Eva V., deceased, born 1873; Edward M., deceased, 1876; Lyda A., deceased, 1878 and Ada E., deceased, 1883. In 1875, Henry C. moved his family from Warren County to Stockland Township where he purchased eighty acres and carried on stock raising for eight years. His next farm was 214 acres in Milford Township. It was while he was living here that his first wife died. One of his sisters also resided in Milford. Celia, born in 1841 married James Curtis and had five children. His second wife was Mary Adeline Thomas, daughter of Benjamin F. and Amanda (Hoover) Thomas of Milford. They were married March 6, 1889. Four children were born to this union: Thomas Ray, June 7, 1890, deceased; Samuel Porter, December 24, 1891, deceased; Harry Simpson, August 30, 1893; and Warren Aaron, December 12, 1895, deceased. Mary Adeline Frame was born 1860 and was around 30 when she married. When her mother died, she was a young girl, but she took on the responsibility of the younger children and the house until they were grown. After marriage she raised the step children with the same love she gave her own. She was a kind, gentle person and never lost that, even though she lived to be almost 90 years old. She died in 1950. Henry Frame supported the republican party, and for two terms, 1885 and 1886, was Supervisor of the township. He held memberships with Milford Lodge No. 168, A.F. & A.M., Farmers Lodge No. 152, I.O.O.F; and Vennum Post No. 471, G.A.R. Mary Frame was a life long member of the Methodist Church. Henry Clay Frame died May 10, 1920.

Thomas Ray Frame married Goldie Moore in 1918. Soon after their marriage they moved to Cedar Rapids, Iowa. They had three daughters: Virginia, Berniece, deceased, Fredrica Berdella and Bernadine Beatrice.

Samuel Porter married Henrietta Shoen. They had no children. They lived in Detroit, Michigan. Samuel had a son, Mark, by a previous marriage.

Harry Simpson married Alice Leola Winter, deceased, of Wolcott, Indiana in 1917. They had four children: Harry Simpson, Imogene, Mary Jean and Dorothy Alice, Harry, retired from the Air Force, lives in California. Imogene, married to Robert Wolfe, has a daughter Terry Jean, from a previous marriage. They are also raising their grandsons, Robert Wayne and Dean Kenneth Rubitshung. Mary Jean married Maurice Rhanor, deceased. They had two children: Michael and Michele Alice, Michael married Rose Brozak and they have a son, Christopher Michael. Dorothy Alice married George Rush and they had one son, John Martin Rush, deceased.

Warren Aaron married Carolyn Schoen. They had a daughter, Caroline.

The children from Mr. Frame's first marriage are married as follows: Frank L. married Sadie Harness, deceased. They had two sons, Russel and Paul. Edward never married. Ada married Ralph Moore, deceased. They had four children: Floyd, Ellen, Richard, deceased, and Chester, deceased. Lyda, married Barn Davis, deceased, and moved to Hampton, Iowa. Eva married Charles Rittase, deceased, and moved to Michigan.

Mary Adeline Frame had five sisters and two brothers that grew to adulthood: Jessie, Mrs. John Rush; Annis, Mrs. Milton Smiley; Lyde, Mrs. Lyge Odle; Ella, Mrs. Fred Dawson, and Nettie, Mrs. Charles Beebe. Asa married Doll Hammer and Ervin married Martha Rush, sister of John Rush.

She continued to live in her home on East Ashford after the death of her husband. She was 89 years old when she died.

After World War I, Harry and Alice purchased the home on East Ashford next to his mother's. He was a baker for 35 years. He retired in 1960 and his daughter, Dorothy, lives with him. Alice died in 1971.

(from The Milford and Vicinity Sesquicentennial Souvenir Book 1830-1980 page 105 transcribed by Carrol Mick)



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