Most of the information on my 4g-grandfather Arnold Helton0 and his descendants on this page was assembled and provided by my cousin Mac Elliott, whose research archives are so extensive and voluminous that I've come to think of them as the "Big Mac Files". Mac asked me to include a statement such as the following at the beginning of this page:
Birth. Arnold Helton was born about 1764 in North Carolina. He was said to be the son of an Abraham Helton, but which one? One of the compilers of the Helton Family DNA Project contacted me and told me there were several Abe Heltons in the American colonies at about the time our Arnold was born:
This is only a summary of the information available at the DNA Project site; it is possible I've confused the data of one Abraham Helton with another, or that there's more than one Arnold Helton.
Marriage. Arnold married first an unknown wife, perhaps as early as 1788 in NC or TN. He married second, 28 Dec 1825, in Monroe county, IN, Sarah "Sallie" Johnson,0, 1 born 1768, who died 29 Oct 1827 (in her 59th year). We assume the children all belonged to the first marriage. The 1820 census2 shows he had 8 males and 3 females living in his household.
Children. The following children's names were deduced from the probate records of Arnold's estate, and other information, as transcribed by Mac Elliott and other descendants:
James Helton had only the four daughters, who were minors at the time of his death, with Andrew Helton appointed guardian of his minor children. James and Celia's children:
After James died, "Celia" (Bales) Helton, married (2nd) 27 May 18365 Joseph Terrill, and had two children: Robert Terrill and Jane Terrill. Celia seemed to live back and forth with these two children and their families. In the 1860 census, for instance, we find her living with Jane, who had married J. G. Ramsey, in Pleasant Run township.
DEATH COMES TO JOSEPH HELTON
Expired at Home of His Daughter Sunday Morning
Joseph A. Helton aged 75 years, 2 months and 3 days passed away Sunday morning at 9 o'clock at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Robert Meadows, Second and P streets, following a cerebral hemorrhage suffered only a few hours previously.
He is survived by the widow, one son, Elijah Helton, of Bloomington; five daughters, Mrs. Edward Donica, of Logan; Mrs. Howard Tanksley of Heltonville; Mrs. Fred Browning, Mrs. Robert Meadows and Mrs. Grottie Todd of Bedford; one brother Mandille Helton of Lawrence county and one sister, Mrs. Katie Hendricks of Dugger.
The remains were prepared for burial at the Robert Meadows home Sunday and this afternoon the body was removed to the home of his daughter Mrs. Fred Browning, First and P streets, Funeral services will be conducted from the Gilgal church Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock by Rev. A. J. Haste assisted by Rev. Isaac Hawkins and burial will follow in the adjoining cemetery.
Death. Arnold died 6 Sep 1829, in his 65th year, in Lawrence county, Indiana. He and Sarah are buried next to each other in Gilgal Cemetery, in Lawrence county. Several other Heltons are buried nearby.
The following photo was provided by cousin Tony Jarvis, who supplied the identifications below it. He suggests it was taken some time in the 1920s. Two of the beautiful women in the picture were wives of Heltons.
And here are some photos which were sent to us by cousin Kat Rodenberger:
Mac Elliott has authored a page at the Tennessee Hendersons web site which has further information on several of the people mentioned on this page. The footnotes below are my own comments on the information she developed.
I believe the Arnold Helton who married Sarah Johnston (or Johnson) in Monroe co. in 1825 to be another Arnold Helton other than the one in Lawr. co. and buried in Gilgal, possibly a son of John Henry Helton, who was a brother to our Arnold.We believe the John Henry Helton mentioned by Judy to be the same person as the Henry Helton of Madge Peters' story.
There was a Sarah Helton who married Joshua Hendrickson in Monroe co. in 1833. This could be the same Sarah Johnston Helton. She was age 31 (born abt. 1801) when she married Joshua. They are listed on 1850 Monroe co. census. Maybe this Arnold Helton who she married in 1825 had died before her 1833 marriage.
The following map shows Pleaant Run township. Gilgal cemetery is located beneath the letters "NT" of "PLEASANT RUN". The dashed line across the map indicates the southern boundary of national forest lands.
PLEASANT RUN TOWNSHIP
The northeast corner of Lawrence county is the location of Pleasant Run township, and it was created when the county was organized in 1818... Back, Leatherwood, Little Salt and Pleasant creeks cross the township, and from the latter the name is derived. In the list of Lawrence county townships Pleasant Run had the fewest settlers until 1829, having but twenty-three land entries, as follows: Jesse Gilstrap, 1820; William Clark, 1820; Adam Helton, 1820; William J. Anderson, 1818; Arnold Helton, 1818; F. Terrill 1820; Heirs of Abraham Martin, 1820; Rene Julin, 1818; R. Brooks. 1820; Samuel Gwathney, 1820; Joseph Dayton, 1816; Joseph Trimble, 1820; E. Parr, 1820; Edmund Garrison, 1820; James Mundell. 1816; John McClellan, 1820; David McKinney, 1816; Edward Moore, 1820; Cuthbert and Thomas Bullitt, 1820; Vana Wilson, 1817; Jacob Woolery 1820; Edward Tewell, 1820; and John N. Nichols, 1817.
Mrs. Polly Clark, 70 years old, died last night at her home near the Monroe and Lawrence county line of pneumonia. She was born in Kentucky but had resided in this State for 50 years. Her husband died three years ago. She leaves five children as follows: A. J. Clark, W. J. Clark, Doc Clark, Mrs. Celia Clampitt, Mrs. Rebecca Mitchell. The funeral was held this afternoon - Bloomington World.I came across the following biography of Polly's son Andrew J. Clark at the Indiana Biographies site's Pleasant Run township page:
ANDREW J. CLARK, a progressive farmer and large land owner of Pleasant Run Township, was born May 30, 1844, in Lawrence County, Ind., and is the second son in a family of nine children born to James and Mary (Helton) Clark, who were natives of Kentucky and Indiana respectively. Andrew J. secured only a common school education and when rebellion was threatening to overthrow our country, he went to the front and although yet a boy did effective service in his country's cause as a member of Company G, Fiftieth Regiment Indiana Volunteer Infantry. Early in 1861 was the date of his enlistment, and January 7, 1865, the date of his discharge. Mr. Clark has followed agricultural pursuits through life and by industry and good management has secured 515 acres of good land. As a Democrat in politics, he has served his township as Assessor with credit, and in matters of a laudable public character he is ever ready to lend a helping hand. July 27, 1865, he was married to Miss Mary A. Kinser, who was born December 15, 1842, to Hezekiah and Mary (Hellenberg) Kinser, and by her is the father of this family: Dawson L., David M., Dalton N., Dorothy O., Dora P., Daisy Q. (deceased), Dilesta R. and Dilland S. - History of Lawrence, Orange and Washington Counties, Indiana, Goodspeed Bros. and Co., 18844 Yet another cousin, Phyllis Phillips, compiled the following description of the settlement of Lawrence county, plus further information on Billy and Rebecca (Bales) Clark, which she has permitted us to include in this page:
Phyllis has extensive information on the descendants of Billy and Rebecca Clark.
Lawrence County was originally part of Knox and Harrison Counties. In 1814 it was a part of Washington County and in 1816, the same year that Indiana gained its statehood, it was a part of Orange County. In 1818 Lawrence County was created.
According to the historians of Lawrence County, IN, the area was situated on the border between several tribal Indian districts and permanently occupied by none. On the whole they were nomadic bands. Some of their favorite camping grounds were near the what is now Heltonville and Springville on the tall bluffs nearby, with easy access to water, and lots of wild game for hunting. William and Rebecca continued to allow the Indians to camp on their land when they came through.
WILLIAM AND REBECCA CLARK settled in Pleasant Run Township, at the NE corner of Lawrence County. Lawrence County history records reveal WILLIAM CLARK as among the first 23 land entries in the township in 1820, which was made of 60 sections. Along Salt Creek in those early times, distilleries were an institution of common occurrence. One of the principal stills in the township was kept by William CLARK, familiarly called "Billy". His was the frequent resort of the people, with their "little brown jugs," for in those days whisky was considered almost as necessary in the household as bread. Another distiller was JOHN HUNTER.
WILLIAM CLARK, known as "Billy" CLARK, born May 4, 1791 in North Carolina, and died September 9, 1869 in Lawrence County Indiana. He took a license to marry REBECCA BALES in Clay County, KY November 15, 1810, although the license was never returned. Rebecca died June 30, 1872 in Owen County, Indiana. They are both buried at the Old Clark Cemetery on private property in Lawrence County in Pleasant Run Township
Rebecca BALES, born October 13, 1796, was the daughter of James BALES and Rebecca BRACKEN. REBECCA BRACKEN was the daughter of MATTHEW and ABAGAIL unknown BRACKEN. Research was from Diane Jones.
Karen Baldwin writes: "In June of 1812 England and the United States were at War. WILLIAM volunteered as a private in CAPTAIN GERRARD's company of COLONEL WILLIAM JENNINGS' regiment at Manchester, Kentucky in August of 1812. His enlistment was for six months and he served from Sept 1, 1812 to Jan 17, 1813 when he was discharged for disability at Fort Jennings."
The company muster roll shows Dec 1, 1812 to April 1, 1813, including the marching of two hundred and seven miles to the place of rendezvous and the same distance returning from the place of discharge at 15 miles per day. Widow's Pension Claim #8444.
WILLIAM and REBECCA CLARK are found in 1820, 1830, 1840, 1850 and 1860 censuses in Lawrence Co IN, living in Pleasant Run Township. In later life, William farmed in Bartlettsville, Indiana until he died.