My great grandmother
Some of my Deal ancestors were believed to
German descent from
near Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
and originally came to this country to escape
ravages of the 30 years war.
You may learn more about them here:
family extracts and contracts
John Henry and Mary Ann Driscoll Deal
who were the parents of my great
grandmother, Mary Elizabeth Deal
were married December 25,
1856 in Jefferson County,
John Deal Sr. was born in Mercer
in 1832 and died May 30,
His parents were both born in
Driscoll was born April 2, 1838 in Kentucky
and died May 2, 1923 in Shelby County,
Mary's father and brother were both
named Andrew Jackson
Andrew Jackson Driscoll was
born in Kentucky in 1822.
Mary's mother, Mary Donahue
was born in Ohio about 1824? and she
married Andrew Jackson
Driscoll in Scott County, Indiana June 15, 1841.
John Henry and Mary
Ann Driscoll Deal lived with
in Boggstown/London, in the Moral Township of
Shelby County, Indiana near many other Deal family members.
Many of them lived near these Railroad
tracks that cross Big Sugar Creek,
a beautiful, hilly and deeply wooded
area in central Indiana,
about 20 miles south east of
This area was home to many
during the early period of Indiana history.
grandmother told me stories when I was a little girl
of being so poor that they would pick up coal that had
off of the trains that passed by to keep warm in the
Deal children in birth order:
Francis born about 1858
John Henry Jr., born January 2, 1859 in
*Mary Elizabeth, born about 1862 in
Jackson County, Illinois
James Zepheniah, born about 1865 in
Jackson County, Illinois
Martha E. born about 1867 in Indiana
Polly Anna, born April 17, 1869 in
Toliver Lindsay, born January 12, 1872
Matilda Alice, born about 1874 in
Tilden Thomas, born December 8, 1876 in
Toliver Lindsay Deal
James Zepheniah Deal
Martha Deal in cap
Polly Anna Deal is seated
Matilda and Hattie Deal
Hattie is the daughter of Zeph and Ollie
I owe a great debt of gratitude to the
who have generously contributed information
pictures of my Deal family members:
Mary Mc New,
Sara Schmucker, the reporter at
the Shelbyville News
was read by other Indiana Deal relatives,
contacted me to offer more names and dates
and Maureen Sheehan at the Shelby
County Genealogy Room.
Mary Mc New, far left above a newly discovered Deal cousin
London, Indiana with two other cousins,
Garnet Wagoner and
Glenn Perry, whom we
met during our
first visit to Shelbyville.
They are pictured above with their wives,
both are descendants of Polly Anna Deal,
a sister of
grandmother Mary Elizabeth Deal Nugent.
The Shelby County Genealogy Room
But most of all, to my cousin Tresa
for giving me a great start on
this journey of discovery
with the name of my great grandmother,
Elizabeth Deal Nugent.
My cousins Kenny and
Jack Wright with
their wives Tresa and Carole.
A recent trip home to
Indiana for a family reunion provided a great opportunity
for a visit to two of the cemeteries where our ancestors are buried.
At the Deal Cemetery in
London, with Fred, Jack, Diane and me.
They are my Wright cousins,
but we all had the same grandmother,
Bertha Louise Nugent, whose
Mother was Mary Elizabeth Deal.
Zeph Deal was her brother.
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