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John Edward RHETTS (1863-1967) m. (1) Anna C WILLIAMS (1863-1899); (2) Nellie BOWMAN (1867-1927); and (3) Effie D MAUPIN (1883-1959)
s/o Francis Marion Ratts and Mary Ann Cooper
d/o William Green Maupin (1847 - 1914) and Martha Ann Gordon (1852 - 1925)

9 Mar 1863 Anna C Williams born at Paoli, Orange, IN; Doc Rhetts and Anna Williams were in the same class (Class of 1881) at Salem High School (total of seven students in Class of 1881). In the fall of 1885 they were married (they were both age 22). They were married for 14 years before she died. Sometime after her death, he moved into Martha Barksdale’s house as a boarder. A year later, he married Nellie Routh who was Martha Barksdale’s daughter. Story has it that she ran away. In 1907 Doc married Effie Maupin.

19 Jul 1863 John Edward Ratts (later Rhetts) born in Salem, Washington, Indiana; Born nine days after the Great Raid by Brigadier General John Hunt Morgan on Salem, Indiana on July 10, 1863.

4 Sep 1867 Nellie Bowman born at Pekin, Washington, IN

1881 Both Dr Rhetts and Anna Williams graduated from Salem High School (total of seven students in Class of 1881)

25 Feb 1883 Effie D Maupin born at Monroe City, Washington, IN

1884 Name change from Ratts to Rhetts, ca 1884

8 Oct 1885 John Edward Ratts married (1) Anna C Williams at Washington, IN

13 Apr 1888 Dau Edith Mae Rhetts born at Salem, Washington, IN; married Arthur Bement Tilton 17 Jan 1931 at Detroit, Wayne, MI

29 May 1899 Anna C William died at Salem, Washington, IN (age 36)

20 Aug 1900 John Edward Ratts married (2) Nellie Bowman at Washington, IN

2 May 1907 John Edward Rhetts married (3) Effie D Maupin at Louisville, Jefferson, KY

21 May 1910 Son Charles Edward Rhetts born at Columbus, Bartholomew, IN; married Ruth Fisher 9 Apr 1938 at Chicago, Cook, IL

13 Aug 1927 Nellie Bowman died at St. Louis, MO (age 59)

29 Jun 1959 Effie D Maupin died at Jefferson, KY (age 76)

26 Apr 1967 John Edward Rhetts died at Washington, DC (age 103)

19 Jul 1863 John Edward Ratts (Rhetts) born Salem, Indiana; nine days after the Great Raid by Brigadier General John Hunt Morgan on Salem, Indiana on July 10, 1863; his parents were Francis Marion Ratts and Mary Ann Cooper.

1865-1871 Mary Ann Cooper, mother, died in Salem, IN; date not confirmed; she owned and operated the Millinery Shop on the Salem Square, later became E.B. Walker Millinery; family lived above the shop.

15 Jul 1870 Census shows him in Salem, IN living with his parents, Francis Marion Ratts and Mary Ann Cooper, and 3 brothers, William Albert, Francis Emmett, and Charles Andrew and sister Marie Antoinette; also listed in the Ratts household was Martha A Gibner, who became John Edward’s step-mother

5 Mar 1871 Francis Marion Ratts, father, married Martha A Gibner in Washington County, Indiana

1880s JER marched with Salem Guards; brother Albert was a member

1883 JER member of Salem Bicyclists; photo of John Cooper, John Clark, Ed Hopkins, Levi Drom, Bert Schultz (Burt), Bob Logan, Charlie MacIntosh (McIntosh), Ed Rhetts, Bill Berkey

25 Feb 1883 Effie Maupin born in Monroe City, Washington County, IN; her parents were William G Maupin and Martha A Gordon

1884 (ca) John Edward and brothers William Albert and Charles Andrew changed their last name from Ratts to Rhetts

8 Oct 1885 JER married Anna C Williams in Washington County, IN; they were married for 14 years

13 Apr 1888 Edith Mae Rhetts born in Salem, IN

15 Oct 1895 Francis Marion Ratts, father, died at age 62 in Salem, IN; his father was a livery and tavern owner in Salem

1896 Effie Maupin worked on the McKinley for President Campaign with her sister Mary R Maupin and her 1st cousin Minnie Sutton (photo)

29 May 1899 Death of Anna C Williams

City Directory for Indianapolis, IN shows him working at 433 Stevenson Bldg 1422 Central Ave and occupation as dentist

4 Jun 1900 Census shows Effie Maupin living in Monroe, Washington, IN with parents, William Maupin 53 and Martha Ann Gordon 47, and sister Mary R Maupin 26 and brother Charles E Maupin 20; she was 17 years old (doc)

19 Jun 1900 Census shows him a widower living in Salem, IN living as a boarder in house of Martha J. Barksdale age 68 and a widower, and her daughter Nellie Routh age 32

20 Aug 1900 JER married Nellie Bowman Routh in Floyd, IN; they were married for 5-6 years

13 Aug 1902
Salem Democrat: Canton-Miss Effie Maupin is visiting Mrs. Bertha Gordon (who was the wife of Effie’s 1st cousin, William F. Gordon).”

22 Oct 1902
Brownstown Banner: “Miss Effie Maupin, of near Kossuth, returned from Indianapolis last Saturday, where she had been visiting relatives and friends.” (doc)

1902 Oct
Salem Democrat: “Kossuth-Miss Effie Maupin has returned home after a few weeks pleasant visit with Indianapolis friends.”(doc)

Jul 1905
Salem Democrat: “Walnut Ridge-Miss Effie Maupin who has been in Indianapolis for some time, came down to spend the fourth with home folks.” (doc)

Jul 1905
Salem Democrat: “Kossuth-Miss Effie Maupin is home from Indianapolis where she has been employed.” (doc)

2 May 1907 JER married Effie Maupin in Louisville, KY; they were married for 52 years

8 May 1907
Salem Democrat: “Personal and Society- Married in Louisville—Thursday, May 2, 1907, Miss Effie D. Maupin to Dr. J. E. Rhetts. Dr. and Mrs Rhetts have gone to housekeeping in the groom’s residence on North High Street.” (doc)

St Louis City Directory shows Nellie Rhetts living at 2348 Rutger, St Louis, Missouri

4 Jan 1910 JE Rhetts, Effie, and Edit moved to Columbus, IN

6 Jan 1910
Columbus (IN) Republican: Mr. and Mrs. J.E. Rhetts left Tuesday morning [January 4] for Columbus, having shipped a part of their goods to that city last Saturday, with the idea of locating there permanently if the prospects prove to be all right. The doctor is a number one dentist, understanding his profession thoroughly, and with it an honest workman, giving good satisfaction to his patrons. He was elected councilman from the Fourth ward at the November election, showing that he has the confidence of the people of this community. The Leader is very sorry to lose Mr. Rhetts and estimable wife from among us, but wish him well wherever he may be. [original]

22 Jan 1910
Columbus (IN) Republic: Advertisement — J.E. Rhetts, Dentist 410-1/2 Washington St, Columbus, Ind. Office hours: 8:30 to 6 o’clock Over Seward’s Clothing Store

22 Jan 1910
Columbus (IN) Republic: First Baptist — F.L. Hardy, pastor, Bible school meets at 9:30 o’clock am. The music will be in charge of the junior choir. The Brotherhood clic at both services under the direction of our new choir leader, Dr. Rhetts. The teacher-training class meets at 6 o’clock p.m

14 Feb 1910
Columbus (IN) Republic: A large congregation was present at both the morning and evening services at the Baptist church Sunday. The pastor occupied the pulpit at both services. The signing was especially good and a pleasing duet was rendered by Miss Rhetts [age 22] and Walter Rice. There were two additions to the church at the morning service and eight at the evening service. Dr. J. E. Rhetts was chosen …

1 Mar 1910
Columbus (IN) Evening Republican: Deacons Ordained at Baptist Church: Two new deacons of the Baptist church — ”DE Silver and AO Patterson, of this city, were ordained at a special meeting of the Flatrock Ministerial Association held in the First Baptist church here Monday night. Following an anthem by the choir the Rev. W B Mellinger, of Louisville, read the scripture lesson and after a hymn the Rev RW Clark, pastor of the Baptist church at Hope, offered the invocation. Dr. J.E. Rhetts, of this city, sang a solo which was followed…

3 Mar 1910
Columbus (IN) Republic: Deacons Ordained at Baptist Church: Two new deacons of the Baptist church — DE Silver and AO Patterson, of this city, were ordained at as pecial meeting of the Flatrock Ministerial Association held in the First Baptist church here Monday night. Following an anthem by the choir the Rev. W B Mellinger, of Louisville, read the scripture lesson and after a hymn the Rev RW Clark, pastor of the Baptist church at Hope, offered the invocation. Dr. J.E. Rhetts, of this city, sang a solo which was followed …
23 Mar 1910
Columbus (IN) Republic: BAPTIST WOMEN COME TOMORROW: The Womens Missionary Conference of the Flatrock Baptist Association will be held in the First Baptist church here tomorrow. Twenty-seven churches are included in the association. The program follows: Morning session 10:45 o’clock. Quartette: Mrs. Morris Rosenbush, Miss Rhetts, Dr. Rhetts and Walter Rice.

25 Mar 1910
Columbus (IN) Evening Republican: Easter Music in Local Churches: The choir of the Baptist church, under the direction of Dr. J.E. Rhetts, will give special music appropriate to Easter, both morning and evening, and in addition to the anthems Dr. Rhetts will sing a solo. The special numbers for morning and evening follow.

19 Apr 1910 Census shows JER living at 410-1/2 Washington St in Columbus, Bartholomew County, IN with wife Effie and daughter Edith

21 May 1910 Charles Edward Rhetts born in Columbus, Indiana, living at 410-1/2 Washington St (according to 9 Apr 1910 Census) (1910, Birth Register Index)

1 Sep 1910
Columbus (IN) The Republic: Dr. J.E. Rhetts and family moved today from this city to Salem, Ind. They came here some time ago from Salem and Dr. Rhetts opened an office as a dentist. He made a number of friends here but decided after giving this city a trial that he would return . . . [moved to Salem, Indiana, 109 N High Street]

30 Nov 1910 letter to “Effa” from Mrs. A.T. Mckenze of Evanston, WY (Effie’s aunt) about the birth of son Charles Edward Rhetts. (doc)

3 Jul 1914 William G Maupin, Effie Maupin’s father, died in Salem, IN; he was a farmer and had served in Co B 16th Indiana Infantry and in Co M of the 23th Indiana Cavalry during the Civil War and served in defense of Huntsville, Alabama against Buford’s Confederate forces and then to the defense of Paducah, KY and finally to the battle at Murfreesboro in 1864 and 1865.

Salem City Directory lists him as a dentist in Salem, IN

19 Apr 1916
Salem Democrat: Most people may not be able to see the similarity between the handsome mugs of Dr. J.E. Rhetts and Atty. W. O. Marks, but a l

9 Jan 1920 JER listed in 1920 Census as living at 109 N High St, Salem, IN and attending school as of 9/1/1919. Also listed Charles Edward Rhetts, his son age 9 and wife Effie Maupin age 36, daughter Edith Mae age 31. Census record indicates all could read and write.

30 Jun 1920
Salem Democrat

1925 Effie Maupin’s sister Mary R Maupin died

16 Jan 1925 Martha Ann Gordon, Effie’s mother, died at Washington, Indiana.

9 Apr 1930 JER listed in 1930 Census as living at 109 N High St, Salem, IN. Also listed son Charles Edward age 19, and Effie Maupin, his wife age 47 (age at 1st marriage 23). List John Edward as age 22 at 1
st marriage. There were also 3 roomers living in house — Wilhelm Lommell age 24, a telegraph operator; Alvin E. Gessell, age 25, a dentist; and Ralph Miller, age 23, a public school teacher. House at 109 N High Street valued at $6,000. Census indicated that there was a radio in the house. (doc)

23 Jun 1937
Salem Leader: “The Trading Post located in the old Post Office building – It was back in September 1933 with just an armful of clothing to sell to her friends that started the Trading Post, which today is one of Salem’s busiest stores. This enterprise is owned by Mrs. J. E. Rhetts, who certainly has made a success in this line of business, and today you will find her store almost anything that you would wish for in the way of furniture, clothing, etc.” (doc)

10 Apr 1940 Census shows JER living in Salem, IN with wife Effie

1942 Effie Maupin’s brother Charles E Maupin died

19 Jul 1958
Salem Leader: 95 Years Don’t Mean a Thing to the Young “

Louisville Courier-Journal and Salem Leader

29 Jun 1959 Effie Maupin Rhetts died in Norton Infirmary, Louisville, KY [KY Death Index; KY Certificate of Death #59-14796](doc); buried at Crown Hill Cemetery, Salem, Washington, IN, 1st Addn, Sec B, Lot 175, Row 8. (doc) Grave (photo) {Effie was listed as a member of Weir Memorial Methodist Church, Business and Professional Women, rented a number of apartments. Her funeral was at Dawalt Chapel, with Rev. James Hogue of Presbyterian Church officiating.](doc)

23 May 1962
Salem Leader

17 Jul 1962
Salem Democrat

19 Jun 1963 Salem Democrat

26 Jun 1963 Salem Leader

15, Jul 1964
Salem Democrat: Dr. J. E. Rhetts 101 Sunday: Dr. J. E. Rhetts will celebrate his 101st birthday Sunday, July 19 at the home of his daughter,

15 Mar 1965 Edith Mae Rhetts Tilton, daughter with Anna C Williams, died in Detroit, Michigan

21 Jul 1965
County Press

13 Jul 1966
Salem Democrat

26 Apr 1967 JER died in Washington, DC; buried at Crown Hill Cemetery; 1st Addn, Sec B, Lot 175, Row 8. (doc)

26 Nov 1967
Salem Leader

9 Nov 1971 Charles Edward Rhetts, son, died in London, England

1870 United States Federal Census - Washington, Washington, Indiana
Francis M Ratts 38
Mary A Ratts 34
Maria A Ratts 16
William A Ratts 14
Francis M Ratts 12
John E Ratts 7
Charlie Ratts 4
Mary Cooper 75
Martha A Gibner 28
George Brickey 27
1900 United States Federal Census - Washington, Washington, Indiana
Martha J Barksdale 68
Nelle Routh 32
Charles Bowman 28
Harvey Morris 48
Frank P Canble 29
William Hicks 29
Joseph Hedge 29
John E Ratts 35
1910 United States Federal Census - Columbus Ward 1, Bartholomew,Indiana
John H Rhetts 46
Effs D Rhetts 27
Edith M Rhetts 12
1920 United States Federal Census - Washington, Washington, Indiana
Edward J Rhetts 56 [50]
Effie D Rhetts 36
Edith Rhetts 31
Charles E Rhetts 9
1930 United States Federal Census - Salem, Washington, Indiana
J E Rhetts 66
Effie Rhetts 47
Edward Rhetts 19
William Lommell 24
Alvin E Gessell 25
Ralph Miller 23
Social Security Death Index
John Rhetts 307-48-4526
Washington, District of Columbia, District of Columbia, United Statesof America
Apr 1967
Indiana Marriage Collection, 1800-1941
Nellie Routh Edw Rhetts
20 Aug 1900 Washington County, Indiana
Index to "Marriage Record" 1850 - 1920 Inclusive V
W. P. A. Original Record Located: County Clerk's O
Book: L OS Page: 475

SSN 307-48-4526

Listed in
1915 Directory of Salem Businesses as a dentist. (WASHINGTON COUNTY INDIANA CENTENNIAL HISTORY p. 628)

1853 Sis Maria Antoinette Ratts born X
1855 Bro William Albert Ratts born X
1860 Bro Francis Emmett Ratts born X
1863 John Edward Rhetts born X
1866 Bro Charles Andrew Ratts born X
1870 Census
1876 Sister Mary Maupin born X
1880 Census
1880 Brother Charles Maupin born X
1883 Effie Maupin born X
1885 Mother Mary Ann Cooper died X
1885 Marriage to Anna Williams X
1888 Dau Edith Mae Rhetts TILTON born X
1895 Father Francis M Ratts died X
1896 Photo from McKinley campaign X
1898 Bro Charles Andrew Rhetts died X
1900 Marriage to Nellie Bowman X
1900 Census X
1902 Salem Democrat X
1902 Brownston Banner X
1905 Salem Democrat X
1907 Marriage to Effie Maupin X X
1907 Salem Democrat X X
1910 moved to Columbus IN X X
1910 Census X X
1910 Son Charles Rhetts born X X
1910 moved back to Salem IN X X
1910 letter to cousin Mrs McKenzie X
1913 Salem Democrat X
1914 Father William Maupin died X
1916 Salem Democrat X
1920 Census X X
1925 Mother Martha Ann Gordon died X
1925 Sis Mary R Maupin died
1930 Census X X
1931 Bro William Albert Rhetts died X
1934 Sis Marie A Ratts SULLIVAN died X
1937 Salem Democrat re store X
1940 Census X X
1942 Bro Charles Emmett Maupin died
1952 Bro Francis Emmett Ratts died X
1959 Effie Maupin died X
1965 Dau Edith Mae Rhetts TILTON died X
1967 John Rhetts died X
1971 Son Charles Edward Rhetts died X X
Gravestone X X