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Harley Hosier - Columbia City resident - 1970s? 1980s?

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Harley Hosier - Columbia City resident - 1970s? 1980s?

Posted: 1495721423000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Hosier

My great-grandfather, Harley Hosier, abandoned by grandmother when she was a girl. So little was known about him until I began my family history quest about a decade ago. I found out that he died in Columbia City and was buried in the South Park Cemetery. I have been to his grave site a few times.

Since so little is still known about my great grandfather, I am interested if anyone on Ancestry from the Columbia City community who might have known or known of my great-grandfather could connect with me, particularly if you were living in the Columbia City area in the 1970s or 1980s.

Here's what I know: His name was Harley M. Hosier. He was born 18 Sep 1893 in Hamilton or Madison County, Indiana. He joined the national guard around 1917 and went to work on airplanes, before moving to Dayton, Ohio where he met his first wife, Ruby Coleman. In 1922, he sadly murdered his wife Ruby and was sentenced to serve prison time in the Ohio State Penitentiary, in Columbus, Ohio. Sometime after the great prison fire of 1930, he was transferred to the London Prison Farm in London, Ohio and was paroled from there in 1936. He returned to Madison County, Indiana in 1936, eventually meeting my great-grandmother, his second wife, Bertie Marie Wilson. They married in 1941 after my grandmother was conceived. Around 1946, my great grandmother filed for divorce against Harley, which was not granted until 1950. They had one daughter, my grandmother, who was given up for adoption prior to their divorce. The period between 1946-1987 is completely mysterious to me. At some point he lived in Arcadia, Indiana, probably with his sister Nelle Hosier. I have no clue when and why he moved to Columbia City. He worked as a handyman, farmhand, and roofer. I have not found any other marriage or birth record for him post-1950. At some point, he ended up at the Columbia City Community Care Center, where he passed away in Oct 1987 at 94 years old. He never made it known that he had sisters, brothers, or a daughter. I have his obituary, which mentions that he had "no known family" and his death certificate which states that he was never married and lists his parents as "unknown." He died without anything, as his funeral and burial were payed for by the Whitley County welfare department.

Mainly, I would like to know if anyone has any information whatsoever about Harley and his time in Whitley County. He didn't have family in the county to my knowledge. His older brother, Herman, was a pastor in South Bend (still quite awhile away). He was close to his sister Nelle, but she passed away in Ladoga, Indiana, on the other side of the state. I'm also curious about his ethnicity. My grandmother swears he was a Native American. Looking at pictures of him, it isn't unbelievable. However, I haven't found any documentation to justify this, except that his death certificate lists him as of Latin ethnicity. My grandma suggested that he might have been adopted, but adoption records in Madison County don't go as far back as the late 19th century, so again, I'm not entirely sure.

If you have any information, any ideas, any leads that might fill in some of the gaps, particularly in my great-grandfather's life between 1946-1987, please please share.


Tyler Evans
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