Friday, August 8, 2014

Hedden Family Genealogy

Lawrence County Biographical Edited by John McCleave 1910

Hedden, Epnetus Webb

E. W. Hedden was one of the prosperous farmers and stock – raisers of Allison Township. Mr. Hedden was born in Knox County, Indiana September 2, 1836, a son of Jared Hedden, who was a farmer of Knox County, but was born in New Jersey. Jared moved to Knox County, Indiana at an early day with his father, and for a number of years ran a flatboat from the vicinity of Russellville to New Orleans. In 1824 he married Olive Sprott and the couple had eleven children, six sons and five daughters, all being born in Knox County.

E. W. Hedden was reared in Knox County, until 1852, when the family all moved to Lawrence County Illinois and located in Russell Township near Russellville. Mr. Hedden and two of his brothers rented a large farm in the Township, where the former remained for 14 years. On April 19, 1868, he married Mary Cochran, a native of Lawrence County, and daughter of Tupper Cochran, one of the pioneers of the County. Mrs. Hedden was reared in Allison Township, and to it Mr. Hedden moved after marriage, locating on it a portion of the Cochran farm, and there he remained two years. He then rented the Widow Tewalts’ place in Russell Township, thus continuing until 1875 when he bought his present property of 142 acres, and for two years it was operated by his brother. In 1877 E.W. Hedden moved onto it and cleared the greater part of the farm himself.  Mr. Hedden  made a specialty of raising hogs.

Mr. and Mrs. E.W. Hedden were the parents of one son, James. Mrs. Hedden died in 1870 and is buried at Price Cemetery.  In 1873 Mr. Hedden married Mary Mickey, who was born in Lawrence County, where she was reared. They became the parents of the following family: Odin, Ida, Isaac, Orval, Myrtle, Bert O'Connell, and two who died before 1910. Mr. Hedden was a Democrat all his life.

One of our researchers J. Ikeda has provided some of the following  biographic information about one of E.W. and Mary’s sons, Odin Henry Hedden, who was the Lawrence County  Circuit Clerk who served two terms, the first being 1900-1904 and the second from 1908-1920. She also provided the photographs. 

O H Hedden
O H Hedden
O H Hedden

O. H. Hedden was born March 16, 1874 in Lawrence County and married Nora Victoria Carrithers on Aug 23, 1899 in Lawrence County, the daughter of Samuel Carrithers and Caroline White.  The couple had two daughters, Althea Caroline and Helen Lucille by 1910 and Odin was the owner of mercantile business. (A newspaper clipping dated March 16, 1905 states that “Hedden and Tewalt, Grocers have dissolved their partnership.  Mr. Tewalt purchased Mr. Hedden’s interest.  This firm had one of the nicest grocery businesses in town.  M. Tewalt will continue the business.”)  It is also known that O. H. Hedden and Carrithers had a mercantile store on the west side of the square and perhaps this is the one to which the census taker was referring.


By 1920 the couple had adopted a son Robert. The 1922 city directory states that the family owned a home at 514 E. State St., and at that time O.H.Hedden was employed as a Salesman for the Wabash Valley Manufacturing Co. Upon Odin’s death on May 17, 1928, at age 54, he was buried in the Fairview Cemetery in Vincennes. By 1930, his wife, Nora was operating a boarding house on 11th street to help support herself and her 14 year old son.  the family owned a home at 514 E. State St., and at that time O.H.

O H Hedden, Epnetus Hedden,  Aletha and her daughter,Jean
 L-R  Orval Hedden, Bert O’Connell Hedden,  Odin Henry Hedden 
all sons of Eppenatus or Epnetas Webb Hedden.