55. Documentation for Mahala Shute
(07 May 1815 to 12 Jan 1889)
mother of Elizabeth Nicholas
(11 Sep 1840 to 23 Nov 1866)



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Mahala Shute was born May 7, 1815, in Ohio.
(1) She probably was a daughter of Richard Shute and his wife, Hannah McCartney.(2) Richard Shute was born October 16, 1792, in Dover, England.(3) He came to America with his father, John Shute, and his brother, William Shute, about 1802.(4) His mother Susan, remained in England.

Richard married
Hannah McCartney on March 31, 1814, in Scioto County, Ohio.(5) Hannah was a daughter of Daniel McCartney and Sarah Price.(6) She was born February 3, 1796, in Virginia.(7)

Mahala Shute married William Nicholas on June 11, 1835, near Gessie, Indiana.(8) William Nicholas was born March 13, 1809, in Virginia.(9) Two biographical Sketches of William Nicholas that appear in historical books published in the late 1800s indicate William settled in Highland Township, Vermillion County, Indiana, in 1829.(10)

The parents of William Nicholas are not known with certainty. There is a listing in the 1830 Vermillion County, Indiana, census for a William Nickles household.
(11) The eldest male and female members in this household were both born between 1761 and 1770. Additional research leads us to believe the couple probably were a William Nicholas and his wife Isabelle Daugherty who were both born in 1769, probably in Greenbrier County, Virginia.(12)

William Nicholas and Mahala Shute were the parents of six children:(13)

i.
Corintha Nicholas was born March 31, 1836. She died January 20, 1915. She married James Baily Richardson in Vermillion County, Indiana, on February 24, 1852.(14)


ii.
Sarah Ann Nicholas was born February 9, 1838.(15)

iii.
Barbara Hannah Nicholas was born October 31, 1843. She died October 23, 1846.(16)

iv.
Mary Susan Nicholas was born November 15, 1845. She died June 19, 1869.(17)

v.
Joseph Henry Clay Nicholas was born June 05, 1848. He died September 30, 1925.(18)


vi.
Elizabeth Nicholas was born September 11, 1840.(19) She married William Hartman on October 19, 1862, in Vermillion County, Indiana.(20) William Hartman was born September 5, 1825, in Virginia.(21) The identity of his parents is not known with certainty, but they probably were George Hartman and his wife who lived in Wabash Township, Fountain County, Indiana in 1840.(22)

William and Elizabeth (Nicholas) Hartman were the parents of at least two children.
Mary Luella Hartman was born July 21, 1863, and Ezra E. Hartman possibly was born November 23, 1866. Mary Luella Hartman, a daughter of William Hartman and Elizabeth (Nicholas) Hartman, was born July 21, 1863, in Illinois.(23)

Elizabeth (Nicholas) Hartman
died November 23, 1866, about four years after she married William Hartman.(24). It is possible she died while giving birth to Ezra E. Hartman. Ezra was a brother of Mary Luella Hartman and he is listed as 3 years of age in the 1870 census records in the William Nicholas household.(25) Ezra E. Hartman is listed in the 1880 census for the William and Mahala Nicholas household as a grandson, age 13.(26)

William Nicholas and his wife Mahala Shute, raised Mary Luella Hartman after the death of her mother, Elizabeth (Nicholas) Hartman. The 1870 U. S. Census for Indiana, Vermillion County, Highland Township, lists William Nicholas, age 61, and Mahala, age 53. Also listed in the household is Mary Luella Hartman, age 6, born in Illinois.
(27) Mary Luella Hartman also is listed in the 1880 William Nicholas household.(28)

On September 28, 1882,
Mary Luella Hartman married Joseph P. Gouty in Danville, Vermilion County, Illinois.(29) The parents of Joseph P. Gouty were Elias and Elizabeth (Shute) Gouty.(30) Mahala (Shute) Nicholas, the wife of William Nicholas, probably was an older sister of Elizabeth (Shute) Gouty.

The William and Mahala (Shute) Nicholas household first appears in the 1840 Indiana, Vermillion County, Highland Township census.
(31) The census shows one male age 30 and under 40, two females under age 5, one female age 20 and under 30, 4 people in the household, one of which was engaged in agriculture.

The 1850 census records indicate William Nicholas was age 41, a farmer, could not read or write, and was born in Virginia.
(32) Mahala Nicholas was listed as age 35 and born in Ohio. The children included in the household were: Crintha age 14, Sarah A. age 12, Mary S. age 4, and Joseph H. age 2, and Elizabeth Nicholas, age 9. Elizabeth Nicholas was listed as 20 years old and living in the household of her parents in the 1860 census.(33) William Nicholas was listed as age 52, farmer, real estate of $4,000, personal property of $600, born in Virginia, and cannot read or write. Mahala Nicholas was listed as age 45 and born in Ohio.

The 1870 census lists William Nickolas as age 61 and born in Virginia. Mahala is listed as age 55 and born in Ohio. Joseph N. Nicholas is listed as age 22 and born in Indiana. Mary L. Hartman, age 6, is listed as born in Illinois and attended school during year. Ezra E. Hartman is listed as age 3 and born in Indiana.
(34)

The 1880 census lists William Nicholas as age 71 and born in Virginia. Mahala Nicholas is listed as age 65 and born in Ohio Her father is listed as born in England and her mother is listed as born in Ohio. Joseph H. Nicholas, still living at home, is listed as age 32, son, single, farmer, born in Indiana, father born in Virginia, and mother born in Ohio. Frank Eckels, white, male, age 34, servant, single, laborer, born in New York. Luella Hartman is listed as white, female, age 15, granddaughter, single, at home, born in Illinois, father's birth location not listed, mother born in Indiana. Ezra E. Hartman is listed as white, male, age 13, grandson, single, at home, born in Indiana, father's birth location not listed, mother born in Indiana.
(35)

Mahala (Shute) Nicholas died January 12, 1889.(36) She was buried in Hicks Cemetery near Perrysville, Indiana. William Nicholas died Dec. 19, 1890.(37) He also was buried in Hicks Cemetery near Perrysville, Indiana.

Children (Nicholas), born in Vermillion County, Indiana:
i. Corintha, born March 31, 1836
ii.
Sarah Ann, born February 9, 1838
iii.
Elizabeth, born September 11, 1840
iv.
Barbara Hannah, born October 31, 1843
v.
Mary Susan, born November 15, 1845
vi.
Joseph Henry Clay, born June 5, 1848


REFERENCES

1. Tombstone of Mahala (Shute) Nicholas at the Hicks Cemetery, Perrysville, Vermillion County, Indiana. "Mahala wife of William Nicholas, died January 12, 1889, aged 73 years, 8 months, 5 days." Photograph by Curtis L. Older taken July 1, 2000.

2. 1850 Federal Census for Indiana, Vermillion County, Highland Township, page 57, roll M432_177, dwelling 166, family 166, Richard Shute Sr. household. Richard Shute Sr. is listed as age 58, born in England, Hannah Shute is listed as age 47, born in Virginia. (To Do - Need proof Mahala was daughter of Richard and Hannah Shute - consult National Gen Soc. Quarterly volumes 1-85.) Family Tree Maker, Family Archive #210 - The National Genealogical Society Quarterly, Volumes 1-85, 1600s-1900s.

3. Family Tree Maker, Family Archive #210 - The National Genealogical Society Quarterly, Volumes 1-85, 1600s-1900s.

4. Ibid.

5. Family Tree Maker, Family Archive #400 - Marriage Index: Selected Counties of Ohio, 1789-1850, Richard Shute married March 31, 1814 in Scioto County, Ohio, spouse: Hannah McCartney.

6. Family Tree Maker, Family Archive #210.

7. Ibid.

8. William Nicholas and Mahala Shute, 11 June 1835, Vermillion County, Indiana, County Court Records at Newport, Indiana. They were married by William Blankenship.

9. William Nicholas tombstone, Hicks Cemetery, near Perrysville (west of Covington) Indiana. "William Nicholas died Dec. 19, 1890, aged 81 years, 9 months, 3 days". Photograph of tombstone taken July 1, 2000, by Curtis L. Older.

10. History of Vermillion County, Indiana, Biographical Sketches: page 289, William Nicholas, born in Virginia in 1809, still living here. Settled in Highland Township, Vermillion Co., in 1829. The Peoples' Guide, a business political and religious directory of Vermillion Co., IN, by Cline and McHaffie, Indianapolis, Indianapolis Printing and Publishing House 1874: William Nicholas, farmer, 3 miles north of Gessie, born in Virginia, 1809, settled in Vermillion Co. 1829, protestant.

11. 1830 U. S. Census for Indiana, Vermillion County, Township - Not Stated, Roll 26, Page 230, within the division allotted John Gardner, William Nickles household.

12. Research found the family of John George Nicholas and his wife Barbara who had a son named William Nicholas who was born in 1769 in Renick, Greenbrier County, Virginia. William married Isabelle Daugherty (or Dougherty) on April 7, 1796, in Bath, Virginia. Isabelle also was born in 1769.

13. IGI Individual Record FamilySearch™ International Genealogical Index v5.0.

14. Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah, Film Number 457865. 1910 U. S. Census for Indiana, Vermillion County, Highland Township, Series T624, Roll 384, Part 1, Page 162B, James Richardson; Index to Marriage Records 1850 - 1904 Inclusive Volume I, Letters A - Z Inclusive, Vermillion County, Indiana, W. P. A. Original Record Located: County Clerk's Office: Newport. Compiled by Indiana Works Progress Administration 1938, Spouse 1: Corrintha Nicholas, Spouse 2: James Richardson, Marriage Date: 24 Feb 1852, County: Vermillion, Book: 3, Original Source Page: 2??, Date: 20 Feb 1852.

15. Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah, Film Number 457865.

16. Ibid.

17. Ibid.

18. Ibid.

19. Elizabeth Nicholas tombstone, Hicks Cemetery, Perrysville, (west of Covington) Indiana. "Elizabeth Nicholas wife of William Hartman died Novm 23, 1866, age 26 years, 2 months, 12 days". Photograph of tombstone taken July 1, 2000, by Curtis L. Older.

20. Index to Marriage Records 1850 - 1904 Inclusive, Volume I, Letters A - Z Inclusive, Vermillion County, Indiana, W. P. A. Original Record County Clerk's Office: Newport, Compiled by Indiana Works Progress Administration 1938: Spouse 1: Elizabeth Nicholas, Spouse 2: William Hartman, Marriage Date: 19 Oct 1862, County: Vermillion, Book: 4, Original Source Page: 5??, Date: 18 Oct 1862.

21. William Hartman tombstone, Hopewell (or Hicks) Cemetery, west of Covington, Indiana (or near Perrysville). "William Hartman died May 31, 1896, aged 70 years, 8 months, 26 days". Photograph taken by Curtis L. Older, July 1, 2000; 1850 U. S. Federal Census for Indiana, Fountain County, Wabash Township, Page 36, Roll M432_145, Dwelling 505, Family 505, Elija Harshbarger household, William Hartman, age 23, born in Virginia.

22. 1840 U. S. Federal Census for Indiana, Fountain County, Wabash Township, Roll 80, Page 187, division allotted to John M. Wall, George Martman household (George Hartman household); 1850 U. S. Federal Census for Indiana, Fountain County, Wabash Township, Page 37, Roll M432_145, Dwelling 522, Family 522, Elizabeth Hartman, 55, female, real estate = $200, born in Virginia.

23. Tombstone of Joseph P. and Mary Luella (Hartman) Gouty. Date of birth Luella (Hartman) Gouty is shown as July 21, 1863. Photograph of tombstone taken at Hopewell Cemetery by Curtis L. Older August 5, 1998; Family Bible of Ethel Belle (Fox) Gouty in possession of Curtis L. Older gives the date of birth of Luella Hartman Gouty as July 21, 1863.

24. Elizabeth Nicholas tombstone, Hopewell (or Hicks) Cemetery, west of Covington, Indiana (or near Perrysville). "Elizabeth Nicholas wife of William Hartman died Novm 23, 1866, age 26 years, 2 months, 12 days". Photograph of tombstone taken July 1, 2000, by Curtis L. Older.

25. 1870 U. S. Census for Indiana, Vermillion County, Highland Township, Post Office - Perrysville, enumerated June 9, 1870, by A. J. Adams, Dwelling #53, Family #53, William Nicholas household, Ezra E. Hartman, age 3, male, white, born in Indiana.

26. 1880 U. S. Census for Indiana, Vermillion County, Highland Township, Roll T9_318, Family History Film 1254318, Page 8C, Enumeration District 185, Image 0017, Dwelling 142, Family 144, William Nicholas household, Luella Hartman, white, female, age 15, granddaughter, single, at home, born in Illinois, mother born in Indiana, Ezra E. Hartman, white, male, age 13, grandson, single, at home, born in Indiana, mother born in Indiana.

27. 1870 U. S. Census for Indiana, Vermillion County, Highland Township, William Nicholas household.

28. 1880 U. S. Census for Indiana, Vermillion County, Highland Township, William Nicholas household.

29. Illinois Marriage Records, 1851-1900, Vermilion County, Danville, 1882, Joseph Gouty and Mary L. Hartman, married September 28, 1882.

30. Index to Marriage Records, Vermillion County, Indiana, 1850-1904, Vol. 1, A-Z, Newport, Indiana, County Clerks Office, date of license: 8-30-1853, date of marriage: 9-1-1853, Book 3, page 315, page 90, Elias Gouty and Elizabeth Shute; 1860 U. S. Census for Indiana, Vermillion County, Highland Township, Post Office Perrysville, Elias Gowty (Gouty) household; 1870 U. S. Census for Indiana, Vermillion County, Highland Township, Post Office Perrysville, Elias Gouty household.

31. 1840 U. S. Census for Indiana, Vermillion County, Highland Township, Roll 96, Page 449, William Nicholas household.

32. 1850 U. S. Census for Indiana, Vermillion County, Highland Township, enumerated October 24, 1850, by Tho. C. W. Sale, dwelling 189, family 189, page 59, roll M432_177, William Nicholas, age 41, farmer, real estate = $2,000, born in Virginia, cannot read or write.

33. 1860 U. S. Census for Indiana, Vermillion County, Highland Township, Post Office - Perrysville, page 72, roll M653_303, dwelling 138, family 142, Elizabeth Nichlas, age 20, female, born in Indiana, attended school during the year.

34. 1870 U. S. Census for Indiana, Vermillion County, Highland Township, William Nicholas household.

35. 1880 U. S. Census for Indiana, Vermillion County, Highland Township, William Nicholas household.

36. Tombstone of Mahala (Shute) Nicholas at the Hicks Cemetery, Perrysville, Vermillion County, Indiana, "Mahala (Shute) wife of William Nicholas, died January 12, 1889, aged 73 years, 8 months, 5 days." Photograph by Curtis L. Older taken July 1, 2000, at Hicks Cemetery, Perrysville, Indiana.

37. William Nicholas tombstone, Hicks Cemetery, near Perrysville (west of Covington) Indiana, "William Nicholas, died Dec. 19, 1890, aged 81 years, 9 months, 3 days." Photograph by Curtis L. Older taken July 1, 2000, at Hicks Cemetery, Perrysville, Indiana.