Surnames: Ockerman, Awalt, Brighton, Miley, Chaney
From the Biographical Memoirs; Greene County, Indiana
Joseph R. Ockerman, one of the leading agriculturists and stockmen of Richland township, Greene County, Indiana, is an example of what thrift coupled with energy and resourcefulness can accomplish, no matter what obstacles may intervene. He was born in Bartholomew County, Indiana, March 26, 1849. His early schooling was neglected of necessity and he spent his time working on the old homestead until he was twenty-one years old He then worked in Worthington, Indiana, for Ephraim Brighton in a furniture factory as a finisher until 1875, when he located in Richland township, Greene county, Indiana, where he lived until 1880 on his grandfatherís old place. Then he bought seventy-nine acres where he now lives, later purchasing adjoining land as his fortune increased, until he now owns a fine farm of two hundred and sixty-nine acres, all well improved, having an excellent orchard and numerous buildings on it. He married Martha E. Brighton, October 28, 1874. Since 1881 he has lived on his present farm engaged in general farming and raising Hereford cattle, Poland China hogs, Percheron horses and sheep.
He has six children, namely: Omar, carpenter and contractor at Kelso, Washington; Nell, who married Wesley Chipman and lives in Richland township, they have three children, Clara Eva, Glenmer and Murrell; Clarence, a teacher of mathematics and history at Colfax, Washington; Edward, of Kelso, Washington; Khiva F. and Donald O. both at home.
The subjectís wife was a native of Wayne County, Ohio. She is the daughter of Levi and Catherine (Stephens) Brighton. Mr. Brighton came to Green county Indiana, where he taught school several years, and later engaged in farming He died in 1856 and was the first to be buried in Tulip cemetery at Tulip, Indiana. His widow is living in Franklin, Kansas.. They had three children Ė Laura, Martha and Levi. Mrs. Brighton married John Bullock, a native of Indiana. He had one child, Celestas, who lives in Grant county, Kansas. Her third husband was Isaac Gordon. They had six children, namely: Carl, George, Viola, Daisy, two died in infancy.
The subjectís father was David Ockerman, a native of the state of New York. He came west and worked on a plantation in Kentucky and later conducted a workyard near Cincinatti on General Harrisonís farm. Then he went to Jackson county, Indiana, and cleared some wild land in 1854. Then he came to Richland township, Greene County, Indiana, where he got two hundred and sixty-two acres of land, partly improved, where he lived until his death in 1880. he married Almira Coppin, of Cincinnati, Ohio. His wife died in 1888. They were members of the Christian church. He was a Democrat. They had eleven children, namely: William, living in Washington, Indiana, was captain in the Thirty-ninth Regiment, Indiana Volunteer Infantry, during the Civil War; Clarinda, who married John Awalt, living in Iowa, Eveline, deceased, married Ephraim Brighton; Andrew, deceased; John, a farmer at Morrisville, Missouri; Francis, deceased; George, living at Seymour, Indiana, (he was in the Indiana Cavalry); Joseph R., the subject; Charlotte, who married Ezra Chaney, now dead; she is living in Richland township, Greene county, Indiana David, farmer, lives in the same neighborhood of the former Ella, who first married Edward Steward, later marrying John Miley, of Pike county, Indiana.
Robert Coppin, the subjectís grandfather, was a native of England. He was five years old when he came to New York. He went to Cincinnati and was among the early settlers there, later to Bartholomew county, Indiana; then to Greene county, Indiana in 1859. He was a cooper by trade. He had five children, Joseph, William, Almira, Charlotte and Henry.