Canal Biographies (M-Z)

The following are biographies and/or genealogies of those who were officially connected to Indiana’s canals, worked on them or had businesses related to them.

Click on bold names to learn more about those canawlers.

Name Birth-Death Find A Grave Canal Business
McCarty, Nicholas 1795-1854 8381692 Canal Fund Commissioner
McCulloch, Hugh 1808-1895 6661898 FTW Banker / US Sec. Treasury
McKahan, Daniel 1825-1863 39875388
McMannomy, John 1812-1899 22149282 Canal Contractor – Fountain Co
McMannomy, James 1824-1906 22149100 Canal Contractor – Fountain Co
McRoberts, David 1805-1870 59155322
Maxwell, David H. 1786-1854 28858083 Canal Commisoner
Meeker, Minor 1795-1865 49922863
Meyer, Diedrich 1829-1911 34879676
Meyer, Frederick J. 1813-1897 62201984
Meyer, Frederick G. 1830-1905 75772918
Meyer, William 1824-1910 19298497
Minesinger, John 1803-1870 37038230
Moore, Henry C. 1784-1866 132460241
Morgan, Goodlet 1825-1907 116650667
Morgan, Oliver P. 1824-1900 36037815 Toll Collector & 2nd Mayor FTW
Murray, Elias 1787-1859 N/A
Myers, Peter 1825-???? 15309091
Newman, John 1805-1882 40027485
Nofsinger, William (Revisited) 1815-1880 45981747 Board of Trustees W&E Canal
O’Brien, Dennis 1834-1892 82995179
O’Brien, Patrick 1820-1904 71855088
Olin, Townsend 1822-1888 35441830
Palmer, Nathan Billings 1790-1875 10402874 IN State Treas./ Fund Comm.
Peters, John Claus 1848-1922 63606010
Puett, Austin 1803-1879 N/A Board of Trustees W&E Canal
Putnam, Harvey 1812-1879 81733979
Ray, James Brown 1794-1848 11179 IN Governor Feb 1825 – Dec 1831
Reagan, Michael D. 1825-1893 68893643
Ridgway, Jospeh Jr. 1800-1850 19982769 W&E Engineer FTW Summit
Roche, John 1817-1894 71867245
Rockhill, William 1793-1865 7116987
Ropa, William 1834-1918 51553710
Rothrock, Zachariah 1814-1886 7968249
Rowley, Nathan 1788-1872 89359366
Rumsey, Philo 1811-1902 81592124
Sample, Henry 1805-1881 57270060
Sanger, David III 1782-1851 18767819
Sanger, Lorenzo 1809-1875 48921168
Saylor, Ulerick Sr. 1788-1860 98487682
Schmidt, Frank 1830-1910 132113649
Schwegmann, Herman 1821-1880 52008166 Cook on W&E State Boat
Scott, Lucius 1794-1875 60343992
Sell, Sarah 1827-1918 169101631
Sell, Valentine 1819-1902 170717038
Semans, John B. 1804-1853 70936600
Shanahan, Michael 1809-1885 114690494
Shank, John 1821-1864 136932887
Sherwood, Marcus 1803-1880 82145956
Shoup, George 1810-1853 N/A
Shrode, Hudson M. 1817-1849 47497694
Sloan, Joseph 1801-1872 25310050
Smith, Dennison 1817-1901 108555300
Smythe, Thomas 1824-1880 118050303
Spooner, Lysander 1808-1887 18821908
Stapp, Milton 1792-1869 41812673
Steedman, James 1817-1883 5893560
Stitt, Archibald 1800-1867 47477323
Stopher, John & Christopher 1833-1908 97603195
Stuart, Robert 1802-1842 37711653
Stuenkle, Henry 1822-???? 99094125
Sturgis, Solomon 1796-1864 6159570
Thompson, Itha Meril 1845-1932 131431160
Tipton, John 1786-1839 8349 Indian Agent/US Senator
Torbert, Simpson 1802-1838 141573918
Tousey, Omer 1800-1868 87672081
Tower, Benjamin 1819-1872 70788633 Contractor -Gronauer Lock rebuild
VanSlyke, Peter 1829-1891 11783632
Viberg, Conrad 1808-1893 38933007
Vigus, Jordan 1792-1860 41207739 Canal Com. / Mayor Logansport
Vinton, Elbridge 1824-1913 167554271 Innkeeper Cambridge City
Wallace, David 1799-1859 7956 6th IN Governor/ Congressman
Wheelock, Elbridge 1814-1892 50323877 Physician, W&E Canal
Whitcomb, James 1795-1852 7957 8th IN Governor/ Lawyer
White, Albert Smith 1803-1864 9187 US Senator Congressman
Wilhelm, Jacob 1813-1887 108453142
Williams, Jesse Lynch 1807-1886 20495966 Chief Engineer – Indiana Canals
Wilson, James S. 1823-1903 34902916
Wilson, Lazarus Brown 1795-1875 39931298 Canal Engineer / War 1812
Wilson, Thomas H. 1818-1877 34902977
Wines, Marshall 1800-1842 81258821 W&E Canal Contractor
Wolf, Adolphus 1818-1870 58944711
Wright, Joseph 1810-1867 3942 10th IN Governor / Lawyer
Yandes, Daniel 1793-1878 46054827 Canal Commissioner