Canal Biographies (A-L)

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
Aveline, Francis 1814-1865 19635459  W&E Contractor – Sylvan Lake
Babbs, Noah 1794-1885 N/A  Miami Canal worker 1825-28
Backus, Abner 1818-1895 145406689  W&E Ohio  Portion Civil Engineer
Bailey, Callum Jr. 1813-1868 34048788  Toll Collector – Terre Haute
Ball, Cyrus 1804-1893 19310031  Toll Collector – Lafayette 1840
Ball, Owen 1818-1887 112053107  W&E Contractor – Lafayette
Ball, William 1814-1874 15565881  Resident Engineer W&E S. Divsison
Banes, Jonathan 1817-1906 41720996  WW Superintendent – Metamora
Barlow, Jirah 1811-1873 N/A
Barton, Gaylord G. 1809-1884 30553586 Board of Trustees W&E Canal
Bayless, Lott 1802-1880s 159055338 Board of Trustees W&E Canal
Beach, Silas C. 1833-1882 26334843
Beard, John 1795-1874 21273614
Bechtol, Charles 1841-1932 73729359
Bird, Oehmig 1813-1878 53317426
Boden, Augustus 1810-1878 35342081
Bolinger, George Washington 1828-1882 35342081
Bradfield, Thomas 1817-1893 34570685
Britton, Richard 1790-1850 27283392
Carpenter, Willard 1803-1883 15035200
Carter, Chauncy 1796-1864 34643135 Super. W&E Canal – Miami Co
Carter, J. Newlin 1819-1912 34143206
Carter, Thomas 1805-1873 N/A
Case, Reed 1808-1871 36550593
Christman, Nicholas 1834-1900 97570300
Cissna, Robert 1800-1877 38815946
Cockrum, William Monroe 1837-1924 25646857
Coe, Isaac 1782-1855 45907990
Coleman, Thomas 1818-1887 7847651
Columbia, Dana 1797-1865 65039950
Comparet, David 1826-1903 16165326
Comparet, Francis 1796-1845 82870608
Comstock, Charles 1807-1850 15099208
Conklin, Benjamin 1811-1883 96313132
Conner, Samuel 1819-1863 7888027
Conover, Aaron 1852-1920 36070826
Conwell, Abraham 1796-1886 136063024
Conwell, James 1786-1849 47105183
Cook, Henry 1822-1899 N/A
Cooper, William 1815-1872 N/A
Cotton, William 1816-1902 101834492
Cunningham, John 1820-1888 53664535
Darby, Joseph 1819-1907 52589707
Davis, George Dutch 1814-1892 N/A
Davis, Oliver Perry 1815-1877 67607468
Deardorff, Robert 1808-1891 96441307
DePuy, John 1820-1904 39839440
Digby, William 1802-1864 19243643
Dodson, Samuel 1818-1890 35277032
Douglass, William 1815-1909 34645585
Downing, Andrew 1809-1872 N/A
Drover, Henry F. 1815-1880 67808914
Dunn, David M. 1818-1889 54816201 Board of Trustees W&E Canal
Dunn, George 1796-1854 7782648
Edgerton, Alfred 1813-1897 7116871
Edmonston, Benjamin 1807-1855 N/A Board of Trustees W&E Canal
Edsall, Samuel 1805-1865 65597973
Edsall, William 1809-1876 19662399
Elward, James 1805-1890 N/A
Embree, Elisha 1801-1863 7779398
English, Robert 1808-1868 36497778
Fairfield, Asa 1797-1868 83729545
Farquhar, John 1818-1873 7666403
Fisher, Stearns 1804-1872 38833982 Super. W&E Canal – Wabash Co
Fleming, William 1828-1890 54404231
Ford, Gayle 1815-1894 96594588
Forrer, Samuel 1793-1874 98766074
Frybarger, George 1796-1853 96106591
Goethals, George Washington 1858-1928 399
Gordon, James 1809-1889 19982774
Gordon, Mahlon 1826-1904 41755827
Guard, David 1788-1850 N/A
Hager, Jacob 1815-1876 15565900 Chief Clerk W&E Terre Haute
Hamman, Christopher 1815-1890 44964396
Haney, William 1809-1889 34775299
Hanna, Samuel 1797-1866 7117129 Canal Commissioner
Harris, Horatio J. 1801-1867 77175141
Harris, Persius 1815-1859 73459605
Harrison, William Henry 1773-1841 452
Heron, James 1825-1876 101501680
Hill, Samuel Denny 1829-1913 76588876
Hinton, James Sidney 1834-1892 7183765 Last Board of Trustees W&E Canal
Hoagland, Pliny 1810-1884 16170465
Hogan, Michael 1842-1909 36539212
Holman, Solomon 1813-1852 132928555
Hudson, Robert 1819-1889 6733445
Hurd, Joseph C. 1811-1873 106477741
Jocelyn, Augustus 1871-1830s N/A
Jones, Clem Aquilla 1822-1901 22759377
Jones, Daniel Amasa 1807-1886 N/A
Jones, Lemuel G. 1803-1859 N/A
Kendall, Enion 1795-1856 9280561
Kilgore, David 1804-1879 7185108
Kiser, Peter 1810-1890 44939945
Lewis, Samuel 1796-1843 55425418
Linton, William C. 1794-1835 15565867
Logan, Robert 1808-1872 41674138
Long, Elisha 1794-1842 154154869 Canal Commisoner
Longworth, Nicholas 1783-1863 18989969
Lotz, Henry 1797-1845 16169766 Contract St Marys A 3rd Mayor FTW
Lovall, Samuel 1813-1879 120370749
Lucas, Ebenezer 1807-1871 20194965