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Notes for Eli Rivir and Julia Ann Hosler

1843 Julia Hosler was born in Morrow County, Ohio. Her parents had moved to Ohio from Pennsylvania before 1839 [1]. A note in a daguerotype picture kept by grand-daughter Ida Mae Good Miller reports her birthdate as August 9, 1843 and her death date as Dec 5, 1909.

1845 Eli Rivir was born in Bedford County, Pennsylvania.

1850 Eli Rivir's parents moved from Pennsylvania to Noble Twp, Noble County, Indiana between 1945 and 1950. Eli was 5 years old.

1850 Henry and Lydia Hosler lived in Congress Twp, Morrow County, Ohio with children Levi (age 10), Jacob (age 8), Juliann (age 6), Susan (age 5), Mary A (age 3), and George (age 1). [2]

1850 John and Nancy Rivir lived lived in Noble Twp, Noble County, Indiana with children Christian (age 16), John (age 16), Jacob (age 11), David (age 9), Mary (age 7), Eli (age 5), and Elizabeth (age 2). [3]

1860 John and Nancy Rivir lived in Green Twp, Noble County, Indiana with children John (age 24), Jacob (age 21), Mary (age 17), Eli (age 15), Elizabeth (age 12), and Nancy (age 8). [4]

1860 Henry Hosler and wife Lydia lived in Congress Twp, Morrow County, Ohio with children Jacob (age 17), J[ulia] (age 16), Susan (age 15), Mary A (age 13), and Geo. W. (age 11), Catharine (age 8), Joanna (age 6), James H (age 1), and Lydia A (age 1). [5]

186x Several of Eli Rivir's brothers died fighting for the Union Army in the Civil War. [see the notes for Eli's father, John Rivir] Eli Rivir enlisted for the war, but his father, John, stopped him from serving, as reported in the 1938 biography reported in these notes. Photocopy 1863 Civil War registration for Eli Rivir. [6]

186x Julia Hosler's family moved from Ohio to Indiana.

1866 Julia Ann Hosler and Eli Rivir [River] were married on 25 March, 1866 in Noble County, Indiana by Philip Zeigler. [7]

1866-69 A daguerreotype image of Julianne Hosler Rivir was made for John Rivir of Nobleville, Indiana. Photo Julia Hosler Rivir daguerreotype. Photo Julia Hosler Rivir daguerreotype case.

1870 On August 30, Eli Rivir (age 24) was a farmer in Noble, Noble County, Indiana with wife Julia A (age 26), and daughter Nellie I (age 3, born Indiana), with real estate valued at $3,000 and other estate $800. Eli Rivir's parents, John and Nancy Rivir, lived two houses away, with Eli's sister Nancy (age 18 born Indiana), niece Malissa (age 9, born Indiana) "lives with Grandpa", and Eli's widowed brother Christian (age 36) carpenter. [8]

1874 Land of Eli Rivir was shown in Noble Township. Eli Rivir's father, John Rivir and Julia Hosler Rivir's father, Henry Hosler, lived nearby. Map Land of Eli and John Rivir (Sections 13 and 24) in Noble (gold) and of J Rivir and Henry Hosler (Section 19) in Green Twp, Noble County, Indiana. [9][10]

1880 Eli Rivir (age 35, farmer) and wife Julia A. (age36) lived in Noble, Noble County, Indiana with children Nella I. (age 12), Justice W. (age 7), and Nora M. (age 2). Julia was listed as having dropsey. Both Eli and Julia were listed as diseased or crippled. Nearby were the households of Eli's father John and uncle Christian Rivir. [11]

c 1890 [Date not recorded] Photo Eli Rivir and Julia Hosler, husband and wife.

Photo Eli Rivir House in Burr Oak, Indiana, built late 1890's, perhaps.
Photo Eli Rivir House Indiana 
Photo Eli Rivir House Indiana
Photo Eli Rivir House in Burr Oak Indiana, where they lived until about 1898. Pictures taken 2005.

1893 Eli Rivir's land was shown in Section 13, Noble Twp, Noble County, Indiana. Sons Henry and John Eli Rivir had land nearby. Rivir Lake near their land was later named Bristol Lake. [12]
Map Eli and other Rivir land is shaded green on this map of Noble County, Indiana, 1893.

1895 A souvenir for the Burr Oak school in Noble County listed children [Corvin] John, Orvin [Henry], and Mabel Rivir on the student list. Photocopy Souvenir front cover Noble County students, 1895. Photocopy Rivir children on student List, Noble County, 1895 [13]

1897 School enumeration records for Noble Twp in Noble Co listed Julia Rivir with children Orvin 16, Corvin 16, and Mabel 10. [14]

1898 Eli Rivir's family moved to Wabash County, Indiana.

1900 Eli Rivir and Julia lived in Liberty Twp, Wabash County, Indiana. Julia had had 6 children, 5 of whom were alive. The twins, Orvin and Corvin, and daughter Mabel (age 13) lived with them. [15]

before 1902 Photo Eli Rivir before 1902 (he shaved his beard in 1902)

1902 The family moved to Marion, Grant County, Indiana. History Description of Marion, Indiana, c 1902.

1903/1906/1908 Eli and Julia were listed in the directory for Marion, Grant County, Indiana. [Marion public library, Grant County, Indiana]
Photocopy 1903 Listings for Eli, Mabel, and Vernon Rivir in Marion, Grant County, Indiana. 1906 Photocopy 1906 listings for Rivir in the directory for Marion, Grant County, Indiana. 1908 Photocopy 1908 Directory Marion, Indiana. Eli and Julia and Mabel I Rivir lived at 1002 west 3rd street.

c 1903 Photo Eli Rivir with his son Orvin Henry Rivir.

1908 Eli Rivir, retired, and Julia lived at 1002 w third, Marion, Grant County, Indiana. [16]

1909 Julia's obituary: Julia Ann (Hosler) Rivir died in her most elegantly furnished home in Marion, Indiana, on December 2. She was born in Morrow County, Ohio, August 9, 1843, and lived to the age of 66 years, 3 months and 23 days. She is survived by her husband; 5 children; 7 grandchildren; 3 sisters; 3 brothers. Funeral was at Christian Chapel at Merriam December 5. The congregation which assembled was the largest seen at the church for years, this being the home of Mr. and Mrs. Rivir until about 10 years ago." [17]

Obituary in The Marion Leader on 3 Dec 1909, page 12: "Mrs. Julia Rivir, wife of Eli Rivir, passed away at 10:30 Thursday night at her home, No 1002 West Third street after a short illness with organic heart trouble. She was in her usual health Wednesday and had gone to visit a friend but upon her return home she became ill and a physician pronounced the case organic heart trouble. Mrs. Rivir declined rapidly and died peacefuly last evening surrounded by friends and loved ones. She was a noble Christian woman and she will be greatly missed by a large circle of friends in this and other cities. She was 66 years of age and had lived in Marion a long time.

In addition to the husband Mrs. Rivir is survived by three sons, V.J. Rivir, O.H. Rivir, and C.J. Rivir and two daughters - Mrs D.S. Easterday of Noble County and Mrs. I.J. Good of Indianapolis. She was an active member of the United Brethren church and devoted to the cause. Arrangements for the funeral have not been completed." Photocopy Obituary for Julia Hosler Rivir, 1909.

On 4 Dec 1909, page 5, the Marion News Tribune announced: "Burial of Mrs Rivir - The remains of Mrs. Eli Rivir will be taken to Noble County for burial, the funeral train leaving this afternoon at 1:46 over the Big Four. A short service will be held at the house about noon and the body will lie in state all morning. Mrs. Rivir will be laid to rest in the Chapel cemetery near Albion where Mr. and Mrs. Rivir formerly resided and where the deceased leaves a large number of relatives and friends. The funeral will be held Sunday." Photocopy Julia Rivir obituary, 1909.

1910 Eli Rivir's son Vernon Rivir (age 37) and wife Cora E (age 31) lived with child Venus (age 13) and Eli Rivir (age 60, widowed) on West Street in Marion, Center Twp, Grant County, Indiana. Vernon was a produce dealer with his own wagon and Eli was retired with his own income. Vernon owned the house with a mortgage. [18]

1913 Eli Rivir lived at 1715 E 4th St, Long Beach, California. [19]

1920 Eli Rivir (age 75) was a lodger in Long Beach, Los Angeles County, California. [20]

1924 Eli Rivir lived at 832A Walnut Avenue, Long Beach, California. [21]

1926 Eli Rivir lived at 832b Walnut Avenue, Long Beach, California. [22]

1927 Eli Rivir lived at 832b Walnut Avenue, Long Beach, California. Vernon J and Ethel Rivir were listed at 832c Walnut Avenue. [23]

1929 Eli Rivir lived at 832 Walnut Avenue, Long Beach, California. Vernon J and Ethel Rivir were listed at 832 Walnut Avenue. [24]

1930 Eli Rivir (age 85) lived in Long Beach California in a house worth $2,000 that he owned. [25]

1930 Eli Rivir lived at 809 S Granada Av, El Monte, California. Vernon J and Cora E Rivir were listed at the same adress. [26]

1930 Eli Rivir flew from California to Indianapolis to attend graduation ceremonies at Indiana Central College for Lowell and Julia Good and Verda Rivir. Photocopy 1930 Eli Rivir flew to Indiana to attend graduation ceremonies for 3 grand children at Indiana Central University.

c 1930 Photo 1930 Four Generations: Eli (middle) and John Corvin Rivir, Miriam and Mary Stevens in Marion, Indiana.

1938 Mrs Cora E Rivir and Eli Rivir lived at 832b Walnut Avenue, Long Beach, California. Vernon J Rivir, grocer was listed at 330 E First. [27]

1938 On September 22, Eli's obituary reported: Eli Rivir was born in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, April 12 1845 and died at Long Beach, CA, Sept. 22, 1938. Mr. Rivir had the advantage of having been reared in a Christian home and he always maintained an active interest in the church. As a young man he organized a Sunday school in the school house at Burr Oak and became its superintendent. Later the church organization was formed and the building erected. In Marion, he became a member of the United Brethren church and later in Long Beach he continued a faithful member of the Christian church until his death ... (eternal life and Christian heritage).

1938 Biography of Eli Rivir, Noble County: "Eli Rivir was born in Bedford County, Penn., April 12, 1845. He came to this county with his parents when but a child. He was married to Miss Juliann Hosler March 25, 1866. Miss Hosler was born in Morrow County, Ohio, August 9, 1843. They now have five children living. Mr. Rivir moved to where he now lives soon after his marriage. He has now one of the finest farms in Noble Township, consisting of 202 acres of excellent land two miles north of Noblesville (historical name for Merriam, Noble Twp, Noble County, Indiana). Everything about the farm indicates thrift and good management. He enlisted as a soldier in the late war, but his release was secured by his father on account of under age. Mr. and Mrs. Rivir are members of the Christian Church. In politics he is a Republican." Noble Twp. [28][29]

1938 Obituary for Eli Rivir, Noble County: "Rivir Eli was born in Lancaster County, Penn., April 12, 1845, and died at Long Beach, Calif. Sept. 22, 1938 at the age of 93 years, 5 months and 10 days. When he was 6 months old his parents came to Noble County with him and the rest of the family. At the age of 21 he married Juliann Hosler, to which union was born three daughters and three sons, Nellie Easterday of Seligman, Ariz., Vernon J. of Long Beach Cal., Nona May who died at the age of 4, Corvin J. of Huntington, Indiana, Orvin H. of VanBuren, Indiana, and Mabel I. Good of Indianapolis, Indiana. He lived in Noble County with his family and was a member of Christian Chapel until he moved to Wabash County in 1898. In 1902 he moved to Marion, Indiana where he resided until the death of his wife in 1909 after which he lived in Michigan, in Fla. and for the last 20 years in Calif. He was a member of the Christian Church until his death. Funeral was at Christian Chapel Sept. 28. Burial, Christian Chapel Cemetery. 9-?-1938". [30]

1938 Obituary for Eli Rivir, Noble County: "Sept 1938, Obituary of Eli River, Albion, Sept. 25, 1938- Eli River, former resident of Albion area, died Fri. at Long Beach, Cal. The body will be returned here Tues. and funeral services will be held Wed. at 10:30 a.m. at Christian Chapel, near here, with Rev. Carl Baldwin officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Three sons survive. (Eli River built the brick house about one-half mile S. of Burr Oak and lived there many years before moving to California.)" [31]

1938 Obituary in a newspaper: "Eli Rivir was born in Lancaster county, Pennsylvania, April 12, 1845 and died at Long Beach, California, Sept. 22, 1938 at the age of 93 years, five months and ten days. When he was six months old his parents came to Noble County with him and the rest of the family. At the age of 21 he married Juliann Hosler to which union was born three daughters and three sons, Nellie Easterday, of Seligman, Arizona; Vernon J. Rivir, of Long Beach, Cal.; Nona May, who died at the age of four years; Corvin J. Rivir, of Huntington, Indiana; Orvin H. Rivir, of VanBuren, Indiana; and Mabel I. Good, of Indianapolis, Indiana. Mr, Rivir lived in Noble County with his family and was a member of the Christian Chapel church until they moved to Wabash county in 1898. In 1902 he moved to Marion, Indiana, where he resided until the death of his wife in 1909 after which he lived in Michigan, in Florida and for the last twenty years in California. Mr. Rivir had the advantage of having been reared in a Christian home and he always maintained an active interest in the church. As a young man he organized a Sunday school in the school house at Burr Oak and became its superintendent. Later the church organization was formed and the building erected. In Marion he became a member of the United Brethren church and later in Long Beach he continued a faithful member of the Christian church until his death. He was thoroughly conscientious in all that he did, a noble husband, a devoted father and an unselfish neighbor. His religion was a matter of deep and abiding faith which shaped his life and guided his conduct. He lived continually with the full confidence of eternal life just beyond. It can be truly said that he and his wife had as their greatest ambition that their children should be men and women of genuine Christian character. This is a great heritage left to the children who remain. The funeral was conducted by Rev. Carl Baldwin at Christian Chapel church September 28 at 10:30 and burial at Christian Chapel cemetery."

"In 1902 he moved to Marion, Ind. where he resided until the death of his wife in 1909 after which he lived in Michigan, in Fla. and for the last 20 years in Calif. He was a member of the Christian Church until his death. Funeral was at Christian Chapel Sept. 28. Burial, Christian Chapel Cemetery." [32]

Eli and Julia Rivir were buried at the Christian Chapel Cemetery, Merriam, Noble County, Indiana. Photo 1909 Gravemarker for Julia Hosler Rivir [33], Photo 1938 Gravemarker for Eli Rivir [34], both at the Christian Chapel Cemetery, Noble County, Indiana.

Photo Cousins Verda Eastridge daughter of Orvin and Mary Stevens daughter of Corvin. Lowell, Ida Mae (Miller), and Julia (Wolfe) Good.

Photo Rivir Lake near the home of Eli Rivir in Noble Co Indiana.
Map Chain of Lakes Park with Rivir Lake in Noble Co Indiana.

Today, Rivir Lake is just east of Burr Oak in the Chain of Lakes state Park. It is plausibly named for the Rivir family, perhaps for Christian Rivir, Eli's uncle.

Footnotes:

[1] Helen Hassler Dempsey, Hasler Families and where They Came from (Rutland, Vermont: Tuttle Publishing Company, 1946/97), 187, [Google Book].

[2] US census, 1850, Reel 0716, Image 235, family 1564, [Internet Archive].

[3] US census, 1850, Reel 0162, Image 483, family 72, [Internet Archive].

[4] US census, 1860, Reel 285, Image 59, family 370, [Internet Archive].

[5] US census, 1860, Reel 1017, Image 440, family 641, [Internet Archive].

[6] Pennsylvania State Archives, Civil War Veterans' Card File, Search in the alphabetical range of names that includes "River", [Link].

[7] CJWhan, Noble County, Indiana, Records from the Whan Collection (Web-based: Noble County Public Library), Noble County, Indiana Library, search for Rivir, [Noble_County_Library].

[8] US census, 1870, Reel 0347, Image 393, family 68, [Internet Archive].

[9] SW & PA Durant, Illustrated Historical Atlas of Noble County Indiana (Andreas and Baskin, 1874), 50, sections 13 and 24, [Internet Archive].

[10] SW & PA Durant, Illustrated Historical Atlas of Noble County Indiana (Andreas and Baskin, 1874), 30, section 19, [Internet Archive].

[11] US census, 1880, Reel 0302, Image 221, family 26, [Internet Archive].

[12] Atlas and Directory of Noble County, Indiana (Elmhurst, Illinois: Friendly Map and Publishing, 1939), 23.

[13] Family Document, Pen North.

[14] CJWhan, Noble County, Indiana, Records from the Whan Collection (Web-based: Noble County Public Library), School records at Noble County Historical Old Jail Museum, [Noble_County_Library].

[15] US census, 1900, Reel 410, Image 464, family 390, [Internet Archive].

[16] Marion Indiana City Directory. (1908):338, ancestry.com

[17] CJWhan, Noble County, Indiana, Records from the Whan Collection (Web-based: Noble County Public Library), Noble County obituaries, citing Newspaper: Democrat 12-9-1909, [Noble_County_Library].

[18] US census, 1910, Reel 352, Image 165, family 156, [Internet Archive].

[19] Long Beach City Directory 1913, 257, [Ancestry_Image].

[20] US census, 1920, Reel 104, Image 1099, family 171, [Internet Archive].

[21] Long Beach City Directory 1924, 140, [Ancestry_Image].

[22] Long Beach City Directory 1926, 542, [Ancestry_Image].

[23] Long Beach City Directory 1926, 548, [Ancestry_Image].

[24] Long Beach City Directory 1929, 602, [Ancestry_Image].

[25] US census, 1930, Reel 130, Image 190, family 757, [Internet Archive].

[26] Long Beach City Directory 1930, 470, El Monte City Directory, [Ancestry_Image].

[27] Long Beach City Directory 1938, 508, Polk's, [Ancestry_Image].

[28] Weston Arthur Goodspeed and Charles Blanchard, Counties of Whitley and Noble Indiana Historical and Biographical (Chicago: Battey & Co, 1882), 462, [Internet Archive].

[29] Counties of LaGrange and Noble, Indiana: Historical and Biographical (Chicago: Battey & Co, 1882), 462, [Google Book].

[30] CJWhan, Noble County, Indiana, Records from the Whan Collection (Web-based: Noble County Public Library), Noble County obituaries, [Noble_County_Library].

[31] Noble County obituaries, [Link].

[32] Find A Grave Memorial 25652263, [Find_A_Grave].

[33] Find A Grave Memorial 25652267, [Find_A_Grave].

[34] Find A Grave Memorial 25652263, [Find_A_Grave].


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