Silas B Bridges

#68, (circa 1818 - January 1869)
RelationshipGrandfather of Nelle Belle Bridges
Father*Benjamin Bridges (1793 - a 1871)
Mother*Hannah Haefner (bt 1792 - 1795 - bt 1860 - 1867)

Family 1

Elizabeth Jane Tuley b. 1823, d. c 1851
Children 1.Hannah E Bridges+ (1843 - 1910)
 2.Rachel Ethel Bridges15 (1844 - 1917)
 3.Benjamin Franklin Bridges+16 (1844 - 1912)
 4.William Wyatt Bridges+17 (1848 - 1937)

Family 2

Harriet E Hesson b. 1838, d. 1915
Children 1.Silas A Bridges Jr+ (1856 - 1935)
 2.Hester Ann Bridges+18 (1858 - 1934)
 3.Edna May Bridges+19 (1862 - 1899)
 4.George B. Bridges+20 (1864 - 1944)
 5.Sherman T Bridges+21 (1866 - 1931)
Birth*circa 1818He was born circa 1818 at OhioG.1,2 
1820He appeared on the census of 1820 in the household of Benjamin Bridges and Hannah Haefner at Columbia Twp., Hamilton Co., OhioG, age10; (neis. David Clarke; Bascomb, Howell, Conklin.3 
1830He appeared on the census of 1830 in the household of Benjamin Bridges and Hannah Haefner at Fulton and Eastern Liberties, Hamilton Co., OhioG; adjacent to Anderson and Columbia Twps.4 
between 1833 and 1840He removed with Benjamin Bridges and Hannah Haefner between 1833 and 1840 Spencer County, Indiana.5 
1840He appeared on the census of 1840 in the household of Benjamin Bridges and Hannah Haefner at Spencer Co., IndianaG; (neis. John "Tuly", line 27; John Simpson, line 22; (next page) John Hesson Jr, Benj. Simpson, Benj. Ward.)6 
Marriage*10 February 1841He married Elizabeth Jane Tuley, daughter of John Tuley and Rachel Stephens, on 10 February 1841 at Spencer Co., IndianaG.7,8 
28 August 1850He and Elizabeth Jane Tuley appeared on the census of 28 August 1850 at Jackson Twp., Spencer Co., IndianaG; (nei. Silas Brown, fam 222.)9 
Marriage*20 April 1853He married Harriet E Hesson, daughter of John Hesson Jr and Nancy A Ward, on 20 April 1853 in Spencer Co., IndianaG; (marriage license.)10 
20 August 1860He and Harriet E Hesson appeared on the census of 20 August 1860 at Jackson Twp., Spencer Co., IndianaG; (neis. Alfred and America Hesson, fam. 1212; John and Sarah Hesson fam. 1214.)2 
June 1863He registered for the military draft "age 35" in June 1863 at Jackson Twp., Spencer Co., IndianaG.11 
Death*January 1869He died in January 1869.12 
Burial*January 1869He was buried in January 1869 at Tunnel Cemetery, Fleming, Barlow, Washington Co., OhioG; Grave marker reads "Bridges, Silas: In Memory of Silas Bridges, Son of Benjamin" [rest of marker gone].13,14 
ChartsAncestors of Nelle Belle Bridges


  1. [S20] 1850 U.S. Federal Census. Silas (33), b.OH, farmer; Eliza J (27), b. IN.
  2. [S19] 1860 U.S. Federal Census. Silas (42), b. Ohio, farmer; Harriett (23), b. Indiana.
  3. [S115] 1820 U.S. Federal Census. Benjamin (26-45), agriculture; Hannah (26-45); 1 m <10 [Silas].
  4. [S116] 1830 U.S. Federal Census. Benjamin (30-39); Hannah (30-39); 2 m (10-14) [Silas and poss. George]; 2 f (<5) [Hester, Anna].
  5. [S181] History of Warrick, Spencer and Perry Counties (Chicago: Goodspeed Bros., 1885), p. 444; Rachel was b. OH 1833, family is in Spencer Co. 1840.
  6. [S54] 1840 U.S. Federal Census. Benjamin "Briges" (40-49); 1 f (40-49) [Hannah]; 2 m (20-29) [Silas, George]; 2 f (10-14) [Hester, Anna]; 1 f (5-9) [Rachel].
  7. [S648] Indiana Marriages 1811-1959/2007/2019 (index and images), online, I:133; Silas Bridges and Jane Tuley; lic. 8 Feb 1841 by E. M. Davison, D.C. clerk; m. 10 Feb 1841 by Wm. Grigsby, J.P.
  8. [S198] Indiana Marriage Collection, 1800-1941 [database], Jordan Dodd, Liahona Research and Works Progress Administration, compilers, online, Silas Bridges and Jane Tuley; Marriage Date: 10 Feb 1841; Marriage County: Spencer.
  9. [S20] 1850 U.S. Federal Census. Silas (33), b. OH, farmer; Eliza J (27), b. IN.
  10. [S648] Indiana Marriages 1811-1959/2007/2019, online, Indiana Marriages, 1811-2007 > Spencer > 1847-1855 Volume 3 > img. 477/574. Silas B Bridges and Harriet E Hesson, marr. lic. issued 20 Apr 1853; no return.
  11. [S564] U.S. Civil War Draft Registrations Records, 1863-1865, National Archives and Records Administration, online, 1st Congressional District, Indiana; Silas (35), farmer, b. Ohio.
  12. [S181] History of Warrick, Spencer and Perry Counties, p 444 "Mr. [Benjamin] Bridges is a son of Silas and Eliza J. (Tuley) Bridges, natives of Ohio and this county respectively. The father came to this county with his parents about 1840. He [Silas] followed the business of farming all his life, and died in January, 1869. He was twice married."
  13. [S312] Washington County Chapter, Ohio Genealogical Society, online, In Memory of Silas Bridges, Son of Benjamin (rest of marker gone).
  14. [S179] Tunnel Cemetery, Warren Township, Markers, online, Inscription: In Memory of Silas Bridges, Son of Benjamin. Note: Rest of marker gone. Tunnel Cemetery, Fleming, Washington County, Ohio. Memorial# 34115733.
  15. [S1672] Indiana Death Certificates 1899-2011/2017, Indiana State Board of Health, Death Certificates, 1900–2011, 1917, Roll 17, img. 596/2215, No. 126. Rachel M [sic] Lee, b. 26 May 1846, dau. of Silas Bridges (b. OH) and Jane Tuley (b. IN); wid., at home, d. 29 Nov 1917, age 71y 6m 3d, cerebral hemorrhage; inf. Mrs. Lizzie Garnett [or Garrett]; bur. Sunset Hill 1 Dec 1917, online
  16. [S1672] Indiana Death Certificates 1899-2011, 1912, Roll 12, img. 1672/2089. No. 20, Local No. 4. Benjamin Franklin Bridges, b. OH 6 Feb 1944, son of Silas Bridges and Eliza. Tuley (birthplaces unk.); husb. of Elizabeth Bridges, ret. farmer, d. Rockport, Spencer Co., 17 Jan 1912, age 67y 11m 11d, paralysis of heart; inf. Carrol Bridges, res. Rockport; bur. Sunset Hill Cemetery 19 Jan 1912.
  17. [S1672] Indiana Death Certificates 1899-2011, 1937, Roll 3, img. 1184/3019. Reg. No. 7169. William Wyatt Bridges, b. IN 19 Sep ----, son of Silas Bridges (birthplace unk.) and unk. mother; husb. of Mary Bridges, ret. farmer, d. 5 Feb 1937, Chrisney, Grass Twp., Spencer Co., age 88, influenza; inf. Andy Bridges; bur. Bender's Cemetery, 7 Feb 1937.
  18. [S1672] Indiana Death Certificates 1899-2011, Death Rec. of Hester Ann Bridges (Esther Kessner), dau. of Silas Bridges and Harriet Hesson, 1934, q.v.
  19. [S648] Indiana Marriages 1811-1959/2007/2019, online, John W Hesson, son of W C Hesson and Susan Emmons; and Edna M Bridges, dau. of Harriet Hesson and Silas Bridges; marr. 2 Sep 1882, Spencer Co. IN, by W L Nourse. Citations p. 14, no. 87; p. 146, no. 64;.
  20. [S1517] Iowa Marriage Records, 1880-1937; Iowa Department of Health, Record Group 48, Iowa State Archives, Des Moines, Iowa.
  21. [S196] Illinois Deaths and Stillbirths 1916-1947, online Sherman T. Bridges, b. 27 Jan 1866, Spencer Co , IN, son of Silas B. Bridges (b. OH) and Harriet E. Hesson (b. IN); res. Quincy, Adams Co. IL, papermaker, wid., wife Priscilla A Bridges; d. 2 Sep 1931, Quincy, Adams Co. IL, age 64; bur. 3 Sep 1931, Sunset Hill Cemetery, Rockport, Spencer Co. IN. FHL Film Number: 1653948.