Van Gundy Family Tree

Notes for George Washington SUMMA

Residences & events:

Washington Co, IN

Heirs & Devisees of Leonard Kerns
(Summa/Summy Heirs)
May 4, 1834

Personally came before me the undersigned subscriber a justice of the peace in and for said County the within named William Green, Margaret his wife, Leonard Kerns and Polly his wife, Jessee Lukenbill and Nancy his wife, Michael Summy, Adam Strous and Mary his wife, George Summy and Jerusha his wife, David Lukenbill, Joseph Lukenbill and Sally his wife and acknowledged the within Indenture of bargain and sale to be their voluntary act and deed for the purpose therein mentioned - - And the said Margaret, Polly, Nancy, Mary, Jerusha, Sally being examined by me according to law doth relinquish all their writs and title of dower in and to the within mentioned land - Given under my hand and seal this 28th day of August 1834
/s/ Ninian Hamilton J.P.

Abt 1840 This family moved from Washington County to a farm near Pike's Peak, Van Buren Township, Brown County, Indiana.

1848 Van Buren Twp, Brown Co, IN His name appears in the Poll-Tax Payers list.

9/7/1850 Van Buren Twp, Brown Co, IN. Listed in that census were George Summa, 45, farmer with $800 in real estate, born NC. Ann, 40, birthplace unknown, and a large family: William, 16, Sarah, 14, Eliza, 12, Susan L, 10, David J and Polly J, 8, Cynthia S, 6, Margaret A, 1, and 4 Rich children (Ann's children?) Jacob, 17, Nancy, 10, Abraham, 8, and Susan, 6. All children were born in IN.

In the Smithsonian Art Museum is:

Stonehead Road Marker, (sculpture).
Artist: Cross, Henry, d. 1864, sculptor.
Title: Stonehead Road Marker, (sculpture).
Dates: 1851.
Medium: Painted sandstone on a concrete base.
Dimensions: Sculpture: approx. 28 x 16 x 11 in.; Base: approx. 29 x 16 x 11 in.
Inscription: (Front, north side:) TO COLUMBUS MIS 17/(Hand pointing proper right)/TO FAIRFAX 27 MS./(Hand pointing proper left)/1851 H. CROSS (Proper left, west side:)To INDIANAPOL/(Hand pointing front) 48 ms./To SPARKESFER/28 ms./(Hand pointing rear) signed
Description: A carved primitive head, set atop a rectangular block inscribed with the mileage and directions to various towns in the vicinity. The head is sandstone painted with white and black features.
IAS files contain the Columbus Republic (Brown County, IN), Feb. 23, 1985 and Brown County Democrat (IN), ca. Feb. 1985. Articles discuss the addition of this piece to the National Register of Historic Places, December 1984. Cross carved the piece in exchange for road taxes he owed the county. It is believed that a county road superintendent named George Summa or Sumney modeled for the piece. The piece was originally on a wooden post 100 yards west of the present location. The land was formerly the property of Thomas A. Hendricks.

Homestead #3 - Thomas A. Hendricks Farm and the Stone Head. Placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1984, the stately house and unique stone head have intrigued the passerby for years. In 1851 the stone head was designed by tombstone carver Henry Cross in the likeness of the then county road superintendent George Summa. In lieu of paying a road tax or working to build roads as all residents were asked to do each year. Henry Cross decided to provide several stone directional markers. Thus, the neighborhood was known as Stone Head. The house was built in 1891 by Thomas Hendricks. It is said that he competed with his neighbor to see who could build the finest home. The house was carefully restored in 2005 by owner Dr. Michael Kelley.

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