By connecting a few dots in our message thread, I have developed a speculation about Ellen Jane Stickley...perhaps if I share it we can accumulate some proof.
I've been researching an Israel Stickley (see post 101).His family was in Miami Cty OH in 1850 census, but I've found no Israel in that year.I do have a OH state record of a marriage between Israel Stickley and Polly Baker in Greene Cty OH in 1848...and your Ellen Jane S is born in October 1848.I've not been sure this is my Israel Stickley, but he would have been about 19 y.o. and the name is so unusual, and Greene is close to Miami, so it probably is the same.I also have record of a habeas corpus (1852) and criminal (1855) action involving Israel in Miami Cty Probate Court in 1855, so he seems to have been in the area.
One of Israel's brothers is the William S who verifies Ellen's pension application.If William and Ellen were brother and sister, she should appear on the 1850 census records with William, under William's mother Christina, as a 2 year old:she does not.
Perhaps Israel is Ellen's father, and William is therefore Ellen's uncle?
An Israel Stickley-Polly Baker family might also help account for the appearance of a young girl, Mary A. Stickley, 9 yo, in the 1860 Marshall Co IN, census household of Christina Stickley, a 53 yo woman who appears to have had no husband for more than 10 years (since before the 1850 census).
Finally, RITA has posted to the Stickley board a message (#96) about a 24 year old Independance Stickley, living with a half-brother Silas Baker in Indiana in 1880 in Johnson Twp, Laporte, IN....home town of William Stickley.
Perhaps a young Israel Stickley had a family in the late 1840s/early 1850, and after ?? happened to his first wife the children were raised by other families or were somewhere in Ohio with Israel, or some of both.This first family would be essentially grown up by the time Israel (age 35) married Anne Collins in Tiffin OH in 1864 and enlisted in the Union Army that summer.
FYI, there is a James C Flora in the 1850 Hendricks Cty, IN US census.