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Alonzo M. Hadley, senior partner of the law firm of Hadley & Abbott of Bellingham, was born in Sylvania, Parke county, Indiana, October 4, 1867, a son of Jonathan and Martha Hadley. The father was also a native of Parke county, born March n, 1831, and was there reared and educated, after which he devoted his entire life to farming in that locality. In Parke county on the nth of March, 1852, he was married to Miss Martha McCoy and they became the parents of three sons: Judge H. E. Hadley, now of Seattle; Lin H., member of congress from the Bellingham district; and Alonzo M. The father was of the Quaker faith and passed away in his native county in 1894 at the age of sixty-three years.Alonzo M. Hadley attended the public schools of his native town until he reached the age of seventeen, when he continued his studies in the Bloomingdale Academy at Bloomingdale, Indiana. He then took up the profession of teaching, which he followed for a year in Parke county, and later he attended Earlham College at Richmond, Indiana, pursuing a two years' scientific course. At the end of that time he devoted another year to teaching in his native county and then went to Rockville, Indiana, where he entered upon the study of law in the office of Elwood Hunt, there pursuing his reading until April, 1891, when he was admitted to the bar and entered into partnership with his former preceptor under the firm style of Hunt & Hadley. There he remained until 1894, when he removed to Indianapolis, where he practiced law independently until 1898. In that year he came to Bellingham, where he became connected with the law firm of Dorr & Hadley, the latter being his brother Lin. In 1909 he was admitted to the partnership, at which time the firm name was changed to Hadley, Hadley & Abbott. On the 1st of March, 1915, Lin H. Hadley retired from the firm on his election to congress and the association between the other partners is maintained under the Foundation style of Hadley & Abbott. They are now accorded a good clientage that connects them with much important litigation and in the trial of his cases Mr. Hadley has proven himself an able lawyer of wide legal learning and notable resourcefulness in defending his cause. .In Kankakee, Illinois, on the 10th of June, 1901, Mr. Hadley was united in marriage to Miss Edna Beebe and during their residence in Bellingham they have made many warm friends. Mr. Hadley is a prominent Mason, having taken the degrees of the York and Scottish Rites and also of the Mystic Shrine. He is a past high priest of Bellingham Bay Chapter, No. 12, R. A. M., and past commander of Hesperus Commandery, No. 8, K. T., and at present is senior warden of Lafayette Lodge of Perfection, No. 3, of the Scottish Rite. He also belongs to the Elks lodge and he is a member of the Bellingham Country Club and of the Cougar Club. He adheres to the religious faith of his ancestors, being identified with the Society of Friends, and his political belief is that of the republican party. Laudable ambition prompted his removal to the west with the hope of making for himself a creditable place in professional circles and this he has done, for Bellingham numbers him among her most distinguished and able members of the bar. - Washington, West of the Cascades: , Volume 3, Pages 242 – 245 - By Herbert Hunt, Floyd C. Kaylor, 1917
Bernard HALE. Among the very yearly settlers of Des Moines County and also of the state is the subject of this sketch. He has not only witnessed the rapid transformation which has taken place in Iowa but has stood at the front and borne his share of the heat and burden of the day. Mr. Hale is of English and German descent his paternal grandparents being born in England, his maternal grandfather John Babb, Sr. was born in Germany. The latter married Miss Susan B. Downer Miller came to America in 1837 and entered land in Iowa (sic sounds wrong but way it is on original). Our subject is a son of Gardner and Jane Waters Hale and was born October 12, 1826 in Park (sic) County, Indiana. His father was born in Providence, Rhode Island August 31, 1795 and located in Parke County when a young man where he bought a farm and made a home. In 1836 he moved to Peoria County, Illinois and farmed until April 1837 when he brought his family to Iowa and entered a farm consisting of 120 acres in Pleasant Grove Township. This was mostly timber land but he cleared it and built a small house and log barn, carrying on farming very extensively. He later replaced his unpretentious home and barn by more substantial and modern ones which were erected by his son, of this review who had learned the trade of carpenter. He was a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church and in politics was first a Whig later a Republican but not an office seeker. His prosperous life closed on his farm in Pleasant Grove Township when he was 92. He was twice married his first wife living but a short time and left no children. His second wife, Miss Jane Waters was born in South Carolina and came with her parents to Parke County, Indiana where she was married. She was a devoted member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church and actively engaged in all departments of the same. She preceded her husband to the better land some 20 years dying when about 55. She was an excellent woman, a kind and love mother, devoted wife. She and her husband are buried in the cemetery in Pleasant Grove Township. They were the parents of 11 children of whom but two now remain - Bernard of this sketch is the oldest and William W, the youngest who is a farmer and resides in Pleasant Grove Township. Mr. Hale's education was obtained after he was 12 years of age in the Pleasant Grove Township schools. He assisted his father for a few years and then worked out by the month for the farmers of the neighborhood, where he also learned the trade of carpenter. When 23 he began to work for himself at his trade but resided at home till he was 27. The next two years he spent in Sperry, Franklin Township working at his trade and then moved to Pleasant Grove Township where he resided on year. In the spring of 1857 he purchased 80 acres in Section 28, Washington Township. The place was all wild land and all of the improvements have been made by Mr. Hale. Since purchasing this farm he has built two houses, the first one being small and plain but the last a large and modern structure. His barns and other buildings also give proof of a practical farmer. For many years he farmed very successfully and each year supplied the market with a fine grade of stock, till his children were large enough to manage the farm when he again took up his trade as carpenter. He also owns 10 acres of timber land in Pleasant Grove Township. Mr. Hale is a Republican and cast his first vote for John C. Fremont for president. He was justice of the peace for 3 years and school director for a number of terms and is now treasurer of the school district. In religious faith he is a Baptist of which church he is a consistent member and was deacon and trustee of the church for some time. January 5, 1854 Mr. Hale wedded Miss Susan B. Downer who was born in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania and came to Iowa in 1839 with her parents when 8 years of age. Her parents were Robert and Lydia Babb Downer the former being born in Ohio the latter in Pennsylvania. Mr. Downer was a contractor of public works and followed that business during his residence in Pennsylvania. They came to Iowa in 1839 and located in Franklin Township where the grandfather, John Babb entered a large tract of land and also bought a number of claims owning family some 1500 acres which he divided among his children. Mr. Downer located upon some of the land entered by Mr. Babb his father-in-law where he farmed for a number of years and then moved to Illinois near New Boston where his death occurred at age 48. His widow survived him for many years and passed away at the home place in Franklin Township, Iowa. Mr. and Mrs. Downer had 9 children of whom six are living. Mr. and Mrs. Hale were blessed with 7: James R resides on the home farm which he farms and also owns 40 acres of land in Washington Township. His education was obtained in the district schools and he has always been a great student and reader and is a scientific farmer. He served the township as assessor for four years and has been secretary of the school board for 15 years. He is a great love of field sports, being a member and corresponding secretary of the New London Gun Club for some time. Lette E, is the wife of Moses M. Smith of Oklahoma. Emma S, married Alexander Westfall of Yarmouth March 7, 1880. She was born on the home farm was educated in the common schools of Washington Township and is a member of the Methodist Church. Since marriage they have always resided in Washington Township, where Mr. Westfall was a farmer till five years ago. They are the parents of 11 children all of whom are living: Bertha M, lives with her grandfather, the subject of this sketch: Effie P, married Foster C. Jarvis tinner by trade of Jacksonville, Illinois and has two sons, Lyle and Foster E. Esta M, wife of Frederick Miller a liveryman of Yarmouth who was born in Woodford County, Illinois came to Iowa 11 years ago and farmed in Washington Township till a year ago when he moved to Yarmouth. Chester A, a farm hand in Washington Township, Orvia D, lives in Jacksonville, Illinois. Edwin E, resides in Washington Township, Howard A lives with his grandfather of this review. Harry E; Ora; Tracy D and Daniel B, all four at home. Ellen Hale is the wife of Casper Oberman of Washington Township, who is a farmer. Willis B. married Miss Hattie Carrie, and is a school teacher in Ruston, Louisiana. They have two children: Cecil B. and Catherine. Emulous Hale died when 7. An unnamed infant is deceased. Mr. Hale's children were all born in Des Moines County. Mr. Hale is now in his 80th year enjoying all the comforts and blessings of old age. There is no man in the community more highly respected or esteemed than is he. His business life, both private and public has always been honorable, his private life an ideal one and his Christian life is one that all may pattern after; and though he has had trials and sorrows here we have the assurance he will find joys without number when he is called to join those most near and dear to him. - Biographical review of Des Moines County, Iowa. Chicago: Hobart Publishing Company, 1905, Page 448
HAMILTON, Norvall, farmer and miller, Bellmore, was born in Ripley County, Indiana November18,1826 and is the son of John and Martha H. (BUCHANAN) Hamilton, both born in Kentucky. He is of Irish and Scotch descent, and was educated when and where "lickin and larnin" went together. He and his brother cleared 10 acres of land when boys, and broke it with a wooden moldboard plow. He was 5 when his parents moved to Jackson Co IN. His father was a millwright, carpenter, cabinetmaker and brick mason and at the time of death, which took place in 1846 he was county clerk. His father was a good, moral man, never heard to swear or known to drink; his mother was a member of the Presbyterian Church. Mr. H. owns a sawmill, situated on the Big Raccoon River at the corners of Adams, Florida and Raccoon Townships, and is doing a thriving business; he also rents a farm in Union. He was married November5, 1853 to Mary J. CRESS and has a large family by this union: Lycurgus; Orlando; Lazora; Warren; Laura; Wilber; Garret who was killed in the sawmill; Henry; Martha M; Alva E; John, now deceased, Perry R; Luetta and Ora. Mr. H. was in the front during the Mexican War. He participated in the battles of Vera Cruz; Cerro Gordo; Puebla; Contreras; Churubusco; Molino del Rey and Chapultepec. Mr. H, by an act of bravery, was the first man to enter Belen gate on that memorable 13th day of September1847. For this act he received a certificate of merit and a pension of $2 a month. He belonged to Col. Smith's regiment of Mounted Riflemen, Co G under Capt. John S. SIMINSON. When crossing the gulf of Mexico, he slept by the side of Gen. Scott's horse. He is proud of his war record. He is democratic in sentiment.
HAMILTON, S.R. farmer, Portland Mills, is one of Greene Township's earliest settlers. He was born in Bourbon County, Kentucky, Mary 17, 1797, and is the son of James and Hannah (RAMSEY) Hamilton. The former was born in Tyrone, Ireland, and came to America in 1781. S.R. Hamilton's paternal grandfather had six sons, all of whom he sent to America but the youngest, who joined in the revolution of 1688, and was forced to flee the country for his life. This old patriarch of liberty was a tiller of the soil. Mr. S.R. Hamilton's grandfather fought in the memorable battle of the Boyne, under William III, in 1690. His mother, Hannah Ramsey was born in Pa. In 1770, in Huntington County, and is the daughter of James and Mary (COCHRAN) Ramsey. His maternal great grandmother, when a hundred years old, could spin six cuts of 10 hundred flax thread or walk three miles in a day, and could read in a small pocket bible without glasses. She lived almost to the great age of 110. Mr. Hamilton's father was married in Pa. In 1793 and settled in Kentucky, where the subject of our sketch was reared and educated in the pioneer cabins and log schoolhouse. In 1816, he came to Jefferson County, In and remained there until 1821 and then went back to Ohio . Remaining in Ohio two years, he then returned to Kentucky, and the same year was married in Fleming Co to Nancy Ramsey, daughter of Alexander and Ann (MORE) Ramsey, whose parents were like his father, natives of Ireland. By this marriage there have been born to them 8 children, four of whom are living; Oliver A, married to Georgiana RAMSEY; Ordelia, widow of JR REDDISH; Wallace I; Evan E and Joseph, who are unmarried and live at home. Wallace I. Was a soldier in the late war for a period of 100 days. H ahs served as county commissioner nine years and as justice of the peace 15 years. He began life in this county in the green woods, on 80 acres and he now has a splendid and well improved farm of 200 acres, located on Sections. 24 and 25. He and his wife have been active church members for half a century. They were members of the Associate Presbyterian Society, near Portland Mills, till 1859, when they withdrew, and with others constituted the church society called United Presbyterians. In the former church he was elected to the eldership, which he filled till the organization of the latter and is now one of the elders in the latter. His and his wife's ancestors, as far back as he can trace them, have been strict Presbyterians. Esquire HAMILTON is the oldest man in Greene Township but one. He and his wife are universally respected, both on account of their age and unpretending piety. Few have passed through so many changes as they. At all times they have mustered courage to triumph over every obstacle. Success comes to the vigilant. Taken from: The 1880 History of Parke County, Indiana. J. H. Beadle. Chicago: H. H. Hill)
HAMILTON, Samuel R. was born in Bourbon Co Kentucky May 17, 1797. His father was born in Tyrone, Ireland and came to America in 1781. He came to Parke County and settled on land in Greene Township. In 1825. His grandfather fought in the battle of the Boyne under William the III in 1690. His maternal grandmother lived to be 110 years old and when she had passed the century mark could spin flax, walk 3 miles a day and read small print without glasses. He served as County Commissioner nine years and justice of the peace for 15 years. He began life on 80 acres and at his death owned 200 acres of fine land, and was the oldest man in Greene Township, honored and respected by all. (Taken from: Atlas Map of Parke Co IN. By AT Andreas. Chicago: Lakeside Building for Clark & Adams St, 1874)
Cornelius R. HANGER is the resident agent of the Vandalia RR. He was born in Staunton, Virginia May 28, 1863 to William H. and Elizabeth M. BRUBECK Hanger, natives of Virginia. The former, who was born in 1842, was a butcher by trade and a member of the Knights of Pythias. The latter was born in 1841 and by her union with Mr. Hanger she became the mother of one son, our subject and one daughter, who married Samuel Barton a resident of Terre Haute. Our subject spent his youthful days in the usual manner of farmer lads until he was 13. He attended the public school from which he received a fair education. After leaving school he learned the art of telegraphy at Rockville this state and commenced following this occupation with the Western Union Telegraph Line. At the age of 18 he had completed his course, and found himself capable of assuming the responsibility of office work and was working as an extra until April 1882 when he was assigned to the branch at Rosedale, Vandalia Line. Since that time Mr. Hanger has had full control of this office, creditably filling the duties devolving upon him in this capacity. December 9, 1883, Mr. Hanger was united in marriage with Miss Lula, a daughter of Stephen and Mary DENEHIE of Rosedale. This lady was the youngest of a family of six children, the eldest dying in infancy. Aula was a victim of pulmonary consumption and died when 20. To Mr. and Mrs. Hanger were born four children to gladden their hearts and home. Their first born died in infancy. The others are: Carl E.; Harley O; and Nellie M. The good wife of our subject was taken with a severe cold which developed into quick consumption and on February 15, 1893, resignedly answered the call to the Master and passed from earth to the land of rest. She was a pious and devoted lady who will be sadly missed in the home, church and social circles and by her two little ones and fond husband who have the sympathy of all in their sad bereavement. Socially, Mr. Hanger is one of those men rarely met with in his position, always ready and willing to impart all the knowledge he can to any and all inquisitors. Some of the prominent traits of his character are a frank and good natured disposition and an agreeable flow of conversation. Fraternally, he is a member of Rosedale Lodge, AF & AM. The height of Mr. Hanger's political aspirations is to so faithfully support such principles of National Government that he may be known as a "Simon-pure" Democrat. - Portrait & Biographical Record, Montgomery, Parke & Fountain Counties, Indiana. Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1893, Page 218
HANNA, Thomas J., farmer, Waveland, is one of the pioneers of Greene Township. He came to Parke Co in 1827 and entered a half-section of land, which he located in 1828. The dense timber which then covered the face of his farm in no way disheartened him. He was reared to the work of felling and burning timber in his native state, Kentucky. He was born in 1802 and is the son of James and Martha Hanna, both pioneers of Mercer County, Kentucky. He was married in1 828 to Ann McCormick (sic), by whom he has 8 children. He now lives with his second wife. Mr. Hanna ever has been a zealous member of the Methodist Episcopal church. In early times, before the days of churches and schoolhouses, meeting was held at his house. While he never sought more than a good name for honesty and integrity from his neighbors, he has gained not only this, but their highest respect and esteem for his Christian character. During the many years of life spent in Greene Township, on his farm, he has through his industry advanced with the country, which his farm and surroundings show. He is now enjoying the fruits of his labor and patiently awaiting the summons that shall call him to sunny lands beyond the dark river. (Taken from: The 1880 History of Parke County, Indiana. J. H. Beadle. Chicago: H. H. Hill)
HANNA, Thomas J. the sixth child of James and Martha Hanna, was born in Mercer County, Kentucky on the 22nd day of November 1802. He lived in various parts of Kentucky until 1827 when he came to Parke Co and located in Green Township. Mr. Hanna having been brought up a farmer, entered 320 acres of Government land and began farming for himself. On the 14th day of February 1828 he was married to Ann McCormick, by whom he has had 8 children. He is now living with his second wife. Mr. Hanna has been an active, earnest member of the Methodist church and having passed to allotted three score and ten, has retired to enjoy the fruits of a well spent life. (Taken from: Atlas Map of Parke Co IN. By AT Andreas. Chicago: Lakeside Building for Clark & Adams St, 1874)
HANSEL, George Howell, was born near Mansfield, July 7, 1831, died at the soldier's home in Danville Ill May 6, 1913. Mr. Hansel was the first man in Parke County to enlist at the beginning of the Civil War, walking 24 mi. to enlist. He rose to the office of 2nd Lt. of Co "K" 43rd Indiana Infantry; was wounded and returned home. When recovered from his wounds reenlisted in Co. "F" 10th Indiana Infantry and served the remainder of the war. He was married August 1, 1869 to Sophronia MARTIN who was born November 22, 1841 near Mansfield. Mr. Hansel was a tanner by trade and for a long time kept a gen. store at Mansfield. He was also postmaster for several years. Mrs. Hansel died October 21,1912. (Note: there is a picture -- Historical Sketch of Parke County, Parke County Indiana Centennial Memorial, 1816-1916 p 110). - HANSEL, George H., grocery man, Bridgeton, was born July 7, 1831, in Jackson Township, Parke Co In and is the son of George and Hannah. Mr. H's father was born in Pa 1795 and died April 1840. He was in the war of 1812 and was one of the men who defended Ft. Hamilton in Ohio ; also one of the party who crossed White River and destroyed the Indian town and supplies. he was the first justice of the peace elected in Jackson Township. He selected a piece of land in Jackson Township in 1820 and settled upon it in 1822. Mr. Hansel's mother was born in New Jersey, July 11, 1799 died April 30, 1873. She was a member of the Methodist Church. Mr. H lived on the farm till 16 and then learned the tinning business and followed that for a number of years. While working at this business he traveled over several states He was married August 1, 1869 to Sophronia MARTIN, daughter of Seborn and Mary ADAMS Martin. They have had 6 children; Walter B. born May 31, 1870died January 10, 1871; George R; October17, 1871; Jessie A, July 25, 1873 d April 1, 1876; Parker D, October13, 1875; Cyrus S, November7, 1877; Mary D, November3,1879. From 1867 to 1872 Mr. H worked at the wagon making trade in Mansfield, Portland Mills and Bridgeton. He then traveled four years in the patent medicine business. In 1878 he began business in Bridgeton, and has continued it ever since. He has lived in Bridgeton for six years. Mr. Hansel was the first man who enlisted from Parke County in the first call for 75,000 volunteers. He enlisted in Co. F 10th Indiana Volunteers for 3 months, served his time, and reenlisted October15, 1861 for three years. He was wounded in the battle of Rich Mountain, so that he was disabled for further duty. He was discharged October11, 1862. While he was out he did good service for his country. Mr. H. has been a Mason since 1856 and has held several offices in that order. he is a member of the Methodist church and a republican . Beadle, J. H. . 1880 History of Parke County, Indiana (from Historic notes on the Wabash Valley and History of Vigo & Parke County) Chicago: H. H. Hill & N. Iddings, Publishers
HANSON, J. W. farmer Section 9, PO Sigourney, was born in Park (sic) County, Indiana in 1827 where he was raised a farmer; he came to this county in 1853 and settled where he now resides; he owns 270 acres of land and has made all the improvements since he came here; he has done considerable civil engineering since coming to the county; he is the author of the first Greenback platform in the state of Iowa and ran for Congress on the Greenback ticket in 1870 on the same platform on which Gen Weaver was elected in 1878; he married Miss D. Horner, June 3, 1849; she was a native of Ohio; they have 5 children: Mary E, now Mrs. John A. Benson of California; Solon A. civil engineer; Alpheus P, Della now Mrs. LD Bond and Monts. - The History of Keokuk County, Iowa : Evansville, Ind.: Unigraphic, 1975, Page 615
William H. HARDING is an enterprising agriculturist of Adams Township Mrs. Harding owning a well-improved farm of 254 acres on Section 2. She also has a fine residence in Rockville where they will probably pass their declining years. In the year 1884 our subject went to Kansas where he preempted 160 acres of land which he afterward sold to his son, Edward. Mr. Harding was born in Shelby County, Kentucky March 2, 1833 and is a son of Josiah Harding who was born in Maryland 1801. The latter resided in his native state until attaining his 20th year when with his father, Nathan he removed to Shelby County, Kentucky. Our subject's father married in that county Elizabeth daughter of Ellis Miller who was a farmer and stock raiser in Kentucky to which state he removed from Virginia about 1821. In 1835, Josiah Harding came to this county, locating in Greene Township where he entered 160 acres and lived there for about two years when he settled in Putnam County which was his home for 20 years. At the expiration of that time he moved to a farm two miles south of Crawfordsville where he died in April 1889. His widow is still living on the old homestead though she was born as long ago as March 12, 1806. Josiah Harding was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church and was politically a Republican. He owned 240 acres of land in Montgomery County at the time of his death. William H. Harding of this sketch is one of 5 children, 4 of whom grew to maturity. Charles W. is a retired merchant; John is a farmer of Union Township, Montgomery County; and Henry W. also resides in the last mentioned place. Our subject left home when 18 going to LaFayette where he learned the dry goods trade. 3 years later he went to New York City where he engaged in the wholesale millinery and fancy goods business with the firm of Cochran & Nickey and at the end of two years was taken into the firm, the title of which became Cochrain & Harding. When a couple of years elapsed, thereafter retired and went to Rockville, Indiana where he engaged in the dry goods business with B.W. Stark, under the name of Stark & Harding. Some time later our subject sold out to his partner and became a member of the firm Coffin & Byers. The senior member withdrew a year later, being following by Mr. Byers two years after. For six years succeeding the firm was known as William H. Harding & Co when our subject withdrew going into business for himself and continuing along five years. His business ventures were blessed with success from the start, and as he was always honorable and correct in his methods, his patrons became his friends. In 1856 occurred the marriage of William H. Harding with Adeline E. Ward, who is the daughter of Greenberry Ward, a native of Woodford County, Kentucky his birth having occurred in 1800. In 1821 he settled on land in Fayette County, Indiana where he remained five years then coming to Parke County and settling in the thick timber four miles south of our subject's present home. At that time the Indians were still plentiful in this locality and the nearest neighbor lived nine miles distant. He erected a log cabin on his place which he soon brought under good cultivation. In 1832 he purchased a farm which is now the home of our subject and there he resided until his death when he owned 313 acres. Mrs. Harding is the youngest and only surviving member of the family comprising 3 children. Greenberry died September 21, 1891 age 91 years and 20 days. He was one of the hardy pioneers of this county and from 1867 to 1870 he had an interest in a dry good business. He was a charter member of the Methodist Episcopal Church at Rockville. Mrs. Harding was born and reared on the place where she now lives and by her marriage became the mother of five, three of whom are living: Charles W, who resides on the farm; Edward H. a druggist at Rockville and Frank B. who runs the home farm. Politically, Mr. Harding is a Republican and religiously a member of the Presbyterian Church. - Portrait & Biographical Record of Montgomery, Parke and Fountain Counties, Indiana, Page. 125
Arthur A. HARGRAVE, editor and proprietor of the Rockville Republican, is one of the most prominent young business men in Parke County. He was born in Portland Mills, Putnam County, Indiana August 15, 1856 and is the son of William H. and Susan BISHOP Hargrave of whom further mention is made in the biographical sketch of the father, presented elsewhere in this volume. He was 2 when his father located on a farm in Putnam County and there spent the day of his boyhood, his time being devoted mostly to duties incident to rural life and his opportunities for education limited. When 13 our subject accompanied his parents to Rockville where he carried don his studies in the public schools. At age 17 he commenced to learn the trade of printer in the he office of the Rockville Republican. In 1876 he entered Wabash College, Crawfordsville from which institution he graduated in 1881, with the degree of Bachelor of Arts. While in college he was one of the Baldwin prize essayists and won considerable local fame through his high order of abilities. Upon leaving college Mr. Hargrave accepted the position of reporter on the Kansas City Journal and remained in that position 1 year, when he returned to Rockville Indiana the spring of 1883, he became reporter for the Terre Haute Express but evens soon afterward took place which induced him to resign that position for work in foreign lands. During the year above mentioned he was offered a position by the Presbyterian Board of Foreign Missions and at once sailed for Persia, where he took charge of the printing establishment of the Board at Oroomiah. The printing was done in the Syriac language, which he soon mastered. During a portion of the time spent abroad he was an editor of the monthly, entitled Rays of Light which was printed in the he Syriac language. While in Persia, Mr. Hargrave met Miss Marion S, daughter of Rev. E. G. Moore, now of Worthington, Minnesota, and the acquaintance ripened into love. They were married in Oroomiah, July 9, 1885. Two years later on account of the ill heath of Mrs. Hargrave they returned to the United States and for a time made their home at Terre Haute where our subject filled the position of assistant editor of the Express. In the spring of 1888 he came to Rockville and purchased the Rockville Republican which he has published ever since. At the time of the purchase the paper had greatly depreciated in value but Mr. Hargrave has succeeded in bringing it up to a high literary standard. New machinery has been added to the printing department, the typographical appearance of the paper has been improved and the circulation increased. The Republican is a weekly paper, Republican in politics and contains local news as well as items of general interest. The proprietor, as the paper is a strong Republican in his political belief and is one of the active workers in the ranks of the party. He takes considerable interest in educational matters and is one of the Trustees of the Rockville schools. His religious connections, as will be inferred from what has already been mentioned of his life, are with the Presbyterian Church. Socially he is a Mason. - Portrait & Biographical Record of Montgomery, Parke & Fountain Counties, Indiana. Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1893, Page 375
HARGRAVE, William H., carpenter and millwright, Rockville, first child of Cornelius T. And Eliz. A. (GEPHART) Hargrave was born near Lancaster, Fairfield Co Ohio October 11, 1834. He was reared on his father's farm, and at the age of 18 commenced to learn the carpenter's trade; this he has followed irregularly since, and has also worked some at mill righting. In 1842 his parents moved to Putnam County, this state and settled on a farm near Portland Mills. Mr. Hargrave was married October 24, 1855 to Miss Susan BISHOP, who was born January 7, 1830. They have had 5 children; Arthur A, Charles A, Ida M B; Lula B and Edward T, now dead. In the summer of 1864, Mr. H. Enlisted in Co. B, 78th Indiana Volunteers for 60 days. The two companies furnished by Putnam County reported at Greencastle early the next morning and on the following morning were awaiting orders at Indianapolis. Here was alacrity and dispatch worthy the age of song. Mr. H. Was 2nd Sgt of his company. Having served his time he was mustered out in October In 1868 Mr. H. Moved to Rockville. One year he worked as a millwright; four years was employed at his trade; and 7 years in a planning mill; four years of the time as foreman. Early the present year, in company with James A. LAMBERT, he began running the Tenbrook planning mill on trial. Since they began business they have put in a saw, and erected a drier which holds 8,000 or 10,000 feet of lumber, and which is heated by a furnace. Mr. H. Is a Mason and republican. He is a member of the Presbyterian. Church and has been a deacon 7 or 8 years. He has been a member of the town board of Rockville since 1878.
William H. HARGRAVE. Located in the midst of a rich farming community, it is not strange that the business interests of Rockville have attained a prominence unequaled in this section of the country. The business men of this place as a class are enterprising, shrewd and far-seeing in judgment and it is largely through their efforts that the city has become prominently known as a commercial center. Among the number who have contributed to this pleasing result may be mentioned William H. Hargrave, the owner and proprietor of large furniture and undertaking establishment of Rockville. October 11, 1834 Mr. Hargrave was born in Lancaster, Fairfield County, Ohio. On the paternal side he is of Virginia descent, his ancestors having been early settlers in the Old Dominion. There Cornelius T. Hargrave, father of our subject was born near the city of Richmond and thence he came to Ohio about the year 1830. His marriage with Miss Elizabeth A. Gephart took place at Circleville. He engaged in farming in the Buckeye state until 1842, when he removed to Indiana and purchased a farm in Putnam County. His attention was closely devoted to improving and cultivating this place, where he resided until his death at Russellville in April 1888. His wife had passed away several years prior to his demise. In his religious connections he was identified with the Presbyterian Church. A man of energy and thrift, he made a success of his agricultural operations and was very prominent in Putnam County. Mr. Hargrave was one of 8 children, and was reared to manhood at the old homestead in Putnam County, Indiana. At age 18 he was apprenticed to learn the trade of a carpenter, and in 1855 he embarked in business for himself. In 1868 he came to Rockville, where he has since made his home. Here he was engaged at his trade 3 years and then entered into the millwright business, continuing at this occupation for several years. Afterward he followed the lumber business for a number of years, and later was variously engaged until 1884, when he organized his present furniture and undertaking establishment. In this business he at once met with flattering success, and his fair dealings with all and uniform geniality of manners won for him the esteem of his customers. He has devoted especial attention to embalming and attended Prof. Clark's school at Springfield, Ohio for the purpose of securing the best possible information regarding this important department of his business. As the result of excellent judgment, brought to bear in every line of work in which he has engaged, success has rewarded his efforts and he has accumulated a competency. In Putnam County, Indiana in the fall of 1855, occurred the marriage of W. H. Hargrave to Miss Susan, daughter of David C. Bishop, a blacksmith residing in Portland Mills, Putnam County. Two sons and two daughters have come to bless their home, Arthur A. is the Editor of the Rockville Republican; Prof Charles A. is Professor in the department of Science & higher Mathematics in Central Normal College, Danville; Ida Belle a graduate of the Rockville School and the Normal school at Danville was for some time a teacher, and is now the wife of Jesse R. Long, an attorney at Muncie, Indiana; Loulie B, the youngest child is at home. Appreciating the fact that Mr. Hargrave possesses qualifications which render him well adapted for public positions, his fellow citizens have frequently called upon him to serve in official capacities. For four years he served as Township Trustee and was a member of the Town Board for about the same length of time. In his political belief he is a Republican. When about 19 he united with the Presbyterian Church and has since been a faithful member of and active worker in that denomination, which he now serves as Elder. Socially he is identified with the Masonic fraternity and has filled the positions of Master of the Lodge and High Priest of the Chapter. During the late war he saw something of active service, having enlisted in 1862 as a member of Co. B. 78th Indiana Infantry and was 2nd Sgt of his company. - Portrait & Biographical Record of Montgomery, Parke & Fountain County, Indiana (Chapman Brothers, 1893) -- Page 422
O. G. HARLAN is a retired farmer who is still making his home on the farm on Section 9, Union Township, Parke County on which he located soon after his marriage. That was over 50 years ago and for nearly that length of time did Mr. Harlan actively engage in carrying on the farm. He has been active in all good works and has a host of warm friends who have been drawn to him by his qualities of many worth and integrity. Mr. Harlan was born in Warren County, Ohio 40 miles north of Cincinnati. The date of that important event was November 5, 1822 (another source lists November 3). Our subject's father, Samuel Harlan was a native of North Carolina and when a child settled in Kentucky with his father. The latter built a mill, which was taken away from him on account of its being on Union land. After this injustice he removed to Ohio when it was a wilderness, taking up land. 12 other families went with him from Kentucky, making settlements in the Buckeye State. Our subject's father remained with his parents until he was of age and in 1829 came to Parke County, Indiana where he secured some land of the Government on Section 9, Union Township. He moved his family into a log cabin, remaining there for many years. He lived to a good old age, his death occurring in his 93rd year while he was on a visit to Kansas. The mother of O. G. Harlan was, before her marriage, Bethesda Nutt. She was born in Warren County, Ohio and attained the age of 76. Her father, Aaron Nutt, was a merchant in the Buckeye state. In the family are 12 children, he of whom we write being the 5th in order of birth. His brothers and sisters all grew to manhood and womanhood, but of the number only one is now living, Mary, Mrs. Mitchell of Vermilion County Illinois. When a lad of 7 Mr. Harlan first set foot in Parke County, settling in the thickly timbered wilderness with his parents and attending the old-fashioned log school house with its attendant discomforts. He remained under the parental roof until his father's death. In the year 1842 (Note: married Hendricks County, Indiana - 9 November 1843) he was united in the bonds of matrimony with Asenath Hunt, of Hendricks co, who was born in North Carolina. This marriage has been blessed with the following children: Drusilla; Samuel; Ithmer; Milton; James and Aaron. In addition to these children, Mr. and Mrs. Harlan have given a home to 12 orphans, for which they are certainly deserving of great credit, as that is a piece of practical philanthropy and usefulness which is worthy of praise. Politically, Mr. Harlan is affiliated with the Republican Party. - Portrait & Biographical Record of Montgomery, Parke & Fountain Counties, Indiana. Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1893, Page 552
Peter HARPER, an intelligent farmer and respected citizen was born in Decatur County, Indiana, February 17, 1842. His father, James Harper was a native of Virginia but in his youth was taken by his paternal grandmother to Kentucky where he was reared and married. By trade he was a gunsmith, going to Decatur County about 1830 where he resided until 1845 at which time he settled in Reserve Township, this county. Here he remained until his death in 1852. He was a steadfast Democrat in his politics and was twice married, first to a Miss HUFFMAN who bore him the following children: Nancy; Rebecca; Mary; Lydia; Cynthia and James. His second wife was the mother of these children: Jackson; George; Gibson; Peter and Esther, who, was a widow and died about 1860 in Warren County Ohio. Our subject was reared in Indiana, receiving a common district school education, and at the age of 5, went to live with a brother-in-law, Benjamin DAVIS with whom he remained until reaching majority. At this period he began working on a salary of $100 per year, with board and clothing included which occupation he followed for 5 years when he married and began farming in Parke County, where he now lives. In 1835 his brother-in-law Benjamin Davis also came to Parke County from Kentucky, his native state and bought 80 acres of timber land on Section 19 to which he added and clear 168 acres which finally passed into the hands of our subject. For many years Mr. Harper has been throwing his weight of his influence in favor of the Democratic Party of which he has been a devoted adherent. Our subject has been greatly aided and encouraged in his work and in the making of a cozy home for himself and his family. His first marriage occurred April 22, 1869 to Miss Catherine MANLEY of Parke County to whom were born 6 children: Emma E; James B; Minnie C; Harriet N; John P and Arastus. This devoted mother died February 7, 1888, a valued worker in the United Brethren Church. Some years after he was married a second time, taking as his wife Rachael, and a half-sister of his former companion who in her brief married life contributed largely to the happiness of her husband. She quietly passed away October 15, 1890, having lived a consistent Christian life and having been for many years connected with the Christian Church of this place. Mr. Harper has always been engaged in farming, is well versed in the principles of agriculture, employs the best modern methods of tilling the soil and derives a comfortable income form his harvests. He is a sensible, well-informed man, kind and considerate in his dealings and intercourse with others, which traits place him high in the regard of his fellow citizens. - Portrait & Biographical Record of Montgomery, Parke & Fountain Counties, Indiana. Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1893, Page 251
HARRIS, Robert C, Farmer and stock raiser, Section 9, P. O. Oskaloosa born in Augusta County, Virginia June 20, 1840 and when 4 removed with his parents to Park (sic) County, Indiana and lived there 7 years when they came to Iowa by wagon and were about 4 weeks on the way; arrived in this county near Oskaloosa, November 1, 1855 and he was brought up here and engaged in farming and stock raising. He owns a farm of 225 acres; married Miss Abbie Elliott from Oskaloosa December 29, 1864; they have 5 children Francis L; Nola L; Lycurgus L; Licus and baby; they lost two children. - The History of Mahaska County, Iowa: Union Historical Company, 1878, Page 611
HARRISON, Wilburn P., farmer and coal dealer, Rockville, was born November 9, 1858 in Parke Co and is the son of William died and Elizabeth A. (BRADFIELD) Harrison. He has attended the common school and has attended Bloomingdale Academy two terms. He began farming for himself in the fall of 1879 and lives with his mother on the old homestead. He has successfully managed the farm for about 6 years, since his father's death. Mr. Harrison is a republican, quite a reader and an energetic, industrious young man. Mr. Harrison's grandfather (on his father's side) was born March 21, 1787 and died in his 84th year. He taught school, kept store, and was afterward a farmer. He was a great reader and retained his mind clear until the time of his death. Grandmother Harrison was born July 23, 1788 and died in April 1863. Mr. Harrison's father was born April 18, 1827 in Columbiana Co Ohio and died September 26, 1873. In the fall of 1852 he moved, in company with his parents, wife's folks and others, to the number of 40, to Parke County, IN. March 21, 1850 he was married to Miss Elizabeth A. Bradfield. They had 6 children: Sarah L, who died November 23, 1857; Eliza J; Charles B; William S who died October 23, 1873; and Minnie E. Mr. Harrison began life in limited circumstances, but at the time of his death he owned a fine farm of 307 acres, 3 mi. Northeast of Rockville, as the result of his industry and labor. There is a large vein of coal on his place, which covers about 100 acres and produces as good coal as can be found in t he state. Mr. Harrison was a man of sterling integrity and upright character. He was a member of the Christian church and in politics a republican. He was a kind, indulgent father and an influential member of society, and his death was lamented by all who knew him. Mrs. Harrison was born in Columbiana County, Ohio , March 9, 1830 and is the daughter William and Sarah Bradfield. Her father died about 18 years ago. Her mother is 78 year old and still lives on the old place. Mrs. Harrison and her husband were both in the same community, went to school together and finally concluded to live together. Since her husband's death she has had the responsibility of managing the place and a good deal of business, which she has borne and transacted with remarkable fortitude and success. She is a member of the Christian church and a respected Christian lady.
HARRISON, W. P., a prosperous farmer of Adams Township, Parke County has been Postmaster of Nyesville a small town near his homestead for the past 10 years. He has resided all his life on his present farm, which was his birthplace. The date of that event was Nov 9, 1858. His parents were William D. and Elizabeth BRADFIELD Harrison who were both natives of Columbiana Co, Ohio. The great-grandfather of our subject, Benjamin Harrison it is supposed was a native of England, who located in this state at an early day. His son, William married a Miss DICKSON and unto them were born nine children, six of whom grew to maturity, and of this number, Mrs. Anna Bradfield died May 9, 1893. The father was a member of the Society of Friends, and politically was a Whig. His younger days were spent in teaching, but he later devoted himself exclusively to farming. When young he removed to Ohio and there reared his family, but finally settled in Indiana where he died in 1868, his wife having passed away four years previous to this. The father of our subject grew to manhood in Ohio and in that state was married in 1850. Two years later the young couple came to this county, purchasing 80 acres of land, which is now comprised within the boundaries of our subject's present farm. As the years rolled away, he increased his landed possessions until he was the owner of 317 acres. This property when he bought it was unimproved, but he lived to see the greater portion of it under cultivation. He was a Republican politically and a member of the Christian Church, in the faith of which he died in 1873. His wife survived him 10 years, dying in 1883. WP Harrison is one of six children: two died in childhood; Eliza J. deceased was the wife of Jefferson SKELTON; our subject is next in order of birth; Charles B. and Arminta, wife of William WELCH complete the number. When 15, at which time occurred his father's death, our subject assumed the care of the family and faithfully did he perform the duties devolving upon him. He was educated in the common schools of Parke Co, and for a short time attended the Bloomingdale Academy. He began his business career as a farmer, and now has 117 acres in his own home farm and also has a tract of 46 acres bottomland. About the year 1882 he developed a coal mine on his own farm and has largely engaged in mining for the past 10 years This mine's output averages about 60 tons a day and is bringing in a good income to the fortunate owner. In the year 1886 was celebrated the union of Mr. Harrison and Louetta KENT who is a daughter of Elijah and Mary McNeil Kent. They have four sons: Charles C; Roscoe C; Benjamin C; and W. Byron. In his political affiliations, Mr. Harrison is a stanch supporter of the Republican Party, and is a worthy citizen in every sense of the word.” Portrait & Biographical Record of Montgomery, Parke & Fountain Counties, Indiana (Chicago: Chapman Brothers 1893) p 492. Shared by Karen Zach.
Colonel George C. HARVEY, a prominent lawyer of Danville was born on August 9, 1860 on a farm near Rockville, Parke County, Indiana the son of George c. and Martha Ann Thompson Harvey, his father a native of Parke County and his mother of Kentucky. His mother was the daughter of James L. Thompson, a very prominent Methodist minister and author of a volume of sermons. His father was a young farmer at the opening of the Civil war and enlisted for service on September 15, 1861 in Company I, 31st Regiment Indian Volunteer Infantry. He was mustered in as captain and participated in the battles of Ft. Henry and Donelson in the spring of 1862 and was killed on the first day of the battle of Shiloh, April 6, 1862. His mother was left with 3 children and reared them to lives of usefulness and honor. She never remarried and is still living in Danville at age 76. These children were James H of Yazoo City, Mississippi; Mrs. Mary T. Hadley, widow of Otis C. Hadley who is now a teacher of art in the public schools of Lebanon, Indiana. For a number of years she was at the head of the art department in the Danville schools and also the central Normal College. She teaches for the love of art and cares nothing for the financial side of the profession. The third child George C. Harvey the immediate subject of this sketch was only one year old when his father was killed in battle. Colonel George C. Harvey was born in a log house which is still standing in Parke County about half way between Rockville and Bloomingdale. After his father’s death in the Civil War, his mother, with her 3 children moved to Attica where they lived for a few years. Later they moved to Rockville where they lived until 1875 when they came to Hendricks County. George C. Harvey then went on the farm of his guardian and remained there until fall of 1879 when he entered Wabash College and completed the four year course. He worked his way through college by putting in crops in the summer and doing railroad contract work and in fact anything he could find to do. He at times worked in the auditor's office at Danville in order to make a little money to continue his course in college. While his vacation periods were as busy as they could possibly have been he was not less employed while in school. In addition to carrying full college work and doing chores on the side, he read a great deal of law in the offices at Crawfordsville. In the summer of 1883, upon his graduation he went into the office of Thaddeus S. Adams, of Danville and continued with him until the spring of 1887 but not as a partner. He was admitted to the bar in 1884 but had been deputy prosecuting attorney before that time in the justice of peace court and might have been admitted to the bar before 1884 but he did not care for his admission until he had had a case in the circuit court. In July 1887 he formed a partnership with George W. Brill, the present judge of Hendricks County and this partnership continued until Judge Brill was elected 1912. Colonel Harvey has won an enviable name for himself in court and is known throughout the central part of Indiana as one of the best jury lawyers. He has had more than 30 murder cases in court and has had a very large share of success in the general practice of Hendricks County. Recognizing his keen ability as a lawyer and as an analytical student of the law, corporations have frequently engaged him as counsel and he has always been able to give good service to his clients. Colonel Harvey was married November 8, 1887 in Flemingsburg, Kentucky to Lillian D. Drenan the daughter of James P. and Mahala Drenan of that city. To this union 4 children: Drenan R, born April 6, 1889 who is now practicing law with his father; George R, born August 17, 1890 who is also associated with his father in the practice of law; Martha A, born April 22, 1895 and John Parke born June 10, 1902. Mr. and Mrs. Harvey are justly proud of their our children and they have given them every educational advantage possible in order that they might be the best equipped for their future careers. It is a satisfaction to the parents to know that their children have fulfilled their expectations in every way and are in a fair way to make themselves recognized factors in the community in the future. Colonel Harvey was elected clerk of the city of Danville on four different occasions a fact which attests his popularity in his home town. He was a member of the military staff of Governor Chase and also of Governor Matthews with the rank of colonel. He has also been chief inspector of the infantry of the state. In 1890 he was elected colonel of the Sons of Veterans of the sate of Indiana and since that time has held the office of judge advocate general of the Sons of Veterans of the U. S... He is a member of the Loyal Legion the Free & Accepted Masons, both of the chapter and council and while in college was a member of the phi Kappa Psi Greek letter fraternity. In his political relations he is a member of the Republican Party and saw no reason in the fall of 1912 why he should sever his connection with that old and established party. Colonel Harvey is vice president of the Klondike Milling Company of Danville and is financially interested in that company. He is one of the directors of the Columbia Club of Indianapolis and stockholder in the same. Colonel Harvey has been a prominent figure in Hendricks County many years and is still regarded as one of the best men of the Hendricks County bar. As he approaches the fall of life he will have the satisfaction of letting his mantle rest upon the shoulders of his two worthy sons who are fast qualifying themselves to take up the work which their father has so well done in the past. - History of Hendricks County, Indiana. Indianapolis, Ind.: B.F. Bowen & Company, 1914, Page 616
Captain George HARVEY was ranked among the bravest and most amiable of our officers. His home was in Parke County, Indiana. The regiment felt proud of his abilities and a thrill of sorrow went through the ranks when intelligence was received that he had fallen by a rebel bullet, while faithfully discharging his duty and urging on his brave company in the battle of Shiloh, April 6, 1862. He sleeps in Indiana's consecrated soil. - Stevenson, David. Indiana's roll of honor, Indianapolis: The author, 1864-1866, Page 208
HARVEY, John W., M.D., physician and surgeon, Mansfield, was born in Sullivan County, Indiana September 17, 1833 and is the son of James F. and Sarah (HINKLE) Harvey. The doctor's father was born in NC in May 1800. He was a local preacher in the Methodist church and died February 23, 1874. Dr. Harvey lived on a farm till he was about 21 years old, and had a common school education and also attended some at New Lebanon Academy. He read medicine two years and then attended lectures Academy. He read medicine two years and then attended lectures at Rush Medical College. He began the practice of his profession in Clay County, and practiced at Bridgeton awhile and settled in Mansfield in 1860. He was first married May 14, 1862 to Lucy F JOHNSTON, daughter of Col. Samuel Johnston. She was born November 29, 1837 died August 31, 1878. The children by this marriage were Arthur J, born January 27, 1865; Emma A, March 2, 1867; Nora H, September 8, 1869; Bertha M., October 8, 1872. He was married the second time, August 13, 1879 to Mariah LANKFORD daughter of Robert P. She was born March 29, 1847. The doctor and his wife are both members of the Methodist Church. He is a republican. He is well established in the respect and confidence of the people. Taken from: The 1880 History of Parke County, Indiana. J. H. Beadle. Chicago: H. H. Hill
Robert Warren Hawkins, MD one of the leading members of the medical profession practicing at Brazil, Indiana was born in that city, January 7, 1872 the only child of Dr. William B. and Abigail McLain nee Daniels Hawkins. Dr. Robert W. Hawkins was educated in the high school at Brazil and graduated from Medical College of Indiana at Indianapolis with the class of 1895, after which he located in his native city, where he has built up an excellent medical practice and enjoys the confidence and esteem of his fellow townsmen. During the period of the Spanish-American war from April 23, 1898 to November 23, 1900 he was hospital steward for 159th Indiana Regiment at Camp Alger, Virginia. He belongs to the Clay County Medical Society of which he was secretary; State Medical Society of Indiana to Brazil Lodge No 215, Independent Order of Odd Fellow; Tribe No. 61 of Red Men at Indianapolis and various other fraternities. He has been Secretary of County of Health, having served in 1896-97. He also has the distinction of belonging to the Indiana Society of Sons of the American Revolution he being a lineal descendant of Ephraim Warren of that conflict. During the great smallpox scourge in Brazil in 1903 Dr. Warren was secretary of City Board of Health and materially aided in stopping the spread of the disease. In his political views he is a staunch supporter of the Republican principles. He was married to Claudia Tennant, October 12, 1898. She was b. near Paris, Illinois January 30, 1876 daughter of Lawrence & Prudence J. Crooks Tennant both parents being natives of Parke County Indiana. Their children were: Claud Mrs. Hawkins; Ora A, wife of R.P. Shattuck now residing at Brazil, Indiana; Merle E, Lillis M. The father of Mrs. Hawkins was a farmer, merchant and traveling expert machine man for the McCormick Harvester Co. of Chicago. He died at Brazil, Indiana. He was prominent in Masonic circles, a member of the Christian Church and in politics a Democrat. His widow now resides At St. Louis, Mo. The one child born to Dr. Robert W. Hawkins and wife is William Lawrence, born February 2, 1901 - Travis, William. A history of Clay County, Indiana. New York: Lewis Pub. Co., 1909, Page 41
It is seldom a man passes from life leaving so honorable a record and so sweet a memory as did Daniel W. HAYS, who was born in Darke County, Ohio November 21, 1820 and died January 23, 1906 in Brazil, when in the 86th year of his age. He was everywhere spoken of in terms of admiration and respect but his many good qualities of heart and mind won him the sincere and abiding love of the great majority of those with whom he came in contact. His example was indeed one well worthy of emulation and his memory will be cherished for years by all who knew him while he was yet a factor in life's activities. Mr. Hays was a son of James and Sarah Woodmancy Hays, both of whom were natives of Ohio. The father removed westward to Indiana at an early day, settling in Clay County where he followed the occupation of farming a long period. He was everywhere known as Judge Hays and was a man respected and honored by all with whom he came in contact. His death occurred in Covington, Parke County (sic - Covington is in Fountain County). Brought to Indiana in early life, Daniel W. Hays was reared amid the wild scenes and environments of the frontier and early became familiar with all of the pioneer experiences. A t that day the homes of the settlers were largely build of logs, the cabins were small, making quarters crowded, but there was no time when the house was so full that it could not extend cordial hospitality to friend and neighbor. Cooking was largely done over the old time fire place and the meat for many a meal was secured by the huntsman who found good opportunity to exercise his skill for there were still large herds of deer and many wild turkeys and other game in the forests. Mr. Hays shared in the hardships and privations of pioneer life and in the arduous toil of developing a new farm. Having arrived at years of maturity he was married to Miss Elizabeth Grimes and following her death he married Miss Elvira Kennedy on 2 February 1854. She was born in Parke County Indiana April 28, 1829 and was a daughter of William and Sarah Russell Kennedy. The father was born in Pennsylvania and died at Center Point, Clay County at the age of 80. The mother was born in Ireland and died near Brazil, Indiana 26 April 1863, 76 years. They were married in Pennsylvania but came to the Middle West at an early day and cast their lot with the pioneer settlers of Parke County, Indiana. Mr. Kennedy carrying on farming both in Parke and Clay Counties. The family were members of the Methodist Episcopal Church. The children of Mr. and Mrs. Hays were six in number: Julia E, the oldest is now the wife of J. M. Russell, a resident of Amarillo Texas. Cyrus K. married Anna Grimes and is now living in Columbia, SD. James W. married Lillie Groves and is living in Spokane, Washington. Ermina Jane is the wife of Blair S. McNutt a resident of Brazil. Sadie V. is also living in Brazil and Cora E is the wife of Harry R. Williams a resident of Kansas City. After some years' identification with general agricultural pursuits in the state, Mr. Hays engaged in the flour milling business a number of years at Center Point, Clay county, Indiana. He then resumed the work of the fields and carried on general farming in Sugar Ridge Township until 1899 when he came to Brazil and here lived retired. He was a member of the school board in Sugar Ridge for a long period and the cause of education found him a stalwart advocate. In early life he belonged to the Christian Church but afterward became a member of the United Brethren and after coming to Brazil joined the Presbyterian Church and lived a most upright, honorable life. He was one of those who voted the Free Soil ticket when that party placed a presidential candidate in the field. Finding that there had been no steps toward placing a Free Soil ticket in the field in this country, Mr. Hays wrote to George W. Julian, congressman from the 3rd Indiana district for tickets. He received 400 and Mr. Hays saw to it personally that 200 were distributed in this county and 200 were sent to his brother in Montgomery County. There were only 11 votes cast for the party in this county and among those who voted the ticket were Mr. Hays, his brother, his brother-in-law, his father-in-law and his son. Mr. Hays believed that the Free Soil movement gave birth to the Republican Party and that the principles of the Free Soil party were the principles endorsed in the first platform of the Republic Party. He therefore became a stalwart supporter of the latter. He said in his later years that he loved his country next to his life and his party with an equal affection. He believed it to be on the right side of every question excepting that touching the liquor traffic for Mr. Hays was always a firm temperance advocate. In fact his influence was always on the side of right, progress, reform and improvement. Perhaps no words could better close this brief review of the life of an honored man than the tribute written by his old time friend, William Travis who said: "The sense of duty moves me to write briefly, at least, a feeble tribute of respect to the memory of Daniel W. Hays, who passed over the border between the living and dead on 23 January 1906. It was my good fortune and pleasure to know him intimately during the latter half of his useful and exemplary life. I have known and associated with many good man but none whose companionship,, friendship and counsel were more appreciated and helpful than his. In him there was no guile, nor shadow of turning aside from right and duty. His every day life reflected the true Christian character. In his relations with his fellow men and his treatment of his neighbor he never lost sight of the principles of the Golden Rule. He had the courage of his convictions at all times and under all circumstances. In him the cause of popular education, the promotion of morals and the improvement and advancement of society had an earnest, devoted and substantial supporter. During the years of my school work at Center Point he was ever vigilant in behalf of the cause and contributed liberally to my success. Then it was that a mutual interest and attachment sprang up between us which was never broken nor ever marred notwithstanding our difference of opinions on vital current questions of the day. Were I at any time in need of aid and encouragement, he did not wait to be asked but came voluntarily to my relief. Though of no pretensions nor ostentation, Daniel W. Hays was a man of heart and mind clean and fragrant with love and sympathy for humanity and every work which promises the regeneration and elevation of the race, individually and collectively. No monument of marble nor granite is needed to perpetuate his memory." - Travis, William. A History of Clay County, Indiana. New York: Lewis Publishing Company, 1909, Page 258
HAYWARD R. H. - one of the best dry-goods store in Rosedale, Parke County, is owned and managed by the honorable gentleman of whom we write, who is also a first-class jeweler and watch-maker, and keeps constantly on hand a large assortment and well-selected stock of Waltham, Elgin and Dueber watches of all grades, together with a great number of solid gold and filled cases. These he sells at the lowest prices for cash or on monthly payments. His stock of jewelry is of the latest designs, while that of his drugs is always fresh, clean and pure. Prescriptions are compounded night or day. Mr. Hayward was born March 12, 1861, in Danville, PA and is the son of Richard and Sarah George Hayward. The father of our subject was a merchant by occupation and one of the successful business men of the county in which he resided. At the time of his death, which occurred in August 1882, his successor in the office was he of whom we write and he continued in the office for over a year at Carbon, Indiana. Our subject was also in the drug trade at that place, which business he carried on very profitably. The mother of our subject died but a short time prior to the death of her husband. On February 2, 1888, the store and entire stock belonging to our subject was consumed by fire, causing an immense loss to him as he had worked hard to obtain what he had. There was but $500 insurance on the whole. After the fire, he went to Coxville, where he worked for the Brazil Block Coal Co. as store-keeper, remaining with this corporation about one year. At this period he went to Mecca, Indiana and opened up a drug store, staying there a year. He then moved his stock back to Coxville where he carried on his business about a year. Jan 1, 1892, he removed Rosedale and purchased the drug stock of Dr. Linch, which he consolidated with his own. October 15, 1885, he was united in marriage with Allie C. EDDINGTON of Carbon, this state. This lady is the daughter of William and Sarah Eddington who now reside in Terre Haute. She is the only daughter of her parents and has but one brother, Curtis, living in Terre Haute, who is a fireman on the Big Four Railway. Mrs. Hayward's father is Master of Transportation of the same system by which his son is employed. She was born October 2, 1868 in Mattoon, Illinois and is the mother of one bright little boy, Fred S, who was born July 22, 1888. She is devoted to her home and family interests. Politically, Mr. Hayward is a sound Republican and thorough advocate of party principals. Socially, he is a member of Lodge 259, A. F. & A. M. of this place. He is one of those men well calculated to make many friends, and is respected by all. – source - Portrait & Biographical Record of Montgomery, Parke & Fountain Counties, Indiana. Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1893, Page 685.
Among the native sons of the neighboring state of Indiana who have established a permanent home in Illinois and prospered as a farmer may be named William S. HAZZARD. He is now in the prime of life, a successful farmer and a man who is highly respected as a representative of the leading interests of this county. He was born in Parke County, Indiana November 26, 1868 and is a son of John F. and Caroline M (Evers) Hazzard, the former also a native of Parke County and the latter of Henry County, that state. John F. Hazzard was a farmer and came to Vermilion County in 1870 and here rented land for six years at the end of which time he bought the farm where our subject now resides and engaged with a goodly measure of success in agricultural pursuits. As a patriotic citizen and a supporter of the Union he preferred his services to Company E, 115th Indian Regiment, Volunteers. Having been discharged from this company on account of the expiration of the time of enlistment, he again enlisted, serving in the 149th Indiana Volunteer Infantry until the close of the war. He participated in a number of great battles and, although he was a brave man and on more than one occasion was in immanent danger, he never received an injury while in the service of his country. He was a great admirer of Abraham Lincoln and a stanch advocate of the Republican Party. He was essentially a self-made man and possessed those characteristics which attract friends so that he was a popular man wherever he was known. He departed this life after many years of usefulness, April 25, 1905, and his remains were deposited in Crown Hill Cemetery. The faithful wife and mother still survives and is living on the old home place, which embraces 342 acres on Section 15, Love Township. William S. Hazzard was reared at home and educated in the common schools, remaining with his father, who gave him a thorough training in all matters pertaining to agriculture and stock raising. He still continues at the old homestead, where he has had charge of the farm, making a specialty of raising and feeding live stock and gaining a reputation as one of the progressive and energetic men in his line. On December 3, 1895, Mr. Hazzard was happily united in marriage to Miss Minnie Henderson who is native of this county, born February 9, 1873. She is a daughter of Joseph and Mary (Dillon) Henderson, the father a native of Illinois and mother of Indiana, both of whom are deceased. Mrs. Hazzard is one of a family of 10. To our subject and his wife, two were born: Mary Zua, who was born July 3, 1898; and Georgia Caroline born December 8, 1900. The mother and daughter of the family are both faithful members of the Christian Church and are actively identified with the social interests of the community. Mr. Hazzard has followed his father in giving his support to the Republican Party but he has never been an aspirant for public office, preferring to devote his entire attention to the farm. He is a valued member of Camp No. 425, Modern Woodmen of America, at Ridge Farm and in his life has exemplified many of the noble teachings of that organization. He has from his earliest recollection been connected with agricultural interests and few men in his part of the county can claim a more intimate acquaintance with the farm. Of him it may be said that he has grown up with the county and contributed his part in making it one of the most favored regions of the globe. - Jones, Lottie E. History of Vermilion County, Illinois: a tale of its evolution, settlement, and progress for nearly a century. Chicago: Pioneer Publishing Company, 1911, Page 665
HEATH, Daniel, farmer, Lusk's Springs, was born in Sugar Creek Township, January 8, 1833. His father, John Heath, was born in Franklin County Indiana in 1811 and was one of the first settlers in the township, having come here in 1826, and was one of the pioneer preachers of the United Brethren church. He allowed no monetary considerations to stand in his way, but kept his appointments regardless of the weather, and never looking for pay, preaching in the log houses and barns of the early settlers for many years. His mother, Mary (Bowsher) Heath, was a daughter of Jacob Bowsher, who settled in Liberty Township. in 1823, in whose loft religious meetings were held during the early settlement of the county. Mr. Heath got his education at the log schoolhouse, on Sec. 29 an old man by the name of Haines being the teacher, and during life has been engaged in agricultural pursuits. March 4, 1865, he married Miss Rachel McPherson, daughter of John McPherson, who came to this county at an early day, and has two children: Audis Elmer and Bertha Ondola. A year after his marriage he moved to the farm he now occupies, on which his uncle, Elisha Heath, had settled in 1826, consisting of 289 acres of good land, in good cultivation, his house and farm buildings ranking among the best in this part of the county. Like most of the pioneers, Mr. Heath has obtained his property by his own industry and good management. He is the originator and prime mover in the effort to get a graveled road from Rockville to Crawfordsville, which will soon be carried to a successful termination. He is a prominent member of Annapolis Lodge, AF & AM and also a member of the national party. His grandfather and grandmother Heath were born in 1777, and were from English descent, his wife's family being originally from Scotland as the name implies. Taken from: 1880 History of Parke County, Indiana by J. H. Beadle. Chicago: H. H. Hill & N. Iddings, Publishers.
Daniel HEATH was born in Sugar Creek Township in 1833. His father, John Heath was born in Franklin County, Indiana 1811 and settled in this township in 1826 and was one of the pioneer preachers in the United Brethren Church, who went like the early apostles, "without money or without price," in all kinds of weather and preached in the log houses and barns of the pioneers. Daniel got his limited education in a log school house. He bought a farm of 280 acres upon which his uncle Elisha Heath settled in 1826, acquired through his own industry and economy, characteristic of the early settlers who did things. - 1816-1916 Atlas of Parke County Indiana, Page 115
HEDGES, J. W. . , druggist, Bloomingdale, is a native of Illinois, born July 21, 1849, and at two years of age his parents removed to Parke County, where they remained for some years, after which they removed to Montgomery County, Indiana. His father, M. F. . Hedges, was a Baptist minister, having acted in that capacity for a great many years in Montgomery, Parke and Putnam counties, and is now administering the gospel to the people of Chautauqua, Kansas. J. W. . Hedges came to Bloomingdale in 1879, and engaged in the drug business, and by his courteous treatment has not only built up a good trade, but has gained many friends. He is a member of the Masonic fraternity, No. 127, which meets at Annapolis. Taken from: Page 299 History of Parke Co IN; J. H. Beadle, Chicago: H. H. Hill, 1880
Alexander HENDERSON. This venerable and highly esteemed citizen of Montgomery County has been identified with its farming interests for many years and owns and occupies one of the choice farms of Wayne Township, pleasantly situated on Section 25. Mr. Henderson was born in North Carolina Sept 6, 1813. His parents were James and Rebecca (Thomas) Henderson the latter also a native of NC. When our subject was young the family emigrated first to Ohio, whence they came to this state in 1828. The father engaged in farming east of Yountsville. In 1830 his wife died and in the ensuing year he was married to a Miss Ray. He was the father of 5 daughters and 3 sons. Mary, the eldest was born in 1813 in Ohio and married Mr. Ray, a farmer, who lives southeast of Crawfordsville; Zorada was born in 1817, married Isaac Perkins, a farmer in this state and died on year after marriage; Elizabeth was born in 1819, married Mr. Graves and died in 1839 or 1840; Gordon was born in 1821 and died in Iowa in 1845. The subject of this biographical review is a worthy example of the self-made men of this section who while hewing their way to success have contributed to the up building of the county. He was a manly, active, industrious lad of 14 when he started out for himself. When he attained his majority he had 120 acres of land, worth $1.25 an acre and after his marriage he had control of 80 acres more of timberland belonging to his wife and they began life together with good prospects. He subsequently sold that land and purchased the place upon which he now resides which then comprised a 1/4 of a section. He had to go in debt for it to the sum of $1,200 and as his wheat and other crops were destroyed that year, he had a hard struggle to maintain a solid footing for awhile. But in time his efforts were well rewarded, and he improved a fine farm that comprises 160 acres of highly cultivated land. To each of his sons when they were married he gave $1,000. He devotes his farm to both grain raising and stock raising and has good grades of cattle, horses, etc. Our subject was married to Miss Isabel Chapman in 1838 near Rockville, the ceremony that united them for better or worse being performed by the "Squire" of the town. For more than half a century they have lived happily together an exemplary wedded life, and have exerted a good influence in the community in which they have lived so long. They are blessed with 8 children: Elizabeth who was born in Parke County was married to Wesley Hendricks March 3, 1859; William who was born in this state February 17, 1841 married Nancy Jane Huff and was a brave volunteer in the late war a member of the 72nd Indiana Infantry under Capt., Harrison and served 2 years 11 months; Amanda who was born August 28, 1843 died July 26, 1874; James who was born Aug 10, 1845 graduated from the Indianapolis schools studied medicine and is the leading physician at Covington; he married Amanda Thomas in 1870; Milton who was born Sept 6, 1847 married Sarah McCombs July 4, 1847; Mary who was born October 14, 1849; Alice born in 1851 married George Munns of Ripley Twp; Martha was born July 17, 1854; John born Oct 1, 1856 and was married to Miss D. E. Quick, who died January 19, 1891. Mr. Henderson's children are all well educated and 7 of the 8 have taught school. They are all church members and his son John is secretary of the "Hess Meeting." In his long life, extending over a period of 77 years, our subject has always carried himself uprightly; his dealings with his neighbors have been characterized by candor and strict adherence to principles of honor, justice and honesty and in word and deed has he shown his good will toward his fellow citizens. He gives liberally and cheerfully of his means to the support of religious objects and is a valued member of the Methodist Episcopal church and has been Steward of the church for 20 years. He is a sound Democrat and is actively interested in politics. - Portrait & Biographical Record of Montgomery, Parke & Fountain Counties, Indiana. Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1893, Page 285
HENDRIX, Jacob J., farmer, Mansfield, was born February 3, 1832, in Parke Co Indiana and is the son of Adam and Sarah (BURK) Hendrix. His father was born December1, 1787 in Bath County Kentucky and his mother was born November 4, 1804 in Fleming County Kentucky. Mr. Hendrix' grandfather Hendrix came to America in 1776 fought under Gen. Greene in the Revolution and was at Valley Forge. He served 4 years, then, returning to Scotland, married a Scottish lassie, and came back, settling in Pa. During the journey over the ocean their first son was born. After remaining for some years in Pa. he moved to Kentucky, where the father of Jacob was born. In 1812, Adam Hendrix, father of the subj. of this sketch, came into In with Gen. Harrison. He fought in the battles of that war, then ret. to Kentucky. Jacob J. lived with his parents till 18 years of age, when he went to Danville, Il and learned the carriage trade, working there 3 and a half years. He followed his trade in different places in Ill. till 1853, when he came to Rockville and worked for James P. TICKNOR. In 1858, he established a shop at Mansfield. July 7, 1862, Mr. Hendrix enlisted in the 18th Indiana Battery, under Capt. LILY, and participated in the battles of Perrysville; Stone River; Hoover's Gap; Chickamauga; Chattanooga; Mission Ridge went to E. Tennessee, and ret. and joined Sherman in his march to Atlanta, and afterward accompanied Thomas. He was also with Gen. WILSON on his raid on the alert for Jeff. DAVIS, whom a part of the division captured. He was discharged at Indianapolis, and returned to Mansfield. The Hendrixes for 3 gen. have been soldiers. Besides the Revolution and War of 1812 being represented by them, Geo. W. Hendrix, oldest bro. to Adam, born on the ocean, served in the Mexican war and he was followed by Jacob in the Civil War. Two uncles to the latter were killed in the Mexican War. Thomas A. Hendricks, ex-governor of Indiana, is related to the above, although the name is spelled differently on account of brevity. Mr. Hendrix, coming from the army, resumed his trade in Mansfield till 1869, then spent 5 years in Bridgeton, then settled on his farm, where he now resides. He was married April 12, 1854 to Harriet SMITH, daughter of Asa and Lucinda (SILBY) Smith. She was an orphan. She died January 26, 1863 leaving a family of 4 children: Alonzo; George; Mary A. and Jacob Mr. Hendrix was next married to Mrs. Margaret (CROOKS) CAPPER, daughter of Gideon and Hannah Crooks. She was born June 1, 1836 and had 3 children when married to Mr. Hendrix: Mary e; Mariah E now dead; and Elmer also dead. By this marriage Mr. Hendrix became the father of two children: Melvin and Jessie. Mrs. Hendrix is a member of the Baptist church. Mr. Hendrix politically is a believer in the principles of the national party. Taken from: The 1880 History of Parke County, Indiana. J. H. Beadle. Chicago: H. H. Hill
Hensley & Johns, attorneys-at-law in the city of Rockville, Parke County have a wide experience in the practice of their profession in this county, having tried cases in all courts, especially of Probate Courts in this and adjoining counties for a number of years. Henry B. HENSLEY, the Sr. member of the firm is a native of Tennessee and was born November 3, 1859 in Anderson County. His father, Charles Hensey is a miller of Anderson County having learned the trade before going to East Tennessee. He was married to Miss Della Williams, after which he located in Knoxville and later moved to Anderson Co where he still resides. To himself and wife were born 8 children, all living but two. During the late war, Charles Hensley was a strong Union Man and supported the Whig party with his ballot in his early life and is now a stanch Republican. He is a member of the Baptist Church in which he has worked many years. Fortune seems to have favored him for he has always been a successful business man and is now comfortably situated in a nice home, where he is spending his declining years. Receiving his education in his native state, Henry Hensey in 1879 attended the Indiana Normal at Valparaiso where he took a general course of study for two years. After leaving that place he went to the State Normal at Terre Haute and there pursued his studies, preparing himself for the profession of a teacher. On leaving school, he secured a position as instructor, teaching his first term before attending the State Normal. In 1882 he was united in marriage to Miss Dora A. Lunger, daughter of Harrison Lunger of Parke County, Indiana. Mr. Lunger was a farmer of this county and reared his daughter in the best way possible, affording her an education and preparing her for making her own way in the world. After his marriage Mr. Hensley resided in Fountain County, where he engaged in farming for six years. During his sojourn there he was elected Trustee of Fulton Twp, where he served 4 successful years. After he left there he came to Rockville and studied law under Messrs Rice & Johnston for 4 years at the end of which time he was admitted to the Bar. In January 1893, he formed a partnership with Mr. Johns and they are now carrying on their profession in such a manner as to secure the patronage of numerous business men. Politically, Mr. Hensley is a Republican and is a member of the Free & Accepted Masons; he also is in membership with the Knights of Pythias. He has two children, Charles H and Lois. He is true and devoted to his wife and children sacrificing in the faithful performance of his duties. - Biographical Record of Montgomery, Parke & Fountain Counties, Indiana. Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1893, Page 197
Asa HESS, Reserve Township, Parke County is the home of many successful farmers, but of none more prosperous than the gentleman above named, who owns and operates a fine estate which is the result of his excellent management and characteristic industry. A visitor to his home will see that he has not only erected good buildings and kept his farm well supplied with modern machinery, but also that he keeps excellent grades of stock. Mr. Hess, who is a son of John and Elinor RUNION Hess, was born in Hamilton County, Ohio June 29, 1833. His father was born in Indiana County, Pennsylvania December 26, 1806 and went to Hamilton County, Ohio with his parents going from there to Reserve Township, this county in 1835. They made the trip in a covered wagon with a 4-horse team and located on Section 4, on 100 acres of land about 30 of which were improved. The father's intention was to settle on a tract of land which he had entered several years previously about 1829. In the spring of 1835 the parents located on Section 4, 160 acres of which they purchased, the whole aggregating 268 acres, partially improved. On this last named farm the parents lived the remainder of their lives, the husband's death occurring September 19, 1845 the wife's December 26, 1836. Asa Hess is one of 3 children born to his parents, himself and a brother Michael being the only survivors. Their father was a blacksmith by trade but spent the latter years of his life on the farm, in the meantime dealing considerably in lumber. After the death of his first wife he was married to Emily EPHLAND who became the mother of 4 children: Elinor; George; Ann (deceased) and Nancy. The devoted wife and mother passed away about 1878. The grandfather of our subject, Michael Hess was of German descent, a son of Jacob Hess, who came in his boyhood to PA where he settled on a farm in Indiana County. On this farm was reared a family of 3 children: Michael; Jacob and Barbara. Jacob, Sr. was a zealous worker in the Lutheran Church and died in that faith. The grandfather of Asa Hess went with a brother and sister to Hamilton Co Oh where they followed agricultural pursuits. Before going to Ohio he found a wife in the person of Miss Ann BLUE who bored him the following children: Cornelius; John; Samuel; Peter; Joseph and Ann. Like his father, he was a member of the Lutheran Church and a liberal supporter of the same. He was always a supporter of the Democracy. After the death of her husband, the grandmother of our subject was married to one Asa RUNION, who came to Parke County and settled on 128 acres in Liberty Township , where they both died shortly after. The mother of our subject was born in Somerset County NJ to Asa and Rebecca COOPER Runion, who were natives of New Jersey, but settled in Hamilton County Ohio. The original of this sketch received a limited education and at age 14 began working on a salary which he continued to do for 10 years. He began on $8 per month for a Mr. Linbrook and after a time his meager earnings were increased to $13 per month. In 1855 he and his brother bought 130 acres on Section4 this township where the former has since made his home. To this tract they have added until they now own 440 acres of well cultivated land which is equally divided between them. Mr. Hess keeps in his possession some of the best breeds of cattle and horses of which he is justly proud. Politically, he is a Democrat, casting his first vote for James Buchanan. Thinking it not good for man to live alone, Mr. Hess was married to Mary MILLIKEN, the ceremony taking place February 6, 1862. Mrs. Hess is a daughter of Jonathan and Elizabeth BROWN Milliken who came from Randolph County NC. Mr. Milliken was twice married, the first union resulting in the birth of 5 boys and two girls. He came to Indiana a few months prior to the admission of Indiana to the union in 1816, settling in Orange County where he remained for a time thence coming to Parke Co where his wife died. His second companion who bore him two sons and 5 daughters was the daughter of a Mr. Brown. The United Brethren Church finds in the wife of our subject a most active and devoted member and she is not only a faithful companion to her husband but a most worthy helpmate. This worthy couple's fortune has been acquired by industry, integrity and energy, and they are trying to bear their part of that responsibility which falls in great or small degree on all. - Portrait & Biographical Records of Montgomery, Parke & Fountain Counties, Indiana (Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1893) Page 279
HILL, B. F. , farmer, Bloomingdale, was born in Guilford County, NC in 1832. His parents removed to Hendricks County, Indiana in 1834, thence to Parke County in 1839 and settled on the farm now owned by Dr. Tucker. His father, William Hill, was born in NC in 1798 and died in this co. in 1876. His mother, Axsa (VESTAL) Hill, was also a native of NC born in 1801. Mr. Hill has been three times married: first, to Laura STANLEY in 1862 who died in 1867; his second marriage was in 1869 to Ellen HADLEY who died in 1873; and his last marriage was in 1876 to Mrs. W. B. MORRIS. He has one child, Laura, by his second wife. Mr. Hill has been a resident of Parke all his life (sic -- conflicts with first statement) with the exception of the time spent in the west. While he was west, in Nebraska, he and three others laid out a village in Cedar County. He has served as co. commissioner and justice of the peace. He has followed farming and working at the carpenter's trade. He is a member of the AF & AM and in politics is a republican. Taken from: Page 294 History of Parke Co IN; J. H. Beadle, Chicago: H. H. Hill, 1880
HILL, James C., Dr., moved from Ohio to Montezuma in 1830, where he practiced medicine. Two of his children were Samuel died and Seaman W, both of whom received a common school education and were until their deaths identified with the mercantile and other business. They were men of high standing, honest and upright in all their business relations. Samuel was for several years township trustee of Reserve Township. Taken from the Historical Sketch of Parke Co Atlas of Indiana Centennial, 1816-1916, Page 117).
HILL, J. M., farmer, Bloomingdale, was born in Hendricks County, Indiana, June 6, 1838, and is the son of William and Achsa Hill, who were natives of NC, and came to Hendricks County at an early day and removed to Parke County in 1839. Mr. Hill was raised on a farm, and received a good common school education. in 1861, he was married to Mary E. WOODARD, daughter of Thomas and Sarah Woodard, who were of NC and came to Parke County at an early day. Mr. Hill's occupation has always been that of a farmer. He has a family of 5 children: Herman J; Lydia E; George G; Warner F and Wilfred R. (Beadle, J. H. 1880 History of Parke County, Indiana (from Historic notes on the Wabash Valley and History of Vigo County) Chicago: H. H. Hill & N. Iddings, Publishers reprinted 1977 by The Bookmark, Knightstown IN).
HILL, N. V. , deceased, was born in Parke County, Indiana April 29, 1842 and was the son of William Hill, who came to Parke County in an early day from North Carolina. N. V. Hill was a resident of Parke County from his birth until his death, which occurred June 13, 1871. He leaves a widow, formerly Eliza A. CANADAY who was a native of Clarke County, IL. She is the daughter of Herman and Charity Canaday, who were early settlers of that county. She has a family of six children: Laura B; William; Herman C.; Henry B; Gilbert and Nathan V. Taken from: Page 296 History of Parke Co IN; J. H. Beadle, Chicago: H. H. Hill, 1880
HILL, Samuel., D., the subject of this sketch, is the eldest son of Dr. James C. and Margaret hill. He was born in Pickaway County, Ohio on the 18th day of May 1829. In the following year his parents removed to Parke County Indiana and located in Montezuma. Samuel's boyhood was spent in Montezuma, where he received a common school education. At the age of 16, he was employed by Messrs. Benson & Davis (Dry goods merchants) as a clerk, and clerked for them 8 years. At the expiration of the 8 years, Mr. Hill commenced farming, which has been the business of his life, and which he has carried on very extensively and successfully. On the 7th day of April, 1857, Mr. Hill was married to Margaret ENSWORTH of Circleville, Ohio by whom he has 4 children. In 1872, Mr. Hill was elected by the Dem party to fill the office of township trustee for Reserve Township, an office in which he still holds, and which he has filled to the entire satisfaction of his constituents. He is one of the leading men of Montezuma and takes a very active part in local politics and in public improvements. Among his friends and neighbors, Mr. Hill bears the reputation of being a good man and a good citizen, and a name of which any man might justly feel good. ( 1816-1916 Historical Sketch of Parke Co., Parke County Centennial Memorial. The Rockville Chautauqua Association; published with other atlases in one-volume by the Parke County Historical Society, 1996 )
HINSHAW, James M. , farmer Annapolis, was born in Parke County, Indiana October 17, 1832 and is the son of Jessie and Hannah Hinshaw, who are natives of NC. His father was born in 1797, and died in Parke Co in 1864, and his mother was born March 14, 1798, and now resides with Mr. Hinshaw. They came from NC to Parke Co in 1828 and settled on the farm where Mr. Hinshaw now lives, and where he was born. He has therefore been a resident of the county all his life, and his pursuit in life has been that of a farmer. January 25, 1855, he married Emily MORGAN, daughter of Kinschen and Sarah Morgan, who were natives of NC and came to Parke County in 1830. Mrs. Hinshaw was born in NC in 1830. Her father was born April 4,1 797 and died May 13, 1880. Her mother was born in 1800. Mr. and Mrs.. Hinshaw are long standing members of the united Brethren Church and in their long stay in Parke County they have gained the confidence of the people, among whom they have made many friends. Taken from: Page 291 History of Parke Co IN; J. H. Beadle, Chicago: H. H. Hill, 1880
HINSHAW, J. R. , farmer, Bloomingdale, was born in Parke County, Indiana November 9, 1844. His parents removed to Clay County, Indiana in 1848 where his father died in 1854. Mr. Hinshaw remained at home, working on the farm, and attending school during the winter seasons. In this way, he received a good common school education and has been engaged in teaching school during the winters for a number of years, and is considered by the people where he has taught to be capable of both teaching and governing a school. In 1873, he was married to Miss G. ALLEN, daughter of Samuel Allen, who was an early settler of Parke County. He has long been a prominent member of the Society of Friends, and in politics he takes sides with the republican party. Taken from: Page 297 History of Parke Co IN; J. H. Beadle, Chicago: H. H. Hill, 1880
HIRSBRUNNER, John C., tanner, Lusk's Springs, one of the most prominent business men in this township, is a native of Switzerland, having been born in the Canton Berne in the year 1825. He received his education at the common school in his native country, and then learned and worked at the tanning business until 1851, when he sailed from Havre de Grace in the ship, "Teoxina" for America, landing at NY after a voyage of 53 days. Mrs. Hirsbrunner sailed for America from Switzerland in 1853. The ship took fire and was run into Nassau, New Providence, and there burnt up. Mrs. H. losing all her property and barely escaping with her life. She then embarked in a small vessel for Charlestown on which cholera broke out, so that they were obliged to remain at quarantine for 3 weeks, at the end of which time she sailed on a streamer for NY, arriving there just 4 months from the time she left the old country. On her arrival here she was married to Mr. Hirsbrunner; the result of which union is a family of 6 children: Lena, Bertha, John G, Mary, and Jacob On coming to the US, Mr. Hirsbrunner went to NJ, remaining there two years, then removed to Indianapolis, where he engaged in the tanning business for 3 years; at the end of which time he settled in Terre Haute, eventually coming in 1869 to Parke County, locating at the crossroads in Washington Township, and shortly afterward to his present location on Brush Creek, where he has 243 acres of land and a large tan yard, with 27 vats, where he gives constant employment to three hands; his building is 30 x 36 and 3 stories high. He is a member of Annapolis Lodge, AF & AM and Parke Lodge, IOOF, is also a member of the Methodist Episcopal church and in politics is strongly greenback. he is postmaster of Lusk's Springs Post Office. Taken from: 1880 History of Parke County, Indiana by J. H. Beadle. Chicago: H. H. Hill & N. Iddings, Publishers.
HIRSBRUNNER, John Caspar, was born in Sumiswald, Canton Berne, Switzerland, September11, 1825. He spent his boyhood here in the little mountain village, getting what education the times afforded. From his uncle, Caspar Hirsbrunner, he learned the tanner's trade, afterward becoming a journeyman tanner, traveling through part of Switzerland, Italy and France. Working at one time in the city of Zurich, Switzerland, he became acquainted with Elizabeth Weldmann, who later became his wife. He, like so many other foreigners, decided to leave his fatherland and seek a home in America on a long voyage of three months in a sail vessel, joined Mr. Hirsbrunner at Grosswich, NJ where they were married February 20, 1853. They then came to Indianapolis, and later to Terre Haute. In 1859 they moved to Parke County, and located about one mile North of Marshall, where he erected a tannery. In 1866, he purchased a tract of land near the Narrows of Sugar Creek of Salmon Lusk. He bought this land for the purpose of building a tannery, which he did. The advantages he saw were the number of oak trees, which would furnish bark for tanning, and also the excellent water supply, from which good springs, sufficient to run a mill for grinding the bark. For several years he had a very successful business, but as the changes came in tanning, that of using chemicals instead of bark, thus cheapening the price of leather, and the scarcity of bark, he was compelled to give up the work. For some years this was the only tannery, and also the last one in the county. While running the tannery a post office was established, and called Lusk's Springs, in honor of the original owner of the springs. Mr. Hirsbrunner was postmaster for a number of years. In 1900, he moved with his children to Rockville, his wife having died in 1892. The remainder of his days were spent in Rockville, where he died February 4, 1916, having reached the age of 90 years, 4 months and 14 days. In the affairs of the State and Nation he was always interested. For a number of years he was a Republican, but early in the organization of the Prohibition party he allied himself with that party and earnestly hoped for national prohibition. Of his children two died in infancy. Those remaining are: Mrs. JA Woods of Sylvania, J. G. Hirsbrunner of Montezuma; JA Hirsbrunner, of Olivet, Ill; and Mrs. JA Britton, Matilda Hirsbrunner, Mary Hirsbrunner of Rockville. (there is a picture of him included here) Taken from the Historical Sketch of Parke Co Atlas of Indiana Centennial, 1816-1916, Page 104.
Gerrit HIX, farmer, Milford, son of William and Martha Hix was born in Kentucky May 1, 1821. The family removed to Parke County, Indiana 1839 where they lived 15 years, engaged in farming. The parents then came to Iroquois County, Illinois where they died. Mr. Hix was married June 2, 1841 to Miss Elizabeth Sellers. During his residence in Indiana Mr. Hix conducted a cabinet shop. In 1862 he removed to Milford Township where he was engaged in farming and at one time bought and ran a saw mill. This mill was on land now owned by George Hix. Mr. Hix is proud of the fact that during all his wedded life he never had a family quarrel, nor ever struck a child, although they have raised a family of 10 children. Mr. Hix has experienced all the hardships and changes incident to pioneer life, and has closely followed his own convictions in matters of politics and religion. His wife is a member of the ME Church. - History of Iroquois County (Milford Township Page 165). Chicago: HH Hill, 1880
HIXON, Aquilla J., farmer, Armiesburg, is a son of William and Margaret (LEVICK) Hixon, and was born June 22, 1839 in Wabash Township. His early youth was spent engaged in farm duties and attending a school, which was not furnished with patent seats of desks, but with split log seats, flat side up. June 15, 1879, he married Miss Mary E., daughter of William and Mary TUCKER; she was born in Cincinnati, Ohio . He now owns 300 acres of land one mi So. of Armiesburg, and is living in a good brick residence. His mother, who came to this county in 1828, is still living. She was born at Shepardstown West Virginia and was first married to Mr. John BOWERS, who died of yellow fever in New Orleans in 1834.
HIXON, James, farmer, Armiesburg, one of Wabash township's pioneer children, was born August 31, 1824. He is a son of William and Sarah (GHORMLEY) Hixon. As he was reared in a new country, he was deprived of the advantages of education, with the exception of what he could acquire from the old subscription schools described in this township's early history. He was raised a farmer-boy, and at the age of 21 began for himself in that business. September17, 1846, he married Eliza WANNAMAUGHER. She was born near Chillicothe, Ohio April 20,1 825 but came to this county when quite young. They have 7 children: William O; Catharine; Margaret; Samuel; John; Lurinda and Basil J. His farm of 260 acres is one mi. so. of Mecca. His eldest son, William, is married to a Miss Dona GODARD of Indianapolis.
HIXON, Michael G, farmer and stock raiser, Armiesburg, was born in Wabash Township and on the same ground where he now lives, November4, 1830. He was reared on the farm, and his education mostly acquired in the pioneer schools of his boyhood days, though at the age of 20 he attended the Asbury Univ. one term at Greencastle In and then for the following 8 years taught school winters, farming summers. March 20, 1853 he married Miss Mary C. daughter of Mr. John LEVICK, who was born in Virginia but came here when about 15 years old. After his marriage Mr. Hixon turned his attention more particularly to farming, but has made some changes, having owned land and farmed in both Indiana and IL. In 1872 he bought of his father the old homestead where he was born and is now permanently engaged in stock raising and farming. His farm is on an elevated plain, far above the overflow of the Wabash River. he has filled the position of Township. Trustee 12 years, township clerk 3 terms and is now school director. He has 9 children living: Edwin F; Mary F; Theodore; Jennie; Rufus; Fred; Oliver; Sallie and Joseph N. Mr. Hixon is one of the representative men of Wabash Township.
HIXON, Samuel, farmer, Armiesburg, is a son of William and Sarah (GHORMLEY) Hixon, and was born in Wabash Township, October20, 1826. He w3as one of the pioneer children of this township, and his advantages for an education were very limited. It may be truly said that he was one of the pioneer scholars, as he attended the first school, and was taught by the first teacher who ever taught in the township. He was, like his father, reared a farmer, and at the age of 23 began farming for himself. February 2, 1854, he was married to Miss Nancy J. SHIRK, who soon after died Mrs. Sarah COOK became his second wife, by whom he had 3 children; Martha; Charlie B; and Leonora. This wife died January 16, 1871 and his last marriage was with Miss Marguretta ALDEN. His farm of 217 acres is situated near Mecca, and has a very comfortable appearance.
HIXON, William, deceased, was born near Crab Orchard, Kentucky, October15, 1801. His parents moved to Vincennes, IN, in 1805 and soon after they both died leaving him and his two sisters, younger than himself, orphans. They were taken in the family of an uncle, a brother of their mother, with whom they lived till Wm. was 14 years old, when he was apprenticed to a carpenter, with whom he served till 21. He enjoyed no educational advantages, attending school but four days. he, however, spent all his spare time doing odd jobs of any kind to help educate his sisters. During the Indian troubles in 1811 and 1812 he spent most of his time in Ft. Ellison, near Vincennes, where all the whites were compelled to shut themselves up for safety. He often told of little incidents that occurred during his stay in the fort, one of which was as follows: he was sent out on horseback a short distance from the fort to look after some cattle, and was surprised by a band of Indians, who immediately gave chase and came very near capturing him before he reached the fort. He often spoke of a conference which took place under a large tree near the fort, between Gen. HARRISON and some of the chiefs, during which one of the Indians made a very forcible speech. At the close of his apprenticeship he came to Terre Haute, then a village of only a few houses and stopped there but a short time, working at his trade and then came to what is now Wabash Township, Parke County. In 1823 he married Miss Sarah GHORMLEY, a daughter of Isaac Ghormley, a miller by trade who had a short time before come from near Circleville, Ohio and settled in Wabash Township. He had a family consisting of one son, Michael, who in 1840 removed to Wisconsin where his descendants still reside and six daughters: Margaret; Jane; Elizabeth; Mary; Hannah and Sarah, who became the wives respectively of John BROWN; Henry BROWN; Samuel LAVERTY; Aquilla JUSTICE; Samuel MILES and Wm. HIXON all of whom in an early day were citizens of Wabash Township, and from whom sprang a relationship of families which is now scattered throughout the northwest. After his marriage Mr. Hixon did a mixed business of farming and carpentering until 1830, when he bought the farm on which he spent most of the remainder of his life, farming and teaming, often making trips to Louisville and Chicago, taking produce and bringing back goods. He also engaged in building flat boats and running them to New Orleans, loaded with produce from the fertile Wabash bottoms. By his first wife Mr. Hixon had 5 sons. She died April 8, 1835 after which he married Mrs. Margaret (LEVICK) BOWERS, by whom he had four sons and two daughters. He died peacefully at his home where he so long lived, on November5, 1879, after a long and useful life, honored by all who knew him and loved and respected by his family. - Unknown Source
HIXON, William was born in Lincoln County, Kentucky, October15, 1801. In 1805 he moved with his parents to Vincennes. Soon after that his parents died. During the years 1811 and 1812 he spent most of his time in Ft. Ellison, near Vincennes where all the settlers were compelled to go for safety from Indians. At one time he was surprised by a band of Indians, but succeeded in reaching the fort unharmed. In 1823 Mr. H. settled on land in Wabash Township, where he died in 1879, after a long and useful life, honored and respected, having a large number of descendants. (taken Historical Sketch of Parke County Combined Atlas, Page 117)
HOBBS, Prof. B. C. , Bloomingdale, was born near Salem, Washington County, Indiana, October4, 1815. The state was not admitted into the Union until 1816, which makes him a few months older than the State of Indiana. The schools of this sparsely settled county at that time were few and indifferent. He commenced his education in the log schoolhouse and pursued diligently such a course of study as was adapted to his youthful mind, amid privations, trials, labors and disadvantages incident to frontier life. Being prompted by a commendable ambition for a thorough and classical education he entered, at the age of 18, the county seminary, under the tuition of John J. MORRISON, at that time and for many years after an eminent educator in the state. He became profound and thorough while in that institution in the branches of algebra, geometry, mensuration and land-surveying, and pursued the first lessons in Latin and Greek, in addition to his common school course. He was kindly offered a home in the family of Benjamin PARKE, then US judge for the district of Indiana, whose influence and friendship were of great advantage to him, and will be cherished in his memory as happy and profitable days in his early history. The judge died in 1834; at the time of his death, Prof. Hobbs was his office companion. He commenced teaching at the age of 18, and this was his principal employment until March 1876, when he retired from his profession, honored and respected by his contemporaries, loved and remembered by the thousands of his pupils. While teaching in his native county in 1837, he became acquainted with W. H. McGUFFEY, the author of the Eclectic readers, and was assisted by him in entering Cincinnati college, over which Mr. McGuffey then presided. Mr. Hobbs was placed under the mathematical instructions of Prof. O. M. . MITCHELL, the eminent geographer. During this period of his life he was brought into intimate relations with Prof. ED MANSFIELD, Prof. DRURY, and Drs. DRAKE, HARRISON, RODGERS, and McDowell, of the medical department of the institution, in which he took an academic course in comparative anatomy and chemistry. Soon after he left college at Cincinnati he was employed as principal teacher at Mt. Pleasant boarding school in Jefferson County, Ohio where he remained for 4 years and until his marriage. At the end of that time, he established a school at Richmond, Indiana, to which place he removed in the spring of 1843. After a successful term of nearly 4 years, he accepted the superintendency of the Society of Friends boarding school, now Earlham College for 2 years. He removed to Parke Co April 8, 1851, and entered upon his duties as Pres. of Bloomingdale Academy, which position he filled for 15 and a half years. At the extra session of the Legislature of 1865 a new law was passed for establishment of a state normal school, an institution the importance of which Prof. Hobbs had been for many years an unceasing advocate. He was appointed by Gov. Morton one of the trustees of that institution in 1865. he removed to Richmond in August 1866 and accepted the presidency of Earlham College, first president, and professor of English literature. He was elected superintendent of public instruction in October1868, and entered upon his term by election March 15, 1869 and left his office in 1871. In 1866, he was delegated by the board of trustees to visit the several normal schools in the US. He is one of the trustees and incorporators of the Terre Haute Industrial School, founded by the endowment of Chauncey Rose. In 1872, he was appointed by the state geologist and procured a donation from the board, to make a geological survey of Parke County. His eminent success in his chosen profession secured for him an honorary master's degree by Wabash College in 1858, and the degree of LLD by the State Univ. in 1870. Taken from: Page299 History of Parke Co IN; J. H. Beadle, Chicago: H. H. Hill, 1880
It will be 101 years the 4th of October since Barnabas Coffin HOBBS was born. The early days about his father's hearth at Salem, Indiana, the short terms of school in a log cabin school house and later the long successions at the County Academy, where he studied the so-called "common" branches and Greek and Latin - these all together makes a most refreshing story of a promising boy. When Barnabas C. Hobbs entered Cincinnati College in 1837, he had developed already some of the penetration into truth which so strongly marked his later life and he showed too, the determined personality which made him able to be a teacher. on entering college he chose an elective rather than a regular course and hence was not eligible to the honor of a degree, on his withdrawal in 1839, though he was recognized as possessing all that is implied by thorough college training, and subsequently received a master degree from Wabash College and the university of Indiana. It was this pioneer insight and fearlessness which led him to encourage Chauncey Rose to found a Polytechnical school at Terre Haute. He encouraged the higher education of women and was particularly interested in Bryn Mawr College. It was this pioneer spirit in methods that made the reputation of his work among the schools of Indiana penetrate even to Germany so that a German professor lecturing in Washington D. C. spoke of the public schools of Indiana as being the finest in the US, "and this is due to a man named Barnabas C. Hobbs," he said. In 1839 he assumed charge of a boarding school at Mt. Pleasant, Ohio and remained at the head of that institution until 1834 (sic - 1844?) when he married Rebecca TATUM, "the beautiful Quaker maiden," as she was called, and removed to Richmond, Indiana. He established a school there and conducted it 4 years with marked success. The Society of Friends then established a school of which he was made superintendent. In 1851 he was chosen superintendent of Bloomingdale Academy, where he continued for 15 years. In 1866, he was appointed by Governor Morton, a member of the board of trustees of the new State Normal School, which position he held until his death. The same year he was elected the 1st President of Earlham College. At the end of 2 years he was elected State Superintendent of Public Instruction and resided in Indianapolis during his term of office. In 1871 he retired from the department and moved to Bloomingdale, where he again assumed charge of the Academy. In 1879, the Friends of America were moved to send a message to Alexander, the Emperor of Russian and another to William, the Emperor of Germany. Prof. Hobbs was chosen to perform the mission. A t St. Petersburg he left with the Prime Minister a memorial, which urged that the Mennonites of the empire - a sect conscientiously opposed to war - might be relieved form military service. A t Berlin, Prof. Hobbs presented to the Crown Prince a memorial which advocated the settlement of international disputes by arbitration, rather than by war. For some years he worked in the interest of the Indians in NC and Tenn. he made enumeration of the Cherokees of the reservation and determined their share of the appointments of revenue authorized by the General Congress. Throughout his life an earnest advocate of the principals of the Society of Friends, Barnabas Hobbs, as has been claimed was the best informed man of his day in this country on the doctrines of the Society. Certain it is he was one of its most logical preachers. His record as a minister alone shows a full enough life for one of us, perhaps it was the crowning activity of his crowded life. He die din Bloomingdale, June 22, 1892. The personal appearance of Barnabas C. Hobbs suggested at once the benevolence that characterized his life. His hair was snow white, from early manhood to old age; his features were rugged, his eyes blue-gray and piercing under heavy brows; his height was bout 5'11". He bore a remarkable likeness to William K. Gladstone. - Parke County Indiana Centennial Memorial, 1816-1916, Page 53
HOBSON, Alfred, farmer, Marshall, is the son of Jesse and Lydia NEWLIN Hobson, and was born in NC July 6, 1828. His parents removed to Parke County in the same year, and entered land close to where Marshall station is now. Mr. Hobson now owns some of that land, a part of which he has laid out in village lots. His father died in this county in 1852 and his mother in Howard Co In about 1873. Mr. Hobson has been a resident of Parke County all his life. His pursuit has always been that of a farmer. In 1855, he was married to Mary A. NELSON, a native of England, born July 16, 1835. They have 7 living children: Alice J; Edward M; Lydia E; Mary I; Margaret R; Agnes E; Laura M, and one deceased, Elizabeth E. Mr. and Mrs.. Hobson have long since been members of the Society of Friends, and in politics Mr. H. casts his vote with the republican party. (Taken from: The 1880 History of Parke County, Indiana. J. H. Beadle. Chicago: H. H. Hill)
HOBSON, George, farmer, Sylvania, is a native of Parke County, and was born in Liberty township in 1832. He is the son of Isaac and Evaline (McMasters) Hobson, natives of NC, who came from there to Liberty Township. in 1828. His father was a tanner by trade, and on settling here worked at his trade and ran a small store, which was the first or second in the township, and also engaged in farming. In March 1866, Mr. George Hobson was married to Miss Hannah PRATT, daughter of James Pratt, one of the early settlers in the southern part of the township. They have 5 children: one boy and four girls. For the last 14 years he has been engaged in attending to his farm of 173 acres, and previous to that had worked at the carpenter business for 15 years. He is a staunch member of the republican party. Taken from: The 1880 History of Parke County, Indiana. J. H. Beadle. Chicago: H. H. Hill
HOBSON, Ira, farmer, Sylvania, was born in Liberty Township, Parke Co in 1838 and is the son of Aaron and Polly (NEWLIN) Hobson, who were natives of North Carolina. His grandfather was one of the first settlers in the township. Mr. Hobson received his early education at the district school, and latterly at Bloomingdale, and taught school for some time during early life, his main business, however, being farming. Mr. Hobson has twice married: the second time to Miss Elve NEWLIN of this county in 1862. They have had a family of 8 children, only 3 of whom are now alive, one boy and two girls. Great changes have occurred in the township since the first as he recollects it, when very little clearing had been done and game was plentiful. He is a republican in politics and was elected township trustee in 1878, and reelected this spring (1880) for another term. Taken from: The 1880 History of Parke County, Indiana. J. H. Beadle. Chicago: H. H. Hill
HOBSON, Milton , farmer, Bloomingdale, was born in Guilford County, North Carolina in 1826. His parents removed to Parke County in 1828. His father, William Hobson, was born in Guilford County, NC 1797 and died in this co. in 1840 and his mother, Ruth NEWLIN was also a native of NC and died in about 1866. May 16, 1847, Mr. Hobson was married to Charity DAVIS, daughter of Exum and Orpha Davis, who came from Wayne Co NC in about 1837 to Parke County Mr. Hobson has been bless with 13 children, of whom 8 are living: Orpha J, wife of Thomas JAMES; George W; Mary A, wife of CJ BLAKE; John R; Josiah D; Martha V; Rhoda C; and Wallace N. Taken from: Page289 History of Parke Co IN; J. H. Beadle, Chicago: H. H. Hill, 1880
William HOBSON was born in Guilford County, North Carolina in 1797. He was married to Ruth Newlin in 1822. They, with a few others, moved in wagons to Parke County in 1828. There were born to this union 10 children: Eunice married Simon Hadley; Eliza died 1842; Milton married Charity Davis; Vierna married Uriah Hockett; Cynthia married Phineas Hockett; Rhoda married George May; John married Mary Bundy; infant; Eli married Mary Woody; William Jr. married Jane Woody. William Hobson was an honest, prosperous farmer of his time; was a member of the Quaker church and a living example of its teachings. William died in 1840. Milton, oldest son of William and Ruth Hobson was born in Guilford County, North Carolina in 1826; moved with his parents to Parke County in 1828. He married Charity Matilda Davis the 10th of May 1847. T o this union were born 13 children: William Exum; Orpha Jane; George Washington; Mary Ann; Harriet; Emily; Michael; Matilda; John Richard; Josiah Davis; Ruth Amanda; Martha Vierna; Rhoda Caroline; Wallace Murelle and an infant son. Charity Hobson departed this life April 22, 1901. Milton Hobson inherited a birthright membership in Friends Church and maintained its principles with such consistency and interest that he was known and respected for his honesty and strong convictions of justice to his fellowmen. He departed this life June 28, 1906. - Parke County Indiana Centennial Memorial, 1816-1916, Page 197
P(hineas) V. HOCKETT, lawyer and farmer, Harveysburg, was born January 20, 1827 in Chatham Co North Carolina. His parents, Dr. Samuel and Edith VESTAL Hockett were natives of North Carolina and of Scotch-Irish descent. In 1832 they moved to Morgan County Indiana and there in 1838 she died. Dr. Sam was a graduate of the Medical University of Pennsylvania and practiced medicine till he became tired of it, then gave his time to the farm. He was an old-time Whig then republican and in 1878 voted the greenback ticket. He came to Fountain County in 1870 and made his home with his son, P. V. where he died December 12, 1878 aged 82 years. There were 7 children grown, 3 girls and 4 boys. P. V. left home at age 17 and spent one summers at school in Richmond and one session in Mooresville. He then apprenticed himself to Calvin NEWLIN in Parke County two years for $100 and clothe himself to learn the tanners' trade. He then entered into partnership with his brother, Uriah in the tanning business which company lasted two years. He then bought the tan yard of Harlan HARVEY in Parke and after two or three years sold and bought the saw mill and 80 acres of land of Harlan Harvey near where Harvesyburg stands. He soon sold out and bought a watermill on Sugar Creek in Parke County. This he sold and then bought 240 acres which is his present for $2000. He now owns 440 acres in his home farm. In 1858 he opened a little store, with Dr. McNutt in which they kept a general stock of goods. His business career closed about 1875 and he has confined himself to his farm and practice of law. For 8 years he has been notary public and has also been township assessor and secretary. he was a republican but in 1874 he allied himself with the greenback party. He has been prominent in the Masonic, Odd Fellows and Knights of Pythias Lodges; was WM in Harveysburg Lodge at its organization and again in 1864, 65 and 68 and has held other offices. He was married February 28, 1848 to Cyntha HOBSON daughter of William and Ruth Hob son. She was born and raised in Parke County. - Beckwith, H. W. History of Fountain County, Indiana. Chicago: H H Hill, 1881, Page. 419
HODGKIN, Robert Hugh, one of Montgomery County's successful farmers, a worthy descendant of one of the early families of this section of the Hoosier state and here he has been content to spend his life and has never cared for other lines of endeavor than husbandry, and, having thus given it his undivided attention for many decades it is no wonder that he has succeeded and now owns a valuable farm and has a comfortable home. Mr. Hodgkin was born in Parke County, Indiana March 31, 1853, and is a son of Edward C & Dianna (Scott) Hodgkin, the former a native of England and the latter a native of Scotland. The father emigrated to the US when a young man, landing in NY City and remained in the East for many years, and there got his education, studying for a minister in the Episcopal church. He finally came to Ft. Wayne, Indiana, where he preached and taught school, subsequently joining the Christian Denomination, and he became widely known in that part of the state and was popular with the people wherever he went, for he was not only a scholarly man and an earnest, forceful speaker but was a man of genial address, always obliging and delighted in helping others, and the good he did in that early day cannot be estimated. He preached and taught school all his life. He finally came on to Parke County and established the permanent home of the family and there his son, our subject was born. The elder Hodgkin spent the rest of his days, teaching and preaching in Putnam and Parke Counties, his death occurring in the town of Russellville in 1866 where he was connected with the Russellville Academy, at the early age of 47. Rev. Edward C. Hodgkin was twice married, and two children were born by his first wife, Frank and Fred. Six children were the result of his second union, named as follows: Henry, Charley, John, Robert, Hugh (our subject), William and Edward. Robert H. Hodgkin received his education in the common schools of Putnam county and the Russellville Academy, then took up farming for his life's work and this he has continued to follow to the present time with ever increasing success. As a general farmer and stock raiser he has shown himself to be eminently capable. He is the owner of two hundred and eighty acres of valuable and well tilled land in Brown Township, which he has brought up to a high state of cultivation and improvement. Everything looks prosperous and well up-to-date about his place, showing good management and good taste. Mr. Hodgkin was married on September12, 1878 to Clara Cowan, daughter of Aaron and Sarah (Crist) Cowan, who were early settlers of Montgomery County and here became well known and well established through their industry, in fact, they were among the first settlers, and entered land from the government which they transformed into a good farm. This place is now owned by Mr. Hodgkin, of this review. Seven children have been born to Robert H. Hodgkin and wife, namely: Ethel, who married Andrew Stilwell; Jessie, who married Raymond Deere, Nellie married Irvin Deere, Mary, Earl, Nelia and Ruth are all living at home. Politically, Mr. Hodgkin is a loyal Republican and has long been active in the ranks. As a member of the advisory board of Brown Township. for a period of 12 years he did excellent work, and is still serving in that capacity, doing much for the general good of the community and winning the hearty approval of all concerned. Religiously, he is a member of the Methodist Episcopal church and was a trustee in the local congregation for a period of six years, in fact, has long been a pillar in the same. Fraternally, he belongs to the Knights of Pythias, the lodge Rathbone No. 232 at Waveland. (History of Montgomery County, Indiana 1913 by A. W. . Bowen, Volume. 2, Page 1179)
HODSON, J. B. , proprietor of sawmill and planning mill, Sylvania, is a native of Indiana, and was born and raised in Hendricks County, his father, Eli W. Hodson, being from Guilford County, NC and his mother, Massie (BRAY) Hodson, being also from that state. Mr. Hodson was born April 4,1 840, and worked on the farm, and also at the mechanic's trade, until 16 years old, when he went to learn the carpenter's trade. He served an apprenticeship of 3 years. June 11, 1860, he was married to Miss Martha J. BENSON, and they have a family of 5 children: Elizabeth, Sarah, Lydia Ellen, Ulysses, and Eva Luetta. In February, 1865, he enlisted in the 148th Indiana, and on his return from the army he worked on the farm until 1867, when he sold out and went to town, remaining there until 1872, engaged as silversmith and photographer. In 1872 he came to Sylvania, where he worked as millwright and blacksmith, and in 1873 he bought the saw and planning mills which he now owns. The mills are run by an engine of 20 horsepower and have a capacity of sawing 6,000 feet per day and of planning 8,000 feet. He is doing a good business and also does a large business in watch and clock repairing and also in photographing. Mr. Hodson is quite a mechanical genius, and can do good work at almost any trade. He has been a member of the Methodist church since he was 16 years old, and is in politics strongly republican. Taken from: The 1880 History of Parke County, Indiana. J. H. Beadle. Chicago: H. H. Hill
HOLMES, Dr. William BORN, physician, Waterman, the son of August and Sarah (CAKHALL) Holmes, natives of Ohio , was born in Brown County, Ohio in 1840 and moved to Clay County, Indiana in 1845 with his parents. During his youth he engaged in farming and received his early education at the district school. He is a graduate of the Indiana Medical College and began practice in 1868. In 1874 he came to Waterman where he has established himself in the confidence of the people and he has now an extensive and constantly increasing practice. In 1861 he enlisted in the 21st Ind. reg. Co. I, Capt. Campbell and was in some of the heaviest engagements of the war. He was on Butler's expedition to New Orleans, Baton Rouge in the expedition with Banks up the Red River, Camp Bisland, Sabine Pass, Port Hudson, Yellow Bayou and Pleasant Hill. On the way home the troops were fired into on the streamer Empress, near Napoleon, Arkansas and several were killed and wounded. Sixty shots went through the vessel within half an hour. He was married to Miss Isabella E. RUSSELL, daughter of one of the earliest settlers of the county and they have four children living: James A, Minnie E, William A, and Samuel M; Louis E. died. Dr. Holmes is a member of the AF & AM Lodeville Lodge, and both he and Mrs. Holmes are member of the Methodist Episcopal church. In politics he is strongly republican. Taken from: The 1880 History of Parke County, Indiana. J. H. Beadle. Chicago: H. H. Hill
Harry J. HOUGHTON, the proprietor of a well appointed undertaking establishment of Georgetown was born in Dana, Indiana 28 October 1884, his parents being Elijah and Mary (Jaggers) Houghton. The father's birth occurred in Montezuma, Indiana 1850, while mother first opened her eyes to the light of day in Dana in 1853. Elijah Houghton devoted his attention to general agricultural pursuits throughout his entire business career and passed away in 1888. His widow still survives and makes her home on a farm near Dana. Harry J. Houghton acquired his education in the grammar and high schools of Dana in 1905 became connected with the undertaking business at Knoxville, Illinois, there remaining about one year. He was afterward similarly engaged in Chicago and various other points in Illinois until 1908 which year witnessed his arrival in Georgetown. Here he embarked in business as an undertaker on his own account and has since conducted a successful enterprise of this character. He carries a fine line of caskets and funeral supplies and a liberal patronage is accorded him, for his prices are reasonable and his integrity is above question. On the third day of June, 1908 at Sidell, Illinois, Mr. Houghton was joined in wedlock to Miss Mary B. Moore, who was born, reared and educated at that place. They now have a daughter, Frances whose natal day was September 18, 1909. Mr. Houghton belongs to the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, the Knights of Pythias, the Modern Woodmen of America and the Masons at Georgetown and is likewise a member of the Court of Honor at Quaker, Indiana. - Jones, Lottie E. History of Vermilion County, Illinois: a tale of its evolution, settlement, and progress for nearly a century Chicago: Pioneer Pub. Co., 1911, Page 17
HOWARD, D.S., local agent for the Singer Sewing Machine County, Rockville was born December26, 1841 in Spencer Co., Kentucky and is the son of John and Philadelphia (SUMMMERS) Howard. His father was b in NC and died in Spencer Co., Kentucky on February 28, 1854 and his mother removed with her children, Lee, Susan, DS, Mildred, and Chafen H in 1855, to Staunton, Clay County, Indiana where the boys engaged by the day's work in the coal mines. Mrs. Howard died July 1875. In 1859 DS left the coalmines and aided his cousin in driving stock near Indianapolis till the war broke out. In August 1861 he enlisted in Co F 10th Indiana Volunteers under Capt. Ben Gregory and Col. Manson. He was first engaged at Mill Springs, Kentucky; then fought in front of Corinth; was at Perryville Rolling Fork, against Morgan at Hoover's Gap, Concord Church and Tullahoma, Tennessee at Chickamauga, where he was wounded in the left arm and lay 5 days without his wounds being dressed. He was taken to Crutchfield House at Chattanooga where he lay 8 days, then to Hospital No 6, Louisville and was transferred to No. 5, Albany. Here he staid till his 3 years' service was up, when he was mustered out at Lexington Kentucky September 20, 1864. He enlisted again January 11, 1865 in Co H 149th Indiana Volunteers, under Capt. James Murphy. Went to Nashville, Tennessee then to Decatur, Alabama and staid some time and was finally mustered out at Indianapolis October 2, 1865. He now engaged in the Staunton flouring mill for several years; then went to Lockport, Vigo Co to superintend the coalmines at that place. Leaving Lockport he became interested with the Singer Sewing Machine Co at Vincennes and in September 1879 moved to Rockville as local agent for that company. He is now permanently located in said place for the sale of these machines. He was married September 24, 1864 to Mary J. COOPER of New Albany. They have five children; Anna L; Charlie E; Carrie L; Ella and Cora M. His wife is a member of the Christian church. Mr. Howard votes as he shot -- straight republican. - Unknown source
HOWARD, Tilghman Ashurst, born November 14, 1797, on George's Creek, near Pickensville, South Carolina was the son of John Howard who enlisted in the Revolutionary War at the age of 18, and served under Gen. Greene. It was said of his father that "his musket told its own tale in the revolution." He was a Baptist preacher and died in 1839 in Illinois at the advanced age of 79 years. His mother's maiden name was ASHURST, and Tilghman was the third son by a third marriage on the part of both his father and mother. His mother died when he was only two months old, and his raising and education depended on his half-brother, John McElroy, who moved with him to Buncombe Co NC when he was 4 year sold. Remaining there till he was 19, young Howard emigrated to E. Tennessee and engaged as a schoolteacher and clerk in a store. About this time he formed an acquaintance with John and George STEWART, of Newport, which ripened into an intimate and life-long friendship. While employed by these men as clerk in their store he devoted a part of the night to reading the elementary works of his intended profession -- the law -- by the light of burning pine knots. He was licensed to practice at the age of 21, without having had other preceptor than himself. At 27 he was elected to a seat in the Tenn. State senate, from a district composed of the counties of Washington, Green, Cocke and Sevier. Here he formed the acquaintance of, and distinguished himself with, the best talent of the state. As an evidence of his standing he was chosen on the staff of Gov. HOUSTON. The friendship at this time established between these two men lasted through life. In 1828 he was chosen elector for pres. And vice president and voted for Gen. Jackson, regarding him as the better exponent of those democratic ideas of government first formulated by Thomas Jefferson. In 1830 he removed to Indiana and settled at Bloomington, where he continued to practice his profession. In the autumn of 1832 his wife died, and the next spring he married Martha, daughter the late Dr. MAXWELL of Bloomington and moved to Rockville. It was about this time that Pres. Jackson appointed him district attorney for Indiana -- an appointment wholly unexpected, the first intimation of which was the arrival of his commission. He held this office 6 years, until 1839, discharging its responsible duties with great satisfaction to his friends and the government. At the August election of that year he was elected a member of the 27th Congress by a large majority over the popular and accomplished orator T. J. EVANS. At the first session he was made a member of the committee on foreign relations, standing second in order of appointment, a complimentary evidence of his high reputation. In 1835, a mass of conflicting claims amounting to over half a million dollars had arisen under various Indian treaties and acts of congress; a large class of speculators were interested in them; some of the claims had been standing a long time, and they were now pressed with much pertinacity for settlement. In making a selection for this responsible trust it was important to find a man combining clear judgment with exact justice and incorruptible integrity to hear the proof and make a report to the department at Washington -- a man who could command the equal confidence of government and claimants. The cabinet had not been able to agree in the matter, when President Jackson, who had been indisposed and absent from their consultations, walked into the room, and learning the subject under discussion, remarked in an emphatic tone: "Gentlemen, I will tell you whom to appoint." The cabinet at once became silent, and he said: "Appoint Gen. Howard, of Indiana; he is an honest man; I have known him long." Of course, the appointment was forthwith made. Gen. Howard had no notice of it till he received his commission. He visited Chicago and spent some 3 months investigating these claims, and made a voluminous report to the government. It is worthy of remark that for nearly 10 years subsequently he was an active and zealous partisan and that during this period there was provoked as much political acrimony and asperity as at any time during our recollection, yet never was uttered a whisper of suspicion against Gen Howard's integrity or his fidelity to the government and to the citizen. In February 1844, when a proposition was before congress to appropriate a large body of lands to continue the Wabash & Erie canal from Terre Haute to Evansville, and he was about to visit Washington City for the purpose of promotion that object, a friend wrote warmly to him, urging him not to come, saying there was a contest between the canal and the river interests and that it would injure his future political prospects. To that friend he gave the following reply: "The time for making everything bend to future political interests has passed by; the state has been trodden down by such things: I am for the redemption of the state." On June 10, 1844, he was appointed by President TYLER charge d'affaires to the Republic of Mexico and on the same day was unanimously confirmed. On the morning of July 4 he left his home in Rockville to go upon that mission; and as if impressed with a solemn sense that he would never return alive, although he was then in good health, nearly all the citizens of the village turned out to take him by the hand and say, "good bye"; and in all the throng there was not an eye which was not moistened with tears of parting. As the boat, on starting, curved up-stream toward the western shore to take the downward current, with a wave of the hand, he uttered a piercing cheer, which came over the placid water and reverberated against the forest wall which lined the Wabash; the last time that voice, so eloquent, was heard by those who knew and loved him well. After a long and tedious passage from New Orleans, being 10 days under a tropical sun, he arrived at Galveston on the 27th. On the 29th he reached Houston, and on August 1 Washington, the capital of Texas, where he met his old friend, Gen. Houston and was received by the cabinet and duly accredited minister to the young republic. His reception and address on that occasion was all that could have been desired. During his brief residence there he made many warm friends. On Sat, August 10, he complained of a pain in his neck and shoulder to which he was subject. Dr. Jones, then the acting secretary of state and subsequently president and Dr. Hurd were his attending physicians. Howard died as he had lived -- a sincere Christian. His remains were deposited in the grave in that far-off country. The following letter from Mr. Calhoun, sec. Of state for the United Sates was the official announcement to Mrs. Howard of the death of her husband: Department of State: Washington, September 19, 1844 --
"Dear Madam -- It has become my painful duty to inform you of the death of Gen. Howard, United States Charge d'affaires to the Republic of Texas who was attacked with yellow fever on the 13th of August last, near Washington (T) and expired on the 16th of the same month. This painful dispensation of Providence, while it fills the domestic household with woe, at the same time deprives the country of one of its most worthy and trusted servants. Believe me, my dear madam, I sincerely and deeply sympathize with you in this afflicted bereavement; and thought he words of condolence, I know, are vain, yet may those he loved well derive consolation when they reflect that though he has fallen in the beginning of his usefulness, and when life's promises were brightest, it was not before he had done much to advance the interest and honor of his country, and to secure for himself an enviable fame which will long survive him. Sincerely hoping that this dispensation will be borne with the resignation of a Christian wife and the fortitude of an American matron, I am, dear madam, your obedient servant, J. C. Calhoun."
His remains were not disturbed until 1847. Early in that year the legislature of Indiana passed an act, which was approved January 26, to the effect that the governor be requested, with Gen. LANE to have the remains of Tilghman A. Howard removed from their place of burial in Texas and reentered at such place in Indiana as his family might desire. Agreeably with this act the remains were brought to Rockville and placed in a grave prepared in his own orchard. Gen. Howard's speeches while a member of the Tennessee. Senate and of the congress of the United States, together with his miscellaneous addresses would make a volume of great interest. After having referred to his appointments by Pres. Jackson, it is hardly necessary to say that he was a democrat. He was the intimate friend of many of the great democratic statesmen of his time-- Jackson, VanBuren, Wright, Marcy, Benton, Houston. These were his living peers and with their ideas of government he fully sympathized. He regarded Thomas Jefferson as the great defender and formulator of the rights of man. He earnestly opposed the national bank and was equally strenuous in his opposition to a protective tariff. He feared the power of great corporations as hostile to the rights and dangerous to the liberties of the people.
George T. HOWELL, who for many years was a familiar figure to all of the people of Parke County who traded at Rockville and especially to its citizens, was the son of Illinois pioneers who came to that state from New Jersey in the late 30s. He was born in Godfrey, Illinois on June 11, 1848. The only education he had was obtained in the common schools in Illinois; but being naturally of a quiet and studious disposition, he acquired an excellent practical education for himself. He was always a lover of nature and in his later years devoted all of his spare time to the study of the mushrooms growing in the vicinity of Rockville. In his investigations he discovered several unclassified varieties of mushrooms and was honored by having one of his discoveries named for him. Mr. Howell came to Parke County in the early 70s about the time he attained his majority and was first employed by the late Solon Ferguson and his associated in a saw mill near Coloma. Later he worked for Mr. Ferguson in the saw mill now owned by Ferguson Brothers and still later for Ott, Moore & Boyd, leaving the employ of the latter firm to go into the grocery business in partnership with Cheever Boyd in the room on the East Side of the public square in Rockville, where he was in business at the time of his death. He continued the grocery business for a number of years and then added a hardware department. later he discontinued the hardware and started a dry goods and notions department eventually going out of the grocery business altogether and devoting his entire attention to the dry goods and notions business in which he was engaged at the time of his death. In 1875 he married Mary Rogers daughter of the late James S. Rogers, a pioneer of Parke County. Of this union one son was born B. (Benjamin) R. Howell, who is a lawyer and resides at Salt Lake City, Utah. Mrs. Howell died a few months before her husband. At the time of his death, Mr. Howell had been continuously engaged in business on the East side of the square in the same rooms for 32 years and his business was probably the oldest in Rockville continuously carried on by the same man at the same place. Mr. Howell will probably be best remembered for his love of nature. He was a very quiet, reserved and conservative type man a good business man, a good citizen and a good husband and father. He died in Rockville August 6, 1914 and his remains rest in the Rockville Cemetery. - Historical Sketch of Parke County, Indiana. 1816-1916, Page 109
HUBER, Martin, farmer, Parkville, is a native of Ohio , born in 1830, and is the son of Elijah and Catherine SHREVER Huber, both natives of PA. When 17 he came with his parents to Indiana. His father was both a cooper and a farmer. Martin's maternal grandfather, L. Shriver, was a soldier in the war of 1812. At the age of 34 Martin Huber was married to Eliza SAPENFIELD, daughter of Matthias and Christiana GRIMES Sapenfield, both natives of NC and early pioneer settlers of Parke County. Her father was a prime leader of the Lutheran where he lived. They have by this union one child, Perry W. He lives on the old farm of his wife's father, consisting of 115 acres. Along the south branch of Little Raccoon there is an abundance of sandstone of a very fine quality for building and a bed of fire rock which is quite valuable for furnace building. In politics Mr. Huber is a straight Jackson democrat. He and his wife are members of the Lutheran faith. Their ancestors were strict patrons of religion. Mrs. Huber has a brother who is a minister in the church to which she belongs. Mr. Huber began life poor, but by perseverance he makes farming a success. (Taken from: The 1880 History of Parke County, Indiana. J. H. Beadle. Chicago: H. H. Hill)
HUDSON, B. F. . (Dr) who has been a prominent physician and surgeon of Montezuma for many years, was born in Clermont County, Ohio , March 16, 1826. In 1832, the doctor's parents removed to Vermilion (sic) County, Indiana, and located on a farm 3 mi. So. of Newport. Here the doctor grew up to man's estate, working on the farm and attending school at such odd times as he could be spared from work. His father, David Hudson, died in about 1866 and his mother, Margaret (JACKSON) Hudson in 1873, they having spent their lives from 1832 in Vermilion County, Indiana. At the age of 24, the doctor began the study of medicine under Messrs. GRIFFIN & WILLITTS, of Newport, IN. In 1855-56, he attended the Ohio Medical College of Cincinnati, and in 1858 he attended the Miami Medical College, and in the spring of that year he received his diploma from that time-honored institution. Soon afterwards, he came to Montezuma and began the practice of medicine, and by his successful treatment of his many patients he has honestly earned a standing reputation, not only as a physician and surgeon, but as one of the respected citizens of Parke County. He is a member of the Indian State Medical Society, also of the Parke County medical Society. December26, 1859, he was married to Mary E. STACY, daughter of J. F. Stacy and by this union they have one daughter, Ada C. (Beadle, J. H. . 1880 History of Parke County, Indiana (from Historic notes on the Wabash Valley and History of Vigo County) Chicago: H. H. Hill & N. Iddings, Publishers reprinted 1977 by The Bookmark, Knightstown IN).
Benjamin F. Hudson, MD is enrolled on the list of successful physicians of Montezuma, Parke County where he is engaged in a good practice. This gentleman was born March 16, 1827 near New Richmond, Ohio. His father was Davis, his mother Margaret Jackson Hudson, the former a son of William Hudson who was an early pioneer of Kentucky, who moved to Clermont County, Ohio where he took up and improved a farm, on which he lived until his premature death. He died in the faith of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and was the father of 8 children, 3 sons and 5 daughters. The father of our subject, David Hudson was born in KY and went to OH with his parents, where he also located on a farm, and, like his father, was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. In the fall of 1832 he moved by wagon to Vermillion County, Indiana where he bought and entered 160 acres, afterward accumulating 540 acres more. In his political sentiments, he was first a Whig and later a Democrat, and at one time performed the duties of a Justice of the Peace and County Commissioner. He died aged 69 years, his wife surviving him a number of years, nurturing 8 children: James H (deceased); Benjamin F; William (who was killed by a tree falling on him when a young man); Elizabeth; Elvira; Ruhana; Cleopatra and Rebecca. The mother of our subject was born in Ohio and was the daughter of Joseph Jackson who went from Maryland to that state in an early day. This gentleman was a minister in the New Light Church. In 1832 he came to Indiana where he passed his last days. Our subject was reared on the old homestead, receiving a common school and academic education in the meantime, teaching school during the winters and working on the farm during the summer months. In 1851 he began the study of medicine with Griffith & Willetts, of Newport and 3 years later took a course of lectures at the Ohio Medical College. In the spring of 1857 he was graduated from Miami Medical College and located in Montezuma, the following June, where he has since made his home and met great success as a practitioner. In 1868 he attended lectures at Louisville, Kentucky, and has since become a member of the Parke County Medical Society and of the State and Tri-State Medical Society. He has been twice chosen Trustee, and was also Trustee of the corporation for 18 years. He is a leader in politics, being a Democrat of no uncertain tone, and has been a strong advocate of its principles ever since his first ballot was cast. Dr. Hudson was married Dec 19, 1858 to Mary E. Stacey, who was a native of Massachusetts and the daughter of Jedediah F. and Clarinda Lynch Stacey, the former a railroad contractor and an extensive grain speculator. To this couple was born on child, a daughter, Ada H, who has reached womanhood and become the wife of Frank S. Cumberland. The Doctor and his wife are popular in social circles, having many friends, and their hospitality is proverbial to all who cross their threshold. - Portrait & Biographical Record of Montgomery, Parke & Fountain Counties, Indiana. Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1893, Page 650
HUEY, J.D., farmer, Rockville, was born in Wythe Co,VirginiaApril1 3, 1813. In 1832, his parents removed to Parke County, and first settled on the farm now owned by John OVERMAN, and after remaining there one year moved to where Mr. Huey now lives. Here Mr. Huey grew to manhood. He helped to clear up a large farm, and split the first rails and cleared the first land on the farm where he lives. He hewed the logs to build their first house, and he and his brother have cleared over 200 acres of heavy timbered land in the county. His father, Thomas Huey, was born in Pa February 22, 1780 and died in this county in 1856; and his mother, Rhoda DRAPER, was born in Wythe Co Virginia in 1785 and died in 1851. January 19, 1837, Mr. Huey was married to Miss Sarah ELDER, daughter of Alexander Elder, one of the early settlers of Parke County. She was born in Madison County, Kentucky November19, 1819 and died March 28, 1870, leaving a family of six children: Ellen L, wife of J. LINKSWILER; Emmarine, wife of A. W. . SHAW; Sarah J., wife of M. C. . RUSSELL; Thomas R; John R and Florence. (Taken from: The 1880 History of Parke County, Indiana. J. H. Beadle. Chicago: H. H. Hill) Note: Thomas HUEY is bur. in the Huey Cemetery, Washington Township, County Road. #180 and is a poorly cared for burial plot -- dates: died11-21-1856 age 76Y 8M 29D
“HUEY, John D. The man who chooses the vocation of a farmer will in all probability be spared the excitement which belongs to some pursuits and the stirring events which characterize life in the centers of commerce. Examples of unremitting zeal, sincere kindliness and strict integrity may be met with in every agricultural district of our country and it affords no pleasure to embody in this volume the brief outline of the life of an unassuming citizen of Washington Township, Parke County, who is justly honored for his noble character and useful life. A native of Virginia, Mr. Huey was born in Wythe County in the year 1811 to Thomas E. and Rhoda DRAPER Huey.
The grandfather, Robert Huey, was a native of the Keystone State where he was reared and married, after which he migrated to Ohio with his family in an early day, and located near the present site of Dayton. Here he followed the occupation of a farmer until the breaking out of the Revolution. To himself and wife were born nine children, six sons and 3 daughters. His wife died a few years previous to the death of her husband, who passed away at the ripe old age of 85. The father of our subject was a native of Pennsylvania, being born Feb 22, 1780. Having been deprived of parental care in his early youth he was taken into the home of an uncle in Wythe Co, Virginia where he remained until his marriage. After this event, he followed his occupation of a farmer in the Old Dominion until the fall of 1832, when he migrated with his family to Parke County bringing with him six horses, a buggy and a little produce. Here he bought and located on the farm where our subject now makes his home and also entered 128 acres from the government on Sand Creek. On the former place which was densely wooded, he at once commenced the erection of a rude log house, 18 by 20 feet in dimensions to which he afterward added another room, 16 by 18 feet. To Mr. Huey and wife were born six children, two of whom died in infancy. The others were named Eleanor, Jane, John D. and Joseph and all are now deceased with one exception. Thomas E. Huey, when a young man, enlisted in the War of 1812 but was never in battle. Politically he was a member of the old Whig party and with his wife worked in the cause of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Mr. Huey was an intelligent gentleman and noted for his many worthy traits of character, which recommended him as an agreeable person to all with whom he came in contact. At the time of his death, he was the owner of 480 acres of well-improved land. He passed away in 1856 a few years after the decease of his wife. John D. Huey began in life for himself by taking charge of his father's farm of 200 acres on which he did the most of the clearing. At the time of his father's demise, he was perfectly capable of managing the farm, which for years afterward yielded him an abundant harvest. In 1836, he was married to Miss Sallie, the eldest daughter of Alexander and Anna ELDER. They became the parents of six children: Emma; Emeline; Sarah; Thomas; John R. and Florence. Politically, Mr. Huey is an advocate of the Republican Party. He has by his own self-reliance, energy and labor accumulated 340 acres of rich faming land and with his son, JR is now carrying on the home farm. Besides being engaged in general farming he deals extensively in shorthorn and Jersey cattle. Poland China hogs and Cotswold sheep. Mr. Huey deserves great credit for his excellent management in farming and stock raising. He is a good citizen and by his friendly manner has won a host of friends in the community. In 1870 Mr. Huey was bereft of his life companion who was a kind and indulgent mother, a devoted wife and a true helpmate.” - Portrait & Biographical Records of Montgomery, Parke & Fountain Counties (Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1893) p 388. Submitted by Karen Zach
Thomas HUGHES is a well known and prosperous farmer residing on Section 15, Vance Township, Vermilion County, Illinois. In his life he exemplified the typical "self-made man" for all that he has acquired has been secured through his own industrious efforts. He was born in Westmoreland County Pennsylvania, February 28, 1831, son of John and Lydia (Music) Hughes, both natives of Pennsylvania where they were reared and married. The father engaged in coal mining and followed that occupation for 25 years. In 1856 they removed to Indiana and in 1866 came to Vance Township, Vermilion County Illinois making their home with the subject of this review who had come to Vermilion in 1864. John Hughes was a member of the English Lutheran Church and his wife for many years a member of the German Lutheran Church. He was a Democrat in his political views but always declined to accept office. The father died in 1871 and the mother 1878. In their family were 10 children, 9 of whom grew to years of maturity and 4 are living, namely: John who is a resident of Concordia, Kansas; Thomas of this review; Mary the wife of James A. Burk who lives at Bement, Illinois and is a brother of the wife of our subject and Lydia, who resides in Fairmount, Illinois. Thomas Hughes had but limited educational privileges. He was only able to attend school for 3 months which was all the schooling he ever received. This was a subscription school, conducted in a small frame school house in Ramsay Grove. His father was not a man of means and having a large family of children could not provide them with the educational advantages he would have liked. When the subject of this review was 10 his father put him out to work, where he received his board and clothes until 14. He then obtained employment as a farm hand at $2 per month and board. After this his salary increased to $3 and $4 per month respectively, until age 17. His father considered that he was rather extravagant in the way he spent his "large salary" of $4 per month. Accordingly he hired him out to a farmer for $30 for six months' service or $5 per month and of this the father received half. Mr. Hughes worked hard doing his full share of the work, swinging a crude side by side with full grown men and working in the harvest field all day long. Later he concluded to change his occupation and learn a trade, becoming apprenticed to a carpenter but when working on the tall buildings he became dizzy and gave up that occupation. He then worked with his father in the coal mines during one winter and in the spring became apprenticed to a blacksmith, with whom he made a contract to work 3 and 1/2 years and in compensation for his services he was to received his board and clothing and at the end of the time he was to receive a suit of clothes besides 3 months' schooling. He labored hard in this position 3 years, often working until 12 at night, shoeing horses and performing other duties. During that time he did not receive one dollar, scarcely presentable clothing and his board. He then worked for 3 months for the PA RR, after which he returned to his former employer, working for him for six months and receiving a salary of $11 per month. He next entered the employ of contractors who were constructing a large dam. He made the iron work for this and received $18 per month for his services. This was the heaviest kind of labor. On the 11th of November1852 in Westmoreland County PA Mr. Hughes was united in marriage to Martah J. Sanders who was born May 16, 1837 and died March 17, 1858. She was a daughter of Abraham and Mary Robinson Sanders, who were married in PA, where they spent the remainder of their lives. His father was a laborer and in politics was a Democrat. Mrs. Hughes was one of a family of 8, four of whom are still living: John; Sallie; Charity the wife of Wm. Irvin and Mrs. Willson, all residents of Westmoreland County Pennsylvania. Unto Mr. Hughes and his wife were born two children, John born December 27, 1853 married Mary Jester, February 8, 1881 and died October 1899. His widow is now living at Catlin Township, Vermilion County, with their only child, Pearl. James, born December 18, 1856 was married November 12, 1884 to Miss Effie Rice and they have one child, Earl. He is a painter by trade and they make their home in Danville. After his marriage, Mr. Hughes removed to a small town to Pennsylvania, near where there were some extensive coal mines. Here he opened up a shop and began housekeeping in a miner's shanty. He had not a dollar in the world but he possessed energy and determination and with the assistance of a friend he was enabled to buy his tools and furnish his home, going in debt to the extent of $200. Within a year he paid off this indebtedness besides earning his living and at the end of 3 years had cleared $500. He then removed to Parke County, Indiana and opened a similar shop for himself. There he remained 9 years during which time he was called upon to mourn the loss of his wife, whose death occurred March 17, 1858. On 14 August 1859, Mr. Hughes was again married, the lady of his choice being Miss Nancy V. BURKS, the wedding taking place in Parke County, Indiana. She was born March 16, 1830 in that state and is a daughter of Moses and Louisa (VanCleve) Burks, both of whom were natives of Kentucky. The father was born October 12, 1802 and died February 21, 1878. The mother's birth occurred December 13, 1802 and she died about 1896. This couple were married in Kentucky in 1825. Mr. Burks was a farmer by occupation and removed to Parke County Indiana in the 30's. There he entered land and lived until his death. He was a member and an officer of the Methodist Episcopal Church and in politics was a Republican. He was the father of 11 children, 4 of whom are yet living: James A, a resident of Bement, Illinois; Nancy the wife of our subject; Louisa J, the widow of Alex Breckenridge and a resident of Putnam County, Indiana and Moses R, of Parke County, Indiana. By his second marriage Mr. Hughes has six children. George born March 11, 1861 was married December 30, 1886 to Dora Parish. They have two children, Charles A. and Cora and reside in Vance Township on the old homestead farm. William B, born July 22, 1863 was married February 18, 1890 to Fanny Garners and also resides on the old home farm. He is traveling representative of the Modern Woodmen. Mary L, born July 24, 1868 died November 1, 1869. Charles M, born September 13, 1866 died June 18, 1894. An infant daughter was born and died 22 June 1870. Mrs. Hughes also has a daughter by a first marriage, Margery A, who was born April 29, 1848 and was married December 24, 1874 to Robert McNott. She died June 3, 1896 and was the mother of six children, two of whom, Harry and Nellie are living. In July 1862 Mr. Hughes enlisted for sixty days' service in the Union Army joining Company D of the 76th Volunteer Infantry. He took part in the battle of Uniontown Kentucky and was stationed on the border line between Kentucky and Indiana. He and his company were captured by the Rebels but they were soon paroled. His service embraced 45 days. In 1864, Mr. Hughes brought his family to Vermilion County Illinois where he purchased80 acres of land at $8 per acre. This was prairie land, unimproved and wild. Few settlers were in the county at the time and wild game was plentiful, including prairie-chickens, geese, ducks and deer. The prairie wolves were numerous and often howled at night near the pioneer home. Fairmount was then a town consisting of one-half dozen houses and 3 stores. Mr. Hughes erected a comfortable frame house of 3 rooms -- the finest and largest in the vicinity, in 1864. In 1865 he purchased an additional 80 acres adjoining his original purchase at $15 dollars per acre giving his note in security for payment. This land he cultivated and improved, making additional purchases as the years passed and he accumulated the capital, until he is now the owner of 290 acres in Vance & Catlin Townships. His residence stands on Section 15, Vance Township His home is commodious, pleasant and attractive in appearance and he has on his place large and substantial barns and all necessary building. He also owns city property in Marshall, Illinois. Mr. Hughes is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church of Jamaica, being a trustee, steward and district steward in the same. He is a prominent Republican and has been associated with the party since 1856, the year of its organization. Before that he was a Whig. He has held some of the offices in his township. A man of genial manner, a delightful companion and a true friend, he has won the esteem and regard of all with whom he has been associated. The sterling characteristics which he possesses have won for him success and prominence and he is justly accounted of the substantial and wealthy men of Vermilion County. - Past & Present of Vermilion County Illinois> Chicago: SJ Clarke, 1903, Page.214
HUMPHREY, Joseph S., farmer, Bridgeton, was born October27, 1828 in Nelson County, Kentucky. His parents, Simon S. and Lydia (SAPP) Humphrey, were born in Kentucky. His father died in 1867, and his mother followed her husband in 1869. Both are buried in Nelson COUNTY, Kentucky. Joseph S. was married November7, 1850 to Margaret BEAM. She died January 1, 1875, leaving a family of 3 children: John S, born June 30, 1853; William H, April 1, 1856,diedOctober2, 1858; Sarah E, March 31, 1863 and Ida May, Dec. 15, 1871. Mr. Humphrey took as his second wife, Mrs. Catharine CAHILL, daughter of Robert and Catharine (MARK) CATLIN. She was born September29, 1848 in Parke County. At the time of her marriage with Mr. Humphrey her family numbered two children: Henry O. Cahill, born December25, 1871; and Stella M. Cahill, April 25, 1873. By the present union, there is one child: Guy Byron, born October9, 1879. Mr. and Mrs.. Humphrey are members of the Methodist Church. Prior to the war, Mr. Humphrey voted with the Whig party, but since the organization of the republican party he has stood firmly in its ranks. He enlisted August 14, 1862 in Co. G 85th Indiana Volunteers, under Captain E. C. . DAVIS and Col. John C. BEARD. He accompanied Sherman through Kentucky. and Tennessee, and encountered the first real battle at Thompson's Station, where the brigade to which he belonged were taken prisoners. A shell striking a tree near which he stood splintered the tree and one of the largest splinters struck him, producing a wound necessitating his removal to a hospital just before the surrender. After the lapse of 3 months he rejoined the regiment in Tennessee. He was chiefly engaged in skirmishing during the march to the sea. At the Chattahoochee River, 6 mi. northwest of Atlanta, while skirmishing, he was severely wounded, a ball passing through the right hand and right thigh, producing a wound in the thigh nine inches long. He was taken tot he hospital. When able he performed hospital duty till his time was up, when he was discharged and returned home. He made his own start in life, and is prospering. He came from Kentucky to Parke County in 1854 and settled in Raccoon Township in 1858, where he now lives and has property. Beadle, J. H. . 1880 History of Parke County, Indiana (from Historic notes on the Wabash Valley and History of Vigo & Parke County) Chicago: H. H. Hill & N. Iddings, Publishers
HUNNELL, Jacob S., attorney, real estate, insurance and collection agent, Rockville, was born in Evansville, Indiana, May 16, 1843. He is the only son of Jacob and Eliza Agnes (McFarland) Hunnell. His father died when he was 3 years old. He never attended school after he was 11. At that age he was put into a wagon shop to learn the trade, but his employer being an intemperate man, his mother took him away and he went on the Evansville & Crawfordsville (now Evansville & Terre Haute) Railroad as newsboy. He followed railroading on various roads as newsboy, brakeman, fireman, engineer and conductor, until July 15, 1872, when he quit the business altogether and settled in Rockville and ran a grocery and bakery for one year. He then commenced the study of law with Maxwell & Puett and in 1875 opened an office of his own. He does a general real estate, collecting and fire insurance business in t he last branch of which he represents the Underwriters of NY and the Springfield of Mass. In November 1876, Mr. Hunnell was elected J. P. -- the first democrat elected in Adams Township for 20 years. Mr. Hunnell enlisted April 1, 1864 in Co. K, 136th Indiana Vols. He served most of his term in Tennessee and was must. Out September 24, 1864. He was married May 23, 1867 to Miss Lizzie BAKER of Rockville. They have 4 children. Both are communicants in the Methodist church. Mr. H. Belongs to the K. Of P. He was elected prelate when the lodge was instituted; then vice chancellor, next chancery commander; and afterward reelected prelate. He is also an Odd Fellow. He passed all the chairs of the subordinate lodge and of the encampment concurrently and was elected representative both to the Grand Lodge and Grand Encampment for the same term. In politics he is strictly democratic.
HUNT, Elwood, Lawyer, Rockville, Indiana, the fourth child of William and Nancy (McMasters) Hunt, was born in Sugar Creek Township, Parke County, Indiana, April 11, 1844 and was reared on a farm in said township until August 1, 1862, when, at the age of 18, he enlisted in Co. A 85th Ind. Vols. Notwithstanding Mr. Hunt was one of the smallest and youngest men in the regiment, he performed all the duties of a soldier on the march, camp or field, without the loss of a single day, until March 5, 1863, when, at the battle of Thompson Station, TN he received a gunshot wound, the ball passing through his left elbow joint, permanently disabling the same; was taken to Hospital No. 12, Nashville, where, after 3 months' intense suffering with his wound and erysipelas, was, on June 8, 1863, honorably discharged and sent home. Arriving at home permanently disabled to perform farm labor, and being forced to look after some other pursuit at the earliest day his health and wound would permit, he set out to acquire an education, his advantages up to that time having been very limited. With the money saved while in the service, he attended two terms of school at Bloomingdale Academy, then taught 3 terms in the county. After this he attended one term at the Waveland Seminary, and 7 terms at Asbury University, leaving college in his Jr. Year in 1867 to raise funds sufficient to finish his college course. He taught one term of school in Douglas COUNTY, IL during the winter of 1867-8 and in the summer of 1868 a prospect opening for a deputy clerkship of Parke County, he came to Rockville August 1 of the same year, and quietly engaged in the study of the law in the office of Hon. J. T. . JOHNSTON, awaiting his chances. He waited not in vain; he received the appointment in November following, and served as such deputy until the fall of 1870, when he was elected co. Recorder by one of the largest majorities ever given in the co. During his term of office he became interested with his father-in-law, Mr. H. HARGRAVES, in the shoe trade, and was not a candidate for the second term. In 1876 he quit the mercantile business and returned to the study of the law, and having been previously admitted to the bar commenced the practice soon after. He is still engaged in that profession and is now the junior member of the law firm of White& Hunt. On August 18,, 1870, Mr. Hunt was married at Rockville, Indiana by Rev. J. J. STALLARD to Miss Emma HARGRAVES, first daughter Of Henry & Hannah F. Hargraves, born in Halifax, Yorkshire, England April 2, 1854. They have 5 children: Leta, Ada, deceased; Ola, Jewell and Nelia. Mr. Hunt's parents are still living in this county. They came from NC in an early day and hewed out their home in the wilderness. Mr. Hunt & his wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal church; he is also a member and past grand of Howard Lodge, No. 71, I.O.O.F and a member of the Grand Lodge of the state of Indiana. Mr. Hunt has ever been an ardent supporter of the Republican Party, casting his vote & influence with that party first, last and all the time. He has traveled over much of the west, especially the state of KS, and gives it as his opinion that there is no better county, all interests considered, than old Parke. Mr. Hunt, now 36 years of age, with his unblemished reputation for honesty & fair dealing, prompt and active attention to business, bright children, devoted wife, pleasant home and many friends, has much promise before him.
HUNT, John F., died., deputy county clerk of Parke County, Rockville, was born in Canfield, OH, January 18, 1836 and was reared in Hartsgrove Township, Ashtabula County. He was given a fair English education and apprenticed to the shoemaker's trade. He arrived at Mansfield, Parke Co in October 1855 and while he worked some at shoemaking, the most of his time for the first five years was employed in teaching school, a vocation in which he realized excellent success. Determined still further to qualify himself for active business pursuits, which his tastes seemed to point out as his proper channel of labor, in 1860 he took a course of study at the commercial college in Terre Haute, graduating in one term. On May 7, 1861, he entered the county clerk's office and served in the capacity of deputy until November 61, 868 when he assumed the duties of the first position, having been elected clerk in it two consecutive terms. He has since held until the present time the position of deputy, making his whole period of service in the office over 19 years. By his long experience he has acquired a most thorough familiarity with every detail of business connected with the office, and his business talents, united with his prompt, agreeable, and accommodating manners, have made him hosts of friends. Mr. Hunt's father was a disciple of Jeffersonian principles, and he taught our subject "from his youth up" to utter the shibboleth of democracy; but when the latter began to exercise his political privileges and acquit himself of his duties as a citizen, he acted with the republican party, casting his first vote for president Abraham Lincoln, in 1860 and voting for him again in 1864. Mr. Hunt was trustee of Adams Township four years from 1864 and trustee of Rockville one year, also from the same date. He is a Mason and Odd Fellow and in the latter order has held all the elective offices in the subordinate lodge and has been representative to the grand lodge and to the grand encampment of the state. Mr. Hunt was married April 3, 1862 to Mary A. KEMPER who was born March 25, 1840. They have six children, all living: William Wallace; Charles Colfax; Henry Horton; Harriet Hortense, Alice Amanda, and John Jay.
HUNT, William, who for half a century, was a staunch, influential, and progressive citizen of Sugar Creek township, was born in Guilford County, NC in 1811, and die din Penn Township, Parke County in 1880. He was one of the ten children of Zimri and Mary Dix Hunt who emigrated from NC to Indiana when William was a youngster and about the year 1830 settled on Mill Creek, one half mile north of its entrance into Sugar Creek, where they erected the large two story log dwelling house and other log buildings which still stand on the hill overlooking the Wilkin's Mill site. Such was the home of the Hunt family in the primitive days when the country was being settled by emigrants from other States, and many were the social, religious and industrial meetings had at such home, until the 10 children were married and all lived to have homes and rear families of their own in the northern part of Parke County. In those earlier years the settlers of the new country located on water courses, where mills and small factories could be, and were run by water power, and for that reason, William Hunt's father settled on Mill Creek, where he and his brother-in-law, Solomon Jessup, erected a saw, grist and carding mill, near the site where the Wilkins Mill was afterward located and where they also had a boat yard for building flat boats, and William was an active worker in all of such places, as well as on the farm, before he was married to Nancy McMasters in 1836. She was the daughter of William McMasters, who was a captain of a NC military company in Randolph County, before he and his wife, Kitturah Edwards, moved from the state to Parke County, and settled on Sugar Creek, near Rockport Mills in 1831.After the death of her husband, Nancy Hunt resided with her son, Elwood and his wife, in Rockville in 1909, when she died at the ripe old age of 90. William and Nancy Hunt were the parents of 10 children, all of whom but one lived to maturity, and five of whom still survive, but only two, Emily, wife of J. N. McCampbell and Elwood Hunt are now residents of the state of Indiana. Emily was the oldest child, and Elwood, now at the age of 72 years, is County Attorney and the oldest living member of the Rockville bar. They, William and Nancy Hunt, were active and earnest Christian people of the old and substantial type, and their home in Sugar Creek township was for many years, an open house for religious and social gatherings, for old and young alike, and their patriotism and devotion to their country was not only openly and earnestly expressed, but evidenced by the services of their sons, Cyrus and Elwood, in the war of the Union. They were also active workers and advocates of the common schools, and one of the proud accomplishments of William Hunt and some of his neighbors, was the erection of a log school house near his home, where his children could have the advantage of schools before such places were provided by law, and their hospitable home was the usual boarding place of Hoosier schoolmasters in the days when the teachers boarded around with the patrons. Taken from the Historical Sketch of Parke Co Atlas of Indiana Centennial, 1816-1916, Page 105).
George W. HUTSON Prominent among the farmers of Howard Township, Parke County is the subject of this biographical sketch. He resides on Section 20, where he is engaged in agricultural pursuits to a great extent. A native of Mercer County, Kentucky, he was born March 30, 1844 to William Hutson, a native of Virginia, who came to Kentucky. and settled in Mercer County, where he died when our subject was 9. His wife's name was Mary Wiggon. She was also a native of Kentucky, and the result of her marriage was the birth of five children, four of whom are living. They are William, a farmer of Howard Township, this county; Green, a prominent agriculturist of Allen County, Kansas, John P, who runs a farm in Howard Township, and George, our subject. Thomas, another of the children of this family, died at age 30. The mother of our subject is still living and makes her home in Howard Township. After the death of her husband she migrated to Indiana in 1854 and located first in Washington Township where she lived two years, then removing to this township. George W. Hutson has spent almost his entire lifetime in this county and at age 22 married Miss Jane Blacketer, who is a daughter of Samuel Blacketer, a farmer of Union Township. Mrs. Hutson was born and reared in Union Township, where she received a common school education. After his marriage Mr. Hutson located in this township, where he followed farming for a time and soon after moved to Fountain County, locating in Jackson Township, where he lived for two years. At that period he removed to Howard Township where he lived for six years, then resided in Union Township for six years. Subsequently he located permanently on the farm which he now occupies, where he has worked faithfully and energetically to earn a livelihood for himself, wife and large family of children: Harvey, deceased; William who married Ida Lawson and now resides in Parke County on the Wabash River; John W, who is farming in this township; Mary, wife of John Kelley of Fountain County; Arty, Middy and Perry who are all at home and Cecile. Mr. Hutson owns 80 acres of land where he lives about one half of which is improved and in a fair state of cultivation. Politically, he is a strong Democrat and at the present time holds the office of Assessor of his township to which position he has been elected for four successive terms. Socially, he has been a member of the Farmers Mutual Benefit Association. Mr. Hutson is an honest man, noted for his many worthy traits of character, which have made him a popular and respected citizen of this township and county. - Portrait & Biographical Record of Montgomery, Parke & Fountain Counties, Indiana (Chapman Brothers, 1893) Page 428
Edward HUTTON, another one of the representatives of Washington Township, Parke Co whose life of toil in agricultural pursuits of past years has brought him ample rewards and a life of ease is now a resident of Marshall. He is the son of Edward and Ellen Heighter Hutton born in Virginia, August 17, 1804. His father was the son of John Hutton, native of Pennsylvania who after his marriage came to Virginia. where he followed the occupation of farming all his life. Edward Hutton was born in Virginia, remaining on the farm with his parents until his union with Ellen, a daughter of Abraham Heighter. To himself and wife were born six children: John; Abraham; William; Edward; Mary A. and Francis. The father of our subject was a member of the Presbyterian Church, in which he was a zealous worker. Politically, he cast his ballot with the Whig party. The original of this sketch was married at the youthful age of 19 to Miss Nancy SMITH and after one year of wedded bliss he was thrown on his own resources. He became the father of: Hugh S; William H; James E; Samuel P and Mary J, who is the wife of William Wetherford. After the decease of his wife, he was married to Mrs. Sophia Ferguson daughter of Frederick and Sarah Prage Holland. Mrs. Hutton is a native of Tennessee, having been born in 1822. She and her husband are consistent members of the Baptist Church of which they have been members since their arrival in Parke County in 1831. Mr. Hutton acting as Deacon of that church for 9 years. Politically he has been a Republican until recently, when he cast his vote for the Prohibition candidates. Beginning at the lowest round of the ladder, this honorable gentleman has aimed high in life and by ever looking upward, relying on his own responsibility, he has gradually worked his way through life until he now is enabled to settle down to the enjoyment of that physical comfort and those social pleasures that his adequate means and good tastes make possible and agreeable. - Portrait & Biographical Record of Montgomery, Parke & Fountain Counties, Indiana. Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1893, Page 595