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Source: Portrait & Biographical Record of Montgomery, Parke & Fountain Counties, Indiana, Chapman Brothers, Chicago, 1893 p 520
Enoch EARL who has made farming his life long calling and is one of the sturdy, practical supporters of the great agricultural interests of Montgomery County was born in 1834 on Sec 14, Wayne Township on the old family homestead which is his present residence. He is a son of John Earl who is one of the early settlers of this part of Indiana and who is still living on the scene of his pioneer labors, distinguished as the second oldest man in the county. The venerable John Earl was born in the state of NJ, Sept 28 1798, and although he has attained the remarkable age of 95 he is hale and hardy and retains both the physical and mental faculties to a wonderful degree. In early manhood he married Sarah SAYRE a native of Hamilton Co, Ohio and a branch of old Ky. stock. In 1827 Mr. Earl journeyed into this state with oxen and a cart that contained all his and his wife's earthly possessions. With the cheerful help of his good wife, he eretted a cabin not a nail entering into the construction of the building nad in that humble abode they began their pioneer life. Then commenced the hand-to-hand struggle with adverse circumstances in which he came off conquerer as he was industrious in his habits was endowed with never failign energy and had the staying qualities which so often win the race. After settling on his land he had but 62 cents left and with that small sum he bought five hens from a neighboring settler and a rooster was thrown in, and these constituted his only stock besides his oxen. He worked with a will to clear and cultivate his land and in due time had a fertile farm as the result of his labors. The evening of life finds him in the enjoyment of the fruits of his early toil, able to point to a worhty record as a man and citizen who is respected by the people to whom he has been a familiar figure since their earliest remembrance. Mr. Earl is one of four children born to his parents. His eldest brother, Benjamin Pierson Earl was born in Wayne Township on the old homestead; and married Sarah WESTFALL; Pheba born Dec 24, 1836 married Washington J. McCALLISTER of Hillsborough; Elizabeth born May 15, 1839 married John A. McCallister and both are dead. Enoch Earl was reared to the life of a farmer and early adopted the calling as his own. He has done very well from a financial standpoint and is comfortably well off. His farm is under a high state of tillage and an excellent grade of stock grazes in its pastures. The buildings are substantial and afford ample conveniences for all purposes. Mr. Earl enjoys a high reputaiton as a man of unswerving integrity and he and his wife are among the most useful members of the Christian Church toward the expenses of which they contribute liberally of their means. three of their daughtesr belong to the same church and two act as teachers in theSunday school. The elder Earl is also interested in the church with which he has held close relations as a consistent member some 60 years. The whole family are ardent Republicans and stand firmly by their colors. Our subject was married at Crawfordsville in 1863 to Mrs. Eliza PEED daughter of William and Hannah DAWSON Peed. Tjey have 3 children: Howard who was born Jan 7, 1865 married L. RAINY and lives on the old homestead; Phoebe who was born March 23, 1866 and is a school teacher and Sarah who was born March 8, 1869. Mrs. Earl's daughter by her first marriage, Mary LITTLE who resides with her was born in 1855.
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