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MALLOY

Albert F. MALLOY, M.D. is a prominent and successful physician of the village of Bridgeton, Raccoon Township, Parke County.  He was born at Loretto, Pennsylvania August 16, 1865 the eldest living in a family of 10 children, six boys and four girls born to Michael and Annie BRADLEY Malloy.  He is of Scotch-Irish ancestry, Grandmother Malloy having been born in Ireland and in early life came to America and settled in the locality where our subject was born. The father of our subject was born in the Keystone State but the mother's family were genuine Scotch people; she, however, was born in Pennsylvania.  No extended history of them can be given here for the facts before the writer are too meager to furnish a history of the family.  Michael Malloy believed in giving his children a good education so our subject had a good foundation for his future studies when he left home to prepare himself for the active and arduous life of a physician.  Up to this time he knew but little about work for his early boyhood days were spent in Aloysius Academy in which he continued his studies finishing the course at St. Francis' College.  His supply of ready money had stopped and he was denied the privilege of attending a college in Montreal, Canada but with a will and determination that caused him to laugh in the face of misfortune he persevered and now we find in the person of young Dr. Malloy an example of energy, diligence, pluck and determination.  At one time in his life he was a foreman in the great Carnegie Steel Works at Braddock, PA which occupation he was following in order to prosecute his medical studies; again we find him studying under Dr. L. F. Worthly of Glasgow, Pennsylvania next with Dr. H. F. RICE of Hastings, Pennsylvania and subsequently he entered Cincinnati College of Medicine & Surgery.  During his vacations he worked with Dr. G. H. Sloan of Carrolltown, Pennsylvania and after years of hard study he finally completed his work at Cincinnati by taking special courses.  In the winter of 1891, he came to Bridgeton with no intention of locating, but after remaining here for a time he found there was an opening for a Dr. and soon afterward he opened up an office and commenced his practice.  By strictly attending to all the wants of his patients in this community he has worked up a very large practice in which he is deserving of praise and credit. Politically, Mr. Malloy is a staunch Democrat and is of the Catholic Faith. - Portrait & Biographical Record of Montgomery, Parke & Fountain Counties, Indiana. Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1893, Page 159

MARIS

MARIS, William O., Sylvania, one of the prominent farmers of this township, is the son of Thomas and Jane (HOLLIDAY) Maris, and was born in Orange County, this state, in 1818, his parents being natives of North Carolina.  He resided in his native place until he reached his 27th year, when in 1845 he removed to Fountain County, and eventually removed to Parke County, locating in Liberty Township, adjoining Sylvania, though when he settled the village was not in existence.  Like many of the early settlers, Mr. Maris has been a hardworking, temperate, religious man, honest and upright in all his dealings, and by his energy and perseverance has succeeded in making a splendid farm out of the wilderness.  He has been twice married the first time to Miss Mary JONES in 1845, by whom he had 3 children: Enos, who enlisted in the 31st Indiana Regiment, and died at Vicksburg; Deborah and John.  In 1854 he married his second wife, Miss Eleanor LINDLEY, daughter of Thomas, one of the early settlers of the township, who bore him 7 children: Thomas, Miles, who died January 1872; Mary Ellen, Martha Emma, Elmina, Albert and Cora.  His farm consists of 81 acres of splendid land, situated in the best part of the township; he also owns a large body of land in Texas.  He is a member of the Society of Friends and though he only received a limited education at the early district school, yet by reading and study he has advanced himself greatly.  In politics he is republican.  Taken from: The 1880 History of Parke County, Indiana.  J. H.  Beadle.   Chicago: H. H. Hill  

MARKS

MARKS, George, farer, Bridgeton, was born in Parke County June 12, 1830 son of John Marks.  The latter was a blacksmith and was born October 26, 1800 and died March 27, 1880.  Mr. Mark's grandfather WICKLIFF, was in the war of 1812 and was in the battle of Tippecanoe.  Mr. Mark's father moved from Pennsylvania to Kentucky in about 1823 and came to Putnam County Indiana near Portland Mills in 1826; lived there two years and settled in Parke County and lived there till his death.  He was a Jackson Democrat.  He said before his death that he had voted the ticket for 60 years. Mr. Mark's mother was born in Nelson County Kentucky February 14, 1801 and died August 5, 1875.  Mr. Marks has always lived on the farm.  He spent much of his time when a young man in hunting with hounds, trading horses and other sport.  He was married October 9, 1859 to Sarah A. RIDPATH, daughter of Alison & Rebecca (KELSEY) Ridpath.  She is the second cousin of Prof. John C. Ridpath, the historian.  Mr. Marks began farming in 1860.  He had about $1000 to begin with and bought 100 acres of land which had a poor title and lost it all.  He then lived on James N. Miller’s farm where he remained 7 years.  It gives him pleasure to acknowledge his indebtedness to Mr. Miller and family for kindness received during this time.  He now owns 80 acres of land and considerable stock of all kinds.  In politics he is an ardent democrat.  Mr. Marks is a good natured, warm-hearted and a good citizen. 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  

 

MARKS, James, deceased, was one of the first comers in the Rush Creek settlement, having come from Kentucky, where he was born in Nelson County, October19, 1808 along with his wife, Jane (HOWEY) Marks, who was born in Washington County August 27, 1809 to Montezuma in the fall of 1829; he was married August 27 of that same year.  On March 30, 1830, he arrived in Liberty Township, having entered 160 acres of land, the same on which his son George now resides, after paying for which, and for his supper and bed, he had not enough left to purchase a breakfast for himself in the town.  At the date of his settlement all the grain had to be carried 14 miles to mill.  The heavy labor of clearing proved very severe on him, so that he removed to Shawnee Prairie for some time, but finding it unhealthy, returned to the original settlement, where he continued to reside until his death, which occurred November 20, 1876, after a long life of usefulness.  His family consisted of Lydia Ann (now Mrs. MADDON), Jacob, William (deceased), Margaret (deceased), Mary Jane, Keziah, James H. (who died in the army, and was buried in TN), George E. and Thomas W.  George was born March 22, 1848, and married here, March 25, 1869, Miss Lydia A. WILKIE, daughter of William and Mary Wilkie, who came to the county at an early date.  He has a family of 3 children:  Horace Elmer; James Burton and Jennie May.  He is a republican in politics, and owns the original homestead of 160 acres of splendid land.  Thomas was born March 19, 1851 and has been engaged in agricultural pursuits all his life, receiving his education at the district school.  He married Miss Rachel McCAY, a daughter of John McCay, one of the early settlers in the township, on June 12, 1873, and has one child, a boy, John Scott.  He owns a farm of 156 acres, well improved and with good farm buildings, and is a member of the Republican Party.    Taken from: The 1880 History of Parke County, Indiana.  J. H.  Beadle.   Chicago: H. H. Hill 

James MARKS was one of the first settlers in the Rush Creek neighborhood in Liberty Township.  He was born in Nelson County, Kentucky October 18, 1808 and came to this county in 1829 and to his future home in 1830 on 160 acres of land he entered.  His son, George now owns the farm.  Mr. Marks was a man of integrity and a useful citizen until his death November 20, 1876.  Thomas Marks, another son was one of the leading citizens of Parke County.  He died a few years ago. - 1816-1916 Atlas of Parke Co Indiana, Page 115 

MARKS, John deceased was born in Pennsylvania in 1801 and is the son of David and Mary Marks.  His education was that of the common schools.  In 1838 he came to Kentucky, where he remained two years; then came to Green Township, Parke County and entered land upon which he resided till his death, which occurred March 27, 1880.  In 1825 he was married to Rebecca WEEKLY, by whom he had 8 children: Susan, George, Nancy, Mary, Isaac, deceased; Elizabeth and Jane.  In 1876 his wife, aged 75 was called away by death, leaving a fond husband and a doting family to mourn her loss.  Mr. Marks began life in Parke County in very limited circumstances.  When he died he left a good farm of 90 acres, which his own industry had made, where once large forest trees stood thick.  By his death Parke County lost one of her old and respected citizens, and his family a fond, indulgent father and only parent.  (Taken from: The 1880 History of Parke County, Indiana.  J. H.  Beadle.   Chicago: H. H. Hill) 

MARRIS

MARRIS, John, farmer, Annapolis, was born in Orange County, Indiana in 1817 and is the son of Aaron Marris, who came to Parke County in 1835, and located near Annapolis, where he died. Mr. Marris has always been engaged in farming and stock raising.  He is the owner of a fine farm, well improved, most of which he has made.  He has never taken an active part in political affairs but always votes the Republican ticket.  He is a man that is respected in the community in which he lives, is always honest in his dealings and always pays strict attention to his own affairs.    Taken from: Page293 History of Parke County IN; J. H.  Beadle, Chicago: H. H. Hill, 1880  

MARSHALL

MARSHALL, Mahlon W., farmer, Rockville, was born October 14, 1838 in Fountain County, Indiana.  He was the third son and fourth child of Alfred and Hannah (WOODY) Marshall.  His parents emigrated from North Carolina to Fountain County about 1822.  The Woodys settled in Leatherwood above Montezuma, in Parke County, also at an early date.  This last family afterward removed and lived many years near Annapolis.  Mr. Marshall’s parents were married in Parke and went to Fountain county to live.  In 1839 they returned to Parke and since that time he has been a resident of this county, except between 1848 and 1852 when the family were in Howard County.  Mr. Marshall attended the common schools, ending his studies at the Bloomingdale Academy.  He and Miss Sarah Jane BEESON were united in married February 14, 1860.  By this union there were 4 children.  Mrs. Marshall died September 30, 1876; and on August 30, 1878, Mr. Marshall married Miss Rhoda HADLEY.  They have one child, a daughter Mr. Marshall enlisted in Company A, 85th Indiana Volunteers, August 2, 1862.  March 8, 1863, he was captured with his brigade at Thompson's Station, Tennessee. After a hard fight, lasting more than half a day, against a greatly superior force.  He was taken to Libby prison and on April 1 paroled.  Mr. Marshall next served on the Atlanta campaign, taking part in numerous engagements, notably the battles of Roaca and Peach Tree Creek, in the latter of which his command met the enemy in a countercharge, resulting in a desperate hand to hand contest, the national troops inflicting terrific loss upon the rebels, and gaining a complete victory.  At Atlanta Mr. Marshall became acting hospital steward of his regiment, and served as such during the remainder of his term.  He marched with Sherman to the sea, and served throughout the campaign of the Carolinas.  He fought in the battles of Averysboro and Bentonville.  In the former his company suffered severely, four being killed outright.  From Raleigh he was sent to New York with a squad of convalescents, and was there mustered out of the service.  He returned home and went to farming, and has since followed that occupation; also at times dealing in grain and buying and shipping stock.  In 1876 Mr. Marshall was elected county Commissioner, and held the office 3 years. The notable official act of the board during his term was the order passed to build the new courthouse, a measure of great public importance, which encountered very bitter opposition in some parts of the county.  The contract was let at a time when labor and building material were lower than they had been for many years, and the sudden appreciation of prices soon after has been of such convincing logic as to quiet all clamor.  The result of their action is the saving of many thousands of dollars to Parke County  The imposing edifice now rearing on the courthouse square is a handsome monument to the foresight and calm determination of the commissioners.  Mr. Marshall moved into Rockville to superintend the tearing down of the old courthouse and the erection of the new.  This service he performed in an acceptable manner until the expiration of this term, in the spring of 1880.  Mr. Marshall is a member of the Quaker church and a republican in politics.   

 

MARSHALL, Emmet Fillmore, farmer, Rockville, is the son of Theodore C. And Hannah Jane (BRADFIELD) Marshall and was born September 3, 1855, in Parke County.  He attended the common school and also Bloomingdale Academy 4 terms.  He has taught school 12 terms and has been a very successful teacher, receiving the highest wages and having a first grade certificate.  He is a great reader the lover of books.  He was married October 9, 1877, to Miss Clara COX.  She was born February 4, 1856.  They have had two children: Gilbert E, born June 21, 1878 and Sylva M., born March 14, 1880 and died June 21, 1880.  He and his wife are both members of the Christian Church.  In politics Mr. Marshall is a national.  Mr. Marshall's father was born in Rockville, October 9, 1833. He has been a farmer, and has raised stock and dealt considerably in stock.  About 14 years ago he began preaching in the Christian Church and has preached in Parke, Fountain, Clay, Vigo and Sullivan Counties in Indiana.  He has been very successful as a minister of the gospel of Jesus Christ.  He has taught school 9 terms.  Rev. Theo. C. Marshall in one of the influential and respected citizens of Adams Township.  John Marshall, the grandfather of the subject of this sketch, was born in Orange County, North Carolina September 29, 1799.  He moved to Orange County, Indiana in 1822 and to Parke County.  He thus was one of the pioneer settlers of this county and has been largely identified with its history and growth.  He filled the office of probate judge of this county for a number of years.  He was a judicious and efficient officer. 

Thomas S. MARSHALL, is a resident of Rockville and is the owner of one of the nicest places in the town.  His residence is in the outskirts and there he raises all kinds of fruit and vegetables, paying great attention to horticulture.  Our subject was born near Bloomingdale, Parke County May 4, 1834 and is the son of Alfred Marshall, who emigrated from North Carolina settling in Penn Township about the year 1827, where he engaged in farming and was numbered among the earliest settlers.  His brother, Judge John Marshall, who preceded him in coming to this state about two years, was one of the pioneer merchants of Rockville.  Our subject's father removed to the Indian Reserve, in what is now Howard County and was one of the very first settlers of that region, his nearest neighbors being east and south, 8 miles away.  He purchased land of the railroad company at $5 per acre which he at once proceeded to cultivate and improve. In 1856 his wife died and 11 years later he departed this life.  The former before her marriage was Miss Hannah, daughter of John WOODY, who was an early settler of the county.  Mrs. Marshall was born in Guilford County North Carolina where her father used to run a ferry boat on the Haugh River.  Alfred Marshall who was in the service during the War of the Rebellion was formerly a Whig and later a Republican. When the gentleman of whom we write was 13, his father went to Howard County, and one year later he carried the mail between Delphi, Kokomo and Marion for 18 months, going on horseback through the woods and across the wildest part of the country.  He left Howard Co. in his 20th year and going to Hendricks County engaged in farming until 1856.  It was later that he wedded Miss Mary HADLEY whose father, John Hadley was an early settler and well known agriculturist of the county.  After his marriage Mr. Marshall located on a farm, which he purchased near Danville and there continued to make his home until the death of his wife in 1888.  The union of Mr. and Mrs. Marshall was blessed with 5 daughters: Alice, wife of William GILKERSON, a farmer of Parke County; Eva; Lizzie; Minnie and Matilda, at home. Morton Sherman died in infancy.  Soon after his wife's death, our subject sold his farm near Danville and came to Rockville.  For four or five years previously, he had purchased furs in the winter season in this locality in which he is still engaged to some extent.  He is very fond of hunting and during the summer does considerable fishing as well.  For 18 years Mr. Marshall was Postmaster in the village of Pecksburg, near his home.  During the war, he was Assessor for six years and Enrolling Officer.  In 1863 he enlisted in Company B 117th Indiana Infantry and was made 1st Lt, serving until the time of his enlistment had expired.  He is a member of the Grand Army of the Republic and has always been a loyal and patriotic citizen.  The father of Thomas S. Marshall had five sons, all of whom were in the Union Army, as well as the father at the same time.   - Portrait & Biographical Record of Montgomery, Parke & Fountain Counties, Indiana.  Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1893, Page 210 

William MARSHALL, now of Butler county, Kansas, was born in North Carolina March 28, 1818, and is a son of Thomas and Elizabeth (HOBSON) MARSHALL, both natives of the same named state. Thomas MARSHALL died in North Carolina, and William came, with his mother, to Parke County, Indiana, in 1830, and there lived till twenty-three years of age. In 1841 he married Juretta McMASTERS, daughter of Andrew McMASTERS. She was born in North Carolina November 5, 1823, and came to Parke County about 1830. They settled in Mill Creek township, Fountain County, on eighty acres, which his guardian, Isaac Hobson, had entered for him. He built a log house, 18 x 20, which still is used, but remodeled, by his son Andrew. He cleared his land and added till he owned 320 acres. From 1865 to 1873 he lived on 160 acres, one half mile east of the homestead. In 1873 he moved to Eldorado, Kansas, where he is comfortably situated. While in Fountain County he was three times trustee of his township. He is a republican, and wife and self are members of the United Brethren church. They have eight children: Thomas, Andrew, Henry, Sarah, John A., Sylvester P., Mary E., William S., each of whom, when twenty-three years old, received $1,000 from parents. Andrew was born June 29, 1843, on the homestead. When seventeen years old he began teaching. August 20, 1862, Mr. Marshall enlisted in Co. H, 63d Ind. Vols., under Col. McMANOMY, and afterward Col. I. N. Stiles and J. S. Williams. He fought at Rocky Face, Dalton, Resaca, and on to Atlanta, at Lost Mountain, Jonesboro, Decatur, Franklin, Nashville, Fort Anderson, Wilmington, Smithville, Raleigh, Goldsboro, and at the surrender of Johnston at Greensboro. He was mustered out at Indianapolis July 3, 1865, and returned to the farm, but continued teaching in winters for nine years. May 3, 1866, he was married to Melissa ELWELL, daughter of Amariah and Caroline ELWELL. She was born in Fountain county, Indiana, in 1847. They settled on eighty acres of the home-place, and now own twenty-four acres. They have five children. They are members of the United Brethren church. In politics Mr. Marshall is a prominent republican. He has been three times township trustee, notary public since 1877, and in 1880 was elected to the state legislature. History of Fountain County, Indiana by H. W. Beckwith Published by H. H. Hill and N. Iddings, Chicago, in 1881Fulton Township – Biographical - shared by Amy Berga

MARTIN

MARTIN, Alonzo, physician and surgeon, Bellmore was born in Union Township, three and a half miles south of Bellmore, November 21, 1852 and is the son of Bushrod A and Sarah T (SHAW) Martin.  His father was born in South Carolina and his mother in Illinois and are of Irish extraction.  His father was the son of John Martin, who first bought land in Union Township in 1820 and moved his family from South Carolina in 1821, being the first settlers in the township.  Farther notice is made of this in the general history of Union Township.  The subject of this sketch passed his youth on the farm, attending school in winter months.  He thought the field of medicine more inviting to his nature than the wheat and corn field, so he entered the college of physicians and surgeons of Keokuk, Iowa, from which he graduated in 1878.  He located the following fall at Bellmore and in 1880 formed a co partnership with Dr. GOSS and the firm is known by the appellation of Goss & Martin.  His outlook is cheering and he is already gaining vantage ground.  He is unmarried, votes republican and is in good circumstances.  

MARTIN, Daniel S., farmer, Mansfield, was born June 11, 1829 in North Carolina.  His parents, Job and Melinda (SCOTT) Martin were born in North Carolina.  They moved to Kentucky and afterward settled in Parke County.  His father was born in 1805 and his mother in 1809.  Mr. Martin has always lived on the farm.  He was married in 1854 to Sarah J. McHargue, born July 3, 1833.  They have had 10 children: Melinda J, born January 14, 1855; William J, April 10, 1856; Job F, December 20, 1857; Phebe O, December 12, 1859; Eliz A, December 14, 1862; James R, March 4 1866; Sarah A October 19, 1869; Ulysses S September 6, 1872; Martha A September 26, 1861 who died November 21, 1861; Melvin F September 10, 1867 died August 20, 1868.  Mr. Martin enlisted in July 1862, in Company C 71st Indiana Volunteers.  He was at Mundrough's Hill, Richmond and in the 6th Calvary.  He was also in many other smaller fights.  Mr. Martin is a republican and an honest, industrious, hardworking man.  Taken from: The 1880 History of Parke County, Indiana.  J. H.  Beadle.   Chicago: H. H. Hill  

James H. MARTIN.  Among the honored pioneers and leading farmers of Parke County, no one is held in higher respect than is the gentleman of whom we write, who owns a well improved farm on Section 32, Union Township.  He was born in Spartanburg, South Carolina August 2, 1820.  His father, John Martin was born in 1766.  He removed to Parke County, Indiana in 1821, locating in Union Township, where he erected a log house, which was his home during the remainder of his life, for he died in 1827.  Our subject's grandfather, David Martin, was a farmer in South Carolina.  The wife of John Martin whose maiden name was Margaret FARRIS was born in 1802, in South Carolina.  Of this marriage were born 12 children, 9 sons and 3 daughters, who all grew to manhood and womanhood and were reared in the wilderness of Parke County.  Of this large family most have passed away, our subject and his sister, Euphemia widow of John HARNEY being the only survivors.  James H. Martin was the youngest child in his father's family, and was only an infant when his parents removed to this county.  His school privileges were of the most meager description, being those of the frontier log schoolhouse type.  His father having died when he was only a child of 7, he was necessarily obliged to work in his tender years.  He remained with his mother until he was married and she in turn made her home with him until she was called to her final rest.  Our subject's first union was with Miss Matilda GARD by whom he had 9 children: Robert, Atlanta, Margaret, Ithal, Oliver, Matilda, Phoebe, Mary and John.  After his first wife's death, our subject wedded Mary Johnson, widow of David Harney who was born in VA.  By that union, she had six children: Henry, George, David, Susan, James and an infant who died unnamed. Mr. Martin has resided on his present farm since he was a year old.  It comprises 445 acres, almost all of which are under cultivation. A large share of the place our subject has cleared himself and has greatly increased its usefulness and value by the many improvements he had place upon it.  He is engaged in general farming and stock raising and as an agriculturist has been very successful, as he was brought up as a farmer's lad, learning all the details of the work.  In his political faith, he is Republican.   - Portrait & Biographical Record of Montgomery, Parke & Fountain Counties, Indiana.  Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1893, Page 322 – transcribed by Karen Zach

Joseph Martin, of Rosedale, Indiana, is an Englishman, born at Congressburg, near Bristol, Somersetshire, on October 9, 1839. His parents, Richard and Fannie (Hall) Martin, were both natives of the same place, his paternal ancestors having lived there for upwards of two centuries. His father was engaged in the mercantile business in Somersetshire, where he resided until his death, in 1805. Mrs. Martin had died nearly twenty years earlier, when Joseph was a lad of seven ; and five years afterward, at the tender age of twelve, the boy set out to seek his for- tune, destined to be found at the end of a long series of journeyings. He first went to Wales, and labored in the iron mines for eight years. At twenty he entered the English navy, and the route of his ship took him to Vancouver Island. Here he abandoned naval service and proceeded to Washington (then a territory), obtaining work in a saw-mill at a place called Port Gamble on Puget Sound. He remained here several months, then went to San Francisco, and thence to Mount Diablo, where he secured employment in the coal mines. In 1864 he fell a victim to the gold mania and left the coal mines for more alluring diggings in the placer mines of Sierra and Plumas counties. This venture not fulfilling his anticipations, he evolved a new plan: He went to San Francisco, and thence, in May, 1865, set out for the East. On July 14, he arrived in New York City. This metropolis he left for Alleghany county, Maryland, from whence he removed to Steubenville, Ohio, where he worked as a common laborer in the coal mines. Braidwood, Illinois, was his next abiding place, and he was made a citizen of the United States at Joliet in 1SGG. He was employed by the Braidwood Coal Company, and was there married on May 15, 1870, to Miss Mary Valentine, daughter of Isaac and Ann Valentine, of Pennsylvania. Five months after his marriage he went to live in Bloomington, Illinois, working in the coal mines of that place from October until February, when he made an- other change, this time locating at Brazil, Indiana. Here he pursued his vocation of mining for a year and a half. In August, 1872, he removed to Rosedale, Indiana, which town has since been his home. Becoming interested in the Mammoth Coal Company, he bought up this concern in 1876, and directed its operations for about six years. In May, 1882, it was superseded by the Parke County Coal Company, which Mr. Martin organized and has since conducted with most gratifying results. Today it stands prominently among the most extensive and thriving of western coal enterprises, and this position it owes to the wise and energetic methods employed in its management. If true that "a rolling stone gathers no moss," the human "rolling stone" sometimes gathers experience which may later be turned to much account in securing the coveted "moss." The knowledge of the coal business gleaned in the many and varied capacities which Mr. Martin filled during his wanderings doubtless contributed greatly to the success which places him among the first coal operators of the United States. Family: Four sons, Valentine, Joseph, Overton H. and William, blessed the union of Mr. and Mrs. Martin, their mother, however, being taken from them by death on November 8, 1895. Each of the sons has found a place in the Parke County Coal Company, and under their father's careful guardianship, they may easily rise to positions of influence in the coal industry. The town of Rosedale is largely indebted to Mr. Martin for its advancement, which has been furthered by him both as the head of the Parke County Coal Company and as a progressive citizen. He is a man much respected for his vigor and integrity of character, and his genial face and hearty manner are pleasantly familiar to the entire community. Sometimes his cheery smile and greeting are missed for a time in Rosedale; for Mr. Martin has an inherent fondness for travel, and has already crossed the ocean several times, revisiting the familiar scenes of his native England and making continental tours of the places of historical or other special interest. Mr. Martin's second marriage took place on June 20, 1896, the bride being Miss Bertha A. Seybold, daughter of John Seybold, of Minshall, Indiana. One child was born of this union, which died in infancy. Taken fromEncyclopedia of Biography of Indiana, Volume 2” edited by George Irving Reed. - shared by Carla Frazier

MARTIN, Lucius, farmer, Bridgeton, was born in Caswell County, North Carolina December 15, 1817 and is the son of Robert and Nancy (DOWNING ?) Martin.  His father and paternal grandfather were born and raised in Virginia and there is reason to believe his mother's ancestors were originally from Russia.  His mother was born in North Carolina.  In 1826 Lucius, then 9 came with his parents to Orange County Indiana and in 1829 to Parke County, and settled on the northeast 1/4 of Section 15 which Robert leased for 10 years.  Lucius spent his time with his axe, and in the field cleared by his own labor.  He married Elizabeth A. MATHEWS daughter of George & Aphena (BENSON) Mathews, November 11, 1838.  There have been born to them 10 children: Robert September 21, 1839; John B March 28, 1841; Lucinda February 7, 1843died March 3, 1843; Mary A March 29, 1844; Indiana January 26, 1846; Emeline, April 1, 1848; George W, July 5, 1850; Oliver P July 1, 1852; Hester E October 17, 1854; Sarah M June 19, 1857.  Robert served 3 years in the Civil War having enlisted in Company G 85th Ind. Vols.  He was captured at Thompson's Station and lay in Libby prison 9 days.  he marched with Sherman but was unable to go to sea.  Oliver P has been educating himself for some time at Indiana Central Normal and has spent some time in teaching. Mr. Martin received no education until after he was married when he attended writing school 13 nights, learning to write and learning to cipher from his children and a nephew who taught in the district and boarded with him.  He is a thorough republican and voted Whig prior to the war.  He cast his first ballet for Gen. Harrison. 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  

 

MARTIN, Robert L., farmer, Mansfield, is a son of John and Margaret Martin, the first settlers of Union Township.  They came from South Carolina in 1821, a distance of 600 miles, by wagon, and settled on Section 33 when Robert was six years old.  He staid (sic) at home till he was 26 years old, when, November 23, 1841, he was married to Nancy L. HARNEY, daughter of Riley and Letitia Harney.  The parents of Mr. and Mrs. Martin are dead and buried in the Martin graveyard.  They have had 12 children: Mary J; Phebe K; George W; Lucy A;  James S; Sarah L; Julia I; Martha E, dead; Delila E; Robert S., Nancy M. and John P.  Martha E. is buried in the Martin graveyard.  Mr. Martin's experience is that of a frontiersman, much work and car mingled with many joyous hours.  After marriage he settled one and a half miles from Bridgeton and in 1847 bought the 240 acres he now occupies.  He has recently built a new dwelling, 34 x 16, with kitchen 14 x 20.  There is a fine spring on the place.  He is a successful farmer.  Mr. Martin is a republican, still carrying the standard of Washington under whom his father fought in the revolution. 

 

MARTIN, William B., farmer, Mansfield, was one of a family of 11 children, and came from South Carolina with his father, John Martin, in 1821, while a mere lad.  The family settled on one half of Section 33, Union Township, which John, the parent, had bought the previous year.  This is admitted to have been the first settlement in Union Township.  The elder Martin served in the revolution under Washington; was at Yorktown and saw the English lay down their arms.  Having thus served in a war of hardships at the early age of 16, having gone as a substitute for his father, he was well fitted for pioneer life.  William B. has grown up and still lives on the home farm.  Many are the stories of pioneer life told by Mr. Martin.   He was married January 16, 1829, to Harriet KALLEY, by whom he had 9 children: Nancy; William K; Eliza; and Daniel S. are dead; Sallie A; John M; Levina; Myram and Orlina are living.  His wife Harriet also died.  The second time he was married to Phebe MACY, October28, 1858.  By this marriage he had 3 children: two infants (dead) and Arminda E.  He was educated in the primitive log house, and also spent 3 months at Greencastle in his 21st year.  He votes republican and is firm in the faith.  He has been active in his manhood; he carried the chain when the road from Crawfordsville to Dixon's Mills was surveyed and is said to have driven the first team through the Mansfield gap, in Jackson Township.  He owns and lives on 55 acres of the originally entered home farm.  John m. Martin, son of William B, was born on the home farm in the old log cabin on December11, 1845.  he was educated in the common schools.  On October 29, 1869, he was married to Elizabeth C. BLACK, daughter of Jesse K. and Ara J. Blake and has two children by this union: Bertha died and Lela E.   He has been supervisor two terms, votes republican and owns 70 acres of land, with house, stable, orchard, well, etc. and is one of the township's rising farmers.  

William MARTIN farmer and stock raiser, sections 28, 29 and 32 post office Bedford was born in Ohio in 1822. When but 3 his parents moved to Indiana where he was educated at the "subscription schools" (before the days of district schools).  Married 1843 in Parke County, Indiana to Miss Mary Headley (Hadley?) and moved to Illinois in 1850. Came to Taylor County Iowa 1867, locating where he now lives.  Has a fine farm of 240 acres well improved with fine house, orchard, groves, wind breaks, etc. Served in the 36th Regt ill Infantry volunteers during the war of the rebellion. 7 children living: Mary A, wife of Benjamin Lee; Rufus A; Emily C; James W and Laura B, wife of William Webb, A. Lincoln and Charles E.  3 deceased: Sarah D, Caroline and Ann Eliza.  Mr. Martin is a cabinet maker and joiner by trade, which business he followed up to his residence in Iowa. Came here with limited means but by industry and economy he has acquired a competency.  Himself and wife are consistent members of the ME Church. - History of Taylor County, Iowa. Des Moines: State Historical Company, 1881 Page 818

MATER

MATER, George, farmer, Bellmore, is one of the solid farmers of Union Township.  He believes in progress and improvement.  He was born October 26, 1823 in Butler County Ohio and is the son of John & Mary (CULVER) Mater.  His people moved to Adams Township in 1827 and his father entered some land now owned by Spotswood COLLINGS, and here his mother died.  In 1875 his father, too, left the earthly sphere.  Both parents had been members of the church, his father of the United Brethren and his mother of the Baptist, from time before their marriage and both remained in their respective churches till death.  Mr. Mater improved what educational advantages of the schools of hi day afforded.  When a young man he worked some years in an oil mill, but most of his time has been given to farming.  he has lived all his life within a 3-mile circuit, and has bought and sold the WEBB farm, the Caleb FRAZEE farm and now owns the John MILLER farm, on which he has lived 10 years.  His dwelling, built by John Miller, is a two-story brick 20 x40 with ell 18 x 18; has 200 acres of land in Section  29, and 30 acres in Section 20.  In 1847 he married Elizabeth COOKS, who is now deceased.  In 1850 he was again married, this time to Margaret J, daughter of John S. and Margaret Miller.  By this bond they have had 7 children, two dead, one son and four daughters living.  Mr. Mater was born and raised a Whig, and has remained true to his teaching by acting with and forming a part of the republican party.  He was not permitted to enter the army, on account of bad health, being at the time confined to his room.  He is a member of the Methodist church, a good citizen and has worked his way thus far through life with hard strokes, but successful. 

George MATER, a retired and influential farmer, whose residence is now at Bellmore, Parke County was engaged for many years in cultivating the farm, in addition to which in former years he improved several farms in the county.  Our subject was born in Butler County, Ohio near Dayton, October 26, 1823, and is a son of John and Mary Culver Mater.  The former was probably a native of Pennsylvania and followed the occupation of a farmer.  His father, George was born in Germany, emigrating to the US when a young man, settling in Pennsylvania.  Our subject's mother was born in New Jersey and was a daughter of Daniel Culver. John Mater after his marriage engaged in farming in Butler County, emigrating to Parke County in 1827 and taking up land of the Government in Adams Township.  This tract of 160 acres he improved and built thereon a small log home.  His wife died on the old homestead, 62 years.  The father died in Reserve Township, near Montezuma when he had attained 74 years. They were the parents of 7 children, two daughters and five sons. Four of the sons are living: Rev. Ira, a minister of the united Brethren Church, Hillsdale; George, our subject; Jacob of Eddyville, Iowa; who was in the service of his country, during the late war, being with Sherman on his march to the sea and Daniel, who is a blacksmith of Kingman, Kansas... Our subject was only a child of 4 when he was brought by his parents to this county so he has practically spent his life here.  He attended the old-fashioned log schoolhouse of the period, remaining with his father and lending him dutiful assistance in the farm work until he had grown to man's estate.  In 1846 was celebrated his marriage with Miss Elizabeth Crooks, a native of Kentucky, who came to this locality with her parents at an early day. After her death, Mr. Mater in 1850 wedded Margaret Miller, who was born in this county and is the daughter of John and Margaret Miller, early settlers of the county.  Mrs. Mater was born in Union Township in 1827.  She departed this life, December 31, 1879 leaving one son and six daughters.  John M, who lives in St. John, Kansas  is engaged in the mercantile business; Martha E, wife of Thomas Branson, a farmer of Adams Township; Nora A, wife of Daniel Chapen of Bellmore; Harriet E, wife of Samuel Thomas, a farmer of Union Township  and Mary E, lives at home with her father.  After his marriage our subject located in Adams Township, near the old homestead, where he engaged in general farming until 1852 when he purchased a farm, a portion of which was in Union and the rest in Adams Township.  His home was in the former township, near the line where he resided until 1859, at which time he sold out and purchased the place known as the Frazie Farm, in Union Township to the improvement of which he devoted himself for the following 10 years, then selling the place and becoming the owner of one, two miles northeast in the same township.  The latter, which was known as the John Miller Farm, remained in his possession until the winter of 1882, when he sold it and has since been retired from active business.  For a number of years, Mr. Mater in company with his father ran an oil mill in Adams Township. As an agriculturist he succeeded to a marked degree as he has done in whatever line of work he has turned his attention to.  His first presidential vote was for Henry Clay since which time he has been a loyal supporter of the Republican Party.  In 1881 he was elected County Commissioner, the duties of which position he filled so well he was reelected in 1883, serving for the full two terms or six years. Since 1848 he has been an active worker in the Methodist Episcopal Church in which he has held many offices.  He is well and favorably known throughout the county and is an honored old settler.  - Portrait & Biographical Record of Montgomery, Parke & Fountain Counties, Indiana.  Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1893, Page 576

Rev. Ira MATER was born in Butler County, Ohio June 14, 1822 and located on a farm in Raccoon Township in the early days.  He was one of the pioneer ministers of the United Brethren Church who helped establish a Christian civilization in the Wabash Valley.  During his travels as a circuit rider he passed through some trying and interesting experiences.  His son, Dr. Jacob D. deceased was a successful practitioner for several years at Bridgeton. He was a corporal in Co. I 149th Indiana.  Rev. Mr. Mater was highly esteemed by a large circle of friends fro his kindly Christian character and devotion to his ministerial work. He was a writer of more than ordinary ability and a few years before his death published a volume called, The Prompter, a recollection of his contributions to the press for a period of 40 years. - Historical Sketch of Parke County, Indiana, 1816-1916, Page 119

MATER, Jacob D., M.D., physician and surgeon, Bridgeton, was born in Parke County May 11, 1846 and is the son of Rev. Ira and Lydia Mater.  Dr. Mater's father was born in Butler County, Ohio June 14, 1822 and is still living on his farm in Adams Township, Parke Co; he was one of the pioneer preachers who helped establish a Christian civilization in the Wabash valley.  During his travels in this region as a "circuit rider" he passed through some trying and interesting experiences, especially during the war.  He is a man of extensive information and for the past few years has contributed a column each week for the Rockville "Republican," entitled "Drops in the Bucket," signed "Live Oak."  These items indicate a vein of original thought and expression which few men possess.  Dr. Mater had a common school education, and then attended Westfield College, IL for 8 months.  After this he taught school two terms and in 1870 began reading medicine with Dr. Goss of Bellmore.  July, 3, 1873, he graduated from the medical department of the University of Virginia-- the school founded by Thomas Jefferson in 1819.  Dr. Mater first settled in Rosedale, remaining there 6 months and then going to Bridgeton where he has ever since resided.  He has been a very successful physician.  He began life with nothing and now has a nice home in Bridgeton and a good farm of 132 acres in Raccoon Township.  He was married the first time to Mary A. GALEY August 25, 1870.  She was born March 2, 1853diedOctober6, 1875.  His second marriage was to Isabel WEBSTER November19, 18766.  dr. Mater enlisted in Company I 149th Indiana Volunteers January 25 1865 and served to the close of the war. He is an intelligent, enterprising man and has considerable literary and dramatic talent. 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  

MATTHEWS

A. B. MATTHEWS, farmer, Section 8, P. O. Augusta was born in Ross County Ohio in 1817; was married in Parke County Indiana in 1838 to Emily Davis a native of that state born in 1818 died 1841.  They had 3 children, one living.  In 1842 he married Diana Kalley,  a native of Indiana born in 1828 and they had 9 children. Mr. Matthews owns 190 acres of land and is one of the old and honored citizens of Hancock County.  - Gregg, Thomas. History of Hancock County, Illinois. Chicago: C. C. Chapman & Company, 1880, Page 523 

MAXWELL

MAXWELL, David H.  Coming down to the present time there are now in Rockville, David H. Maxwell, the oldest practicing attorney in the place, who came from Bloomington, Indiana in 1845 and Hon. Thomas N. RICE, who entered the work of the profession in 1853...though these have not quite "come down from a former generation," still they are the connecting links between the earlier and the later periods in the history of the bar.   

David H. MAXWELL.  The Bar of Parke County numbers among its most honored representatives the firm of Maxwell & Maxwell, of which the subject of this sketch is the senior member.  Not only at Rockville, where for many years he has been continuously engaged in the practice of profession, but also through this portion of Indiana, he is known as a lawyer of high talents and great ability. T he qualities of discrimination for which he has always been distinguished, together with his perceptive qualities and power of analysis, have led to the attainment of a position of prominence among the legal fraternity of the state.  At Bloomington, Indiana 7 August 1825 occurred the birth of the subject of our sketch. His father, Dr. David H. Maxwell, served in the War of 1812 as a surgeon and became one of the earliest settlers of Indiana as well as a pioneer physician at Bloomington.  He and his wife, who was born in Kentucky and bore the name of Mary D. DUNN, became the parents of eight children, our subject being the sixth.  He was reared in Bloomington and attended the Indiana State University until the junior year when he abandoned his literary studies and boarding a river steamer, proceeded down the Mississippi.  He landed at Grand Gulf, MS and thence took passage on a steamer to Louisville, Kentucky from which place he walked a distance of 90 miles to Bloomington, carrying his rifle on his shoulder.  In 1845, shortly after his return from the South, our subject came to Rockville and commenced the study of law in the office of Wright & Maxwell.  Three years later, he came back to Bloomington and entered law department of the State University of Indiana, then under the control of Judge David McDonald and Judge William T. Otto.  From that institution he was graduated in 1849, and was licensed to practice at the Bar of the State.  Returning to Rockville, he formed a legal partnership with Samuel Magill, who had been his classmate.  The connection continued for 12 months when Mr. Magill accepted a position at Washington, D. C.  With his brother, Samuel, our subject formed a partnership and remained in practice at Rockville for two years. Meanwhile the Legislature had instituted the Court of Common Pleas, the district being composed of Parke & Vermillion Counties.  Judge Porter of Vermillion had been elected to fill the position of Judge of the court, but his death occurred while an incumbent of the office. Joseph A. Wright, then Governor of Indiana appointed Samuel F. Maxwell to fill the unexpired term, and the partnership was accordingly dissolved. When Judge Patterson succeeded to the position, the legal connection was resumed.  Afterward, however, Samuel F. Maxwell was reelected judge, and our subject then took into partnership his nephew, Frank M. Howard, with whom he remained in practice for two years.  Later he was alone until 1889, when he formed the partnership with his son, under the title of Maxwell & Maxwell which firm is still in existence.  The marriage of our subject in 1864 united him with Miss Anna F, daughter of Samuel S. SMITH, a prominent agriculturist of Parke County.  Two children have been born of the union: Howard, the law partner of his father and Hugh, who is at home.  Mr. Maxwell has devoted his entire active life exclusively to the duties of his profession and has for 44 years been engaged in active and continuous practice.  He was reared a believer in the principles of the Whig party, and in later years has been a consistent adherent of the platform of the Republic Party.  His first Presidential ballot was cast for General Taylor.  During the war he enlisted for 60 days and served as a member of the 78th Indiana infantry.  In his religious belief he is connected with the Presbyterian Church and gives to that denomination his generous and active support.   - Portrait & Biographical Record of Montgomery, Parke & Fountain Counties, Indiana.  Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1893, Page 137

MAYES

MAYES, James tile maker and farmer, Russellville, was born in Parke County Indiana in 1839 and is the son of Robert and Darkis JACKSON Mayes, early settlers of Parke co; the former a native of North Carolina the latter (Mrs. Mayes) of South Carolina.  Both died in 1855.  James Mayes went to Putnam County Indiana in 1854 and remained there till 1861, when he was married to Sarah A. HAWK, daughter of John Hawk.  They settled in Green Township, where he has since lived.  By this union there have been 6 children born: Marion, Ada, James M, Ella, Harriet, John and Ivory.  In 1873 Mr. Mayes engaged in tile making, which he has since followed with continually increasing demand.  He owns a farm of 80 acres in a good state of cultivation.  His tile factory is situated along the side of the Indianapolis, Decatur and Springfield RR, which passes through his farm, affording him ample facilities for the shipment of the product of his factory.  His wife is a member of the Lutheran church.  In politics he is neutral, voting from principle, not for party.  (Taken from: The 1880 History of Parke County, Indiana.  J. H.  Beadle.   Chicago: H. H. Hill)  

MEACHAM

MEACHAM, John J. (Gen.), saddler, harness maker and dealer, Rockville, was born July 6, 1812, in Orange County North Carolina.  In 1818 his parents removed and settled at Paoli, Orange County, Indiana.  When about 10 years old his mother died, leaving him to make his way in the world as best he could among comparative strangers.  He learned the saddler's trade and at the age of 20 came to Rockville, where he spent the winter having arrived in January 1832.  In the spring he left the place, but returned the next January and settled permanently, establishing himself at the same time in the saddler business, which line of trade he has followed continuously a period of 47 years.  This is a notable circumstance, in view of the migratory habits and the restless and experimenting impulses of the people.  Gen. Meacham has been twice married; first to Miss Rose KELSEY, in 1833; she died and he married her sister, Ann KELSEY in 1835.  The latter was born in the city of Cork, Ireland.  These were daughters of James Kelsey who came from Ireland and settled on the Big Raccoon in 1821 at the place then called Dublin, now Mansfield.  Gen. Meacham has enjoyed the confidence of the people in important positions of public trust.  In 1838, he was elected by his fellow officers Brigadier General of Militia, and retained this office and rank until 1852, when the constitution of the state abolished the system.  He held the office of Township. Trustee one year.  In 1848 he was elected to the Indiana legislature as an independent democrat, receiving the solid Whig vote of his district.  He remained a democrat up to the passage of the Ks-Neb act in 1854; then on the organization of the republic party joined that and has since been a steadfast adherent to that political faith.  In 1841 Gen. Meacham and his wife became communicants in the Methodist Episcopal Church.  In 1868 the former was a lay delegate from the Rockville station to the Crawfordsville conference, presided over by Bishop Ames.  This was the first lay representation in the church.  Gen. Meacham has also been prominent in concerted efforts for the suppression of intemperance, and has belonged to various orders whose object is to reclaim the fallen and to remove the temptations of strong drink.  Gen. Meacham has had 10 children, 89of whom are living; Rose, James K, Margaret (deceased), John F, Mary Jane (deceased), Elizabeth, George D, Mark, Isaac and William A.  The latter graduated recently at the Rockville High school.  John F. Was a soldier in t he 31st Indiana Volunteers and participated in 28 battles and skirmishes.  James K. Served in the 14th and 78th Indiana regiments and was captured and paroled at Uniontown Kentucky.   

General John T. MEACHAM, who was one of the early business men of Parke county, was born in North Carolina July 6, 1812.  When 20 he came to Rockville and began to work at the saddler's trade.  In 1838 he was elected by the officers of the Indiana Legion, Brigadier-General, a rank he retained until the system of militia then in vogue was abolished in 1852.  In 1848 he was elected to the Indiana Legislature as an independent Democrat.  he was a Democrat until the passage of the Kansas-Nebraska Act. General Meacham was a prominent layman of the Methodist Church and was the first lay delegate from Rockville to take part in conference.  This was at Crawfordsville in 1868 - Bishop Ames presiding. - Parke County Indiana Centennial Memorial, 1816-1916, Page 59 

MENDENHALL

MENDENHALL, Ira, farmer, Bloomingdale, was born in Randolph County, North Carolina, January 16, 1832.  He is the son of Jeremiah and Margery YOUNG Mendenhall.  His father was born in 1801 and died in 1845 and his mother died in 1843.  Mr. Mendenhall was bound out at the age of 15, in North Carolina where he remained until he was 21 years of age, and all the start he had was one year's schooling and $60 in money.  After he became of age he attended school with a view of educating himself for teaching, which he soon accomplished; he then taught school winters and went to school in the summers until he completed his education.  In 1855, he came to Howard County Indiana and in about 1857 he came to Parke County, after which he attended school under Prof. Hobbs.  In 1862, Mr. Mendenhall was married to Eunice NEWLIN, daughter of Duncan Newlin. She died in 1879.  Mr. Mendenhall has long been a member of the Society of Friends.  (Taken from: The 1880 History of Parke County, Indiana.  J. H.  Beadle.   Chicago: H. H. Hill) 

MERSHON

MERSHON, James, farmer, Hollandsburg, was born in Fleming County, Kentucky in 1819.  His parents went from Baltimore to Kentucky. in an early day.  When James was 17 his parents moved to Union Township and rented a part of Section 10.  His father died in 1838, one year after coming, and his mother followed in 1844.  Within a few years, so sickly was it, that two of his brothers, Cornelius and Miles, also died and in 1877, his only brother, Benjamin, laid away the armor of life.  his father and brothers are bur. in Putnam County, and his mother in Danville.  Mr. Mershon was married in 1839 to Rachel GASSAWAY.  In 1840 he bought the NE 1/4 of SE 1/4 and the NW 1/4 of SE 1/4 of Section16 which he sold in 1844.  He then bought the NE 1/2 of SE 1/4 of Section21 and the W 1/2 of SE 1/4 of SE 1/4 and the NW 1/4 of SE 1/4 of Section28 and E 1/2 of E 1/2 of Section21 and about 80 acres bought from the BLAKE heirs.  He has lived here for 33 years.  He has no children of his own, but he is raising two orphans and thus doing kindness to the world.  He too has passed through many hardships of an unsettled country.    He helped survey school Section 16.  He has traveled very extensively while attending to his business before coming to Indiana.  He was engaged for some time in driving stock through the south and boating on the Ms.  he has trodden the soil of 17 states.  In politics he is a republican. 

MILLER

Albert MILLER, whose name is familiarly associated with the farming and stock raising interests of Posey Township, is one of the township's native sons, born within its borders of the 1st of June 1864 a son of John Nicholas Miller, whose history is incorporated in the sketch of Emanuel Miller on other pages of this history.  The district schools of Posey Township afforded Albert Miller his educational training and after his father's death he came into possession of 80 acres of the old homestead farm, but in 1896 he moved from that place to Parke County, Indiana and bought a farm.  In 1903, however, he returned to his home township of Posey and bought his present homestead of 160 acres on which he has made all of the improvements and has placed his land under an excellent state of cultivation.  He has been a life long supporter of Democratic principles, an active and efficient local worker for the party cause and at one time made the race for the office of treasurer of Parke County having been defeated at the polls by 300 votes. He is a Mason in his fraternal relations a member of Center Point Lodge No. 507.  The marriage of Mr. Miller was celebrated on 20 September 1883 when he married Ann CHANEY, born in Parke County, Indian 1854.  Her father, William Chaney is a Parke County farmer and an honored early pioneer of that county. Her people are of English and Welsh descent, her mother, Tamer Burson Miller is a member of another of the honored early families of Parke.  Mrs. Miller is the youngest of their family of 7 children, 3 sons and 4 daughters all of whom were born in Parke County and all grew to years of maturity with the exception of one who died at age 7.  The union of Mr. and Mrs. Miller has been blessed by the birth of one son, Oscar Wills born in Posey Township, Clay County November 27, 1887. The family are members of the Predestinarian Baptist Church. - Travis, William.  A History of Clay County, Indiana. New York: Lewis Publishing Company, 1909, Page 509 

MILLER, Alfred, farmer, Mansfield, was born December 7, 1810 in Tennessee.  His parents moved to Sullivan County, Indiana in 1816, and in 1820 settled near Greencastle.  These were early times, and Indians were their neighbors.  Mr. Miller's father was a native of Pennsylvania, and his mother a native of South Carolina.  They raised their son Alfred on the farm, and taught him labor.  When ready to start for himself in life he had a horse, a cow and a single shovel-plow; used hickory traces to his harness, and with such advantages raised his first crop.  He has now, proving his success as a farmer, 313 acres of land.  He is a stout republican, and sent one son and two sons-in-law to the Civil War.  He has been married 3 times.  In 1832 on the 26th of June, he was married to Julia TOOR, who died December 17, 1858.  They had a family of six children: Ewing; Perry; Matilda (HANSEL); Minerva (CHAPMAN); Franklin and Emily (MOORE).  Mr. Miller was next married to Sarah McPheeters, September 1, 1859 who had 3 children: Usher; Fremont and Jerome.  Mrs. Miller departed this life July 23, 1866.  As a third wife, Mr. Miller chose Mary K. TORR (sic).  They have one child, Mariah.  Mrs. Miller is a member of the Methodist Church.  She is a Kentuckian by birth.  Her people came to Putnam County, where they died -- her father, December 18, 1842; her mother, Mrs. Mariah TOOR (sic) wife of William Toor and daughter of Abraham KIMBERLIN was born in 1800; was married November 27, 1823 and died at the age of 80. Taken from: The 1880 History of Parke County, Indiana.  J. H.  Beadle.   Chicago: H. H. Hill  

Dick MILLER, a prominent figure in Indianapolis financial circles, being president of the City Trust Company is a lawyer by profession and represents families that have been identified with Indiana for over a century.  He was born in Parke County, Indiana January 12, 1871 son of James N. and Sarah A (Snow) Miller.  His grandfather was Tobias A. Miller of Butler County Ohio.  Located in Franklin County, Indiana in 1803 and moved to Parke in 1817.  Mr. Dick Miller's father was born in 1827 and his mother 1826.  They lived together on the same farm in Parke County 58 years.  James N. Miller died in 1908.  He was a Methodist and green backer and later a Bryan Democrat and he took the keenest interest in politics and in all public questions.  Dick Miller is the youngest of 14 children 7 of whom are still living. He attended the common schools near the old farm when a boy, also a graded local school and the Friends Academy at Bloomingdale. Later he graduated from Indiana University and took his law course in the Indianapolis University Law School.  He practiced law in Terre Haute from April 1897 to 1901.  In 1897 he served as a member of the State Legislature one term. Since 1901 his home has been in Indianapolis where he has since been engaged in buying and selling of investment securities. He was formerly a member of the firm Miller & Company and on January 1, 1918, this business was absorbed by the City Trust Company.  Mr. Miller going with the company as president and general manager of the investment department. He is also chief owner of the Hogen Transfer & Storage Company which has a capital investment of $200,000.  He is president of the Business Men's Indemnity Company.  This is a company writing health and accident insurance. Mr. Miller is a Knight of Pythias and a Mason.  June 28, 1906 he married Miss Catherine Trimble of Indianapolis.   - Dunn, Jacob Piatt.  Indiana and Indianans: a history of aboriginal and territorial Indiana and the century of statehood.  Chicago: American Historical Society, 1919, Page 1568 

MILLER, D. J., dealer in drugs and groceries, Bloomingdale, was born in Montgomery County, Indiana in 1836.  His father, Francis Miller, was a native of New York state; born in 1803 and came to Fayette County Indiana thence to Montgomery when a young man and in about 1828 he engaged in the drug business at Crawfordsville and in 1840 he came to Rockville, Parke County where he engaged in the dry-goods business with P. E. HARRIS, and in 1846 he embarked in the same business at Montezuma with M. HUGHES.  In 1847, he departed this life.  The subject of this sketch remained with his father during this time, clerking in his store, where he acquired a knowledge of the drug and dry-goods business; and after the death of his father, in 1847, he and his mother, Rebecca (POWERS) Miller, moved to Iowa, where he remained until the death of his mother, which occurred January. 1, 1854.  After this he returned to Montezuma, and engaged with M. Hughes in the drug business until 1856.  He spent 5 years in Perrysville, Indiana as bookkeeper, and in 1866 he came to Waterman, Parke County, where he engaged in the dry goods business and in 1875 he went to Snoddy's Mills, in Fountain County, where he managed a store for Samuel SNODDY, for 18 months, after which he engaged with SHAY, KILDUFF & Co. of Chicago as traveling salesman and in 1879 he came to Bloomingdale, Parke County, where he is now in the drug and grocery business and by his long experience in the business he is able to judge the qualify of all articles sold in his line.  He therefore buys only the very best, which gives general satisfaction to his many customers.  he has been a devoted member of the Christian church since his 18th year and is also a member of the AF & AM, the IOOF and the AOUW.    Taken from: p.294 History of Parke County IN; J. H.  Beadle, Chicago: H. H. Hill, 1880  

 

MILLER, Francis M., farmer, Bridgeton, was born in Raccoon Township October 25, 1849 and is the son of Jacob BORN Miller.  Mr. Miller was reared on the farm and has a common school education.  He began faming for himself in 1874.  He was married December 7, 1876 to Margaret L. REA.  She was born December 5, 1851.  She has attended Bloomingdale Academy.  They have two children May born November 11, 1877; Rea K. September 15, 1879.  Mr. Miller has been treas. and superintendent of the Bridgeton fair.  He is a national of the most ardent type.  He is quite a reader and talker, especially on political subjects. 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  

 

MILLER, Jacob BORN, farmer, Bridgeton, was born January 9, 1821, and is the son of Jacob and Elizabeth (BELL) Miller.  Mr. Miller has always lived on the farm, and only attended school 3 months. He began farming for himself when 25 years old.  He now has 300 acres of land just east of Bridgeton, where he has lived about 30 years.  He was married the first time February 16, 1845 to Eliz. KERR, daughter of James and Elizabeth.  She is dead.  By this marriage they had 7 children: Mary E, born October 19, 1852; Rosella, February 10, 1855; Thomas Oscar February 7, 1857; Cora E, June 12, 1860; Robert O, November 21, 1862.  Mr. Miller was married the second time March 18, 1869 to Mary J. BROWN, daughter of John E and Sarah (PACKER) Brown.  By this last marriage they had one child, Jacob B, born December 18, 1869.  Mrs. Miller is a member of the Baptist church.  Mr. Miller has always been a hard working, industrious man.  In politics he is a democrat and a good citizen. 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  

 

MILLER, James M., farmer and student, Greencastle was born in Rush County, Indiana October 11, 1855.  he afterward went to Franklin County, lived there till his father died then went to his uncle's in Fayette County and afterward lived in Rush County, and in 1878 came to Parke County and worked 5 months; then went to his sister's in Grant County.  In the Spring of 1880 he returned to Mr. Brattain's where he is now working.  He is a republican, a member of the Christian church, an ambitious young man of good character and industrious habits.  Taken from: The 1880 History of Parke County, Indiana.  J. H.  Beadle.   Chicago: H. H. Hill  

 

MILLER, James M., farmer, Bridgeton, was born July 27, 1841 on the George Mater farm in Union Township Parke County, and is the son of John Sr. and Peggy (CROOKS) Miller.  His parents were among the earliest settlers of Parke County, and figure prominently in its history. Mr. Miller was married September 2, 1863 to Priscilla H. DAY, the daughter of Thomas and Mary (Copland) Day, also very early comers to Parke County, arriving about 1831.  The Days first settle in Adams Township where Mr. Day bought 40 acres and lived about 30 years.  About 1861 he moved on 160 acres which he owned in the northern part of Raccoon Township now occupied and owned by J. M. Miller and wife.  Mr. Day died April 25, 1876 and Mrs. Day followed February 22, 1880.  Mr. Day was a life-long democrat and his principles are perpetuated by his son-in-law, Mr. Miller whose own father was outspoken in the same political doctrine. 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 

James N. MILLER, one of the extensive and well-to-do farmers of Raccoon Township, Parke County was born on the farm east of the one on which he now resides.  His birth occurred 11 October 1827 and he was the son of Tobias and Margarette Robinson Miller.  Tobias Miller was a native of Franklin County, Virginia and was born November 30, 1796 to John and Phoebe McClure Miller, who were of German ancestry.  John Miller was one of a family of nine sons, seven of whom were Dunkard preachers. Their names as far as we can give were Daniel, Tobias, Aaron, Abram, Isaac and Jacob (sic - 6 given).  Of these, Aaron was one of the foremost preachers of his day and generation, spending his whole life in the ministry in his native state, Virginia and he died there at an advanced age.  The other six devoted their entire lives to the ministry.  Tobias went to St. Joseph County, Indiana where he died at a good old age; Daniel lived in this state until he was quite an old man and then went to Monroe County, Iowa where he died. John who was the grandfather of the man whose name heads this sketch married Miss Phoebe McClure, a native of Virginia and of Scotch-Irish ancestry.  Mr. and Mrs. Miller with their family, consisting of four children left Virginia in 1802 and removed to Butler County Ohio where they remained three years and thence to Union County, Indiana. John was a potter in early days and he and his wife were both members of the Dunkard Church as were all the early members of the Miller family.  Tobias Miller, the brother of our subject's grandfather was the only one that was ever known to discard the faith of his forefathers. He became a Universalist and lived and died in that faith. He was by occupation a brick mason in his early life and was one of a family of eight children born to John and phoebe McClure Miller. Their names were: Jacob; Polly; Tobias; Barbara; John; James; Daniel and Abraham.  Tobias first came to Parke County about 1820.  Just prior to this time he was married to Jane Wolverton but she remained at home while her husband located and raised a crop after which he returned to Union County and in 1821 came back with his family consisting of his wife and one child, Mary Jane by name. The mother and child were not accustomed to the hardships of pioneer life and it was not long before they were taken sick and died. January 8, 1824 Mr. Miller married Margaret Robinson who was next to the youngest of six children who names were: Andrew; James; Robert; Betsy; Margaret and Patsey.  The father of this family, Robert Robinson was a native of Ohio and served in the War of 1812.  Mrs. Miller was born near Lebanon, Ohio January 15, 1804 and when she was 13 her father removed to Vincennes, Indiana.  Of the brothers and sisters of our subject's father, Jacob died in Parke County in an early day; Polly married Reuben Webster; Barbara married Samuel Davis and died 50 years ago; John died in this county about 1878; James died in Missouri 1861; Daniel died in Iowa 1883; and Abraham in Union County about 30 years ago.  Of the brothers and sisters of our subject, John R. is the eldest and is married and a resident of Union Township.  Phoebe Ann, wife of Silas Conley lived in Parke County, until 1880 when she went to Hastings, Nebraska thence to Cass County, Missouri and finally settled in Terre Haute where she died in February of 1890.  Daniel married Sarah Strange, a daughter of a prominent judge of Kansas City formerly a minister of the Methodist Church.  His brother was a noted preacher of Indiana. The father of our subject died on the farm where he first settled in August 1870 his wife following six years later. He was a man of ordinary education and a member of the first Board of County Commissioners of Parke County serving eight years.  He also served as Township Trustee 15 years prior to his death was a Justice of the Peace.  He and his wife were both members of the Methodist Church and the former was a life long Democrat.  Mr. Miller of this sketch received a limited education such as was to be acquired in the primitive schools of the time.  However, he was well enough advanced to be permitted to teach school which he did several terms. He was for a time engaged in he sawmill business with brother Daniel but his life occupation had been that of a farmer.  March 8, 1849, Mr. Miller was united in marriage to Sarah A, daughter of Cushing and Hannah Handy Snow who was born March 18, 1826.  Mrs. Miller's father was of Scot descent but was born in New York state 1791 and died at age 58.  Mrs. Miller's mother was of English extraction and was born near Allegany, New York 1795.  Col. Handy, her father received his title in the War of 1812.  He was the father of 12 children of whom Sarah A was the seventh in order of birth.  The brothers and sisters were named: Abigail; Mary; John; George; William B; Isaac J; Minerva; Hannah; Benjamin l; Madison M and Betsy J.  The parents of these children first went to Illinois from New York in flatboats in 1818 settling in Clark County and in 1882 located permanently in Parke County, this state.  Our subject and his wife have been the parents of 14 children: Alice; Joseph A; Martha J; Rose E; Maggie A; John R; Minerva A; Sarah D; Daniel V; Luella; Elizabeth; George C; Richard and Hannah S.  One died in infancy.  Mr. Miller in one of the leading farmers of this locality and has a fine farm on the big Raccoon on which are located a number of fine buildings.  He has been very successful in stock raising. Since 19 years of age our subject has been a member of the Methodist Church and contributes liberally of his means to the support of the denomination at Pleasant Valley.  His wife has been a member of the same church since she was 13.  In politics he is a supporter of the Prohibition and People's parties.  He was at one time a Greenbacker and has during his entire lifetime been a strong temperance man. - Portrait & Biographical Record of Montgomery, Parke & Fountain Counties, Indiana (Chapman Brothers, 1893) Page 710

MILLER, John B, farmer, Bridgeton, was born in Raccoon Township. August 25, 1819 and is the son of Jacob and Elizabeth.  His father settled in Raccoon Township. in 1817 and died in 1823.  When he settled here the country was all new.  An Indian trail passed over his farm.  He was the first potter in this part of the country; was a hardworking man and a citizen much esteemed.  The subject of this sketch has always lived on the farm and has the common school advantages of his day.  he began farming for himself when 22 and was married December 10, 1840 to Nancy CRABB, daughter of James & Peggy.  Mr. Miller was born in Pickaway County Ohio July 2, 1819.  Their children are: James C. born October30, 1841; Jacob T. H. born September5, 1843; John R. M. born February 9, 1849.  One of his sons in the boot & shoe business in Terre Haute; the other in the firm of Miller and Cox, Terre Haute.  Mr. Miller had considerable stock and 502 acres of land.  he is a man who reads a good deal and takes interest in all kinds of enterprises that are in the interest of improvement and progress, and is one of the old and reliable citizens of Raccoon Township. 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 

John B. MILLER was born in Raccoon Township  August 25, 1819.  His parents, Jacob and Elizabeth Miller settled there in 1817. He began farming for himself when at age 22.  He was an industrious man and highly esteemed.  He was a practical farmer, but took an interest in all enterprises for progress and improvements to better existing conditions.  He was the 1st white child born in Raccoon Township. - Historical Sketch of Parke County, Indiana, 1816-1916, Page 119

MILLER, John R., farmer, Bridgeton, was born February 10, 1825 in Raccoon Township, and is the son of Tobias and Margaret (ROBENSON) (sic ) Miller.  Mr. Miller was raised on the farm and attended the common school part of the time.  he also went to Asbury University 4 terms and has taught school 5 terms.  he was very successful as a teacher.  He was married the first time November 2, 1848 to Mary WOLVERTON, the eldest daughter of Thomas & Rebecca of Union Township.  They had 8 children.  He was married the second time January 23, 1866 to Mrs. Mary E. TENNANT, daughter of John W. and Sarah (BEATTIE) CHENOWETH who was born in Virginia April 10, 1834.  Mr. and Mrs. Miller are both members of the Dunkard church.  Mr. Miller has been treasurer of Parke County four years, from 1855 to 1859.  In 1874 he was elected to represent Parke & Mont. Counties in the state legislature.  In politics he is an ardent national, and cast his vote for Peter COOPER in 1876.  He firmly believes in the ultimate triumph of the principles of his party. Mr. Miller had about $1,000 to begin life with and by hard work and good management he acquired about 1300 acres of land, and other property, but has been a heavy loser by lending his credit to others. 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 

 

MILLER, Tobias, father of James N. Miller, farmer, Bridgeton, the subject of this sketch, was born November 30, 1796, in Franklin Co, Virginia and his parents were of the same nativity.  The Millers are of German descent. Tobias was 6 when his parents, John and Phebe (McCLURE) Miller, moved to Ohio.  Several years afterward (1805) they went to Union County IN and staid for some time.  In 1820 he was married to Jane WOLVERTON and in the following month came to Parke Co; staid long enough to raise a crop when he returned to Union County, but shortly afterward settled permanently in Raccoon Township.  In 1823 his first wife died and he took as his second wife, Margaret ROBINSON January 8, 1824.  Mr. Tobias Miller was quite active during life, having filled the office of J.P. 15 years, commissioner 8 years and township trustee several years.  He was a member of the Methodist church and contributed largely to the support of the ministry.  He was a life long democrat.  His second wife, Margaret, was born near Lebanon Ohio January 15, 1804 and came to Ft. Harrison in 1815 with her parents, and in 1818 settled the John R. Miller place. She died April 27, 1876.  Mr. and Mrs.  Miller were pioneers, experiencing all the trials, privations and hardships common to those who go before and clear paths in new countries for later civilization and government.  Their son, James N. Miller, was born October 11, 1827 within a half mile of where he now lives.  He was raised on the farm, and educated in the common school.  He taught two terms.  For some time engaged with his brother, Daniel in the mill business owning a sawmill on the Big Raccoon Creek E. of Bridgeton.  in 1848 he cast his first vote for Lewis CASS and remained for many years a democrat.  He now advocates the principles of the national party.  He was married March 8, 1849 to Sarah A. SNOW, daughter of Cushing and Hannah (Handy) Snow.  She was born March 18, 1826.  Her father was born 1791 and died 1849 and her mother 1795 and died 1866.  Mr. and Mrs. Miller have been members of the Methodist church over 32 years.  Their children are: Alice, born August 29, 1850; Joseph A, born September 8, 1857; Martha J, born January 31, 1853; Rose E. born May 2, 1854; Margaret A. born November 17, 1860, died August 20, 1866; Sarah born January 24, 1862 died May 20, 1862; Daniel V born February 28, 1863; Louella, born January 19, 1865, died March 12, 1864; Eliz E born August 10, 1865, died July 31, 1866; George July 1, 1868 and Dick January 12, 1871   When Mr. Miller started in life his father gave him $1,000 in land.  During his career he has accumulated much property, but has met with reserves which threatened his financial destruction.  he bids fair to rise above the depression and again be at the top.  He has a fine residence and barn, and a farm of 400 acres, well stocked.  his son Joseph A was married October31, 1875 to Emily E. BELL daughter of Isaac N. and Elizabeth (MITCHELL) Bell.  She was born August 1, 1854 in Raccoon Township  They have had 2 children; Florence B. born march 5, 1877died January 21, 1878; and Earl D November 17, 1878  Both Mr. and Mrs.. Joseph Miller are members of the Methodist church.  he votes the national ticket, but was formerly a democrat. 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 

Tobias MILLER was born in Franklin County, Virginia November 30, 1796.  In 1805 he located in Union County and in 1821 came to Raccoon Township  raised a crop, returned to Union County and returned to Raccoon Township for permanent residence in 1823.  He was married to Margaret Robinson January 8, 1824.  He was county commissioner 8 years, justice of the peace 15 and several years Township Trustee.  He was a consistent member and liberal supporter of the Methodist Church.  He and his wife experienced all the trials and privations of pioneer life and did well their part in teaching civic righteousness and fair dealing.  His son, John R, was born in this township and was a successful farmer and was elected county treasurer in 1858.  He also represented Parke and Montgomery counties as Joint Representative. The family of his son, James N. Miller, deceased are nearly all living in Parke County.  Joseph and John now own good farms of the original acquisitions. Alice Clements, Mrs. W. J.  White and George C, children of James N. now live in Rockville.  Dick Miller, the youngest son, resided in Indianapolis.  Mrs. William Goodin, a daughter lives in Jackson Township. - Historical Sketch of Parke County, Indiana, 1816-1916, Page 119

MILNER

MILNER, Martin B., farmer and student, Rosedale, was born January 1, 1860 in Rush County, Indiana.  His parents were born in Kentucky and came to Rush County in 1850.  His father, John c, enlisted in Company C, 78th Indiana Volunteers. served four months, took down with the epilepsy and died in 60 days, November 4, 1863, leaving his wife and five children: James M; Sela C; Flora A; William I and Martin B. His mother, Charlotte E. died November 27, 1875. Mr. Milner came to Isaac Denman’s in 1864 and lived with him till he died, and since then has lived with the widow Denman.  Mr. Milner has a common school education and has attended Valparaiso, Indiana and intends to return there and study law.  He is a young man of industrious and steady habits and has made a good beginning in the world.  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 

MILLS

MILLS, D. T., farmer Section 4, PO Concert; born Dare County, Kentucky 1821; lived in Kentucky until fall of 1844 then went to Parke County, Indiana where he lived until fall of 1852; then came tot his county and located where he now lives; owns a farm of 14 acres; married Emily Bingham of Mercer County, Kentucky fall of 1842; she died May 26, 1845; married again to Mary Torrance in July 1857; have two sons and 4 daughters by 1st married: Sophia; Wm. T; Mary; Sarah; Martha and David; two sons and two daughters by 2nd marriage Jacob; Ella; Edward and Myrtle. - The History of Mahaska County, Iowa:  Union Historical Company, 1878, Page 661 

MITCHELL

MITCHELL, Abel, farmer, Bridgeton, was born December 18, 1835, in Raccoon Township, and is the son of Robert and Elizabeth (BELL) Mitchell.  His father was born in Virginia, September 3, 1793 and died March 12, 1838.  He moved from Virginia to Kentucky, from there to Raccoon Township, Parke County in 1817 or 1818.  He lived in different parts of this township until his death.  he was justice of the peace and associate judge for a number of years, holding that position when he died.  he was in the war of 1812 and in politics was a democrat.  He was a man of considerable information, and was a useful member of the community in which he lived.  Mr. Mitchell's mother was born in Ohio August 15, 1798.  She is a member of the Dunkard church and lives with her son on the old homestead.   Mr. Mitchell was reared on the farm.  He began farming for himself when 20 years old.  He was married January 3, 1858 to America BELL, daughter of John and Ellen (DAMSON) Bell.  She was born January 2, 1838.  They have 9 children: John R, born October 7, 1858; Sarah E born August 19, 1860; McClellan, born December 23,  1862; Emily A born July 24,  1865; Horatio S born July 2, 1868, died August 26, 1869; Lee born April 26, 1871, Frederic A. born August 6, 1874, Hampton W. born January 17, 1877, died December 12, 1879; Claude C born April 7, 1879.  Mr. Mitchell has been township trustee, president of the Bridgeton Union Agricultural Society 4 years in succession, treasurer of the society 4 years and is now vice president.  He has 500 acres of land, where he lives, just E. of Bridgeton and 40 acres in Jackson Township.  He raises considerable grain and has traded in stock and shipped hogs to some extent.  In politics Mr. Mitchell is a democrat, something of a reader and takes an active interest in the welfare of society.  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 

Col. Abel MITCHELL.  In our attempt to give the genealogy of the Mitchell family and their immediate descendants, we will take the gentleman whose name heads this sketch as a representative.  Abel Mitchell was born in Raccoon Township, Parke County December 18, 1835.  His great grandfather was an Irishman but his name nor the date of his birth cannot be ascertained; he settled in Virginia in an early day and married a French lady, who became the mother of 4 sons: William, Edward, Brazil and Amos.  The parents of these boys died when they were small and they were forced to rely on their own responsibility.  They were all brave soldiers during the times of the Revolutionary War and served a full period. They distinguished themselves in the battles of Bunker Hill, Trenton Monmouth and also at the surrender of Cornwallis.  After the war closed these brothers were scattered in different parts of the country.  Of these we have not been able to trace any but William, who was the grandfather of the present generation of Mitchells and was born in Pittsylvania Co Virginia in 1747. For a time he lived at Hobb's Hale, a place in that State that we are not able to locate.  he was by occupation a carpenter, a farmer and tobacco raiser. He married an Irish lady, who was born in 1754 and died 1842. His marriage was celebrated in his native county and resulted in the birth of 11 children: Frederick N, who was the eldest and was a large planter and slave owner near Nashville, Tennessee, also reputed to be very wealthy. Olive, the second child married John Bullington of VA and to them were born 10 children. They went from Virginia to KY and in 182 removed to Parke County and settled at New Discovery, where they died. Their children were Jane, William Robert, Mary, Elizabeth, James, John, Martha, Josiah and Chloe Ann.  Isaac was the third child of William Mitchell and but little is known of him.  Elizabeth, the four chi ld, married a man by the name of Giles Lansford, by whom she had 3 children: Giles, Jefferson and Mary.  The father of these children died and the mother married John Ellis, who went to Floyd County, Ind.  William married in Kentucky and came to Parke County where he remained for five or six years, and then went to Missouri, where he died soon after the close of the war.  He had two sons in the Union army and two fighting in the cause of the Confederates. nothing is known of Chloe, the next child. Giles was born October 3, 1787 and was the father of the following children: John; James M; Mary Ann; Samuel M; Nancy; Stephen; Giles Bedford; Ellen A. and Georgia Ann.  Mary was the 8th child of William and married Levi Burton and reared two children, William and Elizabeth. Robert Mitchell of whom a sketch will appear on another page of this work, is the next.  Abel Mitchell of this sketch is the youngest child of Robert Mitchell, Sr., and was born on the farm south of Bridgeton, where the family first settled.  When about one year old his parents came to the place where he has since lived.  In his boyhood days he was given the advantages of a common school education, living with his mother after his father's death, and his home was her abiding place up to the time of her death, Dec 8, 1892. Our subject was married January 3, 1858 to America Bell, the daughter of John Bell, who was a pioneer of Vigo County, this state.  She is next to the youngest of a family of 11 children and was born Jan 2, 1838.  Her brothers and sisters were Caroline, Isaac N, Harriet Jane, Franklin D, Elenor, Addison W, Emily, Miranda, Austin, America and Malinda. Of this family but 5 are living: Addison, Emily, Miranda, Austin and America. The father of this family died February 1855 and mother November 1882. The children of Col. and Mrs. Mitchell are: John born October 7, 1858 and of whom a more extended sketch will be found in this volume. Sarah Elenor, born August 19, 1860 and at home with her parents. McClellan, born December 23, 1862 and who was married In August 1883, to Hanna  Rea. This lady is the daughter of James Rea, who was one of the early settlers of Bridgeton, and they have three children: Claude, Maud and James Edgar.  Emily, the fourth child, born July 24, 1865 was married to William A. Rogers July 20, 1886 and resides on Mr. Mitchell's farm. They have 3 children: Jessie, harry Mitchell and Abel Franklin. Horatio Seymour, the fifth child of our subject was born July 2, 1868 and died July 26, 1869.  Lee, born April 26, 1871 was educated at Bloomingdale and in the Earlham College at Richmond, Indiana and is now living at home. The younger children were Frederick Abel born August 6, 1874; Hampton Worth, born January 17, 1877 died December 12, 1879 and Claude Curtis who was born April 7, 1879 died February 10, 1881.  Mr. Mitchell of this sketch has been one of the most successful farmers and stock dealers of Parke County and now owns more than 1000 acres of fine land and his beautiful home on the Big Raccoon.  He has one of the finest farm residences in the state and like all of his name is a strong Democrat. He attended the Democratic convention in Chicago in 1864 that nominated Gen. McClellan for President. He was twice a candidate for County Treasurer, but the county was overwhelmingly Republican and he was defeated. The Colonel served as Twp. Trustee for one term and one a reelection he refused to qualify. He is one of those square, upright, honest men whom it is a pleasure to meet.  Thus briefly we have given the history of this prominent family and from the most reliable information.  - Portrait & Biographical Records of Montgomery, Parke & Fountain Counties, Indiana.  Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1893, Page 618

 

John R. MITCHELL, of the firm of Jacks & Mitchell, the well-known general merchants of Bridgeton was born in Parke County, Indiana October 7, 1858, and is the eldest of nine children born of the marriage of Abel & America Bell Mitchell.  Of the seven sons and two daughters, six are now living.  In the sketch of Abel Mitchell, the father of our subject will be found many interesting facts concerning the history of the family which we do not give here.  On the old Parke County homestead where his grandfather had settled, where his father was born, and where the latter has passed his entire life, the subject of this sketch grew to sturdy manhood.  His early education was received in the common schools and at age 19 he entered the State Normal school at Terre Haute where he continued one year.  He then commenced to teach school in Clay County, Indiana and after 3 terms spent in the same school, he decided that he did not wish to make that profession his life work and therefore gave it up.  On December 27, 1881, Mr. Mitchell married Miss Julia E, daughter of James REA, one of the prominent farmers of Raccoon Township. After his marriage he was engaged for one year as a tiller of the soil on his father's farm.  In 1883, he formed a partnership with A. M. Jacks, at Bridgeton, and embarked in the general mercantile business.  Since that time there have been changes in the firm, he having some years ago bought out the interest of Mr. Jacks and continued to run the business in his own name. Later he sold an interest to his former partner and at this writing (1893) the firm is the same as when it first started. Mr. Mitchell is a thorough-going business man and his mercantile establishment has grown to large proportions.  Aside from merchandising, Mr. Mitchell has been engaged in other enterprises.  He and his brother McClellan established the Bridgeton Stock Stables and dealt largely in fine blooded horses.  This venture proved a success, and after a time our subject purchased his brother's interest and for six years managed the business himself.  Owing, however, to the demands made on his time from his other interest, he sold his stock business.  In addition to the large store at Bridgeton, he also has a branch establishment at Mansfield.  He was one of the founders of the Bridgeton Creamery, and was its Secretary, Treasurer and Manager and has also been engaged in various other enterprises. At one time Mr. Mitchell was candidate on he Democratic ticket for Township, Trustee and for County Auditor for the Republican majority was too much for even so popular a young man as he.  However, he ran ahead of his ticket and carried his township by 80 percent majority when it was fully 75 Republican ordinarily, and he reduced the majority in his county from 600 to less than 200.  He is a Mason and has filled all the offices in the lodge except that of Master. During the Cleveland administration, 1885 to1889, he was Postmaster at Bridgeton. He and his wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church and he is one of the Church Stewards, and Superintendent of the Sunday school.  His marriage has been blessed by the birth of eight children, five living: Abel Clyde, the eldest died when 9; Earl died in infancy.  Other are: Clarence, Ethel, Harold, Homer and an unnamed infant. - Portrait & Biographical Records of Montgomery, Parke & Fountain Counties, Indiana.  Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1893, Page 147

MITCHELL, Perley, deceased, was one of the pioneers of Parke County.  He was born in what is now Sullivan County, New Hampshire, October 13, 1795.  At the age of 9 he went into his father's factory and began to work at carding and fulling machines, and worked with his father until he was 18 years old, with the exception of the time he spent in the common schools.  At 18 Mr. Mitchell went to Claremont, New Hampshire and worked at the same business, dressing and fulling cloth, for 2 years, when he moved to Watertown New York where he lived for 4 years.  He was, however, attacked with a disease, very prevalent at that time, called the western fever.  Mr. Mitchell spent the next 2 years looking for a location, visiting in his travels the towns and cities on the lakes and on the Ohio River, and through Indiana.  Finding a tract of land in the reserved in Parke County, Indiana which suited him, he purchased from the government 130 acres, and immediately commenced to clear off a patch and build a cabin.  The primitive condition of Parke County at that time may be inferred from the fact that his nearest neighbors were 4 miles away. Deer, wolves and bears were plenty and several bands of Miami and Kickapoo Indians were still in the neighborhood, and the whole population of Parke County did not exceed 100 persons.  In 1825, Mr. Mitchell built a carding machine and two years after a saw-mill, which he continued to run for a great many years.  In 1838, Mr. Mitchell was married to Miss Phoebe Lewis, of Parke County.  After spending his life form 1821 until 1874 in Parke County, he removed to Terre Haute, Vigo County and July 10, 1878, he died at his homestead while on a visit to his sons, who still occupy the farm where the father settled when he came to the county.   taken from: Page285 History of Parke County IN; J. H.  Beadle, Chicago: H. H. Hill, 1880   

Perley MITCHELL was born in New Hampshire October 13, 1795 and settled in Penn Township in 1821 on a tract of land purchased from the government, which he immediately began to clear and build a log cabin thereon.  Deer, wolves and bear were plenty in the neighborhood, and also bands of Kickapoo and Miami Indians.  The whole population of the County at the time did not exceed two hundred.  In 1825, he built a carding machine and two years later a saw mill, which he operated several years.  He died in the old homestead in 1878.  His sons, George and Prof. Andrew Mitchell, are living on the Pacific Coast.  Taken from the Historical Sketch of Parke County Atlas of Indiana  Centennial, 1816-1916, Page 121.    

 

MITCHELL, Robert - the parents of Robert Mitchell, farmer, Bridgeton, came to Raccoon Township in 1817 or 1818.  Robert was born May 8, 1833 in Raccoon Township and is the son of Robert and Eliz. (BELL) Mitchell.  He was raised on the farm, and improved what educational advantages the country afforded.  His father died when he (Robert) was 3 years old, so that the boys, Robert and Abel, in early life became managers of the farm of 400 acres.  They cleared much of the land and paid considerable attention to stock raising.  January 28, 1862, Mr. Mitchell was married to Margaret A. BLAKE, daughter of Charles L. and Barbara (MILLER) Blake.  Mrs. Mitchell's father was a son of John Blake, who came to Parke County in 1824 and her mother was a daughter of Daniel Miller, another very early settler.  Mr. and Mrs. Mitchell became the parents of 4 children: Charles born February 26, 1864, died March 1871; Merit born November 10, 1866; Ruth born May 1, 1870, died September 2, 1876; Mark born August 7, 1872, died February 2, 1873.  Mrs. Mitchell passed from earth November 14, 1872 ( born January 28, 1839)  Mr. Mitchell took as his second wife Lydia A. HANSEL daughter of George & Hannah (HOWELL) Hansel.  Mrs. Mitchell was born October 14, 1837. Mr. Mitchell has always been a democrat, but of late years sometimes scratches his ticket when voting for petty officers.  He has been school trustee one term and is one of Raccoon's prosperous and prominent citizens.  He aided with his mean sin putting down the rebellion.  His father was in the War of 1812 and his grandfather the Revolution. 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 

Robert MITCHELL, one of the most prominent farmers of Raccoon Township, Parke County, was born four miles southwest of where he now resides, May 8, 1833.  He is the older of two sons and the 9th in order of birth of a family of children born to Robert and Elizabeth Bell Mitchell.  The former parents were born in Pittsylvania County, Virginia September 3, 1793, and were about 18 when the family left Virginia for Kentucky, settling in Monroe County.  When but 19 Robert Mitchell, the elder, married Miss Margaret ADAMS and in 1817 came to Parke County, locating on a track of land in Raccoon Township, southwest of the present town of Bridgeton.  By this marriage 4 children were born: William D, who is living on the Big Raccoon, Union Township; Peggy Ann, who married Lewis Miller and moved to Iowa where her husband died in Albia, leaving her and 10 children (Louisa; Daniel M; Thomas Burton; Marguretta; Samuel L; James; Ann; Charles; Clara and Laura of whom but 5 are living); Virginia who died at the age of about 20; Samuel Findley, who now lives in Jackson Township, this county.  The mother of these 4 children died and the father again married December 7, 1826.  The lady of Mr. Mitchell's 2nd choice was Elizabeth Bell Miller, a widow lady and daughter of Col. Jacob Bell, who was a soldier in the War of 1812.  He was born in Butler County, Ohio and married Miss Sarah Blue, native of Pennsylvania and of Dutch descent. Mrs. Bell had 3 sisters and a brother, John who came to Parke County and died.  Her sister, Mary Blue, married Mr. Abel Bell and died in this county; Elizabeth married a man by the name of A. M. Ferguson and passed away at her home in Indianapolis; Nancy Blue married Mr. James Crooks, the grandfather of the present Dr. James Crooks of Bridgeton.  Col. Bell came to Parke County in 1817 and located within two and a half miles of the town of Bridgeton and on what in later years was known as the Daniel Bell Farm.  There he lived until his death in about 1812.  Elizabeth Miller was a native of Butler County, Ohio  being born August 15, 1798.  She came to Parke County with her father, Col. Bell in 1817, where she married Mr. Jacob Miller and became the mother of two sons, John B. and Jacob, now of Bridgeton and one daughter, Sarah deceased.  By her 2nd marriage she had born to her four children: Belvina  married October 13, 1844 Parke County) the wife of Samuel Webster who had a number of children (Mary Elizabeth wife of Judge B. Loy of Bridgeton; Robert M; Samuel Findley and Albert who died when a child.  The parents of these children are dead); Elizabeth wife of Isaac N. Bell who became the parents of 11 children (Alinore; Amanda Jane; Emily C; John M; James Dawson; Arthur; George W; Annie; Oliver; Mary and Charles of whom all except Arthur are living with their mother in Raccoon Township); Robert who is the subject of this sketch and Col. Abel Mitchell, the youngest of whom a biography is also given.  Robert Mitchell, the father of these children was a man of more than ordinary ability and with a fair education and he accumulated a fortune. By occupation he was a farmer and served as Justice of the Court several years.  At the time of his death, March 12, 1838, he was one of the Associated Judges of Parke County and two years prior to the time of his death he moved his family tot he farm on the banks of the Big Raccoon a little less than a mile from Bridgeton where Abel Mitchell now lives.  James Mitchell, the youngest brother of Robert, sr. married Nancy O. Burton in Floyd County, Indiana and moved to Vigo County thence to within a few miles of Rockville where he lived for 8 years. In 1833 he went to Woodford County, Illinois where he served several years as Justice.   He was the father of the following names children: William; Josephus; Elizabeth; Fredrick; John O; Charles; James P; Mary Ann; Eliza Jane and Amanda.  The head of this family died in 1873 age 74; and his wife in 1876, age 76.  William the oldest child of the above is a farmer in Woodford County, Illinois and in 1837 married Susan Lary who bore him 4 children: Nancy J; Henrietta; Elizabeth and Amanda H.   William, the father of these children has been a member of the Christian Church for a number of years. T he subject of this sketch grew up as did the other boys of the pioneer settlers, receiving but a limited education; but by his diligence he acquired a good store of general knowledge.  After the death of his father he remained at home and took care of his widowed mother until age 29.  At this period he was united in marriage with Miss Margaret Blake, a daughter of Charles Blake who was one of the early settlers at New Discovery.  Mr. and Mrs. Mitchell have had born to them 4 children: 3 boys and one girl.  The first born, Charles died when about 6; Ruth died about the same age; a third died in infancy; Merit, the only one living married Maude Rogers who bore him one child, Robert by name, who is living on the farm not far from his father in the same township. Mrs. Mitchell died in 1872 and Mr. Mitchell married Lydia A. Hansel, December 18, 1877; this lady's father George Hansel was one of the pioneers of the county.  The former was a native of Ohio; mother of NJ. Mr. Mitchell is like all  the rest of the name, a Democrat in politics; he has served his township as Trustee one term but of late years has taken but little active part in local politics.  He is at present one of the successful farmers and extensive land owners of the Big Raccoon his present home being a part of the estate on which he was reared.  He is also a strong temperance man and honorable gentleman. - Portrait & Biographical Record of Montgomery, Parke & Fountain Counties, Indiana.  Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1893, Page 515

Robert MITCHELL settled in Raccoon Township and began farming in 1817 or 1818.  His son, Robert was born on the land May 8, 1833.  His father died when he was about 3 so he and his brother, Abel yet living, became managers of the farm of about 400 acres.  They cleared much of the land and also engaged in stock raising. The Mitchells were men of high ideals and were much in helping make their neighborhood what it is today. - Historical Sketch of Parke County, Indiana, 1816-1916, Page 119

MODESITT

MODESITT, Albert B., farmer, Atherton, was born in Bowling Green, Clay County, February 4, 1846.  His father, Charles C. Modesitt, was born in Virginia, February 19, 1812 and here lived until he became of age, when he came west to Cloverland, Clay County, where he purchased a store.  He also taught school during his stay in this place and did some surveying.  He then moved to Terre Haute and was engaged as clerk in a store some time, and moved to Bowling Green, Clay County, where in the summer of 1842 he was elected clerk and again in 1846, but on account of poor health he resigned his office and moved upon his farm in Parke County. In October  1847 and here lived until his death, December 19, 1862.  He was married October 11, 1840 to Margaret LYONS and became the father of 7 children, all of whom are living. Mr. Modesitt worked upon the home farm until he was 21 years of age.  In the fall of 1861 he commenced a course of instruction at Bloomingdale and continued his labors as a student here for several terms and finally graduated At the Rush Medical College of Chicago, February 2, 1870 and received the degree of MD.  He began the practice of his profession at Mansfield in the following June.  After two years' experience at this place he moved to Kansas in the Spring of 1873 and practiced medicine about a year near Winfield. In the winter of 1874 he returned to Parke County and resumed his practice in Florida, and then in Atherton a couple of years.  He then purchased the farm of a 1/4 sect upon which he now lives, and has since resided here as a farmer.  December 24, 1874 he was married to Josie GIBSON in Terre Haute and has become the father of two children: James B. And Nellie Grace.  He and his wife are members of the Methodist church.  His political faith is Democrat.  

One of the well known residents of Clinton Township is Joseph MOLER, who was born in Nicholas County, Kentucky June 2, 1834.  In 1853 he came to Indiana and has since made this state his place of abode.  He is the son of John and Sarah Colliver Moler, the former born in Bourbon County, Kentucky in the same vicinity as his son, Joseph.  His parents were Pennsylvania Dutch who came to Kentucky about 1790, his father Joseph Moler, having been a soldier in the Revolutionary War.  In 1853, John Moler and family came to Putnam County, Indiana locating in Clinton Township on the land where Joseph Moler now resides.  It was then only partly cleared and had a few rude buildings on it and here the elder Moler lived and died November 3, 1866 age 61 years having been born November 30, 1805.  His wife died in 1856 at age 46.  She was born in Montgomery County, Indiana in 1809 (sic doubt this is correct - KZ).  Only one of their children was born in Indiana those to reach maturity were: Mary, who married Russell Allen of Greencastle and died in that city 1873 or 1874; Joseph of this review; Richard H., a farmer in Parke County, Indiana; Jeff T., who lives in Louisiana, Missouri; Susan E, who married R. D. Hamilton and died when in middle life; Levi who went to Missouri where he died; Jemima, the wife of Mr. Hannah and living in Missouri; Presley C., a bachelor and living on the old homestead; Emma J, who married Caleb Bratton of Boone County, Indiana.  Joseph Moler was 19 when he came to Indiana.  He remained at home until he was 25 assisting in clearing the place. On November 1, 1859, he married Lucy P. Newgent, he being 25 and she 18; they had lived on adjoining farms for some time.  A sketch of her father, Edward Newgent, appears elsewhere in this volume.  After their marriage Mr. and Mrs. Moler spent two years in Pulaski County, Indiana then moved back to Putnam on the farm of Mr. Moler's father, taking charge of part of it.  In 1868 he rented and took charge of the entire farm of 240 acres. Later he bought the interests of others in the home place, owning 80 acres.  He has made extensive improvements on his place, building a fine home in 1891, and he has good barns and devotes considerable time to stock raising, making grains also a specialty, feeding what grain the place produces.  He has laid 250 rods of tile.  He is very successful as a general farmer. Mr. Moler is an independent thinker and keeps well posted on political and current events.  He is no partisan and always votes for the men whom he deems to be the best qualified for the offices sought.  Three children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Moler, one of whom died when 10 years of age.  Levi Shelby Moler is a farmer in Clinton Township; he was candidate for nomination as county clerk in 1910.  Stella May married J. N. Brown, a farmer of Woonsocket, South Dakota.  On November 1, 1909, was celebrated Mr. and Mrs. Moler's 50th wedding anniversary which was quite an event in the Moler family and greatly enjoyed by all who were fortunate enough to be present.  The only anniversary guest who was also present at their marriage was John Newgent, cousin of Mrs. Moler, he having enjoyed the celebration after a half century lapse from the nuptial day almost as much as the elder couple themselves. Rev. Joseph Skeeters, now deceased, performed the marriage ceremony.  Fraternally Mr. Moler is a Mason and he takes a great interest in Masonry, endeavoring to live up to its wholesome teachings in his every day life. - Weik, Jesse William.  Weik's history of Putnam County, Indiana. Indianapolis, Ind.: B.F. Bowen & Company, 1910, Page 325

MONTGOMERY

Alexander MONTGOMERY is one of the enterprising and leading farmers of Wabash Township, where he has resided his entire life, or about 55 years as his birth occurred December 28, 1837 on the identical homestead, situated on Section 18, where he now dwells. He has long been numbered among the representative citizens and farmers of the community, and is a man noted for his honor and integrity of purpose. The paternal grandfather of the subject of this sketch was of Scotch origin, but born in the Emerald Isle, from which country he emigrated at an early day, settling first in Kentucky, where he ran a tannery and later locating in Hamilton County, Ohio.  In that county our subject's father, Samuel was born and when he arrived at mature years he came in a wagon to Parke County, Indiana in 1827, settling on 80 acres of land in Wabash Township.  He extended the boundaries of his farm in the course of time until he owned one place of 157 acres on Section 29, and another farm comprising 157 acres on Section 18.  He was a successful agriculturist, being active until just before his death in 1854 at the age of 50.  Politically he was a Whig and was a member of the Presbyterian Church.  Our subject's mother, who bore the maiden name of Prudence Monn, died 20 years after her husband's demise at the good old age of 72.  She was born in Pennsylvania and with a brother removed to Hamilton County, Ohio making her home with him until her marriage.  Alexander Montgomery is one of 7 children: Mary J, deceased; John, deceased; William who served in the 85th Indiana Vol. Infantry and died in 1865; David, who was also in the same company and whose sketch may be found in another portion of this work; Alexander; Martha who was twice married, her first husband, Armstead Clark and her second, Edward Richey; Margaret, wife of James Painter.  Alexander Montgomery was reared in this county, receiving here the benefits of a district-school education.  He was only 17 when his father was called from this life and since that time he has earned his own way, caring for his mother with tender and filial respect.  He now owns 127 acres of the old homestead and has besides a tract of 40 acres.  In November 1875, Mr. Montgomery wedded Maria J. PLASTER who is a native of this county and the daughter of Michael and Caroline O. Underwood Plaster.  Three children have come to bless the home of our subject and his estimable wife: Olive P; Mary B; and Clare. T he parents are workers and members of the Methodist Episcopal Church and are held in the highest esteem by the many friends they have in this, the county of their birth. - Portrait & Biographical Record of Montgomery, Parke & Fountain Counties, Indiana.  Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1893, Page 347

David MONTGOMERY.  Among the pioneers of Parke County, no one is more worthy of a place in her chronicles than is the gentleman of whom this is a life record as he is a member of a family whose history  has been closely connected with that of this region for 3 score years or more. Mr. Montgomery is a veteran of the late Civil War and is the owner of a well improved farm on Section 29; Wabash Township He was born in this same township September 28, 1835 and is a son of Samuel and Prudence MONN Montgomery. The grandfather, Hugh Montgomery was born in Ireland and in Colonial days crossed the broad Atlantic to the US, soon after taking part in the war for independence.  He was a cousin of Maj. Montgomery, an officer of Revolutionary fame, who was killed in a hard-fought battle. Some years after the close of the conflict Hugh Montgomery removed to Butler County, Ohio near the village of Hamilton.  He was a farmer and being a well-educated man for those days engaged in teaching and dropped dead while instructing a class one day.  He had the following children: William; Ross; Samuel; Peggy, wife of Jacob Ross; and Jane who became the wife of John White.  Samuel, our subject's father, was born in Ohio and came to Parke County in 1827 entering 80 acres on Section 19, Wabash Township where he made his home until he was called to his final rest, June 29, 1854 when he was in his 50th year.  His wife, who was the mother of 7 children, survived until 1874 when she died aged 72 years.  The brothers and sisters of our subject are as follows: William who died in 1865, being a member of Co. B, 85th Indiana Infantry; Alexander, whose record may be found on another page of this volume; Martha, deceased wife of Armistead CLARK who entered the same company mentioned above and died at Nicholasville, Kentucky in January 1863; Margaret, widow of James PAINTER; Jane and John, deceased.  The mother of these children was born in the Keystone state and removed when quite young to Ohio where she lived with an uncle. After receiving a district school education and after being reared to the duties and cares of farm life, David Montgomery started out from home to carve his fortune.  He worked for one season as a farm hand and then commenced to operate the old homestead.  August 16, 1862 he enlisted in Co. B 85th Indiana Infantry but when he reached Covington, Kentucky he was taken sick and sent to the hospital.  In April 1863, he was discharged at Nicholsville, Tennessee after which he returned home and resumed the peaceful vocation of a farmer. In 1867 he engaged in the manufacture of lumber in Vermillion & Parke Counties continuing with fair success in that line of business about 5 years at the expiration of which time he removed to Mecca.  After making that village his place of abode for some time, he settled on his present farm on Section 29.  November 1, 1860, Mr. Montgomery wedded Ellen LANEY who was born in Florida Township, of this county and comes from an honored pioneer family of this region, her parents being Joel & Jerusha FENTON Laney, who removed to this state from Kentucky.  To David Montgomery and wife were born 9 children: George W, who died age 4; William died in infancy; Robert, whose death occurred shortly after he attained his majority; Oliver P; Ida wife of Frank KELLY; Ora and Cora (twins) deceased; Viola and Oliver (sic).  Mrs. Montgomery is a member of the Christian Church in good standing and like her husband, is honored and respected by all with whom she comes in contact.  - Portrait & Biographical Record of Montgomery, Parke & Fountain Counties, Indiana, Page 309

MONTGOMERY, John, farmer, Armiesburg, is the son of a tanner, who came to this county in 1828 from Cincinnati, Ohio, where he began business in the early history of that city.  The subject of this sketch was born in this township, and on the farm on which he now lives, July 9, 1831. He received but a limited education in the pioneer schools of his boyhood days.  He was reared a farmer, and that vocation he still follows.  November 18, 1855, he married Miss Rachel, daughter of Mr. Jesse BERRY; she was born April 8, 1851 in Florida Township.  They have 3 children: Alvy C; Fredrick and Samuel M.  His farm is two miles, southeast of Armiesburg, on the county gravel road.  His parents, Samuel and Prudence (MOWEN) Montgomery, raised a family of 7 children: Mary J; John the subject of this sketch; William who died from the effects of hardships received fighting for his country in the 85th Regiment Indiana Volunteer Infantry; David; Alexander; Martha and Margaret - all of whom experienced pioneer life in Parke County.   

MOODY

MOODY -- There are few men who have made their way to usefulness through more trying and untoward circumstances than D. W.  MOODY, teacher and minister.  His father, James H. Moody, was born in Kentucky, and his mother, Rachel E. ROBBINS was born in North Carolina while their son, the subject of this sketch, was ushered into this world of light and darkness in Hendricks County, Indiana January 12, 1849.  The boy whiled the hours away on the farm.  But dark hours came.  When 10 years old, March 15, 1859, his father departed to his rest, leaving a family dependent upon the exertions of the mother.  The elder Moody left home hearty and well, and went to Jay County. For the purpose of settling some real estate business and there died. D. W. Manifested a desire to be educated.  Levi PENNINGTON, a wealthy gentleman of Hendricks County, sent him to school.  He attended the Ladoga Academy under Prof. M. B. HOPKINS.  When 18 he began teaching, which still furnished part of his livelihood.  He early entered the ministry of the Christian church, preaching his first sermon on his 19th birthday.  He has since been laboring in the pulpit as well as teaching.  He has preached in Illinois and Indiana and has taught in both states -- in Champaign County, ill and in Boone, Putnam, Hendricks, Montgomery and Parke Counties in Indiana.  He was principal of the New Ross and Alamo graded schools at different times.  While in Illinois he met the lady whom he married Miss Mellie WARD, daughter Rev. R. L.  And Eliza (CRAWFORD) Ward of Champaign County, Illinois.  The married took place February 18, 1872.  Her parents came from Allegheny County, NY.  Mr. and Mrs. Moody have been blessed with four children: George E; Effie E; Guy O; and Birdie F.  Mr. Moody is an unwavering republican and a worker not only in the church and school, but his influence is also felt in the temperance cause.   

MOORE

George MOORE is one of the leading farmers of Sugar Creek Township, Parke County and is probably one of the oldest settlers of this region now living. Since 1831, or when he was a lad of 7, his history has been identified with that of this county. In 1847 he bought 80 acres of wild land, which is now comprised within the limits of his present farm, and which has since been doubled in extent. This place he cleared nearly all by himself and he has been a very industrious man and hard worker. On the place may be found a pleasant and commodious residence, barns and other outbuildings which are kept up in a neat and thrifty manner, befitting the times. The birth of Mr. Moore took place October 24, 1824, in Wabash Township, which is now comprised within the limits of Parke County, it being in the southern part. Our subject is a son of James and Sally HEISE Moore, the former born in Pennsylvania in 1786, and the latter in Ohio. James Moore was reared in the usually manner of farmer lads and adopted agricultural pursuits for his life work. He remained with his parents until attaining his majority and with them emigrated to Ohio from the Keystone State. He married the daughter of George Heise a pioneer of Ohio and soon after brought his wife to Parke County where he had previously entered land. At the end of a few years he left that place and, going to Montgomery County bought a small farm near Waveland. He was quite successful as a farmer, though extremely conservative. He brought up his six children to be useful and intelligent citizens. Of the number our subject is the eldest in order of birth, the others being as follows; Squire; Julia A., wife of William HOGETT; Margaret J., wife of Washington YOAKLEY; Samuel; and Melissa, now Mrs. Emanuel LIGHTER. The father was a supporter of the Whig party and in the War of 1812 fought with Harrison & Scott. He departed this life October 5, 1875. His wife had died many years previous, on September 11, 1849. The youth of George Moore was passed in assisting his father on his farm and on reaching an age when he wished to be independent; he began working by the month for neighboring farmers, receiving small wages. Thus he continued for several years, and then commenced learning the carpenter’s trade, working for about 3 years with the man who was his teacher in that line of business. His next move was to go into partnership with a brother, and together they built some of the best houses and barns to be found in the northern part of Parke County. It was on the 25th of August 1857 that a marriage ceremony was performed which united the fortunes of our subject and Sarah C, daughter of Isaac PICKARD. They have 3 living children: William A.; James M. whose wife was formerly Miss Minnie PHIPPS; and Sarah who became the wife of Miles RATCLIFF a sketch of whom may be found in another portion of this work. In early life Mr. Moore was a member of the Masonic fraternity, belonging to Harrisburg Lodge No. 314. He deposits his ballot in favor of the measures and men advocated by the Republican Party. For a man of his age he is exceedingly active and vigorous, bidding fair to live many years in the enjoyment of the fruits of his years of toil. He possesses the friendship and high regard of all who have the pleasure of making his acquaintance.  - Portrait & Biographical Records of Montgomery, Parke & Fountain Counties, Indiana. Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1893, Page 672

MOORE, James H., long a prominent citizen of Sugar Creek Township, was born in Virginia in 1823 and when a young man settled in Sugar Creek Township, Parke County, where he was afterward married to Hannah Hunt in 1848.  They lived for many years where her father, Zimri Hunt, formerly resided on Mill Creek and until she died in 1875.  He remained a citizen of such township until his death in 1904.  He erected the two-story dwelling house where John Cox now resides and their home was one of hospitality and good cheer.  Taken from the Historical Sketch of Parke County Atlas of Indiana  Centennial, 1816-1916, Page 104.   

MOORE, Jesse and Amelia, both born in South Carolina emigrated to Kentucky. in a very early day and in 1826 sought a home in Jackson Township.  They started October 8, and arriving here leased 70 acres of the northeast 1/4 of Section 9, agreeing to build a house, set an orchard, besides clearing the 70 acres.  They had the privilege of using the whole quarter. There were 3 families of them: the old folks, Jesse and Amelia; Naoma Pruett and husband with family of two children; Thomas Moore and wife, with one child; and Job, a single man.  Jesse and his son Joab worked one half the land, and Thomas and Stephen the other half.  Thomas is now the wealthiest man in Jackson Township.  Taken from: The 1880 History of Parke County, Indiana.  J. H.  Beadle.   Chicago: H. H. Hill  

MOORE, John, farmer, Bloomingdale, was born in Randolph County North Carolina in 1794, and in 1815 came to Wayne County Indiana where he was among the early settlers. He helped to build the first house that was built in the city of Richmond Indiana. In 1825 he was united in marriage to Rebecca WADE, who was born in Pennsylvania in 1805 and came to Wayne County Indiana when 2 years of age. Three years after the marriage of Mr. Moore, he came to Parke County (1828) and settled on the farm where he now lives. He first built a log cabin, in which he lived for a number of years; he now has a fine frame instead. When he came tot his county, he entered his farm, which has never changed hands, and after paying for his farm and getting settled ready to begin housekeeping he had only 25 cents left. Mr. Moore has been a hard working and honest man and is respected by many acquaintances. He has long since been a member of the Methodist Episcopal church. He has had a family of 10 children, of whom but four are living: William A, who is in Missouri; Gabriel M, now in Montana Territory; George W, residing in Parke County and John W. who is at home managing the homestead.  taken from: Page288/89 History of Parke County IN; J. H.  Beadle, Chicago: H. H. Hill, 1880  

Samuel MOORE was born in Parke County, Indiana in 1832.  He learned the trade of carpenter, at which he worked until 1858 with the exception of 2 years in mercantile.  He then came to Minnesota and located in the town of Independence, where he has since been engaged in the pursuit of farming and carpenter work.  He married in 1855, Miss Nancy Wasson, of Parke County, Indiana.  They have six children: Jerome C; Florence A; Roscoe; Sophronia; John L and Effie V.    - History of Hennepin County MN. Minneapolis: North Star, 1881, Page 267

MOORE, Thomas M., Sr., farmer, Mansfield, was born in Hawkins County in East Tennessee.  When Mr. Moore was one and a half years old his father, Lew, moved to Knox County Kentucky.  They lived there until 1830, when they came to Jackson Township, Parke County.  Mr. Moore's father was born in South Carolina in 1777 and died in 1848.  His mother was born in 1770 and died in 1839.  Mr. Moore was reared on the farm and had the common school education of his day.  He began farming for himself in 1827 and was married the first time, September 14, 1826 to Sarah McHargue.  She was born March 23, 1803 and died April 9, 1848.  He was married the second time, October 31, 1848 to Rena RIDDLE born October 17, 1819 in Lawrence County Indiana.  By this marriage they had one child, Stephen A, born October 25, 1852.  He (Stephen) was married October 1, 1874 to Hannah THOMPSON born February 14, 1859, died April 14, 1876.  He was married the second time, December 23, 1877 to Phoebe O. MARTIN born December 12, 1859.  They have one child, Zella, born August 23, 1879.  Mr. Moore is a republican in politics and is a good citizen.  Taken from: The 1880 History of Parke County, Indiana.  J. H.  Beadle.   Chicago: H. H. Hill 

MOORMAN

Chiles F. MOORMAN, one of the well known and progressive men of Jefferson Township, Warren County Iowa, is  native of Highland County, Ohio where he was born March 8, 1846 one of the six children of John T. and Mary VanPelt Moorman. Of the members of this family now living: Charles E. is in Arizona, William H in Kansas and Chiles F. in Iowa.  John T. Moorman, the father was born in Campbell County, Virginia February 22, 1810 and in 1820 accompanied his parents and the rest of the family to Highland County, Ohio.  That county continued to be his home until 1849, when he came out to Iowa and settled in Richland Township, Warren County among its earliest pioneers.  There he lived until 1854; from 1854 until 1861 near Sandyville, in Union Township from 1861 until 1882 in Belmont Township and in the last named year returned to Union Township where he died December 25, 1883 at age 73.  He was by birth and early association an old-fashioned Quaker and adhered strictly to the faith of that sect all through his life.  An earnest Whig in the early days, he became one of the most earnest of the leaders in the movement for the abolition of slavery and in this work was associated with the noted John Brown.  The so called "underground railroad" had one of its stations located on his place, in Richland Township where many a fugitive slave found protection and assistance.  Indeed, Mr. Moorman's whole life was spent in the endeavor to uplift humanity to relieve the suffering and to make men better.  His wife, Nee Mary Van Pelt was a native of Belmont County Ohio and daughter of Isaac and Sarah Ellis Van Pelt.  Isaac, the father was born in Pennsylvania.  In early life he moved out to Ohio and on the frontier spent the rest of his days and died there at the advanced age of 90.  His wife was a native of Virginia a descendant of one of the first families of the old Dominion and at the time of her death was past 70.  Mrs. Moorman died in 1866 at age 55. Mr. Moorman's grandfather, Reuben Moorman was a Virginian by birth.  Some of his remote ancestors were among the first settlers of Virginia. They were of Scotch origin.  His wife, whose maiden name was Lydie Johnson was likewise of Virginia birth her people having long resided in the South; she lived to extreme old age while he died in middle life.  Chiles F. Moorman, the subject of this sketch was not yet 4 when his parents removed to Iowa and here he was reared and has since lived.  He remained on the home farm until 23 when he started out in life on his own.  Farming claimed his attention until 1889, when he removed to Indianola for the purpose of educating his daughters and he remained there until 1891.  That year he purchased his present farm on Section 35 of Jefferson Township and here he has since been engaged in general farming and stock raising making a specialty of the latter. He takes a pride in keeping the best of thoroughbred stock and on his farm has some fine specimens of the same.  September 10, 1868, Mr. Moorman was united in marriage to Miss Olive C. Gillaspie, a native of Parke County, Indiana and a daughter of David and Mary F. Gillaspie, she being one of their family of six children. Her father was a native of Rockbridge County, Virginia and is now deceased while her mother, a native of Kentucky is still living. Mr. and Mrs. Moorman have two daughters, Busha and Josephine, the former being the wife of Charles Collins of Des Moines, Iowa.  Mr. Moorman is an active, progressive man in the prime of life and one of the representative farmers of Jefferson Township.  He is, by appointment of the Secretary of Agriculture at Washington, Statistician for the region in which he lives and makes monthly reports to the Department of Agriculture. He is Justice of the Peace for his township a strong Republican in Politics, and is actively interested in all that goes to promote the growth of Warren County. - A Memorial and biographical record of Iowa  Chicago: Lewis Publishing Company, 1896, Page 268

MORGAN

James MORGAN.  It is with special pleasure that we reserve a place in this biographical record of the worthy pioneers and defenders of our Flag & Union. T he gentleman whose name heads this sketch is a veteran of the late war and was born on the farm where he now resides on Section 31, Reserve Township, the date of the occurrence May 10, 1840.  His parents were William and Mary BATEMAN Morgan, former born in Piqua County, Ohio on January16, 1807. In the year 1825 he removed to Parke County with a brother, James settling upon Section 31, this township.  An uncle had entered 3 tracts of land as guardian, one in Wabash Township (this being a place of 160 acres); one of 111 acres on Section 32 and one of 132 acres Section 31, Reserve Township. They cleared and improved these farms, in addition to others. Our subject's father owned two farms in Reserve Township, to which he added 72 acres where James Morgan now resides. He also cleared and improved 223 acres in Wabash Township.  In his political faith he was formerly a Whig and later a Republican, being strong and decisive in his views.  His wife, who was also born in Ohio, was a daughter of Thomas Bateman, a cooper by trade who came to Indiana bout 1851.  She became the mother of twelve children, eight of whom lived to adult years.  Jane is the wife of Benjamin PHILLIPS; William and Louise are deceased and the others in order of birth: James; John; Rebecca; George W. (deceased); Thomas and Sarah (deceased).  Three others died in infancy. The parents of these children were formerly members of the united Brethren Church, but later became connected with the Methodist Episcopal denomination.  Our subject was educated at the district school until reaching his 21st year, when he began the serious business of life for himself.  In August 1861, when he was but little over 21, he enlisted in Co. A, 31st Indiana Infantry and took part in the following battles: Ft. Donelson; Shiloh; Corinth; Stone River; Chickamauga; Ft. Ringgold; Kennesaw Mountain; Peach Tree Creek; Resaca (Georgia) and both battles of Atlanta. Few men have taken part or been actively engaged in as many important battles of the late war.  At Jonesville, our subject was relieved from duty and sent back to Atlanta, being mustered out September 13, 1864, as Sergeant.  Considering the number of engagements in which he took part, he was remarkably fortunate in escaping injury, but he was wounded in the hip at Shiloh.  On his return home Mr. Morgan engaged in farming, locating in the fall of 1864 where he now resides. This place then comprised 73 acres, the farm now being one of 100 acres, exclusive of a strip which was taken by the railroad.   He has greatly improved and developed the property, which is now a model farm in every respect.  He is engaged in general farming and has good buildings upon the place.  On February 2, 1865, Miss Turzah A. HISE became the sharer of our subject's heart and home, as on that day their marriage was celebrated at the home of the bride's mother. Mrs. Morgan was born in Parke County and is the daughter of Solomon and Catherine MILLISON Hise, who came from Highland County, Ohio in 1826, settling on Sugar Creek, and later removing to Vermillion County, Indiana in 1852.  The father, who was a Republican died in 1862, age 53 years, his wife surviving him until 1880. They were both devoted members of the United Brethren Church.  In their family of 12 children, 5 sons and 5 daughters lived to mature years. George is a resident of Iowa; Jesse died after the war; Aaron served in the 18th Indiana Regiment and lives in Vigo County; Moses who was in the 11th Indiana Regiment, took part in the siege of Vicksburg and has never since been heard from; Cornelius was a member of the 14th Indiana Regiment, in which state his death occurred. The daughters are all married and have pleasant homes. Mrs. Morgan's grandfather, John Hise, was of Dutch origin, and lived his entire life in Ohio, while her maternal grandfather, Jesse Millison, came to Indiana in 1826, returned to Ohio later, but finally made a permanent location in Vermillion County, Indiana.  As Mr. and Mrs. Morgan have no children of their own, they adopted two boys and one girl, to whom they have been kind and considerate parents.  Politically, Mr. Morgan is a Republican, and in this county where he has spent his entire life and is consequently thoroughly known, he has a host of the warmest and staunchest friends.  He is a man who is ever actuated by the highest principles of right and honor, being upright in his dealings with all. - Portrait & Biographical Record of Montgomery, Parke & Fountain Counties, Indiana.  Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1913.  Page 132

 

MORGAN, William, Sr. was born on a farm in Pickaway County, Ohio on the 16th day of January 1806.  He lived in Ohio  until 1825 when he came to Indiana and spent a short time in Parke County, but returned to Ohio  and stayed there until he married, which was in May 1828 to Mary BATEMAN.  In October following he removed to Parke County, with the intention of making it his home, and settled permanently on the farm where he is still living.  He cast his first vote in 1828 for John Quincy Adams and from that time till 1856 he voted with the Whig Party.  When the Republican party was formed he identified himself with it and has voted with it ever since.  As an evidence of the changes that have taken place during his residence in Parke County, we may mention the fact that the country immediately around him was, when he came here, a dense body of timber, but now looks like a prairie, while a hillside, within a few rods of his house which was then covered with underbrush has grown to be a respectable grove of forest trees.    Taken from the Historical Sketch of Parke County Atlas of Indiana  1874, Page 37 

SPENCER MORGAN -- The subject of this memoir was for many years one of the honored and highly respected citizens of Wayne County.  He was born in Guilford County, North Carolina July 26, 1821 being of Scotch descent.  The Morgans were all tillers of the soil and prominent people of that state.  Green Morgan, the father of our subject, was widely known throughout Guilford County as Squire Morgan, having served as justice of the peace for many years.  His children were: Spencer; William; Grafton; Harriet and Elwood. Spencer, the only one of the family to come west was reared upon a farm and when young learned the miller's trade.  He became a very popular and prominent miller of Guilford County where he engaged in business many years and when it became known that he was going to leave, over 80 of his old patrons signed and presented him with a testimonial and recommendation to be presented to the citizens in whatever community he might locate - as an honest and honorable man and well qualified miller. The signers were prominent and substantial planters of Guilford County.  This recommendation his son now holds among his most cherished possessions, as a reference to the esteem in which his father was held in the community where he was so well known.  In 1850, with his family, Mr. Morgan left his old home on account of his wife's health and by horse and wagon proceeded to Ohio where he spent two years.  Later he rented a farm and engaged in agricultural pursuits in Wayne County Indiana for a number of years then went to Missouri but after a short stay there he returned to Indiana stopping first in Parke County where he remained 5 years. At the end of that time he again came to Wayne and purchased property in Milton where he made his home until his death, December 20, 1887. Here he prospered and became the owner of 2 or 3 pieces of real estate. He was reared in the Society of Friends and always adhered to that faith.  Mr. Morgan married Miss Sarah Bratton who is still living at the old homestead in Miton. She was born in Guilford County, North Carolina June 11, 1822 a daughter of John and Rachel Ward Bratton.  Her maternal grandfather, James Ward, a native of England came to America in colonial days and aided the colonies in their struggle for independence as a soldier of the Revolutionary War. He located in North Carolina where he reared his family consisting of 4 children: Rachel, mother of Mrs. Morgan; Nancy wife of J. Lamb; Mary who died unmarried and Solomon who died while returning home after his service in the Mexican War.  The father of these children was a member of the established church of England. John and Rachel Ward Bratton spent their entire lives in North Carolina where the former engaged in milling and wagon making. He was a Methodist in religious belief but his wife held membership in the Baptist Church. The children; Reuben; George and Millican all came to Indiana; Mary wife of I. M. Cline of North Carolina; and Sarah, wife of our subject.  Mrs. Morgan is a member of the Society of Friends and is a most estimable lady.  She is the mother of six children: Quintin M, a resident of White County, Indiana; Henry of Cambridge City; Richard of Milton; Charles A of Cambridge City and James O of Milton. She also has 28 grandchildren and 12 greats.  Richard Morgan, son of Spencer was born in Fayette County, Indiana February 2, 1856 was reared on a farm and educated in the common schools.  At age 17 he left home and started out to make his own way in the world, working first as a farm hand. He then embarked in the liquor business in which he still engaged.  He first carried on operations at Milton later spent two years at Muncie during the gas boom and on selling out there was in business at Cambridge City for the same length of time. He then returned to Milton and in connection with his liquor business has engaged in trading and speculating in real estate. He purchased his father's property after the latter's death and now owns his place of business with a good residence attached on Main Street.  Politically, he is a stanch supporter of the Democracy. Mr. Morgan married Miss Ella Shunk who was born in Pennsylvania December 25, 1856 of German descent.  Her parents James and Elizabeth Brown Shunk were also natives of the Keystone state where they were married.  The father, who was a blacksmith by trade, served the government in that capacity in the south during the civil war.  About 1864 he came to Indiana and located at Germantown where he abandoned his trade and engaged in farming. Later he followed the same pursuit in Washington Township, Wayne County where his death occurred 1888. His wife is still living and now makes her home in Germantown.  She is an earnest member of the Albright church.  In political sentiment he was a Democrat. Their children were Mrs. Sue Crull; Witmer, a resident of Muncie; Mrs. Bertie Carpenter; Ella wife of Mr. Morgan; Mrs. Benia Eckhart; Frankie, deceased and Mrs. Ida Forest, deceased.  Mr. and Mrs. Morgan have an interesting family of 3 children: Elsie, Harry and Herschel all at home. - Biographical and genealogical history of Wayne, Fayette, Union and Franklin Counties, Indiana.  Chicago: Lewis Publishing Company, 1899, Page 990 

MORRIS

MORRIS, C.F., farmer, Rockville, is the son of Zachariah and Mahala Morris, who came from North Carolina to Parke County in about 1830, and settled in Reserve Township, where the subject of this sketch was born March 10, 1837.  He lived at home, working on his father's farm, until he was 21 years of age, after working at home for himself.  In 1864, he married Malinda E. NEWLIN, daughter of Joel Newlin.  She was born in Bartholomew County, Indiana on  May 24, 1837.  Mr. Morris is the owner of as fine an improved farm as there is in this part of the county, containing 303 acres.  He and wife are members by birthright of the Society of Friends, and in politics he is an uncompromising republican.  Taken from: Page 293 History of Parke County IN; J. H.  Beadle, Chicago: H. H. Hill, 1880  

 

MORRIS, E. K., farmer, Bloomingdale, is the son of Z. Morris and was born in Reserve Township, Parke County, Indiana, August 26, 1844.  His parents were natives of North Carolina and came to Parke County in an early day and settled in Reserve Township, where they now reside.  Mr. Morris remained at home until 21 years of age, working on his father's farm, and at the same time receiving a good common school education.  He has spent all his life in Parke County, and has been engaged in farming.  He has been twice married; first, to Anna M. Sanders in 1865.  She was born in Parke County, Indiana in 1846 and died October 27, 1865.  His second marriage was in 1867 to Emily A. CLOUD of Boone County, Indiana.  Mr. Morris is the owner of 160 acres of fine improved farming land.  He has long since been a member of the Society of Friends and is always ready and willing to take part in all enterprises that add to the improvement of the county.   Taken from: Page 296 History of Parke County IN; J. H.  Beadle, Chicago: H. H. Hill, 1880  

Hon. Jeremiah Morris. This well-known and highly respected citizen of Reserve Twp, Parke County Indiana is a native of Georgetown, Illinois, born July 16, 1835, to Exum and Eleanor Newlin Morris. The grandfather of our subject was a carpenter and farmer of North Carolina, who died about 1826. he bore the name of Jeremiah Morris and selected for his wife a lady by the name of Margaret Charles who died in Indiana. To this couple were born four boys, viz: Zachariah, William, Thomas and Exum; and three girls, Celia, Mary and Penina.  The father of our subject was born Jun 6, 1800 and was reared on his father's farm until he attained the age of 20 years, when he came to Washington County, Indiana on horseback.  By his first marriage which was with Mary Hollowell, Mr. Morris became the father of one child, Margaret who is the wife of John E. Hall.  After the death of his wife, he returned to the old home, where he remained for a time, later bringing his mother and brother Thomas to Parke County.  Here he married his second wife and removed to Illinois, where he settled on 160 acres. In the year 1837 he sold his farm and bought 160 acres east of Bloomingdale, on which he resided until 1860, when he again sold out and moved to Plainfield, where he engaged in mercantile pursuits. In December 1862, he died, his wife surviving him but 3 years. Politically, he was a Whig, and later became a Republican. He was a conspicuous church member, serving as an Elder in the Friends' Church for many years.  The wife of Exum Morris was the daughter of Nathaniel and Catherine Hadley Newlin, who were natives of North Carolina and who came to Parke County in 1825, locating west of Rockville then Bloomingdale.  The father was a farmer and harness maker and died at age 99 years.  Our subject's mother reared 8 children: Catherine, Mahala, Mary, Jeremiah, Nathaniel, Matilda, Anna J and Dr. Charles C. The maternal grandfather of our subject was a s on of John Newlin, who came from the Keystone state to North Carolina. In tracing the ancestry back to the first representative in this country, Nicholas Newlin we find him to be a native of England and a son of one Nicholas Newlin of Canterbury, England who was descended from Randolph de la Newland, Lord of the manor of Newland Hall, Essex.  Our subject came to Indiana with his parents, where he received his education in the common schools of Bloomingdale, but, not being satisfied, he attended the academy at that place and Earlham College for one year.  At the age of 21 he worked in his father's store and two years later engaged in farming in Reserve Twp, on 70 acres of land, which he cleared and improved. For two years, ending in 1863, he engaged in merchandise business with his uncle Thomas at the end of which time he returned to the old home farm. In the fall of 1865 he bought and located on 40 acres of land, Sec 34, where he still resides, having at the present time 103 acres. During two years of this time he was in his own and his uncle's store at Coloma. In 1890 he was elected as rep of his county and re-elected in 1892, also serving on 5 important committees -those of Roads, Phraseology, Apportionment and Reformatory (note; only 4 mentioned) which last position made for him an honorable record. The honorable Mr. Morris was twice married, his first wife being Mary J, daughter of Benjamin M. and Sarah (Thompson) Pritchard, both natives of Orange Co North Carolina and early settlers of Orange Co , Ind. To this worthy couple were born four children, Florence, wife of JN Brown of Horton, Kan; Elbert B, Allen J and Emory L, whose wife died Jan 1, 1878, a faithful worker in the Friends Church. His second companion, Mary Ann Trueblood was born in Washington Co id to Caleb and Mary Pyle Trueblood, who were natives of NC. At the age of 16 Caleb came with his brother William to Washington Co, this state where they settled on a farm. In 1857 Caleb passed away, leaving two children. Their father and grandfather were both of English origin and  bore the appellation of Caleb. During his life Caleb held to the Whig party in politics until the organization of the republican Party. In all his transactions the worthy gentleman of whom we write has always displayed a scrupulous regard for the rights of others, has never been known to willfully wrong or defraud another and his reputation is unspotted in financial circles. He gives intelligent heed to politics, and has always voted the Republican ticket. He and his estimable wife are members of the Friends Church.  - Portrait & Biographical Records of Montgomery, Parke & Fountain Counties, Indiana.  Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1893, Page 641

 

MORRIS, Josiah, farmer, Coloma, was born in Reserve Township, Parke County, In February 5, 1840 and has been a resident of the county all his life.  He lived at home until man grown and in the meantime received a good education.  At 18 years of age, he taught his first term of school, after which he taught several terms.  In 1865, he was joined in the holy bonds of matrimony to Miss Emily JOHNSON daughter of W. G. and Anna M. MACY Johnson.  She was born in Guilford County, North Carolina on August 20, 1846.  Mr. Morris owns a fine farm of 120 acres, with good improvements. He is an elder in the church of the Society of Friends. In politics, he is a staunch republican.    Taken from: Page 295 History of Parke County IN; J. H.  Beadle, Chicago: H. H. Hill, 1880  

 

MORRIS, Thomas, farmer, Coloma, is one of the old and respected citizens of Parke County.  He was born in Wayne County, North Carolina July 12, 1812.  His father died when he was quite young, and in 1826 his mother and the family removed to Parke County and settled close to Coloma.  Mr. Morris was raised a farmer, but has been engaged in various kinds of business.  He has dealt in stock and has been in the mercantile business in Rockville, Montezuma, Plainfield and Coloma.  Mr. Morris has been one of the successful business men of Parke County.  He is the owner of about 400 acres of fine improved land in the county and other property.  he has always been a strict member of the Society of Friends, and has cast his vote in unison with the republican party.  He began in life a poor boy, but by hard work and a strict attention to business he has honestly earned what property he has.  ( 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).  

 

MORRIS, Zachariah, was a native of North Carolina and settled in Reserve Township on land near Coloma in 1830.  He was the father of Cornelius F. Morris, lately deceased.  Cornelius was born on his father's farm in 1837, and at the time of his death owned about 300 acres of well improved land about 3 miles northwest of Rockville.  The Morris family were splendid, high-minded men, all of whom were life members of the Friends church.  Enoch, living on his farm about 3 miles northwest of Rockville, and Josiah, who now lives in Bloomingdale, are sons of Zachary Morris.  Taken from the Historical Sketch of Parke County Atlas of Indiana  Centennial, 1816-1916, Page 121.  

MORRIS, Zachariah, retired, Coloma, was born in Wayne County, North Carolina, April 25, 1798, and came to Parke County in 1833.  He resided on one farm in this county for 32 years and on it he has spent many days of hard work, improving and cultivating the land.  During his many years spent in Parke County he has established an honest and spotless character.  He has been 3 times married His first marriage was to Rebecca HORN and after her death he was united to Mahala HORN.  His present wife was Margaret LEWIS.  (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).  

Z. MORRIS, Georgetown, grain dealer and farmer was born in Wayne County North Carolina on the 5th of December 1824 and lived there 3 years when, with his parents he moved to Parke County, Indiana and lived there until he was of age.  He then came to Illinois and settled in Georgetown.  In 1849 he engaged in general merchandise business at Montezuma, Indiana; he then returned to Georgetown and engaged in general business with the firm of B. Canaday & Co and was identified with this business 20 years; he then sold his interest and bought a stock farm 2 1/2 miles NE of Georgetown and has owned the same since.  In August 1878, he engaged in the grain business at this point with the firm of Richie, Thompson & Co. On 12 November1850 he married Miss Mary H. Canaday. She was born in Georgetown and died 15 September 1869.  On 23 February 1871 he married Miss Elizabeth E. Partlow. She was born Vermilion County, Illinois. They had 4 children: two are living: Fannie P. and Wright E.  - Beckwith, H W -- History of Vermilion County, Illinois. Chicago: H. H. Hill, 1879, Page 551

 

James E. MORRIS stands among the foremost farmers of Reserve Township, Parke County. He was born to William and Percy EDMONDSON Morris in Wayne County, North Carolina June 30, 1821.  The grandfather of our subject was a large slave-owner in the Carolinas, and, thinking to try the Northern States; he started for Indiana, but died before reaching this state. His wife resumed the journey with her family, being 9 weeks on the way and settled on 80 acres on Section 34, Reserve Township, where she died at the age of 87, after rearing her family of six children: Mary; Zachariah; Thomas; Exum; Celia and Peninah, all of whom died in Indiana.  The father of our subject was like his son, a native of Wayne County, North Carolina.  In the winter of 1827 he came to this county, where he immediately purchased 80 acres of timberland, which he set about clearing and improving. Later he located on 240 acres in Penn Township, which at his death in 1850 was considered one of the best-improved farms in the county. In politics, he supported the Whig party, and was an active member of the Society of Friends. His good wife survived him 3 years, when, she, too, was called to her final rest, leaving 13 children: Jeremiah; Peggy R.; Polly J.; Betsey; James; William C.; Zachariah; Wright E.; Thomas; Mary; Mordecai; Percy and Robert. The deceased are: Peggy R.; Jeremiah; Betsey; Wright; Thomas and Robert. The mother of this family was a daughter of James EDMUNDSON, who was born in North Carolina, where she died.  The subject of this sketch was reared on a farm, receiving a district-school education in the primitive log cabin schoolhouse, with greased paper for windows. At the age of 21 he began working for himself on the farm, getting $9 per month for his labors, which was considered a good price at that day. Here he worked one season, when he began for himself as a farmer. In 1845 he went to Henry County, Iowa, where his father had previously bought 80 acres and to which he subsequently added 25 acres more. Here he and his wife lived happily together for 3 years when death claimed his helpmate, after which he returned to Indian and located on 80 acres of his father's homestead. After 3 or 4 changes he located permanently on the site of his present home, and by dint of economy and industry he has accumulated property to the account of 300 acres, included in two farms. Besides this he has 250 acres on Section 34 and has given his children about $4,000. During the late war he speculated very extensively in land and in this enterprise was very successful financially. In former days he belonged to the Whig party, but on the formation of the Republican believed its platform to be one under which the nation would prosper, and has since that time been one of its stanch supporters. Mr. Morris has been 4 times married, his first wife being Miss Mary, daughter of James and Barbara BENNETT, of Vigo County. To this young couple two children were born, both of whom died in infancy. The wife died in Salem, Iowa. His second wife was Rachel, the daughter of Isaac and Lydia SMITH and she bore her husband 6 children, of whom all are living, but one: Lydia; Nathan; Owen; Rufus and Elizabeth. The devoted wife and mother died soon after the war. Mr. Morris was then married to Miss Rebecca DAVIS of Parke County, who was the daughter of Samuel and Jane HOCKET Davis. She became the mother of five children: Rachel, Mary, Martin and two who died in infancy. The home of our subject is now graciously presided over by his amiable wife, known in her maiden days as Miss Indiana RUBBOTTAN. Our subject is a man of genial nature, who easily wins friends, and throughout the community is widely and favorable known.  - Portrait & Biographical Record of Montgomery, Parke & Fountain Counties, Indiana. Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1893, Page 675

Martin L. MORRIS.  A resident of Great Falls for more than 20 years, Martin L. Morris has spent the greater part of this time in service as a public official.  He had won a well earned reputation as a capable civil engineer prior to coming to this city and his record has been sustained and his prestige added to.  In 1921 Mr. Morris was appointed city engineer of Great Falls and has since held this position which includes the superintendency of the water department, supervision of building inspection and supervision of garbage collection.  Mr. Morris was born at Coloma, Indiana October 11, 1870 son of James J. and Rebecca Davis Morris. The original ancestor of the Morris family in this country came from Wales about the time of the settlement of Jamestown VA colony and for a number of generations the family made their home in the Old Dominion Sate. William Morris, grandfather of Martin l. Morris was born at Wilson, North Carolina where he married Percy Edmondson also a native of that community.  In 1827, they became pioneers of Parke County Indiana and settled on an unimproved piece of land in the vicinity of what is now the little community of Coloma.  There the grandfather with the aid of his sturdy and faithful wife, hewed a home out of the wilderness, cheerfully faced and passed through all the hardships and privations of pioneer life, and eventually developed a large and valuable property on which they passed the remainder of their useful and honorable lives.  James J. Morris, the father of Martin L. Morris was born June 30, 1821 at Wilson, North Carolina and was six when he was taken to Coloma Indiana where he was reared in a pioneer agricultural atmosphere and secured an abbreviated education in the primitive log cabin schoolhouse of his day.  At the time of his marriage he entered Government land and like his father, cleared it of timber and brush and gradually developed a good farm to which he added from time to time until he became one of the most substantial men in Parke County.  In spite of a hard and active life, or perhaps because of it, he lived to the ripe age of 76 and die din 1897 at Coloma.  Originally a Whig, Mr. Morris became a member of the Republic Party upon the organization of that body but took only a good citizen's interest and part in politics.  He was a Quaker in religious faith.  Mr. Morris married Miss Rebecca Davis, who was born in 1839 near Bloomingdale, Parke County, Indiana and died at Coloma, February 22, 1878 and they became the parents of 5 children: Martin L, of this review; Rachel the wife of James Boswell, a building contractor of Bloomingdale, Mary who died in 1907 as the wife of Ona Nichols of Bloomingdale and Victor and Federicks both of whom passed away in childhood. Martin L. Morris attended the public school at Coloma and after leaving public school pursued a course in the Quaker Academy at Bloomingdale from which he was graduated class of 1889. He was graduated from the University of Ann Arbor, Michigan with the class of 1893, receiving the degree of Civil Engineer and commenced his professional career in construction work for the Norfolk & Western RR on the division from Bluefield, West Virginia to Kanova, that state a contract that required two years. He then entered the maintenance department of the Big Four RR now a part of the New York Central Lines and for 5 year worked in the division from Cincinnati to Chicago. For one year he was employed a s chief eng in charge of maintenance and construction for Pekin & Peoria RR with headquarters at Peoria, Il and was then assistant engineer for Chicago & Alton Railroad later being promoted to the office of road master and then engineer of maintenance of ways. He was with this road 2 years and then went to the Illinois Southern Railroad and subsequently the Missouri Southern Railroad in charge of the installation of the ferry line across the Mississippi River to connect the two roads. While at this place, Mr. Morris contracted typhoid fever, by which he was incapacitated for some time and on his recovery he became assistant engineer of South Bend Indiana in which post he remained until 1909. In that year he accepted a call to Great Falls, Montanan which has since been his permanent home and the scene of his success. He was assistant city engineer under HC Allen, city engineer during the administration of Mayor Charles Murphy.  Mr. Morris was then appointed city engineer by Mary J. W. Spear and reappointed by Mayor NT Lease for the next 5 and one half years during 4 years of which time he was superintendent of the water works department of Great Falls, and for the remainder was a building contractor and also did considerable work for the State Highway Commission. In 1921 he was appointed city engineer of Great Falls by Mayor R. M. Armour and has been reappointed 3 consecutive times since Mayor H. B.  Mitchell. This position as above noted, also includes considerable other labor, notably connected with the water, building and garbage collecting departments of the city.  Mr. Morris maintains offices in the City Hall and is one of the well known men of his profession. He is a member of the American Water Works Association and Euclid Lodge No. 58 AF & AM.   Politically he is a Republican. His residence is situated at 915 Fifth Ave, North. On September 21, 1897 at Saint Louis, Missouri, Mr. Morris was united in marriage with Miss Mary KIMBALL who was born in Crawfordsville, Indiana and to this union were born 5 children: James J, residing with his father and employed as a highway contractor saw 26 months of service during the WW of which 11/2 years was overseas, volunteered and served in the Regular Army, received a 2nd lt's commission and now has the same rank in the US reserves attended the Montana State University, Missoula, this sate and is a member of the Sigma Chi Greek letter fraternity.  Robert E, a graduate of Gonzaga College, Spokane, WA degree of BA and Montana State University at Missouri degree of Masters Arts in Mathematics is a member of Sigma Chi Greek letter fraternity and teacher in the high school at Spokane, Washington Harold Freeman who attended the Montana State College at Bozeman is a member of the Sigma Chi Greek letter fraternity resides with his parents and is a civil engineer in the employ of ACM Reduction Plant at Great Falls. Helen is the wife of William Brown of Great Falls, a salesman for the Great Falls Meat Company, packers; and Russell is attending High School at Great Falls.  - Raymer, Robert George.  Montana: the Land and the People. Chicago: Lewis Publishing, 1930 , Page 382

MORRISON

MORRISON, Eli , farmer, Bloomingdale is a native of North Carolina. He was born in 1824, and is the son of Enoch Morrison, also a native of North Carolina, who came to Parke County in 1826, and first settled on the farm now owned by E. K. Morris (sic) in Penn Township.  He soon after removed to the farm now owned by Mr. Morrison's brother and sister.  Here he lived until his death, which occurred in 1833.  Mr. Morrison, the subject of this sketch, has been a resident of Parke County all his life, and has been engaged in farming and working at the carpenter's trade.  There are a great many buildings through the county that are proofs of his skill as a workman.  In 1848 he was married to Sarah J. ALLEN, daughter of Solomon Allen of Parke County and by this marriage they have six children living: Julia A; E. Allen; Edwin; Elma; Nelson; Laura E. and two deceased, Albert and Elwood.  Mr. Morrison owns a fine little farm of 62 acres, on which he has made all the improvements.  It is pleasantly situated close to Bloomingdale, where he attends the Friends church, of which he has been a life-long member.   Taken from: Page287 History of Parke County IN; J. H.  Beadle, Chicago: H. H. Hill, 1880  

 

MORRISON, Enoch, a native of North Carolina settled in Penn Township. in 1826, and died in 1833.  He was a member of the Friends church.  His son, Eli Morrison was born in North Carolina in 1824.  He lived on a farm and worked at his trade as a carpenter.  There are many buildings in the county that are proofs of his skill as a good, honest workman.  He was a consistent member of the Friends Church until his death.  Taken from the Historical Sketch of Parke County Atlas of Indiana  Centennial, 1816-1916, Page 121.  

MOSS

The medical profession of Clay County numbers among its leading members Dr. James K. MOSS, of Ashboro a representative of one of the county's earliest pioneer residents.  In the early and formative period, in 1827, there came to reside within its borders one George Moss, the grandfather of Dr. Moss.  He settled near where Center Point is now located and in 1832 came to Ashboro and became the proprietor of one of the old historic inns of Clay County and there the stage coach on the road between Terre Haute and Bloomington used to stop for a change of horses.  He also laid out the Ashboro cemetery and deeded the same to Clay County 9 July 1845.  He was one of the most prominent factors in the early history of this vicinity. Both he and his wife, who bore the maiden name of Lydia Bilderback were born in Virginia. Among the children of George and Lydia Bilderback Moss was a son, George Mc, who was born in Sugar Ridge Township, Clay County November 19, 1832. On the 16th of August 1854 at what was then known as Grimes Church located in the center of the county, he married Martha E. ADAMS, who was born in Rosedale, Parke County a daughter of Samuel C. and Nancy McGinnis Adams.  The young couple took up their abode on 160 acres of land on the NW half of Section 16, Township 11, Range 6 West, Clay County and there spent their useful lives and died, the husband in June 1899 and wife 22 January 1882. Of their large family of 10 children 6 sons and 4 daughters, four sons and two daughters are now living: Andrew whose home is in Ashboro; James K mentioned later; Samuel t, an educator in Birmingham, Alabama; Ida M, wife of William Slack of Ashboro; Eva wife of Henry Fogle and their home is in Sugar Ridge Township; and John J who resides on the old homestead farm and is the assessor of Sugar Ridge Township. Dr. James K. Moss, the second born of the 10 children of George Mc and Martha E. Adams Ross was born in Ashboro October 14, 1857 and received his early training in its common schools and in the high school at Center Point where he was a pupil of William Travis.  His professional training was received in the Medical College of Indiana at Indianapolis, where he graduated as a physician and surgeon and after his marriage he began practice in Ashboro. During the many years which have since come and gone he has become well known as a medical practitioner and at the present time is also the proprietor of a drug store in this city. He owns 20 acres of the old Moss farm but his residence, a beautiful place surrounded by 8 acres is in town. For 20 years the Dr. served as committeeman of this precinct and during two years or one term served as the coroner of Clay County.  He married on May 2, 1878 Kate L. McAllister, a daughter of Dr. R. B. and Elizabeth LaFeber McAlister natives respectively of Baltimore, Maryland and Lancaster County Pennsylvania .  Dr. McAlister was one of the prominent early physicians of Ashboro and he died here December 23, 1879.  Mrs. McAllister (sic) resided with her daughter, Mrs. Moss until her death April 23, 1906 at the advanced age of 88. The following children have been born to Dr. and Mrs. Moss: Fred born November 4, 1879 a resident of Birmingham AL; Daisy born July 25, 1882 wife of Charles W. Witty of Center Point; George Mac born November 19, 1888; Clifford born January 25, 1892; Lo July 15, 1894; Helen November 29, 1898; Hildreth July 17, 1902 and Paul July 19, 1905. Dr. Moss is a Mason a charter member of Center Point Lodge and a member of the Blue Lodge and Order of Eastern Star. His religious affiliations are with the Universalist Church. - Travis, William. A history of Clay County, Indiana.  New York: Lewis Publishing Company, 1909, Page 325 

MUIR

MUIR, John, farmer, Carbon, was born December 4, 1812 in Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, Scotland.  He is the son of Thomas and Margaret (Thompson) Muir, the former of whom was born near Glasgow and the latter in Ayrshire.  John was well educated in the parish schools.  At the age of 12 years he applied himself to the loom, following in the footsteps of his father, who was a weaver.  He wove cotton, wool, silks and the celebrated paisley shawls.  In 1834 Mr. Muir was married to Harriet P. GILCHRIST, daughter of James.  She was born July 8, 1812 in Kilmarnock.  In 1836 Mr. and Mrs. Muir visited the birthplace of Scotland's idol poet, Robert Burns.  There they saw his birthed and the lady who nursed him and drank porter and rum from Robert's cup.  They also visited his monument.  On May 15, 1841 they set sail from Glasgow for America, bringing their four children: Agnes, Thomas, Margaret and James, and landed at New York August 3, having been on the water 78 days sailing in the American vessel, "Oglethorpe."  Mr. Muir remained at NY but three days, while he bought machinery for his business, then hastened to Germantown by way of Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, then down the Ohio River on flatboats to Cincinnati and from there to Hamilton and to Germantown, where he remained till February 1843 when he settled in Greencastle and engaged in the manufacture of coverlets and carpets.  In the following October he moved near Fillmore, where he lived till 1852 when he lost his property by fire.  He then built in Fillmore and staid till 1859 when he sold and came to Parke County and bought 560 acres of land, most of which he has since divided among his children.  He has dealt very extensively in real estate, having made 14 trips west in land and other speculations.  He has also been engaged in merchandising considerably during his life.  His wife, Harriet, died May 15, 1847 and is bur. in Putnam County.  They had six children: four were born in Scotland and two, William and Sarah (the latter deceased) born in America.  Mr. Muir next married Sarah WARMAN of Indianapolis January 9, 1848 who was born November 18, 1821.  She died February 4, 1854 leaving three children: Henry W; Mary A and John F.  Mr. Muir took as his third wife Mary E. REEVES to whom he was married March 15, 1858.  They have 7 children: Sarah J, the eldest; George S; Robert V; Jasper W, deceased; Leonard; Ellen died and Warner W.  The Muirs are Scot Presbyterians as far back as they can be traced and Mr. Muir loves the old church, but is liberal toward all denominations, giving largely.  Politically he was first Whig; when that party lost its organization he became a radical democrat, till of late he has become conservative.  He is and was a strict Unionist and sent two sons, Thomas and William to the civil conflict. Taken from: The 1880 History of Parke County, Indiana.  J. H.  Beadle.   Chicago: H. H. Hill 

 

MUIR, John was born December 4, 1812 in Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, Scotland.  He was educated in the parish schools and at the age of 12 took up the trade of his father, learning tow eave cotton, wool, silks, and the celebrated Paisley shawls.  He, with his wife and four children came to America in 1841 eventually came to Parke County, where he bought 50 acres of land.  Mr. Muir continued to work at his loom and to deal in real estate.  He was married 3 times and was the father of 16 children, one Mrs. Otis AMES, living in Jackson Township.  Mr. Muir died June 24, 1892.  (Note: there is a picture -- Historical Sketch of Parke County, Parke County In Centennial Memorial, 1816-1916, Page 110).

 

MULL

 

Constantine G. MULL is one of Allen County's early settlers.  He came amongst the pioneers of this county in 1866 and settled in Carlyle Township on a farm in Section 25, Township 23, Range 18.  He was reared a farmer and when he established himself in the new west it was but natural that he should turn his attention to the farm and field.  He had had ample training and it was not surprising that he should succeed.  He remained with the farm for nearly 30 years, leaving it only when the death of his wife deprived him of a comparison and rendered the old home dreary and depressing.  Mr. Mull was born near Rockville, Indiana October 3, 1842.  His father was Jacob Mull, born in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania and a country school mate of James Buchanan, 15th President of the U. S...  Mr. Mull was born November 5, 1805 was married in Lancaster County about 1836 and removed to Columbiana County, Ohio.  In 1840 he settled in Parke County, Indiana where he became one of the prominent and successful farmers of his day.  He spent his last years in Rockville dying in 1874.  He was a son of Nicholas Mull, a German by birth who died near the place of his settlement in Pennsylvania.  He seems to have had an only son, Jacob whose sons, alone bear the family name of this American branch.  Jacob Mull married Mary A. Durrah, whose father, William Durrha, was a tailor in Columbiana County, Ohio.  Mary A. Mull died at Rockville Indiana 1885, at the age of 73.  Her children are: Elizabeth wife of Henry Burford, of Marshall, indiana; Lucinda, widow of J. F. Clark of Rockville, In; Susan, deceased married William Snell; William D. Mull of Mercer County, Missouri: Con G; Martha, widow of William Elliott, Rockville, Indiana; John who died in Montgomery County, Kansas; Henry on the old home in Indiana and Martin Mull, who was killed at Ingalls, Kansas by an accidental shot.  Our subject possessed the advantages only of the country youth of the early days in Indiana.  When he left home it was to go into the army.  He enlisted Company F, 11th Cavalry, Colonel "Bob" Stewart, of Terre Haute.  He was mustered in at Indianapolis and his regiment was sent south to General Thomas' army.  His company was so situated that his first year or more was spent fighting Bushwhackers.  The first Rebel commander to engage their attention was General Joe Wheeler.  The main campaign in which the 11th was engaged was the one at Franklin and Nashville, Tennessee and at the latter place Mr. Mull was discharged after two years of service.  This military experience served to stimulate in him a desire for other similar service later on and when the opportunity came to join a Kansas regiment to fight the Indians and recapture the white women who had been taken by them he enlisted in the famous 19th Kansas.  He was on the march through TX and the Territory where their mission was accomplished. The women were surrendered and the campaign ended with the close of winter. The winter of 1868 was a long and cold one and those who saw service in the marching across the trackless plains, through snow and ice and under the protection of Heaven alone are to be praised for their heroism and revered for their self-sacrifices. Mr. Mull brought a small sum of money with him to Kansas.  He invested it in wild prairie and out of this he proceeded to develop a home. When he had done this he found it agreeable to entertain matrimonial thoughts.  He made the acquaintance of Miss Laura Adams and married her at Carlyle in September 1871.  Mrs. Mull was a native of Parke County, Indiana and died without heirs, 1891. In November 1896, Mr. Mull married Mrs. Ella Curnutt.  Mr. Mull is an enthusiastic GAR man and his Republican proclivities are among his pronounced characteristics. - Duncan, L. Wallace.  History of Allen and Woodson Counties, Kansas.   Iola, Kansas: Iola Register, 1901, Page 416

William D. MULL, M.D., a prominent physician of Rockville, Parke County and one of the influential and progressive citizens, well deserves mention in this volume, for he has done much toward the up building and development of the county and with the promotion of its best interests his name is inseparably connected.  A native of Pennsylvania, he was born on January 17, 1838, in Lancaster County.  His life has been a varied and eventful one and his experiences have made him an excellent judge of human nature and also an able and interesting conversationalist.  The Dr. was born to Jacob and Mary Darrow Mull.  Jacob was of German descent and was wedded in PA to his wife, who became the mother of 10 children, of whom the following are still living: Henry; Elizabeth; Lucinda; Martha; David H; C. G. (Constantine) and J. J. (John).  In 1840 Jacob Mull came to Indiana and located in Parke County in Washington Township, where he purchased a wild and uncultivated tract of land which he cleared with the assistance of his children.  Here he spent 35 years of hard labor when he rented and moved to Rockville, where he died in 1876.  He was considered a successful farmer and by close application to his pursuits, he, at the time of his death, was quite well-to-do.  He was killed by his runaway team on Jan 17; his wife passed away September 11, 1889.  William D. Mull was about 2 when he came to this county, where he was reared on this old homestead and was given as good an education as the district schools of that time afforded.  But not satisfied with the little knowledge he gained there he attended the Waveland College Institute.  Mr. Mull was of a very patriotic nature and when a call for troops was issued he joined the army, enlisting in Company A, 14th Indiana Infantry, as a private, April 19, 1861.  In doing this he was compelled to sacrifice a great deal for had he remained in the institute he would have graduated in June, but he was only too proud to be of service to his country and was the first man in the township to enroll his name.  His bravery and loyalty to his country were frequently tested and never failed.  On first going out he discharged the duties of Sgt; in 1863 he was promoted to Captain in Company B, 115th Indiana Infantry.  From that he was discharged in order that he might accept a commission as Col. of the 149th Infantry and at the close of the war commanded a brigade.  In the battle of Antietam during which fight they lost 19 men, while in command of his company, Capt. Mull barely escaped with his life on the day of the conflict and was carried off the battle field with five bullet holes in his cap and severely wounded.  His wounds were immediately cared for, but on examination they were found to be so serious as to confine him to t he hospital until the following May, when he was able to again report for duty.  In the engagement at Franklin, Rich Mountain, in the Peninsular campaign and in the battle of Bull Run and Winchester he showed his valor and patriotism. He never shirked duty but was ever found in the foremost ranks and in the very thickest of the fight, speaking encouraging words to his men and thus winning many a victory.  After the war, Dr. Mull returned to his old home and entered the Jefferson Medical College at Philadelphia from which he graduated in 1868.  In connection with this he took a special course in surgery and afterward entered the College of Physicians and Surgeons of New York City from which he graduated in 1868. At this period he returned to Indiana and located at Terre Haute, where he practiced his profession till the fall of 1875.  He married in 1871 the lady of his choice being Miss Martha E. Allen, who was the daughter of James Allen, of Parke County and one of its earliest settlers.  Mr. Allen came here in 1826 walking all the way from Cincinnati.  On arriving here he straightway entered a tract of land in Washington Township, where he lived and reared, with paternal care, his family of 8 children, who grew to mature years.  Mrs. Martha Mull was born in this county in 1851 and died in 1883, on the first day of the New Year.  She was a strict member of the Presbyterian Church, attending its services regularly and contributing her means for its support.  She was the mother of two children who are at home and are named, Mary Alice and Arthur A.  In 1875 Mr. Mull moved to a farm 4 miles East of Rockville where he had purchased a farm some time before.  He lived there about 3 years, practicing medicine and also engaged some in farming.  In 1881 on account of Mrs. Mull's health they went to Florida where they remained during the winter, returning to their Rockville home which Mr. Mull had purchased 4 years previously and had made into a comfortable and convenient residence by modern improvements.  Dr. Mull devotes the greater part of his time to looking after his farm of 160 fertile acres in Adams and Washington Townships and is also engaged in stock raising, keeping some of the finest and best breeds.  Politically he is for the Republican Party and is not only influential in this capacity but has also been elected to the office of Coroner of the county. He is a member of the Free and Accepted Masons, also of the Knights of Pythias and Grand Army of the republic Post and has held all the offices.  He is at present Vice President of the Soldiers & Orphan's Home of Knightstown, Indiana - Portrait & Biographical Record of Montgomery, Parke & Fountain Counties, Indiana.  Chicago: Chapman Brothers, Page 538

MULL, William D., physician and surgeon, Rockville, was the son of Jacob and Mary A. DARROW Mull, and was born at E. Fairfield, Columbiana County, Ohio, January 17, 1838.  In 1840 the family moved to Parke County and settled in Washington Township.  Young Mull made the most of the slender advantages afforded for education by the common schools until about the time he attained his majority, when he entered the Collegiate Institute at Waveland, where he was in attended during the years, 1859, 1860 and the early part of 1861.  Immediately when the trumpet of war sounded he volunteered in defense of the government.  He was enrolled on April 19, 1861 in Company A, 14th Indiana Volunteers, and was the first enlisted man in Washington Township, and the fifth in Parke County  The 14th bore a conspicuous part in the campaign in West Virginia Under Generals. McClellan and Rosecrans; and Col. Mull, serving first as a private and afterward as a non-commissioned officer, was always present with his command, sharing in the toils of the march and the dangers and triumphs of battle.  Col. Mull was in several of the early actions.  He fought at Rich Mountain, Cheat Mountain, Greenbrier, Philippi, Bloomerie's Furnace and Papawtown.  On March 23, 1862, he was engaged at Winchester against Stonewall Jackson, who was defeated and compelled to retreat, and again the next day at Strasburg in following up the enemy.  Subsequently he was in action at Edinburgh, Front Royal and Port Republic.  Toward the close of the Peninsula campaign his command was transferred to McClellan’s army, which he joined in time to participate in the battle of Malvern Hill.  Then followed in short succession the second battle of Bull Run, So. Mountain and Antitam in all of which he performed his share of the hard fighting.  In the last one named he was orderly sergeant. In command of his company, and received five severe wounds which disabled him for duty 7 months.  During nearly all of this interval he was in hospital and when at last it was thought that he would be permanently unfit for service, he was discharged from the army.  It was not long; however, till his condition was much improved and still full of the war spirit, he resolved to go again to the field.  Accordingly he recruited Company B, 115th Indiana Volunteers, and was commissioned captain.  Immediately on the arrival of the regiment at the seat of war he was detailed as provost marshal on the staff of Maj. Gen. Wilcox commanding the 3d div. Of the 23rd Army Corps.  During his connection with the 115th he was in action at Bull's Gap, McMinnville, and the siege of Knoxville.  Early in 1864 he was sent home to Indiana on recruiting service. He raised Company E of the 137th Indiana Volunteers and took it to the field.  Being at once detailed as a staff officer in the household of Gen. EA Paine, he served in this position about 4 months, when he engaged again in recruiting, doing the principal part of the work in raising the 149th Indiana Volunteers.  He was commissioned Lt. Col. of this regiment and was finally raised to the colonelcy, and after succeeded to the command of the 3rd brigade, 2nd division of Gordon Granger's corps, in Alabama where he was serving at the close of the war.  He was mustered out of the service November 25, 1865.  Col. Mull was an efficient recruiting officer.  He raised altogether no less than a thousand men in Parke, Vigo, Clay & Vermillion counties, the majority being from the first. On his return from the army he entered the Jefferson Medical College at Philadelphia, and after spending 3 years there, graduated March 7, 1868.  The next year he took a degree at Belleview Medical College New York.  In 1868 he located in the practice of medicine at Terre Haute in 1877 moved to Rockville.  Col. Mull was married in 1870 to Miss Mattie E ALLEN.  He is a republican in politics

MURPHY

MURPHY, Clinton, deputy county auditor and insurance agent, Rockville, was born in Pomeroy, Meigs County, Ohio March 14, 1846.  His early life was spent in learning the miller's trade.  He was educated at Indiana Asbury University.  On September 11, 1862, being then but 16 years of age, he enlisted at Greencastle in Company H, 43rd Indiana Volunteers and on November 3rd was transferred to the 18th U. S. Infantry.  This was the only body of regular troops in the Army of the Cumberland, and comprised four regiments.  The subj. Of this notice was the youngest soldier in the command.  He fought with gallantry at Hoover's Gap, Chattanooga, Chickamauga, Missionary Ridge (being slightly wounded at the latter place), Buzzard Roost, Resaca, New Hope Church, Kennesaw Mountain, Smyrna Church, Peach Tree Creek and in the closing battles of the Atlanta campaign, Ezra's Church and Jonesborough, resulting in the immediate fall of the city.  He was promoted from a private to a Sergeant.  His whole service was in the 14th Army Corps, under Gen. George H. Thomas.  He was honorable mustered out at Louisville, Kentucky, November 3, 1865.  His discharge bears this endorsement:  "Character excellent," -- an unusual and proud compliment.  In 1871 he was appointed assistant postmaster at Rockville.  Since 1875 he has conducted an insurance agency at Rockville, comprising 8 of the most reliable companies before the public.  In February 1877, he became employed as deputy auditor of Parke County, a position which he still occupies.  Mr. Murphy is a young man of correct habits and superior business qualifications, and is universally respected. 

MUSGROVE

MUSGROVE Samuel, deceased was born in Tennessee.  He was the son of Samuel Musgrove, a native, pioneer and pensioned soldier of the revolution of the Big Bend State.  He was first married to Rebecca Miller, of Tennessee, by whom he had nine children.  He came to Parke County about 1830 where his wife died.  In 1840, he was married to Margaret SNOOKS, daughter of Jeremiah S. And Nancy (Watt) Snooks.  She was born in Ohio in 1809.  Her father was a native of New Jersey, her mother of Pennsylvania.  Her grandfather Watt was killed in the revolutionary war by the Indians.  Her grandfather Snook served in the army throughout the revolution.  By this second marriage, Samuel Musgrove had 3 children: John A., Nancy E. and Charles A.  John A. Was a soldier in the late war, in the 21st Indiana Volunteers, in the beginning of the war, but was transferred to the artillery service and was killed at Baton Rouge, after having served two years.  The youngest remains at home on the old farm with his aged mother.  Samuel, son of Mr. Musgrove by his first wife, was a solder in the late war.  When Mrs. (Snook) Musgrove came to Parke County There was but one log house where Rockville now is, and but two families in Howard Township besides her father's.  Mr. Samuel Musgrove was trustee of Howard Township one term, and in politics was a republican.  He was an energetic, successful farmer, and a strict church member.  His second wife united with the Methodist Episcopal church, of which he was a member, at the first camp meeting held in the county.  By his death, in 1874, the church lost a faithful, benevolent member and officer, his wife a kind and affectionate husband, his children a generous, obliging and loving father.  (1880 History of Parke County, Indiana J. H.  Beadle, Chicago: H. H. Hill & N. Iddings, Publishers). 

MYRES

MYRES, Andrew J. farmer, Wallace, was born in North Carolina in 1819, and is the son of Daniel and Mary (Shuby -- authors note -- Shuler?) MYERS, both natives of North Carolina.  The former was drafted in the war of 1812.  The grandfather Myers emigrated from Germany to Pennsylvania, then to NC.  His father was one of 11 brothers, and raised a family of 13 children.  A. J. Myers was married in 1849 to Martha Brant (Brent?), of Fountain County, daughter of James and Sally (Morgan) Brant, both natives of Kentucky.  By this union there are six children: James D.; Sarah C.; George W.; William B.; Francis F. and Mary E.  His wife Martha Brant Myers died in 1875.  He was married in 1876 to Mrs. Mary T. Clark, formerly Miss Tinzley with whom he now lives.  He came to Parke County With his parents in 1830. When the country was a wilderness.  When he began life for himself he had but little except an industrious good will.  He now has a good farm of 192 acres in good cultivation and fairly stocked.  He was raised in the Lutheran faith. In politics, he is a democrat, of the Jackson type.  During the war troubles he remained neutral. He treated every one with respect, and received the same treatment in return. (1880 History of Parke County, Indiana J. H.  Beadle, Chicago: H. H. Hill & N. Iddings, Publishers). 

MYERS, Henry A. - one of the most enterprising and industrious farmers of Sugar Creek Township was born on the same farm which he now operates in 1853, and has always been a resident of Parke Co, with the progress and development of which he has been actively identified.  His well-equipped farm is located on Section 12, where he has a pleasant home and good farm buildings.  Our subject's parents were Emsley and Minerva ALWARD Myers.  His great grandfather was Peter Myers, while his grandparents were Daniel and Mary SHULAR Myers.  The latter were early settlers of Parke County, where Mrs. Myers entered 880 acres from the Government in Howard Township.  Emsley Myers was born in Davidson County, North Carolina in 1815 and was only 14 and 1/2 years old when he came with his parents to this county.  His educational advantages were quite limited, yet he managed to become quite a student.  He remained at the home fireside until 26 when he married Minerva, daughter of Ira Alwayd, whose father, Joseph Alward, was a native of Ireland.  Mrs. Myers was born in Fountain County, while her parents were natives of Indiana.  Our subject is the third in a family of 10 children, 3 of whom died when young, the others being Ira, Albert and Thomas, who all lived in Howard Township; Emsley, a resident of Marshall, Parke County; Jacob, who lives in Alamo, Montgomery County; and Minerva E., wife of Franklin Burkheart.  Emsley Myers received 80 acres of unimproved land from his father and there began to make his own way is the world.  He attended strictly to his farm duties and was very successful as a business man, accumulating in the course of time about 700 acres.  In 1861 he bought land in Howard Township, to which he removed his family.  After a time he went to Fountain County, where he remained during the rest of his active life, and then came to pass his last years with our subject, in whose home he died October 10, 1888.  He was a Democrat in political principle.  As a man and citizen, he was upright and honorable, thus winning the well deserved praise and the respect of all.  The boyhood of our subject passed without any unusual event, his time being employed in assisting his father on his farm and in attending the district school of the neighborhood.  He supplemented his elementary learning with a course of study in a graded school at Alamo, and remained with his parents until attaining his 22nd year, when he left home, starting out to make his own way.  His father, in order to give him a start, gave him 80 acres of land only six of which were cleared.  This he brought under good cultivation and to it as a nucleus has added surrounding property until he now has a large farm.  A part of his land is situated in the neighboring township of Howard, his possessions altogether amounting to 460 acres.  In addition to general farming he raises a high grade of stock.  In the year 1874 Mr. Myers married Sarah C, daughter of Andrew and Martha BRENT Myers.  Four children have come to brighten their hearthstone: Lizzie E.; Emsley J.; Mary A. and Ared F.  The eldest of the family, Lizzie graduated from the district school after which she entered the HS at Newtown, Fountain County where she acquitted herself honorably.  Fraternally, Mr. Myers belongs to the Independent Order of Odd Fellows at Marshall.  He has been chosen to fill several local positions of honor and trust, the duties of which he has ever performed to the full satisfaction of all concerned.  He is now serving as Township Assessor, which office he has held for 3 years.  He casts his ballot in favor of the candidates of the Democratic Party.   . Portrait & Biographical Record of Montgomery, Parke & Fountain Counties, Indiana (Chapman Brothers, 1893), Page 601

John G. L. MYERS, M.D. of Bloomingdale was born in Hillsdale, Michigan April 29, 1857 and is of German parentage.  Andrew and Rosina Myers, his parents, removed when he was 6 months old to Goshen, Indian and there they still reside. In that place he received such educational advantages as fitted him for the practical duties of life. In 1878 he was graduated from the County Normal. For 3 years prior to that as well as for the four years afterward he followed the profession of a teacher in the schools of Indiana and Texas.  In the spring of 1884 our subject graduated from the Medical College of Indiana, receiving the degree of Dr. of Medicine and standing among the highest in a class of 40.  His theoretical knowledge acquired, he commenced the practice of medicine in 1883 at his home in Goshen and remained there until at the earnest solicitation of the leaders of Prohibition work in the state at the beginning of the year 1886, he became editor of the Phalanx, the official Prohibition organ of Indiana.  He was also practically the "power behind the throne," so far as the management of the campaign for that year was concerned and largely as the result of his efforts, the Prohibition vote increased over 300%.  At the close of the campaign he resigned control of the Phalanx, the circulation of which he had increased 40%.  He then located at Bloomingdale, Indiana for the practice of his profession.  The Dr. has served as Health Officer at Bloomingdale since 1890.  In 1886 he was nominated for the Legislature from Marion Co and 4 years later was the candidate for Congress from the 8th Indiana District. Because of his services for the cause, he has been twice offered the leadership of the Prohibition state central committee but refused.  Since October 1889 he has managed the appointment of Hon. M. V. B. Bennett of Kansas who is constantly on the platform in the United States and Canada and averages more than one speech a day the year round.  From 1886 to 1892, inclusive the Dr. was Sec of the Indiana State Christian Temperance Union. In the autumn of 1891 the Bloomingdale World came into the possession of Dr. Myers and still remains.  In January 1891, he assisted in organizing the Citizens Building Loan Fund and Savings Association and has served as Secretary from the date of organization.  At the age of 10 he became a member of the Methodist Church and 4 years later was an officer in one of the largest Sunday Schools in Indiana. He has always been an active church worker and enjoys the confidence and esteem of those who know him. Through radical and aggressive for the truth, he is careful to govern his acts and words by the spirit of Christ.  Since 1887 he has been a member of the Society of Friends and often takes part in the public services.  At Leesburg, Indiana in 1881,  Mr. Myers met Miss Laura SANDERSON and in 1886 were married near Arvonia, Kansas.  The Dr. considers his wife the great blessing of his life, and he certainly has a right to be proud, as she is a lady of lovely character.  They have 4 children: Marie, Leonard, Paul and Beulah. - Portrait & Biographical Record of Montgomery, Parke & Fountain Counties, Indiana.  Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1893, Page 378