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YOUMANS, Isaac, deceased, was born June 6, 1814 in Sussex County, NJ and died April 6, 1869 one of the oldest pioneers of the township, highly respected and universally spoken of as a most exemplary character by all his associates and friends.  When but 5 year of age, he, with his mother, moved to Butler Co Ohio  near Hamilton.  His father died when he was but 3 months old, and his mother married John BURSON some time afterward in Ohio , who came to Parke Co in April 1821 and settled on the place now owned by Samuel ROSS.  Here they lived 5 or 6 years when they moved to Terre Haute and finally moved to the Burson farm.  Mr. Y. Lived at home until he was 36 years old when he moved to the family's present home.  August 27, 1850 he married Harriet SILCOTT, daughter of Lewis E and Rachel FISHER Silcott, who died May 1867.  Her father came to the county and settled on the bluff, near Yankee St, in 1829 and is now living in Iowa.  They have become the parents of 7 children, all living: Elizabeth J; Emma; Margaret A; Rachel; Lewis E; Robert O and Ulysses G.  Mr. Y. Was a member of the Methodist church ever since 1836, and for many years held the offices of steward and trustee. Mrs. Y. Has been a member since she was 16 years old. He was a republican and his 7 children all indorse most heartily his views.  The farm of 240 acres is operated by the 3 boys. 

 

YOUMANS, James M., farmer, Clinton, was born April 12, 1843 in Rockville.  His father, Jesse R. Was born In Sussex County, NJ October19, 1809 and at the age of 9 years moved to Butler County, Ohio  and from here in April 1821 to Parke Co.  Mr. Youmans lived with his stepfather until 1830 when he commenced farming for himself on Section24.  Here he lived until his election as sheriff of Parke County, holding the office two terms.  At the expiration of his term of office he returned to his farm and here lived until September1877, when he moved to Grayson Co TX.  In 1832 he married Julia A. McDonald and became the father of 12.  His mother, Margaret Youmans, was born In Sussex Co NJ October19, 1788 and was married in 1807 to John Youmans, who died in 1813, leaving her a widow with 3 children.  In 1820 she married John BURSON and came to Parke Co. In 1821 and settled on what is known as the Burson farm.  Mr. Burson died in 1848 and Mrs. Burson remained a widow until her death, October1, 1878 and a firm member of the Methodist church.  James M. Lived with his parents until he was 22 attending the district school during the winter months.  He then commenced farming for himself on the Burson farm upon which place he lived near 10 years and finally in the spring of 1875 came to his present farm of a quarter section on Section24, T 14 R 9.  June 2, 1862 he enlisted in Co. B 54th Indiana Volunteers Infantry and was mustered out  September2, 1862.  He then reenlisted in Co C 123d Indiana Vol. Infantry November28, 1863 and was mustered out as 3rd Sgt at Lexington NC August 25, 1865 having engaged in the following battles: Tater Hill, Buzzard Roost, Resaca, Lost Mountain, Allattona, Mt. Kenesaw, Mt. Chattahoochee, Decatur, Atlanta, Lovejoy Station, Columbia, Franklin, Nashville and Kingston.  At Red River Bridge, TN he was captured, August 21, 1862 but was soon paroled.  October19, 1865 in Terre Haute, he was married to Martha A. BEARD, daughter of David and Catherine (RICHARDSON) Beard.  Her father was a cooper and died March 1, 1860.  Her mother is living in Iowa.  Mrs. Youmans is a Methodist, while his zeal for the principles of the republican party is unbounded.  Mr. Y. Has been afflicted with rheumatism for many months and has suffered untold agony but his brave heart has kept him up until his recovery has been removed from among the impossibilities. 

 

YOUNG, L.R., merchant and postmaster of Montezuma, was born in Bath County, Kentucky on October6, 1840 (sic) and in 1848 (sic)  came to Terre Haute, IN, where he engaged as clerk in one of the prominent business houses.  In 1851, he came to Montezuma and clerked for George McDonald in the grocery business, after which he and a Mr. JUSTICE embarked in the dry goods business.  In 1861, he was engaged at the Mecca Mills, where he took charge of the books for that firm, and continued for three years.  He then returned to Montezuma and embarked in the grocery and boot and shoe business.  He has also been interested in the saw mill business for some time.  He has been postmaster for 15 years, which position he has honorable filled, and to the satisfaction of the people.  In 1861 he was married to Miss BORNA. DANALDSON, daughter of Judge Danaldson, who is one of the old and respected citizens of the county.  (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).