Randolph County, Indiana
Oliver Perry Mote
gentleman whose name initiates this paragraph is one of the worthy native sons
of Randolph county and we are glad to give our readers a brief outline of his
life record, for he is deemed eminently worthy of representation along with the
industrious citizens of the locality embraced by this work, owing to the fact
that he belongs to the energetic class that has contributed to the later-day
progress of this favored section of the great Hoosier commonwealth. He enjoys
the respect of all who know him for he has led an honorable life, and he is
known to be a man of practical intelligence and mature judgment.
Oliver Perry Mote
was born in Wayne township, Randolph county, June 1, 1860. He is a son
of Henry and Emilla (Mikesell) Mote. The father was born near New
Madison, Ohio, June 7, 1816. He was a son of Jonathan and Mary Mote.
Jonathan Mote was born in Georgia in January, 1788, and in 1810 he
emigrated north to Ohio, and entered one hundred and sixty acres of land, which
he cleared and farmed until 1860 when he sought another new country, removing
to the state of Iowa where he bought six hundred acres of land, which he farmed
on an extensive scale until his death in 1873. His wife died in early life in
1835. Henry Mote, our subject's father, grew to manhood amid pioneer
conditions and assisted his father with the work on the farm. Owing to the
newness of the locality where he lived when a boy he had little opportunity to
obtain an education. In 1856 he moved to Randolph county, Indiana and located
in Wayne township, where he purchased one hundred and seventy-six acres, which
he cleared and farmed practically until his death on November 28, 1878.
Politically, he was a Republican, and he was justice of the peace for a number
of years. He was an influential man in his neighborhood and was respected by
all who knew him. Fraternally, he belonged to the Independent Order of Odd Fellows.
He and Emilla Mikesell were married in 1836. She was born February 14,
1818, near New Madison, Ohio, and her death occurred July 3, 1911, at
the advanced age of ninety-three years. To the parents of our subject thirteen
children were born.
Oliver P. Mote
grew up on the home farm and received a common school education. In 1878 he
began farming for himself on the home place. In 1892 he moved near the
village of Crete. In 1902 he purchased seventy- five acres there which
he has since farmed, making a specialty of tobacco raising.
Mote is a Progressive. He is a member of the Independent Order of Odd
Fellows, and religiously he belongs to the Christian church. He was township
trustee from 1904 to 1908, filling this office to the
satisfaction of all concerned.
Mr. Mote was
married September 29, 1883 to Emma A. Thomas, who was born
October 16, 1864 on the farm where she now lives. She is a daughter of Henry
and Mary A. Thomas
Past and Present of Randolph County, Indiana, 1914.
Contributed by Gina Richardson
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