From the 1885 History of Steuben County, Indiana

page 603


Fayette Barron, one of the pioneers of York Township, was born in Grafton County, N. H., Aug. 10, 1794.  April 9, 1816, he married Arvilla Bradford, who was born in Vermont, March 26, 1792, the youngest of eleven children of Major Bradford, a hero of the Revolution.  In the summer of 1832 they moved to Sandusky County, Ohio, and in April, 1836, came to Steuben County, and stopped at the Vermont settlement, now the town of Orland, through the summer, and in November came to York Township.  The Indians were their neighbors when they first came to the county, and it was nine months before Mrs. Barron saw a white woman.  Mr. Barron entered 160 acres of land on section 32, York Township, on which is now located a part of the village of Metz.  This land he began to clear and was rapidly converting it into a farm when he was called from this life to the one beyond, April 9, 1840, aged forty-six years.  Mrs. Barron died Aug. 11, 1866.  They were members of the Baptist church.  Their children were four in number-- Roswell died in 1842, in his twenty-fourth year; Elmus L., of Metz; Justus, of Toledo, Ohio; Arvilla, died in 1873, aged forty-four years.  She was the wife of De Witt Goodale of this county.


Submitted by: Kim Davoli