From the 1885 History of Steuben County, Indiana

pages 763-764


John C. Whysong, a son of Harrison and Amy Whysong, was born in Fayette County, Pa., in 1834.  Harrison Whysong was born in Somerset County, Pa., in 1812, and when a boy his parents moved to Fayette County, where he was reared, and married in 1832 to Amy Moore, a native of Alleghany County, Md.  In 1851 he moved to Hardin County, Ohio, and in 1861 to DeKalb County, Ind., coming to Steuben County in 1863.  He bought a farm of Jesse Rutan, who made the first improvements and built a log-cabin.  Mr. Whysong made many improvements, and in 1875 built his present residence.  To Mr. and Mrs. Whysong were born twelve children, ten of whom are living -- three sons and seven daughters.  John C. Whysong remained with his parents till after their settlement in DeKalb County.  He remained but a short time in Indiana, returning to Ohio.  He soon came again to Indiana and for some time lived with Abraham McCoy, of Smithfield Township, DeKalb County.  Soon after the breaking out of the war of the Rebellion, Sept. 4, 1861, he enlisted in Company H, Thirtieth Indiana Infantry.  He participated with his regiment in the battles of Shiloh, Corinth and Battle Creek.  At Stone River he was wounded severely, but at his urgent request returned to his regiment at the end of seventeen days, and was assigned to light duty.  At the battle of Chickamauga he was again injured, receiving several slight wounds.  He was soon after appointed Recruiting Sergeant, reporting to Colonel C. Baker at Indianapolis, and was sent to DeKalb County.  He served in this capacity six months, and then rejoined his regiment at Dalton, Ga., and participated in the Atlanta campaign, at the the close of which, his time having expired, he returned with his regiment to Indianapolis, and was mustered out Sept. 27, 1864.  He was a gallant, faithful soldier, and made an honorable record.  He filled all the positions of noncommissioned officers, and the latter part of his term served as Second Lieutenant although he was not mustered as such.  Immediately upon his return from the service he was appointed to serve notice on drafted men, a draft having just taken place.  He was also engaged in apprehending and arresting deserters till the close of the war.  Mr. Whysong was married May 3, 1865, to Rebecca A. Fry, a native of Guernsey County, Ohio.  She moved to DeKalb County with her stepfather, A. J. Williams.  She died Sept. 26, 1874, leaving a son and daughter -- Aletta B. and James B.  He afterward married Mrs. Lottie J. Ream, daughter of George Frederick, of DeKalb County.  They have two children -- Amy and Ida.  Mr. Whysong is a prominent member of the Masonic fraternity, and is serving his third term as Master of Hiawatha Lodge, No. 528, Hudson.



Submitted by Kim Davoli