Joseph A. Hart,
farmer, Craig Township, is a son of Edward Hart. He was born in Pleasant Township, June 22, 1830, and was married to Melissa, daughter of Francis Atkinson, October 2, 1864. He resided in the above township till 1873, when he located upon his present place, which contains sixty-five and a half acres of land, and also owns the old homestead, which comprises eighty-two and a half acres. He enlisted August 22, 1861, in Company A, Third Indiana Cavalry, and served in the ranks eight months. The exposure of army life undermined his health, obliging him to accept his discharge and return home. From the effects of that illness he has never fully recovered. Eleven children have been born to Mr. Hart and his estimable wife, ten of whom are living, viz.: Orlando F., Minnie E., Wina O., Ariadna D., Cora I., Lena A., Otho B., Earnest B., Bion C. (deceased), Leslie C. and Ada L. Both he and his wife are consistent members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, to which Mr. Hart has been connected since his boyhood. He is also a member of the order of F. & A.M., and votes the Republican ticket straight in all contests, whether of local or national importance.