The Record of Olden Times Biographical Department - Putnam County

Transcribed by Nancy Piper

David Fessler

Page 664 Granville Township

Mr. Fessler is a native of the Keystone state (Pa.) where he was born in Lebanon county in 1833, and ten years later moved to Indiana. He came to Putnam county in 1867. Three years previous he married Carrie Bear, of Lancaster county, Pa. They have six children, William, Clara, Mattie, Theodore, Harris and Harvey. He is a member of the A. F. and A.M. and owns seventy acres of well improved land.

Thomas Flowers

Page 658 Magnolia Township

Mr. Flowers is a farmer in Magnolia township, whose post office is at Clear Creek. He was born in Washington county, Pa., and came to Putnam county in 1844, disembarking at Hall's Landing. He married Phebe Hartley in 1842, also a native of Pennsylvania, by whom he had three children, Elizabeth (Mrs. Price), Martha, Emma (Price). Mrs. Flowers died in 1850, and he was married the second time, in 1852, to Phebe Conly, who was born in Adams county, Pa., in 1815. Both are members of the Society of Friends. Previous to settling here Mr. Flowers lived fifteen years in LaSalle county, where he was school director and held other offices.

John Foley

Page 668 Granville Township

A farmer, residing on section 20. Post office, Granville. He was born in Alleghany county Pa., in 1819, in 1845 married Rachel Burnside, a native of the same county, and in 1851 immigrated to this county. They have eight children living - Mary D., James B., Henry M., William C., Mattie H., Annie M., Elmer E. and Edward F. They are all members of the Presbyterian church in which Mr. Foley has been an elder for the last 21 years. He has also been school director some fifteen years, and road commissioner six years. He owns 267 acres of land.

Joseph Forney

Page 642 Hennepin Township

A prominent citizen of Florid, engaged in the grocery business. He was born in the State of Ohio in 1850 but with his parents came to Bureau county when only two years of age. In 1873 he married Miss Mary O'Neal whose birth-place was in Dauphin county, Pa. They have two children, LeRoy and Frank. Mr. Forney has been successfully engaged in business on his own account something over six years and in Florid since March, 1879. He has a new store and dwelling, carried a large and well-assorted stock of goods, and is prepared to sell on as favorable terms as any other dealer in his line.

Townsend G. Fyffe

Page 655 Magnolia Township

This gentleman, formerly a resident of this county, now deceased was born in Mason county, Kentucky, in 1800. He located in Putnam county in 1829. He filled the positions of county commissioner and supervisor several terms and was also elected to other important local offices. In 1832 he married Zella Boyle, also a native of Kentucky. They had nine children, seven of whom are living - J. S., Ara, Mary B., Franklin, Martha, Emma and Helen. Mrs. Fyffe is still living. J. D. is a member of the Masonic order.

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