Genealogy Trails
(FHL Film 1597539
1889 Biographical and Historical Souvenior by W.H. Perrin)

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Allen Allison
    Allen Allison, Harrison County, cooper, a private in the late Civil War, was born in Boone township, Harrison Co. April 4, 1844
His parents were Asa & Rebecca Mason Allison, and were consistent members of the Christian Church. His father was born in Bullit County, KY, in 1780, as was also his mother in 1798. Mother’s death occurred July 1, 1888. His father early settled in the county and was a cooper by trade.
Allen Allison volunteered in the 144th Indiana Regiment of Volunteer infantry Feb. 1863, and was honorably discharged at Indianapolis in July 1865, at the close of the war he returned to his home, and has since followed his trade.

David Alvis
David Alvis (deceased). A pioneer of Washington CO., was born in about 1788 in the Old Dominion, which was also the native State of his parents, Jesse & Mary Malory Alvis. Jesse Alvis was an old Revolutionary War soldier, and in about 1806 removed to Shelby CO. Ky., where David Alvis, in about 1812, married Ellen McKniley, and from whence he emigrated with his family in Feb. 1816, to what is now known as Washington Co. IN. settling near Pekin  on the South Fork of Blue River.
In a few years David returned to KY. And on his return brought his aged parents who ever afterward made IN. their home.
The Alvis family saw much of the hardships and inconveniences of pioneer life, and have been in some way identified with the prosperity of the county from its organization down to the present.
Mrs. Ellen Alvis died in 1863, followed by her husband in 1868. Perhaps the most widely known of their children is W.M. Alvis, who was born in Pierce Township, Sept. 6, 1823, and has always made Washington County his home.
Much of his life has been passed in teaching school, and for 8 years he has served as Treasurer of the county, being elected to that office 4 times.
Miss C.D. Lapping, became his wife in 1850, and J. Albert & J.D. were their children, the latter being the only survivor.
The mother dying in 1856, Mr. Alvis married Miss A.M. Motsinger in 1858. Two children, A.C. & Charlie M. have been born to them.

John Anshult
    John Anshutz,  was born in Saxony, Germany Apr. 5,1830, and is a son of Henry & Margaret Anshutz, who came to the United States and located in Kentucky. The former died in Harrison County, IN. in 1876, the latter still survives, a hearty and hale old lady.
John, The subject of this sketch was brought up in Louisville, and when the war broke out he enlisted Co. D. 28th Ohio Infantry, in which he served for 3 years, being mustered out June 13, 1864, and returned to Louisville, his former home. His service was long and severe. He took part in all the engagements and marches and hardships of this regiment.
After he left the army he married Miss Dora Sipp, Nov. 1, 1864. She was the daughter of Conrad Sipp, a native of Germany. Mr. Anshutz, after several removals, located near Buena Vista, in this county, on a farm of 160 acres, which he purchased and has highly improved.
Mr. & Mrs. Anshutz have 2 children, Viz: Maggie born July 27, 1865, and Abele born June 27, 1867. Mr. Anshutz stands well among his neighbors and is an excellent citizen.

John Arnold
    John Arnold was born in Alleghany county, PA. in Sept. 1848, and is the son of George & Amelia Philbert Arnold, the former being born in Hamburg Germany, came to America in 1846, and located in PA. he married Miss Amelia Philbert soon after his arrival at Beaver, PA. a sis to Col. Philbert of the famous Illinois Zouaves. George Arnold enlisted in Sept 1861, and was captain of Co. I, 5th PA. Artillery, commanded by Captain Geo. S. Gallop.
Arnold was discharged from the army on account of physical disability. John Arnold, the subject of this sketch, imbued with the martial spirit of his father, and taking advantage of his absence, entered the army when but 13 years old as a drummer boy. Capt. Arnold, hearing of his son’s escapade, exercised his parental authority, and had him discharged, but Young America, was not to be subdued. He entered the service as a page-boy to Gen. Meade and to make himself useful in any capacity about the general’s headquarters. He remained their nearly a year, when he enlisted, and was engaged in the same capacity with Gen. Phil Sheridan as he had been with Gen. Meade, and was believed to be the youngest enlisted soldier for PA.  While in the service, he participated in the following engagements: Winchester, Piedmont, White Plains, Rectortown, Beach Bottom, etc., also in the raid through the Shenandoah Valley. He was discharged from the service in PA. having learned the trade of a cooper, he resumed that business and followed it until 1869, when he came to Indiana, settling in Lawrence county. June 24, 1876, he married Miss Cecelia Anderson. This union resulted in 2 children, John B. & Mary. His wife died Aug. 19, 1884. He moved to Clay County, ILL. Soon after his marriage, and when his wife died he returned to IN. settling in Elizabeth, Harrison County. He is a prominent business man, and an honorable and respectable citizen.

John M. Baelz
    John M. Baelz, Recorder of Harrison County, was born in the town of Breitenstein, county of Boeblingen, Wurtenburg, Germany, Dec. 1, 1844, and is a son of John M. & Magdalena Schlecht Baelz.
He was reared on a farm in Germany, and remained there until he was 21 yrs old, when he came to America in 1866, and eventually made his way to Louisville; here he learned the baker’s trade, remaining in Louisville and working at the trade for 3 yrs, when he removed to Corydon, and in 1870 opened a bakery, following the business until 1875, when he engaged in farming.
He followed agriculture until 1866, when he was elected Recorder, which office he still holds. Previous to his election to the office of Recorder, he had held the office for Trustee for Scott Township for 4 yrs. the duties of which he faithfully discharged. He is a faithful and vigilant officer, and attends strictly to his official duties.
He was married in 1870 to Miss Elizabeth Netz, a daughter of John Netz, of Harrison County. They have 8 children, 5 sons and 3 daughters.
Mr. Baelz owns 1 farm in Scott Township, Harrison County, where he now resides.
He is a zealous member of the fraternity of Odd Fellows.

John E. Barger
    John E. Barger was born in Harrison County, IN, Jan. 31,1838, and is a son of Henry & Delilah Abell Barger, the former a native of Harrison Co. and a son of Phillip Barger, who was born in VA. The latter, Delilah Abell, was a daughter of Ignatius & Catherine Abell. Ignatius Abell was a soldier in the War of 1812, and participated in the battle of New Orleans.
John E. Barger, the subject was the 3rd in a family of 8 children. He was reared on his father’s farm, and educated in the common schools of the time. He enlisted in Oct. 1861, in Co.C. 50th Regiment, serving gallantly until Dec. 5,1863, when he was discharged on account of disability, being reduced from a strong man, weighing 165 pounds, to a skeleton of 90 pounds. He has partially recovered, but is not the man he was before entering the service.
He was married March 19,1865, to Miss Mary L. Moss, a daughter of Benjamin L. & Mellison Moss. She was born in Louisiana, Nov. 27,1840. Mr. & Mrs. Barger have 7 children born as follows: James W. March 10,1866, Mary D. Sept. 10,1867, Henry H. Aug. 26,1869, Nancy M. March 5, 1872, Benjamin W. Dec. 3, 1873, Phillip T. Sept 10, 1876, Martha E. June 4, 1880.
Since the war he has devoted his time and attention to farming, and owns a good farm of 120 acres, highly improved and in a fine state of cultivation.

Reuben Bartley
    Reuben Bartley was born in Butler Co. PA. Sept. 7, 1832, and is of Scotch-Irish parentage. He was born on a farm, where he remained until he was 18 yrs of age, receiving but a limited education in the public schools. He then went to Alleghany City, and became an apprentice to the trade of a plumber. After completing his apprenticeship he served for a time as a steamboat clerk between Pittsburgh & Louisville, but disliking the river he quit and engaged at his trade in a plumbing establishment in Louisville as foreman. In Apr. 1855, he was married to Miss Elizabeth Rush, of Alleghany City, PA., a daughter of ex-Mayor Jonathan Rush. He remained in Louisville until the fall of 1858, when he removed to Summitt, in Clark County, IN., retaining his position with the Louisville Chemical Works, with Prof. J. Lawrence Smith, remaining until 1860. When the Civil War began in 1861, he commenced recruiting a company for the Federal army, but receiving a hurt which prevented him from taking the filed, he turned his recruits over to another, sold his farm, and removed back to Alleghany City. In Aug. 1862, he enlisted in Co.G. 123rd PA. Voluntary Infantry, commanded by Col. John B. Clark. He was commissioned second lieutenant soon after the battle of Fredericksburg, and was mustered out with his regiment, at Harrisburg, PA. May 13,1863. Soon after quitting the army, he entered the detective service of the Unites States Government, where he remained a few months, when he was appointed second lieutenant by President Lincoln in the Signal Corps of the Unites States army, and ordered to report at Washington City. He arrived there in Sept, and went into the Camp of instruction at Georgetown heights. He continued in camp till Oct. 11, when he was ordered to report to General Meade, and remained on duty at his headquarters for some time, when he was selected by Capt. L.B. Morton to go with Col. Ulric Dahlgren, then making his preparations for an expedition, in connection with General Kirkpatrick to liberate the prisoners in and about Richmond.  Lieut. Bartley had charge of all the signal arrangements, etc. The expedition failed, Col. Dahlgren was killed in an ambush and most of the men captured, including Lieut. Bartley. They were taken to old Libby and put in a dungeon under the prison, with the pleasant assurance of being hanged in a short time. After suffering innumerable hardships and remaining a prisoner until in Apr. 1865, he was declared exchanged. When he was captured he weighed 160 pounds, and when he got back among his own friends he weighed but 118 pounds. Upon being exchanged he reported to Col. Fisher, Chief Signal Officer at Washington, who ordered him into camp at Georgetown to wait assignment. Co. Fisher wished him to go to Gen. Sherman, but he declined, because he could not see to read signals. He was then assigned to Fort Ethan Allen, near the Virginia end of the Chain bridge, and soon after was ordered on secret duty at the War Department, at the request of Hon. Jo. Holt, Judge Advocate General of the Untied States army. The special and most important work assigned him was to prove to the country that the Confederate authorities at Richmond had placed a mine under the Libby Prison, that they might blow it up in case the Dahlgren raiders succeeded in getting into the city, their object being to kill all the prisoners rather than that they should escape. This proof he succeeded in obtaining and that from the very men who placed the powder in the mine. He performed the service, and was on duty until after the trial of President Lincoln’s assassins. He was then discharged by the general order of the War Department, and returned to Alleghany City. He lost his property in 1861 by depreciation, and he now set about repairing damages. He engaged in the plumbing business In Pittsburgh, remaining there until 1879, when he went to Youngstown, Ohio.
He remained there 2 years, when his eyes failed, and he quit the plumbing business and spent 2 years in the oil regions. In 1877 he came to Harrison County, IN, where he has since resided.

Socrates J. Bence
    Socrates J. Bence, Harrison County, farmer and ex-sheriff of the county, was born in Harrison County, within 4 miles of Corydon, Nov. 5,1825. He was reared on a farm, educated in the common schools of the county, and later attended the Corydon Seminary, taught by James g. May. On leaving school he returned to the farm, and was engaged in farming and saw-milling combined; in 1884, he became the nominee of this party, the Democrats for sheriff of the county, and was elected and at the end of his term of 2 years was re-nominated and was again elected by an in increased majority, his majority being something over 400, while some of the other candidates for county offices on the same ticket were defeated.
In 1853 he married Miss Ambrosia E. Nelson, of Harrison co. daughter of Franklin nelson, farmer and Revolutionary soldier, who settled in the county from New York in 1816. To this marriage have been born 6 children: Walter A. Mary, Jennie, John F.  Louanah, and Charles W.
Mr. Bence has a farm near town and is also engaged in the mercantile business at Corydon. His parents, John & Elizabeth Miller Bence, were born respectively in Jefferson co. KY, and PA. John Bence settled in Harrison County in 1818. He was a prominent farmer and once made the run for Representative to the state legislature, and was beaten only 18 votes by Frederick Leslie, a Whig and at that time the Whig party had a majority in the county of about 700. h died in 1852, and was born in 1802. & Mrs. Elizabeth Bence died in 1874 and was born in 1818.

James Bennett M.D.
    James H. Bennett, M.D. was born Dec. 27,1887, in this county, and is a son of John & Rebecca Moyers Bennett, the former a native of KY. And the latter of Harrison County. The older Bennett is a farmer, but later engaged in merchandizing at New Amsterdam. Forty years ago he ran a peddling wagon. He was a man of energy and enterprise, and engaged actively in every thing to promote the interest of the community in which he lived. He owned and ran the Amsterdam flouring mill, and was for some time township trustee. Mrs. Bennet’s father John Moyers, came here and entered the land around Amsterdam. James H. Bennett the subject was reared on the farm and received a common school education, after which he entered Hartsville College, where he “finished off”. In 1861 he enlisted in th4e first Indiana Calvary as hospital steward, which he held for 20 months, he then became assistant surgeon of 46th United States Colored Infantry, which position he held, not only until the close of the war, but for nearly a year after. For 2 yrs of his service, the chief surgeon being absent, he did all the work. After the war closed he came to New Amsterdam and engaged in the coal business for a year and a half. He then entered Miami medical college, at Cincinnati, from which he graduated in 1868. his practice in the army entitled him to one course of lectures so he had to take but 1 at college. After graduating he commenced practice at Mauckport, IN.. in 1869, and in 1878 he came to New Amsterdam, and since that time has engaged in merchandizing. He was married in 1871 to Miss Margaret E. Pardy, a native of Ohio. They have had 11 children, 10 0f whom are living. He served as postmaster at New Amsterdam until Cleveland’s election, when he “walked the plank” he is an Odd Fellow, a member of Wm. T. Jones Post, # 517, G.A.R. and is a Republican in politics.

William M. Benson
    William M. Benson, was born in this county, within in 1 miles of Lanesville, Jan. 16,1832, and is a son of Robert & Malinda Sampson Benson, the former a native of England, who came to the United States when only 14 yrs of age. He built the first canal at Louisville, KY, left England in 1818, came to Louisville, KY in 1826, and to IN. in 1832.
William M. Benson, the subject of this sketch was reared on a farm and educated in the commons schools of the county.
He was married in Jan. 1852, to Miss Anna Lemons, daughter of John Lemmons a prominent farmer in Harrison County. They have 9 living children, as follows: James, Kempt, Ella, Alonzo, Arthur, Robert, Ada Retta, William, Laura. James is married to Miss Martha Felmey, and is farming, Ella is married to Joseph Brown, now working in the Democrat office in Corydon, Robert is practicing medicine in Gibson County, IN. at a town called Buckskin, Laura is married to Joseph Yost, of Lanesville, the others are all single and live at home.
Mr. Benson is a large farmer and stock raiser. He owns 350 acres of as good land as there is in the county, and raises corn, wheat, potatoes and hay. He was elected trustee of Franklin township 2 successive terms, serving until 1874. In 1876 he took charge of the treasurer’s office, having been elected on the Democratic ticket, and in 1876 was re-elected by a large majority.
He is one among a few treasurers for 20 years who have come out of the office with clean skirts. He was elected justice of the peace in 1880, which he held until 1885, at the town of Lanesville, was then incorporated and appointed a justice of the peace of its own.

Levi Blunk
    Levi Blunk, was the seventh child in a family of 9 children born to Andrew & Mary Johnson Blunk, the former born in Jefferson County, KY., and the latter of VA. Andrew Blink was a son of Andrew Blunk & Mary Calhoun Blunk, the latter a blood relative to John C. Calhoun, the famous South Carolina statesman, and the former a pioneer who was known far and wide. He was well acquainted with Adam Poe, the borderer who killed the noted Indian chief “Big Foot” in a hand to hand fight; was also a compeer of Daniel Boone, Crawford, Dr. Knight, Slover, etc.; he was a Revolutionary soldier in the VA. Line, and took part in many famous battles of that long contest. Mary John Blunk was a daughter of Henson & Jane Johnson. Levi Benson, whose name heads this sketch, was born Sept.8,1887. he was reared on the farm, and received such education as the common schools afforded, together with the advantages of a select school in Elizabeth, this county. One of his brothers was a soldier in the Mexican War, and died there (at Brazos Santiago) Aug. 6,1846. Levi enlisted July 16,1861, in Co.K. 25th Indiana Volunteer Infantry, and was discharged Dec. 5, 1862, on account of disability. He was married may 8, 1864 to Miss Sarah E. Bailey, daughter of James Bailey, Esq., and removed to Daviess County, KY. She bore 3 children, viz: Nettie C. born May 20, 1866, Mary J. born march 20, 1868, john T. born Nov. 11, 1870, and died March 10, 1871. Mr. Blunk, moved back to Harrison County, March 7,1872, was married to Miss Martha J. Shafer. Of this second marriage were born 6 children, viz: Andrew J. Ella M. Levi G, Frank L., Elsa P., and Grover Cleveland, all of whom are living except Frank L. who died Aug. 15,1881. Mr. Blunk, lives upon the old homestead where he was born, and owns 160 acres of good land.

George Boone
    George Boone, was born in Boone township, Harrison Co. IN. March 16,1837, and is the son of Craven and Sarah Newman Boone, natives of Jefferson County. Craven Boone is the son of George Boone, the latter the son of Samuel Boone, and he the son of Moses Boone, and brother of Daniel Boone, pioneer of Kentucky. (for sketch of Squire Boone see body of the history)
Craven Boon was born may 3, 1807, and died June 16,1836. His wife Sarah Newman Boone, was a daughter of Benjamin Newman, Esq., and was born in 1811. They had 11 children, of who George Boone, the subject of this sketch, was the 3rd. George was brought up on a farm, and educated in the common schools. He enlisted in the late war, Aug. 18,1862, in Co. E. 81st IN. Volunteer Infantry, and was discharged June 13, 1865, on account of the war being over. He went in as a private and came out as a first lieutenant. He was in the battle of Stone River, Nashville, Columbia, TN., and of Chickamauga, was at the battle of Atlanta, and in all the engagements of that campaign, and several others minor battles and skirmishes, and after the war was sent to Indianapolis and thence to Louisville, KY., where he was discharged.
He married Heneria Inman, a daughter of Charles & Hersalia Inman, of Harrison Co., the former born in Rising Sun, IN and the latter in Floyd Co. IN.  Mr. & Mrs. Boone have 5 children,. Viz : Frank F. born Nov. 3,1869, Navaston W. born July 24, 1871, Gertrude L. born Aug. 28,1874, Charles T. born Nov 1, 1883, and Claude N. born Jan 4, 1886, all of them are living.
Mr. Boone is a successful farmer, and an exemplary citizen

Philip Borden
    Phillip Borden, was born in Scott township, Harrison co. IN, in 1839 and is the son of Levi Borden, a native of VA. and grandson of Jonathan Borden, who came from Va., in an early day and settled in this county, and was  a farmer of considerable means.
Levi Borden resides in Crawford county, and is over 80 years of age. Phillip, the subject, was reared on the farm, partly in this and partly in Crawford County. he enlisted, in 1862, in the 55th Indiana Voluntary Infantry, but was discharged in 4 months for disability. While in the service he tool part in the battle of Richmond, KY., was captured by the Rebels, remained a prisoner 43 days and was then paroled. He returned to Crawford County. He owns 240 acres of valuable land, well improved.
He was married in 1866 to Miss Sarah H. Sharp. They have 7 children, viz: Perry, Lucilla, Leander, Daniel J., Ira. Julius and Benjamin.

Amos Brandenburg
    Amos Brandenburg, was born in Harrison County, IN. Aug. 27,1883, and is the son of Phillip & Lydia Charley Brandenburg, native of KY. The father of the former, Jonathan Brandenburg, was born near Winchester, VA., and came to Harrison County, in 1816, from Meade Co. KY. George Charley, Sr. Lydia Charley Brandenburg’s father was a native of VA., and served through the Revolutionary War, and came to Harrison Co., in 1811, and settled on a farm on which he built the first water grist-mill in the county on Big Indian Creek.
His pioneer neighbors were a Mr. Samuel Bell, from KY., Mr. Nicholas Weedman and Jacob Fleshman.  Jonathan Brandenburg died in 1854 at age 79. Phillip Brandenburg, father of Amos Brandenburg, was born Dec. 8, 1803, and was  a farmer and saw-mill man. Absalom Brandenburg, the great uncle of Amos, settled on the now site of Brandenburg, KY., and for him the town was named. Matthias Brandenburg, the great grandfather of Amos, was born near Berlin, Germany.
Amos Brandenburg, the subject of this sketch, was reared on the farm and educated in the primitive schools of the time. He was a captain of Co. H. in the 6th Regiment Indiana Legion, and served throughout the war. He was in the John Morgan raid in the battle of Corydon, under the command of Col. Lears Jordan, of this county.
He was married in 1861, to Miss Dorthula Blankenbaker, native of this county, and daughter  of Jesse Blankenbaker, an early settler. They had 3 children by this union, Wm. R. Charles S. and Florence E. his wife having died in 1879, he married again in 1880, Miss Emma E. Askew a native of the county, and daughter of Thomas Askew, a native of KY. They had 2 children, Jennie L. & Kittie M. the Brandenburg family have a large estate in Germany, exceeding 29,000,000 dollars.

Joseph Brandenburg
    Joseph Brandenburg, was born Mar.22,1830, and is the son of Phillip & Lydia Charles Brandenburg, natives of Meade Co. KY. Joseph Brandenburg, the subject was reared on the farm and educated in the common schools. During the war was a member of the Home Guards, commanded by Capt. LaHue, and was in an engagement with the Morgan during his raid through Indiana, in June 1863.
He was married in 1859 to Miss Perlina Myers, a native of Harrison Co., and a daughter of Perry Myers.
They have 3 children, Sarah Ellen, Mary Ann, & Cora E.

George W. Brinley
    George W. Brinley was born Jan 17,1841, Harrison Co. and is a son of Hiram & Amanda Lefler Brinley, also of this county; the former was born about  1817, and was a farmer, died in 1847, the latter a daughter of Peter & Catherine Lefler, natives of KY., and was born about 1810.
George W. Brinley, the subject, was the 5th of 6 children, and was raised on the farm and received but a common school education. He followed farming until the war came on, when in Dec. 1863, he volunteered in the 81st Indiana Volunteer Infantry, Co. F. his term expired in Dec. 1865, when he was mustered out of the service and honorably discharged. He joined his regiment at Bridgeport Ala, and was  immediately take with pneumonia and confined to the hospital for 3 months.
He then joined his regiment in Pulaski, TN., and was in the skirmishes of  Springhill, and at Columbus, GA. he was in the sever battles of Franklin and Nashville, where he was wounded. After the fighting was mostly over he was sent to TX. Where he remained until he was discharged. He returned home and has since farmed successfully. He was never married, but like a dutiful son, took care of his mother. His mother died Oct. 1, 1888.

Capt. Allen W. Brown
Capt. Allen W. Brown, Ex-Treasurer of Jennings CO., Vernon, IN. was born in Jennings county Nov. 27, 1827, and was the eldest son of John and Jane McGill Brown. His grandfather Brown served both in the Revolutionary War & the War of 1812. his uncle, John McGill, was in the War of 1812, and his grandfather McGill spent 7 years in the Revolutionary army. Captain brown brought up on his father’s farm and employed in agriculture labor and assisting his father in his saw-mill, until he was 21 years of age, in this time having been only a part of 3 months school. He has, however, since obtained a good English education. When a good sized boy he worked for some time at 12 ½ cents per day.
In 1848 he built a saw-mill which he operated 1 year. He then sold it, and after spending some time in the South, worked in the ship-yard at Madison.
In 1850 he returned to Jennings CO. repurchased his mill and carried it on for about 4 years. He also built a flouring mill at Scipio, in which he had 1/3 interest, which he con ducted for a year or 2. he then sold his mill property, and for a short time was in no regular business. In 1856 he purchased another saw mill and operated it until Aug. 1862, when he sold out and enlisted as a private in Co.B. 82nd IN, Vol. Infantry. He was soon after commissioned Second Lieutenant, and then rose to the rank of Captain. He was with his regiment during all its important actions from the battle of Chattanooga to that of Atlanta, except the battle of Murfreesboro  when was on sick leave in IN. Owing to ill health he resigned in Nov. 1864, and returned home. He soon after purchased an interest in a store at Scipio, which he carried on 2 years, then selling out he returned to his farm, which he has since continued to manage.
He was elected Treasurer of Jennings Co., in 1876, and re-elected in 1878. In politics he is an earnest Republican, and has been an energetic worker, contributing much to the success of his party. He is a member of the Baptist Church.
In July 1853, he married Euphemia Wilkins, daughter of farmer Jenning CO. The have 4 children, 3 sons and 1 daughter. Captain Brown is a genial and social gentleman, and is esteemed by all who know him.

Laban Brown
    Laban Brown was born in Monroe Co. KY, Oct. 18, 1834, and is the son of Samuel & Elizabeth Otten Brown, the former born in VA. in 1787, and the latter in GA. in 1808. The elder Brown emigrated to KY and settled near Covington, where he resided until 1839, when he removed to Indiana and settled in Crawford Co., later he moved to Harrison Co. where the remainder of his life was spent. He died in 1871. He was a soldier in the War of 1812, serving under Gen. Jackson; and was with the latter at New Orleans, and assisted in guarding the body of Gen. Pakenham, who commanded the British army, and was killed in that battle; was with Gen, Harrison at Tippecanoe. He was wounded while helping to build a fort during his service in the War of 1812, from which he was a cripple the remainder of his life. H was a zealous supporter and a consistent member of the Presbyterian Church. His wife, Elizabeth Otten Brown, came with her parents to KY; in an early day, where she married. She is still living, making her home with her children. Laban Brown, subject of this sketch, was raised on a farm, and educated in the common schools. When 24 yrs. of age he married Miss Catherine Blair. Her father was a Virginian, and her mother a native of Harrison Co. Mr. & Mrs. Brown had 4 children; viz: Levi, Ida, Lela, William. Mrs. Brown died Oct. 16, 1876, after being an invalid for 9 years. In 1881 Mr. Brown married Julia Blume, a daughter of John Blume, who was born in TN., moved from thence to Shenandoah Co. VA., and thence to Harrison Co. IN. Two children of the result of this marriage, viz: Ernest R. & Jessie may. Mr. Brown enlisted in Sept. 1863, in Co. D. 13th Indiana Calvary, in which he served until Dec. 1865. he was in the battle of Murfreesboro, the 7 days fighting, and at Spanish fort. After the war he returned home and resumed farming. Mr. Brown owns 95 acres of fine land, highly improved and well cultivated. He is an active and energetic and prosperous farmer.

John S. Burges
    John S. Burges, Was born in Harrison county, May 15th, 1836, and is the son of West Burges, who was a native of Maryland, but came to Indiana in 1825  settling in Spencer township, where he died in 1852, at the age of 62 years.  He was a local Methodist preacher for twenty-five years.  His father came from England.  The mother of John S. was Hannah Sinsey who was born in Virginia. West Burges and Hannah Sinsey were married in Virginia before coming West.  She was of German descent.  John S. was reared on a farm and received a common school education.  John S. was married October 7th, 1856, to Miss Sarah Haas, a daughter of Rev. Jacob Haas, also of German parentage and a local minister of the United Brethren church who came to Harrison county in early times. 
    Mr. and Mrs. John S.  Burges had six children, Hannah C; Emma (died at the age of three); Lida E.; William, (died at the age of eleven); Mary, and Joseph E.  The mother died 1866, and Mr. Burges married Mariah Brown, daughter of John Brown also of Harrison county. Five children were born to this union: Lena; John and Anna, twins; Cort and Frank.  Mr. Burges is a prominent member of the M. E. church, a Republican in politics, and an honest man.  He owns 287 acres of well improved land.  His children have been well educated and are among the respected men and women of their neighborhood.  Some are teachers, some married and rearing families of their own, some are farmers, and some live in other states.  Joseph E. lives in California; Lida is married to Allen Russell and lives in Cincinnati; the others live in Harrison county.
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Dr. Jacob Clarke
    Dr. Jacob Clarke was born in the State of Vermont, July 12, 1809. His father owned an extensive sheep farm in that State. Dr. Clarke was reared on the farm attending the schools of the neighborhood, and later entered Mt. Piller College, where he pursued his studies for 2 years. At the age of 17, his father and family removed to New Richmond, Clemont, Co. Ohio. In this State he entered College at Oxford, and continued his studies for 18 months, where he received his diploma as Bachelor of Arts. In 1826 he went to Cincinnati, and at once began the study of medicine under the instruction of Drs. Porter & Bradley; at the same time attended a series of lectures at Ohio medical College, taught by the eminent Dr. Eberle, one of the principal professors of the College. In 1835 he again entered a doctor’s office as a student, but this time in the office of Dr. Eberle. He again entered Ohio Medical College, where he graduated with high honors in the winter of 1837. He came to IN. the same year and located in Salem, Washington Co., and began the practice of his profession. He remained at Salem for 3 years, when in 1840, he removed to Corydon, Harrison Co. where he has since resided and where he nearly for 40 years has successfully practiced medicine. 
He is a member f the Presbyterian Church.
In 1833 he was married to Miss Eliza Neal, of Nashville, TN. This union has been blessed with 8 children, of whom  only one is living, Emily , wife of Henry Neely of Harrison Co. Catherine was the wife of Harvey McCarthy, and died in 1854. Morgan B. lived to be 32 years of age, he died in 1872. Eliza was married to Wm. C. Green she and her husband both died within 24 hrs of each other in 1878, leaving 2 children, Catherine & Jacob C. Green. Agnus, Florence, Fannie and Jacob C. all died with the spotted fever in 1864.
Dr. Clarke’s father was a native of England, coming to America and serving through the Revolutionary War, fighting at the battles Cowpens and King’s mountain. He died in 1856, at age 92.
Dr. Clarke’s grandfather was a near kinsman to the Clarke who wrote the Commentaries on the Bible, belonging to one of the best families in England. Dr. Clarke’s mother died in 1859 at the age of 92.

Luke H. Colvin
    Luke H. Colvin was born July 11, 1846, and is the son of Andrew H. & Martha Colvin; the former born in Hardin Co. KY, in 1813, and was of Irish ancestry, who first settled in VA., but afterward removed to KY.
Not satisfied with the latter place, Mr. Andrew Colvin cam to IN. in 1832, and settled in Harrison Co. When he settled here he had 1 horse and 73 cents in his pocket.  By strict economy, energy and honesty, he succeeded in accumulating considerable property. he boated to New Orleans, making 21 voyages, thither, with cargoes of produce, and bringing back such goods as his neighborhood needed.
He died Dec. 7, 1884, his wife died some time before him. At his death, he owned 600 acres of fair land. Luke H. Colvin, the subject of this sketch, was the 2nd in a family of 10 children. He was raided on a farm, and received the benefits of a common school education. When but 18 yrs of age, he enlisted in the 58th Indiana Volunteers Co. K. Oct. 19. 1864,joining the regiment near Atlanta. He participated in all the battles and skirmishes in which the regiment engaged, until the close of the struggle at Appomattox. He took part in the grand review in Washington City, after the war was over, and was discharged July 25, 1865 and came home.
He was married Jan. 3, 1869 to Miss Lizzie McIntyre, natives of Ireland. The former died of sunstroke July 1, 1855.
The latter is still living. Mr. & Mrs. Colvin have 8 children, viz: Florence born Jan 21, 1870. Susan B. born July 22, 1871, William born Jan. 7, 1873, Minnie born Dec, 22, 1874, Daisy born Nov. 20, 1879, Robert born may 22, 1881, Addie born April 24,1884, John born Jan 7, 1886.
Three of the are dead, Susan B. died Oct. 3, 1871, Addie died May 5, 1884, and John died Aug. 28, 1886. Mr. Colvin has a farm of 73 acres of highly improved land, and which is in a fine state of cultivation.

Thomas W. Combs
    Thomas W. Combs was born in this county Sept. 20, 1835, &  is a son of David & Jane Rogers Combs, both natives of VA., the former born in Hamsphire County, Va. About 1784; was soldier in the war of 1812, and when it was over he came west and settled in IN.; the latter was a daughter of Thomas & Sarah Rogers, the former of Revolutionary fame. David Combs was a son of Adam Combs, a Revolutionary soldier who served with distinction during the war, in Lee’s division of Washington’s army. Thomas W. Combs, the subject of this sketch, was reared on a farm, and received but a limited education such as was afforded by the public schools. When the war broke out he joined the Home Guard service, but Sept. 23, 1864, he joined Co. G. 58th Indiana Volunteer Infantry, from which he was discharged June 4, 1855, the was being over. He returned home after his discharge, and resumed his farm work. He married Dec. 23,1857, to Miss Mary Shaney, a daughter of Michael and Elizabeth Brown Shaney, the former born in Germany. Mr. & Mrs. Combs have 5 children as follows: David born Jan 27, 1859, and died Oct. 15, 1865, Elizabeth born Dec. 8, 1859, William E. C. born Sept 2, 1852, Mary J. born Nov. 10, 1864, Michael E. born Dec. 135, 1899. Mrs. Combs died Apr. 8, 1867, and Apr. 18,1867 Mr. Combs married Martha Kron, whose maiden name was Kingrey, a native of Harrison . To this marriage was born 8 children, Martha born Dec. 6, 1868, Thomas L. born Nov. 10, 1869, Sarah A. born May 9, 1871, Mary A. born Oct. 19, 1873, Rosalie born Feb. 15, 1876, Lydia A. born Jan 13, 1878, Eli R. born Oct. 29, 1879 Ura K,. born July 24, 1881, all of whom are living.

John N. Cooper
        John N. Cooper was born in Harrison Co. Sept. 12, 1830, and is of John & Mary Chappell Cooper, the former a native of VA., born in 1798, and the latter a daughter of Jesse Chappell, a native of KY. The elder Cooper born in VA, and emigrated to IN., in an early day, where he and his wife and one or two children died with the smallpox.
To John & Mary Cooper, were born 9 children, John N, Cooper, the subject of this sketch, being the 5th. He was brought up on a farm, and educated in the common schools of the county. he was married to Miss Elizabeth Peyton , on June 27, 1853, a daughter of Abraham & Rachel Peyton, natives of Harrison Co. They had 9 children, born as follows: William L. Aug 21, 1855, Rachel A. Oct. 1, 1857, Sarah J. Dec. 5, 1859, Edward L. Dec. 22, 1861, Mary E. Feb. 25, 1864, John T. Nov. 19, 1865, Delilah E. Oct. 5, 1867, Geo. C. Dec. 10, 1871, Robert H. Jan. 4, 1876, Rachel died Apr. 19, 1876, Sarah died Apr. 12, 1883, Delilah died May 4, 1881, and Robert died Jan. 4,1876. Mrs. Cooper died June 4, 1888. Mr. Cooper enlisted Aug. 6, 1862, in Co. E. 81st Indiana Volunteer Infantry. He was wounded at the battle of Stone Rover Dec. 31, 1862, and came home and resumed farming. He is an active man in his neighborhood, and takes a prominent part in all enterprises for the good of the county. politically his sympathies are with the Labor party.

Jesse E.Critchlow
Jesse E. Critchlow was born in PA, Jan. 18, 1830, and is the son of James & Dorca Holt Critchlow, natives of PA.; the former was a farmer ands miller. Jesse E. Critchlow, the subject of this sketch, was the oldest in a family of 9 children. He served a full apprenticeship to the wagonmaker’s trade, under J. Cleffer, and became a skillful mechanic. On completing his trade he began work as a journeyman with his former employer. After traveling considerably, and working his trade in different places, he returned to PA. and was married Sept. 23, 1852 to Miss Lavina Stepp, a native of PA., and born mar. 12, 1832. She was the daughter of Michael & Catherine Heckhast Stepp, also natives of PA. After their marriage Mr. & Mrs. Critchlow emigrated to IN., and settled in Harrison Co.
In 1861 he enlisted in Co. I, 37th Indiana Volunteer Infantry. His term of service expired Nov. 10, 1864, when he was mustered out and discharged. He then returned home and settled down again to farming, he pays considerable attention to fruit culture, in which he has been quite successful.
Mr. & Mrs. Critchlow have had 5 children born as follows: Ephriam born Oct. 11, 1855, Annetta, Aug. 8, 1857, John C. July 22, 1859, Sarah Ada, May 16, 1861, and Francis Marion, Aug. 6, 1865, all of whom are living.

John F. Cromwell
John F. Cromwell was born in Webster Township, Harrison Co. June 20, 1844, and is the son of Lewis and Mildred Fields Cromwell; the former a native of VA., and an Englishman by descent, who emigrated to KY. early. He followed flatboating for many years to the South, carrying produce, etc, to the Southern markets. Twelve children were born to him, of whom John f. Cromwell was the youngest but one. John F. was raised on a farm and educated in the common schools. He enlisted in Co. c. 66th Indiana volunteer, Infantry Aug. 9, 1862, and was mustered out in 1865, when the war was over. He saw much hard service. Apr. 19, 1869, he was married to Mary F. Frakes, a daughter of Harvey & Ellen Frakes. They have 5 children: James A. born Apr. 20,1870; Charles L, born Mar. 27,1873; Emma W. born Oct. 14,m 1876; Edward C. born Nov. 18, 1878, Olga G. born Jan 2, 1881, all of whom are living.

Oliver Cromwell
Oliver Cromwell is a historic name, and withal has a rather sanquinary hue to it, but Shakespeare tells us there is nothing in a name, and doubtless the subject of this sketch bears no relationship to the author of the English Commonwealth.
The gentleman whose name heads this sketch was born July 26,1841, and is a native of Harrison CO. he is a son of Sanford & Lavina Meek Cromwell, the former a native of this county, and the latter of KY. Sanford Cromwell was a son of Fielding & Elizabeth Rucker Cromwell, being one of 9 children born to them.
Lavina Meek Cromwell was a daughter of Edwin & Rachel Meek, natives of KY., and born about 1816-17
To Sanford & Lavania Cromwell were born 4 children, of whom Oliver, the subject of this sketch, was the 2nd. He was brought up on a farm and received such education as was to be obtained in the common schools of the county.
When the war broke out he enlisted in Co.K. 59th Indiana Infantry, in 1862. At the expiration of his first enlistment he veteranized sand served until peace was conquered at Appomattox. He was in the first expedition down the Mississippi, was in Vicksburg campaign, and participated in all the principal engagements in that division of the army, including Sherman’s march to sea. After the war was over he returned home and resumed his farming.
He was married to Miss Ann J. Highfill, Feb. 15,1866, a daughter of Edward & Adaline Bean Highfill, and born Apr. 12, 1842. they have 8 children born as follows:  Mollie C. Dec. 15, 1866; Hattie A. Feb. 9,1869; Lowell, Dec. 3, 1871; Julia B. Apr. 1, 1873;  Lottie O., Oct. 10, 1875; William R. Jan. 6, 1878; Manford E. Apr. 14, 1881; and Mayzo, Oct. 1, 1886.
Mr. Cromwell has 160 acres of land, well improved, and in a fine state of cultivation. He and his family are members of the M.E. Church.

Robert Crozier
Robert Crozier was born in Harrison Co, July 25, 1842, and is the son of Adam & Sarah Douglas Crosier; the former a native of New York, born Oct. 13, 1805, and a son of Robert Crosier, who was born in Northumberland, England Feb. 8, 1872, and he was the son of Adam Crosier, a native of England, who emigrated to America about the year 1800,, and died in New York, within 7 miles of Geneva, about 1828. His wife’s maiden name was Isabel Renwick, and she died about 1858.
Robert Crosier married Eleanor Stokes about 1804, and Adam Crosier, the father of the subject of this sketch, was the oldest  child of this union.  Adam Crosier moved to IN and settled on a farm in Boone Township which was originally entered by Edward Stokes in 1816.
He married Sarah D. Douglas, born in Winchester Co. N.Y. Aug. 1, 1806, a daughter of Adam & Sarah Douglas, natives of England. To Adam and Sarah Douglas Crozier were born 7 seven children, Robert the subject of this sketch, was the youngest but one. He was brought up on a farm and received a good practical education in the public schools of the county. he enlist4ed Feb. 7, 1862, in Co. B. 53rd Indiana Volunteer Infantry, and was discharged Apr. 10, 1865, on account of expiration of his service. He returned to his home in Harrison Co. and resumed farming. Jan. 17, 1871, he married Miss Martha E. Grass, a daughter of Ignatius & Elizabeth Marsh Grass, born Nov. 19, 1846. They have 3 children, Viz: Ida M. born Oct. 29,1897; Walter G. born Dec. 9, 1870; and Sidney W. born June 24, 1888, all of whom are living. Mr. Crosier lives on the farm where he was born, and is an energetic and prosperous farmer and excellent citizen.

James Current
James Current was born in Harrison Co. Apr. 4, 1822, and is a son of /Samuel & Mary6 Applegate Current, natives of PA., who came to IN. in 1815. He settled on a farm and continued to farm until his death in 1851. Both he and his wife were consistent members of the Presbyterian Church. She died in 1844. James Current, the subject of this sketch, was reared on the farm and educated in the common schools. He was married in 1846 to Miss Susan Deen, a daughter of Jeremiah G. & Catherine Lopp Deen ; the former a native of Maryland, who came here when a young man, and the latter a native of KY., who also came here in early life. They have but 1 living child, Jeremiah G.D. current, who married Miss Adaline Haas, a daughter of Rev. Jacob Haas of Harrison Co. Mr. Current is a member of the United Brethern Church, and has been township trustee for 4 years.
He has a fine farm of 140 acres, lying 1 ½ miles north of Mauckport, highly improved and well cultivated. Mr. Current is a liberal minded man, and a ready contributor to every enterprise calculated to promote the interest of his section of the county.

Jacob A. Curtis
Jacob A. Curts, farmer, of Scott Township, is a native of the county, born in 1844. he is the son of Moses J. & Fannie Cole Curts, who were both born in ILL. Jacob A’s grandfather Curts was a soldier in the War of 1812. His father removed from  Ill., to Harrison Co., previously to the Civil War. When Jacob Curts was 18 years of age he enlisted in 81st IN. Voluntary IN., Infantry, and served his country  well, until he was honorably discharged in 1865, having enlisted for 3 years. He participated in the battles of Perryville, Nashville, Stone River, Chattanooga, Chickamauga, Franklin, TN., and was at the surrender of Savannah and wounded at the battle of Stone River. Was captured at the battle of Chickamauga , but was soon retaken by his own men. In 1866 was married to Miss Lucinda Swartz, who was born in the county. They have 9 children,: Minerva M. John D.; Leonard L.; Agnus M.; Minnie E.; Harvey Dudley; Jacob W.; and Benson.
Mr. Curts has a small farm of 127 acres and is an enterprising and honorable citizen.

William Daniel M.D.
William Daniel M.D. was born in Crawford Co., Oct. 7, 1852, and is the son of Wm. S. Daniel and Sarah Catherine Russell Daniel, the former, a native of Floyd Co. IN., and the latter a native of VA.
They were married at New Albany, IN., in 1851, and settled in Milltown, IN., the same year. The mother died at Milltown, in the year 1871.
The father was a private in the regular army of the United States in early life, and entered the volunteer service as orderly sergeant of Co. G. 23rd IN. Volunteer Infantry, in June 1861, and was finally discharged as sergeant-major of the 144th Regt. IN. Infantry in 1865. William Daniel M.D., the subject of this sketch was reared at Milltown, Crawford Co. and received the benefit of the common schools. He then took an academic course at Marengo Academy, Marengo IN., and commenced the study of medicine with Drs. Hon & Bryn at Milltown. He graduated from Louisville Medical College on the 25th of Feb. 1875. In March of the same year, he was elected house physician to Louisville City Hospital, upon competitive examination for the position, standing second in point of proficiency among 4 successful candidates. Having resigned the position, he entered general practice with Dr. H.S. Wolfe in Corydon, IN. in Aug. 1875, and remained with him until Apr. 1876, when he settled at Milltown, IN. Remaining here 1 year, he removed to Marengo, at which place he remained until Sept. 1, 1896, when he again located at Corydon, Harrison Co. Where he now resides and enjoys a large and lucrative practice.
He received the “Ad eundem” Degree of the Hospital College of Medicine, of Louisville, KY., in 1886.
In 1875, March 18, he married to Miss Frederica Martin, a daughter of Frederick Martin, at Milltown, at that time the home of her parents, who now reside in Harrison Co.
They have 4 children
The Doctor  is secretary of the Harrison Co. Medical Society and of the Harrison County Board of Health.
He is a man well read and intelligent, a careful and painstaking physician and is deservedly popular in his community.

Robert F. Davis
Robert F. Davis Jr. Harrison County, trustee of Spencer Township, farmer and auctioneer, was born Apr. 16,1852. His father  & mother, Geo. W. & Rebecca Haas Davis, were respectively born in KY. And Va. His father was born in 1823, with his father removed to Harrison County in his youth. Robert F’s maternal grandfather, Jacob Haas, a VA., by birth, settled in the county, also. Geo. W. Davis, who is one of the substantial farmers of the county, served as county commissioner from 1872-1875. Robert F. Davis was brought up on a farm, receiving his education in the county schools, and was married Oct. 5, 1875 to Miss Henrietta Taylor, daughter of Preston H. & Elizabeth Dobson Taylor, who were born in KY., and for many years resided in Harrison Co. They have 2 children living; Daniel R. and Floyd L. aged 13 and 8 years respectively. Mr. Davis owns a farm of 100 acres of well improved land in Hickman Valley. Was elected trustee of the township in 1886 by his party, the Democrats, and in 1888 was re-elected, and has so managed the affairs of this township that bespeaks well of his business qualifications. As an auctioneer , Mr. Davis is very successful and few in the county better.

Samuel B. Davis
Samuel B. Davis was born in Harrison Co. IN. Aug. 5, 1826, and is the son of John & Mary M. Bell Davis; the former was born in KY., on the Big Sandy river, Mar. 25, 1803, the latter was also born in KY., and was a daughter of Samuel Bell, who came to KY., from PA., where he remained for some years, and then removed to IN. among the earliest settlers. Samuel B. Davis, the subject of this sketch, was raised on a farm and educated in the common schools until 9 years of age, and what knowledge he received after that was by his own efforts, unassisted by anyone. At the age of 22 years he commenced flat-boating to New Orleans and other Southern markets, transporting produce and lime, the latter principally from Harrison co.
He married in 1850, to Miss Mary J. Breeden, a native of Harrison Co. and is the daughter of Bryant Breeden. They have 10 children, seven of whom are living, Viz: Mary E. Lafayette, Minerva, Evan Ann, Ida, Ira, Ella.   Mrs. Davis died in 1876.
Mr. Davis has held several township and county offices; township assessor, justice of the peace for 6 years, and 6 years as county commissioner. During his service in the last named office, the county jail was built and likewise the first iron bridge in the county. He owns 718 acres of valuable land, and is one of the county’s prosperous farmers, and exemplary citizens.

Henry H. Devore
    Henry H. Devore, resident of Harrison county, was born in Hart County, Kentucky, Jan. 14, 1846, being the youngest of twelve children born to Philip Devore, a native of Kentucky, and a grandson of Philip Devore, Sr. of Pennsylvania.  Philip Jr., the father of Henry, married Eunice Reese, the daughter of Philip Reese.   Philip DeVore, Jr. emigrated from Kentucky to New Albany, about 1850 and died in 1867  his wife died about 1853-55.   Henry enlisted in Co. C, Forty-ninth Indiana Vol. Infantry, Sept. 30th, 1861.  In February, 1864 he veteranized and served until the close of the war, being discharged Sept. 13th, 1865. He was married Jan. 29th, 1872 to Miss Eliza C. Cromwell, daughter of Lewis and Mary Cromwell.  They had three children: Mary E., born Sept. 29, 1879; Viola, born March 15, 1882; Rose M., born April 5th, 1866.
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Thaddeus Dobbins
Thaddeus Dobbins was born in Green Co. KY., May 17,1845, and is a son of Charles G. & Catherine Graham Dobbins, natives of KY.; the former moved to Harrison Co. in 1858-59, where the remainder of his life was spent. His wife’s parents came from Germany. When the war broke out he enlisted in Co. M, 3rd Indiana Calvary, in which he served until Oct. 1863, when he was discharged for disability.  He afterward re-enlisted in Co. C. 17th IN. Infantry, and served until the close of the war- his final discharge being dated Aug. 10, 1865.
There were born to Charles G. & Catherine Dobbins 13 children. Thaddeus, the subject, was reared on his father’s farm, and when the war came on, though but a youth, enlisted Feb. 25, 1864, in Co. C. 81st Indiana Infantry, and was discharged Aug. 10, 1865. he participated in the following battles and skirmishes: Resacca, Woodland, Kingston, Connersville, Russell Factory, Blackjack Mountain, Buckhead, Cross Keys, Seige of Atlanta, Jonesboro, and accompanied General Sherman in his march to the sea. He has many relics of his honorable services, among them his badge as color-bearer, regimental badge, rank and file badge, Etc. showing his different grades of service. After the war he twisted his arms into agricultural implements and engaged in farming. He was married Nov. 9, 1865 to Miss Catherine Alburn , a daughter of George & Barbara Dietrich Alburn, natives of VA. Mr. and Mrs. Dobbins have had 8 children, born as follows: Laura, Oct.28, 1866; Dora A. Nov. 25, 1867; Elizabeth H. Dec. 16, 1869; Maud M. Oct. 27, 1872; Charles B. Feb. 21, 1875; Fanny B. June 23, 1877; Robert W. Apr. 13, 1881; Nelly E. June 14, 1883; all of whom are living, except Elizabeth, who died Aug. 12, 1874, when 5 yrs old.

Jacob Doll
Jacob Doll one of the prominent farmers of Harrison Co., is a native of Shenandoah Co. VA. He was born in Apr. 1817. In the same year his parents moved to this county. He grew up on a farm and attended the subscription schools taught in that day. The county then was a little better than a wilderness, and school advantages, as well as many other advantages were very meager. He married Miss Amanda Smith in 1841, a daughter of Thomas Smith, a prominent farmer of Harrison Co. & a Virginian by birth, coming to the count the same year of  Mr. Doll’s family in 1817.  The children born to this marriage, living, are Agnus N; Lavana and Melvina (twins). Agnus N. was the wife of Joshua Sonner, deceased, of Harrison Co. Lavina, wife of John Hann, farmer of Harrison Co., Melvina is the wife of Albert Rosenberger, also a farmer of the county. The parents of the subject of this sketch were Jacob and Rebecca Blind Doll, both were born in Shenandoah County, VA. Jacob Doll Sr. was born in 1781, he died in 1851. Frederick & Mary were the other children born: Frederick is now a large farmer in Cass County, MO. Mary was the wife of Thomas Gwartney, deceasd.
Mr. Doll owns a farm of 220 acres of fine land. It is situate on the Valley City road, 6 miles from Corydon. He is a member of the M.E. Church and an exemplary citizen.

Edward B. Douglas
Edward B. Douglas was born in Boone Township, Harrison Co. Oct. 27, 1842, and is a son of Yarrow & Mary Fowler Douglas, the former a native of IN., born July 6, 1811, and a son of  Dr. Adam Douglas, a native of Scotland and a descendant of the great Douglas family of Scotland; the latter born May 28, 1813, and a daughter of Jacob & Mary Bashears Fowler, natives of TN., and early settlers in IN.
 Yarrow Douglas  was the youngest of 6 children born to Dr. Adam Douglas. He was a miller, and though beyond the age required for a soldier, enlisted in the late war, and was killed in the battle of Hatchie River, Oct. 15, 1862. Four of his sons also served in the late war. Edward B. Douglas, the subject of this sketch, enlisted mar. 10, 1863, in Co. B. 3rd In. Calvary, and was afterward transferred to CO. A. he was discharged Apr. 10, 1865, by reason of disability on surgeon’s certificate, have been severely wounded in battle- was shot through the left lung and also through the left arm, and rendered a cripple for life. After being discharged from the army he came home, and has since made his home with his mother, who was made a widow by the same means that made him a cripple. They both now draw a pension from the government, through which they live comfortably and respected among their neighbors and friends.

Judge  Benjamin P. Douglass
    Judge  Benjamin P. Douglass, Harrison county, was born at New Market, Shenandoah county, Virginia July 22, 1820.  He is a son of Adam and Nancy Pennybacker Douglass, his ancestors on his father's side were Scotch from the north of Ireland.  His grandfather was a captain in the Irish Rebellion of 1798.His ancestry on his mother's side came from Pennsylvania, her family settled there during the time of William Penn.  Isaac Pennybacker, brother of Nancy Pennybacker Douglass, was United States Senator from Virginia and also Judge of the Circuit Court. Judge B. P. Douglass attended common school in Virginia and as a small boy moved with his parents to Harrison county, Indiana in 1834, where they settled on a farm.  He was educated by his father and upon finishing that education he continued working on the family farm, studying and teaching school. Judge Douglass was a Democrat at a time the county was strongly Whig. He was chosen County Auditor in 1849, and in 1857 elected Representative to the State Legislature from Harrison county where he served one term. From 1858-1867 he was in the mercantile business, then was appointed to fill an expired term in the Auditor's office.  In 1868 he was elected Clerk of the Circuit Court, after the expiration of his term he entererd regularly upon the profession of law at Corydon where he continued until 1885 when he was appointed as Special Agent of the Land Office, with headquarters in New Mexico. He served as one of the directors and President of the Pike road from Corydon to New Albany, he was also one of the directors and engineers during the construction of the Air Line R. R. July 1835 he married Annie Pope in Louisville, she was the daughter of Edmund Pendleton Pope, a prominent lawyer of Louisville.  Two children were born to this union, a daughter and one son born July 1859.
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William Dyer
William Dyer was born in Hamilton Co. Ohio, 10 miles north of Cincinnati, Mar. 29, 1814, and is a son of James & Rachel Dyer, who emigrated from Ohio to IN, in 1832, settling in Clark County. After the family arrived in IN. William Dyer, the subject of this sketch, was apprenticed to John Kidwell, to learn the cooper’s trade. He was married Aug. 11, 1838 to Miss Elizabeth Johnson, and on the 11th of Aug. 1888, they celebrated the 50th anniversary of their marriage. Mr. Dyer enlisted June 1, 1869 and was discharged Mar. 28, 1864, on account of disability.
He was in Co.H. 28th In. Volunteer Infantry, and saw hard service as long as able to keep up. He was a drummer boy in enlisting volunteers for the Mexican War for Gen. Joseph Lane. James Dyer, William’s father, was born in Delaware, and was a captain in the War of 1812, serving in the same regiment of which Richard M. Johnson was the colonel. Cabb Dyer, subjects, grandfather, was a soldier in the Revolutionary War, and served
under Gen. Washington. Elizabeth Johnson Dyer was the daughter of John and Margaret Johnson, and was born in Marietta, Ohio, Aug. 7, 1820. Her father was a very eminent physician of his day. In childhood he was captured by the Indians and held a prisoner for 7 years, and finally made his escape.
To Mr.& Mrs. dyer have been born 8 children. Mr. Dyer and his venerable wife are living quietly and peacefully together, waiting for the summons to their Heaven home. He is a prominent mason and served as master of his lodge several times.

Noah Elbert
Noah Elbert was born in Germany, Nov. 24, 1838, and is a son of Joseph and Catherine Modine Elbert. They emigrated to America about 1840, settling in Louisville, KY. where he died in 1842. They had 10 children of whom Noah was the 5th. He was reared in Louisville, and was apprenticed to the stone cutting business, with a man named David Nevins, and after serving out his full term as an apprentice he did journeyman’s work until the commencement of the Civil War, when entered the Union army, enlisting in Co. A. 15th KY. Vol. Infantry, and was sworn into the state service, Nov. 11, 1861, and into the Untied States service, Dec. 14, 1861. After a long and hard service for his adopted country, he was discharged Jan. 14, 1865, and returned to Louisville, where he married Feb. 14, 1865, to Miss Barbara E. Bosemer, born May 25, 1843, and a daughter of Valentine & Catherine Bosemer, both natives of Germany, who emigrated to America and settled in Louisville about 1848. Mr. & Mrs. Elbert have 8 children as follows:
Joseph V. born May 20,,1866;  Elizabeth C. born Mar. 25, 1868; William H. Sept. 8, 1870;  Theodore F. June 26, 1872; Maggie L. Sept. 25, 1987; Agnes M. May 18, 1878;  Henry B. Aug. 28,1882; Lorena Sept. 8, 1886.
Mr. Elbert removed from Louisville, KY to IN. and settled in Harrison Co. where in partnership with his brothers, he bought a saw-mill. He afterward bought his brother’s interest and is now sole owner, and has in connection with the mill a large stave and lathe factory, also carries on a cooper shop in Brandenburg, KY. In addition to all this he owns 645 acres of fine land, and is one of the prosperous and highly esteemed citizens of the county.

William J. Ellis
William J. Ellis, a native of Harrison Co., was born Jan. 7, 1841, and is the son of Samuel & Emily Ludlow Ellis; the former born Jan. 2, 1810, died in Harrison Co. in 1845; Samuel Ellis was the son of William Ellis, and was a successful farmer, liberally educated, and a valuable citizen. The latter (his wife) was a daughter of James & Rhoda Ludlow. William J, Ellis the subject of this sketch, was the 3rd in a family of 5 children. He was brought up on a farm in Boone Township, this county, and received the best education afforded by the common schools of his county. he enlisted Feb. 24, 1862, in Co. d. 53rd, IN. Vol. Infantry. He re-enlisted in the Veteran service Feb. 24, 1864, and was mustered out of the United States service July 21, 1865. he took part in all the hard service of his regiment, was in most of the battles, and followed its banners in all its marches, which amounted in the aggregate to about 7,500 miles. He was with it in the following battles: Seige of Corinth, battle of Hatchie River, Siege of Vicksburg, battle of Jackson,  Miss.
 Harrison, LA. Meridian, Miss. Peach Tree Creek, Siege of Atlanta, battle of Savannah, Orangeburg, Braxton Bridge, Columbia, S.C.,  Bentonville, and Raleigh N.C. etc. The colonel of this regiment was Walter Q. Gresham. When peace was made, Mr. Ellis returned home and resumed the plow, which he abandoned for the “tented field”. He was married June 29, 1865 to Miss Sarah C. Evans, born in this county, Dec. 28, 1840, and a daughter of Richard & Mahala Brown Evans. To them were born 3 children as follows: Isaac J. June 7, 1866; Benjamin W. Feb. 2, 1871; Edna M. May 28, 1876. Mr. Ellis owns a farm of 116 acres of well improved land

Cpt. Joshua P. Farnsley
Being an intimate acquaintance of Capt. Joshua P. Farnsley since he left the highlands and cast his lot on the Ohio River in the year 1837, I wish to bear testimony of his worth as a citizen.
He located on a small lot of land 8 miles below New Albany, in the lower corner of Floyd Co. (50 acres). He was host, cook, and hustler for 8 years; drove oxen; farmed all lands when cleared, plowing some with his oxen; in summer solid wood to steamboats.
In Winter traded South, carrying potatoes, cabbage, kraut, and such articles as he could buy, making 2 trips between Oct. and last of March for 9 years. Then he married the youngest daughter of Caleb Newman, a very prosperous and respectable farmer of the neighborhood. Captain Farnsley has commanded love and respect of his neighbors always. Kind, liberal and generous to a fault, aiding the indigent, the widow and orphan, never losing an opportunity of contributions to their happiness. He organized a Sabbath-school in his vicinity, where such had never been dreamed of before, and where 2 -3 saloons were the fixed institutions of the locality, and where drunkenness, gambling, fighting, and manslaughter were the order of the Sabbath pastimes. But lo, the change! Where once the saloon, now the church and Sabbath-school flourish; the change is due to the enviable position and the bold stand for purification taken by Capt. J.P. Farnsley; spent more money for the good of others than for his own family. In religion he was a Free Thinker; he takes no stock in professions, practices, to him, reveals the true worth of a man. He is enjoying the ripe age, beloved by all good people. Please add this note to the sketch of his life in your “Souvenir” and oblige one who desires to bear testimony to true worth. J.S.A.
LOCUST POINT, HARRISON Co.IN. Feb. 20,1889 Publishers of the Souvenir:

Isaac Ferree
Isaac Ferree was born Jan. 18, 1841 and is a son of James C. & Elizabeth Swasick Ferree. The former was born in LA. About 1808; was reared on a farm, receiving a limited education; the latter was a daughter of Richard & charity Swasick, natives of PA. James C. died in Harrison Co. Feb. 28, 1873, and his wife died Jan. 5, 1884. Isaac Ferree, The subject of this sketch, was brought up on a farm and received common school education. He enlisted in Co.F. 32nd IN. Vol. Infantry, July 10, 1861, and was discharged on account of expiration of term of service July 14, 1864, when he returned and resumed farming.
He was married Nov. 6, 1867 to Miss Sarah P. Rusk, the daughter of Robert, a native of VA. & Eliza Rusk, a native of Maryland.
Mr. & Mrs. Ferree have 2 children, Charles E. born Aug. 31, 1868, and Clarence C. born Aug. 5, 1870 and died Sept. 22, 1871.

Joseph W. Fetzer
    Joseph W. Fetzer, of Harrison county, the son of Benjamin and Elizabeth Wilson Fetzer and was born in Crawford county, Indiana on August 4, 1825.  Benjamin Fetzer was born in Virginia and fought in the war of 1812.  He migrated to Crawford county, Indiana in 1821. Elizabeth Wilson Fetzer was born in Harrison county and is a daughter of John and Prucilla Wilson, who were among the early settlers of this county.
  Joseph Fetzer was brought up on his father's farm, and received limited education.  He was married December 7, 1848 to Miss Parmelia Little, daughter of Josiah and Mary Little, the former was a native of Georgia and a soldier in the war of 1812.  Mr. and Mrs. Fetzer have seven children, five of whom are living. Mr. Fetzer enlisted and served in the One Hundred and Thirty-first Indiana Volunteer Infantry and was promoted to Lieutenant in 1864.  He was discharged June 1865 and draws a disability pension. He and his wife are earnest, consistent Christians and are members of the Methodist Church.  They own 135 acres of choice land.
(Contributed by Mary Hoegh at

Andrew Fife
Andrew Fife was born in Louisville, KY. Aug. 29, 1841, and is a son of John & Elizabeth Wright Fife; the former a native of IN., and the latter of Germany, but came to America with her parents when quite young, she died in 1885, at an advanced age. The elder Fife, though a farmer, was also a river man and followed steam boating at intervals, and while his children were yet small he died suddenly of cholera. He married Elizabeth Wright, and to them were born 3 children, of which Andrew Fife, this subject was eldest. Andrew Fife, after the death of his father, secured a home with his uncle, Henry C. Wright, where he continued to reside until he was grown, and thus was reared on a farm, receiving such education as the times afforded. When the war broke out he entered the service of the government, and first was employed as a teamster. After following this branch of the service nearly a year, he returned home and enlisted in the 49th Regiment 3rd IN, Calvary, Co. M. march 23, 1862, and was discharged July 25, 1865, at the expiration of his term of service. Among the engagements he was in were: Greenville, TN. Chickamauga, Macon, GA. Marietta, Louisville, GA. Savannah, Goldsboro, N.C. and went with Sherman in his “March to the Sea.” Was one of Sherman’s escorts at the surrender of Col. Joe Johnson. After the close of the war he returned to his home in Harrison Co. and resumed the plow. He was married Oct. 22, 1867, to Miss Elizabeth Brower, a daughter of Solomon Brower, formerly of Hamilton Co., Ohio, and was born Dec. 6, 1846. To Mr. & Mrs. Fife were born 8 children, Stella. Born Apr. 3, 1869; Annie Jan. 27, 1871; William J. Nov. 15, 1873; Charles Dec. 22, 1876; Perry Jan. 13, 1880; Alice march 20, 1882; John Apr. 23, 1884 & Alvey, Jan. 4, 1888. Annie died Apr. 12, 1871, and William J. died Dec. 31, 1873. Mr. is a well respected citizen and thorough and prosperous farmer.

Abraham Fleshman
Abraham Fleshman, a prominent farmer of Washington Township, Harrison Co. was born Sept, 19, 1825, and is a son of Ephriam & Rosanna Sonner Fleshman, natives of VA. The former emigrated to KY., in 1804, where he lived 2 years, then removed to Harrison Co. IN., where the remainder of his life was spent. He raised a family of 5 children, of which Abraham, the subject was the 3rd. In 1850 Mr. Fleshman was married to Miss Mary Jane Burford, a native of IN. They had had 6 children, George W.;  Lyman S.;  Simon E.;  Arthur C.;  Charles L.; and Aquilla D. George W. & Simon E. are dead. Lyman S. is a merchant at Mauckport; Arthur C. is teacher; Charles L. is attending school at Lebanon and Aquilla is at home on the farm.
Mr. & Mrs. Fleshman are consistent members of the Methodist Church at Mauckport.

Henry Clay Fouts M.D.
Henry Clay Fouts M.D. was born at Bradford, Harrison Co. IN, Oct. 21, 1843. After attaining a good comm0on school education, in 1864, he began the study of medicine under Dr. Joseph Ellis of Bradford. He attended his 1st course of medical lectures at Miami College, Cincinnati, Ohio, and graduated from the medical department of the University of Louisville, Mar. 4, 1870.
In the following year begun his practice in Orange Co. IN, and a year later removed to Lanesville where he has succeeded in building up a very fine practice.
He has twice been married, Oct. 8, 1865 to Miss Eliza Ellis, daughter of Dr. John Ellis of Hardinsburg, Washington Co. IN. her death occurred in 1881, leaving him with 3 children: Carrie M., Charles V., and Iola E. His second wife was Miss Ella Cravens, to whom he was married June 12, 1887, is a daughter of James A. Cravens, a prominent farmer and an ex-congressmen residing near Hardinsburg.
Dr. Fouts’ father was David Fouts, a North Carolinian by birth, and came to Harrison Co. in 1816. He was born in 1803 and died in 1883. His mother was Miss Belinda Burns. His farm of 225 acres near Hardinsburg, is fine and well improved land.

Harvey Frakes
Harvey Frakes was born in this county Jan. 27,1824, and is a son of Conrad & Margaret Priestland Frakes, natives of IN., and KY. Respectively; former died here in 1836, and his widow 1863. Harvey Frakes, whose name stands at the head of this sketch was the youngest of 9 children born to his parents. His early life was spent on the farm, and he attended the schools of the neighborhood. At the age of 14 he was apprenticed to John Frakes, his older brother, to learn the cooper’s trade. He served out his time and followed the business, together with farming, until reaching manhood, when on the 23rd of Aug. 1849 he married to Miss Ella Lemmon, a daughter of Elias & Mary Fando Lemmon, th4e former an Indiana native and the latter a Kentuckian. Elias Lemmon followed flat boating a good deal, and in Dec. 1847, he fell from a flat boat below Baton Rouge, LA., and was drowned. His widow died in Apr. 1863. In Dec. 1861, Harvey Frakes enlisted in Co. K 59th Vol. Infantry. He veteranized in 1863, and served until the close of the war, being discharged July 17, 1865. He then returned home and resumed farming. Mr. & Mrs. Frakes have had 10 children, Mary S., Martha E., Sarah C. , Emma L., Ralph E., Anna B., Ola M., Ada L., Sue K., Otto M., all of whom are living

John A. Fravel
John A Fravel was born in Harrison Co. March 13, 1824, and is a son of William & Elizabeth Weaver Fravel, both natives of VA. And from Shenandoah County. They came to Indiana and settled in Harrison Co. in the latter part of 1824, when John A. Fravel, the subject was just an infant. The elder Fravel was a blacksmith by trade, and carried on a shop here for years, and also followed farming to some extent.
John A. Fravel, the subject of this sketch, was reared on a farm and educated in the common schools, which were then not nearly so thorough as they are now. He was married June 26, 1856 to Rebecca Duley a daughter of John & Rebecca Duley, natives of KY. They have had 7 children,
Mary E., William E., John Henry, Charles E., Cora E., James W., and Nora A. The 3 eldest Mary William & John are married. Mr. Fravel owns 160 acres of well improved land.
He raises considerable stock and also devotes some attention to stock raising. He is a member of the United Brethren Church.

John L. Frank
John L. Frank, a farmer and fruit grower of Washington Township, was born in Harrison Co., Aug. 14, 1827, and is a son of George & Catherine Hardsaw Frank, and is a grandson of Martin frank, one of the prominent pioneers of the county, coming in 1812 from Rowan Co. North Carolina, where he was born. His maternal grandfather, John Hardsaw, was a native of the same county in 1809, locating on a farm in Washington township, where he continued to farm till his death in 1858. George frank was born in North Carolina, was hatter by trade, but soon gave up work at his trade after coming to the county, choosing farming as an occupation, and continued up to his death in 1854. he reared a family of 11 children. Julia A., Eliza, William T., Catherine & Ambrose are deceased. Ambrose was a surgeon in 66th Indiana Vols. and was killed before Atlanta Aug. 11, 1864. John L. Andrew J. martin & George W. are the living children. John L. Frank was married to Margaret Brandenburg, a daughter of David Brandenburg, a member of a prominent KY. Family, and settled in Harrison County from that State many years ago.
Mr. & Mrs. Frank have had born to them 15 children of whom 10 are living: J.C. a lawyer at York, Neb.  Belle, Charles F. a lawyer at Hollyoke, CA. Abraham L. Wallace, Anna Hannah, Catherine, John L. and Amanda G.
Mr. Frank has held the office of township assessor for 2 terms. He was a member in the original organization of the school board, and served as clerk in that body for 2 consecutive terms, and for the congressional district organization he also served 2 years. From 1865 to 1869, Mr. Frank held the office of township trustee. He is a member of the I.O.O.F. # 529 Lodge New Amsterdam, and a member of the Knights of Honor Lodge #506 at New Amsterdam, and is a member of the M.E. Church. A Republican in politics. His farm contains 160 acres, 60 acres of which being in a fruit orchard.

Col. George W. Friedley
Col. George W. Friedley, Attorney for Louisville, New Albany & Chicago Railroad, was born in Harrison Co. IN. Jan 1, 1840. He was a son of John M. & Sophia Thestund Friedley. His father was a farmer, of German descent, and emigrated from KY to IN., in 1816. George W. Friedley, received his early education in the ordinary schools of Harrison Co. and afterward at the Hartsville University, from which he graduated at the age of 20, after taking a full scientific course. On leaving the University he commenced reading law with Judge John R. Morrledge, of Clorinda, Iowa. After studying 2 years, the war breaking out, he entered the army as a private in Co.K. 4th Iowa Infantry. He was immediately elected first lieutenant and served 1 year, when he was compelled to resign on account of ill health, returning to Indiana. In May 1862, he entered the 67th IN. Infantry, was elected Captain of Co. T, of that regiment, and from that time was actively engaged until the close of the war, serving with distinction throughout. During the 47 days siege at Vicksburg he was at the capture of Jackson. The 13th Army Corps, to which he belonged, was then transferred to the Army of the Gulf. At the close of the Vicksburg campaign the colonel of the regiment was mustered out on account of absence, and Capt. Friedley, although the youngest Captain in the regiment, was elected in his place. The colonel afterward returning, however was reinstated. He was then on the Gulf, in the Red River campaign, at the siege and capture of Fort Gaines and Fort Blakely, the last pitched battle of the war, Apr. 9, 1865; a consequence of the fall was the capture of Mobile. He then, with the regiment, marched to TX, and was mustered out at the close of the war., in August following. He returned to Indiana in the fall, and settled in Bedford in the practice of law, where he remained up to 1884, when he was appointed to his present important position, and has since resided in Lafayette, IN. and has since given his entire time to the road. Col. Friedley was noted as one of the most celebrated commercial lawyers in Indiana. In 1870 he was elected to the lower house of the Legislature and served on the Judiciary Committee of the House during that session. With others, he induced 34 members to resign, thereby frustrating a measure brought by the Democratic Party to defeat Governor Morton. In 1872 he was elected to the senate, over Judge Frank Wilson, deceased, for Monroe and Lawrence counties, designated “The University District” At the special sessions of the Legislature convened in Nov. following, there being a vacancy in the office of Lieutenant Gov., he was elected President of the Senate. He served through a term of 4 years as Senator. In the campaign of 1876 he was chairman of the Republican State Central Committee, and in 1880 delegate at large at the Chicago Convention. In politics he was an ardent Republican. In person he presented an imposing appearance, being 6 feet 3 inches in height and well built and proportioned. He was a ready speaker. He was married Jan 16, 1867 to Miss Edith M. Kelly, daughter of one of the oldest and most prominent merchants of Bedford. They had 4 daughters. Such is the history of one of Indiana’s truly representative men. His death occurred at Bloomington, in Feb. 1889.

Major Wetherford Funk
Major Wetherford Funk is a son of Reuben & Lucinda Spencer Funk and was born Oct. 29, 1849. His father was of German descent, was a farmer by occupation, a man of sterling traits of character and moral worth, always taking advanced ground upon questions of agricultural pursuits and educational questions, was the old VA. stock, his parents having emigrated from that State directly to Indiana in its early history.
His mother , Lucinda Spencer, was of English descent, and a daughter of James Spence Esq. who was prominent in the political history of his county and State, and was a leading farmer of his time.
Hon. M.W. Funk, the subject of this sketch, was reared upon the old homestead in Crawford Co. and spent his early life upon the farm, and engaged in agricultural pursuits and attending common schools of his native county until, at age 17, he began to teach in the common schools. But early in life such tasted was displayed for literary pursuits, that at the age of 18 he quit the farm and used the means procured as teacher to defray the necessary expenses of a collegiate education, and at once entered the State University at Bloomington, and completed in that institution the Select Literary Course and graduated from the Law Department, with honor and distinction in 1875. In debt for part of the money spent in his education, but not discouraged, young Funk was immediately after graduating, admitted to the bar in Corydon, and earnestly entered upon the practice of his chosen profession, that of the Law. By hard work and close application he rose rapidly into public favor and distinction at the bar, until in 1882, he was nominated by the Democratic Party, on sharp competition, for Prosecuting Attorney of the 3rd Judicial Circuit of Indiana and was elected to that office by a landslide majority, and nominated and re-elected in 1884.
In this office Mr. Funk found the time in which to display the gift of oratory, and natural and acquired ability as a lawyer that he is so well known to possess often times in the important criminal cases of that period being pitted alone against the ablest advocates of the district and State  but always fearless in the discharge of his official duty, able in debater, resolute and courageous in actions, has been unusually successful in the prosecution of criminals.
When he retired from that office in 1886, he had won for himself a reputation as a lawyer that placed him at once as head of the profession in the district and State, and now holds a high place in their esteem and confidence of all good people.
Mr. Funk is now a member of the bar of the Supreme Court of Indiana and the United States District Court, and enjoys a large and lucrative practice in his own and other district courts of Southern Indiana & Louisville, KY.
Until after the election of 1876, Mr. Funk was in politics a Republican, but what he terms, the Presidential steal of that year caused him to change his politics, and is now and has been since that year a prominent in Democrat councils, always taking an active part in the canvass upon the stump. His name is now the only one prominently mentioned for Judge of the 3rd Judicial Circuit of Indiana, as the successor of Hon. Wm. T. Zenor.
His eminent and admirable qualifications and fitness for this high and honorable position, as well as the fact that he will be nominated and elected, is now generally conceded.
He was married June 18,1876 to Miss Annice C. Wyman, of Martinsville, Washington, Co. Indiana a lady of rare attainments and social worth.
They with their daughter Fannie aged 10 years own and occupy the most elegant and newly furnished residence in the beautiful little town of Corydon, their adopted home

Dr. Zachary T. Funk
Dr. Zachary T. Funk, was born June 29, 1847 in Crawford Co. IN. His parents are Reuben & Lucinda Spencer Funk, were also natives of Crawford Co. the father being a farmer. The family was originally from VA. migrated from that state to KY., thence to Indiana.
Dr. Z.T. funk, after receiving a common school education in the neighborhood in which he was born and reared, attended the State University to junior year, and graduated from Ohio State Normal college, at Lebanon, Ohio, Business College.
He studied medicine under Dr. Hazelwood, of Valeene, Orange County, IN. graduating from KY., school of Medicine in 1876.
He began the practice of his profession in Dubois Co. He removed to Georgetown, Floyd Co. and from there to Harrison Co. in 1877, practicing his profession at Elizabeth for 10 years.
In Nov. 1886, he was elected treasurer of Harrison Co. as a Republican, over Patrick Griffin, by 126 majority, and served in that capacity for 2 years.
He is a member of the I.O.O.F., highly esteemed for his abilities in the medical profession, very popular among the people, and a faithful, competent public official. In 1877, Dr. Funk was united in marriage to Miss Mary Summers, of Georgetown, Floyd Co. IN.
He was a member of Company F., 59th Indiana Infantry, during the war of the Rebellion, enlisting in 1864, and serving until the close of the war. He was in the battle of Kinston, N.C. and in a number of small engagements.

James R. Funk
James R. Funk, lawyer, was born in Crawford Co. In. Dec. 30,1847, and is a son of John J. & Nancy Spencer Funk, the latter a daughter of James Spencer, of South Carolina, and a pioneer of Indiana. The subject’s paternal grandfather, John funk, was a Virginian, and settled in Crawford, Co. in a very early day.  James R. Funk, the subject of this sketch, was reared on a farm until 15 years of old, when he enlisted in the 6th Indiana Regiment, as a private. The regiment was known as the “Border Guards” and was out on duty some 6 months. Mr. Funk received a liberal education. After taking a commercial course at Lebanon, Ohio, he entered the State University, at Bloomington, where he spent 2 years, and one year in the law department, from which he graduated in 1876 in law. He began practice at once at Fredricksburg, IN. where he remained about 6 years, then removed to Corydon and formed a co-partnership with Mr. Major W. Funk. They have one of the finest and best furnished law offices in the State of IN., and have a large and lucrative practice. Mr. Funk was married in 1876, to Miss Ella House, of North Lewisburg, Ohio. They have 4 children. He is a member of the Masonic order, and a staunch member of the Republican party.

W.E. Funkhouser
W.E. Funkhouser, an influential farmer of Heath Township, is a descendant of good old Virginian families. He was born in Harrison Co. Apr. 7, 1850. His parents David & Malinda Wiseman Funkhouser, were both born in Harrison Co, and the father of David Funkhouser was among the earliest settlers in the county, coming as early as 1815 from VA., and here combined farming and blacksmithing as his vocation which he continued till his death in 1829.
David Funkhouser was born in 1819; is one of the leading farmers of the county.
He stands well as a citizen and is a leading member in the Christian Church. His maternal grandfather, William Wiseman, also a Virginian by birth, and located in the county about 1819, he was a leading farmer of his day and a consistent member of the M.E. Church. His death occurred in 1863.
Wm. E. Funkhouser was reared on the farm, educated in the schools of the county, and was married in 1881 to Miss Bessie Frank, daughter of Thomas Frank, a prominent farmer of the county, a member of the M.E. Church. Mr. Frank’s death occurred in 1879. Of this marriage 4 children are living: Frank, Elmer, Belle, and Rose.
Mr. Funkhouser’s farm of 150 acres is located 3 miles northwest of Mauckport, where he resides. He is a member of the Congregational Church, and is also a member of the Knights of Honor.

E.A. Grable
E.A. Grable was born in Harrison Co. Indiana July 10, 1834, and is a son of David Grable, who was born in VA.,in 1818, came to this county among the earliest settlers. His mother Patie French was also a native of VA., and received but limited educational advantages. All the education David Grable received was at a little log school house close to Corydon. The subject E. A. Grable, was raised on a farm, and has followed it all his life. He pays considerable attention to stock raising, viz: horses, mules hogs. He was married mar. 8, 1861, to Miss L.C. Peters, born and raised in the county, and a daughter of Frederick & Caroline Peters. They have 3 children living, Benjamin H. Joan H. & Ada L.
Mr. Grable owns 170 acres of fine farming land which he has well improved, has a good residence and fine barn. He is an earnest Christian, and both he and his wife are members of the Methodist church. He is an honest and enterprising citizen.

Col. Ben Q. A. Gresham
Col. Ben Q. A. Gresham, a brother of Judge Walter Q. Gresham, and a hero of 2 wars, was born on a farmer near the village of Lanesville, Harrison Co. Indiana Sept. 21, 1826. He grew to manhood on the farm, and received a  knowledge of the text books taught in the country schools of that day. In June 1846, he enlisted in Co. I,  the 2nd Indiana Infantry, Mexican army, and was elected orderly of his company. He was discharged in June 1847, having enlisted for 1 year. He fought with his regiment at the battle of Beuna Vista. At the expiration of his service in the army he returned home and learned the millwright and carpenter business. In connection with his farming interest he continued in these callings until the breaking out of the rebellion in 1861. in July of that year, he joined Co. B. 3rd Indiana Calvary, as a private soldier. In the following month he was elected first Lieutenant of his company. He arrived with his company at Washington City, Sept. 3, 1861, and was immediately ordered to VA., thence to MD., and subsequently ordered to Mill stone Landing on the Pulaski River, and while there was engaged in picket duty and scouting and was very successful in capturing military stores, cavalry horses, etc. At this point Co. Gresham was promoted to the captaincy of his company. He participated with his company in the battles of Antietam, Chancellorsville, and at the last battle he was severely wounded. After being restored to health he was transferred to the Cavalry Bureau and remained in the department during the Winter’s of 1863, and 1864. Here, in the latter year, he received 2 promotions, major and later Lieutenant Colonel of the 10th IN. Calvary, and was assigned to duty at Pulaski, TN. he was engaged in all battles of that section, and on Dec. 17th of 1864, was again wounded near Franklin TN. His final discharge from the army was at Cincinnati, the day Lincoln was assassinated. Such are the salient pints in Co. Gresham’s military career. He was married to Miss Sarah Harbison, of the county in Oct. 1852, and they have 6 children: Lucy, Annie: Oscar: Amy; Joyce and Jonathan W.
Col. Gresham is the son of William & Sarah Davis Grehsam. His father William Gresham was born in KY. And removed to this county in 1806, and while performing his duties as Sheriff of this county, was killed Feb. 17, 1833. His maternal grandfather was an uncle of Jefferson Davis, ex-President of the Southern Confederacy. Col Gresham has been unable for work since the war, from the wounds he received. He is at present holding office of Township Assessor of his township.

The Hancocks

Vachel Hancock was born about 1768 in Virginia, the son of John and Sarah Hancock. The Virginia IGI lists the marriage of John and Sarah in 1767. It also lists a son, John, born about 1770. The family moved to Randolph County, Hilisborough
District, North Carolina sometime between 1772 and 1787.
On 23 September 1787 John Hancock made a will that was probated in March 1788 in Randolph county. The will left one-half of the land to Vachel and the other half to John. Vachel was married to Elizabeth in 1788 in Randolph County. The 1790 Census for Randolph County shows Vachel as a head of house with one young son. Next door was his mother, Sarah, with one male over 16 (evidently John) still at home. The 1800 Census shows both John and Vachel still in Randolph County. By this time Vachel has five sons and two daughters. In 1810 John was still in Randolph County but Vachel was not.
Vachel began acquiring land in the Indiana Territory as early as 1807. The records of the Jeffersonvifle Land Office contain eleven entries between 7 October 1807 and 20 August 1817 that show that he acquired 1,871 acres in Harrison and Clark Counties. When Floyd County was created in 1819 his property became a part of Floyd County. Vachel died intestate about 1819. We have his estate papers. We also have the estate papers of Sarah Hancock, apparently his mother, dated 1821 and also filed in Floyd County.
Vachel and Elizabeth had about ten children. Patsy, born about 1790, was married 8 February 1809 to Caleb Newman in Harrison County, Indiana. This was the first marriage recorded in Hairison County. Caleb Newman later became County Recorder for Floyd County. John, born 1792, married Mary French 7 January 1813. Thomas, born 1795, married Elizabeth Watson 12 June 1818.
In 1819 John Hancock (another John Hancock) and his wife, Jane Skeen, along with their large extended family - some of whom were grown and married - moved from Wilson County, Tennessee to Harrison County, Indiana where they established the Hancock Settlement in Blue River Township. Hancock’s Chapel was built in 1820. This family acquired substantial acreage in Harrison County during the next few years. (Jane Skeen Hancock had two sisters living nearby in Polk Township, Washington County. Martha Skeen was married to Joshua Crow and Sarah Skeen was married to John Wilson.)
No relationship between Vachel and John has been established. The two families were neighbors although Vachel died about the time John arrived in Harrison County. John Hancock was born in 1769 in Bute County (which became Franidin), NC. Vachel was born in 1768 and lived in Randolph County, NC. No connection has been found between these two families in North Carolina or Indiana. It would seem likely that some descendants of both families are still living in Southern Indiana at this time.
(Some Southern Indiana (Harrison County) Pioneers Submitted by Arvil D. Hancock)

Horace Heffren
Horace Heffren was born in Dryden, Tompkins Co. N.Y. may 27, 1831, and was the eldest son of Elijah and Julia A. Dunham Heffren. His father was a farmer. His mother’s brother, Cyrus L. Dunham, was a very prominent man in State affairs, being one if the leading attorneys of IN., and also represented the State in Congress. Mr. Heffren spent his early life on the farm, attending school during the Winter, and at age 17 taught schools for 3 terms.
In Oct. 1850, he emigrated to Brownstown, Jackson County. IN., and in the following spring began the study of law in the office of C.L. Dunham, and J.M. lord of Salem. He was admitted to the bar in 1852, and admitted to practice in the Supreme Court, on motion of the Hon. William T. Otto, may 29, 1855. In 1852, he began the practice of law at Salem, IN., and resided there till his death. In Oct. 1856, he was elected State senator, and introduced a bill which became a law “To provide for transferring the certificates of the stock of the State, providing for a registry of the same, to prevent a fraudulent issue thereof, and providing a punishment for a violation of the provisions of the act”.
In 1857, through the manipulations of the joint session in an attempt to defeat the election of United States Senator, a point of order being raised, Mr. Heffren spoke against time, as per arrangement, and succeeding in electing the Untied States Senator from his party.
In 1861 he was elected joint representative from the counties of Washington & Harrison without opposition, and was the Democratic candidate for Speaker of the House, receiving the entire party vote. The same year he assisted in raising the 13th Regiment Indiana Volunteer Infantry of which he was commissioned major and afterward promoted Colonel. In Oct. he was transferred to the 50th Regiment IN. Vol. which he assisted to recruit, and was sent to TN. with a portion if the regiment. In Sept. 1862, he was compelled to resign owing to ill health. Returning to Salem, he resumed the practice of law, to which he devoted the remainder of his life. In the fall of 1882 he was again elected to the House of Representatives from Washington Co., served as the chairman of the Ways & means committee, and was acknowledged leader of the Democratic side of the House in that session. For 4 years he was engaged in writing the history of Washington Co., which he published from week to week in the Salem /democrat. For 35 years Mr. Heffren was a leading man in the Democratic Party, and it was greatly indebted to him for its thorough organization and its success under many adverse and trying circumstances.
He was married Oct. 23, 1855 to Miss Mary Persise. She died some years ago, 2 children survive.
Mr. Heffren was made a Free Mason in 1851. he took all the degrees through Knighthood and was representative in the Grand Lodge and Grand Chapter of the state.
He was closely identified with the growth and prosperity of Washington County.
He was regarded as standing at the head of the legal fraternity in this county, and was highly respected as a citizen and gentleman.

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