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Wayne County, Indiana



The township of Dalton was formed from Perry in 1847, and lies in the north-west corner of the county. It is four miles square, containing an area of sixteen square miles. Of the lands comprised in this township, only a narrow gore, about three-fourths of a mile wide on the south line, and coming to a point about three miles north, on the Perry line, lies within the Twelve Mile Purchase; consequently none but this was ready for sale to settlers until 1822. Several families, however, settled west of that Purchase several years prior to the sale by the Government.
Aquila West settled on the farm now owned by Lyndsey Dennis, near the town, as early, probably, as 1818 or 1819. He removed some years after from the county. James Lindley settled, soon after West, south-east from town, on West River, where Jesse Fouts now resides. He removed from the township, and died. Seth Mills, from Tennessee, settled on the farm now owned by Isaac W. Beeson. These, and some in other parts of the township, settled before the lands were offered for sale.
Joseph Davis, from North Carolina to Ohio, in 1808, removed, in 1823, to the farm on which he now resides, near town. Charles Burroughs, from Virginia, purchased a mile and a half north of town, in 1822, and settled permanently half a mile north of town, in 1826, where he now resides. Isaac W. Beeson, from North Carolina, settled early near Franklin, and in 1835 where he now resides, near and west of Dalton. Isaac Reynolds, from North Carolina, settled near Franklin, on land bought by his father of Sampson Smith, now owned by Wilson Reynolds. Nathan Baldwin, from North Carolina, near town, in 1830 or 1831, where he still resides. Thomas E. Beeson, from North Carolina, son of Isaac Beeson, about 1831, one mile east of town. Pleasant Harris, from North Carolina, near Franklin; land now owned by Thomas and Wilson Dennis; had settled early in New Garden; came to Dalton before the land sales; removed to Iowa, and died there. Benj. F. Beeson, from North Carolina, near Franklin; land now owned by John Dering, Thomas Nicholson, and  others.    Thomas Antrim, from   Tennessee, about 1820, three-quarters of a mile north of town; land now owned by Charles Burroughs and Isaac Covalt.    Samuel Beeson, half mile east of Dalton, about 1826; died there, aged about 94 years. Land first settled by Wm. Main.
In the north-western part of the township, Andrew Starbuck settled where widow Tinkle lives. Thomas Burroughs, from Virginia, father of Charles, on land sold to Joseph Routh, now owned by Col. Thompson. In the north-east quarter of the township, Wm.. Maudlin and Wright Spradlin settled on the county line, and still reside there. Dempsey Thornburg, where he now resides. George M. Lee, where George M. Jordan lives. Isaac Routh, from Tennessee, where a widow Routh now lives. Routh removed to Wells county, and died there. Henry Mills, on the farm lately owned by James Lumpkins, who died there in 1870. Henry Thornburg, from Tennessee, about 1820, died on his farm, now owned by Richard C. Cheeseman. Sophia Williams, before land sales; land descended to her sons, Henry and Joseph; now occupied by Henry, and by Nathan Dennis. Enoch Gardner; land now owned by Wesley S. Leadbetter. Joseph Brewer, a native of North Carolina, from Tennessee, on land now owned by John W. Jordan.
In the south-east part of the township, were the following: Wm. Wright, on Perry line; land now owned by Jesse Weaver. Charles Howell, from North Carolina, before land sales; land now owned by his sons, Larkin and Joseph, and John H. Thornburg. He lives with Joseph. He and Henry Williams are the only men living who settled in the township before the land sales. Isaac Macy, from Tennessee; land now occupied by his widow and heirs. John Aaron Locke, from Perry, settled where he now resides.   Jacob Bales, from Tennessee, on West River before land sales, on land now owned by Richard C. Cheesetnan. George Petro, a blacksmith, prob¬ably the first in the township, on land owned by Richard C. Cheeseman. John Strode, on land now occupied by George Pierce. James Strode, from Kentucky, adjoining his son John; died on the farm, now occupied by his widow and Thomas Beeson. Wm. Thornburg, Sen., from Tennessee, an early settler on West River; land now occupied by Thomas E. Thornburg. Lewis, Henry, and Larkin Thornburg, sons of Henry, Sen., removed to Iowa, where Larkin died. The farm of Henry is now owned by Richard C. Cheeseman; that of Lewis, by Nathan W. Strode; and that of Larkin, by J. A. Locke. John Evans, a Baptist minister, settled on land now owned by Samuel Brown. Abraham Tout, from Tennessee, who died of a cancer, on land owned by Cornelius Thornburg and Jesse W. Locke. John Barr, a native of Scotland, on land now occupied by his widow and son John. Joseph Keever, from Ohio, on land owned by Jackson Keever and David Fleming's heirs. Martin Keever, adjoining his brother Joseph; was killed by lightning seven or eight years ago. His heirs still reside there. Jesse Osborn, from Tennessee, on land lately owned by Seneca Keever, now by Samuel Brown.
In the south-west quarter of the township, Jonathan Evans,settled on land now owned by Joseph Weaver. Joseph Johnson, from North Carolina, about 1820, a mile south of Franklin; died there; present owner,Brauson Dennis. John Smith, from Pennsylvania; present owners, B. Dennis, J. G. Allen, Wm. Baldwin. Peter Smith, from Tennessee, about 1822; died on his farm about three years ago; his wife a year before. His son-in-law, James Conaway, resides on the farm. Aaron Lesh, from Ohio, about the same time as Smith; present owner, Martha Newcomb. Thomas Richardson, on land now owned by Abraham Smith. Thomas Marshall, from Tennessee, before land sales; died on the farm, now or lately owned by John and Alexander Ditch, and occupied by John. Stephen Lear, from Ohio, where Levi Harter now lives. Daniel Ulrich, from Ohio, son of John Ulrich, of Jefferson township, about 1824, in the south-west corner of the township, adjoining the White Branch Woolen Mills. Benj. Beeson, from North Carolina, bought of    Lear one mile south of Franklin, where Levi Harter resides. Sons of B. Beeson are Isaac W., Benjamin F., Silas H., Ithamar, Charles O., who resides at New Buffalo, Michigan, and has a son Jehu, at Anderson, Madison county.
Besides those already mentioned, who settled near Dalton and Franklin,the following maybe added: Zachariah Beeson, one mile north of Dalton, in 1824; was a gunsmith, and had a corn-cracker and a saw-mill; land now owned by John Payne. Hezekiah Beeson, from North Carolina, an early settler near Franklin; sold to Wm. Beeson ; land now owned by George Nicholson and others. Isaac Beeson, from North Carolina, one mile east of Dalton, about 1831; name of present owner not learned.
The first Tannery in the township was built by Benj. F. Beeson, who settled near Franklin. It was afterward carried on by Jesse Evans, who now resides in Iowa.
The first Grist-mill was built in 1824 or 1825, by Charles Stout, from North Carolina, near Lindley's farm. Seth Mills built the next at Dalton, about the year 1826. Pleasant Harris and Tense Massey, about the same time, built the first saw¬mill near Franklin. Benj. F. Beeson, soon after, built a gristmill on Mill Branch, half a mile south of Franklin ; and near the same place an oil-mill was built by Beeson Brothers. Jesse Baldwin also built an oil-mill near Dalton, about the year 1832 or 1833. In 1837, the Dalton Steam Mill Company built on Nettle Creek a steam saw-mill and a grist-mill. Both were burned about the year 1848. The saw-mill only was rebuilt. In 1840, Beeson Brothers built a grist-mill in the place of their old saw-mill. About 1850, James Maulsby built a grist-mill a little below the site of the old grist-mill on Mill Branch.    The old grist-mill and oil-mill are both gone,
Henry Thornburg built on West River, some thirty years ago, a saw-mill; also at the same place a Carding Machine, which run about twenty years.
The first Merchant in the township is said to have been Benji, F. Benson, at Franklin ; others say Hezekiah Beeson. Aaron Mills is named as an early merchant at Dalton. Charles Beeson is known to have traded at Franklin in 1839. Also, Silas, Lewis, and Aaron Leah, Oliver and Joseph Williams, Silas B. Maulsby, Benj. B. Beeson, Wm. Thornburg's, and Wm.. and Enos Canaday, are said to have traded at Franklin. At Dalton, between 1838 and 1845, John W. Williamson, Jehu T. Elliott, and Henry D. Root; and at different times, Joseph Ruth, J. and D. Canaday, David and William Chamness, Robert Lumpkin, and Thomas McCracken. Present mer-chants at Franklin: John Macy, dry goods; Millikin Hockett, groceries. At Dalton: Wm. S. Chamness, Riley Chamness, both dry goods.
Dr. Silas Beeson, the first resident Physician in the town-ship, settled at Franklin about 1830, and died there. Later, were Henry Carver, Erhart, and Patterson. John W. Smith (botanic) was the first at Dalton, in 1836. Later, were Wm. Dickey (1840), Drs. Simmons, J. R. Brown, Guinther, Windle, Showalter, and the present physician, John Stonebraker.
The White Branch Woolen Mills are on the White Branch stream, two miles south of Franklin. A building was erected by Daniel Ulrich for a grist mill, but he put into it machinery for a woolen factory. In the year 1854, it was bought by Wm. and Josiah Test. The establishment has since been much enlarged by the erection of buildings and the increase of machinery. The present proprietors are Wm. and Rufus Test, and Josiah V. Jones, [Test Brothers & Jones.] It has two sets of machines, and two roll-cards, and nine looms. The goods manufactured are jeans, satinets, cashmeres, flannels, blankets, and yarn. Custom work, as carding, spinning, and cloth-dressing, is also done at this establishment.
The first School-house in the township is said to have stood where Dalton now is, and Luke Wiles to have been the first teacher. Although the common schools in this township are probably not inferior to those of other townships of the county, there is no high or graded school in it, owing, probably, to the fact that it has no town of sufficient population to require or sustain one.
The earliest Religious Society in the township was that of the Friends, who organized a meeting about the year 1827 or 1828, at West River, and held their meetings at first in a log house. Another was formed a few years later at Franklin, where they built a frame house.   Both meetings still exist.    Here, as at some other places, the antislavery agitation caused a temporary disunion. No other division has existed here. Absalom Dennis, Miles Mendenhall, Mahlon Chamness, and Mahlon Denuia are among the names of residents who have been preachers.
The Methodists, at a later date, formed a class at Dalton, and had preaching for a short time. None has existed here for many years. A church, a portion of whose members reside in this township, was formed about forty years ago, and built a meeting-house a mile and a half north of Dalton, on the north side of Randolph county line.    This society still exists.
The Baptists also had in Dalton a society and a meetings house, and had preaching a part of the time. James Austin was their first preacher. A church, formed by a union of two or more smaller ones, many years ago built a meeting-house a little north of the line of Randolph county. Into this church the society at Dalton was merged.
The United Brethren have had a society and a meeting-house, about two miles east of Dalton, about twenty years. Ab. Tout gave the land for the grave-yard, Lewis Weaver the ground for the church. Early members of this church were Jeannette Barr, afterward wife of Wm. Marshall, and her sister Mary, wife of Abraham Smith; Henry Bailes, John Bailes, Lewis Bailes, Wm. Linley, [now a Dunker preacher.] They have had as preachers, Dr. Richardson, Daniel Stober, John Brown, Alexander Carroll, and perhaps others. Their present preacher [1871] is James M. Cook.
The Town af Dalton was laid out by Tense Massey and Joseph Davis, proprietors, and Joseph Davis, surveyor. The plat bears date January 25, 1828. An addition was afterward made by Joseph Davis, and, in 1836, another by Nathan Baldwin.
The Town of Franklin was laid out by Benj. F. Beeson and Silas H. Beeson. The plat, signed by them as proprietors, and Thomas Stanford as surveyor, was recorded January 7, 1832.
Isaac Macy and Wm. Davis were the first Justices of the Peace of the township after its organization. The present justices are Wm. Chamness and John W. Macy. 15
Biographical and Genealogical


CHARLES BURROUGHS was born in Frederick county, Virginia, December 20,1794. He removed with his father to Warren county, Ohio; and in 1814 to Washington township, in this county. In 1822 he purchased land a mile north of where the town of Dalton now is, and settled on it permanently in 1826. He married in August, 1826, Jane Harris, daughter of Pleasant Harris, who was born July 26, 1811. They had fourteen children, as follows: 1. John C, formerly a practicing physician in Henry county, now a farmer in Harrison. 2. Abigail, who married Thomas B. Williams, and died in Economy in 1870. 3. Francis M., who married Emily Houth, and died in Wells county, June, 1862. 4. Jonathan M., who married Eleanor Thornburg, was 1st Lieut, in Company C, 9th Indiana Regiment, and died from wounds received near Franklin, Tennessee. 5. Hannah, who married Robert Lumpkin, and died in Randolph county. 6. James M. who married Adaliza Gilmore. 7. Arminta, who died at 4. 8. Letty, who married Benj. Hunt, and resides in Kansas.9.Cassias M., who was in the late war; married Sarah Neff.10. Maria, who married Isaac  Cavalt. 11. Thomas;   12. Laura B.; 13. Emma 14. Mary.

WILLIAM CHAMNESS, from North Carolina, came to Dalton township [the date and the place of settlement not ascertained.] He had six sons, who settled in and near Wayne county: 1. Nathan, who lives one mile west from the town. 2. Joseph, who resides one and a half miles north-west from town. 3. Isaac, who settled in Randolph county. 4. William, who settled one and a quarter miles north-east from town. 5. Joshua, who lives in Randolph county. 6. Jesse, who settled a mile north-west from town.
Sons of Nathan Chamness are, William S., a merchant of Dalton; David, who resides with his father. Riley, son of William, is also a merchant in Dalton. Jehu, also a son of William, is a wagon-maker. Larkin resides three-quarters of a mile east, and is a farmer. Seth resides in Richmond.

JOSEPH DAVIS was born in Chatham county, North Carolina, October 3, 1785. He  removed with  his father to Surry county and married, May 31, 1807, Catharine Farsner, who was born Jan. 15, 1787. He removed to Ohio in 1808, and thence, in 1823, to the place where he now resides, near the town of Dalton. His wife died in September, 1870. Their children were : 1. Nathan, who married Hannah Moore, re-moved to Henry county, where he died, Jan. 1, 1870. 2. William, who married Abigail Wright, removed to Howard county, and died there. 3. Mary, who married David Baldwin, and resides in Hamilton county. 4. Anna, who married, first, Newton Baldwin ; second, Daniel Thornburg. 5. George, who married Charlotte Baldwin, and removed to Grant county. 6. John, who married Caroline Chamness; resides on the homestead. 7. Edwin W., who married Kezia Baler, and lives in Randolph county. 8. Lewis, who died at 10.

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