Mr. Brown was married January 24, 1871, to Rebecca Grim, daughter of Nicholas and Susanna (Jones) Grim, who has borne him the following children: Caroline, wife of Arch Brown; Samuel, Benjamin, David, John and Thomas. Mr. and Mrs. Brown are members respectively of the Methodist church and the Society of Friends. In March 1893, Mr. Brown removed from Monroe Township to a farm in Centre Township, and now is living on the John McConnell place.
Portrait & Biographical Record Delaware County, Indiana
"Campbell" Dale as he was known lived in the north eastern part of Worcester Co., MD until about 1826/27 when he sold all of his lands and moved his family to Delaware Co., IN. According to census records Campbell had three sons and two daughters. It is not known when his wife and two daughters died. No mention is made of them in his will written in July of 1839. He did, however, will extensive lands to his grandson George Campbell Lethers the son of Rhoda and Henry Lethers of Delaware Co., IN.
Campbell moved from Ohio from Maryland for a short time but by 1830 was living in Delaware Co., IN. 1830 census shows Campbell Dale with: 1m u 5; 1 m 30-40; 1m 40-50; 1 m 70-80; 1f 45-50; 1f 50-60. The 1840 census for Delaware Co. show 1m 10-15; 1m 30-40; 1m 40-50; 1m 70-80.
The land entry book for Delaware Co., IN shows three entries for land for Campbell Dale made 10 January 1827 and two on 20 March 1827. It is said by his descendants that a son John R. Dale walked from Ohio to the land office in Indianapolis, IN to enter land in Campbell's name, paying $1.25 an acre for it. He beat a man who started out on horse back at the same time.
The town of Dalesville, in Delaware Co., IN was platted by Campbell on 10 November 1828. It was there he settled and lived until his death in 1841. He was buried in he little Dale cemetary in Dalesville. In April of 1964 the S.A.R. placed a Government marker at the little dale cemetery in honor of Alexander Campbell Dale, Revolutionary War soldier. He was born abt 1755/56 in Worcester Co., MD. died 1841 in Dalesville Co., IN. Children: (not necessarily in order of birth)
1.daughter 2. John Dale b. 20 Oct 1776 in Worcester Co., MD d. 27 Oct 1864 in Delaware Co., IN 3. Rhoda b. in Worcester Co., MD d. pre 1841 m. 18 Sept 1828 to Henry Lethers in Delaware Co., IN 4. William C. Dale b. abt 1892 in Worcester Co., MD d. 25 Dec 1857 in Delaware Co., IN m. 23 March 1842 to Sarah Tabler dau. of William Tabler in Delaware Co., MD
ABSTRACT OF WILL OF ALEXANDER CAMPBELL DALE
Written 6 July 1839
Filed for probate: 29 Mar 1841
Delaware County, IN
I direct that: my Grandson George "Camel" Lethrs shall have all my land lying in the county of Madison and the State of Indiana and that he shall have one hundred and seventy five dollars out of my estate, cash. that he shall have a horse and saddle and bridle when he arrives a the age of twenty one, worth fifty dollars Also that he shall have one corner lot in the town of Dalesville. that if he should die without lawful heir the land shall fall back to my three sons that my land is to be equally dived into three shares the lines to be drawn North and South with my sons, Elisha, John and William Dale as heirs. that of the land that lies in the County of Delaware and the state of Indiana my son Elisha Dale is to have the East third of said land and my son John the middle and my son (William) the West third. that the sawmill and two acres on the other side of the river is to belong to my sons John, Elisha and William in partnership. that my sns Elisha, John and William Dale are to have a lot apiece in the town of Dalesville. that all my personal property is to be equally divided between my three sons Elisha, John and William Dale that my worthy and esteemed sons Elisha Dale, John Dale and William Dale are to be executors of this my last will and testament.
witnesses: Abraham Deploye, John Simpson
Andrew Kennedy, (cousin of Case Broderick), a Representative from Indiana; born in Dayton, Ohio, July 24, 1810; moved with his parents to a farm on the Indian reserve near Lafayette, Ind.; soon afterward moved to Connersville, Ind.; became a blacksmiths apprentice; attended the common schools; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1833 and commenced practice in Connersville; moved to Muncie (then Muncytown), Ind., in 1834 and continued the practice of law; member of the State house of representatives in 1835; served in the State senate in 1838; elected as a Democrat to the Twenty-seventh, Twenty-eighth, and Twenty-ninth Congresses (March 4, 1841-March 3, 1847); Democratic caucus nominee for United States Senator in 1847; was stricken with smallpox on the eve of the legislative joint convention and died in Indianapolis, Ind., December 31, 1847; interment in Greenlawn Cemetery; reinterment in Beech Grove Cemetery, Muncie, Ind.
Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
Arthur Wolfe Brady was born in Muncie, Delaware County, Indiana on January 13, 1865, the son of General Thomas J. Brady and Emeline Wolfe Brady. Brady began his education at Muncie public school and then attend a private school in Connecticut. He graduated with an A.B. from Yale University in 1887 and earned a law degree from the University of Michigan in 1889. Brady practiced law in Muncie from 1889 to 1902 and in Indianapolis from 1902 to 1904. He was active in the community and served as Muncie's mayor from 1902 to 1905. In 1904 Brady became the general counsel for the Union Traction Company of Indiana, later becoming its president. Brady moved to Anderson, Madison County, Indiana in late 1904 when his company's main office relcated. Brady was married twice, to Jane Ninde in 1893 and to Caroline H. McCulloch in 1901. He and Caroline had two sons, George Wolfe Brady and Arthur Adam Brady. Arthur Brady died in Anderson, Indiana on March 24, 1933.
Source: The Lewis Publishing Co., 1914, p. 478.
1842 -- 1896
Governor; born in Henry County, Ind. A Republican lawyer, he ran the Muncie Times and served in the Indiana legislature (1872--73). Moving to the Dakota Territory, he served on the constitutional convention (1883), establishing state budget limits. First South Dakota governor (1889--93), he used his own money to
repay funds stolen by the state treasurer.
Source: Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography, edited by J S. Bowmen And the History Channel.
BENJAMIN BARCLAY.- All of the people of Harrison township know Benjamin Barclay, the subject of this sketch, and know him favorably. He was born May 4, 1828 in Licking county Ohio, being the son of James and Elizabeth (German) Barclay. The father was born in 1804 in Virginia, and the mother in Maryland. The father came to Licking county when but a boy with his parents, and spent the greater parr of his life in farming. In politics he was a democrat of the Jackson school. He and his wife were members of the Methodist church. Benjamin Barclay lived with his parents until the age of eighteen, when he was apprenticed to the trade of blacksmith, working at thsi for two years for his board and clothing. After this he followed his trade for two years and then was a farmer for one year. At this time he came to Indiana and located in Henry co, followin his trade, after which he came to this county and bought eighty acres of land in the northwest corner of Harrison township. Here he built a shop and worked at his trade, farming at the same time for eighteen years. At this time our subject lives on a farm in this township, and still owns the original acres upon which he settled. Mr. Barclay was married November 1, 1849 to Miss Elizabeth (McInturf.) His wife was born July 4, 1831, and died January 25, 1865. She was the daughter of Frederick and Anna (Myers) McInturf, they being natives of Ohio, her father following the occupation of a farmer. Mrs. Barclay, the wife of our subject, was a devoted member of the Methodist Church. By this marriage our subject was the father of six children, namely: Salathiel, deceased; Louisa, Susannah, Sarah, Netta , and James Leonidas. Mr. Barclay again entered into the holy bonds of matrimony December 24, 1885, taking for his wife the daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth (Shafer) Williamson; her father being a native of New Jersey, where he was born in 1790, and her mother was born in Germany in 1802, the latter came to this country with her parents when but a child. The father of Mrs. Barclay came to Scioto county, Ohio, where he owned a fine farm at the time of his death, which occurred in 1849. His wife survived him until the year 1880, when she died in the faith of the Methodist church, in which she had lived all her days. The second wife of Mr. Barclay was the widow of W.F. Nottingham, who was a native of Ohio and came to this state when but a child. He was born in 1828, and died in 1880. He was married to the present Mrs. Barclay Aug. 4, 1850, and by this marriage Mrs. Barclay had four children, namely: Joseph, deceased; George, deceased; John; and Sarah Catherine, deceased. Mr. and Mrs. Barclay are both consistent members of the Methodist church. Our subject is devoted to the principles of the democratic party, and heartily supports its candidates.
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Page: 579 & 580 Harrison Township
1894 -- 1983
Lawyer, government official; born in Muncie, Ind. A brilliant New York corporate lawyer (1922--33) he joined Roosevelt's "brain trust," co-drafting New Deal legislation including the Securities Act of 1933 and plans for the Tennessee Valley Authority. He helped to write the Lend-Lease plan (1941) and served in the United Nations (1948--52) before returning to private practice.
Source: Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography, edited by J S. Bowmen And the History Channel.
BETSY HOLLOWAY, widow of William Holloway, once a farmer of great prominence in Stony Creek township, was born in Columbiana county, Ohio, June 18, 1808, and is the second daughter of John and Rachael (James) Fisher, natives of Virginia. John Fisher, the eldest son of Joseph and Ann (Cary) Fisher, was born in 1776. Rachael James, the mother of Mrs. Betsy Holloway, was the daughter of Thomas and Sarah (Stanton) James, natives of Virginia and of English descent. John Fisher was reared to farming, was quite well educated in the common schools of his early day, and was a successful man in business, as far as his vocation was concerned. His children were nine in number, viz: Robert, deceased farmer of Randolph county, Ind.; Elias, who died when quite young; Joseph, deceased farmer of Delaware county, Ind.; Sarah Ann, deceased; Betsy, the subject proper of this sketch; Thomas, deceased farmer of Randolph county; Mary Etta, deceased; Elias (No. 2), who died at an early age, and John, a deceased farmer of Grant county, Ind. After his marriage John Fisher followed his trade of shoemaker until his removal from Virginia to Columbiana county, Ohio, where he entered 160 acres of wild land, which, with the assistance of his faithful wife, he partially cleared away, and on which he erected a log cabin. Here Mrs. Holloway was born, and here lived for ten years, when the family moved to Cincinnati, making the trip on a flat-boat and occupying nine days on the journey. From Cincinnati Mr. Fisher moved to Richmond, Ind., when there were but three houses in the town, and for several years lived on rented land, and then came to Randolph county, where he entered a second tract of 160 acres, and but a short time after sold out, and entered his third tract of 160 acres, which he industriously tilled until his death, which occurred in 1859, followed by that of his wife in 1866. Both were members of the Society of Friends, and their remains repose in Hardshaw cemetery.
Mrs. Betsy Holloway was married April 3, 1828. Her husband, William Holloway, was the youngest son of William and Sarah (Stanley) Holloway, natives of Virginia, in which state William was born February 16, 1808. To the happy marriage of William and Betsy were born five children, as follows: Rachel, who died in infancy, Sarah Ann, wife of Wesley Moore, of Monroe township, Randolph county; George, a deceased farmer of Wells county; Hannah, deceased wife of Jonathan Thornburg, of Stony Creek township, and John, a deceased farmer of Randolph county. The married life of William and Betsy Holloway began on a small farm, which was increased, through the industry and good management of Mr. Holloway, to 136 acres, and on this property the widow still lives. William passed away September 6, 1858, after a life of usefulness and purity, a devoted husband, an affectionate father, and a consistent member of the Society of Friends. Mrs. Holloway bears her years well, but lives not so much for the world as for the hour to come when she shall rejoin the loved ones gone before.
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A PORTRAIT & BIOGRAPHICAL RECORD OF DELAWARE AND RANDOLPH COUNTIES, INDIANA A.W. Bowen & Co., 1894 Page 1213-1214
Catherine Maria Shafer Pleasant Hill - Catherine Maria Shafer was born in Germantown, Ohio on the sixth of December, 1827. At the age of twenty-one years, in 1848; she was married to Joseph Lawrence. Fifty-six years they together traveled life's pathway. In 1904 she was bereaved by the death of her husband. To them had been born eight children. Three died in childhood. Four daughters and one son remain. All reside in this community, being Mrs. A.J. Coate, of Pleasant Hill; Mrs. Keifer Cecil, of Troy; Mrs. John H. Branson, of Covington; Mrs. T. E. Coate of Muncie, Indiana; and J. C. Lawrence of Laura. Fifteen grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren complete the family circle.
"Mother" Lawrence was possessed of many of the sterling qualities of the pioneer. Beginning life in the unsubdued wilderness, she unwaveringly did her part in bringing about the improvements that now add so materially to our pleasures in life. Early she accepted the Christian life and bound herself to the United Brethren Church. Consistently she maintained her faith through life and especially in the last three years while she was confined to a bed of suffering. In this time she was faithfully attended by children, grandchildren, and friends, until her death on the ninth of October at the home of her daughter, Mrs. John Branson- aged eighty five years, then months and three days.
The funeral services were conducted at the Christian church in Pleasant Hill, by the pastor, Rev. Alva M. Kerr. Burial in the cemetery at that place.
This is my gg grandmother...
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David R Armitage was for many years a distinguished physician and surgeon of Muncie and occupied the front rank among the successful medical men of central Indiana. Dr. Armitage was born near Portsmouth, Ohio, October 22, 1831. When he was eight years of age his parents and grandparents removed to he wilds of Delaware county, Indiana, and settled the farm about three miles southwest of the city of Muncie, on what is now the Middletown turnpike, where the grandparents, the doctor's father and mother, and lastly the doctor himself, resided until their respective deaths. Mr. Armitage availed himself of the best education possible as he grew to manhood, and for several years was engaged in teaching, in which profession he acquired an enviable reputation. He early evinced a decided preference for the medical profession, and, after the death of his first wife, began to study the same in the office of Dr. Samuel V. Jump, at New Burlington, Indiana, under the able instruction of whom he made rapid and commendable progress. He completed his professional education by a thorough course in the Michigan university, Ann Arbor, and also the Ohio Medical college, of Cincinnati, graduating from both of these well known institutions, after which he began the practice of his chosen calling at Chesterfield, Indiana, where his ability won for him much more than a local reputation.
While at Chesterfield he became acquainted with Miss Clara E. Sharpe, a very estimable lady, who subsequently became his wife. Miss Sharpe was born in South Salem, Ross county, Ohio, April 27, 1840, and is a daughter of Robert and Ann (Davis) Sharpe, natives of Ohio, who moved from Ross and Union counties, Ohio, in 1851. In the latter county Robert Sharpe served as sheriff four years, but in 1883 moved to Kansas, where he died in June, 1892, his wife, however, having preceded him to the grave in Union county, Ohio, in 1863. They were the parents of four children, viz: Matilda [Sharpe]; William [Sharpe], killed in the army; Russell [Sharpe], of Middletown, Indiana, and Clara B., wife of Dr. Armitage. The parents of these were devout members of the Methodist Episcopal church, of which the father had been appointed a class leader by Adam Poe, and essential factor in that religious body. To the union of Dr. Armitage and Miss Clara Sharpe was born one child, Nellie M. [Armitage], February 7, 1869, now the wife of Charles B. Fudge, to whom she was married June 14, 1892. Mr. Fudge is a son of John S. Fudge (whose sketch appears elsewhere in the volume), and was born in Xenia, Ohio, September 24, 1863. He was educated in the common schools and remained at home until twenty years of age, when he engaged as a clerk in a clothing store at Albany, Indiana, where he remained two years, and then came to Muncie, and entered the employ of Bliss & Keller, clothiers, etc., and is now their genial and obliging foreman. To Mr. and Mrs. Fudge had been born one child -- Mildred Marie [Fudge] -- May 10, 1893. Mr Fudge is in politics a republican. Fraternally, he is an Odd Fellow, and a member of Muncie lodge, No. 74, and of Canton Muncie, No. 4, Patriarchs Militant.
After his marriage, Dr. Armitage moved to his farm southwest of Muncie, where, during the many years that remained of his life, he devoted his attention to agricultural pursuits in connection with the practice of his profession. As a physician, Dr. Armitage was successful in all the term implies, and no man in the community, where he was raised and lived so long, enjoyed a greater degree of popularity of the people. He was indeed the friend of the common people, and to him it seemed a special pleasure to relieve the sufferings of the aged with whom he had been associated from his early boyhood. He was a public-spirited man, and took an active and prominent part in all enterprises having for their object the moral and material welfare of the community and county. In religion he was an earnest member of the Methodist church, and, as such, did much to the growth of that denomination in Delaware and other counties. He was also member of Delaware lodge, No. 146, Free and Accepted Masons, and of Muncie Commandary, No. 18, Knights Templar and was a chartered member of Richwoods lodge, No. 499, Knights of Honor. In a business sense, the doctor exercised prudence and forethought, and during his life accumulated a comfortable competence for his wife and daughter, both of whom live in Muncie at this time. He died suddenly at his home August 21, 1891, at the age of sixty years, and left as his choicest legacy to his family, a name against which no breath of suspicion was ever known to have been uttered. He was mourned by all who knew him, and in his death Delaware county lost one of its most successful physicians and high minded philanthropic citizens.
Source: Portrait & Biographical Record Delaware County, Indiana
David Kilgore, a Representative from Indiana; born in Harrison County, Ky., April 3, 1804; moved with his father to Franklin County, Ind., in 1819; attended the common schools; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1830 and commenced practice in Yorktown, Ind.; member of the State house of representatives 1833-1836, 1838, 1839, and 1855, and served as speaker in 1855; president judge of the Yorktown circuit 1839-1846; delegate to the State constitutional convention in 1850; elected as a Republican to the Thirty-fifth and Thirty-sixth Congresses (March 4, 1857-March 3, 1861); delegate to the Union National Convention which met in Philadelphia August 14, 1866; died near Yorktown, Delaware County, Ind., January 22, 1879; interment in Mount Pleasant Cemetery, near Yorktown, Ind.
Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
David M. Bell is a worthy and good man who lives in niles township, and is greatly respected by all his neighbors. He was born in Jay county, Indiana, September 8, 1842, the son of David and Lydia (Kyles) Bell, the parents being of Scotch-Irish descent. They went from Greene County, Ohio, in 1835, and settled in Richland Township, Jay County, on a farm of eighty acres, which he entered up; there he lived until his death, February 1, 1850. The mother died on the old homestead August 15, 1887. Their remains are buried in the Bethel cemetery, where a fine monument marks their last resting place. The brothers and sisters of David M. are: Samuel K., a plasterer; William C., deceased; John D., a farmer; Nancy A., wife of Joseph Levally; Sarah E., wife of Louis Levally; and Lydia M., Freeborn and Viney R., the last three deceased; George and Nathaniel, farmers.
Grandfather Bell was a land surveyor in the early days of this country, and his father was a sea captain. Grandfather Kyles came to Delaware county, Indiana, in 1836, and entered eighty acres of land, upon which he lived and died, and his remains are buried in the Bethel cemetery. The brothers and sister of Mrs. Lydia Bell were: Delilah, wife of Philip Harness; Elizabeth, wife of Gideon Sparr; Sarah, wife of Daniel Colet; Savilla, wife of George Maxwell, Ezekiel D., a farmer; John S., a brick maker; Julia A., wife of David Pollock, and Seth A., a merchant and farmer.
David M. Bell has had his war experience and has proved himself to be a valiant soldier. September 22, 1861, he was mustered in as a private in company D, Second Indiana cavalry, Forty-first regiment Indiana volunteers, and served in the army of the Tennessee, through the campaign from Shiloh, or Pittsburgh Landing, to the front of Atlanta, and was mustered out October 4, 1864.
David M. Bell was married, at the age of twenty-four, to Lucinda, daughter of Abraham and Magdalen (Flummer) Cemer. She was born February 6, 1846, is of German descent, and her parents came from Pennsylvania to this state in an early day and settled on a farm in Niles township, where the mother died, and her remains lie buried in the Bethel cemetery. The father died in Howard County. Mrs. Lucinda Bell had the following brothers and sisters: Jacob, born December 6, 1830; Louisa, born July 23, 1832; Nancy, born March 18, 1836; Hester, born September. 8, 1838; Mary and Jane, twins, born October 18, 1840; Abraham, born July 2, 1843; an infant brother, who died; William, born June 7, 1848; and Samuel, born March 8, 1851. After his marriage, David M. Bell moved upon the farm of seventy?seven and one?third acres, where he now lives. By his marriage, he is the father of five children, namely: Laura E., died June 15, 1884; Cora A., John E., Oran E. and Wilbur V. The parents of these children are active workers in. the Methodist church. Mr. Bell is a member of the Odd Fellows encampment, as well as the subordinate lodge, and also of the Grand Army of the Republic. Mr. and Mrs. Bell are most worthy people, and are held in the highest esteem by every one that knows them.
Source: Portrait & Biographical Record Delaware County, Indiana
DAVID W. STUDEBAKER, farmer, Section 20, Township 15, Range 22, P. O. Edgerton, Johnson County. Mr. Studebaker was born in Miami County, Ohio, in 1819. Moved in 1839 to Delaware County, Ind., and from there to Logansport, Cass Co., Ind. in 1847. In May, 1860, he came to Kansas and settled on his present farm of 260 acres in Richland. During the late war he served eighteen months in the Kansas Miltia in defense of the State. He was married in Indiana, March 20, 1845, to Miss Hannah M, daughter of Peter Baisinger. Mrs. Studebaker was born in Clark County, Ohio. They have eight children, five boys and three girls-Rebecca is the wife of Milton Redenbaugh, Thomas J., Nathan, Henry, Mary C., William G., Halsey H. and Martha.
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From William G. Cutler's History of the State of Kansas First published in 1883 by A. T. Andreas, Chicago, IL. Miami County
DAVID WHITMER FLOWERS, late a prominent merchant of Mount Pleasant township, was born in Darke county, Ohio, June 9, 1846, son of Amos and Phebe (Longstreet) Flowers. Mr. Flowers' paternal ancestors were of English descent, and in early day settled in eastern Pennsylvania, in Bucks county, of which part of the state his grandparents, William and Mary Flowers, were pioneers, locating there before the dawn of the present century. Amos Flowers was born in Bucks county, December 5, 1811, and there married his wife, who was born in the same county and state in the year in 1821. She was the daughter of Miller Longstreet, who was also one of the early settlers of eastern Pennsylvania, where he located in the time of the colonies. Amos and Phebe Flowers had a family of eleven children, of whom the following grew to maturity: Virena, wife of L.W. Colvin; Ella, wife of L.S. Allen; David W., the subject of this sketch and George M., a resident of Delaware county, Ind. The parents moved to Darke county, Ohio, in 1840, where they resided on a farm until 1852. Amos Flowers died in 1861. He was for many years a local minister of the Methodist church, in which he was highly esteemed; belonged to the Masonic fraternity, and was a firm supporter of the principles of the republican party. He passed away in the hope of a life beyond, and left as a legacy to his children an unblemished reputation and a record of a life well spent in the service of his Master and in behalf of his fellow men. His wife, a woman of most excellent character, and a consistent member of the Methodist church, in the communion of which the greater part of her life was passed, was summoned to her final rest in 1874. David Whitmer Flowers enjoyed the advantages of a liberal education, attending, first, the common schools and later the National normal at Lebanon, Ohio, where he pursued his studies for a period of one year. In 1866 he went to Mason county, Ill., where he was engaged in teaching for some time, and afterwards accepted a clerkship in a general store, in which capacity he continued two years. In 1869, April 25, he was united in marriage to Miss Cassie Kelley, of Miami county, Ohio, who bore him two children: Harry W. and Ellis C. Mrs. Flowers died July 3, 1873, in Mason county, Ill., and in September, 1875. Mr. Flowers married Mattie Curtis, in Butler county, Ohio, where she was born in 1853. To this marriage four children were born, namely: Edna M., Laura B., Charles and Oscar. While in Illinois Mr. Flowers, for some time, held the office of town clerk. He removed to Vermillion county, that state, in 1882, and engaged in farming for two years, and, later, began merchandising, which he carried on for one year, removing at the end of that time to Yorktown, Delaware county, Ind., where, after 1885, he successfully conducted a general goods establishment. Mr. Flowers, by diligently pursuing a straightforward and honorable course, succeeded in building up a very profitable business, and at the same time was an honor to the occupation in which he was engaged. He carried a large stock of miscellaneous merchandise, and by consulting the wishes of his many customers, kept fully abreast of the times, and occupied a front rank among the successful commercial men of Delaware county. He was a member of the Odd Fellows fraternity, and prominently identified with the order of Red Men. August 25, 1893, David Whitmer Flowers passed from earth, a sincere member of the Methodist Episcopal church at Yorktown.
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A PORTRAIT & BIOGRAPHICAL RECORD OF DELAWARE AND RANDOLPH COUNTIES, INDIANA A.W. Bowen & Co., 1894
Rev Valentine G. (Gibson) Carmichael is a native of Delaware county, Indiana and a member of one of the earliest pioneer families of the present township of Monroe. His father Patrick Carmichael, was born in Ohio, the son of Andrew Carmichael, a descendant of an Irish family, respesentatives of which came to the United States at an early period of the country's history. Patrick Carmichael came to Delaware county with his parents as early as 1827, locating on government land in Monroe township, a part of his original entry being now owned by Rev. Valentine G. He cleared a farm, taught school for some years in an early day, and about the 1839 or 1840 was united in marriage with Miss Lousa Gibson, daughter of Valentine and Catharine (Harrold) Gibson, who became residentsof the county of Delawqare as early as 1825, moving to this part of the state from Tennessee. Patrick and Louisa Carmichael reared a family of fifteen children, namely: Oliver Carmichael; Milton Carmichael, member of the Fifty-seventh Indiana volunteers, died while in the service; Andrew Carmichael, also died while serving his country in the late war, member of the Sixty-ninth regiment, Indiana troops; Valentine G.; Eliza Carmichael, wife of J. J. Clevenger; Mary A. Carmichael, deceased; Charles Carmichael; Catharine Carmichael, Married to Joseph Stiffler, resides in South Dakota; William Carmichael, deceased; John Carmichael, deceased; Ephraim F. Carmichael, resides in Muncie; George W. Carmichael, also a resident of Muncie; Firman V. Carmichael, lives with his mother on the old homestead; Margaret Carmichael, deceased, and Coloston Carmichael, deceased. Patrick Carmichael was one of the well known pioneers of Delaware county, and during a long and very useful life earned the reputation of a straightforward and honorable man. He was a member of the church of Christ and supported the principles of the republican party, although descended from a family noted for its adherence to the democratic faith. He departed this life on the home farm and was laid to rest at the old cemetery in Monroe township.
Valentine G. Carmichael was born July 29, 1845, in the township of Monroe, and passed his youthful years on a farm, attending in the meantime the country schools, in which he pursued his studies until his eighteenth year. He attended two tearms in Muncie high school, and in the fall of 1866 entered Wabash college at Crawfordsville, in which institution he took a three years' course, making substantial progress. On leaving college he returned to Delaware county, and for a number of years theresfter was actively engaged in educational work., having taught in all seventeen terms, thirteen of which were in District No. 1, in Monroe township. As a teacher, Mr. Carmichael was careful and painstaking, and he brought to his work a mind well disciplined by long and carefuyl study, which earned for him the reputation of being one of the ablest instructors of Delaware county. His success in the field of education is sufficiently attested by the fact of his having been retained for so many succesive years in one place. Mr. Carmichael united with the church of Christ in the year 1869, and shortly thereafter began his first public religious work as a teacher in the Sunday school, and he was also frequently called upon the address other religious assemblages. For a period of eighteen years he taught the infant class, and in 1874 entered upon the active duties of the ministry, preaching at different points throughout the country, principally for congregations unable to support a regular pastor. For this work he received no pecuniary remuneration worthy of mention, supporting himself in the meantime by teaching and from the proceeds of his farm. On August 14, 1869, Mr. Carmichael was united in marriage with Samantha B. Tidd, a daughter of Moses and Sarah (Golden) Tidd, of Ohio, to which union two children have been born; Anna Carmichael, wife of Sherman Whitney, and Lacy Carmichael, wife fo Frank W. Ross, both daughters residing in Monroe township.
Mr Carmichael resided upon his farm until February, 1892, when he rented out the palce and moved to Muncie, since which time he has devoted nearly all his time to the active work of the ministry, preaching at different points, his prsent charges being at Woodland, Ill., and Frankton, Indiana In his ministerial work he has been very successful, and through his instrumentality many have been induced to unite with the chruch and start upon a better life. He has always been an uncompromising enemy of the liquor traffic and carries his ideas of intemperance beyound the mere indulgence of intoxicants, and his life has been singularly free from those habits, which destory so many men. He never remembers of swearing a single oath, and five cents spent years ago for tobacco represent the sum total of his money invested in narcotics of any kIndiana Financilly Mr. Carmichael has met with gratifying success, being in possession of a comfortable competence gained by his own efforts. His life has indeed been one of great activity and usefulness, and the future awaits him with bounteous rewards.
Portrait & Biographical Record Delaware County, Indiana