James Reynolds, son of Alexander and Fannie Reynolds, was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, Dec. 19, 1858, and was in his ninth year when they moved to Indiana. He has always followed agricultural pursuits and now owns a good farm of 100 acres, two and half miles west of Cadiz. He was married May 25, 1882, to Mary M. Hodson, a daughter of John and Ann Hodson, born June 29, 1853. They have one son - Benjamin F., born March 8,1883. Mr. and Mrs. Reynolds are members of the United Brethren church. Politically he is a Republican.

From the History of Henry County, Indiana. Chicago: Inter-State Publishing Co. 1884.
Harrison Township.
Page 676.
Submitted by: Jeanie


John P. Ratcliff was born June 10, 1843, in Henry County Ind., a son of Isaac and Mary Ratcliff. He was married to Ellen Cook, daughter of Jesse and Abigail Cook, a native of Henry County, born July 28, 1853. They have had five children - Jesse C., born Sept. 6. 1873; Orth, born July 7, 1876, died Jan. 1, 1879; Emory, born Sept. 6, 1878; Albert, born Sept. 7, 1880; Mary, born Sept. 5. 1883. Mr. Ratcliff has a pleasant home of 147 acres, and is engaged in agricultural pursuits. He and his wife are members of the Society of Friends.

From the History of Henry County, Indiana. Chicago: Inter-State Publishing Co. 1884.
Harrison Township.
Page 675.
Submitted by: Jeanie


Jonas Pickering, son of Samuel Pickering, was born in Virginia, Oct. 20, 1783, and when a young man moved to Belmont County, Ohio, and in 1823 or 1824 came with his family to Henry County, Ind., and located a mile east of the present site of Greensboro. He purchased 160 acres of land, the only improvement being a little log cabin. This farm he put under a good state of cultivation, residing on it twenty years, when he sold it and moved to the village of Goldsborough, where he spent the greater part of his remaining days. He died at the house of his son Jourdan, in New Castle, Aug. 13, 1860. He was one of Henry County's most enterprising citizens, and contributed liberally toward the advancement of all her interests. He was married Feb. 23, 1804, to Ruth Gregg, who was born in Loudoun County, Va., April 17, 1783, and died May 7, 1856. They had a family of twelve children; but four are living - Jonas, Mahlon, Ruth Anna and Mary. The deceased are - Abner, Abigail, Samuel, Sarah, Phoebe, Joseph, Jourdan and Ann M.

From the History of Henry County, Indiana. Chicago: Inter-State Publishing Co. 1884.
Harrison Township.
Page 673.
Submitted by: Jeanie


Jonas Pickering was born in Belmont County, Ohio, Aug. 9, 1812, a son of Jonas and Ruth (Gregg) Pickering. He came to Henry County, Ind., with his parents, and made his home with them till his marriage. He worked on the farm till his majority, and then carried on a tanning business twenty years, when he returned to his former vocation and followed farming till 1878, when he gave up the care of the farm. His farm contains 240 acres of choice land. Mr. Pickering was married in 1837 to Mary Pickering, who was born in Belmont County, Ohio, March 23, 1818, a daughter of David and Nancy Pickering. They are the parents of six children - Marcus A., Philander, Mary Ann, Leander H., William H. and Nancy A.; the three youngest are deceased. Mr. and Mrs. Pickering are members of the Society of Friends.

From the History of Henry County, Indiana. Chicago: Inter-State Publishing Co. 1884.
Harrison Township.
Page 673.
Submitted by: Jeanie


Jonathan Ricks was born in North Carolina, Dec. 27, 1818, a son of Thomas and Lydia (Lane) Ricks, also natives of North Carolina. In 1833 his parents moved to Preble County, Ohio, where his father died in 1834. They had a family of seven children - Hannah, married Daniel Potter; John; Lydia, married Anvill Lane; Bethenia, married Jesse Gifford; Jonathan; Sarah, wife of Henry Bennett; Nancy, wife of Isaac Wells; the four eldest are deceased. In the fall of 1850 Jonathan moved to Henry County, located in Blue River Township, and in 1853 moved to Harrison Township where he has since resided. When a young man he learned the blacksmith's trade and worked at it twelve years. Since then he has given his attention to his farm, which contains 200 acres of good land, a mile and a half southwest of Cadiz. He was married in 1841 to Eliza Ann Mendenhall, who was born in Preble County, Ohio, in 1822, and died in Henry County, Ind., Jan. 25, 1864. They had a family of four children - Margaret, wife of Ellis Pressnall, of Hancock County, Ind.; Nancy J., wife of Philander Pickering; John T., of Crestline, Ohio, a postal clerk on the Pittsburg, Fort Wayne & Chicago Railroad; Sarah Ann, wife of James Boyle. In 1864 Mr. Ricks married Mary J. (Dillie) Vestal, who was born in 1828. They have two children - Ida and Flora. Mr. Ricks was reared in the faith of the Society of Friends. Politically he is a Republican.

From the History of Henry County, Indiana. Chicago: Inter-State Publishing Co. 1884.
Harrison Township.
Page 676 and 677.
Submitted by: Jeanie


Marcus A. Pickering, son of Jonas and Mary Pickering, was born at Greensboro, Henry Co., Ind., in 1838, and was reared and educated in Cadiz. After reaching his majority he was engaged in the harness and saddlery business five years. In 1865 D. A. & M. A. Pickering formed a partnership in the wholesale notion business, remaining together till 1871, when M. A. became sole proprietor. He has a large business, employing several men, and for fourteen years traveled himself. In 1876 he bought an interest in the general mercantile house of Reese & Holloway. In 1878 Mr. Holloway withdrew and firm name was changed to Reese & Pickering. In 1879 their stock was partially destroyed by fire. They then erected the commodious building now occupied by Mr. Pickering. Sept. 23, 1882, Mr. Pickering bought the entire stock and carries a complete line of dry-goods, notions, clothing, furniture, carpets, groceries, hardware, etc. His average annual sales in the retail store amount to $25,000 and he has an equal amount of sales in the wholesale notion business. He also superintends his farms of 120 acres. As a business man Mr. Pickering has no peer. He was married in 1860 to Eliza M. Cooper, daughter of William and Nancy Cooper. She was born Sept. 19, 1841, and died March 1, 1863, leaving one child - Castella Rosa, who was born Jan. 24, 1861. In 1864 Mr. Pickering married Harriet E. Hayworth, who was born in Martinsville, Ohio, in 1842, a daughter of James Hayworth. They have had seven children - Adonis, born Aug. 1, 1865, died Aug. 15. 1869; Mary L., born July 12, 1867; Fannie, Sept. 26, 1869; Albert J., Jan. 12, 1873, deceased; Willard T., Oct. 28, 1874; Bertha, Aug. 28, 1875, died Sept. 28, 1876; Corlie M., born Sept. 30, 1879. Mr. and Mrs. Pickering are members of the Methodist Episcopal church.

From the History of Henry County, Indiana. Chicago: Inter-State Publishing Co. 1884.
Harrison Township.
Page 673 and 674.
Submitted by: Jeanie


Alcibiades Wyatt. - The grandfather of our subject, Edward Wyatt, was a German, and moved to Greenbriar County, Va., about 1770, where he married Anna Robinson. Their children were four sons and four daughters - Abner (died in infancy), John, Sallie, Martha, Margaret, Ann, Thomas and Edward. Before the birth of the youngest, in May, 1786, the parents left their children in Greenbriar County, and went to what is now Kanawha County, W. Va., erected a cabin and prepared to raise a crop, previous to making a final settlement. While engaged in harvesting it in November, 1786, the husband was killed by the Indians. His wife, who was in another part of the field, heard the shot and saw her husband fall. She secreted herself and witnessed the entire transaction. She saw the savages remove her husband's scalp and carry it away in fiendish delight. She dared not come out of her hiding place for fear of being killed, or captured, a fate more to be dreaded. When she saw the Indians retire and considered it safe to do so, she went to her husband, but he was dead ere she reached him. She then gave the alarm, and after some delay, caused by the reappearance of the Indians, had him taken from the field and buried. She soon after returned to her children, and May 20,1787, Edward was born. She reared her family the best she could, depending solely on her own labor, and that of her children, as they grew older, for support. After the children were grown, John married and went to Tennessee, and in 1812 Thomas and Edward went to Kanawha County, W. Va. Thomas served in the war of 1812. He married Sallie Clark. Edward married Mary Tackett, in 1814, and to them were born eight children - Anna, wife of William Hays, of Jasper County, Iowa, Alcibiades; Electa, wife of Wilson Turner; Edward; Lewis; Mary E., wife of James Jeffries; John, and Jason, who married Margaret Davenport, and resides in Union County, Ore. All are deceased save the youngest. They were all born in Virginia, but in 1831 the family started for Indiana; they got as far as Fayette County, Ohio, and remained there a year. They then proceeded to Rush County, Ind., where the lived a number of years, but subsequently moved to Henry County, where the father died Oct. 16, 1862. The mother died in Jasper County, Iowa, Feb. 10, 1872. She was a member of the Methodist church. Alcibiades Wyatt was born Nov. 18, 1816. In 1840 he went to Scioto County, Ohio, to his Uncle Thomas's, and March 23, 1841, married his cousin, Martha Wyatt. In 1843 he returned to Henry County, Ind., with his wife and one child, and again endured the hardships of opening a farm. Mr. Wyatt received his education in a private school and taught for a number of years before and after his marriage. He studied law, and in 1862 was admitted to the bar, but practiced very little. In politics he was a life-long Democrat and voted ten times for their Presidential candidate. He was a member of no religious denomination, but was a firm believer in Spiritualism, which he took pains to investigate. His wife and children are members of the United Brethren church. Although he was poor when he started in life, his industry and economy gained him a competence. At the time of his death he owned eighty acres of land in Greensboro Township and 390 acres in Harrison Township. He died March 28, 1884, leaving a large circle of friends, among whom he was a universal favorite. Of his twelve children, six are living - Mary A., wife of J. W. Hunt, of Carroll County, Mo.; Evadne, wife of David Hedrick, of Republic County, Kas.; Matilda J., wife of J. L. Addison; Vashti B., wife of C. M. Yelton; Rosa; John F., married Mary E. Baughan. The deceased are - Ann E., Edward, Electa, Thomas B., Alcibiades, Jr., and Lewis. His son Edward was born May 11, 1845, and at his birth weighed only two and a half pounds. After eight months of sickness his health became good and he grew to the height of four feet; his weight never exceeded sixty pounds. His mind was active, and he acquired the rudiments of an education. He died Nov. 15, 1875, apparently of old age, having no particular disease.

From the History of Henry County, Indiana. Chicago: Inter-State Publishing Co. 1884.
Harrison Township.
Page 679 and 681.
Submitted by: Jeanie


Andrew Riley, son of William and Winnie (Ricks) Riley, was born in North Carolina in 1814. His father was a native of Germany, born about 1788, and came to the United States when a young man, locating in Guilford County, N. C., where he was married and where his wife was born in 1787. In 1827 William Riley moved to Preble County, Ohio, and two years later to Henry County, Ind., and entered eighty acres of land in Franklin Township, where he died in 1844. His wife died in 1863. They had a family of seven children - Betsey, wife of John McKankey; Rena, wife of Chauncey Poor; Hannah, wife of Robert McCormick; Susan, wife of James Ginn; Andrew, James R. and Peter. The daughters reside in Missouri. Andrew Riley remained with his parents till manhood. After his marriage he located in Franklin Township, but in 1848 removed to Harrison Township, where he entered eighty acres of land on section 28. He subsequently entered eight acres adjoining, thus making one of the finest farms in the township. He was married in 1843 to Elsie Jane Ginn, a native of Kentucky, born in 1823. Mr. Riley died Jan. 21, 1881, and his wife, Sept. 26, 1881. Politically he was a Republican. Mr. and Mrs. Riley were both members of the Methodist Episcopal church. Their children were five in number - William, born in 1844,enlisted in Company I, Sixty-ninth Indiana Infantry, and died at Vicksburg in 1863; Huldah, born in 1846, is the wife of Samuel Bowers; Jonas, born in 1849; John and Nancy, twins, born Feb. 19, 1854. Nancy is the wife of J. W. Bowers. John was married Dec. 8, 1875, to Lizzie, daughter of Jacob and Lydia Sweigart. She was born April 10, 8154. They have had two children, sons, the eldest deceased. John Riley lives on the old homestead, a fine farm of 160 acres. Politically he is a Republican.

From the History of Henry County, Indiana. Chicago: Inter-State Publishing Co. 1884.
Harrison Township.
Page 677.
Submitted by: Jeanie


Hayden Yelton was born in Pendleton County, Ky., Sept. 17, 1823, a son of Charles and Millie (Gosney) Yelton, natives of Virginia. He was married April 20, 1850, to Nancy F. Hopkins, a native of Campbell County, Ky. They had a family of eight children - Verona A., deceased; Agnes, wife of J. E. Kern, of Delaware County, Ind.; Charles M., married Vashti Wyatt; Millie M.; Sarah J., wife of Stephen Harlin, of Hancock County, Ind.; Mary L., wife of James Baughan; Peter G.; Hayden, deceased. Mrs. Yelton died June 18, 1868. Oct. 24, 1869, Mr. Yelton married Jane Judd, daughter of Joel and Nancy Cook. She was born Aug. 29, 1832, in Rush County, Ind. They have one child - Joel C. Mrs. (Judd) Yelton has one daughter, Minerva J., who is the wife of A. J. La Rue, a native of Henry County, Ind. Mr. Yelton came to Henry County, Ind., in 1853, but soon after went to Hancock County, and remained three years. He then returned to Henry County and bought eighty acres of land in the northwestern part of Harrison Township. He now owns and resides on a beautiful farm of 107 acres, two and a quarter miles west of Cadiz. Mrs. Yelton is a member of the Baptist church. Mr. Yelton's father moved to Pendleton County, Ky., when a young man, and there reared his family. He had fourteen children; eight are living - Benjamin, James, Hayden, Mason, Charles F. M., America, widow of Hampton Gosney; Millie M., wife of William Buckner; and Elizabeth, wife of Clete Tarvin. Coleman, Richard, Simon, George W., Sarah (wife of Dudley Dunaway), and Charity A. are deceased.

From the History of Henry County, Indiana. Chicago: Inter-State Publishing Co. 1884.
Harrison Township.
Page 681.
Submitted by: Jeanie


J. L. Whistler, son of Jacob and Lucinda Whistler, was born in Henry County, Ind., March 4, 1848. He has always followed agricultural pursuits, and now owns a fine farm of ninety-five acres on section 28, Harrison Township, and fifty-five acres on section 21, Fall Creek Township. Mr. Whistler received a good education, and has taught school three winter terms. He was married Oct. 21, 1879, to Emma Kissel, daughter of Samuel and Ellen Kissel, a native of Henry County, born Nov. 15, 1858. They have one child - Bessie L., born Nov. 13, 1881. Politically Mr. Whistler is a Republican. Mrs. Whistler is a member of the Methodist Episcopal church.

From the History of Henry County, Indiana. Chicago: Inter-State Publishing Co. 1884.
Harrison Township.
Page 679.
Submitted by: Jeanie


Jehu Weesner was a native of North Carolina, born Nov. 6, 1815, a son of Jesse and Lydia Weesner. When fourteen years of age he came with his parents to Indiana, and located in Wayne County, and a year later moved to Henry County to the present site of Cadiz, where he remained till his death, Sept. 20, 1854. He was married Nov. 22, 1838, to Rebecca Cooper, daughter of William and Nancy Cooper, who was born in Harrison County, Ohio, March 26, 1820, and came to Henry County with her parents in 1836. They were the parents of six children --Elizabeth, born March 18, 1840, is the wife of John Ratcliff, of Republic County, Kan.; Calvin, born Nov. 13, 1841, died Sept. 9, 1861; Margaret, born May 9, 1844, wife of David Munden; William, born Sept. 20, 1846, died Oct. 1, 1882, John, born July 16, 1850; Jason, born Aug. 26, 1852. Mr. and Mrs. Weesner were members of the Society of Friends.

From the History of Henry County, Indiana. Chicago: Inter-State Publishing Co. 1884.
Harrison Township.
Page 679.
Submitted by: Jeanie


John P. Weesner, son of Jehu and Rebecca Weesner, was born in Harrison Township, Henry Co., Ind., July 16, 1850. In his seventeenth year he began learning the wagon-maker's trade, at which he worked fourteen years, and since then has worked at the carpenter's trade. He was married Feb. 10, 1876, to Perthena Swope, a native of Henry County, born Dec. 6. 1855. They have four children - Joe, Grace, Earle and Clay. Politically Mr. Weesner is a Republican. In April, 1884, he was elected Trustee of Harrison Township. Mrs. Weesner is a member of the Christian church.

From the History of Henry County, Indiana. Chicago: Inter-State Publishing Co. 1884.
Harrison Township.
Page 678 and 679.
Submitted by: Jeanie


Peter Shaffer, the sixth child of Jacob and Celia (Hoover) Shaffer, was born in Wayne County, Ind., Oct. 17, 1825. He was married Dec. 25, 1844, to Ruth Ann, daughter of Nathan and Tamar Bond, who was born Feb. 7. 1828, and died July 23, 1863, leaving three children - Mary E., wife of T. C. Phelps; Nathan B., married Cynthia H. Phelps; Martha J., wife of C. B. Harvey; all of Henry County. Jan. 1, 1865, Mr. Shaffer married Mrs. Elizabeth D. (Newby) Phelps, daughter of Elias and Tabitha Newby. She was born Feb. 14, 1841. They have three children - Alice R., Dora T. and Milton F. Mrs. Shaffer has one child by her former marriage - Charles A. Phelps, who married Cora Hosier. Mr. Shaffer came to Henry County in 1849, although he did not permanently settle here until 1860, when he bought 209 acres in the southeastern part of Harrison Township. He has since added 400 acres to his first purchase, but has given 230 acres to his children. Politically Mr. Shaffer is a Republican. He has served his county as Commissioner. He and his wife are members of the Society of Friends.

From the History of Henry County, Indiana. Chicago: Inter-State Publishing Co. 1884.
Harrison Township.
Page 678.
Submitted by: Jeanie


Solomon Bales was born in Blue River Township, Henry Co., Ind., June 15, 1834, a son of Parnell and Elizabeth (Koons) Bales, natives of Tennessee. He remained on the farm with his parents, receiving a common-school education, till sixteen years of age. He then went to work on the farm of Solomon Cory, remaining with him seven years. He then began working at the carpenter's trade with James Dykes, and remained with him nine months. In 1857 he settled on the farm of Thomas Sears in Stony Creek Township, and in March, 1858, moved to a farm belonging to Henry Manifold. He subsequently bought forty acres of land of Joseph Corn, adjoining eighty acres owned by his wife, and some time after bought a farm of Nathan Freeman. He lived on the latter six years and then bought of Robert H. Taylor the farm of 103 acres where he now lives. He was married in May, 1857, to Elizabeth, daughter of Noah and Lucretia Cory. She died Oct. 13, 1862, leaving one d aughter - Ada Josephine, now Mrs. Wilson Drake. Dec. 24, 1863, Mr. Bales married Lucinda, daughter of David and Rachel Pidgeon. They have four children --William Henry, Rachel Elizabeth, Albert Lindley, and Dellie Florence. Mr. and Mrs. Bales are members of the Society of Friends. Politically he is a Republican. After her mother's death Mr. Bales gave his eldest daughter the forty acres of land first purchased by him.

From the History of Henry County, Indiana. Chicago: Inter-State Publishing Co. 1884.
Blue River Township.
Page 546
Submitted by: Jeanie


Isaac Chamness was born in Randolph County, N. C., May 26, 1829, the eldest of five children of Joshua and Hannah Chamness. In the fall of 1832 his parents came to Indiana and settled in Nettle Creek Township, Randolph County. He remained with his parents till twenty-one years of age, helping to clear and cultivate the farm. He was married Nov. 20, 1850, at Nettle Creek meeting-house, to Elizabeth, daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth Dennis. He remained on this father's farm till the fall of 1852, and then moved to Henry County and bought sixty-five acres of land in Blue River Township. There was on it a cabin with one door, one window and a stick and clay chimney. Fifteen acres were cleared, the rest was heavily timbered. They lived in this cabin till 1857, in the meantime clearing and improving the land. He then built a new house, 28 x 36 feet in size, into which they moved. When the new house was paid for he bought forty-one and two-thirds acres more land, making in all a farm of 106-2/3 acres. In 1874 he built a barn 40 x 60 feet in size. In 1875 he and his son bought a steam saw-mill which they ran in the winter for the benefit of the neighbors. To Mr. Chamness has been born seven children - Milton W., married Isabel A. Hough, of Tipton County, Ind., and lives on the home farm; Esther M., married Jonathan Cloud, now of Washington, Wayne County; Mariam T., married Edgar T. White, of Henry County; Cyrus C., deceased; Margaret B., married T. E. Stewart, of Spiceland Township; Elmina and Hannah E. Mr. Chamness and his family are all members by birthright of the Society of Friends. Politically they are Republicans. Mr. Chamness cast his first vote for President in 1853 for Franklin Pierce.

From the History of Henry County, Indiana. Chicago: Inter-State Publishing Co. 1884.
Blue River Township.
Page 546 and 547
Submitted by: Jeanie


David H. Conwell was born April 19, 1854, in Blue River Township, Henry Co., Ind., a son of George W. and Mary J. (Messick) Conwell, natives of Delaware, the former born Dec. 24, 1822, and the latter born Sept. 14, 1822. They were married Aug. 18, 1842, and the following December settled in Blue River Township where our subject now resides, remaining there till George W. Conwell enlisted in the Sixty-ninth Indiana Infantry. He died at Helena, Ark., Feb. 15, 1863. His wife died March 10, 1883, aged sixty years and six months. To them were born twelve children - Harriet E., Eliza A. (died March 2, 1865), Samuel R., Eli M., Sarah E., Winfield S., David H., Alice W. (died May 26, 1861), Josephine, Ida, Mary E. (died Sept. 20, 1862), and Georgetta. David H. was reared to farm life and was educated at the common schools. He was married at the age of twenty-four years, Nov. 28, 1878, to Mary M., daughter of Adam and Katharine (Koons) Muller, natives of Indiana. To Mr. Conwell and wife has been born one son - Gilbert. After his marriage Mr. Conwell settled in Stony Creek Township on his farm of eighty acres, where he resided until March 22, 1883, since which he has lived on his present farm of 159 acres of improved land. Politically he is a Republican. His sisters, Josephine and Georgetta, reside with him. Mrs. Conwell has been a member of the Campbellite church for the past eight years.

From the History of Henry County, Indiana. Chicago: Inter-State Publishing Co. 1884.
Blue River Township.
Page 547
Submitted by: Jeanie


Abraham Covalt was born in Blue River Township, Henry County, Feb. 19, 1849, and is a son of Cheniah and Elizabeth Covalt. When fifteen years of age he began shipping stock and has since followed that business with good success. In the winter of 1883-'84 he shipped seventy-three car-loads of hogs, besides sheep, horses and cattle. Dec. 8, 1869, he was married to Mary Ann, daughter of John and Jemimah Wiles, and settled at Economy, Ind. He remained there two years, and then moved to Franklin, and lived one year, when he returned to Henry County and settled in Blue River Township, where he is engaged in farming in connection with trading in stock. Politically Mr. Covalt is a Republican. Mrs. Covalt is a member of the United Brethren church. To them have been born five children - Frank, Georgia, Ethel, Grace and an infant.

From the History of Henry County, Indiana. Chicago: Inter-State Publishing Co. 1884.
Blue River Township.
Page 547
Submitted by: Jeanie


Cheniah Covalt, Sr., was born in Clermont County, Ohio, July 2, 1810, and was the son of Cheniah and Rachel Covalt, the former a native of Pennsylvania and the latter of New Jersey. His parents settled in Clermont County, Ohio, in 1790, where they remained about twenty years, when they removed to Brown County, where the father died in 1820 and the mother in 1835. Mr. Covalt's grandfather, Abraham Covalt, was killed by the Indians in 1789. His father served in the army of General St. Clair during the French and Indian war. He was present at the battle fought by St. Clair and the Indians in the year 1791, and was captured during the engagement but succeeded in making his escape. He afterward served under General Anthony Wayne, and was in the battle in which the Indian chief Tecumseh was killed. Subsequently he served for several years as a Captain in the State militia. There were born to the father of the subject of this sketch ten children, of whom but three, Abraham, Jarrett and Cheniah, are living. The subject of this sketch passed his early life on a farm, and enjoyed but limited opportunities for obtaining an education. On May 15, 1833, he was married to Elizabeth Eckelbarger, a very excellent woman. In December, 1842, he removed to Blue River Township, Henry Co., Ind., and settled on the farm where he now resides. By industry and economy he has become the owner of 500 acres of land in the county. He has acceptably served as Justice of the Peace, and has several times been elected Trustee of his township. In 1882 he was elected to the office of County Commissioner, a position he still holds. Prior to his coming to Indiana he had filled several responsible official positions. He has many times been called upon to act as guardian and administrator, and has discharged every trust with honesty and fidelity. He is the father of ten children, eight of whom are living - Ellen, born March 19, 1834; William, born July 12, 1835; Susan, born May 20, 1837; John, born Jan. 16, 1839, died Oct. 21, 1877; Rachel, born Sept. 16, 1840, died Sept. 11, 1841; Cheniah, born Oct. 16, 1842, Christena and Abraham, born Feb. 19, 1849; Dorah, born March 19, 1854; and Elizabeth, born Feb. 9, 1857. In all the walks of life Mr. Covalt has been upright and consistent, and few men possess in a larger degree the confidence and respect of the people of Henry County.

From the History of Henry County, Indiana. Chicago: Inter-State Publishing Co. 1884.
Blue River Township.
Page 548 and 549
Submitted by: Jeanie


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