MATTHEW KING, Township Trustee, farmer and stock raiser, was born in Carroll County, Ohio February 3, 1835 and is the second of the four children of William and Margaret (Moffet) King, natives of Pennsylvania and of Irish extraction. In 1849, his parents moved to this state and located on the site now occupied by himself. Matthew was reared on the farm of his father and attended the public schools in Ohio and Indiana, to which preparation he added by careful and continued reading. February 23, 1860, he married in this township Margaret W. Hall, to which union was born nine children--Mary M; William V; Albert H; Howard A; James C; Ida May; Frances B; Parmelia F and LeRoy. Mr. King is a self made man and has done much toward the development of the township, having come hither when the district was a wild, but now controls by ownership of 292 acres, containing a good residence, and other valuable improvements, together with considerable cattle and from 200-300 sheep. In 1880, Mr King was elected Trustee of his township and afterward re-elected. He is a straight-out, earnest Democrat and esteemed citizen. Mr. and Mrs. King are members of the Presbyterian Church.

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WILLIAM C. LANGDON, farmer and stock raiser, was born in Owen County, October 3, 1832, and is the eighth child born to Zachariah and Rachel (Bolin) Langdon, both natives of North Carolina and of English extraction. William was reared a farmer and recieved a common school education. He began teaching at the age of eighteen, and followed that vocation for several years, remaining with his parents until of age, and tilling the soil when not engaged in teaching. He never received any help in the way of a start in life, but has at present a farm of 223 acres, with most of the modern accessories, and all earned through his shrewd management. His first marriage was to Ellen A. Haltom, in March 1853; to this union were born four chidren-- Henry L, Mary J, William I, and an infant unnamed. He was next married, January 1, 1861, to Miss Martha A. Sipple, who bore him eight children--Charlotte H, Julia A, Cornelia A, James C, Lewis B, Joseph E, Naomi F, and Savannah E. His third marriage was to Mrs. Mary (Corbit) Mustar, October 3, 1882; one child, Robert M., is the fruit of this union. Mr and Mrs Langdon are members of the Baptist Missionary Church and in politics he is a Democrat. He has served as Township Assessor twelve years, and under the old law, when there were three Trustees, he filled the office of Clerk for three years. He is an energetic, well to do farmer and popular gentleman.

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Rev. John F. Lautenschlager, pioneer farmer and stock raiser, is the sixth of the eight children of George M. And Anna Maria (Effinger) Lautenschlager, natives of Wuerttemberg, Germany. George M. Lautenschlager emigrated to America in 1831, with a family of eight children, his wife having died in the Fatherland, and located in Pennsylvania. John F. was born February 19, 1822, and passed his boyhood between labor on the farm and school going. Later, our subject received a higher form of education, and studied theology under Rudisill and Henkle, in the Evangelical Lutheran Synod of Indiana, and, graduating, was licensed as a minister in 1844, and has since been distinguished as a conscientious divine, his sermons being of the purest diction and effectiveness, and he having organized a number of churches in this and other counties. December 9, 1847, he married Leah Coble, a union which was productive in nine children:Luther, Leah, Melanethon, Anna, Maria, Jacob S., Sarah E., Brunetta E., and Jeremiah. Mrs. Lautenschlager died April 13, 1874, and April 25, 1876, Mr. Lautenschlager wedded his second wife, Mrs. Nancy Beatty, with an issue of one child:Matthias. Mr. Lautenschlager is a strong Democrat, and has served as Township Trustee and Notary Public. He came to this county in 1856, and redeemed from the wilds his farm of 190 acres, now cultivated, improved, stocked and planted. Mr. Lautenschlager is a generally esteemed citizen, and has officiated in St. Johnís Church, in Clay County, near Staunton, since 1855.

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THOMAS LUKENBILL, is a native of Owen county, Indiana, born in Washington township February 18, 1843. His parents, Samuel and Eliza J. (Thomas) Lukenbill, natives of Indiana and Kentucky respectively were married in Owen county in 1840 and located on a farm two and a half miles southwest of Gosport. They lived there for forty years, when the father died. The mother still lives on the old home farm. Thomas is the second in a family of eight children and was reared and educated on the old home farm. When eighteen years of age, he enlisted in Company G, Thirty-eighth Indiana Infantry, under Capt. James Secrest. He was discharged during the next year on account of disability. In 1863, he located on a farm near Gosport, remained there for fourteen years and then moved to Gosport. He became a partner in a flour mill, and after a short time sold his interest, became a dealer in furniture and a year later went to farming which he does at present in connection with running a meat shop in Gosport. He is a member of the Christian Church. In 1863, he was married in Owen County to Charity Barnes, daughter of James Barnes, an old and respected pioneer of Owen County. By this union there are five children--Orrie M, Lillie M, Thomas L, Stella and Matilda J.

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STEPHEN MAEGERLEIN is a native of Germany, born January 3, 1834 and is the third child of George and Margaret Maegerlein, also natives of Germany. At the age of thirteen years, Stephen was placed in a flouring mill, and served an apprenticeship to the milling business. In 1854, he emigrated to the United States and followed various vocations until 1858, when he came to Indiana, located in Clay county and thence came to Owen county and commenced the milling business in a well appointed establishment valued at $10,000.00. June 22, 1859, he wedded Mary Schmalz, a marriage which gave being to ten children--Caroline, George, Alice, Mollie, John, Lottie, Hermenie, Arthur, Bertha, and Ernest. Mr Maegerlein has been a fairly successful man in the strife of life. He owns and controls a farm of 250 acres in this county, with good residence, well improved and well stocked, making a comfortable home and valuable property. He is a highly respected citizen and he and his wife are members of the Lutheran Church.

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CHRISTOPHER R. MARTIN, was born January 8, 1827 in Northampton County, North Carolina, and is the eighth of the eleven children of Etheldred and Rebecca (Watkins) Martin, natives of Virginia and of English extraction. They emigrated from Kentucky to Indiana at an early day and settled near Cloverdale, Putnam County, where they afterward died. Christopher passed his early life on the farm, attending school some time in the winter, where he remained until he attained his majority. December, 1861, he married Elizabeth McDowell, a union which gave being to three children. Mr. Martin in 1863 engaged in mercantile business at Cloverdale, and continued successfully thereafter for two years; he then engaged in farming, which he has since followed. Notwithstanding many reverses of fortune and impediments to progress, Mr. Martin has acquired a comfortable home and a good farm of 120 acres. He is a Republican in politics, a member of the Masonic fraternity, an upright man and a respected citizen.

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CLEMENT McBRIDE, is a native of this county, was born June 18, 1864 and is the third of the four children of Alexander and Agnes (Scott) McBride, respectively of German and Irish extraction. They came hither as early as 1819 and located in the wilderness of Owen County, where they founded a home and improved and established one of the best farms in the neighborhoo; the father died in 1874 leaving to each of his four children a help in the business of life. Clement was taught the principles of farming, received a good school education and after his father's decease, inherited a legacy of 102 acres of well located land. Mr. McBride is a rising and esteemed young man, of much executive ability and business capacity. He is now a salesman in the grocery house of Stephenson & Leonard where he is growing in the favor of his employers and the community. He has not yet reached the age of eligibility as a voter, but is imbued with the principles of the Republican party.

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WILLIAM S. McCRARY, farmer and stock raiser, was born in Tuscarawas County, Ohio, June 12, 1824, and is the sixth of the ten children of John and Margaret (Slutts) McCrary. The former a native of Virginia, the latter of Maryland, and respectively of Irish and German descent. William was reared a farmer and received the rudiments of an education. In 1846, he removed to Indiana and located in this township, then scarcely more then a wilderness, entered land and began reaching out for a home. His is now the possessor of 509 acres in good cultivation, well improved, fully stocked, also equipped with implements, and all obtained by his unaided diligence and industry. February 22, 1852, Mr McCrary married Nancy, daughter of George and Martha Ritter, and a native of Indiana. To this union were born nine children--Margaret(Mrs. Long), Martha(Mrs. White), William M., Letitia(Mrs. Lucas), George R, Daniel V, Nathan, Lucy and John. Mr. McCrary is a rigid Democrat and has served two terms as Township Trustee. Mr and Mrs McCrary are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church and are among the most liberal and benevolent of their neighborhood, and are highly esteemed by all.

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EDWARD MILLER, stock raiser and farmer, is one of the four children of Andrew and Eliza (Rogers) Miller, natives of Pennsylvania, and of German extraction. Edward was born in Carroll County, Ohio, April 6, 1839 and was reared on a farm, and at the age of fifteen was apprenticed to the blacksmithing trade for the period of three years, and one year thereafter emigrated to Indiana and settled in this township, where in company of his brother, he put on sale 800 head of sheep, and then engaged in the saw milling business, having owned, in company with others, the first potable saw mill in the county. December 16, 1868, he married Mary, daughter of John and Elizabeth Need and a native of Carroll County, Ohio. After his marriage, Mr. Miller engaged in farming and now owns and controls 153 acres of excellent land, in good cultivation, well improved, well stocked and well supplied with farming implements. Mr. Miller has been Assessor of his township for the past eight years, is a staunch Democrat in politics, and a much valued citizen. He has been successful in life, and has a comfortable and independent home, all of which has been acquired by his own unaided energy and labor. Mrs. Miller is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church.

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HON. JOHN S. MONTGOMERY, is a native of this township,was born March 31, 1847 and is a son of John and Elizabeth (Devore) Montgomery, respectively of Irish and German descent. Our subject was reared to the labor of a farm and when not so engaged was given opportunity to attend school of which he made the best use possible and at one time taught a school for a period of eight months. After reaching his majority, he engaged in stock trading, and which he still continues. Mr. Montgomery is one of the leading and most enterprising citizens of this county. He is the possessor of 160 acres of excellent land, well improved and under good cultivation. He has also a large personal property, mostly acquired by his individual thrift and energy. He is a member of the Masonic fraternity and also of the Christian Church. He is a liberal giver to all beneficent and worthy enterprises, an active Democrat, and was elected to the position of Representative of Owen County in 1882.

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WILLIAM R. MONTGOMERY, one of the pioneer farmers of this township was born in Fleming County, Kentucky, June 4, 1815 and is the second of four children born to John and Polly (Donovan) Montgomery, natives respectively of Virginia and Mason County, Kentucky. He was educated at the subscription schools of his neighborhood until 1827, when he came to this township with his parents from Bourbon County, Kentucky. The township was then little more than a wilderness, but is now covered with beautiful pastures and cultivated field and to this family, as much as any other, can this great change be accredited. Mr. Montgomery now owns 440 acres in a good state of cultivation, improved with residence, barns, outbuildings, fences and an orchard and stocked with horses, cattle, hogs and sheep, together with every variety of farming implements. At the age of sixteen, he began an apprenticeship at blacksmithing at Spencer; served four years and then returned to the farm. January 31, 1839 he married Nancy Ann Devore, a native of Owen county, and daughter of Henry and Anna (Barnes) Devore of Kentucky. There were four children born to this union, now living--Mary J, Louella, Anna B and Elizabeth. Mr Montgomery is in rugged health, though past sixty eight years of age, and both he and his wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church.

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THOMAS MURPHEY retired farmer, is a native of Kentucky, and was born in November, 1802. His parents, Kanlum and Nancy (Sicklesworth)Murphey, came to Kentucky in an early day, where they died near Lebanon. They had twelve children, of whom Thomas was the fifth. At the age of thirty-five years, he came to Putnam County, Ind., where he lived twenty-five years, going thence to Morgan Co., afterward coming to Owen, where he now lives. It was then a wilderness, and he has helped clear a large part of Harrison Township. When Mr. Murphy was nineteen years of age, he married to Betsy Douglas, with whom he lived sixty-two years. Eleven children were born to this marriage. In politics, Mr. Murphey is a democrat.

"After researching Thomas, I discovered his Mother's name was actually Nay Shuttlesworth."

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HIRAM MYERS, farmer and stock grower, youngest son of Lewis and Catherine (Cooper) Myers, natives of Kentucky and Virginia respectively, and of German extraction, was born in Montgomery County, KY., December 4, 1820. His parents came into Indiana in 1824 and located in Wayne Township upon land now partly occupied by the town of Gosport. At the end of about four years, they removed into Morgan County, where subject resided until the spring of 1866. Coming thence into Wayne township, he settled upon the land he has since owned and occupied. May 17, 1849, he was married to Kitura Wilson, whose father Thomas O. Wilson, died in May 1883 at the age of eighty five years. By her, subject had born to him six children; first an infant not named (deceased), William Henry, Mary Louisa, wife of John M. Whitaker, Thomas Jefferson, John W., and Laura Jane, widow of Joseph Asher. Mr. Myers is a member of the Odd Fellows fraternity, an active, wide awake Democrat in politics and a consistent member of the Christian Church. The only office of trust or profit he ever sought he obtained and was for one term Trustee of Ray Township in Morgan County. From the "Virgin Woods" of Indiana, he has made two good farms-one in Morgan and the other in Owen County. He now owns a fine farm of 455 acres where he lives and another of about fifty acres near by,both well improved, cultivated stocked and equipped. When Hiram Myers was about two years of age, his father died, leaving the family poor, so what he has; he has acquired by the industry of himself and a prudent, faithful Christian wife.

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ANDREW K. NEILL, farmer and stock grower, fifth son of Alfred and Rosana (Kerr) Neill, of North Carolina, was born in Iredell County, that State, July 4, 825 and came into Indiana in 1847, and up to 1873 lived alternately in Owen, Monroe and Greene Counties. Since 1873, he has resided in Clay Township. February 7, 1850, he married in Greene County, Naomi E. Neill, by whom he has had born to him ten children--Minerva R(deceased), Martha Ann, Alfred W(deceased), James G, Sarah Jane, John W, Armilda M(deceased), two infants (deceased) not named and youngest Mary Alice. Mr and Mrs Neill belong to the United Presbyterian Church at White Hall. January 2, 1864, Mr. Neill enrolled at Bloomington, Ind., as a private in Company I, Tenth Indiana Volunteer Cavalry (One Hundred and Twenty fifth Regiment) and served to September 19, 1865. While in the service he participated in the battles of Pulaski, Tenn., Decatur, Ala., Nashville, Tenn., Mobile, Ala., and any number of skirmishes not dignified in history with the name of battle. At Nashville, he recieved a slight flesh wound, which disabled him a few day. His greatest injury however, results from chronic diarrhea, contracted while out and from which he has never recovered. In 1854, he was elected Justice of the Peace of Clay Township, and held the office three years. For the past twelve years he has been carrying the United States mail from White Hall to Bloomington. Mr. Neill owns a nice farm of eighty six acres, all in cultivation, well stocked and fully equipped with the necessary agricultural implements. As a good citizen and neighbor he enjoys the confidence and respect of the community where he has spent most of his life, and where he is best known.

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JOHN NELSON, once a pioneer farmer and influential citizen of this county was born April 5, 1821 in Ohio and is the third of the five children of John and Hannah (Woods) Nelson, the former a native of Ireland and the latter of Ohio. The father of our subject emigrated from Ireland when he was sixteen years old and came to this county in 1825, where our subject received some education, afterward making his onward way unaided and being at his death the possessor of 400 acres of improved land. February 16, 1843 he married Miss Mary Jackson, who left at her death eight children-- John W. (deceased), Louisa, Anderson, Hannah, Leonard B (deceased), Ira (deceased), Isabel and an infant. Five years afterward, Mr Nelson married Mrs. Annie Kelsey a native of Saratoga, NY, who had four children by her former husband; this union was graced by three children- Elizabeth, Frederick, and Harriet(deceased). Mr Nelson passed from earth June 1, 1880. He was an honored Freemason an active member of the Protestant Methodist Church, an earnest supporter of the Republican party and a liberal gentleman and highly regarded citizen. Mrs. Nelson, a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church is now managing the farm and succeeding admirably in the enterprise. She was born October 27, 1829.

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WILLIAM NORRIS, a teacher and enterprising farmer and stock raiser of Jefferson township, was born August 8, 1853 in Coshocton County, Ohio, and is the fifth of eleven children born to Jacob and Mary (Bixler) Norris, the latter a native of Pennsylvania and of German extraction. The subject of this sketch was reared upon a farm and after he arrived at his majority, he attended county normal schools; received a certificate to teach and has taught nine successful terms in Owen County. He in company with his parents came to Owen County in the spring of 1865, and has today a nice farm of eighty acres beautifully situated and mostly made by his own shrewd business management. He is an energetic working Democrat, having voted with that party since he became a voter, and was elected Trustee the spring of 1882 of Jefferson Township.

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PAGE 908


WILLIAM MOSES OOLEY, farmer and stock grower, eldest son of John and Mahala (Johnson) Ooley, was born in Greene County, Ind., June 31, 1845. From Green he came into Owen County in the year 1866, and remained about six years, going to the state of Missouri in the year 1872. After a few months stay in the latter State, he pushed on into Arkansas, and from there came back to Indiana, and with exception of two years spent in Washington Township, has since resided in Clay. September 21, 1867, he was married to Laura Scott, by whom he has had born to him eight children; William V, Mary M, Ora Izora, Birdie Hixon, Lemuel Dow, Gracie Pearl, an infant not named and Luella who died at the age of about two years. As a good citizen and neighbor, Mr. Ooley enjoys the esteem of the community in which he lives and where he is best known. What of the world's goods he has and has had he has worked for. Both he and his wife are members of the Christian Church.

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MARCUS L. ORRELL, was born August 15, 1820 in Davidson County, NC, and is the ninth of the fifteen children of Daniel B. and Mary (Hutchin) Orrell, the former a native of Maryland, the latter of Virginia, and of English and Irish descent respectively. Daniel B. Orrell was the owner of a mill, and lived to the phenomenal age of nearly one hundred and three years. Marcus was reared a miller, and received but a limited education. In 1840, he emigrated to Indiana, and engaged in milling at Mooresville, Morgan County, where he remained for sixteen years. April 7, 1844, he married Miss Lucinda Spoon, of Mooresville a union blessed with eleven children, seven of whom yet live. In 1854, he moved to Quincy, Owen County, where he built a flouring mill and has since resided. This mill he operated for seven years. In 1872, he engaged in general dry goods trade, with a large stock, which he lost by fire one year afterward but immediately and resolutely resumed. January 16, 1877, he lost his wife and August 28, 1879, married Lydia A. Thompson, of this county. Mr. Orrell has been a Justice of the Peace about twenty eight years, is a member of the Masonic fraternity, and a very worthy and highly respected gentleman.

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WILLIAM H. PETTIT, was born in Jennings Township, this county, April 19, 1840 and is the son of Jacob and Elizabeth (Kelley) Pettit, who were born in Ohio, who there married in 1830, and who came to Indiana in 1832 locating in Henry County, and in 1839 coming to this county. William H. was reared on the farm, his parents cleared from the wilderness, and was educated at the public schools. August 26, 1861, he enlisted in Company B, Thirty-first Indiana Volunteer Infantry, under Capt. Winans; served three years and took part in the engagements at Shiloh, Stone River, Corinth, Perryville, Chickamauga, Mission Ridge, Resaca, Kenesaw Mountain and marched with Sherman to Atlanta, where his time expired and where he was discharged in September 1864. The following April he enlisted in Hancock's Veteran Corps for one year; did duty about the capitol, and was honorably discharged in the spring of 1866. He returned to the home farm and his father having died, he has been managing for his mother ever since. The farm is a well improved one of 160 acres; his attention is given to raising livestock and the usual farm products. His mother and himself are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church.

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