"Counties of White and Pulaski Counties, Indiana - Van Buren Township" by F.A. Battey & Co. - published in 1883
D.W. BROWN was born in Preble County, Ohio, January 2, 1824, and is one of nine children - Anson, Mary, John A., William R., Dennis W., Hester, Israel, Levi H. and Phebe A. - born to Mercer and Nancy Brown. The father was born about 1792, and was the son of Richard Brown, who was born in Georgia, and was the father of ten children, of whom five were sons - Mercer, William, John, Richard and Jonathan. in 1845, D.W. Brown came to this county, and went to farming in Indian Creek Township on land given to him by his father. March 15, 1846, he married Miss Hannah Burton, who was born in Fairfield County, Ohio, November 28, 1829. In 1856, he moved to Royal Centre, Cass County, and then came to Winamac, where he was engaged in mercantile business for about two years. He next purchased the 217 acres on which he now resides. In September, 1864, he enlisted in Company D, Twenty-third Indiana Volunteer Infantry, and served until the close of the war. There have been born
to him eight children, names as follows: Mercer L., John W., Eva J., Ida A., Charlie D., Van B., Wesley D. (deceased) and Catherine (deceased).
"Counties of White and Pulaski Counties, Indiana - Van Buren Township" by F.A. Battey & Co. - published in 1883
JAMES BUCK was born in this county November 21, 1841, and is a son of John and Elizabeth Buck, with whom he lived until about his eighteenth year, when he was employed by the C., C. & I.C.R.R. Co. as brakeman, from which position he rose to be conductor, and was in the employ of the company about eight years. May 5, 1868, he married Martha E. Miller, who was born in Pennsylvania in 1847, and died in this county November 21, 1869. He next married, August 3, 1871, Ruth A. Nickless, who was born in this county October 27, 1850. Shortly after this marriage he moved to Royal Centre, Cass County, Ind., and thence to Logansport. In 1867, he purchased eighty acres of land in this township, upon which he moved in 1874, and is now engaged in general farming. His five children were named as follows: Carrie M., John N., Charles E., Minnie J. (deceased), and James W.C.
"Counties of White and Pulaski Counties, Indiana - Van Buren Township" by F.A. Battey & Co. - published in 1883
DR. F.G. BUCK was born in this county January 6, 1849, and is a son of John and Elizabeth Buck. The father was born at Troy, Ohio, October 10, 1817, and was a son of Thomas and Elizabeth Buck, natives of Pennsylvania and Ohio, who, in 1834, came to this township, where both died - he, February 27, 1863; she, March 23, 1864. They were born respectively March 20, 1790, and March 30, 1788, and were the parents of nine children. John Buck, January 28, 1841, married Elizabeth, daughter of Isaac and Rachel Washburn, a native of Darke County, Ohio, and born May 18, 1823, her parents being early settlers, and her father a soldier in the war of 182. The latter died from disease engendered by confinement in a military prison, through his having been captured by the enemy at the surrender of Gen. Hull. Mrs. Washburn subsequently married Vincent Calvins, and settled with him in Cass County, Ind., in 1830. Shortly after his marriage, John Buck settled in this township,
remained here six years, and then removed to Indian Creek Township, then returned to Van Buren, where he died, January 8, 1864. His widow married a Mr. Brook, and died September 9, 1880. Felix G. Buck is one of ten children - James, Willis H., John T., Felix G., Mahala, George L., Fieldon P., Letitia, Jonathan D. and Harvey J. After a common school course, Felix G. attended the high school at Winamac. In February, 1864, he enlisted in Company E, Twenty-ninth Indiana Volunteer Infantry, and was discharge December 12, 1866. On his return he again entered the high school, then learned silversmithing, studied physiology, and engaged in business, in 1870, at Royal Centre, Cass County. In August, 1870, he married Eunie Brook, who bore him one child, which died in May, 1872. Shortly after this, he returned to Winamac, where his wife died in April, 1873. He then studied under Drs. W.H. and G.W. Thompson, until September, 1874; then entered Indiana Medical College, and
shortly afterward returned to Rosedale and engaged in practice. June !, 1878, he married Annie M. Jones, daughter of Levi and Catherine Jones, and born May 11, 1860. The Doctor has no children.
W.H. BURK was born in Carroll County, Ind., January 7, 1829, and is one of the fourteen children born to Thomas and Sarah Burk, natives of Giles County, Va. The father was born February 22, 1795, and was the son of W.H. Burk, a native of Ireland, who died in Warren County, Ind., at the age of eighty-eight. Thomas Burk married Sarah Givens, who was born February 19, 1804, and they came to Pulaski County in 1847; here Mrs. Sarah Burk died in November, 1852, and Thomas Burk in August, 1854. He had served all through the war of 1812, and was the father of fourteen children - Rebecca, Ellen, Mary, Lucinda, William H., Margaret, Martha, Eliza, Nancy, John J., Amanda, James, and two daughters who died in infancy. W.H. Burk, in 1849, purchased his farm of 125 acres in this township, and, February 1, 1852, married Ellen Wilson, who was born in Miami County, Ohio, August 1, 1830. This lady died January 22, 1878, and November 20, 1879, Mr. Burk married Mrs. Delilah Jones,
widow of Robert Jones, born in Fayette County, Ohio, March 19, 1830, and the daughter of Christian and Martha Barger. His children numbered nine, and were all born of his first wife, as follows: Elizabeth A., Martha J., Marion F. (deceased), Runey A., Mary F., Esther C. (deceased), Della F., Dora B. and Cora E. Mr. Burk is quite an extensive stock-dealer, as well as general farmer. He is an Odd Fellow, and has filled the office of Township Trustee.
THOMAS CAREY was born in New Jersey March 12, 1835, and is the son of Patrick and Ellen Carey, natives of Ireland and parents of four children - Cornelius, Ellen, Thomas and James. The father died in Carroll County, Ind., about the year 1837; the widow re-married and moved to Cass County, Ind., where she died in 1840. Thomas Carey was married in Cass County, March 16, 1852, to Miss Harriet F. Douglass, who was born in Cass County March 25, 1836, and is a daughter of Joseph and Susan Douglass. In the fall of 1858, Mr. Carey came to this county and purchased a part of his present farm. In November, 1861, he enlisted in Company H, Forty-sixth Indiana Volunteer Infantry, and was discharged at Indianapolis in December, 1864. His wife died July 2, 1879. May 19, 1881, he married Sarah E. Jinkins, who was born in Cass County, in 1847. Both Mr. and Mrs. Carey are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church. There have been nine children born to Mr. Carey, named as follows: James W.
(deceased), John E., George R., William F., Joseph W. (deceased), Alice D., Anson E. (deceased), Effie M. and Thomas O. Mr. Carey is the owner of 106 acres in this township and eighty acres in Cass County.
GEORGE W. CLARK was born in Tolland County, Conn., January 3, 1815, and is the son of Thurston Clark, whose father, Carey Clark, came from England, settled in Connecticut, took part in the war of the Revolution, and died about 1831. His four sons were named Carey, William, Sands and Thurston. Thurston Clark was thrice married and was the father of nine children. George W. Clark is the youngest of the five children borne by Thurstonís last wife, Lucy Smith, viz., William, Nelson T., Mary, Hattie A. and George W., our subject, who, at the age of eighteen began a seamanís life, which he followed twelve years. He shipped at New London, Conn., visited the Crozette Islands, Van Diemanís Land, King Georgeís Sound, Doubtful Island Bay, Hobart Town, Alaska, Sandwich Islands, China Sea, Cape Horn, Rio Janeiro, New Orleans, Mobile, Liverpool, Quebec, St. Johns, and many other places. September 12, 1848, in Hartford County, Conn., he married Martha A. Allen. In the fall of 1853, he came to this township and
settled on his present farm, where he kept his family five years and engaged in boating in Alabama. He has a fine farm of 204 acres, and there have been born to him four children - William, Luella (deceased), Charles T. and Alice D. (deceased).
M.H. DUNN was born in Burlington County, N.J., October 4, 1835, and is one of the nine children born to Richard and Mary A. (Simpkins) Dunn, and named as follows: M.H., Martha A., Elizabeth, Victoria, William L., C.W., Richard, John and Hannah A. The father was born in Devonshire, England, about 1789, and the mother in New Jersey in 1799, and they were married at Mount Holly, N.J. In 1849, they moved to Logansport, Ind., remained there about four years, and then came to Winamac, and subsequently to Star City, where they ended their days. M.H. Dunn was married, February 28, 1861, to Margaret Hanawalt, who was born in Mifflin County, Penn., May 28, 1836. In July, 1875, he came to Star City, and took charge of T.C. Raymondís grain house, and in 1878 purchased a house for himself, and is still dealing in grain. He has also been freight agent since 1876. He is the father of seven children - Charles W., C.A., Sadie A., Mary E. (deceased), M.A., Catharine and Bessie. Mr. Dunn is a member of Star City Lodge,
No. 442, I.O.O.F., and he and wife are members of the Baptist Church.
WILLIAM DYE was born in Miami County, Ohio, April 15, 1807, and is the son of Benjamin and Elizabeth (Jackson) Dye, both natives of Pennsylvania. The father was born December 27, 1779, and the mother June 10, 1776, and they were married in Greene County, Penn. Mrs. Dye died about the year 1815; Mr. Dye then married his brotherís widow, and died in June, 1842. He was the father of fifteen children - ten by his first, and five by his second wife. Among them were ten sons - Stephen, Vincent, Andrew, James M., William, Benjamin, John, Jeremiah, Horatio and Basil. April 6, 1826, William Dye married Nancy Meek, who was born in Fairfield County, Oho, September 15, 1808. This lady died in Miami County, Ohio, January 12, 1843. In the spring of 1846, Mr. Dye came to Pulaski County, and settled on the farm of 160 acres where he now lives, having in the meantime lived a few years in Tippecanoe County, Ind. March 18, 1847, he married Emily Hollenback, who died November 17, 1860; December 4, 1861, he married Nancy McDonald, who died March 9, 1872; September 18, 1873, he married Mrs. Elzira Shepard. He has had born to him fourteen children as follows: Vincent, Sarah, Jackson, John, Basil, Benjamin, Eli and Horatio by his first wife; William, Emesila and an infant daughter, who died unnamed, by his second wife; James M. and Emily by his third, and Edward R. by his fourth wife. He has served as Justice of the Peace a number of years, and he and wife are members of the United Brethren Church.
HORATIO DYE was born in Miami County, Ohio, December 3, 1842, and is a son of William and Nancy Dye, who came to this county many years ago. In August, 1862, Horatio Dye enlisted in Company B, Eighty-seventh Indiana Volunteer Infantry, and was discharged at Madison, Ind., in May, 1865. Returning home on a furlough, he was married, March 24, 1864, to Nancy J. Thompson, who was born in Logan County, Ohio, June 2, 1843. To this union there have been born ten children - William S., Eli S. (deceased), Emma R., Mary E. (deceased), Nettie M., James L. (deceased), Jesse N. (deceased), Ina V., Nellie M. and an infant daughter not named. In 1880, Mr. Dye purchased and moved upon the farm where he now resides, and which comprises 206 acres.
ISAAC HOLLENBACK was born in Virginia February 21, 1818, and is the son of John and Mary Hollenback, who were also natives of Virginia. The parents came to Cass County, this State, at an early day, Isaac accompanying them, but in a short time the latter went to Fairfield County, Ohio, where he was married to Elizabeth Woltz, widow of Jesse Woltz. He then came to this township and settled on the forty acres of land on which he still resides and which he had previously purchased. Here he had the misfortune to lose his wife in April, 1880.
JONATHAN HUBBARD was born in Leicestershire, England, February 27, 1845, and is the son of William and Elizabeth Hubbard, who were the parents of nine children, named as follows: John, Mary, Thomas, Annie, Bessie, Eliza, William, Henry and Jonathan. Our subject, Jonathan Hubbard, the youngest of the family, came to America and settled in White County, this State, in 1865, and there engaged in railroading until 1879. He then came to this township and opened a restaurant in Star City, and has proved himself to be a worthy caterer and successful business man. He was married at Badger, White Co., Ind., October 31, 1866, to Elizabeth Phillips, a native of Champaign County, Ohio, born April 17, 1846, and the daughter of John and Catherine Phillips. Mr. Hubbard is a good citizen, and is a member of the I.O.O.F.
JAMES HUMES was born in Ohio County, Va., March 17, 1815, and is one of the fourteen children born to William and Anna Humes, natives of Ireland. The father died in Virginia and his widow in Fulton County, Ind. James Humes was married in Ohio County, Va., September 20, 1837, to Rachel Wallace, who died in September, 1839. May 4, 1841, he married Harriet Barker, and in the winter of 1844 came to this county, where, in 1877, he purchased his present farm of 110 acres. His children are seven in number - Amanda, Prudence J., Runion C., John R., Mary E., James H. and William B.
J.A. HUMES was born in Muskingum County, Ohio, March 13, 1840, and is one of a family of fifteen children born to John and Margaret (Frazier) Humes. John Humes was born in Washington county, Penn., December 18, 1799, and was a son of William Humes, a native of Ireland, who was there married, and emigrated to America in 1796, dying in Montgomery County, Penn., and leaving the following children: Elizabeth, John, Martha, Jane, Samuel, William and James. John Humes, when yet a boy, went to Ohio County, Va., and learned shoemaking. In 1819, he married Margaret Frazier, a native of Ohio County, and born December 12, 1806. He went to Muskingum county in about 1822, thence moved to Coshocton County, and thence to Fulton County, Ind., where he died in 1871; his wife died in 1855. His family consisted of the following children: William, Ruth, Samuel, Joseph, Ann, John, James A., Nelson, Margaret, Martin, Mary, and four who died unnamed. James A. Humes was
married in Fulton County, Ind., February 27, 1873, to Sarah M. Graves, a native of Mercer County, Ohio, born December 16, 1847, and daughter of James J. and Adeline (Stone) Graves, natives of Ohio, and residents of Cass County, Ind. In 1874, Mr. Humes came to Pulaski County and purchased the 120 acres where he now lives.
DAVID W. JONES was born in Fulton County, Ind., July 20, 1853, and is a son of William and Elizabeth Jones, natives of Ohio. The former was born in Clinton County April 22, 1825, and the latter in 1831. They were married in this county April 22, 1852, and shortly afterward moved to Fulton County, where they resided until 1856, when they returned to this county, and purchased and settled upon their present farm. They had born to them eleven children, viz.: Mary E. (deceased), David W., Frank, Thomas, Catherine, Emma, Louisa, Alfred, Ella, and an infant son and daughter who died unnamed. David W. Jones came to this county with his parents, and when about twenty-four years old began carpentering, which trade he still follows. He was married, April 15, 1880, to Anna M., daughter of Abraham and Sophia Miller. She was born in Miami County, Ind., and has borne her husband one daughter - Eva. Both Mr. and Mrs. Jones are members of the United Brethren Church.
H. KAHLER and W.E. SOUTH, dealers in furniture, Star City. H. Kahler was born in Wells County, Ind., December 9, 1849, and came to Star City with his parents, Henry and Nancy Kahler, in 1867, and here, under the instruction of his father, learned cabinet-making and undertaking. He was married at Owensville, Ohio, September 10, 1881, to Pauline, daughter of Peter and Martha South. Mr. Kahler is an Odd Fellow, and he and wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church. At the death of his father, Mr. Kahler took charge of the business, and formed a partnership with W.E. South, who was born in Clermont County, Ohio, April 5, 1845, and is the son of Peter and Martha South, and a brother of Mrs. Kahler. He came to Star City in 1873, and was married March 1, same year, to Margaret Souder, and the following December returned to Ohio, and remained two years. He then came back to Pulaski County, and bought a farm in this township, on which he resided until 1882,
when he moved to Star City, and joined Mr. Kahler in business. He is a Mason, a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and the father of one child - Clarence.
JACOB KNEBEL was born in Germany January 7, 1883. His parents, Jacob and Mary Knebel, came to this country in 1854, and settled in Crawford County, Ohio; thence they moved to Fulton County, where they ended their days. The father was born in 1800, and died in 1872; the mother was born in 1809, and died in 1876. They were married in 1826, and their children were nine in number - Jacob, John, Mary, Frederick, Rosina D., Gottlieb, David and two unnamed infants. Jacob Knebel accompanied his parents through to Fulton County, after which he spent some time in traveling over Iowa, Missouri and Illinois. He was married at Quincy, Ill., August 9, 1857, to Miss Margaret Moore, who was born in Kentucky in 1842. In the spring of 1860, he moved to Kansas City, Mo., where his wife died the following fall. He then returned to Quincy and left his family, and in July, 1861, enlisted in Company C, Seventh Kansas Volunteers, served through the war, and was discharged November 16,
1865. He then returned to Fulton County, where he married, May 23, 1874, Anna M., daughter of Benjamin and Hannah Vanmeter, and born in Greene County, Ohio, June 9, 1842. In 1846, Mr. Knebel moved to this township, and purchase the ninety acres on which he still lives. He is the father of two children - Ann M. and William J.
WILLIAM KORNER was born in Union County, Penn., April 22, 1834, and is next eldest of four children - Benjamin F., William, Margaret and Sarah J. - born to John G. and Elizabeth (Showers) Korner, natives of Pennsylvania, and of Holland descent. The family moved from Pennsylvania to Stark County, Ohio, thence to Seneca County, and in 1847 came to Pulaski County, and settled in Indian Creek Township, where the father died, and where the mother still lives. William Korner was married in Pulaski County, June 3, 1855, to Hannah Peyton, who was born in Pickaway County, Ohio, September 26, 1833, and is the daughter of Thomas and Rebecca Peyton. Mr. Korner has owned four different farms in this township, all of which he has occupied. He moved on his present place of eighty acres about 1872. In February, 1864, he enlisted in Company D, One Hundred and Forty-seventh Indiana Volunteer Infantry, and served until the close of the war. He is an Odd Fellow, and at present holds
the office of Township Assessor. He has had a family of seven children, named as follows: Joseph F., William H. (deceased), John R., Henry S., Charles M., Van B. and Effie E.
MATHIAS KUHN was born in Germany February 16, 1836, and is one of the nine children born to Michael and Barbara Kuhn, as follows: Joseph, Margaret, George, Mathias, Rejennie, Elizabeth, Margaretta and two unnamed infants. Mathias Kuhn started for America in the month of May, 1853, landing at New York City in June. He soon moved to Lawrenceburg, Ind., where he began to learn blacksmithing, completing it in Rush County. October 9, 1859, he married Miss Catherine, daughter of George and Mary Mull, and born in Rush county September 9, 1836. In the spring of 1860, he moved to Pulaski County, settling on the farm on which he still lives. He is owner of 480 acres of land in this county, and 430 in Fulton County, all gained by his own industry and good management. His children are eight in number, and named as follows: Mary E., William H., George M., Joseph M., Charles W., John A., Barbara E. (deceased) and Robert A. Mr. Kuhn and family are members of the Catholic Church.
DAVID T. LEWIS was born in Knox County, Ohio, January 3, 1843, and is the son of Peter and Rhoda Lewis, natives of the same county, and parents of seven children - David T., William, Elizabeth, Anna, Louisa, Mary E. and Frank H. The father was born April 11, 1813, the mother in August, 1817, and they were married in 1839. The mother died in 1862; the father remarried, and still resides on the home farm in Ohio. David T. Lewis enlisted in September, 1861, in Company G, Twentieth Ohio Volunteer Infantry, and was discharged at Louisville, Ky., July 15, 1865. Returning to Knox County, he was married, March 29, 1869, to Cypha Pattison, who was born in Knox County, May 31, 1845. To this union were born five children - Elma, Wilbur (deceased), Olive R., Rose L. and Harris A. Mr. Lewis came to this township in 1872, purchased 100 acres of land, and remained until 1876, when he sold out and went to Fulton County, where he lived three years, and then returned to Pulaski and
re-bought his old place. Mr. Lewis is an Odd Fellow, and he and wife are members of the Christian Church.
A.J. LIMING was born in Butler County, Ohio, March 28, 1826, and is one of the eleven children born to John P. and Elizabeth A. (Conoveis) Liming. The father was born in 1805, and was the son of Samuel Liming, a native of Virginia and resident of Kentucky, where he was married, and whence he moved, in 1794, to Butler County, Ohio, where he lived forty-three years on one farm, and died at the age of eighty-three. He served six years and seven months in the Revolutionary war. John P. Liming was married in Butler County, Ohio, about the year 1825. In 1828, he moved to Hancock County, Ind., and thence to Miami County, Ohio, and in the year 1834 to Shelby County, Ind., where Mrs. Liming died in 1857. Mr. Liming was afterward twice married. He was a soldier in the Mexican war and also in the war of the rebellion. Shortly after the death of his first wife, he came to this county, where he died in 1878. His children were named as follows: Mary J., Andrew J., James, Samuel,
William C., John, Richard B., Elisha G., Isaac, Elizabeth A. and Martha, by his first wife; Henry and George M., by his second wife. A.J. Liming enlisted from Shelby County, Ind., in the Mexican war, in 1846, and served under James H. Lane. He was married, January 18, 1849, to Mary A. Applegate, who was born in Shelby County, Ind., June 12, 1832. This union has been blessed with nine children - George W., Eliza A., John F., Mary F., William S., Ulysses G., Albert A., Herbert B. and Arthur B. In 1852, Mr. Liming moved to Fulton County, and in 1855 came to this county, settling on his present farm. In September, 1864, he enlisted in Company C, Twenty-third Indiana Volunteers, and served until the close of the war. Mr. and Mrs. L. are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church.
JAMES B. MARKER was born in Lancaster County, Penn., May 4, 1841, and is the youngest of the four children born to John and Anna (Reynolds) Marker, and named as follows: William, John, Jacob and James B. The father died when James B. was but three weeks old, and the mother married a Mr. Hatfield, who died in about ten months. She next married Mr. Lidgard, and in 1852 came with him to Pulaski County, where she died July 3, 1854, leaving one child by her last husband - Mahalia. James B. Marker was married, January 21, 1861, to Maria Lidgard, a native of Pike County, Ill., born in February, 1839, and daughter of Solomon and Anna Lidgard. To this union have been born six children - Azuva A., Mary E., Sophia, Loretta, James F. and Bertha. In the spring of 1867, Mr. Marker purchased a farm of 397 acres in this township, having passed a few years in Indian Creek Township on land given him by his mother. Mr. Marker is a Mason and an Odd Fellow, and has served as Township Trustee four years.