A farmer in Orangeville Township, of which he is a native, was born August 31, 1839, to Elizabeth (Wilson) Shirley, wife of George Shirley, to whom was born a family of five children, of which William is the oldest. The subject of this sketch received a good common school education, having attended college at what is now DePauw University, a few terms. Most of the time previous to attaining his majority he rendered his assistance on the farm. March 19, 1867, he married Mary E. Hicks, to whom the following named children have been born: Charlie, Fred and Nellie. In November, 1861, he enlisted as a volunteer private in Company G, Forty-ninth Regiment, and he was honorably discharged at Indianapolis in December, 1864, that being the expiration of the time for which he had enlisted. He has been a very successful farmer, owning 280 acres of well improved land under an excellent state of cultivation.

History of Lawrence, Orange and Washington Counties, Indiana
copyright 1884 Goodspeed Brothers and Company, Chicago
Data Entry by Diana Flynn

was born in Berks County, Penn., October 3, 1816, the fourth child born to Daniel and Hannah (Wicks) Cook, both of whom were natives of the Keystone State and of German descent. When but ten years old he was left to battle with the realities of his life by the death of his parents, and at fifteen began the carpenter's trade, which he completed when twenty one. In 1839 he went to Indianapolis, and some time afterward worked at his trade in Illinois, Missouri and Kansas. He then came to Orange County, Ind., purchasing a saw-mill on Lost River in partnership with a Mr. Moore, which he operated for some time. At the breaking out of the war with Mexico he volunteered, and as a private, served in Company B, Second Indiana Regiment, in the battle of Buena Vista, and at the end of thirteen months was honorably discharged. Since 1850 he has been engaged in farming and is now comfortably situated, yet engaged in that location. In 1849, he married Rachel Wires, who was born in Washington County, this State, in 1820, and by her is the father of four children: Hannah J. (Mrs. Wilson), Francis M. (deceased), Washington C. and William S. Mr. Cook is a Democrat in politics, and he and wife belong to the Methodist Episcopal Church.

History of Lawrence, Orange and Washington Counties, Indiana
copyright 1884 Goodspeed Brothers and Company, Chicago
Data Entry by Diana Flynn

Farmer and stock shipper; Sec. 10; P.O. La Prairie (son of William and Margaret Herron) was born in Washington county, Ind. July 30, 1825, and came to this county, March, 1856; has 208 acres of land, valued at $10,400; married Henrietta Beckett, March 6, 1856; born in Clark county, Ind., Dec. 10, 1829. Seven living children: Laura A., born May 18, 1857 (died Aug. 6, 1864); John W., born April 30, 1859; Cornelius H., Feb. 18, 1861; Sarah M., April 11, 1863; Martha T. and James C., born Nov. 26, 1864; Charles E., June 13, 1868; Mary E., Feb. 14, 1872. William Herron emigrated from Nelson county, Ky., to Beardstown; thence to Washington county, Ind. where he raised a family of ten children; thence to Clark county,Ind., where he died at the age of 76. Mrs. Herron died at the age of 66. S.T. Herron's grandfather was a native of Ireland; was one of the 20 first settlers in Kentucky; was a soldier in the Revolutionary War, and served eight years. His grandmother was a descendant of the Scotch; when she was eighty years old she could walk three miles. His father came to Indiana a poor man, accumulated a good property; was Captain of the militia, and held the office of Justice of the Peace for years. The subject of this sketch is one of the leading shippers of stock in the county. In 1876 he shipped Smith & Farlow, of Quincy, $50,000 worth of hogs; came to the county in limited circumstances but by industry and economy he made himself and family a pleasant home, and is one of the live men of the township.


John Lyle Campbell was the grandson of early pioneer Samuel Axom Lynn. John�s father, David Given Campbell was married to Roseanna Lynn on September 19, 1822. Roseanna died of cholera in 1833. David remarried. David and Roseanna had 5 children, 2 who died in infancy. John Lyle was born October 13, 1827. John Lyle Campbell was one of the early schoolteachers in Washington County. He was the longest serving member of the Wabash College faculty. He brought the first electric light to Crawfordsville from the Centennial Exhibition of 1876. His name can still be seen on the side of the can of McCann�s �finest� irish oatmeal sporting the prizes it has earned over the years, the Steel Cut Oatmeal Award from the 1876 Philadelphia Exposition. He was a professor of physics, mathematics and astronomy at Wabash College. He married Mary Ellen Johnston. His home, built in 1856, still stands on the Wabash College campus, now known as the Arnold House, a career center. He died in 1904 . His daughter, Jane Rose, married Albert Barnes Anderson, a U.S. Federal Judge. Here is a link to an excellent article about him on the Wabash College website http://www.wabash.edu/magazine/index.cfm?news_id=4795

Arnold House, John Lyle Campbell built in 1856

John Lyle Campbell, grandson of Samuel Axom Lynn

Campbell with students

Submitted by: ROSE BEYKE


Peter Zink was born according to the "Salem Democrat" on the 23rd day of April, 1794, near Washington County , Virginia.( son of Daniel Zink and Mother Betsey Shelly he was stock of true Revolutionary breeding in a day, that it was the fashion to suffer and dare for Liberty and to toil was ones worth to the right to govern ones self. his own cousin John Zink was killed at the "Pigeon Roost Massacre".

He was proud to vote and encourage others to do the same, was proud that his off shoots were a chip off the bark of "Old Hickory", Had one son Daniel that died during the Revolution.

Lived in Washington County Indiana all his life and never had any lawsuits, nor any hindrance by any body. May these old forrest trees ,so to speak ,which are guides, the connecting links to another and past generation ,be spared to us many years to come.

On his Headstone it says;
He led a peaceful life
always ready to help the Needy,and
sympathetic to the Afflected.

Submitted by Frank H. Kautsky,III, courtesy of Joyce Underwood

The Story Sarah Wright Zink," A Pioneer Woman"

The Democratic Sun Paper, on Sept. the 21st of 1894 reported That She was born on Sept. 18th, 1799, in Rowan, North Carolina, parents Philburd Wright and wife Mary Sears., along with 11 other siblings.,.

At age 16 she married Peter Zink and together they raised 12 children and at last count the brood had grown to 59 grandchildren, and approx. 100-200 Great grandchildren, and 2 great-great grandchildren

She and her husband settled a farm One and a Quarter miles west of Salem . Together they felled Timber and made one of the best farms in Washington County , Ind. and by their honest toil they had by had by hard work, and economy accumulated a handsome fortune.

She lived thru the Presidents from George Washington who died December the 14th of 1799,, and lived thru all of them until her demise in 1894, Saw The country grow from 13 States to 44 , she was only 16 when Jackson fought the Battle Of New Orleans on January 8th of 1815.

During her time she observed the county side covered with forest and full of wildlife, and Indians turn into a blooming civilization. and grow from Woods with settlers in log cabins and then growing cities., along way from the days that she took sickle in hand and made her yarn with a old loom.

These hard times were the fabric that created her into the truthful, kind, generous, charitable woman she was, and always had a loving ear to hear friends with problems that she could ease.

Today she rests beside her husband Peter in the Crown hill Cemetery, and I ask that you when visiting this home of the Zink's and others tip your hats to one of the Pioneers that made our State what it is Today.

Submitted by Frank H. Kautsky,III, courtesy of Joyce Underwood