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C, married to Miss Martha J.White, November 4. 1870;
after her decease he was married to Miss Clara M. Dooley,
November 21, 1886. He resides near Ziousville, Ind. He
was elected County Commissioner in November, 1884. Syl-
vester C, single, resides in Kansas Gity. Vando L., married
to Miss Elma O. Schooler, resides in Perry Township, Boone
County, Ind. Ada, married to S. N. Cragun, resides in Leb-
anon, Ind. Mark A., married to Miss Elma F. Hoggins,
resides in Worth Township, Boone County, Ind. Emma R.,
single, at home. Daniel W. Y., married to Miss L. Elsie
Barb, resides one mile east of Whitestown, Ind. Minnie M.,
married to Leander W. Tomlinson, resides one mile south of
Whitestown, Ind.

Mr. and Mrs. Booher are still living and enjoying good
health.

Mr. Booher is one of the early pioneers of this country.
He endured the hardships and privations common to the early
settlers of a country. When he and Mrs. Booher started out
to battle with the realities of life they had but little of the
necessaries to make life comfortable. Their culinary depart-
ment was not filled with such things as we find in a pantry of
to-day. They had one oven, one iron pot, three pewter plates,
three knives and forks, two cups and saucers and a few other
things common among the pioneers of this country.

In the year 1845, Mr. Booher moved to where he now
resides, one-half mile south of Whitestown, Boone County,
Ind. This country was then, to a great extent, a wilderness
and much of it under water. Mr. Booher killed wild ducks
in a pond where Whitestown now stands. He purchased
ninety acres of land which, at the time, was covered with a
dense forest hitherto unmolested by the woodman's ax. He
could see nothing before him but a life of toil, but with that
determination that characterizes the successful man, he entered
upon the arduous task of felling timber, clearing land, rolling



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logs and cultivating the soil, laboring from early morn until
dewy eve under the disadvantages incident to all the early
settlers.

Mr. Booher, by industry, perseverance, economy and good
management, accumulated a considerable amount of wealth.
He owns several farms, aggregating several hundred acres of
productive land. He ranks with the leading financial men of
the county. For his success in this particular he deserves
much credit. He was not a lazy loiterer, who expected a
streak of good luck to come to him. He knew that honest
endeavor weaves the web of life, turns the wheel of fortune,
amasses wealth and keeps one permanently rich. Mr. Boo-
her's indomitable will and inflexible purpose, linked with
courage to work for an honest living, led to his financial suc-
cess. ('Men who do not go out into the great field of human
exertion, but wait for success to come to them, are the men
who, for the most part, are at the bottom of dishonesty and
corruption. Lazy men hate the rich and always have hated
them. They never emulate their energy, industry and econ-
omy, and hence deserve no help from them. Laziness has
cravings for vices which lead to untold misery.

Mr. Booher did, until late years, vote with the Democratic
party. His first vote for president was cast for James K.
Polk. He is now in sympathy with the National party. He
became somewhat disgusted at the management and the politi-
cal machinery of the two leading parties, and like Shadrach,
Meshach and Abednego, he refuses to bow to the images they
set up, or to dance to their music. He protests against the
despotism of American politics, and claims that at conven-
tions, at the ballot-box and everywhere, without hindrance and
without malediction, men shall vote as they think best, keep-
ing in view the common interest of the people of the nation.
He does his own reading and thinking, and votes and acts
accordingly.

As a financier Mr. Booher has but few equals, as is evi-
denced by his financial success and history. He never made



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a mistake in his judgment as to his o'.vn financial affairs. His
judgment in regard to the finances of our great nation has
not as yet been fully tested. He has a right to his opinion
and to the adv^ocacy of it both by speech and ballot. In
another part of this work will be found a portrait of Mr.
Booher.

JOHN M. BALL.

Quite prominent among the people of Boone County is the
person's name at the head of this sketch, he being a sou of
Adrin and Mary Ball, he being of German descent and
she of English. Mr. Ball's parents came from Tennessee
to Boone County at a very early day, settling near Thorn-
town in 1831. Was born in Sugar Creek Township, of
this county, January 20, 1833. He was united in marriage to
Miss Mary A. Case, February 14. 1857. With him she has
proven herself a worthy and faithful companion, the result of
this marriage being one child, Carrie, who married Alfred H.
Allen, son of Rev. Allen. Mr. Ball was so unfortunate as to
lose one of his limbs; was hurt at school in 1851, and from
that time on it bothered him until inflammation set in, and in
May, 1872, had it amputated. His occupation has been that
of farming until 1868, when he went in the grain business at
Thorn town with Alfred Burk. This partnership lasted for
about two years. He was nominated by the Democratic party
for the auditor's office, to which he was elected by an over-
whelming majority when the county was about three to four
hundred Republican, and was elected again in 1882, which
term he has just finished. This shows Mr. Ball's standing
with the people of Boone County. He has been a very liberal
patron to the secret orders of the county, belonging to the
Masons, Odd Fellows, Red Men, Knights of Pythias and
Knights of Labor. Mr. Ball was elected president of the
Agricultural Association in 1878, which he filled satisfac-
torily for about four years. His sympathies have always been



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with that of the farmer. Politically speaking, he has always
been a straight oat Democrat, and what offices have been be-
stowed upon him have been very satisfactorily filled.

CALEB S. BEACH

Was born in Butler County, Ohio, March 5, 1814. Was
raarried to Mariah Rosaboni 7th of November, 1839, born
March 5, 1820. Came to Boone County in 1853, settling in
Washington Township, near Mechaniesburg. Mr. and Mrs.
Beach belong to the United Brethren Church. Their chil-
dren's names are as follows : Joseph H., born January
30, 1884, married to Rachel Bennett. Mary, married to
Nicholas Bennett, born, ^May 1, 1842. Phebe, born Decem-
ber 22, 1843, died July 20, 1849, buried in Ohio. Cath-
arine, born April 7, 1845, died July 20, 1849, buried al^o
in Ohio. Martha, born November 28th, 1846, died August
4,1849. Sarah, born July 29, 1848, was married to John
Bennett; resides in Sugar Creek. Clarkson, born January
10, 1851, married to Annie Rodgers; live in Kirkland, Indi-
ana. Emeline, born November 22, 1852, married to Thomas
Bennett. Resides in Kansas. Joseph H. was in the army,
Fifty-fourth Regiment. All the deceased members are buried
in Ohio.

GREENBURY BUNTON

Was born in Nichoal County, Kentucky, March 22, 181*,
united in marriage to Melvina Harrison, Feb. 24, 1848. The
following are their children's names: Newton H, resides near
his father, Wm. W., in Clinton County. Mrs. Bunton died
in 1852; is buried in Clinton County. Mr. Bunton was
again married to Martha A. Ham, October 9, 1865. Jessie
D., married to Fillmore L. Potts, resides at home ; Mattie G.
died at the age of three years ; buried at the Bunton Cemetery.
Mr. Bunton has resided on his farm since 1834, on the north



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side of Sugar Creek, near the Clinton County line, in Wash-
ington Township, one and one-half miles west of Mechanics-
burg. His father's name was James Bunton, his mother's
name was Susan Benson, who died in Kentucky. Mr. James
Bunton died in 1845; is buried at the Bethel Cemetery. Mr.
Bunton was a member of the Christian Church.

JOHN L. BUNTIN.

This grand old pioneer was born in Nicholas County, Ken-
tucky, October 10, 1805. Was married to Sarah Riley, April
23, 1828, in Kentucky. Came to Boone in 1829, where he
entered his land, and moved on it in 1835. He is yet living
at the advanced age of eighty-two years. The following are
the names of the children by the first marriage: Elizabeth
married to William Haller, reside in Kansas. Mary, died in
infancy. Martha E., married to William Brown, reside in
Lebanon. Julia A., died at the age of four years. John died
at the age of nine years. James R., resides in Lebanon, mar-
ried to Mary Pauly. Nancy, married to Urbin McKinsey,
reside in Noblesville, Indiana. Mr. Buntin was the second
time married to Nancy Stephenson, January 12, 1862. Child
is named Annie and the only one lives at home. Mr. B. is a
member of the Presbyterian Church. Also his wife. Mr. B.
joined in 1839, has been an elder more than forty years. He
lives on the land he entered, on the line between Clinton and
Washington townships. He is regarded as one of the best
men in the county. All honor to this good old pioneer.

SOL. W. BECK.

Mr. Beck was born in North Carolina, January 4, 1823.
Son of John Beck, who came to Boone County in 1829. S.
W. Beck was then in his seventeenth year. His wife, Marga-
rette Pauly, was born in Tennessee, December 7, 1823. Came
"with her parents to this county when seven years of age. Mr.



236 EARLY LIFE AND TIMES IN

and Mrs. Beck were married January 11, 1843, in Boone
County, near where they now live, in Washington Township,
six miles north of Lebanon and one and one-half miles west
of Pike's crossing. Mr. and Mrs. Beck, as wx'll as all the
children, are members of the M. E. Church. When camping
we stopped at this pleasant home, where kindness and hospi-
tality reigned supreme. The following are their children's
names: Sarah E., married to J. Q. Colston; the second time
to Mr. Holliugsworth, reside in Washington Township. Juda
E., married to William Powell, reside in Washington Town-
ship. Susan F., married to H. M. Burcaw, reside in Clinton
township. Mary A., married to Elton B. Hollingsworth,
reside on the home farm. Anna L., married to William Rob-
erts, reside in Washington Township. Two children died in
infancy and are buried at Bethel Cemetery in Washington
Township. Mrs. Beck was the daughter of the late Joseph
Pauly, one of the pioneers of Boone County.

SAMPSOX BOWEN.

This sturdy old pioneer first looked out on this beautiful
world in Harrison County, Kentucky, Aug. 19, 1818. When a
boy of eighteen he arrived in this county, and was joined by his
parents here three years after. Their names were Frances.
Sarah G. Bowen, who died August 20, 1867, and July 19,
1874, respectively. They are buried at Pleasant View Ceme-
tery. Sampson Bowen was married to Mary A. Burk April
11, 1844, daughter of Samuel and Elizabeth Burk and sister
of Dr. George L. Burk, of Jamestown. Mrs. Burk, mother
of Mr. Bowen, died September 24, 1839. Mrs. Burk died
February 27, 1868. Buried at the Erskin Cemetery. The
following are the names of Sampson Bowen's children : Geo.
E., born March 7, 184G. Albert C, born December 7, 1847.
Armilda M., born July 2, 1849, died 1853. Emily J., born
January 19, 1851, died Septem^ber 1853. James C, born
May 9, 1853, died September 27, 1853. Maretta, born July



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25, 1858; married to Samuel Huckstep November 9, 1876.
Mr. and Mrs. Boweu belong to the Christian Church, and are
a grand old couple, know all about pioneer life. They live at
home in their old days, about one mile southeast of Dover, in
Jefferson township, where they are highly respected by both
old and young. To them the writer is indebted for favors
shown while, canvassing for the "Early Life and Times in
Boone County."

HENRY I. BENNETT

Was born in "Warren County, Ohio, June 24, 1823, and came
to Boone County, Ind., in October, 1844, locating in Clinton
Township, ^Yas married to Sarah Witham, in AVarren County,
Ohio, December 23, 1843. The following are their childrens'
names : Robert, died in Andersonville Prison in October,
1864; Martha C, married to Marion Pavy, reside in Kirk-
Tand, Ind. ; Mary A., married to George D. Hardesty, reside
in Kansas ; Rachael, married to Joseph Beach, reside in Wash-
ington Township ; Nicholas E., married to Ida M. Anderson,
reside in Kansas; John W., married to Mattie Dewall, live on
the farm ; Silas W., married to Elizabeth McLance, live with
the old folks on the farm ; Henry M., died in infancy; Rozella,
married to Charles Kersy, reside in Smith County, Kan. ;
Adia A., married to Lewis K. Holmes, reside in Clinton
County, Ind. Mr. B. served sixteen years as j ustice of the peace
in his township. Has joined in marriage and preached more
sermons than almost any other man in the county. He has
spent much time in the study of the Scriptures, and is well
informed. Mr. B. was also one of the pioneer school teachers,
having taught in this and Clinton Townships for a number of
years. Mr. and Mrs. Bennett are a deserving couple and
know all about pioneer life. At their friendly home they
have entertained many since their coming to this county.
They have lived to see the woods cleared away, and well-cul-
tivated fields rise in every direction ; the log cabin displaced,
and the more comfortable buildings take their place. While



238 EARLY LIFE AND TIMES IX

getting material for this work it was our good fortune to stop
with this good old pioneer couple, and to listen to the interest-
ing recitals of hardships endured by them. In person, Mr. B.
is rather under the medium size and of fair complexion. Long
may this couple live to enjoy the fruits of their toil. Mr. B.
lives in the north part of the county, two miles east of
Mechanicsburg, and one mile south of Clinton County line.

ANDREW BURXS.

This pioneer was born in Nicholas County, Ky., July 18,
1820. Came to Boone County in the year 1850. First settled
in Clinton Township, where he has since resided, and where
he owns a fine farm, made by his own hands. He has fine
buildings; takes delight in following his chosen profession; is
a sterling Democrat of the Jetfersonian style. His companion
in life was formerly Nancy Laurence, daughter of John R.
and Jane Laurence. Mr. and Mrs. B. were married June 22,
1854. The following are the names of their children;
Mary J., died aged ten years, and is buried in Salem Cemetery,
in Clinton Township; John F., lives at home; Eliza A., mar-
ried to Emsly Ham ; William C, married to Fannie Rouse,
reside in Clinton Township; Oliver L., lives at home. Two
of their children died in infancy, and are buried in Salem
Cemetery. Both Mr. and Mrs. Burns belong to the Presby-
terian Church. Mr. B.'s parents' names were William and
Isabella, who were early settlers in Clinton Township, and are
buried in Salem Cemetery. Mrs. B.'s parents are buried in
Robinson Cemetery, in Center Township.

JOHN M. BURNS.

Mr. Burns, one of the pioneers of Boone County, was born
in the state of Kentucky, on the 6th of May, in the year 1816.
He was married to Miss S. A. Wylie in 1842. Miss Wylie



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was born also in Kentucky, February 12, 1823. They came
to Booue County in the year 1834, settling in Clinton Town-
ship. Mrs. Burns died December 17, 1852. She is buried at
Salem Church Cemetery. The following are the names of
their children : Eliza J., born May 31, 1847, married to
James A. Powell, February 27, 1868, reside in Clinton Town-
ship where they ow'n a fine farm ; Joseph A., married to Anna
Paxton, reside in Kansas. Mr. Burns was again married to
Mary Stephenson, who was born in Kentucky. The following
are the names of his children by this marriage : Henry C, Mary
A., Lola Q. (deceased). Mr. Burns now resides in Kansas.
He was one of the prominent men of the county since 1836.
Served as county surveyor many years with entire satisfaction.
Also township trustee of Clinton Township for eight terms.
See his portrait on another page.

HIRAM BRENTOX.

Mr. Brenton is one among the early settlers of Clinton
Township, coming as early as 1835. He was married to
Rachael Wylie, July 4, 1836. Mr. Brenton has resided a
long time in Clinton Township. The town of Elizavilie was
at one time a part of his farm. In person Mr. Brenton is tall,
well made, six feet high, and has been an iron man, has done
a great deal of hard work. He and his wife have underwent
hardships unknown to those now living and enjoying the
fruits of their labor. Mr. and Mrs. Brenton are members of
the United Presbyterian Church at Mud Creek. The follow-
ing are their children's names: Elizabeth C, Oliver and
Samuel. Elizabeth married to B. B. Batts ; Oliver and Sam-
uel reside at home, the latter married to Ola Cary. Three of
their children died in infancy. Buried at the Salem Cemetery
in Clinton Township.



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JOHN BECK



Mr. Beck was born in North Carolina in the year 1800,
and on the 29th flay of September of that year. He was mar-
ried to Juliet Shiuall. Mr. Beck came to Union County, lud.,
in the year 1811, remained there until 1836, when he became
a citizen of Boone County, settling three and one-half miles
northwest of Lebanon, and there resided until his death, Octo-
ber 13, 1876. He was one of the pioneers of the county, and
-all through life a worthy citizen and prominent member of the
Regular Baptist Church for over fifty years. His wife also
«ame when quite young to Union County, where they were
married about the year 1820. Mrs. Beck was born in the year
1799. She also was for over fifty years a member of the Bap-
tist Church, and as well as her husband, was a regular attend-
ant of that church. She died August 3, 1875, at her home,
three and one-half miles northwest of Lebanon, where, also,
Mr. Beck died, and near where they lived so long, and where
their be't days were spent and where they were well known
and loved so well. They are buried at the Beck Cemetery,
and where loving hands have erected monuments to their
memory. They knew all about pioneer life, and in their early
home in Union County before Indiana was a state they battled
with a frontier life, and had at one time to take refuge in a
block house from the hostile Indians. When they arrived in
this county in 1836 the county was quite new. They were
then in their prime, with strong hands and a determination to
make a home in this new country, they with hard toil and
patience succeeded, and at the close of life at a good old age,
had plenty to bless them with. They raised a large family of
thirteen children, most of whom reside in this county, and
like their parents, are highly esteemed as good men and wo-
men. The following are their names : Elizabeth P., married
to W. R. Taylor (she is deceased). Abner, married to Martha
Preston, resides in Union County, Ind. Sol. W., married to












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Margaret Pauly, resides in Washiugtou Township. William,
married to Sarah Witt, both deceased. John F., married to
Kitty A. Kersey, reside in Center township. Samuel L.,
married to Eliza Pauly, reside in Worth Township. Anthony,
married to Mary J. Hinton, reside in Washington Township.
Jackson, married to Elvy A. Pauly, reside in Lebanon. Mary
H., married to Robert Kerns; she is deceased. George, mar-
ried to Arminta M. Phillips, reside in Center Township.
Louisa J. deceased. Zachariah deceased. Susan A., married
to Montgomery Remington, resides in Nebraska.

Mr. has 76 grandchildren, and 104 great grandchildren,
living and deceased.

A. J. BOONE.

Mr. Boone, a descendant of the noted pioneer of Kentucky,
was during his lifetime an active, influeiitial citizen of Boone
County. His father, Benjamin Boone, was born in Kentucky,
resided there up to 1827, when he removed to Preble County,
Ohio, and in 1834 came to Rush County, Ind. In 1838 he
removed to Boone County, Ind. A. J. Boone, the subject of
this sketch, was born in Preble County, Ohio. July 17, 1820.
In 1841 he was elected county auditor, serving until 1843, In
early life he decided to become a lawyer, and in the year 1848
AVas licensed to practice, having previously engaged in school
teaching in Leavenworth, Kansas, and Lebanon, Ind. In
1851, he was married to Mary E. McLaughlin, daughter of the
late James ^IcLaughlin, an early citizen of the county. In
1849, and up to 1853, he was assistant clerk of the house of
representatives of Indiana. As an attorney, he rose rapidly,
and became a successful practitioner, not only at the bar of
Lebanon and adjoining county seats, but at the bar of the
Supreme Court. He was one of the prime movers in estab-
lishing the Boone County Pioneer in Lebanon. He was also
among the first advocates of a county fair, and served as direc-
tor and stockholder many years. In 1873 he was elected to
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242 EARLY LIFE AND TIMES IN

the state senate from Boone County, where he served with
credit four years. He was associated in the practice of law
with R. W. Harrison, of Lebanon, during which time he
resided on his farm, four miles southeast of Lebanon, walking to
and from his office almost daily ; this to gain his failing health.
All through life in his various pursuits, in private and public,
he was active and industrious. While the profession of the
law was an honor to him, he was an honor to it, never stoop-
ing to low, dishonorable actions. He died at his home in the
county July 12, 1875. Mr. Boone was a member of the
Christian Church. His widow resides on the farm, and for
the past few years has been an invalid. After Mr. Boone
died, Mrs. Boone married Mr. Harper, with whom she lived
up to his death in 1814. Mrs. Harper died February 18, 1887.

ANTHONY BECK.

One of the most prominent men of the county is the one
whose name heads this short and imperfect sketch. He is the
son of John Beck, one of the pioneers of Boone County, both of
whom were born in North Carolina. Anthony Beck was born
May 15, 1831. His wife, Mary J. Hinton, was born Novem-
ber 31, 1831. They were married September "27, 1849. The
following are his children's names: Martha E., born July 27,
1850, married March 17, 1870; died April 22, 1870. Jwhn
Beck was born December 23, 1851 ; William R., born Febru-
ary 14, 1854; Alonzo, born November 24, 1855; he died in
1867; Leander, born May22, 1857 ; Francis M. , born August
17, 1860 ; Anthony ^Y., born August 17, 1862 ; Sarah E , born
August 25, 1865; Anna L., born December 1, 1867; Charles
R., born December 20, 1869, died, August, 1873 ; Albert, born
November 17, 1871 ; Lena M., born February 10, 1876. Mr.
Beck is among the most prosperous men in the county. He
owns nearly three hundred acres of land in Washington Town-
ship, where he lives, one mile and a half west of Pike's Cross-



BOONE COUNTY, INDIANA. !^4S

ing, where he has a fine residence and well fixed to live. Long

may he live to enjoy his well earned property. Has given
his children twelve thousand dollars.



FRANCIS MARION BUSBY

Whose portrait appears on another page, was for many years
one of the most prominent figures in the commercial and
political history of Boone County. Coming to Lebanon in
1834, he was, at the date of his death in 1886, one of the few
remaining of the little band of pioneers who had settled at
this point prior to 18-40 From early manhood to the close
of his useful and eventful life, he was foremost in all move-
ments calculated to benefit his adopted town and county, as
well as being active in all measures for the amelioration of
his fellow-men, and it is but just to his memory to say that no
other man's personality was ever so deeply impressed upon the
community. , He was a witness to the progress of Lebanon
from its inception until it had become a busy city of five
thousand souls, and the county which he first beheld as a wil-
derness, he lived to see developed into a vast area of culti-
vated farms, dotted with thrifty towns and villages, and pop-
ulated with a sturdy, prosperous, and enterprising people. ^

Mr. Busby was born in Bath County, Kentucky, on the
29th of May, 1831, and with his father and mother remov^ed
to Lebanon in 1834. In 1853 he was married to Miss Lu-
cinda Haun, at Thorntown, and to this union were born five
sons and one daughter, the latter dying in infancy. The five
sons — Charles E., Elmer D., John H., Albino O., and Dick
L. — are all engaged in the milling business in Lebanon, in
the large plant established by the father and Charles E., and



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