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known as the Globe Roller Mills.

Mr. Busby's character was known to all men as being of
such sterling worth that he became a veritable public servant.
The confidence reposed in him was never abused or betrayed,
and he was universally regarded as a wise counsellor and an



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efficient executive. He was twice elected treasurer of Boone
County, and during the dark days of the Rebellion he ren-
dered valuable service to the cause of the Union. For a per-
iod of twelve years he was postmaster at Lebanon, and this
trust, as in the case of all others that were in his keeping, he
discharged with the utmost fidelity. He was a meml)er of
the city council for several terms, and a few days before his
death he had been appointed to a vacancy in the school board.

la early life he had followed the trade of carpentering with
his father, but later on he successfully engaged in farming,
stock-raising and milling. He was deeply interested in the
breeding and development of horses, and was the originator,
promotor and first President of the Indiana Trotting and
Pacing Horse Breeders' Association, which he lived to see
firmly established.

As a politician, few men in Indiana outranked him for
sagacity, and during Governor Morton's regime he was one of
the great War Governor's closest friends and counsellors. He
was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and a Free-
mason of high standing. To the latter order he was especially
devoted, and he practiced the teachings of the Mystic Tie in
spirit and in truth.

His death was keenly felt in the community in which he
had lived so long and for which he had done so much, and
citizens of all classes abandoned their usual vocations in order
that they might do homage at the grave of one who had in
life been the unswerving friend of the poor and distressed.
At all times he was generous, and in all things just. His
charity was as broad as humanity itself, and the world was the
better by his being in it. Of him it may be said:

" He never made a brow look dark, nor caused a tear
But when he died."

One who knew him thirty years, and who was opposed to
him in many a hard-fought political contest, wrote this truth-
ful and beautiful tribute to his memory : " Vengeance had



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no abiding place in his hf'art. He never sufi'ered a wrong he
did not freely forgive. The virtue of goodness in Francis M.
Busby made him great."

JAMES BRAGG

Was born in Fayette County, Ind., February 10, 1830;
moved to the east side of Boone County, Ind., on Eagle
Creek, in 1840; came to Lebanon November 1, 1849; was
married to Margaret Kernodle April 27, 1851 ; was one of the
contractors in building the present court house in Lebanon,
in 1856— '57, in which he lost two years' hard work and what
other money he was possessed with. At that time he was
engaged in building many of the old-time brick buildings of
Lebanon. He enlisted as a private in Company F, 40th Regi-
ment Indiana Vol, Infantry, at Lebanon, October 7, 1861 ;
promoted Second Lieutenant Xovember 18, 1861; promoted
First Lieutenant April 1, 1862. He was engaged in the Battle
of Sliiloh, Tenn., April 7, 1862; was in siege of Corinth,
Miss., during the months of April and May, 1862 ; was engaged
in all the battles and skirmishes of the Buell campaign to
Louisville, Ky., in 1862; was engaged in the Battle of Perry-
ville, Ky., October 8, 1862; in Battle of Stone River, at
Murfreesboro, Tenn., December 31. 1863, and January 1, 2, 3
and 4, 1863; was engaged in the Tullahoma, Tenn., campaign
in 1863; was engaged in the battles and sieges around Chat-
tanooga, Tenn., in 1863; was promoted Captain, March 1,
1864; was engaged in all the battles and skirmishes of the
Georgia campaign to Atlanta. He received a concussion by
the bursting of a shell from the enemy's guns near hib head
while leading the skirmish-line at the Battle of Rosacea, Ga.,
May 8, 1864; received further injury while charging the
enemy's works at Lost Mountain, Ga., during a violent rain-
storm, June 18, 1864; was engaged in the memorable charge
of the enemy's works at Renessaw Mountain, Ga., June 27,



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1864, at which time so many of our brave soldiers fell. As
autumn leaves fall, so fell the bravest of the 40th Regiment
at Reuessaw Mountain, Ga. He was engaged in the battle of
Peach Tree Creek, Ga., July 20, 1864; was engaged in all the
skirmishes to the taking of Atlanta, Ga., after which he was
sent back with the 4th army corps to take care of Hood and
the rebel army. Was in the skirmish at Columbia, Tenn.,
in November, 1864; was engaged in battle at Springhill,
Tenn., November 29, 18G4. He was prominently engaged
in the battle of Franklin, Tenn., November 30, lb64,
where he was slightly wounded and had his sash shot from his
shoulder. Mr. Bragg says oi this battle : " Our division,
that of the 2d of the 4th army corps, bore the brunt of this
terrible, bloody battle, losing more than 2,000 men. This
was the hardest fought and bloodiest battle, for the number
engaged, during the war. It was a hand-to-hand contest.
The rebels, being stimulated by the aid of whisky, were urged
on by the valor of their officers to break through our lines
and march on to Nashville, Tenn., only thirty miles distant,
and the home of many of the brave, rebel soldiers who fell to
rise no more at that bloody battle. Each charge made by the
rebels was as stubbornly resisted by us Union soldiers. Never
wavering or faltering, but each one vieing with each other in
deeds of valor, every one of us baring our breasts to the
enemy's guns to do or to die." He was engaged in the two-
days battle of Nashville, Tenn., December 15 and 16, 1S64 :
marched to East Tennessee, then back to Nashville, Tenn.
He then went to New Orleans, La., and crossed the Gulf of
Mexico to Texas. He was mustered out at Texarkana, Texas,
December 21, 1865, by reason of his services being no longer
required, as the war was ended. He re-cro.s.sed the gulf, and
was discharged at Indianapolis, January 23, 1866.



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STRANGE N. CREGUN,

Who now is at the head of the educational affairs of the county,
is a native of Boone County, having been born in Eagle Town-
ship in 1853. his father, Hiram Cregun, being one of the pio-
neers of that part of the county. S. N. Cregun received all
the advantages of the common school of the county and is a
regular graduate of the best high school of the country. He
attended West Point military school for two years. He has
been identified all his life with school and school matters,
either as student or teacher. Served several years as princi-
pal of the Lebanon schools with entire satisfaction to all, and
was elected county superintendent in March, 1887. He was
married to Miss Booher, daughter of Benjamin Booher, of
Worth Township, and has an interesting fsamily living in the
city of Lebanon.

THE CROSE FAMILY.

Jonathan Crose, sen., was born February 25, 1791, in a
fort in Nicholas County, Ky. He was married to Susan Utter-
back in Bourbon County, Ky. She was born in Kentucky,
March 23, 1787. They moved to Tippecanoe County, Ind.,
in the year 1830, with seven sons, and one born in Indiana
after their arrival. The following are the children's names :
Reuben, born January 3, 1811 ; Benjamin, born January 22,
1813; Andrew J., born March 26, 1815 ; Henry H., born Jan-
uary 30, 1819; Covington, born June 2, 1822; William F.,
born December 20, 1824 ; Jonathan, born December 29, 1827 ;
Michael, born June 20, 1831, in Indiana; all the others born
in Kentucky. Mrs. Crose, formerly Susan Utterback, died
June 24, .1834, buried in Tippecanoe County. Mr. Crose
served as county commissioner at an early day for Boone
County ; the dates we are not able to give. He died July 22,
1876 ; is buried at the old cemetery in Thorntown. Mr. Crose



248 EARLY LIFE AND TIMES IN

first settled in Boone County in 1835, on the farm now OM-ned
by Thomas Utter. He settled all his sons within five miles of
his old homestead. The following arc deceased: Reuben,
killed by foiling tree May 6, 1862, buried at Thovntown ; Deu-
jamin, died August 4, 1879, buried at new cemetery in Thorn-
town ; Andrew J., died 1879, is buried near Frankfort, Ind.
Henry H. resides in Sidney, Iowa; ^Villiam F. resides in Page
County, Iowa; Covington and Jonathan, jr., reside in Boone
County, Ind.; Michael resides in Clinton County, Ind. Ben-
jamin Crose, who was one of Boone County's best citizens,
was born in Kentucky, January 22, 1813; came to Boone
County in 1835. Mr. Crose was twice married, first to Mary
J. Reed, the second time Cynthia Martin. The following are
the names of Mr. Benjamin Grose's children : David, Mary
E., Cyntha A., Alice, Martha J., Benjamin, Sarah, Atley, Su-
san — all horn in Boone County except David, who was born
in Tippecanoe County, Ind. Mr. Benjamin Crose was a very
prominent man in his day, owning at one time one thousaiid
acres of land on Sugar Creek, and for years the owner of the
Crose mills near his own home. He died August 4, 1879; is
buried at the new cemetery near Thorntown.

David Crose was married to Martha E. Bovee, September 10,
1857 ; is one of the enterprising farmers of Washington Town-
ship on the north bank of Sugar Creek, where he has resided
for over thirty years. The following are the names^f his
children: Marion F., born August 20, 1858, died November
11, 1858; William B.,born February 2, 1860; Mary E., born
October 24, 1864 ; Clement L., born May 8, 1863 ; Cyntha E.,
born October 11, 1864 ; James W., born May 17, 1866 ; Sarah
A., born January 15, 1871, died February 1, 1871 ; Pearly A.,
born October 2, 1872, died August 30, 1879; Edgar L., born
June 11, 1877 ; Walter F., born April 12, 1881. All the de-
ceased members are hurried at the new cemetery in Thorntown.
Mrs. David Crose was born in Clinton Countv, Ind., April 27, ,
1841.



BO(iNE COUNTY, INDIANA. 24&



DAVID A. COLDWELL.



David A. Coldwell, the subject of this sketch, was born iu
Nicholas County, Kentucky, March 21, 1804. His fatherfs
name was Thomas Coldwell, born in Pennsylvania in 1778,
died in 1851. Thomas Coldwell married Sarah Coldwell, born
in Pennsylvania; died in 1844; married in 1803. Mrs. Mar-
tha Coldwell, the wife of the subject of this sketch, was born
in Kentucky, December 30, 1806. Her father's name was
Edward P. Creswell ; her mother's name before marriage was
May Stephenson. Mr. Creswell was born in Pennsylvania in
1777, died August 6, 1826. Mrs. Creswell was born in Penn-
sylvania. September 22, 1782, died March 5, 1861. She is
buried in Lebanon. D. A. Coldwell and Martha Creswell
were married March 19, 1829. Came to Boone County in
1843. Settled near Lebanon where they now reside, and
where, in 1833, Mr. Coldwell entered a part of his land and
where they have resided since 1843. The following are their
children's names: Almia A., married to Samuel Beaman ;
Edward T., married to Miss E. A. Padgett, reside in Leb-
anon ; Mary J., married to William Powell, live in Clinton
Township; Martha A., married to William Partner, reside in
Lebanon, Mr. and Mrs. Coldwell belong to the Presbyterian
Church and are worthy members of the same. Their going in
and out before the people here for the past forty years has
given evidence of their worth as citizens and church members.
They reside just west of the city of Lebanon, are enjoying the
repose of life after a successful struggle. Plenty surrounds
them, and though they are quite old, they are well preserved
and enjoy life well. Tell of the early times in Kentucky as
well as in Indiana.

ELIJAH CROSS

Was born in the State of Tennessee, in the year 1807; was
married to Mary Hoover January 13, 1831 ; came to the
countv about the vear 1828. He settled where Zionsville now



250 EARLY LIFE AND TIMES IN

is, and it was on his laud the first lots were laid out, in 1852.
Mr. Cross died in 1869. His v>'idow (who was the first bride
in the county), is yet living on the old home place, overlook-
ing the thriving town of Zionsville. The following are the
family names : Martha, deceased ; David H., lives in Hamil-
ton County, Ind. ; Rebt^cca A., died December 6, 1847; Ra-
chel A., married August 9, 1860, to Rev. F. M. Pavy, de-
ceased April 10, 1880; Levinia E. D. P. Lebhart, lives in
Zionsville; Jacob A., died January 5, 1860; John G., mar-
ried to Mary Harmon, lives in Zionsville; Louisa C, married
to Peter Gates, lives in Zionsville ; James L., died March 30,
1882; Columbus ^y., married to Lotta Whitaker, lives in
Lebanon. The deceased members of this family, including
Mr. Cross, are buried at Crown Hill Cemetery, near the city
of Indianapolis.

OLIVER CRAVEN.

Mr. Craven, one of the early settlers of Thorntown, was
born in Randolph County, X. C., June 1, 1812. Came here
in the year 1833, and where he has .since resided. He was
first married to Rebecca Talsey, January 1, 1838. In 1837
he was elected justice of the peace, and as such has acted for
over forty-three years, perhaps the longest time of any man in
the county. Joined the M. E. Church in 1837, and has acted
with and been a member of that church ever since. The tol-
lowing children were born to him and his first wife: Alice
M , Caroline M., Jason L., Nancy E. and Nathan J. Three
are deceased ; one resides in Minnesota, and one in Chicago,
111. Mr. C. was the second time married, this time to Susan
Pauly, on December 19, 1849. Names of their children:
Sarah F., Ella, Mary A., Delilah A., Oliver M., William and
Laura B. Two of the above died in infancy. Mr. C having
served the people as justice of the peace so long is enough to
convince all of his fidelity and integrity. He has served as
president of the Old Settlers' Meetings at Thorntown three
years.



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JOHN CHAMBERS.

Mr. Chambers was born in Butler County, Ohio. July 4,
1803. He was married to Miss Roby November 9. 1825.
Miss Roby was born in Butler County, Ohio, July 14, 1805.
They were married in Oliio ; came to Boone County in J 839,
settling in Washington Township, where Mrs. Chambers now
resides, Mr. C. having died July 14, 1870. He is buried at
the Cason cemetery. The following are the names of the
children: William Andrew, Clark, Julia A. (deceased), Sarah
E. (deceased), Isaac R. (deceased), Henry W., James F., John
G., Oliver S. Mr. and Mrs. Chambers were both members
for years of the Christian Church. Oliver S., married to
Sarah Moffitt, resides at home on the old homestead. This is
one of the early families of this part of the county, the county
being quite new when they arrived here. Mr. and Mrs.
Chambers were, on their arrival here, young and strong, and
with willing hands soon made themselves a comfortable home,
and plenty came to bless them. It, however, took work and
patience.

RUEL CAIN

Was born in Tennessee, January 8, 1811. Came to Kentucky,
lived there a few years, then to Clark County, Indiana. Came
with his father, Arnold Cain^to Jefferson Township, in year
1838. In the year 1833, and on the 25th day of December, he
was united in marriage to Elizabeth Stype. The following
year they settled where Hazelrigg Station now is, and where
Mrs. Cain now resides. Mr. Cain died May 31, 1884 ; is buried
at the Cox Cemetery. The following are their children's
names: Joseph S., killed in the late war; America, Arnold,
Mary A., Clayborn T., William S. The fcdlowing are de-
ceased : Joseph, America, and Mary A. America was married
to Thomas Felter; buried in Kansas. Mary A., married to
John Hill, buried at the Cox Cemetery. Clayborn T., mar-
ried to Laura Freise, Arnold married to Annie Neigh, Will-



252 EARLY LIFE AND TIMES IN

iam S., lives at home. Clayborn T. and Arnold reside in Jef-
ferson Township. Mrs. Cain was born in Kentucky, April
14, 1815. Mr. C. was of light complexion, rather low, heavy-
set, blue eyes. Mr. C. entered a part of his land ; is buried
at the Cox Cemetery.

BARTOX COLDWELL.

The subject of this siietch was born in Nicholas County^
Kentucky, March 21, 1817. His parents' names were John
Coldwell and Clarissa Pauly, before marriage. John Coldwell
died September 24, 1835. Mrs. Coldwell died May 12, 1847,
buried at the Cox Cemetery. Barton Coldwell was married
to Miss Pauly Juue 27, 1839, in Center Township, Boone
County. Mrs. Coldwell came with her parents, Jeremiah
Pauly and wife, when a young girl. Mr. Pauly died August
5, 1846. They were married in Kentucky in 1812. Buried
at the Pleasautville Cemetery. The following are the names
of Barton Coldwell's children : John B., born December 5^
1840, married to Phebe J. Hollingsworth, May 17, 1866,
reside in Thorntown ; Algira A., born December 21, 1842,
married to Isaac Jackson, September 26, 1861, live in Jeffer-
son Township; Jeremiah C, born November 4, 1845, married
to Nancy C. Sutton, March 21, 1867, died February 28, 1870,.
is buried at Thorntown. Jeremiah was again married to
Rachael S. Bratton, February 2, 1871,, resides in Jefferson
Township; Garrison AY., was born August 6, 1848, died
August 18, 1869, buried at Pleasantview Cemetery; Clarissa
T. was boru June 5, 1853, died November 26, 1862, is also
buried at Pleasantview Cemetery. Mr. Barton Coldwell died
January 28, 1881, buried at Pleasantview Cemetery. In per-
son Mr. Coldwell was rather over medium size, five feet tea
inches in height. "Was a member of the Newlight Church.
Mrs. Coldwell resides at her old home in Jefferson Township,
some nine miles west of Lebanon, and a short distance south
of the railroad.



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DAVID COLDWELL.

This is another son of Nicholas County, Kentucky, born
March 23, 1828. Came when young with his parents, John
and Elizabeth Coldwell, to Boone County, in the year 1832,
He was married to Elizabeth Harney, January 13, 1856. Her
parents came to Boone Count}' in 1855. Their names were
Washington A. and Eraeliue Harney. Mrs. Harney died in
Kentucky in the year 1835. Mr. H. served as trustee. Died
January 25, 1872 ; is buried in Montgomery County, Ind.
Mr. David Coldwell's parents are buried at the Cox Cem-
etery. His father, John Coldwell, died September, 1835.
Mrs. Coldwell, 1817. The following are the names of the
-children of David Coldwell : Margaret E., born November
19, 1856. Mary E., born December 26, 1858, married to
Thomas R. Taylor. Thomas A., born December 20, 1860.
Sarah R., born October 27, 1862, married to Francis McDaa-
iel. Nancy E., born June 5, 1865. Oliver A., born Decem-
ber 25, 1867. Lucinda H., born February 23, 1870. Will-
iam S., born January 22, 1872. Mertie E., born January 19,
1874. Ora D., born May 16, 1876. Dollie M., born Novem-
ber 26, 1880, died December 16, 1881.

WILLIAM COLDWELL.

This grand old man was born in Nicholas County, Ky.,
-January 6, 1819; married to Margaret Young, January 9,
1840. Mrs. Young was born February 9, 1823. The follow-
ing are his children's names : John R., Mary J., Margaret A.,
William C, Sarah E , James F., David E., Robert N., Atpher
M., Nellie M. The following are deceased : Mary J., Atpher
M., Nellie M. All are buried at the Shannondalc Cemetery,
in Montgomery County, Ind. Mrs. Coldwell's maiden name
was Margaret Hill. Mr. Coldwell's father's name was John
Coldwell, died September 23, 1835; his wife died May 12,
1847, and both are buried at the Cox Cemetery. They were



254 EARLY LIFE AND TIMES IN

born in Nicholas County, Ky., and were among the first to
settle in Jefferson Township. William Colchvell, the subject
of this sketch, is one of the stanch men of his township.
Both him and his wife are members of the Christian Church.
In person, Mr. Coldwell is a fine looking man, full six feet
high, dark hair and complexion. He owns a fine farm in the
northwest part of Jefl'erson Township. To him and family
the writer is indebted for kindness received in gathering ma-
terial for the '• Early Life and Times in Boone County/'

ANDREW COtiEE.

Mr. Cohee was born in Butler County, Ohio, March 14,
1823. He was married to Amelia Irwin, March 2, 1847. She
was born in Ohio, November 27, 1827. Came to Boone County
in 1854, and settled in Washington Township, where he now
resides. The following are his children's names: Sarah E.,
David D., Rebecca J., Hezekiah ]M., John A., and Mary L.
Three died in infancy. Mr. and Mrs. Cohee both belong to
the M. E. Church at Bethel. At an early day before there
was a house to worship in, iiis house and barn were used as
places for the meetings. Mr. Cohee was a Republican until
the National party was organized, when he became identified
with that party. Mr. Cohee's ancestors were from the state of
Delaware; came from that state to Ohio, and from Ohio to
Indiana. He has always been a farmer, and owns a fine farm
in Washington Township, four miles northwest of Lebanon.

NATHAN CORY

Was born in Warren County, Ohio, November 13, 1802;
married to Mary Smith March 10, 1825; born in New Jersey.
They were married in Clark County, Ohio; came to Jefferson
Township, Boone County, 1851. Mrs. Cory died March 23,
1879; is buried at the Cox Cemetery. The following are the
children's names: Noah S. ; William G., who resides in Jef-



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ferson Township, and is one of its best citizens. He married
Margaret E. Stephenson January 9, 1855. Noah lives in
Kansas. The following are the names of William G. Cory's
children : James S., resides in Nebraska ; Mary L., Iva E,.,
Walter M., all living. Mr. Cory belongs to the Presbyterian
Church, as well as his father, Nathan Cory. William G. Cory
was in the late war — Co. B, 154th Indiana llegiment. Thanks
to this family for favors. Mr. C. lives about ten miles west
of Lebanon, a short distance north of the pike leading from
Dover west.

MICHAEL D. CAMPBELL.

This old and highly respected man was born in Scott
County, Kentucky, on the 27th day of December, 1803, mar-
ried to Ruth Betts, August 19, 1827. Miss Betts was born in
the same county, August 9, 1806, resided in Jennings County,
Ind., a few years. About the year 1830 came to Boone Coun-
ty, where he entered the land where his son John F. now re-
sides. Mr. Campbell died July 2, 1883. Mrs. Campbell
died August 10, 1883. Both buried at the ''Shannondaie"
Cemetery. The following are the children's names: Joseph
A. born May 6, 1828. James F., Nancy J., Joan F., born
February 6, 1833. Michael, born March 25, 1835. Notty
S., born April 25, 1837. Mary E., born December 15, 1839.
David W., born April 1, 1842. Sarah Y., born July 12, 1844.
Marion J., Ruth A., born March 4, 1849. The following
members of this family are deceased : James F., Nancy J.
Mary E. died August 30, 1855, Sarah V. and Marion J. All
buried at " Shannondale" Cemetery. John F. resides on the
old home farm, is one of tiie substantial men, was trustee for
several years, is a member of the Odd Fellows. We vrere
well received at his house when gathering material for this
work.

D. W. Campbell was county recorder four years, ending
November, 1886.



256 EARLY LIFE AND TIMES IX

SAMUEL CUNNINGHAM.

This good old raau was born in North Carolina, Bedford
County, in the year 1802; came to Union County, lud.; lived
there until 1848, when he carae to Jackson Township; settled
near Jamestown, where he lived until his death, which oc-
curred in September, 1886. His wife died very suddenly, at
Jaraestov.-n, April, 1886 — just a few months previous to his
•death. This venerable couple were well and favorably known
throughout the county for their true worth. jNIr. Cunning-
ham was in person a large man, and must have been in his
best days a very strong man, fully six feet high and well made
in every respect, light hair and fair complexion. I saw him
a few weeks before his death, and a short time after his wife's
death. With a full heart, and eyes full of tears, he told me
about her death ; said it would not be long before he, too,
would go. The following are his children's names: Mariah,
George, Hannah, John, William, James, Samuel, Nancy,
Francis M. and Mary L. Thee are but four of them living —
two sons and two daughters.



NICHOLAS CLICK.

Nicholas Click was born in Washington County, Ind
December 4, 1822, and was married to Sarah Pavey, of Wash-
ington County, in 1844. Mrs. Click was born in Washing-
ton County, July 13, 1828. Following are the names of their
children that are living (three died in infancy) : Rebecca A.,
Rinerd M., Frances M., Eliza E., Mina J., Jesse D., Emily A.,
James N., Sarah C. and Lue E. Mr. C. came to this county
in 1857, and moved where he now lives, in Washington



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