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Township, in 1859. Mr. and Mrs. Click's ancestors were
German. Mr. C, wife and most of their children belong to
the Christian Church. Mr. C. is a farmer, and with the help
of his boys (and oxen in early days) has cleared two eighty-



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acre farms. He has a well-improved, ninety-acre farm where
he lives. Mr. C. votes the Democratic ticket, and always wants
every one else to vote as they choose.



WILLIAM H. COMBS.

Mr. Combs was born in Nelson County, Ky., February 7,
1820. Married to Martha A. Nelson on the 12th day of Oc-
tober, 1843, in Jackson Township, Boone County, Ind. W.
H. Combs was the son of John Combs, who was an earl}- pio-
neer of Boone, born in Pennsylvania in 1777; came to Put-
nam County, Ind,; remained there a few years, then to this
oounty in 1835. He died in 1845, and is buried at Dale Cem-
etery. His wife, Catherine Combs, died in 1847. Her name
was before marriac:;e Catherine Lemons. The following- are the
names of W. H. Combs' children : William N., married to Re-
becca J. Wall, resides in Kansas ; Mary C, married to Dr. Keth,
resides in Jackson Township; Jane, married to J. Hendricks,
resides in Jamestown ; Joseph A., married to Sarah Pratt, re-
sides in Kansas; James M., married to Sarilda Wall, resides
in Warren County, Ind. ; Jesse M., married to Mary Utter-
back, resides in Jackson Township on the home farm. Mrs.
Combs died April 6, 1886, and is buried at Union Cemetery.
She was a member of the Xewlight Church many years. Mr.
Combs is yet living on his farm four miles east of Jamestov/n,
is a member of the Newlight Church, and A No. 1 citizen.

MARTIN CONRAD.

Mt. Conrad was born in North Carolina, and came with
his parents when a youth to Eagle Creek, settling near the
Hamilton County line, near where Benton's Mill was built.
Mr. C. learned the shoemaker's trade and worked at it many
jears, most of the time at Indianapolis, where he made his
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258 EARLY LIFE AND TIMES IN

start in the world from a poor boy to rise to one of the solid
men of the county. He early in life joined the M. E. Church.
and ever since has been a faithful member, making no great
show or parade in life, but rather pursuing the even, quiet
tenor of life, that speaks volumes for him. He has been in
the grocery business in Zionsville the ])ast ten or fifteen years,
where he enjoys the confidence and patronage of the people he
has lived so long amongst. But few men were better than
Mr. Conrad. You always know where to find him on the
right side for morality and humanity. In politics he is a
stanch Republican and a lover of his country. T^ong may he
live to enjoy the hard earnings of his early life.

AUSTIN DAVENPORT.

Mr. Davenport was one of the pioneers of Boone County,
settling on Eagle Creek about the year 1824 or ^25. He was
elected the first sheriff" of the county, and re{)resonted the
county in the state legislature from 1832 to 1834. He built
the first brick house in the county on the Michigan Road in
the year 1835, where he owned a fine tract of land and where
he died in the year 1836, highly respected and loved by all
who were acquainted with him. He is the father of ^^Irs.
Eliza Lowe, Indianapolis, Henry Davenport (deceased), Mrs.
May Hopkins (deceased), Milton S. Davenport of Zionsville,
and William Davenport (deceased). Mr. Davenport is buried
on his old farm on the Michigan road, between Eagle A'illage
and Clarkstown. The Davenport family was one of the most
prominent in the early history of the county. He was a
stanch friend to the poor poople, and a Christian gentleman.
Long may his memory live. He was in the War of 1812,
serving as drummer, and his brother Jesse as fifer.



BOONE COUNTY, INDIANA. 259

MARK A. DUZAN

Was the son of William Duzan, an early settler of Clarks-
town. He was born in Tennesse, and come with the family
to Indiana in 1834 when he was a lad of fifteen years of age.
He worked on the farm, using his spare time in acquiring a
good or rather a useful education. He was born about the
year 1819 or 1820, for he was barely old enough to take his
seat in the state senate in 1844 and 1845, to which he was
elected to represent Boone and Hamilton counties. In 1846
he went in the army to Mexico, serving as private with credit.
In 1850 he was elected a member of the Constitutional Con-
vention, where he served to the satisfaction of the people. In
1852 he went, or rather started to Oregon, but died on the
plains and was buried there. Mark A. Duzan had one of the
happiest make-ups of any man I ever was acquainted with.
He could adapt himself to the senate chamber or drive oxen,
run, hop, jump, or make a capital speech, as the case required.
In person he was perfect; 5 feet 10 inches high, well formed,
weighing 175 lbs., with fair complexion and auburn hair.
He was elected to the above office as a Democrat. Mr. Duzan
was never married. Though he sleeps in an unknown grave
he will be remembered by many citizens of Boone County. ;

JACOB DINSMORE.

Mr. D. was born in Kentucky. Came, with his brother
and other members of the family, to Harrison Township,
Boone County, in 1834, where he has since resided, just east
of the town of New Brunswick. His wife died a few years
ago, and he is now making his home with his son, W^illiam F.
Dinsmore. The family are, in faith, Baptists, and most of
them are members of that church, and have been ever since a
society was formed in that part of the county. He is the
father of William F., John T. and Pleasant J. Dinsmore,



260 EARLY LIFE AXD TIMES IX

all prosperous farmers in Harrison Township, and where they
are highly respected as honest, upright citizens. While can-
vassing for this work I was kindly entertained at their houses.

JOHN DUZAN.

The one whose name heads this brief sketch was born in
the State of Tennessee, about the year 1807. Came with the
Duzan family to this county in 1834. Just entering a life of
usefulness, he was long a citizen on Eagle Creek, and where
he owned and operated a grist mill for years. He, like the
other members of the family, was a Democrat, and as such was
elected to the lower house of the state legislature in 1844-45.
Served one year. He is the father of Mrs. Benjamin Shelburn,
of Eagle Township, also of Mrs. Mark Simpson, a banker of
Zionsville. Also of James and William, both deceased, both
of whom had prepared themselves for the practice of medicine.
The former died in Oregon, in 1852, is buried on the Colum-
bia River. He was near twenty-two years of age. William
died at about the same age. George N. studied medicine with
his uncle, W. N. Duzan, and is now practicing at Zionsville.
Another daughter married Hon. I. N. Cotton, in 1856. She
died several years since. Mr. Cotton resides four miles south-
west of Zionsville. There were perhaps other children but
their names we do not know. Mr. D. was a fair speaker and
well informed man. He died at Zionsville about the year 1873.

GEORGE DYE, Sr.

This grand old pioneer was born in Green County, Penn-
sylvania, January 30,1786; was married to Sarah Calvert
January 1 , 1807. She was also born in the same county and
state, December 7, 1785. One year after their marriage,
Benjamin, their first child, was born, January, 1808, died
May 18, 1879, at his home in Hamilton County, Indiana,
on Little Eagle Creek, where he is buried. This was the first



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death in this large family, when the youngest was fifty-one
years old. About the year 1<S08, Mr. George Dye, Sr., moved
to Morgan County, Ohio, where nine children were born to
them, as follows: Isaac, born 1809, lives near Northfield ;
Fanny, married to Jacob Stonking, she was born December
16, 1810, resides in Zionsville; James, born October "28, 1812,
resides in Northfield; Jacob, born August 14, 1814, resides at
Zionsville; George W., born October 3, 1816, resides in Ore-
gon; William, born October 18, 1818, liv^es one mile north of
Zionsville; Elizabeth, born September 13, 1820, married to
John Ford, moved to Iowa and died there; Sallie, born Jan-
uary 12, 1823, married Robert J. Harmon, resides in Kansas;
Samuel H., born November 11, 1828, married Malissa Hage,
resides in Dakota. In 1830 Mr. Dye moved to Miami County,
Ohio, remained there until the year 1833, when he came to
Eagle Creek, Boone County, where he lived until his death at
Lebanon, March 3, 1847. Mrs. Dye died July 8, 1845, in the
house now occupied by William Dye. Both are buried at the
cemetery in Eagle Village. Mr, Dye was in the war of 1812,
and was wounded by the Indians. He was hotly pursued l)y
the Indians and had several hand-to-hand encounters with
them in Ohio. He was one of the best men that ever lived
in the county. Was a Methodist, and a devoted member and
public speaker. He was a great hunter, a very large, strong
man, six feet one inch high, well made. He was one of the
best made men that ever lived on Eagle Creek. He built the
Dye mills on the creek soon after his arrival in the county.
Mr. Dye enfered and bought 640 acres of choice land on the
creek. George Dye will be remembered as a bold, fearless
pioneer of Boone County.

GEORGE DODSON

Was one of the early settlers of Eagle Creek, arriving as early
as 1827. He was born in the State of Virginia in 1776. Pie
BQarried Martha Lockhart in Virginia; subsequently moved to



262 EARLY LIFE AND TIMES IN

Kentucky, and remained there until the year 1827. Pie was
among the first Baptist Ministers who preached in Boone
County, and mainly through his influence the church called
Eagle Creek Regular Baptist Church was organized, which is
yet living and has had great influence for good the past sixty
years. Mr. Dodson was a regularly ordained Baptist minister ;
was at the constituting of the above church, and served as its
preacher till death ended this good man — died in 1848. He
is buried at or near the church, and where his best days were
spent, and where he did so much to develop — not only in a
spiritual sense, but he helped with his own hands to clear away
the woods ; helped make the roads, and, in fact, was in every
good word and work. Just such a man was needed. He
came, filled his mission, and filled it well. He left a spotless
record, both in and out of the church. The good George
Dodson did lives yet, and will for years to come. Reader,
should you visit his grave, on Eagle Creek, you may truthfully
say : " Here lies a good man, the noblest work of God." The
following are his children's names: Elizabeth, Nancy, Mar-
garet, Irena, George, Martha, Ruel, John, Mary, Judah, Robert
and Jemima. Elizabeth, married to Maston Johnson, died in
1872, at the age of eighty years, and is buried in Pleasant
View Cemetery, east of the cemetery in Worth Township.

Thomas married . He died in 1883, aged ninety

years, and is buried in Eagle Creek Cemetery beside his com-
panion. Nancy ^vas married to William Davenport. She
died in 1854. Margaret resides in Kentucky. Irena, mar-
ried to John Vaughn, is yet living. George married Rebecca
Headspeth, and lives in Virginia. Martha married Aaron
Philps ; both are dead ; died in Illinois. Rual married Mary
Dickerson; both died in Illinois. John died in Virginia at
the age of nineteen years. Mary married Elijah Dickerson ;
both died in Boone County, and are buried at the Eagle Creek
Cemetery. Juda married John Kinman, and residps in ]Mis-
souri. Robert, married to Mary White, resides in Worth
Township, where he has lived over fifty years ; owns a splendid



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farm, and enjoys the confidence of the people with whom he
has lived so long. He too, as well as his aged companion,
know all about the early life in Boone County. They both
belong to the Regular Baptist Church, at Eagle Creek.
Jemima, married to Stephen Lane in 1839, is yet living. Mr.
Lane is yet living.

W. S. DUKES

Was born in Ross County Ohio. Came with his parents to
Boone County in 1834, settling on the line of Clinton County.
He now resides in Sugar Creek Township, near Colfox, in
Clinton County. He was married to Matilda Graham, Decem-
ber 27, 1849. Mr. ^^\ S. Dukes was born February 6, 1825.
The following are his children's names: Lewis C, born April
4,1851; married to Julia Trewit, April 15,1871. (She is
deceased). Mary E., was born January 12, 1853; married to
Jasper P. Holloway, May 5, 1870; resides in Clinton County.
John C. was born December the 16th, 1854; married to Sarah
C. Cones, February 27, 1873; resides in Sugar Creek Town-
ship. All doing very well in their respective homes. " I have
worked hard all my life, most of the time on a farm. I
resided in Colfax five or six years. When we came to this
county it was quite new. Our neighbors were few and far
between, but they were social in the extreme. It was well it
was thus, for we had but little property and things necessary
to keep hou.se with. There was plenty of wild game in the
woods, such as deer, turkeys, and squirrels by the thousands.
We had great trouble in getting corn to stand, for so
plenty were they. The county at that time had but few induce-
ments for the first settler; woods on every hand, hardly a
stick amiss. The water was running out in every direction,
especially in the spring. Little by little our truck patches
widened out ; the forests began to disappear ; neighbors began
to multiply; school houses were being built; then we began
to feel like we were in a fine country. When I lookback forty
years, it seems like a dream to me, the changes have been so



264 EARLY LIFE AND TIMES IN

many. The woods have given way to well cultivated fields,
and like improvemens have sprang up till we have a fine
county to live in. But it has cost toil and labor to bring
about these changes. Many have died. A few have lived to
see what then seemed an impossibility. The pioneer was
needed; they carae, filled their places on the frontier. In
my early life my school advantages were poor, and I have been
compelled to pass through the world with but little education.
I am glad, however, to see such grand improvements in schools,
which are the hope of our country. I am also glad to see our
county rise and take a stand amongst the foremost in the
state. With the best of soil, we can raise almost any grain
we wish, and that with good results. We are also advancing
in the way of roads, ditches, dwellings, in fact, in everthiug
that we could desire.

"My father was born in ^Maryland, January 8, 1796. He
was married in Ross County, Ohio, December, 1823 ; died
July -25, 1853. My mother was born in Ross County, Ohio,
March 10, 1804; died September 16, 1847. They had twelve
children, three of whom are dead. James and Ezekiel were
in the late war; the first wounded, the second killed by a can-
non ball in the battle of Greenbrier, Virginia.

" My grandfather's name was Isaac Dukes; was born in
Maryland. He was a soldier in the Revolutionary war. He
was married to Elizabeth King in Maryland. A few years
after they removed to Ross County, Ohio, where they remained
until the year 1833, when he carae to this county, settling on
the line between Boone and Clinton Counties. Thf^y are
buried in Clinton County. They raised a family of five boys
and three girls. W. S. Dukes."

Sugar Crelk Township, February, 1887.

Mr. and Mrs. Dukes belonged to the M. E. Church, 1860.
He was a Democrat until 1860, when he went with the Repub-
lican party. Mr. Dukes now owns about four hundred acres.
Lewis was married to Judia Hopkins, for his second wife.



BOONE COUNTY, INDIANA. 265-

JOHN DAVIS.

The subject of this sketch was boru in Hamilton County,
Ohio, January 19, 1803; came to Boone County in 1835; \va&
married to Elizabeth A.Coldwell in Franklin County, Ind., in
1830; settled in Union Township; died June 12, 1878.
Buried at the "Ross'^ Cemetery in Union Township, where all
the deceased members of the family are buried. Mrs, Davis was
the daughter of Andrew and Nancy Coldv/ell, born in South
Carolina December 5, 1803. John Davis, the father of the
subject of this sketch, was born in Pennsylvania in the year
1755, and on the 22d day of September. He died December
6, 1802. Mrs. Davis, his mother (Agues Davis), born August
13, died March 14, 1769. She left a family of five children,
of whom the subject of this sketch was the youngest. The
wife of Mr. D. died August 21, 1851. The following are
the names of John and Elizabeth Davis' children : John,
born Septeml)er 28, 1832. Andrew, born June 14, 1834;
both born in Franklin County, Ind. Sarah E., born May 22,
1838. Mary, June 3, 1840. Samuel S., born October 16,
1842. William N., born June 30, 1846. Benjamin F., born
May 1, 1848. Mary A. died June 12, 1869. William N.
died August 4, 1869. Sarah E. died May 15, 1878. Benja-
min died April 5, 1882. This pioneer family will be remem-
bered as one among the first of Union Township, where, with
others, they had hard times to make a home in the woods.
Let us keep their names bright, never forget them. Samuel
S. Davis, son of Jolin Davis, resides in Union Township,
where he owns a fine farm near the Midland R. R., and is a
patron of the "Early Life and Times of Boone County."

JOHN DULIN, Sr.

Mr. Dulin was born in Virginia January 10, 1806. His
parents names were Edward Dulin and Mary Dulin, born re-
spectively 1774, 1772; died in Kentucky. John Dulin was



266 EARLY LIFE AND TIMES IN

married to Angeline Allen October 29, 1828, in the state of
Kentucky; died there IsTovember 23, 1834. The following
are their children's names by the first marriage : James E.,
Thomas \V., Xancy F. James died in Minnesota. Thomas
W, lives in Clinton County, Ind. Nancy F., deceased, is
buried at the Mouot's Run Cemetery. Mr. Dalin was the
second time married to Miss Priscilla Boswell December 8,
1835. The following are the children's names: George B.
resides in ^Yo^th township, married to Elizabeth Wysong.
Mary A., married to L. P. Shoemaker, lives in Union Town-
ship. Matilda J., married to T. S. Dooley, resides in Clarion
Township. John A., married to Mary A. Carr, lives in Union
Township. Sallie E., married to Isaac Isenhour, resides in
Worth Township. Clarinda E., married to B. Marsh, died
October 26, 1S64. Thaddeus Y. died August 31, 1849. Eliz-
abeth M., married to Willis West, resides in Center Township.
C O. Dulin, married to May A. Baber, resides in Union Town-
ship. Milton F. died in infancy April 18, 1854. All the de-
ceased members of this family are buried at the Mount's liun
Cemetery. John Dulin was one of the fi rst 'settlers on Mount's
Run, where he lived till January 26, 1882, highly esteemed
by all. Both Mr. and Mrs. Dulin were members of the Reg-
ular Baptist Church, and among the first to join this church in
Union Township. Mrs. Dulin is yet living, quite well pre-
served for one of her age. Her parents are buried in Ken-
tucky. In person John Dulin was full six feet high, strong,
well proportioned, well calculated for the hardy pioneer that he
was. Many who read this will call to mind John Dulin, one
of the early citizens of the county.

JAMES B. DALE.

It is interesting to notice, in the struggles which have con-
vulsed the country and tried our institutions, whether national
or local, how so many of the men who have been laborers in
these great scenes did not come upon the arena filtered through



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generatious of scholars and statesmen, but came unheralded,
sav'e with the advantages which a democratic republic offers to
every citizen. The majority of the foremost men of the
country in every calling are the legitimate sons of democracy.-
That hard, Spartan mother trained them early to her fatigues
and wrestlings and watchings, and gave them their shields on
entering the battle of life with only the Spartan mother's brief:
"With this, or upon this.^' Native force raised James B. Dale
to the position of the leader of the Anti-Monopoly party in
Boone County. And the working of the same generous laws,
that permits each toiler to carve a destiny for himself, saw him
write his name upon the minds and hearts of the people
throughout the county. The early years of Mr. Dale present
a fair averag-e of the advantao-es and stru2:2:les incident to the
Hoosier youth. His father, Matthew Dale, was a son of 'Squire
Dale, who was born in western Tennessee in the year 1792.
He was married to Elizabeth Smith about the year 1810. He
was in the war of 1812. A short time after his marriage he
emigrated to Lawrence County, Indiana. He stayed there a
few years, and from that county he moved to Putnam County,
and in 1828 he moved from Putnam County to Jackson Town-
ship, Boone County. He entered a tract of land on a stream
called Eel River, upon which he lived the rest of his days.
He died in March, 1848. His wife died in August, 1877,
being eiarhtv-three vears of asre.

To them were born eight children, three boys and five girls.
Matthew, the second son, was born on the 4th of May, 1820.
He was married to Miss Frances A. Reese, a daughter of Sam-
uel Reese, a highly esteemed farmer of ^yashington Town-
ship, on January 1, 1843. They raised ten children, seven
boys and three daughters. His wife died in March, 1864.
He married the widow of Reuben Scott in January, 1867.
To them were born two children, one boy an>l one girl. He
died in November, 1874. James B. Dale, the fifth child by the
first marriage, was born December 18, 1850, He received
the training usuallv accorded to farmer boys. He worked on



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the farm, after arriving at the proper age, in the summer sea-
son and attended the district school in the Avinter, About the
time he reached his sixteenth year he entered the academy at
Ladoga, Indiana, while that institution was conducted by Prof.
Milton B, Hopkins. While he was there he boarded with the
professor, who took quite an interest in him. Mr. Hopkins
urged him to complete the course of study and remarked to
to him that his native ability was such that he might become
a profound scholar and one of the foremost men of the state.
But when Mr. Hopkins left Ladoga and went to Kokomo,
Indiana, James B. quit the school and never entered it again.
At the age of eighteen he began teaching in the public
schools of this county. He taught about ten winters in suc-
cession, and working the meantime through the summer sea-
sons on the farm. He was six feet high, and weighed 185
pounds. He was never sick any until the time of his death.
On the 1st day of January, 1874, he was married, as most
teachers are, to one of his pupils. Miss ]Maggie Jackson,
daughter of Elisha Jackson, a prominent citizen of the county.
This union proved a very agreeable one. To them were born
six children, three boys and three girls. The oldest, a girl,
died in infancy. The rest still live with their widowed mother
on the farm. Young Dale was rocked in a Democratic cradle,
and his complexion was Democratic until after he reached his
majority. But, to use his own words, he says, " That the first
Democratic medicine I ever took was the Greeley pill, and that
did not digest very well, so I wouldn't take any more." He
was twenty-three years old when the financial panic of 1873
occurred, and seeing how distressed the masses of the people
were in consequence of this stagnation of business throughout
the entire country, he set to work to understand the nature
and causes of panics and how they might be prevented. From
that time on as long as he lived he was a tireless student of
political economy. In consequence of his studies he saw fit
to change his political views, and therefore identified himself



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-with the anti-raouopoly party, of which he soon became the

leader in this county. '

In the summer of 1876 he canvassed the county for the
office of County Clerk. During this campaign he made
several speeches in each township in the county, this being his
first effort in making public speeches. His party not being
very strong, he was defeated. Again his party nominated him
for office in 1882, this time for Representative. It was not
from choice on his part that he made this race, there being no
chance of an election. But the workers of his party conceded
that he was their leader and therefore put him forward as their
champion.

He was free from moral cowardice, and so convinced that
the measures he advocated were right, and must therefore
eventually triumph, that, like the Norseman, he was deter-
mined to find a way or to make it.

Mr. Dale was in an unequal battle from the first. With



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