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both the Republican and Democratic parties marshaled against
him, he threw himself into the campaign. The dauntless
spirit that had faced odds in the previous campaign never
flinched as he saw the handwriting on the wall. Determined
to do all he could do, his tremendous energies created a
kindred zeal among his followers, but he was defeated by the
votes of Mr. Sterratt.

After this campaign was over, Mr. Dale turned his atten-
tion to the farm more closely than ever before. He thought
he would never again take an active part in politics. But in
this he was mistaken. For, in making two campaigns in
the county, he had gained the confidence of the people, his
abilities were established, and hosts of friends from all parties
flocked about him, urging him again to canvass the county.
So again in 1884 his party nominated him unanimously, as it
had done in both cases before. He also received the nomina-
tion of the Democratic party, with considerable opposition.

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right, and wedded to the principles which he advocates by all
the instincts of his being, his enthusiasm knew no bounds.
Both parties caught the glow of his zeal, and he was this time
elected by a handsome majority.

At the close of this campaign he was conceded by all par-
ties to be one of the best speakers in the county. He had
that power of statement which made him so characteristic as a
speaker. He possessed decision of character, self-reliance, and
an inflexible will. And with these qualities standing out
prominent as a basis for his qualifications to the office to which
he had been elected, he goes to the state legislature.

"While acting in that body, he was placed on several impor-
tant committees. And every public measure on which he was
called to act, received his careful attention ; he weighed it in
all its general bearings and then mastered it in detail. The
thoroughness of his knowledge was his first source of power
as a speaker. After this session adjourned he returned to the
farm ; but by this time he began to comprehend that his native
health was to be in the service of the people.

His friends were expecting to send him back to the legisla-
ture in 1886, but this was not to be ; death stepped in and
interfered.

In the winter of 1885-6 he again taught school, but ten
days before his school should have closed, he took a severe
attack of lung fever, and died on the 15th day of March, 1886.
Thus passed off the stage of action one of Boone County's
favorite sons.

Mr. Dale was a member of the Newlight or Christian Church
since February, 188!, continuing an active and useful member
until death. He was buried at the old Union Cemetery in
Jackson Township, near where he lived and where he was
loved. See his portrait in another part of this book.



BOONE COUNTY, INDIANA. 271

FLEMING DICKERSON.

This old 2)ioneer was born in Montgomery County, Vir-
ginia, July 30, 1812, son of Elisha Dickerson, His mother's
name before marriage was Snsanah Guthry. This old couple
came to Boone County in 1859. Elisha Dickerson died
December 11, 1867, aged 67 years. Mrs. Dickerson, his wife,
died in 1881, aged 94 years. Buried at the Whitelick Ceme-
tery in Perry Township. Fleming Dickerson was married to
Jane R. Guyson August 21, 1836. She died July 8, 1848; is
buried at A\'hitelick Cemetery. The following are his chil-
dren's names by the first marriage: Susanna, Mary, Elisha,
Eliza J., Henry, Sarah. Mr. Dickerson was the second time
married to Mary Clark, November, 1848. The following chil-
dren were born to them : Charles, Virginia, Johanna, Elnety,
William F. Mr. Dickerson came to Harrison Township in
1842. Located in town 17. He has been a member of the
Missionary Baptist Church since 1839. Mrs. Dickerson is
also a member of the same church. Mr. Dickerson is one of
the pioneer hunters and is at home in the woods, provided he
has his trusty gun with him. In person Mr. Dickerson is
large, weighing full two hundred pounds, well calculated for a
frontier life. Virginia, Johanna and William are dead and
are buried at Whitelick.

JOSEPH F. DAUGHERTY.

Mr. Daugherty, one of the pioneer merchants of the county,
was born in Ohio, in the year 1814. Came to Eagle Village,
this county, in the year 1838, where he was engaged in selling
goods for a terra of years, in fact, as long as there was any vil-
lage there, perhaps up to 1853, when Zionsville sprung up and
the building of the railroad there, when he, with A. P. Nich-
olas, his former partner in the village, commenced business in
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went to Kokomo, and tliere his wife, Mariah Daugherty, died,
as good a woman as ever lived in Boone County, Her name
was Mariab Campbell, 'riiey were married about the year
1836 or 1838. The following are their children's names:
Adelaide, William W., James, Francis and -Joseph. James
died in infancy at Eagle Village, in 1844. William W. has
been for years in the regular army as captain, iu the 18th Reg-
ulars, and is now at this writing (1886) at Fort Lewis, Colo-
rado. Joseph is also there in that county as a farnier. Mr.
Dickerson was, while living in the village, captain of the Eagle
Village Light Infantry, a military organization formed there
l)ack in the forties. He was, it is said, the best posted man of
his day in the county. Wa^ nominated for the state legislature
in 1848, but was defeated by the Hon. Henry ^NI. Marvin.
Mr. Dickerson is now, and has been for years, a resident of
the city of Indianapolis; is in his seventy-fourth year, quite
well preserved and looks younger than that. He was an old
AYhig up to 1826; since that time has acted with the Republi-
can party'. la person Mr. Dickerson is of medium size, dark
hair, good features, well made, and in his best days would
weigh 175 pounds. Mrs. Dickerson is buried at Kokorao.
Should you visit her grave you might truthfully say : " Here
rests one of the noblest women that ever lived in Boone
County."

JAMES DOWING, Sr.

Was born in Donegal, Ireland, in the year 1784. Came to
America in the year 1819, and to Boone County in 1834. On
the 11th of October of that year he settled in Clinton Town-
ship; died February, 1868. Mrs. Dowing was born in 1795,
in England. Her name was Avis Giddiugs; died in 1879.
Both buried at Mechanicsburg, Boone County. Mr. Dowing
was a Catholic, ]Mrs, Dowing a Presbyterian. The folhjwing
are the names of their children : James F. was born near
Hell Gate, New Jersey, January 17, 1827. He was married
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in Clinton Township, one mile from the Clinton Township
line. To this family I am indebted for favors shown while
canvassing for this work. James Do wing entered the land
now owned by James F. Dowing about the year 1834. Mr.
and Mrs. James Dewing were married in Providence, Rhode
Island. They had five children, three boys and two girls, as
follows: John G. resides in Hamilton County, Ind. Edv/ard,
deceased, lived at Mechanicsburg. James F. resides on the
old farm. Jane E. married to Ephrara Davis, resides in Clin-
ton Township, near the Clinton County line. Mary M., mar-
ried to Charles S. Riley, reside in Center Township, near
Holmes Station, Mr. James Dowing landed in Clint-on Oc-
tober 11, 1834, from the State of New York. He was among
the first settlers of Clinton. Their cabin was of the most
primitive kind, puncheon floor, clapboard roof, etc. Soon
after his arrival a black bear was killed near his house. One
of the remaining Indian huts was standing on his land. When
he arrived he helped tear it down It stood on the bank of
Tarrepin Creek. Mr. Dowing, in the early settlement, when
the mill streams in his locality were frozen, lived on potatoes
and hominy. The above sketch was prepared by his son,
James F. Dowing.

LORENZO C. DAUGHERTY.

Judo^e Dauo;hertv for near thirtv vears was one of the most
prominent men in Boone County. He was the son of James
and Francis Daugherty, who were citizens of Washington,
Indiana, and where Lorenzo C. was born, April 5, 1820, and
where he, in 1843, studied law. He became a citizen of Leba-
non in 1844. He was married to Rachel Thornburg, August
31, 1839, who survives him and is ])leasantly located in the east
part of the city. Soon after Mr. D. arrived in Lebanon, he
became a partner in the law business with Hon. W. B. Beach,
now of Providence, Rhode Island, when they at once built

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274 ' EARLY LIFE AND TIMES.

up a good practice. Mr. D. was elected to the state legisla-
ture in 1847, serving several terms to the satisfaction of the
people he represented. He was elected probate judge in
1853, serving until 1860 with honor to himself and the bench.
He vvas for several years connected with the banks of Leba-
anon, serving as president and stockholder as well. In all
his relations as a citizen of the county, both public and pri-
vate, he acted well his part, acquiting himself with credit and
honor, for over thirty years. He died October 29, 1876, in
the prime of life and usefulness, loved and respected by all.
In person he was of medium size, fair complexion, auburn hair,
good features. He was elected to the above offices as a Demo-
crat. During his active life he accumulated a handsome
estate for his worthy help-mate in life and his children who
were born to them, named as follows: Mary E., bora Sep-
tember 10, 1840, married to C. P. Rodman ; reside in Kansas
City, Missouri. Zarilda, married to S. S. Daily, October,
1865. Ella, born July 28, 1851; married to E. T. Lane
(druggist, Lebanon). Emma, born February 28, 1858 ; mar-
ried to B. S. Higgins (prosecuting attorney). Curtis, born
February 23, 1862, married to Hattie Holliugsworth, June 6,
1883; reside in Lebanon.

WILLIAM J. DEVOL.

One among the many worthy citizens of Boone County was
William J. Devol, commonly called the old "Judge" Devol.
He was born in the old Buckeye State, December 28, 1814,
where his boyhood days were spent. After arriving at the
age of twenty-eight, moved his headquarters to Oawford
County, Missouri. Here he took up farming for his occupa-
tion and prospered with great success. After living here about
twenty-three years, at the death of his brother, Clark Devol,
his interests were drawn to Boone County, moving on his farm
northeast of Lebanon in 1865, and remaining here until he



BOONE COUNTY, INDIANA. 276

accepted the presidency of the First National Bank, making
his residence immediately north of the city.

Mr. Devol has held several ofiSces of trust and profit dur-
ing his residence in Missouri, viz., two terms in the legislature,
sheriff of Crawford County, county collector, and probate
judge of the same county. He was elected a joint representa-
tive from Boone and Clinton counties, Indiana, by the Demo-
cratic party in 1870.

He was married to Eebecca Thompson, January 20, 1842,
who was born in Crawford County, Mo., August 19, 1822. At
the age of fifteen she united with the Baptist Church, of which
she was a consistent member until she went to join the church
triumphant. She made no loud profession, and never made a
display of her good deeds or charities, yet she was ever ready
and anxious to feed the hungry and relieve all kinds of distress
and sorrow. She proved to be a very considerate and aifec-
tionate wife, living until the 21st day of June, 1886, at about
8:30 P. M., leaving her husband and many friends to mourn
her loss.

In early life Mr. Devol joined the Baptist Church, and all
through his life has been a liberal supporter of the gospel and
a regular attendant on all means of grace, when health would
permit. He has been a sufferer from kidney disease for several
years, besides being badly ruptured, and it was this that caused
his'death. On Saturday, the 4th day of December, 1886, a
surgical operation was performed on him, but only temporary
relief was afforded, and the 6th day of December, 1886, at 1
o'clock A. M., his soul took its flight from the body.

His and his wife's funeral were both largely attended at
the Center burying ground, three miles east of Lebanon, where
their bodies repose in death.

In life Mr. Devol was extremely eccentric, but many friends
and relatives have been made to rejoice by his peculiarities of
character. He was courteous to all, and especially courteous
and generous to those he took a fancy to. He was one of the
wealthiest men in the county, nearly all his posses^^ions being



276 EARLY LIFE AND TIMES IN

in cash and bonds. His will appoints Wesley Lane his exec-
utor, viz., to Mary Wondel, the property where he resides and
$1,000; the balance to be divided equally between William C.
Devol, of Missouri, and William J. and Charley Devol, of
Boone County. Witnessed by George W. Baird and Wesley
Lane. In another part of this work will be found the por-
traits of Mr. and Mrs, Devol.

A. C. DAILY.

It is with pleasure we present our patrons with a brief
biography of A. C. Daily, together with his portrait. Mr.
Daily was born at New Carlisle, Clark County, Ohio, and
being one of the oldest of a large family of children, whose
parents were in rather humble circumstances, and of an ambi-
tious disposition, he. at the tender age of ten years, began life
for himself. A good education was his first purpose in life.
and to this end, after completing the course laid down in the
public schools, he gained admission as a student in Linden Hill
Academy, of his native place. Here he persevered in his
studies until the course was almost completed, when he
was tendered a position in the office of John C. Daily (old
Cal. as he was long known ), treasurer of this — Boone — county,
which position he accepted, but had barely entered upon the
discharge of its duties, when James A. Nunn, auditor of this
county, appointed him deputy in that office, where he remained
for eight years, and was then honored by the voters of this
county by election as auditor, which office he filled for the term
of four years.

March 11, 1858, Mr. Daily was united in marriage to Miss
Henrietta Blue, of Mechanicsburg, Ohio, who only survived
until November 23, 1863, when occurred the first great sorrow
of his life, the loss of his young and devoted wife. Mr. Daily's
second marriage occurred December 19, 1867, when he led to
the altar Miss Maggie McCorkle, of Mechanicsburg, Ohio.



BOONE COUNTY, INDIANA. 277

The latter marriage has been blessed by the birth of four inter-
esting children, two of whom only survive.

In the spring of 1860, the county commissioners appointed
Mr. Daily as clerk of the Boone Circuit Court, to fill a vacancy
caused by the death of Henry Shannon, and his party, the
Democracy, nominated him for its candidate for that office at
the election of that year, but numbers were against the success
of the party at that election and his competitor, Mr. S. A.
Lee, was elected. In 1862 Mr. Daily was nominated by the
Republicans as their candidate for auditor of the county and
he was triumphantly elected, which office he filled for four
years in such a manner as to reflect great credit to the people
of his county.

In March, 1867, Mr. Daily, the late Major H. G. Hazelrigg,
and the late Judge L. C. Dougherty formed a stock company
and organized the Lebanon Bank, which name and organiza-
tion were maintained until the year 1882, when it organized
under the national banking laws as the Lebanon National
Bank, with Mr. Daily as president, and his brother, S. S.
Daily, as cashier.

Mr. Daily is an honored member of the Masonic fraternity,
being a Past Master of Boone Lodge, No. 9; a companion of
Lebanon Chapter, No. 39, R. A. M. ; also of Boone Council,
No. 45, R. and S. M,; is a Knight Templar of Frankfort
Commandery, and has attained to the 32° in the Scottish Rite.
He is also a member of the I. O. O. F. of long standing, and
has since the year 1861 been a member of the finance commit-
tee at almost every meeting of the Grand Lodge of that noble
order, which shows in what esteem he is held by his brothers
and fellows.

Mr. Daily was a stockholder at the reorganization of the
Boone County Agricultural Society, and was the first secretary
of that society, serving in that capacity for five consecutive
years. He was at one time a director in what is now known
as the Midland Railroad Company, and labored hard to have
that road completed to Lebanon. He is at present one of the



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directors of the natural gas company, and is thoroughly in
earnest in the matter of developing the resources of our
country.

Mr. Daily represented this district as a delegate to the
National Republican convention, at Chicago, that nominated
the Hon. James G. Blaine for the presidency in 1884, and
worked hard to carry out the wishes of his constituency.
That he succeeded they all bear testimony.

Mr. Daily's political friends presented his name before the
Republican state convention last year for nomination for the
office of Auditor of State, but Mr. Bruce Carr was the recip-
ient of that honor.

Mr. Daily has never formally connected himself with any
church, but is at present a member of the board of trustees of
the M. E. Church, in Lebanon, his aged mother's church, and
greatly assisted that body in the erection of its beautiful new
house of worship in the summer of 1886.

Mr. Daily is a great admirer of blooded stock, and as such
has a number of fine horses and Jersey cattle that are the
pride of his leisure hours. He is also the treasurer and a
member of the executive committee of the Indiana Trotting
and Pacing Horse Breeders' Association.

The life of Mr. Daily has been a successful one, and is due
to the resolution formed in boyhood to "act well his part,"
and in the various positions which he has been called upon to
fill we find that unfaltering devotion to principles of honesty
that characterize the lives of our successful men.

Personally Mr. Daily is rather a heavy set, square should-
ered man, with dark hair and eyes, an open countenance. His
convictions are plain and are not easily transformed.

MICHAEL ERSKIN.

Mr. Erskin is perhaps the oldest person in Boone County,
or the oldest man who ever lived in thq county. He is now in
his ninety-fourth year. He was born in Monroe County, Vir-



BOONE COUNTY, INDIANA. 27d

ginia, January 15, 1794. He was married to Nancy ^lur-
dock in 1824, when in his thirtieth year. Soon after be was
married he moved to Highland County, Ohio ; remained
there six years, then removing to near Pendleton, Indiana,
where he resided two years, when in 1836 he came to Jeffer-
son Township, Boone County, where he now resides, two
miles south of Dover. His wife died in 1845, and on the
first day of February. Is buried at the Cox Cemetery. Four
children were born to them, two of which are now living.
Mr. Erskin was the second time married, to Rebecca Parks,
in 1847. Two children were born unto them, both living.
Mr. E. is now, for one of his age, enjoying good health. Has
been a very hard working man, and has thrice been a pioneer
to the front. He has never been out of the state since 1836.
Never rode on the cars or steamboat. He voted for President
Jackson the second term, and has been voting that kind of a
ticket up to 1886. Mr. Erskin was in the war of 1812; was
not in any battle, peace having been declared soon after he
was drafted. He bids fair to live his one hundred years. He
is the father of James M. Erskin, of Jefferson Township,
who was quite young when the family came to Boone County.-
He has served as justice and trustee of his township. His
wife died a few years since. Thanks to him for favors.

SIMON EMERT.

Simon Emert, one of the pioneers of Jackson Township,
was born in east Tennessee, March 4, 1804. He was the son
of Peter Emert, and grandson of Simon Emert, who died in
Tennessee in 1800. Simon Emert, the one whose name heads
this sketch, was married to Mary Kennedy, April 1, 1825.
Moved to Boone County, October, 1832, where he entered
a large tract of choice land, which he developed into a fine
farm. When he and Mrs. Emert arrived in Jackson Town-
ship it was all woods, and the outlook was, to say the least,
quite gloomy. They came, however, with strong hands and



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willing hearts to make a home, and to this end their best
energies were devoted. And through privations untold and
hardships almost unbearable, they fought their way, made
a fine farm, and lived long enough to enjoy the fruits of
their early toil. Mr. and Mrs. Emert were members of the
Protestant M. E. Church, and lived examplary lives many
years, setting a good example to their children and friends
with whom they came in contact.

Mrs. Emert was born in South Carolina, September 24,
1808; died July 18, 1880; buried at the Mount Zion Ceme-
tery, near where she lived so long. Mr. Emert died Septem-
ber, 1886 ; also buried at the same cemetery. The following
are the names of their children ; the deceased ones are buried
at the Mount Zion Cemetery, iu Jackson Township : Candees,
married to Hizah Hudson ; David J., married to Eliza Card-
ington ; Jane, married to Jeremiah Bush ; she is deceased.
William W., married to Dulcena Younger; reside in Jackson
Township ; is one of the prosperous farmers, two miles north-
west of Jamestown. Francenia, married to John jMcIntyre;
she is deceased. Stephen, married to Margaret Airhart, reside
in Jackson Township, where they own a fine farm. Clarissa,
married to John H. Cline ; Mary A., married to John Airhart,
who resides in Jackson Township. (See sketch iu another
part of this work). Martha A., married to Enoch Whitely,
resides on the home farm, where Mr. Simon Emert died.
This a short sketch of one of the early and interesting fami-
lies of the county. In person Mr. Emert was low, heavy-set
man, fair hair and complexion.

JAMES EVANS

Resides in Jackson Township, three miles west of Jamestown.
Born in Russell County, Va., June 13, 1806. Married to
Margaret Hammond in the year 1830, in the state of Virginia.
Remained there until the year 1835, when he emigrated with a
three-horse wagon to the western district of Tennessee. " Here,'



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he says, " I raised one crop, consisting of corn, cotton and sweet
potatoes. And iiere, in the midst of slavery, it was the most
religious place in which I ever lived. This, I think, is one
cause of my being religious now. My wife desired to go to
her people, who lived in Ohio, so we gathered up our little
effects, and started, via Nashville, Tenn., passing through
Richmond, Ind., into Dark County, O., where my wife's peo-
ple lived. Remained there a few years, when we decided to
'Go West, and grow up with the country.' It was in 1838,
October, with an ox-team, we started. I did not see the elephant,.
but have since seen him in all his reality. The country in
and around where I now live was then comparatively new.
Plenty of hard work had to be done, such as house-raising,,
log-rolling, clearing, etc. I have went as many as sixteen
days in one spring to help our new-comers to do such v.ork.
The people were social in the extreme, and only too glad to
assist in this way, so they could get a start in the world.
Though we have passed through the flint-mill, so to speak, I
am thankful for health and strength given me all along the
pathway of life. We raised twelve children, six sons and six
daughters, all living as far as we know. My wife was born in
January, 1811."

EVAN EVANS. "^

The subject of this sketch is the third of a family of eight
sons.

His father was of Welsh descent, his mother of pure Irish.

David Evans, his father, was born in Virginia, 1772, and
his mother, Susanna Evans, a few years later. Of his seven
brothers but one, Samuel, survives.

Evan Evans was born August 15, 1801, in Washington
County, Pennsylvania, and with his parents moved to the
valley of the Scioto, in Southern Ohio, in 1804. Here, under
the supervision of his father, he and his brothers were taught
a lesson in pioneer life which proved beneficial in his later
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at the age of three, won his affections, and in 1826 they were
united in marriage. He is the father of six children, four
boys and two girls, three of whom are living: Jonathan,
in Northwestern Kansas, stockman ; Margaret Jane, residence



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