Samuel Harden.

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Lebanon, Ind. ; and Thomas B., who lives on the old home-

Two years after his marriage he removed to Wayne
County, Ind., where he resided for ten years, engaged in farm-
ing and milling; but at the end of that time he sold his little
farm of thirty-three acres, and again started west. With an ox
team he brought his few household effects and drove before
him eighteen head of cattle and one horse. Following the
old Indian trail which led to Thorntown, he struck the Forty
Mile Swamp, and after ten days' hard travel he reached Boone
County, Ind. On his way he passed through the old Indian
Reserve, and viewed the stake at which the Indians burned
the whites who had been so unfortunate as to fall within their

He entered a section of land in the northeastern part of
Center Township, and afterward bought 120 acres more, mak-
ing in all 760 acres.

There being no market for eastern manufactured goods
near he was compelled to make his own clothing from flax,
and foot-gear from leather which he had himself tanned.
His food was principally hominy and wild meat, the latter
being procured by the aid of the flintlock. To procure his
flour and meal during the dry season of the year he was com-
pelled to go to Indianapolis or Lafayette, but having too much
ingenuity to bear this burden he erected, in 1838, a hand or
sweat mill as it was then called, making the burrs from rock
commonly called by Hoosiers, " niggerheads." After eleven
days of faithful labor he had a grist mill, the capacity of which
was about five bushels per day. - The burrs are now on exhi-
bition at T. B. Evans'. But,

" Into our lives some rain must fall,
Some days be dark and dreary,"


And on the 9th day of July, 1876, his true and noble help-
meet left him, with nothing to lean upon but that rock which
has been a pillar to him since 1840. He now resides with his
son, Thomas B. Evans, at the old homestead, and if you want
a sketch of pioneer life you will find him equal to the task of
giving it."


This sturdy old veteran made his mundane appearance in
Union County, Indiana, April 2, 1811. Came to Boone
County in 1836. "Was first married to Mary Martin. The
second time to Martha Stipe. The third time to Armllda A.
Bnrk, March 31,1872. First children's names: Nancy J.,
married to Wm. Bowman; Henry, died in Iowa, February,
1878*; Absolem, lives in Clinton County, Indiana; Alfred,
lives in Iowa; Sarah, married to Jacob Harlan, resides in Jef-
ferson Township; George W., resides in Oregon. Of the sec-
ond family of children Mary E. married Xathan Ross, lives in
Kansas; Hester A. married Henry Oxley, resides in Jefferson
Township; Clarissa A. married Henry Boman, resides in Jef-
ferson Tov/nship; James M. ; Ellie married Jackson lioark,
resides in Thorntown; Amanda O. married D. Higgs; Milly
F. married Abraham Smock, resides in Hendricks County,
Indiana. Third family: Charley, born December 9, 1874.
Mrs. Farlow, present wife, was born in Monroe County, Indi-
ana, June 29, 1831. Mr. Farlow lives in Dover, eight miles
west of Lebanon. Mrs. Farlow's former husband was David
Lasley, married February 17, 1854, died April 7, 1864, buried
at Thorntown, Indiana.


Among the citizens of Lebanon who hailed from another
state, will be found the gentleman named above. He was
born December 25, 1811, in Lower Canada (Queen's Domin-
ion). From Canada he went to Ohio, in 1813, and reaiained


there until he was seventeen years of age. From Ohio he
went to Kentucky and engaged in the sawmill business and
traveled through Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Indiana, Illin-
ois, Missouri, Iowa and Arkansas, embarking in the same busi-
ness for twelve years, until 1833, and making New Albany his
headquarters. He came to Boone County in 1853, and pur-
chased about 5,000 acres of land in what you might call the
"swamps of Boone.^' He took with him a partner by the
name of Clark Devol, a brother of the late W. J. Devol ; the
former died in 1862, the latter in 1886. After the purchase
of said lands the state, by and through Fordice and Devol,
])egan reclaiming the same, the state having the land granted
them by the general government. Upon receiving the land
the state enacted a law authorizing the state auditor to sell it
to the highest bidder at auction, and at not less than one dol-
lar and twenty-five cents per acre, and the receipt of the sale
of the land to apply on a system of drainage or reclamation.
When the land was reclaimed the surplus was to be the
property of the school fund of the state. The money all
being used they drew largely of their own means and used in
the reclamation of their own and other lands to obtain outlets.
The work of making the large ditches and outlets was princi-
pally done from 1855 to 1865. At the time this work was
inaugurated, opinions were divided as to the ultimate success
of the system, but it is now demonstrated that through the
pluck, perseverence and foresight of these gentlemen, we have
a county of which all should be justly proud, and second to
none in the state in the way of fertility and productiveness.
Mr. Fordice remained here until the death of his partner and
has ever since been identified with the several interests of the
county. In 1860 he represented the county in the house of
representatives in the Indiana legislature.



Mr. Greson was born iu New York State, November,
1830. Came with his father, Peter Gregory, to near Eagle
Tillage, in 1834, having been a citizen of the county ever
since. His advantages at school were only tolerable, yet he
acquired a good practical education and taught several schools
when only about twenty-one or twenty-two years of age. His
life up to that time was spent on his father's farm. In 1853
he was united in marriage to Nancy Larimore, daughter of
Daniel and Mary Larimore, with whom he lived near twenty-
five years. She died about the year 1878, when he again
married. About the year 1854 he commenced business in a
tsmall w^ay at old Eagle Village, but in 1857 removed to Zions-
ville, where he has built up one of the largest hardware and
agricultural houses in the state, having associated with him
his sons in business. Mr. G. went out to the front in the late
war, in the 10th Indiana Regiment, and was promoted major
of that regiment. At the frcnt, as well as at home, he was
well liked. No man in the county stands higher than Major
Gregory. He is a member of the Masonic order and practices
its noble teachings. See his portrait on another page of this
work. He is a stanch Republican, liberal in religious notions.


This old pioneer first saw the light of day in Ross County,
Ohio, on the 3d day of February, 1 827. His wife, Josina Hebb,
was born October 15, 1832, in Monongahela County, Va. The
following are their children's names : Joseph H., married to
Josie Furguson, reside in Clinton County. Mariah A., died in
infancy ; buried at Brush Creek Cemetery. Clement V., born
August 12, 1863; died July 6, 1864. Clara B. Josina, born
November 17,1863; died July 3, 1864. Mrs. Goldsberry
died March 11,1865; buried at Brush Creek Cemetery. Mr.


G. was again married, to Hannah M. Goldsberry, November
19, 1865; born in Ross County, Ohio, March 29, 1832. The
following are the names of their children : Annie B., born
October, 10, 1866 ; Alma A., born September 19, 1868; Amos
A., born July 26, 1871; Jesse C, born July 27, 1873; died
June 22, 1874. All buried at the Brush Creek Cemetery. Mr.
Goldberry's father's name was Thomas Goldberry ; his moth-
er's name before marriage was Elizabeth Lansaw, who was an
early citizen of Sugar Creek Township; they are buried at the
Brush Creek Cemetery, in Washington Township. Mr. Gold-
berry's parents were members of the M. E. Church. John J.
came with his father, Thomas Goldsberry, to the county in
1832, where he has since resided, and where he is highly re-
spected as a man and a Mason. He belongs to Thorntowu
Lodge, No. 113, Free and Accepted Masons, and no worthy
brother ever knocked at his door without admittance. He
lives in the northwest part of Washington Township, where
he owns a fine farm. During the canvass for this work I was
very kindly cared for at this pleasant home. He joined the
Masons in the year 1844, at Thorntown, Indiana.


This old pioneer first saw the light of day in Monroe
County, Ind., April 29, 1819, and is only three years younger
than the great state in which he was born. His father, John
Goodwin, lived many years in Putnam and Hendricks coun-
ties. His mother's name before marriage was Hannah Dales,
is buried in Hendricks County, Ind. Seth Goodwin was
united in marriage to Nancy Scott, in the year 1844. Mr.
Goodwin did not become a citizen of Boone County till the
year 1850. He lives in Harrison Township. The following
are the names of his children: Mary H., Amanda, Martha.
Amanda was married to Mr. Clanhance, who was killed by the
explosion of a threshing engine in Hendricks County, July
17, 1879. Martha and Mary are deceased. Mr. Goodwin


joined the M. E. Church in 1844. Mrs. Goodwin became a
member in 1840. This worthy couple are, and have been
among the best citizens of the county. Mr. Goodwin is a
Democrat, and Sethis word is as good as his note. There is
no better posted man in the county than Mr. Goodwin.


Mr. and Mrs. Gipson, of Sugar Creek Township, were
among the first settlers of the above township. They first
settled there in the year 1829, have resided there ever since.
They enjoy the confidence and respect of the people and have
been highly esteemed there for over fifty- five years. They
have seen great changes in that time. When they first came
to that locality there were no neighbors, nothing but a vast
unsettled country. It required pluck and energy to thus
make a start in the world. They came determined, however,
to do their part, and if work and frugality would give them a
home in the future they resolved,- in their early life, to have
it. Neighbors soon came. The little clearing in the woods
soon began to widen out; the sound of the ax and maul was
heard in the land. Soon the preacher and the school teacher
came, and other signs of civilization. Encouraged thus, our
heroic young couple renewed their best energies to the task,
at times almost insurmountable. In due course of time chil-
dren came to bless their wedded life and help them in the fut-
ure. The little cabin soon proved too small for the accommo-
dation of this pioneer family, and a better one was resolved
upon. It was built. Time went on, the settlement improved
and neighbors multiplied. The little ones grew up and went
to the rude school house. Thus step by step this couple have
passed through the varied changes that come and go in so long
a time. The little village of Thorntown has grown within
their recollection to a little city, with its well built houses,
churches, fine residences, etc. The prattling children have
grown to manhood and womanhood. Grandchildren's voices


ring out, and take their turn in the whirl of events. To thein,
however, the scenes of the past fifty-five years have not all
been sunshine or sorrow, but rather a '•'mixed cup," that is
given us all on the rugged road of life. Mr. and Mrs. Gipson
are living to-day, at their pleasant home, enjoying the repose
of age. The past has no doubt had its joys and its sorrows to
them. But we will let Mr. Gipson tell it in his own way:

"I was born in Clay County, Ky., February 8, 1816,
and am consequently just the age of ray adopted state.
I came with my parents, William and Nancy Gipson, to
Boone County October 20, 1829, first stopping near Jamestown,
or rather where Jamestown now stands. On the 28th of Octo-
ber, 1829, John Gipson built the first log cabin in James-
town. About the 1st of Xovember, 1829, my father moved
into a cabin now on the farm of Thomas Gregory. My
brother, Jacob Gipson, also came with us. Mary Scott, who
became my helpmate through life, was born in Boone County,
Ky., October 9, 1814 She came with her parents in 1826 to
near Shannondale, Montgomery County. 1 think that George
Harness was the first settler in Thorntown ; that was in the
spring of 1828. Archibald Scott came next, later in the same
season. Jesse Scott came late in the fall, did not stay long,
moved to Montgomery County. Joshua Burnham came next ;
this was in April, 1829. James VanEaton was tiie next pio-
neer to come. Merrett McKinsey came about the same time.
John Wilkey and Joshua Allen settled in upper Thorntown in
the spring of 1829.

" The first child to see the light of day in or about Thorn-
town was born to Mr. and Mrs. George Harness. This event
occurred October 13, 1828.

"The dark angel of death spread its wings over our new
settlen^ent for the first time when Jemima Harness died,
October 19, 1829. She was buried on the farm now owiiod
by James Hague. There is nothing to mark her resting place
but a bunch of brush. The first sermon preached in this lo-
cality was by a Presbyterian from Montgomery County; his


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name was Rev. Thompson, and he preached at James Scott's ■
house. As deaths and births naturally come, marriaj^es must
also happen, so the first ' two hearts that beat as one' in this
'neck o' woods' were Ira Biirnham and Mariah Sweeney.
This joyful event took place in 1831. And as marriages do
happen in the course of human events, children come also, and
they must necessarily go to school ; and the schoolmaster came
(he always comes). This time it was Daniel T. Ellis; this
was in 1831. The year 1831 was a good year (the writer was
born that same year). Oh, yes, Mr. Ellis taught school in a
log cabin. The floor was dirt, the window glass was greased
paper; yes, and it had a small fireplace eight feet wide. It
was a 'daisy;' it stood a short distance southeast of Grose's
mills. The first 'corn cracker' was built by David Ross on
Spring Branch, on his own land, in 1832. The first dry goods
sold was by Enoch Davi^, in 1830, in a pole cabin on the land
now owned by James Hague on Spring Creek. The first
goods sold in Thorntown was by Cornelius Westfall, out of a
box in his dwelling. I have given you the dates of a few
first things in and about Thorntown. I will vouch for dates
and names. I would gladly extend my letter, but am unable
now to hold a pen any length of time. I am glad you have
undertaken the work so much needed. It won't be long till
we old people will be out of the way. It would hardly be right
to forget us ; we have been through the ' mill,' have seen the
'elephant,' so to speak, in the wild woods of Boone County,
We trust your work may be a success.

"Isaac and Nancy Gipson."

Thorntown, Febniary 7, 1887.


I to-day write you a few lines by way of recollections of
the locality in and about Mechanicsburg. and along the north
line of the county. I settled one and one-half miles east of


the "burg" on the 2d day of October, 1886. The to^Yn at
that time had but one house, and that you could not see for
the trees and bru^h. The first mill built here was erected by
Bowman Stout. He >old it to Isaac Snow, who sold to James
Snow, when it was taken down and removed further west.
This mill was in operation and the frame for a crrist-mill up
when I came. James Snow was the proprietor of Mechanics-
burg. Mr. Anderson was selling goods here at the time I
arrived. The house referred to above had two rooms, one
part used for a dwelling and the other served as a store room.
The first preacher here that I heard was a Methodist by the
name of White; the next was a Christian minister by the name
of S. Downey. The name of the first school teacher I do not
now call to mind. The fir.t settlers' names in this locality
were as follows: William Nelson, George Fall, Joseph
Symraes, James McMahan, Uriah Hardesiy, Absalera Bowen,
Robert Oliver, W. W. Phillip., William Phillips, Elisha
Riley, James Riggs, A. Scott, A. J. Dwigins, James Dowing,
F.^ C. Dowing, Abncr Knotts and John Holdsworth. James
Riggs was the first postmaster of the town. In those early
days we cleared ground, raised houses, rolled logs, hunted
deer for pastime, went to mill horseback, and when we got
wheat ground had to bolt it ourselves. When we wanted to
go to Lebanon, we started early in the morning and were luckv
to get home again the same day. Our beautiful county seat
now was at that day a little, dirty, mud hole of a place. Court
was held in a log building; \V. W. Wick was then presiding
judge. The early settlers named above are nearly all gone —
dead or moved away. I am comparatively alone here. But
few as early settlers as myself are living here at this time. I
am now seventy-one years of age; am glad to see the improve-
ments going on in our county. You are at liberty to use this
sketch if you think it worthy. N. B. Ga'kreite.

Mechanicsbcjeoh, March, ISSl.



One of the pioneer merchants of Eagle Village, was born in
Ireland, January 19, 1802. His parents, William and Marilla
Harden, were also born in Ireland, 1776 and 1778 respectively.
The family came to America in August, 1815, arriving at the
city of Baltimore, where the subject of this sketch was |)ut
out to learn the carpenter trade. Two or three years later the
family moved to Coshocton County. O., where William, father
of John, died in July, 1S26. iSIarilla, his wife, died June 15,
1852; both are buried in Ohio. John Harden was married to
Lucinda Beaty, October, 1826, in Holmes County, O. Mr. H.
and wife lived in Ohio till the year 1830, when they decided
to move from there, and in the fall of that year they arrived
in Clay Township, Hamilton County, Ind., three miles east of
Eagle Village. Here, in the woods, he erected a cabin, and
the earnest struggle in life began. His nearest neighbor lived
tv»'o miles distant, in the edge of Marion County. Before
moving to Indiana three children were born to them, as fol-
lows : William B,, Marilla and George. The following were
born after coming to Indiana: Samuel (the writer), Beaty
W., Martha, Mary, John W., Addison P., Milton, Calvert and
Harriet. William was born July 28, 1827; Marilla, August,
1828; George, June 8, 1830; Samuel, November 21, 1831;
Beaty W., January 19, 1834; Martha, 1836; Mary, 1838;
John W., April 1, 1840; Addison P., 1842; Milton, 1844;
Calvert, December 25, 1846 ; and Harriet in 1847. All lived
to be men and women, except the last named, who died in
1859, aged about thirteen years. William was killed in Mis-
souri in 1864; Marilla married L. M. Oliphant, November 3,
1855, and reside in Jamestown ; George married Marv Wajje-
man, 1866, and reside in Hamilton County; Samuel married
Eliza Swain, October 28, 1856, resides in Anderson; Beaty
W., married to Mima Varner, resides in Lebanon ; Martha
married J. H. Chamberlain, December, 1860; she died a^


Jamestown, January 12, 1874; Mary resides in Mt. Gilead,
O. ; John W., married to Mary Williams, died in July, 1878,
at Jamestown, where he is buried; Addison resides in Texas;
Milton died in 1866; CaU-ert resides in Ohio. John Harden,
the father, died in Mt. Gilead, O., February 19, 1877 ; Lucinda
died March 25, 1862, in Lebanon, Ind. Both of whom, as
well as Martha, Milton and Harriet, are buried in Zionsville
Cemetery. Samuel, J. "W., A. P., Milton and Calvert were in
the army. Mr. aud Mrs. H. were members of the Christian
Church for many years. In 1845 Mr. H. became a citizen of
Eagle Village, where he lived several years, when he bought
. a farm one mile south, in the edge of Hamilton County, where
he lived till 1860; when he went to Zionsville, then to Leb-
anon, remaining there till 1865; when he went to Ohio, and
remained in Mt. Gilead, and where he terminated his life as
above stated. Mr. H., when a citizen of Hamilton County,
served five years as justice of the peace. Mr. and Mrs. Harden
died highly respected as worthy Christians. Mrs. H. was the
daughter of John Beaty. She was born in Pennsylvania in
1808, and went with her parents to Ohio when quite young.


The pioneer whose name heads this article was born in
Randolph County, North Carolina, September 19, 1787 ; was
married to Rebecca Bouine January 12, 1807. She was born
on Staten Island, August 9, 1787. They were married in Ten-
nessee, in 1807, remained there until 1823, when they came to
Boone Countv and were the first settlers on Ea^le Creek. Mr.
Hoover was the first clerk of the county and one of its best
and most respected citizens. Court was first held at his house
November, 1830. He moved to Lebanon in 1833 and died
there December 3, 1835; is buried at the Eagle Creek Bapti:?t
Church Cemetery. Mrs. David Hoover lived to a good old
age, dying August 11, 1883. Three children were born to them


in Tennessee. Jacob was born May 27, 1808, lives in Coffee
County, Kansas. He was married to Sallie Lowe, daughter
of ''Cap." Frederick Lowe. Isaac was born August 1, 1810,
married to Susan Lane. He died in Kansas in 1864. Mary
was born May 27, 1812, was married to Elijah Cross, January
13, 1831. Mr. Cross died in 1879. Mrs. Cross is living on
the old home farm adjoining Zionsville. Mr. Hoover was
heavy-set, dark hair and complexion.


The subject of this sketch was the eldest son of Riley B.
Hogshire, and was born at Northfield, this county, April 5,
1835. He spent his early life on the farm, and received a
meager education in the common school of the village. His
father being oue of the pioneers of the county, he was brought
up to know the hardships and privations of early life in a new

In 1858 he was appointed Stewart of the Indiana Deaf and
Dumb Institution, and held the position for several years,
during which time he was elected one of the board of mana-
gers. He then, in connection with John F. Council, purchased
a retail grocery store at No. 25 West Washington street, Indi-
anapolis, which was afterwards converted into a wholesale and
retail shoe store, J. B. E. Reid being taken into partnership.
After carrying on the business successfully several years,
Messrs. Council and Reid retired, and with George A. Reis-
ner, Mr. Hogshire continued the business. From this he
retired about 1876, and located on the farm south of this city,
where he has since lived.

Mr. Hogshire has an extensive acquaintance throughout
the state, and was a faithful adherent to the principles of the
Democratic party. In 1864 he was the Democratic candidate
for auditor of Marion County, and with a Republican major-
ity of between two and three thousand to overcome, came


within a few hundred votes of being elected over Gen. Geo.
F. McGinnis.

He married Miss ISIary E. Johnson, daughter of James
Johnson, one of the wealthy and influential pioneers of Mar-
ion County, October 5, 1864, and to thera were born two sons
and two daughters, all of whom are living. Mr. Plogshire
died at his home surrounded by his family and friends. He
is buried at Crown Hill Cemetery, Indianapolis. See his por-
trait in another part of this work. He died February, 1887.


Mr. Heath was born in Clark County, Ind., October 22,
1822. Came to Boone County in 1860; was married to Eliz-
abeth Neal, December 5, 1844 ; she died March 6, 1877 ; buried
at Center Church. The following are his children's names :
William P., resides in Kansas; Margaret C, resides in Boone
County; Samuel S., resides in Lebanon, is an active citizen,
takes interest in the agricultural society, also in the Midland
Kailroad ; had the honor of driving the last spike on the line,
January 22, 1886. Sarah J., resides in Boone County; Isa-
bella, deceased; Louisa, resides in Missouri; Rosana, resides
in Shelby County, Ind. Maria ^I., resides in Boone County;
James M., resides in Colorado. His father came to Indiana
when it was a territory. James Heath is a stanch Republi-
can, and has belonged to the M. E. Church since 1842; all
the time a consistent member. He was the second time mar-
ried to Mary Roax, Febri'ary 19, 1878 ; resides four miles cast
of Lebanon, on the Noblesville gravel road, where he owns a
fine farm. Has always been a farmer, until recently, he has

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