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been engaged in the dairy business.


The subject of this sketch, was born in Clinton Township,
Boone County, Ind., October 9, 1843. He spent his early life


on the farm, and received his education from the common
schools of the country. His father, Simpson Harrison, being
one of the pioneers of the country, he was brought up to know
the hardships and privations of early life in a new country.
At the breakino; out of the rebellion voung Harrison became
enthused with the love of country, and at an age less than
eighteen years was enrolled in Co. G., 1 1th Ind. regiment,
under Lew. ^yallace, July 24, 1861, and was discharged at
Crump's Landing, Tennessee, March 31, 1862, on account of
general disability. On August 20, 1863, he was married
to Miss Caroline Riley, daughter of James Riley, a
well known farmer and stock dealer in this county. They
lived on a farm in Washington Townships and to them was
born three sons: Ira E., Edward J. and John B. Eddie died
at the age of eight years and six months. On February 5,

1876, he was initiated into the I. O. O. F., at Mechanicsburg,
and has held every office in the order. On December 14,

1877, he united with the M. E. Church.

In April, 1878, he was elected trustee of Washington
Township, and in the spring of 1881 was appointed to fill the
unexpired terra of George E. Conrad, and in April, 1882, was
again elected to the office of trustee, which he held till Sep-
tember, when he resigned and moved to Lebanon, to accept a
deputyship under John W. Hawkins, treasurer of the county.
In 1886 he received the nomination for county treasurer at
the hands of the Republicans, and beat his opponent, John
Huber, 51 votes, being elected November, 1886. He has not,
at this writing, taken his office.

In February 15, 1880, the wife and mother died, leaving
the husband and two sons to mourn the loss of an affectionate
wife and mother. In August 11, 1880, he was again married,
to Miss Elizabeth A. Keves.



Among the prominent men of Boone County of the past,
the one whose name heads this sketch stands conspicuous.
For over thirty years he was at the head and front of all the
advance movements of his adopted county and state. He was
born in Kentucky, where he resided until neai^middle life and
where he acquired his education and studied lavv. He repre-
sented his county in the legislature in his native state. In the
year 1840 he came to tiiis county where he at once "came to
the front/' for as early as 1845 he was elected to the state leg-
islature, representing^ Boone and Hamilton counties, and again
in 1846, where his talents and business qualities were readily
recognized. Perhaps the best energies of his life were dis-
played when the Cincinnati, Indianapolis, St. Louis & Chicago
Railroad was built and in operation, and, in fact, as long as he
lived, from first to last, as director, stockholder, agent and
president did he perform his duties to the entire satisfaction
of all. The same might truthfully be said as to his relations
with the Masonic order. Early in life he joined the Blue
Lodge. Step by step he rose, serving in all the subordinate
positions of his home lodge, from outside guard to worshipful
master in the East. Not content with this, he asked for and
received "all the higher degrees in Masonry and served in
nearly all the higher offices of the Grand Lodge of the state,
not stopping until he attained the highest office — worshi{)ful
grand master of Indiana. He was associated in the banking
business in Lebanon several years, serving as director and
president. Mr. Hazlerigg was, up to 1856, a Whig, and after-
wards acted with the Republican party. Mr. Hazlerigg lived
and died on his farm adjoining Hazlerigg Station, a place
named in honor of him on the railroad, six miles northwest of
Lebanon. He died December 15, 1877, loved and respected
by all. He was first buried on the home farm, but afterwards
his remains were removed to Lebanon, where a fine monument


was erected to his memory. In person he was of medium
size, well made, high forehead and general good features.

Mr. Hazlerigg was first married to Margareth Stone, in the
state of Kentucky. One child was born to them, Caroline M.,
married to Dr Rollins. Mr. Hazlerigg was the second time
married to Mary Jemison. The following are the children's
names born to them : Joshua, James M., David \Y., Henry
L,, was lost on the steamer Sultana, was captain in the 40th
Indiana Regiment ; George W., Sarah, died at the age of twelve
years; Nelly (deceased), Angle, Lidia (deceased), Albert W.,
Dick, died in infancy; Charles, John and Oliver were twins.
Angle, who married Henry C. Macy, is the only one residing
in the county. Albert W. resides in Indianapolis, John resides
in New York City, David W. resides in Indianapolis. Joshua
was drowned in Sugar Creek, near Thorntown, in 1856.
Charles resides in Nebraska.


Was born in Preble County, Ohio, May 18, 1809; married to
Elizabeth Ne.-bit, August 17, 1830, in Ohio. Came to Thorn-
town in 1832, where he engaged in merchandising, and
was one of the pioneer merchants, and was the first postmaster
there. Was justice of the peace for sixteen years ; a member
of the Presbyterian Church, and in every way an active,
influential man. Was a devoted temperance advocate, and a
free-soiler. Died July 1, 1867; is buried at the new ceme-
tery in Thorntown. He settled on his farm, one mile east of
Thorntown, in the year 1834, where he died. Mrs. H. is the sis-
ter of.the late Dr. Jackson Nesbit, at one time county treasurer ;
died in Ohio, 1864. The following are the names of Mr. and
Mrs. Ha mil's children : Robert W., born August 27, 1846 ; mar-
ried to Sarah M. Henderson ; reside at home. Maggie E., mar-
ried to James Lambert, born May 12, 1852. She died ten years
after her marriage. Mr. H. in person was medium size, dark
hair, fair complexion, good features.



The subject of this sketch was born in Union County,
Indiana, February 12, 1814. His father's name was also
Joseph Hollingsworth. His mother's name was Patcie Smith ;
came to Washington Township in 1833. They were born in
South Carolina. Mr. H., senior, died in March, 187-i; Mrs.
H. in 1877; buried at Sugar Plain Cemetery. Joseph Hol-
lingsworth, the subject of this sketch, of Washington Town-
ship, was first married to Eliza Rose, July 27, 1835. The fol-
lowing are his children's names: Cornelius, who died in
infancy; Sarah A., died in infancy; Almira, died in infancy ;
John, died while young; Mary E., married to ^liles Han-
Ion, resides in Iowa; Abram R., married to Clara Ball;
deceased; buried at Thorntown. Oliver S., died September
22, 1862; Phebe J., married to J. B. Caldwell, resides in
Thorntown; Joseph A., resides in Iowa ; William X., married
to Mary F. Hagerman, resides on the home farm ; Elwood M.,
married to ]Miss McDowell. Mr, H. was the second time mar-
ried to Elizabeth Mann, June 11, 1863; wasthe third time mar-
ried to Caroline Husted, June, 1876 ; children's names : Ralph
Eramett, died in infancy; Lena P., and Nella. Mr. H. was
the fourth time married to Jane A. Kemper, August 16, 1881.
Mr. H. belongs to the Bapti.-t Church ; v/as raised a Quaker;
has been living on his farm since 1835. It will be noticed
that Mr. H. is a very much married man, and if the name of
Hollingsworth should become lost it will not be his fault. Mr.
H. resides on the Big Four Railroad, between Ilazelrigg Sta-
tion and Thorntown, where he owns a fine farm.


The subject of this sketch was born near Connersville,
Ind., September 10, 1814. His parents' names were Jona-
than and Margaret Higgins; her name was Margaret Shaw.
Mr. Higgins was married at Thorntown, Ind., December 23,


1839. Mrs. Higgins died September 10, 1880, and is buried in
what isr known as Betliel Cemetery, in Washington Township.
Mrs. Higgins (Xancy Long) was boru March 6, 1821. This
interesting family was among the first to settle in that part of
Washington Township. Mr. H. at once took a great interest
in his new home, and with his hands made one of the best
farms in the county. And he is one of the best farmers in
his townsliip. He has served as Township Trustee, in all,
near nineteen years. Was elected joint representative for the
Counties of Boone and Clinton in 1868, over Hon. Henry M.
Marvin, which will give an idea of his popularity. In ])erson
Mr. H. is large, fair complexion, light hair and good features.
He belongs to the Presbyterian Church, In politics, a Repub-
lican. The following are his children's names: Mary, mar-
ried to William Adair, died May 19, 1864; Phebe J., died at
the age of six years; Arminta B., married to Dr. T. H. Har-
rison, resides at Lebanon, Ind. ; Ollie, married to Walter S.
Hall, resides on the home farm. In the proper place we
omitted to say Mr. Higgins served as County Commissioner;
first appointed to serve out the unexpired term of Newton
Phillips; afterwards being elected. When canvassing for
this work we were kindly cared for at his house by him and
Mr. and Mrs. Hall.


Among the pioneers of Boone County, we would not forget
Lewis Hauser. He was born in South Carolina, on September
14, 1804; was married to Levina Stultz, November 4, 1827.
Mr. H. came first to Bartholomew County, Indiana, where he
remained only a few months ; then to Marion County, where he
lived a short time. In 1836 he came to Little Eagle Creek,
since which time he has made his hom.e in the county. No
man stands higher in the county than does Mr. M. Retired
in his ways, it is true, but after a long life of usefulness
none dare sav anvthiuir against his intcirritv. He knows all


about pioneer life. Came poor to the new home; afterwards
he developed it into a fine farm. He is now living a retired
life at Whitestown, with the consciousness of having wronged
no man. Mrs. H. died February 28, 1856. Mr. H. was the
second time married to Laura J. Lewis, January, 1857. She
died February 25, 1881. Buried at the Lutheran Cemetery,
in Union Township. The following are his children's names:
John L., died in North Carolina; Martha T., married to Rev.
John Good ; reside near Whitestown ; married March 26, 1841.
Mary L., died, aged seventeen years; buried at the Lutheran
Cemetery, in Union County. Charles E., married to Leonia
Neese ; died, aged thirty-four years ; buried at Lutheran Ceme-
tery ; Julia A., died aged six years ; George, married to Levina
Nesee ; resides south of Whitestown a short distance. He
was county auditor four years. Leander, married Mary Lucas ;
died in Texas, May, 1869. Amanda E., married to William
Beeler; died May 11, 1878. Mr. H. is now in his eighty-
fourth year, and, everything considered, is quite well preserved.
He has been physically one of the finest made men in the
county, weighing two hundred pounds, six feet high, and well
proportioned. Long may this old pioneer live.


Mr. Hollingsworth was born in Union County, Indiana,.
February 6, 1816. Settled in Boone County in 1833. He
was married to Fannie Alexander, January 5, 1841. She
was born in Owen County, Kentucky, December 31, 1818.
Mr. and Mrs. Hollingsworth settled on the farm they now
live on, in Jefferson Township, in 1841. Four children were
born unto them, as follows: Mary J., born February 1, 1842;
married to George D. Miller on the loth of February, 1872;
reside on the home farm. W. W. Hollingsworth Avas born
October 4, 1845 ; married to Mary Chambers, in Owen County^
Kentucky, on the 14th of January, 1879 ; resides on the home
farm. Samuel Hollingsworth was raised a Quaker, to which


faith he still clings. Mrs. H. belongs to the Baptist Church.
This old couple, now in the evening of life, have resided in
the county over fifty years; have underwent all the hardsliips
and privations incident to a pioneer life; have contributed
their part to bring about the changes of the past half century.
This old pioneer couple reside in Jeiferson Township, two
miles southwest of Hazelrigg Station. The original Holliugs-
worth family were from South Carolina.


Was born in Nicholas County, Ky., April 4, 1801 ; married to
Rachael L. Cowan August 4, 1825. She was also born in the
same county and state, February 25, 1801. Was among the
early settlers of Jefferson Township. His father's name was
■John Hill, who married Dorothy Allen — they are buried in
Kentucky. Mrs. William Hill died January 10, 1877, aged
seventy-five years, ten months and fifteen days, and is buried
in the Cox Cemetery. The following are the names of Will-
iam Hill's children : Alfred G., born January 12, 1827 ; Doro-
thy J., born April 17, 1828; John C, born October 2, 1831 ;
Isaac H., born August 28, 1834 ; Harriet A., born March 28;
1838; Litha E., born December 9, 1839; William W., born
March 31, 1842; Rachael L., born July 25, 1844. The fol-
lowing are deceased: Nancy A., Isaac H., and Litha E., and
-all are buried in the Cox Cemetery. John C. Hill, third
•child of William Hill, was married to Nancy J. Caldwell July
30, 1858; the following are his children's names : Cheever
O. and Minnie. Mr. John C. Hill was again married to Mary
-J. Cowan, October 12, 1865. The following are the names of
his children by the second marriage: Elizabeth and Eva
(twins). Mr. Hill is now living on the farm where he was
bom, fifty-five years ago, in Jefferson Township, one and one-
half miles northwest of Dover. Is one of the best men and
•citizens in his township, and is a Republican that never held


any office. Himself and family we thank for kindnesses
received. John C. Hill's grandfather's name was John Hill,
died May 4, 1854:; his wife, Dorothy Hill, died December 2,
1851, buried in the Cox Cemetery.


This pioneer first saw the light of day in Tennessee, and
on the 5th day of March, 1816. Came to Boone County in
1831. ^Married to Martha Furgason, February 11, 1836, in
Jefferson Township. The following are the names of their
children : Judith J,, married to Samuel Lothlin ; William F.,
married to Alice Potts, February, 1867; he was in the army;
is buried at Thorntown ; his wife died in December, 1885; is
buried in the Cox Cemetery; Martha A. married to Michael
D. Campbell, resides in Xebraska; Sarah A., died at the age
of eighteen years, buried at the Cox Cemetery ; Robert W.,
died at the age of sixteen years; Hannah M., died in 1851,
at the age of three years; Mary E., died in infancy; Ehvood
T., born January 1, 1854, married to Mary E. Mesraore ; they
reside in Jefferson Town-hip. Matthew Harris died December
29, 1860, buried in the Cox Cemetery. He was a member of
the Missionary Baptist Church, as was also ISIrs. Harris, who
was born in Union County, Ind., February 4, 1816. Mr. H.
was of medium size, dark hair and dark complexion.


The subject of this sketch was born in Fairfield County,
Ohio, on the 28th of April, 1813. Came to Boone County in
1842. Settled in Jefferson Township where he now resides.
He was married to Mary Shreve on the 6th of December,
1840, in Fairfield County, Ohio. Miss Shreve was born in
same county, July 26, 1813. The following comprise his fam-
ily: Asa F.; lives in Jefferson Township; Eliza; Amanda


M. Asa is married to Liicinda J. Sutton ; Eliza to John F.
Routh ; Amanda to James W. Roark. All reside in Jefferson
Township. Mr. and Mrs. Hiestand belong to the United
Baptist Church. Mr. Hiestand has served acceptably as town-
ship tru'tee several years, is a Republican in politics and one
of our best farmers, and throughout one of the best citizens of
the county.


Of Jackson Township, was born in Kentucky, September 26,
1810. His father's name was Thomas Heady, born in Penn-
sylvania, April 15, 1780. His mother's name before marriage
was Rebecca Goodwin, born in Pennsylvania, October 15,
1883. They were married in Kentucky; lived there until the
year 1814, when they came to Monroe County, Indiana;
remained there six years and then went to Putnam County,
Indiana, and remained there until the year 1838; then went
to Jackson Township, Boone County, where they lived many
years. They moved to ^Missouri, where Mr. Heady died.
Mrs. Heady returned to Boone County; died here in 1863, is
buried at the Union Cemetery in Jackson Township. Mr.
Almond Heady, the subject of this sketch, was four times mar-
ried, first to Catharine Spencer in 1830. She was born in
1814, died July 8, 1853. The second time to Charlotte Davis,
September, 1853, she died March 18, 1858. Third time to
Maiy Ellen Kise, September, 1858, she died November 12,
1869, is buried at Union Cemetery. The fourth time to Car-
oline Davis, September 26, 1870, with whom he is now living
at Jamestown. It will readily be seen that Mr. Heady is a
much married man, the father of nineteen children. Will try
to give their names if they don't get away. By his first wife:
Eliza A., Sarah E., Rebecca C, who died at the age of eight
years; Andrew J., Thomas W., Richard V., Imri P., Nicho-
las C, Elisha F., Martha J., Lafiiyette P., all living but
Rebecca and Elisha. To the second marriage were born
James D. and Minerva, both died in infancy. To the third


marriage were born five childrou, names as follows: Alitha
E., Charles R., Mary H. Two died in infancy. Charles died
dt the age often years. To the fourth but one child was born,
Nettie C, born December 26, 1871, Mr. Heady is a Jackson-
ian Democrat, and one of your clever, upright men, strong,
well built, six feet high. First settled near old Union Church
where he developed a fine farm out of the woods, mostly with
his own strong hands, assisted by his older sons. While can-
vassing for this work we were kindly cared for by Mr. and
Mrs. Heady.


The subject of this sketch was born in Mason County,
Ky,, in 1801, He was married to Margaret Alexander, in the
state of Ohio; came to Boone County in 1837; settled in
Clinton Township, entering his land there. He died on Sep-
tember 20, 1869; buried at Union Cemetery. His wife died
October 23, 1869 ; buried at the same place. The following
are the names of their children : Cynthia A., Mary J., John
W., James, killed in the battle of Chicamauga, 1863; William
J., Henry W., Addison L., Richard W. : all living but James
A. There was at one time five of the brothers in the late war.
Cynthia A. married Andrew Howard, resides in Cass County,
Ind. IMary J., married to L. F. Wilson, resides in Cass
County, Ind. John W. resides in the state of Missouri. Will-
iam J. resides in Kansas. Three reside in this county, viz, :
Henry W., Addison L, and Richard W. Mr. and M-rs, John
Howard were members of the Christian Church,


Mr. Head, son of Simeon Head, who kept for so many
years the leading tavern on the Michigan road, is now a citi-
zen of Zionsville and has been for twenty-five years, and where
he enjoys the confidence and respect of his fellow citizens.


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He has served as Trustee for a term of years ; also as Couuty
Commissioner of the county four years ; in every respect to the
entire satisfaction of the people. He has for many years been
an active member of the Masonic Order, and has served as
^y. M. of the Ziousville Lodge time immeniurial, which
capacity he has tilled with dignity and fairness, such as has
rendered him a desirable one to fill the chair in the east. In
his nature he is retired, never seeking to intrude himself be-
fore the public; and be it said to his credit, he has filled all
the above honorable places without his special seeking. Mr.
Head is now just in his prime, being about fifty years of age,
well preserved. He was the first man in Boone County to
sign for the " Early Life and Times in Boone County." We
hope he may live long to read it. He is a live Republican.


Was born in East Tennessee, September 8, 1812; married to
Elizabeth Detrick, November 25, 1830, born in Virginia,
February 9, 1811. Removed from Harrison County, Ind., to
Boone County in 1834; settled near Lebanon, remaining
there a short time, when he entered forty acres of land, known
as the James Potts land. He built a log house on it, cleared
fifteen acres, when he sold it. He then bought eighty acres
near Dover, in Jefferson Township, moved on it in 1844, add-
ing to it until he had 112 acres. This he sold and removed
to where he now lives, near Dover, and adjoining it on the
west. Mr. Irwin has done an untold amount of hard work.
Illustrative of this he says he cut and split five hundred rails
in a day and made one shoe at night; not only one day, but
often. On removing to Boone County he had no capital save
a strong pair of arms and willing hands, assisted by his worthy
helpmaCe, who at all times stood by and acted with him in his
undertakings, and now this worthy couple reside at their well
earned home, at the age of seventy-three years, enjoying the


repose of a long and active life. They have had seasons of
discouragement and disappointment, no doubt, especially in
their struggle to get a start in their new home. The follow-
ing are their children's names, nine in number, five boys and
four girls : William J., born March 23, 1831, married to Mary
A. Boone, July 19, 1857, deceased January 2, 1861. John
W., born April 2, 1834; married to Alraira Hall, January 2,
1858; died July, 1860. Margaret A., born December 1,
1836; married to Jacob L. Pyles, September 20, 1857; died
April, 1881. Mary J., born January 31, 1838; married to
O. S. Kern, February 18, 1858. Robert S., born February
17, 1841 ; married to Mary E. Dooley, October 30, 1864. He
served three years in the late war. Sarah E,, born March 22,
1844; married to William V. Payne, January 26, 1870.
James W., born July 27, 1848; married to Sarah E. Bush,
September 18, 1873; is now living on the home farm. David
and Martha (twins), died in infancy; all buried at the Pleas-
ant View Cemetery, in Jetferson Township. Mr. and Mrs.
Irwin belong to the Pleasant View Church, in Jefferson

Mr. Irwin, in an early day, killed a deer without any ham-
mer on his gunlock, taking his shoe hammer to hit the cap
with, after taking deliberate aim. He knew where it was in
the habit of coming, watching when he killed it, as above
stated. The deer did not fool around there any more.


Mr. .Isenhour was born in North Carolina, November 15,
1815. He was the son of John Isenhour who came to Ten-
nessee in the year 1816. Jonathan Isenhour came to Boone
County in the fall of 1848, first settling in Worth Township,
where he has since resided. Though he was not strictly a
pioneer, he came to Worth when the county was quite new
and undeveloped, and consequently helped to clear away the
heavy forest of that locality. He now resides quietly in


Whitestown, having a few years ago left his farm. He was
married to Margaret Whisermad, November 9, 1837. x^Iiss
Margaret Whisermad was born in A^irginia, December 22,
1818; her father moved to Tennessee when she was five years
of age, and to Monroe County, Indiana, when she was eleven
years of age, and where she and Jonathan Isenhour were mar-
ried. To them were born ten children, seven boys and three
girls, as follows : Rebecca L., born October 19, 1838 ; married
to Samuel I. Laughner. She died October 20,1884.. Isaac J.,
born January 5, 1841 ; married first to Sally Laughner; died
June 23, 1877. Isaac was again married to Mrs. S. E. Lari-
more, widow of the late Dr. Jeremiah Larimore, March 7,
1878. Mr. Isaac Isenhour had one child born to his first wife,
Zenley, born October 24, 1869. (His last wife was the daugh-
ter of the late John Dulin.) John E. Isenhour was born Jan-
uary 19, 1843; married to Anmariah Miers. George W. was
born September 29, 1845; married to Anna Slarks. James
was born December 11,1847; married to Lidia Marklin.
William AY. was born May 15, 1850 (in Boone County; all
previous, in Monroe County, Indiana) ; married to Mary Cla-
mon. Ellen was born January 25, 1853; married to John T.
Day. Six of the above are now living; the deceased mem-
bers of the family are buried at the Lutheran Cemetery, in

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