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^yo^th Township, east of Whitestown. To Isaac Isenhour we
are indebted for the abo%^e dates and names. He resides one
and a half miles northwest of Whitestown, and where he owns
a fine farm. We are thankful to him and family for favors
shown while getting items for this work.

JOHN KINCAID.

Prominent among the farmers of Boone County are the
Kincaids, there being several different families of them. They
reside in the eastern part of the county, about eight miles cast
of Lebanon.

John Kiucaid, the person I write about in this sketch, was



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born in Washington County, Pa., March 16, 1795. He M'as
a son of John and Martha Kincaid, the youngest of nine
children, he being the only one that yet survives. He
served as an apprentice at the cabinet trade, and worked at
that business until he took up the trade of gunsmithing.

Mr. Kincaid went as a' substitute in the AVar of 1812,
about August, for Robert Carr; served until November of the
same year and was discliarged.

In the year of 1815, February 2, he was united in marriage
to Miss Christina Pope, who was born in Trumble County, O.,
1791, and survived until July 10, 1885. You may count it
up, and you will find that they lived together as man and wife
about seventy years, a very uncommon thing. They resided
in Trumble County, O., until the spring of 1848, when they
moved to where he yet resides with his son Frederick. He and
his wife both joined the Methodist Episcopal Church at the
same time, in the year 1827, of which they have been constant
members ever since, attending services when health would
permit. The first vote he ever cast was for James Monroe,
and has always voted the Democratic ticket, until he voted
for Peter Cooper, which was the last vote he ever cast. Mr.
Kincaid has a relic, an old coffee-mill which his father and
mother used. It is now in the neighborhood of 120 vears
old, and still it grinds. He has raised a family of six children,
of whom three are yet living, as follows : Frederick was born
December 14, 1815, now living on the old homestead, of whom
you will see a sketch in our book; Sarah A., born September
26, 1818, married John Dunlap, and died April 8, 1875;
Lucinda, born February 2, 1821, married William Mcllrce,
died July 3, 1850; John, born October 17, 1822, married
Mandy Cemeus, resides in Trimble County, O.; Calvin R.,
born July 25, 1826, died July 21, 1830; Mandy S., born Sep-
tember 3, 1829, married Homer Davis, not living together,
she resides in Shakopee, Harrison County, Minnesota.

Mr. and Mrs. Kincaid have lived a very happy life. He
has always been a hard-working man, gunsmithing being his



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favorite trade, farming some through the summer season. lie
is at present very feeble ; resides on his old stamping-ground,
with his son Frederick, and looked after with great care.

JACOB JOHNS, Sr.

Jacob Johns, Sr., was born in Hardin County, Ky., Janu-
ary 11, 1801, during John Adams' administration, the second
President of the United States, two years before the purchase
of the Louisiana territory of Napoleon Bonaparte. He was
six years old when Robert Fulton set afloat the first steamboat
in the world ; eleven years old at the breaking out of the
second war with Great Britain, and fifteen years old when
Indiana, the nineteenth state, was admitted to the Union.
Was twentv-three vears a resident of Harrison County, Indi-
ana, when General Lafayette made his last visit to America,
and twenty-five years old when the first railroad was built in
the United States. These facts are related in this connection
merely to show what a grand panorama of events was transpir-
ing, and what wonderful changes were wrought in this state
and the United States that this old patriarch lived to see. As
a brief history of his fiither (Henry Johns) and his mother su
far as is known has been given in a previous number, it will
only be necessary to say tliat he came of European ancestors,
who emigrated to America during the revolution, and after-
ward settled in Hanlin County, Ky. He was next to tiie
youngest child of a family of nine children, six brothers and
two sisters and one half-brother. It is not known exactly
when he left Kentucky and came to Indiana. It is known,
however, that he was living in Harrison County, Ind., in
1823, as he went back to Hardin County, Ky., and was mar-
ried to Harriet Stevens, July 13, in that year. He returned
to his former home in Indiana immediately after, when he
moved with his wife and child, three months old, to Mor/un
County. An incident of the voyage was the upsetting of the
wagon and spilling the folks out; however, without serious



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resull?. In that day and for years afterward, drivers rode one
hoise and guided the other with the rein. In the fall of 1831
he entered 240 or 280 acres in Boone County, in Union Town-
ship, south of the present site of Big Springs. And in ^Starch,
1832, during sugar-making, he moved his family, now con-
sisting of his wife and four children, camping out until the
house was built. As soon as the roof was on and the cracks
chinked, he moved in on a dirt floor. The men who helped
him laise his house were Daniel Stevens, now a very old man
in the southern part of Iowa ; William Johns, a nephew, now
in Sullivan County, aged about seventy-five ; and Eli Cragus-
son, of whom all trace is lost. He cleared up about fourteen
acres and put it in cultivation, where there had not been a
stick amiss that spring. He had but two neighbors at that
time — Henry Koutz, a mile south on the Noblesville road,
and Benjamin Crews, three miles southwest on the Michigan
road, where one of Boone County's ex-representatives, Henry
Marvin, now lives. The road hands were cutting out the
Michigan road along there when the family moved up. There
was but one place in the city of Indianapolis that could be
called a store when he moved to Boone, and he could have
bought land at S2.50 and S3. 00 per acre then, that is now away
inside the city limits. He entered several hundred acres at
various times afterward, some of which he sold to settlers, and
the remainder he gave to his children. His farm in this
almost unbroken wilderness soon became the nucleus of a
thriving settlement. Curtis Pritchard, Sampson Hartman,
John Hartman, Jacob Parr, Isaac Sright, who were already
there ; Joel Richardson, John Davis, and perhaps others long
since" dead, located in convenient neighboring distances for
those days, and a flourishing settlement was soon established.
Tom Wooden, the subject of a former sketch, was caught
within its limits, but soon disappeared, and it was thought all
trace of him was lost, but it now transpires that he wa.^ still
living but a short time ago at an advanced age, in the far
West, and he may be the subject of another sketch in this



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department soon. These hardy old pioneers, several of whom
had seen service under Jackson and Harrison, had large fami-
lies, and soon felt the need of school facilities, and right here
it appears that Prof. LaFollette, of Lebanon, now the worthy
state superintendent of public instruction, has been wrongly
informed as to the location of the first school house in Marion
Township. For a few more settlers had dropped in above this
nucleus, they divided the distance, united strength, and erected
a log school house on the east bank of Eagle Creek, in Marion
Township, along the line between Union and Marion, a half-
mile west of the present site of Big Springs, on what was
known in an early day as the Jonathan Scott farm, now owned
by John Stephenson. And in this house, from the best infor-
mation at hand, was taught the first school in a school house,
and the first singing school in Marion Township. That por-
tion of Union Township south of the Noblesville road and
west almost to the Michigan road, assisted in building the
house, and all who wished to send to school there for a short
time. Schools were taught solely on subscription at that
time and for years afterward. Settlers coming in and the pop-
ulation increasing rapidly, a subdivision was thought neces-
sary, and a log school house was erected on the northeast cor-
ner of the Jacob Johns homestead, where it remained for
years after a new frame had been built, a memento of
early days.

JESSE JACKSON,

One of the pioneers of Jefferson Township, and one who
has been identified with the county's best interests for years,
was born in Jefferson County, Ind., April 22, 1822 ; came to
this county in the year 1836 ; chose as a helpmate through life
Miss Armilda A. Stephenson, to whom he was united in mar-
riage March 10, 1853. Miss Stephenson was born in Ken-
tucky, June 18, 1824; came with her father, John Stephenson,
in 1832. Mr. Jackson was county commissioner for a term of
years from 1874 to 1878. He died June 4, 1881 : is buried at



312 EARLY LIFE AND TIMES IN

the Dover Baptist Cemetery, near where he lived so long, and
where he was highly esteemed as a friend and neighbor. In
person Mr. Jackson was six feet high, dark hair, fair complex-
ion, strong and active. His widow is vet living on the home
farm, just north of Dover. The following are his children's
names: John G., born June 24, 1854; died July 7, 1879.
William, born December 6, 1855 ; married to Sarah B. McLain.
Mary K., born July 12,1862; married to Morton L.Hill.
Mr. Jackson was member of tlie Regular Baptist Church.

JACOB JONES, Sr.

Mr. Jones, one of the pioneers of Union Township, was
born October 18, 1794; died in Oregon, 1870. He married
Eli?:abeth Calvert; born March 4, 1793; died January 1,
1829. They were married May 9, 1812, in Green County,
Penn ; Mr. Jones moved to Boone County in 1833 ; set-
tled on the Michigan road a short distance south of Xorth-
field, where he resided till the year 1852, when he, with
most of his family, moved to Oregon. He was a grand old
man and pioneer, just the man for a frontier life, strong and
active, who knew no such a word as fail. Honest in everthing
that word means. He helped develop Boone County from a
wilderness to a comparatively fine country. He raised a large
family, named as follows: Sarah, born in 1809 ; John, born
in 1813: Jacob, born in 1814; Isaac, born in 1816; Abra-
ham, born in 1818; James, bora in 1821; Lewis, born in
1823; Samuel, born in 1825 ; Margaret, born in 1827; Henry,
born in 1835; George, born in 1837; Harvey, born in 1839.
Most of-this family are dead. Samuel was drowned in Ore-
gon ; one daughter died on the plains in 1852, en route to
Oregon.

Jacob .Jones, Jr., and third son, is the only one now living
in this county; resides on the Michigan road, where he has
lived most of his life. He was about eighteen years of age
when his father came to the county ; owns a fine farm, and is



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313



regarded as a No. 1 man. The Jones family will be
remembered in time to come as one of prominence in the
county. The elder Jones kept public house on the Michigan
road many years, and where the old '' stage coach " stopped at
and exchanged horses. Samuel Jones drove the old coach
teem for many years, and I believe Jacob Jones, Sr. was the
contractor. He was a large man, very square built, florid
complexion, light hair. Many who read this imperfect sketch
will call to mind Jacob Jones, among the best men who ever
lived in Boone County. He was the second time married, and
three children were born to him, who reside in Oregon. Their
names are : Mark D., Mahala and Howard ; their birthdays
are not given.

JOSEPH JACKSON.

Mr. Jackson, one of the early settlers of Jackson Town-
ship, was born in Gilbert County, North Carolina, March 2,
1803; married to Martha Heady (who was born in Kentucky,
December 23, 1804) in 1825. Soon after they were married
they came to Putnam County, Indiana, where he resided until
1835, when they came to Boone County, settling on the farm
now owned by John Leek near Ward Postoffice. Mr. Jack-
son died March 1, 1876, Mrs. Jackson died January 20, 1885,
both buried at the old Union Cemetery in Jackson Township.
Mrs. Jackson was a member of the Christian Church. There
were born to this family the following named children : Thomas
H., Joseph, Elisha, Rebecca, Emsley, Sarah A,, George, Lydia
E., Mary E., Lewis M., Amanda M. Of this family Joseph,
Elisha, Amanda, Emsley and George reside in Boone County.
Thomas H. resides in Kansas; Sarah A. resides in Hendricks
County, Indiana; Lydia E. resides in Cowley County, Kan-
sas. Mr. Elisha Jackson, third child of this early family, was
married to Elizabeth J. Hendricks, resides in Jackson Town-
ship, where he owns a fine farm and is one of the substantial
farmers of the county. I am indebted to him for favors
received in gathering material for this work.



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FREDERICK KINCAID,

A son of John and Christina Kincaid, was born in Trurable
County, Ohio, December 14, 1815. Came to Boone County
April 23, 1847. He purchased the farm that he still lives on
of Thomas Osburn, who entered it; he has been a hard worker
in his time, has improved his farm and made it what it is.
He was married to Rachael Stogdill, October 11, 1837; the
result of this marriage was nine children, of whom four are
deceased. Levi, born August 28, 1842, was married to Mar-
garet Edwards, is living in Marion Township, Boone County;
Anthony, born December 26, 1844, was married to Christina
Cobb ; Anthony is very popular among the people of Boone
County, commonly known as "Quart;" he owns a fine farm in
Marion Township, is a substantial, energetic farmer and stock
trader; Manda, born August 22, 1847, still lives with her
father and mother; Martha Jane, born December 20, 1849,
was married to Theodore Staton, resides in Center Township,
Boone County, Indiana; William A., born September 23,
1852, married to Darthy Cobb, January 22, 1879, is one
of the most substantial farmers and stock raisers in Marion
Township, owns a fine farm just immediately south of his
father's.

THOMAS KERSEY,

Born In Kentucky, ]S^icholas County, April 12, 1802. He
was married to Miss Elizabeth Hinton, January 3, 1827.
Mr. Kersey came to Boone County in March, 1831, and en-
tered eighty acres of land between what is known as Hazelrigg
Station and Lebanon. In the following fall he and his wife
and two children started to their wilderness home, on the ISth
day of October, and completing their journey November 5,
1831. The result of their marriage has been a very fruirtul
one, being twelve children, seven boys and five girls, as fol-
lows : Nathaniel, born in Nicholas County, Ky., August 25,



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1829 ; married to Miss Mary Hemphill, of Boone County ; he re-
sides immediately south of the old homestead, owning a large
farm, and ruus a tile factory and saw mill in connection witli the
farm. "William, born October 15, 1830 ; married for his first wife,
Miss Mary Slayback, and for his second, Miss Elizabeth Ross.
Mr. Kersey died May 8, 1886, leaving a widow and childern :
Lucretia, born April 15, 1832, deceased August 14, 1833 ;
Martha, born July 8, 1834; married to Adam Kerns, of
Clinton Township. She died January 6, 1871. Benjamin F.,
born April 30, 1836; married Miss Martha Graves, afterward
to Miss jNIary Coldwell,and reside in White County, this state.
James H., born December 6, 1837; married Miss Calitha
Kern. David, born October 20, 1839; married Sarah Graves,
afterwards to Miss Kessiah Gray ; living just north of the honie
farm. George W., born January 11, 1841; deceased October
27, 1874. Mary J., born April 10, 1842; resides in Lebanon.
Thomas A., born January 7, 1844; married to Martha J.
Stoops; resides in Lebanon. Joseph, born June 25, 1846; mar-
ried Charlotte McDaniel. Sarah E., born May 9, 1849 ; mar-
ried to Clark Kern, and residing on the old homestead.
Mr. and Mrs. Kersey have undoubtedly struggled with the
hardships of pioneer life of Boone County. He has never
moved from the farm that he first settled on, and died there
July 9, 1876, and is buried at the Beck graveyard. His occu-
pation has been that of farming.

COLONEL WM. -C. KISE.

Wm. C. Kise was born in Fayette County, Kentucky,
January 30, 1815. In the year 1821 he came with his parents
to Indianapolis, where they remained one year; again moving
to Hendricks County, remaining there until the Mexican War
broke out in 1846, when he enlisted first as a private in the
First Regiment under the late J. P. Drake, serving one year.
During the remainder of the war he served as a commissi(med
officer under Gen. J. H. Lane. At the close of the war in



316 EARLY LIFE AND TIMES IN

1848 he returned to Hendricks County, where he remained
only a short time when he came to Boone County. Soon after
his arrival he was elected County Clerk, in which capacity he
served eicrht vears. In 1860 he was one of the presidential
electors of Douglas and Johnson. When the late war broke
out in 1861 he again buckled on his armor, raised a company
of young men for the three months' service and was elected as
captaiu. His company formed a part of the 10th Indiana
Volunteers, which took such a gallant part in the " Rich
Mountain " battle. After the three months were out the reg-
iment re-organized for three years, when he was commissioned
as Lieut -Colonel by Governor Morton ; was soon after pro-
moted to Colonel, in which capacity he served until he was,
on the 17th of Xovember, 1862, honorably discharged. He
was in command of his regiment at the battles of Mill Springs,
Perryville, and Corinth. After his return to Lebanon his
health having improved, he organized the 116th Indiana Reg-
iment and was commissioned Colonel, and again entered the
service, serving six months, participating in several battles
and skirmishes. Mr. Kise was a war Democrat, and as such
went to the front when his country called, always ready to de-
fend the flag he loved so well, serving all along the line from
private to General. After the war was over and peace once
more smiled lie returned home, where he was loved and hon-
ored as well as in the field. He is the father of the late
Reuben C. Kise and J. W. Kise, of Lebanon. He died Sep-
tember 10, 1884, and was buried at the new cemetery in
Lebanon.

REV. JOHN KLIXGLER.

Mr. Klingler was born in Pennsylvania on February 22,
1787. When young he went to Kentucky, in 1795, where he
was married in Bracken County, August 11, 1808, From
there they removed to Clermont County, Ohio, where twelve
of the older children were born. In 1831 they came to
Marion County, Indiana, where they remained until the year



BOONE COUXTY, INDIANA. 317

1839, when they became citizens of Boone County, and where
they lived the remainder of their lives. Mrs. Rachel Klingler
was born in Kentucky on January 8, 1792. On coming to
this county they settled on " Irishman's Run," in Eagle Town-
ship, where Mr. Klingler died, aged eighty years. The follow-
ing are the names of this family: Joshua, born in Ohio June
22, 1809; John, born in Ohio November 28, 1810; Martin,
born February 7, 1812, died in Kentucky, and was buried in
Marion County, Indiana, October 5, 1828; George F., born
November 4, 1813, resides in Eagle Township; Frederick,
born June 19, 1815, died A})ril 20, 18G7 (his wife died June 23,
1869 — both buried at Salem, Cemetery); Byron, born Novem-
ber 25, 1816, died in infancy; Polly, born December 4, 1817,
died October 25, 1879, and buried in Boone County at the
Pitzer Cemetery; Francis L. was born September 11, 1819 —
deceased; Catharine, born February 27, 1821, died March 8,

1823, and buried in Ohio; Samuel, born in Ohio April 30,

1824, died October, 1868, and buried at the Pitzer Cemetery ;
Elijah, born in Ohio May 21, 1826, died in Morgan County,
Ind., January, 1875, and buried at Martinsville; William A.
born in Kentucky June 1, 1828, resides in Eagle Township;
Richard P., born in Kentucky, died November, 1870, is buried
at Pleasant View Cemetery in Union Township; Joel, born
in Marion County, Indiana, November 6, 1831, deceased.
Mr. John Klingler, the subject of this sketch, died November
1, 1848; Mrs. Margaret Klingler, wife of John Klingler, died
May 29, 1864. It will be seen that nearly all of this large
family are dead. George married ]\Iiss Nancy Wolf, daughter
of John Wolf, in 1849. In 1843 Elijah married Mary Steph-
enson. Joshua was married to Sarah Tibbets in Kentucky;
John was married to Sarah Roback in 1834; Frederick to
Muriney Sullivan, February 21, 1843; Polly to Anderson
Gutterg, 1837; Francis L. to Polly Mullen, August, 1841;
Samuel to Sarah Lanier, "March 16, 1852; William A. to
Mary A. Moore, August 1, 1886; Richard P. to Eliza Broa-
hard, 1847; Joel to Margaret Ray, 1851.



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GENERAL REUBEN C. KISE.

The subject of this sketch was born August 15, 1840, four
miles east of Danville, Hendricks County, Indiana, and was
the first born of three sons of Colonel \yilliam C. and Polly
A. Kise. His early boyhod was spent in the county of his
birth; at the age of ten years he came with his father's family
to Lebanon, Boone County, Indiana, and at the early age of
eleven years, entered the Boone County Pioneer office to learn
the printer's trade, which he successfully graduated from three
years later.

In 1856 he entered the county clerk's office as deputy and
continued to act in that capacity under his father, Henry Shan-
Don, and A. C. Daily, until November 1860, at w^iich time
the office passed from under the control of his party, after
which he embarked in the mercantile business until the break-
ing out of the great civil war, April, 1861. He entered the
war as a private of Company I, 10th Regiment, Indiana Vol-
unteers, and filled the various positions of adjutant, 10th Indi-
ana Volunteers, assistant adjutant general and chief of staff to
Generals Mauson, Judah, and Scliofield ; major, lieutenant-
colonel, and colonel of the 120th Regiment, Indiana Volun-
teers, and was in April, 1865, breveted brigadier-general, by
President Lincoln, for gallantry in the battle of Kingston,
North Carolina. He was wounded ouce slightly, and twice
captured, but immediately paroled eaoh time, and was acknowl-
edged by all with whom he served to be a superior 'officer.
In January, 1867, he was appointed as first lieutenant in the
regular army, and assigned to the 25th United States Infantry
(Colonel Gordon Granger's regiment), but resigned without
seeing any service, and returned to his Lebanon home.

At the close of the war he returned to Lebanon and began the
practice of law, in which profession he remained until Decem-
ber, 1870, at which time he removed to Vincennes, Indiana,
and became editor and proprietor of the Vincennes Sun news-



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paper establishment, which paper he continued to publish to
the time of his death. He was the publisher of several news-
papers in Boone County, the last and most important of which
was the Boone County Pioneer.

In 1868 he was the nominee of the Democratic party of
his state for the office of secretary of state, on the ticket with
the late lamented vice-president, Thomas A. Hendricks, who
was the candidate for governor, but party prejudice running
so high, the entire ticket was defeated at the polls. General
Kise running several hundred votes ahead of his ticket.

In the spring of 186G, General Kise was married to Mrs.
Adelia Shannon, near Thorntown. This union was blessed
with one child, a son, who survives his father and now lives
near Crawfordsville, Indiana.

General Kise was a true gentleman and a successful busi-
ness man, respected by all who knew him. A man of strong
convictions and ever ready to battle for the principles which
he espoused, and had he not been cut off in early manhood,
would doubtless have graced many honorable positions in the
State. He died at Yincennes, November 21, 1872, aged thirty-
two years, three months, and six days. His remains were
interred at the Rodefer Cemetery, near Lebanon, November
23, 1872.

ABNER KNOTTS,

A native of the old tar state, was born in Gilford County,
March 29, 1813, was married to Eliza Carson, born June 5,
1817. They were married about the year 1836. Mrs.Knotts
died March 16, 1862, is buried at the Nelson Cemetery in
Clinton County. The following are the children's names by
the first wife: Mary A., married to 'Squire Nelson; Harriett
M., married to Martin McDaniel, resides in Clinton County;
Margaret, married to William. Wildon, died December 24,
1815, buried at the Nelson Cemetery; Elizabeth J., married



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