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the state of Tennessee, on the 11th day of ISIarch, 180S; en-
tered eighty acres of land in Jackson Township near where
he now resides in 1834. Mr. Nicely was first married to
Catharine Christmau, who was born in Virginia, in 1808;
died in 1862; is buried at Mount Zion Cemetery. Mr. Nicely
was again married, to Jane Farlow; died in the year 1862;* is
also buried at ^Mount Zion Cemetery. He was the third time
married, this time to Susannah C. Duncan, August 16, 1863;
born September 29, 1830. Of the first set of children : John
M., George W., Martha J., Mary J., ^yilliam F., Albert and
Sarah C. ; of the second marriage: Emily M., Cynthia
A., James C, Jane A. (two last named are deceased). Mr.
Nicely and his Avife belong to the Christian Church. Mr.
Nicely is among the early pioneers of Boone County. Though
quite old, he is a boy yet, a good fireside talker, and was well
fitted for the frontier life. He lives fi)ur miles north of
Jamestown, in Jackson Township.

JAMES NEILES

Was a son of James and Sarah Neiles, born in Fleming Coun-
ty, Kentucky, March 15, 1830, and from this point came to
Rush County, near Rushville, stopping here for a short time,
and then came to Boone County in 1852. Mr. Neiles was
united in marriage to Miss Caroline Neiles, of Fleming
County, Ky. ; she survived until 1859, the result of this mar-
riage being three children, of which two survive and reside
in Boone County. He then was united in marriage to ^Nliss



BOONE COUNTY, INDIANA. 345

Marv J. Shelby, of Fleming County, Ky., she living but a
short time. For his third wife ho married jSIiss Emma Good-
win, of Boone County, a daughter of tiie w^ell-known Aaron
Goodwin, the result of this marriage being ten children, of
whom two are deceased; all reside in Boone County, Ind.
Mr. Neiles is a man of great ambition and energy, and }>os-
sesses all the acquirements of business with a strong mind and
a head of his own. He filled the office of marshal of Lebanon
when it was yet a small town, in 1865, just after the war, when
it took pluck and sand to keep order, but nevertheless he
always maintained the same. Politically speaking Mr. Xeiles
is a Democrat of the true type. His occupation has been that
Hif farming principally,trading in real estate, settling up estates
^iud loaning money.

BENJAMIN PAULY.

The subject of this sketch w^as born in Kentucky, January
13, 1816, and is just the age of his adopted state. He became
a resident of Boone County in 1835, settling near where
Holmes Station now is. Married to Virginia Smith in 1852.
There were no children born to them. They, however, raised
two children, ^Martha Leap, who was married to John Shoe-
maker, and Samantha Smith, who married Jacob Shoemaker.
After leaving Holmes Station, Mr. Pauly resided on AVhite-
lick several years. Then he moved to Mount's Run, where
he resided over thirty years. He now resides in the city of
Lebanon, a retired life. He has gained a handsome property
during a long and eventful life in Boone County. He has
been a hard working man. His best days w'ere spent in a
struggle with the privations attending the early frontier life.
Mr. Pauly is a member of the Baptist Church in good stand-
ing, and a Democrat of the Jefferson ian school.



346 EARLY LIFE AND TIMK.S IN

JOSEPH B. PITZER,

A native of Yirg-lnia, was born there in the vear 1813; came
to Eagle Creek, in ]Srarion County, about the year 1839 or
1840. In the same year, or about that time, he was uiarrie^l
to Susan Stephenson, of Ivnightstown, with whom he is now
living in Zionsville. Mr. Pitzer is the father of but one child
(Rufus), who died at the age of eighteen or twenty ycar>.
In 1846 Mr. Pitzer, in connection with John P. Vv'elch, started
a store in Eagle Village, where they built up one of the
largest trades ever gained in that town. This iirni continued
three or four years. Mr. Welch died in 18-50. Soon after
Mr. Pitzer was elected county auditor; served four years with
credit to all. Mr. Pitzer w^as an old-time \A'hig and recently
has acted with the Republican party, and as such was elected
to the office referred to. Mr. Pitzer has gained, through
industry and economy, a competency for himself in his now-
declining days. Having retired from business the past eight
or ten years, he is living quietly at Zionsville, where he enjoys
the respect of all. In person he is rather under medium size.
He is a brother of the late Judge Nash L. Pitzer. The writer
has known Mr. Pitzer since 1846, and can testify of his worth.
We hope he and his wife may live many years to enjoy their
well earned estate.



SETH W. PORTER.

The subject of this sketch, Seth W. Porter, was of Iri^h
extraction and was born at Snow Hill, on the eastern shore of
Maryland, May 30, 1791. Came to Kentucky in 1811; en-
listed in Colonel Dudley's regiment and followed the fortunt •-
of his gallant commander to the relief of General Harrison.
at Fort Meigs. He was in the disastrous defeat of Dudley,
and was captured by the Indians, with whom he remained a
prisoner for several months. He came to Parke County,



BOOXE COUNTY. INDIANA. o47

Indiana, in 1828, and to Bonne County, where he settled in
Jefferson Township, in June, 1836. In the midst of the howl-
ing wilderness, with his family, he began life anew. They
slept in the wagon until the cabin could be prepared so as to
shelter them. He died on the same spot, jNIay 0, 1870. His
widow, w'ho was born in Fleming County, Kentucky, May 25,
1800. survis'ed him and died at the same place in 1879. He
was the fother of Dr. A. G. Porter^ of Lebanon; Dr. A. M.
Porter, of State Lin':> City, Indiana; M. B. Porter, farmer, of
Jefferson Township, this county; and Dr. W. D. Porter, of
Higginsville, Illinois. The aggregate ages of these four sons
is two hundred and fortv-nine years.



ISAAC POWELL

Was born in Nicholas County, Kentucky, in 1780. He was
married to Sarah Boyd in the above county, remained there
until the year 1835, when he came to Boone County, Indiana.
His parents were from England, and came to Kentucky in
an early day, where they were pioneers, indeed. Isaac Powell
died in the year 1843, and was buried on the farm where he
settled, now known as the Watson farm. Sarah Powell, his
wife died in 1858, and was buried at the same place. The fd-
lowing are the names of the family: Ann, Mary, Martin,
Charles, Sarah, Marena, Il^lizabeth, Martha, William C, Eliza,
and Jeremiah. Five of the above are now living in Boone
County, viz: Martin, ]\Iarena Stephenson, Sarah McCap.n,
Elizabeth, and William C. Powell. This is one of the early
families of the county, as well as the largest. William C,
who is one of the best citizens of Clinton Township, furnished
the above facts of his father's family; is a resident of Clinton
Township, where he owns a fine farm.



>48 ' EARLY LIFE AND TIMES IX



JOHxV M. PATT02s\



Mr. Patton's first entrance to the county was at 3']agle Vil-
lage, iu 1847, as a school teacher, when a young man, perhaps
twenty-four or twenty-five years of age. I think he was from
Southern Indiana. He remained at the village only a year or
two when he went to Lebanon, and from tliere to Thorntown,
where most of his life was spent, dying there a few years ago
highly respected as a citizen and successful business man. He
was associated in the banking interest there for several years
as stockholder and one of its officers. He was a few years
after coming to Thorntown married to a lady by the name of
Allen, who is also deceased. James Pattoi , their son, resides
in Thorntown at this time. John M. Patton will be remem-
bered as a jovial, kind hearted man. I call to mind going to
school to him in an early day. In person he was of good
features, dark hair and complexion, and all through life a
cripple, using his cane as far i)ack as I can recollect him.
His political or religious notions I do not know anything
about. His social qualities when young were good.

WOODFORD W. PHILLIPS.

This old pioneer was born in Ohio, July 19, 180G. His
father's name was Thomas Phillips, who was married to Mary
McDowell. They came to Clinton Township in 1838, where
he entered land; died in Illinois. Mrs. Phillips died in the
year 1845; buried at Mechanicsburg. Woodford W. Phillips,
the subject of this sketch, entered his land in Washington
Township, in 1832, where he has since resided and is now liv-
ing on the pike south of Mechanic-^burg, where he is pleasant-
ly located; married to Dorcas J. Russell, in Dearborn County,
Ind., December 6, 1829. The following are his children's
names: Oscar AV., lives in Tippecanoe County, Ind.; Frank
C, resides in Clinton Township, and is one of the first men in



BOONE COUNTY, INDIANA. 349

the county. To hira and family I am indebted for favors
shown in canvassing for the "Early Life and Times in Boone
County." Arminta M., resides in Center Township; Pauline,
died October 10, 1837 ; buried at iNIechanicsburg; Angeline
A., resides in Marion Township; Thomas B, died March,
.1882; buried at the Bethel Cemetery, in Washington Town-
ship ; Roswell, lives in Marion Township; Virginia F., died
at home, July 21, 1886; buried at Mechanicsburg; John F.,
died September 2, 1862; buried at Mechanicsburg; Cordelia;
Luella E., resides in Washington Township. Mr. Phillips was
again married, to Susannah Wallace, March 8, 1848; she died
January 25, 1870 ; was the third time married to Elizabeth
Simpsou, July 19, 1872, the widow of the late Jesse Simpson,
who died Xovember 23, 1867 ; buried at Lebanon. Mr. Phil-
lips is amt ug the old men of the county, is in his eighty-second
year. This is truly a pioneer family, well known in the
countv, and will in time to come be remembered.



JACOB PARR.

When I come to write of such men as tlie one whose name
stands at the head of this sketch, and who have, by persever-
ance, industry and economy, so successfully carved out their
own fortune and standing in society, I am at a loss for lan-
guage to convey to the reader a proper appreciation of their
true worth and merit.

Mr. Parr was born in Sullivan County, East Tennessee,
February 25, 1820. He came to this state in 1831, stopping
in Bai:tholomew County for two years, when his father entered
two hundred and forty acres of land in the southeastern part
of Marion Township, where he settled with his wife and eight
children in 1833, when this country was a wilderness, there
being only three houses on the Michigan road between Indi-
anapolis and the present village of Xorthfield. He helped to
cut the trees that built the first house in that neighborhood,



350 ExS.Rl.Y LIFE AND TlMf:S IN

the nearest being the distauce of five miles. He has lived to
see the firm tread of civilization march in and take the place
of the extensive forest with its many wild animals. In the
year 1843 he married Miss Elizabeth Richardson, with whom
he lived for thirteen years, when death entered his houseliold
and took from him his beloved coraj)anion. The result of
this marriage was four children, all of whom are dead, except
, one daughter, the wife of John S. Jones.

In the year 1854, he married Mrs. Amanda Montgomery,
of Clay County, a widow with one son, who is now one of
Marion Township's thriftiest farmers and stock traders. This
has, indeed, been a happy marriage; no cloud has ever risen
to darken their married life. The neighbors say of her that
she is the most industrious, even tempered woman they ever
knew. The result of this marriag-e is ei2;ht children.

\yhen ]Mr. Parr, in 1843, married his first wife, his sole
possessions were one horse and one suit of clothes ; he bor-
rowed the money to purchase his license. His only fortune
then was a good constitution, temperate habits, sterling integ-
rity and an ordinary education, and by his untiring energy
and skilful financeering, he has an)assed quite a good deal of
this worlil's goods, owning, before deeding away to his ciiil-
dren, over five hundred acres of laud, and at j)resent pays
more tax than any other man in Marion Township. He has
never been sued or sued any man ; he is very conscientious
and would not harm any one knowingly, and as far as we
know, he has not an enemy in the world. He has been an
active member in the Methodist Episcopal Church since he
was fifteen years of age, and a square-toed Democrat; never
scratched his ticket with one exception. He has now passed
the age allotted to man and is nearing the evening of life.



BOONE COUMTY, INDIANA. 351

. JONATHAN RIOHARDSON.

Mr, Richardson was born in Grasom County, Virginia,
January 14, 1797, and went with his parents at the age of
three years to Kentucky, where he lived until he was twentv-
three years of age ; when about the year 1818 he came to Rush
County, Indiana, where he married Anna Wheeler in 1822.
Miss Wheeler was born in Maine, April 22, 1807. They were
married in Rush County, December 25, 1822; came to Deca-
tur County, Indiana, where they resided until the year 1837,
when they removed to Marion Township, this county, near
Big Springs, and where they were pioneers, and where their
best days were spent in developing the county. Mr. Richard-
.son died June 26, 1856, in the fifty-ninth year of his age, and
is buried at the Big Spring Cemetery. Mrs, Richardson is
yet living, in the eightieth year of her age. She is a member
of the regular Baptist Church. The following are the names
of this pioneer family, of which there w^ere fifteen in number;
ten are dead, five living: John W., Elizabeth J., William,
George B., Mary A., James, Tillman H., Ameline R., Jonathan,
Sarah and Rachel. . The followino; are livinoc: William
resides in Marion Township; George B., same; Mary
Parr, in Jolliettville; Nancy E. Parr, in Hamilton County,
Ind.; Jonathan, in Boone County. All lived to be men and
women except two, who died in infancy. To William we are
indebted for the above historv.



DR. AHIJAH ROBINSON.

Dr. Ahijah Johnson died at his suburban home Saturday,
March 6, 1886, at 4 o'clock p. m., after six months of intense
suffering. He had been failing in health for some time, but
fought manfully against his ailments until the development of
the cause which produced death. The announcement of his
death caused the most profound sorrow, he having been one



352 EARLY lifp: and times in

among the prominent b',isine,<.s men in Lebanon for a number
of year,<. He is one who throughout his liie enjoyed the warm
friendship of all with whom he was associated, and his pir-
sonal merits have been recognized by his fellow citizens.
Prominent among the features of his character was his pacific
disposition. Throughout his life he lived at peace with all
men. He contributed g^'nerously for the furtherance of enter-
prises having for their object the general welfare of the
country. His strict fidelity to his trust always won the appro-
bation and confidence of those with whom he had dealings, he
never having filled a place that did not expand or reflect credit
on himself, yet he never had any desire to make himself con-
spicuous. He had been sorely afilicted for fifty-four years.
but bore his afflictions bravely. He was honored throughout
the community for his upright character and incorruptible
integrity, and throughout a long and useful life retained,
undiminished, the confidence and respect of all who knew him.
He was born in Washington County, Va., August 18,1823.
He came to Indiana in 1829, where he passed the days of his
boyhood and youth. In a new settlement, remote from large
cities and towns, his early educational advantages were
naturally limited. As he grew in years, however, he, by
individual research and close application, obtained a good

- store of knowledge and became a man of more than ordinary
intelligence. He served as a justice of the peace in hi< native
county for a number of years, and was afterward commissioned
to act as postmaster in several villages of the same county.
He also served in ttie capacity of county commissioner.

After studying the science of medicine he began the prac-
tice in the state of Illinois, subsequently transferring his

' experience from that state to the counties of Hendricks and
Boone, Indiana. On the 18th of October, 1857, he was

. married to !Miss Nettie ^IcClintick, in Hendricks C'onniy,
three years subsequent to his location in Boone County. He
continued to practice the medical profession until disabled by
physical infirmities. After locating at Lebanon he filled, at




WILLIAM RILEY TAYLOR.



■* BOONE COUNTY, INDIANA. 35-3

various times, the offices of township trustee, postmaster and
county commissioner. He was one who assisted in organizing
the First National Bank of Lebanon, and for several years
^K'ted as one of the officers, but becoming physically disquali-
ried for active business he withdrew and lived a retired life
until liis death. He was the first of his family to pass away,
and leaves his M'ife, daughter, her husband, and two sons to
mourn the loss of a good, kind, indulgent husband and fathei*.
The funeral services were conducted at the residence by Rev.
Banta, at 2 o'clock Sunday afternoon, ]March 7, 1886, and the
remains were then laid to rest in the new cemetery, under the
auspices of the .Masons, with whom he had been a faithful
Ijrother for forty years.

MASONIC RESOLUTIONS.

Since the e/lict of the Divine Architect of the universe to
to our fathers in the Garden. of Eden after the transgression:
'■ Dust thou art and unto dust shalt thou return," the children
of men have been born into the world, suffered their brief
j)-'riod and have passed away. So at frequent intervals we are
called to mourn ii)r our brethren who liave "passed to that
b:)urne from which no traveler returns." We, as a fraternity,
b 'licve that, as is emblematized by the sprig of acacia that
bhjomed at the liead of the Grand Master's grave that our
sleeping brother will rise again to live forever in the Grand
Lodge above, where we will meet in an unbroken assembly
throughout eternity.

Resolved, That in the death of our brotlier, Ahijah Kobin-
son, who ])assed from labor to refrosliment on the 6th day of
Marchj 1886, we lost a true Mason — one who loved the order
and was true to his professions.

Resolccd, That our symr-atiiies are e.xtt nded to the bereaved
family, wlio have lost a loving husband and father.

ResoJrcd, That these resctluilons be inade a matter of r':r«')rd
in the lodge, and a copy furnislied to cacli of the paj)ers in the
city and to the family of the deceased.

23



Soi EARLY LIFK AND TIMES IN



OZIAS ROBIXSON

Was born December 12, 1808, in the state of Kentucky. He
was married to Margaret Dickson, in 1827. Came to Put-
nam County, Indiana, remained there a fuw years, then to
Clinton Township, Boone County, in 1835, Mrs. Robinson
was born in Kentucky, in 1809, July 1. The following are
the children's names: Martha A., married to Alvin Jolly;
William J., born 1828, married to Miss Roberts, in 1847, then
Dorothu Stone, May 2o, 18S4; James F., nsarried to Sarah
Gullion, born in Lebanon, Indiana ; Ebenezer, married to
Matilda Evans, resides in Kansas. Mr. R. died July, 1882,
is buried at Elizaville Cemetery. She was a member of the
Baptist Church. Mr. R. is yet living, witii his son, near
Elizaville. James F. was iu the army, a mend:)cr of the 8Gth
Indiana Volunteers; was killed at Mission Ridge. Mr. and
Mrs. Robinson were early and higldy respected citizens of
Clinton Township.

HIRAM J. ROBERTS

Was born in Xev/ York State, Xovember 25, 1804; married
to Eunice Young, March 4, 1837. Miss Young Avas born in
New York, August 17, 1813; married in Ti[)pccanoe Count}',
Indiana. Came to Clinton Tcnvnship, Boone County, in 183* .
Mr. R. entered, in 1837, the land on which he died, April 25,
•1873. His family yet live on the farm, near the Clinton
County line, and on the bank of Sugar Creek. The follov. -
ing are the names of tiieir children : Silas, died at the age (<f
four years; Charles R., died at the age of fourteen months;
James L., died at the age of one year; Sarah A., married to
Richard Hardesty, April 5, 1863, resides in Clinton Town-
ship; William IT., married to Margaret A.Sims; Hayden E.,
married to Martha E. Hundh-y, resides in Kansas; ^^lary A.,
married to James Sims, resides in Clinton County, Indiana ;
John xVloii/.n, died at the age tjf nine years; Diana, born



BOOXE COUNTY, INDIANA. 355

October 18, IS52, lives at home; Josiah, married to Mary
K. Blubough, August 17, 1882, liv^es on the farm. The de-
ceased members are buried at Mechauicsburg. Mrs. Kob-
erts is a member of the Christian Church.



DR. JESSE REAGAN.

Dr. Reagan was born in Warren County, Ohio, February
15, 1829. He was first married to Elizabeth Hardesty, Sep-
tember 27, 1854. The following are the names of their chil-
dren : Annie, married to Mr. Curry, she resifles in Kirkland,
married the second time to W. W. Wilds; Frank C, married
to Victory Haugs, resides in Mechauicsburg; Lucy J., mar-
ried to Mack Warburnton (deceased, buried in Clinton County,
Ind.) ; Milly ^L, at home. Dr. Reagan was the second time
married to Mrs. Emma Hebb, November 24, 1884. To them
was boru one child, Walter G., born in 1884. Dr. Reagan
read medicine with Dr. Almoa Lofton in Rossville, Clinton
County, Ind., and commenced the practice of medicine in
Mechauicsburg nearly thirty years ago ; has grown gray in
the profession, and no man has a better record than Dr. Rea-
gan, as a successful doctor and gentleman, in the counties of
Clinton and Boone, whore he has practiced so long and so well.
Has worn himself out in his chosen profession, and in the
evening of life his tellow citizens elected him county clerk,
November, 1886. He is a member of the Masonic order, and
has a high reirard for its teachings. Also a member of the
Presbyterian Ctuircli. See his portrait in another part of this
work.

WILLIAM R. ROBERTS

First sa\y the liirht of day in Kentucky, and on the 13th day
of March, 1834. His parents names were Reden and Isabel
Roberts, born in Nicholas County, Ky. William R. Roberts,
the subject of this sketch, was married to Miss E. Miller (born



o-j'] j:aiu.y jafe and times ix

Ortober 10, lS2i) on January 8, 1846. Her father's nam-
was James ]\Iiller, her mother's name before marriage wa
jNIary Davidson. ]Mr. and Mrs. Roberts came to Boone Count}
in 1855. The folhnving are their children's names: Barton
L. (deceased) ; James R.; Robert AV., resides in Lebanon; An-
drew D. (deceased); Millard W.; Xancy, married to A. B
Huckstep; Permolia F., married to Thomas ^NIcKern, resides
in Jefferson Township. Mr. Roberts served thirteen years as
justice of the peace. Mr. and Mrs. Roberts belong to the
Bapti-t Church. The deceased members of the family are
buried at Pleasant View Cemetery, in Jeff.'rson Township.
rvlr. Roberts resides about six miles northwest of Lebanon.
Though Mr. Roberts is not a pioneer, ho has been here a long-
time, and is well known as a substantial citi;:>,^!i of the countv.



SAMUEL RODEFER,

A portrait of whom aj>p>?ars on another page of this volume,
is one of the olde-t and best knovn citizens of Boone County.
He is a native of Virginia, having been li!)rn near AVoodstock,
^ henandoah County, in that sl;Ue. His early life was marked
1 y the toils and privations so characteristic of the sturdy peo-
1 > of that day and generation. At the age of eigliteen years
his father, Phili]) Rodefer, had the son bound to Henry Lay-
man, for a term of three years, to learn the trade of carpenter-
i'lg. For his services in this vocation the young man was re-
v.-arded by being clothed by his employer and sent to school
three laonths in tlie winter of each year. Two w>"eks of each
year, howver, in aceordance witli tlie terras of th(.' contract,
the son was to be allowed to assist in the harvestii'.g at his
father's farm. He remained with Layman about one year and
a half, but that gentleman removing to Ohio at the end of that
time, the youiig apprentice was releasr'd from his contract.
Following this ex])erience young Rodeft^■ worked in the coun-
try for a time, and subsequently went to ^yoodstock, where he



BOONE COUNTY, I> DIANA. 357

worked for Johu Glower, Sr., at carpentering and cabinet
making, which he continued for several years, receiving for
his services the munificent salary of from five to eight dollars
per month. In Feuruary, 1839, at the solicitation of his
brother, James, who was four years his senior and had been
living at Logausport, the subject of this sketch was induced to
return to Indiana with his relative He was then twenty-two



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