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son whose name stands at the head of this sketch. He was
born in Bath County, Kentucky, July 15, 1803; came to Flat
Rock, Decatur C'ounty, stopping tli^re ojie year, and from
there he landed in Boone County, in the spring of 1836, and
l»as been a permanent resident ever since.

Mr. Sicks was married to Xancy Shane, ^Nlarcli 9, 1826. in
Nicholas County, Kentucky; the result of this marriage being
nine children, of whom three are deceased, and his wife died
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July Q, 1848. Afterwards iiianied Amrliti A'iJato, of whom
he has never raised any children. She died October 12, 1882.
Mr. Sicks then imited in marriage to Margaret Sicks, who was
born in Bath County, Kentucky, with whom he lived until his
''death. She yet resides on the corner of Lebanon and Ehn
streets, in a comfortable home, where Mr. Sicks passed away,
September 13, 1886. Mr. Sicks united with the Christian
Church in 18(56 and has alwas been a commanding christian.
No man in Boone County was more highly respected by his
neighbors and acqiuiintances than Philip Sicks. At his death
his descendants numbered eighty-nine — six children, forty-
eight o-raudchildren, and thirtv-five great-grandchildren. Such
was the career of an honest, upright, intelligent, and worthy
citizen.

GEORGE W. SCOTT,

Of Harrison To'.vnship, was born in Virginia, January 2, 1826,
in Lee County ; came with his parents to ^Morgan County, Ind.,
in 1831, remained there two years ; then to Hendricks County,
remained there six years, when the family came, in 1840, to
Boone County, settling in Harrison Township in January of
that year. His father's name was Xathaniel Scott, his moth-
er's name before marriage was Sarah E. Coldwell. Xathaniel
Scott was born in Giles County, Va., July 14, 1796; was mar-
ried to Sarah E. Coldwell, in Virginia, in iS2o. Mr. Scott
was in tlie war of 1812. He died October 22, 1877, aged
eighty-three years, three months. Mrs. Scott died April 1,
1884, aged eighty-one years; both are buried at Union Ceme-
tery in Jacks'm Tovrnship. The ibllowing arc tb.e names of
this pioneer family : Rachel S. , Marion K., George \\., Reu-
ben M., John ~M., all dead except George AV. Scott, the subj^'Ct
of this sketch, who resides in Harrison Township. George
\y. Scott was married to Druzilly James, January, 1847. She
died August, 1875, and is buried at Mt. Union Cemetery.
Three children were l;orn to them. ?Jr. Scott was the secon»l



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time married to Miss Sarali J. Lower. Seven .children v/ere
born to them. Mr. Scott served ten years as township tru-tee
with general acceptability, and was nominated in 1886 for
county commissioner by the Democratic party, but was defeated
a few votes by William C. Crump. In 1872 Mr. Scott bad
the misfortune to lose one of his legs in a runaway with horses.
He is pleasantly located on the pike between New Brunswick
and Lebanon, M'here he owns a fine farm and enjoys tiie confi-
dence of the ])cople he has so long been associated with. To
him and family we are greatly indebted to for fiivors shown in
the canvass for this work.

ISAAC H. SMITH.

The one wh.ose name heads this brief sketch resides in tlie
southwestern part of Boone County, adjoining Hendricks
County on the south, and one mile west of his house is the
line of Montgomery County. He has resided here many
years, and owns a fine farm of 240 acres, well cultivated, and
has a splendid brick house and other buildings; in fact, every-
thing denotes thrift and energy. Mr. Smith was born in
Hendricks County, Ind., December 27, 1833. His parents,
Harden and Elizabeth Smith, were born in Kentucky, but
came when young to Jackson Township, Boone County, ^^here
they were married, where they resided many years and he
entered forty acres of land. About this time Isaac II. Smith,
the subject of this sketch, together with his parents, had a
struggle with life. Hardships came thick and fast, wheu I-aac
proposed to go to Tiiorntown and learn the carpenter's ttade
with Samuel Ottcrman, at ten dollars per month. This was
in the year 1852. He remained in and around Thorntown for
three years. At this time he became a partner with Jo-eph
Otterman in the above business. This firm did a hii^e
amount of work in Montgomery and Boone counties, buiMing
barns, houses, etc. The work then, as a matter of course,
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372 EARLY LIFE AND TIMES IN

and tlie work was Juborioiis. But Mr. Smith had the grit
and manhood to surmount all obstacles and succeeded in help-
ing his parents in the struggle of life. He was married to
Anna L. Otterman, daughter of Lewis Otterman, April 13,
185G. His family consists of nine children, four boys and
five girls. One of the sons died when young. Mr. Smith's
mother died in Xovember, 1855.



THOMAS J. STIPES,

One of the early citizens of Jefferson Township, was born in
Jefferson County, Ind,, February 16, 1819. Came to Boone
County March 7, 1845. He was married to Martha Sanford,
daughter of William R. Sanford. one of the pioneers of the
county. Mr. Stipes is one of the best farmers; takes great
delight in agriculture and raising and caring for stock of all
kinds. He has one of the finest deer i)arks in the county and
has it well stocked with all sizes of deer, from the spotted fawn
to the fleet-footed buck. Mr. and Mrs. Stipes have no chidren.
Mr. Sanford, ^Nlrs. Stipes' father, is living with them. Mr.
Stipes' father's name was Joseph Stipes, died February 12,
1858. is buried at Shannondale Cemeterv in iSIontgomerv
County. His mother's name, before marriage, was Mary A.
Stone, she died in January, 1803, is also buried at the Shan-
nondale Cemetery. ^Ir. Stipes lives in Jefferson Township
near the Montgomerv Countv line.



JACOB TIPTOX.

Jacob Tipton, the subject of this sketch, was born in ]\Iary-
land in the year 1800. His parents died when he was very
young, ^le was appnMuiced to a blacksmith and learned that
trade. "When he attained his maioritv he emi2;i'ated to the
state (>f Pennsylvania, and worked at his trade about three
years, an-l from there he came to Preble County, O., and



BOONE COU^TY, INDIANA . 373

engaged to work at his trade -with Daniel McCoy, whose
son-in-law he afterwards became, marrying his daughter Sarah,
and in 1830, together with his tather-in-law, came to Indiana,
locating at Jamestown. Daniel McCoy settled on a farm in
Hendricks County, about three miles from Jamestown, while
Jacob put up a rude shop and worked at his trade for al)out
one year. Daniel McCoy sold his farm and moved to James-
town in 1831. He and Tipton formed a partnership and sold
goods under the firm name of Tipton & McCoy. Tiiey con-
tinued the business about four years, and, selling out, Jacob
Tipton moved to Xorthfield in 1835, and went into the goods
business with Hiram McQuitty ; but before he came to North-
field he was elected sheriff, succeeding Austin Davenport in
that office; served in that office two terms, and was succeeded
by William Zion. The first grand jury that ever convened in
the county held their session at his house in Jamestown. One
little incident that happened while he was sheritT, is perhaps
worthy of notice ; he had a warrant for the arrest of a notorious
character for larceny, who hrd been a terror to the country
for some time, and who declared that he would not be taken.
When he went to arrest him he fortunately met him alone in
the woods, and told him to get into the path going to Lebanon,
and if he made a move to the right or left he would kill him,
keeping his hand in his pocket all the time. He rode behind
him all the way to Lebanon through the v/oods, for there was
nothing but a path in those days, and safely deposited him in
the log jail, and then told him that he was unarmed — did not
have even a pocket-knife. The fellow was very much
chagrined when he found that out, and that he could have
escaped so easily if he had not been so cowardly. He also
kept tavern in Northfield for about twenty years. During that
time there was an immense travel on the Michigan road. Ho
and McQuitty dissolved partnership. McQuitty retiring. He
continued the business at intervals alone and in partnership
with his son, John G. Tij^ton, till 1854.

About the year 1838 he attached himself to the North



374 EARLY LIFE AND TIMES IX

American Fur Company and continued with that company
fourteen years, when the company suspended, hauling all the
furs he bought in wagons to Logansport. After that comj'any
suspended, about 1853 or '54, he bought fur for Denny & Co.,
Dayton, Ohio, until his death in 1860. While engaged in that
business for a period of about twenty-five years, he was kept
much away from home in the winter season, sometimes as long
as throe or four weeks at a time, his wife and boys looking
after the affairs at home, managing both the farm and tavern.
His wife's management of the tavern made it very profitable;
she drew the largest custom of any of the many taverns on the
Michigan road. Travelers that stopped there once would al-
ways Eiake it a point to do so again when traveling that
road. He was the father of thirteen children, all of whom
attained their majority. John G. Tipton, the eldest, who was
associatsd with him at one time in the mercantile business at
Xorthfield, and afterwards conducted the business alone, died
in Marion Township, Boone County, 1871. Martha is living
in Missouri. AVilliam A. is a successful lawyer now at AV in-
field, Kansas; he has won distinction at the Lebanon, Coving-
ton and Indiana{)olis bars, and has a reputation second to none
as a jurist. Mary .J. died in Xorthfield in 1855; Sarah E. is
living in Stockwell, Ind. ; Francis M. is at Winfield, Kansas,
))racticing law; Hulda L. died in Jefferson Township, 1881;
James H. is living in Fountain County, also practicing law;
lie has filled several positions of trust in that county. George
\V. is living in Iowa; Rachel M. is living in Boone County;
Tillman H, is living in Fountain County ; Rebecca D. is liv-
ing in Fountain County; Amanda M. is living in Dakota.
Sarah Tipton, his widow, still survives him, and is living in
Fountain County with her son, James H. Tipton. She is now
seventy-eight years old. During the late war the family fur-
nished the following volunteers for the Union : John G.
Tipton, 8Gth Indiana; James H., 10th and 154th Indiana —
served four years; George W., 40th Indiana — served three
years; Tillman H., 135th and 154th — one year; Francis M.,



BOONE COUNTY, INDIANA. 375

captain home guui'd.s, had to stay at home and take care of the
family.

Of the early settlers that were in Jamestown at the time he
came there, was Samuel Wick, who was keeping tavern. John
Gibson lived just below town. Witt's house was the only
house that was built at that time. The town was laid out by
James Madlock and John Gibson. The first store was kept
by Sayer & Burk ; the first election was held there in 1831
(either 1831 or '32) ; the first court was held in a-log cabin ;
the grand jury held their meetings in a room of his house;
almost the whole court boarded at his house. Mrs. Tipton
was out of flour and had to serve them with corn bread ; in
passing the bread, David Hoover, the clerk of the court, de-
clined to take any just yet, mistaking it for pudding.

There was but one church organization, the Baptists, who
held their meetings in a log school house below town and in
houses in the neighborhood. When he came to North-
field, in 1835, there was but one house there; that was a gro-
cery, kept by Jonathan Cruz, who boarded with Hiram ]Mc-
Quitty, who lived just south of town. He moved into a
vacant house just below town, owned by McQuitty. He soon
built him a dwelling house, and he and McQaitty built a store
house in whi'.:h they afterwards sold goods. John McCoy did
most of the carpenter work. There was considerable travel
on the Michigan road at that time, going to the north and
northwest. The road was lined with peddlers of all kinds.
They could buy flour, meat, apples, peaches, whisky, brandy
and all kinds of notions from wagons in the road. He was
soon appointed postmaster. The mail was carried by stages.
Ho was postmaster twenty years. They had one mail each
way daily in the winter and spring. When the roads were
bad it would be midnight most of the time before the mail
from either '>vay would reach his orfice, and he would have to
g'-'t up in the night and open the mail. Often he was not at_
home and that duty was performed by ]\Irs. Tipton.

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376 EARLY LIFE AXD TIMES IN

Spencer, who sold goods; James Peyton, Channcy Cole^
Abner Sanborn, the first justice of the peace, and shortly after
kept tavern; Dr. Presly, Dr. S. K. Hardy, Dr. Martin, who
yvas also a Baptist preacher; John Kounts located just north
on Eagle Creek and kept a grocery and erected the first mill
in the neighborhood, and I think Isaac Hoover, west of town,'
erected the second ; John Hartman, Judge Dooley, Isaac Hut-
ton, Wra. O. Cary, were the first school teachers, if I remem-
ber right. Jacob Tipton was an energetic man, had an iron
constitution, the weather never was too severe for him to ven-
ture out into it to attend to his business. He was possessed
of a good, practical education, as good as the times could
afford. He did much to develop the county and encourage
emigration. His business brought him in contact with men
from all parts of the country, and it was through his influence
and representations that induced many good men to settle in
the county who would have went elsewhere. In politics he
was always a Democrat, and took great interest in politics, both
state and national. He was one of those men who was pecu-
liarly fitted to develop and advance the interests of a new
country. He never had much sickness, was always on the
move until his death, which occurred in October, 1860. He
was buried in the Ross Cemetery, one mile north of Northfield.

JAMES TURNER.

Among many of the prominent citizens of Boone County
who have passed away in the last few years was the person
whoso name stands at the head of this sketch. ^Ir. Turner
was born in Lee County, Virginia, in the spring of 1806.
When he was two years old his mother died ; after this, his
father moved to Campbell County, Tennessee, he living with
him until he was thirteen years of age, when he separated
from him, not seeing his relations any more, with the except-
ion of one brother. He came to Indiana in 1829, stopping



BOONE COUNTY, INDIANA. 377

at Crawfordsville, and in the year of 1S30, the 25th day of
March, was married to Elizabeth Pauley. She was an ac-
quaintance of his in Tennessee, and had moved out here a
year or so previous. They lived in Montgomery County for
a short time after their marriage, then moving to Boone
County and buying a home in the woods northeast of Thorn-
town, having very few neighbors at that time, but frequently
visited by Indians.

Mr. Turner has not been a very shifting man ; has moved
only three times since he settled. In February, 1872, he sold
his farm and bought land within one mile of Lebanon. His
wife died the 16th of April, 1878, and in November, 1879, he
broke up housekeeping and went to live with his daughter,.
Mrs. Cynthia Tyre, she being the only child living, having
buried two boys — William ^^'allace and James A. — and one
daughter Eliza, several years before. He lived with his daugh-
ter the most of the time until January 24, 1881, when he
passed away to another world, at the age of seventy-two years.

Mr. Turner's profession was that of farming; belabored
very severely in the settling up of the old county of Boone,
sometimes working for from twenty-five to fifty cents per day.
He took great pride in saving his money and being firm in his
dealings, and made a nice little fortune. His motto was, that
"if he couldn't get his price, to take the one offered." His
great prosperity is certainly a great incentive to poor young-
men ; it shows where industry and will are combined there
is always a way.

LELAND TANSELL

Was born near Georgetown, Ky., September 7, 1814. His
father, Francis Tansell, was a Frenchman; died near Indian-
apolis in 1841. His mother's name was (before marriage)
Catharine Cook. She died January 1, 1842; both are buried
west of Indianapolis, in Marion County. They were very old
people, near eighty years of age. Leland Tansell was married



378 EARLY LIFE AND TIMES IN

to Anibell Huff'tnan, June 20, 1839, in Perry Township,
Boone County. Mr. Tansell came first to the county in 1835,
four years before he was married; has resided in the county
oyer fifty years. He now resides one mile southwest of Zion>-:-
ville, where he owns a fine farm and enjoys home after a h)ne
citizenship. He knows something about pioneer life on Eagle
Creek. While canvassing for this work I was kindly enter-
tained by them at their home. The names of their children
we have not at hand. There are several, however, most of
Avhoni are now men grown. Long may this worthy family
live.

JAMES THORXBURG

Was born near Lexington, Ky., August 7, 1800; was married
to Jane Andrews, near Dayton, Ohio, in 1820; came to what
is now Washington T(»wn-;hip when it was all woods. Entered
the land now owuikI by .James Staley. Mr. and ]\L's. Thorn-
burg were both members of the Missionary Baptist Church ;
■are buried at the Cason Cemetery, in Washington Township.
The following are tlie names of tliis pioneer family : Catha-
rine, married to Joseph Buckhalter; reside in Kansas. Mary,
married to John Stort ; reside in Dayton, Ind. William, mar-
ried to Christenia Custer; he died in St. Louis, 18G2. John,
married to Amanda Bozland (deceased) ; died in Crawfords-
ville, Ind. Xancy, married to Samuel Scott (deceased) ; bur-
ied at Cason Cemetery. Abigail, married to James Bozland ;
reside in Thorntown, Ind. David, married to Sarah E. Wag-
oner; reside in Washington Township. Ira S., married to
Angeline Bells; reside in Jackson Township. James married
to Margaret Lister; reside in Missouri. Elizabeth J., married
Slayback ; she resides in Center Township; her husband is
dead. Levi was married to Clara Lame; reside in Sedalia,
Mo. The children all lived to be married. David was
the first child born in Washington Township. This pio-
neer family came to Boone County in the year 1832.



BOONE COU>'TY, INDIANA. 379

STEPHEN TITUS,

One of tlie pioneers of Boone County, was born in tlie state
of Pennsylvania, January 1, 1800, consequently had a fair
start with the nineteenth century. Was married to Xancy
Barton in the year 1821. Came to Boone County in 1830,
and entered his land, IGO acres, on Sugar Creek, where he
died February 13, 1SG8. Mrs. Titus died October 31, 1874;
both are buried in Betiiel Cemetery, in Washington Town-
ship. Mr. Titus was a member of the Christian Church. In
person Mr. T. was tall, fair complexion and light hair, and
a Jacksonian Democrat. The following are their children's
names: Sacressa, married Owen Davis, died in Ohio ; Eachel,
died in 1883, buried iu Bethel Cemetery ; William, married to
Nancy McKiusey, resides iu Sugar Creek Township; Eli,
married to Eliza Campbell, deceased ; George, married to
Matilda Parkins, resides in Washington Township; Samuel,
married to Jane Wilkins, resides at the old home ; Nathaniel
C, married to Bell Campbell, resides in Lebanon ; was elected
sheriff of Boone County in November, 1880; Stephen, died
in Louisville, Ky.; was in the army; buried in the Bethel
Cemetery; Elizabeth and Sarah E. died iu infancy.

WILLIAM TITUS,

The subject of this sketch, was born in the state of Pennsyl-
vania (Green County), March 4, 1825, and with his parents,
Stephen and Nancy Titus, moved to Indiana in the fall of
^830, settling two and one-half miles east of Thorntown, in
Washington Township, Boone County. "The land had been
brought into market t\vo years before, but the Indians did not
leave till the year w<^*h40ved here, therefore the country was
just beginning to be settled by the whites. This, then, was
an unbroken wilderness, save what little the squaws ha<l
<-'leared up at what was then called Up])er and Lower Thorn-



380 EARI.Y LIFE AND TIMES IN

town, and a few hardy pioneers who had pushed out amonor
the Indians to get a home. My father went to work, aft<r
building a cabin, to clearing away the forest so that he might
raise something for his family to live on. I, being the oldest
boy of the family, had to do all I could, as soon as T was old
enough, to help make the tarm and keep the family. I liv< d
at home till I was twenty-six years old. I married, in 1851,
Nancy A. McKinsoy, daughter of George and Leah McKin-
sey. She was born in a little cabin, where Thorntown now
stands, February 24, 1830. Her parents soon after moved to
the Twelve-Mile Prairie, living there until she was grown to
womanhood. Her father finally bought the mill property
owned by Michael Chase, on Sugar Creek, in Washington
Township, this county, where we were married. Eight
children have been the fruit of our marriage, five of whom
have passed away to the Savior who said : ' Suffer little
children to come unto me, and forbid them not, for of such
is the kingclom of heaven.' One son and two daughters live
to comfort us in the evening of life. I have lived to see this
country, a wilderness fifty-seven years ago, converted into
beautiful farms and pleasant homes, with all the advantages of
schools, churches, and elevation in society that follow such
grand improvements. I and my family are members of the
Christian Church ; have a farm in Sugar Creek Township,
where, perhaps, we will live till called to that country where
Christ, our elder brother, has gone to prepare a mansion for
all who love Him. William Titus."

February, 10, 1887.

AXDERSOX TROTTER.

The subject of this sketch was born September 12, 1809, in
Carolina County, Va., came to Indiana Territory in the year
1814. At the age of twenty seven years came to Hendricks
County, Ind., and came to Boone County December, 1830.
Mr. Trotter was married to Marv Curgan in November, 183<).



BOONE COUXTY, INDIANA. u8l

When they came to Boone Couuty one month after marriage,
they moved in a little log cabin in the green woods. Then
it was that the struggle of life began in earnest. Sometiuies
dark; sometimes the dark clouds would have a silver lining.
Mr. Trotter says he could hardly stand straight up in his cabin
it was so low, and had but one room, which served as parlor,
bedroom and kitohen. Yet in this little, humble home, some
of his happiest days were spent. As the opening in the woods
spread out larger and broader, the little ones came in due
time to bless their wedded life. Mr. Trotter says their table
was a slab split out, and the puncheon floor was of the same
material. This little cabin served its day, when it gave way
to the hewed log house, and, in time, this to a frame. Mr.
Trotter was a poor man on coming to this county; ten dollars
was all the money he had. He had the misfortune in 18(33 to
have his house burnt, losing nearly all his furniture. Mr.
Trotter all through life ha; been a hard worker, and, now, aged
as he i-^, I found him last September hard at work toiling in
t!ie fields. His wife died several years ago, November 19,
1867. She is buried on the farm near Jamestown, as well as
some of his deceased ceildren. A daughter died in September,
1815, aged seventeen years, and on September 10, 1857, his
youngest son died, aged sixteen years. Mrs. Trotter was born
in Virginia, July, 1814; came to Indiana in the year 1834.
She was in her sixty-fourth year when she died. Mr. Trotter
is now living with his children near Jamestown, Mrs. William
Heekerthorn, Mrs. D. H. Shockley, and Mrs. John Day. His
toiling ha-i not been in vain, for, after providing for his family,
he has plenty left for old age. ^Ir. Trotter's father was born
in Virginia in 1780, and died in 1818. His grandfather
was horn in Ireland in the seventeenth century. ^Ir. Ander-
son Trotter is highly esteemed in the county wherever known.
In person he is of medium size, florid com})lL'xion, and has
been an iron man ; has been through the "flint mill." Long
fuay he live to enjoy his hard earnings.



382 EARLY LIFE AND TIMES IN



DEXXIS THREILKIELD.



Mr, Threilkielcl was bora in Kentucky, Xovembor, 1831.
Came with his parents to Boone County when a mere boy.
He is the son of George Tiireilkiehl, one of the pioneers of
the county, and who came to Jefferson Township about the



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