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year 1836. Dennis is one of the substantial men of Boone
County and one of its most successful farmers and stock rais-
ers. He resides in Jefferson Township, ten miles southwest
of Lebanon^ where he owns a fine farm and splendid buildings,
splendid house, barn and other outbuildings. Everything on
his farm denotes thrift and energy. He was married at the
age of twenty-five, but has no children. In politics he is a
Democrat of the Jacksoniau school. Wherever Dennis is
known he is highly esteemed as a worthy man and citizen.
While canvassing for this work we stopped at his pleasant
home, and was kindly received and entertained by him and
his estimable wife.


Was born in Union County, Ind., October 7, 1817. Came to
Boone County in 1832; was first married to Elizabeth B.<-k.
October, 1832. The following are the children's names : John
F., James L., William R., Abner (died at the age of two
years) ; Francis M., Mary A. (died at the age of twenty-two
years); Martha (died at the age of twenty-one years, in Texasj.
Mrs. Taylor died Xoveraber, 1864. The deceased members of
Mr. Taylor's family are buried at the cemetery just east of his
housi3, where he has erected handsome and costly mouume!; ts
in memory of loved ones gone. Mr. Taylor was again married
to Eliza Coldwell, in 1875, daughter of William Coldwell, oue
of the pioneers of Jeffjrson Township. Mr. Taylor, in 1S47,
built a fine brick residence on his fine farm in Jetferson Town-
ship, where he now resides and owns one of the finest farms,
640 acres, in the county. Mr. Taylor was a Democrat up to


1860, since which time he has been somewhat independent in
politics. He was a strong war man, and all through life a
highly respected citizen. To Mr. and Mrs. Taylor we owe
much for kind treatment at their hospitable home while gath-
ering material for the "Early Life and Times in Boone
County." W. R. Taylor resides in Jefferson Township, one
and one-half miles west of Hazelrigg Station, where he owns
six hundred acres of choice land.


One of the pioneers of Jefferson Township, Boone County,
was born in Nicholas County, Ky., May 26, 1799, married to
Martha Blair February 19, 182-1. MissBlair was also a native
of Kentucky, born November 22, 1804. Came to Boone in
1830, and were indeed pioneero. Mrs. Thompson died May
26, 1866; Mr. Thompson died December 28, 1867. Both are
buried at the Shannondale Cemetery in Montgomery County,.
Ind. Mr. Thompson entered 240 acres of land. He as well
as his wife were members of the church. Mr. Thompson was
associate judge a number of years, and a man of high standing.
The following are their children's names: Joseph A., born
January 8, 1825; Mary J., born October 29, 1826; Levi N.,
born August 28, 1828; "Wallace M., born May 12, 1831;
Chester G., born May 8, 1833; Martin B., born December 9,
1835; Susan A., born June 5, 1838; Cynthia A., born August
12, 1840; William B., born April 22," 1843. The following
are deceased: Mary J., buried at Thorntown, Ind.; Levi N.,
buried at the Cox Cemetery; Wallace and William B., buried
at the Shannondale Cemetery, in Montgomery County, Ind.
The Thompson flimily will be remembered as one of the pio-
neer families of Boone County.



Ml-. Thayer was born in Vermont in 1807, and was mar-
ried to Caroline Ojburn, daughter of the late James Osburn.
She was born in 1815. They came to Boone County at an
early day, about the year 1838. Mr. Thayer was most of his
life engaged in selling goods and trading, first at Clarkstown,
then at Eagle Village and Lebanon. He was one of the best
posted men in the county on general subjects, and a shrewd
business man in every respect. He died at Lebanon in 1874,
just past the meridian of life. His wife died six or eight
years previous. The following are his children's names:
Byron, Albert, Amanda, Henry, Adaline, James A., Daniel M.,
Vianua, William, Edwin and Helen. Byron, Amanda and
Vianna are deceased. Mr. and Mrs. Thayer and the family
deceased are buried at Lebanon. Albert Thayer lives in the
city of Indianapolis. Mr. and Mrs. Thayer will long be
remembered as early and highly respected citizens.


Mr. Trout has been nearly all his life in Boone County,
most of the time in AVorth Township, where he was married
to Miss Neese, daughter of A. Ncese, Esq., who resides one
mile south of Whitestown. Mr. Trout now lives near Hazle-
rigg Station, on the farm formerly owned by the late H. G.
Hazlerigg, and where he has resided the past five or six years,
and where he owns and operates one of the finest farms in the
county. Mr. Trout studi''-d law when a young man, and has
acted a-j attorney and collector for the railroad for many years ;
but of late has devoted his time to farming — his chosen pro-
fession. He is a Di-niocrat of the olden type. Takes great
interest in fine stock raising of which he has none but the
best, and is looking for better all the time. He has a pleasant
home and family, and where we were kindly received while in








Washington Township in the interest of this work. Mr.
Trout is just in his prime, being about fifty-two years of age,
strong, athletic and will pull the scales down at two hundred
pounds at any time. May he never grow less.


The subject of this sketch was born in the year 1800; was
one of the pioneers of Boone County. He first saw tiie light
of day in East Tennessee; married Jane Carmichacl in 1830;
came to Boone County in the fall of 1832; resided nearly fifty
years on the same land which he entered when the county was
yet almost a wilderness; no roads or other conveniences of
to-day. Mr. Utter died on the 9th of March, 1881 ; Mrs.
Utter died in the year 1'576; buried at the Cox Cemetery.
Mr. Utter's parents came to the county in the year 1834. Mr.
Utter died many years ago; Mrs. Utter died in tlie winter of
1851. Is also buried at the Cox Cemetery. Abraham Utter,
senior, was in the wars of 1876 and 1812; died at the age of
eighty-six years.

Abraham Utter^ the subject of this sketch, raised a family
of ten children; two daughters and two sons reside in Boone
County (three are deceased), and one daughter and two sons
reside in Rice County, Kansas. Thomas Utter resides in
Washington Township; was born January 8,1839; married
to Martha Crose on the 8th of December, 1864. The fallow-
ing are the names of their children : Olivia and Prior. Mr.
Utter has a splendid farm on Sugar Creek.

Samuel Utter, of L'banon, is a son of Abraham Utter,
also, Mrs. James Taylor is a daughter. ]Mrs. Taylor resides
in Washington Township, near Hazelrigg Station. See Mr.
-and Mrs. Utter's portraits in another part of this work.




AVas born in Bartholomew County, Indiana, May 15, 1835,.
•and remained a citi;iccn of that county until twelve years ot"
age; at that period he moved with his parents to Fulton
County, Indiana. Six years later he moved with them to
Boone County, His earliest training was in the art of farm-
ing, and, as he grew older, he adopted that as his vocation.
He is one who has experienced the hardships and vicissi-
tudes of pioneer life, having assisted his father in the labor of
clearing large tracts of land.

In 1855 he united in marriage with Miss Tillitha Lumpkin,
who was born in Putnam County, Indiana, in 1838. He
located on a rented farm of forty acres, in Perry Township;
where he remained one year; he then removed to the farm
which he now owns, consisting of one hundred and twenty
acres. He is the father of ten childr-n, named, respectively:
Lafayette, jNlary E., William M., Anderson, '\fandana, Alice,
Ijillie, Zoro O., Mertie, and Hoy, of which the following are
married : Lafayette, married Miss Rosina Ottinger, October.
1875; Mary, to Martin Lawler, December, 1877; William, ti^
Miss Miranda Ottinger, February, 1882; ]Mandana, to ]Mon-
roe Edwards, September, 1882; Anderson, to Miss liosa Mc-
Colley, August, 1883. All of them reside in Perry -Town-
ship, except Mary, who resides in Hendricks County. The
three boys, Lafayette, William, and Anderson, are teachers of
the common schools of our county, and have been for a num-
of years teaching through the winter season and farming dur-
ing- the summer.

Mr. Wilson and wife united with the Christian Church in
1868, and both are regarded as consistent christians. Since
that time five of the children have united, and are regarded as
exemplary citizens in every respect.

Mr. Wilson's politi(;al views have always been in unison
with the ])rinciples of tiie Republican party, and although one


of its most cordial supporters, he is not a bigoted parti.->an,
and never sacrificed principle for party. His actions throu<ih-
out life have been governed by conscientious motives, and he
is universally esteemed as an honest man wherever he is


This name will sound familiar to the people in Boone County.
He was born in Kentucky on the 9th day of September, 1800.
He settled in Boone County in 1835, about two miles south of
where Elizaville now lays, in Clinton Township. He was
married to ^Ii~s Ella Dixon in 1824, who lived with him until
August 23, 1870, when she depaned this life. He raised four
children, as follows: Samuel, born January 29, 1827; Sally,
born January 29, 1827 ; Ebenezer, born February 29, 1829;
Margaret Ellen, born October 31, 1841. All are living ex-
cepting Sally, who died November 23, 1869. Mr. West was
married again to Mrs. ^lary Jane Johnson, February, 1871.
He is one of the old Jacksonian Democrats (voted for Jackson
three times), and has always kept up his faith. He has always
held farming as his real occupation, and was one of the best
hunters of his day, but never saw the time that he could kill
over six deer in one day ; and says that he has seen the day
when coon, deer and fox skins were as good as legal tender,
and that was the v/ay he paid his taxes. Mr. West is now-
arriving at a ripe old age, and has never joined any church,
but is a constant bible reader, and claims that he can be a good
man without belonging to any creed or church.


One of the pioneers of Boone County, came from Pike County,
Ohio, in the year 1832 ; married to Mary Lowry. Mr. Lowry,
her father, was born in North Carolina, April IG, 1804. IMi-s.
Lowry, her mother, was born in Ohio, November 21, 1809.


Ml'. Warren settled in Washington Township on arriving in
the county. The foHowing are their children's names: Isnnc,
born February 7, 1833, married to Rebecca Sanders ; Edwan!,
born May 26, 1835, married to k?arah Pittenger; Eliza, mar-
ried to Samuel R. McDaniel, she is deceased, buried at Hope-
well Cemetery; Susanah, married to Aaron Freestone, also
deceased and buried at Hopewell; Elihu, died at the age ot'
twenty-four, also buried at Hopewell; Eliza, died April 21,
1864, buried at Hopewell ; Rhoda, born December 13, 1845,
died March 3, 1864 ; w^'ilas, born February 22, 1847, married
to Jane Hardosty, resides in Washington Township; Nancy,
born September 23, 1850, resides in Clinton Township. Solo-
mon Warren and wife were members of the Baptist Church.
They entered their land at an early day. They are buried at
Hopewell Cemetery in Clinton Township. Solomon Warren
died November 7, 1877 ; Mrs. Mary Warren died November
18, 1870. Edward Warren was the first time married to Har-
riet E. McDonald, February 16, 1860. She died May 26, 1884.


Mr. Wills resides in Washington Township, a short dis-
tance east of Pike's crossing, where he owns a fine farm, which
he delights to cultivate. He was born in Henry County,
Indiana, January 5, 1826. The son of James Wills, who was
married to Elizabeth Warren, came to Boone County in 1835.
His parents are buried at Hopewell Cemetery, in Clinton
Township. The subject of this article was united in marriage
to Elizabeth Gip-on, February 23, 1854. The following are the
names of his children: Jasper N., married to Jane Bennett,
resides iu Kan.-as; William J., married to Anna Metoalf,
resides iu Washington Township; John R., Mary E , died at
the age of fifteen years, buried at Bethel Cemetery in Wash-
ington Township; Frances M., Charles M., Salista A., Edgar
A. P., Susau C, Isaac M., Hallie A. and Eddie E. Mrs.


Wills is the daughter of Isaac Gipson, one of the pioneers of
Sugar Creek Township. Mr. Wills is a Democrat of the
Jacksonian type. The last five named reside at home.


A resident of Worth Township, resides two miles north of
Whitestown, and ono-lialf mile south of the Noblesville gravel
road. He was born in the state of Kentucky, ]May 29, 1825;
came with his parents to Boone County in the year 18-34, in
the month of A])ril. He was married to Susannah Evans,
September 28, 1845. The f)]lo\ving are his children's names:
Willis G., married to Mandona Dulin ; resides in Center
Township. Jonathan E., married to ISIalinda Wiieeler; re-
side in Marion Township. ]\Iartha J., married to ^lilton O.
Thompson; the second time to G. W. Shelburn. Rozella,
married to Mansfield Shelburn. James E., deceased Septem-
ber 12, 1856; is buried at Mount's Run Cemetery. Sarah
M., married to John Klingler. Mary E., married to Albert
Carr. Samuel A., married to ]\rary E. Stark. Susannah,
married to Josiah Baber ; reside in Center Township. Charles
J., Albert F., Harvey W. The last three named reside at
home. Mr. and Mrs. V/est belong to the Baptist Church.
Mr. West's father resides in Lebanon, aged eighty-six years;
his mother died in 1870. Mrs. W^est's father's name was Jon-
athan Evans; died April, 1856; her mother died in 187.3;
buried at Mount's Run Cemetery, in Union Township.


Was the daughter of Zimri and Lydia P. Cook. She was born
in Wayne County, Ind., the 4th day of December, 1814, and
was married to Jeremiah MorTitt, the 4th day of January, 1832,
and with him moved into .Sugar Creek Township, Boone
County, Ind., the 11th day of August of the same year, and on


to the farm upon she now resides, the 15th day of the follow-
ing November. She has been a continuous resident thereupon
since. Her husband died in the year 1852, and in 1855 she
was married to James Woody, whom she survives, still living
on the old homestead with her daughter and only living child,
Sarah J. Hadley, wife of Milton Hadley. She is a member of
the Friends Church, and after having undergone the privations
and hai'dships of pioneer lifeMs hale and rugged in old age.
See her portrait on another page.


Was born November 11, 1811, in the old "tar" state of North
Carolina. His parents' names were John Wysong and Eliza-
beth Wysong (her name was Parker before marriage). The
elder Wysong died July 18, 1854, and is buried at Mount's
Run Cemetery. His wife died in 1856, and is also buried a*
Mount's Run Cemetery. The subject of this sketch was mar-
ried to Jane Beaty in North Carolina September 2d, 1836, and
came to this county in 1839. Mr. Wysong entered part of his
laud, and where he died June 15, 1886. Mrs. Wysong's
parents died in North Carolina, her mother dying March 12,
1837, and her father, January 31, 1855. The following are
the names of the children of John and Jane Wysong : Eliza-
beth, married to George B. Dulin; William B., married to
Lillie dayman ; Lucy, married to John D. Miller; Adolphus,
married to Miss Ross; John H., married to Angeline
Hubanks ; Amanda A., married to John E. Brohard. Mrs.
Wysorig resides on the old farm, seven miles east of Lebanon.
Mr. and Mrs. Wysong were members of the Reguh^r Baptist
Church. The above family will be remembered as one of the
highest respectability.



Amous: the earlv settlers of Jefferson Township was the one
Avhose name heads this short sketch. Mr. Young was born in
Hawkins County, Tennessee, in 1790, and was married to
Jane Rntledge, who was born in "Wythe County, Virginia.
Mr. Yonng came to Boone County in 1829, settling in Jeifer-
son Township, where he entered a large tract of land near the
Montgomery County line. The following year his wife died
— in 1830. This good woman did not live long enough to see
the new county developed to any extent. The first few months
of her life after coming to this county she, with her worthy
companion, lived in a tent until a rude cabin could be built.
It took courage to undergo such a life — it required heroism.
Could she now look out on the beautiful farm of J. V. Young
(formerly the old homestead) what a change would greet her.
The fine brick mansion in place of the tent and cabin, the pike
in place of the trail — yes, there" has been a wonderful change.
Mrs. Young is buried at the Shannondale Cemetery in Mont-
gomery County. Mr. Young was the second time married,
this time to Mary Vannice, in the year 1835. Mr. Young
died in 18G9, and is also buried at the Shannondale Cemetery.
John V. and George T. Young are children of the first mar-
riajje. The former now owns the old farm, which is one of
the best in the county — splendid buildings, and in the finest
state of cultivation. George T. resides two miles east; he
also owns a fine farm. He was elected township trustee in
April, 1884. William Young, the subject of this sketch,
served a number of years as trustee of his township. He was
a brother of the Rev. Clayborn Young, who was also a pioneer
and it is said organized the first church (Presbyterian) in the
township. William Young, as well as John V. and George
T., are Jackson ian Democrats.



The pioneer -whose uame heads this sketch was among
the first to come to the city of Lebanon, then a mere cross-
roads, so to speak. Strong and active, jnst in his early
manhood, eager for the fray, which he proved, on occasion,
in after life. He was born in Abington, A^a., January
1812. He was the son of Jacob Zion and Catharine Zion.
who were early citizens of Rush County, Ind., coming as early
as 1828. jVlrs. Catharine Zion died there in the year 1834: i.-^
buried at Rushville. Mr. Jacob Zion died in the state of
Iowa, in the year 1864. They were of German descent. Will-
iam Zion was married to Amelia Sims, in Rushville, Decem-
ber 13, 1832. She was the daughter of Stephen and Elizabeth
Sims, who were also early citizens of Rush County. ]Mrs.
Elizabeth Sims died at Rushville, March 20, 1834. Mr. Sims
died in Clinton County, Ind., January 16, 1862. Amelia
Sims, now Mrs. Amelia Zion, was born in Brookville, Ind.,
May 29, 1814. In 1834 Mr. and Mrs. William Zion came to
Lebanon, where he at once, as stated above, entered upon the
scenes of an active life, and from first to last was foremost in
all the undertakings and im})rovements, not only in Lebanon.
but throughout the county and state. He soon after arriving
engaged in the mercantile business in a small way, increasing
his stock as his business grew up. Later he was at the head
and front, and for years "Zion's store," on the corner, was a
household word. Twice did he build up on the old corner;
first, a large two story frame in 1843, which stood until the
year 1866, when the present brick building was erected by
him. He retired from the mercantile business in 1862, when
other matters engaged his attention. He was an earnest and
devoted friend and encourager of railroads, and much of hi>
time and means were devoted to the building of the two roads
now entering Lebanon. The beautiful little city of Zionsville
was named in honor of him, as he had done so much in getting


the town started, which now is a thriving little city of 1,500

In 18^7 he built the brick house adjoining Lebanon, where
he lived the remainder of his life, and where the family now
reside, and where he operated a fine farm for years. When
Mr. Zion first came he worked at his trade, that of carriage
making and blacksmithing, and was its first of the kind in
Lebanon. Mr. Zion was many years ago made a Master Mason
in Thorntown, and during life was a supporter and member of
this ancient and lionorable body. He served as county sheriff,
being elected in the year 1836. In all his relations in life,
both public and private, he acted well his part; always dis-
charged his duty with fidelity. In person, Mr. Z. was a large
man, full six feet high, dark eyes and hair, good features. He
died March 15, 1880; is buried at the new cemetery, east of
the city he done so much for, and where a suitable monument
marks the resting place of one of the pioneers of Booue County.
We must not forget his wife, who is yet living, a well pre-
served lady of seventy-four years, whose ])ortrait, as well as
Mr. Zion's, will be found in another part of this work. Also
a letter from Mrs. Zion contributed to the Patriot, of this city,
dated December 20, 1886, which we have been permitted to
copy in the " Early Life and Times in Boone County." In
all the relations of life Mrs. Zion has proved a worthy help-
mate from the cabin down to the present day. Not more
than three or four persons arc now living in Lebanon when
Mrs. Zion first came. She has a vivid recollection of all the
events of the city and county for fifty years; is a fine conver-
sationalist, and is well informed, especially on pioneer life.
The publishers of this work are under obligations to her for
valuable information about Lebanon.

The following are their children's names : Charlotte F.,
born October 23, 1833; married to L. M. 01ii)hant, Novem-
ber 12, 1850; she died August 15, 1854. George, born March
27, 1836; died in infancy.- Elizabeth K., born March 29,
1836; married to Wm. o'den, June 22,1858; died May 1^


1868. Pari-isada A., born March 7, 1840; married to Moses
Hall, of Kentucky, December 2, 1862; reside in Lebanon.
Mary L., born April 30, 1842; married to Dr. A. O. Miller,
August 21, 1862; reside in Lebanon. Mr. Miller has served
as county auditor, served with distinction in the late war, is
now county health director. Theodore L., was born Au^u-t
18, 1844 ; w^as married first to Hattie Combs, February IN,
1868; the second time to Mrs. Wear, of Anderson, Iiid..
where he now resides, and is the present (1886) marshal. He
was also in the late war, 10th Ind. Reg. Eliza A., born
•July 23, 1846; married to A. Morris, September 1, 1868; re-
sides in Indianapolis. James M., born September 22, 184^;
married to Millie Loveless, October 5,1869; reside in San
Francisco, Cal. Charles M., born September 7, 1854; mar-
ried to Mary Clemens; reside in Lebanon. Mr. Zion is one
•of the young attorneys of the bar of this city. William A.,
horn October 25, 1850; married to Elizabeth Buchanan; re-
-side in the city of Chicago, 111.



[Following will be found some letters written by Mr. Harden, and which
aave appeared in the Boone County Pioneer from time to time during
1885-86— a part of them from Anderson and the remainder from the differ-
ent townships in the rounty, while he wus canvassing for the " Early Life
and Times in Boono County." It wa« not the original intention to publish,
or rather republish, these letters; l)ut there seems a space here for their
reappearance, which is our apology for their being here placed in the book.]


John D. Hopkiu.s was an occasional visitor at Eagle Vil-
lage. The first time I ever saw him there was during the
political campaign of 1844. He was making a speech from
the store-porch of J. F. Daugherty. He sang several songs,
also, during the day. He was not at all particular as to the
kind of a speech he made, or the song he sang, so he got a
■dime at its conclusion. At the conclusion of one of his songs
was the following: '' J. D. Hopkins always stops the longest
where the pot boils the strongest." Who in Central Indiana
has not heard of him? A poor old man, but for some cause
might have been useful. Some little screw loose in his make-
up, some iittle kink in his nature, made him a castaway.

I never saw him again till the year 1867, when living iji
Markville, on the Pendleton and Newcastle pike. It was a
bright morning in June. Looking down the road I saw him,
hat in hand, breeches rolled up, and a linen duster on his
manly form, with glowing countenance. I recognized him at

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