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tion of early events of this locality.

The Slayback family also are early settlers here. Mrs. S.
is yet living with her son, David. It is over fifty years since
they came to Washington.

W. W. Trout, one among the clever men of Boone, is liv-
ing on the old farm of the late H. G. Hazlerigg. He is not
an old citizen here, but has lived in the county nearly if not
all his life. His wife is one of a pioneer family (Xeese).

Joseph Hollingsworth, on the railroad, beat the road here
many years. I arrived just in time for a splendid dinner.
Mr. H. is chuck full of fun and early reminiscences.

David Thornberry is here. If there is a man that has suf-
fered death and yet lives, it is Mr. T. Yet I found him
cheerful and quite well informed. His well-worn crutch gives
evidence of his long lameness.

One night after dark I stopped at the house of W. W. Riley.
I found it a pleasant place to stop. "Will never forget the
kindness to me. ,

Robert Hamil, near the township line, lives with his
mother, sister of the late J. J. Xcsbit, ex-county treasurer.
She is a lady of refinement, and well informed.

J. H. Burnham, just north of the center precinct, has been
here all his life. He ovv'ns two hundred and eighty acres of
good land, is a young man well posted on affairs generally, and
works on the square. Call and see him and his pleasant fam-
ily when in this township.


Thomas Utter, south of Sugar Creek, is here to stay. He has
the finest barn in Washington, with good stock and everything
denoting thrift. He will soon have the best fish pondin the

Near the creek you will find Sara Titus, brother to Xat.
He has been here fifty years. Has a good barn on the bank
of the creek. He takes the Pioneer and is posted.

The bridge here at what is known as the Crose Ford, is
nearing completion. It is one of the much-needed improve-
ments, and will, when done, be highly prized by the people up

David Crose, on the hill, has a fine location. I ate
Thanksgiving dinner at his hospitable home.

Samuel Long, farther up, is an old-timer here. I stopped
with him over night. It is the first time Long Sam and Sara
Long stopped together, and it raay be a long time again.

John J. Goldsberry, near the Clinton County line, has been
here over fifty years. I stopped over night at his home. He
is a good talker, and knows all about this locality. Could
not keep house without the Pioneer. Thanks to him and
family for attentions.

James Graham, near the corner of the township, is an old
settler. I found him building a house.

Greenberry Buntin, up the creek near the old saw-mill,
built by G. AV. Hardesty many years ago. I found Mr. Bun-
tin a clever gentleman ; came here when a boy in 1834.

Mechanicsburg, on the hill, is well located, with stores of
all kinds, churches, etc. Dr. Reagan has a fine dwelling.
The folks here regret his going away.

James Davis, north, has been here many years. He was
raised at Thorntown. He will build a new house in the spring.

James Richey, near here, is the son of one of the pioneers.
He was in the 72d Regiment, as well as his neighbor, Joseph
H. Beach, who lives on the pike just south of him. Mr.
Richey has some 50-pound turkeys that are hard to beat.

Wash Phillips, aged eighty, is on the pike. He is among


the early citizens of Washington. Has a fine location. Call
and see the old man on the hill.

Albert Helms, though not an old settler, is interested in
our work. He came from Ohio a few years ago ; was trustee
a few years ago. His aged father (92) lives with him.

John L. Buntin — that grand old man — don't forget to call
on him when in this locality. He has been here fifty-two years.

T. S. Metcalf, at the crossing, I must not forget. He was
born in Kentucky. How could he be anything but clever?
To him and family I will ever be indebted for attentions.

West you will find Eobcrt Slocum, one of the big farmer.-
of Washington — one of the kindest men in the county. Witl
no children of his own he is constantly caring for others. H(
has fine cattle, and other things denote good farming.

Anthony Beck lives in the best house in the township. I
found him a very well posted man and a clever gentleman.
S. W. Beck, his brother, just west, is well located. He takes
and reads the the Pioneer, and takes an interest in the "Early
Life and Times in Boone."

Edward Warren, just north, has been here a long time.
Has a good farm. Could not keep house without the Pioneer.

Martha Witt, formerly Miss McCanu, lives near her fath-
er's old home. Has battled with early times and the experi-
ence of early life and widowhood.

James Wills, east of Pike's Crossing, lives at home, and
has one of the best farms in the countv, and is a good faraier.
A good dinner at his house at about the right time.

H. G. Masters, at the Crossing, is keeping store and post-
office. I feel for him. I once licked stamps and wrote letters
for the people.

To one and all of the above I am thankful for patronage.
My work now is done. The canvass on Aiy part has been
pleasant. In after life it will be to me a pleasure to call u]«
the many incidents and happy hours passed in canvassing the
county. I have been universally well treated by all, at the
humble cabin and mansion as well. Farewell to all.

S. Hakdix.


The following poems were received too late to be placed in their proper
place, but are too good not to appear in this work. They will be read with
great interest by the people of the county. We regret ver}' much that we
are compelled to put them in at so late a day, but something has to be last,
and this will give our book a poetical wind-up. A few late sketches and
biographies will appear after these poems, when the soldier list of the ''boys
in blue," who in their youth and strong manhood went out that our coun-
try might live, will follow. It is with great pleasure we give this list.
Our work would not at all be worthy the patronage of the people without
it. Of course, among so many names, there will doubtless be mistakes and
omissions, but we have in this case, as well as in others, done the best
under the circumstances.


I lived in Kentucky before I came here ;
My father, a hunter, killed turkeys and deer ;
Then women were known to skutch out the flax,
From which they made linen to put on their backs.

It was then very common, I'd have you understand,
For women to card wool and sew it by hand ;
While the girls at the wheel were careful and gay.
My mother at the loom kept banging away.

The people in common in home made were dressed,
When the Sabbath came 'round they put on their best.
I came to Boone County in the year thirty-two,
Then houses were scarce and people were few.

The country was new when I first settled here,
I hunted wild turkevs and killed a few deer ;


The pea vines, nettles and plenty of frogs,

And snakes and big turtles were seen in the bogs.

Then porcupines and 'possoms were caught in their dens,
And the wolves taken in steel traps and pens;
There were few of our men that ever wore boots,
Though thej cleared in the green and plowed among roots.

Then women were known to work on the farm,
Or at the spinuing-wheel, and thought it no harm;
They oft did sit up so very late at night.
Had breakfast next morning ere it was light.

They wrapped up their babies so snug and so soft,
Then rocked them to sleep in an old sugar trough :
The children went ragged, in their bare feet,
Their mothers kissed them and said they were sweet.

"We now have railroads, and telegraphs too.
The churches and school houses never a few ;
We now have plenty and something to spare,
Fine boots on our feet, and good clothes to wear.

We can drink coffee, and women drink tea,
And all being hiippy as happy can be;
While the children grow fat on butter and milk.
The ladies go dressed in satin and silk.

While people are passing from day unto day.
We see them in buggies along the highway ;
We hear the cars whistle, we hear the bells ring.
While the people collect to pray and to sing.

We now have fine carpets, and big featherbeds.
With extra big pillows to put under our heads,
And plenty of papers and books to read.

Among the great nations we are taking the lead.

K. W. H.
Jamestown, May, 1S87.



Harden & Spahr are writing a history

Of Boone County, they say,
And they offer as premium a copy

Unto the best bard of the day.

Our county we know is productive

In regard to oats, wheat, hogs and corn ;

But alas, her poets are so scattering —
In fact I believe they're not born.

You may write biographical sketches,
And talk of the fame of the dead,

Or sing all you please your low ditties ;
I'll tell you what we have instead :

Then first, we have lots of war horses

Of a pusilanimous kind,
Who run every year for some office,

And go it as though they were blind.

We have also salary grabbers,

Who loan money at fifteen per cent.

In advance, they hint they would have it; ,
Oh, pshaw ! will they never repent?

We have grangers — a new institution —

We want reformation of late;
They buy hogs for five cents of their brothers

And sell them for seven or eight.

Still they want no man in the middle — •
Would go to Congress themselves ;

Their hills might be like this poem —
Either tabled or laid on the shelves.

We have railroads, turnpikes and hydraulics,
^Vith bridges both iron and wood ;

And coaches of every description,

All of which are pronounced very good.



We have schools, bolh graded and common,
And teachers conducting them, too,

"Who do very well with their pupils.
But visitors make them look "blue."

We have institutes, county and normal,
Where teachers are taught in a class ;

The first requisite there among youngsters-
Is a goodly supply of the "brass."

A word for our superintendent ;

The people all like him as such ;
But some will look wise as they mumble,
"I know he is costing too much."

/ We have belles as fair as the fairest,
And beaux as polite as you please.
But they all like to ride in "pa's carriage,"
And live every day at their ease.

We have judges who sit on the benches.
And lawyers that do as they please.

They will keep all the money they handle,
Like the monkey dividing the cheese.

Well, now a word for the merchant,
They will lie, cheat and steal.

I tell you I've learned by experience
Of those who have dry goods for sale.

We have a few honest old farmers —
Poor souls, how they carry the swill ;

They drive their hogs to the market

And laugh in their sleeves "what a sell."

I had almost forgotten the doctor,
He rides with a hearty good will ;

But before you are scarcely buried
He'll claim vour estate for his bill.


We have a crusade of womeu

On brandy, old bourbon and gin,
"Which freed us a while of rum-holes

And prevented a great deal of sin.

Of course I respect all the preachers,

They are very good teachers, 'tis true ;
But I've seen some who smiled on the sisters

A queer kind of " how do you do.'"

We have no " Ward Beechers " I reckon,

But not a few Tildens, I'm told,
Who risk all their eternal salvation

To fill up their coffers of gold.

We have small interest in congress

That grabbled its thousands to use.
But the reason we grumble about it,

We can not step into their shoes.

I believe I'll leave out the mechanic,

Although a great many we spy
Who paste putty, paint and varnish

To cover their faults from the eye.

We never speak ill of the miller,

For he's always just ready to laugh.
He will grind out your grist in a "jiffy,"

But manage to keep about half.

The butcher I can not do justice,

His steelyards you never see break ;
He will give you the neck or the shoulder

At what he should sell you the steak.

And last but not least we have babies,

Methinks I have heard a few squall ;
God bless them, sweet creatures,

For mine are the dearest of all.

s. w. r.

Big Spuikgs, Apeil, 18S7.


The following sketches and biographies were received too late for proper


Adjoining Thorutown on the M'est is what is known as
Sugar Plain Neighborhood, and composed chiefly of members
of " The Friends' Church." The first settling here in this
neighborhood was bv Huo-h and Sarah Moffitt enteriujj; the farm
DOW owned by John Glover & Son, in the spring of 1830. In
the following fall came William Childree and wife, and their
daughter Phebe, the latter being a late widow of Isaac Brown.
Thev settled on the farm now owned bv Alpheus Maxwell,
Jeremiah Moffitt and wife following in the year 1832. The
latter is now Cynthia A. Woody. Josiah Hollingsworth,
William and Joseph Herner, Richard Bratton, and wife of
Adam Boyd, were soon added to the list. The first meeting
of worship was held at the residence of Hugh Moffitt, in
December 1833, and was " set up," to use the old phrase, by
Sugar River. They continued to meet twice a week for wor-
ship at the same place until the year 1835, when a small log
house was built near the site of the present building, which
served the double purpose of school and meeting house until
the growth of the members had increased and it was insuf-
ficient in size, when the second was erected; this time a frame
building in which a meeting for business denominated by the
Society, a monthly meeting was established in the 12th month
1840. Although some of the members living from five to


seven miles away (as it was not iu the days of gravel road-)
the roads sometimes and often ^vere almost impas-able, their
custom of going was generally on horseback, they seldom
missed attending any of these meetings.

Besides the names already given in this account, nuinv
others, no doubt, would be familiar (more especially to tlio-c
of the first settlers, that appear on the early records of the
meetings), among whom are Isaac and Mary Barker, their
daughters Hanna Weisner and Ruth Barker, Xathan and
Catharine Elliot, AVilliam and Margaret Chappell, Thoma-
Thornton, James and Mary Brown, Nicholas and Matthew-
Barker, William and Tacy Cloud, James Fisher, Isaac-
Lawrence, Samuel and Peter Rich, Isaac and Rachel Cox.
Samuel and Mary Cox, Ambrose and Elizabeth Osborn, Seth
Williams, Priscilla Wells and others. Most of them are laid
away in their narrow homes. The meetings were kept up at
an increasing rate, the membership showing 277. There ha.-
beeu a Quarterly Meeting held at the same place since 1852,
which now numbers about six hundred members. The ))rcs-
ent house was erected in 1852 for the accommodation ol
Quarterly Meetings. The size of the house is sixty-four feet
long, sixty-four feet wide, and eighteen feet between the floor
and ceiling.



The name of Cason in the Northern States is uncommon.
but in the Southern States it is a very common one. The
family on coming to this country settled at an early day in thr
State of Virginia. Through works of genealogy the name i-
traced to the south of France, and from which place membfr-
of the family became refugees in Holland, and from whcp-
they joined William of Orange in his invasion of Ireland.
At the time of emigrating to this country they had become
mixed with Irish, English and Scotch blood.


Thomas Cason, the father of the family that settled in
Booue County at an early date, ^Ya5 born in Virginia on De-
cember 8, 1759, and from there emigrated to South Carolina.
Having been afflicted with the " white swelling" in one of his
limbs in early life he became a school teacher, following it
most of his life. He married Miss Margaret Neill December
30, 1794. Miss Xeill was boru March 24, 1762. She was a
woman of excellent mental ability and great force of character.
Her ex])erience during the Revolutionary war, if written,
would read like a tale of romance. She was an ardent Whig,
while a majority of her neighbors were Tories. She had two
brothers, only one being old enough to enlist in the war.
Several times her house was robbed and everything in it
destroyed except one bed on which an invalid mother lay.
One of these times her brother had come home from the army
on Sunday morning and was relating the news to the family
and some young ladies who had come in to see him, when
they were surprised by the click of gun locks from a squad of
Hessians at the door of the house. The girls ran in the face
of the Hessians and the brother out at the other side of ihe
house. One of the Hessians, seeing her brother would escape,
ran around the house, while Miss Neill, seeing his intention,
ran through the house and, meeting him, struck up his gun
just as he tired, undoubtedly by this act saving the life of her
brother. On returning to the house her young brother be-
came alarmed and ran out, and, climbing a high fence, was
soon out of sight. The Hessians did not seem disposed to
shoot, but followed after him, going to the bars instead of
the fence, laying down the middle one; but when one of them
would attempt to go through the girls would jerk him back.
One of the Hessians became so exasperated at ]Miss Xeill that
he struck her across the head with his gun, severely wounding
her, the scar of which she carried to her grave. The Hessians
then went to the house and destroyed of value, not
leaving Miss Xeill a change of clothing. The house had been
robbed in the same manner before. At another time her


voung brother and herself htid "mowed" their wheat, and tlie
night after a company of the enemy's dragoons came and foil
every sheaf to their horses. Her older brother was, before thf
war closed, murdered. His company was surrounded in an
old house by a very much larger force of Tories. The cap-
tain of the Tories oiFered if they would throw their guns out
of the house to protect them as prisoners of war. The captain
of the Whigs accepted these terms and ordered his men to
throw their guns out of the window. The men at first refused
to obey, but as the house had been set on fire they yielded.
The first thing the Tory captain did was to order the Wh'vj:
captain and his lieutenants to be hung to a " fodder pole ; "
this breaking, he ordered them shot, after which the pvivarc-
were also all shot. Miss Neill, hearing of the surrender,
started immediately for the place, but arrived too late to save
her brother; all had been shot and the captain was walking
among the dead and hacking with his sword every muscle that

Thomas Casou, owing to his crippled condition, was never
molested by the Tories, although his brothers were in the serv-
ice of the colonies. After his marriage he settled on a farm.
but owing to having a large amount of security debts to pay.
he had to sell the farm (a valuable one), negroes, and all hi-
other property, except a small amount of household good-.
and then go to Ohio and teach school so as to secure money t'>
move his family to that state. Their children, four boys ami
one girl, were all born in South Carolina, the daughter dying
before they left that state. William, the oldest, was born
September 19, 1797; John, May 30, 1799; James, February
13, 1802, and Samuel, :\rarch 5, 1804. Thomas arrived in
Ohio April 5, 1804, and the family moved in August and
September follov,-ing. From there they came into Indiana
territory in 1814 or 1815, settling in Union County on a farm
and remaining there until October, 1831, when John, Jauu-
and Henry emigrated to this county, all settling in the MOod-
and opening up farms near Thorntown, William, who never


inairied, remained with tlie old folks, staying on the farm
until his death, ivlay 16, 1850, aged fifty-two years, seven
months and twentv-seven davs. His father died October 12,
1835, and mother, July 25, 1846. William Cason was a man
of excellent character and habits, and exerted an influence for
good over the people of his county equal if not greater than
any one who ever lived in it. He was probate judge over
twenty years, and was regarded as one of the best probate law-
yers in eastern Indiana.

John Cason married Fannie .Burkhalter. There were
eight children born to them — five girls and three boys — named
Margaret, Elizabeth, iSIary, Phebe J,, Marion N., Ershula,
Oliver and Samuel. Margaret, Elizabeth and Marion are
dead. John Cason always resided on a farm and devoted his
entire attention to opening aud cultivating it, and lived to see
the day, as also did his brothers James and Samuel, when the
farms that had caused them so much toil and hardship in the
early settlement thereon became prosperous homes of thrift
and independence. He was a man of an unusual kind dispo-
sition, and always had a kind word for all whom he met and
diftlculty with no one. This was, however, a marked trait of
character as to all of the older members of the family, and a
law suit was a thing no one of the family was ever known to
engage in, from Thomas, the father, to the death of his sons.
John Cason departed this life in 1868, leaving surviving him
his wife, now in her eighty-fourth year, and with ihe exception
of a disease in her feet and limbs that renders walking troub-
lesome, she is in excellent health. She has always been indus-
trious and greatly devoted to her children, and for whose
welfare' she ever yet gives her constant attention.

James Cason married Margaret Rutherford December 13,
1827. Her family were of the old English stock of Kuther-
tbrds, the name originating from Ituiher's Ford, a stream near
the line between England and Scotland, on which there was a
ford on the land of a man named Ruther. Her mother's fjlks
v.'cre named Harpar, her grandfather being tlie o^\"ner aud


giving the name to Harper's Ferry, A^irgiuia, which Old John
Brown immortalized. Thus are united in one family the
name of one branch originating from a ford and the other
giving name to a ferry. James Cason resided on the land he
first settled on in coming to this county until the fall of ISGo,
when he moved to Thorntown, where he lived until his death.
He was a carpenter as well as farmer, and was a master of his
trade. There are many houses, barns, bridges and other
structures yet standing in this county which well attest the
•care and fidelity with which he did his work. Although a
man small in stature, yet his physical strength and endurance
was remarkable. He had a clear, incisive insight into most
every subject before the people of his day, and with this he
had most excellent "common sense," giving to his opinions
4ind judgments unusual correctness. He was outspoken and
frank almost to a fault, and was extremely active and energetic
—doing everything with all his might; and he was always
ready to assist in every enterprise for the public good. ^ He
departed this life January 31, 1875, leaving his wife surviving
him, now in her eighty-first year, and wnth the exception ot
rheumatism in one of her limbs is in excellent health and as
active as most persons at fifty or sixty years old. Her life has
been unusually active and industrious. Siie is frank, out-
spoken and independent at all times, yet kind and genial tu
4ill who meet her, and liberal and tolerant in all her views.
Her mental faculties are far above an ordinary person's, and
her devotion to her children has been untiring; and they owe
to her much of whatever success that has attended them in life.
There were nine children born to them — six boys and three
girls— one of whom, William, died at four weeks of age. 01
the others, Thomas J., Samuel L. and Sarah Ann are yet
living; John O., Joseph N. and Margaret E. lived to be mar-
ried and have children ; Mary E. died in her eighteenth year.
and James H. on September 11, 1850.

Samuel Cason first married Mary Burkhalter. She ^vn5
.an excellent woman, a prudent and careful mother, and it i>

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largely due to her training and instruction, young as her
children were at her death, that several of them have become
more than ordinary men and women. There were nine chil-
dren born to them — six girls and three boys. Jane, Mary and
Cynthia are dead; the others, Elizabeth, Margaret, Fanny,
^yilliam X., .Joseph M. and John are living. She departed

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