Samuel Harden.

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this life about 1844. Samuel Cason M-as much like his oldest
brother, ^iVilliam, in his traits of character and mental ability,
and like him he exercised and held an influence for good over
the people of the county that few, if any, have ever attained.
Soon after coming to this county he was made one of the asso-
ciate judges of the circuit court of the county. Judge Ca-on
became a good judge of law, and was treated Avith great respect
by the presiding judge, who, upon all occasions, consulted him.
Among the best lawyers of the circuit he was regarded as a
sound lawyer and one of the ablest associate judges of the
state. He always gave close, careful attention to his duties of
every character, and had'a clear, logical and incisive insight
into most every subject brought before him, which, with the
good common sense he exercised upon all occasions, cauped
his opinions to be received with great confidence. Like his
brothers, he was of a positive, open, frank nature, and always
straightforward in bis intercourse with others. At the time
of his death, and for some years prior thereto, he was presi-
dent of the First National Bank, Thorntown. Under his
management the stock, at the time of his death, sold at twenty-
six per cent, premium. There was never a dollar lost to the
bank while he was at its head. He had for several years
been one of the directors of the Lafayette & Indianapolis
Railroad, and resigned the position when he became convinced
it was managed in the interest of a few directors instead of the
stockholders. Both James Cason and himself had devoted
much time, expense and labor in procuring the organizuti(jn of
the company and establishing the road through this county.
Judge Cason was married the second time to Aljihea Xorris,


and by this marriage there were three children — two girls and
one boy— Lysia and Idia, and James. He departed thi< life
August 6, 1871, at the the age of sixty-seven years, five
months and one day, his wife snrvivino; him.

It required thirteen days to move their families from Union
County to this county, the distance being only about one hun-
dred miles. It rained every day or night wliile they were on
the road. Swamping and breaking down was an everv-dav
occurrence; and to cap the climax of all their troubles the
wagon in. which the family of James Cason was ridino- when
within five miles of their destination, overset in a creek.
plunging them and everything belonging to them under water :
and although it was cold and raining, they had to camp out of
doors in their wet clothes and bed covers.

The .winter of 1831-'32, after the three brothers settled in
this county, was a severe one. It set in early, a heavv snow
falling tlie last of Xovember or first of December, and lay
on the ground until about the middle of March next. They
had all landed in the woods ''without a stick amiss," except
Samuel, who had a small log cabin on his land when he came
to it. It was spring before some of the chimneys were higiur
than the mantle-piece. Neither were there any doors in their
houses until spring; old quilts and sheets had to be
tuted, and when some of the doors were made they were of
split boards from trees. No mortar could be made to stop the
open space between the logs of the house, so split plects nt
timber and old clothes were the only substitute. The howl v\
the wolf and other wild animals were heard nightly, and the
writer remembers of their frequently driving the dog under
the floor of the house where he would flee for safety. The
feed for both man and beast had to be procured through tlie
entire winter, spring and summer following their settlem-MU in
this county from Shawnee, Scott's and Wea Prairies, tlu; lii-
tance being about forty miles; and when procured the flour
would often be sick, the corn so unripe and soft that when tlie


cold came it froze aiul all had to be thawed out by the fire be-
fore it could be used for feed to either man or beast.

It would take a voluuie to recite only the more important
part of the hardships of any family of early settlers of this
county, and it would be impossible to go into detail in a brief


Was born in Adams County, Pennsylvania, February G, 1809,
and was the third child of William and Catharine Cobb. The
former was born in the Borough of Southwick, County of Surry,
England, October 21, 1760; the latter, Catharine Stransbaugh,
born in Adams County, Pennsylvania, September 15, 1776,
they being married February 26, 1805, both living to a ripe
old age, he being eighty-three and she eighty-four. Mr. Cobb,
when but a small lad, came to Harrison County, Ohio, where
he learned his trade, whicli was carpentering, at which he was
a very apt scholar. His father was a ship builder, and the
Cobb's from hira down are talented in that mechanical art.
Here he was united in marriage to Mary Copeland, March 24,
1836. The result of tliis marriage is nine children, as follows :
Thomas A., born January 21, 1837, and married to Miss Julia
Wilharm; William F., born December 8, 1838, and mari-ied
to Miss Amy Hilemau ; Jacob S., born August 25, 1841, and
married to ^ Ellen Lowe; Xancy, born August 11, 1843,
married to Thomas Evans; James, born October 6, 1845,
married to ]SIiss Pet ]\IcXeal ; John L., born January 29,
1848, married to Miss Lizzie Clark ; John was accidentally
killed by the cars at Indiauapolis, November 11, 1876.
Christina, born March 13, 1850, married to Anthony Kincaid ;
Henry, born April 25, 1852, married to Rachel Clark; Mary
L., born January 13, 1855, died December 29, 1862; Dorothy
A., born March 2, 1861, married to Alfred Kincaid.

Personally, Mr. Cobb was a tall, spare-built man, about six
feet tall, with blue eyes and rather light complexion. He
always wore a pleasant smile on his face, and spoke a kind


word to all. He was a very active member in the Methodist

Church, always atteuding when health would permit.

Mr. Cobb served as justice of the peace for about twelve

years in Harrison County, Ohio. After coming to Boone

County, in ]8o3, he served in the same olBce six years.

He was justice of the ]ieace when he died. Slowly wasted by

disease, he died October 1, 1877, near the hour of sunset,

peacefully —

"Like one who wraj^s the drapery of his couch
About him and lies down to pleasant dreams."'


AVas born in Decatur County, this State, on the 17th of
March, 1832, from whence he came to Boone County in the
spring of 1854, locating near Clarkstown, where he taught a
school, after which he entered the store of Messrs. Dougherty
and Nicholas, at Zionsville, as clerk, where he remained until
1856, when he formed a partnership with W. AY. Atchison,
carrying on a general store and grain trade until 1860. On
the 3d day of December, 1856, he was married to Amanda I\L
Rose, of Zionsville. Having taken quite an interest in poli-
tics, in 1860 he was nominated and elected by the Republican
party Clerk of the Boone Circuit Court. In 1864, he was
nominated and again elected to the same office, which he
resigned in December, 1868, having served over eight year?.
On retiring from office he first engaged in the practice of law,
in partnership with Hon. C. S. AVesner, which he gave up in
1870, to enter as a partner in the Lebanon Bank, where lie
continued until the latter part of 1872, then disposing of his
interest in the bank, removing to the city of Indianapolis,
where he is still engaged in the lumber trade.



Perhaps no man ever lived in the county who was better
known than Mr. Mc. He was early and for years closely con-
nected and associated vrith the best interests of the county, in
fact, as long as he lived here. He first settled in Jamestown,
where he remained a term of years, perhaps until he was
elected County Treasurer, whicli was in the year 1845, and he
was the first person that was chosen by the people to that
office. He was born about the year 1806, in the State of
Ohio, and in the year 1828 was married to Miss Vidito.
About the year 1863, he moved to Iowa, where at latest
accounts he was living, at the age of 81 years. He was a
Democrat of the Jacksonian style, and in person he was low,
heavy-set man ; fair complexion. In his make-up he was
social, loved his friends, who were legion in Boone County,
where his best days were spent. We hope he will live to read
the "Early Life and Times in Boone County," and overlook
this poor sketch of one so worthy.


Col. A. O. Miller was born in Madison County, Ohio, in
1827. His parents moved to Clinton County, Indiana, in
1830, where both died in less than five years. He was taken
by a relative and raised on a farm on the Twelve Mile Prairie.
Studied medicine and graduated at the University ot Louis-
ville, Kentucky, 1856 ; raised a company of men for Lincoln's
call of 75,000 for three months, in '6L Was in command of
hispbmpany, C, 10th llegt. Ind. Vol., at the battle of Rich
Mountain, in July, '61. His corapany was tlie first of the
army to enter the works and took down their flag, the first
one taken from Rebel works during the war. Was Lieu-
tenant-Colonel of the 10th Regt. in its three years' organiza-
tion. Was made Colonel of the 72th Regt. in 1862, and
served in the field until the close of the war, at which time


he, ^vith one huDclred and fifty other wounded, ^vcre at Mont-
gomery, Alabama, three hundred miles from any Union
forces; Avas promoted to Brigadier-General. While in the
army he married Mary L., youngest daughter of Wm, Zion.
War Clerk of Boone Circuit Court for four years. Organized
the first Xational Bank at Lebanon; was its Cashier four years,
duiirg which time the bank only lost one hundred dollars,
and the banking system changed from 18 per cent, broker to
10 per cent, banking. Being enterprising and in favor of pub-
lic improvements, he, with Zion Kinworthy and others, lost
all they had in building the A. L. & St. L. Railroad, his loss
beiiig -f 20,000 bank stock, a fine home and other property.


AVas born in Tennessee, December 1, 1812. Son of AVilliaui
Miller, one of the early pioneers of Eagle Creek, who arrived
at that localitv in 1830, and on whose land the town was laid
out. Thomas P. Miller, the subject of this sketch, was first
married to Eliza Meek, April 15, 1832, in Tippecanoe County.
The follovv-ing are the names of his children by his first v\'i;e:
AVilliam M., Sylvanus S., James and Margaret, all of Avhom
are deceased. Mr. Miller was the second time married to
Margaret B. Cope, January 16, 1838. The following are the
names of their children : Eliza J., Caroline, Maria and
Mark J)., all living. Eliza J. is the wife of A. F. Combs;
resides in Clinton Township. iNIr. Miller was married the
third time to Susan A. Kersey, March 1, 1846, in Lebanon.
The following are the names of their children: Mary 1' ..
deceased ; Harrison S., resides in Indianapolis ; Syseline, mar-
ried to George Wysong, resides in Indianapolis; Charles P>.,
deceased; Edwin H., married to ]Minnie Richard, resides in
Indianapolis. Mr. Miller's first wife was drowned in the AN a-
bash River, near Lafayette, January 11, 1838. His second wife
died Auaust, 1845, and was buried at the Eagle Village cenic-



terv. Mr. Miller Mas apjioinu'd Postmaster in 1S41, and served
uiue years. He was elected December 31, and served ten
years as Justice of the Peace. AVas elected County Recorder
August, 1850, served eight years. Joined the Odd Fellows'
iir 1846, moved to Lebanon 1850, became a citizen 1S64,
where he served four years as Justice of the Peace. Mr.
Miller was elected to all the above offices as a Democrat. He
has been an invalid for years, scarcely able to leave his room.
His religious belief is that of Universalist. On another page
v.-ill be found an interesting- communication from ]Slr. ]SIiller.


One of the early settlers of Eagle Creek was he whose
name heads this short sketch. He was born in Xorth Caro-
lina, in the year 1781, May 29. He was married to Xancy
Meek, who was born in Xorth Carolina, September 6, 1782.
They came to the county in the year 1830. Mr. Miller died
at Eagle Village in the year 1844. Mrs. Miller died in the
year 1848. Both buried at the Eagle Village Cemetery. The
following are their children's names: Moses M., born in
Tennessee, May 11, 1809 (deceased). William W., born in
Tennessee, February 4, 1811. Thomas P., born in Tennessee,
December 1, 1812; resides in Indianapolis. John,- born in
Indiana, March 20, 1816. Margaret, born in Indiana, Decem-
ber 30, 1817 (deceased). Rachel, born in Indiana, Ai)ril 12,
1819. Alexander, born in Indiana, January 8, 1821 ; died in
1851 ; buried at Eagle Village Cemetery. Silas, born in
Indiana, 1823 ; died in the year 1850. Elizabeth, born in
Indiana, July 10, 1825 (deceased) ; buried near Zionsville.
James, born in Indiana, March 28, 1830; died 1847; buried
at Eagle Village.



This gentleman, whose portrait appears in this volnme, was
born in the city of Lebanon, Ind., August 24, 1S58. He is
the oldest son of Stephen and Clara Davis Xeal. He attended
the schools of Lebanon until the year 1S77, during which la>t
year therein he graduated, and for a time thereafter he became
a teacher in the schools of the city. In the year 1880 he at-
tended the Xormal School in Ladoga, Ind., and during the
same year he received the nomination from the Democratic
party of Boone County for the office of county surveyor, to
which office he was that year elected ; and after filling that
office one term, he was appointed by the board of commission-
ers of the. county, to the position of superintendent and civil
engineer of the gravel roads of said county.

In the year 1881, he was married to Mary E. Henry, of
Ladoga, Ind., and to them have been born two children, one
daughter and one son. Mr. Xeal is connected with five of the
six building and loan associations of his native city, and takes
an active interest in public enterprises, and in building up the
city, and the public improvements of the county. In the year
1887, he erected the finest and most elegant business block in
the city of Lebanon. His noted characteristic is : " grit and
git," and he is energetic, economical, and whatever he engages
in, he manifests first-class executive ability. Physically and
mentally he is a strong man.


Sterling C. and Anna Rose, with two children, emigrated
from North Carolina in 1832, settling first in Pike Town-hip.
Marion County, and four years later (1836) removed to ho.'A'-
Village, Boone County. Sterling C. Rose was born in Xorih
Carolina in 1795, and worked at farming and as a carjicntcr.
Anna Rose, his wife, was born in North Carolina in 1800, anu


carried on tailoring; in order to help her husband support their
family in early life in Indiana. While he, in addition to
building houses, made looms, spinning wheels, plows and
wagons, she cut and made the foshionable clothing for the set-
tlers. Sterling C. Rose served in the war of 1812, and drew
a pension at the time of his death in 1875, being about eighty
years old. Anna, his wif.>, died in 1863, being sixty-three
years old. Their remains lie in the little cemetery at Eagle
Village. They were honest, hard-working people, and filled
well their part in the early settlement of Indiana.

Their children, six in number, are: Augustus D., Martha,
Sarah, Addie, Amanda and Martin. The first two were born
in North Carolina; the other four in Indiana. Augustus D.
Rose, when sixteen years old, went to Indianapolis and learned
the trade of printer, finishing it in the ^^cntlncl office under
the Chapmans in 1849. Married in 1851, was elected Chief
of Police in Indianapolis in 1857 and held it until 1861, when
he resigned to volunteer in the army for the Union, and
served four years, during which time he filled the position of
first-lieutenant, captain, major and lieutenant-colonel. He is
now compositor on the Sentinel, and is sixty years old. He
has three children living, the youngest twenty-eight years old.
Martha Rose married Dr. Samuel W. Redman in 1850 (a prom-
inent physician). She died at Zionsville several years ago,
leaving her husband and five children surviving, most of
whom are in Oregon. Sarah C. Rose now resides in Indian-
apolis with her sister, xVmanda Lee. She never married, re-
maining with her parents as long as they lived. She is now
in her fifty-fifth year. She will long be remembereil for her
devotion" to her father and mother. Addie Rose married
George H. Carter, ex-sheriff of Marion County, in 1858.
They went to California, where she died ia 1865, leaving her
husband and one son. . Amanda Rose married Sihis A.
Lee about twenty-four years ago. He was then a merchant
in Zionsville, and afterwards Clerk of Boone County for eight
years. They are now residing in Indianapolis, where he has


been f')r a number of years in the lumber trade, Martin V.
Rose was born in E-.igle Village in I.S40; died of consumption
in 1862.


Mr. Staton was born in Kentucky, April 7, 1809. Hr
came to Boone County in the year 1835, and first settled in
Center Township, where he lived a few years, but has resided
on his farm five miles east of Lebanon the past forty years,
where he has a pleasant home surrounded with }denty. Pie
was married to Ruan Lane February 27, 1834, in Kentucky.
She was born February" 12, 1810, also in the State of Ken-
tucky. Mr. Staton has served as County Commissioner nine
years, represented the county in the State Legislature in the
winter of 1851-'52; also was elected as sheriff of the countv
for two terms, serving in all the otliees wirh credit to all. He
was elected as a Wliig. The following are his children's
names: Xancy M., Francis A., William T., Sarah J., John
M. and Lydia A.


Mr. Stronor was born in Ohio about the vear 1805, came
to the county and Lebanon at an early day, possibly as early
iis 1836 or 1838. Was postmaster away back in the forties.
Was the first tanner in Lebanon, where he continued for many
years, where Mrs. Daily now resides. He moved to Illim^is
in the year 1860. He was school commissioner of the county
a term of years. He was a Whig and as such elected <<r
appoinf'd to the offices above referred to. The following an-
some of his children.s' ilames as far as we can get: Oscar.
James, and Resin. In ]>er.sou Mr. S. was low, heavy-set, tair
<?omplexion, and belonged to the ISL E. Churcli a-^ well as lii>
wife ; as to her we do not know where or when she was boru.



Was born in JeiFerson County, Ohio, February 28, 1827.
Was married to Sarah A. Piersou, of Maryland, born Septem-
ber, 1827. They were married in Coshocton County, Ohio,
September 13, 1846. Came to Boone County 1863. Settled
at Whitestown, stopped a few years ; then to Zionsville, where
they remained seven years. In 1875 they removed to Leb-
anon, where he has since resided. He has been engag-ed in the
grocery business. He was also in the jewelry business for six
years. He has been a minister of the ISrissionary Baptist
Church for many years. United with the church in 1841, in
Jeiferson County, Ohio, when quite a young man. Has
labored acceptably in the chui'ch as layman and minister, and
with great success. He has a knowledge of scripture excelled
by few, and is a polished gentleman of social qualities, which
make his friends legion, always willing to accord to others
what he takes for himself religiously and politically as well
as in other respects. He is a Democrat.

The following are tiie names of their children : Deborah
v., married to Samuel Brandon ; ]\Iartha S., married to Henry
V. Laughner; David S. married to Annie Warren, the latter
of whom resides in Lebanon and is engaged in the jewelry
trade. Charles also resides in Lebanon and is also engaged
in the jeAvelry business.


There i.s an old saying, "The first shall be last." Unin-
tentionally this has proven true in our notice of persons in this
work. Mr. Sullivan was among the first, if not the first man,
who made a permanent settlement in Boone County. Ho cer-
tainly was the first on Eagle Creek. We have been unable to
get only few facts in regard to this old pioneer, nor do we
know when or where he was born. He came about the year


1824, and located on the creek near where Zionsville nwx
stands. He married a Miss King, who did not live very lonL^
when he airain married Miss Broahard. The followino- ar'^
his children's names: Berry, Mrs. Klingler, Harvey and
Martha. The last two are deceased. 'Slv. Sullivan was oi
Irish descent, strong, athletic, full six feet high, and a
sober, industrious, hard-working man all his long life. H'-
died in July, 1876, aged about ninety years, and is buried at
the Eagle Village Cemetery. ^Ve regret very much not bein^
able to give a more extended notice of this old and respected
pioneer of our county. Many who read this will call to mind
Patrick H. Sullivan.


We do not desire to close our work without a word about
our cemeteries ; and there is no better place for it than here.
Forty years ago, when a youth, we occasionally saw here and
there a grave or two in the woods with a rail pen around it
five or six rails Idgh, and covered over with the same rough
material. To the writer these were lonesome and gloomy
places. The cemetery at best has an unj)leasant aspect,
especially when overgrown with bushes and briers ; and wher^-
owds and other kindred spirits hold midnight revels, an-i
wdiere the " snakes in the nettle-weeds hiss." I have neces-
sarily been in and pa-sed by many during the past year in th -
county, and never without a feeling of resj^ect mingled with
sadness. I am glad to notice that greater interest is n<)'<v
taken in the improvement of our cemeteries.

Reader, have you a friend in yonder dear yet neglected sji')t
wdiere there is nothing to mark the last resting-place of" loved
ones gone?" If so, resolve no longer to thus be indifferent.
Plant a tree — something that will live in winter and will b ■ ;'
lasting tribute to their memory. We have too many oein -
teries — that i.s, too many private burying-places. This i- :di


well enough while the immediate friends live to care for them ;
but soon they will pass into other hands, and the result will
be the plow will turn up the sod that holds the dust of our
friends; yet let us care for our departed dead, make the air
fragrant with the perfume of flowers, and in the gloom of
winter let the green bows overhang, where the merry song-
ster in early spring may sing their sweetest notes and make
those once gloomy places look cheerful and bright. To those
places somewhere or another we, too, are tending, and as we
near the place it loses its dread. When a boy, the graveyard
was a terror, especially at night. If there was any way of
going around, that was the road for me. It is not so now ;
while we have no special hurry to get there, the terror has
somewhat diminished.

In writing the above I have no cemetery specially in view,
and what has been said was in a general way — not in a way to
wish to censure any one, but if possible drop a word that in
the future may stimulate us all in this direction. In writing
the above my mind calls up the immortal poem by Gray, of
which we quote the fifteenth stanza:

"Some villnge Hnmpden that with dauntless breast,
The little tyrant of his fields withstood,
Some mute inglorious Milton here may rest —
Some Cromwell guiltless of his couutrv's blood."





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