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a resident of Merom; William, of this sketch; Oliver Irvin, who lives
in Oklahoma, and Elizabeth, now deceased. The above named were all
born in Massachusetts.

William Bailey had received but a district school education when, at
the age of seventeen, he did his part in the support of the Union by
enlisting in the Thirtieth Indiana Infantry, becoming a member of
Company F on the 9th of November, 1864. After serving one year,
during which he participated in the battles of Franklin and Nashville,
Tennessee, and other engagements in the campaigns of the southwest, he
was honorably discharged at Victoria, Texas. Mr. Bailey is now drawing
a pension for injuries received whije in the faithful discharge of his
soldierly duties. While away at the front the farm in Turman township
was purchased by his mother, and at the conclusion of the war he located
thereon to assist in its cultivation and management. His settlement on
the property which he now owns dates from January, 1866, and a few
years thereafter he purchased it from his mother and the heirs. It was
here that the mother passed away in 1887, at the venerable age of nearly
eighty years.

The fine homestead owned so many years by Mr. Bailey consists of
one hundred and ninety acres of valuable land, devoted both to grain



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farming and the raising of stock, the latter feature of his business being
confined to hogs. Like many other old soldiers, Mr. Bailey has always
voted for the Republican party.

In September, 1889, he wedded Miss Elizabeth Colvin, a native of
Wheatland, Knox county, born February 28, i860, a daughter of William
and Elsie (Adams) Colvin, natives of Merom. Both of her parents
died when she was quite young. Mrs. Bailey is a member of the Meth-
odist church and a most worthy representative of an honored pioneer
family of Turman township.



Jacob Franklin Houpt, a veteran of the Civil war and one of the
substantial agriculturists of Turman township, Sullivan county, was born
April 18, 1847, m Gill township, a son of Jacob and Sarah H. (James)
Houpt. The father was born in North Carolina in 181 2, and died in
August, 1892, and the good mother, also a native of that state, was born
in Iredell county in 1813, and died in 1848. After their marriage in their
native state this worthy couple migrated to Sullivan county, spending
the winter of 1836 in Gill township, and then going to Missouri, where
they purchased eighty acres of land near the present site of the town of
Mexico. After owning this property two years, they sold it and returned
to Gill township, where the elder Mr. Houpt commenced to purchase
land, and at his death owned two hundred and forty acres, known as the
"Half-way Woods," between Sullivan and Merom. In his political views
Jacob Houpt was a stanch Democrat, while both he and his wife were
members of the Methodist Episcopal church, and he himself was a zealous
worker in the Sunday school. To Mr. and Mrs. Houpt were born the
following children : Martha, deceased ; Thomas J., residing in Gill town-
ship ; Sarah E. and Susan, deceased ; Mary F., unmarried ; William A.,
proprietor of a hotel in Chicago ; John W., a retired Methodist minister
residing in Marion county, Indiana; Henry L., who died at Calhoun,
Kentucky, in 1862, while in the Union army, serving as a member of
Company D, Thirty-first Indiana Infantry; Robert K., of Gill township;
Julia, deceased ; and Jacob F., of this memoir. ( For his second wife Mr.
Houpt married Mrs. Cynthia A. Linsley, who' died in March, 1900, the
mother of one son, Morris M., also deceased.

Jacob F. Houpt, of this sketch, was reared on his father's farm and
continued to reside at home until he was sixteen years of age, when he
enlisted in Company G, Eleventh Indiana Cavalry, November 21, 1863,
and served until September, 1865, never receiving a wound during his
term of service. He took active part in the battle at Spring Hill, Ten-
nessee, which lasted three hours; was also in the engagement at Nash-
ville December 15 and 16, 1864, after which he participated in the entire
Hood campaign, which ended at Pulaski, Tennessee. He was honorably
discharged and draws a small pension from the general government.
After the war Mr. Houpt returned to the old homestead in Gill township,
remaining there until 1870, going then to Turman township, where he
commenced farming on his own property. Later he purchased eighty



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acres of land where he is now located, subsequently adding thirty acres
and making his present farm a tract of one hundred and ten acres. It
is situated two miles east of Graysville and is highly improved, making
him a man of independence.

Politically Mr. Houpt is a Republican. He belongs to the Odd Fel-
lows order, lodge No. 584, at Graysville. He was united in marriage in
August, 1870, to Sarah A. Burton, who was born in Turman township
and is a daughter of Nelson and Mahala (Dodd) Burton. The latter, a
Kentuckian, is still living in her eighty-eighth year. Three children have
been born to Mr. and Mrs. Houpt : Clara, now the wife of A. D. Morris;
Charles W., who married Edna Ridgeway and resides on the home farm,
being his father's assistant; and Lexie, deceased. All the family are
members of the Methodist Episcopal church, in which the elder Mr. Houpt
has served as trustee and steward.

All in all Mr. Houpt may well count life a success. Commencing his
career as a soldier when but a youth of fifteen, he passed unscathed
through that terrible strife, and with a healthy body began the real
activities of life. He has since been able to make a handsome competency,
is an honored citizen, and is blessed with a family wherein both love and
intelligence prevail.



William Wesley Wible has been a farmer of Turman township,
Sullivan county, ever since he was old enough to perform the labors of
such an occupation. He was born April 24, 1844, in the township in
which he still resides, a son of John V. and Mary (Grigsby) Wible. The
father was a native of Washington county, Indiana, born March 2J, 1816,
and he died April 22, 1879, in Turman township. His wife (subject's
mother) was born in Orange county, Indiana, January 15, 182 1, and died
March 24, 1894. They were married in Orange county in March of 1842,
and went to Sullivan county in the same year. He settled first on a
farm of one hundred and twenty acres in Turman township which he
had previously entered, in about 1840. To this he later added another
eighty acre tract, making him an even two hundred acre farm. This truly
worthy couple died on this place. He was by trade a carpenter, but never
followed it after his marriage. Politically he was a Democrat, while both
he and his wife were members of the Church of Christ. To them were
born the following children : One who died in infancy ; William W., the
subject of this sketch ; Perlina, deceased ; Adam Walter, running 3 livery
business at Sullivan; Susan J., wife of Solomon J. Dix, of Nebraska;
Margaret A., deceased, who married W. W. Moore, also deceased; and
Perlina, who married Return J. Turman, whose family sketch appears
elsewhere within this work.

William Wesley Wible obtained his education in the Sullivan county
district schools and was early taught the management of a farm. He
continued to work for his father until twenty-three years of age and then
started out for himself on his father's land. By persistency and good
management he has secured for himself a fine farm home. His land
consists of one hundred and four acres from out the old homestead, which



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has never been out of the family since first entered as government land
by his father. At this date (1908) this farm is leased out, and Mr. Wible
resides with his son Charles. Politically he is a supporter of the general
principles of the Democratic party.

He was married January 15, 1867, to Adeline Davis, born in Turman
township November 23, 1841, and she died November 14, 1873. She was
the daughter of Parmenas and Louisa (Harris) Davis. Four children
were born of this union: Olive, wife of J. J. Bragdon (see his sketch) ;
Charles L., residing in Turman township, married Viola R. Thornberry,
born in Turman township, and they have a son and daughter, Paul E.
and Mary M. ; Frank, residing in Sullivan, married Lulu Connor and
has two children, Guy and Grace ; and Julia A., who died in infancy.

Concerning the grandfather, Adam Wible, it should be added that
he was born in Germany. He came to America aged fourteen years, and
was one of the pioneers of Washington county, Indiana, where he
improved a farm and there lived and died. He died in 1832. He was
twice married and the father of nineteen children. His second wife, the
grandmother of the subject, was before marriage Van Cleave. She died
in 1836. The grandfather William Grigsby was a native of Virginia
and was an early settler of Orange county, Indiana. His wife was before
marriage Anna Cornwell, also a native of Virginia, and both died in
Orange county. Parmenas Davis was a native of South Carolina and a
son of Jesse Davis, also a native of South Carolina and one of the first
settlers of Turman township, where he improved a farm and upon which
he lived and died. Parmenas Davis was a miller by trade.



James Riley Joseph, who has always been engaged in farming and
is now a resident of Turman township, Sullivan county, Indiana, is num-
bered among those who went forth during the Civil war period from
Indiana in support of the Union cause. He was born September n, 1836,
in Turman township, about three miles east of Graysville. He is a son
of Isaac Adkins and Margaret (Hooten) Joseph. The father was born
at Laurel Hill, Virginia, in 1798, a son of Uriah and Rosanna (Adkins)
Joseph, who emigrated to Breckenridge county, Kentucky, in 1800, and in
the autumn of 181 5 went to Sullivan county, territory of Indiana, enter-
ing a quarter section of land in Gill township, where he spent the remain-
der of his days. His first wife died in Kentucky, in which state he
again married. Isaac A. Joseph remained in Gill township until about
1830, during this year entering eighty acres of land, where his son James
R. now resides. The father cleared his land and always followed farming
for his livelihood. He continued here until his death, October 8, 1857.
Politically he voted the Democratic ticket, and both he and his faithful
wife were exemplary members of the Church of Christ. Mr. and Mrs.
Joseph were married about 1828. She was born in Overton county,
Tennessee, September 22, 1812, a daughter of Joseph and Tabitha
(Graham) Hooten. The children of Mr. and Mrs. Isaac A. Joseph were:
Louisa Jane, widow of John Hammond, who resides in Sullivan ; Harriet



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N., widow of Hiram Scott, of Gill township; James R., of this sketch;
Sarah, wife of Barzil Tague, of Turman township; Eliza L., widow of
Uriah Akers, of Gill township ; Dennis F., deceased ; and William Taylor,
deceased. The mother died in Sullivan county July 5, 1889.

Reared on a farm, James R. Joseph obtained his early education in
the district schools. He was never of a roaming disposition, but remained
on the old home farm. He was married May 20, 1858, to Sarah Wood,
born in Turman township April 7, 1837, a daughter of Henry Wood and
wife, Nancy (Bryant) Wood, both now deceased. Mrs. Sarah Joseph
died in 1871. She was the mother of the following children: Ambrose,
deceased, who married Elizabeth Sin Clair and had two children, Guy
Joseph, who died in infancy, and Rex, who married Josephine Drake and
has one child — Donald ; Eliza Ann, deceased ; Oscar, who went west at
the age of twenty ; Lucetta, wife of George B. Muncie, residing in Sulli-
van, and they have two sons and one daughter — Florence E., Clarence H.
and Floyd H. For his second wife Mr. Joseph married, September 15,
1875, Nancy Moran, born in Orange county, Indiana, April 23, 1844, a
daughter of Andrew and Mary (Eastridg) Moran. This wife died April
10, 1907. Four children were born of this union : Edgar N.> who married
Grace Wear and has one daughter, Ethel G., who lives with her grand-
father ; Clara Ethel, deceased ; Laura, wife of Bert Ferree, residing at
Shelburn, and they have three children— James, Eva and Oscar; and
Roscoe H., unmarried, at home. Mr. Joseph is a member of the Christian
church.

On September 30, 1864, Mr. Joseph proved his patriotism by enlisting
as a member of Company F, Fifty-seventh Indiana Infantry Regiment,
serving until October 9, 1865. He entered as a private and was dis-
charged a corporal. He participated in an engagement, November 29,
1864, at Spring Hill, Tennessee, which lasted about three hours. The
following day they fought at Franklin, Tennessee, going from there to
Nashville, where on the 15th and 16th of December, 1864, the last big
battle of the Civil war was fought. Fortunately he never received a
wound or became seriously ill during his army life. He receives, in
common with his comrades, a small pension from the government. For
his livelihood Mr. Joseph has always followed farming, and he now owns
sixty acres of land under a good state of cultivation. Politically he is a
supporter of the Democratic party and has served as a trustee of Turman
township, and also as assessor three terms, as well as county commissioner
one term. He has held the important office of justice of the peace for
seven years, thus proving his efficiency as a public official and his popu-
larity among his fellow countrymen.



Jesse S. Daugherty, an agriculturist of Gill township, Sullivan
county, was born on the farm upon which he now resides July 18, 1870,
a son of Alexander and Rachel (Creager) Daugherty. The father was
a native of Boone county, Indiana, born October 12, 1833. He was a
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his life. He began life unaided by others, and taught school when young
in Sullivan county, and also worked at his trade a part of each year.
He continued this mode of work until some time after his marriage, and
then moved to a farm and became a successful agriculturist. He con-
tinued to till the soil until the spring of 1877, when he removed to Merom,
but still operated his farm until his death, May 18, 1879. The good wife
still resides in Merom and expects to spend the remainder of her days
there. In 1907 she made a trip to California, but en route no country
to her seemed as good in which to live as her old home in Indiana. She
was born at Merom August 3, 1837. During the Civil war the husband,
Alexander Daugherty, served in the Union army under General Thomas,
in an Indiana regiment, the date of his enlistment being in 1863. Their
children were as follows : Belle, deceased ; John W., residing in Merom,
engaged in the hardware trade; Ellen, deceased; Maggie C, wife of
W. R. Colvin, living in California, at Riverside; and Jesse S., of this
memoir.

Jesse S. Daugherty received his education at the public schools of
Merom and remained at home on the farm with his widowed mother
until he was twenty-six years of age. He rented his mother's land and
farmed and taught school for about six years. After quitting school
teaching he continued to rent until 1904, when he purchased forty-one
acres of land adjoining the old homestead. This farm he continues to
operate as a general grain and stock place. He depends largely upon the
cereals for the revenue from his farm, raising only such stock as is
needful for his own immediate use.

Mr. and Mrs. Daugherty are members of the Methodist Episcopal
church at Merom Station, and politically he is a stanch defender of Re-
publican party principles, though he has never aspired to hold public office.
In his fraternal choice he has become an active member of the Odd
Fellows, Masons, Eastern Star, Rebekah and Ben Hur lodges, all of
which are worthy societies.

Concerning the domestic relations of Mr. Daugherty it should be
said in this connection that he married, April 14, 1896, Miss Cora Thomp-
son, born in Gill township, Sullivan county, Indiana, March 25, 1872, a
daughter of Alexander and Esther (Morgan) Thompson. The mother
was born in Gill township January 29, 1838. The father was born in
Ireland, and came to this country when a small boy. He grew to man-
hood and became a prominent farmer in this township, having worked
his own way through many difficulties out into success. He died in
March, 1882. The children born to bless the home circle of Mr. and Mrs.
Daugherty are as follows: Harold Alexander, born September 17, 1898;
George Stanley, born March 14, 1901 ; Jesse Claud, born August 26, 1903 ;
and Neva Lenoahr, born December 14, 1906.



William M. Smith, superintendent of the Sullivan County Infirm-
ary, is a native of Jefferson township, this county, born August 21, 1851,
a son of George H. and Mary Ann (Isabell) Smith. His father was



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born in Virginia in 1816, and died March 8, 1897, m Jefferson township,
Sullivan county, Indiana. The mother was born in Indiana in 1822.
George H. Smith, the father, came to Indiana when a young man and
was married here. He always followed farm life for his livelihood.
Politically he voted the Democratic ticket, and both he and his wife
were consistent members of the Christian church. Ten children blessed
their union: Thomas W., now of Hamilton township; Abigail, now of
Missouri ; America, of Hamilton township ; Nancy, deceased ; Catherine,
deceased; William M., of this memoir; Benjamin O., of Jefferson town-
ship ; John Wesley, of Jefferson township ; a son who died in infancy, and
Francis E., residing in Sullivan.

William M. Smith was reared on his parents' farm and remained
there until twenty-two years of age, when he commenced farming for
himself in Jefferson township. He continued for ten years and then
moved to Cass township, where he lived two years, while the next seven-
teen years were spent in Gill township on a farm. It was in 1903 that
he came to the Sullivan County Infirmary, of which he has been super-
intendent ever since. He has proven the proper man in the place he was
selected to fill. The buildings have under his management all been
painted, barns erected and fences made in a substantial manner. The
farm owned by the county had not been on a paying basis until it was
taken in charge by Mr. Smith. The unfortunate inmates of the place
are all well satisfied at the treatment they receive at his hands.

Like every good and loyal citizen of this republic, Mr. Smith has
his own views regarding political parties and the principles they stand
for, and he casts his vote with the Democratic party. As to his domestic
relations it may be stated that he has been twice married, first, September
30, 1873, to Sarah Randolph, born in Missouri April 5, 1851, and she
died April 17, 1878. There were two children born of this union: Isaac
Marion, born July 25, 1875, an ^ residing in Greene county, Indiana, and
a member of the Methodist Episcopal church. He married on the 24th
of August, 1903, Amanda Boyles, who died leaving one child, Alberta,
who died aged fifteen months. O. O., born April 7, 1878, died June 29,
1878.

For his second wife Mr. Smith married, on August 21, 1879, Lucy
E. Cooper, a native of Missouri, born December 1, 1857. Her parents
came to Indiana in 1859 and settled in Cass township, Sullivan county.
Her father was Samuel Cooper and his wife was Sarah Patton before her
marriage. She is still living and in Clay county, Illinois. He died in
1887. Mrs. Smith's maternal grandparents owned large tracts of lumber-
land, mountain table lands, where they lived many years and where the
grandfather died. The family were Unionists during the war, and her
grandmother, leaving the estate in care of an agent, brought her family
to Sullivan county, Indiana, where she spent the rest of her days. She
died in her one hundred and second year. Her son William served in the
Union army, and Joseph was a minister in the Christian church. Mrs.
Smith was educated in the public schools of Cass and Jefferson town-
ships. Mr. and Mrs. Smith have had four children: Maude Alice is



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deceased. Ezra, born December 30, 1883, resides at Elsinore, California,
where he is a professor in the schools. He was educated at the college in
Merom, Indiana. He married, March 1, 1903, Rhuil Arbaugh, and has
two children, Edith and Garland W. He belongs td the Christian
church. George B., born January 6, 1886, lives in Blair, Greer county,
Oklahoma, where he is clerking in a store. He wedded, February 19,
1904, Elsie Isabell, and has two children, Cecil and Laota M., and, like
his brother, is a member of the Christian church. Ethel is deceased. Mr.
and Mrs. Smith are members of the Christian church.

Of Mrs. Smith's parentage it may be stated in this connection that
she is one of ten children in her parents' family. Her father died when
she was aged but ten years, just at a time when a girl most needs the
care and good advice of a loving father. Her mother then married
Jacob B. Miller, who served in the Civil war and died late in the nineties.
Mrs. Smith's grandmother, Polly (Robertson) Patton, was born in
March, 1794, and died June 21, 1895, in Cass township, Sullivan county.
She was born in Tennessee, where her husband, William Patton, owned
a very large plantation on the Cumberland mountains. At the time of
the Rebellion they were driven off and came to Indiana. The children
born to Mrs. Smith's parents were as follows : Mary, deceased ; William
Thomas, a resident of Illinois ; James F., of Clay county, Illinois ; Lucy
E., Mrs. Smith; Martha J., deceased and a twin sister of Mrs. Smith;
David C, residing in Clay county, Illinois; Elvira, deceased; Andrew J.,
deceased; Huldah J., a half sister, living in Clay county, Illinois: and
two who died in infancy. Pearl Alice Cooper, a daughter of David
Cooper, was born September 4, 1896. Her mother died when she was
a few days old and she was taken home by Mr. and Mrs. Smith and has
known no other home.



John B. Hawkins. — An intelligent and thriving agriculturist of
Sullivan county, John B. Hawkins owns and occupies a valuable farming
property in Cass township and is there numbered among the valued and
trustworthy citizens of the place, fulfilling his duties and obligations as
such with fidelity. A son of Tarlton Hawkins, he was born February 22,
1852, in Hamilton township, Sullivan county. Abraham Hawkins, the
grandfather of John B., was of Scottish birth. Emigrating to this coun-
try, he located first in Alabama, and subsequently, not so very long after
his marriage with Sarah Dowall, he came across the country to Indiana,
settling in Lawrence county in pioneer times. He bought extensive
tracts of land, and for many years carried on general farming and stock-
raising on a large scale, living there until his death.

Born in Lawrence county, Indiana, Tarlton Hawkins was reared to
agricultural pursuits, and later became a farmer from choice. Locating
in Sullivan county in 1845, ne bought a tract of land lying about five miles
northeast of Sullivan, and at once took possession of the log house that
stood in a clearing that had previously been made. He made good
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then to Sullivan, he built up a substantial business as a dealer in grain
and agricultural implements, remaining there for some time. When
ready to give up active business, he returned to the farm, and there
lived retired until his death, November 15, 1895. His wife, whose maiden
name was Mary M. Bailey, was born in Lawrence county, Indiana, and
died in Sullivan county in 1897. Her father, Elder John Bailey, was born
in Kentucky, but came to Indiana when young and was a pioneer preacher
of the Christian church in Lawrence county. About 1845 he settled in
Sullivan county, taking up land about four miles north of Sullivan, and
in addition to farming continued his ministerial labors, preaching at
Sullivan, Middletown, Palmer's Prairie Church, and in other places.
Both he and his wife, whose maiden name was Elizabeth Henry, spent



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