1883 Jasper County Indiana Biographies

1883 Jasper County Biographies


John L. Bicknell is the ninth of thirteen children born to Lewis T. and Jane (Felse) Bicknell, natives of North Carolina, and of Scotch and English extraction. The grandfather of John was a Revolutionary soldier seven years, and a portion of the time a cavalryman. After the war, he settled in North Carolina as a farmer, where he died. Lewis T. Bicknell lived for a time in Rush County, Ind., and afterward came to Hancock County, where he remained until his death. John L. Bicknell was born in Wilkes County, N.C., April 7 ,1833, and reared on the home farm. When he was fifteen years of age, he learned the blacksmithing trade, at which he labored until 1876, when he engaged in farming, and has since followed that occupation, having now 100 acres in this county. Mr. Bicknell was married, September 6, 1859, to Rebecca A., a native of Indiana, and daughter of James V. and Elizabeth P. (Pritchett) Dutton. Nine children have blessed this union - James L., Ida May, John M., Louis B. (deceased), Frank A., Willis E., Marion W., Bertha A. and Freeman O. Mr. Bicknell is a Freemason and a much respected citizen.

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Allen J. Yeoman, the second of the five children of Levi and Eliza J. (White) Yeoman, natives of Ohio, and of English and German extraction, was born in Fayette County, Ohio, September 3, 1841. He was reared to the farm, working in summer and going to school in winter. Owing to his mother's death, he went to live with an uncle in Jasper County, in 1854, in which county he has since resided. He was married, November 22, 1865, to Lydia A. Shull, a native of Indiana, daughter of Jonathan and Patsey (York) Shull, a union crowned by three children - Edward E., Albertie and Charles M. After his marriage, Mr. Yeoman farmed, and has now 500 acres near Rensselaer; he also deals in and ships considerable stock. In 1861, he enlisted in Company H, Fifteenth Indiana Volunteers, and served through the war, participating at Shiloh, Corinth, Perryville, Stone River, Chickamauga, Missionary Ridge and Gen. Wilson's raid, in which Mr. Yeoman was severely wounded in the right lung, for which he was treated at a private dewlling in Selma. He was discharged August 8, 1865. Mr. Yeoman is an Odd Fellow and a Republican, and has served two successive terms as Sheriff of Jasper County, to the second being elected without opposition. He is now holding his second term as Trustee of Jordan Township.

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William H. Beaver is the eldest of seven children born to Luke and Sarah (Owens) Beaver, the former a native of Ohio, and of Irish descent. Our subject first saw the light in Marion County, Ind., January 10, 1840. He was brought up on a farm, and attended school somewhat in the winter. In the time of the war, November, 1863, he enlisted in Company K, One Hundred and Twenty-seventh Regiment, Twelfth Cavalry, and served twenty-three months, during which he took part in the battles of Stone River, Mobile, Spanish Fort, and all through the Mobile campaign. He was discharged November 22, 1865, and some time after, March 27, 1867, married Margaret, daughter of Jacob and Sarah E. (Fisher) Owens, and a native of the State. After his marriage, Mr. Beaver commenced farming in this county, which he has made his home, and is located near Wolcott Post Office. Mr. and Mrs. Beaver are parents of seven children - Martha J., Charles W., Matilda E., Albert A., Lewis M., George W. and Jacob B. Mr. Beaver is a strong advocate of the Democracy.

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Stephen Yeoman was born in Tompkins County, N.Y., in 1801, and moved with his parents to Fayette County, Ohio, where he afterward purchased 200 acres of land, and in 1844, removed to this county; he died September 9, 1845; his wife, Hannah Smith, was born in Berkeley County, W.V., in 1803, whence she moved to Fayette County with a sister and married July 25, 1825. They reared the following children: Joseph, Sarah (deceased); Elvina, James, Mary, Mineva, Elizabeth, John, Ira and Stephen. The first, Joseph, was born September 2, 1826, and married in 1852, Rachel A., daughter of Robert and Elizabeth (McKinley) Moore, early settlers in this State. By this union descended Robert J., born November 2, 1853; Marietta E., born in 1857; Mary E., born in 1863, and Reuben C., born in 1876. The second, Sarah (deceased), was born July 2, 1827. The third, Elvina, born September 3, 1830. The fourth, James, born September 20, 1832, married Miss Phebe Benjamin, and had five children - David, Effie M., Charles R., A.J. and James M. The fifth, Mary, born October 18, 1834, married Hugh Coen. The sixth, Minerva, born August 2, 1836, married W. Hopkins. The seventh, Elizabeth, born September 1838, married Lewis Sayler. The eighth, John, born October 20, 1840, married Abbie Sayler. The ninth, Ira, born April 28, 1843, married Hattie Sayers. The tenth, Stephen, born October 4, 1845, married Nancy Jane Walker. The Yeoman family came hither poor, but have, by diligence, economy and tact, become wealthy; they are also influential and respected citizens. James Yeoman also deals in stock, and has been Justice of the Peace of Newton Township; he owns a fine farm, as does likewise his brother Joseph.

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Samuel E. Yeoman was born in this county in 1839; his father, Jared Yeoman, was born in New York in 1813; later his parents moved to Fayette County, Ohio, where he was reared a farmer. In 1836, he married Miss Mary, daughter of Samuel Edwards, a native of Maryland, by which union they had the following family: Ira, killed at Nashville during the war, while exchanging papers with the rebels; he was first a member of Company B, Fifty-first, and next of Company A, One Hundred and Twenty-eighth Indiana Volunteer Infantry; Samuel E., also in the Fifty-first Regiment as a fifer; Asa, of the Ninety-ninth Regiment, died after the siege of Vicksburg; and Alva, a member os the One Hundred and Twenty-eighth Regiment, who served three years. In 1838, Jared Yeoman, in company with Jared Benjamin, came to this county and purchased land six miles north of Rensselaer, whence, in1850, he removed to Newton County, and finally to Missouri, where he died in 1876; Mrs. B. died in1872. Samuel E. Yeoman married in 1863, Miss Nancy, daughter of John G. and Mary C. (Jones) Braddock, and a native of Hancock County, Ind., born in 1844; this family are descended from Gen. Braddock, of Revolutionary fame. Mr. Braddock came hither in 1856. Mr. Yeoman is a member of the Masonic fraternity, a strong advocate for universal education, a Republican and a respected citizen.

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William H. Randle, son of Thomas and Nancy (Culp) Randle, was born in Jasper County, Ind., in 1839, and reared to farming, which has since been his business, in connection with stock-raising. Having to work hard during his boyhood, he had but meager opportunities for acquiring a school education. In 1858, he married Miss Mary E., daughter of Cyrus and Mrgaret (Parker) Stires, and born in Rush County, Ind., in 1940. This union was favored with six children - Melissa, Nora, Nancy, Frank, Alfred and Charlie. The father of Mrs. Randle was widely and estimably known - a man perhaps without an enemy. He died from causes engendered by exposure during the last war, in carrying provisions to the soldiers. North Parker, grandfather of Mrs. Randle, was once made captive by the Indians in Kentucky. William H. Randle was a renter of land for a long time, and sixteen years ago made his first purchase of forty acres, which number has since grown to be 340 acres of desirable farm land. Mr. Randle is an esteemed neighbor and citizen.

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John Carlin, farmer, was born in Scotland June 11, 1848, and is the second of the ten children of Bernard and Bridget (Pullen) Carlin, of Irish descent. In company with his parents, John came to this country in 1851, located in Illinois, and remained until the death of his father, after which event the family removed to Pennsylvania. In 1868, in company with his mother and stepfather, our subject came to this county and made a home. November 25, 1879, he married Elizabeth Brusnahan. This union was blessed with one bright, beautiful child, Agnes. Mr. and Mrs. Carlin are members of the Catholic Church. Mr. Carlin is a Democrat and an energetic, prosperous farmer, and one of the promising men of Union Township.

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James Martin, farmer, was born April 14, 1821, in Darke County, Ohio. He is the son of Thomas and Leah (Smith) Martin, the father from Pennsylvania, the mother from Ohio. The father was a farmer, and had nine children, eight of whom lived to be of age, and he never had a doctor in his house for professional service. James Martin has living one brother in Wells County, Ind., and one sister, Mrs. Leah Swanson, of this county, The father died October 1, 1870, aged seventy-four; the mother died December 8, 1872, at the age of sixty-nine; both were members of the Christian Church. In the fall of 1828, James came with his parents and settled near Newton, in Fountain County, Ind. They stayed there three years, then came to Benton County, settling on Mud Pine, three miles southeast of Boswell. Here they remained until 1842, when they came to Newton (then Jasper) County, and James bought of Jack Torbit 140 acres. Since that Mr. Martin has added 800 acres. It was then timber, brush and open prairie; it is all improved now, fenced, and he farms 400 acres; the rest is in pasture. When he came, he had $1,000 and a two-horse team; he gave it all for the 140 acres. His other land has cost him from $5 to $20 per acre. He is among the oldest residents of this county. He was married, November 20, 1842, to Miss Eliza Jane Harris, of Ohio; she died March 4, 1847, aged twenty-three. Mr. Martin was next married, September 28, 1848, to Miss Nancy Smith, of Darke County, Ohio; she died January 17, 1867, at the age of thirty-nine and a half. Mr. Martin was then married, March 10, 1867, to Miss Caroline Foy, of Blackford County, Ind. His children were born as follows: Perry, Charles T., Thomas, Eliza J., Joseph, David, Infant, Leah E., Harvey, William L., Rhoda, Franklin, Nancy, Christopher, Philip, Katie, Jasper, Esther, Newton, Harry, Gilbert. They died as follows: Perry, October 7, 1843, aged two months; David, February 28, 1881, aged twenty-seven years; Infant, January, 1856; Harvey, November 16,1861, aged one year and eight months; William L., February 25, 1864, aged one year and eight months; Rhoda, July 8, 1863, aged one year and three months; Nancy, February 10, 1875, aged nine years; Christopher, September 29, 1870, aged one year and four months; Philip, Febrauary 7, 1875, aged five years. Mr. Martin had three children by his first wife, and nine by each of the other two. In 1831, when Mr. Martin's father moved to Benton County, he had six horses, three cows, five steers, thirty sheep and thirty hogs. When the winter in 1831-32 was over, there were left of the above one yearling colt, one cow and four steers. Starvation was the cause. For two months, three of the four steers had to be helped up when they lay down. He had but one neighbor within seven miles; he was there five years before he saw a rabbit or a quail, but there were many prairie wolves; prairie fires were destructive to fowls and rabbits. Another hard scene was in the Black Hawk war. Mr. Martin has seen the road crowded for miles, almost day and night, mostly with ox-teams filled with men, women and children, many with only night clothes on, not having taken time to dress - women and men carrying children, all fleeing for their lives from the Indians. Had it not been for some wheat which he had left in Fountain County, the family would most likely have starved; they suffered very much as it was. Mr. Martin and wife are both members of the Christian Church. In politics, he is a Democrat. Mr. Martin never danced, never chewed tobacco, never was drunk, but says, "I might have been a drunkard had I not see my father drunk twice; that settled the question forever with me." Mr. Martin smoked for forty years, then quit, and has not touched the weed in three years. In 1839, Mr. Martin traded a heifer for five ewes; he still has the offspring of that flock; he has never changed the flock except by adding twenty to it at one time by purchase. He has sold two car-loads at one time, has butchered a great many, and the dogs killed sixty at one time, and a less number at many othe times; occasionally one has died a natural death. The wolves have at time been terribly destructive, and his flock now numbers 150; they have never been off the farm, and Mr. Martin thinks there is hardly a parallel case in the county.

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Charles T. Martin, farmer, was born January 3, 1945, in Benton County, Ind., and is a son of James and Eliza Martin. Charles received his early education in a crude building, and later in one which was some improvement over the former. In 1852, he came with his parents to this county, and located four miles northwest of Kentland, near the Iroquois River. His father lives on the same farm now. Charles lives two miles east, and has made farming his business; he owns 220 acres of improved land, secured by industry and economy. He makes stock-raising a specialty; the farm is well stocked with sheep, hogs, cattle and horses. Mr. Martin was married, September 14, 1871, to Miss Sarah M. Herriman, of this county. They have had six children, five of whom are now living. Both are members of the Christian Church. Mr. Martin deserves mention among the good citizens of the county.

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Thomas Buswell, an old Virginia gentleman, the son of George and Sarah (Whaley) Buswell, was born July 8, 1817; his father was born in Shenandoah County February 27, 1774, his mother in Westmoreland County January 15, 1775. The father was a farmer in Virginia, and was married September 29, 1796. Thomas Buswell attended a country school until he was twenty years of age; then entered an academy, and afterward worked on his father's farm. On December 22, 1840, he married Rebecca Spitler, daughter of Abraham Spitler, of Virginia. To this union have been born eight children - Sarah E. (deceased), George D., Mary E. (deceased), Susan E. (deceased), Wesley T., Abraham W. (deceased), William M., and John Z. (deceased). He remained on the home farm until 1864, when he moved a short distance from the same. In 1868, he disposed of the old homestead in Virginia, and came to this township, and settled on Section 30, where, in 1846, he had purchased several hundred acres of wild land. While in Virginia he was a member of the Legislature four years in the Upper and four years in the Lower House; was a member of the Virginia Militia before the war, and in that organization held positions from Lieutenant up the Major General; he resigned in 1860, on the disbandment of the militia. In 1861, he was elected Lieutenant Colonel of a regiment of Virginia troops, and served until they were disbanded; his wife is a member of the Baptist Church; he is a stanch Democrat, politically. He is now living in his comfortable home, his three remaining children, happily married, residing near him.

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George D. Buswell, son of Thomas and Rebecca (Spitler) Buswell, was born in Page County, Va., November 27, 1842; he went to school in the pioneer log house, and worked on the farm till he was eighteen years of age, then entered the academy in Rockingham County, Va. At the breaking-out of the war, he enlisted as a Lieutenant in the Ninety-seventh Virginia (Confederate) Infantry, and later in the Second Virginia Troop. After a service of nine months he resigned, and in 1862 he volunteered in the Thirty-third Virginia (Confederate) Infantry, as a private, and at the battle of Malvern Hill was severely wounded. He was then promoted to Second Lieutenant, and was afterward wounded at the battle of Spottsylvania Court House. After his recovery from the last wound, he remained at home on the farm. In 1868, he came with his father's family to their Indiana home. On February 10, 1869, he married Florence A. Bell, daughter of Reuben P. Bell, of Virginia. Six children have been born to them - R. Lee, Annie R., Abraham T., Nannie Bell, Carrie E. and Mattie M. He is farming on 160 acres in Section 30, and has a fine house built on 40 acres purchased by his wife, and all is well improved. Adjoining his father's is the farm of his brother, Wesley T. Buswell, who on February 28, 1871, married Sallie V. Hattel, daughter of Jared Hattel, of Virginia. They have four children - Thomas J., Charley W., Mary P., and Sarah M. He is living in a comfortable house, and is a good farmer; he raises some stock.

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Rev. William M. Buswell, son of Thomas and Rebecca (Spitler) Buswell, was born in Page County, Va., on February 26, 1851. In his youth he attended a country school, and at intervals labored on the farm; he then attended the Roanoke College at Salem, and for about three years was a student of the Luray County Academy. In 1868, he came with his father's family to Washington Township, Newton County, Ind. In 1869, he was granted a certificate, and taught school two terms in this township; he then entered Wabash College, remaining there one year, after which he again taught school. On August 13, 1872, he married Melissa M. Harritt, daughter of William and Catharine (Myers) Harritt, who came to Newton County in 1840, and were among the first settlers of Washington Township. Mr. Harritt died October 18, 1879. Our subject and his wife had had these children - Minnie Laura (deceased), John, William Harritt and Weaver. In 1874, he became a member of, and in 1878, he was licensed to preach in the United Brethren Church. In 1879, he was given charge of the Watseka Ill. Circuit, and in 1880 he took charge of the Sheldon United Brethren Church, and is located at the town of Sheldon, Ill., where he is living in his comfortable home, purchased some time ago; his wife is a member of the church; her mother, Mrs. Harritt, is making her home with them.

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Zechariah Spitler was born in Shenandoah County, Va., March 18, 1817, and is the third of five children born to Abraham and Mary (Rosenberger) Spitler; both natives of Shenandoah County, Va. The parents were born in 1787 and 1786 respectively, and were married in 1811. The father was a magistrate in his native county about thirty years. He died in 1864; his widow in 1880. Both were members of the Baptist Church. Zechariah Spitler received a good English education, and in 1838 came to Newton County, Ind. He was for two years Deputy Sheriff of the territory comprising Newton, Jasper and Benton Counties. He owns nearly 600 acres of cultivated land; has a beautiful residence, and has been very successful in business. He was the first Circuit Court Clerk in Newton County. He is a member of the Masonic fraternity, and is a Democrat with strong Greenback tendencies. Mr. Spitler was married, in 1842, to Miss Sallie Rider, a native of York County, Penn. They have had eight children, seven of whom are living - Daniel, Mann, William, Henry, John R. (who died in 1864, aged eleven years), Zechariah, George M., and Joseph W. Mrs. Spitler came from Ohio to Newton County, Ind., in 1836, and is one of the oldest residents of the county. Mr. Spitler is now sixty-six years of age, and has never been confined a single day to his bed on account of sickness.

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