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Biographical Sketch of Col. George May Trotter

George May Trotter is a native of Indiana, and was born in Bartholomew county,-on the 29th of September, 1835. He was partially educated in the county of his birth, and in 1856, went to Lebanon, Warren county, Ohio, where he finished his education. Returning to his native State and county, he engaged in farming and school-teaching, following the former in the summer and the latter during the winter months. When President Lincoln called for 75,000 troops, at the outbreak of the rebellion, Mr. Trotter enlisted in Company B, of the Sixth Indiana Volunteer Infantry, the company being under command of Captain Augustus Abbott. After three months’ service as a non-commissioned officer, Mr. Trotter was honorably discharged and, returning home, again resumed teaching, in which he continued till March, 1862. In August, 1862, he recruited a company, of which he was commissioned captain by Gov. O. P. Morton, and served in that capacity until May 20, 1865. He was then promoted to lieutenant-colonel, and held that rank till his final discharge, June 8, 1865. Returning to Indiana, he remained till July 4, and then came west, settling in. this State and county, where he has ever since been engaged in farming, stock-raising, and school-teaching. He owns a farm of 159 acres of well improved land in Harrison township, on which he and his family now reside. Colonel Trotter was married, in Indiana, March 18, 1862, to Miss Hattie Hart, of Columbus, a lady born February 21, 1836. They are the parents of five children; named, respectively, Charles F., born June 17, 1866; Giddie M., born October 29, 1868; Hattie D.,...

Biographical Sketch of Fisher Rice Bennett

Fisher Rice Bennett was born in Green county, Kentucky, April 30, 1813, and received his education in the county of his birth. He was reared a farmer, but for some time after starting out for himself followed flat-boating on the Mississippi. He came to Daviess county in 1842, where he has ever since been engaged in farming and stock dealing. He owns a fine farm of 160 acres in Harrison township, on which he has good improvements. Mr. Bennett was married, in this county, in April, 1844, to Miss Sophia A. Trosper, and they had two children, both of whom are dead, and were named respectively, Nicholas T. and Sophia A. Mrs. B. died June 1, 1847, and Mr. Bennett has been a second time married. Two children have been born of the last union, named William P. and James...

Biographical Sketch of Lawrence T. Dale

Lawrence T. Dale, the subject of this sketch was born in London, England, January 27, 1840. His parents emigrated to this country when he was about five years old, and settled in Livingston county, New York, and there the son was reared and educated. When sixteen years old, in the fall of 1856, he went to Jasper county, Iowa, and remained till the spring of 1857, and then went to Michigan, where he remained a little over a year. In the fall of 1858 he went to Jefferson county, Mississippi, and engaged in the wood-contracting business. He went to Minnesota in the spring of 1861, and there engaged in farming and lumbering, and in 1864 removed to the country west of the- Rockies” and spent some time in Montana, California, and Nevada, remaining in the latter place four years, following mining. He came to Livingston county, this State, in 1869, and then farmed till January, 1S77, when he came to this country and has ever since resided here. He owns a good: farm of 160 acres in Harrison township which is well improved with a good residence, out-houses, etc. Mr. Dale was married, in Livingston county, Missouri, February 7, 1869, to Miss Alma Wariner. They have had five children, whose names in order of birth, are, Edwin S., William W., Mary L., Nellie M. and George...

Biographical Sketch of Samuel N. Miller

Samuel N. Miller. This gentleman is a native of Kentucky, and was born in Henry county, that State, on the 16th of January, 1818. He is the son of Ephraim and Jemima Miller, both of whom were natives of Virginia, and went with their parents to the same settlement in Kentucky, where they were after wards married. These families made the trip from Virginia to Kentucky in a flat-boat, which was so crowded that Samuel’s mother, then a young girl, was forced to sit in a large kettle. The Indians several times tried to decoy them ashore, but they at last landed safely at a place called Boone’s Lick, Kentucky. The first crop of corn raised by Ephraim Miller and wife was cultivated with hoes, they having no team, and gathered in baskets. In the spring of 1821, Ephraim, with his two oldest sons, went to Indiana, and pitched camp in the virgin wilderness, they being the first comers of that locality. They at once built a cabin, which they got ready by fall, and moved the family to that new forest hone. There the subject of this sketch grew up and received his education, living on the place they first settled, until the spring of 1865. At that date he and Henry Sloan came to Daviess county, Missouri, where Mr. Miller bought a farm the following fall. He was married, in Indiana, December 12, 1850, to Miss Litta P. Simms. They have had seven children, six of whom still survive. Robert O. Martha M., Lewis S:, Ella E., George R. and Frank A., are living, and Charles A....

Biographical Sketch of Gilley N. Trosper

Gilley N. Trosper. This subject is a native of Daviess county, and was born October 16, 1841, and was reared and educated in the same county. On beginning life for himself; he became a farmer, and still follows the same laudable vocation. He owns a good farm of eighty acres, which he has well improved, with a large two-story frame residence, with out-buildings to match; and his entire place is well fenced, and well supplied with water. Though not a large farmer in the sense of working more land than he can thoroughly cultivate, Mr. Trosper is of that thrifty class of energetic men that do more to develop a country than all the large farmers together. He was married, in Daviess county, February 7, 1872, to Miss Tilda Maddux, by which union they have three children; named, respectively, Alice, Margaret and...

Biography of Obadiah Ramsbottom

Obadiah Ramsbottom was born in Yorkshire, near Leeds, England, March 3, 1814, and reared and educated in the country of his nativity. His father was a manufacturer of clothing, and when Obadiah left school he began working with him and learned that business. Mr. Ramsbottom continued in that calling until 1840, when he emigrated to this country. After a short stay in New York City, be came to Daviess county and settled on a farm about three miles from Gallatin, where he remained until 1865. He then moved into Harrison township, where he has ever since resided. Mr. Ramsbottom owns a fine, large farm of 480 acres of well improved land, on which he has a handsome, two-story, frame residence, a fine new barn, and other buildings and improvements to match. The farm is well supplied with water, having four living wells, besides being intersected by Lick Fork Creek. Mr. Ramsbottom was married, in Daviess county, January 15, 1844, to Miss Matilda Hemry, a native of Ohio, born March 12, 1822. Ten children have been born of this union, six of whom still survive. Their names and dates of birth are here given: William, born March 27, 1845; John, born October 5, 1846, died November 28, 1856; Julia Ann, born January 1, 1849; Sarah Jane, born June 21, 1850, died October 14, 1857; Mary O., born December 30, 1851, died January 6, 1875; Angeline, born September 27, 1854, died November 27, 1856; Thomas, born January 13,1857; Amanda, born January 2, 1859; Ruth, born December 19, 1861; Charles, born December 8, 1863. Mr. Ramsbottom is known to all his acquaintances...

Biographical Sketch of James B. Trosper

James B. Trosper is the son of John H. and Elizabeth E. Trosper, the latter being a daughter of Benedict and Charity Weldon, and born in Missouri, March 10, 1826, where she grew up and was educated, and married Mr. Trosper, July 9, 1846. They were the parents of five children, named James B., Mary C., Charity E., Elijah T., and an unnamed infant, all of whom are dead except the first two mentioned. James B. Trosper was born in this county, January 25, 1855, and here received his education. He began life as a farmer, and is still engaged in that essential calling. He now owns a farm of 320 acres of excellent land, well located in Harrison township, on which he has good improvements. Mr. Trosper’s father, who died February 17, 1872, was a man highly honored by all who knew him, having been a kind husband and affectionate father. In him, the county lost a valuable citizen and his family a noble...

Biographical Sketch of William P. Dunnington

William P. Dunnington. This gentleman is a native of Maryland, born July 21, 1816. At nine years of age he moved with his parents to Virginia, where he grew up and received a good common school education. In the fall of 1835 Mr. Dunnington moved to Ohio, but only remained one year when he moved to Illinois, where he remained a year engaged in farming. He came to Daviess county, this State, in, the spring of 1838, and settled in Harrison township, where he has ever since resided engaged in farming. Mr. Dunnington was married, in this county, September 16, 1841, to Miss- Elizabeth Osborn, a lady who was born in Daviess county. Mr. and Mrs. Dunnington are the parents of eleven children, six sons and five daughters. Mrs. Dunnington died November 7, 1874, after a lingering illness of several years. She was a lady highly honored and esteemed by all who knew her, and her loss is regretted as that of a good neighbor, a kind mother and an affectionate wife. Mr. D. owns a good farm of 120 acres in Harrison township, and is known as a practical farmer and valuable...

Biographical Sketch of James H. Weldon

James H. Weldon. This gentleman is a native of the county whose annals this volume sets forth, and was here born on the 28th of February, 1858. He is the son of James B. and Elizabeth T. Weldon, both of whom are now dead. The father, James B. Weldon, was also a native of DaViess county, the date of his birth being December 26, 1828. In about 1852, he left this county and went to California, and engaged a year or two in mining. He returned to Daviess county about 1854, and became somewhat extensively engaged in farming and stock-growing. He was married, December 25, 1855, his wife being a native of Ohio, born November 12, 1835, and who came to this county with her parents when about thirteen years old, where she resided till the time of her death, which occurred September 7, 1872. The husband had been dead since August 12, 1859. Both of them were highly respectable people, and left many friends behind, who, with their orphaned children, mourn the loss of this noble couple. James H. Weldon had but one brother and one sister. The latter, Charity A. by name, is still living, while his only brother, Nathan B., is deceased. After completing his education, James H. began farming as his choice in life’s labor, and is still engaged in the same vocation. He owns a 200-acre farm in Harrison township, which he has well...

Biographical Sketch of Robert Samuel Hall

Robert Samuel Hall was born in Bartholomew county, Indiana, on the-21st of November, 1842, where he grew up and received a common school education. His sympathies were with the Union during the War of the Rebellion, and he enlisted, in July, 1862, in Company H, of the Twelfth Indiana Volunteer Infantry, and served creditably until the surrender of the Confederate forces, when he was discharged and returned to his home. During his service he participated in a number of hare-fought battles, but escaped, withal, through the mercy of Him who rules the destiny of individuals as well as of nations. In the spring of 1866, Mr. Hall came to Daviess county, Missouri, and located in Harrison township as a farmer, where he now owns a fine farm, of 300 acres, well improved and adapted to the live-stock business, in which Mr. Hall is somewhat extensively engaged On this farm he has a splendid, two story frame residence, conveniently located; with other improvements to correspond. Mr. Hall was married, in Putnam county, Indiana, September 7, 1866, to Miss Sarah J. Priest, a native of that State, by whom he has four children, names and dates of birth as follows: Lulu M., born June 9, 1867; Thomas P., born March 1, 1869; Will R, born August 7,1872; and James P., born April 7, 1875. Mr. Hall is, in every sense, a thorough business man, who manages all his affairs on strictly business principles; and his reputation in this particular has won him the confidence of all business men of his...
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