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William F. Flint was born in Hamilton county, Ohio, April 4, 1828. His father, George Flint, was a native of Maryland, and William Flint, his grandfather, was a-soldier in the Revolutionary War. William F. Flint moved to Franklin county, Indiana, with his parents, when he was six years old, and then accompanied them to this county in 1841, where he has lived since, excepting-four years that he resided in Harrison county, returning to this county in March, 1881. He received most of his education by home study, and began teaching school when he had reached the age of eighteen years, which business he was engaged in during the winters for fifteen years, and during the summers gave his attention to farming. In September, 1861, he enlisted in Company C, Daviess County Battalion, serving six months, then enlisted as-a private soldier, and rose by promotion to the rank of second lieutenant. After his time of enlistment expired, he again enlisted as a private in a company from this county, and was elected captain. At the organization of the Thirty-third Regiment Enrolled State Militia, he was elected lieutenant-colonel, in 1862, and served in that capacity until August 16, 1864, when he enlisted again as a private soldier, in Company F, Forty-third Regiment Missouri Volunteer Infantry, and was commissioned captain and served as-such until his discharge, June 30, 1865. After his discharge he returned home, and in 1868, was elected sheriff of this county, and served one term He was elected justice of the peace in 1872, but did not serve.
Mr. Flint was united in marriage, November 30, 1847, to Miss Mary A. Ford, who was born in Kentucky, March 3, 1829. They have become theo parents of ten children, seven of whom are living; namely, Nancy C., born January 27, 1849; Robert S., born January 14, 1856; George T., born April 10, 1858; Margaret F., born September 8, 1860; John A., born January 15, 1863; William S., born February 27, 1865; Lewis L., born June 15, 1869.