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FIRST SETTLERS IN BOONE COUNTY
"The People's Guide: A Business,
Political and Religious Directory of Boone Co., Ind.," 1874.
Old Mother Howe and the Widow Cross
came to the county in 1824 -- are now living in Zionsville.
The Lane family, John Lowe, Frederick Lowe
-- the first, John Lowe, was a trader among the
Indians; Frederick Lowe was the Indian Agent. Jesse
Lane settled in the year 1825, five years before the
county was organized; he now lives in Eagle Creek township.
John N. Fall settled in Washington township at a very
early day. Robert Allen settled in Center township in
1832, two years after Boone became a county. Elisha Riley
settled one year before the county was organized. James M.
Smith was a settler in 1834 -- his post-office
address is Lebanon. Daniel Hoover settled in
Zionsville very early. Robert H. Thomas, one of the
early settlers in Eagle township, Boone county, claims to
have been one of the number composing the first jury made in
Boone county, which was about October, 1832. Mr. Thomas
is still living.
Benjamin Cox, another one of Boone county's first
settlers, still remembers when it was necessary for him to
go forty miles to get his milling done, requiring four to
six days' time. Mr. Cox has not forgotten the time
when the wheat market for Boone county was at Lafayette or
Lawrenceburg. He hauled his wheat to the latter place,
receiving only forty cents per bushel. With Mr. Cox's
mule team it required from ten to twelve days to each trip.
The roads at that time were full of brush, chunks, roots and
stumps, besides many "sloughs" and pond-holes. Many a spring
night has Mr. Cox had a free bullfrog serenade. Other
early settlers encountered the same difficulties. It is very
interesting to the young people of this day to hear such men
as Mr. Cox relate their trials and triumphs in Boone
T. Stover - September 24, 2008
Source Citation: Boone County Directories [database
online] Boone County INGenWeb. 2008. <http://www.rootsweb.com/~inboone>
Original data: Cline & McHaffie. "The People's Guide: A
Business, Political and Religious Directory of Boone Co.,
Ind.", Indianapolis: Indianapolis Printing and
Publishing House, 1874.