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Jay County Indiana Biographies

HENRY WORGUM, an active and enterprising agriculturist of Jay County, residing on section 15, Greene Township, was born in Darke County, Ohio, April 7, 1846, a son of Frederick and Elizabeth Worgum. In 1855 the parents removed with their family to Iowa, living in that State almost two years, and in 1857 came to Jay County, Indiana, settling in Madison Township, where the father died. Henry Worgum grew to manhood in Jay County, where he has made his home since the year 1857. He was a brave and gallant soldier during the late war, enlisting in August, 1863, in Company B, Seventh Indiana Cavalry. His regiment, under the command of Hon. J.P.C. Shanks, made a record of arduous service and gallantry, second to no organization in the State, being engaged in Tennessee, Kentucky, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas. Mr. Worgum was discharged at Austin, Texas, February 18, 1866, passing through the war unscathed by bullet or bayonet, but at Moscow, Tennessee, his spine was injured by an accident, which, although not necessitating his discharge, increased year by year until it became a permanent disability, and he now receives a pension of $50 a month. January 26, 1871, Mr. Worgum was united in marriage to Miss Margaret Rants, a native of Mercer County, Ohio, born February 24, 1850, and a daughter of Abraham and Mary Ann Rants, formerly of Jay County. Her mother is now deceased, and her father is living at Fort Recovery. Mr. and Mrs. Worgum are the parents of six children -Nellie B., Ora E., Myrtle J., Marshall T., Annie D. and William H. Mr. and Mrs. Worgum commenced housekeeping in Madison Township, but now own and occupy a very fine farm property of seventy acres in Greene Township. The farm buildings are noticeably good, and on the land there is an excellent young orchard, in fact the entire surrounding show the care and thrift of the owner. Mr. Worgum is a comrade of the Grand Army post at Fort Recovery. In politics he is an ardent Republican. Two of his brothers, Eli and Frederick, are residents of Jay County.

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