Alexander Breeding (deceased) was a member of one of the early pioneer families of this part of Indiana. He was born in the town of Columbiana, Adair County, Ky., on the 9th day of November, 1823. His parents were David and Mary (Hendrickson) Breeding, the former of Scotch, and the latter of Irish, descent. In 1828, when the subject was but five years of age the family immigrated to Indiana and settled in Bartholomew County, thence later to Johnson County, where Alexander grew to maturity. Reared amid the stirring scenes of pioneer times, Mr. Breeding’s early life was a constant series of toil and hardships, but the experience gained thereby enabled him to overcome successfully many obstacles which would have discouraged men of less spirit and determination. His chief occupation for one year was hauling whisky to the city of Madison, and he also made trips by flatboat down the river. Later he began farming in Blue River Township, Johnson County, a business he followed until his death, and by means of which he accumulated a large and valuable property. He became a prominent stock-raiser, a business which also proved financially profitable, his large stock-farm in Blue River being at this time worth over $100 per acre. As a public-spirited man he is fully alive to the material and moral interests of the community. Mr. Breeding occupied a conspicuous place among his fellow citizens of Blue River Township. He was married December 12, 1843, to Rebecca Ann Thompson, by whom he had eleven children, three of whom are living, viz.: William H., Effie L., wife of William M. Perry, and Frank A.  Mrs. Breeding dying, Mr. Breeding subsequently married Miss Mattie J. Kerr, who now lives with her uncle, Thomas Kerr. Mr. Breeding was a republican in politics, and an active member of the Christian Church. His death occurred on the 12th day of August, 1887.

Transcribed by Cheryl Zufall Parker

Banta, D. D. History of Johnson County, Indiana. Chicago, IL: Brant & Fuller, 1888, page 401.