J. P. FROST (deceased), whose biographical sketch is herewith presented, was a native of Ohio, Richland County, born on the 8th day of March 1823. In early life he learned the trade of carpentering and cabinet-making, in the city of Mansfield, Ohio, and after becoming proficient in the same, emigrated to Trimble County, Ky., where he followed his chosen calling several years. On the 21st day of February 1850, he married Miss Amanda V. McCormick, daughter of Adam and Rachel (Bellows) McCormick, a union blessed with the birth of four children, two of whom are living, namely: Minerva, now Mrs. Miles H. Mitchell, and Mary E. (Mrs. Thomas E. Valentine). For a period of three years Mr. Frost exercised his mechanical skill in the construction of boats for the Ohio River, but in 1856, came to Edinburg, Ind., and resumed carpentering and cabinet-making, which he carried on quite successfully for some time. He subsequently abandoned mechanical pursuits for the grocery business, and after following that branch of trade for some years engaged in the undertaking business. Mr. Frost was reasonably successful in the accumulation of property, and occupied a conspicuous place among the leading citizens of Edinburg. He was an earnest member of the Methodist church, and for a number of years an active worker in the Masonic fraternity. He died at his home in Edinburg, on the 27th day of April, 1880. Mrs. Frost who is still living, was born on the 7th day of March, 1823. She is a remarkably well preserved lady, and has a large circle of friends in and around Edinburg. She and daughters, Mrs. Mitchell and Mrs. Valentine, are members of the Edinburg Methodist Episcopal Church.
Transcribed by Cheryl Zufall Parker
Banta, D.D. History of Johnson County, Indiana. Chicago, IL: Brant & Fuller, 1888.