J. F. Law, of the firm of Sims & Law, butchers, Edinburg, was born in Jefferson County, Ind., January 22, 1834, the oldest son of William and Mary (Barnes) Law, natives of Kentucky. The father was a farmer, followed his chosen calling, and in 1836 settled in Johnson County, Ind., where he lived until his removal to Tipton County, fourteen years later. He is still living in the latter county, having reached a ripe old age. He lost his wife in 1873. She was born in the year 1808, and was her husband’s senior by four years. She was the mother of ten children, all but one living. After the death of his first wife, Mr. Law married a Mrs. Ellis, who is now dead. He makes his home at this time with his son-in-law, T. J. Hancock, of Tipton County. J. H. Law began farming in 1854, in Tipton County, and continued that calling four years, and then began merchandising at the town of Normanda, where he continued until 1860. In 1861, he volunteered his services to his country, and enlisted in Co. K, Forty-seventh Indiana Infantry, Col. Slack’s regiment, with which he served until discharged for physical disabilities at the expiration of nine months. On leaving the army he returned to his family in Tipton County, and there resided until 1866, when he moved to Johnson County, where he has since made his home. He was for some years extensively engaged in the livestock business and farming, both of which he discontinued in 1886, and engaged in butchering in Edinburg, where he has now, in partnership with Mr. Sims, one of the best meat markets in the county. Mr. Law is a progressive citizen, an energetic business man, and an agreeable Christian gentleman. He is a member of the G. A. R., and for many years has been an active worker in the Methodist Episcopal Church, to which his wife also belongs. He married October 5, 1854, Miss Hannah Bills, of New Jersey, daughter of Abraham and Harriet (Johnson) Bills, by whom he had two children, Millard F. (deceased), and John F., who is now thirty years of age. John F. married Miss Nancy Jenkins, daughter of Joseph Jenkins, one of the prominent old settlers of Johnson County.

Transcribed by Cheryl Zufall Parker

Banta, D. D. History of Johnson County, Indiana. Chicago, IL: Brant & Fuller, 1888, page 424.