T. D. VAN DORN, manufacturer of wagons and carriages, Edinburg, Ind., is a native of New Jersey, and was born in the County of Monmouth, that state, on the 22d day of December, 1817. His parents were Peter and Catherine (Dubois) Van Dorn, the father of Dutch, and the mother of French-German descent. Mr. Van Dorn is the eldest of a family of six children. He was reared in the east, enjoyed the advantages of a liberal education in his native county and Pennfield, N.Y., and in early manhood learned the wagon and carriage making trade, in which he acquired great skill and proficiency. At the age of twenty-two he went to Ohio, and was in that state for a period of ten years, working at his chosen calling. While there he met and married Miss Lydia Craig, a native of that state, a union blessed with the birth of eleven children, of whom these are living: Ann, William C., Sarah, David C., Sophia M., Charles D. and Hattie M. In 1850 Mr. Van Dorn came to Edinburg, Ind., and established a good business, manufacturing wagons, carriages and farm implements, besides doing repairing of all kinds, necessary to the trade. He subsequently abandoned the manufacture of agricultural implements, and gave his entire attention to wagon and carriage building, which he still carries on. He has a well equipped establishment, supplied with all the latest improved machinery and appliances, and turns out a very substantial and durable class of work. Mr. Van Dorn is a public-spirited citizen, and during a long period of residence in Edinburg, has won a prominent place I the estimation of the people. He has been a member of the town board at different times, and manifests a lively interest in all measures for the public good.
Transcribed by Cheryl Zufall Parker
Banta, D.D. History of Johnson County, Indiana. Chicago, IL: Brant & Fuller, 1888.