John McNutt, an old pioneer of Clark Township, was born in Hamilton County, Ohio, June 5, 1811, and is a son of Charles and Elizabeth (Burch) McNutt; the former was born in Ireland in 1784, and emigrated to this county from Ireland in 1796. The latter was born in Ireland, about 1794. Our subject’s early life was spent on a farm in Ohio. He came to this state at the age of twelve years. He received a common school education, served as an apprentice at the carpenter’s trade, and at the age of twenty-two years, he began life for himself by working at his trade. He came to Franklin County, Ind., in 1825, and remained there until 1852, thence to Clark Township, Johnson Co., and settled on the farm on which he now lives. March 31, 1837, he was united in marriage to Elizabeth Jones, a daughter of Abraham and Sarah (Flack) Jones, and to this union one child was born, viz.: Sarah E., deceased, born January 26, 1838. He was married in 1840, to Margaret Armstrong, a daughter of William, Sr., and Margaret (Sufridge) Armstrong; to this union the following children were born: Elizabeth, born May 26, 1841; Charles M., January 26, 1843; Alvira, May 13, 1845; Emma J., April 24, 1847; William, May 10, 1852; George, September 27, 1856. He and wife are members of the old primitive Baptist Church. He is now the oldest Mason living in Johnson County. In politics he is a democrat, casting his first presidential vote for Jackson. He has served as trustee two years, and now owns 256 acres of fine land.

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Banta, D. D. History of Johnson County, Indiana. Chicago, IL: Brant & Fuller, 1888, page 492.