CORNELIUS L. DITMARS, farmer, and one of the most extensive stock-men of this county, is a native of New Jersey, born July 15, 1825, being the seventh in a family of eleven children, born to Garrett and Sarah (Verbryke) Ditmars, and is of Holland Dutch origin. His father was born in New Jersey, April 15, 1792, and died in Johnson County, Ind., November 23, 1851; his mother, a native of the same state, was born in 1794, and died here in 1855. William Verbryke, his maternal grandfather, was colonel in the War of the Revolution. The Ditmars came to Johnson County in 1837, and first settled one mile north of Franklin, where they remained a short time, and then removed to Union Township. Our subject was reared a farmer, and settled where he now resides, in 1858, and which is said to be the best improved farm in Johnson County, the same containing 400 acres. The marriage of Mr. Ditmars occurred in 1850, to Miss Caroline Banta, daughter of John P. and Catherine (List) Banta. To this union were born four children, three of whom are now living: John W., Mary Belle and William S. Mrs. Ditmars died in 1861, and in 1867, Mr. Ditmars was again married, the bride being Miss Catherine Alexander. To their marriage was born one daughter: Olive. Mrs. Ditmars died in 1870, and in 1872, our subject married Mrs. Jennie G. Voris, whose maiden name was Graham, a native of Ohio. A staunch republican in politics, he manifests an active interest in the welfare and public prosperity of his township, county and state. He and wife are members of the Hopewell Presbyterian Church, he having for ten years served as an elder of the same.
Transcribed by Cheryl Zufall Parker