David Franklin Featherngill was born in what is now Oldham County, Ky., August 7, 1828, son of Joseph and Mary (Forsyth) Featherngill; the former born in Virginia, in 1790, and died in Nineveh Township, this county, February 19, 1863; the latter born in Kentucky, in 1794, and died in this county September 30, 1835. The family came to the county in 1829, and settled in Nineveh Township. The immediate subject of this sketch is the sixth in a family of eight children; he was raised on the farm, and was a student at the pioneer country schools. At the age of twenty-one years he began the business of life for himself, and in 1856, settled where he now resides, and owns 100 acres of excellent land. The marriage of Mr. Featherngill occurred September 13, 1849, to Miss Martha J. Mullikin, born in Henry County, Ky., October 30, 1830. They have had nine children, of whom five are now living: Thomas H., born 1854; Mary E., born 1858; Susan E., born 1862; Charles C., born 1864, and Julia B., born 1868. Politically, he is an earnest republican, and cast his first presidential vote for John C. Fremont. He and wife are member of the Christian Church, having united with the same about thirty-six years ago. For almost three score years Mr. Featherngill has been a resident of this county, and is a highly respected citizen of the community in which he resides.

Transcribed by Cheryl Zufall Parker

Banta, D. D. History of Johnson County, Indiana. Chicago, IL: Brant & Fuller, 1888, page 606.