Eli P. Haymaker, farmer and stock-raiser, was born in Montgomery County, Va., May 25, 1843, being the fourth in a family of five children born to Philip and Martha (Perterson) Haymaker, and is of German lineage. His father was born in Virginia, and died in that state about 1848; the mother, also a native of Virginia, was born in 1810, and now resides in that state. Our subject received a common school education in his native state, and worked on the farm until 1862, when he enlisted in Company F, Eleventh Virginia Infantry, C. S. A., where he served three years, and during this time was promoted to the position of second sergeant. He was at the seven days battle before Richmond; also Fredericksburg, Cold Harbor, and Druey’s Bluff. In March, 1865, Mr. Haymaker came to Johnson County, and for a number of years worked by the month on a farm. In 1870, he settled on the farm he now owns, and is one of the most extensive farmers in Johnson County. His marriage occurred September 16, 1869, to Miss Sarah, daughter of William R. and Louisa Ann (McRae) Poulter. Mrs. Haymaker is a native of Mercer County, Ky., born April 13, 1848, and is the mother of these children; Zora A., born August 13, 1870; Ira P., February 4, 1872; John W., April 18, 1873, (deceased); Charles O., February 31, 1876; Lelie, January 26, 1879; Guy E., June 6, 1880, and Clarence E., August 15, 1883. Mr. Haymaker is a democrat, an Odd Fellow, and belongs to the Bargersville Horse Thief Detective Company, and he and wife are members of the Presbyterian Church.

Transcribed by Cheryl Zufall Parker

Banta, D. D. History of Johnson County, Indiana. Chicago, IL: Brant & Fuller, 1888, page 614.