WOSSON MCCASLIN, an old and respected citizen of Franklin Township, was born June 18, 1827, in Scott County, Ind., being the third in a family of seven children born to the marriage of David and Polly (Sellers) McCaslin, the former born in Mercer County, Ky., in 1797, and died in Johnson County in 1873, and the latter was born in Kentucky in 1801, and died in this county in 1871. In the fall of 1827, the family emigrated to Johnson County and settled in Franklin Township, just west of the city of Franklin, where the subject of this biographical sketch grew to manhood. He attended school at the old log school-house, that was located in Franklin, near where the Presbyterian Church now stands. The life of Mr. McCaslin has been that of a farmer, which he began for himself at twenty-one years of age, and, in 1856, settled on his present farm, and now owns 360 acres of excellent and well improved land. As a farmer and stock-raiser, Mr. McCaslin is progressive and up with the times. He was united in marriage November 13, 1850, to Miss Jane S. Winchester, born in this county, September 28, 1828, being a daughter of Serril and Mary A. (Miller) Winchester. The father of Mrs. McCaslin was born in Hardin County, Ky., in 1804, and died in this county in 1854; her mother was born in North Carolina in 1803, and died in this county in 1867. The Winchester family came to Johnson County in 1826, and were among the early pioneers of this part of Indiana. To the union of Mr. and Mrs. McCaslin are these seven children: David S., born 1853; Everett M., born 1855; Josie, born 1857; John H., born 1859; Florence, born 1861; Laura J., born 1863, and Ezra W., born 1873. Politically, Mr. McCaslin is a republican, and he and family are members of the Presbyterian Church.
Transcribed by Cheryl Zufall Parker
Banta, D.D. History of Johnson County, Indiana. Chicago, IL: Brant & Fuller, 1888.