J. M. STOREY, dealer in hardware, stoves, tinware, No. 6 Jefferson Street, opposite Court Square, established in 1869, and continued until 1872, and then removed to Indianapolis, and continued in hardware business until 1877, and then returned to Franklin, and began business again, and continued up to the present carrying an average stock of about $7,000. Business has always been flourishing, having a share of trade of the county. Was born in Vernon, Jennings County, Ind., on October 17, 1840, and is the son of Thomas J. and Jane (Vawter) Storey. The father was born in Tennessee, and came to Indiana when it was a territory. He was a carpenter by trade, and died in Vernon in 1881. The mother was the daughter of John Vawter (see John T. Vawter). She died March 8, 1864. To the parents nine children were born, seven of whom survive. Our subject was reared in Virginia, and was educated in the public schools of that place, and in Franklin College, and also at Hanover College. He enlisted July 1, 1861, in Co. H, of the Twenty-sixth Indiana Regiment of Volunteers, as a private, and served four years four months and fifteen days, being discharged January 15, 1866. Promoted first orderly sergeant, then first lieutenant and then captain, and as such retired. Served quite a time as aide de camp in General Vandiver’s staff; was wounded at the battle of Provin Grove, Ark., on December 7, 1862, by a rifle ball passing through his cap and striking him in the center of the forehead. Was in the hospital for two weeks. Was captured twice while dispatch-bearer one morning, in Missouri, but succeeded in making his escape each time. Was dressed both times in citizen’s clothes. At the close of the war he returned to Vernon, but soon went to Columbus and engaged in milling, and in 1869, came to Franklin, Ind., and engaged in his present business. He is a member of the Masonic order in all its branches, including K. T., of K. of P., and at present is inspector general of uniform rank of Indiana. Member of Wadsworth Post, No. 127, G. A. R., and is a post commander. He is a member of the Christian Church. Mr. Storey was married April 21, 1864, to Lucia M. Barnum, of Vernon, and to this union five children have been born, four of whom survive. Mrs. Storey is also a member of the Christian Church.

Transcribed by Cheryl Zufall Parker

Banta, D. D. History of Johnson County, Indiana. Chicago, IL: Brant & Fuller, 1888, page 658.