PRETTYMAN M. BURTON, deceased, was one of the pioneer settlers of Nineveh Township, born November 30, 1790, and departed this life April 14, 1886. He was reared on a farm in Tennessee, where he received a common school education. At the age of twenty years he began life for himself as a farmer. He was a soldier in the War of 1812. He left to his widow fifty acres of fine land. She also draws a pension of $12 per month. He was a member of the old-school Baptist Church. His wife, Mrs. Pauline Bills, is a daughter of William and Sarah (Tucker) Woodruff, the father a native of Ohio, of Dutch-English descent, born in 1779, and died in 1874; the mother of Scotch-Irish descent, born 1794, and died in 1887. Mrs. Burton, the wife of our subject, was born January 1, 1825. Her first husband was Thomas T. Bills, son of Thomas and D. A. Bills, both natives of New Jersey. Mr. Bills was a soldier in the late war. He enlisted in Company H, Fifty-fourth Regiment Indiana Volunteers. He served about six months, when he was taken sick, and died on his way home. This union was blessed with the following children: William T. Bills, born July 12, 1848; Abraham, May 2, 1850;Joab, May 8, 1852; Absalom, February 1, 1855; Sarah Jane, July 4, 1857; Harriet Ann, September 10, 1859. This husband left to his wife about twenty acres of land. She is a member of the 'Methodist Episcopal Church. She is well respected by all who know her.
Transcribed by Cheryl Zufall Parker
Banta, D.D. History of Johnson County, Indiana. Chicago, IL: Brant & Fuller, 1888.