William Daily Brunnemer, a prosperous and influential citizen of Pleasant Township, was born in Morgan County, this state, October 26, 1837, and was the son of Anthony and Blancha (Mitchell) Brunnemer, a history of whom appears elsewhere in this work. He was raised on a farm in his native county. At twenty-two years of age, or in February, 1860, he accompanied his parents to Johnson County, and located with them in Pleasant Township, in which he has resided ever since. He was married on the 6th of September, 1860, to Caroline R. Henry. She was born in Pleasant Township, February 13, 1839, and was the daughter of Hiram Henry. Shortly after his marriage, Mr. Brunnemer located about one mile north of Whiteland, where, for about three years, Mr. Brunnemer was engaged at farming. In 1863, he removed to a farm in Section 10, of Pleasant Township, and the same one he now occupies. Here he resided until December, 1875, and during these years he carried on farming interests, and also the business of grain threshing. In December, 1875, he removed to Whiteland, where a few days later, or on the 23rd of the same month, his first wife died. In Whiteland he became engaged at saw-milling, in connection with his brother, George L. Brunnemer. In February, 1876, they removed their mill one mile and a half west of Whiteland, where they continued to operate it together until in September, 1877. They also were partners in a threshing outfit. In September, 1877, our subject traded to George L. Brunnemer his interest in the saw-mill for his brother’s interest in the threshing outfit; after this transaction occurred, he then returned to his farm in Section 10, where he has since resided. He was united in marriage to Sarah S. Sheek, December 6, 1876. She was born in Davie County, N. C., February 2, 1843, and was the daughter of John B. and Sarah (Kinnick) Sheek, both of whom were natives of Davie County, N. C. She accompanied her parents to Johnson County, in 1851. The family settled in Pleasant Township, where her father died June 3, 1872. Her mother is still living, and makes her home with Mr. and Mrs. Brunnemer. He is a partner in two threshing outfits, also the sole owner of the two saw-mills, one of which stands on his farm, and the other is located at Greenwood. His farm contains 104 acres of good land. It is well improved, and about seventy acres of it are in cultivation. The first marriage of Mr. Brunnemer resulted in the birth of five children: John H., born September 29, 1861, deceased; Thomas A., August 23, 1863, deceased; Eddy H., March 5, 1868, deceased; Elmer, January 24, 1870, and Ida E., January 28, 1872, deceased. Mr. Brunnemer and his present wife are the parents of one child, Ada L., born December 1, 1877. Our subject and wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church. In politics, the former is a republican.

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Banta, D. D. History of Johnson County, Indiana. Chicago, IL: Brant & Fuller, 1888, page 777.