Jefferson Vandivier, son of Peter and Sarah Vandivier, early pioneers of this county, was born in Union Township, August 25, 1828, and was reared on the farm. He attended school during a few short terms, and gained a knowledge of reading, writing, and ciphering. He remained under the parental roof till he reached the age of twenty-four years, and then began the battle of life for himself, and on January 26, 1854, he was united in marriage with Lucinda Margaret Canary, daughter of Henry and Elizabeth (Terhune) Canary, who settled in this county in 1844, and now reside in Franklin. They came from Mercer County, Ky., where the wife of our subject was born, April 29, 1836. Her marriage with our subject has been blessed by the birth of the following children: Almira (wife of T. L. Banta), Elizabeth, deceased, Minerva Ann, (wife of P. S. Hamilton), Rozella (wife of William H. Garshwiler), Mayo L., Dillard M., Ozaies E., Henry R., Strather E., Emma C., Susan Iona and Harriet. After Mr. Vandivier’s marriage, he settled in life as a farmer, and since has been engaged in farming, in Union Township. He started out in life with a heavy debt over him, which he has cleared, and now he is a prosperous man, owning and cultivating two farms, one consisting of 200, and the other of 175, acres. His success in life has been due to his untiring energy and perseverance. He has held several positions of honor and trust. He is now the present trustee of Union Township, filling the office for a second term. He was elected as the democratic candidate in 1886, and re-elected in 1888. He has always been an uncompromising democrat, casting his first presidential vote for Taylor and Filmore. Mr. Vandivier is a progressive and energetic man, and has always been a friend to churches, schools and public improvement. He is a jocular, good-natured man. He has reared a large family, most of whom he has succeeded in giving a good education. He is a sober, industrious and pious citizen.

Transcribed by Cheryl Zufall Parker

Banta, D. D. History of Johnson County, Indiana. Chicago, IL: Brant & Fuller, 1888, page 882.