Milton Paddock, a young and progressive farmer and citizen of White River Township, was born March 10, 1860, and is the son of John and Elizabeth Ann (Cox) Paddock. The father was born in Preble County, Ohio, August 1, 1823, and was the son of Elijah and Ruth Paddock, unto whom were born six children, namely: Louis, Mary, John, Myram, Sarah and Anderson. John Paddock came to Indiana in 1845, and settled in Morgan County. January 26, 1846, he was married unto Jane Burns, a native of Marion County, and who continued to be his companion till 1858, when she was called away by death. February 10, 1859, he married for a second wife, Elizabeth Ann Cox, daughter of Paul and Mary (Matthews) Cox. He was a native of Pennsylvania, and she of Carolina, and both came to Indiana in early life, and were married in this state. Elizabeth Ann, the mother of our subject, was born in Morgan County, Ind., October 8, 1836. Three children: Milton, Mary and Frank, were born unto John and Elizabeth Ann Paddock’s marriage. Their parents settled in this county, immediately after their marriage, and the father’s death occurred here January 23, 1876. The mother resides in Marion County. Her son, the subject of this sketch, was but a small boy when his father died, but his mother continued to live on the homestead, where Milton was reared. His early education was received in the common schools, and was finished by a two terms’ course in the normal school of Danville, Ind. September 3, 1882, he married Lula Bell, the daughter of Josiah and Margaret Bell. She was born in Adams County, Ill., February 29, 1864. Unto the above marriage have been born two children, John and Evert. After Mr. Paddock’s marriage he settled down in life and began agricultural pursuits, in which he has been actively engaged. He and wife are members of the Christian Church.

Transcribed by Cheryl Zufall Parker

Banta, D. D. History of Johnson County, Indiana. Chicago, IL: Brant & Fuller, 1888, page 905.