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344 - History of Vermillion County Biographical and Historical Record of
Vermillion County, Indiana
trade was on the Memphis Appeal. He returned to Indiana late in the year 1854, and the following year became associated with his brother, James E., and Luke Grant, in milling and the dry goods business in Warrick County. Their mill, which cost $10,000, was destroyed by fire in 1859, thus breaking up the company. September 25 1859, Mr. Knowles was united in marriage in Warrick County, to Miss Emily E. Ashley, who was born near Booneville, that county, October 4, 1842, a daughter of William G. and Sophia (Boxley) Ashley. Their only child, Anna, was born June 28, 1860. She is now the wife of Charles E. Pittman, a dental surgeon of Evansville, Indiana. In 1860 the Knowles brothers, in company with Arthur M. Johnson, built a flat-boat, loading it with corn, started in February, 1861, for the lower Mississippi markets. James E. Knowles and Mr. Johnson returned by the last boat, leaving for Louisville before the blockade of the river.  Charles B. remained behind to finally close up their business, and was detained nearly two weeks, returning by railroad, by the way of Nashville & Louisville from Memphis, this then being the only route open. Politically Mr. Knowles is of Democratic antecedents and he himself is classed as Independent. A natural student he keeps well posted on all matters of public interest. In his religious views he is liberal.



ELISHA A. LACEY is a representative of one of the pioneer families of Vermillion County, Indiana. His father, James Madison Lacey, came here with his father, James Lacey, who settled with his family in Vermillion County in the year 1837. James Lacey, the paternal grandfather of the subject of this sketch, was of English ancestry, the eighth son of Richard Lacey, and was born in the State of New Jersey, July 6, 1778. He married Mary Biglow, who was born February 14, 1785, a daughter of Nicholas Biglow, a soldier in the war of the Revolution. She died in Vermillion County the 29th day of September, 1848, aged sixty-three years. In 1801 Mr. Lacey and his wife emigrated from New Jersey to the State of New York, where they resided a number of years, and reared a family of five children. From New York he moved to Indiana, and settled on a farm in Vermillion County, Highland Township, and about two miles north of Perrysville. This was his home until the time of his death, which occurred while temporarily residing with his daughter in Warren County, this State on the 8th day of October, 1855. He was a man of intelligence, courageous, and fond of adventure, and the deep forests of central New York, abounding with wild animals, afforded ample opportunity for the young and athletic pioneer to gratify his fondness for the chase. Some of the tales of his early adventures would adorn a page in a history of pioneer life in the State of New York. He and his brother, while propspecting for salt, discovered the mineral springs of Dryden, New York, known as the "Dryden Springs," that have since become quite a place of resort for invalids, a large sanitarium having been erected there. Of his five children who came with him to Indiana, Margaret, the oldest, married Syra Aldrich, and died in July 1855; Esther died in September, 1839; Susan married Jacob Dolsen, and died in March, 1876; James Madison, whose history will be briefly given, and Benjamin, the youngest, who studied medicine, became a physician, practicing in Dallas, Edgar County, Illinois, where he died in 1867. James Madison Lacey was born in Tomp-


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kins County, New York, November 28, 1814. In the year 1837 he accompanied his father to Vermillion County, Indiana, and engaged in teaching school, having received an academic education at Cazenovia, New York. In 1839 he returned to New York, and was married March 24, 1841, to Anna Maria Albright, who was born in the town of Dryden, New York, February 3, 1821, a daughter of Elisha Albright. Soon after his marriage he returned to Indiana and resumed teaching, being one of the early and successful teachers of the towns of Perrysville and Eugene. After teaching a number of years, he settled on a part of the land purchased by his father, where he lived until his death, which occurred March 21, 1864. He was one of the representative citizens of Vermillion County; he was a close reader and well informed on all of the general topics of the day. He was quiet and unassuming in his manners, was a fine conversationalist and a good speaker expressing his views easily and clearly, and was a valuable and instructive associate. In politics he was a Democrat of a pronounced type and was an able advocate of the principles of that party. In religious faith he was a Universalist. His only child, Elisha A. Lacey, is the only descendant of this pioneer family who bears the name of Lacey in Vermillion County. He was born in Dryden, Tompkins County, New York, February 16, 1842, his parents having returned to their native State for a brief period. In his infancy he was brought to Vermillion County, where he has spent most of his life. In 1857 he was sent back to Dryden, and attended the high school of that place, graduating in 1859. On his return he engaged in teaching for a few years, and since then has given his attention to agriculture. He resides two and one-half miles north of Perrysville, on a fine farm of 370 acres. He was married November 2, 1863, to Martha Ellen Wright, who was born October 3, 1844, a daughter of Thomas Wright, a pioneer of this county. They have five daughters -- Lizzie, Cora, Minnie, Bertha and Grace. In politics, Mr. Lacey, like his father, is a Democrat, and in 1882 was the candidate of his party for the office of Representative to the State Legislature. He is a man of ability and of good address. His history will be finished by the future historian of Vermillion County.



ALFRED R. NEWLIN, one of the self-made men of Vermillion County, engaged in farming and stock-raising on section 4, Vermillion Township, is a native of Indiana, born in Parke County, March 30, 1832. His parents, Eli and Mary (Edwards) Newlin, were natives of North Carolina, and among the early settlers of Indiana, locating in Parke County in 1828. In 1833 they came with their family to Vermillion County and settled in Vermillion Township, where they passed the remainder of their life. The father became a prominent man in the county, and for two terms held the office of sheriff. He also served as justice of the peace a number of years. He started in life poor, but by his persevering energy and industrious habits combined with good management he succeeded well in life, and at his death left an estate of 300 acres. He often went security for a friend, and in almost every instance was obliged to pay the amount himself. He was a man of sterling worth, honest and upright in all his dealings, and was universally respected. He died in 1872, aged seventy years. His widow survived until 1886, dying at the advanced age of eighty years. They reared two children -- V. Irena, who is now