Vermillion County Indiana Genealogy
MONROE G. HOSFORD, a member of the Eugene Milling Company at Cayuga, is a native of Vermillion County, Indiana, born in Eugene, February 4, 1845, a son of Philo Hosford, of Eugene, who was one of the early settlers of the county. The subject of this sketch was reared and educated in Eugene, and in 1863 he began clerking in a mercantile establishment. in 1877 he engaged in mercantile pursuits on his own account, which he continued until 1882, when he began operating the old mill at Eugene. In 1884 he, in company with Samuel K. Todd and Eli H. McDaniel, built a large flouring-mill at the present site of Cayuga where they have established an extensive business which is steadily increasing. Mr. Hosford was united in marriage to Miss Sarah C. Simpson, a daughter of Nicholas Simpson who is now deceased and they are the parents of three children, named -- Charles, Daisy and Lenore. Mr. Hosford is an active and public-spirited citizen, and is always interested in any enterprise which has for its object the advancement of his township or county. He has served as township trustee one term, and for several years was notary public. Mrs. Hosford is a member of the Presbyterian church of Eugene.
JOHN GORDON CAMPBELL a prominent citizen of Clinton, with whose interests he has been identified for many years is a native of Ireland, born near Belfast, December 25, 1825, a son of John and Lillie (Gordon) Campbell, both of whom were natives of Scotland and descendants of the old Covenanters. The Gordon's through many generations, were the devoted adherents and followers of the Dukes of Argyle, and of Presbyterian faith. The parents of our subject had a family of eight children, all of whom are living -- John Gordon, the eldest, is the subject of this sketch; William came to America in 1848, and since 1855 has been a resident of Clinton, this county; Andrew lives on the home farm in Ireland, the farm being named Bradkeel; Mrs. Anna McLaughlin and Mrs. Isabella McMillan live near the old home; James is at the old homestead; Sarah Ann, unmarried, and Mrs. Margaret Baxter. The first death in the family was
JOHN E. BILSLAND, dealer in groceries and provisions, Dana, Indiana, was born in Covington, Indiana, May 27, 1853, a son of John Bilsland, a resident of Helt Township, who came to Vermillion County in 1856, and settled on the old Daniel Whizaker farm. John E. was reared on this farm, remaining with his parents until twenty-two years old. He was given good educational advantages, attending the common schools and Clinton Institute. In 1875 he came to Dana, and in 1876 embarked in business on his own account. He carries a stock valued at from $1,500 to $2,000, doing an annual business of about $10,000, and controlling the greater part of the trade of the town in his line. Mr. Bilsland was married October 30, 1877, to Alice Stivers. Mr. Bilsland is treasurer of the town of Dana, and is one of its most prominent citizens.
HUGH H. CONLEY, one of the leading members of the bar of Vermillion County, and a prominent and influential citizen of Newport, dates his birth in this county, January 14 1843, being a representative of one of the early families. His father, Elijah M. Conley, died when he was an infant. His mother Nancy (Downing) Conley, was born in the State of Delaware, in 1798, being the only daughter of William Downing, one of the old and honored pioneers of Vermillion County. She is still living, being one of the oldest persons in the county. Elijah M. Conley and wife were the parents
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