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386 - History of Vermillion County Biographical and Historical Record of
Vermillion County, Indiana
dren were born to Mr. and Mrs. William Hedges -- Mrs. Irene Shew, of Clinton Township; Mrs. Mary A. Shew, also of Clinton Township; Samuel, who died January 1, 1873; Milton, a resident of Terre Haute, Indiana; Noah, whose name heads this sketch; Columbus C., of Clinton Township; Mrs. Alma Shew; William was a member of the Fourteenth Indiana Infantry, and was killed at the battle of Chancellorville, Virginia, in 1863; Mrs. Catherine Hall resides on part of the old homestead in Clinton Township, and two children who died in early life. Noah Hedges has spent all of his life in Vermillion County, and now lives on section 25, Clinton Township, not eight rods from his birth-place. He has been twice married, and a daughter of his first wife became the wife of Charles E. Welker. She died in Clinton Township February 24 1883, in her twenty-third year, after about one year of married life. Mr. Hedges married his present wife, formerly Miss Hannah Tennis, March 17, 1872. She is a native of Ohio, born January 12, 1848, a daughter of Allen and Mary Tennis. The father died in Clinton Township during the war of the Rebellion. Her mother is yet living. Mr. and Mrs. Hedges have five children living -- Baraba I., Maynard V., Ernest V., Maud H., Esta E. Their fifth child, a son named Charles E., died in infancy. Mr. hedges is a thorough, practical farmer, which is well indicated by his farm of 120 acres of finely cultivated land. He is a member of the United Brethren church. Mrs. Hedges belongs to the Baptist church.



ELIAS LAMB, of Newport, was born in Randolph County, North Carolina, about sixteen miles north of Ashland, the date of his birth being September 24, 1814. In April, 1829, his parents, Joseph and Lydia (Adamson) Lamb, left North Carolina for Indiana, bringing their family to Wayne County. There the parents lived on a farm until their death, the mother dying in 1844, and the father in 1855. They were member of the Society of Friends, of the nine children born to them seven grew to maturity, of whom five are living at the present writing as follows -- Esther, Elias, Mornen, Joseph and Ithamer. Of the above, all with the exception of one son is living in Indiana. Elias Lamb, the subject of this sketch, was reared on his father's farm to agricultural pursuits. March 23, 1837, he married Miss Susannah Bish, a native of Fairfield County, Ohio, born November 17, 1818, a daughter of John and Ann Elizabeth Bish, with whom she came to Wayne County, Indiana, in 1836. Her parents lived in Wayne County many years, and subsequently removed to Miami County, where the mother died. Later the father returned to Wayne County and died on the old homestead. Mr. and Mrs. Bish reared a family of ten children to maturity, of whom two sons and four daughters yet survive. After their marriage Mr. and Mrs. Lamb settled in Wayne County, living there many years. Mr. Lamb learned the carpenter's trade at which he worked in connection with farming. In 1870 he came to Vermillion County, locating on a farm near Perrysville. In March, 1873, he bought and removed to a farm in Vermillion Township, where he lived until March 3, 1887, when he purchased the pleasant home in Newport where he now resides, enjoying the fruits of a well spent life. Mr. and Mrs. Lamb celebrated their golden wedding March 23, 1887, at which there was a large attendance of the old settlers, and nearly all of their children and grandchildren were also present.


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They have had ten children born to them -- Azel E., Irvin R., Elizabeth J., John V., Leanna, Carrie, Merritt C., Elmira C, and Lydia F., living, and Lewis K., their fourth child, died aged one and a half years. They have in 1887, twenty living grandchildren and eight great-grand children. October 12, 1883, Mr. and Mrs. Lamb were attacked by burglars at their home, Mr. Lamb being severely injured, and has never fully recovered from the effects. In 1841 he and his wife united by letter with the United Brethren church in Wayne County, and recently transferred their letters to the same church in Newport. politically Mr. Lamb was a Free-Soiler until 1856, since which he has affiliated with the Republican party. They are among the most respected citizens in Vermillin County, and ever foremost in deeds of Christian charity and benevolence.



RIENZI M. WHITE, one of the active and enterprising agriculturists of Helt Township, residing on section 27, was born in the same township, near his present home, January 31, 1841, a son of James A. White, one of the old and respected pioneers of Vermillion County. He was reared to the avocation of a farmer, which he has made his life work, and was educated in the common schools of his neighborhood, and at the Farmer's Home Institute at Clinton, Indiana. He enlisted as a private in the war of the Rebellion, and was assigned to Company D, Eighty -fifth Indiana Infantry, and participated in a number of important engagements, including the battles of Resaca, Buzzard's Roost, Dallas Woods, Kenesaw Mountain, Cassville, Peach Tree Creek, siege of Atlanta, Averysboro and Bentonville. He was with Sherman on his march to the sea, thence to Washington, where he participated in the grand review. He was in the service three years, and was discharged as Orderly-Sergeant at the close of the war. May 19, 1867, he was married to Miss Mary J. Davis, a native of Montgomery County, Indiana, and daughter of Robert Davis, now a resident of Helt Township. Mr. White has a fine farm of eighty acres, where in connection with his general farming he is engaged in stock-raising, making a specialty of graded Holstein cattle. He is a member of the Grand Army of the Republic. Mrs. White is a member of the Methodist Episcopal church at Salem.



THOMAS J. SKIDMORE, a prominent and successful agriculturist of Vermillion County, engaged in farming and stock-raising on section 15, Helt Township, was born in the same township, near his present farm, February 14, 1850, a son of the late Hon. William Skidmore. His youth was passed on the home farm, and in attending the schools of his neighborhood, where he received a fair common-school education. He has always followed farming and has now a valuable farm of 106 acres well improved and under good cultivation, the surroundings of his place showing the owner to be a thorough, practical farmer. September 7, 1871, he married in Clarke County, Illinois, Miss Virginia Wright, whose father, Richard Wright, is still a resident of Clarke County. Four children have been born to this union, named -- Estella, Harvey, Jesse and Metta A. Mr. Skidmore has been a member of the United Brethren church since the age of nineteen years, with the exception of four years, when he belonged to the Methodist Protestant church. He is now steward of