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400 - History of Vermillion County Biographical and Historical Record of
Vermillion County, Indiana
and has ever been an engergetic, industrious man, and by economy and good management has acquired considerable property, his homestead, a part of which was inherited by him, now contains 300 acres of land, and his improvements are among the best in his township. Mr. Highfill was married April 24, 1855, to Elizabeth H. Hudson, a native of Clermont County, Ohio, born March 20, 1828, a daughter of David and Margaret (Jackson) Hudson. Her parents came to this county in 1830, and here her father died in 1866, aged sixty,six years, and her mother in 1872, aged seven-two years. Mrs. Highfill is the third of eight children, the others yet living are -- Benjamin F.; Alvira, wife of Alfred Newlin; Ruhama, wife of John O. Rodgers; Cleopatra, wife of Richard Mitchell, and Rebecca, wife of Robert F. Stokes. Mr. and Mrs. Highfill have had born to them one child -- Amelia Florence, now the wife of Ura A. Johnson, of Vigo County. She has two children -- Elizabeth C. and John C. Mr. and Mrs. Highfill are active members of the Methodist Episcopal church. A new brick chapel was completed and dedicated in the fall of 1887, of which Mr. Highfill is a trustee.



ENOCH WHITTED,  a prominent and progressive agriculturist of Vermillion County, resides on section 13, Clinton Township. When he settled at this place in August, 1856, his farm of eight acres was covered with a heavy growth of timber. The work of clearing the forest occupied several years, but his land is now well improved and under fine cultivation. He is a native of North Carolina, born in Chatham County, November 11, 1828, a son of Jonathan and Nancy Whitted. When he was in his eighth year his parents immigrated to Parke County, Indiana, where they made their home until 1855. They then removed to Boone County, Iowa, where the mother died a few years later. The father then returned to Indiana and lived in Clinton Township, this county, until his death. Enoch Whitted, the subject of this sketch, reached manhood in Parke County, and was married in that county to Miss Eliza Hise, who was born and reared in the same county. They continued to reside in Parke County, until establishing their residence in Clinton Township, in 1856. Nine children were born to them as follows -- George; John F., died aged seventeen years; William resides in Clinton; Mrs. Josephine Clark of Clinton Township; Idora died in her second year; Charles, Lulie, Florence and Cora, the last four yet at home with their parents. Mr. Whitted enlisted in the war of the Rebellion, and went to the front in Company A, Seventy-first Indiana Infantry, being mustered into the United States service August 18, 1862. His first engagement was at Richmond, Kentucky, where he was wounded in the right leg, and made his escape to the hospital at Lexington, Kentucky. After spending a few weeks in the hospital he returned to his home. He rejoined his regiment in January, 1863. In the summer of 1863 the regiment returned to Indianapolis, and was re-organized, becoming known as the Sixth Indiana Cavalry, and was part of the force under General Burnside at Knoxville, the following winter. This regiment subsequently joined Sherman's army at Buzzard's Roost, Georgia, and participated in the campaign which culminated in the capture of Atlanta. It was afterward sent North, and was under General Thomas at Nashville, where it had part in the battle and pursuit which destroyed Hood's army. Mr. Whitted was honorably discharged at Pulaski


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in June, 1865, when he returned to his home in Clinton Township. He receives a pension from the Government for the services in the war. He is a comrade of Owen Post, G. A. R.  He also belongs to the Masonic fraternity, being a member of Jerusalem Lodge, No. 99. In politics he is a Republican with Prohibition proclivities.



JAMES C. STUTLER, general merchant, and one of the active business men of Gessie, is a son of Joseph S. Stutler, and a grandson of William Stutler, one of the old and honored pioneers of Vermillion County. The latter settled in Highland Township in 1830, where he died one year later, leaving a widow, who died at the of about seventy-seven years, and six children. Of the children, but two are living at the present time -- Francis W., of Parke County, Indiana, and Mrs. Sarah Randall, of Gessie. Joseph S. Stutler, the father of our subject, was born in Ohio, in the year 1820, and was but two years old when brought by his parents to this county, and passed the remaineder of his life in Highland Township. He married Miss Lavina Cossey, a daughter of Nehemiah Cossey, of the eight children born to them, but four are living -- William H., of Highland Township, born August 7, 1842; James C., our subject, who was born September 13, 1843; Peter F., born October 17, 1849, and Mrs. Christiana Jane Gouty, born August 5, 1854. Four children are deceased -- Lewis B., born January 8, 1845, died December 7, 1849; Robert Amos, born January 16, 1856, died May 15, 1880; Joseph B., born February 9, 1862, died February 8, 1863, and Edmond S., born November 13, 1864, died October 9, 1865. Both parents are deceased, the father dying November 2, 1878, and the mother July 20, 1881. James C. Stutler, whose name heads this sketch, was reared in the vicinity he now lives, in Highland Township, where he was born, and with the exception of a residence of ten years in Kansas, he spent his life here.  He has been twice married. His first wife was Miss Elizabeth Lewis, a daughter of James J. Lewis, of Highland township. She died May 23, 1870, leaving at her death two children -- Charles J., born July 29, 1856, now a telegraph operator, was married July 24, 1887, to Effie M. Wingfield, and Corban E., born March 12, 1868, and died October 4, 1875. Mr. Stutler was united in marriage a second time to Miss Martha a. Nichols, a daughter of Corban Nichols. Six children have been born to this union, as follows: Ida M., born August 29,, 1873; Sarah L., June 2, 1876; William C., December 13, 1878, and Pinkey L., born June 30, 1881, and died in infancy in Cherokee County, Kansas. The three eldest were natives of Cherokee County, Kansas. Mr. Stutler established his present mercantile business at Gessie, March 16, 1881, and by his accommodating manners, and fair and honorable dealings, he has built up a good trade, and gained the confidence and respect of his many customers.



THOMAS J. NICHOLS, carpenter and joiner, Vermillion Township, is a native of Vermillion County, born in 1844, a son of Robert H. and Adaline (West) Nichols, his father a native of Union County, Indiana, of Scotch-Irish descent, and his mother a native of Massachusetts, of French descent. His parents came to Vermillion County, in 1842 and settled in Clinton Township; moved to Helt Township in 1849, where the father died in 1872, aged