Vermillion County Indiana Genealogy
WILLIAM P. BREMER, merchant, Quaker hill, Indiana, has a well assorted stock of dry-goods, boots and shoes, hats, patent medicines, groceries, queen'sware, tin and hardware and notions. He located at Quaker Hill, February 14, 1881, and has built up a good trade, his genial manners and honorable dealings gaining the confidence of the public. He was born in Jefferson County, Kentucky, September 15, 1851, a son of Simeon P. and Mary K. (McPherson) Bremer, natives of Kentucky, his father of German and his mother of Scotch descent. William P. was reared on a farm, receiving but limited educational advantages, but by observation and reading has acquired a good business education. He was married in Vigo County, Indiana, November 20, 1881, to Melissa L. Huntwork, who was born in that county March 6, 1859, a daughter of Jacob and Catherine Huntwork. They have one child -- Bertha B. Mr. Bremer is a member of the Odd Fellow's order, Newport Lodge, No. 594. In politics he affiliates with the Prohibition party. In 1885 he was appointed postmaster at Quaker Hill, and still holds that position.
JOHN BILSLAND, one of the old and respected citizens of Helt Township, residing on section 10, is a native of Ohio, born in Ross County, September 28, 1808. His father, Alexander Bilsland, was born in the State of Pennsylvania, and was a soldier in the war of 1812. The subject of this sketch was reared to the vocation of a farmer, and in his youth received such education as could be obtained in the subscription schools of that early day. The schools of that time were held in the most primitive style of log cabins, built with clapboard roof, puncheon floor, slab seats, greased paper used for windows, and a huge fire-place across one end of the room. He began learning the carpenter's trade at the age of seventeen years, an occupation he followed for forty years. He was married October 25, 1832, to Mahala DeHaven, a daughter of Jacob DeHaven, and of the seven children born to this union only two are now living -- Mrs. Emma Taylor and Mrs. Gabrianna Arnold. One son named Frank, was a soldier in the war of the Rebellion, and was killed in the West. Mrs. Bilsland died July 10, 1849, and May 21, 1850, Mr. Bilsland was married a second time to Eliza Sewell, daughter of David Sewell, and to them were born two children named John E. and Euseba Malone. Mrs.
REV. HARVEY L. GRIMES, a resident of Helt Township, was born in Watertown, Washington County, Ohio. August 19, 1857. His father, Dr. Wilson Grimes, who is now deceased, was also a native of Ohio. He was united in marriage to Miss Emily Harris, a daughter of Morgan Harris who is a resident of Helt Township, and to them were born eight children as follows -- Mrs. Dr. Bradley, John, Anna, Mrs. Dr. Newton, Harvey L. (our subject), Morgan, Jonas and Ruth. The father came with his family to Vermillion County, Indiana, in 1861. In 1870 the family removed to Edgar County, Illinois, where the father died in 1871, the mother and family returning to this county in 1872. The subject of this sketch was reared to the vocation of a farmer, receiving in his boyhood the benefits of the common schools. He made the most of his opportunities, and by close observation and diligent study he became a well educated man, and since 1878 he has followed the teacher's profession both summer and winter, becoming a successful and popular instructor. He lives with his mother who is now in her sixty-first year. He began preaching the gospel in the Methodist Episcopal church in 1886, and has now four appointments. He has held the position of Secretary of the County Sabbath-School Association, and takes an active interest in Sabbath-school work. He has collected a fine library, his books being valued at $500.
AARON MARTIN, a farmer of Clinton Township, was born in Rockingham County, North Carolina, January 25, 1824, a son of George and Elizabeth (Riddle) Martin, who were born, reared and married in that State. In 1827 they came north with their family, and after a short residence in Ohio, they settled in Shelby County, Indiana, remaining there until 1837. They then removed to Edgar County, Illinois, and spent the remainder of their life in that and Vermillion County, Indiana, both dying in Edgar County many years ago. Aaron Martin, the subject of this sketch, has spent most of his life in agricultural pursuits, and nearly all his life since reaching manhood has been spent in Vermillion County. He now resides on section 22, Clinton Township, where he is engaged in farming and coal mining. He is the owner of forty acres of land where he resides, and a tract of ten acres located in another part of Clinton Township. Mr. Martin was united in marriage February 14, 1850, to Miss Hannah Norton, who was born in Fayette County, Ohio, April 25, 1829, a daughter of Samuel and Hannah Norton. She came with her parents to Vermillion County, Indiana, in 1848, they shortly after removing across the line to Edgar County, Illinois, where they lived until their death, the father dying in September, and the mother in November, 1883. Mr. and Mrs. Martin have seven children living -- Mrs. Missouri Bell, of Clinton Township; Mrs.
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