420 - History of Vermillion County Biographical and Historical Record of
Vermillion County, Indiana


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ried in Logansport in 1872, to Miss Jennie Sammis, a native of Brooklyn, New York, and of the five children born to them only three are living -- Nettie, Geneva and Charles P. Fannie died in in her third year, and Rachel died in infancy. Mr. Walker belongs to both the Masonic and Odd Fellows orders. He is an active, public spirited citizen, and is always interested in the welfare of his town or county.

MADISON NOLAN is a native of Vermillion County, Indiana, born May 10, 1837, and a worthy representative of one of the earliest pioneer families of the county. His parents, Samuel and Sarah (Cellars) Noland, were born, reared and May 10, 1816, were married in Shenandoah County, Virginia,, where their three eldest children were born. They left the Shenandoah Valley for Vermillion County, Indiana, in 1820, and settled in the woods on section 33, Helt Township. The father in his younger days was a school-teacher, and followed that vocation eight years. He brought with him to the county quite a cash capital, and being a man of great energy and good business management, he was soon classed among the most prosperous farmers in the county. At one time he suffered quite a loss by having $1,450 in currency stolen from his residence. After reaching manhood he affiliated with the Whig party, and became a strong anti-slavery man, and naturally became one of the organizers of the Republican party. He was a consistent Christian and a member of the Protestant Methodist church. He retained his mental and physical vigor until about three years before his death, which occurred February 9, 1872, in his eighty-first year. His estate, outside of his personal property, consisted of about 1,500 acres of land. The mother of our subject died in 1851. The children born to Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Nolan are as follows -- Angeline first married John Hollingsworth, and after his death married Benjamin Ailsher and reared a family by each marriage; she died in Kansas in 1883, aged sixty-five years. Alfred died at the age of twenty-eight years, leaving a widow and two children; John died in June, 1883, aged sixty-two years; James died aged forty-eight years, leaving a widow and one child; Mrs. Emily Dustheimer, a widow, residing in Kansas; Alcain, living in Edgar County, Illinois; Melinda died aged two years; Mrs. Amanda Hollingsworth, deceased; Jefferson was a member of the Twenty-ninth Illinois Infantry, and died July 25, 1865, in Edgar County, Illinois, aged thirty-three years; Mrs. Lydia Schrader, a resident of California; Madison, the subject of this sketch; Milton, who now lives in Edgar County, Illinois, was a soldier in the Seventy-ninth Illinois Infantry. Samuel Nolan was a second time united in marriage to Mrs. Lucinda Fitzgerald, who survived him about four years. Madison Nolan, whose name heads this sketch, was reared on the homestead of his parents, and educated in the schools of his neighborhood. With the exception of the time spent in the late war and two years in Kansas and Missouri, he has always lived in Vermillion County and near the home of his birth. While a young man he taught two terms of school. He was a loyal and ardent supporter of Abraham Lincoln's administration, and August 12, 1862, he enlisted in defense of the Union, becoming a member of Company D, Eighty-fifth Indiana Infantry. The regiment left Indiana September 3 following, and was employed on guard and garrison duty and in protecting lines of communication in Kentucky and Tennessee until