Vermillion County Indiana Genealogy
DANIEL E. STRAIN, farmer and stock-raiser, section 20, Helt Township, was born in Brown County, Ohio, March 2, 1821, a son of William Strain, a native of Kentucky. His father and an uncle, Thomas Strain, were in the war of 1812, and both were present at Hull's surrender at Detroit. His grandfather, Thomas Strain, was a native of Scotland. In 1833 his parents moved to Shelby County, Indiana, and lived a few miles southeast of Indianapolis six years and in 1839 he came to Vermillion County, where he has since lived with the exception of about five years spent in Edgar County, Illinois. He is one of the properous farmers of Helt Township, where he owns a good farm of 160 acres. He makes a specialty of graded stock, having some of the best cattle and hogs in the county. Mr. Strain was married in 1850 to Mary Helt, daughter of Daniel Helt, a pioneer of Vermillion County. To them have been born six children -- Isaac, America, Charles H., Elizabeth, James (deceased), and Joseph. Mr. and Mrs. Strain are members of the Methodist Episcopal church. In politics he is a Republican.
JAMES P. HAWORTH, farmer and stock-raiser, section 7, Vermillion Townshiip, is a native of Vermillion County, born in 1834, a son of Richard and Susannah (Henderson) Haworth, natives of Tennessee and South Carolina respectively. His parents lived for some time in Ohio, and from that State moved to Vermillion County, Indiana, in 1820, and settled on a tract of wild land in Vermillion Township, their nearest neighbor at that time being sixteen miles distant. This land they improved and made their home until their death. James P. was reared on his father's farm, and now owns a part of the old homestead. After nearly seventy years of cultivation, the land in this section has proven to be immensely rich, affording
WILLIAM I. HALL, M. D., the pioneer physician of Gessie, was born in Williamsport, Warren County, Indiana, in May, 1841, his father, Rev. Colbrath Hall, being among the first farmers and preachers of that county, where he still lives. Rev. Colbrath Hall is a native of the State of New York, born January 20, 1806, and although in his eighty-second year, he is still active, and yet engaged in the ministrry. Dr. hall was reared to manhood in his native county, and enlisted from there in August, 1862, in Company E, Eighty-sixth Indiana Infantry. He participated in the battle of Perryville, but in December, 1862, he was compelled to go to the hospital on account of illness. On his recovery he was detailed for hospital duty at Nashville, and this hospital service was his first school in medicine. He remained on hospital duty until the close of 1863, when discharged for disability. He then returned home and shortly after his return, he was appointed by Governor Morton, Assistant Military Agent of the State of Indiana, with headquarters at Chattanooga, which position he occupied until after the fall of Atlanta, when he resigned. During his service in the hospital he had laid the foundation for medical study, and on his return from Chattanooga, he entered the drug store of his brother-in-law at Williamsport, and at the same time studied medicine. In October, 1865, he entered the medical department of the Michigan State University at Ann Arbor, where he remained until April, 1866, when he returned to Williamsport. In the spring of 1867, he began the practice of medicine at Jefferson, in Clinton County, Indiana. During the winter of 1869-'70, he attended the Ohio Medical College at Cincinnati, graduating from that institution in the spring of 1870. In 1870 he came to Highland Township, Vermillion County, and when the railroad station was located at Gessie, in 1872, he established himself at this place where he has since been engaged in the practice of his profession. He purcchased the first lot and erected the first house on the village plat, and has ever since been one of the most active and public-spirited men of the place. Dr. Hall was married at Jefferson, to Miss Elizabeth Hall of that place, and they are the parents of three children -- Wendell Velpeau, a student at Wabash College; William B. and Mary Henrietta. In politics the doctor is a Republican, and is a warm supporter of the principles of his party.
GEORGE FRANKLIN SKIDMORE, residing on section 16, Helt Township, Vermillion County, is a blacksmith by trade, also carries on a general repair shop,
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