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

Of their six children but three are living -- Elwood, of Kansas; George F. and James P. George F. was reared a farmer, and has by his industry and good management made a success of that calling. He was married in Parke County, Indiana, to Marian Reynolds, who was born in 1832, a daughter of Mahlon and Ruth Reynolds, pioneers of Parke County, coming from North Carolina in an early day. Mr. and Mrs. Haworth have had seven children, but four of whom are living -- Flora, Lillian, William B. and Almira. Emma, Mahlon and Albert are deceased. Flora is the wife of S. S. Cook, and has one child -- Everett. Lillian is the wife of John A. Curran, and has one child -- Etta. In politics Mr. Haworth casts his suffrage with the Prohibition party. He and his wife are birth-right members of the Society of Friends.



WILLIAM M. BELL, deceased, who was one of the representative citizens of Vermillion County, was born in Mason County, Kentucky, November 18, 1818. When he was a chld his father died, and while still young he removed with his mother, Mary (Early) Bell, to Vigo County, Indiana. In early manhood he engaged in mercantile pursuits in Terre Haute, and in 1846 he came to Vermillion County, and engaged in the mercantile business at Perrysville. He was married in Perrysville, in 1848, to Miss Elizabeth Russell, one of the pioneers of Vermillion County, and to this union were born two children -- Mary, wife of James R. Dunlap, of Highland Township, and Ruhama, wife of M. M. McNeill, of Danville, Illinois. Not long after his marriage William M. Bell went to Terre Haute and again engaged in business in that city. In 1852, after the death of his father-in-law, he settled on the Russell homestead, situated in the northern part of Highland Township, this county, and here his wife died October 8 of the same year. January 7, 1855, he was again united in marriage to Miss Carrie Reeves, who was born in Portsmouth, Ohio, a daughter of George and Elizabeth (Brown) Reeves. She removed with her parents to Cincinnati, Ohio, where she was reared to womanhood, and in 1851 the family settled in Terre Haute, Indiana. Mr. Reeves died in 1853 at Cincinnati, while on a visit to that city. his widow survived until 1884, having attained her ninetieth year. Four children were born to the second marriage of Mr. Bell, of whom only two are living -- Elizabeth, wife of Albert McNeill, and Carrie Bell. Katie died in infancy in the year 1860, and George Marlin died in 1875, aged fourteen years. Mr. Bell was an earnest and consistent member of the Methodist Episcopal church, as is his widow. He was always liberal toward the support of the gospel, and toward benevolent institutions, and was active in the advancement of any enterprise which had for its object the best interests of his fellow men.



CALEB BALES, deceased, one of the earliest pioneers of Vermillion County, Indiana, was born in Tennessee, September 25, 1795, a son of William Bales. He was reared in his native State, and when a young man came to Indiana. He was a farmer by occupation, and was one of the most active in developing the agricultural resources of the county, although he did not live to see the consummation of his hopes. He died June 18, 1836, leaving his widow with a family of small children to fight the battle of life alone. Mr. Bales was married May 23, 1827, to Emily Spangler, a daughter of


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Frederick Spangler, who settled in Vermillion County in 1824. To them were born five children -- William F., Catherine (deceased), Josephine (deceased), Mrs. Martha Carson and Caleb. Mrs. Bales makes her home with her son Caleb, and is now in the eighty-first year of her age. Mr. Bales was a soldier in the war of 1812, serving under General Jackson, and participated in the battle of New Orleans.



ROBERT DAVIS, an old and respected settler of Vermillion County, residing on section 22, Helt Township, is a native of Virginia, born in Montgomery County, January 29, 1810. His father, John Davis, was a native of the same county, and was a son of Jeremiah, a native of Wales, who served as a soldier in the war of the Revolution. He was reared in the Allegheny Mountains in his native county, and received such education as the subscription schools of that early day afforded, among his school mates being William B. Preston, afterward in General Taylor's cabinet, Colonel Bob Preston who become his militia Colonel, John B. Floyd and brothers, all of whom afterward acquired a national reputation. In early manhood he learned the plasterer's and brick mason's trade, which he followed for twenty-five years. He was married January 19, 1836, to Miss Melvina Taylor, a daughter of George Taylor, and to them were born eleven children, eight still living -- William T., a butcher, living at Dana; Samuel B., editor of the Hoosier State, of Newport; Cornelius S., ex-county recorder, of Newport; Thomas C., minister of the Methodist Episcopal church, of Lodi, Indiana; Melvin B., attorney and editor of the Beatrice Republican, of Beatrice, Nebraska; Charles W., at home; Amanda, wife of Jasper Andrews, of Helt Township; and Mary J., wife of Rienzi White, of Helt Township. One son, Robert N., died in California in the fall of 1884, at the age of thirty-three years. In the fall of 1839 Mr. Davis immigrated with his family to Montgomery County, Indiana, and lived in the vicinity of Waveland until the spring of 1855 when he came to Vermillion County, and settled on the place where he now lives, engaged in farming and stock-raising. Mr. and Mrs. Davis began life entirely without means, but went to work with willing hands and stout heart to make a home out of the wilderness, and their efforts have been crowned with success, and their home-farm now contains 230 acres of choice land. In 1879 Mr. Davis visited his birth place where he met many of his boyhood friends. He never seeks official honors, preferring the quiet home life, although he takes an active interest in the advancement of his township. Both he and his wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal church.



WILLIAM RUSSELL, one of the old and honored pioneers of Vermillion County, is a Virginian by birth, born in Shenandoah County, April 28 1797, a son of David Russell, who was also a native of Shenandoah County, Virginia, and was a soldier during the war of the Revolution. Our subject removed with his parents to Muskingum County, Ohio, during the war of 1812, and shortly afterward settled in Licking County, same State. In 1829 he came to Vermillion County, Indiana, when he settled on his present farm which at that time was a heavily timbered tract of land. He has been twice married, taking for his first wife Miss Jane Slater, who was a daughter of