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

els of wheat, or 2,000 bushels of oats per day. Mr.. Saxton is a member of the Masonic fraternity, and also belongs to the Grand Army of the Republic.



ROBERT D. MOFFATT, retired merchant, Perrysville, was born in New Jersey, in 1812, and came to Perrysville in 1836, since which time he has been a resident of this place, being one of the leading merchants until 1874. His family consists of a wife and four children, and it is a note-worthy fact that death has not visited his family since his marriage. One of his daughters is the wife of Judge and Professor B. E. Rhoads, formerly of Newport and now of Terre Haute; another daughter is the wife of M. G. Rhoads, of Newport, and a third is the wife of John F. Compton, a business man of Perrysville. Mr. Moffatt's son, Ward E., is a druggist in Terre Haute. Mr. Moffatt has been a public spirited citizen here, taking an active interest in the material prosperity of the community. In his political principles he was first a Whig, then Republican, but for the last fifteen years he may be considered independent.



ELI BRINDLEY, farmer and stock-raiser, resides on section 9, Vermillion Township, where he owns 240 acres of land under a high state of cultivation. He is a practical farmer and an enterprising public-spirited citizen of the county, where he has spent his life. He was born in Vermillion Township, January 20, 1838, a son of George and Sallie (Blunk) Brindley, natives of Kentucky, of German descent, and early settlers of Vermillion County. Eli Brindley was reared on his father's farm and early learned lessons of thrift and sobriety that have resulted in prosperity and have made him one of the representative men of his township. He was married in 1862 to Lucinda Nichols, who was born in Vermillion County in 1838, a daughter of William and Rhoda (Martin) Nichols. They have had five children, but two of whom are living -- Louvicia, wife of D. Barker, and Loretta, wife of E. Axton. Mr. Brindley in politics casts his suffrage with the Democratic party. He and his wife are members of the United Brethren church.



WILLIAM C. BOGART is a native of Vermillion County, Indiana, born in Vermillion Township, September 6, 1841. His father, Julius Bogart, was born in Carter County, East Tennessee, June 16, 1811, a son of Henry Bogart, a native of Virginia, and a soldier in the war of 1812, who brought his family to Vermillion County and settled in Helt Township in 1829. The father of our subject is still a resident of the county, living at Quaker Point, in Vermillion Township. The mother of our subject, Lucinda Bogart, was a daughter of Isaac Carmack. She died in 1872. Of the eight children born to the parents of our subject only four are living -- Isaac, Mrs. Amanda Lemons, Henry and William C. One daughter, Mary, died after her marriage, leaving at her death three children. The Bogart family were among the first settlers of the county, and have been identified with its history from its earliest years. William C. Bogart whose name heads this sketch, passed his youth in assisting with the work of his father's farm, and attending the schools of his neighborhood. He is one of the propserous


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agriculturists of Vermillion County, engaged in farming and stock-raising on section 16, Helt township, being the owner of 543 acres of fine land. He was united in marriage to Miss Sarah Shaw, a daughter of Charles Shaw, who is deceased. Three of the four children born to Mr. and Mrs. Bogart are living, named as follows: Charles, Isaac and Maude. Both Mr. Bogart and his wife are members of the United Brethren church, and among the respected citizens of Helt Township.



WILLIAM JONES, one of the self-made men of Vermillion County, engaged in farming and stock-raising, on section 5, Vermillion Township, is a native of Indiana born in Union County, in 1819. His parents, Aaron and Pheba (Watkin) Jones, were natives of New Jersey, and in 1828 came with their family to Vermillion County, and here made their home until death. Here the father made a good home for his family, out of the forest, the country at the time of their settlement being in a state of nature. He experienced many of the hardships and privations of pioneer life, but lived to enjoy the fruits of his years of toil. He was one of the honored pioneers who was prominently identified with the early history of the county, and was well and favorably known throughout the county. William Jones, the subject of this sketch, was reared amid the wild surroundings of pioneer life, and was early in life inured to hard work, assisting his father clear and improve their frontier farm, but the lessons of persevering industry learned in his youth have been of lasting benefit to him. He has always followed the vocation of a farmer, and by his own unaided effort he has gained a competence for his declining years. He is now the owner of a fine farm of 460 acres, the greater part of which is well improved and under a high state of cultivation. Mr. Jones has been three times married, his first marriage taking place in Knoxville, Illinois, in 1840, with Miss Sarah Watkin, who left at her death four children, named, Matilda, Pheba, Philo and Milo. Matilda married Joseph Maxwell, who died leaving a family of three children named -- Sarah E., Catherine B. and Malinda F. Pheba first married John Richards, who died leaving her with two children named Frank and Flora. She is now the wife of Frank Dicken. Philo Jones married Hannah J. Coursin, and they have two children -- William and Thomas. Milo Jones married Jennie Faught and they have two children -- Shella and Daisy. For his second wife Mr. William Jones married Catherine Coursin, and to this union three children were born -- Ellen married Joseph Fortner and they have four children, named, Rubie, Gertie, Effie and Garnett. Alexander, the second child, married Bell Nichols, and their children are -- Wilson, Ora and Orda; and Vorhees the youngest child is still unmarried. William Jones married for his third wife Miss Mahala Myers. In politics Mr. Jones is a Democrat. He has served as supervisor, which office he filled with credit to himself and to the entire satisfaction of his constituents. Postoffice, Newport, Indiana.



A. HARVEY KERNS, engaged in farming on section 4, Helt Township, Vermillion County, was born on the old homestead, which he now occupies, the date of his birth being June 27, 1854. His father, William Kerns, who is now deceased, was one of the early settlers of the county, and a much respected citizen. He was a farmer by occupation, and his son, A. Harvey, the sub-