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 Volume 4: Descendants of Jonathan Stark & Sarah Lacock; the Kentucky Stark Families
Chapter 9: John Stark, Elizabeth Eddy & Their Children

 

 

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Chapter 9: John Stark, Elizabeth Eddy & Their Children

By Clovis LaFleur, April 2010

 

 

Washington County, 1781-1787

Location Enoch's Blockhouse, Henry Enoch's home, and William Wood's home.

John Stark's date of birth is not known with certainty. He was most likely born about or after 1754 in Sussex County, New Jersey, the son of Jonathan Stark and Sarah Lacock. John did not appear in any of the records with the Stark brothers while they were living in Loudon County, Virginia. His not appearing on the tax list would suggest he was under the age of 16 during this period of time, this being the reason he was not reported on the list. He was quite possibly born after 1754; but most likely not later than 1760, for John first appears in the Pennsylvania Revolutionary War records in early 1781, serving with his brother, Joseph, in Captain Abner Howell's Company.[1]

John married Elizabeth Eddy between 1780 and 1783 in Washington County, Pennsylvania.[2] Genealogical researchers had not been certain of the surname of Elizabeth for many years. However, a publication by Raymond Martin Bell and Irene Putnam Lignian reported: "Elizabeth Eddy, b. c1764 m c1788 ____  Stark."[3] The person named Stark was most likely John Stark. John's son Benjamin named one of his daughter's Hulda Eddy Stark  another possible clue Elizabeth's surname was Eddy.[4] John Stark was reported on the 1783 Washington County tax list as follows[5]: "Stark, Joseph, 240 acres, 2 horses, 2 cows / Stark, John, no land, 2 horses, 2 cows, 6 sheep."

They were residents of Amwell Township where Joseph and John Stark were most likely in the same household. Although the location of the Joseph Stark property in Amwell Township is not known with certainty, they could have been living near the Lacock families. The 1783 tax list provides the best documented evidence of the place of residence in 1783 of the men with the surname Stark and suggests their probable place of residence prior to that year.

In 1786, James Stark, Jonathan Stark, Daniel Stark, Christopher Stark, Joseph Stark, and John Stark were reported on the Nelson County, Virginia (later became Kentucky) tax list.[6] Joseph Stark and John Stark were reported on the Nelson County Tithable list of David Cox in 1785. Joseph was on line 39 of the list and John was on line 40 indicating they were living close together or on the same property. David Cox's District was described as "on all the waters of Cox's Creek, Simpton Creek Easterly to the County Line northerly of Chaplins Fork." This provides a clue to where they may have been living. "Simpton Creek " was present day Simpson Creek, a tributary of the Salt River lying to the east of Cox's Creek. John was next reported living in Henry County in 1800 and reported as a resident through 1809. His son, Benjamin, was first reported in 1803; was absent or not reported in 1804; and was reported as a resident again from 1805 through 1808. In the 1810 census, John Stark (Junior) ad brother Benjamin were reported living in Henry County, Kentucky, near their cousins who were children of Joseph Stark and spouse Hannah. Therefore, sometime after the 1809 Kentucky tax list was completed and before the 1810 Kentucky census was taken, John Stark (Senior) had most likely moved to Scott County, Indiana.

The next record reports John was a resident of Scott County, living next door to his son, Benjamin.[7]

 

Head of the House: John Stark

Males: [10 & under 16 = 1] [16 & under 26 = 1] 26 & under 45 = 2] [45 & over = 1]

Females: [16 & under 26 = 1] [26 & under 45 = 1] [45 & over = 1]

 

Benjamin's wife died after the 1820 census and November 5, 1822, he married Phebe Stark, daughter of Christopher Stark and Martha Vineyard, in Washington County, Indiana.[8]

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1)

 Pennsylvania Archives," 6th Series, Volume 2, Page 118 begins the Class Roll of Captain Abner Howell's Company. On page 120, William Venerd (probably Vineyard) was on the 5th Class Roll; on the 7th Class Roll was John Stark and Joseph Stark; and on the 8th Class Roll was James Veneard (probably Vineyard) and Isaac Lacock.

2)

Clovis LaFleur Estimate: Researchers suggest the oldest child of this couple, Benjamin Stark, was born in about the year 1783. Assuming the marriage occurred beforeore his birth, then the marriage would most likely have been within this time frame. The Bell & Lignian publication (Footnote 3) reported the marriage occurred ca. 1788. It is most unlikely this marriage occurred afterer 1784 when John Stark was living in Kentucky.

3)

Raymond Martin Bell & Irene Putnam Lignian, The Lacock Family of Washington County, Pennsylvania (Washington, Pennsylvania, 1986), page 10. reports Elizabeth Eddy, b. c1764 m c1788 --- Stark. Elizabeth was the daughter of John Eddy. John Stark and Elizabeth Eddy named a daughter Edith "Eddy" Stark, the spelling the same as reported in this publication. Documents report this daughter as Eddy Stark suggesting she may have had her mothers beforeore marriage surname as her middle name.

4)

Source of Will: Transcribed Copy from will book A:34, Indiana library. Transcribed by Sheila (Stark) Schmutz, Dec. 10, 2006 / Will of Benjamin Stark (1783 PA – 1831 IN), son of John Stark (1754 NJ – 1841 IN) / Recorded July 3, 1829. A True Record. C. Gilbert, Clerk. Quote: "In the name of God Amen. I Benjamin Starke of the county of Vigo and state of Indiana....And the rest of the estate afterer defraying all exp….. shall be divided equally amongst my five daughters, namely Ma…, Elizabeth, Cyrena, Hulda Eddy, and Mary, reserving six dollars..."

5)

Raymond Martin Bell, Washington County, Pennsylvania Tax Records 1783. Paper by this title stamped R. M. Bell, 1506 1st Ave. N. Apt. 3, Coralville, IA, 52241-1125.

6)

URL: http//ftp.rootsweb.com/pub/usgenweb/ky/nelson/taxlists/taxes/nelson1.txt. TAXLIST Nelson County Tithes 1785-1791, Nelson County, Kentucky. Transcribed by Mary Yoder, mayoder@davesworld.net; Date 11 Oct 2000.

7)

Ancestry.com. 1820 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2009. Images reproduced by FamilySearch. Source Citation: Year: 1820; Census Place: Lexington, Scott, Indiana; Roll  M33_14; Page: 154; Image: 237.

8)

Dodd, Jordan. Indiana Marriages to 1850 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 1997.

 

 

 

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John was reported as a resident of Scott County, Indiana in the 1830 census. His will was probated April 11, 1842 in Scott County, Indiana. His son John (Junior) was named as Executor. Heirs named were: Wife, Elizabeth / Sons, John, Henry, Leonard, Luther, Benjamin, Thomas / Daughters, Eddy, Polly. The following is a transcription of the Will made September of 1841.

 

The last will and testament of John Stark of Scott County, Indiana

I John Stark being of sound mind and disposing memory do hereby publish this my last will and testament hereby revoking and entirely ............. all former wills by me made or published. 1st I commend my soul to God and my body I bequeath to mother Earth to be buried of in such a manner as my friends may deem proper. 2nd I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Elizabeth one third of the ......... and pr......... of all my real estate her unto after willed to John Henry Leonard and Luther Stark & to ....... during her natural life to be paid annually, also one Bed and the necessary bedding and as much household and kitchen furniture as may be necessary for her comfortable support, also all her wearing apparel which she may dispose of as she thinks proper. 3rd I give and bequeath to my sons John and Henry the East half of the South West of Section two in Township number two (2) South of Range (8) Eight East containing Eighty acres. 4th I give and bequeath to my sons Leonard and Luther the south East quarter of the ........ described Section no. (10) ten the South half to be for the use and benefit of Leonard and the north half to be for the use and benefit of Luther. 5th I give and bequeath to my sons John and Henry each forty dollars to be paid out of the proceeds of my personal estate. 6th I give and bequeath to my sons Benjamin and Thomas (or their legal heirs) twenty dollars each making forty dollars to be paid by my Executor. 7th I give and bequeath to my daughter Eddy all my right ..... interest claims on demand to any and all the estate of my daughter Polly deceased which was by willed to the said Eddy at her decease. 8th I further direct that my personal property be sold by my Executor and after the payment of the .......... herein before charged out of the proceeds of the same the payment of all my such debts by me owing the balance shall be divided among my heirs except Benjamin and Thomas.

And now to carry into effect the provisions above made I do hereby constitute & appoint my son John Stark my sole Executor of this my last will and testament.

In testimony I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this third day of .......

John Stark (_____ his mark)

September 1841

Signed sealed and delivered in presence of us: Thomas McCamset, Edward Samar

The State of Indiana State Office

Scott County In April 11, 1842

This day came formally before me in my office Thomas McComset and Edward Samar the subscribing witnesses to the within will and testament of the within named John Stark dec.. and upon their oaths proved the same according to the law which is admitted to Record N........ my hand.

Willis I. Macles

 

 This document suggests John Stark died after he made his Will and before the date of Probate, that is between September of 1841 and April of 1842.

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 Will in Scott County, Indiana; Book  A, Page 22 / Will was probated 4-11-1842. Exec: son, John Stark / Witt: Thomas McCament, Edward LaMar / Heirs: wife, Elizabeth; Sons, John, Henry, Leonard, Luther, Benjamin, Thomas; Daughters, Eddy, Polly, deceased. Contributor: Sheila (Stark) Schmutz <sheila.schmutz@usask.ca>

 

 

 

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John Stark Descendant Register, Generation No. 1

 

Author's Comment: Click on this phrase to go to a searchable online genealogical database entitled, "Descendants of Aaron Stark [1608-1685]. In the surname search window, enter first the surname, then comma, then given name. Clicking on "List" will take you to a list of persons in the database with that surname and given name. Look down the list for birth and death dates. When they match the person on this web site, click on the name in the list. This will take you to the data page of the person of interest. You can then navigate from that page to the ancestors or descendants of that individual.

 

1.

John Stark (Jonathan Stark [The Elder]4, William Stark (Junior)3, William Stark (Senior)2, Aaron Stark [1608-1685]1) was born 1754 in Sussex County, New Jersey, and died between  03 SEP 1841 and April 11, 1842 in Scott County, Indiana. He married Elizabeth Eddy about 1780 in Washington, Pennsylvania, USA. She was born before 1760, and died about 1845 in Scott County, Indiana.

 

 

Children of John Stark and Elizabeth Eddy are:

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2

  i.

Benjamin Franklin Stark was born 1783 in Washington, Pennsylvania, USA, and died 03 JAN 1831 in Pierson Township, Vigo County, Indiana.

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3

  ii.

John Stark Jr. was born 06 JUN 1785 in Nelson County, Kentucky, and died 05 NOV 1864 in Scott, Indiana, USA.

 

4

  iii.

Edith "Eddy" Stark was born 1799 in Kentucky, and died before 1880. She married David Stark 18 MAR 1845 in Scott, Indiana, USA, son of Daniel Stark and Elizabeth Unknown. He was born 19 MAY 1775 in West District of Augusta, Augusta County, Virginia (later Washington County, PA), and died 05 NOV 1857 in Scott, Indiana, USA. She married Henry Schafer 16 MAR 1854 in Scott, Indiana, USA. He was born about 1799.

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5

  iv.

Joseph Leonard Stark was born about 1794 in Kentucky, and died before 1850 in Vigo, Indiana, USA.

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6

  v.

Henry Stark was born 1791 in Kentucky, and died 03 MAR 1855 in Clark, Indiana, USA.

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  vi.

Luther Stark was born 15 NOV 1804 in Henry County, Kentucky, and died 12 DEC 1874 in Scott, Indiana, USA.

 

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  vii.

Thomas Stark was born before 1805, and died before 1870. He married Lucinda Gobel 13 JAN 1825 in Clark, Indiana, USA. She was born about 1805.

 

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  viii.

Mary Stark was born about 1787, and died 1841 in Scott, Indiana, USA.

 

John Stark Descendant Register, Generation No. 2

 

2.

Benjamin Franklin Stark (John Stark5, Jonathan Stark [The Elder]4, William Stark (Junior)3, William Stark (Senior)2, Aaron Stark [1608-1685]1) was born 1783 in Washington, Pennsylvania, USA, and died 03 JAN 1831 in Pierson Township, Vigo County, Indiana. He married Mary Ann Arnold 16 MAR 1804 in Henry County, Kentucky. She was born before 1784, and died 1821 in Scott, Indiana, USA. He married Phebe Stark 05 NOV 1822 in Washington County, Indiana, daughter of Christopher Stark and Martha Vineyard. She was born 10 APR 1794 in Nelson County, Kentucky.

 

 

Children of Benjamin Franklin Stark and Mary Ann Arnold are:

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  i.

John Arnold Stark was born 27 APR 1811 in Henry, Kentucky, USA, and died 06 MAR 1874 in Linton, Vigo, IN.

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  ii.

Henry Arnold Stark was born about 1815 in Kentucky, USA.

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  iii.

Elijah Arnold Stark was born 21 MAR 1820 in Scott, Indiana, and died 18 AUG 1890 in Hamilton Twp, Sullivan, IN.

 

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  iv.

Elizabeth Stark was born about 1816 in Kentucky, USA. She married Samuel Miner Trulock 22 FEB 1835 in Clark, Indiana. He was born 16 NOV 1812 in Bourbon, KY, and died 11 DEC 1864 in Franklin, TN.

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  v.

Christiana Stark was born 14 FEB 1805 in Henry, Kentucky, USA, and died 15 NOV 1845 in Scott, Indiana.

 

15

  vi.

Susannah Stark was born about 1814. She married Henry Bower 14 AUG 1834 in Clark, Indiana. He was born about 1814.

 

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  vii.

Mariah Stark was born 17 MAR 1809 in Henry, Kentucky, USA, and died 11 AUG 1868 in Greenville, Floyd, IN. She married Hiram Carroll 08 MAR 1829 in Clark, Indiana. He was born about 1809, and died before 1845 in Indiana, USA. She married Jacob J. Kimberlin 16 DEC 1845 in Scott, Indiana. He was born 30 MAY 1800 in Greene, PA, and died 03 SEP 1864 in Greenville, Floyd, IN.

 

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  viii.

Martha Stark was born about 1814 in Clark, Indiana, and died 11 NOV 1850. She married Edward Fouts 29 MAR 1834 in Clark, Indiana. He was born about 1814.

Children of Benjamin Franklin Stark and Phebe Stark are:

 

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  i.

Benjamin Franklin Stark was born 1830 in Vigo, Indiana, USA, and died 04 NOV 1844 in Vigo, Indiana, USA.

 

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  ii.

Mary Stark was born about 1828 in Vigo, Indiana, USA.

 

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  iii.

Serena A. Stark was born about 1825 in Vernon Township, Washington, Indiana. She married William A. McCoskey 19 MAR 1862 in Vigo, Indiana, USA. He was born about 1825.

 

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  iv.

Hulda Eddy Stark was born about 1823 in Vernon Twp, Washington, Indiana. She married Joseph Akers 14 FEB 1844 in Vigo, Indiana, USA. He was born about 1823.

 

 

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3.

John Stark Jr. (John Stark5, Jonathan Stark [The Elder]4, William Stark (Junior)3, William Stark (Senior)2, Aaron Stark [1608-1685]1) was born 06 JUN 1785 in Nelson County, Kentucky, and died 05 NOV 1864 in Scott, Indiana, USA. He was buried in Lexington, Scott County, Indiana. He married Elizabeth Snodgrass 15 APR 1839 in Scott, Indiana, USA. She was born 1805 in Kentucky.

 

 

Children of John Stark Jr. and Elizabeth Snodgrass are:

 

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  i.

Margaret L. Stark was born 1840 in Scott, Indiana. She married John L. Hough 21 OCT 1858 in Scott, Indiana. He was born 1838 in Indiana, USA.

 

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  ii.

Elizabeth Charlotte Stark was born 1841 in Scott, Indiana. She married Shields. He was born about 1841.

 

5.

Joseph Leonard Stark (John Stark5, Jonathan Stark [The Elder]4, William Stark (Junior)3, William Stark (Senior)2, Aaron Stark [1608-1685]1) was born about 1794 in Kentucky, and died before 1850 in Vigo, Indiana, USA. He married Sarah Acres about 1810 in Henry County, Kentucky. She was born 1794 in Kentucky, and died after 1850 in Vigo, Indiana, USA.

 

 

Children of Joseph Leonard Stark and Sarah Acres are:

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  i.

William Acres Stark was born 07 APR 1816 in Kentucky, USA, and died 21 AUG 1890 in Clark, Illinois, USA.

 

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  ii.

Lucinda Stark was born 1822 in Indiana, USA. She married Edward D. Minor 11 AUG 1849 in Vigo, Indiana, USA. He was born before 1829.

 

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  iii.

Catherine E. Stark was born 1836 in Indiana, USA.

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  iv.

John Stark was born 1812 in Kentucky, USA.

 

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  v.

Indiana Stark was born 22 APR 1822 in Indiana, USA, and died 24 DEC 1902 in Honey Creek Twp, Vigo, IN. She married William L. Akers about 1862 in Vigo, Indiana, USA. He was born 1836 in Illinois, USA. She married [Unknown] before 1858 in Vigo, Indiana, USA. He was born about 1822.

 

6.

Henry Stark (John Stark5, Jonathan Stark [The Elder]4, William Stark (Junior)3, William Stark (Senior)2, Aaron Stark [1608-1685]1) was born 1791 in Kentucky, and died 03 MAR 1855 in Clark, Indiana, USA. He married Elizabeth Gray 22 MAR 1835 in Clark, Indiana, USA. She was born before 1815, and died before 1845. He married Jane Covert 07 AUG 1845 in Clark, Indiana, USA. She was born 1801 in Indiana, USA.

 

 

Children of Henry Stark and Elizabeth Gray are:

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  i.

Thomas Lee Stark was born 1836 in Indiana, USA, and died 09 JAN 1908 in Vincennes, Knox County, Indiana.

 

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  ii.

Sidney Jane Stark was born 17 MAY 1837 in Indiana, USA, and died 15 NOV 1921 in Clarksville, Clark, IL. She married Joel Clapp 14 FEB 1855 in Scott, Indiana. He was born 28 DEC 1829 in Clark, Indiana, and died 30 JUN 1898 in Clarksville, Clark, IL.

Child of Henry Stark and Jane Covert is:

 

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  i.

Martha Ann Stark was born 1846 in Clark, Indiana, USA.

 

7.

Luther Stark (John Stark5, Jonathan Stark [The Elder]4, William Stark (Junior)3, William Stark (Senior)2, Aaron Stark [1608-1685]1) was born 15 NOV 1804 in Henry County, Kentucky, and died 12 DEC 1874 in Scott, Indiana, USA. He was buried in Lexington, Scott, Indiana, USA. He married Mary Ann Watkins 07 OCT 1829 in Clark, Indiana, USA. She was born 27 DEC 1809 in North Carolina, and died 27 FEB 1887 in Lexington, Scott County, Indiana. She was buried in Scott, Indiana.

 

 

Children of Luther Stark and Mary Ann Watkins are:

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  i.

Thomas Calvin Stark was born 1830 in Scott, Indiana, and died 08 NOV 1896 in Peru, Chautauqua, KS.

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  ii.

William W. Stark was born 1832 in Scott, Indiana.

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  iii.

Lemon R. Stark was born 22 OCT 1837 in Scott, Indiana, and died 15 JUL 1892 in Lexington, Scott, Indiana, USA.

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  iv.

Marion Luther Stark was born 1849 in Scott, Indiana, and died 1912 in Scott, Indiana.

 

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  v.

John J. Stark was born 1833 in Scott, Indiana.

 

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  vi.

Mary A. (Amanda M.) Stark was born 1843 in Scott, Indiana, and died 01 SEP 1911 in Scott, Indiana. She married Milton Benjamin Cole 11 SEP 1861 in Scott, Indiana. He was born 20 JUN 1840 in Indiana, USA, and died 15 MAY 1911 in Scott, Indiana.

 

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Rhoda May Stark was born 22 JUN 1845, and died 20 MAR 1920 in Scott, Indiana. She married James Harvey Noe 15 APR 1866 in Scott, Indiana. He was born 08 AUG 1842 in Indiana, USA, and died 13 NOV 1913 in Nabb, Scott, IN.

 

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  viii.

Elizabeth G. Stark was born 1840 in Scott, Indiana.

 

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  ix.

Sarah E. Stark was born 1842 in Scott, Indiana. She married Benjamin Franklin Kimberlin 01 NOV 1860 in Scott, Indiana, son of Isaac Jones Kimberlin and Christiana Stark. He was born 07 JUL 1825 in Scott, Indiana, and died 12 MAY 1863 in Civil War.

 

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