|James Madison DYE7 was born on 21 January 1847 in Union Township,.Boone County, Indiana.7 |
James served in the Civil war, enlisting 13 Apr 1864 in Company F, 155th IN Volunteer Infantry. In was in the Army of the Cumberland and served in Kentucky, Tennessee, & Alabama. He was honorably discharged Oct 1864.
James married Hanna Pugh on 1 Jan 1871 in Boone Co. She was born in Cincinnati, Ohio and was the daughter of Elias & Eliza [Cameron] Pugh. Elias was a native of Baltimore, MD.
James & Hanna had the following children: Harry P. Dye of Jackson, MS, J. Elmer Dye of Charlotte, NC, Bertha who married Harry Thompson of Lebanon, IN, and William V. who died at the age of 26.
History of Boone County Indiana; Hon. L. M. Crist, Volume II; A. W. Bowen & Co., Indianapolis. [written after 1914]
James M. Dye
The great task of clearing the land of its timber in early years can scarcely be realized by the people of today. Not a crop could be sown nor an orchard tree planted until the large trees could be cut down and removed; even then the stumps were a great hindrance and often no more than half a crop could be raised until they were destroyed. The amount of hard labor required to remove the dense forest growth over Boone and other Indiana counties seems almost incredible. It was a task that seemed never to end, and all members of the family were required to assist early and late and at all seasons of the year.
James M. Dye, well-known citizen of Union township, also his father and grandfathers before him had their full share of this work, and they did it well. They came of a race that never quailed before obstacles and hardships, never swerved aside from tasks, no matter how arduous or dangerous, if they believed it their duty to perform them, so it is no wonder that they succeeded, for such men as they are the ones on whome the sunshine of fortune delights to fall and who are the true builders of empires.
Mr. Dye has devoted his long and active career to tilling the soil and is one of our most careful farmers. He is an honored veteran of the Civil war, also one of the connecting links between the present and the pioneer period, being one of the oldest native-born citizens of Boone county who is still active in affairs. He has lived to see and take part in the momentous changes that have been noted here during the past half century.
Mr. Dye was born in Union township, Boone County, January 21, 1847. He is a son of James and Ruth Ann (Harmon) Dye, the father a native of Miami County, Ohio, and the mother of North Carolina. The paternal grandparents, George and Hanna (Calvert) Dye [her name was Sarah, not Hannah], were natives of Pennsylvania. In 1831, grandfather Dye traveled through Inidana and settled at Zionsville, buring land in the wilderness and returned home, but in 1832 came back to his land here which he cleared and improved, also built a grist and sawmill which he operated and became a leading citizen among the pioneers.
The maternal grandparents were James and Philadelphia (Dickerson) Harmon. The former was born in Kentucky, February 4, 1797, and died in Boone County, Indiana, April 11, 1847. His parents settled in the northern part of Marion county, Indiana while he was yet a boy. Philadelphia Dickerson was born in Kenrucky, August 19, 1797. She moved to Shelby county, Indiana, with her parents while a child. After their marriage, they lived in the northern part of Marion Co, IN, for a time, then moved to Illinois where they remained one year and then moved to Boone County, IN, about the year 1830. Thirteen children were born to this union, namely: Emily, deceased, born Oct 27, 1817; Mary Jane, deceased, born April 9, 1820; Ruth Ann, mother of our subject, born December 13, 1821; Robert John, deceased, born Feb 21, 1824; William Alexander, deceased, born Jan 7, 1826; James Dickerson, deceased, born Jan 8, 1828; Elizabeth, deceased, born Oct 3, 1829; Granville, deceased, born June 4, 1831; Nelson S., deceased, born July 5, 1833; Francis Marion, deceased, born Feb 8, 1835; Philadelphia, deceased, born Nov 18, 1837; Drusilla, deceased, born Aug 17, 1841, and Charles, the only one living at this writing, born Dec 25, 1844.
After their marriage the parents of our subject settled on two hundred and thirty-eight acres in Union township. He also owned eighty acres in another part of this township, and he devoted his life successfully to farming and was a good citizen and useful in the community. The father's death occurred in July, 1906, the mother having preceded him to the grave in November, 1882. The following were their children: James M. of this review; William Harvey is deceased; Sarah Elizabeth died when four years old; Melissa J. died when 21 years of age; John E. lives in Worth township; Martha D. in the wife of John Z. Cooney, of Union township.
James M. Dye grew to manhood on the home farm where he worked hard when a boy and he attended graded schools in Bartholomew county, Indiana. When the Civil war was going on, he enlisted, April 13, 1864, in Company F, One Hundred and Fifty-fith Indiana Volunteer Infantry and was in the Army of the Cumberland, serving faithfully in Kentucky, Tennessee & Alabama, and was honorably discharged in October, 1864, and returned home.
Mr. Dye was married Jan 1, 1871, to Hanna Pugh, who was born in Cincinnati, Ohio. She is a daughter of Elias and Eliza (Cameron) Pugh. The father was a native of Baltimore, Maryland, and was a cousin of Gen. John Morgan. The mother of Mrs. Dye was born in Ohio. After his marriage, Mr. Dye rented a farm from his father in Union township, where he farmed during the summer, teaching during the winter months, and in a few years he had a good start. In 1884, he went to Sheridan, IN, where he engaged in the general merchandise business for seventeen months and had a good trade, then was burned out, losing everything. He then started west with a feather renovator, later returned and purchased forty acres in Union township, joining 100 acres of timber which his father had given him. He began improving his place, clearing the land and erecting suitable buildings, draining and tilling it and in due course of time had a desirable and valuable farm. In 1894, he was elected recorder of Boone county on the Republican ticket, the duties of which office he discharged in a highly creditable manner, and while incumbent of this office he lived four years in Lenanon. We next find him buying a stone works there which he conducted one year, when he sold and returned to his farm which he worked with gratifying results until 1913, when he slowed up somewhat in active business. He made a specialty of raising Percheron, standard bred horses and he had some of the finest stallions ever know in this country, and build up an extensive and lucrative business, and he took a large number of premiums with his fancy stock at the county and state fairs during many years. He is an excellent judge of horses and knows well their proper care. He purchased forty acres adjoining his original farm in 1913. He now has one of the most desirable farms in the township and a pleasant home in every respect.
The following children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Dye: Harry P. who lives in Jackson, Mississippi; J. Elmer lives in Charlotte, NC; Bertha is the wife of Harry Thompson of Lebanon; William V. died at the age of twenty-six years.