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HISTORY OF PARKE COUNTY, INDIANA
(Source:  History of Vigo & Parke County, Indiana - Chicago: H. H. Hill & N. Iddings, 1880, 1310 pgs.
(Transcribed by Sharon Wick)

BIOGRAPHIES OF SUGAR CREEK TOWNSHIP

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BANTA, Jacob 461
BILBO, William 460
BUDD, Casper, Col. 463
CLORE, Howard 462
DELP, Urial C. 462
LOUGH, Jacob B. 465
McCAMPBELL, John N. 465
MUSGROVE, Samuel 461
MYRES, Andrew J. 460
REDDISH, John C. 464
WILLIAM BILBO, deceased, was born in Kentucky in 1797, and was the son of Archibald and Mary Bilbo, both natives of Kentucky; the former of whom died in 1826, aged fifty-seven, the latter in 1833, aged fifty-six years.  Mr. Bilbo was married in 1820 to Lucinda Durham, daughter of Benjamin and Margret (Robinson) Durham.  Her parents were the first settles in Boyle county, Kentucky, and they both died in Kentucky; the former in 1846, aged sixty-nine years, the latter in 1853, aged seventy-three years.  Mr. William Bilbo had by this marriage twelve children:  Margaret, David, Elijah, Mary, deceased; Benjamin, deceased; William B., Elizabeth, deceased; Archibald, Harriet A., Milton J., James O. A., deceased; and Sophia A.  Benjamin was killed in the battle of Jerkins Ferry, April 30, 1864.  Archibald was captain of the Howard township Home Guards.  Mr. Bilbo began life for himself poor.  He came to Parke county in 1829, and shortly after returned to Kentucky, remaining there nine years, after which he returned to his farm in Howard township, where he died in 1854.  By trade he was a blacksmith.  He and his wife were active, earnest workers in the cause of christianity.  They united with the Methodist Episcopal church at Waveland.  Mr. Bilbo took an active part in the building of the first church in the township.  He was a man very highly respected by his neighbors for his integrity and moral character.  By his death his family lost a benevolent and kind husband and father.
JACOB C. BANTA, farmer, Waveland, was born in Mercer county, Kentucky, July 14, 1817, and is the son of Garrett and Lana Banta.  His parents were natives of Kentucky; his grandfather, Peter Banta, was a pioneer settler in the State of Kentucky.  The old log-house built by his grandfather, in which he and his father were both born, stood till four years ago in a good state of preservation.  His maternal grandparents came to Kentucky from New Jersey in the early settlement of the country.  The earliest legend respecting the Banta family is that the great-great-great-grandfather of the subject of this sketch was of Dutch descent, his wife of the French, and that their descendants came to America in the time of its early colonization.  His mother's people were originally from Germany.  He was married in 1838 to Sarah W. Bingham, daughter of Joseph and Sophia (Janes) Bingham, pioneer settlers of Virginia.  By this union he has nine children:  Sophia, married to James Owen; Mary L., married to William T. Davis; Sarah F., married to Richard A. Watson, deceased; Joseph H. Laney E., deceased; John M., married to Amanda Pitman; and Charles W.  Charles W. and Joseph H. remain at home.  Joseph H. was a member of the Howard township Home Guards.  He and his wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal church at Waveland.  He has all through his life preferred home to the honors of office.  He has a farm of 160 acres, mostly cleared and fairly stocked.
COLONEL CASPER BUDD, Waveland, was born November 16, 1805, in Lycoming county, Pennsylvania.  He is the son of John and Mary (Bosworth) Budd.  His father was a native of Germany, and an officer in the army, born in 1779, and came to America in 1794, with his parents, and to Lycoming county, Pennsylvania.  In 1812 he immigrated to Ohio, and settled in Cincinnati, where he remained till 1822, when he removed to Clark County, Ohio, where he died April 1, 1850.  He was for many years justice of the peace.  Col. Budd's mother was a native of Vermont.  She died March 19, 1850, aged seventy years; her father, David Bosworth, was the son of Benjamin Bosworth, and immediate descendant of one of the "Pilgrim Fathers."  Her grandfather settled in an early time in New York, near Athens.  Col. Budd was married in 1826 to Kallista A. Stratton, daughter of Timothy and Hester (Horton) Stratton; the former, a native of Connecticut, born in 1773, and died in 1853; the latter died in 1837, aged sixty-one years.  By this marriage he has had ten children:  Hulda M., Henry C., Hester A., William W., Mary B., Harriet, deceased; John T., who died in the service; Daniel C., Joseph C., Phoeba E. and Sarah J.  John T., William W. and Daniel C. were in the 9th Ind. battery; the last was in seventeen hard fought battles.  He and his wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal church at Waveland.  At the age of fifteen he went to Cincinnati to learn the trade of carding and spinning, where he remained two years.  He then went to farming, but disliking the business, he again returned to his trade, which he followed, working in various places, till 1836, when he purchased an interest in a carding and fulling establishment in Wayne county, which he carried on till 1840, when he sold his interest in the factory and moved upon his farm in Parke county, where he remained till within a few years, when he sold his farm and retired from business to enjoy the products of his industry.  In 1855 he was elected trustee of Sugar Creek township.  It was during this term of office that Howard township was cut off from Sugar Creek.  He afterward served one term as trustee in Howard township.  In 1861 he raised a company for the Indiana Legion, and was made captain. In 1862 he was commissioned colonel of the Parke county regiment which was called out several times during the war to prevent depredations and outbreaks on the part of the Knights of the Golden Circle.  He served one term as state representative in what in known as the "stormy session of '63."  Cal. Budd, through not now an officer of Parke county, as he was during the war, has lot no part of his former interest in the welfare of her people and institutions.
HOWARD CLORE, farmer and stock raiser, Waveland, is one of the most successful business men in Howard township.  He was born in Kentucky in 1819, and is the son of Israel and Frances (Deer) Clore.  His parents were natives of Madison county, Virginia.  His father was born in 1779, and died in 1854; his mother was born in 1783, and died in 1871.  His father never lost an opportunity to impress upon his family the duty of honesty in their dealings with men.  Howard Clore, emigrated to Montgomery county from Kentucky, with his parents, in 1837.  In 1839 he was married to Margaret Deer, daughter of John and Margaret (Clore) Deer, both natives of Madison county, Virginia; they emigrated to Kentucky and then to Montgomery county, Indiana.  By this union he became the father of eleven children, all of whom are dead but Hannah E., Sarah L. and Henry H., who is married to Maria A. MyresWilliam w., deceased, was a volunteer in the 115th Ind. reg.  He died in 1865, aged twenty-five years.  His first wife died in 1856, aged thirty-five years.  He was married a second time, in 1857, to Sarah A. Deer, sister to his former wife, and by this marriage they have five children, three now living: Howard D., Whitfield, and Robert A.  This second wife died in 1873, aged forty-nine years.  He was married a third time, to Elizabeth Frame, daughter of Robert and Mary (Smeak) Lafollett, both natives of Hardin county, Kentucky.  They emigrated to Montgomery county, Indiana, in 1826, and he died in 1876, aged seventy-three years.  Mr. Clore's paternal grandmother was a pioneer settler in Virginia, and lived to a good old age.  His maternal grandmother, after having raised a family in Virginia, immigrated to Kentucky, and a second time became a pioneer settler.  Mr. Clore settled in Howard township, where he now lives, in 1839.  His education was such as the pioneer schools could give.  In religious belief he is a Predestination Baptist, but has never united with the church.  His father was of the same faith, but, owing to a split in the church, never became a member after he left Kentucky.  Mr. Clore has a well improved and stocked farm of 400 acres located along the line separating Howard township from Montgomery county.  Lately he has deeded his children 1,299 acres of western land.  In politics he is a staunch republican.  He was raised to believe in equal rights.
URIAL C. DELP, farmer, Wallace, was born in Kentucky in 1828, and is the son of James and Malinda (Clore) Delp, the former a native pioneer settler of Kentucky.  He came to Parke county with his parents in 1837.  His father died in 1880, aged eighty year, and his mother in 1873, in the sixty-second year of her age.  Urial C. Delp (Crosby) Clore.  By this marriage he has nine children:  Malinda A., Marion S., Edward S., Ulysses G., Ambrose B., Ida J. and Cora E.  He ran the mill on Sugar creek, known as Delp's mill, for twenty years.  When he began life for himself he had but little property, and he now has a farm of 335 acres, located on Sugar creek, rich in mineral deposits, such as iron and coal, which will receive special attention in this work.  His education is only such as the pioneer schools of Parke county county could furnish.
JACOB B. LOUGH, farmer, Waveland, was born in Cumberland county in 1810.  He is the son of Thomas and Nancy (Bishong) Lough, both natives of Cumberland county, Kentucky.  Thomas Lough and his father were musicians.  Thomas was a drummer, and did good service in beating up volunteers, both in the Indian wars of the northwest territory and in the late war.  His father served in the revolutionary war under Washington as fifer.  Thomas B. Lough came in Indiana at the beginning of the rebellion, and died in 1854, aged seventy-seven years; his wife died in her seventy-seventh year, two days after her husband.  Jacob Lough's paternal grandmother was Nancy Warner, cousin to Gen. George Washington.  His maternal grandfather was captain of a company under Gen. HarrisonJacob B. Lough was married in 1843 in Kentucky, and remained there till he could earn a vehicle convey him to Parke county.  By his first wife he had three children:  Thomas W., George W. and Sarepta D.  His first wife, Rosanna Stalcup, died in 1846, aged twenty-eight years.  He was married a second time in 1847, to Mrs. Emily J. (McGuffey) English.  By this union he has two children:  Elva J. and Perry J.  He and his first and second wife and all his children are members of the Christian church.  In politics he was formerly a whig, but is now a republican.  George W. was a soldier in the 21st reg. Ind. Vols., and served three yeas.  When Mr. Lough was married he and his wife had but a very limited share of this world's goods.  He now owns a good farm of 305 acres and has it fairly stocked.  He never cared for office and never was sued in his life.  His education is that of the common schools of his boyhood.
JOHN N. McCAMPBELL, farmer, Waveland, was born in Parke county, May 5, 1849, and is the son of John H. and Sarah A. (Grismore) Campbell, early settlers in Parke county.  John N. was a native of Kentucky, and immigrated to Parke county and settled in Washington township in 1846.  Sarah A. McCampbell was a native of Clark county, Indiana.  John N. was married in 1872 to Victoria McCord, daughter of R. S. and Caroline (Allen) McCord, both natives of Kentucky.  She was born in Parke county in 1852.  He has by this marriage two children:  Clara, born May 20, 1874, and Walter A., born August 14, 1878.  Mr. and Mrs. McCampbell are members of the United Presbyterian church at Bethany.  His parents are old members of this church.  He began life for himself in very moderate circumstances.  By good management and industry he has accumulated property quite rapidly.  In politics he votes the straight republican ticket.  He and his wife were educated in the common schools of Parke county.  He was elected last spring to the office of justice of the peace in Howard township.
SAMUEL MUSGROVE, deceased, was born in Tennessee.  He was the son of Samuel Musgrove, a native, pioneer and pensioned soldier of the revolution, of the Big Bend State.  He was first married to Rebecca Miller, of Tennessee, by whom he had nine children.  He came to Parke county about 1830, where his wife died.  In 1840 he was married to Margaret Snooks, daughter of Jeremiah S. and Nancy (Watt) Snooks.  She was born in Ohio in 1809.  Her father was a native of New Jersey, her mother of Pennsylvania.  Her grandfather Watt was killed in the revolutionary war by the Indians.  Her grandfather Snook served in the army throughout the revolution. By this second marriage Samuel Musgrove had three children:  John A., Nancy E. and Charles A.  John A. was a soldier in the late war, in the 21nd Ind. Vols., in the beginning of the war, but was transferred to the artillery service, and was killed at Baton Rouge, after having served two years.  The youngest remains at home on the old farm with his aged mother.  Samuel, son of Mr. Musgrove by his first wife, was a soldier in the late war.  When Mrs. (Snook) Musgrove came to Parke county there was but one log house where Rockville now is, and but two families in Howard township besides her father's.  Mr. Samuel Musgrove was trustee of Howard township one term, and in politics was a republican.  He was an energetic, successful farmer, and a strict church member.  His second wife united with the Methodist Episcopal church, of which he was a member, at the first camp meeting held in the county.  By his death, in 1874, the church lost a faithful, benevolent member and officer, his wife a kind and affectionate husband, his children a generous, obliging and loving father.
ANDREW J. MYERS, farmer, Wallace, was born in North Carolina in 1819, and is the son of Daniel and Mary (Shuby) Myres, both natives of North Carolina.  The former was drafted in the war of 1812.  The grandfather Myres emigrated from Germany to Pennsylvania, then to North Carolina.  His father was one of eleven brothers, and raised a family of thirteen children.  A. J. Myres was married in 1849 to Martha Brant, of Fountain county, daughter of James and Sally (Morgan) Brant, both natives of Kentucky.  By this union there are six children:  James D., Sarah C., George W., William B., Francis F. and Mary E.  His wife, Martha (Brant) Myres, died in 1875.  He was married in 1876 to Mrs. Mary T. Chark, formerly Miss Tinzley, with whom he now lives.  He came to Parke county with his parents in 1830, when the country was a wilderness.  When he began life for himself he had but little except an industrious good will.  He now has a good farm of 192 acres in good cultivation and fairly stocked.  He was raised in the Lutheran faith.  In politics he is a democrat, of the Jackson type.  During the war troubles he remained neutral.  He treated every one with respect, and received the same treatment in return.
JOHN C. REDDISH, farmer and stock raiser, Waveland, was born in Kentucky in 1834, and is the son of Robert and Elizabeth (Connelly) Reddish, both of whom were natives of Kentucky, and immigrated to Parke county, Greene township, in 1844, and settled three-fourths of a mile west of Parkeville; they afterward moved to Howard township and settled on the old Flemming-Johnson farm.  The subject of this sketch came to Parke county with his parents in 1844, and in 1854 he was married Mary J. Watson, daughter of Richard and Sarah (Burford) Watson, both natives of Shelby county, Kentucky.  Her parents died shortly after coming to Parke county; her father in 1837, aged thirty-three years, and her mother in 1839, aged thirty years.  Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Reddish have four children:  Clayborn W., husband of Eva C. Sutton, Lizzie B., Cora A. and Effie J.  They are members of the Missionary Baptist church at Goshen, Washington township.  He lost two brothers in the late war.  During the war he was ready at any time to defend the laws and institutions of the country.  In politics he is a republican.  In practical business life he is a success.  He owns a farm of 240 acres of as good land as Howard township contains, and has it fairly stocked.  He formerly dealt in cattle principally.  He received no education outside of the common school.
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