William McFarland

William McFarland

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  • Name William McFarland 
    Born Abt 1813  Kentucky, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
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    • U.S. Census Perry, Marion County, IN 1850: "William McFarland, age 36 b. Abt. 1814 Kentucky, farmer, wife Martha A., age 21 b. Abt. 1829 Kentucky; five children b. Indiana: Cary A. 10, Mary E. 8, Angelina 6, John F. 4, Artemaca 2." In the same household: "Benjamine McFarland, age 80 b. Abt. 1770 Virginia, not employed, wife Mary E., age 80 b. Abt. 1770 Virginia."

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      "William McFarland. The gentleman whose name heads this sketch is a grandson of Robert McFarland, who was a native Tennesseean and an early settler of Kentucky, where he spent the rest of his life. He and his wife reared a family of eight children, five of whom were sons and all were soldiers in the War of Revolution, four of them being in active service and the other the captain of a company of home guard. Robert McFarland died at an advanced age. His son. Benjamin McFarland, was born in Tennessee in 1770 and was afterward married in Kentucky to Martha Stinson, by whom he had one daughter, Martha, who married William Henderson and became a resident of Indiana, dying there. She left eight children, two of whom survive: Harriet, who married Samuel Consley and James. After the death of his first wife Benjamin McFarland married Mary Ratcliffe, and to them seven children were born, of whom Robert died in infancy and six grew lo maturity; Jane (deceased), who became the wife of John McCollum; Thomas (deceased), who married Betsey Wycoff; Isabel (deceased), who married George Barnes; Samuel (deceased), who married Matilda Bryan; Eliza, widow of Thomas N. Thomas; William (the subject of this sketch). The father of these children was a soldier in the French and Indian Wars prior to the War of 1812-14, being a noted spy and soout in the service of his country. William McFarland, whose name heads this sketch, was born in Campbell County, Ky., April 12, 1814, on the farm belonging to his father, Benjamin McFarland. On this farm he was brought up to the'age of twelve years, living the usual life of the farmer's boy of that period. He was placed in school at the age of six years and attended every session of school during the three-months winter terms until he was twelve years old. He arrived with his parents in Indiana, October 17, 1826, his father and two of his brothers having come in the previous spring. They entered about eighty acres of land, cleared about seven acres and planted it in corn, then returned to Kentucky, sold their possessions there and returned to Indiana in the fall. Besides the above mentioned eighty acres, the father also entered eighty acres in Perry Township, and on this last tract they settled when they came in the fall. The first thing they did was to put up a cabin, 18x20 feet, the floor of which was made of ash logs, split as fine as possible, and dressed with the axe. The door was made of oak clapboards with the roof also of that material, greased paper took the place of window lights and the chimney was what was called "cat and clay.'' William remained on this farm until about 1854. He was married in 1839 by Rev. John Richmond, a Baptist minister and physician residing in Indianapolis, to Martha Ann, daughter of John Chinn, and for some time thereafter lived in a three-room frame house which had been put up on his father's farm. In 1854 he purchased ninety-four acres of land for $24 per acre, on which had been erected a good hewed log house and there he made his home for three years. Not being pleased with the neighborhood he sold his property there and bought 140 acres in Perry Township, paying $50 an acre, which was $5 more per acre than was usual. He paid $2,000 and had nine years to pay the balance. In 1871 he erected the handsome two-story frame house in which he now resides, bat at the present writing has a beautiful home almost completed in Indianapolis where he expects to spend his declining years. He was first a Whig in politics but for many years has been a Republican and has voted for every Republican candidate for president since the time of Fremont. He has been a member of the Baptist Church since 1839, in which he served as deacon since 1861. A family of eleven children were born to them, as follows: Carey A., who married Margaret Graber (deceased), has five children? Edna, Guy, Aggie, Elizabeth, and Fay; Mary E., who married Rev. Edward S. Riley, a Baptist minister, by whom she has one daughter?Margaret; Appoline A.; John L., who married Ella Stargel and has two children?Edith M. and Charles; Artemesia; Benjamin F. who is married to Selina Ewan; William H. who married Belle Smock and has five children ?Roxanna, Laurence, Nancy G., Parviu, Martha C., Louella A.; Melissa Isabella, who married Charles Collins, has four children?Clarence, Frederick, Mary and Leo; Margaret M. and Lily P. Carey A., the eldest son, served three years in the Federal army in the Seventieth Indiana Regiment, of which ex-President Harrison was Colonel."
    Person ID I13837  Complete
    Last Modified 20 Jan 2012 

    Father Benjamin M. McFarland,   b. Oct 1769, Bedford County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Apr 1860, Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 90 years) 
    Mother Mary Ratcliffe,   b. 6 Jul 1773, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Apr 1855, Marion County, Indiana, U.S.A. Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years) 
    Married Abt 1800  Kentucky, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • B.R. Sulgrove, "History of Indianapolis and Marion County, Indiana" (Philadelphia: L.H. Everts, 1884), 579:

      ". . . The permanent settlers of the years 1825 and 1826 are given in the order of their arrival [in Perry Township, Marion County, IN] as is known: . . .Benjamin McFarland, the first man who practiced medicine that settled in the township, and his two sons, Samuel and William, and soon after him his son-in-law, John McCollum, near Lick Creek, east side of the township . . ."
    Family ID F6016  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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