Biography of David Lilly
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DAVID LILLY.

To make a success of agriculture, it is necessary to be something more than a hard worker. A farmer may labor from dawn to twilight every day in the year and fail to accomplish much. There must be sound judgment and discretion exercised at the same time, a knowledge of soils, grains, live stock and, in fact, general business. The man who accomplishes much as a farmer in these days is accorded a place alongside of the men who succeed in the learned professions and the skilled trades, and this is quite natural, since it requires more ingenuity, intelligence and managemeni to succeed in farming than perhaps any other vocation. David Lilly, an enterprising farmer of Jefferson township, who occupies a beautiful home, with every convenience available to those who live in the country, has succeeded in farming because he has not depended upon hard labor alone.

Mr. Lilly is a native of Huntington county, Indiana, born on September 7, 1851, and is a son of James and Margaret (Leakey) Lilly. James Lilly was born in Nicholas county, West Virginia, and came to Henry county, Indiana, with his parents when twelve years old. His parents were farmers and he worked out for a time, but later purchased eighty acres of land in Huntington county, which he farmed for six years. He then sold out and moved to Jasper county, where he purchased one hundred and twenty acres and where his first wife died. He was married again in Jasper county and then sold out and moved to Carroll county, settling in Jefferson township, where he owned one hundred and sixty acres of land and where he lived for fifty six years. He passed away on February 5, 1905. He was a Republican in politics and, in the days before the Civil War, an ardent abolitionist. For a number of years before his death, he was in the active ministry of the gospel and a devout and earnest member of the Christian church. His wife, Margaret Leakey, was a native of Henry county and was one of thirteen children born to her parents, who were large landowners and farmers by occupation. James and Margaret (Leakey) Lilly were married on July 25, 1844. To them were born four children, Joseph and Sallie, both of whom died on November 1, 1849; Martha, who lives in Logansport and is the wife of Rev. J. G. Tedford; and David, the subject of this sketch.

David Lilly remained at home until thirty two years old, farming with his father until he purchased eighty acres of land. In the early years, he raised thoroughbred stock. He inherited forty acres of land from his father, and also farms forty acres belonging to his daughter and forty acres belonging to his sister. The land is located in section 11, of Jefferson township. Aside from his own farm, the farm belonging to his daughter and sister, which he cultivates, he has also put some fifty acres of land, belonging to Mrs. Lilly, into cultivation. He has made a conscientious effort to perform well all of the duties of life and, if the verdict of his neighbors is accepted, it must be admitted that he has succeeded well in this purpose.

On March 21, 1883, Mr. Lilly was married to Anna Rothrock, the daughter of William and Elizabeth (Cochell) Rothrock, of White county, but natives of Pennsylvania. The father immigrated to White county on April 27, 1833, with his parents, and the mother, with her parents, a few years later. Mr. and Mrs Lilly have been the parents of three children, James William, who died in infancy; Margaret, the wife of David H. Roth, of Jefferson township; and Guy A., who lives on the home farm and assists his father. He owns eighty acres of land. Mrs. Lilly died on September 23, 1913.

From:
History of Carroll County, Indiana
Its People, Industries and Institutions
By: John C. Odell
B. F. Bowen & Company
Indianapolis 1916


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