Biography of Jacob R. Melton
Howard County, IN Biographies





JACOB R. MELTON, farmer, was born in Rush County, Ind., March 6, 1882, and is the son of Hiram F. and Catharine (Rosier) Melton, of German and English descent. Hiram F. came to Rush County in an early day with his father, who was one of the old pioneers of that county. Jacob R. was reared upon his father's farm and attended the common schools, but owing to the necessity of work received but a limited education; he was married to Miss Martha Downey, born August 28, 1830, daughter of James and Rebecca (Hinton) Downey, natives of Kentucky, and of English descent. This union has been blessed with three children - James F., born November 5, 1855; Serelda J. Cohee, born November 14,1857; and John W., born August 18, 1863. They also have one adopted daughter, Mary R. Downey, born January 20, 1872. Shortly after his marriage, Mr. Melton purchased a farm of sixty acres in Union Township,Howard County, one and one fourth miles northeast of Jerome, and in January 1859, located on this farm, where he has since lived, and by industry and economy has been able to add eighty acres, making a good farm of 140 acres. Mr. Melton was mustered into service in November, 1864, was sent to Louisville, and placed under Capt. John W. Aughe, of Company E, Fortieth Regiment Indiana Volunteer Infantry; he was transferred to Nashville, thence to Columbia, Tenn., and was engaged in the battle of Franklin, Tenn., between Hood and Thomas. His regiment then retreated to Nashville to fortify and prepare for the battle of Nashville. From Nashville the troops were marched to Lexington, Ala., thence to Huntsville, Ala., where they remained until March, 1865, when they were sent to Blue Springs, East Tenn.; here they remained until the 1st of May, when they were sent to Johnsonville, Tenn., and took passage on a steamer for New Orleans. Thence they went to Texas, and while at San Antonio, Mr. Melton was discharged October 25, 1865. Mr. Melton is an industrious farmer, and was a prominent member of the Grange movement, having held the position of Steward of that organization. Mrs. Melton is identified with the Christian Church, and is one of its most active members.

From:
Counties of Howard and Tipton, Indiana
Historical and Biographical
Charles Blanchard, Editor
F. A. Bettey & Co.
Chicago 1883.


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