Biography of John W. Segrave
Howard County, IN Biographies





JOHN W. SEGRAVE is the son of Tarver and Rachel Segrave, and was born in Ohio, in 1839. His father was a native of New Jersey, and his mother of Ohio. Our subject moved with his parents to this county in 1847, being then eight years of age. His father entered 160 acres of land near Greentown, and cleared and improved it until now it is one of the best farms in the township. John W. stayed with his father and assisted in clearing and improving the farm, until he was thirty years of age. They built a log cabin on the Indian trail running from Peru to the Wild Cat. They had but four neighbors, living within a mile of each other. The Indians passed their house frequently, but were very peaceable. Mr. Tarver Segrave, in company with three or four other men, walked to Fort Wayne to enter his land. In 1848, in connection with Mr. Jesse Osborn and C. O. Fry, he laid out the town of Greentown. Mr. Segrave lived on the land he entered until his death, in April, 1881. The subject of this sketch followed farming until August, 1862, when he enlisted in the. Eigthy ninth Regiment Indiana Volunteer Infantry. He was taken prisoner at the battle of Munfordsville, Ky., September 17, 1862, and was paroled the same day, and in a week he with the balance of his regiment was given a furlough of thirty days. Mr. Segrave was badly injured while in line of duty at Munfordsville, by over drilling. In the winter of 1862, he received an honorable discharge, and returned to Greentown, where he has remained ever since. March 15, 1866, he was united in marriage with Miss Sybila A. Scott, of Highland County, Ohio. They have had eleven children, four of whom are living - Rachel E., Emma J., Stella and James A. Mr. and Mrs. Segrave are members of the Christian Church. Mr. Segrave is now holding the office of Town Councilman the second term. He has led an active life, working hard toward the improvement of the township, always lending a helping hand to public enterprise. He is now running the only hotel in Greentown, and is a highly respected citizen. He had three brothers in the army, M. K., Luther S. and William R. M. K. Segrave, is still in the army, holding a Captain's commission.

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


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