Biography of Francis M. Simpson
Howard County, IN Biographies





FRANCIS MARION SIMPSON was born September 15, 1840, and is the son of William Simpson, a native of Carolina and of English descent. William Simpson was a farmer who came to Fayette County, about the year 1809, and settled on Simpson Creek, which stream was named after his father, Thomas Simpson. Here William Simpson has since lived, and was married in 1822 to Sarah Turner, daughter of Amos and Sarah Turner, of German descent. Shortly after his marriage, he purchased 200 acres, and has since sold eighty acres, leaving him yet 120. William and Sarah Simpson had seven children - John, William J., Benjamin T., Thomas M. (died from disease contracted in army), Elizabeth, George W. (died from disease contracted in army) and Francis M., three of whom are living. In 1844, Mrs. Simpson died, and Mr. Simpson was next married to Adia Gabia, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gabia, of German descent. To this union were added seven children - Henry, Joshua T., Jane, Sarah E., Daniel, Nancy and Morton, six of whom are now living. Mr. Simpson was formerly a Whig, and in later years a Republican, and a member of the Union League during the war, being now eighty three years old. The subject of this sketch was reared on a farm, but, owing to necessity of work, received but a limited education. When he arrived at his majority, he worked as a farm hand for his brother, William J., at $18 per month. After three months, he went to Rush County and engaged to John McMillan at $26, and while there he enlisted, in 1863, in Company B, Thirty sixth Regiment Indiana Volunteer Infantry, under Capt. Johnson; he was discharged the same year, returned home and engaged as a farm hand until November 15, 1866, when he was married to Lydia E. Walker, daughter of John and Clarcy (Sales) Walker, natives of North Carolina, and of English descent. Shortly after his marriage, he rented a farm in Fayette County for one year, when he removed to Rush County, and lived four years on a rented farm; he then moved to Hancock County, where he remained three years, after which he lived two years in Tipton County. In 1875, he came to Howard County, locating in Union Township, where he purchased sixty acres of land. By industry and economy, he has since added thirty acres more, and now has a beautifully home. Mr. and Mrs. Simpion have five children - Sarah A., Clara E., Ollie M., Katie F. and Jesse F. Mr. Simpson is an active worker in the Republican party, and cast his first vote for Abraham Lincoln in 1860. He was a prominent member of the Union League during the war, and was an active member of the Grange movement.

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


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