Biography of William J. Simpson
Howard County, IN Biographies





WILLIAM J. SIMPSON is the second in a family of six children born to William and Sarah (Turner) Simpson, natives of North Carolina and Pennsylvania, and of English and Irish descent. William J. was born in Fayette County, Ind., March 8, 1827, and was reared upon the farm, receiving a limited education. He served an apprenticeship of three years at the carpenter's trade, and, shortly after his majority, was married to Miss Sarah Fiant, born June 7, 1832, the daughter of Peter and Elizabeth (Bilman) Fant, of Fayette County. Shortly after his marriage, Mr. Simpson engaged in farming in Fayette County, where he remained three years. He then removed to Montgomery County, Ohio, thence he located in Darke County, and later removed to Preble County. In October, 1857, he came to this county, purchased eighty acres of land and resided in the first log cabin built in Ervin Township. Here he cleared out a home for himself and family. He enlisted, in December, 1863, in Company E, One Hundred and Twenty sixth Regiment Indiana Volunteer Infantry, organized at Camp Stillwell, Kokomo, Ind., under Capt. Garrett. He participated in battle at Nashville, Tenn. Mr. Simpson, while in Camp Carrington, Indianapolis, was thrown from the barracks and had his leg broken and received a severe wound in his side. After he recovered from this, he was placed upon detail duty, and was discharged June 22, 1865. Upon his return home, he engaged in farming, and is now located upon a farm near Ridgeway. He is an active politician in the Republican party, but cast his first vote for Zachary Taylor in 1848. Mr. and Mrs. Simpson have been blessed with six children: Elizabeth H. A. (deceased), born April 18, 1851; Francis S., born January 21, 1857; Sarah E., born April 6, 1859; William H., born August 19, 1862; John M. (deceased), born October 1, 1866; and Marion T., born February 10, 1869. Mr. Simpson is a prominent comrade in the G. A. R., and his wife is identified with the German Baptist Church.

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


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