Biography of John H. McCorkle
Rush County, IN Biographies





JOHN H. McCORKLE, a well known and substantial retired farmer of Anderson township, now living at Milroy, was born in this county, a member of one of the pioneer families, and has lived here all his life, having thus been a witness to the amazing changes that have taken place in conditions here during the time of the community's progress away from the primitive state of things which faced the pioneers seventy five years ago, and has thus many interesting stories to tell of the manner of doing things which prevailed in the days of his boyhood. The McCorkles are of colonial stock, the first of the family in this country having been a Scotsman, James McCorkle, who came to America in colonial days and settled in Virginia. When the colonists found it imperative upon them to issue their Declaration of Independence James McCorkle added his weight to the force of this declaration and joined the Continental army, serving as a soldier of the Revolution until incapacited for further service by a serious wound received at the historic battle of Cowpens. In recompense of his service he accepted a land grant from the state of Virginia to a tract of land in the then western county of the Old Dominion and located on the tract, thus becoming one of the pioneers of Kentucky and a force in the community when Kentucky county was raised to statehood. He and his wife reared their family there, in what is now Fleming county. One of their sons, Joseph McCorkle, married Hannah Scott and reared a family in Fleming county. John McCorkle, one of the sons of this latter pair, married Jane (Howe) Hillis, who also was born in Fleming county, and soon after his marriage came up into Indiana with his bride and settled on a quarter of a section of land in Anderson township, this county. On that place John McCorkle died on January 16, 1850, leaving his widow with three small children, a son, John H., the subject of this sketch, and two daughters, Sallie and America. The Widow McCorkle was a woman of true pioneer spirit and she continued the operations of the farm, overseeing the continued improvement of the same, and thus maintained her family there, the place being developed in time into an excellent piece of property, and it was there that John H McCorkle grew to manhood, later established his own home when he married and there continued to reside, carrying on the operations of the farm very successfully until his retirement from active labor in January, 1918, and removal to Milroy, where he and his wife are now living. Mr. McCorkle has a well improved farm of 250 acres, over the operations of which he continues to keep a supervisory eye. John H. McCorkle has been twice married. It was in 1877 that he was united in marriage to Mary H. Young, who also was born in this county, a member of one of the pioneer families, and to this union three children were born, a son and two daughters: Frank, Jessie and Maude. Frank McCorkle, a landowner of Anderson township, trustee of the township and dealer in Ford automobiles at Milroy. married Inez M. Cowan and has two children: Gertrude and Wilbur. Jessie McCorkle married Cash Redmon and has two children: Howard and John David, and Maude McCorkle married Hugh Cowan and has one child, Maurice. Mrs. Mary H. McCorkle died in 1906 and in 1918 Mr. McCorkle married Mrs. Anna Somerville Bosley, daughter of Watson Somerville and widow of .Alonzo Bosley. Mr. and Mrs. McCorkle are members of the United Presbyterian church and in his political views Mr. McCorkle is a Republican.

From:
Centennian History of Rush County, Indiana
Edited by: A. L. Gary and E. B. Thomas
Historical Publishing Company
Indianapolis 1921


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