HENRY GOAR, one of the men prominently identified with Tipton County history, was born in Virginia November
16, 1821, where he resided until he was seventeen years of age, when, in company with his father, James Goar, he
removed to Henry County, Ind., where they resided until 1840, when they removed to Jefferson Township, Tipton County.
At the time of his removal to Jefferson Township, there were but few families in it, John D. Smith, who had come
the year previous, and a few others, being all that were settled there. His father purchased 160 acres of timbered
land, and with the assistance of our subject and his brother Matt, he soon had fifty acres under cultivation. In
1847, he sold this farm and purchased a small farm in Section 27, Cicero Township, where he resided until his death,
which occurred on April 13, 1855. In 1846, Henry Goar pre empted 160 acres of land. In 1848, he located on it and
commenced clearing up a farm. The first year he cleared six acres and planted it in corn; he afterward cleared
about seven acres annually for several years; he now has 122 acres of very productive land under cultivation. He
devotes his attention to the cultivation of the soil rather than the raising of stock. He has, for the past eighteen
years, averaged about sixteen bushels of wheat and at least fifty bushels of corn to the acre, and at times has
raised as high as 100 bushels of corn and thirty seven and a half bushels of wheat to the acre. His farm is well
supplied with buildings and improved machinery. Mr. Goar was married in Henry County, Ind., May 27, 1844, to Miss
Martha E. Smith; they have had nine children, namely, James J., Isaac N., Mary E., Hattie A., Sarah E., Nancy C.,
Emma, Charles, Joseph M. Politically, Mr. Goar is a Greenbacker, and has always been prominent in the counsels
of that party.
Counties of Howard and Tipton, Indiana
Historical and Biographical
Charles Blanchard, Editor
F. A. Bettey & Co.
Tipton County, IN
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