JOHN NUTTER, one of the pioneers and prominent men of Windfall, is the oldest resident of Wild Cat Township.
He is a native of Wood County, W. Va., and was born August 15, 1817. He is the eldest son of Isaac and Elizabeth
(Webb) Nutter, both natives of Harrison County, Va., and of Irish descent. John Nutter was reared on a farm, and
in the fall of 1840 located in Boone County, Ind.; September 24, 1841, he came to Tipton County and took a claim
of 160 acres, erected a log cabin, and lived a bachelor's life for three years. He was a successful hunter, and
by killing deer and coons he saved $130, with which he purchased his first piece of land, entering eighty acres
in April, 1848. He was the fifth settler in Wild Cat Township, and was present at the organization of the township,
serving as one of the Judges at the election. He erected the first hewed log house, furnished with puncheon floor
and clapboard door. He has since made a good home, and at one time owned 470 acres of land. He has since given
to each of his children a good home, and still owns 250 acres joining Windfall; he has a fine large brick residence.
He has been one of the leading citizens of Tipton County, where he has been a resident forty two years. He served
as the first Bailiff of the first grand jury of Tipton County. He served as County Commissioner six years, and
it was during his official career that the county jail was erected. He wrote the first petition for a road in Wild
Cat Township, and was appointed Supervisor to cut out the road. Mr. Nutter took out the second marriage license
issued in Tipton County, and was married in July, 1845, to Miss Martha Pritchard, a native of Johnson County. She
died February 5, 155, leaving four children, two of whom are living-James W., merchant in Windfall, and Elizabeth
J., milliner and dress maker in Windfall. Mr. Nutter's second marriage occurred in 1855, to Miss Amanda McKay,
of Howard County. Three children crowned this union, one of whom is living-Martha A. Mrs. Nutter died in 1863,
and he was last married, January 1, 1866, to Mrs. Nancy (Mitchell) Freeman, of Howard County. Mr. Nutter is an
active worker in the Democratic party, and he and wife are members of the Baptist Church. He is a stanch supporter
of the temperance movement, and of all public enterprises and benevolent purposes.
Counties of Howard and Tipton, Indiana
Historical and Biographical
Charles Blanchard, Editor
F. A. Bettey & Co.
Tipton County, IN
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