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North Vernon Plain Dealer - January 18, 1876, pg. 1

    Thomas Pool, an old citizen of our county, was born in Randolph county, N.C., on the 25th day of April, 1786, where he married Rebecca Rush. In 1811, he moved to Clark's Grant, then a part of the North Western Territory, where he remained until 1827, when he removed to Jennings county, and made a farm out of the heavily timbered forest, near where Butlerville now is, and where he has continued to live till the present time. When he was twenty-six years old he enlisted as a soldier under Gen. Hopkins, in the war of 1812. He also served as a soldier under Capt. John Pitman. He has nine children living, and two dead. Uncle Tommy is a living specimen of the historic, adventurous, hospitable pioneers of Indiana. He can tell many incidents of the pioneer history of our county, that are very interesting. Although eighty years old, he is active, and retains all of his senses, almost unimpaired. But few are now left of the actors of those traditional scenes, the relation of which brings vivid imaginations of wild bears and panthers, and causes an uneasy feeling about the scalp lock. Much of our county's history will pass away with their exit from this stage.

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