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Corn - Albert

Source: Portrait & Biographical Record of Montgomery, Parke & Fountain Counties, Indiana (Chapman Brothers, 1893) p 676

Albert CORN, residing on Section 30, Walnut Township has aided in the development of Montgomery County by reclaiming a valuable farm from the forests that once prevailed in this region. He is a son of Williams Corn, who was one of the earliest settlers of the county. The father was born in Henry County, Kentucky Feb 16, 1800 and he in turn was a son of George Corn, who was a native of Germany, and had come to this country when a young man, in season to take part in the Revolution, and his adopted country found in him a good soldier. He served faithfully throughout the war, and then spent a number of years fighting the Indians on the frontier, being actively engaged in 9 campaigns. he finally retired to private life, locating in the wilds of Henry County, Kentucky where he met and married Jane WILLIAMS. They made their home there until they rested from their labors in the sleep that knows no waking, his death occurring first and hers shortly after. They reared a family of 7 children: John; Sam; Singleton; Miles; Williams; Margaret and Mary Ann. Williams Corn was married in his native county in 1821 to Sarah, daughter of Joseph Allen. The first few years of their wedded life were passed in Henry County and then they departed from their old home to dwell in the wilds of Indiana. They penetrated as far north as Parke County, where they remained a year. In the fall of 1829 they came to Montgomery County and Mr. Corn entered 80 acres of land from the Government in Scott Township. He cleared a part of it, then sold it and March 10, 1832 removed to Clark Township where he had entered 80 acres of land and bought another tract of like size. He settled on that land cleared away the timber, fenced it into convenient fields, and built a comfortable house, in which he died in 1859, the county thus losing one of its most useful and respected pioneers. His wife survived him until 1874 when she, too passed away at an advanced age. She was a firm Christian and a member of the Missionary Baptist Church.

Mr. Corn was a Whig in politics until that party's dissolution, and then he turned to the Democratic party. He was the father of 12 children, of whom 8 grew to maturity and four are still living. Those who died after they were grown were Rhoda Jane FOXWORTHY, Elizabeth E. REDENBOUGH; Nancy A. MILLER and Stephen A, who died when a young man. The surviving children are: Albert; George, who lives on the old homstead; Mrs. Sarah Eliza Redenbough, who resides at Crawfordsville; and Margaret, a widow who resides in Walnut Township. Our subject was born in Henry County, Ky but was reared mostly in this state as he was but 3 when the family came to Indiana, and but 7 summers had passed over his head when they settled in Clark Township, where he grew to stalwart manhood under wholesome pioneer influences. He continued to live with his parents for two years after his marriage, which occurred Nov 23, 1848 when Rachel, daughter of Asa RANDAL of Clark Township became his wife. Her father was a prominent pioneer farmer of that township. In November 1850, Mr. Corn bought 80 acres of forest land on Sec. 30, Walnut Twp, and he and his wife took up their residence in a little log cabin which he built, and which is still standing, a relic of the days when they were young together and were working with cheerful resolution to overcome every obstacle in the upbuilding of a home and a competency.

Mr. Corn labored with untiring zeal to clear his land and to get it into a good state of cultivation and has 124 acres of land, all in a fine condition and supplied with all the necessary improvements. In the summer of 1869 he replaced his humble cabin home by a neat frame residence, and has other substantial buildings. Mr. and Mrs. Corn have had 10 children of whom 8 are still living. Joseph died when a young man and Jonas Albert was drowned when a little boy. The children living are: Margaret, wife of John NORWOOD, a farmer of Madison County, Tenn; Nancy, wife of Abner FIELDS, a store keeper and Postmaster in Putnam county; Mary, wife of Valadian MARTIN, an engineer; Eliza, wife of James WRIGHT a farmer of Union Township; Rachel, wife of Charles BERRY who is employed in the spoke factory; Asa, who is represented in this volume and George, who married Mary JIMISON and resides on the home place. Our subject is prominent in religious matters as a member of the Christian Church, and holds the office of Elder in that Church. His wife also belongs to the church and has been a member for 30 years. He is a member of Lodge No. 55, KP of Mace. In politics he is a Democrat.  -- typed by kbz

Source: Indianapolis News Fri 26 Nov 1875 p 4

Yesterday Simon D. Hostetter and Albert Corn, two drovers from Montgomery County, were decoyed into the bunko room run by Locke Riley over the Grand Central saloon. The "capper" represented himself as a son of Mr. Eldstun, the banker at Crawfordsville and by this means secured their confidence to such extent that Corn lost $30 in the lottery scheme and Hosetter $90 in addition to two drafts on the Liberty Improvement Bank of Pittsburg, calling respectively for $600 and $1,900.  The drovers "squeled," and Officers Griffin and Ward made a descent upon the room, capturing some gambling implements but no gamberls.  Still later Simon McCarty presented the drafts at Woolen & Webb's for collection, he having received them from Jake Fidler, but payment was stopped and this giving the officers a clue, Fidler was arrested for larceny and Riley for keeping a gaming house. Today Riley was fined through default and the trial of the other rascal continued till tomorrow - typed by kbz
Source: Indianapolis News Fri 25 Nov 1898 p 10

Crawfordsville, Ind Nov 25 - Mr. and Mrs. Albert Corn of Whitesville yesterday celebrated their golden wedding, all their relatives and friends being present at their home, where a dinner was served.  Mr. and Mrs. Corn were married in this county and havae lived on the same farm all their married life - kbz

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