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Hutton - George W.

Source: Portrait & Biographical Records of Montgomery, Parke & Fountain Counties, Indiana. Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1893

George W. HUTTON is an old and highly esteemed resident of Montgomery County, who has a fine farm and section 19, Union Township, and has contributed his quota to the advancement of the farming and stock-raising interests of this part of the State. Mr. HUTTON was born January 18, 1825, in Rockbridge County, VA., near the famous Natural Bridge. His father, William HUTTON, was also a native of the county, born June 24, 1777, of Irish parentage. He was one of three sons and was married in Virginia, April 16, 1807, to Mary Cunningham, who was born in that State, October 22, 1790. Mr. HUTTON continued to reside in his native county until 1831, when he removed with his family to Ohio, and settled among the pioneers of Greene County, locating three miles from Xenia. He had previously lost his property in Virginia through going security for another, and had but little besides his household goods with which to begin the world anew. Three years later he pushed further westward to the frontier, coming to Indiana, but he was not destined to a long life in his new home, as he died two years after his settlement here. He was the father of seven sons and one daughter, and six sons and the daughter lived to maturity. Three of the son, Jacob, Samuel and George W., are still living, and all three are prosperous farmers of Union Township.

After the death of the father, the mother courageously shouldered the burden of caring for her family and keeping it together, and nobly did she fulfill her task, rearing her children to good and useful lives. The elder sons obtained a sawmill and with the money they made by that they bought land, and soon the family got a good foothold. Our subject was nine years old when they came to Indiana. His educational advantages were limited, and as good school system had not been introduced at the early period in the settlement of the State. He remained with his mother until he attained his majority, and then married and located on his brother´s farm in Union Township. He remained there six years, and at the end of that time bought eighty acres of his present farm. He only had the sum of $300 with which to pay for it. He has worked with untiring diligence, has made money by his operations as a general farmer and stock raiser, and has additional purchases of land, so that his farm now contains two hundred acres. The first land that he bought was cleared and a hewn-log house and barn of the same description stood on the place. Mr. HUTTON lived in the log house until the spring of 1879, when he erected a large and conveniently arrange residence at a cost of $2,000, and he has substantial out-buildings for every needed purpose, everything about the place betokening neatness, thrift and good care on the part of the owner.

The firs marriage of our subject was solemnized March 5, 1846, Miss Minerva McDANIEL, a daughter of John McDANIEL, becoming his wife. She was born September 4, 1824, and died March 17, 1874, leaving behind her a worth life record in all the relations that she bore to others. MR. HUTTON was married to his present estimable wife, formerly Miss Mar E. DEITRICK, March 25, 1875. Her parents were Michael and Martha DEITRICK, who lived in Rockbridge County, VA. Her father had planned to move from that State to Indiana, but died while he was making arrangements for removal, and his family subsequently came to Indian and settled in this township.

Mr. HUTTON has had three children, of whom his daughter Martha E. is the only survivor. She was born October 12, 1861, and April 18, 1878, was married to Cyrus Wray, a farmer of this township, and they have two children' George and Samuel. Mr. HUTTON had the sad misfortune to lose his tow sons, who were promising young men, by their untimely death. William P., who was born September 23, 1847, died August 14, 1873. Tilman H., who was born October 15, 1851, died January 10, 1873. William left a wife and three children. His eldest son, Quincy M., was reared by our subject with whom he still resides with his wife, formerly Miss Coray May ROGERS. William´s son, George W., is a farmer in this county, and his daughter, Myrtle B. lives with her Uncle, Joseph HALL.

Our subject has lead an irreproachable, upright life, and his neighbors and associates hold him in high estimation. He has belonged to the Christian Church for thirty-five years, had previously belonged to the Methodist Episcopal Church, and has been an important factor in its upbuilding, both as regards his generous contributions and the work he has done within the fold. His present wife has held membership in the Christian Church for thirty-five years, and he is an officer of the Church with which he is personally identified, and which worships at Young´s Chapel. He is a sound Republican and always votes with his party on national questions, but in local elections he votes for the best men.


Source: H. W. Beckwith History of Montgomery Co IN (Chicago: HH Hill, 1881) page 213

GEORGE W. HUTTON, farmer, Crawfordsville, was born January 18, 1825, in Rockbridge County, Virginia, and here resided until he was six Years old, at which time he was taken to Green County, Ohio, where he remained three years, at the expiration of which time he came to this County. His education is such as might be obtained by an observant scholar at the common schools. He began farming for himself at the age of twenty-one. March 5, 1846, he was married to Minerva J. McDaniel, whose parents John and Elizabeth McDaniel came from Kentucky. Mrs. Hutton was born September 4, 1824, and died March 17, 1873. She was first a member of the Methodist Church and then the Christian. They had three children, William P., Tilman H. and Martha E., first two of whom are dead. Mr. Hutton married again March 25, 1874, Miss Mary E. Deitrick, wbo was born March 29, 1840. She is a member of the Christian Church. Mr. Hutton began farming with comparatively nothing, but by energy, economy and industry he has been quite successful, being the possessor of 173 acres of splendid land. In 1871, when the Crawfordsville and Concord turnpike was built, he invested $500 in the stock, and has continued to purchase shares until he is the owner of over four-fifths of the capital, the whole being worth over $5,000. The road was built for the purpose of giving to the citizens a higH. W. ay that was in a good condition to be traveled upon any season of the year, and has proved a success, having paid for itself and its repairs. Mr. Hutton is quite a stock raiser and grower of small fruits. His two-story dwelling erected last year is one of the most complete in the neighborhood. He is a member of the Christian Church, and a stalwart republican. In January, 1878, he and his wife visited their old home in Virginia and heartily enjoyed the hospitality of many an old "chum." In 1875 he made an extensive tour through the west, and upon his return brought many new, practical ideas of husbandry, which amply repaid every expense.
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