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Warbritton - Samuel

Source: Atlas of Montgomery County (Chicago: Beers, 1878) p .5

WARBRITTON, SN - PO New Market, is a son of Peter Warbritton, a native of Va, who was born in 1801 and Phebe Warbritton who was b. in Ky in 1811. Their marr. took place in Montgomery County, In in 1828 and settled in Scott Twp, their present home. They raised a family of 13 children, all of whom are now living, and range in age from 22 to 48. SN, the subject of this sketch, the second child was b. Dec 3, 1831. Until the age of 25, he assisted his father in clearing his farm of timber and tilling the ground. In 1855, took a trip to Iowa, returning in the Fall. Dec. 20, 1855, he was united in marr. with Amelia A. SEAMEN, daughter of Benj. F. and Winnaford Seaman. Her father was b. in PA June 7, 1810; her mother, Winnaford JONES was b. in Ky Dec 5, 1804. They were married June 7, 1830 in Putnam Co IN. Her father d. Sept 22, 1865. Her mother died April 29, 1875 in Dallas Co Iowa, from which place her remains were removed and deposited in the family burial ground int his township. By the marr. of Mr. SN Warbritton there were born the following children: Mary W b. Oct 10, 1856; died Dec 10, 1856; Emma J b. Oct 22, 1857; Allia L. b. Sept 13, 1860; died Dec 16, 1861; Phebe L, born Aug 5, 1862; John F born March 6, 1865; Albert W. born Dec 5, 1870; Bertha A. b. Oct 21, 872; Olive P b. Feb 21, 1876. Mr. SN Warbritton, after his marriage, located on a farm in Scott Township, after which he lived in different place in Montgomery and Parke Co. until 1867, when he moved to his present residence, as seen in view, which is a portion of the Old Seaman homestead. The family are members of the Christian Church in good standing. Mr. W. is and has been JP for 5 years. He is an honest, hard-working man, and enjoys the confidence of his neighbors. He is Republican in politics and a strong worker in the cause of temperance. He has been supremely blessed with health, having never been confined to his bed by sickness even for one day. -typed by kbz

Source: History of Montgomery County, Indiana. Indianapolis: AW Bowen, 1913 p 800

One of the venerable agriculturists of Montgomery County and one of her worthiest native born sons is Samuel N. WARBRITTON of Scott Twp, a man who has lived to see and take part in the great development that has characterized this nature-favored Wabash Valley country, he having come down to us from the pioneer period, his life of 82 years being fraught with blessing to those with whom he has come into contact, for he has sought to live uprightly and honorably and faithfully discharge his every duty as a public-spirited citizen. In the development and upbuilding of the community in which is situated his home, Mr. Warbritton has ever borne his part and his faithful performance of the duties of citizenship deserve all credit. It has often been said that the farmers ar ethe backbone and strenth of a country's prosperity, and this has been proven to be true time and again in the history of nations. In the person of the subject we see one of those who, following that peaceful vocation, have "builded wiser than they knew," and have left to their children and country the benefits acccruing from their years of welll-spent toil and effort and are therefore eligible to representation in the pages of the histories of their County. Mr. Warbritton was born Dec 3, 1831 in Scott Twp, Montgomery County and is therefore one of the oldest native born citizens in this township or even the County. He is a son of Peter and Phoebe (NELSON) Warbritton . The father was b. in Va, from which state he came to Ky when 4 and there grew to manhood. The date of his birth was Feb 13, 1804. His death in 1897. The mother was b. in Ky and in the year 1814 and her death occurred in 1886. These parents spent their lives engaged in agricultural pursuits and by hard work and persistencey established a good home. They were the parents of 13 children, 9 are stil living, including all the sons, 8 in number. These children were named as follows: Martha J. who married a Mr. GRIMES is deceased; Samuel N. of this sketch; John; Reuben; Charles; Sarah Frances is the only surviving daughter; Henry; Andrew J; Minnie; Cynthia Ann and Mahala are all three deceased; Daniel and George the two youngest. Samuel N. Warbritton grew to manhood in his native community and when a boy he assisted with the general work on the home place. His education was limited to the common schools in his district and to one term in the graded school at Ladoga. The home school he attended wa sina log cabin, with split logs for benches greased paper for window panes and a wide fireplac ein one end of the room, logs six feet long being used in building fires. There were no free sschools in those days, only subscription schools, each pupil paying a small tuition fee. On Dec 20, 1855, Mr. Warbritton was united in marr. to Amelia Ann SEAMAN who was b. in Brown Twp, Montgomery, Nov 12, 1836. She was a daughter of Benjamin F. and Winifred JONES Seaman. Her educ. was also obtained in the log school houses of her native community. 10 ch. were b. to our subject and wife, four of whom are still living, namely: Mary (deceased); Emma b. Oct 22, 1857, marr. W.C. KERN and lives in New Market; Allilia L (deceased); Lul! a was next in order; John F. and Albert are both living; Bertha; Pearl; Stella and Mabel all deceased. Mr. Warbritton began farming for himself early in life, and this continued to be his vocation until 1910 when he retired. He was a hard worker and good manager, and a large measure of success as a general farmer and stock raiser attended his efforts. He farmed in Parke County a few years, living in Rockville. He became the owner of 107 acres of valuable and productive land in Scott Twp, adjoining the town of New Market every foot of which is tillable. He sold this farm in 1910. In connection with general farming and stock raising, Mr. Warbritton bought and shipped livestock for a period of 10 years, becoming one of the best known stock men in this part of the country. He owns a comfortable home in New Market, also 3 acres of valuable land within the limits of town. Religiously, he is a member of the Christian Church and a trustee in thesame for a period of 30 years. He has always been a republican until the fall of 1912 when he allied himself with the new Progressive movement. He feels that he has always been on the right side religiously and politically. He was one of the organizers of the Republican party back in the50s. He has long been influential in local political affairs and has served 17 years in Montgomery as JP, having been elected in 1862. He has served in this capacity in both Scott and Brown Twp. He gave eminent satisfaction in this office, his decisions being noted for their fairness and comprehensive knowledge of the basic principles of jurisprudence, and few of them ever met with reversal at the hands of a higher tribunal. He regrets to say that he feels he has seen the beginnign and the end of the great Republican party. He has always been a great reader and is exceptionally well posted on current events. He says he has read everything from 'Peck's Bad Boy" up. He has an excellent library and he is an intelligent and interesti! ng conversationalist. Notwithstanding their advanced ages, the subject and wife in thesummer of 1912 traveled through Ill; Mo; Ks and Iowa alone, and very much enjoyed their trip. They have comparatively good health, are alert and active in both mind and body, and they are often visited in their cozy home in New Market by their many friends, their home being one of the best, largest and neatly furnished in this town. It is a nine-roomed, two story home in a large, well-kept lawn and with a fine barn in the rear of the well-located lot. They are a fine old couple and it is a pleasure to know them and share their hospitality. = typed by kbz

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