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Westfall - George

Source: H. W. Beckwith, 1881 History of Montgomery County, Indiana (Chicago: Beers) p 507

George WESTFALL, farmer, Waynetown, was born July 26, 1820, in Darke Co, Ohio. His parents, Jobe & Elizabeth (TERRY) Westfall, were natives of Ohio. His mother died in that state in 1829. His father married again, and in 1834 or 35 moved to Montgomery Co IN and rented in different parts of Coal Creek Township. He died in 1839, leaving a wife and family. He and wives were members of the Christian Church. He was a lifelong Democrat and had been a soldier in the War of 1812. The burden of the family fell upon George. For one year he cared for the home and family, when his stepmother- marrying again - relieved him of the responsibility. He then worked by the month at $14, high wages for the time. Sept 24, 1840, he was married to Martha A. HOUSER, daughter of John & Nancy Houser of Coal Creek Township. His marriage took place in the log cabin that stood near Mr. Westfall's present residence. After marriage, Mr. Westfall rented for 8 or 9 years. About 1859 he began buying the land of the Bingham heirs, and soon owned 64 acres. This he sold & purchased 160 acres in Sec. 27. He again sold and next secured his present farm of 238 3/4 acres at a cost of $9,550, which now constitutes his possessions, all under fence & fairly stocked. He has been a lifelong Democrat, and in early times was Township Trustee and later township clerk for 3 years. He & his wife, with all the family but the little one, are members of the Christian Church. They have 9 children: James (Deceased); Thomas; Wm; John; Vezy; Enos; Columbus; Nancy E. and Carrie E., Mary A. Houser was George Westfall's first wife, and was the Mother of all of his children except Carrie. Mary A. Houser Westfall died in 1861. George Westfall married his second wife Catherine Bartley Francis, a widow with three children, on October 8, 1861. Catherine's three children were Mary Jane Francis, born February 4, 1850, Albert Francis, born 1854, and Virginia Ann Francis, born 1857. George and Catherine had a child Carrie Westfall on April 15, 1866. Mary Jane Francis married Job Westfall in 1869, and had four children. Mary Jane Westfall lived to the age of 90 years and died in 1940. She lived in New Richmond, IN. Catherine Bartley Francis Westfall died on February 26, 1893. George Westfall outlived her, dying in 1900 at the age of 80 years.

Submitter Note: Mary Jane Westfall was my Great Grandmother, and I remember visiting her in New Richmond prior to her death. Submitter: Charles R. Bunnell Huntsville, Alabama

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