Simeon Templin, one
of the honored farmers of Hendricks County, and an old soldier, descends from
an old Pennsylvania German family. Terah Templin was the grandfather of Simeon,
and was an old soldier, and served through the Revolutionary War, married, in
Pennsylvania, Mary Ban, and settled in Highland County, Ohio, as one of the
pioneers, cleared up a good farm from the wilderness, became a substantial
farmer, and reared a family of seven children: John W., Newton, Milton, Eli,
Mary, Martha and Nancy, all born in Highland County, Ohio, where Mr. Templin
died an aged man, and a member of the Presbyterian church. John W., father of
Simeon, was born in Highland County, Ohio, in 1805, was reared a farmer,
received a common education, and married, in Highland County, Ohio, Mary,
daughter of Isaiah Midskar, of Pennsylvania Dutch descent, and a pioneer farmer
of Highland County, Ohio. To Mr. and Mrs. Templin were born seven children:
Michael, Eliza, Terah, William, Simeon, Didana and Elizabeth, three born in Ohio and the remainder in Indiana. Mr. Templin came to Hendricks county in
the spring of 1836, making the journey by means of horses and wagons. He
settled on land in Center Township, adjoining the farm now occupied by Simeon
Templin. He cleared this and made a farm of 136 acres, and here passed all the
remainder of his days. He and wife were _____________ in which he was an elder.
His judgment was respected by the people, and he was justice of the peace some
years. He was well known to all the old settlers, and well thought of as a man
of industry and high character.
Simeon Templin was
born on his fatherís farm in Center township, Hendricks County, Ind., May 23,
1836, was reared a farmer, received a common education and married, November
15, 1860, Martha J., daughter of Robinson C. and Ailsey (Bonefield) Russell.
Mr. Russell was from a North Carolina family of English descent. He resided in 1830, in Wayne County, Ind., for one year, and then settled in Center Township, Hendricks County. He cleared up a good farm of 150 acres, became prosperous, reached
the good age of eighty years, and died on his homestead, a member of the
Methodist church, of which he was steward several years, and a man of integrity
of character. To himself and wife were born four children: John C., Susan,
Elizabeth and Martha J., all born in Center Township, this county, where Mr. Russell came a young man. He was a
school-teacher some years and in politics a Whig, then a republican. After
marriage Mr. Templin settled on forty acres of land, now part of his homestead,
on which there was some timber cut. Mr. Templin enlisted at Danville, august 9,
1862, in Company K, Seventieth regiment, Indiana volunteer infantry, for three
years or during the war, under Capt. Samuel Merrill and Col. Benjamin Harrison,
afterwards president of the United States. Mr. Templin served until January 8,
1865, and was honorably
discharged at Washington, D.C.,
on _______________. He was in the battles of Russellville, Ky., Resaca, and in all the battles of the Atlantic campaign, including
Kennesaw Mountain, Burnt Hickory, Marietta, Pumpkin Vine Creek, Vicksburg and
Atlanta, and was with Sherman on that greatest march in history, the famous
march to the sea, and in the battles of Savannah, Bentonville, and on the
return march to Washington and present at the grand review, and returned home.
He was an active
solider and in all the battles, skirmishes, and marches of his regiment and
always did his duty cheerfully and promptly. He was sick at Nashville, Tenn.,
a short time of rheumatism. He endured all the hardships and privations of army
life and is now greatly disabled from its effects. He believes his hardest
battle to have been Resaca, in which fifty men were killed and 150 wounded out
of his regiment. His hardest march was on the Atlanta campaign, in which he suffered greatly
from exposure. After his return he resumed farming and prospered by thrift and
hard work and added to his farm until he and his wife own 350 acres. Mrs.
Templin having inherited 150 acres from her father. To them have been born
three children: Sarah F., born February 7, 1862, and died December 29, 1865, in her fourth year; Robert S., born
January 12 1867, and died at twenty-two years March 23, 1889, and Leroy G.,
born December 1, 1881. Mr. and Mrs. Templin are members of the Methodist church
and he has been trustee for several years. In politics he is a republican. Mr.
Templin is also a member of Jesse Ogden post., G. A. R., Danville. They are giving their son, Leroy G., a
liberal education. Their son, Robert S., was a talented young man and good
scholar. He attended the Danville Normal, and was cut down in the pride of his
young manhood. Mr. and Mrs. Templin are people of sterling worth and Mr.
Templin stands high in his community. He receives a pension from the government
of fourteen dollars. Mrs. Templinís mother, Ailsey Bonefield, was the daughter
of Mereen and Susan (Hardesty) Bonefield. Mr.
Bonefield was a native of Virginia, a pioneer of Kentucky, a solider in the war
of 1812, and about 1829 moved to Center township, Hendricks County, Ind., after
he had reared his children, west of Danville of the Rockville river, and kept a
tavern several years. He and wife were parents of seven children: William,
Thomas, Nancy, Rachael, Elizabeth, Matilda and Ailsey. Mr. Bonefield died at
about sixty years of age in 1849. He was a good farmer and a man of true worth.
PORTRAIT & BIO OF
& HENDRICKS COUNTY, 1895