was born in New York City, April 9, 1823. He is of Scotch descent, both parents having been born in
land. His father, John Carithers, born March 12th, 1792, came to
America in youth; died in Jefferson County, Kan., October 23, 1886. His mother,
Lydia (Speer) Carithers, was born in 1793, and died
in Hillsdale County, Mich., in 1870. The subject of this sketch is
the eldest of six children, of whom four are now living. Mr. Carithers received a common school education.
In 1839, he went to Lucas County, Ohio, but from there removed to Covington, Ky., in
1847, and engaged in the lumber business until 1S56. In 187 1, he
removed to Madison, Ind., and engaged in the manufacture of carriages. Since 1875, when Mr. Carithers came to Shelbyville, he
has also engaged in the manufacture of carriages. In 1849, Mr.
Carithers married Miss Martha Patterson, who was born in
Philadelphia, in 1831. There are three children to this marriage living,
viz.: Frank E., Mary A. and Lee B. Mr. Carithers is a member
of the Presbyterian Church in Shelbyville: in politics he is a publican.
The History of Shelby County, Indiana, "Shelbyville Sketches", Chicago: Brant & Fuller, 1887, page
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming