Elzy Ensminger

          Elzy Ensminger, a prominent young farmer of Brandywine Township, and the present Trustee of that township, was born in Liberty Township, this county, June 24, 1850.  He was the oldest of five children born to  St. Clair and  Sarah (Wilson) Ensminger,  with whom he remained working upon the farm until he reached the age of twenty, when he took up the vocation of a school teacher.  He taught in all, six consecutive terms with good success.  He was married March 16, 1873, to  Martha E. Hilligoss,  a native of Rush County, this State, born July 21, 1849, and daughter of  Jacob Hilligoss,  who also was a native of Rush County.  Mr. and Mrs. Ensminger continued to reside upon a farm in Van Buren Township for six years after their marriage, and in 1879, they removed to Brandywine Township, and settled upon a farm in Section 35, where they have ever since resided.  They are the parents of five children,  Oscar,  Nellie,  Urban, and a son and daughter that died in infancy unnamed.  The son was the twin brother of  Nellie, and the daughter was the twin sister of  Urban.  Mr. Ensminger is a member of the F. & A. M. Lodge, and a staunch Democrat in politics.  While a resident of Van Buren Township, he held the office of Assessor one term.  He was elected Trustee of Brandywine Township in the spring of 1884, and was re-elected in the spring of 1886.  He owns a farm of eighty-three acres, nearly all of which is in a good state of cultivation.  He is an industrious and successful farmer, a trustworthy official, and a first class citizen.
History of Shelby County, Indiana, Chicago: Brant & Fuller, 1887, "Brandywine [Township] Sketches, page 611.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

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