Shelby County, Indiana
William Layman is the fifth son and eighth child of Rev. Alfred and Elizabeth (Randolph) Layman, natives of Kentucky and Indiana respectively, and was born January 10, 1849, in Shelby County, Ind. His parents were married in October, 1832, after which they settled in Shelby County on a forty-acre farm, and lived for about five years. After this they came to Owen County and located near Gosport on eighty acres of land. After four years, they returned to Shelby County and remained for some time, returning to Owen County in 1843, and purchasing 170 of the 375 acres of land upon which they now live. William Layman was reared in Washiagton Township, where he received an ordinary education. He farmed during the years 1871 to 1881, and then went to Gosport, where he remained for a short time. He then came to Spencer and formed a partnership with James Layman in the livery business. In a few months he sold his interest and went into the grocery business. Five months later, he again entered the livery business, and is so engaged at present. He was united by marriage to Arabel Shurley, a native of Owen County. They have two children — Ottie M. and Daisy M. Mr. Layman and wife are members of the Christian Church. He is politically a member of the Democratic party, an honorable man, and well thought of by his many acquaintances.
Counties of Clay and Owen, Indiana: Historical and biographical, Charles Blanchard, Editor. Chicago, F. A. Battey & Co., Publishers, 1884, page 853.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming
For current email addresses of researchers listed above, use the Surname Index