John  M.  Macy

          John  Macy  is a native of Guilford County, N. C., born Dec. 28, 1806, a son of  Stephen and  Rebecca (Barnard) Macy.  His grandparents,  Enoch and  Anna (Macy) Macy,  natives of Nantucket Island, and  Francis and  Catharine (Osbern) Barnard, natives of Nantucket Island and New Jersey respectively.  They were early settlers of North Carolina.  In the spring of 1808  Stephen Macy  moved to Montgomery County, Ohio, and in 1828 to Richmond, Ind.  He was the first manufacturer of cast-iron mold-board plows in Montgomery County, and also of Richmond.  In 1836 he moved to Henry County, and settled near Raysville, where his wife died in 1844.  He subsequently moved to Greensboro Township, where he married  Mrs. Rebecca (Lamb) Ratliff.  A few years later he moved to Franklin Township, and died at the house of our subject.  John M. Macy in early life received only the rudiments of a common-school education, but after he was twenty-one years old, by dint of hard study and many sacrifices, he acquired a fair education and successfully taught school twenty-five years.  He first taught in Miami County, Ohio, three months for $25 and his board.  In 1856 he came to Franklin Township and bought the farm where he has since resided.  Mr. Macy was married in 1832 to Beulah, daughter of  Isam and  Margaret Hunt.  His wife died in March, 1835, and in 1840 he married  Betsey Ann,  daughter of  Thomas and  Jemima White.  To them were born three children -- Margaret M.,  William A.,  and  Henrietta M. (deceased).  Mrs. Macy died, and in 1854 Mr. Macy married  Lydia, daughter of  John and Lydia Bell.  They have one daughter -- Maria Josephine.  Mr. Macy and his family are members of the Society of Friends.
History of Henry County, Indiana,  Chicago:  Inter-State Publishing Co., 1884, page 627.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

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