George  C.  McConnell

           George C. McConnell, lumber dealer and successful business man of Shelbyville, is a native of Shelby County, and the youngest of a family of six children born to  George W. and  Catherine (Morris) McConnell.  The McConnell's were among the pioneer families of Indiana, settling in what is now Dearborn County, where George W. McConnell, father of this subject, was born in the year 1812.  They subsequently, in 1822, moved to the western part of Shelby County, and assisted in founding the earliest permanent settlement of that locality.  Catherine McConnell  was born in Highland County, Ohio, 1815, and died at her home in this county in 1873.  Her husband preceded her to the grave, departing this life in the year 1868.  George C. McConnell was born August 16, 1853.  He received his early educational training in the common schools, and amid the active and rugged scenes of farm life, spent the years of his youth and early manhood.  He began life for himself as a farmer, and followed the pursuit of agriculture until September, 1880, at which time he moved to Shelbyville, and one year later engaged in the lumber business, which he has since successfully continued.  April 15, 1875, was solemnized his marriage with  Miss Laura D. Smith,  daughter of  David and Delitha Smith,  who were among the early settlers of Shelby County.  David Smith was born in Clement County, Ohio, March 28, 1813; came to Shelby County in 1829, and died October 22, 1881. Miss Delitha Denley,  whom he married in 1834, was born in Virginia, March 25, 1817.  Mrs. McConnell was born in Shelby County, May i6, 1S55, Politically, Mr. McConnell is a Democrat, and in religious belief is a Presbyterian, he and his wife being active members of the church in Shelbyville.
History of Shelby County, Indiana,  "Shelbyville Sketches," page 511-12, Chicago: Brant & Fuller, 1887.
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