John  E.  Montgomery

          John E. Montgomery, a prominent young farmer and stockraiser of Brandywine Township, was born in Addison Township, this county, December 15, 1853.  He was the ninth of thirteen children, five sons and eight daughters, born to  Joseph and Elizabeth (Steers) Montgomery, both natives of Scott County, Kentucky.  The former was born July 4, 181 2, and was the son of  William Montgomery,  with whom he came to this county when he was about twelve years of age.  His death occurred in Brandywine Township, January 28, 1878.  The latter was born in about the year 1819, and was the daughter of  William Steers, a native of Kentucky, with whom she came to this county in childhood.  She died in Brandywine Township, November 26, 1868.  The four brothers of our subject, were  William W.,  Alfred,  James M.  and  Columbus, of whom  Alfred and Columbus are deceased.  His eight sisters were  Frances J.,  Tabitha,  Emeline,  Susan,  Isabel,  Eliza,  Mary  and  Lizzie,  all of whom are living, except  Emeline  and  Lizzie  who died, the former at the age of twenty-five and the latter at the age of five years.  When he was yet a child, less than a year old, his parents removed to Brandywine Township, and located on the farm, upon which they lived during the rest of their lives, and the one upon which our subject now resides.  The latter was reared upon the farm and at about twenty years of age he took up the vocation of a farmer for himself.  His entire attention has been given to that pursuit in which he has been fairly successful.  He was married May 20, 1880, to  Laura Campbell,  who was born in Hendricks Township, this county, December 13, 1861.  She was the eldest of five children, two sons and three daughters, born to  John W. and  Mary E. (Riley) Campbell,  the former a native of Ohio, and the latter a native of this State of Irish descent.  Her paternal grandfather was  David Campbell, a native of Ohio.  Her maternal grandparents were   William and  Margaret (Kennedy) Riley, the former a native of Ireland, and the latter a native of Pennsylvania.  Her two brothers were  Franklin,  born October 13, 1863, died February 11, 1867, and  William A.,  born October 29, 1871.  Her two sisters were  Ida,  born August i8, 1865, and  Electa, born May 29, 1868, both of whom are living.  Immediately after their marriage Mr. and Mrs. Montgomery located where they now reside.  They are the parents of three children.  The first was a daughter, born June 18, 1 88 1, died in infancy unnamed.  The others are  Ethel,  born May 18, 1883, and  J. Walter,  April 23,1887.  Mr. and Mrs. Montgomery are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church.  In politics the former is an ardent Republican.  He owns 113 acres of Fine land, about 100 of which are in a high state of cultivation.  His farm is fitted up with a handsome residence which, with a good barn and other substantial improvements, makes a very desirable location.
History of Shelby County, Indiana, Chicago: Brant and Fuller, 1887, "Brandywine [Township] Sketches," pages 620-621.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

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