Alexander M. Hargrove, a native of Maryland, was born December 9, 1814, and is the only son of Benjamin and Milcah (Harrington) Hargrove. The death of the mother occurred when our subject was but an infant, and the father died in Indiana about 1854. Our subject never received any
education so far as attending school is concerned, but he has acquired sufficient knowledge to enable
him to transact his own business matters in a satisfactory manner. In 1828, our subject came to
Ripley County, Ind., with his father, who had previously emigrated to Kentucky, where he remained
two years, and then returned to Indiana, where he has since resided. When he was twenty-one years
of age, he located in Morristown, Shelby Co., Ind. September 22, 1837, he was united in marriage
to Miss Mary Jane Smith, a native of Washington County, Va., born March 30, 1816, daughter of William and Ann (Alexander) Smith, natives respectively of Virginia and Pennsylvania.
Mr. and Mrs. Hargrove are the parents of ten children, viz.:
Benjamin F., deceased; William S., Ann E., Leonidas, Theophilus, Sarah J., Mary E., James F., Indiana A. and Florida E.
Our subject owns 160 acres of land in Hanover Township, which is under a fair state of cultivation.
He also owns one acre of land in the corporation of Morristown, on which he has a commodious
residence, besides other property. This aged couple have been members of the church for the past
forty years; they formerly belonged to the Methodist Episcopal Church, but are now members of
the Christian Union denomination. Mr. Hargrove, for a number of years took an active part in religious work, and ssisted in many ways to advance the cause of religion, he having been a preacher
for a number of years. He has never had a law suit, and has accomplished great deal of hard work
since his residence in Shelby County. Politically, he is a Democrat. In social and religious circles
Mr. and Mrs. Hargrove are held in high esteem by their acquaintances. They began life in poor circumstances and have encountered many hardships, but by perseverance they had acquired a comfortable fortune. History of Shelby County, Indiana, "Hanover Sketches", Chicago: Brant & Fuller, 1887, p 636-7. Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming.
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