Alexander  M.  Hargrove

          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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