Edward  J.  Fields

          Edward J. Fields, a prominent resident of Mt. Auburn, was born in Montgomery County, Ohio, April 26, 1840.  His parents were Jacob H. and Elizabeth (Cotterman) Fields, natives of Berks County, Pa., where they were married, but soon afterward removed to Ohio, and resided there until their respective deaths, the former's February 15, 1859, and the latter's August 13, 1886.  Edward J. was the fifth child, and was reared on the farm, receiving a fair education.  At the age of eighteen, he was apprenticed to learn the blacksmith's trade, and continued at that three years.  On September 10, 1861, he answered his country's call by enlisting in Company C, Forty-fourth Regiment Ohio Infantry, and took part in the following noted battles: Lewisburg, Va., and in all the scouting in that State, the battles of Beverly, Cotton Hill, Charleston, Va., siege of Knoxville, Cedar Creek, and Cumberland Gap, and during the siege of Knoxville he had a finger shot off.  August 10, 1865, he received an honorable discharge, and returned home to enjoy the Union he had fought to preserve.  During the war, while home on a furlough, he chose for his life companion Miss Mary E. Black, a native of Ohio.  This union was blessed with three children:  Loren M.,  Harry E.,  and  Elizabeth, all of whom are living.  Mrs. Fields died January 20, 1870.  In October, 1871, he was married to Elizabeth J. Niebel, daughter of  John and Catharine Niebel, whose personal history appears in this volume.  This union was blessed with one child,  John M.  On September 20, 1870, our subject located in Mt. Auburn, where he began, and has ever since followed, his trade, having come to Shelby County some time prior to that. Politically, he is a staunch Republican, and firmly believes in the principles of that party.  He has never sought for political honors, but when it is necessary in a campaign, he is always found in the front fighting for his party.  Mr. and Mrs. Fields are members of the Lutheran Church.  He is a member of Herndon Lodge No. 95, also of "Edinburg Camp," and a member of John R. Cooper Post, G.A.R., 472.
History of Shelby County, Indiana, Chicago: Brant & Fuller, 1887, page 749-750.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

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