Elisha  Arnold

          ELISHA M. ARNOLD was born in Campbell County, Kentucky, May 10, 1810. He was the fifth of ten children born to  John  and  Mary (Cherry) Arnold, both natives of Virginia.  Rev. John Arnold moved to Kentucky with his parents, in early manhood. He was a farmer but began work in the ministry of the Baptist persuasion.  In 1835, he moved to Decatur County, Indiana.  He was a man of some means, and soon had a good home - though in a wild country.  He continued in the ministry until old age compelled him to resign.  He died at the age of eighty-four, and his wife at the age of eighty-six.  Elisha passed his early years on a farm in Campbell County, Kentucky. He lived with his parents until he was married, March 8, 1835, to Miss Margaret Powell, who came to Shelby County with her parents, Abraham and Elizabeth Powell.  Soon after his marriage Mr. Arnold rented a small farm, and three years later he purchased his present home.  He served an apprenticeship at the mason trade, which he worked at many years. He has made a success of life and at was at one time the heaviest tax-payer in the county.  He is the father of ten children:  Mary,  Eliza,  Ripley,  Bennett W.,  Ferris,  Laura,  Fanny,  James  and  E. Madison.  Eliza died at the age of thirty-four years.  Mrs. Arnold died July 24, 1863, aged forty-one.  Mr. Arnold is an honest, upright man, and though identified with no church has lived a moral, Christian life.
History of Shelby County, Indiana, Chicago: Brant & Fuller, page 684.
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