Shelby County Indiana
George Washington Dake
Among the older settlers of Moral township, Shelby county, Indiana, was
George Washington DAKE, who was born
June 17, 1833, and who passed to his Maker on January 17, 1893. He was accounted one of the leading farmers of
Shelby county, and was a progressive citizen. He was a son of John and Catherine DAKE. (See DAKE family sketch.)
He was born on a farm and received but a limited education, owing to the meager school facilities of his time.
He followed the occupation of farming until his death. He married Margaret CHAMBERLAIN, a native of Moral
township, and born November 19 1844. George DAKE and his wife lived in Johnson county for a number of years, where
he was known and respected by all men. His wife departed this life on February 9, 1908, and was buried in the
Greenlawn cemetery, near Jacksonville, Illinois. The following children were born to them:
Leander; Nellie married
John W. MURPHY, and lives in Marion county, Indiana; Ollie, born April 16, 1867, married
Charles MEANS, and lives
in Indianapolis; Sylvester, born July 23, 1868, died November 4, 1874; Robert, the third son, who was born January
4, 1873, in Johnson county, this state, lives in Indianapolis, Indiana. He is section boss on the west end of
the Big Four Railroad, with headquarters at Flackville, Marion county. Leander DAKE, the eldest son, was born
March 20, 1863, in Moral township, Shelby county, Indiana. He was reared and educated in Johnson county, and lived
with his parents until he was married, February 16, 1887, to Addie MILLER.
She is a daughter of George W. and Louisa (McGREW) MILLER, and was born in Knightstown, Indiana.
Her father was a native of Pennsylvania, coming
from near Pittsburg, and her mother from near Morristown, Indiana. She died when her daughter was but nine years
of age. He was a millwright, and followed that occupation for many years.
He and his wife are both buried in
the old cemetery at Shelbyville, Indiana.
Leander DAKE and his wife are the parents of the following
children: Jesse E., born September 11, 1888; Mary A., born February 1, 1891; Nellie E., born June 13, 1897;
William Loren, born April 27, 1900. Mrs. DAKE is a member of the East Union Baptist church, and a woman with many
known qualities. He is a widely known farmer, a Democrat in politics and accounted an honest and upright citizen
with many warm friends.
Chadwick's History of Shelby County, Indiana, by Edward H. Chadwick, B.A., assisted by well known local
talent, B.F. Bowen & Co, Publishers: Indianapolis, IN, 1909, Page 828.
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