Shelby  County  Indiana

Henry  Huntington

          Henry Huntington, a pioneer of Shelby County, and one among the oldest residents of Sugar Creek Township, was born in Connecticut, August 26, 1816.  He was the third of six children, four sons and two daughters, born to  Septimus G. and  Mary T. (Morse) Huntington, natives of Connecticut and Massachusetts, respectively, the former of whom was a descendant of  Simon Huntington, who left the shores of England with his wife and children in 1633, and started for America.  The father died upon the voyage and was buried in the ocean.  The mother brought her children to America, and the latter became the progenitors of a large family, several members of which have attained considerable prominence in this country.  A few of the more noted ones may here be mentioned:  Hon. Samuel Huntington, Ex-Governor of Connecticut and President of the Continental Congress;  Samuel Huntington, a nephew of the former, who became Governor of Ohio;  Elisha M. Huntington, Ex-United States District Judge for Indiana; Gen. Jedediah Huntington, Judge Benjamin Huntington and a number of others.  The paternal grandparents of  Mr. Huntington were Rev. Joseph  and  Elizabeth (Hall)  Huntington, both of whom were natives of Connecticut.  His maternal grandparents were  Ezekiel  and  Mary (Tyler)  Morse, the former of whom was related to the antecedents of Prof. S. F. B. Morse, and the latter was a relative of Col. Tyler, of Revolutionary fame.  When our subject was yet a child, his parents emigrated to Lebanon, Ohio.  About one year later they came to this State and located at Connersville, but in the year 1821, they removed to this county, and settled in the wilds of Sugar Creek township.  That was one among the earliest settlements in the township.  He continued at home until the time of his marriage, which occurred April 6, 1850, when Sarah A. Edwards became his wife.  She was born in Miami County, Ohio, December 22, 1825, and was the daughter of William and Sophia (Carson) Edwards.  Two years after their marriage, Mr. and Mrs. Huntington located upon the farm they now occupy, and on which they have ever since continued to reside.  They are the parents of eleven children:  Kate, born July 3, 1851, died September 30, 1853;  Eliza, born January 20, 1853;  Thomas H., born September 2, 1854;  Abbie, born May 14, 1856;  Ella, born March 7, 1858, died September 10, 1858;  Maggie, born March 8, 1859;  John E., born March 10, 1861;  George B., born November 8, 1863;  William C., born November 16, 1865;  Samuel, born January 13, 1867, died September 29, 1867, and  Frank C., born August 20, 1869.  Mr. and Mrs. Huntington are members of the Protestant Methodist Church.  In politics the former is a Democrat.  He has held the office of Trustee in Sugar Creek Township thirteen years.  He owns a good farm where he lives, of 160 acres, about 100 of which are in a high state of cultivation.  His farm is fitted up with good buildings and fences, and is a very desirable location.  Besides this, he owns two other farms in Sugar Creek Township, one of eighty acres and one of thirty-two acres.  He is an honest, upright man, and he and wife are among the worthy and esteemed citizens of Shelby County.
History of Shelby County, Indiana, Chicago:  , pp 750-751, "Sugar Creek [Township] Sketches", Brant & Fuller, 1887.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

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