Shelby County, Indiana
John Toner, a native of Lycoming County, Pa., where he was born December 28, 1814, being the next eldest in
a family of twelve children born to Edward and Susanna (Updegraff) Toner , who were also
Pennsylvania, the former of Irish, and the latter of German descent. In 1815, they emigrated to Indiana, settling
on White Water, in Franklin County, where they lived exactly seventeen years, when in 1832, they came to Shelby
County, locating in Hendricks Township, about one mile from our subject's present place of residence.
here and made this county their home until their death. He died at the advanced age of eighty-four years.
remained at home until he attained the age of twenty-two years. He received a common school education such as
was to be obtained in the primitive log school-houses of those days. March 9, 1837, his marriage with
J. Parker was solemnized, and to their union eight children were born, of whom these four are now living:
James E., who married Sophia Salla; Mattie, now
Mrs. William H. Miller; Elizabeth, wife of Dr. J. H. Sanford, and
Belle, now Mrs. George Williams. June 14, 1856, Mr.
Toner suffered the bereavement of losing his beloved wife. May 3, 1857, his and Janette
Thayer's nuptials were celebrated and their union has been blessed with these four children:
John S., whose wife was Cad Hester, Caress L., Harry M. and
Elmer S. Mr. Toner has always made farming his occupation, in connection with which he has always dealt in stock quite extensively and
he has been very successful. He now owns 900 acres of well improved land.
He and family are members of the Christian Church. In politics he affiliates with the National Greenback party. The Updegraff family preceded the Toner family a number of years, coming in 1821.
History of Shelby County, Indiana, Chicago: Brant & Fuller, 1887, page 665.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming
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