Joseph  Talbert

          Joseph Talbert, deceased, was a native of North Carolina, where he was born August 13, 1774.  Rahah* Beeson  was also a native of North Carolina, born July 30, 1779.  They were married, and most of their family were born in that State.  They came to Indiana in a very early day, and were the parents of twelve children, as follows:  Thomas,  Edward,  William,  Polly,  Jesse,  Elizabeth,  Anderson,  Margaret,  Paris C.,  Sally,  Charity  and  Joseph A.
          Paris C. was born March 3, 1814.  January 11, 1838, his and Nancy Sleeth's, daughter of Judge John Sleeth, nuptials were celebrated, and to their union ten children were born.  Paris C. Talbert died December 3, 1864.  His wife was born March 12, 1817, and still survives him.  Paris C. was an extensive farmer, owning at the time of his death over 400 acres of well improved land.  Of his children, these five are now living:  Sylvanus,  William,  Louise J., now  Mrs. Bower;  Barton M. and  Madison.  The latter was born December 3, 1855.  He was reared to manhood in Union Township, remaining at home and assisting his mother until he attained the age of twenty-three years, receiving a limited education, his help being needed on the farm.   April 12, 1879, his marriage with Capitola E. Gunning was solemnized, and to their union these three children have been born:  John W.,  Clara B.  and  Walter B.  He has always made farming his occupation, and he has been very successful.  He now owns 180 acres of well improved land.  In politics he is a Republican.
From the  History of Shelby County, Indiana Chicago: Brant & Fuller, 1887, page 776.
Copied by Phyllis Miller Fleming
* Per records of the Society of Friends, Joseph's wife is  Rebecca Beeson, daughter of  William Beeson and Elizabeth. - PMF

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