Shelby  County,  Indiana

James  B.  Sever

            A well known ... agriculturalist of Noble township ... is  James B. Sever, who was born in this township, March 19,1858, the son of  Peter and Elizabeth (Weidner) Sever.  Peter Sever was born March 23, 1831 . He came to Shelby county from Clinton county, Ohio, in 1855.  He bought the land where James B. Sever now lives. ...  He married Elizabeth Weidner, who who was born in Butler county, Ohio,November 2, 1835, and she came with her parents to Shelby county in 1841 ...  To her were born three children, James B., ...; Catherine  who married  William Sawyer  of Noble township;  Josie, the wife of  Oliver Lineback, of Hancock county ... 
            James B. Sever was fifteen years old when his father died. ... [He married]  Ellen Cuskaden, daughter of  Thomas and Jane (Long) Cuskaden, who were of Irish descent, having come to Indiana from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Two daughters ... Cora E., born June 20, 1888 ... ; Elizabeth J., born February 13, 1891. Mrs. Sever was called from her earthly labors July 3, 1897.
            In his political relations Mr. Sever is a Democrat ...  He has ably served as Deputy Assessor of Noble township ... he is a member of the Waldron Lodge ... Masons and St.Paul Lodge ... Knights of Pythias ... he bears a reputation for honesty throughout the county.
From pp. 714-5 of Chadwick
Condensed and submitted by Don T. Mitchell in memory of Kenneth Sever,a highly respected English teacher at Waldron High School 

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