Sylvester W. Sandefur
SYLVESTER W. SANDEFUR, a resident of Hendricks Township, is a native of Jackson Township, this county, and was born December 16, 1841, the youngest in a family of nine children born to Samuel D. and Elizabeth (Shipp) Sandefur, who were both natives of Mercer County, Ky. They came to Indiana and Shelby County in 1823, where they lived until their death, the latter dying in 1872, and the former in 1876. Our immediate subject remained with and assisted his parents in their declining years until their death, receiving a limited education in consequence of the poor facilities of those days. May 19, 1864, his marriage with Sarah A. Reese was solemnized, and to their union five children have been born: Dilly D., Arizona G., Otto T., Ezra O. and Ora C. Mr. Sandefur's principal occupation has been farming; for a short time he was engaged in the mercantile business at Jollity, and at Newton, Ill., in the restaurant business for two years, and he has been quite successful. He and wife own 160 acres of well improved land. Mr. and Mrs. Sandefur are members of the Methodist Protestant Church. He also belongs to the I.O.O.F. fraternity, Hiawatha Lodge No. 193. In politics he is a Republican.
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