Israel H. Heastonâ€”Conspicuous among Huntington Countyâ€™s representative men is Israel H. Heaston, who was born in Wayne County, Ind., September 23, 1843. His father, Jacob Heaston, was born in Rockingham County, Va., May 8, 1797, and at the age of seven years, accompanied his parents to Butler County, Ohio. From there in 1809, he moved to Montgomery County, the same State, where in 1819 he married Catherine Goodlander, who was born in the City of Philadelphia, Penn., November 15, 1801. In 1823, Mr. Heaston with his family moved to Wayne County, Ind., and settled near Hagerstown, where he lived until his removal to Huntington County in 1847. He settled near the village of Lancaster, Lancaster Township, and was an honored resident of the same for a period of thirty-one years, or until his death, which occurred August 19, 1878. His wife survived him two years, dying on the 19th day of August, 1880. They were both members of the German Baptist Church, and among the most exemplary citizens of Huntington County. They raised a family of eleven children, seven sons and four daughters, nine of whom grew to manhood and womanhood. Israel H. Heaston was reared to manhood on his fatherâ€™s farm near Lancaster having been but four years old when the family moved to Huntington County. He received in the common schools, an education, which though not a finished one by any means, has enabled him to successfully discharge the duties of a very active and energetic life. At the age of eighteen, he responded to the countryâ€™s call for volunteers, enlisting August 21, 1862, in Company E, Seventy-Third Indiana Infantry, with which he served until honorable discharged, June 8, 1865. His regiment was in the Second Brigade, Third Division and Fourteenth Army Corps, and participated in a number of bloody battles, including Huntsville, Milton, Howeâ€™s Gap, Tullahoma, Chickamaugua, Mission Ridge, Buzzardâ€™s Roost, Dalton, Resacca, Kenesaw Mountain, Peach Tree Creek, Atlanta, Jonesboro, Savannah, Goldsboro, Bentonville, Smithfield and others, in all of which Mr. Heaston took an active part. During his long period of service, he never missed roll call except when on duty, and was never in the hospital a day for sickness or any kind of disability. After his discharge, Mr. Heaston returned to Huntington County and engaged in farming on the home place, but subsequently in 1873 purchased the farm on which he has since resided. He has been a successful farmer, and at this time owns a beautiful place of eighty acres, all of which is under a high state of cultivation. He has always taken an active interest in politics and held the office of Trustee in the Township of Lancaster. He was also appointed by the court, Drainage Commissioner, but resigned the position to accept the nomination for County Auditor on the Republican ticket, for which office he was defeated by a diminished majority, his competitor having been elected by only twenty-one votes. In the fall of 1886, he was again the regular Republican nominee for Auditor and was elected to the office by a majority of 335 votes, the largest majority given to any man on the ticket, a fact which attests his great personal popularity throughout the county. Mr. Heaston was married March 8, 1866, to Miss Phoebe C. Reed, daughter of Hosea and Susan (McVicker) Reed, the father born in Virginia and the mother in Ohio. Mrs. Heaston was born March 31, 1843, and is the mother of four children, two of whom are now living.
History of Huntington County, Indiana. (Brant & Fuller:Chicago) 1887. Biosketches of Rock Creek Township. Pages 767 and 768.