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Biosketch of Daniel Winterode (b. 1824)

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Biosketch of Daniel Winterode (b. 1824)

Posted: 13 Oct 2002 10:30PM GMT
Classification: Biography
Edited: 19 Oct 2002 9:45AM GMT
Daniel Winterode, a citizen of Dallas Township, and a member of the family that was one of its first settlers, is a native of Stark County, Ohio, born near Canton, November 7, 1824, being the eighth in a family of thirteen children born of Henry and Elizabeth (Shiveley) Wintrode, the former a native of Deleware. They emigrated to Indiana and Huntington County from Ohio in the fall of 1838, locating permanently in Dallas Township of which they remained residents until their death. Our immediate subject was reared to manhood in this township, receiving a common school education, such as the facilities of those days afforded. He remained at home and assisted his parents on the farm until he attained the age of twenty-four years. January 11th, 1849 his marriage with Hannah Beauchamp was solemnized. She was a daughter of Russ and Hannah Beauchamp, and to their union nine children have been born, of whom these six are now living: Henry R., who married Emma Rynearson; Curtis C. whose wife was Martha Jones; Ruth A., now Mrs. John Holdren; Levi Albert, unmarried; Lizzie F., and Samuel P.; Lillie D., who died the wife of Albert Fullheart, and Charles O., Jeanafre A., are the deceased children. He has always made farming his occupation and he has been very successful. He now owns about 330 acres of well improved land, which includes considerable town property. He belongs to the Odd Fellows’ fraternity Loon Creek Lodge, No. 322. In politics he is a Democrat. Mr. Wintrode, for the seven years immediately subsequent to his coming to Huntington County, was engaged in work for the Miami Indians. He acquired their language and frequently served as interpreter for traders. He relates many interesting anecdotes, among which was a narrow escape from being shot by an Indian known as Slim Mr. Jimica, while engaged in testing their skill as marksmen. Mr. Wintrode had fired and hit center. The Indian after examining the target reported back to Mr. Wintrode, you have hit center and I am going to kill you, and would have carried out his threat had it not been for the intervention of a squaw who knocked Slim Mr. Jimica’s gun to one side just as he fired. He was frequently present at their war dances. Mr. Wintrode was in those days physically a powerful man, and several times worsted several of the tribe who were determined to kill this same Slim Mr. Jimica who had incurred the enmity of certain ones of the tribe by killing some of their friends.

History of Huntington County, Indiana. (Brant & Fuller: Chicago) 1887. Biographical Sketches of Dallas Township, page 633.

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