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Biographical Sketch of Cornelius Henline (b. 1815)

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Biographical Sketch of Cornelius Henline (b. 1815)

Posted: 4 Mar 2003 9:27AM GMT
Classification: Biography
Surnames: Henline, Heminger, Bronsteter, Flora, Bechtle
Cornelius Henline, an old and honored resident of Huntington County, and one among the early settlers of Clear Creek Township, was born in Pike Township, Stark Co., Ohio, May 6, 1815. He was the third in a family of six children, five sons and one daughter, born to Martin and Elizabeth (Heminger) Henline, both natives of Somerset County, Pa. of Dutch descent. The former was the son of Cornelius and Ever (Bronsteter) Henline. The father of our subject died when the later was but eight years of age, in consequence of which, very early in life, Cornelius was taught to rely upon himself. The greater portion of his boyhood and youth was spent working out upon a farm by the month and day. At nineteen years of age he began to learn the carpenter’s trade. This was finished in due time and to it his entire attention was directed for about sixteen years or during the time that he remained in Stark County, Ohio. He was married there December 23, 1841, to Mary Flora, a native of Bedford County, Pa., born March 26, 1814 and daughter of Jacob and Magdalene (Bechtle) Flora, both natives of Maryland, the former of English, and the latter of German descent. Mrs. Henline had three brothers and two sisters, all of whom are deceased. In 1843, Mr. and Mrs. Henline came to this county and settled in the woods of Clear Creek Township, where they have ever since resided. Having settled when they first came in a wilderness, a great deal of hard work naturally devolved upon them in the development of a farm. Mr. Henline grubbed, chopped, made rails, burned brush, rolled logs, while his wife stood bravely by his side presiding over the household and administering to his wants as only a devoted wife could. They are the parents of ten children as follows: Sevillah, born October 1, 1842; Urias, born August 10, 1844, died March 14, 1845; Washington, born January 22, 1846; Franklin, born February 13, 1848; Emma, born August 2, 1849; Keturah, born November 12, 1851; Rebecca, born January 13, 1854, died April 8, 1862; Martin, born July 6, 1856; Flora Ellen, born April 15, 1860, and Gilbert, born September 28, 1862. Mr. and Mrs. Henline are members of the United Brethren Church. In politics the former is a Republican. Many years ago he was a member of the Board of Township Trustees, during two terms. He owns a farm of 120 acres, about ninety of which, is in a high state of cultivation. He and Mrs. Henline have a comfortable home where they are spending the decline of life.

History of Huntington County, Indiana. (Brant & Fuller: Chicago) 1887. Biographical Sketches of Clear Creek Township, pages 583 and 584.

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