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Samuel H. Eviston

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Samuel H. Eviston

Posted: 4 Feb 2006 5:39PM GMT
Classification: Biography
Surnames: Eviston, Hannah, Green, Weller, Boyd, Spiker, Colbert
From Biographical Memoirs of Huntington County, 1901, pages 640-641

Samuel H. Eviston is a representative man of Huntington county, Indiana, and a farmer and stock raiser of more than ordinary ability. He is a native of Guernsey county, Ohio, where he was born June 15, 1841, his parents being John and Mary J. (Hannah) Eviston. His paternal grandfather was a native of England, where he was educated for a teacher and followed that occupation in the eastern states after coming to the United States. He afterward located in Montgomery county, Ohio, and there John Eviston, the father of our subject, was born. Mary J. Hannah was of Scottish descent, and was united in marriage to John Eviston in the state of Ohio, where they lived until 1847, when they took up their residence on eighty acres of land in Washington township, Grant county, Indiana. This farm was soon sold and the family moved to Jefferson township, Huntington county, near Mount Etna, and two or three years later into the village. Here the father carried on blacksmithing, and, being a good workman, did a large business until ill health caused him to abandon the business, but he continued to make his home in Mount Etna until his death.

Samuel Eviston was an affectionate son, and remained at home to assist in the support and care of his mother until the breaking out of the Rebellion. He first worked by the month as a farm hand, and then rented a farm which he operated; but when his country called for men he was among the first to answer, and July 25, 1862, he enlisted in Company F, One Hundred and First Infantry, under Captain B. F. Williams. The trials and hardships underwent will never be forgotten, and the ill effects upon the constitutions of many of those patriots of 1861-5 can only be effaced when the bugle-call of "taps" shall summon them to their final rest. They were sent first to Louisville, and then kept on the march constantly after Generals Bragg and Morgan, suffering innumerable hardships and exposed to the inclemencies of the weather in an untried climate until from a regiment of one thousand strong but one hundred and ten men remained for duty, and they were but a sorry lot of ill and emaciated patriots. Mr. Eviston finally received his discharge for a disability from which he has never fully recovered, and the twelve dollars received by him each month as a pension but illy recompenses him for the broken health and suffering he has borne.

After spending some time in recuperating his health, Mr. Eviston again took up the occupation of a farmer, and has continued it with industry and intelligence; his present prosperity being the outcome of his personal efforts and good management. He is a shrewd man of affairs, and is quick to grasp an opportunity for honestly bettering his fortunes. Besides carrying on general farming he has also raised and fattened large quantities of stock, which has added no inconsiderable amount to his income. In 1865 Mr. Eviston married Miss Mary F. Green, daughter of Timothy Green, a prominent and highly respected citizen of Wabash county, and a family of eight children resulted, seven of whom are living, namely: Flora E., wife of Less Weller, a farmer of Polk township, who was formerly a school teacher and served as assessor of his township for two terms; Frank T. married Florence Weller, and is engaged in farming in Wayne township; Ovid E., who was born in 1870, taught school six terms in Huntington county, having been educated in the schools of Valparaiso and Terre Haute, Indiana, married Mary A., daughter of John Boyd, and is now a prominent farmer of Jefferson township; William R., who was born in 1874, was united in marriage with Miss Spiker, and they reside on a farm in Wabash county; Ada E., who was born in 1878, and graduated from the Banquo high school, is now the wife of Homer Colbert and lives in Mt. Etna; Clay L., who was born in 1882, lives with his parents; Lulu, who was born in 1886, is now a student in the Banquo high school. Mr. Eviston has provided all his children with the means of obtaining good, practical educations, and they are a credit to his training. He is a stalwart Republican, and is always ready to help his party on to victory by his influence and work. He has frequently served as chairman of the township committee, and has been delegate to county conventions on numerous occasions. In 1894 he was nominated as county commissioner and was elected to the office by a most flattering majority, filling the post in a manner that reflected great credit to his county and honor to himself.

He is a prominent member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows at Banquo, has represented that body in the grand lodge and has served on the board of trustees since its organization. He is deacon and trustee of the Christian church, of which he is a member, and is a good man, esteemed and honored by all.

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