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Biographical Sketch for William Stults (b. 1826)

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Biographical Sketch for William Stults (b. 1826)

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Classification: Biography
Surnames: Stults Smith Best Doke Campbell
William Stults, an old and honored resident of Huntington Township, was born in Stark County, Ohio, February 27, 1826. He was the youngest of ten children, eight sons and two daughters, born to John H. and Catharine Ann (Smith) Stults, the former a native of North Carolina, and the latter a native of Bedford County, Pa., both of German descent. Our subject spent his boyhood and youth in his native county, working upon a farm in summer and attending the district school in winter. At the age of twenty he took up the avocation of a teacher, and this furnished his winter’s employment for a period of sixteen years, or until 1864. In the meantime, in the spring of 1848, he came to this State and located in Washington Township, Whitley Co., and during the following year he taught the first term of school that was ever taught in that township. He continued to reside upon a farm in Whitley County, until the fall of 1853, when he came to Huntington County and settled upon a farm in Clear Creek Township, and in the spring of 1874 he removed to his present home in Section 10, Huntington Township. In 1869, in connection with farming, he engaged in buying and selling stock, and thus continued until about 1878, since which time he has acted to a considerable extent in the capacity of a contractor. He has, however, attended to the management of his farm also. He was married October 23, 1853, to Ellen Jane Best, a native of Bracken County, Ky., born August 8, 1834, being the daughter of James C. and Jane (Doke) Best, natives of Virginia and Ohio, respectively, the former of Irish, and the latter of Dutch descent. Mr. Stults lost his first wife February 18, 1864, and on the 10th day of January, 1869, he was united in marriage to Rebecca F. Campbell who was born in Huntington, July 14, 1848, being the daughter of Joseph and Judith Campbell, both natives of Ohio. The first marriage of Mr. Stults resulted in the birth of two children: Emma J. and Augusta E., the latter of whom died in infancy. He and his present wife are the parents of four children: Ernest W., Cora E., Francis I. and Austin W., all of whom are living. Our subject and his wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Politically, the former is an ardent Republican.

History of Huntington County, Indiana. (Brant & Fuller: Chicago, IL) 1887. Biographical Sketches of Huntington – City and Township, p. 548/9.

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