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Calvin Andrews

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Posted: 9 Sep 2000 6:00AM GMT
Classification: Biography
Edited: 23 Jun 2001 9:50AM GMT
Surnames: Andrews, Glasser, Shields, Blair, Irwin, Shultz, Whitmer, Shull, Miller, Beasley, McClain, Young, Back, Bonewits, McClurg
From Biographical Memoirs of Huntington County, 1901, pages 536-538

Calvin Andrews, whose portrait accompanies this sketch, was a pioneer of Huntington county, Indiana, and one of the first blacksmiths to locate in this part of the county. He was born in North Carolina, December 5, 1821, and sank into a dreamless sleep August 27, 1895. His parents, James and Elizabeth (Glasser) Andrews, were natives of North Carolina, the father having been born in that state February 15, 1792, and the mother on December 3, 1794. They located in Clinton county, Ohio, where the father passed away January 10, 1851, while the mother was spared to reach the venerable age of one hundred and three years, dying August 27, 1897. Seven children were born to them: Eden, deceased; Calvin, subject of this review; Ira, deceased; Minerva, deceased; Cyrus; Mary; and Emma.

Calvin Andrews grew to adult years in Clinton county and there learned the blacksmith's trade, following it in that locality until 1860, when he moved to Huntington county, where he settled on a two-hundred-acre farm, the one now occupied by Daniel Andrews. It was wild, rough woodland when it came into his possession, and he cleared and otherwise improved it, at the same time working at his trade. As he was a good workman he found plenty to do, farmers from all over the surrounding country coming to him, as they knew that he would do the very best for them. He was widely and favorably known throughout the entire county and was well thought of by all. He was a straightout Republican and took an intelligent interest in the success of his party. He was a member of Lodge No. 246, of Warren, Free and Accepted Masons, and was prominent in the workings of the order. Mr. Andrews was twice married, first to Susan Shields, of Wilmington, Ohio, who died August 11, 1875, leaving him a family of eight children, viz: Ensley, born July 10, 1845, married Miss Lizzie Blair and is a well known farmer of Jefferson township; James W., born March 8, 1847, married Miss Sarah Irwin and has charge of the express office at Warren; Riley B., born March 23, 1849, married Miss Mary Shultz and is a blacksmith at Warren; John R., born September 22, 1853, married Miss Clara Whitmer, but died in February, 1900; Charles, born July 18, 1851, married Lydia Shull and is also a blacksmith of Warren; Elizabeth, born March 24, 1856, married Lee Miller and is a resident of Nebraska; Miles, born July 1, 1859, died in 1897; and Mary J., born March 31, 1861, married Sylvester Shull and lives in Warren. Mr. Andrews chose as his second wife, Mrs. Amy Ann Beasley, to whom he was united June 26, 1876. She was born September 1, 1833, in Warren county, New Jersey, a daughter of William and Rachel (McClain) Young, and the widow of William Beasley, of Stark county, Ohio. William Young died in New Jersey and his widow with her two children, a boy and a girl, came west to Delaware county, Indiana, and located near Granville. After living there several years they moved to Mt. Etna, this county, where the mother passed away. The union of Calvin and Amy Ann Andrews resulted in the birth of two children, namely: Alice B., born April 27, 1877, now the wife of Arthur Back, a well known farmer of Salamonie township; and Daniel C.

Daniel C. Andrews, the youngest child of Calvin Andrews, was born in this township July 6, 1879, and is one of the prosperous and progressive farmers of Huntington county. Since the death of his father he has managed the home farm, which consists at this time of one hundred and eighty-seven and one-half acres of very productive land, located in the oil belt, and has seven wells sunk on it, all productive of a good grade of oil and a source of considerable revenue to the owners of the property. Daniel C. Andrews was united in marriage, March 19, 1898, to Miss Julia Bonewits, daughter of William and Sarah F. (McClurg) Bonewits, the former a native of Huntington county and a skilled carpenter, and the latter from Ohio. Two little children have added the sunshine of their presence to the Andrews home: Josie Delight, who was born January 7, 1899, and is indeed what her name implies, a delight to her parents and friends, and Amy Dessie, who came to them July 31, 1900.

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