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David L. Paul

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Posted: 19 Sep 2000 6:00AM GMT
Classification: Biography
Edited: 23 Jun 2001 9:50AM GMT
Surnames: Paul, Ling, Ream, Killen
From Biographical Memoirs of Huntington County, 1901, pages 736-737

David L. Paul, carpenter and contractor, and ex-trustee of Lancaster township, is the son of Isaac and Elizabeth (Ling)Paul, and was born near where he now lives on the 27th of July, 1850.

Henry Paul, his grandfather, emigrated from Germany a number of years ago and settled in Pennsylvania, where the family lived until their removal in 1849 to Huntington county, Indiana. On coming to this county Henry Paul purchased a farm in Rock Creek township, which he sold three years later and bought a home in the township of Lancaster.

Isaac Paul and Elizabeth Ling were married in Pennsylvania in 1848, and the following year came to Huntington county, Indiana, settling in Rock Creek and later moving to Lancaster township. They had a family of twelve children, eight sons and four daughters, whose names are as follows: David L., Henry, Mary, Levi, Martha, Barbara, Anderson, John R., Samuel, Ulysses and William, twins, and Nancy, all of whom, with the exception of Levi, Henry, William, Samuel and Nancy, are living in the township of Lancaster. The father was a soldier in the late Civil war, enlisting in September, 1862, and serving until honorably discharged, June 4, 1865.

At the early age of thirteen, David L. Paul was thrown upon his own resouces, and from that time to the present has fought life's battles with no aid whatever except such as came to him through his wife and children, when the latter became sufficiently old to render any assistance. For a number of years he did any honest labor to which he could turn his hands, learning the carpenter's trade, which for some time has been his principal source of livelihood.

On the 3rd day of February, 1876, he was united in marriage with Miss Mary Ream, whose parents were early pioneers of Huntington county. She is of German descent, was born December 15, 1853, and is the mother of ten children, nine of whom are living at the present time. The first in order of birth is Nancy E., born November 2, 1876, married Edward Killen, of Lancaster township; Lucinda E., born October 4, 1878, graduated from the public schools and is still with her parents; Jesse, born October 28, 1880, also a graduate and a good scholar; Norman W., born October 18, 1882; Maggie, born October, 1884; Melvin L., born June 23, 1887; Charles E., born December 17, 1890; Herman L., born July 22, 1894, died November 20, 1898; Frederick, born October 3, 1895; and Wilbert, born October 18, 1897.

As a mechanic Mr. Paul ranks with the best in the county, and his skill as a builder has been utilized in the construction of a number of fine dwellings, barns and schoolhouses in Lancaster and other townships. In addition to carpentering he also devotes some time to farming, owning a small but well tilled place in the township, which adds not a little to his yearly earnings. He is honest and industrious, which, characteristic with his efficiency as a workman, cause all his time to be employed, and he is hardly ever without good contracts on his hands.

In 1890 Mr. Paul was elected on the Republican ticket as trustee of Lancaster township, the duties of which position he discharged to the satisfaction of all concerned for two terms, being re-elected to succeed himself. In the summer of 1900 he was a candidate before the county convention for county recorder, but failing to secure the nomination on the first ballot, caused his name to be withdrawn. He has always been an active supporter of the Republican party, ever ready to make sacrifices for the nominees, and no one has ever coupled his name with anything savoring of fraud or disreputable practices. He is the soul of honor, politically and otherwise, and no man's word is more highly regarded and few occupy as conspicuous a place in the esteem and confidence of the public.

For a number of years Mr. and Mrs. Paul have been earnest and consistent members of the German Baptist church, active in all good work of the congregation to which they belong, and manifesting by their daily lives the teachings of the meek and lowly Nazarene.



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