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George W. Hedrick

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George W. Hedrick

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Posted: 10 Jun 2001 6:00AM GMT
Classification: Biography
Edited: 23 Jun 2001 9:50AM GMT
Surnames: Hedrick, Bane, Losure, Endsley, Campbell, Myers, Prickett, Garrison, Harrold, Creviston
From Biographical Memoirs of Huntington County, 1901, pages 645-647

George W. Hedrick, one of the influential and prosperous farmers of Wayne township, Huntington county, Indiana, is a fine product of the county, having been ushered into the world in this vicinity on June 22, 1844, his parents being Jacob and Mary (Bane) Hedrick. Both were natives of the state of Virginia, the father being of German lineage. They settled in this county, and it was here that the mother was called to a peaceful rest. The father then moved to Grant county, and afterward took up his residence in Van Buren, where he died. The family consisted of three sons and five daughters, the two eldest daughters dying at an early age. Following is a list of their names and places of residence, viz: James, a soldier in the One Hundred and First Regiment, laid down his life for his country at Murfreesboro; Jacob married Mary Losure, and is employed as a rig-builder in the oil fields, making his home in Van Buren; Mahala married Abe Endsley, a prominent Grant county farmer; Catherine B. is the wife of William Bane of Huntington; Nancy is now Mrs. Thomas Campbell, and lives in Warren; Sarah J. died when quite young; Susan married Cornelius Myers, of Pleasant Plain; and George W., the subject of this sketch.

George W. Hedrick went to live with his uncle, Henry Bane, after the death of his parents. Mr. Bane was a farmer of Wabash county, and as George was a bright lad of eleven years he was considerable help in the work about the farm. He was permitted to attend school a portion of each winter, and in this way obtained a fair education, but when the war of the Rebellion broke out George, then a young man of seventeen, thought of nothing but becoming a soldier and entering the ranks. His uncle was a Democrat, and tried by every means in his power to dissuade the patriotic youth from his purpose, but without avail, and he finally ran away and enlisted in the Twelfth Indiana, under Captain David Coverly, Company C, in August, 1862. They went into camp at Indianapolis, where they were daily drilled while waiting four weeks for uniforms and their equipments. Leaving camp, they proceeded to Cincinnati and then to Richmond, Kentucky, where the entire company were taken prisoners and held three days before being paroled and returned to Indianapolis. There they were granted a thirty-day furlough, and as soon as the time had expired Mr. Hedrick again reported at Indianapolis for duty, and remained in camp three months, drilling and practicing for work in the field. They were first sent to Cairo, Illinois, and then to Vicksburg, besieging that city until it surrendered. Mr. Hedrick participated in the engagements at Jackson, Mississippi, Memphis, Chattanooga, and other places, recieving a severe wound in the left arm at the battle fought at Atlanta on July 22, 1864. This wound incapacitated him for further duty in the field, but he was not mustered out until the close of the war, in August, 1865.

Mr. Hedrick was frugal in his expenditures and managed to save about one hundred and fifty dollars from the money paid him as a soldier, and to this was added the wages received by him working at odd jobs after his return home. The field of his labors included Grant, Wabash and Huntington counties, and as soon as his capital was large enough to warrant he expended it in the purchase of twenty-six acres of land, which was purchased the more cheaply as it was heavily wooded. This land was cleared off and sold at an advanced price and Mr. Hedrick at once purchased another tract of eighty-five acres, for the greater part of which he was obilged to go in debt. He has given a worthy example of industry and persistency which it would profit others to emulate in whatever calling they may be engaged. He has been successful in accumulating two fine properties, one farm being located in Wayne township, this county, the pleasant and comfortable home of Mr. Hedrick and his family; the second is in Wabash county. His accumulations are the outcome of honest toil and endeavor, for, unlike many young men who start out to do for themselves, Mr. Hedrick was obliged to rely on his own ability, receiving no help from any source. It is true that he now receives fourteen dollars a month pension from the government for injuries received, but if perfect health were his he would gladly forego the paltry fourteen dollars.

He has been twice married, his first wife being Miss Mariah Prickett, who died February 27, 1874, leaving two children, one of whom survived but a short time. The second child was Ella, wife of George Garrison, of North Manchester. In 1875 he placed at the head of his household Miss Mary Harrold, and the offspring born to this union were four in number, namely; Charles E., born March 17, 1876; Jennie, born September 27, 1877, died shortly after her marriage with Otto Creviston; Timer, born August 8, 1880, died in infancy; and Frennie, born March 21, 1885. Mr. Hedrick and his family are members of the Christian church at Banquo, in which he serves on the board of trustees. They are excellent neighbors and are highly thought of by the entire community. Mr. Hedrick is a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows at Banquo, and has represented that body in the Grand Lodge. He is also an active worker in the Grand Army Post, attended the national encampment at Washington, D. C., as well as at Indianapolis, and takes unbounded pleasure in meeting comrades of his old regiment at the reunions, recalling incidents of the past and talking over bygone days. In politics he is a Republican, and has frequently served as delegate to county conventions to look after the best interests of the party. Mr. Hedrick is now building a fine residence on his property in Wabash county, its style of architecture being of the modern type, with every possible convenience, and when completed will be additional evidence of what can be accomplished by perseverance and industry.

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