Honey Creek Township
Bedford Twp. pg. 280
Joseph S. King was born in Ireland in 1824, and emigrated to America in 1845. He landed in New York and resided there twelve years, during which time he worked by months' wages as a common farm hand. He managed to save from his monthly earnings about $400, which, on coming to Henderson county in 1856, he invested in ninety-five acres of land. This is the place which Jacob Ford now owns. He sold the same two years after he had bought it to Charles Marshall. The land fell back into his hands aain. He then sold it to David Rankin. He next bought the farm on which he now lives, and altogether he owns 700 acres, besides some town property. In 1877 he built one of the most substantial farm buildings to be seen in the country, at a cost of $8,000. Standing on an elevaged plat of ground, this building presents an imposing picture and mark of enterprise. When he came to this state he lived in a log cabin 14 x 16. Fourteen years after Mr. King's arrival in America his parents came over. His father, James King, died in Henderson county. His mother is still living at the age of eighty years. They were born in the north part of Ireland. There were eight children in the family, three of whom are deceased; the rest, with the exception of one, reside in this state: Sarah, Elizabeth, Joseph, Jane, Susan, Mary, Samuel and Alexander. Mr. King was first married in New York. His wife having died, he was married again to Miss Julia McLain. For the first seven months'labor in this country Mr. King received $50, half of which was paid in clothing. After working for two years he sent all his earnings home to Irleland to assist through the famine. He was educated at a high school in the county of Monaghan, Ireland. He is much interested in educational matters and the development of society and religion. He has held the office of school director for many years. They are members of the United Presbyterian church. In politics he is a republican.
Honey Creek Township
Joseph Kirby was born on the eastern shore of Maryland June 8, 1822. He was the son of Henry and Jane Kirby, who moved to Butler county, Ohio, about 1827, and came from there to Henderson county in 1837. Mr. Kirby died in 1848, and Mrs. Kirby ten years later. Joseph was married October 15, 1841, to Miss Jane Swymelar, daughter of Andrew and Jane Swymelar. She was born in Chester county, Pennsylvania, February 14, 1822. Her parents came to Hancock county, Illinois, in 1840, where she and Joseph met and were married. The marriage took place at Nauvoo, while yet the Mormons were reveling in the height of their prosperity. They are the parents of five children: Mary Jane, the eldest, born October 8, 1845, and died the 22nd of the following month; William Hinckley, born November 23, 1845; Josephus, born December 23, 1848; Minerva, born August 28, 1856; Andrew, born March 8, 1858. Mr. Kirby died June 28, 1878, and is buried in Terre Haute cemetery. The children all live at or near home.
Honey Creek Township
Rigdon Henry Kirby was born in Henderson county, Illinois, April 10, 1843. His grandfather, Henry Kirby, was born on the east shore of Maryland; his grandmother's name was Jane Kirby. His father was born in Maryland and removed with his father, Henry Kirby, to Butler county, Ohio, in 1827, and from there to Henderson county in 1837. He was one of the pioneer farmers of the county. He subsequently married Sarah Quinshaw. Rigdon H. grew to manhood on his father's farm and received a common school education. He was married December 31, 1865, to Miss Abertina Parker, daughter of Stephen and Elizabeth Parker, of Cuyahoga county, Ohio. Mr. Kirby is a member of Dallas City lodge of Masons, No. 235. In politics he is a democrat, and was the nominee of his party for county commissioner in 1881, and came near being elected over his opponent, who is one of the first men in the county, thus showing his popularity, the county being strongly republican. He has since qualified as a justice of the peace at the solicitation of his friends. He owns a splendid farm in Sec. 34, T.8, R.6, and is well-to-do.