Joseph Futrell, one of the prosperous agriculturist of Blackford County, residing on Section 29, Washington Township, is a native of Ohio, born in Clinton County, 31 January 1839, a son of Michael and Mary (Rix) Futrell.
Our subject was nine months old when his parents removed with their family to Grant County, and about two years later left their farm in that county for a partially improved farm in the same county, where the parents are still living. Our subject remained on that farm until he attained his majority, when he started out in the world to make his fortune.
February 2, 1860, he was married to Miss Christina Stafford, who was born in 1842. After his marriage he settled on his father-in-law's place, where he built a log cabin, remaining there a year. He then lived on a rented farm for two years, when on account of failing health he was obliged to give up farming. He removed to Warren, Indiana, where he carried on a grocery for seven months, when disposing of his business he removed to a farm of forty acres owned by his father, where he remained a few months. he then removed to Dundee, Indiana, and engaged in the mercantile business, including drugs, buying the latter business from Dr. Dodson, and there he resided one year. There his wife died in February 1865, leaving one daughter, Nancy E., who was born 11 December 1864, now the wife of James Elwood. A few days before his 3wife's death he had sold his mercantile interests, and subsequently engaged in farming, making his home with his father in Grant county. About a year after the death of his wife he bought forty acres of partially improved land.
In August 1867, he was married a second time to Miss Matilda A. Nelson, born in 1845, a daughter of Elisha and Rebecca (Oliver) Nelson. Mr. and Mrs. Futrell are the parents of seven children -Rebecca A., Joseph W., Charles, George W., Cora, Dolly and Abe Weller. Mrs. Futrell's parents were natives of Northampton County, North Carolina. Both are deceased, and are buried in the Howe Cemetery in grant county. They were the parents of six children -William James, Winnie, John, Matilda, Eliza, and Stephen.
By persevering industry and good management, Mr. Futrell has accumulated about 550 acres of valuable land, 120 acres being on Section 29, eighty acres on Section 30, 110 acres on Section 18, and 240 acres on Section 19 of Washington Township, his land being well improved, and underlaid with from 3,000 to 4,000 rods of tile.
He is a prominent man in his township, and has filled several official positions, in all of which he has served with credit to himself and to the best interest of his township or county. In the fall of 1874 he was elected to the office of county treasurer, serving as such two terms of two years each. In the spring of 1869, he was elected township trustee, and was re-elected at the following election, serving in that capacity three years.
Michael Futrell, the father of our subject, was born in Northampton County, North Carolina 15 November 1810, where he grew to manhood. When twenty-three years old he went to Clinton County, Ohio, where he married Mary Rix, who was born in that county in 1813, and to them were born eleven children -Enos, Jordan, Elizabeth, Joseph, James, John (d8ed leaving a wife and child), Martin, Nancy, Michael, Isaiah (died in 1860, aged about seven years), and Mary (died, aged three years). The parents lived in Clinton County until removing to Grant County, Indiana, in the fall of 1839, where they are still living at a good old age, and are among the most respected pioneers in the county.
The paternal grandparents of our subject died in North Carolina. His grandfather, Jordan Rix, was a native of North Carolina, but at the time of his death was living in Clinton County, Ohio. His wife, Sarah Rix, also died in Clinton County, Ohio.
Source: Biographical and Historical Record of Jay and Blackford Counties, Indiana by The Lewis Publishing Company, 1887.