Counties of Morgan, Monroe and Brown, Indiana. Historical and Biographical. Charles
Blanchard, Editor. Chicago: F. A. Battey & Co., Publishers, 1884.
Biographical Sketches, Bean Blossom Township, p. 617
John W. HOUSTON, an enterprising farmer and stock-raiser, was born October 18, 1848, in this township, and is the youngest of the eight children of Joseph and Lucinda (PUTNAM) HOUSTON, natives of Kentucky and of English decent. John W. was reared upon a farm, and educated during the winter months, when farm work was dull. On December 21, 1871, Mr. HOUSTON married Martha, daughter of John and Eliza (JOHNSON) GILMAN, natives of Kentucky, and of German and English descent. By this marriage there were six children - Amanda, Lewis W., Cassandra M., Florence Ida, Walter T., and Purnel J. Mr. HOUSTON owns ninety-nine acres of land, well cultivated, with a comfortable frame dwelling, barn and ut-buildings, supplemented by a thrifty orchard. Mrs. HOUSTON belongs to the Christian Church. Mr. HOUSTONs parents came to Monroe County in 1834, and settled on the farm where he now lives, and which his father had improved. Lucinda PUTNAM and her parents came to Monroe County from Kentucky in 1823. Mr. Joseph PUTNAM bought the farm which our subject now owns, in about the year 1822. Thus Mr. HOUSTONs grandparents were among the earliest settlers in the county. He is a Democrat.
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