Reed Family of Lake County Indiana
OUTLINE HISTORY OF
. From 1834 to 1850.
According to the best authority now accessible, the best, indeed, now in
existence, the Claim Register, claims were made or locations selected,
in 1834, by the following named persons or for them: in June, William S.
Thornburg, Thomas Thornburg, William Crooks, Samuel Miller; in October,
Robert Wilkinson, who became Probate Judge and made his selection of a
home spot on that stream called West Creek, Noah A. Wilkinson, Noah B.
Clark, R. Fancher, Thomas Childers, Thomas Hornor, Solon Robinson, Milo
Robinson; in November, T. S. Wilkinson, Robert Wilkinson of Deep River,
B. Wilkinson, Thomas Brown, Jacob L. Brown, claim bought of Charles
Wilson, Thomas H. Brown, William Clark, J. W. Holton, H. Wells, David
Hornor, L. A. Fowler, J. B. Curtis,
Reed: in December, W. A. W. Holton, Harriet Holton, then a
widow, Jesse Pierce, David Pierce, John Russell, William Montgomery.
Persons made claims, that is the form used by the pioneers,-or selected
locations, for their friends as well as for themselves, and there is no
evidence that many of these named above actually made settlements in
1834. Those who did settle in this year were: Thomas Childers and family
in School Grove, on "section 17," in October; William Crooks
and Samuel Miller, probably in the summer; Solon Robinson and family on
the last day of October, claim dated November, and spending that winter
with him two young men, Luman A. Fowler and J. B. Curtis; Robert
Wilkinson of Deep River and family in November.
In January of 1835 settlers were, Lyman Wells and John Driscoll; in
February, William Clark, known afterwards as Judge Clark, and family, W.
A. W. Holton with his mother and sister, and J. W. Holton with wife and
In the spring Richard Fancher with his family came to settle on the
shore of the little lake which he had selected on section 17, a noted
section for several years, but to his great disappointment he found out
before long that on that section had been laid an "Indian float.''
As the year of 1835 advanced settlers came in quite rapidly. In April
the "Bryant Settlement" was commenced. The names of these
Bryants were, Wayne, David, Elias, and Samuel D.; and with them in this
settlement was a sister, Mrs. Agnew. They called their location Pleasant
In May the
Settlement'' was made by
William Myrick, and
Prairie was settled by S. P. Stringham and J. Foley. Robert Wilkinson of
West Creek also settled on his choice location, and north of him, in
what became known as the West Creek woods, Thomas Wiles and Jesse Bond.
In the fall of 1835 the large Hornor family came, David Hornor and four
sons, Thomas, George, Amos, Levi, a daughter, Ruth, and other children,
and Jacob L. Brown, a son-in-law. In this year also John Wood from
made a claim, Robert Hamilton settled, Milo Robinson came from
New York city
, and Henry Wells of
began his long residence in what became