|JOHN BOLDS, farmer and stock-raiser, Wayne Township, is a native of Indiana, born in Henry County, September 24, 1841, a son of THOMAS and MARY C. (WINDSOR) BOLDS, natives of Guilford County, North Carolina, of English descent. When he was three years of age his father died, and his mother soon after moved with her family to Preble County, Ohio. She subsequently married JOHN WALKER, of Henry County, and returned to that county, and a year later they moved to Marion County, where our subject was reared to manhood. He is the third of five children, but two of whom are living—NANCY, FRANKLIN, JOHN, WILLIAM and THOMAS E. WILLIAM enlisted in the war of the Rebellion, in Company F, Sixty-third Indiana Infantry, and was killed at the siege of Atlanta. THOMAS E. is living in Montgomery County, Indiana. FRANKLIN died when three years of age, and NANCY after reaching maturity. Five children were born to the second marriage of his mother, but two of whom are living—FRANCIS A. and FLORA A., wife of L. D. PARY, of Boone County, Indiana. The mother is living in Marion County, and is now seventy-one years of age.|
JOHN BOLDS began teaching school when nineteen years old, but in the winter of 1861 he began working on a farm by the month, which he continued for five years. January 18, 1866, he married ELIZABETH MARKS, a native of Jackson Township, daughter of THOMAS MARKS. After his marriage he bought eighty acres of partially improved land in Jackson Township, where he lived twelve years, when he sold it and moved to the farm where he now lives. He owns 330 acres of valuable land, all well improved, his farm being one of the best in the township. MR. and MRS. BOLDS have had eleven children, but five of whom are living—OBED A., EMMA A., LIZZIE F., EDNA and ELSIE. WILLIAM F. died aged three years; OLIVE J., aged twelve years; THOMAS M., aged six months; LYDIA A., aged fourteen years; CORA aged three years, and NELLIE in infancy. In politics MR. BOLDS affiliates with the Republican party. In the fall of 1885 he was elected to the office of county commissioner.
Biographical Record and Portrait Album of Tippecanoe County, Indiana, 1888, pg. 494
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