Biographical Sketch of Absalom J. Barracks From Portrait and Biographical Record of Madison and Hamilton Counties, Indiana, Biographical Publishing Co., Chicago, 1893 Pages 830-831. Absalom J. Barracks, a leading general agriculturist and stock-raiser, successfully conducting a fine farm located on section 9, Lafayette Township, Madison County, Ind., is a native of the state and long associated with the progressive interests of this part of the great west, has held with ability various local positions of trust, and fully commands the confidence of a wide circle of friends and acquaintances. Our subject, born in Delaware County, December 15, 1838, is a son of Jacob and Rebecca (Sheets) Barracks, both natives of the sunny south and born in Rockingham County, Va. The father, born November 5, 1803, when about twenty-three years of age, in company with several others, emigrated from the Old Dominion to Delaware County, Ind., locating on what was then called the Indian Reserve. Marrying in this locality, the father and mother continued their residence there for some time, but later removed to Madison County and made their home in Richland Township, where the father passed away in 1866, mourned as a public loss. An early pioneer of the state, he had aided in the forwarding of local improvements, and with ambitious enterprise had encouraged and stimulated educational advancement. Of the children who clustered in the home of the parents, the following yet survive: Jacob, residing in Missouri; Elizabeth, wife of Reuben Bixbe, of Lafayette Township; Absalom J., our subject; William, a citizen of Douglas County, Ill,; and Margaret, wife of John Clark, living in Richardson County, Neb.
The mother of our subject resides at present in Richardson County, Neb., at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Clark. She was born June 16, 1816, and, now advanced in years, is passing the evening of life in peaceful tranquillity. Mr. Barracks was reared in Madison County, and was early trained to a knowledge of agricultural pursuits. He attended the home school for a short time during the winter seasons. Thirty-six days being considered a long term. Ambitious and enterprising, he determined to secure a more extended education, and by hard work and excellent management saved money enough to defray his expenses for fifteen months in Marion Academy, a Quaker institution at Marion, Ind. There our subject received a diploma attesting to his superior scholarship and he subsequently taught a number of terms of school in Madison County, Ind., and later became a successful instruction of Sangamon County, Ill. In the spring of 1864 he began his career as a teacher in the latter locality, and afterward settled on a farm about fourteen miles east of Springfield, making his home upon one hundred and seventy acres of swamp land, which he improved and sold in 1892 for $81.25 per acre, realizing a handsome profit upon the investment.
On November 28, 1867, were united in marriage Absalom J. Barracks and Miss Alice E. Huckelberry, a native of Sangamon County, Ill and daughter of John and Barbara (Derry) Huckelberry. Unto the union of our subject and his worthy wife were born ten children, and of the sons and daughters who clustered about the family hearth nine now survive. Josie is the wife of William Kinnehan, of Sangamon County, Ill.; James M. resides in the same county; Charles is also a citizen of Sangamon County, Ill. Reuben, William, Grace, Crelle, John, Jessie and Bonheur (deceased) complete the family list. While in Illinois Mr. Barracks profitably made a specialty of Breeding Poland-China hogs and Percheron horses, as well as engaging in the pursuit of general agriculture. He occupied with able fidelity various local positions of trust in Sangamon County, and served as School Treasurer and Highway Commissioner of Lanesville Township. He took an active part in political matters, and was also the chief organizer in the County Farmers' Mutual Insurance Company, and recognized as possessing superior financial ability, was unanimously selected as treasurer of the company. Fraternally associated with the Ancient Free & Accepted Masons, Mr. Barracks has many warm friends in the order, and esteemed as a public-spirited citizen enjoys the confidence of the general public, and since returning from Illinois to the scenes of his youth has renewed many pleasant associations of the past.