|Birth: ||Jun. 25, 1829|
|Death: ||Nov. 28, 1916|
From the Sullivan Democrat Newspaper, 30 November 1916, Page 1; "PIONEER GOES TO HIS REWARD - GEORGE A. EXLINE, 87 YEARS OF AGE, FALLS A VICTIM OF PNEUMONIA -
His Career Recalls Days When Terre Haute Was Only Trading Post and Sullivan County Was Timberland —"Wife Died Recently
George A. Exline, 87, a veteran of the Civil War, and one of the pioneer residents of the county, passed away at his home in Cass township about eight miles east of this city about 2 o o'clock this morning after an illness lasting several weeks of pneumonia. His wife has been dead only a few months.
Mr. Exline was born June 25, 1829, in Coshocton county, near Dresden, Ohio, and was the son of Adam and Catherine (Saucerman) Exline. Moving from Coshocton county, O., to Wright township, Greene county. Adam Exline bought a tract of timber land and built a log house for his family. The floor was a split puncheon floor and the roof was covered with boards, he and his sons split from timber they cleared, to erect their home. At that time there were no railroads in the state and Terre Haute, thirty-five miles away, was the nearest market and milling point.
George A. Exline was one of a family of nine children and at the age of fifteen years moved with his parents to Greene county from Ohio. He at once began to shift for himself, and found employment on a farm where he worked two years for eight dollars per month. He accumulated a sufficient sum and bought a strip of canal land, paying $2.50 an acre, and later bought another tract at $5 per acre.
On February 25, 1858, he married Nancy J. Creager, a daughter of Thomas J. and Barbara Creager,Pioneer settlers. August 12, 1862, Mr. Exline responded to the call of his country for volunteers, and enlistedin Company I, Eighty-fifth Indiana Volunteer Infantry. He was with his regiment until the close of the war, being at the front until February, 1865. He took an active part in many important battles, including the battle of Thompson's Station, Dalton, Resaca, the siege and capture of Atlanta, where he witnessed the surrender of that city by the mayor, and the battle of Nashville, one of the most strenuous of the entire conflict. At the battle of Thompson's Station, he was made a prisoner and was in Libby's Prison one month when he was exchanged and discharged at Louisville, Kentucky.
Surviving the deceased are five children, namely: William M., Sam'l, W., Thos. C., Rebecca Isabelle and John Levi. The funeral arrangements have not yet been made.
Nancy J Creager Exline (1841 - 1916)*
William Marshall Exline (1858 - 1935)*
Samuel Winfield Exline (1861 - 1937)*
Thomas C. Exline (1866 - 1951)*
Rebecca Isabelle Exline French (1868 - 1956)*
John Levi Exline (1871 - 1953)*
Co H 85 Reg Ind Vol Inf
Note: buried with wife Nancy J
Center Ridge Cemetery
Plot: Section 6
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Record added: Jul 22, 2010
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