He was a son of Issac and Susannah E. Combs Short. He married Sarah Blakesley Short. They had the following children: Melissa (1857), Laura J. (1860), Albert (1862), Malinda Lizzy (1868) and Emma (1872).
He was a soldier in the War Between the States - Company D, 85th Indiana Infantry. Per census records from 1860-1880, he was listed as a farmer.
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