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Henry Bacon

  • Birth 8 Apr 1815 New Jersey, USA
  • Death 19 Feb 1892
  • Burial Harlan, Allen County, Indiana, USA
  • Memorial ID 85288542

Aged 78 Y. 10 M. 12 D.

Henry Bacon, an early settler in Cedar Creek township, is now one of the representative farmers of Allen county, He was born in New Jersey, April 8, 1815, son of Jacob and Elizabeth (Shiner) Bacon. The father was of English, the mother of German, descent, and were descendants of revolutionary heroes.

When Henry was about nine years old, his father died, and having lost his mother about one year previous, he was alone in the world at a tender age. He never had the advantage of much schooling, but worked on the farm until about nineteen years of age, when he went to sea, coasting at first from Philadelphia to New York and South Carolina. He continued at this about twelve years. About the year 1839 he sent money to his brother who came west to enter land, and in 1850 he removed to Indiana and settled on the farm where he now lives. In 1852 he built a hewn-log house which was at the time one of the best dwellings in the neighborhood.

Here he lived alone until October 3, 1853, when he was married to Nancy, daughter of James and Mary (Scott) Scott. Her father was a soldier in the war of 1812 and served through the war. He was followed for three days by an Indian, who sought to kill him, and when he failed declared that his intended victim was not to be killed by a bullet.

They had three children: Laura, born 1854, died 1872; an infant deceased, and John S., born March 22, 1860. Mrs. Bacon was born July 18, 1820, received a good education and became a member of the Methodist Episcopal church. Her first experience in Allen county was in helping her husband in clearing, burning brush, and such pioneer work, although she had been raised at Liberty, Union county, and was wholly unused to the toil and hardships she willingly shared with her husband. Starting without money ahead, very little furniture, and living mostly on corn bread and pork, they succeeded well and now own 133 acres of valuable land, with handsome buildings.

Valley of the upper Maumee River
with historical account of Allen County and the city of Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Published 1889 by Brant & Fuller; Vol 1


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  • Created by: OPPSheryl
  • Added: 21 Feb 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 85288542
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Henry Bacon (8 Apr 1815–19 Feb 1892), Find A Grave Memorial no. 85288542, citing Harlan Memorial Cemetery, Harlan, Allen County, Indiana, USA ; Maintained by OPPSheryl (contributor 47070645) .