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Rawlins, Joseph

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Rawlins, Joseph
March 06, 2007 04:10PM
History of Lawrence, Orange and Washington Counties, Indiana From the
Earliest Time to the Present; Together with Interesting Biographical
Sketches, Reminiscences, Notes, Etc. Chicago, Goodspeed Bros., & Co.,
Publishers, 1884. Weston A. Goodspeed, Leroy C. Goodspeed, Charles L.
Goodspeed. Boyle County.

JOSEPH RAWLINS, the oldest settler now living in Lawrence County, Indiana,
is a native of the town of Danville, Boyle County, KY., born April 21,
1796, one of the five children born to Charles and Aristicia (Gregory)
Rawlins, early settlers of Kentucky. In the fall of 1812 he settled in
what is now Lawrence County, Indiana, and has made that his home ever
since. His father dying when he was four years old, he was left to the
care of an uncle, with whom he came to Indiana. He served as a Ranger in
1814, from which service he saved money enough to buy eighty acres of
land. In December, 1817, he married Miss Sallie McManis, and began
farming, taking his produce to New Orleans by flat-boat. In 1826 Mr.
Rawlins began doing a general mercantile business at Bedford, which had
only then beem made the county seat, and which was named at the request of
Mr. Rawlins, from Bedford County, Tennessee, from whence his uncle had
brought him. He built a flouring-mill, also. Mr. and Mrs. Rawlins raised
a family of ten children: James, Sarah J. (Denson), Miranda, Benjamin F.,
Mary (Hickman), Homer, Joseph, Susan (Mitchell), Emeline (Farmer), and
Nettie (Voris). August 5, 1855 Mrs. Rawlins died, and about the same time
he abandoned the mercantile trade entirely. He was the first Assessor of
the county. He was elected County Commissioner, but resigned that office.
He has generally been a Republican although not strictly so, as he has
always voted for the men and principles, not party.
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