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      adapted from: Biographical Record and Portrait Album of Tippecanoe County, Indiana,
      pages: 486 and 487
      Pub 1888 by Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago, Illinois

    John Blickenstaff, engaged in farming on section 5, Lauramie Township, Tippecanoe County (Indiana), is a native of that county, born in Sheffield Township, June 18, 1838. His father, JOSEPH BLICKENSTAFF, who is now deceased, was born in Miami County, Ohio, May 2, 1805. He was one of the old and respected pioneers of this county, settling in Sheffield Township, in 1830, when Indians and wild animals were the principal inhabitants of the surrounding country. He was united in marriage to KEZIAH JONES, who is still living, who was married 15 Apr 1830 in Miami County Ohio, and they were the parents of eleven children, of whom our subject was the sixth child. Five of the children are living at the present time, named-ENOS, CATHERINE, MARY, JOHN, our subject, and ELLEN.

    JOHN BLICKENSTAFF was reared to agricultural pursuits, and educated in the primitive log cabin subscription schools of his day. He has always followed farming with the exception of about three years, when he lived in Wisconsin, engaged in the mercantile business and was also postmaster, and is now the owner of two fine farms, his home farm containing ninety-seven acres of choice land, and a farm in Sheffield Township containing 156 acres. He enlisted in the war of Rebellion but was at first rejected, but afterward served six months, doing volunteer service in hospital, receiving no pay. Three of his brothers, JACOB, JOSEPH and ENOS, were also in the war, JACOB and JOSEPH dying in the service. ENOS is now living in Frankfort, Indiana.

    MR. BLICKENSTAFF was married September 5, 1858, to HANNAH PETERS, a daughter of JOHN PETERS, who was one of the early settlers of Wildcat Prairie in Sheffield Township. Of the seven children born to this union five are living: ORA, living in Comanche County, Kansas; MARY, JOHN, OSCAR and HARRY. In politics MR. BLICKENSTAFF is a Republican. He is a member of the Odd Fellows order. Both he and his wife are members of the Christian church.

    Note should be made that the origination above history shows Joseph and Kezaia (Jones) Blinkenstaff's marriage as taking place on 5 April 1811. In the above copy we have
    corrected the date to properly read 15 April 1830 in Miami County Ohio

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