SHEETS History – Clinton County, Indiana

     In Owen township, Clinton county, lives John Sheets, another of the old soldiers whom it is a delight to honor.  They are getting fewer and fewer in numbers and their march is not as quick and full of meaning and fire as it was fifty years ago, when they were fighting for the perpetuity of the Union.  But it thrills one to see them in their old uniforms, with their tattered flags flying and their forms bent as they hobble along on their canes at reunions, or on Memorial Day or on the Fourth of July.  And how interesting it is to hear them tell the story of the dreadful hardships they endured in the hospitals or on the harassing marches, or in the battles and skirmishes, or in the prison hells of the Southern Confederacy.  But their time is short now, so all persons should join in honoring them for the sacrifices they made when they were young and full of the love of life, but which was offered free on the altar of their country.
     John Sheets was born August 13, 1842, in Union township, Clinton county.  He is a son of Samuel and Catherine (SHAFFER) SHEETS, who came to this section of the Hoosier state when it was a wild stretch of forest and unknown to the world in general, or at least very little known, and here established the future home of the family. The father of our subject was born in Virginia, as was also the mother, and there they grew to maturity and were married.  Subsequently they removed to Clinton county, where they spent the rest of their lives.  Both have long been deceased, the mother dying November 20, 1877.  The elder Sheets was a German and he could not read English.  He devoted his life to farming, was first a Democrat and later a Republican. His family consisted of eleven children, three of whom are still living, namely: John, of this sketch; Andrew, and Mrs. Rebecca RYAN.
     John Sheets grew to manhood on the home farm and he received a common school education.  On August 20, 1862, he enlisted in Company K, Seventy-second Indiana Volunteer Infantry, under Captain Collins, and later he served under Captains Brown and Mclntire. He spent three years in the army and took part in some of the fiercest engagements of the war, including Hoover’s Gap, Chattanooga, and the many battles in the memorable siege of Atlanta, but was not under Sherman.  He went back with General Thomas to Nashville.  He proved to be a most faithful soldier for the Union, and was honorably discharged July 6, 1865.
     After his return home from the army Mr. Sheets resumed farming, which he has followed ever since.  He owns a valuable place in Owen township, consisting of eleven acres, all tillable but two acres, and it has been well unproved.  He built his own home.  He makes a specialty of raising Shorthorn cattle and Chester White hogs.
     Mr. SHEETS was married April 13, 1866, to Lovina E. HARRIS, who was born in Wayne county, Indiana, April 6, 1843.  She is a daughter of Jonas and Isabelle (HORSMAN) HARRIS.  The father was born December 23, 1815.
     Nine children have been born to our subject and wife: Edward, born March 21, 1867, Newton, January 13, 1869; Albert, November 24, 1870; Oscar, November 8, 1872: Oliver C., October 27, 1874; Nancy, September 9, 1876: Belle, November 12, 1878, Amanda, July 4, 1880, John B., December 22, 1884.  They are all living and well situated in life.
     Mr.  Sheets is a member of the Methodist Episcopal church.  Also a member of the Masons and G. A. R. He is a Republican in politics. Pages 618 – 619. Source II
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SHEETS, Philip M.
     The true measure of individual success is determined by what one has accomplished, and, contrary to the old adage that a prophet is not without honor save in his own country, a particular interest attaches to the career of Philip M. Sheets, farmer and musician of Warren township, Clinton county Besides being a worthy scion of one of our sterling pioneer families, he is a native of this locality, where his entire life has been spent, and he has so directed his abilities and efforts as to gain recognition as one of the representative citizens of the county.
     Mr. Sheets was born here on December 17, 1867.  He is a son of David and Nancy E. (THOMPSON) SHEETS.  The father was born August 20, 1829, in Augusta county, Virginia, and his death occurred in 1911 at the advanced age of eighty-two years.  The mother of our subject was born in Ohio, and she too lived to an advanced age, dying in November, 1909.  She was a well-educated woman and taught school for some time in her earlier years.  David Sheets devoted his life to general farming and to carpentering.  His family consisted of nine children, namely: John C., James H., Perry M., Zimri E., Mary M., Albert W., Elmer E., Philip M., and Wilda M.
     Philip M. Sheets grew to manhood on the home farm and he received a common school education.  On March 13, 1890, he married Emma F. CRUM, who was born in Putnam county, Indiana, March 13, 187I, a daughter of William and Elizabeth (KROPFF) CRUM, both natives of Virginia.  Mr. Crum, who died August 28, 1913, was a soldier in the Confederate army.  His wife is deceased.
     To our subject and wife eight children have been born, namely: Frank O., born October 13, 1890, a member of the Beard band, playing second cornet on which he is quite proficient: Larnie A., born August 9 1892, also a member of the Beard band, performing exceptionally well on the bass horn or tuba; Perry O., born August 18, 1894, plays the slide trombone in the Beard band, and equally gifted with his brothers; Alta E., born July 29, 1896; Tola R., born December 17, 1898; Virgil R., bron  (sic) April 14, 1902; Boyce E., born December 7, 1905; Gail S., born January 26, 1907.
     Mr. Sheets has already engaged in farming in Warren township.  He owns a good farm of seventy-five acres, lacking a fraction, and has a well improved place in every respect, especially as to tiling.  He has a substantial and attractive home which he built himself.  He handles a good many head of live stock of various kinds from year to year, a mixed breed of cattle, Chester White hogs, and draft horses.
     Mr. Sheets is by nature a gifted musician and he has found time to cultivate his taste in this direction, especially as to band music.  He is president and manager of the Beard band, one of the best in Clinton county.  Ira SKIDMORE is director of the same.  The services of this band are very frequently required throughout the county at various gatherings.  It was organized in 1909.  It is composed of sixteen pieces. Mr. Sheets is bass drummer.
     Our subject is a member of the Methodist Protestant church, and he is a Republican in politics. Pages 632 – 633. Source II
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SHEETS, Santford
     It is a good sign when so many of the residents of a county are found to have been born within its borders.  It indicates that they have found right at home all the opportunities necessary for the gratifications of their ambitions in a business, political and social way, and it also indicates stability. One is reminded that “A rolling stone gathers no moss. “ That young man is the wisest who, when conditions will permit, remains in his native locality and addresses himself to the improvement of conditions he finds there and to his personal advancement along such lines as he may choose, selecting that for which he is best fitted by nature.
     Santford Sheets, farmer of Warren township, Clinton county, was born here October 8, 1855, and he has remained here and become a successful and good citizen. He is the son of Jacob and Delilah (HUFFER) SHEETS. The father was born in Augusta county, Virginia, March 20, 1830. He was five years old when his parents removed from the Old Dominion and located in Frankfort, Clinton county, and here he grew to manhood, received his education and spent the rest of his life in agricultural pursuits. His education was limited.  He purchased eighty acres of land in Warren township, for which he paid two hundred and fifty dollars which he had earned by working at twenty-five and fifty cents per day.  He cleared ten acres, to fence which he carried rails on his back.  He continued to work hard, the years brought success, and he became very comfortably established.
     Politically he was first a Whig. He enlisted for service in the Civil War, in 1862, but served only six months when he became ill and was discharged for disability. He returned from the war a Democrat. He reached the advanced age of eighty-three years, dying on March 6, 1913.  The mother of our subject, who is still living on the old home place here, being now advanced in years, was born in Augusta county, Virginia, November 16, 1835. Her parents were early settlers of Clinton county.
     Seven children were born to Jacob Sheets and wife: Henry, Santford, of this sketch; Milton, Noah, Elizabeth and Ida M., all four deceased, and Adam.
     Santford SHEETS grew to manhood on the home farm and he received a common school education, rather limited.  On October 30, 1879, he married Priscilla BEARD who was born in Clinton county,  October 10, 1857, and here she was reared to womanhood and received a common school education.  She is a daughter of Martin and Delilah (ORBS) BEARD, both parents being now deceased.
     To our subject and wife ten children were born: Oden, born December 14, 1880, married Ola HAM; Roy, born October 16, 1882, married Goldie ARMSTRONG; Maud, born in 1884, Russell, born September 20, 1886, married Nellie E. Wilson;  Blanch, born December 30, 1888, Grace, born April 25, 1890; Claude, born January 17, 1894; Fay, born 1896; Cleo, born April 29, 1899, and Leona, born December 23, 1903.
     Mr. Sheets has always farmed and has always made his home in his native township.  He is now owner of a valuable and well improved place of two hundred and sixty acres on which he carries on general farming and stock raising on an extensive scale.  Forty acres of this place lies in Michigan township, the rest in Warren township. It is all tillable except about sixty-five acres.  He built his own home which is on an equality with the best in the township and he has other good buildings on the place. He raises a general breed of live stock in large numbers.
     Politically, Mr. Sheets is a Republican and has been more or less active in local party affairs. In 1912 he made the race for treasurer, but was defeated in the landslide. He belongs to the Masonic order at Beard, and he is a member of the Methodist Protestant church. Pages 614 – 615 Source II
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SHEETS, Zimri Elisha  
     The gentleman whose name appears above is a representative of an honored pioneer family of Clinton county, so that a consideration of his genealogical and personal history becomes doubly interesting and doubly appropriate in connection with the prescribed province of this publication.  Mr. Sheets is one of the most prominent farmers of Owen township, having a finely improved landed estate on which he is carrying forward his operations with that energy, foresight and careful discrimination which ever betoken the appreciative and model yeoman.
     The subject of this text, Zimri Elisha Sheets, as aforesaid, can trace his lineage back to his great grandfather and great grandmother, and as the Sheets family are very prominent in Clinton county and have been for years and have been identified in developing this county, we are glad to say that Mr. Zimri Sheets has been able to furnish the names of his great grandfather and great grandmother, as well as his grandfather and his grandmother and his father and mother, in the order namely to-wit: On his father’s side. his great-grandfather, Jacob Sheets, who married Barbara LINDAMUDE, and who lived and died in Augusta county, Virginia.  The great grandmother after the death of her husband came to Clinton county with her son Joseph, died here and is buried in the old south graveyard near Frankfort.  His grandfather Phillip SHEETS was born in 1801, Augusta county, Virginia.  He married Mary SHAFER.  They moved to this county in 1836, residing here in Frankfort a short time and then moved to Warren township.  He died in this county in 1873, aged 71 years.  David Sheets, his father was born in Augusta county, Virginia, August 30, 1828 and died in this county April 18, 1911. The mother, Nancy E. (THOMPSON) SHEETS born in Preble county, Ohio, April 27, 1830.  She died in this county November 30, 1909.  On his mother’s side: His great Grandfather, Robert THOMPSON was born in North Carolina and married Nancy BROWN.  Moved to Preble county, Ohio, and later moved to Illinois and there died.  His grandfather, Dennis THOMPSON married Mary THOMPSON, daughter of Robert Thompson but of no kin.  They died in Preble county, Ohio.
     Nine children were born to David Sheets and wife, eight sons and one daughter, all of whom are still living, at this time, named as follows: John C., James H., Perry Zimri E., of this sketch; Mary M. HAGGERTY; Albert W., Elmer E., Philip m., and Wilda M.
     Zimri E. Sheets grew to manhood on the home farm, performing the usual work of country boys of his time, and he received his education in the common schools.  On July 24, 1880 he married Amanda J. UNGER, who was a cousin of M. V. DAVID, John CLINT, and other subjects of this volume, in which mention is made of the UNGER ancestry.  Mrs. SHEETS was born in Owen township, Clinton county, and grew to womanhood in her native community and received a common school education.  She has borne her husband one child, Walter L. SHEETS, whose birth occurred September 29, 1882.  He grew up on the home farm and was given good educational advantages. He married Nellie M. DAVIS, who was born in Carroll county, Ind., July 25, 1886, and they have one child, Edith May Sheets, who was born September 16, 1907.
     Zimri E. Sheets began farming for himself early in life and this has continued to be his vocation.  In 1882 he moved from Warren to Owen township where he has since resided.  He has prospered with advancing years through hard work and good management, and is now owner of two hundred and eighty-six acres of valuable, well improved and productive land, one of the finest farms in the township on which he carries on general farming and stock raising on an extensive scale.  His land is all tillable but thirty-two acres which is good timber land.  He now lives on the “rabbit-track” road one-half mile west of Moran and one mile north of Moran.  In 1910, he built a modern, commodious and attractive county home across the road from where he first lived, which is one of the most up-to-date residences in the township.  It was constructed of cement blocks, is sanitary in every respect, has a heating plant and actylene lights.  He also has a garage and owns a modern, standard make five-passenger automobile.  He has long been an extensive handler of all kinds of livestock and buys and feeds cattle in large numbers.  He specializes in Poland-China hogs.  His farm bears the name of Zimri E. Sheets’ Farm.
     Politically, Mr. Sheets is a Republican and has been faithful in his support of the party. He was elected county commissioner in 1888, serving one term with which credit and satisfaction.
     Mr. Sheets had six uncles in the civil war, namely: Jacob, James and Isaac SHEETS and Isaac, Zimri and Elisha THOMPSON. Page 816 -818  
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