Mrs. Elizabeth Jack, whose maiden name was Rhodes, was born in Pennsylvania, August 11, 1822, and was about eight years of age when her parents moved to Muskingum county, Ohio, and when she was seventeen they moved further west, arriving in the old reserve, a part of which is now Madison township, Tipton county, Indiana, about 1839, when the settlers were few, occupying log cabins, far removed from each other with no cleared fields about them, no roads and scarcely a toe-path, but a great plenty of wild game and vermin and frogs, which made night hideous.
Joseph Rhodes, the father of Mrs. Jack, was a native of Pennsylvania, a farmer by occupation, married Miss Catharine Smith, also a native of the Keystone state, and early emigrated west in hopes of finding better conditions for the establishing of a comfortable home and a more independent status in life.To each this El Dorado of his expectations he suffered many privations and hardships, and when he arrived at this reserve he stopped with the view of obtaining land and settling upon it.At that time Tipton county was not organized and the land was not yet in market, and withal it seemed to be one great swamp, covered with heavy timber, and the few settlers here were nearly all suffering more or less with fever, generally of the ague type, which was shaking the vitality out of their frames at a fearful rate.He himself took sick and died, and soon afterward the surviving wife moved with her children to Noblesville, where she remained until her daughters were all married, and then she came to Tipton county, and finally died at Tipton about twenty years after the death of her husband.Thus the career of these two honored pioneers closed in Tipton county.
The subject of this sketch was married to Robert Jack, December 7, 1846.He was born in Virginia, April 22, 1821, and moved to Ohio, whence he came with the Rhodes family in Indiana.He was employed in agricultural pursuits, and, buying small tract after his marriage, he settled upon it and began improving it.Later he purchased more land, and with his wife's good cheer and assistance, and continued perseverancein clearing, fencing and building, he at length succeeded in making a comfortable home, where he could live in ease and enjoyment in his declining years.He died January 3, 1879, a sincere Christian, conscious of having spent his life honorably and usefully, and respected by all who knew him.He was a good neighbor and a kind companion, always looking after the moral development of the community, being a member of the United Brethren church.He was a descendant of an old and honored family in Virginia, where his parents passed their entire lives.In his politics Mr. Jack was a strong Democrat and locally he filled several offices of the township.
Mr. and Mrs. Jack never had any children of their own, but they did a great deal of missionary work caring for orphans, partly rearing seven.One of these was a boy whom Mrs. Jack took in infancy and brought up to manhood, and he is now looking after her comforts and wants.He bears her surname, as she adopted him in law, changing his name from Thomas Headley to Lemuel Jack.He appreciates the kindness of his adopted mother.
Lemuel Jack, a farmer by occupation, married Miss Dorsa Heflin, a daughter of Lewis Heflin, of Rush county, Indiana, who was a child when brought by his parents to this county.His father opened a farm, where he at length died.His wife survives, a pious member of the church of the United Brethren in Christ and living at the old homestead with her children, namely: Dorsa, the wife of Lemuel Jack; Alice, Matilda, Joseph and Riley.Mr. and Mrs. Jack have four interesting children.
Mrs. Elizabeth Jack has built for herself a comfortable cottage on the roadside of her farm, and, occupying it, she has rented the farm and the old buildings.She is now living with her adopted son and his family.Mr. Jack is a carpenter and builder by occupation.Mrs. Jack, the subject of this sketch, is a consistent member of the Christian church.
*********Source:Elizabeth Jack, Biographical and Genealogical History of Cass, Miami, Howard and Tipton Counties, Indiana, The Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago, Illinois, 1898, Tipton County Public Library, 127 E. Main Street, Tipton, Indiana46072, (765)675-8761, Volume I, pages 186-188, Tipton History, 977.2 BIO.