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Transcribed biography of William L. Malone

WILLIAM L. MALONE, son of Wilson and Sarah (Swank) Malone, was born in this county October 3, 1847; he received his education from the ordinary schools and the Valparaiso High School, since which time he has been farming. On December 2, 1875, he was married to Matilda Forbes, a daughter of J. T. Forbes, who was born June 30, 1853; a sketch of whose parents will be found in this work. To this union two children were born - Lawrence and Leon. In politics, Mr. Malone is a Democrat, and represents his party as Assessor of Washington Township; he has 200 acres of land, 120 being improved. Wilson Malone, father of our subject, came to La Porte County in 1832, and was among the earliest settlers; his only possessions were a few household goods and 50 cents. He contracted for the building of one mile of what is now known as the Michigan State road, and invested the proceeds in Porter County land. He spent his first winter in a cabin without floor or windows; but he was industrious, and at his death owned over 1,100 acres; he died December 22, 1876; he was father to nine children - Elizabeth (Mrs. Dr. Pagin), Caroline (Mrs. A. Stanton), Catherine ( Mrs. A. Brown), Rebecca ( Mrs. H. Slover), James R., William L., Martha (Mrs. E. Powell) and Harriet ( Mrs. C. Talcott). Wilson Malone was the son of Lester Malone; was born in Ross County, Ohio, June 18, 1805; he lived in that county until manhood; his parents died when he was quite young, when he was cast upon his resources for a livelihood; he came West in 1826, stopping in Fountain and Montgomery Counties, Ind. On February 22, 1832, he was married to Sarah Swank, daughter of Jacob Swank, an early settler of Montgomery County; she was born at Springfield, Ohio, October 15, 1811.

Source: Goodspeed, Weston A., and Charles Blanchard. 1882. Counties of Porter and Lake, Indiana: Historical and Biographical, Illustrated. Chicago, Illinois: F. A. Battey & Company. 771 p.
Page(s) in Source: 336

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Biography transcribed by Steven R. Shook


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