The Vidette-Messenger Centennial EditionThe 1936 special edition celebrating Porter County's centennial year . . . .

The following article has been transcribed from the August 18, 1936, issue of The Vidette-Messenger, published in Valparaiso, Indiana. This particular special edition focuses on Porter County's centennial celebration and contains a 94-page compendium of Porter County history up to that time.

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Source: The Vidette-Messenger, Valparaiso, Porter County, Indiana; August 18, 1936; Volume 10, Section 4, Page 6.



Thomas T. Maulsby, youngest son of John and Elizabeth (Grisam) Maulsby, and born in Porter county in 1829, in the section known as "the big timber" where now runs state Road 6 near the LaPorte county line.

Thomas parents moved to Porter county in 1814.

When Thomas grew to manhood he became a tailor and later proprietor of the Merchants hotel in Valparaiso. On June 15, 1851, he married Ann Eliza Baum. Their children were Richmond and Rosealtha. Following his wife's death in 1857 Mr. Maulsby married Mary Ann Gillespie, on April 14, 1858. Their children were William A., who became the father of Marry Maulsby now living in Valparaiso, Jennie (Mrs. Charles Hendrick), and Elizabeth (Mrs. George Hankinson) whose children were Maurice and Mary (Mrs. Raymond F. Warner), the latter is a resident of Valparaiso.

Thomas Maulsby was noted for his good humor and wit and was host to many important people at the Merchants hotel. He was active in city affairs and was one of the trustees of the school where the Central school now stands. He died at the age of 87.

[Transcribers Note: Thomas T. Maulsby was not born in Porter County. Thomas' date of birth would suggest that he was the first white child born in Porter County. Numerous Porter County historical records, however, clearly indicate that Reason Bell, Junior, was the first white child born in the county (Washington Township on January 11, 1834). Furthermore, various genealogical records indicate that Thomas T. Maulsby was born in Dallas County, Iowa, on August 2, 1829. Maulsby's parents did not move to Porter County in 1814, rather they were residing in Wayne County, Indiana. A genealogy of the Maulsby family states that John Maulsby moved so often "that when his chickens saw a covered wagon, they lay down and crossed their legs to be tied." The Maulsby family later moved to LaPorte County before moving back to Wayne County. The first permanent white resident in Porter County was Joseph Bailly in 1822.

Data Source: Payne, Cora M. (Patty). 1902. Genealogy of the Maulsby Family for Five Generations, 1699-1902: Compiled by Careful Research Among Quaker, Government and Family Records. Des Moines, Iowa: George A. Miller Press. 142 p.]

Article transcribed by Steven R. Shook


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