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Solomon Runion born in Rockingham County, June 7, 1812.
Posted by: maria kagee (ID *****2734) Date: February 13, 2005 at 00:21:16
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Solomon Runion, one of the oldest settlers now living in Boone County, is a native of West Virginia, and was born in Rockingham County, June 7, 1812. His father was one of ten children born to John Runion, who settled in West Virginia in a very early day, and served his country in the Revolutionary War. Daniel Runion, the father of Solomon Runion, was born and reared in West Virginia, where he remained for a number of years, and thence removed to Montgomery County, Ohio, where he afterward resided until death. He was twice married, and was the father of eighteen children. Solomon Runion was reared in Rockingham County, and in 1831 drove a team to Dayton, Ohio, which trip took him twenty-six days and nights to make. He remained in Ohio some time, and chopped cordwood for twenty-five cents a cord, also worked part of the time for fifty cents per day. In about 1834 he drove a team, consisting of three horses and two oxen, with goods for Mr. Lindsey McConnell, to Thorntown, Indiana. Having saved up $100, he entered eighty acres of land in Washington Township, Boone County. He then returned to Ohio, and was married in Montgomery County to Mary A. Yonkey, and about 1836 returned to Boone County, Indiana, and settled on his land, his present home, where he has resided since. He and wife are members of the Christian Church, and are revered not only as neighbors but also as pioneers who have witnessed the many changes that have taken place in the township the last sixty years. He is a Republican. He now owns 240 acres of valuable land, well improved. In 1832 he was mustered in, in Montgomery County, Ohio, to go to Northern Indiana, near Elkhart to quell the Indians, who had been killing the whites, and his company marched there, but did no fighting, the Indians having already been dispersed.


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