This came from The Potrait and Biographical Album of Delaware County Indiana
SAMUEL J. SHROYER. -- The subject of this sketch, a very worthy and successful farmer of Delaware County, was born in Henry County, Indiana, December 12, 1837. He is the son of Anthony and Matilda (Jones) Shroyer; the father born in Taylor, W. Va., in 1815 and the mother in the same county and state, one year later. These parents were married in Virginia and moved to Henry County in 1837, Mr. Shroyer buying land in Delaware Township and county, the following year. Here he moved in the spring of 1839, thus becoming one of the earliest pioneers of the county. His land consisted of 220 acres, being the original purchase with additions made from time to time by subsequent purchase. He, improved and lived upon the farm until his death, November 26, 1881. The wife survives and lives upon the old homestead with her youngest daughter.
Anthony and Matilda Shroyer were the parents of eleven children, six of whom are living, namely: Lewis N., living in Blackford county, Indiana; Martha, wife of Thomas Bartlett, a farmer. of this county; Elmira, wife of Samuel Williams, deceased; Sarah, wife of Benjamin Whitehair, of this county; Alice, wife of Fletcher O. Pittenger, and Samuel J. Mr. and. Mrs. Shroyer were members of the Methodist church, and active workers in that body. The father always took a very lively interest. in churches and schools, and in fact was interested in everything that promised good to the people. In politics, he was a republican, and earnestly supported the candidates of that party. He accumulated a very handsome property in land and personal effects, and was one of the representative citizens of the township in which he resided for so many years.
Samuel J. Shroyer was born two months after his parents became settlers of this county, and was reared on the home farm, receiving a common school education. After reaching his majority he began farming on his own account, buying eighty acres of land in Liberty township, where he remained more than twenty-five years; then he sold this property and bought fifty acres of fine land where he now lives, which is well and substantially improved. He was married April 16, 1857, to Elizabeth Boyles, who was born May t, 1834, in West Virginia, of which state her parents, Joshua and Sarah (Jones) Boyles, were also natives.
Mr. and Mrs. Shroyer are the parents of ten children, eight of whom are living, namely: William Clark, a teacher in this township; Sarah E., wife of John Jones, a farmer of Liberty township; Matilda, wife of William Barnes, a carpenter; Martha, wife of Granville Simmons, a farmer of this county; Leota, wife of Arthur Wingate, a farmer; Clara, wife of David Boots, of Delaware township; Cora, wife of Ivan justice, a farmer of this township, and Lola, who still lives under the parental roof. The subject and wife are members of the Methodist church, and are devoted believers in its teachings. In politics, Mr. Shroyer is a republican, and has filled the office of justice of the peace in Liberty Township for twelve years. Since moving to Delaware, he has been township trustee, and has been filling that office since 1889 to the satisfaction of the entire community. He is a member of Anthony Lodge No. 171, Ancient Free & Accepted Masons. In addition to owning his farm and other property, he has stock in the Albany Land Company.
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