PARIS – Clinton County, Indiana History


amuel M. Blystone, a substantial farmer and ex-soldier of Michigan Township, Clinton County, Indiana, is of German descent, but of an old American family, his grandfather Blystone having been a hero in the Revolutionary War. Moses Blystone, father of Samuel M., was a native of Ohio and came to Clinton County, Indiana, with the early settlers. He married Hannah Paris, daughter of Richard and Eva Paris, natives of Alabama. To this marriage the following children have been born: George F., William J., Josephus and Samuel M. Blystone. Excepting George F., these sons were all in the late war.

Samuel M. Blystone was born in Michigan Township, Clinton County, Indiana, April 5, 1844, and has been a farmer from his youth up. In the fall of 1864, Mr. Blystone enlisted in Company G, Fifty-first Regiment Indiana Volunteer Infantry, and was assigned to the Army of the Cumberland under General Thomas. He participated in the campaigns of Tennessee, Alabama and the battles of Columbus, Bridgeport, Franklin and Nashville. In the first day’s battle of Nashville a shell exploded near him and the concussion rendered him senseless for more than an hour; the second day a minie ball struck his hand, necessitating his transfer to the hospital; while convalescing he was attacked by the measles, which settled on his lungs, permanently disabling him. He was honorably discharged in the fall of 1865, and now receives a pension of $14 per month, and is a dormant member of the Grand Army of the Republic. In 1871 Mr. Blystone married Miss Mary Wilson, daughter of George M. and Lucinda (Kent) Wilson, the former of whom was a farmer of Clinton County. Mr. Blystone at once settled on his farm of 120 acres, which is well improved and cultivated. They have two children – Mark M. and Hattie B. – both married and doing for themselves.


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