Moses Maynard

Moses Maynard was born on September 23, 1763, near Hillsboro, N. C.  His life was an eventful one as he was the only man known to the people of this section of the country, who could say that he voted for George Washington for President of the United States.  Mr. Maynard claimed to have voted at every Presidential election since the time that George Washington ran for his first term down to the time of 1872.

He related many interesting circumstances when in a friendly conversation.  He remembered the British soldiers whipping his father in an unmerciful manner in a corn field during the Revolutionary war.  He would not disclose  the whereabouts of his brother, who was in hiding from the British Tories.  He had another brother who was taken by the British soldiers and who never returned.

Moses was a man who always drank more or less, from his boyhood to old age, and was a striking example of the theory that some advocate–that good whiskey properly used is a benefit rather than an injury to the human family.  It was a common sight to see him galloping on his horse along the road toward Alexandria to replenish the family jug, which was always kept about his premises.

In religion he was a Baptist, and was a prominent member of the church.  Along with his wife, Sarah Greenstreet Maynard, they had eleven children.  The immediate descendants are very numerous.

An uncle of Moses Maynard was a volunteer soldier in the Revolutionary War from North Carolina.  In speaking of the customs of his old Carolina home, he stated that there were no wagons in that country.  In “toting” their tobacco to market, the people took hoop poles and lashed their tobacco hogsheads to them, hitched the horses to them, and rolled the hoops with the tobacco a distance of 50 miles to market.  Until a year prior to his death, Moses raised his own tobacco and did many chores about the house of his son,  where he lived.

During his younger days, when the British were firing on Lexington and Bunker Hill, he was an observer of some of the tragic scenes of the Revolution.  During the Revolutionary War, his wife Sarah and her mother, had subsisted on boiled beans and poke leaves for a whole week.  They had to hide in the forest to avoid the British cavalry.

Moses brought his family to Madison County, Indiana in about 1791.  He entered for himself eighty acres of land on the Little Killbuck, Madison County, on which was now known as the Benjamin Walker farm.  He also entered forty acres for his eldest son James, the last mentioned tract being known as the McKowen farm on Alexandria Pike, one mile north of Prosperity.

Moses Maynard died in Monroe Township, Madison County, Indiana at the home of his son, Barnabas Maynard, on the 15th of June 1874 at the age of 108 years.

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