The following biographical sketch of Ellison Sligar is taken from Counties of Morgan, Monroe and Brown, Indiana by Charles Blanchard, Editor; published by F. A. Battey & Co., Publishers of Chicago in 1884. It is on pages 319-320.
Ellison Sligar, cabinet-maker and undertaker, was born in Bullitt County, Ky., October 11, 1822, and is the youngest of ten children born to David and Margaret (Stafford) Sligur, both of whom were natives of Pennsylvania, and of German and Scotch descent respectively. David Sligar was educated and married in his native State. In about 1797, he emigrated to Bullitt County, Ky., then an unbroken wilderness. Himself and wife, with several other families, came down the Ohio River in flat-boats from Pittsburgh, landing at the present site of Louisville, Ky., which then contained only a few log cabins. He proceeded immediately to Bullitt County, where he entered 263 acres of land, which he was obliged to pay for twice in consequence of a defective title. Here he improved a farm, upon which he resided until his death, which occurred January 4, 1832, in his seventy-fifth year. Ellison Sligar, the subject of our sketch, received such an education as could be obtained at the primitive log schoolhouses of the Kentucky frontier. After his father's death, he resided with his brother Thomas until he was seventeen years old. He then went to learn the carpenter's and cabinet-maker's trades, serving an apprenticeship of three years,and has followed one or both of these trades ever since.
In 1843, he removed to Gosport, Owen County, Ind., where he resided two years; thence to Adams Township, Morgan County, Ind., and settled near the present site of Eminence, where he still resides. He erected the first two buildings in the village of Eminence. In 1851, he bought wild land and has since improved the farm where he now lives, and for the last twenty-five years has been engaged in agricultural pursuits in connection with his trade. He was for a time one of the Trustees of Adams Township under the old constitution. He was married March 25, 1844, to Margaret Gilliland, a native of Pennsylvania, and a daughter of Thomas and Margaret (Stogdal) Gilliland, natives of Ireland, who emigrated to the United States in 1793. They were lifelong members of the Methodist Episcopal Church. The former died in 1825, in his sixty-sixth year, and the latter in 1869, in her one hundred and second year. To our subject and wife have been born one daughter, viz., Sarah J., now Mrs. James H. Rhea. Mr. and Mrs. Sligar are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church. He is also a member of Eminence Lodge, No. 440, A., F. & A. M., of which lodge he has been Chaplain for some ten years. In politics, he is a Democrat.
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