SETH S. SIMONTON, section 15, Harrison Township, was born in Carroll County, Ohio, February 23, 1829, a son of Thomas and Elizabeth (Oswalt) Simonton, natives of Pennsylvania, his father of Irish and his mother of German descent. His parents were married in Ohio, where the mother died in 1841. They had a family of ten children. In 1842 his father moved to what was then Jay County, and located on section 14, Harrison Township, on a tract of heavily timbered land, which he cleared and improved, making it his home until his death, July 4, 1863. He was married again after the death of his wife, in 1842, to Nancy Shull, and to his second marriage were born five children. Seth S. Simonton remained with his father until manhood, and assisted him in clearing and improving a frontier home. In 1862 he located on the farm where he now lives, which contains 121 acres of good land, well improved, and his residence and farm buildings are among the best in the township. Mr. Simonton enlisted February 8, 1865, in Company G, One Hundred and Fifty-third Indiana Infantry, and served until the close of the war. He was married in 1853 to Margaret Blount, who died in May, 1856. In 1859 Mr. Simonton married Eliza Shannon, who died in February, 1868. In June, 1868, he married Catherine Ann Downhour. They have one son -Albert S., born in May, 1869. In politics Mr. Simonton is a Republican, but of late has affiliated with the National Greeback party. He is a member of the Christian church, is a licensed preacher, and is an active worker in the cause of Christianity.
Biiographical and Historical Record of Jay and Blackford Counties, Indiana, The Lewis Publishing Company, Inc., 1887