ELI RINES, a representative of one of the pioneer families of Jay County, engaged in farming on section 35, Wayne Township, is a native of Ohio, born in Carroll County, June 6, 1844, a son of James and Mary (Van Skyhawk) Rines, the father a native of the State of Pennsylvania. The parents reared a family of five children, and in September, 1848, came with them to Jay County, and settled in Jefferson Township. The father now makes his home in South Portland. The father being a farmer, our subject was reared to the same avocation, his youth being spent in assisting with the work of the farm and attending the schools of Jay County. He enlisted in the war of the Rebellion September 23, 1862, in Company H, One Hundredth Indiana Infantry, and took an active part in the engagements at Jackson, siege of Vicksburg and Missionary Ridge, where his regiment lost one-third of its men. He was in twenty-six battles, carrying the flag, he being a color-bearer. He was with General Sherman on his march to the sea, at the taking of Atlanta and at Bentonville. His left arm was crushed by a log at Hollow Springs, from the effects of which he has never recovered, and now receives a pension of $4 a month. He received an honorable discharge June 14, 1865, at Indianapolis, Indiana, when he returned to Jay County and engaged in more peaceful pursuits. He has met with success in his agricultural pursuits, and is now the owner of a good farm on which he resides, which is under a good state of cultivation. Mr. Rines has been married three times, taking for his first wife Lorinda M. Hardy, a daughter of Curtis Hardy, a prominent pioneer of Jay County. Mrs. Rines died February 1, 1873, leaving at her death two children -Curtis H. and Carrie C. Mr. Rines was united in marriage a second time January 15, 1874, to Miss Eliza Jane Mason, a daughter of Lemuel Mason, of Wayne Township, and to this union were born two sons -Charles Lewis and William F. Mrs. Eliza Jane Rines died February 7, 1882. Mr. Rines was again married September 8, 1884, to Mary J. Powell, of Franklin County, Ohio a daughter of William Powell, and they are the parents of one child named Eva. In politics Mr. Rines affiliates with the Republican party. He is a member of the Christian church, of which he is a deacon. He takes an active interest in the cause of religion and education, and gives liberally of his means toward the advancement of the same. He is a man much respected throughout his township, his genial disposition and cordial manners having gained him many friends. He is a member of the Grand Army of the Republic, belonging to Stephen Bailey Post, No. 54, of Portland.
Biographical and Historical Record of Jay and Blackford Counties, Indiana, The Lewis Publishing Company, 1887