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Samuel Decker b.1813 son of John & Julia (Royer) Decker
Posted by: Michael DeLorenzo (ID *****7506) Date: November 08, 2003 at 01:30:41
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Not my family line, just sharing.

The following Biographical sketch was copied from the book "HISTORY AND BIOGRAPHY COUNTIES OF WHITE AND PULASKI, INDIANA. Historical and Biographical. Illustrated. Chicago; F.A. Battey & Co., Publishers. 1883.
page 706, Indian Creek Township, Pulaski County, Indiana.

"HON. SAMUEL DECKER was born in Snyder County, Pennsylvania, January 27, 1813, and was one of the twelve children born to JOHN and JULIA A. (ROYER) DECKER, natives of Berks County, Pennsylvania, and of Swiss and Saxon descent. Their ancestors were among the Colonists under WILIIAM PENN, and were also participants in the war of the Revolution. JOHN DECKER, a blacksmith and farmer, served through the entire war of 1812, and was with GENERAL SCOTT at the battle of Lundy's Lane. He was married in Pennsylvania, and in about 1817, he moved to the then unbroken wilderness of Wayne County, Ohio, where he bought a large tract of land and developed a farm. In 1829, he sold out, moved to Seneca County, settled on 1,000 acres, and there ended his days in 1852, a consistent member of the German Reformed Church. SAMUEL DECKER acquired a knowledge from his mother of both the German and the English languages, and also received a good school and academical education. In 1838, he came to this State and entered 240 acres in Fulton County, built a shanty, camped among the Indians and began clearing. In the fall, he returned to Ohio, and traded off this land to his father, and in 1839 came to this township, where he entered 240 acres, on which he still resides. He first built a cabin, hired some improvement done, and returned to Ohio the same year. In the fall of 1842, he came back for good, worked his farm during the summer, and taught school near Logansport during the winter. He was married, in November, 1843, to MATILDA WAGERS, a native of Carroll County, Maryland, and to this union there were seven children born, and of these six are living. In August, 1846, MR. DECKER was elected by the Democratic party to the State Legislature, and he has also held the offices of County School Examiner and Justice of the Peace - the latter for ten or twelve years. He is still a Democrat, and one of the township's leading citizens."


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