John Emery Biography from A twentieth century history and biographical record of La Porte County, Indiana
Location: LaPorte, Indiana
Surnames/tags: Emery McLellan Haines
JOHN EMERY, who is filling the position of a trustee in Hudson township and resides on section 28, where he carries on general farming, was born July 29, 1866, his birthplace being the farm on which he is now living. His paternal grandfather, Nathan Emery, was a resident of New Hampshire and was of Irish and New England ancestry. His son, Moses, the father of John, was born in the old Granite state and was yet unmarried when he came to LaPorte county in 1845. Here he became acquainted with and wedded Miss Rebecca Haines, a native of Ohio. They first took up their abode in Berrien county, Michigan, and then in St. Joseph county, Michigan, but after a short time removed to the farm upon which Mr. Emery now resides. The father devoted his entire life to agricultural pursuits and contributed in no small degree to the development of the county along this line. He was a trustee of his township for more than thirteen years, and he took an active part in public affairs, supporting with zeal and energy all interests that he believed would contribute in public progress and substantial upbuilding. His political allegiance was given to the Republican party and he did everything in his power to promote its growth and insure its success, and still resides in Hudson township, having attained the advanced age of eighty-four years. His wife lived to be about seventy-six years of age. They were parents of seven children, four sons and three daughters, one of whom died in infancy, and one at the age of five years.
John Emery, who is the youngest child of the family, was reared upon the old homestead and is indebted to the public school system of the county for the early educational advantages he enjoyed. After attending the district schools, however, he continued his studies in the high school at New Carlisle, Indiana. Farm work has been familiar to him from an early age, form his youth he assisted his father in the work of field and meadow. As he neared manhood he desired to establish a home of his own, and sought a companion and helpmate for life's journey. On the 30th of November, 1892, he was joined in wedlock to Miss Anna McLellan, a daughter of Andrew and Alice (Crawford) McLellan. She was born in Scipio township, LaPorte county, October 30, 1864, and is an estimable lady. One little son was born, Everett V., at the second grade. The young couple began their domestic life upon the old homestead farm, where he has since engaged in general farming and stock-raising. He has upon his place good grades of cattle and annually he harvests rich crops which are indicative of the care and labor which bestows upon the fields. His farm comprises one hundred and thirty-three acres, and everything about the place is neat and thrifty in appearance.
Mr. Emery takes an active part in affairs pertaining to the general welfare, and is a public-spirited and progressive citizen. In 1900 he was elected a trustee of his township, which position he still holds. His political allegiance is given to the Republican party, of which he is a staunch and earnest advocate. Fraternally, he is connected with the Modern Woodmen at New Carlisle. As he has always lived in this county his life history is known to many of the citizens who recognize in his career much that is worth of respect. Accordingly he is given the public regard has gained the friendship and favor of a large circle of acquaintances.
Mr. and Mrs. John Emery have in their possession three of the old parchment deeds - one executed by President Andrew Jackson, and bearing the date of July 1, 1831, and the next two executed by President Martin VanBuren, bearing the following dates: March 15, 1837 and June 30, 1837. These make thirteen deeds of this kind found in old LaPorte County, and they are valuable heirlooms in the home of Mr. and Mrs. John Emery.