everly W. Lane , a younger brother of Willis A. Lane, and one of the progressive young farmers of Perry Township, Clinton County, is a descendant of an early settler of Delaware, and in his veins flows the blood of Danish and Irish ancestors. His grandfather was Joseph Lane, who was born in Delaware on March 10, 1800, and who married, in that state, Elizabeth H. ---, whose birth occurred in the year 1799. Elizabeth Lane died December 21, 1824, leaving one son - William Lane. Joseph Lane's second wife, whom he married in Delaware on February 14, 1826, was Mary Parker, who was born June 5, 1798, and died April 1, 1834; by a previous marriage Mrs. Mary Lane had two children, and her union with Mr. Lane resulted in the birth of three children: Jesse, John, and Solomon. Mr. Lane immigrated to Ohio in an early day, and thence, about the year 1833, came to Clinton County, Indiana. He married again July 30, 1834, choosing for his third wife, Mary Byers, who was born August 26, 1817, daughter of John and Mary Byers, early settlers of Indiana, who located in Clinton County as long ago as 1833. The children of this marriage were: Samuel B., Jane, Joseph P., Mary and Elizabeth. Mr. Lane was one of the pioneers of Clinton, moving to the same shortly after the county organization and purchasing lands in various parts, until he became the possessor of over 1,000 acres. The first election ever held in Perry Township was at his house, and he took a prominent part in public matters and was an old-line Whig in politics. He provided liberally for his children, giving to each $4,000, or its equivalent in land, and otherwise assisted them in life. He and wife were charter members of the old Shiloh Church, and he rendered valuable financial assistance in the construction of the first house of worship, a log structure which, in due time, was replaced by a more modern edifice of enlarged capacity. After the death of his third wife Mr. Lane married Amanda Broderick, daughter of Anthony and Rachel Broderick, a union severed by the death of Mrs. Lane in September 1873; Mr. Lane died April 28, 1874, and was laid to rest in the old cemetery at Shiloh.
Jesse Lane, son of the above and father of Beverly W., was born in Fayette County, Ohio, November 26, 1821. When five years old he was brought by his parents to Clinton County, Indiana, received his education in such schools as the country afforded, and on arriving at manhood's estate was united in marriage, April 26, 1849, to Prudence White, daughter of Alexander and Margaret (Cloud) White, early settlers of the county of Clinton. The result of this union was the following children: Willis A., Joseph (deceased), Edgar W., Ollie J. (deceased), Beverly W., Daniel H., Violet May (deceased) Judson (deceased), Mary, Nettie, Sarah, Ralph and Delie. After rearing her family the mother of these children passed to her final rest on the fifteenth day of August 1875. She was sadly missed in the home and the church, of which she had been a consistent member for many years, and her many friends and neighbors mourned her death as a personal loss. On the twenty-third of January 1877, Mr. Lane entered into the marriage relation with Rachel Morehead, daughter of William and Rachel (Balow) Morehead, a union blessed by the birth of one child - Lottie. Mrs. Lane was in early life a Presbyterian, but later became identified with the church to which her husband belonged. She lived the life of a true devoted Christian, was beloved by all with whom she came in contact, and departed this live on the fifteenth day of March, 1894. Mr. Lane has been a successful farmer all his life, and, by skillful management and strictly honorable business methods, succeeded in accumulating a large amount of property, the major portion of which has been divided among his children. He has done much toward introducing a high grade of livestock in the township, and for many years dealt quite extensively in Clydesdale horses, shorthorn cattle, Poland China hogs, Shropshire sheep and other fine breeds. He has always been a stanch Republican, and as a farmer and in every other relation in life, is justly entitled to mention among the representative citizens of the township of Perry.
Beverly W. Lane, whose name appears at the head of this sketch, was born in Clinton County, Indiana, February 26, 1858. Like the majority of the sons of Clinton, his early years were passed on a farm, and the common schools, which he attended at intervals during his minority, were the means by which his education was imparted. ON arriving at manhood's estate he was united in marriage to Eva M. Bailey, daughter of Samuel and Evaline (Hinton) Bailey, to which union one child, Beulah May, was born. Mr. Lane is a successful farmer and a leading citizen of the community in which he resides. Politically he is a Republican and the Methodist Church represents his religious creed. Mrs. Lane is also a Methodist, and noted for her good works both in the church and out.
Samuel Bailey, Mrs. Lane's father, one of the leading old settlers and prominent farmers of Perry Township, is descended from German-Irish ancestry and was born in Morgan County, Virginia, December 31, 1825. When two years old he was taken by his parents to Ohio, thence, when fourteen years of age, came to Clinton County, Indiana, where he grew to manhood. He was married May 27, 1851, to Evaline Hinton, after which he settled on a farm of forty acres, where he lived six years, when he disposed of the same and purchased other land, which he improved. Eventually he became the possessor of handsome property, owning 360 acres of valuable land lying in one of the most fertile and best-improved parts of Clinton County. The names of the children of Mr. and Mrs. Bailey are as follows - Paulina, Rachel, Morris, Eva, William, Frank, Albert and Myrtle, all of who are doing well for themselves in life. Mrs. Bailey is the daughter of Michael and Rachel Hinton, the father a native of Washington County, Ohio, and an early settler of Clinton County, Indiana, moving to the latter about 1830.