illiam Taylor Janney , president of the First Rural Loan and Savings Company of Muncie, a former member of the board of county commissioners and a former merchant of Muncie, now living practically retired in that city, is a native son of Delaware County, a member of one of the real pioneer families here, and has lived here all his life. Mr. Janney was born on a farm in Washington Township on April 17, 1849, and is a son of Joseph and Sarah (Hayden) Janney, who had come over here from Stark County, Ohio, and the latter of whom was born in Pennsylvania, March 1, 1812. Joseph Janney was born in Stark County, Ohio, November 21, 1811, and was a son of Amos and Sarah Janney, who came over into Indiana with their family from Ohio in 1837 and settled in Delaware County. Upon his arrival here in October, 1837, Joseph Janney took up a tract of land in Washington Township, bought from the Government by his father, Amos Janney, and there established his home and proceeded to clear and improve the place, in time coming to be the owner of more than four hundred acres and creating there a valuable farm property. On that place he spent the remainder of his life, his death occurring on November 19, 1876. His widow survived him for more than thirteen years, her death occurring on January 19, 1890, she then being past seventy-seven years of age. Joseph Janney was a Republican and he and his wife were members of the Disciples or Christian Church. They were the parents of six children, of whom the subject of this sketch was the last born, the others being Mary, who married Joseph Thorn; Jefferson, who married Christina Myers; Amos F., who married Barbara Roberts and after her death married Mrs. Cynthia (Weir) Love; John H., who gave his life as a soldier of the Union during the Civil War; Anna, who married James T. Broyles and is still living, and Harriet, who married Isaac H. Gray and also is still living. John H. Janney, the soldier member of this family, went to the front as a member of Company B of the 36th regiment, Indiana Volunteer Infantry, and his service covered a period of four years. At the battle of Atlanta he was wounded and taken prisoner by the enemy and for seven months thereafter, or until the close of the war, suffered incarceration in the abominable prison pen at Andersonville, Georgia. With hundreds of other released prisoners he found passage at Vicksburg on the ill-fated steamer "Sultana" to return north and was among the victims when that vessel blew up in midstream, among these victims being several other Delaware County men. William Taylor Janney was reared on the home farm in Washington Township. He completed his schooling in the Muncie High School and after his marriage at the age of twenty-four continued engaged in farming until in 1893, when he disposed of his farming interests, though continuing to hold his land and moved to Muncie, where he became engaged in the mercantile business, opening an establishment for the sale of farm implements, buggies, wire fencing and the like, and was thus engaged for twelve years, in the meantime acquiring other interests. Mr. Janney was one of the organizers of the First Rural Loan and Savings Company of Muncie, and has served as its president since its organization. He is a Republican and for six years (1909-1915) served as a member of the board of county commissioners for Delaware County. He and his wife are members of the Methodist Church. He erected the house in which they live in Muncie in 1911-12. Mr. Janney still retains his land holdings in Washington and Harrison Townships. During the more than seventy years of his acquaintance with conditions in that part of the county he has seen some amazing developments in land values, some of the formerly apparently hopeless swamp tracts there now being regarded as among the most valuable lands in the county. It was on June 19, 1873, that William Taylor Janney was united in marriage to Hannah Elizabeth McCreery, who was born in Harrison Township, this county, a daughter of Thomas and Catherine (Brown) McCreery, the former of whom was born in Clark County, Ohio, son of Samuel and Elizabeth (Maynard) McCreery, the former born in Virginia and the latter in Maryland, who had come over into Indiana from Ohio in 1838 and had settled in Harrison Township, this county, where the McCreerys became well established among the pioneer families of that section of the county. Mr. and Mrs. Janney have six children, Carlton R., Stanton, Florence E., Harry Lester Janney, the county surveyor; Beulah M. and Ada R., all of whom are married save Beulah. Ada R. Janney married Earl Tate. Florence E. Janney married Roy Goetcheus and has six children, Donald Dean, Robert A., Marjorie, Frederick, Mary Elizabeth and Richard. Stanton Janney married Gertrude Younce and Carlton R. Janney married Pearl Snider. Harry Lester Janney, county surveyor, was born on the home farm in Washington Township, October 6, 1883, and was nine years of age when his parents moved to Muncie. He was graduated from the Muncie High School and then entered Purdue University, where he took up the civil engineering course and was graduated in 1907. For some time thereafter he was assistant city engineer in Muncie and in 1916 was elected county surveyor. By re-election he is now serving his fourth term in that office. Mr. Janney is a Republican, a Mason, an Elk and he and his wife are members of the First Presbyterian Church. In 1920 Harry Lester Janney was united in marriage to Helen Bowman, daughter of Benjamin C. and Cassie (Heath) Bowman, and to this union two children have been born, Helen Elizabeth and Catherine B. Mrs. Janney formerly was secretary of the Muncie Social Service Bureau and during the time of this country's participation in the World War rendered valuable service in that connection. She is a member of the college sorority Psi Iota Xi.