Jefferson C. Brunson, of Fortville, Indiana, was born in Marion county, Indiana, on August 20, 1871. He is the son of Lonzo and Malinda (DeFord) Brunson. Lonzo Brunson was born in Marion county, Indiana, and was the son of Robert Brunson, who was a farmer in Marion county. Robert Brunson was the father of the following children: Lonzo, the father of J. C. Brunson, the subject of this sketch; Sophronice, and Caroline. Malinda (DeFord) Brunson was the daughter of George D. DeFord, a farmer of Marion county. Mr. DeFord was one of the well known farmers of his day and was a great church man.
Lonzo Brunson received his education in the common schools. He was a farmer of Marion county and owned a tract of one hundred and sixty acres of land. He was a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and was drafted for service in the Civil war, but sent a substitute. He was the father of the following children: Ella, Ida, Harmon, Jefferson D., Lillie and George. He died in 1886. His wife is still living in Marion county, Indiana.
Jefferson C. Brunson was educated in the common schools of this county and was married on November 14, 1899, to Grace Johnson, a native of Marion county, who was the daughter of George and Nancy Johnson, who were farmers in Marion county. They were members of the Methodist Episcopal church.
The children of Jefferson C. and Grace (Johnson) Brunson are: Fay and Caroline. Mr. Brunson farmed until 1904, when he moved to Fortville, Indiana, and went into the livery business, which he continued until 1913, when he went into the garage business. He is the agent for the Ford and Studebaker machines. He is a man of excellent business qualities, and has a finely equipped garage. He is the owner of property in Fortville and his wife is a member of the Methodist Episcopal church. He is a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and also the Red Men of America.
Transcribed from History of Hancock County, Indiana, Its People, Industries and Institutions by George J. Richman, B. L., Federal Publishing Co., Indianapolis, Indiana, 1916. Page 1050-1051.
Submitted by Sylvia (Rose) Duda, Laingsburg, MI October 31, 2001.
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