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Smock, John

Among the early and prominent farmers of the county was Mr. Smock.  I remember seeing him early in the spring of 1821, when he was hunting a location preparatory to purchasing at the sale that was to come off at Brookville the ensuing summer.

At that time nothing but gold and silver coin was received by the government in payment for land.  He had traveled all over the new purchase with a considerable amount of money, carried on a horse that was ridden by his eldest son, Peter.  They never entertained any fear of being robbed.

I doubt very much if they were to start out of the city at this time, in a similar way, and it was known that they had such an amount with them, that they would travel five miles without being robbed, and perhaps murdered, such has been the progress in this branch of the industrial art as well as others.

Mr. Smock bought the land and made the farm west of Pleasant run, on the Madison State road (now owned by John Hoefgen), and there died many years since.

His two only sons, Peter and Richard, are well known citizens of the city, and reside in the southeastern portion.  Most of his daughters are dead.


Nowland, John H. B., “Early Reminiscences of Indianapolis, with Short Biographical Sketches of Its Early Citizens, and of a Few of the Prominent Business Men of the Present Day,” 1870, p. 199


Transcribed by Sherri Morem Bergman