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Stephens, Daniel and Richard Good

    In the character of Mr. Stephens there is very little to commend.  He was more generally known by the name of "Sheep Stephens," than any other.  An Irishman, named Richard Good, that had worked for him, charged him with being a "shape thafe," and that he had stolen VanBlaricum's ram, and when fearful of detection threw it into the well to hide it.  He was, outside of the charges made by Mr. Good, considered the meanest man in the neighborhood, except "Buffalo Cale."

    Mr. Stephens lost his wife.  She was buried on Sunday, which fact brought out the entire population to the funeral.  On his return from the grave he called at my mother’s to ask her advice in regard to a suit of clothes for mourning.  He wished to economize, and get such as would do to be married in, should he take a notion to; though he thought it very doubtful whether he would marry again, as he had looked around at the grave, and had seen none that he thought would fill Betsy’s (his wife’s) place.  In justice to Mr. Stephen’s judgment I must say, the variety of marriageable women was very small at that time. 

    Soon after his wife’s death he returned to Kentucky, and soon found one he thought worthy to fill Betsy’s place.  He never returned to Indiana. The loss to Indianapolis in a citizen, it is to be hoped, was Mr. Stephen’s gain. 

     Richard Good was the first Hibernian that ever made Indianapolis his home.  He lived with Messrs. Henderson & Blake for several years, as oustler at Washington Hall, accumulated enough to buy him a quarter-section of land, which he improved and made a fine farm.  He lived about two miles east of Greenwood, and there died a few years since, highly respected by his neighbors.

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, pp. 88-89.