|EARLY DAYS IN GREENBUSH
Joseph Mings was born in Kentucky, July 9, 1808. He was a son of Aaron and Martha Mings. In early life he came with his parents to Indiana; and on January 22, 1835, at Lexington, in Jefferson county, Indiana, he was married to Harriet Davis. She was born in Rehobeth, Maryland, December 5, 1807; and was a daughter of William and Sarah Francis (Marshall) Davis. The Marshalls were natives of Virginia. Mrs Mings moved with her father’s family to Woodford county, Dentucky, in 1813. She afterwards removed to Lexington, Jefferson county, Indiana.In the fall of 1836, Joseph Mings with his wife and one child (Melissa J.), his father, mother and his brothers-in-law, Noah Davis and Isaac Jones, with their families, moved from Jefferson county, Indiana, to Fulton county, Illinois. Mr. Mings then moved to a farm on section 7, in Union township, Fulton county, where he resided until 1856, when he moved to Greenbush township, Warren county, Illinois, and located on section 12, where he resided until his death, which occurred June 17, 1874.
His wife Harriet died at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. S.S. Clayberg, in Avon, Illinois, May 6, 1895.
To Josph Mings and wife were born the following-named children:
Melissa J., born December 16, 1835; died October 20, 1841.
In 1849, Joseph Mings and wife, Daniel N. Wright, his wife and mother, and Mrs. Dr. Stout founded the M. E. church in Avon, Illinois. Mrs. Mings was the last of the six original members to depart this life.
Joseph Mings was a quiet, earnest man. He and his wife were exemplary Christians, highly esteemed by those who knew them.