COL. EDWARD INMAN, an early settler and prominent farmer of the town of Bradford, was born in Luzerne County, Pa., on the 3d day of December, 1822, and is a son of John E. and Mary (HANNIS) INMAN. The father was also born in Luzerne County, and was descended from one of the pioneer families of Pennsylvania. The great-grandfather of our subject was born in Connecticut of English ancestors, and with his seven sons emigrated to Wyoming, Pa., in the early settlement of that valley. Five of his sons were killed in the Indian Massacre of Wyoming in 1783. The maternal grandfather of Mr. INMAN was a native of Holland, and emigrated to America about 1776.
The subject of this sketch was reared to manhood on his father's farm, and on reaching maturity engaged in merchandising at Wilkes Barre. While residing in that city, on the 8th of March, 1852, he led to the marriage alter Miss Margaret J. MUCHLER, a daughter of George and Margaret (SANTEE) MUCHLER. The lady was born in Luzerne County, Pa., in November, 1832, and two children graced their union, born to them in Wilkes Barre - Jessie E., and Maggie J., the latter now the wife of Floyd D. MURDOCK, of Janesville.
Mr. INMAN continued merchandising for twelve years, at the end of which time he emigrated to Rock county, Wis., in 1857, settling in the town of Bradford, where he still resides. He is now the owner of 560 acres of land in the town of Bradford, which is in a high state of cultivation, and comprises one of the best farms of the township. Seven children came to gladden the home in Rock County, by their presence - Harry L., who was born March 22, 1858, and is now residing on the home farm; Hattie, born Nov. 27, 1859, died Jan. 13, 1860; Lola C. was born Nov. 17, 1862; E. Ray, the present Clerk of the Municipal Court of Rock County, was born July 25, 1864, and became a student at Milton College, which he attended for two and a half years, but did not finish the course. He then engaged in teaching for a year, after which he entered the law office of ERWIN & BENEDICT, of Milwaukee, counselors at Patent law, and after reading in that office for a period of two years, came to Janesville, and on the 15th of August, 1887, was appointed clerk of the Municipal Court. In politics he is a Republican. Ira Irving, the next child, was born Oct. 17, 1866; Cora Blanche was born March 22, 1872, and Roy Claude was born Jan. 1, 1878.
Mr. INMAN was a member of the Masonic and Odd Fellows' Orders in Wilkes Barre, Pa., and in early life was a Whig in politics, taking an active part in the support of his political faith, and was quite influential in securing success for his party. He received a commission as Colonel from Gov. William F. Johnston after a hard fought political campaign, and was assigned to the Governor's Staff. Col. INMAN is known as one of the successful farmers of Bradford Township, and is now an earnest Republican in politics. For twelve years he served in the office of Justice of the Peace in Bradford, was a member of the School Board for the same length of time, and served several years as a member of the Town Board of Supervisors.
Taken from "The Portrait and Biographical Album of Rock County, Wis." (c)1889, pp. 337-338.