Chicago: The Bowen Publishing Company, 1901.
The Paulus family is of German ancestry, but was planted in America during colonial days. Adam Paulus, grandfather of our subject, was born in Virginia. He was a farmer, and some years after marriage removed his family to Preble county, Ohio, where he was a pioneer settler, and he there passed his remaining years. The father of William Paulus was reared on the farm, acquired such education as the common schools afforded, and for some years taught school during the winter seasons. He married about the time he attained his majority, but was soon cut down by the scythe of time, leaving a widow and one son.
The widowed mother married a second time, John Deal becoming her husband, and by this union she gave birth to four children, viz.: Margaret married John Shinn; Mary died unmarried; Sarah married Eli Bowman; and Emiline married William Furner. The living members are residents of Miami county, Indiana.
After the death of John Deal the mother became the wife of Samuel Fiant, and then removed to Indiana, where she lived to an old age. By her marriage with Mr. Fiant five children were born: Paulina, wife of N. R. Bowman, of Kokomo; Saloma, wife of Amos Flora, of Howard county; Lydia twice married, her first husband being a Mr. Cunningham, of Miami county; Lorinda, now Mrs. Aaron Bailey; and Samuel C., a blacksmith. The last two named reside at Webb City, Missouri.
William Paulus was an infant when his father died. He was reared by his mother and with the family came to Indiana. He attended school, and for eleven years tilled the soil in summer and taught school in winter, and then gave his whole attention to agricultural pursuits a few years, after which he engaged in merchandising at Mier, where he was postmaster no less than three terms.
Early in life he was elected township clerk, and, after the government of townships was changed he served as trustee and during twenty years of his life held the office of justice of the peace. While serving as justice of the peace he studied law, and in 1887 was admitted to membership in the bar of Grant county.
In 1888 he removed to Marion, where he now follows his profession. In politics he affiliates with the Republican party, and as an Odd Fellow he has been an honored member of the lodge at Converse for more than three decades.
In 1855 Mr. Paulus was united in marriage with Miss Ellen Creviston, daughter of Thomas and Rebecca (Slagle) Creviston, and six children were born to them: Martha J., now Mrs. Perry Zirkle, of Swayzee; Henry J., judge of the circuit court; Rosetta, at home; William, a resident of Marion; Emma, now Mrs. H. U. Abbott; and Morris C., a farmer in Wabash county. In religious belief Mr. and Mrs. Paulus are Universalists.