Early pioneer Elijah Tyner lends his name to Tyner Pond Farm as a forebear and farmer of the area. We strive to follow in his footsteps as stalwart, hard-working and conscientious residents and farmers.
Elijah Tyner was born March 21, 1799 (or 1797, depending on the records you’re referring to) in South Carolina. Tyner took a claim in Hancock County, Indiana in 1820, at a time when the only roads were Indian trails.
Before the first settlers, there were a few sparse and transient Indian settlements and animals such as woodland buffalo, mountain lions and deer. The flora was nothing like you see today either. Hancock County was not a prairie–let alone farmland. It was all trees: beech, sugar maple, oak, ash, walnut, elm, buckeye and hickory. Then along came the year 1818 and settlers.