Indiana Historical Society has appointed John Parsons of Clayton to be their County Historian for Hendricks County. The position, which had been vacant since the death of Plainfield librarian Susan Miller Carter, is for 3 years.
Parsons is well known to local history researchers for his efforts to digitize the county's records, which began when he was the systems administrator for the county (he retired last year). In the words of his wife Phyllis, "he enjoys most old things," and really knows the history of Hendricks County, including the early settlers, as well as old roads and towns that no longer exist.
He has also been a minister at the Belleville Bible Church (formerly Salem Methodist Church) for the past 37 years. He and Phyllis (who is well-known in her own right for her work with the Hendricks County Museum) have been married for 50 years. They have 5 children and 15 grandchildren (with another on the way).
John Parsons' contact information is available here.