1849 New Castle, IN. In preparation for marriage, Pyrrhus built a new house in town but they lived there only 4 years before selling it to his brother-in-law, Samuel Hazzard.
1854 He quit the carpenter trade and moved to the portion of his father's farm which had been set aside for him and became a farmer. Today that farm is nearly all located within the city limits of New Castle.
Pyrrhus and Mary lived on the farm until the Civil War when he enlisted as Capt of Co C 36th IN Inf. He was forced to resign due to disability from wounds he received at Chickamauga, GA. One history says he "was a natural born soldier, and came honestly by the war spirit which sent him into the Mexican War and later into the great conflict. The martial instincts of the sire had descended to the son, and when the nation leaped to arms, he was among the first to answer the call for volunteers."
6/18/1880 New Castle, Henry Co, IN. At census time Pyrrhus was 57 years old, a farmer, with wife Mary E, 54, son George, 21, niece, Kate, 22, and Mary's 79 year old widowed mother, Isabell Elliott.