John and his second wife, Elizabeth Clapper Ulrich, came to Wayne County, Indiana and located north of Five Points along Nettle Creek and built a log cabin there. This cabin was built near an Indian Trail. Tradition has it that when the men folks were gone from the house grandmother Ulrich would hang several men's hats on pegs outside the door so that any Indians passing by would suppose that there were men at home. In this way she was able to keep away unwelcome visitors.
John also brought with him his son Daniel and his family. The story goes that as they came horseback across Ohio and Indiana they carried willow switches to help the horses along by switching them. And then it is said that these willow sticks were thrust into the ground near the place alloted to Daniel and his family to live and that from them grew willow trees. In fact about three generations of large willow trees have grown on the area where this is said to have happened.
Source: People and Places, Lawrence W. Shultz