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Joseph Rohrabaugh lived a life of extreme industry and to good purpose, started out in young manhood without resources beyond the experience he had acquired working for others, was a farm hand, a renter, and eventually acquired a good place of his own.

He was born in DeKalb County, Indiana, February 5, 1861, the only child of Joseph and Mary Ann (Frick) Rohrabaugh, early settlers of DeKalb County. Joseph was a small child when his father died. His father was well educated, taught school in early life and was also a stone and brick mason by trade. The widowed mother married John Rubley, and by that marriage had two children, John H. and Elizabeth.

Joseph Rohrabaugh at the age of eight years moved with his mother to Steuben County, and from that time made his home in Jamestown Township. He assisted his stepfather in clearing up the farm. Later he worked out by the month, spending eighteen summers in that way. For nine years he was a renter and in 1901 bought eighty acres of land in Jamestown Township. He made the land pay for itself and give him a good living besides, and he improved it with a substantial barn and had much to show for his efforts. In politics he was a democrat, and his wife was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church.

April 2, 1892, Mr. Rohrabaugh married Abbie U. Latta. She was born in Branch County, Michigan, in 1874, a daughter of Moses and Jane (West) Latta. Her mother was a native of Steuben County, daughter of George and Sarah (Sams) West. Moses Latta came to Steuben County when a young man, and after his marriage settled in Pleasant Township and later in Jamestown Township, where he died in 1906, at the age of seventy-four. His wife died in 1904, at the age of sixty. They were the parents of three children : Abbie, Jennie and Moses. Mrs. Rohrabaugh's mother married for her first husband Robert Sillabaugh, and by that union had two children, Milo J. and Robert Morton, both now deceased.

Both the children born to Mr. and Mrs. Rohrabaugh died early in infancy. Mary, born in 1894, lived nine months, while Christian, born in 1897, died eleven days later.

("History of Northeast Indiana: LaGrange, Steuben, Noble and DeKalb Counties," Lewis Publishing Co., Chicago, 1920)

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