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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