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Jay County Indiana Biographies


ISAAC N. RARICK, M.D., has lived at Bluff Point, in Pike Township, since the spring of 1874. He was born in Darke County, Ohio, April 19, 1835, a son of Philip and Sarah (Chenowith) Rarick, his father a native of Pennsylvania, of Dutch descent, and his mother of Darke county, Ohio, of Scotch extraction. The parents moved to Jay County, Indiana, in 1851, and settled on section 33, Pike Township, where they passed the remainder of their days. The mother died in March, 1862, and the father September 27, 1886. They had a family of ten children -Abraham C., is a resident of Clarke County, Iowa; Isaac N., our subject; Jacob J.; David died in infancy; Adam C., of Clarke County, Iowa; Charles W., a physician, of Greenville, Darke County, Ohio; Ira D., of Missouri; Mrs. Susan B. Morehouse, of Noble Township; Mrs. Caroline Roberts, of Nuckolls County, Nebraska, and Catherine, died aged sixteen years. After the death of the mother the father married Mrs. Isabelle (Kenneer) Watson, widow of Dr. Watson, and to them were born five children -Mrs. Elsie Green, of Pike Township; Mrs. Rosa Thorp, of Nebraska; Clara, Cora M., and John A. The wife died in March, 1876, and he afterward married Mrs. Mary (Short) Hiatt, who is also now deceased. Isaac N. Rarick was reared and educated in Jay County. In 1858 he went West and spent three years in Clarke County, Iowa, and Nodaway and Gentry counties, Missouri, returning to Indiana in 1861. He was married December 31, 1863, to Adeline Wood, who was born in Darke County, Ohio, October 10, 1843, a daughter of Samuel and Elizabeth (Thompson) Wood, the father born in Botetourt County, Virginia, in 1795, and the mother in Essex County, New Jersey, in 1801. They were married in 1819 and moved to Randolph County, Indiana, in 1836, where the father died May 29, 1847. The mother now makes her home with Mrs. Rarick and is in the eighty-seventh year of her age. Of fifteen children, ten were living at the time of the father's death, but four have since died. Of those living, Absalom now is living in Alabama; Mary lives with Mrs. Rarick; Alexander and Andrew live in Ridgeville, and Elisha lives in Todd County, Minnesota. George M., William, Charles and Elijah are deceased; the two latter giving their lives for their country during the war of the Rebellion, and the two former, enterprising young men, went West and engaged in trading with the Indians, near the present town of Jackson, Minnesota, and during what is known as the Spirit Lake massacre, both were killed March 27, 1857. Mrs. Rarick, then a young lady, had spent two or three years in Blue Earth County, returning to Indiana in the fall of 1856. Dr. and Mrs. Rarick have had two children -Ara, born October 2, 1864, and Carey, born January 16, 1866, died March 14, 1866. Dr. Rarick commenced the study of medicine in 1870, and graduated from he Physio-Medical Institute, Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1875. In politics he is allied to the Democratic party. He is a member of Deerfield Lodge, No. 117, A.F.& A.M.

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