LEVI RUNSHE, a respected citizen of Nineveh Township, was born in Bucks County, Penn., May 19, 1830. He is the son of Jacob and Hannah (Dearrolf) Runshe. The father, a native of Pennsylvania, was born in Lancaster County, September 28, 1800, of Scotch descent, and died in Knox County, Ind., in 1873. The mother, a native of Pennsylvania, was born in Bucks County, in 1802, of German descent, and died in Shelby County, Ind., in 1859. Our subject was reared on a farm until twenty years of age, and received a good common school education. He began life at the age of twenty years, on his own account, learning the wagon-maker's trade, and continued in this occupation until 1883. July 2, 1854, he was married to Miss Mary Ann Muck. The issue of this. marriage has been as follows: George Albert, born September 28, 1855; Emanuel Walter, February 18, 1857, deceased; Ann Eliza, March 22, 1859, deceased; Loretha Ellen, January 20, 1862; Jacob Muck, January 14, 1864, deceased; Mary Magdalena, September 7, 1866; Vina Mary, May 27, 1869; Alonzo Levi, January 21, 1872; Carrie Jane, May 20, 1875; Thomas Hendricks, July 17, 1877, deceased; Lewis Edward, September 22, 1879. The mother of these children was born in Montgomery County, Ohio, January 6, 1838. The father, a native of Maryland, was born in 1804, and died September 7, 1881. The mother was a native of Pennsylvania, born in 1810, and died in 1879. Mr. and Mrs. Runshe have, for many years, been exemplary members of the Christian Church at Pisgah. In politics, Mr. Runshe is a Jacksonian democrat, casting his first presidential vote for Pierce. He was elected justice of the peace in 1856, and from that time to the present, he has served continuously in that office, with the exception of two years, when he was township assessor, making thirty-two years of official service. During this time he has lived in three different counties and has never been out of office. He has a fine farm in Nineveh Township, upon which he resides, dividing his attention between his official duties and the cultivation of his farm.
Transcribed by Cheryl Zufall Parker
Banta, D.D. History of Johnson County, Indiana. Chicago, IL: Brant & Fuller, 1888.