Biography of Samuel Richey
Howard County, IN Biographies





SAMUEL RICHEY was born in Wyandot County, Ohio, June 11, 1840, and is the son of John C. and Sarah A. (Prebble) Richey, of Irish, French and German English descent. Samuel Richey was reared on the farm, and being of a patriotic disposition, enlisted in August, 1861, in Company D, Thirty ninth Indiana Volunteer Infantry as a private, and was mustered in at Indianapolis under Gen. Woods; he served about eighteen months' a.nd engaged in battles at Shiloh and Stone River; he was wounded in the battle of Shiloh, losing his left arm, near the shoulder joint, and for his disability was discharged March 25, 1863. The following Ju1y, he began organizing Company H, One Hundred and Eighteenth Regiment of six months' men, and in September the company was mustered in. Mr. Richey was elected Captain, but as a choice accepted the position of Second Lieutenant. They were sent to Cumberland Gap, where Mr. Richey was placed ir.i command to guard the gap. He had about 320 men under his command, and in less than three days had reduced, this number to about three men, having given them passes with which to return home; he then joined his regiment at Walker's Ford, and was made Mail Agent to Knoxville; he was there during the engagement at that place, after which he returned to his command, and subsequently returned home. He was married, July 5, 1865, to Meldah Soughers, daughter of Michael and Elizabeth (Miller) Soughers, natives of North Carolina. This union has been crowned with seven children; J. C. S., Rodney A., Emily C., Lorenzo F., Sarah L., Samuel A. and Joshua P., four of whom are yet living. Mr. Richey is at present located in Cassville, Howard Township. He became a member of the I. O. O. F. in Kokomo, in 1868, and is an active working politician in the Republican ranks; he has held the office of County Recorder eight years, and is at present holding the office of Notary Public. which he has held for eight years; he was the first man to establish an abstract office in Howard County. Both Mr. and Mrs. Richey are identified with the Methodist Episcopal Church, and are among its most prominent members.

From:
Counties of Howard and Tipton, Indiana
Historical and Biographical
Charles Blanchard, Editor
F. A. Bettey & Co.
Chicago 1883.


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