Biography of John Roe
Howard County, IN Biographies





JOHN ROE was born November 6. 1835, and is the son of Harrison and Sarah (Street) Roe, natives of Ohio, and of German and English descent. Harrison Roe was married in Indiana, about the year 1832, and soon purchased a farm of 160 acres in Wayne County, where he lived two years, and then sold out and moved to Henry County, where he purchased a farm of 240 acres, and here remained about fifteen years, when he sold his farm and located on 160 acres in Wayne County, near Hagerstown. After living there about four years, he sold out and moved to Grant County, where he purchased 160 acres of land near Point Isabel, on which he lived five years, when he sold out and purchased 135 acres in Delaware County, upon which he remained four years, when he again sold and came to Howard County. He bought 160 acres about one and a half miles northeast of Tampico, where he lived two years, at which time he returned to Delaware County, locating on the farm he had formerly owned. He again returned to Howard County, and is now living on 160 acres of land two and a half miles northeast of Tampico. Mr. and Mrs. Roe have had eleven children, nine of whom are living. Mr. Roe is a member of the Republican party, and he and wife are identified with the Methodist Episcopal Church. John Roe was reared on the farm, and received a limited education in the common schools. When he was twenty years of age, he was married to Miss Louisa Howard, daughter of John T. and Elizabeth (Jarvis) Howard, of Howard County. About five years after his marriage, Mr. Roe purchased forty acres of land near Tampico, this county, where he lived two years, at which time he leased this tract, and located on a rented farm of 120 acres near Greentown. Later, he sold his farm near Tampico, and purchased seventy eight acres, three quarters of a mile east of West Liberty, where he farmed two years; he exchanged this for a farm in Grant County, which he again exchanged for a farm of seventy five acres one mile from West Liberty, and has since added sixty acres more. Mr. and Mrs. Roe have had nine children - Henry H., Lydia A., Melissa E., William, Esther J., Mary E., Anderson, Frank and Aubrey T., seven of whom are living. Mr. Roe is an active member of the Republican party, and cast his first ballot for Fremont in 1856. Mr. Roe and wife are among the most active members of the Seventh Day Adventist Church.

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


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