Biography of Josiah Bishop
Rush County, IN Biographies





JOSIAH BISHOP, a retired farmer, now living at Rushville, was born in Union township, this county, December 15, 1842, and is the only survivor of his parents' family of eight children. His father, Purnel Bishop, was born in Maryland, and his mother, Julia (Kiser) Bishop, was a native of Kentucky. They came early to Rush county, traveling by wagon, and spent the rest of their lives in Union township By the time Josiah Bishop was old enough to go to school, the Hinchman schoolhouse, near his father's farm had a competent teacher, and after his school period was over he assisted his father for a time, then bought the home place and conducted it himself during the last years of his father's life. In the course of many years of agricultural activity, Mr. Bishop became the owner of 219 acres in the home place, 180 acres of this being in Union township and thirty nine acres in Jackson township, and another farm of sixty acres in Union township. In addition to general farming, Mr. Bishop was very successful in growing stock, raising cattle, hogs and sheep quite extensively. On March 3, 1868, Josiah Bishop married Mary E. Cline, who was born in Jackson township, this county, daughter of Conrad and Sarah J. (Smith) Cline. The father of Mrs. Bishop came alone from Kentucky to Rush county, while the mother was brought here from the same state by her parents. Mr. Cline owned a farm of 161 acres in Jackson township. Of his four children three are living, Lewis J., Rachel and Mary E. Mr. and Mrs Bishop have had six children, as follows: Alma, who is the wife of Greeley P. Mauzy, of Rushville, a farmer of Jackson township, who had two children, Chase and Grace, by a former marriage; Woodson C., a farmer in Rushville township, who married Mary McGee; Thomas, a farmer in Union township, who married Cora Webb, and has three children, Laverne, Robert and Thomas; Estel C., an accountant residing at Indianapolis, who married Louise Ginn; Rice, who married Mary J. Gray and rents his father's land and very successfully operates it, and Rachel M. (deceased), who married Alonzo McGinn, also now deceased, as is also their only child, Alma, who was born on January 25, 1873, and died on June 18, 1917. Mr. Bishop has never cared for political office, although for many years a vigorous supporter of the principles of the Republican party. He is one of the older members of the Ben Davis Christian Church.

From:
Centennian History of Rush County, Indiana
Edited by: A. L. Gary and E. B. Thomas
Historical Publishing Company
Indianapolis 1921


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