David Rupel, second permanent settler in Liberty tp., was born in Somerset county, Pennsylvania, July 31, 1811;
his parents, Jacob and Ann Rupel, were natives of Germany, and came to America at a very early day. In 1830 he
came to Elkhart county, and remained during the winter. The following spring he came to this county and located
near South Bend; at that time there were but two houses in the place, and they were occupied by Taylor and Coquillard,
or Cutteau, as he was known, who had a trading post with the indians at that place. In the summer of 1832 the settlers
built the court-house; the material consisted chiefly of brick, in May, 1836, he moved to Liberty tp. He was married
Jan. 10, 1836, to Sarah Meller, daughter of Andrew and Margaret Meller, natives of Ohio. This union was blest with
6 children, 5 of whom are living, viz.: Dennis W., Andrew M., Margaret J., (now wife of J. W. Jones), Melinda C.
(wife of David H. Weaver) and Mary E. (wife of Jonathan M. Gripe). Mrs. Rupel died Feb. 21, 1875, aged 58 years.
History of St. Joseph County, Indiana
Chas. C. Chapman & Co., Publisher
St. Joseph County
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