Biography of Joseph Aldridge
Allen County, OH Biographies

JOSEPH ALDRIDGE, farmer, P. O. Lima, was born in Jackson County, Ohio, July 18, 1810, and is a son of Samuel and Mary A. (Taylor) Ajdridge, who settled in Bath Township, Allen County, in 1829, where they lived until 1842, when they returned to Jackson County, and died there. Our subject was reared in Jackson and Greene Counties, Ohio, and in 1830 came to Bath Township, this county, where he resided about six months. He afterward lived in Greene County three years, and in 1833 returned to Bath Township, and worked at clearing and chopping by the month and job, up to 1835. when he purchased forty acres of land adjoining the farm he now occupies, which he cleared and improved, and where he lived until 1850, when he traded for the farm he now occupies, a part of which he cleared. He also purchased a tract of forty acres opposite, all of which he improved and afterward gave to his son. Mr. Aldridge was married August 12, 1830, to Mary, daughter of William and Mary (Kaufenberger) Rumbaugh, of Greene County, Ohio, by whom he had thirteen children, of whom but three survive: Catherine (wife of D. A Hadsell), Mary (wife of M, Bellingar) and Cassius. Mr. Aldridge never attended school a day in his life, but learned to read by his own application to study. He and his wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church for many years. In politics he is a Republican.

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