ROBERT THORNBURG, farmer, P. 0. Findlay, was born in Holmes County, Ohio, February 12, 1832, the eldest of twelve
children, eight of whom are now living: Robert, Ruth A., Martha J., Matilda, Elizur J., Oliva F., Enos R. and Elmer.
John W. and Elizur J. served in the war of the Rebellion, the former being a lieutenant in an Indiana regiment.
and sustained injuries at the battle of Gettysburg, and the latter a member of the One Hundred and Second Ohio
Volunteer Infantry. The parents of these children were William and Beriah (Loveland) Thornburg, natives, respectively,
of Pennsylvania and Ohio, the former of whom. a farmer and bridge builder, helped to construct the Ohio Canal.
He was a son of Robert Thornburg, a pioneer of Holmes County, Ohio. The subject of this sketch came to this county
from Holmes County, Ohio, in October, 1860. He had taught school in early years, and had served as deputy sheriff
of Holmes County, Ohio, but during his residence in this county he has devoted his attention to his farming interests,
having a farm of 115 acres of land, besides an interest in the old estate. Mr. Thornburg is a justice of the peace
of Allen Township, this county, which capacity he has filled for eighteen years. He was married, April 19, 1860,
to Miss Gennette Rockwell, daughter of P. V. Rockwell, formerly a miller of this county. Our subject and wife have
seven children: Annie B., Catherine O., Malinda, George W., Jessie, James E. and Mary. In politics Mr. Thornburg
is a Democrat.
History of Madison County, Ohio
Published by: Warner, Beers and Company
Chicago, Illinois 1886
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