Biography of Barney J. Dabbelt
Mercer County, Ohio Biographies

BARNEY JOHN DABBELT, a representative farmer of Franklin township, Owning and operating 105 acres of excellent land situated in section 31, was born February 18, 1869, in Franklin township, Mercer County, Ohio, and is a son of Hubert and Rosina (Lindhaus) Dabbelt.

The Dabbelt family was establisher in Franklin township, Mercer County, by Barney Dabbelt, the grandfather of our subject, who was born in Ger and carte to Ohio with his family many years ago, in the early history of this section. He lived only into middle life, hard work breaking down his constitution. The three children born to his first marriage were: Gerhardt, Anna (wife of John Beauchamp) and Hubert, all of whom are deceased. To his second were born Mollie (wife of Henry Dorston), Ignatz and August.

The father of our subject was 15 years old when he accompanied his parents to America. He worked for his father until his marriage and continued to live on the home farm until the death of his parents. These children were born to him and his wife, who was Rosina Lindhaus, before marriage: Barney John, of this sketch; Henry, who married Christina Heyne, and lives at Dayton; Catherine, who married Casper Clune and is now deceased; Frank Ludwig, who married Mary Schwieterrnann and lives on the home place in Franklin township; John, deceased at the age of 17 years; Aloys, who married Agnes Schwietermann; and Caroline, who died aged two years. Our subject's father died January 5, 1906.

The mother of our subject still survives and resides with her son, Frank Ludwig Dabbelt, on the old home place. She was born in Marion township when the country was entirely unsettled and her reminiscences of the early days are very interesting, as she possesses a remarkable memory. She recalls being sent, as a child, to chase the deer out of her father's wheat field. Mrs. Dabbelt remembers a tame deer that the family had for a pet. It was necessary to travel many miles over hill and through hollow to reach the nearest mill, at Piqua, and a home contrivance for grinding the grain was fitted up which sometimes had to answer the purpose. Her father burned out a log and in the center put his wheat, and by pounding it with a maul reduced it to a coarse powder. He thus prepared the grain for his own and the neighboring families. His farming was done with steers and home made machines, as he had neither plow nor harrow. He assisted in the building of the banks of the canal, using a wheelbarrow, and during this time he camped on its banks.

On October 21, 1891, our subject was married to Mary Hanfelder, a daughter of William and Elizabeth (Wabler) Hanfelder, and they have had these children: Julius, Lawrence, Romie, Hilda, William and John (deceased).

The parents of Mrs. Dabbelt came to America from Germany and settled at Cincinnati but later moved to Chickasaw, Mercer County, and soon thereafter established a home in Franklin township where one of the sons resides. Their children were: Elizabeth, who married Fred Tangeman and resides at Celina; Mary, born December 18, 1870, at Cincinnati, who is the wife of our subject; Barney, who lives at Chickasaw; and Joseph, who married Frances Stammen. Mary and Barney are twins.

Mr. Dabbelt purchased his present farm from Samuel Blakeley on March 11, 1891. It is a well situated body of land, watered by a creek running through it and here Mr. Dabbelt carries on general farming and stock raising. He is considered an excellent farmer and is known to his neighbors and those with whom he has business dealings as a man of honest worth and good intentions. He is a member of the Catholic Church.

History of Mercer County, Ohio
and Representative Citizens
Edited & Compiled by: Hon. S. S. Scranton
Published by: Biographical Publishing Company
Chicago, Illinois

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