Biography of Abraham W. Larue
Mercer County, Ohio Biographies

ABRAHAM W. LARUE, a well known and prominent farmer of Washington township, residing on the homestead in section 5, who with his brother, Isaac Martin Larne, owns 400 acres of land in one body, was born in Butler County, Ohio, July 5, 1849, and is a son of Uriab and Lydia (Neff) Large.

Uriah Larue and his wife were both born in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, where they were reared. They were married in Philadelitia and moved to Butler County, Ohio, where they resided for about five years, in 1854 moving to Mercer County, where Mr. Larne bought a 320 acre timber tract. They first moved into a log house. This primitive log structure was destroyed by fire after but a few weeks of occupancy. It was then in the dead of winter. They then erected and moved into another log house about one mile east, in the midst of the forest, first having to cut a road to the clearing where the house was built. Their present fine large home stands near where their first cabin, which was of round logs, was built by them and their neighbors after the fire and before their new hewn log house was completed. Mr. and Mrs. Larue were the parents of eight children, namely: Abraham W., the subject of this sketch; Elizabeth E., deceased at the age of 18 years; Leah Ann, deceased at the age of 19 years; Uriah B., who died after reaching manhood; Isaac Martin, who is part owner of the home farm; John B., who died in young manhood, while attending school at Valparaiso, Indiana; David F., living half a mile south of the homestead, who has two children living - Nellie and Leslie and one deceased in infancy, Orville; and Lydia A., who died aged to years. Mr. Larne was a soldier in the Civil War, enlisting in 1862 and served three years. He died in 1884. His widow is still residing on the home place.

Abraham W. Larue was reared on his father's farm and spent the most of his boyhood days in assisting his father clear the land. In young manhood he taught school in the winter seasons for a number of years. He has never married but has lived all his life on the home farm. Both he and his brother Isaac are members of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and of the Patrons of Husbandry.

Isaac Martin Larue took for his wife Mary Weaver, who was born in Darke County, Ohio, and is a daughter of George and Joan (Slack) Weaver. They have two children: Kathleen and Mildred.

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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