Joseph G. Amiss, a farmer of Huntington Township, is a native of Perry Co., OH, born January 17, 1841. He was the eldest of ten childrenâ€”seven sons and three daughtersâ€”born to Phillip M. and Rachel (Good) Amiss, the former a native of Shenandoah Co., VA, of English descent, and the latter a native of Perry Co., OH, of Pennsylvania Dutch descent. She was a great grandchild of McClelan who was burned at the stake by the Mohawk Indians, under their chief, Brandt. When Joseph was eight years old, or in 1849, his parents came to this state and located in Wabash County, where his youth was spent working upon a farm in summer and attending the district school in winter. At seventeen years of age he took up the avocation of a teacher, and about the same time, in order to have profitable employment during vacations, he began to learn the carpenterâ€™s trade. He continued to teach in winter and work at his trade in summer, for about nine years, and during this time he had improved his education by attending school at Warsaw, and North Manchester. In the meantime, he came to this county, in the spring of 1865, and located where he now resides, in Section 23, Huntington Township. Aside from teaching a few years, his entire attention since that time has been given to farming and stock raising. Of the latter he has rather made a specialty. Excellent specimens of Cotswolds and Bershires may be seen upon his farm, and his herd of Jersey cattle is perhaps the best of the kind in the county. He was married December 31, 1864, to Jenny Knoop, the daughter of Michael and Nancy (Sheets) Knoop, who were natives of Pennsylvania and Tennessee, respectively, and who were among the early settlers of Wabash County. The mother of Mrs. Amiss is still living, and at present makes her home with a daughter in Whitley County. Though she is now in the ninetieth year of her age, she is enjoying excellent health, and her senses and mental faculties are apparently unimpaired. Mrs. Amiss was born in Wabash County, October 12, 1842. Her marriage with our subject has resulted in the birth of four children: Clara L., Emma N., Ann R., and William M., all of whom are living. Politically Mr. Amiss is a staunch Democrat. He takes a lively interest in politics, and will use all fair means to promote the interests of his party. In the spring of 1848, he was elected trustee of Huntington Township, and served in a very creditable manner, one term. In 1882, he was made treasurer of the Democratic County Central Committee, and in the spring of 1886, he was made chairman of that organization, which position in resigned in June of that year, to accept the nomination of his party for the office of County Auditor. He made a gallant fight, becoming an honest politician, but suffered the defeat of his party. He owns a handsome farm of 120 acres where he lives, besides a farm of eighty acres, in Lancaster Township. He is an industrious and successful farmer, and a man in whom the public places implicit confidence.
History of Huntington County, Indiana (Brant & Fuller: Chicago). 1887. pages 442 and 443 Biographical Sketches of Huntington City and Township.