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Josiah Roush

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Posted: 10 Mar 2004 5:51PM GMT
Classification: Biography
Surnames: Roush, Miller, Sparks, Hoover, Chapman, Stockman, Johnson, Reed
From Biographical Memoirs of Huntington County, 1901, pages 604-606

Josiah Roush, the well known cabinet and pattern maker of Markle,
Indiana, was born at Bethlehem Plains, Stark county, Ohio, January 7,
1837, and is a son of Jacob and Rebecca (Miller) Roush. His parents were
born in Pennsylvania, and Jacob was a youth of sixteen years when he
accompanied the grandfather to Stark county, Ohio, in 1827. The
grandfather had been a merchant, but he purchased eighty acres of wild
timber land in Stark county and cleared it for a home, living there until
his death. His wife died on the same place.

Jacob Roush was born in Pennsylvania in 1811, where he acquired such
education as the facilities of that time afforded. After moving to Ohio
he engaged in farming and there remained until 1849, when he moved to
Indiana and located one mile east of Huntington on a farm of one hundred
and twenty acres which he purchased. He felled trees and put up a
one-room, story and a half house eighteen by twenty feet in size, and
lived there for several years, clearing the land and cultivating it.
Later he disposed of this property and purchased another eighty and then
he moved to Markle where he engaged in business. He was one of the most
successful business men of Markle, and from 1860 until 1890 was a leading
merchant of that village. He then retired but continued to make that his
home until his death in February, 1897. His wife (Rebecca Miller) died
in 1861, and he married a Miss Sparks. Later he married Miss Maria
Hoover, who now lives in Mansfield, Ohio. The second and third marriages
were without issue. By the first were the following children: Mary Ann,
wife of John Chapman, of Clinton county, Missouri; Josiah, who is here
represented; Edward, who was prominent in mercantile circles and
conducted a store at Markle and Huntington, Indiana, died at the age of
forty-six years; Louisa, wife of Jacob Stockman, a stone-mason, of
Markle; and Jacob, a resident of Bluffton, Indiana. Jacob Roush was a
Democrat, but took little or no part in political controversies. He was
a member of the German Reform church and a man of noble character.

Josiah Roush was reared to habits of industry and was required to perform
his share of the work in his boyhood. This left him little time in which
to attend school, two or three days a week being the limit permitted him,
hence his education was necessarily incomplete. He learned the trade of
tanner soon after he was of age; purchased the business of his father and
conducted it for seven years, when he sold out. He was among the first
to enlist in 1861, and went with Company B, One Hundred and First Indiana
Volunteers, to Indianapolis, thence to Covington, Kentucky, where they
took boats for Louisville, Kentucky, the principal base of operations for
the Department of the Ohio and the Cumberland. Little can be told of the
privations and dangers of soldier life that has not been undergone by Mr.
Roush, and the adventures through which he passed will never be effaced
from his memory. He was with his command amid the fiercest conflicts
that took place, and among those in which he took part and which have
been given a prominent place in history may be mentioned Crab Orchard,
Perryville, Franklin, Nashville, Stone River, Murfreesboro, Hoover's Gap,
Tallahassee, Chattanooga, Chickamauga, and many others. Finally, his
regiment took part in the campaign of Sherman's march to the sea, went to
Washington where he took part in the grand review, and returned home in
July, 1865. Settling down once more to the duties of a private citizen,
he took up the trade of a carpenter, and at a later time added cabinet
and pattern making, a work in which he has succeeded beyond his highest
expectations. He is known as a skilled workman, and when an especially
fine piece of work is wanted Mr. Roush is sure to be called upon. He
takes pride in his productions, and only perfect articles are permitted
to leave his shop. Besides the shop in which he carries on business he
owns two dwellings in Markle. He is the soul of integrity and honor and
is esteemed for his manliness and uprightness.

Josiah Roush chose as his life's companion, Miss Matilda Johnson, a
native of Indiana, her parents coming from the state of North Carolina.
Their union has been blessed by the birth of five children, three of whom
have been called to the home on high: James is a prosperous farmer of
Markle; Stella became the wife of John W. Reed and resides in Canton,
Ohio; Clara, Jennie and Eddie have passed through the portals into the
celestial city. Mr. Roush and his wife are zealous members of the
Methodist Episcopal church, and exert a power for good in the community
in which they live. He is a Republican and a member of A. J. Barlow
Post, No. 560, Grand Army of the Republic, of Markle.

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