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Biosketch of Gasper Felabom, b. 1823

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Biosketch of Gasper Felabom, b. 1823

Posted: 26 Jul 2005 5:01PM GMT
Classification: Biography
Surnames: Felabom Richey Bonewitz Franks
Gasper Felabom, one of the successful and self-made men of Rock Creek Township, was born in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, March 10, 1823, the fourth son of David and Jane (Richey) Felabom, parents both natives of the same State. David Felabom early emigrated to Ohio, and died in that State late in the forties, at the age of sixty-five years. After his death his wife returned to Pennsylvania, where her death occurred several years later. They were the parents of sixteen children, only six of whom, four brothers and two sisters, grew to man and womanhood. Gasper Felabom was raised to habits of industry, his father being a poor man, in consequence of which he was early in life obliged to rely in a great measure upon his own resources. He attended school but a few months, and when only ten years of age was hired to a farmer for two years, his compensation being $1.50 per month. He remained with his employer seven years, a part of the time receiving $10 per month, and in August, 1840, emigrated to Wayne County, Ohio, where he began to learn the miller’s trade. He abandoned this in a short time, again engaged as a farm laborer, and subsequently rented land, until 1856, when he moved to his present farm in Rock Creek Township, having purchased eighty acres the year previous. Upon this land he at once went to work, and although possessing but limited means, succeeded within a few years in making a very comfortable home. He has always been a hard worker, and is, in every respect a self-made and thoroughly upright man. He cast his first vote for James K. Polk, and has been an earnest supporter of the Democratic party every since. On the 22d of August, 1848, was solemnized his marriage with Miss Sarah J. Bonewitz, daughter of Joseph and Sarah (Franks) Bonewitz, of Pennsylvania. Mr. and Mrs. Felabom have had ten children, seven of whom are now living, viz.: Joseph B., James M., Mary J., Adda A., Samuel W., Perry O., and Belle I. The names of deceased children are: Sarah M., R. A., and Cora M.

History of Huntington County, Indiana (Brant & Fuller: Chicago, IL) 1887. Biographical Sketches of Rock Creek Township. Page 764.

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