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Biographical Sketch of George Sowers (b. abt 1811)

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Biographical Sketch of George Sowers (b. abt 1811)

Posted: 26 Jul 2005 8:49PM GMT
Classification: Biography
Surnames: Sowers, Franks, Redd
George Sowers, prominent citizen and retired farmer, is a native of Fayette County, Penn., and the eldest of nine children born to Jacob and Elizabeth Sowers. The father was a native Pennsylvania also, where in 1810 he married Elizabeth Franks. In 1817, he emigrated to Wayne County, Ohio, and settled near the town of Wooster, where he entered a tract of government land and made a home. He was a pioneer in the true sense of the term, and met with many thrilling experiences during his early years in the backwoods. George Sowers was six years old when he parents moved to Ohio, in which state he passed the years of his youth and early manhood. Being the eldest of the family, he was obliged to forego the privileges of an education in order to contribute his share toward making a home, and supporting the family. At the age of eighteen he went back to his native State and bound himself for two years, to learn the wagon maker’s trade, receiving at the end of that time, $10.99 worth of tools and $120.00 in cash, his father furnishing him with clothing in the meantime. After acquiring proficiency in his trade, he returned to Ohio, and worked for some time as a journeyman, but subsequently opened a shop on his father’s farm, which he operated with good success for several years. He followed wagon making for a period of several years, and at the end of that time, 1836, came to Huntington County, Ind., and entered a tract of 240 acres of land in Rock Creek Township. The following year he worked at his trade, in Logansport, in which city, on the 20th day of July, 1837, he married Miss Martha, daughter of Joseph and Mary Redd, of Pennsylvania. Soon after his marriage, Mr. Sowers went back to Ohio, where he remained until the fall of 1840, at which time he returned to Indiana, and settled in Rock Creek Township, where he has since resided. He took an active part in the development of the country, and like many others, bore his full share of the privations, hardships and hard work of pioneer life. In all these years he has been known as a very careful and industrious citizen, an honorable neighbor, and a man against whose good name, no breath of suspicion has ever been uttered. He had charge of his farm until a few years ago, when he retired from active life and is now enjoying a quiet and content, that rest which he has so well and so nobly earned. On the 30th of December, 1883, his faithful companion in all his years of toil, the sharer of his joys and sorrows, yielded to the last summons – dying at the age of sixty-seven years. She was, with her husband, an earnest worker in the Baptist Church, and bore him five children, two sons and three daughters, viz: Artlissa J., Arnetta, Mary A. (deceased), Joseph R., and Meredith (deceased), who was a gallant soldier in the late war.

History of Huntington County, Indiana (Brant & Fuller: Chicago) 1887. Biographical Sketches of Rock Creek Township, pages 785 and 786.

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