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Abraham Rhoades, farmer and stock-raiser; P. O. Greenville; one of the settlers of 1854; he was born in Montgomery Co., Ohio, Feb. 8, 1832; he was a son of Jacob Rhoades, who was born in Bedford Co, Penn., and came to Montgomery Co., Ohio, when 5 years of age, and is now living, at about 76 years of age. He married Barbara Soudurs; she died about the year 1849. The subject of this sketch was raised to agricultural pursuits, and in 1854 came to Darke Co. and purchased 80 acres of the present place, to which he has since added by purchase, until he now owns his home farm, with the best of farm buildings; he also owns 106 acres of land in Mercer Co., besides one lot and one-half interest in two business houses in Greenville, and an interest in the National Bank of Greenville, all of which, save $200, he has secured by his own exertions and correct business habits. It can be truly said of him that he is one of the self-made men of Darke Co. Upon the 27th of April, 1856, he was united in marriage with Mary Pitsenberger; she was born in Montgomery Co., Ohio, Jan. 23, 1832; they were the parents of seven children, viz.: Susannah, born Feb. 24, 1857, died Dec. 17, 1866; Jacob, March 9, 1859; Matilda A., May 12, 1861; Elizabeth, April 29, 1863; Stephen, Nov. 29, 1865; Minnie, Dec. 6, 1869, and Curtis, born March 17, 1873. Mrs. Rhoades was a daughter of Jacob Pitsenberger; he was born in Pennsylvania Aug. 18, 1802; came to Ohio in 1811, and to Darke Co. about the year 1848; the last years of his life he lived in Greenville retired from business; he died Sept. 24, 1878. The mother of Mrs. Rhoades was Susanna Miller, born April 24, 1804, and died upon the anniversary, April 24, 1859.

From the book entitled: The History of Darke County, Ohio.
Published by: W. H. Beers & Co., 1880

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