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Harshbarger - Abram

Source: Portrait & Biographical Records of Montgomery, Parke &  Fountain Counties, Indiana. Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1893, p562

ABRAM HARSHBARGER, who is a worthy representative of the  Harshbarger family that has played such an important part in the  upbuilding of Montgomery County since the early days of its  settlement, is a prominent and prosperous farmer of North Union  Township, where he has a well-equipped and well-stocked farm,  located on Section 3. Our subject is a native of Union Township,  born in one of its pioneer homes May 4, 1832.
The father of our subject was Isaac Harshbarger, who was a  native of Ohio, and was in turn a son of Christian Harshbarger,  who was born in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley, Va., where the  Harshbargers settled in the latter part of the last century.  Christian Harshbarger migrated from his early home to Ohio, where  he lived until 1828, when he came with his family to Indiana, and  was among the first pioneers to locate within the present bounds  of Montgomery County, settling on a tract of government land that  he had purchased west of Crawfordsville, and making it his home  until he closed his eyes in death after a life of pioneer  experiences and hard toil in reclaiming a farm from the  wilderness. He married a Miss Booker, and they had a large family  of children.

Isaac Harsbarger was young when his parents came here to  settle, and he grew to a stalwart, active manhood on his father's  farm. He wedded Miss Sarah Crouch, a daughter of James Crouch, a  pioneer farmer of Montgomery County, who came here as early as  1829. Isaac continued to live on the paternal acres for twelve or  fifteen years after marriage, and then entered a tract of  government land on Section 3. He was a hard worker, a good  farmer, who knew well how to make every stroke of labor tell, and  he accumulated a comfortable property, including a farm of two  hundred and seventy-eight acres of highly productive soil. His  death occurred in the home that he had founded here in 1856. He  was a devoted christian, and was long identified with the Baptist  Church as one of its most earnest and useful members. His good  wife lived to an advance age, her demise occurring in 1878. Our  subject is the only one living of their children. The others were  Christopher, who died in Illinois; Jane who died on the old  homestead; Susan, who died at the age of fourteen; and Lizzie,  who was married.

Abraham Harshbarger was reared under wholesome home  influences, and was educated in the schools of his native  township. He remained an inmate of the paternal household until  he was twenty-two, assisting his father in the care of his farm.  He was married in 1856 to Miss Lydia Booker, a daughter of Henry  Booker, a farmer of Union Township, and after marriage he resided  on the old home place eight or nine years, and then settled upon  the farm upon which he is now living. It comprises three hundred  and fifty acres of choice land, which is in a good state of  cultivation, and its improvements are of a high order, a neat and  well-built residence, which was erected in 1880, adorning the  place, and there are commodious barns and other out-buildings.  Grain and all products common in this part of the country thrive  on the rich soil of the farm, and our subject raises standard  stock of various kinds. He has accumulated the most of his  property himself by judicious management of his affairs, the only  help that he received in starting out in life being the forty  acres of land given him by his father. He is a member of the  Horse Thief Detective Association, and in politics is a strong  Democrat. He is very genial, with a cheery word for all, and his  neighbors and associates generally find in him a warm and  steadfast friend, whose many fine traits of head and heart make  him thoroughly respected and esteemed throughout the community  where his entire life has been passed.

In 1866 death shadowed the pleasant home of our subject and  removed the beloved wife and mother, whose helpful hand had aided  in molding the fortunes of her husband, and was tenderly guiding  their children to useful and happy lives. Of these children, but  one survives, Charles H., who lives on and operates his father's  farm. He married Annie, daughter of David and Miranda Cowan. Her  father is dead. Her mother still lives in Union Township. The  other children of our subject were, Sarah Ann, who died when a  young lady; Elizabeth, who married Frank Pittinger, and died a  the age of thirty-one, and Daniel, the youngest, who died at the  age of twenty-five.
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