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1829 Joseph Rohrer was the first child born to his parents, Joseph and Mary Rohrer. He was born 24 December in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.

1830 When Joseph Rohrer was 1 year old, the family moved to Canton in Stark County, Ohio. His father was a preacher at the Rowland Mennonite Church in Canton, Ohio.

1835 Harriet Moyer was born to John and Elizabeth Moyer on 7 February in Richland County, Ohio. Although her parents were originally from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, they had moved to Ohio sometime between 1827 and 1830.

1838 Harriet Moyer's mother died when Harriett was 3 years old.

1840 Harriet Moyer lived with her widowed father and 4 brothers and 3 sisters in Richland County, Ohio. Grandpa George Albright lived next door. Uncle Abram Moyer lived nearby. [1]

1846 On 5 January, Peter Brubaker and wife Catherine, Abraham Moyer and wife Susan, Henry Hartman and wife Barbara, Mary Burke, Jacob Bechtel and wife Anna, Wm Kirchner and wife Elizabeth, Michael Gongaway and wife Catherine, John Moyer Jr, Christian Moyer, Barbara Moyer, George Moyer, Harriet Moyer, Abraham Moyer minor heirs of Elizabeth Moyer by guardian John Moyer Jr, sold sold 13 acres to Nancy Newcomer in section 27 of Milton Twp, Ashland/Richland County, Ohio. [2]

1846 On 5 January, Peter Brubaker and wife Catherine, Abraham Myers and wife Susan, Hartman and wife Barbara, Benjamin Newcomer and wife Nancy, Jacob Bechtel and wife Anna, Wm Kirchner and wife Elizabeth, Michael Gongaway and wife Catherine, John Moyer Jr, Christina Myers, Barbara Moyer, George Moyer, Harriet Moyer, Abraham Moyer minor heirs of Elizabeth Moyer by guardian John Moyer Jr, sold sold 33 acres to Mary Burke, in section 27 of Milton Twp, Ashland/Richland County, Ohio. [3]

1850 Joseph Rohrer was a farmer (age 20), living with his parents in Plain Twp, Stark County, Ohio along with his four younger sisters and three younger brothers. The family’s estate was valued at over $8,000. [4]

1850 John and Catherine Moyer lived in Harrison Twp, Elkhart County, Indiana with children Barbary (age 20), George (age 17), Harriet (age 16), Abram (age 13), and Jacob (age 8). [5]

1850 Joseph Rohrer’s parents moved to Goshen, Harrison Twp, Elkhart County, Indiana where they purchased a farm of 155 acres. Joseph's father was a minister at the Mennonite meeting house in Yellow Creek and then at a nearby Evangelical church.

1853 Joseph Rohrer was listed as first settling in 1853 in Elkhart County, Indiana from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. [6] The farm he built (Rohrer Place), at 24394 Co. Rd. 40, Goshen, Elkhart County, Indiana, is listed on the "National Register of Historic Places". [7]

Joseph J Rohrer and Harriet Moyer were now both living in the same township in Indiana. How did they meet? I wonder if Harriet attended either of the churches where Joseph’s father preached.

1854 On 30 March, Joseph J Rohrer and Harriet Moyer married in Elkhart, Indiana. [8]

1860 Joseph J Rohrer (age 30) and Harriet Rohrer (age 25) lived in Harrison Twp, Elkhart County, Indiana with children Mary Rohrer (age 3), Sarah Rohrer (age 2), and Emanuel Rohrer (age 11 months). Anthony Myers (age 25) was also in the household. [9] Joseph J Rohrer’s father, Joseph, lived nearby.

1861 Land of Joseph Rohrer, Jr was shown in section 34 of a landowner map of Harrison Twp, Elkhart County, Indiana next to the lot of brother Henry Rohrer and the Southwestern post office. Map,  1861 map of Rohrer lots. [10]

1864 Joseph J Rohrer of Harrison Twp, Elkhart County, Indiana was taxed $0.84, or maybe $1.40, by the IRS for income of $28. [11]

1870 Joseph Rohrer (age 40) and Harriet Rohrer (age 35) lived in Harrison Twp, Elkhart County, Indiana with children Anna Rohrer (age 15), Mary Rohrer (age 13), Sarah Rohrer (age 11), Emanuel Rohrer (age 10), Lovina Rohrer (age 8), Isaiah Rohrer (age 7), Josiah Rohrer (age 3), and Almira Rohrer (age 1). All of the children were listed as born in Indiana. A David Rohrer (age 13)(relationship unknown) was living nearby in the household of Samuel Neliver (spelling unclear). [12][13]

1874 An atlas of Elkhart County, Indiana showed that Joseph J Rohrer owned a farm of 115 acres [JJ Rohrer, section 34], and father Joseph Rohrer owned a nearby farm of 145 acres [J Rohrer in section 27], both near the Southwestern post office. J Rohrer also owned tracts in section 22 of Harrison Twp and section 1 of Union Twp. Map,  1874 map of Harrison Twp, Elkhart County, Indiana. [14]

1875 Daughter Anna Rohrer married Isaiah Reed Good [15]. Land of I Good is shown on the 1874 map in Harrison Twp (section 33) and Union Twp, section 5), perhaps one of them belonged to Isaiah Reed Good. [16]

1877 On 19 August, Daughter Mary Good married Andrew Miller. [17]

1880 Joseph Rohrer (age 50) and Harriet Rohrer (age 46) lived in Harrison Twp, Elkhart County, Indiana with children Sarah Rohrer (age 22), Emanuel Rohrer (age 20), Lovina Rohrer (age 19), Isaiah Rohrer (age 17), Josiah Rohrer (age 14), Elmira Rohrer (age 12), Elisabeth Rohrer (age 9), Rosia M Rohrer (age 4), and Lovisa Rohrer (age 1). [18]

1887 Daughter Lovina married Elisha Good, brother of Isaiah Good. [19]

c 1887 Joseph Rohrer, or his father, "now" [published in 1888] lives a short distance north of South West on the farm that Bishop Martin Hoover had settled in 1845 [20]. [21]

1889 Daughter Elmira (Ellen) married Solomon Pepple. [22]

1889 On 24 December, Isaiah Rohrer and Ida M Hay were married in Elkhart County, Indiana. [23]

1890 Joseph J Rohrer was listed in the Elkhart Indiana directory at Harrison Southwest. [24]

1891 Daughter Elizabeth married Charles Wesley Neterer. [25]

1892 Daughter Sarah married Samuel Boyer. [26]

1893 On 9 March, son Josiah Rohrer married Cora Michael. [27]

1895 Son Emanuel married Mary Roose. [28]

1900 Daughter Lovina Good had died by 1900, without children.

1900 Joseph Rohrer (born Dec 1830) and Harriet Rohrer (born May 1835) lived in Harrison Twp, Elkhart County, Indiana with daughters Rosa (born May 1877) and Louisa (born Aug 1878). The census states that Harriet was mother of 10 children, 12 of whom were living, but these numbers were likely reversed. If so, then there was one other unknown child born and deceased by this time. [29]

1901 On 30 March, Harriett Rohrer died in Harrison Twp, Elkhart County [30]. Harriet Rohrer died and was buried at Harrison Chapel Cemetery, Goshen, Elkhart County, Indiana [31].

1903 On 25 November, Joseph J Rohrer died [32] and was buried at Harrison Chapel Cemetery, Goshen, Elkhart County, Indiana [33]. Photocopy,  Grave marker for Joseph and Harriet Rohrer at Harrison Chapel cemetery.

1903 The accounts of the estate of Joseph Rohrer named 10 children as heirs, and gave the married names of his daughters, other than Lovina, who married Elisha Good and died before 1900 with no heirs.

1904 On 20 January, Daughter Rosiah Rohrer married Harley B Shank. [34]

1904 Daughter Louisa (“Lue”) married Henry Doering. [35]

1906 Son Isaiah was the executor of Joseph Rohrer’s estate. The final report was made on 10 Feb, 1906. Here are the things that were sold at the "crying sale" on 7 Jan 1904 after Joseph's death (number of items and prices for items sold for over $4 are noted in parentheses): fruit cans (7), jars (4), jugs (4), jug and vinegar, crocks (5), canned fruit (11), washing machine (10 cents) and tub and board, boiler, bowl, churn, refriquator (30 cents), milk cans, vinegar and barrel, barrels (3), apples (10 bushels), potatoes (4 bushels), water bench, table, crock of lard, sundries (5), box and contents, jug, cans, soap (2), jar of cracklings, clothes rack, stand, oil can (2), brass kettle, copper kettle ($7), iron kettle (4), kettle rest (2), stove board, hay knife, wrench, scales, stilliards (?), wedge, rings, sundries, cans and jugs and bottles, rope, wire, machine, cross cut saw, hand saw (3), square, plane (2), brace, brace and knife, mallet and chisel, cinchers and chisel, augers (6), shovel, fork (2), rake (2), spade, hoe (3), fork (2), hook and chain, chain (2), iron (2), mattock, ax, crowbar (2), hook, iron (2), clothes line (2), iron, oil can (2), lawn mower, plow, cultivator, plow, sheller, work bench, sleigh soles (?), ladder (2), pump, hose, box, paint, chairs (6+4+2), rocker (6), sink, stand, table (3), stand (5), lounge, cupboard (2), wardrobe, side board ($5.50), bureau ($5), wardrobe ($8.50), commode, book case (2), chest, spool box (2), bed stand (5), bed spring (4), mattress, looking glass (4), sewing machine ($4), organ ($15), clock (2), carpet (9, one for $7.75), matting, rugs (6), linoleum, coal stove ($40), heater (2), cook stove, gasoline stove ($10), dish pan, meat saw, kettle (2), skillet (7), pictures and frame (7), atlas, basket, window poles (2), comb case, curtains (3), horse blanket, chair, wood box, barrel and wheel (wheelbarrow?), screen doors, grind stone, dinner bell, framing mill, bow chains, horse ($1), (a total sale of $1152.52 is shown at the bottom of this page, but the pages are out of order), skillet (2), pots (8), pans, pails (2), sifter, tea kettle, roaster, can lids, creamer, rifle ($5.25), lard press, meat grinder (2), single harness, collar, halter, single harness (2), buggy ($7), carriage, wagon ($20), gutter, dump boards, scales ($15.95), stand of bees @@$1.25 (16 with 11 at $13.75)?, extractor, frames (73), sundries (4), box (2), lumber (5), box, blower, tin plates, press, lumber, hives (10 at $9, 10 at $9.50, 5 at $4.75. 5 at $4.50, 5 at $2.75, 5 at $2, 5 at $1.75, 5 at $1.25, balance at $3.25), spring wagon, fire wood ($18), wood ($18.96 + $22.80), hay ($21.45+ $27.60,+ $13.70+ $13.60+ $17.50+ $49+ $13.70+ $6.70+ $13.50+ $13+ $18.75+ $12.50+ $18.75+ $6.20+ $12.40+ $12.40), oats ($10.15+ $16.50+ $16.50+ $16.50+ $16.95+ balance $4.25), rye ($11.15+ $34.22+ $12.50), corn ($36.09+ $$27.75+ $75+ $15.60+ $13.80+ $14), shelled corn, cow ($33.25+$35.50), spoons, strainer, popper, stilliards, cutlery, krout cutter, coffee mill, flat irons (2), butter bowl, rolling pin, shovel, lantern, pail and dipper, knives, soap stone, tallow, chest (2), dough tray, quilt travel? (3), spinning wheel (3), mail box, stand, bath cabinet, paper, curtain, carpet stretcher, yarn, basket, dishes (many), 5 gallons apple butter, sweeper, tumblers, fly trap, pitcher, chimney, 6 cups jell, lamp (6), spring, sweet potatoes, onions, seed sower, pulleys, grain sacks, salt, plank (several), sup pails (62), lumber, carpet (61 yards $8.50), matting (10 yards), 800 bushels wheat ($625), 6 hogs ($40).

The items for bees suggest that this might be where son-in-law Isaiah Reed Good got a start in the bee business. The organ suggests that the musical talents of all three of Irby Good's children (Julia, Lowell, and Ida Mae) may have had some genesis in the Rohrer line.

1915-20 Platt maps of Harrison Twp, Elkhart County, Indiana show the farm in section 34, that Joseph J Rohrer had owned in 1874 [36], was owned by son Josiah and Cora Rohrer, Map, 1915 platt map of Harrison Twp, Elkhart County, Indiana.[37]Map, c 1920 platt map of Harrison Twp, Elkhart County, Indiana.[38].

2004 The movie "Pearl Diver" was filmed in Goshen during 17 days in the summer of 2004, with scenes from the Rohrer Farm.

2009 We visited the Rohrer farm and took some photos. Photocopy,  Article about historical site. SlideShow,  Photos we took at the farm in 2009. (Close the window when done)
The Rohrer Farm is a National Historical Site. [39]

Footnotes:

[1] US census, 1840, Reel 0423, Image 204, line 2, [Internet Archive].

[2] Rita Bone Kopp and Thomas Sloan, Ashland County Chapter, Ohio Genealogical Society, Ashland County, Ohio Research Aid Mifflin and Milton Townships (1994), 140, [Google Book].

[3] Rita Bone Kopp and Thomas Sloan, Ashland County Chapter, Ohio Genealogical Society, Ashland County, Ohio Research Aid Mifflin and Milton Townships (1994), 140, [Google Book].

[4] FamilySearch.org, US census, 1850, [FamilySearch_Record].

[5] US census, 1850, Reel 0144, Image 261, family 1740, [Internet Archive].

[6] An Ilustrated Historical Atlas of Elkhart County, Indiana (Chicago: Higgins, Belden & Co., 1874), 76.

[7] National register of historic places, [Link].

[8] FamilySearch.org, citing GS film 1845552 of Indiana Marriages, Elkhart County, Indiana Book B-689, [FamilySearch_Record].

[9] US census, 1860, Reel 256, Image 285, family 802, [Internet Archive].

[10] Joseph D Nash, Map of Elkhart County, Indiana (Philadelphia, Samuel Geil, 1861), Library of Congress.

[11] U.S. IRS Assessment Lists 1862-1918, [Ancestry_Image].

[12] US census, 1870, Reel 0311, Image 374, family 21, [Internet Archive].

[13] FamilySearch.org, US census, 1870, [FamilySearch_Record].

[14] An Ilustrated Historical Atlas of Elkhart County, Indiana (Chicago: Higgins, Belden & Co., 1874), 67.

[15] FamilySearch.org, citing GS film 001845554 of Indiana marriages, [FamilySearch_Record].

[16] An Ilustrated Historical Atlas of Elkhart County, Indiana (Chicago: Higgins, Belden & Co., 1874), 63.

[17] FamilySearch.org, citing GS film 001845554 of Indiana marriages, [FamilySearch_Record].

[18] US census, 1880, Reel 0275, Image 414, family 210, [Internet Archive].

[19] FamilySearch.org, citing GS film 1845555 of Indiana marriages, [FamilySearch_Record].

[20] An Ilustrated Historical Atlas of Elkhart County, Indiana (Chicago: Higgins, Belden & Co., 1874), 63.

[21] Daniel K. Cassel, History of the Mennonites (1888), 159, [Internet Archive].

[22] FamilySearch.org, citing GS film 001845555 of Indiana marriages, [FamilySearch_Record].

[23] FamilySearch.org, citing GS film 001845555 of Indiana marriages, [FamilySearch_Record].

[24] Elkhart, Indiana Directory (Truth Publishing House, 1890), [Ancestry_Record].

[25] FamilySearch.org, citing GS film 1845555 of Indiana marriages, [FamilySearch_Record].

[26] FamilySearch.org, citing GS film 1845555 of Indiana marriages, [FamilySearch_Record].

[27] FamilySearch.org, citing Indiana marriages, [FamilySearch_Record].

[28] FamilySearch.org, citing GS film 1845556 of Indiana marriages, [FamilySearch_Record].

[29] FamilySearch.org, US census, 1900, [FamilySearch_Record].

[30] FamilySearch.org, citing Indiana death index, [FamilySearch_Record].

[31] Find A Grave Memorial 69715966, [Find_A_Grave].

[32] FamilySearch.org, Death record, [FamilySearch_Record].

[33] Find A Grave Memorial 69715929, [Find_A_Grave].

[34] FamilySearch.org, citing GS film 1845557 of Indiana marriages, [FamilySearch_Record].

[35] FamilySearch.org, citing GS film 1845557 of Indiana marriages, [FamilySearch_Record].

[36] An Ilustrated Historical Atlas of Elkhart County, Indiana (Chicago: Higgins, Belden & Co., 1874), 63.

[37] George Ogle & Co, Standard Atlas of Elkhart County, Indiana (1915), 63.

[38] Plat Books of Indiana Counties, Vol. 2 (Sidwell Studio: c 1920), 91, [Indiana_State_University_Library].

[39] National register of historic places, [Link].


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