Name: John Clabaugh 1
Birth: 2 DEC 1812 in Bedford Co., PA 1
Death: 20 DEC 1889 in Winnebago City Twp., Faribault Co., MN 1
Religion: Methodist Episcopal Church 1
Residence: PA & Crawford Co., OH 1
Residence: near West Union, Fayette Co., IA 1
Residence: BET. 1856 - 1889 Winnebago City Twp., Faribault Co., MN 1
Occupation: farmer 1
[Philip Hartman descendant report by Al Hartman Jan 2002]
JOHN CLABAUGH , deceased, was one of the pioneer settlers of Faribault County, Minnesota, and one of its most highly respected citizens. Some personal mention of his life and family is herewith presented. John Clabaugh was born in Bedford County, Pennsylvania, December 2, 1812, and was reared to farm life and educated in the public schools.
His parents were James and Elizabeth Clabaugh, both of German descent. After his marriage, which event occurred in 1842, Mr. Clabaugh continued farming in his native state a short time, from there removing to Crawford County, Ohio, where he rented land four years.
At the end of that time he again turned his face westward and took up his abode in Fayette County, Iowa, near West Union. On a rented farm at that place he continued to reside until 1856, when he came to Faribault County, Minnesota, and settled on section 10 Winnebago City township, pre-empting 160 acres of land and buying eighty acres adjoining his pre-emption claim. To the cultivation and improvement of this farm he devoted his energies, was successful in his operations, and at his death, December 20, 1889, left to his widow and children a nice property. Mr. Clabaugh was a man of many sterling traits of character, and was honored and respected by all who knew him.
Politically he was in early life a Whig, and after the organization of the Republican Party he gave his support to it. He was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. March 10, 1842, Mr. Clabaugh married Miss Mary Jane Jemison , a native of the same county in which he was born, and a daughter of Joseph and Susan (Ritchie) Jemison, both natives of Pennsylvania. Mrs. Clabaugh is still living at the old homestead. They had a family of seven children, all of whom grew to maturity.
James , the eldest son, enlisted August 17, 1862, in Company D, Ninth Minnesota Volunteer Infantry, and served nearly two years, participating in all the engagements in which his regiment took part. He was taken prisoner at Guntown, Missouri, and was imprisoned for a time at Mobile, and was then taken to Andersonville, where he was incarcerated. He had had a partial sunstroke the day of the battle, and he did not long survive the starvation and neglect of that terrible prison life, dying July 17, 1864. He was a young man of noble character, and that he was held in high regard by his comrades is evinced by the fact that they named the G.A.R. post at Winnebago City James Clabaugh, in honor of him.
The other members of the family are as follows: Winnie, wife of Thomas White, resides in Spencer, Iowa; Susie, wife of John Nichols, resides on a farm in this township; Cornelia, wife of Benjamin F. Pierce, lives in Winnebago City township, Mr. Pierce being a carpenter; Emma is the wife of John Goldsworthy, a stock dealer of Spencer, Iowa; Luther, who died October 8, 1893; and Elgie, wife of Victor Resche, lives at the old Clabaugh homestead."
Mary Jane Jemison b: 27 JUN 1823 in Bedford Co., PA
- James Clabaugh
- Lavenia Clabaugh b: 25 NOV 1844 in PA
- Susan Clabaugh b: 20 JUL 1847 in PA
- Cornelia Clabaugh b: 30 AUG 1850 in OH
- Emeline V. Clabaugh b: 29 JUL 1855 in IA
- Luther Clabaugh b: 9 FEB 1860 in Faribault Co., MN
- Elgie E. Clabaugh b: 31 MAR 1863 in Winnebago Twp., Faribault Co., MN
- Title: Philip Hartman descendant report
Publication: Jan 2002