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Biography of Andrew Linebarger copied from an old book of Parke Co. and Fountain Co., Indiana history

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ANDREW LINEBARGER is one of the ex-
tensive land-owners of Parke County,
where he now resides, his landed posses-
sions aggregating nearly two thousand
acres, most of which is under a high state of cultiva-
tion. This gentleman is a well-informed farmer,
who from a small beginning has built up a comfort-
able fortune and is now enjoying the result of his
industry and enterprise. He was born in Lincoln
County, N. C., June 8, 1815, to John and Mary
(Hoot) Linebarger. His grandfather, John Line-
barger, whose father came from Germany and set-
tled in the Keystone State, was the only son,
When a lad of twelve years, his parents moved to
Lincoln County, N. C., where they lived the re-
mainder of their lives. The grandfather was a
member of the Lutheran Church and was a respec-
ted and well-to-do farmer. To himself and wife
were born one son, John, and seven daughters, who
all lived and died in their native State, North Car-
   The father of our subject was reared on a farm,
learning every minute detail pertaining to the
life, and participating in its labors sufficiently to
allow him due appreciation for the pleasures which
he enjoyed. In the year 1820 he sold out and with
a four-horse team moved to Bartholomew County,
Ind., being six weeks on the way, camping and
cooking by the wayside. In the spring of 1822 he
again moved, and located on section 16, Reserve
Township, this county, where he cleared one hun-
dred and sixty acres of timberland. Two years
after, when land came into market, he entered one
hundred and seventy-six acres on sections 17 and
18, which he cleared and improved, remaining
there but a short lime, when he located on section
18, where he remained six or seven years. At the
end of this time he purchased a part of the farm
on which our subject now makes his home, and
there remained until his death, in May, 1817, Ten
years after his wife passed from this life. They
were both members of the Lutheran Church until
they settled in Indiana, when they became con-
nected with the Methodist denomination, and were
instrumental in the organization of the first church
of that faith in the county. The parents of our
subject, on their arrival in this State, were in
very straitened circumstances. Having but $5 in
money in their possession. But by hard work and
perseverance they met all discouragementa, with a
stout heart, and by persistency were enabled to sur-
mount all obstacles in their way. The father in-
creased his landed possessions to about four hundred
acres. During his life he served as Constable and
Justice of the Peace, discharging his duties faith-
fully. He cast his vote with the Democratic party.

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  Our subject is one of a family of eight children,
he being the only survivor. He was brought up
on the old homestead, receiving a limited educa-
tion, the first school that he attended being con-
ducted on the subscription system by Darius Har-
ger, on section 21, near where his present home
now is. At the age of twenty he commenced farm-
ing on his own account on the homestead, clear-
ing and raising crops. In 1840 he located on
eighty acres of timberland on section 12, which
he also cleared. Since that he has accumulated
property until he owns an extensive territory of
nearly two thousand acres in Reserve, Liberty and
Penn Townships, and has given to his children as
a start in life about $l6,OOO in currency. Besides
carrying on general farming he is successfully en-
gaged in raising grain, and is a breeder of Polled-
Angus Aberdeen cattle and has been quite an ex-
tensive shipper of grain and stock. In politics he
has been a Democrat all his life, and a member of
the Methodist Episcopal Church since fourteen
years of age and contributes, liberally for the support
of all religious enterprises. His word is considered
as good as his bond, and he is always in favor of
anything that tends to enhance the prosperity of
his township and community.
   February 14,1836, Mr. Linebarger married Eliza-
beth, daughter of Levi and Alary (Mitchell) Burt-
on, who was born near New Albany in 1817. Her
parents came from Maryland and settled in Parke
County about 1823, first settling near New Ai-
bany, Ind. To Mr. and Mrs. Linebarger were
granted six children; George II., Mary A., Will-
iam S., David, Levi J., and Andrew J. The good
wife and mother died in June, 1846. Our subject
was again united in marriage, on the 7th of
February, 1847, this wife being known in her
maiden days as Mary Warner, and she was born in
Pennsylvania in the year 1827. She was the daugh-
ter of Joel and Susannah (Huff) Warner, who
were pioneers of Reserve Township. The former
died at Evansville, Ind., wlile making a trip from
New Orleans. The mother is also deceased. By
the second union were born ten children; Lewis
C., Joel, Samuel C., Jacob, Joseph, who died at the
age of four years; Elizabeth L., wife, of J.T. Lew-
man; Ida B., wife ot Charles Causey; Ludah C.;
Amma O., wife of Salmon Wright; and Louisa A.,
wife of John H. Linebarger. The mother of this
family died August 4, 1890, at the age of sixty-
three years. Sha was a faithful member of the
Methodist Episcopal Church. Mr. Linebarger has
attained success in his chosen career by fair deal-
ings, and during his many years' residence in this
county has always shown himself to be entirely
worthy of the high estimation in which he is held
by his many friends and acquaintances.