From the "History of Steuben County, Indiana, 1885", pages 855-856.


John Anspaugh was born in Stark County, Ohio, a son of Jacob and Barbara Anspaugh, natives of Pennsylvania and pioneers of Stark County, settling there in 1808. Their children were Jacob, of Williams County; Margaret, widow of James Allman; Jonas, deceased; Daniel, deceased; Mrs. Mary Hawk, of Pennsylvania; George, of Williams County, Ohio; Catherine and Samuel, deceased, and John. All were born in Stark County. In 1844 the family moved to Williams County, Ohio, where the father died in October, 1857, aged eighty-eight years, and the mother Oct. 3, 1874, aged eighty-seven years. John Anspaugh was married April 27, 1847, to Sarah Ann Cain, a native of Harrison County, Ohio, born Oct. 11, 1830, daughter of Samuel and Hester Cain, natives of Pennsylvania, who after several changes settled in Williams County, Ohio, in 1838. They had a family of twelve children Mrs. Sarah Ann Anspaugh, Mrs. Julia Ann Coon, Mrs. Rachel Anspaugh, Mrs. Delilah Owens, John (a member of the Fourteenth Ohio Infantry, killed at Chattanooga), Mrs. Margaret Dick, Mrs. Catherine Myers, Mrs. Lucinda Mathews, Mrs. Ellen Knapp, Samuel, Elizabeth, and Henry (deceased). The mother died in June, 1852, and in 1854 the father married Rachel Meeks, of Williams County. Twelve children were born to them Caroline, deceased, wife of H. Sowles; Isaac, of Williams Count; Mrs. Minerva Omela, of Tennessee; David R., of Steuben County; Mrs. Amanda Morse; Almina, Charles, Clara and Benjamin, at home; Thomas B., George and an infant deceased. Mr. Anspaugh commenced married life in Florence Township, Williams Co., Ohio, remaining there several years. He was in early life vary fond of hunting and enjoys nothing better now than to relate to delighted hearers details of his experiences and adventures. He settled on section 5, Richland Township, March 8, 1870, where he owns eighty acres of valuable land. He is one of the representative citizens of Steuben County; in politics is a Republican. He and his wife are members of the United Brethren church. They have had seven children, all born in Williams County, Ohio Jacob A. J.; Samuel; Benjamin, died in the seventh year of his age; Hester, wife of Charles D. Bowles; John L., an energetic, industrious young man, who lives with his parents; Mrs. Amanda Flegal and Henry Grant.


Submitted by: David D. Masterson