From the "History of Steuben County, Indiana, 1885", pages 665-666.


Charles Bachelder, one of the early settlers of Steuben County, was born in Geauga County, Ohio, Jan 21, 1821, a son of Solomon and Anna (Perry) Bachelder, natives of New York, who went to Ohio in an early day and were there married. There was a family of three children Charles; Marancy, deceased, wife of James Rogers; Henrietta, widow of Martin Arnold. The father died Dec. 15, 1832. The mother afterward married Wyman Parker, and about 1850 they moved to Steuben County, Ind., where they died in 1864, on the same day, and were buried in the same grave. Charles Bachelder was reared in Ohio, but in 1840 came to Steuben County and settled in Mill Grove Township, subsequently moving to Jackson Township. He has accumulated a comfortable property by his own industry and economy assisted by a noble and self-sacrificing wife. He was married in 1844 to Eliza Miller, a native of Massachusetts, daughter of Heber and Rhoda (Moon) Miller, natives of Rhode Island, who settled in Steuben County in 1836. Mrs. Bachelder died Dec. 20, 1883. after a married life of nearly forty years. She was an earnest Christian, an affectionate wife and mother, a kind neighbor and a true friend. She left one son Charles A., a resident of Steuben County. Mr. Bachelder has been a resident of Steuben County nearly forty years, and has been cognizant of all the various changes that have transformed a wilderness to a state of advanced civilization, populous towns and prosperous farming community. He has held several local offices of trust and has always performed his duties in a satisfactory manner. In politics he is an independent, giving his suffrage to the man he considers the most worthy. He is a member of Angola Lodge, No. 236, F. & A. M., and Angola Chapter, No. 58, R. A. M., and Angola Council, No. 27, R. & S. M. he has held the office of High Priest in the council and has represented his chapter and council in the grand lodge of the State.


Submitted by: David D. Masterson