From the 1885 History of Steuben County, Indiana

pages 738-739


Leander Brugh is the eldest of twelve children of George Brugh, who with his family settled in Steuben County in 1847.  George Brugh was born in Pennsylvania in 1814 and when a boy moved to Columbiana County, and thence to Seneca County, where he married Catherine Clemens, also a native of Pennsylvania.  In the fall of 1847 he came to Steuben County with a brother-in-law, William Clemens, who returned to Ohio.  He was killed in the Ashtabula bridge disaster, on the Lake Shore Railroad, in December, 1877.  Mr. Brugh bought eighty acres of land on section 16, Pleasant Township.  He returned to Ohio and the following spring moved with his family to this county and located on his land.  They came with teams and were accompanied by several other families, none of whom settled in Steuben County except his younger brother, William, who settled in Angola, where he lived a number of years, then moved to Salem Township and thence ten years later to Fulton County, Ind.  Mr. Brugh erected a log house on his land and remained in Pleasant Township till 1852, when he moved to Salem Township and settled on section 2, where he remained till his death in 1856.  His wife is living in Hudson.  Leander Brugh was born in Seneca County, Ohio, in 1839, and has been a resident of Steuben County since 1848.  He has always engaged in agricultural pursuits and has lived on his present farm since 1865.  The part of Hudson that is in Salem Township is a part of his original farm.  He platted and was the proprietor of that part of the village.  He is one of the well-known, public-spirited citizens of Steuben County, and the success of Hudson is due, to a large extent, to his enterprise.  In the summer of 1878 he built his fine brick residence, which is a model of neatness and architectural beauty.  Mr. Brugh was married in 1862 to Susan Smith, a daughter of Daniel Smith.  They have had five children-- Ginevra, Ortha, Byron (deceased), Avery and Hurma, the eldest of whom is married to Sumner Bixler, a practical druggist of Angola.


Submitted by Kim Davoli