Justin Darling
Source: 1880 Atlas p. 40

    Justin Darling ---(Deceased)
    The battle of life, in whatever respect considered, is a hard one to fight, and praise is due the man who in youth wisely looks ahead and provides for the future; who, while vigorous and strong, labors diligently to acquire a competence, remembering that the years will speed silently away, leaving gray hairs and tottering frame.  We admire the man who, realizing this fact, embraces and improves opportunities; for truly “there is a tide in the affairs of men which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune.”  The subject of this sketch is an eminent illustration of that class of men who have had the good fortune to launch their bark upon this tide, to be ultimately borne through storms and sunshine to the haven of comfort and plenty.  His father, Ebenezer Darling, a native of Rhode Island, moved with his parents from the State of Massachusetts, where he married Irene Burchard, to whom was born the following children-- Justin, Irene E., Lucinda M., Olive M., Mary E., Daniel, Aurelia A., Louisa J., and John A.
    Justin Darling was born in Williamstown, Mass., January 24, 1813, and when a boy his parents moved to Madison County, N. Y., and in a short time removed to Erie County of the same State, where he grew to manhood on his father’s farm, receiving his education in the common district school.  The family removed soon after to Cattaraugus County, N. Y., where the parents resided until death.  The subject of this sketch was married in the town of Otto, Cattaraugus Co., N.Y. October 8, 1837, to Miss Rhoda Jackson, daughter of John L. and Hesadiah (McMillan) Jackson, he a native of New York and she of Vermont.  Mrs. Darling was born in Livonia, Livingston Co., N.Y., October 6, 1818, and was the third in a family of nine children, viz., Theophilus, Mary A., Rhoda, Alta M., John, George C., Andrew, Lucy J. and Ellen.  Her parents moved to Cattaraugus County, N.Y., about 1830, and, in January 1842, came to Scott Township, Steuben Co., Ind., where they remained until called from the scenes of their earthly labors.  Mrs. darling had one child given to her---Lucinda E., born November 2, 1838, who four years cheered the mother’s heart, but she was not destined by an all-wise Creator to remain on earth, and, January 2, 1843, He claimed her as His own, “For of such is the kingdom of heaven.”  After marriage, Justin Darling and wife remained in Cattaraugus County, N.Y., about two years, and in September 1839, came to Steuben County, Ind., and settled in Steuben Township, close to the Otsego line, where they began their pioneer life in the West.  The farm had been settled previous to their coming and had a small clearing and a log cabin with clapboard roof and split puncheon floor.  Here they remained eight years, contending with every privation incident to the settlement of a new country at which time he sold the farm and resided in Angola three months, then bought a farm on the banks of Pleasant Lake, remaining there until 1850; sold it and went back to New York, where he and wife spent the summer of that year, returning in the fall to Steuben County.  In the spring of 1851, he purchased a farm in Section 11, Steuben township, which he sold a short time, and bought the property now known as “Darling’s Addition” in Angola, where he lived nine years, then bought the present home of William Croxton.  To this he added a large farm on which much of the present west portion of Angola is built.  He followed farming and dealing in real estate as his principal occupation, but was engaged a short time in merchandising.   In 1865, he sold his home and went on a trip to Wisconsin, and the following spring moved to that State and settled at Appleton, Outagamie County, where he continued to real-estate business until his death, October 7, 1868.  Justin Darling taught the first school in his district in Steuben Township.  On the breaking-out of the war, he took an active part in raising soldiers for the Union cause, and was with the Forty-fourth Indiana Volunteer Infantry until after the battle of Fort Donelson.  Mr. Darling united with the Baptist denomination in the summer of 1843, in Otsego Township, but Mrs. Darling had been a member from early Youth, having joined the church in the town of Springville, Erie Co., N.Y. in the fall of 1836 to which denomination she still firmly adheres.  She is a women of rare judgment and good sense, courteous and gentle in her manners, and was ever a kind, loving helpmate; watching zealously over the interests of her household, and cheering her husband by work and deed to the accomplishment of every task.  Justin Darling was a man of few words, quietly performing his duties and caring for neither praise nor censure.  He was a member of the Appleton Baptist Church at the time of his death and remained steadfast to the end in the cause of Christ, with a strong and abiding faith in a happy immortality.  His remains were brought to Angola for interment, and his wife returned permanently to that town in the spring of 1869, where she now resides.  Although he came to Steuben County a poor man, he left to his widow a handsome fortune, the legitimate result of his own industry and frugality.  Politically a Republican, anti-slavery in his views, and a rigid advocate of temperance, he yet did not let those principles interfere with his duties town and his family, his neighbor and his God.  In every relation of life he was strictly conscientious and honest, and in his death the nation lost a patriot, the church an exemplary Christian, and the wife a kind and loving protector.