From the 1885 History of Steuben County, Indiana
John Lininger was born in Stark County, Ohio, Feb. 7, 1824, the fourth of nine children of Samuel and Catherine Lininger, who moved to Hancock County, Ohio, in 1839. He was married Aug. 26, 1849, to Elizabeth Dotts, a native of Stark County, Ohio. The winter following their marriage they lived in Noble County, Ind., and the next spring moved to Steuben County, and settled on eighty acres of heavily timbered land on section 5, Otsego Township, where he built a log cabin and commenced to make a farm. Having a large supply of energy and good management, he soon bettered his conditon and his log cabin gave place to one of the finest houses in the township. He now owns 120 acres in the homestead and forty acres in Pleasant Township. His wife died March 2, 1864. Of the eight children born to them but three are living -- Sarah C., wife of Charles Rozell; Francis M. and John A. April 23, 1865, Mr. Lininger married Mrs. Amelia (Taylor) Cleveland, widow of Frederick Cleveland . Four children have been born to them -- Sylvia A., Elmer (died in infancy), Luella and Alnetta. In 1862 Mr. Lininger, filled with patriotism, enlisted in the Twenty-ninth Indiana Infantry, but his health becoming impaired he was dishcarged a few months later. He has been a member of the Republican party since its organization. He is a member of Angola Lodge, No. 180, I.O.O.F.
Submitted by Kim Davoli