From the 1885 History of Steuben County, Indiana

pages 840-841


George Rummel was born in Salem Township, Columbiana Co., Ohio, June 7, 1827, and was seventeen years of age when his parents, Henry and Elizabeth Rummel, settled in Richland Township, Steuben County.  He remained with his parents till of age,assisting his father on the farm. He was married Oct. 14, 1855, to Cynthia Burch, a native of Otsego Township, born Feb. 7, 1839, the third of eight children of Chester and Polly (Davis) Burch, who settled on section 10 in 1836.  For eighteen months after his marriage Mr. Rummel lived on his farm on section 34, Otsego Township, and then lived a year on his father-in-law's farm.  He then moved to the farm on section 3, where he has since lived and where he owns 141 acres of valuable land.  He also owns forty acres of the homestead of Chester Burch.  Of the eight children born to Mr. and Mrs. Rummel, seven are living -- Stella, wife of Charles Segur; Alma, wife of George Middaugh; George W., of Kansas; Mary, Cyrus M., William and Shirley, at home.  The second child, Nathan, died in infancy.  July 29, 1862, Mr. Rummel enlisted in Company H, Seventy-fourth Indiana Infantry.  His first engagement was at Perryville; subsequently was in several minor engagements, and at the hotly contested battle of Chickamauga; was under continued fire sixty-four days in the Atlanta campaign; at the battle of Peach Tree Creek and later at Jonesboro.  At the latter battle he won historical fame and a Sergeant's commission by his gallantry, being the first man to cross the enemy's breastworks.  He was with Sherman to the sea and through the Atlantic States to Washington, participating in the grand review of the army.  He was honorably discharged June 9, 1865.  His record since the war as a citizen and neighbor has been marked with the same integrity that won for him respect as a soldier.



Submitted by Kim Davoli