From the 1885 History of Steuben County, Indiana

page 761



Leroy Tubbs, deceased, was born in Huron County, Ohio, July 14, 1824, a son of Alfred and Christina Tubbs, natives of New York.  When a child he went with his parents to Richland County, Ohio, and in 1855 accompanied them to Steuben County, Ind.  He was married in Richland County to Rhoda J. Hills, a native of that county, born Feb. 18, 1827, daughter of John and Betsy Hills, natives of New York.  Mr. Tubbs bought his land of his father, and immediately set to work to improve it.  His first house was a board shanty, but the same season he built a log house into which he moved his family the following autumn.  In 1869 he built a two-story frame residence, which is one of the best in the township.  He cleared sixty-five of his eighty acres and  made his farm one of the most valuable in the township.  He died Aug. 26, 1884.  He was an ambitious, hard-working man, and the labor of clearing and improving a heavily timbered farm was doubtless the cause of the disease which culminated in his death.  He left a wife and five children -- Ida, of Salem Township; Elizabeth, wife of H. H. Ritter; Sarah, wife of John Stumpf; Emma, wife of Joseph Wolf, and Franklin.  One son, John A., died at the age of sixteen months.  Franklin lives at the old homestead and has charge of the farm.  He was born in Salem Township in 1859.  He married Barbara Ritter and has one child -- Mabel.



Submitted by Kim Davoli