From the 1920 History of Northeast
Indiana page 136:
George H. Walberry. A special
place of esteem has always been reserved for George H. Walberry in
Otsego Township of Steuben County, where he has spent forty-five years
of his life. Mr. Walberry made an interesting record as a soldier
of the Union during the Civil war. He served with an Ohio
regiment, and after coming to Indiana busied himself for many years in
clearing and developing a good farm in Otsego Township and is still
living there though now retired.
He was born at Fremont in Sandusky
County, Ohio, October 26, 1845, a son of Christian and Sophia (Miller)
Walberry. His father was born in Germany, came to the United
States at the age of twenty-two, and was married the same year.
His wife was a native of Pennsylvania. Christian Walberry had a
tragic end. He had been away from home working for a neighbor,
and on his return alone he was taken ill and died, and his body was not
found for three days. His death occurred in July, 1846.
George H. Walberry was then an infant, and the other child was Rhoda
Ann. In 1854 the widowed mother married William Burkett, who died
in 1864, the father of five children, Ellen Jane, George W., Caroline,
Angeline, and Charlotte. The first two are now deceased.
The mother spent her last years at Elkhart, Indiana, where she died
January 9, 1883.
The family circumstances being as they
were George H. Walberry early had to face serious responsibilities upon
his own account. He acquired some education in Sandusky County,
and at the age of fifteen began working in sawmills and on farms.
On December 9, 1863, at the age of eighteen, he enlisted in the Ninth
Company of the First Battalion of Ohio Sharpshooters. This
company was afterwards assigned to the Sixtieth Ohio Infantry, but
after a protest to the Government it served its original purpose as
sharpshooters for the Second Brigade, Third Division, Ninth Corps, of
the Army of the Potomac. Mr. Walberry was in his first battle at
the Wilderness and later at Spottsylvania and Cold Harbor was under
fire for seven days. He was in the siege of Petersburg, and was
one of a party of twenty volunteers who respnded to a call to "go over
the top" and capture a portion of the enemy's works. After the
successful charge only ten were left uninjured. Mr. Walberry
participated in thirteen battles, serving under Grant most of the time,
was at the surrender of Appomattox, and was a special guard on a number
of occasions. He stood guard at the Carroll prison in
Washington when Mrs. Suratt, the famous spy and an accomplice in the
murder of Lincoln, was hanged.
Mr. Walberry received his honorable
discharge July 28, 1865, and then returned home to his mother and
worked at farming for a few years. On December 5, 1875, he came
to Steuben County, where the previous year he had bought ninety-five
acres in Otsego Township. He at once busied himself with its
clearing and improvement, put up good buildings, ditched the low
ground, and successfully followed farming and stock raising there until
the death of his wife in 1900. He then went to Oklahoma Territory
and proved up a quarter section of land in that part of the
Southwest. He held his Oklahoma land until February, 1919,
when he sold out at a good profit.
Mr. Walberry is a democrat in
politics. He was elected trustee of Otsego Township on an
independent ticket in 1880. He is a member of the Grange and has
been interested in all matters pertaining to the welfare of his
December 22, 1867, at Woodville,
Ohio, he married Miss Sarah Rhinehart, of Ottawa County in that
state. She died in 1900, the mother of four children.
Llewellyn, Perry O., Anna Bell and Roscoe Conklin.