George H. Walberry Source: History of Steuben County, IN (1885) p. 847-848 George H. Walberry was born in Fremont, Sandusky Co., Ohio, Oct. 26, 1845, a son of Christian and Sophia (Miller) Walberry, his father a native of Germany and came to America in 1840 and married the same year, and his mother of Columbiana County, Ohio. In July, 1846, his father died alone while returning home from the field of a friend where he had been working and his body was not found till three days later. He left two children -- Rhoda Ann and George H. May 4, 1854, his mother married William Burket, by whom she had five children -- Ellen Jane, George W., Caroline, Angeline and Charlotte. Mr. Burket died Aug. 7, 1864, and his wife survived him till Jan 9, 1883, dying at Elkhart, Ind., where she was visiting. George H. Walberry lived with his mother till sixteen years of age and then began to work by the month in a saw-mill. Dec. 9, 1863, in obedience to a call from the Government, he enlisted in the Ninth Company, First Battalion, Ohio Sharpshooters. The company was raised by Captain W. L. Stearns, for special service, and by him bartered for a major's commission and was assigned to the Sixtieth Ohio Infantry as Company G. Upon their united remonstrance to the war department they were armed with Spencer rifles and served as flankers and sharpshooters for the Second Brigade, Third Division, Ninth Corps of the Army of the Potomac. Mr. Walberry received his baptism of fire at the Wilderness, then followed Spottsylvania and Cold Harbor, where he was under fire seven days. He was in the works before Petersburg and on one occasion when volunteers were called for to recover the rifle pits captured by the enemy, he was one of twenty to respond and was one of ten left after the successful charge. Participating in all the engagements of his regiment he did all his duty, never shirking because of danger, and was discharged July 28, 1865. His regiment was the second to enter Petersburg and the second to unfurl its banner on the dome of the court-house. He was in the line at the grand review of the army at Washington. After his return to Ohio he worked at milling till 1875, when, Dec. 5, he came to Steuben County, Ind., and bought the farm where he now lives, on sections 1 and 11, Otsego Township, known as the old Maybry farm, his residence being on section 11. Since his return to civil life he has made a record as honorable as in war and has won many friends. For the first he has taken an interest in the public affairs of the township, and in 1880 was elected Township Trustee on the independent ticket. Dec. 22, 1867, he was married to Sarah Rinehart, a native of Sandusky County, Ohio, born Sept. 5, 1847, a daughter of Christian and Barbara (Ramer) Rinehart. Four children have been born to them, three of whom are living -- Llewellyn, Perry, and an infant, born Dec. 30, 1884. Cora died at the age of ten months.