Biography of Henry J. Rothenberger
Northwestern Ohio Biographies


This gentleman, who successfully operates a good farm of fifty three acres in Section 24, South Richland precinct, Defiance county, is a native of Germany having been born in Wurtemberg, January 30, 1836. In 1845, when a lad of nine years, he was brought to America by his parents, Frederick J. and Hannah (Stuber) Rothenburger. They first located in Medina county, Ohio, afterward spent a short time in Henry county, and in 1851 came to Richland township, Defiance county, settling in the North precinct, where they continued to reside until 1859. In that year the parents returned to Henry county, where both died.

Our subject was the eldest of their six children - four sons and two daughters and under the parental roof he remained until his marriage, on May 22, 1858, Miss Julia A. DeLong becoming his wife. She was born in Holmes county, Ohio, August 5, 1839. Eight children were born of this union - six sons and two daughters - namely: William H.; Frederick E.; Charles H.; Mary J., wife of John P. Vetter; Albert W., who was killed in 1893, at the age of twenty four years, by a falling tree; Frank E.; Amy B., wife of William P. Yetter; Henry M.; and John J.

Mr. and Mrs. Rothenburger began housekeeping in Richland township, where they have continued to make their home throughout their married life with the exception of ten years spent in Henry county, Ohio. His farming operations were interrupted during the war of the Rebellion by his enlistment, on January 1, 1864, in Company G, Thirty eighth Ohio Volunteer Infantry, with which he served until July 15, 1865, when he was mustered out at Cleveland, Ohio. Soon after his return to Richland township, Defiance county, he purchased a farm in Henry county, to the improvement and cultivation of which he devoted his energies for ten years, selling out at the end of that time and returning to Richland township, Defiance county. He took up his residence upon his present farm in Section 24, South Richland precinct, and upon the place he has made many valuable and useful improvements. He has taken a leading and active part in local affairs, has acceptably served as a member of the school board of Richland township sixteen years, been township trustee four years, and filled other minor offices. Fraternally he belongs to Bishop Post, No. 22, G. A. R., and in religious faith he and his family are members of the Church of God, taking an active and prominent part in all Church work.

Commemorative Biographical Record of Northwestern, Ohio
Including the counties of
Defiance, Henry, Williams and Fulton
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