DAVID RUPP, an intelligent and respected citizen of Kittanning township, is one of the few Union soldiers of
the late war who witnessed Robert Lee tender his sword at Appomattox Court house to Ulysses S. Grant. He is a son
of Francis and Elizabeth (Olinger) Rupp, and was born in Kittanning township, Armstrong county, Pennsylvania, January
30, 1828. His paterna.l grandfather, Francis Rupp, Sr., was a native of Germany, and came, before 1800 to this
township where he purchased and cleared out a large farm when Indians were still in the country. His maternal grandfather,
Adam Olinger, was a native of eastern Pennsylvania and, like Francis Rupp, became an early settler and large land
holder of Kittanning township, in which he died. Francis Rupp (father) was born in 1799 and died in 1847. He was
a prosperous farmer, an old line whig and an elder of the Presbyterian church. He had an older brother, Adam Rupp,
who served in the war of 1812. Francis Rupp married Elizabeth Oliriger, who was born in eastern Pennsylvania, united,
at an early age, with the Lutheran church and died in 1853, aged fiftynine years.
David Rupp was reared on a farm and obtained his education in the schools of his neighborhood. Trained to farm
work and farm management, he engaged in farming when he came to do for himself. On September 16, 1864. he enlisted
in Co. H, 199th regiment, Pa. Vols., and served until June 28, 1865, when he was honorably discharged. Although
serving but eight months, yet he saw as much bard fighting as some of the men who served for three years. He was
in the engagements March 29, 1865, in front of Petersburg and at Rice's station and Appomattox Court house. At
the close of the war he returned to Kittanning township, where he has been engaged in farming ever since. He owns
a good farm of sixty acres of land, which is well improved and lies in a productive part of the township.
In 1852 Mr. Rupp united in marriage with Sarah Moorhead, daughter of John Moorhead, Sr., of Manor township. Mr.
and Mrs. Rupp have had eleven children, seven sons and four daughters: Sarah E., John F., Samuel W., Margaret F.,
David M., Mary A., Hannah A., Arthur L., Norman H., Charles H., and James W., who died May 6, 1889, aged twenty
David Rupp is a member of the Evangelical Lutheran church and a pronounced republican in politics. He has filled
acceptably the offices of supervisor of roads and school director. Honest, reliable and industrious, Mr. Rupp commands
the respect of his neighbors and is well situated to enjoy the comforts of life.
Biographical and Historical Cyclopedia
of Indiana and Armstrong Counties, Pennsylvania
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Armstrong County Pennsylvania Biographies
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