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s/o Thomas & Martha (TIMMONS) SABER
Martha was the d/o Mrs. CATHERINE
(DUNNUCK) TIMMONS (1812-1894)

Sources: Progressive Men and Women of Kosciusko County, Indiana, by B. F. Bowen, Publisher, Logansport, Indiana, 1902 Biography of Edson B. SABER
1850 & 1860 Wayne twp., Kosciusko Co. IN Census // Marriage of daughter Martha // Biographical of Thomas Sarber // 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920 & 1930 census for Seward tpw Kosciusko Co., IN.


Edson B. Sarber, the son of Thomas B. and Martha A. (Timmons) Sarber, was born in Allen county, Indiana, March 11, 1864. The Sarber family are of German descent, two boys, Andrew and John, having emigrated from Germany to America about the year 1775. The cause of American independence enlisted the sympathy of these young men and both became soldiers in the Revolutionary war. After the war closed they, settled in Pennsylvania and Edson B. and his paternal ancestry are descendants of Andrew. Andrew was married in Pennsylvania and to him were born five children, Adam, Christian, John, Hannah and Susan.

Adam Sarber was the great-grandfather of the subject of this sketch. He was reared to manhood on a farm in Lucerne county, Pennsylvania, where he was married to Catherine Enslen in 1803. They remained in their native state for a few years, but as Ohio offered advantages not found in Pennsylvania to those who desired to "lay up" something for their children, they gathered together their personal effects and with a yoke of oxen and in true pioneer style moved to Franklin county, Ohio. This was in 1812 and they had no sooner arrived in their new home than the father enlisted as a soldier in our second war for independence, or the war of 1812. To Adam and Catherine Sarber nine children were born, namely : Sarah, Abraham, George, Christian, Elizabeth, John, Hiram, Lucinda and William. With one exception, Lucinda, who died while young, the children all grew to manhood and womanhood. Al1 became prosperous men and women, each accumulating a creditable fortune. Two of the children, Abraham and William, were teachers. William also practiced medicine and was ranked with the most successful of that profession in his day.

Abraham Sarber, the grandfather of Edson B., was married to Louisa Hendren in Franklin county, Ohio, in 1828, and subsequently moved to Kosciusko county, Indiana, settling in Palestine in 1840. Kosciusko county was then in its infancy, hence Abraham Sarber is ranked with the early pioneers of the same. He engaged in the milling business, in Palestine, but soon sold his interest in this business and moved onto a farm in Harrison township. He taught successfully several terms of school during the winter. By skillful and economical management on the part of both himself and wife they made for themselves a comfortable home, besides aiding in a substantial manner each of their children. Eight children, William H., Adam H., Melissa, Amanda R., Mary L., Thomas B., Dorothy P. and John F., were born to this union. All received a fair education for the advantages offered, six of the eight having taught school at some period of their life.

Thomas B., the father of the subject of this sketch, was born in Palestine, Kosciusko county, Indiana, on October 4, 1842, and with the exception of one year al1 his life has been spent in the county of his birth. With the exception of one year spent in the Warsaw public schools, his educational advantages were limited to the country districts. He was united in marriage, May 24, 1863, to Martha A., daughter of William A. and Catherine (Dunnuck) Timmons. The parents of Martha A. were of English descent, the ancestors of her father having settled in Delaware and those of her mother in Maryland in an early day.

The first year after marriage was spent by Thomas Sarber and wife on a rented farm. From here they moved to Allen county, Indiana, where they remained one year, when they sold and moved back to Kosciusko county, settling on the farm now owned by Rudolph Huffer north of Palestine. Here they remained one year, when they removed to the farm, then a densely timbered tract of land, on which they still reside. With their own hands this primeval forest was transformed into a well cultivated farm. While they are not wealthy, if by wealthy we mean rich in the goods of this world, yet they have all they need and just enough to look after to make life a pleasure instead of a task. Three children, Edson B., Louisa. C. (who died in infancy) and Andrew E. (whose biography appears elsewhere in this book), were born to this union.

The following review of the life of the immediate subject, Edson B. Sarber, is, because of its autobiographical nature, of especial interest:

"I was two years old when my parents moved on the farm where they still reside. The house on the farm at that time and the one which we occupied for two and a half years was an old-fashioned double-log cabin, with a stick chimney at one end. We occupied one end of the building only and the roof on that portion was so full of holes that we were kept quite busy when it rained changing our own positions and the positions of the beds to avoid being 'drowned out.' The old shell was also infested with rats, and we generally went to sleep with the dreadful thought that an ear or a portion of our nose would go to satisfy the appetite of one of these pesky creatures.

"I commenced going to school at the age of four years and attended all the schools in walking distance of our home until I was fourteen. By this I mean that when there was no school in my home district I was sent to another that was near enough for me to reach afoot. Between school terms I helped my father on the farm. My work consisted principally of picking chunks and cutting the undergrowth in the strip of timber which he expected to clear away the following winter.

"The next two years of my school life were spent in a graded school at Sevastopol, Indiana. I began teaching at the age of sixteen and taught every year after that for twenty-one years. But another little incident of my school days at Sevastopol must not be overlooked, else this sketch would be incomplete. It was here that I became acquainted with Miss Ollie Rickel, daughter of George M. and Mary (Dunlap) Rickel, and well, but this must not turn into a childish love story. Suffice it to say that on Sunday evening of September 16, 1883, before a few invited guests at the home of Ollie's parents, we were united in marriage. If I can prove myself worthy of this noble woman, I will have realized the fondest hope of my life, and I must say further that the little success which I may have achieved is due to the guidance of a kind father and mother and to the kind counsel of a true and devoted wife.

"The most of the time since we were married has been spent on the farm, having moved to the one (a part of the old homestead) on which we reside at present in 1888. The summers of 1890 and 1891 were spent in the Northern Indiana Normal School at Valparaiso, Indiana, from the business department of which I graduated in 1891. The summers of 1899 and 1900 were also spent in this institution doing work in the scientific course.

"Thirteen of the twenty-one years of my teaching were spent in the country district schools and the remaining eight as principal of the Burket public schools. The first day I taught at Burket I enrolled seven pupils and the primary teacher enrolled thirty-five, but before the year closed we had succeeded in building up quite a respectable attendance, and before the opening of our third year's work it became necessary to build an additional room and we confidently feel that the time is not far distant when a fourth room will be added and that Seward township will have a high school second to none, outside of the city of Warsaw, in Kosciusko county.

"I was elected assessor of Seward township by a majority of nine in 1894 and served for five years. In 1900 I was elected to the office of trustee by a majority of thirty-eight. I had to resign my position as principal of the Burket schools, to which I must say I very reluctantly did, to assume the duties to which I had been elected. I feel keenly the responsibility placed upon me and my earnest desire is to so administer the duties of this office as to give no one cause to regret the trust he has reposed in me."

Progressive Men and Women of Kosciusko County, Indiana
B. F. Bowen, Publisher
Logansport, Indiana

1. John (1773) and Sarah (HUGHES) DUNNUCK
  2. Catherine DUNNUCK b. Baltimore County, MD 1812 d. 1894 Kosciusko, Co., IN
+ William A. TIMMONS m. 30 Sept. 1841 in Pickaway Co. OH - native of Delaware.
b. Baltimore County MD b.15 Mar. 1803-- d. 29 Nov. 1885 Kosciusko Co., IN
they lived for a time in Fayette Co. OH
(1850 census give their ages as 40 for Catherine & 50 for William -not correct- census taker may have estimated) 1860 Wayne Twp. page 358 census, taken August 28, has their ages as 48 for Catharine & 58 for William.
    3. Martha Ann TIMMONS b. Feb. 1843 Ohio- d. Jan 16, 1918 Seward Twp, Kosciusko Co. IN. (buried in Old Palestine Cemetery, Secion 3) 75 years, 2 months, 24 days) (obituary index has d. June 16, 1918)

+ Thomas Benton SARBER Kosciusko Co. IN. m May 24, 1863 (farmer)
(b. 4 Oct.1842 b. Kosciusko Co. IN.-d. 17 Sept 1922) 79 years, 11 months, 13 days
parents from Franklin Co. OH - later Putnam Co. OH.s/o Abraham & Louisa (Hendren) SABER. to Kosciusko Co. IN in 1840
1910 Census has 3 children, 2 living.
Seems to have gone by Thomas B. early in life and Benton T. later.
Democratic candidate in 1884 for county sheriff - defeated. Built 1st store in Burkett, IN
 Check Obit.- I have not gotten it. /// compare obit & tombstone dates     Edson B. SARBER b.11 March 1864. - 1934, buried in the Palestine Cemetery, Kosciusko Co., IN. Allen Co. IN (teacher) living 1887
1910 Superintendant of county schools. (Age 36 in 1900, 46 in 1910)

+ Miss Olive R. "Ollie" RICKEL, September 16, 1883 at the home of her parents George W. and Mary (Dunlap) Rickel of Franklin Twp. (Kosciusko Co., IN) (see footnote bottom of page) Tombstone has 1865-1955 - Palestine Cemetery, Section 3, row 6 (1900 census has b. Sept 1866, age 33)

"Edison B.", Obit publ 21 Aug 1946- Northern Indiana Co-Op News (1931-1946)
1900 census for Seward twp., Kosciusko Co. IN has Edson and Ollie wed 16 years, no children.
      Louisa C. SARBER b. Harrison Twp died bef. 1887. Also not listed in the 1970 census. d. in infancy
      Andrew E. SARBER ( b. ca 1869 Steward Twp. (Kosciusko Co., IN) living 1887 ( from cemetery records, section 6, row 2 of the Palestine Cemetery in Harrison twp, b. Dec. 19, 1868, died Oct. 11, 1958.

+ Etta E. ANGLIN 16 Oct. 1883 (Kosciusko County marrige book I, page 48.)
d. 15 November 1908 Kosciusko Co., IN
1910 census, Andrew is a widower, age 41, wed 20 years, two children, both living.. Steward twp., Census dist. 79, Kosciusko Co., IN.
1930 census has Andrew wed age 19
        Earl F. SARBER b. 21 Oct 1889 in IN. Farmer
d. Feb. 1968 Claypool, Kosciusko Co., IN
Edna b. ca 1898 + about 1918
d. January 1981
(in 1920 his grandfather Benton was living with them)
Lived Seward twp., Kosciusko Co. IN
          Ettamae b. ca 1918 - IN
          William A. b. ca 1920 - IN
          Ileen E. b. ca 1823 - IN
        Beaulah M. SARBER, (d/o AE and Etta) 1899- March 1932 bur Section 3, row 2 Palestine Cemetery, Harrison twp, Kosciusko County, IN. obit 25 March 1832