Shelby County, Indiana
John Landwerlen was born in France, October 28, 1830. He is the eldest son born to John and Mary Landwerlen, natives of France. He was reared a farmer and received a good education. He studied for the priesthood for two years but gave it up as he did not have sufficient means to pay his way. He went as a substitute in the rebellion. He spent his early life at home until he was married July 2, 1853, to Miss Mary Rudolph, who was a native of France, born February 9, 1838. He came to America in 1854. He lived in Indiana for a short time and then went to Iowa, but returned here and bought his present home, in Shelby County. He was a stone mason, and has done a great deal of this work. He is one of the scientific farmers and is a successful one. He is the father of ten children, Albert, born April 4, 1854; Lizzie, born February 18, 1856; Catharine, born November 2, 1857; John, born April 25, 1861; Joseph, born May 20, 1863; Louis, born October 10, 1864; Magdeleana, deceased, aged seventeen months; Vincent, born September 16, 1869; Benedict, born March 1, 1871, and Mary M., born July 9, 1873. Mr. Landwerlen and family are members of the Catholic Church.
History of Shelby County, Indiana, Chicago: Brant & Fuller, 1887, "Liberty Sketches," page 689
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming
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