Charles J. Roe
CHARLES J. ROE, a leading citizen of Hendricks Township, is a native of Clarke County, Ind., where he was born June 20, 1820, being the eldest in a family of six children, born to Jacob D. and Catharine (Johnson) Roe, who were natives of New York and Kentucky, respectively. They came to Shelby County in 1827, and settled in Hendricks Township, where they lived about three years. Being of a rambling disposition he moved to Fountain County, living there four years, then returning to Hendricks Township made it his home until 1845, when he moved to Clarke County, where they both, within four days of each other in April, 1847, died, near New Washington. Our subject remained with and assisted his parents until he attained the age of twenty-three years, receiving what was for those days a common school education. May 19, 1844, his marriage with Maria Bower was solemnized, and to their union three children were born, Eliza J., now Mrs. S. S. Lewis, John T., who married Emma Owens, William D., whose wife was Amy Miller. Mrs. Roe was a daughter of Andrew Bower. She was born February 20, 1826. December 29, 1882, Mr. Roe suffered the bereavement of losing his beloved wife. Mr. Roe has always made farming his occupation and he has been quite successful. He now owns about 400 acres of well improved land. In politics he has always been a Democrat, and served as Township Trustee.
History of Shelby County, Indiana, Chicago: Brant & Fuller, 1887, p 660, "Hendricks [Twp] Sketches".
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