Biography of Absalom Lukenbill, b. 1812
Contributed by Diana Flynn

ABSALOM LUKENBILL, a native Hoosier, was born in Washington County in 1812, and when five years old removed with his parents to Owen County, Ind., where he was raised, and subsequently married to a Miss Thomas, who was born in Pulaski Co., Ky., in 1824, a daughter of Elias Thomas, who came to Indiana in about 1826. This lady died January 13, 1883, leaving to survive her one daughter, Jeretta, now Mrs. Jospeh Vail, who resides with her father at present, together with her two children--Bessie J. and Otis. David Lukenbill, father of Absalom, was the second son of Henry and Mary Lukenbill, who were natives of North Carolina, and German descent. He came to Indiana as early as 1806, but returned to his native State, and was there married in about 1810, and then returned to the home he had selected in Washington County, Ind. From this place, he moved to Owen County, and from there to Iowa, where he died in 1853, leaving seven sons and one daughter by his first marriage, and two sons and three daughters by his second. When Absalom Lukenbill and his father settled in Owen County, this State, everything was in a wild and uncivilized condition. Indians and wild game of numerous kinds were in abundance, while their nearest white neighbors were miles distant. Here, the subject of this sketch was reared to manhood, working at farming. By working around, he had earned $400 to begin married life with, and since that time he has increased that amount materially. In 1866, he came to Greene, where he has since resided. He is a member of the Christian Church and an influential citizen.

HISTORY OF GREENE AND SULLIVAN COUNTIES, STATE OF INDIANA, FROM THE EARLIEST TIME TO THE PRESENT; TOGETHER WITH INTERESTING BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES, REMINISCENCES, NOTES, ETC., CHICAGO: GOODSPEED BROS. & CO., PUBLISHERS. 1884.

GREENE CO., IN., FAIRPLAY TWP. PAGE 403

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