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Fulton County

Cemeteries and Memorial Sites of Politicians in Fulton County

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  • Rochester Odd Fellows Cemetery

    Odd Fellows Cemetery
    Rochester, Fulton County, Indiana
    Politicians buried here:
      Henry A. Barnhart (1858-1934) — of Rochester, Fulton County, Ind. Born near Twelve Mile, Cass County, Ind., September 11, 1858. Democrat. School teacher; Fulton County Surveyor, 1885-87; newspaper editor and publisher; president, Rochester Telephone Co. from 1896; president, National Telephone Association, 1901-03; U.S. Representative from Indiana 13th District, 1908-19. Died in Rochester, Fulton County, Ind., March 26, 1934 (age 75 years, 196 days). Interment at Odd Fellows Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of Jacob Barnhart and Mary (Fisher) Barnhart; married 1881 to Loretta Leffel; father of Hugh A. Barnhart (1892-1986).
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
      Michael Luther Essick (1834-1913) — also known as M. L. Essick; "Old Man Eloquent" — of Manhattan, Riley County, Kan.; Rochester, Fulton County, Ind. Born in Ohio, February 20, 1834. Republican. Lawyer; member of Kansas state senate, 1861-62; served in the Union Army during the Civil War; newspaper publisher; alternate delegate to Republican National Convention from Indiana, 1880; candidate for circuit judge in Indiana 41st District, 1896. Scottish, German, and Irish ancestry. Member, Grand Army of the Republic. Died in Rochester, Fulton County, Ind., September 19, 1913 (age 79 years, 211 days). Interment at Odd Fellows Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of Samuel Essick (abolitionist; took part in the "Underground Railroad" helping escaped slaves) and Grizella (Todd) Essick; married to the sister-in-law of Washington Irving Howard (1831-1899); married 1858 to Ellen L. Rowley.
      Political family: Howard-Bibler-Merriman family of Indiana.
      George Russell Bearss (1834-1911) — also known as George R. Bearss — of Peru, Miami County, Ind.; Rochester, Fulton County, Ind. Born in Miamisport (now Peru), Miami County, Ind., 1834. Republican. Lumber business; farmer; delegate to Republican National Convention from Indiana, 1856; member of Indiana state house of representatives, 1875. Died in Rochester, Fulton County, Ind., April 5, 1911 (age about 76 years). Interment at Odd Fellows Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of Daniel Robert Bearss and Emma A. (Cole) Bearss (1816-1903); brother of Albert Cole Bearss (born1836); married 1860 to Mary Troost (died 1884); married 1885 to Jessie McBride (1864-1913); uncle of Hiram Iddings Bearss.
      Political family: Bearss family of Peru, Indiana.
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial
      Hugh A. Barnhart (1892-1986) — of Rochester, Fulton County, Ind. Born in Rochester, Fulton County, Ind., July 14, 1892. Democrat. Newspaper publisher; president, Rochester Telephone Co.; alternate delegate to Democratic National Convention from Indiana, 1932. Baptist. Member, Freemasons; Odd Fellows; Moose; Delta Tau Delta. Died in 1986 (age about 93 years). Interment at Odd Fellows Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of Henry A. Barnhart (1858-1934).

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