Biographical History of Pottawattmie Co., IA - John Jackson RODENBOUGH
Biographical History of Pottawattamie County, Iowa

JOHN JACKSON RODENBOUGH, one of the well known pioneers of Pottawattamie County, Iowa, came here in 1866. A sketch of his life will be found of interest and is as follows:

His father was George S. Rodenbough, who married, in New Jersey, Miss Elizabeth Jackson, and had twelve children, six sons and six daughters. Mr. Rodenbough has always been a great admirer of Mr. Jackson, and when, June 10, 1832, the subject of this sketch was born he was given the name of that hero. He was reared in his native State, receiving a common-school education, and learned the shoemaker's trade from his father. When he was twenty-one years of age the entire family removed to Warren County, Illinois. There the parents spent the rest of their lives, the mother dying at the age of seventy years and the father at eighty four.

Mr. Rodenbough served for a time in the State militia, but was not accepted by the United States, into regimental service. He was married, September 4, 1859, to Mary Ann Axtell, a native of Warren County, Illinois, and a daughter of Thomas and Sarah (Robb) Axtell, natives of Pennsylvania. Four children were born to them, three of whom are living, viz.: Willbert E.. who resides in Washington; George, of the same State; Flora, wife of Nathin Moore, Grove Township, this county. Mrs. Rodenbough died January 29, 1873. Two years later, December 25, 1874, Mr. Rodenbough married his present wife, Miss Eunice Dilly, a native of Mercer County, Pennsylvania, and a daughter of William and Mary (Axtell) Dilly, also of Pennsylvania. She was two years of age when her parents located in Warren County, Illinois, where she was reared. Her father was a strong Abolitionist, and was a delegate to Springfield, Illinois, at the time Abraham Lincoln was nominated for President. Mr. Dilly now resides at Sterling, Kansas. By his second marriage Mr. Rodenbough has three children: Mary Elizabeth, William Herbert and Nettie May.

Mr. Rodenbough came to Pottawattamie County in 1866, as already stated at the beginning of this article, and first settled at Silver Creek. He subsequently came to Grove Township, and was employed for a time on the R. R. I. Railroad. Previous to his coming West he had helped to build one of the first railroads in the United States, in New Jersey. After the death of his wife he returned to Illinois and remained a year, when he came back to this county. He is the owner of 140 acres of good land, which is well watered.

Politically our subject is a Republican. He voted for General Fremont and all the Republican candidates for President since that time. He and his wife and two of their children are members of the Methodist Church. Mr. Rodenbough is firm in his convictions of right and wrong, plain in his speech and manner, and honest in all his business dealings.

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