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Title: Jonas Warrenfelt
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The march of improvement is accelerated day by day, and each successive moment seems to demand of men a broader intelligence and a greater discernment than did the preceding, showing that successful men must be live men in this age, bristling with activity. The purpose of biography is to preserve the records of such men for the edification of succeeding generations; thus the lessons of biography may be far-reaching to an extent not superficially evident. The subject of this sketch, who is now numbered among the older farmers of the county in point of age, has achieved a creditable record here and because of what he has accomplished and his personal character he is entitled to mention in this work.

Jonas Warrenfelt, who owns about one hundred and sixty acres of fine land on the Watkins road, about two miles northwest of Williamsport, was born on December 4, 1837, in Frederick county, Maryland. He is the son of Jacob and Mary (Rice) Warrenfelt, the former of whom was a large land owner in Maryland, owning over two hundred acres in Frederick county, and never left that state. He was the father of fifteen children. The subject had but one brother who grew to maturity, Samuel, who at one time lived in Warren county, Indiana, and who had two sons. The other brothers died in their teens. Two sisters are living in Frederick county, Maryland. The brother Samuel referred to first came to Warren county, Indiana, in the spring of 1871, having purchased the old county farm, northwest of Williamsport. He lived there a number of years, then sold it and purchased a farm in Grant county, Indiana, where he lived for some years. Then, selling that place, he bought a farm in Miami county, Indiana, living there until his wife died, when he rented the farm and came to Warren county, making his home for a time with his brother Jonas. Later he married Mrs. Mary E. Hoff and bought land adjoining her farm, where his death occurred several years ago. One of his sons, William J., is married and living at Montpelier, Indiana; the other son, Lewis C., lives near Metamora, Ohio.

The subject of this sketch was reared in his native state and received his education in the schools of that locality. In 1872 he came to Indiana and bought eighty acres of land, to which he later added until he is now the owner of one hundred and sixty acres. To this he has always given his close attention, allowing nothing to divert him from it, and he has always lived in comfort there, enjoying an independence which can be secured in no other line of effort.

On March 17, 1859, Mr. Warrenfelt was married to Mary E. Moser, in Frederick county, Maryland, she being the daughter of Elias and Susan (Weller) Moser. There were five children in the Moser family, as follows: Mary E., Mrs. Warrenfelt; Ezra V., Isaiah O., Josiah and George W. Josiah was a soldier in the Civil war, being wounded in a skirmish in Virginia in 1865 and dying in Lincoln Hospital, Washington, D. C., soon afterwards. To Mr. and Mrs. Warrenfelt was born one child who died in infancy unnamed. They reared a girl, Flora Yount, who became the wife of Victor Cronk, and they became the parents of two children, Hazel and Edward.

Religiously, Mr. Warrenfelt is a faithful and consistent member of the United Brethren church, giving liberally to its support and taking an interest in all of its activities. He is a man of splendid personal qualities of character and because of his upright life he is eminently deserving of the high regard in which he is held throughout the community.

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Date: 1/1/1913
Origin: Past and Present of Fountain and Warren Counties Indiana
Author: Thomas A. Clifton, Editor
Record ID: 00001120
Type: Book
Source Archive: Williamsport-Washington Township Public Library
Date Entered: 8/10/2001
Collection: Williamsport-Washington Township Public Library
Entered By: Leslie J. Rice

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