David Chandler Roach (b. May 25, 1858, d. March 07, 1939)
David Chandler Roach (son of Henry Roach and Rachel Messenger)56 was born May 25, 1858 in American Bottoms, Center Twp. Greene County, IN56, and died March 07, 1939 in Mineral Greene Co IN56.He married Mary Frances Cullison on November 02, 1889 in Greene Co IN56, daughter of Jacob A. Cullison and Mary Fearnot. Notes for David Chandler Roach: [Veatch.FTW] The following story is not historically accurate.The state government moved to Indianapolis in Oct 1824, over 22 years before David C Messenger and Sarah Waller Messenger moved to Indiana and there is no indication she came with her parents, but with her husband.The Roach family however came to Greene County earlier in 1829.Dean Mills David Chandler Roach There were only three houses in Indianapolis and Indians and wild animals infested the dense forests where the present city stands when Sarah (Waller) Messenger, the grandmother of the subject of this sketch, came to Indiana with her parents from Pennsylvania, and others of his ancestors located in the state while it was yet inhabited principally by the red men and denizens of the uncut forests. Our subject's maternal grandfather, David C. Messenger, a native of Maryland, went to Pennsylvania when a young man and there married Sarah Waller. They first went to Coshocton county, Ohio, and to Greene county, Indiana, in 1829, where he took up unimproved land and worked at farming, also following his trade as carpenter and cooper. Both he and his wife lived there until their death. He was a Republican. They were members of the separate Baptist church. They had nine children, namely: Henry, David, Eli, John, Elisha, Hannah, Rachael, Mary and Mariah. The subject's paternal grandfather was Joshua Roach, a native of North Carolina, who married Margaret Goad, a native of Tennessee. In 1829 they came to Greene county, Indiana, and settled in Richland township, where they bought wild land, cleared it and made such a pleasant home that they spent the remainder of their lives there. He was a Democrat, and both he and his wife were members of the Baptist church. They had three sons and five daughters. The subject's father was Henry Roach. He was born in Tennessee, August 10, 1828. Although he received a very limited education in the pioneer schools of those days, he studied at home and was able to teach school. He had an excellent war record, having enlisted in the United States army when he was seventeen years old for the purpose of taking part in the Mexican war. He served during part of the campaign in Mexico, but was taken sick and came home. He had a Mexican land grant and in 1852 secured one hundred and sixty acres of land in Jasper county, Illinois. In 1857 he came back to his old home in Indiana, where he worked on a farm until August, 1861, when he enlisted in Company C, Forty-third Regiment Indiana Volunteer Infantry, was commissioned first lieutenant, and was in several hard battles. He was badly hurt by a fall and was discharged for disability in 1865. After the war he lived in Taylor township, Greene county, Indiana, where he farmed until his death, February 1, 1897. He was a Democrat and later a Republican. Both he and his wife were members of the Church of God. They were highly esteemed in their neighborhood. She died July 4, 1899. To them were born the following children: David C., the subject of this sketch; Joshua died in boyhood; Margaret J., who married Thomas Acton, of Jasonville, Indiana; John Lincoln, a farmer in Jackson township, Greene county, Indiana, who married America Boaz; Samuel S., who was one of the best school teachers in Greene county, died in 1906; Mary Frances married William Ruth, a farmer of Taylor township, Greene county; Alma married Edgar Clark and died in Taylor township; Henry Hayes attended the State University and is a teacher. David Chandler Roach was born in Center township, Greene county, Indiana, May 29, 1858. He was educated in the common and normal schools and was a teacher for several years in his native county. He was admitted to the Greene county bar in 1884 and has since practiced law there and in Illinois. He has one hundred and sixteen acres of land in Taylor township, Greene county, and seventeen acres where he now lives in Richland township. He has been justice of the peace eighteen years and a notary public for six years. He has always been active in Democratic politics. He is a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and Modern Woodmen of America. Of the latter he is deputy head council in the Bloomfield lodge. He was ordained a minister in the Christian church in 1884. He has worked on public works a great deal and he is well known throughout his native county. Mr. Roach has been twice married. His first wife was Isadore Acton, of Johnson county, Indiana, daughter of Dr. William G. Acton, of Worthington. She died in 1888. A few years later he married Frances Cullison, the daughter of Jacob and Mary Cullison, of Center township, Greene county. Her father was a native of Ohio and died in 1881. Her mother is living in Taylor township. The subject had one son by his first wife, Daniel C., now in the State University at Bloomington. He is preparing for a lawyer's career and has won recognition as an orator. Mr. Roach had eight children by his second wife, namely: Vernie, Samuel, Ivan, Lexie, Edna, Olive, Leslie and Violet. Source:"Biographical Memoirs of Greene County, Ind. with Reminiscences of Pioneer Days", B.F. Bowen & Co., Indianapolis, IN, 1908. David C. Was a lawyer, owned the store at Park and was Postmaster there also.Was an agent for the Monon RR.The store burned around 1901 and they moved back to the Cabin. David Roach lived about a mile west of Park in Greene Co IN. Jan 7, 1926 Bloomfield News David C. Roach was at Springville last Sun. where he filled preaching appointments for Rev W.J. Huff. The following note was from John Roach, who is from another Roach family in Greene County who may be related. I have done quite a bit of research and haven't been able to crossover our two families.It is unbelievable that both families lived in small Greene Co. and didn't know about the other. I did find on my great grandmother Nancy Ann Benham Roach's application for civil war widow pension, that David C. Roach was her attorney. This was on form, which I have a copy, "Restoration of Pension act of Sept 8, 1916". It was dated Sept 27, 1916, stamped by US Pension Office on Oct 7, 1916. 1880 Census Taylor Twp. Greene Co IN living next door to his father Henry David Roach 22 Isadore 18 Daniel C 6 mo David in Taylor Twp. Greene Co IN for 1900 census. Hisoldest son Daniel was not at home by that time. The rest of the children born by 1900 were listed. 1930 Census Greene Co IN Taylor Twp David C Roach 71 Lexie B31 Leslie M24 Vernon R17 Dracile E 19 Edna E Mogee 28 Wanda L Mogee 7 Mary E Roach 14 David and Mary are buried about 14 rows from SW corner towards the center of the cemetery at Walnut Grove. More About David Chandler Roach: Burial: Unknown, Walnut Grove Cemetery.57, 58 More About David Chandler Roach and Mary Frances Cullison: Marriage: November 02, 1889, Greene Co IN.58 Children of David Chandler Roach and Mary Frances Cullison are:
+Olive Pearl Roach, b. March 29, 1903, Mineral Greene Co IN58, d. May 07, 1981, Mineral, Greene CO, IN58.