History of Rush County Indiana
Surnames in this biography are: Bishop, Bratton, Kiser, Furry, Davis, Roland
PURNEL BISHOP was born in Worcester County, Md., May 1, 1804. His parents were Lemuel and Hannah (Bratton) Bishop, who were natives of Maryland. At the age of seven he accompanied his parents to Nicholas County, Ky., and there he resided until the age of seventeen, when he went to Harrison County, where he was engaged by his brother-in-law, and remained about three years. From Harrison County, he went to Bourbon County, Ky., and engaged at the cooper trade. There he worked five years with John Kiser, his uncle. Thence he immigrated to Rush County, Indiana, leaving Bourbon County on the 17th of April, and landing in Rush County, April 20, 1831, and on the 26th of April, was united in marriage with Julia A. Kiser, daughter of Joseph and Rebecca Kiser, who came to Rush County in the fall of 1830, but have long since been numbered with the pioneer dead. After his marriage, Mr. Bishop engaged in farming the first season with his father-in-law. On December 8, 1831, he began housekeeping on a tract of land now owned by his son Josiah Bishop. Here he began to make a home in the dense forest. By industry and perseverance, and the assistance of a loving wife, he succeeded in providing himself with a comfortable home. The union was blessed with eight children, four of whom are living: Eliza, now the wife of George C. Roland, and resides in Grant County, Indiana; Nancy, the wife of Solomon Furry, and resides in Union Township; Elizabeth, now the wife of William H. Davis, and a resident of Palestine, Hancock Co., Indiana, and Josiah, who owns and resides on the old homestead. The wife of our venerable subject was called away August 1, 1879. She died a member of the Christian Church, with which she had been united forty-five years. She was a kind mother, a loving wife and respected by all who knew her. Mr. Bishop is also a member of the Christian Church and has been united with the church over forty years. Farming has been his chief occupation in life, in which he has been very successful, and has always been able to meet his obligations. He has always been identified with the Whig and Republican parties, but has never sought political honors.
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