JOHN BRANDYBERRY, an early settler of Washington Township, was born in Carroll County, Ohio, July 23, 1838, son of Abraham and Sarah Brandyberry, also natives of Carroll County. In 1844 he came to Adams County with his parents, who were among the first settlers of Monroe Township, and endured the usual toils and privations. Both parents died in 1877. Of their ten children, nine are living -Isaac, Maria, Peggy A., Jesse, Alexander, John, Abraham, Sarah J., Tabitha and Ezra, the latter being in this country, a life-long farmer, receiving a rudimentary education in the early pioneer schools. He was married March 3, 1857, to Miss Harriet Smith, who was born October 18, 1832, daughter of Joseph R. and Lydia Smith, the latter of whom is deceased. She was born in Guernsey County, Ohio, and came to Adams County with her parents in 1841, settling in Washington Township. They were among the early settlers of the township. Of their eleven children, ten are living -Anna M., Mary S., Sarah L., Samuel, Simon, Simeon, Joseph, Ellen Orpha, Hattie and Victoria, who is deceased. Anna M. is the wife of Joseph Gass, of Washington Township; Mary S. married Thomas Buckmaster, of Decatur; Sarah L. married Frank Froat, of Washington Township. Mr. Brandyberry settled upon his present farm on section 25, Washington Township, about 1867. He owns 120 acres of good land that is well cultivated. In August, 1862, he enlisted in Company H, Eighty-ninth Indiana Infantry, and became attached to the army of the West. He was in the battle of Munfordville, where he was taken prisoner by the Confederate forces, and immediately paroled. He then came home on furlough, and shortly after returned to his regiment, serving about fifteen months. He was discharged in February, 1863, and re-enlisted in the winter of 1865, in Company F, One Hundred and Forty-seventh Indiana Infantry, having been commissioned Second Lieutenant. He continued in the service about four months, when the war closed, and he was discharged in May, 1865. He is a member of Lodge No. 244, A.F. & A.M., at Decatur, belongs to the Christian Union church, being one of the trustees of that church, and in politics is a Republican.
Biographical and Historical Record of Adams County, Indiana, The Lewis Publishing Company, 1887