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Owen Rubel Biography

from Marion County, Kentucky – Biographies

Owen Rubel, carriage manufacturer at Lebanon, was born in Jefferson County, Kentucky, in the year 1831, and reared to manhood in the city of Louisville, where, with William P. Shepherd, he learned the trade of carriage-maker to which he has since devoted his life.  His father, Jesse Rubel, came from Virginia about 1820 and located at Middletown, Kentucky, being a tailor by trade.  He married Miss Sarah, daughter of William Wallace, who came in early life from New York.  Five children blessed their union, viz.:  James L.; W. F. Rubel, present jailer of Louisville; Owen; Martha (Smith), and Jesse Rubel.  The father died of cholera in 1833, and his widow subsequently married Mr. John F. Randolph, who is also deceased.  The mother was born May 6, 1807, and is still living.  In 1851 Owen Rubel moved to Bardstown, Kentucky, where he engaged in business until 1858, removing thence to Lebanon.  He married in Bardstown (1853) Miss Mary C. Ramey, daughter of William Ramey, of Montgomery County.  Their children are John, William R., Mattie (Knott), Jessie, Harry Lee and Walter Rubel.  Mr. Rubel is an honored member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, Masonic fraternity and of the K. of H.

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