Greenup Thompson Berlen Biography

from History of Union County, Kentucky, Perrin, 1886

Greenup Thompson Berlen, farmer, residing two miles from Seven Gums, is the son of John and Sallie (Stafford) Berlen.  His father, a blacksmith, born 1803, in Virginia, removed to Jefferson County, Kentucky, where he married and afterward removed to Gibson County, Indiana, and died at Patoka, Indiana, August 5, 1856.  our subject’s mother was born in Jefferson County, in 1795, and died in Union County, January 7, 1877.  Mr. Berlen’s grandfather, Samuel Berlen, was a blacksmith, and a native of Berlin, Prussia.  His grandmother, Rosa Berlen, was a Pennsylvania Dutchwoman; his grandparents, Benjamin and Sallie (Curry) Stafford, were well-to-do Maryland farmer folks.

Our subject was born in Gibson County, Indiana, September 5, 1838.  He received three years’ training in Gibson schools, and when the Civil War broke out he enlisted at Princeton, Indiana, in 1861, in Co. H, 17th Indiana.  He was the wagoner of his company and was under fire at Green Briar, Summit and Brady’s Gate; he was disabled at Webster, Virginia, in 1862, and in October, 1862, was discharged.

On March 23, 1864, Mr. Berlen married Catherine Ann Omer of Union County; she is the daughter of Levi and Susan (Moore) Omer and was born in Jefferson County in 1849.  Her paternal grandparents were Daniel and Martha (Stafford) Omer; her parents and ancestors were farmers.  Our subject took his bride to Indiana, but returned to Union County in 1871 and has since resided here.  In politics he is a Republican.  He is a quiet, hard working man, who would be a credit and advantage to any community in which he would live.

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