Elizabeth Waterfall married Daniel Paulus in 1867, shortly after his return from fighting in the Civil War. They settled on a farm in Whitley County near Elizabeth's parents, Samuel and Mary Waterfall. Their first four children were born on this farm.
The Paulus family moved to a farm in Saint Joseph County, Indiana where Samuel and John Paulus were born. John succumbed of malaria fever and a discouraged Paulus family returned to Whitley County. They later bought a farm on the east side of Big Lake in Noble County. Rose, Lee Odis, and Christenea Paulus were born on this farm.
[BO: Military: :BO] Served in Co. C 30th IN Inf. from 10 Feb. 1865 to
5 Oct. 1865.
Mary Helblig and Samuel Waterfall were born and raised in Bern, Switzerland. Samuel was a weaver and Mary a tailor and made all of the family's clothing. They used to joke about Sam's making the materials and Mary's cutting them up.
The Waterfall's first child, Elizabeth, died in infancy as did a second daughter, also named Elizabeth. Their first living child, Mary was born in 1844, and on February 6, 1846, a third daughter, also named Elizabeth, was born and survived. When Elizabeth was about 1 year old Sam and Mary sold their home and weaving business and sailed for America in a crowded emigrant boat. During the passage, Elizabeth learned to walk on the chests and trunks there, as there was very little open deck.
Sam settled his family in rural western Ohio where their son, John, was born in 1847. A daughter, Ann, was born in 1848. Many other babies were born into the family but did not survive infancy. The Waterfalls moved to Whitley County, Indiana where they lived and farmed for many years.
Emma and Laura Paulus spent four years with their grandparents, Sam and Mary, on their Whitley County farm to help with the housework. Mary suffered from asthma attacks, but despite her ailment, she was a remarkable woman. She taught her granddaughters cooking, baking, knitting, gardening, and ow to milk the cows. Often in the evenings the grandparents told the girls lively stories of their homeland, Switzerland.
Samuel and Mary Helblig Waterfall are buried at Thorncreek Cemetary in Whitley County, Indiana.