genealogy trails

Christian County Illinois

Named after Christian County in Kentucky through the influence of emigrants from that county.

Established February 15, 1839 as Dane County (Laws, 1839, p. 104). Name changed to Christian County in 1840.

Portrait and biographical record of Christian County, Illinois : containing biographical sketches of prominent and   representative citizens, together with biographies of all the Governors of the state, and of the Presidents of the United States.  Chicago, Ill. : Lake City Pub. Co., 1893.  Transcribed and annotated by Judy Rosella Edwards, 2007.
JOHN D. HACKENBERG, who comes from one of the honored pioneer families of Christian County, was born and has passed his entire life on his father's old homestead, situated on section 13, May Township. He is one of the leading and enterprising young farmers of the neighborhood and owns a beautiful and well-equipped farm, the greater portion of which he inherited from his father's estate.

The birth of Mr. Hackenberg occurred February 20, 1860. He is a son of Joseph and Rachel (Dorst) Hackenberg, and is the third in order of birth in their family of four children. The eldest, Jennie, is now deceased. Newton is a well-to-do stockraiser in Lincoln County, Kan. Matie became the wife of Isaac Mills, who is the well-known State's Attorney of Decatur.

The father of this family, whose ancestors were natives of Germany, was born in Pennsylvania, and was still young when his parents removed with their family to Ohio. He grew to manhood in the Buckeye State and there acquired his education.

About the year 1855, he emigrated Westward and located on a farm which he purchased in May Township. To its cultivation he devoted the remainder of his life, and was one of the respected early pioneers of this locality. He was a stanch Republican after the organization of that party, but prior to that time was a Whig.

He had many warm friends, and his death, which occurred at the age of sixty-two years, was sincerely deplored as an irreparable loss to the community in which he lived. His wife, who is also of German extraction, was born in Ohio, and is still living, making her home with her daughter in Decatur, Ill.

John D. Hackenberg in his youth worked on his father's farm and, intending to become an agriculturist, devoted himself to acquiring a practical knowledge of the best methods of carrying on a farm. He acquired his education in the common schools of the neighborhood, and made his home with his parents until arriving at his majority. Starting in life for himself, he commenced by renting a farm, which he operated until 1884, when he purchased a part of the place where he now resides.

On the 5th of February, 1885, a marriage ceremony was performed by which Miss Victorine Solliday, of this county, became the wife of our subject. By their union have been born three children, who are called respectively Claude, Merl and Lelah, and are all living at home. Mrs. Hackenberg is a member of the Reformed Church, to which her husband contributes, although he is not a member.

The farm owned by our subject is conceded to be one of the best in May Township, as the land is very fertile and yields abundant harvests, in addition to which there are many substantial improvements on the place. It is valuable for stock raising purposes and Mr. Hackenberg raises a great many horses, cattle and sheep.

There are three hundred and fifty-five acres within the boundaries of his farm which are under cultivation, and in addition to this he owns forty acres of timber-land. He is a man of upright character and is well and favorably known in this county, where his life has been passed.



© Judy Edwards and Genealogy Trails