Portrait and Biographical Record of Effingham, Jasper and Richland Counties Illinois,Containing Biographical Sketches of Prominent and Representative Citizens, Governors of the State, and the Presidents of the United States.
(Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1887), p. 195.
Transcribed by Judy Rosella Edwards.

JOHN HENRY UPTMOR, Sr., who is now deceased, was one of the earliest pioneers of Teutopolis and was one of the founders of that town. He was born in the town of Vechta, in the Duchy of Oldenburg, Germany, the year of his birth being 1801. His parents were John Henry and Anna N. (Nordlohne) Uptmor. He learned the shoemaker's trade, which he followed for sometime in his native country. He was married in Germany to Miss Dependenuer, by whom he had four children, of whom two are yet living: Mary, now the wife of Theodore Prumer, a resident of California; and Philomina, wife of J. B. Schneiderian, who is living in Kansas. Clement died in Texas in middle life, and Henry died at the age of twenty-one years.

In 1834 Mr. Uptmor emigrated with his family to America and settled in Cincinnati, where the death of his wife occurred. He worked at his trade in that city for five years, after which, in 1839, he joined his brother Clement and a colony of his German fellow-citizens and came to Illinois. There were seven of the original party that first came, but the colony numbered about fifty families, the others coming later. Some settled in what is now Teutopolis, founding that town; others located in the country adjoining and laid the foundation of what is now a large and prosperous German community. John H. Uptmor built a log house, the first on the present site of the village of Teutopolis, and for several years worked at his trade of shoemaking. Subsequently, he abandoned that occupation, however, and removed to a farm situated a few miles north of the village, where he engaged in agricultural pursuits.

In 1864 Mr. Uptmor wedded Miss Mary Anna, daughter of Jacob and Adelaide Yohring. The lady was born in Bersenburck, Hanover, and came to America with her family in 1857. Four children were born of this marriage, but only one is now living, John Henry, who was born July 18, 1867. He is married and is now engaged in merchandising in Teutopolis. A sketch of his life appears elsewhere in this work.

Mr. Uptmor continued farming until 1873, when he returned to the village of which he had been the founder, and with the exception of one year there spent the remainder of his life. He died June 5, 1884, at the age of eighty-two and a-half years. He was a devout Catholic, as are the members of his family. In politics he was a Democrat. An industrious and upright man, he led a busy and useful life and enjoyed the confidence and respect of his fellow-citizens in a marked degree. As his means permitted he aided liberally in the erection of St. Francis' Church, St. Joseph's College and other religious and educational institutions of his town. His widow survives him and is still a resident of Teutopolis.

Portrait and Biographical Record of Effingham, Jasper and Richland Counties Illinois, Containing Biographical Sketches of Prominent and Representative Citizens, Governors of the State, and the Presidents of the United States. (Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1887), p. 379. Transcribed by Judy Rosella Edwards.

 

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