Lee County, IL.

Jacob S. Pulver
Willow Creek Twp.


Jacob S. Pulver is conducting a good business as a farmer and stock-raiser in Willow Creek Township, where he has a good­ sized, well-tilled farm, with rich pastures stocked with fine horses and cattle of good breeds and amply supplied with commodious buildings for every purpose. Mr. Pulver was born in the town of Florida, Montgomery County, N. Y., May 3, 1826, a son of Jacob S. Pulver, who, so far as known, was born in the same county. He in turn was a son of Solomon and Mary (Dennisou) Pulver, his father a substantial farmer of Florida.

Jacob S. Pulver, Sr. was reared and married in the county of his nativity, his wife being Keziah Voorhes, who was likewise born in Montgomery County, and was a daughter of the Rev. Garrett and Lavina (Cisco) Voorhes. Fifteen children were born of their marriage, of whom eleven grew to maturity. The father of our subject was a " blacksmith and practiced his trade during the War of 1812. He subsequently bought a farm in Florida Township, and engaged in farming as well as in blacksmithing. He resided on his farm until shortly before his death, and then went to pass his remaming days with his daughter, his wife having; died on the old homestead.

The subject of this brief life record grew to manhood in his native town, and was educated in the local public schools. In his youth he assisted his father on the farm and in the smithy, and gained a good Practical knowledge both of agriculture and of mechanics as applied to the black­smith's trade. He remained an inmnte of the parental household until he was twenty-three years of age, and then rented his father's farm for six years. At the end of that time, he bought fifty acres of land, and engaged in general farming and dairying in his native state until 1866, when he came to Lee County to avail himself of the wonderful fertility of its soil and its numerous other advantages for carrying on agriculture successfully. He bought the farm in Willow Creek Township upon which he has ever since made his home. It contains 200 acres of fine, well-improved farming land, which he devotes to general farming and stock-raising,and his finely-bred horses and cattIe compare well with the finest in the vicinity, and always command good prices when placed on the market. Since he took possession of his farm, Pulver has wrought quite a change, and has in­creased its value to a great extent by the various improvements that he has made. He has erected two roomy barns, has added to his house, making it much more commodious and convenient in every way, and has done other things to add to the attractiveness of his home.

Mr. Pulver and Miss Mary A. Burt were united in marriage April 16, 1850, and for forty-one years have shared life's joys and comforted each other in its sorrows. The following is the record of the seven children with which they have been blessed: William J., born March 22,1851, was married April 15, 1874, to Mary Sherwood, and they have six children: Martha A., Gertie May, William S., Eddie S., Judson, Mary and Edna; Judson, born April 30, 1852, was married to Josie Slothower and died in Nebraska, April 21,1886, leaving four children: Fred, May, Frank and Eva; Charles L, born August 11, 1854, manied Cora Nettleton,and resides in York, Nebraska; Emma, born May 19, 1857, was married to Stewart A. Ferguson, November 4, 1876, and has one child, Bertie Maud; Sarah, born December 4, 1860, married John Tuttle March 9, 1881, and they have three children: May, Wilber and Nellie; Frank, born August 20, 1867, and Nellie born February 26, 1871, are living at home with their parents.

Mrs. Pulver is a native of Somersetshire, Eng., September 19, 1829, being the date of her birth. Her father, William Burt, was also born in that English shire, as was his father, Samuel Burt, be­fore him. The latter married Ann Applebee, who was likewise a native of England, and he spent his entire life in his native shire, his occupation being that of a farmer. Mrs. Pulver's father was reared and mnrried in the land of his birth. He was a thatcher by trade. He finally resolved to better his condition by emigrating to this country, and setting sail from Bristol with his wife and five children, in the month of March, 1841, a ten weeks voyage brought him and his family across the waters to this country where they sought a new home. From New York they went up the Hudson to Albany, and from there by way of Erie Canal to Ft. Hunter, Montgomery County, N. Y. The father rented land there some years, and then bought some in Saratoga County, which he sold some years later, when he and his wife came to Lee County and passed their declining years in the home of their daughter, Mrs. Pulver. They reared seven children: Mary A., Eli, Charles, Emma, Elisabeth, Henrietta A. And Jay. The mother, who was a native of Somersetshire England, the maiden name of Eliza Laky.

Mr. and Mrs. Pulver and all their children are members or the Methodist Episcopal Church, and they are held in high estimation throughout the entIre community for those fine traits of character that make them kind and obliging neighbors and steadfast friends. In early life Mr. Pulver was a Whig, but since the formation of the Republican party he has followed its fortunes whether for better or worse, and is a stanch advocate of its policy.

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