Lee County Biography

HENRY C. SCHMUCKER
Nelson Township



Henry C. Schmucker is well known in Lee and adjoining counties for the prominent part he has taken in raising the standard of the stock bred in this section of Illinois, he having made a specialty of Morgan horses and Short-horn cattle; and his perfectly appointed stock farm on section 22, Nelson Township, with its attractive modern improvements, compares with the best model farms of the State. Our subject was born in Somerset County Pa., August 8, 1840, a son of Jacob Schmucker, who was a native of the same county as himself, his birthplace being in Somerset Township, on a farm which was being developed from the wilderness by his father, Christian Schmucker, who had come to that place from Eastern Pennsylvania in the early days of its settlement, and there died at the venerable age of eighty-five years. He had married a Miss Casebeer, who was of the Pennsylvania Dutch stock, and she too died on the old homestead. She was a Lutheran in her religion, while her husband belonged to the Mennonite Church.

Jacob Schmucker was trained to the life of a farmer amid the primitive surroundings of the pioneer home into which he had been born. In due time he was married in his native township to Miss Catherine Kring, who was also born and reared in Somerset County, and was a daughter of George Kring, who lived and died on a farm in that part of Pennsylvania when an old man. He and his wife were true to the religion of their ancestors which had been promulgated by the great reformer, Martin Luther, and they were devoted members of the church of that faith for many years. In 1882 Jacob Schmucker and family came to Illinois, and he obtained a farm in Franklin Grove, which was his home the remainder of his life, his worthy career being closed by death at the age of sixty-six. His wife survived him only four years and then she too died at the age of sixty-eight. They were true Christians of high moral character, and were earnest members of the Allbright Church.

Henry C. Schmucker, to whom these lines principally refer, is the second of thirteen children, of whom five sons are yet living. One son, George was a private in the Union Army during the war, and fell while bravely fighting in one of those battles around Chattanooga, Tenn., thus sacrificing his life on the altar of his country. Our subject came to this county in 1865, in the full flush of manly vigor, and well fitted, both physically and mentally, for the hard work that lay before him in carrying out his ambition to win an honorable place among the foremost farmers of that region. During the first few years of his residence here, he lived on rented farms in Franklin Grove, and, so well did he do, he was enabled to purchase the land comprising his present farm on section 22, Nelson Township in 1871. From that time it has been his home, and he has made all the improvements that have so increased its value since it came into his possession. The substantial buildings that he has erected are among the finest farm buildings in the county. Eight years ago he built a handsome modern residence, and seven years ago he put up a large barn, that is a model of its kind in its arrangements, etc. His farm includes a quarter of a section of land, that is exceedingly fertile, and has been brought under a high state of cultivation. It is admirably adapted in all respects to stock raising purposes, and Mr. Schmucker has paid great attention to that line of business, and his fine Morgan horses and Short-horned cattle are not surpassed by any other herds of similar breeds in this part of the State. At the had of the valuable stud of horses is the famous Morgan stallion, "Morgan General," who possesses in a marked degree the intelligence, spirit, build, speed action, and other good points that distinguish his good race, and he is a great favorite hereabouts.

Our subject and Miss Christeanna Walter celebrated their marriage March 22, 1863, near the place of his birth in Somerset County, Pa., which was also the native county of the bride, who is a daughter of Jacob M. and Elizabeth (Ankney) Walter. Her parents were natives of Pennsylvania, and settled among the pioneers of Somerset County, where Mr. Walter had a grist and saw mill, and developed a good farm. He was very well-to-do in his day. Both he and his wife are members of the Lutheran Church. Mr. and Mrs. Schmucker have had three children, two of whom are deceased. George, a promising youth died at he age of sixteen. Their son Frank is a clerk for Brown Bros. at Dixon and their daughter, Ella M., who was the wife of William Horten of Dixon, died at her residence in Dixon on the 12th of September, 1891, leaving one child, Christie, a bright little girl who is being reared by our subject.

Mr. Schmucker is looked up to by his fellow-citizens as a man of strong sense and clear brain, whose judgment in all matters pertaining to his line of business is to be depended upon. He has been Road Commissioner, and no man in the township is more ready to give substantial encouragement to all feasible plans for public improvement than he. In politics, he is no uncertain follower of the Republican party, but he gives it his hearty support. He and his wife stand high in the membership of the Albright Church, and enter earnestly into its good work of elevating the religious status of the community,

Portraits and Biographical Lee County IL Pg. 545-549 - Transcribed by Christine Walters

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Henry C. SCHMUCKER in Section 22, Nelson Twp., raised Morgan horses and Short-horn cattle. He was born in Somerset Co., PA. Aug 8, 1840, son of Jacob Schmucker who was a native of the same county, his birth place in Somerset Twp. on a farm which was being developed from the wilderness by his father, Christian Schmucker, who had come to that place from Eastern Pa. in the early days of its settlement and there died at the venerable age of eighty-five years. He had married Miss CASBEER, who was of the Pa. Dutch stock, and she too died on the old homestead. She was Lutheran in her religion, while her husband belonged to the Mennonite Church.

Jacob was trained to the life of a farmer amid primitive surroundings of the pioneer home into which he had been born. In due time he was married in his native twp. to a Miss Catherine KRING, who was born and reared in Somerset Co. and was a daughter of George KRING who lived and died on a farm in that part of Pa. when an old man. He and his wife were true to the religion of their ancestors which had been promulgated by the great reformer, Martin Luther, and they were devoted members of the church of that faith for many years.

In 1882 Jacob Schmucker and family came to Illinois and he obtained a farm in Franklin Grove, which was his home the remainder of his life, until age 66. His wife survived him only 4 years. and she died at 68. They were members of the Albright Church.

Henry C. Schmucker, second of 13 children of whom 5 sons are yet living. One son George, private in the Union Army during war, fell while bravely fighting in one of those battles around Chattanooga, Tenn. Our subject came to this county in 1865 a foremost farmer of that region. He purchased land of the present farm on Sec. 22, Nelson Twp. in 1871. Eight years ago he built a handsome modern residence and 7 years ago put up a large barn.

Our subject and Miss Christeanna WALTER celebrated their marriage Mar 22, 1863 near the place of his birth in Somerset Co., Pa. which was also the native county of his bride, who is a daughter of Jacob M. and Elizabeth (ANKNEY) WALTER. Her parents were natives of Somerset Co. where Mr. Walter had a grist and saw mill and developed a good farm. Both were members of the Lutheran Church.

Mr. and Mrs. Schmucker had 3 children, two of whom are deceased. George died at 16. Frank is a clerk for Brown Bros. at Dixon, daughter Ella M. who was the wife of William Horten of Dixon died at her residence in Dixon 12 Sep 1891, leaving one child Christie. Mr. Schmucker was a Road Commissioner.

Source unknown - Transcribed by Elsie Harman - Contributed by Suzy Smucker Wert

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