Lee County Biography

Jacob Senneff

South Dixon Township


Jacob Senneff, a retired farmer, living at Eldena, is one of the heroic veteran soldiers of the war who fought so long and well, to put down the rebellion risking life and all that they held dear that the glorious stars and stripes might float proudly over an undivided country. Although much disabled by the fortunes of war, he returned to Lee County at its close and in after years won for himself an honorable place among the most thrifty snd industrious membes of the farming community of South Dixon Township.

He was born in Fayette County, Pa., July 11, 1836, and is a son of William and Phebe (Barnett) Senneff, who were also Pennsylvanians by birth, and died on a farm in their native State, the mother passing away in 1842, before she had scarcely attained the meridian of life. Her parents were Germans, who emigrated to this country and died in Pennsylvania. Wil­liam Senneff came to Illinois in 1874, and died in Carroll County Illinois in 1876 when past eighty years old. He had beeu a third time married and had out lived his last wife a few years. They were all members o f the Evangelical Association.

Jacob Senneff grew to maturity in his native county, and in 1854 left his old home to cope with the hardships to be encountered in a new country that had not long been settled, Lee County being his destination. He was here when the war broke out, and filled with a patriotic desire to serve his country in her hour of need, he enlisted in Company D, Thirty-fourth Illinois Infantry, that was organized in September, 1861, Col., Kirk and Capt. Pratt being bis commanders, both of whom are dead.

The regiment was attached to the Army of the Cumberland, and in the dreadful years that fol­lowed saw a great deal of hard service, in all of which our subject gallantly and uncomplainingly bore his part. He was with his comrades at Shiloh, and marched with Gen. Sherman from Atlanta to the sea, doing his share of the fighting in the numerous encouuters with the enemy. Occasionally privations and sufferings that he had to undergo proved too much for him, and he would have to lie in the hoopital for a time, but it was not until Sherman's last engagement with the Confederates at Bentonville, N. C., March 19, 1865, that he was wounded, that battle being almost fatal to him, for while in the, thickest of the fight his right arm was shot off, the left arm was broken and the hand disabled. This ended his career as a soldier, but as the war was so near its close he was well content, as he had done his duty nobly. He was honorably discharged in July, 1865. A grateful Government grants him a pension of $72 a month for what he did and endured in it's behalf.

Since he left the army, Mr. Senneff has lived in Carroll, and this county, taking up his residence in South Dixon Township in 1874. He owns eighty acres of good land in this part of Illinois, and has sufficient means to permit of his living in retire­ment. He and Miss Sarah Fritz were happily mar­ried in this county and they have four children to bless their declining years, namely: Mary A., wife of E.M. June, of Eldena; Harvey, who married Miss Mary Y. Heftey, and lives in North Dixon City; Ellen A., wife of George W. Mossholder, of South Dixon Township; aud Susan V. at home with her parents.

Mrs. Senneff was born in Somerset County, Pa. and came to IIlinois with her parents, John and ?? (Mowrer) Fritz in 1854. The family settled in South Dixon Township and there the father improved a good farm which was his home until his death at the ripe old age of eighty years. His wife who has attained the venerable age of ninety-three years now lives with her daughter.

Mr. Senneff possesses true manliness of character and is warm of heart and of a genial disposition. In his political views he votes, as he fought, with the Republician party. He and his wife are earnest Christians and members of the Evangelical Association.

Portraits & Biograhical 1892 Pg 529

Addition Information: Jim Buzzard - Rootsweb World Connect
Sarah (Fritz) Senneff born 08 December 1831 in Somerset Co PA, died 27 December 1917 in Dixon, Lee County IL. She was the daughter of John & Eva (Maurer/Mowry) Fritz. Jacob and Sarah were married in Dixon, Lee County IL 15 November 1855.

Children were Mary A. Senneff born 19 Feb. 1858, died 29 Nov. 1942, married Emery June, Harvey M. Senneff born 30 July 1866, died 29 May 1942, married Mary C. Hefley, Ellen A. Senneff 16 Jan. 1869, died 25 Jan. 1925, married George W. Mossholder, and Susan Viola Senneff born 07 Oct. 1872, died 17 Jun, 1962, married Lawrence Sheet.

William Senneff, son of Casper (son of Christian Wilhelm Senneff) & Susanna Senneff, was born 23 June 1795 Fayette Co PA, died 16 August 1875 in Carroll Co IL. His wife Phoebe Barnett, daughter of Jacob & Rachel Barnett/Bernett, was born 19 October 1801 in Fayette PA, died 01 December 1842 in PA. She were married 30 September 1819 in PA. After the death of Phoebe, William married Hannah Fulton on 02 July 1844, after her death in 1865 he married Martha McKelvey 8 March 1866. Martha died in 1870.

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