SAMUEL FITCHHORN, a highly respected resident of Downs Township, is the owner of 280 acres on sections 9 and 10, on the former of which he has a handsome and substantial residence and upon which he located in 1866. When he first took possession of this property it was comparatively unimproved. It is now thoroughly drained and in a fine state of cultivation. The barn and out-buildings are kept in good repair, and everything about the premises denotes the oversight of a thorough and systematic business man.
The subject of our sketch was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, March 3, 1821, and was taken to Indiana by his parents when a child four years of age. They located in Wayne County, near Centerville, where his father pursued his occupation of a hatter, and Samuel was employed by neighboring farmers most of the time until he attained his majority. His father in the meantime had also taken up farming and finally went into Mexico, Miami County, where he spent the remainder of his life. The mother, who before her marriage was Miss Elizabeth Monroe, died in middle life in Wayne County. She was born and reared in Pennsylvania, and was there married to Samuel Fitchhorn, Sr.
The subject of this history was the youngest of his parents' family of six daughters and two sons. He was married in Wayne County, Ind., to Miss Elizabeth McKeman, who was born in Virginia and came with her parents to Indiana when a young woman, where her education was completed. She died in Downs Township in 1870, when forty -five years of age. Of this union there were born eight children, three of whom are now deceased, two dying of measles ten days after the death of the mother. Those living are John F., James, Samuel D., William A., Daniel W. The deceased were, Elizabeth J., Stephen and Idora.
The second marriage of Mr. Fitchhorn took place in Peru, Ind., Feb. 15, 1872, when he was united with Mrs. Mary (Finster) Myers. This lady was a native of Prussia, born Sept. 28, 1844, being the daughter of Simeon and Elizabeth (Daufel) Finster, who emigrated from Germany to the United States when Mrs. F. of this notice was ten years of age. Their family consisted of four daughters and one son, of whom Mrs. F. was the eldest. They first located on a farm in West Virginia, where they remained during the Rebellion. The father participated in this war as a soldier of the Union, and was seriously crippled at the battle of Winchester, on account of which he now draws a pension. He lives near Peru, Ind., being sixty-five years of age; the mother is sixty-four. Their daughter, Mary, remained under the parental roof until her first marriage, to Frederick Myers, which took place Dec. 29, 1865, near Bunker Hill, Miami Co., Ind. Mr. Myers was a native of Germany, a farmer by occupation, and died in Miami County in 1870. They had become the parents of four children: Simeon, Lewis and Maggie are living with their mother; Mollie, the third child, is married and a resident of Peru, Ind.
Samuel and Mary F. Fitchhorn have become the parents of ten children, one of whom, Stella, is deceased. Those living are, Henry, Minnie, Lulu, Marshall, Anna, Charles, Hattie, Marion and Alba. Mr. Fitchhorn came to McLean County in 1866, and is essentially a self-made man. His present possessions are the result of his own industry and perseverance, and he has been fairly successful in his struggle to maintain his family and provide them with the comforts of life. In the business community he is regarded as substantial and reliable, prompt to meet his obligations, and in all respects is rated as a valued member of society.
Portrait and biographical album of McLean County, Ill. : containing full page portraits and biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens of the county, together with portraits and biographies of all the governors of Illinois, and of the presidents of the United States. (Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1887), 196. Transcribed by Judy Rosella Edwards