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JACOB MAURER, a prosperous and intelligent German farmer of Montgomery Township, Woodford Co., Ill., owns and occupies a good homestead on section 26, where his industry and energy have caused him to become successful in his business transactions and established him in the esteem and confidence of his fellow-citizens.

Mr. Maurer was born in the little Kingdom of Bavaria, Germany, Nov. 1, 1834. He is the son of Samuel and Magdalena (Schwartzentruber) Maurer, natives of Germany, the father born in 1795, and the mother in 1800.

Samuel Maurer was a farmer by occupation and emigrated from his native country with his family in 1860. They landed in New York City, and immediately came westward to the Prairie State and to McLean County. Here Mr. M. purchased eighty-five acres of land and erected a small dwelling, which he occupied with his family until his death, which occurred in 1863.

The wife and mother departed this life Nov. 3, 1884.

Their eight children were, Phebe, the wife of Frederick Heidenfelter; Christian; Peter; Elizabeth, Mrs. Eckhart Wendrath; Jacob of our sketch; John, who married Mrs. Barbara Imhoff; Daniel, who married Miss Helen Otto, and Catharine, who became the wife of Earnest Linneman.

Jacob Maurer preceded his parents to this country five years, his arrival being in 1855. He first located in Pennsylvania and engaged as a farm laborer by the month for two years following. He then went into Butler County, Ohio, where he was similarly occupied, and thence journeyed westward to this county, where he first located in Dry Grove Township, and worked by the month.

He was married in 1859, to Miss Catharine Maurer, and in 1872 purchased 160 acres in Woodford County, which constitutes his present homestead. The wife of our subject is the daughter of Peter and Mary Maurer, natives of France, the former being born March 24, 1787, and the latter, Dec. 3, 1795.

They were married in France in 1825, and in 1830 came to the United States and located in Butler County, Ohio. They remained there eight years, and thence removed to Woodford County, Ill., where Mr. M. purchased 160 acres of land and where both parents resided until his death. Their nine children were, Joseph, Barbara, Mary, Anna, Magdalena, Peter, Christian, John and Catharine.

Jacob Maurer and his wife have become the parents of nine children Magdalena E., Daniel E., Mary I., Emiel J., Erwin J., Feodor W., Emma C., Elma A. and Etta D. Our subject is a Democrat in politics, and both he and his wife are worthy and valued members of the Mennonite Church.

218 MAURER, JACOB Nat. Rec. Bk. A Co. Ct. 1864-1873 p. 179 Final Order Jan. 18, 1868; Native of Bavaria, Germany; Witness Jacob Lemty; Renounces allegiance to King of Bavaria
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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), 342. Transcribed and annotated by Judy Rosella Edwards.


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