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McLean County, Illinois
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NICHOLAS MAURER, of Danvers Township, has been a resident of this State since 1843, and two years later located in McLean County, where he has continued to make his home until the present. His homestead is located on section 10, Danvers Township, where he is engaged in general farming, and living the life of an upright and conscientious citizen.

The subject of our sketch was born near the River Rhine, Germany, in 1822, and is the son of Nicholas and Mary (Korb) Maurer, natives of the same country, where they were reared and married in 1819. Nicholas Maurer, Sr., and his wife were the parents of four children Christian, Catherine, Nicholas of our sketch, and Joseph. They were members of the Mennonite Church, and died about 1835. They were most worthy and excellent people, and greatly respected by all who knew them.

Mr. Maurer, of this history, remained with his parents until twenty-one years of age, and then set sail for the New World, landing in New Orleans, whence he soon afterward went to Butler County, Ohio, where he engaged as a farm laborer for three and one-half years. In 1843 he came to Woodford County, this State, and purchased 600 acres of land. After a two years' residence in that county he removed to McLean County, and in 1863, was married to Miss Mary Kohler. Mr. Maurer had previously married a Miss Bochler, by whom he had one child, Catharine. He became prosperous in his business and farming transactions, and added 240 acres to his first purchase, so that he now has a large body of finely improved land under a good state of cultivation. The family residence is a substantial and convenient, structure, and the farm is supplied with a good barn and all necessary outbuildings.

Our subject and his wife are members of the Mennonite Church. The family of our subject included six children Catharine, Samuel, Joseph and Lydia; Johnnie and Mary, two of these, died in infancy.

Mr. Maurer is the possessor of 320 acres of fine land in McLean County, and in politics he is independent. A view of Mr. Maurer's residence and surroundings is given on another page of this work.

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), 734. Transcribed by Judy Rosella Edwards.


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