HENRY NAFZIGER, one of the intelligent farmers of Danvers Township, owns and occupies a good homestead on section
22. He was born in the Kingdom of Wurtemberg, Germany, Oct. 19, 1832, being the son of Jacob and Elizabeth (Rockey)
Nafziger. The father of our subject was born in Hesse-Darmstadt, Aug. 12, 1800. He came to America in the fall
of 1847, and after landing in New York City, proceeded directly westward, staying in Peoria about a month, then
came to this county, where he remained until his death, which occurred in May, 1882. The mother of our subject
was born in Bavaria and was the second wife of Jacob Nafziger, his first wife having been Miss Veronica Rockey,
a sister of the second wife. Of the first marriage there were three childrenóJacob, Christian P. and Veronica.
The second marriage of Jacob Nafziger occurred in 1828, and of this union there were born, Catherine, who married
Christian Nafziger; Henry, our subject; Peter and Frederick, deceased; and Eliza, unmarried, and who lives in Danvers
The subject of this sketch was a youth of fifteen years when his parents came to the United States. He was trained to habits of industry and economy and remained under the home roof until reaching manhood. He was then united in marriage with Miss Helen Nafziger, April 5, 1855. Mrs. N. was born in Hesse-Darmstadt, Germany, Oct. 22, 1832, and came to America with her parents when a young woman twenty years of age. Our subject and his wife became the parents of nine children, three now deceased: Robert W. married Miss Mary Slabach; Fredericka died when eighteen years of age; John E. is farming in Tazewell County, this State; Fred is at home; Emma became the wife of August Habecker, and lives in Tazewell County; Henry is deceased; Albert at home; Annie died when young; Jacob is with his parents. Mr. and Mrs. N. are members in good standing of the Mennonite Church, of which Mr. N. is Trustee and has been Treasurer for several years. He has been a cheerful and liberal contributor to the support of the church and was one of the building committee at the time their house of worship was erected.
Mr. Nafziger is one of the extensive land-owners of this section, having 230 acres in his home farm and 240 acres in Tazewell County. He has of late years been turning his attention to the breeding of fine stock, including both cattle and horses. He has one valuable thoroughbred Short-horn bull, three cows and two heifers and several high-grade cattle, and his horses will compare with any that can be exhibited in this part of the county. The career of Mr. Nafziger is a striking illustration of what may be accomplished by industry and resolution. After leaving his native land and coming to Ohio, he worked on a farm by the month in Warren County, receiving the first year $8 per month. The second year he received $12 per month. He rented his father's homestead in this county for ten years, and at the end of that time purchased his present homestead. Every dollar of this he has accumulated honestly by hard work and good management, and is now enjoying the fruits of his early toil and industry.
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), 560. Transcribed and annotated by Judy Rosella Edwards