G. B. CHRISTIAN P. NAFZIGER, an excellent representative of the worthy German farming element of this region, is comfortably located in Allin Township, on section 18, where he is carrying on the peaceful pursuits of agriculture, and by his upright and honest course in life has secured the respect and esteem of his fellow-citizens.

Mr. Nafziger was born in Prussia, July 26, 1819, being the son of Jacob and Catherine (Nafziger) Nafziger, both natives of the German Empire, the father born in 1797, and the mother the following year. They were married in their native county in about 1817, and remained there until 1853, when they set sail for the New World.

After landing in New York City, they proceeded immediately westward to this State and county, where the father of our subject purchased eighty acres of fine farming land, upon which he resided until his death, which occurred in 1884. The mother had died previously in 1863, after they had become the parents of seven children, named as follows: Augustus, Eliza, Helen, Helena, Katie, Henrietta and G. B. Christian P, of our sketch. They were most excellent and worthy people, members of the Mennonite Church, and trained their children to habits of industry and principles of honor.

The subject of this history remained under the parental roof until he had attained his majority and in 1855 was united in marriage with Miss Kate Nafziger, in McLean County, Ill. He reached the United States in the spring of 1840, and first went to Butler County, Ohio, where he lived three years. He then returned to Germany, and after a sojourn of nine years in his native land, set out once more for America.

Then Mr. N. came to the Prairie State and this county, where he was married and where he purchased the farm upon which he now resides. Here he is engaged in general agriculture, and is devoting much time and attention to the breeding of graded stock.

The eight children of our subject are recorded as follows: Augustus married Miss Lizzie Ehrsman, of Allin Township; Eliza became the wife of Christian Otto; Minnie married Arnold Unziger; Emila married a gentleman of the same name; Katie, Julia, Bertha and Ferdinand are at home with their parents. The latter are members of the Mennonite Church, and our subject, politically, affiliates with the Democratic party.


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), 379. Transcribed and annotated by Judy Rosella Edwards.




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