MICHAEL RUPP, of Danvers Township, located on section 4 in 1871, and has been a resident here since that time. He is a native of the Buckeye State, having been born in Butler County, Ohio, in 1844. His parents, Christian and Phebe (Rober) Rupp, were natives of Germany, the father born in 1817, and the mother in 1820. Christian Rupp came to the United States in about 1831, locating first in Butler County, Ohio, where he rented eighty acres of land and carried on farming. He was married to the mother of our subject in 1841, and they resided in Ohio until 1858. They then removed westward to Illinois, and Mr. Rupp rented land until 1865. He then purchased 160 acres, which he improved and cultivated, and which remained his home until his death, which occurred in 1877. The mother was afterward married to Joseph Augspurger, who died April 10, 1887, and she now lives in McLean County, Ill. Of her first marriage there were born six children: Elizabeth who married Nicholas Struber, and Christian, Joseph, Samuel and Michael; one died unnamed in infancy. The parents belonged to the Mennonite Church.

Michael Rupp worked on his father's farm and attended the common schools until reaching his majority. He was married in 1871, to Miss Susan Zook, and that same year purchased 130 acres of land in Danvers Township, upon which he removed and has since resided. He was prosperous in his farming and business transactions and added to his original purchase so that now he is the owner of 218 acres, under a good state of cultivation and provided with a good farm residence and all the necessary out-buildings.

Mrs. Rupp is the daughter of Bartholomew and Barbara (Stacker) Zook, natives of Germany and members of the Mennonite Church. Of the union of Mr. and Mrs. Rupp there were born eight children—Magdalena, Susan, Joseph, John, Christian, Samuel, Benjamin and Eli. Mr. R. is Republican in politics, and in all respects a law-abiding and worthy citizen.

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


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