JACOB H. ZOOK, a worthy farmer of Dry Grove Township, owns and occupies a comfortable home on section 28. He
was born in Mifflin County, Pa., Oct. 22, 1831. His parents on both sides and his grandparents, together with his
great-grandparents, were all born in the same county and State. His great-grandfather on his mother's side was
an old Indian fighter by the name of Hostetter. The father of our subject was Yost Zook, and his mother, before
her marriage, was Susan Hostetter. The former was born Aug. 21, 1803, and the latter in December, 1805. Mr. Yost
Zook is now over eighty-four years old and his wife eighty-one. They were married at Lewistown, Pa., Nov. 14, 1827,
by Rev. Christian Zook, and lived there until 1850, when they came to Illinois, and have since resided in Dry Grove
The parental family consisted of five children, all living save one, and all in Illinois except John, who removed to Columbus, Kan., in 1885. Mrs. King, the only daughter, lives in North Dry Grove, and is the owner of two fine eighty-acre farms. Adam Zook, the eldest son, is the possessor of a comfortable fortune, and lives in Dry Grove Township. Mr. and Mrs. Yost Zook have twenty grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. They have a fine home, and in their declining years are living in the enjoyment of the friendship and association of those who have known them for over thirty years.
Jacob H. Zook remained under the parental roof until he had attained to years of manhood, engaged in farming pursuits. On the 21st of December, 1862, he was married to Miss Lydia Lantz, who was born in Wayne County, Ohio, March 28, 1843. Her parents were Jonathan and Nancy (Yoder) Lantz, natives of Mifflin County, Pa. They came to Illinois in 1851, and located in White Oak Township. The father died in Danvers, July 31, 1885; the mother departed this life at the home of her husband in White Oak Township, in 1853. They had become the parents of eight children, four sons and four daughters: The eldest died unnamed; Ben is also deceased; Jonathan was the third; Jacob lives in Nebraska; Gideon became a resident of Oregon in 1876; Jappha lives in Danvers Township; John died in September, 1861, at the age of seven years.
Mr. and Mrs. Zook have ten children, five sons and five daughters, of whom the record is as follows: Elizabeth A. was born Nov. 19, 1863; Nancy 8. Jan. 30, 1865; Adeline Nov. 13, 1866; Ulysses A., Nov. 6, 1868; Jappha, April 29, 1870; Lydia A., April 21, 1876; Jacob N., May 16, 1878; John L., Jan. 14, 1880: Mary E., April 2, 1882; Christian A., Sept. 20, 1884.
The homestead of our subject and his family consists of 108½ acres of finely cultivated land, where he makes a specialty of breeding swine and keeps a herd of milch cows. He has been prominent in the affairs of his township. He is Republican in politics, and religiously is connected with the Mennonite Church, which comprises a membership of over 400.
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), 613. Transcribed and annotated by Judy Rosella Edwards.