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WALMER, Jacob - 1890 Bio (1796-1863)


Posted By: Joey Stark
Date: 9/3/2007 at 10:54:56

Portrait and Biographical Album of Jefferson and Van Buren Counties, Iowa, Printed 1890 by Lake City Publishing Co., Chicago
Pages 415-416

Jacob WALMER, deceased, is numbered among the honored pioneers of Fairfield Township, Jefferson County, where from the time of his settlement in 1849, until his death on the 5th of January, 1863, he labored earnestly for the interests of his family and the community, doing all in his power for the promotion of public enterprises and the advancement of the general welfare. Mr. WALMER was born in Dauphin County, Pa., in 1797 (sic - Sept. 1796), and was a son of George WALMER. He was reared to farm life and in his native State in 1820, was united in marriage with Miss Sarah SHOUE, a daughter of Henry SHOUE. She was born in Dauphin County, in 1807, and after their marriage they removed to Wayne County, Ohio, settling near Wooster, where they resided from 1823 until their emigration in May, 1849, to Jefferson County, Iowa.

The union of Mr. and Mrs. WALMER was blessed with a family of thirteen children, six sons and seven daughters and of that number seven grew to mature years, namely: Mary, wife of Jacob PONTIUS of Wayne County, Ohio; Eliza, who is the widow of Abraham WOLF and a resident of Montana; Martha, wife of Enoch GABLE, a resident of Lancaster County, Neb.; Catherine, wife of William GIFT who is living in Wapello County, near Ottumwa, Iowa; Daniel, who wedded Mary DUNCAN and after her death married Susannah C. WHITSON, is a representative farmer of Fairfield Township; Joseph married Lizzie PATTERSON and is living in Cedar Township; Anthony Wayne, who was born in Iowa, married Jennie CAMLIN and is living in Holridge, Neb.

During his residence in Jefferson County, Mr. WALMER made farming his occupation and at the time of his death owned three hundred and thirteen acres of good land. His wife long survived him and died on November 5, 1886. Both were faithful members of the Lutheran Church and were earnest workers in the Master's vineyard, doing all in their power to promote the cause of Christianity on earth. Mr. WALMER in 1860 cast his ballot for President Lincoln and continued a supporter of that party until his death. He was industrious and energetic, an honorable and upright man and all who knew him respected him for his many excellencies of character.

*Transcribed for genealogy purposes; I have no relation to the person(s) mentioned.


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