Biography - Jacob Brunner

JACOB BRUNNER, a thorough-going and honorable German-American citizen and practical and successful farmer, resides on section 22, Ridge Township, Shelby County. His father, George Brunner, was a native of Baden, Germany, and his mother, Christine Klein, was also born in the German's Fatherland. They emigrated to America during the summer of 1836, and made their first home in West Virginia, settling in Marshall County. They remained here industriously pursuing the vocation of farming for some nine years, but removed to Belmont County, Ohio, about the year 1845. They were not, however, thoroughly satisfied here and returning across the river to West Virginia, made their home in Ohio County, but finally returned to Hocking County, Ohio, where the father died about the year 1855.

Our subject is the eldest in a family of ten children born to his worthy parents, being born in Baden, Germany, October 20, 1832 and was some six years old when he came to make his home in the New World. He remained under the parental roof until his marriage, although he worked out to quite an extent at farm labor. The lady whom he took for his bride is a sister of Mrs. John W. Beery, and our reader will find further particulars in regard to her ancestry in the biographical sketch of Mr. Beery, elsewhere to be found in this volume. This lady's name was Miss Elizabeth Swartz, and she became Mrs. Brunner, in March, 1858, at her native home in Fairfield County, Ohio, where she was born, July 22, 1833. Here they first made their home and returned to it again after living for a while in Allen County, that State.

In August, 1886, Mr. Brunner brought his family to Shelby County, and settled on section 22, Ridge Township, where he now owns eighty-eight and one-half acres of excellent and arable land, and where he has made a genuine success of farming, being a man who is thoroughly devoted to his family and his work and who deserves and receives the esteem of all who know him. His integrity is unquestioned and his character bears inspection by the most critical and faultfinding. Ten interesting children have come to brighten this home, namely; John M., Rebecca C., Barbara E., Ida E., Lottie, Christine A., Mary E., Lucy W., William S., and Minnie C., all of whom are living except Rebecca, who died when about four years old.

Extracted 13 Jan 2018 by Norma Hass from 1891 Portrait and Biographical Record of Shelby and Moultrie Counties Illinois, pages 454-455.

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