Biography - Frederick Hartman

FREDERICK HARTMAN is a general farmer on section 22, of Flat Branch Township, Shelby County, where he owns one hundred and twenty acres, which he purchased in the wild state in 1865, and upon which he has since made a comfortable home. The place is well-stocked and watered and the buildings are all good and substantial. He located in this county on coming from Ogle County, where he had lived a good mam years, from 1856 to 1865. There he received his naturalization papers, being, as his name would indicate, of German origin and birth.

He of whom we write was engaged in Ogle County as a farmer, where he had been quite succeessful. Previous to going there he had spent one year in Pennsylvania. Mr. Hartman was born in Pleidelheim. Wurtemberg, Germany, May 11, 1832. His family in the old country are of good stock. His father, Frederick Hartman, Sr., lived and died in his native province, having reached seventy-two years of age. He had married Magdeline Kline, a Wurtemberg lady, who was a true helpmate and companion to her hushand. Her death occurred in 1842. She was then in middle life. She and her husband were members of the Lutheran Church.

Our subject is the eldest of seven children, of whom there were four sons and three daughters. Of the sons, all came to this country and all are farmers here, but one, who is a shoemaker in Chicago. Our subject had become of age before leaving his native land, and in 1855, in the month of April, he took passage from Havre de Grasse, on a sailing vessel, and in May he landed in New York City, coming thence to Dawson County, Pa., where he spent his first year, and then proceeded to Illinois.

November 29, 1858, .Mr. Hartman was united in marriage at Mt. Morris, Ogle County, to Miss Margaret E. Mitchell. She was born in Fairfieid County, Ohio, November 14. 1838, and is a daughter of Jacob and Sarah (McGlinsey) Mitchell, natives of Maryland and Virginia, respectively. Both, however, are of Irish parentage and descent on the paternal side, while on the maternal side the lady is of Scotch descent. Mrs. Hartman's parents were married in Ohio, and later moved to Illinois, settling in Ogle County in 1845, where they located and improved a farm and there spent their last days, passing away at a good old age. They had settled at a very early day in Mt. Morris Township, and had procured unbroken land in the most western part of West Grove Township. For a number of years they were almost the only settlers in that part of the county. They both passed away in 1886, and were deeply mourned by many friends in their adopted home. They were Methodists in their religious preference, and were consistent members and generous supporters of that sect in their township.

The father of Jacob Mitchell was Samuel Mitchell, who had come to Ogle County, Ill., in the early days of 1838, and was one of the earliest settlers there, where he died at the age of seventy-nine years. Mrs. Hartman was one of a large family, of which five are now living. She was ten years of age when her parents came to Ogle County. She afterward lived there until her marriage. She is a true-hearted, kind friend, and affectionate wife and tender mother. Both she and Mr. Hartman are active members of the Methodist Episcopal Church.

The original of our sketch and his wife are the parents of eight children. One of these died in childhood. This was Sarah M., who was twelve years of age. The living children are: Jacob F., William H., Henrietta M., George E., John W., Elizabeth and Franklin A. Of these, William was united in marriage to Miss Ada M. Beckett, and is a farmer in this township. Henrietta is the wife of Elmer Pierce. They also live on a farm in this township. George E. and other younger members of the family, all reside at home. They are bright, intelligent young men and women, and promise to make a recognized position for themselves in life.

Extracted 29 May 2019 by Norma Hass from 1891 Portrait and Biographical Record of Shelby and Moultrie Counties Illinois, pages 631-632.

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