Carroll County Biographies

The oft-repeated story of the young man who began life poor in purse, without other resources than his own natural perseverance and industry, is reproduced thricefold in the subject of this notice. He is now recognized as one of the most prominent citizens of Lanark, in whose growth and prosperity he has born no unimportant part. He is the offspring of a good family, being the son of Peter and Catherine Ash (Myers) Bohn the former of whom was a native of Germany, and the latter born in the city of Philadelphia, Pa. The father of our subject emigrated to the United States, and, settling in the Keystone State, was there married to the maiden of his choice, and they first took up their abode in Luzerne County. Thence not long afterward they removed to Licking County, Ohio, when their son, our subject, was an infant four months old he (sic) having been born in Luzerne County, Pa., Feb. 23, 1824. The Bohn family resided in the Buckeye State until 1855, and then resolved to seek the Far West. Coming to this county, they settled in Fairhaven Township, where they spent the remaining years of their lives, the father engaged in farming pursuits.

To the parents of our subject there were born five children, three sons and two daughters, of whom Samuel was the eldest. He was reared to manís estate in Licking County, Ohio, and there became acquainted with the first principles of agriculture, having from his boyhood been the chief assistant of his father around the homestead. He preceded his parents to this county, coming soon after reaching his majority, in June, 1846, and settled on a tract of land in Wysox Township. Later, he removed to Fairhaven Township, and from there to Lanark, in February, 1880.

Mr. Bohn has been remarkably prosperous in his Western venture, and is now the owner of 864 acres of land, which are of great value. His home in Lanark comprises a beautiful residence, which, with its surroundings, forms one of the most attractive features of the place. Before leaving Ohio he was married, in Licking County, April 10, 1855, to Miss Lucinda Moore. Mrs. Bohn was born in Muskingum County, that State, April 7, 1834, and is the daughter of Daniel and Elizabeth Moore, who were natives of Pennsylvania. The father is deceased, and the mother lives in Ohio.

Of the two children who came to bless the union of our subject and his wife, Mary J. died when a child five years of age, and Charles was born in Carroll County, Feb. 23, 1883. Mr. Bohn, politically, gives his unqualified support to the Republican party, and has held some of the minor offices. He has no ambition for prominence in public life, preferring to devote his attention to his private interests. In religious matters he is identified with the Abrahamac Church.

Transcribed & Contributed by Carol Parrish from Portraits and Biographical Album for Jo Daviess and Carroll Counties, IL (1889), p. 984

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