Lee County Biography

Jacob Aschenbrenner
Amboy Township


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Jacob Aschenbrenner, who is a dealer in coal in Amboy, dates his residence in this county from July, 1???. He was born in Hesse Cassel Germany, August 6, 1815. His parents, Jacob and Caroline Aschenbrenner were natives of Germany, and spent their entire lives in their native country. They had a family of four children as follows: Conrad, who died in Bradford Township, this county, leaving a family: Carl died in Germany: Mena, who became the wife of George Schaffer, died in this county: and our subject, Jacob, who is the only survivor. The father was married a second time by which union six children were born, namely; John, George, Elizabeth, Eliza, Frederick and William, all of whom came to the United States and settled in Iowa, where the eldest, John, is a clergyman in the Evangelical Church. Our subject learned the trade of a plasterer in his native land, and served in the German army for ten years, four years in active service, and six on the reserve force. During this time he participated in engagements in the Revolution of 1818, and in the year 1819 in Holstein. He came to the United States in the year 1855, settling in Lee County, in July of that year, in which place he rented land and carried on farming until 1862, then removing to Amboy, where he worked two years for the Illinois Central Railroad. After this he followed draying for two years, since which time he has been engaged in his present business.

Our subject has been twice married, his first wife being Miss Elizabeth Dehnhalt, to whom he was united in 1853. She died in 1860, leaving three children: Christina was married to Jacob Thiel, of Amboy, Conrad married Miss Bertha Fickensher, and resides in Amboy; Elizabeth was married to Frank Estie and died at Amboy.

Mr. Aschenbrenner was a second time married in 1861, the maiden name of his wife being Fredericka Hess. She was born in Baden Germany. She emigrated to the United States in 1856, and resided in Chicago until her marriage. No children have been born to this union. Mr. Aschenbrenner is a Democrat, and has held a prominent place in local politics. His fellow-citizens have shown their confidence in him by the gift of various offices, he having served as Alderman two terms, and for nine years as a member of the Board of Education. The family attend the Lutheran Church, of which he was one of the organizers, and are highly respected members of society.

1892 Portrait and Biographical Record Lee Co Pg 201

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