Lee County Biography

Jacob B. Fisher
Willow Creek Twp.


Jacob B. Fisher, deceased, son of Thomas and Mary M. (Bookes) Fisher, was born in Muskingum County, Ohio, October 6, 1810. He lived at home on his father's farm until of age. In that day the custom among shoemakers was to go around the county and make the boots and shoes for the families at their houses, the leather being furnished by those having the work done.

The subject of this sketch took up the trade without serving an apprenticeship, and did the work for his father's family, the arrangement being that the other boys should do the out-door work. When he became twenty-one, he went on a farm of eighty acres, mostly woodland, and was married January 28, 1833, to Miss Ruth Carleton, who was a daughter of Thomas and Hannah (Reese), and was born in Chester County, Pennsylvania, May 2, 1812.

About 1836 they removed and settled near Columbia on a farm of 120 acres of their own; and in 1853 they emigrated to Willow Creek township, where Mr. Fisher bought 400 acres of land. These parents had fourteen children: Martha E. (dead); Mary J., now Mrs. Patrick Daugherty; Thomas C., married Miss Avais Moore; Sarah Ann, wife of John Hickey; William (dead); Adeline, now Mrs. William H. Dow; Margaret, wife of Benjamin W. Noe; Hannah (dead); Lydia (dead); Adolphus, married Dolly Siglin; Phebe, wife of John C. Grove; Eleanor; Jacob, married Miss Elma J. White; and James, married Miss Estell Conklin.

Mr. Fisher was a democrat in politics, held the office of supervisor and road commissioner, and was a member of the Presbyterian church from early life. Mrs. Fisher belonged to the same denomination, but as there was no Presbyterian church here, she first joined the United Brethren, and afterward, the Methodist church, of which she is at present a member. She and Jacob and James live upon the old homestead, which contains 240 acres, valued at $12,000. Mr. Fisher died January 9, 1857, much regretted. Mrs. Fisher was left with a very large family, but she proved equal to her heavy responsibilities in successfully rearing her children and managing the affairs of the farm."

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