Lee County Biography


Wallace Seybert, a retired farmer, removed to Dixon in August, 1889, from his farm in South Dixon Township, and is passing his declining years quietly amid the comforts which he accumulated in earlier life. He settled permanently in Lee County in the spring of 1862, since which time he has been successful and has improved nearly one thousand acres of good land, divided into five farms. These estates he has supplied with good farm buildings and all the improvements of first-class farms, and they are now occupied by his sons, whom he has aided in starting out for themselves.

Mr. Seybert was born in Salem Township, Luzerne County, Pa., February 16, 1817, and is the son of Honteter Seybert, a native of Lehigh County, Pa. The grandfather of our subject, Sebastian Seybert, was a native of Germany, and when a young man emigrated with his brother to this country and served their time to pay for their passage on a sailing vessel across the Atlantic. After paying their passage, they located in Lehigh County, Pa., where Sebastian was married to a Miss Baughman, who was of German parentage. The young couple settled in what is now Salem Township, Luzerne County, Pa., where they were among the first settlers, and there improved a homestead from the timber land. He was a successful farmer until his death, which occurred when he was more than seventy years old. His wife also died in Luzerne County at an advanced age. They were members of the Lutheran Church and helped organize a church of that denomination in Salem Township.

The grandparents of our subject had a family of six sons and two daughters, namely: Henry, Michael, Sebastian, Jr., Honteter, Barney, Nicholas, Elizabeth and Margaret. All lived to mature years, married, reared families and died between the ages of fifty and eighty years. They were farmers by occupation in Pennsylvania, and were members of the Lutheran Church. Honteter, father of our subject, was the fourth son and fifth child in the family, and was reared mostly in Luzerne County. His wife, whose maiden name was Margaret Zimmerman, was born and reared in Northampton County, Pa., and was descended from German ancestors, who were early settlers of Schuylkill County.

After his marriage, Honteter Seybert lived on a farm in Salem Township, Luzerne County, where he died at the age of eighty. His wife departed this life when three-score years of age. Through industry they built up a good home and gained a comfortable competency. Religiously, he was a Lutheran, while she belonged to the Presbyterian Church, which was the faith of her ancestors. They were the parents of six sons and three daughters, namely: George, Honteter, Jr., Reuben, James, Wallace, Baughman, Nancy, Polly and Savilla. George was drowned in his father's mill race, and Baughman died when eighteen years old, but the other children lived to mature years. Our subject is the only member of the family now living, and he passed his boyhood upon his father's farm.

In Salem Township, Mr. Seybert was married to Desia Hill, who was born there, May 1, 1820, the daughter of Daniel and Catherine (Kissner) Hill and the youngest of their eight children. She is the mother of eight children, two of whom are deceased. Mahala is the wife of Tom Hill, of whom see biography; Daniel H. married Emma Wagnor, and resides in Nachusa; Charles W., James W. and George M. are represented elsewhere in this volume; Louella is the wife of William Campbell, a blacksmith of Dixon. In their religious connections, Mr. and Mrs. Seybert are members of the Lutheran Church, and politically, he is a Democrat. He has held various local offices and served as Supervisor for three terms in South Dixon Town­ship.

Portraits and Biographical Lee County IL 1892


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