History of Fulton County, Illinois; together with
Sketches of its Cities, Villages and Townships, Educational, Religious,
Civil, Military, and Political History; Portraits of Prominent Persons
and Biographies of Representative Citizens. Chas. C. Chapman & Co.,
Peoria, Illinois, 1879, page 753, Kerton Township
Jacob Fisher, farmer and stock-raiser, sec. 30; P. O., Bluff
City; among the leading farmers of this township Mr. F. finds a place
in the biographical department of this work. He is a native of Germany,
where he was born in 1823. His father, Jacob Fisher, was a farmer by
occupation and married at Baden Miss Elizabeth Taylor. Our subject was
their youngest child. At the age of 11 he brought him to the U. S. At
Buffalo his father died. Young Jacob went to Coshocton Co., Ohio.,
where he was a farm hand. In 1845 he came to Schuyler Co., Ill., where
he remained until the Mexican war broke out when he enlisted in Col.
Dunlap’s regiment. He returned to Schuyler Co., where he remained 6
years and married Miss Louisa Miller, and about 1859 moved to Kerton
tp., where he purchased 160 acres of land. He has increased his
possessions through uncommon perseverance to one section of land. The
marriage above referred to has been blessed with 9 children, 7 of whom
are living: Mary, Valentine, Mahala, George, Laura, Anna and Ellen.
Melissa and John deceased. Mrs. F. died April 5, 1876.