Of Genesee Township
John Yager was born January 3, 1809, in Union county PA. His father came to Pickaway county, OH in 1812 and in 1820 removed to Jackson county in the same State. He married Elizabeth Ayres April 19 1829 and came with his family to Illinois in 1836, settling in Chamber's Grove. He remained there until 1843, when he came to Whiteside county, and settled near Genesee Grove, where he has lived ever since. He had 10 children: Maria, George, William, Henry, Harriet, Sarah, James, Mavilla, Martha and Amanda. They are all dead but two - Mary, now Mrs. Miller and Harriet, Now Mrs Ephraim Brookfield of Sterling. Mr. Yager's ancestors were from Germany. He was brought up a farmer and followed agricultural pursuits. In addition, he was an ordained minister of the church organized by Alexander Campbell, now called the Christian church. His wife died October 2 1852, and he married Catherine Nance in Jeffersonville in Dec 12 1853. His wife died Jun 17 1863, leaving no children. He married Mrs. Margaret A. McCrea the widow of Martin D. McCrea November 16, 1863. Mr Yager, although an early settler, never had any claim troubles, and never was concerned in any of the controversies, either as a party or as a witness. Many persons made it a business to locate timber and prairie claims, so that about all the lands were taken up or claimed. These large claim brokers reduced the business to a system. Mr. Yager bought out John Cox, paying $3.00 per acre for his land. 140 Acre lot of that claim has recently been sold for $200.00 per acre. [Bent & Wilson History of Whiteside County Page 228]
JOHN YAGER, retired farmer, resident at Sterling, was born in Union Co., Pa., Jan. 30, 1808, his parents being John and Mary E. (Phillip) Yager, farmers, of German ancestry. In their family of six children, the subject whose name heads this paragraph was the second in order of birth. His parents moved to Ohio in 1812 and lived there eight years, clearing and improving a small farm. This they sold and removed to Jackson County, that State, where they purchased a farm of 160 acres and then retired, in 1837. Mr. Y. died Feb. 13, 1856. John remained at home until 21 years of age, assisting on the farm and receiving a limited education. After leaving home he purchased 80 acres of the Government, which he improved and occupied for seven years. He then sold out, and in 1836 came to Ogle County, this State, and took up a claim that had no bounds, as "Uncle Sam" owned all the land that was "joining him." Residing there until 1843, he sold out his interest and removed to Genesee Township, this county, buying 600 acres, which he occupied till 1880, when he moved to his present residence in Sterling. He still owns 540 acres of land. In his political views Mr. Yager is a Democrat and both himself and wife are members of the Christian Church, of which he has also been a minister. He was ordained in 1836, and followed preaching the gospel, as well as farming, up to 1880. At Coleta he built a house of worship, at his own expense. He has, accordingly, exhibited a high degree of philanthropy and being a consistent Christian, he has won the respect and maintained the highest esteem of the community. April 19, 1829, Mr. Yager married Miss Elizabeth Ayers, and they had nine children, only two of whom are living - Mary and Harriet. The first named married Henry Miller, and they have six children - William,Oran, John, Bell, Hattie and Samuel. Harriet Yager married Ephraim Brookfield, and has three children living - Edwin, NEllie and Helne. Mr. Brookfield died in Flordia, and his widow afterward married Henry Green, and by this marrige had one child, Charles. For his second wife Mr. Yager mrried Catharine Nance, Dec. 12, 1853, and lived with her nine years. Nov. 16, 1863 Mr. Yager married for his present wife, Mrs. M.A. McCrary [Portrait & Biographical Pg 305]
Fred is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Yeoward and like his father was born, reared and schooled in Coloma township and makes his home here. He says Rock Falls is a good prosperous town, the best one I know of for living conditions. Rock Falls has lots of room for expansion and is growing fast. Mr. Yeoward was born in Coloma in 1913. He attended East Coloma school. May 7, 1931 he married Dorothy Klinger of Clinton IA there. Children of the couple are Fred, Jerrold, James and Richard. He has a sister, Mrs. Verna Schutt and a brother, Walter who lives at Coleta. He is a member of the Sterling lodge of Odd Fellows and of the Rock Falls Business association. He is a director of East Coloma school district. His hobbies are sports and fishing. [Contributed by Sue Nesland - Sterling Daily Gazette 10 Jan. 1947]
Of Mt. Pleasant Township
Aaron Young & wife Rhoda E. Gardner (Young) Photographs taken in 1885
Aaron Young, a farmer of Mt. Pleasant Township, resident on section 12, was born Aug. 1, 1830 in Benton, Columbia Co., PA and is the son of Abraham and Ann (Peterman) Young. The former was a native of NJ and the latter of PA, where their marriage took place and where they located and reared their family. The father died in the Keystone State, and the mother has never left the place, where all her life has been spent. Their seven children were Thomas W., John K., Amanda, Mercy A., Aaron, Sarah and Abraham P. All attained to adult age. When he was of age Mr. Young came West. He left his native State in the spring of 1852 and located at Dixon, Lee Co. IL where he remained until his removal from there to Whiteside County, an event which occurred in the spring of 1859. He then engaged in farming and about 1863 he purchased 120 acres of land on section 12, where he established his homestead, and has since maintained his residence there. He has added 53 acres by subsequent purchase, constituting an estate of 173 acres on which he has erected fine farm buildings. Mr. Young was educated primarily in the common schools of his native county, and also passed nearly two years in study at Rock River Seminary, after coming to Lee County. He taught several terms of school while living at Dixon, and he also worked as a carpenter during his residence there.
He was united in marriage in Sterling IL, April 1, 1858, to Rhoda E. Gardner, and their family of six children are named Lester C., Helen A., Mary E., Dora A., Clara M. and Marcia L. Mrs. Young was born April 4, 1834 in Luzerne Co., PA and is the daughter of Asahel adn Rebecca (Colvin) Gardner, the former a native of Rhode Island, the latter of PA. They had four children - Almira, Adaline, Esther and Rhoda. Mrs. young attended the district schools of her native county until she was 15 years of age and after that she was a student about two years ad Madison Academy in Luzerne County. After completing her education she engaged in teaching, with successful results, and was occupied in that vocation until her marriage. She came to Whiteside County in 1857.
Mr. Young affiliates with the Democratic party, and has acted in several official position in his township. [Portrait and Biographical Whiteside Co IL 1885 Pg 469]
ADAM B. YOUNG
Of Portland Twp.
Adam B. Young, a retired farmer, residing on section 30, Portland Twp. and owning 140 acres thereon and also 120 acres on section 25, same township, is a son of Geo. B. and Catherine (Burket) Young, and was born in Bedford Co. PA March 3, 1823. His father was a stone mason, and his son was reared on a farm in PA, receiving hte advantages afforded by the common schools and assisting in the maintenance of the family. Mr. Young was united in marriage in Blair Co., PA Sept. 18, 1844, to Miss Elizabeth Ebersole. She was born in Bedford Co., PA, Jan. 27, 1824, and has borne to her husband seven children, five of whom were born in PA and two in Portland Twp. this county. The following is the record: Jacob was born Dec. 15, 1845 and is a farmer in Portland township. John was born April 10, 1847 and a farmer by occupation. Isaac was born Sept. 9, 1848 and is a farmer residing on the parental homestead. daniel was born Jan. 6, 1851, and is a farmer in Portland Twp. George born Sept. 10, 1853 is a farmer in Adair Co Iowa. Adam born Dec. 12, 1859 resides on the homestead. Mary C. was born Feb. 9, 1857 and is the wife of John Martin a farmer in Portland Twp. Mr. Young came West in 1853 and bought 120 acres on section 25 where he resided until the fall of 1876, when he purchased an additional tract adjoining and now has 240 acres. He rents his land and has retired from active farming since about 1875. He has a cider press on his farm and makes cider for the farmers of the county on shares. He can turn out about 40 barrels per day. His press is a patent one and was manufactured in Syracuse NY. It is run by horse power but is adapted to being run by steam power. He also raises sugar cane and manufactures sorghum for others. In the fall of 1883 he made 1000 gallons of sorghum. Mr. Young has 10 grandchildren. Isaac has three children - Frank, Charles and Robert. Daniel has five - Albert, Elmer, Maud, Hattie and Edith; and George has two children, Grace and Mary. [Portrait and Biographical Whiteside Co IL 1885 Pg 598]
DANIEL BEERS YOUNG
Of Union Grove Township
Daniel Beers Young was born in Sussex county, New Jersey, September 16, 1800. When he was quite a child his parents moved to Knox county, Ohio, and in 1831 he settled in Marion, now Morrow county in the State. In 1837, he came to Whiteside county, and purchased a claim of six hundred and forty acres in what is now Union Grove township, of J. T. Atkinson, paying for the land and improvements, together with some farming implements, the sum of three thousand six hundred dollars.
Mr. Young early took a part in the public affairs of Whiteside, and was elected the first Probate Justice of the county, serving from 1839 until 1842. He was also the first School Commissioner of the county, holding the office from 1840 until 1842. He was at one time elected County Treasurer, but declined to serve. In 1852, he was eleeted Justice of the Peace of Union Grove, and held the office until 1857, and in 1858 represented the township in the Board of Supervisors. He filled each of these positions with excellent satisfaction, bringing to them the Jeffersonian test, honesty, capability, and faithfulness to the constitution. As a man and a citizen, he stands high in the estimation of all.
About twelve years ago he settled in Morrison where he now resides. Mr. Young married Miss Betsey Jackson, November 4, 1824. Miss Jackson was born October 28, 1805. The children by this marriage have been: Emily, born October 22, 1825; Abigail, born April 14, 1827; Charity Ann, born February 25, 1829; Harriet, born December 30, 1830; Jacob Clark , born August 27,1832; Lucy, born May 18,1834; Tryphena, born April 27, 1836; Aaron Nelson, born April 3, 1838; Jackson, born Novemer 17, 1839; John Mitehell, born February 22, 1843; Sylvia Ann, born Decembor 12, 1845; and Emeline Amelia, born December 3, 1847. Emeline Amelia died February 1, 1848.
Emily married John A. Robertson, August 7, 1842, and died May 13, 1858 (see biography of John A. Robertson). Abigail married Matthew B. Potter, October 20, 1847, and died August 26, 1863; children, Warren, Carrie, and Matthew. Charity Ann married John P. Potter, March 27, 1849 and resides in Henry county, Illinois; children, Alvina Rose, Bessie, and Noble. Harriet married Elbert Pinney, March 29, 1849, and resides in Preston, Missouri; children, Beers John, May, Lula, Charity, Nettie, and two others. Jacob Clark married Miss Amelia D. Harris, November 3, 1858, and lives at Preston, Missouri; children, Emma, Cora, Leroy, Stella, and one other. Lucy married John W. Jacobs August 20, 1857, and lives in Carthage, Missouri; children, Ernest,Jay W, Bessie and Bertha. Tryphena married Willis F. Johnson, January 13, 1859, children, Wealthy May, and Anna Blanche. Aaron Nelson married Anna M. Corell, March 26, 1867, and lives at Evanston, Cook county Illinois; children, Albert, Ruth, William, and Paul. Jackson married Miss Lydia L. Lyman October 2, 1865, and lives at Sioux Falls, Dakota Territory; children, Nelson, Homer and one other. John M. married Miss Mattie Mitchell March 25, 1866, and lives in Miller county, Missouri; children, Willis, John Brady and one other. Sylvia A. married George L. Hutchinson, January 7, 1867 and lives in Colorado; one child, Milford. Mrs. Young died January 13, 1872, and Mr. Young married Mrs. Harriet Allen, October 28,1873. Mr. Young has forty-eight grand children, and seven great grand children. [Extracted from Bent & Wilson History of Whiteside County Page 479]
Of Portland Township
Daniel Young, farmer, section 30, Portland Township; is a son of Adam and Elizabeth Young, and was born in Blair Co., Pa., Jan. 6, 1851. In November, 1853 the family came West, when the senior Young located a part of the land on which he now resides, and which lies adjoining the premises of Mr. Daniel Young, on the northwest; it is a nice farm of 200 acres.
After remaining an inmate of his paternal home until he was 19 years of age, the subject of this sketch commenced working out as a common laborer, and thus continued until 1876, when he purchased 87 acres of his present farm, and resided. there until the spring of 1883; he then bought his present residence and 160 acres of land, and having purchased 40 acres in 1881, he has now an aggregate of 287 acres. He is beginning to make a specialty of Holstein cattle, of which he expects to keep about 75 head; also is head of graded Clydesdale (Norman) horses. Mr. Y. has also run threshing machines for 16 years. His brother Adam, Jr., now owns a third interest in a steam threshing-machine, in partnership with him. They have threshed as high as 2,000 bushels of grain in a day.
Dec. 25, 1869, at Morrison, Mr. Young was married to Miss Esther Camerer, a daughter of Samuel and Catherine Camerer. She was born near Martinsburg, Pa., May 14, 1851. Mr. and Mrs. Young have five children, namely: Albert, who was born May 14, 1871; Maud, March. 9, 1876; Elmer, Jan. 26, 1878; Hattie, Sept. 10, 1881;. and Edith, Nov. 10, 1884. Mrs. Young's father died when she was a little girl, and her mother resides in Pennsylvania. [Portraits and Biogrpahical Whiteside County]
Of Portland Township, Whiteside Co IL
Walter Young was born in Madison county, New York, in 1816, and came to Portland in 1838. He afterwards went to California, and was successful in his operations, and since his return farmed near Spring Hill, for some time, and then moved to Geneseo, Henry county. He married Miss Laura Morrill, who died in Geneseo, in March, 1877. The children, Luella, Mary L., and Chas. W. are residing with Mr. Young in Geneseo. [Bent & Wilson History of Whiteside County IL 1877]
Henry K. Zundt, a farmer of Jordan Township resident on secton 17, was born Feb. 21, 1825 in Baden,Geemany. Jacob Zendt, his father, was born also in Baden, and was a millwright by vocation. Elizabeth (Down) Zendt, his mother, was born in Baden. In 2832, the family, consisting of the patents and six children, emigrated from Germany to the United States. Afler a residence of three years in the city of Philadelphia, where one child was born, they removed to Montgomery Ca., Pa, In 1851 another transfer, to Lancaster County, in the same Stale, was made. While living in Montgomery County, Mr. Zendt served three years as an apprentice in learning the trade of carriage-maker from a man named Abraham Roth. He worked at that business as a journeyman six years in Montgomery County, where he was foreman four years in a carriage shop. Afire removing to Lancaster County, he established a shop with business relations under his own control, managing his affairs at that point 12 years with success.
His marriage to Catherine Gruff took place Feb. 28, 1860. Mrs. Zendt is the daughter of B. M . and Lydia (Tambo) Groff, and was born in East Lampster Township, Lancaster Co., Pa., Sept. 24, 1841. When she was ten years of age she was removed from the care of her parents and was reared to womanhood by strangers. Her mother died in Lancaster County, in the summer of 1884. Her father is yet living. The children of Mr. and Mrs. Zendt have been born as follows: Lydia A. Oct. 18, 1863, Mary M. June 1866; John F., Oct. 23, 1871. Two children died young; Franklin G., born Jon. 5, 1861, died June 1, 1864; Naomi T., born April born April 21, 1859, died May 17, 1871. They came to Sterling in the spriog of 1864. Mr. Zendt followed the business of carriage-maker there 20 years with success. In 1873 he formed a partnership with A. B. Spies, and their business relations continued until the senior partner became a farmer. In May 1867 , he purchased 80 acres of land on section 18 in Jordon Township which was approved. In February 1884, he made another purchase of 60 acres on section 17. He is also the owner of five acres of timber in in Genesse Township. He and his wife are members of the Menonite Church and Mr. Zendt is one of the Deacons of the society [Portraits & Biorgraphical 1885]
WESLEY V. ZIMMERMAN
Wesley V. Zimmerman, proprietor of the St. Nicholas Hotel and Restaurant at Erie, is a son of John and Rachel (Fuller) Zimmerman, and was born in Cattaraugus Co., N.Y., Jan.. 12, 1840. His father is a native of that State, is a farmer by occupation and resides one-half mile north of Spring Hill, this county. The mother of Wesley is also a native of New York and is living with her husband as above stated. Their children were nine in number, as follows: Cordelia, wife of Hiram Gilmore, a farmer in Medicine Co., cal.; Mary A., wife of Levi Fuller, a resident of Eureka Springs, Ark.; John D., deceased; Edwin, a butcher in Prophetstown, this county; Alice, wife of George Clifford, at work in the pineries of Minnesota; Annie, wife of Clements Merrill, a farmer in Iowa; George, a wholesale and retail hardware merchant in San Francisco, Cal.; Frank, a farmer near Spring Hill, this county; and Wesley.
Mr. Zimmerman was reared on a farm, and on attaining adult age he followed lumbering during the winter seasons.
He was married in Salamanca, Cattaraugus Co., N.Y., Feb. 20, 1864, to Miss Mary P., daughter of James K. (a lumberman residing in New York) and Elmira (Kilbourn) Webb. Her mother is deceased. Mrs. Z. was born in Warren Co., Pa., July 14, 1845. They have had five children, three of whom are living. The record is as follows: Allie, born March 18, 1865; Webb D., born May 22, 1866, died Dec. 2, same year; Alden, born July 25, 1867, died Dec. 17, same year; Frank R., born April 2, 1872; and Fred, born Feb. 18, 1877.
Mr. Zimmerman came West to a point near Spring Hill, this county, in 1868, where he farmed one year, after which he engaged in railroading for several years. In 1876 he came to Erie and opened a restaurant, which he conducted a short time and then took possession of the St. Nicholas Hotel, which he ran for a time. He afterward opened a saloon, which business he followed until the spring of 1883. In April, 1884, Mr. Zimmerman rented the St. Nicholas Hotel, and has continued to conduct the same as a first-class house. He can accommodate from 15 to 20 guests, and keeps adjoining a restaurant and ice-cream parlor, and also a saloon, and is doing a good and increasing business. The traveling public will find the St. Nicholas one of the pleasantest places in the county. [Contributed by Debbie Thormahlen from Portraits & Biographical Pg 478 Whiteside County IL 1885]
Abraham Zook, a retired farmer of Clyde Township, resides on section 3. He was born Dec. 2, 1820, in Lancaster Co., Pa., and is the son of Joseph Zook, who was born in Chester Co., Pa. In national descent Mr. Zook is of Swiss extraction, and records himself as third in generation from three brothers in the paternal line who came to America just previous to the Revolutionary War. Joseph Zook was a woolen manufacturer in Pennsylvania until he was 43 years of age, when he turned his attention to farming. He died in his native State in July, 1852, aged 65 years. Anna (Shuck) Zook, the mother, was born in Lancaster County, and was of mixed Swiss and German origin. Her progenitors were early settlers in the United States. She died in 1826, in the county where she was born, when her son was but six years of age. She had been the mother of six children. The father married again after the death of his wife, and the children were reared at home.
Mr. Zook was educated in the common schools and instructed in the duties of farm labor. Feb. 18, 1840, he was married in Franklin Co. Pa., to Ann, daughter of John and Susanna (Raiher) Gsell. Both the latter were born in Pennsylvania, of German descent. They were farmers and died in Franklin County. The death of the father transpired May 10, 1873 when he was 94 years of age. The mother died in 1832. They were the parents of 11 children. The children of Mr. and Mrs. Zook, 10 in number, are all yet living, and are all heads of families: Catherine is the wife of Jacob Swisher, a farmer in Adair Co., Iowa; Sarah married Jacob Garwick ; Anna is Mrs. Henry Garwick, and lives in the township of Clyde; Mary is the wife of Isaac Trump, a bishop in what is designated the River Brethren Church, and resides at Polo IL, Ogle County; Joseph S. marrried Adaline Law, and is a farmer in Adair Co., Iowa; Amanda is Mrs. George Hiller and is a resident on a farm in Clyde Township : Elizabeth married Jacob Ditch, who is a farmer in Ogle Co., Ill.; Abraham married Rosa Bowers and is a resident of Clyde Township.
John R. Zook was born Nov. 27, 1857, in the township of Newton. When he was 20 years of age he began teaching in the public schools of the township where he was born, and after spending two years in that vocation he went to the college at Valparaiso, IN., where he passed some time in study. Subsequently he engaged in teaching in Ogle County, but passed only one term in that avenue of business, returning at its expiration to the family homestead, of which he has since been the superintendent. He has been engaged for some years as a teacher of vocal music.
Dec. 18, 1884, he was united in marriage to Sarah A., daughter of Jacob and Priscilla (Holley) George. She was born Feb. 22, 1865, in Carroll Co., IL She was only two years of age: when her father and mother came to the township of Clyde, where she grew to womanhood, was educated in the common schools and was married at her father’s house.
Melissa the youngest child of Abraham and Ann Zook, married John Gayman, a farmer in Fairhaven Township, Carroll Co., Ill. Mr. and Mrs. Zook remained in Franklin Co., Pa., after their marriage, until 1857. In that year they removed to Illinois and resided between two and three years in the townships of Garden Plain and Newton. In 186o they removed to Clyde Township, where they purchased 160 acres of unbroken prairie. They proceeded with vigorous energy to make the usual improvements. Their efforts resulted in a fine and valuable farm, all under cultivation, well stocked and supplied with commodious and necessary farm buildings. The present manager of the place is interested in the improvement of stock and is the owner of fine grades of Short—Horn cattle. All the members of the family, with one exception, belong to the River Brethren Church. The father and sons are Republicans of pronounced type. [Portraits & Biographical pg 288]
ABRAHAM G. ZOOK
Abraham G. Zook, farmer, resident on section 10, Clyde Township, was born Sept. 25, 1854, in Franklin Co., Pa. The full biographical record of his parents, Abraham and Ann Zook, may be found elsewhere in this volume. He was two years of age when his father transferred his family and interests to Whiteside County, and he continued under the parental authority until he was 21 years of age. He had acquired a fair common-school education, and, on obtaining his majority, he went to Lyndon, and for some time attended the seminary at that place. He then returned to his former employment on his father’s farm, where he remained but a short time, going to Morrison to enter upon the duties of a salesman in the mercantile house of Charles Spears & Son. About a year later he engaged in teaching and was chiefly occupied with that pursuit until his marriage.
He was joined in matrimony with Rosa A. Bowers, Aug. 5, 1879. Mrs. Zook is the daughter of Andrew and Mary (Falkner) Bowers. Her parents were natives of Blair Co., Pa., and she was born Oct. 11, 1853, in Woodbury, in the same county. She is the oldest of five children born to her parents and was but six months old when they removed from Pennsylvania to Stark County, Ohio. Her mother died when she was not yet eight years old, and before she was ten years of age she was made wholly an orphan by the death of her father. The decease of her mother occurred Dec. 22, 1862 ; that of her father took place April 20, 1865. She became a member of the family of Dr. William O. Baker, of Louisville, Ohio, where she remained four years attending school. She afterwards lived among her relatives, and when she was 22 years of age came to Illinois, finding a home among friends in Ogle County. Of three children born to herself and husband two are deceased. Anna M. and Milton F., twins, were born April 18, 1882 and the latter died while yet an infant. Mary died when she was 5 months old. Mr. and Mrs. Zook settled after their marriage on a farm in Ogle County. The place contained 155 acres and they were its occupants until July 1883 when they purchased 40 acres of land on Secton Clyde Township and too possession of it. He is an active member of the River Brethren Church to which his wife also belongs. He is a Republican. [Portraits & Biographical pg 736]
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