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Abraham Simon (b. 1812)

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Abraham Simon (b. 1812)

Posted: 29 Mar 2002 9:00PM GMT
Classification: Biography
Edited: 1 Apr 2002 11:27AM GMT
Abraham Simon, retired farmer and pioneer of Jackson Township, is a native of Pennsylvania, and dates his birth from the 7th day of May, 1812. He is the third of a family of eight children, born to Jacob and Catherine (Dinius) Simon, both parents born in Pennsylvania of German ancestry. Jacob Simon grew to manhood in his native State, and in early life learned the shoe-maker’s trade. In 1819, with his wife and six children, he emigrated to Stark County, Ohio, where for some years he lived the life of a pioneer, and where he succeeded in accumulating a comfortable competence, including a fine farm of 160 acres upon which he lived until his death, a number of years later. Abraham Simon was raised in Stark County, Ohio, and upon his father’s farm learned those lessons of industry and thrift by which his subsequent life has been characterized. Having early manifested a liking for mechanical pursuits, he while still a young man, took up the carpenter’s trade, to which he devoted his attention for about two years, after attaining his majority. March 27, 1836, he was united in marriage to Mary Hafla, who was born in Franklin County, Penn., July 6, 1815, the only daughter of Peter and Sophia (Bruner) Hafla. Mr. Simon farmed his father’s place until the fall of 1844, at which time he moved to Huntington County and settled on eighty acres of land in Jackson Township, which he had located the year previous. Like other early settlers, Mr. Simon encountered his full share of the difficulties incident to pioneer life, but by energy and determination, finally succeeded in developing from the forest a comfortable home, his farm at this time consisting of 135 acres of choice land, the greater part of which is under a successful state of cultivation. He is a well-preserved man, in full possession of his mental and physical faculties, and is one of the representative, self-made men of Huntington County. He cast his first ballot in 1836, for William Henry Harrison, and since the birth of the Republican Party, has been of its most earnest and uncompromising adherents. In religious matters Mr. and Mrs. Simon have always taken an active interest, and it was at their dwelling that one of the first classes of the United Brethren Church in Huntington County was organized. This was in the fall of 1845, since which time the church has grown to be one of the largest and most aggressive societies in the township. Eight children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Simon, four of whom are now living, viz: John, William, Josiah and Eli. The first and fourth farmers, and the second and third ministers of the United Brethren Church. The following are the deceased members of the family: Harriet, Rebecca, Daniel and Mary.

History of Huntington County, Indiana. (Brant & Fuller: Chicago) 1887. Biosketches of Jackson Township. Page 663.

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