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John H. Simon

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John H. Simon

Posted: 30 Mar 2002 5:05PM GMT
Classification: Biography
Surnames: Simon, Hefley, Brandenburg, Zent
From Biographical Memoirs of Huntington County, 1901, pages 580-581

John H. Simon is one of the most sagacious and successful farmers of Jackson township, Huntington county, Indiana, where he owns two hundred and two acres of fine farm land and is engaged in general farming and stock raising. He was born in Stark county, Ohio, May 2, 1839, and is a son of Abraham and Mary (Hefley) Simon, both of whom were natives of Pennsylvania. Of the eight children born to Abraham and Mary Simon, the eldest, Harriet, is deceased; John H. is the second in order of birth; Rebecca, the third child, is also deceased; William is a United Brethren minister at West Plains, Missouri; Daniel is deceased; Josiah is a Congregational minister in Chicago; Eli is a farmer in Jackson township, Huntington county, Indiana; and Mary J. is deceased.

In the fall of 1844 Abraham Simon, with his wife and four children, came from Stark county, Ohio, to Huntington county, Indiana, and purchased eighty acres of forest land, on which he erected a log cabin of one room. In this he and his family lived until better improvements were made and the farm thoroughly redeemed from the wilderness. On this farm the latter years of his life were passed in ease and comfort, and here his death took place in 1894, at the age of eighty-two years, two months and five days, passing away in the faith of the United Brethren church, in which he had been an active and faithful worker. His wife died in February of the same year.

John H. Simon was but five years of age when he was brought by his parents to the farm he now owns, and which he assisted in clearing up and improving. On this old homestead he lived until his marriage, October 5, 1862, to Miss Margaret Brandenburg, who has borne him the following children: Hulda, at home; Nettie, wife of Irwin Zent; Julius, of Jackson township; Grant, a farmer in the same township; Alvin L., at home; and Sherman, in Whitley county.

Just after his marriage, in 1862, Mr. Simon moved to a forty-acre timber tract in section No. 6. He put up a log cabin, and added to the area of the farm until he owned one hundred and twenty-two acres, and resided thereon until March, 1897, when he returned to the old homestead, in section No. 7, his total acreage, as mentioned, now comprising two hundred and two acres, all of which is cleared with the exception of twenty-nine acres.

In politics Mr. Simon is a Republican, and in religion is a member of the United Brethren church.

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