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Henry Dinius

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Posted: 10 Mar 2004 5:34PM GMT
Classification: Biography
Surnames: Dinius, Pretz, Koch, Sickafoos, Hoover, Long, France, Hartman, Maine



From Biographical Memoirs of Huntington County, 1901, pages 384-385

Henry Dinius, one of the wealthiest and most highly respected
agriculturists of Jackson township, Huntington county, Indiana, was born
in Bethlehem township, Stark county, Ohio, April 14, 1833, a son of John
Dinius, a native of Lancaster county, Pennsylvania, who settled in Stark
county, Ohio, in 1812, whither he had come with his parents, Samuel and
Rebecca (Pretz) Dinius, when fifteen years old. He there grew to
manhood, and there married Margaret Koch, daughter of Adam Koch, who
served in the Revolutionary war six years, and died at the age of ninety.

Henry Dinius is a member of a family of twelve children, namely: Peter,
who had resided in Jackson township and died in 1900, in his eighty-fifth
year; Elizabeth, married to Jacob Sickafoos, died in 1864; Alfred, who
lived in Jackson township and died in 1880; Hiram, also a resident of
Jackson township in 1819, died in Fulton county, Indiana, in 1893, where
he had moved some years previous; Levi, who lived in Clear Creek
township, deceased; Josiah, who lived in Jackson township, died 1883;
Mary, married to Jacob Hoover, died in 1894; Pauline, married to Philip
Sickafoos, died in 1884; Henry is the next in order of birth; Urich, who
lived in Jackson township, died in 1900; John A. died in 1895; and Sarah
A. married Jacob Long, and died in 1873.

John Dinius, the father of this family, came to Huntington county,
Indiana, in 1846 and purchased nine quarter section tracts of land in
Jackson and Clear Creek townships, at three dollars and twenty-five cents
per acre. Two years later he brought his family to Jackson township, and
settled on the farm now owned by his son Henry. Here the father erected
a log cabin of one room, with a clapboard roof, which was replaced about
two years later by a frame house more modern. Here he passed the
remainder of his days, dying November 10, 1860, a member of the German
Reformed church, in which he was an active worker. In politics he was an
early Whig, and served as township trustee and assessor in both Ohio and
Indiana, being trustee of Jackson township in 1859. Nearly all his
children settled around him, married, and shared in the good name of the
father. He afterward purchased more land, until at one time he was the
possessor of eighteen hundred and forty acres.

Henry Dinius was fifteen years old when the family settled in Jackson
township, and here grew to manhood. At the age of twenty-four years he
took charge of the old home farm, and after his father's death became the
owner, and has resided here ever since.

The marriage of Henry Dinius took place December 16, 1858, to Miss
Barbara Long, who was born in Wayne county, Ohio, July 29, 1834, and was
a daughter of Henry and Elizabeth (France) Long, who settled in
Huntington county in 1855. To Mr. and Mrs. Dinius were born six
children, of whom Edwin, who was a farmer of Jackson township, was killed
in a storm in 1897; Minnie is the wife of John Hartman, of Clear Creek
township; Clara, married to Clinton Maine, of Huntington; Lilly,
attending college at Bloomington, Indiana; Sumner, now at home; and Boyd
S., a school teacher.

Henry Dinius has made his home in Jackson township, Huntington county,
since 1848, owns about two hundred and thirty-two acres of land, and as a
farmer and stock-raiser has been very successful. In politics he is a
Republican, was elected county commissioner in 1884, served two terms,
and was one of the only two Republican officials elected on the county
ticket. Mr. Dinius and wife are members of the United Brethren church,
and are highly esteemed by all who know them.


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