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Biosketch of John Gunzenhauser, b. 1830

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Biosketch of John Gunzenhauser, b. 1830

Posted: 26 Jul 2005 4:57PM GMT
Classification: Biography
Surnames: Gunzenhauser Erler Senn Hartman Kocher
John Gunzenhauser, one of the reliable and influential farmers of Huntington Township, was born in Baden, Germany, December 9, 1830, being the eldest of six children born to John and Magdalena (Erler) Gunzenhauser, the former of whom was the son of John and Anna (Senn) Gunzenhauser. Our subject remained in his native country until he reached the age of twenty-four, when, accompanied by his brother, Gottfried, he came to America. On making his way to Ashland County, Ohio, he remained there some three or four months working upon a farm and at railroad constructing. In October, 1854, he came to this county, and after working upon a farm and upon a brickyard for a few years, he purchased a tract of wood land in Tract 12, Huntington Township, upon which he located, at once set about clearing up a farm. This has been his home every since. His marriage to Barbara Kocher occurred January 29, 1860. She was born in Germany, October 6, 1841, being the daughter of John and Catharine (Hartman) Kocher, and the sister of Catharine Kocher, who became the wife of Gottfried Gunzenhauser. She came to America with her parents when she was thirteen years old. Mr. and Mrs. Gunzenhause have had born to them five children; the first was a son that died in infancy, unnamed. Then Barbara, John G., Frederick and Rosina. Only the three last are living—Barbara having died when she was two years old. Our subject and family are members of the German Reformed Church. In politics Mr. Gunzenhauser is a Democrat. He owns 200 acres of fine land, over half of which is in cultivation. His farm is fitted up with good fences and buildings, and is a very desirable location. He is a successful farmer and a worthy and honored citizen.

History of Huntington County, Indiana (Brant & Fuller: Chicago, IL) 1887. Biographical Sketches of Huntington – City and Township. Page 488.

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