GEORGE, Jacob, a well-known and substantial farmer, whose agricultural experience in Hire Township, McDonough County, Ill., has extended over a half century, was born in Germany on September 30, 1829. His father and mother, Henry and Elizabeth (Schafer) George, were also natives of the same country. Jacob George came with his parents to America in 1848. The family spent some years in Virginia and Ohio, and, in 1855, came to Illinois and settled in McDonough County. Mr. George bought a farm a mile east of his present home and, after living there four or five years, moved west to Section 32, where he built a house and made all needed improvements. He is now the owner of between 400 and 500 acres of land, and his farm is one of the best managed and most productive in the county. He is known as a man of strong character and strict integrity.
In 1851, Mr. George was joined in wedlock with Christina George, who was born in Germany, and died July 21, 1898. Nine children resulted from this union, of whom five are living and four deceased. The living are: Mrs. Mariah Morgan, John George, William George, Mrs. Clara Kieffer, and Mrs. Dora Riser. The deceased are: Louis, Milton C., Louisa and Katie (Mrs. Fisher). Politically, Mr. George is a Democrat. He served as Road Commissioner for six years, and also held the office of School Director for several terms. His religious faith is that of the Methodist Church.
Source: The Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois and History of McDonough County, compiled by Dr. Newton Bateman, and Paul Shelby, 1907, volume 2, page 885, extracted 04 Jan 2019 by Norma Hass.