This well known and progressive agriculturist of York township, Fulton county, is a native of Ohio, born September
19, 1844, in Huron county, a son of James S., a pioneer of Richmond township, Huron county, Ohio. Nicholas Shinaberger,
grandfather of our subject, was born in Germany, whence at the age of seventeen he came to America, locating first
in Pennsylvania, thence moving to Carroll county, Ohio. Here he followed farming, also conducting a distillery,
and passed the rest of his days there, dying in August, 1850. His wife was born about the time of the Revolutionary
war, and her mother concealed her and a little brother in the bushes out of sight of the Indians, who burned the
home of the family to the ground. To this worthy couple were born thirteen children, James, our subject's father,
being next to the youngest.
James Shinaberger was born in 1813 in Carroll county, Ohio, and when a young man moved to Huron county, where he
took up farming. He was twice married, and by his first wife had one daughter, Sarah, now living in Michigan, In
Huron county, for his second wife, he wedded Miss Margaret Holtz, by whom he had six children: Matilda (deceased);
one that died in infancy; Lovina (Mrs. Leonard Allemande.); Jacob (our subject); John, in Michigan; and Sarah (Mrs.
George Frederick, of York township, Fulton county), The father of these died in 1882, in York township, Fulton
county, the mother in 1884.
Jacob Holtz, our subject's maternal grandfather, was a native of Pennsylvania, whence he moved to Richland county,
Ohio. He was married in Pennsylvania, and to him and his wife were born twelve children: Jacob, George, Frederick,
David, Michael (deceased), Simon, Margaret, Nancy, William A., Sarah (deceased), Mary, and Hannah,
Jacob Shinaberger, whose name introduces these lines, attended the common schools of Huron county, in an old log
house with slab seats and other primitive furnishings, the same building that his father had at one time rented
to live in while he built a home, On August 4, 1861, prompted by the spirit of patriotism, Jacob enlisted in Company
C, Sixty fifth Ohio Volunteer Infantry, for three years or during the war, but was discharged July 30, 1862, on
account of disability, On March 28, 1864, he reenlisted in the same regiment and company, serving till the close
of the war, being honorably discharged November 3o, 1865, He was in the army of the Cumberland, and participated
in all the battles of the Atlanta campaign, also those at Spring Hill, Franklin and Nashville. Thence in July,
1865, his regiment proceeded to Texas, where it remained till December, 1865. He was neither wounded nor taken
prisoner, and when discharged from the service he returned to the quiet pursuits of farm life.
In 1868 Mr. Shinaberger married Miss Hannah E, Kirkwood, who was born September 8, 1847, To them were born three
children: J, L., a sketch of whom appears elsewhere; Elmer, who died in infancy; and Cora Anna, now the wife of
Henry Deckerson, a farmer of York township, Fulton county (they have two children - Louis and Fern). The mother
of these died in 1878, and in April, 1880, our subject wedded Adelia A. Andrews, a native of Fulton county, born
February 24, 1849, a daughter of Leonard Andrews (now deceased). By this union there are no children,
In politics our subject is a stanch Republican, his first Presidential vote being cast for Abraham Lincoln, and
he has cast his ballot for every Republican candidate since. For three years he served as township trustee in York
township, and was also supervisor thereof, Socially he is affiliated with the G. A. R. Losure Post, No. 35, of
Wauseon, Ohio, and in religious faith both he and his wife are members of the Church of God at Liberty Center.
Commemorative Biographical Record of Northwestern, Ohio
Including the counties of
Defiance, Henry, Williams and Fulton
Published by: J. H. Beers and Company
Northwestern, Ohio Biographies
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