Biography of James V. Ten Eyck
Northwestern Ohio Biographies


Prominent among the energetic, far seeing and successful business men of Henry county is the subject of this sketch. His life history most happily illustrates what may be attained by faithful and continued effort in carrying out an honest purpose. Since 1886 he has been identified with the interests of Hamler, and has successfully engaged in the furniture and undertaking business there since 1893.

A native of New York, Mr. Ten Eyck was born in Dutchess county, March 3, 1838, and when four years old was taken by his parents, Cornelius and Hannah (Mott) Ten Eyck, to Livingston county, in that State. where they lived upon a farm until he was thirteen years old. Emigrating westward in September, 1851, the family located near Morenci, in Lenawee county, Michigan, and after residing there for two years they removed to Lucas county, Ohio, where the parents died. Abner Ten Eyck and Abner Mott, the paternal and maternal grandfathers of our subject, were both of Holland descent; the former lived to the advanced age of one hundred and one years.

Going to Toledo, Ohio, in 1861, James V. Ten Eyck worked at the carpenter's trade for two years, and while there he in the spring of 1862 entered the State Militia. Feeling that his country needed his services at the front, he enlisted, in 1864, in Company A, One Hundred and Thirtieth Ohio Volunteer Infantry, with which he served for one hundred days. After leaving the army he became connected with stave works in Toledo, where he was employed as foreman and superintendent until 1886, and then accepted a similar position in Hamler, Henry county, where he has since made his home. On resigning his position in 1893, he embarked in his present business.

On November 28, 1861, in Lucas county, Ohio, Mr. Ten Eyck was united in marriage with Miss Julia A. Thatcher, a native of Ohio, by whom he had three children: William H.; Eugene Mott.; and Almeda Elmira, now the wife of Frank Kintner. The mother of these children died in Lucas county, February 5, 1879, and July 1, 1880, Mr. Ten Eyck was again married, his second union being with Miss Harriet McComber, who was born in New York State.

Politically, Mr. Ten Eyck is identified with the Republican party, of whose principles he is an earnest advocate and stanch support. Since coming to Hamler he has taken a leading part in public affairs of a political nature, has been a member of the Republican Central Committee for several years, and has held the office of mayor for one term. He and his wife are worthy members of the Presbyterian Church at Holgate, in which he is serving as elder, and they take an active and leading part in its work. As a business man and citizen he has gained the confidence and esteem of all with whom he has come in contact, and he is well deserving of honorable mention in a work of this character.

Commemorative Biographical Record of Northwestern, Ohio
Including the counties of
Defiance, Henry, Williams and Fulton
Published by: J. H. Beers and Company
Chicago, Illinois

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