Immigrated as a child with his parents who settled in Oneida County, New York. Met and married his wife Lydia Simon, whose family had also immigrated from Germany. Eventually relocated to the Rochester area and operated a fruit farm in Charlotte. Had 5 children--the youngest died as a toddler and is buried in Evergreen Cemetery in Lee, Oneida, NY. His wife,remaining children and other descendants are also buried at Riverside Cemetery.