|Birth: ||Jun. 2, 1853|
David Decker was the son of Frederick Decker and Catharine Cook.
He married Angeline Mae Botamer on 24 Apr 1879.
Biography, G. Frederick Wright, 1916, "A Standard History of Lorain County, OH, Vol. I (The Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago & New York), pp. 953-954
DAVID DECKER. Out on the Murray Ridge Road in Elyria Township one of the best improved and most attractive farms passed by the traveler on that highway is the Decker place of 101 acres. Mr. Decker is a native of Lorain County, was born not far from where he now lives, and has made an ample success to his chosen line of endeavor and also stands for the good things in the life of his community.
The farm on which he was born June 2, 1853, was also located on the Murray Ridge Road, and was at that time owned by his parents, Frederick and Catherine (Cook) Decker. They both come from Germany as young people, his mother with her parents when sixteen years of age. The father was a tailor by trade, and after landing in Boston worked there for several years and was married in that city to a Miss Cook when the latter was nineteen years old. They finally came West and settled in Lorain County, locating in Amherst Township, but after a short time moved to Elyria Township, where they occupied the farm on Murray Ridge Road about half a mile from the old Telegraph Toad. That was their home for nearly thirty years. They then moved to the City of Elyria where Frederick Decker died January 21, 1880, at the age of about seventy-two. His widow for several years kept house for her youngest sons, Frank and George, in Amherst Township, and died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Lenz, in Greytown, Ottawa County, February 4, 1901, at the advanced age of eighty-five. There were twelve children in the family, all of whom grew up except Peter, who was accidentally drowned when four or five years of age in a well. The names of the children were: William, Jacob, Catherine, Frederik, Elizabeth, Peter, Phillipine, Adam, Carry, David, Frank and George. The son, William, early in life went to Michigan, where he was engaged in lumbering, served with a Michigan regiment all through the Civil war, and was afterwards identified with lumber mills in that state until his death; he was twice married, and by the first wife had two children, Kittie and Willie, and by the second marriage there is a son Fred, who still lives in Michigan. Jacob Decker, the second son, also lives in Lorain County. Catherine, the third child, married Abraham Halter, lived in Elyria Township, a number of years, from there moved to Hancock County, and she died there about five years ago when seventy years of age; she was the mother of four children; Edward, Suzie, Arthur and Clarence. The next in the family is Frederick, who was a farmer in Elyria Township up to the age of twenty-two, then went to the war and died while fighting for the Union cause. Elizabeth lived in Elyria Township until her marriage to Jacob Lenz, which occurred in 1863, and she is now ling at Greytown in Ottawa County, a widow and the mother of nine children: Fred, deceased; Alice; Henry; Julia; Edward; Frank, and three others now deceased. Phillipine was married at the age of seventeen in Elyria Townsip to George Hansman, a blacksmith, and they are now living in Amherst; their children are: Allie, deceased; Fred; Elmer: Kittie; and Arnold. Adam, who now lived at Elyria, was first a farmer, later was engaged in shop work and is now an engineer in the steel mills at Lorain; by his marriage to Margaret Wonder of Carey, Ohio, he has two children named Mamie and Clarence. Carry is the widow of the late Orland McQueen, who for a number of years was captain of a lake vessel, though they made their home at Elyria, and she is now living at Elmore in Sandusky County; her three children are: Catherine, Lillian and Ralph. Frank, now deceased, was a farmer, later a teaming contractor at Amherst, and died about fifteen years ago; he married Lizzie Ackerman, who is still living, and her children are: Frank, Martha, Arnold and Leland. George was associated with his brother, Frank, in the contracting business and died the same year as the brother; he married Kate Wenard, who lives at Amherst, and has four children, Anna, Albert, Edith and George.
Mr. David Decker grew up in Lorain County, attended the schools near his boyhood home, and was well trained for the business which he has made the basis of his career. He lived with his parents until twenty years of age, after which he followed the carpenter trade several years. He did his first farming for himself for one year in Elyria Township, and in 1878 moved to Sheffield Township, where for eighteen years he operated a farm of 136 1/2 acres. Returning to Elyria Townsip in March, 1896, he has since prospered as the proprietor and manager of the old Michael Eppley farm.
On April 24, 1879, he married Angeline May Botamer. She was born in Elyria Township, a daughter of Christopher Frederick and Chassie (Fessler) Botamer. Her father was born in Germany, but was married in Sandusky, and his wife was of English stock. Mrs. Decker was one of a family of twelve children, two of whom died in infancy. Her brothers and sisters were named: Emma, deceased; Sarah, deceased; William, who lives in Elyria; Mamie, who died after her marriage; Catherine (Botamer) Beese, who lives in Elyria; John; Frank and Adam, both residents of Elyria; George, deceased; and Leon.
To Mr. and Mrs. Decker have been born three children. Ruby is the wife of Samuel A. Beal. Edward C., who is foreman for John Happin, a contracoor, married Mabel Gibson. Harley, who lives on the farm with his father, married Myrna Hughes; their first child, a son, died at the age of five months, and the two living children are Nina Belle and Wanda Veda. Mrs. Decker is an active member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Mrs. Decker's father was a very liberal supporter and constant attendant of the same church. Mr. and Mrs. David Decker are both members of the local Grange in the Patrons of Husbandry, and Mr. Decker at one time filled the office of township assessor. He was elected that position on the democratic ticket and that has been his brand of politics.
Frederick Decker (1807 - 1880)
Catharine Cook Decker (1816 - 1901)
Angeline Mae Botamer Decker (1860 - 1942)
Ruby Pearl Decker Beal (1880 - 1965)*
Harley Orland Decker (1885 - 1979)*
Jacob Decker (1838 - 1922)*
Catharine Decker Halter (1840 - 1908)*
Frederick Decker (1842 - 1865)*
Peter Decker (1846 - 1850)*
Adam Decker (1850 - 1929)*
David Decker (1853 - 1924)
John Frank Decker (1855 - 1899)*
George W Decker (1857 - 1898)*
North Murray Ridge Cemetery
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David Decker was buried on Dec 24, 1924|
Added: Nov. 3, 2013