JACOB BURGE (deceased), an honored pioneer of Henry County, of April, 1835, was born in Pennsylvania, Feb. 13, 1804, and was the son of John and Margaret Burge His parents were also natives of Pennsylvania and removed to Licking County, Ohio, in 1812. Our subject, Jacob Burge, was reared on his father's farm, and when twenty years of age (July 29, 1824) was united in marriage with Miss Rachel Neil, daughter of James and Catherine Neil. Mrs. Burge was born in Perry County, Ohio, Aug. 13, 1808. In 1833 Mr. Burge emigrated from Ohio to Sangamon County, 111., where he engaged in farming. In April, 1835, he emigrated to what is now Henry County, Iowa, then Michigan Territory, and located on what is now section 27, New London Township, but was then unsurveyed Government land. As soon as the public land came into market, he entered an entire section, or 640 acres, which he improved and retained in his possession, with the exception of eighty-seven acres, until his death, which occurred Aug. 24, 1876. Mr. and Mrs. Burge had eight children born to them, five daughters and three sons, four of whom are now living: Elizabeth M., born May 15, 1825, was the wife of John Allsop, and died Feb. 9, 1846, leaving one daughter; John W., born Feb. 19, 1827, died in his seventh year; Louisa J., born March 30, 1829, was the wife of Samuel Lee, and died Jan. 20, 1859, leaving one child, a son, and one son died before his mother; Jeremiah J., born April 11, 1831, married Mary Lawrence, and resides in Butler County, Neb.; Nancy C, born March 28, 1836, is the wife of John Prickett, residing in New London Township; Rachel Jane, born June 14, 1838, is the widow of Whitfield Kirkpatrick, and resides in Jefferson County, Iowa; Jacob Marion, born Sept. 21, 1847, wedded Essie Cone, and died Dec. 24, 1870, leaving one child, a son; Susan Emeline, born March 26, 1852, is the wife of Willis W. Blacker, and lives on the old homestead. Mr. Burge was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and a Democrat in politics. He was an upright, honorable man, industrious and temperate in his habits, and was highly esteemed as n neighbor and citizen. He came to this region in advance of civilization, when his neighbors were few and far distant, and he and his family had to put up with the discomforts of pioneer life for several years, but by keen foresight he erected a home in one of the most eligible sections of this fertile region, and left his heirs a largo and valuable property. It is with great pleasure that we give on an adjoining page portraits of this early pioneer and the wife by whose help he created the home where she yet lives, enjoying the fruits of their early industry. Both were among the first pioneers of the country and each enjoyed in a high degree the confidence and esteem of the people who knew them well, and many of whom their hospitable roof had sheltered in early days.
Source: Portrait and Biographical Album of Henry County, Iowa ACME PUBLISHING COMPANY,CHICAGO:1888.