|Birth: ||Aug. 18, 1834|
Knoxville (Tioga County)
|Death: ||Dec. 25, 1911|
This bio was in part contributed by Jeffrey Johnson, gg-grandson of Jacob Himes Mumper, and is attributable to Prof. Roy Baker.
Jacob Himes Mumper was born in Pennsylvania, Aug. 18th, 1834, the son of Michael H. and Mary Himes Mumper.
In 1852 he came to Illinois which was then undergoing the transition from primitive wilderness to productive farm. He began to serve an apprenticeship as a blacksmith under James Wisner at Woodbury with which family he made his home until 1861. He spent his spare moments in adding to his meager knowledge of things found in books. When the gates of war swung open in 1861 he saw his duty and dared to do it, enlisting in Co. A. (C.O.: Cap't E.W. Pierson) in the 5th Illinois Cavalry. He took active part in the siege of Vicksburg and many of the bloody battles of the war and mustered out at Springfield, ill., about the close of the war, having attained the rank of Corporal.
On Feb. 12th, 1865, he married Hester Anna R. Bennett (1847-1904), of Jewett, Ill., to which union twelve children were born, of whom seven are still living. [Addendum:
Mary Sophia MUMPER Stanford.
Oren E. Mumper
Iva M. Mumper
Oscar H. Mumper
John H. Mumper
Anna Lou Mumper
Hattie Nell Mumper and
Verna B. Mumper
After his marriage he followed the duel occupation of farmer and school teacher. He taught in Cumberland, Effingham and Jasper counties. For a number of years he was the teacher of the village school at Montrose. He took an active part in civil affairs and held many positions of trust placed upon him by his fellow citizens. He was closely identified with the Montrose community for forty years and always sought the upbuilding of the moral and educational side of his environment. His declining years were saddened by the loss of his wife who died December 1st, 1904, but were made happy by the solace of a life well spent in behalf of his fellow man.
The last five years he was familiar on the streets of Montrose, always ready for a joke and to discuss topics of general interest. But the weight of years began to hang heavily and age and descriptude (sic) began to tell, at last after a long and useful life, his earthly career was terminated Dec. 25th, 1911. Funeral services were held at the M.E. church, Rev. Willey, officiating. Interment in the Faunce cemetery.
Thus endeth the earthly career of another of the pioneer of this section of Illinois, and another of those who fought under that starry banner, has answered the last roll call. To such as he, the present generation owes a debt of gratitude, not only for their temporal services but for their worthy example left for us to emulate and let us hope that for them, the great beyond has its reward. The respect of their associates during life will continue even in death, as one of the proudest heritages a man can leave.
Michael H. Mumper (1812 - 1872)
Mary Himes Mumper (1813 - 1854)
Oscar H. Mumper (1878 - 1930)*
Created by: Row Walker
Record added: Jun 14, 2002
Find A Grave Memorial# 6507042