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Jacob Link

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Jacob Link

Birth
Baden-Württemberg, Germany
Death
18 May 1905 (aged 81)
Jackson Township, Porter County, Indiana, USA
Burial
Westville, La Porte County, Indiana, USA Add to Map
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Jacob was born in Germany, the son of Jacob and Mary (Gering) Link. His family arrived in Baltimore Maryland in 1832.

The family eventually settled in Seneca County, Ohio where his father farmed. Upon his father's death in 1841 Jacob ran the family farm and found in the 1850 Census record living with his mother and siblings.

Jacob went onto Terre Haute, Vigo, Indiana, Porter County, Indiana and Green County, Wisconsin a millwright and carpenter. While in Green County Jacob married Catherine Zimmerman on May 6, 1856. The couple permanently settled in Jackson Township, Porter County, Indiana where Jacob farmed, and each would live the rest of their lives.

It is reported that Catherine bore nine children: Ella, William, Michael, Frank, Mary, Charles, Emma, Elvin and Edwin. All of the children were born in Indiana except Ella who reports she was born 1852 in Ohio. Porter County histories and bios report that she was born in Seneca County, Ohio. Her death certificate states she was born in Van Wert County, Ohio (where the Link surname is prevalent) and Ella's parents are Jacob and Catherine (Zimmerman) Link. Nonetheless a prior marriage for Jacob or Catherine has not been located. Ella was most likely adopted and probably from a Link family member.

Jacob remarried after Catherine's death in 1872. His second wife was Margery Kelso who he married on May 18, 1873 in Branch County, Michigan. Margery helped raise Jacob's younger children and together they had a daughter Florence who reached maturity.

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JACOB LINK DEAD.
Passes Away at His Home in Jackson Township, Last Thursday.

Ex-County Commissioner Jacob Link, resident of Porter county since 1853, died Thursday, May 18 at his home in Jackson township, of cancer of the stomach, after an illness of about two months.

Mr. Link was born in Wurtemberg, Germany, Nov. 23, 1823. He came to this country in 1832 with his parents and settled in Ohio. He learned the carpenter and wheelwright business at which he worked for a number of years. Later he engaged in farming and conducted a sawmill. Mr. Link served as county commissioner for six years, from 1882 to 1888. He was a member of the Westville I. O. O. F. lodge.

He was married in Wisconsin to Catherine Simmerman, of Germany, who died a few years ago. Ten children survive him as follows: Mrs. L. J. Wolf, of Westville, Ind.; Will, Michael, Frank Charles, Elvin and Florence Link of Jackson township; Mrs. Frank Olds, of Attica, Ohio, Mrs. H. F. Rogers of Laporte county, and Edward Link, of this city.

The funeral was held Sunday forenoon, and was conducted by the Odd Fellows. A procession of 80 teams escorted the remains to their last resting place, filled with mourning relatives and friends who had come from far and near to do honor to the memory of a noble man.

Source: The Chesterton Tribune, Chesterton, Porter County, Indiana; May 25, 1905; Volume 22, Number 8, Page 1, Column 4.
Jacob was born in Germany, the son of Jacob and Mary (Gering) Link. His family arrived in Baltimore Maryland in 1832.

The family eventually settled in Seneca County, Ohio where his father farmed. Upon his father's death in 1841 Jacob ran the family farm and found in the 1850 Census record living with his mother and siblings.

Jacob went onto Terre Haute, Vigo, Indiana, Porter County, Indiana and Green County, Wisconsin a millwright and carpenter. While in Green County Jacob married Catherine Zimmerman on May 6, 1856. The couple permanently settled in Jackson Township, Porter County, Indiana where Jacob farmed, and each would live the rest of their lives.

It is reported that Catherine bore nine children: Ella, William, Michael, Frank, Mary, Charles, Emma, Elvin and Edwin. All of the children were born in Indiana except Ella who reports she was born 1852 in Ohio. Porter County histories and bios report that she was born in Seneca County, Ohio. Her death certificate states she was born in Van Wert County, Ohio (where the Link surname is prevalent) and Ella's parents are Jacob and Catherine (Zimmerman) Link. Nonetheless a prior marriage for Jacob or Catherine has not been located. Ella was most likely adopted and probably from a Link family member.

Jacob remarried after Catherine's death in 1872. His second wife was Margery Kelso who he married on May 18, 1873 in Branch County, Michigan. Margery helped raise Jacob's younger children and together they had a daughter Florence who reached maturity.

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JACOB LINK DEAD.
Passes Away at His Home in Jackson Township, Last Thursday.

Ex-County Commissioner Jacob Link, resident of Porter county since 1853, died Thursday, May 18 at his home in Jackson township, of cancer of the stomach, after an illness of about two months.

Mr. Link was born in Wurtemberg, Germany, Nov. 23, 1823. He came to this country in 1832 with his parents and settled in Ohio. He learned the carpenter and wheelwright business at which he worked for a number of years. Later he engaged in farming and conducted a sawmill. Mr. Link served as county commissioner for six years, from 1882 to 1888. He was a member of the Westville I. O. O. F. lodge.

He was married in Wisconsin to Catherine Simmerman, of Germany, who died a few years ago. Ten children survive him as follows: Mrs. L. J. Wolf, of Westville, Ind.; Will, Michael, Frank Charles, Elvin and Florence Link of Jackson township; Mrs. Frank Olds, of Attica, Ohio, Mrs. H. F. Rogers of Laporte county, and Edward Link, of this city.

The funeral was held Sunday forenoon, and was conducted by the Odd Fellows. A procession of 80 teams escorted the remains to their last resting place, filled with mourning relatives and friends who had come from far and near to do honor to the memory of a noble man.

Source: The Chesterton Tribune, Chesterton, Porter County, Indiana; May 25, 1905; Volume 22, Number 8, Page 1, Column 4.

Gravesite Details

U.S. Census: 1850 Venice, Seneca, OH., Jackson Porter, IN. 1860-1900, IN. D.C.'s. and Probate records, WI. marriages, MI. marriages. Porter County GenWeb: Death records and Porter County histories and Bios.



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  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/35956578/jacob-link: accessed ), memorial page for Jacob Link (23 Nov 1823–18 May 1905), Find a Grave Memorial ID 35956578, citing Westville Cemetery, Westville, La Porte County, Indiana, USA; Maintained by Tina (contributor 47009128).