Biography - Jacob Cress

Jacob CRESS, farmer, P. O. Hillsboro, was born in Harrisburg, Washington Co., Ind., May 5, 1818, son of Jacob and Catharine (BOST) CRESS, natives of North Carolina, he born December 26, 1779, a cabinet-maker by occupation and dying November 10, 1865; she, born August 28, 1786, and dying February 1, 1859. They had ten children. Our subject, after receiving an ordinary education, began life as a farmer, which he has continued to the present time. When but a few weeks old, the parents of Mr. CRESS moved to Montgomery County, and located a mile northwest of Hillsboro, on what is known as the Cress Mill farm, but on the 5th of May, 1840, Jacob removed to the farm he now owns, and upon which he resides, two miles east of Butler. He contains 784 acres of land, and is highly improved, having fine buildings, etc. He also owns 200 acres in Kansas, eighty acres in Franklin County, and eighty acres in Missouri. December 23, 1840, he married Miss Helena SCHERER, born in Pendleton County, Va., October 8, 1818, daughter of Rev. Daniel SCHERER, a native of North Carolina, and eleven children have blessed the union - Alexander A., John M., Jacob D., William S. Samuel E., Benjamin L., Sophia Lucretia, Joseph E., James H. (deceased), Mary Illinois (deceased) and Thomas J. Mr. CRESS has served as Road Commissioner six or seven years, is a member of the Lutheran Church, and a Democrat.

Extracted 20 Nov 2016 by Norma Hass from 1882 History of Bond and Montgomery Counties, Illinois, Part 2 Biographical Department, page 201.

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