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Christened as "Johann Jacob Hornung," Jacob, a twin, came to America with his parents from Germany in 1830. Desiring to be a farmer, at age 12, he worked on the farm of George Hoffman. On April 15, 1842, George Hoffman moved to Canal Winchester, Franklin County, Ohio. Jacob probably went with them at this time. In 1853, Jacob bought a farm and lived there until 1858 . He then moved his family to Allen Co., Ohio, about 4-1/2 miles from Lima. In the fall of 1864, he went to Page Co., Iowa, by covered wagon with John S. Good, who was his wife Anna's brother, Henry Hoffman, and 10 other families. They settled south of Shambaugh, Iowa, on what is now highway 71. They built a house there in 1865. It was torn down in about 1965. In the election of 1864, Jacob voted for Abraham Lincoln. By 1870, they had dropped the "u" and changed it to "i", now consistently spelling the name "Horning." He was a member of the Mennonite Church for over 21 years. He died of "lung fever" (pneumonia), age 52. Lowell Horning has their spinning wheel beautifully displayed in his home.


ANNA HORNING, the widow of Jacob Horning, furnishes us with a remarkable example of what can be accomplished by a hard-working, practical woman. Jacob Horning was born in Hesse-Darmstadt, Germany, February 16, 1821, and is a son of Anthony and Katherine Margarethe Horning. His father emigrated to America in 1830, and settled in Chambersburgh, Pennsylvania. He was a man of some property, and was greatly respected by all who knew him. Jacob Horning during his childhood had a desire to become a farmer, and at the age of twelve years he went to live on the farm of George Hoffman near Chambersburgh. At the age of twenty-one years he went to Franklin County, Ohio, and at the age of twenty-nine he was married to Miss Anna Good, a daughter of Joseph and Magdalena (Campbell) Good. The maternal ancestors came from Ireland, and there is a tradition that a large amount of property in Ireland belongs to the heirs of a brother and sister who were brought to this country by a stranger. Mr. and Mrs. Horning had twelve children born to them: Katherine, who died in infancy; John H., who married Hattie Butler; Abraham A., who married Hester Berry; Lydia J., Samuel, who married Fannie Gehman, Jacob R., who married Tina -------; Annie E., who is the wife of Benjamin Furgeson; Isaac and Leah, twins', Joseph, Henry and Sarah E. In 1853 Mr. Horning bought a farm in Franklin County, Ohio, where he lived until 1858. He then went to Allen County, Ohio, and located on a farm four and a half miles from [page 721] Lima; there he remained until 1864, and in that year he emigrated to Iowa and settled on the farm where his widow and children now reside. It consists of 302 acres of choice land, and is well improved in every respect. Both Mr. and Mrs. Horning were members of the Mennonite Church, and he died in the full faith and hope of a better life to come. He was a very industrious, economical young man, and labored earnestly to make a home for his family. He was quiet and unassuming in his manner and took no part in public affairs. He died March 25, 1873, aged fifty-two years, one month, and nine days. He was universally respected and was deeply mourned by his family and a wide circle of friends. He left a fine estate to his family and the heritage of an honorable life and an unsullied name. After the death of her husband Mrs. Horning settled up the estate, and although she met with some reverses, she has been very successful in her dealings; she has brought up her children to habits of industry and economy and in the principles of the Christian religion, and she may well be praised for the excellent manner in which she has fulfilled her task.

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Johann Jakob Horning
John Jacob
February 16, 1821
201 Spachbrücken, Hessen, Germany
12 March 25, 1873
149 52 Shambaugh, Iowa, USA
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