Biography of Jacob H. Camp
Marion County, IA Biographies





JACOB H. CAMP.
Marion county lost one of her pioneer settlers when Jacob H. Camp passed away on the 28th of January, 184, upon his farm three quarters of a mile west of Swan. He had long been identified with agricultural interests in that locality, where he owned and cultivated two hundred and eighty acres of land, and in addition he was the owner of a farm of one hundred and seventy acres southeast of the village. He had been a resident of Marion county since May, 1856, at which time he took up his abode on the border of Warren county. He was born in Lancaster county, Pennsylvania, January 1, 1825, a son of Frederick and Rebecca (Carrier) Camp, who removed to Morrow county, Ohio, when their son Jacob was a small child and in 1856 came to Iowa. They were not long permitted to enjoy their new home, however, for both passed away about 1860.

Jacob H. Camp was an only child. He pursued his education in the schools of Ohio and in early manhood took up the profession of teaching, which he followed through several winter seasons after coming to Marion county. He inherited less than two thousand dollars from his father's estate and with that exception never had any financial assistance, making his own way unaided in the world and yet winning for himself a place among the men of affluence in his adopted county. Following his arrival in Marion county he purchased land and began the improvement of his farm and through the intervening years to the time of his death remained a successful farmer and stock raiser. He was always diligent, determined and persistent and by reason of his careful management and unfaltering industry won a very gratifying measure of success, becoming in time the owner of two excellent farms, comprising four hundred and fifty acres, near the village of Swan. As previously stated, the land was divided, his home place consisting of two hundred and eighty acres about three quarters of a mile west of the village of Swan, while the other tract of one hundred and seventy acres lay southeast of the town.

Mr. Camp was first married in the spring of 1850 to Miss Hephzibah Murray. She was born May 31, 1834, and died November 9, 1866, in the faith of the Dunkard church, of which she was a devout member. There were six children born of that marriage but three died in infancy, while three reached mature years, although but one is now living, Mrs. Emma De Veny of Swan township. A son, John Camp, died June 8, 1889, and a daughter, Ella, passed away in 1876. The Murray family was established in this county in pioneer times, for Edward and Elizabeth Murray, the parents of Mrs. Hephzibah Camp, arrived here in 1850.

On the 18th of August, 1867, Jacob H. Camp was united in marriage to Mrs. Martha E. Murray, nee Smith, widow of Samuel D. Murray, who was a brother of Mr. Camp's first wife. Samuel D. Murray was born February 24, 1836, in Ohio, and passed away on his farm near Swan, May 22, 1862. In 1859 he had wedded Martha E. Smith and to them were born two children, one of whom died in infancy, while the other is Mrs. Luella Goss, a widow with two children, now living on a claim in Montana. To Mr. and Mrs. Camp were born four children. Jacob H., residing at Miles City, Montana, is a forest ranger in the employ of the government. He is married and has four children. Lizzie is the wife of Oscar Whaley, a son of Wilson Whaley, of Clay township, Marion county. They now reside at Mountain View, California, where Mr. Whaley is assistant cashier of a bank. They have one son who is twenty years of age. Anna, the next of the family, died July 18, 1888, at the age of sixteen years. Wilbur, residing in Santa Clara county, California, is the cashier of a bank at Mountain View, although he was in the railway mail service for several years. His education was acquired at Highland Park College in Des Moines and he entered the army as a member of Company B, Fifty first Iowa Infantry, and went to the Philippines, serving throughout the Spanish-American war. He then returned home and reentered the railway mail service, running between Burlington and Omaha and a part of the time to Chicago over the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad. Later he resigned and organized a bank at Mountain View, California, of which he is the cashier and active manager. He is still the owner of a farm near Swan. He has a wife and two children.

Mr. Camp was a democrat in his political views and held some local offices. He read law in his younger days and although he never practiced, his knowledge of the law proved of benefit to him in the conduct of his business affairs. He was reared in the Dunkard faith and afterward became a member of the church. He was highly esteemed throughout the community and enjoyed the warm regard and friendship of many with whom he came in contact. His business integrity was above question and in all of his business dealings he was found thoroughly reliable. There were substantial elements in his character that gained him high regard and his memory is yet cherished by many who knew him while he was still an active factor in the world's work. Since her husband's death Mrs. Camp has built her present comfortable home in Swan, where she has resided for the past sixteen years. For a number of years she was a member of the United Brethren church but of later years has observed the seventh day Sabbath.

From:
History of Marion County, Iowa
And its People
John W. Wright, Supervising Editor
W. A. Young, Associate
Vol II
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chiago 1915


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