Biography of Jonathan Fisher
Howard County, IN Biographies





JONATHAN FISHER was born in Bedford County, Penn., June 7, 1815, and is the youngest of three children born to John and Hannah (Berriner) Fisher. John Fisher was born in Hesse-Cassel, Germany, and was one of the Hessian soldiers under the British Government; he was under Gen. Cornwallis, and was taken prisoner by Gen. Washington in the Revolutionary war. When he was set free, he located in Bedford County, Penn.. and there twice married, reared a family of fifteen children and spent the remainder of his life. Our subject was reared upon the farm, and having lost his father when he was quite young, he removed with his mother to Henry County, Ind., in 1832, remaining about two years at home with his step father, Jacob Houser; he then worked as an apprentice at the carpenter's trade for two years, when he began to take contracts for himself. A few years later, he moved into Delaware County, and was there married, August 11, 1836, to Miss Rachel Howell, a native of Wayne County. They have had ten children, seven of whom are living; Calvin, Mary A., William, Louisa, Manila, Eli C. and Susan I. Mr. Fisher located in Howard County, Ind., November 6, 1846, and in the spring of 1849 he went on foot to Ft. Wayne to enter eighty acres of land which he had preempted. He was among the large hunters, and the first year lived on the profits of hunting; he killed in all 125 deer, and as soon as he could get work at his trade, abandoned hunting and worked until his health failed. Mr. Fisher enlisted, May 24, 1861, in Company A, One Hundred and Thirty seventh Indiana Volunteer Infantry, and was mustered in at Indianapolis. He marched South to Duck River Bridge, in Tennessee, where he was on guard duty five months, when he was honorably discharged. Mrs. Fisher died April 8, 1873, and Mr. Fisher was shortly after married to his present wife, Mrs. Margaret (Weimer) Jones. Three children bless this union, Jonathan, Stella and Frederick D. Mr. Fisher and wife are members of the New Light Church; he cast his first Presidential vote for Gen. Harrison, in 1836, and has voted with the Republican party of late years; he has been Justice of the Peace in Liberty Township on term, Constable three terms, and Supervisor one year. Mr. Fisher has resided in Greentown for a number of years, and is one of the oldest settlers of Liberty Township.

From:
Counties of Howard and Tipton, Indiana
Historical and Biographical
Charles Blanchard, Editor
F. A. Bettey & Co.
Chicago 1883.


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