Biography of Henry G. Hemper
Howard County, IN Biographies





HENRY G. HEMPER is the second of six children born to Henry F. and Caroline (Retburg) Hemper, both natives of Germany and of German descent. Henry G. was born September 6, 1825, in Germany. His father was in the battle of Waterloo under Wellington, and emigrated to this country in 1837. He landed in New York and settled in Connecticut, where he remained about eighteen months. In the fall of 1839, he moved to Columbus, Ohio, and in 1847 removed to Madison County. The following year, he came to this county, locating in Howard Township, and remained in this county until his death. The subject of this sketch made his home with his parents until he was twenty three years of age. He worked on the farm, and through his own efforts received a common school education. He came on a prospecting tour to this county in 1846, returned home, and in 1848 came again with his father. He returned to Ohio the same year and began business for himself, where he remained ten years. He then returned to Howard County and located in the forest in Howard Township on eighty acres which ho had entered ten years before. He has added to this and now owns 120 acres of well improved land. He was married, March 4, 1852, to Elizabeth Kisner (deceased). She was a native of Ohio, and was the first of four children born to Henry and Casander Risner, both natives of Maryland. Six children crowned this union; Mary C. Spraker, Joanna (deceased), Emma C., Casander, Fannie K. and Addie M. Mr. Hemper has taken a great pride in educating his children, and Fannie and Addle are among the best teachers of the county. He has always voted the Democratic ticket, and is one of the party's most active workers.

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


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