Biography of Jacob S. Schenck
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Jacob S. Schenck, pioneer and farmer of Ada, was born in Potter, Yates Co., N. Y., May 17, 1819. He is son of John G. and Maria Schenck, natives of New Jersey, the former born Oct. 28, 1791, and died Feb. 9, 1861; the latter was born March 9, 1799. Mr. Schenck purchased 200 acres in Ada, in October, 1845, for which he paid $1,000, and on which he located in the spring of 1848. His land was covered with woods - there were 50 acres cleared, a log house and barn built; but, with Mr. Scheuck's untiring industry and well directed energy, it has been converted into beautiful fields. He was married Jan. 12, 1842, to Sarah Falston, born in Middlesex, Yates Co., N. Y., Dec. 18, 1818; she died March 31, 1854, leaving one child - Wm. F., born Sept. 3, 1843. He enlisted in the Union service Sept. 16, 1861, in Co. C, Second Michigan Cavalry, when 18 years old. He died of measles at Bentan Barracks, Dec. 11, 1861. Mr. Schenck was married July 4, 1855; to Oatherine C., daughter of Martin and Elizabeth Brown, born in Benton, Yates Co., N. Y., June 3, 1828. They have three children - J. Martin, born June 4, 1856 (married Theodora Beach and resides in Cascade), Libbie, June 1, 1859, and Fred E., born June 13, 1861. Mr. and Mrs. Schenck are members of the Baptist Church of Ada. Politically Mr. Schenck is a zealous Republican. He was originally a Whig and for many years was one of the few of that faith in Ada. He owns 200 acres of magnificent land and is extensively engaged in agriculture and breeding live stock. He has been a patron of the Grand Rapids Eagle since 1846, a period of 31 years.


From:
History of Kent County, Michigan
Chas C. Chapman & Company
Chicago 1881.

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