Biography of Jacob Dirzler
Allen County, OH Biographies

JACOB DITZLER, farmer, P. O. Westminster, was born near Lancaster, in Fairfield County, Ohio, February 20, 1826; son of Daniel and Catherine (Ice) Ditzler, former a native of Greenbrier County. Va., and latter of Pennsylvania, who came to Allen County in 1836, settling in Perry Township, on the farm now owned by W. W. Creps. Daniel Ditzler entered the land, which, with the assistance of his sons he cleared and improved, and here he died in 1844, in the forty seventh year of his age; his widow died in 1874, at the age of eighty four years. They reared a family of five children: Jacob, Samuel, Elizabeth (wife of Beajamin Royer), Frederick and Catherine (wife of W. H. Biddinger). Our subject was reared in Perry Township, this county, from ten years of age, and was educated in the common schools. At the age of seventeen he was apprenticed to Levi Saint, of Lima, Ohio, for three years, to learn the tanner's trade, serving his time and remaining with him for five years. After this he embarked in business with J. J. Mans, of Westminster, this county (where they carried on a tannery), for four years, and then sold his interest in the business. In 1852, he went to California, where he was engaged in mining for five years. In 1858 he returned to Perry Township, this county, and purchased the farm where he now resides, on which he. has made all the improvements in buildings, etc. Mr. Ditzler has been three times married, first in 1859. to Angeline, daughter of Eli and Mary Stevenson, of Perry Township, this county, and his second marriage was in 1863, with Maria. daughter of Miles and Mary McElroy, of Perry Township, and by her he had one child: Daniel L. His third wife, to whom he was married in 1865, was Mrs. Maria Littlefield, widow of Daniel Littlefield, and daughter of Edward Corlin, of Richiand County, Ohio. The issue of this union is two children: Thomas and Perry. Mr. and Mrs. Ditzler are members of the Universalist Church. He has served his township as justice of the peace one term and has held other minor offices. He is a F. & A. M.; in politics a Democrat.

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