JACOB G. KNEPPER, farmer, P. 0. Gilboa, Putnam County, Ohio, was born in Blanchard Township, this county, June
14, 1839; son of John and Elizabeth (Foglesong) Knepper. the former a native of Ohio, and the latter of the State
of Maryland, who came to this county in 1834, and settled in Blanchard Township, where the former took up a half
section of land. John Knepper died June 1, 1840, and his widow died March 10, 1883, at the age of eighty one years.
Of their family there were eight children, Jacob G. being the youngest He was reared on the farm; attended the
common school until March, 1856, when he with his parents moved to Westerville, Franklin Co., Ohio, where he attended
Otterbein University until March, 1857, when he with his parents returned to Hancock County again. From 1858 to
the spring of 1862 he worked at the carpenter trade. In the spring of 1862 he followed farming. On August 12, 1862,
he enlisted under Capt J. A. Bope, in Company D, Ninety ninth Ohio Volunteer Infantry, for the term of three years;
he was captured by the enemy at the battle of Stone River January 2, 1863, but as the enemy were repulsed and driven
back, he made his escape from them, being in their hands about two hours. He participated in many of the battles,
from Murfreesborough to Atlanta, and then returned to Nashville and engaged in the battle at Nashville in November,
1864, which was the cleaning out of Hood's army. In January, 1865, his regiment was sent to North Carolina by way
of Louisville, Ky., Cincinnati, Columbus, Ohio, to Washington City. He marched from Wilmington, N. C., to Goldsborough,
Raleigh, and Salisbury. While lying at the latter place war was declared at an end. He was carried from there through
Danville, Petersburg, to City Point, by railroad; from City Point to Baltimore. Md., by boat; from there to Gallipolis,
Ohio, by railroad, and was mustered out of service July 17, 1865. He was but six days absent from his regiment
during the length of time he was in the service. He never received a scratch or bullet mark from the enemy, but
is considerably broken down by hard marching and exposure. When he returned home he engaged in operating his mother's
farm until 1873, when he moved on his own farm of 165 acres of valuable and well cultivated land, a part of the
original entry made by his father August 10, 1837, the pateat for which is still in the possession of our subject.
signed by Martin Van Buren. In March, 1866, Mr. Knepper was united in marriage with Mary E. Foltz, daughter of
Noah and Mary (Hisie) Foltz, natives of Virginia and of German descent. but present residence in Eagle Township,
this county. Mr. and Mrs. Kneeler have six children: Noah Wilson, Jennie V Adam Monroe. Eve V., Charles Albert,
and Nellie B. Our subject and wife were members of C. U. Church. Mr. Knepper holds the office of school director.
He was initiated into the I. O. O. F. in January, 1874 has passed the chairs, and has been permanent secretary
for the past three years of Gilboa Lodge. No. 459, I. O. O. F. He also joined the G A R, Linsey Post, No. 75. in
1882. He served two terms as Officer of the Day in said post. In politics he is a Democrat.
History of Madison County, Ohio
Published by: Warner, Beers and Company
Chicago, Illinois 1886
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