Biography of Adam Bollenbacher
Mercer County, Ohio Biographies

ADAM BOLLENBACHER, deceased, was one of the early settlers of Liberty township, and for many years was one of its leading citizens. He was born in Germany, January to, 1840, and died in Liberty township, April 25, 1901, leaving behind him the record of a most worthy life. His parents were George and Henrietta (Alt) Bollenhacher.

When Adam Bollenbacher was 12 years of age, his parents decided to emigrate to America; when they reached the United States., they made their way to Mercer County, Ohio, and settled in the woods of Liberty township. His parents died on the home farm on which Adam grew to manhood. In his ydunger years he learned the carpenter's trade and followed the same for a time, but the main activity of his life was farming. Although largely dependent upon his own efforts, he became a man of substance, acquired considerable property and left an ample estate.

On April 9, 1864, Mr. Bollenbacher was married to Christina Koch, who was born in Germany, November 7, 1842, and is a daughter of John and Annie M. Koch, who brought her to America when a child of two years. The family resided several years in Butler County, Ohio, and then came to Mercer County, where both parents died.

The children born to Adam Bollenbacher and wife were 13 in number and of these nine still survive, as follows: John Jacob, of Liberty township; George, of Liberty township; Adam, of Van Wert County; Andrew and Charles, of Liberty township; Mary H., wife of Theodore Baker, of Black Creek township; Christina Caroline, wife of John J. Deitsch, of Liberty township; Frederick Joseph, living on the home place in Liberty township, who married Margaret Smith and has two children - Carrie Luetta and Lura Elizabeth; and Amos B., of Black Creek township. The mother of this family still sufvives and resides on the old farm in Liberty township, with her son, Frederick Joseph Bollenbacher; she owns a valuable tract of 60 acres.

Mr. Bollenbacher always cast his vote with the Democratic party, not on account of possible political honors, but because he believed in its principles. He was a consistent member of. the. Evangelical Association. He was a kind husband and careful father and was a neighbor in all that the word implies. As a citizen he cast his influence at all times in the direction of improvement, favored the cause of education and set an example of morality.

History of Mercer County, Ohio
and Representative Citizens
Edited & Compiled by: Hon. S. S. Scranton
Published by: Biographical Publishing Company
Chicago, Illinois

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