Biography of Joseph Winhoven
Mercer County, Ohio Biographies

JOSEPH WINHOVEN, a prosperous farmer of Granville township, residing on a farm of 160 acres, located in section 33, was horn near Egypt, Auglaize County, Ohio, September 29, 1868, and is a son of Martin and Dora (Hauman) Winhoven.

Martin Winhoven was born in Perizes, Germany, May 15, 1808, and lived there until he was 47 years old. He was married four times, his fourth wife, Dora Hauman, being the mother of our subject. His first wife lived but a short time after their marriage. His second marriage resulted in the birth of four children, whose names are as follows: Henry, who is married and lives near Toledo, Ohio; Peter, deceased; Anna, who married Henry Keuter and lives in Egypt, Ohio; and Catherine, who married John Rising and lives at Minster, Ohio. After the death of his second wife, he married again and, his third wife dying soon after, he was united in marriage the fourth time, with Dora Hauman, who was born in Perizes, Germany, December I, 1829. After the birth of their first two children, Mr. and Mrs. Martin Winhoven came to America, in March, 1855, proceeding to Mercer County and first settling at St. Johns. Not long afterward they removed to Egypt, Ohio, where they raised five more children. Upon locating there, he bought a farm of 40 acres, half a mile east of St. Joseph's Catholic Church, upon which he lived for many years. He finally sold this farm in 1877 and moved to Mercer County where he bought, of Frank Bachman, an 80 acre tract of land, located two miles northwest of Burkettsville, which is the farm that our subject now owns. Only 14 acres of this property were cleared and under cultivation, the remainder being in timber. He had a log house built which cost him $110; before its completion he was obliged to move into it, when it was necessary to use blankets in place of windows and doors. On this farm Mr. Winhoven lived the remainder of his life, his death occurring in October, 1897, at the age of 89 years. His widow is still living and resides on a farm in Granville township near that of her son, the subject of this sketch. Seven children were born to Martin and Dora (Bauman) Winhoven, as follows: Conrad, deceased; Anna Mary, who died in childhood; Caroline, who married Henry Brinkman and lives in Granville township; Antony; Catherine, who married Wendel Fink and resides in Dexter, Missouri; Joseph, the subject of this sketch; and Frank, a resident of Mercer County, who first married Theresa Haverrneyer and after her death married Ella Tray.

Joseph Winhoven passed the first nine years of his life on the farm near Egypt and then until he was 22 years old lived on the farm in Granville township which he now owns. After his marriage he lived on his father in law's farm one year, then for four years rented his father's farm, after which he rented Henry Staggler's farm for two years. This brings us clown to the year 1897 when his father died. His mother then had a public sale of the property on November 29, 1897, at which sale our subject bought the homestead farm, which lies two miles northwest of Burkettsville in section 33. In 1904 he bought 80 acres more from Gerhardt Hinders adjoining the 80 acre homestead tract, so at the present writing he has a well improved and up to date farm of 160 acres well located and in one piece in section 33. In 1900 he erected a large barn and four years later built a commodious nine room frame house, having up to this time lived in the old log house which his father built when he first located on the farm 27 years before.

On January 13, 1891, Mr. Winhoven was married by Rev. John Van den Broek, C. PP. S., to Margaret Borgerding, a daughter of John G. Borgerding, who came to this country from Oldenburg, Germany, in young manhood and was one of the early settlers of Mercer County. His wife's maiden name was Clara Slotman. She was a widow at the time of her marriage to him. By her first husband, Herman Henry Lang, she had two Henry, who lives in Oregon; and Elizabeth, who married Andrew Harman and resides in Granville township. Seven children were born to Mr. and Mrs. John G. Borgerding, as follows: John H., who married Anna Nottenbrook and lives in Darke County, Ohio; Leo, who died in childhood; Mary, who married Joseph Fink and lives in Darken County, Ohio; Robert, who married Dinah Westerheider and lives in Granville township; Joseph, who married Catherine Havermeyer and died at the age of 26 years; Catherine, who marmied John Rammel and lives in Granville township; and Margaret, the wife of our subject, who was born in Burkettsville, Mercer County, Ohio, June 10, 1871. John M. Borgerding was a well read man and a faithful member of the Catholic Church. Hips death occurred on the 25th of December, 1897. His wife died on October 19, 1899.

Seven children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Winhoven, namely: Martin Joseph, born October 8, 1891; Mary Dora, born June 17, 1893; John Herbert, born June 17, 1895; Henry Edward, born April 18, 1897; Frank Ferdinand, born June 19, 1899; Julius Robert, born October 27, 1901; and Martha Ellenora, born May 9, 1904. Mr. Winhoven is at present truant officer of the Rammel school district. He is a member of St. Bernard's Catholic Church at Burkettsville.

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