This well known resident of Delaware township, Defiance county, is a Pennsylvanian by birth, having been born March
24, 1834, in Dauphin county, Pennsylvania, the birthplace of his parents, also. Here his father, Jacob D. Heller,
was married to Margaret Daniels, and for a number of years after marriage their history and interests were identified
with the familiar scenes of their native county; but in 1838, turning from these, they moved to Crawford county,
Ohio, which became their permanent home. Both lived to the advanced age of eighty five years, the husband and father
having nearly completed his eighty sixth year when called to his long home. Of the thirteen children - seven sons
and six daughters - born to them, our subject was seventh in the order of birth.
Edward Heller from the time he was four years of age was reared on a farm in Crawford county, and agricultural
pursuits have been his chief life vocation. When a young man he worked at the trade of a house plasterer to some
extent, later in life joining the ranks of those who were gallantly offering their lives in their country's defense,
enlisting, February 20, 1865, in Company D, One Hundred and Eighty ninth Ohio Volunteer Infantry. Happily the end
of the bitter conflict was near at hand, and after a period of about eight months he was mustered out of the service,
and returned to the quiet of farm life.
On March 18, 1857, Mr. Heller was united in marriage with Miss Mary Miller, of Crawford county. She was born in
Harrison county, August 17, 1835, the youngest child of David and Mary (Shoos) Miller, natives of Pennsylvania.
Mr. and Mrs. Miller were the parents of ten children - six sons and four daughters. The father died in Crawford
county, the mother in Defiance county, both being about seventy six years of age.
Soon after marriage, Mr. and Mrs. Heller moved to Wyandot county, Ohio. After a stay there of a little more than
six years, they returned to Crawford county, where they remained nearly a year and then settled in their present
home in Delaware township, coming here in March, 1864, nearly a year before Mr. Heller's enlistment. Their union
has been blessed with the following children: Franklin C.; Mary A. (Mrs. William English, who died in 1895, at
Bass Lake, Indiana, when about thirty four years of age); William E.; and Laura L. (Mrs. Jacob C. Miller).
The homestead contains forty acres of land in Section 18, and the good buildings with which it is furnished have
been erected by Mr. Heller. He is a member of Hancock Post, G. A. R., and in political faith is a Republican. He
and his wife are members of the United Brethren Church.
Commemorative Biographical Record of Northwestern, Ohio
Including the counties of
Defiance, Henry, Williams and Fulton
Published by: J. H. Beers and Company
Northwestern, Ohio Biographies
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