Biography of Jonas Wohlgamuth
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JONAS WOHLGAMUTH, one of the most prominent farmers of this township, was born in York County, Penn., December 13, 1810; he is a son of Jacob and Elizabeth (Bisel) Wohlgamuth, natives of Lancaster and York Counties, Penn., respectively; his parents were married in Pennsylvania and moved to Ohio in 1815, locating in Wayne County, where they resided for many years, his father's decease occurring there in 1847; his mother died in this county in 1849. Their children were Jacob, Isaac, Joseph, Elizabeth, Jonas and Emanuel, the deceased being Jacob, Emanuel and Joseph. Jonas, the subject of this sketch, came to this county with his mother in 1846. In August of that year, he obtained thirty acres of land as an inheritance, and this by subsequent purchases has been increased to 290, six acres being appropriated by the railroad company. Mr. Wohlgamuth has labored under great difficulties, having settled on his farm when the country was wholly unimproved. By diligent and persevering efforts, he has succeeded in carving out from the rugged forest land a home such as few could have procured under similar circumstances, though the toil and trials of pioneer life have left their imprint on his brow. He has accumulated all his property by hard labor, and though he has had many reverses has generally been fortunate and successful. Mr. Wohlgamuth was married. March 22, 1833, to Susanna Aker, who was born in Pennsylvania October 8, 1811. She was a daughter of Joseph and Catharine (Walls) Aker, and to her three children were born, namely: Sarah, born March 16, 1834; Keziah, January 15, 1836, and Solomon. December 23, 1841. The latter was accidentally killed by a runaway team June 22, 1876; Keziah died January 28, 1867, and Mrs. Wohlgamuth passed away December 28, 1866. Mr. Wohlgamuth is a member of the German Baptist Church, and one of the most honorable and respected citizens of this township; he is one of its most successful farmers, and has done much for the general improvement of his community.

From:
The History of Wyandot County, Ohio
Liggett, Canaway & Co.,
Chicago 1884


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