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    Jacob Etter, farmer; P. O. West Milton; born in Bucks County, Penn. in the year 1828; is a son of Jacob and Elizabeth Etter; his father was also born in the same county and state. There they were married and lived till their removal to Ohio; his father died in Germantown, Ohio in 1833; his mother was born in Schuylkill Co., Penn. and was thrice married - secondly, with Joseph Klein and, lastly, with David Landis. After his death, she resided with our subject till her decease in 1865. By her marriage with Mr. Etter, she had five children, three of whom are living, viz., Jacob, John, and Levi; George and Catherine (deceased). Mr. Etter was reared on the farm and, after becoming old enough, learned the carpenter's trade, which he followed for eleven years. In 1850, he came to Ohio and settled in this county, following his trade exclusively five years. After which, he bought 67 1/2 acres of land, in August, 1854, which he began cultivating in connection with carpentering; the latter he abandoned after three years, and has since given his whole attention to the farm, and now owns 75 acres of excellent land, which will be improved. When his house was completed, Dec. 25, 1853, he was married to Hannah Gnodle, by whom he had seven children, six of whom are living, viz., Mary E., Joseph, Lydia A. and Amanda A. (twins), Samuel, and Sarah C.; John H. deceased, aged 1 year, 11 months and 14 days. He has never been a political aspirant, but has held the office of Supervisor and School Director. He and his wife are members of the German Baptist Church, with which they have belonged for a number of years. He is one of the Deacons, which distinction he has held three years. Mrs. Etter died Jan. 8, 1873, aged 41 years. His second marriage was celebrated in February, 1878, with Mary H. Harlacher; she was born in Montgomery Co. in 1835, and is a representative of the same church, as is his son George, a promising young man.

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