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    Daniel H. Knoop, farmer; P. O. Casstown; born in York County, Pennsylvania, Nov. 6, 1806; is a son of Jacob and Frances (Hursh) Knoop, who were also born in Pennsylvania; the grandparents were American born, but the great-grandparents came from Germany. The father, Jacob, lived and died in Pennsylvania, but the mother came to Ohio with her son, Daniel, and died here. Jacob and wife were the parents of six children, of whom our subject, Daniel, is the only one now living; he removed to Miami County in the spring of 1832 and located on the farm where he still resides; having made a continued residence of nearly half a century; he bought, when he located, 160 acres, of which about one-half was partly cleared; at the time he arrived, there were but two houses, and they were log cabins, in what is now called Casstown. Mr. Knoop was united in marriage Feb. 2, 1843 with Cassandra Jackson, daughter of William and Elizabeth (Criddlebaugh) Jackson, who were both natives of Pennsylvania and came to Ohio at quite an early day; they were the parents of eight children, of whom four are living, viz., Elizabeth, now Mrs. Bousman; Cassandra; Henry; Maria, now Widow Havens. Daniel and wife are parents of five children, viz., Henry C., Josiah, George B. (deceased), William M., and Albert. Mr. Knoop has borne his share of the hardships and deprivations of those early days; raising corn and selling at 15 cents per bushel, hauling to market over the mud roads, taking flour to Cincinnati and selling it at $2.50 per barrel; those were times which required labor, industry, and economy. Most manfully did they fight their battles through, enduring all trials and dangers. But now, they see things existing quite differently; where once the forest stood, now waving fields of grain are seen; fine houses and barns have replaced the old log cabins; comfort and pleasure reigning unalloyed with the trials and dangers of those early days. Mr. Knoop's labors have been crowned with success; he now owns 635 acres of fine land, mostly surrounding the village of Casstown; in fact, the south part of the town is built upon his land; he also owns 360 acres of land in Indiana; this has nearly all been accumulated by his own labors and industry; in this respect, his life will stand a shining example to all future generations. Mr. Knoop has been one who has had the confidence of the people, having been Director in the National Bank, Troy for nine years; also of the Hydraulic Works, Turnpikes; holding at one time five Directorships, and has also been Township Trustee for several terms. Mr. Knoop and wife have been members of the Lutheran Church, with their membership covering thirty-five years, or more; being among the constituent members of the organization of the church in Casstown. This is a record of another of the early settlers, one of the Knoop family, who are classed among the fathers of Miami County, whose history and record of labors, success, honest dealings and life of Christian work, add to the laurels of the Knoop family.

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