John Wilhelm b 1846 IN
John Wilhelm, farmer and stock dealer, was born in Delaware County, Ind., July 28, 1846, and is the second son of Frederick and Margaret (Dunker) Wilhelm, both parents natives of Germany. Frederick Wilhelm was a farmer by occupation, though previous to coming to this county was a nurse in Government hospital. He was married in the city of Bremen in 1840, and the following year came to America, and settled in Maryland. Three years later he came West, and settled in Delaware County, Ind.; thence to Grant County in the spring of 1847. He located in Jefferson Township on school land, and began life in a small way. By industry and economy he succeeded in securing 340 acres of land, and became one of the best farmers in Grant County. He was an ardent Republican, and active member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and departed this life October 1, 1868. His wife is still living at the age of seventy-three years. John Wilhelm was but an infant when his parents came to Grant County. He assisted his father until attaining his majority, when he began life for himself is one of the leading agriculturists and stock raisers of Jefferson Township, owing at the present time 600 acres of as fine land as there is in the county. In connection with his farming interests Mr. Wilhelm has been engaged in other enterprises at different times. He ran an extensive lumber business for four years, operating two sawmills during that time, and since engaging in farming for himself has operated a threshing machine, with which he has done a profitable business. Mr. Wilhelm was married, April 1, 1871, to Miss Nancy D. Jenkins, of Grant County, who was born August 10, 1845. To Mr. and Mrs. Wilhelm have been born two children: William R., deceased, and Manda J. Wilhelm. Mr. Wilhelm is a Republican in politics, and with his wife belongs to the Methodist Episcopal Church.