6 Jan 2006
Source: Portrait & Biographical Album of Whiteside County, IL, Chapman Bros., Chicago, IL 1885
Transcribed by: Denise McLoughlin, Tampico Area Historical Society
JOHN P. HEY, general farmer, section 23, Jordan Township, was born Feb. 11, 1856, in Poughkeepsie, N. Y. His parents, Jacob and Klementina (DAL) HEY, were born respectively in Bavaria and Baden, Germany. she is a sister of Dr. Jacob DAL, of Chicago. They came to America in early life, and were married in Poughkeepsie. their son, who is the subject of this sketch, was but two months old when they removed to Illinois. The mother was a second wife, and Mr. HEY is the oldest child of the later marriage. The family settled in Lee Co., Ill., near Gap Grove, in Palmyra Township. Later, they came to Whiteside County and the father perchased 80 acres of land on section 23, Jordan Township (1858), which is now the residence of Mr. HEY, of this sketch.
The latter was reared at home and educated at the public schools. At 21, he worked for his father by the month, and in the next year he became the husband of Elizabeth BAER, to whom he was married Feb. 26, 1878. She is the daughter of Martin BAER, of whom a sketch is given elsewhere. She was born Jan. 2, 1854, in Manor Township, Lancaster Co., Pa. When she was little more than three years of age, her parents came to Illinois, settling in Jordan Township, where she has lived and obtained her education. To her and her husband three children have been born, as follows: Mary A., March 14, 1880; Clement, March 8, 1882; Henry, March 8, 1884.
Since their marriage, Mr. and Mrs. HEY have lived on the HEY homestead. The former has become a prominent agriculturist. He first purchased 100 acres of land on section 22, adjoining the hoomestead. Later, he bought the 160-acre homestead on sections 23 and 26, and the entire tract is under an excellent order of tillage. Mr. HEY is engaged in raising horses, cattle and hogs, and buying and feeing cattle. He is a Republican in political preference.
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