1 Feb 2006
Source: Portrait and Biographical Album of Whiteside County, IL, Originally published 1885, Chapman Bros., Chicago, IL
Transcribed by: Denise McLoughlin, Tampico Historical Society www.tampicohistoricalsociety.citymax.com
Henry K. MELLINGER, a farmer on section 23, Jordan Township, was born Nov. 14, 1854, in the Township of Manor, Lancaster Co., Pa. Benjamin MELLINGER, his father, a farmer of that State and county, where he was also born, spent his entire days there, dying Feb. 15, 1855, a few months after the birth of his son. The wife and mother (Anna KAUFFMAN before her marriage) subsequently married H. PETERS and removed to Whiteside County. She was born and reared in Manor Township, where she was twice married. She bore five children by her first husband. Mr. MELLINGER resided with his stepfather and mother in his native State until 1869, when he accompanied them to Whiteside County, and he was an inmate of their home until he established himself at the head of a family. Since the second widowhood of his mother, he has had the supervision of her welfare. She is 64 years of age and is in excellent mental and physical health.
Since his marriage Mr. MELLINGER has conducted his mother's farm. It consists of 80 acres of good farm land, under good improvements and supplied with creditable and necessary farm equipments. The place is well stocked. In political preference and connection, Mr. MELLINGER is a Republican, and he has officiated in several local offices. He and his wife are members of the Mennonite Church.