Bureau County Biographies 1885
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Bureau Bios 1885 > Solomon Sapp - Princeton

Source: History of Bureau County, IL
H. C. Bradsby, Editor
Chicago: World Publishing Company
Reprinted by Higginson Book Co., Salem, MA

Transcribed by: Denise McLoughlin
Tampico Area Historical Society

Solomon Sapp, Princeton, was born January 4, 1808, in Kent County, Del. He is the son of Elijah and Lydia (Cain) Sapp. The subject of this sketch was reared on the farm and educated in the schools of his native county. May 8, 1828, when only twenty years of age, he was married to Miss Margaret Wilson, who died in January, 1829. October 8, 1829, he was married to  his second wife, Margaret B. White, who lived only till January, 1832. She was the mother of one son - John W., who lived to reach manhood. He enlisted in the service of his country in 1862, but in 1863 was taken sick and came home and died March 3 of the same year. December 20, 1832,

Mr. Sapp was again married in his native state to Miss Ann Carter. She was reared in the same neighborhood as her husband. She is the mother of eight children, six of whom yet survive: Henry, Elijah, Alfred, Sarah E. (wife of Frank Foreman, of Marshall County, Iowa), Ann Eliza (wife of Josephus Clark), and Juliet (wife of E. K. Mercer).

April 27, 1835, Mr. Sapp left his native State for the lead mines of Illinois. July 6 of the same year he arrived in what is now Bureau County, and being well pleased with the country he decided to buy land and settle here. However, in 1836, he removed to Galena, but remained only about eight months, when he returned to his farm in this county, where he resided till October 20, 1875, when he removed to Princeton, where he has since resided. When first coming to the county Mr. Sapp bought 24 acres of land and, as capital increased, he continued to invest in land, until now he owns over 1,000 acres in this county.

Mr. Sapp has done much to develop the farming industry of Bureau County. During his long resdence in the county he has improved over 1,000 acres, and made productive farms where the prairie grass before held away. Not only has he done much toward improving the material resources of the county, but has exerted his influence in advancing religion and morality also. In early manhood he had united with the Methodist Episcopal Church, and has been an active member since.

In political matters he has ever held to the principles of the Democratic party, but not such an adherent but what he will vote for the man he considers can best fill the position.

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