Source: History of Bureau County, Illinois
H. C. Bradsby, Editor
Chicago: World Publishing Company 1885
Transcribed by: Denise McLoughlin
Tampico Area Historical Society
Jacob Pope, Clarion. This old German pioneer was born December 25, 1815, in Truebenbach, Saxony, Coburg. Germany, where his parents, Nicholas and Catharine Pope, died. They reared a large family, of whom our subject was the oldest. Jacob Pope came to America in August, 1839. He worked on the Erie Canal near Albany, N. Y. till the next spring, when he came to Joliet, Ill., where he worked on the canal till August, 1841, when he entered eighty acres oif land in Clarion Township, where he afterward owned 480 acres, and also 480 acres in Lee County, which his children now own. After working alone for many years, he had his old schoolmate and sweetheart from the old country, Kunigunda Schmidt, come to the New World, and in the fall of 1845 they were married. Here is another example of the old time truth and fidelity which is one of the noblest characteristics of the human family, and a special trait of the German race. Mrs. Kunigunda Pope was born December 28, 1815, in Truebenbach, Germany. She was the mother of the following children: Mrs. Margaret Betz, George, Lorenzo, Mrs. Barbara Fauble, Fred and Edwin Pope, the latter deceased, aged twenty-seven years. Mrs. Kunigunda Pope assister her husband materially in the way of accumulating property, and after a long sickness died in Lamoille, August 5, 1884. It is but a just tribute to her memory when we say that she was a fond mother, and a faithful, loving wife. The family are members of the German Evangelical Church.