History of Bureau County, IL, H. C. Bradsby, 1885
Transcribed by Denise McLoughlin
Tampico Area Historical Society
John MEISENHEIMER, Bureau, was born on the banks of theRiver Rhine, in Hesse-Darmtadt, Germany, June 7, 1823. He is the son of Christropher and Mary MEISENHEIMER, who lived an died in their native country. They were the parents of eleven ch8ildren, of whom four are living, three in this country: John Christopher, of Galesburg, Ill., and Mary, of Creston, Iowa. John MEISENHEIMER was reared in his native land, and in 1852 came to America and directly to Bureau County. He worked in the brickyard at Princeton for nearly a year and then began farming for J. ALBRECHT for half. His first farm he purchased of J. F. THOMPSON in 1854, paying $5 per acre. In 1861 he sold his farm and returned to native land, where he remained nearly three years, and then again came to Bureau County. In 1865 he moved onto his present farm of 400 acres, where he has since resided. He has given his attention chiefly to the growing of hogs and corn, raising about 150 acres of corn per year, and rotating so that he plants on new ground the most of the time, and has been very successful in his farming. He was married in his native place, January, 1863, to Elizabeth ANSPACH, who was born February 18, 1836, in the village adjoining her husband's birthplace. They are the parents of ten children, of whom four sons and four daughters are living, viz.: Mary, Jacob, Minnie, Martha, John, Frederick, Henry and Lottie. Mr. MEISENHEIMER is independent in politics, in which he takes but little part. He is a member of A. F. & A. M., No. 627, of Walnut, and of the German Lodge, No. 428, I. O. O. F. of Princeton, and carries an insurance in this order.