Jacob Springer, one of the very earliest settlers of Clayton County was born in Fayette County, Pa., on Dec. 19, 1814, and remained there until 1835 when he removed to Wisconsin, and two years later came to Clayton County and has resided here since, with the exception of the years from 1850 to 1858 which he spent in the golden mines of California. He was married Oct. 25, 1860, to Julia Gilham, born June 8, 1837. Ten children have blessed this union, viz.: David W., born Aug. 16, 1861; Baron A., June 18, 1863; Rachel M., Oct. 30, 1864; John C., Nov. 29, 1866; James T., June 28, 1868; Martha Jane, Mar. 1, 1870; Albert D., Nov. 20, 1871; Levi J., Sept. 17, 1874; Harvey E., July 3, 1876, and Minerva, Feb. 28, 1877. Mr. Springer is a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian church, and politically he is a Republican. He served in the Mexican war, enlisting in 1846 in Captain Parker's company, Iowa mounted volunteers, and was stationed at Fort Atkinson to watch the Indians. He owns 110 acres of finely cultivated land, for which he has land grant signed by ex- President Fillmore.
source: History of Clayton
County, Iowa, 1882, p. 1018-1019
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