from Biography & Historical Record of Ringgold County, Iowa
Lewis Publishing Company of Chicago, 1887, p. 305
Henry SIEMILLER, farmer, section 6, Clinton Township, Ringgold County, was born in Lancaster County,
Pennsylvania, February (sic) 5, 1831. His father, George SIEMILLER, was a native of Germany, and came to America when
eleven years of age. He was a weaver and dyer. His mother, Barbara (PLASTERER) SIEMILLER, was a native of
Pennsylvania. During his youth he worked at farm work in summer, and assisted in his father’s shop during the
winter. His education was received in the common schools and by study at home.
In 1848 the family removed to Linn County, Iowa, eight miles southeast of Cedar Rapids, and settled in a place
called Big Sugar Grove. Here he engaged in farming, and furnished grain to the railroad contractors when the
Northwestern Railroad was being built through that county.
He was married August 29, 1851 (sic, should be August 19, 1850) [Linn County, Iowa], to Miss Deborah FALKINBURG, born in Licking County, Ohio, and reared in Highland
County, same State. In 1857 he removed to Worth County, Missouri. He was a minister of the United Brethren in Christ
church, and during his residence in Missouri he was a traveling minister. He united with that church in 1849, was
licensed to exhort in February, 1859, at Caledonia, and in July following was licensed to preach. He worked many
years in the cause of his Master. He served as presiding elder at Conference in 1868.
From Worth County he came to Ringgold County [by 1880], and first purchased 107 acres of land. He has since added eighty
acres, and his farm now contains 167 acres, which is in a good state of cultivation. He has a good story-and-a-half
house, an orchard of 150 trees and small fruits.
Mr. and Mrs. SIEMILLER were the parents of twelve children, ten living – Elizabeth Ellen COOKSEY, Newman Isaiah,
George F[remont], Mary Alice, John Amos, Abraham Lincoln, [Hulda] Lottie, Orange Neal, Henry Floyd and Ferdinand Augustus. The two
deceased are Eliza Jane [1871-ca.1880] and Alvah [1875-1875].
Mrs. SIEMILLER died March 1, 1875, and February 4, 1876 (sic, should be February 3, Ames, Story County, Iowa),
he was married to Miss Nettie PRINGLE, born in Keokuk
County, Iowa, daughter of William and Rebecca (WILLIAMSON) PRINGE. To this union were born five
children – Dora
May, Milton Wright, Amy Myrtle, Ray Emmett and an infant not named [Bessie].
Politically Mr. SIEMILLER is an American. At the election in 1860 he worked hard at the polls for LINCOLN through
repeated threats of shooting. He is also a strong Prohibitionist, having voted for J. P. St. JOHN, and has done good
service in the cause of religion and temperance. Postoffice, Mormontown [present-day Blockton].
NOTE: Henry SIEMILLER was born in Lancaster, York County, Pennsylvania on April 5, 1831,
and died at the age of 71 on September 30, 1902, Bedford, Taylor County, Iowa. Deborah (FALKENBURG) SIEMILLER
was born in Licking County, Ohio, on October 29, 1834, and died March 1, 1875, Ringgold County, Iowa. Jenette
PRINGLE was born January 1, 1852, Keokuk County, Iowa, and died of cancer at the age of 60 years on October
25, 1912, St. Joseph Hospital, St. Joseph, Missouri, with interment at Rose Hill Cemetery, Blockton, Taylor
Biography & Historical Record of Ringgold County, Iowa, p. 305, 1887.
WPA Graves Survey
Transcription and note by Sharon R. Becker, January of 2009
Biographical Sketches Pages Index: A - F,
G - L,
M - R, S - Z
To submit your Ringgold County biographies, contact Sharon R. Becker at
Please include the word "Ringgold" in the subject line. Thank you.