Biography - Jemiah Casper

JEMIAH CASPER was born in North Carolina, June 14, 1834, and lives in Cache Township, Johnson County. He is a son of Adam and Catherine (Cauble) Casper, the former of whom was born in Pennsylvania and the latter in North Carolina. Henry Casper, father of Adam Casper, was also a native of Pennsylvania. Adam Casper removed to North Carolina at an early day, and there followed farming and stock-raising in Rowan County for a number of years. In 1850 he came to Illinois and bought one hundred and sixty acres of land in Cache Township, Johnson County, where he followed farming until his death in 1878. Jemiah Casper remained at home until he was twenty-five years of age, when he cleared a piece of land for his father and had the use of the land he cleared seven years in compensation therefor. At the age of thirty-two our subject purchased land in Cache Township and lived there about nine years, after which he then bought where he now resides, on section 2, and since his first purchase he has added from time to time, until at the present time he has five hundred and seventy acres, all in Cache Township. Here he follows farming and stock-raising. The education he obtained in his youth was very limited, but by reading and study since he has acquired a valuable fund of practical information.
He was married February 14, 1860, to Margaret Peeler, who died February 14, 1862, and on June 1, 1865, he was married to Elizabeth J. Souris, who was born in Union County, Ill., October 4, 1844. Her father was from North Carolina, and her mother from Tennessee. Mr. and Mrs. Casper have nine children living, namely: Jessie, Jacob, Evelander, Calvin, Delia, Elizabeth, Pearly, Edward and Lulu. Mr. and Mrs. Casper are members of the Baptist Church, and he is a Democrat.

Extracted 16 Dec 2016 by Norma Hass from 1893 Biographical Review of Johnson, Massac, Pope, and Hardin Counties, Illinois, pages 502-503.

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