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Henry Seegrist

Male 1849 - Yes, date unknown


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  • Name Henry Seegrist 
    Born 16 Sep 1849  , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Male 
    Residence 1870  Railroad Township, Starke Co., Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Eby ID Number Waterloo-106309 
    Died Yes, date unknown 
    Person ID I106309  Generations
    Last Modified 29 Sep 2019 

    Father John Seegrist,   b. 1822, , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Mother Nancy Bretz,   b. 1822, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married 8 Nov 1844  Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Family ID F4315  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 16 Sep 1849 - , Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1870 - Railroad Township, Starke Co., Indiana Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • HENRY SEEGRIST.

      No matter how unfavorable the outlook in life, or how little encouragement is received, there are some who will succeed in whatever they undertake, while others, placed in the same position, will give up in despair. Henry Seegrist is one of those who has won the iiniversal respect of his fellows for the push and energy that he has at all times manifested, and it is universally acknowledged that he is one of the most popular officials of Starke County, for he is faithful and painstaking and at all times courteous and obliging, in fact, a beau ideal officer. He comes of a fine old Colonial Pennsylvania family, that originally came to this country from Germany; but he, himself, was born on his father's well-conducted farm in Ontario, Canada, September 16, 1849, and was two years of age at the time of his parents' removal to Michigan, and about twelve years old when they settled in Starke County, Indiana, on a farm north of San Pierre, in Railroad Township. Like the average farmer's boy of his day he received the usual common school education, attending the public schools when his services were not required on the farm, and while still in early manhood he began learning the carpenter's trade, but worked at it but a short time. He remained on his father's farm until he attained his majority, and the following spring started out to fight life's battle for himself, and secured employment on a large stock farm in the vicinity of English Lake, holding the position of foreman of the same for a number of years. As necessity compelled him to rely solely upon his own resources, he wisely used much care in the expenditure of his means, and was thus enabled to engajje in the mercantile business for himself on a small scale in 1877, his place of business being English Lake. By careful attention to business and the exercise of all his intellectual faculties, lie prospered financially, and on various occasions, as his patronage demanded, he added to his stock of goods, until he had a most completely equipped store. He continued to pursue this calling most successfully until the fall of 1891, when he sold out to enter upon the duties of County Recorder, an office to which he had been elected in the fall of 1890. The manner in which he has filled this position has won for him the highest praise from political friends and foes alike, but has been especially pleasing to his Democratic constituents, who have honored him by a unanimous renomination, there being no other candidate sufficiently sure of the nomination to enter the field. He has fullv merited the confidence that has been reposed in him, for he thoroughly understands every detail of his official duties, and will undoubtedly be re-elected by an increased majority. During President Cleveland's first administration Mr. Seegrist was placed in chai-ge of Uncle Sam's interests at English Lake, where he held the postmastership for a period of four years. He was also Assessor of his township for some time, and has at all times taken a deep interest in the political affairs of his section. He is well known throughout Starke County for his sturdy integrity of character, for his accuracy and honesty as a business man, and for his efficiency and faithfulness as a public servant. In 1874 he led to the altar Miss H. J. Perry, and their union has resulted in the birth of five children: Lillian G., Ruth E., Florence C, Perry E. (deceased), and a daughter that died at the age of three years.


      Chicago : Goodspeed Brothers, 1894.,Pictorial and biographical record of La Porte, Porter, Lake and Starke Counties, Indiana : containing biographical and genealogical records of leading men, women and prominent families of the counties named, and other portions of the state. pg 418-419

  • Sources 
    1. [S585] Census - Indiana - 1870, Railroad Township, Starke Co., pg 9.

    2. [S2186] Pictorial and biographical record of La Porte, Porter, Lake and Starke Counties, Indiana : containing biographical and genealogical records of leading men, women and prominent families of the counties named, and other portions of the state., biography of Henry Seegrist pg 418-419.

    3. [S13] Vit - - ON, Waterloo - Wellington District Marriage Register Part 1 1840-1852, Rev'd Jacob Huether, Minister of The Gospel of The Evangelical Lutheran Church At Preston report 39.
      John Siegrist, to Nancy Bretz, both of Puslinch. 8 Nov. 1844.