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Jacob E Eicher Sr.

Person ID: L121-TLZ

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Father Date of Birth Mother Date of Birth

Person Events

Event Type Date Place Description
Birth 1/30/1819 Berne, Switzerland Canton Repository, Per "New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1957 record for Jacob Eicher", Huff Family Tree
Birth Jan 1828 Berne, Switzerland in the Eicher Family Tree
Marriage 5/18/1839 Berne, Switzerland Moffitt/Lang/Schrock/Deitrich Family Tree
Emigration ABT January 1854 Berne, Switzerland Left Bern, Switzerland by sale boat
Immigration abt February 1854 Dunkirk, Chautauqua County, New York, United States Ship from Switzerland landed after 90-day voyage
Immigration ABT March 1854 Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, United States Another boat trip from Dunkirk, N.Y., to Cleveland, Ohio
Immigration ABT April 1854 Stone Creek, Tuscarawas Co., Ohio, Tuscarawas County, Ohio, United States Sailed down canal from Cleveland to final destination, a farm near Stone Creek
Death 8/23/1907 Canton, Stark County, Ohio, United States Huff Family Tree


Fact Description
National or Tribal Origin Swiss


Obit Jacob Eicher Sr 1907

The Canton Repository. Canton, Ohio. August 23, 1907
Swiss Pioneer Passes Away

Jacob Eicher, Sr., who came with his family to America in 1854 from Switzerland and joined a Swiss community in Tuscarawas county, later removing to Stark county, died Friday morning at 1 o’clock at his home, 209 East Tenth street, from the results of a stroke of paralysis suffered last Monday. He was 88 years and seven months old.
Born in Switzerland in the canton of Berne, January 30, 1819, he married Elizabeth Feller May 18, 1839, and with her and seven children crossed the Atlantic in a sailboat, in 39 days. From New York city the party journeyed by rail to Lake Erie, sailing over the water for Cleveland. En route their ship struck a sand bar near the city of Erie, and narrowly escaped sinking. From Cleveland the journey to Tuscarawas county was made over the railroad.
In those days Stone Creek Valley, the section of Tuscarawas county where the thrifty Swiss were tilling the soil, and where these people still live in great numbers, farm hands for swinging the scythe in the wheat fields received 35 cents per day. Mr. Eicher, although a shoemaker by trade, began farming and his wife assisted him in getting a start by taking in spinning. Oftentimes Mr. Eicher swung the axe, cutting wood.
In 1864 the Eicher family came to Stark county and located at Richville, near Canton, and from 1868 to 1884 he kept a grocery on South Cherry street. He was a member of First Reformed church.
Mr. Eicher was the father of 11 children, six of whom still survive—Jacob Eicher, of the Louisville road; Mrs. William Archinal, of Trenton, N.J.; Gottlieb Eicher, of Columbus, and Mrs. Mary Rolli, Emma Eicher, and John Eicher, of Canton. Twenty seven grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren also survive.
The time of the funeral services which will be conducted by Rev. J. Theodore Bucher, of Grace Reformed church, will be announced later.
1870 Census shows they had a lot of day laborers living with them.

name: Elizabeth Eicher
estimated birth year: 1817
gender: Female
age in 1870: 53y
color (white, black, mulatto, chinese, indian): White
birthplace: Switzerland
home in 1870: Ohio, United States
Household Gender Age
Jacob Eicher M 52y
Elizabeth Eicher F 53y
Godfrey Eicher M 22y
Mary Eicher F 18y
Rosa Eicher F 16y
Emma Eicher F 12y
Alice Eicher F 10y
John Eicher M 8y
Godfrey Shipbach M 23y
Adam Sloop M 22y
Christian Berry M 20y
George Stenger M 21y
John Stenger M 25y
Christ Harge M 21y
Christ Stettler M 25y
John Warner M 28y
Charles Wenger M 40y
Henry Dengler M 19y
Christ Spring M 45y
The Canton Repository. Canton, Ohio. January 31, 1896.
The home of Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Eicher at no. 128 South Cherry street, was the scene of a delightful event on Thursday evening. The occasion was a family gathering in honor of Mr. Eicher’s seventy-seventh birthday. The old gentleman is hale and hearty, and enjoyed the festivities as much as did the young folks. Games, cards and music were the features. During the evening ex-Councilman Gotlieb Eicher arose and in a neat speech presented his father with a fine silk umbrella as a memento of the occasion from his children and grand children. An elegant supper was served. Those present were: G. Miller and wife, Jacob Eicher Jr., and wife, William Archinal and wife, Gotlieb Eicher and wife and children, Miss Bertha and Leonard; Mr. and Mrs. William Feller and daughter Harriet, Mr. and Mrs. John Zengler, Mr. and Mrs. Charles D. Myers, Mr. and Mrs. Edward Moser and Mrs. Tennler and daughter Florence.



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