Pages 297-298, transcribed by Carolyn Ward from History of Allen and Woodson Counties, Kansas: embellished with portraits of well known people of these counties, with biographies of our representative citizens, cuts of public buildings and a map of each county / Edited and Compiled by L. Wallace Duncan and Chas. F. Scott. Iola Registers, Printers and Binders, Iola, Kan.: 1901; 894 p., [36] leaves of plates: ill., ports.; includes index.




HENRY EBERT.—One of the respected citizens and prosperous farmers of Allen county is Henry Ebert, who was born in Germany, on the 28th of January, 1839. His father, Frederick Ebert, was also a native of the same country and was there married to Amelie Snyder, whose birth occurred in that land. In 1849 they bade adieu to home and friends and with their family came to the new world, locating in Ohio. The father was a contractor and for a time was identified with business interests in Cincinnati, but subsequently removed to Illinois, making his home upon a farm there from 1857 until 1871, when he died at the age of sixty-five years. His wife, who was born in 1808, died in 1882, at the age of seventy-four years. They were the parents of two children, Augusta and Henry. The former married Albert Martin and is living in Decatur, Illinois.

Henry Ebert spent the first ten years of his life in the fatherland and then came with his parents to America. He learned the brass molder's trade and followed that occupation in Cincinnati until the removal of the family to Illinois. At the time of the Civil war and in response to the country's call for aid, he enlisted on the 15th of August, 1862, as a member of Company I, One Hundred and Sixteenth Illinois Infantry, with which he served until honorably discharged at the close of the war. He participated in all the battles and engagements that his regiment had part in and was severely wounded at Vicksburg, May 19th, 1863, a ball shattering the front part of his lower jaw. In February of the same year he was promoted to the rank of sergeant of his company and after his wound has sufficiently healed he returned to his regiment, October 21st, 1863. When hostilities had ceased he received an honorable discharge and with a creditable military record returned to his Illinois home.

In 1882 Mr. Ebert came to Kansas and located on the farm which is still his home. It is the "Cottage Corner" farm and is located in the southwest corner of Allen county. In his agricultural pursuits he has been successful and now owns a valuable and attractive property, its richly cultivated fields indicating his careful supervision and enterprising spirit. He has also engaged in stock raising, which has been a profitable source of income to him, and to-day he is the possessor of a comfortable competence and is regarded as one of the leading farmers of the community.

Mr. Ebert has been twice married. While in Illinois he wedded Miss Ellen S. Neyhard, a native of Hamilton county, Ohio, and unto them were born five children: Alvin H., who is residing in Rosedale, Kansas; Irvin,


who is engaged in the plumbing and gas-fitting business in Chanute, Kansas; William A., who enlisted in Company F, Twentieth Kansas Volunteers, and went to Manila where he was very severely wounded in an engagement. He was discharged in Manila, and is still in that city; Anna A. and Richard both died in infancy. The mother died September 24th, 1879 in Illinois. Mr. Ebert was again married, his second union being with Ellen Shaffer, a native of Pennsylvania and a daughter of Peter H. Shaffer, who was born in the Keystone state in 1823. He married Sarah Grove, who died in January, 1900, at the age of seventy-six years, but Mr. Shaffer is yet living at the age of seventy-seven. They had two children: John, who is living on a farm in this locality, and Mrs. Ebert. By her former marriage she had one child, Frank. The children of the second marriage are Fred, Sadie, Bessie and Anna, all at home. The family is well known in the community and their friends are many.

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