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J.F. Emert

"History of Shelby County, Ohio"
by A.B.C. Hitchcock; Sidney, Ohio; 1913
Richmond-Arnold Pub. Co.; Chicago, IL.
Page 620

J. F. EMERT, justice of the peace and a prominent citizen of Cynthian township, is one of the best known insurance agents in Shelby county, is a large landowner and is also an honored veteran of the great Civil war. Mr. Emert was born in Loramie township, Shelby county, O., May 13, 1844, and is a son of Benjamin and Mary (Methard) Emert, both of whom passed away on the old home farm in Loramie township.
On both paternal and maternal sides, J. F. Emert can trace his ancestry to the original home in Germany. On the maternal, side, the great-great-grandparents emigrated from Germany early in the seventeenth century and settled at Frederick, Md. There Bartholomew Booher and his wife Margaret, reared a family of fourteen children, the names of thirteen being preserved: Catherine, Daniel, Peter, Margaret, Bartholomew, Leah, Mathias, Rachel, Barbara, Elizabeth, Mary, Solomon and John. Frederick Fox, a great-grand-father, was born at Frederick, Md., May 10, 1751, married Catherine Booher, and they reared a family of seven children: Christeena, Rosine, Mary M., George, Daniel B., Joseph and Elizabeth. The maternal grandfather, George Methard. was born at Two Bricken, Germany, December 6, 1760 and emigrated to the United States and settled at Frederick, Md. He married Christeena Fox and they reared a family of six children: Jacob, George, Elizabeth, Catherine, Mary M. and Jonathan.
The paternal grandfather, Martin Emert, emigrated from Germany and settled, in Berks county, Pa. He was a jeweler by trade. He married Catherine Knoop and they reared a family of four children: Benjamin, John, Catherine and Andrew. Benjamin Emert was born June 23, 1795 and was married January 25, 1831 to Mary M. Methard, and they were the parents of four children; Catherine, George, Benjamin and J. F. Emert. Among the ancestors of Mr. Emert were men who served with honor in the War of the Revolution.
J. F. Emert was reared and attended, the district schools in his native township and afterward assisted his father on the home farm prior to enlisting for service in the Civil war. He was a member of Company F, Benton Cadets, Missouri Volunteer Infantry, and during this first enlistment was a member of General Fremont's body guards. His second enlistment was in Company B, 50th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, in which he served two years and eleven months and participated in all its engagements, taking part in the great battle at Franklin, Tenn., and continued until he was honorably discharged (serving three years in all) and escaping without injury although fifty percent of the regiment was killed.
In 1875 Mr. Emert came to Cynthian township and here he married Miss Almira Blanchard, who was born and reared on an adjoining farm, a daughter of Eliphalet and Mary Jane (Penrod) Blanchard. Five children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Emert: George I., Eliphalet, Martin, John, and Julian. Martin and Julian are now deceased. Mr. and Mrs. Emert are members of the Presbyterian church.
When Mr. Emert purchased the farm on which he lives, which is situated in section 33, Orange Special School District, Cynthian township, two and one-half miles southeast of Newport, O., it was wild land and he not only cleared it but has placed here all the present improvements, including substantial buildings. A fire destroyed his first barn but he quickly rebuilt it. Mr. Emert owns three separate farms aggregating 300 acres, and these lie in three townships, Cynthian, Loramie and Orange, all of this property being well improved. Mr. Emert no longer attends personally to the cultivation of his land, having all of it rented to good tenants. He is well known, in insurance circles and has covered Shelby county in the interests of the Miami Mutual Fire Association and the Ohio State Tornado and Wind Storm Company. Politically he is a republican and for the past two years he has been a justice of the peace and for three years he served Cynthian township on its board of trustees.

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