JOHN FINKENBINE, Sr.
one of Shelby county's most substantial and respected citizens, now living retired and residing on his large and well-improved property in Franklin township, where he owns 342 acres, is a native of the old Keystone State, born near the city of Philadelphia, in December, 1831. His parents were Jacob and Susan (Fogt) Finkenbine.
Jacob Finkenbine and wire were born in Baden, Germany, and many of the old and prominent families of Ohio have originated there. When they came first to the United States they located at Philadelphia, Pa., but, in 1832,. came to Shelby county, O., where he found ready employment at his trade of stone mason. He and wife belonged to that sturdy, thrifty class naturally well equipped to face and overcome hardship and they not only comfortably reared their large family, by example and precept teaching them industrious habits, but so prospered that they lived to enjoy ease in their old age. They were among the early founders of the German Lutheran church in this section. They had the following children: John, Jacob, Louis, Frederick, George, Charles, Christian, Michael, Dorothy and Sarah. Dorothy married Jacob Fogt, and Sarah married John Fogt.
John Finkenbine attended the district schools in boyhood but as soon as old enough to be trusted with the handling of tools, learned the carpenter trade, which he followed for a number of years. In the meanwhile he acquired land, tract by tract, and then gave up carpenter work and during the remainder of his active life successfully engaged in farming and stock raising. In addition to his Franklin township land he owns 123 acres in Dinsmore township. The extensive farm activities are now in the hands of his sons who continue them profitably.
On June 8, 1858, Mr. Finkenbine married Miss Barbara Schiff, who was born in Baden, Germany, a daughter of Michael and Magdalena (Ludwig) Schiff, who emigrated to America when Mrs. Finkenbine was six years old, she being the youngest of the family: Michael; Magdalena, wife of Jacob Pfaadt; Sarah, wife of Michael Stengle; Jacob; Christian and Barbara. To Mr. and Mrs. Finkenbine the following children were born: William; Magdalena, wife of Jacob Hagelberger and they have four children, Delia, Alfred, Frederick and Carl; Louisa, wife of Christian Foster, and they have two children, Dora and Catherine; Julia, widow of Edward English, and they had three children: May, Bessie and George; Ella wife of William Stockstill, and they have three children: Pearl, Minnie and Thomas; Sophia, deceased, formerly the wife of Thomas Ernley, and they had two children: John and Warren; John E.: Margaret, wife of John Boyer, and they have three children: Clyde, Donald and Paul: and Lewis H. and Milton B. Mr. Finkenbine and family are members of the German Lutheran church at Anna, O. He is a strong democrat in his political views but has never desired to serve in public office. Since coming to this section he has seen many changes take place, new methods of farming have been adopted and comforts and conveniences have been brought into the life of the farmer such as, in his boyhood, were not enjoyed by any residents outside of large cities. He has seen many of the old families, also, pass away, their descendants giving- up their birthrights of land to enter into the rush and bustle of town and city and it must be a source of satisfaction to him that his sons still love the soil.