Sauer History


from History of Defiance County (OH), 1883, p. 232

Henry Sauer was born on September 10, 1812 in Cassel, the Capital of the former electorate of Hesse-Cassel, now a portion of Prussia, Germany; immigrated to America at the age of nineteen, arriving at New York in the summer of 1832, after a long and tedious voyage on a sail vessel; being without means or friends to assist him. He immediately worked his way westward until he arrived at Cleveland in the fall of 1834. Here he found two families that had immigrated a few years before from his neighborhood in Germany. They were the families of George A Hoffrichter and Frederick Lesh. On May 10, 1835 he married Wilhelmina Hoffrichter, daughter of George A and Julia Hoffrichter. In the summer of 1836, he , with the families of Hoffrichter and Lesh, removed to where he now resides in Pleasant Township, Henry County, Ohio, being the oldest settler in the township. Arriving at Independence, Defiance County, their only path to their newly purchased home (which was represented as being not far distant from Cleveland) was the lonely Indian trail. Upon arriving at the spot he found nothing but a dense forest, wild beasts and the Indians, who were peaceable and did the new-comers no damage. By untiring energy and perseverance, he set to work and soon had several acres ready for the plow, which was pulled by one ox, or sometimes a man was hitched up with him. A few years later, when the canal was being built through Defiance, he left his little farm, then consisting of 40 acres, and helped construct it from Defiance to Delphos, in this way procuring means to buy more land. By continuing at hard work until the present day, he was able to secure 240 acres of land, which is today in the garden spot of Northwest Ohio. The result of his marriage was fifteen children, ten girls and five boys, nine of whom are living today. He is now enjoying the fruits of his hard labor and is living on the same piece of land he moved onto in 1836, being seventy-one years of age, his wife sixty-five, both in good health and neither one would be taken for the earliest settlers in the township.


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