JEFFERSON COUNTY ILLINOIS
BIOGRAPHIES

Dr. Jacob Stonemetz
Dr. Jacob Stonemetz was born May 13, 1825, in Montgomery County, N.Y. 
His father, John Stonemetz, was a native of New York, born 1796, where 
he farmed till his death, which occurred October 12, 1865. His father 
was born in Germany. The mother of our subject, Leah Dingman Stonemetz, 
was a native of New York, born 1797. She was the mother of nine children, 
of whom four are now living, viz., Mary Nelson, Eliza Moore, James M. and 
Jacob. The following are deceased: Philip, John, Hannah Rector, Gitty 
Freeman and Catherine. Mrs Leah Stonemetz died August 29, 1861. 

Our subject was educated in Jefferson County, Ind., and graduated at 
the Medical College of Ohio at Cincinnati. Having previous to this read 
medicine with Dr. John H. Reynolds, of Wirt, Ind., Dr. Stonemetz commenced 
to practice at Azalia, Bartholomew Co., Ind. After one year, he returned 
to North Vernon, Ind., and vicinity, where he remained ten years, and then, 
in 1859, emigrated to Moore's Prairie, in Jefferson County, where he yet 
follows his profession, enjoying the confidence and esteem of his fellow men. 
He built his first in Opdyke, and is, therefore, one of the first settlers 
in this town. 

Dr. Stonemetz was joined in matrimony, August 4, 1852, in Jennings County, 
Ind., to Lucinda J. Wilson born April 29, 1833, in Jennings County, Ind. 
She was a daughter of Samuel and Sarah (Chapman) Wilson, he a native of 
West Virginia and a merchant by occupation, and she a native of Kentucky. 
Mrs Stonemetz was the mother of five children, viz., Alice C. born 
May 25, 1853, wife of Andrew J. Cook; William E. and Elva M. Deceased; 
Guy Nelson, born March 8, 1863; and Leah M., born February 26, 1868. 

Dr. and Mrs. Stonemetz are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church. 
He is an A. F. & A. M., also been an I.O.O.F. for thirty years. In politics, 
he is identified with the Republican party. 



SOURCE: History of Jefferson County Illinois, 
By: William Henry Perrin, 1883

Submitted by: Cindy Ford


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