Hannah Jacobs Borschel

Honored by:Don Larew
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Hannah was born in Newport Township Johnson County, Iowa on April 24, 1848. Her parents were Nicholas Jacobs, who was born in Switzerland, and Lovina C. Wieneke Jacobs. The Jacobs were among pioneer settlers of Newport Township.

Hannah was married to Adam Borschel, a native of Hesse, Germany, on June 7, 1866. Mr. Borschel had purchased forty acres of land in Graham Township Section 16 and dug the basement for a new home prior to enlisting in Company H Second Iowa Cavalry in August 1861. Mr. Borschel returned to Iowa following his mustering out of service in October 1865 at Selma, Alabama. The farmstead, which eventually grew to 120 acres, has been passed down through the family and is currently owned by fourth-generation descendants.

Hannah and Adam were the parents of twelve children: Emma, Caroline (Carrie), Charlotte, Martha, Anna, William, Edward, Elnora, George, Lucile, Harry, and Ethel. George was the only child not to reach adulthood. He died of typhoid fever at 16.

Hannah and Adam were members of the German Methodist Church and were active workers in that organization. Hannah died February 22, 1911, in Iowa City, Iowa. She and Adam are buried in Morse Cemetery Johnson County, Iowa, just a short distance from the family farm.

Submitted on 6/22/94