A Centennial Biographical History of Hancock County, Ohio
Out the depths of his mature wisdom Carlyle wrote, "History is the essence of innumerable biographies." Believing this to be a fact, there is no necessity of advancing any further reason for the compilation of such a work as this, if reliable history is to be the ultimate object.
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JACOB F. BURKET
The subject of this sketch has been a familiar figure in Ohio for many years, owing to his prominent connection both with the bench and bar of the state. For over thirty years he was an attorney in active practice at Findlay, and since February 9, 1893, has been a member of the state supreme court, at present holding the position of chief justice of that tribunal. His family is of Swiss origin and it seems that the name was originally written Burkhardt. In 1758 the great-grandparents of our subject emigrated from Switzerland to America, accompanied by their son John, who was at that time an infant about four years old. On the voyage across the ocean the father died of a fatal illness, and his widow after arriving in the United States located at Reading, Pennsylvania. John Burkhardt grew to manhood at that place, and at the beginning of the Revolutionary war became a member of Von Heer's Cavalry, which was organized under a special act of the Continental congress for the purpose of acting as a body guard to Washington. He participated with his command in its subsequent service, and with them shared the horrors of the never to be forgotten winter at Valley Forge. He remained with the army until the surrender of Cornwallis, after which he returned to his home at Reading, where he married a Miss Fox and subsequently removed to Ohio. Locating first in Perry county, near the village of Somerset, he removed later with his family to Sandusky county, settling near Hessville, west of Fremont, where his death occurred in February, 1847. John Burket became the father of eighteen children, among the younger of whom was a son named Solomon, who was born in 1806. He married Mary, daughter of George Brehn, who was a soldier in the war of 181 2, took part in the battles of Fort Meigs and Fallen Timbers, and died in Perry county at the age of ninety-three years. Solomon Burket resided in Perry county until 1838, when he removed to Hancock county, where he engaged in farming and followed that occupation until his death, which occurred March 6, 1847. He had a family of ten children, among whom was included the subject of this sketch.