Jacob Anthony was born in Sussex County, N. J., May 4, 1808. Since he was thirteen years old he has made his own way in life, for many years working in foundries and iron works. After his marriage in 1828 he lived most of the time in Morris County, and for some time was teaming in New York City. He afterward bought a farm in Roxbury Township, Morris Co., N. J. and remained there until 1850, when he sold out and came to Bureau County, and settled on his present farm when there were but two cabins in sight. He now owns 135 acres of land, which he has obtained through hard work, having always been obliged to depend on himself. He was married in New Jersey, March 24, 1828, to Sally Tapin; she was born October 13, 1810, in the same neighborhood as her husband. They have two children; Martin T. in Adair County, Iowa, and George, of this county.
George Anthony was born in Morris County, N. J., August 29, 1832. His early life was spent on a farm in his native county, where he obtained his education in the common schools. He came to Bureau County in 1850, and has since resided in Wyanet Township, and given his attention to farming and stock-growing. He was married August 31, 1858 to Mary A. Krieger, who was born in Huntingdon County, Penn., August 26, 1841; She came to this county in March, 1855, with her parents, George and Susan (Miller) Krieger, natives of Pennsylvania. They now reside in Lewis, Cass Co., Iowa.
Mr. and Mrs. Anthony have ten children, viz: Charles W., born August 27, 1860; Frederick, born June 28, 1862; John, born January 28, 1864; Abby J., born October 11, 1865; Emma, born November 25, 1867; Henry, born January 10, 1870; Laura, born September 18, 1872; Nellie, born November 8, 1875; George E., born July 8, 1877. Mr. Anthony settled on his present farm in 1867; he now owns 380 acres, the result of hard work. In politics he is a stanch Republican.
Source: History of Bureau County, Illinois, H. C. Bradsby, Editor. World Publishing Company Chicago 1885