John A. Deller

Source: 1880 Atlas of Steuben County, IN p. 54 c.1

The subject of this brief sketch is a resident of Steuben Township, Steuben Co., Ind., and is a native of Butler Township, Columbiana Co., Ohio; born the 25th day of September, 1844, and the son of Nicholas and Lydia (Redman) Deller. His father was a native of Switzerland, and came to Ohio at an early day, he moved to Indiana in 1851, when the subject of this sketch was but seven years of age. Coming to this county a poor man, Mr. Deller, Sr., brought with him a determination to make a home and name for himself, and by industry and energy accumulated a fine property and gained a reputation for honesty and uprightness. He was twice married; his first wife, the mother of John A., died in Ohio, November 18,1848, and he was married in 1852 to Mary Ann Fetterhoff, who is still living on a part of the old place, and enjoys a good degree of health. Mr. Deller, Sr., died June 13,1864.

John A., coming to this state at the age of seven years, has lived here ever since. He was married on December 13,1868 to Miss Lucy K. Messer, by Elder John Martin, at Mount Zion Chapel, and this union has been blessed with three children, viz, Harvey J., Iva A., and Artie Reed. He is at present pleasantly situated with a pleasant family and comfortable property. He may truly be said to have been successful in life.

Mrs. Deller is the daughter of Daniel and Mary A. Messer, and a native of Ohio. In her youth she had not the home advantages of many girls, which makes her appreciate them now all the more. Her mother is still living and near by her children, enjoying the declining years of her life.