HENRY TAPPER was born April 15, 1851, in Port Natal, Cape Colony, Africa. He is a son of John Tapper, who was born in Devonshire, England, his ancestors being of an ancient and honorable family of that country. His grandfather, Henry Tapper, was a farmer, and lived to the age of seventy-eight years. His brother, Samuel, was a carpenter and builder. Henry Tapper was the father of five children, John, Richard, Mary, Joseph and Henry, as the result of his first marriage.
The eldest son, John Tapper, served a seven-years apprenticeship at the carpenters trade, and followed that occupation all his life. He was an extensive traveler before his marriage, and roved somewhat after that event, as his eldest son was born at Port Natal, Cape Colony, in Africa, as stated above. In the course of his wanderings he visited North America, and worked for a time in Newfoundland, but drifted back to Europe, which he traversed very thoroughly.
In his native land he married Mary, daughter of John Soper, of Devonshire, England. They concluded to settle in America, and set out in the summer of 1855, coming direct to Chicago, where they settled. After one years residence there, they removed to Glencoe, in New Trier Township, Cook County, and the family has been there established ever since. Mr. Tapper continued to follow his trade until he met his death in Chicago, in October, 1862. He was a true Englishman, and possessed many sterling traits of character. He retained his connection with the church of England, and politically allied himself with the Republican party on becoming a citizen of the United States. His family included three sons and two daughters, namely: John, Henry, George, Sarah (Mrs. Alfred J. Sherman), and Mary, wife of William Pawlett, of Milwaukee. His widow still survives, residing in Hainesville, Illinois. Of these children, Henry Tapper was educated in the schools of Chicago, in which city he learned the trade of brick-mason with the firm of Mortimer & Tapper. He began this business at the early age of seventeen years, within a year became a journeyman, and has continued the business to the present day. He takes little part in the conduct of public concerns, but usually gives his vote to the Republican party. He has become an expert in his business, and has by his thrift and economy laid the foundation for a competency to enjoy in his old age.
He was married in Chicago, June 20, 1876, to Miss Sarah Landsdowne, a native of Somersetshire, England, and they have two sons, Henry Melville and Harvey H. Mrs. Tappers grandfather, Thomas Landsdowne, lived to the age of ninety-six years, passing away in England. The family is one of the oldest in English history. Thomas Landsdowne, above named, was a cousin of the Marquis of Landsdowne, and second-cousin of the recent Governor-General of Canada.
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