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                                        HENRY TAPPER
                                    Cook County, Illinois


Information contributed for use in Cook County ILGenWeb by
        Sherri Hessick, added May 2001.


Source: Album of Genealogy and Biography, Cook County,
Illinois with Portraits 3rd ed. revised and extended
(Chicago: Calumet Book & Engraving Co., 1895), pp. 92-93

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 carpenter’s 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 year’s 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

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. Tapper’s
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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