JOHN H. TIETJEN, an enterprising and successful farmer of Macoupin County, is engaged in cultivating his farm of 140 acres situated in section 17, Shaw's Point township. He was born in the Kingdom of Hanover, Germany, March 17, 1850, and is a son of John H. and Annie (Harms) Tietjen, and a grandson of Peter Tietjen.
Peter Tietjen spent his entire life in Germany, engaged in agricultural pursuits. He was the father of seven children, namely: John H., our subject's father; Claus; Peter; henry; Annie; Engel and Hammon.
John H. Tietjen, the father of the subject of this sketch, also spent his entire life in Germany, pursuing the occupation of a farmer and merchant. Although he began in a somewhat lowly station in life, he became one of the leading farmers of his community and was considered very well-to-do at his death. As a business man he was a leading figure in his section. In the War of 1848, he was a private infantryman, and saw service in the field. He married Annie Harms, also a native of Germany, and three children were born to them, namely: John H., our subject; and Annie (Pope) and Sophia (Ring) who are well-to-do residents of Germany. Both parents died in their native land.
John H. Tietjen, the subject of this article, immigrated to America when 26 years of age, and came at once to Carlinville, Macoupin County. Upon his arrival, he engaged in work as a farm hand by the month, continuing for two years until 1878 when he rented land which he cultivated for 17 years. During that time he accumulated sufficient funds to purchase his present farm, which is one of the best cultivated in his township. He is engaged in general farming and also raises horses, mules, cattle, sheep and hogs. Three acres of the property are devoted to an orchard of apple, peach and plum trees. Our subject's political views adhere to Republicanism, and he has served as a member of the school board.
On March 22, 1879, Mr. Tietjen was married to Emma Pepper, a native of Germany, and three children were born to them, namely: Annie, Emma and John. Religiously, Mr. Tietjen and family are members of St. Paul's German Evangelical Church.