Mrs. Elizabeth Koch is the widow of the late August Koch, who was born in Schwarzburg, Germany, June 11th, 1852, and died April 9th, 1895. His parents were Jonathan and Marie Koch, both natives of Germany, who lived and died in Stephenson county, Illinois. Their children are: Christine, wife of Fred Fluegel; Ricka, wife of Charles Herbig, resides at Freeport; Augusta was the wife of F. Becke, and died in 1897; Amelia is the wife of Mr. Shearer; August, who married Elizabeth Barto, the subject of this sketch.
The family of our subject for several generations past have been natives of the Keystone state. Her great-grandfather, Jonathan Barto, lived to be eighty years of age, and his wife, Elizabeth (Gillman), died at an advanced age during the war of 1812. Her grandparents, Samuel and Elizabeth (Gillman) Barto, had a family of seven children: Sarah, Jonathan, Catherine, Samuel Jr., William, Ellen and Susan.
Jonathan S. Barto, father of our subject, was born in Danville, Pennsylvania, October 4th, 1821. At the age of nine years he left home and since that time has made his own way in the world, which no doubt has at times used him rather roughly. He learned the carpenter's trade which he finished at the age of seventeen. When twenty-three years of age, he went to Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, where he worked his trade until 1853, when he came to Illinois, settling on a farm in Erin township, which he cultivated for many years, building a comfortable home and making other improvements. Since July 1893 Mr. Barto and his wife have made their home with daughter, Mrs. Miller. Mr. Barto was married January 20th, 1848, to Susanna Moore, who was born in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, January 15th, 1825. She is a daughter of Samuel and Elizabeth (Liphard) Moore, and is the youngest of a family of thirteen children: Isaac, deceased; Elisha lives in the Blue Mountains near Lebanon, Pennsylvania; Mary Slike lives in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; Elias and Samuel, deceased; Susanna lives near Eleroy; Lucetta, wife of R. Seidel lives in Lebanon, Pennsylvania; George, deceased; Manuel lives in Eleroy; Monroe lives in Lebanon, Pennsylvania; Raymond makes his home in Bradsborok, Pennsylvania; Abiah resides in Lebanon; Elizabeth, married Mr. Barto. Mr. and Mrs. Barto were parents of eight children: Elizabeth, subject of this sketch; Jane died at the age of nine; Samuel died at the age of seven, Edson, at the age of five; Mary is the wife of Henry Miller and resides in Erin township; Harrison lives in the west; George resides in Eleroy, and William, in Iowa.
Mrs. Elizabeth (Barto) Koch was born in Chester County, Pennsylvania, February 27th 1852. She married to Mr. Koch February 15th, 1871. She is the mother of seven children: William died at the age of eighteen; Fred died in infancy; Alta married William Otto and lives in Harlem township; Clara is wife of William Miller or Erin township; Arthur resides at home; Elmer died in infancy; George, aged eight, lives with his mother. Mrs. Koch was a member of the Presbyterian church until four years ago when she united with the English Lutheran church at Lena. Mr. Koch was a member of the German Lutheran church, and a republican in politics, and served as school director for a number of years.
In the Foot-prints of the Pioneers of Stephenson County, Illinois; Pioneer Publishing Co. 1900 Pg. 285-6
Submitted by: Rod Fleck on 7/6/03