Daniel Shilling, for many years a resident and
progressive farmer in Jackson Township, DeKalb
County, is representative of one of the first families established in Concord
Township. Mr. Shilling owns a fine farm of about 146 acres in
sections 12 and 13 of Jackson Township.
He was born four miles from Massillon, Stark
County, Ohio, October 19, 1849, a son of Solomon
Shilling. Solomon Shilling, long prominent in DeKalb County, was born in the same locality of
Stark County in 1823, a son of Adam and Mary
(Roan) Shilling. Adam Shilling came to DeKalb
County at an early date and entered and bought extensive tracts of government land in
Concord Township. He gave each of his sons 160 acres and each
of his daughters eighty acres. Solomon Shilling
came to DeKalb County to take possession of one
of these quarter sections of wild land in 1850. This
land was in section 19 in Concord Township. He
built a log cabin, cleared and improved, and by
his work and good management was accounted one
of the wealthy men of the township. He became
an extensive shipper of livestock, and shipped the
first carload of stock over the Baltimore & Ohio
Railroad from this locality to Chicago. He owned
about 400 acres of good farm land. In 1872 he
was elected trustee of Concord Township and re-elected in 1874. He and his wife were members of
the Methodist Protestant Church. Solomon Shilling married Esther Bliler, who was born in Pennsylvania. They were the parents of six sons and
six daughters, one daughter dying in infancy, and
the eleven to reach maturity being: Daniel, Josephus R., William, Mary, Sarah, Adam, Francis,
Hiram E., John, Vienna L. and Dora. Eight of
these children are still living.
Daniel Shilling grew up on the farm home in
Concord Township and has been a resident of DeKalb County since early infancy. He attended
district school and lived at home to the age of
twenty-six. On November 9, 1875, he married Annetta Widney. At the time of his marriage he
bought his present home farm, and Mrs. Shilling
died there in 1880. She was the mother of three
sons: Adam E., who was liberally educated, was
a teacher and died at the age of twenty-six; Samuel H., who
married Maud Stafford, lives in Jackson Township and has a daughter, named Bonnie;
and Frankie, who died the year after his mother.
Mr. Shilling has long been active in the Methodist
Protestant Church and also in its Sunday school.
He is a republican, is affiliated with the Knights of
Pythias, and has been a liberal factor in his community, being especially patriotic in behalf of the
various causes for the recent war.
("History of Northeast Indiana: LaGrange, Steuben, Noble and DeKalb Counties," Lewis Publishing Co., Chicago, 1920)
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