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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