Obituary of John Dietrich Bredbeck

“An old pioneer passes away at the ripe old age of 86 years, six months and twenty-four days.

John D. Bredbeck, one of the honored and respected citizens of Danbury township, Ottawa county, was the only surviving member of the family of Gerd and Martha Bredbeck of Hanover, Germany. Mr. Bredbeck was born in Hanover, March 21, 1817 and was there reared and educated. His father being engaged in agricultural pursuits. His boyhood days were spent upon the farm and after leaving school clerked for about three years in a drug store in the city of Bremen.

In 1839, Mr. Bredbeck took passage on a vessel bound for the United States, which landed him safely in New York City, after a nine weeks voyage. He then spent a year on Long Island, as a gardner and in the fall of 1840, returned to New York City, where he worked in a brewery for six years. On the expiration of that time he came to Ohio, and since 1846 has been one of the leading agriculturalists of Danbury township, where by his upright, honest life has won the esteem and friendship of the community among whom he lived.

In New York City, March 16th, 1844, was celebrated the marriage of Mr. Bredbeck and Maria Susanna Dowding, a daughter of George and Maria (Guffy) Dowding, natives of London, England, who located in New York City about 1832. Mrs. Bredbeck was born in London, July 19th, 1823. Twelve children came to bless this union, nine sons and three daughters, as follows, (three dieing in infancy): George Henry, the eldest, died at the age of 13; Elizabeth, now the wife of Christian Piehl, of Danbury; Charles, of Oak Harbor, O., John F., who was a leading merchant of Sandusky, died March 4, 1893; Herman B., of Port Clinton; George H., of the firm of Bredbeck & Son, of Oak Harbor; William, who lives on the old homestead; Susanna, the wife of Aug. E. Meyer, also of Danbury; Amanda S., now Mrs. E.D. Curran, of Otis, Ind.

For over, fifty years Mr. and Mrs. Bredbeck had traveled life’s journey together sharing with each other its joys and sorrows, its adversities and prosperities, and in 1894 celebrated the anniversary of their golden wedding.

Mrs. Bredbeck departed this life on August 11th, 1897.

One of the pleasant events of this union was the birthday anniversary of Elizabeth, Charles, and John F. falling on the same day, August 16, 1846, 1849, and 1851.

From 1855 until 1891, inclusive, Mr. Bredbeck efficiently filled the office of County Commissioner; was Township Trustee twelve years and for six years Township Treasurer; and also served in serveral other public positions.

In his political faith he was a strong adherent of the principles of the Democratic party, and religiously he belonged to the Lutheran Church, and a true Chrisitan, ever ready to do a favor or a kindness — and in his long and useful life, it can well be said, that his was a beautiful life well spent.

He leaves to mourn his loss four sons, three daughters, (all married). twenty-nine grandchildren, four great grandchildren and many other relatives and friends.

The funeral was held from the German Lutheran Church, Tuesday, Sept. 29, at 2 p.m. Rev. Dornbier of Sandusky, officiating, and the remains were laid to rest in the cemetery adjoining the church.”

Taken from the New Democrat, Port Clinton, OH, 2 Oct 1903.

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