Jacob's Birth in Winkler Family BibleJacob D. Winkler was born on 06 May 18151 in what was then known as East Union, Wayne, Ohio to parents Lawrence and Fannie Winkler.2 Jacob has the distinction of being the first Winkler born in the area now known as Green Township, but it wouldn’t officially be organized as such until 5 Feb 1817.
Barbara Ann Alleman was born on 28 Dec 1820 in Middletown, Dauphin, Pennsylvania to parents Christian Alleman and Sarah Heppick.3
At some point before 1833, the Alleman family decided to migrate from Dauphin County, Pennsylvania to Wayne County, Ohio (brother Christian is married in Wayne County in 1833).4
This is where Jacob and Barbara met. Barbara's father purchased the neighboring farm south of Jacob's father Lawrence in Wayne Township.
They started their life together in Wayne Township where Jacob farmed the property just south of father-in-law Christian.6 They had 5 sons and 4 daughters. Jacob lived Next door to his mother Fanny & sister Mary, and brother Enoch & wife Rachel.7 By 1860 the real & personal estates they had amassed were valued at $300 and $500 respectively.8
1870 Winkler Family CensusBy the summer of 1870, Jacob and Barbara have moved to Cedar Valley in Chester Township, Wayne, Ohio where they lived with 4 sons, 2 daughters, farmhand Joseph Garver, age 11, and another Garver child, 9. This new residence was valued at $6000.9 (With both sets of parents dying before 1860, its likely they moved shortly after the 1860 census. Jacob acquired the land the family home was built on in 1865, but started purchasing land in Chester Twp as early as 1861.)B
In Chester Township, Wayne, Ohio there are four J. Winkler properties surrounding the Overton Church at least one of these properties are Jacob’s and one is his son John Wesley.10 Based on the split of properties in 1897, it's likely that Jacob owned the three properties surrounding Overton Church with son John Wesley just west of them. The family home was located on what is now Winkler Road (the property immediately southwest of Overton Church).
Jacob's Obituary in Wooster Jacksonian (1890)By summer 1880, the only children remaining in the house were son Martin and daughter Melissa. At this time Jacob, age 65, is mentioned to be in some form crippled or disabled.11
Five and a half months later, on 06 Sep 1890, Jacob died in Cedar Valley from Apoplexy or bleeding caused by a stroke.14 He was buried at Overton Church of God Cemetery, next to his wife Barbara and son James Jacob who died in the Civil War.15
After Jacob's death in 1890, the Jacob Winkler family home, and property it was on, would be inherited by his son Martin Luther Winkler.A The property that borders Overton Church to the east was inherited by son William Hepic Winkler and It appears that the land northwest of the church was sold off for inheritance.
Lawrence Winkler, 15 Jan 1771 - 04 Mar 1848
Frances Paine, 18 Nov 1775 - 30 Jun 1859
Barbara Ann Alleman, 28 Dec 1820 - 23 Mar 1890
- John Wesley Winkler, 02 Nov 1840 – 18 Mar 1913
- James Jacob Winkler, 24 Aug 1842 – 12 Jul 1865
- Dr. William Hepic Winkler, 16 Sep 1844 – 06 Jul 1916
- David Todd Winkler, 10 Apr 1846 – 17 Mar 1930
- Sarah Jane Winkler, 19 Feb 1848 – 03 Jun 1939
- Martin Luther Winkler, 07 Nov 1849 – 15 Nov 1920
- Mary Melissa Winkler, 14 Feb 1852 – 01 May 1938
- Margaret Ann Winkler, 31 Oct 1854 – 11 Aug 1856
- Anna Elizabeth Winkler, 24 May 1858 – 12 Sep 1926
- Emma Alice Winkler, 17 Jul 1859 – 09 Oct 1936
A Martin Luther Winkler was the only son of Jacob's that was still living in the family home with his parents at the time of his father's death. Another reason why eldest son John Wesley didn't inherit the land was that he had previously inherited his father-in-law Thomas Warner's property 11 years prior to his own father's death.
B Jacob's father-in-law Christian Alleman had acquired property in Chester Township, in the same section as Jacob Would later call home, as early as 1840 (25 years prior to Jacob).