JOHN MEIER, farmer, section 2, Big Prairie Township, was born Nov. 1, 1842, in Bevern, Hanover, a town situated on the River Elbe, "12 hours from Bremenhafen, or 36 miles from the sea." His parents, Angulus and Ilsametta (Paeper) Meier, were natives of the same town and province of Prussia.
Mr. Meier spent his youth and early manhood in the place of his nativity and was maried there. Three years after that event, June 24, 1868, he left his native country for the United States, and on his arrival remained one night in the city of New York, proceeding at once to Oceola, Livingston Co., Mich. Eighteen months later he removed to Genoa, in the same county, and two years later came to Newaygo County. He enterd a claim of 120 acres of land under the Homestead Act, and took up his residence thereon when it was in an unbroken state of nature, and now has 40 acres cleared, with good house, barn and general improvements.
In political affiliation Mr. Meier is a Democrat. He took out naturalization papers at Howell while he was a resident of Livingston County, and on becoming a citizen of Newaygo County took out a second set.
Mr. Meier was married in Bevern, June 24, 1865, to Annie Christina, daughter of Jacob and Katrina (Wulpern) Allis. She was born Jan. 7, 1844, in Mulsum, Hanover. her father was born in Malstedt, and her mother in Hessedorf, both towns of Hanover. Mr. and Mrs. Meier have had nine children, all of whom are living save Louie and Lucy, who died, the first at the age of two and a half years, and the last at four years old. They were fifth and sixth in the order of their birth. The name of those living are: Ilsametta Maria, John Henry, Johnny, Annie, William, Minnie and Nellie Allie.