JACOB F. TREIBER, farmer, section 10, Ashland Township, was born Jan. 22, 1838, at Ludwigsburg, Germany, and is a son of Gotlieb and Elizabeth (Ziegler) Treiber, both of Geman nativity and descent.
He remained in his native country until 1853, obtaining his education and working on his father's farm. In June of that year he came to the United States and first settled in Wayne Co., Mich., afterwards removing to Sparta, Kent County, where he was employed in farm work until the outbreak of the civil war. He enlisted July 11, 1861, in the First Mich. Vol. Inf. Co. H. The regiment joined the Army of the Potomac, and Mr. Treiber was in action at Gaines' Hill, in the seven days' battles between Richmond and Harrison's Landing, also at Gettysburg, Antietam and many others, the entire number of engagements reaching 31 in the aggregate. He was discharged Feb. 12, 1864, and immediately re-enlisted, receiving his final discharge July 9, 1865. He was promoted during his first period of service to the rank of Corporal and held the post two years. Bravery in action again advanced him, and he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant, Sept. 1, 1864, and continued in the position until the end of the war.
Soon after being discharged he came to Newaygo County and settled on his present farm in Ashland Township. He was married April 21, 1867, to Sarah Ann, daughter of Peter and Mary (Engles) Egolf, natives of Ohio. Mrs. Treiber was born in Whitley Co., Ind., May 7, 1850. Her parents removed to Michigan i 1866 and settled in Newaygo County.
After marriage Mr. and Mrs. Treiber locatd on 160 acres of land in Ashland, of which they retain 80 acres, 40 acres of which are under improvements. Of six children born to them four are living, who were born as follows: John W., July 10, 1869; Margaret C., July 29, 1874; Julia F., March 1, 1876; Rosina, Jan. 8, 1878. The deceased were, Charles P., born Feb. 29, 1868, died May 27, 1878; and Mary E., born July 29, 1871, and died Feb. 22, 1874. The parents are members of the Ashland Grange, NO. 545, and belong to the Lutheran Church. Mr. Treiber is an adherent of the Republican party and has held the post of Township Clerk.