John George Easterday was born Johann Georg Ostertag Birth 02 Jul 1797 in Brandenberg, Lorrach, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany Death 04
Apr 1888 in Culver, Marshall, Indiana,
married at Wurtumberg, Germany, in the year 1820 Eva Funk Birth 7 Jan 1795 in Brandenberg, Lorrach, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany Death
19 Jun 1877 in Brokensword, / Wiregart Corners, Crawford, Ohio daughter of Johann Georg Funk amd Maria Barbara Schaile
In the early part of September 1827 they emigrated to America on a sailing ship. The trip across the ocean lasted 65 days. They landed at New York City in November, 1827, accompanied by their five children George (Georg), Jacob (Johannes), Henry (Heinrich), Christina (Christena) and Dorothea (Dora). Eva was sea-sick for 62 days of the trip, leaving the care of the children entirely to their father.
While waiting to board the boat at an inland port on the river Rhine, there was a young girl who lacked ten dollars of having enough money to pay her fare across the ocean. Johann was generous enough to loan her the money on her word and promise that her rich uncle, who was a banker in New York, would pay it back to him..
As they were sailing on the river Rhine, Grandfather got too close to the ship's edge and fell overboard. The Captain of the ship gave orders to back up and see if they could find him. They used long poles which were let down in the water. Grandfather grasped one of the poles and held on until he was drawn on deck, with his smoke pipe still in his mouth..
After arriving at New York City, a boat came and took away the girl, whom he had loaned the ten dollars. Johann said to himself, "That is the last of my ten dollars". To his surprise, the rich uncle returned and inquired for Johann Ostertag and family. The banker took them to his home and gave them quarters on the third floor, where they lived over the winter until Johann had earned enough money to start west..
This good banker helped them to start west with a one horse wagon and for three days went with them on their journey. He then bid them good-bye and returned to his home. The one-horse wagon was loaded with equipment, so the family was compelled to walk almost all the way travelling through New Jersey and the entire width of Pennsylvania. Sometime in the late Spring or Summer of 1828, they located in Columbiana County, of eastern Ohio. Here they lived about four years. During this time they gave birth to three sons, one (John J.) died in infancy, then Christian and John..
In the spring of 1833, with two yoke of oxen, they moved from Columbiana County, across the state to Crawford County, Liberty Township, in western Ohio. They located in the forest one and one-half mile east of Ridgton, Ohio, on the farm now known as the Wesley Knappenberger Farm. Here they cut down trees to make room for a log cabin, which they erected with a special effort to beat the stork. They succeeded by a margin of a few days when a daughter, Anna was born on May 22nd. Two more sons were born on this farm, Daniel and Benjamin, and were reared to manhood here.
About the year 1870 John and Eva moved from this farm to a small home at Brokensword, Ohio where they resided until the death of Eva in 1877. After this time John resided with his son, Benjamin, at Culver, Indiana until his death in April 1888.