ERNST JAKOB BINDER
Ernst Jakob Binder was born November 13, 1868 in Botenheim, Neckarkreis, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany to Johann Jacob Binder and Rosina Katharina Cunz. According to Binder family notes, Ernst was the youngest of nine children. See the entire Binder family here.
Around the age of 14, Ernst immigrated to the United States, following two of his older brothers who had settled earlier. Soon another brother and a sister would follow the others to the Unis. The specifics of Ernst's arrival in America are unknown at this time, due to the many Ernst Jakob Binders who immigrated during that period.
Ernst married Katherine Heinrich around 1893, probably in South Dakota, and from this union four children were born: Louiza Rosine, Hedwig Katherine, Ludwig Jacob, and Karl Otto. Within a few years, the children's names were Americanized: Louise Rosine, Hattie Katherine, Louis Jacob, and Carl Otto.
In 1897, Ernst was granted a land patent for 160 acres in eastern South Dakota, near his brothers Christ and Charles. Records show Ernst was a farmer, and the 1900 U. S. Census reported he could both read and write.
By early 1902, the family moved to what soon would become the state of Oklahoma, and settled near Shawnee, Pottowatomie County. On February 4, 1902, Ernst bought 40 acres east of Shawnee near the town of Earlsboro from John B. Alexander. That same month, Ernst's sister, Mary (Maria), her husband Ferdinand Jeske, and their five children also moved from South Dakota and settled on 40 acres south of the Binder farm.
In 1907, Ernst contracted typhoid fever. According to Binder family correspondence, Katherine was still nursing baby Karl, so Ernst went to stay at the home of his sister, Mary Jeske. Mary cared for him until his death on September 13, 1907. He is buried in Fairview Shawnee Cemetery, Shawnee, Oklahoma. Mary contracted the fever from her brother, and died less than two months later.
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