Jacob Aker, the son of Adam and Tena Aker, natives of Germany, was born in Germany July 21, 1835. His parents died in the place of their birth, and he came to America in 1850. In Ohio he attended school one winter and engaged in farm work, receiving from $6 to $11 per month. This employment he continued four seasons, and December 17, 1855, was married to Miss Harriet Blasseus, in Tuscarawas County, Ohio. They subsequently immigrated to Pretty Prairie, in this county, where they lived six years, and bought seventy acres of land, next proceeding to this township, where Mr. Aker, after disposing of his previous purchase, bought eighty acres of his present property on English Prairie. Their farm now comprises 174 acres, with first-class buildings and improvements. They have had born to them five children -Adaline (deceased), Martha E., Mary E., Catharine and Tena. The last two are single and reside at home. Mary is a resident of Michigan and Martha lives with her parents. Mrs. Aker is the daughter of Valentine and Mary Blasseus. The former a native of Germany, died in this county, where the latter, a native of Pennsylvania, is yet living.
History of La Grange County, Indiana; F.A. Battey & Co., 1882