John Risser was born in Bavaria, Germany, February 4, 1825, and emigrated to America with his parents, Jacob and Mary Risser, in 1834. His parents located in Vermillion Township, on a tract of land adjoining the farm where the subject of this sketch now lives.
On January 10, 1850, Mr. Risser married Miss Catharine Grabill, of Vermillion Township, daughter of Joseph and Hertzler Grabill, who resided on the farm now owned by Mr. Risser. They have seven children, three sons and four daughters. Two daughters are married and live in Ashland. Amelia is the wife of E.S. Briggs, a boot and shoe merchant; Mary, married Uriah S. Shelly, a minister of the Mennonite Church, but on account of poor health was compelled to quit the ministry and is at present engaged as clerk in his brother-in-laws boot and shoe store. The other children are all single, and live at home with their parents. Mr. Risser gives his time entirely to his farm, and deals largely in fine draft horses.