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Jacob M. Bender

BENDER, Jacob M., retired carpenter and contractor, was born near Mr. Joy, Lancaster county, Pa., January 20, 1838, son of Jacob and Maria (Moyer) Bender, natives of Lancaster county. The father came to Dauphin county and settled in Swatara township, where he farmed for sixteen years and then moved to Highland, between Oberlin and Steelton, where he was engaged in raising fine horses. He was a Republican in politics, having formerly been a Whig, and served in township offices. he was a member of the United Brethren church. His death occurred in 1880, at the age of eighty years, and his wife’s death occurred in 1863. They had eleven children, all of whom reached maturity, and six of whom are still living; Tobias, farmer, of Kansas; Elizabeth, Mrs. Samuel Rigbet, of Middle Paxton; Jacob M.; Susan, Mrs. Adam Swartz, of Texas; Mary, Mrs. Benjamin Wright; Daniel, of Parsons, Kan., deputy sheriff and member of State Legislature and farmer by occupation; Henry, of Cherokee county, Kan., postmaster of Galena, under Harrison. Jacob M. was reared in Dauphin county and educated in the public schools. He learned the trade of carpenter and followed the occupation for nineteen years. On August 8, 1862, he enlisted in company B, One Hundred and Twenty-ninth regiment, Pennsylvania volunteers, as private and served ten months, participating in the battles of Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville and other noted engagements. He settled at Harrisburg permanently in 1866. He is prominently connected with the fraternities, being a member of the Odd Fellows, Knights of Pythias, of the Mystic Chain and of Post No. 58, G. A. R. His first vote was cast for the People’s party and he has since been a Republican. From 1877 to 1879 he served as a member of the common council and was on the committee of ordinance and legislation. Mr. Bender was married in 1866 to Susan Felty, daughter of John B. Felty, of Susquehanna township. His children are: Irving F., at the poor farm, Jacob Oscar, bookkeeper, Elizabeth, Josiah, at home, Daniel, drowned while skating, January 11, 1896. Mr. Bender is a member of the Fourth Street Church of God.


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