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ALLEMAN, Henry, farmer, Middletown P. O., was born on the farm he now occupies, February 28, 1832. He is a son of Michael and Catherine (Rudy) Alleman. Five brothers, his ancestors, came from Germany at an early day and settled in Berks county, Pa. Henry Alleman, grandfather of Henry, was born in Berks county and settled in what is now Lower Swatara township, where he became a prominent farmer and distiller. He was a member of the Lutheran church and helped to build the old Lutheran church of Middletown. His first wife was Miss Julia Long, of South Annville township, Lebabon county. His second wife was a widow Sibert, and survived him several years. He was buried on the Rook farm. His family consisted of eight sons and two daughters, many of them settled in Ohio. Two died in Franklin county, Pa. The maternal grandparents (Rudy) were members of the Reformed church and their bodies are interred in Shoop’s church cemetery.

Michael Alleman, father of Henry, was born in Lower Swatara township in 1784, and was a farmer and distiller. He was a prominent member and a deacon in the Lutheran church. He was first a Whig in politics, and allied himself with the Republican party upon its formation. He served as school director for many years. He died in 1868; his wife survived him until 1890. They reared six children: Susanna, widow of John Cope, of Palmyra, Lebanon county, Pa.; Elizabeth, wife of John S. Foltz, of Conewago, Pa.; Maria, wife of Michael Connelly, of Middletown; Michael R., who was trustee in the Emaus Orphans’ Home for many years, died in 1870; his wife was Leah Royer, of Schaefferstown, Lebanon county, Pa., who now resides in Steelton; Henry; and Joseph W., died in 1893, farmer in Lower Swatara township, married Margaret K. Royer, now residing in Lower Swatara township.

Henry received his education in the township schools, the Middletown high school and Pennsylvania College at Gettysburg. He taught school in Dauphin county for five years. Since 1855 he has been engaged in farming. He is an active member of the Republican party. He has served as township auditor. He is a trustee of Emaus Orphans’ Home. He was married to Miss Salome Seltzer, daughter of Samuel Seltzer, of Middletown. They have had fourteen children: Samuel, of Swatara township, married Miss Reed; Martin, a carpenter, of Middletown, married Miss Meade Wallower; Sarah, wife of John V. Ricker, of Swatara township; Henry M., of Swatara township, married Minnie Fisher, resides in Albany county, N.Y.; Edward J., of Paxton township, married Sarah Mumma; Robert G., Abner T., Ira F., Mary, Salome, Catherine, Helen, David James, and David A., deceased. The family are members of the Lutheran church. Mr. Alleman has served in all the church offices.


Historical Review of Dauphin County

Transcribed by Phyllis Edwards,, for the Dauphin County, Pennsylvania Genealogy Transcription Project –

Date of Transcription: 10 Feb 2001

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