AUNGST, John, farmer, was born in West Hanover township, Dauphin county, Pa., January 5, 1839. He was a son of John and Elizabeth (Bilit) Aungst. Both his parents are deceased ; the father died at the age of forty-seven years, and the mother ten years later. They had eight children : Daniel, William, Harriet, wife of Levi Runkle, Annie, wife of Jacob Sherk, Peter, John, Henry, and Sarah, wife of Daniel Strim.
John Aungst attended school at the Forney school house. He helped on the farm in the summer months, and went to school in the winter, and in this way obtained his education and learned his business at the same time. At the age of seventeen he left the farm for the shop. He served an apprenticeship of two years with Jacob Lyme, to learn carpentry, at the close of which he returned to the farm, and was for three years employed in farm work. At twenty-two years of age he began farming on his own account, and followed that occupation through life. Mr. Aungst has served one term as supervisor, and four years as school director. He was a Republican. The family are members of the German Baptist church. Mr. Aungst was married, October 20, 1859, to Susanna, daughter of George and Dolly (Lutz) Smith, born March 17, 1841. They have five children : George H., born April 14, 1863 ; John A., December 10, 1864 ; Dolly J., January 13, 1873 ; Simon H., January 5, 1875 ; and Ezra C., July 28, 1879.
George Smith, the father of Mrs. Aungst, was born on the old homestead, July 9, 1817. He was a farmer, and continued to be actively engaged in the cultivation of his farm until 1876, when he retired. His wife, Dolly Lutz, was born December 27, 1818, and died at the age of fifty-eight. Their children are : Susanna, born March 17, 1841, now Mrs. Aungst ; Samuel, born August 17, 1842, died October 18, 1845 ; Sarah, born July 24, 1844 ; Catherine, born September 21, 1846; Isaac, born September 22, 1849; Maria, born February 8, 1852, died September 6, 1853; Hannah, born October 28, 1854; and Ezra, born July 23, 1859. Sarah is the wife of Jacob Fackler, Catherine of Mundel Fackler, and Hannah of Samuel Fackler ; the Facklers are brothers.
Historical Review of Dauphin County
Transcribed by Ronald Singerris@vicon.net for the Dauphin County, Pennsylvania Genealogy Transcription Project
Date of Transcription: 16 March 2001
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