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BACASTOW, FRANKLIN P., farmer, was born in Highspire, Dauphin county, Pa., May 31, 1856; son of the late John and Mary (Brenner) Bacastow. His great-grandfather was born in Germany, and came to this country in early boyhood. George Bacastow, grandfather of Franklin P., was born in Berks county, Pa. He was a tanner, and was engaged in this business at the time of his death, which occurred in Dauphin county. Mr. Bacastow was married to Miss Elizabeth Hoover, born in Dauphin county, Pa. She died in the same county. They had three children: George, John, and Elizabeth, wife of Frederick Reichert.

John Bacastow, father of Franklin P., was born in Hummelstown, Dauphin county, Pa., January 8, 1814. His occupation was farming. He also assisted his father in the management of his tannery. Mr. Bacastow was married, in 1852, to Miss Mary M., daughter of Peter Brenner. They had seven children: Elizabeth, wife of Daniel Kline; Rebecca, wife of Daniel Leise; Franklin P., George T., Morris, Emma F., and Simon P. The father died January 4, 1879, aged sixty-four; the mother still survives. Both were faithful members of the Lutheran church. Mr. Bacastow’s politics were Democratic.

Franklin P. Bacastow is a self-made man. He received a short course in the public schools, but had to depend for his preparation for the work of life principally upon his own efforts. In his youth he was engaged in farming, working for his father until he became of age. In 1879 Mr. Bacastow began farming on his own account, cultivating the farm of his father. Since 1883 he had been engaged on the farm which he now occupies. In 1882 he was elected supervisor of East Hanover township, and served in this office for one year. During this year his farm was cultivated by his brother, Morris Bacastow. Mr. Bacastow was married, November 15, 1883, to Miss Mary A., daughter of John J. and Rebecca (Zimmerman) Urich. Five of their six children are living: Ira J., Clinton G., Mary M., Simon P., and Erwin M. Mr. Bacastow is a Democrat. He is a member of the Reformed church.

John J. Urich, father of Mrs. Bacastow, was born in Lebanon county. He was a miller, and was for many years engaged in that business. In later life he undertook farming. His wife, Rebecca (Zimmerman) Urich, was the daughter of Michael and Margaret (Early) Zimmerman. Mr. and Mrs. Urich had: Mary A., wife of Mr. F. P. Bacastow.

Mr. Urich died in September, 1892. His wife is still living at the age of fifty-two, and resides in Lebanon county.


Historical Review of Dauphin County

Transcribed by Donna Whipple for The Dauphin County, Pennsylvania Genealogy Transcription Project –

Date of Transcription: 21 Feb 2001

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